The last couple of weeks, Graciella has reminded us to give back to the Earth for all that it gives us. We are abundant with resources, yet in many areas we take advantage of them, feel that we are entitled for the good of the Earth, and watch its decline in growth in not only vegetation but in love and compassion for each other. I, for sure, thought this would be the message again for this Thanksgiving week. No. Graciella had other messages for us today. When we pulled the card from the deck, lo and behold, it was the Star/Estrella card.
The description of the meaning speaks to the randomness of thoughts and the chaos that is afoot. We are scattered beings and are encouraged to find order in the patterns in which we live. Granted, we’re not often expecting relatives and friends the day after humpday. We’ve worked a few days and have managed to go food shopping and to begin some food prep. We prepare for upheaval.
The image on the card shows the female leaving an estate, dressed in finery, her expression is sad, and due to her position she is missing the beauty of the shooting star. These stars aren’t seen frequently in the city due to light and air pollution. Although there is chaos in the air, the constellation of stars assures us that there is a rhythm and order to our lives. We are encouraged to follow the order. Have you become acquainted with your astrological birth chart yet? Do you know your rising sign and moon sign as well as your sun sign? Get to know the patterns that can create a stabilizing force for us as the ups and downs of our times can make things seemingly unconquerable.
While you are a star, remember that the sky is filled with other stars. Shine your shine this week while allowing others to shine theirs too. Family get-togethers are perfect opportunities to share the spotlight. We are all worthy, whether we agree or not with others’ thoughts and actions.
Be one star in the sky. Together we create a magnificent constellation.
This isn’t a mirage. You’re right. You’ve just seen this card during this past week’s reading. It’s so interesting when Graciella repeats a reading. I wonder what we missed last week in the reading. Probably nothing at all. Sometimes we need to revisit a concept. Life is like that. Nothing is ever done and over with. Maybe some things are, like graduating from high school and never having to do that again. But we usually revisit things repeatedly, albeit in a different form.
What haven’t we spoken about? The message is truly about giving thanks to the Earth for all that She does for us. The image on the card depicts pouring libations, offering coins, or a piece of fruit to the Earth. When we do so we do it with joy and thankfulness for the gifts that it has rendered us. Thanksgiving is coming in a few weeks. I’m grateful each and everyday. This season, for me, brings nostalgia and the grief train is back in the station. All aboard! This year it will be twenty years since my Mom crossed over. Tomorrow is my sister’s birthday. She crossed over when she was fifteen and I was eleven. Awful. I still have memories of her birthday parties and dancing to Mash Potato Time! I miss her terribly. I think of my Dad who crossed over last January. Last Thanksgiving we took him to a restaurant for a pancake brunch. We totally enjoyed it. This is my first holiday season without him. He was my longest relationship. He knew me from birth! I miss him and have visions of his grace as his energy was waning. I still have relationship with the three of them and also have gratitude for the vivid memories of each singly and together.
This post isn’t really about grief and loss. It’s about giving thanks for the abundance we’re provided with in this lifetime. Instead of complaining about what we don’t have or wishing for what we’d like to have, or being upset with the way things are on the planet, we can give thanks for what there is. Keep it real. Maybe there is illness, but there is life and hope. Maybe situational events aren’t exactly as we’d wish them to be, but we can find something to thank the Earth for this week.
We’re gifted with people who love us, an employer who supports our returning to school, a friend who tell us that we have a piece of lettuce stuck in our teeth. Take a moment each day this week to give thanks for something or someone in your life. Say your thanks out loud. Make sure that they are aware that you are grateful for them. Let’s see how we feel on Thanksgiving day, next week, after engaging in this practice. Graciella and I would love to hear your exoerience. Leave a comment.
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A full moon is at its zenith in terms of waxing. We think of waxing as the time to work towards things or take action on what we’d like to come to fruition. The full beaver moon certainly depicts one who is busy building, developing, storing, or demolishing in a quest for creation. When we create there’s usually a hope that whatever structure we’ve built will be strong and withstand monsoon rains and winds if need be. We use our strong teeth to whittle, to break, to tug, as we establish our place on this earth.
Along with the traditional native view points of the Beaver Moon, we are also enjoying Taurus in the Full Moon. We Taureans are sure footed bulls and love to have comfort, the kind such as the beaver has worked hard for and we may look lazy standing there chewing our grass. We are really sensual beings and are enjoying the fruits of our labor. We Taureans also often allow things to slide until it becomes just a little too much for us. Then, watch out, we will stampede and anything in our way should be wary. We will do our best to attempt to stop what we believe is not for higher good, either personal or universal.
Graciella’s reading for this week, comes from the Earth/Tierra card. As we, not only Taureans but everyone of all signs, gaze upon the beauty of our accomplishments, eat from the abundance of what we’ve grown and gathered this autumn, and look toward the coming season, are strongly encouraged to return a gift to the Earth. It reminds me of smoking pipe in a spiritual manner. We always put a little tobacco back into our pouches when we’ve filled up the bowls of our pipe. We always give back.
Now is the time to give thanks for what has been created. It is also time to offer libations to the Earth. It is always time to do either.
What is so wonderful about this buffoon is that he is us. We are him. How often are we unable to see our true reflections and how we are seen in the world? I think, in my case, often. Are you downplaying yourself? Not allowing yourself the full glory that you are? Maybe old tapes continue to rewind and you are unable to listen to your inner being because the old beliefs take precedent over the self knowledge that might be benefitting to you- if only you’d let it.
Or maybe it’s the opposite! Oh my! Maybe your ego has spoken a little too loudly and not allowed the true spirit of what you are made of shine through. The idea of going from novice to expert entails a process. One that may take longer than you’d like. Have you just completed a program and are now about to teach? That’s fine. But what about the experts who are seasoned and have years of experience who you are eating lunch with? Maybe it’s time to take a listen. A listen and learn break.
Not all sizes fit all- as much as we’d like to believe they do. Allow the expert assist you in finding your feet again. Land gently on the earth or in the water as our friend in the image probably will. Don’t allow yourself to be blocked because you are missing your true essence or asking for feedback from someone who also doesn’t see you as you are- a special light in this space and time.
Graciella insists that I send her love and wishes for goodness in your lives. That is her and my desire for you! And don’t forget to take time to meditate!
While it may seem that the light glare in this frame is due to the photographer’s (moi) amateur status, I see something else. There is shadow in this frame and immediately above the image of the couple is a shining light. I’ve recently come from a pilgrimage across parts of France into Spain on a quest to know the Black Madonna. I’m still processing the journey. I’ve thought of writing a blog post about it, but it’s still a blur.
People have asked me what my favorite parts were. The food? The desserts? How was the travel? Surprisingly, there’s so much I haven’t been able to answer. What I can honestly say is that I feel as though my DNA or my energy patterns have changed. It’s going to take a while, if ever, that I can speak to this trip fully.
In pulling the Intimacy/Intimidad card, I speak for myself and Graciella regarding the subtleties of relationship. There are our relationships with others that on the surface I see in this card. As I gaze more deeply into the image I see myself and my relationship with both my masculine and feminine aspects. They seem to be in profound marriage. My polarities have wed. I am both in the darkness and in the light. When I sat in a crypt in Montserrat, I heard the clear message to spend as much time in the light as I do in the dark. While I should spend time with my shadowy private self in meditation and in prayer with my Higher Power, I should also share my joy with others in the light of the world that I’m privileged to experience.
During the trip, I was in constant rhythm of rising from crypts to gardens to mountain tops. I gifted myself with communion of life in all places. These rhythms are reminiscent of what I experience with the ebb and flow of the oceans when I visit the shores.
These perceptions are wholly unexpected by me as I offer this week’s reading. Graciella tells me to share this narrative as I describe this read on Intimacy. She asks that you contemplate this reading and observe how it is in union with your story this week, this day, this moment. That we are all aspects of each other and this is how we share and learn. She reminds me to share her love for you. It is deep. Remember that Graciella’s purpose in reaching out through the veils to us is about love and compassion.
Sometimes we enjoy the solitude that the winter brings. I spent the day at La Fortaleza Project event at PS 109 Art Space in East Harlem. The joy for me was the creativity, the music, the spoken word, the read word, the dancing, and especially the smiles of the bright eyed children. Each person shared their aché- their individual inherent power- something we all have. I’d mentioned to a fellow author that the day was unnatural for writers. We usually spend our time alone tapping out words and here we were reading and speaking aloud, networking, dancing, and feeling the rhythm of the drum beat in our souls. What I may think of as unnatural was actually quite natural.
The paradox of being in stillness is moving in tandem with the outside world. Our inside forces keep time with the outside forces. Energetically, we are both. Dynamic and still. Active and quiet. Yin and yang. The winter card tells us that there is life teeming under what seems to be dormant. Cycles of life are made of rest, then rejuvenation and, ultimately, bears fruit when the timing is right.
I’m a fan of Chani Nicholas whose astrological reads are astounding in their detail and sensitivity to all of life’s cycles. I spent some time on her website today as we are in the full moon. The Hunter’s Moon. I’ve tried to think of what I can share about the full moon this month as I usually write a post on the full moon and what it’s meaning is for me that I can share. When I think of an aspect of Chani’s reading that speaks about the finishing up of projects, Graciella’s winter card read, and the full moon, it all becomes quite heady.
The message I receive that I share with you is to think about what it is that you’ve been hunting for. Hunting as the hunter does, quietly in wait for its prey. Underneath the blanketed snow, what seeds have you sown? What creations and projects have not bloomed when you thought they would? What have you wanted with all of your heart? What have you allowed to languish because self-sabotage became stronger than self-motivation?
Graciella says that sometimes we must wait for nature’s law to kick in. We may be ready to strike but our prey has found itself a comfy corner in the field next to ours. Do we betray our instincts by giving up? Or do we rearrange ourselves comfortably while we wait? We may pick up other projects. We may work on shorter term objectives while our goal gathers the natural energy and the okay that the time is right for completion. Achieving our goals is about us, but also about allowing for Something Higher to announce that our Spring has arrived. Be at peace in your heart during this beautiful full moon. Be at peace waiting for your rhythmic cycle to dance its way towards you. Be at peace.
During this past week, I shared a facebook meme about how an alcoholic could be known by his or her first name + their last name. This is so different than the common meme such as one’s dragon name could be obtained by adding the color of one’s socks + the last thing that person ate. My dragon name would be tattletale grey- turkey sandwich. It’s so much funnier on facebook. Anyway, there were a lot of likes to that alcoholic naming meme. Today, when I pulled a card from Graciella’s oracle deck the concept of Sobriety/Sobriedad came up. Ha! She has a sense of humor.
The image of a hand inserting a key into a lock is oh so interesting. This is the first time I’ve realized that by opening the lock the individual will be releasing herself to the outside realm. It’s usually the opposite, isn’t it? We unlock our doors to go inside our homes or offices. These places are usually locked to outsiders who can only gain access by being granted permission by the owners of the abodes. In this case, we are allowing ourselves the liberties that can only come with going outside of ourselves.
There is such beauty in the vista outside of this door. The greenery of the grounds is surrounded by a wonderful mountainous range. The grace of dancing along fields may be countered by the challenge of crossing more difficult terrain. There takes a certain Sobriety to navigate the lives we live. Actions called for take more of a deliberate consciousness than just not taking a drink as one usually thinks of when considering sobriety. Mindfulness. Thoughtfulness. Conscientiousness. Sensitivity. All of these concepts are integral to Sobriety.
The charm bracelet brings to mind the experiences, strengths, and hopes that the individual wears as a talisman. The jewelry is personal yet is open for the world to see. Be yourself as you encounter new things and older things from a different perspective this week when you meet the world. Take your time to discern the choices provided to you in this beckoning universe that has so much in store for you!
Wouldn’t we all like to know where we’re headed? To know what is next on our horizons? For many of us, having a full spiritual life guides us toward the inner knowing that lights our way in this world. Prayer and meditation are essential in cultivating a personal spiritual garden that flourishes with life.
There are so many of us though who are still looking for a spiritual path. Others may be in need of the words or symbols of an outside source to help us remember. We humans all too often forget the roads we are on due to the many distractions we encounter in our daily lives. We may have a question that needs to be answered or someone to help us shed light on a problem that we’ve been unable to resolve.
In this card, the Fortune Teller/La Adivinadora acts as the medium in which we obtain the information that we have been unable to come to on our own. The age old practice of scrying water, tarot, oracles, bones, and shells for enlightenment can be that outside, yet inner source, for us to query. This practice doesn’t change your future, only you can do that. Having more insight into a situation can help to avert or avoid circumstances that one may need to stay clear from or provide clarity and direct one closer to more fruitful ways of living.
Think of a spiritual consultation as a way of cultivating your spiritual garden. Guidance on what may need to be weeded out, what perennials to plant, and what annuals or seasonal plantings to intersperse among the others is oh so helpful. Look to outside aide for your queries this week. None of us can do it all alone.
Sunday evening rolls around just as quickly as Monday morning. It’s a time that I usually start fretting about what I did or didn’t do. I look around me and see so many things that I haven’t had the chance to get to and then I start wishing for the next weekend. When I do this my opportunities to enjoy discoveries are reduced. I’m in next Friday. Wait, it’s Sunday. What might help is looking down at my feet and seeing where I’m planted.
I just spent the afternoon with a circle of women who embody grace, love, and all the gifts that a compassionate Mother could provide. These are women who are spiritual, creative, loving, and talented and are not afraid to share their gifts with the world. I’m in awe that the Mother Goddess saw to it that we would each take a little time from our extremely busy and full lives to share the gifts of healing and spirit with each other. Wow.
So now, I sit to pull the oracle concept card that Graciella la Gitana wants to share with us. We meld our energies and shuffle the cards. We fan them out on the table and we ground and center with our breath. Together we pull the Treachery/Traición card. Didn’t we just pull that card recently for the weekly reading?
This is a simple message of awareness. We must take care of not being obstructed by our self-wills that may prohibit us from experiencing exactly what our higher self believes would benefit us. How many times do we say, I know! when someone suggests something to us? Have we put our hands up to ward off advice either in work or in play because we just don’t want to take in new information? This week I plan to meet with a new collaborator in my work setting. Do I say, I’ve been doing this without your help for so long that what could you possibly offer me now? If I accept the fresh perspective of another who might be holding a crystal of light as the woman in the image is I may learn something. How do I step away from my ego and allow another to teach me something new or different. Otherwise I may be like the gentleman who hangs from a tree by his suit jacket. Do I turn into a buffoon because I cannot be open and my will binds my way?
Today I pray that I can be open to the newness that my higher self would always have me experience. I’ll leave my jaded, know-it-all attitude at home. I’ll say thank you!
I like to joke and sing about today being the first day of the rest of my life. My inner consciousness truly believes that. I don’t leave my knowledge and experience behind. I take them with me and mix it with the suggestions of another and come up with a totally new recipe. I think I will like it. I hope you do too.
As usual the week was a blur. It’s Monday evening and I’ve pulled this week’s card from Graciella la Gitana’s Oracle deck. This time I didn’t smudge with sage but did ground and center- allowing myself to merge with Graciella’s loving energy.
If you’ve started working with your personal deck you’ve probably become familiar with Graciella’s energies that are compassionate and embracing. After a time it is easy to distinguish the differences in her spiritual presence as to your own beings. There’s a certain lightness and confidence that I believe comes with her wisdom and wit.
Today, together we pulled the Fear/Temor card. There was no trepidation when I tuned the card over after I’d shuffled and fanned them out in order to pull it from the deck.
I remembered a story about this card. Once I’d pulled it and was a bit fearful as I anticipated what was to come that day. When I arrived at work, one of the staff members ran to me and disclosed she’d inadvertently shared a pie with other staff members that I’d received from a company we’re affiliated with. She was terrified wondering my reaction would be. In this image, we see the round disk or pie that the female is holding. I was relieved when I realized that was the image or situation I’d almost dreaded. We have a good laugh. I don’t need a whole pie but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t eat it if I had the opportunity.
In this reading, I see the feminine energy leaving the old ways that is represented by the institution behind her. It can be anxiety producing to leave the old and walk towards the new. Unburden yourself at a pace that’s comfortable for you. Walk toward what resonates with you and away from that which no long serves you. The greenery shows a full lushness in the environment that surrounds her.
Let me know how this reading may show itself in your world this week. Tell me how you experience Graciella’s energies. We’d both love to know.