Making ourselves known.

             Oh what a delightful day I’m having!  True, it DID begin with a horrible notation (my bathroom scales hate me, or maybe that’s not exactly what this means), but it quickly went all uphill from there.  See?

guest room

Joy!

             THIS is happening upstairs right now.  Small dogs and a small girl.  So happy-making!

             Let’s continue to spin this day positively, shall we?  Just moments ago, as I type this, Mercury went retrograde.  Do yourselves a favor, and learn more about what’s going on by reading this post.  (And if you don’t follow that blog via e-mail, do so.  Totally well done, as I’ve mentioned previously.)  A great resource.

             On our card altar today we have an interesting, and timely, message (especially if you just clicked over and read all about the global aspects of this particular planetary phase we’re stepping right into).

animal cards

“Skunk  ~  7  ~

Reputation

Skunk medicine!  Go ahead and laugh.  This furry little animal has a reputation that contains a great deal of power.  Due to its distinctive behavior, humans give this tiny, smelly creature a wide berth.  The key word here is respect.

Unlike other predatory animals, Skunk does not threaten your life but threatens your senses.  You know this to be true if you have ever been in the vicinity of its spray.  In observing the habit patterns of Skunk, it is easy to notice the playfulness and nonchalance of its natural behavior.  The ‘I-dare-you-to’ attitude of this four-legged creature commands you, as the observer, to respect its space by mere reputation alone.

Skunk is teaching you that by walking your talk and by respecting yourself, you will create a position of strength and honored reputation.  The carriage of your body relates to others what you believe about yourself.  There is no need to bully, aggravate, torment, or overpower other beings when your sense of ‘self’ is intact.  As with Skunk, the resonant field of energy around your body is relayed through your senses.  Self-esteem permeates the body’s energy , and is instantly recognized on an extrasensory level by others.

Learn to assert, without ego, what you are.  Respect follows.  Your self-respectful  attitude will repel those who are not of like mind, and yet will attract those who choose the same pathway.  As the odor of Skunk attracts others of its kind, it repels those who will not respect its space.

Skunk medicine people have the ability to attract others, and they are very charismatic.  At the same time, the other side of their natural power is to repel those who seek to take energy from them without recycling the gifts they have taken.

In Skunk medicine, it is good to learn how to handle energy flows.  Modern psychologists call this body language.  In tribal teachings, this is your personal medicine which you are showing to others.  Use your medicine well, and know that you are known by your reputation.  How you use your energy will attract either honor or disgrace.  You may want to examine what energy you are putting out that causes your present situation.

If you have chosen this symbol, you are being asked to notice the kinds of people who are attracted to you.  If they emulate favorable characteristics, have enough self-esteem to recognize those characteristics within yourself.  Walk tall and be proud of the accomplishments you have made.  Bear in mind that what you believe about yourself is your ultimate protection.  Project self-respect.

Contrary:

Skunk medicine operating through the contrary or reversed position indicates that your self-esteem may seem to others as if you are putting on airs.  Observe whether or not you are repelling others in  your vicinity because of envy, jealousy, or a projection of their low self-esteem.  Examine your feelings.  Be truthful with yourself.  Right the situation by assuming that attitude of Skunk: non-chalance.

In leaking vital energy, you may be stinking up your environment.  This is similar to dumping all of your woes on anyone who will listen.  If you are doing this, it may be time to shut your mouth and go within.

You may be leaking sexual energy and repulsing the object of your interest.  That person may be too shy to tell you to lay off.  Look deeply at your self-image and how others are reacting to it.

To balance the causes and effects of your actions and energy flows, you must decided whether or not you need to spray in the direction of others to repel their envy, greed, jealousy, or over-amorous tendencies.  On the other hand, you need to always maintain your ‘right to be.’  Self-respect is the key to all of these situations, whereas ego is merely what you believe yourself to be.”

               As I was glancing along this definition earlier it occurred to me that BETTER keywords might be: respect and self-worth.  Because truly, when we live our lives in honest and genuine ways, we attract more positive and loving energy, and we feel better about ourselves in the process.  When we feel better about ourselves, as Skunk says, we repel those who would be negative (or smelly!) from our environment.

             Tonight’s Daily Dog today is a Two-fer, because that’s how many I could get in one shot.  (Max was being aloof, or maybe just sharing the spotlight, hard to say, he was mostly just napping.)

small dogs

Grand Dogs.

             Yesterday, as I mentioned, we did some erranding.  One of the items on my list was a book I’d heard about for my dad’s birthday.  We found it.  And then, the adorable guys at my local hardware store wrapped it.  For free!

gift wrap

Decorated with taste.

              The other is one that was on a display at the stationery shop (where we get our Pen O’ The Month).  I know he’ll like them both.  (And I can’t wait to look at the history volume while he’s scanning the yard for birds in the nature one.)

Today’s Deck:

Medicine Cards – The Discovery Of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson illustrated by Angela C. Werneke

13 thoughts on “Making ourselves known.

  1. Well, it seems it’s time to unleash some Skunk medicine on your ass… and I do this because I know that you know that it is done with love.

    Ahem… weren’t you supposed to hide that particular implement of torture away??? It would seem to me that when you’ve been in an emotionally vulnerable and physically irritated state it would be especially appropriate to do so… just sayin’.

    Glad that your visiting daughter and her dogs were there to save you from the self-criticism that might have occurred otherwise! Did you read Ann Albers’ latest angel message? If not, I strongly recommend you do so at your earliest convenience ( http://www.visionsofheaven.com/AAngels/newsletter_2012_0714.html ).

    The Mercury Retrograde blog is awesome! I love how she talks about the various influences interacting, instead of treating each separately! Now, lets apply that principal to the scale number you weren’t supposed to read…

    I love your new & improved keywords for Skunk: respect and self-worth… now, apply that to the scale number. And, what is the only way by which we arrive at self-respect and self-worth? Self-love! Apply liberally to said number. Henry’s card for today… Mary Magdalene, Unconditional Love: “Love yourself, others, and every situation–no matter what the outward appearances may be” ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcGUAY3uvaY&list=UUWJUbweIFXsBkb2m5OsTp-g&index=1&feature=plcp ). Apply that liberally, too. And, finally, what was our card for yesterday? Pleasure… now, think back on some of the moments of the “Royal Tour” so far… the cupcakes your sister-in-law thoughtfully made, Cupcake Royale (BTW, I just saw today that the owner of CR formed a PAC & donated $7,000 to the campaign for gay marriage in WA state… http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=12388&MediaType=1&Category=26 ), the fudge, the wedding cake… each of these moments was one of enjoying life, savoring what the world has to offer while in the company of those you love… would you trade any of those moments for a lower number on that stupid machine that is no longer supposed to be used???

    Lastly… you know what?… I was actually impressed, yes IMPRESSED, that you indulged in all the wonderful desserts & yummies on your travels. Because that, to me, is balance. You have been impressively committed to daily movement and dietary changes. You’ve started seeing a therapist, and worked hard at becoming Julie 2.0. And yet you’ve been gentle enough on yourself to not impose tyrannical rules that would strip some of the pleasure out of life and rob you of some of those wonderful moments spent with your loved ones. That bullshit on the scale… that is just a number. The moments that made it what it is… those are part of what makes life beautiful. And you are beautiful no matter what that number is.

    OK… lowering my tail now. ;)

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    *heart*

    (I am allowed to get on it once a week. I cheated by a day. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.) :lol:
    J

    2:46 a.m.
    7-15-12

    • LOL! Oh… oops… didn’t know that… well I think it shouldn’t come out until a few weeks after the Royal Tour is over! ;)

  2. Oh, I can really see how this card applies to me! Working hard on self-respect and self-worth, but as you saw on my blog, I still have a way to go. I’ll work on channeling Skunk-magick through my life (and that just sounds so weird!). :)

    Glad you have another daughter and two more granddogs in the house. Must be … busy. As well as fun! All you need now is JD needing a place to stay for a little bit ….

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    Oh no, not all three kids and all three dogs….. trying to sleep here! Once upon a time, the witchlings all had a room, but that moment has passed. Mostly. ;)
    J

    10:29 p.m.
    7-15-12

  3. Seconding Corina.

    I have a special soft spot for skunks. One of the schools I was at had alot of skunks around. They would come down to the barns to mop up any grain the horses spilled and when it got cold at night they would hole up in the hay sheds. Well, everyone else was afraid of them. After I went into a barn on night feeding duty and walked one out, I got called everytime one was spotted. I managed to teach a couple of people how to deal with them, but most would just call ‘the skunk lady’ to get them out…

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    Ahhhh, memories of Pepe Le Pew, oh how I loved that cartoon. When I saw a REAL skunk for the first time I was just as smitten. Good job with your educating of the masses.
    J

    10:32 p.m.
    7-15-12

    • Juuuulieee, I was thinking of you this evening! Made a mad dash for crickets (stores close at 6 on Sunday and I forgot) and saw New York, California, and Florida plates! Too bad there wasn’t a northern state around to cover all four compass directions! (Yes, I know I’m silly. :) )

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      So close!
      J

      10:34 p.m.
      7-15-12

  4. love this card, and message is timely. Also love that you are “allowed” to get on the scale once a week. :-) I was up after vacation, too, but it is getting back to normal. self-worth, indeed.

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    Today was better, one less than yesterday. Turns out, maybe that number is not QUITE as accurate as we had thought (which is WHY I still think checking in with the scales ONCE a day is not unreasonable, balance that out over a week, and you have an average).

    Another eating frenzy began today though (damn family events!), and will continue into the coming week. I shall strive for “not too bad” and then deal with the consequences later.
    J

    10:39 p.m.
    7-15-12

  5. Perhaps you should respect yourself enough to not care about what the scale says? You are excerpting and you are eating right so the scale can kiss your ass.

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    That is pretty much the goal of therapy with *A* right now. It got sidetracked with my “Highly Sensitve” nature though, so we’ll see what topic is on the table Tuesday. :?
    J

    10:43 p.m.
    7-15-12

  6. I think skunks are totally cute. They make good pets if they get de-skunked too, but then, having removed their defense mechanism, you have to make sure they stay inside and cared for.

    Walk tall and project self-respect – love that.

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    See above comment to Robin regarding my adoration of skunks. :P

    I agree, exceptionally good motto.
    J

    10:47 p.m.
    7-15-12

  7. Sorry to burst your bubble, but if a scale (or any measuring device, for that matter) is “off” in its reading, it is most likely going to be off by pretty much the same amount, in the same direction, every single time it’s used… so averaging won’t get you any closer to the “true” number.

    Oh, and I got so caught up in Skunk medicine that I forgot to mention that I think they’re adorable, too… from a respectful distance.

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