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Weekly Reading: January 12-18, 2015 – Finding the Treasure Within

Protecting Treasure

Protecting Treasure popped out of the deck right as I began to shuffle with an important message to carry us through the week. Spirit wants to remind us that we are always protected and cared for and that even though we may feel unstable or scared as we move forward, we are in fact safe and loved. Trust that what we have worked hard to build remains safely tucked away and that this is a great time to strengthen bonds with those we love. The rain may fall but we are always sheltered, and if we allow ourselves to be open to it, the rainbow can brighten our day. We are never really alone.

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Weekly Reading: November 24-30, 2014 – Springing to Life

Coming to Life

We have a beautiful week ahead as we bring our dreams out of the incubation stage and into life. We begin with Coming to Life. This card shows up to reveal that we’ve done some work over the recent months, shed some old skin, and we are now able to bring the fruits of that growth out into the world. We hold the light of our labors up high and allow it to shine as we delicately dance with it. The butterfly shows the metamorphosis that has taken place as we emerge from our own personal cocoon. I feel like the shining light serves to guide us as well. If we allow it to show the way, and have full faith in the power of Spirit to lead us, our transformation becomes more powerful and more able to unfold. Have confidence in the signs that you get and the wisdom that you receive. It’s not necessary to look for solutions and answers right now; it is a time for us to turn within and trust the signals that we sense within us.

Gentle Gardener

This theme is continued in the Gentle Gardener card. The Wise Women cares for and watches over her children as they come to life, yet she is in a state of full trust. Her eyes are closed and the love and faith that she feels radiates out from within her. We are truly coming to life and it is echoed in this second card. In both of the first two cards we are emerging and both are a calling to trust in Spirit. We have already planted the seeds for our future; we have created visions of our goals and dreams and planted them in the field of possibility, and now it is time for us to trust that our dreams, our selves, our essences know how to do the rest. This card is truly a calling for us to be conscious co-creators, working with Spirit to manifest our desires and to grown into a more expansive version of ourselves. The possibilities are limitless if we truly believe in the infinite potential of Spirit. In this card, we are getting our wings, and although we may not be flying yet, we are about to!

Peaks of Joy

This week we can truly experience Peaks of Joy. We are undergoing great growth and we feel more connected to the Divine than ever. We have done tremendous healing and have faced many fears head on. We have turned within and trusted. Now, if we give ourselves permission to, we can take some time to fully savor that. Allow yourself to feel the exhilaration of what has unfolded, and give yourself permission to express joy in whatever way feels best for you. We’ve been serious and focused lately, and it’s had its place in our development, but one of the best ways to witness the unfolding of our visions is through the childlike and joyous expression of our most inner self. Be open, be free, laugh, love, lead with your heart and you will be able to fly higher and further than ever before.

This week’s reading is from The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid.


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Weekly Card Reading: November 17-23, 2014 – Expansion

The Serpent

We start this week with the energy of The Serpent, which reveals to us the power of knowledge and healing. Everything we’ve been going through has been so that we may grow, stretch and move into a more expansive skin. Trust in this process, as the serpent shows us that all is exactly as it should be and that when we allow ourselves to unfold, the new skin that is revealed is fresher, more vibrant and capable of much more than ever before. This is also a period of gathering information. Snake wants us to know that growth is not just about healing, but also about expanding our intellect and knowledge base. Research and follow through on activities related to the expansion of your soul purpose, and then allow for yourself to breathe into this new space.

The Wind Faery

This message is echoed by The Wind Faery. This is a period for using our intellects, and in doing so, to also be aware of the thoughts that are emanating from us. All thoughts and ideas, if repeated enough, will manifest in the physical realm. What are you focusing on? Are you feeling anxious and worried, or are you creating a vision that allows for you to manifest that which you truly desire? Cultivating our intellect and tending to our knowledge base can be powerful steps along our journey as they set intentions in motion and create the action that can move them into being. When we can double that up with thoughts of excitement and gratitude around our projects, we create a formidable wave of energy with the power to make magic for ourselves. The only caveat is that we remain free from the dogmatic confines of the mind – allow thoughts and ideas to flow through you and to stay in motion to enhance the potential for a positive change to be revealed.

Protection

We wrap up this spread with the Protection card. As we are in a period of growth and are most likely in the process of shedding and raising our vibration, we may also be more sensitive to others and the environment. Pay special attention to how things are affecting you and the energy of those around you. Be discerning and if something feels off to you, trust your intuition to lead you down the right path. It may be prudent to check the motives of those around you – not from a place of paranoia, but rather as a method of ascertaining whether or not a situation or relationship is for the highest good of all involved. It’s also helpful to ask for extra protection from your angels and guides at this time. Our guardians are able to wrap their energetic embrace around us in any moment and are always open to the opportunity to support us.

This week’s reading is from The Wisdom of Avalon oracle cards.


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Weekly Card Reading: October 27-November 7, 2014 – Prepare for Change

The Water Faery

This is a week of change for us, and we will need to go into it prepared. It seems that we have been allowing our emotions to run the show. The Water Faery comes to remind us that we are not our feelings. It’s easy to get caught up in the drama of our emotions, but if we can step outside of ourselves and know and trust that we are merely the one experiencing the feelings, then we can exact positive change with respect to our lives. If we allow them to flow, feelings can serves as a guide for us. Notice what you are feeling and honor it. Acknowledge it and thank it for showing you an aspect of yourself that needed to be revealed. We can then allow the energy of the Water Faery to wash away that which no longer serves us, and from there, we can create a new direction of flow for ourselves, one that better serves our highest good.

The King

We will need a sense of structure this week as well to balance out the feminine energy of our emotions. The King comes in this spread to tell us that we need to get our affairs in order. It’s time to take a fine-toothed comb to our finances and anything else that may be outstanding. What bills need to be paid? Do you need to settle affairs with someone or make an amends? Perhaps you need to bring structure into your life in some way. It’s time to create a solid foundation for ourselves. The realm of water has served us in many ways, but positive and constructive change is best achieved when we are also able to prepare for it through concrete action steps.

Disruption

The Disruption card was the last pulled but I sense that it could come at any point during the week. Remember that the energies of the Water Faery and the King can help you to weather any storm by being at once fluid and solid. The water in this card flows over the solid foundation of stone, providing us with a visual reiteration of our message for this week. Accept your emotions with detachment and allow them to serve as your guide while simultaneously creating a strong foundation so that you can meet any disruption with a sense of security, safety and confidence. While any disruption can feel frightening, remember that the only constant is change. When we embrace it, we are able to glean the gifts of opportunity that it brings. Sometimes the break-up of a relationship can bring a brighter light into your world and the loss of a business partner may bring personal and professional opportunities that you never dreamed of.  We may not see the silver lining immediately, but when we trust that Spirit will reveal it to us in perfect Divine timing, we can experience great growth and transformation.

This week’s reading is from The Wisdom of Avalon oracle cards by Colette Baron-Reid.


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Weekly Reading: October 20-26, 2014 – Reflection Leads to Self-Discovery & Transformation

Commitment

It’s time to get serious. True Commitment requires that we come into full alignment with our thoughts, our desires and our soul visions; it demands that we recognize that we matter and that we have the right to express our true selves in the world. Commitment may come for you this week in the form of partnership in that you may meet someone special or begin a new working relationship, but regardless of how it manifests on the outside (or whether it even does), commitment begins within. Do you truly feel, down to your bones, that you are worthy of living out your dreams? Do you feel that you deserve the visions you’ve put up on your board? Take time this week to get very clear on yourself – take a personal inventory of your underlying limiting beliefs and fears so that you can address them. Until we get clear on our own worth and until we commit to ourselves, it is difficult for us to share our path with others. One of my favorite quotes from author Meggan Watterson is this: “We are here to marry our own souls.” This resonates strongly with me for this week’s reading. As we commit to ourselves, we are able to powerfully move towards accomplishing anything we desire to express in the world.

Moonlight

The Moonlight card supports us on this journey of self-discovery. Allow yourself to go within and to reflect on your essence. Feel into your heart space and trust the inner wisdom that arrives. As we discover the soft voice of our soul, we are able to tap into our connection to the Divine and our inter-relatedness to it. Spirit speaks to us always, and when we remove ourselves from the loud and busy world and into a space of quiet reflection we are more able to tune into the subtleties of the intuitive mind, to hear its whisper and to share moments of quiet peace with universal consciousness. Take any question you may have into this space with you and then allow for the answer to rise. It may come immediately or it may come to you over the course of several days. Recognize that Spirit speaks to us in many ways and remain open to all possibility.

Magical Map Shifter

As you open to limitless potential, pay special attention to the people that cross your path. The Magical Map Shifter card is the Divine’s way of letting you know that important people are crossing your path this week. Open to the possibility of connection with them. Again, this could be a soul mate connection or partnership, but it also may come through a seemingly random meeting with someone that tells you exactly what you need to hear in the moment.  The people that come your way right now are potential agents of transformation for you as you become a more highly tuned version of yourself.

Wide Open

The Wide Open card popped out for this reading, and it fits perfectly with the overall message of openness and trust in the Divine and infinite potential for the week. The meaning is infused throughout the significance of each card, and it serves as a foundation for your entire week (and life if you choose). Be open. Trust. Spread your arms and allow yourself to receive the abundance and love that the Universe has to offer you. Spirit supports and provides for you in the exact way that you ask for it. So be aware of what you request and how you ask for it, open yourself to a state of expanded reception and enjoy the gifts that are bestowed upon you.

This week’s reading is from The Enchanted Map oracle cards by Colette Baron-Reid.


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Weekly Card Reading: September 15-21, 2014 – Honor Yourself

Commitment

This week is all about honoring ourselves and our inner connection. This will manifest as a deeper connection to others, though this will come about as a result of a deeper Commitment to ourselves. In a general sense, all partnerships look good this week. Have you been thinking of moving forward in some area of your life? The Commitment card certainly covers romantic relationships and many of us will be taking the next step in this respect, but it can also refer to a business partnership or any other enterprise in which we value the help of another. Remember though that all healthy commitments start with a deep honoring of ourselves and our higher selves. Whether single or interacting with another, we can more fully hold the other in regard when we stand on a strong inner foundation. Take some time for personal inventory: What do you truly desire? What are your needs? How can you express these to another and also establish healthy boundaries in both directions? Honor your commitment to yourself by taking some time for self-love and self-care. Finding this inner alignment allows both parties to flourish and this is when true magic can manifest.

Field of Dreams

This process of inner exploration takes us to the next step: What seeds are you and your partner (or you in your personal commitment to self) planting? The Field of Dreams card is a reminder that we always have the opportunity to tap into the field of pure potentiality. Those dreams you have? Symbolically plant them. It’s time. Your thoughts and beliefs always manifest so make sure you are putting your mind where you want it to be. Is it in the gutter or is it in the cosmos? Don’t be afraid to dream big. You have committed to yourself and you deserve to have the stars! Spirit will manifest any little desire that you dream up, so be cautious to keep your thoughts clean around it. Any time that you feel yourself slip into fear or anxiety, acknowledge it, process it, and then find a better thought to replace it. Put a smile on your face and find a way to put some love out into the world. This is not about denying your problems; it is about doing the work to get through the fears and then finding better and better thoughts until those that you think yield the results you truly desire instead of the default thoughts that have already outstayed their welcome.

Home

Home is where the heart is, and Spirit’s greatest desire for you is that you be most comfortable in your home, which is in your body! When this card shows up, it is a nudge from the Divine to go within in a different way. We get a lot of messages with respect to checking in with our intuition, but this week, our guidance is really focused on connecting in with our bodies. Committing to ourselves is a promise to our vessel and all that is contained within it, and honoring it as our home shows a profound amount of love and respect for Spirit’s creation. Safety and security are within you. When you feel solid, grounded, and embodied, you are able to not only withstand life’s ups and downs, but you are also equipped with the necessary steadfastness to take action and follow through. Seeing your dreams through, from inception to creation, is an act of self-love, as well as an honoring of your body, your presence, your very magnificence on this earth plane. The clock in this picture is really standing out to me. The message: It’s time.

This week’s reading is from The Enchanted Map oracle cards by Colette Baron-Reid.


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Weekly Card Reading: August 18-24, 2014 – Balance!

The King

We start this week with the powerful energy of The King. This is a time of taking stock of where you are and what needs to be done. Allow the energy of justice, fairness, and authority kick start your week for a little spring cleaning of your affairs. This is a very practical and pragmatic energy that demands that you look at your to-do list. Do you have bills that need to be paid? Are there repairs that require tending to? These debts and reparations can be either in the physical realm or the emotional/energetic. Do you owe someone gratitude or do you need to make amends for a past action that may not have been in alignment with the highest good? Taking care of business, so to speak, grounds you in the physical realm and restores clarity to your life. Once you are able to eliminate the energies of indebtedness and confusion, you are able to channel your vision more powerfully and intentionally.

The Swan

The space created through the proper usage of the king power opens the way for The Swan. This is a beautiful card that heralds the further opening of your intuition and a transformation that can create empowered and lasting change. The focus here needs to be on trust. Having faith in yourself and your gifts and allowing yourself to utilize them for your betterment creates a shift that can take you to greater depths of understanding. Honor this change in you, and know that although you may not even recognize who you now are (yes, the shift can be this profound), your soul has been yearning for this and that you are now answering this call. With trust in yourself, focus on continued alignment with your purpose through the art of listening to Spirit and cultivating the love in your heart.

The Deer

We blend the energies of the king and the swan at the end of the week through The Deer. Deer comes to tell you that you are about to embark on a new journey. She stands at the edge of the woods and she beckons you to join her. Know that the next step for your transformation comes through the acknowledgement that it is time to move forward in your new shoes so that you may be more expansive and integrate even more along your spiritual journey. The deer is intuitive and gentle but don’t let these soft energies fool you. She is powerful in her purpose and sure of her footing. Like the king, she encourages diplomacy, but one that is tempered with a feminine charge. Allow for the robustness of the king to open your week, but balance the pragmatism of the male energy with the nurturing and gentleness of the swan and the deer for optimum results. In all things, balance.  

This week’s reading is from The Wisdom of Avalon oracle cards by Colette Baron-Reid.