Divination, Energy Healing, Journal

The Year of the Hermit

2016 adds up to 9, and in tarot 9 is the Hermit.

©Pip Miller
The Sun and Moon, Osho Zen, Fey, and DruidCraft.

The Hermit, to quote one of my favorite tarot books is, “…a symbol of introspection and the wisdom that is gleaned in thoughtful silence. This card invites you to withdraw from the clutter and commotion of the everyday world and find peace in solitude.”

I took last month off of pretty much all social media sites except Twitter, and I’ve found that by doing so, whenever I check in to any site (even just Twitter), it just all seems so loud. Overly busy, and just overly, overly noisy in my head. This morning I came across this blog post by d smith kaich jones, and it said, in her usual inimitable way, what I am feeling.

Thoughtful silence. Withdraw. Smaller things. Softer.

All I know is that I need a lot more of this,

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and a lot less of this.megaphone

I’ve no idea where this desire is going to take me, but healing myself is my prime directive this year. I’ve even chosen “Health” as my word for the year. So if I’m hit and miss with interacting, just know that it is necessary for nurturing myself, and not that I’m giving it all up – can any of us do that anymore? We’ve become so entrenched in “living” out our lives online, when in actuality that isn’t what we are doing. So…the withdrawal.

Image ©Osho Zen Tarot

I also began this year of thoughtful silence with a distance healing session (begin as you intend to go on). Being able to help others fills me with peace and joy, and second to caring for my health, that is how I most want to spend my year. Even if I’m not showing up online often, I always check my email, so know that if you purchase a session, I will get back to you as soon as possible so we can set up a time.

©Pip Miller – January 2016

 

Divination, Dry Life, Health, Journal

Wednesdays of Light

Ah, I love Wednesdays!! It’s my first day off (of 3), and the day when I get back into sending #gentlehealinglight after working out in the world. I have someone in the UK to whom I send light every Wednesday, and I look forward to it each week. I love the feel of the energy flowing through my hands (and into my teddy bear as he stands in for the client), and the way my mind wanders as I’m doing so, not focused on anything in particular, but landing lightly on little thoughts here and there, and then suddenly an insect or a bird or some thing will catch my eye, and it ends up being pertinent to the person receiving the light. It doesn’t always happen, but when it does, I’m always surprised at the response. 🙂

My friend Renata (check out her latest blog post…I love it!!) has been posting pictures of Lenormand cards, as she is trying to learn it, too, and I have (thank you, Mentha!) one of the decks she has, The Fairy Tale Oracle, and pulled it out this morning and drew some cards. Now keep in mind, originally the cards were only read in the Grand Tableau, which is ALL the cards spread out, and they were read in reference to the Man or Woman card (depending on the querent), so these mini-spreads aren’t quite the same and can make things a bit difficult to understand, but they’re still fun. If you’re interested in the Lenormand cards, this is a great blog: Learn Lenormand.

This is what I pulled for today:

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The anchor is traditionally about stability, fish are about business income (yay!), and the star is fame. And today being the day I do the work I love, from these cards to the prosperity deities’ ears. 😉

I was thinking this morning how little I’ve actually thought about alcohol, and wondering if this is the time that it will really stick. Then I told myself not to do that, because every time I do, I sabotage myself. So I shall keep my focus on breast cancer, and not on my personal journey (at least in my head). What will happen at the end of the month will happen, and I’m not going to second-guess myself in any way. And yesterday my guy told me he was proud of me for sticking with it. 🙂 Go, me.

Happy Woden’s Day! I’m trying to stay off my twisted ankle as much as possible, so back to reading Tom Robbins and then there will be light to send!

©Pip Miller _ July 2015

 

Divination, Dry Life, Energy Healing, Health, Journal

Holidays, Drinking, and Donations

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It’s the 4th, as everyone knows, and holidays seem to be more about getting soused than celebrating the actual reason we have the holiday, am I right? Everything you see and watch gives the impression that one cannot fully enjoy a holiday without a drink in one’s hand…well, I’m here today to do just that.

The past 3 days have been…well, they’ve been. Yesterday I rounded the corners on two decks with trimmed borders, and then I spent most of the afternoon trimming my DruidCraft tarot (pictures are on Instagram, and wow, what a difference in size and look!!!!).  Having something to do really helped when the thoughts of drowning myself in alcohol crossed my mind; I was able to notice how the feeling ebbed and flowed and the same for the intense emotions that caused the desire ( I also noticed how often the thought of drinking to deal with various thoughts and situations crossed my mind). We really – well, I really – do let emotions drive reactions, and if the instantaneous reaction is removed, the control of the emotions is lessened.

I’ve know this, we all read about it, yet putting it into practice isn’t always easy. It will be interesting to see how stepping back will play out over the month.

breast cancerOn a serious note, again, the whole point of this Dry July is NOT about me not drinking for a month, it’s to raise money for breast cancer. I am saving what I would have normally spent on alcohol and am going to donate it at the end of the month (considering my salary, the amount is astonishing when I add it up in my head). I’ve been watching my friend’s donation page, and I haven’t seen any new donations and this makes me sad. A fund-raiser to get a new online sci-fi series garnered millions in days, and kickstarters are raising funds every day, yet something as serious as a breast cancer walk is barely getting a drop. Why is that? Is it because being able to watch something like said series or having a concrete item in hand once the kickstarter goes through gives a feeling of ‘a bang for your buck’, whereas donating to research that may one day help someone but at the moment gives you, yourself, nothing concrete in return doesn’t?

Without the funds, research can go no where. Research for my essential tremor relies on donations, as does research for every single disease, cancer, and affliction there is. All mental health issues, all the one-in-a-million cancers no one has ever heard of…every single one of them. And no, you don’t seem to get a return on your investment, but someone does. And even if that someone is the only person in the entire world who does, do they not deserve a chance? Don’t we all know of someone who has died of breast cancer? Don’t we all know someone who is now undergoing treatment for it and is fighting daily for his or her life? Don’t they deserve the chance for better treatments that come about from the research that is made possible by your donation?

So please, while you’re reading along and checking out my Instagram pictures (lots of tea, lol!)…take the time to donate. Every little bit helps, even $5. Plus, my friend has been training really, really hard for this walk (and if you knew her from back when, you’d be just as amazed and proud of her as I am). It would be so sad if she didn’t meet her goal and was unable to participate, so let’s kick it up and get her over that goal!

And thank you, from the bottom of my heart, because hell, every single one of us has the chance of getting cancer, and that includes me. And if it happens that I do one day contract it, well, I want to thank all of you ahead of time for the treatments that will give me a fighting chance. And if it’s you, I will be so happy to have been of help before you knew you needed it.

©Pip Miller – July 2015

 

Divination, Journal

Inner Turmoil

© Jody Bergsma The past couple of weeks have been very stressful for me, and I’m not sure why what’s going on is going on now, but it is. It could be all the astrological stuff going on, it could be that’s it’s the beginning of another year, and I once again feel as if I’ve made no progress in my life what-so-ever…it could be a lot of things. It is what it is, and what it is really sucks right now.

Feelings and emotions and anger (oh, lots and lots of anger!) are coming out, and not always in appropriate ways. Kindness has become snark, and I seem to feel the the need to jump on any little perceived insult or slight and make a mountain out of a molehill. All in an in-your-face way.

This baring of pain is not comfortable for me, and I really don’t like the way I’m acting, but I can’t seem to find a way to stop or at least control it, either. It’s as if I’m in a hurricane of release, and it’s ride the winds or sink below the waves forever. I’d be ok with windsurfing, if I could only find a way to process all this deep-seated blech in a positive way, rather than lashing out in pain and unkind anger, or sinking into despair at odd times.

Is the my “dark night of the soul”? I don’t know. All I know is when the hurricane finally dies down, I hope I haven’t left a swath of destruction in my wake.

I had my very first acupuncture session yesterday, and after the spacey feeling died down, I felt completely exhausted and very, very sad. It was just more highlighting of the pain and the sorrow…and I found that it’s been so easy to lay the blame on others for my feelings, but I know deep inside that it’s not so. I took on this life I’ve led for alost 52 years: I have made the choices I have made, I have let the opportunities that showed up fall to the wayside, I have let fear rule my entire life. Oh, I candy-coated it by saying that I “go with  the flow”, when in actuality all I’ve done is taken the easy way. Sometimes the easy way became a very difficult journey, but I still did whatever was easiest in those situations, many times to my detriment.

I’d chosen “pivotal” as my word for this year, and I think I need to add to it. I was thinking something along the lines of taking control, but I decided to pull a card from my Magical Times Empowerment Deck by Jody Bergsma, and Sanctuary came up (the “Healing” card is also from that gorgeous deck).

©Jody Bergsma It’s a completely different feeling than ‘taking control’, and yet it rings true with me: I really do need more time to myself, taking care of myself, being just me and doing (or not doing) what I want, not what others ask of me. This past year I’ve not had that very often, and my time has been filled to the brim with work and other requirements on my time (and state of well-being), the result of which has been a huge drain on me and now this hurricane that is now blowing its wrath out into the world.

What has also surfaced is the knowledge that I have let my dreams be pushed aside, and that I have, in many ways, simply given up on myself; I’ve taken the long-standing belief that I’m not good enough, and blown it into a way of living…go, me. *sigh*  I’ve even stopped writing in my journal (paper) because there is so much going on in my head that I’m afraid to write it down and have it read one day. Stifling that outlet isn’t helping matters one bit, let me tell you. Maybe I’ll write and then burn the pages the next day, or shred them at work. (Have you ever wondered what people will think when they read your journals after you’ve died?)

The basic jist of this long ramble is that I’m still here, I’m moody as hell and liable to over-react to things, and I’m doing my best to ride this and come out on the other side stronger and with my dreams coming true, as well as my goal of helping others on a daily basis as an energy healer manifesting easily and quickly. I also need to find a life-jacket! 😉

©Pip Miller – January 2015

Divination, Energy Healing, Journal

New Year’s Tarot Spread

JPC's New Year Spread

Yesterday I used Joanna Powell Colbert’s “Tarot Spread for the New Year“, and these are the cards I pulled. Letting go of the Kind of Pentacles is a bit confusing, but the rest of it really makes sense to me.

Did you do some form of divination for the new year? What was it?

©Pip Miller – January 2015

PS: Don’t forget, there’s still a winter sale going on for healing sessions! Perfect for de-stressing, or helping with the post-holiday blues!

Divination, Filofax, Journal

Happy New Year!

Did you get your annual blog review from WordPress? Mine was quite interesting and it seems the posts you guys like the most are Filofax posts (still can’t believe what a huge community of planner-users is out there), so expect to see more of them. 🙂

©Pip Miller

I pulled a couple of cards for the New Year just off-the-cuff, and this is what came up. Excellent cards!!I’ll do a bigger spread later on today.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful, safe, New Year’s Eve and that 2015 is amazing for all of us!

©Pip Miller – January 2015

Divination, Energy Healing, Journal, Misc

Harmony

Day 3 of #writealm November prompts.

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Energy healing, as from a distance in this ©Osho Zen tarot card, fills the client with harmony, bringing them peace and respite from pain. The chakras spin more freely, dislodging the energies that were keeping them stuck, aligning again in perfect harmony.

©Pip Miller – November 2014

ETA: the ever-brilliant Alice de Sturler came up with the phrase “healing harmony”, and with permission is going to be a new hashtag for me!

Divination, Health

Samhain Divination

I’ve been playing with various tarot decks lately, trying to settle in to one that I want to stick with for a while, but I keep coming back to The Oracle of Shadows and Light. Which, at this time of year, is pretty apropos, right? 😉

I just did a pull using Joanna Powell Colbert’s “Whispers of the Ancestors” spread, and here it is:

Oracle of Shadows and Light

So I’ve got:

“What or who is dead or dying, that you need to honor?”  Dress of Alchemy (release your power). I’d say the part of me that doesn’t take a stand for myself, that doesn’t care for myself…that’s the part that is dying. I need to release her, bless her for the part she played in my life, and then step the hell up and take charge!

“What task does the Elder of Fire ask of you?” The Carousel Fairy (what comes around…) To face the circular path I’ve been on, to pay attention to the signs, and to stop! Step off the ride. Make a change.

“Where do you find your center of power?” Eclipse Mermaid (a powerful energy shift) Move into the change. Ride the shift. Be strong in what’s to come. I can do this.

“What new sweetness is wafting in on the scent of burning herbs?” Carnivorous Greenhouse (a tempting offer has a high price)…LOLI’m letting go of wheat and sugar starting tomorrow; the sweetness will be the healthy changes my body will go through and the offer is, well, the sugar and the wheat. 😉 ‘Ware, hobbit, ‘ware!

“What secrets do the ancestors whisper to you during this season of All Hallows?” Two Little Witches (magical space clearing time) Me, my house, the puppies, Himself…it’s all about letting go to let in the new. 🙂

I read these as I was writing it, didn’t look at the cards or the place in the spread til it was it’s turn. Pretty cool reading, right? It all ties into tomorrow’s changes. I love it!

Happy Samhain/Halloween to one and all!

©Pip Miller – October 2014

Divination, Misc

Contemplation

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I’ve been thinking recently of dropping this blog, not because I don’t love it, but with regards to bringing clients and how that doesn’t happen.  Seemed a waste of time, which I don’t have much of to spend online anymore.  Over the past few days I’ve been tweeting with Joanna Powell Colbert (creator of the Gaian Tarot) about buying her house when I won the lottery, and last night I dove into her blog, reading up on this year’s entries in one sitting.

Not only did I learn that the house I said I wanted to buy is NOT their island home (I missed the post in which she told that they’d decided to sell the Bellingham home instead of the island home…oops. LOL), but as I was reading, I kept catching myself getting teary-eyed and it hit me that it was whenever she mentioned women’s circles and the retreats and gatherings.

In my life.  I have many online ‘friends’, yes, but here, in person, not so much.  It usually ends up being people I work with, and then once there’s a job change, those people quickly (or slowly, if I’m lucky) go their own ways and we lose touch.  I can’t remember the last time I had a real friend to call any time and chat with or just hang out and talk about life and men and…

I think there’s a part of me in need of healing, and that healing can only come from a group of other women, rather than the male-centered life I lead. There’s something deep missing, and my soul is crying out for it.

I’m not sure why that caused me to write this post or where I’m going with it, but there it is. Contemplating life, the lack of friends, and where to go with it all…

BTW, I have to check my lottery tickets and see if I won.  I may still buy the house. 😉

(© Pip Miller – May 2014)

Business, Divination

Always Learning

Recently I signed up for a couple of online courses, and was thrilled with the wealth of information and how useful they were.

First off, there is Theresa Reed’s kick-ass Mystical Mogul course. Twenty-five tips for $25. Believe me, you won’t regret it. Two of them alone were worth the price!!

Next I decided to brush up on my tarot and Joanna Powell Colbert’s 22 Days of Tarot Sparks, which comes free when you sign up for her newsletter. The spark for Judgement finally made sense of that card for me!

Is there anything you’ve signed up for that you’d like to share? Comment below and let us know!