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Tarot Reading for Day of the Sun

January 9, 2022

My goal for 2022 is to do a six-card reading each Day of the Sun (Sunday). I wrote about it on the first post here: Tarot Reading for Day of the Sun (January 2nd).

Sun’s Day January 9th Six-card Reading

What negative energy is holding me back?

Queen of Pentacles upright: A bestower of grace and favour, the Queen of Pentacles is an astute business person and lover of life who uses her wealth wisely. Her success is well earned and she is magnanimous towards others, showing her affection in terms of gifts and patronage.

How do I get rid of this negative energy?

Queen of Swords upright: This intelligent, gifted woman is protective of those around her. Quick to praise and challenge, her wit is amazing, as are her inventiveness and grace. In a reading, she represents a firm ally, although ultimately there is a need to put her own interest first.

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Fasting: an Ancient Health Practice

January 7, 2022
Northern Survival

I’ve talked about fasting and its benefits on this blog before because it ties into my survival novel, Northern Survival. One of the main characters, Olive Tweed, fasted to improve her health. The two posts were

In the novel, there’s a scene where Olive shares personal information with the other main character, Jonathan ‘John’ Stone, on how she got hooked on fasting. Here’s a short clip:

“I had a health scare a few years ago. Doctors said I had six months to live. They said there was nothing I could do.” A muscle twitched in her cheek. “I refused to believe them. Shortly afterwards, my brother died with complications due to Type 2 diabetes. I didn’t eat for a week, and I felt better.” She released an uneasy chuckle. “I thought I was crazy until a friend told me about the benefits of fasting. She gave me a book; it changed the way I thought about food and my body. I read other books and researched online. I watched countless YouTube videos. Some only recycled what the others said but now and again, I’d find a nugget I could use to help improve my health. Six months passed. Ten months. The doctor’s office called, and I ignored them. The diet and drugs they wanted to put me on would have killed me quicker.” She shrugged. “I haven’t been to a doctor since. That was four years ago.”

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Tarot Reading for Day of the Sun

January 2, 2022

One thing I’d like to learn more about is tarot card reading. I’ve dabbled in it since I bought the cards about five years ago but for one reason or another, I kept forgetting or putting it off. Not anymore.

To do this, I’ve decided to do a reading for myself every Day of the Sun (Sunday). This reading will consist of six questions and six cards drawn. The question are:

  • 1. What negative energy is holding me back?
  • 2. How do I get rid of this negative energy?
  • 3. What are possible obstacles?
  • 4. What is the positive energy in my life?
  • 5. Is there Inspiration on embracing the energies?
  • 6. What are the opportunities that lay ahead?

The deck I’m using is The Art of Tarot by Liz Dean. The interpretations are from the booklet that came with the cards. This is a deck of 78 cards.

Sun’s Day January 2nd Six-card Reading

What negative energy is holding me back?

Seven Swords Upright: The Seven of Swords indicates lies and mistrust, which can manifest as difficult dealings with a dangerous opponent. Hemmed in and confronted, you will need excellent tactics in order to win, and you may resort to outright cunning. The message is to fight hard for what belongs to you.

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Where were you when you heard the news?

December 31, 2021

This post was supposed to be about the end. The end of the year, not the end of someone’s life. The post I had written needed only one more reading before it went live. However, that changed when I heard the news.

I was on my way back from picking up pizza from Frank’s Pizza in Stewiacke. It was for my youngest son’s birthday supper. On the Bokma Plains, the song ended, and the announcer came on. My finger was on the way to the button to put on another station to have non-stop music when I heard her name. My finger hovered over the button.

Betty White had passed away 18 days shy of her 100th birthday.

Her face instantly came to mind. I’ve been watching Betty all my life. She’d been acting longer than I was alive. My mom and I loved Golden Girls and saw every episode. In fact, Betty reminded me a lot of mom.

Now she’s gone. Just like that.

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Romance Collection #7: Garden T-shirt

December 30, 2021

I started writing chapter 6 of my next romance novel, temporarily titled Romance Collection #7, yesterday. Before I did though, I played around with a T-shirt design for the garden centre that appears in the novel. Here’s what I got.

I believe uniforms are important. They provide instant notification to whatever group the person is associated with. It’s why armies, hockey teams and companies use uniforms.

For the individual, feeling part of a team gives them confidence. They are not alone. It erases diversity and makes everyone the same. This sameness creates a common goal and empowers the individual to act for the good of everyone, not just the individual.

In military and sports, everyone wearing the same outfit gives the impression to the enemy and opposing team that there are many against them. They can’t target an individual for looking different.

In a retail setting, a uniform separates customers from store staff.

From my experience, a positive feeling is generated by ‘suiting up’. Putting on a uniform triggers something in my brain that tells me I’m ready for business. This might be a baseball jersey or a garden centre T-shirt.

Origin of Wednesday

December 29, 2021

Have you ever wondered where Wednesday came from? No, it wasn’t a hill, aka hump. When I was a kid, I called it Wind’s Day until I wanted to learn how to spell it, then it became Wed Nes Day.

Wednesday came from Old English Wōdnesdæg. This translates to Day of Odin. With Marvel’s blockbuster movies over the pass dozen years, most people know who Odin is – Thor’s father.

Wait you say, that’s a stretch: Wōdnesdæg = Odin? Odin, the ruler of the Norse gods’ realm, also went by Wōden. So Wōden’s Day is Wednesday.

Wōden is associated with wisdom, magic, victory and death. On that note, let’s put death aside and focus on making this Wōden’s Day magical, one in which we gather wisdom and are victorious over our problems.

Happy Wōden’s Day.

The Inner Spirit Listens: Eivør Pálsdóttir

December 28, 2021

There is something distinctly ancient about music. I feel it has been with humans from conception. Perhaps we learned it from the birds, or we always had an inner rhythm we expressed in various forms from singing, tapping a foot or beating a stick upon a rock.

My love of music runs deep. It has been part of my life since I was conceived. The only way I can explain why I enjoy certain music is that it touches a spirit deep within.

Several months ago, I stumbled upon a playlist on YouTube. After listening to it several times, I hunted down the singer of one of the songs. While it wasn’t in English, I felt a strong connection to it.

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Romance Collection #7

December 27, 2021

Over the holidays, I watched A Castle for Christmas, and it inspired a new romance novel. The working title is Romance Collection #7. However, this story doesn’t have a castle in it. At least I don’t think it does. It takes place in New Scotland, not Scotland. Also, it won’t take place a Christmastime. Actually, there are few similarities, but that doesn’t matter.

I’m on chapter three, racing towards chapter four. I’ve already introduced the two main characters and a few supporting cast members. Here’s the first, unedited chapter.

Romance Collection #7

Chapter 1

The large wooden sign attached to the front of the building over the front entrance desperately needed a new coat of paint. It read Walker’s Feed and Garden Store only when looking directly at it. Angled views made it appear as Wa ker’s Fee and arde tore. Grey siding did nothing to invoke charm or energy, two qualities required to enrich the garden and farm life. Remnants of the recent snowfall lingered near the doorway in dirty mounds, slowly melting in the mild temperatures of late March. An overcast sky dulled the setting further.

Introducing herself at a new feed store was the last thing Freya Dawson – No! Freya O’Clery wanted, but it was a must if she were to buy supplies for her chickens and garden locally. Driving an hour to her old shop was out of the question, nor did she want to be reminded of what had transpired there shortly before leaving the community. Releasing a defeated sigh, the gloom enveloped her thoughts. Leaving was difficult; so was arriving. The ideal time was in the transition, neither there nor here.

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Fruit Art in “A December Knight”

December 26, 2021

My mother always said, “Don’t play with your food.” I listened to her most of the time, but chose not to say the same thing to my kids. Perhaps because of this, they sometimes arranged their food in interesting patterns and made animals from them.

When I was a kid, no one created interesting figures from food, and they certainly didn’t create fantastic art with it. I remember first seeing fruits and vegetables transformed into art about 20 years ago.

When I thought of what Georgina in A December Knight wanted to do with her life, food art felt like the perfect profession for her. Transforming food into a work of art is not only cool, but I think as a teen in the late 1990s, I might have wanted to make a career out of it.

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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2021

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas wherever you are today.