Spirit Message of the Moment – An Unexpected Pause Offers a Gift

THE WOLVERINE – Two of Air

“Wolverine warns us to take what we need and to prepare well for the future. She invites us to expwolverine_1lore the wilderness, to spend time alone and to journey deep within the sacred self. In doing so we may find the space to address our fears and heal ourselves. Wolverine supports the simple truth that if you do not know yourself then no one else will ever truly know you, and endorses taking emotional risks that will allow others to get to know your true heart. She assures us that it’s never too late to welcome love back into your life.” 

TWO OF AIR

“Two is the number of duality, increase and marriage (concept). It unites the opposites that are equal; the feminine and the masculine, the dark and the light, night 372bfa9cf0127cfdaf1eca2ad00f9a69and day, and the negative and the positive. The Twos remind us that sacred difference is what usually brings balance to a situation. some say the Twos are closely linked to the energies of the High Priestess, mainly because they speak of duality and that awkward moment spent worrying before a choice is made, trying to do more than one thing at a time, listening to your inner voice or trusting your intuition. They offer grounding, choice and direction when confusion would normally rule the mind.”

MESSAGE FROM SPIRITBLOGGER
The one thing we can always expect is change – which may include unexpected stops or pauses along our life path. You may find yourself at a crossroads where you may feel it’s time to make an important or critical decision. Take all the time needed to decipher how you truly feel about the situation. Part of the journey forward means stopping frequently along the way to evaluate, reassess, and refocus our path to ensure it still aligns with our changing vision, needs, wants, highest self, and life purpose.Which part of yourself do you need to tap into before you can move forward with passion and joy? What is needed to show and express your true heart in order to be your authentic self in all situations? Will love, gratitude, peace, grace, self-awareness, being emotionally open, or forgiveness towards yourself, others, or the world unblock you, lighten your load, and give you the freedom you seek?

Today’s guidance was excerpted from The Bohemian Animal Tarot by Scott Alexander King

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Spirit Message of the Day – The InBetween Doorway

HIDEKI’S DOOR
“I know you wish to reach out, and yet you hold back. I know you feel drawn to knock on this door and to see whether it will be answered this time…and yet you fear so much. You fear that it will not be answered…that the answer or the face that appears beyond the door will not be to your liking…that if you enter, you may never return…I cannot put your fears to rest, for only you can do that. But I can tell you what I see. I see a spirit whose flame has flickered low, whose light is in danger of going out if it does not take the next step. For years you have passed this door and many times you have found yourself here. You may even have knocked at the door, only to flee, like a terrified child, before the door was opened to you. I say to you now: it is time. Reach out. Knock at the door. And let what will be, be.”

ABOUT THE DRAGONFAE HIDEKI
”Hideki is a powerful wee dragon who dwells much of the time in the East. With the fear of the dragons that was prevalent so much in the West, he stayed away, servicing those who respected what he brought with him – the possibility for new beginnings, and of chance taken and delight found. Now the times are changing and at last Hideki can spread his beautiful doorways between worlds into the West and even beyond. These doors are between season, between worlds, between night and day, and are of transitions and chances. He now wishes to bring to you the chance for good fortune brought through brand new opportunities.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Nervous about a new chance…feeling as though your comfort zone is far better than the unknown; longing to travel and to change, yet unwilling to do anything about it; procrastinations and old habits keeping you from reaching out and accepting what is being offered. You are ready…it is simply nerves that are holding you back, conditioned fears and internalized voices from the past. Reach out…take a hold of the handle and be ready for the wonder of the unknown that lies beyond the door. The doors of perception are about to change…forever.”

WORKING WITH HIDEKI
“Working with astral travel, moving between dimensions, changing jobs, careers, applying for new positions, reaching out for new friendships, going out of your comfort zone and exploring what lies beyond where you have ever ventured before. Get ready for wonderful new opportunities – yes, tests and challenges – but how wondrous, adventurous and exciting life is about to become! You have nothing to fear, except fear freezing your hand, again. This time, knock on the door. Hideki will be with you and knows that you are about to enter a magickal realm…utterly different to what you have been told and how you have imagined it to be…this is real magick.”

Today’s message is from Oracle of the Dragonfae by Lucy Cavendish with art by Michele-lee Phelan.

Spirit Message of the Day – Offer Your Gifts

YOU ARE GIFTED
“This card serves as a reminder that you’re very intelligent and talented. Like a high-speed computer, you have the ability to learn and memorize a lot of material. You’re especially gifted in finding out which topics interest you. You also have the gift of creativity. With your wisdom, and your ability to see things in a special way, you can be successful at anything” you put your mind, spirit, and heart into.

“You have a different way of learning, so you may have had experiences in which you didn’t feel you were smart. It’s just a matter of figuring out how your mind works. For instance, do you think in pictures? If so, you’ll need to learn material by seeing them in your mind’s eye. Or do you tend to think in feelings? If so, you’ll learn best by hearing emotional stories, or by touching and feeling examples of what you’re learning about. “

“If people don’t understand you, don’t let it bother you. What’s important is that you remember who you are: a smart, wise, talented, and gifted person. Although you may be different from some people, you do have a lot to offer. Use your talents to help others. Be proud of who you are.

“Finish any projects that you start, and know that you’re a gift to the world in many special ways!” Look for opportunities to inspire and influence others in a positive direction that moves them closer towards their life’s goals and desires. The world is full of beauty and inspiration; see something today you can fully appreciate and let it fill you with light and love.

Today’s guidance is from the Magical Unicorns by Doreen Virtue, PH.D.

Spirit Message of the Day – Intuitive Intelligence with Feminine Charm

THE ROMAN GODDESS DIANA
“In ancient Rome, Diana was honored as the goddess of wild animals, hunting, and the moon which represents femininity, intuition, and emotion. The changing moon reflects the cycles of nature; its light influences all growing things –plants, animals, and humans alike — for better and for worse. Diana reminds us of our connection to these cycles and that like that look the moon itself, what is empty will, in time, become full if we are patient.”

“Worship of Diana extended across Europe from Rome, and she was still believed to rule the wild forests until the Middle Ages. Then, many people forgot that she was a goddess; they called her queen of the witches instead. They had forgotten that Diana symbolized the divine feminine’s ability to provide nurturing for all of its creatures, great and small.”

Message from The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr.

MESSAGE FOR YOU
Pay attention to any intense emotions which may arise for you including any vivid or lucid dreams. If you find yourself in a heated discussion or emotional situation today, approach it with an open, kind, and intuitive nature to seek a deeper understanding and see the truth.  Apply your nurturing ability with a soft, caring, feminine touch. Aim to see this as a great opportunity to work on your relationship with aspects which truly allow you feel nurtured. See the goddess Diana in every woman you come into contact with today. Try asking for the support or advice of a caring woman. Recognize that which may seem emotionally empty and void in the moment is merely a positive opportunity to see it full again with new eyes in the near future.

A LITTLE HISTORY
Also known as Artemis to the Greeks, Diana was the virgin goddess of the hunt, the mistress of wild animals, and the caretaker of pregnant women, children, and servants/slaves. It is important to note that in ancient times the term virgin was used to describe a woman who was unmarried or did not “belong” to a man. Diana’s counterpart, Artemis, was known to have love interests, the most famous one being Orion the Hunter. This is the archetypical energy of the self-confident, free spirit that was often culturally removed from the role of women throughout history. It is in these times of expansive and rising vibrational energies that women are reclaiming the forgotten power within themselves, the huntress, wild and free. Both Diana and Artemis aim to provide helpful energetic support for women seeking to stand stronger in their personal power and independence.

A PAGAN GODDESS
“Diana is the most popular of the Wiccan goddesses, for several reasons. First of all is familiarity. Diana has remained popular throughout the centuries as a symbol of classical antiquity. In the Romantic period, when paganism saw its first revival, both Diana and Artemis quickly came to the forefront as goddesses of the wild and woodlands – perhaps the most important aspect of paganism to the Romantic poets.

Second, she is one of the few pagan gods to be mentioned by name by witch-hunters – which is not to say that anyone was actually worshipping her, but she was at least remembered and perhaps named upon magical amulets.

The third reason is Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles Leland. Published in 1899, this book claims to contain the beliefs and mythology of a group of contemporary Italian witches. A ccording to Leland, Aradia is the daughter of Diana and Lucifer (who closely resembles Apollo in this story, not the Biblical, demonic Lucifer), sent by Diana to earth to instruct the first witches in their craft so that they could rise up against their oppressive lords. Little evidence has ever come to light regarding the existence of these witches, much less the historicalness of their existence. Nevertheless, Aradia intrinsically linked witches and Diana.

Diana is often viewed as a Triple Goddess – maiden, protector, hunter/destroyer. Alternatively, she is assigned as the Maiden aspect, often in tandem with Selene as Mother and Hecate as Crone. Ancient myths refer to Diana as being aspects of these other two goddesses, and of these goddesses being aspects of her.

Goddess of the Moon – Selene was the original moon goddess, but later mythologies substitute Diana, just as her twin brother Apollo later took the place of Helios the sun. Association with the moon frequently grants Triple Goddess imagery.

Goddess of the Hunt and of Vengeance – Diana was an extraordinary huntress, and the bow is a frequent symbol of hers. She can also be a jealous goddess. She and her brother Apollo slew all 12 children of Niobe when Niobe directed her followers to worship her instead of their mother Leto on account of the fact that Niobe had more children th an Leto. She also slew Orion when he fell in love with Aurora, to whom he was already dedicated.

Goddess of the Woodland and Wild – This is a more Romantic association, but it stems from her position as a huntress: hunter and hunted frequently go hand in hand. She is a protectress, particularly of beasts and a forest guardian, as well as a goddess of fertility and childbirth, which is a natural extension of nature goddesses. As a goddess of the wild and of the open sky, she stands for independence and freedom, especially from the confines of society and from patriarchy.

Goddess of Female Sovereignty – The moon is perhaps our most universal feminine symbol. Women and the moon go hand in hand. Diana is also the eternal virgin, with complete control over her own body and destiny. A hunter who happened across her bathing was transformed into a stag for merely seeing her naked.

Goddess of Magic – This stems particularly from Aradia, in which claims the witches as her own, and therefore makes her their patron goddess. Association with Hecate, the Greeks’ ultimate goddess of witchcraft, solidifies this view. The moon is also frequently tied to magic.

Goddess of Childbirth – Diana caused her mother no pain when she was delivered. She then turned around and assisted her mother in the birth of her twin, Apollo. She is invoked to bring about a swift birth, or else a quick death if a mother is dying in childbirth.”

Excerpt taken from http://wicca.timerift.net/gods/diana.html

Spirit Message of the Day – Be Yourself. Inspire.

How To Inspire The Magic
“To Be or not to be – depends on what you do. For actions speak louder than words, but to act is up to you.”

“Something magical happens when you act in line with your dreams, when you behave, at least once a day, as if your desire has already manifested. Actually, many things happen. First, such an act actually suspends any hidden beliefs of yours that may have kept you from having whatever it is you want. This is good. Second, you accomplish whatever the act was. Also good.”

“Third, you are physically revealing to the Universe that you do believe in your dream, the power, and forces unseen. Go you! Fourth, you momentarily take your mind off of the lack or unfulfillment you’ve been experiencing, while your focus expands to include more thoughts that parallel such acts. Good. Fifth, you feel the emotions that went along with your act, empowering the related thoughts to become things even faster. Also good.”

“Sixth, it’s fun. Always good. Seventh, you summon the Universe, inspiring its magic. You command it to pick up where you’ve left off, to act as you have acted, manipulating the people, events, and circumstances of your life in harmonious, mutually beneficial ways to make physical that which you have envisioned. Awesome.”

“It’s so simple, Visualize once a day for five minutes. Perform one act of faith per day and you’ll have the world in the palm of your hand.” Including me, the Universe.

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

Spirit Message of the Day – Radiate Warmth

IMBOLC
“Celebrated between February 1st and February 3rd depending upon tradition. Also known as Imbolg, Candlemas, Brigantia, Lupercus, or Disting, Certain Western European traditions celebrated festivals from sundown to sundown. If you choose to observe Imbolc, your festival would begin at sundown on February 1st. This is one of the cross-quarter holy days, halfway between the winter solstice and the Vernal equinox.”  Click here to learn more and watch a video.

“Imbolc has always been a fire festival so far as we know. The old ones did not have the advantages of astronomical understanding and were beset by a sincere concern that the longer, warmer days might not return. The bonfires were intended to encourage the return of summer. Like all good pagan festivals, Imbolc was adopted and adapted by Christian missionary monks. It was brought indoors, reduced to candles and renamed Candlemas (Candle Mass). The Roman version of this goddess festival, Juno Februata, was adapted as the Virgin Purification Feast.”

Excerpt taken from: Seasons of the Witch 2010 Weekly Calendar

A LITTLE HISTORY
“By February, most of us are tired of the cold, snowy season. Imbolc reminds us that spring is coming soon, and that we only have a few more weeks of winter to go. The sun gets a little brighter, the earth gets a little warmer, and we know that life is quickening within the soil. There are a number of different ways to celebrate this Sabbat. Spring is Coming! Imbolc is a holiday with a variety of names, depending on which culture and location you’re looking at. In the Irish Gaelic, it’s called Oimelc, which translates to “ewe’s milk.” It’s a precursor to the end of winter when the ewes are nursing their newly born lambs. Spring and the planting season are right around the corner.”

“To the Romans, this time of year halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox was known as Lupercalia. For them, it was a purification ritual in which a goat was sacrificed and a scourge made of its hide. Thong-clad men ran through the city, whacking people with bits of hide. Those who were struck considered themselves fortunate indeed. This is one of the few Roman celebrations that is not associated with a particular temple or deity. Instead, it focuses on the founding of the city of Rome, by twins Romulus and Remus, who were suckled by a she-wolf — in a cave known as the ‘Lupercale’.”

The Feast of Nut: The ancient Egyptians celebrated this time of year as the Feast of Nut, whose birthday falls on February 2 (Gregorian calendar). According to the Book of the Dead, Nut was seen as a mother-figure to the sun god Ra, who at sunrise was known as Khepera and took the form of a scarab beetle. When Ireland converted to Christianity, it was hard to convince people to get rid of their old gods, so the church allowed them to worship the goddess Brighid as a saint — thus the creation of St. Brigid’s Day. Today, there are many churches around the world which bear her name.
Love & Courtship: February is known as a month when love begins anew, in part to to the widespread celebration of Valentine’s Day. In some parts of Europe, there was a belief that February 14th was the day that birds and animals began their annual hunt for a mate. Valentine’s Day is named for the Christian priest who defied Emperor Claudius II’s edict banning young soldiers from marrying. In secret, Valentine “tied the knot” for many young couples. Eventually, he was captured and executed on Feb. 14, 269 C.E. Before his death, he smuggled a message to a girl he had befriended while imprisoned — the first Valentine’s Day card.

Celtic Serpents

Although Imbolc isn’t even mentioned in non-Gaelic Celtic traditions, it’s still a time rich in folklore and history. According to the Carmina Gadelica, the Celts celebrated an early version of Groundhog Day on Imbolc too – only with a serpent, singing this poem:

Thig an nathair as an toll
(The serpent will come from the hole)
la donn Bride
(on the brown day of Bride (Brighid)
Ged robh tri traighean dh’an
(though there may be three feet of snow)
Air leachd an lair
(On the surface of the ground.)
Among agricultural societies, this time of year was marked by the preparation for the spring lambing, after which the ewes would lactate (hence the term “ewe’s milk” as “Oimelc”). At Neolithic sites in Ireland, underground chambers align perfectly with the rising sun on Imbolc.

The Goddess Brighid

Like many Pagan holidays, Imbolc has a Celtic connection as well, although it wasn’t celebrated in non-Gaelic Celtic societies. The Irish goddess Brighid is the keeper of the sacred flame, the guardian of home and hearth. To honor her, purification and cleaning are a wonderful way to get ready for the coming of Spring. In addition to fire, she is a goddess connected to inspiration and creativity.

Brighid is known as one of the Celtic “triune” goddesses — meaning that she is one and three simultaneously. The early Celts celebrated a purification festival by honoring Brighid, or Brid, whose name meant “bright one.” In some parts of the Scottish Highlands, Brighid was viewed as Cailleach Bheur, a woman with mystical powers who was older than the land itself. Brighid was also a warlike figure, Brigantia, in the Brigantes tribe near Yorkshire, England. The Christian St. Brigid was the daughter of a Pictish slave who was baptised by St. Patrick, and founded a community of nuns at Kildare, Ireland.

In modern Wicca and Paganism, Brighid is viewed as the maiden aspect of the maiden/mother/crone cycle. She walks the earth on the eve of her day, and before going to bed each member of the household should leave a piece of clothing outside for Brighid to bless. Smoor your fire as the last thing you do that night, and rake the ashes smooth. When you get up in the morning, look for a mark on the ashes, a sign that Brighid has passed that way in the night or morning. The clothes are brought inside, and now have powers of healing and protection thanks to Brighid.

Excerpt from: http://paganwiccan.about.com 

Spirit Message of the Day – Be Present. As Above, So Below

THINK BIG
“Whatever You Want…Wants You!”
“Imagine that there’s another world, beyond the reach of your physical senses, just outside of time and space; a world that mirrors your own – not the physical things, but the intangibles; a world that mirrors your thoughts and dreams, your beliefs and expectations. And imagine that every thought you entertain comes to life in this other realm with a single mission: to “jump worlds” and join you in time and space.”

“Now, imagine that these two worlds run exactly parallel to one another and that they’re invisibly fused together in the here and now. Pretend that every here and now comes from this other world, from all your prior thoughts, not from your past, not from the world of time and space that surrounds you.”

“Do you Realize what this would mean? It would mean that your future, beginning today, will Not unfold based on your past or based upon the existing conditions of your life, but Will unfold based entirely upon your thoughts and dreams, your beliefs and expectations.”

“OK, you can stop pretending and imagining because this is exactly how things really are. This is why all things are possible! All things come from thought, and your thoughts are determined by you. How cool is that?”

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