Friday, March 30, 2018

Seize The Day

I've lost track of the days lately. What with my little hound dog Jack being so sick/injured...back and forth to the vet, all the vet fees and shifting around of bill's enough to drive a gal out of her mind! I always tell myself, this too shall pass and everything will work out in the end. It always does! :) I gave up caffeinated coffee a week ago...bad timing! ;) 

Things are slowly starting to get back to normal. The Moon is Waxing Gibbous tonight, ready to make her way into a full Blue Moon tomorrow. This is a strong time for magic or meditation on new ideas, new commitments, new projects. This is also a time for healing energy, family and loved ones coming together. I used my Celtic Tree Oracle for this spread today. It gave me a lot of good insight and comfort. If you are interested, I posted that reading here.

This is what a good optical zoom does...I took this photo of a Waxing Gibbous moon a few years ago. I LOVE my camera!

Do you seize the day? Do you make the best of your situation and live each day with gratitude despite the challenges?

You never know when a loved one, a pet, person or even your own life will be taken away from you. An emergency health scare really puts things into perspective. I never want to live with regret about anything. In order to do that, I have to live each day to my version of its fullest. Here are some questions to ponder this long weekend.

Do you place value on the immaterial?

Do you realize that you "can't take it with you"?

Do you hold on too tight to things, people, ideas that serve you no purpose at all?

Does guilt or fear keep you in toxic relationships?

Do you fill an empty void with frivolity?

Are you writing your own story or living someone else's?

Do you KNOW that you deserve happiness and love?

What's worse for you, failing or never trying?

What is stopping you from taking that proverbial first step?

This is a hard one, but imagine you have one day left on this Earth. What would you regret the most? What would you value the most? What do you need to do now to make sure that your last day on Earth will be filled with gratitude and love?

Jack is recovering, slowly but (I hope) surely

Beauty. Art. Love. Comfort. Nature, Home, Pets, Alex, Friendship. These are the most important things in my life. I let go of materialism a long time ago and never looked back. I let go of toxic people as well a long time ago and will never look back. I made a very unalterable decision to only allow love and happiness in my life and for the most part, I've seized that every single day. If today were my last day on Earth, I would feel so much gratitude for the life I have right now.

Thawing Rivière du Nord

Water is a healing element, it flows and spreads love and healing energy, it washes away negativity and pain. It's cleansing.

Here is a little healing charm you can do if you have access to a lake, stream, pond or river.

Find yourself a little rock or pebble. During a Waxing Gibbous and/or Full Moon, hold this item close to your heart and let it absorb your pain, your thoughts and your wishes for healing.

Bring this item with you to a source of natural water. Express your gratitude for the water in front of you. Dig a hole near the shore and place your rock or pebble in the hole and cover it up, releasing all of your thoughts, pain and wishes as you bury it. 

Take some time to visualize everything that you released into that item seeping down into the Earth and flowing away into the water for healing.

If you can't bury your item, release it gently into the current as you feel the healing power of the water.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Encouraging Spring and WHY???

March 22 2018 Windy Sunset
I love all sorts of folklore and especially weather lore, I watch the skies and the critters to try and predict the upcoming weather patterns. The following combination predicts a fantastic agricultural year ahead:

Snowy February
Wind in March
April Showers
Dry May

Two out of two so far! :) Do I dare have hope??? I read a funny quote by someone named Vogel "To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring." :)

More weather proverbs: "As March hastens, all the humours feel it." 

My humours definitely feel March as it hastens! All I want is warm, sunny weather again and I feel teased a little every year during the month of March because I know that in this climate, we are in for at least a few more soul-sapping snow storms.

On this date in ancient Rome, a Pagan festival was held to invoke the god Mars to help with banishing the last of the winter from the city. Magick rituals were performed to encourage the growth of crops and gardens. For a little kitchen witchery, cook a meal today with plants ruled by Mars...anything hot and fiery like peppers, cinnamon and ginger come to mind. Some herbs ruled by the god Mars are cilantro and cumin, so why not conjure up a nice Mexican Fiesta to encourage the melting of the snow? :)

Last night's nightmare: I was in bed alone in the dark. I felt a presence, knew someone or something was there in the shadows. I was terrified. I had a big knife under my pillow and I grabbed it in my hand. I lifted my arm in preparation to defend myself when I heard a horrible screeching. I stabbed whatever creature was lurking in the dark and it tried to stab me back. 

I woke up screaming and Alex came running. My heart was racing and I was too terrified to open my eyes. Jack, my lovely loyal hound dog came running too. I wish these nightmares would cease. It's been suggested to me that an evil spirit may be haunting me, that a demon may be trying to enter my mind...but in order to believe these things could exist, one must believe in monotheism, which I don't. I have quite an open mind, but I really believe I still have some post-trauma that I have to deal with at some level.

This got me thinking about my repressed emotions. You'd think that 9 years of therapy might have helped with that, but apparently there is still something lurking that is threatening my well-being. I wrote the above Tarot spread to help me out today. These aren't easily answerable questions, so I thought I'd spend some time this weekend with my decks and my thoughts to try to get a hold on what's going on up in my noggin! If that's possible! :)

I'm not much into philosophy, thinking too much has proven not to be a good thing for me...but I was reading that on this day in history, Nietzche was award his PHD in Philosophy, so here are some headache-inducing questions for you to ponder this weekend:

Why is there something rather than nothing?
Is our universe real?
Can you experience something objectively?
How do we really define what is right and what is wrong?
What are numbers if we really can't see them?
Did I invent the question mark? 

The last question is kind of a joke...because I saw the second Austin Powers movie recently where Dr. Evil states that his father claimed to have invented the question mark. I'd love to state to a total stranger that I invented the question mark, just for their reaction lol!

Are you lamenting spring? Teased a little by the weather? Are you thinking too much? :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

πŸ’πŸ’ Happy Ostara! πŸ’πŸ’

Happy Ostara my friends! :) Today is the Spring Equinox and I couldn't be more thrilled. Even though we still have Godzilla-like snow banks all around the village, the days are reaching above zero and the sun is shining more often than window garden is doing so well and I am very close to driving myself nuts with spring fever lol! :)

Today I'm going to plant some more herbs to make sure I always have some handy. I may start some more lettuce too, I have to find room in the window! 

For me, spring = happy. So this influenced the Ostara spread I made. What makes my physical being happy is what also makes my mental and spiritual being happy too: good food, health, good weather, fun hobbies, a cozy home, good friends, being in Nature, lots of happy healthy fur babies and a loving relationship. I'm a simple gal! :)

Wascally Wabitt!! A rabbit in my yard when I lived in Morin Heights in 2010

Rabbits are symbols of Ostara. I see rabbit tracks in the yard a lot this time of year, but it's rare to see them here, they mostly stick to the woods and boy are they quick! Kind of crazy that last night's dream/nightmare was about a rabbit! My dream was that a rabbit somehow got into the cottage and was hurting my dogs. I woke up so scared and had to hug each of the pets, then Alex too!

I'm a wee bit late with my "Spring Ahead" spread, which I wanted to post when we changed the clocks ahead a few weeks back. Again, I'm baffled as to how this time change became the norm. Our dogs get confused still about feeding times, and I've heard from many a homesteader that it messes up their farm animals and critters too. 

If you have a Tarot or Oracle deck, why not draw four cards for new ideas you can bring to your home, mind, spirit and heart? :)

Or just ask yourself the questions and get creative! My biggest new idea to bring to my home is to concentrate on frugality and every thing I can do to make buying a home next year a reality. Another thing I'm doing is planning a better garden for the summer. Last year I had hits and misses, this year I know what should work well and I'll be taking great care of the garden more than I did last year. I know the value of home grown veggies and fruit and that's all I want to eat! Not possible yet, but I'm on my way. :) I stopped the cheesemaking for a while due to time and honestly, some failures last year, but I'll be trying again this spring. :)

Prince Edward Island Sunset - December 2009

As for my mind, spirit and's all about being out in Nature more and bringing more love into my life, changing my perspective and being grounded each day to keep anxiety away. Alex and I have vowed to spend more time together walking in the woods and out on the lake shore fishing. I have a really nice camera and my goal this year is to take more photos of Nature and the forest animals. I used to take so many, but somehow found the excuse that my phone's camera was easier, shame on you Rain... but not anymore. :) I love photography and I have the perfect setting! This brings my spirit a lot of joy too. Any goals in mind? Any plans for Ostara? 

Now listen friends, we now have only 3 months of amazing and awesomely long days (at least in this part of the world)! When the Summer Solstice arrives, it starts to get darker again so take advantage and enjoy! :)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Take Control of Your Destiny

What defines your destiny? Do you believe your life has a set path? Do you believe in fate?

I'm wishy washy on the subject. I do think I was meant to meet Alex, it's just too coincidental that we have so much in common and have such love for each other. I also think I was meant to live the life of a hermit...with a boyfriend hermit that is live a life of solitude with my boyfriend and fur family in the woods, simply, peacefully and side by side with Nature.

Besides that, I don't believe in fate. Destiny, fate, kismet...whatever you call it, implies that your life is already planned out for you whether you like it or not. I believe that adults choose the paths they follow - good or bad - and that we are the only ones who can change the direction of our lives by our choices and actions. We can't control what others do to us, but we can control how we move on from there. Of course, sudden death, violence and illness...there is no controlling that, but you get the idea! :)

Destiny for me, is my dream life, the life I want to live. 

I went to my Animal Spirits Guide Oracle for some advice. I love Kiwi's advice and I'm taking it. Now that the weather isn't so frigid, I can spend time out walking alone. The woods aren't accessible yet - too much snow, but I can walk around the village in the early morning when nobody is around. Whenever I need to do some deep thinking, walking always grounds me.

Another card I drew was the Tortoise, whose message is always a good one. :) It follows the advice of the Kiwi. First I need to get grounded again with the walking, then I have to do whatever it takes to move my dream/destiny forward! :) To me, this is taking control, making choices that will bring me one step forward and not two steps back.

Are you in the same boat? Do you have a dream you are working towards and need some help in sticking to the plan? Do you think you're sabotaging yourself somehow?

How can you get grounded and back on track again?