The veil is thinning right now and will be until the end of this month…. We are approaching Sahmain, all-hallows eve, or Halloween….Whatever you choose to call it, or whether you even recognize it at all, it is a time of deep archetypal relevance. At this time of year each of us in our own way become increasingly more aware of the passing of time and of our own mortality. In ancient times fall was a time when we prepared for winter. And part of this was spending time around a warm hearth with family. This enabled us to get down to the bones of who we are. Not only to feel deeply, our humanness, but also our vulnerability in a visceral way. That is, we had to keep the fire going to warm our bones, so we didn’t chill in the air that swept under our cabin’s door. However, this ever-present fire was not just a way to keep the house warm. It was indeed the symbolic center of the home too. Fall is a natural time to turn toward the home and tend and attend to this inner fire by keeping it alive, and burning bright with family and friends.
When I think about mortality; on its heels almost immediately are also thoughts about the sweetness and beauty inherent in life. Life is fleeting and moves us forward like the gust of wind that picks up and displaces the leaves at the driveways end this time of year. My dear partner in crime, Hannuu kitty crossed over this month, on the 15th. I was in denial right up until the day before. Because we are human grief is the natural response to loss. And It was no different with my dear fur companion. Grief reminds us that we are not literally immortal, like fall reminds us we are not insusceptible. This sweet girl was a kindred creature, constant companion, and my dearest of friends. Still there is something that fights against feeling grief. It would be easy to think this defense would help us survive the pain of loss, and in a way it does for a time. It keeps us going when we want to fall apart. But we can’t stay there. What helps us survive in the daytime of our lives is going up in our head and intellectualize the pain. It isn’t our fault we compartmentalize and intellectualize because we are so busy. But it keeps us too much in our head, and our hearts get short shrift. I have had so many clients recently that are struggling with being more authentic.
To be more authentic is to set down the contrivances and masks that come with the business and certitude of our lives. At Pacifica my professors talked about the idea of being good enough…and accepting that imperfection as a beautiful part of the authentic self. Indigenous cultures knew this too and both Asian and Native American art celebrated these inherent and inevitable imperfections as an important and necessary part of the whole. The opposite is grinning and bearing it even when you are in great pain. But pretending you are unaffected is really a dead- end street. It weakens us and makes us brittle and rigid. It is breaks you open enables you to move forward with an open heart, so that can love more deeply. So let your heart break because that won’t kill you….although your ego might tell you so. No, that is what will save you. And what will heal you too… And just like intuition is a muscle you learn to build up by listening deeply, the heart too is a muscle that you build up by feeling fully. You build up the power of the heart by allowing yourself to fee deeply and remember wholly…That is what has the capacity to heal you and ready you for new experiences.
If you would like a cup of tea and a short tea leaf reading at the end of your session just mention my newsletter and I am happy to offer you a quick peak from the cup at the end of your session. I am a newbie but learning the art of tasseography. And who better to share this new exploration with then all of you, my clients! See you sometime next Month!
I have always wanted a gray cat. My parents got me a black one when I graduated from High School, but I still wanted a gray one. So when, in 2009, my partner said, ‘I want to get you a gray kitten for your birthday,’ I did what we all do when we want our ego to lead in a situation that feels too cumbersome and vulnerable. I let my ego lead. I told her that we should wait until after the big metaphysical expo in October. I told her I wanted a female adult cat, a rescue… not a kitten. So I stopped the happy family archetype ball from rolling, or so I thought… I really tried too.
The next day a woman who owns a metaphysical bookstore in Columbus posted a story about a female adult cat, who was fixed and wait, gray…and needed a home. She had been waiting for one. In the meantime she had been living under a local psychic’s porch for over a year, and inclement weather was coming again.
I thought it was uncanny that the universe had responded so beautifully, quickly and clearly to my request for a gray female cat. My partner, who knew me very well by now, simply said, ‘for you, that’s every day.’ We went to see this gray girl. Tami coaxed her out from under the porch. She was timid but seemed happy to be in our car. She had beautiful gray green eyes and a thick silver gray coat. We would later learn that she was part Chartreux, a rare breed that lived in the turn of the century in France. We would notice her wicking fur that was resistant to moisture. We would both comment on her quiet loyalty and fine skills of observation, even her patience to literally watch television shows with us. Her eyes would dart back and forth with the antics on the screen. This was all to come; today though, on the way home, we headed to get kitty supplies.
When we brought her home she was very shy and immediately went to hide in the back of our bedroom closet. Eventually though she would peer out, curiosity always gets the best of this breed. Try as we might, we couldn’t agree on a name. We looked up animal totem websites, indigenous names, Celtic names. I came up with Silvie, she came up with Meg. I compromised with Sylphie. She came up with Clara. I suggested Daphnee. She came up with Bee. We were at an impasse, which I would later come to find would be a powerful aspect of our early relationship dynamics. We are both very stubborn. So we decided to wait, and in the interim, let the universe step in on the naming front.
In the meantime, she had started to jump up on our bed periodically in the evening. She was still much more comfortable in the dark and, to my chagrin, would face her nose to the wall. Later I surmised that when she was under the porch step there was nothing to do or see so facing the wall was perhaps in some way comforting.
One evening, not soon after another evening of poring over naming websites, I was singing around our apartment. This consisted of nonsense songs and sounds. It is a way I often shift energy…. ‘anique, ani, hannuu,’ I sang. Our new kitty looked lovingly up into my eyes and meowed as if she was trying to get our attention. ‘Say it again,’ Tami said. I sang Hannuu… ‘that’s her name,’ Tami said… ‘Say it again’…this time I said it…and Hannuu meowed loudly. ‘That’s her name,’ Tami said… I said it again, again Hannuu didn’t miss a beat and meowed loudly and pawed at my hand. Her eyes looked beseechingly at us. I said, ‘your name is Hannuu.’ She meowed again…
We both agreed we had a very special Kitty in our keeping. However, Hannuu was far from done with her meaning in our lives. A few weeks later I was looking through a metaphysical name book. The book broke down the letters from different spiritual traditions and shared the meaning of the full name. Since both runic alphabet and the Hebrew letters meaning were there I went to work looking up what the letters said Hannuu’s name meant. I was astonished by how closely the letters meanings followed the story of Hannuu’s life. It was simply uncanny.
Seeing she lived under a porch awaiting a home for a year I am not surprised these sounds and this name resonated with her. I am however, surprised I was able to relay this story for her here. I think this name choosing was her way of sharing her story with us. All I can say is the bond between humans and animals is quite mystical and far beyond reasoning or logic, anyway, Hanuu means:
(H: Hail.) Wrath of nature, destructive, uncontrolled forces, especially the weather, or within the unconscious. Tempering, testing, trial. Controlled crisis, leading to completion, inner harmony. Hagalaz (Hagalaz cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Natural disaster, catastrophe. Stagnation, loss of power. Pain, loss, suffering, hardship, sickness, crisis.
This represented her time under the porch steps.
(A: The As, ancestral god, i.e. Odin.) A revealing message or insight, communication. Signals, inspiration, enthusiasm, speech, true vision, power of words and naming. Blessings, the taking of advice. Good health, harmony, truth, wisdom.
This represented the powerful message that was sent out via Facebook about her needing a forever home. It was a harbinger of things to come. It also represented her process of sharing her name with us.
N: Need.) Delays, restriction. Resistance leading to strength, innovation, need-fire (self-reliance). Distress, confusion, conflict, and the power of will to overcome them. Endurance, survival, determination. A time to exercise patience. Recognition of one’s fate. Major self-initiated change. Face your fears.
This represents Hannuu’s opening up to us and getting to know us. The risk it must have taken to share her name and her story. Also this energy represents the vulnerability she was willing to express and feel. I often would place my hands gently on her belly sending reiki to her second chakra in these times. Both people and animals create resistance to love, and trust. Hannuu was well on her way to becoming a feral cat when we made her acquaintance. It took a lot of inner strength for a kitty that had been cold and had to deal with such huge obstacles for over a year to overcome them, even with our love.
Uruz: (U: Auroch, a wild ox.) Physical strength and speed, untamed potential. A time of great energy and health. Freedom, energy, action, courage, strength, tenacity, understanding, wisdom. Sudden or unexpected changes (usually for the better). The shaping of power and pattern, True formulation of the self.
Finally, Hannuu was able to open up and trust us…she is now a sweet, healthy, opinionated, loving kitty who likes to sleep on her two purple blankets. She had her own stocking this year. We were so happy we could step in and save her life. The truth is, she has saved our life since, several times and ways over. Who could have known? But that’s another story for another time. And it too is equally uncanny. Also, quiet worth the telling.
Perhaps the idea that numbers hold energy is not a foreign concept to many of you. Many of you may have a favorite or “lucky number”. Perhaps you are someone who can identify that number for yourself. Perhaps you look for the number as a sign of manifestation or see it as an augury of good things coming into your life.
In reality each number holds a separate and very distinct energy… Here I will share what you what these numbers mean spiritually when you see them. As you read these descriptions aloud slowly, take a moment between each word and allow yourself to notice with each number, which descriptions hold the most energy for you. You can even write down the ones that pop out as you move through the numbers. These numbers will likely hold clues to your internal story and feelings by the time you finish your list.
Ones most often represent beginnings, Ideas and phrases like… the first, me….brand new me...my inner child……all show up with the energy of the ones. Concept’s like just embarking on the hero's journey, connecting with the pure inner potential or the golden child show up in our minds eye when we pull this number in a tarot reading. New projects, new relationships, new feelings, new experiences, new opportunities, all show up on the horizon when this energy is active in us. Conversely, the ones can also express a need to connect more deeply with all of these archetypal one experiences.
Twos most often express pairs and the idea of twinship. Twinship can either suggest someone who is a mirror image of you, or someone who expresses characteristic’s that are very unlike you, or the opposite of you.
How people feel when they bump up against this two energy can vary. It can be felt as sisterly, like a close confidant. It can also be felt as recognizing a trait that you lack. Sometimes you may see this person from a place of envy or jealousy. The best way to work with this energy is to recognize that the other is a model which you can emulate. This helps you feel grateful for the other instead of fearful of them or what they have.
Phrases like me and one other, and you and me against the world are often heard when dealing with two energy. Psychological concepts which show up with the energy of the twos are sibling rivalry, decentering and parallel play.
Consideration for another’s viewpoint is another aspect of two energy as it requires us to recognize there is more than one way to be, view and do things in the world. Two energy in a reading may also suggest the inability to embrace the challenges and opportunities expressed in the two.
Threes represent not being the center of attention—not oowing and awing over the other one, learning to delay gratification, advocating for yourself, recognizing each person’s strengths, not creating an underdog are other manifestations of the three energy. Not “just us” anymore, increased creative potential in any endeavor or experience —relationships, projects, school opportunities etc…betrayal, triangulation, the wounding of not being chosen and revered.
Fours express stability, balance, symmetry, stable structure, foundation, solidity of an idea, relationship or feeling, logic, tried and tested ways, proof, four square, family. Sometimes too structured, too stable, too logical or orthodox to be interesting or compelling, too much four-ness although stable can lead to boredom or lack of creative challenge.
Fives express all of the energetic issues of three but in a larger context, They also express moving through adversarial situations for self and others, What is your definition of freedom/autonomy. How much is too much for you? How much freedom do you need to feel safe vs. how much togetherness? They can also suggest tension, the need to break away from the group, testing the waters, or me against them, If real needs around autonomy and freedom are not looked at, ego issues can arise or the person can go unheard in the group.
Sixes suggest qualities of social justice, advocacy, giving back, altruism, community gatherings, community organizations, grassroots projects, vision of bettering the group. Phrases that might be used to describe the energy of sixes are; We are better together. Awareness and acceptance of more skills, ideas, strengths, innovations, are common with this energy. We are finally in a place where we can joyfully accept support and ideas here. Lastly, sixes express the need to get beyond the self or family into the larger world.
Sevens embody the need for internal spiritual awareness. Topics around manifesting, visions, dreams, synchronicity, patterns, solitude, honoring the inner self, secrets just for you, and creating meaning for the self in every way are common with this energy. This can be felt in arenas of relationships, career, and new journeys. This number can also suggest the need for spiritual work, awareness and centering.
Eights build on everything four represents in a larger sense—including solidity in the outer world, supportive structures, external material manifestation. However eight is more fluid then four. Here you are starting to master your own way of being in the world. You are seeing the fruits of your vision. You are actively receiving support from groups. The belief that you will be successful is starting to feel real and verifiable. Eights can also express the tendency to ignore these issues or need support here.
Nines evoke the need to share spiritual awareness with the larger community. They reinforce and grow from the needs of the six and culmination of the gifts of six, seven and eight, The need to share spiritual truth with others, mentorship, awareness of goodness as a form of divinity, knowing you having what you need internally, teaching, ministering, listening these are all part of nines energy. If you have the desire to give back, share your gifts you are feeling nine energy. Or nines may show up when we need to experience these feelings and experiences.
Tens are about seeing things coming to fruition because the ground has been laid, the work has been done. We are now wanting the seeds sprout. Here we must have patience for the process. Also the energy of the ten has to do with children, faith, containment, working with desire and outcome or the lack of that outcome. When tens show up we are being asked to have faith in the larger process. Recognize new beginnings….or we are being asked to let go of outcome and grow our faith. Then we will see things come full circle.
Threes and sixes symbolically are very feminine (inner directed-receptive) numbers. Fives and eights are often masculine (active, outer-directed) numbers. Although this is an interesting idea it often means the five and eight journey is deemed more important to men due to cultural conditioning and the three and six paths are more accessible and meaningful for women. Although this is a generalization often it often plays out in the world. How does this idea feel to you?
Odd number energies are creative but often more chaotic. They push the envelope and seek to understand the “more” of life. While they easily possess these qualities, they often lack grounding and or experience. These numbers show up a lot with adolescents and in the midlife passage.
Even numbers tend to lend stability and support to the odd numbers, however they can be experienced as stuck in a comfort zone, or plodding. These energies can often be prone to too much grounding and marred by too much experience. These numbers show up a lot with authority figures or people who need some shaking up.
In numerology 10’s always become ones; 1+0=1. Therefore anything that has the potential to be a 1 also contains the potential of the 10. Likewise anything that is a ten – closure and foundation – is eager to experience itself as a one again. 0 has no value and contains all values within it—the alpha and the omega, beginning and end. In the tarot it is the tarot the entire journey, the world and the fool!
As for working with these concepts out in the world, as you empathically attune to these energies you will intuitively begin to pick up which of these sacred number descriptions and scenarios hold the most energy for you.
Numbers have always seemed to energetically speak to me about certain inherent qualities I possessed or was growing into. I will share a few of these stories here in the hope that they may help you to begin to open up more too spiritual number energy’s in your own life.
The first number with which I recognized a deeper spiritual resonance was with the number single digit 7’s, or double digit numbers that reduced down to 7 both showed up in my waking life and in my night dreams in ever meaningful successions. The first deep awareness I had about the energy of 7, was more fully illustrated in a dream.
“In this dream narrative I was knocking on the door of a stone and moss
dwelling (earth energy). After having walked up craggy stone steps I rang
the doorbell expectantly to see what was waiting inside. The address on
the house was 16 which when added is, 1+ 6 = 7. I realized at that
point in the dream that my actual address reduced down to 7 as well, and
so did the numbers of my bank account. I was able to recognize that
these 7's showed up when I was being asked to reflect on or deepen
a sacred awareness in my own life. 7's were everywhere and I began to
see them as a unique sign that would help me shift my focus from the
temporal to the sacred.”
Perhaps these 7’s were telling me a story about how to notice and shift my awareness in order to reveal a deeper purpose in my life? I remember later noticing 9's with an equal energy. However, this was several years later and I now understood that by sitting with these synchronicities and noticing similarities regarding how and when they showed up, I could begin to intuit what they were saying to me. These 9's showed up for me when I was sharing my awareness by reading for or teaching others. The 9's unlike the 7's were innately connected to sharing my spiritual gifts with a larger community, instead of just keeping them to myself.
In contrast, when 7's show up I am able to discern that unlike the cosmic consciousness aspect inherent in the energy of 9, 7's are about an internal drive to refuel, refine and add another layer to my spiritual sense of self.
I share these personal stories about 7's and 9's to illustrate the idea that symbols, all symbols, have a unique way of speaking to us on our spiritual journeys. The more you are able to move away from the collective cultures definitions, and meanings and instead ask with curiosity and patience what the symbol means to you, the more you will be able to glean clues as to its meaning, story, and presence in your own life.
The more we all invite and imagine these expressions the more we will come to understand how these symbols speak in unique ways to and through us. The preceding section illustrates what these numbers have shared with me about their meaning. Each set of numbers has had a unique story to tell that accompanied the way it showed up. I have chosen to focus on the messages I was able to intuit from these numbers.
Several years later I noticed an inherent need to focus more on my accomplishments in my outer life. This time I asked the numbers to find me and speak to me directly about this new chapter and focus in my life. This time I focused on the number 8. This number is all about feeling a sense of mastery and achieving a sense of success in the outside world. Knowing this I purposely chose the number 8 for my locker at work. Several days later I was walking to the bus after work and I picked up two playing cards on the ground. The first was a three, the second…you guessed it, a five. 3+5=8.
The energy of the three was all about using my creativity in my work environment to see myself as an empowered co-worker. The energy of the number 5 was all about how to handle the tension often inherent in a work environment and finding ways that honored people’s unique ways of being in that environment.
The overall message seemed to suggest that a wonderful combination of deep honoring and creativity would lead me to be able to express and embody the energy of the eight in a way that enabled me to recognize and grow my personal sense of power and efficacy. What might these numbers mean if you came across them on your own journey? I invite you to notice for yourself if these stories resonate. Feel free to refine your unique awareness as to how the numbers show up and speak to you.
The Affirmation gem for August is: I am moving toward the stories and energies the sacred numbers hold for me. I am readily able to incorporate energy from the stories they share into my life. I am moving toward all that is of me and for me.
Jenny’s work draws heavily from the depth psychology schools of C.G. Jung and Joseph Campbell. By utilizing and refining your unique intuition she hopes to help you achieve a more peaceful, and authentic response to life no matter where you find yourself on the human journey. Jenny brings her gifts of insight, vision, depth and a non-judgmental presence to our work. She looks forward to helping you help your inner Self shine! She may be reached at:email@example.com Or at her website:
We have had some very tense astrological aspects recently that have challenged us all to love more clearly and more creatively. We are facing a new moon in Cancer which may offer us an opportunity to scrape up against their pain body again. How do we honor our connection with others and still love ourselves? This seems to be a question many of us are asking. So this article is about self-love.
In keeping with that spirit I am going to talk about a topic I am incredibly passionate about, that is how nature inside and around us can easily mirror our growth and support us in difficult times. We all can witness examples of this every day. However, sometimes we may imagine that we are isolated, this in turn can lead to a feeling of alienation even if we are surrounded by people. This is when we can struggle with whether we deserve love. Of course, we always deserve love; however, sometimes we all need to be reminded.
These feelings of disconnection may be pure projection on our part. In this case we actually have ongoing support but can’t see it based on what we are telling ourselves about how others see us, or sometimes the stories we are telling ourselves about them. At times like this we all need to be reminded that we are loved so we can reconnect to the love that is all around us.
Other times people are truly just busy with their lives and so they may not have time to listen to us, or grab a cup of tea or spend an afternoon watching movies. At these times we may feel abandoned but the good news is we don’t need too. Part of adult life is occasionally finding ourselves so busy that we have little time to seek out the support we need for ourselves. On these days especially we need to practice the art of appreciation, for ourselves and with others. We can slow down and give love to others where we feel we most lack it. This helps us get the love energy flowing again. And when the love energy is flowing again it helps us gain energetic momentum by being recognized and well, loved.
I experienced this deep loving connection recently and it has opened up a whole new ongoing chapter of deeper listening in my life. I started consciously working with squirrel medicine. Now when I think back on it, working with this medicine actually started immediately upon moving into our house. The day we moved in a squirrel fell about 80 feet from one of the highest limbs of an oak tree in our new front yard. He fell on his stomach into the middle of the street. He seemed okay, in the short term as he righted himself sluggishly. However, I was concerned he would rupture some organs, and frozen in terror I just stood there. When I finally regained my composure I noticed that he had run across the street and was circling around the circumference of a neighbor’s tree. I want over and looked at him very closely and noticed some markings on the side of his face that made him stand out from the other little squirrel friends in the adjoining yards. I checked on him for several days until I felt assured that he would survive the fall. Now listening intuitively I knew that this little squirrel’s unfortunate plummet to earth had a message for me in it.
He fell from a top branch, which was why I was shocked to see that he was not hurt. This squirrel was a survivor. And all squirrels are gatherers. Squirrels always store provisions for inclement weather and lean times. They prepare themselves for the unknown future. Half of the nuts they gather they bury again. This little guy showed me that this move would require me to be a survivor and that I would survive many a fall and be stronger for it. It also was an augury of the fact that we would have great resources if we saved some of them up, like squirrel does.
Anyway, after the clear messages I received I wanted to give back. I became very intrigued with the idea of giving these little ones nuts and started out by placing them on the little wooden table on our front porch. The squirrels loved it and several of the more daring ones would come and perch on the little table and peer in the window of my office. I in turn would peer back appreciating the uniqueness of each extraordinary individual.
There was one we called slant because he would always lean to the right. Another Arabelle, would do this little sideways jump and kind of click her back heels together as if she could hardly contain her excitement as she ran across the porch. Then there was Nathaniel he had heavy upper arms just like a body builder. Anyway, the more I watched and appreciated them, the more uniqueness I noticed. Each tiny little movement was imbued with meaning. And I was drawn to the feeding ritual, I became interested in seeing if I could get them to come with a call. So I started singing a calling song—an apt verse about the beauty, constancy and changing qualities of nature from Judy Collins “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”.
I did this for maybe a week and a half; soon they recognized the song as I laid out there nuts on the porch. They had become used to the song and relied on it as a sign that they could count on a new row of nuts on the table. They were now relaxed and would come running from several doors away. Sometimes there were three or four, sometimes as many as seven or eight. Our porch was truly squirrel central station.
The message here is that when we can’t draw support from the people in our lives directly, we can draw it from communing with the universe. All of nature speaks, all of the time. All we need to do is watch it patiently and lovingly. If we watch how it changes and we notice what we feel as it does, we will have deepened the connection with our own feeling selves. In time and with practice we will find it easier to move through stuck feelings and difficult emotions, with the support of an intelligent, wise and playful universe at our side. Through this process we will have reconnected with a deep reservoir of awareness and intuition in ourselves. And awareness leads to appreciation which cannot help but lead to deeper love. I was certainly feeling this powerful connection with my squirrel friends.
And then came the fateful day that their inquisitiveness and mine collided. I opened the door getting ready to place a nut on the table. I looked down, and of course it was Arabelle, she was perched in the middle of the chair. Her little muzzle was sniffing at my hand with expectant eyes and so much trust. I had to trust too, I held the nut out to her with caution and hope. Just like that, she took it gently in her mouth and scampered down from the chair back and then she was off and bounding across the street in an instant. Within about three days she was sitting on the back of the chair anticipating what had now become a more then daily encounter. Each time she was gentle and I noticed that if I held the nut in one hand and placed my fingers on my heart center gently tapping there, she too would make the same gesture with her little squirrel hand. It was this mirroring gesture that I believe helped her to feel connected to me. I believe she felt and saw the reciprocity in this ritual language.
Now I noticed other squirrel friends watching Arabelle at a safe distance from the table, on both corners of the porch. Within maybe a day or two of this studied watching they started running across the little table, gingerly and carefully at first. However they became more emboldened as they heard the song echoing in the morning or in the early afternoon. Each one now knew to make their way to the back of the chair as they had seen Arabelle do. Each one received the gift of a fancy nut from my hand. Now often they are waiting for me in the morning, as I am rubbing sleepy sand out of my eyes. Sometimes their small bodies are framed by the orange and pink light of the sunrise.
Well, one afternoon not too long ago I was feeling particularly down about an ongoing issue that I needed to resolve. At that time I was feeling the gauntlet of heaviness circling around me as it pulled me to a darker place. This was triggering huge insecurities about deservingness and self-worth. Additionally this was a time where everyone had their own problems to deal with. So I was feeling like a lost motherless child that morning. I was in that freeze place; anticipating dealing with the situation and terrified to do so. In fact I was so caught up in my pain body that I just had to take a break so I called my partner and she suggested that I consult the counsel of squirrels on this. And that was the moment when everything changed.
I was peering out the front window still imagining the worst when I noticed Arabelle, my sweet squirrel friend climbing up and down the brick pillar on our porch. She was fluffing up her nest with little piles of leaves she was carrying in her mouth. I became mesmerized watching her. She was so busy and so focused, a model of utility. It felt like a symbolic moment to me, as though the utility of each action left no room for error.
All of a sudden she looked over and peered in at me through the window. Then she turned around midway up the column and raced back down, still holding a small bunch of leaves in her mouth. Just as quickly she jumped onto the little table and still peering in at me dropped the little bundle of leaves right in front of me. And then she ran to the back of the chair where l usually feed them from. She started thumping her tail furiously as if to say, “This leaf pile is for you”. I was truly amazed by the deliberateness of her gesture. I didn’t know squirrels practiced the law of reciprocity. Of course I went outside and fed her a nut and as she scampered down the chair and onto the porch floor, she turned around and looked back at me, as if to reassure me of the purpose of this connection.
All of a sudden I felt the gift and guidance in her gesture. The energy she carried, that get the job done energy transferred to me. Something in Arabelle’s sweet gesture, her willingness to care for me when I felt undeserving helped me figure out what I needed to do to take better care of myself. I knew for the first time that morning that I could advocate for myself. And that if I was deliberate, and purposeful in my actions I would be heard and the situation would be resolved. I also knew that just like Arabelle running back down the column to share her gift, I knew too that if I ran into a situation where someone was not listening I too could ask for a do over. I had the ability to turn around midway and move toward clearer support.
And this is how wisely and magically the universe speaks if we are willing and open to listen. It requires us to move away from our pain body. It requires us to connect with the universe, and trust that nature and creativity can move us to a new place on our healing journey. Most of all it requires us to connect with energy outside of ourselves. It asks us to move from a place of isolation to one of connection.
Of course how you connect with this alive universe is up to you. Which animals you feel connected to and which you notice will be your unique connection alone. One thing is a constant though.
These connections will help you notice where and how you have been disconnected. They will help you understand too, where you have felt undeserving of support? I assure you the tools and gifts you need are there. In order to see them you may be asked to step outside of what your limiting beliefs tell you about your options. Step away from anyone who suggests you are undeserving or have limited options. Trust that the amazing energy of the universe can help you resolve anything in your life. Look for the bright spots of color on your journey…for the places and creatures that help you to connect with a building sense of reverence. This is where the support, healing and solutions lie.
Bio: Jenny’s work draws heavily from the depth psychology schools of C.G. Jung and Joseph Campbell. By utilizing and refining your unique intuition she hopes to help you achieve a more peaceful, and authentic response to life no matter where you find yourself on the human journey. Jenny brings gifts of insight, vision, depth and a non-judgmental presence to psycho spiritual work. She looks forward to helping you help your intuitive Self shine! She may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at her website: http://www.innervoiceintuitive.com to schedule intuitive tarot readings and skype counseling work.
The other weekend I read tarot cards at an open air festival. I agreed to the gig because a friend asked me. I didn’t even question it as my experiences with this friend had been so positive and heart-centered across the board. This in and of itself was uncharacteristic of me now. While I had done these types of festivals before in much larger venues, for me, there always seemed to be a distinct before and after tarot card reading experience when it came to these types of gigs.
Let me explain and tell you too that I am not going to share the experience that made me reconsider this type of venue. I am not because I don’t want to give another moment of energy to my backstory. Let’s just say, our needs change over time and something that fed us may not be adequate nutrition at another stage of our journey. In fact the same scenario may be experienced instead, as poison to our system. If we don’t recognize that we have outgrown something we can poison our own plot of ground. Let’s just say the story was dramatic and made it very clear that this type of venue no longer served me in the work I found myself growing toward.
The gig I was now asked to read in was a small newly established music festival harkening back to everything that was the psychedelic 60’s, while still tipping a hat to post- modern culture. It is the sort of venue that on some level is there to make fun of itself. Participants don’t take themselves too seriously, donning attire ranging from day-glow fishnets to platform shoes. At these events it is all about amping up the fun, feeling the vibe and embracing the moment.
The archetypal energy of the trickster can run rampant at this type of venue. Although at his core he just wants to play, if you’ve been burned by some of his more overt aspects in the past you may see the qualities he brings to the table as inherently malevolent instead of innocent. Trickster energies and situations embody qualities like spontaneity, neutrality and a penchant to let go and be in the here and now without regard for the outcome of a situation. His core archetypal energy can feel chaotic, overwhelming, dismissive, or just downright scary to anyone who has anticipated a softer, warmer or kinder experience of him.
No doubt each of you can think of a time in your own lives when you thought you were going to kick up your heels, have a wonderful time and be safely transported on a journey to previously unknown and magical realms. You may have imagined the direct result of this experience would be unconditional love, incredible success, unparalleled notoriety or a big leg up toward achieving a much sought after goal or experience. You went into the situation totally wide eyed, hopeful and ignoring the helpful and necessary reality testing and grounding that accompanies a more pragmatic perspective.
Know that It was your openness and hopefulness that helped you get this far. Know too that the emotional elevation which was a part of the experience made the fall from your lofty expectations into the reality of the situation seem much greater.
Know as well, that the road is made bumpier when trickster shows up because you can’t fall back on your experiences with his energy. He provides no soft landing. You see the trickster by his very definition, just doesn’t care. He may appear to care in the moment. In fact he’s incredibly interested in all the details that make your story compelling. He’s just not so interested in an attachment to any one story. And so he’s not attached to your story, beyond the entertainment or the momentary excitement it provides him.
Think of a one night stand, an unethical boss, an underhanded company, or a business deal that seems perfect but goes South just as quickly. It hurts to be misled. And still, as long as you try to label the trickster as bad, or wrong, or label your own actions as misguided well, you miss the trickster’s biggest gift. Say what you will of trickstery situations. They do help us grow.
If you can observe and anticipate the trickster’s behaviour instead of judging it or becoming seduced by it, you will recognize that at his core the trickster opens the door for change. The trickster enables us to change our perspective, increase our awareness, and alter our more habitual behaviours. The trickster wakes us up. If we can change our awareness and reflect on the shifts we see and feel in our self-concept, then the changes the trickster evokes in us are deep ones. You can learn to see yourself more clearly, and love yourself more deeply, precisely because trickster was at his very core, unreliable.
However, the bigger questions that often go unasked are why did we stop questioning our experience of the situation? When there were read flags, why did we ignore them? How did we become invested in a trickster being reliable, kind, aware, and above board? Surely, we could see that our agreement to go along with his scheme required us to incrementally abandon small parts of ourselves?
Think about little Red Riding Hood in the Children’s fairy tale. Surely she knew her grandma didn’t have such big teeth? It is her curiosity and desire for new information and experiences that enables her to slowly abandon herself and her definition of what she knows to be true. This said experience is a very necessary and sacred teacher.
As for my own story, I knew pretty early on in reflecting about this venue that it would be a game changer for me. I knew too that my experience of it was an inside job. I had figured out when preparing for this event that I might feel triggered based on some of my past experiences, and too,that that trigger was my opportunity to move forward and withdraw myself from all my preconceived notions about this event and those who chose to attend it. I knew this because I felt it. We also did a tarot card reading to see what the evening might hold. We got the hanged man as the significator, and the hierophant, as the cross card.
The hanged man reinforced what I already felt; that I had a wounded place around issues of feeling rejected, or other when it came to these types of events. I knew I would need to ask myself to reflect on experiences from my past. Last time I was required to tap into this energy I had unearthed a still sea of deep wounding. The hanged man meant I would need to accept some of these feelings and yet not identify with them. Only then, like the hanged man could I turn myself around and be able to join my tribe.
The thing about this loaded scenario is that while initially the experience may have been legitimately wounding due to a bully or someone who casts you in a bad light or disrespects the work you do; or perhaps like me because you stayed in a place too long that doesn’t fit anymore, either way the wounds are now self- inflicted. Now it is you that carries the projection within yourself.
Your judgement of yourself or others, expressed by the wounded place, ensures that the cast of characters that inhabit the story will be wrought with similarities that while only surface deep now seem to be the same at their core. This overall sameness is the clue as to the amount of healing work that you need to do. Because of this the energies you bring are now morphing spectral shadows. They are distorted, grow fiercer and take up more space. The cast of characters may appear to have less scrupulous motives. This is how you know this shadow energy is truly spilling over into your life. It represents your unacknowledged fear.
Back to the cards…the cross card in the spread was the hierophant. Think of him as shading the lessons the hanged man brings to the table. There are two different faces to this card. On the surface he is the pope. He is a highly revered and elevated figure, protected by orthodoxy and in some ways protected from more fallible hands on definitions of truth. He may be afforded this status if he wants it. However, this posture only gets him so far. It may mean he has elevated himself from the pain of his friend, the hanged man, being upside down. However, both the hanged man and the hierophant –are suspended between reason and the heart. Somewhere between these two conditions human vulnerability hangs in the balance.
The second way of viewing the hierophant, perhaps the deeper way, is as the wounded healer, Chiron. In some decks (the Guilded) Chiron, represents the areas in your life where you feel different, isolated, and unable to heal yourself because of something that you went through. However for Chiron his wounding is a great part of his strength and wisdom.
In the story of Chiron it his differences that make him strong, wounded yet a healer. He is unlike others in his tribe, not course and unfeeling but refined and aware. He uses his pain to refine his skills and gifts. In the story he is made king of the centaurs because of his wisdom. He also became, a unique healer using plants and herbs to heal others. It is true, Chiron was struck with a poison arrow, and he was unable to heal himself. It was said that because he was immortal he would live with his wound forever.
In many ways when we go into a trickster situation we are like a cross between these two cards. We can be the pope version of Chiron-unwilling and unable to heal. In this case we are caught up in assumptions about outsiders that keep us safe. But there is a price we pay for this emotional cloistering. We can’t share our gifts either. This makes it that much harder to heal.
While we may avoid the initial discomfort of new experiences we also avoid the ability to add new experiences to our repertoire, which enables us to chip away at old assumptions. To be sure, whenever we reinforce black and white assumptions about people and situations our first motivation is an attempt to avoid some kind of pain.
However, whitewashing our perceptions means we are still frozen in and by them. We are like that still sea of wounding. Yes, we may sit, unchallenged, but also unchanged. We find ourselves in a very lonely place indeed, the place just beyond our ability to grow.
Conversely, Chiron is able to grow precisely because he is able to take the things that wounded him, and heal others in his tribe. He is aware of the wounds that isolation and being different have triggered in him. But it is because of his awareness of himself as having moved through that place of pain and suffering that Chiron can tap into great empathy toward himself and others. He is a light and a channel for their healing and transformation.
How have you learned and transformed yourself? Are you like the first version of the Hierophant (The pope) around this situation or the second (Chiron)? While you may need to give up the painful details of telling your backstory and instead live your best story to grow through it; know that it is in embracing your whole story that you can experience love and forgiveness for yourself. It is through moving through the assumptions you have held about others and heart-to heart engagement that you will help others shine brightly.
Most of you have likely been experiencing sharp highs and lows in your life, business, relationships and Inner lives. This may be accompanied by a feeling that you are outgrowing existing forms, relationships, roles and power dynamics. I have been seeing it with many of my clients and several have referred to it as shedding the skin of an old self.
While you may have a deepening conscious awareness of what is changing internally for you, you may not be ready to act on these changes. This is what is causing the move between extreme highs and lows. There may be premature grieving for the future loss that is just becoming conscious. And there may be great bouts of joy about the new future you are imagining creating. Shedding old skin gradually takes patience, courage and imagination.
All of these feelings and inner needs are due to the just completed Cardinal Grand Cross. It was completed on April 28th but you may still be searching to understand what it has brought in its wake and unearthed in your inner life. This astrological phenomena creates tense aspects and energy’s in us and those around us. A lot of different types of energies show up and want to fill the stage in our lives at the very same time, and they often have conflicting focuses and needs.
There are four big players in this Grand Cross. The first is Mars. Mars is a strong assertive and aggressive energy that wants its way and won’t back down until it gets it. Jupiter is there too, which is all about expansion, abundance and manifestation in the direction of our most desired dreams. Also active in the mix is Pluto, this planetary influence rules the unconscious and can evoke a need to express and perhaps exploit hidden power dynamics. Lastly Uranus helps us connect with our inner rebel and call out things that don’t feel fair or just to us. So you can see how these influences are hard to navigate, and may make us feel as though we are fighting with the brightest aspects of our best selves. It can also feel like we are fighting others too.
We all have our own internal and external struggles with these dynamics and we can gage how far we have evolved through our own karmic lessons by how triggered we become when we face off with our own unique story about them.
Think back in your life to a situation that you felt was intolerable, perhaps one where you were not extended dignity, respect or autonomy. This kind of situation may be manifesting again so that you can observe how far you’ve come. The job when you feel this is to state your boundaries without getting hooked into another’s agenda. Your ability to ground, stay in the place of the witness, and not spin out based on your feelings about the situation will get you far.
If you are confronted with this need to face off to maintain your dignity or self-respect remind yourself of what you know to be true and remind the other of the external observable facts in the situation. Holding a clear boundary can be challenging but you will get better at it the more you get to practice the skill. And this time of the grand cross will give you plenty of opportunities to practice.
These qualities of dignity, authentic power, and inner truth are connected with the third chakra. This power chakra resonates with the color yellow and the tone to amplify this energy is rum. If you are feeling a lack of confidence or an inability to clearly state your boundaries you can tone this sound. If you desire to amplify the outer manifestations of the energy, add some yellow to your wardrobe. If you hold the boundary clearly and consistently you will feel a strengthening and firming up of energy in your body radiating from your solar plexus area.
If you place your loosely closed fists facing upward right under your diaphragm, with the left one on the left side and the right one on the right side and breathe in while imagining a workable co-creative solution for both parties, you will often recognize a win-win solution for both of you. This may also take assertive communication, negotiation and a real desire to move beyond power over the other.
You will know your third chakra has expanded and softened when you walk away feeling that you were heard and valued and that you got your most important points across, and your needs and goals met. It is really a break through if this is true for the other person as well. You can also do a lot to diffuse a potentially adversarial situation by imagining a positive outcome for both parties before you meet.
Imagine the person seeing, hearing and responding to your request. And imagine calmly and openly listening to theirs. Then imagine and try to feel the relief in your body when you sense the peace your openness and willingness to listen has evoked. When we allow ourselves to feel this shift, true external transformation can occur. Sometimes we are not able to experience the desired outcome. Sometimes it doesn’t work…but it is more likely to if we are consistent, clear and empathetic.
If you find yourself in over your head and perhaps unequipped to deal with the other person’s energy or expectations, you can use bridging language. Bridging language helps to deflate a sense of you vs. me and creates an environment that honors and recognizes what works for both of you. Opening the dialogue by first listening to and then focusing on the other’s needs may disarm someone who may feel loaded energy going into a situation where they had imagined a confrontation was inevitable. Examples of bridging language are, “Boy, we are really having a day of it aren’t we?”, or “Let’s make sure this works for both of us, okay?” It is most often open-ended so the other person can see and feel that what they are contributing to the conversation is equally valuable.
When we use this bridging language and respond with real concern, awareness and empathy toward the other person’s experience, we can heal a lot of past wounds and help the other person imagine and internalize the feeling of a different outcome.
Through this clear mirroring process we learn to let go inside, to breathe more deeply and feel more supported in the world. Eventually the “go to” feeling in our bodies as well will be more relaxed and we may even realize that we have totally shifted. This feeling will then feel core deep as we are no longer bracing against the next imagined or perceived confrontation.
The time we are moving through is a time that, although very tumultuous on the surface, also offers the potential to embrace lasting transformation in our self-concept. If we can open up with empathy to a previously perceived adversary we can begin to explore how we may share similar traits. When we brace in the situation—and hang on to our rigid unwavering perspective, we often end up embodying the exact qualities and behaviors that we most dislike in the other. We become a mirror image of what we meant to transform.
Have you ever been in a tense situation where you hoped for a workable solution and found yourself in a screaming match with the other person? Perhaps you were surprised at your response and left wishing you could have handled it differently or better. Sometimes, stating your boundaries and truth and then simply walking away can be incredibly liberating. Often, when we get good at doing this, we find that we can channel this energy and authentic power into actions and projects that benefit ourselves in much more intrinsic and reparative ways than trying to get our way by presenting an ultimatum ever could.
So, If you find that you are in a situation where you are offered the ongoing opportunity to turn the energy back from a place of destruction or stand off to one of real personal empowerment, which will be the case for many now; welcome it! Know, too, that you are being offered this so that you can transform a powerful underlying dynamic that is playing out in your life, and perhaps many lifetimes. This same dynamic will return until you begin to transmute the energy. So, what better time than now to bring it to the light of day and defuse the loaded power it has held over you. All that is on the other side is peace; join yourself there.
May’s affirmation Gem is Tigers eye. This lovely gem is used to increase courage, confidence and protection. It is a solar plexus stone and helps by deepening perception and clarity in ourselves. It will amplify courage when you most need it. It helps us to manifest our visions in the 3D world. It helps us recognize right timing in all our endeavors. It assures one is seeing things clearly and helps us problem solve when we are confused or too emotional. It helps us recognize the correct use of power and helps us see clearly without illusion.
May’s affirmation gem is: I am always connected to my own most healing and truth telling powers. Because of this I see, feel and co-create partnerships and healing alliances in my life. These are increasing daily.
One last note on the Cardinal Grand Cross, although it is very challenging energy, know that we will get through it. It is a necessary part of our collective and individual Karmic growth. If we accept and embrace our inner work gracefully, when we do find ourselves on the other side of it, each of us will be stronger, wiser, and more aware of our innate needs, growing truth and emerging Soul-self as a result.
Undoubtedly, many or perhaps most of you have felt the huge energy shift recently and witnessed your mental and physical momentum picking up as a result. I have witnessed the energy growing and expanding here as well. It has been an incredibly busy spring with new projects, new clients, and new ideas budding daily. And while many of these ideas are wonderful and worthy I realize not all of them can come to fruition at once.
When we feel responsible to birth them all at one time we can find ourselves exhausted and overtaxed. When we feel spent and yet expectant for things to come to fruition we can put a lot of extra pressure on ourselves about the outcome. We can find ourselves in a place where all the magic, wonder and joy about making our dreams come true is replaced with stipulations, ultimatums and self-imposed limitations. In this environment it can be hard to allow anything to come into being naturally.
We live in a world that is incredibly impatient and very product oriented. We tend to devalue anything we cannot make into a product. Many of us start to prepare our children for college when they are in diapers. We are taught to imagine a 6 figure salary before we’ve seen our first client. We rush through the potential joy in our lives. We don’t often honour the building and we sometimes find ourselves pressured to prop up an empty edifice.
We can internalize this pressure to perform and if we are unaware it can strip us of the joy that our creative process could and should offer. This is a road I’m sure many of you can relate to and one I have addressed before. It seems to have become an increasing by-product of our culture, especially now as so many of us are being asked to speed up throughout our lives.
So while it is true that we all struggle to find balance and speak with authenticity, it is a place many of us our still navigating, and re-navigating. I know as an entrepreneur and business owner I am often coming back around this bend. Then I find myself tweaking my self- care routine as my outer responsibilities shift and change. And so I find I often have to set aside many of my big ideas for a later time.
Conversely, some of us may hold our biggest, boldest most brilliant ideas in our unconscious just under the surface of our awareness. Although it may be harder to recognize our manifestation abilities when they are held at arm’s length at least it assures us that we are not deluged by our expectations of ourselves. And so regardless of how we perceive our manifestation abilities we are often given very few tools to recognize how our dreams really enter into the world.
I believe one of the very best ways to ready a dream to grow wings in the world is to get super clear about the details and to revel in the joy of the building. Don’t get hung up on when or even if it will come to fruition. These details are less important and often worry us unnecessarily about outcome when we could be getting excited instead about the clarity of our vision. So I encourage you to honour divine timing while tending to the exciting details of your brilliant visions.
So how can we tell which visions are ready to be birthed and which can gestate longer? How do we know which are the seeds that will help our soul’s blossom and ready us for the next steps on our journey? How can we prepare these dreams for the world and know that they too are ready to live in it?
How do we help push our dreams through the soil of our imagination and into the world as a direct intention? And when do we know to stop pushing? How do we recognize and tend those projects, ideas and dreams that are not ready to be fully birthed yet?
Well, when we set an intention we do this on a conscious level. It is an imaginative process that then gathers energy and builds momentum in the outer world. And if it doesn’t and we find ourselves pushing with little momentum building around us we can let it go and pursue another venue and then return at another time. Our dreams can remain dormant and still be enriched by the rich soil of our ideas. However, it is when the universe starts mirroring back to us little pieces of our dream in the world that we know it is playing with bringing it into being. This happened to me in a very magical way that seemed undeniably fated to come true.
This month I’d love to share with you a story about what this divine guidance and timing looked and felt like for me… I have written about this magical journey before but not with a forward about manifestation. It is my desire that you can notice when in your own lives the universe has or had your back like this! Because it does, and when it does wonderful things are afoot! Things you couldn’t have imagined giving such strong roots or broad full wings to without the universes help. In these moments your job is simply to allow yourself to feel the wind and rise in the current.
My story begins at the end of graduate school in 2008. After applying myself in my program and completing my final thesis requirement I wanted to regroup, get back in touch with my inner self, and celebrate a huge accomplishment before I figured out what my next move was.
I had imagined taking a grand trip to Greece and basking in the Mediterranean breezes, swimming in the Adriatic and eating Salty feta and drinking Retsina in one Villa after another. I planned on using a portion of my school loans to finance the trip but when the time got closer to make the arrangements I realized that I'd miscalculated funding and wouldn't have enough to take this trip of my dreams.
It is true I was disappointed but I quickly regrouped and planned instead to take a trip to Niches, a local sustainable campground in the area. I would put off my dream trip toward sometime in the future and I was okay with it. Around the same time I responded to an invitation from my family to join them for a much needed belated Birthday celebration weekend.
I traveled to meet them at the end of October and enjoyed several days of relaxation in which one of the high points was when they shared their photos of a recent trip to Turkey with me. When I saw their photos I realized in one sweeping moment that it was really Turkey with its whirling dervishes, alien stalagmite landforms, petroglyph caves and writings of Rumi that truly called most closely to my soul. As soon as I saw the photo's I began to clear a space in my mind, heart and life for this sojourn I felt so sure I was somehow destined to take.
I began to look into ways that I could make this trip real in my life. I decided to open a bank account for the trip. I would refer to it as the Turkey trip fund. If I had to withdraw monies for other things that was fine but I would at least bring it into being in a practical way and do what I could to make it a more real possibility in my life.
That magical weekend of deep listening I also investigated travel options. I found out that if I booked a trip for a group of nine Globus travel agency would let me fly for free. My dream was already feeling so much closer and more grounded inside of me as well. I was doing all I could to answer that feeling by bringing it into being in the external world too.
This process of entrainment meant that the spark of this dream already had life energy. The Free dictionary defines entrainment as 1. The ability to pull or drag along after itself. 2. To carry suspended particles along in a current. It was clear this possibility, this ambition already was being pulled along in something...A curiosity, a dream, a wish? Now what could make that more real...?
That night my father took me to see Loreena Mckennitt, the brilliant singer of sacred Songs from wisdom traditions for my birthday. Loreena giddily shared her travel stories and then punctuated the spoken pieces by sharing songs written from many of her destinations. To my delight she shared stories from her journeys in Turkey. As I listened I let the music take me away to all these places I dreamed of seeing.
After a time of listening it became clear to me that Loreena herself had taken the same tour that my parents had. It was unmistakable as all the locations she visited were presented in the same order as my parents photos on the computer. The universe clearly had a brilliant sense of humor as it mirrored back to me with such exquisite detail the lyrics and then stories of all the places I’d dreamed of visiting.
At this point I could truly feel the energy tipping toward my dream and spreading itself out in the corners of my imagination. Now I had to admit it seemed more like a when not a whether I would embark on this magical journey.
I got back to C-Bus so excited about where this energy could lead. I started telling everybody about what happened on my weekend and checking to see too if anyone I knew had been to Turkey. It turned out the next door neighbor had been on a trip to Istanbul and shared her pictures with me. And then it happened…someone in the women's group I attended asked me, "Would you like to go to Turkey this December?" I said I most certainly did but doubted it would be possible so soon. She suggested I get more information and that a trip was being sponsored by a local interfaith organization that was two travelers short this December. I agreed to speak to the host, still assuming it would be well beyond my means.
And that is just how closely the universe listens...The trip was 10 days, easily in my budget (which really was equivalent to a long luxurious weekend in a cabin). We had one flight in Country. We stayed in four star hotels which had lobbies nicer than any accommodations I had ever stayed in up until now. We were the recipients of beautiful traditional Turkish meals made especially for our group. We were invited into people's homes and gifted with art and sacred stories about their families.
We got to worship in Mosques bowing with humbleness to the wonder of the world, our personal God and the beauty of community. We were a traveling band of flute players, poets and yes, even someone who was on the board of Jung Haus back in C-bus. This trip was hand- picked by an intelligent magical universe just for me.
I believe I seized upon it by being a willing participant to what the universe had so lovingly and clearly set into motion that weekend at my parent's house. As if that blissful universal gift weren't enough we had the happy accident of getting stranded in Amsterdam on our return flight. The Airline agreed to put us up and for three blissful days we got to see the beauty of Amsterdam spread out in crystalline wonder under a blanket of ice.
When I asked the universe to provide the perfect trip for me I had single pointed focus and an enthusiasm that made my cheeks hurt from smiling. The universe was smiling too and I believe we just became so intimately aware of each other… Like a call and response we listened with patience and anticipation and so we told each piece to the other with brilliant clarity.
It was this alchemical quickening that grew wings which rose more easily than each dream in isolation could. I know both the universe and I witnessed the dream rise on buoyant winds until it burst forth and told itself what to be....
I believe when we are ready to let our dreams take flight and ask them too clearly-- with unabashed vigor, joy and curiosity and we get excited as much about the possibility as the promise then such amazing things can come to pass. Do you have a dream like this? Is it a special dream just for you? Perhaps it is a dream you have held dormant just under the surface of awareness for a long time. Or perhaps it is one you have sought help with, been tending for awhile or even set an active intention about. Either way, let’s watch it rise together on buoyant wings!
So April’s affirmation Gem is Citrine. If you are drawn to join us pick up a piece at your metaphysical shop or online. I believe doing this together can help us co-create the life of our dreams. We are more powerful creators when we hold the space and light of one another’s visions in community.
Citrine is a translucent golden stone of manifestation, imagination, and personal will. It carries within it the passionate power of the sun. It is warm and comforting, energizing and life giving. It stimulates the 3rd chakra like the sunlight of spring, clearing the mind and stirring the soul to action. Its frequency awakens creativity and imagination. It sustains the process of transforming dreams and wishes into tangible form. With its pure yellow energy, Citrine encourages fullness of life, fresh beginnings and new pursuits.
And April’s Affirmation Gem is: I feel the energy of my dream (s) growing and becoming more clear to me daily. I enjoy working and tending to all the aspects of this expression. I can see each piece easily and I enjoy my connection to it. I am witnessing a more active radiant divine expression of source energy opening before my eyes.
Until next month may all your most closely held dreams of abundance and joy follow you home!
Bio: Jenny’s work draws heavily from the depth psychology schools of C.G. Jung and Joseph Campbell. By utilizing and refining your unique intuition she hopes to help you achieve a more peaceful, and authentic response to life no matter where you find yourself on the human journey. Jenny brings her gifts of insight, vision, depth and a non-judgmental presence to the work. She looks forward to helping you help your inner Self shine! She may be reached at:email@example.com or on her website: http://www.innervoiceintuitive.com to schedule intuitive tarot readings and counseling work.
All of us have no doubt been feeling the overgrown energy of a harsh winter and are looking forward to warmer weather. We are anticipating time to be outdoors, enjoy nature and feel the innate nature in ourselves with more ease and fluidity instead of slogging through cold fronts and polar vortex’s. The energy it takes to go back into yet another storm can really make us brace against ourselves and feel that what looks like forward movement is more of an unending circle back to the beginning—another cold front. With the decreased light chilly moods can begin to replace more sunny hopeful and helpful responses.
If you are feeling overwhelmed either by outer stressors or inner ones this month’s article is specifically meant for you! It will offer you ways to raise your spiritual vibration as well as suggest a practice of actively focusing on noticing positive experiences and opportunities in your life. This can be imperative especially when many of us are feeling some of the harsher realities that weather and the denser astrological aspects may be demanding of us.
If any of you read last month’s Jenny’s Gems article you know that it was about choosing not to pick up or take on things that were too heavy to easily sort out. I often tell my clients the same, not to over burden themselves with decisions that need to be felt through instead of thought out. Because we live in a culture that expects us to always know what to do at every moment, when we’re not sure we can put great amounts of pressure on ourselves and feel undue and unnecessary guilt and shame when we are processing choices. If we can learn instead to “sit down” or temporarily “set aside” the big stuff in our lives, usually the heart-felt soul spoken answers of our inner voice becomes self-evident.
When we are going through life-changes and have already committed to slowly processing the big stuff in our lives it can help to raise the overall energy around our day to day activities as well. I had to do this in January. I hit a wall where it felt like some of the everyday stuff was outweighing my sense of well-being and daily joyfulness. I made an agreement with myself that no matter what I was dealing with in my everyday life I was determined to only focus or hold onto the positive for 21 days. At the time I have to admit this felt somewhat reckless. However even though my head was thinking overtime, I could still feel a flickering of light warming toward the potential to shift my energy to a place of new awareness, growth and rebirth.
Deepak Chopra has offered a brilliant awareness regarding the idea that it takes 21 days to change a habit. That is it takes 21 days for our bio-chemistry to realign and set in motion a new awareness and con-current reality. This means that if we can replace our habitual thinking and lingering belief system with another possibility we can see great changes in the areas of our life that need addressing. This can work for anyone. I know when I reach a dead-end and find myself battling in a closed loop, often what helps me recognize a new direction is to just say to myself in that very moment, “What if something else were true?”. Or try this variation, “What if something else we’re possible?”
This seemingly small but very powerful shift is enough to jumpstart us out of our routine and can be accompanied by a lightening in our overall feeling about ourselves’. If we can replace this idea and use it as a mantra; that is, say it daily when we feel overwhelmed or stuck it can help us to replace some of the more rigid ideas about who we are and what our life holds for us. The trick is to remember to do it. This takes practice so if you are remembering be gentle on yourself…know that changing a behaviour takes time and that with patience and love this little side shift can become a daily practice.
Another idea that has really helped me to purposefully bring in positive vibrations is something that was going around many social media sites for the past several months. This is to create a manifestation jar. The basic suggestion is to write on little slips of paper all the good things that come into your life. Put them in the jar and on New Year’s take them out and read them and start fresh for the next year.
I tweaked this idea so it would be more meaningful as a pro-active daily practice. I use this variation with many of my clients to help them escape limiting beliefs about themselves and their lives. I use it myself as well.
The brilliant documentary “Happiness” has shown that those who do not rely on outside sources of happiness but instead are able to go to a feel good place internally are across the board the happiest throughout the course of their lives. This is because what they rely on for happiness is internal. That is it cannot be given or taken away from them. If this idea seems foreign to you I really suggest you watch this amazing movie and explore the idea with yourself further.
So with that said, instead of focusing on just monetary manifesting, which I call the “bigger, better, faster, more variety; consider focusing instead on good feelings and noticing good happenings in your life. It is okay to have some of these be things, but I definitely encourage you to stretch your definition of this and extend your vision and awareness to expressions of joy that are less tangible..
So when you get your jar what should it be like? Well, a jar that is beautiful and meaningful is going to capture your attention and interest more than the jar you ate your pickles out of last week. Imagine your jar…what colour is the glass? What shape is the Jar? How big is the jar? Where is the most meaningful place in your house to put the jar? Where will it easily becomes a practice—a go too every day?
I found our jar at the thrift store. I purchased it because it was oversized only to realize later that it had holes poked in the top of the metal lid. It was undoubtedly a child’s bug jar. My jar clearly held perhaps the first door open to a new world of observation and discovery for a child. I like to imagine that it was a lightening bug jar. In this rendition of the story the jar also held the magic of everything a lightening bug evokes for a child. First the adventure and forbidden joy of staying up late, and of course being able to go out and lose yourself in catching dizzying swirls of light. Then placing the jar by the bedside in your room and seeing the light flicker on and off as you close one eye and then the other with the knowledge that the light will follow you into the dreamtime tracking you there with the safety of its beacon. All of these details add to my experience of the jar and the wishes I see made manifest there. What is the story of your jar?
Next, what do you put in this manifestation jar? First, I encourage you to imagine what it will hold. See yourself putting all these little slips of brightly coloured paper in your jar with the wishes that have already come true. So what amazing things have shown up in your world? What are you grateful for?
Perhaps it is the peaceful morning breeze where everything feels magical for a moment. And right then an ark of birds crosses the sky at just the same moment you are feeling that indescribable opening and greater awareness of oneness and deep connection with everything. Perhaps feeling that deep gratitude will invite you to surrender to that precious moment a little further? Or perhaps it is the realization that your mother has agreed to take the kids each Tuesday evening so you can go to a yoga class uninterrupted and so you are feeling deep gratitude for the gift of that time. And perhaps too you are grateful for the ability to buy a new laptop…Here though try to make it about the feelings that accompany the purchase.
Does this purchase help you feel more committed to projects you have undertaken? Does it help you feel more adult by being able to provide for yourself? It is fine to make some of these slips of paper about the stuff you buy, but I encourage you as much as you can to stay and play in the place of non-tangibles while filling your jar.
Now I have shared with you the active way to use your jar…You can continue to fill it with all these magical moments whenever they happen for you. Ours sits on the rail at the bottom of the landing so it is the first thing that catches my eye as I head downstairs in the morning. It is beautiful-- filled with a bevy of green, red, blue, purple, yellow and orange papers. It evokes my curiosity and stirs an innate desire for beauty and colour and magic in my life. However the jar doesn’t just have this primary purpose. It has a secondary grounding purpose as well.
On those days where you are really feeling overwhelmed, or you are too stuck in your back story- notice your jar and all the amazing fulfilled wishes piling up in it. On those days where you are still playing those old tapes with more veracity and energy then they deserve look over and remember all those amazing moments represented by each tiny square of folded coloured paper. Those moments are as real as the energy which is taking your power and pulling you away from your center in this moment.
Choose instead to move into the shift energy the “What if something else we’re true” place we talked about at the beginning of the article. This choosing is like a muscle, it will become stronger if you flex it more often. Breathe deeply during this process and you should start to feel that weighted energy abate. Allow yourself to move into this powerful possible moment.
And on those days where it is still not quiet working, those really stuck days where it is all flooding in far too fast and you feel like you are losing your footing and getting lost in the sliding. Those days where all the shoulds and ought tos feel like they are piling up around you and the colors seem dull and murky and even the most vibrant shade of orchid pales to a dull aged rose…
Well especially on those days dear friend I invite you to slow down. Set down the expectations you have of yourself and pull your powerful wonderful already manifested wishes one by one out of your magic jar. Now read each one back to yourself slowly. Allow yourself to move beyond the head knowledge that it has manifested to the heart place that hold the deeper feeling of fulfillment inside. There now. That’s it. Allow this feeling to rise to the surface again in the present moment. Invite yourself to relive it. See it in the present, re-member it with all your senses.I encourage you to close your eyes while you do this with each wish in your jar.
Now check in. Don’t you feel more centered, more at peace, more present, more magical then before? Finally set down the last vestiges of your previous hour’s story, it does you no good. You have a brilliant brand new moment to set into motion. Fly!
So March’s affirmation Gem is celestite. I invite you to pick up a piece of this heavenly stone to add to your collection of inner tools. This will help you raise your vibration in preparation to participate in this 21 day shift with the manifestation jar. In healing celestite contains some unique properties that will aid you on your journey. Celestite can help you to replace pain with loving angelic light. It attracts luck, reveals truth, brings balance, and within this stone one can discover the softening energy of peace.
And March’s affirmation Gem is: I have abundant support from my guides and the heaven’s to notice the shift presently occurring within me. This shift will help me to deeply notice and savor all that is good and possible as I grow toward and easily embrace the powerful light and truth of my brightest life.
I encourage you to employ these practices and tools for 21 days diligently. I am certain you will be thoroughly delighted and deeply renewed by the shifts you experience as well as what you are able to manifest. Please feel free to share aspects and highlights of your experience in the comments following this article. I can’t wait to read what you bring into clearer focus and through your gratitude, clarity and appreciation of beauty what you invite into the new and brightest places of your being….
Bio: Jenny’s work draws heavily from the depth psychology schools of C.G. Jung and Joseph Campbell. By utilizing and refining your unique intuition she hopes to help you achieve a more peaceful, and authentic response to life no matter where you find yourself on the human journey. Jenny brings her gifts of insight, vision, depth and a non-judgmental presence to our work. She looks forward to helping you help your inner Self shine! She may be reached at :firstname.lastname@example.org or at her website: http://www.innervoiceintuitive.com to schedule intuitive tarot readings and counseling work.
“When things are too heavy, don't try to pick them up.”
The previous month has been a rewarding and sometimes challenging opportunity to
check in with your soul on a deeper level and make sure that the people in our
circles share a similar vision and that their vision is in alignment with our
deepest core values. That is, it is fueled by love and focused on growing a
heart-centered collective. It is sometimes all too easy to fall into a pattern
of compromising our core values in exchange for promises of greater connection,
recognition and success. It is easy to grab at and reach for these external
definitions when the deeper definitions of these things begin to elude us.
You know what this path feels like, right? It’s the slip and slide… We
start with big dreams and find ourselves, instead, just hanging on, hoping
things will turn out for the best. We find ourselves just managing to keep our
head above water instead of moving toward our more soulful goals and ambitions.
This can put us in a holding pattern with regards to manifesting our dreams and
desires. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a holding pattern as a state of
waiting or suspended activity or progress. And while this may be okay with some
of us for a limited amount of time, if you stay in a holding pattern too long,
you lose vital life energy and eventually a sense of hopelessness creeps
This feeling of being in a holding pattern happened to many in my immediate circles
this past month. The energy of feeling trapped with little movement forward
definitely is uncomfortable and sparks controversy if
you stay in it too long. Imagine a cork in a bottle with pressure building up
underneath. Eventually the pressure is going to build up exponentially causing
the cork to blow with a powerful force. Well, this, in many ways, is what is
happening with our collective energy.
We have seen this cycle play out in the last two months or so, and it is definitely a time ripe with controversy in our collective. As a result, people are acting in cavalier ways that don’t
always offer the best outcome toward our collective goals. Or they are blowing
up or slinking off… This energy isn’t easy for any of us to maneuver. As such,
it is a time of endings and new beginnings, ushering in re-organization of
businesses, endings of collectives and relationships, and many new start-ups.
I’m sure you have seen this energy building up, touching and affecting your own
life in some unexpected ways.
It is partially fueled by some difficult astrological aspects that make people feel as though they want to break out of their shell and feel liberated and/or vindicated right now. There is a
generalized feeling of collective frustration with Venus and Jupiter retrograde
cycles which leaves people wanting to move forward quickly with things. We are
currently being asked to tie up loose ends from the past and make sure we are
moving forward on solid ground. Although we may not be able to make real steps
forward until the week of March 2nd, know that we are all doing our best at making choices, and sometimes, no matter how observant and aware we try to be we find ourselves doubling back and questioning our decisions and our alignment.
If this has recently happened to you, instead of bemoaning it, I invite you instead to notice the gift of where you find yourself. Don’t stuff the feelings that accompany the invitation. Instead invite them in and notice what they are teaching you about your own needs. I guarantee this will
get you back on track with moving forward toward your desires.
I too had planned to tackle these weighty issues myself this month and I had
started to write an article all about sorting out and getting to the bottom of
these difficult energies. Indeed, that is the article I started, and then
something happened…right in the middle of this endeavor I got tired. And just
like that cork in the bottle, I started to put pressure on myself to pull this
all together all at once and come up with an article that covered all the fine
points of this issue.
My tendency, which I’m sure many of us share, is to make things complicated when we already feel mired in big decisions and choices. We feel that we must give them our proper due and so we imagine that, as they are difficult problems, they must require difficult solutions.
We do this almost reflexively. This is because it was something many of
us were taught to think and do. How many of you heard while growing up that you
had to face up to things. Or that you were responsible for more than just you?
How many of you heard that to make something happen you have to work very
hard? How many of you heard that to solve a problem you have to turn over every
stone? All of these ideas are probably circulating around somewhere as part of
your core beliefs. These types of ideas are indeed so prolific that, in many
cultural circles, we never challenge them. They are, instead, just the given.
They often get thrown in with other ideas about spirituality as though they
Why it was just yesterday I sent a coaches offer to my junk mail because not 3 seconds into her video she endorsed this endless weighted metaphor, saying something like, “To do anything you love
is very hard and we just have to accept that…” I found myself carrying the great weight of
her assumptions with me in the first line of her message. And you know what?
When I hit my junk file, I sat that weight down. And this is where and when my
awareness began to change.
I wonder how many of you who are reading this are finding that, regardless of the outcome, you have to do something else other than pick up and throw around that great weight? I invite you to check in now… How many of you feel you must do something other than what you’ve been
told to do? How many feel you must look for another type of truth of your own
immediate creation? How many feel you would like to come up with a more creative
definition for what’s going on in your life? Well, if you are feeling this
multi-faceted energy of restlessness, coupled with creativity, invention and
ambition, you are really onto something. Now, doesn’t it feel lighter just to
address these questions differently?
Those who would encourage you to be responsible and pick up your burden are really asking you to pick up weighted energy. And this is likely something that they are feeling. These
people, though well-meaning are often mired in the “what if scenario’s.” Here
are a few examples: “If I don’t think about these possibilities they are bound
to happen.” “It isn’t responsible to ignore a possible outcome.” And… “To be a
team player we have to share the collective burden.” How does it feel to
know, instead, that these energies and ideas never really belonged to
I come from a family where these ideas were very entrenched in my
earliest teachings and experiences, so these immediate responses are a part of
my core make-up. Sometimes, they become my go—too’s, especially when my energy
is depleted. Although I do recognize intellectually that they are dysfunctional
and, in many cases, just plain inaccurate. Like many of you, I too struggle at
times with these outmoded tapes. If you find you are struggling with these
types of internalized messages, I encourage you to go easy on yourself. Change
happens when we are willing to look in a different direction.
The other day, I found myself posting a very different kind of a quote on my Facebook
page. I wrote, “When things are too heavy, don’t try to pick them up.” Now this
really is an about face for me. Instead of endorsing my parent’s ideas and the
culture’s ideas about our responsibility to the greater whole, i.e. to see
what’s there and deal with it. Instead, this was basically saying, I see this
and I choose not to carry it. I almost erased it when I posted it. It didn’t
seem right, almost blasphemous, in a weird way, to suggest it. But, I was
curious, so I let the post stay there. I did come back several times to stare at
it and ponder what it might mean.
What I’ve come up with takes me right back to the well-meaning inaccurate messages my parent’s and the culture gave me. In reality, when we endorse this collective weightiness and heaviness that
I’m talking about. We become too heavy to move ourselves…much less the energy
around our situations. We become depressed and overburdened. We eat too much
and walk around with the weight of the world on our shoulders. We become secure
in the idea that we know the outcome of things. We end up endorsing our own
limitations. We fight for things that aren’t good for us anymore just because
we can predict the outcome. This over certainty is too heavy a burden for any
of us to bear and that is because it doesn’t allow us to change. Sure it’s
solid and undeniable. And it proves we are there, but our ideas become
immovable things. And then we outgrow them as we are beings meant to change,
and our ideas and experiences and outgrown truths become intolerable to
This is why, when you feel something is too heavy a load, it
is better to move in another direction. First, if you need to, rest and allow
yourself time to adjust to the new direction. Then, make sure you’ve dealt
with any loose ends of the heavier place. Have the conversation, change the
times, and make your new needs known. As you do, at the same time, begin to
imagine what it will be like to feel lighter, move easier, and more freely,
connect more smoothly. Really let yourself get into this place.
Watch clips of downhill skiers, or take a bath with bubbles and notice how the suds
sit full of air so easily on the top of the water. Imagine yourself and your
new movements as airy and light as those suds. Or imagine yourself as quick and
lithe as those downhill skiers. This is the way to begin to wholly embody the
change on a spiritual and eventually, a physical level.
Lastly, I always tell my clients that moving through change is never as hard as we imagine it
will be. Know that, when you embrace the opportunity to move through to a
lighter more sustainable energy, you will have unseen helpers that will guide
you in the new direction, hidden hands that will provide you with
meaningful gifts, and amazing imaginative insights that will help you
gain momentum toward your new vision. So, learn to trust the new energy that is
trying to shift you from the place of too heavy in your life. Just don’t pick up
February’s affirmation Gem is: I easily move forward
with my new endeavors. I set down those things that no longer speak to me and
move in the direction of my innately inspired alignment. I am open to
exploring this new feeling of lightness in myself and others.
And February’s Gem is sunstone. Sunstone is known as “The stone of joy.” It is
known for bringing lightness and connection while opening up intuitive
energies. This stone invites benevolent gods and goddesses to bring luck and
fortune. It imparts empowerment and freedom from the effects of energy
drainers. It evokes optimism and enthusiasm, encourages healing and removes
depressive conditions. I am excited to carry this stone throughout the month of
February with you. May our intention setting take us to unseen places carried
on the winds of our most buoyant ideas! Blessings and happy envisioning
and intention setting to each of you!
Jenny’s work draws heavily from
the depth psychology schools of C.G.
Jung and Joseph Campbell. By utilizing and
refining your unique intuition she hopes to help you achieve a more peaceful, and authentic response
to life, no matter where you find yourself on the human
journey. Jenny brings her gifts of insight, vision, depth and a non-judgmental presence to our work. She looks forward to helping you help your intuitive Self shine! She may be reached at: email@example.com or at her website: www.innervoiceintuitive.com
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Jenny's Gems for the month of January-from the Column Intuitive Illumination's from a Grounded Mystic
Whether you have Christian, Pagan, Buddhist, Islamic, Jewish, Agnostic, or Atheist leanings, we all get swept up into either actively preparing for the season or noticing the preparations of those around us. This energy can stretch into and beyond the preparations we hope to evoke for the New Year. Depending on how we chose to spend them, this can create an indelible imprint as to how we frame the energy experienced at this time. The end of the year and the subsequent new beginning is a time which can be experienced by many of us as not only an exciting and powerful time, but also a uniquely challenging one. At ths time, it is not uncommon to feel pulled in many different directions at once. Holiday time and beyond is seen culturally as peppered with family gatherings, a time to extend an olive branch to others, and a time to set aside differences. There can be much pressure to do this. While this is a nice idea, in reality, it can easily turn into a majority rules type of affair and leave many feeling unheard and devalued if they have different feelings and beliefs. This can bring up strong, yet often polarizing feelings in many of us. To add to the tension, we live in a culture that reinforces the idea that if we know ourselves well we should not struggle with conflicting feelings. Our families often expect us to align our celebrations with their religions, spiritual traditions, rituals, and beliefs. Because of this cultural and often karmic pressure, we are pulled back energetically to our family’s old and often dis-functional belief systems. As a result of these internalized tapes, it can be very hard to recognize for ourselves what looks and feels sacred, meaningful and powerful for ourselves.
While it is true that increased self-awareness can help us to get clearer about what we feel and need to do for our authentic Soul-selves to feel honored and connected, and to shine and share on our own terms; this second part of the equation, i.e. that we should somehow be able to escape all feelings of confusion if we are strong, couldn’t be further from the truth. Often it is these exact cultural and family myths that we unconsciously uphold that drain us of vital life energy. They can leave us feeling unsupported and dis-empowered at a time when our authentic power could instead be rising, our light and energy could be getting brighter as we anticipate new energy in the New Year.
The practice of recognizing and finding value in two opposing ideas is not something our Western culture often endorses. As a culture, we thrive on being able to stand our ground firmly. Most of us are taught to expect and offer a clear, yes or no, black or white, right or wrong. This is how we have come to understand and misinterpret the role our ego plays. In reality, when we have a strong enough sense of self, we can develop a reflexive ego. Then we are not so dependent on black or white stances. When this happens, we are also less fueled by our cultures or family’s definition of what we should be and do and more fueled by our own idea of what we are capable of growing into.
C.G. Jung introduced the idea of balancing the tension of the opposites. He describes this as a state where we can come to relax our polarized judgments and instead find worth and value in both previously dichotomous characteristics. Jung speaks about this developmental need which, when truly looked at objectively, can create a third thing…another way of seeing and growing. For him, this is embodied in the idea of the transcendent function. When we are able to embrace this new third thing, the energy that created the allegiance to one side or the other is unified, and worth and value are now found equally in varying characteristics of both. I know this idea may sound heavy, but bear with me here I’m headed back to firmer ground, I promise.
What does this have to do with your energy and how you experience Sacred Celebrations moving into the New Year? Well, often our need to engage in conflict, push the envelope on larger philosophical and spiritual questions comes from feeling under-heard, devalued or repressed in the past. If first, before going out there in the world, we can sit with ourselves inside and ask a few questions of ourselves we may find firmer ground there. Some of these purposeful questions might include, “What is meaningful and powerful to me about this time of year?” or, “What can I do to create wonderful memories and evoke the energy’s I deserve to feel?” or “What do I need to experience and indulge in to feel peaceful, satisfied and full at the years ending?” Asking these kinds of questions and then really listening to what your inner self tells you can help you to enjoy the holidays on your own terms first.
When you do choose to engage with family, at the office, or with people who may not have the same ideas about celebration as you do, you can remember and take stock of the unique ways you actively chose to enjoy the time. Instead of feeling frustrated, you will instead begin to honor your growing sense of self-care. As for feeling devalued or invisible, there is nothing wrong with clearly stating what you believe out loud or even inside to yourself, at the time of the slight. And it is you that gets to decide how much you want to engage in these celebrations. You can check in and figure that out on a case by case basis. I did this recently. I love to sing and was invited to carol this year with my in-laws. I really sat with it and weighed it the previous day… How much joy would it bring me? How much frustration?
I have a wonderful and opinionated cousin who genuinely feels there is a huge war on Christmas. I knew caroling with this group would evoke a diatribe of comments about taking the Christ out of Christmas, and devolve into an attack on separation of church and state. Although I dearly love Christmas songs and most of all non-secular ones, I am definitely in the pagan camp, preferring a yule celebration and recognizing the power of new beginnings on the longest night of the year. I passed on the Caroling.
We went there for part of Christmas day and in their home I had no problem hearing some war on Christmas stuff…I knew I would. I do love this person dearly and we could agree to disagree and still enjoy the day. I definitely enjoyed the foods, the singing of religious carols, and lighting the last advent candle. I heard, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” And in part, I believe he is. I was able to hold the tension of the opposites Jung speaks of. I realized that there are delightful aspects as well as some non-inclusive aspects to the celebration. And the third thing that Jung speaks of in this scenario, the thing that opened my heart wider, is the love I undeniably felt for my less than perfect family and my less than perfect self.
When we check in with ourselves and honor our needs for celebration as we move through the Holiday season and beyond, we ensure that, as we find ourselves embracing the energy of the New Year, we will be doing so from a space of tolerance and open heartedness for the self and our community as a central part of our story.
So January’s affirmation Gem is: I am tolerant and loving with myself as well as others on my journey. I can feel this sense of openhearted tolerance for all expanding. I realize I have more in common with others than I had previously imagined. I am open to exploring this growing awareness in myself and others.
And January’s Gem is Muscovite. This stone allows you to recognize your projections. It helps you to see that the things you do not like in another are really the characteristics you cannot accept in yourself. It aids in the integration and transformation of these qualities. Muscovite stimulates unconditional love and acceptance, and at the same time, it helps you release tension.
Again this month just as last, I will be carrying muscovite as well and doing this magical affirmative intention setting work with you. Please trust the feelings you are having and the ideas and experiences that stem from them. Blessings and happy envisioning and intention setting to each of you!
For a complete dictionary of Jungian terms and ideas consult: http://www.psychceu.com/jung/sharplexicon.
Jenny’s work draws heavily from the depth psychology schools of C.G. Jung and Joseph Campbell. By utilizing and refining your unique intuition, she hopes to help you achieve a more peaceful and authentic response to life, no matter where you find yourself on the human journey. Jenny brings her gifts of insight, vision, depth and a non-judgmental presence to our work. She looks forward to helping you help your inner Self shine! She may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at her website: http://www.innervoiceintuitive.com to schedule tarot readings and counseling work.
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Jenny Sieck is an Intuitive counselor, utilizing transpersonal, archetypal and psychospiritual modalities in her treatment approach. She is passionate about helping clients and students alike retell their life story by embrace their intuition and higher self as a central tenet. Jenny is also an adept and perceptive tarot reader/teacher, passionate about sharing tarot as a tool to increase insight, inspiration and awareness of self and story. Jenny helps others honor their unique voice and realize it's inspired potential in their inner life so we can co-create a brighter light in all of our lives. With these readied gifts she hopes together we can manifest an illuminated earth community .