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Essential Oil Workings: Fennel and Lavender

 

fennel and lavender

Dear Wolflings,

I am sorry for a little bit of a digital absence. School has started again for summer classes….and these classes are a doozy. I am taking Anatomy 1 and Statistics as part of the core curriculum towards my Holistic Health degree. Neither of these classes are in my wheelhouse of comfort. I am excited to take them and to broaden my studies further, but it is already a bit of a struggle.

I use essential oils a lot at home, and I thought I would start mentioning some of the ones that I use most, or currently use. Essential oils are the Earth’s pharmacy, but I am not advocating for a disconnect from Western medicine entirely. If you ever need a trained medical physician, please seek them out. Mental, physical, or emotional stigma and judgement against needing any sort of medicine is bullshit. I like to approach all forms of medicine equally, and essential oils are one of my most cherished.

Both of these classes require a lot of memorizing, retaining, and deep understanding of how the individual connects to the whole. Because of this, I have been reaching for Fennel and Lavender frequently. These scents together have been a nice bedtime remedy, but both of these can become quite pungent, so use sparingly!!!

Lavender is actually a scent that I do not care for. I mostly use it in my steam diffuser or face oil. Lavender does not need many words from me as it is one of the most recognized oils or fragrance. It is calming, balances the planes of the body (i.e. physical, mental), and harmonizes. It helps encourage a kind of homeostasis in our hearts and psyches. It is for these reasons that I love to put Lavender in my nighttime diffusion. Everything down to my bones eases into a more comfortable and whole presence. I wake feeling less groggy and more combined in all my faculties.

Fennel smells a lot like licorice. If you are not a fan of that scent, I would use only in a diffuser, or find an alternative. Fennel is quickly becoming one of my favorites though. I use more Fennel and less Lavender because Fennel is an essential oil that is great for mental clarity, retention, and recollection. It helps to stabilize the mental faculties and ground the rest of the body, so the mind can have more exploration. Both of these oils are also helpful in dream work and subconscious retention.

I use these oils to help my mind find harmony and clarity from the stress of the day, but I also want to capitalize on the memory retention of the brain during sleep to hold on to the knowledge from my studies. These oils drop the body down into deeper sleep, but free the mind to work into metaphor what I have learned. If you do not have either of these fragrances you can use many others including Jasmine, Rosemary, Basil, Lemon, and others. Many sites will suggest Sandalwood, but I am trying to work away from using or relying on Sandalwood in my practice because Sandalwood trees are currently listed as vulnerable because they are so heavily used and impacted by deforestation, market use, and climate change.

The Fennel was purchased from Sage Goddess, and can be found at http://www.sagegoddes.com. Sage Goddess is an amazing site where you can find SOOOO much for any sort of spiritual medicine. The Lavender came from Tenswall, although I bought it through Amazon. I don’t believe they sell essential oils anymore. These are not affiliate links.

If you work with these scents, please let me know how you love to use them. If you have questions, let me know. Stay Wild Wolfling!

Card Profile: The High Priestess

 

Card 2 – The High Priestess

Perhaps one of the most mysterious cards, the High Priestess here is depicted as a white tiger (which is meant to denote a rarity because they are hardly seen in nature. The white tiger is seen as a high status commodity in the private and public eye due to the Captive Wildlife Crisis but I digress….). She sits in the darkness of night, with a crescent moon in the background. In between her paws is a crystal ball, an illumination of the veil between the worlds. She is in a state of BE-ing, and it acts to radiate her light outward, reaching up to the Moon. Both entities promise a bringing forth, and new creation.

Although the elemental nature of the High Priestess is highly feminine, it can be hard to describe in physical language what her nature is. This is because the High Priestess is extremely internal. She is constantly sensing, observing, and feeling. She harnesses everything around her without judgement, because there is always something to learn, to understand, or to use as a form of growth. To and through the High Priestess, everything is sacred. Everything serves a role. Even the bad, the minuscule, or misunderstood. When one of these elements surfaces in our lives, it is the High Priestess who urges us to go deeper, to not be afraid, and to comfort in our sacred selves within the good, the bad, the ugly. When we can find the sacred in these forms, we find more sacredness in our very bones.

Intuition is the vein that taps into the pay-dirt of this card. Intuition is something we are all given, which strengthens the notion that we and everything are sacred. Intuition is the ability to understand something, without having the physical proof, or need for proof. Intuition is the pull on us when something or someone is not as they seem. Intuition is the voice that urges us to do or act on something because it feels right. The High Priestess is the embodiment of this gift because there is a sense of ownership with her. She is not relying on the crystal ball, the cosmos, or the veil to channel her ability of understanding. Those messages are, and have always been there. But because she is able to harness those messages uniquely to her through intuition, she is equipped to utilize both the messages and the tools.

As mentioned, all of us have intuition. We all have the ability to go deeper into the shadows. She did not just attain this ability, and that is not what is portrayed when this card is pulled. The use of practice, process, or ritual is paramount with this card and her energy. Because the High Priestess is in the balance between internal recognition and external sources, it takes times to really go deep. One does not sit down for one meditation and suddenly become enlightened. It takes practice, process, or ritual to really start building the links between the internal and the external.

As beautiful, rare, or exotic the High Priestess looks, she is not portrayed in a world of glitz, fortune, or fame. Everything in her energy is very subtle. Her rarity comes from the fact that she can alter the energy around her. She can take in messages from the Universe and write her narrative of intention. She is present for the energy of the Universe. This is her presence. She is present. She is sensing the the subtle fingers of all the creatures that share this globe. She is creating a river of energy from the messages around her. Her intuition guides her forward.

How does your intuition guide you? When you have you stopped for a few moments and just held your form? Do you remember the sound of trees, the smell of Earth, the light of the Moon? Take time to connect deep into the skeleton of your sacred self, and into the skeleton of the Earth. The High Priestess reminds us that everything is a river that flows into the ocean of our mind.

 

**Tarot card pictured is from The Wild Unknown deck, and can be found at http://www.thewildunknown.com. This is not an affiliate link**

Wellness Wednesday: Breathing and the King of Pentacles

King of Pentacles

 

(Breathing is the second dimension in John W. Travis’s 12 Dimensional Model of wellness, but I found them through Michael Arloski’s book Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change)

One does not have to look far these days to read about the effects both physically and physiologically when it comes to the breath. The action of breathing and finding breath is now used across a wide variety of modalities to center, ground, and come back to self. Breath is the source. It is the lifeline to all that we do, and all that we have done. All of these new breathing techniques may seem like quackery, but there is something very real in coming back to the breath.

When was the last time you counted your breaths? When was the last time you actively breathed? We are all breathing because breath is life, but when was the last time you acknowledged this force? If it has been a while, don’t worry. It is that way for many people. We get so caught up in the responsibilities and hustle of life that we keep going, knowing that our breathing will take us where we need to be, even if we completely forget about it.

But this simple act of connecting down into the breath does not have to be surrounded by the ideal setting of quiet reflection on a grassy hill. We can connect to breath anywhere. I like to connect to my breath while driving. I don’t need to close my eyes, and I don’t need to be completely serene. In fact, driving to school in morning traffic is probably the last place where we might expect to connect to breath, but I have found that is one the places where I need it most.

Feelings and emotions take about 90 seconds to process. That means that for 90 seconds, our physiology is responding to the waves of physical output from emotional input. In these 90 seconds, if we can allow ourselves to honor, hold, and learn about what is triggering us, it usually will drift away without physical consequences.

This is why I love connecting to my breath while I am driving. Anyone who drives in rush hour traffic can probably speak to the collective energy. Everyone is in a rush. Everyone needs to be somewhere. I often feel like there is a cloud of negativity while I drive. Someone is cutting someone off. Someone is being a jerk. Someone is getting pissed off, and people try to vocalize the cause and effect of right and wrong with their vehicle. Obviously this is not the place. It is dangerous and stupid, but road rage is a real thing.

But I ask: what would happen if instead of getting furious at the person who cut us off, we counted to 90? What if we used that 90 second time-frame to recognize we are angry and feel wronged, instead of acting out our feelings? This is not easy. No one is perfect at this, but it has become something of positive importance to me. By using those triggers to connect into my breath instead of lashing out I go deeper into myself, and spare myself from negative energies in trying to scrap with someone else.

Breath is such a powerful force. It can shape and mold how we deal with the hardest of situations. It is the sound we long to hear from just-born babies. It is the echo that we will slowly, but continuously put out there. Our breath is ours, and even when someone has wronged us, even when the unthinkable happens, we have our breath. Breath can help us cope through painful situations, and keep us centered as we attain victory. The King of Pentacles is a perfect example of of physical recognition and physiological mastery. Often the King of Pentacles is associated with ample wealth, but I would argue that having breath at all is more ample wealth that any material thing.

This idea has been surfacing for years, and now it is everywhere. From yoga to public speaking to coping mechanisms, breathing is becoming a real ally for us all. It grounds us down to the source, but expands our consciousness to the energies around us. The King of Pentacles is expansive in his physical abilities, and his physical kingdom. He rules over more than just his body, but it starts with him. The King of Pentacles can always find control over some physical dominion because he has learned how to control the inputs and outputs of life. We don’t have to be the King of Pentacles to start this process. Just start to acknowledge the breath. Count to 30-60-90, and breathe.

(Tarot card shown is from the Ostara Tarot)

Wellness Wednesday: Self- Responsibility

(This idea of self-responsibility as one of the first steps to wellness comes from Jack Travis and Regina Ryan’s Twelve Dimensional Model of Wellness, but I found it in Michael Arloski’s book Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change)

Chariot

Self-responsibility is a huge step in finding wellness. It is the first or initial submission into the process. Anyone who is seeking wellness, either alone or with the help of another, must first submit to the process and take ownership. They must take the responsibility that in order to find change they must try, and potentially fail. This is a daunting task, but I believe that taking the responsibility for your path means that everything is designed and destined for your greatness. You are in control of your wellness path, but, if needed, there are many people out there who can help you find the skills to take the reins, and drive.

I would like to point out there is a big difference from accepting or asking for help, and complete submission to someone’s orders. There is a very big difference. In seeking wellness, either through fitness, nutrition, or lifestyle, holistic health, or any modality, the client should always be in control. The professionals need to listen and modify the approach to what is workable for the client. They should give suggestions and options so the client can alter the formula down to the decimal to achieve attainable goals. If you are in control this means that you can gauge your triggers, and know when you need to push forward, or when you have had enough.

I did not have to look hard to find the card that went perfectly with this theme of self-responsibility. The Chariot is a true symbol of responsibility to self and ownership. Many themes or tarot books will say that The Chariot is all about discipline, decision-making, victory, and willpower. I would say that these things are wonderful, but they come as side dishes from the main course of accepting self- responsibility.

When you take the reins of your chariot, you are taking ownership. You are accepting that you lead the chariot, it does not lead you. The Chariot is the transportation but you are the driver. You thrust forward or pull back when and where you need to. If you do not step into your chariot, it will not go far. If you never get out of the chariot, you will never find reach your destination. The Chariot is meant to be used when you have a direction, and you have the means to get there. The Chariot is meant to be the physical evidence of your ownership and willingness to keep going until you are where you need to be.

If you are ready to find some wellness, step into the chariot. You do not need to know the whole landscape. You do not need to know how to track and map everything down. These skills are crucial, but they will come later. You must first step into your chariot. If you are having trouble doing this, imagine what your chariot would look like. What is it made of? What color is it? Is your chariot like the horse pictured here? Or is it more elaborate, decorative, embossed, or gilded? However you dream it is meant to be.

Wolfling dear, this acceptance of self-responsibility, but it is a gift. It may feel like a shadow pressing hard and cold on the spine, but it is igniting you. You have such a spectrum held within your heart. Release it. Untame it. Each of our responsibilities to self and to source means that we have more to give each other. Stay wild my wolfling.

**Thank you so much for reading. Do you agree with my card choice? Let me know your thoughts below. If you would like a reading, check out my spreads and my Code of Ethics. Let’s create some magic.**

Tarot card is from The Wild Unknown. Click here to find this deck for purchase. (This is not an affiliate link)

 

Manifestation Package

manifestation package 2

When you book a reading with me, one of the things that I offer is a Manifestation Package. This is more than just a free gift to say thank you for allowing me to work with you. The Manifestation Package is my attempt to help you channel the reading, long after our session. I want your reading to shake your bones and fill your space with stars. I want your feral, untamed nature to howl and sing forth the new energy that is coming in.

If you choose to accept this package. You get everything you see in the photo. There is a candle to help shed light on any card you are fixated on, or perhaps do not understand in its entirety yet. The candle is also meant to set an intention, and send the light out. Even the flame itself can show energy. If the fire is bright and vibrant, your energy is strong. If the flame is moving, or hard to manifest, this could be where you place your intention, an attempt to make your inner light breathe again.

The little incense stick is to consecrate your space. I fully believe in the energy of a space, and incense has been used for thousands of years to consecrate and channel a sacred feeling. The incense is Jasmine, and this scent has been used for many different purposes. More than anything, I hope it helps you feel intimate with your situation, and not wary. I hope you can stand in the smoke and be knighted in your attempts to deepen the reading into your source.

The Tiger’s Eye is meant to symbolize power. It can help rid anxiety and promote positive action in your endeavors. I believe you are already strong, but a reminder is always nice. You can hold them and help use the intention from the candle to connect further into your reading. You can channel a certain card or image that you want to hold. Stones are the weight of the world. They will keep burdens that you and I cannot bear to carry. Whatever came up in your reading, you can place it or release it with these stones.

The tea is meant to create a needed pause for reflection. As you sit with your reading, I hope in the moments when you know and feel you can sink in a little deeper, the tea is there to help be a catalyst. Allow yourself the time and silence to reflect on your reading, and what feelings and thoughts it brings up. This is the best way, the only way, to deepen your relationship with your cards.

The bag itself can even become a sacred space. You can anoint it with oil, use potpourri, keep written or physical insights from your reading. Bags have long been used as a way to keep close what we hold dear. I wanted the bag to dual purpose for that reason.

What is not shown is the handouts I also send via email. One in particular has spaces for you to write down anything that surfaces from using your manifestation package. I, as a tarot reader, am here to hold the torch for you. I am not here to simply give a reading and then forget the energy in a poof. I want the reading to resonate long after our time together. My card is in each package, and I hope that through our space, you can go deeper in a safe way to what is needed most.

Thank you for all that you give wolf-darlings! If you would like to book a reading with my check out my Policies and Code of Ethics and my available spreads.

Stay wild wolflings!

Saturday Reflections: Scorpion and the 3 of Pentacles

Saturday 3.17.2018

“I saw the sun disappear / into mist as it reached / the horizon. And an egret / airborne, circling all / this time” ~ Running by Leslie Ullman

I don’t know about you, but much of my week is spent doing so many things, that I hardly get the time to take a look inward, to reflect on needed remnants from my inner low-tide. If I do get the time, I am hardly useful, except to remind my cats with a good scratch under the chin that they are why I do what I do. The weekends however, are when that silent wind sings out strong in me and I can say the words, much like singing to a forgotten, but beloved song.

I chose two cards to be the catalyst towards my introspection. The cards are the Scorpion and the 3 of Pentacles. One of the first things I look for in cards drawn is comparisons, or differences. The first thing I see in these cards is the difference in elements. The Scorpion card resembles the fire element. Pentacles are of the earth. In the real world, fire and earth do not mix. My stomping ground (Colorado) is constantly besieged with fire warnings in the summer because it is so dry. But fire does fertilize the soil, churns dormant seeds to sprout with the help of sun-fire and needed rain. This tells me that much of the energy will be a trial of fire. New growth can come, but it requires a sacrifice.

The Scorpion is the embodiment of the free-spirit. When this card is pulled it is a reminder to walk our path but hold some defenses. Not all those will admire the strength to walk your line, to live accordingly to your surroundings and spirit. The ones that do admire and hold to this are passionate in their own ways. They see the strength in individuality because they also walk their own fire. A scorpion can live in almost desolate climates, they can survive without food for periods of time, only as long as they have water. As long you have that which nourishes your source, you can survive.

However, the spirit of the Scorpion is one that also brings baggage. Scorpion souls carry the venom of the past, the pain of toxic situations and circumstances. In order to stand in our fire, we must only use that baggage when needed. We must use negative feelings with the attempt to try to heal, and forgive. Is there anything you are carrying that is no longer serving you? How could you turn this into growth? How can you forgive even those words were never mentioned by someone? This is not easy. I know I still struggle with this sometimes. I look to the past to learn, but in true honesty, I am looking to the past because I haven’t found my own healing. This is human. If you can relate, know that you are not alone. And if all I can do here with my business and these words is to state that I believe in you wolf-darling, then I can go to bed fulfilled.

The act of forgiveness and skillfully growing bleeds beautifully into the meaning of the 3 of Pentacles. The 3 of Pentacles brings many things to my mind. One is that of collaboration. The three pentacles from the rudimentary shape of something majestic. Another is the act of starting in different places, but all paths lead to a similar destination. Another is knowing which energy you can honestly give at that point in time. There are times where we do not have to hold the whole spectrum of color. We just have to put our energy out there in a way that contributes to the whole spectrum.

Find your inner free-spirit by surrounding yourself with those who will help bring out the positive or best in you. Become engaged with anything that helps you stand in your fire truthfully. For me, this is often found by just being in my home. When I am home I am reminded of where my growth has gotten me. I try to relieve the baggage by standing naked, surrounding myself with my words of love for my family and my creations. We cannot always start or hold the same energy as the day previously, but we can be honest and say that this is what we have to give today. We cannot retell the past. It is what it is. And even if we cannot start where we wish we could, we can be honest and say that. We do not have to reinvent the wheel of all our situations because of the baggage we carry. But we can be honest, walk our path, and move towards growth.

**Thank you so much for reading. Please let me know your thoughts. If you would like a reading, please check out my Policies and Code of Ethics, and my spread options. Thank you for being awesome, wolfling. My wolf-pack is where I am my honest and true free-spirit. Stay wild.**

The decks that I have used are The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit and The Wild Unknown Tarot. Click here to find them for purchase. (This is not an affiliate link).

0- The Fool Poem

fool

 

 

The Fool

 

Heart racing like when a flame hits the wind, I stand on the precipice.

The air is perfumed with fresh flowers, softening my start. Here I could stay,

but why would I when the alchemy of my yolk gave me wings?

My beginning is a golden beam meeting the sky. Only an errand so important

could give the horizon such context, such conquest that I must leap if only to feel

the gust of cool air. Perhaps I should be worried. The threats keep longer hours

then I. But I was not made of hinges shrugging into a forced opening. Those sighs

are for a changing season, and a heavy door. I am made from the music of the Sun,

each note carving the wind whose cold hands I must warm. If this perfume can permeate

the sky, then so can I. Like that orange bullet lofting towards heaven, I can also become

fire on the other side of light. – Ashlie McDiarmid

 

**A poem I wrote honoring the Fool. Do you write poetry? How does the tarot come into your words? Much love wolf-darlings!

Tarot card is from The Wild Unknown. Click here to find this tarot deck for purchase. (This is not an affiliate link)