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Today is:
June 24, 2008

*Planting Day
(Hmm… since the moon is waning which means things going away, and the fairies suggested a break from the mundane, how ’bout if I plant the seed for a vacation!! *smiles*)

Today’s Fairy Oracle: Vacation
Today’s Tarot Card: Four of Cups

Tuesday:
Governed by Mars – passion, courage, aggression, protection

Colors:
red, white, black, gray, maroon, scarlet

The Moon:
3rd quarter waning in Pisces

Waning Moon: Waning, from Full Moon to New Moon, is a time for study, meditation, and magical work designed to banish harmful energies.

Moon in Pisces: The focus is on dreaming, nostalgia, intuition, and psychic impressions. A good time for spiritual or philanthropic activities.

Source for the above information, excluding divinatory cards: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Cancer, “The Crab”

Modality: Cardinal
Element: Water
Ruler: the Moon
Season: Summer
4th Sign of Zodiac
Metal: Silver
Stone: Pearl, Opal
Color: White, Yellow
Anatomy: Breasts, stomach
Keywords: gentle, conservative, feeling, nurturing, defensive, contemplative.

Comparison with the Cancer symbol, the Crab:
A crab is able to walk or run sideways. Similarly, Cancer natives can sometimes “move about” in life, in a figurative sense, in an indirect manner. The crab’s body is covered by a carapace (shell). Cancer natives are self-protective and sensitive, and often retreat into themselves when hurt. Crabs are able to resist changes in the environment, thereby protecting themselves from hostile elements in various habitats. Similarly, Cancer natives are thought to avoid too much change, and to be on the defensive. Crabs have “complex behavior patterns” (1). The inner world of Cancer natives is thought to be rather quirky and complex. Some crabs “conceal themselves by decorating their bodies with plants and animals” (2). Cancer natives tend to try to blend in with their environments, preferring not to make a big splash in life.

Cancer’s glyph, or symbol, may represent the breasts as a symbol of the nurturing qualities of the sign.

Sun in Cancer

(The Sun is in Cancer from June 21-22 to July 22-23, depending on the year).
Sun in Cancer natives have a strong survival instinct. They are protective of those they care about, and of themselves too. They are often quite reticent about sharing their inner selves to the rest of the world, and are often caught up in reminisce.

Cancers have a reputation for moodiness, although this trait is most evident when the Moon is in Cancer. Cancer needs roots. They resist change to an extent, and concern themselves about being secure and safe in most everything they do.

Cancers can be quite intrigued by objects with history attached to them — antiques, photos, souvenirs, and the like.

Cancer is a very sensitive sign, and they don’t always appreciate it when you are blunt with them. Their reactions to hurt will depend on how thick a shell they have developed. Most Cancers react by withdrawing or retreating. Some have developed an ability to manipulate others to get what they want. They avoid direct confrontations almost as a rule.

Cancers are, in fact, quite yielding and soft when you have them in the right mood. They are one of the more hospitable signs of the zodiac. Sure, they can be touchy and indirect, but they are also very dependable, caring souls.

(Source & further learning)

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Quickie
You’re creative, so why not create something? Make a gift for a special person.

Overview
Keep your hands on your wallet today — it’s not a good time to make purchases, especially with others. If you’ve got to get something, then see if you can go it alone for the time being.

Daily Extended
Overview
You are a very creative person, so why not create something today? You don’t have to paint a painting or create a typical type of artwork — baking cookies, putting together a new outfit, or even making a mixed CD are all great ways to express yourself in a unique way. Create something for someone you care about and give them your creation as a gift — they’ll appreciate the extra effort and thoughtfulness, and they’ll love showing you their gratitude.

Daily Flirt:
You need to chill out about money today, because it’s just not going to get any better until other people start to do what they need to do — and you can’t make them! It’s a good time to walk away from the table.

Daily Couples:
A comment that you meant as a joke gets taken the wrong way by your loved one. Don’t try to convince them that you were only kidding. Just say you’re sorry and carry on.

Daily Singles:
Things may not be crystal clear when it comes to matters of the heart. But that’s half the fun. If you could predict future relationships would you ever go out of the house again?

Career & Finance
All that glitters is not gold, that much you know. But just what do you value, besides money? Do some research before you have any financial dealings, to make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for.

(Horoscope Source)

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Four of Cups

Four of Cups

Hmm.  Looks like I’m not quite finished with last week’s temper tantrums! *smirks*

Usually, I look at numbers and suits first, but this time, I’m inclined to talk about the image on the card.

This person has put themselves in a time out… a time out with a pout.  It reminds me of kids on a school playground where one kid tries to dictate to the others how the game is played, and when the others don’t conform and cooperate, the dictator says, “Fine, then… I’m not playing!” and storms off with arms folded to sit alone and sulk.  There’s a sense of frustration, feelings of failure (not actual failure, but feeling that way), of feeling sorry for yourself (myself) because life isn’t playing by the rules you’ve (I’ve) dictated.

The person in this card sits staring at three cups… three emotional situations that could have worked out differently (if only the world would have cooperated!).  What’s important to notice, though, is that there’s a fourth opportunity being offered – and offered by a divine hand, but the person in the card can’t see it because they’re too busy looking at their own sorrows. What is this person missing out on?

When we have a four, we can look at it like a great big goal post.  Our job is to kick the ball through the goal posts to score a point.  In the case of the four, that goal post is so vast, so wide, so open that it really doesn’t matter where we kick the ball – to the left, to the right, straight up, out in front of us, or even behind… no matter where we aim, we’ll make our goal – that’s the four.  A solid foundation and plenty of room to accomplish what needs accomplished.  That being said, the situation at hand is not as bad as what the person in this card is making it out to be.  There are blessings to be found, opportunities at hand, if only the person would take the focus off of themselves and look up!

When we deal with cups, we’re dealing with emotions, spiritual status, sub-conscous feelings.  The person in this card isn’t necessarily upset over work, money, challenges, or outside influences.  Nope… they’re focused strictly on how they FEEL, their own emotional upsets.  But that four reminds us that things aren’t as bad as we seem to think they are at the moment and we’re making emotional mountains out of mole hills.

The summarized version? Get off the pity potty, stop feeling sorry for yourself and look for the blessings and opportunities in your present circumstance instead of focusing on things that didn’t go your way.

Now… for good measure, let’s check the other sources:

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

being self-absorbed
concentrating on your own feelings
wanting for yourself
being unaware of others
giving out little
withholding affection
seeing only your point of view
ignoring gifts and blessings 
feeling apathetic
passively accepting
losing interest
feeling disengaged
making little effort
finding life stale and flat
lacking motivation
feeling little desire 
going within
being introspective
meditating
dreaming
contemplating
pausing to reflect
getting lost in reverie
withdrawing from involvement
losing outer awareness

Those who enjoy kayaking and other river sports know that there are areas of the river where the water flows in a dangerous circular motion. Instead of moving forward, it turns back on itself. In the same way, we can get stuck in emotional hydraulics. The Four of Cups represents such periods of self-absorption.

If you are self-absorbed, you tend to refer everything back to yourself – your own interests and desires. On this card, we see a man who is unaware of the cup being offered to him. He misses this gift because he’s turned within. In readings, the Four of Cups can indicate that you are wrapped up for the moment in your own world.

In some situations, you must focus on yourself. When life is too stressful, you need to devote time and energy to yourself or you will feel swamped. The Four of Cups can represent a positive period of self-reflection and renewal. By taking the time to go within to dream, muse and reflect, you restore your emotional balance.

The Four of Cups is sometimes a sign of apathy. You don’t really care much about anything. Your life seems stale and flat because you’ve lost interest in the activities that used to bring you pleasure. You’re not motivated to make much of an effort in any direction. At such times, the Four of Cups can show that you’re stuck emotionally. You need something to focus on that will so engage your mind and heart that your path down river becomes clear again. Open yourself to your surroundings. Soon you will be on your way again.

(I’d say I nailed that one! *grins*)

And here’s from Aeclectic Tarot:

 

FOURS

Fours are ruled by the Emperor. Like both the Emperor and his throne they signify a kind of stability, a holding pattern if you will. For a moment, everything is still, solid, rooted, established. This can be positive, a solid foundation, or negative, something that refuses to budge or change.

Four of Cups

The stillness in the four cups represents stagnation, a status quo in a relationship that brings dissatisfaction and boredom. A man sitting under a tree with three cups is offered a fourth by a hand from a cloud. This is the “grass is greener” card. The relationship, once so fresh and exciting, is no longer moving or changing or growing, and the Querent, depressed and restless, begins to wonder if the grass might not be greener elsewhere.

This card is also about over-indulgence in drink, food, drugs, sex, even internet chat rooms, looking for stimulation. It is all too easy to turn to such things when depressed or bored. In general, this card is a warning. The Querent might be in a stagnant relationship, but day-dreaming of others or over indulging is not the way to solve the problem. Stop looking for ways to escape it, and look, instead, for ways to change it.

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HA! You ain’t kidding! *giggles*

“Vacation”
(Inverted)

Vacation

This card makes it quite clear that the mundane routines of life are getting in the way of personal happiness and spiritual evolution.  Looking at the same set of walls, day-in and day-out, going through the motions, doing what needs done is causing a burn out and an “auto-pilot” syndrome.  This card suggests breaking away from the monotony of life, letting-down the hair, kicking-up the heels, resting, relaxing, and rejuvinating.  Well, DUH! I think this morning’s coffee thoughts and all of last week’s rambles indicate quite clearly that I sure could use a vacation – and I don’t mean a one night jaunt to another town, either.  Nope.  I want at least a week, a week free of obligation and full of fun.  I want to stop and smell the roses, swim in the waters of life, breathe in the air of freedom, and run barefoot through the meadows.  I want to laugh and play, sleep in late, eat juicy fruits, take bubble baths, and enjoy what there is to enjoy.

Idenitfying the need here isn’t the problem…. fulfilling it is.  I have one day off tomorrow and guess what I’m doing with it… WORKING! Granted, it won’t be at a restaraunt – Stinkerbelle and I have another opportunity (thanks to T) to clean house for extra $$$.  I work again Thursday and have a day off Friday (hate split days off!), but Friday is the day of Stinkerbelle’s counselling appointment that was rescheduled from last week – and likely the only day I’ll have to do grocery shopping, laundry, and other household tasks that have been so badly neglected.

So Fairy friends of mine… I see you, I hear you, I acknowledge the wisdom and advice… and now I say PAVE THE WAY!  How, when, where is vacation possible?  I’m ready…. let’s go!

Here’s what the guidebook says:

Card Meaning: You need a break from routines and stressful situations. This card urges you to take time for yourself so that you can rest and renew.

Description: The fairies take regular vacations, traveling to distant fairy glens. They know and respect the value of a change of scenery. By drawing this card, you are strongly counseled to do the same for yourself. A vacation doesn’t need to take a lot of time or money. Instead, it means getting away from mundane concerns and demands. Even one night at a local hotel, leaving your cell phone at home, can be therapeutic.

Think of a vacation as an investment in yourself and future. All living beings need to rest in order to operate at maximum efficiency. After your vacation, your mood and energy levels will be renewed. You’ll have better access to creative ideas, and your positive demeanor will attract wonderful new people and opportunities into your life. Don’t procrastinate when it comes to taking a vacation — make definite plans today.

Affirmation: I give myself permission to regularly rest and relax, knowing that by being revitalized, I am happier and more productive.

Source: Healing with the Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, Ph. D.

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Not sure where my thoughts are this morning – they’re sort of fleeting.  I’m not struggling quite like I was last week.  Nothing much has changed, really – there’s not been relief in the financial situation, I’m still a bit in-side-out with the whole concept of romance and relationships, Rhythm is still gone, the home loan is still in limbo… but I’m not struggling against those forces like I was last week.  Like the tree, I’m bending with the winds of time.

Not very pleased with my job at the moment.  Yesterday was one of those days where it’d have been a bigger pay off to stay home.  I served from 11:30 – 1:30, then was cut from the floor and sent on break to prepare for a mystery meeting at 2:30.  The meeting was only supposed to take 1/2 an hour and I was to be back on the floor by three, but me and my mouth don’t know how to smile and nod passively for the sake of getting it over.  Nope. No way. Not me. Unh unh. *shakes head*.  I had opinions, and by golly, I was gonna share them.  It was four o’clock when I finally clocked back in as server and was handed my station, but being that it was Monday, that was non-productive.  I didn’t even hit the fifty-dollar mark for my efforts, which means I didn’t even earn enough to pay for the gas it took to drive to and from work.  I’m having issues with some of my managers – and to add that to the already sucky financial situation, it makes the job that much harder to tolerate.  I would like to stay at this job for at least two years, and I’ve only got one year (almost) under my belt, so that means at least one more full year at this job.  If I’d been at this job for two years already, the home loan wouldn’t be in limbo right now.  Tenacity with employment is what lenders look for – and since I was a home-schooling home-maker the four years prior to taking this job, I have no work history.  But it’s harder than hard to wake up every day and go to a job you’re discontented with to make less money than you need to survive, and to not be appreciated in the least for your efforts.  It breaks a person’s spirit.

Drove by T’s last night, but didn’t stay long – long enough to eat one of the world’s best pork chops (the man works magick with a grill and some salt and pepper!), view the photos he’d taken of our trip to his mother’s (that is NOT a good picture of me!), and to drop off a faerie-clad envelope with a copy of graTeful in it.  I’d debated with myself considerably over whether or not to even show that piece to him.  Initially, I’d had my mind made up that I wouldn’t — but there was this Universal tug pulling at me that said it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t show it to him, so I sealed it in an envelope, dropped it on his coffee table, verbally gave him the intro of why and when it was written, and told him he couldn’t read it ’til after I was gone (how mature is that?).  He walked me to Pixie Dust and home I drove to bring Stinkerbelle her way over-due supper.

Fell asleep rather quickly, but woke several times during the night… once to use the potty, and the rest because of dreams.  I don’t remember what I dreamed, really, but they were exhausting dreams.  I slept in an hour later than usual because today is a late and short shift for me (3-8 as opposed to 11-8), but woke feeling like I hadn’t slept at all.  The coffee sure is good this morning, though.

I’ve a few errands to run, but I don’t feel in any hurry to run them.  I think I’ll sip some more coffee, smoke another cigarette or three, work out this morning’s Daily Dose, then do what I gotta do.

It’s a strange day… I can tell.  Yet, in spite of that…

*smiles and nods*

Life is good.

W

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Today is:
June 23, 2008

*Harvest Day

Today’s Fairy Oracle: Family Harmony
Today’s Tarot: 3 of Pentacles, Inverted

Monday:
Governed by the Moon – peace, healing, caring, psychic awareness

Colors:
gray, lavender, white, silver, ivory

The Moon:
3rd quarter waning in Aquarius, void-of-course @ 2:04 p.m. US Central, enters Pisces @ 2:32 p.m.

Waning Moon: Waning, from Full Moon to New Moon, is a time for study, meditation, and magical work designed to banish harmful energies.

Moon in Aquarius: Rebellious energy. Time to break habits and make abrupt change. Personal freedom and individuality are the focus.

Moon Void-of-Course: Just before the Moon enters a new sign, it will make one final aspect (angular relationship) to another planet. Between that last aspect and the entrance of the Moon into the next sign it is said to be void-of-course. Activities begun when the Moon is void-of-course rarely come to fruition, or they turn out very differently than planned.

Moon in Pisces: The focus is on dreaming, nostalgia, intuition, and psychic impressions. A good time for spiritual or philanthropic activities

Source for above information, excluding divinatory cards: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Cancer, “The Crab”
approximately June 21-July 20

Ruled by: The Moon
Element: Water
Character Traits: Cancers are sensitive and kind. They are intuitive and loving, but can be prone to worrying too much about the people they care about. Here, we also find a duality, as a Cancer can be up on stage one minute, getting attention from audiences, or living alone on a mountain top the next.

Cancer source: Moon Spells by Diane Ahlquist

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Quickie
Don’t fly off the handle to any shocking news that might come today — play it cool.

Overview
You’re feeling drawn to the world of art today, either as a creator or as a spectator. In either case, you bring more than your sensitive nature — you also are brimming over with creative energy!

Daily Extended
Don’t fly off the handle due to any shocking news that might come your way, today — you might be only getting part of the story, so it’s very unwise to connect the few dots you’ve been given. Wait for this story to develop more fully over the next few days. You will probably see that not only are things more complicated than you had heard, they’re also none of your business. Making assumptions will only lead to problems. So when you get that email or text, just hit ‘delete’ and move on.

Daily Flirt:
You need to scope out some new art today — maybe hitting a gallery, maybe lurking in alleys to check out graffiti or maybe even coming up with some on your own to show to the world.

Daily Couples:
You’ve been laying the groundwork for some big changes, and now it’s starting to pay off. Expect good things to start happening — your already excellent life with your honey is about to get even better.

Daily Singles:
All that glitters is not gold. Flash doesn’t always equal substance. The best person for you isn’t necessarily the one drawing all the attention. Look beyond the glitz.

Career & Finance:
If you want to throw open the window and scream that you’re mad as heck and not going to take this anymore, it’s already been done. You can put your own twist on the story, though.

Horoscope Source

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Three of Pentacles
(inverted)

 

When we look at threes, we know we’re dealing with two issues right of the bat. The first situation brought to light by the three is group dynamics – situations involving more than two people. The second circumstance of threes is communication. Threes deal with communication in group dynamics.

Pentacles represent money, and the coming together or completion of a project – sometimes both in that completing a project could lead to financial reward.

In this card, we see one person on a pedestal being admired by two other people. He’s being admired for his creativity, his insights, and his craftmanship. He may be being offered a job or having his services requested. When I see this card in readings I do for others, I generally state that a new job opportunity based on creative skill may be about to present itself.

Inverted cards mean one of three things… either the energy of the card is new and just beginning to manifest; the energy of the card is old and is moving out of the situation – or, the quarrent (person the card was drawn for) may be exhibiting the more negative attributes of the card’s energy. If it’s the third case scenerio, I often encourage those who draw this card to put their creativity on display so that it CAN be recognized and appreciated by others.

So what do I think it means for me? (Looks toward Nepal and waves at Dip)….

I’m not doing what I should be doing with my writing. For 20 years I’ve had the dream of writing as a profession, of seeing my name in print, of knowing others were reading and benefiting from my work. Not so much about the acclaim, the fame, the recognition, or the fortune (’cause those who are in the know… know that writing is not often a lucrative financial endeavor!)… but about expressing my insights, sharing and preserving them. I used to write regularly and submit my work diligently, and I’ve stopped that all together. I’m still blogging, sure… I have an occasional poetic thought or profound statement, but they’re few and far between these days – and as for submitting? Pishaw… I’m not. However, I have been thinking a lot lately about what I’d like to write, could be writing, should be writing, and about the books I’d like to assemble (recycle!) from those writings. Why am I not doing it? ‘Cause the restaraunt owns my ass and the bills and responsibilities of being a single parent and managing employment and family matters, not to mention a social life, keep me from writing the words that want to be written.

I need to make time to get back to my writing. The muse’s vacation is all but over. It’s time to “come home”.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

working as a team
coordinating with others
finding all the needed elements
functioning as a unit
getting the job done together
contributing to the group
cooperating
combining efforts 
planning
organizing resources
following a schedule
operating in the know
nailing down the details
being an ant, not a grasshopper
reviewing beforehand
going over possible problems
being prepared 
being competent
getting the job done
carrying out an assignment well
meeting your goals
proving your ability
achieving more than what’s expected
knowing what to do and how to do it
being up to the job

In the opening of the film Mission Impossible, a crack team of specialists is working on a dangerous assignment. The members of the team are mapping out a strategy, coordinating resources and drawing on their skills and ingenuity to complete the mission. This is the Three of Pentacles in action: teamwork, planning and competence.

The Three of Pentacles is one of the cards in the Tarot that focuses on the group. (The Three of Cups and the Hierophant are the others.) As Pentacles are grounded and practical, this card represents a task-oriented team – people who are working cooperatively toward a common goal. There are few jobs that can be accomplished alone. We need the help of others to achieve our goals. Sometimes the Three of Pentacles is a sign that you will be more productive if you work with others. You don’t have to do it all by yourself.

This card can also show a need for planning and preparation. Now is not the time to rush into something or begin a project with only a vague idea of what it’s about. You need to think everything through, go over all the possibilities and make sure you work out the details. Do your homework, and your undertaking will flourish.

Another feature of the Three of Pentacles is competence – the ability to get the job done. How rare this is nowadays! This card tells you that you have the skills and knowledge you need. You can attract capable people and create a successful environment. Know that the situation is (or will be) in good hands, but be sure to concentrate on excellence in your work. Be proud of what you do and how you do it. Then you will accomplish your “impossible” mission.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

THREES

So at first we had one, indivisible; then it splits into two, mirror images, opposites: two opposing passions, twin emotions, two ideas, two jobs or finances. The next move, of course, is for the two to create a third. Male and female create a child; two corners get a third to form a triangle.

Ruling over the threes is the Empress, of course, whose card is all about creation. The child in the womb, the seed in the ground. So, with the twos, a choice has been made about what use to put this passion, emotion, brainpower, craft. Now we get the first results of that decision, the initial offspring.

Three of Pentacles

A craftsman shows off his work of three pentacles in an arch to a pair of potential patrons. This is the craftsman’s card and it indicates creating something that brings in patronage. The Querent has created, well, more work for himself. So promising is what the Querent has done with so little, that money, admiration, and more work is coming their way, enough to get them out of the juggling they were doing in the two of pentacles. Health wise, this card can also indicate positive results from a new exercise program or therapy.

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“Family Harmony”

Going with T to visit his family spawned all sorts of deep thoughts from me.  There are six siblings all together in his clan… he has four sisters and one brother.  I’d met one sister a while ago, but had yet to meet the other three, nor had I met his mother.  This weekend, I met them all at once and was able to sit out on the porch chatting with them as a whole.  I’d written previously that each of them is so incredibly unique, yet they are bound by a common thread that makes it obvious they’re a family.  I admired the dynamics of their group.  On the way home, T and I talked not only about the dynamics of his family, but of mine as well.

Seeing this card triggers a whole lot of thoughts… thoughts of the recent turmoil between Stinkerbelle and I, and how we’re recovering; thoughts of Rhythm being gone for so long and how much I miss his presence here; thoughts of Atlas and how well he’s grown into his adult self – the troubles he’s going through romantically, the sucesses he’s experiencing financially, and how good it must be to be spending time with his little brother after an entire year of not seeing one another.  This card makes me think of my mother and the trials and tribulations we survive; of my sister, to whom I’ve not spoken in about a year (for no good reason at all other than we’re both ‘busy’); of my little brother and how nice it was to have him visit Kentucky for the first time last month; of my big brother with whom I don’t get along and probably never will, yet who I’d die for in the blink of an eye without question. I think of my father and my dad – two separate entities equally adored; of my grandmother who is fighting a battle against breast cancer.  And then those thoughts run deeper… farther back in time to ancestors, and then ahead in time when some soul may be reflecting on me as one of their ancestors.

Family dynamics – the glue of life.

Here’s what the guidebook says about this card:

Card Meaning: Your relationships with family members are healing. As you hold loving thoughts and feelings about the souls involved (including yourself), you experience genuine harmony within your family.

Description: Every person in your life is affected by your beliefs and expectations, including your family members. By drawing this card, you are counseled to hold positive and loving thoughts about anyone who seems to have irritated or hurt you. The more loving energy you send to each person, the more love will be redirected back to you.

Have patience — you are beginning to feel a great healing occurring in your family relationships. The fairies ask you to think of three reasons why you are grateful for each member of your family. If one person seems to particularly frustrate you, think of five reasons why that person is worthy of love. Send blessings and prayers to that person, and your relationship will show immediate signs of improvement.

Affirmation: I see the goodness within each member of my family. My family life is harmonious and filled with love and joy.

Source: Healing with the Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, Ph. D.

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Okay, so seeing a deer on the road amidst a Kentucky Summer is not any grand surprise.  Nonetheless, synchronicity plays its role… and the timing of the deer’s appearance, coupled with a multiple sighting makes it worth noting.

Yesterday morning, I was driving to work, thinking poetic thoughts, which I’ve not done in quite a while, actually.  I had the iphone headset in listening to music I’ve stored in a folder entitled, “Wendi’s Enlightenment”.  Golden rays of sun were playing peek-a-boo with the winding road between the leaves and branches of trees that held hands, forming an archway over the path I drove. Nature’s glitter accompanied me.  I had a sudden flashback to the recent drive with T wherein I broke the silence with, “Whatchya thinkin’ ’bout?”  His reply: “How quick I’d have to step on the brakes if a deer jumped out.”

The moment I had that flashback, a deer jumped out onto the road in front of me.  It was far enough back that all I had to do was down-shift and slow a bit, no brake-slamming or swirving required.  It was a magnificent creature – much larger than most deer I see around here.  I believe it was female.  She was so graceful, with tall (and I do mean tall!) legs and long body.  Her head was dainty, delicate, and feminine.  She looked right at me and ran alongside Pixie Dust for a few seconds before making a sudden turn and heading up the wooded hill.  I immediately felt a desire to look up the meaning of deer, but as I was on my way to work, that wouldn’t be possible.   I made a mental note to look it up when I got home.

Following the eleven-hour work day, I was driving home at about ten-thirty p.m. and had drifted back into the same thought I’d had on the way to work… those poetic gratitude thoughts.  Again I slipped into that day-dreamy mindset, which probably isn’t all that healthy considering I was driving!  But again, when I slipped into that mode, another deer – shorter, fatter, more masculine, jumped out in front of me.  Again, the distance was such that a down-shift and slight brake were all that was required – no risk of hitting the critter.  Seeing him brought a wide, wide smile across my face as I realized the message was being confirmed, as well as being a two-toned message: The Deer and the Stag – the masculine and the feminine… the God and the Goddess… all in one day.

I’ve loaned out one of my animal magick books, so I’m limited to one resource, but here’s what D.J. Conway has to say, in part, about the deer and the stag in her book, “Animal Magick”:

Magickal Attributes: Keen scent, grace, swiftness, gentleness. Using other methods to reach your goals than force. Being alert for any danger. A white deer in meditation often bears a message or will lead you to someone or something that will reveal spiritual knowledge. Hunging and seeking, abundance, dreams, intuition, introspection, listening, death and rebirth, transformation. Accept others as they are and don’t try to change them. Deer: woodland Goddess, psychic powers, alternative paths to a goal. Stag: Lord of the Underworld, messages from guides, better understanding of the cycle of death and rebirth.

Chant:

Woodland dreams of intuition come with the graceful deer.
I gret you, brothers of the forest.
Your gift of magick will brighten my life.
Transformation will come to me.
Like you, I stand listening to the drum beat of life,
Poised to follow my guiding spirits.

Considering I had the Death card surface for June’s reading, and that many of my recent rants and writings, as well as Tarot Cards and Fairy Oracles, have reflected the theme of transformation, I’d say the message deer brought was right on time, and right on target.

Loving Animagick!!

Life is good.

W

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graTeful

Intro: This morning’s Daily Dose struck me… more specifically, one line in one of the referenced Tarot sources struck me.  It was the line that said something along the lines of, “… if you spend too much time thinking of the future, you’re going to appear ungrateful for what you have in the present.”  That’s not a direct quote, I’m sure, but it’s the gist of it, anyway.  I didn’t realize the impact it had on me as I finished out the Daily Dose, did the shower thing, slipped into Uniform, and pulled Pixie Dust out of the driveway.  I was driving along the 185 when the words began to cross my mind… almost poetically.  During the course of my poetic daydream driving, a deer in the road caught my attention.  She was huge, beige on the top, white on the bottom, and she ran alongside the Jeep before heading off into the woods.  On the way home, I was thinking again about poetic gratitude when another deer crossed the road in front of me.  I’ll post the message of Deer from my Animal Magick books shortly, but first, I thought it time I show a bit of gratitude… at least for one particular area of my present circumstance.

“graTeful”
Written by:
Wendi Friend
June 22, 2008

For noticing…
and walking with me.
For giving me your number
instead of asking for mine.

For answering when I called.
For being perceptive,
and truly listening…
Even to the words I never spoke aloud.

For securing my environment
when it became clear
that my environment
had become a threat.

For the TLC you’ve shown Pixie Dust,
for establishing yourself with my dogs…
not backing away from my kids…
or my airy-fairy fanciful whims.

For knowing how to laugh…
inspiring me to laugh
with your Homer Simpson impersonations
and silly jokes.

For letting me explore
your world with wonder,
satisfying and piquing my curiosities
… for playful passions

I am graTeful.

For not letting me slip
into a comfort zone
and not allowing me to get lost
in familiarity

For not letting me
take my guard down…
even when
I thought I wanted to

For encouraging me
to try new things
and for being willing
to try new things, too

For believing in my gifts
and wanting to share
those gifts
with others

For delightful surprises
left for me to find
on your coffee table
in my own time

For sharing your sage…
— as well as being one —
and at the same time,
for your perfect imperfections

I am graTeful.

For your husky, musky, masculine scent
For your down-to-earth mysticism…
Your golden, glowing, owl-eyes –
And the way they penetrate me

For taking me to new places
singing while you drive
For the stories you tell
and the past you’ve overcome

For bringing me food
on your mother’s porch,
for teaching me to fish…
for more than just fish, in more than a pond

For making me eat my own words
and inspiring me
to choose my words
more carefully

For holding my hand
while I sleep
for making sure there’s coffee
when I wake up

For all the wonderful people
you’ve introduced me to…
and the work you’ve provided
that allows me to provide —

For moonstones
and rune stones…
for perfume and candles
for books, and bottles
(with corks)
For picking me flowers
For tours of enchanted woodlands
For smoky quartz crystals
And black onyx eyes…
For denim duds
treasure chest boxes
and the sun and moon in clay…

as well as those things
you know you can’t say —

for being perfectly honest with me…
even when the truth hurts…

In fact,
especially for your honesty…

For not making promises

For all the things you do
For all the things you can and do say
For being you
and sharing you with me
one day at a time…
even if not forever…

I am

graTeful.

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Today is:
June 22, 2008 (*)

Today’s Fairy Oracle: Stand Your Ground
Today’s Tarot Card: King of Swords

*Harvest Day:
Gather the rewards of the seeds planted and work done, both physically and spiritually.

Sunday:
Governed by the Sun – healing, spirituality, success, strength, protection

Colors:
yellow, orange, gold, amber

The Moon:
3rd Quarter waning in Aquarius

Waning Moon: From Full Moon to New Moon is a time for study, meditation, and magical work designed to banish harmful energies.

Moon in Aquarius: Rebellious energy. Time to break habits and make abrupt change. Personal freedom and individuality are the focus.

(Source for above information, excluding divinatory cards: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008 )

The Sun:
Cancer

With a Cancer Sun, you are a somewhat complex character – kind, diplomatic, sympathetic, highly sensitive and deeply emotional, yet very defensive, protective and at times quite unforgiving – unable to forget even a minor slight. You possess a powerful imagination, and on occasions, you bring a touch of genius into the more profound affairs of life, to your and everyone else’s surprise! Comfort, pleasure and relaxation are all found in your own little retreat, the home and family. Instinctive, maternal/paternal nurturing qualities make you an excellent parent and home-maker. With a sense of sound economy, you also have talent for business, but your changeable nature suggests that partnership of some form is safer than go-it-alone enterprises. Hitting one of your frequent emotional lows could precipitate disaster, having no obligation to a second party. To develop your personality to its fullest potential, the main task is one of keeping the outlook free of morbidity, and preventing depletion of emotional energy through wrong thinking. You need to cultivate a positive mental outlook. Likely occupations are nautical professions and work connected with the sea, institutional work, businesses and professions dealing with liquids, or professional occupations to do with religion. (Source)

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Quickie
Where did all of your patience go? Try to bring it back by living in the moment.

Overview
The situation keeps changing underneath you, but you can adapt and change right along with it. Keep an open mind and make sure that you are thinking at least one step ahead for most of the day.

Daily Extended
Today will go by much slower than you would like — it’s tonight or tomorrow that’s where you really want to be! But you will have to wait, and there is no getting around it. Where did all of your patience go? You can bring it back by trying to focus on living in the moment. Try to focus on what you’re doing today and time will go a little bit faster. Spending all your energy thinking about the future is telling the universe that you don’t appreciate what you have — and that’s not true, is it?

Daily Flirt:
Things aren’t going to change much today — so you need to change around them if you want to feel right. Fortunately for you, that’s not so hard, thanks to your great, adaptable energy.

Daily Couples:
Sometimes you need to set personal gain aside and focus on what’s best for your relationship. Working together with your partner, you can achieve a balance that will leave you both happy.

Daily Singles:
Don’t let pride get in the way of saying sorry to someone you’d rather not lose. Ruining a potentially great relationship isn’t worth being right all the time. Learn to let things go.

Career & Finance:
You’ve learned that going up the chain of command leads to serious ego clashes, not to mention power struggles. So go laterally. There are plenty of coworkers on your level that can help you to the top.

(Source)

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