Several factors, of a physical nature (one of them being weather), influenced our day.  None of them terrible (no one died), merely solid and relevant happenings that sent me in a direction I was not expecting.

             Which reminded me of a topic that *K* and I discussed recently: expectations.  Do we have them?  Are they realistic?  Is this something we should spend time mulling over at all?  And is the idea within the realm of our highest good?  Does it ring true with our goals?

             Since I felt unqualified to answer her (or any) questions about this, I’ve been thinking about the entire notion that this word bring up.  I’ll come back to it, I’m sure.  Hopefully with some insight.

             Earlier, our Empress appeared at the front door (yes, that was another significant event) right as I was waking up, and trying to figure out what I was being told.  The message that was made clear (finally), totally relates to the daily draw we landed on, back within our regular rotation around the card altar.

Gratitude and acknowledgment of our blessings is suggested,

instead of turning to the want of what we don’t have.

             This messenger reminds us of the same thing, and does it in a genuinely fun way.  (It’s a long one, so I’ve done a wee bit of abbreviating.)

animal messages, oracle cards, otter

“Otter  ~  8  ~

Woman Medicine

The medicine held by Otter is a set of lessons in female energy   This applies to both men and women, as all of us have female sides. . . .

Otter is very caring of its young and will play for hours, performing all types of acrobatics.  It lives on land, but always has its home near water.  The elements of Earth and Water are the female elements. . . .

Otter is always on the move and is very curious.  Unlike other animals, Otter will not start a fight unless it is attacked first.  This joyful little creature is adventuresome and assumes that all other creatures are friendly – until proven otherwise.

These character traits are the beauty of a balanced female side, the side of ourselves that creates a space for others to enter our lives without preconceptions or suspicions.  Otter teaches us that balanced female energy is not jealous or catty.  It is sisterhood, content to enjoy and share the good fortune of others.  Anchored in the understanding that all accomplishments are worthwhile for the whole tribe, Otter people express joy for others. . . .

If you have drawn this symbol, Otter may be telling you to become the playful child and to simply allow things to unfold in a your life.  It may be time to stop your addiction to worrying.  Otter teaches the importance of not hanging onto material things that would bind you or become a burden.

In looking at how you can learn Otter’s habits, you might look at the joyousness of the receptive side of your nature.  Have you given yourself a gift recently?  Have you received any  messages in your meditations?

Become Otter and move gently into the river of life.  Flow with the waters of the Universe;  this is the way of balanced female-receptive energy.  Honor it!  In doing so, you will discover the power of woman.”

             These two, the channeled message and the animal message, are extremely complimentary.  Showing us that competition (and on a larger scale: power-over) is really a false construct.  Combined forces will always get us farther than divisive battling.

             Also, it’s more fun to live a life of Joy, than it is to struggle along in a life of unhappiness and oppositional longing.

Today’s Deck:

Medicine Cards – The Discovery Of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson, illustrated by Angela C Werneke

Today’s Mileage:

was quick-ish (average speed of 10 MPH), in an attempt to out-run the rain (this only partially worked).  We pedaled 7.389 miles, in 44 minutes 07 seconds, to the video store and back.  See Dan’s map HERE.  (We did some alley riding, which is always entertaining.)

Today’s Sharing:

will bring you Joy, I promise.  (Okay, maybe I just hope it will.)  Go see THIS.

8 thoughts on “Materially.

  1. Very cool website. I enjoyed the photos immensely.

    And the messages have been flowing right up my alley, lately. I’m sorry I haven’t commented or been in touch. My life has gotten away from me a bit in the last few weeks. Know that I have been here and reading though. *hugs*

    So glad you checked in, and good to hear from you. Not so good to hear about not so great news, though. Stay real, be true to you, and know that we love you.

    Dan and I each spotted a New York plate today, and then we talked about you. And hoped that all was well.

    1:11 a.m.

  2. Otter is my sister’s totem animal, and if you ever saw her swim in a river, you’d know why. She fully embodies Otter’s medicine as reflected in this card.

    Mrs. Denial has had some bike adventures lately. Hers yesterday was 23.8 miles in 1:45.03, and she managed to turn onto Pine Grove and head home, rather than miss it, hit Territorial, and ride to Gillespie Corners (like she did last week. Yes, I went and picked her up. She sent me an iPhone photo of Crow/Territorial that said “Am I where I’m supposed to be?” that I opened on the laptop and viewed upside down.) She dodged the rain. I tried to go to the Oregon Brass Society concert at Washburne, and they got rained out.

    I am enjoying EVERY MINUTE of this season…

    HOLY CRAP, Karyn!!!

    1:12 a.m.

  3. Wow, these messages are just what I need right now! Gratitude instead of wanting what I don’t have; reintegrating playfulness into my life; and most importantly, let things unfold and STOP WORRYING.

    I love the pics of the Hobbit House. Lovely place.

    I’m loving summer, even though it’s taken a turn for the cloudy and sprinkly the last few days. I know the sun will return. Enjoying it all before the return of the wet season. 😉

    Enjoying the moment:
    a recipe for health
    (mental AND physical).

    1:14 a.m.

  4. Lovely message. Now I want to be an otter person. : ) Flash flooding in the desert and only 80 degrees today. Crazy. Love the video.

    You can totally have the essence of Otter,
    even in your desert.

    (Be careful!)

    1:16 a.m.

  5. Judging only by watching otters in unnatural habitats – they definitely seem to know how to play and have joy.
    I really loved the website with the hobbit house. Thanks for sharing that.

    In natural habitats they behave the same way,
    just extremely wise animals.

    1:18 a.m.

  6. I’m not always playful, but I’m very often unworried. Perhaps I am Otter-ish?
    I may have mentioned before (like a dozen or so times) but oh, how I long to live on the land! I was definitely a farmer in a previous life.

    I know, without a doubt, that some lifetime ago you were out there with your land, in that Big Sky country. . . . .

    1:20 a.m.

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