The Big Day

Today is the day.   Time for a long coming gear shift for this blog and for me.

Announcement time!  (Two of them, actually.)

Drumroll, please?

First up – After ignoring the idea for about a year, I have decided to launch an Along A Different Path podcast.  You can find the link to Episode 1 below!   Come join me as I discuss, rant and ramble about all manner of paranormal subjects.   Each episode will be approx. 20 minutes long and will focus on a particular topic for discussion, experience to share or information to pass on.  In time, hoping to get questions and topics from the audience as well as having some special guests and interviews.

 

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SHOW NOTES:

Episode 1 – The Dark Cave

I wanted to say that I know there are a lot of quality podcasts out there already working with this subject matter.  It means a lot to me that you chose to take some of your time to listen to this one.  Thanks!!!

Not a whole lot to add for this one as I pretty much left it all at the mic.  For this episode I wanted to give an introduction of where we were going, discuss the fears I had to fight through and give a very brief introduction to who I am and how I became involved in all of this.  As this was my first dip into podcasting I would definitely like to hear feedback so don’t be shy.

Intro and Outro music “People Are Spinning” done by Monplaisir at Loyalty Freak Music from their album, To Chill and Stay Awake.   I found it on Free Music Archive.   Huge thanks to him for making free music for folks like me to use to enhance my podcast.  Give it a listen!

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I’m very excited about this project, more excited then I thought I would be.  Initially, I was a nervous wreck but after numerous test runs I finally recorded the final run and the minute I was done I felt a rush of excitement.   (As of Wednesday, as I write this, the day is draaaaaaagging on. ) I have a lot of material to cover and I’m looking forward to where it takes me.   All I know is that I want to have fun with it and share my passion on the multitude of topics available.

What does that mean about this blog?  I will be posting the podcasts here, of course, and my wish is for this blog to remain just as it is, a vehicle for the combination of written word and pictures.  I’ll post podcast announcements, etc, here as well.  This blog will continue to function as is for the foreseeable future and if I get the inspiration for some fun bits and bobs that need pictures and perhaps written instead of audio commentary, I will post them here.

 

The second announcement?

It’s a subtle thing but, for me, a lot longer coming than this podcast.  If you check up at the author of this post, you’ll start seeing a different name there.  Matter of fact, if you’ve already listened to the podcast, you might have caught it. As of this posting, it will automatically change over on all of the posts of this blog as well as on the About page.  I’ll be going through the next few days and tightening everything up.

This is a very resolute decision which comes from a deep sense of wanting to walk in wholeness again.  Many, many years ago I used to do this.  I cared little what people thought or how they might react to  my interests.  Something changed along the way.   Regardless of how it occurred, it’s source was fear.  Was it wise to follow this fear? Perhaps!  I may never know.   All I know is that things needed to change back.

Many things have shifted for me in the past year that have led me to this point and this decision.    I’ll be going into more detail in an upcoming podcast where I will focus on those fears as well as discussing the very legitimate reasons some folks need to stay behind a different identity.

And that, they say, is that!

I look forward to more podcasts to come and hopefully hearing from some of you regarding the content. Thanks so much for being here on what is, for me, a pretty big day.

Happy Harvest and Happy Autumn to each and every one of you and to our friends South of the equator, Happy Spring!

 

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Serious Silly Fear

Due to everything explained in the previous Disconnection/Reconnection series of posts, I have plans for this month’s Harvest Moon which is only a few days away.  The plans showed up during the September new moon and I decided to nurture them.  Of course, as it is with this sort of thing, over the past two weeks things have been speeding up and, yeah, I’m terrified.

What started as a simple re-connection has taken on a life of it’s own, pushing me forward into deeper and deeper water.  It’s also bringing with it a fair amount of clarity and change.  Not a bit of it is bad.

So, if it’s not bad then why am I terrified?

Because of bad habits and, well, THIS GUY!

This is G. Hobyah.  He lives in the Faeries Oracle deck.  Well, he hangs out there.  I’m not sure where he lives but I imagine it’s several different places; under your bed, in your closet, under the stairs and around dark corners.  As penned by the wonderful Jessica Macbeth and painted by the as-wonderful Brian Froud, he is the faery of unrealistic fears, of being frightened by things that are not really there whether they be boogeymen in the shadows, an intimidating person walking behind you or a stern boss who doesn’t say much.

Although he is quite frightening, G. Hobyah has a job and that job is to help you find your spine and your common sense.   Once he’s done that he would much rather sit down with you with a pint and watch a horror movie then go through the exhausting process of scaring you all day for weeks on end.  However, if you don’t know this or if he comes at you sideways with a mask on, it can be absolutely terrifying.  He is, after all, very, very good at his job.  Well, it’s an artform, really.  Regardless, he’s an expert at it.

Thankfully, he showed up in a reading this morning that I was doing for the #theoctobertarot challenge over on Instagram care of @Lionhearts.  Ol’ G. Hobyah was kind enough to step out of the shadows, pull down his mask and wave at me as my Shadow Mentor for the month of October and letting me know he’s been behind a lot of my fears over the past few weeks.  I don’t think I could have found a better fey for the job.

Did you ever have a moment as a child when you were scared by a family member wearing a mask?  A nice uncle or aunt, a loving sibling, or perhaps a parent jumped out with a monster mask and you nearly wet yourself?  Then, they are kind enough to pull the mask off to show you that it’s nothing really to fear?  Yeah, that’s what happened when I pulled the card.

“Oh, G. Hobyah!  It’s only you!!”  I said while laughing in my wet pants.

I’m pretty sure he put a finger to his raspy, gnarled lips, “Shhhh, don’t tell anyone,” he hissed with a wink and then slowly put the mask of The Thing That Is Scaring The Beejeebus Out Of Me back on.  I’m pretty sure he was just giving me a break because I was getting cold feet on my plans.

I’ll be announcing things here later in the week.  I’m getting more excited by the day.

And keep a sideways eye open for G. Hobyah.

I’ve heard that this month is one of his favorites.

 


Reconnection (Part 2 of 2)

(Continued from Part 1 – Disconnection.  Click here to read that post first.)

It had been about four weeks with the runes when the dragon came calling.

It came from an entirely unexpected angle.  I could feel things were “coming back on line” but I had no idea it would take such an unexpected turn or have such force to it.  In hindsight, perhaps someone knew that they needed to drop the equivalent of a magical bomb on me to get my attention?

I had continued with my rune work by drawing a rune every day.  Typically in the morning and as a meditation exercise.  I was very strict with myself not to read too much into the coming day.  My usual thought process was “draw the rune, reflect on the rune, watch it through the day.”  As those days went by it seemed to be working and I was really enjoying getting back to what I could consider “my roots” with them.

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Disconnection (Part 1 of 2)

Over the 2017 Summer the tarot cards did not like me.

Matter of fact, no divination system seemed to like me. It started at the beginning of May and continued throughout the month.  Having been involved with oracles and that type of  communication for over 30 years it was unsettling. There had never been a time where I felt so disconnected or unable to sense the message being put forward.

It started with my daily card draws. I began to get cards like the 9 of Swords, the Tower, and the 3 of Swords day after day. At first, I was concerned about what it meant. Then, as I focused on the real time events throughout the day I realized the cards did not apply at all.

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Synchronicity and the Chariot

I started this post as a bit of a ramble regarding synchronicity.  Near the end I realized it was also about what I was being told by that synchronicity.

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I’ve had the following up on the About page since the beginning of this blog, “Synchronicity is the currency of the magical.

I had a series of interesting experiences occur to me this morning and I realized it was as excellent example of how synchronicity and the magical/mystical works.   Here is a brief play by play of how it all went down.

As a matter of course in my morning, I usually stop to check the news.  Now, these days, I do it very sparingly and usually much later in the morning.  Typically, no more than twice a day.  Just before I do I will go through a small ritual where I ground and, basically, brace myself.  I remind myself to stay focused and to let things unground me.    This time I did the above and then I said quietly to myself, “Lead me to what I should see.”

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Layered Tarot Readings

I took a break with the opening of the New Year to recharge my batteries a bit.  I’ve been moving forward on my goals (and assignments from my favorite Goddess of War) and one of those is to create more videos for the Youtube channel.   First of all, I’ve decided to continue with the Moon Phase readings over the entirety of this year as well as taking part in the Pagans of Youtube Challenge.  More on that in the future.

I’ve been mulling over an idea for some time and this afternoon it finally dawned on me how to present it.  As a new card reader I would often “fire and forget” my readings.  Having acquired the information I would then move along and forget the implication of the reading instead of “layering” the old reading into the energy of the new reading.  It’s a beginner’s mistake but over time I did begin to do this.  As I grew more experienced I became interested in how the energies of one reading could and would blend into another, especially if two or more readings occupied the same temporal time space like, for instance, from the Winter Solstice to Imbolc.

This afternoon I struck upon an idea of how to show how my recent moon phase readings work and interact with the longer Solstice to Imbolc time period.   I couldn’t find any other videos really discussing it and so, after some quick sketches and ideas coming forward at lunch, I was able to make the video this evening.

Enjoy!  I look forward to your thoughts and comments.

More to come!

 


Tonight 11-11

A quick post before more time goes by.

In light of recent events over the past few days, this evening at 11:00 PM EST I will be sitting down in peace.   I will be taking time to focus on peace, care, illumination and healing for any and all  who may need it.   This is a turbulent, historic time and it stands to possibly get worse.  It feels as if the whole country and the world is holding it’s breath.  If nothing else, it is a little positive energy focused onto a weary world.

Please join me for whatever time you have available in whatever way suits you the best.   This morning at 11 AM I simply took a quick break and stood in a stairwell, focused on my breath and asked for the above.  It only took 5 minutes.  Tonight, I may go longer but there is no time limit.  Do what you can.

Peace.