Monday, July 31, 2017

Teddy Bear: Love and Affection


This is the tenth and last in my series of bear-related Tarot spreads.

Okay, a Teddy is not technically a species of bear! But why not? They do represent cuddly cozy feelings and who wouldn't want to feel more love in their lives? :) So I thought I'd end the series of bear spreads with this one, ending the month of July too! 

I was along for 18 years before I met Alex. I was going through recovery from burnout, depression and anxiety. I'm not completely healed but I manage pretty well most days. Nearly 20 years of being on one's own could be considered a lonely time, but I was simply just feeling alone. But when the loneliness started to outweigh the alone-time, I knew it was time to start looking for someone to share my life with me. I think that being alone for so long has made me extra grateful for finding love and so much more appreciative of being able to offer my love to someone else!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wake Your Sleeping Bear


This is the ninth of my ten bear-related Tarot spreads.

I wrote this spread in the spring about winter thoughts, but it could apply to any time. The symbolism of hibernating and gathering ideas and thoughts isn't just physical. Have you slowed down and let life pass you by? Have you come up with great, meaningful ideas that have fallen by the way side? Taking time to nurture these thoughts and ideas with action is a great way to feel more fulfilled and satisfied. I like taking the plunge and trying things out so that I don't have any regrets for not trying!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Kodiak Bear: Ferocity


This is the eighth in my ten bear-related Tarot spreads.

I think like most people, I can become the Kodiak bear if anyone threatens me, my boyfriend or my fur kids. I've been known to really get aggressive with anyone coming near my dogs in a questionable way. It's not always pretty and though I try to take the high road, it's hard to control. That's something I need to work on. Protect but don't lower yourself to a level where you'll regret something you do or say.

Do you know someone who is passive-aggressive? Yeegads, I cannot stand people like that! I have a neighbour who is giving me the cold shoulder because I told her I couldn't drive her around anymore. She was taking advantage of my generosity and it was starting to bother me.  So after two years of friendliness, I am no longer of use to her because I won't chauffeur her. Isn't that insane??? Makes you wonder about her integrity! Anyway, there are times when I just want to lash out at her because I don't deserve bad treatment at all. But again, that's something I need to control - but maybe for the wrong reasons! I want to keep peace while I live here, for MY comfort, not hers! I don't know how I'd react if she talked to me now though. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Panda Bear: Balance


This is the seventh in my ten bear-related Tarot posts.

This is a very good question to ask yourself OFTEN. If you feel unbalanced, usually there is something that's taking up way too much of your time and focus and sapping your energy. I used to let other people take too much of my thoughts away from me. I have a hard time letting go of hurts and I tended to focus way too much on them, robbing me of my own positivity and happiness. Now I try very hard to let go of any negativity so that I can move on with my life and enjoy it. It doesn't always work so easily, but I learn more about myself every time it happens!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Black Bear: Resourcefulness


This is the sixth of my ten bear-related Tarot spreads.

Creatively solving problems is my specialty it seems! :) Whenever I have a problem or a challenge, I first usually find it impossible. Well, not always but a lot of the time I tend to give up before I try. Then I see things for what they are and come up with creative solutions because nothing really comes easy and there is a sense of pride when you can find ways to make your life better!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Brown Bear: Standing Your Ground


This is the fifth of my ten bear-related Tarot spreads.

Brown bears are the category of bears that hold Grizzlies and Kodiak bears. Grizzlies and Kodiaks each have individual symbolism; but as a whole, the brown bears represent standing your ground.

It's interesting to take some time to discover what makes and keeps you strong and protected. My personal strength comes from years of struggling with difficulties and coming out of them in one piece! I hate conflict, as I'm sure most people do; but when I have no choice but to face it, I prefer to face it head on and get it over with quickly. I have a history of learning things the hard way, so if I notice that my flight instinct starts kicking in, I realize it's just my old way of protecting myself. At that point, I tell myself it's time to deal with the problem at hand instead of running from it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sun Bear: Observation


This is my fourth of ten bear-related Tarot Spreads.

The Sun Bear is a nocturnal bear with a keen sense of smell and sight. They teach us to be more aware of what's going on around us. No matter what you believe in, there is always a lesson to be learned from simply observing.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Grizzly Bear: Facing Your Deepest Fears


This is the third of my ten bear-related Tarot spreads. The Grizzly represents facing your deepest fears and coming to terms with them. 

Experts will say that fear is a base emotion. Other emotions and conditions such as anxiety, stress, anger, resentment and vindictiveness are all based on fear. Many people show their fear through anger, by lashing out at others. They believe that by attempting to make others miserable, it will make them feel better. Avoidance only hurts the self as others normally just brush off the assault. 

Others, unfortunately like me, live with a general anxiety. I have faced my fears, I know what they are and I take steps daily to heal from them. It's a life-long process.


I remember facing a big fear back in 2008. I lived in Orford Quebec and the mountain was spectacular. I often climbed it and took the main trail back down. They ran the ski lifts all year round. Hiking down that mountain was very hard on my knees, so one day I faced my fear and rode the ski lift down the mountain. I was really in a panic at one point, and had to close my eyes! The photo above is my view from the ski lift...all the tree tops, it was very high! But I faced it head on and dealt with it. I took the ski lift many times after that day and I was so proud of myself for facing that fear.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Koala Bear: Nurturing


This is the second of my ten bear-related Tarot spreads. 

Koalas are very nurturing animals and they teach us to be kind to ourselves and those who are important to us. Sometimes we focus on things that really have no meaning in the grand scheme; like materialism and negativity. The truth is, we can't change anyone but ourselves. The way we choose to live our lives and how we treat others really broadcasts who we are and how happy we are with life. My opinion is that life is too short for any kind of negativity or chasing materialism. Living simply, within our means, and having love and happiness in our lives every day is how we nurture each other. Nobody's perfect, it's always good to remind ourselves of what is important to us.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Polar Bear: Survival


This is the first of  ten bear-related Tarot spreads that I came up with during the winter. In the natural world, each animal represents something or has some kind of message to pass to anyone who is open to it. 

Polar bears are the great survivalists. They teach us how to adapt and how to weather the challenges in our lives. Sometimes we find ourselves coasting through life until something happens that opens our eyes. This happened to me in the late 90's during an ice storm that wiped out the grid for weeks during a gradually freezing January. I was lucky to only have endured a week, but some people were without power, water and supplies for many weeks. I learned during that time that my survival skills needed lots of work - not just for physical survival but emotional as well.

Since that time I've changed my life and my attitude towards society and what I rely on for my own survival and comfort. We are learning new things daily and increasingly becoming more self-sufficient and reliant only on each other.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Wealthy Life


For me, wealth is about what I have, but it doesn't include materialistic things. Being wealthy is prospering and what makes me feel prosperous is my home life, relationship and fur family. :) Of course, I'd never deny MORE money lol...who would these days? But I'm trying hard to focus more on simplicity and frugality and being grateful for that.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Haunted House


I wrote this spread about two years ago when Alex and I were looking at new places to rent. We looked at one that was so creepy...it gave us a very uneasy feeling!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Attracting Love


I used to know people who went out of their ways to be miserable and angry...I've grown to be quite the opposite! If I didn't feel love for and loved by my family and myself every day, I'd be lost! It's a very good feeling! :)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Seeing Light In The Dark


Kind of a sad day here...our friend has decided to take his dog Pavlov home with him tomorrow, sigh...I'm really going to miss that little guy! :)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Planting Your Roots


I think that I've planted my roots, most definitely now. I've found what makes me happy in my life and I know how to nurture it.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Blessings


I wrote this Tarot spread in September of 2015 right after we got Jack. This is the photo that the shelter sent to us...he's such a fatty! He weighed 54 pounds when we adopted him, now he's a healthy 24 pounds. When 9 year-old Jack came into our lives, he was fear-aggressive, overweight, had been shuffled from home to home and he was so insecure. He taught us patience, new ways of training that promote positive reinforcement; and deepened our love for him. He's come so far, trusts us completely...though he's still growly grumpy Jack, he's our little hound dog, but he's also my favourite little fella. :) What or who have you been blessed with?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017