03/22/13: Not So Crazy! Developing Psychic Skills /Moon reversed

When you begin to dip more than a toe into the woo-woo world, I can promise that sooner or later, you’ll question your own sanity. Is this bird really talking to me? Did I just see a dead person? Does that disturbing feeling in my stomach mean more than indigestion?


Nope, not crazy. Just feels that way! That’s how I’m reading the reversed Moon today.

Now, I’m not telling you to overthink and obsess. Don’t scan every detail of your environment out of fear, worry that you are missing the magical, mystical world around you. Just be OPEN to it. Pay attention, particularly to gentle, repetitive experiences. Notice the feeling state associated with everything you do. This is your compass.

Psychic guidance (or intuitive guidance, if you’re more comfortable with that term), comes very gently, quietly. It settles into the blank spaces in your life. It requires quieting the mind, and accepting what comes through however surprising, as opposed to forcing pieces to fit into a pre-existing picture of what you expect. It takes practice to discern how your personal messages arrive. It requires learning a symbolic language. Everyday occurrences that have a little extra “kick” as you notice them often carry this extra, useful information.

One of the things that will slow down development like nobodies business is ascribing your signs to lunacy. Think of it from your spirit troupe’s point of view. If every message sent gets stamped with a big, fat “CRAZY” label, why bother? If you never listen, never learn to trust what you get, you’ll get far less.

Messages often come in gently, repeatedly, and frequently have some sort of emotional flavor attached. It’s fine to look for confirmation. That’s good, expected! You can ask for it specifically. We’re human and we need it to develop a rational faith in what we cannot see. But once we start getting confirmation, how about accepting it for the gift that it is? The more you value your psychic insight, the more valuable your psychic insight becomes.

So stop asking if you’re being crazy. Just listen.

Have you faced this question?

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Do you have a little sacred space?

Cardinals: Yes, I see you!

Cardinal (575x426)So, I’m sitting out in the Sacred Garden, just soaking everything up. Listening to the trees, the leaves rustling in the wind. Do they have anything to say to me?

The birds have  been especially delightful since I’ve been putting out some birdseed magic for ’em, and my mind drifts, getting lost in nature’s whispers…

And then there are the Cardinals. I’ve have noticed so many cardinals lately. I mean, the odd Cardinal here or there doesn’t seem out of place, but I’ve never seen them like lately. And again, now. They watch me just as I watch them, eying me from a distance. Alone, quiet, just watching me.

Is that supposed to be a sign? What do Cardinals mean, anyway? I’m considering Googling it on my phone. But I don’t like to. It’s easier to do it inside, on the keyboard. Maybe I should just…

WHAP!! Jolted back into the now by the smacking noise directly in front of me,  accompanied by flapping wings.

Maybe four feet away, a very large, very ruby-red cardinal had hit and perched sideways on the fence. How did he keep from getting hurt, smacking into the fence?

He, whipped his head around, his huge, black eyes aimed directly and intense into mine. It was the same look a mother might give, had she caught you red-handed sneaking cookies out of the cookie jar before dinner.

Okay, okay! I see you, already!!

I acknowledged him. Just as suddenly and dramatically, he swooped down behind the fence amongst flapping wings and just…disappeared. There didn’t seem to be any place for him to fly off without me seeing him, yet he did.

Duly noted. Cardinals demand attention. If I’m going to be thick, they may get very loud!

So yeah. I looked up Cardinal symbolism.  Their name came from color matching the vestments worn by Roman Catholic Cardinals. Regal fellas! The brighter red ones are male, while the lighter colored, less distinctive birds are female.

As I’d expect with that deep red color, Cardinals are associated with energy and vitality. All that read makes me think Fire Element, so passion, creativity and energy would be part of the mix.

A few sources mentioned the Cardinal’s penchant for munching on decaying food and icky insects, which is a good reminder to pay attention to what one “eats,” either physically or energetically. Be kind to the body, be it the physical or the auric body, I guess.

20120526_170739 (423x575)Red is the color of life’s blood, love, and the heart. Follow your heart! Like Cardinal signs in astrology, Cardinals are known for taking charge and aggressively defend their territory. Cardinals initiate and set the tone. They are leaders. Be a leader.

Since Cardinal eggs hatch 12 days after they’re laid, they’re often said to reference cycles of 12 hours, days, months or whatever. Whatever it is, it’s coming. Maybe in a multiple of 12!

Still, I’m paying attention. I always try to pay attention. And a few days after? I spied this little cloth bag on the floor of my office, with what else? A bird appliqué.

I asked my husband about it, because I didn’t recognize the bag. It’s from a Christmas gift to him, a gift card from several years back.  But it had absolutely no business in the middle of the floor, other than to get my notice. I was amused.

Seems the birds are saying, “Hello!” Usually it’s just my cats or the squirrels that do that.

Do birds (or other animals) come to bring you messages?

Whoooo Whoooo – Owls!

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Shawdowscapes High Priestess

One of my folks has been seeing an INSANE number of owls–some very in-your-face appearances, no less. Nothing subtle about it.

I sometimes have periods where I see certain animals repeatedly, or in a highly noticeable way. This is one way our “people” have of communicating with us, I believe. Butterflies, hummingbirds, squirrels and cats have all spoken to me at one time or another. (Go ahead and laugh. I’m too busy talking to my cats to notice, thank you very much.)

I personally associate owls with the High Priestess–keepers of hidden knowledge and deep insight. Wisdom, especially. When I play online Dungeons and Dragons with my husband, the wisdom spell makes an owl sound. Owls can see through the darkness, and turn their heads around. They’re often quiet, and high up. They observe from an advantageous perspective.

Wasn’t too long ago that my mom sent me this video of an Eagle Owl in slow motion. Noticeable since mom usually doesn’t send these kinds of things to me. It’s remarkable imagery!

Do you see owls? What do they mean to you?