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Talk about a problem – or not – really. Most people would not consider this a problem at all, or a very minor one at most. But if you own several decks and you are torn between several for use this time of year and for some specific spreads, then you can end up doing like Lisa at Seer Pathways did with some of her decks too, so I’m using her idea of making a choice of deck for tomorrow. On the list there is Dark Fairytale, Ghost & Spirits Tarot, Gaian Tarot (not a very Samhain theme, but…), Ghost Tarot, and yet another not very seasonal, Hidden Path Tarot. And yes, I do have Halloween Tarot, but it seems it has gone hiding for the moment.

Deck 1 Dark Fairytale

Deck 1 Dark Fairytale

So I started out with letting the cards tell me pros and cons of working together tomorrow and got for the Dark Fairytale Fool for pros and Temperance for cons.

What’s up with that? I would probably get some fresh ideas and ways of thinking about things, but on the other hand I might not get so much help in finding balance and what to focus on perhaps. Or get to focused so nothing happens in the end.

Deck 2 Ghost & Spirits

Deck 2 Ghost & Spirits

Ghosts and Spirits, where I find Page of Wands for pros and Death for cons. Ok, and what are we talking here then? I think that I would probably get some suggestions on what to do, and how to handle the messages or visitors that might show up. The cons would be… Death? Transformation in one way or the other, but I might find it too ”hands on” at this time. Even if there are things that needs to change I might not be ready for them, or feel intimidated by the messages.

Deck 3 Gaian Tarot

Deck 3 Gaian Tarot

Gaian then. What will this deck have to say about working together tomorrow? The 2 of Fire for pros and Child of Earth for cons. Well, this will be a lot of energy coming my way for pros, but in a balanced way, opposites attract and I would probably see things that would be of benefit in more ways than one. On the con side we find this little boy who is looking at an apple, feeling its texture and having the scent in his nose. Yes, it’s a nice feeling, but maybe I would be to obsessed with details instead of seeing the whole?

Just a sidenote. When I was putting the cards back in their pouch I noticed one card was reversed, and since I seldom use reversed cards this is very obvious when I see it. Turns out that it was that beautiful butterfly from the Ace of Air. Have to see what that could have to say a little later.

Deck 4 Ghost Tarot

Deck 4 Ghost Tarot

So we come to the Ghost Tarot, used once so far, so this will be interesting. Cups for both cards, pros is 4 of Cups and cons are Queen of Cups. Interesting. So on the pro side I would perhaps be able to open my eyes up for what is offered to me and not just looking at what I have lost or that I’m missing but on the con side I would have a hard time breaking out of emotional baggage that still lingers on. Or get to emotional?

Deck 5 Tarot of the Hidden Realm

Deck 5 Tarot of the Hidden Realm

Last one in the line, and the latest one in my collection and never used by me yet, Tarot of the Hidden Realm. Perhaps try an interview with it first if I choose to use this one? So this deck is offering me these two cards, 6 of Wands and 4 of Wands as opposed to Cups only in Ghost Tarot. So the pros would be sort of a freedom to approach whatever comes up, fear or courage doesn’t matter, just be open to what is coming and take it from there. Cons doesn’t seem to difficult really, it’s just a question of holding my grounds, letting my creative side flow without fear of doing anything wrong.

So, with these cards from each deck, which one would you choose? I haven’t decided just yet, but I have my ideas. And maybe I will add one oracle deck also, just don’t know which one I will put my hands on. I have a special love for Ravynne Phelan and her Messenger Oracle, so it might be that one.

 

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There haven’t happened much lately at this place, mostly everyday life and some planning for daughters birthday. And the realization that it is fall and winter is coming with shorter and colder days. It’s been snowing some today but it doesn’t stay, cold enough anyway. But that wasn’t what this is going to be about. If you don’t believe in spirits of nature and such I suggest you stop reading here, it will be about whatever we want to call them and what it could have been I encountered perhaps 3 or 4 weeks ago when it was still warm enough to go for a walk with camera in hand without having so much clothes on.

Have you ever been walking out in nature at a place where you are fairly familiar with the surroundings and all of a sudden feel that there is more out there than can be seen with your physical eyes? I have, on several occasions actually. The first time during this fall was when I was out walking late at night and just felt in the dark how so many “eyes” looked at me and I mentally stretched out my awareness and felt a connection with all that was there. Magical! What it was I don’t know, I just assume some sort of nature spirits and maybe animals. And I do have a habit to sort of send out greetings and thoughts to trees and such when I pass them by on my walks because I feel sort of familiar with them. Seen them change over the years and with the seasons, just like friends you have regular contact with. And no, this isn’t something “new” to me, I’ve felt the connection before but maybe not in the same way as below.

September 17, 2014 06

September 17, 2014 06

Back to this most recent time when I got a response I have never had before, that I can remember now at least, not in this way. I was walking down by the river as usual, taking photos and just enjoying the feeling of being able to stretch out and move at my own pace, that makes some people a little annoyed because they think I walk too fast. So I arrive at a place where there are a group of trees on each side of this path, and it’s nothing strange with that, same trees, nice weather and a great day. But I do that thing and stretched my mind out towards them and saying “hi, great to see you again” and then there is this feeling of something or someone reaching out back towards me, touching my forehead/third eye in response. There isn’t anything bad about it, just friendly and if I describe it as a greeting back and a recognition of my presence and that I’m familiar and a friend, someone who will understand and treat them with respect. Peculiar feeling but I would love to be able to do it again. Maybe I have to wait until spring since they are preparing to go to sleep now for the winter. The photo on the left is taken at another time, the day I got this touch was a day of sunshine, the place is the same just a little closer.

Just popped up a memory from when my daughter was perhaps 4 or so, and we were walking back home from a friend. We went through the forest since that was the easiest way to go with her sled. She didn’t really want to sit behind me because she was afraid of the dark. That was when I stopped and told her to think about how it felt standing there in the darkness. Was there anything that felt threatening, besides the darkness? Continued to tell her that the trees where sleeping and there wasn’t any animals big enough to be a threat to her and whatever was in the dark was probably curious, cautious and keeping low if she was a dangerous creature. But if there would be anything wishing us harm, we would feel it. I don’t know if she believed me or felt it the way I did and do, but hopefully it was of some help even if she’s still a little afraid of the dark.

Still, that feeling of touch was amazing, whatever or whoever it was. If you ever have, or will be, in that same situation you will understand how I felt. Putting in some more photos that could be the home or face of some creature of the forest.

Connection with old tree spirit?

Connection with old tree spirit?

Connection with something?

Connection with something?

Home for some nature spirit?

Home for some nature spirit?

Connection with the owl in the tree

Connection with the owl in the tree

 

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And counting. Yep, it’s been that long since I actually quit, not on the day perhaps, but around this time anyway. It was my third try and apparently it worked, and still do.

The things that can be a little disturbing is when that feeling of “oh, I want a smoke!” all of a sudden pops up from nowhere. As an example, today when I had been doing some minor grocery shopping and was on my way home, I just had that longing without any idea of what triggered it. There was no smokers around so it wasn’t that. So something is making me feel that it would be nice to go back to old habits and get something in my hands and just pull that smoke in deep and exhale, relaxing. Old habits die hard they say, and that is probably what it is. Some things that happens, that I don’t always think about consciously probably triggers those memories/habits when I grabbed that smoke  for when I needed to relax, get away from some problem I tried to solve or calm down when I was upset for one reason or the other.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m smoke free  and will continue to be, but it’s sort of interesting to see that so long after I have quit I still can feel that urge to go grab a cigarette for whatever reason it is that makes a smoker want to smoke. I don’t plan on going back to be a smoker if I can in any way avoid it, for my health, for my daughter, and it is really expensive too! And besides that, it smells! I know very well when I’ve been around smokers and come back home, it stinks! And thinking that my clothes, hair and all the rest of me probably had that smell doesn’t make me proud. Not giving in to this feeling. Just recognize it for what it is, a smoke free smokers old habits and conscious or unconscious reasons to why I did grab those sticks and lit them up.Smokefree

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