Material / Ethereal

             Are you all familiar with the concept of repeated numbers?  That they are a sign?  That when we see them, when they just keep popping up (on phones, on clocks, on roadmarkers, on mileage, and gauges) over and over, it’s obviously something very special and important?  Yes?  Great!

             (If not, and the answer to that question was “no” then I’d recommend you go a-googlin’ for more specific info, there’s LOTS out there.  I just looked, and got plenty, too many to link to.)

             I’ve been involved in some truly inspirational readings recently, and this week has been particularly loud, as far as signs go (the occurrence of those numbers was right up there at the top of my list).

             What we do with this information, the symbols, the messages, the signs is where our focus will be directed.  Here is what I heard:

Manifestation

             To take raw ingredients, and then to produce something new out of those combined bits and pieces is our goal.  We are to create.  We are to craft.  We are to Manifest.

             And we’re all pretty good at it, too.  It just happens that sometimes what we’re bringing in to play is not always what we wanted.  It simply happens to be what we’re thinking about.

             Is our mind on the positive and the joyful?  Or is it on the negative and sad?  Of course we must honour our feelings, all of them.  And we must acknowledge what is in the world.  What we don’t need to do is to stay there.

             We can steer our journey onto a more fruitful and productive path by coming back to Grace, by returning always to lovingkindness, to actively seeing the miracles and blessings around us, instead of dwelling in the rage and the fear.

             Another point, along this same road, comes from who showed up on our card altar.

balance

“Magpie  ~  38  ~  Balance

Magpie is the bringer of balance, the yin-yang of the bird world, an agent of awareness, the embodiment of ‘the opposites that are equal’ and the force that champions the attainment and correct use of esoteric knowledge.

She demonstrates that spiritual knowledge, and the power that comes with it, must be approached with a committed, objective mindset.  It cannot be attained overnight, or bought with money.

Information gleaned during a weekend workshop, for example, can only be considered a foundation on which real learning, learning that comes with experience and practice, takes place.  True wisdom must be deserved.  It must be gathered over a lifetime of study and embraced as a way of life.  It must become a path of the heart, explored with absolute devotion.

Before questing for spiritual attainment, for example, we must first dedicate ourselves to becoming a whole person; a process that involves surrendering our familiar self to Spirit, so that our authentic self, hidden deep within, can emerge reborn.

We must be prepared to face our fears and conquer them and turn our weaknesses into strengths and our darkest hours into gifts of power.  In becoming a whole person we embark on an expedition to reclaim inner balance and authority and, in doing so, find ourselves stepping out of our comfort zone into the unknown.

Magpie is a doorkeeper to the other realms; a guardian who lets only those wiling to honour the sacred balance between the good and bad, light and dark, feminine and masculine, in all things to explore her world.

If Magpie has swooped into your cards today, you are being guided to a place of awareness.  You are being shown how to better understand the innate marriage between the opposites that are equal, and the duality of all things.  You are being primed for a deepening of purpose and a broadening of perception.

Magpie’s arrival heralds an obligatory confrontation of fears, the reshuffling of thoughts, review of values, and a loosening up of everything that has offered sustenance and strength up until now.

It means being ready to walk a path of the heart to find a place of inner freedom; a quest for a better understanding of the poise that resides within you and everything in Nature.”

Today’s Deck:

(in celebration of our longest day) is Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards by Scott Alexander King

Today’s Sharing:

is very much about who I am.  It’s difficult for me to find movies and books I like, let alone REALLY like.  So when I do, it’s a big damn deal.

             Listen to the video below, and then, find a way to watch the film it comes from.  (I highly recommend it, and that’s sayin’ something!)

             (You can thank me later, I’ll be right here.)

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Fine, it counts as Special.

           Still in my jammies!  Very nice not to have to BE anywhere, or see anyone today.  Well, except for these guys.   They never care if I get dressed or not.      Can you see all the dogs?  Yes, Han and Adam and Indie have arrived.  And look, Max is here too.  Scooter is still being a grumpy old man.  Also, Axel had a run-in with a rose bush a few nights ago, so one eye doesn’t look real great, but it isn’t bothering him, and all his other issues seem to be healing very well.

   In answer to everyone’s questions concerning Black Friday (AKA Buy Nothing Day), I will have to be there.  But I won’t have to be there at the time I would usually be going to bed (thank you Matt, and Josh and Chris too).  I’ll get up when I get up and arrive around four-ish, on the dark half of the clock (where I belong).  It will  be a very long and annoying day, but at least it won’t be early.  Hopefully all the rabid shoppers will have gone home for a nap.  Or a turkey sammiche.  By the time I roll in.

    Another conversation Daniel and I have had recently:

Me: It was in my tweets, they show up on the side of the blog now.

Him:  I know where your tweeties are.

Me:  Well?  Why don’t you know what the hell I’m talking about then?!

Him:  I said I knew where they were, I didn’t say I was reading them.

Me:  Hmph!  (Followed by many bad words and unkind statements that you really don’t need to read about here.  Might project me in a negative light, and we certainly wouldn’t want that.)

   I noticed a problem about two days ago, while blog hopping and visiting friends.  I submitted a comment, and it vanished.  I tried again, same result.  The next day, same thing.  It continues into today.  Not sure who else to contact (I have made several inquiries to WordPress) or how to solve it.  If it continues into tomorrow I am really going to lose my shit.  I have things to say dammit!  (These are the people who I can’t seem to get through to: Lucy, Carol, Kelly, Tracy, Kris, Stormy and Alastair.  I haven’t tried Serena or The Fokker today, but they are both WordPress too, so I imagine it will probably also be bad.)

        Just because I don’t personally participate in this feasting holiday, doesn’t mean it’s not a Special Occasion for many.  So I did go with the Special Occasion Deck (from Australia).  Also, it’s my niece Holly’s 20th birthday.  That felt Special enough to count.

    Here’s what the Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards had to say.  (Yeah, I laughed when I saw that it was another bird too.  Especially since it was this bird.  When Hanna was younger we used to call her a magpie because she hoarded small shiny treasures in her room.  Also she kind of had a chirpy magpie-like personality.)  

       

“Magpie  ~  Balance.

Magpie is the bringer of balance, the yin-yang of the bird world, an agent of awareness, the embodiment of ‘the opposites that are equal’ concept and the force that champions the attainment and correct use of esoteric knowledge.

   She demonstrates that spiritual knowledge, and the power that comes with it, must be approached with a committed, objective mindset.  It cannot be attained overnight, or bought with money.  True wisdom must be deserved.  It must be gathered over a lifetime of study and embraced as a way of life.  It must become a path of the heart, explored with absolute devotion.

   Before questing for spiritual attainment, we must first dedicate ourselves to becoming a whole person; a process that involves surrendering ourself to Spirit, so that our authentic self, hidden deep within, can emerge reborn.  We must be prepared to face our fears and conquer them and turn our weaknesses into strengths and our darkest hours into gifts of power.  In becoming a whole person we embark on an expedition to reclaim inner balance and authority and, in doing so, find ourselves stepping out of our comfort zone into the unknown.

  Magpie is the doorkeeper to the other realms, a guardian who lets only those willing to honour the sacred balance between the good and bad, light and dark, feminine and masculine, in all things, to explore her world.

  As Magpie has swooped into your life today, you are being guided to a place of awareness.  You are being shown how to better understand the innate marriage between the opposites that are equal and the duality within all things.  You are being primed for a deepening of purpose and a broadening of perception.

  Magpie’s arrival heralds an obligatory confrontation of fears, the reshuffling of thoughts, review of values and a loosening up of everything that has offered sustenance and strength up until now.  It means being ready to walk a path of the heart to find a place of inner freedom: a quest for a better understanding of the poise that resides within you and everything in Nature.”

(Oh joy.  Now the configuration is fucked as well.  So much for my stress-free day.  I give up.  Time for a bowl of cereal I guess.)

LATE NIGHT UPDATE!!!  Carol just said (in yesterday’s comments section) that I landed in her SPAM folder.  Please guys, go check for me.  If I am there, rescue poor pathetic, and virtually voice-less, Lunarmom/UrthaLun.  Thank you!