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Today’s post will be a little different. Just remember I go with what I am given. Almost always, the message is for me, and I can only hope it resonates with someone else as well. The inspiration for today’s post came from a blog post that C.S. Boyack wrote. If you’re interested, here’s the link: https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2022/09/23/sage-grouse/

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I can distinctly remember the first time I realized life wasn’t fair for everyone and it broke my heart. Then the first time I realized that not everyone was honest, my heart broke again. Little by little my naivete and innocence got stripped away. This sweet meditation took me back to my child self, full of innocence, wonder, and trust. Life has worked hard to deprogram that out of us.

I only pulled one card today, and this is what I got.

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The Ten of Cups embodies happiness, joy, and emotional contentment, particularly in your relationships and family. You have created an abundance of love and happiness in your life, and you now share this love with others, expanding your heart even more. This card often appears when you are surrounded by your loved ones with whom you share a powerful and deep connection. You appreciate and support one another, and together, you help each other reach your highest potential. It brings you so much joy to see your loved ones succeed and live happy lives.

The Ten of Cups is the ‘happy family’ card, suggesting that your family relationships are harmonious and loving right now. No one is fighting or causing any tension; all family members are getting along with each other and sharing in the love and happiness that surrounds you. This card may appear in a reading when you are spending more time with family, perhaps on a holiday, reunion, or event, where you can rest and relax together, creating fun and happy family memories and strong bonds.

The Ten of Cups encourages you to follow your heart and trust your intuition to lead you to the opportunities aligned with your Highest Good. Your feelings and emotions will guide you. When something feels fantastic, do more of it; and when something doesn’t feel right, do less of it. Allow your inner guidance to lead the way. Seek out opportunities that fulfill you and align with your personal values instead of following the path that others expect you to take.

MY TAKEAWAY:

Honestly, there isn’t anything I can add to that. I think we are being reminded just how important family is, even though sometimes we may not understand them or even like them. We chose them. They chose us. On the other hand, we have adopted families, and the same applies.

And this little dragon adds a bit more to the theme and message.

Lilac and Fire Dragon. Transmutes through the power of divine love. Open up to transcendent love and enlightenment. Purity of heart brings peace, hope and joy.

I hope you have a great week ahead! Embrace your family and try to find the carefree child you once were.

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Happy Monday! I wish you a great start to a new week. Let’s plant some seeds!

This mindfulness meditation is short but powerful for centering.

The Tarot cards really spoke to me today. I hope something about the reading will also resonate with you.

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I know these cards will look familiar to you. We’ve seen them before, but never all three together.

First of all, notice the numbers (5,6,7). Interesting.

The Seven of Cups represents choices and decisions. There are so many things to choose from, and you may find your ideas are not grounded in reality. Often, the Seven of Cups can be a sign of wishful thinking and projecting into the future about what you would like to create, rather than taking action here in the present to make it happen. The Seven of Cups may be a sign of shiny object syndrome, where you keep finding the ‘next big thing’ but fail to see any of those new opportunities through to the end. When you are constantly in the idea phase, you miss the chance to bring your designs into fruition. Now is a time to focus on the one thing that will move you closer to your goal; resist the temptation to get side-tracked with other ideas as they arise. If need be, note your ideas as they come up, but stay focused on the one thing you’re doing. This card is inviting you to move out of the ideas and options phase and choose. Remember your choices today form your tomorrow.

The Five of Pentacles typically represent loss or poverty. It may predict hard times, especially when it comes to your work, career, finances, and material possessions. In this time of need, the Five of Pentacles indicates that you feel isolated and alone. Just like the two people in the card, you feel as if you have been left in the cold. You may wonder, “Why is no one coming to help me!?” It may appear as if no one cares anymore. However, since the windows in the church are lit up, help is nearby, but you are too focused on your problems to notice. You may be waiting for someone to come and help you when really, you need to be proactive and ask for help. You need to swallow your pride or let go of your fear of rejection and reach out. People are here to support you. Find them and let them know you need them. The upside is that this is a Minor Arcana card with temporary effects (rather than a Major Arcana card which has a longer-term impact). This, too, shall pass.

The Six of Swords may indicate that you are in a state of transition, leaving behind the familiar and moving toward the unknown. This change may be your own doing or forced upon you, and you may feel sad to leave behind what is so familiar to you. However, you know this move is essential for your growth and personal development. The card invites you to let go of whatever is holding you back. You are headed toward a much better position in life, so long as you are willing to evolve and shed whatever you no longer need. Do not dwell on what gets left behind. Instead, use this as an opportunity to change your beliefs about yourself, moving away from whom you used to be and toward whom you want to be. Similarly, the Six of Swords asks you to reflect on any emotional or mental baggage you may carry as you move from one phase to the next. In the boat stand six upstanding swords – a sign you are still carrying a heavy weight from your past as you move forward, which might slow your personal growth. These ‘swords’ may be memories, relationships, habits, behaviors, thought patterns, and beliefs that are no longer serving you. Decide what you need to take with you and what you can leave behind. The one comfort that always stands out to me about this card is that you are not alone. The boatman is helping get you where you need to be, and it’s a much better place.

MY TAKEAWAY:

Be mindful of the choices you make. Choosing something that is not grounded in reality is setting yourself up for failure, the feeling of loss, and desperation. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It is time to leave behind what no longer serves you and move on to something better and brighter. But you are never alone.

And this little Dragon is ready to help clear your way!

Deep Blue Dragon - Keeps you safe by clearing your pathway. Trust that you are protected. Walk on a path of light.

It’s Labor Day in the U.S. – #RuneCard

What is Labor Day? It is a day set aside to celebrate the millions of workers who keep our nation moving.

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It’s an official Monday holiday in the United States, and I am spending part of the day today with my children and grandchildren at a water park. It’s their last big splash for the summer. For that reason, I am foregoing my regular Monday post as I will be away and unable to respond to comments.

However, I do want to leave you with this inspiration for the week. It’s not only powerful but timely.

From the Rune Oracle Card Deck

Mannaz is the rune that is connected to the sense of union that unites all humanity to the cosmos. The god shown on the card has three faces—one facing the moon, one turning toward the sun, and one looking ahead. His gaze embraces the totality of the world and mankind.

This card alludes to cooperation and reminds us that no one is an island. We are bound by invisible threads that cannot be dissolved. The card indicates collective dreams and the joy of cooperating and having a shared project. Unity is strength. Exchange and communication are two key components of the card.

Mannaz facilitates communication and exchange between us and others.

Thank you for stopping by. I’ll return to my regular Monday posts next week. In the meantime, make it a great week ahead!

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Good morning! It’s the beginning of the last week of August. We are on the downhill slide for summer and I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to fall!

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This meditation brought me such a wonderful feeling! I hope it does for you, too.

The Tarot Reading today seems to be far-reaching—not for one person, but for a collective.

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When I first looked at this spread, what came to mind is how everyone in the world is interconnected in some way. And the critical distress our planet is in causes grief and heavy worry. But the outcome is joyous with a collective of souls. Then I looked deeper.

The World card invites you to reflect on your journey, honor your achievements, and tune into your spiritual lessons. Celebrate your successes and bask in the joy of having brought your goals to fruition. All the triumphs and tribulations along your path have made you into the strong, wise, more experienced person you are now. Express gratitude for what you have created and harvested. Finally, make sure you don’t rush into the next big project—celebrating your journey will set you up for success when you are ready for your next challenge. This card reinforces Universal understanding and global awareness, and you will find a new appreciation for people and cultures from across the world.

The Nine of Swords suggests that dark thoughts and disturbing feelings are weighing you down (and keeping you up at night). You are worrying excessively about a situation, and your negative thoughts are getting the better of you, leaving you stressed and anxious. The more you associate with your fears, the more they will rule your life. As you obsess over what’s not working, the more anxious you become and the more you will worry. It becomes a negative cycle where one awful thought leads to another, and another, and another until they overwhelm you. Just as the nine swords are stacked upon each other on the wall, so too are your negative thoughts. Be careful because the fear and worry in the Nine of Swords can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. As you obsess over what may go wrong, you are more likely to manifest your worst-case scenario because you are inadvertently acting in ways that support your negative thoughts. This card reminds you that much of the fear and worry you are experiencing is in your head and not necessarily an accurate reflection of what is happening around you. You may make things worse for yourself by over-thinking or obsessing over the worst-case scenarios. It is time to examine your situation from a new perspective. Instead of looking for evidence of what is going wrong, put your attention on what is going right.

When the Three of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, you are encouraged to gather with your closest friends and have a good time together, talking, laughing, sharing and creating. Together, you give and receive the love, support and compassion each of you needs from one another. You may be inspired to host a girls’ night out, a weekend away, or start a women’s circle so you can join forces with like-minded people. The energy is high, and you’re here to do amazing things together. This card also invites you to collaborate with others on a creative project and inspire one another to reach new heights. Collectively, you are working towards a common goal for the greater good of others, and by reaching out to others and banding together, you can achieve a great deal by sharing your positive energy and passion with the wider community. 

MY TAKEAWAY:

Don’t shy away from celebrating what you’ve accomplished. Not in a braggart sort of way, but genuine joy and gratitude for each accomplishment, no matter how small. Don’t let worry bog you down. Change what you can and put the rest out to the Universe to take care of. It’s not your job to save the world, only your little corner of it. And even though things may look bleak, find little things to celebrate with your loved ones, regardless if it’s family and/or friends. When we look we can always find something to be thankful for.

Each time I pull a dragon card, I think it’s the most gorgeous one, but seriously, this one is so beautiful! And what a great message!

Rainbow Dragon. Brings the leap of joy that opens new doors. Have trust. Rediscover wisdom. Expect miracles. Accept opportunities.

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This month is already flying by as we hit the halfway mark. I know of no way to slow time down. My mom used to say the older she got, the faster time went. I am starting to believe it.

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I found this meditation with wonderful affirmations.

And now for the message from the Tarot for our week.

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When the Eight of Cups shows up in a Tarot reading, you may feel compelled to walk away from a situation. It suggests you sense that something is missing, particularly on an emotional or spiritual level, and instead of waiting around for things to get better, you know you need to leave that unfulfilling situation. It may not make sense to others because, on the face, it looks as if you have everything you had wished for – but, deep down, you know it’s not serving your Highest Good, and it’s time for you to let it go and move on. The Eight of Cups invites you to ask yourself what brings you joy, contentment, and fulfillment on a deeper level. Without it, you might pursue goals that fail to give you the satisfaction you’re seeking.

The Nine of Pentacles indicates financial independence or basking in the fruits of your labors. You’ve worked hard, and now is the time to enjoy the rewards. Thanks to your independent efforts, self-confidence, and discipline, you attained a well-deserved success and created a stable foundation for your life. You have achieved so much, and while you may not be at the finish line just yet, this is your opportunity to acknowledge your achievements and re-energize yourself for the final phase.

The Sun card is fitting for the hot summer month of August. It represents success, radiance, and abundance. The Sun gives you strength and tells you that no matter where you go or what you do, your positive and radiant energy will follow you and bring you happiness and joy. If you are going through a difficult time, The Sun brings you the message you have been waiting for: that things will get better, a lot better! Through the challenges along your path, you discovered who you are and why you’re here. The Sun connects you to your power base – not fear-driven, egotistical power, but the abundant, inner energy radiating through you right now. You’ll sense it in your Solar Plexus chakra, calling you to express yourself authentically and be fully present in the world around you.

MY TAKEAWAY:

There are times in life when we have to turn our backs on a situation that no longer serves us. It could be something small, like a craving for unhealthy foods, or it could be larger and on a more emotional level. But the cards following indicate joy, abundance, and success is to be had by taking the initiative to walk away and move toward the joyous energy of the sun!

This is a card I don’t think I’ve ever drawn before, but how amazing that it follows the Sun card!

Magenta Dragon
Enables you to bring forward your soul wisdom. Awaken your soul memories and higher spiritual understanding. Prepare for accelerated ascension!

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Good morning beautiful souls! I missed you last week while I was away. We had a jam-packed week of fun in the Florida sun at Universal Studios and Volcano Bay. The kiddos loved it. They are big Harry Potter fans, so that was a big treat for them.

Now it’s back to the real world, although I will be away again next Monday.

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Within the structure of our Universe, there is a perfect balance. This meditation brings such a state of peaceful harmony, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I recently bought a new deck of Oracle cards and wanted to use them in the weekly reading.

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The card I drew for this week is Isa. I added the actual rune with this symbol to the photo.

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The meaning of Isa is Ice. The keyword is intuition.

Odin holds a stick on the end of which shines a transparent stone as if might have been carved from ice. This symbolizes the purity of truth. There is such power in this card. He almost looks angry and most certainly determined. I love all the different colors and symbols on his robe.

The rune is associated with thought and intuition. We might have unexpected flashes of awareness occur that can pierce the veil of illusion and sometimes cause turmoil, both internal and external.

Courage and moral strength are needed to be able to sustain our truth unwaveringly.

Isa protects us from overly harsh criticism and enhances our critical thinking and self-esteem.

My Takeaway:

This is pretty straightforward. The truth is our strength in any and every situation. Unexpected awareness can shake us out of our comfort zones. Harsh criticism is something we, as authors, often experience. I think the message in this is to remain unwaveringly in our truth, keep our self-esteem and never stop believing in our stories.

What a lovely Dragon Card showed up today!

Quan Yin's Pink Dragon brings firm love that resets your karmic balance. See all your cords dissolved by transcendent love. Enjoy your freedom. Look for the divine around you.
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I wish you a great week ahead! Keep your balance!

Happy 4th of July! #MondayMotivation – #Meditation #TarotReading #DragonOracleCard

I hope everyone in the United States is enjoying the 4th of July holiday.

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What a powerful tarot spread this week! Take a look!

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I don’t recall ever drawing the Queen and King of Swords together, but I did today.

The Queen of Swords represents independent clear thinking. She is a no-nonsense influence, seeking truth with unbiased judgment. When interacting with others, she will not tolerate mistruths or excessive ‘fluff’. She prefers to get to the heart of the matter without engaging in too much chit-chat or gossip. She is a quick thinker and highly perceptive, piercing through the noise and confusion to get straight to the point. While she maintains empathy for others, she also will not tolerate any kind of deception. It’s not that she doesn’t care, she simply doesn’t have time for anyone who is not 100% true and authentic.

The King of Swords is the ultimate symbol of intellectual power and authority. He has the courage and intellect to achieve all that he desires. When this card appears in a Tarot reading, you are in your power, ruling from a place of authority and respect. You stand firm in your truth and express yourself with deep conviction. As a result, others pay attention to what you have to say. Under the influence of this mighty king, you have a clarity of mind and can perceive the truth, so it is up to you to take the lead by providing an objective point of view and making decisions based on impartial judgment. Sounds like the perfect match for his queen, doesn’t it? As a professional advisor, he may come across as detached or disinterested in your personal circumstances unless it relates specifically to his skillset. This is so he can provide only the most relevant guidance to you.

Both the King and Queen lead from the head, not the heart.

The Wheel of Fortune reminds you that the wheel is always turning and life is in a state of constant change. If you’re going through a difficult time rest assured that it will get better from here. Good luck and good fortune will make their return in time. Similarly, if things are going well, know this, too, will change. This cycle shows why it is so important to cherish the blissful moments in your life and make the most of them while they are within reach – because in a flash they could be gone. The Wheel of Fortune is also known as the wheel of karma and reminds you that ‘what goes around comes around.’ Be a kind and loving person to others, and they’ll be kind and loving to you. Be nasty and mean, and you will get nasty and mean turning back your way. So, if you want happiness and abundance, make sure you’re sending out that positive juju in kind. What you send out into the Universe will come back your way. The Wheel of Fortune card asks you to be optimistic and have faith that the Universe will take care of your situation in the best way possible. Meditation and visualization can reinforce your intention to bring increased abundance, good fortune, and prosperity to you. 

MY TAKEAWAY:

This week calls for clear unemotional thinking and acting from a point of truth without judgment. Be kind to everyone you meet. Remember, karma is real. Remain optimistic regardless of your situation!

Isn’t this a gorgeous dragon card? I love it!

I have been asked by Patty Fletcher to explain the dragon card for those who are not sighted and I am happy to oblige. This is the Air and Fire Dragon and he expands our creative energies. He is a beautiful combination of blues and oranges with a volcano erupting in front of him. His message: Harness your creativity, excitement, and enthusiasm. Communicate your passion.

Air and Fire Dragon. Expands your creative energies. Harness your creativity, excitement and enthusiasm. Communicate your passion.

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The quote I am sharing today hit me in a powerful way. Think about it. How often do we find ourselves being silenced and denied? How can we grow and flourish under such duress? I do not want to ever turn my blog space into a political arena. But the overturning of Roe vs. Wade just set women back a hundred years – silenced and denied. I have never believed the government had any right to dictate what a woman can and can’t do with her body. So, this is not political, but social.

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This meditation is perfect for finding your hidden strength.

Consulting the Tarot cards brought rather confusing results, so I’ll try my best to interpret them in a general way that hopefully everyone can relate to.

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The Eight of Pentacles is a card of apprenticeship and mastery. When this card appears in a Tarot reading, you are working hard to improve your skills and become a master at what you do. It may indicate further education or study in order to hone your skills. More broadly, the Eight of Pentacles suggests you are working away at the finer details of the various aspects of your life, in an effort to continuously improve your situation. You may be unhappy with your current state, and you know you need to make some important changes in your life to increase your overall satisfaction. This card is a positive sign that you are committed to making those changes and to ensuring that you give yourself the best possible chance. Overall, this is a very hard-working and conscientious energy that is present in your life. Keep doing what you are doing as it will eventually lead to success.

The Two of Wands indicates you are exploring your options and carefully plotting out the path ahead, accounting for all possibilities and potential challenges. You are open to growth and exploring new territories, so long as you maintain a level of certainty that your efforts will work out in the end. It is important that you establish a clear plan before moving ahead. Contemplation, introspection, and expansion are the keywords for this card. The Twos in Tarot often represent decisions of some sort. With this two, you may make a choice between sticking with what you know or taking a risk. 

The Seven of Cups is all about choices, opportunities, and at times, illusions. Often, the Seven of Cups can be a sign of wishful thinking and projecting into the future about what you would like to create, rather than taking action here in the present to make it happen. This card is inviting you to move out of the ideas and options phase and choose. Each will have its pros and cons – it’s up to you to make sure that the option you select is in alignment with your purpose and your Highest Good – even if you feel somewhat paralyzed by the options available to you.

MY TAKEAWAY:

I struggled with this reading because the question I approached it with, was regarding human rights. But the cards took me down another path, which tells me the situation and question I had in mind are out of my control. And isn’t that true? So, going with the cards, we are encouraged to keep honing our craft, to stick with what we know while contemplating the future and what it may or may not hold for us. We always have certain choices in life and it is wise to look at those choices through realistic eyes.

Your thoughts?

I absolutely love this Dragon card, but then I love them all. 🙂

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Still feeling the need for a bit more, I drew from my Angel Oracle Card deck and this is what came up.

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There you have it. I hope you make it a great week ahead and try to look past the crazy world for something uplifting and positive.

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Welcome to another Monday post. Today’s theme seems to be all about making choices.

The Tarot reading for the week ahead focuses on exposing darkness and illusions and celebrating!

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The Devil card focuses on our shadow selves – the negative part of us we don’t want anyone to see, that holds us back from being the best version of ourselves. The Devil card often appears when you have been tricked into thinking you have no control over your shadow self or these negative forces and that you can never break free from their hold. When this card shows up in a reading, see it as an opportunity to bring these negative influences into your conscious awareness, so you can then take action to free yourself from their hold. Shine your light on the negative patterns that have been standing in your way for so long, and over time, you will loosen the grip they have on you. 

The Moon can indicate a time of uncertainty and illusion—when nothing is what it seems. Be careful of making fast decisions when The Moon appears because you may later realize you only had half the information you needed. You need to listen to and trust your intuition so you can see beyond what is in front of you. Feel into situations rather than thinking about what they mean. Let go of your conscious mental blocks or negative self-talk and allow your intuition to guide you. Your dreams, intuitions, and inner guidance will lead you forward toward higher levels of understanding if you listen and use your judgment to help interpret the messages of the subconscious.

The Three of Cups is a card of celebration, friendship, sisterhood, and creative collaborations. Your friends and family are here to support you and lift you up to even higher levels of success. Celebrate with them and enjoy their camaraderie. The Three of Cups often indicates a very sociable period. This card also invites you to collaborate with others on a creative project and inspire one another to reach new heights. Collectively, you are working towards a common goal for the greater good of others. This is a very creative card, suggesting that you may pursue a creative outlet within a group environment.

MY TAKEAWAY:

When we think we have no control over our shadow selves, we get stuck in negative and destructive patterns. But we always have a choice, and if we listen to our intuition, choose the higher path, shine a light on the darkness, and let go of negativity, we get to enjoy a celebration of friendship, joy, and possibly creative collaborations.

And now for another lovely Dragon Card!

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Welcome to the beginning of another new week. Today’s meditation is designed to bring a deep sense of peace and well-being.

Here is the Rune Reading for the upcoming week.

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It is hard to tell from the photo, but the rune in the first position on the left is Tiwaz or Tir, the arrow. It represents courage, victory, strength, passion, and masculine energy. It indicates that you may have recently taken up a cause and are ready to fight for what you believe in. It is a rune of extreme motivation, showing a strength of will and a singleness of mind that can enable you to overcome all odds.

In the middle or present position is Uruz, another rune of strength, health, power, and energy. You have the strength to persevere through any challenge as well as defend yourself against adversaries. If you are pursuing a dream, this rune suggests that there is enough momentum behind you to bring it into manifested form. Summon your connection to divine energy and trust that you will be guided to channel your personal power toward a positive outcome.

In the last or future position is Mannaz, the rune that represents humanity. This rune reminds us that we are part of a shared experience among all humans, no matter our specific language, physical appearance, or beliefs. Oftentimes, this rune is pointing to some aspect of tension in the relationship between your inner self and your perceived place in the outer world. You may be feeling at odds with the attitudes and expectations of society.

My Takeaway:

With two runes that indicate power and strength, there is no doubt we are capable of handling whatever might come our way. And we should never separate ourselves from our fellow human travelers. We are all in this game together and it is easy these days to feel at odds with the attitudes and expectations of society.

What a gorgeous Dragon card for springtime!

Wow! This entire reading was just for me. I am in the process of putting together the presentation to honor Rick and his music for The Western Film Festival and am struggling with technology I need to successfully create a video with clips from the very early sixties of him and his band. I managed to take the clips off a VCR tape to a DVD and that’s as far as I got. When I tried to download it to my computer, it tells me there is nothing on the disc and yet it will play on the DVD player, so I know it’s there. However, I will persevere! I have the power and strength to figure it out. And, as the Dragon card says, I need to stay balanced and ground my visions while manifesting my hopes and dreams!

Have a great week!