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The Gathering Place ( Modalities of Divination )

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Ahavati said:Happy New Moon, Everyone! Who wants a card from Queen of the Moon Oracle deck?



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Greetings, Lovies! Let's see what the Queen of the Moon has in store for you!  I'll post in three separate posts so that each card can be shown.


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1. No. 30, Snow Moon - Purity

Look for the simplest and cleanest solution. Understand your motives for doing what you are doing. Be as clear as possible in your communication.

The word purity now seems to have a kind of loaded moral quality. Any time I mention the word, people mostly think about how it's used in religions or in morals. For example: the purity of virgins, the purity of no sex before marriage, the purity of celibacy, the purity of bloodline of certain extreme right-wing groups. No wonder
we use the word with some trepidation.

The context here is purity of the silver moon on the unmarked snow. The simple purity of intention that nature demonstrates. The purity of clean water in a mountain stream. The purity of one single purpose.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines this kind of purity as 'being clean or free from harmful substances', and, I guess in our world ( so full of pollution and damage to the environment ) that may well be hard to find. However, the ancients looked at the cycles that brought with it a kind of simplicity. These times were hard, but if we were prepared for them we would survive.

There would be reasons to strive for a kind of positive purity in our lives, being precise with our language and as clear as we can be in our communications. This would mean fewer misunderstandings in our relationships and work life. Keeping our intentions pure and untainted with lower energies such as jealousy, revenge, or unworthiness as much as possible means that our motivations are purer and not muddy in their reasoning.

Know exactly why you do what you do.

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No. 37, Card 2. Harvest Moon: Fruition—Protection Mode ( Reversed )

As the seasons turn, there is always a time when all the potential of the spring beginnings is manifest. The crops grow tall and are ready to harvest, and they have done this from a fallow field into which we have planted seeds. The trees have flowered and now there is fruit to pick. It is time for the harvest.

When we are able to bring something to fruition, whether it be a planting, a project or a change in ourselves, it is the perfect time to celebrate all that we are grateful for and to mark our achievement. We may have worked very hard to bring this new situation into reality. We may have been patient in the way we have worked over tie and sacrificed much to make it happen.

The Harvest Moon is the time to be happy about our success and to share it with others. Our ancestors would dance and sing, and have community festivals of thanks, all to celebrate the fruition of all that hard work and to thank the gods for their assistance.

These times of high energy are also times to really focus on your body, as they can be quite taxing on our systems. If we don't take care, it is often the time we can get ill.

This moon normally falls on the moon closest to the Autumn equinox in the northern hemisphere, which is roughly two weeks from now, Sep 20, 2021 at 7:54 pm.

Protection mode signals that you should really pay attention to this card. It's calling out, though it doesn't necessarily mean that the message is reversed. It means to pay attention to what you are sowing so that you can reap accordingly. Particularly over the next two weeks as we approach the full moon. Guard your thoughts, your words, your actions, and your deeds, as all are considered seeds that will be reaped.

Welcome the joyous fruitions of any intentions you set.

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No 20—Card 3, Waning Gibbous 4, Beauty

Beauty is like medicine: it can heal even the most broken spirit. Beauty is everywhere in nature: just look. Beauty comes in many forms and we can choose to find it; I love how I look. Rid yourself of clutter and what you find disagreeable.

One of the highest needs in my life is that of beauty. I need to be exposed to what I find beautiful often to be at my best. You might find that a strange need, but it's far from uncommon, especially among creatives and artists.

One of the most important differences between the ancient pagan and the modern idea of beauty is that the old ways state there is a need for the core of the self to be developed and strengthened to enable and foster true beauty. This is an important two-way double punch, as there is a strong mind-body connection when it comes to both beauty and vitality. Yes, while it is acceptable to use therapies that treat or beautify externally, it's equally important to stop bad habits detrimental to health that will interrupt the good you are doing. For example, you could be using the effective treatments on the market to nourish your skin, but if you can't give up smoking there is a finite level of health that your skin can achieve.

Real beauty is hypnotic, yet in reality has less to do with youth than it does with the spirit coming through the skin. The word 'charisma' comes from the Greek 'karis'  and 'ma', meaning the spirit shining through. Each of us possesses a unique beauty, one that gives us confidence if we recognize it. Each of us is desirable, each of us perfectly formed to be what we want to be. But should we become too obsessed by the external—something that is, after all, fleeting—we may become unhappy and chase an ideal that is impossible to uphold.

After all, what good is a fresh cup of cool water if the cup it's served in is dirty?

This card signifies that you focus on your inner self. By doing that, you will develop your true beauty through your gifts, and they in turn will shine from within you as beauty unto the world. Don't buy into the marketing gimmicks that attempt to dictate what beauty is. Remember, they are marketing tactics geared toward consumerism.  You were created to bring natural beauty into the world, just as you are.

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Ahavati said:1. No. 30, Snow Moon - Purity

Look for the simplest and cleanest solution. Understand your motives for doing what you are doing. Be as clear as possible in your communication.

The word purity now seems to have a kind of loaded moral quality. Any time I mention the word, people mostly think about how it's used in religions or in morals. For example: the purity of virgins, the purity of no sex before marriage, the purity of celibacy, the purity of bloodline of certain extreme right-wing groups. No wonder
we use the word with some trepidation.

The context here is purity of the silver moon on the unmarked snow. The simple purity of intention that nature demonstrates. The purity of clean water in a mountain stream. The purity of one single purpose.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines this kind of purity as 'being clean or free from harmful substances', and, I guess in our world ( so full of pollution and damage to the environment ) that may well be hard to find. However, the ancients looked at the cycles that brought with it a kind of simplicity. These times were hard, but if we were prepared for them we would survive.

There would be reasons to strive for a kind of positive purity in our lives, being precise with our language and as clear as we can be in our communications. This would mean fewer misunderstandings in our relationships and work life. Keeping our intentions pure and untainted with lower energies such as jealousy, revenge, or unworthiness as much as possible means that our motivations are purer and not muddy in their reasoning.

Know exactly why you do what you do.


Huh. Kinda like poetry purged of extraneous wording and anything that could result in an ambiguous conclusion drawn. This is something I can work with.

Thanks! xo

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Ha! That could most definitely apply!

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Athena Mask by Lauren Raine

"Athena was born from her father Zeus' head, in full armour, ready for battle. You could say she was the ultimate father's daughter, deeply identified with patriarchal values like reason, strength, and victory. Though we think of Medusa as the embodiment of feminine rage, she was once known best for her sensual beauty and loving relationships with her sisters. Taken symbolically, we could say these two women represent the cultural split of the feminine, between civic and primal, logos and eros, obedient and wild. When Medusa was raped by Poseidon and later murdered by Perseus, it is symbolic of the cultural subjugation of the wild and unruly feminine that she represents. The name Medusa (Medha in Sanskrit, Metis in Greek, and Maat in Egyptian) means 'sovereign female wisdom,' so her violation can also be seen as the vanquishing of Goddess religions by the male-dominated culture led by Zeus. To survive these conditions, women have had to to become as Athena was, aligned with her father in order to thrive."

~ Toko-pa Turner, "Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home"

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Art by Columbus Community Deathcare


✨Expected Death ~ When someone dies, the first thing to do is nothing. Don't run out and call the nurse. Don't pick up the phone. Take a deep breath and be present to the magnitude of the moment.

There's a grace to being at the bedside of someone you love as they make their transition out of this world. At the moment they take their last breath, there's an incredible sacredness in the space. The veil between the worlds opens.

We're so unprepared and untrained in how to deal with death that sometimes a kind of panic response kicks in. "They're dead!"

We knew they were going to die, so their being dead is not a surprise. It's not a problem to be solved. It's very sad, but it's not cause to panic.

If anything, their death is cause to take a deep breath, to stop, and be really present to what's happening. If you're at home, maybe put on the kettle and make a cup of tea.

Sit at the bedside and just be present to the experience in the room. What's happening for you? What might be happening for them? What other presences are here that might be supporting them on their way? Tune into all the beauty and magic.

Pausing gives your soul a chance to adjust, because no matter how prepared we are, a death is still a shock. If we kick right into "do" mode, and call 911, or call the hospice, we never get a chance to absorb the enormity of the event.

Give yourself five minutes or 10 minutes, or 15 minutes just to be. You'll never get that time back again if you don't take it now.

After that, do the smallest thing you can. Call the one person who needs to be called. Engage whatever systems need to be engaged, but engage them at the very most minimal level. Move really, really, really, slowly, because this is a period where it's easy for body and soul to get separated.

Our bodies can gallop forwards, but sometimes our souls haven't caught up. If you have an opportunity to be quiet and be present, take it. Accept and acclimatize and adjust to what's happening. Then, as the train starts rolling, and all the things that happen after a death kick in, you'll be better prepared.

You won't get a chance to catch your breath later on. You need to do it now.

Being present in the moments after death is an incredible gift to yourself, it's a gift to the people you're with, and it's a gift to the person who's just died. They're just a hair's breath away. They're just starting their new journey in the world without a body. If you keep a calm space around their body, and in the room, they're launched in a more beautiful way. It's a service to both sides of the veil.

Credit for the beautiful words ~ Sarah Kerr,  Ritual Healing Practitioner and Death Doula


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Love Ganesha. 🙏💙

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Ahavati said:Love Ganesha. 🙏💙

Is losing a filling the same as breaking a tusk?

Word of caution: it's not wise at all to add milk chocolate chips to icecream ( they freeze instantly into tiny rocks ).

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Yipe. But, no. I don't think so if it wasn't a willing sacrifice.

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Ahavati said:Yipe. But, no. I don't think so if it wasn't a willing sacrifice.

I'm running out of teeth and not getting any wiser!

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When you are one with nature you are one with Source.

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