Sadie Rose wrote on her blog a while back that it was the season of gifts. Being our birthday season it's fitting then that gifts of all kinds have been appearing, as though out of thin air. First a beautiful package from Sadie, the contents of which I have been slowly revealing in little theme posts like this one.
When I wrote my swap post Sadie suggested we do one and I'm so happy about it. I love the creative energy, good vibes and care that go into swaps. There was certainly lots of those in her package.
Then a New Year's gift, or a late Christmas or Solstice present from Crystal.
And just when I thought I could not be gifted further my husband revealed, almost casually a very cool and maybe even necessary early birthday gift.
On and off for the past few years I've had this blog I've been thinking about buying a tripod to use for my outfit shots. Now as you all know, I'm vehemently against buying anything less than absolutely essential new. So I kept weighing the importance of the purchase to-and-fro: more creativity and fun on the one side, just one more thing I thought I needed on the other.
Turns out, all my hemming and hawing has been for nought. C.'s had a vintage tripod from the Dump behind the bedroom door this whole time. He just kind of forgot about it! Never mind that it's so old it will only do horizontal shots, it's a tripod! So while you'll still see me in front of my little studio often enough, I can also venture out and capture little wanderings in the woods and the beach.
Finally all of my recent gifts merged in this beautiful, mystical woodland scene. You see, as everything works in circles, interweaving like planets, it is only appropriate that since I somehow gave up the Tarot deck I had had since I was seventeen in the great move; I would receive not one, but two beautiful sets within days of each other.
Sadie's package revealed the Motherpeace round Tarot that Heather wrote beautifully about a few months ago. I was so very moved. Crystal gifted me with Medicine Woman Tarot, a set radiating great wisdom and healing power. She also gave me a homemade cedar smudge stick for purifying a place, or clearing your inner thoughts. I have made my own from sage before and know that I'm going to love cleansing my space with it. What a great way to start a new year.
While I had been thinking about acquiring another deck on my own, I feel much more empowered by using these cards infused by girl energy and thoughtfulness. Thank you my dears and thank you much.
I did my first reading right there on the forest floor, in my little house of worship, the inside of an enormous conifer, hollowed out by a long ago fire: a Celtic Cross with the Motherpeace and a Tree of Life with Medicine Woman.
While the readings were for very specific questions, I also picked two cards to show you and to represent what I should be mindful of in this present moment. The Motherpeace gave me a card representing success, outright telling me that I have received enough blessings and gifts (!) to share with others. I will certainly take that to heart.
The Medicine Woman Tarot told me that liberation comes from revisioning the world, which I interpret as trying to first visualize the world (whether internal, material, universal...) as you'd like see it. To change things you have empower yourself with a clear vision of what you'd like to see happen (nd I don't mean any king of corny/selfish The Secret kind calling all material good things to coAme to you.). I've certainly been working on seeing the world a positive, ultimately kind place during some of the hardships and obstacles of this first week of the year. So far its worked out great.
I also took this card to embody two big personal projects/dreams I've envisioned in the last week days and weeks and it seems as though they're coming true (One somewhat selfish, the other hopefully more altruistic.)
Sadie also sent me some of her beautiful Lost Boys and Lovers jewellery, most notably this necklace she calls "The Guardian", my birthstone crystal, who's protection I have certainly needed in these last few days.
That future, by the way, will be revealed shortly. Stay tuned to this spectrum of light and electricity ;)