It’s highly appropriate that we get The Fool at this time of year. The new year, and decade, is fast approaching. This means we have the potential for ANYthing! However, with the reversal, it indicates some of your may be feeling nervous about new ideas, challenges, and adventures rather than embracing them fully. Generally, this trepidation comes from not wanting to make a mistake, appearing foolish, having your brilliant ideas judged stupid, or being embarrassed in any way.
The sad thing about this fear is you restrict or deny your innate free-spiritedness and joy in exploring life. This locks you into a stagnant cage that allows for little to no expression of self, creativity, or even breath.
What to do? Examine all the pros and cons of your situation, clever ideas, and prospective adventures and then go forth and solve the problems! invent the next best widget! and hike the Appalachian Trail! If you don’t make mistakes or try something new, you won’t fulfill the true possibilities of your life. So what if you goof! Ask yourself “What’s the BFD?” Is there Blood? Is there Fire? Was there Death? No? Then fix the goof and move on. LIVE your lives, people!
Happy December, folks!
As the year and the decade begin winding down, we move into the time where it seems there are parties every weekend! The Two of Pentacles urges you to find balance in your life despite all the hubbub and glitter and food and obligations. Juggling your family life with work and social events becomes so difficult at this time of year, but it’s vital that you do so. Otherwise, you’ll spend all of January in a state of “holiday hangover.”
Not only do you have to maintain balance between the facets of your life, but you have to maintain balance in your diet (all that holiday food and treats!!!) and budget. Along with all the parties goes gift-giving. If you MUST give a gift, make sure it doesn’t put you in debt just to keep up with Karen in accounting. Practice healthy boundaries and don’t be shy about enforcing them!
Fun times can, and do, devolve into agitation. You get two people into a room and you can have conflict. Add more and the probability for snark, embroilment in other people’s business, and attack goes way up. Add liquid “holiday cheer” and it’s likely there will be turmoil. That’s when personal boundaries really come in handy by having you put down your ginger ale and heading for the door. If you’re not there, you can’t get involved or hurt!
I know that you know what I’m about to say. November is a time for us to remember all the things for which we are thankful. You’re not only correct, but it’s true; it is a time to be thankful.
There are so many things for which we can be truly thankful. There are the big ones, like life, health, love, freedom and friendship. We can be thankful for a roof over our heads and meals on our tables. But there are so many other things, too. And they are all worth recognizing.
This month is also Veteran’s Day. Like you, I am grateful for our nation’s soldiers. They guard us against harm and protect our freedoms. I have nine veterans in my immediate family; my father, uncles, a couple of brothers-in-law and two of my sisters. Most of them protected us, but one of them fought. Thank you hardly seems adequate.
I am thankful for my friends who, on a regular basis, remind me to laugh at myself and push me to grow; friends like Pat Montandon, Admiral Dann, Teresa, Heather and Joe, Suzanne, Rev. Rachel and Toria. I am grateful for the beautiful colors of Autumn; they warm and sooth me. I am thankful for my fuzzy toe socks that keep my feet warm on cold nights and for my Star Wars T-shirts that allow me to express my inner child and my joy.
I am deeply thankful for my amazing, hard working, brilliant, kind, funny and handsome husband and for my wonderful, smart and funny fur-baby Helo. They bring me more joy than I can express.
I am thankful that the Universe, people and events and conspired to allow me to live my life the way expanding myself spiritually and bringing compassion, joy, education and (hopefully) enlightenment and peace to people within our community.
I am thankful for the many fascinating people that John and I get to work with through Great Conjunction. Such as the incredibly talented Rev. Sara Sachs, who’ll be returning later this month for our annual Victorian Flower Séance. Victoria Price shared with us lessons from her father Vincent Price as well as things she’s learned on her own spiritual journey. Rev. Rachel Hollander has guided us through a few lessons this year and will be doing more with us next year as well. Bets Danko and Kathy Evans-Palmisano who come from Pittsburgh to share their gifts and talents with us. And there are many others; far too many to list.
And that leads me to you. I am thankful for each and every person who has come to one of our events or even just read our newsletter or followed us on Facebook and Twitter. Without you we would have no point. Thank you.
So take a moment as soon as you’re able and think about some of the things for which you are thankful. And please share time with us in the future.
Happy November and Happy Thanksgiving!
This card has inherent disappointment woven through it. This disappointment can come in the form of a loss, betrayal, unkindness from a friend, or other form of heartache. Perhaps you’re seeing something for what it truly is and that’s a bit of a slap in the face. Rather than experiencing a loss or betrayal, plans may have fallen through or things didn’t turn out as well as you’d hoped. At any rate, this glum mood can prevent you from being awake to and available for enjoying the good things in your life.
I don’t mean this to be a wet blanket for your entire month of October, by any means. I’m not feeling like the near future is filled with one disaster after another; it’s more like a lesson is being offered to us. IF we suffer a setback, we have the choice to wallow in a lousy mood or reflect on what went wrong and figure out how not to do “that” again. Accept your lesson, accept the past is gone, accept what is now—and not what you’d hoped— and turn your face forward.
Because life is all about contrasts, having a less-than-happy moment is an opportunity to feel your heart in a heavy state. Therefore, nurture your bruised feelings, recognize them, and remember them in times of joy. Your high times will feel even higher when you can compare them to the low times.
Let’s hope you have no low times this coming month, but if you do, give thanks to Universe for the reminder and move forward.
Happy October Everyone!
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Originally published on JohnMichaelThornton.com, reprinted with permission.
Since we moved to the new house I’ve been going on “Morning Constitutionals” a few times a week. Sometimes it’s a walk around the neighborhood, getting to know the street names and exploring the energies, and sometimes it's a quick jog to the park and back. Some houses I pass stand out because of a well kept yard or a bit of interesting architecture, but most just fade into the background. There’s a house I often pass on my way back from the park that really stands out because there’s usually something dead on the street in front.
I barely noticed it at first, it’s not unusual to see a dead bird or hard to identify critter on the side streets. It’s usually cleaned up quickly but things stayed on this block and it rarely stayed clean for more than a day or two. It never looked like a fresh kill, it always looked old.
There was no real sense of malevolence coming from the house, every house on the block is empty and some of them feel quite creepy, but the white house, the house with death in front, simply had a quite presence. It was like looking at a predator’s den. I wasn’t scared, but I was watchful and always spent a few moments wondering what was inside and speculating on what sort of being was making it’s own sacrifices on this lonely road.
A few weeks ago the street and sidewalk were clean, so I figured I’d see something in a few days. For a week the street stayed clean and I wondered aloud, “What could be better than an animal?” Very clearly I heard the words, “You are.”
My mental shields slammed in place with a nearly audible clang and I sped up just a tad (never show fear). It was over a week before I passed the white house again and still nothing outside, but now there is a feeling of attention coming from the gaping windows and crooked door, a gentle malevolence – not looking to kill, but to keep.
Don't feed the ghosts. Our attention, our energy and presence can feed and sustain the non-physical beings around us. When we talk to spirits, make up stories about them, give them names or treat them like parts of the family we can strengthen them and give them a way into our world.
I rarely see the spirits of people who have died, I may feel their presence during a reading, or see a glimpse of a loved one, but my talents seem more attuned to the beings in this world who were never human or have been disincarnate so long they have lost their humanity. Some are beautiful, ethereal, helpful and loving – angels, devas, and some of the fey. Others are as neutral and natural as the wind – elementals, sprites, and nature spirits. Then there are the ones who range from scary to downright terrifying – bogarts, tricksters, shapeshifters, dark fey, creepy-crawlies and things that go bump in the night.
These beings can also be fed by our time and attention, they can grow stronger and take advantage of our unconscious generosity by slipping into our homes wearing the mask of a friendly house ghost or a lost soul.
This past week Joe and I did a House Clearing and Blessing for a family that had just moved in and were noticing unpleasant energies and increasing poltergeist activity. When the owner first called she told me all about the ghost, the family was sure it was the previous owner, or maybe his son who had died as a young man. They were amateur ghost hunters and had tried to communicate with the ghost, talking to it and asking it questions.
“I’m not sure we want to kick it out,” she said. “Give me a few more days to think about it and I’ll get back to you.” A few days latter she called back and told me it was starting to get scary and they wanted the house cleared. It was over a week before we could fit them into our schedule, by that time I was told lights were flickering on and off, shadows were gathering and people were getting tripped on the stairs. Even their skeptic friends were convinced.
When we first got there, I tried to connect with the house and the land I felt only loneliness and some stagnant negativity. There was an angry presence in the house, but I wasn’t sure it was a spirit. When we met the family it started to come clear, there was a lot of stress and anxiety in the house and the son didn't want the spirit gone. He liked having a pet ghost, not out of malevolence or evil, but because it was fun.
“As the owners of this home, as the family living here, you have more control than we do,” I said. “We will clear this house, but if you invite spirits back in, they will come back.”
We cleared the house, filling it with as much love and light as we could channel. They are remodeling and it will be a lovely home – one that wants to be lived in and loved. Before we left Joe and I gave the husband and wife a pep talk on ways to bring positive energy and light into the home. We talked about the importance of not leaving your negative energies and experiences stuck in the house. We spoke of the importance of filling your home with love and not getting stuck in negative patterns and memories; the importance of not feeding your ghosts.
On the drive home Joe reminded me of something a say in every psychic development class I teach – we draw to ourselves the clients we need to learn from and most readings have messages for the reader as well as the client. We have both been struggling with negativity and stress during our move and I have been falling into the terrible habit of recounting my grievances, focusing on all the things that have been upsetting me and once I start down that road I often keep going until I’m complaining about things years past – keeping the scary ghosts of my past alive.
I am always trying to do better. No matter how much better I get at forgiveness, gratitude and mindfulness, I am trying to do better. This Halloween season I will try not to feed my ghosts.