Switch Off Sunday

Hola gorgeous Goddesses,

It’s that time of the week again… Switch Off Sunday!

Each Sunday, I take either the whole day or the afternoon off from being online.

Last Switch Off Sunday recap

Last Sunday {the first official Switch Off Sunday} was heavenly. I ended up reading a completely trashy and wonderful chick lit novel {something I never usually do} in the sunshine. In a word, it was scrumptious. Afterwards, I did one of my favourite things in the world – rearranged books in my bookshelf. Things feel so right in this world when my books are in thematic order. hee hee hee!

I noticed Switch Off Sunday has a kind of contagious affect on the rest of my week too. Yesterday afternoon, I found myself scrolling through Google Reader & my usual list of forums – anything to feel interested and passionate again. Then I realised – oh yeah. I can probably find that much better offline! So I switched off, and spent the rest of the afternoon journalling, clearing out my old altar, having a mini-bbq fire in the backyard, and stretching. Instant gloriousness!

So today…

You are so welcome to join me in switching off, for the day or the afternoon or two hours… and re-discovering the joys of being switched onto life outside the laptop.

Facebook, Google Reader, Twitter, blogs and your inbox will all be there tomorrow waiting for you. But Sundays are for beautiful recharging 🙂

Here’s some ideas for what to do to make today your own Switch off Sunday:

  • Discover the joys of having a meditationap!
  • Find an old journal. Either reclaim it, write the final pages of it, or tear out & burn the pages that didn’t get written in. You’ll feel an amazing feeling of completion!
  • Make a space for fairies in your garden, or windowsill.
  • Rearrange a space in your home that doesn’t feel like it flows.
  • Give yourself permission to not DO anything at all.

Sounds good, no?

My plans for my Switch Off Sunday:

  • Go to a medieval festival with my love & our friend Kayles… eat scrumptious food and watch JOUSTING! oh yes… JOUSTING!
    {Funny story: Kaylia said to me – Can’t wait for the medieval fair! We shall swan about like fair maidens! And I look down at  my ripening belly and say: Ummmm… I’m not really sure if I can legitimately pass as a maiden anymore hon! Funny, but deep all at once}.
  • Make some gluten free banana bread for my love to take to work {and for me to eat for breakfast}
  • Work on another Stuff Pile from my studio… going through old projects, and either finishing them or laying them to rest… completion feels really, really good right now.

Time to switch off… and sup on this sumptuous day.

What are you planning for your Switch off Sunday?

love you big time,

Top Five Oracle Cards

Hola gorgeous Goddesses!

Anyone who visits me at the cottage knows how big my collection of oracle & tarot card decks is. At last count, it’s about 50.

I wanted to share with you my favourite five oracle decks, incase you are looking for guidance or recommendations.

A little word about oracle cards first though:

I often get asked: What is an oracle card deck? Is that like a tarot deck?

Well, in my experience, yes and no.

Tarot card decks are created in a very specific format – it has 78 cards within it – 4 with 14 cards in each suite and 22 major arcana cards. There are many different versions of the tarot, but they are mostly interpretations of the same 78 cards.

Oracle decks in comparison can have as many or as few cards as it likes, and doesn’t follow a set format. They usually come in packs of about 40, and each card has a different and original message.

I prefer using oracle cards because:

  • they are easier to interpret – a little book comes with them, and you can often understand the card’s meaning just from the picture and word on it.
  • they usually all have joyful, shining energy. There are usually no negative cards in oracle card decks that may cause unnecessary worry.

I do have loads of friends though that prefer using tarot. That’s utterly perfect – whatever resonates with your soul is just gorgeous!

Healing with the Angels

These cards are my old favourites – they were the first oracle cards I bought when I was 18. They have become old and dear friends, with the edges now softly thumbed.

These are a beautiful deck to start using oracle cards with – they are joyful and like most oracle cards, have no “bad” cards – just positivity.

Ascended Masters

These cards feature beautiful, luminous artworks of ascended masters. Ascended masters are like the higher archangels – the spiritual teachers and healers.

I work with these cards when I need really shining truth and clarity – they hold a very luminous, loving, truthful energy.

These cards can be especially handy when you need practical answers about your path forward, especially around projects or career paths.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Oracle of the Dragonfae

Last year I photographed the gorgeous Goddess Lucy Cavendish – author and oracle card creator. She was the most precious Cancerian spirit, and it was exquisite photographing her tree nymph self dancing in her favourite grove of sacred trees. She gave me this oracle deck while I was there, and the next day, on the bus back home from Sydney, they became my favourite deck.

I used these cards exclusively for six months – they hold such powerful, potent energy… and can give some deep and amazingly accurate readings.

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Medicine Cards (Jamie Sams)

I use these cards less as a divination deck, and more of a reference. When I notice an animal keeps popping up in my life, I check out the big, solid hardcover book that is included in this set to hear why the animal is appearing for me, and what medicine it has to teach me.

Again – I’ve got quite a few animal card decks, but I find these to be the most potent and helpful.

Goddess Guidance Oracle cards

This is a gorgeous deck of goddess wisdom – and my favourite of the Goddess-centred oracle cards I’ve found so far.

The readings I get from this deck can be so helpful in helping women reconnect with the Goddess inside them, and remember the ancient stories of being a goddess.

And…

I’m also looking forward to the release of the Gaian Tarot in 2012 🙂

What about you sweetheart?

What are your favourite oracle cards?

big love!

Celebration of four months pregnacious

Dear Little One,

It’s been four months and one week  since you came into our lives, & chose me and your papa to be your parents, guides, teachers and students.

This is written a week after our four months anniversary because, as you will soon learn, your mama doesn’t much tend to work on human time. She prefers instead the fluid energy of mermaid time. We’re lucky though – your papa, although built of the same watery Scorpionic energy as me – has Capricorn rising and will gently guide us through the gates of human time when we need it.

This last month, I’ve been struck by just how much I need your papa. We’ve been in love for a very long time, yes – but you see, your mama has always been a determined, passionate, independent kind of spirit. When I want things to happen, I make them happen. I’ve always felt that I would be fine with or without love. If I hadn’t met your daddy, I would probably choose the life of a goddess nun instead.

But this last moon… I’ve felt for the first time just how much I need your papa. How much I crave him. When a loud crack of thunder disrupts my sleep, I’m reaching over for his arm. I dissolve into tears in your daddy’s arms, asking him to please never leave me. And he chuckles, and kisses the top of my head, and says to me My darling, why would I ever leave you? We’re together forever.

And I know it’s true. Your papa was made out of a strong, unusual kind of essence – the kind of spirit that mates for life.

There’s only a few animals that do that: the Dingo. the Swan. the Eagle. the Penguin. And your papa.

And why do I have this irrational fear of your papa leaving?

Probably because for the first time since I was a child and needed my own mama, I am vulnerable. I’m no longer a twenty-six year old woman. I’m a twenty-six year old mama-to-be. There’s not just me now, inhabiting this world of mine. There’s me, and there’s you. And you are made of both me and your papa, and we need him in our lives. And we’re blessed – because your papa is the most rock-solid, I’m-here-for-you, truest man I have ever known.

I wrote to your Aunty Sone this morning to tell her about all these wild, crazy, silly fears, and she wrote back:

He is a dear soul Miss Leonie, and he shines for only one person – that person is you my sweet friend. He loves you so so much…bigger then the ocean…endlessly and it is beautiful to see.

This path has been filled with big lessons. I find myself returning back to trust and faith… resting in the knowing that he is holding us both, right beside me on this path of transformation and change – with all the fear, love and joy that it brings with it. Your mama is learning how to be truly vulnerable without her strong warrior goddess shell.

I want you to know that it is okay to feel everything that comes up for you. And that everything will be beautiful.

(Angel is snoring as I write this. She too is in love with your papa, and has been guarding his blanket all morning so she can smell him. That doggy and I have too much in common.)

I think the blessing of this all, is that I am learning even more about me & your papa’s connection and past lives together. I’ve always known that we have come together, again and again, to love and teach each other. And I glimpse that in at least one life we were both spiritual teachers – he was the Merlin to my Morgaine.

Last night I dreamed a dream about us, and someone said “I always thought Chris would end up with someone who used to live in a faraway place named Avalon.”

And I thought: That would be me.

And I waited and waited for Chris to come find me again, knowing for certain that he would, and that he could feel all I was thinking – that we lived and vibrated on the same radio waves of the soul.

This morning, I woke up just as your papa left for work. He sat by my side of the bed, and kissed me goodbye, and out of nowhere said:

Maybe you should read Mists of Avalon again. That was a good book!

And I smiled… knowing that somehow his soul knew to say Avalon to me this morning, like it was the key that unlocked the door to a thousand lifetimes of our love together before, and a thousand more lifetimes to come.

All I want to say is… your papa is a magical, and powerful man. To find him, and to keep on finding was as if I went walking through a forest one day, and found a unicorn. He is as enchanting as that.

And I get to share him with you. We are two of the luckiest souls around.

This moon, your mama has also been learning some big lessons about cave time, and honouring stillness, and choosing who gets to come in this sacred mama-cave of ours.

I do love brief respites in my cave, and let myself be swallowed up by the cave during our first trimester. Now though, as my health and vitality and puke-free existence return to me, I have found myself returning to old ways: over-extending my self. Overcommitting. Saying Yes to too many things and draining my stores of buffalo energy instead of giving myself a safe boundary of No instead. Being more willing to put myself out than anyone else.

But again, I have learned, I cannot do this.

I could not do it for my own soul’s sake, and what’s more, now I cannot do it because of you. You are the most important gem in the world that needs my love, and self-care, and nurturing. And I give it to you whole-heartedly. As I feed myself, I feed you. As I nourish my own soul, I nourish yours.

I also learned that old lesson of mine again – to honour my intuition and not always continue friendships and connections where they are offered.

And it’s hard, and it forces you to really walk your talk, and be true with you… but that in the end, it’s always a blessing, and a miracle.

I want you to know that your intuition is a powerful tool, and to use it whenever it calls you. Not everyone will have the same intuition as you. Not everyone will always understand or agree. And it won’t matter.

Everytime I make those big, hard decisions to let go of a connection, I receive energy back where once it was drained. And moons later, I will learn why I needed to make that choice, and that it was the right one to make.

You have permission to choose people in your life who fill you up, make your spirit sing, give you as much beautiful energy as you give them, and remind you of your highest self.

This moon, with the help of a magnificent reading from Goddess Tanishka, I remembered that I needed to start creating and carving space in my life to be a mama.

I had all these big, wild, huge ambitions for my business over the coming year, and I didn’t really put two and two together that there is only one of me to go around – that I need to be your mama first and foremost, and the rest will follow in its own time.

I’m looking at ways I can keep sharing the message of how women can feel like goddesses in their lives… but in ways that mean I can be present with you in my initiation as mother goddess.

It’s huge and scary to let go of that ambitious Athena Goddess inside me – she has been a part of my life for so long now.

But I am also filled with hope and tenderness and gladness of the messages, wisdom and love that wait for me when I do let it go… and embrace the new, soft Goddess of the Moment.

(There is also a part of me that feels the need to not be judged for being that Athena Goddess for that time as well. It was perfect for me for the time that it was there.)

There is something changing inside me. My mama said to me the other day on the phone:

Darling, I just watched your videos talking about pregnancy. There is something changing in your face. It is growing softer. It looks less like a cherubic maiden’s face… and more like a mama’s.

It is true. I am slowly seeing this too.

And it’s all because of you.

This journey to you is huge, and holy, and big, and blessed, and transformative, and sacred. There are lessons, and there are blessings… and everyday I face a new part of my spirit. Everyday, I find the medicine that takes me from maiden into mother. And it’s been the biggest journey I have ever taken…

and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

love,

your mama

xoxoxoxox

Adore You Day…

What are all the things I’m adoring lately?

In my world…

I’m adoring

…the way my belly has popped into a full, round ripe belly this week. Just when I thought I wasn’t feeling very pregnant… all of a sudden, I am. I’m finding these growth spurts happen overnight – it feels like my bel-bel doubles in size!

… taking baths in the morning, as my bel-bel rises out of the water like Pregnacious Island.

… the first flutters of kicks inside me!

… my mama. she really is the best mama for me. i love her positivity, infectiousness, strength and her total, unequivocal unconditional love. she inspires me to be the best mama possible. i’m so grateful for her!

… planning a night-time tipi campout on the farm with my womenfolk this weekend, in celebration of a libran goddess’ birthing day. TIPI! FARM! WOMENFOLK! triple adore!

… thinking about collecting birthing stories here on the blog… if you’d like to share yours, email me! i’d love to hear from you!

… being obsessed with my favourite scorpian god, chris. he is my very favourite delectable combination of love, gentleness, hotness, wisdom and giggles. his giggle is possibly my favourite sound in the world. well between that and rain on the roof anyhow. i wonder if i could make a meditation CD for myself called “Chris giggling in the rain”?

… excited about all the changes in my life. praying to quan yin every morning. opening goddess school, and connecting with all the goddesses there. everything. it’s just so beautiful.

And in the rest of the world…

Your Light

Love Liz. Love this video of hers on Your Light.

The New (Media) Workout Plan

I’m on a new workout plan. Thus far, loving it!

Serpent Mandalas

I adore Lindy’s artwork… I met her at the markets here a while ago, and it totally cemented my besotted-ness adoration of the rainbow, radiant, spirited art she makes. She’s the creator of the commission in the mermaid frame that I had done of me and my hunky spunky.

Her new painting “Taking Care of Me” is just all flavours of divine.

Bliss Chick

A really fun guest blog post I did at Bliss Chick on my Unexpected Bliss.

A Solitary Retreat

Love this goddess’ sharings about a solitary retreat she did.

And completely honoured that my Divine Dreaming Meditation was a part of it.

For one thing, I had to own up to all the ways I’ve been mistreating myself including mistreating my body by not sleeping enough, and by not making an effort to develop nightly rituals that signal my mind and body that it’s time to go to sleep, though I had started working on this before I left using Goddess Leonie’s Divine Dreaming Meditation and some of the suggestions she makes in the accompanying e-booklet.  (Best money I’ve spent in a long while.  If you have trouble sleeping, check it out!)

And equally honoured and adoring that I get even more beautiful words in my inbox from goddesses who are finding the meditation so helpful. A thousand exquisite Yays!

I adore my divine dreaming meditation –it’s quickly become part of my daily sacred practice. What an amazing gift you have for healing. 🙂
– Goddess Mo

Holy cute.

Just what I needed. Another adorable rendition of a Journey song to get it stuck in my head for the next month.

Birthing Loveliness

A couple of extra birthing goodies that two sweet goddesses sent me this week:

Do Interesting Things

I’ve already gushed before onon about Leo’s books & blog.

Particularly loved his recent blog on Do Interesting Things:

Write a book. Or an ebook. Write poetry and publish it on the web. Create interesting, lovely or funny videos, put them on You Tube. Be passionate. Write a web app that will solve a problem in people’s lives. Become a watchdog to replace the faltering newspapers. Explore the world, and blog about it. Try something you’ve always been afraid to try, and put it on video. Be yourself, loudly. Start a new company, doing only one thing, but doing it very well. Start a business that does a service you’ve always wanted, or that you are frustrated with in other companies because the service sucks. Put your heart into something. Say something that no one else dares to say. Do something others are afraid to do. Help someone no one else cares to help. Make the lives of others better. Make music that makes others want to weep, to laugh, to create. Inspire others by being inspiring. Teach young people to do amazing things. Write a play, get others to act in it, record it. Empower others to do things they’ve never been able to do before. Read, and read, and then write. Love, and love, and then help others to love. Do something good and ask others to pass it on. Be profound. Find focus in a world without it. Become minimalist in a world of dizzying complexity. Reach out to those who are frustrated, depressed, angry, confused, sad, hurt. Be the voice for those without one. Learn, do, then teach. Meet new people, become fast friends. Dare to be wrong. Take lots and lots of pictures. Explore new cultures. Be different. Paint a huge mural. Create a web comic. Be a dork, but do it boldly. Interview people. Observe people. Create new clothes. Take old stuff and make new stuff from it. Read weird stuff. Study the greats, and emulate them. Be interested in others. Surprise people. Start a blog, write at least a little each day. Cook great food, and share it. Be open-minded. Help someone else start a small business. Focus on less but do it better. Help others achieve their dreams. Put a smile on someone’s face, every day. Start an open-source project. Make a podcast. Start a movement. Be brave. Be honest. Be hilarious. Get really, really good at something. Practice a lot. A lot. Start now. Try.

What are you adoring?

love you,

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Switch Off Sunday

Hola gorgeous Goddesses,

I forget that if I don’t schedule in some time offline during my week… it just doesn’t happen.

So I’m making it something that does… by introducing Switch Off Sundays.

Maybe you’ll take an afternoon off. Maybe the whole day. Maybe a good, solid three hours. Whatever you take is perfect for you.

Today I’m giving myself the afternoon off to unwind, relax and get happy about those offline projects and playtime that get forgotten along the way.

Here’s some ideas for what to do to make today your own Switch off Sunday:

  • Have lunch outside: in your garden or a picnic in the park
  • Make a wax angel painting
  • Make banana bread or raw chocolate balls
  • Read a trashy novel
  • Plant some seeds in the garden (I think today we’re planting more lavendar and growing some cherry tomato seeds! Hurrah!)
  • Nap in the afternoon sunlight
  • Have a lavendar oil bath
  • Go for a bicycle ride
  • Give yourself permission to not DO anything at all.

Sounds good, no?

Time to switch off… and sup on this sumptuous day.

You can doooo eeeeeeeeeeeet!

love you big time,

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