Card for the Week of February 10, 2019

Jessica Z’ Story Medicine Deck

Jessica Z’ Story Medicine Deck

In Jessica’s deck of spiritual growth, story telling and women’s tales, cards of the minor arcana are correlated with the major: in this case, the Moon.

Fly through the depths of your pain and knowing. In fact, soar. SOAR.

Soar into the depths of all you trend lightly around—all that you fear. Sing it. SING IT.

and soar.

This day of February marks Mercury’s journey into Pisces. Here, he’ll travel and turn and spin for quite a while—with Neptune. This may be a murky time, but more powerfully, it’s a wonderful time to invite relationship with your intuition and your truth. Your psychic and dreamy abilities may be heightened: a good thing.

Enjoy the view from this enlightening place.

Gems: Picasso Jasper, Obsidian, Quartz
Herbs: Sage (cleanse), Lavender (relax), Chamomile (release), Rosemary (purification & protection), Self-heal (heal) and Lemongrass (uplift)

"Ambient Confusion"

I was listening to a podcast by Chris Brennan (you can find him on Patreon). He was with Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock discussing the astrology forecast for February (which I’ll summarize on AstroLuminosity (home page offering) over the next week. Austin is a word wizard in so many ways. He’s mentioned that 2019 is the year of “creativity out of chaos…" and this morning, he referred to “Ambient Confusion.”

What cards might we need to keep close by and tap into if we are in a time of Ambient Confusion?

The Strength Card from The Moonchild Tarot

The Strength Card from The Moonchild Tarot

The Strength card came to me right away: also Justice and the Star.

STRENGTH: “A young woman sits calmly with a majestic lion…Here, she is unaffected by its presence for in her grace and strength she has nurtured a safe relationship…Both demonstrate a strong sense of mastery and peace…attuning to a higher frequency of awareness.

JUSTICE: “Justice, Truth and Universal balance…She oversees the labyrinth, with her luminous scales and sword…encouraging us to learn from the greater spiral of life.”

STAR: “…Orienting herself from a new heartfelt perspective…she raises a sacred cup distilling the teachings of the cosmos into her hands. From this place, she consecrates her spirit, transmuting from this divine source of flowing inspiration.”

Thank you Danielle Noel for such a beautiful deck: it’s inspired so many who come to the shop: one of my most favorite decks (and I have so many!).

Card or the Week of January 20

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I choose my own: This is because of the Blood Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse on Sunday and the Full Moon in Leo on Monday morning. (p.s., I think the best time to see this Blood Moon will begin at 9:36 pm, peak at 12:12am.)

This Lunar Eclipse may be honored and embraced as the culmination of efforts and intentions of the last 6-9 months. Take some time to review what has evolved in that time. I ask: have you been true to yourself? Following your path and goals? The last Solar Eclipse sparked a start: an introduction to the new waves and flows of the 2019 year. This year has been given a tag: “Creativity out of Chaos.” With this, we may find that we soar and sink and soar again. The key is to keep an eye on the top of the wave.

The cards that come to mind are Temperance and Strength. These, I will keep as my guides. Totems for my alter. Comfort in my travels. The Queen of Cups and the 6 of Disks are gifts to you as you move through the week (and the year): A blessing to show up with your heart in truth and work with kindness as your cloak.

Gems: Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Fluorite
Herbs: Bluebell

Card for the Week of January 13, 2019

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Creativity from the Chaos.

I offer you Strength as your Tarot card of focus for the beginning of 2019. I also think of Temperance and the Star. The Star luminary is the creative spark, the Moon, the reflection and the Sun, the revealing or manifestation.

Here, we find our power to create in our own way (particular to self) to move toward the light…and ground…simultaneously.

It’s as if the phoenix rises from the ashes. WE RISE.

Delve into luscious ritual. Find your wand. Walk in the woods. Paint! Dance! Sing…out loud and from the heart. This is your year.

In this week, we continue to find our way through the early eclipses of 2019. They are the “big bang” of this new year…and will sow a seed for the rhythm of the year. So nurture. Nourish. Cherish. You are the light—your own guiding light. Tap into it. Honor it. Tend that little light that glows.

Blessings

Gems: Chrysoprase
Herbs: Anise, Angelica
Cards: Strength, Temperance, The Star, The Hermit, the Moon…and the Sun

Card for the Week of January 6, 2019

From the Moon Deck by Aarona Ganesan and Andrea Keh

From the Moon Deck by Aarona Ganesan and Andrea Keh

The New Moon was in Capricorn. Saturn is a big guy right now. Astrologically, 2019 seems to be a year of creative opportunity.

My earlier pull on our behalf was “Mystery Revealed” from the Frequency Tarot Divine-Guidance Cards by Teal Swan. The description guides you in a ritual —the idea is to embrace that which is hidden…like a hidden gem. The ritual is one of subtle action, quiet energy expended.

I allow stillness to heal and reveal.

Card No. 18 from the Moon Deck is entitled HEAL. The ritual suggested (listed below) is Moon Bath. The message is…

One cannot create in truth until one is healed.

First things first! Both cards suggest that in quiet stillness, we find truth and guidance. The Oracle: the healed one manifests. The sick must repair. The year provides opportunity with awareness. Take care of yourself, design your own calendar, commit to self, manifest.

Gems: Gold, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian
Herbs: Tulsi, Schizandra, Your (own) Plant Ally
Archetypes: Those subtle and strong. Avoid Artemis—and burn out…right now. Brigid, Freya, Pachamama, Mazu
Tarot for Alter: Strength
Moon Bath Ritual: Whenever you feel disconnected from Spirit, foreign in your own body, confused, imbalanced, overwhelmed, disheartened, or anything that doesn’t feel true to your essence—it’s time to soak in some solo time under the moonlight…
1. Go outside and bask in the magic of the moonlight
2. Absorb the luminous and healing light…deep into your cells
3. Speak your prayers and intentions (make offerings if appropriate)
4. Allow time to reveal, heal and recharge
5. Rest well.
(The above adapted from the Moon Deck Guidebook.)

December 23 - January 6 2018

Tarot of the Holy Light

Tarot of the Holy Light

The Devil Card shows up today (the The Full Moon in Cancer) and may carry us through the holidays, into a New Moon Eclipse in Capricorn in January. I find this “perfect.” If you read below and get a glimpse of how these Moons might treat you, you’ll see why this card is so appropriate for right now. The Devil card theme: The two people are apparently controlled by this outside power or force. It seems they are unable to make decisions clearly for their own wellbeing. But, in fact, they are not bonded, bound or controlled by the exterior force: that is an illusion. Over the next few weeks, be mindful of this concept as you flow through the Moons.

Take care of yourself, be patient. Nurture. Mind your choices.

The full moon December 22, 2018, falls at 0º Cancer 2018. The full moon December 2018 astrology is extremely powerful and fortunate. Those touched by this full Moon will do well in any role where they play parent or carer at this festive time. Indeed the nurturing energy is so strong at this time that it could feed an army. The great thing about this position is that the Moon will never exceed what it is willing to give. At this time we learn very quickly that we are no good to anyone if we burn themselves out. This also means that there is none of the martyr syndrome resentment vibe that happens sometimes with overly lunar energy.

This position is very fertile, it has the feel of that spongy turf that grows around a lake and the water lilies that sit upon it. We are drawn to healing mud that this full Moon December has in abundance. The ambience at this full Moon is gentile and compromising. Those touched by this full Moon will want to treat their loved ones like royalty. It’s a great period to do things that pamper yourself or indulge in home-made treats. Yay Christmas!”—From DarkAstrology.com

The New Moon in Capricorn on January 6th may leave you wondering about your self worth, and questioning how much those around you truly love you. It may also bring up thoughts around your more broad value to a community or society at large. In this, you may step back and avoid collective situations or obligations. This is a time to take care and nourish yourself (don’t self-sabotage). Be mindful to NOT seek approval from the outside. You have to trust your inner values.

Card for the Week of December 23, 2018

Tarot of the Holy Light

Tarot of the Holy Light

The Devil Card shows up today (the The Full Moon in Cancer) and may carry us through the holidays, into a New Moon Eclipse in Capricorn in January. I find this “perfect.” If you read below and get a glimpse of how these Moons might treat you, you’ll see why this card is so appropriate for right now. The Devil card theme: The two people are apparently controlled by this outside power or force. It seems they are unable to make decisions clearly for their own wellbeing. But, in fact, they are not bonded, bound or controlled by the exterior force: that is an illusion. Over the next few weeks, be mindful of this concept as you flow through the Moons.

Take care of yourself, be patient. Nurture. Mind your choices.

The full moon December 22, 2018, falls at 0º Cancer 2018. The full moon December 2018 astrology is extremely powerful and fortunate. Those touched by this full Moon will do well in any role where they play parent or carer at this festive time. Indeed the nurturing energy is so strong at this time that it could feed an army. The great thing about this position is that the Moon will never exceed what it is willing to give. At this time we learn very quickly that we are no good to anyone if we burn themselves out. This also means that there is none of the martyr syndrome resentment vibe that happens sometimes with overly lunar energy.

This position is very fertile, it has the feel of that spongy turf that grows around a lake and the water lilies that sit upon it. We are drawn to healing mud that this full Moon December has in abundance. The ambience at this full Moon is gentile and compromising. Those touched by this full Moon will want to treat their loved ones like royalty. It’s a great period to do things that pamper yourself or indulge in home-made treats. Yay Christmas!”—From DarkAstrology.com

The New Moon in Capricorn on January 6th may leave you wondering about your self worth, and questioning how much those around you truly love you. It may also bring up thoughts around your more broad value to a community or society at large. In this, you may step back and avoid collective situations or obligations. This is a time to take care and nourish yourself (don’t self-sabotage). Be mindful to NOT seek approval from the outside. You have to trust your inner values.

Card for the Week of December 16, 2018

Queen of Wands from the Moonchild Tarot

Queen of Wands from the Moonchild Tarot

The Queen of Wands. She has flowers blooming from her ears, spilling from her eyes. They grow and grow from the inside until they adorn her on the outside—and are revealed. This is the Queen of Wands.

Manifestation • Creation

This week, look for the fire in your belly—the fire in your heart. Witness the inner light and follow it’s lead. Smile in the satisfaction that pursuing one’s joy, hopes, dreams and aspirations can provide. Attend …. and it will reveal.

AstroLuminiosity: Jupiter in its home of Sag offers us a stellar opportunity.
Crystals: Carnelian, Chrysoprase, Juniper
Herbs: Balm of Gilead, Dragon’s Blood, Rue
Tarot/Oracle/Alter: Blend herbs and crystals in a small bowl and place at your alter with The Queen of Wands, Lakshmi, Ganesha, your Patroness


Card for the Week of December 9, 2018

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“You are the Dance of Light and Shadow.”—Danielle Noel

T A R O T : A N U N F O L D I N G

This coming week…I offer a seven day ponder, journal prompt or thought to consider…

“You are unfolding. Like the petals of a flower: opening.”

Working prompts like these (below) can provide a beautiful and lasting outcome.

This coming week…I offer a seven day ponder, journal prompt or thought to consider…

Monday: The Hanged Man—Ask yourself, “Where in my life might I curiously embrace a new perspective?”
Tuesday: Death—Ask yourself, “What is it in my life that I might let go of in order to make space for something more wonderful?”
Wednesday: The Star—Ask yourself, “What is it that brings me hope, joy and a sense of good faith?” Practice or welcome these things. Activate.
Thursday: The Moon—This evening, capture your dream(s). Write them down. Contemplate.
Friday: The Sun—Today, think of someone you are proud of. Give them a call, write a letter or send a sweet mail.
Saturday: Judgement—Close your eyes, breathe…and imagine what inner calling or adventure needs birth and growth. Write what comes…
Sunday: The World—Think of something that you’d wish to manifest (a seed planted, a tree grown). Draw a circle of circles. In each little circle, sketch a word or image to represent phases. Pass your finger over each circle in a clockwise motion three times. Smile. Imagine. Intention. Best of luck.

With love,
Serena

Card for the Week of December 2, 2018

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CHANGE • TRANSITION

In many cultures, death is simply a known part of journey…
We are not natural with the concept of death…It’s scary, frightening and to be avoided. When the Death card comes up, most everyone says “oh!” or “yikes” or “uh oh”—a natural reaction which misses another, more empowering and relative meaning. Just look how beautiful this card (from the MoonChild Deck) is…and how she thrives in the evolution and transition.

Death is beautiful, natural and unavoidable. Without death, there is no growth and renewal. On the simplest terms, we create death when we make any choice: at that moment, we kiss the other option (the un-chosen one) away—and end it’s possibility. Sometimes, we overlook the opportunity to mourn—as we hurry forward.

In the coming week, I invite you to consider the many ways that death is with us often. How things come and go all of the time. And in some cases, death (or the passing and removal of something) creates space for something new, bright and vibrant (or at least, new). We think of death as crushing loss—and it often is. These are the hard and heavy ones…that we often end up experiencing somewhat alone for fear of admitting “weakness” (which is mistaken weakness). But what beauty can you find in the concept of death? This is your challenge over the coming days. Enjoy the ride.

With love,
Serena

Card for the Week of November 25, 2018

The Moonchild Tarot Danielle Noel

The Moonchild Tarot Danielle Noel

“You are the Dance of Light and Shadow.”—Danielle Noel

The Ace of Pentacles. “As the first card of this transformational suit, the Ace of Pentacles glows with the ancient Egyptian Eye of Horus, a symbol of Power, abundance and good health. This energy speaks of new beginnings that are filled with tangible results and positive manifestations. Whether it be a new project or idea, now is the time to plant your seeds.

PROSPERTITY • ABUNDANCE • REWARDS • STABILITY • HEALTH

Inquiry:
• How can I align with my creativity to support my life?
• What are my true notions of success?
Mantras:
• I seek the abundance that nourishes my heart
• I celebrate the gifts that life has to offer

“The Ace of Pentacles highlights new, prosperous beginnings that have the potential to grow into long-term success. The energy of this card speaks of planning and strategizing—laying out the foundation for the foreseeable future, knowing that the outcome will be fruitful and positive. From this state of understanding comes the ability to identify best with your heart. This card speaks of the innate trust, intuition and choices that support inner-growth beyond mere affluence. You understand and prioritize what is truly important, and are able to rally all of the resources you need along the way. Remember, the power of positive visualization, combined with a sense of gratitude will only attract more abundance into your life.”

Herbs: Cinquefoil, Clove, Cinnamon, Juniper, Rose
Gems: Citrine, Aventurine, Jade
Hints: Consider the Ten of Pentacles, the Queen of Pentacles and the Empress

Cards for the Week of November 18, 2018

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Friendship and the Dreamer

Look for folks who support you in your dreams and in your wellbeing. Be careful who you spend time with. Focus on what is true to you.

Share With People Who Support You: This is key for this week. Make a point of connecting with or making plans with those who are “in friendship” with you…those who are in positive relationship with you. Avoid those who challenge, defeat, dishearten or weaken body, mind or soul.

Mind Who You Spend Time With: These are the people who color your world. It also includes the content of the books you read, programs you watch or podcasts you listen to. Be mindful of what you choose. These things affect, project, shape, and alter attitudes, moods and dispositions.

Focus on What is True to YOU: Sometimes, in childhood, we have crystal clarity. This might be a good time to think back on what you once knew to be true. Over time, we can become clouded by the opinions of others, the voices of many, and the general outside “noise.” But our truth is ours—if we choose to dig deep enough to find and embrace it. Be your best friend and acknowledge your deepest and truest soul self (and desires).

Follow your dreams.

Enjoy…

Card for Week of November 11, 2018

Two of Disks from M.M. Meleen’s Tabula Mundi Tarot • Deck 543 LE

Two of Disks from M.M. Meleen’s Tabula Mundi Tarot • Deck 543 LE

This week may provide opportunity (or force upon you) change. The time has come for something to shift, sift and flow outward. What has been has come to it’s peak or expended it’s power and use…and will drift away or dramatically cease. This experience can take many forms: those more esoteric and mystical all the way through to the most mundane and simple occurrence, but be curious and be aware. (See below)

The two of disks provides opportunity to consider what’s best; Sort; Evaluate; Embrace that which servers you well and discard that which does not. Capricorn offers the stability, strength and perseverance…while Jupiter encourages expansion.

iChing: No. 1 Creative Power. No. 64 Climax
Numerology: 1 — Individualistic, independent, with leadership and drive, self-starter, progressive and courageous (Negative aspects: stubborn, selfish and undisciplined)
Crystals: Chrysocolla, Labradorite, Malachite, Moonstone
Tarot: Two of Pentacles, Death, Strength, Chariot, Temperance and the Sun (in that order)

Note: Examples of change (small and large)—you purchase a shoe one-size-up and “your world changes for the better!”, an old job ends and makes space for a new one, and old relationship wraps up and provides space and opportunity for a brighter future, the snow stays and we shift to our “winter mindset” here in the Northern Hemisphere…

Card for the Week of November 4

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We are in the darkest days before the New Moon on the 7th (the “thin” time). We are also still riding the Venus Retrograde in Scorpio transition to Libra when she will go Direct again. These are, in fact, enriching times. For each of us…this may mean different things. For me, its’ reward through remembrance and transition. It’s a nod to the ancestry. It’s gratitude and growth.

The Nine of Wands emerges from the shadow and ash of the Tower. Alejandra León writes: “The explosion of changes ruled by the Tower brings transformation. The potent electricity can bring excitement or chaos, but when the chips fall, a new foundation is present.” Her key words: “Awakening. Restructuring. High intensity. The old falling away so that something new an be built. Breakdown of pre-existing patterns.” And through this, the Nine of Wands is illuminated, “[heralding] a time when strength of craftsmanship has been achieved. All past developments are resulting in a mastery…The reward of perseverance is present. Knowledge and wisdom are results of the journey.”

Enjoy this glory.

With love,

Serena

Card for the Week of October 28

©Barbara Moore

©Barbara Moore

A fine line: being prepared to attack…on the verge. Heated. Tempted. What’s proper timing?

A…”blend of gracefulness and tension, she balances delicately between the water and the moon, keeping her swords aloft. Although artful, this activity takes up all her time and energy… The stories she tells herself about her life require constant attention. Her environment is comprised largely of water, symbolic of her subconscious, and the moon, also connected with…(hidden) aspects of the self…. She is dangling between water and air. Eventually…something will give way.”

In the coming days, pay attention to those subtle and nagging insights and truths: the ones that, softly tap, reminding you that something is out of line, something is locked away (that which needs to be released), something is being ignored and squelched (for now). The more trivial and mundane activities that occupy might well be steeling away time—valuable time. If it is not the right time to remove the blindfold and dance, it is certainly the right time to acknowledge (the pull of the moon).

Hint: Truth? The Star Card
Herbs: Sage
Crystals: Picasso Jasper, Spider Obsidian, Clear Quartz, Sodalite

Card for the Week of October 21

©The Illuminated Earth Oracle by Claire Mack

©The Illuminated Earth Oracle by Claire Mack

So often, we walk alone with our needs and troubles. Storms brew from somewhere deep under—and slowly seep into our consciousness or semi-consciousness. Or possibly issues are obvious, straight forward and direct. In either and any case, we…often choose to “walk alone.”

Why is it so hard to ask for help? Why is it difficult to be “vulnerable?” Why is it good to be tough? This oracle asks us to embrace our humility, our community…and regain our strength in company.

I am reminded of the Wizard of Oz and the companionship of the Lion, the Scarecrow, Dorothy and the Tin Man. Would they have had such strength individually? Lie in the field of poppies and awake to trusting: it is OK to be in the hands of others. It is good to be healed. It is wonderful to be embraced. It is right to ask for help. Reach out!—many endeavors are more powerful, fun and fulfilling in company.

Herbs: Chamomile
Essences: Buttercup
Crystals: Rose Quartz

Card for ... October

The Illuminated Earth Oracle © Claire Mack 2018

The Illuminated Earth Oracle © Claire Mack 2018

There are no words, really, when you pull “Reflection” mid-October, when Venus is retrograde in Scorpio. That is:…it says it all.

The abundance that comes from reflection, in all of its depths, is worth the wade and wallow. The finest alignment comes in the purity of truth. When we make kindness with our truths, we witness their strengths—no matter what the manifestation. Each pain is growth; each joy walks alike.

I believe that Reflection (the card) in Venus retrograde Scorpio begs us to slow and consider, behold and embrace. This is a thin time of combinations that offer a perfect opportunity. Consider what you were doing in October of 2010. 2003? 1995? What patterns do you see? Are you swimming circles in the same pool or spiraling upward?

In the image, to the right, Agrimony in a goose-egg shell. This is for protection, for as you wander the depths of memory, things that are not pretty may rise up. This ritual serves you. Other protective acts/thoughts: sage, mugwort, anise, angelica, basil and bay. Crystals: black tourmaline, obsidian, fluorite, and amethyst. Fruits and Berries: Juniper (read more here). Ritual: (bon)fire/flame and visioning. Prayer.

Card for the Week of October 7, 2018

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We weave our way though peaks and valleys—in an attempt to achieve peace, balance and relative success (as we know or think of it). Discernment is your key word and concept this week.

Considering • Sifting

Consider carefully that which you are drawn to. Be certain what you do and attract serves you well. The ultimate goal is to find the rose beneath the unicorn, so don’t blow it by falling into illusionary thought and action. The week calls for grounded, truthful discernment.

Cards for Empowerment: Temperance, the High Priestess, the Empress
Crystals: Green Tourmaline, Rainbow Obsidian
Herbs: Hibiscus, Sage, Agrimony, Hawthorn