Affectionate Solutions

             This week we’re in the Shadow Phase of our next Mercury Retrograde* cycle.  For some über knowledgeable (and extremely sensible) detailed information, I recommend that before Thursday arrives, you all go see what Sarah has to say.

*I am totally going to re-read this one.

             As far as what we’re hearing about today, it’s pretty damn timely.  My dreams were broken up between personal messages (release, release, release dammit!) and the more public images that need to be shared.

It’s a complicated puzzle.

             And, it is also confusing as hell.  We are handed, like, a scrap of the finished picture, some tattered edges of the box this mess came in, and not even half of all the pieces needed to get a full view of what the fuck is going on.

             Of course, as with ALL of Life’s lessons, if we slooooooow dowwwwwwwn, breathe, and relax, everything will simply fall in to place on its own.  Sadly, we (me!) are often too impatient.  And think we know better.

             We do not.  Now, if we stop, and just listen, instead of trying to force the puzzle to be the way WE want it, then, we’ll be fine.  But, ya know, it’s complicated.

             In returning to our regular rotation around the card altar this afternoon, we received a wonderful guide to help us in situational solving.

mermaid messages, oracle cards, ready set go

“Ready, Set, Go!

Now is the perfect moment to dive in and embrace your heart’s desire.

Even though you might not feel entirely ready, this card says that there’s no better time than the present to dive into your future.   You are advised to take both big and small steps to move in the direction of your dreams.

Push aside everything unrelated to your life’s mission.  Adjust your schedule so that the bulk of your time relates to your priorities and goals.  Delegate tasks to other people, or hire someone to assist you.  Your responsibilities will still be met, you’ll be happier, you’ll enjoy greater self-esteem, and you will attract more abundance in the long run – if you jump in and follow you heart.”

             Focus and Trust, such basic concepts, which can be so difficult to manage.  Using this fun image as our jumping off point though (and remembering not to speed), I think we can all do just that, complicated or not.

Personally, from me to Doreen:

 seriously, WTF?!  If I could afford to HIRE someone, I wouldn’t HAVE these problems!

Today’s Deck:

Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is my other calendar page for February.

angel messages

Enjoy True Intimacy.

             Accompanied by the following:

“A ‘heart connection  with another person is one of life’s great pleasures.  It is the gift of true intimacy that each of you gives to the other – and it is true of every type of relationship, be it family, friendship, or romantic.

We angels share this sort of bond with you, even if you are unaware of our presence in your life.  We’re intimately connected with all your emotions, thoughts, and actions.  Because we cherish you unconditionally, our love for you never wavers.  At each moment, it’s as steady and strong as at the next

Seek out moments of true intimacy with another person (or with us).  Begin this connection by looking into each other’s eyes and speaking the truth that you feel in your heart.  Feel the elevated energy that comes from speaking from a place of truth.  That is heart connection – true intimacy.”

             I adore the idea of exchanging energy without having the pressure of that bullshit, made-up, frilly red-hearts-and-flowers fiction.  (Once you DO feel this, your life will never be the same.  Not even kidding.)

“Thought For The Month:

I speak from my heart, and I allow myself to say the truth that I feel.  

I open myself up to hearing and feeling truth.  

I let myself experience a deep connection to another person.”


Messages From Your Angels by Doreen Virtue

Preservation and Safety.

             Astrologically speaking, we have several events coming and going (check my regularly updated, helpful reminder boxes <—– over there).  However, since that’s not really my strongest area of expertise, I encourage everyone to check out Sarah’s place.  If you haven’t already made this one of your daily stops, please do.  Her take on what is going on around us is extremely helpful.

             Also, it’s not just me this time, I know it.  Others must be noticing it too.  In the past few days the weather has just BOOM! gone from summer to fall.  Which makes sense, the Equinox is only a few days away.  But still, I could absolutely feel it in the air, and I had to turn my lights on for the ride home from class this evening.

             When I got out of bed earlier, stretching and waking up before my window, there were definitely more orange leaves in my view than even yesterday.  I wasn’t discouraged though, because our message wouldn’t let me be.

Find the important/beautiful spots in your day,

and treasure them.

             Which is precisely what I did, from that exact point on.  (Not that my day was bad, though.)  As I later stood in front of our card altar I was directed to jump back into the regular rotation.

             This one may not be my favorite illustration, but what he’s telling us is continuing the previous theme.  Obviously that makes the importance level high.

oracle cards, the metal king

“The Metal King  ~  37  ~

discipline, armor, boundaries

Ally:  The Metal King is strong and arrives to lend you his impenetrable shield of protection.  No matter who sends you criticism or jealously, you will not be hurt.

This Ally also prompts  you to think about setting healthy boundaries.  When you do – no matter how uncomfortable that task may be – everyone will benefit   He asks you to make sure you know where you end and another begins.  Others’ emotions are not yours, no matter how empathic you may be.

Another of the Metal King’s messages is to remind you how important it is to have a healthy sense of self-esteem.  It’s a good time to shine and be proud of what you have accomplished.”

             It’s been a while since the Contrary angle was suggested, but that’s the case today.  Here’s the other side of this one.

“Challenger:  Be mindful of codependency and enmeshment when the Metal King comes as your Challenger.  He’s inviting you to address how overwhelmed you may be around other people.  Do you pick up their feelings like a sponge?  Do you feel you need to heal them so that you feel better?

Get grounded.  Be clear about your own personal boundaries, and restrain yourself when you feel like jumping in to help without being asked.  This is also a warning against forming unhealthy relationships in any area of your life.”

             Good info, from both directions.  I especially like that he has brought his armour to keep us safe, from whoever or whatever happens along.

Today’s Deck:

Wisdom Of The Hidden Realm Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Mileage:

was up to the pool and back in only 22 minutes 57 seconds, just 3.872 miles, at an average speed of 10.1 MPH.

Continued Sharing From The Wedding Weekend:

includes this shot of Horsetail Falls, off of Hwy 84’s scenic bypass (the old road, in other words).

Horsetail falls

With Dan taking his own pic, for perspective.

             There are three (I think) official falls along that road, and a couple of spillovers.  It’s a gorgeous drive, any time of year.  We plan on going back that way again, when we aren’t in such a rush.  (And possibly hiking some of them.)


             On this wildly wet and windy Friday (yes, it’s all of those things here right now, trust me, I was out in it for what seemed like a freaking lifetime), we are going to begin with my last April calendar view.  I know nothing about the featured country, but this image is outstandingly beautiful.

Gullfoss Falls, Iceland

Gullfoss Falls,

             I DID just find an interesting (and interestingly translated) bit of history (or perhaps folklore) about the location though.  Go HERE, it’s a super quick read (and a better picture).

             In the card altar room, our daily draw is from that stack without a guidebook,  simply a reverse-side notation.  It echos the affirmation we received with our Gold message, again: validating.


“Dreams  ~

Think big!

There are unseen forces ready to support your dreams.”

             I love this message, I’m just not a huge fan of the disembodied bits and parts floating around the scenery.  Still, I go back to appreciating the words, and then just glance away.

Today’s Deck:

Self-Care Cards by Cheryl Richardson

             As good as I am at tuning in, and channeling with various oracles and Tarot (most recently in several readings that were focused on past lives), understanding the planets (other than on a VERY basic and remedial level) is still challenging.   I cannot express to you all how happy I am that Corina brought us Sarah and her site.

             Having proper tools to access the lessons/mysteries, and aid our progress along this journey, is essential.  The more help we can get the better.  Here is an excerpt from her latest posting.  Go read the entire thing (HERE) when you have a moment, it’s detailed and phenomenally well done.

“….. So what does Neptune look like when it can just be itself, no holds barred?  In a word: love.  It looks like love.  It is love.  Trouble is, we rarely know what that means, so we might mistake some things – such as neediness or attachment – for love, and overlook love in some of its less obvious guises.  These first ten days of April are an opportunity to learn more about love and to discover some of its less recognisable faces…..”

             Since we know that love is the basis and the foundation for us being here (that, and helping others, as well as ourselves) then now being aware of this opportunity is VERY exciting!  The fact is, knowing MORE is simply BETTER for us all.

Today’s Mileage:

was, as I mentioned, rainy and uncomfortable, to the gym and back for 8.931 miles at 9.4 MPH in 56 minutes and 30 seconds.

Today’s Sharing:

is from my Hurricane and her brother.  First up, she sent us THIS, because apparently we needed ALL of these.  And J.D. took a phone photo as soon as he’d arrived in Seattle, at THIS place.

Time warp, most welcome.

Time warp,
always welcome.

             The accompanying text said, “seriously, who has keys like this anymore?!  I love this place!”  Me too, Jade.  Me too.