Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Here And Now

There really is no better place to be.

This card draw today really hits home for me.  The Past is past and the Future not yet here, today this moment is all there really is.  I/we hear it all the time and for a brief few minutes, hours, or a day, we focus and stay in the Here and Now, then something or someone, most likely ourselves, leads off on a tangent then its all about anticipation or fear of tomorrow and lamenting about the past.
"Tomorrow is beyond your reach. Yesterday cannot return. The Now is all that is available to you." - booklet
Maybe I will make myself a couple of banners as shown on card and place one on my desk and another on dresser, HERE AND NOW, keep myself focused on the here and now.



Wisdom of the Oracle - Colette Baron-Reid

Monday, December 11, 2017

ORPHANED

Strange have been my dreams of late

I am not sure if it is my cold interfering with my sleep, but I have had really strange dreams the last few nights.  Sometimes those kind of dreams can leave you disengaged from reality. I really have to question myself, that if my mind, unconscious or conscious can craft such abject weirdness, than what unknown operating software am I running on?
Abandonment, isolation, distrust, despair, almost makes me want to retreat to solitary confinement, but of course that magnifies those qualities 10x10. 
Going to sit under my 'mood light' and brighten up the corners of my mind.




Wisdom of the Oracle - Colette Baron-Reid

Sunday, December 10, 2017

YIN

The feminine passive principle

This Yin space has been cleared of clutter; opening up to receive.  Maybe that is my message today.  Mostly the clutter is inside my head as swirling negative thoughts and the stuff that head colds are made up of.  I think some decongestant medicine might help and the drive to the store to help clear my heavy laden mind.  And maybe something in Pink. 






Wisdom of the Oracle - Colette Baron-Reid

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Moderation

Easy does it.

I have allowed myself to become stressed and the stress has manifested into a full blown cold. Usually when the sniffles hit I can ward them off; this time, not.  Temperance advises 'easy does it.'  Maybe the blending is a suggestion for a hot toddy, except there is no whiskey in the house, and really those toddys don't offer a cure.  I started to focus on the 'path to enlightenment' but maybe the path of understanding takes us right back to the water's edge, not the other way.  Right back to my emotional take on things and that is what my stress reaction is all about.
Maybe a nice cup of hot tea blended with a dollop of honey. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Query

He is back, apparently he has something else to say.

Frozen and rooted as The Emperor is, is there more that he has to say to me?  Yesterday and today I see the river that has apparently dried up.  Don't let that happen? is that what he has to say.  Don't get stuck, get up and get going.  I know when I sit too long, especially on a hard chair, it is a challenge to get moving again.  Is this what happens when we stay put too long at one thing, forward movement ceases?  Does learning, creativity, desire, zest, fascination, exploration, abandon one as time marches on and we don't march with it?







The Rider Waite-Smith Tarot

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Diatribe

The times they are a-changin

We have listened to the established ways long enough.  The times they are a changing as Bob Dylan wrote in the same named song. 
Me Too Silence won Times 'Person of the Year' notating all the women and that have come forward after tolerating and suffering sexual harassment.  I wonder if this movement would have begun this year except as a response to a President that said what he said about grabbing women. I don't care for the man on the hill that sets in his chair telling us what to do and how to do it.  I am not sure if pages in a history book will reflect on these times that more change began for the better after listening to his diatribe and many said "enough is enough"
Once things begin to happen they create a momentum for more.





Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Help or Hurt

Double - Double edge swords

Double edge sword, an action or decision that appears to help but can also hinder.
Let's face it, one could not hold up those two heavy swords for very long.  Heavy be it that, making a wrong choice, sooner or later, one has to own up to it and right the wrong.  Or you can choose to make another equally wrong choice to see if you can rectify the first incorrect choice, which is never a good option.
Swords are about the mind and thought, why is there so much water in this card?  Did she let her heart rule her double trouble decision or is she stuck too much in her head and needs to release her defensive posture and open her heart to clear up the mess.
She better take her blindfold off to make a arm sling cause her shoulders are really going to ache. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Perplexed

Having and not having

This card definitely strikes a chord within me.  I am in the middle of change in my career and I find myself uncertain and troubled.  I have been in outside sales for more than twenty years and to begin the transition to inside sales is proving a bit more difficult for me than I thought. The word chafe keeps coming to mind. I am not certain who I am more annoyed with, myself or the team I am joining. No longer can I  proceed on my own; there are others that have to be asked and included in what I do or don't do.
I don't like it.




Rider Waite-Smith Tarot

Monday, December 4, 2017

King me

Do as I say and not as I do.

I am intrigued this morning with the loose grasp the King has with his wand. Has he been 'front and center' so long he takes it for granted?  Compared to the tight grip on the Ace of Wands, he seems to be holding his by his fingertips.  Has he realized that holding on too tight that his hand begins to ache, is just not the way to be.
Maybe today would be a good day to just get up lay his wand across his seat and go for a good long walk.  Probably stiff sitting so long.  He doesn't always need to be at the helm. For today let things take care of themselves.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Peat and Repeat

Did that to myself again

Anytime I second guess myself, I realize I had it right the first time. 
I learned this lesson in school years ago.  When faced with a multiple choice question the first response is most likely the correct one.  This depiction of the Eight of Swords is exactly what happens when I do doubt what I know to be right, and then I get all tied up in knots.  In this ever changing world some things never change, right is right and wrong is wrong.  The problem lies in ones system of belief.






Rider Waite-Smith Tarot



Saturday, December 2, 2017

It is what it is

A Fool by any other name is still a Fool

I kind of made a play on the 'rose by any other name' above.  Today the Fool.  I am looking at this card and thinking "okay" so....
I am not really sure what The Fool has to say to me today.  I think this is one of the those days it is a wait and see thing.

Don't act a fool
Watch where I step
Don't fall of a cliff
Begin something new
Lucky me
A bark is not as bad as a bite
"Oh what a beautiful morning"
Seize the day!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Competence

"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." - Benjamin Franklin

I turned the last page of my calendar for 2017 this morning.  As the year comes to a close what things or tasks can I do to prepare for the bright and shiny New Year that is at hand?
Mostly I have been "by the seat of my pants" type of gal, still there is much wisdom in Mr Franklin's quote.  I do find myself more often than not these days running a list of things in my head that need done. As I look closely at this card, I see the architect looking over the plans and comparing them to work that has been done.  I have a checklist and planning guide in my email cache; guess this year might be a good year to print it out and plan my 2018. 




Rider Waite-Smith Tarot

Thursday, November 30, 2017

To thine own self be true

I am grateful for me!

I have enjoyed my thirty days of gratitude; it goes by in a flash. Normally this King irritates me, today though I think he reminds me to be true to myself and be grateful for me and my life.  I saw lots of beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I am grateful for all the conveniences in my life. Super grateful that I get another day, for electricity, central heat, clean water, roof over my head, clothes, food, car, freedom of choices...and I realize the one constant in all those moments of gratitude, is me.  Yay Carolyn!  Today I am grateful for me, for the good, the really good, and the not so good, because every moment of everyday is about me experiencing the moment.



Rider Waite-Smith Tarot


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Get up on the other side

A bit of R & R never hurt no one.

I feel a bit of a cold coming on.  Sniffles and Sneezes this morning.  Guess this card hints a taking a bit of time to rest and recuperate.  I also need to give myself some time for contemplation for the work I do.  I had a bit of snit yesterday at the office.  Another was trying to box me in and after twenty years in outside sales I chaffed at the power struggle.  Really I should not have let it bother me, but there you go.  I am very thankful that I don't have to do the nine-five routine, that I still have the flexibility in my schedule not to put up with office politics.  Still I am committed to make changes in my work life so I need to "give it a rest" and get on with things.  Thank goodness I have reached an age where I don't carry a grudge and can move on.  Life has much to offer so I will get up and get back to it, first though I think I will get back in my bed and take that extra 15 minutes. That sounds about right.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Choices

Shes got the whole world in her hand.

I had a long conversation with one my sisters last night. I am amazed at the difference in us.  My four sisters have always entertained a defeatish attitude.  One has grown out of that a bit, to acceptance because her sorrows will be justified in heaven.  Both of my brothers just went along for the ride.  I almost walked their paths but have worked hard not to succumb to the self-imposed misery.  Choices, like in this card, one wand at the ready and one wand anchored to the wall. Or is it anchored?  Maybe it is just a form tie in the foundation that will allow the wand to be placed.  Either way there are choices we make along the way.  My choice is not see that life is winding down but to look for the opportunities still available for me.  Yay!



Rider Waite-Smith Tarot

Monday, November 27, 2017

Turning Point

It takes a Village

When I view this card I almost always wonder what is the horse thinking.  He definitely is looking with intent back at the rider.  Victory does not belong just to the rider but also the horse and all those that help the man achieve his success.  This is a good reminder that things do not happen on their own.  When it comes to my day to day successes I need to recognize others' contributions.  Be grateful that I have the support of others along my way.  Appreciation goes a long way.    Thank you!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Home

Be it ever so humble.

Home lovely.  I was thinking on the word Home with the word OM within; OM the sound of the Universe, it's beginning middle, and end.  There is no place like H'om'e. I thought of this card coming home.  There I am sitting with the two dogs and my sister and her husband and family coming home from vacation.  I am oh so happy to be back in my home.  I am also very grateful for family.
I never before noticed that Pamela Coleman Smith's iconic glyph is in the upper right hand corner. In most of the cards it is placed near or at the bottom right. Shuffling through the cards I noticed several other cards that deviate from that position, none but the Ten of Pentacles is placed above. The ten features a pretty busy theme, still it might of been placed on the hindquarters of the unsuspecting pup.
Anyway, I am thankful for my own place.  Thankful for the people who choose me to be their representative when buying their home, which allows me to live in mine.

Rider Waite-Smith Tarot

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Challenges

Woe is me

Sometimes a test is a good thing.  Everything is fine and dandy and then bing, we get a swat.  It can be a challenge to be grateful for such moments or occurrences.  With hindsight we can see that they set us on a different path. A choice we would have not considered but ended up being in our best interest or expanded our knowledge or our viewpoint.
Gratitude is the Abracadabra and can help make the best out of not so good situation

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Brave New World

Pilgrims

Today I am thankful for those that crossed the Atlantic hundreds of years ago to start anew.  Not necessarily the Puritans that wanted to inflict their harsh brand of religious freedom, which had no freedoms at all.  My heritage is Irish and German, both cultures came to the Americas and ended up as indentured servants and had to brave a different kind of harshness and bigotry.  Still most managed to find and forge a new life and out of that I get to live a really good life and celebrate this day of Thanksgiving.  I am grateful to spend the day with family.


And also I am thankful for canned, molded cranberry gelatin.  My Mother served it every year and no Thanksgiving table is complete without it.  Tradition.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tis the Season

Bell Ringers, a thankless job/opportunity.

The bell ringers are out.  I came out of store yesterday and dropped a dollar in kettle, at this time of year I try to do the same most places I see one.  The attendant said "Merry Christmas" and I smiled and said and "Happy Thanksgiving" then I turned back and said 'thank you' for doing this and the young man, said "you know I have been doing this for a couple of years and no one says thank you, I usually do."  I pondered on this  during the evening.  This is my month of gratitude, but I will say 'thank you' from now on to the all the 'Ringers.'  I did it for a few years with my Sister before my legs gave out and the hour flew by.
 A bit of Kindness and Gratitude goes a long way.  Happy Pre-Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Alpha Canis Majoris

Sirius: The brightest star visible in Earth's sky.

The Dog Star, Sirius silly, not the Moon.  Although canines howl at the Moon and for that matter so do I.
I went out last night and admired the night sky.  I am house sitting at my sisters home, which is fairly rural and the Stars are much more visible without the light pollution of city where I live.
Thank goodness I took the time to go out and admire the Stars and the deep darkness of the night. Maybe all those lights are Planets and Stars and maybe they are points of lights made by our Ancestors as they took their celestial place.
A perfect night sky but then again, the sky is always perfect.




Sunday, November 19, 2017

Gone to the dogs

Dog sitting and oh house tending too
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I moved out to my sister's home yesterday.  Her husband's family all gathered together to take a cruise. I didn't bring any my decks so I been out looking at decks on-line.  Here is a pretty good similarity to one of the two dogs that I am hanging out with this week.  Cassie is an old gal who has lots of health and physical challenges.  She hasn't many days left in this next year.  I love this girl even if it means I have to get up 4/5 times a night.  She has brought a lot of joy to my life when I visit the family and she kept me company when I had to live here 5 years ago during recovery.  I am glad I have the opportunity to tend to her as she tended to me.  Doggie friends are the best, and thankfully I have had some good ones through the years. Wooof.....

Saturday, November 18, 2017

In and Out

We all knew this to be true

Last night on the national evening news we were told that NASA has discovered the Earth breathes.  I wonder how much they spent on that to tell us what we already knew. Duh.  The Trees have been doing that all along.  And Thank Goodness I might add.  Still as they document more and more all the peoples will realized Planet Earth and all of us our one complete living system.  Each Planet is a "Living Being"  and then things will rapidly get better for us all.  Here's to Breath

Friday, November 17, 2017

Color me

Shades and hues of this and that

Here is a Fun Fact, by the time they turn ten years old, American children use up approximately 720 crayons each, with blue being their favorite color.  The crayon scent is one of the most recognized, after peanut butter and coffee. 
Hours spent playing with our colors.  I have some crayons in my coloring box even now.  I don't do much in coloring books because I am not around small children.  I do have a coloring book my niece gave years ago during recovery and I still do a picture here and there, and I don't get upset with myself when I color outside of the lines. 
And Aqua Blue is my favorite color.
I am not sure if this card is about colors, charkras, or having a light bulb moment.  Just color me happy today.
Thank You!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Grin and bear it

This card reminds of the great bear adventure in our area last year.

What a cute card.  Last year there was a black bear that mosied through the area.  She/he was not a normal sighting, in fact a hundred years since one was spotted around here.  I appreciate the unexpected and the unusual; something new and interesting to make Life a bit more enjoyable.  Thank you for all the wonderful diversity that Mother Earth presents to us.

artwork -Sue Lion

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Grounding

A DAY IN THE LIFE

"Woke up, fell out of bed
  Dragged a comb across my head
  Found my downstairs and drank a cup
  And looking up I noticed I was late..."

I am grateful I get another day.  I got up and got dressed on my own.  Poured my own cereal drank a cup of tea, and on with my day.  Thank You.  Don't know what about this card made me thing of the Beatles song A DAY IN THE LIFE,  maybe just the awareness of a new day, a good day, a day in my life.  The tree reminds me if I have one of those days when I start out, falling out of bed and everything runs amiss, I can go find a place by or beneath a tree and take a moment to calm and ground myself and bring my world back in perspective.


EARTH MAGIC Oracle Cards -Steven D Farmer

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Instinct

BS detector

What a wonderful creature the wolf is.  I have admired them my whole life. Mother Nature is a really great gal to give us such diversity of life here on Planet Earth.  I am ever so grateful for all that is available.  Still there are times that I have to be on guard because not all is what it can appear.  Like the wolf I have a keen sense of what is right and wrong, or at least my perception of right or wrong.  I am ever so grateful for my instincts.  Most of time my intuition and gut feelings are right on track, and as I have matured through the years, do not dismiss them.

"If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck."
Sage wisdom

EARTH Magic Oracle Cards - Steve D Farmer

Monday, November 13, 2017

Emergence

Sense of Self

I have been thinking and reflecting on this card and it comes to me for all the things I am grateful for the first and foremost should be me.  I don't often put myself at the top of list, really if you think about it that is where we belong, at the top of our list.  So for today I will keep myself in consideration throughout the whole of the day.  Grateful for all the things I do for me for me.

"And if I asked you to name all the the things that you love, how long would it take for your to name yourself?" -Unknown





EARTH Magic Oracle Cards - Steven D Farmer

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Reflection

The woods so dark and deep

I can appreciate the deep silence of this woodland.  A place to reflect where I have been, where I am at, and what lies ahead. No distractions here.  The woods are just as beautiful in the winter as they are throughout the rest of year.  Thank goodness for the changing of the Season.  Sure the cold is challenging, but I wouldn't want to miss the trees and their fabulous Fall foliage, nor their announcement of Spring when their buds and leaves burst forth.  






EARTH Magic Oracle Cards - Steven D Farmer

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Be it ever so humble

Ollie Ollie Oxen Free

When I was a little girl we used to play hide and go seek, and when the seeker gave up we used to call "Ollie Ollie come in free"  although the original was 'oxen free' as above.  We played hide and seek between our yard and the neighbor's across the street.  Usually involved seven or eight of us, sometimes a couple more.  Climbing the trees was not an allowed hiding place, too difficult in the dark for the seeker to find you.  Home base was safety.  Even today home is the safe place.  There have been a few days when I come home I say out-loud "Ollie Ollie Carolyn's home free."  There is no place like home.  Familiar, comfort, safety, protection.
Thank goodness for home.  Be it ever so humble there is no place like home.  Go ahead click your heels together...


Fairy Tarot

Friday, November 10, 2017

Kindred

Thank goodness for friends

This afternoon I am going over to this Queen's home.  Several of us are having lunch at her place and we are going to go over health care plans for the upcoming year.  There will be four of us for lunch and we are going to compare policies of The National Health Care.  Now this gal does not need to find insurance, she has hers taken care of but the other three of us having BC/BS which dropped out, have to find new coverage.  Just like this Queen she is helping out and feeding us and offering encouragement while we get things sorted out.
Friends are the best and I am glad and grateful for them.




Fairy Tarot Cards

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Happy Dance

Those moments of pure joy when your feet start to tap and before you know it you are up and moving and grooving.

"Gratitude is a powerful manifesting energy in the Universe, helping you gracefully dance with the magical light-footedness of the fairies.  Taking time to say "thank you" to your family, coworkers, the fairies, and God creates a circular flow that brings even more abundance. Every day give thanks for something in your life. You can do it aloud or just in your prayers."  -directly quoted from the booklet
FAIRY Tarot Cards







Doreen Virtue & Radleigh Valentine
Illustrations by Howard David Johnson

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Self Interest

Having confidence in oneself.

I am fascinated with the fountain of ideas and thoughts that are bursting forth from the fairy out front.  Sometimes I have the advantage and sometimes not.  Clearly today I may have the upper-hand in a situation.  The lesson for me today is to use that advantage or gift or snowballs for the right reason, even if others don't agree with my choice.
I am so grateful for having choices.  Not all do.  There are many places in the world that you are told what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.  Thankfully I get to choose most of my days. 



The Fairy Tarot Cards

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Companions

Ancestors, Angels. Guardians, Guides

I am grateful for those that help me along my way.
Thank you.

"No (wo)man is an island entire of itself. "
  Poem - John Donne

Monday, November 6, 2017

H2O

Water: a clear, colorless, odorless, and tasteless liquid

What a boring dimensionless description of something so vital and essential to us all.  Water, I take it for granted most of the time.  I turn on the tap - water.  Grab a bottle from the fridge - water. Flush the toilet, wash the dishes, take a shower, walk in the rain -Water.  Not all are so lucky to live with the abundant supply I take for granted.  I give no thought that I am seventy-five percent water, not sure how clear, colorless, odorless my liquid content is.  That is something to think about.
For today and hopefully for most of my days I will really pay attention to all the wonderful ways water is a part of my life, and each and every time say, "Thank You"

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Promise

Hope springs eternal

The Fairy has opened the Chalice Well, releasing hope and magic.  Brings to mind wishing wells; to this day I will stop pull a coin from pocket or purse, close my eyes, think of my wish and toss my coin in hoping for my wish to come true.  At sixty I still believe, and that is something to be grateful for.  I haven't lost my connection to magic, possibilities, and the promise of wonderment.
'Find a penny pick it up and all day long you have good luck' and if I happen to come upon a wishing well and have my lucky penny with me, all kinds of wonderful are available to me.

Go ahead, make a wish!


The Fairy Tarot - Doreen and Radleigh Valentine
Artwork by Howard David Johnson

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Best Laid Plans

Even the best laid plans can often go awry.

Yesterday I drew Justice, and it was placed as card eight in the majors, when usually and correctly I might say would be in position eleven.  So here is card twelve, so it might seem things are in order.  I was fascinated by the Sword of Truth yesterday that made an appearance, and here I believe I am asked to look again at that sword from a different perspective. Last night I was working on my business projection and realized I probably will never really be able to retire, that's the truth of justice yesterday but today I can re-view the situation with a different light and maybe a bit of humor.  Cause we all know, the best laid plans...
I am grateful for today and blessed to be in the here and now and know that tomorrow will take care of tomorrow.

The Fairy Tarot

Friday, November 3, 2017

Wonderment

Glass have full or have empty?

Freedom of Choice.  That is a wonderment that not all people get to enjoy.  For the most part I get to decide what is right or wrong for me.  There are rules in any society that must be upheld and I am okay with that.  So many choices that I take for granted that others will never enjoy, for that I am grateful that I am alive in the here and now.
Today I will take the time to really pay attention to the blessings that are right in front me.






Fairy Tarot Cards

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Reading, writing, and arithmetic

Learn all that you can, cause they can't take that away from you.

One of the things I am most grateful for is learning to read.  Ah the written word, it can teach much, inform just about everything, and take you just about anywhere. 
Nothing better than to immerse myself in the written word and let the pages turn and take me on an adventure, mystery, murder, mayhem, magics, travel, arrival, discovery.

"Nourish the mind like you would nourish your body.  The mind cannot survive on junk food." Jim Rohn





Fariy Tarot Cards - Doreen Virtue & Radleigh Valentine




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Start

Two years ago I started this blog.  I began with the month of November doing thirty days of Gratitude, as a part of my healing journey.  Appreciation and gratitude helps me focus on all that is good and wonderful, and, what we focus on expands.  So I am grateful that I began blogging and have the opportunity to correspond with some really amazing people.  Thank you for being a part of my life and my journey.



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Regeneration

From the tempest comes new Life.  The scan of this card doesn't do justice to the deep colors of the lava flow.  Sometimes I guess that is true for others things along the line.  Certain things pale in detail to the original.  We can listen to the stories of others but there is nothing like the real thing.  Out of death comes rebirth and the cycle continues. 
Blessed Be on All Hallows Eve.






Wisdom of the Oracle cards - Denise Linn

Monday, October 30, 2017

Iconic

Look who stopped by and visited me yesterday via email.  They are all looking straight out at me, even the trees, inviting me along for a walk under the moonlight.  I think I will join them this evening for walk in the moonlight and see what wise words she may impart to me.  Most likely to bring a coat, it's pretty cold, so I better bundle up, and oh a scarf for my neck.  Wisdom can be as simple as a coat, scarf, and gloves. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Disguise

It's only human to wonder how the other half lives.  Halloween sometimes gives us that opportunity.  Costume parties and contests where one can vacate their own life for a time and be something or someone else. I wonder if that is why Halloween is the second largest celebrated event around the country. 
Yesterday morning I was out with clients and we were meeting the builder to go over details of their new home to be built.  All the one of them could do is talk about the Halloween party later in the day.  She had more excitement  about their costumes than the home that was to be built. 
A reminder about the masks we wear.



Wisdom of the Oracle - Colette Baron Reid.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Clap - hurry please!

What a enchanting, bewitching card.  Do you believe in Magic?  I do.  There are lots of examples everyday.  Streaks of light that just quickly past our visions-angels or ancestors  among us.  Pennies-see a penny pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck.  Crepuscular rays, those rays of sunlight that streak through breaks in the clouds-awe inspiring.  And of course clapping to help save a fairy.  Many of us preform rituals and routines that help keep the magic near.  The Universe is always conspiring to help us along the way.  Coincidence, more than happenstance.  Today I will look for more signs of magic around me.  It is after all, that time the veils between the worlds are thinnest. 


Gateway Oracle Cards - Denise Linn