My day went completely differently than I thought it would. And it began with two boys. I had company on my porch, not too long after I got up.
Wait, let me back up and do this chronologically. Sleep was interrupted most of last night by the fact that occasionally my skin was on fire. Okay fine! “On fire” could be a slight exaggeration, “too warm for me to feel comfortable in” is perhaps more accurate. Whatever, same thing. These “power surges” are increasing to the point of extreme annoyance (in addition to all of the OTHER and ADDITIONAL shit in my life). I’d really like to be done with them now. I believe three years is plenty. ‘kay, thanks Universe, get on that will ya?
So, where was I? Oh right, sweaty tangled sleeping. And dreams of travel. I woke up with the “knowledge” that Dan and I need to get passports. Like now. Why? No clue. I just know that we should be making those arrangements pronto.
Oh yeah, and I had a killer sinus headache. So that was fun too. NOT.
Moving on. I flipped over our daily draw, glanced at the key words, and just kept going with my start-the-day events. Then, two someones appeared at the front door. These two, if you’d like the specifics.
Honey Graham and Super Max! (Right now they are upstairs napping, that shot above was the start of our walk, apparently it was tiring.) Here’s a better view of the short one.
If I could crop it properly I would, instead we get this. You guys understand. And no, we don’t usually make my poor grand-dog wear a crappy used leash around his neck, but this outing with not planned. We had to make what we had on hand work for us. Next time we’ll be better prepared.
They came by so we could do a car swap, Empress will be arriving shortly to leave the emergency ride here and take her boys home with her. I was being utilized as a resource this afternoon, for which I’m really quite grateful, unexpected as it all was. Graham and I chatted on many topics, one of which was Allen Carr.
We’ve ordered (from my favorite local independent bookseller) two titles: The Easy Way to Stop Drinking and No More Diets. One for him and one for me. We are both looking forward to their arrival, and further conversations. I’m also sending him off with homework. (Seriously, everyone KNEW that was coming.) And the promise that he’ll get in touch with plenty of AA folks, for this up-coming Emma-is-away time in our lives.
Support is invaluable during periods of stress, especially so when some of that stress is caused by your primary support person going away. I can only be available for limited hours, so he needs a few more numbers to call and text. We still don’t know how much of this academy time Em will be able to come home for, and it’s bothering both me and him. We’ll get through it, and she’ll learn her craft from the professionals so that her awesome grooming career can take off. But for now, we need our preparedness plans in order.
When we headed out the door I was slightly un-focused and my Mermaid Water got left behind (hey, we had Max!) so this picture doesn’t have our traditional size gauge in it. These sprouts are reeeeeeeeeeealy small, you’ll just have to trust me. But they were so beautiful I needed to share.
On our card altar, an anomaly has occurred. For the first time since we received this deck I have to disagree with the guidebook, and with Toni. In my own circumstances anyway. If this one fits you perfectly, well that’s good AND bad, but it goes against some of the things I feel are important to understand. Now, I fully admit that I am NOT an expert on stones, so I’d usually say “go with the guy who makes his living with these.” I would, and I have, but for this one, I can’t. Not entirely.
“Pyrite ~ emotional balance, psychological strength, relationships, protection.
You may be feeling emotionally unbalanced at present because you have allowed yourself to, at least partially, believe another’s critical judgement of you. This malicious criticism was directed at you by someone who falsely believes that they will gain something by belittling you.
To regain your mental strength and emotional balance you must realise that this whole episode is simply emotional blackmail. You are dearly loved and held in high esteem by many, so see this episode for what it really is and do not allow yourself to be so affected by what one person says – others know the truth.
Pyrite can help strengthen you both psychologically and emotionally.”
Here’s my take on this, for me. I am not currently in the situation he is describing (unless I am and I don’t know it), and I have pretty much not ever allowed what others thought or felt about me to sway my mind or bother me all that much. I am who I am and I do what I do, the people who have issues with that are dealing with their own shit, not mine, so the problem is theirs.
On the other hand, I AM fairly unbalanced and emotional right now, but it’s because of some physical manifestations of crap that are beyond my control (most of which were listed here in the past couple of days). The key words are good ones, and I like the connections they have with this stone, because historically speaking, it was one that really upset so many individuals over the past few hundreds of years.
My personal take on Pyrite is that it’s here to help, to protect us from false thinking, and to connect us with our true selves. Aiding us, providing assistance to see the spiritual value in all beings and objects, not just those that SOME people find important. Relationships are worthy of our time and energy, being true to ourselves and our loved ones is the most important aspect of what we do and what we need to follow through with.
The over all message is clearly that we need to stay focused on the real treasures in our lives.
Crystal Oracle by Toni Carmine Salerno