growth

When the short cut is not so short…

The fallen tree lovingly referred to as “log” when the day gets tough sit on a log.

To say that this week has been exhausting, in an emotional way, would be an understatement. Had I paid closer attention to my lithomancy roll for the week on Tuesday I would have noticed a pattern.

I sometimes wait to take a look at the stones instead of right away and that short cut sometimes costs me a little bit of frustration. This week it cost me quite a bit in emotional labor. I could have mitigated that a little had I noticed that there was a focus on some stones in my roll. Three days later I look and see it.

Triple Moon – my symbology here is Goddess and Service as a Priestess.

  • Blue tiger’s eye: keywords to focus on for this stone are mental clarity, calming, insight, and focus
  • Chrysoprase: keywords to focus on for this stone are compassion, healing, joy, prosperity, and understanding

Moon – the symbology here is Inner-Being, Cycles, Souls, and Reactions.

  • Bronzite: keywords to focus on for this stone are releasing overwhelm, restoring harmony, and courage
  • Polychrome Jasper: keywords to focus on for this stone are success, vitality, passion/sexuality, manifestation

Saturn – the symbology here is Responsibility, Challenge, and Structure.

  • Blue tiger’s eye: keywords to focus on for this stone are mental clarity, calming, insight, and focus
  • Polychrome Jasper: keywords to focus on for this stone are success, vitality, passion/sexuality, manifestation
  • K2 Stone: keywords to focus on for this stone are consciousness, empathy, and higher dimensions

Yes, sometimes I definitely look deeply a little later than I should. The pattern is certainly there. I need to release that which is causing my overwhelm. Once I release this I can begin concentrating on restoring harmony and calm to my life. With that done I can focus on making real progress with manifesting my new class for Sacred Mists Academy for this entire process.

I love it when the process you are detailing and have been using shows you the way to continue your success. To me, this says that this spiritual pathway can cause true spiritual alchemy and help you in your life.

Raising my vibration….

Dreams of Gaia, Self Card

Last year, I began a process that was meant to utilize the seasons of the Wheel of the Year in addition to astrology, crystals, tarot, and personal alchemy for my own growth. The “process” runs in two segments for the light half and dark half of the year for focus.

 
I have been following this system since Mabon and I can truly say it has helped me in ways I had not thought possible. I am growing and my energetic vibration is continually being raised to a place of compassion and light. Yes, there are days that I absolutely have low-frequency energy and that is 100% ok. It helps us target things that will bring us back up.
 
Why share it now? Well, I am a little into the light half of the working, and man it’s both kicked my ass and straightened it out. Part of that is that I’ve decided to write it up into a complete workshop and when finished it will be offered with ongoing support through Sacred Mists Academy.
 
I’ve started curating and collecting the physical materials for the ongoing process for this big release. If all goes well, I will be able to release it this Fall.

Transitioning out of hibernation…

The joke here is that as I begin to move from doing the inner alchemy and healing work of spirit to the outer alchemy which includes the presentation and incorporation of that healing that I am coming out of hibernation. I will be more active and engaging but it goes beyond this, the trick is to hold onto the lessons and healing that I have done in the last phase of My Alchemy(TM) while continuing to heal and grow in a way that is visible this time…

During this first week of transition, I have swapped my crystals out after they charged up while on my altar over the Ostara weekend and done my first throw with them. I have shuffled my “monthly” card and will be using this as my guide during the shift. My card for this is the Sage. The Sage appears as a reminder that we have gained knowledge and wisdom during our turn inward over the last seasons (Mabon to Ostara) and now we engage in those lessons and share them with others. This card is the gateway towards an outward expression of this path I am walking on. It is with the guidance of the Sage, I will learn to present all I have learned and guide others in this path soon enough.

The weekly card for me is the Six of Water. As I move from inner alchemy to outer alchemy, remember that above all I must be myself and find an anchor in that. The past has helped shape me, the lessons guided me through healing and now I can release the hold the past held on my spirit and move forward. Compassion, forgiveness, and healing are keywords for this card and I will pull all those elements forward with me. I will seek for every interaction to be filled with compassion and send hope that it continues from me to others.

Expansion of Self

Tarot and oracle cards are an excellent method of growth and healing within our spiritual paths and lives. Many years ago, I began incorporating the use of cards to get a look at the energy for the day, week, or month…depending on the timing of the draw. It started out sporadically and has grown to a practice that involves multiple decks and the creation of a new system of alchemizing the messages that the cards bring.

Self, Dreams of Gaia Tarot

My monthly energy is coming up on completion as March hits the halfway point and Ostara approaches, the energy I am working with is that of the Self. Thematically, this month is about working with my relationship with myself and acceptance. It’s a path of healing and expansion. I have been fully immersed in taking care of myself this month, especially since for the last week I’ve had a cold. *laugh* Before I became sick, I have been doing a lot of introspection and healing for the last several months through my path and the creation of my new method which utilizes both tarot, crystals, a little astrology, and some journaling along the way. In the time since I began using this, I have healed and grown in ways that were not even a consideration. It has been incredible and later this year I will be sharing this process and path through Sacred Mists as a workshop and membership option. It’s very exciting, the method works.

Three of Air, Dreams of Gaia Tarot

This week, the three of air steps in to tell me that it’s time to pay attention to my studies as it is essential to be combined with the ongoing healing and overall growth that I am pursuing as a part of my path to reaching a higher vibration for myself. After all, we are a combination of our knowledge, our actions/reactions, our energetic light, and the connections we make. It is when we throw all this in the “mixer” we call life that we can share our energy, our light, and we can find wisdom in the path we walk. We can share these mysteries and paths with others and elevate ourselves to more compassionate beings on this beautiful planet, Earth.

 

Regaining bits of me.

Once upon a time I used to write, a lot. I wrote short stories, I wrote poetry. Somewhere along the line, like so many other things that I used to do and used to enjoy, I stopped. It became a place where judgment ruled and being judged was not something I wanted to subject myself to. The habit of comparing myself to others caused me to harshly judge the things that I enjoyed to the enjoyment of others and in that, I made myself…less. I continued to shrink myself down until there was no enjoyment of these hobbies or random thoughts that would flit through my head in some manner of rhythm. Eventually, all the enjoyment was stripped and I stopped doing everything.

Now I’m sitting and looking at the things I used to enjoy from painting, to writing, to beading, and beyond trying to figure out how to recapture the wonder and joy that I felt during the creation process. For some things, it is also trying to figure out what to do with the created items.

Clawing back to find my creativity and joy in life. I decided to start with photography. I love taking pictures and sharing the beauty of the natural world. A new camera is now mine and photos have started. Mostly things in my own little forest space and dogs or cats so far but I am greatly enjoying the play aspect.

Here are a few photos I’ve recently taken…

A small amount of lichen grows from a fallen tree.

Pine sprig hanging off a branch.

Close up of a tree’s bark

The fallen tree lovingly referred to as “log” when playing with the dogs in the forest.

Wolf lichen grows near and on a decomposing branch fallen to the forest floor.

A light green and pink fluorite rests on a tree log.

The sun shines on a couple of trees in the forest.

The sun plays with the forest.