HELLO, LIGHT AND CLARITY!

Hello Friends,
These past couple of weeks have served to pull me out of a crazy funk I was sinking into. Have you ever gone through a stage in your life in which you say good-bye to people because you feel as if you're moving on to something else? A bit scary, but this is something similar to the situation I had. As some cycles finalize, the transitional points of my life thus far have proven to be something above confusing. I'd say the issue disorients as much as it perplexes, leaving someone lost and without a clue about how to find their way. After all the questions and doubt, I always seem to find some sort of clarity in adjacent aspects of my life that make me think that going in circles was well worth the while. As a result, I am feeling fulfilled and happy, even though not much else has changed. Feels good to just accept conditions as they are.

Last weekend I had the good fortune of celebrating the boyfriend's birthday weekend thoroughly. Life at the Zúñiga Manor was vivid and homey, as per usual. Thanks much to J's family for extending the invitation and being so complaisant.

I'm very proud of my J.  Once more, Happy birthday!!

My spiritual faculties have been sought after with lots of care for the past couple of weeks. I have done a series of fun exercises that include a bit of individual rituals and chants for protection, censorial intuition, practice with the Aura, and examinations on tarot aptitude. I am quite pleased with the results, and abundant in gratitude to my patient mentors and friends. It feels good to discover things you have sought for years.

On Thursday night I went to a Pagan celebration of Mother Earth after a brief stop by a charming Buddhist group practice and dialogue. Good times indeed, but sadly I forgot to take pictures! I need to get back on track, seeing as the half year review is coming up!

I am also thinking of giving tarot a little more exposure on this blog. Bit by bit.

Been thinking a lot about what it means to be a Libra. It is no coincidence that I feel so proud of being an October child, a lover of Autumn, and a walking set of scales. This week I had the fortune of meeting Daniel, who shed a bit of light on my Ascendant and Moon signs.

To me, these pictures encompass what it is like for me as a Libra. The balance, the security and lack thereof, and all the other levels in between. So many people are doubting whether or not their Zodiac speaks to them, but in confidence I claim that my sign is adequate for me, even though I am on the very cusp of sporting a poisonous stinger.

I feel I have reached a new level, but it is so very difficult for me to share what that means to me with you. When I digest this new information and experience, I might just have a more understandable way to go about explaining this.
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THE WONDERS OF PAPER

The weekend was a lovely one. I forget how much I love working with paper until I actually do it. There is something about putting scissors to paper that feels oddly empowering. It must be the versatility of the medium. While it is actually designed to communicate messages, when I see paper, I feel it is made to be physically transformed into something else. Perhaps that is why I chose to be a Graphic Designer... A great deal of us enjoy either working with paper (print), things in series (motion), or information (info graphics).

Is there a medium in particular that you love?

Lately I have been fixed upon artists and their lifestyle. What is a sketchbook to an illustrator? The extension of the mind. What is a tablet to a designer? A more precise digital hand... or brush in the case of the illustrator!


EXAMPLES
Here is the work of some crafty artists that I turn to when I am stuck with my collage journals. This is super therapeutic, I strongly recommend it for nights when you feel compelled to get some heavy feelings out of your system. They are the Red Velvet Kit Club.

EASY READING + THE GYPSY SPREAD

The divine world once more beckons... While I am still taking a break from any personal reading, I have also been trying to think about a way to make tarot storytelling more accessible to you. I have a few pointers to share when reading:
♡ Don't see each card individually. Think about how one meaning can relate to the other.
How could status or feelings climax and turn into the next card?

♡ Can you relate any of the card meanings to people you know? (Court cards after Major Arcana.)
Parting from your starting point, connect them through characters, colors, settings, and feelings.
Be intuitive! Get creative, but not fictitious!
THE GYPSY SPREAD

Are you currently in a place in which you find you need insight on a complicated, serious matter? Maybe have a lot of feelings in conflict because of a certain decision you need to make? It can be easy to feel overwhelmed when intense feelings are involved... (Because, as many of you know, the Majors stand in for your most essential feelings and qualities.)


This spread can be read as a story in which 1 represents the Now, all the way to the 22nd, which concludes the reading, but not your story. If your problem is short term, I recommend using the 1 - 3, 4 - 6, 7 - 9, 10 - 12, 13 - 15, 16 - 18, 19 - 21 cycles as night, day, night, day, night, day, night. This gives you three full days and a little spare time to work with.

Another time measurement could be a 22 day count in which 1 stands for today, and your concluding card 22 stands for 21 days from now. This would be a good way to sum it all up within a little under a month!

These are my interpretations on this spread, but should you wish to use the traditional Gypsy Spread, use the following:

01 - 03; Infancy + family situation until 14 years of age.
04 - 06; Teenage youth until 21 years of age.

10 - 12; Favorable factors.
13 - 15; Challenging factors.
16 - 18; Short-term future. (Less than 6 months.)
19 - 21; Long-term future.
16 - 18; General conclusion.
Light some incense, ready your space, and jump into some tarot!

Should you have any comments or questions, please feel free!
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MISSION IN LIFE

Life's mission? Is it the same for everyone? Does such a thing even exist?

If you can remember far back enough to what happens to be humanity's most common stage of purity, or childhood, you might find pools of kids dreaming of being cops, fire fighters, teachers, and celebrities when they grow up. I remember that in September of 1995, a girl stood up confidently before her class and stated, "I want to be a Mother when I grow up." There was a brief moment of silence and admiration, maybe even of awkwardness, and then the conversation continued with a much lighter tone. That girl was NOT me, but this is one of my oldest memories. I think I was six years old and in Kinder.

 

I was too young to know the true meaning of an aura, destiny, work, and a tarot card much less! I know I understood it to be something special though when I saw how moved my teacher felt. Silent admiration is more palpable than you would think it to be at that age.

I am NOT claiming we have our lives pre-determined because I know it isn't true, but I will go ahead and tell you or remind you of a possibly forgotten purpose:

You may call it an obsession, a hobby, an undisclosed desire, work, or even an extra curricular activity, but there must be at least one skill that you all recognize as special enough to devote the rest of your life to. I say at least one, but the quantity does vary from person to person. I get the feeling I may have around three.


The subject is difficult to talk about briefly when there are so many areas to explore and shed light on, but I at least want to remind you of something that is there and you might not necessarily be focused on because of daily responsibilities or engagements. This is also a really personal matter.

I haven't figured out the most important part yet, but I am certain of getting close to it. I hope this encourages you to consider something that has been in the back of my mind for some time now!


CREDIT:
I found these pictures through different blogs on Tumblr. I don't know who the girl is, but she's awful pretty, although irrelevant to discussion!♡♡
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