Advance and Process

             I’m sitting at a make-shift desk, in the house where we now live.  My Empress occupies our formal adobe. It’s been slow, and difficult.  But ….. I’m sitting at a make-shift desk.  In the house.  Where we now live.

             Let’s call that progress, shall we?  Because, what I’ve been hearing about, and what I’m learning so clearly right now, is that we must be thankful, we must notice the gifts.  We absolutely must

stay flexible.

             Nothing around here is done.  Nothing at the other house is done, either.  Two families are half-in, half-out of old and new situations.  But for this moment in time, none of us is homeLESS.  We are dry in the rain and warm in the cold.  (Hopefully, we’ll also be cool in the heat, too.)

             Things change.  That’s the way our journey goes.  It’s the very WAY this life is.  When we get too caught up in staying the same, we lose out on what might come along for us.

             It’s been challenging, this move, this tiny bit of progress.  But it’s also been kinda fun.  And that’s what we all could focus more on.  The fun.  The joy.  The little steps of advancement.

             Behind me, sitting atop (what is now taking the place of) our altar, is a great validation.  We have to take the time to see the nice vantage points.   Stop along the route and enjoy pleasant surroundings.

             The travel is part of this adventure!  We are constantly in motion, let’s notice and appreciate where it takes us.

six of swords

Six of Swords

This is one of the VisionQuest cards.  The journey, the lesson, the movement is what we focus on here.

But also, take note of where this individual is headed.  See the tiny star in that hillside?

The goal is to find our shining future, and aim for it; enjoy the scenery, and get to our destination when we get there.  It’ll be well worth the time spent.  Because truthfully, we have plenty of time to spend.

Today’s Deck:

Robin Wood Tarot

Today’s Sharing:

is this view.  There is almost nothing hung on our walls right now, except this.  I needed to see them, and spend time with them.  Maybe you do, too.

dolphin view

Choose Joy

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Give and Take, and Keep Giving

             You know the saying about sticking with a day job?  Well, even my day job is at night.  On a recent evening, during my daytime night work, I was fortunate enough to spend time with two women who became instant friends.

             They didn’t know each other (nor me, really) prior to this visit.  But, by the end, we had laughed and cried and shared and bonded.

             Both of them, like me, have suffered enormous losses in their lives.  Also, in a similar way to my own, they have seen beautiful blessings, witnessed history, and learned from these events.

             I’m dedicating this post to Carla and Barbara, because not only is genuine sharing important, but clear and honest communication is vital to our future, and the future of our entire planet.

In Partnership

             We simply do not know who or what may cross our path at any given point.  Isn’t it best then, to just be prepared with a smile and kind word?

              Treating others as we would like to be treated is so basic, and yet, it is often forgotten or neglected.  I believe it’s time (past time!) to bring it back.

              Let’s go forward together, and not apart.

             On our card altar, in a most delightful validation, we have a messenger who reminds us that we are always the teacher AND the student, never only one, but without fail, both simultaneously.

robin wood tarot

The Hierophant  ~  5

(not fully rightside-up)

Setting aside the church trappings, this draw (in reversed position) is more about living and learning than it is hierarchy.

We know that to live with Mercy and Goodness is to be balanced.  It’s not being a doormat, but being powerful in our Graciousness.

As we learn we grow, as we teach we grow.  As we communicate with others, we grow.  We take our lessons and we share them, as they are shared with us.

Remember, the number 5 is focused on our humanity.  On our flawed human-ness.  Will we always get our homework in on time and pull straight As?  Of course not.

But will we do our best and try hard and play nice?  Yep, we’ll sure aim for it, and we’ll forgive ourselves as we forgive others who may stumble and need a helping hand.

We are part of a community, we are here in partnership with those around us.  We teach, we learn, we communicate.

Today’s Deck:

Robin Wood Tarot

Today’s Sharing:

is to show you this adorable and thoughtful gift.  It appeared in my mailbox on precisely the day I needed it most.

(Thank you, Karen Bear!)

out houses

A lighthouse outhouse!

             Here’s to a brand new year of RELEASE and letting go.  (And, ya know, whatever our lessons may be.)

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An Assorted Assemblage

             Since I’ve been spending a lot of time in a hotel lately (as my potential job), naturally travel has been on my mind.  The ideas of how we move through our lives.  How we ambulate, living our Journey.

             What came to me today was a view and a feeling, all of the layers and aspects of the gifts we receive along the way.

             It’s like a treasure hunt, really.   We’re gathering, we’re learning.  We are also releasing as we go.

Collecting

             Who we spend our time traveling beside, who our companions on this Adventure are, that matters.

             How we spend out time, leisure, work, recreation, obligatory, this also has great importance and impact.

             As we gather and collect our Tribe around us, what we’re doing together is part of the lesson, part of our learning and growing.  They matter, they have significance, these people and these activities.

              Before each step we take, the Universe wants us to remember, all of this is about the process, the Journey, the collections.

             As a brilliant validation, look what has appeared on our card altar.

in divine order

8 of Wands

             Some of the words I hear when this particular draw shows up are:

Keeping Apace

Everything In Its Time and Place

Divine Order

             This one is so perfect for our message right now.  It’s the suit of inspiration.  It’s the number of infinity.  It’s the very illustration which captures our view of this Journey, through time and space, through living and learning.

             Look at all of the gifts we’ve gathered there!  Our friends, family, loved ones.  Our blessings, our challenges.  All lined up.  In just the most exact order, when and who and where we need at precisely the best time and place.

             This did fall with a bit of a tweak, and that merely tells us that when we’re feeling like maybe the progress has been delayed, it’s okay.  When, where, and with whom…… all will be the most perfectly timed.

Today’s Deck:

Robin Wood Tarot

Today’s Sharing:

is this view from my downstairs November calendar page.

Pull up a chair!

Pull up a chair!

             Look, there’s room for everyone on this porch.  Join me, it’s nice out here.

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Advancement

             We all know today’s card.  And we all know today’s message.  It’s kind of a Little Engine That Could story.

             It’s absolutely about our own inner strength.  And how even when we have burdens and hardships and difficulties (and, like the illustration, missing parts),  we CAN get up and get going.

Gently Forward

             We have a core of power that we sometimes don’t realize is there.  Or, we don’t realize it until we truly need to use it.

             Our strength is limitless, it comes from Source; we can draw on it in times of need and in times of plenty.  We only have to decide, “now” and it will be there.  We are so very much stronger than we give ourselves credit for.

             Today the Universe is reminding us to keep going, keep walking, keep calling on that inner strength.  Never be like the other figure, never cower in fear or let the ego rule.

Five of Pentacles

Five of Pentacles

             We are being reminded that we CAN take care of, not only ourselves, but our loved ones, too.  We do have that power!  We ARE that strong

             However, we are also being reminded that we don’t need to just shove our way along.  We don’t need to run or push hard.  The most basic and simple steps are called for.  Just gently go forward.  No rush, we have all the time we need.

             Additionally, it helps to remember that we’re not doing this alone.  We have support.  We have back-up.  We have protection and assistance.  Always.

             As we head in to the new week and the new month and the new season, it’ll be a good idea to keep in mind how well we’re doing.  And how much we’ve already accomplished.  Travel forward and travel gently, my friends.

Today’s Deck:

Robin Wood Tarot

Today’s Sharing:

is this view from my upstairs hall.  Our March calendar page.

ram daas

“Our whole spiritual transformation

brings us to the point where we realize that in our own being, 

we are enough.”

             We are ALWAYS enough.  And sometimes, if we seem to be TOO MUCH?  Well.   Isn’t that also just how it is.

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Our Divine Life

             Giving and receiving, we’re full into the swing of it now.  But, we need to remember our most basic principles.  It’s important, in order for us to move forward positively, and with assurance.

             Yes, our day-to-day is about lessons.  It is also very much about abundance, about gratitude, and about bountiful goodness.  What I heard this morning before I even got out of bed brings that point home.

             Reaching for a state of . . . . .

Graciousness.

             When we actively and with full intention behave in a loving, generous, and kind manner, we are, in fact, becoming more generous, becoming kinder, and building a less negative mindset.

             This message is a gift that we may bring along with us out into the world.  To share, to hold close, to squeeze in our hand when we feel overwhelmed or in need of boost.

             And on our card altar right now, I was directed to my working deck.  This one flipped in the Challenger position.  Sometimes referred to as the protection pose.

Robin Wood Tarot

Ace of Wands
reversed

             Wands, Rods, Staves.  Eventually, in our poker playing stacks, Clubs.  All represent new life.  Beginnings.  Bursts of brilliance.  That always-possible new start.

             The potential is still present, but are we?  Have we not taken advantage of some opportunity?  Have we been unbending?  When we look for reasons of why we aren’t going as far or as fast as maybe WE would like, possibly it’s not about us.

             Could we be impatient and maybe not see all of our blessings, when they are RIGHT HERE?!

             There’s such a thing as Divine Timing (shit happens when it has to happen).  It’s best to always remember, we are so not in charge of that timeless time-piece.  Ever.  Not even a little bit.

             In order to help turn this card around, harness more of that universal energy, we need only sit in Grace.  Sit in stillness*.  Look within.  Don’t forget, when ever we are, THAT is the proper minute; where ever we are, THAT is sacred space.

*I am aware that many folks live in places/situations where “stillness” is not an easy nor available option.  Grab some the best you can.  Take a set of headphones and a phone or MP3 player (or hell, an old WalkMan if that’s all you can find) crank up whatever music is healing to you, and get behind a door.  In a shed, a bathroom, a parking lot, any spot you can secure for a few precious moments.  Take that time, find that space.  We’re all worth it.

Today’s Deck:

Robin Wood Tarot

Today’s Sharing: 

is this tweet from John Edward,

“Repeat after me 3x

I RELEASE MY PAST AND EMBRACE MY FUTURE

Your soul knows how to do the rest… 😉 “

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