Persistently Cyclical and Occasionally Damp

             You’ve probably heard of the idea that life is a boat ride, the world our river (or ocean).  We are rowing along, doing the work, navigating as best we can.

             Water, sometimes roaring rapid-like, takes us for a ride.  Not necessarily “off course” but certainly in directions we hadn’t thought we were headed.  Perhaps we never aimed our craft over there, at all.

             And yet.  Here we are.  Bobbing in the waves, floating about, where we had no clue we would end up.

             This is what the Universe wants to remind us:

tides and currents.

             Much like the saying, Time and Tide waits for no person, we are not always in charge of where we sail.  Nor are we the ones who get to decide on when to tie up safely and wait out the flash flood or tsunami.

             I mean, we ARE.  Or rather, we were.  When we set this whole shit-show in motion.  But, we weren’t actually HERE, wearing our meatsuits and living this physical life, sitting in a dinghy being tossed and splashed.

             And now that we’re rowing merrily down the stream, not every single part of it is truly a dream.  Some of it is downright nightmarish.

           Which is where the whole Acceptance Lesson has to be revisited.  We just need to sit back sometimes.  And let the water lead.  Go gently along, where our little rivers and tiny seas need us to go.

             It’s not always an easy choice.  In fact, it can be extremely challenging.  We have the strength though, I know we do.

             And, look at what our validation is saying.  We can always pick up our boat and portage until a new option appears.  It’s all about the opportunities.

rowing our boat


Reconsider a commitment.

You have the right to change your mind.”

Today’s Deck:

Self-Care Cards by Cheryl Richardson

Today’s Personal message:

is to say that I’m down to only one job now.  I had a day off.  I rested some and I socialized some.  Beginning my new work week on Friday, I’ll keep you posted, and take some more pictures.




Opportunities For Discernment

             We’ve all known people who acted in a way we didn’t adore.  Maybe they spent their money on things we wouldn’t have purchased.  Or perhaps they behaved in a manner we felt was not making good decisions.

             It’s frustrating.  It can even be upsetting.  But, it’s also human nature.

             Sure, it might sometimes be cultural, and now we’ve all learned better.  What was once perfectly acceptable is now no longer considered a passable alternative.  We can transform that opportunity into a teaching moment, if appropriate for the situation.

             Today’s message is for us to focus on this idea of power in selection.  The thought that, we can choose any and all options, and so can everyone else.  Because, we all have

Free Will

             We all have choices.  We are all able to cast our votes, disperse our earnings, select our groceries, wear our clothing in the way that we see fit, in the way that suits us the best.  As is everyone.

             The truth is, our spiritual Free Will guarantees that we can all worship, pray, meditate, study, or do nothing, any way that makes sense to us.

             It is not up to our neighbor, our parents, our bosses, our children, our partners, nor a stranger on the street, to tell us what to do.  And yet, it does happen sometimes.

             Exercising our Free Will, we may ignore them, if we like.  We don’t have to listen.  And, it’s good to remember, no one has to listen to us.

             All anyone really has to do is be true to her or his own beliefs, own heart, and our very own genuine self.

             When we see the beauty and truth in this simple Universal Law, we also see joy, and happy results.  Just like on our card altar right now.  What a terrific validation.

free will

“Problem Resolved

Card Meaning:

‘An issue that’s been bothering you is being healed behind the scenes.  The solution is creative, ingenious, and is a joyous surprise for you.’

You are on the cusp of experiencing welcome relief from a problem that’s been bothering you.  The fairies want you to know that you have reason to smile, as the Universe is working on a solution which is so creative you’ll chuckle with delight.  Basically, it’s win-win for everyone.

You’ll soon be receiving good news . . . . .

Please don’t strain to figure out ‘how’ this solution will be achieved, or in what form it will manifest.  Instead, let yourself enjoy feelings of excitement and gratitude as you allow heaven to help you.


I ask that all negative effects of mistakes and misunderstandings be undone, both in the past and present.”

Today’s Deck:

Healing With The Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is this view from Instagram.


Virtual Housekeeping, some more.

          When we first started doing cards here in JulieLand, many months ago, I searched The Burrow for all the decks I could find.  It’s a big house, and we’ve lived here for over 15 years (16 now?), so there’s a bunch of stuff on two levels.  Since I don’t ever get rid of anything (besides actual garbage, you won’t be seeing me on Hoarders any time soon) it was fairly likely I’d miss a few in my half-assed search.  I did.  I missed an entire deck, with a guidebook.  In a box.

            I sat down with it today, trying to figure out where it had come from and why it was stashed on a shelf.  Right away it was apparent to me that I didn’t like it.  Nothing I could put my finger on, it just didn’t feel right.  There was a receipt in the book (from a craft store) with the date stamp of June 1999.  I don’t know whether I bought it, or someone gave it to me, or if it just appeared.  But I do remember the last time I went through it.  I didn’t like it then either.

            It’s called The Sacred Circle Tarot -which certainly sounds like something I’d enjoy!  No.  It is not.  Here is another picture, of some cards I pulled while I was touching everything and trying to recall what the hell was wrong with it.

            Each minor arcana card has a title at the top.  Okay, that part isn’t bad.  Many of the cards have, what looks like, actual people’s pictures as representation.  Still, not terrible.  But … the over all feel is just off somehow.  (The pages are boys, that’s slightly bothersome, and not even youthful boys either.)  I always look at The High Priestess to see what her sense gives me.  That one isn’t too bad.  It’s still just not quite good either though.

            There is absolutely nothing wrong with this set.  It’s just not for me.  If anyone wants it, I’ll gladly hand it over.  Just toss me a couple of bucks for shipping, and it’s yours.  Let me know in the comments or send me an e-mail.  It has obviously been waiting around here for way too long.  If this one grabs you, if the colors or impressions seem perfectly right for you, simply say the word.  (If more than one person is interested I’ll hold a drawing.)

            There has been another “drop the ball moment” here.  Two more missed birthdays … Cat yesterday and Stormy on the 24th.  My apologies ladies, slacker virgo qualities seem abundant right now.  Hope your day (or in Cat’s case, week, go read her excellent post from last night) was blissfully joyous and filled with love. 

           We have a Testimonials update as well this evening.  Thank you so much Anna for your kind words and exuberant praise.  I put it up, just as you sent it (this time with no glitches).  That tab is looking so fabulous these days.  And it just makes me all kinds of smiley to read it, thinking of those people who freely offered their kind words in my direction.  Thanks, all of you, for sending (or typing) those in.

            I was checking in on Dan Savage yesterday, as I do daily, when I noticed something I need to share.  It is a very cool, and far too late in the coming, on-line feature that gives folks the opportunity to speak out about Pro Choice.  Now, this is a topic I stand behind, in a massive and militant way.  It will be added to our Important Places blog roll.  And I’ve included a link here as well.  Worth checking in on, it updates as Elizabeth gets new submissions.  Ours To Tell

             Our home phone had messages the past couple of days on it, from the library.  Yay!  That meant some books I had requested were in.  I’ve already started one and it’s great.  I highly recommend any and every thing by Barbara O’Neal.  Unless you are hungry or dieting, then maybe read something else until that passes.  While I was out picking up my treasures, I had to stop in and say hello.  To you know who….   at the dog wash.   Yes, it’s one of my grand-dogs Max.  (Good buddy of Chacho, formerly in the bucket.)  He and Empress walked to work today, which caused our Maximum Dog to get slightly dampish.  There were no other dogs being washed while I was there, so his mother put him in a tub.  He’s fresh as a biscuit now!

            One more wee item and then on to our card du jour.  Some of you are familiar with the Lucy March website, and if you are not, see the details    <——      over there in the side bars.  One of our own Betties has a new blog.  I am happy to include her and offer you a link, to future greatness.  Novel Truths   Can’t wait to see where this one takes us.  I know that already, I like the look of it very much.

           We are back to Colette’s Wisdom of the Hidden Realms on our card altar.  As always, this illustration is just so rich and deep and over the top exquisite to look at.  The message is outrageously timely as we stare down that approaching retrograde.  (Tomorrow!  Deep breaths, we can laugh this off kids, I just know we can.)   And it has that all-encompassing theme that I so adore: positivity in all things.

“The Word Lord  ~  communication, praise, honesty.

The Word Lord rules communication of all kinds and lets you know that positive interactions can be expected when he arrives as your Ally.  He only speaks with positive words and praises all he sees.  He reminds you of the laws of Abundance and Praise.  When you bless the world, it blesses you back.  When you say affirming, supportive words, they carry an energy that returns to you in physical form.  Remember that each one has power and will resonate into the Universe, seeking its refection in manifest form.

Your body responds to praise, as does everything in the world around you.  Praise it for its inherent health and beauty.  Applaud yourself for everything you do, as even the tiniest accomplishments are important.  Praise your bills; give thanks for the services you enjoy, and watch the ability to pay them increase as you align with Spirit’s increasing power.

This is also a time to remember the powerful practice of affirmations.  Write them down and speak them aloud as a spiritual exercise.  Say it is so – and it will be.  It is a very auspicious sign when the Word Lord chooses to be your Ally.”