Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Technical Glitches!

Hi, this is a quick update to say I know about the images being messed up currently on my blog. Photobucket is being greedy and have decided to change how they do things with 3rd party content. So I am in the process of manually adding my pictures back into my blog - as I refuse to pay photobucket - I am still angry I had no notice of these changes /SIGH!

So bear with me and the images will be back shortly - shall try to do it all today but we shall see!

Wish me luck ;)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A message of hope in a world of fear



So I haven’t blogged in sometime but I have been having some deep thoughts of late and I’m getting that familiar nudge from Hecate to share these thoughts so…I personally was like why…who wants to hear from me but she is not a Goddess that will be ignored or to take excuses like “But I am nobody” because to her….you are someone, one thing I love about Hecate – she is a Goddess of the people – she picks based on you, who you are not what you can do or how important you are in the world. So without further waffling I will share my thoughts that have been rattling around my head and I hope that even if they only reach one person…that it helps.

So the world seems covered in darkness right now, I’m not talking normal darkness – I am talking about evil and I have seen a lot of people getting discouraged, empathic people are getting battered emotionally by the onslaught of this tidal wave of horror that is constant and seemingly never ending. I have seen talk by politicians and ordinary people about how thoughts, candles and prayers don’t help and I want to scream and shout that they do help!!! These small acts of kindness, these acts of energy sent, the prayers being sent to various gods or the earth or to whomever you believe, these candles burning brightly – not matter how big or small – help this world. 

It is easy to give up hope. It is easy to think that you are one small person in the world and to feel so alone and desolate and depressed by these horrific acts of violence being perpetrated in so many countries of the world by these wicked, evil people . 

But that is what these horrific people want. They want you to forget your power, that every person in this world has – the power of hope, love and the ability to overcome their message of horror and evil. Every person in this world is capable of an act of love – be it through words, actions, prayer, lighting a candle, laying flowers, calling on the Gods to heal and help the victims of these atrocious attacks etc.

Each person, alone, has the ability to send out goodness into the world – and what people forget is that we are connected by the collective consciousness of this world. Our acts of love, goodness, kindness, hope, healing, protecting, etc and all this energy comes together – like drops of water finding their way to a puddle - which gathers momentum and finds a pond, then a stream, then a river and finally makes its way to the ocean where it all collects together and becomes more and more powerful to the point where is can make a huge effect. 

So when you are losing hope, when you think this planet is lost to the evil that seems to be everywhere – remember good is also here. It is quieter, it isn’t always seen but it can be felt. If you search there is good people too in this world – you are not alone, and those small acts of kindness, those candles you burn, those prayers you send out – they are felt, they do help and they ARE needed. You may just be one person – one light in this world – but when all our effort of healing, hope, and magick come together – we are a sun that shines so bright that it does help this world and that energy can be directed by the Gods and Goddesses to where it needs to be. Collectively everyone person who is choosing love over fear or hate , everyone person who is sending out love, healing, prayers and all the wonderful things this world needs is helping in this fight against evil, against hate and against the spreading fear.

So the message – don’t give in to the evil of this world, don’t think it is hopeless or what’s the use, don’t think that you are just one person and can never make a difference – because you do make a difference. 

Remember – one small candle makes a huge difference in the darkness – just like one person can make a huge difference by sending out something positive and good into the world such as healing and love. You are not alone, and it does help this world – no matter how small – it counts!

I am going to end this post with some quotes – by people far more eloquent than me and have more experience than me to inspire the goodness in this world:

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” - Albert Einstein

“One man alone can't defeat the forces of evil, but many good people coming together can.” - Harold S. Kushner 

 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“There is no denying that there is evil in this world but the light will always conquer the darkness.” ― Idowu Koyenikan

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa

“If one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?”  ― Malala Yousafzai

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” - Edith Wharton

Well that’s it, so thank you for reading through and I hope this has helped someone in some small way, and thanks to Hecate for listening to my rambling thoughts and for nudging me to have the courage to write this…

Love Always
Phoenix

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sundays Shamans Oracle


Well it’s a very late Sunday evening in the United Kingdom and I am just in time to make my weekly blog! I wasn’t sure I could schedule myself to be honest but events lately have made me need to actually use my calendar! So shall let us see what the oracle has in store for me today and get on with that pull…



“I am the Hunter of Gifts. I seek out the most valuable things you need to enable you to live life to the fullest. I hunt through your thoughts, through your experiences and through your deepest feelings to discover the true gifts of your life, which can help you find the right direction. Whatever gifts you are looking for, I will seek them for you. And I will teach you to recognise the gifts you already possess. Follow where I lead, for I can help you to flourish in every way.”

The Hunter Of Gifts

The gifts this Hunter seeks are not just those of food, shelter, or possessions. Rather they are the gifts of living: strength, health, vitality, as well as the bountiful gifts of the imagination, of creative flair, love and honour. In times of hardship the gift of perseverance is vital; in times of plenty the gift of wise stewardship is essential. The Hunter of Gifts is attuned to our most urgent requirements, and senses how best to replenish us when we are lacking. Everything this hunter offers is a gift of life, be it a gift of joy, energy, truth or hope. In times of greatest need this figure will bring us what we require.

*Keyword Interpretations: Inner Gifts; Recognising our skills and values; The flowering of imagination; Discovering your potential; Finding your way; Valuing truth; Using skills and talents*

My Interpretations for me at this time…

Well I don’t recall ever pulling this card before! It is a wonderfully magickal feeling to have had a pack of cards for so long and to find one you have never been given before by the oracle! I guess the oracle is always full of surprises and gifts! My first thought (before opening my book to the inscription for this card - as typed above) I could feel the light, love and warmth coming from it overwhelmingly. It wasn’t just the warmth of the colours in the card – it just felt…happy and safe.

I suppose this is the time of year that is attuned to gifts but this card is about the true meaning of gifts. They are not something that can be wrapped with a bow or contained within a box. They are not something you can be brought from a shop or that you can buy for someone. They are gifts in the truest sense of the word…and I think people forget the true sense of the word a lot these days. Whether it be a magickal gift - one of healing, protection, medium-ship or a gift just as magickal, such as, a gift of kindness to others, of being a guiding light in the dark, or being able to help others in pain. There are many gifts in this world – creativity, love, hope, truth…Whatever your gift is – it is unique to you and it is not something that can be used in the way that you do, in this time. Everyone is born with a gift – it may be hidden to you, but so very clear to others, but you will find it when it is needed the most.

So…now I have rambled on a bit maybe I can pull together what this card is trying to show me right now! I must admit it is a hard one as there is so many ways you could read this card…inner gifts, hidden gifts of potential, valuing the gifts you have in your life – be it joy, love, family, friends or pets. It could be finding ways to use your own gifts in order to help others or to build something new creatively such as a business, writing a book….so many gifts that people have in this world just hidden in plain sight.

I think for me, this card, is telling me that I have to look within. I have been told often, by many people in my life, that I have so much potential. But life has found a way of stopping me in my tracks and stopping me from really being able to live sometimes. I think…no…I feel that the oracle is telling me to stop hiding from myself and the world around me and to find out truly what I am capable of with my own unique gifts. To find a way to flourish and grow my inner gifts – no matter what life throws my way and to recognise them in myself as values – I haven’t always valued myself….I have struggled over the years with numerous problems and I let myself fade into depression – only caring about others but not myself. The oracle is telling me….showing me even, that it is time to focus on me…that my heart and soul are waiting to teach me about my gifts, to guide me on my path and I just need to make time to listen and learn.But the oracle is also telling me to appreciate the gifts I have in this world – to enjoy them but not take them for granted.

The funny thing is about gifts is that they can often be in disguise…in fairy tales gifts were often portrayed as curses given by evil witches or evil queens…but I subscribe to the idea that those witches or queens weren’t evil – they were in fact pushing those characters to dig deeper than they ever had before, putting them through hardship in order to make them rise like a phoenix from the ashes of their lives. They made them find their gifts in order to survive. After all, is that not what the Dark Goddesses do…? They test you, strip away what is unnecessary? Help you through the dark night of the soul in order for you to find what really is your true potential, your true gift, your true purpose? I like to think so *smiles*

So I shall listen…to my heart and soul and see where they take me…See you soon!

Phoenix
xx

*as always the picture and its inscription were taken from The Shamans Oracles Deck.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sundays Shamans Oracle

So I’m back for the weekly Shaman Oracle card pull – I am aiming to be here every Sunday to post one of these. If I’m not able to it is that I can’t help it that week – I don’t pre-write them – I pull them on the spot so the interpretations are fresh and from a meditative perspective. On a side-note I am aiming to start blogging more – I’m hoping for twice a week at first and I have gotten myself a notebook to put down ideas of things to blog about and insights for when they come to me – although it seems that under the shower is where my inspiration starts to flow…if you ever hear of someone inventing waterproof paper let me know LOL!!! I guess there is something about water and how it encourages the flow of thoughts and words…So on to todays card!



“I am the Shaman of Foresight. I travel the road before you, bringing back reports of what lies ahead. I can teach you to see beyond the moment, to live in such a way that whatever new task you undertake, you are always ready to adjust accordingly. I prepare the way ahead, ensuring that wherever your journey leads, you will enter into each new moment with clear intent and true perception.”

The Shaman Of Foresight

Foresight enables us to find the way toward our own destiny. It take us safely past obstacles or traps, beyond stormy seas into calmer waters. For our ancestors the ability to imagine what might happen next would often have meant the different between life and death. In our own lives foresight means being prepared for every eventuality. The Shaman of Foresight helps us to work on our expectations so we are ready for whatever life throws at us. The image on this card shows the handprint enclosed in a cage: foresight shows us how we may avoid such captivity in the first place.

Keyword Interpretations: Preparedness; Being watchful; Transcending the moment; Looking ahead; Interpreting signs; Taking advice; Acting intentionally; Listening to instincts, dreams and visions.

My interpretation of this card for me at this time:

…I really wanted to not have to delve into politics. I wanted my blog to be…free from the bullshit that is going down in the world but clearly the oracle had other plans…so I apologise, in advance, as I am sure you are all sick to the back teeth of hearing about politics!

I can’t help but think of the anger in the world right now by looking at this card and its meaning…some people are elated by election results and some people, a lot of people, are quite frankly terrified by it. Luckily I am on the other side of the pond (not that it helps when you look at the big picture – our nations have huge influence over each other!) but I have seen a lot in the news, on social media etc to know how upset people are. A huge number of my friends are equally scared, worried, angry and quite frankly pissed at the system right now and what it has brought them. Luckily a few of them are trying there hardest to keep the peace but it is a hard battle with so many people angry.

This card for me…it is telling me not to react in the heat of the moment. It is telling me to look ahead, be prepared for what could be next and formulate a plan. Act as you mean to go on in life – work peacefully – I am not saying don’t be angry – anger can be a powerful weapon of change, a sword if you will in the face of injustice, but too much anger can end up hurting the people you are trying to protect in the first place and you can end up hurting yourself. Anger can also blind you in some circumstances – right now more than ever people need to see clearly!

This card is telling me to focus. Don’t get swept up in anger – look ahead at the bigger picture. Look within – focus on your intuition – forewarned is forearmed. Violence leads to more violence – don’t let yourself get caught up in that cage of negativity. People are a powerful source for good when they work together – work together in peace and to protect. Do what you can to help each other move forward in safety – love not hate will win out in the end but only if you channel that light within yourself and show others the way.

That’s all for now,
PIE
xxx

*as always card image and meaning is taken from The Shamans Oracle 

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Remember me? I’m back…

Well it’s been a long while since I have blogged. Health issues, family illness, family having operations and being in and out of hospital….this year seems to have gotten away from me but I guess that’s life…tends to happen when you aren’t planning for it.

The universe grounded me in more than one way this year…physically I haven’t been mobile much over the past few months, before that family was in and out of the A&E and then recovering from more than one operation. Just as things seems to be calming down and getting back to normal more upheaval comes along and more family issues rear their heads…but honestly I didn’t come back to talk about any of that….this isn’t a journal…it’s a blog and I am stalling as I am out of practice at writing….or of having anyone read my writing – I guess that’s my introverted nature though *smiles* and honestly I was worried as I hadn’t picked up my oracle cards all year – yes I know, such a long time and I have sorely missed them. I was worried that I may lose my connection (a silly worry I know but there it is – we all have these doubts) or lose my ability to listen to them or them to me….

So I picked them up…felt them and I knew they had just been waiting for me. I closed my eyes and I saw a woman…in a cave with only a fire for light – I couldn’t see her face but I could see her wild hair – I swear there was a twig or leaves in it! She was throwing bones on the floor in front of the fire…there were drawings behind her on the wall – and as she noticed me she asked me “What do you want to know?” I replied “I want to know what I need…” Her eyes seemed to light up at my answer and I felt her smile as she asked me “So what do you need…” as she threw down some bones I answered…”Hope…” as I said this I was thinking about the world, the earth and the way everything has felt so dismal and overshadowed by fear and negativity….and at that point the shaman cards I was shuffling pushed a card out…I felt it come away from the rest of the pack and nudge my hand with its curved corner. I opened my eyes, sad to be away from the cave I saw and looked at the card…and smiled...



 “I am the Hunter of Strength. I seek the shapes and patterns of energy to find the name and nature of the strength you need. Wherever you stand in the journey of life, you require strength to empower you. Soul-strength and heart-strength, bone-strength and emotional strength are all a part of the pattern you walk. At your side I guide you toward all that you need and ensure that you do not overreach your native power”

The Hunter Of Strength

Here, a hunter is reaching down to tap into the strength of a great animal. We too can draw strength from many places: from the inner worlds, from our family and loved ones, from the Earth and the creatures with whom we need, while at the same time helping us to understand the nature of that strength, which is often spiritual rather than physical. Strength is a natural part of our daily lives. To make progress we need to acknowledge where best to find it – and how to recover it if it should ever be lost.

*Interpretations: Force of will; Strength to accomplish your dreams; Recognition of your own power and that of others; Recognising weakness; Drawing on the energies that surround you*

My interpretations for me:

I guess I had never looked at hope as strength...but it is. It can be a great strength in this world. Hope can stop you crumbling, it can make you strive for what you want and need. It can turn the worst day into something good by seeing things differently – hope can help you overcome the negativity and fear in this world. In being able to hope, you are choosing to believe in a different future, a different time, a better place. In not choosing hope you make yourself miserable and critical of not only the world around you but also of yourself and those you love. In being critical and always seeing what is lacking and what is wrong you don’t see the potential for what is right and what could be achieved by looking forward in the best possible way. Without destruction…there is no creation, without death…there is no rebirth.

Hope is a powerful ally. It gets put down a lot – it gets laughed at, the piss taken out of it, crushed yet it always survives, hope is always there… Hope is a lot stronger than people give it credit for *smiles* hope is resilient so it truly is a good strength to have in your spiritual arsenal!

Other things that comes to mind with this card is how I always assume strength is physical…I have literally been grounded by the universe for putting too much stress on my body and making it over-do exercising – hip bursitis, tendonitis, back and ankle sprains….had it all over the past few months. I forgot my limits, I forgot to listen to my body…it does not have an ever-ending supply of strength. Strength has to be built….and built up slowly – just like emotional strength, bone strength, soul strength or heart strength…nothing becomes strong overnight.

Something else to consider….once you have strength it has to be tested. This universe has a way of seeking out where you are vulnerable…where you could improve your strength. Only by being tested do you truly find your strength or see how strong you are – I am mostly talking emotional & spiritual strength here but it can be applied to most areas of strength – family strength, soul strength, strength of character or will. I guess that is the price of any strength…once you have it you have to maintain it & strengthen it otherwise is can wilt – just like a muscle can.

Well I know I have more cards to pull so I shall be back but for now I am glad…glad that my connection to my oracle is still there…that I can still connect on a soul level with my cards and glad that I have finally dusted off the blog and posted!

See you soon!
Phoenix

xx

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Happy Holiday Thoughts!



Happy Holidays

I just want to wish everyone who reads my blog (and has put up with my very long absences!) a wonderful holiday season - no matter what spirituality, religion, or lack thereof!

So many people seem to be arguing in the world right now - over religions - I’m not even going into the Starbucks Cup lunacy that was all over FB awhile back. 

Not “one” religion owns this time of the year - but if I have learnt anything from all these religions it is that this is supposed to be a time of peace, joy and family. I realise the world is less than peaceful right now but I think we can all join together in being a bit kinder towards each other.

This time of the year for me use to have a special feeling….it wasn’t something that could be wrapped & put under a tree. It was that feeling of making someone else smile and be happy. When shopping for cards & gifts for friends and family in town people *use* to be nicer, strangers would smile, people would pick up a dropped toy of a Childs and wish each other a happy Christmas - now people barely look at each other, they push and shove, moan and groan. They stare into phones and ignore who they are with. Hell you get looked at like an alien if you say “bless you” to someone who sneezes! I have had pagans get offended if I have wished them a happy Christmas (not people I know - till attendants that are complete strangers - how would I know what religion they are!) telling me it’s “Yule for gods’ sake” - when did people get so….mean-spirited? Does it truly matter what word is used to signify a happy holiday greeting - would it kill people to just be happy? Just when did people turn in to the Grinch? Not that I mind the Grinch…love that film right along with Scrooge.

So this holiday - wherever you are I wish you happiness, joy, peace and love - May your days be merry and bright….and may your Christmas be one filled with gratitude and those you love.
Happy….December - the month of cheer, hot chocolate and woollen mittens!

*Love*
PIE
Xxx

PS - if you are able this month remember to try and make a donation of food, clothing etc to a charity. Whether for humans or pets, there are a lot of people in need in this world right now. There are plenty of food banks, toy appeals, pet food appeals, world crisis’s etc that could use the help. If you aren’t able to, due to your own circumstances, a prayer can go a long way in this world *Hugs*


Monday, November 30, 2015

Limitations and Balance...in other words my life!

Limitations and Balance

I have had many readings done for myself in this life - from astrological charts, numerology etc and all of them have told me I have a lot of limitations placed on me in this life. I had never really thought about it before the readings - I just thought it was bad luck, bad timing etc but patterns repeat constantly no matter how I try to fight and change them.

At first I was pissed off - I had the victim mentality that we all sink into at first, then I sulked like a teenager (LOL) and got passive aggressive - what’s the point of doing <insert issue> if I have limitations on me etc. Then I wanted to know the “Why” behind it - was it karma - how was that fair! But come on - we all know life isn’t fair and no not everything bad that happens to us is karma from another life - we come back on this earth to learn not to be punished (my personal belief!) So just what was this great lesson…that I have been…gifted with?

So where did that question leave me….well I have this burning need to understand things - I am always questioning everything (yes I drive those around me nuts at times!). So in order to understand I did what I normally do - asked more questions, researched, meditated. I looked up the meaning of limitations and I re-read all the readings I had been given. I pulled oracle cards. I learned.
So what did I learn…well the actual meaning of limitation is:

Limitation [lim-i-tey-shuh n]
Spell Syllables
Noun
1 - Restriction: An imposed restriction that cannot be exceeded or sidestepped
2 - Restricting flow: A disadvantage or weakness in somebody or something
3 - Setting of a limit: The act of limiting something
Keywords: Limits, Boundaries, Restriction, Confines….

Ok so we have established what a limitation is - something that basically puts up a big red sign saying “STOP” but can it be a good thing? Well I didn’t think so until I did an oracle reading - a few actually and they all came up with similar results - protection. So what if these limitations are a blessing in disguise. They protect me - from what I may never know but clearly they are there for a reason and that reason….is protection.

If we had no limits we would soon be in trouble - imagine the world with no boundaries - it would be awful - people all up in your face all the time. Everything in life has limits - muscles in your body have a limit - a stretching point and if you go over it you get injured. So limits can also be there to prevent you from hurting yourself.

My limitations have made me more creative as I have to find a way, if I can, to get around them - by thinking outside the box and doing something out of the ordinary.

My limitations have also taught me when to stop - when something is absolutely not for me. Literally the universe steps in knocks me on my ass - yes literally sometimes…which is not fun at all.

So this life for me (from every reading I have done myself or had done for me) is all about transformation and balance. Being able to transform my situation into one that is positive - not matter what I am going through. So there are limitations but they are there to protect me and to get me to transform my life and outlook….not an easy task but I am trying.

So where does balance come in….well as I said with limitations you need balance. Taking exercise again as an example - too much too soon can injure you - if you don’t use your head and take notice of your limits you will over-do and the balance will tip and you will end up with a sprain, strain etc.
I’m sure I will have more insights about this over time but for now I will leave you with my personal tarot card for this life…don’t laugh…


 


The Chariot

A Woman holding aloft a glowing wand, rides through a dark, foggy landscape that may or may not be treacherously dangerous. Pulling her and her chariot are two strong horses, representing great energy and power that she must control. They don’t appear to be well trained, as they are not looking straight ahead but in different directions, as if distracted by the ravens and shadowy shapes in the mist. The chariot driver is using all her focus and will to keep the chariot on track.

This card is about victory through mastery. In this situation, there are opposing and conflicting forces, perhaps very powerful ones, that must be made to work in harmony to achieve a common goal. These conflicting energies may be within yourself or external. Either way, it is up to you to harness that energy and guide it to success.”

So there you have it….limitations and balance and what is that you ask - just what is supposed to be my lifetime goal for my soul in this time and place? Well it is - being of service to others. Hence - limitations on my personal freedoms in this life - it makes me more aware of others plights!
Well that’s all for now - sure I will look over this topic again sometime but for now those are my thoughts on it!

*Blessings*
PhoenixIndigoEmber

*Card illustration and description taken from the Mystic Dreamer Tarot Set