Welcome ~ May This Be a Safe Place

Hello.  My name is Heather Dawnamber.  I am starting this blog, which will grow with me as I finish my degrees, to help others.  My belief in the spiritual world, a world with magick and faeries and those entities who are all around us to help us, also brings with it a belief that we are here to help each other, that my place in this lifetime, on this plane, is one of listener, helper, counselor.  As I talk through my own things I hope that you will come to find you can ask questions, get answers and help and find someone who will listen to you.

I will often use tarot or oracle cards in my guidance.  For myself, for others and for everyday understanding of the world we live in. Please come in and stay a bit.  Ask a few questions and get a few answers.

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The Quest Tarot

I have decided that the tarot deck to use for my Tarot Study is The Quest Tarot. This is a deck and companion book, The Compass, created by Joseph Earnest Martin. He created this deck after a renowned psychic asked him what was stopping him from doing it. Once he figured that out, the rest was his journey on this path.

I love this deck. I have had it for several years and have even done readings with it. I have never taken the time to do an in-depth study of each card in order though. This is a semi-traditional deck that also includes astrology signs, I-Ching symbols, has a Hebrew letter, a yes/no feature, the gemstone influences and the gemstone association and a rune symbol. Taking the time to study each of these cards on a deeper level will also help me to learn and understand better other aspects of divination as well.

I am excited to embark on this journey for my own learning, but also to bring you with me. Perhaps this will be a deck you decide you want to look into, or if you aren’t a tarot reader, maybe this will interest you, or if not perhaps give you some personal insight into something else.

Here is the blank card along with the front of the Comanion book.

Don’t mind the couch. It is time to get a new one. I will be taking a picture of each card as I go through, so you can see the things I refer to in my study, as well as just enjoy the art.

Today, for uplifting as I made the decision on the deck, I mixed lemon and wild orange essential oils in the diffuser. The house smells citrusy and yet you feel as if you could go to the moon and back. Uplifted and energetic…that’s what those will do for you.

I don’t have my own daily tarot card as I have done 11 readings for others in the past 2.5 days and I helped my son with some rune readings. I would leave you with the blank card. Let today be the day for reflection.

Tarot, Tarot and a little more Tarot!

So, I did it. I bit the bullet and joined the Tarot Reader’s Academy Summer School. That’s 13 Tarot courses on a variety of topics starting Solstice (June 21).

I am very excited to begin this next advancement in my Tarot journey and learn from a large variety of well known experts and practitioners in the field. The other thing that excites me about all of this is the sharing with you that I will get to do.

I am also going to start a 78 day tarot study and place it here. This is something else I am excited to be sharing. Beginning Monday, and the 77 days following, I will be posting about each of the tarot cards. Not until Monday because I need to go through my decks and see which one I would like to do this with. I only have 100 or so to choose from. I was planning on going through then this summer anyways, so why not this week/weekend?

I hope that as I study and learn I can pass new knowledge on to those of you who are here. That has always been my goal with the blog. I will be using meditations and diffusers with all I do, so you can still expect information on essential oils and blends, and great places for meditations.

Podcasts getting a shout out:

Tarot Visions

Stirring the Cauldron

Check them out.

I’m Better!

Yes, that’s right, I have finally kicked the nasty creep and crud. That means we should be getting back to regularly scheduled blog posts and some interesting information.

Today I wanted to discuss altars. What an altar is, what is can be used for and why you might have one, no matter your beliefs. Merriam-Webster.com defines an altar as:

1: a usually raised structure or place on which sacrifices are offered or incense is burned in worship —often used figuratively to describe a thing given great or undue precedence or value especially at the cost of something else sacrificed his family life on the altar of career advancement

2: a table on which the eucharistic elements are consecrated or which serves as a center of worship or ritual

So…with that as a working definition, do you have an altar without realizing it? Is there a table or countertop in your house where you have things you value or that represent your faith? If you answered yes, you have an altar, whether you realized it or not. Often times we have more than one without even realizing that is what we are creating.

I burn incense on the table next to my altar. The only thing I burn on my altar are the candles associated with the magick I am working or the meditation I am focusing on. I am also, not a big incense person. I have more of a tendency to burn a candle (which I make), with a scent that works for me. So, I do differ from the working definition in that way. Candles just make me happier, so that is what I use.

My main altar is in my bedroom. It is the one that I change with the Sabbats or the celebrations in my life. The one the crystals, and the table cloth change regularly, that I do my magickal workings at and that I do my meditations close to. However, I have several scattered throughout the house. The top of the china cabinet in the dining room is full of crystals that have been placed as I felt they were needed, along with totems to my spirit animals. The bookshelf in the family room has a shelf that is slowly getting taken over with the things I feel need to be in there for us to be more centered and family oriented. My husband started one without realizing it on his dresser, as we collected things he wanted and felt drawn to.

Altars are simply places we put those things we value, that show what it is we hold as a belief and a trust within ourselves and our faith. So, do you have one or two?

Today’s tarot:

Three of Pentacles: You’ve mastered one phase of your chosen career and you’re looking forward to the challenges of the next. The praise you receive makes you work harder than before – use it as inspiration Oaks you work your way toward your goal. Expect a nod from this higher up the food chain but not much more than a grunt from those below; you can’t impress everyone.

Key Words: Recognition, Hard Work, Skill

Getting there

So 7 days later I am still sick.  Today was the first day I felt a little hungry, but my cough is still gross, my nose still needs constant attention and I’m exhausted.  I do feel good that I only took 1 day off of work, but I can’t say that I was fully here either.

I am sorry to say that I haven’t done any new research for the blog.  I am certain by the weekend I will feel up to having new and exciting stuff for you for next week.  For now I need to focus on getting my stamina back and healing both physically and mentally.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.

 

H

Monday is as Monday does!

Yep, we have arrived at Monday.  I have discovered that Mondays come with their own unique set of issues.  One that I discovered today, language.  My seniors were finishing up their presentations.  Friday they had amazing presentations, great speech patterns, despite being nervous, and no language slippage.  Today…well let’s just say I had some great presentations that received poor marks due to poor speaking, inappropriate language, and slang!!!! Yes, slang in a formal presentation and project.  *sigh*

I know that the world is different for those who are younger, I teach high school and have for many, many years.  However, I also believe that if you are given a set of instructions, time to work in the classroom where questions can be answered by both the facilitator and those working around you, you should be able to create something according to those directions. Maybe I am just out of touch, but last time I checked, if I am asked to do something a specific way and I don’t, there are consequences.

After several false starts today, my students finally realized I was going to make them do their presentation until they met the guidelines, or they were taking a loss in points.  Most opted to re-do their presentations.  Some however, were content to just take a loss in points.  The understanding of why putting the work in to do something right, simply didn’t compute for them.

I ended up having to put a happy blend into the diffuser for my own soul.  In addition, I took several small trips to the outside so that I could let go of the frustration.  I took in the cool, crisp air and let go of the feelings building inside.  I have to realize I have done what I can, and continue to offer them the chance to grow and learn.  If they choose not to take the chance given, there is not much I can do about it.  Thank goodness I have a great green space right outside of my classroom door.  I can ground, center and come back in ready to tackle the next thing.

This weekend I accomplished nothing and it felt wonderful.  Today marks the beginning of a new week, and a new start.  I am going to stay the positive route, keep my mind and body moving forward and find some new blends and mixes for the diffuser.  Lavender and immune are still going at home as hubby still isn’t well, but I will be back soon with something new!

Today’s Tarot: Eight of Pentacles – Slow, steady work…labor intensive but commit with a sincere effort.

Happy Friday!

We have made it through the week!  Congratulations. Today’s oils are anxiety ease and breathe easier.  The kids are doing presentations so keeping their anxiety to a minimum and helping them take deep breaths is in order.

These are blends created by Eden’s Garden.  Anxiety ease is a balanced mixture of Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang and Lemongrass.   Breathe Easier  is a healing mixture of Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. The two blend so well together and the classroom smells amazing. (Eden’s Garden)

The diffuser not only helps them, but it keeps any anxiety I might be having at bay as well.  I have done a better job the last half of the week keeping the anxiety at bay.  I’m not as productive at home as I want to be, but I think that may be the cold I am fighting off.  Hubby sounds like he has pneumonia, but he assures me it’s just a chest cold with head congestion.  I am doing all I can to make sure he is sleeping, keeping the air clean and not getting sick.

I have the same blends at school that I have at home.  At home I also use an immune support blend that is amazing.  That one is made by Ho’ola oils.  It has Orange, Eucalyptus, Clove, Cinnamon and Rosemary.  It is a sweet spicy blend that keeps the immune system boosted and the house smelling wonderful. Clove is one of my favorite scents, so I use it often, especially in the bedroom. (Ho’ola Oils)

Today’s tarot: The High Priestesses: the High Priestess can help you become more connected with the rhythm of the cosmos.  She is the female principle and reflects lunar mysteries. With her at our side we can begin to acquire the awareness and knowledge that there are greater forces at work in our everyday lives.