There is a nearly measurable amount of comfort in the known quantity, when we return to a calming reality which soothes our unsettled soul.  It can be like coming home, if we ever really COULD go home again (or ya know, time travel), like changing into our jammies after a stressful day out.  Today, and today’s card, made me think of this as I sat down just now.

             Our interwebz issues are not us.  (No shit.)  It’s been confirmed, by an official “guy” (with a business card and truck-with-decal).  It’s a nodal problem.  Or, as I have been saying all along, it’s Mercury, messin’ me up.  On purpose.  Simply because it CAN.  Either way, we wait.  It will be diagnosed and then (hopefully) repaired by the “crew” OR we’ll eventually move past it as the Retrograding fades.  Neither option sounds particularly appealing to me, but that makes not one WHIT of difference.  I MUST wait.   And be patient.

           (Currently we have SOME connectivity, it’s stable at the moment.  I’m being grateful, and moderately satisfied with that.  Best we can do.)

            Let’s just get to our message, shall we?  Then I can show you what I saw this afternoon as I trudged around my neighborhood.

“Raven  ~  Bran  ~  Healing, Initiation, Protection.

The card shows a raven perched on the bare winter branches of a beech tree that grows beside an ancient mound.  This is the White Mount, in which is buried the head of Bran the Blessed, and on which in later times will be raised the Tower of London.

Bran offers initiation, protection, and the gift of prophecy.  What is meant by initiation in practice may be as formal as actually undergoing an initiation ceremony, or as informal as, for example, being initiated into the mysteries of a new post or profession. 

It marks the death of one thing, which gives way to the birth of another.  The power of the raven can also bring you the very deepest form of healing, which is achieved through a process known as ‘the resolution of the opposites’ – giving you the possibility of resolving conflicts that have lain buried in your unconscious or perhaps in your past.”

             This one was VERY right-side up when I flipped it over, but I’m hearing now that we also need to look at the Contrary aspect.

“Drawn reversed, this card suggests that you should become aware of the forces of destruction that exist in your life and in the world.  However much we might wish that destruction did not occur, we know that without destruction there cannot be construction and recreation. 

The raven speaks of the knowledge of the dark and difficult aspects of our life, which is hard for us to understand.  Sometimes we, or our lives, must go through a process of disintegration and darkness, in order to emerge into the greater light of a new morning.   To a great extent our fear of the dark is worse than whatever it is that we find there. 

Drawing this card reversed may mean that we can now come to terms with our own destructiveness – a rage that has perhaps been buried for years – knowing that we have the protection of the Goddess.   Deeper still, it may mean that we can come to a resolution of the conflict of opposites – experiencing the reality that in darkness there is light, and in light darkness.”

              Another mystically connected creature who speaks of the darkness.  THIS is where I’m comfortable.  THIS is the type of message that makes me feel at home and at ease.  As with Owl, I sink into the words of “healing” and “subconscious” likening them to cozy home-made flannel quilts. 

              On my wander this afternoon I saw crows (or possibly ravens, in this case, it doesn’t matter which they were) several times.  On each occasion they just looked at me, then went on about their bird-y business.  It was nice.  To share space with them (or the same one, I repeat, doesn’t even matter) in a familiar area.  What I felt every time was that comfort of home, knowing my surroundings, and sensing I was safe.

        

           It helped that I began my trek by seeing this wee item.  And engaged in a lovely text exchange with a genuine, and understandingly kind friend.  The combination gave me, again, a feeling of comfort and peace.

             The umbrella got left behind this time.  A mile down the road, my head got rained on.  But not for long.   A new “wind event” is coming, the beginnings of that blew the denser clouds away from me.  I also took that as a sign.

            Much of the clean-up from the last weather happening has been completed, but there are still bigger jobs around that no one has even touched yet.  (Like that huge halfa tree and fence disaster above.)

             In this view you can (kinda) see some remains of a mess that took days to clear aside.  Involving three or more pieces of property, an entire cul-de-sac, and this intersection. 

             My Foreign License Plate spottings have been picking up lately: Maryland, a Dakota (probably South), Nevada, Alaska, BC (wave wave), Vermont (with a big ol’ cougar head on it, Kewl Kate, tell us more about this new development), Nebraska, and Arizona.  Spring Break maybe? 

             Now, I don’t know about any of you, but I have a situation, on the physical front, which bothers me.  I won’t get too graphic here (my children still occasionally stop by and read this), but I do need to describe something in order to explain the next picture.  The deal is: my thighs touch.  Each other!  In two places!  I know, devastating isn’t it?  And just all kinds of wrong. 

           (Although, according to my son, this is a NATURAL state of being for humans.  I was thinking my condition was an anomaly.  And it made me feel bad.  Really, it’s made me feel terrible for about my entire life.  He says that it’s NORMAL.   Hmmmm.  What about my pudgy knees?   Also in the supposedly normal category too?!)

Not so dry mommy.

              Dan said this blow-out is from my legs meeting the bike seat.  Still.  It’s a flaw.  A defect.  In me?  Or just in the pants?  Who cares?  Rain got in yesterday!  (Or possibly it was gutter water that got in.)  I’ll be patching it.  With the same product I used to repair our guest room carpet Max tore up.  We’re fancy like that.  There WILL be pictures!

Today’s Deck:

The Druid Animal Oracle – Working With The Sacred Animals Of The Druid Tradition by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, illustrated by Bill Worthington

12 thoughts on “Satisfactory Saturday.

  1. The cougar on the VT license plate is a Catamount. That’s the local mountain lion here – although it’s thought they may be extinct. We still see wolves and bears running wild, but catamounts not so much. It’s on our conservation plates. We also see fox, moose, deer, beavers, otters and a host of other creatures on a regular basis. We’re lucky like that.

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    Ah ha!!! Thank you SO much!

    When I was in junior high my dad worked with a guy who was Vermont born and raised. He said that it was very similar to Oregon in so many ways that he felt right at home here. Except, according to him, we had strange accents. 😛
    J

    1:27 a.m.
    4-1-12

  2. Oh my goodness – you thinking your pudgy knees aren’t normal. You’ve got to read Withering Tights by Louise Rennison. You will laugh and laugh and laugh. I read the whole 200 pg book aloud to my gkids in one day and they were engaged the whole time. It’s a YA recommended by wise woman London Mabel.
    I’m being forced to send you another email. I have to do that and then hopefully I can focus on my first bootcamping writing sprint.
    Lots of big sighs tonight.

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    You know, I take these recommendations VERY seriously!

    Okay, need to go check anyway, I’m super behind tonight.
    J

    1:29 a.m.
    4-1-12

  3. So as you know i’m having some personal troubles at the moment and yesterday I was driving along and asked the Universe for some confirmation that I was definitely doing the right thing.
    Tonight I was in the shower and I was thinking about crows and then as soon as I got out I came here and saw all this.
    I think I have my confirmation and the very uplifting message I needed to receive 🙂
    Also, the touching thigh thing…I have that, I hate it and if I have to replace pants it’s because the inner thigh seam has worn through from rubbing together.
    Oh, and it’s funny that Judy mentioned Withering Tights because I saw it in a shop yesterday and was going to buy it if i’d had the money on me…will have to go back me thinks.

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    So glad you got that validation! Yes, it’s a difficult time for many of us right now. It’s good when we hear our messages, that often helps.
    J

    4:16 a.m.
    4-1-12

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your radio signals were spot on, as usual, and “we can now come to terms with our own destructiveness – a rage that has perhaps been buried for years” has guided me to a catharsis that allows me to begin healing my inner child. “Deeper still, it may mean that we can come to a resolution of the conflict of opposites – experiencing the reality that in darkness there is light, and in light darkness.” I know that if I hadn’t experienced the darkness I have, I would not have been challenged to the point of finding my inner light. I’m gonna let it shine! 😀


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    Yes, another one! Thanks you guys for letting me know this message is so beneficial and makes so much sense. Whew, that always means a lot to me. 😉

    Corina and Kris, I don’t mean to make light of your individial situations though. Going through crap like this (what each of you are dealing with) and learning our lessons is sometimes nothing BUT painful. What we depend on is that when we DO get out the other side, it’s LOVELY there!
    J

    4:21
    a.m.
    4-1-12

    (On my way to check in with Terry’s goats and chickens, then off to bed.)

  5. I think too much. I don’t just let things be or flow or become; I hold back or I try to force things or I just freeze in place (mostly the latter these days). I don’t even know how to get to anyplace in this card. Sigh.

    I do like reading that other people are finding usefulness in the cards, tho’. It’s good to see that others are finding their way or progressing or doing better.

    We don’t have winds like you have up there except during tropical storms and hurricanes. The winds that are normal on the Oregon Coast are reserved here for very bad storms. It’s weird for high winds here to be like 13 mph. 🙂

    My thighs rub, too. I hate it. They rubbed much less when I was thinner. I didn’t wear through my jean inseams when I was thinner, either. If I wear a skirt or dress, I have to wear shorts underneath or my thighs stick and are uncomfortable. So while it’s normal for one’s thighs to touch, I guess, it’s the rubbing that comes from being heavier. Or sturdier … let’s go with sturdier. 🙂

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    See Corina’s excellent suggestions below, I think what she says could be really helpful for you!
    J

    10:13 p.m.
    4-1-12

    1. I am an overthinker, too, and when a card description has so much information it can get overwhelming! The approach that has helped me to benefit from the cards, and works for my overthinking brain, is to read through the entire description, open to phrases or sentences that resonate with me, or just cause my brain to have an internal “hm, interesting” reaction. Then I use the phrase or phrases to guide my overthinking in that direction. And sometimes I do some meditation or affirmations on the given subject. Of course, YMMV, I’m just throwin’ stuff out, from one overthinker to another. 🙂

  6. Your son is correct. It is normal for thighs to touch. Even us skinny minnies have touching thighs. In fact, touching thighs, or “friction” as it is called among runners, is a common topic among athletes. Because touching thighs rub together in heightened activity and cause rashes n shit. Vaseline is our friend. (I got all fancy when my son did his bike trip and bought him “Chamois Butt’r”. It is supposed to very good for “friction” in the nether regions but my son was not impressed with how everything was sliding around. 🙂 )

    Ooohh, poor Weeping Willow! That was a big chunk of tree to come down.

    Our interwebz has settled down (yea!). So here’s me sending good vibes to your interwebz. (I’m a Taurus, we believe we can beat Mercury.)

    I don’t know just how the card applies me, just that I felt very comfortable reading the message.


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    When I first thought I could run (ha, silly me) I DID read about this situation, and some product recommendations as well. Thanks for the reminder. 😉

    Glad your interweb-ness is calming, hope ours is soon to follow. Lol, I’m sure Mercury quivers in its boots at the thought of facing your strong Taurus self!

    Oh good, well I’m happy to hear that this comfort was something Raven continued to share around.
    J

    10:03 p.m.
    4-1-12

  7. I love the tree photo. Child #2 loves crows/ravens. His wife bought three decorative crows for their house. Very bird-y on the fireplace mantle. Poop-ed today. Visiting mom took all the stuffing out of me. Can’t think to comment properly.

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    I’ve had a very bird-y few days. And now I want to see those mantle decorations. 😉

    No worries about “proper” comments, you did really well. Especially considering your condition tonight. Isn’t it odd how sometimes those non-physical, and yet SO emotional, types of days can wear us down to just nuthin’?
    J

    10:19 p.m.
    4-1-12

  8. From Delia:

    Happy (belated) birthday to your Empress! Hope it was fabulous. 🙂

    Also, my thighs touch, too. :-\


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    Thanks, we had some Mercury related issues, but it’ll all work out.

    I love that face with the funky crooked mouth, but I NEVER remember to make it, or HOW to make it half the time. So glad you included it. I needed that.
    J

    10:23 p.m.
    4-1-12

  9. My thighs touched when I was a skinny teenager. So yes… it is a Natural Phenomena. 🙂

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    Mmmmmm. You guys are beginning to convince me. BEGINNING to. 😉
    J

    10:52 p.m.
    4-1-12

  10. Birds two days in a row? Owl was Mrs. Denial’s Mom’s totem; Raven is one of Mrs. Denial’s. OK, then…

    Yep, thighs rub together. A little vasoline goes a long way. Talcum powder works pretty well, too.

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    We are BIG fans of talc!
    J

    2:19 a.m.
    4-2-12

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