From my witchy self elf to all of you, I sincerely hope everyone had a joyous and delightful Samhain. Blessed and Peaceful Halloween, Merry Witches New Year, to one and all. I stayed home, no pool on a religious holiday! And I got to answer the door for Trick Or Treaters. Something I have always loved to do. I mean, come on! Giving candy to children?! How can that NOT be fun?!
Although, as my son pointed out, it is slightly creepy, when you think about it. But only if I lived in a house made of gingerbread. Or my skin was the shade of fresh mowed grass. Otherwise, it’s just entertaining.
(If you have not seen the others, from previous years, what are you waiting for? Go back. Use the calendar feature or HISTORY QUILT, right over there <—-. You should see how talented he is.)
I love that so many people in our neighborhood come back year after year to enjoy these (even after they have moved). But look closer, at that tiny example on the right.
The way the mummy carving was made is a new technique this season. And we were happy to see it. The one in the center he had to graph out and chart on his own because it was a design I liked that didn’t have a pattern. He totally should get prizes for these.
He should also be awarded some type of medal for keeping the candy hidden from me for over a week. (Two weeks?) It’ll be gone by tomorrow, one way or another.
When I got into the card altar room earlier I was thinking we’d go with our Special Occasion deck, it being a High Holy Day and all. But no, I was directed to simply stick with our regular rotation. Once I saw the draw, I realized why. This animal is VERY special. And not just to me.
“Dolphin ~ 40 ~ Manna
Dolphin speaks to us of the breath of life, the only thing that humans cannot go without for more than a few minutes. We can live without water and food for days, but oxygen is the source of our sustenance. Within the breath we encounter the rhythm of energy that all life emits. In changing the rate or rhythmic texture of our breath, we can tap into any other life-form or creature. This is a very easy way to connect with divine energy coming from Great Spirit, as well as with your own personal rhythms.
Dolphin is the keeper of the sacred breath of life, and teaches us how to release emotions through Dolphin breath. Dolphin creates rhythm swimming through the water and breathing before submerging then holding its breath for the duration of underwater travel. As Dolphin comes above water again, it blows its breath out in a manner resembling the popping of a cork. We can use this same technique to pull the stopper on our tensions and create total relaxation. This is a good exercise to use before entering the silence.
Manna is life force. Manna is present in every atom, and is Great Spirit’s essence. Dolphin teaches us how to use life-manna through our breath. It revitalizes each cell and organ, and breaks the limits and dimensions of physical reality so that we may enter the Dreamtime.
If Dolphin has appeared to you today, frothing through the waves in your spread, you are to be a link to some solution for the Children of Earth. This can be a time when you are to link with Great Spirit and bring answers to your own questions or to those of others.
In addition, this can mean a time of communication with the rhythms of nature. You are put on notice to be mindful of your body rhythms and the patterns of energy being fed to you from the Creator. Imitate Dolphin and ride the waves of laughter, spreading joy in the world. Breathe and experience the manna so freely given. Break existing barriers and connect to the Dreamtime. Know that we are all whole in the eyes of the Everliving One.
If Dolphin appears reversed, perhaps you are forgetting to breathe. You may be under stress and your body may need manna. You may be starving your cells and organs no matter how many vitamins you are taking. Your natural cycles may be fouling up.
Pay close attention to your health and your feelings. If you are on edge or just tense, take time to relax and breathe the life force into your muscles Focus on releasing old breath at the bottom of your lungs and refilling your respiratory system with regenerative manna. Breathe from the diaphragm and fill the lungs to capacity. Then exhale from the chest to the belly, allowing your body to totally relax as you breathe out.
Another message of contrary Dolphin is that many signals are carried through universal tides or waves, and you may be failing to use your sonar. To detect these wave-patterns you may need to realign yourself with natural rhythms within your body. Then it is necessary to use the Dolphin breath to connect to universal awareness and signals.
Dolphin says to dive deeply into the water, to play by the coral reefs, and to discover the beauty of the rhythm of breath.”
I edited this one for length a bit, and included both directions. My favorite line is the very last one, because I can so clearly SEE this image.
Medicine Cards – The Discovery Of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson Illustrated by Angel C. Werneke