Contemplation and Truth

             When we are presented with challenges, bumps along our path, it is said that it’s the way we handle difficulties, not how we survive them which truly matters.

             Are we strong and brave?  Are we emotional, but recover later?  Are we just a soggy mess?

             Our message right now is all about how we “manage” and then how we go forward from that point.

Look Deeply

             The Universe wants us to know that it might be time to do some research.  Staying in the past is never a healthy idea, but examining what got us here, is.

             If we take a quiet moment, casting our minds and hearts back, what immediately arrives in the consciousness?  Where do we land?  Who do we need to still deal with?  And, why are we continuing to carry this fucking baggage into our futures?!

             (Okay, that last one maybe was just me.)

             The basics here involve clearing away what we no longer need; dropping in to mediation, prayer, or a historical search of some kind.  Once we review, once we examine, once we have felt, and heard, and Looked Deeply, we’ll be better equipped to face our present, and voyage on in to our tomorrows.

             On our card altar, this same theme is being validated.

look deeply

“Yemaya  ~  34

Grandmother Ocean, primordial

The Mermaids Sing:

We wish to share with you the knowledge of the Old Ones.  The Orisha, Yemaya is often depicted as a mermaid, a vast primordial mermaid with a star shining from her head, a mermaid of Power who gives birth to the world.

Through her we remember ….. mermaid energy symbolises the Birth of the World though Water.  Yemaya’s power and recognition is growing and beginning to ignite all of us.  She is like a beam of light, reminding us of our great age, our strength, and the many, many lessons we have learned, and how we can bring so much more to birth in the world.

She returns, the old one who is part human, part ocean being, and all humans are born from her.  Her mirror is the doorway, and the entry point to the unseen world.  Her tail is the womb from which we are all born.  The salt water is that which we all are suspended in, that which gives us life, and oxygen to this world of the Land.

And she taught us all – she birthed all the sea creatures, and she was vast – island chains are but the scales upon her tail – volcano her belly – and all faiths are permutations of her existence.  We mermaids love Yemaya, she is the mother of us all.”

Today’s Deck:

Oracle of the Mermaids by Lucy Cavendish

Today’s Sharing:

is this view from our recent walk.

found feathers

It’s very small, shades of gray.

             There were two of them, they were lovely.  I needed this reminder.  Maybe you do, too.

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State of Mind

             I wake up to an alarm clock.  Every day.  (Every.  Day.)  It’s necessary, because otherwise, I’d still be sleeping right now.  There is no “I’m done” switch when it comes to rest for me.  Never has been.

             After some (several) bashes on the SNOOZE button, I eventually cease being horizontal, if not fully awake, to begin my day.  Usually with some form of our message floating around in my brain.

             This morning, what I saw was not something I understood.  But, I sat with it.  And it finally made some sense.

Resort-Style

             Now, I’m the first to admit that I know nothing about fashion.  Or even vacations, for that matter.  So I’ll just be relaying what I was shown and how it made me feel.

             Apparently, if one is on a “getaway” sort of trip, there is luxury involved.  Or, at least, a bit of leisure.  THAT is the attitude we need to recognize and bring forward right now.

             The emotion of relaxing and feeling at ease.  Peaceful, under no pressure and with no stress.  Seems fantastical, right?  And yet, we DO know where it’s hiding.  Deep inside.  And we DO know how to retrieve it.

             Since most of us can’t jump on a plane this second and go after it, let’s do it from home.  (Or work, whatever.)  Sitting quietly.  For a mere three minutes.  Bringing our awareness to here and now.  To joy.  To lovingkindness.

             All it takes to call up that type of “I’m on vacation!” sense is to breathe it into being.  Treating ourselves to a resort experience.  A healing moment.  This place, this sacred space.

             Our accompanying daily draw is about pure power, how and why we have it, and how to use it to our best advantage.  And how to utilize it for today’s message.

higher power

“Strength  ~  44

‘Your true strength comes not from self-reliance alone, but from a sincere faith in a higher power.’

The strength to accomplish even the most daunting tasks is yours at this time.  You can connect with and channel the power of the universe.

The Strength card indicates that your ideas are being tested and refined and your relationships are being deepened.  No matter what happens, nothing can move you off the course of evolution.

As the potency of your connections become more obvious, you are able to harness the creative energies that are available to you.

Have courage and dive in, for magic is in the process of finding a form to take.  When you remember that real strength comes from a combination of your efforts and reliance on a higher power working through you, all is possible.

You can do anything now.”

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing:

is the continuation of our Mother’s Day (it goes on for a long time around here, one 24 hour cycle isn’t nearly enough for us).

The glass jar is part of my gift.  (Way too much shit comes in plastic.)

The glass jar is part of my gift.

             This is what I put on Instagram recently.  The tradition of giving me containers of, what is basically truffle filling, began with my sister, more than 20 years ago.  Thanks, Empress, for being the family historian on this one!

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To (re)construct.

             Yesterday’s title was in reference to several things (they almost always are).  Because that’s what has been on my mind lately, the idea (the concept) of change, the spiraling up, and the movement forward.  How we go through transitions and evolve, as we travel our paths.

             That very same topic was what I woke up thinking of, too.  And it was even more clear as I heard this message:

when rebuilding (whether physical, mental, or spiritual) be cautious, but more importantly, be positive, with every individual layer.

             Because for every bit we release, we also create anew.  Change can be challenging, this is a flat-out true fact.  However, when viewed through the lens of new/fun and as a treasure, it’s much more palatable to consider, and accept.  As long as we do it within the proper mind-set.

             On our card altar, back to the regular rotation, we’ve been gifted, for exactly that type of accomplishment.  (Woo hoo!)

angel cards and messages, guardian angel

“Reward  ~  

Guardian Angel

Your guardian angels are rewarding you for all your concerted efforts, hard work, and dedication to helping others.  You’ve been giving so much, and now it’s time for you to receive.

Your reward comes to you in an unexpected and happy way.  It helps you know that you are not alone, and that you are being watched over.  Allow this to boost your faith even further.

This is also a message for you to treat yourself with a few goodies.  You’ve been expending so much energy that there’s a need for a retreat and rejuvenation.   Indulge yourself with a massage, a pedicure, or a long soak in a warm bathtub.  Rewarding yourself helps you keep going and feel appreciated for all of  your hard work, and it balances all the giving that you have been doing.

You deserve this reward, and remember:

the more you allow yourself to receive, the more you have available to give to others.”

             While I think this message is WAY important (and awfully freaking timely), I can never understand all of Doreen’s adoration of the stereotypical “rewards” she suggests.  I’d rather throw my sweaty, puffy body in front of a screaming, speeding train than participate in those three torturous trials example activities.   But  ya know, that’s obviously just me.

             Whatever makes YOU feel better?  Go do that.  However much Quiet Time YOU can grab in your day?  Go take it.  Wherever recharges YOUR soul?  Go there!  Even if it’s only a few seconds to step out and look at the supermoon.  Step out!

Today’s Deck:

Saints & Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Mileage:

was out for bagels, like last week.  With a Froot Loop Krispie Treat again, of course.  5.116 miles, in 31 minutes 25 seconds, at 9.7 MPH average speed.  Look at DAN’S MAP to see our route, including an Estate Sale stop off.  (Where we purchased some linen table napkins.  Six for less than 3 bucks!)

Today’s Sharing:

is THIS page from across the pond.  Go see it, totally worth the click.  (I want one.  Or maybe I just want to be there.)

Tonight’s Kitchen Adventure:

has already happened.  Early.  Because my ankles and feet are (still) swollen and I didn’t think I could do it later.

home-made tortillas

Tortillas, which then become quesadillas.

             I have so many recipes for these now, I can’t remember which ones I’ve used and liked, and which ones I’ve used and not liked.  Even though most of them have scribbled notes on them.  This version seems to be pleasingly soft, remind me to jot that down.