No map needed this time.

             We can find the good in practically anything, if we search long enough (same for bad).  This is merely a truth of our world.

             Since November I’ve removed myself from a great deal, in regards to the news.  Some aspects of social media I was never a part of, except for business purposes.  But other sites, I truly enjoyed.

             In limiting my exposure of triggering or upsetting topics, turns out, I have actually broadened my awareness of places and scenes which make me incredibly happy.

             For all of the negativity we’re witnessing, there is also a vast amount of wonderfully uplifting content.  We simply need to find it.

              And that’s what the Universe would like us to focus on . . . . .

seeking treasure.

             As you all know (oh, so well), I’m an over-sharer.  This doesn’t change when I happen to be garbed in a corporate uniform standing behind my day-job front desk.  I recently made a very surly business traveler laugh when I told him of my self-exile from all topics non-fun.

             If you look at my Instagram feed, you see that it’s full of Victorian houses, dolphins (including sharks, sea horses, and whales), international miniaturist, plus-sized fashions, snakes in hats, comedic women, and family members.

             This man found joy as I described the accounts I followed, the photographs which cheered me quickly and thoroughly.  This was not what he expected upon check-in.  He needed a laugh, seemed natural that I supply it.

            We can all use a bit of humour in our day, something to lift our sad and weary hearts.  It can be a tiny thing.  All we need to do is look for it.

             Those treasures are waiting for us to find them.

             In validation, we have a draw right now which I’m hoping everyone will gain benefit from.  If the wording is not suitable, please (as always)  feel free to substitute terms more comforting for your belief system.  On a soul level, the labels we select here are not at all important.  But the message truly is.

holy spirit

“Grace  ~  39  ~  Holy Spirit

Harmony, Beauty, Prosperity, Elegance

The Holy Spirit is filing your life with grace and ease.  You are aligning with your purpose, your discipline and focus are paying of.

Everything you touch seems to transform into prosperity and beauty.  This is more than luck, it’s the reflection of the Holy Spirit flowing through you.

The more you surrender to this Divine Energy, the more you will be gifted with synchronicity and flow.

Trust your immediate impulses and act upon them without hesitation.  The Holy Spirit is helping you make the right choices at the right time.  

Your greatest challenge is to hold on to this joyous and natural healthy self-esteem and not allow others throw you into self-doubt.

Believe in your dreams, your spirit, and yourself.  Pray for the strength to keep your focus clear and your heart open.

The Holy Spirit’s message to you is:

walk with grace, all is well.”

Today’s Deck:

Ask Your Guides Oracle Cards by Sonia Choquette

Today’s Sharing:

is THIS NEW BOOK !!!    (Be sure to click through to her purchase page, no need to buy anything but you don’t want to miss the details.)

             My Empress received a copy for Freyja.  We read it the other night.  It rhymes! And it’s so fabulous!  Every baby should have it!

Today’s Gratitude:

Fully functional air conditioning in house and in vehicle.






Gratitude Attitude

             Around this time of year, there’s usually plenty of Being Thankful posts to be found.  This has definitely been on my mind, what with the holiday and all.

             But even more than that (because you all know how much I dislike being forced into a jovial or festive state), I have begun to gradually and oh-so-cautiously remove a few of my self-imposed restrictions.  I am peeking my head out, but only in safe directions.

             For me, right now, it’s become even more than merely the state of acknowledgment.  Our message echoes this, it has an intended focus of deep and sincere . . .


             To be well-balanced, it is said that we must be an even mix of all the Tarot suits, all the elements, as well as equal portions give/take.  We must be able to receive, to accept, and to be able to understand the difference.

             Of course, in real life, none of us are perfect, or exactly well-balanced.  We struggle and we work through our challenges.  We work towards the understanding of gifting and welcoming.

             The trick is to notice and appreciate each level, each accomplishment, each individual we connect with.  THOSE are the true measures of success.

             Because, by feeling and honouring our simple gestures and tiny steps, we become more capable of even larger blessings, lessons, and gratitude.

             On our card altar, in validation of the same idea, this draw brings us a perfect affirmation.


“Joy  ~  24

Even just a simple smile can go a long way to spreading joy in our world. Choose to focus more on those things which bring you happiness and you will find you naturally begin to radiate this energy out into all of creation.

The more joy you send out, the more you’ll find you have to be joyful for – this is a law of the universe.


By living with joy, I magically spread light into the hearts of my sisters and brothers everywhere.”

Today’s Deck:

The Oracle Of The Angels by Mario Duguay

Today’s Sharing:

is to make everyone aware of this young woman.


All ways. #yourstoryisntoveryet

A post shared by Choosing #HealthOverHollywood (@amandagist) on


             Her story is as strong and beautiful as she is, her fight is a good one, in every sense.  She also has a YouTube channel, if that’s how you roll.



              Today is post number 2,000.  I know, it seems like a big number, and also, it feels as though I’ve just begun to do the work that brings me here every evening.

             And why do I show up, day after day, year after year?  For you.  For whoever finds me and reads what I type out.  And for whoever it might help, in any small way.

             Which brings me to today’s message.  It’s about how we work together.  You read, you comment, you refer me to friends, you e-mail and ask for card readings to ensure that your path is clear and uncluttered.

             My part, as the radio, is to gather information.  To compile the bits and pieces that are made known to me into a cohesive (and hopefully entertaining) few minutes out of your day.


             When people combine forces, on any project, they become better for the doing of it  They approach the task as singular, but finish as part of something larger and more important.

             We do that here.  Your input and responses, your sharing the posts, your appreciation and kindness fuel me to keep going.

             We are a team.  It’s as simple as that.  So, thank you, for being on the other end of this.  Twothousand times.

             It was a busy day for The Deputy and I, we are preparing for The Winter Solstice (and all that entails).  When we returned home, and I stood before our card altar, here is where my direction was drawn.

guided grace message

“Grace  ~  39  ~  Holy Spirit

Harmony, Beauty, Prosperity, Elegance

The Holy Spirit is filing your life with grace and ease.  You are aligning with your purpose, and your discipline and focus are paying off.

Everything you touch seems to transform into prosperity and beauty.  This is more than luck; it’s a reflection of the Holy Spirit flowing through you.

The more you surrender to this Divine Energy, the more you will be gifted with synchronicity and flow.

Trust your immediate impulses and act on them without hesitation.  The Holy Spirit is helping you make the right choices at the right time.

Your greatest challenge is to hold on to this joyous and natural healthy self-esteem and not allow others to throw you into self-doubt.

Believe in your dreams, your spirit, and yourself.

Pray for the strength to keep your focus clear and your heart open.

The Holy Spirit’s message to you now:

Walk in Grace.

All is well.”

Today’s Deck:

Ask Your Guides Oracle Cards by Sonia Choquette

Today’s Sharing:

are these views from last night.   When found the perfect tree, provided by the perfect guy.

solstice mini house

I knew we were in the right place when I saw that this was his tabletop display.

             On the back parking lot, of a gas station.  Yep, Nathan had set up a holiday wonderland of greatness.  And we found him.

winter swags, fir decor

With rose hips!
And local lichen!

             This one was a bit smaller than the other swags and wreaths, so he made us a bargain deal.  It’s hanging on our front door right now.

             Things are feeling pretty damn festive around here….. one might even say jolly.


Performance Compulsion.

             Do any of you watch Project Runway’s: Under The Gunn?  It’s like the original Project Runway (and Project Runway All Stars), with all the good parts, but without Heidi.  In this newest version there are designer-mentors.

             I knew we were clueless about fashion before, and seeing these programs totally sealed the deal.  But we are learning, and it’s fascinating.  Also, enjoyable and educational.  The biggest draw, for me though, is Tim Gunn.  The man is Grace personified.

             He is an amazing guy, just in general.  Super knowledgeable and smart about tons of shit, not only this industry.  When he was a design school instructor he came up with the phrase which is our message today.

Make it work.

             It’s also going to be our daily draw image.  Because that’s what I was directed to share.

Tim Gunn

The very picture of dapper and debonair.

             This all blends nicely with yesterday’s information.  When we REALLY put forth the effort, with our whole being, we truly are able to make nearly anything work.

             Like the designers on these shows, we have guides.  We never need to go it alone.  However, also like on the shows, as Tim Gunn advises, we can’t allow someone else to do it FOR us.

             In order to learn, we absolutely must absorb the lesson by physically (emotionally, spiritually) doing it.

             Now, everyone say it with me, in the voice of Tim Gunn, “make it work, people.”  (Briskly clap three times.)  “Make it work!

Today’s Sharing:

is this view.  It made a rainy bike ride home even more difficult.  Panniers are not always my friend.

I'm behind already!

I’m behind already!

             Why do all of my requests come in at once?  Shit, if you need me, I’ll be over there on the couch, reading.  And then, ya know, reading some more.

Enrichment, within.

             We’re going to begin with our daily draw today.  Because that’s the direction I am being pointed in.  Also, the narrative is long, and it feels like this story needs to be told first.  (It also feels very valid and important.)

             The guidebook section on this one includes a poem, as they all do:

“Swan . . .

the power of woman

entering Sacred Space,

touching future,

yet to come,

bringing eternal grace.”


“Swan  ~  39  


Little Swan flew through the Dreamtime, looking for the future.  She rested for a moment in the coolness of the pond, looking for a way to find the entry point to the future.  This was a moment of confusion for Swan, as she knew that she had happened into the Dreamtime by accident.  This was her first flight alone and she was a bit concerned by the Dreamtime landscape.

As Swan looked high above Sacred Mountain, she saw the biggest swirling black hole she had ever seen.  Dragonfly came flying by, and Swan stopped him to ask about the black hole.  Dragonfly said, “Swan, this is the doorway to the other planes of imagination.  I have been guardian of the illusion for many, many moons.  If you want to enter there, you would have to ask permission and earn the right.”

Swan was not so sure that she wanted to enter the black hole.  She asked Dragonfly what was necessary for her to earn entry.  Dragonfly replied, “you  must be wiling to accept whatever the future holds as it is presented, without trying to change Great Spirit’s plan.”  Swan looked at her ugly duckling body and then answered, “I will be happy to abide by Great Spirit’s plan.  I won’t fight the currents of the black hole. I will surrender to the flow of the spiral and trust what I am shown.”  Dragonfly was very happy with Swan’s answer and began to spin the magic to break the pond’s illusion.  Suddenly, Swan was engulfed by a whirlpool in the center of the pond.

Swan reappeared many days later, but now she was graceful and white and long-necked.  Dragonfly was stunned.  “Swan, what happened to you?” he exclaimed.  Swan smiled and said, “Dragonfly, I learned to surrender by body to the power of Great Spirit and was taken to where the future lives.  I saw many wonders high on Sacred Mountain and because of my failth, and my acceptance, I have been changed.  I have learned to accept the state of grace.”  Dragonfly was very happy for Swan.

Swan told Dragonfly many of the wonders beyond the illusion.  Through her healing and her acceptance of the state of grace, she was given the right to enter the Dreamtime.

So it is that we learn to surrender to the grace of the rhythm of the universe, and slip from our physical bodies into the Dreamtime.  Swan medicine teaches us to be at one with all planes of consciousness, and to trust in Great Spirit’s protection.

If you pulled Swan, it ushers in a time of altered states of awareness and of development of your intuitive  abilities.  Swan medicine people have the ability to see the future, to surrender to the power of Great Spirit, and to accept the healing and transformations of their lives.

The Swan card is telling you to accept your ability to know what lies ahead.  If you are resisting your self-transformation, relax; it will be easier to go with the flow.  Stop denying that you know who is calling when the phone rings.  Pay attention to your hunches and your gut knowledge, and honor your female intuitive side.”

             Yesterday I was drawn to go looking for a guided meditation CD in The Burrow (I knew it was around here someplace).  I found it immediately.  Tomorrow I’m going to listen to it, it’s very “all planes of consciousness” focused.

             And when I was talking to *A* about how I could shake this obsession with the physical, we discussed yet another meditation journey.  Today, we hear from Swan.  And are recommended to strengthen our faith by delving in with trust.

             This message is crucial to our Zen Balance, in that we have to keep our path in focus, but we also need that Enlightenment to guide and nourish us along the way.  This journey is challenging enough without having some kind of spiritual insurance there to keep us hale and healthy.  For me, this type of validation is exactly the sort of sign that I love to see.

Today’s Deck:

Medicine Cards – The Discovery Of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson illustrated by Angela C. Werneke.

Today’s Mileage:

was a bike erranding day, with some power yoga at the gym thrown in, for 9.345 miles with an average speed of 9.5 MPH (exactly the same as yesterday) for 58 minutes and 56 seconds.

FLP Report:

was not recorded anywhere and now I’ve forgotten.  There were two.   What I remembered though, or was reminded by Swan, was that on Tuesday Dan and I saw no fewer than a dozen Mr and Mrs Mallard pairs along the canal.  A big neon “IT’S SPRING NOW!” flashing banner couldn’t have been more obvious.

Yesterday’s Baking:

turned out very nicely, if oddly-shaped.

tahini cookies

Also, they got a bit big this time.

             One of my deliveries earlier was handing over some of these to J.D. (who I spotted, though a window, in a cafe, which saved me a bike-in-the-elevator ride up to where his car is parked).  If he heats them up at work, and they scream again (or incinerate from the inside out), he’s promised to let us know.