This Altered Now

             The feelings I have about Summer aren’t what they used to be.  So much has changed in our lives.  Very little looks as it once did.  Metaphorically, as well as physically.

             As a child, and then a young mother, I adored the idea of no schedules, no school, no rain, no constraints.  The all-too brief season of heat was what I lived for all through the rest of the year.

             Now, well now I’m just hot.  Now I’m working.  Now the weather no longer has much to do with my day, or even my night.

             Still, we want to remark on the moment.  We want to recognize the turning of the wheel.  We want to remind ourselves that each season is special and important.

             On Tuesday night, at 9:12 p.m. I will stop, and I will acknowledge that brief occasion, that ticking minute, when Spring has gone, and Summer has arrived.  I will stand in the longest day of the year and I will Choose Joy above all else.  No matter the temperate, no matter the circumstances.

             Our message is just this.  Be aware of time.  Sit with our experiences and feel our emotions.

             There is value in reflecting and savoring our memories.  There is also honest need to step forward into our next chapter, with appreciation of where we are, where we have been, and where we are going.

             In validation, we have this beautiful card altar draw.

oracle of the mermaids

“Endurance  ~  43  ~  Keep going!

Like these mermaids, you are reaching an important stage of your journey, and it is essential that you continue.  There will be times when you feel like you have had enough and you wish to suddenly stop moving . . . . to sink, rather than to swim.

But the mermaids are here to ask you to continue swimming, tired though you may be, full of doubt though you may feel.  The second part of your strength is readying itself, and will come through, just exactly when you need it to.

Keep going.  You are strong.  You will go so much further than you currently believe that you can!

This is not the time to run back, or to allow the waters to take you.

This is the time to continue the journey you committed to.

You must keep going.  Eyes forward, intentions focused.  Purpose clear.  Re-commit.

And keep going!”

Today’s Deck:

Oracle of The Mermaids by Lucy Cavendish

Today’s Sharing:

is this quote I recently came across on Instagram.

Do no harm, 

and take no shit.




With All Honesty

             Today’s message is simple.  It arrived quickly, and with no fanfare, no celebration.  It is a direct, and to-the-point sort of reminder.

             We know how the balance of the Universe works.  Dark – light, night – day, hot – cold, sun – moon, sad – happy.  (Although, all are subjective, there truly is now “bad” or “good” in genuine authenticity.)

             It’s more about Truth.  Those parts which all come together for making up of the whole.

Open and Clear

             When we are honest, open, available to learn and perceive and accept, we are better prepared for our lessons.  And our gifts, too.

             As we know very well, this journey is nothing if not lesson-focused.  So, to venture along in any way which is not authentic, clear, is to be dishonest on a most profound and personal level.

             Prominently displayed on our card altar right now, this resounding validation is just as direct and to the point.

hidden treasure

“Goddess Of The Shadows  ~

‘what you perceive to be your dark side holds hidden treasure.’

Realise that any perception or belief that you have about yourself or others is actually a deception more than it is a perception.

What you perceive to be your dark side or shadow self holds a hidden treasure.  As humans, we rarely see the full picture in any situation because we are forever stuck in the illusion of good and bad.

You judge your positive and negative qualities and strive to be more of what you perceive to be positive while attempting to disown or neglect those aspects which you consider to be negative.

By holding this belief, you fail to realise that all serves a purpose and that all benefits you in some way.

Everything in our world is made up of positive and negative charges, which together make a whole.  You have been guided to choose this card by your soul, because you are ready to move to the next level of conscious awareness.  

Over the coming months you will find yourself questioning many of your long-held beliefs and you will realise that many of them are simply illusions that only serve to keep you feeling small, inadequate, or restricted.

This card heralds the start of a wondrous and empowering period in your life which brings to the surface many beautiful experiences and opportunities which, in the past, you never thought possible.”

Today’s Deck:

Angels, Gods, and Goddesses Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

Today’s View Of Rosemary:

is this shot from yesterday.  As we all stopped for a snack.


Sitting in a chair, like people.

             And yes, she is wearing a delightful, island print, tank dress.   (It’s really a shirt I found for ninetynine cents in the baby section of a second-hand store.)

             But why is she in clothes, you may ask?  Because it looks nice, her harness fits better, it helps her feel secure (this is an actual fact, there is science behind it and everything), and ……… I can; nearly all the animals in our care have had their own wardrobes.

             (She now owns TWO garments, we’ve had her 8 days, that’s a hell of a lot of restraint, for me.)


Beyond Integrating.

             Much better sleep, for all three of us, last night.  No thunder, no lightening, no one ringing the doorbell before 10 a.m.  However, I did wake up with some information that needed to be shared.

             It seems as though some of us are really struggling right now.  I  know that there have been points in my day lately (for several weeks) that were terrifyingly difficult to get through.  What I heard, in aid of this, well before I was even fully awake, was that we really aren’t asking for enough help.

             We put together these Teams, gathered our guides and teachers, before we got here, before we put on the bodies we are currently wearing.  (Well, we do it EVERY time.)  We’re not utilizing that resource.  Often, our most empowering lessons are the most challenging.  But we aren’t designed to face them alone.

             When we listen to our soul voices, when we heed the suggestions of our Team, when we walk in Beauty and we Live in Love, when we strive for lovingkindness at all times, THEN our paths become smoother.  And it happens right before our very eyes.

             Our own personalized and perfect help IS available, we need only ask for it.  When I did leave the bed, this is where my day (finally) started, with a big freaking dose of validation:

the waiting only FEELS too long,

in reality, this timing is perfect.

             Then, standing in front of the card altar, I was directed away from our regular rotation, because the rest of what we needed to hear today had to come from this stack.

fairies, oracle cards, healing messages

 “Visualization  ~

Your clairvoyance, your dreams, and the pictures in your mind’s eye are becoming more clear and powerful.  This card asks you to trust and to develop your visual skills, and to use them in conscious manifestations.

The fairies know the power of conscious visualization as a tool of manifestation.  By drawing this card, you are guided to sit quietly on a daily basis and to visualize yourself living a healthy, happy, abundant, and meaningful life.  Visualize only what you desire, and avoid picturing that which you do not desire.

You have powerful visual skills, even if you are unaware of them.  Affirm daily, ‘I am a highly visual person.’  Any blocks that you have about clairvoyance will begin to lift.  Know that it is safe for you to see the future, the spirit world, and the truth about your life.  By releasing any fears about ‘seeing,’ your visualization powers will be greatly magnified.


It is safe for me to see.

I am a very visual person.”

             Some days there is too much noise, too many distractions, just MORE than I need to sit down here and share with you.  When that happens I have to do exactly as the fairies suggest, I stop all of the outside interferences and I listen-I see-I feel-I tune in.

             Having it arrive as a suggestion from the Universe is a massively valuable and strong message.  One I hope everyone will apply, freely and liberally.  (Remember, anyone can do this, any time any place, in less than Three Quick Minutes.)

Today’s Deck:

Healing With The Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Mileage:

was a short ride, compared to yesterday.  We had a post office run and then a quick grocery store stop.  See Dan’s map HERE for the slightly differing numbers.  Mine show 4.726 miles, in exactly 30 minutes, at a leisurely average speed of 9.4 MPH.

Tonight’s View:

is a gift from our local turkeys.  Probably trying to buy me off, after some/one of them pooped on my new table.

turkey feathers, yard gifts, neighborhood finds

There were a bunch of tiny, fluffy ones too, but they got blown around and couldn’t all be seen together.

Blog Business Update:

will only apply if you read this in your e-mail.  There seems to be some problems with how new posts are going out, as in, they are late, WAY damn late.  Something goes up every night at 10:55 Pacific Time.  (Unless I am tardy, but that’s pretty rare, and I always let you know.)

Seeing Blue, and Clear.

             My day got away from me (duh).  So I’m feeling a wee bit rushed.  Tuesdays sometimes do that.  As  you all know by now.  And before I forget, go see what Sarah has to say about this BLUE MOON tonight.

             There was no message when I got out of bed.  So I just continued on with what I do to wake up.  When I got to our card altar I knew what the focus needed to be.  It was one of those a combo-plates, a blended sort of suggestion.

Rest your eyes on the obvious,

because THAT is where the Magick resides.

             Now, look at this illustration, read the definition, and see how they tie together.

self-care cards

“Revelation  ~

Listen to your life.

The right path will reveal itself.”

             The direct relation here is about being IN our journey, participating with mindful awareness.  It talks about living in our bodies with earnest honesty.  And it’s a reminder to always try to hear the music of our soul.

Today’s Deck:

Self-Care Cards by Cheryl Richardson

(with additional channeling through me)

Today’s Mileage:

was partly our usual day’s adventure, with a bit more added on (as you can see by the Deputy’s map HERE, even with a glitch in the signal), 10.741 miles in 1 hour 8 minutes 39 seconds, averaging 9.3 MPH.

FLP Report:

was one that got past me, it looked like Minnesota but there wasn’t enough letters to spell that out, plus a single British Columbia (hi Canadians!).

Tonight’s Kitchen Adventure:

includes a view from last night’s invented recipe.

home-made fruit crisp

With really good ice cream.

             Oh yeah, our mixed fruit crisp, with home-grown blueberries and cherry-plums, turned out perfectly.  Yay me!

             But wait, there’s more.  I had ANOTHER idea.  Wanna know why?  Because I have the world’s best mother-in-law.  She saw THIS and thought of us*.  So right now, we have a huge baked macaroni and cheese cooling upstairs.

*The book is from the restaurant, and it’s on order.  When it arrives we’ll try more recipes, this one is from the (local) newspaper article that was considerately clipped by Daniel’s parents and mailed to us.

home-made mac and cheese

Dan made this one.

             First we had to argue about the type of pasta, but after that we could come up with an agreeable flavor profile: Mexican!  So yeah, it has corn and olives in it, and is seasoned with cumin and (dried, sadly not fresh) cilantro.  (But not garlic.  Because he forgot.  He’s on vacation!)  Come by and help us eat it.

A Singularly Defining Definition.

             No pictures today, except for our daily draw.  I stayed inside and then I went to the pool.  My only radio-like offerings in this post are going to be the introspective kind.  So welcome, once again, to my smooth brain.

             This swimmy-exercisey class coming back is the same, but different.  We are a known quantity, a regular group of folks who constantly show up.  And yet, we have been away for months now, and things have changed.  It gives the feeling, for me, of an odd dichotomy of sameness with a tweak of time to it.

             One of my fellow splash-abouts made a point this evening of thanking me for coming back and saying that I was doing a wonderful job of leading, making it my own but keeping the basics in tact.  I was very touched by this.  Even though I was CALLED and was specifically ASKED to return and be the instructor, it still wasn’t quite as real as this one woman reaching out and telling me in just those words.

            These small gestures, that, as we’ve discussed here before, don’t seem like much to the giver, are often entirely massive to the receiver.  The action of it sends waves (pun accidental) of good out and past just those two beings.  I could feel it happen tonight.  (It has happened a few times recently when I’ve heard from friends who have simply said, in one form or another, “hey, I’m here and I care.”)

            All of this brings us to our triple treat.  As I looked at this selection there was one single word that jumped out at me.  Read the parts of the guidebook I’ve included with this photo first though.

“Creativity  ~  III  ~  Major Arcana

Creativity is the quality you bring to the activity that you are doing.  It is an attitude, an inner approach… the experience of creativity is an entry into the mysterious… the key is to abandon oneself to the energy that fuels the birth of all things.  This energy has no form or structure, yet all the form and structures come out of it.  It makes no difference what particular form your creativity takes… the important thing is to be open to what wants to be expressed through you.  Remember that we don’t possess our creations; they do not belong to us.  True creativity arises from a union with the divine, with the mystical and the unknowable.  Then it is both a joy for the creator and a blessing to others.

The Burden  ~  Six of Clouds  ~  The Mind

When we carry a load of shoulds and shouldn’ts imposed on us by others we become like this ragged, struggling figure trying to make his way uphill… If life these days feels like just a struggle from the cradle to the grave, it could be time to shrug your shoulders and see what it feels like to walk without these characters on your back.  You have mountains to conquer, your own dreams to fulfill, but you will never have the energy to pursue them until you release yourself from all the expectations you have gathered from others but now think are your own.  Chances are they exist only in your own mind, but that doesn’t mean they can’t weigh you down.  It is time to lighten up, and send them on their way.

Beyond Illusion  ~  XX  ~  Major Arcana

The butterfly in this card represents the outer, that which is constantly moving and that which is not real but an illusion.  Behind the butterfly is the face of consciousness, looking inward to that which is eternal.  The space between the two eyes has opened, revealing the lotus of spiritual unfoldment and the rising sun of awareness. 

 This card reminds us not to look outside for what is real, but to look within.  When we focus on externals, we too often get caught up in judgements… These judgements keep us trapped in our illusions, our sleepiness, our old habits and patterns.  Drop your opinionated mind, and move inside.  There, you can relax into your own deepest truth, where the difference between dreams and reality is already known.”

            Okay?  You ready for this?      Authenticity!   This entire message is about being the most genuine and authentic self we can be.  Shrugging off the burdens that are not ours to carry, allowing our creativity to flow and build and flourish, and finally, seeing all there is to see without the blinders of the physical (the materialistic) bullshit to mess with our loving and positive true selves.

             It’s an inspired and rich message.  One that we can all work with, no matter what our faith or beliefs or followings.  It’s also one that we can take along with us, out into every part of our lives and share everywhere we go, just as we are able to share that generosity of the heart, much like the gift I received earlier.  One small smile, one kind word, one genuine and authentic loving moment will, and CAN, make all the difference.  The trick is to do it honestly.

Today’s Deck:

Osho Zen Tarot

             Also, in case anyone was wondering, the added down number for this draw is a 2.  The perfect balance.

LATENIGHT Outrage Alert:  it is literally minutes to post time and yet I had to add this last thing.  Our Hurricane wrote an article about domestic violence and is getting trolled all over the damn place – go here – and speak your mind, and truth.