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JohnnyBlaze said:

I woke up with about 10 minutes to spare before our reddish ruddy friend began to disappear behind the tips of fir trees populating the hill across the street.

xo


I was most likely right out with you! It was so cloudy here it really affected the lighting.

JohnnyBlaze said:My path is clear of clutter, everything is lined up perfectly like an eclipse, and events to come await in an amazing choreography of dominoes.

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Awesome sauce. Walk on without worry!

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‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾ Moonology ☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

Phew! Let's post something light and restful today! I was outside waaaaay past midnight last night recharging myself along with my crystals. Even my selenite slabs, charging bowls, and towers received a Super Moon bath!

The energy was pulsing and so peaceful in the early hours of the morning, particularly around 2-3 AM. It's almost as though time stopped and rituals dissolved into the ether of acceptance.

I totally slept until almost 10:00 AM this morning!

During full Moons, be they Supermoons eclipses, etc, triggers can occur, magnifying emotions and issue,  particularly if planets in your astrology chart ( as we discussed earlier this week ) are linked to the alignment of the Moon. All of mind were linked: Libra Rising, Scorpio Sun, and now Capricorn Moon. I also have a heavy influence of Sagittarius in my chart. This can feel somewhat draining during the post energy, so if you're feeling such, understand that it's normal.

If you are feeling fatigued, don't push. Be gentle with yourself. Call in Archangel Michael and/pr your spirit guides/animals to protect and be close to you while you take some much-needed rest over the course of the next few days.

Blessings, DU Kindred! 🌿🐾✨

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I actually feel very energized, waiting for my body to catch up.. Of course, it helps that for the first time in months, I've been able to relax somewhat for a few consecutive days, as opposed to just crashing and tuning everything out or sleeping.  xo

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JohnnyBlaze said:I actually feel very energized, waiting for my body to catch up.. Of course, it helps that for the first time in months, I've been able to relax somewhat for a few consecutive days, as opposed to just crashing and tuning everything out or sleeping.  xo

It's not that I don't have energy ( after sleeping five hours past when I normally get up )! I've worked, attended class, attended a Tai Chi class, and just hung my laundry out to dry because screw dryers in beautiful weather!

Now I'm enjoying a much deserved cup of Egyptian Licorice tea ( from my WONDER WOMAN mug ) with a fruit plate of apple & orange ( the latter peels of which I will use this afternoon to make a natural cleaning product ) because this weather demands fruit vs biscuits!

I LOVE working for myself and choosing my edu/recreational timeline. When I break. When I eat.

Life is BEAUTIFUL, and I am truly blessed. And you know what? ( and I don't mean this arrogantly. ) I deserve it. I've worked hard all my life.

"Love yourself so that you may know how to live with self-respect." Yogi tea


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Ahavati said:

It's not that I don't have energy ( after sleeping five hours past when I normally get up )! I've worked, attended class, attended a Tai Chi class, and just hung my laundry out to dry because screw dryers in beautiful weather!

Now I'm enjoying a much deserved cup of Egyptian Licorice tea ( from my WONDER WOMAN mug ) with a fruit plate of apple & orange ( the latter peels of which I will use this afternoon to make a natural cleaning product ) because this weather demands fruit vs biscuits!

I LOVE working for myself and choosing my edu/recreational timeline. When I break. When I eat.

Life is BEAUTIFUL, and I am truly blessed. And you know what? ( and I don't mean this arrogantly. ) I deserve it. I've worked hard all my life.

"Love yourself so that you may know how to live with self-respect." Yogi tea



You're still working hard. And, working smarter. In no time, you'll be doing it all in a place of your own near the mountains with easy access to Nature and her inspirations. 🙏🌌

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JohnnyBlaze said:

You're still working hard. And, working smarter. In no time, you'll be doing it all in a place of your own near the mountains with easy access to Nature and her inspirations. 🙏🌌


I don't think I will ever stop working! Especially now, being it's so damn enjoyable! I still have trouble believing I get paid for this! And, yes, I am already scoping out retirement homes ( sans the retirement ). Of course my grandson prefers the beach! ; therefore, we look at beach property when he's here.

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Photo: Sven Dreesbach ( Eyecandid.net )

The Empowered Woman

The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world
with a sense of confidence and grace.

Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom.
Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation
and the life she leads is of her own creation.

She now understands what it means to live and let live.
How much to ask for herself and how much to give.

She has a strong, yet generous heart.. and the inner beauty she emanates truly sets her apart.

Like the mythical Phoenix, she has risen from the ashes and soared to a new plane of existence, unfettered by the things that once that posed such resistance.

Her senses now heightened, she sees everything so clearly.
She hears the wind rustling through the trees;
beckoning her to live the dreams she holds so dearly.

She feels the softness of her hands and muses at the strength that they possess. Her needs and desires she has learned to express. She has tasted the bitter and savored the sweet fruits of life, overcome adversity and pushed past heartache and strife.

And the one thing she never understood, she now knows to be true, it all begins and ends with You.

~Sonny Carroll

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Ahavati said:

I don't think I will ever stop working! Especially now, being it's so damn enjoyable! I still have trouble believing I get paid for this! And, yes, I am already scoping out retirement homes ( sans the retirement ). Of course my grandson prefers the beach! ; therefore, we look at beach property when he's here.


Why that little son of a beach . . .


Ahavati said:Photo: Sven Dreesbach ( Eyecandid.net )

The Empowered Woman

The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world
with a sense of confidence and grace.

Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom.
Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation
and the life she leads is of her own creation.

She now understands what it means to live and let live.
How much to ask for herself and how much to give.

She has a strong, yet generous heart.. and the inner beauty she emanates truly sets her apart.

Like the mythical Phoenix, she has risen from the ashes and soared to a new plane of existence, unfettered by the things that once that posed such resistance.

Her senses now heightened, she sees everything so clearly.
She hears the wind rustling through the trees;
beckoning her to live the dreams she holds so dearly.

She feels the softness of her hands and muses at the strength that they possess. Her needs and desires she has learned to express. She has tasted the bitter and savored the sweet fruits of life, overcome adversity and pushed past heartache and strife.

And the one thing she never understood, she now knows to be true, it all begins and ends with You.

~Sonny Carroll


Wow. Words that literally fit you to a T.  

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JohnnyBlaze said:

Wow. Words that literally fit you to a T.  

xo


I just spewed water everywhere! He is most definitely a little son-of-a-beach! He LOVES the beach and wants me to move there so he can come live with me.

I love water too; I'm a water baby. However, I prefer waterfalls and natural pools in the mountains. He does love the rocks slides, etc. But he's a beach boy.

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Greetings, Great DUP'rs.

I've been asked so many questions lately; How do you read cards? How do you start? How do you know a reading is clear, i.e. - How do you know negative energy is not interfering with the message? Especially when reading for someone else.

These are all excellent questions, and those asking ( and wondering ) have likely been called to be an oracle reader. I've been preparing this guide for both selecting and initially blessing your deck prior to using, as well as clearing it between uses. It's quite extensive, so I will be offering it in parts:

PART I: Preparing to Become and Oracle Reader

Firstly, you must "Know Thyself" in order to know others. Know your gifts, accept your worthy, and have the self-confidence to share without fear of ridicule. The world needs your individual talent; you are here for a reason.

Secondly, the more you clutter-clear, the more you receive. Clutter-clearing activates your energy. A good rule is, "If you don't love or use it, clear it." Clutter-clearing your own mind and body of toxic thoughts and chemicals is also imperative for a concise reading. Beneath disfunction is clarity and wisdom.

Thirdly, why I use oracle cards vs Tarot. Oracle cards are more fluid than Tarot, and more often than not, uplifting. There's more freedom, fluidity, and lightness to them.

Fourthly, Choosing a Deck. An Oracle deck is a modality, a tool of divination. It's very important to connect with your deck on a spiritual level. If you're afforded the opportunity to shop in person, lightly touch the decks with permission from the shop keeper, Some do not allow ritual tools to be handled so that they maintain their pure energy. Feel what energetic response you receive if you can touch them. If not, use a pendulum to help you determine which deck resonates with your energy. ( We'll discuss pendulums and how to use them in another post ).

If you're shopping online, then use your intuition once your personal and sacred space has been cleared. You can also use a pendulum.

Great! You've selected your deck and you're excited and ready to begin! But not so fast! First, let's take care of a few things to ensure your sacred space is clear and protected for the reading. You can follow the steps below:

Clear Yourself: What good does it do to offer someone a drink from a dirty cup? Exactly. Clearing yourself is imperative to connect with higher vibrational energy. This doesn't just mean showering/bathing and donning clean clothes for your physical body, it also means clearing your mind. Once your physical body is taken care of, then clear your energy field.

If you've already bathed and had a shower for the day, but it's been hours, then washing your hands up to your elbows in cold water will work. Don't towel them dry, shake and allow them to dry naturally.

Begin with a selenite wand, white sage, clearing spray, or, alternative ritual tool you may use. Clear your energy field by running the wand/sage/alternative ritual tool along your body from head-to-toe, front, sides, and back, while repeating the following mantra ( or alternative mantra if you already have one ):

By the power of Universal Source Energy, the Divine Masculine and Feminine, I hereby sever any cord, attachment, presence, spirit, or entity that does not love me unconditionally, nor desires my greatest good. You must leave my energy field forever, and never return without my specific oral permission. And so it is. And so it is. And so it is.

Clear Your Sacred Space: What good does it do to be pure fluid amid a dirty cup? Repeat the above, except while walking around your home. Traditionally, one would start at the right corner of the entranceway to your home, and work around the home in a clockwise manner. Take care to open windows or doors as an exit for negative energy.

Repeat the above mantra ( or one you're familiar with using if seasoned ) for your sacred space:

By the power of Universal Source Energy, the Divine Masculine and Feminine, I hereby sever any cord, attachment, presence, spirit, or entity that does not love me unconditionally, nor desires my greatest good. You must leave this sacred space forever, and never return without my specific oral permission. And so it is. And so it is. And so it is.

If you're in the habit of clearing your home as I am, then burning incense ( nag champa & dragon's blood are my favorites and very protective ) and/or sage/sweetgrass, palo santo, etc. in the room you'll be reading from is fine. I like to walk around the room just to infuse it with the scent and raise my vibration.

Great! You've selected your deck; you've cleansed and cleared yourself and your sacred space! In part II we'll discuss ways to clear and connect your energy with the deck!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!  The above image are a few of the decks I use most often. There's another row behind them. Some are those I connected with; others were gifts I was meant to receive.

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend here in America, and Oak Apple Day in England!






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Today is a crisp morning after some warm days the cooler air is welcome
Card for today

PARTNERSHIP


Both Wolf and raven are animals that are quite legendary in many cultures, traditions and symbolic meanings.
These animals have a lot to offer each other

Ravens can mimic humans , they represent the sky, they are keepers of sacred sometimes secret messages. They often work in pairs especially when it comes to their food rituals. Both animals are representors of how we can understand the nature of nature, the earth, the planet and ourselves as humans.

The animals know a great big deal more about life than we do, they are survivors of history, their lineage is one that is very old and wise. Wolves have a very extended social culture and live in packs. Each member of the pack is respected though there is one alfa male and often one alfa female that rule. Hierarchies are natural and all human processes are reflected in the Wolf culture. We can especially learn a great big deal from their system of caring for one another, caring for the vulnerable and sick members of the pack.

The wolf is a reminder of our own wild essence, honoring the pure, the space within where we are at peace and at one with the all. Where we gather and find strength. The Raven also signifies the Sun, the sun is known as the all seeing eye in the skies but also in psychology as the center of self. Where soul is our seat , sun is our midpoint.

We can use the symbolism of the sun to gather strength and focus on knowing that we are aligned with our wild heart. We are in union with the world of form and matter. We are the language that speaks from us. This card is about connection, about holding hands with what aligns and strengthens you.

About knowing that change is about nurturing our inner garden, It is also about communication and exchanging messages. There is a thin line spun from far out in the universe , in the laws of the universe all is already in its place. All you have to do is open up to the flight of the raven and the wise wild howl of wolf.

We are all vessels and resemble the essence of both earth and sky. Our knowledge is that we are already at perfect peace if we welcome the message that change is like a breeze, the flapping of the wings, of a raven.

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I decided to add another oracle card which is
THE UNKNOWN

The unknown is portrayed as part of the wide vast universe here, perhaps a space that can be called a dark whole. From dark all ascends and comes into being. Through dark light ignites. We are the dark, we are the known.
We are also the Un known.

Sometimes this space can serve as a shell, a hide out for the world around, a place where one finds rest or it is simply and escape of sorts. There is no harm in finding escape , escape is often temporary and we al do this at times when we need a re charging.

There are many splendid things in the unknown and it is not needed to know more that you do now. All the things that you need to find out will eventually find you. There is a great sense of magnetism in the universe that takes care of everything.  UN  means one so we are always at one with our one.....

I could not help seeing the shape of a rose too in this card, a dark rose. The rose is a splendid flower but also a highly powerful symbol. Roses are flowers whose smell has a very high frequency, not one single rose is the same and their petals even grow each in a different way. Perhaps its a good day to work with the quality of the rose being so UNIQUE, just like each of us is UNIQUE

Perhaps it is time to find a few moments for relaxation or a tiny bit of time with yourself . Meaning to turn inwards.  just mediate on a POSITIVE word. Meditation can help you. Meditation is not complicated and only takes a few minutes of your time. Just find a seat ,
sit down as you find most comfort , close your eyes, and breathe in, a few times, two or three times is enough. After these three deep breaths breathe as you  normally would. You do not have to breathe deep during the whole meditation ONLY to begin with to make the inward connection.. For a basic simple daily practice it is enough with two to five minutes

AFTER BREATHING IN and out three times deeply
Say to yourself or out loud

I am at peace, repeat this
I am love and love loves me, repeat this

Just start with one or two sentences similar to the ones above and just repeat and repeat it..  Repeat these sentences you do not have to repeat the breathing only the words that you speak. When you feel you are finished open your eyes and take a moment to adjust to your surroundings.

Meditation is about doing nothing , creating a way to  relax from  within and reach within . Just by sitting and being in the moment where you only are present just by speaking out the above words. You can make a short note after you sit down.

ENJOY your Sunday
blessings
R

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Thank you for such lovely reading, Rianne. I know you're pretty busy at this time, so it's deeply appreciated. By chance, is one of your spirit animals a Raven? I know one of mine is the Wolf and this card immediately brought to mind our partner/SiStarship in this thread.  I sensed the very strong bond/thread woven and connecting our pure intentions.

The Unknown, I sensed, was a general message for DU ( ourselves included ), and a very wise one too. Being in the moment is everything. I do mean everything. To appreciate life's beauty we need to be in the moment. To truly listen to others we need to be in the moment; during readings, we need to be in the moment. The moment is the most sacred of ritual tools we are offered.

Thank you, again, so much for sharing. xo

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Happy Sunday, DUP'rs! And a peaceful one it is.

Before continuing on with Part II, we're going to pause here and address some of the questions I received about part I, and a general question about ritual candles. I am going to combine the answers, as they correlate.

Q. Why can you not dry your hands after washing them?

Q. I was told you can't blow out a candle. Is that true?

A. You can! If you're going to shake someone's hand, or eat dinner; however, if your specific intent for washing your hands was for a ritual, it's not advised.
This principle follows blowing out vs snuffing/pinching a candle when necessary. While it's always best to allow the candle to burn out naturally ( thus the hands to dry naturally ), sometimes that's impossible if you must leave the house ( or are going to immediately shake a hand ).  Refusing to leave a flame unattended is a perfectly acceptable reason to douse it vs a demonstration of weakness regarding your faith. Don't ever allow anyone to convince you otherwise.

There are several reasons for this belief.

Firstly, it is written that to blow out a flame is to blow away the positive energy of the ritual. The exception to this would be if you're sending someone else the energy of the ritual. Then blowing it out would signify and seal the ritual's intent.

Secondly, it is also written that blowing out a candle is an insult to the candle. I agree with this if the ritual involves a god/dess of fire, such as Pele or Kali. Blowing out a candle ensuing an evocation ritual of their power would be considered an insult to their gift, thus blowing it away ( not to mention potentially angering them ). Seriously, who wants a god/dess of fire angry at them? Not me.

Thirdly, while is it also believed by some that snuffing  or pinching could be considered snuffing and pinching the very life out. It all depends on your belief. Intent is a very powerful magic that supersedes ritual. An example of that would be someone  whose intent is purely from the heart, but in ignorance doesn't understand ritual practice. Despite the lack of understanding ( which will come in time and with practice ), their ritual will be more successful than a person who comprehends every detail of a ritual, but offers it out of obligation vs a pure heart.  

Always allow your heart and intentions to guide your practice. What might be right for one doesn't necessarily mean it's right for another. This isn't a choral practice where you must sing in key. This is a personal practice where intent supersedes requirement. I rarely snuff or pinch because mine always burn down. However, if the need did arise for me to extinguish the flame I would pinch it. Snuffing doesn't feel right for me personally ( unless the intention for my ritual was to smoke scry ); I feel like I'm suffocating the flame ( indeed, I am ). Therefore, I lightly pinch with the intent to absorb any negative energy with my offering of flesh to the flame while repeating the mantra, Be there any harm, be it done to me alone. I never have a problem with burns. The wax feels hot, sure. But I'm never burned.

Lastly, many believe that you should never use Air to put out Fire, as it insults Fire. Fire cannot live without Air, thus, it's akin to a betrayal that air supplied the life it now takes. This is the oldest known reason I found when researching for myself, and is said to cause tension between the elements.


The bottom line is this, ritual is personal for each individual. And each individual must discover what works best for them. If you honestly feel that wiping your hands dry after ritual cleansing is okay, then wipe your hands dry. If you feel that blowing a candle out after ritual is okay, then blow the candle out. Allow your intuition and feelings to guide you because you already know what's best - you just don't remember.

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions, and have a beautiful rest of your weekend! xo


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CARD OF THE DAY
EMOTION

The card shows a gigantic full silvery moon that is partly hidden in the water.
the question is is she rising or diving into the water. Notice how the moonlight brightens up the whole body of water with her bright light. You may experience strong emotions, you may experience strong reflecting moments or strong energies.

Our emotions also are MOTIONS . As it seems we can be stuck in an emotion but usually it also indicates an internal process. If you manage to look at your emotion as the water on this card, what is the aspect that brings you most clarity. is it the bright light, is it the silvery color, is it the presence of the water, is it the blue streaks that are showing through. Visualizing water can always help to let go of a strong energy or a strong emotion.

You might be able to visualize how your energy or emotion flows gently with the motion of the water. Just watch it flow. You can give it a color if you like and add the color to the floating water. The sound of water can be very comforting so you might imagine the sound of it , the tranquility of it, the transparent quality of water

June also is connected with the sacred heart in many religious traditions and the moon chief goddess Juno. As well as it has a great significance for ALL cleansing rituals especially until June 10th when the next full moon arrives.

Affirmation,
May i let go,
ALL that I need to let go of,
May I receive all that is wise
for me to receive in this moment
HERE and NOW, and so it is


brightest blessings all

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