Who Knew Summer Vacation Would Be So Busy?

Just a quick update for today. My parents are visiting, so I have been enjoying spending time with them. I’ve also been creating again – I made a sandwich board for tarot readings, and I’m working on a sweater coat for my mom. They aren’t here much longer, so I’m focusing my energy on that instead of blogging!

First look at the Ace of cups from the Walks Within and ArtLoveLight Tarot Deck - and yes, we haven't picked a name yet!

First look at the Ace of cups from the Walks Within and ArtLoveLight Tarot Deck – and yes, we haven’t picked a name yet!

I’ve got a pretty busy tarot schedule this week. There are still appointments and drop-in spots available, though! Here’s the lowdown:

Today at 1:00 pm – Tarot Readings at Twotonium Ink in Campbell River

Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm – Tarot Readings at Mystic Earth Creations in Campbell River. It is also the River City Arts Fest downtown that day, so lots to see and do!

Saturday from 5 pm – 9 pm – Tarot Readings at Chances Casino. I’ll be giving readings and taking bookings for Tarot Parties! There are quite a few other amazing women with home businesses that will be there. Again, lots to see and do!

Monday at 1:00 pm – Tarot Readings at Twotonium Ink in Campbell River

I can also give readings by phone or Skype. Let me know what you would like!

Oh, and the image there is a first proof of the Ace of Cups from a tarot deck that Katana Dufour from artlovelight.com (she’s got some amazing art – go check out her website and buy some!) and I are collaborating on. What do you think?

Blessings,

Mary

I’m Teaching a Class – Have You Signed Up Yet?

Hey! Have you heard the news? I’m teaching a class!

Live the life you love 2013Yes, I’m jumping in with both feet, and I’ve scheduled the first (of many, I hope) Elements of Abundance classes. It starts next Thursday, January 10th. That’s less than a week away!

I’m not usually one to toot my own horn like this, or write lengthy sales pages (because I hate reading them). I’m not going to try to scare you into buying my product, out of some sort of scarcity thinking – heck, that’s what we’re wanting to get out of and into abundance! I’d prefer you sign up because you’ve found value from my blog and videos, and you’d like to receive even more.

I also know that if i chicken out and don’t tell anyone what I’m doing then it’s not going to be very successful. So, I’m making sure you know about what’s coming up.

Next Thursday, starting at 6:00 pm Pacific time, it begins. We’re going to start with getting clear on what it is you want, and then going through the steps, as reflected by the natural world around us and the four elements, to getting (or creating, really) the life you desire. The process is simple, though not always easy! We’re going to have a pretty small group because I want to make sure I can give each of you the individualized attention you deserve.

If you’re ready to make 2013 a fantastic year, full of abundance and the life you long to live, head on over to the Elements of Abundance and sign up today! I look forward to seeing you on the calls!

Blessings,

Mary

 

Top Ten Posts of 2012

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Today is the last day of 2012. So I’m looking back and seeing what was popular and what grabbed your attention this year before looking forward and planning next year.

What’s the Meaning of This?

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I injured myself within a short time of arriving at Vancouver Pagan Pride last Saturday. Shortly after arriving at the park where the event was being held, I went to use the bathroom. It was one of those “vandalism-proof” bathrooms that looks more like a prison than a bathroom. After washing my hands, I stepped out of the bathroom, and my left foot caught the edge of the ramp, turned, and I landed on the ground. My shoe landed in the bathroom behind me and my sunglasses went flying. The first injuries I noticed were my left ankle, which had turned, and my right knee was scraped and bleeding. My palms were a little scraped, as was my right elbow, though not bleeding.

As the day wore on, my left ankle didn’t hurt anymore, but my right wrist, shoulder and hip were all quite achy. It wasn’t until the next day that the bruises showed up.

I’ve been thinking about what the message for me could be from this injury. Two statements have been running through my mind:

  • Everything happens for a purpose.
  • Nothing has meaning except the meaning that you give it.

One possibility is that I wasn’t grounded. We spent the night before on a friend’s sofa bed, and got up very early to make the ferry, and I skipped my morning meditation.

With the help of a friend, Sandy March, who also does amazing Akashic Record Clearing, I explored other possible meanings a few days later. The first thing she pointed out was that all of the lasting injuries happened on my right side, and the right side of the body has to do with the future. I mentioned that all of the major joints on my right side except my ankle were hurt when I fell. Using Louise Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life and Karol Truman’s Feelings Buried Alive Never Die we determined that joints have to do with changing direction and moving forward.

Another synchronicity that came up for me while we were talking is that the goddess Hecate has been present for me ever since I went to the Mother Church in Index at the end of June. Yesterday I read this article about Hecate. It says She is primarily a goddess of change.

Looking for MeaningWe looked at what was going on just before I fell. I was getting out of “prison” (the bathroom), and tripped on the first step. It wasn’t even a particularly difficult step. I just wasn’t giving it the attention that it needed.

The conclusion we came to is that change is coming in my life. (Duh, change is constant!) And I need to give my full attention to the first step, or it is going to trip me up. Now I am more aware, and I can make sure I am giving my full attention to the actions I take, and not stepping without looking.

Of course, it could still mean nothing more than that I fell.

Blessings,

Mary

 

How are Huckleberries Like Business Opportunities?

This was originally posted directly to Facebook as part of my 30/60 Challenge on Tuesday, August 1st. I’m posting it here now so that I can have everything all in one place.

Today is the Celtic/Pagan festival known as Lammas or Lughnasadh. It is the first harvest of the season, and a time to celebrate the abundance we’ve been given. So it was the perfect day to go pick huckleberries with my son.

Huckleberry BushA few weeks ago, my son had wanted to harvest some huckleberries, and he went about it by cutting a large branch off the bush. I wasn’t too impressed by this, but the huckleberry tarts we had were absolutely delicious! So we spent probably two hours in the woods, harvesting huckleberries. I enjoyed the opportunity to spend one on one with him, and share a more environmentally friendly way of collecting the fruits.

I was able to share with him my respect for the bushes, and my gratitude for the berries they shared with us. I made sure we left berries on each bush, so the birds and insects would still have some food. I even modeled respect for the spiders who were using the bushes as snares for their meals by speaking to them and avoiding their webs while I was picking. He started the journey quite nervous about the spiders, and was calm about them by the end of the trail.

As my bucket slowly filled, I started looking at the huckleberry bushes like the business world. There are tons of opportunities out there. There are more opportunities than any one person could ever take advantage of. Some are very sweet, and some are sour, and some are just plain rotten. And many are prime for the plucking. And no matter how many people have walked the same path, picking the juiciest opportunities from the bushes as they pass, there will still be some left for the next person. And no two people who walk that way will choose the same berry from the same bush, or even choose them in the same way.

Today I was on a mission to collect the berries for future use. Most of the berries I picked ended up in the bucket. My son, however, ate more berries than he put in the bucket. And while we each started out with the same purpose, we went about it in a different way, each getting different results. Was one of us more successful than the other? I have my own theory on that. I’d love to hear yours in the comments below!

Blessings,

Mary

Creating Space for Creativity

Celtic Knotwork Table, aka The Boa ConstrictorI’ve been doing a couple of things lately to create space for creativity. I told you a couple of weeks ago about the “boa constrictor” – the table I painted. It’s almost complete; I just need to seal coat it.

Another thing I have done to create space is re-format my laptop. There are a couple of reasons for this.

The first is a conversation I had a few months ago with a couple of friends who are more tech savvy than I am. They suggested wiping your computer and starting fresh on a regular basis, though I honestly can’t remember how often they recommended! Most of the time, I can’t be bothered, because I have so many other things I want to be doing. Reformatting and reinstalling all my programs was not necessarily one of them. Since I’m off work right now, though, this seemed as good a time as any to do that job.

The other reason is because of a challenge my mentor, Rachel, faced not long ago. She ended up with no space on her computer. None at all. Her backup drive was full, her computer was full, even her phone was full. Rather than repeat her mistake, I would prefer to learn from her, and take care of my drives before there is a problem. I know I’m going to be doing a lot of video editing in the near future, so having a clean computer to work from is going to be very important!

As I mentioned, I am not a computer tech. I enjoy figuring things out, and I am pretty good at research when I come up against something I am unsure how to resolve. I’ve done enough playing around with my computer to not be afraid of it. Thank you, Dad, for having computers in the house from when I was a very young girl!

Still, it took me A LOT longer than I expected to get the laptop back into working order. As in, days longer. I still have another program to install before I can really use it the way I would like. Thankfully, I have a desktop computer as well, so I wasn’t totally out of commission. Even so, at one point I felt completely stuck. The laptop was downloading a major update. The desktop was syncing my iPhone. All of my tech gadgets were busy. I had the urge to write, but the file I wanted to write in was on a memory stick, and the front USB ports on the desktop were both occupied. (Admittedly, I could have used one of the rear ports. I guess I was being a little lazy.)

What did I do? I played a video game with my youngest son, Marcus. It was valuable bonding time for both of us. They love it when I play games with them. And it helped me release some pent up energy, blow off steam. I felt better and more prepared to get back at my tasks after a bit of Lego Batman!

What do you do to create space for creativity? I’d love to get your comments below!

Blessings,

Mary

Things Are About to Get Crazy! Well, Crazier.

As some of you know, I’ve been taking a course to take improve my business and coaching skills. And my mentor just laid a challenge on us – several challenges, actually. The ones that are really pertinent here are 30 blog posts and 30 videos in 60 days.

Crazy, right? I certainly feel a little (more) crazy for accepting the challenge.

So this is fair warning. There are going to be a lot more blog posts for the next couple of months.  For those of you who are subscribed to my blog, you’ll only receive one digest a week from this point forward.  For those of you who would like to see my (mis)adventures in video, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel by clicking here.

Blessings,

Mary