New Ritual for Letting Go

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I don’t really consider myself to be particularly witchy, although I love magic and witchy objects. I’ve never been ritualistic really. On New Years Eve sometimes we burn one thing we wish for most, but it’s not a set ritual.

I always feel called to do something on the Solstice in particular. Yesterday was the Winter Solstice. I had a very long day but I already had an idea of what to do to honor the Winter Solstice. I kind of have an altar on my bookshelf. I don’t really call it that but it is my sacred space. I keep my wand that I made and candles on it, and my most treasured crystals. I do have the elements represented because I like that idea (the big seashell isn’t really in the picture).

Last night, I decided I would write down what no longer serves me and that I want to let go of and burn them. I wrote down 4 things, used my small candle to burn them down to ash in my abalone shell. I also used my bell that my Grandmother had given me a long time ago. It makes a nice sound. I rang it till I felt it was enough times just to conclude the ritual and I meditated on those things I burned.

I’ve always liked this ritual. I’ve done it a few times over the years of just burning the things I don’t want anymore or burning a wish. I’ve never done it in this formal setting before but felt like it was needed. Currently, I am working on some very hard things in my life  (physically and mentally) and I needed that tangible release of those things.  I wrote down I release before each thing I wanted to let go of.

My mother’s mother did a similar thing that I discovered once while in the river. I found a piece of paper under the water. I asked her what it was and she said it was a prayer she had put in the river to let it dissolve. I really liked that idea of either using water or fire for it.

I found having something I could touch and then let it go physically is a very healing act. I plan on saving this ritual and using when needed. An idea for letting go if you needed one.

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New Practice and Using Small Spaces

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Recently, I started doing yoga for real for the first time. I avoided it since I have trouble kneeling but I found I can actually do all the poses or most of them. I am currently only doing Yin Yoga which is deep stretching. I realized I really needed it for my physical issues (won’t go into details here). I am working on my strength and getting stronger with all my muscles.

I am also working on getting stronger mentally by meditating daily (if I can). I just bought myself a Zafu cushion and sodalite mala necklace from the yoga studio I go to, and a little rug. I actually got the rug for my feet because my floor gets cold but it works as a double purpose for meditation too. Really happy about that! I don’t have a whole lot of floor space in my room so it’s a little spot next to my bed with all my cords and such for my heater.

If you needed an idea on how to use a small space for your practice, this is mine! I have never really considered myself to be religious, but if I had to put a label on it, I would say I am Pagan with some Buddhism thrown in. I am trying to practice living in the present as much as I can. Otherwise, I get panicky so this has actually started helping me with that. I highly recommend starting a mindfulness practice if you have that emotional issue. I recommend not waiting too long as well if you are deciding. Just try it. You can always stop when you want to! I feel kind of silly saying my mantra, but it has been helping me so I will keep practicing.

Update: Ireland! Reading for Others!

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This summer has been crazy busy! I went to Ireland for 2 and a half weeks recently! It was amazing! It was only my second time there. I went to Sligo, Donegal, and Connemara again (the above picture). I just love Connemara so much and their dialect of Irish is my favorite dialect that I am currently learning. I found the family I want to stay with next time for Irish immersion for next year. SUPER EXCITED!

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Despite getting really sick at the end of the trip, it was the best! Got to meet so many nice people. I loved Donegal more than I thought I would. I thought it would be really full of tourists and it was the first day, but then the cruise ship left town and it got all quiet and felt normal. Actually got to play in some Irish sessions this time and met some great musicians!

I will definitely keep going back to Ireland! I did bring cards but never had a chance to really pull any cards while there. I have been researching the possible tarot courses online and have decided that’s what I will be doing for the Winter time. I have now done a few readings for others. I hope to gain professional level. Still a bit nervous about doing that, but I think if I go through a certified course, that will help with that! If you would like a reading from me, please let me know! Would love to gain more experience!

Cheers, Fiona

Update: Intuition

 

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This week was a pretty big week! Last Friday was my Grandfather’s 100th birthday! Yes, he is 100! We had a big family reunion from my Mom’s side of the family. It was a crazy weekend!

During the weekend though, I kept getting this pain in my lower right side. I was pretty sure it was appendicitis, but there are a lot of other scary things that could go wrong in that area too! By Monday, I told my Mom I needed to go to the ER because it wasn’t getting better. It took them a while to figure out what it was, but then they told me I had chronic appendicitis because it was scarred. Meaning, I had been fighting it without knowing it.

Lately, I’ve been completely obsessed with the crystal, carnelian and I keep buying it. I just recently acquired a large piece that I ordered from Canada. Normally, I don’t pay attention to crystal meanings or chakras so much. I like them because I like them. I wanted to be a geologist when younger. I find rocks fascinating. Today, I found out that carnelian is for the LOWER ABDOMEN AREA! That completely blew my mind! I was like, of course!

I couldn’t really figure out why I was so drawn to it before. Now I understand! Carnelian has dominated the left side of my sacred space for the most part. I also have a large sphere of Carnelian that’s not on the shelf. So, if you are drawn to a crystal consistently, check what it means and see if that is why you are drawn to it. It may be trying to tell you something!

Year Ahead Spread Catch Up February and March

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Deck used: Tarot of the Hidden Realm by Barbara Moore and Julia Jeffrey

I am late to write about my card for February. So, I’m probably going to be lazy and just combine some cards together instead of writing about one every month. It’s gotten crazy busy and more good, exciting things are still coming too!

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February Card: Ace of Swords

The Aces are all about opportunities and the need to act. The swords, in my opinion, are all about taking action. You’ve done the hard parts already: you’ve made a decision, you’ve made the plans. Now is the moment to act on those decisions and plans! It’s okay to be fierce and ambitious about what you want in life. Being intimidating in that way is okay! Don’t let others who are more insecure than you make you feel bad about it.

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March Card: Ten of Cups

The Ten of Cups promises a time to celebrate deep connections and relationships. As well as using your own inner crone wisdom to create these partnerships. It is a time for networking. A time to build on the relationships you already have around you, either with business or with love.

Current Sacred Spaces

I recently have got the cleaning bug on a BIG level! I’ve been cleaning shelf by shelf. Right now, working on my closet, that was my biggest disaster zone. I re-organized the shelves by my bed instead of having all my DVDs under my one tarot sacred space shelf, I moved them to one other bigger shelf and decided to put the bulk of my rock/crystal collection in two spaces.

It just really bugged me that the top shelf looked so nice and under it was just a bunch of plastic movies…not very sacred space related….SO, I did a big change and cleared it all off except the pictures of my Grandmother stayed, certain things she gave me as well as the ameryllis card a friend painted, and along with a painting of Katherine Howard that my Dad gave me. My Mom just gave me the fairy lights to add to it. I’m loving this setup! The lavender was a gift from a friend. Didn’t know you could dry it flat until she told me that.

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That’s not all of my decks but the main ones I work with or the ones I want to work with. There’s a second row behind those three standing. Currently working with the Paulina Tarot because I haven’t really worked with it yet after having it for a year I think….

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My Mom gave me a bowl of lavender and I realized that would be a perfect spot for my crystal eggs to look like a bird’s nest! Haven’t changed that shelf much besides that. Now it feels more of a sacred space to me! I’m excited about it!

Decks On My Wish List 2017

This year, I am trying to get the decks that have been on and off my list or that have just been on it forever. I want to challenge myself and try the decks that creep me out and that I have said no to in the past.

The first one being the Mary-El Tarot. I really didn’t like the alien like characters in some of the cards. Especially the High Priestess card made me say no to the deck. I am really curious now though and it has stayed on my list for a very long time. I was also against the size of the cards. I have small hands so I try to get decks that will be comfortable to use. I will probably trim that deck. It is also just such a classic.

The second one is the Dreams of Gaia Tarot that everyone has been raving about. I am very curious! I normally love the decks that are popular at the moment but I try not to go for them because of that reason. I do end up loving them though so I guess I should just go ahead with the popular vote, right?

The third I am curious about is the Linestrider Tarot. I was worried about all the whiteness of the background being too distracting. I usually don’t like decks that have a very dominant color. I am curious though.

I had said no to the Ceccoli Tarot because I thought it was very creepy looking and strange. I do not really have any shadow type decks though so I want to try it and see. Might get the mini version first.

The Prairie Tarot is also on my list. I just love the theme of the Old West. The hanged man is a bit odd and could be taken the wrong way which is why I have hesitated on it but I really like it.

The Tarot of Prague the second edition has been on there for a while. I have to just bite the bullet sometime and get it. I love the Alice Tarot and I wanted the tarot of Prague before they re-released it.

The Celestial Tarot has been on my list a while. I want it to start studying astrology. I have heard it’s a good study deck for that. I love constellations and the stars. I love astronomy, even though it scares me quite a bit. It’s just a happy accident we haven’t been blown to bits yet by certain events from Space….

The Cosmic Tarot has also been on my list a long time. I know I want to trim it if I get it.

The Moon Deck I have been on the fence about but I am pretty sure I want it. I don’t really have any affirmation type decks and I really like the artwork. Plus the box it comes in is SO pretty! I want at least one deck focused on the moon.

I just received the mini version of the Centennial RWS deck and I love it! I will be getting the full size version next. I got the mini to test it and now I have an awesome travel deck!

There are more on my list but those are the main ones I want to go after this year. What is on your list??