Week of February 23rd, The Weekend and Marching On

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Our blog post this week is a little late this week, guys.   There’s a lot going on right now and I’ve not been in the space (or headspace) to sit down and write this much this week, which coincides with a lot of the energy we’re all feeling right now.  It seems I’m not alone, a lot of friends and clients are reporting either intense emotional shifts, intense busyness, or experiencing intense personal events.    Or maybe you’re feeling a greater than usual excitement of what’s coming contrasting with all that you have to do to get there.     With astrologers and psychics pointing to an unusually active March, along with some pointing to the solar eclipse and aneretic  29 degrees in Pisces in mid-March as an especially challenging time (a degree sometimes connected to instability or which can connote misfortune, the subconscious or practical end of a cycle, etc.)   it’s important to keep our head in the game.  Forget about the stars, the energies and the hubbub for now.  Life is not distilled in looking at just one angle too closely.   It’s time to circle the wagons and unite this weekend, and overall, this coming month.   This is a powerful time of abundance, love, and coming together.   March, above all else, is further activation of the important missions we have for ourselves.  We create our own path forward!

This card brings us through the weekend and hints at how to handle the gifts and changes we’ve all been feeling coming towards us, and hints about what we can carry foward into the coming month.  It’s great that I pulled this card out of the deck because this was also the card of February itself in Joyce Drakes’ amazing Innerlinks Newsletter  —

she wrote, in part,

“Holding tightly to what scares us produces heartquakes and moves us out of the universal flow causing us to live in ‘scare-city’. The energy of wanting; things a certain way, circumstances to change, feelings to be different – is an ineffective approach because we can only want things to change according to what we think we know. The essence of abundance is rooted in dynamic openness and wonderment that infuses our desires with the optimizing force of Being. …. Wonderment arises when we open to something that is new, fresh, and mystical, completely letting go of all we know in that moment.”

This is so touching and so true. Look, it’s not always easy to be in the game  (and for some of us who are so called “light-workers” or helpers, have family or friends in a place of fear or change) sometimes it feels more quaky and “heart-quake-y” than normal. Scare City is an awfully easy place to inhabit in the midst of powerful change (which can sometimes feel like stuckness or the reverse- too much change and chaos/the unpredictable cyclone)  but abundance, having a bounty, returning to our force of much to be grateful for is what it’s all about.   Don’t get so scared that you forget what’s GOOD about what you have and where you are ultimately going. HANG IN THERE, it will get better.  What’s more, this is a call to spirit to open up to what is NEW in the next 6 months and to let go of what we think we know, or have known to date.

Abundance breathes in the smallest details and we’re asked to see the love, the bounty, the good things that are already here… focus on the bounty of golden fruit coming to you… feel the abundance that you have and will have more of (even if you don’t see it completely in the moment)  — and above all tell those that you love that you love them, encourage those who are hurting that you’re there for them.   And above all, stay in the game – it’s so worth it, it’s going to be amazing!

About this deck: The Original Angel Cards: Inspirational Messages and Meditations by Kathy Tyler and Joy Drake is a set of 72 playfully illustrated, tiny cards for inspiration, creativity, meditation and more.  It is published by Allegro Corporation.



The Fairy Fishermen: Card of the Week, 16th February 2015

A Maori legend:   Once upon a time,  a young man named Kahukura visited a new place that had haunted his dreams; a village near the sea called Raniaowhia.  There he found fish aplenty piled neatly in the sand. He was perplexed though, because the fish seemed too numerous to have come from a spear and there were footprints in the sand that had been left sometime during the night instead of during the day when men went out in canoes.   He thought,  No mortal person could do all this, it must be fairies!

He returned in the night-time and found luminous fairies working their beautiful nets in the tide, catching many shining mackerels.   He went amongst them to help (being fair, he glowed in the moonlight like a fairy and they didn’t notice he wasn’t one of them) and helped them make the haul of the night. As he struggled to string his fish on his last reed, the fairies called out to come ashore, to finish up before the sun rises.

As he struggled with his last fish,  the fairies rushed to his aid to tie off his string of fish. The golden sun broke over the waves and they saw in the dim morning light that Kahukura was a human and dashed away in confusion, leaving their net behind.   Kahukura studied the beautiful patterns in the net, and taught his children and others how to make such fine nets that no-one ever needed to go hungry or catch fish one by one again.

This week’s card speaks of success and good things to come, success, wonderful solutions, and sharing your gift with others.    In the glow of a silvery moon floating above, fairy fisherman work their net in the dark ocean waters.  The water symbolizes the current of emotion and unconscious influences, and the net represents a manifestation of those dreams, desires and forces in the material world at the surface.   The fish represent material success but also the flow of ambition, confidence and success.     The shells in the sand represent abundance and the fairies dancing in the surf with their net made of star-shaped knots, of solutions and answers.

Right now, it seems most of us are falling into one of two camps.  The excited, “I feel it! I can just FEEL IT!” camp who can tell that the changes we’ve all been dealing with are going to be good ones, and the “I have a sense of dread” camp who are just not entirely sure if things are good or if there’s a great disturbance in the Force.  Some of us are even bouncing back and forth in an indecisive arc. That’s ok.   This is a good week to feel a little more clarity around everything where we can get the new solution (or start of the new solution) on that sense of direction!

Like Kahukura , this week we’re allowing our visions and unconscious dreams to tug us to a new place or new environment within  so we can LEARN a new technique or two and that, in turn, can help us be more abundant and feel more success.  This is not the time to plop down in front of the TV and wait for the Law of Attraction to manifest a 40 foot yacht in your backyard.  This is not how it works.  Notice how fairy magic in this story was less fairy dust and more the practical magic of learning to make a net.   This is a call to take note of the subtle energies within you, and to focus on possibilities, but to ACT ON behalf of your own success as well.   Take yourself out of the routine and attempt to learn some new technique and patterns that you can use. Worrying, fretting, or working on the same old junk won’t get you anywhere no matter how fake-new or immediate the old problems seem when they arise in your heart.   Get help in accessing that NEW education.

Just like the six of pentacles in the standard tarot deck, this card about success also speaks to our capacity to GIVE help as well as get help.  Kahukura helped the fairies, the fairies helped him, and he taught his net-weaving craft to many people.  This is not a time to be stingy with the solutions you’re getting or the abundance you’re pulling in.   (The abundance and good things coming in with the tide are NOT relegated to only this week, but rather a theme that will evolve over the next weeks to come)

Yay! So get on your metaphorical fishing hat, grab your tartar sauce*, and head to that new shore so that you dance in the moonlight and find a little bit of the fairy magic you need to shine your gifts to others!

Have a great week!

About this deck:  The Fairy Tale Tarot by Lisa Hunt is a 78 card deck and accompanying  book published by Llewellyn Publications. This beautifully illustrated deck combines the traditional tarot with a spin from Fairy Tales and folklore.  Very inventive and great for anyone that likes folklore, archetypal stories, and myths.  Unfortunately, it’s no longer in print (which means physical copies are selling for like 800 bucks on Amazon –ha!) – but you may find these from time to time in book sales and you can get the Fools Dog app for iPhone and Android

Commitment and Love: Card of the Week 9th February 2015

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Aww, what a great message for Valentine’s Day! A celebration of commitment and LOVE for the week!  Who doesn’t want love to stay true, to stand by our side on the long  and curious path of life.  The big “C” COMMITMENT has great cachet in the world of romance fiction, and self help books. According to the world at large; we’re looking for commitment.   After all, we’re taught that commitment is the way in which love finds us.   We learn that it is something other people give to us and we can’t really rise up into the pink, fluffy, heart-shaped clouds of love without it.

While true love and commitment go hand in hand, in reality, it may be just a little bit different than what we’ve always been taught.  Commitment isn’t just a word, a “get”, a thing to WIN or wear on your finger… it’s a state to BE and to give others. Commitment doesn’t quit.

This week’s energy is all about going the full distance, staying true, and not doing anything half arsed.   We’re invited to bring our full intention and conviction to the people and things that are most important to us right here and now. Here are just some of many  ideas on how to celebrate commitment and love this week (if you skip all the others, the first on the list is a MUST):

1)  COMMIT TO YOU  Give yourself the gift of love and commitment. Celebrate those forces within yourself. Allow yourself to be the FIRST recipient of these gifts because without them, it’s impossible to truly love or commit to anything or anyone else. Give yourself kindness, acceptance, and belief in yourself.  Give yourself TIME.  Commit to finding the things that make your soul full, which make your heart smile, which feel like “purpose” to you.   (Without that ability to connect to what makes YOU happy, you’ll forever be looking for others to make you happy; an impossible order to fill).   Commit to whatever mountain climbing, institute building, opera singing, song learning,  100 sit up challenges or tasks that can shape your pride in yourself and participate in the world. Commit to yourself for a full day.  Buy yourself a dozen roses.

2)  COMMIT TO YOUR PARTNER  Do you sometimes spend more time wanting to GET something from your sweetheart  than you do enjoying them?  This week, instead of trying to get that awesome date, that ring, that perfect box of chocolate, that attention or that love, instead focus on the commitment and love that you’re giving.  Give them your presence, your kindness, your humour, your love, and your honestly.   Not as a new technique to “win” their love, mind you… but for REAL.   See what happens when you do. I bet you anything you will feel more commitment from them too!

3)  COMMIT TO YOUR TASK  Have you started a project or gotten some major soul-nudges and hints in January that you need to act on or face?  Are there fields of fire you know you’re ready to walk through? This is the time to commit to the path forward no matter what feelings of uncertainty lie in the way, no matter how much your identity may seem to be changing or crumbling as the new thing takes shape.  Commit to doing what you set out to do.

4) COMMIT TO COMING FORWARD   Have you been harbouring tumultuous feelings of secret love like an emo pack mule? If you’ve ever found yourself thinking or saying, “I’ve loved him/her from afar.. but I’m not sure he/she knows!”  then you probably are.  Instead of slogging this unrequited love around with you for the rest of your days, you could commit to clearly communicate your feelings and be loving.  Being loving means that you’re willing to hear (and accept) what the other person says.  If those feelings are mutual, hooray! You can now start down the path of a romantic connection. If they’re NOT, you can now commit to a new path of discovering the many people in this world who could love you back.

5) COMMIT TO THE RIGHT THINGS Are you committing a lot of  your time, thoughts and emotional energy to someone who is not able to be a true partner or who is not connected to you as you want?   Does it hurt instead of feeling mutual?  It could be because they left or are leaving, or perhaps because you just met and don’t know each other well, or have not yet mutually decided to be a committed couple.   Be honest.  If you answered yes, then your commitment needs some fine-tuning.  Chances are, some of that commitment and intensity you think you’re offering could actually be need and fear.   There are so many more worthy things to commit your energy towards this week. (see #1)   LOVE is within you and around you if you give yourself a chance to change your perspective and let go.

6)  COMMIT TO YOUR OPEN HEART If you’re single and looking for partnership and new friends, commit to the process.  It isn’t always instant and sometimes it takes time to get in the groove of being our authentic and fulfilled selves in the whirly world of online dating, mixers and speed dating. Don’t give up. If you feel like cashing in your profile, sitting at home and pulling the covers up over your head, don’t.    That doesn’t mean that you’ll be an active searcher crawling through the underbrush trying to spear love like a huntress…. instead , it’s more about the internal intention, “I don’t give up on myself, I don’t give up on other people. I do believe in love and my capacity to love.”   There’s no such thing as “committing to find love” –but there IS such a thing as committing to your open heart.


Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!   And speaking of Valentine’s Day, no matter how romantic you are or how much importance you tie to this day, as I always say — It’s just another day.  It really doesn’t mean the world. Use this day to focus on the bubbly pink hue of love in your OWN heart, but don’t take it too seriously.


About this deck:  The Love Pack, by psychologist Chuck Spezzano is an 84 card deck and book set published by C&B.  Cute, modern illustrations, outline simple but powerful concepts of relating.