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Well, here I am and having a cold. Darling daughter shared hers and I’ve come to the stage of competing with Rudolph the Reindeer, only a question of when my nose will shine more brightly than his. The stage where you think there will be no more nose to wipe when the cold is over. But I prefer running instead of stuffed, at least it wont hit my sinuses as bad as it could have been, or at least felt like this morning.

Over to some more fun things, and hopefully I can add a short video from the fire show I was talking about in my previous post. Even if we weren’t really in top shape it wasn’t that cold, if you don’t count the wind of course and the show isn’t very long so that is a positive side of standing outside in late January. And there is some places where you can go inside and get warm again like the café, the small shop where you can find all sort of things and the smithy where an old smith shows his craft. The fun part is that I was a member of a medieval society and we were part of the opening of the smithy at that time. Great fun! Take a peak here. And yes, it is only the beginning of it, and if I have more time and can find out how I did it I might be able to upload the others too.

Edit: Here is part 2 and part 3 of the show after some “discussions” with YouTube…

Otherwise nothing spectacular to talk about, so I give you some more photos of the cat who is now a young man of almost 6 months. There is a difference from the one where he is 5 weeks to now.

Little one at 5 weeks

Little one at 5 weeks

Sleepy kitty

Sleepy kitty

Resting

Resting

Should I move?

Should I move?

I'm resting

I’m resting

Watching the outdoors

Watching the outdoors

Funnyface

Funny face

Oh mum

Oh mum

Are you done yet?

Are you done yet?

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More photos

These are taken some days ago, been home with daughter who catched a bad cold and been home for three days. I really hope, and so does she, that we can go to the fire festival tomorrow. Nothing big but it’s become sort of a tradition now since this will be the third year we go. There is a walk you can do with kids 8 and older and it is about the norse gods involved usually. Then later it is a group that performs with fire and that part usually is something very special. Earlier years they’ve had a big snow pile with tunnels going through, and yes they make sure they are safe, so children can go there and have sort of a cave in the middle. This year might not be one of those since there’s been so little snow. If you want to see a clip you can visit Hägnan and click on the video further down. The place is an outdoor museum with old houses and they show people what it was like living around the times when the houses were built. Lots of fun for kids and adults. This festival is sort of an early celebration of Imbolc for me, with the fire and all. A sign and celebration of the returning light.

Back to the photos then. It was pretty cold the day I took them, but “only” -20C/-4F but not wearing anything on my hands again I’m feeling my fingers much faster now and they don’t really like the cold without feeling a little stiff and swelling some. But not using my brain I can only blame myself. Have to remind myself to protect my hands better now, I want to be able to use them for photography for many years to come, and writing, drawing and whatever else you use your hands for without really thinking about it. So here they are, those I think got really good.

Crow flying off

Crow flying off

Sun playing on the sky

Sun playing on the sky

Sun play different place

Sun play different place

Snow covered branches

Snow covered branches

Snow covered tree

Snow covered tree

Birches in sunlight and snowBirches in sunlight and snow

More snow covered birches

More snow covered birches

Sun filtering through the trees

Sun filtering through the trees

Snow covered fir tree

Snow covered fir tree

Working on keeping the ice road open

Working on keeping the ice road open

Branches covered in snow

Birch snow and ice

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Well, that is what I’m planning to write about today. Love these days when it is visible how the light is returning, but I might not love the temperatures all that much. But it is normal up here in the north and I prefer this chill instead of the slush and ice. What temperatures? In centigrade it would be between -25 and -30 today and if you prefer Fahrenheit -13 to -22. And yes you can still be out and about if you dress properly, cold winds are much harder to protect yourself from, at least that is what I think. I couldn’t resist so I went out for 15 minutes without mittens and got some photos. Not the best quality perhaps but as I said, I didn’t wear anything on my hands so… There is definitely more chill indoors too, at least my feet says so. And the cat, not forgetting him.

Usually the cat wants to sneak out on the balcony just to get a feel for what is out there. We live on the second floor so he’s a little careful so far. But yesterday and today he just looked at us when we opened the door out there. And today he was real funny. He sat by the door looking at it and I opened it so he would find out that it was even colder than yesterday. He sat, and he sat, and all of a sudden he decided to move, jumped from where he was and laid down and covering his front paws with his tail just looking at the open door and me as if to say “you can close that one now!”.

And I just have to put a photo of my latest “flower” here. It is from Mystic Nature and it is some sort of toadstool. The latin name is Pycnoporus sanguineus. Looking forward to see what will happen, if anything at all happens.

Around 12.30pm -30C/-22F

Around 12.30pm -30C/-22F

Around home

Around home

Close up

Close up

People walking in the cold

People walking in the cold

The cat

The cat

The cat

The cat

Pycnoporus sanguineus

Pycnoporus sanguineus

 

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Yes, according to Christiana Gaudet, in her latest newsletter, it is possible and not very difficult either. She is also telling us how you can do an easy clearing and creating sacred space just using the four aces in your tarot deck. You think I just will be sitting here and not even consider trying it out? In that case you don’t know me very well I think so here we go. Lucky for me we’re not having a very big home. Imagine having a palace or at least some bigger old house with lots of rooms… not even thinking of all the dusting and vacuuming that will be necessary. Now only one problem left really, will the cat allow me to do this without “helping” me with the cards? I will know in just a few.

Strange… as I sit here trying to shuffle my Legend deck there is a waft of a flowery scent passing by my nose. And I have no flowers in bloom right now and there isn’t anything else here in this home that could make that. So only one explanation that is of this world and that would be that one of the neighbors are doing something and it came with the ventilation, otherwise we might have a visitor. A curious one.

Reading for my home

Reading for my home

Christiana tells us that it is a simple principle, one card for each room in the order they come so to make it easy on myself I made it into a 9 card reading just to cover it all.

1. 7 of Shields – Storage room

2. The Lovers – Small passage

3. Queen of Cups – Hallway

4. Page of Shields –  Kitchen

5. 10 of Spears – Bathroom

6. 2 of Spears – Daughters room

7. 4 of Shields – Balcony (yes I made it into a room of its own)

8. 9 of Spears – My bedroom

9. 10 of Shields – Livingroom

The storage room is fittingly with the image of this card, Castle of Wonders, there are things a little here and there and this pillar in the middle where you can see things further off outside. There are a lot of stuff in there, and many of them holds memories. There is some sort of organized chaos in there as usually and I have an idea of how I want it to be one day. The most important part might be that I don’t find any negative feelings there, just a need for clearing some stuff out and figure out what will be kept and what not.

The small passage is very small but its kind of a space of its own so that is why I give it a card of its own. Gareth and Lyones is depicted on this one and it is kind of a shared space. Some of our outdoor clothes and shoes, vacuum and what not is there so its kind of a mix, but doesn’t seem to be anything I have to make any real work with. Just try to keep it possible to pass by and fix some minor things that will make my life (and daughters) a lot easier.

The hallway is represented by Britannia as the Queen of Cups. And fittingly enough she has a cat walking beside her. This is our cats place to be when we are away or when he wants to really rush around. This place isn’t really causing any problems, besides being to narrow if there are several people at once. But my feeling when I see this card is peaceful and the energies are flowing effortlessly. When you come inside you will feel welcome and if you are hones and sincere in your energies there wont be any problems at all.

The kitchen with a badger as the Page makes me think of really down to earth. Nothing there will turn the energies up side down really. It can be to many things spread around from time to time, but there is a system in the chaos. Things have a place to be and when you cook or bake this is the place to be. Things that has to do with down to earth things are done here.

The bathroom then… what can I say with The Green Knight there? That it is a challenge to be there maybe? It’s small, narrow and you can’t rush things in there. If there is more than one person in there you might think about where you want to go and what you need to reach. Since the cat has his toilet in there, a covered one, its even less space to move around at. But I don’t see a real problem in there, just when you’re trying to do some cleaning since it’s not very much space, and if something happen to end up under the bath tub it can be interesting too you could say. Even more fun if you have a young one who loves to splash and play when she’s taking a bath. If you don’t want to get really wet, get some clothes off (particularly the feet area) or grab some rain gear.

Daughters room is a little tricky really. Bedivere and Kay in the picture and what to say with that. She doesn’t really want to sleep in there but not necessarily because there is some activity or bad energy, there are others reasons too. But my feeling is that somehow that is a room to be in when you want to sit down and not do any big things, just slow down and think about stuff. Strange really, there can be some odd energies in there now and then and I know that I dealt with something when she was a lot younger. It disturbed her sleep and I sent it away, so maybe there is times when spirits can come and try to get in touch with someone in that room?

So the balcony then and it says King Mark. He sits at a table with some sort of drawing that show what he wants to do with his home and beside him there is someone who sits there thinking and probably shakes his/her head mentally when Mark is planning, big plans, for what will be and things he wants to do. But there isn’t much one can do out there, besides enjoying the summer days, watching the kids play outside and store away some things that doesn’t have to be inside. Otherwise, well, there are some ideas about what and how to use it but the ideas stay there.

My bedroom is the Wind Harps of War. Sounds relaxing, doesn’t it? Rain and crashing waves and those enormous harps tied to the ground. People trying to get out of the way and find shelter. This is sort of my shelter, where I can close the door and go to sleep, read a book at night and forget about the rest of the world. But it would probably need some cleansing of energies there, calm them down, and try to convince the cat that ok, you want to play late at night, fine, but stay out of the bedroom! Not easy to sleep when someone comes chasing a ball or some other toy, bouncing across your bed, ending up with a loud thud in things that he has to much speed to avoid. And not to mention those early morning visits when he wants to know if there is anyone beside himself that are awake. Earlier this week I was woken by someone carefully pawing my palm and then gently nibbling a little. I finally found out that he had put his favorite toy, a rubber frog, in my hand and wanted me to throw it for him. I wasn’t very amused.

And finally the living room. One of the more safe and stable places here with Camelot. There is play and fun in here but also things like homework, reading, watching tv, cat playing and just be a family. I don’t think there is anything that needs any attention here either. Some dusting and finding space for new books and that’s about it. This is the place where we are the most while we are awake anyway.

All in all I think there is nothing strange going on for now, just a home among others in need of some dusting again now that the light is returning so you can see all the things you’ve missed. But that is as usual too.

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So I’ve been away from here again. I don’t know, it’s not that I don’t want to write it’s more like I find that the day just disappeared somewhere or that I don’t know what to write about. Been sort of a depressing month of December with more rain than snow, ice and slush instead of silent walks admiring the snow hanging from trees and creating beautiful scenery all by itself without any help from humans. So no idea to go out for a walk either and try to get some new photos to replace those I lost, if you’re not courting a concussion or some broken bones in your body. Depressing is the word for it. But somehow I think that it will get better now. It’s not going fast, not yet, but the light is returning and it is visible. Today it’s a clouded sky but it’s not getting dark just yet and it is past 12.30pm so I can feel it deep within me, things starting to move again, longing for those days with bright sunlight and maybe a walk every day if time permits. Only problem with returning light is you will see all the places you’ve missed during this time of darkness when you tried to do some cleaning… and since you put away the Yule stuff. But it will also be ok if I give it some time. Me and mum are going to get the stuff back in the storage room and hopefully find some other things that could get out of there, permanently. Time for the annual return of the light clearing perhaps? I have an annual decrease of light clearing too, just different things and places each year. Something that happens all year long it seems is clearing daughters wardrobe from clothes that is becoming to small or worn out. She has a friend in the same age as her that is a little shorter and a lot thinner who is happy to have some of hers and that is great since it benefits all of us.

I was going to do this earlier but then I tried the spread on a friend and then I didn’t find any time to do one of my own, but now I have. I even found an old friend I haven’t used for years! Could have something to do with my mind getting stuck on Merlin, King Arthur, Celts and Goddess know what again. And not to forget bears! Yes, bears seems to have entered my life along with earlier friends like wolf, raven, dragonfly, dragon and all the others that have come into my life for a longer or shorter period. Maybe it has something to do with my previous temper? Just for the interesting thoughts I read somewhere that the word Art means bear, so maybe bear and ARThur have something in common for me? Time will tell, until then I’ll keep reading and finding out more about them. Sorry, forgot to tell you about my friend. It is my old Legend deck, by Anna-Marie Ferguson. I used this deck for several years before moving to another one, and I can’t remember what deck it was now.

Back to the spread then. I found it at Daily Tarot Girls blog and got interested. I’m no big fan of big spreads but this one is ok, not to big and not very hard to deal with either. So here we go.

New Years Spread

New Years Spread

1…2…3

4…5…6

7…8…9

1. 2 of Spears. Opening message from your Guides. And here we have Bedivere and Kay talking to each other surrounded by birches and it seems to be spring or early summer. So what could my guides want to tell me? There doesn’t seem to be any rush here, more like taking the time to listen, either to myself or someone else, about something that can help me along if I just listen carefully and not run off trying to do everything right here and now. Taking and listening to advice regarding something I’m about to do or planning to do. There might be things I have to re-think or do differently depending on what I have to deal with.

2. Justice. How to achieve your goals and dreams. This is Justice in the form of Lady of the Lake where she has the scabbard for Excalibur hanging from her right arm and the sword from her left. In front of her is King Arthur stepping out into the water trying to reach for one or both. Here it is a question of not rush things, you have to think before you act, find balance and harmony and make sure you do the right thing with what you have. There is an offering here that you can accept or decline, but only you can decide what to do and know what is right for you. Think about it and trust your intuition.

3. Knight of Swords. Actions to take. So what am I going to do with Gawain riding through a forest at night with his shield hanging on the horses side while he passes a burning fire. What am I going to do, what action to take with this? There seems to be many things that I’m not sure about yet, still in the dark, but there will be some things that will really have to be taken care of, that will be more obvious than others this year. But still remember to think things through and not rush it, even if others want you to go faster.

4. 6 of Swords. Departing energies (what last year was all about). This is The Eachtra, and otherworldly journey or adventure where Arthur and some of his men went in search of Annwn. But it’s about me and my life and what is going away now. Finding my way around again, where I’m going in my life, what is important and how previous years and experiences have affected me in different ways. It’s been dark, not always easy, but also moments of joy and fun. Not only navigating by the stars and hoping to find my way. Maybe there will be more light this year and more strength and belief in myself. Time will tell.

5. The Sun. The main “theme” of this new year. I actually didn’t look at the cards before I started writing so this got me smiling and chuckle some. The Sun card with Lleu depicted on it. He sits on his horse in the middle of standing stones, his sword raised to greet the sun standing high behind him. The trees and hills are green and so is the grass. His cape is read with a big sun on it and the horse is full of energy. This is the opposite of the previous card where they slowly try to find their way in the dark with only the stars to navigate by in the unknown waters. Here we have the full daylight filled with life, energy and a wish to accomplish something, do something with ones life and what the world has to offer. Returning energy and willing to express this love of life again.

6. Ace of Spears. Future opportunities and energies. Here we are shown the Grail Lance on its altar and light shining from a small window in the back. There is a beautiful carpet leading up to this lance that glimmers like gold in the sunlight. Something will have extra attention this year and returning energy and maybe healing some old wounds of the past too. Seems something new will start with this year and hopefully point me in a direction that will lift my spirits some.

7. Wheel of Fortune. Obstacles and how to overcome them. This is depicted as Arthur’s Dream where he sits on a throne on the top of the wheel, one king is trying to climb the wheel and get up from the waters where some creature tries to pull him down and on the other side there is another king falling down into the water. There are some serpents or dragons in the water that has teared something or someone to pieces too. There are always ups and downs in our lives, many times there is just a question of how we handle the situations if they turn out for good or bad. Make the best of every situation and learn from them no matter if you are going up or down, follow the flow and don’t let it drag you down so deep you can’t get up again.

8. Ace of Cups. Talents you will be expressing this year. Ok, and what to believe when you look at the nine maidens surrounding the Holy Grail floating in mid air above them with something resembling spirit above them? No, I don’t think I will be seen as some holy person, not at all. But I might find something within myself that will be very strong and lift me up from where I am now, a feeling of harmonious energy either by myself or together with others. I will have to think about this and maybe come back to it later.

9. The Hermit. Parting message (how to approach things this year). This is Lancelot in exile, when he was driven away in madness and ran in the forests without knowing who and what he was. One day he came to a well where he came back to his senses again. Maybe these years of “madness” is coming to an end, and like Lancelot I will find the well, the source of myself in some way and find my way back. Not the same as I was, but with more understanding of my inner self and also an understanding for those around me. Uncovering what has been hidden since before and finding more of my true self if I just give myself time to do it.

And to just round it off with a new photo of the young man in the family here he is, at 5 months or so. And no, there is nothing wrong with the camera, he just found one of the places where I hadn’t got the dust away – he’s an excellent dust indicator… said with a deep sigh.

Sleepy kitten 1

Sleepy kitten 1

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Sleepy kitten 2

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So we have arrived safely at the beginning of 2014, so far. The mouse for the computer decided it didn’t want to live any longer so it caused some problems on the last day of 2013. But since I haven’t been around here since Winter Solstice I guess another day or two wont matter much. Lots to do and places to be during these days, but fun anyway. And I actually got some time to do a spread with Book of Shadows Tarot vol 2 So Below and one of Joanna Powell Colbert’s spreads and see what will be for this year to come and here it is:

What to leave behind 2014

What to leave behind 2014

What to leave behind in the new year

1. 8 of Wands – What do I leave behind in the Old Year?

2. Queen of Pentacles – What do I open up to in the New Year?

3. 8 of Chalices – Key Opportunity of the New Year.

4. King of Swords – Key Challenge of the New Year

5. The Stars – Hidden Concern (pull from bottom of the deck)

6. Ace of Pentacles – Deep Wisdom/Advice from God/Goddess (from the middle of the deck)

7. Knave of Swords – Key Theme of the New Year.

The things I leave behind in 2013 is a different kind of picture than traditional with a woman standing in front of a chalice where a glowing sphere floats above it. A salamander is seated on top of it and above the womans head and raised arms are what seems to be fire or energy twisting upwards. So what am I leaving behind? All that I thought I had to do or others thought I needed to do and all the stress and worries I’ve had communicated inside me and around me. I can clean up my communications on all levels and let go of all that will stop me from going forward during the coming year. A cleansing ritual to let go of what has been.

What I’m opening up for during the 2014 show me a woman and a man walking along together. She is wearing a yellow dress and a wide brimmed straw hat and holding a basket with vegetables over her right arm. The man seems to be telling her about what grows along their path. So what will I open up to with this in mind? I’m older, hopefully wiser, at least with some more experiences along the way. This will be a year for looking at what I’ve accomplished, what is growing and all that I can learn along the way. I already have a lot of things with me that I’ve harvested earlier and there will perhaps be someone or several someones along this year to tell me more that I can have use of in my life and whatever path I chose to walk.

The key opportunity for 2014 is represented by a young woman seated in a room surrounded by books and notes. Above her is two fairies holding a pen for her. Maybe that is what she is looking for? Something to make notes with while she is reading interesting things from books, or using them as reference material for her own writings. So something that will be a key could either be writing, using a pen (or computer) or reading, using books for further learning. Will I be asked to do something with searching for facts or writing this year? Time will tell, but somehow it feels like I will be looking for something to start with and then when I find it most things will fall into place all by themselves.

The key challenge for 2014 seems to be getting out and work with others, even if much of my opportunities seems to be working alone. But this card gives us a young woman standing in front of a white board or similar with other people listening to her explaining what this is all about. They might come with ideas and thoughts of their own of course but she’s the one with the most important facts. So am I this woman or am I one of those sitting there listening to her and ask questions and waiting to see what will be necessary to do when we are informed about what we are supposed to do. I’m no big fan of talking in front of people, big crowds or not. I can do it, but it has to be something where I know what I’m talking about. So what do I know, or will know, that can be of interest to others? Whatever it is my challenge will be to get out among others and try to be comfortable with it.

My hidden concern with this card gives me something to think about. This card is a hot summers day with a mum, two kids and a dog playing around having fun with a water hose, a small children’s pool and a ball. Might have something to do with what might lay in front of me perhaps. Will there be time for play and relaxation if I have lots of work to do? Can I relax and have fun, just be me, if I have all the work to do and have to focus on what has to be done there? I know that in case of a tough work load I have to find time for fun and play and not leaving my family stuck without any playtime.

Some deep wisdom or advice from the Goddess and God is represented by several gnomes trying to move small rocks and a human hand lifting one from the ground. So what is the advice here? You have to do your job and stay grounded, but don’t forget to ask for help when you need it. No one says that I have to do everything by myself, and even if it’s not much each of the others can do, it’s something and one thing at a time and no rush.

The key theme for this year is represented by a young girl flying a kite where a photo of a fairy is attached. At the tail there is another fairy flying. Let my mind soar and let my mind fly. Play with ideas, dreams and visions of what is and what can be. Don’t let things keep you down or stop you from having dreams.

And now while I still have some quiet time I will try out another spread that I got from a friend. If it turns out working well I’ll might tell you about it. And a last photo, I know it’s not very good but it was sort of cute with cat and daughter sleeping and dreaming together one of the last days of 2013.

Sleeping and dreaming of what to come perhaps?

Sleeping and dreaming of what to come perhaps?

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