Gideon’s Challenge

IMG_0209The Kiss of Time

I’ve said it before
and I’ll say it
again and again
age spots
are beautiful
no matter the skin
they reside upon
no matter the season
it is the kiss of time
upon the skin
letting us know
we have loved
and are beloved
the mark of a life
well lived

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The Little Pleasures

Today’s meditation was skipped again. I’m working on the not just not doing something because of emotional “meh” feelings, but I didn’t manage it today where meditation was concerned.

Beauty of Horror Tarot and How to Be a Wildflower DeckToday’s draw is the Nine of Swords, which is traditionally a representation of anxiety, worries, insomnia, nightmares, and depression.

I think sometimes we forget just how amazing some of the most simple and small things can be. Take a flower, for example.  In the theme of today’s draw, someone can be filled with worry and anxiety, stressed out and restless and absolutely miserable.

But, in taking just five minutes (that’s 1/288th of a day) to focus on said flower mentioned above, to linger and admire the shape of the petals and shades of color, the sparkle of iridescence on the petals and delicate bits and parts.  Just in taking that five minutes to look at something so simply, ordinary, and every day… we can lower blood pressure, ease anxiety, and give our minds a moment’s rest and a bit of “fresh air”.

That is the basis behind the phrase “stopping to smell the roses”.  Sometimes, we need to look at the little things just to give ourselves a breather and a moment of peace in times when there is no peace to be had anywhere else.

DECK USED:  BEAUTY OF HORROR TAROT AND HOW TO BE A WILDFLOWER DECK

#DiscordTarotholicsOct2021 Challenge Prompt
Topic
: Do Spread #3

Dominic Murphy's Secret TarotSmoky Quartz: How can I best purge negativity from my life to develop greater stability?

Guerra – Battle the negativity by arming yourself with truth, faith, and hope as you move forward. Allow these qualities to lift you up and strengthen your foundation as you resist the negative inner narratives trying to take hold.

Apple: What insight is needed to improve my physical health at this time?

Radix – Dig into the roots of what is causing you to feel restless and out of sorts. Where are you struggling and why?  What is creating that “going nowhere fast” struggle in your soul right now.  Don’t ignore it or try to bury it.  Ask Gideon for help in digging it out if you are struggling to focus on it on your own.

Chrysanthemum: Where do my defenses need bolstering to foster my growth?

Somnium – You need to find a way to get some useful rest. You’ve been doing a lot of “trying to rest” without actually managing to really rest at all.  You need true rest, not the rest of the restless. Your balance and equilibrium can’t recover without it.

Aquamarine: Where can meditation bolster my confidence by promoting more calm in my life?

Saturn – Meditation allows the ego to ease and quiet within the brain, providing a different perspective and distance from the inner whispers that try to take up the whole of your mental narrative the rest of the time you are awake, and even at times when you are asleep.

Mint: What factors in my relationships need reevaluation and (possibly) adjustment?

Unitate – Take some time to consider if you are getting what you need, or if a shift in power might help you feel more settled. “A balanced diet creates a balanced mind and body.” – Dominic Murphy

I am not feeling the need to top, nor to express aggression in a physical way.  At all. I think this is what the cards are hinting at, and perhaps the encouragement here isn’t so much about changing anything, but taking a bit of time to consider where that more aggressive side of my nature has gone and why it hasn’t raised it’s head in so long.

Carnelian: In what ways can including more creativity in my life lighten my daily outlook?

Devil – Tease that addictive quality of your nature to lean into the more creative side of your business. Feed that creative spark and set it ablaze.  It will peter out eventually, but during the busy season it will bring a greater amount of joy and pleasure in your work, and a feeling of accomplishment you wouldn’t have otherwise.

Pomegranate: What wish of mine is ready to be manifested into reality at this time?

Wheel of Fortune – Dependability is all about adaptability.  You have the ability, the skill, the experience, and the strength to shift gears at the drop of a hat.  The problem is, this transition period is moving slower than you are comfortable with.  As always, there is a liminal moment of limbo here in the time between prep and the beginning of the holiday rush. Don’t worry so much about if it’s going to be a success, just focus on keeping your feet steady and being ready for when the wheel turns and things start moving so fast you have to rush to keep up.

DECK USED: DOMINIC MURPHY’S SECRET TAROT

PatriciaWestonWitch’s #wwpwHalloweenLenormand Prompt
Questions for October 24th and 25th

Mildred Payne's Oracle of Black Enchantment and Beauty of Horror TarotWhat wisdom does the owl have for me today?
The Angry Mob atop The Black Cat, The Star atop Two of Swords

At the moment, you are sitting at a crossroads, struggling and unable to move one way or another.

It is with the help of others that you can begin to move forward.  Allow those around you to lift you up and set you in the direction you need to go.  You have the ability to write your own future in this moment.  Don’t let it pass you by, but instead turn this moment to your advantage.

Where should I be flying higher?
The Seance atop The Healing Witch, Eight of Swords

There is encouragement here to allow the spirit guides a stronger voice and more open hand in your life. Although you’ve been working on becoming more in contact with them and having a more open relationship with them, there is still a great deal more to be done.  Reach deeper, seek more.  Allow them to help you and heal you.

And…. I just realized that in the first part of this reading the “others that can help me begin to move forward) wasn’t talking about L or Z or Gid. (Having one of those hand-to-forehead-slapping moments.)

DECK USED: MILDRED PAYNE’S ORACLE OF BLACK ENCHANTMENT AND BEAUTY OF HORROR TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

I had my smoothie today.  I also made sure that I got some actual quantifiable work done today instead of continuing to put it off and avoid it.

Self Care Saturday (On a Sunday)

These Saturday readings are (not usually) bearing in on any one thing or event in my life, as the question used is asking for a more general outlook. This is a self care exercise, and is not meant as a predictive reading… although that, too, happens on occasion.

The question is… What do I need to focus for self-care through the week ahead?

Pazzol Deck, Flowers from the Dead Oracle, The Fantod Pack

EarthKing of Wands and Bee – Get your ass in gear with your business. You have a lot to do and you are dawdling. It’s time to seize up your motivational “oomph” and toss it into the fire to burn brightly and light the way.

AirKnight of Cups and Rabbit – What you desire is right there for the taking. Use those quick reflexes of yours to snag it up.

WaterSix of Wands and Hawk -You may need a little extra praise and admiration from others this week to help lift you up. There’s nothing wrong with that, just make sure what you take to heart is given in honesty and sincerity.

FireTen of Cups and Possum – Don’t forget that work can make you happy. You are in the fortunate position of being able to do what you love, which has allowed your business to grow and thrive over time. Work at getting back in touch with that joy that doing what you do so well provides.

WaningThe Limb atop The Bundle – Don’t allow yourself to be tied down by fear of failure.

WaxingThe Blue Dog atop The Ancestor – Accidents can just as easily be fortuitous as a misfortune. Stay open to the potential for happy accidents.

Take Away – Like so many of my readings over the past week, this is about the holiday rush, but it also reaches beyond that to the general “malaise” I’ve been experiencing this week and how it has been dragging me down.  The advice here is to get moving and once started, things will begin to roll along easier. Sitting back and not doing anything isn’t helping anything.  There is also a reminder that I received the other day… that accepting praise and allowing it to lift you up is not necessarily a bad thing as long as you are selective with who it comes from.

DECKS USED: PAZZOL DECK, FLOWERS FROM THE DEAD ORACLE, THE FANTOD PACK BY EDWARD GOREY

Motivation Comes In All Forms

Today’s meditation was skipped.  I just didn’t do it.

Tarot of Haunted House and the How to Be a Wildflower DeckToday’s draw is the Knight of Wands, which is traditionally a representation of an active beta energy, personality, or person in the area of ones passions, drive, principles, and willpower. As with all wands, this isn’t about a physical thing, but rather about that inner spark of energy that “lights a fire under your ass” and “makes you tick”.

Sometimes?  That fire that’s lit under our ass actually comes from someone else. Today’s cards are a reminder that it’s okay to take inspiration from other’s kind words.  When someone says something that they admire about you, or speaks encouraging words to you, don’t allow them to roll off your back like rain off of a slicker.

Instead, take a moment to enjoy them and let them sink in.  Allow them to lift you up and inspire you. It’s okay to feel good about yourself, and those good feelings, no matter their origins, are a healthy way to spark your inspiration.

DECK USED:  TAROT OF HAUNTED HOUSE AND HOW TO BE A WILDFLOWER DECK

Mr Lionharts’ #TheOctoberTarot #SeasonoftheWitchChallenge Prompt
Questions for October 23rd and 24th

The Hollow Wood Game Cards and Old Whispers TarotI know without knowing, I feel in my bones, that this could be one thing, that I am to hone:
Retreating Shadow, Raging Dragon, The Chariot

You need to work on how to better discern when it is time to walk away when things get too hot. There is a great deal of power in a strategic retreat.

Gentle and easy, or passionate thrills, what is a desire, that I should fulfill?
Hearth, Home, Three of Pentacles

Now is the time for you and L to work together and find your groove. Get things ironed out now for the harmony of your home over the busy season ahead.

A message from my spirit guides for me today.

Ten of Pentacles – More gratitude is needed for all that you have accomplished and all that you have.

DECK USED: THE HOLLOW WOODS GAME CARDS AND OLD WHISPERS TAROT

The #EmbraceYourAlterEgo2021 Challenge for Sacred Grounds Tarot Club
Questions for October 23rd thru 25th

Southern Gothic Oracle and Tarot of Haunted HouseWhat can I expect ahead of a merge between myself and my Alter Ego?
Bottle Tree, Justice atop Two of Cups

A time of kicking myself for my priorities as things feel out of balance, followed by a merging entanglement of two contrasting sides of the same coin that will most easily be sorted out through pause and reflection.

How will this merge help me heal?
Conch Shell and King of Wands

It will help you find your groove in both your passions and responsibilities, as well as in your need for self care activities and adequate rest.

How will this merge help me connect with my intuition?
The Mockingbird and Queen of Cups

As finding your balance always does, it will open up your intuition for easier communication, and allow a more fluid and comfortable connection with the different voices your intuition has to offer in its communication with you. Everything flows better when there’s not a bunch of crap in the way… that includes conflict and opposition between the alter ego and self.

DECK USED: THE SOUTHERN GOTHIC ORACLE AND TAROT OF HAUNTED HOUSE

Daily Self Kindness

I forced myself to have my smoothie even though I really wasn’t into putting in the work.  I’m trying to not allow my emotions to dictate so much of what I do…. or, more accurately, don’t do.

Gideon’s Challenge

IMG_0213The Stinky Mystery

Who is it that decided
that cats putting their
butt in your face
is a sign of
love and trust?
For every night
her butt is snuggled
into the hollow
of shoulder and cheek
as she nuzzles in
to the blanket with me
and when she farts
in the direction
of my nose?
I need to know who to blame.

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