A part of this tree is in flux, changing, adapting, turning colour with its new guise. Another part is lagging behind, absorbing the warmth of the past, reluctant to shift. Soon it will be forced. But for now it is a gentle lull into newness. Same goes for us. Same goes for us. Go easy. Be like the tree. Hold on whilst moving on and eventually everything will drop and life will look different.
It's been a long time since I took my spirituality with a dose of spiritualism. Spiritualism made it's name through it's infamous (and some say fake) contact with the dead. It is the home of psychics, clairvoyants and a place to call upon when grieving takes hold. I had much fun with Spiritualism when I first started my spiritual journey. As is described in my first ever book, The High Heeled Guide to Enlightenment. I loved the idea that we might commune with spirit, that wisdom was forthcoming from the ether, and that we go on and are loved infinately. I mean, what is not to love about that? And I had many great experiences, that proved, beyond doubt, that there is life beyond life. (check them out here)
I didn't commit to Spiritualism though, just as I didn't totally gel to Buddhism, Kabbalah or Feng Shui. Though I took a great deal from each. I went on and have lived my life according to me, and to what my heart tells me. These days I wield Tarot and find much of my wisdom through interaction with the living. As it should be. Life is for a purpose. And I have happily not had any contact with the 'dead' for quite some time.
Then today happened. I was milling around my house with one daughter asleep upstairs. I had the baby monitor on. This particular baby monitor has served me through two babies, and is noisy, crackly, and reliable. My Mother in Law came around and we were chatting. She mentioned Horace. He was her Uncle and he died last year. Thirty seconds after she mentioned him, the baby monitor, constant in it's white noise, went silent, and an eerie whilst came through. As if there were a person in the room with my baby, letting lose a short but tuneful whistle. We looked at each other, the hairs on our arms raised. I heard the baby wake up. I asked if Horace used to whistle. He did apparently, all the time... Little spurts of whistling, like that which we just heard.
The fact it happened near my baby daughter is another gift. He never got to meet her. But apparently he already has. And whilst I might be pissed that he woke her from a nap, it was actually rather timely, as I was about to wake her myself. Handy. Spooky, miraculous, and very bloody handy.
And so my world is whirled back to the days of chattering with unseen entities. Nothing about is scares me. Everything about it intrigues me. I have opened myself lately to deeper spiritual experiences, to a holier divinity, a more Wiccan, Shamanic and Pagan understanding of my spirit. I didn't expect whistling. But whistling is cool. I will take it.
I believe that loving spirits, who mean no harm, are probably always trying to get our attention. Occasionally, for a split second, they do so. Usually when we really weren't expecting it. That is the way of a universe where everything is connected. Your sign or message could come through a butterfly or a baby monitor. The way to ensure your message is received, is to believe it when it comes. To have faith in your spiritual ever afterwards. To know that you go on, your spirit is connected, that we are all in a spiral of loving interdependence. And we are. And you are.
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Gaze gently at the images taken from my personally designed oracle cards (yet to be completed). Then, pick a card, any card. The meanings (left to right) are posted below. This is your guidance for this week, with a little side info on how the card was born. Let me know how it connects to you in the comments below.
First card: Birth. I designed this card the week I gave birth to Clover. Prior to the actual event. I was desperate to allow baby to come on her own into this world (and without induction). She made it, at the last minute. I was in hospital awaiting induction, but they couldn't fit me in. They took me into the ward for an overnight stay and what had been regular tightening became full on surges. She came on her own and I warrior woman birthed her without pain relief. If you have seen the show my first birth starred in, She's Having A Baby' Sky Living, you will know how badly I wanted that natural birth.
What do you want to birth now? Just because you want it, and it feels like the best, easiest thing in the world, does not mean it's going to be simple or pain free. Be patient and push gently. Above all invoke it into being, and have total faith that it can be done, no matter what the prevailing circumstances. Wait, pray, paint, push and dream it to life. Deal with whatever way your project / situation wants to come through you into the world, let it be part of the magic. If if doesn't come easy, then embrace the adventure.
Second Card: Inner Child. My daughter Ivy designed this card. Design is the wrong word. She haphazardly flung paint on the paper and used her little paws for great effect. She allowed it to be what it is, without fear or favour.
Your inner child wants you to just chill out. Life may not be perfect, but it can still be fun right? Engage the current moment. Make the most of what you have and find intriguing ways to make life colourful, exciting, wild and yes, above all, fun. Whatever aspects of your self you buried as you moved into adulthood are calling to you right now. They want to come out and play. They never left really. They are waiting at your door, ringing the bell to be let in. So open it. Encourage them to inspire you by cooking your fave childhood meal, or undertaking something you loved as a kid, go roller skating, watch some Disney, revisit your best Enid Blyton book, climbed a tree. Go back to your basics and remind your truest self that you still have room for her!
Third Card: I designed this, somewhat inspired by the menstrual Maven Mrs Lisa Lister, if you don't know her work, check it out here...
You are a goddess. In all your bloody, bleeding, round bellied loveliness, you are a goddess. Release whatever you are hanging onto that is obstructing your way forward. Do you need to forgive someone or something? Do you have hopes and ambitions that are actually blurring your true path? Are you hanging onto fear and worry like a comfort blanket? All of these things can stop us from moving forward powerfully. Be mindful, just for today, fire out where your brain is going, then purposefully rewire it. Write a letter to the universe and burn it. Let go of anything that is dogging you and make space within for something new, something better!
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If you don't know what to do in life. Just do something. Did you know I was once in a 'sex farce'. It was actually a rather mild mannered but hilarious local amateur dramatic production. I was in a place where I wanted to achieve something. But I didn't know what. As a kid I'd longed to be an actress and loved drama. So I did this.
I had a small part as a flirty blonde au pair - totally type cast. But I loved it and hated it in equal measure. It taught me some things about me. Not long after this I started to write. I wrote first for music magazines. Till I realised I should write about what really interests me (not what my husband does). So I stayed to write (and live and explore) about spirituality. Have never looked back. So if you are stuck what to do. Just do something. Be like me. Be in a sex farce or any other farce that suits and find yourself! #amateurdramatic #findyourself #drama #actress #dosomethinf #spiritulity #spiritjunkie #spiritualliving #tarot
Ok I'm not going to bullshit you here. Sometimes the death card actually means death. In all my 20 something years of reading cards I've never had this crop up at the time of an actual death either. But today is different...
Yesterday my husband lost somebody and then up pops this card. Not so much an omen, but a startling reflection. The thing with the 'death' card is that it heralds so much hope. Because whilst it can reflect the loss of so much, it also points us to the fact that from loss new beginnings can spring.
With each person that we lose, we are gifted the chance to consider what that person meant to us. To love them for all their good, and to take lessons from their life, apply it to our lives and continue their legacy. And if you are spiritual then death also represents a return home, to the true home, to a place where the aches and pains of body and mind are no longer felt. A place where the larks and jests of earth are relieved. A compassionate, loving place where we feel the light of source pumping through our metaphorical veins.
So yes, sometimes the death card means actual death. But there is no bleakness in that. Only hope and if you want to look for it, inspiration, love, inevitability and release. If you are grieving a death I hope this helps you. With love, Alice
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