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Time To Go

Published March 20, 2017 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

Time To Go, from the Wisdom Of The Oracle, by Colette Baron-Reid, artwork by Jena DellaGrottaglia

Daily Angel Oracle Card: Time To Go, from the Wisdom Of The Oracle, by Colette Baron-Reid, artwork by Jena DellaGrottaglia

Time To Go: “Endings; completion; walking away from something because there is nothing else to learn or experience”

The Oracle’s Message: “You are at the end of one journey and have not yet begun the next. This is the moment to bless your experience thus far. Take stock of what you have learned. It is time to move on to new experiences and a new way of being. There is nothing left for you to do, be, or experience in your present circumstances. Take the risk and move on even if you need to be in transition for a time. Your destiny is calling you.”

Relationship Message: “It is over, or at the very least, the form this relationship has taken is no longer of service to you or the other person. This is a time of letting go, of knowing that the journey has come to its conclusion. That does not mean anything is lost. Although this card could speak to a breakup, drifting apart, or the end of a soul contract, it is more about release than destruction. Remember the saying, ‘If you love something, let it go. If it comes back, it is yours. If not, it never was.’ Endings are always a sign of new beginnings. If you want something deeper, walk away.”

Prosperity Message: “This message is clear: the path you have been on with your work, creative projects and business alliances have come to an end. You will not find the success you desire by continuing with what is now in front of you. This is an auspicious sign, because there is no choice that will benefit you other than risking stepping into the unknown. It is time to walk toward something new. This card also pertains to the more neutral concept of completion. You have finished your tasks and can rest assured that this ending will open up a powerful new avenue of opportunity – even better than any you can imagine. You have done all you can’ now trust that Spirit keeps the plan moving forward. Fortune requires you to conclude this chapter of your life. And remember than when you close one door, another opens.”

Protection Message: “Even if it appears that you’ve reached the end of the line and all is lost, it isn’t. You are in a situation that will resurface again and again later, so consider this a break rather than an ending. Destiny is in charge here. You lose nothing and gain everything when you surrender to that fact. Your soul knows that your Destiny is unfolding with perfect timing and synchronicity. Your small self has doubts, but that is natural, as it doesn’t have the map of your destiny- the Soul does! Spirit loves you. Trust that.”*

~ By Colette Baron-Reid

You knew exactly what was coming when you read the title. Ya, that. You know exactly what must happen in order for you to move forward. No, it’s not comfortable, but it is high time now isn’t it? What’s holding you back this time?

No more excuses. No more worries, doubts or fears. Enough is enough. Just get out there, take a great big deep breath and LEAP. Jump. Trust.

Have faith. You are correct. Don’t put it off any longer.

Your new life awaits you.

There are some bumps along the way, I’m not going to lie to you.

But then? After the dust settles and everything falls into place?

It will be awesome. Really awesome.

You got this.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

* Wisdom Of The Oracle, by Colette Baron-Reid, artwork by Jena DellaGrottaglia

Magical Map Shifter

Published March 4, 2017 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle
Magical Map Shifter, from The Enchanted Map Oracle Card deck, by Colette Baron-Reid, artwork by Jena DellaGrottaglia

Magical Map Shifter, from The Enchanted Map Oracle Card deck, by Colette Baron-Reid, artwork by Jena DellaGrottaglia

Daily angel Oracle Card: Magical Map Shifter, from The Enchanted Map Oracle Card deck, by Colette Baron-Reid, artwork by Jena DellaGrottaglia

Magical Map Shifter: “Spirit orchestrates everyone’s destiny”

“When the Magical Map Shifter card arrives, it comes with a mission – to make you aware of the people who come into your life to impact your personal growth. Perhaps you may meet a soul mate whose presence invites you to be the best ‘you’ that you can be, or someone who leads you out of difficulty ad into a place of safety or success.

Pay attention to those individuals who cross your path today and cause you to reflect on your journey. Be awake and aware, and you will recognize them for the important change agents they are. Your whole perspective about who you are and why you are here will shift. The Magical Map Shifter always initiates you into a better version of yourself.”

Magical Map Shifter as Challenger: “As Challenger, this card may bring you the opposite of what you seek. Perhaps you are in denial about your situation and refuse to see the truth. Or maybe you have been traveling down a path that has constantly led you to a field of poppies, where you fall asleep and dream of desires that never find their form. To have the life you really want, you must match its vibrational energy and resonate with it. Sometimes our greatest hurts and disappointments are what awaken us to our need to shift to a higher frequency.

If your heart aches because someone is breaking it, this discomfort will lead you to a more authentic life. Do not linger in the pain, or blame the Magical Map Shifter for alerting you to the illusion you clung to. Know that treasure lies elsewhere and can be recovered once you have healed the wound that is reflected in those who come to you as catalysts for growth. As you experience yourself transforming into the highest version of yourself, you will come to understand that you are always fortunate when you meet up with a Magical Map Shifter.”*

~ By Colette Baron-Reid

Today, something will shift. Today, something that will shape your destiny will start to take place. Today, someone will notice you; offer you something; think about you; give you a gift; smile at you across a crowded room. Something will happen today that will change everything.

You may not even be aware of this event, it could be going on behind the scenes. Or, it may be as obvious as locking eyes and hearts with someone soon to be very special to you. It could be a job offer, finding a new home or committing to a new direction in life. It could mean suddenly deciding to do something that you have never done before and loving the way that makes you feel. 

It is all part of the process. It is all part of your awakening. Be open, be receptive, be aware.

And most importantly, be completely honest with yourself about where you are now, and where you need to be. Fill the gap with love.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*The Enchanted Map Oracle Card deck, by Colette Baron-Reid, artwork by Jena DellaGrottaglia

The Weaver

Published January 27, 2017 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle
The Weaver, from the Faery Forest Oracle Card deck, by Lucy Cavendish

The Weaver, from the Faery Forest Oracle Card deck, by Lucy Cavendish

Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Weaver, from the Faery Forest Oracle Card deck, by Lucy Cavendish

The Weaver: “Fate, Destiny, Wyrd”

“You have inherited aspect of your family’s honour and wyrd.* The actions of your ancestors have had a ripple effect on your life, and you have worked through some of this impact with strength and nobility. There may be more work to do yet. You have free will and you also have a destiny, and the two dance together and form a pattern that is unique to you – and this is your contribution to the web of wyrd. Every action has an impact. Every choice will create results that are impossible to see now. So consider the choices before you, and choose what is for the highest good of all – what is most honourable, and beyond the personal. Ask no person to give up their personal honour to further your own ambitions. Consider the impact of your choices into the future – and consider the ancestors and what they would feel about your choices.

You shall now choose well. For you are weaving the world that was… weaving the present moment… and weaving the world that shall be. What happens to one of us, in our country, town, family, happens to us all. Every act vibrates throughout this Universe and on this great energetic web – and we are, in every moment, with every word and thought and deed, contributing to this great grid of energy.”

*Note from the Author, Lucy Cavendish: “Wyrd is an ancient magickal philosophy (wyrd is also the root of the modern word weird!) and it is both personal and global – and perhaps even beyond that, it is both personal and global – and perhaps even beyond that, it is galactic. Every single thing in the world, seen and unseen, is connected and can have influence, one on the other, in an infinite series of variations and patterns. Your choices and actions, your thoughts and words, are important. They have impact, they have meaning, and they are all a part of the creation of the world our children will inherit.”*

Artwork: Amarylis Hopgood, by Maxine Gadd

Although this message may appear at first to be cryptic, it is in fact very simple. We are part of a plan much greater than ourselves. Each moment, each choice, each twist and turn of our lives are intricately interwoven – with those around us, the planet herself and every Being. The ripple effect. Cause and effect. Consequences of chosen action. There are no mistakes.

This is a reminder to be very mindful of our roles in our lives and how we see ourselves. Do we see ourselves as victim? Or do we feel the need to be the aggressor? Are we able to meet that which meets us in our lives with an open heart and open mind? Are we able to be the calm in the center of the storm of chaos or do we get dragged right down into the turbulence?

It is strange and mysterious and magical, the connection between us. Imagine what would be possible if we worked to strengthen it; moment by moment; day by day. Imagine if we could use the collective consciousness as a tool for change, for healing, and for positive transformation.

How weird and wonderful to even contemplate it.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Faery Forest Oracle Card deck, by Lucy Cavendish

 

Building Blocks

Published January 21, 2017 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle
Building Blocks, from the Wisdom Of The Oracle card deck, by Colette Baron-Reid

Building Blocks, from the Wisdom Of The Oracle card deck, by Colette Baron-Reid

Daily Angel Oracle Card: Building Blocks, from the Wisdom Of The Oracle card deck, by Colette Baron-Reid

Building Blocks: ” Strong foundations; a beautiful work in progress”

The Oracle’s Message: “You have everything you need to cultivate an extraordinary life. This is a time when your focus needs to be on the foundations you build upon. Your work, your relationships, and your very being are underwritten by your values, ethics, morals, and core beliefs. Are they still true for you? Will they stand the test of time and serve as the solid grounding upon which you construct¬† your life? Now you are making changes that will affect everything in a positive way. Your destiny is truly a remarkable and beautiful design.”

Relationship Message: “When you see this card, know that you are attracting new relationships into your life – and solidifying the ones that you already have – by building them on the foundations of honesty, humility, clear communication and a genuine desire to know one another. You are moving toward laying the groundwork for a relationship with the firm footing that will ensure it can withstand any storm. Long-standing relationships are also repaired and strengthened. You and the other person are stronger, wiser, and more powerful together than apart.”

Prosperity Message: “You have everything you need to turn iron into gold in the alchemical process of creating the prosperous life you desire. Now is the time to build on the strong foundation you have already laid for your prosperity. Keep in mind that these building blocks are imbued with the sparkling energy of your intentions. Own your dream, and remember that you always have more than enough and you always are enough, so abundance is ever present. Your creativity is Divinely inspired, and the design for your life is taking shape in service to the world. You are meant for success.”

Protection Message: “Now is the time to address the cracks in the foundations of your life. Perhaps your values have changed and it is time to strengthen your convictions and let go of the things that no longer serve the vision you have for your life. Or perhaps you chose to ignore the signs that a situation or agreement you have entered into is not right for you. Remove the rotten pieces and reinforce your core moral strength and integrity. Now is the time for rigorous honesty, for you are called to renovate and upgrade your consciousness! You will be so happy when you do. Spirit has a spectaular blueprint for your life far beyond your imagination. Do not be afraid to replace what is not solid.”*

~ By Colette Baron-Reid

This message ties in with the numerology and astrology we see at this time. As I have mentioned before, we are in a “one” year in numerology, having finished a “nine” year of completion in 2016. We also have all the planets in alignment for another two weeks or so, until Feb 6th. So, this is an extra auspicious time for us to set ourselves up for not only the rest of this year, but the entire nine year cycle we are embarking on starting right NOW. Phew, no pressure!

But this is not about pressure, or about jumping in, it is about setting clear intentions and building solid foundations . It is about goals and dreams and manifestation, and it is about taking responsibility for creating our own reality. There is no putting it off; it is just not an option to see yourself as a victim of circumstance; and it is no longer an option to not show up for yourself and your life. No one but you can take the reins. If you have given your personal power away and let others make your decisions for you, then it is time to take back your power. Now. If you have been hiding behind distractions and drama, or numbing yourself with self-medication… it is time to wake up and move forward fearlessly.

Remember, you have everything you need to turn lead into gold.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Wisdom Of The Oracle card deck, by Colette Baron-Reid

Grandmother Ensures Safe Crossing

Published January 11, 2017 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle
Grandmother Ensures Safe Crossing, from the Wild Kuan Yin Oracle Card deck, by Alana Fairchild, artwork by Wang Yiguang

Grandmother Ensures Safe Crossing, from the Wild Kuan Yin Oracle Card deck, by Alana Fairchild, artwork by Wang Yiguang

Daily Angel Oracle Card: Grandmother Ensures Safe Crossing, from the Wild Kuan Yin Oracle Card deck, by Alana Fairchild, artwork by Wang Yiguang

“You have a journey ahead of you. There is a particular path that you are meant to take, so that you shall be in the right place at the right time, to encounter the experiences that you are meant to have and the people that you are meant to meet. This journey will lead you across the water, far away from what you have known. To bear the crossing of the water, you must lose sight of the shore. It is part of your destiny, your sacred life path, to take this journey. So although you may feel excitement or fear, hope or uncertainty about whether you are up to the task, know that it is meant for you and Grandmother shall watch over you. She shall give you means for the journey and ensure that the crossing of the water is safely undertaken. Be light of heart, beloved, even as you may mourn what is left behind, for this journey is divinely blessed and will bring great success.”

“There are times in life when we must cross the water if we are to grow rather than wither and retract. To grow requires courage but offers the reward of radiance and fulfillment beyond what we have experienced. To cross the water implies more than simply taking a trip, it refers to a more life-changing experience of committing to and taking a journey. A journey is not only an external experience, it is an internal adventure too. Whilst a trip is interesting perhaps and gives us some nice experiences but fundamentally leaves us the same person upon return, a journey changes us on the inside. A journey is as much, if not more so, about the process of travel itself. The internal growth that comes through taking a journey – a journey that leads us beyond what we have known and asks us to ‘cross the water’ into new territory – is what marks it as a divine adventure.

Such an adventure offers us opportunities to mature – to open our minds, to become wiser, more tolerant, more curious and less certain of how life should be. We can experience ourselves in different ways. It can be uncomfortable but exciting, certainly it will involve venturing into the unknown. We may have to leave behind support systems in many senses and become more reliant upon ourselves and the inner guidance of our heart. When a journey is meant to be, however, the Divine Mother will provide the necessary tour guide or person with greater experience to help you along your journey. If you have also drawn the oracle of Sacred Sherpa Guides you Beyond, or feel intuitively the need to read the message and complete the healing process for that card, then a significant aspect of this journey will be trusting in an experienced guide to help you through your journey. This guide may be an actual person, or it may be information as well as spiritual protection, that comes to you as needed. Even if you do not feel drawn to that card, this oracle of Grandmother Ensures Safe Crossing confirms that whatever hep or divine protection you need is there for you. It may just be that you experience it as a sense of invisible but palpable protection or ‘luck’ and ‘good timing’ to help you throughout your travels.

The crossing of water meant for you at this time – or imminently – may be in a physical sense. Opportunities to travel can arise where you choose to leave the home you have known to literally go venturing overseas.

There are also other profound ways to cross the water that may or may not accompany a physical relocation. These crossings of the water are where we leave behind a state of being or consciousness in favour of another. That may include releasing a sense of self, of identity, of certainty about ourselves or the world, to bravely venture towards an as-yet-unknown destiny. We will have little idea as to what we are doing or where we are headed at times. We will likely feel lost and out of place, sometimes not really feeling like we belong anywhere in particular nor having really settled and found our home or place in the world. Even in our place of birth we may feel we are a stranger passing through. Having such experiences is a sign that a journey across the water is taking place, symbolic and internal, but just as real.

The oracle of Grandmother Ensures Safe Crossing indicates that not only are you on the journey but you must keep looking. You have somewhere to go, a home to find, but you have not quite found it yet. there is something more for you to discover about yourself and your place in the world. There is a part of you that understands this. Perhaps you have fought it, tried to fit in with the ways of those around you, yet you are urged to remain true to the yearnings of your soul and continue your adventures. Do not imagine that where you currently find yourself is to be your resting place. There is more for you in your life, further adventure awaits you.

There will be a sense that every life lesson you have struggled through and mastered will have bearing and offer support to navigate the journey you are taking now or will soon embark upon. The emotional component of your journey may include grief and feelings of insecurity as you let go of the familiar. The gift tantalizingly offered as the treasure you seek on your adventure will inspire you to move beyond what has been comfortable, to take a risk for the mere possibility that you could obtain your heart’s deepest desires and live a life you truly know you were created to live.

This particular journey and the discontent or curiosity about ‘something more’ that triggers its beginning is meant to be. Reward will certainly come; whether it is the reward you imagine now or one even more wonderful and miraculous than you can currently fathom, that can only be determined in time and only realized through the experience. There are no guarantees given as to how your journey will unfold, just that you have had all the preparation you need, even if you doubt your readiness and that the ancient wisdom of the Divine Mother in the form of Grandmother will protect you. When the time is upon you, when you feel the stirring of discontent or the call of the wild to grow and expand, you are best to answer with a huge, heartfelt YES!

The sanctuary, guidance and protection of the Hold Grandmother is with you to ensure the success of your journey. Grandmother watches over the weaving of past, present and future. She understands that what happens now is the planting and fertilizing of the soul seed which will come to blossom more fully in accordance with your divine life purpose. She will nudge you when you need to be nudged, comfort you when you become uncertain, and provide the means for you to take step after step towards your destination. She is the representative of the Holy Mother. She will ensure safe passage, no matter how arduous, challenging or downright intimidating the prospect of the journey of transformation may seem. Grandmother lives within your heart as wisdom and has the power to attract whatever is needed to assist you on your journey. Believe in the journey, beloved wild child, and in your ability to see the steps before you and take them. Reaching your destination will then happen of its own accord, and by the time you get there the journey will have matured you to be absolutely ready to receive your fulfilling grace.

This oracle comes with a particular message, a guarantee of supreme success in a venture you are considering. It will as you to grow, but the success is there for you if you are willing to take the journey.

If you have been considering a move or profound life change then this oracle comes as confirmation that not only are you meant to be taking that journey, but that the Divine will ensure protection and success. Life changes here could be those of career, religious or spiritual matters, life style or even sexual orientation. It could be any choice that feels as though it will take you more truthfully into your essence, even whilst in the process causing some upheaval for others as well.

Remember to complete the following healing process. Surrender your control around how the journey unfolds and where it leads you. Start with your commitment to take the journey and then trust your heart to lead you each step of the way.”

Healing Process: “Say this prayer. If you are already ‘on your journey’ and times are challenging, you may like to say it each morning and night.

‘Kuan Yin, who loves me without condition, Holy Grandmother, who cares for my soul with merciful grace, watch over me, protect me, guide me on all levels of my being in all possible ways. Help me take the journey before me now with courage and wisdom. Give me clear signs to follow and help me to realize the strength I have within me to rise to any challenge. Help me find the courage within to explore beyond what I have known, and to feel and trust in the guiding wisdom and power of my own heart. Through your blessing, my supreme success is ensured. Thank you for your gracious blessings. I receive with an open heart and willing mind. Through my own free will, so be it.’

Once you have said the prayer, you have finished your healing process.”*

~ By Alana Fairchild

This journey is both physical and metaphorical. As you commit to embarking on your Spiritual Quest, assistance comes in many forms. The journey you are about to commence will be one of many twists and turns. It will change you. Transform you. It will be life changing in ways you cannot yet comprehend, or even imagine. It will stretch you and expand you beyond your comfort zones in many areas. It will break down barriers and it will lead from Earth to Stars.

Yet there is so much comfort here. Divine Grandmother soothes your doubts and fears; she nourishes your Soul and prepares you for the challenges ahead. Her great wisdom permeates your Soul, and you are held fast in her protective embrace. You feel the Oneness in All; your deep connection to her. Although you have no idea now of how this journey will end, you know that she will be with you each and every step of the way.

Connect to the elements now, for they are your allies. Honour them by creating a sacred altar. Add something special to you as an offering to Divine Grandmother, Spider Goddess, Old Woman, Crone. Know that her magic is woven of the Light and will always catch you when you feel yourself fall.

Change is all around us now. Be it as deeply as you can.

Dive right in.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Wild Kuan Yin Oracle Card deck, by Alana Fairchild, artwork by Wang Yiguang

Crown Of The Butterfly Bambini

Published January 7, 2017 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle
Crown Of The Butterfly Bambini, from the Divine Circus Oracle Card deck, by Alana Fairchild, Artwork by Maxine Gadd

Crown Of The Butterfly Bambini, from the Divine Circus Oracle Card deck, by Alana Fairchild, Artwork by Maxine Gadd

Daily Angel Oracle Card: Crown Of The Butterfly Bambini, from the Divine Circus Oracle Card deck, by Alana Fairchild, Artwork by Maxine Gadd

Crown Of The Butterfly Bambini: “Just as nature imbues the butterfly with an innate ability for radical transformation, so too do you have natural instincts within, guiding you to grow in dramatic, utterly life-changing ways. Progress is your perfection. Growth is your attainment. Do you shun what you have been or mistakes you have made? Or instead, do you wear your ability for transformation as a sacred crown of power?”

“Transformation is an ability, an art, a sacred power. It requires an ability to go through the death of an old self, to be reborn again. That death might be an identity, a lifestyle or career, or an inner sense of self that no longer seems enough to truly reflect ho you are becoming.

It requires both strength and flexibility, to be like bamboo, to bend without breaking. you have to be so strong in your sense of your essence, that even as the form of your life, your body, your mind, your very soul goes through change, you recognize that underneath it all, there is a kernel of essential, eternal you that is always the same. That is your spiritual anchor within, a feeling of peaceful consistency even whilst the rigors of life work their magic upon you, causing you to change and grow in other ways. The flexibility you possess will indicate the extent to which transformation is possible.

Are you willing to let go of what you have known, who you have been, without judging it, except to understand that you are outgrowing your past and becoming your future in this very moment? This takes great courage whilst flexibility of mind allows you to believe there are other possibilities in this life beyond what you have already experienced. The strength gives you enough courage to bear the loss of the known and the terror of the unknown, perhaps even turning that terror into excitement for what may be.

Crown Of The Butterfly Bambini speaks of the spiritual ability in you to transform. This is not small change. It is life-altering transformation, where you pass through a door and cannot go back. It is challenging. It is thrilling. It promises so much happiness, but there will be loss to grieve also. If you are in transition through such a transformational process you will know how painful it can be at times.

This oracle brings you confirmation that this shall not be a failed initiation for you, but a true rebirth. You have what it takes. You can make this crazy improbable leap into a completely new consciousness. You are meant to do so. It might seem ridiculous, just like the improbable miracle of the caterpillar becoming a butterfly, but it is part of your destiny. This radical change of which you dream, or which you feel swept up in without knowing what it is that is pulling you forward, is meant to be. believe in your own ability to transform. Trust in what is happening.

Don’t dream small dreams, for you are capable of far more dramatic and colourful creations. You have within you the ability to become a creature so wildly beautiful and free that you probably cannot even envision what that will look like at this time. All you can do it trust in the magnificence of what you are becoming, the expression of the transformational intelligence and power within you.”

Healing Trick: “To help you take the wisdom offered and put it to best use in your life now, do this healing trick to clear obstacles to putting this guidance into place.

Rest and relax. If appropriate, you may like to lie down or sit with your eyes closed for several moments.

When you are ready, say aloud:

“Butterfly medicine, dreamer of impossible dreams, you teach me that no ending is ever as it seems. The end is the beginning of new life for me, so I can fulfill my divine destiny. Give me courage, understanding and flexibility, to embrace my transformational divinity. What I have been and who I am yet to be, are the creative manifestations of the one true me. I trust in the miracle of radical growth and the magic at work helping me transform into the wildest and most beautiful creature I can be.”*

~ By Alana Fairchild

Card Artwork: ‘Krisha’ by Maxine Gadd

Focus on the magic that is YOU. Don’t worry so much about others: what they think; what they expect of you; who you need to be in order to attract someone or in order to please those already in your life. Let all that go.

Step into the magic and mystery of being You. Of you being connected to our Great Mother, Gaia. Of you being connected to the Universe. There is nothing more rewarding than finding that inner wisdom, acceptance and love.

Our world is transforming around us, and we are being called to take action to assist the ascension process. The only way to do this is to be fully integrated into our own truth; we are most powerful when we are comfortable in our own skins, expressing ourselves creatively and whole heartedly. No holding back. No compromise. This is our Light. This is our gift to the world and we are being called to use it.

When you step into you, fearlessly and unapologetically, you transform your reality.

Miracles happen.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Divine Circus Oracle Card deck, by Alana Fairchild, Artwork by Maxine Gadd

 

Amaterasu

Published December 29, 2016 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle
Amaterasu, from the Goddesses and Sirens Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco artwork by Jimmy Manton

Amaterasu, from the Goddesses and Sirens Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco artwork by Jimmy Manton

Daily Angel Oracle Card: Amaterasu, from the Goddesses and Sirens Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco artwork by Jimmy Manton

Amaterasu: “Self-Esteem”

“You are enough. Build your self-esteem from the inside out. It is your turn to shine. Be the sunshine in your own life!”
Amaterasu is the sun goddess of the Shinto Faith. She is one of the most loved of the Japanese deities and there are many myths surrounding her.

Amaterasu lives a peaceful life in harmony wit the workings of nature, shining brightly among her herd of horses and gardens full of silk worms for her weaving. However, her brother Susano’o is much more disruptive and chaotic.

In some versions of the story, Susano’o became jealous of his sister and slaughtered her horses and her silk worms. When Amaterasu came upon such a gruesome and shocking scene, she felt so overcome with grief and hopelessness that she retreated into a cave. This left the earth with no life-giving sun, and all grew cold and dead. The earthly plane became a haven for evil spirits, and people began to die from lack of food.

The other gods and the humans waited outside Amaterasu’s cave and tried everything to get her to come out again. She refused, never wishing to show her face again. As things grew desperate, Uzume, Amaterasu’s sister, had an idea. She began to dance and sing loudly and comically. The brought a roar of approval from the assembled crowd, and their laughter rang across the world.

Amaterasu became curious, listening to these lively, happy sounds, and decided to peek out of her cave. Uzume was prepared and had placed a mirror just outside the cave. When the bright light of dawn that was Amaterasu’s energy hit the mirror, the goddess was bedazzled by her own reflection, and Uzume was able to pull her out of the cave. The world again became a better place by her presence, and Amaterasu understood her true worth.

Call upon Amaterasu when you are feeling low in self-esteem and when you feel like you are not enough. Amaterasu’s very name means ‘to shine in heaven,” and this is what this goddess encourages us to do – let our own light shine. First, we have to understand ourselves a little better and know how truly important we are – to those around us and to the world at large. Without building true self-esteem from the inside out, creating a true love of ourselves, we are limited in what we do.

The effects of low self-esteem can permeate our lives easily! When we don’t love ourselves or when we only rely on others for our live, it is difficult to stay balanced, keep our boundaries, have a healthy body image, be successful, and simply enjoy our lives to the fullest. We see the effects particularly when we shy away from taking positive risks and growing. Having positive self-esteem means we shine, and that it evident for all to see.”

Shadow Side: “If our strong, healthy self-esteem tips over into arrogance or narcissism, it is not true balance. In this world full of celebrities who are noting but pretty faces, who are famous just for being famous, it is not surprising that many people believe that self-esteem and self-worth come form the outside in, from the admiration of others. Take the admiring people away, and if there is no solid core of self-worth, there is little left.”

Symbols: “Mirror, sun, silk, silkworms, cave”

~ By Stacey Demarco

There is a saying “whatever you believe yourself capable of, you are correct” basically, whether you believe you can attain your goals, or whether you believe that you will never attain them, you are correct. What you expect is exactly what you will receive. If you believe nothing good will come of a situation, you are probably right. If you believe that you are too old to learn something new, or too stuck to change, you are right about that too.

The image of the cave is a metaphor for our belief systems and our self-imposed limitations. Imagine the cave walls to be what you have set as your perception of what you are capable of, or worthy of receiving. The cave is stone, the walls are thick, the ceiling is so low you can barely stand up to your full height. The cave is stifling, it’s hard to move, to breathe. Yet there you are, feeling quite safe if not a little restless in your cave. The exit is right there, but it is scary to contemplate what lies beyond the perceived safety of your protective cave.

But what is the cave is actually more of a prison than a protection? What if instead of keeping you safe, it is actually holding you back from your true potential? What if it is keeping the love of your life at bay? The career of your dreams beyond the walls? Everything you dream of and more, beyond those rock solid walls of belief systems?

It’s time to step out of the cave into the bright sun. Into the expansiveness beyond the cave.

Into your destiny.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Goddesses and Sirens Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco artwork by Jimmy Manton

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