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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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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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Kindness/Caridad

When shuffling the cards for this reading, this one fell out of the deck. It
wanted to show itself. The concept is so eager to take its place in the front
of the room this week. I replaced the card back in the deck, finished
shuffling, and centered thoroughly while asking Graciella to share her message.
Again, the Kindness/Caridad card came shining through.

Graciella speaks; I channel her words and sentiment- Theresa

I find myself calling this card the Compassion card. The image is lovely and
shows hands reaching out holding a beautiful flower. Is the person holding the
flower extending or receiving the gift of kindness? Just like the dark blue
waters with frothy edges, filled with the tender pink shells reflecting the
stars of the Mother, the tides ebb and flow. Give and receive. Allow yourself
both this week as most of us return to the public after a long Thanksgiving
weekend. Maybe you’ve worked hard contending with consumers during these last
few days that are focused on shopping, shopping, and more shopping! Maybe, you
will be the one to stay home during the week, putting your feet up, or taking a
bath filled with lavender salts. It’s possible that the holiday wasn’t kind,
and you’ve dealt with grief, loss, or the bad tempers of those around you.

Whether you’re in a place of inner peace or not, the message is to be kind to yourself and the two-legged and the four-legged creations who you meet this
week. And to those who fly and crawl and swim for that matter. Isn’t that a
simple message? Yes, on the surface, but not so easy when we encounter
different energies that may not resonate with ours.

By not judging, criticizing, and pointing out what we perceive as others’ faults, we can enjoy the overall message of Graciella’s work that is about walking in Compassionate Consciousness on this Earth. Try doing that with yourself as the focus and you may find that is a challenge too. Many of us have incorporated the messages that I’m not good enough, I will never succeed, or I have no value. Turn that kindness in toward your heart and practice saying I am good enough, I am made of love, I deserve to be loved, I am a light beam that my HP put on this Earth to shine. How does that feel? Do you believe those words?

My karate teacher, Sensei Ted Pritchard, use to tell us that “You are who you practice to be.” I believed those words years ago and still believe them today. I use them in a different context, but they are true today as well. Turn the light of kindness in toward yourself and see how the glow emanates from you towards the those in your life. What a beautiful brightness we see!

XO

Theresa and Graciella

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Graciella la Gitana Oracle Star card

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.

XO

Graciella and Theresa

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Reading Playing Cards

I’m like a kid in an old-fashioned Candy Shoppe. Now that I think about it, this morning I pulled my daily Graciella la Gitana Oracle card and drew the Rascal. I wondered how it would show itself today. I’m that kid that’s playing with a new toy. In this case it’s regular playing cards.

Bicycle playing cards

Early this morning as I was writing my second Daisy mystery novel pages, I had the inclination to pull a card for Daisy, my protagonist, who you know is learning to develop her intuition in working with tarot decks, attending misas, meditating, and doing all those things to grow spiritually. She and her beau, David Rodriguez or Rod as he’s called by his friends, decided to pull one to gain insight into their relationship. So picture Daisy closing her eyes and grabbing a deck from her basket filled with tarot decks and oracle sets. Surprisingly, she comes up with regular playing cards. She doesn’t remember putting them in there. Although she’s had the cards a long time, a large part of her life has been in a blackout. She doesn’t remember all the details of her life. Only most of them. The important ones. We hope.

Anyway, I have the decks in my basket and pull them for my protagonist when I write those types of scenes and the cards inform how the story line develops. I also did that for Covering the Sun with My Hand, my first novel. Julia Acevedo received some intense readings from Ana, the Espiritista.

I read the eight of diamonds- the card that emerged from the deck. You’ll have to read the book when it’s published in order to know how I interpreted the cards, but I felt very comfortable reading the symbols and numbers and interpreting them for Daisy and Rod. Such a cool way to spend my early morning hours. Reading and writing. The best!

If you’re interested in reading Daisy’s first mystery, I’m adding the link here for either soft copy or Kindle. Just click on the image of the book below and I’m adding some links that seem interesting in learning how to read a playing card deck. I will be continuing to use them comparing my own intuitions with the what I read on various websites. Also don’t forget Comité Noviembre is Saturday at Hostos Community College. See you there!

Links to Reading with Playing Card Decks. I’m still checking these out while I formulate my own ideas.

https://exemplore.com/fortune-divination/List-of-Playing-Card-Tarot-Meanings

http://www.lunalunamagazine.com/dark/read-tarot-with-a-simple-deck-of-playing-cards

See you Saturday!

XO

Theresa

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