Death (Tarot) and The Scorpio Full Moon

The Full Moon in Scorpio is coming up on May 10th and this full moon will be a particularly intense time for doing some Shadow Work.  Shadow Work is the concept of taking a close look at the parts of ourselves that we don’t willingly show to others… or even like to admit to ourselves.  Scorpio energy is all about this Shadow aspect of the psyche, as well as the shadowy aspects of culture and life in general.  In Scorpio’s influence, we are drawn to the darker aspects of life – such as death, the occult, endings, and anything that is mysterious or unseen.

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Death – Rider Waite Smith Tarot

The tarot card associated with Scorpio is Death, and the archetypes and symbolism of this card resonate with the Scorpio Energy that we’ll all touch in some way during this full moon.  To make the most of this Full Moon and the deep soul work that can be done here, let’s take a closer look at the meaning of this tarot card.

Key Words: Endings.  Transitions.  Elimination.  Fate.  Inevitable Forces.  Cycles.  Sweeping Change.  Transformation.  The need for Liberation.  Severance.

 

There are certain changes and transitions in life that cannot be avoided.  The most obvious of these is Death – no matter what we do to try to avoid it, death is inevitable for us all.  Death holds the greatest mystery of all, although we have many theories and ideas about what happens after death – there is no way of knowing until we experience it.  We all die alone – meaning that even if we are surrounded by loved ones, we alone pass over into whatever lies beyond, and no one living can travel that with us.  For these reasons, death is feared . . . if for no other reason than it is a great unknown, and humans tend to fear the unknown.
From what we know of death in this physical world we have ascertained a few key things: 1) it cannot be avoided, and 2) it is part of the great cycle.  As we observe the decay of corpses, we have found that this decaying matter still holds within it energy – that is transformed through the process of decay and eventually becomes something that is useful to new lifeforms.  This basic cycle of life was observed by our ancestors and thus death became also associated with the possibility for new life.
In our lives, there are many cycles and changes that occur that are death-like in their patterns and symbolism… and these changes are what the Death card of the Tarot is usually teaching us about.  Some things are inevitable, and no matter what we did we couldn’t have prevented these things from happening.  But, like death, we usually have to pick up the pieces and move on. Then we usually find that after this profound change we have something new that grows – a new attitude or belief that has grown in the wake of this catastrophe.  Or a new journey of some kind that we wouldn’t have been able to take if the previous one hadn’t ended.  These are the moments embodied in the Death card.

the tornado approaches Dorothy’s House in “The Wizard Of Oz”

If you have ever been caught up in the path of sweeping change, going through the unavoidable and have been left somehow changed after the fact, you have experienced the energy of Scorpio and the Death card.  Perhaps this Full Moon is bringing about the culmination of some of these changes.  Or perhaps this is the perfect time to finish the Soul Work that you have been avoiding or putting off.  Sometimes we have these Death-card like things happen, and we put off really completing the cycle as we cling to what is trying to shift away.  There is that fear of the unknown again…. and as scary as it might be to let go and step in to the unknown, this needs to happen.  Otherwise you just get stuck in the stagnant, stuck in the decay – and don’t let yourself move on to what comes after.  Yes, we have to go through the murky swampy bits first though.

Dorothy steps out of her house, into OZ for the first time. from “The Wizard Of Oz”

So, with this Full Moon there are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t get stuck in the murky mess of death, and can help this process move along.  Taking Action:  Ask yourself if you are concluding any unfinished business or bringing something to a close.  What do you need to do to end this chapter?  What do you need to do to eliminate the excess, or throw off old patterns that aren’t serving you anymore?  Do you need to cut ties to certain people, a job, or a goal that just isn’t working out?  How can you get back to the basics and the bare essentials in your life?  In what ways can you “start over”?  In some cases all you are really needing to do is accept your fate.  Accept that this is how things are now, and allow yourself space to grieve or feel the anger and loss, and then you’ll be able to begin to move on later.

You can explore all of this through thought and meditation, but I would encourage you to write things down.  Keep a journal of your thoughts and realizations, make lists of the things you need to DO and commit to doing them.  Work through your thoughts and feelings by writing them down.  Here are some journal prompts you can use to get started (or use the questions from the previous paragraph)

  • What am I feeling very intense feelings about right now?
  • What do I need to let go of?
  • What is my basic support system through a transition?
  • What is being transformed or changed?
  • What do I need to liberate myself from through the power of change?
  • What new growth will be possible through this transition?

Affirmation:  “I allow transformation and renewal in my life by letting go of all that no longer serves my growth.”

If you’re ready to show up and do the deep work that you need to do for your Soul’s growth, the Universe WILL show up to support you along the way!

If you want some help with this Shadow work, I am available for Tarot Readings!  This Full Moon Reading might be just what you’re looking for in terms of direction and support as you journey.  Be sure you sign up for my free newsletter to get updates about blog posts like this one, and other deals and special offers!

Full Moon Blessings,

Wendy

2016 Review

Taking some time in this final week of 2016 to just review what has happened to me.  It’s a good way to refine your goals and begin goal setting for next year – as you look back on what has changed you can clearly see how much potential exists in those 365 days!  We have collectively learned how much the world can change in just one year – from personal losses and changes to more global economic and political changes that made us all pause to reevaluate.

My 2016 has been an eventful year of self growth and outward expansion.  I have made great strides in moving towards my goals in my career!  I wish I had blogged more during the year to record some of the strides I have taken, but I will do my best to share some of these with you now!
In 2015 I had gotten my Reiki 1 degree and began exploring energy work.  I also had taken the Certified Angel Card Reader course, though I hadn’t competed the final exam to get my certification!  I had a lot of goals involving starting a business as a Tarot Card reader and Reiki healer, but those goals seemed so unattainable and far away!  
Then 2016 happened and if I had one word to define this year it would be “Opportunity”.  I completed the CARC course and could finally officially add Certified Angel Card Reader to my 15 plus years of tarot reading experience.  I had to opportunity to get my Reiki 2 and Reiki 3 Certifications – which I DID and am now a Reiki Master Teacher.  I had an opportunity to begin doing readings in person once a month at a shop down town and I took it, thus expanding my experience into the professional realm and readings in person  (Previously had done most of my readings online).  I also had the opportunity to create my official website… thanks to randomly meeting a new friend at the Olympia Dance Co-Op and finding he was a web designer!  So I ventured forth with an official domain of www.Hestiasmuse.com  (which links back to this blog).
Creating a website further pushed me to redefine my goals in the forms of mission statements, pricing, and creative descriptions of my services.  This process in itself was like a crucible, forcing me to really deeply define what I wanted to do and then put it in paragraph form for others to read.  I came out of the end of that experience feeling more whole – and more nervous – than ever before!  
I also spent a lot of time in 2016 working on my etsy shop and creating more of my spiritual mala necklaces and bracelets – and establishing myself as a regular presence at a local Maker’s Market (craft fair).  Learning more of the ins and outs of selling at vending events and how to market myself, both online and in person.  
THEN I had another unexpected thing happen in the realm of business.  My oldest child and I had the opportunity to join Perfectly Posh – a direct sales company selling Pampering products like vegan soaps and lotions and naturally based face wash and masks.  At first we thought it would just be something fun to do on the side and occasionally get discounts on our own orders.  But things took off… before we knew it we were earning bonuses and had a team of people signed up as consultants under us!  I gave it my all and found it very satisfying and rewarding!  Though it did take some focus away from my other business of Reiki and Readings…. but eventually I learned how to better balance the two and even how they work together!  
I learned better methods of self care  and how to try and keep my life in balance between home, work, family, and spirituality.  I still need to work on this!  But 2016 showed me that I CAN find this balance, whereas before I may have felt I was too busy, too unprepared, or not organized enough to even TRY going after “crazy dreams”.
Looking back, I see how 2016 was about laying the groundwork and building foundations for the work that is yet to come!  I am looking forward to where this all will go in 2017, and how I can be of service to others in many ways, as a Healer, an Artist, a Card Reader, and even as a Pampering Consultant!  I do plan on blogging more, and I got a new laptop as a Yule gift from my husband so I think that blogging will be easier and more attainable than it was this past year!  
I used this tarot spread to help me evaluate my past year and think about what goals I want to set for the new year.  You might find it useful as well! Take your time with it and journal about what you see in the cards!  If you want help or an outside perspective, (or don’t read cards for yourself) I am offering this reading for $28.  You can email me at hestiasmuse@gmail.com to order this Reading and I will email you the results! 

Happy New Year, and may you be blessed and find many opportunities in 2017!

Whimsical Wednesday; Quiet Time

I am working on building morning and evening routines that include meditation. I often give the excuse that I don’t have time for meditation, but have realized I must make time! Meditation should be like brushing my teeth or bathing, it is an element of self-care that should be part of a daily routine!
I am working on turning this into a habit! I thought of one of my favorite three card tarot spreads: Body, Mind, Spirit. In that spread you draw 3 cards and each one has specific advice for Body (physical being) Mind (mental being) and Spirit (spiritual being). I thought this would be a good way to also break down my morning & evening routines! For Example;

Morning Routine;
BODY – take Vitamins, do yoga, brush teeth and hair.
MIND – check my calander and to-do list, read or write in my journal/blog
SPIRIT – draw a tarot or oracle card for the day, meditation

If I make sure to ask myself every day; what have I done to care for myself, Body, Mind, and Spirit, then eventually the practice of meditation becomes just as second-nature as making myself a cup of coffee in the morning! The above routine is similar to the evening routine, but I also include writing in my gratitude journal in that one. Gratitude is also an important habit to develop!

Today I decided to use the oracle deck, “Healing With The Fairies” by Doreen Virtue for my daily card. Sitting at my meditation altar, I shuffle and ask the Fairies, what is the most important thing for me to do this week to promote healing and harmony in my life? The card I drew: “Quiet Time”

This card is affirming the importance of taking time each day for meditation! With 3 kids, my life can be hectic and noisy! Purposefully and intentionally spending time each day with quiet, silence; alone with my thoughts and feelings . . . this will be essential to my healing and overall well-being! Quiet time will benefit all three aspects of my being; the Body, the Mind, and the Spirit!
I share this with you, and hope you will be inspired and encouraged to carve out some quiet time in your life! 
Namaste and Blessed Be!

Rainy Day and Apple Pie

I wake up to the smell of rain. A fog lays low over the trees. The rain has stopped, but it still sounds like it is raining because of the water droplets falling from the trees. I make my coffee, make the kids’ school lunches, send them off to the bus stop.  
The soundtrack of this day is the album “August, And Everything After” by Counting Crows. I sing along as I wash the dishes, drink my coffee, and do my morning yoga.
On the porch, a crate of apples is being washed in the rain.  A friend picked apples from a neighbor’s tree a couple days ago and brought them here to The Sanctuary. Noticing the apples, I feel inspired. Today is the day to make apple pie!
I find a recipe and head out in the rain to the grocery store for a few ingredients we don’t have.  Wait for the kids to get home from school because I know this is something they will want to help with.
Easy Apple Pie
Ingredients;
2 nine-inch pie crusts (one for bottom, one for top)
1/4 cup flour or flour substitute ( I am using Almond Meal)
3/4 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Dash of salt
2 tablespoons butter
6 cups thinly sliced apples
Preheat oven to 425°F
Place one pie crust in the pie pan.
Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in the apple slices. Place apple mixture in pie crust. Dot with small segments of unmelted butter. (This will melt and mix in as it bakes.) Cover with top pie crust & pinch edges to seal. Cut a couple slits in top crust to vent steam.
Bake 40 to 50 minutes until crust is golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.
Recipe found at www.momswhothink.com
(Not your store-bought apples!)

(Almond Meal instead of Flour)
I sprinkled some sugar & cinnamon on the top crust right after taking it out of the stove.
It’s cooling on the counter, and now the smell of apple pie mingles with the smell of rain.  Dinner tonite is tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches followed by some of this amazing pie! It doesn’t get much better than this! 

Welcome, Fall!

It’s the Fall Equinox! Day and Night temporarily balance back to Equals, and from here the days gradually grow shorter, nights lengthen, and colder weather begins to settle in. Here in the Pacific Northwest it has been unseasonably warm. . . summer stayed a little longer than usual! But today, right on cue, as if the area got the memo that says “Time For Fall”!, the weather has taken a turn toward cooler days.  Leaves are turning color and falling, and there is a brisk autumn bite in the air.
I’m from Arizona, where there aren’t really “proper seasons”, so I’m really excited to experience true Fall weather this year! Every weekend I drive from Olympia to Portland and back to pick up my husband from his job. The difference between last weekend and this one was breathtaking! Last weekend everything was still summertime green, and this week there are bursts of fall color all along the drive!  (A couple pictures I took today along the drive are included in this post.)
I’m excited for fall… I welcome it and embrace the change! Rain, cooler weather, harvest festivals, corn mazes, Halloween, warm cozy clothes, hot chocolate, apple cider! Today I welcome the Fall!

Meditation – Affirmations to help you meditate

Meditation – Affirmations to help you meditate

MEDITATION

Affirmation 1: “I cherish my meditation times.”
Affirmation 2: “The Wisdom I seek is within me.”

Meditation;
“At least once a day I sit quietly and go within to connect with the wisdom and knowledge that is always there.  This wisdom and knowledge is only a breath away.  All the answers to all the questions I shall ever ask are sitting there waiting for me.   Meditating is a joy for me.  I sit quietly, take a few deep breaths, relax, and go to that place of peace within.  After a little while, I come back to the present moment refreshed and renewed and ready for life.  Every day is a joyous new adventure for me because I choose to listen to my own inner wisdom.  This wisdom is always available to me.  It comes from the essence of that which exists behind the universe of time, space. and change.  When I meditate, I connect with the deep inner unchanging part of myself.  Here I am energy.  I am light.  I am the answer already arrived.  I am Eternal Beingness being here now.”

~ From “Meditations To Heal Your Life” by Louise L. Hay

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I’ve recently joined a group of others in a challenge to meditate every day for 100 days. Our goals in doing this are; 
*To develop a habit of meditation, making it a part of our daily life.
*To deepen our meditation practice and get better at it.
*To explore different styles of meditation and find what works best for us.
I’ve shared a couple affirmations here to help anyone who wants to meditate more. It’s easy to let the negative self talk discourage us.  How many times do you say to yourself; “I just don’t have time to meditate.” Or “I’m just not good at it, it’s so hard to clear my mind.” And “I can’t sit still that long, it hurts my back.” Etc.
When you find yourself thinking this way, replace those thoughts with positive affirmations like the examples given above. Make your own positive affirmations to help you feel confident about meditating, and share them here in the comments!

New blog!

I’ve moved! Because of my scatterbrained nature, I can’t remember the password to my old blog and e-mail. I’m wanting to share my journey & thoughts with everyone so this is the new blog! Under construction as right now I am creating it from my phone!  Hopefully I can eventually move the old blog posts from there to this one!
Excited to share more with you as our journey continues! My family and I just moved from Phoenix AZ to Olympia WA so changes are big and good! I hope to share many things here… Pictures, thoughts, poetry, arts & crafts, gardening, recipes, astrology, tarot, parenting…. All of the million things that make up my life!