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Those You May Not See

As we get started here again, allow me to get one important fact out of the way.

The Fey are real.

But they’re not.

You won’t bump into one in the middle of the street in broad daylight, all pointy eared and buzzing wings.

But you might.

I’ve worked with the Fey for some time now. What started as outright disbelief turned into a passing curiosity which then over time and several experiences, moved into something I would call a wonderful friendship.

They’re the main reason I’ve restarted this blog because, last summer, they asked me to. It just took me a while to get a clear understanding of what they wanted me to say.

The rest of my time was taken up building my courage to do it.

To be clear, I won’t be talking about the fairies of folklore.

But I will.

I’ll be talking about something a bit more hard to pin down. I call them the Fey or the Fair Folk, out of necessity and to give people a point of reference. I prefer to think of them as Elementals, Nature spirits, unseen allies.

You know, Faeries.

But not.

Working with the Fey is a matter of perception and staying alert to your intuition, your internal perception. It’s a creative give-and-take which is incredibly difficult to constrain into a simple checklist of “How do I do this?” However, that’s one of the things I’ll try to do here.

The toughest part is to realize they will hear you if you talk to them.

The easiest part is believing in magic.

Or do I have those reversed?

The trick is understanding that although they may hear you, they may choose not to listen or respond, Though in my experience, they always respond.

It just may not be as quickly as like.

Or in the way you would prefer.

They communicate through feelings, emotions, and odd images in your mind’s eye. The best way to sense them and communicate with them is meditation. You have to learn to quiet your mind and to trust your inner perceptions. Practice with your third eye. Practice lucid dreaming and visualization. It will help. I have heard the sound of their laughter, of chimes, horns, bells. I’ve heard comments, had formal communication and felt their presence around me.

But I haven’t.

There are places where they are quite active. These are, generally, areas of wildness and wood. However, they can also be found in abandoned places in a city or on the edge of an urban park. You can find them in a national forest and just as easily sense them in a small patch of an urban park or on abandoned property.

The best way to find “Fair Folk” is to stop looking for them.

It’s not about seeing them physically.

It’s about sensing them with your inner senses.

They are closer than you think.

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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!

 


It’s not personal. It’s practice.

What is insecurity? By default, of course, it is a lack of security. It is a state of being open, unprotected, and a lack of faith in oneself or one’s abilities. What is security? It is confidence that you can’t be harmed, that you are protected OR that you are backed up by something powerful. You have faith in yourself and in something larger. In this realm of magic and myth, the two are interconnected. An insecurity is believing you are not good enough to do “X”. A security is knowing no matter what happens, you can do “X” for the right reasons and still learn something even if you don’t succeed.

An insecurity will make you confused, anxious or be in doubt if you receive a negative comment. They undermine you. With security, you fall back on your training, you shrug it off as no big deal.

At the Morrigan’s request, I’ve been exploring the origins of my own insecurities. It’s been going on for several days now with reviews of my childhood, my adolescence, what made me me, etc.  It’s a bit like volunteering to dig into your own dirt before the warrior queen standing next to you hits you with the shovel.

In martial arts there is a jumping off point beginners have to learn. It’s not only learning how to hit someone (most people just don’t know how or, thankfully, have never had to) but it’s also learning how to take a hit. How it feels to take a shot to the blocking arm or to the body. It’s learning how to deal with the pain and the distracting sensations. You eventually get to a point where you feel it but it’s not necessarily pain. It’s just a sensation and you keep going. You build up a tolerance. You also build up confidence.

Two mornings ago I had a dream with the Morrigan.  As usual, she was in full black battle armor, dark mail gloves, boots and her black cloak of crow feathers.  We stood on frozen bare earth, in a clearing with dark pine woods encircling us.  There was not so much snow on the ground as just heavy frost.  There was snow in the pines, I remember that. There was a chill in the air, little glitterings of frost in the air and I could see our breath as we spoke.  The ground crunched underneath us as we stepped and moved.

She was punching me.  It was a type of martial training and she kept coming in with these heavy shots of those black mailed fists. WHAM! WhaM! I kept my head covered, taking the shots, feeling their impact on my upper arm, my shoulder as I covered. I could feel the cold metal of her gauntlets hitting me, the cold making the sensation worse. As soon as a punch landed I would attempt to grab, wrap and counter-strike. She would kick me off of or slide out and then bring the other fist around. I’d dodge one or two then WHAM!

Then, we would step back. She would say something, point to my blocking arm, point to me, say something else. She was blunt, direct but I don’t remember her words. All I know is that She wanted me to get used to the feeling of being punched by a hard mailed fist. It was part of the training. I was sore and bleeding but not tired.

Then, we would go again. I’m not sure how long the dream had gone. All I know is that she stopped, nodded and did her disappearing act.

I woke up.

I chewed on the meaning of the dream for some time. Finally, she whispered a clue in my ear, “Insecurities.” And then, I understood. In the dream-time, where symbols are key, she was symbolically teaching me how to shake off the veritable “slings and arrows” that make up insecurities. She was toughening me up.  I was being taught to react to those insecurities as you would take a hit in martial arts training.  Don’t get emotional.  It’s not personal.  It’s practice.

Later in the day I heard her again and wrote this out quickly on a notepad file. “”With an insecurity, you can’t take the hit. You can’t take a negative comment. You’re scared of opinions, you scared of what others think, you allow yourself to be controlled by others and are unable to stand your ground unless angry or mad. When that happens, when emotion takes over, you cannot react with skill. A warrior should react with skill and control.”

“Insecurities bring you doubt. They cause hesitation. They knock you off-balance. In training you learn they are nothing, that they do not effect you and they do not stick. If this is practiced you are then able to act in calm and confidence.  You can stand your ground without your ego interfering.”

“When you can do that, you’re ready.”

My next question was, of course, “Ready for what?”

“Growth,” was her single answer.

 


Keeping On Track

Since Samhain things have continued to move forward, the flog clearing.  A few things have come up since then and I thought that even if it turns into a short post I would catch you up.  Since my last post I have been very focused on making sure the fog does not “slip back in.”  I’ve started a few routines to help with it.  I’m sure some of you may already do these things.  If not, perhaps they might give you some ideas of your own.

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At least twice a day, I re-affirm the magic and spirituality of life

What I mean by this is I try to take some time, at least twice a day, to really appreciate Spirit.  I do this in different ways.  This may be a short as a minute or two or it might be longer.  It just depends on what is going on and how much time I have in the morning or the evening.  It can be a simple thought about spirit or ancestors, a musing on the interconnected nature of everything while sitting quietly, or perhaps just stopping to count my breath for a few moments while I watch a spider at lunch.

I  started a magical / paranormal journal

This has been started several times but it always crashed and burned.  This was because I was stuck on it being handwritten and having all the different aspects of my magical life crammed into one tome.  My hand would often cramp up from trying to get everything in there and I found valuable free time going to catching up on my entries instead of doing a reading or experimenting with dowsing.  I started a digital journal, created some tags to help me find things and began to document this new phase of my life.   I agreed with myself that I would hold no reservation on how long or how short an entry may be and I could enter multiple entries a day if I wished.  There are no rules.  It has helped immensely.

I ask myself, “What is Spirit trying to tell me here?”

In any situation, from a stressful work moment to a peaceful lunch among falling autumn leaves, I pause and ask that simple question. I ask gently.  Then, I take a few seconds and just listen.  Sometimes there is no answer and I don’t push for one.  Other times I’ve heard some really great answers.

I relaxed and gave up.

Let me be clear, this was not in a depressing way.  I’ve just started to just let things be… well… things.  I’ve stopped pushing so much for answers.  Better yet, you could say I’ve stopped pushing for the answers I wanted to hear.

And that’s it.  I just try to pay attention more and work towards not going “unconscious” again.

It feels good.

I feel like I’m coming back around to a place of solidity which I have not seen in a long, long while.

 

 

 


Questing Path Redux

Blessed Summer Solstice!  As a Solstice gift to all of you I’d like to offer up something that I’ve been working on since before Beltane.

Back on Beltane, guided by intuition and, I believe, spiritual nudging, I felt the urge to look once again at my Pathway Spread. In meditation space, at the heart of my glen, I held the issues I had with the spread in the forefront of my thoughts. As I looked at it and asked for guidance I heard/felt something like, “Don’t you think it’s too focused on facing difficulty?” This was an interesting thought and as I traveled down it I realized it was correct. I set about streamlining the spread and on Beltane evening I sat down with the new spread.

Upon completion it “felt” better, more supportive. The spread was originally a 7 card spread with one mid-points of navigation between the starting point and the destination. Then, I modified it slightly to include 2 mid-points of navigation moving the number up to 8 cards total. The issue became that there were also 2 Challenges cards as part of the spread as well. If the 2 navigation points came up with difficult cards then the spread could have a total of 4 “challenging” cards against 2 allies, a beginning and a destination. No wonder it felt so heavy!

Coming out of meditation, I got to work in redesigning the spread, streamlining it and focusing on support and forward movement instead of obstacles. The card reduction came back down to 7 which I prefer and took me back to the original inspiration on the spread. Also, the supportive cards are now 4 in number instead of 2. Beltane evening, I gave the spread it’s first test run with my destination being the Summer Solstice. Over the following 2 months I was incredibly pleased with the results and the accuracy of the new spread.

I’m happy to present the “New” Questing Path Spread or, what I’m calling it, the Questing Path Redux.

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So you kind readers will not have to go clicking back through past posts, I’ll include the full write up below of all the positions and what they mean. You’ll note the layout order of the draws has changed slightly. Otherwise, not much of these have changed but I’d rather present it all together as one package!

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Navigating Mercury Retrograde with a Smile

It was mercury retrograde that made me a believer in astrological influence.  When I first started this path so many decades ago, astrology had been placed in the “yeah, mayyyyybe?” file folder.  I was experimenting with runestones, talking to spirits, but the idea that spinning planets out in space can influence patterns here on Earth was just a bit much.  Heck, when I write it out I still find myself scratching my head a little.   Then, I had a horrible and frustrating two weeks.  Nothing was working.  Everything I tried to push forward collapsed inwardly or became a tangled mess.  Transportation plans were a mess and my car broke down.  I was a member of a pagan group at the time and I was whining about my past 14 days when someone said something like, “You know it’s mercury retrograde, right?”  They pointed me to an excellent astrological reference and urged that I look into it.

Cassini_apparentSo, I looked it up and cross-referenced the astrological tidings with my journal I was keeping at the time.  The correspondences were amazing.  Here I was trying to plow forward with a bunch of yang energy during a tidal flood of yin energy!  In the end, it caught my attention.  What finalized the deal for me is when I would have a mercury rx period marked on my calendar and I would watch other people’s lives and plans go into a tailspin.  I started keeping internal notes and started reading what I could on how to work with the energy in a positive way.  In the end, and after navigating several retrogrades, I like to think I understand it a bit better.  (This works up until the point where you FORGET about the upcoming mercury retrograde which, when you think about it, is hilarity in and of itself!  See my previous post for all of that.)

Because of that last post, I decided to dowse out what I could of the coming retrograde period.  On a scale of 1 – 10, this upcoming period registered a 5 for me personally.  On a global scale it registered a 7.5 – 8.  Due to this,  I thought I would hurry up on my idea of sharing some of the ideas that help me get through a mercury retrograde instead of waiting till next week.

I won’t be getting into the astrological details.  I’m not an astrology expert and you can find lots of information in several places online.  I’ll list two of my favorites at the end of the post.  The goal of this advice is to be practical, simple, day to day navigation during a mercury retrograde.  Do with it what you will.

What are the key things that Mercury effects?

  • Communication
  • Formal agreements and Contracts
  • Travel and transportation
  • Coding and computers
  • Emails
  • New endeavors
  • Straight Thinking

Any and or all of these items will go a bit bonkers during a mercury retrograde.

Key things to remember regarding Mercury Retrograde as it approaches.

  • Bottom line – It is not a time for expansion.  It is a time for reflection, staying put and cleaning out or up old messes.  Anything that is begun during this time period will end up being a mess, will tangle or just be forgotten about when Mercury goes back direct.  Slow and steady wins this race.
  • If a trip, plan, party, etc is to occur during the retrograde but it is planned BEFORE the retrograde period then it should go rather smoothly.  (Tickets purchased, hotel rooms booked, cars rented, etc) There will be hiccups but getting all the “ducks in a row” before the retrograde starts will ensure things will go much straighter than they would if you didn’t!
  • For some reason, you will have a ton of what sounds like great ideas during this period of time.   Alternatively, you might meet a bunch of great people or have a great first date.   The crucial thing to remember is to not act on any of them!  Write them down, list them, archive them and, when the retrograde period ends you can go back over the list and see how you feel about them.  (During the retrograde period this will kind of feel like torture but if you do this, you will see what I mean in a few weeks.)
  • Find loose ends and tie them up!
  • Double check your car and get an oil change.
  • Back up important files on your computer, especially things you might be working on “right now.”  Double check your virus protection on your system.  Give it a good scrubbing.
  • Go over and review any and all plans during the time period.  Take some time to get as many little details sorted out as you can.
  • A retrograde period seems to have a peak time at the beginning and end.  Things tend to settle in the few weeks between.  A week or so before the energies begin to get a little cross-wired.  At the end points, you will begin noticing all sorts of things beginning to go haywire and you may start hearing friends and family say things like, “Oh my god, what is going on?  I can’t get anything done!”  In between that, depending on other astrological connections occurring, the dust settles a bit, kinda, sort of.

What to do during a retrograde period for peace, harmony and sanity (for yourself and those around you.)

  • Focus on settling back and working on things that have been half-forgotten or dusty.  Some examples are…
    • Cleaning out closets, sheds, filing cabinets and email inboxs
    • Bringing out old craft projects and sorting out whether you still want to do them or not!
    • Sorting an old collection.
    • Turn energy inward and work on clearing out your internal spaces.
    • Redo an old something.  A project, a story, a plan.
  • As you work on cleaning out older projects, plans etc, you might have the idea of starting something up again.  This inspiration is good and very much part of the retrograde energy.  However, trust me, unless it is life or  death, DON’T DO IT!  You’ll be wasting your time.  As stated earlier, place it on the list and check it again in a few weeks.  If it still sounds good, go for it then.  Write it down and then go back to that nurturing yin energy of cleaning out and sorting.
  • Plan on taking that trip or going to that convention!  It’s ok.  It’ll be fine (especially if everything was wrapped up well before the retrograde started.)  However, do grab extra maps, batteries, an extra phone charger, etc and be ready for some delays here and there that might seem a bit out of the norm.  The idea here is to be mindful of the prevalent energy and which leads us to the next step.
  • Use this time to practice patience and trust.  I know, I know, it’s a big one but just do it, ok? just think of the improvement you’ll have in five weeks!  Don’t push at anything unless you just feel like testing this whole “mercury retrograde thing.”
  • Do internal work.  It’s a perfect time re-assess where you are and who you are.  Just don’t take any action on it, not yet anyway!
  • Watch how it effects others.  Many years ago my workplace decided, right in the middle of a Mercury RX, to launch a new initiative and to have a large, full company meeting about it right away.  It was an absolute disaster and the effects of it were one of the reasons the company collapsed years later.

In regards to dowsing and oracle work

  • Be mindful of the energies occurring.  Information and communication are bit jammed up.  As long as you stick to review processes, cleaning and simple planning things tend to go well and, dare I say it, productively!
  • Now is the time to assess and review energetic connections.
  • Now is NOT the time to start that new dowsing project or that new oracle blog!  (Yes, this is the voice of experience…)

Here are some great astrological sites I’ve found that have helped me along the way.

I hope this is helpful for someone.  Just remember, internal not external, review instead of advance.

Good roads!

 


Spring Boil

Have you ever watched a pot of water go to a rolling boil?  The water is placid at first.  Then, it will begin to move and small bubbles appear on the sides of the container.  Next, the water will start to shift and move as the energy begins to build.  Eventually, the water begins to bubble and then, finally, boil.

SpringFlowerThis next statement easily falls into the “Nothing New” category but what I have found while working and dowsing with Earth Energy and Earth Spirits is that the same thing occurs every Spring.  Here in the Midwest, the energy first begins to move and bubble around early February.  It’s also no surprise that it’s also about the time the maple trees begin to move their sap.  It’s the first marker.  The energy is slow and sluggish of course but by March it’s starting to charge up.  Early bubbles start to form.  In answer to this, migratory birds begin to move.  For that matter, everything starts to move.  By April, we are into a gentle boil.  Is it any wonder that so many world religions have festivals during this time?  By May, energy-wise, we’re at a full rolling boil!

I once dowsed for the when the highest energy levels occur throughout the year and, again, no surprise the peak energies occur around Beltaine.  By June, things are beginning to settle and we simmer up and through Summer.  However, May is THE keypoint of the energy build.  I’ve not confirmed this but would guess it occurs around the May Full Moon?  (Again, read Beltaine.)

As I write this today, things are definitely boiling in my neck of the woods.  All the Spring plants have made their appearance and the mushrooms have started to show from under leaf and litter.  My point in all this is that it’s one thing to acknowledge what is occurring.  It’s quite another to interact with it!  The energy is so strong right now and keywords for it would be rebirth, renewal, rejuvenation.  In working with friends and clients who are going through stressful times during this cycle of the year I always ask them, “Have you been able to get in touch with Spring?”  The usual response is, “Oh,  a little bit.  It’s nice but I haven’t had time to get outside.”  I usually tell them that “a little bit” is good but “a lot” is crucial!  I also remind them that I didn’t ask if they went outside.  I asked if they were getting in touch with Spring!

troutlilyOne important thing to remember is that going outside is always a good answer but there may be reasons you are unable to do so; work, allergies, other distractions, other responsibilities.   You don’t HAVE to be outside to get the benefit of this energy right now.  It is about how you focus your interaction with it.  Earth energy is pervasive and does not stop at the edges of your home’s window or your office’s wall.   If there was any kind of regenerative, renewing energy it’s the energy of the boundless Spring.

Connecting to it is easier than you might think.  It’s a simple matter of intent.  I was given this little exercise.  What does “Spring Energy” look like to you?  Is it flowers?  Spring rain?  Daisies and tulips pushing through old dead leaves?  Is it the smell of rain?  Birds if bright breeding plummage?  Maybe it’s a combination.  Maybe it’s a place? Whatever it is, come up with a mental image of what Spring means to you.  Do this with your eyes open or closed, whichever is most comfortable to you.

Take a few deep breaths and in your mind’s eye picture yourself with that image, standing within that image.  Once you have that, picture yourself reaching out and touching whatever “feels” right to touch in the image.  A flower petal?  Placing your hand in a cool, fresh stream?  Letting an insect or butterfly land on your hand?  Reach out and touch that energy.  Then, let that energy mingle with your energy.  How does it feel?  It should feel pretty good!  Once you get in contact with it you might feel a pulsing and rolling.  Maybe a bit of an energetic boil?  Dare I say a buzz?  You should feel lighter, healthier.  I know that I often feel an energy burst like I’ve had a cup of strong coffee.  Hold that connection for as long as you would like and then, when you are finished, thank it and simply let go.

(Alternatively, you can of course do the same by looking out a window and focusing on a flower, a budding tree, a bird.  It’s a matter of focusing and the intent of connecting to that Spring energy.)

If you do this throughout the days of Spring you should notice some very beneficial effects to your mood and your energy.  You can do it only once or you can do it throughout the day.  Personally, I do this exercise multiple times throughout the day and evening.   The energy is everywhere right now and it’s source is eternal.  It’s there for you to use so why ignore it?