How it's done: Every Wise Owl Wednesday, I pull a card from The Wild Unknown's Animal Spirit deck, tune into the universal energy of the animal and interpret what I see, feel and hear.
July 25, 2018
This Wise Owl Wednesday, the Camel
appeared, chewing steadily on plants
with its large, loose mouth and placing
the focus, rather quickly, on its single,
Resourcefulness and adaptability first
come to mind - two things we want to
stock up on given the approaching
eclipse and full moon of the 27th,
couched in the fatiguing dog days of
We may need to tap into our reserves this week of patience, money, time, energy, understanding - among anything else that has been getting us a little stirred up lately. Camels are associated with the element of fire and so is Leo, the sign and season we're in, so pay attention to the snap responses, surges of annoyance, flashes of pain and despair, and the triggers that get you there. They're pointing right to what this potent cosmic event is putting before you as wanting to be transformed over the coming months.
Camels are extremely unique mammals, who can go long periods of time without food or water, who've adapted to hellish-hot climates from their original Prehistoric Arctic homes. Even their blood cells are in on it - being oval shaped instead of round to accommodate for the proper heating and cooling and hydrating of their systems.
With all this evolutionary energy around and within them, the Camel showed up still just as chill as it has ever been. If only we could be that chill too.
But for us, we've got the rub of often not knowing exactly what we need to remedy a situation or feeling or pattern and the blind trust in thinking we do. So choose who you follow into the woods of your own psyche wisely. Dedicate yourself to the work of parsing out what sounds good versus what may not feel that good but might actually be what you need. Ask for truth and the strength to embrace and work with it, during the peak of the Lion's Gate portal on August 8th.
Having a rainbow-bright cheerleader on the sidelines for the occasional "Rah rah you can do it!" is one thing, but thinking they've got - or anyone who isn't you for that matter - all the magic pills in their satchel you'll ever need is another.
You CAN do it - but doing it, whatever IT is, and especially when it comes to your soul's work, takes the devotion of peeling back layers and layers glued together with the all too sticky illusions we've lived by for way too long. Don't be surprised if the IT changes along the way (many times), and don't be alarmed if the deeper you go, the more there seems to be to unravel.
Instead, rest in knowing it's not a race and you can take it as it comes. And if you've made it as far as feeling the unbearable pressure and heat of the alchemy taking place, of the pain of exposure while the beautiful gems of who you really are are being uncovered and formed, know that you've already taken steps, if not leaps, towards discovering yourself in a way you may not have yet ever imagined. Hold that belief to your heart, let Leo season make it clear and speak it aloud when needed.
If you're not there yet, take it in for a second and appreciate the heads up.
The only way around is through. Remember that. Give into the process, learn to love the fire for all it affords us, the way it swiftly clears paths, disappears debris, primes the earth for an abundance of vegetation and sometimes entirely new generations of species altogether.
April 11, 2018
This Wise Owl Wednesday, both the
Bat and the Nightingale made an
appearance, first harkening back to
past readings but of course, wanting to
add to and expand the stories they're
telling. (Scroll down to read those past
When I first tuned into the Bat, he was
there like he had been before,
playing with the shadows on his cave
wall and bringing focus to the illusions
we've bought into and mind games we've played on ourselves. But quickly, his size and therefore power diminished, offering the message that for many of us, we've become well aware of our own trickery (and in many cases, the naivety) which has instigated and initiated revelations and sizemic epiphanies recently.
The Nightingale is encouraging us to let that clarity be spoken into every part of our lives, years, months, days, hours, minutes, seconds - in every scenario, interaction and exchange. It is the finite that helps create the infinite that becomes the foundation for the legacies we build, use to influence and leave behind.
Choose those legacies wisely. Choose to excavate and cultivate the Truth of the truest essence you are. And use your voice to spread it wide and deep.
The Nightingale is also bringing forward the message that it's time to transcend and evolve certain social intelligence. It's not enough anymore to play the game of switching or repressing or drumming up certain aspects of our identity given the company we're in. Instead, insert your truths in everything you are a part of, genuinely, consistently, with an open invitation of mutual respect and reciprocity, and if the people you're with can't handle it, whoever they are, work on finding new circles to frequent.
There are amazing rewards for this type of bravery, for claiming your own sovereignty over what the status quo is pushing, for investing in your own creative power consciously, with intention, and with the insight to know that whatever we put our voice to, or choose to snuff out (because it is a choice), or go along with out of a lack of speaking up for ourselves, still has long lasting effects.
This reading has a feeling of the Justice card in the traditional Tarot which in general, is about balancing the scales, your own inner scales, the scales of you and your personal success, of you and others, and you and society at large. Stack up every morsel of your authentic, personal truth, the truth that is your soul, until all the scales measure out in even weight.
March 28, 2018
This Wise Owl Wednesday, the Fire
Ant(s) came to visit and remind us that
we aren't out of the woods when it
comes to what the Black Egg Spirit Card
had to say about relationships and
patterns last week. (If you haven't read
that post yet, go read it now!)
But the Fire Ant wants to elaborate,
expand that focus to include being
in relationship to other things in
general, including ourselves, which is
THE most important relationship we
could ever have.
The way we do things and love others is a reflection of the way we love ourselves. So take that into account when examining and reflecting upon your definitions of Love this week. It always comes back to us, and because of that, our lives are always in our control to create how we see fit, to evolve what needs it.
There's a tendency for some this week to want to distract themselves from whatever their lives are bringing up in response to those patterns around relationships that want to be addressed.
Distractions aren't always a bad thing, sometimes we need them, because it's simply too difficult to look at what appears to be a problem and find a solution. Sometimes facing the larger picture of what we've been in co-creation with is more than we feel prepared to do. But lessons not learned will always repeat, so let those distractions be healthy ones, ones that soothe instead of disrupt, ones that bring comfort instead of unnecessary exposure, ones that help harmonize and balance out the havoc, and bring you back to improving your connection with you.
March 21, 2018
This Wise Owl Wednesday, the Black
Egg Spirit Card wants to talk to us
about full circles and completions
when it comes to relationships, patterns
They are two sides of the same coin -
full circles and completions. One
indicates going around again to run a
similar path, on a similar frequency,
with similar people and situations. The
latter is a chance to sever reoccurring
patterns, count our lessons and blessings and move forward with a renewed heart and clear mind.
Sometimes we need that second (or third, or fourth...) go 'round to be sure we gleaned all we could, learned what we had to before sifting it through to harvest the meaning and move on. It can be tough laying down a pattern that ensues and even tougher thinking a situation might yield a different outcome without first checking to see if what you believe is any different than before, or without knowing if the cocreators involved are at least on the same page.
Sometimes we don't have to run that full circle to know what's good for us, who's good for us, and what works for us or doesn't - even if it means setting down agreements made before our incarnation this lifetime to come together with certain people for a common cause, or even if it takes walking away from dreams and plans we find hard to imagine life without. Sometimes we are better off placing our efforts, energy and time elsewhere, because we deserve more.
But we've just begun a new season of spring, of Aries, of mercury retrograde, so our inclination is to pause a moment and ponder what's behind us. That's cool. Just don't dwell too long in territory already said and done, particularly, if there's a tendency to let what or who you're pondering have the strength to negate or slow down your personal growth.
Spirit Cards in this deck have comparable power to a major arcana card in the traditional Tarot and I'm loving the Black Egg, because although it's asking me to address watery, emotional terrain, there's a feeling of logic to it, an inherent, precise balance, like the depth and complexity of these topics could be made simple for once, maybe even orderly, by a matured perspective and a seasoned heart.
The Black Egg also makes some suggestions about what to do with those most tender relationships, which Astrologer Chani Nicholas has already said best.
"We can love things about those we aren't able to be around. We can love the parts of a person we once knew. We can love folks for all that they were able to give us at one time or another without putting ourselves in harm's way with them now.
The first part of mercury's retrograde will help us recall the relationship dynamics we can no longer keep ourselves within. But be gentle with it all. Keep some loving kindness on tap with yourself as you parse out your feelings, needs and situations. We must grow. With the spring. With our needs. With our own inner seasons."
When we've given what we can to people, situations and whatever else that just aren't feeding us anymore, know that new desires have already been birthed. Know that it was not for not, that we can take everything we've learned and spent our time refining, and all of what we still cherish of them and apply it towards something new that will hold us steadier in the wholeness we long for.
The Black Egg is also connected to the throat chakra. Reminding us to speak up for ourselves when we have to and share what we need, using our most genuine, light-filled authenticity. Light and truth are always seeking us. Let them illuminate what they do this week, this season and always. And do your job of taking it in.
March 14, 2018
This Wise Owl Wednesday, the Wolf
appeared, wanting me to embody
his spirit. Essentially that's the point
every time I shuffle the deck with the
intention of tapping into the wisdom of
the animals, but the Wolf, made it a
focus. It placed me within its perspective,
its line of sight, and the precision
of its hearing and smell, as if I was him.
It was a white wolf.
I call it a him, because the energy felt
very masculine, firey. And the first message is to balance this energy with as much of the feminine as possible.
Fire brings action, passion and determination - qualities that propel us forward. But it's one thing to set our sights and go for it - whatever IT is - and it's another to go for IT just because we think we're supposed to, think we don't have other options, or to slice and shred with our words or behavior in the process.
The Wolf is reminding us to practice the pause before making decisions that could alter our lives forever more. This may sound dramatic, but we know what's going on in the world, in lives of people around us, in our own.
Take a little extra time to be sure your impulses, instincts, and intuition are in sync. And be true to yourselves. It sounds cliche, overused, but some of us need to be told (and shown) a thousand times before it clicks, and some of us still need help laying down all of what we've learned we're supposed to be (and the fear around it) so we can be what we are, already, entirely. And it's okay.
The Wolf is also a protector, and it's telling us to be a keeper of harmony and ease within our communities, families and homes, a guardian of our creative projects and our birthright to live our purpose, and an intentional curator of our stories - not only of the past, but the stories we are actively creating right now and the ones of our future - particularly how they change and expand, who and what they include, and the beliefs, attitudes, and patterns running through them.
The Wolf came with a lot of words today, many I've already mentioned. But there are a few more: grounded, domination, alpha, and the phrase strong will and heart. Sit with that for a minute. Feel into what those words mean to you, their impressions, your misconceptions. Take an assessment of how they benefit you and how they don't, then tweak what needs it.
The last word was forging, shaping an object by heating it in a fire. This week is surely an opportunity for alchemizing some things, for refining ourselves just a little more, and for healing a few more hurts that have sprang up out of seemingly no where. This is how it works, life, and it's always for our highest good. Do your best to not only take it in stride, but appreciate and enjoy the process.
February 28, 2018
This Wise Owl Wednesday, the Octopus
fell out, following the Dragonfly, a card
that showed up a few weeks ago.
Whenever this happens, I know it's a
continuation, of sorts, of the same story.
Whereas the Dragonfly spoke to us
about not getting caught up in the
details of anything or spending too
much time mulling over our options
because the path was/is as clear as
crystal, the Octopus is bringing us a
message about our options as well, and
about where we place our focus and energy.
The Octopus went sliding off a deck when I tuned in, and quickly glided down to the ocean's bottom. It then spread out its tentacles and began that clinging roll-like walk over the rocks that only an octopus can do.
There's a bit of gravity to this scene, a slightly heavier feeling than that connected to the Dragonfly, almost like a reluctance, and the first phrase I heard was, "too many options," symbolized by the tentacles sprawling out in every direction. This includes distractions, and stretching yourself thin over endless to-do lists.
Settle into a pace, a rhythm that works and stick with it. Pick 1 goal to pursue right now, 1 new hobby, 1 love connection that really has your heart and leave the rest alone. Work only 2 jobs instead of 3, and relax the F out every moment you can.
Between the Octopus and the Dragonfly, there's a message of balance, remembering its importance, finding it, maintaining it - It's one thing to be open to and eager for all the opportunities popping up and into your line of sight effortlessly, but it's another to tire yourself out trying to experience them all at once!
Also, the Octopus placed my attention on the suction cups running along one of its tentacles. The message: assess the difficulty and details and check your expectations of an experience or opportunity at the door before committing. This way you avoid unnecessary attachments to outcomes, burn out and feelings of disappointment.
The full moon in Virgo tomorrow will be helping us sort through all we're filling our lives up with and whether or not they have staying power. So if some things you've been reigning in have the potential to clutter up your mental and emotional space and your calendar, here's a chance to get a handle on it. For those things you can't quite seem to, do your best to find that place of detachment, give it a couple days, bid it farewell if you need to, and open up the space to experiences and opportunities that better coalesce with your natural rhythm and energy flow.
February 14, 2018
This Wise Owl Wednesday, both the
Dragonfly and the Elephant appeared.
When I tuned into the Dragonfly's
energy, it led me to a section of green
hedges on a grassy lawn. I was shown
a birds eye view of the hedges which
where arranged like a maze, a very
simple maze where there was only
one path available.
The unique thing about this maze is
that the path was spelling out a word - at first the word victory, then the word love, then peace. Regardless, the Dragonfly fluttered through the turns of the letters easily, gently and carefree.
The message here - don't get caught in the details of anything, whether we're talking about something small like what to eat for lunch, or something big like a trip around the world. In fact, if you find yourself mulling over options and getting stuck, just know that it's most likely out of habit, muscle memory from when decisiveness was actually a thing you needed to exercise more of, or when fear was something you let control way too much of your life.
Since the latter half of 2017, we've been on a letting-go frenzy. It's cleared up so much space for us to bring in new everything, and the Drangonfly is saying that for those who put in the work, the slate is wiped so damn clean and the good is flying in so fast, you could ask for pretty much anything and be placed immediately in the vicinity of receiving it, no fuss, trip wires, or hard-learned lessons to stumble over, other than the ones you create and purposely put there on your own. And why would you do that?
The Elephant is reminding us that when it comes to life, play is absolutely necessary. Child-like play, child-like laughter, giddiness and frolicking - this from a young male elephant, running through a field of pink and white daisies while blowing them in the air with his trunk. Make time for play, better yet, forget the scheduling and just do it spontaneously, with abandon and with as much freedom as you can let flow through your cells.
The Elephant also brings a message of community - building it, finding it, being a part of it in a way that feeds you and others. Questioning those connections closest to you? Let the questioning rest. Sync up with your inner being. Your heart and the universe will take care of everything else.
I know it's still winter in the western hemisphere, but these messages are infused with spring vibes and harmony, letting us know that the budding and blooming can't wait until March to happen, because it has already begun. Welcome it in. Nurture it.
February 7, 2018
This Wise Owl Wednesday the Eagle
appeared in all its grand, matured,
Immediately, when I tuned into its
energy, it drew my attention to its
wings, the capacity of them, the length,
the ability it has to stretch them out
farther than it appears it can.
The message here is that sometimes
it's necessary to focus upon one
aspect of ourselves, one way the world
sees us, one way we see ourselves, to further develop it. To master and perfect it. It doesn't mean that we're forfeiting the other parts of who we are, it means that, from a holistic perspective, we are reaching for more congruence, fluidity and easeful union among all our aspects, depths, and complexities.
There's a timelessness, a richness about the Eagle, like "old money". He encourages us to observe the legacies we're building and will be leaving for those we love. Are they legacies of cutting ourselves off from our gifts, of blocking our growth and progress, of following external social, familial, work or relationship models that don't yield us what we need? Or are they legacies that respect and value those models for the foundation and yearning they provide to enrich, expand and transcend them?
The Eagle is about reaching new heights, not circling around the same old canyons our forefathers and family members of yesteryear conquered. It's not about believing that any one system, one way of doing or being is THE only way *forever*, or even the best way for everyone individually at any given time. But the Eagle is about dominating, using its inner strength and its physical, often brute-like, strength to secure and claim the area in which it occupies and its rank among its species.
I'm hearing a rainstick and coupled with the Eagle it represents both the elements of air and water. These elements are clearing out the catch around that one aspect of you that's calling for mastery, and quickly, at record speed, ushering in the situations, people, attitudes, money, space, alone time - whatever you need - to allow that mastery to happen. Surrender.
January 31, 2018
This Wise Owl Wednesday happens to
also fall on the day of the Super Blood
Blue Moon Eclipse in Leo, and both
the Zebra and the Cosmic Egg popped
When I tuned into the Zebra' s energy,
it seemed to be taunting me as it
galloped from side to side, watching
me from where I stood behind it. It was
challenging me to follow it. And when
I did, it led me down to water, clear
turquoise water, like a river, and watched me step barefoot onto the rocks. Then it shifted a foot forward and a foot back, excited that I had stepped in.
When I asked, "Ok, now what?" I was plunged into the water and told to swim, and I did. Soon after, I was coasting down a waterfall, blissed out from the ride and the rush.
The Zebra is an eclectic and nontraditional teacher. It sees the vision you've created clearer than you see it for yourself. And it's no nonsense, no extra fluff ; there was no need for me to linger on its stripes, its characteristics, its ingenuity. Let's get to it, was the energy, and as soon as I acquiesced, it showed me the quick, clear path down to the water.
The water: moons are watery, Aquarius is watery (the sign we're in), and our emotions are watery too. This eclipse is said to be instrumental in offering us a new state of being if we allow it. (Here's where the cosmic egg comes into play.) But that first means we've got to be prepared to deal with what it brings us to deal with.
These new states of being ready to become are symbolized by the Cosmic Egg. And the Cosmic Egg represents the crown chakra. It's through this chakra we tap into universal energies, the collective, collective beliefs and systems and how they affect us individually.
Don't be surprised if some of those "laws" you've learned and lived by feel a bit more flimsy and frail than they used to. Or if you run face first into contradictions of what you think you're supposed to think vs what you really think and feel, especially when t comes to the big things.
That means some will have more work to do than others in certain areas, but everyone will be led right to the flow that'll carry them on the momentum they've been squirreled away building. Good momentum, less than good momentum, assess it quick, or let the eclipse assess it for you. Either way, what's not working will be impossible to keep ignoring, and what could use a boost of celestial love to fall into place, will happen. So get grounded and ride the current.
January 17, 2018
For this Wise Owl Wednesday, both the
Bat and the Unicorn fell out, telling an
We might have been caught up recently
in less than lovely feelings of this and
that, signified by the Bat. The first of
this year has been encouraging us to
lay down proper foundations, rework
weak structures, and jump ship
altogether on ideas, beliefs, attitudes
and whatever else keeps us separated
from our highest good.
We've had to beat back some old stubborn habits and patterns in order to let in more of the new unfolding and the excitement and anticipation that wants to come with it. In other words, in one blazing hot second, life seemed to get all kinds of messy.
But the Bat is reminding us that when we stick with our goals, dreams, heart-centered truths and commit to the work that brings them about, produces them in tangible ways we can enjoy, revel in, and proudly build upon, we always, always, find the light that illuminates the path to get there.
The Bat is nocturnal, sleeps upside down and "sees" more with its ears at night than its eyes. It knows all about making the unknown known, embracing the darkness and coming at life with a different approach and from a whole other point of orientation. It uses its energy wisely by hibernating during the day and takes advantage of the benefits of community - huge ones - sharing warmth and protection.
When I tuned into its energy, the Bat was gesticulating before me, spreading out its wings and blending with shadows on a cave wall, making itself appear bigger than it actually is. That's what those emotions and our not yet forgotten or forgiven memories have been doing for us over these past couple weeks - playing tricks.
But the Unicorn, one of the spirit cards in the deck, came out to tells us its time to shake off our bitter-sweet New Year hangovers and get to the work of breaking down the illusions and receiving.
The author of this deck connects the Unicorn to the 6th chakra, our third eye, encouraging us to reconnect "to higher wisdom and divinity," and I add, before we make another, singular move.
That's the push and pull of this week (and all the weeks really): holding fast to our grounded perspectives, our intuition, our insight of where we've already arrived, how far we've come, and the divine guidance charting the way to where we're headed. Appreciate it. Lean into it - all the lustrous rainbow magic we've been turning ourselves in circles over how to connect into and create. It's here, created (past-tense), manifested (past-tense). Now do what's necessary to maintain it and allow it to gain momentum - bypass the traps of yesteryear, those old stories. Lay our sabotaging tendencies to rest for good already, and celebrate.
December 27, 2017
This Wise Owl Wednesday, the Mouse
showed up, reminding us NOT to
allow ourselves to get lost in the
shuffle - the mental shuffle, the
emotional shuffle, the action-oriented
The Mouse is an anxious critter,
nervously scurrying about, nibbling
on his crumbs of this and that. But
there's something to be learned here,
always, and especially since Saturn,
the planet of life lessons, returned to
it's home sign of Capricorn about a week ago and is doing the thing it does best: putting our unfinished business before us, telling us it's time to get our shit together when it comes to certain matters, and for some of us, those are the largest reoccurring themes of our lives.
Saturn is a no nonsense, wise, disciplined teacher that will let you run yourself ragged in loops of action 》consequence 》starting over, until you understand what needs to be done differently next time and until you actually do it. It's no wonder their zodiacal children, the Capricorns, are symbolized as goats climbing and clinging to impossibly steep mountains. They're held to high standards with a lot to deal with and accomplish. I know, I'm one of them.
And Saturn is ready for us to build upon all we've been learning about ourselves, our lives and work, our world and our place in it. And it wants us to do it right, piece by piece, step by step, with the intent to make it last, while recognizing and respecting how the systems and structures already in place can help us do that.
This is where the little mouse becomes so poignant. It's easy to get wrapped up in the hows, whats and whens of it all - the sticky details that may be feeling way too familiar to some of the toughest parts we ventured through the last few years. It's easy to observe what you think is happening and wonder, "How did I get here again?" That's what the anxiety is about, and that's what the Mouse represents for us - the ensnarement of those past feelings that accompanied those hard learned lessons and the bouts of uncertainty, sabotage and misstep that came in between.
But rest assured, there's often a moment of contraction, or of looking back, or of taking care of this one last thing before real expansion takes root, and that's all this is - the final push - because you've already gone through and over, learned there are choices, and learned, for the sake of your own well being, how to shore up, heal up, balance out and in some cases, how to just go the other way. You got this.
There's a saying that goes something like, the small-minded talk about events, the intelligent talk about ideas...and I'm adding...the aware just evolve. So allow the evolution already. Thank the stars, dance a jig of celebration at the New Year's Eve party, and rise to the occasion.
December 20, 2017
This Wise Owl Wednesday, the Lion
showed up, roaring, of course. But
very quickly, I was also shown it playing
in a field with its baby cub, then
commanding the terrain of the forest,
then standing fiercely yet quietly on
top of a mountain, taking in the view
of the valley below.
The message here - remember your
dynamism, your multifaceted nature.
Use it as a way to open up the endless
options before you to bring in the resources and opportunities you need and want. Stay flexible enough to allow new inspiration, perspectives, and solutions to old problems to find you, yet remain unwavering in your ideas, direction, ambitions, and personal development.
The Lion is one big ass, untamed feline that could conquer and tame most creatures it comes into contact with, and it knows it. It knows what area of its kingdom needs attention, knows when and how to switch up its focus, how to protect and when something just needs to be handled. And it's likely showing up in your life this week to take care of a few things.
The Lion is a symbol of strength and power and encourages you to stand in your own. Your own - not the next man's, or the questionable definitions and depictions of you've learned and most likely have tried to mimic, not the type of strength and power that dismisses the importance of individuality, or that gets you caught up in endless ideological wars on...fill in the blank.
Instead, stand in and for the power and strength that affords avenues to express and use your talents and abilities, that values your contributions and natural inclinations to lead or support, serve or nurture, lecture or entertain - whatever.
We are all enough just as we are and there is need for what we offer, and certainly a place for us within our own kingdoms we are creating.
Now bow down for a moment, show the Lion some respect. Then get up and go slay the world.
December 13, 2017
This Wise Owl Wednesday, the Starfish
made its appearance, charismatically
luring me into the ocean from the
shore. I followed, but not too long
after, my curiosity and interest
disappeared as we were suctioned to
the side of a rock, not moving.
There's a little too much to get stuck
on this week - the ragged and raw
edges of our busy minds and
American politics, memories on a
continuous loop, loneliness given the season, old scenarios playing-out in our personal stories and intimate relationships we thought we had already worked through and know aren't in our best interest to keep active.
Use the leverage of the retrograde, the current of the water, to move on.
But the Starfish is also reminding us that the stuckness of this week is very much a part of this process. It's human nature to cling to what's familiar even if we know the benefits are minimal or will be short-lived, even if we know it's for our highest good to release the hold, or even if we understand wholeheartedly that clinching up is just something we do right before tangible proof of our investments, efforts and hopes are about to start rolling in.
Don't be surprised if the most tender moments of this past few months or year are put before you again. Don't be surprised if for just a moment you're racked with tears over how it all played out. And when certain images, past impressions, or lines of songs start playing in your head, pay attention.
For me it's been the bridge of that song "Tennessee" by Arrested Development, where the woman sings, "Won't you help me understand your plan...take me home, take me home, home, take me to another place."
That's the sneakiness of the Starfish, ushering in the twinklings of our final lessons of the year, touching upon those yet to be, all-the-way-healed sore spots.
The seemingly harmless, playful creature who stuck me, motionless, to the side of a rock, then dared me to turn around and float. So the message here is to give up control always, find, as best we can, our places of neutrality on those difficult subjects, let the feelings pass, because they will, and embrace the direction you're shown to move in once they do, because change is needed and inevitable and is always on its way.
December 3, 2017
This is a special Wise Owl Wednesday,
featuring the spirit card of the Phoenix.
This card's energy is so big that I
couldn't simply tune in and deliver
the message like it was any old
Wednesday. No. It wants to make its
presence known and wants us to
understand that it was no coincidence
it showed up in the last month, at the
last Full (and Super) Moon, and
the last Mercury Retrograde cycle of
We're about to close out a year, the eye-opening, game-changing year it's been, so naturally there's a culmination happening, and given the retrograde, an opportunity to review it all, suss-out what still needs it, and send any stubborn baggage into the great, wide and beyond before stepping into 2018.
When I tuned into this energy, I was immediately pulled off the ground, taken above the clouds where I could no longer see even the semblance of life below and shown a massive castle-like structure, people I've never seen before, and rooms within that castle that felt absolutely whimsical and fairy-tale like. That's right. The energy of this card initiated an impromptu visit to a realm I hadn't ever visited. This may sound crazy, but switching between frequencies and realms is common for me. It's a part of the work I do, my purpose, and during meditation, well, some amazing shit happens.
I mention this to first emphasize just how potent, hard-hitting and galactic the energy around this card is, and secondly to segway into telling you what it means...
1) First, this energy says that taking an objective approach where you keep in mind the larger picture is good but will only get you so far, because for some, you need to question your entire line of sight, especially with the Gemini Super Full Moon. Gemini wants you to return to your curious, inquisitive nature, be okay with being the apprentice again, throw out the results-driven approach and the need-to-know attitude. It wants you to live a little lighter, put down all your heavy, bound-to-get-you-tangled-up thought processes, do your testing of this and that, and then put the tests aside.
It’s like looking at a world, country or state map and worrying yourself to pieces with how the entire system of borders, city lines, streets, railways etc. connect, divide and maintain order. You don’t have to. Instead, shine the light on the singular neighborhood you wish to visit and just go! Let your mind rest and let your intuition and the delightful impulse of the moment be your guide which, it just so happens, will always lead you to the answers you seek anyway. Try it.
2) After exploring this other realm where so many things were entirely different to how they look and feel in our everyday waking lives, I noticed what the author had to say about the spirit cards of the deck: "The creatures of the Spirit element do not live on Earth as we know it. They are inhabitants of a dimension beyond...the cosmic ether. [They] represent significant challenges or awakenings of the inner self, or soul. Like guardians from another realm, they are watchful & protective when we are at a crossroads in our lives."
I know this post is supposed to focus on how the Phoenix complements the Gemini Super Full Moon and Mercury Retrograde, but Saturn is in the mix given it’s returning to its home sign, Capricorn, so I need to go there.
With Saturn, it's like returning home where you've allowed relatives to hang out while you were on a long vacation. You might have to tidy some things, restore order in some areas, set some new boundaries, change some energy, or kick some people out!
In other words, it may be hard trying to deny what you've been observing and learning over this last year, how much your inner world has changed, how much your outer world reflects this, how you've sneaked a peek at your greatness and now can't forget what you saw, or where you (and the world) keep allowing yourself (ourselves) to get tripped up.
Hit the reset button on whatever area of life, way of thinking, or behavior that is causing you more stagnation than forward movement, more angst instead of ease, more chaos and crazy instead of simplification. And use the softer qualities of the Gemini Super Full Moon as the approach you take to accomplish this, and the slow-down of the retrograde to help etch out new paths and illuminate just what to improve and where.
Choosing to ignore the signposts of whatever expansion your soul has ready for you is always a choice you can make, but if so, you're setting yourself up to be shown through experience, after experience, after experience where that thing calls you to right it, flip it, balance it, and the residue has the potential to linger for years to come. It’s how Saturn works. It's the planet of karma, life lessons, and age-old wisdom. Embrace the messages and use them already. It's so much easier!
3) It’s fun and insightful to see which of your astrological houses are most affected during times of a lot of planetary action. For example, my 9th house, the house of expansion and beliefs, is highlighted with the Super Full Moon of Gemini. This house is also about religion, philosophy, personal truths, travel and learning what I learn because I want to, so being whisked away into another realm when I tuned into the energy of the Phoenix was rather on point. What better way to feel expansive and turned up for a intuitive than to be invited to another realm to explore?
Calculate to see which of your houses are affected. For this, you need to know your rising sign, so gather that info first. And be sure to go check and see what else these houses have in store:
Rising or Ascending: Libra
Moon or Descending: Aries
Your rising sign is always number 1 when calculating. Then simply look to see which house pairs up with Gemini.
Order of Signs: Houses:
1. Libra 1. Identity & the Self
2. Scorpio 2. Resources & Self Worth
3. Sagittarius. 3. Communication & Knowledge
4. Capricorn 4. Home & Family
5. Aquarius 5. Creativity & Children
6. Pisces 6. Work and Services
7. Aries 7. Relationships
8. Taurus 8. Shared resources, Death, Mental Anguish
9. Gemini 9. Expansion & Beliefs
10. Cancer 10. Career and Reputation
11. Leo 11. Friends & Community
12. Virgo 12. Secrets, Creative Energy, Collective Unconscious
4) The Phoenix card also carries the energy of the Ace of Swords in the traditional Tarot. It symbolizes power, mental clarity, breakthroughs and victory. But sometimes, before you can experience these things you experience the flip side of coin - confusion and breakdowns. This is where the duality or split-ness of the Gemini becomes a factor to consider. Picture someone, like the Queen of Swords, possessing one sharp ass, double-edged sword and tongue. You can get in her good graces and experience the fullness of all the abundance she has to offer or, you can get sliced up by words, drama, and setbacks, amplified by Mercury, the planet of communication, both going retrograde and ruling Gemini.
If you’ve made good with training yourself to lean into and follow the signs, signals and synchronicities, fret not, and enjoy all the opportunities and experiences coming your way that are most likely already showing up. But if the opposite is more accurate, set the intention to do better, starting right now. Regardless, honor where you are and trust that whatever comes out on the other side is going to have the capacity to change your views and perspectives and therefore, change your life. Rise from the ashes, my love.
5) Here's a link to a Gemini Super Full Moon ritual I'll be trying out later. It allows a moment of reflection for each month of 2017 and even includes an affirmation or two. Enjoy!
November 22, 2017
This Wise Owl Wednesday, both the
Beaver and the Otter popped out - the
Beaver thumping its tail and the Otter
tugging at a fallen branch.
Many of us are still feeling the effects
of that recent New Moon in Scorpio,
and these semi-aquatic creatures are
telling us not to fear whatever
situations or emotions this may have
brought to the surface.
Water symbolizes our emotions but it's
also what crops need to grow and a huge part of what keeps us alive. It's wide in its range for what it replenishes yet never falls out of our scope of resources often overused, misused, and abused.
But there's something steady and balanced about the energies the Beaver and Otter bring us this week. They are tactile, systematic workers with the capacity to stay busy and focused on building physically and literally amidst this precious, mutable fluid.
They are like the eight of pentacles in the traditional Tarot, reminding us about the tenacity, perseverance and effort things sometimes require, showing us that its okay to draw upon our natural reserve and use a little to get shit done, weeded out, sorted through, and demonstrating the how to: when we aren't completely, 100 percent satisfied just yet with the progress of any aspect of our lives at the moment, make the necessary adjustments - subtract a branch (or two) or add one to the flow until you've tweaked that stream just right.
November 15, 2017
This Wise Owl Wednesday, the Gazelle
flew out. They are sprightly creatures
and action oriented.
This card this week seems right,
especially since we're nearing a new
moon in the sign of Scorpio on the
18th - a sign ruled by two fiery planets,
Mars and Pluto - and also given the
card I pulled last week, which was the
Whereas the Dolphin told us to ready
ourselves for all the contentment, harmony, celebration, stability we've been asking for, to make play and peace out of all this year has brought us, the Gazelle is telling us our gears are well oiled, and our intellect and heart are syncing up the way they were intended to. Let it happen.
Get comfortable relying more and more on your instinctual nature, gut responses and creative impulses to see projects, careers, love and money affairs materialize the way you want them to, the way meant for you since the beginning of time.
Gazelles can run up to 90 mph, leaping over barriers, keeping grip while their lean yet sturdy legs and hooves champion uneven terrain. They can even, and often do, outrun cheetahs. There's a heightened awareness about them, an ability to make decisions in one millisecond after the other, and a confidence they never doubt.
They are feeling a lot like the shadow confronted, embraced, mined and valued for its useful properties, because gazelles know, hands down, how to wield their fiery spirit to their benefit and greatest potential. We can do the same.
I tend to just channel without reading the words the author of this deck provided, but these words, representing all the animals included for the symbol of fire, seem perfect: "The creatures of the Fire element...represent the ego & challenge us to become our best selves. Although these cards appear more frequently when conflict is present, the heat they emit is the elixer of our transformation."
Drink up, dearies.
**Shout out to my fellow Capricorns completing a 29 year cycle and soon welcoming our ruling planet Saturn back into our signs. Breathe easy. Rejoice.
November 8, 2017
This Wise Owl Wednesday, the
Dolphin appeared, turning a happy
spiral through the ocean and
sounding a gamut of playful trills
and squeaks. There's a
lightheartedness to this card, a
sense of breakthrough nearly had,
undoubtedly put into motion and
I was given the dolphin's view as it
swam through rather murky water
into clear, deep-blue water, where it
met up with a whole posse of dolphins and joined their dancing, swimming circle. The entire scene was something right out of a musical, or an old school Disney movie.
Crazy right?...not even a little.
This card feels similar to the 4 of Wands card in the traditional Tarot in that it signals contentment, harmony, celebration, stability - what we are always wanting, always trying to manifest regardless of the form it takes, be it an opportunity, a business, a relationship. We want the feeling that we think these things will yield, and this card is saying you never have to wait for the thing, let in the feeling now and the thing will always come faster. That's how it works, that's how we allow the leverage of vibrational alignment to work for us...What better animal to remind us than the highly intelligent dolphin who knows all about switching frequencies?
The Dolphin represents the healed version of you emerging, the one who can be grateful the last 3 months, 6 months, all of 2017 happened the way it did - not because of that all too overused saying, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." But because every set back, delay, heartbreak has helped you examine and better understand what strength actually means to you in the first place, what it means to reach for love instead of hate, how it feels to experience what you don't want so you can become even clearer about what you do, AND take steps towards it.
The message is clear - it's high time you announce, even if only to yourself, your debut, because it's happening. And with it you are receiving all the gifts, tools and invaluable wisdom that could only come from the experience of diving in and doing the work, swimming through a range of emotions sometimes and uncertainty other times, yet always trusting you'd eventually arrive where you needed and wanted to be.
November 1, 2017
This Wise Owl Wednesday, the
Earthworm appeared, sloshing around
in the wet earth.
This card feels like the 8 of cups in the
traditional Tarot and harkens back to
the Bee I pulled last week--Whereas
the Bee told us it was time to get to
work stabilizing and balancing those
areas of our lives that needed it the
most, the Earthworm shows us that we
have to have more faith that we actually
We can see the lights of change and progress twinkling in the distance and either turn around and act like they're not there or move towards them with anticipation. We always have the choice - the choice to settle for what already is, to take what looks to be a risk, to hold onto the very beliefs and ideas that make it hard to decide in the first place, or we can reach for new ones more capable of supporting who we really want to be.
The Earthworm tells us it's okay to go through the muck of indecision or to wiggle around in the darkness if we feel we really need to, keeping in mind that however deep we go, the earth and everything within it are forever changing regardless, and we are no exception. So just allow it to happen. Allow the answers you need to find you so you can keep untangling yourself; allow yourself to feel those flutters of trepidation when they arise and take a moment to check in: Am I headed a way not intended for me? Or is this just fear of expansion? And anchor down in faith - faith in your dreams, faith you are supported and have a place in the natural system and order of the universe, and most of all, faith in yourself.
October 25, 2017
This Wise Owl Wednesday, both the
Crow and the Bee popped out.
I pulled the Crow about a month ago
too, which is telling me that whatever
was being brought to the surface or
unmasked then, is showing up plain as
day for us now. No more wondering
what's real or not, whose being genuine
or not, where to place our efforts with
untangling ourselves. That shit is clear
and will continue to become even
clearer in the days ahead.
We can try and run from it all we want, bury our heads and feet stubbornly in the mud, but the Bee tells us it's time to put in the actual work of healing whatever is inside us that needs it so we can make better decisions, ones rooted in self-respect, ones more aligned, ones we know will better help us move along our paths of endless self-discovery and expansion in the way our souls intend us to.
There's the feeling of the number 9 all over this - closing cycles, completion, chiseling down those rough edges, taming the shadow in a way we've never been able to before, evolving, vibrating higher.
So get to it - shut the necessary doors, lock 'em behind you. Mend the necessary fences, first and foremost between you and your connection with yourself. And carry on in confidence embracing the realizations as they come and never doubting whether or not you're heading the right way again.
October 11, 2017
This Wise Owl Wednesday I drew
the Golden Egg. It speaks to the fourth
chakra/heart chakra, telling us to listen
to our heart, follow it, learn what it
sounds like, think with it instead.
This may be a harder task for some,
especially if you've spent a lifetime
pushing away what you know to be true
because of what others are doing, or
for something more logical, or for what
looks like it should or shouldn't work.
The thing about that is we often don't realize our approach or perspective to something, or the way we're living isn't working until it's not, until the bottom falls out of our well designed plans, or until we're hold up in the wee hours counting all the infinite ways things could've turned out "better."
Don't let yourself lose too much sleep - we are only human after all, with a gazillion more opportunities ahead of us to get it right within ourselves, and the best, easiest, fastest way to do this is to seek out quiet introspection and become acquainted with and train yourself on acquiescing to what your heart is telling you to do.
That's where the real gold is - allowing yourself to attune to your heart, inner voice and fool-proof, personal navigational system over and over again until you stop entertaining other ways to live.
I'm hearing Alanis Morisette's You Learn playing in my head. Listen in, get excited about those noisy "fire trucks...coming up around the bend," and ready yourself for that feeling of coming home.
October 04, 2017
This Wise Owl Wednesday, the Peacock
appeared in all its flair and extravagance,
granting us permission to show off our
own colors, the elaborate details of our
unique brilliance and to do so in
confidence - that genuine, unwavering,
pure kind that can only come from
When a person has really tapped into
and mined their inner confidence,
they don't give a damn whose party
they aren't invited to, they stay primped,
pressed and ready because they know they are forever the guest of honor at their own.
This kind of confidence - knowing every song played (good or bad, slow or fast, sad or happy) is a part of your personally curated soundtrack, that you've got the power to crank the volume, sing along, dance your heart out, or change it altogether, is creating at its finest, freeing at its best, and always available to you.
But there's another side to the Peacock. And if compared to the Tarot, the Peacock is a lot like the Magician. He can fan out that beautiful and luring tail, make everything appear promising and titillating from a distance, create the perfect illusion, so perfect peeps jump at the chance to abandon their own party and join his, until they get there and realize the hors d'oeuvres are stale, the other partygoers are questionable in character and every song has you vibing on the fast track to recklessness.
In other words, practice, better yet, master the art of discernment because first, all is not always what it seems and secondly, all the magic and people and things you're trying to gather to create your version of a perfect world already exist inside you. Draw upon the confidence of the Peacock and let that shit out!
September 27, 2017
For this Wise Owl Wednesday, the Crow
popped up, eagerly yet restlessly
moving back and forth on its tree branch.
It's a scavenger bird that skillfully senses
it's prey, notifies its community when an
end is approaching, and today is
reminding us to be careful what we wish
for - careful in the sense that our wishes
are wished in alignment with who we
really are at our core, and therefore are
wished in integrity. It's the only way to
ensure that our closest co-creators are
in integrity too, since we always, without a doubt, become each other's mirrors.
If compared to the traditional Tarot, there's an air of judgement and the devil card in this one. Stuff comes to the light, masks carefully affixed over the years, months, weeks get pulled off by truth, and we can't help but look on in disbelief (and hopefully laugh) at all the unnecessary (and imaginary) chains we've locked ourselves up with. It's shadow work in it's essence.
But the crow can stomach it, in fact was designed for it. It lives its life on a diet of mixed foods - foods that invite in natural and pure life force energy, foods that don't, and everything in between.
We aren't that different from the crow, except that we've got countless more options about what we decide to let in - into our bodies, our minds, our lives, into our belief systems, what we allow to make its home there, and what we do with the lessons this process inevitably yields. Choose wisely.
September 13, 2017
This Wise Owl Wednesday, the
Nightingale appeared, reminding us of
the value of our voices, reminding us
that there's reward in speaking up,
showing up, sharing and living our
truths, evaluating and fine tuning the
messages we put out into the world
and the examples we become. These
are our legacies.
Songbirds don't have access to
songbooks, are not privy to formal
instruction, yet they don't ever doubt
whether they can sing or not and some, clear into the wee hours of the morning. Communication through voice is their nature and gift, and it's ours too.
Speak what's in your heart and rummaging around in your mind. And because there is hardly anything more painful than a heart and mind pushing in two different directions, let them for once and finally become in sync. If you're being nudged to give, give; to get up off your ass and make something happen, do it; to show compassion whereas you normally wouldn't, show it, without hesitation or question or all the other crap we let freeze us where we stand.
The Nightingale, doesn't weigh the cost, the effort, the reasons why they should or shouldn't before they sing. They don't care about what they may or may not receive in return, nor do they have pride or ego to deal with. They just sing. And we could all benefit from being more like them.
August 30, 2017
This Wise Owl Wednesday, I pulled
the Owl itself. It's bringing us the
message to go back to the beginning,
which is very fitting for this last week of
the retrograde and all that's happening
in our private and collective worlds.
Going back to the beginning could
mean many things, but here's what
Remember, reconnect and recommit
to what you love doing, who you're
becoming, what you want to see in the
world, even if you're about ready to give that vision up! The answers on how to move forward lie in what you've already done, the progress that has already been made - not be mimicked, but to be learned from and used as the foundation it is.
Simplify. Bring it all back down to the basics - one kind word or a sweet smile, one donated dollar, one handshake and then another, the execution of one aspect of the plan at a time broken down task by task, so in other words, one foot in front of the other.
Self-care in whatever form that takes for you. If you don't know yet how to take better care of yourself, figure it out. Try stuff, omit stuff, change stuff, open your eyes and go see some stuff you've never seen before, eat somewhere you never have, stop that one meandering thought that keeps occupying your head-space, that one heavy feeling taking over your heart-space - however you need to work it to find a self-care formula that works for you.