Early May Garden Update

This morning began with painting sunflowers and then moved into buying and planting marigolds, snapdragons, red and yellow chard, purple basil, Romaine and purple lettuce, dill, a hot pepper plant, and cilantro. I think I spied a volunteer sunflower poking through the leaves, and most of the perennials seem to have survived the Polar Vortex. I’ll get some collards and kale soon, but in the meantime, last year’s purple kale is making a run for its second season.

Our neighbor already caught and relocated one of two groundhogs who share our backyards. As usual, I hope the purple colors, onions, garlic, chives, fragrant herbs, and Expel deterrent around the front bed perimeter keep those groundhogs and bunnies safely out of front yard garden range. If so, then it’s just earwigs and slugs — always someone. 😉

In any case, it looks good for now. Thought I’d share some photos in the late afternoon light I find so magical:

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Door Number 10: Hopi/Jewel in the Lotus

So grateful that not one, but two friends yesterday asked if I hadn’t already painted a Sun tarot card portal. I had forgotten the details of this one, commissioned and painted in 2010. I customized the imagery to the patron’s intentions and daydreams, which have all since come true, including a move to Pagosa Springs. I painted two portals in actual doorways of her home, both with strong nods to Pagosa Springs.

Preparing for that move became bittersweet, as both doors’ intentions had manifested, but she learned replacing the doors so she could bring these with her would cost thousands of dollars. I told her not to worry, that the portals had obviously already done their job.

My current Sun project has more traditional imagery, but with extra joyful exuberance. In so many ways it feels right to paint a Sun portal of my own. In the meantime, I enjoyed a trip down memory lane looking at the original photos of this fun and powerful portal.

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Someone commissioned Door Number 10 from me, and I finished it about a week and a half ago. The photos are posted on Facebook, but I’ve had some requests for a more complete write-up here. Ask and you shall receive. 🙂

I really enjoyed painting this door! As my first commissioned door, it gave me a chance to code and design a portal to someone else’s intentions and dreams. This part of the process was as fun and rewarding as I anticipated. Once we decided on a theme — The Sun tarot card— I started asking her questions about quotes, mantras and important symbols in her life. By spending time in her home, I got a feel for her decorating style, and I also noticed that she happened to have a sun tattooed on her upper back. I decided to incorporate her tattoo into the door design, but…

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Happy Beltane and May 2019 Specials

Happy Beltane! In the Northern Hemisphere, early May and Beltane offer a return to fertility, the union of masculine and feminine, and the energy of bursting forth into the new. Along with Samhain in the Southern Hemisphere, Beltane is an important day for Faeries, and a time of very thin veils. If you’re an empath, you might want to shield yourself from too much energy — or use this potent time to connect with Mother Earth, Ancestors, and the Faery Realm.

MAY 2019 SPECIALS

Integration Insights

This month brings a brand new special, because I sense so many people attempting the tricky task of integration. This 20-minute reading explores seeming opposites or tensions that your soul longs to honor in a harmonious way. Competing intentions can slow you down or block your path. Identifying this split — and finding new ways to bridge the gap — will summon new and more appropriate opportunities your way.

If you already know your internal drama, we can use this time to synthesize and redirect your energy into more productive and satisfying pursuits. If you have no idea what (or even if) you’re trying to integrate, but you feel frustrated, lost or stuck, this reading will identify which parts of you play tug of war instead of allowing you to thrive. Once you know and honor your multidimensional soul’s true desires, you can much more easily manifest them.

20 minutes for $77 if prepaid on or before 5/31/19. Special can be doubled for 40 minutes at $154. Please contact me to sign up.

Three For Two

Based on feedback from people going through big shifts right now, it seems time to offer this package deal again. Three hours for the price of two: save $222. This package can be used in whatever increments you choose — hour, 40-minute, half-hour, or 20-minute sessions — and for whatever services you’d like — Medical Intuition, Life Coaching, Astrology, Relationship Clarity, Soul Readings, or any other related service. $444 if prepaid on or before 5/31/19. Please contact me to sign up

Contrast, Paradox and Non-Linear Time

After a week of temperatures in the 50’s-70’s, on Saturday, it started snowing. Yesterday, we awoke to a winter wonderland that melted again by late afternoon. For a few hours, though, my garden showcased winter, spring, and summer all at once:

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Those pots of summer lilies and ranunculus spent all Saturday and Saturday night in our garage because of the forecast snow, but I love seeing them juxtaposed with winter snow and spring hyacinths (near the bench).

This photo captures so much of what I see happening right now, as we live amidst contrast, paradox and non-linear time. That can feel stressful and confusing, but it offers so many options to thrive. Just because it hasn’t happened before doesn’t mean it cannot happen now. So many people I know — myself included — are spontaneously recalling and healing deep past life memories. So many others find life opening doors, even if just a tiny crack. Beware the tendency to dismiss things that you haven’t seen before. Beware the tendency to live from an all or nothing, black or white, rigid space. Tiny steps add up, and sometimes the smallest choice triggers a quantum leap. All time is now, and that brings so much beauty and possibility.

Yesterday, while working on my latest portal painting, I opened the sliding glass door to let in some fresh air. Rapidly melting snow created a babbling brook symphony, as cardinals and robins sang along. I often paint to music, but David taking a nap restricted me blasting Chopin on the stereo. Instead, Nature transported me while the portal birthed itself. Restrictions create opportunities, for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. Beauty enfolds us and pours forth from us. We are beauty. We real-ize this fact when we step out of expectations into the realm of paradox. We live in a both/and Universe.

Ask Astrid Fridays ~ The Rabbit’s Corner: Authenticity for Enrichment

There’s a message in here for many. Plus, I was just thinking of Nestor (Nestie) this morning, including her passing. I wasn’t sure of the date and then saw Tania’s post. Also synchronous to Tania’s post, a spider startled me in the sink as I was washing up my palette from a day of portal painting. For me, painting, decorating, and gardening are when I feel most alive and at one with my essence. What makes your heart sing?

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Yesterday’s share from Astrid got postponed until this morning, due to a full day on both of our parts. But now I see why it is coming today instead, as it’s the 11 year anniversary of my twin soul rabbit’s transition back to the stars. It is Nestor who guided me to all of my bunnies, and even my Russian tortoise Gaia, after her departure. And it is Nestor whom Astrid is deeply connected to and is most like in her magickal essence.

Both Astrid and Nestor have been huge reminders to me of my own essence, and to be truly authentic to who I am, as well as to explore what that means for myself.

Recently I’ve seen a lot of spiders around, including a huge one on Astrid’s castle and one on my keyboard to my computer as I was typing.

Astrid has a special connection to spiders…

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Integration Lifetimes and the Splitting of the Worlds

This topic keeps coming up in sessions, so I’m reposting this 2014 post, which I already reblogged in January 2017. As the veil continues to thin, more and more people are dreaming about past lifetimes and future versions of themselves. Karmic relationship clearing seems “up” right now for lots of people. If you’re on a what I call an Integration Lifetime, the rules of life are different. Understanding your Soul’s expectations for this journey aids patience, forgiveness and manifestation.

Integration Lifetimes and the Splitting of the Worlds

I keep thinking about Inelia Benz’s recent post, “The Splitting of the Worlds –Coming to a planet near You!” , urging people to consider an option besides simple light or dark … positive or negative. According to Inelia — and I had previously written about this, too:

“The physical separation is really up on the human collective mind right now. I would say, for now, just observe it.

“As I observe it, and this is something that is coming out in the Interview with a Psychic Assassin book, there is a third option manifesting. It’s is so outside of our reality scale that it needs to be observed.

“Basically, light and dark can and do exist without the other. In fact, that’s the only way they can exist. We can see both because there is both existing separately from each other in our world. There is also a reality where neither exists.

“And something that is just appearing in our awareness, is a reality where they both exist as One. Not light and dark making grey, but making a color that is not in our spectrum. Not a reality where they neutralize or mesh, but where a new element emerges.”

This third option has the potential to transcend the duality and extremes currently thrashing collective consensus reality. It’s akin to what I’ve called an “Integration Lifetime,” in which the goal isn’t fixing a single relationship or issue, or succeeding at a particular career, or evening the score; no, it’s much more complicated and yet infinitely simpler than all that! Integration Lifetimes (and there are millions here living them right now in microcosm of larger processes on our planet) aim to reclaim all the disparate facets of our multi-dimensional beings and empower ourselves to live and be in the world but not of it. Even that phrase fails to reflect all the subtleties of an Integration Lifetime, because once you find that new set point and way of being, you can suddenly afford to be “of” the world, too. The weight of the world won’t weigh you down.

The integration process begins with dis-integration, which is why I encounter so many of you as Medical Intuitive clients! Life falls apart in ways that prohibit you from using bandaids, splints and crutches as permanent cures. After the dis-integration comes a period of the Void. You’ve lost everything you thought you knew and were, but you can’t see or feel or know what’s coming, because “it” remains so far off your radar that you miss “it,” even when “it” begins to permeate your being. The Void can last awhile. However long it lasts, it feels uncomfortable. The sooner you embrace that discomfort of uncertainty, the sooner you notice something massive, healing and deeply nourishing moving through your life. It seems murky at first, hidden in the shadows, and in fact, Shadow Work becomes an important part of moving from the Void into the New. Continue reading

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day and a belated Happy Easter to everyone! Things are certainly returning to life in Michigan:

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Whether this Earth Day finds you in the glories of Spring or the quiet rustle of Autumn, I wish you increased awareness of our Mother Earth, who nurtures and provides for us. May she know and feel our love! May she grow healthy and strong as we honor her.