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Can you imagine your inner world and your outer world being one and the same? This past autumn I traveled to France and Spain on a Black Madonna tour. It was with a private group of women who’ve traveled together before- on similar spiritual paths. Not entirely, but we all have the same core beliefs and practice them in different ways. On the trip, I realized that my inner world was being reflected in the outer one. It wasn’t altogether comfortable.

Throughout my life as an adult, I’ve had dreams of men coming into the bathrooms I’ve stood in. The men are usually black, they are standing in the stall, coming into the bathroom, or just walking through. There’s never been violence or anything truly uncomfortable happening in the dreams. As I’ve done much emotional processing and spiritual work, the bathrooms themselves have upgraded. Sometimes they are camp-like bathrooms with loads of people walking in and out. One bathroom door had the name of a person written on it that I knew only through conversation. This post isn’t about my lucid dreams but it’s pertinent.

When I landed in Paris, I went to the women’s bathroom but it was closed for repair. I had to head over to another bathroom and stood in line for the disabled private one because I was in a men’s room. From then on I’d say men were in the bathroom about four or five times on that trip for various reasons. None of which, I thought was a good enough reason. I have men in my life but sharing with strangers, seeing them with their backs turned toward me, was symbolic of something. It was probably at the third bathroom, I shared the fact that my day life had turned into my dream world with the other women. These bizarre, surreal bathroom experiences assured me that my life was turning upside down and inside out and I knew intuitively to hang on for the ride. This message had never been as blatantly given to me as during that adventure. I’m still holding on.

Graciella speaks; I channel her words, wisdom, and sentiment- Theresa

This morning, I pulled this week’s card. I felt Graciella’s presence thickly in my being. She is here. I put the card near to my laptop to begin writing this post and lo and behold, the image matched the screen saver.

So, I believe that I’m somehow back in that world of inner and outer reflection. That is the message for you this week. Allow your inner and outer worlds to reflect each other. Observe how what you want to manifest in the external must first be manifested inside or sometimes vice versa. Have you thought about taking a yoga class or a meditation group but were too irritated to take part or just put it off for when you felt calmer? The two must be synchronous but in order to do that it takes practice. I probably wrote this before, but my Karate sensei used to tell us you are who you practice to be. That still holds a special place in my heart and in my actions.

Look at the picture above and note how accurately the spiritual card is reflected in a photo taken by someone else, in some other place, in another time. The Universes brought them together today. Graciella’s charge in her spiritual life is to bring compassion to the plane upon which we live. When we practice of the act of compassion to another it allows us and encourages us to practice acts of compassion toward ourselves. The lake in the image depicts the mirror-like interaction.

Reflect the peaceful, loving, compassionate person that you are into the world and watch it manifest in your daily life.

All is made beautiful,

Graciella and Theresa

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Between yesterday and today, we entered a period called Mercury in retrograde. Of course, my internet was awry all day. That happened right on cue. Be sure to note that communications may be amiss. Don’t be so hard on yourself or others. There’s much more up in the air than our cluelessness. Maybe someone didn’t return a call. Maybe there’s an email that never made it to an intended person. These are the things we experience when Mercury is in retrograde. What we can do is be mindful, go slow with the tides, and not try to escalate matters. This period will last until March 10, 2020. We can look at this time as one of taking a break in aggressive communications, we should read all the fine print, and be cognizant of going with the flow. Mercury as matter is slippery, toxic, and can fall easily between the cracks. It’s a trickster, as Hermes Trismegistus, also known as Mercury, can be. Breathe. In fact, it’s a good time to read up on Hermes the good old fashioned way- with a book. Not in the electronic realm. That may prove to be irritating as electronics are the first to go kaput during these periods. I’m not mad at Mercury though. We all need to go retrograde every once in a while.

This week’s Graciella la Gitana card is The Friendship/Amistad card. Graciella’s message about friendship is that it is one of the cornerstones of love and life. Building friendships slowly is the groundwork for lasting relationships. We sometimes meet people and, because of their bonds with others we care for, we may assume that we will have a firm friendship with that person too. We trust our first bonds and believe that a new bond or link will naturally grow from that one. Not so. Take your time. Get to know that new person before confiding in them. Have a cup of coffee with them before having a seven-course meal. What does your gut or intuition tell you? Are they too easy? Or conversely, too complicated? All good things take time. A fruit ripens slowly. A flower buds just as slowly. How quickly did it take you to load your bracelet with charms? Was it too quickly and now you don’t have room for any more charms?

In my first book, Covering the Sun with My Hand, Julia calls her friend, Carrie (named for Caridad del Cobre), her lucky charm. The two know each other for years and have been through the thick of it together and often apart, but always coming back to each other to drink from the flute of friendship. A literary friend of mine calls my spouse, “Our lucky charm.” This was only after attending several book events where we noticed a difference in our marketing energy field when she sits with us. We didn’t notice it right away. It’s been years now.

Friendship takes time. We must give time time as we grow our relationships with others and more especially with ourselves. Take yourself out to coffee and you may find you like yourself enough to have a seven course meal with you too.

XO

Graciella and Theresa

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There’s a cold rain in New York and a chill that I pulled my collar up against as I walked our two dogs earlier this evening. I wasn’t too happy since Gingy’s 16lb. little body turns into 50lb. rock when she doesn’t want to venture out in weather that seeps through coat, sweater, and skin. Cold and wet. I’d almost forgotten that this week’s card is of the concept of Water/Agua.

Graciella la Gitana Oracle Water/Agua image
Graciella la Gitana Oracle Water/Agua image

Graciella speaks; I channel her words and sentiment- Theresa

Earlier today, I had pulled this week’s card. It was the Water/ Agua card. Water is fascinating in that it can take so many forms. It’s one of those materials that can be solid, liquid, or gaseous. Amazing, don’t you think? Water can wear down rocks. Water can become a place of tranquility and relaxation. A waterfall that we stand under shouting with glee is the same as that which we can turn a hose on someone in full force to stop them from taking action such as in a demonstration. We can all think of a million ways that water serves us. Without water ingested there is no life. Just ask that tree that no one watered when it was planted. Just ask a child whose lost his or her life as well. Without water there can be tragedy.

The concept card for water shows two children having a great time playing with this magical substance. Unconscious of the problems of the world. Or maybe they are conscious but are still taking time for innocent fun. The message of the card is to allow the feminine principle of water to enter your mind. Be like the water. Flow gently down a stream. Gush like a geyser. Allow yourself to be under the direction of the Great Feminine. She is there to protect you, loves to hear your laughter, and asks for you to protect Her too. Take care of the waters of your environment. Turn off the tap. Save some. Cleanse yourself of woes. Take a spiritual bath. When drinking a glass, imagine its healing properties course through your physical being.

In what ways have you cherished water? In what ways might you have abused this gift of the Mother? What can you do differently to honor the gift that you received from nature’s love?

Sit with a bowl of water. Scry. Listen to it. Gaze at the images that may reveal themselves to you. What does it all mean? Solidify your relationship with water this week. Engage in the experience of wonder and love.

In breath and kindness,

Graciella and Theresa

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Graciella la Gitana Oracle Intimacy-Intimidad

The chosen card for this week is Intimacy/Intimidad. It’s almost shocking in that the word Intimidad brings to mind the word Intimidate. Wow! I might have thought that before but not so deeply as today. Graciella wanted me to see that as I channel her week message.

Graciella speaks; I channel her words and sentiment- Theresa

When we are working a genuinely true, loyal, loving relationship we are bound to consider how intimate we will be with other. The usual intimation (like how I did that?) is that intimacy, in our common usage of the word, is of a sexual nature. That may well be so, but there are so many other levels to cross prior to or alongside those activities.

Do I trust the person that I’m allowing to close to me? If I don’t, will I accept my intuitions or will I give that person a chance to show me who they truly are. It’s very likely that they remind me of someone who’s made me uncomfortable before and I treat them as I would that other person.

At some point, when I worked monthly in a food coop there was a woman who was really mean to me and either ignored me, or barred her teeth at me. I tried to ignore her because I liked the job I was engaged in. Eventually, she shared that she realized I reminded her of a teacher she once had. After that we were able to communicate in a different way. She did apologize. Life was easier after that. We both were grateful. This is not to mean that you shouldn’t listen to your hunch or first feeling. That is something we are meant to rely on, it is an inborn part of ourselves that we should acknowledge and nurture.

This week, Graciella asks you to observe your boundaries. Are they too open or are they wedged shut? Can you use a filter to help you sift through what is yours as you develop your new relationship with either someone else or yourself? Be cautionary. Life and the ways we handle it aren’t really as quicksilvery as we encounter on social media where life seems to happen faster than reality. Be open but allow yourself to be in the grey as long as you need to. Life is not a race.

In love and light,

Graciella and Theresa

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Graciella la Gitana Oracle – The Rascal

I love the image of the rascal and the wily expression on his little face. This child figure is both young and old simultaneously. The little white dog, a symbol of fidelity, is strutting happily along side the rascal. There is the dark figure of someone watching in the wings. The fruit and vegetable stores are abundant with stock. Is the child planning to make a heist? Grab one of the fruit and run? Or is he innocently playing with the old fashioned hoop that is not seen as a toy in today’s world. I think of the many children who are stuck indoors playing video games. There are so many children who are unable to get into the naïve troubles of the past. The situations that help them to grow and learn life’s lessons. Some of the children of days gone by had to steal in order to help ensure that their families were fed. Young one’s had to be old. This is what I see in today’s oracle card.

Graciella speaks; I channel her words and sentiment- Theresa

This week, Graciella wants you to be aware of the innocence we or others bring to us. We shouldn’t take for granted what we see in the outside reflection. There is wisdom from the young. Or maybe we are to impart some wisdom to those who come behind us in the line of humanity. A child is just that- a child. Sometimes old ones believe that the child knows or should know more than they do. That is something that one might bring in to an interaction that isn’t exactly founded in truth.

On the other hand, we may need to bring a sense of innocence and play to the little one or the elder who has lost their ability to embody the joy of life. We may not be aware of who that is that comes to us. That being may have a child-like characteristics and while their actions may be a challenge to discern because of their outside appearance, Graciella suggests meeting them with the quality of gentleness and compassion. Those concepts go a long way in nurturing the kindness that may needed in a situation where you might feel a cocotazo, hard rap, to the head would suffice. More will be revealed in this situation.

In love and kindness,

Graciella and Theresa

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Full Wolf Moon

Yearly, I’ve written about the Full Wolf Moon. It struck me that the wolf mates for life. This is a romantic notion and something many of us long for as we howl at the moon. Sometimes in tears and often feeling hollow inside.

This year has started out difficult for many people and countries. We individual and groups who are the same on many fronts. We have the desire for food, shelter, clothing, a clean place to eliminate, a place to feel safe and loved. The divisiveness in our peoples is frightening for those of us who live empathically and compassionately.

Take this time during the bright full Wolf Moon to reflect on your desires during these dark winter nights that are shortening. We are closer to the warm season, yet we are also heading to the deepest of dark nights where our dreams become vivid, life-like, and an extension of our daily waking hours. What is night and what is day? Are they mirrors of each other? Allow them to meld and walk in both worlds.

By reflecting on the wolf moon, we are reminded of the hungry howls of not only the wolves, but the hungry two leggeds, and the infants who cry in the night seemingly inconsolable. We are awakened to the cries and attempt to find solutions and remedies to make right the night.

Meditate under the light of this full moon as to where you might reach and to how deep to reach into the want that you may fulfill. Is it your right to live and give powerful voice to who you are by imitating the howl of the wolf deep into the night. Are you here to give warmth to a tiny being who has thus far known nothing but the plight of the cold barren night? Is your call to feed the hungry man who walks alone in the still of the night under the light of buildings that almost reach the heavens? Or maybe you’re here to listen to the words of those already crossed who can share the secrets of their souls and how their experiences may provide tonics for the souls of others on this side?

Reflect. Meditate. Go deep. It is your right and your privilege to listen for the howls in the night and to go forth in the stillness with your healing heart.

In light,

Theresa

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Día de Los Reyes/ Three Kings Day

The Adoration of the Magi by Edward Burne-Jones 1904

Little Christmas

Epiphany

Grass hidden under beds

Please that the little children will giggle

In these times of hunger and poverty

A search for a toy, candy, a shiny quarter

Becomes a time of belief, faith, a full belly

And the depth of love

-Theresa

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It’s a rare day that I pick the Writer card. This one is true to my heart and I was surprised to pull it today as the week’s card. I always ask Graciella what is her vision for us to focus on for the coming week. This is the concept she chose.

The image of the type writer shows that it’s an old one. There are beautiful pink roses in a vase behind it. A gold charm bracelet lies carelessly aside. A bowl full of healthy fish swim happily in their own kingdom to the side.

Graciella la Gitana Oracle- The Writer

Graciella’s message for this week is this: as you prepare your words in your work, in your personal or other writings, or in events that you will be attending, give time for diplomacy and accuracy in what you are writing. Know that others will be listening or reading your words with fervor. What is your beautiful message for the world?. Today’s social media and ability to go viral should bring to us the importance of choosing words wisely and with care. Am I parroting what others have said? Do I promote their message for self-aggrandizement? Are my words needed or would things be better off if I decided to use the art of silence, peace-making, and love?

Graciella speaks; I channel her words and sentiment- Theresa

Graciella tells me that words can be used to profess love, for fear-mongering, and to provide knowledge. The written word goes far. The ability to use words with a underlying goal of compassion and friendship is a gift. Be aware of the power of words this week. You will never regret words spoken in truth with tact and delicacy.

In love and respect,

Graciella and Theresa

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Dreaming in a new decade: 2020

Doggie Dreams

Do you remember your dreams? The ones you have in the night? I often do. A few nights ago, I dreamt that I was a staff nurse again after a long hiatus. I wasn’t doing a very good job. My patient who was a female was just not going to make it. A different nurse, a young woman, came in and the patient woke up and I had the sense the patient was going to recover. I had different interpretations of that dream. The one that stays with me now is to move on when the time has come. Our dreams can coincide healthily with those of others too. I think of the old dreams I had in the middle of the day. My daydreams. Those thoughts led to my many desires and visions. I couldn’t help but contemplate what I’ve accomplished and what I haven’t. Have you been thinking of your dreams too? 2020 has arrived.

My dreams have changed over the years. I remember a big one was to be a nursing supervisor in the hospital I worked at in lower Manhattan. Wearing a lab coat over a pretty dress while carrying a clipboard with I-don’t-know-what on it was something I strived for. I also had a futile dream. One in which I was an Olympic ice skater twirling along the ice with my skirt flipping to Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway singing about love. Those were memorable. They didn’t come to fruition because I didn’t put the step work into them that would have ensured success.

Over the years, with lots of inner work and outside help, other dreams have come true for me. I remember telling a friend over thirty years ago that I wanted to write a children’s book. I haven’t yet. The nugget of the story is embedded in my heart and in a notebook where I’ve written ideas and character descriptions. A pocket in the notebook holds a drawing my daughter created for me of the characters. They are alive and their stories will be on paper in book form if I continue to work at it. I’ve realized that some of my projects take years to complete, if I stay on the course.

I’ve written a list of dreams that I would like to come to fruition in 2020. I’ll place these on my 2020 vision board sometime today. I write words on my vision board because that is my venue. Other folks use pictures and I may sprinkle a few on my board. I will be sure to leave an open space for Spirit to come through with Spirit’s vision for me. There may be some things that I’m not ready for and other things that I am that I’m not aware of yet. I embrace what Spirit knows. I don’t know as much and I’m content with that. I don’t have all my answers. That’s one of the reasons that I embrace the knowing of my Higher Power.

My vision for 2020 includes remain close with my family members, dating my spouse, a few writing projects, and travel. These visions are fulfilled by listening, picking up the phone, sitting at my desk, solitary runs, prayer, and meditation. These actions bring me to a level of serenity that I quickly lose when I forget to do them. I have a sweet feeling about this coming year. I hope you do too. I gently allow the pains and joys of the past year and decade wash through me and move along the river waters of my life. I gently accept the experiences my Higher Power has for me this coming year and decade.

What dreams do you have for 2020? Are you creating a vision board? How do you ensure that your visions and dreams come to fruition? Do you allow for an open space for your Higher Power to come through for you?

In joy and light and the clarity only 2020 can bring,

Theresa

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Graciella la Gitana Oracle card Spring

How wonderful that we have just entered the time of winter and, yet, the card we pull for this week is that of Spring. The undercurrent of something new coming toward us is in the air. The crescent moon is waxing. These are times for sitting in reflection, while acknowledging the stirrings within our minds, our bellies, and our hearts.

Graciella speaks; I channel her words and sentiment- Theresa

We are in the latter part of the decade and we await with open arms the coming new year, the coming decade. It’s akin to a birthday. What new things are we looking forward to receiving and what things are we willing to let go? By meditating on these thoughts and notions and desires, we allow ourselves to be true to our dreams and what is within us that longs to be called foward into our external lives.

We all have the artist within, creations waiting to be born, love wanting to encompass the deeper parts of ourselves and the desire to share our larger selves with others. The image of the cherry blossoms brings forth gentleness in the pink of newness. The background of the expansive sky is blue and white. These colors are often connected to healing, light, and of course, the Mother, who has a spirituality that many of us wish to emulate. The tree branches are thin but are enough to withstand the beauty of the weighty flowers.

Sometimes are dreams seem impossible to achieve and remain dreams, but they can also be brought to frution. As you create your 2020 vision boards, allow yourself the full expanse of your desires to be acknowledged. I always place an empty circle in the middle of my board. That is my Higher Power circle. That circle leaves an opening for a dream my HP has for me that I never considered to come true. It also allows that dream which is not mine to slip away without resentment or rancor.

Allow the beauty of this time to enter your soul. It is a time for us, enveloped in the love of something Higher, to move forward in realizing our true selves.

XO

Graciella and Theresa

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