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Just a reminder that I changed hosting sites and so my wordpress blog is no longer actively updated. Frustratingly, my domain is tied to wordpress so I wasn’t able to shut the wordpress.com side of it down all the way and it’s been playing games with how my blog shows up on y’alls feeds. In fact, if you try to click on this post outside your feed reader, I bet it goes to a 404 page. *SIGH*

Which is all to say, if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, I’m still at Asali Earthwork but the url in your feed reader, even the wordpress one, may need a manual edit and refresh.

I’ll see you there, honeybees.

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Kinda Magical Ideas for Your ‘Tune Out Turn Down’ Sorta Days

I’ve been zoning out a lot lately. Zoning out here means idling about with no focus in mind and all to-do lists ignored for hours and sometimes days. It’s to be expected with all that’s going on so I’m trying to be compassionate with myself and allow the process to morph and move into whatever it wants to be right now.

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Unfortunately, it’s not always nourishing. For example I recognize that the times I stay in bed to the point of a headache are probably not as nourishing as the days where I stay outside taking in the sun with no particular aim. So I’ve tried to at least shift that inactivity into something that isn’t actively hurting me but one that doesn’t require me to invest a great deal of my energy. Naturally, I turn to the spiritual side of things when my day to day feels a bit too much.

These are tools and spaces I can easily get into without thinking too hard and allow for both my curiosity and magpie lack of focus to coexist easily. I just grab a cup of tea, some chips, or a tub of ice-cream and pass time allowing my heart to do whatever in the world it’s doing right now with no pressure from my brain. The bonus is, I often gain something in the aftermath (though I’ll admit I’m never particularly bothered to identify what it is every single time).

Here is some of what I’ve been getting into, particularly this last weekend with the Cancer New Moon swirling all my feels in a blender. I’ve ordered them in increasing order of energy investment per sitting ranging from ‘close your eyes and zone out’ to ‘try to get into a sitting position and sort of focus’. I also tried to focus on specific examples as much as possible to give a shoutout to my favorite though they are by no means the only available ones of that particular group out there. I’ll also add that not a single one of these links are affiliate or anything like that, I just really love all of these resources.Continue reading “Kinda Magical Ideas for Your ‘Tune Out Turn Down’ Sorta Days”

one step forward, two steps back, lesson learned

I keep saying that I’ll post more of my personal readings, just like I used to when I first started this blog. I don’t know why it is I’m so bad at sticking to that commitment. It’s not like y’all don’t already have an idea of what is going on with me- it pretty much comes through in my content, even stuff I guest write on other blogs- so it can’t (or at least shouldn’t be that). In any case, ain’t nothing to do but to do it, so here we go.

A simple two-card reading, main energy and crossing card, with the Herbal Tarot.

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We begin at the heart of it. I’ve been working through deep grief and as such so much of my day to day is spent inside my heart. I just recently felt that energy move forward, just a bit but enough for me to notice, after a depressing bout of stagnancy. The ACE OF CUPS here feels like an affirmation, a recognition that I’m working my heartspace and beginning to understand how to hold the grief rather than let it hold me. It’s a slow process but one I’m learning to allow. There is no one way to heal a broken heart, no cookie-cutter approach, no one piece of advice that mends it. You’ve just got to start somewhere, and this Ace affirms my willingness to begin.

As for the EIGHT OF WANDS, I first thought it referred to the dive into heartwork. And perhaps it did. At the time I pulled this, I was all the way in it, excited to feel more than just dull general grief. I could parse out the differences between highs and lows again, feel them in full breadth and capacity. But I dove in too fast. I’d forgotten that I’d laid these cards out as a cross- with the intention that the second card illuminate a challenge or warning. It wasn’t long before I saw it for what it was.

The challenge comes in the form of my need to speed into this work, move it along, and rush my heart before it was ready. I want to feel better, a perfectly human desire. In addition, there’s a lot that needs doing in my life right now. So many responsibilities and obligations come in the aftermath of death, and they all feel as urgent and rapid as the wands in the card. And I’m that someone who has to manage it all. Except my heart is nowhere near ready to get back into it. Sure enough, almost as soon as I began, my heart gave out. I lost the excitement, drive, motivation I’d had just a few hours earlier.

That was Monday- and I wonder if I’d have taken it slow, would I be in a better space today. If I had paid attention to the slow, steady, just begin message in the Ace of Cups would I have ended up doing more of what was needed anyway because I was more emotionally grounded?

Well I’ll never truly know, but I certainly learned that lesson.

deck review: Personal Space Tarot

The Personal Space Tarot is my most recent tarot deck and I’m rather falling in love with it. I’ll admit freely that this piece of lovely was an impulse buy. I was drawn in by its unusual soft color scheme and simple but depth-filled art style.

Creator Emilee Graveson says about her deck:

“Personal Space is an experiment in human intimacy. Our deck aims to explore the themes and motifs that live within the world of tarot, and bring about meaning to everyone in their own way.”  xxx

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