Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hedgehog Hiatus: See You in 2017

I've had this blog for nearly six years now, and although I enjoy having it on some level, and I like being able to go back and look at some of the thoughts I had back then, I can feel myself losing interest in blogging! Maybe this blog malaise is temporary. It often is, anyway.  It could be that I'm so bad at commenting on other blogger's posts, but I haven't had a blog comment for about 32 posts! In any event, when it comes to blogging, lately I've felt I'm just going through the motions. I want to re-invest my energy in something that really pulls me. I don't want to just do it to do it. This is what I hope to spend the remainder of 2016 doing. Whatever that is.

Much love,

Monday, September 26, 2016

An Interactive October Cat Trio

See the charming South American pouch I found at the thrift store from Cusco? I found it and my Tarot of Pagan Cats Mini deck fits perfectly in it! The box was falling apart completely and I needed something sturdy. Hrmm...trying to decide if I like this effect I used on the photo. It is a combination of a softening effect and one of the Prisma filters. Seems a little too murky. Oh well! It's not that bad.

As I drew three cards for October I decided I wanted to DO something with this information. I find that, too often, I'm very passive about the divination I do here. I mean, at times I will use the information as a jumping off point, but I admit I've gotten lazy about that.

And this trio is an especially warm and active trio, I think. The Sun, Empress and Magician all showed up to play. These are very creative and 'sunny' cards. What comes to mind when I see these? I guess the energy of creation, of bringing something out into the world. Making stuff, nurturing people and things along, and feeling empowered to do so. It's actually a very vivid and encouraging trio.

I'm going to try to actively keep these concepts in mind for the month of October, and the remainder of September for that matter. No need to cool down activity as the weather begins to cool. For many people, things actually become busier and more feisty as the year winds to a close and the holidays approach.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

8 of Cups Quotes from Various Websites

From Biddy Tarot:

"His journey is undertaken because of a sense of restlessness and unhappiness experienced as the result of achieving all he has desired, yet finding those things to be less fulfilling than expected. This individual has chosen to forsake the familiar and the comfortable in the pursuit of higher goals."

From Teach Me Tarot:

"As he leaves his Eight Cups behind he is symbolically offloading his emotional baggage for they will not be needed or indeed welcome on the journey. He leaves them in a safe place for they are too heavy to carry and will slow his progress. One day, when he has journeyed sufficiently, he will return and deal with them one by one. He will be in a much better frame of mind to unpack all that his baggage contains.  He will then wash his Cups in the Sea Water, returning them to their original clean and pure state."

From Psychic Revelation:

"The 8 of Cups often means that you will choose to leave a situation that is no longer working for you - whether that's a relationship, a job, or a neighborhood. There may be some sadness involved, but in general, this separation, is in your best interests. "

 From Aunty Flo:

"This card represents less of holding on to the past as it is a fear of moving forward. This is something that you need not fight as really, where else are you going to go? Now is the time to seek the higher road for your own health and sanity. It is obvious when this card comes up that you have tried your best and you have taken the steps to make the right choices for you. In the end you cannot change the past and you must accept what is in the present. Our lives are not stagnant things and while the energy around you may be turning sour, it is up to you to save yourself from that around which is unhealthy or holding you back."

From Tarot Teachings:

"The phases of the moon in the eight of cups give a confirmation of the progress we make in phases of our lives. As we satisfy areas of our lives with timeless understandings required to be at peace - it's time to move on to the next chapter, and fulfill our destiny to move onward in a natural evolution."

I love this card, and I enjoy reading what other readers think of when they see this card.


Friday, September 16, 2016

The Star and Hopeful Messages

A lot of the time, the most important part of reading tarot or oracle cards is the hopeful message they can impart. I can read them over and over again, giving me a healing focus and a place to center.

In this case, I pulled a few cards recently which had encouraging cards indicating a need for relaxation and personal healing. Something in this reminded me that all of us have unhealed wounds that we often ignore until they speak up loud enough for us to listen. As a parent, I often feel this with my daughter considering her medical history. She's doing so well now, but that anxiety that built up after years of struggle is one that is just under the surface, and gets triggered from time to time. I know this is something that every parent lives with, especially parents with children who have ongoing health issues. I am so grateful my daughter is doing as well as she is, but there are times when I doubt that I can move on from the experience I had with her, or I doubt her ability to learn and continue to grow (even though she's proven that she is incredibly tough and has done nothing but grow!) There is something of PTSD for all parents, really. We care so much that it hurts.

The cards I've gotten, and in particular the quote from the Broken Heart (reversed) card that you see on the bottom right, really resonates with me. I know that I have to continue to let go of my grief and fear. It won't help or serve me in any way. It doesn't protect me or my daughter. The Broken Heart (reversed) card says that it really is time to heal. It's past time! It's always time to heal. The Star provides the opportunity and the reminder of self-love.

The first quote (I forgot which card that's from, oh well!) speaks to the parts of me that sometimes find difficulty in moving on creatively or personally. It's about feeling confident in moving forward in whatever direction I choose. What matters more than anything in this case is that I feel pulled to the goal. That it feels good to me. It's not about being impressive or making money. It's about being self-honoring. I really like that phrase.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Similar Duos from September in 2015 and 2016

This is not particularly interesting, maybe, but I found it a funny visually and possibly déjà vu-ish! This time last year, in early September, I pulled the duo on the left, using the marvelous Tattered Nomad Oracle by Shaheen. I posed it on my lap atop a paisley skirt with the phrase, 'Sick, Sad Woman' as my blog title. That was one of the meanings for this duo that I saw floating around the internet and it amused me.  Then, recently, I pulled the duo you see on the right (which was edited using the Prisma App) again on a paisley skirt with the blog title, 'Stressed Woman'...hah! You could even add them together and get the sum of 'Sad, Sick, Stressed Woman.' Both could've been true! I have been down with a cold for the past week, but I wasn't too sad. Mostly sick. Then again, I guess I have been a bit anxious, though it wasn't so much about my cold. The cold actually afforded me some much-needed alone (Hermit) time. I admit I have noted, in looking back through my blog, themes coming up during different times of the year. Seasonal, cyclical themes and seem to come visit me annually.

Anyway. I guess that's all.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

A Dynamic Duo: Risks and Goals

I like card #1 in this deck. It's like this oracle's version of the Fool, even though this isn't a tarot deck. It does, in fact, refer directly to the Fool in the description, citing three versions of the fool from Ciro's tarot decks (see the image on the left) on the ground. This is the longest and most interesting description of a card in the deck, actually. There are two alternate meanings to the main meaning, but with similar implications. Basically, this woman is feeling vulnerable and wanting to take a risk, maybe taking a long time to do so, perhaps choosing between multiple options. It's that step before the Fool. Card #52 is a natural card to come after this card, so I liked getting these cards together. It's all about goals, direction and decisions. It feels very empowered next to the somewhat timid and vulnerable character in Card #1. But vulnerability is necessary in life, and so I really can relate to the feelings in this first card, but also the raw, directed energy in Card #52. All in all, a great combo! I find that taking action in a direction that pleases and inspires me gives me great energy and drive for life. That's something I hope to recapture in the latter part of this year.


Friday, September 9, 2016

Alone Time: This Week's Directive

Hello Folks,

I felt like blogging today, partially because I am still sick and I've been in an introspective mood. I've been thinking about alone time, so it's very appropriate that I received this card today. In fact, it's the very card I had in mind when I pulled the deck out, so I was very surprised to see it. But, these things do happen when the mind quiets down.

Originally, I had a host of social, familial and other such visits and obligations this past week. But...due to illness, we had to cancel them all, including my volunteer spot for walking yesterday with my daughter's class! Instead, I spent all day in bed, rejuvenating my body, mind and spirit.  It started with missing my niece's birthday this past Saturday, when my daughter came back from Eco Week with a cold, and then on Monday it passed to me. This entire week's social calendar has been wiped clean by the presence of this cold. I felt awful because one of my closest friends has a birthday today but I can't see her and risk giving her a cold as a birthday present. Not only that, but my voice has been (mostly) gone for more than 2 days, emphasizing the hermit energy yet more! Speaking of Hermit energy (tarot major #9), today is 9/9, during Virgo season. Stop! Hermit time. Hehe. I made a sign explaining my predicament in case anyone tried to talk to me.

In any case, I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as this week draws to a close. I still don't have my voice back, but I feel a lot better physically and otherwise. My sense of smell is slowly but surely coming back, and I might be able to taste dinner tonight. What a thought!

As you know, things often just happen to us and force us to (in my case, literally) quiet down and return to center. I've noted that I've been feeling nervous and, admittedly, a bit obligated, about all the social engagements involved in a community school, plus friends and family. It's not that it's bad stuff, it's just that sometimes I really do need and want to be a hermit. I'm not like some of my friends who seem to thrive on near-constant activity. I tend to avoid extra events on a social calendar. I like to streamline my life in that way. But, I admit that sometimes this makes me feel guilty or that I'm rejecting other people. This isn't really the case, I'm learning. It's just a different mode.

So, I love that I pulled this card and that I had this week to myself (despite not feeling well), and I'm feeling ready to 'get back into it' with a bit more calm and awareness.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Oracle of Visions: Time

After seeing it on various other tarot blogger's pages, I decided to pick up the Oracle of Visions by Ciro Marchetti at the Lighthouse Bookstore in Boulder. I was originally looking for another deck that they didn't happen to carry, but when I saw this one I decided it was a good time to get it!

I'm under the weather today--fighting a cold--so I'm not going to go into excruciating detail with my reading. The key words for this card are Time and Life. The card talks about the human relationship to time, and to use time to its fullest. But what does that mean to me right now? Well, honestly, I'm not sure. Right now, I could use the time to paint or do laundry or some other mundane chore. But what is 'best' or 'fullest' use is up for debate. For instance, the most 'useful' thing I can do right now might be to take a nap and try to recover from this cold.