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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 Card Reading: December 8-14, 2014 – Identifying Your Essence

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1 - Unity

The faeries want us to know that this is a week for reflection and introspection. We begin with one of the Singer cards – Unity. The Singers are the angels and when one of these cards pops up in a reading, we are asked to acknowledge their presence in our lives and to give thanks for their support and guidance. They are always with us, and when we actively engage with them our lives can be enriched immeasurably. The Unity card reminds us that All is One. We are connected to one another and to Spirit in an interweaving and interrelated web – unified in a holistic and marvelous Universe. Read more at www.janetraftis.com.


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Weekly Card Reading: December 1-7, 2014 – Express Your Inner God(dess)!

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Aphrodite

This week is all about caring for ourselves inside out. Aphrodite shows us that we are at our best when we allow our inner goddess to shine brightly. This is a time to explore our beauty and to call it forth to be expressed outwardly in the world. Let your masculine energy be tempered and balanced right now through the expression of all that is feminine. Dance, sing, wear clothes that feel beautiful and sensual on your body. This goddess shows us that unabashed sexual expression is healthy when it is fully claimed and honored by us. Read more at www.janetraftis.com.


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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: November 10-16, 2014 – Be Curious and Inspired

The faeries couldn’t be any more clear this week and I get the feeling that they are tired of us messing around. The message – loud and clear – is that we are to stop puttering around and get to work on some of these crazy amazing ideas that we’ve sort of pushed down and set aside. And while they recognize that not all of us have been resting on our laurels, all of us DO have something that needs to be brought to the surface, nurtured, and birthed. If you have been in the process of doing so already, continue reading because it would seem that you have more to look at and more to accomplish. You have done good work, but you are not done yet.

41 - Ilbe the Retriever

We start with Ilbe the Retriever. This cute little guy is the guardian of our hopes, dreams, and lost items (call on him to help you find whatever it was you set down this morning that seemed to just disappear). Under the category of lost items are the desires that we’ve set aside or laid to rest while we were off in the pursuit of something else. He’s pretty sure that the time is right for us right now if we’d just get on with it already! Meditate with him in order for your next step to be revealed. Even if you feel like you’ve already got things laid out, he can help you find the missing pieces that can get things moving a little more quickly and freely. There is a path to liberation, and he is more than happy to sniff it out for you.

28 - Penelope Dreamweaver

Our next card is Penelope Dreamweaver. She is one of the Faeries of Inspiration, and what better follow-up could there be to Ilbe’s message than that? She understands that sometimes inspiration is subtle and hidden, and she encourages us to seek it out and to be open to it popping up in even the most unlikely places. She allows for us to move through our blocks and into a free flow of inspiration and expression by showing us that sometimes  we need to break away from the humdrum world and retreat into a space of imagination and daydreaming. Connect into your childlike self and see the world through new eyes. Shifting our energy in new ways can create new and exciting results and release the worn out patterns that were holding us back.

29 - Ta'Om the Poet

Finally, we have Ta’Om the Poet. This guy also helps us to find our creative expression and he does so through prompting us to use curiosity to look into nooks and crannies that we’ve neglected to notice before. When we bound out into the world with open eyes and an open heart, we invite new and exciting experiences that we can then share with others. This opens the door to laughter, play, increased sensual/sexual energy and wonder. Ta’Om’s wings are not yet unfurled, and he reminds us to spread ours and fly. Connect into any blocks that are holding you back, use the curiosity that he and Penelope would have us develop, and find where energy can be released in order to align you with your highest good. We best serve ourselves by showing our true light, one that only continues to shine as we continue to honor it.

This week’s reading is from The Faeries’ Oracle by Brian Froud.


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Weekly Card Reading: October 13-19, 2014 – Illuminate the Heart, Banish Fears, Create with Love

25 - The Faery Godmother

I can’t think of a better energy to start the week with than The Faery Godmother! She comes to us with blessings of abundance, grace and love. As you step into your week, remember to take note of the good that surrounds you and all that comes to you. This gentle presence donned with the crown of stars, flowers and branches brings illumination and resources to you to help light your way. She is the lady of last minute rescues, but you don’t have to wait until you are in hot water to call on her for help! She offers her love and assistance freely and guides you to the most graceful of outcomes.  This week pay special attention to the inflow of love that comes to you in all forms, be it a special gift, the shoulder of a friend in a time of need or the arrival of someone new and special in your life. Love abounds when we keep our eyes open for it – just remember that it flows best when it is given and received. Keep your channels open and when you receive a smile of encouragement from an unexpected source, pass it along to someone else. Open your heart and the Universe will flood it with blessings.

61- G. Hobyah

The Faery Godmother ushers in our week in part because we may need to call upon her as we move forward and face our fears. Most of our fears are not real – they are founded in old patterns and limiting beliefs that we developed as children, and while they may have served us when we were younger, they have now far outstayed their welcome. G. Hobyah warns us that this week we need to be willing to look at these as they arise, as that is truly the only way to move through them. When we can see the truth, we are empowered to create lasting change. Allow the support of The Faery Godmother to shine her light on these so-called goblins in the closet so that we may see them for what they really are and then act accordingly. In some instances, fears are real, and so it is important for us as well to be prepared to take necessary action when this is the case. An important lesson of this card is to learn to discern between the real and imaginary concerns so that we may continue to grow and expand while also caring for ourselves.

22 - The Master Maker

In part, fears are popping up because we have been moving forward with big dreams and ideas. When we get to a point in which we are truly facing in the direction of our life path, our egos like to jump in and give us all sorts of reasons for why we can’t do something. The truth of the matter, though, is that we can. Last week we were given a message to study or apprentice in a field of interest, and that message continues with The Master Maker card. His message is to “Do whatever you do as well as you can.” This is a time to work on mastering your craft and for using your ingenuity and resilience to continue moving forward. We have the strength and tenacity to accomplish our dreams if we can put the naysaying voices of the ego to rest. Joy is one of the keys here – remember to bring your love for the subject to your work and to raise your standards enough to challenge you and spark new insight and innovation. Be careful not to overwhelm yourself, though: our little Master Maker shows us in his tree pose that balance is one of the keys to success.

This week’s reading is from The Faeries’ Oracle by Brian Froud.