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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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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.


Transitions and Cycles

For the past month or so I’ve been struggling with the fact that, for all intrinsic purposes, this blog is dead.

It’s no surprise to subscribers here and I have been accutely aware of it for awhile. My run of posts regarding the Glen in the Spring were an attempt to not only talk about my experiences there but to also put some life into the blog, to use the Spring energy to renew things. For some reason it did not stick. I wandered off. I stopped writing. I started to beat myself up by reminding myself this blog is over 5 years old and yet it never really seemed to go anywhere, never seemed to grow.

During the harvest festivals thoughts of the blog would come and go. What did I want to do about it? Was it worth keeping? Should I simply close it down after so many years? Up until Samhain I could not get a clear answer.

During Samhain and more importantly, the days immediately afterwards, I always do several readings. For my readings this year the weather was wonderful and so I ventured back out to the Glen. Even though I’ve not posted here, I’ve continued my visits to that magical wood. I go to refocus, to commune and to give back to the spirits there. It’s been a wonderful, evolving relationship.

With a wonderful chilly, Fall breeze playing amidst the branches of the sun-lit autumn forest, I took to the woods and brought my cards with me.  One of those spreads was, of course, about this blog. For it, the pendulum chose the Faeries Oracle and the reading is below. For this reading I chose a “conversation style” of reading. I ask a question. The deck responds. I ask another and so on until the conversation is over. Even as I was shuffling I felt that the conversation would be three questions total.

BlogReadingSamhain2015The first question? What do I need to know about this blog? Death. Well, nothing like cutting right to the chase, eh? Of course, Death is speaking of where the blog is currently. All things come, grow and die in time. It is important to acknowledge the fact. A point of transition as well as a point of acceptance. The blog as I’ve known it is done.

Second question: I don’t feel it is right to shut the blog down. (I actually tested this with a bit of dowsing and the answer was a very solid, “No way!”) So, what should I do next? Mickle a’ Muckle.

Mickle has always struck me as two things, being merry and being in the Now. This, in turn, reminds me of my work with the writings of Eckart Tolle and blending them into my work with the cards, spirit and magic. Mickle says to “lighten up” and to look at the Now and to something unusual or adventurous that is coming around because of the Death card. See how he is facing the Death card?  “One thing leaves, another arrives, it’s the way of it!” Mickle says to me.

Final question: I heard the wisdom of those two answers and asked, “So, for the betterment of myself, the blog and my subscribers what is the very best next step to do?” Lady of the Harvest. Ah-hah! Another “transition” card but more importantly this card spoke to me about the rituals involved with transition, with moving forward into something new from something old. The Lady of the Harvest is about releasing the past, all that has occurred (or not occurred) and moving forward to the next new phase. I also felt very strongly that in order for this to happen, a ritual needed to occur. A ritual to help acknowledge the omega and the alpha.

I needed, within myself, to let the blog go. Not to really turn it off, not to stop posting but I needed to internally acknowledge that whatever I had hoped for with this blog, whatever I had been trying to do, whatever I had been attempting to express was over. It was this energy, this acknowledgement that I had been resisting and which, in turn, was causing the energy blockage.  The energy for the blog had swirled and slowed and stopped. There was nothing wrong with it.  It just was.  It was time to let it go and to work on something new.

Now, since I’ve had this blog for five years, it took quite a bit for me to work through the energy of the Death card and that full reading. I’ve been circling it and fighting it since Nov. 1st and here we are, fourteen days later! After another wonderful stroll through the Glen today, I found the words I needed to write this blog and to take the first steps needed.  Hence, this post!  ( I also had to acknowledge the fact that I began this blog with the Faeries Oracle and it I would now be ending it as well with them!  See my second post here which was the reading I did for starting the blog.)

To be clear, I am most certainly not done here. This is not a “Bye and thanks for all the fish” moment. However, things will be a bit different around here.   How?  Well, I’m not really sure.  When the muse comes back to me, when I understand what I am supposed to be doing here the second time around, you’ll see it here. Oh, and the Muse will come back because, most importantly, I’ve done what was necessary by letting the transition begin. (I also have asked real nicely a couple of times which always helps!)

 

I want to thank every single person and spirit that has interacted with me here. If I have, in some way, added a bit of magic to the world with the telling of my stories and my readings, then I can call the past years a success.  I really hope you stay with me for another 5, or  6 or, dare I say it, 10?  I also hope you enjoy the upcoming transition.

The blog is dead.

Long live the blog.

Blessings, Peace and Light!


100 Posts at Midsummer

I wasn’t really paying attention but when I posted part three of my Quest story WordPress told me it was post number 99!   So, here it is Midsummer Solstice and I thought it was a perfect time to make sure that post  100 happened today.  I’m not sure how much more perfect it could have ended up, really.

It’s caused me to go back through old posts and to read up on things.  What I also discovered was this blog just had a four year birthday back in May (I guess I just wasn’t paying attention!) and I started dowsing five years ago at about the same time.  Has it been that long ago?  A lot of ground has been covered.  When I started the blog I didn’t necessarily have a focus.  I was hoping to take my previous twenty years of experience and cover a whole spectrum of subjects but the blog has, in a way, found it’s own voice.  When I first started I was hesitant and unsure of opening myself up here.  It was difficult at times and on more than one occasion a direct challenge from Spirit to show me that it would be alright if I shared.

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Solstice Sunrise at My Reading Table Today

Fresh out of my Spirit Quest, I can’t help but feel that the best is yet to come and that I really have something to share with others.
There is so much “undiscovered country” out there and I’m hoping to take my lengthy experience and explore as much of it as I can.  Moving forward I’m hoping to share a bit more of my daily and weekly experiences and hopefully, through them, offer some instruction as well.  I’ve already made the decision to be led by the rods to fey areas and map them out as best I can.  I’m also wanting to research and find older trees and power spots within my county.  I’ve plinked around this idea for long enough, I think.  My only concern is how I will keep these areas secretive as I would not want people without the proper respect coming into them and “tromping them up” as the Fey have told me happens quite frequently.  A challenge for the future I will have to navigate, I suppose.

flowersToday, I’m heading out to one of the first Fey areas I spoke about on this blog and I’m reintroducing myself to the ones there.  I’ve got a few readings to do as well and then it’s time with family around cakes, World Cup and a big dinner.  This evening I will sit outside under the Midsummer stars, give thanks and hopefully write up a bit of the adventures from today with the Fey.

But, for now, I want to express my thanks to all of you who have come this far with me.  It has been a blessing to know that you are there, reading and listening to my stories and hopefully gleaning from them that, yes, there is magic out there.  Magic that has always been out there and, most importantly, waiting on you to find it.  The only way I can honor the support you’ve shown me is to make this blog better and even more consistent and fun.  This is one of the things I thought a lot about during my Quest and something I very much want to do.

Thank you very much and have a blessed and joyful Midsummer Solstice!

~Rustus~

 

 

 


Coming of the Thunders

Over the past two weeks I have awoke with the following words echoing in my mind, “It is time to await the coming of the Thunders.”  To some this may seem like quite the puzzling phrase.  For me, however, it is very different.  I can’t remember when I first heard it or read it but it was within the sphere of Native American spirituality.  I believe it was the Plains tribes, possibly the Sioux.  It revolves around the idea that the first sound of thunder in the Spring signals the opening of the Vision Quest time or season.  When I heard it  a week or so ago I knew what it meant.  It was time for me to head out into the woods and do some inner searching.

Two days later, as yet another thick snow fell on my area, I awoke to it again.  And then again.  Someone was getting a message through and it wasn’t until I got up, had my coffee and to the rising sun said, “I hear you and I will come,” did the words finally cease.  I understood what it was saying.  It was important.  I heard something similar last year and because of the new job and other things occurring in my life I chose not to go.  Trying to carve out 3 to 4 full days of time in the woods and nothing else was very difficult then.  I think Spirit understood and backed off within a few days.  This time though it was not letting up.  It was time and I needed to go.  I could feel it very deep within me and it echoed other issues I have been having with myself.   The message, coming to me in late February, was a way to give me enough warning to get everything lined up for what was necessary.

Since that occurred I’ve spent a little time each day thinking about it and getting ideas as to how I want to, or need to, proceed.  One thing that came to me was that I needed to record that preparation and that journey here.  So, I am doing so and, hopefully, it will get me back in the habit of posting more on this blog!

There is a journey ahead and I need to prepare.


A New Cycle

If there was a re-awakening in August with my last post, it’s taken me till Solstice to get out of bed!  I’ll let the video below say what needs said.  I’m back on youtube and will be trying very hard to get some new content out there.

May you all have a blessed and enlightened 2014.  It’s going to be a very powerful year.


Quick Status Note

Just a quick note —  We’re in the middle of our big move and I’ve been without internet for a few days.  That will hopefully be taken care of by the end of the week.  Until then I’ve found that waiting to take care of internet business at wireless hotspots is actually quite a bit more relaxing then having that same hub-bub at home.  I’ll have to think on it a bit more.  I could always write posts, have them prepared and then simply wait till I get to a hotspot to get them posted.

Regardless, things are going along nicely buy we are in a bit of a whirlwind.  The new place is very conducive to the things I talk about on this blog so I can’t wait to show you in the near future.  Good things are happening!

Hopefully be up and running by mid-week or so!