On the trip to work yesterday, my favorite sign was up, well maybe it is always up and I just notice it at this time of year. From noticing the sign, I recalled last year in spring the air was filled with Great Blue Heron as they have a nesting colony at that location. I looked up to the bare tree tops and was surprised by how many, now vacant, nests were there. Once the leaves start appearing, you never see the nests.
The Great Blue Heron returns to the same site each year to nest. The males arrive first and stake out a tree whereby they will either restructure a nest or build a new nest. They put on a grand display to the females flying by, shrieking loudly until a mate is chosen. Once mates are picked, the nest building begins with the males gathering materials and the female placing them. The nests are usually a meter wide and 10 cm deep and take no more than a week to build. Once they are ready, 3 – 5 eggs will be laid to incubate, usually in April, and both parents incubate the eggs. Incubation takes 28 days, after that both parents take turns feeding and caring for the young hatchlings.
I have been noticing nests in trees since the leaves have fallen. I attributed my fascination to them to last spring when a lone nest was in a barren tree outside of work and a pair of crows took to disassemble it, flying 25 yards and creating their nest in an evergreen tree. I was fascinated for days by the progress of the nest carefully being taken apart. I would have loved to see the nest they were building, but the foliage was too thick to see through.
I will have to find a place where I can sit quietly and watch these majestic birds, the great blue Heron, and perhaps hear the shrieking sounds, as they pair off and build or refurbish their nests.
Soon, humans will be itching to clean up, clear out and freshen up with the spring winds. There will be flowers to plant and in our own way shriek to all who pass by, look at my home! Come visit my flowers, shrubs and trees. Come sit awhile and share your dreams. Soon spring will be here, we are almost at the half way mark and the signs are showing up… watch for them, take heart that soon, quicker than you expect spring will be sprung in her full glory. Dream of the new blessings you will bring into your life, what will you refurbish, recycle or renew?
Today Archangel Gabrielle joins us. This morning when drawing cards for us two flew out of the deck – The Empress and Awakening, both are Archangel Gabriel, which I did not notice!
Archangel Gabriel: Archangel Gabriel is the patron angel for those in the creative arts. Whether its music, poetry, or other artistic endeavors, this archangel can help inspire your work to new heights. Gabriel is also known for being a loving and helpful motivator if you’re having trouble completing your projects. Call upon Archangel Gabriel for whatever project you are trying to give birth to. She will inspire your creative ideas and give you the courage and opportunities to express them.
The Empress speaks to us about moving forward, being self-assured and self-confident in going forward. To just do – we have waited long enough it is time to take action! Awakening, while it speaks of action as well also includes a pause before taking action. Just a nano-second but a pause none the less to ensure that we are seeing things correctly. In traditional tarot Awakening is the Hanged Man card, one of my favorites, when it shows up it reminds us to look at our life from a different perspective. You know the drill – doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results – yet Awakening asks us to look and be aware that there are other ways to do things.
Basically today is about going forward, don’t wait, what have you been eager to try or do? What dream are you hanging onto because you don’t think you can achieve it? Time to set the wheels in motion and turn dreaming into doing. We are being given the green light that we can successfully achieve our goals now, but we must act. This reminds me of the yearly message I received of not waiting for others to do for us but diving in and doing for ourselves. Put all your efforts and passion into your endeavors and you will be richly rewarded. Do however be open to looking at all the options, then pick the one that is the most economical and efficient. That is what Awakening brings to us, working smarter, not harder. Our viewpoints change and adapt over time to match our experiences. Pausing to ensure that your dream still matches what you want for yourself is a good idea! What you wanted a week or year ago might not have the same desire or draw anymore. Be yourself and don’t try to fit in, be quirky and run with your passions and ideas and see what dreams you can bring to life!
The Empress: “Lavish abundance. Give birth to your dreams. Nurture yourself and others.”
“Your creativity and hard work are bringing you great rewards, according to this card. You have the Midas touch right now, so anything you nurture and give your loving attention to will flourish. Marriage, children, and issues involving motherhood and creativity are positively affected now. Whether you are trying to give birth to a child, nurture life into plants or pets, or help a new project or business to grow, your creative endeavors will be successful.
Your interest in beautiful, luxurious, or artful pursuits is well rewarded at this time. Concerns regarding physical or emotional well-being fade away. While your ability to nurture others is wonderful, don’t forget to also lovingly care for yourself. Take excellent care of your body with massage, yoga, or anything that makes you feel healthy and vibrant.
Time to move forward
A gift with growing plants and gardens
Determination to get things done
Spend time in nature
A time of excellent emotional or physical health
Awakening: “Look at things from a different perspective. A temporary standstill. It's important to be yourself.”
"It's time to review your plans, according to this card, and look at things from a new perspective. Ask yourself: is it possible that a different approach would work better? Although it may feel like events have come to a standstill, this is temporary. So, make use of the extra time you've been given to rethink your strategies.
You may need to step outside of the norm and the mainstream right now and embrace your unique and eclectic beliefs or attitudes. It's also a good moment to be generous with your time, attention, and gifts. This "tithing" is returned by the Universe many fold to you!
Additional meanings of this card:
Unexpected life changes
The need for patience
The power that lies in being oneself
A pause for reflection
Time moving slowly
A change in priorities
Daring to be different
The card I pulled for us today is Six of Fire “Victory! Good news is on its way.”
Bravo! You have made great strides in your journey! This is a time of great achievement and success. People think highly of you, and your reputation is excellent. You’ve made good decisions and worked hard. There may be some sort of public acknowledgment of your contributions, or you may be given an award for your achievements.
Good news is on its way. It could be a promotion or a new job offer. Positive results are at hand, there are no “buts” or “what ifs”, everything is sunshine and roses.
Feeling good about yourself
Given that today is the first New Moon of 2015, and it is a Super Moon, which basically means it is close to the earth and has a stronger magnetic pull than normal, the card is very appropriate. As with any New Moon we are setting the intent for what we would like in our life, however, this New Moon sets the tone for the whole year! And WOW! We couldn’t ask for a higher vibrational moon to assist us!
There is much happening so bear with me, and for some of you this information will mean nothing but it will supply a background.
This new moon enters Aquarius, which the sun also enters today a few minutes before. This means that the moon is at zero degrees in Aquarius. Zero is the omega, the void where all is created. Think of it as a rich, nourishing soil that is ready to grow the seeds of your intention. Zero is all about wholeness and immense potential. Magnify that by it being a Super Moon and you have rich organic soil waiting to nurture your dreams.
Today also adds up to an 11 day – master number!! 1.20.2015=11. 11 is about heightened awareness, powerful insights, intuition from our higher self. Listening to your intuitive guidance takes courage. If you have an idea that is new, innovative, or creative, it can be scary to act on. Often our ideas are ahead of the curb, but nothing has ever been invented that was already in use, so go for it. The time for new fresh ideas is now. Chart your own course, set off on your own unique adventure, and don’t wait for validation from others. This year is all about you creating the life you want and not looking to others to bring it to you.
Today take some time to write down your intentions. When you have finished, look over your list and see where you have been afraid to ask for more than “just enough.” Look inward and connect with the part of you that knows your life is bigger than you’ve allowed. All is possible right now, the potential is unlimited, go big.
Reach for the stars my dears. Take advantage of this particular new moon energy to visualize your brightest and best year!!
The January 20th New Moon is the first super moon of six this year. While we will not see it, due to its proximity to the earth, this makes it a very powerful moon energy. The perfect time to create our vision board for 2015! This New Moon is in the sign of Aquarius, and what comes to me is the lyric “this is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius”. A time of hope and optimism where we embrace the new, the different, and the unique. If we choose, we can allow our true authentic selves to shine through and transform our vision boards to reflect the bigger dreams we have. It is time to proudly display our inner freak to the world, we want to be accepted as we are, and we accept others as they are. So using all this energy to create a vision board, allow yourself to see things in a new way, be a little eccentric, open your mind, and look toward the future and all it holds for you. Now is the time to manifest what you would like to see for 2015.
You will need to gather some supplies prior to the 20th and you might want to take some time thinking about exactly what you wish to manifest this year. I personally like to use the 12 x 12 scrapbooking pages, the nice thing about them is you can choose whatever color you want, you will need two, more if you feel inspired. You can add to your vision board later as well if you use this method, think of it as being vision pages. Next, you will need markers, scissors, stickers, magazines, quotes printed from the internet, pictures, whatever you feel you will need to make your board uniquely yours.
On the day or evening of the 20th, gather your supplies. Light a candle of your choice, play some music for inspiration (whatever rocks your world be it Van Halen, Queen, or Katie Perry), have a few crystals to add to the overall energy (again whatever you are drawn to is best). Set the intention to be guided by your heart in manifesting your dreams. Spend as much time as needed to create your board. When you are finished say the following or what you are guided to say “I ask that my angels be with me as I start on the journey of manifesting my desires into my life. Please guide me to make the perfect choices so that I can see them come to fruition. Thank you for being with me on my journey.” Place your board where you can access it easily or put in on display where you can see it each day. From now until the Full Moon in February, spend time looking at your board each day (5 minutes is long enough). If you feel that you need to add something, by all means do, and when you are done looking at it give thanks for all the dreams manifesting into your life.
Take a few moments to appreciate the beauty you have created, see how each item you placed on your board is a piece of you and reflects the beauty of your soul. When you are ready, blow out your candle and envision the wisps of smoke carrying your dreams into the universe to be returned to you, fulfilled.
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THERE IS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT
Worrying never solves anything! It does not make you feel better and in fact can lead to illness. It is hard to not worry when life seems to be tossing lemons at you, but if you can remember to focus on your breath for a few minutes it will allow your mind to stop worrying for a few seconds, giving you a much needed break. If you do this when you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed you will help the angels quietly bring solutions to you. You will be able to hear their wonderful ideas if your mind is not thinking of the problem or issue. Believe that all is well.
"you are safe, and this situation is under the perfect control of Divine providence and universal order. Only infuse loving thoughts and emotions into the situation and ensure that the highest possible outcome flows effortlessly to and through you."
The angels send this card to you because you've been needlessly worrying. Worry is a form of prayer that draws to you that which you do not desire. Release your worries to your angels, as there truly is nothing to worry about. In fact, your worries could create a self-fulfilling prophecy.
This month's full moon offers us many different angles with which to work with it. We can use the energy of Cancer, which is the sign this moon will be in, the energy of Wolf, which is the name of the moon, and also just the incredible power and energy of the Full Moon. This ritual is very simplistic, as I was guided to keep it that way. Prepare today so that you have all the ingredients ready, please feel free to change it up as you are guided, and enjoy a lovely time with the moon tomorrow.
The January full moon is known traditionally as the Wolf Moon, but also has been called the Hunger Moon, or Cold Moon, and takes place on January 4th, 2015. This moon will be in the sign of Cancer, which means it could be an emotional moon, and since new moons are about releasing this should work well with releasing emotions that no longer serve you. Full moons tend to bring to a head that which has been bubbling beneath the surface, it can also bring up strong emotion based patterns that formed when we were younger. This is an opportune time to break those patterns down, and release them gently so we don’t keep repeating them. Think of this as a time to gain control over those worn out emotions that keep taking our energy, which could be better focused on new dreams and desires. As this is the first full moon of a new year, it is an excellent time to reinvigorate and energize ourselves. I feel this is a healing moon and if we use all the tools presented to us, we will be off on a clean new path for 2015.
For this full moon I have been guided that we should not work on writing out what we wish to release, but rather to honor the full moon with a small ceremony and ask that the energy of the moon work with us to help us realize what we need to release.
Start by preparing a cup of tea, good old regular orange pekoe tea with a splash of vanilla, a couple of drops of lemon and some honey. Next light a white candle, and ask your angels to be present;
“I ask that the angels in all directions to be with me now. Please assist me in realizing what no longer serves me, as I dream about the successes coming my way this year. Gently guide me to release them once realized, in harmony with my dreams. With love and light, realizing inner peace for myself, which serves the highest good of all, thank you!”
I would add a small wolf figurine if you have one or a picture if you don’t, to evoke the energy of the wolf to assist.
Wolf medicine assists with;
• Culling characteristics and behaviors that no longer serve you
• Cooperation over competition – the whole pack survives by working together
• Valuable new ideas, insights and teachings – pay attention to what is coming your way
• Maintaining self-esteem and integrity, trusting your inner knowing
While sipping your tea, think of all the successes you wish to enjoy this year, ask silently that the moon and gentle wolf medicine assist you in realizing what you will need to release in order for these successes to arrive. As you wind down your small, simple ceremony to give thanks to your family and friends. Both the sign of Cancer and Wolf are strong on the bonds of family, the family you were born into and the family you choose. Ask that they be with you and supportive of the year ahead, that any past misgivings be forgiven and the bonds of love made stronger.
As you blow out your candle, say thank you to your angels for being with you. Feel relaxed and rejuvenated, ready to start your New Year!
This month as I settled in to ask the angels what their message was for us, I was joined by Merlin. He asked me to place my hands on my heart and to hear his words for each of us as we move forward into this auspicious year of 2015. His message was profound and touched me deeply. I could feel a deep healing happening as we spent an hour together. Below are the words he spoke;
Greetings, I am Merlin,
I join you as you start off this fresh year with some words of wisdom that I hope you will take into your heart, hear them well and use them throughout the year as you venture forth. Stop looking back over time, it has past, it has served you well and you need to only focus on the path ahead. If you wish to look at the past all the time, I give you this vision to carry with you. Those who walk backwards through life eventually stumble and fall flat. You will only push yourself up to start again and again stumble. If you continue to relive your life that has past, you will miss the beauty that is unfolding for you each and every day. You will miss the opportunity to have exactly what you want. The time for stumbling over what has been is done. You need to face your life head on, eyes and feet moving forward.
Be careful not to fall into the trap of creating the future you cannot see, in your mind. You are only given a range of possibilities and cannot completely see how future events will unfold. Why create stories in your mind before they have unfolded? Why not enjoy what is right here and tangible? Everything is energy and everything has a reason. Know full well that all happens at exactly the right time, and that all is well during each moment. You have the magic within you to shift anything. I have heard your pleas, “if only I had a magic wand.” You carry a powerful magic wand with you at all times. Your thoughts and emotions are part of this magic wand. I ask you to lay down your emotions so your defenses soften and you can see more than your point of view. The same goes for your thoughts. If you can soften your defenses, you begin to see with compassion that not all is what it seems. That in every given moment you have choices, some tougher than others, but you have a choice! You are the magician orchestrating your life. Your every action, thought, and emotion leads you to the life you have. It is never too late to heal what has been done, but only by moving forward can anything be healed. You cannot go back in time and redo anything.
My gift to each of you is a new cloak. Place this cloak upon your being and understand that by doing so you are accepting your future. One that is free from the box you have lived in for so long. That box has been destroyed, and no longer do you have a box holding you to your past. You have a new world waiting for you to explore. It will take bravery and courage, but you have that in hand. Ask me to heal you as you place the cloak around your shoulders, and I will wrap you in my magic and allow you to see that you can accomplish anything, if you walk forward and leave your past behind.
Always thinking, always observing, always wondering and pondering the things that make life go round.