The Reading

As promised, I give you the PATH PRACTICE PERSONA reading I did on March 1. It is the follow up to my Touching Base With Myself post.

This is a really nice little spread  for a 3 card reading which I did weekly for quite a while back in ’14. It is a spread which consists of the positions of PATH, PRACTICE, and PERSONA. One reason I like it, is an aspect of using Tarot that I particularly love; playing with the cards. The idea is to split the deck up into 3 piles. The card which will represent the PATH consists of the Major Arcana, and the four Aces. The PATH is like the THEME idea. The question for this card is, “What Path will it best serve me to walk this week?” You shuffle, shuffle, shuffle. Then cut, and pic the card off the top of this pile.

So for this month, my PATH will be Bindweed.

Bindweed

I’m calling the Reading (I love to title my readings) The Bindweed Factor not necessarily because it is the first card drawn and comes into Position one which is the PATH. Mostly because it sounds cool. (in traditional decks, this card is known as The Devil). It gets lots of groans, and bemoaning, when pulled, because it’s misunderstood, like the infamous Death card is.

What Bindweed is all about is temptation, but what this card is really telling me is that it is time to take notice, as I make my way through the month, of the stumbling block of falling into old ways of thinking that don’t serve me at all. Don’t disaster think, for instance. Be aware of the temptation to step into the potholes which I know always bring me into my negative thought patterns. The KEY here is awareness of myself. It’s about mindfulness. If I walk through each day with mindfulness – and it’s a bit difficult to always be there (okay, it’s a LOT difficult) – then I can catch myself when I’m in a toxic thought pattern, which gives me a choice to get away from that sticky wicket. What am I about to do which might pull me away from living authentically? But, if I should step into the dung heap of temptation, no tantrums are worth the misstep; acknowledge it, accept it, and then to move on. No rubber necking allowed. And no bad mouthing myself for it. Seeking mindfulness in each moment affords me to live freely from that which does not serve my best interests.

Okay, so that’s pile number one.

Pile Two (or what’s behind curtain number two) is the PRACTICE which will best help me to move along this PATH. This second pile consists of the minor arcana, the number cards 2 through 10 – remember, we had the 1s or Aces in with the Majors. We also separate out the People Cards (Kings, Queens, Knights and Pages – traditional deck Court cards). Again, shuffle, cut, draw. I get the 10 of AIR.

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The Deck I use is Gaian Path specific, so it actually has a different take on the traditional Swords suit.

The Ten of Air as a practice to help me walk my path works well as a companion card to Bindweed. The tens are about completion, thus, are transition cards. Air/Swords governs the realm of Thought and communication. The Ten, thus, speaks of not getting caught up in negative thinking. It says, I have a choice. I can actually decide not to go into that lion’s den of self-loathing, or other such negative byways. As you can see in the image, the Geese are migrating, away. It’s like their saying, “I’m SO finished with that Brouhaha.”  It suggests heading  away from that tempting place ahead which I know from past experience, will disallow forward movement.  Yup, leave that addictive thinking behind.

Pile Three is the People cards, which represents the PERSONA I should adopt during this month, to help me practice and allow me to walk a successful path. Persona actually speaks of attitudes and behaviors I bring to life’s daily journey.

Today’s Persona is the Guardian of Air ( (aka Queen of Swords in a traditional deck).

Gaian Guardian Air

I think of this card as the ‘ah ah ah’ Lady. You know, the mother who wags her finger at you when you’re doing something which she thinks is unacceptable.  She tells me not to go there. She’s not going to stand for foolishness, dilly dallying, and such much. So, my attitude should be one where, if I see I’m heading for disaster, I’ve got to assume the behaviors of this no-nonsense gal. If I see my practice is not working, my attitude should be one of purposeful thought. Slap my hand as I’m reaching for the fire, type of behavior.

Looks out at the reader.

Oh dear, I’ve lost you…
Ah, Ah, ah, says The Guardian of Air
Right.

See how that worked? Nice, huh?

That’s my reading, and I’m sticking to it.

Good Morning Star Shine

Happy days are here again,
The sun is shining,
The light’s my friend

While it won’t last,
It shinning now
In its warmth I will bask

Walking on Sunshine
Brings a smile to my heart
This Tuesday Tidbit means Fun Time.

So until the night
brings darkness back
I’ll savor the Star shine light.

Thank you EMGN DESIGNS for Tuesday Treasured Tidbits!

Paying It Forward

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I’ve just been nominated (in fact, given) The Liebster Award in this wonderful and amazing world of, and for blogging! *runs around dusting off surfaces, to find the perfect place for the award.*  I am honored by LiliCakes!  and I know that you’ll be as much in heaven as I was, for discovering her amazing blog! In the world of what makes people happy, what could be better than dessert?
The rules for this round are:

1.  Thank the person who nominated you by tagging their original post to yours.

2. Answer 11 questions.

3. Nominate other bloggers who deserve this award.

4. Ask them 11 questions.

5. Put these rules in your post.

6.Inform the bloggers you have nominated.
Being the kind of person that actually loves answering quizes, and questions, (and I think it would be cool, to actually have a quiz on what kind of cake would we be, were we to become one), the inner workings of receiving blog awards, are to do the simple tasks, like, thanking, and linking to our nominator – just like sending a thank you card to someone who has gifted you in your home, out there (yes, in the world, you know, where you’re sitting right now reading, or writing?).

Of course, it wouldn’t be fun unless we got to talk about ourselves (come on, don’t be bashful) and it’s made easy by answering a few (count them eleven) questions sent by the nominators to the nominees – Did you note that the questions are exactly and precisely same amount as the nominations of other bloggsters you’ll make. And that makes 11:11, if you ask me, the most amazing time. I actually got married at 11:11 a.m.

The Questions For Me from Lili:

Okay, so, here we go!

1. How did I feel about receiving this award?

Thrilled! I’ve never received an award, so this is such an honor. I love the idea of this ‘Blogger’s Choice’ award. It’s recognition, and also support and encouragement for the work we do here, and we get to help others.
Thank you!

2. What have you been enjoying most about blogging?

Without a doubt, my return to writing. I’d been in a drought; unable to put pen to paper, or even thoughts into words, for the last four years. I thank Blogging 101 for appearing on my doorstep and leaving the invitation. Writing is my creativity being allowed out. This is another one of those ‘what makes me feel refreshed, energized, and rejuvinated’ moments.

3. What is your idea of a good day?

75 degrees, and clear – low humidity. So I’m laughing here because the weather was the first thing that came to mind – while in mid-bizzard. But I’m serious. A good day is one where I can go outside and greet the morning, and not be cold, or rained on. It’s one where I can commune with the Green Ones! Do Secret Spot meditations. Luxuriate in the beauty of Nature.

4. What’s your favorite cake, and why?

First thought was, all cakes! Second thought was, the cake I’m eating at any given moment. I love cake. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to eat cake (except on the rare occasion), so my passion and craving is greater now. But, I’ve also learned (thanks to Lili) that cakes don’t need the ‘bad’ sugar to make them delicioso! 🙂 Oh right, favorite flavor cake: Lemon filled layer cake with confectioner’s suger on top.

5. Whats your dream?

To live in the tropics with my wonderful husband. Living near the ocean would be so envigorating; long walks on the beach, the sound of the surf lulling me to sleep, and still there when I awake. To be warm enough that I’m not too hot, and not at all cold. To be able to see Orcas breaching, would most definitely take my breath away. Yet, equally desired are the deep woods, in summer, with the songs of the crickets, and birds, and the buzzing bees, and at night the full harmony of nocternal beings, and the sparkling of fireflies, like stars in a night sky, but instead of out there *points to the sky* it’s right where I’d be standing.

6. What are your favorite possessions and why?

My wedding and engagement rings. Things that belonged to my mother, that I can have near me, and know she’s still with me, as Josh Groban sings, “Who can say for certain, maybe you’re still here. I feel you all around me, you’re memory’s still clear. Deep in the stillness, I can hear you speak. You’re still an inspiration…” especially her pictures. My music collection (records, CDs, MP3s which bring them to me), my sock monkey, Alpaca and an Alponkey furball; my rock and crystal collection, my Tarot decks, and journals. My kindle. I have an extensive collection of mouse and chipmonk, Orca and Wolf chachkas, and… again, it is like, all of the stuff I have, is my favorite, else why would I have it?

7. What do you usually do at the weekend?

Saturday is Peapod delivery and it’s Movie night! Sunday is bill day, Exploring Tarot chat, and the other not going out day.

8. What makes you happy?

My husband. Music. Communing with the Green Ones. Cappie The Sock Monkey. Writing. Feel good movies, series, and books. Cake. Beautiful sunsets. Hidden Object Games.

9. On average, how many hours a day are you blogging at this moment?

Since I began the course (Blogging 101) it would be pretty much every possible minute. But that includes reading other’s blogs, and responding to comments, making comments. Blogging isn’t just the act of writing and posting. It’s the act of engaging.

10. What kinds of blogs do you like following?

I follow blogs of people whose writing is musical, makes me sit up and think. Blogs In which I find profound nuggets of truth. Entertains me. Inspires me (like to find out how to make cakes without sugar.)

11. What are you going to do now?

Put up my award on my page. Decide which blogs I want to nominate for this wonderful award. Think up great questions to ask my nominees.

BLOGS to nominate:

1.  Bobafterblog21
2. Whatever it is, it’s not so bad
3.  The TJ Blog
4. The Art of This and That

5.  SpaceShipChina
6.  Sandcastle
7. Lilypup
8. New Peace – Old Mind
9.  Jeanne’s Spiral Path
10. Rachel’s Realm
11. Blisters, Bunions and Blarney
And The Answer Is:

1. What song defines who you are, and would you share a youtube link for it?

2. Which of your owns posts is your favorite, and why?

3. What is your most favorite quote from a movie? What is the movie?

4. If you could time travel, where would you go, and why?

5. What is one moment you can remember which changed your life?

6. Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

7. What is your favorite genre of fiction?

8. Who or what encouraged you to become a writer?

9. What book have you read more than once?

10. What other art form are you most interested in?

11. What prompt for blogging would you like to offer to Blogging U?

Better Late Than Never

Prompt: RE-SPRINGING MY STEP:  [Tell about the last experience I had that left me feeling fresh energized, and rejuvenated. What was it that has such a positive effect on me?]

I let the water run just long enough so the bathroom feels a bit like a sauna. It’s warm, as the heat in the house hasn’t made it past 62 just yet, so I luxuriate in the embrace of the steam. Even breathing, though not like the winter-scented morning air, tickles my nose; makes it feel less stuffy. Leaving the clothing of the night behind, I step into the spray. It’s hot, and I want to feel it on my shoulders, and my back. My muscles relax under the needle-like fingers of the shower. Then I tilt my head back so my hair is beneath the waterfall, and saturates each strand. I can’t help emitting a satisfying Mmmmm as I settle into this morning ritual.

There are levels of fresh, energized, and rejuvenated. The morning bathing is but one step. Breakfast, with its aromas, and tastes, brings the sweetness of sating my appetite. With my hair dried and pulled back into a ponytail, and the fresh smelling day’s attire warming me, I’m ready for whatever the day brings.

Each hour of this day will be refreshing, rejuvenating, and energizing, as I meet a moment I’ve never known before. I step from one into the next, and this morning is now another past. Maybe I’ll hit a wall, but it’ll be one that will teach me more about myself. These will give me new chances to do something in a different way.

And I will go to sleep tonight with the thought of a favorite quote from a book: “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” From Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Romps with Prompts

You know you’ve watched too many reality shows like American Idol, when you see “Make a Prompt Personal” and actually hear, “Make it your own.”

But then I think, make THIS prompt personal? Or are we talking about any other prompt that’s shuttled my way on the assembly line of Promptdom? My mind comes up with too many questions. Way more than there are answers, I’m sure.

I can see going up to the Prompt Center – which would be somewhere in the Town Square of The Blogging U campus. Hmmm… But campuses don’t have town squares. Or do they? At NYU, Washington Square Park, was a veritable town square of the little neighborhood known as Greenwich Village, in New York City.

Yes, so here I am at the Prompt Center. It’s got an address like 9-3/4 on it, so that I can’t helping thinking of running at it, full speed ahead, to get through to the other side, where the Promptwarts Express awaits to take me to my very own personal Prompt. There’s a variety, actually. Isn’t there always? I mean, really, they don’t just have the plain old, tried and true, run of the mill prompt. No they come in colors; a rainbow of colors. This is supposed to make me feel like it’s my VERY OWN. It’s not like anyone else’s. Yet, what are the odds of a prompt being completely my own? What if my prompt looks like someone elses? What if it has the identical dna of other prompts?

Oh, wait, I know. To make a prompt my own, I will have to make it from scratch! It’ll be like the Betty Crocker of Prompts, made with basic ingredients. But wait, there’s no supermarket of Prompts with basic ingredients. I’ll have to buy land, sow the seeds of my personal prompt, and water it and watch it grow from the seedling, into it’s own unique Prompt self.

Then I’ll have to write the story of it: Everything you wanted to know about making prompts but were afraid to ask. And one day, as I sit with my prompt, proud of it, I’ll hear a knock on the door. It’ll be a rep from MGM studios, telling me they’ve read my, now, best selling Book of Prompts, and want the rights to make the movie, which they’ll call, “The little Prompt that could.” They’ll ask me questions like, who do I want to play my prompt? When will I be able to go on tour for the book and the movie. And what about the soundtrack? A Prompt needs a song of its own.

As I write my memoir, years after the hoopla of the Romps with Prompts has found its way into history books, my one thought will be, what a long strange trip it’s been. Sitting in my rocking chair at Prompt Acres Nursing Home, with photographs of my very own prompt near-by, I’ll recall the day my little Prompt was born, and smile.

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