Palabras: The Spiral

 The last time I pulled the Spiral card I’d also just came in from a walk with my partner and dogs. Today there was a street fair with children playing, teenagers playing carnival-type games and stalls with many different types of food to choose from. Because it was very warm, we cut our walk short and returned home. After finishing up a few odds and ends, I sat, centered and evoked the energy of Graciella, la Gitana, who reminded me that we did not pull a card last week. But being in today, we were ready to pull today’s. Graciella was wearing her red skirt with white blouse. She was also wearing her reading glasses. As I write this she admonishes me and tells me that I don’t have to write that she uses reading glasses-it brings forth a certain connotation of her age. Old enough for lots of wisdom is what I think, but the energy is, oh so, playful and of the feminine. We pulled the Spiral Card together. The card was pulled in a reverse. I don’t usually read reverse in this oracle but today I felt it necessary to do so.

Image: The image is that of a tambourine. It has colorful ribbon hanging from its perimeter. They are blowing in the breeze. Two of the ribbons are intertwined- the shape is reminiscent of a strand of DNA.

Words: Climb up the double helix of the spiral. Know you have been in similar situations before. The current one is merely reminiscent of the ones experienced in the past. This is not a repeat performance. What you have learned previously, whether in the current life, or past, should hold you in good stead.

 Read: The tambourine was depicted today as an open circle of light surrounded by ribbons. The ribbons seemed almost octopus- like. They had become tentacles reaching out for many things at once. While this is okay, all you multi-taskers, take care to gather yourself to yourself, as you assume new roles. What has been done with those that are still streaming in the wind? There is a gaiety to taking on new projects; new jobs and expanding our creative selves but take caution that the ends of the ribbon already in motion do not become frayed or forgotten.

I also see two of ribbon engaged in their double helix dance. We often have the tendency to believe that things aren’t different when we see them “in the same old way” context. But at this point in our lives we should take comfort in the fact the nothing is ever the same. It may feel that way but in actuality it isn’t.

The way that two of the ribbons intertwine reminded me of the caduceus symbol. The caduceus is an ancient Greek symbol of a staff that was carried by Hermes, messenger of the gods to humans. As a Roman god, Hermes is known as Mercury. Because the caduceus is known to represent the alchemical process, I offer the message today as the expectation of swift change to come. The areas most likely affected will be writing and the negotiation associated with business.

See how this fits for you this week and let me know. As I continue to develop this oracle, I welcome your experiences on how these readings have fit for you!

May you walk in the Beauty of Light!

 

Palabras-The Cape

 Cheers and celebration brought the athletes through the finish line at the triathlon I attended today. While the letters spelled out “Finish”- in reality, there is usually no true finality. The athlete picks up his or her medal, packs up a load of gear and goes home reveling in a performance well done. They also calculate what could have been done differently for a personal better race time and begin to strategize for their next race. The preparation is done days, months and years before the spectators have the opportunity to yell, yay! Although I hadn’t raced today, I was exhausted and came home to nap before I sat down to pull this card with Graciella, la Gitana. Even before we had completed the centering process, I began to hear her message and the card, The Cape, merely confirmed what I was already told.

Image: The toreador is seen from behind. His cape takes center stage while his figure is unseen within the fabric that swirls and twirls in the air. The entirety of his form is hidden. His facial features are also unseen as his back is to the reader.  The toreador’s hat sits atop his head.

Words: Swirling in the air, the cape is used to hide, tease and protect. It disguises the figure that moves forth within.  Wear it well. Maneuver it like a second skin, a well-thought out and calculated movement. It is planned execution of thought, action and results. You are ready for the fight.   

Read: The message I received in pulling this card was that this is a week of completing projects that have been honed. Take the project, wait no more and send it out into the universe. It is time for others to see it and to experience your creativity. If you have been stalling or fearful, wait no more. This is the time that you and everyone else have been waiting for. The wise choice of waiting for your project to be completed, with a commitment toward responsibility, can go astray if you then never make the decision to bring it forward into the world. Our creations are meant for ourselves-to a degree. We are born to share our gifts with others so we can all experience the fullness of the lives of others and new perspectives in the world. How many times have you been to a museum and have stood in front of a piece that brought you a whole new colorful way to perceive the world? Without experiencing the perspective of the artist, our own experience is not challenged or sometimes even defined.  Find the gift that is within you and bring it forward for the rest of us to learn from and to enjoy. Just as the athlete, the toreador practices, hones and skillfully shows his expertise to those who are waiting to cheer, olé!

Palabras- El Fuego

Lighting candles and Tiki torches this afternoon, I was dismayed at the poor quality matches that barely burned. I lit one after another- a bit frustrated, until finally my task was done. Afterwards, I spent the afternoon with dear friends, all loved for the special beings that they are.  We had a very delicious barbecue, sat together and told stories of things important and humorous. We shared titles of books deemed intriguing. Toward the latter part of the evening I excused myself to pull the card from the oracle belonging to Graciella, la Gitana. I could feel her very business-like, she wore glasses and I felt as though she’s been writing in the ethers again. I smudged, centered and asking her the message for today, we pulled the Fuego card- the fire.

 El Fuego

Image: Very simply- the image is of fire. If one gazes into the fire images can be seen.

Words:  The dance lives in the fire. Look deeply to discern the spirit and sacred of life. Listen to the hiss, feel the heat. Observe the embers and the worlds they show you. Do not be afraid and offer to it the respect it has earned from the beginning.

Read: Tonight, in this fire, I discerned elves, dogs and rabbits. These images change, apparently, since I’ve never seen them in the card until tonight. The representations of these images bring forth illusion, magic, loyalty and fear, anticipation and fertility in the creative realm. There is truly magic in the air. You are the creator of your world and the turns that your destiny takes. Yes, there is some truth to the notion of a predestined future but there is nothing that cannot be changed by taking action and accepting the responsibility of your life. This card is about the passion that is but a small flicker of fire within when we are born. What we do with this life force remains to be seen, experienced and most importantly, acknowledged. Awaiting the words of another to free us or to open the door to our many worlds unknown can result in our fires staying turned down on low and never rising, giving heat to who we are meant to be and can be in our lifetimes. Take some time, make a fire, whether it be in your meditation or in your fire pit, go ahead, allow the fire to burn away what keeps you back from smoldering as the fiery, passionate person you are. This is not to be done with fear or with a lack of sensibility. Do it with purpose. Embrace who you really are and love who you find within the deep recesses of your being, who you may never have encountered before.

Palabras-Spiral

The Spiral

It’s late evening and I’ve just come in from a short walk with my partner and dogs. We are planning for a small celebration next weekend. Getting bogged down in the details, I realize that I want to enjoy myself and those who will take part. I always do, eventually, but to get from here to there means allowing myself to see the bigger picture and not get caught up in too many of the small details. I sat and centered, preparing to pull the card with Graciella, la Gitana. I look forward to her message. We pulled the Spiral Card together.

Image: The image is that of a tambourine. It has colorful ribbons hanging from its perimeter. They are blowing in the breeze. Two of the ribbons are intertwined- the shape is reminiscent of a strand of DNA. Because of the position of the tambourine in the corner of the card, it may also be taken for the sun with its rays streaming out from it.

Words: Climb up the double helix of the spiral. Know you have been in similar situations before. The current one is merely reminiscent of the ones experienced in the past. This is not a repeat performance. What you have learned previously, whether in the current life, or past, should hold you in good stead.

 Read: This reading is heartening. While this is a general message that Graciella shares with all readers and writers, it is one that is personally pleasurable for me. Just earlier, I’d made a statement about doing the same thing, expecting different results, basically.  In my heart, I truly didn’t believe it at the time, but said it anyway. It was a default statement, something I say when things don’t seem to be going my way or how I believe they should be. It didn’t ring true and I forgot that I made the statement a few minutes later. In pulling this card, I’m reminded of how throughout eternities and during just this lifetime it seems we are faced with similar situations and don’t really see the progress we’ve made or the differences in a situation unless we really take a closer scrutiny of it.  The other message is that the image of the tambourine tells us to enjoy, celebrate and experience the music in our lives. Music can be heard and felt in so many different ways. The patterns are there, just as in the double helix, which may seem to be repeated but are never quite experienced in the same way. Graciella says open your eyes, enjoy what’s going on-there are many things to be grateful for-it’s up to you to experience them.

Palabras- El Tonto

Just returning from a pool where I swam for a little less than an hour, I walked home with my partner. We spoke about plans to swim in the lake and the anxiety that entailed. Whether it’s fish swimming between one’s feet or the absolute darkness one encounters there are many details to attend to when one is swimming far from shore. I sat down and centered, prepared my usual ritual for the card to be pulled by Graciella, la Gitana. As I shuffled the cards, Graciellacame through tonight with a quill pen in hand. I knew that in the ethers she has been writing. For a moment I thought I would pull the writer’s card but no, she had other things in mind. As I felt her energy channel through me we pulled a card and came up with El Tonto. Now what does she mean by pulling this card?!

El Tonto

Image: The image is that of a male who is sitting at the side of a lake. He is wearing a hat and tux with a bow tie. His sleeves are rolled up. The man’s arm dangles into the edge of the lake. There seems to be a box in the water. He does not see it since his face is turned towards the woods. Behind him, a few yards away, stands a long eared rabbit on its hind legs.

Words: Wanting things to happen quickly. Believing that what easily comes is easily kept. Prepare the soil. Nurture the roots. The flowers will not bloom or worse yet, burst once without the beauty of a single petal thereafter. Water with tears if you must.

Read: The words that are used to describe the card seem to be quite descriptive of what’s at hand here. Of course, Graciella holding her pen and wearing black framed glasses in her image are indicative of her representation of being a writer. For those of us who write this applies, as well as to all creative persons who are working steadfastly and tirelessly at their craft. It’s so tempting to want to have a published book, a screen play in the top ten at the box office- just fill in the blank and name whatever your creation happens to be. Who wouldn’t want to be at the top without having put much work into it? I’m sure most of us think we’d be happy but that wouldn’t last very long. If we don’t do the work we may, heavens forbid, be one hit ‘wonders’. We end up ‘wondering’ what the heck happened and why the thing we were so excited about ended up being just a flash in the pan! Keep your eye on the prize but to make the most of your fertility, continue to till the soil, revise and refine, let the object settle before moving it about. It will all be worth it, Graciella promises you that!

Until next week!

Palabras- Caridad

 I am feeling great today; in fact, I’ve just finished a twelve mile run in preparation for a half marathon I will be doing in two weeks. Today is also Mother’s Day. There are so many messages of love everywhere we turn. I had a conversation this morning about celebrating Mother’s Day and the expectations of that as opposed to showing one’s love every day, holiday or not. I prefer the latter. So with lots of thoughts tumbling in my brain I smudged and centered and asked Graciella, my Gitana, what her message is for us today. I didn’t want my opinions to get mixed up in this at all. The first thing I felt was Graciella’s unbounded love for me. I had the image of her taking a lacy type of necklace and putting it around my neck as a Mother’s Day gift. She said she did it because she wanted to, that simple. This gift from the ethers I will cherish in my heart. I’m sure when I wear it there may be a few who will actually see it. This is divine! Graciella pulled the card and I wanted to cry. It was the Caridad card. What love there is today!

Caridad

Image: There is the image of a pair of hands that are opened. They hold a beautiful flower. On the wrists are bracelets. One is a simple bangle; the other two are more ornate. There is an object at the side. It is difficult to decipher what it is.

Words: Charity, the sweetness of giving without expectation of reward because the gain is in the giving. Providing service for others is the stepping stone for liberation of the self.

Read: Opening one’s heart to give and receive love may be a challenging feat for many. I see the object to the side of the depicted hands today as some sort of a piñata. During the well awaited piñata opening at a party, there is the blinded batterer who hammers away attempting to gain candies and toys, in this case, analogous to love. The usually beautifully decorated piñata is, with luck, opened up but cast aside in a harsh way, in fact, as a throw away in order for the partygoers to ravage the sweetness that is within. Giving and receiving a kindness, a service and love can be done in a much more compassionate and kind way. We don’t have to destroy in order to receive what we think will be good for us. We don’t have to scurry on our knees, pushing others aside for the sweetness of life, such as the candies from a piñata. Be thoughtful in your thoughts and in your words. The hand you give with is the hand with which you receive. Be gentle with others in each action, listen to the way you speak and hear the messages that you are given. Discern to see if the love you seek is really there. If you are feeling like the discarded piñata then contemplate on the actions you can take to change your situation. Remember, we can’t change others-only ourselves. In this world of tumultuous change, hardship and often, violence, we can be the arrow tips that strike with love, compassion and peace, for ourselves and those around us.

May you walk in beauty!

Palabras- El Viento

There are many things to tend to on a Sunday evening. These typical tasks and errands almost took me away from pulling from this oracle as I’ve promised to do on a weekly basis for Graciella, la Gitana. As I shuffled the cards, Graciella came through in a most flirtatious and vivacious form. Now that I think of it she was actually wearing a feather in her hair. That is something I haven’t experienced before. It is fitting that she would pull the winds card for this reading tonight.

El Viento

Image: The image is of a female standing in a windstorm. Her face is not visible because her hair is blowing in front of her face. She is standing on what appears to be sand dunes. The dress she wears is sleeveless and has a plunging neckline. Her frothy white crinoline undergarment peeps out as her skirt is also blowing high in the fierce wind

Words: Welcome to the winds of change. They will always embrace you when it is time to change direction. They may be turbulent as in a hurricane or calm. They will not wait for you. Take this time to walk and feel the wind on your body. Let the winds play in your hair. Allow them to clear away any confusion you may experience.

 Read: Imagine that Graciella would be wearing a feather in her hair and then pull the Viento- winds card!  I take the image of the figure to be standing on a beach.  I’ve never seen that before when pulling this card, the dunes always seemed to be connected to the desert. This woman standing on the beach is obviously ill-prepared in her dress. It would be appropriate as an earlier century dress worn by a woman who would most likely be strolling on the boardwalk, hoping her beau would win a large kewpie doll for her to bring home. The setting for innocence is here but there is unexpected change that is occurring. Complete the things that you would like to see done that you’ve not taken the time to do. There are always those tasks that get swept aside because something seemingly more important begs attention. Put things in their places, have your papers in order. You will be charged with taking care of things that require quickness from you and you will not have time to dilly-dally about.  I am prodded to remind you that the female figure represents the characteristics of the feminine. Take just a moment to introspect, make a short list and get to those important things that you’ve just been meaning to do. When the changes come you will take comfort in the fact that you can move along with openness of heart and mind.

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Palabras -Impasse

I’d just come in from taking a long walk with my partner and our dogs. Here the trees are blooming with delicate white and pink flowers. There are annuals that are showing their proud colors and children and their parents are skating along on board and riding bikes. Today we were showered for a few minutes with a warm rain.  Coming inside I prepared as usual to pull a card. I began receiving messages as I pulled out sage, matches and my feather fan. I heard that we should pull up our boot straps and ready ourselves for what is coming our way, that we are in a great transition, spiritually as well as everything else, and that we might consider being open to the opportunities that are presenting themselves, no matter how minute we think they seem. Then I pulled the card and had the image that Graciella sat here in her mature wise woman form. She nods her head as I write this. I asked her, what is it that you would like the readers to know? The card we pulled was the Impasse card.

Impasse

Image: A road is blocked by a herd of long horn cattle. There is a rusted broken down car that is off to the side of the path that is clearly impassable. There is a man walking with a cane who is head face on to the cattle. We see him from the side and back. He is wearing a small round fedora and a non-descript jacket. The land looks like one that is unused. A bare limbed tree is the only other living thing that is seen.

Words: Things are not what they seem to be. Decisions that seem to be between life and death are not. You have options, therefore, choices to make. Set objectives and goals. Make plans. Steer away from getting stuck in deciphering which road to take. Actions may bring discomfort or distress. You can stop what you are doing swiftly. Let your heart bleed into your brain and create a pure channel from which to work.

Read: I see the image of myself taking a fluid-like form and just bending around what seems to be a huge machine-like obstacle that is standing in my way. When I change form the obstacle no longer exists. I can go through the door if I’d like or I could go under the door too. Whatever I choose to do I can in the new form. Meditate, meditate and you will receive the information that you need to move more easily in this time of great change. We can receive messages from others. I can do a reading for you if you’d like. Probably the single most informative way is by meditating. What you will hear comes from within you, about you, for you.  Your meditation can be the practice of your choice. You don’t have to sit in lotus position for 20 minutes, if you can and like that way, then do it. Find a focal point, a quiet space, a comfortable position, take a cleansing breath and find your way to your meditative state. This could be done at home, in your office or at the library. You know where the place is, you see it in your mind’s eye, if you choose not to do it, that’s okay too. Share with someone if you find meditating difficult. There are many of us that will help you along, some of us are visible and some of us are invisible. Make your choice.

Until next week!

Theresa