Change?  It happens.  Progress?  We hope for it.  Evolution?  An obvious truth.  We live in a world which never stops moving.

             In my family, we are non-traditionalists.  For calendar holidays, we work, while others celebrate.  I can’t count the number of Thanksgivings where we’ve gathered on the following Sunday or Monday.

             This past week, for a Sunday event, we got together, in various combinations throughout the day and night, on that Thursday before.

             In the past few days I’ve had personal emergencies, unexpected tragedies, and plain old life situations, all of which have caused me to approach my current journey in a new (different!) and unaccustomed way.

             Why all of this?  Because, if we don’t

make adjustments

we die.  We cease existing in our physical form.  We falter, and often feel as though we’ve failed.

             This message is about acknowledging that “yeah, this sucks” but it doesn’t need to stop us from continuing.  It is not necessary to flounder, never to rise above.

            All of this doesn’t mean I’m not down.  Truthfully?  It’s been full-time residence in Depression City.  There’s great waves of sorrow.  Sadness and grief?  Fully present.

             Whatever are our individual circumstances, it simply proves that we CAN move forward in the face of . . . . . . of nearly any fucking thing that gets thrown at us.

             Do we want to rise above and be the better person right now?  Oh, hell to the no.  Are we able to?  Yep, pretty much every damn time.

            We can, and we do.  After.  After some reflection.  After some sobbing.  After adjusting and recalibrating, we can move forward.  We can survive.  We can (eventually!), once more, even thrive.

            (Just, ya know, give us a minute here.)

             As validation, and as a reminder of our strength, we are presented with this, a stone of great power.

acceptance and grief

“turquoise  ~

speaking one’s truth, clear communication, purification

Don’t be afraid to speak your truth.  A situation that is causing you concern can easily be resolved by simply expressing how you truly feel.

You will not hurt nor upset anyone by speaking your truth.  In fact, speaking your truth has the opposite effect to what you think.  

By communicating your feelings and preferences clearly and honestly all concerned will be relieved.  At present, others are rather confused because they sense that all is not the way you are purporting it to be.

This magical Turquoise crystal will help you ease any fear you have regarding clear and true communication with either yourself or others.”

Today’s Deck:

Crystal Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno






Every Year At This Time.

          When this posts at 11:00 (ish) p.m. on the 25th, my son will have one hour left of this 27th birthday.   I am having some technical difficulties right now (thank you Mercury Retrograde Shadow Effect for challenging my patience), on top of the ever-present emotions that I suffer from every time one of the witchlings gets a year older.  So this will be brief.  And it will not be set up the way I had planned earlier.

           Here is the first post I wrote for him and this is the second, finally, the one from last yearPlease go read those (they are short and they will open to a new window, so you won’t fall out of JulieLand by doing so).  I wanted to do a cut and paste dealie.  That appears to be unavailable right now.  I’ll just wait until you’ve all read the old ones as they stood…   done?

           Okay, this first born kid of mine is a treasure that I never dreamed I could be any part of, let alone claim to have created originally.  He has grown into, seriously, a spectacular individual.  (He was a fairly spectacular kid too, which was why we went on to repeat this process two more times.)  Sure he is still just a guy sometimes, but truly, he is an amazing guy.  I don’t get anxious because we are all getting older, I just chronically fall apart thinking about how much I love my children.  It is a sensation that goes beyond words and description.  I won’t even try to talk about.  Not only am I not up to the task, but it would be redundant (since you’ve all read the first three posts).

            Happy Happy Birthday J.D.  Hope your day was festive, enjoyable, and as much fun as it could be, what with all the work and (hopefully) a nap.  We’ll see you tomorrow night for dinner and gifts.  I love you more than I can say.  You have made your father and I the proudest parents on the planet.  I have to go cry now, but not before I get your card up here.

          For my baby boy’s glorious day of birth, we are using our Special Occasion deck.  Because if this isn’t a special day, I sure as hell don’t know what is.

“Tasmanian Devil  ~  Purification.

The generic name of the Tasmanian Devil, Sarcophilus, means ‘flesh-lover,’ indicating its carnivorous dietary preference.  Meat is what nourishes the Tasmanian Devil.  It instinctively knows that meat is the only fare that will supply it with the strength and endurance to fulfill its duties to Mother Earth.

Choosing the life of the humble, yet cantankerous, recluse, however, the Tasmanian Devil is a shy creature that prefers to feed on carrion and road kill rather than relying on it skills as a capable hunter.  Thus, the Tasmanian Devil is seen as the cleaner, the one whose responsibility it is to ensure that the deceased are returned to Mother Earth as efficiently as possible, minimising the risk of putrefaction and contamination of the land and water ways.

Tasmanian Devil teaches us to purify our lives, to honour our bodies and to exorcise all that is corrupted from our systems.  Eating all that is wholesome, drinking all that is pure, and honouring our bodies by regularly exercising and getting adequate rest are all lessons afforded by Tasmanian Devil, as is only ever doing what is right for us while avoiding the propensity to base our decisions on what others may do, prefer, or expect.

Tasmanian Devils are famous for their powerful jaws and crushing bite.  Tasmanian Devil teaches us to honour ourselves on a communication level, therefore, by using the vice-like power of its jaws to speak with vice-like force or, when appropriate, with gentle humility.  He validates the art of cutting through pretence to get directly to the heart of the matter, thus purifying our relationships of dis-honesty and misunderstanding.

When Tasmanian Devil appears, you are being prompted to purify some aspect of your life.  The cleansing process personified by the appearance of Tasmanian Devil can be as tender and healing as you like, or equally, as gruesome and devastating.  It all depends on how it is approached and whether or not it is handled in a sacred manner.

To remove all that is stagnant from your life is to realise the fertility that comes with release, liberation and freedom.  It is to strengthen your foundations and to nourish your desires to expand.”