Angels and Ancestors - Final Thoughts

 Last week was my last pull of the section of the Angels and Ancestors Oracle by Kyle Gray and Lily Moses that I chose to keep in my working deck.  I wanted to post a follow up to my interpretation of the cards with a review of the cards in general. 


Overall the deck is beautiful. I mean that's really what attracts us to Oracle or Tarot cards anyway. The art on these cards is stunning. I love the way the imagery tells the story of the card. When I went through each card and followed the author's note on them I noticed there were a few things that didn't quite match.  For example, the Sun and Moon cards did not play off each other in a way one would expect. The same with Arrow and Broken Arrow.  I would expect these two examples to be opposite of eachother but when you sit down and read the author's intention you see that they certainly are not.




One annoying thing about Oracle and Tarot cards in general is that they're always so bloody big.  I have small hands. Shuffling these oversized cards is hard, but add my small hands and there's almost no way for me to do this. I have managed to work with this but I am working on creating my own deck of cards and they will NOT be oversized.  (smiles) 

I will say however, this is one of my favorite reviews of a deck of cards. The colors, the images and the authors choice to use people of color and to include non-binary representations was fantastic. I do highly recommend checking out this deck.

Blessings
Sosanna



Witchcraft Therapy - A Review

 This is a review of the Book Witchcraft Therapy, Your Guide to Banishing Bullsh*t and Invoking your Inner Power by Mandi Em. 

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This is a great little hard cover book with bright blue graphics in the shape of flowers, crystals and feathers across the front and back of the book.  The size is perfect for tossing in a bag to read on the beach or at your favorite coffee or tea hangout.  The print inside is a nice size and it easy to read.  It is an average length book coming in at 217 pages not including the index. 




The index in the back of the book is of nice size. I always like it when an author includes an index. To me, an index makes the difference between a so-so book and a great book. I need to be able to get to your information quickly.  Help me find it by adding something like this author did with this six page index.

The author begins with a brief introduction into magic.  They provide techniques around energy work, grounding, creating magical spaces, manifestations, rituals and more.  There's even a brief section on safety when I found welcoming.  Coming from a family where more than one of my ancestors dresses caught on fire I can say watch your robes there because in a minute it can all go up in smoke!

One of the first things you'll notice about this book is that our author isn't your typical "thee and thou" magical writer. This book is written in a modern language with slang and the occasional "curse" word.
It isn't offensive, but very entertaining and I can feel the energy on each page.  



I'm not going to rewrite the spells included in the book, but I will say that they are simple to follow and include a host of supporting dialog that I believe would be great for a witch of any level. I really enjoyed the section on the cleansing practice for realigning energy. 

The journal prompts for breaking old habits I think is essential for anyone (witch or not) to learn.  WE need to learn to this in all aspects of our lives today.

The forgiveness spell on page 181 was another one of my favorites. I can see how doing with as a self healing exercise would be fantastic. 




Overall I found this book easy to read and frankly a joy to review.  The modern language and peppy step of the spells really appealed to me. I can see any young witch really being drawn to this book.  I highly recommend this as a graduation gift, a house warming or birthday present. I believe the age level for this is probably young adult up through mature. I do believe that anyone would benefit from this book.

Be sure to check back in for my other reviews coming soon!

Namaste,

Sosanna




Angels and Ancestors - Warrior Symbols Three

  Today I'm exploring more into my new oracle deck Angels & Ancestors by Kyle Gray, art by Lily Moses. I wanted to start with a smaller part of the deck and become familiar with the it. Not just memorize the author's meaning of the cards but really fully connect with the intent of the card and what it says to me. 

We'll be going back to the deck and pulling three Warrior Symbols. I hope you enjoy.

Warrior Symbols



Mountains

The Mountains card tells us to Stand Your Ground.  Hold on to your beliefs or focus on what what you believe is right.  Mountains are a symbol of strength and wisdom. The have been here stretching from earth to the stars for all of time.  They are immoveable and unshakable and deliver the energy of resilience. When mountains arrive in our spread we should remember to root ourselves deeply in our believes and stand strong in the face of adversity. If presented with a decision, stop and reflect on the question, as the answer is within.



Moon

The Moon card tells us to Take Note of Intuitive Messages.  Use our intuition and see through illusions presented. The moon has always been a representation of the divine feminine. She is the Goddess to the Sun God.  She has the energy of balance and polarity. The moon is strongly associated with emotions which ebb and flow like the tides of oceans. The moon has different faces some dark and some fully bright. When the moon card is drawn we're reminded that not everything is as it seems and we should watch for those messages that often come from sources other than the typical.





Sun

The Sun card tells us to Enjoy Success and Happiness. Doors are opening, follow up on those projects and paths that are presented. Success is just around the corner. The sun is associate with energy and success. It also represents the god to the moon's goddess representation. The sun brings life and warmth to the planet and is a source of light in the darkness of space. When we see the sun card in our spread we are reminded to look to the future with optimism and happiness. Things are changing for the better. We are the writers of our own story and we have the power to make our dreams come true.









I hope you have enjoyed my take on these cards from the suit of  Warrior.  I'd love to have your feedback or questions. Post your comments here or sent a private message and we can certainly have a chat.  There's a button on the right of the page that will start an IM conversation with me if you choose.  

I have a few slots open for new clients, so if you're interested in that click the "become a client" link at the top of the page.

Namaste
Sosanna

Ancestors and Angels - Warrior Symbols Two

 Today I'm exploring more into my new oracle deck Angels & Ancestors by Kyle Gray, art by Lily Moses. I wanted to start with a smaller part of the deck and become familiar with the it. Not just memorize the author's meaning of the cards but really fully connect with the intent of the card and what it says to me. 

We'll be going back to the deck and pulling three Warrior Symbols. I hope you enjoy.

Warrior Symbols


Arrow

The Arrow tells us to Surround Yourself with Protective Energy.  We need to bring together positive people and energy in our lives now.  Arrows are a symbol of protection and defence. When the arrow appears we should look to protect ourselves from those people or situations that might cause us harm. This isn't an indicator of attack, but a message to be aware of things that may come. When the arrow card is pulled we should follow our intuition about who to trust and what to trust. Things may not always be as they seem.



Broken Arrow

The Broken Arrow tells us to embrace the energy of peace.  Let go of the defensive feelings and allow yourself to take the next step in harmony with those around you.  It has be used in traditional cultures to signify the end of a war or hostility between tribes.  When the broken arrow is drawn this is a symbol that it is time to put down your weapons. To move forward we must put away our fears. Going in peace is the way to ensure happiness for yourself and those around you.






Drum

The Drum Card tells us to Dream and Journey.  Take a journey inside ourselves to find information that will help us on our path.  In some shamanic cultures the drum is the main tool of the healers and help with meditation. The melodic beat has aided in meditation and trance work for centuries. It can help one enter a dream state that will open up the mind to hear messages that lay deep within our psyche. When the drum arrives in our spread we're reminded to listen to the sound of the drum which echoes the sounds of the heartbeat and gaze within ourselves to look for the answers we seek.






Stag

The Stag tells us to Trust and Thrive.  Bring the light of our being front and center and live our destiny. The stag, in Celtic tradition, is the king of the forest.  He brings protection when needed. In some Native American cultures he is honored for being a source of sustenance and utilized in varied methods, from drums and rattles to clothing.  He is a being of fertility and sexuality. When this card presents in our spread we are reminded to trust all of our gifts, all the things that we have to offer to ourselves and to others. Take those gifts, use them to grow and thrive in our current space. We should feel safe, protected and ready to move forward with this powerful energy.  Be proud of who we are and walk the path of the stag.







I hope you have enjoyed my take on these cards from the suit of  Warrior.  I'd love to have your feedback or questions. Post your comments here or sent a private message and we can certainly have a chat.  There's a button on the right of the page that will start an IM conversation with me if you choose.  

I have a few slots open for new clients, so if you're interested in that click the "become a client" link at the top of the page.

Namaste
Sosanna

Ancestors and Angels - Sacred Ones Three & Warrior Symbols

Today I'm exploring more into my new oracle deck Angels & Ancestors by Kyle Gray, art by Lily Moses. I wanted to start with a smaller part of the deck and become familiar with the it. Not just memorize the author's meaning of the cards but really fully connect with the intent of the card and what it says to me. 

We'll be going back to the deck and pulling four more cards one of the Sacred Ones cards and three Warrior Symbols. I hope you enjoy.


Sacred Ones

Spirit Fox

The Spirit Fox tells us to Trust your talents in changing times. This is the time to stay alert, change is coming. A fox knows what it is like to be hunted. They live in varied areas from urban to wild and even in the barren cold of the north and the heat of the desert. They survive by staying alert and watching what is around them. When we see this card in our spread we should embrace the fox medicine and remember to be present and alert for there is something that requires our attention coming. Trust our inner knowledge and we will prevail.


Seer

The Seer card tells us to See beyond the Current Situation. She is an intuitive being channeling information on what is happening now. Allowing us to see that our intentions can and do change the future. We can use this knowledge to not only change but create the best future for us.  When this card is pulled take some time to focus on what you can see coming and make the path better for yourself and those around you.



Warrior Symbols

Eagle

The Eagle card tells us to see from a higher perspective.  Look at thing from different angles and see from all points of view.  The eagle is a powerful courageous guide that is able to view their domain from high in the clouds. It is able to see all around and is able to make decisions based on that wide view. When this card is pulled take a moment to stop and take the higher road, look at the situation from a different place. There may be something you're missing.




Snake

The Snake tells us to shed old skin.  Cast off the old and show your true colors.  Unleash your gifts and talents to the world.  The medicine of the snake is said to allow one to reach the highest spiritual potential.  The snake sheds it's skin and it left with brightly colored scales as it grows and changes.  When you see the snake in your draw take some time to think about what may be limiting you, what needs to be left behind in order for you to become a better version of you!



I hope you have enjoyed my take on these cards from the suit of  The Sacred Ones and Warrior Cards.  I'd love to have your feedback or questions. Post your comments here or sent a private message and we can certainly have a chat.  There's a button on the right of the page that will start an IM conversation with me if you choose.  

I have a few slots open for new clients, so if you're interested in that click the "become a client" link at the top of the page.

Namaste
Sosanna

Ancestors and Angels - Sacred Ones Two

Today I'm exploring more into my new oracle deck Angels & Ancestors by Kyle Gray, art by Lily Moses. I wanted to start with a smaller part of the deck and become familiar with the it. Not just memorize the author's meaning of the cards but really fully connect with the intent of the card and what it says to me. 

We'll be going back to the deck and pulling four more of the Sacred Ones cards. I hope you enjoy.

Sacred Ones

Elder


The Elder card tells us to move beyond ancestral patterns. Look further than the path laid out for you by your ancestors and family.  Your spirit is stronger than what is created by patterns from our birth. The image on the card is a man of Aboriginal tribes. These are the oldest living people on the plant still alive today.  They represent the holding on of the strength of the ancestors but encompassing the intuition to adapt and change to continue to live in an ever changing world.   All while keeping one foot set in the spiritual realm.  When the Elder is pulled, he reminds us to keep our head up and focus on the healing work that needs to be done. We should look to move past the failures or hardships of the past because within us lies the power to thrive. 



Shapeshifter


The Shapeshifter tells us to transform and unveil your gifts.  The image on the card is a shapeshifting shaman. He is flanked by a hawk and wolf beneath the full moon. An image of a snake surrounds him and his eyes one human and one big cat looks deep within us.  Shifting allows us to see the world through different eyes. We can call upon the animal that speaks to us and use that animal medicine to guide us through times when we may need just a bit more support.  Each of these gifts we then have within us. We take the eyes of the hawk or the will of the elephant and apply them to our daily trials. When the Shapeshifter card is pulled it is letting us know that we will have the opportunity to call upon those strengths. Be alert to a particular animal you're seeing regularly. It may be that you need to harness the energy of this animal and use this power to help as the days move on.




Hunter

The Hunter tells us to track down our fears and desires. This card depicts the god of the hunt, Cernunnos  He is the god of the hunt and the hunted. He connects us with our fears and our fearlessness.  We need only get past these fears to find our deepest desires. The stag is the proud animal. He is strong and resilient. He reminds us to put down these fears and walk tall on the earth. Focus our energy on achieving our goals. Find the things we desire and move towards obtaining them.  When this card is pulled it reminds us to move past the things that are stopping us and focus our energy on the things that we truly desire. We have the capacity to achieve our goals. We just need to do it.




She-Wolf

The She-Wolf tells us to unleash the wild within.  Unleash the wild side and allow our desires to take over.  The image on this card is a shamanic half wolf, have woman howling at the boom. She is the alpha female. She can and will take charge of the situation. She is unfiltered and undeterred.  She reminds us to be free and unchained. As she throws back her head and howls to to the moon, she wants us to embrace that wild energy within us and take our pack into the future.  When this card is pulled it reminds us to focus on that wolf energy, track down where we want to go and don't let anyone that may attempt to deter us, stand in our way. We are on the path of our wild side, take charge and succeed!




I hope you have enjoyed my take on these cards from the suit of  The Sacred Ones.  I'd love to have your feedback or questions. Post your comments here or sent a private message and we can certainly have a chat.  There's a button on the right of the page that will start an IM conversation with me if you choose.  

I have a few slots open for new clients, so if you're interested in that click the "become a client" link at the top of the page.

Namaste
Sosanna

Ethereal Grind - Altar Cloths

 Today I wanted to share with you some new items we have in at Ethereal Grind.  We  have a new selection of Altar Cloths available.  These are a unique set of coverings made with frayed edges giving them a bit more of a mystical appearance. 


The two largest each have a celtic style knotwork around the board with a center area for the main image. One is a triple moon with a pentacle in the center. The second has a large pentacle. I love both of these!



The next I have is a huge 72 x 21 inch runner style tapestry.  It has three printed pentacles across the center with celtic knotwork around the outside.  This would be a great piece for an ancestral mantle altar or showcasing a wide working altar.

Either of these would be a fantastic addition to your sacred space. You can get yours here.


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out my series on Ancestors and Angels oracle deck.  

Namaste,

Sosanna

Ancestors and Angels - Sacred Ones

  Today I'm exploring more into my new oracle deck Angels & Ancestors by Kyle Gray, art by Lily Moses. I wanted to start with a smaller part of the deck and become familiar with the it. Not just memorize the author's meaning of the cards but really fully connect with the intent of the card and what it says to me. 

We'll be going back to the deck and pulling four more of the Sacred Ones cards. I hope you enjoy.

Sacred Ones

The Medicine Mother tells us to Honour Your Inner Knowing. Trust our inner knowledge and do what needs to be done.  As a maternal figure our "mother knows best" as the saying goes. This card tells us that our "mother" has gone through loss as well as her ups and downs and knows what we need to do it move forward. Even though we will have lows, the Medicine Mother reminds us we are supported and are not here to suffer. When this card is pulled keep courage and keep stepping forward into the future no matter the challenge.  We must trust our inner strength and move on.








The Hermit tells us to retreat and recharge.  This card tells us to take time to recover in order to continue to grow.  We should listen to our heart and focus on that energy.  This card represents solitude and meditation.  We can look within ourselves to find the answer to many of the questions and challenges we face each day.  The Hermit reminds us that working hard is a great quality but we also need to stop and rest. When the Hermit card is pulled we should slow down, take a moment to listen to the energy within us before proceeding.





The Peacekeeper tells us to let go of the need to be right.  Choose the peaceful path and avoid the path of the energy draining need that leads to be right.  The sacred white buffalo and the peace pipe in this imagery indicates the abundance and manifestation and the desire to no longer fight.  The Peacekeeper medicine reminds us to take the higher road. When this card is pulled calm that warrior within us that wants to fight every battle presented. Stop, center and come back to the knowledge and understanding that peace is the ultimate state.   




The Wise One tellus to grow within your current situation.  Buckle down and stand strong.  Listen to the wisdom of the elders. The Wise One represents the crone energy. She is the strongest energy and most connected with the goddess and the ancestors.  The raven represents rebirth and the owl, wisdom.  When this card is pulled we are reminded to keep working hard on our current situation. Focus and call on the energy of the wise one. She has the answer and we only need listen to her voice on the winds of the night to find our answer.


I hope you have enjoyed my take on these cards from the suit of  The Sacred Ones.  I'd love to have your feedback or questions. Post your comments here or sent a private message and we can certainly have a chat.  There's a button on the right of the page that will start an IM conversation with me if you choose.  

I have a few slots open for new clients, so if you're interested in that click the "become a client" link at the top of the page.

Namaste
Sosanna


Ethereal Grind Product Review - Witch's Cabinet

 This week I wanted to share with you this pretty amazing cabinet that we picked up for the shop.  Our shop has lots of altar tools, incense as well as handmade items such as jewelry and personalized t-shirts. You can see all of our products at www.Etherealgrind.com.

Now on to the cabinet.

It is incredible. It is made with solid wood and has pentacles around the front and sides.  Each drawer is hand carved and has space for herbs, rocks or other little witchy goodies.

The handles are made of metal and each piece fits together like a puzzle.  Here are a few pictures.




I just love this piece. It stands 9 1/2 in tall x 8" wide x 3 1/2 in deep drawers.  It is so fantastic. We only have one in the shop right now but we may be able to get more. If you're interested in this piece, head over to the shop and grab it up! It is fairly priced at 32.50.  You can't be that with a stick!  LOL

Here's the link for this amazing piece.


Hope you enjoyed this little look inside Ethereal Grind!

Namaste

Sosanna



Angels and Ancestors - Guardians Three and the Sacred Ones

 Today I'm exploring more into my new oracle deck Angels & Ancestors by Kyle Gray, art by Lily Moses. I wanted to start with a smaller part of the deck and become familiar with the it. Not just memorize the author's meaning of the cards but really fully connect with the intent of the card and what it says to me. 

We'll be going back to the deck and pulling two more of the guardian cards and two of the Sacred Ones cards. I hope you enjoy.

Guardians

The Mirror Guardian tell us to time time to reflect. We should look at the path behind us, and think about how far we have come. The card depicts an angel looking into the mirror of life, showing us our spiritual strength and beauty.  The mirror is our core belief.  The guardian is there to show us the way to reflect on what we are and what we have become.  We are asked to look at how we have developed and what lessons we have learned along the way. When this card is pulled we should take a moment to give ourselves the approval of what work we have accomplished and credit where credit is due.



The Animal Guardian tells us to trust your instincts. To rely on the animal spirit within ourselves to learn more about ourselves and our talents. Animals are thought of as the angels of nature and will support us on our spiritual journey. Each one bringing its own medicine just when we have a lesson to learn.  This card depicts a tribal angel being supported by her animals.  The powerful animal within can be wild, protective or calm.  This card tells us it is important to connect with how we really feel. When this card is pulled we should take a moment to look into ourselves and rely on that animal instinct to guide our decisions.



Sacred Ones


The Oracle tells us to wait for important information.  We should be open to all information that is coming to us in order to gather all the facts for our decisions.  The Oracle is a truth-speaker, who tells you exactly what you need to hear, when you need to hear it. In this card the Oracle holds a bowl with sacred smoke rising out of it, bringing the message to look beyond all you can see to gather more information.When this card is pulled, there is an opportunity to see everything clearly, if you choose to see it.  You'll know what to do next, just trust your knowledge and act accordingly.



The Shaman tells us to trust in higher forces.  Look to the angels, the guides and the ancestors for the energy to move forward.  The Shaman is the messenger, helping us realize the needs of mother earth. They are the spiritual guide to light workers and warriors. They lead us to the place where our power was left behind. If you see this card, you need to do some work to release that lower energy that may have been created when your power was left behind. Move yourself in tune with your spiritual allies and use the shamanic potential to connect with the guides to develop a deep connection with the situation and come out on top.



I hope you have enjoyed my take on these Guardian and Sacred Ones Cards. Next week, I'll be delving further into the Ancestors and Angels deck, focusing specifically on more of the cards in the Sacred Ones house. Feel free to add your comments or questions - or reach out directly for a personal connection.


Namaste,
Sosanna


Ethereal Grind - Tumblers

 I thought I would create a few blog posts related to the things we're working on at Ethereal Grind. What's Ethereal Grind, you ask.  Ethereal Grind is our latest step in my goal to open a metaphysical store in my retirement. We're working now to create our online presence and will be looking to attend festivals and events as the state begins opening up since Covid.  

I wanted to share some of the goodies that we've been creating. This post will be dedicated to Elijah's amazing tumblers.  These are hot/cold 24 oz cups with a plastic lid that have some pretty amazing artwork applied to them and then are coated with resin. Elijah completes then by hand and drips the resin on in a fine layer to achieve almost miraculous results. 

But, what is it they say about pictures??  Yeah, let me hush and show you what I'm talking about.


             



              
  







I hope you enjoy this look at our tumblers.  Remember to head over and check out the shop.  Custom work available, housewares, ritual tools and more!

Namaste
Sosanna










Ancestors and Angels - Guardians - Two

Today I'm exploring more into my new oracle deck Angels & Ancestors by Kyle Gray, art by Lily Moses. I wanted to start with a smaller part of the deck and become familiar with the it. Not just memorize the author's meaning of the cards but really fully connect with the intent of the card and what it says to me. 

We'll be going back to the deck and pulling four more of the guardian cards. I hope you enjoy.

Guardians

The Protection Guardian comes with the message "Drop your shields". She wants us to release what is standing between ourselves and the things that bring us joy.  She is protective and loving. Her intent is to help us drop that which is hiding our gifts and allow them to shine through. She is calm yet assertive and reminds us to release any pain or embarrassment from our souls and reach out past that to grow and embrace the fearlessness and courage we have within.  When this card is revealed, it reminds us we are stronger than we think we are and we are protected from harm.





The Magick Guardian delivers the message, "Unlock the Magick Within". Many times we look to the world around us for our magick. The Magick Guardian reminds us that the magick is actually within us. Magick allows us to manifest the power at our will.  She helps us direct our will to bring items either into creation or to move items at our will. She holds a cup in her hand showing the magick radiates from with her. When she arrives in a reading she tells us to look to ourselves from the power and not to the external. It is our power and we own that power.  She tells us we are the gift and we have the power to make our will, reality. 




The Heart Guardian reminds us to "Love and Let Yourself Be Loved" on her card.  She can be called on when working with all matters of the heart. Be it love gained or love lost, the Heart Guardian is there to support us in our relationships. The center of the card has the sacred heart which is a symbol of boundless and complete love.  Love is around all of us, all beings on the planet. Love should guide us in all we say and do.  When this card is drawn we are invited to welcome in others into our lives, and be open to what love can bring us. All relationships, self, romantic and familial are included in this representation.




The Direction Guardian tells us to "Choose Your Path". This card tells us to follow our deepest desires. Take the road that leads to happiness and joy.  When we are at a crossroad, the Direction Guardian appears to remind us that we need to choose not the easiest path, and not the hardest path, but the path that leads us to happiness.  This card refers to Ezekiel, who met four faces at a crossroad. A cherub, a bull, a lion and an eagle. This reminds us that our messengers can have many faces but are there to support us in a positive manner. When this card is pulled we should understand that there are many directions we can travel. There are no wrong directions, just ones with different challenges and opportunities.





I hope you have enjoyed my take on these Guardian Cards. Next week, I'll be delving further into the Ancestors and Angels deck. Feel free to add your comments or questions - or reach out directly for a personal connection.


Namaste,
Sosanna



Ancestors and Angels - Guardians

 Today we're into my new oracle deck Angels & Ancestors by Kyle Gray, art by Lily Moses. I wanted to start with a smaller part of the deck and become familiar with the it. Not just memorize the author's meaning of the cards but really fully connect with the intent of the card and what it says to me.

For this section the author has created a group called Guardians and Messengers consisting of twelve different cards.  Today I'll start with ones I have identified as the elemental guardians.

Guardians

The Air Guardian represents the element of air, which is all about thoughts, thinking and the mind. It helps us to overcome any thoughts that have come back to haunt you.   It tells us to shift our perception. This direction tells us that if we stop and look at our situation from a different perspective our entire reality will be shifted. 
When this card is pulled it is an opportunity to change our way of thinking. Sometimes the mind can play tricks and this gives us a chance to rethink what we have encountered and evaluate our decisions. It guides us to open our minds and see the world in a new way.




The Earth Guardian tells use to stay rooted and grounded. The author depicted this guardian as a non-binary energy.  It tells us to take time to connect with energy of the Earth. Feel supported by the strength and integrity of the ground.  Take a grounded approach to the world around you. Stop and take a deep breath before proceeding with actions or decisions.  When the Earth Guardian appears it reminds to to take care of the planet but literally and figuratively. Relax, ground yourself and then proceed.





The Fire Guardian tells us to ignite our passion and connect with our deepest desires. Though some fear the this aspect we should embrace it.  Even as a wild fire ravages a forest, it leaves behind the most fertile ground from which new life will grow.  This energy reminds us to embrace our desire and burn away any old hangups that may be stopping us from moving forward.  When we see this card we are reminded that the fiery energy of passion is not only in physical love but also in our drive and dedication for all things.  From the spark of a first kiss to closing a big deal, we are passionate beings and should embrace that.





The Water Guardian tells us to connect with our emotions.  As any water sign will tell you, water is all about connecting with your emotions. Being sensitive and dreamy is something to be embraced.  Water is what our very bodies are made of.  It lives within us at our core. This reminds us that emotions run deep within our being.  The waters can help you unlock intuitive powers and abundance.   When this card is pulled, remember to stop and connect with what you're feeling. Close your eyes, take in a breath and really concentrate on what your energies, your emotions are telling you about your situation. 




These four cards are really beautiful. I enjoyed learning about them and I feel I will keep them in my deck. I was really pleased to see the author add a non-binary card. We we know from many historical sources there were angel spirits that did not have gender. I found this to be extremely timely and makes this a very modern deck. I love the image on the Air Guardian card. 

Next week I'll be going back to the deck and pulling a few more guardian cards for us to examine.  I hope this has been helpful and I thank you for joining me.

Namaste,
Sosanna

Angels and Ancestors - Seasons

 Today I'm exploring more into my new oracle deck Angels & Ancestors by Kyle Gray, art by Lily Moses. I wanted to start with a smaller part of the deck and become familiar with the it. Not just memorize the author's meaning of the cards but really fully connect with the intent of the card and what it says to me. 

Seasons

Autumn is a time of shedding of the old and resting up for the renewal to come. A time when all the things around us, most notably the trees drop their own dying leaves to the ground to make way for the new buds of spring. We also sometimes need to pass off our old selves and allow it do wither away in order to revive ourselves with a burst of color and life. Holding on to the old will weigh us down, releasing that energy will allow us to change and grow.  The raven on the card indicates healing in Celtic animal medicine. When it arrives in the spread, it indicates initiation and shows us to be aware of our own needs and desires.



Spring is a time of growth. It is a time to watch our seeds sprout and allow those changes that we have put in to come to fruition. Animals are coming alive to mate for the season, our buds on the trees are alive with potential.  This is a time to bring our new ideas and inspiration. Opportunities, abundance and growth are afoot when this card comes up in a spread. The card shows the fertile wild hare which in Celtic animal medicine indicates intuition and rebirth. The arrival of the hare can bring dreams into reality.




Summer is a time to bask in the warm glow of the sun. To feel the energy and power of the sun light and allow personal endeavors blossom. Get out into world and feel a connection to the planet. This is a great time to use that extra energy of the sun to create new things or further a project that needs a little push of creativity. This card showcases a honey bee, wings spread with amber honey combs around it. The honey bee is said to be a messenger between our world and the spirit world in Celtic mythology. When the summer card reveals itself in a spread look for messages that may be coming from the spirit world regarding clarity, change and opportunity.




Winter is a time when we stay close to home and care for ourselves. It is the dark time, when the sun is scarce in the sky and our minds move to making sure our basic necessities are met. We take care of what we need and then move forward. It is a time or retreat and hibernation. This card features the image of a wolf, cross seasonal, solitary yet pack orientated and strong.  Wolf medicine teaches us when we may need to stay together or go at it alone. When the winter card appears in our spread it tells us to move ahead of fears. While we want to move out of the dark, we need to become comfortable with the unknown and remember that we have light coming.  




So this is an introduction to the Season cards in the Angels and Ancestors Oracle deck. I found it to be a good experience sitting with just the four cards and learning about them. I really liked the connection this has to Celtic animal medicine. My sister does Celtic totem readings and you can find her at her page Bone Songs on Facebook.  

I hope you found this useful and thank you for helping me explore and connect with this deck while adding my energy and intuition to the Angels and Ancestors Oracle.

Namaste

Sosanna