Sunday, 17 May 2015

Passion

This week, I've been drawing cards from this delightful new Goddess deck, the Journey to the Goddess Realm (US Games, 2015).  Today's card touched me particularly.  Showing Ishtar in bellydancing gear, with her generous curves and her brave lion, it speaks of sensuality and passion.

My first thought was, no chance of that today!  Weekends are family time, with no chance for my DH and I to have "intimate" time.  On top of that, I can't do much in the way of work or hobbies, with the boys wanting to play.

Then, I thought, I need to do some of the things I am passionate about, make a bit of time for me.  And, I also need to be passionate about what I do, whatever it is!  So, if I'm playing with building blocks with the boys, then I should build the best tower I can, and if I'm singing Old MacDonald for the 10 billionth time, then I should try to come up with some new animals to sing about :D

Wishing you all a beautiful Sunday!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Brigid ZIA

A few weeks ago, I got back into doodling/zentangling.  I can't really call this zentangle, as I go off on my own thing rather too often :D  Still, I really enjoyed doing this piece, dedicated to Brigid.


The B is supposed to represent flames, the fire of creativity.  Didn't work out that clearly once coloured in.  The R is candles lit in dedication.  The first I is feathers, for the quills used to write poetry.  The G is triskelions, signs of the triple Goddess.  The second I is raspberries and raspberry leaves - used in healing after childbirth.  The D is meant to be molten lava, with darker lumps of cooled lava rock, and brighter slits where the crust gapes as the lava flows - also didn't work very well, especially as my "red" sharpie wasn't.  Finally, the only bit of true zentangle, fan shapes around.  I'd originally thought to do watercolour pencils in blue, but decided it might make it a bit heavy.

While not great art, I shall keep it on my altar for beltane :)

Friday, 17 April 2015

Sidhe Stone

Sidhe stone, with a feather and a husk
Following on from my reading earlier in the week, I spent some time looking through Emily Carding's Faery Craft (Llewellyn, 2012).  One thing she said which sounded good to me was to create a faery altar around some physical focus.  She suggests various exercises throughout the book, many of which are about going out in nature and being open to signs from faery.

So, I went out, and found a stone that called to me.  It cradles nicely in my hand, to hold as a meditation focus.  And I can tuck it away easily, as I can't really keep a faery ring in the garden - the boys would trample it.

The next day, I painted the stone with a Sidhe symbol, the one that Emily Carding uses on all the Majors in her Tarot of the Sidhe (Schiffer, 2010).  Using a gold/yellow gel pen, the colour Emily associates with the element of Air, I think it works quite well.  And so, my stone represents the two elementals I pulled in that draw - Earth and Air :)

I've also been thinking about singing.  I love chanting, but sanskrit chants just feel wrong when trying to connect to faery.  Instead, I've been singing "What A Wonderful World".  I never really paid attention to the lyrics before.  It talks about trees, roses, blue skies, clouds, rainbows, children, and tolerance, as well as mentioning "bright blessed day, and dark sacred night".

This is a good way for me to make an offering to faery, as it also keeps my toddler amused while we sit out in the garden.  He does love singing :D  He loves the garden, too, a little fae himself, perhaps!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Reconnecting With Faery

Having just received my copy of the Wings of Change Lenormand (McCracken & Arena, 2015), this seemed like the perfect time to reconnect with faery.  My faery altar got packed away when we moved house, and then the space I used for it got repurposed as a general altar, as my sacred space is split at the moment.  So, I haven't had a faery altar for a year and suddenly, perhaps with the coming of spring, feel the lack.

So, I asked my cards what I can practically do to reconnect with faery.  I decided to draw a line of seven (faery number), and to shape it like a flame, as fire is the element of action and inspiration.

Earth, Man, Snake, Lily, House, Stork, Air

This deck has four elemental cards, and two of them came up in this reading, framing the other cards!  Reading this as a line gives me, logical practicality for boundaried actions bring a peaceful transformation.  Meditating on a sense of home brings progress in the feeling of comfort, and inspiration in how to move forward.

What I get from that is the idea that I do need to be both rational and practical about this, and acknowledge how much I can actually do.  If I make big plans, I probably won't stick to them, so I have to keep it real!  What I can do is make a space in my home again for the Sidhe, and dedicate at least a little time to it daily.  I need to make it feel like somewhere they would like to spend time, and add to it regularly.

It's interesting how looking at the mirror cards puts Earth and Air together, once again practical and rational both.  Man and Stork is action to move things forward, and Snake and House is transformation of my sacred space.  Meditation in the Lily crowns it all.  So, not just about making the sacred space, but also about meditating there.

I wonder whether I could set something up in the garden, as we have a little bench under the shed's roof, where I could sit even if it was raining…  Or is that not practical enough?

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Interior?

Inspired by Bev of By The Sycamore Tree talking about sketching as meditation, and Ellen of Greylady's Hearth talking about mandalas, I decided to squeeze in a bit of sketching time.  While I originally intended it to be a mandala, it became something else, not sure quite what…

This was done on cartridge paper, with WHS own brand colouring pencils :)

Monday, 23 February 2015

Weekend Altar

My messy altar
Taking a photo of my altar, I'm reminded that I really should spend some more time at it, and tidying it. In another photo I took, you can see the lint on the cloth over it!  And some of those readings have been sat there a while, with no intent put into them.  I really need to rededicate my altar, but not today…

My reading for the weekend was with the Celtic Lenormand (US Games, 2015):  Chickens, Stars, Oak Tree.  My first reading of this was about my MIL (Chickens representing the Mother aspect of the Goddess) needing some guidance (spoken guidance - Chickens/Stars) around health questions when she was over on Saturday.  She did talk to my DH about some health issues, and he gave her some advice, all while I wasn't even there.  So, it wasn't me influencing the outcome :)

And while that wasn't wrong, what came up much more strongly for me was the message that clear communication is vital to the health of a relationship - that between me and my DH.  We had a fight Saturday morning, mainly due to being tired and grumpy from the kids being ill, I think.  Between this and another reading, I was reminded that I love him and that good communication is the cornerstone of any relationship.  So, I released my anger and went to talk with him.

This also put me in mind of another, slightly different reading: healthy communication comes through spiritual clarity.  In this, the focus is on me, rather than the relationship, and how taking time with my cards helped me gain the clarity that then led to healthy communication :)

Just shows, as well, the many layers of meaning in even a little three card reading!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Nursery Draw

Things have been really busy, and I've hardly done any draws for myself beyond the occasional one card draw.  Still, today, with a brand-new deck in hand, I couldn't resist asking about the nursery we're going to visit for my younger son.  From the Celtic Lenormand (US Games, 2015):

Key, Hill Fort (Tower), Fox
Well, these cards seem positive - an institution for insight and skills!  Perhaps also a warning to check in with our instincts, rather than just listening to the smooth-talking of the manager.  The clarity to see it for what it is offered by the Key helps me believe we'll be able to get the information we need :)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Oracle of the Water

Being a total Jasmine Beckett-Griffith fan, I couldn't resist her latest deck, Myths and Mermaids: Oracle of the Water (Blue Angel, 2015).  Especially given my own tricky relationship with this fluid, hard-to-pin down element of emotions.

It arrived today, and my first draw was just perfect: Mother and Child.  Today, my elder son goes into hospital, so my kids are definitely top of my mind.  It's interesting, too, that this is the only almost black-and-white card in the deck.  Sometimes, it is that simple - there is nothing else more important to me!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Word for the Year

I've decided not to do a workbook for the year, nor set any resolutions.  Not that I don't have plans or hopes, far from it!  It's almost more that things feel so clear to me this year, I don't need the paraphernalia.  I know what I want to do, I've got a timeline in mind, I know the actions I need to take to get from here to there.  Some of it is written in various documents on my computer, other bits are just in my head, but it feels like it's all there.

What I did decide to do, though, was choose a word for the year.  And the word is:

Achievement

I want to feel a sense of achievement: to do what I plan, and feel good about it…

Love this quote I found.  Not sure what exactly I'll become through achieving my goals this year, but I look forward to finding out :)