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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Festive Afar (and near)

             I went to sleep thinking of my children.  Woke up thinking of my children. Someplace in-between there, while I slept, a message came through.  And still, I was thinking of my children.

Not every challenge is a conflict, 

and not every conflict is a challenge.

             Basically, we look at what we are facing.  And we either deal with it.  Or we don’t.  We either worry, or we let it go.

             We have difficulties, all of us.  That’s a fact.  Some heal on their own, some take time.  If we make them bigger than they actually are, well, we all suffer for that drama.

             However, if we don’t acknowledge their heft, then, like the other way around, everyone suffers.  It’s all so damn complicated, really.

             Or, we can simple it down.   Treating every conflict/challenge as a lesson to be learned from.  With important knowledge to be gained.  That way, no one suffers.  And everyone wins.

             Today we draw from our Special Occasion cards.  Because on this date 27 years ago I gave birth to my first daughter, my second baby.  Everyone is celebrating this long weekend, just for her, right?

oracle cards, animal messages, brolga, dance, australian mysticism

“Brolga  ~  8  ~  Dance

Spontaneous movement, inspired by a steady rhythmic sound and a receptive atmosphere, is an ancient yet simple way of opening oneself up to the productive cycles of Mother Earth and the nurturing energies of the Universe.

The Brolga, as a solar influenced creature, was traditionally viewed as a symbol of power and righteousness, and the bringer of sacred dance.  It could be assumed that Brolgas incorporate movement and dance into their mating rituals in the belief that if they dedicate themselves to Spirit and express who they are through dance, their mate will not only see their physical form, but also their heart of hearts and their worthiness as a mate and life partner.

Many of us are told at an early age that we cannot dance, and that we have no rhythm.   As we grow we become afraid to express our true selves and so we only dance in the privacy of our own homes for fear of being ridiculed.  This is just one way in which we as individuals become fragmented from who we truly are.

If Brolga has danced into your cards today, you are being shown that dance can be your bridge into other worlds.  You are being reminded that sacred dance holds the potential to reconnect you to the Source, and the sacredness being nurtured within your consciousness.  Through dance, you can experience the very unity of the Universe.

When you feel pressured, no matter where you are, close your eyes and breathe, allowing your body to reconnect to the rhythm of the Earth Mother’s heartbeat and the music orchestrated by the sounds of Nature.  Find the stillness and participate in the sacred dance of Creation on a level that does not interfere with your daily routine.

Simply still your mind and celebrate the inner dance – the freedom of movement that comes with ‘just being.’  Feel the presence of Spirit.  Feel the peace that comes with the wisdom and the ancient knowledge found within the internal dance as it permeates your body.  This is your dance that connects you to the Ancients, and the Ancestor Spirits of the land.

Let Brolga show you how to tap into its power and allow it to shift you from the mundane to the extraordinary within your own life.”

Today’s Deck:

Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards by Scott Alexander King

Today’s Sharing:

is this shot, taken yesterday.

They are even brighter in real life.

They are even brighter in real life.

             Last weekend was The (107th annual) Rhododendron Festival, over on the coast.  An event I have never attended.  But, as this at-home, front-yard evidence shows, it’s definitely the time of year for it.

(Happy Birthday, Hanna.  I love you, I’m proud of you beyond all words, and I miss you already.)

It’s Jammie Time.

         (I typed this before it was midnight, so technically it was still Wednesday.  The “next” day doesn’t really begin for me until I have gone to bed and gotten up again, no matter what time the clock says.)          

 I don’t plan on getting dressed tomorrow.  At All.  The mall is closed and we can’t do our family dinner until Saturday.  So my plans include reading library books and waiting for my Hurricane to appear.  With goodies.  Here is the phone picture I received today.      With this note:  I made cupcakes.  This is leftover frosting that I’ll be boxing up and bringing tomorrow.  🙂  

           Have I mentioned lately how much I adore my children?!  Well, I do, and it fits nicely into the things I’ve been thinking about for tonight’s post.  I truly do adore these people I gave birth to.  Even if I had just met them, I’d like them, they are fabulous folks.  Very kind, amazingly open-minded, extremely generous, quite lovely, and a wee bit sarcastic/judgey.  All characteristics I enjoy.

     I’ve been debating about drawing from our Special Occasion deck for tomorrow.  It’s not one of my favorite holidays (there isn’t a favorite, I simply tolerate them all equally in a mediocre state of mind).  Partly it’s about the fact that this day revolves around food, and … well ya know, I have issues there.  And there’s also the aspect that it’s family centered.  I am already greatly blessed when it comes to family (both types, blood links and chosen).  They are close by, I can see them any time.  The ones that are gone, I can talk to still.  The far away ones I can text or e-mail, staying in touch as we choose.

          There is also the gratitude factor.  I say “thank you” every single day.  I acknowledge the gifts I have been given on a regular basis.  It doesn’t feel as though I need one marked calendar day to appreciate all of this.  Still undecided about tomorrow’s draw.  You’ll know how I was guided when you show up again. 

         In shopping news, I found out today that the coupon code I was going to share with you won’t go into effect until the first of January.  But I’ll still put it up.  Watch the Job notes.

      As far as crafting goes, Glynis is going to get the ugly subversive cross stitch, because she spoke up first.  Maybe with some of my down time tomorrow I can find another alphabet and re-graph it.  The thing about me and this crap is, I’m skilled but I ain’t real creative.  (Remember how I am also Taste Blind?)  Daniel has to help me pick colors if they aren’t already selected.  I know when I hate something, I just can’t figure out how to make it look like I’m gonna love it. 

            Here is what my wallet looks like right now (it’s a special order thing that has an opening for personalization).               This was a chart I adjusted (poorly) to make fit.  It was stitched on black needlepoint canvas, and it has worked fine.  But I wanted to do something a bit more…. well subversive.  So I went with one of the patterns from the book, and I used some bits and pieces of shit I had around the burrow, but I’m not happy with how it turned out.  Here’s the new one.  Bleh.   I didn’t have all the colors the designer called for, and I didn’t have any black canvas, so I tried to make the background look black.  But it’s bad.  And I don’t think I will put it on/in the wallet.   (Does anyone what this one?)

           Here is the conversation Dan and I had this afternoon.

         (An explanation first about my cousin and his name.  When we were children we called him Danny, just as my husband’s family did with him.  I never knew my husband as “Danny” so it was easy for me NOT to call him that.  I DID know my cousin as “Danny” so when we got to be adults, I had a difficult time NOT calling him that.  Then he stayed with us for a bit, when J.D. was an only child and around two or so.  My son called him “Cousin Dan Dan” so that’s how we have refered to him ever since.)

My Husband:  Today is Cousin Dan Dan’s birthday.

Me:  No it’s not!

MH:  Well he thinks it is.  He might know when his birthday is better than you.

Me:  Are you sure?

MH:  Fairly certain, yes.  He says on his FaceBook page that he has survived to celebrate his 47th year. 

Me:  Shit.

MH:  Why does this matter?  Because you were wrong?

Me:  NO!  Because I already told him happy birthday on the blog.  Last month.

       So, Cousin Dan Dan, if you are reading right now.  I apologize for thinking your birthday was a month ago.  And wishing Happy Belated in October.  As it turns out.  I was early.

          Our card today is from The Animal Medicine Cards.  And I was very happy when I saw it earlier.  I worship these particular animals, for their strength and their beauty, and simply for their elegance.  Their songs are eery, while at the same time, touchingly wonderful, the sounds they make reach out and grab me every time I hear them.  They are just so huge and gentle and smart and stunning.    (And as I read the definition the authours provide I can see how I would be drawn to their spirit as well.)  

    “Whale  ~  Record Keeper.

   Whale is very much like a swimming library.  Whale carries the history of Mother Earth and is said to have been placed here by the Ancients from the Dog Star, Sirius.

Biologists say that Whale is a mammal, and very probably lived on land millions of years ago.  In tribal legend, Whale’s move into the ocean happened when the Earth shifted and Lemuria, the Motherland, went below the waters.

  Whale medicine people are coded in their DNA to understand that sound frequencies can bring up records in the memories of ancient knowledge.  They are usually clairaudient, and able to hear both very low and very high frequencies.  They are also psychically developed and telepathic.  Many times however, they are not awakened to their gifts until it is time to use the stored records.  Many Whale medicine people are able to tap into the universal mind of Great Spirit, and have no idea how or why they know what they know.  Only later, when they receive confirmation, do they begin to understand how they know or why they received the impressions and messages.

Whale medicine teaches us to use the sounds and frequencies that balance our emotional bodies and heal our physical forms.  To recall why the shaman’s drum brings healing and peace is to align with Whale’s message.  The drum is the universal heartbeat and aligns all beings heart to heart.

    You are asked now to tap into those timeless records and to allow yourself to be sung to by those who have the original language.  We are the only creatures who do not have our own unique cry or call.  Find yours.  Allow your voice to use the sound to release tension or emotion.  Whale signals a time of finding your origins, or seeing your overall destiny as coded in your DNA, and of finding the sounds that will release those records.  You may never be the same again.  After all, you are the melody of the Universe, and the harmony is the song of the other creatures.  In using your voice to open your memory, you are expressing your uniqueness and your personal sound.  As you open to this individuality, the animals of your totems may then send their sounds or calls to you or through you.  This will open your personal records so that you may further explore your soul’s history and commune with Whale, who carries the history of us All.”