Gratitude Thursday ~ Emergence

Well I don’t know about everyone else, but this week has been challenging on the mental / emotional / spiritual front.  Our readings throughout the week have really emphasized accessing that light-hearted inner joy and releasing what doesn’t serve us.  Yesterday’s Lightworker reading reminded us to make space for integrating what we are learning and resting our minds.

I will be focusing on the theme of Gratitude for the Thursday readings.  In conjunction with that I will be pulling the card/s from the Sacred Geometry Activations Oracle by LON.   This is because these are cards of movement and action.  This is not going to be a series of “I am thankful for my lunch” posts.  Rather, the process of spiritual growth can come with challenges and some really deep places we maybe would rather not go, along with the more light-hearted stops along the way.

The card of Emergence speaks about moving through the process of unfolding, and coming into our new sense of self and/or reality, with celebration.   If the lessons have been difficult and the “letting go” has been a struggle, it might be a bit tricky to look at your situation with a sense of gratitude.  The fact that you are here, reading this, means you are making progress on your journey.  That is worth celebrating and being grateful for!

The summation on card 25 says “The frequency of Emergence invites us to approach our reality with a childlike attitude of innocence and wonderment, and to watch and celebrate the beauty that unfolds from that place.”

This week so far has been about embracing that sense of joy and wonderment – to dance lightly through our week, to let go of those things weighing us down.  Depending on where you are in your journey, you may have had a tough week.  Be gentle with yourself today.  Inhale peace, exhale sludge.  You’ve got this!

Regroup ~ Fifth Ray of Intellectual Knowledge

Wednesdays are an interesting sort of day.  Some people welcome Wednesday with a feeling of relief – a week half over.  Some approach it with resignation – being only through half the week.  I like viewing the day as a mid-point in our modern living sense of weekly time.  It is neither bad nor good.  Instead it is a day to reevaluate how the week is going, a day to reaffirm the energy and goals set on the weekend or Monday before, a day to regroup.

I will be pulling a card or two each Wednesday from the Lightworker Oracle by Alana Fairchild, for some insight and guidance on areas we might want to spend some time with.

Today we have card 42  “Fifth Ray of Intellectual Knowledge”.  There is a woman in the center depicted in full color, smiling, light radiating out of her, who is surrounded by others who are lacking in color and vibrancy, with crabby unhappy expressions on their faces.  One’s eye is drawn to the woman, with the flowers in her hair and wreathed about her neck.

This card is about seeing things for what they really are, making wise choices, and letting go of situations and relationships that are not of positive spiritual benefit to you.   It encourages us to look for the truth in things, to be particular about who we spend our time and energy with.  The Fifth Ray also encourages us to explore life with a scientific mindset – open to knowledge and clarity, to observe and experiment with what works best for you in all aspects of your being (work, health and so on).

Given our other insights for the week, I see today’s message as one of really being honest with ourselves about the people or situations we have surrounded ourselves with that are not aiding us in the pursuit of our joy and goals.  Take a few minutes to find that clarity, and then regroup – get back on track mentally, spiritually, emotionally with the direction you chose to enter this week.

And for those who truck with Angels, this card indicates you can call upon the aid of Archangel Raphael to help you.

So I thought it might be nice to ask how we can move forward this week with joy – and the card which came to hand is #28 ~ Master Hilarion & Archangel Raphael.

This card is encouraging us to make the time for resting our minds.  Without this absolutely vital rest, our minds become fatigued and we become weary and discouraged.  We have likely been working our minds hard, taking in new things, processing a lot of information and insights, and we need to give ourselves the gift of mental rest.

Take some time today (and every day if you can) to engage in those things which allow that to happen for you.   For some people, meditation is a way to allow stillness and peace in the mind.  For others just a walk in nature letting the mind wander without focus is helpful.   Explore various techniques, including facilitating a good night’s sleep, and find something that works for you.  One thing that is beneficial for me is to brew a nice cup of tea and sit in the garden just listening to the birdsong and watching the world – the way the light catches a blade of grass, the cloud floating across the sky, the flicker of wings through the air.



I awoke this morning to cooler temperatures (albeit not actually cool weather) but quite smoky in the air.  Living in Montana means wildfires and this year has been quite brutal.  I am blessed to be nowhere near the raging fires but smoke carries quite far on the winds.

Anyhow, Tuesdays I will be featuring a card from the Botanical Inspirations deck (by Lynn Araujo), some chatter about tea or coffee or what-have-you, and whatever whimsy might pop into my head.

Today I’m sipping hot coffee – nothing terribly fancy, just a blend of a random medium roast bean and a scoop of the chicory coffee I came across at the grocery.  Something about the heaviness in the air seemed to call for coffee.

So the card I have drawn today is Hydrangea.  The blossom on the card is a gorgeous mix of pale to medium pinks.  So lovely!  I have never grown this plant.  It seems like the sort of thing one would find in a Miss Marple murder mystery – a garden border full of hydrangeas being trimmed or tied up or something as sinister deeds are afoot in the manor house.

This card has nothing to do with sinister deeds in a murder mystery… haha!  It is actually speaking to having gratitude.  The key phrase on the card is “Thankfulness for Understanding”.   This ties in well with the card yesterday – one way to let more joy into your life is to let go of the emotions you are tied to other people with – to forgive and let go so those energies aren’t weighing you down any longer.

Scott Cunningham, in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, notes that hydrangea is not recommended for internal use.  So, don’t make tea with this!  He lists the bark of hydrangea as being useful for breaking hexes – and maybe just maybe, if you’re having a hard time letting go of an issue that is weighing on your mind, you could use it to assist with “breaking ties” with that emotional energy.   Make up a little pouch or amulet with a bit of bark and carry in your pocket perhaps.  I would think even a bit of the skin on the stems of cut hydrangeas would do, if you are like me and have no hydrangea bark in your witchy cupboard.

Words like “soft” “lush” “delicate” “velvety” come to mind as I browse images of hydrangeas in bloom.  A welcome diversion on a hot dry July morning.


A Collective of Pixies

With the beginning of the waxing of the moon and the start of a new week, I thought it might be nice to revitalize the blog with various card readings.  The first of these new series is Marvelous Mondays.  I’ll be using the Faeries’ Oracle by Brian Froud/Jessica MacBeth for this weekly treat.  Marvelous Mondays beginning next week should be posted by 9am GMT each Monday.

These readings are for whomever may stumble upon them.  What might the faery like to say to us this week?  *shuffle*

#48  A Collective of Pixies

On this card we see several slender faeries, some with arms and hands raised upwards, fingertips glowing with light, dancing away.

Your attitude is within your sphere of control – go into this week with joy and a light heart, bringing cooperative energy to all that you do.  Really enjoy it, and if life presents tough situations which make joy seem impossible, remember that you do not have to think miserably just because life is being miserable.   You have the choice.  Approach your duties with cheer, dump those rocks out of your pockets that are weighing you down, and as you move through your Monday and on into the week, dance, dance, dance!