This is your Gift! Card of the week, 28th September 2015

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They say full moons sometimes lead to a little extra “insanity”.        Some people have been having a very “Mercury Retrograde” experience lately;   improbable comedy of errors, or have felt the sting of some events that seem as painful as they do random and peculiar.  At the same time, there are some random windfalls and peculiar positives too.  Especially during the amazing time of the rare super-moon lunar eclipse  (said to be a time of healing and manifestation to begin.)    It’s a time to look for blessings, and blessings that might have been disguised as something painful in the last few days.

This card, the nine of pentacles, speaks of abundance and fulfillment. Every tarot has it’s own author’s special language and with this one the emphasis is on a feeling of not only the traditional material abundance, but also the kind of riches that come from doing what you are meant to do, of living in the light of your life’s calling.  This rings true to me. There has been a theme of identifying “purpose” over the last several weeks, of returning to a sense of meaning deeper than the gains and losses of routine life or of relationships.  This card says it’s time to spin and twirl in the garden of doing what you’re meant to do.

That doesn’t mean that you’re supposed to suddenly have a perfect vision of what you want to be when you grow up in  your mind or a perfect idea about your next career. You don’t have to have a lofty or important “Calling” (curing cancer, ministering to the ill, rescuing harp seals)  you don’t have to even have your life-purpose figured out. (in fact, quite a lot of people won’t).     If you’re confused about what you’re “meant to do” you can at least find out what you’re meant to do right now.   This week,  it’s all about responding to  ( and having some FUN with)  what beckons you.   It doesn’t matter how weird or pointless it might seem or feel.   It’s in doing this  that you can find clues about what has deeper meaning for you and the things that help you create what you want in other areas .

For most this isn’t going to be just confined with what you DO do, your career at the moment, or what you usually do.   For example, you might be a lawyer who is called to teach the hula hoop, or a school teacher who paints, or you work in a corporate office but you’re finding yourself teaching the people around you how to have humility and compassion.   Your day job could be pushing paper, but your heart job could be something else this week.  You might teach humility, love and grace where you usually teach Spanish.  You might remind yourself that you loved to draw, or sing once.  You might find yourself helping a friend or family member over a rough patch.

The things you’re meant to do this week might seem silly or creative but they  DO speak to your highest gifts.  The very things that truly give your life meaning at the end of the day when all external considerations fall away.  Whatever you’re doing now – says something about the kind of person you’re willing to be in the next chapter of your life.  To those seeking love, this is a special time too.   To find the person that you want to spend a significant with, you see how you can BE the kind of person that resonates with that.


What a great manifestation week leading up to wonderful October!


about this deck:   The African Tarot:  Journey into The Self by Marina Romito  is a tiny 78 card deck and accompanying LWB, published by US Games.   The illustrations are primitive but lovingly made and evoke childhood simplicity.    One amazingly positive aspect of this deck is that the authors tried to orient the reader to the PRESENT and to learning about themselves rather than divining the future because, as the LWB states, “the only future we face is the one we shape for ourselves”


Flowing Beneath the Surface; card of the week 21 September 2015

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I’ve  been on a mountain adventure; visiting wild-flowers in the late summer sunshine, and enjoying some family reunion!  While this was a lot of fun, I had work to do on the trip too, so I didn’t have much time to do blogging.  So it’s good to be back! Smile

I love this week’s card (rune) because it reminds me of some of the thermal hot-springs we got to enjoy on some hikes. The water, unseen, flows underground before it bubbles up from the Earth’s crust and pours into the rivers in an amazing show of power, energy and plain old romance and poetry by the time it gets to the river.

Laguz represents water and it represents all that flows beneath the surface.   Laguz is the quality of our unconscious mind that sometimes tries to knock on our conscious mind and wake us up to something!  This rune is about emotions, intuition,  dreams, healing and love.

This week, whatever flows beneath the surface is important. Whether that’s trusting the movement in life that you can’t see, or perhaps even looking deeper into your deeper mind  — is there something you’ve not been willing to look at that has been an enemy of progress for you?  Is there something in your conscious or unconscious awareness that you’re afraid to embrace and which you’re projecting into the situations around you?   Especially look at this if you feel that what is happening around you is not as you expect.   Unity and connectedness (as all waters connect) is a principle of this rune.

Water loves to flow and bubble, carving out new pathways and new dimensions.  You can handle the “mercury-retrograde-ness” of the world around you if you’re really clear and introspective about your own role and focus on communication.    This rune also relates to dreams (one of the most important ways our unconscious energy speaks to us)  so keeping a dream journal could be a great idea for the week.   There are lots of ways to tap into the scripts and stories running beneath the surface.  Meditation,  art, and quiet can all help you connect to the flow.


About this deck oracle:      Runes are an ancient indo-European alphabet (known as a runic alphabet) from about AD 150 that were used in Norse and old Germanic languages before the adoption of a Latin alphabet.  Today, the “Elder Futhark” alphabet  is often used as charm symbols for clarity and  insight into oneself.  This set is carved in hematite (mineral iron oxide) and inlaid with gold enamel.  This is the very first divination tool I ever used a million years ago when I started doing readings!   You can make your own set out of wood, stones, paper, clay or other objects.