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    Perception leads the way to Love…


    2021 - 06.02

    Last month I was immersed in perception. It was a deep dive into what shapes my reality. It called for me to look at how my senses perceived the world around me and to continue the work of raising my vibration as I adjusted my perceptions and emotions throughout May. Heading into June my card for this month is…Love.

    Love is one of the reasons for being. We seek to experience love in its many forms, some of them are incredibly complex where others as easy as breathing. Love is a beautiful and amazing thing that is more than just an emotion, it is what drives us to improve, it pushes our boundaries into the space where real magick happens.

    With this card showing up for my monthly forecast into the energy of June I can look at the whole meaning of this card. Love is multifaceted and one of those facets includes how I love myself and treat myself. To start out this month of ‘love,’ I am going to begin with SELF-LOVE. I have not always had the best view of myself and occasionally I fall into old habits with negative self-talk. My challenge for this month is to continue to rise above previous mental landscapes and allow myself to feel true love for myself. This week will be about self-care and the things I don’t do for myself but should (and can) do. Each week will carry a different theme but this week’s theme is run by the Two of Earth. This is bringing a little bit of balance to the work and play, caring for my needs and the requirements of others I serve as well. I will be working within myself and with others to spread kindness and compassion from myself to myself and then others through interactions as they occur. Yes, I can see this becoming a lovely and compassionate month.

    Card of the week…Ace of Water


    2021 - 05.17

    Ace of Water - DreamThe Ace of water symbolizes the beginning of a new relationship. The excitement and movement. You are being asked to allow your desire and passion to carry you aong. Trust in that you will go where you need when you are needed. Do not fight against the flow, surrender to it and see where it takes you.

    The timing of this card is nothing short of amazing. I drew this card the morning of rekindling a relationship with a long-time friend. It was the first time we have spoken via telephone in decades. We have both been through a great deal but I look at this as an opportunity to find common ground together again and maybe even help each other heal through the traumas we have been through since the last time we were talking.

    It’s really quite incredible when I think about how the timing lines up with my own healing process and working towards a more heart-centered life. I walk with forgiveness, compassion, and light in my heart and welcome all that will serve my path, allow my light to be utilized while aiding in healing.

    A little lithomancy message for the week…


    2021 - 05.11

    This week I am focusing on the stones clustered together in an unusual and unlikely way. I will unpack the rest of the grid throughout the week but today I am focusing here. The message is clear to me that I need to work with my energy and conserve a bit…let’s look at some of the details and how they fit together.

    Cluster

    Five crystals clustered on my lithomancy mat into an interesting pattern.

    Blessings + New Beginnings: the keywords here are more obvious. Watch for the messages as they contain blessings that are available for your manifestations. New beginnings or continued blessings for those you already began.

    • Ruby in zoisite: This stone increases our awareness of individuality while maintaining our connection to humanity. This is a stone of empathy and can further help us amplify our energy bodies into a clear and harmonic state.
    • Blue Tiger Eye: As an exceptionally soothing stone, blue tiger eye can help us to reduce anxiety and stress during times of heightened discordant energies. It will help bring mental clarity so that I can focus on the experience and learn from it more clearly.

    Ok by this I can see I will need to maintain a semblance of calm as anxiety will be ratcheting up a little bit as I work through the new information with regards to my goals and the path that I am manifesting. I will need to focus on not only my own calm but also maintain my connection to others as I work through it and truly consider how this will affect another and work towards gathering the support necessary.

    Saturn: the keywords are all about challenges, restrictions, structure, and responsibility. These are the influences that are creating challenges they are forcing you to pay attention more closely. There is meaning in the struggles that will help bring it all together.

    • Blue Tiger Eye: As an exceptionally soothing stone, blue tiger eye can help us to reduce anxiety and stress during times of heightened discordant energies. It will help bring mental clarity so that I can focus on the experience and learn from it more clearly.
    • Chrysoprase: This stone carries the energy of growth and ripening promise, it brings hope to the darkest thoughts and depths of our spirit. It helps accept your birthrights of prosperity, joy, and health.

    In this, I can see a little more that Saturn is bringing the challenges into play that I mentioned above. Both the stones surrounding this are telling me to focus on my energy as I work through this as I will find the keys needed to help others.

    Sun: the keywords for the sun are all about you, individuality. This is your creative forces, your purpose, your divine path, and all the things we show in the daylight.

    • Bronzite: In this stone, we see protection, the restoration of harmony and courage. When you feel overwhelmed, bronzite will help you get back on track. It infuses your spirit with grounding energy to bring you to a sense of calm allowing you to take control of your actions.
    • Blue Tiger Eye: As an exceptionally soothing stone, blue tiger eye can help us to reduce anxiety and stress during times of heightened discordant energies. It will help bring mental clarity so that I can focus on the experience and learn from it more clearly.
    • K2: This stone opens your consciousness, allows you to receive guidance from higher dimensions the likes of which will enable you to make more informed decisions for the highest good. Additionally, as a stone of empathy, it helps us to see and understand from the point of view of others.

    In this message, I am being told that I will need a little extra protection as I work through the things that are overwhelming me. Dig into my support network to help even out the energy, use stones the blue spectrum such as chalcedony and blue tiger eye to maintain calm and clear. My consciousness is being opened to new levels and I must prepare for this.

    Triple Moon: the keywords here are fairly straightforward. This is the triple goddess, the complete cycle of the goddess and her blessings. Pay attention here as there is something important to reveal from the goddess.

    • Bronzite: In this stone, we see protection, the restoration of harmony and courage. When you feel overwhelmed, bronzite will help you get back on track. It infuses your spirit with grounding energy to bring you to a sense of calm allowing you to take control of your actions.
    • Chrysoprase: This stone carries the energy of growth and ripening promise, it brings hope to the darkest thoughts and depths of our spirit. It helps accept your birthrights of prosperity, joy, and health.

    Again I am seeing that I need to accept the blessings I have as I do deserve them and in the process, I will be storing my own harmonic energy and lifting myself up. When this happens I can expect to find the information I need to be able to support others who seek to try this method of spiritual practice.

    Venus: the keywords here are our receptiveness to the world around us, harmony, our values, nurturing energies and yes our inner goddess and femininity…even for the men this matters.

    • K2: This stone opens your consciousness, allows you to receive guidance from higher dimensions the likes of which will enable you to make more informed decisions for the highest good. Additionally, as a stone of empathy, it helps us to see and understand from the point of view of others.

    Yes, the message is clear here. Stay in touch with your nurturing values and harmony can be restored. The messages will be offered from the higher dimensions to help with this process.

    All in all, there is a lot to unpack in this little cluster but basically, I need to protect my energy while I work on this. Share what needs to be shared, keep close to my vest that which needs to be held back. Something to consider here also is how the connections map to the people closest to me and how my energy affects them even across long distances. To release the overwhelm I must temporarily be extra aware of how far I share my energy so less reiki sending right now. I must focus on correcting the flow of my energy to proceed.

    Energy of the Week


    2021 - 05.10

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

    Every Monday, I shuffle and then pull a card from the Minor Arcana of my Dreams of Gaia deck. This is a part of the process I use for My Alchemy.  The energy of this week is Three of Water. The three of water is a card of positive affirmation, success, and joyful potential. Celebrate the victories as they happen and know that your success continues.

    I welcome beginning my week with this energy! Last week I saw a lot of struggling as I worked through some emotional difficulties and other things going on in “life.” These struggles are meant to strengthen the mettle of my soul (Ok ok ok enough already please) and the desire I have for my growth and the things I am seeking to manifest. I know that as I continue forward I must also take heart in my daily card from Beyond Lemuria which is to surrender. These two cards today really focus on the need to focus and be in charge of the direction my life takes. Yet sometimes, to ensure success and manifestation that you must first release the need to control. You must trust in the Universe to help provide the direction that will lift you up in exactly the right moment so that you do not drown in the river you are trying to cross. Trust in the process, give when you need to, and take control when you need to get to the other side. It is through that combination that all things become possible.

    Later today or tomorrow I will spend some time with my lithomancy throw for the week to see any emerging patterns.

    When the short cut is not so short…


    2021 - 05.07

    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.

    Transitioning out of hibernation…


    2021 - 03.22

    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.

    When growth meets an obstacle


    2021 - 03.17

    This morning when I pulled my cards for a daily reading I was both surprised and not by the message received. As I mentioned in my last post, my focus has been shifting and the healing continues in my life and my path grows. I previously shared my weekly and monthly cards from Dreams of Gaia. During the week I also pull cards daily in my Chrysalis Tarot (shuffled on the first of every month for a month-long focus) and then my Beyond Lemuria Oracle which gets shuffled every two weeks with the New and Full moons. This method while non-traditional works very well for me and it really helps.

    Four of Stones, Chrysalis Tarot. Resing in the lid of a handmade Tarot Box

    Today, I pulled the Four of Stones from Chrysalis Tarot. This card is a MESSAGE. *laugh* This card is coming to me today to tell me that there is something blocking my path forward. This beautiful bejeweled chest is distracting and holds within it material possessions treasured and the whispers of those that are sought. If I am to move forward in my path and achieve my dreams, I must move the chest aside. My focus has been split between squirreling away treasures and growth. Treasures are bits and pieces of my path and life that aid but sometimes prove to be distractions. This card tells me to be more aware of the “ooh shiny” distraction of acquiring wealth or other material things that could hamper the growth process with all the sparkling that they do.

    This is a good reminder that as I move from working within to out I will need to adjust my mindset and “move the chest” obstructing my path forward. The time to shift these gears is upon me and I shall move forward with a little effort to remove blocks….

    Expansion of Self


    2021 - 03.15

    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.

     

    A visit with water…


    2021 - 02.24
    Winter Beach Surf

    A windy day at Rialto Beach as the waves crash

    For as long as I can remember, water has been my solace, my place where I find balance and am able to let go of pretty much everything that is plaguing my mind or spirit. Water is the flow of life, it encompasses all levels from being soothing to deadly and without it well we would not exist.

    It’s been a while since I took time to write and I can tell because I feel scattered and all over the place. It’s cold and previously has been snowy so a visit to the water is not in the cards right now. I make due by spending time in a warm bubble bath with candles when I can and on the busy days, I settle into washing dishes by hand just so that I have the comfort of water.

    I’ve not been what you would call “well” for a while. Between struggles with my sinus’, back, and knee pain I also struggle with depression and anxiety. Right now it’s finally starting to recede, I think. It faked me out a little last week with one or two pretty good days then bit me again saying no, I am not done with you yet. I’ve started a new supplement to help with it and I am less than a week into it so we will see how it goes in another few days. I’m not willing to say this episode is over yet. It’s been the longest episode of depression I’ve had in a long time but not as severe as some in the past. Yes, there was a lot of ideation and thoughts of cutting but I did not develop a plan nor did I self-harm so I will take it as a slight win. The ideation is still there but it’s not as severe as in previous episodes.

    Working through and resolving a history of trauma is not easy and my path helps me along in that greatly. How you may ask? Every day I sit down in the morning at my desk with my daily draw from my Beyond Lemuria Oracle deck. I sit with the card and consider the message while working to apply it to my life. I’ve added in working with Kuan Yin Oracle and learning to work with Kuan Yin to increase the positive alignment within to be more compassionate, kind, forgiving, and willing to extend mercy to those who have harmed. In these actions, I have found a base to allow myself to FEEL and RELEASE some of the negativity that surrounds me. I am able to slowly begin letting go of the bindings of my heart and spirit. Soon I will soar.

    Regaining bits of me.


    2021 - 02.10

    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.