Spirit Message of the Day – You Are Faster Than The Speed of Light

IMAGINATION RULES
“It’s really quite simple; you just have to believe that life is for living the dreams you conceive!”

“Nothing on earth is more powerful than your thoughts — nothing. Nothing can make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wiser, nor sadder, sicker, poorer, or dumber! They travel faster than light. They reach the ends of the earth and touch every person in between. They trump all physical laws. They’re free. They come to you effortlessly. And you get to choose your favorite ones.”

“Yet for all their power, there is a reason why your thoughts might not serve your highest and best interests, and it’s frightfully prevalent. It’s actually rampant, even contagious. It’s this: People, even people who understand the above points, mistakenly think that knowing this stuff is the same as living this stuff. It’s not.”

“Today and this week, may you begin living this stuff; harnessing your thoughts; willfully choosing them; dwelling on the abundance, health, and harmony that the Universe is now pushing out to you; visualizing; acting ‘as if’; and giving thanks that your dreams have already come true. It’s worth it. Your dreams are worth it. You are worth it! And it’s easy.”

“Believe in your inevitable success because it is inevitable. You can’t lose as an unlimited Being of Light who lives in a world where imagination rules, where thoughts become things and all things are possible. You are eternal, forever, and unending. Nothing can change this, and as sure as there will be a tomorrow, you will inevitably triumph in the happiest of ways.”

Today’s message is from Mike Dooley’s book entitled Choose Them Wisely – Thoughts Become Things!

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Spirit Message of the Day – Nurture Innocence

INNOCENCE
“Whether you are a mother or just have a mother, we all know that the subject of mothers is complex. But here we are looking at a specific aspect of motherhood; its relationship with providing care.”

“In its ideal form, the love of a mother for her child is selfless, pure, and unconditional. She is devoted to the care of her child. She will sacrifice herself for them. Her love is not marred by an agenda; it is innocent. The fairy shown on this card holds the tiny life close to her. The child reaches out, forming their first relationship; a pure and simple action. The mother and baby nurture one another, giving to each other in different ways. In life, things are less than ideal, but still, we understand the responsibility of the care of an innocent, new life is major. It takes sacrifices, strength, and wisdom that we may not have imagined.”

“Motherhood, the practice of being a mother, can take many forms. We may be called to take care of something or someone that has nothing to do with babies. Caring for someone in this way can also be a gift, similar to motherhood. It can be an unusually satisfying experience.”

“This image, of the innocent mother and baby fairies, is one of those tender, touching images that really holds a thousand words. Mother and child cling together. Although the mother acknowledges us with a glance, we know that this attention is fleeting. In less than a moment, her focus will be back on her baby. For the time being, they are each other’s whole world. Her purple gown, representing her personal power, is bound with a white ribbon, representing purity and spirituality. She is using her abilities for one purpose only; to care for this child.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Care needs to be given, and it’s up to you to give it. It may be a person or animal, an event, ora project. Whatever it is, there is a need for you to focus, at least for a while, only on it. You will need to put some of your own needs and desires on the back burner for the time being, and attend to the need at hand. This card could also mean that you are the one in need and should accept the care and help that is being offered.” 

Today’s message is from Barbara Moore’s book entitled Enchanted Oracle with oracle card art from Jessica Galbreth.

Spirit Message of the Day – Ostara The Spring Equinox 2010

PAGAN HOLIDAY OSTARA
Spring has finally arrived! March has roared in like a lion, and if we’re really lucky, it will roll out like a lamb. Meanwhile, on or around the 21st of the month, we have Ostara to celebrate. It’s the time of the vernal equinox of you live in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a true marker that Spring has come. There are many different ways you can celebrate this Sabbat, depending on your tradition. Ostara is the time of the spring equinox, and so the date tends to vary from year to year. It always falls around March 20 – 22 in the Northern Hemisphere, and the 2010 spring equinox falls on March 20. In the Southern Hemisphere, Ostara falls on September 22.

Many Holidays, Many Name
“The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21. The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. Of course, it’s also the same time as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season. Typically, the Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as a holiday, although they were in tune with the changing of the seasons.

Modern Celebrations
This is a good time of year to start your seedlings. If you grow an herb garden, start getting the soil ready for late spring plantings. Celebrate the balance of light and dark as the sun begins to tip the scales, and the return of new growth is near.

Many modern Wiccans and Pagans celebrate Ostara as a time of renewal and rebirth. Take some time to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature — walk in park, lay in the grass, hike through a forest. As you do so, observe all the new things beginning around you — plants, flowers, insects, birds. Meditate upon the ever-moving Wheel of the Year, and celebrate the change of seasons.

Ostara Prayers
If you’re looking for prayers to celebrate the Ostara sabbat, try some of these short devotionals to honor the beginnings of spring.

Children’s Ostara Chant
If you have children, you may want to include them in your Ostara celebrations this spring. Teach them this simple rhyming chant, and clap along as you welcome the season of rebirth!

Welcome, welcome, warm fresh earth!
Today we celebrate rebirth!
Blowing wind, rising sun,
Bringing the spring to everyone!
Rabbits hopping, chicks in the nest,
Spring is the season we love the best!
Celebrate the green of the earth with me –
Happy Ostara, and blessed be!

Garden Blessing for Ostara
Getting ready to till the soil and prepare it for spring planting? Say this garden blessing before you begin.

The earth is cool and dark,
and far below, new life begins.
May the soil be blessed with fertility and abundance,
with rains of life-giving water,
with the heat of the sun,
with the energy of the raw earth.
May the soil be blessed
as the womb of the land becomes full and fruitful
to bring forth the garden anew.

A New Day Begins
A dynasty of Persian kings known as the Achaemenians celebrated the spring equinox with the festival of No Ruz — which means “new day.” It is a celebration of hope and renewal still observed today in many Persian countries, and has its roots in Zoroastrianism. In Iran, a festival called Chahar-Shanbeh Suri takes place right before No Ruz begins, and people purify their homes and leap over fires to welcome the 13-day celebration of No Ruz.

Mad as a March Hare
Spring equinox is a time for fertility and sowing seeds, and so nature’s fertility goes a little crazy. In medieval societies in Europe, the March hare was viewed as a major fertility symbol — this is a species of rabbit that is nocturnal most of the year, but in March when mating season begins, there are bunnies everywhere all day long. The female of the species is superfecund and can conceive a second litter while still pregnant with a first. As if that wasn’t enough, the males tend to get frustrated when rebuffed by their mates, and bounce around erratically when discouraged.

The Legends of Mithras
The story of the Roman god, Mithras, is similar to the tale of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. Born at the winter solstice and resurrected in the spring, Mithras helped his followers ascend to the realm of light after death. In one legend, Mithras, who was popular amongst members of the Roman military, was ordered by the Sun to sacrifice a white bull. He reluctantly obeyed, but at the moment when his knife entered the creature’s body, a miracle took place. The bull turned into the moon, and Mithras’ cloak became the night sky. Where the bull’s blood fell flowers grew, and stalks of grain sprouted from its tail.

Spring Celebrations Around the World
In ancient Rome, the followers of Cybele believed that their goddess had a consort who was born via a virgin birth. His name was Attis, and he died and was resurrected each year during the time of the vernal equinox on the Julian Calendar (between March 22 and March 25). Around the same time, the Germanic tribes honored a lunar goddess known as Ostara, who mated with a fertility god around this time of year, and then gave birth nine months later – at Yule.

The indigenous Mayan people in Central American have celebrated a spring equinox festival for ten centuries. As the sun sets on the day of the equinox on the great ceremonial pyramid, El Castillo, Mexico, its “western face…is bathed in the late afternoon sunlight. The lengthening shadows appear to run from the top of the pyramid’s northern staircase to the bottom, giving the illusion of a diamond-backed snake in descent.” This has been called “The Return of the Sun Serpent” since ancient times.

According to the Venerable Bede, Eostre was the Saxon version of the Germanic goddess Ostara. Her feast day was held on the full moon following the vernal equinox — almost the identical calculation as for the Christian Easter in the west. There is very little documented evidence to prove this, but one popular legend is that Eostre found a bird, wounded, on the ground late in winter. To save its life, she transformed it into a hare. But “the transformation was not a complete one. The bird took the appearance of a hare but retained the ability to lay eggs…the hare would decorate these eggs and leave them as gifts to Eostre.”

Dieties of the Spring Equinox
Spring is a time of great celebration in many cultures. It’s the time of year when the planting begins, people begin to once more enjoy the fresh air, and we can reconnect with the earth again after the long, cold winter. A number of different gods and goddesses from different pantheons are connected with the themes of Spring and Ostara.

  • Asasa Ya (Ashanti): This earth mother goddess prepares to bring forth new life in the spring, and the Ashanti people honor her at the festival of Durbar, alongside Nyame, the sky god who brings rain to the fields.
  • Cybele (Roman): This mother goddess of Rome was at the center of a rather bloody Phrygian cult, in which eunuch priests performed mysterious rites in her honor. Her lover was Attis (he was also her grandson, but that’s another story), and her jealousy caused him to castrate and kill himself. His blood was the source of the first violets, and divine intervention allowed Attis to be resurrected by Cybele, with some help from Zeus. In some areas, there is still an annual three-day celebration of Attis’ rebirth and Cybele’s power.
  • Eostre (western Germanic): Little is known about the worship of this Teutonic spring goddess, but she is mentioned by the Venerable Bede, who said that Eostre’s following had died out by the time he compiled his writings in the eighth century. Jacob Grimm referred to her by the High German equivalent, Ostara, in his 1835 manuscript, Deutsche Mythologie. Eostre’s name is the root of our present day spring celebration of Ostara.
  • Flora (Roman): This goddess of spring and flowers had her own festival, Floralia, which was celebrated every year between April 28 to May 3. Romans dressed in bright robes and floral wreaths, and attended theater performances and outdoor shows. Offerings of milk and honey were made to the goddess.
  • Freya (Norse): This fertility goddess abandons the earth during the cold months, but returns in the spring to restore nature’s beauty. She wears a magnificent necklace called Brisingamen, which represents the fire of the sun.
  • Osiris (Egyptian): This lover of Isis dies and is reborn in a resurrection story. The resurrection theme is popular among spring deities, and is also found in the stories of Adonis, Mithras and Attis as well.
  • Saraswati (Hindu): This Hindu goddess of the arts, wisdom and learning has her own festival each spring in India, called Saraswati Puja. She is honored with prayers and music, and is usually depicted holding lotus blossoms and the sacred Vedas.

Rituals and Ceremonies
Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Ostara, but typically it is observed as a time to mark the coming of Spring and the fertility of the land. By watching agricultural changes — such as the ground becoming warmer, and the emergence of plants from the ground — you’ll know exactly how you should welcome the season.

Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

Excerpts above taken from http://paganwiccan.about.com

Spirit Message of the Day – Go Play!

BEING CAREFREE
“Whatever our age, there are times when we feel carefree and young. And then, probably all too often, there are times when we don’t. Being carefree and young feels good. Feeling this way fills us with an enthusiasm for life. Responsibilities, obligations, real-life, all these can dull or even squash that feeling. No wonder, since being weighted down with the cares of daily life is the opposite of being carefree. While it is neither wise nor practical to throw away all our cares and responsibilities, it is also unwise (and no fun at all) to let cares and worries erase enthusiasm and simple joy from our lives.”

THE GYPSY ROSE FAIRY
“With the Gypsy Rose card, we see a lovely fairy looking back at us a bit sadly. She is about to cross a threshold to a brighter, more colorful realm. She would like us to follow, but she’s getting the feeling that we won’t. Clothed in white, she expresses a pure desire for all the good things the universe has to offer.  Orange roses represent enthusiasm and desire. The orange jewel of her headpiece is attached with many cords, showing that she intentionally weaves enthusiasm and joy through her life. Her colorful wings take her on glorious flights of fancy. The world she is about to enter glows with light even though a crescent moon is high in the sky. Is she looking at the world through rose-colored glasses? Perhaps. Or, perhaps, the rose-colored glasses aren’t meant to change the way the world looks, but to shade out cares and worries so we can see the world  at its vibrant best.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Maybe you’ve been working too hard or worrying too much. Now is the time to take a break. Do something that makes your heart leap with excitement. It doesn’t have to be a big leap. Rediscover a lost pleasure, revisit a favorite place, or make plans with a friend. Put away your troubles just for a little while (you can attend to them when you get back), and enjoy life. You may even find that your outlook changes, and things really aren’t as bleak or hard as you thought. In the meantime, indulge and enjoy! There is no time for enchantments, oils, candles, or journaling – just go play!”

Today’s message is from Enchanted Oracle. Art by Jessica Galbreth and text by Barbara Moore.

Spirit Message of the Day – St. Patrick’s Day 2010

AN IRISH FAIRY POEM
“I can fly ever so high
Beyond the treetops into the sky
Alight upon the pretty bluebells
That tinkle sweely in fairy dells
I can see to the edge of the world
To where time is yet unfurled
I can flutter my wings or stand very still
Present to the moment by an act of will
Don’t lose yourself in flights of fancy
That’s the message from little Nancy”

THE BLUEBELL FAIRY BALANCE
“Balance is the happy state of being in a good relationship with the world around us. It comes from inner stability. This does not arise from any effort to hold or fix things, but rather from dynamic interaction and integration of many opposite forces that make up life.”

“Life is both a lively dance and interactive play with others and a silent retreat in which we encounter ourselves and learn to be alone. The Bluebell Fairy encourages us to swing happily between these interdependent poles. We will then free ourselves from fixation on one extreme or another. The middle way eventually becomes our stability. It is also a divine drama in which we discover our opposing characters, our fearless wild warrior and our tender-hearted lover! Through this we also come to see our love of truth and right action with its conflicting shadow of doubt and inertia!With our awareness and an open receptive mind we can intuit our way through these escalations to the core within. Here we stand still in the merry-go-round of life, keeping our balance.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Climb to a higher vantage point with a wide view of the horizon. Look at life from a broad perspective. Don’t fuss over the details. A deep understanding of life and significance of your life conditions will be revealed to you. You can return to the ground with a more balanced attitude.”

Today’s guidance is from Jaya Moran’s Irish Fairy Cards and Book.

Spirit Message of the Day – Let Blessings of Serenity Surround You

THE WHITE MAGICK WITCH
“There are times when our focus is on getting things done, and our energy, if it were a color, would be red, yellow, or orange. Sometimes we are growing or nurturing something, and our energy would be green. When we are in pain or mourning, we may say we’re feeling blue, but our energy would look black. If love is filling our lives then pink is the color of the day.”

“*Magick isn’t really colored, but colors are associated with magic and do have power. How do we use white *magick or energy? Many people associate it with peace, harmony, and healing. All of us have times in our lives when we need healing, be it physical, spiritual, mental, or emotional. Depending on the severity of your pain, the services of a professional may be called for, not an oracle. That said, there are cases where you can find healing, peace, and comfort on your own or from those close to you. Also, there are times when you will be called on to provide healing or to restore harmony.” Other times you may be called upon to provide emotional support for friends and loved ones.

“Our White Magick Witch represents the ability to heal and find the serenity that lives in all of us. She is draped in white and purple, the colors of spirituality, purity, and power. She wears a pentagram at her neck, a sign of the dominion of spirit over the earthly elements. Her white candles shine the light of peace and goodness against the darkness of discomfort and evil. Shimmery drops of light fall from her hair. The pale moths represent the transformative effects of healing power.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“You or someone you care about is in pain. This  card brings with it the power and promise of healing and peace. However dark and uncomfortable it has been, a soothing, gentler time approaches. This card can also represent you in the role of healer or peacemaker. If you find yourself called to help someone else, answer that call. If you focus on the center of white *magick within your soul, you’ll be able to make a difference in someone’s life.”

HEALING WATERS
“If you are in need of some healing or peace-restoring *magick, here is a simple technique. Draw a warm, comfortable bath. Mix a few drops of lavender essential oil with two tablespoons of sweet almond oil, and add them to your bath. Light a purple and white candle (more, if you have them). As you relax in your bath, lie back and close your eyes. Visualize a soft white light filled with a soft, soothing scent and gentle music. Imagine it envelops you, gently supporting your body, casing your senses, quieting your mind. Stay in that safe, healing embrace for as long as you like –or until your bath water gets chilly.”

“To carry healing or peaceful energy with you, anoint a white ribbon with a drop of lavender as you say ‘Heal my body, feed my soul. Feeling healthy is my goal’ and tie the ribbon around your wrist or ankle.”

Today’s guidance is from Barbara Moore’s Enchanted Oracle and book called Destiny’s Portal with card Art by Jessica Galbreth. The author and artist reminds us to “shine brightly because *magickal energy is everywhere and available to everyone. Miracles happen. Deities hear and respond. Life is an amazing  journey. Access and implement *magick into your life. Explore your connections to the past and to nature. Celebrate your glory and your uniqueness. Acknowledge your power. Be beautiful, and be kind.”

IN MY OWN WORDS
(THE SPIRITBLOGGER)

To me, *Magick is defined as the “High Art Of” and an active conscientious process of manifestation; which is the art of causing change in accordance with will. If we align our pure heart’s desire with our willingness and good intentions (with no negative thoughts or ill will towards the self or others), aimed only at our personal self, we can expend spiritual energy to visualize the specific changes we wish to see and then fully release it; thus working to make it manifest into our life and part of our reality. This involves setting an expectation with the universe by using faith, trust, confidence, and positive thinking without attachment to specific results, outcomes, and means, but rather focus for being open to infinite possibilities and believing the universe is capable of providing; once you deem yourself ready to receive its blessings. Expect a miracle.

Spirit Message of the Day – Dreams Fulfilled

THE GIRL FISH
“In the Spanish fairy tale, The Girl Fish, the swirling bubbles dominate the scene with their energetic presence. The flowing hair is a reflection of independence and freedom. The tails and organic coverings are reminders of the ever-moving waters of the unconscious mind. The crown is the supreme acquisition. It symbolizes power, sovereignty, and the ability to remain connected with the different aspects of the psyche. The fish signify potential emotional wealth and prosperity. Their attentions are directed on the found treasure of the upper world, a connection with higher spiritual awareness that will ensure overall balance, security, and inner and outer happiness.”

TEN OF CUPS
“We have reached our goals and can now revel in the contentment of family, friends, and the profound effects of love. Happiness now dominates our being and has brought about a sense of wholeness. This is a time to share those good feelings with others and embrace all the positive energy that is encompassing you.”

Today’s message is from Lisa Hunt’s The Fairy Tale Tarot.

Spirit Message of the Day – Dance with The Season

QUEEN OF PENTACLES
“In the Canadian folk tale, The Summer Queen, the warmth is represented by vibrant, warm colors. She holds an orb of energy. Flowers cascade from her hair, representing fertility and abundance. The geese fly where the sun is; they are connected with the earth surrounding them. Butterflies symbolize renewal. Summer Queen’s presence juxtaposes the cold rigidity of the earth; her influence breaks through the ice.”

“It is time for domesticity, responsibility, and sensibility. Domestic concerns may be at hand. You may want to seek the advice of someone who can assist you beyond a period of stasis. This in turn will assure more stability in the future.”

This card brings a reminder to allow yourself to flow with the natural cycle of planting, harvesting, and resting each and every year. Let inspiration find you. Allow others to help you. Celebrate and find value in each season of life. Embrace and dance with the new season. With this balance you can have everything. Feel the blessings that surround you.

Today’s message is from Lisa Hunt’s Fairy Tale Tarot.

Spirit Message of the Day – Step Out of Your Way

IT’S A MIRACLE
“M.I.R.A.C.L.E. which stands for Magically Incited Reality Adjustment Concealed by Loving Entities.”

“The truth is, nothing you do is short of miraculous. So why is it that some of the things you do, you let the Universe do for you effortlessly, while other things you do, you insist on doing it alone with clenched teeth, sweat, and self-criticism? Why do you only trust the Universe to grow your cells, beat your heart, and finish the sentences you start, when it’s just as capable of helping you live in abundance, find love, feel peace, and achieve goals? The bigger truth is that all of those things are done by the Universe anyway. Yet we think that we must do them ourselves, alone.”

“So fess up, set your goals, and understand that there’s a process bigger than you. Visualize, move, trust, and let the Universe take over. Could it be any easier? There are only miracles — especially when we get out of their way!”

Today’s message is from Mike Dooley’s book entitled Thoughts Become Things – Choose Them Wisely!

Spirit Message of the Day – Balance Will Find You

JUSTICE
“In the German fairy tale, The Goose Girl, the geese are symbols of innocence and vigilance. Their white feathers signify the wild and untamed spirit. The horse’s head represents judgment and reason; it serves as the goose girl’s conscience as she passes the threshold into wild pastures of unconscious matter. The stone wall divides helplessness and innocence from liberation and empowerment. She is becoming autonomous and no longer relies on her mother’s protection.”

“The stability of the stones contrasts the erratically growing vines. The white staff stands for truth and balance. The goose girl subconsciously points the staff in the direction away from the confining wall. her golden hair embodies virtue as winds sweep through it, indicating that a higher power is at work, and karma will bring about justice.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“There may come a time when we face an injustice. We need to learn to trust our instincts and proceed in a rational manner. Karmic forces are at work, and the truth will surface in time. But we must remain perceptive to the possible messages that may reveal themselves either through conscious experiences or unconscious dreamtime.”

Today’s message is from Lisa Hunt’s A Fairy Tale Tarot.