Graciella la Gitana Oracle © Weekly Reading

I’ve got lots to write about at so many levels regarding my recent book launch and reading for my latest novel Coney Island Siren. Truly, after all was done I sort of just felt super exhausted. There were months of prep including phone calls, decisions to be made, and food to be ordered. Anyone who’s had a big event knows all about the process. So, I haven’t written a post describing the butterflies and the strengths or the illusions and the realities. This weekend I basically hung out at the house and gardened. Watched TV. Explored the tarot in a deeper manner. Did all those things that help me to feel like myself again. I’m the introvert who occasionally acts like an extrovert.

I have two events coming up this week. They’re on the side bar to the right of this post here. The first is Wednesday at Word Up! in Washington Heights at 6:30pm. I’ll be on a panel taking about Crafting the Artists Life and how we artists make it in a location that isn’t all that art friendly. Raquel Penzo, of La Pluma y La Tinta is moderating. Orlando Ferrand, poet and translator extraordinaire, and Maria Fernanda, Poet. The second is called The Power of the P! Organized by the talented dynamic Alicia Anabel Santos at BAAD- Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. This one is on Thursday evening at 7:00pm. I’ll also be attending a concert with my spouse and so on. It’s important for me to commit to taking some minutes each day, during this very busy season, to center, ground, and meditate. Allow Spirit to talk to me. I need to listen. This will so help me to respond in a healthy and sane way to this week’s busyness.

Together Graciella la Gitana and I shuffled the oracle deck. We centered. Grounded. Allowed the feeling of tranquility to wash through us and unite us. We fanned the deck out on the desk and with my right hand, I pulled the card that felt right. I should mention, if I haven’t before, that at the tarot classes I’d recently taken the expert instructor, Robert M. Place, advised us to pull a different way with our left hands as that is our intuitive side. Graciella prefers me to use my right hand for some reason. I do as she asks. We pulled the Contemplation card.


This card is so beautiful to me when I look at it. The female takes time to meditate on what is at hand. In this case there are the different fabrics that I imagine she goes to buy at a bazaar. I’m sure that she haggles on the price of the fabrics. What is it that she is looking for? Does she settle if she doesn’t find the fabrics that she prefers? These are all questions that only she can answer. The rich greens of the shrubs outside behind her nicely match the darker velvety green of the drape above her. Or is that a drape? It may be another fabric that she could take home with her to concoct a gorgeous confection. This female, who I will call Graciella, is at home here at the bazaar as she bides her time looking for the perfect item for herself. She has no fear that she will be taken advantage of as she closes her eyes. There is the vibration of calmness and tranquility. She wears some of her gold baubles, jewelry she corrects me, and is self-assured. Bring that self-confidence with you wherever you go this week. Take your time. Be strong in knowing who you are. It’s not about having a big ego. It’s about knowing who you are. One doesn’t have to demand respect. One who self-respects brings that vibe wherever they go. Bring your self-respect with you. It will always be your friend and greatest ally.

In light and love,

Graciella and Theresa

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Palabras: La Muerte

We went to visit a dear friend, yesterday, who is very ill in the hospital; she’s been very helpful to my spouse and me in our spiritual lives. We did energetic healing work, prayed for her and translated “hospitalese” for her son. As a nurse, I take for granted the language of medicine. I hope that I translated it to the language of healing. Afterward, I read a poem I’d written at Bluestockings in NYC with a Latina writing group, La Pluma y La Tinta that I’d helped to found with Raquel Penzo. We’re on hiatus but still get together to read. Busy day, diverse as life can be. This is why I’m pulling this card today and didn’t last evening. I first smudged myself and the cards with sage, shuffled and fanned the cards. Together, Graciella la Gitana, my spirit guide and I pulled the card- La Muerte – the death card.

Image: The image is that of a male hiding behind a wall or doorway. He stands with his eyes gleaming, darting furtively. In his right hand he holds a dagger, ready to plunge at a moment’s notice. Is he the hunted or the hunter? Is his fear well-founded or a manifestation of thoughts that are unclear and an inability to discern the truth of the situation?

Words: Reflect on the actions you are about to make. They may bring discomfort and 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: Frightened at first when I pulled this card, as always. Why is it that the death card- no matter how long I’ve been reading oracles- is alarming? Death is about transformation- from the old to a new way. There are so many ways to read this. We can live in fear and ruminate about something bad happening. We can wait for it-whatever that awful thing is- to take a prominent place in our lives. The truth is that the other shoe will always drop. The truck will come bounding round the corner. Actions that we take are the ones that end up more determining than the one situation we are sure will make or break or lives forever. This message to me is one of taking time to stop, reflect, meditate on what is important and take positive action. It may not seemingly change the events at hand but a pure channel is one that makes living with the consequences and results much easier. Heart and brain together make for a place of serenity when they are linked and not blocked with fear.

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