Monday Meditation

  

(This post is so late because our car’s engine went out earlier today. What fun!)

A meditation for the week ahead: February 29 – March 6

Feb 29 - Mar 6

Dreaming Way Tarot: Two of Wands, The Empress, Queen of Cups

May I carefully consider the choices presented to me during the week.

May I nurture myself, particularly my emotional self.

May I listen to those around me and appreciate those who support me.

May I see the abundance around me: in my home, in nature, and in the people I love.

May I work harmoniously with those around me.

May I understand that big dreams have small beginnings, and may I stay passionate about my dreams.

May I tap into and have confidence in my creativity.

May I listen to my heart when dealing with others and when caring for myself.

I think it’s pretty cool how this spread shows the person in the Two of Wands facing the Empress and the Queen of Cups. It seems like they’re having a conversation. Maybe giving advice or support.

 

Monday Meditation

  

A meditation for the week ahead: February 22 – February 28

Feb 22 - 28

Animism Tarot: The Hanged Man, The Empress

This week’s cards look to me like the Serenity Prayer:

May I have the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.

May I have the courage to change the things I can.

May I have the wisdom to know the difference.

A beautiful prayer I need to remember and practice more often!

A Donkey On Instagram

  

So I did something out of my comfort zone and got on Instagram. I’m actually really enjoying it! I’ve started doing a daily draw on Instagram and thought I’d share today’s here.

Daily 2016, Feb 19

Today’s card is the Knight of Wands from the Dreaming Way tarot. This knight reminds us to be confident in our endeavors. It’s easy to let self-doubt take root, but the Knight of Wands leaves self-doubt in the dust! You are good and valuable and smart and talented. Channel this knight’s passionate confidence today! (And how cute is my new little lady and her hedgehog!) #tarot #knightofwands#dreamingway #confidence

Let me know if you’re on Instagram!

Monday Meditation

  

A meditation for the week ahead: February 15 – February 21

Feb 15 - 21

Smith-Waite Centennial Edition: The Chariot, Page of Pentacles, Queen of Pentacles

May I wonder at the world around me.

May I seek out new knowledge with enthusiasm and determination.

May I care for myself and those around me with loving care and compassion.

May I appreciate the things that I have and not wish for more material goods.

May I experience success in my endeavors and relationships.

May I strive for balance, even though there are conflicting forces at play.

May I give myself credit for my accomplishments without being prideful. May I be aware of and appreciative of the help I have received.

May I draw strength and happiness from my home and the people in it.

I Am (Star)Dust

  

I attended an Ash Wednesday service today. It’s a ritual that helps me to begin the season of Lent. These words touch me deeply every year.

Remember you are dust, and to dust you will return.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.

“In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life.”

Awake my soul, indeed!

Monday Meditation

  

A meditation for the week ahead: February 8 – February 14.

Tarot

Ostara Tarot: The Lovers, Four of Wands

May I not take those I love for granted.

May I express to them what they mean to me and listen to them carefully when they express their needs to me.

May I accept the warmth of love that is offered to me and recognize it as a precious gift.

May I love myself and nurture myself with compassion and self-care.

Oracle

Arthur Rackham Oracle: Guardianship, Protection of the Vulnerable

May I recognize and celebrate the interconnectedness of all life.

May I appreciate the stability in my life, or create an inner stability if it is lacking in my outer world.

May I protect myself from those who would do me harm.

May I protect others who are vulnerable or provide comfort to those who are in pain.

May the week ahead be one of love, passion, celebration, and safety.

 

The Psychic Fair

  

Today I attended my first psychic fair! It was neat to see lots of different folks. I got a tarot reading and a rune reading.

Reading 2016, Jan 23 (runes)

My first ever rune reading

I don’t know anything about runes, but the fellow offering readings seemed very nice, and I was curious to try something new! The take away message here was that I don’t really know what I want right now (isn’t that the truth!), and that I may be blocking myself from finding out. Freedom from a relationship is needed. Not necessarily an end, but a freedom from ways that I may be trapped or held back in certain relationships. It was very neat! I’d like to learn a bit more about runes. Maybe time to hit the library.

There were several oracle readers at this fair, but only one tarot reader and I really wanted to get my first in-person tarot reading. So I waited in line for my turn. There were two decks to choose from. I think one was a Thoth deck, which I’m not familiar with at all. I chose the RWS-like deck so I could better follow along.

Reading 2016, Jan 23 (fair)

My first in-person tarot reading

I didn’t ask a specific question, but mentioned that it is a turbulent time in my life. The primary, in-a-nutshell message I took away from this reading felt quite accurate. It is indeed a time of conflict, and people will be hurt. I have to be careful not to be the one hurting my own self. This is part of a larger life change, and the outcome should be positive. There will be emotional residue leftover at the end, but I am strong and my own position in this conflict is coming from a place of love. Because the outcome card didn’t tie everything up in a nice bow, she had me draw one more card: the Sun! If I channel my inner child and positivity, that could help me to move through the residual emotional discomfort or yuckiness that is leftover once this whole thing is at a conclusion of sorts. This reading was very validating! Not only about the current conflict, but about where I feel I’m coming from.

While I was in line waiting for the tarot reading, I picked up a book to browse: The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren. It had caught my eye earlier in the day, and I thought it’d be good to skim it and see if it might be as neat as it first seemed. It does seem very cool! So I bought it and brought it home 🙂

I’m super looking forward to reading this book, and I plan to use tarot to help me work through some of it. I imagine there will be some tough stuff, but I’m excited to explore and learn more about my emotions and to hopefully ultimately create a more healthy way of expressing and understanding my feelings. One of the quotes that really sold me on the book was:

Language of Emotion“I saw people after they had moved into ‘survivor’ status — they were no longer victims, they had fully identified their wounds, they understood them intellectually, and they could monitor themselves for signs of traumatic reenactments or post-traumatic behaviors. Yet still they felt unfinished, as if something had been forgotten. They were right — many things had been forgotten, such as their visionary fire elements, which could tell them where trauma came from (and where it’s going), or their earthy bodies, which in many cases still held on to traumatic events, no matter how much intellectual understanding had been achieved. There was also their oceanic emotions, which constantly attempted to lead them (or force them) into a deeper understanding of their trauma. These survivors were often quite confused; their therapeutic tribes had pronounced them cured, yet their physical symptoms, their emotional upheavals, and their spiritual or visionary emptiness continued unabated. Clearly, something was unfinished” (McLaren 106).

I thought YES! Yes, this is me!

So overall it was a really successful trip to the fair. I got two great readings and a book that will rock my mind.

 

Messages for 2016

  

Continuing through Susannah Conway’s workbook, I’ve done a spread for the year ahead. I don’t subscribe to the idea of future-telling, but I do like the idea of a little message or tidbit to keep in mind for each month of the year ahead. So I’ve gone through and created a short message from each card, focusing on the particular messages in the little white book for the Ostara deck.

Reading for 2016

Ostara Tarot

January – Queen of Coins

I love that this card came up first, especially since it is one of two cards that I chose to help guide me in courage through the year ahead.

“Cherish home and family, focus on and nurture the world immediately surrounding me.”

February – Justice

“Be mindful that all actions have consequences. Choose wisely.”

March – Seven of Coins

“Enjoy the little things. Don’t miss out on these small things by being distracted by impatiently expecting ‘more.'”

April – Four of Coins

“Protect what is mine, but don’t neglect those around me. Share and be generous.”

May – Wheel of Fortune

“Appreciate the good in my life, and don’t let any bad events take me down. Remember that I control my emotional reaction to what happens around me.”

June – Queen of Cups

“Be imaginative and trust my intuition. Continue to be kind and empathetic, but don’t let myself be emotionally drained by others.”

July – Seven of Swords

“In seeking independence, don’t isolate myself. I can be my own person within community.”

August – Knight of Coins

“Hardship can bring valuable lessons. Don’t quit.”

September – Eight of Swords

“Be careful not to get stuck in my own head. Look realistically at situations and seek additional perspectives.”

October – Four of Wands

“Celebrate with family. Be happy.”

November – Queen of Wands

“Trust my creative vision. Be passionate.”

December – The Empress

“Appreciate the abundance of good in my life. Embrace my creative powers.”

“Unravelling The Year Ahead”

  

UnravellingI discovered this incredible resource via Emily N. Howard. Susannah Conway has a super cool workbook that helps you to reflect on the past year and to look ahead to the upcoming year. She calls it “Unravelling the Year Ahead,” and rather than setting traditional new year’s resolutions, she talks about choosing a word for the year. Like a theme.

I’m still working through the book, but so far it has been super useful. This last year has been quite a roller coaster of sorts. I’ve both discovered how to trust myself and carve my own path and discovered how many deep-seated fears still live inside of me. So for 2016, I settled on the word “courage.” Courage to continue to trusting myself as I start a new journey and courage to fight my fears that keep me emotionally isolated.

Once I chose a word, I decided to pick some “supporting” cards from tarot. I did this non-randomly. I consciously chose two cards I thought might be helpful to me as I take on the theme of courage in 2016. I decided on the Knight of Cups and the Queen of Pentacles.

Unravelling cards

Ostara Tarot

The Knight of Cups, though usually considered pretty passive (for a knight), will remind me to be brave with my emotions. Let them out there! Showing emotion and having and sharing dreams is quite a brave thing to do, for me anyway. The Queen of Pentacles will be a reminder to have the courage to nurture and create the home and relationships I value and desire. Is there anything more fundamental and valuable than a safe and loving home and family?

I look forward to bringing courage with me in the coming year and to working through the rest of Susannah Conway’s workbook 🙂

My First Tarot Bag

  

First tarot bagI recently got the Joie de Vivre tarot deck, and on a whim I decided to make a bag for it. I’m a very beginner sewer, so I watched about three YouTube videos before I found one that seemed like a good fit for me. I’ll post the video tutorial I used at the bottom of this post.

When I first started learning to sew, I had big plans for lots of projects and bought a ton of fabric I never ended up using. (This was the first time I’ve sewed anything in probably a year!) So I went through all of my fabrics and picked some that I thought would be nice for this deck. I watched and followed the tutorial, and voila!

First tarot bag 2

My purdy bag! Lined and everything 🙂

And here is the tutorial I followed: