Wolf Moon Tarot Reading 2018

The full moon occurs on January 1st in the sign of cancer. Clear your mind, make a wish, and fall in love! For the Wolf Moon and first full moon tarot reading for January, I am using the Prisma Visions Tarot to share with you a message from the spirit realm. Our cards for this reading are the King of Swords, Nine of Chalices, and The Lovers.

We see here a progression: clarity of mind, followed by gratitude and hope, resulting in an exuberant love for life and a shedding of inhibition.

Well, there is no space for muddled thinking this full moon. Clear the air of your mind and let your thoughts transform like water in its many states, becoming clearer with each change. The King of Swords is regal with this nest of swans- more than a little aware of his ability to manifest and change things through the power of his thoughts and words. He encourages you to recognize that power within yourself and to behold your own life with a new clarity, and then proceed from there.

If ever there were a magical time, this full moon is it. Make a wish and enjoy with gratitude the abundance all around and within you. The Nine of Chalices shows a person relaxing and enjoying the natural world. Feel that true contentedness within yourself. Enjoy the moment and count all that you have accomplished, all the ways you have grown over the past year, and all that you are now as a result of living your life thus far. Keep your heart open for what is to come in this new year.

Romance is at hand and not just the romance between lovers, but the romance of life. Engage in your emotions, let others see your true self. The Lovers depict dancers in masks, uninhibited in their self-expression. Let this scene become you. Express yourself: your thoughts, your feelings, your emotions, your needs, wants, desires. In the world of faery there is the logic that sometimes you have to put on a mask first in order to reveal your truth, then take off your mask to inhabit your truth. The question becomes: what will it take for you to feel free? Break down barriers and throw yourself into life with all that you are. There is still so much to experience!

Brightest Blessings & A Happy New Year๐ŸŒ™โœจ

Gratitude for 2017

2017 is winding down, and what a year it has been. True to form, this year has seen many rapid, unexpected and fateful changes on a global level. Victories and defeats. It was truly a Wheel of Fortune year (according to tarot) and we influenced our own luck by how we handled the things with which we were presented. This has been a year where it’s been easy to feel out of control because of what has been happening in our world around us. Did we learn that we get to control how we respond, and to look for solutions instead of covering ourselves in ashes and wailing?

2017 was for me personally, the year of The Hermit. On a macro level my life has been influenced by the Wheel of Fortune energy, on a micro, or personal level my being and growth has been influenced by Hermit energy.

I’m an introvert by nature, so lessons of solitude weren’t the focus, though I have indeed spent quite a bit of time alone this year combing through my subconscious. No, this year, my lessons had more to do with living according to my inner wisdom above the ruckus of the world’s opinions.

It was a year of developing greater inner strength, of remaining impartial and holding up a light for others, and it was a year filled with much confusion and turmoil (along with some really fantastic times), as I did my best to listen to my inner wisdom and follow it.

I’m grateful for the difficult lessons because they have shaped me for the better, bringing about a stronger resolve and prying my metaphorical hands off of viewpoints and opinions and ways of being that weren’t conducive to my growth or highest good. As Mary Oliver wrote:

“someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”

That sums up my year pretty well.

Some of the things I learned this year:

  • Other peoples’ opinions of me are none of my business. Much as I might have wished I fully believed that in the past, now I finally do.
  • Creating a sacred space at home is worthy work. Everyone who came into my home this year told me they felt immediately grounded, safe, and at ease. Being able to provide a haven for others has been one of the greatest gifts this year.
  • Generosity of spirit is a welcoming beacon.
  • I can collaborate with others without compromising myself or my integrity. It just takes finding the right people to collaborate with. This one was a difficult lesson indeed. I am more apt to entirely avoid collaboration because group projects have never been kind to me.
  • It’s possible to be both spiritual and petty. We can’t slice ourselves into pieces and then call ourselves whole. The light and the darkness must coexist for a true sense of unity.
  • It may be a good use of my gifts to begin teaching courses.

I’m very grateful for these lessons. Other things I’m super grateful for from this year are as follows:

  • Cats! Snow! Summer nights!
  • Full moon celebrations
  • Diversity in friendship
  • Meeting one of my pen pals of 18 years
  • Seeing San Diego
  • Traveling
  • Game nights with friends
  • The Rochester community
  • The tarot community
  • All the people I’ve met
  • All the clients I’ve given readings and have had the privilege to get to know
  • Officiating a wedding for two people who had to struggle against the world to finally be married to each other
  • Soulmates
  • Books
  • Small Kindnesses
  • Beauty
  • Reconciliations
  • Healing
  • Sleeping in
  • Magic

I had the privilege of reading tarot at the Kutzky Pop-up market, the Olmsted County Fair, the UU Handcrafted Bazaar, and the Healer’s Holiday Open House, among other events. Hosting my Grand Opening at Cafรฉ Steam was total blast! Being on the Faith Talk Show was so much fun!

It has been a year of growth for me and for Owl in the Oak Tarot. I’m excited to continue to serve the Rochester community (and those who live outside of MN who I have the privilege of reading tarot for) and to see what the new year brings.

Thank you to everyone who has been in my life in big and small ways. Thank you to all who have been instrumental in my growth, and who have allowed me to be instrumental in yours. Thank you for being you!

๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŒ™โœจ๐Ÿ”ฎ

P.S. If you would like to know what tarot card represents your personal year for 2018, and if you’d like a forecast to help you navigate the year ahead, click here.

Yuletide Celebrations

What a year it’s been! I’m already reflecting on everything that has happened and all the wonderful people I’ve met and gotten to know better. There’s so much to be grateful for, and as of now I’m also still holding out hope for a real snowfall in the next two days. Meanwhile, tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, or Yule. This is the holiday I observe for spiritual reasons, and there are many ways I celebrate.

One of the things I decided to do this year was the advent wreath. Advent simple means “arrival” and in my case, this would be the arrival of the sun. After the longest night of the year the sun is reborn and the days begin to grow longer again. So I will light all my advent candles tomorrow (I have been lighting one every Sunday for the past four weeks) as a symbol of hope for the light’s return in all its forms. Especially the light of peace in the world.

I gave handmade witch ball ornaments to a few friends and colleagues this year. They can be programmed for any purpose and it’s important to choose ingredients that match your intention. The ones I gave away were for prosperity or faery blessings.

My boyfriend and I will also exchange gifts tomorrow, and I’m making a bacon-red pepper-asparagus strata (which I love for the Yuletide color correspondence of red/green veggies) in the morning and a roast in the evening. Friends will stop by throughout the day, we’ll watch holiday movies and chat and probably do a puzzle. I’ll light some incense pertinent to the holiday (in my case, frankincense) and snuggle up with tea and hot cocoa throughout the day.

Magical work that focuses on transformation, renewal, or divination is especially potent during the Winter Solstice. You could do a simple fire ceremony or candle magic during this day.

If you’re looking to celebrate Yule and enjoy incorporating many natural elements, or are looking to do something a little out of the ordinary, here are some different correspondences you can use to add depth to your celebrations and/or magic work:

Yule Incense/scents

  • Frankincense
  • Cedar
  • Rosemary
  • Evergreen
  • Bay
  • Bayberry
  • Chamomile
  • Holly
  • Juniper
  • Mistletoe
  • Sage
  • Myrrh

Colors

  • Gold
  • Green
  • Red
  • Silver
  • White

Animals/birds

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Pig
  • Squirrel
  • Owl
  • Wren
  • Eagle

Gemstones

  • Ruby
  • Garnet
  • Bloodstone

Yuletide Blessings to You! ๐Ÿ’šโค๏ธ๐ŸŽ„โ„๏ธโœจ

Your Tarot Forecast for the Year

I’m excited to announce a new, limited service that I’ve put a lot of care and effort into designing for you to help you go into 2018 with great confidence.

Are you wondering what the upcoming year has in store for you? With the tarot forecast you can get a jump on the year ahead and receive valuable information to help you make plans and achieve your goals. In this comprehensive forecast you will receive:

  1. Your karmic message for the year along with karma specific strengths you can use to your advantage, and karma specific obstacles you may face. Your karmic message is essentially your theme for the year- an ongoing backdrop to all of your experiences for the year. This theme will have distinct advantages and weaknesses to it. Knowledge of this will help you navigate the year ahead with confidence. I’ll need your birthdate for this aspect of the forecast.
  2. A breakdown forecast for each month of the year.ย  You’ll see what to look forward to and pitfalls to avoid on a month-by-month basis.
  3. A forecast for love, work, and finance for your year.

The yearly forecast is of limited availability. I’m only offering 10 of these readings through January 31st, and all of these readings will be completed by February 1st (at the latest. Usually it takes 1-2 days after you order). You’ll receive your forecast in PDF format in your email. It will be an excellent reference packet full of of predictions and advice for you.

Yearly Tarot Forecast

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New Moon Tarot Reading for December 2017

Below is your New Moon Tarot Reading for December, 2017. I’m using the Joie de Vivre Tarot by Paulina Cassidy.

Tomorrow’s new moon in Sagittarius (occurring at 1:30AM) encourages you to put an end to all internal and external conflicts for this year. The Five of Wands is a reminder that although we may have issues within ourselves and with others, if we are creative we can find a solution that is respectful all around. This is the time to find the core of what really sets you spinning for better or for worse, and to make some necessary changes. Sagittarius will give an added boost to all conflict resolution and all wishes for peace of mind.

All new moons are opportunities for fresh starts, and we have the added energy of the Ace of Cups for fresh starts and new beginnings in love, all kinds of relationships, and spirituality. The Ace of Cups indicates a great opportunity for a heart-centered new beginning and a deeper rooted sense of self-love. If you have been struggling with loving yourself and others, and with forgiveness of yourself and others, this could be a breakthrough time for you.

Between the Ace of Cups and the Seven of Cups we have a unique window for finding real inner truth as well. If you’ve been toiling outside of your integrity, now is the time to hone in on who you are and what you really want- look not just to your ambitions, but to what they represent and what need you think they will fill. This reflection will encourage you to see clearly and to make better choices from your new understanding.

Overall between the three cards we have a theme of finding inner peace and deep, abiding love after solving and releasing conflict within ourselves and with others, bringing a new sense of clarity that will allow us to make better choices in the future for which we may be continuously fulfilled.

May you all take advantage of the opportunities presented to you, and be blessed! โœจ๐Ÿ”ฎโœจ

The Nature of Generosity and Encounter

“I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways.” -Rumi

Last week was busy. I was on The Faith Talk Show talking witchcraft and tarot, then two days later I was at A Beautiful Soul giving 20 minute tarot readings from 10AM to 6PM. And it was a good day as far as it goes, though long as well. I helped the right number of people so that my attention and standards weren’t compromised. As an introvert these events can be difficult when the demand is too high. Encountering people is one of the best benefits of the work that I do, and feeling rushed is the antithesis to encounter, so I was grateful for the way it worked out. Still, after a 9 hour event my mind was fogged for the next two days.

Tonight I’m wrapping presents. I came to one I had been rolling around in my head for a while, unsure if I would give it to the person or not. It says just as much about me as it does this other person, but I’m not sure they would recognize that. I’m not sure they have ever recognized that in any of my gestures for them. I don’t know if I will be met with the half-hearted “thanks” or if there will be some indication of understanding. That’s always the bargain though, isn’t it? When you put real thought into something, or you give your full attention and presence, you still have no control over how or if someone else will receive what you’re giving. This is the vulnerability inherent to generosity.

We have this whole world before us- a constant giver of blessings, and we often treat it with the same disregard, though it continues to give. That’s the nature of generosity. It doesn’t depend on the reception, though the right reception can make it all the sweeter. All it really takes is a genuine encounter for generosity and gratitude to combine and amplify each other. To notice the world and enjoy it is the gift we give back.

We talk all day about the “important” things but so much of it is wheels spinning. There is more to learn by sharing space on the porch with a squirrel while he eats his lunch of walnuts. The walnut tree gives me infertile ground for many plants, while also giving a source of food. I could curse it or bless it depending on how I receive its presence- depending on how I encounter it.

Anyway, I decided to give the gift.

December 2017 Full Moon Tarot Reading

We’ve come upon our last full moon of the year, occurring in Gemini, and the focus has much to do with how we are using our energy particular in the areas that Gemini rules: communication skills, social ease, and positive daily interactions. For this month’s full moon tarot reading I’m using the Paulina Tarot by Paulina Cassidy.

Despite the pressures that come with the holiday season, you are being reminded to focus on joy and fun. Relax and trust that you are abundantly cared for, and that all your needs will be met. Go out to parties and other events with people who can help bring you out of your shell. An important aspect of the Sun card is the literal sun: the days are getting shorter still, so continue to seek out vitamin D and sunshine as much as you can to keep your spirits lifted. You are being reminded that the things you love to do are important to your overall well-being, and that this aspect of life is not to be neglected.

The Ten of Wands cautions you about the perils of taking on too much. So during this full moon, consider how you can simplify your life and what can be delegated to others. Burnout is so easy especially when you’re focusing more on what you feel must be done, instead of on what your own body, mind, and spirit needs. You don’t have to do it all. Put down your burdens and refocus on what is most important to you. If you’ve been carrying around old emotional burdens, now is also the time to forgive, let go, and resolve these issues.

A lot of emotional energy can be spent on fighting, or refusing to talk about what’s bothering you, or even on other peoples’ issues that don’t concern you. The Nine of Wands asks: how do you deal with conflict and confrontation? In what ways can you improve in how you handle these things? Conflict is a normal part of life, and how you handle it can either bring you closer to others, or drive a wedge deeper between you and others. Be courageous in speaking what’s in your mind and heart, and be courageous in allowing yourself to truly hear what others are saying to you as well. Be proactive with conflict resolution. Tie up loose ends with people in your life you may have wronged or left things unsaid with, and prepare to move forward.

Brightest Blessings! โœจ๐ŸŒ™โœจ

3 Tips for Wellness this Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for becoming ill and spreading pestilence. I know, I know, that’s not a cheery way to start this post, but there are a few easy things you can do this season to give your immune system the boost it needs to fend off the barrage of germs (besides washing your hands consistently and not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth without having done so first).

1.) Get More Sleep

I can’t stress this one enough. The days getting shorter alone is hint enough to get more sleep, but getting more sleep is one of the best things you can do to support your immune system. Rest allows for healing and gives your body and mind a break.

2.) Take Echinacea

Replace at least one cup of coffee a day with echinacea tea. Don’t drink coffee? Not a big deal, just add a cup of echinacea tea to your daily liquid consumption, especially if you feel at risk of getting sick or feel an illness coming on. Echinacea fortifies the immune system, which helps your body resist infection and ward of viruses. It’s a safe herb (generally safe for children and the elderly) but of course, if your body shows signs of an allergic reaction discontinue use.

3.) Add More Fire to Your Diet

Ward off the cold by putting a little fire in your belly. Add fresh garlic to your meals, along with ginger, onion, and peppers. Garlic stimulates the production of white blood cells, is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antiseptic. It’s a power herb that is often underutilized. Of course, if you’re prone to a lot of heartburn you would benefit from monitoring your garlic consumption, as too much can aggravate the stomach. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and useful for treating nausea, stomach flus, colds and respiratory illnesses. 4.) A Few Extra Tips

  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow, not the open air or onto others. One winter I was in the grocery store and this woman coughed openly all over the fresh onions and tomatoes. It was at this point in time that I saw the merits of public flogging.
  • Clean your door handles. It’s an often overlooked way that germs spread.
  • Opt for washing your hands with regular soap vs. using antibacterial solutions.
  • Listen to your body and put your health first.
  • If you’re looking for tea recommendations, I personally recommend Yogi Tea. It’s my go-to brand especially when I am unable to make my own teas.

*the contents of this post are for informational purposes and are not a substitute for medical advice or care. Talk to your doctor before starting new health regimens. Research any herbal remedies & talk to your pharmacist to ensure that they will not interact with any other prescriptions you are taking.*