Category Archives: Spiritual

Practices and reflections of a spiritual nature in both Eastern and Earth-based philosophies with my own unique twists.

February Card, Crystals and Flower Essence

Woohoo!  I’ve got a new video!  This is all about being joyful conscious creators of our future and the crystals and flower essences that can help.  Enjoy!

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Connecting with Mama Gaia in January

That’s right, I’m promoting a little connection with Mama Gaia this month!  I decided to pull a card to see how we might do just that.  It was truly funny because I saw this card in my mind and the ideas and words were already flowing for it before I had even ended the shuffling process.

Who showed up?  The Explorer of Air!  Such a daring and curious fella, he is, and nothing would stop him from doing what he loves best – exploring!  (That’s right, not the snow, the darker days, the extreme heat, not anything.  He’s good at finding a moment to slip into explorer mode and then milk it for all it’s worth!  He’s quite the inspiration!)

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The Explorer of Air wants us to get out there and explore a little more!  You don’t need to go climbing trees, like he is, though he says it’s really fun (and I agree), if you are up to it, you should definitley try it!  Even if it is just the very first limb!  But for those who want to stay nicely connected to Terra Firma, I and the Explorer of air perfectly understand!  The explorer of air suggests just getting outside for even a few minutes and looking for something you might not have noticed before in the natural world around you and appreciating it for a bit. That’s it, it’s that simple!

So, let’s get out there and explore, connect with Mama Gaia (also known as Terra Mater by the ancient Romans) and appreciate the moments of connection that come!

Once you’ve done a bit of exploring, (and warmed up or cooled down depending on what half of the Earth you are currently residing on) maybe stop by and share what your discovered!  Sharing is half the fun, and that way even more people get the opportunity to appreciate it too!

Happy exploring!

The card above is from the Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert.  You can learn more about the Gaian Tarot here and check out more of Joanna’s wonderful work here.

Tarot Affirmation for January 12, 2014

Today’s card is the Seven of Summer.

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In this card we see a Fairy woman in a hat shop trying on hats.  She has lots of choices around her and I get the feeling she might have been at this for a while.  She is in the process of choosing the hat she likes best and she’s going to take her time in doing so!

When you choose a hat you tend to look through all the choices that are available and then choose the one that you like the best.  The one that serves you the best.

What if we think of our thoughts as hats?

What if we apply the same logic in choosing our thoughts as we would our hats?

We wouldn’t choose a hat that we didn’t like.  People are seriously fussy about hats, have you ever noticed that?  Even when it comes to finding a hat for some practical purpose, like keeping our heads warm when outside in the winter, we still take the time to choose the one we like best.

What if we took the same care in choosing our thought as we do in choosing our hats?

What if we chose our thoughts out of those available to us based on how much we liked them?

Another thing about hats – we can take them on and off at will!   What if we saw our thoughts as something we can take on and off at will?

You can, you know.

Some thoughts are harder to get off just like some hats are.  (Think of those fancy little hats that have to be pinned on through the hair.)  Some thoughts are harder to keep in place.  (Ever had a hat that the wind just kept grabbing off your head?)  Even in these cases, though, there are ways!

You are empowered to choose your thoughts.

Practicing choosing your thoughts makes it more natural and easier over time. What better time to start than now.  Start to practice choosing your thoughts based on how much you like them.  Try them on, see how they make you feel.  See how they serve you.  Choose thoughts that feel good.  That serve you.  Choose thoughts that are flattering, fun, and that you WANT to wear.

Remember, you wouldn’t want to wear a hat that wasn’t these things, so why wear a thought that isn’t as well.

Oh, and don’t forget that hats are a very personal thing.  What I like and what you like  or what I think suits me and what you think suits you can be different!  You wouldn’t likely let someone choose a hat for you that you didn’t also like yourself.  The same goes for thoughts!  Choose for yourself!  Have your own style and flair.

It’s YOUR hat!

Love it!

Wear it!

Own it!

“May you see your thoughts as hats.  May you know that you can take them on and off at will.  May you know that you are empowered to choose.  May you choose thoughts that feel best and serve you best.  May you choose thoughts you like!”

“I see my thoughts as hats.  I can take them on and off at will.  I am empowered to choose.  I choose thoughts that feel best and serve me best.  I choose thoughts I like!”

On a side note here, I have a favorite author, Gail Carriger, who has a wonderfully individual character when it comes to her choices in hats, no matter what anyone else might think of them.  They are outrageous hats but she unflappingly loves them, wears them and owns the wearing of them!  I was inspired a bit by that character today in writing this.  The books are a lot of fun and I highly recommend them.  They are the Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger.

Today’s card is from the The Victorian Fairy Tarot by LunaeaWeatherstone and Gary A. Lippincott.  You can check out the facebook page for this deck here.

Tarot Affirmation for January 8, 2013

As part of my morning practice I pulled a tarot card to inspire an affirmation for the day.  I pulled the Ace of Spring.

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I came up with two affirmations from this card that I think compliment each other.

“I see evidence of beauty, growth and freshness of spirit coming from me.”

and…

“My dreams take flight.”

In this card it is Spring.  We see the Earth bursting forth with a freshness and newness that lifts our spirits and reminds us of the potential that both the Earth and we hold within us.   The branch that has been bare all winter now bursts forth with frothy white blossoms.   There’s an excitement in the air, a renewing of energy and fresh inspiration to get out there and engage in life.   Someone has taken that invitation and gone out to play.  Their beautiful kite reaches up into the sky, pausing to frolick with the blossoming tree.  The symbol of the butterfly adorns the kite reminding us of the transformation that is available to all of us, reminding us of what beauty we hold when we emerge from our caccoons and let our dreams take flight.

It is good to be reminded of these things and it is good to see evidence of our own beauty, growth and renewal of our spirits.  It uplifts us, it encourages us, it adds to our faith in ourselves and in the world around us.  From this place we are more able to let our dreams take flight… and to delight in the process of doing so.

May you see the beauty within yourself.  May you see and appreciate your own growth and blossoming.  May your spirit be renewed and refreshed.  May you let your dreams take flight.  May you find joy in it all.

 

Today’s card is from the The Victorian Fairy Tarot by LunaeaWeatherstone and Gary A. Lippincott.  You can check out the facebook page for this deck here.

Giving Them Back – Earth Treasures Returned to the Earth

My husband and I walked out the door for a sunset stroll to the nearby beach carrying two canvas shopping bags full of rocks and a small box of sand dollars.  I had hand picked each and every one of those rocks from various places that I’ve wandered.  Each one caught my attention at one point, got picked up and carried home where they sat in lovely piles on shelves or windowsills or in bowls being admired and appreciated each time I looked at them.

I have a thing for rocks.

I have since I was a small child, when I would collect them everywhere we went. I even had a tumbler machine and would tumble my own stones.  The obsession never left and to this day I carry home rocks on a regular basis.  I’ve managed some self control living a block from the beach over the last several years, but a few still sneak their way into my pockets or bags and onto the mantel or shelves.

Now they sit beside fancier rocks and crystals that I’ve been purchasing for a few years and truth be told there are some of the simple beach rocks that I love just as much as some of my most precious crystals.  I love them all.

As much as I love them I knew I needed to give some of them back to nature before moving.  In the process of downsizing I new it was time to downsize my collection of nature’s treasures. Not that I plan on having a lot less for very long, but because it was time for some to go back to the earth and perhaps be appreciated by others (I get a kick out of the idea of the odd geologist walking along on the beach and suddenly coming across rocks from Eastern Washington on the Puget Sound.).  At the same time I’m making my move easier and opening up space for new earthy treasures to come into my life.

That brings us back to the walk to the beach tonight with those bags of rocks and my mom’s collection of sand dollars that I’ve kept around for the ten years since she passed.  (She had a thing for sand dollars much like I have for rocks, and feathers and shells and sea glass and… well you get the point!)  I wanted to take the time to pick each one up again and appreciate it before tossing it out into the water.  My husband had fun skipping any of the ones that were even slightly flat and for a while we played  the “try to hit the log rolling in the waves” game.  It felt good to honor each of these treasures once more in this way.  I took the sand dollars and lined them up on a log along with a few feathers and felt my moms spirit close to me in those moments of laying them out and standing back to admire them.

It feels good to make simple things sacred, and that’s what the whole process was – sacred.

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Follow Your Curiosity

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You can partner with Rhododendron to reconnect  to your inner playfulness and curiosity by using the essence, sitting with the plant and meditating or just connecting with one in your mind.  Rhododendron has an incredibly playful spirit!

New Crystal Treasures

I had the perfect weather today to shoot a video to share some recent stone and crystal purchases, several of which I picked up at the wonderful little Ginkgo Gem Shop in Vantage Washington when we visited the area this past weekend.

The video is set in my sacred garden space on a beautiful sunny Seattle day.

This is my first video sharing crystals and I just love the way it came out.  I hope you enjoy all the sparkles and sunshine.


The plant shop I mention in the video is Midnight Blossom.  It can be found in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.  Highly recommend a visit to this place if you are in the area!