Your Own Rhythm; Card of the week, 1st September 2014

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This week’s card reminds us that we have our OWN rhythm and tempo that is unique to us. Whatever we’re learning or doing, it’s exactly in our own right time.  Sometimes we expect that one big huge explosion of experience will occur and that clarity, change and ok-ness will be what is left when the dust settles.  In reality, things happen in their own time, usually over a series of steps and improvements. It doesn’t need to be all at once.   In the same way, you don’t have to feel pressured to do things in the timeline that others do, or within their expectations.

You have your own unique way of approaching things this week.   If you find yourself taking your time to do something right, or wavering – it doesn’t mean you’re off track, it’s all part of your own process in your own time.   In the same way, you might feel that things are happening really quickly this week and lots of changes are happening right now that are, even though they’re good, a little scary because they’re different from the norm.    The card above reminds us that things don’t always have to fit out expectations about how they’ll occur (and, let’s face it, MOST of us are seeing growth right now that is different than the way things used to be, the old is falling away and we can’t go expecting the same things that we did before)        Different is good in this case!     Maybe some of the new tempos and experiences right now are going to have you marching to the beat of a different drummer – and isn’t that what you’ve been saying you wanted?  Change?

Yup!!   Honour your own special unique rhythm and allow for them to show you a whole new tune.  I  hope you all have a wonderful holiday and great week.


About this deck:   Notes From The Universe Cards is a  60 card deck by Mike Dooley and published by TUT enterprises.

The Juniper Tree: Card of the Week, 25th August 2014

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Back in the days before children’s fairy tales were inoffensive  Disney cartoons and plush toys, the brothers Grimm entertained kids with dark, spooky  yarns about  poisoned apples and hungry witches.  Folks  rejoiced when the evil meanie (usually) got their comeuppance.   One such tale is “The Juniper Tree”  —    In it, child brother and sister inherit an evil stepmother (natch!) who wants to do anything she can to make sure brother doesn’t grow up to get the family inheritance.  What’s an evil step-mom to do? Why, stick an apple in a chest and lop off the boy’s head with the heavy lid when he reaches in to get it, then bandage the head back on and get the innocent sister to accidentally wobble it off,  thus blaming herself for his demise.   Poor innocent sister — she buries his bones under the Juniper tree and a lively bird observes her purity and innocence and goes about town singing a beautiful song about it.  The miller gives the bird a millstone, a jeweler gives him a golden necklace and a cobbler gives him some red shoes in return for this lovely song.  The bird of apparent Karma returns to the home to give the sister the goodies and while he’s at it, he  drops the huge millstone on Evil Stepmom–squashing her flat.   When the dust clears, brother is back, smiling and OK  and everyone has a wonderful feast and lives happily ever after.

This week there might not be a magic bird with a millstone to fall on the evil step-mom in your world, but there is a message of protective powers guarding you from harm and helping you be victorious in your bravery.  Justice may  not always seem apparent or fair, but it’s in those times that your bravery and fortitude are required.  Life doesn’t always seem to shine out “Security” and safety. Sometimes we have to work for it and be brave in spite of the circumstances.   Juniper is here this week (or whenever you’re reading this)  to help us do just that.   This card says CHEER UP – the Universe, forces of justice, help, security and protection have our back.

Here’s the thing about security; we all want it and rank it as the chief need in our lives, but we often feel like we don’t have it.  The truth is we can’t always change things or alter reality to make us feel safer or more secure but we CAN look after ourselves and loved ones. This goes a far away towards making us feel more secure.   After all, worrying and freaking out about things that haven’t even happened certainly won’t help you feel the flow of security.

This week… take some steps to make yourself (and those you love) feel more secure.  Get a check-up on those systems that support you every day.  Taking this step can actually make you feel better about things knowing that someone (you!) is looking out for your well-being.   Plus, hearing that things are in working order and A-OK will bolster your feeling of security about those things you’ve already been taking care of.    Allow others to come in to help you – sometimes having an extra pair of hands or someone saying “hey, you’re OK!”  can make you feel a lot better.   If you allow people to rally around you, you won’t feel as if you’re taking on the weight of the world alone.   Cut your losses if you’re in way over your head and taking on too much. You’ll feel more secure and confident in your care-taking ability if you allow yourself to take those basic steps.   The more secure you feel, the mores secure others around you will likewise feel.

It’s up to you this week to choose to use the tools and circumstances around you as grist for the mill (speaking of millstones), to be brave and to be secure!


About this deck:  Tree Magick: Fifty-Two Magical Messages for Inspiration, Protection and Prediction  by Gillian Kemp is an adorable deck with a  tree theme and clever collage artwork.   This deck can be used for meditation, inspiration and more.

In The Beginning…. Card of the Week, 18th August 2014

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This week’s cards (we had a jumper card too)  come from another nature inspired deck:   The Tree of Life Oracle by Elaine Clayton.  The card “Spring”  speaks of beginnings and the card “Leaves” speak of messages, signals and gifts.

IN THE BEGINNING…. there was the beginning!   Every chapter of life and every new thing we endeavour to take on always has three distinct parts:  1) a beginning filled with wonder, excitement, insecurity, newness and new growth,  2) a middle full of consistency,  mastery, industry and life, and 3) an ending of completion, success or closure.      In those things that endure with us the longest (relationships, marriages, child-rearing)  this three part cycle repeats itself over and over as new lessons, new tasks and new changes emerge.

This week (whenever you’re reading this)  we’re asked to be OK with being at the BEGINNING of something.  To realise that we’re not in the mastery stage, or the “everything’s all wrapped up stage” — and you know what? That might not be very comfortable for some of us.    Sometimes our irrational mind takes over and we want to be able to play the 3rd Rachmaninoff piano concerto immediately after getting the sheet music,  we want to pick out wedding shoes a few days after meeting a new person,  or to have a job promotion in our hands before we even have a job.    This week the energy is about dreaming big, but not so big that we forget that every awesome thing had to start with small beginnings, with uncertainty, newness and learning a thing or two.  If you feel like life has been short on delivering “results” of late, then it’s time to embrace those new beginnings even more!        If we get too discouraged about being at the beginning of something, ego gets to win its favourite reward:  BEING STUCK.   If you can’t handle the steps it takes to get somewhere new, chances are you’re not going to get anywhere at all.

Beginnings may sometimes feel like you just stepped off a space-craft into some distant planet and have no idea what to do or where to go, but they can also be amazing.  The “beginning” energy is full of creative juices and tons of inspirations that only “newness” energy can supply us with.  Alongside the card “Leaves”, which suggest messages and inspiration… this could be a one-two-punch of creative awesomeness for you this week.    Beginnings can be so great in other ways too… the energy allows us to actually have a bigger reservoir of interest and faith in the future, a sense of excitement and possibilities, a lack of jaded energy.   Beginnings can also be EXCITING and different, offering a shake-up to the old routines.

Plato said:

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

Why is that?  Because if we don’t actually overcome inertia and START (often with our blindness, faith and willingness as all that we have setting out)  – we’ll never get anywhere.  Likewise If we don’t allow ourselves to be in the simple, imperfect and questioning  beginning and relish it, we will start to unwind all our progress by growing a big stinky pile of “LACK OF FAITH” instead of actually getting anything done.    Instead you could enjoy the beginning of something in your life… whether that’s a new phase, a new task, a new project, a new person… and let it be the beginning. Something new, tender and worthy of being nurtured. Don’t throw all your impatience at this new thing like you would 100 steps down the line when you’ve got the hang of what’s happening.   Be gentle.   Invest in all that creativity and wonder.  With the message about “Signals, gifts and messages”  you might be getting some help for those beginning stages, or you might be listening to your own inner wisdom and guidance.


About this deck:    The Tree of Life Oracle by Elaine Clayton is a small deck of 30 cards (all in a cute little magnetic enclosure box) published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd  —  I’m a sucker for any deck that is “Tree” themed and this one delivers some unusual goods:   the style of the illustration and the simplicity make this deck especially suited to purely intuitive meanings or coming up with your own associations even if you never crack open the book that accompanies the deck.