Spirit Message of the Day – Are You Willing To See The World Differently Forever?

Cauldron by Mickie MuellerCAULDRON
“Focus on potential and the generative and regenerative forces. The cauldron speaks of birthing (on any plane), beginnings of manifestation, and the brewing of essence. The cauldron can also address matters of rebirth and regenerative forces in general. It is the inner forces at work awaiting manifestation. When the cauldron appears in a reading it assures that something is stirring and bubbling, and is about to manifest or return.”

TEACHING
The cauldron is one of the oldest tools to appear in Western literature as something used for magcauldronical or mystical means. It often appears as a vessel that can renew life, restore lost youth, provide unending nourishment, and bestow enlightenment. In modern Paganism it is a symbol of the womb of the Goddess. The card depicts a tripod of branches that symbolize the triformis nature of manifestation, and the Goddess of Mysteries. The branches represent the sacred grove of the Goddess. The cauldron is suspended over the fire, which is symbolic of the Divine Source. The fire is the pure flame of transformation. Here it can be said to be the fire of Brighid or the flamekitchen5 of Vesta. Steam rises in a spiral from the cauldron, and represents the mystical process of the generative and regenerative womb of the Goddess. In the woods beneath the cauldron we see the symbolic union of divine fire generated from amidst the sacred grove of the Goddess.”

ALIGNMENT
“It is late at night in the woods. You seek a place to sleep, and in the distance you see what appears to be a campfire. As you approach you come before a cauldron suspended over a fire. Something brews and bubbles from within the cauldron as steam rises and swirls. You take up a ladle by the cauldron and dip it, hoping to taste some soup to satisfy your hunger. Before you can touch it to your lips the voice of the Crone of the cottage calls out to you, ‘Would you drink from the womb of the Goddess kn34157avxszuuj0qowing that your eyes will never again see the world as you do now?'”

“You sit with the Crone and she tells you the ancient myths and legends of the cauldron from many different lands. She speaks of brews and potions, wisdom and folly. The crone recounts the lessons, riddles, and magic of the cauldron from many ages past. You find yourself quite taken with the tales, and you tell the Crone that you would drink the cauldron’s brew if it were offered. She replies that it will only give its magic to those who ask, but never to those who take. The Crone pours a ladle of the liquid from the cauldron into a cup and hands it to you. You consume the contents, and then sit looking at the fire. The cauldron continues to boil, as steam rises upward into swirling spirals. You feel yourself falling into a trance. A vision arises in your mind of nine sacred maidens tending the fire and the cauldron. The cauldron now has thirteen large pearls adorning the rim. The nine maidens begin to chant. Suddenly you are enveloped in the steam. It gathers all around you, and you feel yourself rising with it up into the night sky.”

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 – Manifest Your Heart’s Desire

greenery pentagramPENTAGRAM
“When this card appears it addresses matters of creativity and manifestation. The card reflects the ability to create in accord with mind, body, and spirit. Therefore the pentagram calls upon us to direct the manifestation of the things in our lives. the caution is to balance the accumulation of material gain with one’s spiritual values. This card asks the question: ‘How and what are your energies creating, balance or imbalance around you?'”

Pentagram by Mickie Mueller“The card calls to us to be aware of our resources and the tools we can use to achieve our goals. The appearance of the pentagram assures us that we have access to all the elements within and without. It is time for manifestation, expansion, transformation, and movement.”

TEACHING
“Among the most ancient of myths we find that before Creation the Universe was in Chaos, Divinity then entered into Chaos and drew the four elements of CreatioCelticPaganPentagramPaganArtPurp-1n into harmony. These elements are called earth, air, fire, and water. Traditionally the pentagram symbolizes the Divine Spirit presiding over the four creative elements. Spirit (the fifth element) provides equilibrium, which results in cohesion/manifestation as it directs the elemental process of creation. It is an ancient belief that one or more of the elemental natures are required in order to create anything on the material plane.”

“The card depicts the five pointed star being formed by the elemental natures. The flow of the elements can be seen against the full moon in the night sky. Here fire flows downward to its traditional symbolic placement at the lower right point. Leaves blow in the air, moving to the traditional assignmwiccan and crowent of air at the upper left point. Water flows across and to the right, meeting its traditional point of assignment on the upper right. An open furrow of fertile earth moves toward the lower left point of the star, which is the traditional assignment of earth. To complete the design, the essence of divine spirit flows upward to the top point of the star.”

“In the background of the card appears the night sky. This represents the procreative darkness from which all things issue forth. Here we find that the Universe supports the elemental process of creativity and manifestation.”

ALIGNMENT
“You find yourself drifting up into the night sky, carried by a mystical vapor. Before you in the starry night sky the full moon emerges as the vaporous clouds dissolve away. You recall the ancient myth of Chaos existing before Creation, and of how the Divine Spirit then brought the four elements into harmony. You begin to feel a tingling sensation on your body, and you sense the presence of the fifth element of spirit. Your eyes seem to expand and a new clarity develops. It is as if you have never fully seen before. As you look at the full moon, the four elements of fire, air, water, and ewiccansettingarth stream across the face of the moon. Here amidst the stars, a pentagram forms.”

“You perceive that the moon is a portal to the astral realm where thoughts can manifest into things. It is the Divine Spark within (that which is of the eternal gods) that makes it possible to create, for you bear within you the spark of that which created the Universe. You realize that every material object is really an energy pattern held together in the cohesion of elemental earth. You see the interplay of the elemental forces within the inner mechanism of Nature. Here you see the elemental pattern of manifestation, expansion, transformation, and movement at work in the cycles of birth, life, death, and rebirth. From below you hear the voice of the Crone of the cottage calling to you. You begin to feel heavy, and you sink back toward the earth beneath. You are returning now to the Crone who waits in the woods.”

Today’s guidance 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 – How Are You Fulfilling Your Higher Calling

VOICE OF THE WIND
“When this card appears it addresses a higher calling. The card speaks of direction, inspiration, and guidance from forces outside of our worldly sphere of influence.”

visionary_art_by_mario_duguay_2TEACHING
“Traditionally the Voice of the Wind refers to being taught through spirit voices. This is something external, and is directed by a consciousness outside of us. To our ancestors this was the voice of the trees, rocks, mountains, lakes, and oceans. It was the whisperings of Nature spirits and beings of the Otherworld.”

ALIGNMENT
“You are making your way through the woods when you encounter a young couple. The woman is sitting on the earth and all about her the leaves swirl in a passing gust of wind. The trees sway and softly groan, as the woman smiles in response to the message of voices that whisper to her in the forest. In the background is her mate, who stands watch. You appear puzzled, and the mMake a Wish Windan speaks to you, ‘She hears the voice of the wind, do not disturb her’. You strain to hear something yourself as the wind rushes past you, but the man informs you that you can only hear the voice when the spirits with you to understand them. They use the rustling of the leaves, and the sound of branches swaying, to convey their silent words.”

“You possess the ancestral voices within you, but they do not help you hear the voice of the wind. You realize that this comes from another race, and so you leave an offering of a coin from your pocket, and depart. As you go, the wind blows some leaves over the coin, and you hear the woman say, ‘It is well, they know your heart now. The whispers soon will come’.”

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 – Cycles, Exploration, and Culmination

THREE GREAT MYSTERIES
“When this card appears, it indicates a life passage related to birth, life, or death. Some significant event is unfolding, which will create profound changes in your life and your relationships with others. It is time for cycles, exploration, and culmination.”

Three Great Mysteries by Mickie MuellerTEACHING
“The Three Great Mysteries are birth, life, and death. In essence these ask the questions: where did we come from, what are we doing here, and what happens to us when we die? In ancient times the Fates were believed to rule over life, and were depicted as three women: a young woman, a mature woman, and an elderly woman. In art they are portrayed at a weaving loom, working with the threads of life. At the end, the elderly woman cuts the thread, which ends the life of the person whose life-pattern was woven.”

“The Three Great Mysteries are sometimes referred to as the Wheel of Life, which is a teaching connected to reincarnation. In this view the soul enters into a new physical body, through which it learns valuable lessons as it works toward spiritual evolution. After many lives the soul obtains release from having to return to the material world. At this point it enters into life within the spiritual realms that exist beyond the world of mortal kind.”

“One associated teaching portrays souls traveling through time and space together, bound by karmic energies that reunite various souls in a vari34157avxszuuj0qety of relationships. In this scenario, parents and children may trade places in various lives. This also holds true for gender roles in love relationships. One very old teaching maintains that magical ties bring souls back into the same family lines. Such teachings indicate hereditary families of magical or witchcraft lineage. The Three Great Mysteries card depicts a Book of Shadows opened to a page. On this page are the three symbols of the mysteries: the seed, a ripened plant, and the harvest sickle. These represent the agricultural mysteries wherein the seed is the struggle for survival, the plant is the fullness of life experience, and the sickle is the return of seed, and life, back into the soil. This is associated with the old belief that from the womb of the goddess all life issues forth, and to her must all life return.”

Fate by Mickie MuellerTHE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Three Great Mysteries card takes up the idea of reincarnation: the process and the portals through which the soul enters, experiences, and then leaves material existence. The message of this card is that our lives have purpose and meaning, but that this lies in something greater than ourselves. The clues are veiled from the soul by material birth; where did we come from? They are bypassed by the distractions of material existence; why are we here? The final clue is diverted by the thoughts of eventual death; where do we go from here? the answer resides not in what is the meaning of life, but in what is the purpose of existence itself.”

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 – Design Your Day, Build Your Life, Manifest Your Future

Athame by Mickie MuellerATHAME
“When this card appears know that the matter at hand is about change and transformation. It is time to create or carve out your own mini-world. Be the designer and shaper of your own future. The athame is the channel through which its counterpart (the energy of fire/air) manifests its objective. The card also speaks of the strength and conviction of your will, and of your personal power. How are you using them, and how are you not? Are you aware of your intentions and direction? The work is in your capable hands, and it is time to act now! Don’t be a victim – instead be the designer of your own destiny.”

TEACHING
“The athame is the primary ritual dagger that is used to direct the personal will. As a metal knife it was forged from minerals blended in the fire, which transformed them into a blade. hence in some traditions the athame is considered to be a tool of elemental fire. The old saying ‘a will of iron’ is rooted in the conceptceltic_cross_treasure_chest of a forge. In other traditions the athame is associated with air. The air association arose during the eighteenth century among such magical societies as the Golden Dawn. It is founded in the notion that the blade ‘cuts the air’ as it moves.”

“Traditionally the athame bears a black handle that represents the powers of night, and the procreative energy of generation/regeneration. The blade is traditionally made of steel, and is double-edged to represent the powers of light and darkness. A magnet is repeatedly stroked across the blade in order to magnetize it, which adds the power to attract. Once it is fully charged the ritual blade is used to cast magical and ritual circles. Traditionally the athame is never used as a mundane cutting tool, nor should it ever draw blood.”

“The card depicts the athame nestled in a black cloth. Black is the Altar by Mickie Muellerpresence of all colors absorbed into one place, and again is the procreative energy of generation/regeneration. here the athame is cloaked and protected against outside influences. The chest symbolizes that the elemental nature is self-contained, and is not reliant upon other elements for its existence and unique function. the latch lock is fashioned to represent the fire of the forge, and therefore the ability of the athame to transform.”

ALIGNMENT
“The Crone of the cottage sets a small chest before you. She opens it and presents an athame to you from within the chest. The Crone instructs you that this is the sword of the spiritual warrior. Here is the symbol of your reason. You look upon the dagger and see its decisive edge. In this you realize that illusion can be cut away as surely as reason transforms foolishness. If none can take away your level-headedness, then none can lead you astray.”

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 – Transform Your Vision

FIRE
“When this card appears it addresses the process of transformation. It speaks of the actions required to bring about true change. When fire appears, one thing will pass away into another form if the energy is present and maintained.”

Fire by Mickie MuellerTEACHING
“The element of fire is one of the four creative principles of Creation. The energy of fire is transformational, vitalizing, and quickening. The element is most associated with the south quarter. In the majority of traditions the element of fire is assigned the color red. The card depicts a woman kneeling by some wood. Between her hands is a swirling spiral of fire. Below we see flames dropping and igniting a log in response to the energy generated by the woman. She has magically taken the astral energy of fire and made it manifest in its physical counterpart.”Bridghid by Mickie Mueller

ALIGNMENT
“The Crone of the cottage takes you to a young woman. She leaves you with her and returns to her cauldron in the woods. The woman tells you to watch with your new eyes. She then brings the palms of her hands close together. With eyes half closed, the woman begins to hum. The tone emanates as the vowel sound “I” and it rises and falls in a mesmerizing rhythm. As you watch the woman, you recall that ‘thoughts can become things’. Then between her hands a spiral appears, and from the spiral you see drops of fire falling onto a log in front of the young woman. She blows upon her hands, smiles, and says, ‘And now, it’s your turn’.”

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 -Breathe Nature and Feel Cycles of Life

MOTHER
“When this card appears it addresses nurturing and geThe Mother by Mickie Muellernerative energies/experiences. It is a card of deep and devoted sharing and caring. The card can also indicate fruitfulness and a long term of tending what will grow.”

TEACHING
The Mother is one of the three major aspects of the Great Goddess. She is the ripe earth and the full moon. The Mother gives birth to all things in all worlds. She is the Lady of Animals and the Lady of the Fields, granting growth and abundance to all in Her realm. In ancient myths she is the Mother Earth from a half-forgotten age, who gives birth to the divine race and to all life in the mortal world. In the regions of the earth She is known bbready many names, in many cultures.”

“The card depicts a mother sitting beneath a tree. She reads to a small child who is resting in her lap. Off to one side we see bread and fruit. These aer symbols of the nourishment offered to the children of Mother Goddess. An old tree provides rest and shade. In the background a green hill swells and rises against a summer sky.”

ALIGNMENT
“On a warm summer day you stroll up and over a green, herb-clad hill. Here you come upon a woman resting with her child beneath a shady tree. You being to speak but you find that no words can be spoken. As you look at the woman she seems to merge with the tree, the earth, and the hill behind her. You realize that this is the MoTriformis by Mickie Muellerther of all living things. You feel yourself being drawn toward her, and your eyes close as you fall into a deep sleep. In a moment you find yourself half awake, lying very still with the scent of woods and the green growing things all around you. It is in this moment that you realize you are the child lying in the Mother’s lap.”

“You listen to her reading to you, and in her words is the endless tale of birth, life, death, and renewal. She speaks to you of all the things you’ve done, and all the things you have yet to accomplish. She nourishes you with her words, and you realize that she is the source from which you were born. She is the womb to which you shall return at the ends of change.”

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 – Reserve Judgement, Demonstrate Love, and Show Equality

THE REDE
” When this card appears the core issue at hand is one of ethics and integrity. This card calls to us to look at our beliefs and examine whether we adhere to them, or arThe Rede by Mickie Muellere we situational with our ethics? In essence this is a card of holding to our principles despite how we are treated by others. The Rede calls to us to forgo personal ego in exchange for maintaining the purity of our inner spirit. Self-examination of true intention is called for.”

TEACHING
“The axiom reflected in this card is: ‘As it harm none, do as you will’. The most popular interpretation of this modern axiom is essentially that as long as no one is harmed by your actions, then whatever you do is your own business. The caution is to not be fooled into believing that it is spiritually acceptable to harm others because of a personal feeling of vengeance is justified. Such a position clearly violates the true spirit of the Rede. However, the intent of the Rede does allow for personal protection against any harmful attacks by others.”

“The card depicts a section of the Book of Shadows, which symbolizes the foundational, traditional, anBook of Shadows Rosed time-honored teachings. On one page a woman is pictured wearing a red blindfold. This symbolizes the need to be blind to anger, hate, and enflamed emotion. in her hands she holds a white sphere and a black sphere, which represent light and darkness. The woman appears in the middle of these two polarities, for that is where the truth can be found. This represents the need to discern through spiritual means in order to be balanced, impartial, objected, and unprejudiced.”

“the candle on the bookstand symbolizes the keeper of the flame, a reference to the role of the initiated. The quill pen and inkwell represent guardianship, the role of preserving and passing on the value of important and vital traditions. The rose border symbolizes the beauty of this teaching, along with the painful lesson of the thorns that awaits one who carelessly handles the Rede.”

ALIGNMENT
“You stand before the open page of the Book of Shadows. You begin to study the words of the Rede. The script changes into letters you don’t readily recognize, and yet you somehow continue to read the text. On the right side of the page theRose with thorns picture of teh woman begins to stir to life. She lifts her head upwards and says, ‘You may not turn the page until you can discern without judgment, act without malice, and hear your foe as equally as you hear your friend’.”

“You feel despair at what now seems an impassable obstacle to further exploring the pages in this book. In resignation you reply, ‘I cannot do this’. The pages of the book shake slightly as the rose on the left page rises from the book. The woman speaks to you, ‘Close your eyes, pick the rose, and take it in your hand’.

“With your eyes closedy ou feel the stem of the rose and carefully slide your fingers along it so as not to be pricked by a thorn. You gently pinch the flower head of the rose and cup it in your palm. As you lift the rose to your nose, the sting of an unseen thorn pierces your thumb. You wipe away the blood with a kiss, and take in the fragrance of the rose. The woman speaks again, ‘When ou carefully moved along the thorny stem for the rose, you did not judge the thorn. When you took the rose it was with love. When you felt the thorn and smelled the rose you allowed them both to speak. You did not curse the thorn nor praise the rose. you may now turn the page.”

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 – Summon Courage to be a Spiritual Warrior

PENTACLE
“When this card appears the matter relates to stability and foundation.CelticPaganPentagramPaganArtPurp-1 It is a card of strength and protection. The pentacle speaks of endurance and fortitude. In essence the pentacle is a card of manifestation with the material world. The pentacle is the channel through which its counterpart (the energy of earth) manifests its objective.”

TEACHING
“Traditionally the pentacle is a ritual tool that symbolizes the creative element of earth (cohesion and manifestation). It is customarily made of clay or stone, and bears a green finish that represents abundance. On the face of the platter appears an interlaced five-pointed star. This symbolizes the etheric element of spirit over the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Spirit (the fifth elementPentacle by Mickie Mueller) provides equilibrium, which results in cohesion/manifestation as it directs and joins together the elemental process of creation.”

“The card depicts the pentacle resting on a black cloth. Black is the presence of all colors absorbed into one place. Here the pentacle is cloaked and protected within the protective energy of generation/regeneration (for all things are born from out of the darkness). The chest symbolizes that the elemental nature of the tool is self-contained. Therefore it is not reliant upon the other elementsEpona_by_Selfish_Eden for its existence and function. The latch lock is shaped like a leaf, which symbolizes material Nature (that which grows from the earth).”

ALIGNMENT
“The Crone of the cottage sets a small chest before you. She opens it and presents a pentacle to you from within the chest. The Crone instructs you that this is the shield of the spiritual warrior. Here is the symbol of your valor. You look upon the pentacle and see its strength and fortitude. here you realize that courage is what your foes fear most. If none can take away your valor, then none can penetrate your shield.”

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 – Awaken To Consciousness

OAK KING
“When this card appears, a person or situation arises or arrives that can lead you to success, gain, and growth. It is time for gain, growth, and increase.”

TEACHING
“In northern European lore we find the Oak King by Mickie Muellercharacter known as the Oak King. He personifies the waxing period of the year, which runs from the winter solstice through to the summer solstice. In his legends, the Oak King fights his brother (The Holly King) for rule of the year. The Oak King wins the winter solstice battle, and the Holly King wins the summer solstice fight.”

“In southern European lore the equinox periods mark the waxing and waning periods of the year. The seasonal changes are personified by the stag (at the spring equinox) and the wolf (at the autumn equinox). The card depicts the Oak King dressed in woodland clothing and wearing an oak wreath crown. he holds a staff that bears a carved stag’s head. On his chest he wears a medallion of amber and jet that signifies his time of power.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Oak King addresses the theme of prosperity as a cycle of it’s own nature. It assures us that even as decline and death is certain, so too is the certainty of renewal and new life. The Oak King personifies the divine consciousness within the cycle of nature, which is testimony to the tenacity of the principles represented in the waxing season of the year.”

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