03/28/17: Creating abundance

“…a deep connection with the very being of The Universe.” Barbara Moore

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((The Empress, The Steampunk Tarot by Moore and Fell))

Twice in two weeks, The Empress appears to grace us with an abundance of creative energy. As it happens, we are in a creative growth mode (as we reviewed last week) and we started this week with a review of our creative process(es). As always, The Empress is on the spot to help us make the most of this energy.

How will we use it?

 This extra creative surge can be used simply (try a new recipe) or extravagantly (write a cookbook!) – wherever you are in your creative space, this energy can and will serve your best interests. The limits are entirely up to you! 

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03/27/17: Hmmm…Now what?

“How does reality measure up to your expectations?” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

When Seven Pentacles appear, it is time to take a step back to appraise the world around you: Where are you going? How are you getting there? Are you happy with your progress? At this time, answers are not as important as the questions.

“What do you mean, the answers aren’t important?”

REMINDER: You do not have to have all the answers, just start with the questions. Once you have the questions, you can work on the answers – none of it requires immediate decision-making.

Allow yourself the time and space to review (and appreciate!) your progress before you decide the best way(s) to continue your success.

It’s Monday – HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!

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03/24-26/17 WEEKEND: Just as much as you can chew.

((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Welcome. Drama. Investment.

The weekend is here, Spring is in the air, and we are looking forward to some recreation.

Try not to overdo it! 

As we all know, it is Aries season; we are all feeling the sap rise and looking for a little Spring action – cleaning, shopping, traveling, sports, dates, whatever! – but some caution may apply. We are all primed to go a bit overboard.

Let’s be careful out there!

Rather than going full-boar in revelry, move cautiously; all things in moderation! You will need to keep your wits about you; opportunities to invest in your project (discussed earlier this week) may reveal themselves – you don’t want to miss it!  

PRACTICAL MAGIC TIP: Looking forward to refreshing your home for Spring? In addition to your usual Spring cleaning, wash doors and windowsills with warm water and spearmint essential oil (approximately 10 drops to each cup of water); envision fresh Spring air bringing health, prosperity and renewed energy.

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03/23/17: STEP UP!!

“Forget the big bang – I can create a universe with this tiny spark.” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

HELLLOOOOO ARIES!!!!!!!!!!!

What a perfect card for the full start of Aries season!

Just as Aries (Fire sign!) marks the start of The Astro Wheel, Ace of Wands marks the start of creative passion backed by force of will. Conditions are ripe to start a meaningful and creative project – something important to you!  

What will you do?

Design a dress? Decorate a room? Write a short story? Create a recipe?

It does not matter how you use the energy as long as you use it in a way meaningful to you.

((NOTE: This energy can also be impatient – an eat-dessert-first kind of energy – so do not be surprised if you face some challenges or find yourself repeating/remaking/restarting all or some of the project. Do not be disheartened – every step is a learning opportunity.)) 

PRACTICAL MAGIC TIP: Are you thinking about gardening? You should be! Planting for Spring is a GREAT WAY to plant intentions! With every hole you dig, envision clearing a path to your desired outcome. With every plant (or seed!) you place in the soil, envision your intentions taking root! Care for your plants with your successful intentions in mind, and as your plants grow, thank them for assisting you in bringing your intentions to fruition. What should you plant? That’s entirely up to you but there are some bee friendly suggestions below. 🙂

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03/22/17: DAD’S HOME!!

“Are you fighting against or working within a healthy structure?” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

When is patriarchy a good thing? When it appears in the form of The Emperor. 

The Emperor is responsible for creating and maintaining systems of survival; everyone is safe, sound and cared for.

What about fun? Anyone having any fun? 

The Emperor is a serious guy; he has no time for reckless frivolity. Take a look at the card above – you can just hear him saying “You are trying my patience.” See previous – serious guy. But there is good news! He does not actually forbid reckless frivolity; he simply is not interested, and does not provide it. Also, he really prefers everyone to avoid recklessness. If you are looking for fun, you will need to find it on your own – and make sure your chores are done!

TAKEAWAY: Approach The Emperor with an attitude of gratitude; his presence indicates your needs are/will be met with little or no difficulty at this time. Be sure to say “thank you.”

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03/21/17: MOM’S HOME!

“Were you looking for a mother figure?” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

The  end of  Pisces is well-represented by the Divine Feminine as she  welcomes the start of The Wheel. As we know, Aries is a Fire sign associated with a somewhat immature masculine energy; The Empress is more than capable of handling his energy, as she is not known to be cold or passive. She holds the very power of creation, and destruction, in the palm of her hand.

Are you speaking your truth?

Setting aside the traditional meanings assigned to The Empress, specifically the tangible creation of child birth or gardening, and we see her challenging us to speak out. What will you create with your words? Anger? Kindness? Fear? Joy? Anxiety? Relief? Believe it or not, it does not matter as long as it is honest.

Refuse to be silenced!

If you feel no one will listen to you speak, write it down! Facebook, Tumblr, WordPress, Twitter are just a few of the many, many platforms available for spreading the word. And I already know what you are thinking (because I think it myself with every post):

“What if no one reads it?”  

Timing is a pretty big deal in this earthly life, and we all struggle with it now and again. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by this worry; believe The Empress and trust The Universe – your words will reach the  right person(s) at the right time.

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03/20/17 But what are you fighting for?

“All constructive impetus seems lost, burned to a cinder in the (ensuing) melee.” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Are you ready for the bonfire?

Doesn’t matter anyway, because that’s the way it is.

Pisces season ends today, and The Wheel begins anew in Aries tomorrow; you may find some tensions and tempers running a bit high for no good reason you can see. If you find yourself back on your heels, resist the temptation to come out swinging; you are not in the market for a Pyrrhic victory. Take a step back, rethink your approach. You have an agenda, and there is work to be done; you will accomplish little to nothing with aggression – something about flies preferring honey to vinegar. 

DO NOT FOLLOW BAD EXAMPLES!

Remember, someone else’s bullying tactic is not an excuse for you to behave in a bullying fashion as well. You know how to behave appropriately, so be sure to do so – if you doubt yourself, hang back a bit until you have your footing. Do not make yourself part of the problem.

PRACTICAL MAGIC TIP: Break the negativity before it gets started. If you shower in the morning, add sea salt to your shower gel and lightly scrub away the negativity; envision the dark sludge sliding off of your skin, disappearing forever down the drain, to be replaced by protective and purifying white light. If you have time in the evening (after work, or before bed), consider soaking in a hot salt bath (see simple recipe provided below), adapting the visualization accordingly. 

((SALT SOAK RECIPE: 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup sea salt, lavender (or rosemary, or mint – your preference) essential oil and/or dried herbs (optional but highly recommended). If weather permits, an open window to add fresh air increases effectiveness.))

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03/17-19/17 WEEKEND: WE CAN DO IT!

((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Welcome. Support. Movement.

People to meet, things to do, places to go! 

The weekend has arrived and Spring Fever is manifesting all around you; how will you take a bite out of this powerful energy? Perhaps it’s time to try something new!

The Winter months lend themselves to forming a rut. Bleak, cold, dark – most of us just want to hibernate through Winter, curled up with a blanket and a mug of tea. We dislike this stagnation so much, we are quick to make “resolutions” of change in the very heart of the season; not so surprisingly, most of those resolutions fall flat. By the time Spring starts to peek over the horizon, we are more than ready to stir things up…why do you think we call it “fever”?

So, I ask again, “What will you do?”

Whatever you decide, know you are surrounded by people interested in aiding, abetting, and celebrating with you – they are your support system and resources so be sure to treat them with respect as well as affection. 

And above all else, ENJOY!

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03/16/17: Because your wings are ready.

“The gentle silence of Death takes all your sorrow, transforms it, and gives it back to you as love.” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

“What if Death threw a party, and nobody came? Happiness would die of boredom.” Julianne CeCe

As we so often realize, nothing remains as it is – all things change; generally speaking, we find this unsettling. It would seem, just as we become comfortable, we have no choice but to mix it up, change it around, or start again. Like it or lump it, change is inevitable.

But what will you DO about it?

Although often quite difficult to realize in the moment, we are ready for change when it arrives. What do we say of the caterpillar? She thought it was the end of the world, until she emerged a butterfly. And so, Death heralds the sudden, complete, and irrevocable change that marks the end of the end and the beginning of the beginning. We may not be expecting it but we can certainly embrace it, endeavor to make the most of it, once it arrives.

Don’t look back; you aren’t going that way.

When we see this card, we must immediately understand some part of the past is lost to us forever, despite our intentions or desires; no matter how disappointed we may be, we must accept this as for the best. As someone once said to me of her own life, “If I’ve got a foot in yesterday and a foot in tomorrow, I can’t help but piss on today.” (No, it was not Dorothy Parker. 😉 ). Make your plans to move forward.

You’re not bleeding. You’ll be fine. 

To be clear, I am not suggesting this transition will not be painful. In fact, I am quite sure it is going to suck out loud; there will be an amount of grieving that simply cannot be helped. As a part of healing, grief is okay; allow yourself time, space and permission to grieve whatever is irretrievably lost to you. However, do not wallow – it is a waste of time and energy, drawing darkness in while keeping lightness out – it deters healing.

((NOTE: Please be sure the loss is real in your life rather than the “what could have been” we often suffer when we do not get what we “thought” we wanted. Creating real grief from unreal images makes EVERYthing more difficult than it needs to be, and  for no good reason.))

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