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Ask Astrid ~ The Rabbit’s Corner: Walk in Confidence & Crystals that Care


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Today Astrid wants to speak to the voice of doubt within everyone – that little voice that finds ways to hurt you, says you’re a failure and never will amount to anything, the voice that never feels good enough, and the voice that cuts you down even when you make a step forward.

“Enough is enough,” she says. “There is only one you and you would not be here if there wasn’t something special you have to share.”

This made me think of the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” we watched a couple of nights ago on Spring Equinox about Mister Rogers – you know, Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood. I had no idea his birthday was March 20, 1928 and here we were being drawn to watch this documentary on the eve of what would have been his birthday 91 years ago.

That felt like a rebirthing in itself, as there’s so much of how Fred Rogers is that mirrors myself. And as I walk forward on a new path, I know that feeling confident about exactly who I am at heart is what will carry me forward into unknown territory once again.

Perhaps Astrid felt how much I loved this documentary and tuned in deeper to the underlying messages around it, knowing how important they are to the heart of everyone.

I did turn to Dave several times in the movie saying “oh my gosh, he’s so like me and the things I do daily from the moment I wake up!” and he giggled back in agreement.

So often I’ve felt that people think I’m naive or too “pollyanna” about life and that my simplistic and innocent ways of viewing things, the magick and wonder I see, and the love I feel that underlies everything is just silliness and I can feel (even if they don’t say it) that they wished I’d “grow up”.

Many have wished I’d immerse myself more into the drama playing out in the world or be more like them as activists and taking stands on things like politics and such.

And it’s not that I don’t understand what is going on, but I see it all through different eyes and heart, have my own way of working with that, my own way of embodied activism, and my own way of desiring to find that bridge between all people, species, and life.

I’ve always loved Mister Rogers and remember watching it when my brother and I were growing up.

Last night I made so many connections and in hearing his story more, it deepened my belief in the way I approach life and that there’s a very valuable and much needed place for that level of sweetness, simplicity, innocence, and love, as a bridge.

Not that I haven’t always felt that, but it was a very loud message that solidified things and connects with Astrid’s message that I know she is sharing from the heart and wanting each and every one of us to really, REALLY understand and take to heart.

Many of you have probably watched the clip where Fred Rogers addresses the U.S. Senate using emotional intelligence, speaking from his child-like heart and in just six minutes convinces the Senator from Rhode Island not to cut $20 million for PBS.

If you haven’t seen this here it is:

You’d think you’d have to be some kind of genius, attorney, or whatever definition of someone you think has the power to persuade and talk a good talk, but in fact it was someone with innocence and love, who spoke a language everyone could feel, that won $20 million dollars.

“Being you from the heart is the most powerful thing you can do,” says Astrid. “Don’t ever be less than who you are. Don’t ever let anyone or those voices in your head persuade you otherwise. There is something special inside of you and when you express it vulnerably, you create a clearer and better world for everyone.”

That reminds me of the song, You are Special by Fred Rogers, 1968. Here are the simple lyrics:

You are my friend
You are special
You are my friend
You’re special to me.
You are the only one like you.
Like you, my friend, I like you.

In the daytime
In the nighttime
Any time that you feel’s the right time
For a friendship with me, you see
F-R-I-E-N-D special
You are my friend
You’re special to me.
There’s only one in this wonderful world
You are special.

Practice having more confidence and belief in yourself more everyday.

Take steps to push pass discomforts one at a time and feeling okay with it.

Stick to doing something new even when the voices emerge, and learn to trust yourself more with each time, creating a new habit.

Experiment and learn that with each attempt you are stronger and more capable than you imagine – more resilient of discomfort and are better for it.

Learn that even if something doesn’t work out as you hoped, that you can be okay with that and the feeling of going past what you thought were your limits during the process, is the success.

Astrid always knows what’s needed and where to direct me.

I hope you find a little pearl of wisdom that speaks to you in today’s share.

Astrid is encouraging me to speak a bit more about things I’m working on, including my new book.

I don’t talk much about it, but with my focus returned to it, I feel her encouragement.

I think she brings this up for this post, because she knows that the story I’ve written is very much who I am at the heart of me and it comes from a place of innocence I’m putting out in a much bigger way.

Another reason is that one part of the story ties into the offerings below.

I’ve shared that the main characters are rabbits and one of the pivotal elements in the story centers around a very special crystal and what might unfold if it were to get into the wrong hands.

I wasn’t going to post these until Easter, however, Astrid and the bunnies prompted me that people may want to bring the energies home to enjoy now and actually have to work with and ignite energies with the dawning of Spring. Plus, they know they will need the right alignment to match energies with their new guardian and friend.

They are crystals that care – here to support you into your highest truth, support the collective through your gifts, and align energies to reflect the heart of you.

So, these incredible offerings will be looking for their sacred partners later today in our Magick Rabbit Etsy Shop. UPDATE – now posted and ready for adoption.

They will include the following three items that have some of my own personal collection, amazing crystals included – these are just quick sneak peaks of the entire basket as a whole, as the listings will have close-ups of each beauty included in the baskets.

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Two Ultimate Magick Rabbit Easter Baskets:

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Cosmic Basket – includes rabbit basket, faerytale spiral moss, mushroom, Celestite open egg with rainbows, large Sunstone egg, medium Moonstone egg, and Alice in Wonderland natural vegetable soap in Vanilla Frosting scent. Two small silver stands included in case you want to display your Sunstone and Moonstone eggs separately.

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Enchanted Forest Basket – includes rabbit basket, faerytale spiral moss, mushroom, large Ametrine (Amethyst and Citrine) Spirit/Faery Quartz plate, sparkly Amethyst cluster, Goldstone Butterfly, sweet little handmade rabbit decked out for Spring, and Alice in Wonderland natural vegetable soap in Tea for Two scent (sweet blend of freshly baked butter cookies sweetened with a dollup of tart, ripe blackberry jam)

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UPDATE SOLD : And The Rabbit Faery’s Wing/Ear – one of the large pieces of the giant Amethyst Geode Rabbit that made its way back home to me. We discovered that this one was only to be worked with for a short while and that part of that was to include Astrid being able to activate energies with her and reprogram her to be ready to find her sacred partner.

We love you!!

Just a quick note: We’ll be away on a surprise last minute vacation starting Sunday and back next Saturday, so there won’t be any posts next week. I’ll be back the week after with more from Astrid and any inspirations and messages we have to share.

Ask Astrid Fridays ~ The Rabbit’s Corner: Exploring Sacred Relationships


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I noticed how Astrid has deliberately placed herself in positions lately for me to take note of, as seen above and in the below photo. In both cases, reflecting something about relationship and partnership, as she stood beside the enchanted stuffed rabbit, Jellybean, and underneath the giraffe temple. I felt her wanting to expound upon some of what I shared in Whimsical Wednesdays’ blog about the upcoming Full Super Moon in Libra. But it goes beyond just this Moon’s phase, and speaks to the heart of sacred relationship.

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The way things are set up here on Earth, in a land of duality and human need for connection, many of us find ourselves in search or desire of that union within a relationship. It makes sense, as all relationships are a desire to know and love ourselves and so our relating with “other” is a perfect vehicle to reflect that, as well as learn to understand and accept all of the colored parts of who we are.

And let’s face it, a relationship just feels good, right? There’s nothing wrong with this desire to connect on this kind of level, as it is very nurturing and supportive to the journey. It also makes sense, since we are all connected, that we love others because we, in essence, are love.

This is a reminder that all relationships are sacred, since All That Is is love.

And so, too, do we learn about our relationship to things and beliefs from the examples, teaching, conditioning, and patterns that we’ve learned through our relationships on all levels.

(Side note: Astrid began preparing for this post with me under my desk laying by my feet and nudging me – a way she sends her energy and messages, as well as gives the “okay”. And while I wrote this last part she had quickly hopped upstairs and all I could hear above me is her racing around like crazy in the living room doing laps! She’s quite excited and moving the energy. She just returned for a refreshing drink of goji-infused water and is settling back with me now.)

Now that she’s back, let’s see if she wants to share something directly.

Astrid: “Every relationship is sacred and the way to experience how all is sacred, is without resistance. Resistance comes through separation, and while not all relationships feel ‘good’ there is an underlying magnetism to understand it more, which may result in repulsion. You needn’t agree or condone something, but sacredness is there. Even the way you relate to a pattern or experience you have that you’d rather not anymore, is sacred, for it inherently drives and inspires you deeper into the love that you are, with or without the pattern. When you separate things, an invisible gap is created that seems insurmountable. A dance does not have to be intimate to learn to move with the rhythm. You need only to be willing to hear the music and allow it to move through you.”

Me: “That makes sense to me, as everything has a frequency that can unlock something if allowed simply to flow.”

Astrid: “Yes, it’s like fine-tuning a piano or one of those old radios.”

Me: “I’ve noticed a lot of people experiencing big relationship changes lately. Ending a long-time relationship for a new one. Walking away from friends, family, and community in their lives as a new life calls. Taking stands on issues more directly in the world because things are hitting home. Opening more courageously to a new relationship with themselves and willing to dig into the shadows. Inviting new forms of relationships in that don’t have to look like the kind of union we think of traditionally. And deciding to have a more deliberate and conscious relationship with deep patterns that may not even be personal anymore, but dig into a collective part of the DNA that is ready to be unveiled, unleashed, and released. The latter has been true for me.”

Astrid: “Yes, and what is your take-away from this my friend?”

Me: “That we are ready to walk in greater alignment of the love that we are without apologizing for things that were never wrong to begin with.”

Astrid: “The resistance is lifting because courage of the heart is awakening. What lies within is the greatest sacred journey of all, as it leads to everything. Any desire pulling you, is love’s journey to unify the discovery of what is already sacred within.”

Me: “I think that it’s challenging for some to believe that some of the really icky feeling things, frustrating, darker, or harsher things can be part of that equation.”

Astrid: “Aw, yes. But again, one needn’t condone something to create a new relationship to it. One’s way of relating can be the bridge to sacred being.”

Me: “Once again, you’ve given us a lot to ponder. Thank you my wise, sweet friend.”

I wonder if any of you have been experiencing more recently around this relationship theme lately, in any aspect of relating in your life?

Do you find yourself exploring a different version of relationship to someone or something?

Does it bring up a lot of emotions when you dig deeper into what that means for you?

And how is that being reflected in changes you’re experiencing?

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As a sweet bunny reminder, the Spring Equinox and St. Patrick’s Day mini rabbit garden sale started yesterday and will go through end of March 20th. A creative way to put into action the alchemy of recreating, re-patterning, and rewriting your own life with the energies and intentions you desire as a new reality, while you share in the co-creating.

You’ll find some incredible, one-of-a-kind gardens sharing in the whimsy that include beautiful procured vintage pieces at amazing prices.

There’s also some mini worlds that include some of my favorite themes like Peter Rabbit and his triplet sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, Wonderland, Watership Down, Faerytales, portals and more.

You can tell I get excited. 🙂

At the link below, you’ll find an item category at left that makes browsing the sale items easy as well as the type of mini garden you’re interested in.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend, as you explore your relationships of life.

The Magick Rabbit

Whimsical Wednesdays ~ The Artist’s Corner: Big Spring & St. Patrick’s Day Sale Celebration of the Rabbit Symbolism within Your Garden of Life


The Full Worm Super Moon of March will rise the same day as the Vernal Equinox and it is sure to create a focus of how to create more balance and harmony in your life and taking a look at every kind of relationship that affects your life, with Libra’s influence. That can even be your relationship to things, ideas, beliefs, practices, etc. that emerged through the relationship dynamics, since we’re dealing with self and others. These feel essential to harness and cultivate in order to create the reality you want to experience with greater clarity of what that means to you. This Moon has a very mirroring energy with that self and other reflection that can lead to shedding new skin after having authentic conversations around the patterns you’ve been running on.

Yesterday, I took time out to have a raw conversation with myself that led to what I described to a friend as a big purge, declaration, and release, and ended with a powerful Reiki Healing Attunement with a few of my power crystals and Astrid. I very deliberately and deeply voiced things I haven’t in such a crisp, vulnerable, and embodied way and during the hour or so of this, Astrid sat very still and held space across from me, then moved over to me and nudged my foot with activation, and went to lay next to me, as she called in support and sent energy in union with my declarations.

I felt a sense of relief and clearing to continue the momentum forward.

As an artist of life, I feel very much that life is a garden I am cultivating and having rabbits as my familiars is such a gift to wander that garden with their powerful transmutational energies.

They are my best friends, cocreators, and creative muses.

I’ve shared about rabbit symbolism before, but as we approach Spring Equinox and the Libra Full Moon, their symbolism really becomes extra potent to tap into, as you understand the connections with their medicine.

Rabbits and hares are about rebirth, balance, a kind of waking life resurrection, increased vitality, new found excitement, creative potency, regeneration, fertility of mind, body, and emotion, inspiration, prosperity, agility, receptiveness, and eternity. This symbolism manifests in associations with Springtime, the Dawn, the Moon and Sacred Fire, the Cosmic Egg from which the Cosmos is produced, the Circle and Infinity symbol, Marriage, Androgyny and Hermaphroditism, as well as Madness, Genius and Inspiration (which seem to go hand in hand). Rabbits can bring a message of nurturing your intuitive impulses and nudges from your heart and soul.

The Ancients saw them as one of the most mysterious and perplexing beings, thought to be hermaphrodites (male one month and female the next), with powers of self-impregnation. Since they reflect the idea of balance between masculine and feminine they are highly regarded as sacred, mediators of the sacred, and embodying actual creative powers of the Universe.

As we approach Spring and this repatterning Full Moon, renewal awaits you.

Everything may feel like you’re planting your own spirit garden and it’s incredibly liberating and enjoyable to choose the seeds you want to see blossom and learn what each needs to be cultivated and nurtured into fruition. All the while knowing you are Spirit in motion of being, and everything you do is a merging of this.

And if you don’t yet know what you want to be growing in your garden, this is a wonderful and revealing time to receive revelations and inspiration that uncover the seeds of your spirit’s truest calling.

Words that come to mind are surrender, balance, harmony, integrity, trust, and renewal.

We are just like energetic coils, spiraling through the cycles of our life and able to “spring” back and regenerate ourselves.

You are more resilient than you think.

What you believe and the actions you take in support of those beliefs are shaping your experience and either bucking the natural harmony of your coiled embodiment or flowing gracefully with that spiraling essence.

My rabbit spirit guides and Astrid not only share their support with me, but constantly share their support with others. I hear often how my bunny loves show up in people’s dreams and meditations and I know they actively work to support the collective – rabbit, animal, nature, and human alike – here on Earth along with many others who join them.

They have inspired me through a series of links and connections in my own life they showed me, to create this offering (below) for the special time around St. Patrick’s Day and Spring Equinox/Full Moon.

In 2008 I made a pilgrimage back to Ireland on my own to heal wounds, but also recapture the magick. Ireland held much deep grief and mourning, but also so much joy and peace of essence for my soul’s history. I happened to visit there during St. Patrick’s Day at the time and was able to revisit the exact sacred stone circles I’d been to “before.” I met many people who actively played part in my experiences back then, and in many ways, although very different, the shifts taking place now are connected to who I was in those lives. The solitude and loss reminding me I hold the power to write a different story, as I did with that sacred trip. An ending becoming a beginning.

And so much of the alchemy you create as your life can be assisted by connecting with the elemental realm.

So, between tomorrow – Thursday, March 14th and Wednesday March 20th, The Magick Rabbit will be having a one week sale focused on all mini rabbit Faery gardens to celebrate Spring Equinox and St. Patrick’s Day. 

All mini rabbit gardens will go on 20% Sale for the Spring Equinox Full Moon energies with the magickal number of 11 individual wearing of the green gardens having an extra 5% Leprechaun “Luck of the Irish” Sale added to that – these are gardens that have that extra green vibe of heart chakra, nature, abundance, and springtime emerald glow.

The 11 chosen gardens below will be 25% off for the week, while the rest will be 20%.

And remember all include FREE shipping within the U.S. For international orders, please contact me for assistance to help you with getting the right shipping costs added to your order.

Alongside rabbit alchemy, they also may contain things like sparkly shamrocks, magick mushrooms, Faery houses, different kinds of Faeries, and all gardens have a special crystal too.

I know many of you have shared feeling drawn to specific gardens, feeling they’ve touched a place in your heart for where you are on your journey, so perhaps one of these magickal portals will more easily find their way into your home to support the desired energies.

And as gardens you will have a hand in creating, you will be putting into action the alchemy of recreating, re-patterning, and rewriting your own life with the energies and intentions you desire as a new reality.

The bunnies have a way of helping out. 😉 And they always have a way of connecting dots and supporting creative healing and change.

Here are peeks at the 11 with their stories and energy portals, but for close up details, more photos, and all the specifics each mini world has included, please visit:

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All other gardens not featured here, but still included in the sale, also each have their own story and energy that you can visit at the link above and by clicking the listing of choice.

The creative alchemy starts tomorrow. Just one way of opening new doors.

The Holiday

The Holiday – a magickal moment reminding you that taking time to recharge, nurture your needs, cultivate some sacred space, and take time off to do things you love is important. When things get “dark” why is it that we forget all of the experiences where the light shined again in our lives, or how good it felt when we gave ourselves the nurtured opportunity to have fun, explore, be creative, take a break, and recharge? If you can’t take an actual holiday, then I propose we each commit to taking a “Hope Holiday” on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, as seems most beneficial to your life and personal experiences. What does that mean? It means allowing yourself to hope and dream, creatively engaging your imagination and bringing the music of your heart into your every day, even if just for a couple of minutes of day-dreaming, journaling, or visualizing. Doing this to the extent that you give yourself permission to immerse so fully into that minute or two that your body tingles and sings from your heart with that “becoming” that takes place, as you get lost in your hopes. This isn’t to deny that you may be experiencing something very dark and restrictive feeling, as that is a valid feeling to allow yourself to explore. But it is a way to actively engage yourself into learning how to make a safe space for your heart’s desires to see the light. The more you do this, the more that part of you feels supported and begins to expand with your cultivated love, much like a garden.

Believe

Believe – a mini world of wonder that fosters an inner nurturing for keeping dreams and hopes alive. If you feel like giving up or as if you’re alone, this little rabbit will be your daily cheerleader, motivating and supporting you to keep envisioning what you desire and to know that he has your back. It’s best when we have dreams, to release them to the Universe without attachment. This can be your little sacred altar for sending your dreams and inner wishes to your rabbit guardian without attachment to outcome for the highest good. This rabbit inspires you everyday to send out a vision of what you want and to take steps toward them. He lives in a lush little world of abundance that surrounds his “Believe” house with every possibility. In front of him lies an incredible little Tangerine Lemurian Seed Crystal that assists his vision work, but just like him, do not judge their size, as they both are powerful little beings. The crystal has amazing clarity, mini rainbows, and a window (a diamond portal/timelink) that makes it excellent for personal self growth and introspection.

The Apple Of My Eye

The Apple of My Eye – speaks to that love you feel and share with a friend, loved one, child, animal companion, family member, or even the twin aspect within yourself. It celebrates divine connection and is a way of expressing how much you cherish that special one above all else. The sweet moment between bunnies captured here, reminds us to capture those sweet moments in our lives with presence, communication, expression, and demonstration. Nurturing love is what Nature does for us daily in her display of gifts she gives so freely. So can we share freely the love we feel and it is the recipe for happiness and harmony. This sweet and magickal glass apple orb mini world where rabbits, crystals and nature merge is the perfect addition to your home, office, altar, indoor garden, window sill, or hanging as a sparkly bubble of joy and inspiration for any special space and will infuse the healing properties of aquamarine into your life.

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Where There’s Love There’s Hope – I think speaks for itself, but this mini world was also inspired by the relationship I have with my rabbit companions and knowing how a deep shared love with them has opened my heart wider and rekindled a new spark for life. Never give up. As long as there is even just one seed stirring out there somewhere in the world, there is hope. As long as one heart is open, there is potential. As long as one miracle happens, there are more awaiting. I carry this belief with me about everything including things like my book I’m writing, seeing the best in others, having hope for humanity, believing animals will be treated equally, and my rabbit family will be understood. What do you hope for? This sweet little world helps foster a deepening of love and that hope creates miracles. The shamrocks sprinkle faith, love, hope, luck, and well being that comes through the heart chakra and nature’s gifts. (There’s a seated Faery with two rabbit friends engaged in connecting)

 

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Whispers in the Woods – is a sneak peak into the enchanted forest realms where Faeries and animals commune. It reminds you that magick is just around the corner, animals are souls too, and there is no separation of the heart. Whether you’re a friend of animals already or curious to learn how to communicate more with them and nature, this magickal little world will be a daily reminder to be more present and listen to the messages being given to you daily from all of Earth’s wise children.

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Portal to the Otherworld – is a doorway to the magickal. Let yourself be whisked away into this enchanted forest realm where the faerytales of your mind and heart become a reality. There is another world awaiting you when you open your heart wider – a place where magickal creatures dwell and all potentials are available to you. If you are a dreamer and want to manifest more, if you feel alone and want to feel that you’re not, if you see things others cant, if you feel like you walk in a different world than most, or even if you want to open more to the possibilities, this little world will support all of this and more. A sweet reminder that it’s alright to wander the pathways of the heart, and it’s okay if you feel in this world, but not of it. (The Faery etched hatch is the top of a tree stump portal with golden glittered stairs to descend – a rabbit hole to the Otherworld. There’s a rabbit and tangerine Lemurian Seed Crystal sitting atop the first step and a seated Faery embracing a rabbit in front)

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You and Me Makes Weeeee – speaks to friendship and that sharing life with a friend, whether that’s another person or animal, is enriching. Friendship and love has no boundaries and sometimes the most unlikely of places is where we can find a kindred spirit and lifelong companion. This inspires us to open our hearts wide to possibilities, and to welcome in support from where ever it’s wanting to come through. It also reminds us that having fun is valuable and anyone who helps you to laugh and smile more is priceless.

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Daydreaming – micro rabbit garden mini world where rabbits, crystals and nature merge to remind you how important it is to create time for self-nurturing, rest, and dreaming. Don’t quit your daydream! This sweet little rabbit supports those time outs and reminds you that visualizing from the heart is an essential part of manifesting what you desire. Action upon your dreams is the other part of the equation, but you must dream first and allow yourself the space to imagine all the wonderful possibilities.

Garden of Life

Garden of Life – expresses gardening as a good metaphor for life and the cultivation of your dreams. As you plant your seeds, realize that they mirror the intentional seeds you plant in your own life and how you nurture, cultivate, and care for them will determine what blossoms into manifestation. I have found the same to be true of the caring for my animal companions and the cultivation of our relationship. Your connection with Nature in all her glorious forms will enrich, enhance, and deepen the relationship you have with yourself and what you share with the world. Garden of Life is a daily reminder to be mindful of what seeds your planting and where you’re expending your energy and time.

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Gaia’s Children – reminds us that all of Earth’s children are precious and to respect and honor all of life. When we walk in harmony with nature, we align with the origins of our song and the Cosmos.

The Gift

The Gift – takes us on an enchanted journey to an intimate gathering taking place in the Otherworld. Two dear, old friends – a Woodland Faery and a Rabbit Faery – have gathered beneath the cattails among the great crystal guardians in sacred sharing. Each gives of their heart and opens their heart to receive. They are in tune with the natural cycle of abundance and know that it must flow both ways. The Rabbit Faery presents her friend with a bouquet of flowers sprinkled with her love and fragrant in deep respect, while the Woodland Faery is moved deeply and opens the channels of her heart and solar plexus with Reiki to meet her friend in that space of flow. When we are both giving and receiving from our hearts, we are engaging in the greatest gift there is. This sweet little mini garden will remind you of the things that are truly important, that giving AND receiving are both part of abundance and love, and that it’s crucial to share things today, rather than some “tomorrow” that may never come.

 

 

 

Whimsical Wednesdays ~ The Artist’s Corner: Last Mini Rabbit Gardens & Finale


Although I’m not posting regularly with the full three blog series anymore due to focusing back on my book and healing from my recent knee injury, since I finally got around to posting the last mini rabbit gardens today in my Etsy shop, it seemed a perfect and simple share for Whimsical Wednesdays. I’ve been taking it easy every day since my injury and only doing one task a day combined with rest, so today’s task complete I thought it would be fun to share some creative inspiration that makes me so happy.

Every single mini rabbit garden reflects a piece of our hearts – Astrid and me that is.

Today I have two new creations I call micro gardens, a whimsical mini garden magnet, and a extravagant finale piece.

I hesitated posting the finale piece because a part of me REALLY wants to keep it, but I haven’t found a place for it. I already made myself two mini rabbit gardens I barely had room for. Who knows….if something shifts it might just have to stay, but until then I’m sharing it with you and if by some chance it also speaks to someone else, I’ll know it’s meant to be and will be heart and soul happy someone loves it just as much as I do.

I love all of them and have often said I need a special room just to display them in, but it has given me great joy in hearing how these enchanted mini worlds and my art have been touching people’s lives and hearts – and THAT is truly the best gift.

Each mini garden has its own signature energy and awaits the alignment of right person and right timing. I love watching that take place.

These are the last new gardens I’ll be making, as I’ve already moved into a new realm of creations to share when I have time to complete the first pieces.

Things are in slower motion these days, as I take things slowly and make room for lots of rest. I’ve been extra tired since the injury, so I know my body is healing and recalibrating the changes.

So here are a few photos of the latest creations we’ve been dreaming into life, but you can explore more about all of them with photos and info at:

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Every creation in my Etsy shop has a story and energy to read about. I hope you enjoy the journey.

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Sweet Surprises mini garden magnet – reminds you of how living in wonder will always provide gifts along the way. A sweet little white rabbit beckons the journey with a bouquet of life’s blossoms to inspire you with hope. A magickal mushroom peeks out of the real wood tree stump reflecting how things can show up in unusual ways and places. The Quartz point provides clarity, vision, and protection as you accept the adventure. And a little succulent sprouts forth in healing green energy of love, anchoring everything to your heart. To wander is to live in wonder and Sweet Surprises can be a joyful inner child spark to add a special note, reminder, or affirmation to your refrigerator or office.

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Never Give Up micro rabbit garden mini world where rabbits, crystals and nature merge to remind you to hold on to your hopes and dreams, keep going, and don’t quit right before the journey’s about to shift. The sweet little bunnies appear as if they are both struggling to try and push the acorn that’s twice their size AND playing on the acorn – perhaps they are, as there needn’t be a division between work and play. Is the highest mountain a welcome challenge to you? Do you wish you had more courage and strength? Do you feel you are all about work and no play? These little ones will be your sweetest cheerleaders, while also reminding you to make the journey fun, no matter how hard it seems.

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Daydreaming micro rabbit garden mini world where rabbits, crystals and nature merge to remind you how important it is to create time for self-nurturing, rest, and dreaming. Don’t quit your daydream! This sweet little rabbit supports those time outs and reminds you that visualizing from the heart is an essential part of manifesting what you desire. Action upon your dreams is the other part of the equation, but you must dream first and allow yourself the space to imagine all the wonderful possibilities.

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UPDATE SOLD: Write Your Own Story is my finale piece and most extravagant mini world vision come to life. This magickal world reminds you that the kingdom within your heart lives and breathes. It’s a peace garden realm of potential tucked away between dimensions you can pull out any time you want to step into the world of possibility. Narnia had the wardrobe and now you have a magick drawer! A new world awaits you where anything is possible. Here, you are reminded that every moment is yours to create as you desire. It’s your book. Write Your Own Story and watch it unfold before your eyes.

 

Ask Astrid Friday’s ~ The Rabbit’s Corner: Yield in the Face of Change


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Ever since our Amethyst babies have returned home, the energy has been shaking up and redirecting here. Not in a new direction, per say, but into alignment with what I’d been sensing. The Universe, or All That Is, likes to reiterate things in reflection and with the types of astrological placements I have, much of the time my messages come in clear through an injury or fracture. This took place today.

I slipped on some ice, even after being told twice by Dave to be careful of it AND being cautious. My heel just hit the perfect angle sending me out of balance and falling in a way that overextended my knee. And this leaves me either with a strain or tear to my MCL. At least not a bone fracture, as my usual M.O., but ligament injuries are no fun thing and it will take time to heal.

And where does that leave me?

Only able to focus on my writing again. Go figure!

It was no surprise by me and it just seems that the Universe, or Uni, as I like to call IT has my back and knows me well – that to get into alignment with the momentum needed, there would need to be something put into place.

I’ve also sensed a lot of energy out there and my desire not to engage in it. There may be a part of that in this too, but also reflecting how I’m really ready to move forward with new momentum.

And, just like Astrid went through her little experience of moving energy through her solar plexus recently, I am moving energy through my knee – the place of flexibility, movement, and considered where we assimilate knowledge and learning on a spiritual and energetic level (think kneeling and praying – even being knighted back in the day). When you take into account that knees can also represent fears and humility, it makes a lot of sense.

It’s interesting that Astrid has changed her position of where she lays the last few days for her daytime naps. Normally she’s enjoyed being under the sleigh at center of our room or under the low meditation table in the exercise room adjacent to ours.

But I’ve found her now in the top level of her castle tower and with her body curved in positions where her bunny butt hangs out the window on one side or her legs do.

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She seems to say with this that the peace in our hearts can keep us anchored and safe, even when we stretch parts of ourselves through unknown doorways.

That it’s about moving forward with a new approach to change, which is basically the unknown.

“You know, the unknown you’ve felt around your book,” she adds.

She likes to cut to the chase.

“Yes, you’re absolutely right,” I reply. “And you know that I’ve said I was going to get back to it full time after my birthday even though I’ve felt some fear around it.”

“Yes, and I’ve seen you clearing the slate and making room for it,” she says. “You’ve been feeling the tug at your heart for a few weeks now, while being presented with life options, and we’ve been waiting to see what you’d choose.”

She’s right. I have been feeling it in the background very profoundly and started getting the sense to jump full on in again, which is why on Monday I’d announced that Monday and Wednesday’s blogs would likely go dormant while I switch back gears to writing full time.

“Yes, and you know how powerful your words and feelings are. You then created the scenario to ensure it!” she says with a wink.

“I did indeed, because now I will need to rest my knee and lay low, which will keep me where I feel I want and need to be. It also ensures I listen to the messages so as not to create anything really terrible. I think the wind and storm, and now the knee, all point to new directions and their timeliness I’ve felt in my soul. Funny that I also was heading into a new form of painting with my side creative time to accompany writing, which all keeps me able to sit or lay on the bed while doing them.”

“You do follow your feelings well,” she says. “There are times you may feel vulnerable or even unsure about something, but you have never been one to resist the winds of change. That’s why you braved those 80 mile an hour winds without hesitation and stepped into them with determination to retrieve your things. Your knee is not a punishment or bad thing, but simply a reset and an opportunity to surrender even more and open to yet wider, even more flexible possibilities you have yet to imagine with your writing. Anything that feels overwhelming can be embraced through humility. I know that the next phase will likely be your hardest one yet with the book, but the wisdom of your knee is to yield in the face of change. Something I know you can do well, my friend. Remember where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. Now repeat that process. The parts and players may be different, but the game is still the same.” she says.

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I wonder if any of you are approaching similar resets in your life that seem both exciting and overwhelming?

Do Astrid’s words touch a chord?

Whimsical Wednesdays ~ The Artist’s Corner: There’s Never Too Much Whimsy


I’m just getting back to things after taking the day off yesterday for my birthday. The day before was quite a wild experience navigating an 80+ mile an hour wind and storm that could have gone far worse than it did. As I told a friend, it was more like winds of transmutation ushering in a new cycle. To say we were grateful is an understatement. And it had me laying low yesterday, only to start one new creative project for The Magick Rabbit Etsy shop, as I wanted to birth something besides myself. 🙂

I’m still not on high gear of wanting to do a lot right now, but I thought for today’s Whimsical Wednesday, it might be fun to share the whimsy that I’ve had SO much fun with when sending out orders.

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I like to create a whole experience with everything – “creating life as a work of art” as you know – and so this extends to wanting people to feel the joy, beauty, and inspiration from the moment they receive their packages.

Each one like a work of art and gift itself – all Astrid approved!

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So, I spend a lot of time making them fun and creative, as well as intuit what feels right for each package.

Astrid and I love to add surprises, so we add little extra touches and gifts to make you feel as special as you are.

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This includes nature and magickal inspired touches, bright colors, fun stickers, crystals, decorative items, and pure whimsy to add love and joy to your life and home.

We’re SO excited about some of the recent additions you see pictured below, that will be going out with the new orders, along with some of the creativity you see in the photos above from past packages.

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From buttons, to magnets, to bags, to bubbles, to bunnies….there’s just so much cuteness it makes me want to keep it all. LOL!

And there’s more!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little bit of whimsy while I head off to wrap some fun.

Remember that the Birthday Celebration Sale continues today and tomorrow (2/27 and 2/28) to receive 20% off.

If there’s something you were drawn to or thought might make a great gift, this is a great time to bring home some enchantment.

You’ll see the discount reflected in the prices at 

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Whimsical Wednesdays ~ The Artist’s Corner: If You Don’t See What You’d Like in the World, Create it Yourself


We’re creative beings by default, regardless of whether you feel you have a creative bone in you or not. We all have creative potential to not only express through the creative forces at the root of our being, but to actively co-partner in remaking our shared world and collective experience. We each embody a unique expression of All That Is and are a part of the life cycles of birth and death transmuting into new forms over and over, just like the life and death of a star.

When we find ourselves unhappy or unsatisfied with what we see and experience around us in the outer world, we can look within at ways we can tap into our creative power to start reshaping the inner world of our experience. In this way, we start to experience shifts in domino-effect that have far-reaching benefit.

If you wish to see something “out there” try creating it “in here.”

This can be in larger ways like desiring to experience more compassion in the world, so you commit to walking in compassion as much as you can on a daily basis, starting with having compassion for yourself.

Or, it can be in smaller ways, like wishing you could find that perfect item that you envision, but no one carries, so you make it yourself.

In each case, and all of the myriad of other examples and possibilities in between these, you are using your creative energy to create something. You are taking initiative and action by harnessing the creative forces within you to find ways to bring about/birth from the impetus of an idea, inspiration, strong desire, or dream.

And this makes you powerful.

Yes, you are powerful.

You are co-creating life and the type of experience of life you want to have, regardless of what is out there or not.

I actively engage in both types of “creating,” choosing to be more of the things I want to experience in the world and creating little bits of magick my imagination and heart desire.

The latter is what I did recently with two little rabbit Faery gardens I created for me and Astrid.

And in doing so, not only did I create something I wanted, but wasn’t out there (at least that I knew of), but the energy carried within each creation has twofold reach in not only making my heart happy and creating sweet energy for Astrid and me, but in creating these mini worlds, I’m creating a space of potential – like a timeline or portal – that acts like creative visualization for manifestation. They help to draw in layers of meaning, possibilities, and integration into the “now” experience.

This is the new creation I just made yesterday for our Wonderland room.

It’s called Royal Cosmic Wedding: Union of Inner Harmony.

Just the title likely gives you a hint at the energy embodied here, speaking about that marriage of wholeness within the divine perfection that we already are. And if there is any imbalance or turmoil within these parts of ourselves, it unifies them in harmony and understanding.

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It’s created atop a vintage white porcelain castle planter and is currently the centerpiece to our room sitting on the highest platform of Astrid’s butterfly sleigh that she sleeps under.

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To further help you understand the symbolism within it, here is what I included in the creation:

There’s a black AND a white bunny, a unicorn, a bunny in a swing at top center, two bunnies holding the Faery Queen’s white gown, a crown I found and glued atop her head, puffy white cattail on the reeds that double as nature and stars, a green dragonfly on one of them, and there’s a little book on a silver plaque holder that says “Once upon a time” with words beginning a story and an image of a castle on it. All of the figures sit atop gold sparkly stepping stones like gold coins that light and support the way.

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It and Once Upon A Time: The Rabbit Faery Queen are the two mini themed magick rabbit worlds I decided to create and keep for Astrid and me.

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Bringing art and love together, to me is “creating life as a work of art” – my personal motto.

Art, to me, is a manifestation of love.

When we create something from ourselves, no matter what it is, it is an extension of the love within us expressing creatively and that reaches out to another’s heart, bringing us together.

Everyone’s creativity, because it comes from the source of harmonious love, has value.

And in exploring, discovering, and bringing forth our creative energy, we are celebrating the hidden gift of being alive.

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Note: Although I cannot create another of the Royal Cosmic Wedding: Union of Inner Harmony, due to the one-of-a-kind vintage castle planter, I did make a second of Once Upon A Time: The Rabbit Faery Queen for our Etsy shop, The Magick Rabbit, that sold. I can make more of that one if someone’s interested.

I’ll be sharing 3 new mini rabbit Faery gardens either this or next week – the last ones I’m making, as I’ll be focusing on new creations for the shop to share over the next weeks and months.

More mini rabbit Faery gardens can be found here, along with the original magick rabbit paintings, prints, greeting cards, and journals: 

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Whimsical Wednesdays ~ The Artist’s Corner: My Creative Muse


 

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As we’re immersed in the beginning of another snow storm here in Lake Tahoe, Astrid and I have been deeply immersed in finalizing everything for tomorrow’s grand launch of a new and fun creative venture – The Magick Rabbit Etsy shop packed full of whimsical expressions from our hearts.

I thought that while I took a break right now between readying everything, I’d share briefly about what my muse for all the new I’m creating is and how I believe that finding what your muse in life is – that stimulus, creative influence, or source of inspiration – can make a huge difference in fueling your passion, motivating, inspiring, and stimulating you to greet each day with wonder and curiosity.

It’s no huge surprise you’ll learn that rabbits are my muse. I make no attempt at hiding that and pretty much wear it on my sleeve, however, I didn’t always connect them in this role, nor have I even regarded myself as having a muse until the last few years.

A few years ago, through a series of life-changing events, I uncovered the deep truth in my heart that I wasn’t me without a rabbit.

I know I am whole on my own without anything or anyone, but I realized rabbits have the perfect alchemy that kindles the magick within me like nothing else can and help me to hear my song.

So at a time when I had come full circle with this lifetime and not only had the choice to leave, but nearly did, I found that the only thing that made me want to stay was the love I shared with rabbits. It became clear that they are the way to the heart of life here for me and to everything I hold dear. They are my bridge between Earth and Cosmos.

Rabbits are my key and when I acknowledged and embraced that everything valuable I’d learned and opened up to was because of my connection with them and that the love I feel for them literally explodes my heart, I suddenly received a downpour of clarity in how I could find joy again and recreate my life anew.

These complex and mystical beings stir something within that opens my heart wider, tears me inside out, lights the deepest recesses of inspiration and imagination, and makes sense of what can’t be explained.

Rabbits have played the biggest role in 16 years of my life with 5 souls in rabbit bodies helping me to know myself even more. They have helped me to create a life that reflects the dreams and visions of the child within. We share a bond of watching over one another and encouraging the best in each of us to step forward courageously.

Their connection with creativity, abundance, and that fertile Spring energy of joyous blossoming reflects the importance of cultivating this renewing energy and innocence.

And so the love and joy that they have fostered so deeply for me, has become the muse to all of the creativity I’ve had flowing recently and all of the ideas that have flooded my imagination through the channel of visions we share between us.

My creativity and motivation had gone gray about 3 1/2 years back and without something to kindle the dying flame, I would not be where I am now.

To look around me and to see the lush creative realm full of rabbits around every corner that I work in, an enchanted forest with rabbits who live outside my office, and my dear magick rabbit Faery queen, Astrid, who showed up when I recognized my truth, is such a difference from where I was, having released everything physical and nonphysical.

I was a blank slate and rabbits helped me begin a new spiral of creation.

And now here I am, on the afternoon before my new Etsy shop launch, reflecting on how quickly all of this has come to be literally out of no where.

My creative ideas have been multiplying like bunnies and it’s all I can do to just manifest what I’m feeling and seeing.

There is no other reason for all of this than pure joy and love.

I feel that the rabbits were my missing link and without them I would not have been able to reach further than I’ve ever gone before.

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Well, break time is over and I’ll have to get back to things, as the bunnies and I are celebrating that pure joy and love tomorrow with our shop launch on Valentine’s Day 2/14 at 11 am PST.

If you’re interested in seeing all that we’ve been up to so far, I would love for you to check out our creations at this link, which will go live tomorrow at that time:

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Items featured will include a combination of original storybook rabbit art, prints, items featuring my artwork to first include greeting cards and blank journals, as well as some really fun and magickal DIY mini rabbit Faery garden kits.

This first update will include a small collection of five paintings and their images on the items described above, along with 33 mini rabbit Faery garden kits.

Originally there was going to be 36, but interestingly, items have been delayed on the last three making for a magickally potent number in this first shop launch – 33!

I’ll add the last 3 rabbit Faery garden kits in the next shop update.

There’s already a lot in the works for that next update including a new collection of rabbit artwork on unique medias, rabbit pendants on crystal necklaces, rabbit keepsake boxes and later may also include potentials like coloring books, tote bags, and mugs as more item options featuring my artwork.

Astrid is just as excited as I am and has been working hard alongside me. She’s such an incredible co-creator. And she’ll be back on Friday with her message, after our shop launch tomorrow, where we’ll share in more detail about what unfolded last Friday.

Until then, I’d love to hear from any of you.

I’m curious if any of you have a muse?

Have you discovered that alchemical key that lights your heart and inspires you creatively?

Whimsical Wednesdays ~ The Artist’s Corner: Etsy Shop Launch Announcement & Sneak Peak


Today’s whimsy from the Artist’s Corner is a sneak peak at what’s been creatively going on behind-the-scenes here at The Forest Portal and to announce the upcoming new Etsy shop launch many of you have been asking about. But first off, in the midst of things here, we did announce our Giveaway recipient on 2/1 – the date we originally thought we’d launch our shop, but instead made it a fun event that helped raise some small funds for rescue rabbits.

The recipient – Kelsey, a fellow bunny lover and mom of two sweet rescue bunnies – received this Magick Rabbit Orb (the first mini rabbit faery garden I created) and a surprise gift in the drawing.

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She also helped raise the most money for the buns! For every entry I committed to donating $1 to a rabbit rescue, but in the end I decided to double and match the amount so that two rescues could receive a little help. We sent that off today to a larger organization, Bunny World Foundation – where we adopted our special needs bunny, Cosmo, from and to a microsanctuary devoted to rabbits and those in Ryan’s care (mostly special needs bunnies) whom we have come to love and consider part of our bunny family.

We also ended up having four other surprise recipients during the Giveaway who all received a 5% discount to use, if so inspired, on the upcoming shop launch.

Now, back to today’s share, but continuing with the theme of love.

After a lot of things shifting, some items being delayed at my printer’s office, needing more time to put everything together without pressure (because it’s all about fun and flow), and Astrid and our bunny family feeling into what day felt aligned for everything, we’ve decided upon Thursday, February 14th – Love Day – for our shop launch.

This also goes along with Astrid’s last message of love on Ask Astrid ~ Your Higher Heart Can Free You and the love my rabbit companions have cultivated within my life beyond words – the inspiration for all of this and my greatest joy in life.

I’ll be working on all of the final touches, along with the listings, between now and 2/14, so hopefully I’ll figure out all the little details easily, as I’ve been away from Etsy for like 5 years. However, the shop update is intended to be scheduled to launch and go live at 11:00 am PST on Valentine’s Day.  

Anyone interested in some of the one-of-a-kind pieces that will be included, along with the original five whimsical rabbit paintings I shared in a previous post, this will assist you in setting clocks if you have felt them call.

I WILL also have prints of the original paintings, along with greeting cards and blank notebook journals that will make them available to more than one person, but there are only one of each five original paintings available.

After the shop launch, I’ll be creating more original pieces to share with you as well.

AND, alongside my paintings and items with my art on them, are the new inspirations I’ve been working away on – magickal mini rabbit faery garden DIY (do-it-yourself) kits.

And this is what I’m sharing a sneak peak of today, as I’ve finally gotten around to photographing everything to prepare the shop listings.

These are enchanted little themed worlds Astrid and I have dreamed up and brought forth into manifestation from our imaginations.

I’ve created 30 so far (which includes the Magick Orb that was part of the Giveaway), but I have another 4 – 6 that might make it into this first shop update, too, depending on timing.

Some are one-of-a-kind and can’t be duplicated, as they include things like unique, vintage planters, but many of the pieces you’ll see I will be able to recreate (either exactly or nearly exact) if you fall in love with something and it gets to someone else’s heart before you have a chance to bring it home yourself.

Everything is part of the collection we call “The Magick Rabbit ~ Storybook Tales of Wonder and Whimsy Come to Life.”

The photographs you see below are peaks at just some of what you can look forward to with these mini themed worlds that offer inspiration and reminders for life, along with providing a magickal little portal of possibility, joy, specific energies, and love to infuse each day with – all through the messages of rabbits as way-showers to hearing your song.

I’ve done all the procuring for you, Astrid and I dreamed up the visions, and the end results – photos – act as way-showers as well. They are of exactly all the pieces you will receive in your DIY kit and demonstrate how you can joyously put together your mini garden with your own hands, once received.

I’ll have several photos on the listings of all the different angles to assist with this, but for today I’m just sharing one sneak peak of some of them, along with their theme title.

We love inspiring creativity and hands-on expression so you can feel like the co-creator of your life and these easy-to-create beauties, while adding your own magick touches or inspirations. There’s something very empowering about moving creative energy through you and this will be a super easy and fun way to do just that.

Everything will take minutes to create, but the reward will be ever-lasting.

You’ll be able to start browsing on February 14th at 11:00 am PST at this link:

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Now on to the bunny sneak peak of just some of what you can look forward to from my, and Astrid’s, heart to yours.

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Watership Down: Fiver’s Vision

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A Long Winter’s Nap

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Peter Rabbit & Friends: The Harvest

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The Rabbit & the Dragon: A Faerytale

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Making Magick

 

Ask Astrid Fridays ~ The Rabbit’s Corner: Your Higher Heart Can Free You


As we celebrate this first day of February, many things come to mind for this month of “LOVE” ignited by today’s celebration of the magickal Imbolc (the halfway mark between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox) and a very magickal soul’s birthday. For any of you new here to my blog, Nestor is my twin soul in rabbit body who departed this Earth plane 11 years ago. Today is her Earth birthday – she would have been 16.

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I always honor and celebrate Nestor and Astrid shares this deep respect for her, as her mentor. The two of them are very similar in many ways – more so than any of my bunnies have been in relation to each other.

In fact, Nestor has seen to it that others of our soul family (like Astrid, Joy, Cosmo, and Gaia) have found their way to me and me to them. She constantly watches over and guides me, cares for my human self when she feels me in need, sends me messages and signs, supports me with my path and life’s work, and fuels my heart with greater and deeper love – much like Astrid does on Earth for me.

And where there is love, there is no separation.

Astrid wants today’s message to be about moving into our hearts more deeply, but also more expansively. She senses that while many are experiencing great openings in their lives, she feels those of you who still struggle and are finding yourself feeling trapped in a dark place you feel you can’t get out of, which may in fact reflect a tipping point opportunity.

She wants me to share a short story about what happened this morning and then will share why this was important and how it reflects her message for today.

I was busy cleaning up her bunny kingdom today and had left the usually closed bathroom door, slightly ajar after having gone in to get some paper towels to wipe down her litter box.

After I was done, and passed it to go get her fresh water and goji juice for her bowl, I closed the door fully. I returned not seeing her and went on a search to find her throughout the house, calling her name and looking under every one of her hiding places or potential unseen areas by the naked eye that she might have run off to.

She was nowhere to be found and I was a bit frantic, wondering if she’d fallen through a portal or something. 🙂

Finally, after surveying both floors three times, I wondered if she might have gotten deep into my closet and I closed the door on her by accident – nope.

Lastly, I thought, hmmm, could she have snuck by me and gotten into the bathroom in that short period it was slightly open and I closed the door on her?

The latter was in fact the case.

As I reached for the old vintage door knob and opened it, I saw her sitting on top of the toilet seat staring at me. She had in fact been closed into the dark bathroom and decided if she couldn’t get out the way she came in, she’d get higher, sit still, and hope I’d hear her heart in answer to my calls of her name.

“So what does this have to do with your message for today, Astrid?” I ask.

She replies, “This was my way of identifying with the people who find themselves struggling and feeling trapped in a dark place they can’t find a way out of. It happens to all of us and to struggle more is like sinking deeper into quicksand. It simply won’t help. These are the times to find your center, sit still while immersed in the dark, and elevate into your higher heart so that you can send and receive the clearest communication of love to where it’s needed the most, within and and without.”

“What do you mean?” I ask.

“Well, when you feel lost, lonely, in pain, and are struggling, much of this involves a separation from love – the most expansive and unconditional kind. The gap grows wider between your ability to understand things because you enter the mind’s reasoning alone and abandon the heart’s knowing. While I sat in the dark I could feel all of that fear and anxiety – mine and the collective’s rush through me – and realized I could either go mad trying to claw my way a tunnel through impossible doors, OR I could elevate my heart and mind and open to a wider perspective that would free me. I could move into my higher heart and find the well of love there I could use to create the peace I needed for myself and the situation, while I calmed myself and used that clarity of heart to speak to you in the language of love telepathy that I knew would reach your heart,” Astrid explains.

“Wow! Well said, Astrid. It makes perfect sense to me.”

“Yes, and when you were stressed today about unexpected things,” she continues, “you didn’t realize how you did the same.”

“Oh, you’re right! After that initial rush of anxiety, I did what elevates me into my heart the most and thought of this being Nestor’s birthday, and looked at you and cuddled with you for a bit. That brought me back to my peace and center, nurtured my truth, and my heart suddenly bridged a new perspective to my mind that shifted me out of the stress instantly and enabled me to detach completely,” I reply.

“Exactly,” Astrid answers.

“I guess we both found our way through the darkness and each other today,” I said.

“Through love,” Astrid replies. “An elevated kind of love, which is where we are headed. Just like you shared yesterday about your new teal hair feeling to reflect the higher heart. That is no coincidence my dear friend.”

I smile.

“As you said, where there is love there is no separation. We only feel lost, alone, scared, angry, or sad, because we have yet to BE this love. Love has been intellectualized and analyzed, with only short spurts of actually residing in it – if in fact we haven’t denied or repressed it altogether. Yet, we often live outside of it and only venture into its home in dire circumstances, by accident, or as a fleeting moment. We’ve forgotten that we were never homeless and we’ve forgotten how rich we are in the only currency that we can take with us beyond Earth – LOVE,” Astrid concludes.

I had a feeling that this morning’s experience with Astrid getting locked in the bathroom was no arbitrary thing once I saw her sitting there so purposefully, like a wise soul, atop the toilet seat throne.

Her message feels important to me and perhaps it will to you too on a level that is needed at this time. I feel she is speaking to us moving beyond what we think we’ve known as love into a much more expansive, bigger picture, and harmonic experience of love – very fitting for the first day of the month of love.

It’s no wonder that this little rose quartz tree sitting atop an amethyst mound was the only thing I returned back from Sedona with. I visited Crystal Magic and was only drawn to the beautiful crystal trees, and when I couldn’t decide between about four of them, I tuned into Astrid and asked which she would like me to bring home for her and me.

The answer was clear, as you can below.

Rose quartz is the stone of the heart and unconditional love. Amethyst is February’s stone and is spiritually elevating in ways that transmute energies into higher frequencies of love.

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Rabbits are reflections of growth, rebirth, awareness, harmony, abundance, creativity, fertility, vulnerability, and Mother Earth’s changing seasons and rabbits (especially white rabbits) are traditionally symbolic of Imbolc, Candlemas, and Spring. They really help us leap into the energies available to us this new month, as shared in Lee’s Energy Update below that synchronously holds a similar vibe to Astrid’s message.

Astrid, Nestor and all of my rabbit soul companions have been powerful way-showers of these energies, and most importantly of love for me. Cosmo, as you may remember, was and is the epitome of this steadfast love Astrid speaks of. And all of my bunny partners help me to return there when needed.

Nestor was always a great reflector for me of what I was missing and needed to take care of within myself. And she continues to be a daily reminder in my heart, keeping me on track and not straying from my own need for consistent inner harmony. Thank you Nestor and Astrid for today’s insight and lesson.

I wish you all an extra love-filled February and to end this share here’s Lee Harris to expound on this month’s themes he is feeling for the continuation of this new 7-year cycle of elevation we’re in – “The Era of Higher Harmonics, Elevated Love & Abundance Shifts.”

Update: Today marked the end of our Giveaway on Instagram celebrating the upcoming launch of our new Etsy shop. We announced the recipient and surprised four others with a gift too. We’re so grateful to everyone who joined and for helping to raise money for rescue rabbits, as for each entry I committed to donating $1 to a rabbit rescue of my choice. February is starting off full of LOVE!

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