Magical Animal Messenger

29 - Owls

Top: Animal Wisdom Tarot. Left: Animal Totem Tarot. Right: Animism Tarot.

Last night I had the most wonderful visit from a beautiful Barred Owl. I followed her on foot as she flew from rooftop to treetop around the apartment complex. She was stunning and didn’t seem to mind my company. It was a truly magical experience.

When I returned to the apartment, I decided to pull out all of the owl cards from my animal-themed tarot decks to ponder the message she may have had for me.

The Hermit. The High Priestess. The Moon.

Intuition. Darkness. Alone. Mystery. Introspection. Fear. Confusion. Guidance. Searching.

Perhaps the message I can take from this beautiful visitor is, “I feel your pain. I know it’s a hard time right now. There’s no denying that. There’s also no rushing it. The dark night will pass, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find small joys in the meantime. Night isn’t as scary as some folks think. There’s magic to be found. Maybe healing magic. Listen and learn. Don’t rush yourself and don’t be down on yourself. Healing will come at its own pace. Be present where you are, even if it is dark.”

Monday Meditation


A meditation for the week ahead: April 25 – May 1

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Animal Totem Tarot: The High Priestess, Death, Nine of Wands

May I look inward for wisdom and strength.

May I trust my intuition as things around me change.

May I be true to my convictions, and may I recognize what battles are worth fighting.

May I remember that I am the writer of my own life story.


Monday Meditation


A meditation for the week ahead: April 18 – April 24

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Animal Wisdom Tarot

May I take time this week to build my self-confidence.

May I take pride in what my body can do and what my mind can learn.

May I appreciate that mastering a craft takes patience and dedication.

May I find enjoyment in the tasks that lay ahead of me this week.

Monday Meditation


A meditation for the week ahead: April 11 – April 17

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Animal Totem Tarot

May I understand that change can be difficult, but that it is inevitable.

May I recognize that sometimes the hardest thing about work is patience.

May I appreciate the fruits of my labor and milestones along the way.

May I step up to the challenges ahead of me with a positive attitude and an appreciation for the opportunities they bring.

May I both keep in mind my family of choice and my own needs and desires as I move through these changing times.

Wow! These cards seem particularly personal to my life right now. It is a time of incredible change. Death and two Tens speak to the end of an era and the birthing of a brand new beginning. Beautiful 🙂

Monday Meditation


A meditation for the week ahead: April 4 – April 10

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Animal Totem Tarot

May I practice walking a path that includes both playfulness and self-protection. I understand this is not an easy task, but both are essential to my health and well-being.

May I communicate clearly to others what I need, whether it be support or space.

May I pay close attention to what in my surrounding environment requires active care to remain in good working order.

May I be vigilant of my own physical and emotional needs.

May I connect with others in a way that is mutually meaningful.

Seeds of Abundance


I’m participating in a challenge hosted by @violetauraphoto on Instagram, and today’s challenge is the Spirit of Abundance Spread. So I thought I’d really explore and elaborate on the spread here.

2 - SA Spread

Animal Totem Tarot

Position One: Seed, a beginning or something that needs nurturance

King of Wands

I am really fascinated by the Animal Totem’s description of this card. It speaks to me much more clearly than any other description for this King I’ve read. He may seem mellow, but he demands respect and he’ll become dangerously frenzied if he is crossed. It may not be the most flattering thing to admit, but I can relate to that. Respect is really huge for me. So how might this represent a seed here?

Honestly, my self-confidence has taken a huge hit recently. So perhaps I need to nurture the cocky confidence of the King of Wands (without taking it too far, of course). To feel worthy of respect.

Position Two: Sprout, energies, guidance, and support during the process

Queen of Cups

A willingness to go deep within myself to explore all of the emotions at play in this situation. However, I’m not sure if I am best served at this point in time by doing this solo or by inviting someone to make the dive with me. I need to do some serious reflecting on this.

Position Three: the Fruit, possible outcome

The High Priestess

If I am able to tackle this task successfully, I will have a stronger sense of who I am as I am. Not as others see me or wish me to be. I will be more confident in myself without allowing others to so easily shake my self-esteem. I will trust my own inner voice and intuition more than the voices around me.

An April Fool


I thought today would be a good day to reflect on our friend the Fool.

I’ve actually been feeling pretty foolish lately, in several ways. So this will be a good exploration of what it means to be a fool, which will  hopefully help me to understand the Fool on a deeper level.

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Prisma Visions Tarot

On one hand,  I’ve felt like a drowning fool. Like the eager dog in the Prisma Visions’ Fool, I’ve swum out farther than I should have in my eagerness and excitement. Now I’m tired and the shore is far away. What have I done? Will I make it back to shore? Or will I perish here in this deep pool where I’ve landed myself? Will the pelican throw me that life preserver? Or it is indifferent? Or judging me for my foolishness?

I followed my heart in one direction thinking I was along on this journey with a pal, but suddenly I realized I was quite alone. I feel foolish for thinking I was part of a team. For placing so much of my heart in someone else’s hands. Of course I didn’t realize my mistake until the proverbial rug was pulled out from under me. It seemed sudden, but in hindsight I feel quite foolish indeed.

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Gypsy Palace Tarot

However, without taking foolish risks where I place my heart with other people, how will I make true connections with others? If we think of the Fool as how we are without our masks, as who we are at our core, showing our “fool” to others is the only way to make a relationship beyond the superficial level.

This in itself can be considered very “foolish” because it makes us incredibly vulnerable. If someone mocks a mask of ours, it’s easier to laugh it off because it’s not who we are. But if someone laughs at our inner self, at our soul or true self, that can be excruciating. It can be unbearable. And sharing this part of ourselves opens us up to the possibility of this kind of deep pain.

However, it would be another kind of foolishness to refuse to ever connect with with another person because of fear of ridicule. We are all connected, and if we isolate ourselves in this way we will wither and fail to thrive. We will not escape pain, but we will suffer it alone. So I to play the fool still, sharing my heart.

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Baseball Tarot

Another kind of foolishness that has been a theme over my lifetime is the fear of trying new things. If I’m not already good at something, I usually am too embarrassed to give it a try. But like the Rookie of the Baseball Tarot, you have to start somewhere. If I don’t step up to the plate, I’ll never get to play the game — only watch from the sidelines. Of course that’s okay sometimes. I don’t need to try every single thing. But to spend much of my life on the sidelines would be foolish indeed.

To avoid this, I need to “make a fool of myself” more often by getting out there and looking silly trying things I’ve never done before. I need to channel the Rookie. As the book the accompanies the Baseball Tarot says, “Experience can be earned only by those who take the chance to try” (49). The Rookie is probably nervous, but he steps up to the plate anyway.


Monday Meditation


A meditation for the week ahead: March 28 – April 3

Monday Meditation - March 28

Golden Tarot: Queen of Coins, Queen of Cups, Five of Swords

May I be gentle and thoughtful in my interactions, and may I avoid escalating any disagreements unnecessarily.

May I be level-headed and practical in matters of money.

May I avoid gossip and other behaviors that destructive to myself and others.

May I take time this week to really work on my self-care, both physical and emotional.

Monday Meditation


A meditation for the week ahead: March 21 – March 27

Monday Meditation - March 21

Animal Totem Tart: Seven of Pentacles, The Sun

May I take healing my heart one day at a time. One hour at a time, even.

May I remember and utilize the healing power of nature and the sun.

May I not push myself harder than I can handle and appreciate practice as important to long-term productivity.

May I practice feeling good about myself, my gifts, and my talents.

Monday Meditation


A meditation for the week ahead: March 14 – March 20

Monday Meditation - March 14

Animal Totem Tarot: Death, Judgement, Page of Wands

May I listen to my inner voice and recognize the gifts which I have inside of myself.

May I not pressure myself to master a craft too quickly, and may I savor the process of learning.

May I not catastrophize seeming dead ends in my endeavors, but instead use my creativity to imagine a new path.