Monday, August 22, 2016

Magical Mondays - Embracing Balance.

Magical Monday


Rune(s) of the Week:

Gebo: Gift: You are being called to examine what you give to the world and how you receive blessings. A gift is being offered to you; if you accept it freely, you must become more giving in return. The cycle of exchange must not be broken. 





Tarot Card(s) of the week:

3 Card Spread - Head, Heart Spirit 

Head: 12 The Mirror: Patience and prudence are the keywords here, although trust plays a large part in the process of crossing to the island where insights into our own unconscious workings may be revealed. This process differs from the journey of the Hooded Man, who makes a conscious decision to withdraw and contemplate the universe. In the Mirror, a surrender of will is required. Insights may come from dreams and meditations, but now is not the time to force the pace or drive on with a plan or desire until you have heard what your soul has to say, and your bruised and wounded spirit has been healed. Be patient. Let the journey commence and awaken afresh and full of energy, ready to deal with the world and the challenge it raises. 


Heart: Three of Stones - Creativity: The practical manifestation of creative energy requires a clear and open channel to the inspirational forces and impulses of the universe. Allowing this energy to flow through you is a rich and rewarding git in itself. Just as releasing your dreams and desires to a universal consciousness always brings a response, so the releasing of creative energy invites into the artist the healing and enriching fuel from which further insight and visionary stimulus flows. This emotional and spiritual relationship with divine inspiration allows the subconscious mind to delve deeply and summons the intuitively creative power that actualizes work. Artistic beauty takes many forms and presents itself in a variety of ways, but the relationship with the subconscious formative energy, whether through music, painting, sculpture or poetry, reminds us of the personal and intimate connection we all should share with the universal consciousness.

Spirit: King of Bows: Adder - Meaning: At this time of year, the Adder represents serpentine Earth energies rising from the ground into the ait and intertwining, as male adders struggle for dominance. (Sometimes this is mistaken for a mating ritual) They also represent magical power, balance and the healing arts. 
Reading Points: Maturity, strength or resolve, energy and wisdom. The genius and individuality of the seeker is enhanced and rewarded at very turn. Your leadership is unchallenged, your path direct, your goals realized. 

Thoughts: 
This week I am beginning an online  challenge hosted by the lovely Melissa Lopez of The Hive. The Embrace Balance Challenge looks like this: 
What does balance in your life look like?
What kinds of things do you think about when you think about having balance in your life?
How much does feeling balanced have to do with what’s happening on the inside of you as opposed to what’s happening on the outside of you?

Interested in getting curious about some of this stuff? I am!

Beginning on August 21st through September 21st, a group of us will commit to exploring balance in our individual lives for about 4.5 weeks, ending (almost) on the Fall Equinox (when day and night are equal, totally balanced).

Here’s how it will go down:

1. Confirm your participation on this event page by clicking GOING. If you click GOING, the Universe and I will know that you are committed!

2. Between now (whenever you are reading this ☺) and August 21st, you’ll consider how you would like to bring more balance to your life (whatever that means to you—I’ll share my plan of action as an example) and create a plan of action. Your plan of action can include ANYTHING:
Exercise
Bellydance
Meditation
Yoga
Family time
Friend time
Alone time
Working on a new habit, like journaling, sleeping in, waking earlier, being outside more
Nutrition
Self-care rituals
Practicing a musical instrument
Financial stuff
Day dreaming
Self-compassion
Doing nothing time
Changes to your personal environment
Attitude adjustment
Gratitude practice
etc. etc. etc.

While you’ll be creating your plan based on what you know you need, I’m asking all participants to include/consider the following:
+When planning physical goals, be sure to allow rest/recovery time

+Please include a minimum of 2 sessions of meditation per week, for a minimum of 10 minutes for each session (I’ll record a few meditations and either share them live on FB or post them to YouTube)

+JOURNAL! I’m finding that keeping track of stuff is helping me make the changes I want in my routine and helping me build habits in my physical world, but more importantly new thought habits! Many of us can identify lots and lots of ways we’d like to adjust things. When creating goals, consider how you will measure your achievements and try to build in small wins, or ways to reward yourself for staying on track. I’ll share a calendary-like template in the FB group to help guide you in creating your plan and breaking it down into weekly and daily goals. You can keep track in any way you like, but I will encourage you to commit to tracking your progress, both at the start and end of your day. Once you’re in the swing of it, the time it takes will be small compared to the benefits you’ll receive. You can use the journal template I provide, or do whatever makes the most sense.

+While classes are NOT mandatory for participation (I hope a few of you out of towners will participate) we’ll have a class time devoted just for challenge participants on Weds from 7:15pm-8:00pm, August 24th, 31st, September 7th, and 14th. We can celebrate the end of our challenge together at The Hive’s wine tasting on Wed, September 21st, 7pm. The challenge classes at The Hive will include a lil’yoga (for all levels) and meditation. (If you come to class, this will count towards your 2 meditation sessions per week.)

3. Anytime before August 21, introduce yourself and share your plan with our private FB group. (If there are private things you’re working on and it feels too vulnerable to share in the group, please feel free to private message me your plan. I’ll still encourage you to share as much of your plan with group as you feel comfortable.)

4. Each Sunday participants will post 3 wins (achievements) from the week, 3 ways they’ll make the next week even better.

5. I’ll be posting each morning to help us get our day off to a great start and will ask participants to respond.

Recap:
1. Commit to participation by clicking GOING on THIS event page.

2. Mastermind your plan of attack action. (Remember to include journaling/keeping track and classes if you plan to incorporate them!)

3. Introduce yourself and share your Plan of Action in the FB group. (FB group will be active beginning August 7th)

4. Weekly: Post your wins from the previous week and what’s going to go better the next week.

5. Daily: respond to Melissa’s prompt in the FB group, track and consider your progress in the A.M. and P.M.

6. Approach the whole thing with curiosity and compassion towards yourself. The end goal to all of this stuff is that we learn more about ourselves and put that knowledge to helpful use in our lives. Period.

I'm not trying to rush summer or anything, but when we consider the harvest season, we're on the downswing. This is the perfect time of year to dig in and think about what our harvest might look like and how we can postively affect all the stuff we're working on. The Equinox is all about balance. Let's allow nature to guide us as we examine our own natural rhythms.

So, who is in??
You have until August 21st at 5pm to join.

There's no fee to participate in the challenge! If you plan to attend the Wed challenge classes, you can use your class pass, pay for a drop-in or it's included in your unlimited Hive membership.

OH! You don't have to be a current student of The Hive to participate!! You also don't need to be local!

I think this fits right into the reading I had today. I am hoping to prepare myself for changes that arte coming down the road to be dealt with. Wish me luck. 


Blessings!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Magical Monday - Job Finder Pillow

Magical Monday


Rune(s) of the Week:

Wunjo: Joy: Appreciate the love and laughter in your life and make time to value the ordinary things that make you happy. Live fully in the present and appreciate being alive! 




Tarot Card(s) of the week:

Nine of Bows - Respect: 
When nearing the heart of a sacred quest, motivation and integrity of human desires are challenged. Ancient wisdom demands the seeker be humble and forgiving. Respect for others and for the environment is required to proceed along the path to enlightenment. There is no completion without overcoming the challenge. 

Thoughts: 

Well...It turns out that there were layoffs at work, and I was spared, but my manager (who I adore) and all but 3 of my team mates were not. I am relieved that it wasn't worse, but still not happy with losing my team as we are close. I have decided that this is the impetus I needed to get out there and look for a new job. I am hoping I can get something that uses my degree/ writing skills. 

I am about to break out an old spell/ ritual I created several years ago to get a job. I create a job finder pillow. I make a list of all the things that I must have in a new job, being very very specific. Then I find a suitable color cloth to make my pillow. I made my last one 5"x3" but that was at random and the actual size of the pillow doesn't matter. Sew three sides of the pillow leaving one side open for stuffing. You can paint symbols and sigils onto the pillow at this time. I then stuff the pillow with polyester stuffing, and then cut up the list and place the items on it one by one into the pillow saying each one aloud. I also add to the pillow some dill, cinnamon, coins, and anything else I have on hand for luck, success and money. As I sew up the last side I would chant/ imbue the pillow with energy to find a new job as quickly as possible. Use the pillow as a focus and for meditation. Once you secure the job the pillow can be disposed of. 

Blessings!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Magical Monday - What is coming???

Magical Monday



Rune(s) of the Week:

Tiwaz: Tyr- the sky god: This rune represents honor, justice, leadership and authority, analysis, rationality, knowing where one's true strengths lie. It symbolizes willingness to self-sacrifice, victory and success in any competition or in legal matters. 

Hagalaz: Hail:  The rune represents the wrath of nature, destructive, uncontrolled forces, especially the weather, or within the unconscious. Attributes include tempering, testing, trial, controlled crisis, leading to completion, inner harmony. 




Tarot Card(s) of the week:

Knight of Bows- Fox: 
Determination leads you to success but sometimes at personal cost. Your life may change or enter a different path at any moment. Native wit and cleverness guide your steps toward fulfillment, as does your gift of anticipating the future. 

Queen of Arrows-Swan:
A state of separation may exist, bringing with it sorrow, privation and misfortune. You may need to break old bonds and find new rivers in which to swim if you are to move beyond this place of darkness and loss.

Thoughts: 

My work life has been fraught with stress and chaos recently and I am pretty sure that this week I am being warned. I had today off, and a coworker posted a message about it being a harsh day at work. It has been in my mind that something big and crazy was about to happen, but I have no idea what may be happening. All I know is that one way or another it may be time for me to find a new job. 

Blessings!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Magical Monday - Lammas Edition

Magical Monday



Rune(s) of the Week:

Raido: Wagon or Chariot: Represents travel, both in physical terms and those of lifestyle direction. The rune predicts a journey, vacation, relocation, evolution, change of place or setting. It allows seeing a larger perspective. Seeing the right move for you to make a deciding upon it. It symbolizes personal rhythm, world rhythm and the dance of life. 

Laguz: Lake: This run represents the flow of water, sea, a fertility source, the healing power of renewal, life's energy and organic growth. It symbolizes imagination and psychic matters, dreams, fantasies, mysteries, the unknown, the hidden, the deep, the underworld. It predicts success in travel or acquisition, but with the possibility of loss. 




Tarot Card(s) of the week:

Ten of Arrows: Instruction - 

Meaning: A parent passes on skills, wisdom and ancestral ways with love and tolerance. Instruction and communication are required between the generations to help use old skills in new ways. 

King of Bows: Adder - 

Meaning: At this time of year, the Adder represents serpentine Earth energies rising from the ground into the ait and intertwining, as male adders struggle for dominance. (Sometimes this is mistaken for a mating ritual) They also represent magical power, balance and the healing arts. 

Reading Points: Maturity, strength or resolve, energy and wisdom. The genius and individuality of the seeker is enhanced and rewarded at very turn. Your leadership is unchallenged, your path direct, your goals realized. 

Thoughts: 

Today is Lammas. I am thinking today about things that I can list as completed in my year, and things that I feel are ready for "harvest". I have come a long way in the last year. I can feel myself opening up more, and taking more control of my life. I have brought some strong and amazing people into my life, and also become closer to some who had been in my life tangentially. Now I am looking for a change of career that uses my education. Possibly writing or editing locally. I need to brush up my resume and get to applying. Here is a song for Lammas. 


Blessings!

Betsy

Monday, July 25, 2016

Magical Monday

Magical Monday



Rune(s) of the Week:

Gebo: Gift - This rune represents gifts, both in the sense of sacrifice and of generosity, indicating balance. All matters in relation to exchanges, including contracts, personal relationships and partnerships. 




Tarot Card(s) of the week:

Nine of Vessels - Generosity

It can be easy to forget, when we reach the pinnacle of our prowess, power and security, that life is cyclical and what we enjoy during the times of plenty are the products of previous toil and effort. Just like the wise farmer, we must manage good fortune by planting seeds for the future and by helping those facing hard times. This generosity will always come back to you thousandfold if it is gifted with selfless goodwill and a common humanity. 

Thoughts: 

I have some amazing things coming up this week, and I am super excited. I will check in later with details of the fun. 

Blessings!

Betsy

Monday, July 18, 2016

Magical Monday - Change is coming?

Magical Monday



Rune(s) of the Week:

Tiwaz: Tyr, the sky god. This rune represents honor, justice, leadership and authority, analysis, rationality, knowing where ones true strengths lie. It symbolizes willingness to self-sacrifice, victory and success in competition or legal matters. 

Ehwaz: Horse. Result of action. Divine partnership. Marriage. Cooperation. Adjustment. Agreement. Contract. Move of location. Change for the better. Help from another. 




Tarot Card(s) of the week:

Knight of Bows - Fox: 

Determination leads you to success but sometimes at personal cost. Your life may change or enter a different path at any moment. Native wit and cleverness guide your steps toward fulfillment, as does your gift of anticipating the future. 

Thoughts: 

I am curious what is coming on the wind with all the talk of change. I have nothing planned, so that is a little unnerving.  Because of this I decided to do a 3 card spread to see what is coming. 


Card 1: Seven of Vessels - Mourning:

Mourning begins the process of recovery after failure or bereavement. This process may even be unconscious, for we often do not realize what things were significant to us until they are gone. Mourning serves to ritualize the process of being at peace with loss and honour the passing of what is important and significant in a personal relationship. 

Card 2: Eight of Stones - Skill:

Using the skills that you have developed, and putting in the time and effort to learn new skills. 

Card 3: 12 The Mirror: 

Patience and prudence are the keywords here, although trust plays a large part in the process of crossing to the island where insights into our own unconscious workings may be revealed. This process differs from the journey of the Hooded Man, who makes a conscious decision to withdraw and contemplate the universe. In the Mirror, a surrender of will is required. Insights may come from dreams and meditations, but now is not the time to force the pace or drive on with a plan or desire until you have heard what your soul has to say, and your bruised and wounded spirit has been healed. Be patient. Let the journey commence and awaken afresh and full of energy, ready to deal with the world and the challenge it raises. 

So...apparently it will come as it comes. So I wait. 

Blessings!

Betsy

Monday, July 11, 2016

Magical Monday - Simple Readings

Magical Monday



Rune(s) of the Week:

Kenaz: Beacon or Torch: This run represents vision, revelation, knowledge, creativity, inspiration, technical ability, the vital fire of life, harnessed power, fire of transformation and regeneration. It signifies the power to create your own reality, the power of light. Open to new strength, energy, power, passion, sexual love. 

Eihwaz: Yew Tree: The rune represents strength, reliability, dependability, trustworthiness, enlightenment, endurance, defense, protection. It signifies the driving force to acquire, providing motivation, and a sense of purpose and indicates that you have set your sights on a reasonable target and can achieve your goals. It symbolizes an honest man who can be relied upon.



Tarot Card(s) of the week:

10 The Wheel

 Reading Points: The wheel has turned; change is at hand. In all nature there is a time and a tide. The cyclic laws of birth, death and rebirth are ever revolving and, without change, all things stagnate. How you deal with this change is the issue here. Within the tangled and tightly woven fabric of chance you have the power to make a difference. By your own actions you can change your life. You are not a prisoner of fate, but an integral part of it. Remember, this is not a dress rehearsal!

Queen of Stones: Bear

Reading Points: Richness and plenty surround you. Your bounty and welcoming nature make you popular with all. Many depend on you, and your natural sensuality makes you powerfully attractive to others, Pragmatism and generosity open doorways at every point. 

Blessings!

Betsy