Awakening In Truth.

             Today I’m going to begin with a quote from Sarah.  She is talking about the recent Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, and what it means when we go through something like this.  (Full post HERE.)

“Many have found the recent times incredibly intense and the future seems to hold no respite. But this eclipse reminds us that respite exists right here in this moment, the minute we let go, breathe out and surrender our fear in favour of a deeper knowing that the path of wisdom entails walking through some fairly challenging and scary terrain. But in this knowing we can be clear that all will be well if we do so with presence and awareness, not allowing ourselves to be thrown by the power of our emotions or the imposing nature of our personal shadowlands.”

             This is a wonderful summation of what we’ve been seeing in our own messages.  Thematic?  You bet.  Universally and globally impactful?  Absolutely.  So much so that it’s exactly what I woke up with this afternoon.  In essence we’re being told that we are……

reaching and helping far more than imaginable.

             Because, as we continue our journey, with Self-Care and lovingkindness   forefront as our goals, we have no clue how many souls we’re connecting with, how many hearts we are touching.  But we KNOW it’s for everyone’s highest good.

             Even on our card altar, this daily draw is echoing yesterday’s affirmation and validating the entire concept.

angel messages, oracle cards, clearing messages

“Angel of Clearing  ~

Your time of waiting and confusion will soon be over.

The Angel of Clearing is at work right now clearing  your auric field.  This will pave the way for a time of renewed clarity, focus, and purpose in your life.  

Over the coming days you will feel the effects of this clearing as all areas of your life are brought into balance and harmony.  Give thanks to your angel for this gift and know that you deserve all the blessings coming your way.

Know also that the period of doubt, frustration, and confusion you have experienced in recent months was a necessary part of your growth, and in its own way also a blessing, as just as Nature has her changing seasons, so too does your life, which is governed by the same laws and moves in constant cycles in accordance with the Divine Will of the great Creator. 

Life constantly carries us within its ebb and flow; towards the horizon, across the great ocean of life, then back to rest upon the shores of our own individuality.”

             That last line?  Exactly the reason we put up with these less than inspiring illustrations, the words are profound, dynamic, and always precisely what we need to hear.

Today’s Deck:

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

Today’s Mileage:

was to get my teeth cleaned (yipee!), and then home again, for 5.472 miles, in 33 minutes 6 seconds, with the same average pace as yesterday of 9.9 MPH.

Tonight’s Kitchen Adventure:

is happening while I type this post, The Deputy is making us a new batch of granola.  I can already smell it.  We were food gathering earlier and I came to the conclusion that it’s no longer possible for me to eat the store-bought kind.  I’m a spoiled brat.  And I know it.

FLP Report:

were several that we couldn’t quite see well enough to declare completely.   One was probably a Dakota.

We breathe. We acknowledge.

             I kinda blew it today, you get no Around Town pictures, phone or otherwise.  Because I was enjoying my sweaty self elf too much! We were on the bikes.  Not in the car.  Erranding was done in full autumnal sunshine, and it was done efficiently, let me tell you.

             In the Today’s Mileage section you can see the map.  (Please, go see the map.)  All of the tiny minor details of our afternoon fell beautifully in to place.  And The Deputy got to work on time.  Whew!

             So, here’s the deal with our channeled message though, things went a wee bit differently.   (Still loving the new start-my-day-idea, may review and share it earlier than a week from now.)  What I heard, as I did my stretching and gazing about, was almost like a meditation suggestion.

Appreciation and Contemplation.

             Like the recommendation was to sit quietly and go within.  This is also reflected in our daily draw.

sylvia browne, oracle cards, healing mental pain

 “Working Through Mental Pain  ~

Milton said that within everyone there is heaven and there is hell.  Choose heaven – release the regret and the guilt.

Remember that through love, God will ease your pain and cement you back together.”

             (Substitute words as needed, but don’t disregard the overall meaning.)  We are cyclical beings, on so many levels, mental/physical/spiritual.  Often we are able to move on past each phase, growing as we adapt and improve.  But not always.

             This suggestion, the message and the card, is about seeing our pain, and our joy.  Really looking at both sides.  Then, appreciating that.  And pushing on to the next part of our journey.

             The entire premise is based on the fact that we are perfect, exactly as we are now.  Because THIS is where (who, what, when) we need to be.  By seeing and embracing that, we then learn from it.

               Here’s the process, as it was shown to me.  Take one minute (use a timer), and list off all of the things that you appreciate/are thankful for, right now.  Or, if there’s no clock handy, count ten of them, then ten more, then ten more, for as long as you think might be about a minute.

             My list began with breathing, an ability to use my lungs in a controlled and effortless way, which led to thanking each part of my body.  Then I moved on to the view, how I was grateful to be standing there, looking out at a lovely vista.  I then spoke my appreciation for having a room, and safe place to look from.

             You see how it goes.  Now try it.  Keeping in mind that nothing is too insignificant.  Every tiny portion of our lives is  meaningful.  And deserves our notice, and our gratitude.

Today’s Deck:

Sylvia Browne’s Heart and Soul Cards

Today’s Mileage:

was to a close-by shopping center, that had everything we needed, just 5.259 miles roundtrip, in 35 minutes 38 seconds, with a leisurely pace of 8.8 MPH.  Don’t forget, the MAP.

Today’s Sharing:

<i>The Fool</i>

is not just back to the home site, but also, HERE.  Facebook to Facebook page kindness.  I love when nice things happen.  (You know I’ll have to buy this deck now, right?)

FLP Report:

begins with a shot from the car (while I was being held captive inside yesterday), then moves on to the rest.  (Irony alert, vehicle bike rack!)

Missouri license plates, how NOT to put your car license sticker on

Missouri, with an incorrectly placed sticker. Read your instructions, people!

             Also, two Floridas (one with an orange, and one without), Minnesota, Tennessee, Maine (a rerun, I’m pretty sure), and Ohio (which Daniel always has to sing when we see it).

Life Cycling.

             There are a few moments, unclaimed, in my afternoon.  So I’m grabbing them to get this post pre-written.  We just got home from our outing (gym was cancelled but we had other biking errands) and will be leaving again soon.  It’s hot, and I need to stop sweating before attempting to dress for the rest of my day.


Last day of vacation.

             Tomorrow Dan goes back to work.  Neither one of us is ready for it.  Three weeks isn’t as long as it sounds.  But we did get some shit done, and we did have loads of fun.  (More events coming up in a few days, on his regular weekend, so stay tuned.)

             My waking up, earlier today, brought with it the scraps of an unsettling dream, and the knowledge that it’d be hot out again (like super hot).  I was only partially looking forward to it.  Here’s what I heard, and then I had to laugh at the Universe’s way of reprimanding my bratty self elf.

Take stock,

then acknowledge and appreciate

 your MANY blessings.

             These always make me think.  Some more than others.  And when they chime right in with our daily draw, then I’m just all ’round thrilled.

oracle cards

“Proceeding Softly  ~

My inner power grows in moments of quietude.

Card meaning:

Go forward, slowly and gently.  Stop to smell the daisies and enjoy the view.  Love and appreciate what is here now.

The Universe wants you to know:

When you take your time and go slowly, new perceptions blossom that you can’t see if you’re moving fast.  Step out of the rapid pace of everyday life, and step into the majesty of stillness.  

Resist the impulse to go ahead with your first instinct, and tune in to your deeper intuition.  Power is born when you relax into the present moment.

Questions to ask yourself:

What is the underlying wisdom for me regarding being cautions?  Is there an area of my life where I should slow down?  Should I view a certain person or situation in my life with caution?


My inner power grows in moments of quietude.”

Today’s Deck:

Gateway Oracle Cards by Denise Linn

Today’s Mileage:

was slow, due to wind and the fact that we weren’t in any rush, with a pace of only 9.3 MPH, going 8.414 miles out and back, pedaling time of 53 minutes 43 seconds.  The Deputy is trying to send me his map, but it seems not to want to go.

Yesterday’s Sharing:

is a gift from the turkeys, this time NOT near my new table, but in the street.

turkey feathers

To safely guide my way.

             I set it up onto the curb.  School starts this week, so it seemed like maybe a kid walking past might need it more than we do.

Facing Front.

             As we’ve discussed in previous Decembers, I do NOT partake of Year End Reviews.  And when I see them printed or on-screen, I hastily look away.  I also never go back and read anything that I’ve written here on the blog.  There seems to be no point.  To me, anyway.

             What I DO enjoy is looking forward.  (Which is also why I’m such a really great starter and a really crappy finisher.  Probably.)  As a small gift to us all, as I mentioned yesterday, I found a new oracle deck.   From which we shall all gain much wisdom and insight as we head off in to another year together.

Such a phenomenally perfect pallet.

Such a phenomenally perfect pallet.

             It’s called The Gateway Oracle Cards by Denise Linn.  Here’s a bit from the Guidebook where she says that these cards are:

“…. your keys to unlocking a mystic portal into the inner knowledge and ancient wisdom within you.  They can open a wondrous realm where you can explore your life and discover what destiny has in store for you.”

             The entire concept of portals, as you know, fascinate and call to me.  Obviously I would be drawn to an entire deck based on this notion.  I spent some delightful time with them earlier, validating this choice.  Right now they are feeling as though they’ll just live right on the altar, joining our rotation seamlessly.

             Each card has the basic notation and affirmation on the front, then there is the expanded message and two extra features described in the Guidebook.  Here’s our first draw.


Healing the Past  ~

I step into my future with strength and clarity.

Card meaning:

Your past (and even your past lives) affects your present.  A powerful healing is occurring for you right now.  Beneath the surface, there are forces dissolving blockages and limitations.  This has a positive effect on every aspect of your life, including your health, your relationships, and even your creativity.

The Universe wants you to know:

Challenges in your present can be linked to past events.  Take some time to examine your current situation to see what areas could be strengthened.  Release old blockages.  

Even if it feels like nothing is happening, profound transformations are occurring at this very moment.  This is not unlike bamboo that grows roots under the surface for two to five years, building a foundation invisible to the naked eye.  Then in one year, it grows up to 90 feet!

Wounds from broken relationships, people or situations that seem impossible to forgive, and old shame or guilt are all dissolving.    As a result, your body, mind, and spirit are healing.

Questions to ask yourself:

Is there anything in my life that needs to heal?  What will lead me to the path of greatest healing?  How can I become an even greater healing force for others?”

             I’m super excited about this new deck, and hope that all of you are too.  Did you see the part about “transformations?”  Already it’s fitting right in!

             Late last night, as Dan was going back to work after lunch, he snapped a quick phone photo on his way out the door.  And then he sent it to me, so I tweeted it.

light-up holiday flamingos

On Twitter:
Here is Pinkey, our non-gender yard flamingo, all dressed up for the holidays.

             I’m going to make sure that plug stays available so we can move this gorgeous display around on the deck all year long.

Forgot From Yesterday:

yesterday’s 5 Year Anniversary post was number 1,282.

Today’s Mileage:

9.134 with pedaling time of 58 minutes and 45 seconds.  My average speed took a nose-dive due to winter wind in my damn face nearly the entire ride, 9.3MPH (which, for some reason doesn’t actually bother me, no doubt due to the fact that I am the LEAST competitive person on the planet, and also because I know I’ve done better and will do worse).


Seasonal Attitude, Un-endingly.

             Continuing the theme from yesterday, sharing is going to happen here tonight.  Because, some sharing happened to me earlier.  Which is always awesome!

             Here’s a gloriously winter-y phone photo from Anna.  She said in her last comment that it was dumping snow in her home state.  Yep, that’s a buncha snow alright!

Over here, we have rain, so I'm very much enjoying LOOKING at this view.

Over here,
we have rain, so I’m very much enjoying LOOKING at this view.

             Thanks for sharing!   Now for a listening treat.  Go HERE to see a pictures of my girls and hear their voices, from our very own kitchen table.  Most of what they said is accurate.  Most, not all.

             Are you back?  Okay, now I’m going to send everyone off again, to Hanna’s most recent blog post.  Beware though, there’s animal-feeding/eating photography.  (And by “animal” you know I mean the reptile version.  Don’t worry though, completely not gory or graphic.)

             Sadly, what there is NOT, are very many shots of our Solstice on Christmas.   I think this year we just enjoyed each other’s company and our celebrations.  Kinda forgetting to break out the camera.

Solstice celebrations and rituals


             Here’s the tree though, complete with Dan’s new spool of overly-bright lights.  (Also, you can almost see my new curtains behind it.)

Traditional Pagan Yuletide Evergreen, all decorated, with gifts underneath.

Traditional Pagan Yuletide Evergreen,
all decorated, with gifts.

             The daily draw is flown in for us by a being that’s near and dear to our hearts here in The Burrow, thanks to Empress and her love of all living things.  (Who doesn’t adore the story of Stella Luna?!)

Creatures Of The Air:

Eagle, Raven, Owl, Humming Bird, Parrot, Peacock, Butterfly  Bat, Spider, and Bee

By different means all of these creatures escape the confines of earth.  They soar above material cares and worries and counsel that it is time to let go of our cares, to leave the past firmly behind you where it belongs, and to look for a new future where anything is possible.  Spider uniquely makes her gossamer home in the air, connected to earth by silken ties almost too fine to perceive   She counsels that as you go forward in life you should remain attached to your past, but not be dominated by it.”

animal and oracle cards, bat magick and messages

Bat   ~

You have the power to transcend failure and move into a limitless future.

Bat once crawled upon the earth, but she reached for the stars and now she really can fly.

If you have pulled Bat to guide you, you too can become anything you want.  But remember, everything has its own period of gestation and as you progress to your own limitless future you must transcend failure and its attendant fear, that of striving again.

With failure comes the knowledge that brings you ever nearer your heart’s goal until on the destined day you are reborn.”

Today’s Deck:

Animal Messages – Seek Inspiration From Your Animal Guides by Susie Green

Yesterday’s Mileage:

Only 5.815, which really feels as if it should be more.  (I rode to the pool for class then Heather’s house for her reading.  Clearly all of the important places in my life are conveniently located!)  Time traveled was 38 minutes and 46 seconds, with my average speed just 9MPH.

Today’s Mileage:

8.716, even though I only went one place.  It took me 52 minutes and 13 seconds to pedal there and back, but my average speed picked up to 10MPH.

Tonight’s Lunar Event:

technically tomorrow is the Full Moon (which is also called a “Cold Moon” -look at THIS really well-done article I found on it) but I received two inquiries about it tonight.   It looks so full, and yet the  DATE  says it’s not truly full for another day.  Well not quite, it’s really just a few short hours past midnight, or near there, depending on which coast you reside on.  Whenever you see Her, soak up those moonbeams and enjoy!

LateNight One Last Thing:

go HERE and watch this, it’s only 7 minutes long, you can afford the time.  He is talking about SO much of what WE have seen come up in our cards.