Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dumortierite - Increased Patience and Enhanced Intellectual Abilities

It is getting to be that time of year...I am noticing more "Back To School" signs and promotions. It may be more obvious to me now because I am going back to college in the Fall, to get my Associates Degree in Environmental Studies along with my Environmental Science Technician Certificate.  I am really looking forward to this new endeavor. But it has been a while since I have attended college, ahem...about 20 years. ;) lol.

Interestingly, a particular gemstone, dumortierite, had appeared to me recently. I had never heard of it before, until I was admiring a lovely hand made mug with a dumortierite stone on it (check out Healing Touch Pottery - https://www.etsy.com/shop/HealTouchPottery). When I read that it helps increase intellectual abilities, and that it "is a highly useful aid for anyone who is studying... as it assists the retention of information... as well as enhancing your will power, and capacity for self mastery." I knew that was a stone that I need to have close to me now. I felt that it was speaking to me and that it appeared to me for a reason.

Read more about dumortierite and see if it is a stone that could help you as well:

Monday, July 29, 2013

Tarot Card of the Week: Judgement

Tarot Card of the Week: Judgement using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  The image is of the Resurrection, with people rising from the Earth up to an angel in the sky sounding a trumpet to call them.  In readings, this card symbolizes a call from within to make an important change.  This change could be something mundane and immediate, or an entire shift in a person’s outlook on life.  Often, the person has already changed; he or she just needs to recognize it.

The appearance of the Judgement card tells us to acknowledge a wonderful change that may be coming this week. Or you may realize that you have developed a different outlook on your approach to something or have you changed how you interact with others.  It does not say that you should change, but that you may have already changed in some profound way.  This could be seen as a fresh start for you, for the Judgement card often is a sign that renewal is at hand, a rebirth of sorts that could lead to discovering joy.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Tarot Card of the Week: The Chariot

Tarot Card of the Week: The Chariot using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card depicts a man in a chariot with two sphinxes, one black, and one white.  The sphinxes appear to be moving in opposite directions, however they are under control.  This man is self-assured, and he has a strong will.  He has come back from a victorious battle and has control of his world.  He has not conquered the world with aggression, he has done so because of his confidence and hope and belief in potential solutions. 

The appearance of this card indicates that you learn to take control of your emotions and decisions this week. Or contradictions may occur for you at work or amongst others you interact with that need to be controlled.  This needs to be backed up with a strong will, and confidence.  This card also symbolizes the need for self-control.The two sphinxes often symbolize conflicts, and the man in the chariot has control of the conflicts, he has learned to deal with them.  You may be conflicted between your material and financial goals, ideas, achievements, and the longing and having a different view of life, knowing there is more.  The conflict could be your struggle with these new perspectives, and looking at life a little differently than those around you.  The Chariot energies that are surrounding us this week indicates success in overcoming this conflict, and acquiring the admiration of those around you.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sun Magick

I am really excited about this book that I picked up today at a local new age/pagan shop:

Most Wiccan and Witchcraft books seem to focus on the Moon and Moon magick.  I have read and own several of them that I have collected over time.  However I have found, especially within the last few years, that I am much more drawn to the Sun than I am to the Moon. I am probably considered more of a day person than night (I tend to go to bed around 11pm or midnight and wake up around 7am or 8am).  I love to do daytime warm weather activities such as hiking, bicycling, swimming. And I am more in tune with the Solar holidays and change of seasons than I am with the phases of the Moon.  Many times, and I am embarrassed to say this because I feel like a bad Pagan because of it lol, I don't even know what phase of the Moon it is at any given time, unless I look up at the sky at night and can see it or look it up online.

Additionally, I have started suffering from seasonal affect disorder during the long Michigan winters.  We now have daylight bulbs in our house, which helps a bit, but it is not the same as enjoying the Sun on a warm Summer day.

When I was browsing through the shop today, this book caught my eye and I was thrilled to find it! I can't wait to read it and learn more about Sun magick!

Friday, July 19, 2013

A "Ten of Cups" Moment...

One of my other interests is nature photography, and this evening weather conditions were just right for me to see this lovely rainbow in front of my house.

Quite a "Ten of Cups" moment, which is also the Tarot Card of the Week this week.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

List of Native American Deities

"Native American tribes have maintained numerous mythologies regarding deities throughout their histories. Native American belief systems include many sacred narratives. Such spiritual stories are deeply based in Nature and are rich with the symbolism of seasons, weather, plants, animals, earth, water, sky & fire. Deities play a large part in these narratives."

Good morning. I came across this list of Native American Deities on Native American Encyclopedia and wanted to pass it along. I find Native American Encyclopedia to be a good resource of information.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Tarot Card of the Week: Ten of Cups

Tarot Card of the Week: Ten of Cups using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card depicts a positive, happy image of a family.  The mother and father are looking up at a rainbow in the sky, and the children are next to them dancing merrily.  This card traditionally signifies family and domestic happiness, however it can also indicate any situation that brings joy.  It is also recognizing the good in a situation, being optimistic.  This is a wonderful card, and shows that you could potentially be very happy and fulfilled.

The Ten of Cups also symbolizes the love, support, happiness, and optimism that you can receive from family, friends, or community.  If you need a source of support this week consider your friends or family.  They could possibly provide the guidance and assistance you need if you go through a difficult time, or offer you a different perspective.  Have you looked for the joy of this type of support, and what it could perhaps offer you?  Are you honest and open with them emotionally?  The aid of family and friends can sometimes help through times of need.  The Ten of Cups also reminds us that happiness can be found with friends or family, not fame or wealth.  A bright outlook is possible for this week, and the support of friends or family could contribute to that happiness and bring you optimism.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Tarot Card of the Week: Three of Wands

Tarot Card of the Week: Three of Wands using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card depicts a man on top of a mountain with three wands.  He is looking out over a cliff at boats sailing by, and seems to be in a secure position.  His view from the mountaintop gives him a different perspective of the world around him.  He has detached himself from the situation to gain vision.  This prevents him from acting in the heat of the moment, and to step back and reflect upon it.

The Three of Wands message for this week may be to take the mountaintop view of a situation, to step away from it and view it from another perspective.  Look at the bigger picture.  The boats in the card could symbolize experiences you have had that you can reflect upon.  Rely upon your knowledge and strength you acquired in your life.  You may be successful where you are at now, but are longing for something else.  How can this longing be satisfied?  The Three of Wands also speaks of stepping away from a situation, and not acting in the heat of the moment, when you may end up with regrets.  So the energies of this card are advising not to rush into the decision, think about it carefully.  If you view the situation and decision you make from the mountaintop, looking at the big picture, after some reflection, it may help you in deciding what path you would like to follow.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Tarot Card of the Week: Queen of Swords

Tarot Card of the Week: Queen of Swords using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card depicts a queen sitting alone on a hill, she has a sword in her right hand that she is holding upright, and her left hand is reaching out as if to welcome.  This card symbolizes the experiences of sorrow and wisdom, and the connection between them.  The appearance of the Queen of Swords indicates the mental anguish and difficulties you may be going through this week.

The Queen of Swords, being thought of as a warrior, did not feel sorry for herself, instead, she is known to face her difficulties with courage.  She is an independent woman with her own values and ideas, and is ready to battle using femininity and creative intellect. The upright sword that the queen holds symbolizes truth, and justice.  The suit of swords represents intellect and logic.  When you communicate with others this week, remember to try to be as objective and rational as possible, clearly articulating what needs to be said. But also have an open mind during this process.  Be confident and face the challenge with courage.  Look at your past successes and failures, as difficult as it may be, to see what worked and what did not, see the truth, so that you can make changes in your future as needed.

The Queen of Swords has appeared this week to help you realize that you are gaining wisdom from this experience, and you may eventually face the world with an open hand, trusting again, and maybe even sharing your experiences with others who are going through what you are, or to welcome new ideas from others who want to help.  The Queen of Swords appears to have her head above the clouds, this represents seeing the truth.  Try to do the same thing, lift your head above the clouds in your life to see the truth. This could mean looking at things logically and rationally, instead of using only emotions.  This may help you see the path you need to take. Reflect upon the symbolism of the Queen of Swords. Her energies are around you this week.