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Leveling-up!

Life is an interesting ball of wax. Today was a beautiful warm blue sky day! Chemtrail free ūüėČ

I am leveling-up. I am always in the process of growth in some aspect of being. If you are curious about crystals, and their metaphysical properties you may want to check out the first video in my Crystals Through the Chakras series, Shaman Stone and the Earth Star Chakra. You wouldn’t believe how my Shaman Stone showed up in my life!

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Interesting things are appearing in my life. Decisions to make and actions to take. The Scorpio new moon of October 30, 2016 was a painful journey to the depths of my fears and limited beliefs. My third eye teitches.

Today’s Self-Centered Tarot card is 6 Victory & Success and 7 Crown Chakra from the Psychic Tarot by John Holland.

Toot my own horn toot!

That Victory & Success card sure is nice! Tooting your own horn and rightfully so. Coupled with the Crown Chakra a beautiful magenta. The best part about this card is that though it is reversed, it doesn’t really change anything at all!

It’s all good.

Today has been very productive. I had fun connecting with another crystal aficionado! 

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Athena Gappmayer, MBA, CCH, RMP, RHP

(Crystal Intuitive)

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Mars is nearing Pluto in Capricorn

And it is really good! It seems counter-intuitive. Pluto in Capricorn is an ass kicker. Add Mars and prepare for a transformational uphill battle. I have been busy all weekend. Raking leaves, making meals, taking care of pets, and making organic body butters, lotions, salves, and essential oil sprays.

breathe

Between now and my event… a deadline filled work week as a corporate accountant. Another Full Moon is coming up, which means I have another YouTube video to create… Not to mention my Shaman Stone and the Earth Star Chakra video. Pricing all of my crystals, incense, and other metaphysical tools. And in-between, I will be getting the kids off to school and cleaning up after pets.

Breathe

That’s not all, the current planetary transits are very similar to three years ago. The day Pluto and Mars were conjunct my twin flame broke it off. Astrology moves in geometries, we just keep looking back at the spiral the vortex that is our life creates. We come back around to see new things we did not catch the first time.

It’s doubtful this upcoming Full Moon conjunct Uranus is Aries will cut as deeply as three years ago when that Mars Pluto conjunction transited my natal moon. This time around is sure to surprise, in a freeing and independent way.

Fallapalooza is the name of the event. Twenty percent of my gross sales for the day will go to the Women’s and children’s Alliance. I received an invitation via email from a woman who organizes events for the city of Boise. She visited my booth during a summer festival. The invitation was the cherry on top of a very successful couple of days at Goddess Festival.

It seems the Universe is quite adept of getting me where I need to be at exactly the right time. And helping me adjust and attune myself spiritually for a greater level of responsibility to my own freedom.

As a young business school student, I often imagined my future… At 40, I would have enough money to start my own business and work for myself. I would have a nice window and a guitar in the corner, so I could take a mental break when needed. Ah yes, the future.

Before I knew it, I turned 40. My life was nothing like I had imagined. I had the two kids I had dreamed of, but the loving caring husband. Not so much. I had already been divorced for seven years. I dated two different men with the same first name. The first was a catalyst for a spiritual awakening. The second is my twin flame. I didn’t even know until after he ended it. I just kept feeling him, dreaming about him, I tried breaking etheric cords, but still three years later I still feel his energy and see him in my dreams.

A few months before turning 40, during March eclipse season, I had a huge freakout. My life sucked. I lived in 988 square foot home with two bedroom, a hallway for a living room and no space to be creative! Not to mention, I had lived there for 15 years. I thought I would be there a couple of years, meet my man, and upgrade. Nah, that wasn’t how it went down.

Before eclipse season, I registered for a crystal healing course. I already knew how to work with crystals intuitively. People often like to see credentials, especially with regard to an accountant turned crystal healer.

After my freakout (spiritual growth), I started to look for retail property. The places were dumps. For the price I could buy a sweet home with space for healing. It didn’t take long for the perfect place to unveil itself. A home, I had admired on many occasions, near my friend’s place.

It was a hail Mary with the loan. High debt to equity ratio and a single mom. The only thing I had going for me is the company I work for and my good credit, but I really think the job nailed it.

I cried many tears of Thanks after moving in. My growing kids have their own rooms. There is a beautiful room for crystals right off the foyer. Yes foyer! The foyer is nearly as big as my old living room. The size of my home tripled. The Universe really delivered something amazing for all those years of hard work after getting married.

See how Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn works. It kicks your ass in preparation for your continued transformation. Spiritual growth is no easy task. So, I decided to draw a card and asked the Universe what I need to know at this time.

Today’s Self-centered Tarot, well Oracle card is 29. Blessing of the Kite Dancer, from the Wild Kuan Yin Oracle by Alana Fairchild. The girl is beautiful. She is floating gracefully in red. Her head adorned with a golden headdress. The clouds are behind her as she is high up in the sky. The birds fly about, and an ass goes by?!?

The card description is three pages long. In summary, “… manifest your potential, develop and express your talents, and fulfill your divine destiny.” and “If you are considering developing your own skills as a mentor or coach, this Oracle also brings confirmation that this is in alignment with your divine destiny.” The message is apt to my life right now… Fallapalooza, the WCA, YouTube and coaching in my own crystal healing kind of way.

Fallapalooza and the WCA seem perfectly timed by the Universe to arrive when I am finally ready to own my own childhood sexual abuse, and domestic violence experienced during my marriage. Overcoming life’s most brutal challenges to thriving is absolutely amazing!

I am now ready to share my experience and assist others with the process of thriving!

It can be done even through kundalini awakening, heart chakra activation, and ascension symptoms! Crystals help… A lot.

Athena Gappmayer, MBA, CCH, RHP, RMP

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Twin Flame Reunion & Crystals

The last two nights I dreamt of my twin flame. He has been removed from my physical life for nearly three years. He left me, and shortly after married someone else (insert tear).

He appeared in my dreams two nights ago. Upon awakening I knew he had been in my dreams, but that is all. He was Wearing dark red leather. That’s all I got on the conscious level.

Last night he appeared again. This time he was next to me in bed. I asked the burning question, “Why did you leave me and marry someone else?” He responded by covering his head. As if I was beating him with a broom or something. Dissatisfied with the response I awakened disappointed. It seems there is no satisfying response on the physical or dream planes.

The twin flame path is an interesting balance between physical, metaphysical, and unconditional love. Maybe the dream space allowed me to ask the question I have been most curious about, so that if and when the twin does arrive, I won’t be beating him over the head with the past.

This morning I placed a tumbled Ametrine crystal in my bra. Ametrine is a combination of Amethyst and Citrine. Amethyst is great for the third-eye and was used by the ancient Greeks for sobriety. Citrine is an energetic crystal, which quickly transmutes negativity. Ametrine at my heart chakra should help me transmute any negative energy stuck in my heart, while helping me to remain clear in understanding the greater reasons for my twin’s departure from my physical life to his continued presence on the dream plane and higher levels of my experience.

Healing Spirit and Heart

Green Apatite is the second stone I decided to bring with me today. Blue Apatite is excellent to use for healing broken bones (bones must be set first). It makes sense I chose this Green Apatite today. The color green is associated with the heart chakra. My broken heart still requires healing.

The tarot cards that fell out are the 2 of Cups and Paige of Wands. The 2 of Cups image from the Mystic Dreamer Tarot by Heidi Darras is dreamy, the lovers are together the rod and staff in the background symbolize the twin flame union. The Paige of Wands delivers a message that it is time to stop worrying about the past. It is now that matters.

Athena Gappmayer, CCH

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A lot on my plate

It was cold this morning. The wind was blowing. Snow didn’t quite reach the valley, but blanketed the hills.

Today’s self-centered tarot card is 2 of Seas, Love from the Mythical Goddess Tarot by Sage Holloway with artwork from Katherine Skaggs.

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2 of Seas, Love

Two dolphins! I never thought of yin and yang as depicted in this card’s image. I want to go play in that pool a little closer to the waterfall. This card is the equivalent of the two of cups in traditional tarot. Typically depicted as two full and/or overflowing cups.

Holloway explains, “Two waterfalls flow into one, just as individuality forms the basis of true union.” It’s feeling a little Days of Our Lives here. Then she really kills it by eventually saying, “Open your heart fully to the relationship you deserve.”

Really? I guess. I have a lot on my plate right now. I’ll call you? Gotta run!

I liked the card more before I knew there were two waterfalls. My heart is open to a relationship, but it’s fully committed my children. My heart chakra is pretty open though, so who knows?

Note the astrological symbols in the card the plus person is Venus, while the sideways 69 is Cancer. Venus is the planet of love and Cancer is ruled by the Moon. The Moon rules emotion. Venus in Cancer is a happy time.

~Athena

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Excited to Begin

It was rainy this morning. I didn’t carry an umbrella. My beanie was enough before and after work. It’s still raining tonight.

Today’s self-centered tarot card is Queen of Bows, Hare from the Wild Wood Tarot by Mark Ryan and John Matthews illustrations by Will Worthington.

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Hare

The Hare is an excellent card. This is an unlikely queen. The look in her eye and the creepy setting put me on alert too. The moss in the foreground gives me hope.

Ryan and Matthews say, “Witty and wise, gentle and kind the Queen supports you and strengthens your resolve.” The card relates to success in business and reminds us to treat others with kindness and empathy.

My resolve has been strengthened over the holidays… in more ways than one. Excited to begin/continue my new venture. 

~Athena

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Vehicles of Healing

I am on edge today. My life is great, so the combative energy I am feeling does not add up. I looked at the astrology. The current Mars in Libra transit is opposite my natal Mars in Aries. Finally, this angst makes sense. It’s all feeling similar to this time two years ago. Thank goodness the Universe has my back! The feeling may be similar, but my place is certainly better than I could have imagined back then.

My life has undergone radical change since July. We moved in September to a much easier home to live in. It seemed to happen quickly and easily. Before it could happen though, I had to dismantle my old belief systems and self-limitations. It was a painful process. The tarot cards I drew concerning our new home reassured me things would work out.

My new home has a dedicated space for crystal healing. The energy here is fantastic. My friends and family are amazed at how effective crystal healing can be. Crystals are awesome vehicles of healing.

I meditated with these crystals today, then decided to draw a tarot card. Today’s self-centered tarot card is Kuan Yin from the Mythical Goddess Tarot written by Sage Holloway with artwork by Katherine Skaggs.

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Kuan Yin with Crystals

The tall crystals in the back are amethyst druze (spiritual), the green one on the left is malachite (healing), the brown looking one is pietersite (manifestation), and the clear sphere is quartz (cleansing & amplification).

Interesting the colors of the crystals are in card. The card exudes wellness. Green for abundance, purple for the wisdom of the third-eye, and yellow in this card is enlightenment. Holloway says, “Kuan Yin radiates the perfect fusion of love and wisdom, and through her elegance and gentleness, offers healing to all.” Lovely. And strange I would draw this card now given the astrology. And not so strange.

~Athena

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Changing this World

Today is a sunny blue sky day. It has been smokey here for at least a week. California is dried up and the West is on fire. The air quality alerts keep coming up on my phone. This afternoon things seem to be clearing up. The wind is blowing the smoke out of the valley.

Today is a two-card day! Today’s self-centered tarot card is the Hermit and the Queen of Swords from the Wizard‚Äôs Tarot by Corrine Kenner, illustrated by John J. Blumen.

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Hermit and Queen of Swords

The two cards are an unlikely pair. The hermit alone with his Virgo book, indicating his dedication to the Earth and knowledge. The Queen of Swords is a beautiful fairy. She has gorgeous wings and lovely white gown. She is experience yet pure, and quite distracted. Does she require some lost knowledge only the hermit has? Maybe she turns herself into that little mouse on the hermit’s shoulder in her own quest for knowledge.

Exciting things are happening in my life. There are tiresome details to attend to, but this change occurring is going to allow for amazing growth and sharing. I am working with people who, like me, are capable of whatever they put their mind to and are changing this World with integrity!

~Athena

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Happiness and Love

It’s summertime! It feels good. The sky is blue. There are hardly any clouds. The Sun just slipped from view on the Western horizon.

Today’s self-centered tarot card is Six of Chalices from the Sirian Starseed Tarot Deck by Patricia Cori illustrated by Alyssa Bartha. The two little angels remind me of my brother and I when we were a bit more angelic. They are so happy and full of love. The chalices dance around them like stars in the sky.

This card is wonderful! The element of water represents our emotions in astrology. The six full cups of water are a symbol of happiness and love. There is much to celebrate. Cori says the Six of Chalices indicates a “… shift in focus back to celebration of the innocence and trust of the decisions made at the soul level.” It does seem some blockage of energy has been removed from my collar bone. Some really heavy soul level or collectively owned stuck energy that needed transmutation was released in early April. My mother took the brunt of it. Sorry Mom!

The energy started easing up in May only to be met by Mercury retrograde, I guess to be rehashed one more time before finally moving forward. The new energy is here. It is time to step into it with open hearts and open minds.

I am going start by soaking up as much light as I can at the pool tomorrow!

~Athena

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~Athena

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Rainbow Healing

The weather has been amazing lately. Spring is such a beautiful season. It was warm enough to just wear my sweater into the office this morning. The lilacs smelled so wonderful on my way into the building.

Today’s Self-centered tarot card is Rose from the Power of Flower cards by Isha Lerner. She has given permission to lightworker.com to reproduce the text and images from her deck on their website. It’s a quick fun way to draw one or three cards on the go.

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Rose

The synchronicity of the Universe makes me smile. Just a moment after drawing today’s card a woman walked into the room and asked if anyone had seen the double rainbow outside. I got right up and walked outside to witness the beauty. It was a single rainbow making a full arc in the sky, just like the card.

The great thing about this card is that yesterday I was reminded of someone I will always care about. We were together a little over a year. The old masculine control thing was too much for me, so I distanced myself. I started feeling judged and unimportant. It was quite uncomfortable. After a few months of that he broke up with me in a very hurtful way.

I know I deserve a beautiful partnership where together we are greater than the sum of our parts and we are both free to live our individual lives while honoring one another.

Lerner offers a helpful interpretation of Austrian mystic Rudolph Steiner’s belief that Mother Mary gave birth to twin souls represented here by the yellow and pink rose. Yellow representing the “path of truth” and pink the “path of the Heart.” Lerner states, “In choosing this card, you are greeted by the Rose Goddess, gently announcing your readiness to accept the twin gifts of Cosmic Love and Wisdom embodied by the Mystic Rose.”

It is my great honor to receive this card today. Interesting as today I have been sending blessings to my ex, so that he may be happy and turn that frown upside down. The Rose let me know my actions are correct in both distancing myself and in sending blessings. The rainbow represents that healing is taking place.

Honoring my truth and my heart was not easy, but love, especially self-love is difficult. We have to love ourselves first, so we don’t get caught up in the darkness of others. When we truly love ourselves we move out of the lower densities and open our hearts to accepting unconditional love from the Universe. And with that available to us we can heal not only ourselves, but others as well.

~Athena

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Steeped in the Physical

There are many times in life when I find myself in places and/or situations I never thought I’d be in. Right now I’m in the back room of a video game shop with a bunch of kids. It’s Pok√©mon time.
Today’s card is Four of Vessels, Pregnancy, from the Native American Tarot Deck created by Magda and J.A. Gonzales. The image on the card is that of a beautiful young pregnant woman.

The card is amazing. No I am not literally pregnant. Rather pregnant with dreams on the verge of being realized. No longer the dreams of youth, my dreams of now are steeped in the physical experience of my travels through Asia and North America, my own marriage and divorce, parenthood,  career, and injury.

Thank goodness that Scorpio full moon cleared out the equinox eclipse/blood moon energies that forced everyone else’s energy onto my one last nerve. It was tough. Glad that’s done and now it’s time to prepare for that baby to be born.

~Athena

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Deadly Beauty

My family is visiting Yellowstone National Park. It was snowing when we drove in on Sunday. Today is a bright blue day with warm 65¬įF spring weather.

I see the snowy peaks from West Yellowstone, Montana. We are here just before the park really opens for the season. The park is open year round, but many roads are closed for the winter. Don’t worry if you come in the winter. Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs are open year round. Most attractions are scheduled to be open May 1st.

Standing in the steam emitted from the geysers is nice. The sulfur can be a bit much at times. The colors and the natural formations are deadly beauty.

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Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park
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Rainbow Pool Drainage into Iron Spring Creek, Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone National Park
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Grand Prasmatic Spring detail, Yellowstone National Park
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Buffalo alongside Firehole River, Yellowstone National Park

We were very lucky to see a lone wolf running along the north side of the Madison River. My mother spotted it. I know her abilities well enough to pull over so we could get a better look. She was beautiful. Mostly white with longer touches of gray and brown. We saw her pounce on a rodent, but I think she was just showing off for us. On the other side of the highway we saw a buffalo. We even saw a calf later in the afternoon. The first in the herd this spring.

The forests are thick with trees. We did not see any moose, but saw their favorite trees with missing strips of bark. At Old Faithful the wolves started howling in the distance letting us know the geyser would erupt soon. It has been a very nice trip. Although you may want to arrive here after May 1st.

~Athena

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Well Deserved

Today was a beautiful day. The pain in my shoulder dissipated overnight. The sky was bright blue and the weather is warm.

Today’s self-centered tarot card is 1 Prosperity Begins from the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck by John Holland. I love the card! A well tended peach tree reminds me of my grandpa. He grew the best peaches.

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Prosperity Begins

This deck is unique in its presentation of symbolism and archetypes choosing to use the chakra system for its emotional foundation rather than the typically astrologically based tarot. Though it is an oracle card deck.

Today’s card is the color red. Red is the hardest color to see due to its low frequency. It represents the root chakra which, is all about having your basic human needs met such as food, water, and shelter. It goes deeper though to your family of origin and how your needs were met. Still it goes deeper into your family line, genetics, DNA. Finally, the root chakra connects us to Earth.

My basic needs are met. But, my body is going through changes constantly. It is hard to feel settled when you become aware of your body on a cellular level. And start feeling the light drag through your fingers as you walk the same way water does when you go swimming.

These amazing experiences make it difficult to relate to other people. Ever since the March Solar eclipse my life has been challenging. It’s like everyone wants to touch my open wounds. There was a span of four weeks when I didn’t even have a chance to go crystal shopping. Yesterday made up for it though. Two massive crystals were found in the ground and wrapped in leather next to our irrigation valve. One is quartz. The other is red and yellow jasper. Beautiful! My neighbor wanted me to place the jasper so it would face his house.

I’m so glad this card came up today. It started feeling like things were cheering up this morning. Events throughout the day confirmed it for me and this card I suppose solidifies it. This deck is hard for me to use, because it really makes me push through the blockages. Things are looking up!

Time for one last day at work before a well deserved road trip! Yellowstone here I come.

~Athena

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Positive Changes

It’s beautiful outside today. Sunny with blue sky and intermittent clouds. It’s cold outside.

Today’s self-centered tarot card is the Six of Flames from the Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Cori, illustrated by Alyssa Bartha. The card is amazing to look at as usual. The Sun is shining through the center flame. Making it appear larger than the others. Power here is an illusion. There is great responsibility involved with balancing many interests for the best of all involved.

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Six of Flames

Yesterday, I got Five of Flames so when this card came up I felt triumphant. Over what I don’t know. The weekend was a bit rough. The whole time Friday night I was thinking to myself, “I had enough of this same deal last year!” Sometimes no matter what you do, history has to repeat itself.

The key is to make positive changes incrementally over time. They build into something greater. Others see the impact you are making and they make their own positive changes.

The time is now to make renewable energy the new frontier. I am ready for the time we are freed from survival mentality and the horrors that come with it. We will create amazing new ideas together and bring them to our collective reality!

~Athena

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Time of Reflection

Today was a gorgeous spring day! The sky was blue with no clouds. It was so lovely I had to turn on the air conditioning upon returning from the park this afternoon.

Today’s Self-Centered Tarot card is Seven of Pentacles from the Wizard’s Tarot by Corrine Kenner, illustrated by John J. Blumen. The woman on the card appears to be waiting for the harvest to finish ripening. Kenner states, “When the Seven of Pentacles appears… you can probably expect some downtime-a brief pause while you wait, reflect, and hope for the best as all of your endeavors come to fruition.”
Seven of Pentacles
The card is fitting for me right now. I have put in a great deal of effort designing my website, growing my audience, and now working on my crystal healing certification. I am willing to wait for the fruit to ripen as the process is the most important part for me, for my spiritual growth. Maybe I’ll help a few others grow with me. I am enjoying this time of reflection.

~Athena

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Capable

Today is an important day. Not only is it vernal equinox there was a solar eclipse at the last degree of Pisces this morning (MST). We reached a state of balance with equal night and equal day today. At the same time we were blocked from the energy of our Sun. This allowed us to “reboot” and easily accept incoming energies from deep space directly. We are now officially living in the Age of Aquarius all while the Sun moves into Aries. All of this and the weather was gorgeous!

Today’s self-centered tarot card is Master of Flames from the Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Cori, illustrated by Alyssa Bartha. The man on this card is wearing indigenous clothing. His hair is long. He is clean shaven and wears a headband. He seems unmoved yet movable if need be.

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Master of Flames

Cori says,¬†“Fire is transformative. It is fuel for the soul–a sacred vehicle of divine inspiration and the awareness of one’s own godliness. It is the highest vibration of the Tarot suits.” She describes the Master as having mastered “his own process, overcoming the ego-self,¬† and reaching pure consciousness.” More importantly the Master can “reach into the feminine aspect of his being to exalt the energies of himself.”

More than ever I feel capable. Over the last three years, I have shed layer upon layer of what no longer serves me. I am now having fun working with crystals and vibrational healing. I am breaking that final egg shell membrane to live in my fullness.

~Athena

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Embracing Joy

This morning came too soon. The sunrise was nice. Even the chem trails in the Eastern sky were pretty in their unnatural way. Everyone was in a good mood.

Today’s self-centered tarot card is the Ten of Cups from The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr. Wow,¬† what a great card! The image of the rainbow with the ten cups in an arch as well. The water reflecting the cups and the rainbow making a circle embracing joy. The land is encircled in the background as well.

The Universe is showing me that I am doing exactly what I need to do. The crystal healing course I am taking is giving me a boost. There are many others with similar interests in the class. We are all pursuing our interests in ways as unique as we are. The public is also interested in crystal healing.

Yesterday some women at a local antique dealer were interested when I bought several crystals and did not need the tags identifying the crystals. I explained that I am a crystal healer and know the names. Soon we were chatting and they asked if I taught classes. Just a few days prior to that I downloaded the forms to sign up to teach a community education class.

Just when it seems nothing is working,  things always manage to change. My goals in life continue to evolve as I do. The rainbow always symbolizing hope and the ten full cups abundance.

~Athena

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Inextricably Linked

Today was a crisp blue day. The sky was virtually cloudless. The Virgo full moon visible in the afternoon sky. Gratitude and wonder abound at how I’m even here in this skin experiencing such beauty.

Today’s card is The Star from the Wizard’s Tarot by Corrine Kenner, illustrated by John J. Blumen. The card screams astrology. The Egyptian priestess is wearing clothing resembling a star filled night sky. There are astrological tools all around here and a chart she is unrolling in her lap.

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The Star

Kenner says, “The art of tarot is inextricably linked with the study of the stars. The professor of astrology (The Star) will help you make the most of both forms of divination.” I do like both art forms. Tarot cards and astrology are tools. I use them to gain a better understanding of events in my life and my place in the world. One of my goals with these Self-centered Tarot readings is to show others how to use the tarot to navigate their own lives.

I’m glad this card showed up today. It’s bright light is helping to navigate me out of a challenging emotional period. The challenge is in accepting myself and my deep need for true fulfillment in my work here on this Earth. This card seems to say, “You’re on the right path.” Especially since the card represents the sign of Aquarius, which is ruled by Uranus the planet of sudden change. Transiting Uranus and Venus (love) are currently conjunct, and on top of my natal Jupiter (growth). A breakthrough.

May your star shine brightly for you!

~ Athena

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Loving Yourself

Today was a bright blue sunny day. Cold wind, but nice Sun.¬†Spring will be here soon and I cannot wait. Especially after drawing today’s card.

Today’s Self-centered Tarot¬†Card is the 5 of Emotions from the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck by John Holland.¬†The card has beautiful colors and the wonderful geometry of the golden mean. You can tell the subject is deeply hurt. The pain in his eyes and brow is quite evident as is the covering of his heart chakra with his hands. Although he is now hurting, the Sun is there in the background. The sacred geometry pouring fourth from the man’s heart illustrate the great depth and meaning of events that have transpired.
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This card makes me cry. It seems as though I have been struggling so much with my emotions lately. My father had a stroke a couple of years ago that really affected me deeply. Relating to him is quite different. It is hard to face the fact that my dad just cannot be there for me the way he used to be. The person I was romantically involved with at the time dumped me shortly thereafter. I believe that individual was either a divine catalyst or a twin flame. Either way the double whammy really did a number on me.

These events have left me with much the same countenance as the man in the card. Pensive, hurt, and knowing there is a depth here that cannot go unnoticed. Powerful growth is underway. Growth in my ability to love myself. It is not an easy task in this world. Especially after untold number of failed romantic relationships. All of them seeming to fail to bring me to this point.¬†A point where I must speak my own truth and truly pay attention to another’s actions. Actions speak much louder than words.

John Holland says, “Honor your feelings. Only by healing and loving yourself — by letting go of the past — can you continue your journey. The suffering associated with this loss delivers profound wisdom and knowledge for your soul.” Indeed it has delivered me to myself, perhaps the greatest gift of all. Holland provides hope, “Focus all your positive energy on the good in your life and what you’re grateful for. Use your healing energy in this way and try not to focus on what you’ve lost, for new beginnings and happiness are just around the corner.”

~Athena

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Movement Everywhere

Today was so beautiful. The clouds were like fluffy cotton balls arranged perfectly across the bright blue sky. Spring is upon us.

My Self-centered Tarot card of the day is X The World from the Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Cori illustrated by Alyssa Bartha. The image seems simple, but there is quite a bit going on. There is movement everywhere from the atom, to the snake, to the Milky Way. The colors Bartha uses are perfect and you can see a mimicking of the snake’s head in the tail of the galaxy.

The last week has been tremendously emotional for me. All for purely egoic reasons, which really just means I need some me time. On the beach in the Sun, me time. The only one who is going to make it happen is me. It’s time to stop spending so much time in an office not being fulfilled. I have a deep need to be of real use in this world. That means not doing anything my heart isn’t into anymore.

Today’s card reinforces what I already know. Change is underway. Crystals and healing are my passion. I must follow the passionate path to really live and be in my fullness. Tomorrow is our local gemshow. I can’t wait to see what I find and what finds me!

~ Athena

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Astral Vacation

Today is a weird President’s Day. I stayed home with the kids today, since there was no school. Before the kids woke up I was in the shower. By the time I was finished and went downstairs they were ready for pancakes, eggs, and bacon. After breakfast I was planning on going grocery shopping, joining my parents for lunch, and then going to see our counselor. Grocery shopping was put off until after the appointment, and then never happened. My parents and I never quite connected to meet for lunch. The counseling appointment ended with me feeling worse about things. Things are not bad, they are just hard. It is hard being a single parent. I strongly advise against becoming one unless it is your best alternative, which it was in my case. Nonetheless, it is not easy.

My Self-centered Tarot Card of the day is The Chariot from the Wizard’s Tarot from Corrinne Kenner, illustrated by John J. Blumen. The card comes as a bit of a surprise. I was not expecting to draw¬†such an¬†empowered woman on her high flying broom. My energy feels weak and weepy today. Much is happening in the image.¬†The witch¬†is in Egypt flying above the palm trees, pyramids and sphinx. There is a dog or coyote that seems to be her protector. Pi and the Moon frame her star adorned hat brim. It seems as though she is on a journey in search of something important. Her spirit guides protect her in her quest.

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Kenner writes something that stays with me, “The band of her hat features shimmering glyphs of the astrological sign Cancer. The stars of the constellation Cancer are swept up in the bristles of the broom, too. Cancer is the sign of home and family life–but astral projection makes it possible to see the world without leaving home.” Now the reason this really sticks with me is that our counselor suggested a vacation. A vacation seems completely out of reach at this point in my life for a multitude of reasons.

My plan is to do some fun things around town with the kids for spring break. We’ll have a nice little staycation. I’ll do some astral travelling and see the world in my dreams. Luckily I have already seen the pyramids, but only from the air. Weird kind of like this card. Did I just connect timelines?!? February 2015, meet¬†July 2001. I only saw the pyramids from the air, because I was en-route to New York City after contracting Malaria in Calcutta (Kolkata).

Really what I need to do is keep on writing about how to apply spiritual tools to our everyday lives. Tarot is one such tool. Meditation is probably the greatest key to unlocking our latent spiritual gifts. Crystals inspire me and make me feel good. I am excited to go to our local gem show this weekend. I may be offering some crystals and related items for sale on my website soon.

If you too lack the time, money, or energy to take a vacation by all means take an astral-vacation. I hope to start tonight!

~Athena

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Majestic Beauty

This morning was a great morning. We all made it to school and work bright and early. Even work and school were easy. It’s always nice to have an easy day.

Today’s Self-centered card is Mountain, Strength from the Earth Magic Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer. The image on the card is a majestic rocky mountain glowing in the sunset. Gorgeous.

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Mountain, Strength

Mountains are magnificent beings. They are mysterious, cold, wild, dangerous, beautiful, inspiring, and full of awe. The Mountain whispers timeless tales into your ear with their cold windy breath.

The card reminds me to be still and rest in my fullness and be cognizant that, “When the mountain feels threatened in some way…” Farmer continues, “the strength exhibited can wreak havoc for all beings caught on its skin.”

My task is to maintain balance, remembering my strength has the potential to harm. My ego better not become enamored with the whole majestic beauty thing or there could be havoc to be wreaked.

~ Athena

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New Methods

It was warm outside this morning. The rain stopped today. It had been raining for three days. We had to be out the door early for an orthodontist appointment. Palate expanders aren’t much fun for the little ones. Lucky we are all happy now and heading out the door shortly for some frozen yogurt.

Today’s self-centered tarot card is Ten of Shields, Harvest from the Native American Tarot Deck by Magda and J.A. Gonzalez. The man in the image appears to be young. He stoops low to cut the stem of tobacco plants. They are ready for harvest.

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Ten of Shields, Harvest

The interpretation of this card seems pretty obvious, hard work, careful trending, and mother Earth provide a great harvest. The authors of the deck say,

“The essence of Harvest is new methods. A change in viewpoint brings knowledge, wisdom and rewards.”

More than ever my creativity is flowing almost to the point of lashing out when not released. This seems new, except that I have always been creative. My lifetime in “the system” educational, medical, banking, etc. killed my innate desire to have fun creating art, music, and poetry. I’m back. And it’s high time for new methods!

~ Athena

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Reacting to Something

It was a foggy morning. My emotions were just as foggy as the morning. My body was in the midst of reacting to something. Am I feeling the fool (full) moon already? That was a Freudian slip of the fingers. Maybe I’m just a big cry baby.

Today is magically a two-card day. Guess the Universe knows I needed a pick-me-up after an emotional for no reason day. The self-centered tarot cards of the day are Three of Staves and Two of Cups from The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr.

The woman in the first card is holding a stave in hand as a walking stick while she looks out to sea waiting for her ship to come in. Waldherr’s meaning, “An enterprise about to cumulate in success. The ability to transform goals into realistic action.” I say, maybe. Perhaps she is just a strong willed young woman who needed to get some air and is contemplating getting the hell out of there. Who really¬†knows except her? At least she’s looking outward with her head held high!

In the second card, the woman sparkles in the moonlight, while the newly weds¬†raise a cup to what they can achieve together. Notice the word can. One without the other is just one. Both together has great potential to be greater than the sum of its parts, literally. Luckily Waldherr saves me with her interpretation, “Integration of masculine and feminine aspects within oneself. An attraction that may become a serious relationship.”

While scrying after my meditation and prior to drawing the cards tonight, I saw many aspects of myself from many different space-time realities merge into the¬†me here and now. Here’s to hoping for a hottie, just in case this situation turns out to be the latter. Cheers!

~Athena

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The Smirk

Today is a beautiful day. It’s sunny and warm. The sky is a beautiful pale blue with wispy clouds in the distance. The promise of springtime is in the air.

Today’s card is the Adept of Crystals from The Sirian Starseed Tarot deck by Patricia Cori illustrated by Alysa Bartha. The smirk on this adept’s face shows his sense of power and over indulged ego. Cori says of the adept, “passionate, at times impulsive, filled with vitality and determination to advance.”

Crystals are beautiful. The one in the adept’s hands is powerful. With great power comes great responsibility. This card reminds me that while I am capable, I still have much to learn.

Tomorrow I will be installing a new car battery. Not one of those easy peasy under your hood car batteries. My car is a Volkswagen, so I first must partially remove the driver’s seat. I’m sure my patience will be challenged, but it will all turn out with me getting what’s hopefully not the last of the cheap gas!

~ Athena

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More Here Now

This morning was foggy and cold. I meditated briefly before taking a shower. I should have meditated longer. My mood was just like the astrological weather, Mars cold in the fog who knows where doing who knows what for no reason conjunct Neptune in Pisces.

Mars in my natal chart is in Aries, the fire sign, and opposite Pluto, transformation, in Libra, the sign of balance. Basically that means I have quite a passionate fiery temperament. So, now after a few days of being in this fog, I’m ready to be out! Mercury also went retrograde today. So, I applied for a job. I have to take this Mars aggression out on something.

The tarot card I drew today took me aback a little. The subject’s hair in this one is a real doozy. Today’s self-centeredly drawn tarot card is Queen of Wands from the Wizard’s Tarot by Corrine Kenner illustrated by John J. Blumen.
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The image on the card is that of a surreal Medusa. Her blue skin glows in the warmth of the¬†contained fire on either side of her and in her wand. The Moon suggests the woman’s deep emotional connection and state of illumination. Kenner says of the queen, “She is sinewy and strong, willful and dynamic, confident and self-assured.” These are qualities I very much admire. Today I feel tired, weak, emotional, and yet I feel this desire deep within propelling me toward growth.

It seems this card has come to remind me, I am fiery and passionate. Even though this fog has me feeling unsure about my emotions, Neptune has been working with Mars to cut through some dense nebulous stuff in my heart chakra.

There is a powerful cleansing occurring on many levels within. My cells perceive new energy and are rapidly incorporating it into physical healing and nourishment, like another type of nutrient. There is a simultaneous release of old energy and a freeing of my soul to be more here now in the physical. It is painful and it feels so blissfully good. It feels like a great soothing all encompassing love is filling in those spaces left open.

Tomorrow I am going to meditate longer. It really sets the tone for a good day, when done properly.

~Athena

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Aware and in Control

The sunrise this morning was a gorgeous deep orange-red. The Moon was hanging above the southern horizon highlighting the day’s beauty.

Today’s self-centered tarot card is from the Goddess Tarot Deck by Kris Weldherr. Today was another two card day. Four of Swords fell out of the deck. Behind it was X Fortune, Lakshmi.

The woman sleeping with swords above her at first disturbed me until I realized she was aware and in control of them, even in the sleep state, indicating great strength. Waldherr states, “The four swords are suspended above her protecting her from the outside world.”

The next card, X Fortune, Lakshmi is gorgeous. She rides on the back of a beautiful bird with her twin flame, Vishnu. They survey the valley below and abundance flows.

Things aren’t perfect in my life, but they’re pretty damn good.

~ Athena

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Change is Good

The day started off foggy. The Sun came out about lunchtime. It hurt my eyes for a moment. It has been many days since I last saw the blue sky. I am appreciative.

Today’s self-centered tarot card is 5, Financial & Material Changes from the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck by John Holland.

The image on the card seems to indicate a split. The index finger and thumb are in splendid warm tones while the ring and pinky fingers are bathed in cool tones. The card seems to indicate divorce even though the ring is typically on the left hand in western cultures.

The number five represents change in numerology. It also represents the kind of change you find in your pocket, coins. Think pentagram on the suit of coins in the tarot. Apparently I can look forward to possibly disturbing changes that I need to keep my chin up about. Those changes are likely financial, and could include divorce as a partner’s money is part of our own financial well being.

The changes I foresee happening including harnessing my creativity via my index finger and thumb to create new opportunities for greater freedom.

Change is good. The kind that happens in our lives and the kind I find in my pocket!

~ Athena

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Flowing Again

My day has been so interesting. I found a tumbled hematite crystal in the parking lot at my kids’ school this morning. It glistened its mercurial black chrome color in the icy parking lot. The stone was ice cold when I picked it up. A stone right there in my path. What was it doing there? It was obviously meant for me.

When I was about ten years old, I was riding my bike though my neighborhood when I came across what appeared to be a big chunk of round metal with a strange ridge around the center making one side slightly larger. It looked man-made. I remember saying, “This is a rock?” after I smelled it. The stone laid in the middle of my path like it had been placed there for me to find.

A couple of years ago I went into my local metaphysical store and was surprised to see another stone like the one I had found. It was the first time I had seen another one like it. It is a shaman stone, which has a sandstone core surrounded by an other layer composed mainly of iron.

My shaman stone is broken now. My brother broke it when we were kids. I always wondered what it was like inside, so I didn’t really mind. It is perfect for meditation now. I love it.

So, now today decades later a hematite shows up. Another stone composed mostly of iron. The shape is interesting. It has smooth edges and oblong skull shape that fits the palm of my hand perfectly. I love it too.

Magically today is a two-card day. Today’s cards are the Sage of Orbs and Three of Chalices from the Sirian Starseed Tarot deck by Patricia Cori illustrated by Alyssa Bartha. The Sage of Orbs card seems to be the most homely card in the deck. Luckily the meaning Cori provides makes up for it.

Cori says, “The ultimate female authority… …the Sage is a queen, a priestess, a medicine woman, an earth mother.” The suit of orbs corresponds to the suit of swords in a traditional tarot deck. It represents thought, and the difficulties we face overcoming our own perceptions as well as the clarity that is found in “illuminating” thoughts.

The Three of Chalices is a lovely card. There appear to be three friends enjoying one another with flowers around their necks. Cori says the card represents, “… celebration of what comes from sharing emotionally and spiritually with others–without limitation.”

Finding that hematite today, then drawing these cards is so synchronistic. Things are flowing again and much more abundantly than ever before. And people are more genuine. Now is an amazing time. Let’s celebrate!

~ Athena

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Double Helix Stairway

Early this morning we had freezing rain. Luckily we were up early and made it where we needed to be a few minutes early. After being gone the better part of two weeks, I was able to catch up on my work by lunchtime. It’s all about timing. Going with the flow helps too.

My emotions today have been deep, profound, painful, elating, freeing, and, as you can, see all over the place. This Full Moon in Cancer business really got to me. Seven of my nine natal planets are in cardinal signs. Transiting planets in cardinal signs always have an impact on me. The Sun is shining its light on deep dark Pluto right now as they oppose the Moon, which represents our emotions and/or our relationships with our mothers or maternal figures in our lives.

Today’s self-centered tarot card is so self-centered it isn’t even a tarot card. My Astrology Reading Cards by Allison Chester-Lambert illustrations by Richard Crookes caught my eye today. I figured maybe drawing a card would give me a deeper understanding of the currents of astrology in my own life.

Today’s card is Neptune. The card’s image is watery and dreamlike like the sign it rules, Pisces. Neptune is the nebulous and represents water in all its forms, taking the shape of the vessel that contains it.

Neptune represents our spirituality, our divinity, our unconditional love. This card assures me I’m on my path. I don’t know where it’s going. I don’t really care as long as I’m climbing that double helix stairway to heaven.

~ Athena

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Taken Seriously

It was cold today, but not as cold as yesterday. My new washer and dryer arrived yesterday. The dryer stopped working nearly two weeks ago and the washer had been on its last leg for a while. Doing laundry at home is a great luxury. Thankfully my Mom helped me out.

Today’s self-centered tarot card is the King of Cups from The Wizard’s Tarot by Corrine Kenner illustrated by John J. Bluesman. The image on the card is that of King Neptune complete with trident and white hair. Quite physically fit for a sexy old guy.

This card is curious to me. I drew it a few days ago, then did not write about it that day. Occasionally a card needs to be taken seriously. This is a good day for this card. There is a Full Moon in  Cancer opposing a Sun-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn also squaring Uranus in Aries all of this at the same degrees of the cardinal signs set off during the April 2014 Cardinal Cross.

King Neptune is here to remind me that I owned April 2014. Sure it was an emotional roller coaster, just like this Full Moon. Part of the fun of the ride is the ups and downs. Enjoying it isn’t always easy. Sometimes it makes you sick.

~ Athena

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Happiness all Around

Today is a good day. It snowed lastnight. Not too much, a couple of inches. My kids are on Christmas Vacation. We are home together this week. I am glad. They are growing so quickly. It’s nice to have now to share.

Today’s card is 10, Happy Family from the Native American Tarot by Magda and J.A. Gonzalez. The image on the card depicts the Native American family life. The mother is teaching the young child, while the father entertains the baby.

My life has been a non-stop rush of Christmas and deliveries. Things are coming together nicely. It seems like years of hard work are now manifesting abundance. Not that they did not before. It’s just easier now. It’s hard when kids are young to maintain balance.

The card depicts the true role of the young mother. Teaching while working. It’s tough being mom’d all the time and still having to get shit done.

As children grow they become more independent. The challenges of their younger years are offset by their bursting into beautiful considerate young people with brilliant ideas and eyes.

It’s nice now that my kids are in elementary school, I am able to take more regular and more sizable chunks of time for my own personal pursuits, like this blog. All while my children pursue their own interests. Happiness all around!

~ Athena

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Change, Realignment and Freedom

Today is a beautiful grey. Clouds shroud the Sun, but its light shines through casting shadows in our living room. We’re home today enjoying time together.

My Self-centered Tarot card of the day is 5, Throat Chakra from The Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck by John Holland. The blue image on the card is a circle within a triangle within a circle surrounded by lotus petals, the throat chakra symbol.

The number five signifies change, realignment, and freedom. The throat chakra is all about truth.

Lastnight I had a powerful dream. I was hoping today’s card would provide some insight. Apparently, the dream is about truth, change, and realignment. All very interesting considering the sexual nature of my dream.

~ Athena

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Magnetic Energy

Intense magnetic energy flooded my life for several days leading up to solstice. Incoming frequencies travel to Earth by way of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), comets, and Gamma Rays to name a few modes of travel. The new energy is easing the burden of shedding my old ways.

Some of my crystals called me to action. Just when I thought my phantom quartz pendant was a dud, it suddenly started interacting with me. It is helping me clear the residual yuck in my heart chakra.

My Self-centered tarot card of the day is King of Vessels, Heron from the Wild Wood Tarot by Mark Ryan and John Matthews illustrated by Will Worthington. The Heron is one of my animal spirit guides. Heron is a thinker, always reflective and waiting patiently for the right moment to take action. The deck’s authors say Heron is, “The guardian of many esoteric secrets, it is said to stand at the gateway between life and death and to act as mediator on the soul’s journey to the Celtic otherworld and reincarnation.”

I am at the precipice of some new way of being, a gateway. The energy is feminine and loves unconditionally. It attaches to your biophotons and changes your life as you live through your heart chakra.

My life is overwhelmingly busy. The new energy is increasing the hectic factor. The only way I’m staying in the flow is by concentrating on what needs to be done right NOW. And feeling my way through with my heart. Right now, I need to relax and watch a movie.

~ Athena

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Global Community

It was hard to wake-up this morning. I sat briefly in meditation, grateful for another day. Each day is beautiful and unique like a snow flake.

Today’s card is Green Man, Synergy from Earth Magic Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer. This card is both spot on and wonderful. The image in this card really is what you make of it. The foliage feels alive. The playful masculine energy is both fun and intriguing.

Today was a great day! Work was fun. We all basically had a half-day off to celebrate our company. I won a Google Chromecast. Yesterday I decided that was the prize for me.

Maybe that brief meditation this morning had something to do with being “the lucky winner” today. Actually, I just knew already. You know, when you just “know.” Last week I almost bought one, but thought I better wait until after the party.

Life is so easy when you let it flow. Things came so easily today. From my prize to my popcorn to my ride. Literally popcorn and a ride came to me at the exact prefect moment.

So contrary to what is happening in the greater scheme of things. My mother told me there had been a massacre at a school where 135 children were killed. 

I have not seen any media on this yet. But already I know an entire community is devastated. Not just the city or nation in which it took place. Our entire global community is witnessing an atrocity. Please everyone stop hurting each other. Those children deserved to let their light shine!

There is space for all of us, and all of our beliefs. Hurting each other just makes it harder to be happy. There is plenty of abundance on this planet. Let’s simply share our abundance and be at peace. We are smart and compassionate. We can do it together!

The micro-macro mirror is an interesting thing. We are one planet, let’s act accordingly.

~ Athena

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Piezoelectric Exchange

The water in the dog’s fish was frozen over this morning. The weather has been warm for a few weeks. The days are still getting shorter and colder.

The Self-centered tarot card of the day is Master of Crystals from the Sirian Starseed Tarot deck by Patricia Cori illustrated by Alysa Bartha. The image on the card is a crystal skull reminiscent of Sha-na-ra or Max. Both powerful energies who communicate their wisdom and knowledge to fortunate individuals.

I love this card. Crystals have become a big part of my life over the last couple of years. I have always had an interest, but in April 2012 my amethyst cluster had a piezoelectric exchange with me via my heart chakra. Things have been different ever since. Many crystals are now part of my life.

Yesterday I mediated in the Sun with my red Lemurian sunrise Andara crystal. The Sun was powerful. The crystal and I were sharing information as the Sun nearly overwhelmed me with new information.

Interestingly, after my meditation, I was shopping for crystals and learned the crystal is an ascension tool. The crystal assists one in awakening to self-knowledge ushering in the Age of Aquarius.

According to Cori the Master has, “an inner strength and knowledge of the domain of the suit represented.” Having “achieved mastery of his own process, overcoming the ego-self, and reaching pure consciousness…” Cori describes the suit of Crystals “the flower of the mineral kingdom” having the ability to “embrace abundance, without being addicted to it.”

I am honored to have drawn this card today. Crystals are beauty flowers from the Earth’s core. I love them, always have, always will.

~ Athena

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The World

Today is Friday, December 12, 2014. The sunrise was gorgeous. The rain came in the afternoon. We enjoyed a visit with friends tonight. It was fun. We laughed a lot. It’s still raining.

The Self-centered tarot card of the day is XXI The World, Gaia from The Goddess Tarot Deck by Kris Waldherr. I like the image on the card. But, what does this card really mean?

The World is a very big place. I have traveled all the way around it once, and to the other side on three separate occasions. I have an appreciation for the immensity of our planet, and the luxury of modern air travel.

We live in the midst of the greatest beauty. I will always be in awe of our mountains, deserts, beaches, oceans, and volcanoes. Not to mention the sky! Day and Night.

Still I wonder what is the World?

According to Waldherr the card means, “Experiencing connection with the universe. A sense of expansion and hope.” Maybe. I think the generally accepted meaning is that you have the World in your hands.

The World is whatever we want to make it for ourselves, while balancing the fact that we share our Earth with one another. Make it happy. Smile with your eyes and live through your heart. Bring your dreams to fruition! Recycle.

~ Athena

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Voluntary Exchange

It has been foggy for about the last week. It burns off as the day progresses. This evening the sky was the most beautiful deep dark blue. No words in my vocabulary to portray it’s beauty.

Today’s card is quite interesting to me, mostly because of what happened prior to drawing it. This is a new deck and fun to shuffle! No cards were coming up, so I just kept shuffling. My mind wandered to thoughts of a past relationship.

I quickly realized and told myself not to go there and shook it off.  I asked the cards to work with me for the best of the Universe and all involved. Then I realized the card could not come up until the deck was cleared. So, I energized the cards and knocked on them three times. I cleared my mind and asked spirit what I need to know.

I drew 6, The Forest Lovers from the Wild Root Tarot by Mark Ryan and John Matthews with card illustrations by Will Worthington. The image on card says it all.

Ryan and Matthews add depth, “True love comes from joining of two polar energies to create a third force or consciousness. It is an interchange of energy and passion, not the surrender or domination of either but a voluntary exchange of will power and respect.”

Seeing the ribbons tying this couple together and to the tree immediately brought me to an emotional state and back to a powerful dream in which I was being married atop a rocky outcrop underneath an ancient  tree. My lover placed a yellow ribbon on my finger. It immediately spun out in all directions astounding me. That is the first and last dream I have ever had about getting married. After that vision I had to center myself with some creative breathing techniques.

Strange how spirit works. Am I not done with that relationship?

~ Athena

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Pack light

The sunrise was surreal this morning. The fog covered everything under the treeline in a charcoal grey cloud. The Sun, not yet risen, cast it’s first rays of the new day highlighting the fog and the promise of a new day.

Today’s card is the Autumnal Equinox, Release card from the Earth Magic Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer. This card reminds me of a childhood vision.

My parents had a picture that resembles the image on this card. One day while looking at the picture I was instantly in a scene with my great grandfather, who had passed.

We were walking together and he told me I am my uncle who died as a baby. In this vision, I was the full grown man I would have been if not for death in infancy. My uncle and I share the same birthday and are both firstborn. My age at the time of the vision was about ten.

Farmer puts it well, “trees prepare for the winter and conserve their life force.” It’s time now. My soul had to wait. I had to conserve my light. I don’t know why. The energies now are helping me let go of many things. It’s important to pack light on long journeys.

~Athena

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Amongst Other Assets

Today is a good day to write. The weather was weird today. The clouds hung low and it snowed, but not quite in the valley. It rained a light drizzly rain. Work was fast and furious. The evening with my kids was nice and long. I like when that happens.

My self-centered tarot card for today is VIII Strength from the Sirian Starseed Tarot Deck written by Patricia Cori, illustrated by Alysa Bartha. The artwork on this card makes me want to go out and buy the original.¬†The strength of the tiger made more so by the flames. The woman dancing in the flames balances the tiger’s aggression with her halo of eight stars amongst other assets.

Patricia Cori states, “This key teaches us that inner strength is as much about gentility and grace as it is about force and fierceness, the vital and even sexual animal response.” My day provided many opportunities to balance my inner animal with grace. My ego nearly came out and showed its teeth. Still waiting for the sexual animal response.

~Athena

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Not Just the Pursuit

I woke up early today. My stomach was retaliating after a marvelous Thanksgiving. There was a skiff of snow on the ground when I went outside this morning. I really need to get a great pair of boots.

Today’s card is The Weaver from the Native American Tarot Deck by Magda and J.A. Gonzalez. The image of a skilled woman working at her loom dominates the card. A large bird flies high in the desert background.

I admire the weavers of the world. Their nimble fingers creating beautiful designs. The Gonzalez’s describe the weaver’s great work as “mingling-or weaving-of contradictory elements. The Weaver implies the correct way of new life in the path of the true will.”

My dreams meander through my daily life comingling with my imagination to form the most beautiful life. I am thankful to be living my life in the realization of happiness and not just the pursuit thereof. Truth + Dreams = Happiness

~ Athena

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Latent talent

I see pink in the clouds as the Sun sets. It is a cold blustery day. I saw an extraordinary number of geese land in the alley across the street from my house this morning.

Today’s card is Four of Pentacles from The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr. The woman in the image is beautiful, young, and living in abundance. I love how the pentacles are lotuses in this deck.

The card immediately makes me feel like everything is going well. The meaning attributed to the card by Waldherr is, “Wealth and prosperity. Stabilizing material forces in life. A family inheritance-this could be a talent, money, land.” Most likely a latent talent I have no idea about. I’m pretty sure my family has no money and no land, aside from that we live on.

My life is beautiful. Just like the image on the card. Appreciation smiles through my eyes.

~Athena

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Auto correct

This morning was a beautiful crisp fall day with a gorgeous sunrise. My mood is sombre today. My youngest daughter acted out yesterday about something outside my control – auto correct inserted Chiron instead of control – noted Universe. This is my 0¬į Sagittarius thing. In the macro sense, it’s the Ferguson decision. Expected at any moment.

The Self-centred Tarot card of the day is Queen of Cups from the Wizard’s Tarot by Corrine Kenner illustrated by John J. Blumen. I like to shuffle like a Vegas dealer, and this deck is fun! The images are amazing and the Queen of Cups does not disappoint. A beautiful mermaid seems to be quietly in prayer amongst the fish, all the while perched on an enormous Roman warrior’s stone head.

Kenner describes the Queen of Cups as, “She is compassionate, creative, receptive, empathic, and intuitive. She’s a constant presence in her underwater kingdom, and she nurtures and protects her realm with patience and love.” This card makes me feel better. It helps me take things in stride a little bit by reminding me of my own essence just when I needed it.

~ Athena

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Leap of Faith

It’s still cold outside, but the snow and ice started melting today. An inversion is settling over the valley. The air already reeks of sugar beet factory and vehicle emissions.

Today’s card is 0 Sirian Starseed from the Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Cori, illustrated by Alysa Bartha. The image shows a beautiful ball of light shooting to the lush green Earth where a crystal lotus awaits below. This card just makes me feel good.

Cori says, “The Starseed key represents ultimate trust in the divine–a leaping forward: fearless and resolute.” It feels like I am being asked by the Universe to make a leap of faith. I feel like making a dive of faith. An awesome Olympic type dive!

~ Athena

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Balanced within

The sunrise this morning was beautiful, but I hardly noticed it. The roads are icy and slick. It was definitely a stay in the now kind of drive today.

Today’s self-centered tarot card is VI Love, Venus from The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr. Wow, I really was not expecting this card today. I felt both distracted and ineffective at work. My thoughts have been concentrated on my youngest daughter today.

The image on the card does not represent maternal love. A decadent woman adorned in red robes with flowing blonde hair lounges in opulence as her come hither look draws the viewer in. Kris Waldherr describes the card’s meaning as, “Artistic creativity. Sexuality. Integration of the masculine and feminine. A new, important relationship.”

My creativity is definitely flowing. I have been writing and doing a little artwork. I feel sexy, but that isn’t translating into anything at the moment. Definitely I am more balanced within myself than I have been in a while. An important new relationship? If so, that’s coming out of nowhere.

~ Athena

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Momentary Pause

It was a sunny blue day today. It was 5¬į outside when I woke up. The snow still lays on the ground after yesterday’s storm. We got our snow day!

Today’s card is Four of Shields, The Silence, from the Native American Tarot Deck by Magda and J.A. Gonzalez. The image on the card is that of a brave in a type of meditation, a momentary pause for reflection before continuing the journey.

The deck’s creators say, “The Silence is the flowing of the individual into the One, the unity of all creation.” It feels like I am one with everything. Still an individual, but connected with everything in a deeper cellular way.

Today was an amazing day. People were so nice. The lady at the pet shop turned around and asked us if we needed crickets. She knew. It was wonderful to have our needs meet instantaneously. Is this the New Earth?

I love it!

~ Athena

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Expect More

Today was cold! Makes me shiver just thinking about it. The sky was clear blue until this evening when the clouds started rolling in. Hopefully it will snow.

Today’s card is Seeker of Flames from the Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Cori and Alysa Bartha. The image on the card is that of a woman before the statute of a male diety holding a flame in his palm.

This image just doesn’t do it for me. A seeker of flame, the spirit, the eternal spark within represented by a woman who appears to be begging for knowledge. No, I am the living archetype of the Seeker of Flame. I look within, not without. A more appropriate image would we a woman ensconced in the violet flame of healing and spiritual knowledge. A flame bursting forth from her own heart.

Cori and Bartha say, “While there is spiritual immaturity in this essence, it (The Seeker) carries a sense of childlike wonder and an innocence that is very disarming.” The image conjured in these words is contrary to that on the card. The Seeker begging another, the male, for answers. Do we still have to be subjected to these archetypes? I expect more from my “Ascension” tools.

Lindy Cowling said it best, “Ascension is descension into the heart.” The Seeker descends from the ego-centred mind to reside in the compassionate ever giving heart. My way out of my head and back to my heart is meditation.

~ Athena

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Back at zero-point

It was a beautiful cold fall day. Tomorrow and the rest of the week are supposed to be arctic cold. Lunch time weather was sunny and cold. It was just breezy enough for the wind to play with my hair. Reminding me just how much I am part of everything, and it (everything) is the best part of me.

Today’s card is The World from the Wizard’s Tarot by Corrine Kenner. The young woman on the card has the world in her hands. She sprinkles it with fairy dust. Her necklace is the symbol of Saturn, the disciplinarian, teacher, time-keeper.

Kenner states, “The World is a card of completion and success…” This last year I have sprinkled fairy dust on my own life. Restructuring debt and paying off loans. I’m finally back at zero point. Completion and success feel good. But, really that’s just the beginning of the next thing.

The card says to me, “You have the World at your finger tips, so go have fun!” It feels like new good things are on the way. The woman in the card makes it look easy.

I can too!

~ Athena

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Reaching out

Today was a nice warm day. This evening was beautiful. The hills were lit up before a bright blue sky, while flames of red leaves burst like fireworks.

Today’s card is Love, Compassion from the Earth Magic Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer. The card features two hands reaching out to each other over a heart.

My heart has grown exponentially in the last couple of years. My heart was like the Grinch’s, ten sizes too small. My heart chakra vibrates in bliss at will.

Steven D. Farmer reiterates, “All wounds stem from the illusion of separation from Source and all of Creation. The route to healing this wound is through cultivating love and compassion for every being on this planet, including yourself.” Powerful indeed. Let’s take it further, for every being in the Universe. We are all part of it, together.

~ Athena

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Long free hair

Tomorrow is already Friday. It has been a busy week. No time to write. I just keep falling asleep instead. I see a nice relaxing weekend in my future.

Today’s card is the Princess of Staves from The Goddess Tarot created by Kris Waldherr. The first thing I noticed about the princess is her long free hair. Her stave is also blooming. She seems to be carefully watching where she places her feet on the rock Earth below.

There is freedom in long hair. Most people pull theirs back. I pull mine back quite a bit. More and more I am wearing it long and free like the princess in the picture. Only no crown. It feels good. I love brushing it and do it all the time at work. I hope it bugs everybody. It seems like a new beginning for me in many ways. I recently refinanced my home, upgraded vehicles, and paid off debt including my student loans. No longer enslaved to debt, I am free to pursue my own personal interests to a greater degree. Who doesn’t like that?

Perhaps my interpretation is to literal. Waldherr says, “The Princess of Staves, a fiery-haired young woman, is as stalwart as the rocks surrounding her. She is an inspiration to others to live passionately without compromise.” She describes the meaning as, “The ability to create beauty that is useful.”

Awesome! Yes, I definitely feel like I am ready to start living my life for me. A statement that is ironic for me, having travelled to nineteen countries by the age of twenty-five and climbed cliffs as far as Thailand and Alaska. And still my heart yearns for greater fulfillment!

~Athena

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Walking away

Frost covered the ground, the grass, the trees, the cars. It was cold this morning, jack frost came last night. The foothills are covered in snow. The sky was fresh and new. A beautiful way to start the day.

The first part of my day flew by. The afternoon seemed to drag on and then I somehow ended up staying a half hour later than I needed to. The girls were happy after school. It’s always better when they are giggling.

After we came home I meditated. It was more than a meditation, more like a shungite shock or a photonic sunburst (CME). I had a dual realization of where I need to take my life to be fulfilled and a release of guilt related to my divorce. After that it was time to see what my card for the day had to say.

Today’s card is the Eight of Chalices from The Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Cori, illustrated by Alysa Bartha. The image is interesting. There is a guy in the desert walking away from eight cups. I wondered if the cups were empty. Did he even see the cups?

Cori describes the scene, “It appears he has drunk what he needed from them and is ready to move onto new challenges, questing for greater fulfillment.” Greater fulfillment is what lead me out of my marriage.

Cori says, “One of life’s greatest lessons is being thankful for what has been, and knowing, at the same time when it is time to move on.” It’s high time I move on. Thank goodness I released some more stuff today. The heart chakra is like an onion. There’s always another layer.

~Athena

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Energetic and enthused

Today was a very chilly wet day. We only left the house to go to the post office and our local metaphysical shop.  The post office had a package for me. I ordered a shungite pendant a while ago and forgot all about it. Shungite is a powerful healing and protection stone. I can definitely feel it helping me release old junk.

Today’s card is from my new Wizard’s Tarot Deck written by Corrine Kenner, illustrated by John J. Blumen. The artwork is what drew me to the deck. My self-centered tarot card of the day is the Six of Wands.

The card shows a woman on a stage lighted with the six wands. She is wearing a red top with a long black dress. Everyone’s attention is turned to a member of the audience. The woman on stage is sharing information.

Kenner says the card is “… a card of leadership and bravery.” The window in the background is “… framed with laurel leaves, which signify victory, honor, and acclaim.” She reminds us that with great power comes great responsibility.

The card does not seem to fit into my rainy day at first glance. However, in the last six to nine months, I have been trying to get over my own fear of what others think about my spiritual journey. Sharing more with family, friends, and now the global community. Like the woman on the card, I am “energetic and enthused” about sharing enlightening spiritual information with you.

~ Athena

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Just accept it

It has been a very busy day. There is nothing more I would rather do than lay in my bed right now, but today’s card is a special one. The card came up for me a couple of weeks ago and I did not have time to write about it that day. Today I cannot ignore it.

Today’s card is XVIII The Moon, Diana, from The Goddess Tarot deck by Kris Waldherr. The card is beautiful. The moon is bright, the wolves are hunting with the archer Diana in the birch trees. I’m amazed at how strong her calves look.

Diana is my aunt’s name. That is why today’s card is special. She has been making herself known lately. She passed a few years ago. She was always good to me. More importantly she was good to my uncle. She¬†keeps coming to me through the cards when I am busy. Perhaps she is reminding me to slow down, take it easy, and enjoy.

According to Kris Walderr the card indicates, “Support of women who truly care for you. Intuition. The receptive aspects of the Divine Feminine. Intense dreams.” Over the last year and a half, I have felt this wonderful loving supportive energy flowing through my being. It feels so good to just accept it and let it wash away the old stuck parts of myself. I’m glad my Aunt Diana is there for me on the other side. I know she is one of my guides, for which I am very grateful.

~Athena

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Surveying the valley

Today was a tough day. It all stemmed from a dream I had lastnight. Not a horrible dream, but one that showed me an aspect of myself that needs enlightenment.

Today’s card is Five of Blades, Spiritualist from the Native American Tarot Deck by Magda and J.A. Gonzalez.

The image on the card is that of an old medicine woman. She is looking right at the card’s viewer. She seems to know. She is aware on many levels.

The most interesting aspect of this card to me has to do with my dream. In the dream, I walked down a wooded
path which opened into a meadow on a hillside. I sat on a nearby stone to survey the valley, very much like the medicine woman.

The Gonzalez’s hit the nail on the head, the, “Spiritualist is coming to terms with non-material aspects of life and looking beyond within and backward to adjust.” The Solar eclipse at 0¬į Scorpio, a visit from karma, and vivid dreams showing me where to improve. I’m definitely “coming to terms” and trying to find balance.

~ Athena

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Wrong about karma

Today is a cold day. It will snow soon. Maybe it will be one of those Halloweens. Cold and dry, except for those two random flakes.

Today’s card is Karma from the Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Coti and Alysa Bartha. The Karma card in the Sirian Starseed deck is the Judgment card in traditional tarot.

Turns out I was wrong out karma. It didn’t take the Universe long to come by and set me straight. Maybe karma is here “if you choose to accept it.” The deck’s creators impress, “… we determine whether we have truly learned the lessons we came to learn…”

The card’s image is watery with drops and ripples playing on its surface. The blossoming lotus hovering above the water gives a sense of understanding and growth.

It’s time as Cori and Bartha say to, “… clear the muddy waters of the past and prepare the way for a huge leap in evolution. Forgiving others and oneself is paramount here.”

Interestingly after I drew the card, I meditated. I felt my soul pulling bits of myself back into my heart. A big part of my emotional past is healed. Turns out my soul is calling karmic relationships to me for resolution. Hope they’re resolved soon. No matter, my heart feels more complete today.

~ Athena

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Karma is over

The sweet smell of decomposing leaves hangs in the air. It is brisk. Halloween is just around the corner. If it weren’t for Santa, Halloween may well be my favorite holiday. The opportunity to play any alter-ego I want. It’s good stuff.

I always want my tarot card for the day to be a good one. It’s self-centered, I know. Today’s card is from the Steven D. Farmer Earth Magic Oracle Card deck. My self-centered card of the day is Dawn, New Beginnings.

It seems appropriate for me today. Yesterday my uncle, with whom I have a karmic relationship, came to visit my dad. Maybe karma really is over. I felt completely neutral with him and able to walk away with no hard feelings. It’s funny how easy it seems to move past something once you are over it, but it was not so easy. It took decades. And it’s all finally done. I’m glad it’s a new day. There were times I never thought today would come. A day where I am at peace with the past. Respect it for being a part of me and learning from it.

The image on the card shows the first rays of the sunrise shining on river going through a lush valley. It seems to say there is much to be seen in the full light of day. There is abundance everywhere you look. Steven D. Farmer interprets the card, “It’s a time of fresh beginnings from which we can create whatever kind of experience we desire.” A new beginning… it’s taken its sweet time getting here. And most welcome nonetheless.

~Athena

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Great depth of field

Just a few days ago I was thinking how it had been a while since I drew two cards. Every now and again, more than one tarot card needs to be considered.

Today was my lucky two card day! I drew the Master of Flames and Master of Chalices from the Sirian Starseed Tarot deck by Patricia Cori and Alysa Bartha. The artwork in this deck is superb. Photos taken by Cori are enhanced by Bartha’s unique dreamy style.

The suit of Flames in this deck corresponds to the suit of wands in traditional tarot, while Chalices represents the suit of cups. The Master, Cori explains, “… has achieved mastery of his processes, overcoming the ego-self, and reaching pure consciousness.” The Master card or cards in this case, also represents balance, harmony, and “is a card of arrival.”

Awesome, two Master cards!

The figure of a Native American-esque man stands relaxed against a stone wall. The sunset behind him is gorgeous. He is strong, formidable as ally or foe.

His body language says to me, “I am as strong as this wall and not easily moved.” His eyes say to me, “I am wise and discerning.” Cori says, “The suit of Flames is the noble quest” to “raise the consciousness of all living beings as we raise our own.”

I feel like the Master of Flames “raising consciousness” for the best of the Universe and all involved. The picture says it all with the wall, raising your consciousness is hard work.

The Master of Chalices card shows a pair of eyes reflecting their mirror image on the ocean. Hauntingly knowing with great depth of field. This card scares me a little, m

aybe it’s my Cancer ascendant.

Cori does not put me at ease stating, “… water in all its manifestations has one unifying aspect: it takes the form of whatever contains it.” I disagree, Water has four forms: gas, liquid, ice, and now the 4th phase. Her point is taken though, “It is reflective at times, illusive at others; it speaks of love in its heights and sadness in its lows.” Me, a Master of Chalices? Maybe just for today.

The Sirian Starseed cards really feed the fires of spiritual exploration. I’m happy with today’s cards. It’s one of those synchronistic reminders that I’m on my path. Thanks Universe!

~ Athena

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Quite the opposite

Today started out in typical fashion. The alarm either did not go off or I turned it off instead of hitting snooze. Needless to say my boss had to have a talk with me about my timeliness, which neither of us enjoyed.

Maybe my card picker is off today. I’m not sure why today’s card is Two of Vessels: Union from the Native American Tarot Deck by Magda and J.A. Gonzalez. My idea of union is one where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. My relationships generally end up being quite the opposite. The Union card, I take with a grain of salt.

The image on this card is not anything I am expecting today. It’s not because of the cartoonish artwork. The image a man and a woman, coming together is so limiting. Maybe my old beliefs about it are too limiting. I’m really enjoying having that complete freedom being in a relationship just does not have.

It’s not because I do not want love in my life. It’s just because that tide is out right now. You cannot force things. You must wait patiently. Take your chance with everything you’ve got when it comes!

~ Athena

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Incisive movement

Today was a productive Monday. My day started early, but that doesn’t always get me to work on time. I missed a meeting. Oh well, maybe I’ll make it to the one next month.

My self-centered card of the day is Princess of Swords from the Goddess Tarot deck by Kris Waldherr. The card shows a princess with long dark hair. Her crown appears to have a swan on top. Her sword relaxed, but ready in her hand. She is obviously capable and sure of herself.

How indeed does this card play into my day? Well, I am capable and sure of myself. I’m not sure on what the Princess of Swords is concentrating. Waldherr states, “She does not allow herself to be confused by anything.” The card’s meaning: “Incisive movement. Cutting through confusion. Focus.” She’s focused on whatever she wants.

I am cutting through confusion on many levels. Spiritually “letting go” of old ways of being, thinking, and doing. Donating, organizing, and making space. Even restructuring debt and rebalancing assets. Focus.

I am living my life, my way. It feels good. I deserve it. Everyone deserves to live the good life, whatever that means to them.

~ Athena

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The Sun will come out

It has been the busiest lazy weekend in a long time. Comic-con Friday, Disney On Ice Saturday and pure blissed out laziness in between cooking and cleaning. It was really quite nice.

The card of the day is Fog, Veiled from Steven D. Farmer’s Earth Magic Oracle Cards. The image on the card is the promise of the sun breaking through the fog. The valley is covered in dense fog, it will take time to clear.

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Let me just say this card does not excite me. Neptune, the planet of spirituality and water i.e., fog, is currently square my Natal Sun, aka Soul, and has been for months. A little bit more fog does not really phase me at this point. Yeah, yeah the fog will break up, because the Sun will come out tomorrow. blah blah blah. Yes, this is self-centered tarot. I am bratting out, because I am tired of the veil.

All in all, my day was very nice. I spent time with my girls. I worked on a variety of projects around the house. Maybe there is a bit of fog veiling the next step in my life, but would I want it any other way? Not a chance. I am too busy enjoying now!

~Athena

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Laying Low

The cold blew in last night. It’s chilly today. It felt good. I wanted to walk through the leaves and breathe the fresh air first thing.

My self-centered tarot card of the day comes from the Native American Tarot Deck by Magda and J.A. Gonzalez. The card jumped out to the side as I shuffled through the cards. Four: The Scout, which corresponds to the Four of Swords in traditional Tarot.

The card’s image evokes a sense of insecurity. The brave laying low, watching. The buffalo getting out of the way of “progress.” The¬†Gonzalez’s interpretation of¬†the image provides keen insight, “The essence of¬†The Scout is change for the masses as well as individuals. It is¬†a time of choices and decisions…”

Yes! I feel we are on the brink of global change. We are too many to continue polluting. We are too connected to pretend not to see what is happening everywhere. Thanks to smartphones, we live more in the now moment together than ever before.

This card does in some way impress upon me my own inner dilemma. You see I am American. My father’s side of the family is Austrian and English. My mother’s side of the family is Spanish and Native American. Can you imagine? I’d hate myself if I wasn’t so in love with myself.

It is not easy to navigate complexity, but at least it isn’t boring!

~Athena

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Stillness

It’s a relaxing Saturday. The Sun is shining. It’s a beautiful blue-bird day.

The light was strange this morning. The sunlight seemed more thick, hazy almost. A new energy is settling. Or, is it an old forgotten energy returning? Either way it feels like the best hug.

Today’s card is Winter Solstice, Reflection from the Steven D. Farmer Earth Magic Oracle Cards deck. The image on the card an immediate sense of stillness. Today is a stillness day for me. The point between breaths, the threshold of the next moment.

It’s just a nice Saturday at home with visits from family and friends. Lately I am contemplating new worlds micro and macro. My new aquarium is fun to put together. Writing in this forum is creative. This is my cocoon year. A year of transformation on every multifaceted level.

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Sage of Orbs

The Full Moon last night really rocked my world. Needless to say I was very curious what my ego-centric card of¬†the day would be. Today’s card is from the Sirian Starseed Tarot deck by Patricia Cori and Alysa Bartha. The card I pulled this evening is Sage of Orbs. Orbs in this deck corresponds to the suit of swords in traditional decks. The image on the card at first was rather disappointing considering this deck has the most amazing artwork.

At first, I thought, that looks like statues of Athena. Then I thought, no that’s a man. Someone who is neutral. Then I noticed the staff of knowledge, the olive branch and decided I better consult the book for this one.

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Turns out the image is indeed a woman’s figure in fact, “She is a queen, a priestess, a medicine woman, an earth mother.” Continuing on, “She offers all the archetypal figures of those role models of feminine power, appearing at a time when we are moving into the great cycle of the yin vibration as an expression of Gaia’s rebirthing into her higher reflection.”

The image clearing shows an enlightened being. The orb of spiritual knowledge surrounding her head. This may be self-centered, but the card seemed destined for me today.

~ Athena

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Fun with Fire

The big news this week is the Full Moon in Aquarius, conjunct Uranus (on top of my natal Jupiter) forming a grand fire trine with Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Sagittarius. The real news is probably that Pluto is going to be squaring the Moon. The eclipse is going to hurt a wee bit and surprise the hell out of us. Anything for the best of the universe and all involved!

The self-centered tarot card of the day comes from The Goddess Tarot created by Kris Waldherr. Drum roll please, and the card is X Fortune, Lakshmi. The image on the card is the beautiful Lakshmi in a traditional red Indian sari on a giant bird with her boyfriend.

Today was a beautiful blue day. The sun beckoned me to explore. Unfortunately my day job kept me indoors. It was a productive day. The kids were in good spirits after school.

We are excited to be setting up a new aquarium. We spent some envisioning what we want to have and ordered some plants. Co-creating is a lot of fun!

At this point, I really do not see how this card has anything to do with what transpired during my day. Time for enlightenment from Waldherr who states, “The Hindu goddess of fortune and prosperity, Lakshmi is believed to be attracted to sparkling jewels, which are like the riches she bestows upon her favored worshippers.” Guess that guy has some “sparkling jewels.” Perhaps this card was reversed when I pulled it this morning. In which case Waldherr describes an individual as “… pessimistic, disappointed, unexpected endings or beginnings.” Nailed it.

Really I am just disappointed of the image of Lakshmi and all of her fortune and prosperity. It looks vast, but how much does a person really need? Maybe just enough to keep it interesting, like me and the fish tank.

Now that I think about it, I am kind of pessimistic about this whole Lunar eclipse thing in two days. Here comes the new beginning/end. Whatever. Moon conjunct Pluto square Mars didn’t kill me. Looks like I might be about to get stronger and have fun with fire doing it!

~Athena

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A Red Dress

My eyes itch. I’m tired. I just need to write. The last year I have been in a cocoon. Feeling my body change from the inside out on a cellular level. The frequency is¬†a loving, blissful flowing electrical charge.

Things went well at work today. Amazingly well, it happens every once in a while. Today’s did not surprise me much when I drew it this morning. There were way too many good days in a row there for a while. Not that I really think any card is bad. The greatest learning comes from the greatest struggles.

Today’s card is the Two of Staves from¬†The Goddess Tarot¬†deck created by Kris Waldherr. The image on the card is that of a young girl looking off into the distance.¬†It appears as though she is charting her future. The staves are budding new leaves. There is promise. She is wearing a red dress. There is a fence marking the boundary between now and future creations. One stave is on the other side of the fence and stuck in the ground.¬†The other is in her left hand supporting and grounding her.

Kris Waldherr describes the suit of staves “channel(s) energy to areas where it can encourage growth.” And of the girl in the image Kris states, “Dressed in a red gown-the color of vigor and beginnings–the woman decides to bring her ideas into the world. Her confidence and talent assures success.” Very interesting indeed.

A new beginning has indeed arrived. I’m not sure what it brings. I know one thing. I am creating it. And I have experience! I haven’t travelled around the world¬†for nothing.

~Athena

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Maybe it was the shoes

Fall is here. It has been mostly raining for four days. Nice to see the ground wet for a change. The sunset was gorgeous. The pink clouds moved quickly from the north-west. They have a mission somewhere else.

Today’s card is the Greenman, Synergy from the Steven D. Farmer Earth Magic Oracle Cards deck.

 

The image on the card is not the typical greenman. He is something that could easily be dismissed as “just vegetation.” He is the male earth spirit embodied, envegetated.

I was happy the Greenman showed up today. He is just so happy and healthy. Oddly enough I felt as though I grew today. I could literally see higher on the shelf. Maybe it was the shoes, but I felt taller.

Dr. Farmer seems to explain the synergy in my life directly, “You are in a mutually cooperative interaction with Spirit, and your mission is congruent with your sense of purpose.”

My day went great! Hope the synergy continues in my dreams tonight.

~ Athena

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It Feels Electrical

Today was a good day. The sun was shining, the birds were flying, and the night is settling in. The big astrological news of the day is that Uranus in Aries is trining Jupiter in Leo. This is a sweet spot for me right now. Uranus is conjunct my natal Jupiter! This could be amazing.

My self-centered tarot card for the day is the Death card from the Native American Tarot Deck by Magda and J.A. Gonzalez. The image on the card is the archetypal skeleton. The emotion the image evokes is quite different than other decks. Death has compassion for the buffalo as its skull is gently cradled. It’s quite beautiful really.

According to Magda and J.A. Gonzalez, “The essence of Death is transformation, alteration and unexpected change. Explained in another way, when the strain of the environment becomes intolerable, the threatened element readily adapts.” The card represents to me a time in my life where an old way of being has died so another can be conceived. It feels electrical. It’s Uranus conjunct my Natal Jupiter.

The numerology of the number 13 is upheaval and sudden change. Upheaval and change are happening all around us. Free energy and lasting health are real possibilities with applications harnessing the power of the fourth phase of water. Seriously, check out The Great Secret of Water РDr. Gerald H. Pollack http://youtu.be/Jd2tPtqSyNY.

Science is backing up my spiritual beliefs and it feels great! The end of this week felt like a death to me, but a death in a good way. A new cycle is starting and we are going to blow ourselves away!

~Athena

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Part of it all

This equinox is expanding my awareness of love. I feel it flowing through my chakras. I feel the love vibrations expand my heart center in the same way air fills lungs.

Today’s card eluded me. This morning I woke up feeling queasy and decided not to draw a card until after work. Work was particularly boring today. At least the chicken salad sandwich was better than expected.

My kids and I had a moment after we came home. Little crabs went in the bath, I meditated, and my little sweetheart played outside with her friends.

I tried to draw a card, but decided to meditate instead. My heart led me outside. This evening the clouds were making wonderful shapes. I saw a dragon and four angels. The dragonflies beckoned me, and the crows flew to the Northwest.

It’s so amazing to be a part of it all.

Being at one with nature did the trick. I came back inside and shuffled The Sirian Starseed Tarot Deck by Patricia Cori and Alysa Bartha. The deck has outstanding imagery.

The card for the day is the Eight of Crystals. On this card, a young man who appears to be Scottish considering his tartan and the landscape. He is placing eight large quartz generator crystals on the steps leading to a tower.

The number eight represents union, infinity, our own magnetic field. The number eight coming up today, the day of balance, makes perfect sense. The crystals on this card represent clarity and power. Cori and Bartha state, “Not only does our hero realize that his work has value, but also that he is able to make it even more significant, beautiful, and utterly remarkable.”

Quite a lovely reading for the equinox. Thanks to the universe and all involved!

~Athena

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Full Range of Motion

The fall equinox is Tuesday, September 22, 2014. I’m already feeling the energies changing. It feels like a loving purification, nonetheless difficult on the root and sacral chakras. This evening especially has a unique heart healing quality about it. Is it the sesquisquare between the Sun in Virgo and Moon in Leo with Jupiter and Venus in the mix? Possibly.

In keeping with my desire to draw a tarot card, write about my day, and provide my self-centered interpretation here we go:

September 19, 2014

As I was shuffling the Steven D. Farmer Earth Magic Oracle Cards with my eyes closed a card fell out. When I opened my eyes I saw it was actually two cards that fell together, Milky Way and Dream Time.

The image of our own beautiful spiral galaxy on the Milky Way card puts things in perspective. The Dream Time card, spelled dreamtime on the card itself, is gorgeous. It shows a man who appears to be an aborigine playing a didgeridoo. The notes he is playing are creating the earth, stars, clouds, people, animals, oceans, everything.

It was hard to get out of bed this morning. I slept in about thirty minutes later than I probably should have. My girls went to school and I went to work. It was a boring day at work. Our year-end close is finished, so things are slow.

My colleague did help me solve a puzzle that needed to be solved for years. It is a wood cube puzzle from Thailand. I literally took it to work several years ago hoping someone would magically put it back together like my friend Samantha did in Anchorage. No chance.

Today my colleague attempted to solve it and actually dropped a loose block out of the puzzle and immediately gave up. He gave it to me. I played with it for a moment and figured it out. Awesome! If it had not been for him trying, the puzzle would not be completed.

This is all very interesting recalling this now, especially considering the date. Fifteen years ago today I popped my ankle open and stood on the bone. Needless to say I had surgery and years of recovery. Thankfully, my ankle does have amazing, near full range of motion, flexibility now! The accident happened in Anchorage.

Perhaps that is what the Milky Way card is bringing me today, perspective on my ankle injury and the puzzle that is life. While in Anchorage I dreamed of my future. Now I am living it, nothing like I dreamed really and at the same time exactly like I dreamed. All of my own creation. So beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes.

It feels good to come full circle and appreciate the blessings within the difficulties. The equinox energies are healing my old wounds. I hope they are healing yours too.

~Athena

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Time to move on

My spiritual journey goes back as far as I can remember. Revelations about past events continue to surface for understanding and healing. For many months I have been on youtube searching for my own unique meaning of life by listening to what others have to say. It is nice to put things in perspective by hearing what others have to say. However, the best method for spiritual development is hands down meditation. I have been slacking on my meditation practice lately. Seems like I do that when things are going well.

Over the last year I have learned a new technique for understanding my place in the universe – Astrology! One of my worst fears is going through life without a partner. I remember listening to Steve Judd on the morning of November 7, 2013. In his Glastonbury accent he said, “Today is incision day.” My ego chuckled in delight that it wasn’t happening to me. My life is perfect. Yeah, right. My ass was dumped at lunch time.

Anyway, now I know how to use astrology to understand the energies affecting me and how I in turn affect everything around me. It is empowering. The prevailing energies in my chart are now reminiscent of that fateful day last year. So, it seems like as good a day as any to get over it. Time to move on.

Yesterday I decided to start drawing a tarot card for the day and then write about my day and provide my interpretation of my own reading. I know it’s self centered. Work with me here.

September 16, 2014

I pulled the six of swords from the Goddess Tarot deck by Kris Waldherr. On the card is the image of a young woman in a reed boat in a what appears to be a marshy area at the edge of a lake. The six swords are stabbed into the bottom of the boat. She is forlorn, not noticing the state of the boat.

My day was spent with my girls celebrating my oldest’s birthday. We went to lunch with my parents and brother. Stopped by a couple of shops where my daughter wanted a birthday gift. Had cake and ice cream at my parents house. Basically, had a very busy day. Throughout most of it, I felt removed. Almost as if viewing everything in a different way than before.

The booklet included with The Goddess Tarot deck states, “The woman is traveling in a boat to a better place. She has gathered six swords to take with her.” Not quite my interpretation.¬†Apparently, I’m moving past my “current limitations” and taking my knowledge of weaponry with me. Makes sense considering my name. Oddly, when looking at the image on the card, the boat’s buoyancy is unaffected by the swords.

The last couple of years, perhaps even a decade have been rather challenging. One thing is for sure, I wouldn’t be the person I am now without those challenges and their blessings.

Just goes to show you have to take it with a grain of salt and move on.

~Athena