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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.

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Upon the Wild Winds Spring Arrives

Spring dawned dark, wet, and windy this morning.  Rain blew sideways from the sky as the trees danced the wild Spring dances.  Then as Spring does, it changed. A burst of sunshine broke through the clouds and set the forsythia to a golden glow.  As if drawn to the light a flock of Bushtits blew in and started feeding among the yellow blossoms.  The wet world sparkles as light reflects off  droplets of water.  The plum tree relinquished its blossoms, like pink snow they whorl about.  Ah, Spring -so diverse in its expressions.

The wind is the constant though.  As if it knows that on this day the season with which its element of air is connected has begun to be celebrated.  In the traditions of my spiritual practices Spring is connected with the sacred direction of East and with the element of Air.  The equinox arrives on the first day of the sign of Aries with its fresh new firey energy, much like that of the sun that will from this time forward increase in strength till it peeks at the Summer Solstice.   It’s a time of planting and of growth and of all of winters leftovers being washed and blown away by the rains and winds.

All this makes it a great time to give into that Spring cleaning urge both in your physical world and in your internal  world as well.  Open up the windows, air out the house, beat the rugs with a good old fashion broom on the front steps.  Scrub till it sparkles and notice how good it feels this time of year more than any other time.  Bring some lighter, fresher and wilder foods into your diet.   Take a little time for a simple ritual of releasing things that are ready to go from within you.  Get excited about the coming spring and summer.  Plant some hardy early season seeds.  Go for walks on these glorious bloom filled blustery days.  Take it all in.  Winter is past.  Spring is here.  It’s time to get frisky and playful and wild and free.  Just look outside at the natural world and what its doing if you don’t believe me!

Happy Spring to all.  May this season bring more light and joy and beauty into each of your lives!

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Heeding the Call: Personal Retreat from the Internet – Phase One Report

Last Wednesday I came down with one humdinger of a headache… again. That was my clue to finally stop resisting a much needed internet break. I had been feeling the need to get off-line and spend more time listening to my inner nudges for a few weeks and I kept resisting. In fact, I’d spend even more time online and that was when the headaches started setting in. Needless to say there were things that needed my attention and I was doing my version of sticking my fingers in my ears, squeezing my eyes shut and singing really loudly to not have to hear. Mature – eh?

So, now a week has gone by and I can tell I need more time. I’m taking a part of today to tend to several things that have been piling up in the inbox so that in another week I don’t feel completely overwhelmed when I come back into internet land. I can’t believe how much stuff can pile up in just a weeks time!

Not wanting to neglect my blog for quite so long I figured I better post something while I was at it. So here I am. What have I been up to in the past week of internet-free living? Oh my, where to start?

I’ve spent lots of time reading. I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho in one day. Quite an interesting little book that leaves you with lots to ponder. I’m working through a beautiful book, The Bluebird Effect by Julie Zickefoose, full of inspiring naturalist writing and art that I am just loving. I’ve been working through the latest copy of Yoga Journal. And I have been learning a ton about working with your moon sign and progressed moon  in Amy Herring’s book Astrology of the Moon – what a bunch of gems in that one!

I’m working on planning a vacation for my husband and I to the Othello and Crab Creek areas of central Washington – one of our favorite places for spring outings. Oh the birds and the sunshine and the smell of sagebrush!

I have been watching all the birds coming to enjoy the newly flowering ornamental plums in front of the house. Bushtits, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Hummingbirds, and House Finches to name just a few. The House Finches have been making it snow pink blossoms as they pull each one off, nibble the core, then let the rest float to the ground.

I’ve been enjoying all the new blooms that have been appearing over the last week as Spring begins to take hold more and more – Persephone has indeed begun her visiting! I spent one glorious couple of hours on a warm sunny day sitting on the porch journaling while being encased in the perfume of hundreds of Daphne blossoms from the plant next to my porch chair – pure bliss. I even got sun-kissed!

I’ve spent plenty of time enjoying my daily walks, letting them linger and then spending more time writing about them after I get back home. Just yesterday as I walked through Schmitz Park I was blessed by not one but two of Nature’s secrets being revealed – two different Anna’s Hummingbirds came buzzing by me and then landed in their respective nests. How sweet is that?! I can’t wait to watch as those nests start to hatch teeny tiny little baby hummers! Oh and nature is coming alive more and more as March takes hold. Salmonberries, Snowberries, and Red Elderberry are all beginning to leaf out. The forest floor is sprouting bleeding heart foliage and other fine greenery. The single clump of Trillium in the park are starting to pop up out of the ground. Oh and the bird song – beautiful! The Flickers are especially a delight to listen to as they chatter and call and drum – so full of enthusiasm!

I’ve spent more time with my daily yoga practice and spent a lot more time in meditation as well. I’ve been meditating with some new crystal treasures that came home with me this past weekend after visiting Gem Heaven for the first time – I can’t believe that I had not yet discovered this amazing shop in Pike Place Market! Jim, the owner, was so full of information, with detailed stories about where the stones came from – I was filled with lots of new info to digest after being there – it was indeed a Gem Heaven!

And I’ve had plenty of ups and downs as I work through some old stories that have risen again for further transformation and healing. I’ve been using writing, meditation, crystals and the tarot to help me work through all that a little at a time. Gently and with compassion as these are some difficult ones. The main reason I was resisting this time off line, most likely. It is so easy and tempting to hide away in internet land, filling your time and mind up to hide from your problems. I always know something is up when my computer time feels more like an addiction I can’t quit rather than a tool for connection, creativity and learning. Sometimes it just takes me longer to let go and face whatever needs to be faced… it’s always worth it though. And that’s why I’ll be taking another week offline after this brief interlude. I can feel there is still more to do. Still more to find healing and transformation in as well as finding balance again for going forward. I’ve got plans for more writing and for some art time, along with what I’ve already been doing – with lots of tree hugging and nature loving to keep me nurtured along the way! Till then – blessings and pink blossoms and sweet bird song to you all!

 

Winter to Spring

February usually blesses those of us in the Pacific Northwest with a few days of blue sky and sunshine.  Days that wet our appetites for the coming spring.  Days that draw out the gardeners to dig in the moist cool soil.  Days that reveal little by little more of the Earth’s response to the Sun in a beautiful display of early flowers and birdsong.  The past few days have been those kinds of days and each day it is a delight to go outside for a walk to seek out whatever new signs there are of Winter giving way to Spring.

The Skunk Cabbage is beginning to bloom in Fauntleroy Creek Park.

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The Daphne is opening up and perfuming the air with its intoxicating scent.  I spend long moments, my head buried in these plants breathing deep breaths of pure scented beauty.

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The crocuses are opening.

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The daffodils are cheerfully dancing in the breezes.

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The Snowdrops gather in clumps of adorable white and green and are joined with  a splash of color from a single mystery bloom.

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More and more bright colored primroses are showing up in yards around the neighborhood, including mine!

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In the past several days I’ve discovered a number of first blooms on many of my most loved late winter plants.  I’ve heard Chickadees, Wrens, Song Sparrows, Hummingbirds and several other birds singing their love songs.  I’ve watched honey bees come out to dance around rosemary blossoms.  And, most amazingly,  I came across a group of seven goslings!  Yes, Spring is indeed in the Air!