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That is the way it is sometimes. After some getting things done from the morning with getting young one and her friend off to school, I started with some other necessary things. One of those necessities was to take care of the dishes, and the second was sorting up the laundry for this days exercise rounds to and from the laundry. No, it’s not fun, but it is neccessary and feels pretty good knowing that we have clean clothes and sheats taken care of and we can spend our energy on other things, like Walpurgisnacht or Valborgsmässoafton as we call it, others know it as Beltane. But that wasn’t what I would write about today.

It was after I hade dealt with dishes and finally sorted the laundry and thinking that now I’m going to pull some cards from the Oracle of Shadows & Light again, it was a while since. So I’m focusing, as I think I am, on what will be important or interesting to have in mind or actions today. Up comes two cards that I, sort of anyway, don’t feel there is something odd with, but at the same time this doesn’t fit really. What is this about heartache and other things about the way of the heart, and healing? Sure, there is a thing or two that could need some healing here and there, but not in the way that these two cards are talking about, so why and how do they belong together? Well, decided to put them down, the answer might come later, and if it isn’t I can make a note of it and see if there is an explanation for it further ahead. But then there is a phone call from a friend I spoke with the day before, and now the cards made sense! Apparently I had, without being aware of it, been thinking about her and her situation somewhere in the back of my mind while I shuffled the cards and these answers were for her!

This situation, where the cards are actually for someone else, I’ve been running into before and I know I’m not alone with this “phenomenon”. Sometimes there has been others who do card readings of different sorts, or runes, pendulums or other things in that way. You can sometimes feel it is as if the question asked and the cards laid down for someone else actually answers something in your own life or situation you might be in., even if the spread was for someone else, just as it was now with the other way around and the cards wasn’t for me but for one of my best friends. Whatever you believe in or not, angels, guides, higher powers, Universe, you name it. Someone wanted this message to get to a specific person, and it did this time and hopefully it helped her on her way. Other times it’s not as easy to find the “recipient” , as one time several years ago when I used a pendulum and tried to answer some questions from a friend. In the middle of it all I “hear” a voice in my head, and the pendulum is also spelling it out on a letter chart, a younger male American is what I perceive, saying “Tell mum I’m ok”. Soooo, who are you, who are your mum and where on Earth does she live?! At times like that you can’t do very much, just hope that the message finally will reach the right person in some way, through someone who hopefully is a lot closer to where they are. But today that message reached its destination as I said, even if the cards wasn’t right for me.

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One of my friends on Facebook wrote yesterday some words of thought about this with weight and how we look. Her reason to speak came from something that was said on tv here in Sweden, the Let’s Dance show, many of us already know about that competition even if we don’t care about watching it. What made her react was the fact that there was a comment about one of the contenders that had lost some weight due to the dance training. Somewhat jokingly it was said that he had lost half his weight, but it wasn’t more than 5kg. But mostly this was about why it always have to be about weight and looks? Not everything is about being slim and beautiful, there are so many other criteria to look at and it’s not about the outer so called beauty. You can be a wonderful person even if you are severly overweight. But sure, for reasons of health it could be a good idea not having to much overweight, but to make people feel ashamed and feel bad because they can’t live up to an ideal constructed by a few that fits into it, that is cruel and unfair.  It doesn’t matter if you are under- or overweight. Yes, there is actually a problem to be underweight too even if that isn’t talked about as much as the overweight. For me, I probably belong to the latter category even if I had the fortune of having my weight spread out over my whole body. But to hear my daughter, while she is trying on something she felt really attracted to and find out that it wasn’t made for someone with the “wrong” bodyshape, with low voice say “Mum, I wish I was slim…” how much didn’t that hurt? How many goes around with this thorn inside with not fitting in, to not be good enough or be right according to some ideal?

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Oracle of Shadows & Light

So, I pulled as usually these days, two cards from the same oracle deck I’ve really got into, and got two fitting cards yesterday. The first one is Sewer Mermaid and that might not be the one you think beauty about since a sewer doesn’t feel like a nice place. In that card we are reminded that we often have negative thoughts about ourselves – we are to short or tall, thighs too big, our brests are too small, hair is wrong, not beautiful enough, and so on. That creates blocks inside ourselves and finally we start to push other around us away because we think that we are wrong, ugly and not attractive enough. This mermaid says that it’s time to clean up within ourselves among all these negative thoughts and ideas about ourselves. We are beautiful in different ways, and perhaps with a more healthy way of life, as in start moving some more and eat less fast food and sweets as comfort, maybe we will start feeling better in our physical body too. She wants to show that we have beauty despite what creators of clothes and others decide is beauty. This was the last paragraph about what the card was about:

“Let this strong, survivor mermaid show you how to love yourself and your appearance again and rise above the rubbish and stink of negative conditioning regarding your beautiful body and unique self! You are beautiful and very worth loving. This is the only truth that must be told at this time.”

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Oracle of Shadows & Light

But the other card then, what was that? Then came Amara the Menehune and it is, fittingly enough, about healing. She is talking about the importance of calming down, less stress. Eat right and enjoy what you eat, look around you and find the beauty in your surroundings. Relax, enjoy seeing a tree, a flower, a bird, whatever. Slow down and just exist for a moment. Stop listening to those inner and outer voices that says you always have to work, work harder and more, stress, hurry up. Out in the sun and just enjoy life here and now, get some necessary energy. Especially now at springtime it can be about time to shake that darkness off and the effects of short days and little daylight, especially for those of us living further up north and really have short days during winter. You get up in the morning for school and work and it’s dark, and when you’re on your way home it is just as dark before it turns and slowly, day by day, it turns and minutes turns to hours with more daylight.

As previously said, perhaps if we should start appreciating ourselves, see that we have and possess beauty no matter what we look like. I don’t fit in at a beauty competition where all is about what you look, but hopefully I have other things that compensate for it and make me into a person worthy of likes, love and respect for who I am. Same thing with my daughter, she’s no beauty ideal according to those who set those up, but her looks and her personality gives her a beauty that I hope that no one will take away from her or try to make her believe that she isn’t beautiful, lovable and worthy of all the respect and consideration like all the others in this world.

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So, another post about those oracle cards. Getting tired of me yet? Hopefully not, I think that these cards actually give me some inspiration to write and also finding things relating to what is said in the cards for the day. As in todays headline, stand your ground.

First I can say that my mum is back on her feet again, “standing (on) her ground”, fractured femur but not a bad break. Keeping my thoughts to one of my cousins that slipped on a patch of ice and broke her right arm, and of course she is right handed… But there are lots of friends and family to help her out so I know she will do fine.

Snow Angel

Oracle of Shadows & Light

Ok, the cards then. Today was a return from a previous day, the Snow Angel. She is often here to tell us about signs in different ways. And those said signs are already there, and might have been for some time, just that we haven’t noticed. That we have been blind or oblivious to them, still asking for them, but not seeing them. She’s somewhat upset and annoyed at us. We can release her from the present assignment by looking around us for those signs, they might be small, but maybe they are so close and so obvious that we don’t see them as that sign we so eagerly want to have? When we read in the little book that comes with the cards there is a paragraph for each where the fairy or angel is speaking directly to us and this is what the Snow Angel starts out with, “Hmph! There. If you miss that sign, I really don’t know what will convince you! Maybe I should just stand here a while, and wait until you notice me, point to the sign, flap my wings, and then you’ll believe that it really is a sign!” Yeah, she seems a little peeved, doesn’t she (said with a smile and a wink). Apparently I have not seen or acknowledged those signs she’s been sending me, and probably humanity at large at several times. We humans have a way of ignoring and believing that they will be some fireworks and flinfing of sparkly confetti or something like that so we’ll know what it is all about.

Oracle of Shadows & Light

The signs I’ve been neglecting this time is in the form of Fairy of the Highlands, a sweet and peaceful creature telling me, or us, it is time to be brave. She’s no fighter, it’s not in her nature, and she wants to solve disputes peacefully, but will fight if that is what is needed. It is time for us to stand up to ourselves, even if we don’t like to be in conflicts with others and letting them take advantage of us. It is time to take a stand, tell the truth and not back down even if there is a conflict looming. But as it says, should we always let everyone else take advantage of us, of all the work we might have put into something, just so they can take it and claim our work? We are not talking about petty things here, like who had that toy first, or who should be first in picking what movie to see. Well, it could be if we are always the one backing down to others, then it might be time to say “I had it” or “We watch this movie first”. As it says in the book, that we shouldn’t let sorrow and guilt make us neglect self-protection.

I can sort of relate to these cards, I’m pretty peaceful myself, and probably back down a little too often. So I guess for me it’s about time to grab that sword and head into it when it is needed. Conflict or not. I might as well start today with some things, even if it’s standing up for myself against myself in some parts. It is good to stand our ground in some things, but we have to pick our times and fights too, it might not always be appropriate to do it all the time and in all situations. Sometimes it might be just as well to let it go, leave it and let others go about their own problems. I’ve heard some friends having issues and while I still listen, can make some connections to my own experiences and knowledge, I can’t fight their fights or help out with their problems. This can sometimes be a time for standing your ground too actually, to actively choose not to take a stand in someone elses problems. I’m their friend, but I can’t do much about their problems beside listening. And that is probably what most people need at times, someone who listens so they can vent a little, and perhaps during that find a solution to the problem. Now to find out what will happen with the rest of this day.

 

 

 

 

 

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I know, I could write about something else, but actually I don’t know what right now. There was some days here when I just pulled cards and didn’t write anything, but that has to do with family issues really. My mum tripped over a chair and broke her hip again, so me and brother have been trying to help her out with necessary things in her home and things she can’t do on her own otherwise. Hopefully she’ll be back on her feet soon again. Something positive is that at least it’s spring and there won’t be a lot of ice and snow to keep her inside while she’s healing again.

So, Oracle of Shadow & Light again then. As I’ve said, I’ve pulled cards daily, except for that day when mum took the fall… Me and daughter was visiting some friends so when she called we weren’t prepared for something like this. The one thing that popped into my head after her phone call was, I didn’t pull any cards today, wonder what those would have been? Talk about being a total nerd sometimes, but it’s true, and it still nags in my mind that it would have been interesting to see what I would have seen or interpreted it as. If I would have seen any issues either in the oracle or in the tarot, but I’ll never know and maybe that is just as well. I don’t like walking around being worried about things I can’t do anything about anyway, and maybe it wouldn’t be a clear message either so whatever would happen could be just about anything. It was bad enough that year when everything was happening in 2011 and first my dad dies, then my husband and daughter is having open heart surgery. I knew things was going to happen, but I wrote it off as me being scared something would happen to daughter, not something would happen to hubby, and even then I had messages in the cards and even a dream that I still can recall parts of. And they all say, clear as day, that this would happen. Easy to say with all the facts in front of you…

I pulled some interesting cards today too, but I still don’t know what they will turn out to be. Time will tell, but for now I’m off doing some other stuff in the regular world of being a parent… laundry and expecting young one home from school soon. For some reason she want me to meet her so something is up, whatever it is, and I’m not pulling extra cards for it! Not one chance!

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I recently made a trade with a friend, different tarot and oracle decks that I have found not useful for me. They have never spoken to me really, and the same problem for my friend. So, said and done, we offered some decks each of us and sent them off to their new homes. One of the decks I picked was this oracle deck, Oracle of Shadows & Light from Lucy Cavendish and art by Jasmine Becket-Griffith. Something made me feel drawn to it, even if the art isn’t usually the kind I go for. My thought was that if I don’t connect with it I’ll just sell it or trade it for something else, but this one is a keeper I think.

Anyway, I decided yesterday that I would pull a card just for a general idea of what the day had in store for me, if there was any special pointers. When I shuffle my decks like that, I have a habit of looking both on the top and bottom card, the top card is somewhat the more obvious things that you can spot fairly quick and the bottom card can be something a little less obvious or hidden. My way of working with the cards so nothing anyone has to adopt and use because its some sort of requirement. The cards I pulled talked about change and a need of cleaning up around me. So my thoughts was along the line that, well, its spring and there are some stuff that I should take care of in the home, but it’s also the pure energetically cleaning that can be required and changes on a personal level so I thought that whatever will happen happens.

Mildew Fairy

I Am Kali

And it did happen, just not the way I might have imagined it. Daughter and one of our adult friends came out from her room and told me they had seen some bug in her bed. Small one, but a bug. So, it’s spring and all kinds of little creatures starts to wake up and I asked them to show me, but naturally that little one had run off somewhere. I would have done so too I guess, if a pair of giants had started shaking up my life lol Daughter couldn’t imagine being in her room even if that bug was so small it was practically invisible so I asked her to start shoving her plushies and all down in plastic bags, put them outside, and also remove the sheets and pillows in her bed. Said and done, and then I continued to remove stuff from the floor, got a big box out that’s been taking up lots of space and throwing out papers, collecting games and other things spread about. Done with that it was the cats hate object, the vacuum cleaner, he doesn’t like it at all. When I went back to the cards I had pulled and read the interpretations of them I started laughing, it was clearly a cleansing and it was both physical and energetical. It felt like we had a lot more air and space in her room when I was done, but still dusting and removing more stuff before the spring cleaning in there is finished. I’m looking forward to see what the next daily draw will point out and how accurate it will be. Love these cards and the book that comes with them.

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Yeah, I know, I’ve been away almost a year… that wasn’t my intention really. But it just happened. I felt stressed out over things going on in my life, and stress and me isn’t really the ideal combo these days, so I lost my inspiration, motivation or any other -tion I can’t come to think about right now. So, today I finally decided I wouldn’t let this blog disappear without any notice or let all the things I’ve been writing here before go away out into nothingness. I have tried to write before, at least I’ve had it in my mind that I was going to write about something that felt important or inspiring to me, and then something else needed my attention and then I lost it again. And here I am, asking myself if this will be my come back or if it will last for a week or a month and then I’m gone again. Honestly? I don’t know, that is all I can say right now, I really don’t know. There are lots of things I could write about, things I read, talk about with friends, what happens in my life, paganism, tarot and what not. It’s just a question of me finding the time, that I have loads of really, and most of all the motivation and inspiration. So if it’s not coming every day, or even once a week, I’ll try to get here and write something. Or see if I can find some photos that those of you who stumbles over this blog might like to see.

I got to read some interesting things, by “chance” perhaps, but they hit a familiar feeling inside of me anyway. One was another blog about a woman who had been into the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), she was so eager to attend everything she could, do as much as possible and all of a sudden she lost it, the inspiration and love for it all. But it wasn’t sudden really, it came sneaking up on her slowly and all of a sudden it blows up in our faces, and I could understand where she came from. I have a habit of getting to engaged and want to do everything at times too, and then I completely lose my spark and longing to learn and do more. Put everything down that I have been doing and can’t find inspiration or happiness in it for a long time. That particular writing of Tina Degenhart is called Battling Burnout and perhaps it can be of help to someone else too. Maybe I’m not as far as really burnt out, but I have been doing and wanting to much in a short time period, forcing myself to do more and more. I noticed that recently, or actually this spring and summer, when I stumbled over The Magical Circle School, it’s a great place really when you want to learn more about paganism, but not just being fed what to think and believe. Perhaps not for everyone, but that is the way it is, we have all different paths and ways of learning, and this particular way suits me. I loved doing the Entrance Exam, this is where they let you find your ways around this place, how it works, how they want you to do things when sending in your assignments and such. Yes, it is pretty much a school in that way, but most of these things you can do at your own pace, with a few exceptions. I finished my EE pretty fast considering the amount of things that has to be worked through, and continued with taking a Creating your Book of Shadows class as the first one after the EE. Fun, easy, started out my BoS, first “real” BoS in my life. Continued with some intro courses on the Wheel of the Year, the Moon and some others. Great fun. Then I took one that really is interesting. Correspondences of Spellcrafting 101. You know when you read books or on the internet, you are served a lot of magical correspondences for colors, numbers and what not. But have you ever taken the time to consider why they are associated with those things mentioned there, or how they came up with it? I hadn’t really, and this is why it made it so interesting. The thing is there are many who want to take this class, so the teacher had to put a time limit to it, 30 days. It’s not impossible, not at all, but it requires a lot of work and discipline on your end to make it. So I realised when I had done that and some others that I was about to do the same mistake all over again. Too much in a short time and somehow telling myself that I have to go faster, do this or that class in a certain time so I could jump onto the next as fast as possible. As if all these classes would go away if I didn’t take them in time… Luckily enough for me I made myself aware of it this time, so I’m going slower, a lot slower, and almost feel contempt for myself for being a “sissy” and slowing down so much as to do at the tops one assignment a month. Taking three classes at the same time right now, continued with Correspondences of Spellcrafting 102 and also working on Runes 101 and Basic Elements 101. Fun, I learn loads and getting a better understanding of myself as a pagan and where things are coming from.

Oh, yeah, runes. I’ve tried to learn those before, but this time I thought that it could be fun to actually work with them more. So considering I was joining the Kickstarter campaign for PookieCat runecards (Maria van Brüggen) it was a chance to work with them and the runestones I got with them. And as if runes wasn’t enough I’ve added several tarot decks during this time I’ve been away. I bought a used copy of Hudes Tarot, I got Chrysalis (still making my mind up about that one), I got the PookieCat Cat-rot cards (love them, they are lots of fun), the Dreams of Gaia Tarot by Ravynne Phelan, and latest addition is the Starlight Dragon by Nora Huska and Steph Engert. Oh, and I actually bought a new oracle deck, the Halloween Oracle by Stacey Demarco. I’ve got my hands full if I want to write something in here I think. And talking about writing, I should probably end this here or no one will have time and energy to read all my ramblings. Seems like I’ve missed this chance of writing whatever pops up in my mind lately. Perhaps I could introduce all my new decks and talk about the classes I’ve taken at the TMCS? If anyone is up to reading it that is… oh heck, who cares? I’ll write about it anyway! Just because I want to, when I want to. Hope to be back here soon again. Now, off to do some necessary errands before young one is home from school again.

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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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