To Help and To Heal

             I fell asleep last night thinking of today’s post.  This message reminded me of a recent conversation with one of my co-workers.

             He’s a tremendously kind individual.  Highly sensitive, like me.  He went to see a movie the other evening.  It was an emotional encounter for him; it moved him, in a life-altering way.

             Basically the story spoke of how we never truly know someone else.  But, even with that as a foundation and Universal fact, we can still be there for others in a huge and meaningful way, we can act as support, as aid.

             In reality, we don’t need all of the specific details to see and feel …..

Compassion

             We are able to be there for loved ones/for strangers, in all conditions and under all circumstances.  We have the capacity, the means, the resources, the natural talent by just showing up.

             As long as we remember this, as we make it more of a habit to help, the easier it will be, the deeper our well to draw from.  And the more we help, the more healing we will all experience.

             As the most perfect validation, look where I was directed on our card altar.

compassion

“Support  ~

Offer your support to someone.

Experience the joy of serving others.”

Today’s Deck:

Self-Care Cards by Cheryl Richardson

Today’s Sharing:

is this view from my other new calendar.

witches almanac

             I love that the corresponding information is on each month’s image.  And of course, the artwork is some of my favorite.

Today’s Sounds:

here is what I am listening to, as I type and channel and feel and share and reach out.  From me, to you.

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Give and Take, and Keep Giving

             You know the saying about sticking with a day job?  Well, even my day job is at night.  On a recent evening, during my daytime night work, I was fortunate enough to spend time with two women who became instant friends.

             They didn’t know each other (nor me, really) prior to this visit.  But, by the end, we had laughed and cried and shared and bonded.

             Both of them, like me, have suffered enormous losses in their lives.  Also, in a similar way to my own, they have seen beautiful blessings, witnessed history, and learned from these events.

             I’m dedicating this post to Carla and Barbara, because not only is genuine sharing important, but clear and honest communication is vital to our future, and the future of our entire planet.

In Partnership

             We simply do not know who or what may cross our path at any given point.  Isn’t it best then, to just be prepared with a smile and kind word?

              Treating others as we would like to be treated is so basic, and yet, it is often forgotten or neglected.  I believe it’s time (past time!) to bring it back.

              Let’s go forward together, and not apart.

             On our card altar, in a most delightful validation, we have a messenger who reminds us that we are always the teacher AND the student, never only one, but without fail, both simultaneously.

robin wood tarot

The Hierophant  ~  5

(not fully rightside-up)

Setting aside the church trappings, this draw (in reversed position) is more about living and learning than it is hierarchy.

We know that to live with Mercy and Goodness is to be balanced.  It’s not being a doormat, but being powerful in our Graciousness.

As we learn we grow, as we teach we grow.  As we communicate with others, we grow.  We take our lessons and we share them, as they are shared with us.

Remember, the number 5 is focused on our humanity.  On our flawed human-ness.  Will we always get our homework in on time and pull straight As?  Of course not.

But will we do our best and try hard and play nice?  Yep, we’ll sure aim for it, and we’ll forgive ourselves as we forgive others who may stumble and need a helping hand.

We are part of a community, we are here in partnership with those around us.  We teach, we learn, we communicate.

Today’s Deck:

Robin Wood Tarot

Today’s Sharing:

is to show you this adorable and thoughtful gift.  It appeared in my mailbox on precisely the day I needed it most.

(Thank you, Karen Bear!)

out houses

A lighthouse outhouse!

             Here’s to a brand new year of RELEASE and letting go.  (And, ya know, whatever our lessons may be.)

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Looking Close

             Is everyone as excited about new calendars as I am?  Of course, there won’t be resolutions.  We’ve learned so much!  And we now know that those are not necessarily productive, nor helpful.

             New pages though, with beautiful views?  All those hopes and possibilities?  Absolutely.

            That’s right what the Universe wants to remind us of today.  We have so much to be grateful for and to look forward to.  While at the same time being consciously here and present.

Imminent, and Now

             One of my major lessons, as everyone is aware, has to do with letting go.  It focuses on the power to NOT keep looking behind me.  This message, of being present but also acknowledging the joy in our future, can be challenging.

             Which is probably why it’s so important.   It’s a process that I might need to sit with, and feel all the edges of.  It’s also very promising, bringing inspiration, pulling us back to consciousness.

             Reviewing the past year is not the goal, but absorbing what we learned there, that does have value.  Finding the balance, that’ll be where we aim our mind and heart.

             Standing amongst my cards, in front of our altar, here is where I was directed.  This is a perfect draw, what with the current Mercury Retrograde we’re still involved with.  I’m including both parts from the Guidebook.

mercury retrograde

“Details, Details   ~   43   ~

‘The most powerful patterns are created within the tiniest details.

Pay attention.’

Upright:

This is the time to be aware of the fine print in all areas of your life.  Look at the details and leave the broad strokes for another time.

When this card appears in a reading, it is a sign to finesse a project, make small but meaningful gestures, or add a personal touch to your correspondence.

Be aware that what you need to know lies in the details.  If you are entering into an agreement of any kind, pay attention to them before, not after, when it’s too late.

Clarity and transparency are key.  You can gain great understanding by observing the minute body language, offhand remarks, and fleeting facial expressions that reveal the larger picture.

Reversed:

Heed the gentle warning that perfectionism will not lead you to what you desire, but instead will steer you way from it.

Nothing will be good enough when you become obsessed with being perfect.  No one can ever measure up to your scrutiny, and nothing that you can ever do will assuage that general feeling of not being up to par.

You are perfect already, just as you are.

Reversed, the Details Details card challenges you to accept things as they are in all their imperfections – to step into the world and engage it without any expectations.

You are exactly where you’re supposed to be.”

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing:

is to say that tomorrow marks my 9th year here.  Anniversaries for blogging seem to have fallen out of fashion.   But really, when was I ever concerned with trends set by other people?

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Appreciation Factor

             I am only able to check in here briefly.  Our part of the world (and perhaps yours, too) is currently encased in ice. We lost power at the beginning of this weather pattern, earlier in the week, but it has now been restored.

             I am beyond thankful for that small fact.  (As well as, the tree which fell on our house, was our own tree, and it didn’t poke any holes in the roof.  This time, unlike the last incident.)  Our message is clearly about gratitude.

             Take a moment, look around.  Recognize your gifts and blessing.  Help where you can, others may not be so lucky.

             I was directed to this validation on our card altar.  We are being reminded of all that we have, and all that we CAN have.

gratitude, dreams

Octopus

Travel across earth and over sea to securely embrace your dream.

Octopus does not wait for fate to deliver her dinner of Crab, employing whatever strategy is necessary for his capture, even abandoning water for earth’s air.

She counsels that you, too, follow your dream.  If your partner has left for a faraway land, join them; if a new exciting possibility calls from distant climes, embrace it as firmly as Octopus does Crab.

If others obstruct you, like Octopus eclipse your actions in an inky cloud until your dream is securely within your grasp.”

Today’s Deck:

Animal Messages Oracle Cards by Susie Green

Today’s Sharing:

is for everyone to look at this view from my downstairs hall.

December Dreams

December Dreams

             For our future?  Let’s envision ourselves here.  Together.  And safe.

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Presently

             When I was very young, my mom or my grandmother would take me in with them when they shopped at the Five and Dime (what would now be equivalent to probably a dollar store, only way bigger and better).   I would wander away, in my own tiny world.  Often I could talk one or the other of them in to purchasing a small skein of yarn.

             It was always the same: Fiesta!  This was long before overdyeds or variegated options were readily available.  “My” yarn was special.  It was all the colors of the rainbow, in one handy hank.

             I’ve recently returned to the land of yarns and knitting.  These memories from so very long ago though, they are fresh in my mind.  Just as how my hands seem to recall what to do with the needles and wool (or cotton, or alpaca, or or or ….. there are so many more choices now), so too, do I recall all the many people in my life who have added to, blended with, and shared so generously.

             Waking up today, I heard very distinctly that we can’t forget, even if we don’t have all of our family members physically with us this holiday season, that doesn’t mean they aren’t near by.

             Our message is about bringing our minds to the present, but recalling our past.  It’s about looking forward to GOOD things in the future, but as has been stated before, not dwelling on what is seemingly gone from us.

             Focus now, with love in our hearts, on

this very moment.

             We have all of our past within us; we have all of our “yet to be” times ahead of us.  Combine it, that’s what the Universe has to say.

             Bring it all together in our Now.  Those treasured memories, those loved ones who have gone Home before us, hold close this warmth in our hearts.  See the tomorrow possibilities.  At the same time, be here.  Be present.  Be whole.

             On our card altar, in validation, is an extension of this same message.  She visits us as a reminder, a very timely and soulful reminder.

st mother teresa

“Activist  ~  St Mother Teresa

You are being guided to champion a cause, such as a social issue, a charitable group, or a person in distress.

Like St Mother Teresa, you can single-handedly make a positive difference in the world.  She’ll act as your guide in this matter, if you will only ask for her help.

Notice which issues arouse your passion or anger, and make a commitment to serve in some capacity to heal those situations.  Your soul wants to express itself and to make your opinions known.

Use your expertise and life experience (such as business skills, writing abilities, or speaking talent) to help along your chosen cause.  Donate time or money to related charities and agencies.  You’ll feel energized by your activism.”

Today’s Deck:

Saints & Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is this view.  It’s not the same yarn as I used to hold tight in my sweaty wee hands, but it’s close enough.

knitting

One done project, and one still on the needles. Kinda bright for me, but it’s what we had.

             Look for the blessings.  They’re there, I promise.  And if you’re still needing more, make some.

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