Silent Sounds

             If you are fortunate enough to be someone with a functioning sense of hearing, then this post will be appropriate.  Because, it’s surely a fact that we are listening to SOMETHING almost all the time.

             Ambient and random noise, voices, digitally produced tones, music, birdsong, background (or foreground) traffic, barking dogs (or non-dogs), electronic humming . . . . the list is endless, and what we’re hearing seems endless, as well.  (In our house, at this time of year, it’s a radio broadcast of baseball games.)

             What we don’t have much of, is enveloping, healing, complete quiet.  And that can be a problem.  Or, at least, it’s not necessarily really good for us.

            The solution, though, is super simple, super easy.  (Both of which, I’m a huge fan of.  The simpler, the easier, the better.)

Still and Calm

             Ideally, we’d all like to be on a rejuvenating resort vacation.  (And, fingers crossed, at some point we will!)  But for day-to-day serenity, let’s go the practical route and find ways to make it happen instantly.  And, regularly.

             By incorporating just a few moments of some inspiringly silent zen time, we’re treating ourselves (and our brains and our ears) to a gift from Nature.

             Indoors, outdoors, in the car, behind a closet door if needed, what is being suggested is to just grab those opportunities.  Really make the effort.  Turn everything off (actually off).  And then, be.  Be still.  Be calm.  Be.

            One way to get here, to that still calmness, is to make a time and space for it.  A designated area even, if possible.  That’s what our daily draw is saying, too.

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“Cleaning House  ~  37  ~

‘It’s time to clear the clutter to make way for better things.’

When you see the Cleaning House card in a reading, it’s time to de-clutter your life.  Get rid of unwanted things in your physical home, and release what you no longer want or truly need.

Is there any unfinished business you should address?   Thoughts, memories, and emotional baggage must be swept out of your house as well.  Your conscience must be clear for you to move freely in the world.

Celebrate a spring-cleaning and feel the freedom as you make way for much better things.  Look at what you’ve resisted discarding and be honest about its value. 

Be honest.  Clean house.”

            This is not my all-time favorite message, as you well know (but only because I am so fucking bad at it).  However, it did come up, and it did come up Direct.  I was (immediately!) instructed to add the Challenger description.

             It seems, we MUST to see it, and we must see it from both sides.


Why do you hold on to things that remind you of the past?  Is your home cluttered with objects that bring up unhappy memories?  Do you have a tendency to attract broken people who need to be fixed?

If you’re involved in this type of emotional project, stop right now and ‘clean house.’  Being needed isn’t going to get you what you really need.  That said, even if you initially resist letting go of excess physical or emotional baggage, you will feel amazing afterward.

Let go, and let the Universe bring you something better.  Make space.  The Universe doesn’t like a vacuum and will respond to your housecleaning by filling your home with what will best serve you.”

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing:

is this duo from earlier today, when we visited my mom and dad.

Very pretty peppers.

Very pretty peppers.

             When I asked my mother how her garden was doing this year, she said that “the tomatoes are shit.  Also the damn corn.”  Is it any wonder I have such a potty-mouth?

Her echinacea, on the other hand......

Her echinacea, on the other hand……

             (This view is only about a quarter of the bed.)  She doesn’t grow these for medicinal purposes, although, she could.  Or maybe, she could and then WE could do the harvesting and processing for her.  Ya know, in our spare time.

Doing, Saying, Being

             Is what we think as important as what we do?  We all know that it is.  This truth is what I woke up with today.

             It’s also about what the concept of Affirmations and Manifestations is built on.   This is where the Universe would like us to focus right now.

Intention – Action

             Especially when it comes to Self-Care, but also as far as the rest of the world is concerned.  So basically, within and without.

             Being aware, being mindful, we know it makes a difference.  We need only stop for a quick moment, breathing deeply, and we can FEEL it.

             The Action of Intention is as worthwhile as the Intention of Action.  Both, and each, have value, combined and individually.  Acknowledgement of our thoughts, taking time to honour our movements, these are the steps on which to focus.

             At the same time, we have this delightful validation and encouragement from our daily draw.  (This illustration is simplicity personified.  And yet, it delivers the exact right tone and emotion.  [And in real life, it's even prettier.])

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“Expecting Miracles  ~

‘Miracles are blossoming in my life.’

Card Meaning:

Majestic wonders are unfolding for you, even as you read this.  Watch for them and embrace them.

The more you become aware of the small marvels in your life, the more they will grow in magnitude around you.

The Universe wants you to know:

What is expected tends to be realized.  Expect miracles in your life.  Celebrate and cherish them when they appear, no matter how small they may seem.

Let go of fear and expectations; allow the Creator to solve your challenges in mysterious and wondrous ways.  Don’t limit they ways in which you think miracles can appear in your life.

Know that you can be the miracle in the life of another.

Questions to ask yourself:

How can I be even more open to miracles blossoming in my life?  What are the miracles that are occurring now or are coming in the future?  How am I a miracle for others?


Miracles are blossoming in my life.”

Today’s Deck:

Gateway Oracle Cards by Denise Linn

FLP Report:

begins with this glaringly illegal example from……



             ….. famous potatoes.

             Oh yeah, must be Idaho (couldn’t tell, because the frame is totally obscuring the state!  But I happen to recognize the colouring and configuration), continuing on with one of the Dakotas, a singular Missouri, and a rare but welcome New Hampshire.  (It’s been a slow week for travelers, here.  Apparently.)

Dignified Achievement

             A topic came up recently, which I’m now being directed to mention again.  It’s also what I saw as our message.

             When we get discouraged, it can feel very much like we’re not making any progress.  Or that we’re stagnating, stuck in place.  These are pausing breaks that mean we need to take a rest.

             Now, how long our rest lasts is partly up to us, and partly about what we need to learn.  What is NOT happening, is that we’re going backwards.  Because, much like retrograding* planets, we simply can’t.

*It looks like it, and it feels like it, and we act like it’s happening.  But, in reality, we know it’s not.

Always Advancing

             We are ever spiraling upwards, ever going forward, ever moving along on our path.  Advancing.  Always.

             Totally true though, that our steps may be too small to measure.  But we ARE making progress.  Just BEING in a situation helps us to learn.  Simply standing and observing our not-very-fast movement is teaching us something.

              And on our card altar right now, we’ve been handed this gift, another resource for going forward.

oracle cards, self-care

“Self-Respect  ~

Respect yourself.

You are the best judge of what’s right.”

             Next time we feel like we’re not getting anywhere, we can pull out this image.  And remember.  We ARE the best judge.  We DO know.  All we have to do is tune in, and listen.

Today’s Deck:

Self-Care Cards by Cheryl Richardson

Today’s Sharing:

is this view, provided by Dan’s phone.

His vows were a song he wrote for her.

His vows were a song he wrote for her.

             My beautiful friend Karen’s daughter was married this evening.  At her parents’ home.  They catered it themselves, with help from pals (who are also food professionals), and made their own cake.  The entire event was amazing.  And more beautiful than I can describe.

             Congratulations Helen and Dimir!  It was our privilege to be a part of this celebration.  You guys did a phenomenal job.


             Everything (important) leaves a mark.  As we make our way through this Adventure, we don’t come clear of it without evidence that we were here.

               War wounds.  Laugh lines.  Documentation and proof that we were here, we lived, we loved, we cried, and we were joyful.

             Whether physical or emotional, we gather and collect and leave signals of our existence.  On and in, some demarcation is seen and felt.  Scarring occurs, blemishes and imperfections are left behind.

             Today, our focus will be drawn to the tiniest of these.  A mere . . . .


             Maybe we wouldn’t even notice it, or possibly we’d glance past it and not even see the sign, no acknowledgment given.  Sometimes it’s a matter of, “how’d THAT get there?!”

             The Universe is reminding us that very often, it’s the minor, seemingly insignificant gestures and actions which mean the most.  Same with this small signal.  Small, but vastly important.

             We are asked to be aware, look for them.  Similar to when our message says, watch for those signs.  Well, WE are part of that now.  WE help to carry the signs.

            As has become the way of things, our daily draw drops that validation right into place.  In case anyone was wondering HOW we were supposed to be on the alert for our marks, here it is.

crystal messages, oracle cards, kyanite

“Kyanite  ~

intuition, ideas, dreams

Pay attention to your intuition and to your dreams over the coming days for you are being guided towards deeper spiritual understanding and insight.  Through this process, much of which occurs on a subconscious level or in your dream state, a rather ingenious idea will surface that will radically change your views on life, particularly your career.

Kyanite will help you ground this idea as you discover ways of practically applying your idea in your every day life and work.

However, do not try to force the process.  The idea will surface when you least expect it.  Simply relax and allow yourself to be open to new possibilities and insights.

Know that they already exist within you in an abstract spiritual way.”

Today’s Deck:

Crystal Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

Today’s Sharing:

is this adorable view, from some vacationing travels.

A sewing room! And a harp! With a violin in its own case!

A sewing room!
And a harp!
With a violin in its own case!

             Thank you, Anna!  For thinking of me, and for sending along this treasure.

Bargain Hunting

             There are those among us who are serenely satisfied.  And then, there are others.  Some who (like me!) have, what Dan calls, a screaming case of The Wants.

              No where, in the Grand Plan, does it say that we must go without.  That we must all live a stripped down monastic existence.  (Which is beautiful and clean and perfect for a monk.)

             No.  It is absolutely fine to acquire and appreciate lovely items.  They bring us joy and they are worthwhile.  Which is exactly what the Universe is all about.

             However, what we need to keep in mind, is that we can’t just fling ourselves at the market place, shopping bags flailing behind us like mad little greedy trolls.  We need to go with care.  And with…….

a critical eye.

             Discernment is our key word right now.  Being cautious, and watching out for those perfectly timed miracle deals.  It is in our best interest to be thoughtful, mindful, and bring special treasures into our home by choosing wisely and with love.

             And speaking of perfect timing, our daily draw couldn’t BE more on target.

oracle cards, mermaid and dolphin messages, synchronicity,

“Synchronicity  ~

‘Your prayers and questions are being answered by synchronistic events.

Notice them in order to increase their flow.’

As a result of your prayers and manifestation work, you’re now attracting synchronistic events.  Those ‘chance meetings,’ information that you just ‘happen’ to receive, and other synchronicities are really answered prayers.  

By drawing this card, the Universe calls your attention to the synchronicity and serendipity happening in your life.  The more you notice these magical events, the more they’ll occur for you.   Even better, write them down in a journal as a way to stimulate more synchronicity in your life.

You may already know that there are no coincidental or accidental occurrences.  This card reflects your recent focus on positive thoughts, which are being directed toward your desires. 

Like a magical energy beam that can influence physical objects, your optimism and faith are reshaping your life into a masterpiece that reflects your higher self.”

Today’s Deck:

Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is this delightful duo of hand-drawn greeting cards that we recently picked up while attending a local festival.  (This was a mindful and budget-friendly purchase, in keeping with our theme.)

The other one, with its back to you, is a similar design.

The other one, with its back to you, is a similar design (but I wanted to show both sides).


             Whenever there’s art on display, I look to see if they’ve reproduced their work smaller.  I can’t do anything like this, but I always appreciate those who can.  And I like to support them whenever possible.  We all have our strengths!

Further Sharing:

is that I just found out more about this artist.  HERE is her site, and HERE is her Etsy page.    Now, leave me alone while I  stalk her unmercifully  go see if she’s on Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest.