Really?! Did you guys honestly think I’d be ON TIME?! Ha, not a chance. You know me too well by now. So, what happened was that I realized (after the post had been written) that it was Earth Day. Like NOW! And then I also noticed I’d missed the Dark Moon. (And I love the Dark Moon! It’s the recycle bin of the Universe!)
Fine, so we’ll keep the festivities going by showing up here slightly tardy. The fun part? When I went into the card altar room today I “heard” that we would draw from our Special Occasion deck. Wait until you see what we got!
But wait you shall. (Oh come on. Play along. Will it fucking kill you to let me have this TINY bit of joy?!) Because here’s a completely unexpected bonus we were gifted with on our way home from my mom and dad’s last night.
We stopped at the grocery store and picked up supplies for our Chunky Salad and received a free (with vintage design!) reusable shopping bag! It was some promotional that had lapsed but the woman in front of us asked about it, and we were behind her in line. And they know us. So we got one too!
It was just the most hilarious series of synchronistic events! And then today, we tried the recipe. Very tasty! I’ve been “off” tomatoes for a month or more, so we just skipped those. I think that mandarin orange or bits of yellow pepper would have been an ideal addition. I threw in some raisins, radishes, and sliced cucumber after I’d sampled it in its pristine state. (Plus some carrots, because those are things I almost always toss in.)
We substituted brown horseradish mustard for the Dijon because I like that better (and it’s what was in the fridge) but I don’t think that in the amounts called for it made any difference. Really, you guy need to try this one out. It’s delightfully flavorful. The avocado we brought home was the PERFECT amount of ripeness. (Which can be challenging up here where they don’t grow.)
One more item of business then I’ll show you the card and we can all smile at how amusing the Universe is. Before we left for the pool this evening Dan was sitting at the kitchen table trying to catch up on the daily news (we are still so far behind, but I won’t let him “pre-read”). It’s been nicely warm-ish for a few days so we had the sliding glass door open.
He heard some loud rustling noises in the back yard. There should be NO noises coming from the backyard, so he got up to look. Three deer. One standing on the patio slab staring back at him! Sadly, by the time he found me and the camera they were leaving. But he did catch the last one out. Barely.
When he came in I asked if he’d gotten any good shots. He said, “they are very illusive! I think I may have managed a bad view of one head.” Not ten minutes later he heard sounds again, and this time he was sure he could get a better photo. Wrong. It was turkeys this time. And they proved to be even less cooperative.
This trio was merely passing through though. Their destination was Les’s yard, not ours. Nice try, Babe! Twice.
Okay NOW you can see the card. How nice of everyone to wait patiently. (And not cheat by scrolling down and pre-reading.)
“Turtle ~ Mother Earth ~ 23
Even when surrounded by those we love and respect, we sometimes feel alone and isolated. We sometimes forget our connection to Spirit and the relationship we have with the Earth Mother and Creation. We feel apart from, rather than a part of, nature. We feel disconnected from the Great Wheel of Life and believe ourselves to be alone.
Turtle, however, reminds us that we are never alone – that the Earth is our Mother and that she loves, speaks, protects, and provides for us every day.
Due to their ancient heritage, Turtles have long been revered as symbols of the Earth Mother, longevity, and protection. Turtle lays her eggs deep within the warm sands of Mother Earth, confiding in her the protection and nurturing of her offspring. She trusts that the Earth Mother will provide them with all they need to develop so that they may emerge as strong, independent representatives of the next generation.
To hide something sacred within the dark abyss of Mother Earth, away from the light of the Grandfather Sun, is symbolic of the ritualistic death endured by individuals of many ancient cultures in their search for healing, ancestral wisdom, and spiritual enlightenment.
As the Turtle’s young emerge from the sand, they are in fact rebirthing as if from the Womb of the Earth Mother. Their first birth is symbolised by the laying of the egg into the Earth, with the rebirth symbolised by the breaking free of the coffin-like eggshell to emerge from the nurturing energy of Mother Earth into the light of Grandfather Sun.
If Turtle has gently edged her way into your cards today, you are being prepared for profound change – in the form of healing (regarding family issues, secrets, etc), personal growth, and an awakening of sorts. You are being prepared for rebirth, emergence, and a return to clarity.
You are also being reconnected in a sacred way to the creative force of the Earth Mother’s womb, her heart, and the inherent wisdom she yearns to impart.
You are being reminded that we are ‘all related’ and that, even when you believe yourself forsaken; you are being cradled and nurtured by Mother Earth.”
AND the number is 23, which adds down to A PENTACLE!
Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards by Scott Alexander King
Granny, in her kitchen. Artistically, by Empress.