When we talk about “choosing Joy” and making that an option in our lives, we have to understand how real it is.  We can step in that direction.  Even if it takes an effort.  Daily.  Hourly.

             It’s an attitude which infuses and nourishes our soul.  It’s about blessings and miracles we are on hand to fully experience and grow from.  It’s our message today.

Be Joyful

             We have to ask ourselves if we’re doing as much as we can to bring joy into our lives.  Are we going to fun places?  Are we doing fun things?  Can we help others have more joy in their life?

             Joy is not something outside of ourselves, it’s a level of awareness.  And yes, a choice to be made.  We need only check that box each morning.

             Returning to our regular rotation around the card altar right now, we’ve been given a powerful reminder of keeping joy and love in our hearts.


“Seal  ~  Ron  (with a wave over the “o” and pronounced as Ron)  ~

Love, Longing, Dilemma

The card shows a gray seal on the shore of the sacred islands of Iona, once a place known as Isla Na Druidneach, the Isle of the Druids.  A pale rainbow shines over the Atlantic, and on the horizon we can se the outline of the uninhabited island called Dutchman’s Cap.


this card calls to you from the seal-people of the sea.  The Dan nan Ron – the song of the seals – upsets and frightens many who hear it.  Its mournful and human sound stirs the heart of the listener to the core.  

It is a call form the sea, from the Unconscious, from the depths.  It calls to us from the waters of our birth, from our beginnings on earth, from our brothers and sisters in the animal realm who are closer to us than we dare imagine.

We fear this call, because we feel we may be drowned, overwhelmed by our feelings.  But do not let your intellect imprison your heart, as the human imprisons his selchie spouse – the magical seal.

Opening yourself to the prompting of the Unconscious, of the Feminine, of you dreams and longing will bring transformation, healing, and love into your life.


this card suggests that you may have come to a time in your life when you are faced with a dilemma.  Each way you turn could involve risk and potential loss, and yet you know you must make a choice.

The seal speaks of the longing of the heart, of true love, of a sense of humanity and goodness.  In the end, these should be the determining factors in your choice.  

Although the seal may represent loneliness and separation, as the selchie imprisoned on dry land, remember that the time will come when she will be released and will act as a guide and companion through the watery realm of the emotions and the Otherworld.”

Today’s Deck:

The Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, illustrationed by Bill Worthington

Today’s Celestial Sharing:

is to say that for a few days now we’ve been in the Shadow Effect of this upcoming Mercury Retrograde phase.  It happens on the 19th, and will be under the influence of Gemini.

             This could be trouble, but before we panic, let’s remember how to accept what is and make the best of it.  Even though communication is going to be twice as difficult as in “regular” retrogrades (which is already mightily fucked), we are absolutely equipped to handle it now.  (WE ARE, dammit.)

             We can be careful and we can be upbeat; we can be filled with lovingkindness and we can continue learning, flowing with our knowledge, not flaying around and fighting every lesson.

             We can go outside and touch trees, we can walk along the beach, we can explore our own neighborhoods, we can sit still and feel water, we can hold rocks and crystals.

             And, we can be open, honest, and joyful.


4 thoughts on “Happy and Happy

  1. I really love that card. That part of the world is pretty amazing, and I suspect that some of my before times were lived there. Interesting message, too. Thanks for the advance information (not warning) about the coming compounded (not difficult) retrograde of Mercury. I will be diligent.

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