Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tarot Pix Challenge - Day 3 and 4

Day 3 - Someone helping you do tarot


I was texting my friend in New Orleans a reading using my Mystic Cats Tarot and getting additional kitty cat energy from Ozzy and Whisper.



Day 4 - 4 Things

1. The cloth is another reading cloth I've brought with me to the UK. It's a gorgeous teal made of heavy, good quality silk. I got it at the best thrift/vintage clothing store EVER called Ragstock, located in Chicago. It's worth a flight with two empty suitcases just to go there! Two floors of the most amazing stuff for stupid cheap prices. I think this was .50 cents. It opens up to about a foot long.

2. My favorite smoky quartz point. An excellent choice as a reader because it absorbs negative energy and is very good o balance the root chakra for grounding.

3. The pouch was hand made by a fellow reader in Jackson Square just for me. My Universal Goddess Tarot lives in it.

4. I always like to read with a candle when possible. Candlelight attracts Spirit.




Thursday, August 28, 2014

30 Day Tarot Picture Challenge!

If you've followed this blog for a period of time, then you know that I tend to...

I'm trying to find an honest yet non-judgmental or self destructive way to say this.

As Abraham-Hicks says, don't tell the story as it is unless that is the way you actually want it to be! So let's say that I am learning to work on my follow through on things lol. I'll have to post about my 30 Day Yoga Challenge, it I'm damn proud to say that I've only missed one day! And that was by choice in fear of hurting myself. I'll have to see how many days it's been, but well over 30! Now that 21 Day plank challenge... LOL

So today I'm starting my 30 Day Tarot Pix Challenge I found online! Yay!

Day 1 - Tarot selfie with an Ace - Since Iansã has been blowing the winds of change all around me, I chose the Ace of Swords. And it was exceptionally windy when this picture was taken!


If you'd like to do this as well, Google the list. It's not letting me put the picture of it in. I'll just be posting on here for now since I don't have a Twitter of G+ for this blog.



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Honoring Oya on a #9 Day


I'm sure you've heard me speak about Oya. She is the Afrian Orisha (spirit) who rules over change. In the Afro-Brazilian faith called Condomblé she is the Orixa known as Iansã. She is the natural phenomenon that is the storm. Oya, who is the winds of change and transformation. She brings clarity, courage the ability to objectively decide the best path to take. She can "clear the air" with regard to disputes. She can "clean house" of any people, situations or relationships that need to be removed from our lives. Her lesson can b quite painful and unpleasant. She is quite often more like a tornado, but lately I'm very fortunate to see the summer breeze aspect of her, which I didn't know she had! So I'm quite greatful for that! I still have a piece of glass in my arm from her coming down on me. Often times you will see her represented as St. Barbara, St. Catherine or St. Theresa.

She comes up in readings as the Queen and/or Ace of Swords. Wednesday is her sacred day and her number is 9. I needed to say thank you to her for several things so when I looked at today's date, I realize today was the perfect day to do so. It's Wednesday the 27th. 2+7=9. And it has rained with wind gusts ALL day long. One of the lesser blessings she bestowed was to hold off the rain and storms for the garden party my new friend in the UK, Tracey, was having last Saturday. Because it was supposed to rain and the wind was starting to get strong. Yet we got about 5 min f rain, the wind calmed down, and we even got one her symbols people often forget, the rainbow! The joy and blessings that come after the storm.

Another thing I needed to thank her for was a much larger blessing of no severe storms this year. In two days time, August 29, it will be 9 years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Here is an article from the local paper, The Times Picayune about plans for the Gentilly area, which was hit quite badly. One cousin of mine had 14" of water in her house. He father a few blocks away had about the same. 9 years later, many empty lots remain. And the fact that where a multitude of massive oak trees, banana trees and mimosas, there are almost NO TREES at all for blocks and blocks makes it look down right creepy! This sight has a very interesting 11 Facts About Hurricane Katrina, one of which being #7. An estimated 80% of New Orleans was under water, up to 20 ft deep in places.

  1. Today I used cards from my Earth Magic Oracle to honor her. Although we have another month to go before hurricane season is over, I am so grateful there have been no storms to affect the US thus far. I also gave a free mini reading yesterday to a client who is a child of her's. And today I left her an offering.











Thursday, August 21, 2014

Yemaya for Healing Big Boy

I wanted to share a simple prayer/ritual I did petitioning blessings from Yemaya. Most of you are probably familiar with Chloe's wonderful blog Inner Whispers. Please do take a visit when you can. She usually features a different deck each week. Well tomorrow her eldest son, Big Boy is having a very complicated surgery. I've invoked the Orisha of maternal love and healing for complete success in this. To bless all of the hospital staff, surgeons, nurses, staff and that entire environment of the hospital as well. And for Chloe, her beloved and their young son who is braving this experience. I ask that anyone who reads this send positive energy as well. Big Boy has some on-going, serious health issues that demand constant care, so no matter when you're this, your prayers will be appropriate.

While praying, I had my Yemaya playlist on my iPad. There is sea salt around the candle, as she is the embodiment of the salt waters of the oceans of the world. The photograph behind the mermaid statue is underwater photography my cousin took whilst diving and met a sea turtle, which is one of the most perfect symbols for Yemaya giving their association with maternal instincts.


I used Ocean - Ebb and Flow from the Earth Magick Oracle. The Queen of Cups from the Universal Goddeess Tarot was created as Yemaya, an absolutely perfect choice for that card. I chose The Sun from Doreen Virtue's Angel Tarot Cards to represent complete healing, life giving energy and cause for celebration. It says Uriel, but I called on Raphael since he is my go to angel for healing. And the Ace of Swords from my Legacy of the Divine tarot. It tends to show up as surgery readings and it represents the courage it takes to go through challenging times that we most often would never sign up for but bring about great benfits.

Below is a beautiful video created by a daughter of Yemaya. Thank you Mamma! Ashé!



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LaSirene Bath

Tonight I felt moved to take a cleansing bath and light a candle to LaSirene. I'll just share the pictures and keep it simple. Mind you, this was not the proper way to do a cleansing bath in-keeping with tradition! And damn sure not in accordance with traditional Haitian ritual, which is quite orthodox and adheres to "regalement"! It was just something I was moved to do to honor and connect with my sister.

I love and appreciate you Diosa del Mar, Etoile de la Mer. Thank you!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Post of Gratitude

This post is for the sole/soul purpose of expressing gratitude! I realize I have so many Spirits around me who love and want to help me. Sometimes when depression/anxiety is kicking my ass it can be hard to remember that. But it is all a part of expansion and the learning process as a human. So they must allow me and all humans to experience the contrast as Abraham-Hicks would call it ( aka the bullshit). They also teach that gratitude and being in nature are the fastest most definitive ways to feel better and raise your vibration. Yesterday my dear friend Fairy, one of the most amazingly gifted and accurate readers I've ever known, gave me a message from Lord Ganesha. He is Hindu God who removes obstacles and consort of Lakshmi, who let me know recently she was around me and offering to help me. Then I felt Yemaya, who I have not felt in a few months. This mornings oracle card was confirmation of that. Then I received a wonderful care package from New Orleans with gifts that filled me with love and appreciation. Just after openeing it, I stepped outside and received a message via the guardians of Air from my precious Selene! So I will start off with thanking Gansha! If this blog doesn't prove to me I need a Tumbler account nothing will lol.

An offering of delicious British single cream to Gansesha. I used the King of Pentacles for the Universal Goddess tarot which features his love, Lakshmi as the King and he is the elephants in the background. He removes obstacles so that she can usher in blessings. Quite appropriate during this waning moon. In front is smoky quartz to remove negativity and depression and citrine to balnce my 3rd chakra which is a out happiness, empowerment, self-confidence, joy and prosperity. Thank you beautiful Lady of the Fae for all the help and guidance you've been giving me. Thank you Ganesh and Lakshmi.

This was what I got in the mail! Creole coffee!!!! Omg, there are so many things I absolutely love about the UK. The coffee situation is fucking horrific! This was the Ace of Cups if ever there was one lol! And this crystal is something I shall treasure forever. The amount of healing and love that Joshua put into it is unreal. It actually vibrates and filled my whole body with a feeling of love radiating from it like electricity! It was like... Like a film of darkness and weight and shit just started to evaporate and was pulled off of me! That man's healing abilities are so powerful. I am so grateful for these gifts. The time he made in the midst of a whole lot of chaos and shit he is dealing with, and the criminal amount of money it coat to send 2 bricks of coffee and a crystal - $24.75 US! That is just robbery. I am so grateful to Joshua for sending me these things and that SOMEHOW, we are able to be friends. I am grateful to the precious gift of healing crystals bring. I am more motivated to get my shit together and get on track with my Hibiscus Moon Crystal Healing Course than I have been since I first signed up!

This is the message Selene asked the sylphs to show me. I'm not sure if anyone else can see a dog running happily other than me LOL! But I had a deep sense of knowing it was from her, sans the questioning my left brain often does. I love you and miss you more than words can say. Thank you for coming to let me know you are happy. That is what matters most of all. I am so grateful for every second you shared with me! Every walk at 3AM in the rain to go potty, every time you took up the entire bed, every time you looked at me with eyes of pure love. You were a gift from the angelic realm.

Yesterday I felt the presence of Yemaya, African Orisha who is the embodiment of maternal love. In the tarot she would be the Queen of Cups. She found my apartment I used to have on Bourbon St. It was so tiny, but I loved that place so much. I dedicated my bathroom to her, a common thing since she rules the ocean. This was my alatar to her. Today I drew the card titled Ocean. Isn't this deck beautiful. I'm so grateful for Dr. Steven Farmer who created it and the artists who brought the illustrations to life. He explains it to mean allowing yourself to feel whatever emotions that are coming up and not judge or fight against them, even if they are sucky ones like guilt, anger and grief. I need to learn that we feel our emotions, but we are not our emotions. Thank you Yemaya for the happy times I did spend in this wonderful apartment. And for the next one I know you are preparing for me. Ashé Mamma.
The first Goddess aside from Mother Mary I ever worked with was the Norse Freyja. I haven't worked with her for several years, but I've felt her around me since I've been in the UK. I do so love her and this may be my favorite depiction of her. It's from a deck I no longer have, Doreen Virtue's Goddess Guidance Oracle. Don't know why I associate miragolds with her, but I do.
Yemaya has two sisters she loves dearly. One is Oshun. In tarot she is the Queen of Wands. Yemaya rules the salt waters, but her sister rules the sweet waters, or the rivers. This was her altar I had in that same apartment on Bourbon. Thank you Oshun for giving me laughter, music and making me feel pretty.
The third sister is Oya and she can be the storm, the tornado, or the rainbow that follows it, but is the winds of change. Think the Ace of Swords. She told me I had to come of the UK and could not go back to New Orleans until October. I've ignore her words in the past. Won't make the mistake again I tell ya! I took these beautiful pictures that represent her several weeks apart. Both were quite timely I'd have to say. Thank you Oya for helping me to find my inner warrior and to learn that change is the breath of life itself. Ashé.
My beloved mermaid sister, LaSirene, Our Lady Star of the Sea! It had been so long since I'd felt you and you made yourself known to me in several ways whilst I was in Cornwall. The altar was one of the three I had for her on Bourbon St. Lol! She is the Haitian Lwa who helps us with self-actualization and thus self love. I adore LaSirene. Thank you my sister for the 3 shooting stars I saw several weeks ago. And for the 13 Matthew and I saw in one night!!! Especially after showing yourself in that magickal photograph he took of both the aves and the Milky Way! When I have the money, I will surely purchase it as well as the latest shooting star he saw last weekend.

Last for this post, but definitely not least is the practice of yoga. It tends to show up as The Hanged Man in tarot readings. It has helped me tremendously to move through this very deep depression/anxiety, fear and grief over the loss of Selene. The benfits of yoga are seemingly limitless. I am most grateful for the Heike, a girl I used to fly with who was the first person to drag me quite reluctantly I might add, to my first yoga class back in 2001 when I lived in Ft. Lauderdale. Also to my angel of health and recovery of my spine and often my mind, Marjorie DeJoie and for the two instructors who made the biggest impression on me while in Philly at 12th St. Gym, Chick and Stephanie.
These are but a few of the gifts, people, gods, Goddesses, Spirits and elementals I am appreciative of. To all of them I say thank you! And to those of you who read this blog. Though I have no clue who any of you are, I know there are those who do. And it brings me a lot of healing to know my words matter, and that they bring healing at times to you.






















Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Queen of Swords as Mel Robbins

So after I made the last post I tripped over an very powerful video. About 2 min into it I almost turned it off. The woman presenting this Ted Talk, Mel Robbins, was seriously rubbing me the wrong way. My mind was coming up with a lot of judgements about her, many of which may or may not be true, but I'm so glad I realized that silly shit was irrelevant to the amazing knowledge she was sharing. She is as Queen of Swords as anyone I've ever seen. She is a public speaker and blogger, criminal attorney, mother of three, wife and relationship and career expert. (You can see why I decided to tell my critical board member in my brain to go play in traffic) She is an extremely direct, curt, to the point, in your face, unapologetic woman of action. I'm lucky to have found her powerful voice that cuts through the bullshit and tells it like it is. The next time I say "I'm fine" I'll see this outspoken blonde and hear her words, "...get outta your head! You would not hang out with people who talk to you thway you talk to yourself!" How synchronistic the Universe sent me this after what I just posted! I hope this helps any of you who check it out.



Enjoy the Silence - Shhh...

This morning's card from my Earth Magick Oracle was Island - Solitude. It's kinda perfect because yesterday marked the very first day I've been all alone since... Holy fucking sheep shit. Since May 30. OH MY FUCKING GOD IVE NOT BEEN BY MYSELF SINCE MAY 30?!?! 7 WEEKS TO THE DAY OF CONSTANT INTERACTION WITH OTHERS EVERY SINGLE DAY??! Sweet Jesus it's a wonder I'm not in a mental institution with Haldol running through an IV drip! I had no idea it'd been this long. As an empath that's some very dangerous behavior! No wonder I've been depressed and anxious and had extreme back pain, sleepless nights and feelings of impending doom! I've got all of my own shit plus that of all the people around me that I'm absorbing NON STOP. Leaving NOLA was traumatic and that day was so fucking painful and stressful I had a total melt down. Then got in a car to drive 16 hours up to Chicago because my wife's (my best friend Michaelle) father died. Oh to hell with it, I'm not going to rehash all the details. It was some bullshit. It also was wonderful because it made me, Michaelle and our friend Wendy even closer. But then I had to fly to Philly to deal with some extremely stressful things within a 9 hour period and then get on a flight to London, followed by a 3 1/2 hour bus ride. I'm here visiting my amazing friend Karen. Her 14 yr old lives here, and for the first 6 weeks of my stay, her 21 yr old son and his girlfriend (lovely people!) lived here as well. Then I find out my dog died. Jesus on a bicycle.

All I can say is, did you ever see the movie Falling Down by Michael Douglas? I deserve a fucking medal for not going on a mass killing spree. And a cookie. From the Double Tree! In Paris! While wearing a pair of boots by Lanvin! Preferably these:


So last week the older two moved out and into a fantastic new home. And Sunday Karen and the youngest went on vacation to Thialand. So this is the second day in approximately 51 days that I've been alone. Mother of God.

This card shows a green expanse of solitary land. Some parts are a smooth carpet of moss-like grass, others are rock formations that form a peak leading to the night sky. The island is surrounded by a body of water that is as perfectly smooth and still as polished glass, reflecting the land and the sky. One side of the island is shrouded in darkness, the other in light because a large portion of the sky is covered by ominous dark clouds. Yet from the opposite side of the sky a silent veil of moonlight casts an ethereal glow. In the center of the island is a single tree. It looks like a mighty oak, but it has a gorgeous canopy of amethyst blooms. There is nothing at all scary of loney about this image, just the beauty of peaceful stillness. This tree has been left unattended by humans and it thrives. The purple flowers make me think of the crown and third eye chakras. The moonlight makes me understand the importance of quite reflection as it shines through the dense stagnation and congestion of the thick clouds and onto the pristine water.

I decide to do something I've been feeling pulled to do since I worked with Kiki as my life coach (God I miss her!) but have not done. I have taken a vow of silence today. At least until 6PM. If you know me, you know what a challenge this is LOL! Now since there is nobody here but the three cats, it sound super easy. But it's been four hours now, and doing this with purpose has a very different feel to it. A very good feel. And Goddess knows I am that crazy bitch who freely talks to herself and the cats lol!

I intended to ask tarot why card will help me and then do a shuffle to specifically ask which of the court cards would be whispering messages to my mind. Two cards fell out, one a court card. The 5 and Page of Swords. Damn. "Extreme negative self-talk" is what I instantly heard. The ultra critical self-destructive voice of ego that is nothing more than a fucking bully who points out everything I'm doing wrong, have done wrong, will do wrong, how fucked up things are and always will be. "You type too damn slow! You need to start making some money. You still haven't called your mother in a week? You've gained damn near 10lbs ya know. You should walk today, but you probably won't." Yada yada fucking yada.

This very direct Pg of Sw, giving his completely unaffected stare, offers me a choice delivered on a lapis lazuli colored cushion (pausing now to go get that stone and keep it with me today...) Continue listening to that shit or not. We can't kill off that member of the board of directors in our dome, but we can tune him out by tuning into more positive voices. I'm finding out how to do that by so many of the YouTube channels I subscribe to a few of which include anything by Abraham-Hicks and Tony Robbins. Another way is yoga each day for the past 8 days. I also will start reading a book one of my new British friends let me borrow that addresses this issue and teaches how to manage it. The air aspect of both cards also address the thoughts I've had about looking up videos on breathing exercise and mindfullness. I wonder if I communicate telepathically with any of the cats??


In the immortal words of one of my favorite bands, Depeche Mode:

Words like violence, Break the silence

Come crashing in

Into my little world
Painful to me

Pierce right through me











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