Were you all waiting to hear?  Well, your patience is being rewarded. The news of my guests is that Hanna, and Keith, and Indiana all arrived safely.  The Deputy showed up just minutes later, to take a quick lunch break.  This wedding weekend is going smoothly.  With one very sad exception.

             There was a loss in Ryon’s family recently, followed by another passing yesterday.  We are wishing him well in dealing with all of this grief.  It’s a horrible lesson, but it’s one we all understand.  And it’s one that we simply must learn.

             These challenges show up in so many different ways, just as our signs and messages do.  Today I awoke with this in my head:

Divine Devotion:

be mindful of Nature’s gifts and blessings.

             Then I heard that my intention would be: flexibility.  Combined with what we are being shown on our card altar, it makes for one damn big omen.

druid animal messages

   “Bear  ~  Art  (pronounced as Arsht)  ~  

Primal Power, Sovereignty, Intuition married with Instinct  

The card shows a bear near a cave entrance with a mace at its feet.  Such a mace was found by archaeologists near Stonehenge.  It is midwinter – the same time of Alban Arthuan, ‘the Light of Arthur,’ at the winter solstice.  A crown lies in the foreground, and we see the Pole Star shining brightly amongst the constellation of the Plow, also known as the Great Bear or Arthur’s Plow.

Art connects you with the very deepest of your ancestral roots.  Here, at this level, you are in touch with the Primal Mother – the Bear goddess Artio who will defend you fiercely from all danger.  You are connected also with the Bear god Artaois, the mighty warrior Arthur, the guiding Pole Star of the Great Bear.  Your intuition will never fail you, if you will listen to it in the still darkness of the night.

Working with the Bear gives you the opportunity to become a Spiritual Warrior – like Arthur.  You can find the way to come into your power by marrying your strength with your intuition.  Integrating your primal power with your intuition means uniting your star-power with your animal-power – and both are symbolized by Art, the Bear.”  

             One of the things I love about this stack (and there are many) is the attention to detail in these illustrations.  Look closely and you’ll see intricate carvings, marks, and symbols.  All of them meaningful.

             Exactly like our gathering of messages.  Joined together we are made aware of our human-ness, while at the same time the holiness of our unique essential nature is pointed out.  This journey is not easy, at times it’s downright painful.  But always, it is sacred.  As are we.

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

Today’s Mileage:

almost went poorly.  We had a huge thunder (with potential hail) storm move in just as I was leaving the acupuncture office.  Thankfully I (barely!) made it home before the downpour.  My day’s total was 5.248, in 30 minutes 44 seconds, with a slower average pace than yesterday (due to high winds, see above mention of incoming weather) of 10.2 MPH.

            The big news though, is not that I nearly got soaked, but that I finally added up last month’s distance.  In July I pedaled a grand total of 138.63 miles, which turned out to be less than June.  However, the Year To Date digits are getting scary high: 985.824.  Say what?!

Last Night’s Kitchen Adventure:

was a very nice batch of biscuits.

home-made biscuits
Cheesey goodness.

            Plus a second run at the Froot Loop Krispie Treats.  That I tried to make on my own.  With moderate success.  Although, I have now informed The Fam, I will NOT be writing a cook book.  This entire MakeTheSameFuckingRecipeFiveTimesJustToFail is an activity I can live without.  ThankYouVeryMuch.

5 thoughts on “The Depth of Us.

  1. I’m just so in awe of all the changes you’ve been making: being outside, riding your bike everywhere, cooking! It’s so terrific. It’s kind of inspiring, but I’m moving along at my own very slow pace and haven’t gotten very far. 🙂

    Glad your visitors are there and settled in.

    Much sympathies for Ryon and his family! Loss is so difficult, and loss piled onto loss without room to grieve for the first one seems to make it hard to breathe. I hope they have all the love and support they all need.

    This afternoon at one of the Wedding Weekend events, while chatting with some of the moms I haven’t seen in years,I realized how MUCH of my life I’ve changed. But on a day to day to basis, I tend to forget.

    11:12 p.m.

  2. Bear! and biscuits! and, even better, visitors!! Post a picture of them if you can, please!

    I missed several great photo opportunities today. But I’ll do better tomorrow.

    11:15 p.m.

  3. I always love it when Bear shows up. She brings such power on many fronts. I am sorry Ryon is going through a loss phase. I feel compelled to add a FB piece that’s been floating around lately: “That which does not kill you makes you stronger. Except for bears. Bears will kill you” to which I feel obligated to add “unless you learn from Bear.” Blessings to Ryon.

    Bears will usually kill you,
    but either way, we learn. 😛

    11:57 p.m.

  4. wow, so by now you are probably already over 1,000 miles for the year! that is so awesome!! congratulations!

    I will be by the end of the month.
    Which is surreal.

    And, thank you.

    11:59 p.m.

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