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Guess who stopped by on yesterday’s New Moon?
That’s right! Sweet little Hope!
You might remember her from last year, as I posted about her twice. One of those blogs was titled Hope Kindles Change. Synchronously, she was showing up in September of 2019 too! It must be her month for appearances and messages.
But other than a couple of bunnies I’ve seen outside of our yard, yesterday’s sighting was the first IN our yard since the snow began to thaw and I saw a bunny nibbling on some exposed greens. I had a feeling that was her too.
But yesterday I was in the right place at the right time, just having finished giving Astrid some good morning kisses and snuggles, to catch this little one running by my office into the backyard. To say that my heart leapt with glee is an understatement. I ran to go see her through the other sliding glass door and then made my way outside to give her a proper greeting.
She looked so much like my sweet little friend, Hope, grown up. It became evident that indeed it was her by how long she sat listening to me talk to her while nestled under the bushes with those wide, deep eyes and pure little heart.
Oh how I missed her.
I even got to see her binky and zip around with joy once, which I was lucky to catch a glimpse of on camera. Check out that adorable little cottontail bunny butt and powerful little back thumpers. Weeeeeeeeeee!
I LOVE that she made her grand appearance on the Virgo Super New Moon. Astrid was quite aware that she had announced herself and I sensed that both of them were working up some rabbit alchemy together.
I actually wouldn’t be surprised if Hope is a Virgo too. There’s something very connected with the two of them.
I feel that her appearance at the threshold of illumination and new beginnings that the New Moon heralds, was Hope’s way of imparting a breath of potential that lingers in the air for us to breathe in.
Although things seem daunting and so very unknown, she has the sweetest way of reminding us that all hope is not lost. That we have unlimited creative ways to navigate the journey and with a little heart and a lot of vision, we can reinvent, reimagine, and recreate anew.
And as the blog link shares above, about her message she has come to impart:
My sweet bunny friend, Hope, wants us not to lose all faith.
She wants us to kindle hope, because hope kindles change.
Not an attached, desperate, yearning kind of hope that tightens one’s ability to breathe, but a gentle, soft inhale of possibility.
Dark despair and resignation sets up self-fulfilling prophecies. What you believe has power over you.
Hope is a process of remembering your nature, and as nature always renews, so can you.
Wishing you a clarifying Virgo Super New Moon. May it bring to light the ways in which you’d like to ground new goals, commune more deeply with the “Nature” of you, and fortify your self-care rituals for maximum highest good benefit.
While I wind down some projects here this week I just wanted to briefly update you on a few things upcoming for Autumn Equinox and percolating for 2021.
I mentioned in Sunday’s blog, Changing Worlds & New Openings, that I’d likely share a little sneak peak of what’s brewing. So here we go.
First off, I reopened our Magick Rabbit Etsy Shop, although we don’t have any new items at present – just the last two journal notebooks, greeting card sets, and a few prints remain. We have only 1-3 of each left, with the exception of the greeting card set, which has 6 sets of 5 cards left. I can see that several of the items are in people’s carts already and Bedtime Stories just got snatched up and is down to the last print now, so I’m not sure how long these will last. I intend to add a few fun items in the next week or so to include several vintage, one-of-a-kind, discontinued, or simply whimsical rabbit clothing items that I procured just for this or thought would be fun to pass along. These will be available at discounted prices. I may open a couple of custom listings as well, and if time allows, some sweet, seasonal treats and surprises. So please check back between now and end of the month.
Second, I also reopened sessions again and the Intuitive Energy Guide One-on-One Sessions page just received a big refresh, which includes an Autumn Equinox Special. You’ll find that some of the changes include no longer offering stand-alone email sessions anymore, nor package bundles of phone and email sessions combined. What you will find is that there are now two phone session options – a One Hour Phone Session without Reiki and a One Hour Optimizing Phone Session with a Reiki Healing Attunement (these will continue to include follow-up emails – I’m just not doing sessions as emails at this time). Single sessions, or a 3, 5, and 8 pack of sessions within each of these options are also available along with a stand-alone Reiki Healing Attunement. Although I have a few people sending me some new testimonials, I wanted to get these up and out there, as I was already receiving requests again and getting sessions on the calendar. I won’t be scheduling new sessions until after Autumn Equinox, but you can purchase and set up these beginning now. The Autumn Equinox Special is a 4 for 3 special, which gives you a full month of sessions with one being free. Details at the link above. Again, these can be purchased now, but sessions won’t be scheduled until after Equinox.
Now on to 2021.
These are some of the things I’m working on and exploring more.
Beginning of the year, I’ll likely offer two short online Advanced Reiki classes for the first time – to include Reiki & Intuition and Reiki & Crystals, or some version of these. This would commence after December’s Reiki 3 Master Teacher training is complete and well-integrated.
I’m seeing that there’s a need to delve further and outside just the scope of regular Reiki training, as people are accelerating quickly and they need ways to learn to trust and deepen with their work, as they develop their gifts, passions and skills. I’m also seeing that the need for more creative freedom with approaches to your practice would be timely and supportive. We delve into these a little in classes, but there’s so much to get through that these deserve a class of their own. These would branch out more unconventionally to support greater flow and organic approaches with your work. Plus, I constantly hear from people who doubt their intuitive abilities or don’t know how to keep honing them, and who are so drawn to and love our crystal friend, Earth healing companions.
And speaking of Reiki. Our Reiki Level 1 online training, as you know, was completed in August and Reiki Level 2 begins the first two weeks of October, as we are splitting into two group sessions for one full day of training. Reiki 2 is full with the same beautiful group of 15 moving on together. Reiki 3 Master Teacher will be in December and currently we have 13 registered. I’m not sure who else yet will continue on, but if you’ve taken levels 1 & 2 before with me and were thinking of furthering and concluding your training, please let me know as soon as you can as this class isn’t one I can provide unlimited spaces for without creating multiple class dates – and I’m not equipped to do that for the month of December.
Next up….I received a lot of interest in and positive feedback about a mentoring program, so I’m getting more serious about looking at putting that together or seeing where the tentacles of this leads. I will update you how that’s going and if it transforms and branches off into a different version, but it wouldn’t be until later in 2021. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.
As I mentioned before, this would be a more intensive and exclusive one-on-one offering, to support a comprehensive approach to manifesting a new path that turns your purpose and passions into your career, while also transforming your life so you experience the fullest expression of your spirit potential right now.
And last, I’m considering starting a Podcast or Video Podcast. This isn’t a new idea, but it’s the first time I’m allowing myself to entertain the cosmic invitation more seriously. So, I’m being more open than I would have in the past and am letting guidance through. This also wouldn’t be until later in 2021, but who knows!
I have some other things percolating in terms of online support in shorter formats, and offshoots of things I’m currently involved in that may take some twists and turns, but I’m waiting to get more clarity on those too. And who knows what else! But I thought it would be fun to share some of the brainstorming in motion during the energy of this Virgo Super New Moon and to express that I’m having a good time letting things unfold organically without putting up a fight. 🙂
I’m still committed to completing my novel and it remains my driving passion, but by letting go of any ideas around it, time restraints, etc. it’s becoming what I know it was meant to be and not what I originally tried to make it. It’s been a process of completely undoing myself in order to surrender to ITS creation.
Drop me a comment on what’s new in your world and what ideas and new seeds you’re planting. This is a great time to state intentions, courageously say something out loud to anchor in deeper commitment, brainstorm, explore, and be open to the unlimited possibilities knocking at your door. I can feel so many people reinventing themselves and making leaps. It’s fantastic!!
Today is a special day for one big soul in a sweet little bunny body. It’s Astrid’s birthday and the timing of it couldn’t be more aligned. She’s been so excited and this morning was no exception, as she ran around and awaited what goodies mom had for her. Anytime I pull out her crown she sits steadily, waiting for me to place it on top of her head and doesn’t try to shake it off. That’s a true queen for you!
Astrid’s sixth birthday falls within the window of our upcoming, early morning Virgo Super New Moon this Thursday, September 17th – a wonderful time for grounding energy in order to welcome in the new.
Virgo is the sign of the healer and invites us into a new relationship with self for wellness that ultimately supports service to others, by increasing our self-nurturing and care routines so we have an abundance to offer. And under this sign it comes easily through our opening to the power of nature in our lives. This is a wonderful opportunity for spending more time in nature, with animals, eating plant-rich foods and using herbal blends to help recharge and restore our energy.
All things Astrid is very good at and in fact for her birthday she received a big order of beautiful herbal blends, snacks, and fresh hay, along with yummies harvested from the Garden Tower. I’ve even prepared a few surprises like sunflower petals from the garden and her favorite wood and timothy hay mobile toys to toss around, chew and dine on.
Nourishing our digestive system is so supportive right now with light and healthy home-cooked meals to keep things flowing and clear, which translates to clarity of mind too.
So indeed assimilating of foods is like assimilating of ideas, emotions, patterns, beliefs, etc. and the more we can assist this, the clearer our energy fields.
Astrid knows this far too well as a rabbit with a sensitive digestive system. Bunnies need to be extra diligent with what they eat in order to keep things flowing and not create blockages. And if stress builds up, this affects that assimilation and everything can go downhill from there.
She’s experienced the processing of heavy things before and how it can create a bloating in the stomach. So she invites you to look at your life right now with vulnerable honesty and see where you might have things you need to process and digest – especially taking time with the emotions that are underlying so that they can fully receive their expression.
Are you holding onto anything that would serve you better to let go?
This window of the Virgo New Moon is an opportunity to focus on the details in your life and get serious about the changes that would be most beneficial to create greater ease and flow. By holding up a mirror to ourselves we can look with honesty at the things that are inviting us into a new experience that involves change from the inside out. Cleaning up the internal will free up the external. So you may discover wanting to fine-tune your life right now and look at the details more seriously that can set your course for success with your goals.
Astrid is great at reminding me of the things we need to adjust and refine with a little tug at my socks or pant leg, or moving her furniture and knocking down her ramp to get my attention. She and I are like one, so it’s helpful to me knowing everything is a shared experience so that I make adjustments immediately. Otherwise, she’ll respond and reflect that something’s out of balance. Knowing that I can affect her behavior, or even her health is extra motivation to stay on top of things.
This is also a great time to focus on organizing your life and building the steps for projects that will endure the test of time with the right amount of diligence you place on the little things right now as a foundation.
Astrid and I have been deeply entrenched in organizational projects, which included our shared Wonderland room/office where we mastermind fun, innovation, healing, and visions for the new. Astrid gets excited when I have everything laid out on the floor in the midst of clearing and restructuring/redesigning things. She’s a great project manager who oversees everything with happy energy. But she especially enjoys when it’s all in its new place – as do I!
She’s also been helping with the download of ideas on other project fronts. Astrid is the queen of many things.
A beautiful relationship between mind and body is a key dynamic for this New Moon too.
And as mentioned, Astrid is the best mirror for keeping these aligned, as she is quick to tell me otherwise. One of the things I love about her is her transparency and courage in speaking up. When body and mind, heart and soul, are in synergy, optimal experiences and results manifest.
Me being a Pisces and Astrid a Virgo is another way we compliment each other by anchoring both ends of the spectrum. As opposite signs on the Zodiac wheel we represent harmonious energies that although contrasting, are the perfect challenge for developing one’s potential.
Like the two fish of Pisces, they may seem to be opposing, but create wholeness as the other side of the same coin.
So this New Moon is supportive for our development and growth within the spectrum of these energies to explore.
And speaking of harmony, since this is Astrid’s sixth birthday, let’s look at the symbolism of that number, as Astrid demonstrates it in the photo above.
This includes six representing harmony, balance, soulful integration, perfect union, communication, sincerity, love, truth, enlightenment, naturally revealing solutions for us in a calm, unfolding manner, delicate diplomacy in sensitive matters, reliability, lighting our path in areas we require spiritual and mental balance, and encourages compassion and forgiveness. It’s also connected with the sacred and ancient hexagon symbol that has metaphysical and mystical meaning for spiritual attainment through integration.
These are perfect energies to feel into right now and so beautifully reflect the relationship between Astrid and I, as well as focuses that can benefit the collective to tune into and embody more.
I’m grateful for this reflection, as I celebrate the mutual love, respect, and honor shared between us.
Thank you Astrid for being such a guiding light and powerful force, as well as for being so committed to supporting the collective shifts to manifest a new reality on Earth.
I honor you and the role you accepted to always remind me to temper mission with love.
I’m grateful to have such a strong and loving soul in my life as you to walk beside me, help navigate the wild ride, keep me anchored to what’s most important, remind me of why we’re here, and to constantly encourage me to keep growing and going – while all the while sharing love and giggles. You know how to balance the strong and the sweet.
Happy birthday Astrid!!!!!!
I love you!
(Just noticed that we published this post at 12:12 pm our time – alchemy at work whenever teaming up with Astrid – 1+2=3:1+2=3 & 3+3=6)
The world is changing and change is creating many worlds, while the doors between them grow wider. Do you notice the continued, widening contrast of realities being experienced? We each have our roles to play and Nature is always holding a mirror up so we can make empowered adjustments if we don’t like the part we’re being cast in.
Where the veils were once thick and life seemed to be a struggle, there is greater ease in walking between those realms, not just through dream and meditation time, but as a tangible reality.
And even while things are drastically shifting, feel disconcerting, and even down right strange, there seems to be a bunch of new things in the midst and opportunities opening where things may have seemed stuck, unclear, or even hopeless.
Last Saturday and the Monday following, I found more dead animals while hiking – a squirrel, a bird head, then a full bird right at water’s edge next to where we picnicked on a lake, and on the way home, a rare dead fox.
Dead animals and bones, as well as feathers and fur seem to always find me and I always do my best to bury, honor, and send energy around them for the time of their transition. They reflect to me the cycles of life and how every one of them is sacred. I also do my best to listen to what message they have to impart.
I even have a couple of birds I found, buried in my garden bed as a way to honor these cycles and have a lot of bones from my hikes over the last few years, laced between rocks on the perimeter of our land here. All stages of life and afterlife are honored and that includes the seasons of change in between.
Sunday I found a beautiful, blue Steller’s jay feather in between the sightings while having a cosmic conversation on a hike, along with many other varied small feathers along the path.
There’s always a bitter and sweet lining to the natural cycles of transformation.
The Steller’s Jay feather was a beautiful reflection of how to approach our days with lightness of heart no matter the circumstances. They symbolize bold, fearless energy, and the power of presence and how to use personal power effectively. The crest on their heads connect them to the sky and above, drawing energy and wisdom through the crown and reminding us that our true power needs to be applied in a balanced way that integrates both spirit and body, mind and heart. They also symbolize a great amount of talent, but a talent that needs to be developed and used wisely. In this way they mirror to us, if one has also appeared for you, that this is a time in your life where you can begin to support the inherent wisdom within you to mature and come forth in a bigger way. Steller’s Jay also alerts us that anything of value, spiritual growth, and relationships takes work and they show us how to activate our internal resources to do this. Communication abilities are strong, access to memories and assimilation of them come to awareness, risk taking, seizing opportunities, discovering new things to explore, balancing intelligence with silence and patience to align with divine timing all come through Steller’s Jay in message. Their crest that reaches up also places attention at the energy centers of the head/crown, indicating an increase in new spiritual knowledge and wisdom that may become activated.
All of these sightings indeed speak to progression and dramatic change, things being integrated, and even decisions in process that are part of the metamorphosis at hand. I also see them as an access point between worlds – that state of transition or void, creating a portal effect. Each animal also holds its own message along with this theme.
This dramatic change is being reflected in Nature’s Earth shifts and energetic environment around us as well. More on that to come.
While I’ve been immersed in my own state of “in between” change in motion right now, I continue to listen to where my energy and purpose is called and I’m following steps for what’s upcoming.
The consistency of my pulsing in and out, as needed, has helped me maintain balance when I otherwise could easily be thrown off or depleted. The embracing of what is being called for right now, and being okay to let things go until their time aligns, has helped me to flow better and release pressures.
This last week or so has felt like being in a void and these are the times I know a lot is happening on every level, percolating behind the scenes.
My time has been spent very preoccupied by a lot of busy work (mostly physical) that has been much needed to clear the slate and prepare the way.
I’ve also experienced an increase in the amount of incoming messages and people reaching out recently, making me understand the energy balance at play.
I always find that the busier I am the more things amp up all around me, indicating both how everything is a mirror and connected, but also a reminder to have healthy boundaries and lessen up on perceived pressures.
A lot of connection, openings, and upgrades kicking in for many, even while a lot of loss and challenge is present. It feels like the transformative events people thought were coming years ago, are here now and it’s been accelerated.
For me, it’s increased the level of direct communication and intuitive clarity I am receiving and it’s also produced a download of upcoming things I’m being shown to open up to and offer.
I’ll be sharing a little peak at what you might find in 2021 and the coming months in an upcoming blog perhaps this week. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, my life is getting a renewing revamp this month and while some things are complete, I’m still in process of creating and envisioning the rest.
There is a new rising I feel in motion, like a Phoenix from the ashes.
And quite literal expressions of this are unfolding in Nature, with profound effects on everything and everyone they touch.
Likely you are experiencing, or at least noticing, that things seem topsy-turvy all around on every level. Besides everything else going on, Earth and weather patterns have been all over the map.
Here in Nevada, we continue to experience fluctuating air quality shifts from the fires in California. Just as fires become contained, others begin.
Oregon and Washington are also experiencing an extraordinary number of fires along with California, making it an unprecedented fire season. I have heard from friends in all of these areas, including Montana, about the fires, smoke, evacuations, and even the loss of family homes. Luckily everyone got to safety, but the effects have been devastating and piggy-backing other huge hits in their lives.
Other states in the west and southwest experiencing fires on moderate to lesser degrees include Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Alaska, Wyoming, New Mexico and Nevada.
All of this sweeping energy reflecting that phoenix symbolism.
Temperatures have been record-scorching with so many areas experiencing high 90’s and over 100 throughout the summer and the fires. Although we haven’t gotten over the mid to upper 80’s here (which is warmer for us), everyone is feeling the heat is on – quite literally – in their lives.
And yet in the midst of it, snow has hit some areas even though it’s still summer. I heard from friends in Montana and in different parts of Colorado all in the midst of snowfall. Utah and Wyoming are also getting an early snow hit, making these a record early cold blast to the Rockies. Some ski resorts are reporting they’ll be opening late October, even.
And a cold front hit us overnight here, too. Just a few days ago we dropped to only 63 degrees from 83 degrees the day prior, with night temps reaching freezing at 31. The temps have continued in a cooling mode for both day and night with air quality jumping around constantly.
However, we’ve not hit anywhere near the hazardous zone like friends of ours in Bend, Oregon who hit an air quality index of 533 a couple of days ago, which has continued sky-rocketing. It’s so bad that they have to wear special masks just to walk their dogs, but stay home otherwise with their doors taped up to keep the bad air out. They’re now on their way out of state to get away from the toxicity for a while. I have another friend who lives in Oregon, but travels to Washington state because of her family cabin there, who is also reporting toxic levels in the air and having to wear a special mask to do some needed chores around her cabin.
And the rest of the U.S. has its own unusual or dramatic weather patterns to keep an eye on as well that are contrasting the west.
Heavy rains have hit the southern plains, multiple tropical systems have been moving in the Atlantic putting a tropical storm and hurricane watch in the southeast with evacuations on hand.
And there’s been flash flood, tornado, and damaging wind threats on the east coast too.
I find myself doing daily Reiki Healing Attunements these days for so many things. My heart goes out to everyone experiencing the stress, trauma, and loss with current unfoldings. Along with so many others doing similar, I keep intending and asking for supportive protection and sending love and peace to everyone, the land, the animals, and plants. I envision relief for the highest good of all concerned.
It seems no matter where you are, there’s something afoot relative to the area’s susceptibility.
It’s clear the world is changing rapidly when you view things externally.
This can only mean that internally, so are we, whether we like it or not.
One thing that’s been clear to me in life is that even if you try to escape what’s right in front of you, you can’t run from yourself.
Energetic dynamics are something we can create a different relationship to, which in effect shifts our experiences and turns reactions into conscious responses.
What I find is that as much as one feels triggered, complains, worries, blames, or feels as if they are at the mercy of their environment and situations, feels stuck, or even debilitated by their surroundings, you can’t run away from yourself no matter where you go.
So, even if you pick yourself up and leave a place or situation temporarily or permanently, you always take your stuff with you. One place or experience might feel more energetically supportive on the one hand, but looking at this option as a way to be freed will come up short if you haven’t done the work internally to support that kind of freedom. Awareness and action to support making changes, is ultimately what will bring you true and lasting peace and fulfillment, no matter where you are and what circumstance you find yourself surrounded by.
Amidst everything, I’ve been watching the forest animals prepping for winter under the glow of the smoke-reddened sun. The squirrels are especially endearing and humorous with their hiding of pine cones. They chirp away at me when I interrupt their digging with my garden time and we have a little chat and giggle about it. The chipmunks are chiming in too. Their prep could reflect the potential for an early or bigger winter onset upcoming. I’m continuing to keep an eye on their behavior, as it has always been foretelling. It’s not yet clear to me, but we’ll see in this next month. I’ve been able to predict things each year by observing them.
This is the first year, as you might remember, that we’ve seen tree frogs on our property. But it’s also the first year that their croaking has become a part of the forest symphony. Daily, I hear their vibrating throats creating a soothing and mystical melody that seems to fit the transition of seasons and the eerie unknown lingering in the air.
I love that my wildflower bed is still growing prolifically, but cycling through a lot of blooms rapidly. These photos show it in the different varying light of the day.
I’m excited that I managed to cultivate some wild comfrey in my garden from my favorite plant that grows by a near a creek, and a wild orchid bush too. They should return next year with all of these beautiful perennial wildflowers.
The fast, continual growth and quick turnover feels reflective of our lives right now personally, and collectively.
I continue to prep jars of dried herbs and petals, am preparing to make carry-around spritzers in a bottle for hiking and as general refreshers and air infusers, and have done huge projects of cleaning, clearing, and organizing on every front. It feels so good!
And with all my Capricorn placements, the organizational me gets giddy about these kinds of things – my Virgo bunny, Astrid does too! My Mars placement goes at it with vigor and feels happy and vital from the activity.
Each task is getting done, one-by-one, even though they’ve taken a bit longer than anticipated.
All things in divine timing.
As I’ve shared before:
It can be hard amidst challenges that seem never-ending and so heavy to see light at the end of the tunnel.
But often, miracles happen just when you thought there was nothing left to hope for and people tend to stop just short of that tipping point.
Every “setback” can be viewed as the potential for something more to be brought to light, greater alignment in process, or the opportunity to turn something from one thing to another (alchemy) and shift your vibration to match it. Setbacks can be a form of preparation and training to ensure you move forward into the new with a stronger anchor and greater readiness.
Much is shifting in the world on a daily and moment-to-moment basis and if you choose to only focus and dwell on one perspective – seeing only all the drama and catastrophe – not only will you be sucked into a cesspool of quicksand that keeps dragging you down, but you’ll also miss out on the rest (like things to be grateful for), which includes how those things you may not like so much are, and have, actually been fueling all of the positive changes and potentials.
Let’s remind each other of our wholeness, by embodying it more and more and embracing all potentials of experience, not just the challenging, discouraging, and depressing ones.
Yes, life on Earth is going through dramatic change, which temporarily feels like splitting worlds, but new openings are the potential we can choose to seed with more compassionate and loving hearts.
As Summer sweetens into a lazy haze, my bare feet find solace in the thick cool clover reminding me that my blossom friends will return again.
Hints of auburn and gold Autumn hide between pine needles and sneak up each morning after anointment of faery wands dancing through the night.
Late afternoons and darkening evenings glow by the silvery song of the tree frog.
He croaks outside the door to call in a mate and his voice is both sweet and sad. I hope he won’t be alone for long.
This bitter and sweet lingers on the air of transition, as I say goodbye to the last of the foxgloves and hello to the seasonal wildflowers that seem to come and go in a blink.
Life spans are shortened like the days and light, as a mystique rolls in on the Zephyr winds.
Change is rumbling through the Earth and our bones, as seasonal circadian rhythms take on a new dance with the forest creatures in preparation.
My feet sink deeper into the cool clover; toes curling into their memories.
Happy September! I hope this new month is starting off well for you or feels like perhaps you got some things behind you so that you can get on to creating the new you’ve been intending.
The last day of August seemed to be a big day for many, including people and rabbits I know who all had surgeries and diagnostic procedures on the same day. Here it’s been a finalization of projects the last two days, with just a couple left for this week and I’m free!
But instead of the last day of the month, Astrid had her regular four-month vet exam on the first of the month – this day was also shared by a sweet friend’s birthday (Astrid’s birthday is upcoming though too). I’m grateful to report all is well in Queensville. She did get her usual ear flush due to excessive wax build up that her body chemistry just seems to create more than usual, and a nice mani/pedi nail clip. Her refresh mirrors my upcoming hair refresh that just so happened to get rescheduled for the Equinox, as it was the only day available. Talk about alignment. 😉
And speaking of the approaching Autumn Equinox when I’ll begin planting all of my bulbs, I’m loving the transition of late Summer to early Autumn vibes that continues.
So much so, that my office got a little upgrade of late Summer/early Autumn bursts to match the enchanted faery garden just outside the door.
Since we moved in, which was just about three years ago, I’ve had succulents growing from my wood wall hangings. I’ve been tending them by taking them down to water when needed and replacing plants that would eventually transition. Although not a huge amount of work, it was still a task that created extra cleanup and took time when it rolled around. I decided that the easier to reach plants in the house and my garden were sufficient for this easy-breezy faery, so I transplanted all the remaining succulents to pots in the living and dining room.
I hadn’t completed the second part of the project until just yesterday, which involved replacing them with vibrant faux flowers to bring bursts of color and abundance in.
I did them in colors to match the new flower arrangements I also made for the office side tables, which replaced things that I gave away or transplanted as well. They also compliment the new rabbit wreaths that hang at top of the enchanted forest Moon portal wall tapestry that creates the magickal land for one of Astrid’s rabbit castles.
Although I do still have live plants, topiaries, pine and sugar pine cones, beautiful lichen blanketed bark, and dried forest wild flower arrangements and sacred smudge wand in my office, these add a bright, fun touch and has reduced my plant care time to nearly nothing.
Plus, they make me so happy!
This also makes them easier to change out when I get inspired to, as I do have an idea to make little wooden shelves inside each of the shapes (there’s a star, butterfly, and musical note wood frame) where I can hold crystals and other little sacred and sweet objects. But until then, the flowers are so cheerful and warm my heart.
I’m still doing some more reorganizing and redecorating, but just small touches can really make an overall energetic difference.
I’ve also continued to fill up my mason jars with dried aromatic herbs for Autumn and Winter baking and cooking. I still have tons of lavender that will likely fill a couple of large jars, have a last round of rose petals in process of drying, sunflower petals on the way (and some gifted heirloom sunflower seeds to plant next Spring), and will of course have a batch of things from the tower when the last harvest takes place.
And I added another wasp nest to my nest mobile (now housing seven nests – wasp, bee, and bird), which as you can see has grown both in manzanita branches and nests since first I started creating it.
On Monday, the last day of August, the Moon was huge and orange like this new solar garden pumpkin addition my parents gave me. As you can see, I’ve been playing around with its placement, but I feel it’s come to rest amidst the owl guardians.
The Moon was nearly full since the Pisces Full Moon was last night/very early this morning – the 1st/2nd of September (depending on where you live). I took these photos as the night sky blanketed the mountain here last evening.
Curiously, tiny bats were circling above me, over and over, on the night of the huge orange Moon (Monday). All of it was feeling very much like the celebration of the upcoming season and Halloween/Samhain.
We don’t see bats very often, although they live here, so that was an interesting sighting that of course made me think of the messaging, which accentuates the theme of rebirth that the other animal sightings around me have also spoken of.
They also message to me about seeing through illusion, heightened intuition, paying attention to dreams, deepening within, ability to see in and through the darkness, the Underworld, exploring the mystery, and loving the shadow aspects. Circling above felt like they were creating a vortex opening through the crown chakra perhaps to bring through new insights and wisdom. Bats live in womb-like caves, considered the belly of Mother Earth, being reborn every evening when they emerge. This morning I woke feeling some crown chakra energy on the left side of my head, but it subsided after getting moving.
To add to the evening the Moon and bats were so prominent, earlier that day I received quite a few special things in the mail. One package was from a cosmic sister soul who sent me a box full of enchantment. It included two sets of five feathers – each set from a different owl.
She and I both share Barn Owls as our favorite and most mystical/cosmic owl connection. In one bag was five gorgeous, naturally shed feathers from this incredible being. And in the other bag was five more amazing, naturally shed feathers from a Long Eared Owl as an added surprise.
To say I was in awe is an understatement. Just touching the silkiness of the feathers gave me chills and when I took them out to find them a place at my desk, my crown chakra was throbbing until they were done being placed.
So lots of crown chakra initiations/activations!
As you can see, they have come to rest next to some of my collection of Hawk, Osprey, and Great Horned Owl feathers (the others are part of a giant staff I created and others are being saved in a huge box of feathers for another future project).
The Barn Owl ones to the right and Long Eared ones to the left, interspersed in my giant, dried forest wild flower smudge wand.
Everything has purpose and placement that is carefully chosen.
Along with tons of other fun, the gift box also included some goodies from her own garden and land (organic garlic and wild harvest Reishi), which felt like pure faery enchantment and ingredients for witchy potions of goodness.
The alignment of everything with this Full Moon and all the details that feel like they interweave together, even down to the pumpkin/Moon mirroring, garden and owl placement, and then receiving garden goodies and owl feathers, just added to the magickal punch.
There were way more synchronicities than I can share in what the box held and all things that happened at her end on the very same day, including receiving her Reiki 1 certificate from me. And other people received their certificates this same day as well.
So it appears that September has kicked off some creative fun, seasonal prep, project completions, and activations – thanks bat and owl friends, and Pisces Moon. All of it feeling very rich in symbolism to help support the upcoming steps of the journey.
That’s a peak at the start of the month openings here.
Do you have any projects in motion currently?
Hope September opens some new paths to everyone for greater harmonizing within and without.
Side note: If you don’t know about these, North Nodes are another powerful tool for soul evolution and alignment. They’re something I stumbled upon back in my earlier personal growth and astrological research (age 20-22), along with their counterpart South Nodes, and have remained a mainstay guiding post for my life that shined a light on how to channel my full chart of energies more efficiently. It wasn’t something on most people’s radars to focus on then, so I explored it myself. Later, I brought it to the attention of my more astrological counterparts – my brother and Laura, as my intuition told me there was gold in this. I’m not led personally to go full-on astrology or delve into that in any complexity via my work with others. I just lock in to what intuitionally stands out as key to me, but I’m so glad to see that the North Node information is becoming more prominent and that Laura now offers these mini monthly horoscope overviews. It’s so helpful to have a variety of tools for personal empowerment that resonate with each of our gifts, personalities, and frequencies.
Today is the last day of August, as we approach the Pisces Full Moon of the 1st/2nd (depending on where you live) to kick off September. A great time to check in with ourselves and review the last month, while making adjustments for the upcoming one.
Based on what I’ve heard from many of you, I think you’ll find Lee’s insights to ring in – especially those of you experiencing physical symptoms as responses to the changes being assimilated.
Lee accentuates how listening to your creative impulse is important, regardless of whether or not you can see or understand right now how it fits into things or could possibly make a difference. Creative energy is also visionary energy and ideas. It doesn’t only have to be a physical creation that you produce, yet that energy is vital to keep moving.
I also love his insights around “visionary activism,” as that is where my energy has resonated most of my life and has gone very misunderstood or even devalued by others, especially if they were more of the “reactionary activists.” This new form has felt very much needed in the world and as Lee says, “You can’t fight fire with fire…you need to do something different.” I feel this will be a welcome evolution, as it anchors more over the years to come.
And yes, there will be continued chaos showing up, but remember that chaos just IS. We’ll be moving through some more, as we can’t move beyond it without moving through it. So having your own sense of balance and center is important.
That couldn’t be more accurate, at least in my personal experience.
For most of my life I didn’t have a sense of myself, my center, my purpose, and for sure I didn’t have balance – as I was a much more extreme swinging person, largely in part because of my boundaryless existence that could easily be swayed by any underlying currents I subtly detected and as a way to counter-balance those swings.
I worked hard to stand in my own power and realize my own value, and I still work hard at maintaining that, but it has and DOES make a huge difference.
Synchronously, just a couple of days ago I had literally expressed to faery sister Laura during a different context of texting, “There’s so much happening out there…I’m grateful I’ve found my center. I’d be a mess if I hadn’t figured this out, especially with the external stuff and huge contrasting dichotomy of everything around. I definitely know my purpose is to anchor middle and I won’t sway.”
So, yes, there will be some new energies moving through us this month, but Lee shares that if you feel overwhelmed then that’s perfect and important to embrace. This, then, is a time to heal for you…not do out there.
The full theme overview Lee addresses in his video include:
- Major Energy Shifts – Physical Symptoms
- Twists and Turns continue – Nothing is quite as it seems
- Creative Surge continues through September
- Reactionary Activism to Visionary Activism – DOWNLOADS AND SHIFTS
- Karma and Consequences for Dark Energy Intent is now at Work
- Deep Presence Revealing itself – Relationship shifts
- Linear timelines gone astray – multidimensionality and the power of dreams
- Stay as steady as you can – steady is where the power lies
- Conflict energy will be depleting – the veil is thin so the fire of conflict is disturbing to your energy field
Wishing you a deepening September.
At the start of this week I focused on printing and sending out all of the Reiki Level 1 certificates to the group that completed their training this past weekend. Even just that process was a big energy shift on top of all the Reiki flowing through the hours of teaching and attuning the last two weekends. It’s equally transformative and recalibrating for the teacher, as it is the students that are receiving, so I’m definitely experiencing my own activation and inner triggers for reflection.
For this reason, and both because I don’t write blogs as often as I used to AND I feel that others are going through a variety of changes right now in more significant and likely conscious ways than they have in the past, I’m sharing a longer post today. It’s a way to thread connection, too.
So, I noticed that as I sealed the envelopes and sent them out in the world it felt like sending out keys to new doorways of potential that feel to be gridding and lighting up more and more on the Earth. In their own way, they are seeding new openings to wider and innovative ways we can move forward for the greatest and highest good.
At least that was the intention I had, as I sent them out with love.
Since this unexpected teaching flow invited me to also expand wider and change the approaches I adapted until now, it ignited a whole level of reinvention on other layers as well. And it definitely amped up energies that have put into motion a domino-effect of shifts to explore.
In a nutshell, I’d say my experience is all about transitions and upgrades right now. And with all the collective change happening simultaneously, it feels aligned with acceleration at large, and needed.
So how are these shifts and upgrades translating for me?
I’ll share some of the ways I’m experiencing this, as a way of demonstrating the varied levels of life that can be affected in a naturally organic way – especially when embraced – as we go through life changes. This may also be helpful to any of my students that read this blog.
This concept of recalibrating, cleansing, upgrading, and realigning, etc. is something we discuss in training, and includes the possibilities of what that could look like.
However, even though I know this shift is getting an added boost from the Reiki teaching, I also feel it was on its way simply as a natural process of transitions – like Nature’s seasons are reflecting currently and even the upcoming Full Moon is heralding in, as it brings to full amplification and illumination the things in your life that no longer serve you.
I ended up having to upgrade to a new, larger, more powerful computer that Dave just helped set up for me (since I’m not a very tech savvy person) at the start of this new week. Interesting timing right after completion of training. Also interesting is that I always used to have very tiny laptops – like notebooks. Then after a series of those and crashing all of them, I adopted Dave’s older, bigger laptop. I’ve had that quite a while, but it finally was starting to poop out. So now I have an extremely heavy-duty, larger, powerhouse laptop that is all my own and can do likely more than I’ll ever need. But that creates space for growth and new because who knows what the future holds, right?
Likely the very near future few months may hold a new cell phone in store too. Mine seems fine, (even after falling into the water, as you may remember – going through its own rebirth), but we may be upgrading together to a different carrier for several reasons and they likely will have different options of phones than this one that goes with their plans. It’s not surprising to have all electronics go through upgrades with big changes so that what ever is coming will be supported.
Luckily, I must have my energy better harnessed or something, as I don’t seem to blowing out things anymore and do have miraculous fixes like the water dunking with no ill effect. One experience that comes to mind was when I taught a large group Reiki retreat in Laguna and my phone literally sizzled and gave me an electrical shock on the morning of Reiki Master Teacher training. That was a full three levels in one weekend teaching, so it wasn’t surprising really.
The more mild experiences I have now might also speak to the more balanced life I’ve created and make a priority, and how I’ve learned to channel my energy more effectively, as well as do a lot of grounding, exercise, and nature things, along with self-care and holding center amidst contrasting dynamics all around me.
I’ve also been in home improvement project mode, which actually started last Friday before classes with working on tile prep in our shower to get it ready for Dave to seal, caulk, and fix grouting. I found myself scrubbing away with great vigor and being that the shower and water energy coincides with Pisces – my native sign, but also the sign the upcoming Full Moon is in – it seems reflective of bringing up deep subconscious and clingy stuff to the surface to observe, integrate, and move out altogether.
Improvement projects continued Saturday after class with me spending a couple of hours in the garden sanding my garden bench and restaining it to prep it for the upcoming seasons. Again, another layering process in motion, much like the shedding of old skin.
The shower tiles and the bench getting a renewed layer by removing the old one, and in effect some of my layers are coming undone too.
And the projects have continued little by little for us to include some minor redecorating in my office (still underway, but soon to be complete) and a little in the master bedroom, outdoor clean-up and fixers with the yard, pine needle removal from the roof, refilling the jacuzzi with new water, and repairing some insulation under the house. We are thinking about some other changes we may make as well, so there’s again that cleansing and renewal energy in motion.
I’ve also been completing a round of side-work projects to free up my time, along with monthly record-keeping I do.
I’m also in clean out mode and getting donation bags ready again – a favorite thing of mine to do whenever I feel change is in the air.
The weekend of teaching saw me physically drop a little weight, as any old load was lightened. And, for the first time in a while I am getting the strong feeling of lightening things with my hair as well. Since the ends of the hair are the oldest parts, it can make sense why the literal cutting away can come at significant periods of change in our lives so that we’re letting go and dropping that time period or part of our life it represents.
I have mostly just been letting it do whatever it wants and so it just consistently grows longer. Yet, I’m sensing there may be a more significant change upcoming instead of just my four-inch trim I’ve been doing every six months or so. Perhaps a more significant new cut is in store? I’m waiting to see if this is in fact the route I’ll take, or if I’m just feeling so much change that it inspires a large gamut of ideas and inspiration to flood through. In some cases like that, I’ll wait a little to see what actually feels to be the new anchoring, or if in fact energy is simply moving and may bring up other things, so it’s not about settling on the first idea that comes through.
Other changes have included seeing the potential for new possibilities with a feeling of greater flexibility I’m opening to that I wouldn’t have before, and allowing exploration in order to find the highest path that aligns with now. I’m finding myself revisiting things from about four years ago and this includes a resurgence of ancient and cosmic timelines merging and choices that were made at that time. It has brought underlying a-ha empowering moments, alongside some sadness.
There’s also been an experience of simultaneous, parallel realities. One carries the strength for the other, while it simply goes forth to explore. One dips into realizing the new challenges ahead of the unknown and is processing the stages of how to get there. At times, already being where the challenges are integrated and yet aware of the journey to get there being a step at a time and that it will ebb and flow. Then moments of the ebbs and flows. 🙂
We’re also starting to make different plans for the upcoming seasons and looking at some travels with the animals to change up energies very soon.
So, yes, there’s a lot of energy transitions taking place – even more than I’m sharing here. These may give you an idea of how when we stay in observational mode and decide to be more conscious of the active role we can also have with changes, the more things become obvious as to the levels of transformation that are actually happening, and the easier they shift.
And speaking of Nature, it’s also interesting to observe how the changes we go through can also be reflected in things like seasonal shifts, the different animals that show up for us, the things that draw our attention when we are outdoors, the types of plants and flowers that speak to us, the weather patterns, and unusual sightings in general.
As I just wrote that, a squirrel got my attention outside who is laying in an unusual rounded-over ball on a limb of the tree outside my office. Looks as if he/she is resting, but then sat up, still maintaining that ball-shape – so much so, the little tummy appears as if pregnant with tail wrapped perfectly up and around the back in a half circle. There’s a feeling of this little one resting and reflecting/pregnant with ideas and energy – and as soon as I said that he/she moved quickly on to the next task, which currently includes rubbing the entire front of its body and belly in the cutest fashion, flat all over another limb, relishing in the feeling. 🙂
But this is just a direct reflection in the moment right now.
Others have included how the smoke from the California fires have been blowing in and out of the region here. At times feeling like a veil thickening and lifting, or a transitioning taking place of transmutation. Smoke in fact is the transition of matter into spirit.
Then there’s been the increase in sightings of garter snakes that either cross my path right in front of me or lay across the path I’m approaching. Sometimes they catch my attention from the corner of my eye, and Dave is amazed I even see them since they are camouflaged in the grass. So much snake energy speaks to that shedding of skin, as layers removing for renewal. Another one was on our path while hiking down to the lake a couple of days ago, as you can see here.
This same day I also found a sweet, little dead mouse laying to the side of the trail, which I stopped to bury.
About a week before this I found a dead bird. In both cases the body was fully in tact and didn’t appear to have injury. Perhaps death by natural causes, but interesting at this time period.
In general, seeing a dead animal can symbolize something coming to an end in our lives through a natural cycle – a major life transition from one thing to another. It can also herald the time for a new direction or choice. It’s not necessarily a literal death upcoming, although could be and is relative to the person seeing it.
Seeing a dead animal can be a message or reiteration that a door is, or needs to be, closing. It can also be a reflection of hope in times of challenge. And depending upon the qualities of the particular animal, this can signify the areas in your life that it is highlighting. For instance, mice tend to small and tedious little things and so this could indicate an end to minor issues no longer bothering you or not allowing fears getting in the way. Could be an end to any shyness or timidity, or perhaps resourcefulness no longer being a challenge.
It’s interesting that alongside seeing snakes a lot, we’ve been humanely trapping and releasing mice under the house quite a bit before fixing the insulation, and now I see the dead mouse. Mice in Ancient Greece were considered sacred because they are associated as food for snakes, which were sacred to the Greeks as holy healers.
One thing that jumps out at me about mice is this description of their symbolism from Avia Venefica, which I shared in my blog about the little mouse named Fiver that was so transformative for me.
“Our ancient ancestors observed their affinity for ground-burrowing, and likened this to mice being ‘one with the Mother’ (Mother Earth, that is). This ground-loving behavior was also seen as a connection to the Underworlds (or Otherworlds, depending upon your source of reference). This kind of connection makes the mouse a kind of mediator between physical life and recycling life (spirit energies in transition). This Earth and Underworld connection continues in western, medieval Europe, where folk superstitions tell of mice possessing the ability to carry souls of humans who have passed from this physical life.
There’s that reference again to energies in transition, similar to the smoke and the general theme I’ve been speaking about.
And this transition has been taking place in both the garden and the entire landscape here as I watch the end of Summer move into hints of Autumn vibes.
I am really enjoying the transitioning energy showing up in different waves of blossoming and shades of colors turning, fading and warming. Especially soul-enriching to me is all of the golden sage blossoms. It speaks to something soulful coming into glowing illumination.
On the same hike down to the lake where I saw the snake and the dead mouse, we enjoyed the beautiful meadows, pond, creek, and forests full of signs that Autumn is approaching.
And even my garden continues to transition, too, with sunflowers going through life cycles (nearly
half of the 30+ buds all in bloom), prolific wildflowers popping up with more on the way, plants both growing rapidly and coming to end, roses on their last leg of flowering, a last batch of mini
strawberries ripening for Astrid, and pollinators doing their thing to ensure next year’s growth, as
well as squirrels and chipmunks beginning to hide their Winter’s stash (in my garden). 😉
I have a really tall, wild thistle plant out front that is in full fuchsia bloom and starting to turn to puffs of white dandelion-like seeds, as their maturity is during late Summer to early Autumn.
With only a few last days of August remaining, we are approaching the upcoming Pisces Full Moon of the 1st/2nd of the month (depending on where you live) and Autumn Equinox on the 22nd.
September feels like it will be a quieter month for me, full of deep exploration, decisions, and a new layer of writing upcoming. It also happens to be Astrid’s birthday month, which I know she’s been prepping for and she has her regular vet check at the start of the month, too, for her to start afresh. I have an eye appointment at the end of the month to see if any prescription updating is in order, this may be the month for hair changes, and I’ll be planting daffodil and tulip bulbs for next year.
The Full Moon means that intuition will be on an all-time high, so listening to it and trusting it will be key to support moving into your true power. It will help you to gain deeper insights and understanding about the seeds you’ve been planting in your garden, the intentions you have for them, and will illuminate what truly is guiding your life so that you have a broader grasp on the creative forces at work and how to harness them.
Establishing and recognizing boundaries will be the theme for well-being and is a lesson for the boundless Pisces energy to understand how to balance in a healthy way.
This is a powerful time for deep soul level closure, to exercise greater compassion rather than judgment, and to practice radical acceptance, which helps you to release suffering. Suffering is a refusal to accept things. It’s time to give up the suffering, do an energy cleanse, and ask how you can make the changes, then engage action to do them.
All of this is speaking to a time of transition with our relationship to things in our life and perhaps creating some kind of ritual or acknowledgment around supporting what is time to release, so that we can more fully step into the life we want, and receive those upgrades.
There is so much beauty in all stages of life.
The shifting environment reflects the shifting within.
When the time comes for change, there are many ways in which we are messaged about how we can support that process to be easier, more efficient, graceful, and peaceful.
It doesn’t feel like the energy is anchoring yet, which makes sense given the transitional stage that even nature reflects.
Yet, we may see and feel the importance of which things speak most heart and soul-fully to us that would like to take root for the season ahead.
Today happens to be my dad’s 75th birthday – so a shout out to my dad with lots of love as I acknowledge how his birthday also signifies a huge shift and transition period in life.
I know as I edge toward 50 here not too far off, these 40’s have been the biggest shifts indeed.
This weekend concluded the second installment of online training I was teaching for Reiki Level 1. As many of you know I felt like I would not be teaching anymore so I had completed a bunch of workshops a couple of years ago to make way for a new time in my life. As with anything, to say “never” is something I’ve been mindful of since I know things can surge through in a whole new way, if it’s aligned.
That took place just a few months ago when I started receiving guidance to revisit the possibility again with Reiki, as well as client sessions on a limited basis. I juggled the ideas of both for a while before putting them out there, but it was loud and clear to be open to how they wanted to come through at this time. And as always, by honoring and not judging what comes up, the reasons and magick of it all show up when embraced. Also, the ways in which would be most supportive and still honoring of my new path with things also made itself clear. That included periods of breaks in between offerings and breaking things up as well in new ways – in totality it invited me to change the approaches I’d adapted until now and being even more creative and flexible, which brought a new level of inspiration and joy for complete reinvention.
Teaching online has been extremely supportive on many levels and for me, a lot more energetically nurturing as well. Because of breaking up the classes into bite-sized morsels and having the luxury of being comfortable in my own space without having to rearrange things in anyway at home, I could work in the class times harmoniously. And this also opened up the ability to support a much larger group from all over the world, which was collectively more expansive and supportive at the same time.
When we say “yes” to things that might feel uncomfortable at first or out of place in terms of our ideas about things, etc., we make room for others to do so too. It was amazing to see how quickly a group of people formed, as if they’d been waiting for things to click in, and in fact I’m certain their higher selves added to the messages I was receiving. And it reiterated what I felt, given the shifts collectively taking place right now that are activating people into greater fullness.
That’s a little background as to how this year’s classes reopened and will be concluding with the 2nd and 3rd levels in October and December, but it also supported an opening for other powerful souls inhabiting animal bodies to be able to step into their roles and purposes as well.
This leads us to the title of this blog post, “Superheroes, Teachers & Guides Come in all Forms.”
Many of you know how my rabbit and tortoise companions have been a huge part of my journey and classes in the past. Each being trained as Reiki Master Teachers themselves, as this is something that can be done for souls in animal bodies too. Some of them received training from each other, my teacher, myself, or through their spirit mentor (which happens to be Nestor – my twin soul in rabbit body) before even coming to me and while with me.
I’ve had the privilege and honor of watching Nestor teach classes to wild rabbits, hearing of the same from her pet sitter at the time, hearing of how she showed up in so many people’s dreams and meditations worldwide, and watching Joy teach Cosmo, as well as witnessing Astrid calling all the little forest animals to her through the sliding glass door. My tortoise, Gaia, was also active in showing up for people like all of the bunnies did in their own way, but her work was a bit different, as she was always focused on working with extremely advanced energy frequencies in deep Earth and beyond.
If you follow my blog regularly you’ve heard many stories about all of them and more currently, about Astrid’s unfolding journey since she’s come to be with me and how she’s opened to reveal her true self more and more. This has included revealing her gifts, powers, and how adamantly she loves to join in with me to do work together like sessions with clients, Reiki Healing Attunements, channeling inspiration for writing, reflecting what I need to know or would be of greatest benefit to do most in the moment, bringing through messages for the collective, and yes, teaching.
Because she doesn’t have a voice like we do, although can speak telepathically, she lets me be her voice and shows me huge appreciation for how I invite her into everything I do.
When I used to hold some classes at home here, she would sometimes run upstairs to be in the same room with us. One time, while teaching out on the deck, she came to the screen door and scratched at it to let us know she was there.
There are times she holds space downstairs in her room, energetically anchoring things, but not necessarily feeling the need to actively show herself and engage physically.
And then there are times she is very much wanting to physically team up and tangibly make herself seen, felt, and heard.
This took place in our first class this weekend on Saturday. She knew it would be the first round of initiation attunements taking place and she really wanted to be a part of helping to activate things and make herself seen rather than in the background.
Even though I know how incredible she is and how powerful, she still puts me in awe. For the first group’s concluding Reiki Level 1 training she made her way upstairs, two times. She never comes upstairs at that time of day unless she’s on a mission and spent about a half hour moving about behind me to support everyone with her energy. I moved the screen so people could see her, and then she left back downstairs.
I thought that was it, but as soon as I started the initiation attunements, back upstairs she hopped and started chewing her cardboard house to help move energy, as that’s one way she moves energy is by chewing and processing through her teeth. It was also a way for her to make sound, since she can’t be heard otherwise, and to add that integration of chewing to the recalibrating taking place for everyone.
Then, she ran over behind me to combine her efforts with mine to everyone. In fact, she nose nudged the back of my ankles to let me know she was helping and to infuse and combine Reiki with me (she moves energy through her nose).
One review student was watching while the others were receiving and saw me smile down at Astrid during the process.
Afterward, she went over to a favorite spot of hers by the giraffes under the window sill and plopped down to relax after a job well done.
I love her so much and feel honored to partner with her in this life. The photo above shows Astrid’s new markings. When she is up on all fours and stretched a bit so her cute bunny tail is up off the floor they look like mountain peeks or water waves with the sun or moon above – perhaps both depending on perspective and what speaks to each.
For me it immediately was a mountain range, which speaks to the journey of climbing to ever-greater heights and that through commitment, hope and belief, there’s nothing insurmountable. I see both the sun and moon above, reflecting the phases of life and the parts of ourselves that meld together and guide the way when we let them partner with equal value.
On this day our male cat, Boojum, and female cat Sweet Pea made brief contributions – at one moment getting into a kitty brawl and then Boojum strutting behind me briefly and adding a howl. At each point there was always something in tune with what I was saying as punctuation from them.
Then yesterday, during our second group’s concluding class, Astrid decided to anchor energies directly below me in her room and stayed there, while Sweet Pea also stayed in her room and anchored.
But it was Boojum who wanted in on the group this time, having his own message for everyone. One of the beautiful souls expressed it so perfectly, that I’ll share what she reflected about it:
“And Boojum – he was a King Cat whose energy HAD to be a part of that gathering. I LOVED that! He was really insisting on being there, and showing off a little bit with his tail swirling around you as if to say – Show it off, ladies, don’t be afraid to come out and speak YOUR truth to YOUR hearts’ content. Be virile! Be masculine! Be all sides of the Goddess, and don’t forget to SPEAK YOUR TRUTH LOUD! Refuse to be silenced, refuse to hide and keep quiet. Go Brother Boojum! Thank you!”
The swirling tail she mentions was from one point where he jumps up between my upper back and the chair and all you saw was his black tail sweeping around to the front of my neck, flicking energy wildly and looking like a serpent or boa around my neck, encouraging our integration of the divine masculine parts within us to rise to the surface (this group was all female). And moving energy through the tail to everyone at the other end, not to mention, stirring up antics that only Boojum does best.
The cats have long been around my Reiki teaching and energy, so they’ve received their training by the hours of listening and engaging classes.
Each day received the exact energetic support and messaging from the resonating energies each animal had to contribute.
I’ve often heard from many people how each of the animals here have been of support or shown up for them, which is why I so openly and consistently share about them through my blogs, posts, and in classes or sessions, as it’s a way to support our copartnering and reverence for all souls, regardless of what body or form they inhabit.
All beings have something unique to offer and simply because one has chosen to show up in a different form than ours does not make them any less. In fact, they may very well be even more evolved in some areas than us, but they have chosen to come through in the way they feel would be of most benefit to a greater good.
Ways in which challenge or help expand our perspectives and limited ideas and beliefs, I believe will continue to show up more and more.
And some of those ways are through the animal, plant, and Nature realms, which you may have noticed do seem to keep revealing more unusual and blatant ways of exhibiting things that now that we have cameras and videos, are being able to get spread across the world more easily.
We see it in the unusual ways they behave together in loving, playful and supportive experiences even though are different species. We see it in the ways they will risk their lives to save humans. We see it in the ways they will take on things to alleviate us, or give of themselves to support change.
And yes, we see it in ways like I’ve described, where they exhibit highly profound healing gifts, wisdom, and connection that is unquestionable.
I feel that part of my journey and purpose is to help bridge these connections and to help bring awareness and value to all realms of life – especially the animal realms because of my close affinity with them. It just so happens that rabbits have been a more direct channel for me, but it is because of them that I learn so much about life and about all of the other beings that so courageously have chosen to be here with us through these shifting Earth times.
It is my belief that souls in animal bodies carry a level of bravery that inspires, as it isn’t the easiest of paths in a world of humans that don’t always understand that role, nor understand how we can learn so much from them and what is beyond just our own skin and bones.
We live in a world that has developed a system of values, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that those values aren’t worth reviewing to see how they are of greatest benefit to the highest good.
So, yes, superheroes, teachers, and guides do come in all forms and for me the greatest of them in my own life truly have been the souls in animal bodies and even the unseen realms are made more tangible via my connection with them.
I dedicate this blog to all of my spirit guide family who have taught and supported my greatest evolution.
Although it’s not Ask Astrid Fridays, this post didn’t feel like it could wait for the end of the week, but since she didn’t expect me to be writing this it feels better as a surprise for her today.
Thank you Astrid. I am in awe of you daily and I feel like we’ve only just begun to see your incredible contributions that will continue to surface.
Today’s blog is simply to uplift the spirits and inspire hope with some wildflower inspiration. So for anyone who needs a little boost, a cheery burst of sweetness, or a reminder that there is beauty and potential even amidst the darker times and challenges, this is a little love note from Nature and my garden for you to know you’re not alone, to encourage strength and belief, and that from the pressures of life, you have opportunity to shine.
You might recall that this year I decided to seed my garden bed with wildflower perennials to return each year with the other flowering plants I already established both in the garden and in pots.
I also have seven beautiful lush bushes that return each year too. For veggies, I opted again to only do herbs in my Garden Tower, but it’s been supplying a bounty of aromatic herbs continuously for one sweet bunny Queen named Astrid.
I also save some to dry and have for baking and cooking during Autumn and Winter seasons. I think I’ll also make some vinegar infusions, since we use a lot of flavored vinegar, and a rose petal and crystal water blend for misting on hikes or throughout the day. My little mason jars are nearly all full.
And every week or so I create little mini faery bouquets bringing different color therapies for inside the house with some of the blooms that are lighting up the garden with joy.
I love garden time, but also like to keep things simple and manageable for my full life. Down the road I’ll likely do a lot more, as I envision a greenhouse at some point, which is optimal for being able to grow year round.
For now I just picked up 150 tulip and daffodil bulbs I’ll be planting around Autumn Equinox. Little by little I expand and envision new ideas to bring beauty that blends with the mountain wild and provides both the forest creatures, Astrid and us with some fresh goodness. I also like to keep the Faeries and Elementals of the land happy, as promised.
I intuited that my wildflower plants would likely start blooming in August, and I was right. New varieties continue to pop up with more on the way, which likely will continue through September and perhaps even October.
Anthesis is the flowering period of a plant, or the act of expansion and blooming into a fully open flower.
And now my favorite – sunflowers – have emerged in all their sunshiney glory. There are over thirty buds on this one plant!
There’s a definite and dramatic contrast being experienced across the globe including the very scary and sad heatwaves, lightning fires and smoke-filled skies enveloping much of the land west of us.
I keep sending Reiki and prayers that relief, understanding, and productive change will come from everything. Even right now we, here, have had smokey skies the last three days from the winds blowing it in from the California fires.
The energy feels heavy, but I’m also feeling the impetus for potential change and that’s what I choose to focus on so that I can be of greater help to others because my well is full and not depleted. I’m working on deeper, vulnerable transmutation and understanding of the emotional and energetic layers so I can continue to walk a middle path best I can.
I’m reminded that all cycles of life exist simultaneously and within all of this I continue to up my gratitude practice. Interestingly, I’ve been experiencing a big thrust of increased energy and abilities integrate into my life and it’s made me explore further retrieval of the rest.
Now is here for each of us to be and bring all of us to the forefront.
Remember that the thickest cloud just might bring the heaviest shower of blessings.
If we widen our perspective and open to more possibilities, this makes room for what seems hidden to suddenly come through.
It can be challenging to think that something that hurts could in any way help us.
No one ever asked a plant if it hurts to grow so rapidly and produce a bud or unfurl a leaf.
It just is.
Maybe within each unfolding, new life awaits, regardless of what package it comes in at first.
Garden surprises continue to burst forth here from the seeds I planted this year.
May hope guide a new beginning.