Yesterday I spent a significant amount of my day with an 8-year-old. She is not related to me by genetics, but her parents and siblings have become like family.

             Again the Universe is telling us it’s time to revisit the conversation around that concept of: it takes a village.  And how without support, well.  Everything is just that much more challenging.

             Here’s what I’m hearing ……


             Who makes up our closest, our near-and-dear, our most loved individuals?  Whoever they are, they’re never all related to us by blood, by DNA.

             Often, our core group is a gathering of like-minded souls, with some genuine relatives mixed in.  It matters not one bit what this ratio of the blend is, nor really, what the numbers even are.

             The important and valuable part?  That we take care of our clan, that we hold them close and back them up.  That we love them, unconditionally, and we are there to support them.

             Because we know, they’ll be there for us.  One of the best ways to make sure we’re recharged and can help family when called upon is to take care of ourselves.

             On what is taking the place of my card altar right now (see phone pic below), we are being validated in that very sentiment.  We MUST practice Self Care, and then, we can be of use to those we love.


“Priorities  ~

Get your priorities in order.

When we know what’s important,

speaking our truth gets much easier.”

Today’s Deck:

SelfCare Cards by Cheryl Richardson

Today’s Sharing:

is this current view from the room we are calling our “office” (maybe for a long time, maybe for just right now).

oracle and tarot and angel cards

Most of the cards, but (almost) none of the treasures.

             For the first time in the five weeks since we’ve been handed the keys to this place, I got to be in the house, and get shit done.  It’s been nice.  And soon, I’m sure, it will (finally) feel like home.

             (Camera battery recharging cord, still lost.  The replacement device my Beloved ordered for me seems to not be working.)


Gratitude Attitude Return

             We are encouraged, through uncountable religious, belief systems, and spiritual paths, to Be In The Moment.  To sit in a state of grace.  To appreciate our small gifts.

             And truthfully?  They’re right.  We absolutely should.  We absolutely need to count our blessings and not our problems.  We absolutely have to spend more time being thankful and less time complaining.

             The trick is, to do it.  To capture those:

Precious Moments.

             It is (like so damn many other aspects of this long, arduous, strange journey) simple.  But not necessarily easy.

             I did some of it today, though.  I sat.  I breathed.  I rocked.  I held my grandbaby.  I stopped time for those brief and beautiful never-to-be-captured-again fleeting moments.

             It is Self-Care of the highest order.  It is about taking the time to NOT notice time.  It’s good for us.  And sometimes, that’s the best thing.

             To perfectly personify this generosity of the soul, we have an ideal validation on our card altar right now.

st nicholas of myra

“Generosity  ~  St Nicholas of Myra

You are being asked to start or continue giving time, money, assistance, or goods.  This act helps you know how much you have, and leads to a feeling of abundance that automatically attracts greater prosperity into your life.

The more you give, the more you will receive.  Contribute with joy and be totally detached from the outcome of your offering.  St Nicholas reminds us of the happiness we receive when we give to others, from the spirit of love.  

Allow yourself to be surprised at how the universe gives back to you.”

Today’s Deck:

Saints & Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is this affirmation.

i deserve the best

I deserve the best.

And I accept the best now.

I am mentally and emotionally equipped to enjoy a prosperous and loving life.

It is my birthright to deserve all good.

I claim my good.

I deserve the best.

And I accept the best now.


Love and Light, Strength and Self-Care

             Certain current events have driven me from all media, social and traditional.  (Driven me nearly into a breakdown, if I’m to be honest here.  And you all KNOW that I am nothing if not honest.)

             I’m surrounding myself with loved ones, caring friends, new co-workers who are already becoming a natural and endearing part of my life.  I’m being safe, in the only way I know how.

             One of those ways is to not discuss topics which are too painful to mention.  I’m going to work, I’m reading good escapism fiction, I’m planing projects in my sewing room, and I’m sketching out the beginnings of my new oracle card decks.

             If you’re having trouble, too, I recommend similar methods.  I believe that, right now, Self-Care is more important than ever.  Support, in whichever way works for you, this is key.

Be the light.

             We can make changes, but only if we’re strong enough.  I am not currently able to do much more than stay upright and vertical.  But that’s okay.  I know my limits and I’m using what tools I have assembled to keep me from drowning.

             Please, do the same.  Take care of yourselves, deal with only as much as you feel you can manage, and by all means, call in any favors you may have outstanding.  If now is not the time to help, I can’t imagine when it would be!

             And since I don’t question the Universe (although, I really fucking want to!), I’m not asking why this draw appeared on our card altar.  It just did, so we’ll learn from it.  As we will with everything else.


“Awakening Your True Self  ~

You are beginning to recover your natural identity, including your old sense of humor, interests, passions, and desires.  Trust that any confusion or changes you’re currently experiencing are part of your healing evolution.


I now give myself permission to be true to myself.”

Today’s Deck:

Healing With The Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

             If you need me I’ll be looking at photos like this, because, we need to remember what matters.  And what doesn’t.



             Be well, take care, rest, support, grieve, do what is best for you.


Individual Concern

              If you are a person who follows any of the places where Doreen shows up on social media, you’ll know that for the past few days the theme of her readings has been exactly what our draw is right now.  This is precisely the type of validation and synchronicity which makes me smile and keeps me going.

             Combine that with what I’ve been hearing all week, and we have quite the message.

             Place both of your hands over your heart, it all begins from within…….

Feel That

              I heard, all through the growing up years, that we can’t have a true relationship with someone else until we’ve figured out our relationship with ourselves.  It was a challenging lesson; I had then (and still struggle with now), not a wonderful self-image.

             But looking back on that bit of wisdom from this current space and time, I do see the reasoning behind it.  And that’s where the signs are all pointing.  Start inside, and work our way out.

             To have a true and beautiful union with another, we must be whole and loving to our own sacred self.

             Every relationship we have is balanced on those that came before.  If we start off with shaky foundations, any structures we put on top will not be sound, nor sturdy.

             The Universe is reminding us, feel and know and honour ourselves, then, take that care and share it with others.

archangel raguel

“Relationship Harmony

Archangel Raguel:

‘We angels are opening the hearts of everyone involved.  Arguments and conflicts are being resolved now.’

Additional Message:

‘Your prayers for personal peace have been answered, and you are to be commended for your role in ushering peace into this situation.  

Visualize everyone involved (including yourself) being cooperative and open-minded, even if particular persons aren’t usually this way.  Trust the inner guidance you receive, and know that changes are sometimes uncomfortable but often necessary.

Ask me to help with any aspects of relationships that need healing.  Know that all relationships ultimately have blessings, growth lessons, and love at their core, even if appearances seem otherwise.

Stay focused upon this truth as much as possible.’

Working with Archangel Raguel:

… his principal role is to create harmony and order, especially in relationships.  He has the power to resolve disputes, and is often referred to as The Archangel of Justice and Fairness.

If you find yourself in conflict, as Raguel to act as mediator.  He’ll come up with a creative resolution in which everyone wins.”

Today’s Deck:

Archangel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing: 

is to say that our Empress (and partners) just opened a new grooming salon.   There is not yet a website, but the shop does have a Facebook page.

             They are technically open for business, but still need a few things before the Grand Opening on May 14th.  So if you happen to be local, they’re taking appointments, just stop in (2101 Bailey Hill Road) or call. (541-344-1137)

              It’s exciting and wonderful and we are beyond proud.


Honouring That Valuable Me Time

             I’ve been completely impressed, these past few weeks, with how the Universe has adapted to our new posting schedule.  Recent messages have crept up on me; for a series of days signs and sounds and whispers begin to make themselves known.

             Not even starting to take shape until I sit down at my desk, or stand in front of the card altar.  Then, POOF!  It’s whole and ready to be shared.

             Divine order, indeed.  Here’s what we need to focus on, right now:


             There’s a phrase that’s been popping up around me lately, “you do you, and I’ll do me” – it basically means that when we focus on our own individual sacred self, and everyone else does the same, well . . . . shit gets taken care of in an über efficient manner.

             Who knows us better than ourselves?  Who has the most insight?  When we listen to that soul sound, we hear what our heart needs.

             One of the key points in Self-Care is that we do it for the right reasons.  We honour our own being, because ALL beings are sacred and holy.  But when we begin from our very own core, it can only radiate out from there, and become so much more than what we started with.

             And it can be small things, just as long as it’s a process that’s happening at all.  That acknowledgment.  That brief moment, that honest kindness.  Aimed within.  We’re worth it.  Exactly as we are.

             Which made the corresponding draw not much of a surprise.  When we take care of ourselves, so much more is accomplished.  More than we even imagined.

you do you

“Manifesting Dreams

‘My dreams are coming true!’

Card meaning:

Life goes in cycles.  There is a time for planting seeds and a time for harvesting bounty.  Right now is your time for harvesting.

Your innermost dreams and desires are manifesting.  Don’t stop the flow by doubting the process.  All is unfolding according to your highest good.

The Universe wants you to know:

The seeds of desires you planted so long ago (perhaps even before this life) are coming to fruition.  

Sometimes it’s simply a matter of being still, opening your heart, and knowing that you deserve your dreams to come true.

You are worthy of greatness, and you have the ability to manifest your deepest and most heartfelt wishes.  Timing is everything, and the moment is ripe for those lingering desires to be realized.

The bounty of the Universe is pouring into your life.

Questions to ask yourself:

What do I truly desire?  Is there anything I need to release in order to reach my dreams?  What steps can I take to help my heartfelt wishes come true in my life?


My dreams are coming true!”

Today’s Deck:

Gateway Oracle Cards by Denise Linn

Today’s Sharing:

is this bonus view from my downstairs calendar.

join me

Paxos, Greece

             Let’s hang out here.  Together!