Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pet Messages


I wrote this Tarot spread for my friend Martha, such a wonderful, sweet and funny lady, who has recently had to say goodbye to her beloved cat Nacho. Martha: You can pick a card for each question and think about the message and the feeling you get. This is meant for Tarot but you can also use the Oracle decks. What's important is the feeling you get, and the positive aspects of each message. (Btw...I don't do reversed cards, I focus on positive only, I'm not into doom and gloom!!!) :)

The photo is of my own beloved pugs Winston and Spencer who have since passed away. We used to hang out at the duck pond every afternoon when I lived in Orford Quebec. This was a lovely area and has so many wonderful memories for me!

I believe that our deceased loved ones are always with us, either through their energies or through our memories. They are never forgotten. It's so hard to let go of the grief but that is just life as we know it - doesn't make it easier though.

I honour my two little monsters every day. I have photos of them by my side, I touch their urn and it brings back wonderful memories of the time I was blessed to have them in my life. Winston passed away at age 16. Spencer at age 19. I always used to joke that my Spencer was the man in my life who I had the longest and most loving relationship with! ;) Alex is trying to beat that record! ;)

My pugs taught me patience, unconditional love, silliness and responsibility. They taught me that an afternoon at the duck pond on a sunny day was much more gratifying than sitting in a dark room on the computer or watching television. They helped me keep promises. They comforted me and got me through the worst of the burnout and depression. They never asked for anything in return except some food, water and my love. They taught me that the love between a pet and his "fur mom" was the most wonderful feeling a person could feel.

I will never forget them. Every year on Samhain, I do a reading to connect with them. I will always remember them!

Do you have a similar story? Have you had to let go of a pet? Do you still feel their energy? We have five dogs now, and I say often to Alex "My gosh, Marlene reminds me of Winston!" or "Jack sounds like Spencer when he wants what I'm eating!"...they will always be with us, isn't that wonderful? :)

14 comments:

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

I loved this post. My Karma now and my Tor who has since passed have been the two most important pets in my life. From what they taught me right down to their unconditional love. We have many pets and I love them all, but some do touch your soul more deeply.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Oh, Rain, this brought tears to my eyes. ❤ Thank you for this post ❤ I have saved this to my favourites bar, so I can work on those questions. I'm still reading up on tarot, so I'm going to use my oracle cards instead. So far they have been amazing. Each morning I sit quietly, plant my feet on the ground, hold the cards against my heart, ask my question, blow it into the cards and then shuffle and choose. Just the process alone feels like a meditation, which makes me feel better. Then I record the card I chose, deck it was from and some thoughts in my journal along with three lists:
1) Today I will let go of:
2) Today I will focus on:
3) Today I am grateful for:
It's a daily ritual that has been especially healing during this difficult time. Today is the first day that we shared happy and funny memories of Nacho without becoming a blubbering mess. Acceptance has begun. We will never forget our sweet Nacho but we can let her go knowing that she was loved, and lived joyfully.

Toni said...

Wonderful post, Rain. Your compassion is almost tactile, your empathy is heartwarming.

Martha, I love your process. I think I may incorporate it in my own readings. I have typically just shuffled and held the deck while meditating,feeling the energy flow down my arms while meditating on a question but holding the deck to one's heart and blowing into it seems so powerful.

wisps of words said...

Losing a beloved pet, is such a hard thing.

I've only had cats, since our daughter, is allergic to dogs. But we have loved and mourned Black Labs, owned by one of our sons/family. Their Maggie is now elderly, and -sigh- we know she won't be here, that many more years. I love her-to-pieces.

Gentle hugs...

Lisa said...

I just today realized that you had this separate blog "Rain's Thoughts" - I love it! I am an active reader of your Rain's Garden blog. This blog speaks to me and all the things that I am interested in. My sister is studying Reiki and has been introducing me to the topics of chakras, spirit guides and readings. So interesting!! Lisa

Rain said...

Hi Dianna :) Yes, I agree with that. We have the 8 pets right now, but Jack and Pavlov have really touched my soul the way the pugs have. I love all of the other pets so much too of course. :)

Rain said...

Hi Martha :) You're welcome! :) Oh I love your new morning ritual! It's a wonderful way to start the day. I do the same thing but with a few different questions. Sometimes I just draw one card for today's thought or message, sometimes I have a series of three different ones. I LOVE thought provokers and self-improvement, and the cards really help to get you thinking...and with thinking comes action! Wonderful! I'm so glad you've reached a stage of acceptance. :) xx

Rain said...

Thank you Toni! :) I love Martha's process too...bringing water and the heart into the reading and connecting air...the breath...our energy. I love it! :)

Rain said...

Hi Wisps of Words :) Our pets have such a short life...it really is a sad thing. I'll be very honest, I mourned my pugs more than I mourned members of my own family. Their love is so pure and wonderful. I think anyone who has experienced the love of a pet is truly blessed. Oh, black labs...we had one growing up, his name was McTavish, and he was a big teddy bear! :)

Rain said...

Hi Lisa :) Oh thanks for finding my other blog!! :) I think it's great that your sister is introducing you to these topics!! I'm currently working on my Chakras. I have trouble with my Throat Chakra. I tend to keep things to myself for fear of being mocked or ridiculed...this is all from childhood traumas that I haven't quite conquered yet. But I'm hoping to free up that energy flow in the throat area so that I can speak my mind freely and without worry. I am very interested in Reiki. I've had treatments and they were so wonderful. One thing at a time though! :)

Pam Jackson said...

The passing of Dakota has been on my mind the last few yrs. People would ask me what I would do when he was gone....my reply was always, be sure and dig the hole big enough for us both. The thoughts of losing my best bud brings tears just thinking about it. But, upon getting Lily I tend to think that maybe she will help me though Dakota's passing. I had dogs when I lived at home but I only had two since I moved out at 20 and the Pepper and Dakota. Pepper was with me for 15 yrs and is buried in my mom's backyard with a stone marker. It was hard to tell her goodbye but I had my kids to help me through that. Dakota however will be really hard. Bless our furbabes for coming into our lives and making them so much better!

Rain said...

Hi Pam :) I know how you feel about Dakota. I feel the same for our pets, but I do have a soft spot for my hound dog Jack. I firmly believe that another (or new) pet is the BEST help when you've lost one. I know that when I lost Winston, Spencer saved me. When Spencer was gone, we did have cats, but they weren't my cats and I couldn't bond with them very well at that point. The year without dogs in the house was a miserable year for me. But as soon as we got Charlie, I suddenly felt like I could heal. When the day comes, Lily will definitely be there for you. They know when we're hurting. And I agree, bless all those furbabes who are sometimes more dear to us than other people are.

Fundy Blue said...

Beautiful post, Rain. I loved the photo of Winston and Spencer at the duck pond. It reminds me of Gracie and Rufus, my sister-in-law's dogs, whom I adored. I walked them many times to my duck pond. They've since passed away, but I can still sense them. Our pets never leave our hearts; they're always with us. I lost my Scottie MacBeath in 1984, and I still think of him all the time. OMG, it just occurred to me who Martha and Nacho are! I'm glad that you are her friend and can bring comfort to her. Take care!

Rain said...

Hi Louise :) Thank you! Our pets NEVER leave our hearts, that I completely agree with. What a lovely name Scottie MacBeath! I think of my childhood pet Fluffy all the time too. We are the ones blessed who have pets in our lives, that's for sure!