Palabras-Spiritual Oracle ©

Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©

Putting all else aside, I smudged with sage, centered and shuffled the cards. I blew cigar smoke over the cards and asked for the message I am to share. Together Graciella, la Gitana, my spirit guide, and I pulled the card- The Prisoner.

Image: A thin, forlorn woman sits in a fortress-like prison. Next to her, a colorful parrot sits atop its perch. There is a window cut out into the stone walls. A rising sun is seen.

Words: Sitting behind iron gates, reflect on the events that have led to incarceration. There is a sense of powerlessness as one awaits the words of another to set one free. This is the time to gather one’s spiritual resources to strengthen the soul. Freedom will always be attained at the end.

Read: Use your time wisely. Rather than sitting and waiting for outside forces to grant whatever you wish, take an action. The observer may see the woman as merely waiting. In actuality she may be meditating or gathering what wisdom she has gained in what appears to be a dismal situation as she goes forth. The sun rising offers a sense of hope. Use of the darkness of the feminine, water, intuition, and a silvery approach intermingled with the golden aspects of the sun brings balance and even an acceptance of the situation you are asking about. All is not lost. Again, take an action and see how the inner and outer melded together brings about change.

My Literary Community

Covering the Sun with My Hand

My novel is published. Now what?  My book launch for Covering the Sun with My Hand will be at La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem, NYC. I’m counting down the days. June 28th  from 6-8pm! Wait, what? East Harlem? An acquaintance was quite intrigued about the prospect of attending the book launch until she heard the name of the neighborhood where it will be located.

This woman is a reader and would be writer. She emphatically advised me that I should have a signing at my community bookstore. I agree. Good idea. Great idea. More books, more signings, more marketing potential. Then I realized she had no intention of leaving the neighborhood by taking a train ride uptown. Community means different things to different people.

I’m a member of many different communities. La Casa Azul Bookstore happens to be a mainstay in terms of my literary community. I’ve done readings in Bed-Stuy, Washington Heights, the Lower East Side, and Spanish Harlem. These are the areas where my fellow readers and writers hang out, read, listen, and partake of the richness of Latino Art and Literature. It’s where I can speak in English, Spanish, or Spanglish and everyone gets it. They get the idea of old culture mores that may have moved mountains but made it difficult for me to stay out after 9pm during my female adolescence.

The store’s owner is Aurora Anaya-Cerda and she has, amongst many other honors, been recognized as a Champion of Change by The White House as an entrepreneur who is pioneering the use of crowdfunding. The Champions of Change program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the country who are “Winning the Future” with projects and initiatives that move their communities forward.

If you are interested in celebrating the colorful diversity of literature, come on up to La Casa Azul Bookstore. You’ll be glad you did!

http://www.lacasaazulbookstore.com/calendar.html

You can also pick up my book at

http://www.amazon.com/Covering-Sun-Hand-Theresa-Varela/dp/098602337X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370371545&sr=8-1&keywords=theresa+varela

 

Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©

Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©
Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©

Back to the cards after another brief hiatus. Whenever I take a break and come back it’s with a bit of sheepishness that I haven’t done what I’ve said I would. These sorts of feelings can eat away at the rhythms of life. Sometimes we have to take breaks in order to attend to other priorities. My ways of discipline and commitment are not thrown aside when I stray. It’s like vacationing. We come back renewed, refreshed, and ready for the new.  In preparation for pulling this week’s card, I smudged with sage and tobacco, grounded, and centered my energy. I invited the energy of my spirit guide, Graciella la Gitana to come and share in pulling the card. Together, our energies pulled-The Toreador.

Image: The image is that of a toreador in full dress standing in the middle of the ring. He is surrounded by crowds of people, anticipating, and cheering him on. The door to the bull pen has not been opened as yet but stands heavily closed in the background.

Words:  Circling. Spiraling. Not to be outdone. Ready for the kill. Stealth, magnetism and power. Done for the effects of the audience. Done for their reactions and thirst for blood. Look to your own motives.

Read: It’s so interesting that the last card I pulled for this blog was exactly the same- The Toreador. Today I see that the toreador has an infinite amount of patience, focus, and concentration. There is so much at stake in the ring. The idea that the toreador’s life is at stake is one thing. Another is that toreadors put themselves in the middle of a blood thirsty sport. They have trained and practiced with extensive detail to discipline and movement. The idea of timing, distance, and target comes to mind. Go forward but do so with care. Ole!

Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©

Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©
Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©

At times I feel so busy that I envision myself juggling plates. It’s usually not a great feeling. This time, it’s different. Wonderful things are spiraling in the air. It’s all been on my Higher Power’s time and not mine at all. I don’t think I could have planned any of this for myself. It’s all blessed and I’m glad I just stuck to doing the things I love. Because of this love and perseverance I’m experiencing the fruits of my love in ways I could never have anticipated. I’m grateful and hope that each person who reads this will also experience these times in your lives. This morning, I smudged with sage, grounded and centered my energy. I invited the energy of my spirit guide, Graciella la Gitana to come and share in pulling this week’s card. Together, our energies pulled the card-The Toreador.

Image: The image is that of a toreador in full dress standing in the middle of the ring. He is surrounded by crowds of people, anticipating, and cheering him on. The door to the bull pen has not been opened as yet but stands heavily closed in the background.

Words:  Circling. Spiraling. Not to be outdone. Ready for the kill. Stealth, magnetism and power. Done for the effects of the audience. Done for their reactions and thirst for blood. Look to your own motives.

Read: I have a visceral reaction when I see this card. I am the channeler of this oracle. The idea of a bull fight is popular for many people of different countries. I don’t share the sentiment. My feeling is one of sorrow for the bull. The bull that is unsuspecting and hurt without cause. The message today is to look to where you put your drive and thirst for power. Is there some victim who will be smarting and injured as you attempt to gather an audience who will cheer you on? Meditate on the larger consequences, in this world and in the universe, of the actions you are planning to take. It may change your course. There are ways to fulfill the promise of yourself without harming anyone or anything as you do so.

Palabras-Spiritual Oracle ©

Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©
Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©

After a wonderful and finally warm weekend, most of which I spent in the garden, I return to the other world that I inhabit. I’m distracted by plans for a new outdoor meditation spot. The other part of my brain tells me to do the things on my list. I don’t feel like it. So I do other things, stalling to keep the weekend in this new work week day. With that going on, I smudged with sage, centered and shuffled the cards. I blew cigar smoke over the cards and asked for the message I am to share. I felt Graciella, la Gitana, my spirit guide’s, energy strong and grounding. Together we pulled La Romantica card.

Image: The image is of a young woman leaving a well-lit mansion. Her hair is ruffled by the wind. Her wrap has been hastily donned over an evening dress. Her eyes glitter as do the wall of windows behind her. There is also a low lying bank of shrubbery behind her.

Words: Slight wistfulness of hope. No promises are made. Day moves ahead without prescription. There is knowledge that the universes are in rhythm. Patterns flow. Feeling. Tingling. Rushing through when the timing is right. The challenge is to allow the movement channel though and not attempt to do the moving.

Read: It’s so much fun it is to get a direct response to the feelings and thoughts I have today. The message that I can wholeheartedly share is to allow yourself to be just as you are. Too often we compare ourselves to whatever we think others are doing and, therefore, what we should be doing. ‘Shoulds’ can be dangerous flights of fancy that are inappropriate for ourselves at any given time. We don’t really know what ‘others’ experience. We aren’t in their bodies or minds. We create a world by observing the external experience. It’s all about the insides. Today I feel a bit slow, distracted and, I daresay, romantic. It is what it is. Let it be. All too soon I will be back on the track of what I think I ‘should’ be doing. Allow myself and allow yourself to be. Luxuriate in it.

 

Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©

Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©
Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©

My thoughts are whirling after an afternoon of listening to and participating in sharing of wonderful poetry and prose. It’s Monday and it’s time, for me, to get back to work in another area of my life that oftentimes may not seem as magical, but actually is. Today I shuffled, smudged the cards with cigar smoke and sage. I centered and fanned the cards out. I asked my spirit guide, Graciella la Gitana, to help me bring forth this week’s message to share. Together we pulled La Pobresa card. Poverty.

Image: A woman, whose head is covered in a scarf, stands in front of a pawn shop. She holds beads, a necklace or maybe a bracelet in her hand. The proprietor meets her eye from the front window. He stands next to a display that includes a tray of rings, a guitar, and other valuables that others have given to him for money.

Words: Feeling the poverty? What is important may have to be given up. This card is about financial options. A sense of pride is in the air. Sometimes we have to do things we don’t necessarily want to do in order to move forward or at least to a different place when the place we are in is no longer fruitful. We may sense the disarray in external therefore internal life.

Read: While the statement I reread above states this is about the financial aspect in our lives, this read is a bit different. The word “Sacrifice” resounds in my thoughts. Sacrifice isn’t something that many of us like to do. Scan your being, energy, surroundings. Look to see where there is imbalance. That might be the thing we can consider letting go of in order to go forward to be who we are truly meant to be. Another suggestion is to look at the Seven Deadly Sins and see what is not really working for us, we may already know it, but continue to make the same choices all the time because it may be scary to tweak a thing that we may uncomfortable with but what we’ve gotten used to. As the woman in the card, we can bring our jewelry to the pawn shop. The other perspective is that it is not a bracelet she is planning to enter the shop with to pawn. It may actually be that she is passing the pawn shop and using prayer beads, of some sort, or a rosary that she is using for prayer. Surrendering may mean not giving up but giving over to something Higher in our lives, That which we can depend on for our spiritual riches. This type of surrender radiates to all aspects of our lives.

Palabras-Spiritual Oracle ©

Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©
Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©

You have all the tools that you already need in order to do that which you want to get done. I listened to this as I prepared for pulling this week’s card. As I lit the cigar, I thought about the many ways cigars are used. When I engage in spiritual readings, I often light one. For an instant I thought about the population I work with- many of whom sprinkle substances in cigars to ‘get high.’ This act is believed by many to be in touch with the Spirit. As we do have what we need to be in conscious contact with our Higher Beings, it is up to us as to how exactly we will use them. I smudged with sage, centered and shuffled the cards. I blew cigar smoke over the cards and asked what the message for me to share is. Along with Graciella, la Gitana, one of my spirit guides, I pulled The Celebration card.

Image: The image for the Celebration card is as follows: There are four figures sitting around a campfire. They are in the woods. A woman stands playing the flute. She is holding it lovingly against her body. A little girl with long hair and pleated skirt holds a harmonica to her lips. An old woman is seated clapping her hands. In the forefront of the card is a white haired gentleman with a lined face. He is playing the harmonica too.  The feeling is that he is very much in the music that the reader can almost hear.  All of the figures have closed eyes except for the barefoot girl who looks to be about six year years old. Her eyes are round and wide open.

Words: Celebrate! Take time from the daily routine to show gratitude and to enjoy the spirit of life. The coming together of generations helps us to remember our ancestors and to rejoice in what we have beyond the material world.

Read: It’s fun for me to pull this card. I’ve been at work creating the invitations for my book launch for Covering the Sun with My Hand. This fun is added to the years of work put into the creation of the book. The time is coming to share the actual creation in the world and to enjoy each moment of it. It’s all a mystery. Like life. How is that we find ourselves doing things? Do we say that we want to be writers and begin writing? Do we say we want to sing and suddenly we’re singing? There must be something deeper in us and our connections to our higher selves that bring us where we are. Hard work, perseverance and diligence bring us to the point, many times, of celebration. Look to see how you celebrate your creations with the tools you are afforded by your own hands and that of your Higher Power. Bring gratitude to the process; it may change your experience.

Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©

Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©
Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©

We are in the season of Spring and at the start of the new week. This means beginnings and the anticipation of growth, budding flowers and trees and newness. This morning, I shuffled, smudged the cards with cigar smoke and sage. I centered and fanned the cards out. I asked for Graciella la Gitana to merge her energies with mine. Today she feels like a mere whisper but is also definitive in her presence. We pulled La Espera card. The wait.

Image: In the foreground stands a young man whose dark wavy locks almost cover his eyes. He is leaning against a house and his sleeveless shirt boasts his muscular torso and arms. He looks off to the side nonchalantly. There is a little dog standing right behind him. Energetically, it seems the dog is waiting to play. His demeanor shows excitement not like that of the male. A barefoot woman, lithe of body, with hair blowing in the wind hangs wet clothing on a line attached to a tree. Her skirt is voluminous and petticoats are revealed.

Words: Patience is called for in this situation. There is seeming indifference in the face that is shown to others. The face that masks the long wait. There may be belief that one has arrived and the time is right but this is not so- it will be just a little longer.

Read: We are often off to the races. We cannot wait for the next great thing to happen. Working hard, playing hard, living hard is the way we often hurtle through life. But wait, what happens to the present? Do we miss it because we are so intent on the next thing? What are we doing right now? Are we relishing it or are we blowing it off until the next best thing occurs? Take stock for a minute. Look down at your feet and see where they are planted. They’re there for a reason. We are where we are because we’ve taken ourselves here. It may seem like a mistake or a disaster or a pause on play. Not a fact. We’re here because we’re meant to be here now. If you are viewing where you are as part of the greater fabric of going on to the next thing you may be surprised to find that you are here for a purpose. Take some moments and let the answers of what your true task is, what your “waiting” station means, let who you are in the now come to you. Do this while you  are in the supposed state of wait.

 

Palabras-Spiritual Oracle ©

Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©
Palabras: Spiritual Oracle©

In this part of the world it is Monday. For most of us it means beginning the week anew. The idea of starting afresh, not tired or hurried is probably the way to do this. Most of us are going at breakneck speed and take only moments to rest and rejuvenate. The idea of not bringing last week’s baggage along with me, while honoring the fact I carried that bag last week, is important. I smudged with sage, centered and shuffled the cards. I asked what message was I to share today. Along with Graciella, la Gitana, one of my spirit guides, I pulled The Fortune Teller card.

Image: The image is that of a young woman sitting at a round table. In front of her are tarot cards with only the backs displayed. There is another set of hands shown across from hers at the table. The figure is not visible. Behind the couple we see a large armoire filled with tools that a fortune teller may use. There are crystals, spheres, tinctures, and such. There is a large sleeping dog on the floor in front of the armoire.

Words: Seek outside counsel. The messenger may take the form of a gypsy fortune teller scrying water, gazing into a crystal sphere or throwing runes. Show yourself, know yourself. Know your fortune, know your future. Utilize the medium in which you feel most comfortable or better yet, most uncomfortable.

Read: In deciphering the meaning of today’s message, I hear the message of not doing things alone. The hands that reach toward the woman seated at the cards I take to be that of the fortune teller. I’ve seen it opposite in past readings- that the young woman was the seer. Today the seer goes for help. There is fear in the eyes of the one who goes for the reading. We may “look” the part of who we play in the roles we choose this lifetime but we often internally may not feel adequately prepared for the action to be taken. There are many tools one may utilize to help one take action. They may be hidden in an armoire, locked behind a close door or, as the dog, we may be asleep to actions we may take to get a through a particular situation. While we bring trust to others when we ask for help, today I hear strongly that it is important not to be conned into doing something that may not be fitting for us. The trick of this is not to “con” ourselves into remaining asleep as the dog. Seek counsel, receive the message and take action.