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Buffalo

Published May 17, 2017 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

Buffalo, from the Medicine Cards, by Jamie Sams and David Carson, Artwork by Angela Werneke

Daily Angel Oracle Card: Buffalo, from the Medicine Cards, by Jamie Sams and David Carson, Artwork by Angela Werneke

Buffalo: “Prayer and Abundance”

Buffalo…
You bring us,
The gifts of life.

Hear our prayers,
Smoke rising,
Like Phoenix,

We are reborn,
within the sacred words.”

“In the Lakota tradition it was the White Buffalo Calf Woman who brought the sacred pipe to the people and taught them to pray. The bowl of the pipe was the receptacle that held tabacco, an herb with male and female medicine. The stem of the pipe represented the male entering the female and seeding life. In the coming together of male and female, the connection to the divine energy of the Great Spirit was made. As the pipe was loaded with tobacco, every family in nature was asked to enter into the pipe and share its medicine as prayer and praise to the heavens. The smoke was considered to be visual prayer, and was very sacred and cleansing.

All animals are sacred, but in many traditions, White Buffalo is the most sacred. The appearance of White Buffalo is a sign that prayers are being heard, that the sacred pipe is being honored, and that the promises of prophesy are being fulfilled. White Buffalo signals a time of abundance and plenty.

Buffalo was the major source of sustenance for the Plains Indians. It gave meat for food, hides for clothing, warm and soft buffalo robes for long winters, and hooves for glue. The medicine of Buffalo is prayer, gratitude and praise for that which has been received. Buffalo medicine is also knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred, and when gratitude is expressed. to every living part of creation.

Because of its desire to give the gifts that its body provided, and because of its willingness to be used on Earth for the highest good before entering the hunting grounds of Spirit, Buffalo did not readily stampede and run from hunters.

To use Buffalo medicine is to smoke a pipe in a sacred manner, and to give praise for the richness of life to be shared with all races, all creatures, all nations, and all life. It means smoking for others so that their needs are met, praying for the good of all things in harmony, and accepting the Great Mystery as a part of that harmony.

If you have drawn the Buffalo card, you may be asked to use your energy in prayer. You may also be called upon to be an instrument of someone else’s answer to a prayer. This could portend a time of recognizing the sacredness of every walk of life, albeit different from your own. To honor another’s  pathway, even if it brings you sadness, is a part of the message that Buffalo brings. This may be a time of reconnection to the meaning of life and the value of peace. Most assuredly this time will bring serenity amidst chaos if you pray in earnest for enlightenment and the power of calmness and give praise for the gifts you already have.

Buffalo medicine is a sign that you achieve nothing without the aid of the Great Spirit and that you must be humble enough to ask for that assistance and then be grateful for what you receive.”*

~ By Jamie Sams and David Carson

If you have been waiting for a sign, this is your sign. You are on the right path. Keep going in this direction. Do not lose heart, do not retreat, do not go back to your old ways. Any change is good change at this point, even if it is not feeling that way. It is entirely possible that you can only see the big black cloud, but you are just too close to see the silver lining… eventually it will all make sense, the clouds will pass and the rainbow will lead you on.

This is a sign that you are fully supported at this time. Have you taken the leap yet? Or is there something holding you back? It’s all about opportunity, about grabbing the bull by the horns, quite literally. This is not a time to sit back and dream about what could be, it is a time to take action and make it happen, even if it scares you to death!

Use all your resources to get you where you need to be. Pray. Use your sacred tools. Light your candles and your incense. Spruce up your altar. Make a crystal grid. Breathe. Meditate. Go deep. Expand. Ascend. Embrace your divine Soul Purpose. There is no time to lose here, you must move forward fearlessly. Your time is now.

Pray for those who need guidance, who need healing. Pray for our great Mother Earth, Gaia. Pray for peace, and for harmony and for change. Pray for justice and for liberation.

And know that together, we can make a difference.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Medicine Cards, by Jamie Sams and David Carson, Artwork by Angela Werneke

Raccoon

Published April 22, 2017 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

Raccoon, from the Medicine Card, by Jamie Sams and David Carson, Artwork by Angela Werneke

Daily Angel Oracle Card: Raccoon, from the Medicine Card, by Jamie Sams and David Carson, Artwork by Angela Werneke

Raccoon:”Generous Protector”

“Raccoon… protector of the underdog,
Provider for those who have none.
Do you wear the bandit’s mask
To hide the good deeds that you’ve done?

Teach me to turn away from
Rich rewards or worldly acclaim,
Knowing that my generosity allows
My warrior spirit to be reclaimed.”

“Raccoon carries the medicine of the protector of the underdog and provider for the young, infirm, and elderly. Often called “little bandit” by southern tribes, this Robin Hood of the animal kingdom teaches us about generosity and caring for others. When Raccoon comes your way, you are being asked to contact your inner warrior, to become a protector and generous provider for those in need. Raccoon medicine people have the uncanny ability to assist others without allowing them to become victims or dependents. Like the tribal chiefs of old, Raccoon tends to the needs of the tribe before taking anything for itself.

A troupe of Raccoons scouting for food is often a hilarious exercise in generosity. After rolling in the cornmeal or flower, they finally settle on their favorite morsels, giving the best tidbits to their lookout. Raccoons leave a watcher behind when raiding a campsite or mountain cabin, usually the dominant male. He is always fed first by the other raiders to honor his vigilance as the group’s protector. This uncommon lack of greed is as rare in the world of humans as it is in the rest of the animal world. While other creatures fight one another for the best of a kill, Raccoon teaches the universal law of giving back to the source of your strength, guidance, and protection. You are also reminded that benevolence and generosity come around full circle to reward the giver.

If Raccoon wandered into your cards today, the little bandit may be telling you to look around and see who needs your strength at this time. Speak up in defense of another instead of remaining silent when others are gossiping. Maybe it is time to share the bounty of your time, energy, or possessions with the less fortunate. But remember to help those in need develop their own protector and provider skills. In all cases, Raccoon asks that you honor your self and others equally. Provide for your own needs, or your well will be dry when you choose to give generously. Chiefs earn their Eagle feathers when they promote every human’s right to self-dignity; acting in this manner brings that same honor to yourself and your family.”

Raccoon as Challenger: “If Raccoon appears as challenger, you may be robbing yourself of much-needed strength at this time. Do you need an attitude adjustment? If you are wasting energy on self-pity, feeling like an underdog, do something nice for someone else. The change of focus could create more self-esteem. Observing the authentic needs in another’s situation absolves self-pity. Another contrary message is denying the need to be generous or compassionate with yourself. In this case, you may not be providing enough workable options to solve your present challenges.

If you are feeling drained, it may be time to receive the gratitude of those you have helped in the past. If you have been giving too much and have forgotten to honor your own needs, Raccoon could be telling you to steal some time to be alone. The little bandit also reminds you to keep watch for “takers” who never give back. Keep yourself from feeding others who are too needy or too greedy. Balanced Raccoon medicine does not waste its generosity on those who refuse to help themselves or are too lazy to contribute or learn self-reliance”*

~ By Jamie Sams and David Carson

Raccoons in western culture get a bad rap as thieves, bandits and scoundrels. Yet in Aboriginal culture, they are revered as agile, quick thinking, generous, resourceful and protective. Today this is the energy we connect with on a deeper level.

How can we be of service? How can we give of ourselves and our resources, knowing that there is always more than enough to go around? Stepping out of lack mentality and giving of ourselves, straight from the heart. There is no better gift to give.

When you have felt overwhelmed lately, you may have stepped back, isolated yourself in order to make space to heal. Now it is time to step back into the Light. Help someone else who needs you. Give the gift of your time, your focus; your undivided attention. Lend a hand, an ear, a shoulder to cry on. Bring an offering that will make someone smile.

This is not about exhausting yourself, or of spreading yourself too thin. It is not about giving more than you have either. It is about giving what you can give and knowing that there is more where that came from. It is about opening up and expanding. Maybe all you have to give right now are hugs and smiles. That is perfect. Give them to those who need them, change their day and start the chain reaction of raised vibration.

And so it is

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Medicine Card, by Jamie Sams and David Carson, Artwork by Angela Werneke

 

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