Tarot Cards and Reading

Hi readers,

I bought myself a new angel tarot deck!

Please watch HERE as I introduce you to my 3 dependable decks and the differences (to me) between them. Around minute 8:30, I do a sample reading. Very accurate, especially for a new deck.

Also Please comment on the video. Did you like the content? Want to see more? Me out of the picture, like this video? Or me in the picture?

Would you like me to do a reading for you? Email me your question/situation that you'd like some insight into. I'll video tape your reading, but you may remain Anonymous.

I'm looking forward to practicing. I'm hoping you're looking forward to some clarity.

Thanks so much.


Bubble Tea Video Blooper

It's obvious that I need a camera man/woman. My videos today were all with only half my head in the shot.

Please watch the blooper reels now:

If you can ignore worst parts of the video, would you let me know what you think about the content in the comments below? If you want more videos, I'd appreciate the helpful feedback.


Animal Symbolism

I've spoken before on the importance of repetitive or unusual animal sightings. I believe it's the Native American Indian in me combined with my love of animals. 

Whatever my reasons, I think animal symbolism and totem animals are worth exploring for everyone looking for more insight. If you start looking, you'll notice whatever signs speak to you. You might be city bound, and not have the ancient wisdom of nature speaking to you. Then pay attention to the things in your environment.  

For those with multiple animal sightings and encounters, no, you're not crazy. I'll let What's Your Sign website take care of the full explanation. I'd emphasis this quote from them:

They aid in self-discovery and capture our imagination, giving us incredible avenues of self-expression and awareness.

For example, in the past week, many animals presented themselves to me. Many I that I had seen close up once before (we had a groundhog that used to live in the yard of our previous house). This particular week, I saw groundhogs EVERYWHERE. I finally looked up their symbolism. Once I internalized some of the applicable knowledge, I stopped seeing them. 

Others, like the spider, are my previous dominant totem animals. On the whole, my week's animal showing looked like a Noah's Ark remake...So I paid attention. I fully expect the stream of living creatures to go back to their normal behavior, but if my meditation is any indication, not yet. I still have more to learn.  

So here's my Animal Roster for the week:  



I thought I'd know this obvious one, but the details revealed way more than I ever expected. 

But since the one I found was a woolly worm type, specifically a Black Leopard Moth, I found even more specific meaning here:

House Wren 
(http://www.whats-your-sign.com/celtic-meanings-of-wren.html )
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/house_wren/id) who hopped up to the window when I spoke to it to show me his/her twig and the decision on where to build a nest. 

Walking Stick Insect 

So, what animal is showing up for you? Find out what they're trying to tell you at a my two favorite sites, 


Y2R Adventure 18: Make Bubble Tea

What I did:  Made Bubble Tea, an Asian drink made with sweet black tea with tapioca pearls

The  Bubble Tea setup:  recipe and tapioca pearls

Reconstituting the tapioca pearls took the longest time.

Sweetened Black Tea with cream and tapioca

When I did it:  Wednesday, May 14

Notes:   I had spent most of the morning sorting old, unused recipes torn from magazines from the "recipe cabinet" where they were overflowing. (I told you I had a paper clutter problem.) Recipes to keep and recipes to try are supposed to be bound in a 3-ring binder, but I had run out of room.

In going through them, I found a mix of old and new clipped recipes I really wanted to try. One was Bubble Tea. When I was done sorting, hole punching, filing and recycling, I'd been sitting a long time. I needed to move, but I wanted a caffeine jolt and something tasty to drink. Since I was trying my hardest to ignore the sodas intended for future parties stacked in the cabinet, I decided to make sweet black tea. (For health reasons, I use minimal regular sugar or a mix of real and artificial sweeteners.)

It occurred to me that I could make myself something special from the recipe I'd saved. Since I was also in the middle of "the pantry purge", I knew where the tapioca pearls could be found. So before I could lose either the recipe or tapioca, I set out to make myself some bubble tea.

I'd been craving that sugary Thai tea from Tara Thai in Maryland, but I couldn't imagine going to the local bubble tea place for just tea. Yes. I'm surprised as you that we have one dedicated restaurant for it (http://www.chillbubbletea.com/). Looking at the menu now (http://www.chillbubbletea.com/bubble-tea/), I may seriously have to make a trip there to try another variety.

The Takeaway/What I learned:   In my recipe, reconstituting the took is the most time consuming.

Do Again?:  Absolutely. 3 out of 4 of us loved it.

Rant:  None.

Rave:  Yum!

Words of Wisdom:  Go light on the sweetener. It's a VERY sweet concoction by nature.

Have you ever tried it? What's your favorite flavor?

Bottoms up~


Y2R Adventure #17: Past-Life Regression

What I did:  A  Past-Life Regression Using Doreen Virtue's CD, Past Life Regression with the Angels
Past Life Regression with the Angels, by Doreen Virtue

When I did it:  May 12, 2014 The Monday after Mother's Day

Notes:  Having taken many meditation classes, I have learned to go very deep very quickly, almost like a trance. With this recent experience, I was curious what this experiment would reveal. I'd only done one other past life regression, over 20 years ago, to a Dr. Brian L. Weiss tape, when I didn't know how to sit still without fidgeting.

What happened:  I got completely relaxed and went limp, so much so that I had to slide down in my chair to ensure that I wouldn't fall out.

Question:  The question I verbalized was, "What is my mission in this life?" The underlying question was, "Why do I keep getting these horrible migraines?" I think both questions were answered.

Following Doreen Virtue's promptings, I allowed myself to "go back" to previous lives. Whether I really believed that I'd lived them were irrelevant to the benefits that I could get.

Here are the visions of my past lives:

1.  I was a robed man. I stood with a group of four other men with the same shoulder length, dark hair. We were in a crowded area, like a marketplace, talking is hushed whispers about the papers in our hands. From the sights, I'd say we were somewhere  in the middle eastern region, maybe "Pakistan." Other than the paper, I had no clue as to the time. I read aloud from the papers in my hand. They listened eagerly, but were scared or in disbelief. A ruckus emerged from the crowd. I was taken away.

2.  When Doreen asked me to leave that life in that time period and go deeper into another life and time, I appeared  in a lush, tropical locale, in a white-walled palace. I was upset and pacing. I saw my reflection briefly in a mirror. I wore a white, flowing dress. From my surroundings, I seemed to be of royalty, in Persia (similar looks: http://apranik.blogspot.com/2009/10/persian-female-warriors.html  and  http://www.persepolis.nu/).My companion, who seemed to be my bff in this lifetime, tried to calm me down. Then men broke into our room and struck me in the head so hard I hit the floor. I died in a pool of blood on the tiles.

My conclusions:
My life's mission:  Unclear. But because I saw two lives that ended with me knowing something that got me hurt, jailed or killed, I suspect that I'm once again a harbinger of painful realities and truths that are/will be unpopular. What that means for my life? I believe I need to proceed with caution. Throughout both lives, it felt like I was a keeper of hard truths, a role that got me killed.

My headaches:  The blows that caused the female's death were in the exact location of most of my worst headaches. To note:  I went into this meditation with a headache that had lasted for four days, and the week before, I'd had a migraine for 3 days. This current headache was as strong as any migraine, but seemed to originate at the base of my head and neck and didn't "migrate". A pinched nerve, perhaps? I had been working out at the gym the past few weeks, and my headaches had been coming back more often.

I knew that Dr. Brian L. Weiss had used past-life regression to heal his clients of lifelong miseries, like my eternal headaches. So far, I was headache free for one glorious day. It's trying to come back at the base of my skull (where at its worse, it feels like someone has bashed my head in), so I believe more of these meditations may give me a medicine-free way to heal itself.

The Takeaway/What I learned:   Past-life regression is yet another tool in my meditation toolkit. Whether my visions are "true" or not, as Doreen Virtue says during the intro, I do believe it does let us heal our psychic and physical wounds.

Do Again?:  Yes.

Rant:  None.

Rave:  Doreen Virtue is very good at guiding you through her meditations.

Words of Wisdom:  Get comfy. Make sure you can't go limp enough to hurt yourself. Make sure that you feel secure enough in your regression location so you can let go and go deeper into meditation. Yes, it's okay and somewhat predictable to cat nap.


Y2R Adventure 16: Do a 4k

What I did:   Jog/Walked a Color Run 4k with my husband and children, a 1st for all of us!

When I did it:  First weekend of May 2014

Notes:  The 4k was the same distance as our favorite walk AND it was an untimed, COLOR Fun Run! 3 local charities got the registration money. We got to train as a family, experience this first adventure together, throw colored cornstarch at other people and get colored as we ran through color showers.

The Takeaway/What I learned: It's quite fun running with someone and doing these kinds of firsts with family.

Do Again?:  I suspect this event might become a yearly tradition. 

Rant:  Don't ignore the pounding headache before a run. It only makes it worse afterwards. By not taking my migraine medicine the night before, I had that nasty migraine creep up and settle in for 3 days. Thank God for Relpax. 

Rave:   I/We did it!!  

Words of Wisdom:  I could have walked that distance without training. But because I intended to run parts of it, I signed up for cardio and weight training to help me through. It worked! And now I'm on a schedule to keep on training and keep on running.


Norovirus, Spring Break, Funeral and Bridal Shower

Life has been hectic. I've missed out on some of my regular posts as I manage a full life. I know you can relate.
As always, I could use your prayers and well-wishes and I send you mine back.

Stay in peace and safety. Eventually the crazy weather ride will end.

I've got a few ideas in the works, including a new "Forecast" section.

Blessings to you and yours.

A few quotes to help you on your journey:

1)  “Don't ever give up. 
Don't ever give in. 
Don't ever stop trying. 
Don't ever sell out. 
And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment, 
pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off.
But never, ever, ever give up.” 
― Richelle E. GoodrichEena, The Tempter's Snare

2)  “First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.” 
― Octavia E. ButlerBloodchild and Other Stories

3) More here https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/persistence