Sunday, October 31, 2021

Happy Samhain 2021

 Merry Meet!

It is early morning on Samhain (Halloween).  I wanted to pull a spread of cards from different decks for this turn of the wheel:


In the center of the spread the Halloween Oracle's Scrying card says it's time to focus on my intuition and divination this turn of the wheel, to cut out noise and really trust myself. 

Next to it looking to the future is the Magick of You's  Eunoia card.  This card is about life finding balance, the natural cycle of letting some things go so that new things can grow in their place. 

The Lantern Oracle brings me Inner Integration in relation to the past.  This card is all about finding the things we have loved in past versions of ourselves, in our life so far, and intregrating them better into who we are now.

Two strong women top the spread from the Elle Que oracle: ESTAFANIA (she who surrenders) and BRISE (she who surprises).  These women carry messages of releasing myself from chains and having surprising revelations.

Next to these, at the top, we have three cards pulled from my test version of my brand new 50 Extraordinary Dragons Deck: The Brine Drake who is all about filtering and clarity,  The Inferninaris Firewing who tells of transformation and purification, and the Young Forest Guardian who tells me to embrace my playful curiosity.

At the bottom we have three Rune Dragons - The Menant, The Behdety, and the Labryinth.  These mean good fortune, the middle of things, and meditation/cycles.

Bracketing them, the final two cards are from Faeries of the Forest:  The Green Woman (Balance) and the Daffodil (New Beginnings).

So this reading speaks of a focus on trusting myself, integrating things I loved in the past (filtering what I don't need anymore out!), and letting other things go.  Breaking chains and finding revelations to transform myself. That right now I'm in the middle of things, but have food fortune and balance at my back as I walk the labyrinth to new beginnings. 

Hope my samhain reading has been inspiring - try one of your own!

Blessed be! Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2021

Breaking Down Inner Walls

This time of year is traditionally used for introspection and shadow work.  As if my subconscious mind knows this it sent me a series of strange nightmares in October. Then, earlier this week, I had a dream that seemed mundane - it was simply about several different trips to the store to buy groceries. Yet my mundane grocery dream came with some very magical feelings and an important lesson.

I was being reminded that sometimes when we feel trapped, stick, or just not as free as we would like... those walls of our own making.  Are there people who are demanding of our time and energy?  Sure. But we are often the most demanding and restricting people in our lives.  The prisons we have are mental and emotional ones of our own making.  My dream was letting me know it's time to break down some of those walls in my own head and heart.

Recently I've been delving more into soul searching and shadow themed oracle decks. These are decks designed for looking within and learning. The two I like the best so far are the Magick of You and the Lantern Oracle.

The  Magick of You focuses on keys that unlock hidden truths about ourselves.  The cards are glossy, which we know I don't love, and easily show wear right away.  But they shuffle fairly well and have crazy beautiful, surreal artwork. 

Each card contains the name, a short meaning, and a number for easy lookup in the included book. The book asks questions, suggests meanings, and also includes a ritual for each card. there are 36 cards in the deck.

The the Lantern Oracle is a little larger both in card size and number (44 cards) with thicker stock and a matte finish.  They are more durable cards and less slippery, but the size and thickness makes them a little harder to shuffle. 

This deck focuses on maiden, mother, crone, and guardian women.  I love some of the art, other images not as much.  But the theme and focus of the deck is great - it's about casting light on things in the shadows and learning from them.

 

As with the first deck  the cards have meanings and numbers for easy use.  The book contains more detailed meanings, questions, and messages related to maiden, mother, crone, or guardian.   These two decks can easily be used together as shown in the spread photo above.

In this reading the Magick of You presents us with BUHO - Transform the way you see, and PANACEA - There is a solution to every problem.  The Lantern Oracle says to look at Distorted Desires - is what we WANT what we actually NEED?  And also to beware of Trusting Tricksters - people who charm their way into our lives and earn our trust, only to abuse it. 

I'm not sure I'm ready to design a shadow deck of my own yet, but I do feel there may be a chance to do a shadow and light side to the upcoming Botanical Beasts project.  Or maybe even do it as a pair of 40 card decks.  I feel like balance is important in most of my projects, but I also feel like it may be time for me to do a deeper, more hard hitting deck.  Especially since it's all focused on plants and trees ... and deep roots should mean deeper meanings.  I'm still in the brainstorming stages of the project while I finish my 8th deck, so we'll see!  Patreon subscribers will be a big part of shaping Botanical Beasts as well, starting in mid-late November.

Wishing you all a happy Samhain and Halloween! Blessed be!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Six Card Weekly Spread

 
Mondays are a great day to pull cards for a weekly spread so let's try a simple six card spread.  I pulled three cards from the new Beverage Beasts Oracle and three more from the expansions that can be used with it:
 
We can see that the week begins with some charged and possibly chaotic magic or energy thanks to the Spiked Coffee Fairy. It is paired with the Sweet Feast card (dessert dragons) reminding us that moderation is needed and not to overdo things!  So I should pace myself and not charge into things too quickly as well as being prepared for magic in a chaotic form.

Midweek (around the time of the 50th Kickstarter Launch that I have nerves about!) we get the Pina Colada Coatl.  This card is all about making your own luck, going after your own dreams and so forth rather than waiting for them to come to you. This is paired with the Time Keeper Owl (clockwork) who represents time itself.  I think this means go for it all out with the Kickstarter, ask for what I need to make this project happen, and don't count the passing minutes after launch and stress out!

Wrapping up the week we have the Voodoo Drake who is about respecting traditions and irrational fears.  This is paired with the Taffy card (dessert dragons again) meaning slow enjoyment.  Since my main source of fears/worries is that the kickstarter launch and first week won't go well this is helping set my mind at ease a little - telling me I'm probably scared/worried about things I don't need to be and I should remember to enjoy the process. 

You can join the discord to share your own weekly spread in our OracleReadings channel! And if you like the cards shown they are all part of the special Pre-Order event on my website right now!

Life is too short for wishing

As the days get shorter and darker it is a traditional time to look within at our feelings, thoughts, hidden dreams, wishes, and desires. So I figured it was also a good time for me to start writing this blog again.  I pulled older posts from years ago and am starting fresh.  Using this as a place to  focus of my daily thoughts, creative and spiritual experiences, plus recommend books, movies, and so forth.

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Recently I'm thinking a lot about how much time people spend wishing for things. I often have folks say to me "I wish...". I hear wishes of being able to paint, draw, or write better. Wishes of being in touch with magical things, fall in love, or do something else for a living.

The thing is, wishing and dreaming isn't a bad starting point.  But it should be just that: a starting point, a motivating force. Too often do we rest on "I Wish" because it's less scary than trying, less scary than doing and risking failing at something.

Here we are with a pandemic and all sorts of other crazy stuff going on in the world.  This should show us how unpredictable, and sometimes short life can be. 

LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO SPEND YOUR TIME WISHING and not DOING.
Cheesy, I know.  But also true.

I wasn't born with the skills I use in my personal or work life.  I wasn't confident.  I couldn't draw or paint or write well.  For a long time I felt like I was rubbish at most things and I wished I could be good at SOMETHING, at ANYTHING.  

In my late teens I started writing and drawing as a way to cope with life.  I had to do something with the crazy feelings and thoughts.  I found I really enjoyed the process of putting pen or pencil to paper.

I never expected or even dreamed big enough to think I would create actual books or oracle decks or paintings people would hang on their walls.

Thing is, when you do something every day and enjoy the process... you get better at it. In spite of discouragement from many teachers and friends, I kept doing creative things just for myself.  Eventually people started asking me to write something for them, to paint something for them.  And then I started getting professional offers for writing, editing, and painting work too. 

So here I am, over 20 years later working on my 50th book.  That's insane. I get emotional when I really stop and think about it.  I feel so blessed and lucky to be able to do this.  I'm also forever thankful that my younger self started DOING things, rather than just WISHING I could do them. 

So this fall ask yourself: what are you spending a lot of time wishing for that you could actually start doing, even in a small way?  What's one tiny thing you could do every day or week to make your wishes into real things?  Is it scary, hell yes.  Is it worth it?  Always.  I promise.