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On the Wings of a Rabbit


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A sign from above or simply coincidence? I’ll leave that up to you. I’ve shared many a photo of Astrid’s shape-shifting fur markings (especially on Instagram), but this is one of my favorites. Today happens to be the 10 year anniversary of my beloved twin soul rabbit, Nestor’s, transition to the stars and Astrid has quite a symbol on her back to celebrate it. Astrid, to me, embodies the energy of the cosmic rabbit collective and much of Nestor, as well as bits of Joy and Cosmo are alive within her. I often almost call her by their names because she embodies a piece of all of them.

Well, these are photos of her latest window into her soul in the form of symbols etched in her fur. You’ll likely see many things and more than I share about, but a few things stand out to me.

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One, they appear like two (angel/faery) wings resting at her back and at her shoulders. Two, the section between the two wings looks like a being itself and when she stretches her back the top marking is a near heart. The stretching also creates more of the wing clarity, but also reveals something else.

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From upside down the lighter design between the two dark wings appears exactly like a rabbit when looking at it from behind – cottontail included!

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Wow indeed! It’s interesting that Astrid has been very meditative lately as well and this morning was so excited she was running laps all over the living room and jumped up on our bed to welcome the morning, which she hasn’t done in a very long time.

She also happened to jump on Dave’ side of the bed right near his face.

Perhaps it was all the celebration, including it being Dave’s 10 year vegan anniversary today, too. Astrid simply wanted to share her love and appreciation!

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I put this little collage together for him today including all of his loves – our fur babies, Lake Tahoe, mountain biking, hiking, and foraging in nature, playing the guitar and ukulele, and of course vegan donuts! It’s him in his essence and this is definitely a day to remember of transitions into essence.

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Astrid has also been enjoying two harvests already from the Garden Tower, which is doing great by the way. So far so good with my implementation of frost night protection when it’s reached those temperatures, and a pen to ensure critters don’t eat it all.

Speaking of critters, another very special – well at least to me – thing happened at the same time of all of this that still has me buzzing. Last evening while I was writing and Astrid was sleeping in her bed next to my desk, something caught the corner of my eye. We have tons of resident chipmunks, squirrels, every variety of bird, a wolf-sized coyote, and more, but I had yet to see a rabbit.

We haven’t seen bear or deer here at our new house yet either, nor the porcupine, beaver, bobcat, mountain lion, skunk, and other animals that live in the area and have been sighted by us or friends other places, but they are around. It’s simply about alignment and if their medicine is important to connect with when they show up.

Well, I believe that this special honoring of Nestor and Astrid’s chiming in, called the bunnies forth and what feels to be a portal has opened. Although we know there are tons of them around, as I see their footprints in the snow, they just aren’t seen hardly at all. I think I’ve only seen them maybe three times since living here, and two of those were with Dawn when she visited.

This might be changing, as yesterday the movement at the corner of my eye was indeed a sweet little bunny. To say I was excited is an understatement, but I stayed calm and didn’t move, as I didn’t want to alarm her.

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She sat just outside my office door and I watched as she was feeling the air for safety. Dogs were barking down the street so she was on alert.

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Then she ran over to the bushes you see in the photo by the tree and the next thing I know, two bunnies emerged! It happened so fast I couldn’t get a photo of both of them, but it was adorable because the first bunny was pushing it ahead with its nose nudging the other’s behind.

The first one felt to be the scout bunny who surveyed for safety. There is a place under the fence where all the little ones have made a trail to come in and out of the side yard. They must have come the same way and the littler one took cover in the bushes, until the other said it was safe. After the nudging, the littler one took off fast and escaped through the fence at the other end.

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But the scout bunny hung back not far from the Garden Tower to make sure things were safe, no one was following her bunny friend, and/or to make sure I got time to connect with her.

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The dogs were barking a lot and she stood absolutely still just feeling things out, but also presenting opportunity for her and I.

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It was so special given I haven’t seen any and now at this important time period, the two of them appear. Given what I was writing, too, it was all more than perfect and wonderful signs from my dear ones.

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Alignment, flow, harmony, magick, portal openings, and support seem to be all around and for that I’m grateful beyond words.

The above photo is from yesterday at my parent’s house where I sat with my meditation frog I gave to my parents, in their zen garden. I got the frog not long after Nestor’s transition and I moved into a new little apartment by myself (when I divorced) above the lake where Joy and Gaia came to be with me. It’s also when/where I met Dave. Full circles all around!

 

Understanding Symbolism is a Journey of Personal Discovery & Empowerment


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With the Pisces Full Moon’s heightened intuitive energy today and people looking into the meaning of things more and more, along with inquiries about signs, messages, and symbolism I receive consistently, and a recent request for a source on interpreting symbolism, especially things like animal totems, I felt to share one of my favorite websites from Avia Venefica who shares insightful cultural and archetypal meanings of symbolism across the board. Her website is one of the most diverse sources (check out the menu of topics in the top, left hand corner) I think you’ll find helpful with learning to understand the deeper meaning of things and how to harness that for both personal and collective implementation and awareness.

Here is her site:

Behind the Signs: Avia Venefica

I also recommend tuning in and meditating on the symbolism in question, asking for its message directly and how it applies to you, as although there is universal symbolism, how and when something shows up for you can have its own meaning and interpretation, which can only truly be understood or accessed by you. And I truly believe that if you spend the time you will discover the meaning and make those connections to what is going on in your life that brings purpose to what has shown up.

Teaching yourself to engage your own inner wisdom and using things as aids and tools to access that, will help not only to empower yourself, but also strengthen your gifts and open up more doors within you that have been hidden, conditioned out of conscious reach, or repressed.

You can also simply go online and google key words to bring up associated links to what is in question and trust what shows up or what you’re drawn to, as there is always meaning to why that particular message has been brought to your attention. The same goes for a book you might see in a book store, or one you have that you pick up and open up to, finding the perfect message right before your eyes.

Also, stay very aware, present, and observant to things that happen, you hear, someone says, etc., at the time of the sign, just before, just after, and pay attention to recurring themes taking place in your life currently that are trying to get you to pay notice and either make changes, adjustments, are aiding inspiration, or simply are reiterating you’re on the right track and being supported.

Then be open and willing to accept the messages you receive, as if you have a pattern of denial this is the very reason the messages or reiterating signs keep showing up.

Much of interpretation is relative to you, and although things can be guides or someone else can tell you what they think, these are simply keys to help access those closed doors within YOU that has the answers and that you can then run with and discover whole new worlds of possibilities once you engage them with curiosity and trust.

Enjoy the journey!

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(Photos of the mystical Pisces Full Moon aglow in rose gold above Lake Tahoe at 6 am this morning and Astrid Moon gazing along with mom. At 6:45 am it disappeared behind the mountain, and she stayed there the entire time, in zen mode, until it did)

Messages & Gifts Closing Out My 2016


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Yesterday I received another very loud, clear, and blaring message from my sweet rabbit and soul companion, Joy, as you can see in this photo from our hike. As we were descending the mountain, our attention was drawn to the left and there in clear letters was her name deliberately written in the snow upon a rock. Incredible.

You may remember the sign from Cosmo after his transition and messages I’ve been getting from Joy since my dream of her about a week and a half or so ago where she was getting my attention to “hear” and “listen” to something coming, which could be tangible or telepathic.

Immediately following the dream, my bunny loves have been super active in showing up with messages, gifts, and their presences, but especially so, Joy has been with very tangibly seen messages and several times with her name appearing in huge letters.

Yesterday Joy’s message showed up right after I’d spent the last five minutes deeply immersed in thinking about my bunny loves and was getting teary eyed, feeling the tug at my heart strings.

Joy’s message felt fourfold.

  1. I felt that she was wanting me to know how much they were with me and to feel their love and “joy” in my heart to heal any sadness present.
  2. I felt that she was messaging me again to keep listening, being ultra observant, and to pay attention to the signs and messages she and the others would be sending me, as something is amping up right now and something big is coming. Also, to confirm for me to keep on point with my path I’m being inspired to follow right now, as it’s being supported and channeled by them to fuel my heart.
  3. I felt it (and the other “Joy” signs) was confirmation of what I’d come to see about Joy in her last year or so of having truly embraced and embodied her name, which when I first got her she had been concerned she couldn’t live up to and afraid of disappointing if she couldn’t be the essence of “Joy” always. She came to own that truth of her heart, as her innocence and vulnerability WAS pure Joy always.
  4. And a “joy” filled appreciation for what I’ll share below.

Needless to say, I was so touched by seeing her sign and have been so grateful for my bunny loves’ constant and recently very profound presence in more heightened ways than usual.

So much so, that I’m discovering myself embodying the bunny me more than ever and everything in my life is coming up bunnies, as I’ll touch a little bit on in another post.

Gaia has been there too, but she seems to make very timely, big entrances at less frequent intervals.

But for now, as we approach the end of this year and get ready to walk through a new gateway of experience, I felt so much that alongside all that I’m focused on I really wanted to anchor in some energy (it’s 3:33 pm here as I write this part) and honor the memory of my sweet ones in a way I know they would appreciate and likely have inspired.

Each year Dave and I give to organizations to help animals. Most of the time we do it around Christmas and the New Year, but sometimes it’s been at Easter (for bunnies), and sporadically donate to different events as well at any given time. For example, I’ve donated a bunch of my paintings, prints, time and services to help raise money for animals and volunteered at a rabbit shelter as well for a while.

This year it was immediately a stand-out for us where we wanted to lend our support.

Our Christmas gift went to two non-profit organizations that were connected with both Joy and Cosmo, in honor and in memory of them and all the love they had for the bunnies they left behind, and came to know over the course of their sheltered lives, when they came home with me, and to others like them that are in need and not as fortunate as they were.

Donations provide things like food, litter, supplies, toys, and help out with vet fees for neutering/spaying, health challenges, and needed surgeries.

Joy and Cosmo are “compassion ambassadors” for rabbits and spreading awareness and education to others about rabbits, and this was a way not only to do what is in my and Dave’s hearts’ “joy” to offer in way of support, but also to continue their work through me, since we are One.

No wonder I’m becoming a rabbit more and more with these power souls channeling through me.

As our gift of compassion we donated $500 each to both SaveABunny in Northern California where Joy came from and to Bunny World Foundation in Los Angeles where Cosmo came from.

It’s one way we can help bunnies in need, bridge the rabbit/human gap, do what’s most in our hearts, show our reverence for these two ever-giving souls, a way for me to keep them alive through me, and a way to spread a little “JOY” to others via the path and role I have in this life involving rabbits.

This year has been profoundly shifting for me, which has been in large part because of the work I’ve been doing with my rabbit companions and what has come through them.

These messages and gifts in the cycle of giving and receiving mutually, have truly been a theme pervading 2016 for me and I can’t think of a more perfect way to close it out and anchor in the new.

Supermoon Magick


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I didn’t have a chance to post these yesterday, but now that I have a few more photos to add I thought today would be perfect. These are some photos from Sunday before the Supermoon, during the heightened time of the Supermoon, and the day of, as well as morning after (today).

So many magickal things showed up like 6 ladybugs on the water at my favorite spot in Lake Tahoe where I put Joy’s and Nestor’s ashes, a peace and love sign we stumbled upon that were created in pine cones in the forest that lit up with dancing light and colors in the camera lens, but weren’t there in the dusk hour otherwise, amazing essence of the Moon I caught when I woke in the middle of the night and morning of its fullness, so many crystalline light energies and rays the day after that even a duck couple were calling our attention to, and more!

I’ll let you enjoy them without any further descriptions, so you may absorb the energies along with me.

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Nature’s Messages – Autumn Weekend at the Beach


After another quite intense and deeply soul reflective dream Friday night, the weekend unfolded like a beautiful symphony of divinely orchestrated blessings, messages, encounters, and loving support that were exactly what I needed at the right time – just as my previous post – Angels in Disguise – explored.

Don’t you just love how that happens? Or at least how it CAN happen if you keep present, observant, and oh so ever-open and believing.

And if nothing else, they were beautiful moments in Nature that brought smiles, tears, skips in heartbeat, and stole some breaths. Not a bad deal either way.

Here’s a pictorial of the ocean’s love shared with me, and short captions and links to explore for yourself, if you so choose. Or, simply enjoy the images.

A lot of winged ones have increasingly been showing up, along with feather gifts. This weekend was no exception.

The way things evolved over the course of the weekend seemed to weave a story for me that connected with my dream sequence I’ve been having, as well as things I’ve been reflecting upon and feeling.

For the moments taken in heart and any Earth Angels that were with me, but not showing up here in photo, thank you.

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A week after finding my Osprey tail feather, this nearly 16″ wing feather of what I believe to be from a Pelican showed up – a first for me. Not only did being a long wing feather feel significant energetically, but I stumbled upon this wonderful “Birds in Alchemy” article that included Pelican as one of the states of the alchemical process. It resonated very much: http://www.crystalinks.com/birdsalchemy.html

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This beautiful little sacred stone cairn was right next to where I stationed myself on the beach. I love the unique stones in it, the marbled one at top, the inclusion of a branch, but of course the tiny, light feather of the air that was placed at the top (anchored under the white stone) in contrast to the foundational, earthy stones

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I saw this sweet little angelic feather just after coming upon a sea gull that had very recently transitioned. I was so taken by the beauty, grace, and peaceful energy of the sea gull, both feeling the sadness of goodbye and the freedom of expansion. This little feather reminds me of the image in my Angels in Disguise post.

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This was a beautiful sight…a pair of majestic Egrets. I have never seen two together before at the beach. I’ve only seen one on its own and it’s a rare sighting even at that. But two felt significant. This image of one in flight behind the other I just love. http://funkman.org/animal/bird/greatwhiteegret.html

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I LOVE the Sanderlings and Snowy Plovers that show up on the beach at different intervals. Today there were so many, more than I’ve seen and they were so lovely standing peacefully together or nestled breast to sand. I love how they move together as a collective and their timing is so in sync with Nature. When their little feet glide quickly over the sand it makes me giggle.

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Osprey seems to be prevalent in my life right now. It had been a long time since they showed up, but never with so much presence and connection with me, as lately. After finding the Osprey tail feather last weekend, I found yet another Osprey feather and a direct, moving encounter. Coming out of an elevated meditative place, I opened my eyes to see Osprey appear in front and circle low around me once, with feet and talons out looking at me directly, then continued on his way. Returned three more times then later found him perched eating his catch for the day.

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On my walk I saw this sweet white Moth caught in the sand at the water’s edge. I was taken right away by her beautiful pastel aqua and lavender under-wings and pure energy. I gently and carefully picked her up wondering if she had already transitioned, but in fact her little legs moved. She’d been waterlogged and unable to fly.

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So I held her giving her Reiki and took her over to a raised area far from the water and placed her on a flat, dry spot right next to some plants and flowers for her and tenderly opened her wings so she could dry and rest in all her glory. I discovered one of her wings was damaged, but she seemed to fight for life continuing to move her legs and antennae. I knew that she’d have a rough go at it with a broken wing, but I would provide her every chance to live as fully as she could, or transition in peace and glory. I read that insect wings don’t grow back or heal, but I empowered her wings as they were – perfect and beautiful. They say a moth with a broken wing won’t recover, but she was loved and honored and in her safer surroundings she can choose her path for her remaining time, rather than walked on or drowned.

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For only the second time ever did I come across these magickal little pink and orange sea cucumbers on the beach. Just two on this day…again that pairing like the Egrets. The last time I’d seen tons lining the beach. And now, I’m in awe, as I was looking for the blog post link to share, so you can read their symbolism and just discovered the synchronicity of this sighting.

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http://tinyurl.com/seacucumbers this is the link to my post and if you look at the title and its date, it was posted almost exactly one year ago: Reflections on the Current Intensities & Today’s Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Aries October 18th, 2013! And tomorrow on the 8th we will be revisiting a Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in Aries again, along with a Blood Moon. There is an obvious connection with these sea cucumbers and this moon phase. You can read their symbolism and my insights in the post linked.

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Although you can’t see it well in the photo, nearing the end of the afternoon I had to smile when I saw this parasail that had a giant yellow smiley face on it. 🙂

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The seagulls also started to surround me, as they sat peacefully gazing at the horizon, listening for the music in the sunset along with me.

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And as I made my way back up the cliff to leave, my eye caught this…a heart footprint. The only one in all the footprints left behind by those who walked this path. ❤

 

Why All the Ladybugs at the Ocean’s Edge? – A Symbolic Message


ladybugEverything has meaning, at least that is how I choose to live my life. I see and receive symbolic meaning in all things in and around me, as well as create a consciously symbolic life of meaning and intentful purpose.

Whether small or big, I gratefully receive the beauty the Universe gifts me, enjoying the messages and connection the awareness of it all brings into my life. Sometimes that message is one of awareness to make compassionate and conscious change.

Yesterday I broke away for a couple of hours at the beach with a friend, and several new friends there, did I find.

It was a beautiful day with glistening sun on the ocean, as we walked and I looked for treasures from the sea, finding many.

What I also found were many little ladybugs at the water’s edge. I found this odd and pondered why, while in the process picked up two of them and placed them on my skin so that they could dry their wings in the sun light and my warmth.

These two little ones stayed with me, crawling and resting on my arm and my “Live Love” hoodie adorned with “Peace” sign for the entire walk, until their tiny wings were dry enough to set flight again.

The question still remains as to why ladybugs were at the ocean in the first place and after researching a bit, I found this was not an uncommon phenomena, yet still a mystery.

Some sources say that the ladybugs give birth during this time, and that some are blown to the coast when the Santa Ana winds whip through. And some debate how and why the ladybugs come to gather on the shorelines with two categories of reasoning: ladybugs floating to shore and ladybugs gathering at the shore from land. This would mean large numbers of synchronized ladybugs taking flight perhaps as a result of rapid growth in population in contrast to depletion of resources. In which case they may be setting off to forage or may be coming to shores to drink or gather there with reluctance to cross the water, after journey from land to the water’s edge in search.

And then some have thought ladybugs are blown or knocked into the water and then drift ashore caused by major winds or storms. It’s been shown that some ladybugs can float for over 150 hours with the estimated average time floating for washups to be about 33 hours.

So, were these ladybugs I found a product of environmental conditions or loss of resources? Or is there another mystery and message they are bringing to us? In either case, as with everything, there is something to be received by their coming to be found at the ocean’s edge. While I’d like to believe they love the ocean as much as I, I would tend to think that just like with the enormous amount of bees I’ve found on the water’s edge over the last year, that there is altogether another message in this and one to take to heart.

Since ladybugs are such beautiful symbols and good omens of things to come, would their message not be ironic in this context?

Lady bugs are a sign of good luck, of wishes coming true, love and protection. Lady bug wisdom according to my favorite shamanism site: 

Carries the Golden Strand that leads to the Center of the Universe 

Past lives 

Spiritual enlightenment 

Death and Rebirth 

Protection

Happiness, Love, Luck, Friendship

Good Deeds Done

We are definitely in a process of rebirthing and reinventing, myself included. What do you take away from their message?

All I know is that I wanted to save them and nurture them when I saw them and loved to be a stand in tree of energy for these two to find their strength again.

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