Shift.

I asked the cards what this week’s story would be, curious to see how my sadly underused Earthbound Oracle would read with a question like that. I was going to ask the question free-form, but I ended up with frames for each position.

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1, What is this week’s energy? PERMANENCE

3, What are the challenges? VISION

2, What are the opportunities? ARCANA

Well that energy is certainly there, change and shift, and feelings of barely keeping up. Very practical concerns with work, and understanding… or rather unlocking how it all comes together is the secret of success. I just have to be able to see it, cut through the muck that comes to distract me (impermanent as it is) and go for that end game, that higher knowledge.

Balance

balance: message received

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All about the ways in which I’m being asked to reevaluate bits and pieces of my life so that I’m not left at a complete loss by the end of the day, without even energy to heal myself. The way the wings burst forth from the acorn also reassures me that this work will yield positive results that we lift me up. It is the second reminder to balance that I’ve received in the last few days.

Lol, maybe it’s time to listen!

Full Moon in Taurus Reading: Reaffirming

I’ve been tired.

Sooo very tired.

Apparently I don’t handle instability well, something I think Spirit- God, my ancestors, my Orisha, all others who walk with me- are trying to teach me through. I can’t say I’ve been at my best. Thankfully it’s mostly come through in exhaustion, rather than full blown depression as it’s been wont to do in the past.

Earlier today I received an email that I was sure heralded bad news; I was so sure of it, I didn’t even want to open it until right before I worked this full moon reading. And you know what, it was great news. A much better result than I ever thought was possible, and wouldn’t even dare hope for. Yet there it was, and immediately Spirit asked me what it was I had doubted for, where did the trust that let me leap as I had before vanish to?

Just in case I didn’t think I was hearing the messages right, my very first pull with The Earthbound Oracle came for my life as it whirls right now.

wpid-20151027_232214-1-1.jpgMy anxieties about seeking a new home? Check and accounted for.

A reminder to trust my intuition? Check and accounted for.

Perseverance through the whirlwind that is my life (sidenote: actual whirlwind happened earlier this weekend on top of everything else!)? Check and accounted for.

Anyway, this deck is live and in charge. A beautiful accompanyment to The Wooden Tarot, though it feels less ephemeral, certainly more “earthbound”. Deck interview to come.

I sleep now.

DECK INTERVIEW: Soaring with The Winged Enchantment Oracle

wpid-20150729_234641-1-1.jpg1.Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
27. PELICAN – First look at this card gives me ancient, reflective, vibes. Very heavy on the water element, but the bird (and its human avatar) is on the pebbled bank not in the water, instead looking into the water as a feather floats by. Above it, tree branches that look like a gnarled spider web sort of loom above. The lovely LWB matches this reflexivity going on here saying “I am Pelican, the bridge of the head and the heart. I am careful observation… Stay focused but do not lose sight of the bigger picture.” This indicates that this will be a good deck for when I need to widen my sightline, look deeper and see expand my vision. Which is particularly cool because all the coordinating crystals I laid out for this interview are all third eye and crown related – selenite, howlite, and moonstone.

2. What are your strengths as a deck?
33. Starling – The image here is a mostly human partly bird mix, looks a bit young, not quite childlike but not adult either. They feel on the cusp of something, about to transform or transition. Arms open and the starlings seeming to come from their feathers. From the LWB, “I am your ability to bring others together in meaningful ways. It is time to express. It is time to blend yourself into the bigger picture. Being group minded doesn’t mean giving up personal power, but rather allowing that power to shine brighter.” Echoing its characteristics card, this deck will speak to me about about broadening visions, being open to all my resources, as well as looking to myself as a resource.

3. What are your limits as a deck?
39. WREN – There’s a lot happening in this image! It’s very earthy. Almost as if matters of tangibility or practicality are a hard thing to parse for this deck. Which, yeah sort of fits a bird oracle deck.

4. What are you here to teach me?
10. EAGLE – Okay, so on one hand, I’m side-eyeing the eagle being associated with an Indigenous person, and on one hand I’m just glad to see the deck include brown faces. Of which there are a few, a bit token, but better than nothing- which isn’t too great. I’ll explore that in the deck review later, I should focus on this card. Earth into air is present here. I see faces in the stone. So yes, a bit stereotypically, associations with ancestors: spirit, people, memory, knowledge. The LWB adds, “I am Eagle, the thread that binds you to spirit… I am your ascension made manifest… I am your signal to climb higher, push harder, and then let go.” The deck encourages connection with higher manifestations. It’s really going for this ephemeral, rise higher energy, I see.

5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
36. TURKEY – The sacrifice bird. Oh boy. LWB says, “I am Turkey, the giveaway bird… I am the path of service and humility. I relinquish the ego.” Well, that couldn’t have been clearer!

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
4. CHICKADEE – Air element, all day so it’s likely a mental card. The face in the image is watchful, seeing from above all that is below. Omnipotent. LWB says, “I am… the discernment of right action. I am pure thought and fearless truth.” I’d sort this cad in the swords suit of the tarot, I think. Echoing back to the first two cards, broadness of vision, expanded perspectives are favorable outcomes as I work deeper with this deck.

I really like this deck so far. It’ll be a good one for when I need a shift to a broader perspective, a deeper understanding of things. It probably won’t be too great for a daily oracle. Something like The Earth Magic Oracle (which I had and sort of liked but I didn’t keep it) I’m still looking for one like that- an oracle deck I can pull from everyday.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions!

Deck Interview: Black Angel Cards

I’m over the moon for this beauty, I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting and finally, I got a chance to snag her. I’ve got the Black Angel Cards with me, and here’s an interview with the deck.

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1.Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
THE MEDICINE WOMAN – She brings the medicine with her! Hot, steaming, and laced in every image and word. Wisdom comes forth from interacting with this deck, borne of nature and experience.

2. What are your strengths as a deck?
THE READER – Taps into intuition from the jump. The best way to approach this deck will be to rely on my intuition, not necessarily everything I read in it the book it came with, though that won’t be lacking in wisdom.

3. What are your limits as a deck?
THE HEALER – Immediately what came to me was that I can’t keep coming to this deck for absolutely everything. It feels like a warning on over reliance. Ultimately, my healing is mine to control. It’s up to me to take the medicine and follow my intuition as necessary.

4. What are you here to teach me?
THE QUILT MAKER – This card is about connection, about weaving different skills in this case into a cohesive and distinct piece. It will push me to weave all my different modes of knowing and healing in order to move forward in fulfillment. I also think of quilts as gifts that are passed down, especially from grandparents, so there’s an element of ancestral knowledge here as well. Lovely 🙂

5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
THE BRAIDER – Echoing the previous card. Tangibly using the connections forged to create. Braiding is also an incredibly intimate and at times lengthy experience. The internal work will be deep, connective, and continuous. Results will be beautiful though.

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
THE SOJOURNER – Courage and confidence to speak my truth and healing. A connection of all sides of myself.

I love everything about this deck. It’s not one for every question, but it is one that will push me when I do inquire of it, but it is a message of ancestry and love. I adore it, I’m so excited to move forward with it!