You guys are gonna love this. I had been thinking about what to write today, and how there were questions I would answer, a few home tales to tell, a bit of explaining I’d do, and then I turned the card over. Yesterday we were told in our archangel message to watch for signs. Repetitious signals from the Universe. Ha! No shit.
We are going to start with the daily draw, then I’ll move on to those other things. Because seriously, this is a major, neon flashing, direct shout of communication. From The Druid Animal Oracle, I present you with…. a repeat.
“Eagle (Iolair ~ pronouced as Yulir) ~ Intelligence, Renewal, Courage.
The card shows a golden eagle flying in front of the rising sun, and indicating its association with the East – the realm of intellect and the element of Air. It is the time of Lughnasadh (Lammas on August 1st) – and the landscape below shows the harvest being gathered in. On the horizon are the peaks of Snowdonia, and we can just make out the eagles’ secret lake of renewal in the North. In the foreground is the oak tree, for the oak is king of the forest, as the eagle is king of the birds. The oak and the eagle are both also associated with the god Taranis, the Druid Jupiter, and the god Lugh (Lleu) who was said to have transformed himself into an eagle which perched on a mighty oak.
Iolair helps you to see your life in the wider context, enabling you to make decisions and chart your goals with clarity and objectivity. A powerful ally, it is courageous and strong, and draws its powers from the sun. If you will allow Eagle to work for you, it will bring you a sense of purpose and the courage to see this through, enabling you to venture into fresh territory with confidence. Iolair will enable you to grasp subtle concepts. Eagle, when accepted, will also show you the way to renew and rejuvenate yourself, by demonstrating the art of plunging – at just the right moment – into the lake of the heart.”
As I stood there in front of our card altar I did a double-take, I actually looked over the entire table, with this one in my hand, trying to figure out what I had done. How come I was holding an Eagle card when we had JUST drawn an Eagle card in the past few days? It was kind of startling. I mean wow, this has happened before. Twice!
Obviously when we are supposed to get messages like this, we get them loud and clear. This kind of thing makes me absurdly happy. And, ta da! It’s extremely validating as well.
Which brings me to a question that London Mabel asked in the comments recently. I explained this when we first started the rotation, or possibly as far back as when Colette’s deck showed up in our lives. But that was a while ago, and I realize that not everyone has read the entire three year back log. So, I’ll give the details again.
When we go around the table, we flip a card. The decks are just what I had around the Burrow. We’ll be running out of a few of them soon, and I will replace those with others I have, or new ones. And we’ll add back some of the decks that have run their course. Most are oracle cards, one is an animal totem deck, but one is the Robin Wood Tarot, a duplicate of the cards I read from when you hire me. I transcribe the information from the guidebook, inside quotation marks, and in the italic font, centered below the picture.
Except if it is just me. If we have a card from my “working deck” I will still put the meanings and definition in italics, but there will be no quotation marks, because I am not quoting anyone. I am giving you the reading that comes through me. As the radio. If I had a third option, like a different type face or something, I’d use that. But I don’t. This is the only way I can make it distinctive.
As promised, here are the lilac clippings I got last night. Daniel come home for lunch, so I had him pull the branches down and hold the flash light for me. It is still pretty early in their blooming phase, but I couldn’t wait. I needed some of these near me.
Eventually I’ll have my own blossoms to harvest, but now I have to “borrow” them from next door. What I do have is honeysuckles. This is a plant that we moved with us from about the last three or four houses we’ve lived in. I would make Dan take starts from each one, then they would grow at the new place.
Please avert your eyes from the hideous old pallet and disgusting tarps. Just look at how this shrub is growing up the side of the deck, onto the second story. In the last house, it grew the same way, and I was really hoping it would it again. We planted it down there at the bottom, in that tiny square of dirt where the post goes in to the ground (which I just realized you can’t actually see in this shot, but believe me, it’s there, surrounded by concrete). When my dad and Dan had to rebuild the deck I was an emotional wreck over how my honeysuckle would survive. You can see that it did just fine, they were very careful.
This is looking at it from the top, the ugly tarps are directly below here. Yes, it needs some re-training so it’s not on the seats, but I can do that any time. I have re-twined the vines for years, to make it go where I want it to. I’ll go out there in a few days and re-arrange them again.
Barb and Skye have both mentioned the fact that I am nowhere to be found on FaceBook. True, and likely to stay this way for a bit longer. Remember how I wander dangerously along the boarders of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Well, having the addictive personality that I do, it is fairly risky for me to start new things that might take me down another treacherous path. We have talked about getting me a Fan Page, so that I would have access to the site. I’m still thinking. I know, it’s a funny way to go about it, I am not a famous person, I am not a published authour, I’m not even a public personality with fans. Still, it might be one option. I’ll keep you posted.
Last night Empress sent me this link. I have not poked around there a bunch yet, but it looks really good. And since our latest Eagle card mentioned Lughnasadh and Lammas, this was way timely too. Check it out, it appears to be done very well. Thanks Emmy!