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Tarot Scape: A Magickal Meditation

Tarot Scape: A Magickal Meditation

The purpose of this magickal meditation is to talk to your Tarot Guide — your Higher Self — the spiritual part of yourself that knows answers and can give you the messages that you need to hear!

You will need: A deck of Tarot cards. Optional: meditation music and a candle.

Your personal Tarot card is based on your numerology, and uses only the Major Arcana cards (most decks come with a small booklet that will list the Major Arcana cards). To find your personal Tarot card reduce the numbers of your birth date by adding up the day, month, and year of your birth. Here’s an example:

The Tarot card for someone born February 4, 1992 (2/4/1992) would look like this:

2 + 4 + 1 + 9 + 9 +2 = 27.

Further reduce double digits until you have a number between 1 and 9. For instance, the “27” in the example above is reduced further by adding the individual numbers together. 2+7=9.

9 is “The Hermit” card. Your personal Tarot Guide would be “The Hermit” and you would do the magickal meditation with that card in mind. If this is confusing to you, or you don’t resonate with your personal card right now, feel free to select a card that has meaning for you.

Light a candle. You can play soft music or work in silence. Take three breaths to let go of the cares of the day and move into a contemplative space. Take up the card, and look at every detail possible. Look at the eyes, the face, and the mouth. Get to know the facial features. See the colors of the card, and look at the symbolism: roses, the elements, weather, landscape, action or movement, confidence. Pay particular attention to the border of the card. Memorize the card.

Now, close your eyes, and continue to see the card. Make the card larger and larger in your mind until it becomes a life-size landscape. Again, see the border around the card, and then step into the landscape. You have now entered the realm of your Higher Self as relates to the Tarot.

Walk up to your personal Guide. This is your equal who happens to know a little bit more about you than you remember about yourself. The strength your feel from your Tarot Guide is strength you already have within yourself. Spend a bit of time in silence and get to know the energy of your Guide (I have gone for silent walks with mine, the High Priestess). When you are ready, manifest a bench, or picnic, or somewhere to sit with your Tarot Guide. Have a conversation, ask questions, and finally ask: “Is there anything else you want to tell me or that I need to know?”

When you are finished, thank your Tarot Guide, allow yourself to sense the room around you, become aware of your breathing, and slowly come out of the meditative state and open your eyes.

The answers to questions, information, and insights you receive from this magickal meditation can be astounding! You can also have a friend guide you through this meditation if it helps you to focus on the imagery a bit better. Make sure there is plenty of silent time for you to talk with your Tarot Guide.

I’d love to hear your results and insights!

Brightest blessings!

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Discover How To Enchant a Stone for Love or Money

Discover How To Enchant a Stone for Love or Money

The purpose of this enchantment is to carry with you a quality you want to draw to yourself. Qualities include love, abundance, luck, a job, a higher spiritual vibration, or losing weight. It could be whatever you want in your life!

You will need: A stone that holds the qualities you want to draw (more about that in a second). An herb to match that vibration. A Full Moon.

If you don’t already have a stone with the qualities you want to draw, visit a metaphysical shop (one of my favorite things to do!). You should be able to find the perfect stone for less than five dollars. For example, Rose Quartz would be good for drawing love; sodalite would be good for communicating better. You can google “meanings of stones” to help you.

Research the herb that carries the same vibration.

I will use “drawing love” as my example for enchanting a stone. I will use basil as my herb, and Rose Quartz as my stone. As a little-known side note, Rose Quartz is pink and works to balance the heart chakra. I find this interesting: the 7th chakra is sometimes viewed as white, and the base chakra can be viewed as red. Red and White combined make pink, the color of Rose Quartz. Our heart chakra is the center of the chakras, and the conduit or fulcrum of spirit and body. There are three “higher chakras” above, and three “earthly chakras” below. But I digress…

On a full moon, place the herbs on a small plate. I am using basil in my example, so I would put four or five large basil leaves on my plate. If it’s a different kind of herb like tarragon (protection) that has tiny leaves on a stem or mustard seeds (prosperity), use enough to make a small bed or mound on which to place your stone. You can also use dried herbs right from your cupboard; simply make a small mound with the dried herbs.

Hold your hand over the herbs, and visualize white light from the heavens moving through the top of your head, through your heart, and down through your arm and hand and saturate the herbs with loving Oneness. Feel gratitude for the herbs working with you and for you. Say a blessing that feels right to you. As an example, “I bless this sacred basil and am filled with gratitude as it lays the groundwork for drawing my intended love close to my heart.”

Hold your stone. Visualize your perfect scenario, more confidence or love or prosperity. What does that look like and feel like to you? Make it real. Very real. What does it feel like? Feeeeeel it. Visualize that energy going into your stone as you hold it. Again, draw divine white light from the heavens through the top of your head, to your heart, through your arms and hands and into the stone.

Place the stone onto the pillow of herbs. Continuing to hold your hands above the stone, say the following or similar words that hold meaning for you, “I bless this sacred Rose Quartz. Your sacred vibration draws my intended love (prosperity, perfect job, etc.) close to my heart.” The words are less important than the intention and what you are feeling. An important note is to be clear about being in the space of already having what you want, and not being in the space of needing what you want! For instance, really be in love while doing this enchantment, and not in the place of wishing you had love.

Leave your stone in the moonlight for a twenty-four hour period. Charged with your intention, it will gain energy and be cleansed in the moonlight while you sleep. If the full moon is during the day (check an ephemeris), leave the stone out during the day as well. If you simply cannot leave your spell work outside, place the plate in a window.

After twenty-four hours, pick up your stone and feel the yummy vibrations it carries. Bless the herbs and either burn them on charcoal and thank them for their work, or scatter them to the winds asking the winds to carry your desires to the Universe, or bury the herbs letting the earth element plant the seeds. It’s nice to match your astrological element with this part. For example, burn if you’re a fire sign, bury if you’re an earth sign, scatter upon water if you’re a water sign. Keep the stone with you during the day, in your pocket, wallet, purse, or desk drawer. Refer to your feelings during your enchantment often, and just watch what wonders you draw!

Blessed be!

 

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“Winter Shock” Starter Day Party!

“Winter Shock” Starter Day Party!

I’m so excited!

Check out I Heart Books for a kick-off to a month-long virtual tour. There will be: interviews, guest blogs, book excerpts, and best of all:

FREE E-COPIES OF WINTER SHOCK!

To find out when the give-aways are, all you have to do is click the link above!

Majanka has done a wonderful job of coordinating a spectacular month. Thank you, Majanka!

And of course, I wish you a very magical month!

Brightest blessings!

Sally

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Imbolc Floating Candles

Imbolc Floating Candles

Imbolc is February 2nd, the midpoint between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. The days are getting longer, which literally means more light, sunlight, fills our days. We can use this as symbolic of more light in our lives. If you’re in school, Imbolc is a great way to mark how few months are left until Summer Vacation! Using candlelight is the perfect way to bring more joy and light into our lives. As we focus on it, so it is!

There is no limit on the amount of joy we can experience. The purpose of this magickal work is to create joy, or to expand your joy. It can also be used as an initiation to a new phase of your life and an opportunity to connect with the Sacred.

You will need: A large bowl filled with water (a glass bowl is lovely because of its reflective properties, but any large bowl will work). A candle to float (removing the tin from a tea light will work, or use candles specifically suited to floating). Use one candle per person if several people are present. You will also need oil or incense to bless the candle, and matches or a lighter.

You may do this with a group, coven, or by yourself. You may also do this in a circle as part of ritual, or simply as a tool while visualizing.

Sit with your bowl of water in front of you. Hold your candle, close your eyes, and take three sacred breaths. First Sacred Breath: Inhale. Exhale slowly, and completely relax your body. Breathe for a moment. Second Sacred Breath: Inhale. Exhale slowly and completely relax and clear your mind, moving deep within the Self and letting go of the cares of the day. Breathe a moment. Third Sacred Breath: Inhale. Exhale slowly, and allow your Spirit to settle and know that all is as it should be. Open your eyes. Breathe.

The magickal Imbolc work you are about to do is filled with symbolism and meaning. Each element is present. The Water in your bowl represents the Waters of All Time that have moved through every single life that has ever lived: present for every emotion and thought (hold your hand over the Water and thank it or do another blessing that you prefer). The candle and wick represent the Earth: Gaia has experienced every footstep and event since the existence of humankind (hold your hand over the Earth/candle and thank it, or do another blessing you prefer). When you light the candle, Fire is present: Just as fire had the power to change the course of humankind when first discovered, it can change the course of your life. Air: Necessary for Fire, mingled in Water, and keeps everything on Earth alive.

Gaze at your unlit candle. Like you, it is potential. Like you, it is formed to a particular purpose. Like you, it will become something else when that purpose (lighting it) is activated. Consider that you have more work to do on this planet, and that you are open and receptive to change. Know that the candle will go through an initiation and change to a higher calling, just as you are about to go through initiation and a higher calling. Use either incense or oil that you have blessed and/or thanked – and bless the candle. To do this: Light the incense, and hold the candle within the smoke, knowing that the candle is in its perfection and surrenders to the process of initiation and change. As an alternative, dab a bit of oil on the bottom of the candle. Even a dab of olive oil works if you don’t have essential oil.

As you light the candle, say these words or words of your choosing that have meaning for you, “I light this candle, perfect as it is, as a symbol. I am perfect as I am, and now choose to move forward and expand my Light Within. I am willing to step forward into a new Light. I am willing to change.”

Gently place the lit candle into the water.*

Because we are all One, and separation is an illusion, we can now use this lit candle to represent the All. As you gaze at the floating candle (or candles if you are in a group), focus on the changes you want to see in your life, knowing that you are cradled in sacred waters of change. Water can be mist, ice, rain or a vast ocean. We can be as many things too, and just as powerful. Next, expand the beauty of your perfect vision to your family. Then expand to your community of friends. Then expand to the city where you live. Then expand to your state or province. Then expand to your country. Then expand to the planet. Visualize the planet as filled with Perfect Light, Perfect Love.

Hold the vision.

Take the Three Sacred Breaths to center and ground yourself(ves).

Blessed be and wishing you a beautiful Imbolc.

*Of course, always use extreme caution when working with fire, candles, incense, etc. Never leave burning candles unattended.

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Initiation, Rebirth, and Light.

Initiation, Rebirth, and Light.

This is a very important, personal, and special Imbolc for me. I’m taking the time to look at my Life as it is now, and compare it to the Wheel of the Year. Jung might have called it the Hero’s Journey.

Much of the Craft as we know it today is based on recent reconstruction. In some cases, the spells and rituals had more to do with the personality of the creator than being historically correct. Even more to the point, depending on the influence of that personality, their spells and rituals became The Law. If you didn’t do ritual or magick a particular way, you weren’t doing them right! Er… Welcome, Pagan Dogma? I know all about this because at one point I was a do-it-the-right-way Pagan snob. Now? Not so much. Blasphemy for some, liberation for me.

So, at Samhain last year, life began to turn to a tide that proved unbearable uncomfortable. I did a personal ritual to usher in the perfect life events to take me in the direction I was supposed to go. It was, after all, Samhain: the New Year. By Solstice, I was on the road. I left my partner of five years, and was coming home to Oregon. It was my goal to be in Oregon by the Solstice, and I made it. I had just finished “Winter Shock” which was a joy, but that joy was suffocated by the huge task of recreating my very Life, so I hadn’t had the opportunity to celebrate my accomplishment.

I got an amazing discount at a seaside lodge. It was perfect! I had a lovely personal Yule celebration in a huge, private hot tub on the Oregon Coast with some very nice aged scotch and fudge. This was seriously the only thing that I had available for cakes and ale; I’m not complaining! I see the humor. I did the whole Solstice ritual in the round hot tub, practically big enough to swim in, listening to the waves wildly crashing outside my window feeling totally free for the first time in a very long time. I celebrated the birth of “Winter Shock.” The ritual was a time of immense gratitude to the Goddess and the God, a time for inward reflection and setting intention, and it also represented an in-between time, the longest night of the year when we’re contemplative, then turn toward light. The hot tub became a large womb, like a cauldron. I gave myself the gift of another chance to be the “Sally” I came here to be, nurtured by the Goddess. The energy was phenomenal. It was an amazing experience. I’ll never forget it.

Now, at Imbolc, I certainly have a lot to celebrate, and after hitting rock bottom on so many levels back in December, which feels like a lifetime ago (indeed, it was another life), I certainly have nothing but potential!

And so we come to Imbolc. I go with my feelings, and I go with the personality of the creator, which in this case, is me. In your case, it’s you. I energetically feel the cross quarter Sabbats much more than I do the Solstices and Equinoxes – not always, but it’s a general trend. This year, Jupiter is going direct just before Imbolc. I’m a Sagittarian, and Jupiter is my ruling planet – the planet of expansion, so this makes me happy! I celebrate Imbolc with light, using lots of candles, and combining that with Jupiter going direct, I’m celebrating with my Inner Light Expanding. I know this is all very personal, but I believe that’s how we all learn and grow. We trust. We splay ourselves wide open in the face of Life, and become teachers, healers, friends and support for each other. We’re all in this together. I hope you think about how your Wheel of the Year is going — the seeds, the growth, and how our personal shadows always, always, always lead us to the Light.

Imbolc, for me, is all about potential, initiation, honoring the coming light. We’ve made it through the coldest, darkest part of the year (I’ve made it through the coldest, darkest part of my life so far), and now we’re closer to the Light. The days are growing longer. We move from inward reflection to action. I turned fifty last November and didn’t celebrate and honor my huge, enormous, giant, stupendous, cosmic event (there’s an adjective for every decade). I kindled the desire for change on Samhain, was in the womb on Solstice, so now, on Imbolc, it’s time to be born. I’m having an Imbolc ritual filled with Light, and it’s going to be my Birthday party — surrounded by great friends I love and adore! It is an Initiation, and those present at the ritual will be stepping forward in to their Initiation and new birth as well. This will be joyful!

I think we invent Life as we go along.

So, where are you this Imbolc? Is it a rite of passage, a time of expansion, a time to grow the Light within, a time of initiation, or maybe even a Birth Day for you too? Invent your Life!

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“Winter Shock” kindle version FREE on amazon this week!

“Winter Shock” kindle version FREE on amazon this week!

Happy New Year! Wishing you a magickal 2013 filled with joy and adventure!

Winter Shock” is FREE this week on amazon! Book two in “The Grimoire Chronicles” has been receiving rave reviews – so take advantage!

Book Description:

“Trenton drugged and kidnapped me. I was powerless.”
Cassie’s neighbors have secrets, and she is one of them.
A Witch taken against her will to an isolated, frozen wilderness on an impossible quest, Cassie defends herself against Trenton who has gone over to the dark side. One minute he’s adorable and charming, and the next weird, uncaring, and hostile. And now, Cassie fears for her life.
Winter Solstice draws near, and Cassie performs magical spells to gain clarity. Instead she is shocked by visions and mind jumps into the lives of strangers on the brink of disaster.

Why is she in a hostile, threatening wilderness? What is causing the horrific visions? Cassie discovers there is much more at stake than her own survival. To survive, she must overcome impossible odds.

“Winter Shock” is a paranormal fantasy novel that you’ll never forget! If you love paranormal romance, urban fantasy, Witches and Wicca, paranormal mystery, paranormal horror, action and survival, “The Grimoire Chronicles” series is definitely for you! Click now for your free copy!

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Winter Shock! Paranormal YA Fantasy

Winter Shock! Paranormal YA Fantasy

“Winter Shock” is finished! I am so very pleased to present my latest work to you – just in time for Yule!!! This is the second book in “The Grimoire Chronicles” series, and it takes place during (you guessed it!) YULE!

Brightest blessings for a beautiful Winter Solstice!

WINTER SHOCK

“Trenton drugged and kidnapped me. I was powerless.”

Cassie’s neighbors have secrets, and she is one of them.

A Witch taken against her will to an isolated, frozen wilderness on an impossible quest, Cassie defends herself against Trenton who has gone over to the dark side. One minute he’s adorable and charming, and the next weird, uncaring, and hostile. And now, Cassie fears for her life.

Winter Solstice draws near, and Cassie performs magical spells to gain clarity. Instead she is shocked by visions and mind jumps into the lives of strangers on the brink of disaster.

Why is she in a hostile, threatening wilderness? What is causing the horrific visions? Cassie discovers there is much more at stake than her own survival. To survive, she must overcome impossible odds.

“Winter Shock” is a paranormal fantasy novel that you’ll never forget! If you love paranormal romance, urban fantasy, Witches and Wicca, paranormal mystery, paranormal horror, action and survival, “The Grimoire Chronicles” series is definitely for you!

Buy now at amazon! WINTER SHOCK

 

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Flirting Spell

Flirting Spell
Flirting Spell 

This spell is to draw out your flirty side!

There are a lot of love spells circulating, but there are very few spells that address the most basic aspect of love: The initial meeting, and the art of FLIRTING! For some, whether male or female, the act of flirting is second nature. For those of us who are slightly shy or need confidence, a magickal nudge can make all the difference! This also works if your current relationship needs a little spice. With all the holiday parties this time of year, a flirting spell is just what the Witch Doctor ordered 😉
 

I like this spell because it is about giving yourself confidence, not manipulating others. This spell enhances a part of you that already exists, but that maybe you haven’t dusted off in a while.

You will need incense. Sandalwood or Patchouli are particularly nice for works of magick involving love and flirting. You will also need a crystal or a stone to use as a talisman.

This is a simple spell that only takes minutes and is incredibly effective. Do this spell just before a social engagement when you are likely to need your flirtatious side and want to feel particularly attractive. Couples in a relationship may also enchant each other in a similar fashion to bring one another into a like-minded state (wink wink).

The chakras are energy centers in the body. There are seven main chakras that are positioned from the base of the spine to the top of the head, and have a long history within Tantric practices. To bring out your flirty side, you will bless each one to be in alignment with your magnetic self, your flirty self. This spell works especially well if you’re normally shy at gatherings. You can change the words to suit your needs; perhaps you simply want help coming out of your shell to meet people and be at ease.

To perform the spell, get ready for your party, date, night at home with your sweetheart, or trip to the library (there are lots of places to flirt!). Dress in a way that makes you feel sexy, and within your comfort zone. Smile a lot while you’re getting ready, and envision a fabulous night (or envision at least smiling at someone while grocery shopping).

Light the incense.

Prepare yourself by slowing down from the cares of the day and sliding into the present moment. Inhale, and as you exhale relax your body. Inhale, and as you exhale, allow your mind to calm and thoughts to slow. Inhale, and as you exhale, relax your spirit by releasing any expectation.

Hold the incense in front of you, and guide the incense with your hand by waving the smoke toward the top of your head. This is the seventh chakra that connects us to the spirit realm. Say these words or words of your own, “I bless my seventh chakra to be in alignment with my joyful self who is drawn to others who are like minded.”

Guide the incense smoke toward your third eye, the sixth chakra between the eyebrows responsible for seeing intuitively, and say, “I bless my sixth chakra to enhance my intuition to see who I need to meet.”

Guide the smoke toward your throat, the fifth chakra responsible for communication (both listening and speaking), and say this or words of your own, “I bless my fifth chakra to release communication inhibitions, draw fun and enchanting words from my mouth, and recognize and be receptive when someone is attracted to me.”

Guide the incense smoke toward your heart, the fourth chakra responsible for Oneness with All and loving the Self. Say these or similar words, “I bless my fourth chakra to open to a joyful and lighthearted night!”

Guide the incense smoke toward your solar plexus, above the navel, the third chakra responsible for personal will, and say these or similar words, “I bless my third chakra to be in alignment with my personal will to open up socially tonight and be the dynamic and flirtatious person I envision.”

Guide the incense smoke toward your second chakra, just below the navel, the chakra responsible for relationships, sexuality and creativity. Say these words or similar, “I bless my second chakra and open myself to desire and being desired, and I open myself to being creative and free in expressing my sensuality.”

Guide the incense smoke toward your first chakra at the base of the spine (you can guide toward the front side of your body), the chakra responsible for connecting to our vitality, health, wealth, and hearth, and our connection to Mother Earth. Say these words or similar, “I bless my first chakra to open myself to my personal vitality, the force that guides me joyfully through this adventure called Life.”

Finally, hold your crystal or stone over the smoke, and visualize yourself being social, carefree, and above all: FLIRTATIOUS! Visualize a really fun evening, and mentally infuse a snapshot of that image into the crystal. Carry the crystal with you for a Talisman to Flirt. If you have a pocket, keep it there and hold it for extra confidence. Be bold and smile!

Perform this spell before any social engagement with the potential to meet someone special, and see how receptive you become to all the signals around you!

 

Brightest Blessings!
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A Murder of Crows: How Witches Read Signs and Omens

A Murder of Crows: How Witches Read Signs and Omens
A Murder of Crows: How Witches Read Signs and Omens

A murder of more than forty crows appeared outside my window today (a group of crows is called a murder). They were magnificent. The bay and the sky were gray, a perfect backdrop for the magick that arrived. Crows are magickal. There is strength, a pride that borders on arrogance, grace, and of course they’re famous for their trickery. I love that crows also have a deep sense of community and they post guards while feeding to protect the group. Crows and ravens are steeped in the lore of many traditions, and they fill our sacred texts with stories of magick and signs – omens. I rarely see one crow on the bay, let alone a murder. I felt fortunate and blessed.

Here’s why…

When something unusual happens in your life, take note. Synchronicity is playing a part in your life, and Life wants you to pay attention! There is a difference between connecting life circumstances that really don’t mean much, and finding meaningful synchronicities to guide you along Life’s path.

The crows visited at a time when I was feeling really good. So many wonderful things have been happening lately: I’ve started a new health regime, I’ve been able to focus on my work, my relationships are outstanding, and I just printed out the last draft of “Winter Shock” for the last edit before it goes to press. I made a last-minute change and named one of my characters “Raven” which is in the crow family, and the cycle of power for the Raven is Winter Solstice, which is the basis of my book. I didn’t remember that until I read about Crow and Raven today (Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews; I love that book!). Just as Crows and Ravens are in the same family (the only difference being size), Signs and Omens are in the same family, and often used to define each other in various dictionaries. So, the murder of crows was a beautiful sign of abundance, good news, and an acknowledgment of even more good magick coming my way. It was a sign that I am on the right path.

Sometimes signs are literal signs! Billboards and advertisements can be omens, especially if you ask for them. When is a sign not a sign? If you’re thinking about getting a new mattress and you suddenly see a dozen stores displaying advertisements that their mattresses are on sale might not be a “sign” that you should get the new mattress: Mattresses are always on sale. That is simply your mind trying to fulfill a need. We’re wired that way. If you’re not getting a restful night of sleep, that in itself is a good sign that you need to get a new mattress! True signs that take you farther on Life’s path are a little more complex than that, and it just takes a little practice to be able to interpret them for yourself and others.

The best way to see a sign is often overlooked: ask for a sign. Better still, ask for a specific sign. Make it something unusual. Sacred texts are full of stories of “asking for signs”. I once had an incredibly difficult choice to make that would change my entire life. Finally, one morning I asked the Universe to see a gorilla as a “Yes” sign. I chose a gorilla after a lot of thought; a gorilla would be unusual enough that I would know it was a sign and not a coincidence. If I had asked for an apple, it would be harder to consider that a sign! I thought I would see a picture of a gorilla somewhere. What happened was quite different.

I was very busy as my day went on, and not thinking about “The Sign” I had asked for. I pulled into a gas station where I normally bought gas. I liked the owners of the gas station. They had hired a sweet guy who was mentally challenged, needed help, and most likely wouldn’t have been hired elsewhere. He was always friendly, but never spoke beyond a short list of gas station lingo and always said, “thank you” like he meant it. I rolled down my window and instead of asking me what kind of gas I wanted, he asked, “Why do gorillas have big noses?” I was shocked and said, “Why?” He said, “Because they have big fingers.” And then he just laughed and laughed. He misunderstood my open mouth and the look of oh-my-Goddess-what-just-happened, and he started to apologize, and asked if he had done something bad. I said of course not, and that it was the best joke I had ever heard. The Universe had sent me a sign, along with a bonus sign to lighten up about Life’s decisions.

The crows are gone now, but their magick is still working in my heart, telling me to watch for the magick that the day brings. The crows are telling me to keep watching for signs that take me on Life’s path with gratitude and joy.

What signs have you seen lately?

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