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Energy reading for Imbolc to Spring Equinox

Once again, I can’t seem to keep my social media feeds straight!  Back at Imbolc, I did my usual three card reading for the energies we needed to be aware of as we move from one seasonal marker to the other.  This time, I did the reading for my Youtube Channel.  Yes, I’ve been spending a bit more time there, more on that in a bit.

Below is the full reading done with dowsing rods.  This reading picks up where the Winter Solstice to Imbolc reading left off, which is coming out of the murky, misty and confusing feel of the Moon card.  However, the energy ramping towards the Full Moon is extremely positive.  Give it a look and listen and let me know your thoughts!

More soon!


Moon Phase Tarot Reading, New to Full, 1/27 – 2/10

I don’t like to run these readings too far out from the actual date of the event.  I find that the further away from the event in time the higher the chance the reading will be off.  “Always in motion is the future,” said a wise, green goblin in a swamp.  This time I cut it a little close and then ran into some technical issues so that the video didn’t make it up until an hour or more AFTER the event of the New Moon had started.  Bah!

So, I’ve learned from my lessons and will try to afford a bit more of a cushion next time!

This one’s got a lot of energy behind it.  I think you’ll understand when you watch it.  This is the reading that will carry us out of the energy of the Moon card from the Winter Solstice reading, into Imbolc and beyond.  It will be interesting to see how this one jives up with the upcoming reading for Imbolc.

Spring is coming!

 


Moon Phase Tarot Reading, Full to New 1/12 – 1/27

I seem to be about a few days behind getting this up and out to all of you.  My apologies!  This is the third reading for the period of time discussed in the previous post; Winter Solstice to Imbolc.  We appear to have some honest and earthy work cut out for us over the next few weeks.

I am trying to decide if I should continue to keep the parts of my work with the pendulum over the cards.  It is sometimes difficult to have it so one can see the pendulum and the cards and the angle can be obstructive to the actual reading.  Perhaps a change in camera angle?  Do you find it too boring? As always, I’m curious to hear your thoughts!


Solstice Blessings Thrice Over / Solstice to Imbolc Reading

Blessings to one and all on Solstice Day!

We’ve reached the end of the cycle, the interim dark before the Light begins to finally return.  A time for reflection, gratitude and connection.  Personally, today marks the end of my trial run with the Morrigan and the beginning of the end of the year known as 2016.

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Sunrise on the Winter Solstice 2016.

I learned something interesting a few days ago about the power of 3 and the sneakiness of ancient Christians which I wanted to share here.  As we know, the Winter Solstice marks the first point where the days begin to grow longer.  What I didn’t know is that from the naked, primordial eye, the sun appears to hover around the same point on the horizon every dawn for 3 days.  For that time we are in the middle dark.  Then, after that time period the sun finally begins to move along the horizon again and the days grow longer.

I’ve always been a fan of liminal spaces, those spaces of the in-between.  The edges and areas of transition.  for me, it’s where Magic happens.  3 days of middle dark.   Finding this out was quite a relief to me as now I have three days to do the work I used to cram into one!

This Solstice morning was a peaceful, gorgeous event.  I was up early so as to start card readings right at the moment of Solstice.  I did one for myself and then proceeded to work my way to a few other subjects.

When I do a reading for all of you and put it here on the blog I have to change up my focus a bit.  My question goes from a pinpoint to a wide spread spectrum.  The question I usually ask is, “For anyone seeing this reading, what do they need to know?”  This goes for my Moon phase reading or, for instance, the reading below.   In this case I asked, “From Solstice and until Imbolc, Feb 1st, 2017, what wisdom is needed?”

I drew the cards with my pendulum.  I had intended to only draw one card but I continually find that one card for such a large span of time usually comes up short.   So, in my typical “conversational style” I drew a second and then a third card with no real question in the layout.  The timeline stated in the question helped frame things a little, of course.  I talk a little about upcoming time marks in the reading.   Though the cards were meant as a conversation even a conversation has a beginning, a middle and an end.

Again, the power of 3.

I had originally planned on putting this reading on Youtube but, surprise surprise, technical issues raised their Mercury retrograde head.

Here’s the reading and then my commentary is below.

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First –  Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords.  Beginnings.  Mental Clarity.  Cutting through confusion and finding a way forward.  Seeing through illusions.  The first thing I noticed was the landscape and the holly and oak hanging off of the crown.   You could say this card itself is very much the Winter Solstice.   The clarity of a cold winter day.  This is telling us that this Solstice marks a new beginning, a time to cut through confusion and to see through illusion.   The energy is there and we have already begun to see it in action.   This mental acuity will play itself out over the holiday season and will be available as we move forward into the new year.

Second – The Tower

And… here we go again.  I don’t know how many times the pendulum has pulled the Tower card for situations since Samhain.  It’s not quite becoming normal but it’s not unexpected anymore either.    All of that mental clarity over the past few weeks will combine into another time period where winds will blow and previously believed strongholds will fall.  Tis’ the season for knocking things, ideas and concepts over, both personal, political and metaphysical.  Remember, the Tower card typically covers things that NEED to be knocked down and over.  Try to keep that in mind.    If nothing else this is just confirmation that the intensity which has been rolling around us for the past several weeks will be continuing.

Third – The Moon

Amidst the Tower we may be a bit confused and not sure how to proceed.  Fears and confusion.  However, that’s IF we look at things with our physical eyes.  Keep your inner eyes and your intuition going strong and you’ll be able to see the path.   This will be a time when intuition and inner guidance will be key.    Don’t let illusions fool you and remember that Ace of Swords card!  Those of us already versed at this will be able to navigate this properly and will be able to hear the information we need  The full moon falls on January 12th and will be throwing  it’s weight into things as well.  (I’m actually interested to see how the next moon phase reading overlays with this one!)

Overview

Ok, now, let’s throw all of that together.  We all hate it when the cards don’t give us the happy, shiny picture we had wanted to hear.  I know it looks daunting but I heard this with my inner ear as I was typing the post, “Just because it’s dark doesn’t mean it’s bad.”  Keep that in mind.

From right now and for the next several weeks, we have some very strong energy going for us involving clarity AND the ability to cut through crap.  This is very important because we will need it when the Tower starts up again.  The good news?  We’re getting better at riding out these lightning strikes.

The Ace of Swords is going to be with us through the most of the high winds and heavy water ahead.  Find your clarity over the Yuletide.  What is important to you?  What is your focus?  It combined with the Moon reinforces that reason will be needed over the next few months.  The urge to overreact to fears and shadows might be overwhelming but keep your intuition and inner ear sharp.  There are treasures to be found in the moonlit swamp.  You just need to stay focused.  I also feel that it will be very important for those that know how to wield their intuition and awareness will be needed to help those that are getting knocked off kilter and wandering around in a dark place.

Enjoy this holiday season and find the blade of reason which will help you heading into the new year.

Peace and Strength!

 

 


A Decision at Imbolc

Saint_Brigid's_crossIt took me a while but I’ve learned that the more simple you keep a project the better chance it has of getting done.  As the new calendar year gets underway, I’ve decided that I want to be posting at least weekly to this blog.  One a week, whether I have something to say or not!   Hopefully, I can follow through with it.  I had hoped to start this in January but it was not to be as life and things in transition kept getting in the way.  However, it’s Imbolc and I’m hoping to leverage some of the fire of the day to rejuvenate things here.

From here on out, expect a post from me at least once a week.

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Consider this a bonus post as I already have a post lined up for this week in addition to this one.

The end of the year/ beginning of the year was a huge deal for me.  After completing the last Questing Path on the Winter Solstice, I found myself knee deep in manifestation with not only a new job but a new outlook on life which then spilled over to my work with Earth energy, the divine and my divination tools.  I know, I mentioned this all before in my last post but now that the new year is underway and the insanity of transitioning between jobs over the holiday season is over, I want to go a bit deeper and explain what I’m talking about.

In a typical moment of synchronicity, I was referred by a dear friend to a book in late November.  (I believe it synched up very nicely with a few other things and combined together to be the Pole Star from my last Questing Path spread.)  I mentioned in the last post that this book basically worked as a “key in a lock” for me.  You’ve probably heard of the book and possibly even passed it by.  “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.  Within it, Tolle speaks of the present moment and that it is the ONLY real thing you have to work with it.  It speaks of the overly active mind, the Ego and coming into awareness of not only  the Present but what I will call a divine power within that moment.  He calls it “Being.”

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Going through November, my mind was at an all time peak of overexertion.  I had fallen prey to some pretty dire thinking as I struggled in my previous job.  I was waking in the middle of the night due to stress, finding myself caught in waves of depressive thinking.  The book was a perfect recommendation and I devoured it.  Within days of reading it,  practicing it, and combined with my previous three decades of knowledge and experience, I began to gain solid footing on this dark, grimy way of thinking that had started to get a grip on me over the past year and a half.  I also began to have intense experiences which took me up to and through the Winter Solstice.  It was if my whole life I had been doing sacred dances around a fire, sometimes leaping through it, sometimes just sitting next to it but always orbiting it.  Then, after reading the book,  I realized that once you truly quiet your mind, let the past and future fall away that fire is not longer separate from you.  It is within you and you now longer have to dance around it.

You dance WITH it.

I will share one experience.  It was mid-December, perhaps a week or so before the Solstice.  After a very long, anxiety filled day at work I’d finally fallen over in bed.  My wife had already retired and so I laid down quietly and began doing some of the awareness exercises from the book, simply becoming still and aware of the present moment.  I began to calm down and then I felt a wave of peaceful energy wash over me.  I laid there with my eyes closed in a totally dark room and focused on my breathing and enjoyed this respite from my stress-filled day and my overactive mind.  Then, I started to notice a dull, gold light through my eyelids.  I took it to be an inner visualization and I smiled and decided to stay in the Now to simply be with it and enjoy it.  I watched the light and it was if someone had a light on in another room, near my head and to the right of me.  The only thing that was that direction was the edge of the bed and our small bedroom closet with a shut door and an off light.  The glow would pulse and hold steady and then pulse again.  It stayed faint but present.

Eventually it faded after a few minutes and I felt peaceful, warm, and content.   That was about the time my wife moved from her position and said, “Honey, turn your cell phone off and go to sleep.”

Her words jarred me out of my meditation.  I told her very simply that I didn’t have my cell phone on and she stated that she had woken up to a faint light through her eyelids and she thought I had been messing with my cell phone.  I explained to her what I had just experienced and we both simply laid there in the dark with no answers.  Our bedroom is on the second floor with the blinds fully drawn.  No physical light had come into that room yet we both experienced what we experienced.  All I had was how I had “felt” at the moment and what I retained from the experience, a deep feeling of calm and happiness.

Since starting to practice the methods in this book and it’s follow-up, “The New Earth,” it has changed several, if not all, of the ways I interact with Earth Energy, with Spirits, with… Everything.  One of the things I will be focusing on currently will be HOW this has changed, what, if at all, it changed into and my thoughts on how the ideas within Tolle’s work can be incorporated into Earth based spiritual and magical structures.  I have not been able to find much on this internet wise and it seems the “now” mindset and the “pagan” mindset seem to be passing each other, both talking about the same thing but from different angles.   I think that it can all be combined, that it’s all variations of the same song.  The process of living in your Now is a very personal thing.  All I can do is offer mine and see how it matches up to the experiences of others.  As I move through it, I’ll be exploring it and discussing it, processing my thoughts here as I work to combine the different elements of my previous practices; dowsing, divination, spirit communication, earth energies and more.

Onward, then, to Spring!