Spirit Message of the Day – Open To Enlightenment

ELDER STAFF
“When this card appears, it indicates that you have reached a position in which you can offer guidance or direction to others. It can also indicate a need to move on in some matter, in order to serve a greater community or worthy cause. It is time to be a Teacher, Emissary, or Director.”

TEACHING
“In ancient times, trees were worshipped or venerated. Among some tribes it was believed thElderStaff Mickie Muellerat trees were the dwelling place of a god or goddess. This is one reason why sacred groves were established. A branch was taken from the tree and carried by the priestess or priest as a sign of his or her connection with the deity of the grove. Traditionally, the branch measured the height of the person plus the length from the elbow to the end of the middle finger. The height represented personal rapport with the deity of the grove. The bend of the arm, and therefore its extension outward, symbolized that the elder was to reach out to those whom he or she encountered. Together these were the full measure of the elder. With staff in hand, the priestess or priest went out to the people as an emissary of their deity.”

“The card depicts a robed figure carrying a staff, which symbolizes his or her connection to the deity of the sacred grove. The full moon, an ancient symbol of the mystery tradition, shines in tMerlinhe night sky as it sheds light upon the path. This represents the inner mystery that light is at home in the darkness, and that enlightenment is found passing through the night.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Elder Staff informs us that the path we walk takes us through worlds not known by the average person in life. The light of the moon and stars guides the soul in different ways that does the light of the sun. The subtlety of their emanations is alluring, and their seeming aloofness drawn us on to vistas of worlds unknown. The message of this card is to live and walk the chosen path with lasting devotion.”

Today’s message is from The Seeker’s Guide to the Hidden Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Be Brave, Step Forward Into the Unknown

OTHERWORLD
“When this card appears, it indicates that the time has come to move on. The current situation must be released, as it is no longer visible. Look to and move toward new horizons. It is time for transition, journey, and crossing.”

TEACHING
“In ancient myth and legend there is a realm known by such names as Avalon, Tir Nan Og, the Elysian Fields, or Summerland. In pre-Christian European paganism such realms are referred to as the Otherworld (or Underworld). Here isOtherworld by Mickie Mueller the realm of the faery or elven race, a dimension existing outside of the material world. It is sometimes called the Eternal Land. The Otherworld is free of illness, disease, old age, and death. The card depicts a faery woman sailing into a mystical fog, which parts as three swans are directed ahead. Through the opening can be seen the white shores of the Otherworld, and on the island a castle rises atop the rocky cliff.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Otherworld card speaks to us of hidden realms beyond the material senses. It is through this understanding that we arrive at the realization that we are spiritual beings moving through experiences in many dimensions. Physical life is the seed that becomes the blossom that eventually dies to become new seed (and therefore new life). It is only when we part the veil that we can see existence beyond the material experience. This is the liberation of knowing that physical death is not the end.”

Today’s message comes from The Seeker’s Guide To The Hidden Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Spirit Message of the Day – Become Worthy of Other People’s Truth, Trust, and Integrity

OATH
“When this card appears, it indicates that ‘your word is your bond’, and its meaning is to keep your word and to be true and authentic to yourself. It is time for truth, trust, and integrity.”

TEACHING
“Oaths of initiation are common within any mystery tradition. Part of the traditional oath is to not reveal any of the practices of the system. The mandate is often to keep silent, and to not shareOath by Mickie Mueller any initiate teachings or materials with non-initiates of the specific system. This is typically marked by such words as ‘I swear this oath by the blood in my veins’ and ‘by my honor among my brothers and sisters of the art’. The card depicts a man with his hand over his face. The tips of his middle and index fingers are beneath his eyes, forming a V-shape. This gesture is known as ‘the witch’s honor’.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Oath card reflects personal honor and loyalty. The oath is the token of the soul’s integrity, given in community. The oath is the testimony of the inner self. The value of the oath is not in it being sworn. Instead, its value lies in it being trusted by the people who receive it. This means that the oath can be relied upon because of the integrity of the person who swears the oath. The message of this card is to be worthy of such trust by others.” 

Today’s guidance is from The Seeker’s Guide To The Hidden Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Spirit Message of the Day – Transform Your Spirit

CHTHONIC ROOTS
“When this card appears, it indicates that very deep levels have opened. A process has begun that will take you through darkness and into enlightenment. Things are not as they appear to be, and your quest is to let the desire to know take you further down the road. The card can also mean to trust your visions and intuition. A magical and spiritual transformation is at hand.”

TEACHING
“Potent herbs that alter states of consciousness have a long tradition in the mystical arts.Chthonic Roots by Mickie Mueller They have been used to align the mind and spirit to the realities of other realms or dimensions. These dimensions are experienced as the Underworld or Otherworld, beyond the realm of mortal kind. Many ancient potions contain substances from such plants as the foxglove, aconite, henbane, hemlock, and belladonna (or nightshade). These deadly plants, prepared in precise portions have been used to bring one close to death so that they can pass easily into the realms beyond the world of mortal kind. The resulting visions and perceptions can be enlightening, and the power of oracle ability may also be achieved. However, without knowing the precise portions and ingredients, such plants are likely to cause death. (Do not experiment with any of these poisonous plants.)”

“The card depicts a hideaway area with an old well, which in ancient myths and legends is often depicted as an entryway into the Otherworld. A cloth is spread out upon the ground in front of the well. On the cloth are the harvested roots of a mandrake, datura, and aconite plant. A harvest sickle also lies on the cloth. foxglove-aqua-flower-essenceTraditionally, such roots are harvested at night when the moon is dark or full. Sunlight is to be avoided when working with chthonic herbs.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Chthonic Roots card contains the concept of transformation through altered states of consciousness. The theme is one of roots within the dark places of procreation, and of still waters that run deep into the hidden realms below. The message of this card is that we must enter into the deep recesses of the mind and spirit in order to pierce the darkness and retrieve the hidden or lost light.”

Today’s message is from The Seeker’s Guide to the Hidden Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Spirit Message of the Day – How Are You Walking Your Path?

THE ALTAR
“When this card appears in a reading it speaks of the meeting point between the divine and us. The altar is the center of alignment and the direct interface with the Divine Source. The appearance of this card asks the question: ‘What work are you Altar by Mickie Muellerdoing to develop yourself, where and what is your center, and how you connect to deity?’ How is your relationship with the divine manifesting in your life? The card calls upon us to look at what we consider holy and sacred, and then to look at our lives and evaluate how we are walking our path. Are you alone, or does deity accompany you? The appearance of this card also addresses balance in ones life. The altar is a mirror of the Divine Spark at the very heart of oneself (the altar within). Is your altar cared for, and what priority is being given to your spiritual life at this time?”

TEACHING
“The altar is the focal point where we come into union with the Divine Source of All Things. Traditionally the altar sits at the center of the ritual circle. Upon it the four primary ritual tools are placed: pentacle, wand, athame, and chalice. These tools are the interface mechanisms through which we communicate with beings and deities of other realms of existence. The tools are also symbols of the Moon_Altar_by_Mmilosalignment that help us understand our relationship with Nature.”

“The Altar card depicts the altar set with a black cloth. This represents the procreative darkness that is the regenerative womb from which all things become manifest. The chest represents the material world meeting with the spiritual or divine plane. The chest bears a lock fashioned like a pentagram, which symbolizes the guardian ship of the inner ways, and the elemental forces that bind energy to physical matter. Behind the altar is a window looking out into the dark night sky. This represents the portal between the material realm and what lies beyond. The starry sky is the Universal Consciousness that responds to our awareness of it. The altar is the beginning point, the place where we first call out to the deities and spirits that dwell in other worlds.”

Today’s message comes from A Traveler’s Guide To The Well Worn Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Spirit Message of the Day – Allow Nature to Renew Your Spirit

GREENMAN
“When this card appears the issue at hand is one of prosperity, growth, and abundance. The Greenman image symbolizes these, as well as the tenacity of life. This is a card of surgreenmanthumbvival and assured renewal. Look to the ways of Nature as your teacher, and to the spirit of Nature for encouragement and motivation.”

TEACHING
“The Greenman is the personified Spirit of Nature. He is the renewer of life, abundance, and prosperity. As Lord of the Plant Kingdom he represents richness and bounty. When our ancestors turned to agriculture the Greenman became a powerful symbol of the Spirit of the Land. In this card the Greenman is depicted moving through the deep wooded places. Here is the primal nature of the untamed woodlands, which is where his essence first arose. As he passes among the trees or the tall wheat fields, the blessings of the Greenman ensure the fullness of a harvest to come.”

ALIGNMENT
“You wake up in the woods, as if from a dream. You sit up, and standing before you is the Greenman of the Forest. He is powerful and ancient. He tells The Greenman by Mickie Muelleryou that he is the untamed spirit of Nature. He is the tenacity of life. In your mind you suddenly recall every rocky crevice that sprouted a plant, and every root that lifted a wall. Visions of man made structures now covered and hidden in the jungles flash through your mind. In the end it is the Greenman who will survive the passage of time. You see the Greenman standing before you as he changes form in the passing of seasons, for he is seed and sprout, bud and leaf, flower and fruit. He is the tender sprout of spring, the ripened fruit of summer, the dropping leaves of fall, and barren branches of winter. In this you realize that he is never absent, but is always present in the never-ending cycle of birth, life, death, and renewal.”

Today’s message is from A Traveler’s Guide To The Well Worn Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Spirit Message of the Day – Embrace the Invisible

TRIFORMIS
“When this card appears, it signifies that other aspects, levels, or elements are at play. The card advises us to look back to the beginning, access the present, and contemplate the future. The matter is not one thing by itself. Different aspects will showTriformis by Mickie Mueller themselves, and each will require discernment. It is time for complexity, depth, and expansion.”

TEACHING
“Manifestation requires three individual points or elements, which are time, space, and energy. This is called the triangle of manifestation. In a religious or spiritual view of Goddess, from whom all things issue forth, is a triple goddess. In modern times she is called the Maiden, Mother, and Crone. One ancient example of the Triformis concept appears in the Greek view of the Fates as three woman who weave the lives of mortal kind. Another example is the goddess Hecate, whom ancient writers such as Lucan refer to as a goddess with three aspects (Hecate, Diana, Persephone/Proserpina).”

“The card depicts the Great Goddess manifesting from within the night sky. She appears as a single being, with three aspects appearing as individual faces. 34157avxszuuj0qOn the left is the Maiden, in the center is the Mother, and to the right is the Crone. The Goddess wears a lunar circlet, which links three natures into one entity. A serpent appears wrapped around her arm, which represents her Underworld nature. A key hangs from the other arm, symbolizing her role as the gatekeeper and revealer of the hidden mysteries.”

THE SHADOW’s EDGE
“The Triformis card reveals the mystical nature of the number three. It addresses triple aspects that emanate from a core principle, a pattern established by nature in the cycles of human life: birth, life, and death. These are the three great mysteries from which all other mysteries originate.”

Today’s message comes from The Seeker’s Guide To The Hidden Path by Raven Grimassi & Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Published in: on July 24, 2009 at 10:02  Leave a Comment  

Spirit Message of the Day – Summon Your Clarity of Vision

OAK, ASH, and THORN
“When this card appears, it addresses a situation that is blocked or guarded. Special OakAshThorn by Mickie Muelleractions or attitudes are required in order to gain entrance or passage. It can shift your attention to what is guarded, secret, or hidden.”

TEACHING
“The oak, ash, and hawthorn trees are legendary guardians that bar the way onto the Otherworld. The oak and ash stand as the portals at the threshold. The hawthorn, with its sharp spikes, guards against easy access. Between the ash and the oak is the in-between place, which is neither in this world nor in the next. It is a place of magic, where anything is possible. The card depicts an ash tree and an oak tree. In the center of the card is a hawthorn tree, which is blocking the opening between the ask and oak. The upper branches of the ash and oak form an archway, suggesting the presence of a portal to another realm beyond. From this vantage point spirits watch all who approach.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Oak, Ash, and Thorn card informFaerieDoor Mickie Muellers us that some things are kept from us until we prove ourselves worthy. Worthiness can take many forms, and the most important are ethics, maturity, integrity, compassion, and courage. In the mystery tradition, the seeker is often drawn into a situation wherein he or she is challenged. The way can be opened in such an encounter, or the seeker can become entangled in the process itself and become lost. this is reflected in folk tales where a person’s curiosity results in their being ‘faery led’ into a thicket. Clarity of vision, strength of purpose, and personal integrity are needed to pierce the mysteries.”

Today’s guidance comes from The Seeker’s Guide To The Hidden Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Spirit Message of the Day – A Fresh Approach Is Needed

MAIDEN
“When this card appears it addresses new energies. It is a card of new life, vitality, and youthful exuberance. The Maiden card is one of beginnings, fresh approaches, and limitless potential.”

TEACHING
“The Maiden is one of the three major aspects of the Great Goddess. She is the budding vegetation and newborn life. The Maiden renews and revitalizes. She symbolizes the season of spring when life has returned to the world following the barren winter. The Maiden is also reflected in the crescent moon during the waxiThe Maiden Mickie Muellerng phase. In the myths associated with the Great Goddess, the Maiden descends into the Underworld at the fall season and returns to the mortal world in the spring. The card depicts a young woman dressed in the purity of white. Her energy is boundless, and she dances in the green meadow as flower petals scatter all around her. Here we see the celebration of the return of the greenery, peaceful blue skies, and the promise of fullness to come.”

ALIGNMENT
“It is a warm day as you walk in the countryside. Here you encounter a lovely young woman who seems to have appeared from nowhere. You greet her, but she does not speak. Instead she smiles and begins to dance. As she dances, from the ground springs forth a green velvet coat. She raises her arms and twirls the scarf as sweet-scented flower petals float on a soft breeze. A soft, herb-clad hill appears behind her in the distance.”

“Is this the enchanted fairy maiden of ancient myth and lore? Or have you encountered the Goddess of your ancestors who invites you now to join in the dance that brings past, present, and future together As you look at the Maiden, she transforms into the Wheel of the Year tree, and then back again into human form. The wreath from the Wheel scatters into flower petals, branches give way to become her arms, and the two roads at the well worn path now whirl about as her scarf. You are in the place of magic and enchantment where anything is possible. What will you ask of the Goddess, and what will you give in return? Perhaps it is enough to simply join her in the dance.”

Today’s message comes from A Traveler’s Guide To The Well Worn Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Published in: on July 22, 2009 at 10:02  Leave a Comment  

Spirit Message of the Day – Challenge Your Spiritual Warrior to Receptivity

CHALICE
“When this card appears it is an indication that the issue is one of receptivity and mutability. This card can indicate a reminder to be receptiveThe Challice by Mickie Mueller to new forms and expressions. The chalice is the channel through which its counterpart (the energy of water) manifests it’s objective. In essence the chalice denotes the ebb and flow of the tides and cycles of life. It is the expression of the inner fullness, which is aware of itself. The card can also point to the welling up of emotional nature. The chalice teaches that we must freely give from our inner fullness, just as we freely receive withint our inner depth.”

TEACHING
“Traditionally the chalice is a ritual tool associated with the element of water. On a mystical level it is assigned to the west, which is traditionally the portal to the Otherworld or Underworld. The chalice is usually made of silver, and it is used to contain the ritual wine. Silver links the chalice to lunar influences, adn the tool itself represents the ‘Womb of the Goddess’. The chalice is used in the rite of cakes and wine, where it symbolically contains the essence540401Woman-Meditating-on-Beach-Pos of the Goddess. In some Pagan traditions this is sometimes called ‘The Great Rite’.  Here it represents the female genitalia in a symbolic rite of sexual union. The wand (or in some systems the athame) is dipped into the chalice to symbolize male and female union.”

“On the card the chalice is depicted nestled in a black cloth. Black is the presence of all colors aborbed into one place, and symbolizes the procreative energy of generation/regeneration. Here the chalice is cloaked and protected from outside influences. The chest symbolizes that the elemental nature is self-contained, and is not reliant upon other elements for its existence and function. The latch lock is fashioned in the form of a shell to represent the fertile ocean and the deep well of manifestation.”

ALIGNMENT
“The Crone of the cottage sets a small chest before you. She opens it and presents a chalice to you from within the chest. The Crone instructs you that this is the helmet of the spiritual warrior. Here is the symbol of your compassion. You look upon the chalice and see the helmet’s visor. You realize that your foes cannot easily blind your eyes. If none can take away your ability to clearly perceive, then none can break your vision of the divine reflected back to you from the souls of others upon whom you look.”

Today’s message is from A Traveler’s Guide To The Well Worn Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.