Saturday, October 16, 2010

Autumn Joy!

I come alive in autumn! The oppressive southern summer heat and humidity are gone, sunlight dances on golden and rust leaves, and the squirrels are flitting all around the yard, storing acorns and pecans for the winter.
I was blessed to spend last Sunday walking the beach with my sister and a friend as sandpipers skittered before us on the strand, pelicans soared above us and - miracles! - three pods of dolphin played in the surf beside us! What a gift to watch their joyous migration.
This afternoon I'm honored to bless a friend's new art studio, and then we drum around a fire in celebration of her new adventure and in communion with each other and Mother Earth. What a blessed time to be alive!
While I try so hard to treasure these electric autumn days, to be in the moment, I also live in anticipation - Samhain is coming! For my 23rd year, I read Tarot at a local Halloween event for two weekends, while my amazing Granny Jean (age 83) reads palms. Having this time with her year after year is more of a gift than words can express.
So, everyone take a moment to relish this blessed weather, and give thanks for this blessed moment.
Be blessed,

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Pilgrimage Begins

On this, the first day of my 59th year, I promise to update this blog more frequently.

My friend Susan and I go to England and Scotland next May on a pilgrimage to sacred sites of our faith. While we've actually been planning for a while, today marks a deep spiritual shift for me in preparation for this journey. It is time to prepare spiritually, physically and emotionally for this dream come true for me.

We often hear "life is a journey," and of course I know that. However, I often get so caught up in the minutia of my day, in fear that I am/am not doing all I'm "supposed" to be doing, in the mundane, that I forget I know about the journey.

For years now I have read my Tarot cards on my birthday. Today's reading was exceptional! There was such validation that I'm on the right path (High Priestess), that I have good intuitive skills (The Hanged Man and The Star), and that so much abundance is coming my way (Ace of Cups). The Seven of Cups told me that my angels watch over me and that dreams do come true. There also were cautions for me to take better care of myself (Queen of Pentacles reversed, the Two of Pentacles, reversed), to let go of fear (Four of Swords). Perhaps most important, the 10th card was The Lovers, a reminder that I need to find balance and love within myself.
The photo is of a candled quartz - a gift from my friend Joel. She (wise old Crone stone she is) stands almost seven inches high!

Not bad lessons for a 59th birthday, I think.

Be blessed,


Monday, August 23, 2010

August Corn Moon and Spinning Plates

I could write for days about how busy I am - if I only had time to write! So, in the few minutes of solitude afforded me on this Corn Moon eve, I'll skip the pity party and move on to something I think is important.
Each year as hurricane season ramps up, I spend some time in reflection about what material things are really important to me. The list has changed some since those years of evacuating my home at the beach when a storm approached - it's gotten shorter. Some things stay on it, however: the Bowen family Bible, my first edition of To Kill A Mockingbird, an angel wing shell my grandmother left me, and a few other things. This is the time of year I take stock of what really matters to me, and most of those things aren't things: they're relationships and the comfort I find in sharing my beliefs and values with the people in my life.
What matters to me are the people in my life - my two-legged, four-legged, winged, swimming, crawling and standing people in my life. One of the most important standing people in my life is the Sycamore tree that shades my patio. She has already begun dropping leaves, and as I gather them for compost, I offer gratitude to her for the shade she gave this summer, and ask her to be strong as a storm may approach.
For that's what this Corn Moon is about - gratitude as we move into the harvest season.
Be blessed,

Saturday, July 24, 2010

July's Full Blessing Moon

Tomorrow's full moon is the blessing moon, according to my calendar. It is a time to count my blessings, and to offer blessings to others.
We all know that gratitude is a state of grace for which we all strive (at least I'm sure the folks who read this blog do). I also know that I don't spend nearly enough of my day in gratitude. I complain about the heat and humidity and a thousand other vexing things every day. If I spent the same amount of time being grateful...... you get the picure. So tomorrow night, as I bathe myself and my stones in Grandmother Moon's blessed light, I will spend time in gratitude.
Years ago, I was at a retreat where I saw a nun bless a parish priest. She held his head in her hands and kissed him on both cheeks. I remember thinking, "I bet the Church won't really let her do that - priests are higher up the ladder and who is this lowly nun to do this?" I don't have a clue whether or not my thoughts were accurate according to Catholic dogma, but I do know I learned a valuable lesson that day.
I learned that we ALL can offer blessings to everyone, and those blessings are honored by Spirit. So, bless someone today.
Blessings from me to you!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Tarot Blog Created!

Greetings All!
I have created a new blog just for my Tarot Meditations: I felt the need to separate my Tarot meditations from my other musings, so that the Tarot meditations were all in order and not interrupted by other ideas I'd like to share. Please become a "follower" on the new blog, if it's of interest to you! In the meantime, I'd appreciate you staying with this one as I write my views on much to come!