What a month!
Of course it's been the time of year to dance with the IRS, but I didn't expect to be going to three visitations—one of them being my own sister. There's that old cliche about 'death and taxes' being the only certainty in life, and dear gods, I've had my fill for awhile, now, thank you very much (are ya listening, universe)!
'They' also say that it's an ill wind that blows no good. Well, it's my philosophy to try to find some good in every situation, no matter what. For one thing, I got to see my daughter, and it's been a long time since Christmas. For another, this has given me time to reflect, and contemplate exactly what I want to be doing out in the pottery studio.
I left work in March to make my art full time. I'd been thinking about it for several months, and when they didn't renew my contract I took it as a sign to get out in the studio and do arty things. So far, so good. I have a new—smaller—kiln, and it's been kept busy since it's arrival ten days ago.
I've been beavering away, making test pieces and trying out new glaze combinations, and researching different decorating techniques. However, I've got this 'thing' that everything I make has to mean something. I guess it's the storyteller in me. I'm not one who can just randomly decorate something; the colors and symbols have to tell a tale. I don't want to be just another mug maker or plate painter, because life is richer than that.
I recalled my meeting with Taffy Thomas, and his 'tale coat,' a fantastic piece of work that has so many stories woven into it. To see Taffy in full garb, captivating children of all ages with his impromptu performance at a folk festival is one of the highlights of my life. Stories are meant to be told.
Once again, my mind turned back to the spirit houses of the dead that I saw when we went to Alaska all those years ago, and to the ongon—places or objects where Siberian shaman believe that their spirit helpers live. I thought about the death masks, and masks that embodied the spirits, and of the Kachinas and their likenesses. We humans seem to need a place to put disembodied beings!
When I got my hands back into the clay on Friday, I asked the clay what it wanted to be. It was fairly silent, so I putzed around making phone holders and wine bottle cork toppers. I even started three fairy houses. It wasn't until teatime that a mask finally jumped out of the clay, followed by the start of another one.
As Elton John once sang, The Bitch is Back. I believe I see where I'm going, at least for the time being. There are spirit houses to construct—and yes, they can still be fairy houses, for what are fairies if not nature spirits? There are masks to make, leafy 'green man' creations that may be a home of some kind to the dryads and other nature spirits. There are tiles and murals to create.
More than that, though, there are stories to be told, stories of the Wild Hunt, of the cycles of birth and life and death. There are creation stories, stories of the love affair between the Sun and the Moon, stories of the crystal in Uktena's forehead, and of Cerridwen's cauldron of poems. There are so many wonderful stories to share over and over again, stories of spirits and guides and deities, but also stories about the ancestors, and of the people who no longer walk this earth. These stories need to be told, lest they be forgotten. These spirits need a place where they can come to visit. Perhaps I can provide that in the clay that comes out of my kiln.
We had a lot of fun on blog talk radio last night doing quickie readings on past life and karma (and don't forget, my March special saves you $8 on a karmic tarot card reading). For those of you who were waiting on the line and didn't get through, I'm sorry. I'd love to read for you, and you can take advantage of my special offer, or you can wait until next time. I'm sure I'll be back in the proverbial soon.
The last couple of callers didn't get what they wanted to hear, and I felt bad for them, but here's the deal. I'm not going to lie and tell you what you want to hear, just because it's what you want. The first of these two ladies was Cathy. She was having issues at work with a superior's work being sloppy and wanted to know what she could do about it. Everything in the tarot screamed, "Stay in your own lane, let your own integrity speak for itself." Apparently that message didn't gel with her though, and I could feel her getting frustrated with the reading.
If you think about it, though, no one can control what anyone else does. She didn't want her supervisor's work to reflect badly on her. It can't. The end. If Cathy minds her own business, stays in her lane, and makes sure that she's doing the best that she can with what she had to work with, she simply can't look bad. One of two things is going to happen. Either the supervisor will be seen for doing shoddy work and be dealt with, or Cathy will find somewhere else, where she doesn't have to worry about the integrity of her upline.
All any of us can do is stay in our own lane. I once heard a tale that there are only three types of business in life, your business, my business and God's business. Now, God is God and he can look after his own business, so that leaves your business and my business. If you're looking into my business, who's looking after your business?!
The secret to success is staying in your own lane.
The last caller of the night was a case of unrequited love. She was so hung up on Simon, but he had gone off with someone else. Everything in the cards screamed that it was over. Everything in the cards screamed that it was time to accept that she wasn't a priority to him, and to let it go. Everything in the cards told her to move on, that there was someone out there for her who wanted to be with her as much as she wanted to be with him, and who would cherish her and respect her and not run off with someone else. Both the boss and I told her to let it go.
"I'm not gonna do that," was her reply.
Like Cathy, I can't make you do anything you don't want to do. That's not my job, that's not what the tarot does. People come to me to read their cards for them, and that's what I do. Not everyone is going to like the same film, want the same food, or resonate to the same truth.
At the end of the day, you all have free will. Like da Boss said at the beginning of the radio show, it's free to ask for a reading, and it's free to be offended by it. Your life is yours to create. If you want my help, awesome, that's what I'm here to do! And if you don't want my help, that's okay, too. I still wish you the best, and pray that you'll find the happiness you seek.
... but what do I know, I'm just an old hippie.
... and in a myriad of ways, too!
You guys who know me know that we're constantly making and building and doing here at the Keep, and today is a real make and do day. The ceiling is coming out of the office, which means my work is disrupted again, but whatever, it will all be worth it in the end. My beautiful but completely incompetent office assistant just doesn't get what's going on. All together now, "Aw, bless..."
I thought we'd dive headfirst into that for March. I've devised a nice little tarot spread that helps you to understand what past life or karmic influences are beating down on you, so that you can start to burn some of it off and get things back into balance. Now, I want to stress that there's really no such thing as being born under a bad sign or whatever. Karma is just the law of cause and effect; what goes around, comes around, yeah?
It's quite possible that you inherited some karma like you inherit your eye color or your hair color. It's also quite possible that you brought some karma into this lifetime in the form of unfinished lessons from the past, or things your soul needs in order to grow.
A past life tarot reading will help you determine just what—if anything—you're dealing with. It will reveal to you where your strengths lie and what your challenges are. As Dr Maya Angelou said, when we know better, we can do better, right? The reading is discounted to $10 for the month of March, and I hope I'll hear from you. Remember, the tarot won't fix your life for you; only you can do that. It will, however, show you what you need to do in order to turn things around—but what do I know. I'm just an old hippie, right?
After nearly a 3 year hiatus, I'm finally starting to pay this old gal some attention. There's a lot to update, and it won't get done all of a mad hurry. Why?
Well, I'm currently spreading myself too thinly, that's why! For one, I'm just finishing a monster project at work, one that has taken me well over two months and several sleepless nights. It's a monster, to be sure, but they're happy with it and I'm proud of it and that's all that matters.
I've also landed a book deal with Llewellyn Worldwide. You may know that I write for them regularly under my 'real' name (I'm pretty transparent, promise) when it comes to their annuals and calendars. Now I've got my own contract for a whole book all by myself! It's on the tarot and I think it's going to be kickass.
As if all that wasn't enough, I've finally opened the pottery studio! A 20 year old dream came to reality. I'm so excited. I'm looking forward to getting out there more and making loads of new things—and you can be sure I'll share them with you!
Last but by no means least, I've been overhauling the website. If you've not been here recently you'll see a couple of changes—the main one being I've a new featured product for the month of February. It's called the Full Potential Astrology Reading, and it does just that. Other readings take a look at the whole chart, but this one focuses on key points that lead you to your full potential. You can find out more about it by clicking on the hotlink. If you've blown your New Year's resolution and you're feeling disheartened, then you need this—and you know I'll take good care of you!
And that's it for me for now. I've got loads to write on the monster, yet, but not before I've hopped up to light my fire. My feet are cold!
I make no bones about who I am and what I do. I’m not the sort of person who is going to stand on a street corner and proclaim it, but if someone asks me what I do for a living, I’ll tell them I’m a professional hippie. Now, you may think I’m a smartass because of that, but here’s the deal. I’m equal amounts of more than one thing. I’m an astrologer, I’m a cartomancer (fancy name for card reader), I’m an author, and I’m an artist (potter--for those of you who are into that sort of thing I’ve got a sister site over at charlierainbow.com, where you can check out some of my stuff--but don’t judge me, it is in need of a serious update). Rather than taking the time to explain that I’m equally devoted to more than one area, I just reply that I’m a professional hippie. It will either open up the conversation or turn people off, and that rather says more about the other person than it does about me.
You may also think I’m wearing my ass for a hat if you see me working a psychic festival or a craft fair, and there are several reasons why this may be so. You see, I’m probably going to treat you the way that you treat me, because my empath spirit kind of works that way. If you are warm and engaging, I’ll be warm and engaging back to you. However, if I greet you with, “Hi, good to see you, how are you,” and I’m met with, “You’re the psychic, you should know how I am,” you’re probably going to see my warm engagement turn to cool tolerance, and quickly, too. I get that what I do for a living is kind of woowoo out there, and maybe you think that you’re being cute or clever. I’ve been doing this for over 30 years. I’ve heard it all before. It’s not cute, and it’s not clever. In fact, it probably borders on rude, but I doubt I ever come right out and tell you so.
You also have to understand that I can’t always drop what I’m doing to entertain you. If I’m reading a client and you’re waiting for me to sign your Llewellyn annual, or something, well, you’re going to have to wait. I’m sorry, but that’s how it goes. If you were my client, you’d want my full attention, right? If you’re purchasing a piece of pottery from me, you want me to explain its construction, and how to care for it, yes? So I’m not being rude or disrespectful. I will catch your eye and acknowledge that you’re there, but apart from that, please be patient until I’m free--otherwise it’s likely to be you who looks like the asshole.
Yes, what I do is freelance and fun, and yes, I’ll be the first to have a bit of fun with it: “Are you a medium?” “No, I’m actually an extra large.” “Do you make all your pottery yourself?” “Yup, I’m a pothead.” I take myself lightly, but I take my work seriously, because I want you, my client, to know you’re in expert hands. I want you to have a good experience with me. You may think that I’m a smartass with my wit (sometimes spelled with an ‘sh’) and my order of priority, and that’s your privilege. Me? I know that I’m professional, intelligent, warm, compassionate, understanding, experienced, and damn good at my job--even if I don’t suffer fools lightly. If that makes me a smartass, then I’ll wear that gladly.
I've been doing readings on and off for over 30 years, and trust me, I've been asked it all--from what color socks should I wear to my interview, to what's going to happen next week on 'Days of Our Lives.' Sometimes it's hard not to be a smartass in those situations, because who the hell pays money to an astrologer to find out what is going to happen in make-believe? There are always going to be 'those' people, and yeah, dealing with them is just part of the gig. For everyone else, though, here's some tips on getting a good reading from your astrologer, tarot reader, or other intuitive.
1) Know what you're buying.
You wouldn't go to a gynecologist with a toothache, so don't go to an astrologer wanting palmistry. Yes, many readers are diverse (for example, my fortes are astrology, tarot, runes, and crystals). You may find that a palm reader also reads cards, or that an astrologer also does numerology, but find this out before you make your appointment or pay your money. That will save both you and your reader time, money, and frustration. A reputable reader will soon admit that he or she cannot do what you're asking of them. That's why it's important to choose someone of trustworthy character. Go with someone recommended to you, or ask for references and credentials.
2) Don't sabotage yourself.
If the only thing you want to hear is the winning numbers to the next Hoosier Lottery, you're probably going to be mad at your reader when he or she does not tell them to you. If we could do that, do you think we'd be working for a living?! Don't waste your money or the reader's time. Now, if you want to know how to draw more abundance into your life, or ways that you can improve your finances, that's different. We can do that. Miracles are someone else's domain.
3) Avoid asking 'what will I do?'
Hmm, well, what will you do? Your free will is your birthright. The planets influence you. The tarot gives you a glimpse as to what might happen. You could ask 'Am I going to marry Bobby,' and everything could point to yes--but you could leave the reading thinking, "I'll show her and her predictions," dump Bobby, join a convent, and make your reader the biggest liar on the planet! Reputable readers are not going to tell you what you're going to do. They will tell you the influences around you, but what you do with that information is entirely your decision.
4) Be a participant, not an observer.
So many clients will sit there and play 'test the psychic.' They don't want to reveal anything, but that's like going into the doctor's office and playing 'guess what's wrong with me. If your reader is asking you for more information, it is to help them to better help you. They'll take your answer and look into your chart or your cards or whatever, to bring you back clarity and insight. If you want to play 'test the psychic,' visit the seaside fortune tellers, not your astrologer or professional intuitive.
5) Keep an open mind.
You've gone to that reader because he or she is experienced astrology or tarot or whatever, and you have questions about your life. If you have a preconceived idea as to how things are supposed to unfold, then you're shooting yourself in the foot before you start. There are three participants in your reading; you, your reader, and the energy that is created. That energy won't flow freely if you're trying to discipline or control it because you're not being told what you want to hear. If you're absolutely certain that your ex is going to leave his new wife and family and return to you before the next full moon, then you don't need a reading, so why even ask?
A bit of preparation on your part will go a long way to getting a good reading from your chosen psychic, astrologer, or cartomancer (fancy way of saying card reader). Find one with whom you resonate and with whom you feel comfortable, find one who uses the tools you request (you've no idea how many times I've seen people go to an astrologer, and then complain that they got an astrology reading rather than having their fortune told), be open minded, know what you want to ask, and be receptive to the answer.
Past lives... Have you ever felt that you've been here before? Chances are you have. Maybe it's been deja vu, maybe you feel you have actual memories from another place or time, or maybe you've met someone for the first time, and instantly recognized them as someone you know. All of this and more can be indicative of a previous incarnation with that soul. After all, the laws of physics tell us that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed. If we believe, then, that the essence of our being is energy, that it is energy that animates the physical body and gives it life, then it stands to reason that our souls cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed. Heavy stuff, right?
So, what if there was a way to know who you were--or more importantly, who you were with? So many people write to me about their soul mate, their twin flame, their twin ray, their kindred spirit, and they want to know what the connection was in a past life. That's where this chart can help. It's not a synastry--that is a comparison of two charts for this lifetime. It's not a regression--that's an individual chart, looking at the factors that indicate lessons from past lives that are brought into this life, so that you can either teach or continue to learn. Nope, a Past Life Composite Chart takes a look at how your souls may have interacted in previous incarnations. It takes a very intricate and detailed look at what you may have learned, where your strengths and your weaknesses may lie, what challenges you faced, what your life may have been like, and how that all brought you to finding each other again in this incarnation. It's pretty heavy stuff!
If you have a soul mate, if you know your twin flame, if you want to find out more about the past life connection with your kindred spirit, then this is where you need to be looking. This is where I combine my nearly four decades of reading charts with over thirty years of working with disembodied beings and past life regression to bring you the very best of both worlds. Date, time and place for BOTH people is absolutely essential. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'll always reply--eventually!