Moving through Autumn, we recall what has happened this year, we tend to evaluate where we're at, look ahead to where we are going, and begin to make some adjustments to our course – hopefully to keep ourselves more on-target, even if it still seems so far away. As we walk into our holiday seasons of gratitude & sharing & compassion, we also prepare to withdraw & take more time for home & family & self. In today's industrialized societies & modern conveniences, we still have work & school, less of a tangible food harvest & not as much for weaving that new blanket this winter and spring clothes… But, we reap our harvest rewards in different ways. We spend holiday & new-year “vacation" times differently. We share generously with communities, groups, family, or friends in different ways.
Perspectives on The Wheel of Fortune, Key X in the Tarot's Major Arcana
The Wheel turns and causes that which is connected to move. There are many philosophies the world over that describe the experience of ups-and-downs and cyclical movements. We use it to describe seasons and time, growth and experiences, our place and direction in this vast universe.
Totem Animals are Spirit Helpers to us. Once the connection is recognized, they will travel with you throughout life. I say it this way because the connection is already there but, depending on our perspective, we may not recognize that we have a connection to Nature, Animals, or Spirit.
A Power Animal may be a very close guide along our journey. We recognize a kinship, deep respect, or inspiring awe with a particular animal or kinds of animals. But, as we grow and change and our lives change, we may not always feel the same strong connection or affinity. Therefore, a Power Animal may be seen as a guide who could stay-or-go as we journey in life, unlike Totem Animals which are Spirit Helpers so deeply connected to us that they often remain in that role throughout our journey.
Energetic cleansing is a process of dissolving obstructions & clearing the connection between you and Life. It helps to reharmonize the energies within us and emanating from us with the energies around us. We often hear of “smudging” or “burning sage to clear a room”, to rid the space and the air of harmful or unwanted energy. How many of us really know how to go about it?
"Being an Empath is a lot like being a cup and constantly being filled and refilled by external sources. The problems for most Empaths arise when they get closed-up and fail to release whatever is moving through them.
"Forgiveness can take some time and may have to be conscientiously repeated to achieve freedom. The process is one of “emptying the vessel”, similarly described in Buddhist philosophies."
I hear a lot of people talk about being an Empath. I have a difficult time with most labels – they sound like a semantics game with Psychic Sciences and other capacities inherent in all consciousness. That being said, I have also heard that many Empaths have difficult time with it because of how easily and intensely they can absorb energies around them. To be honest, ALL Healers are Empaths – it’s a necessary part of the gift. And, most Sensitives – like Psychics & Mediums – are also Empaths.
Cockroach Medicine, or What I learned Living in Florida with Giant Bugs
Cockroach is a warning messenger and harbinger of dis-ease. Cockroaches do not rebirth things as we see with the symbolism of other beetles - like scarab or dung beetles. They are akin to the third arm of karma, Destruction. Their place is to warn you that unless a change is made, their will be dis-ease & destruction.
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Cynthia Botsko is a Psychic-Intuitive Tarot Counselor and Numerologist. She is also a ReiKi Master. Cynthia has been writing essays, articles, & pamphlets for over 20-years, some published locally or in small circulation and some remain unpublished in her personal archives. She has been teaching the Tarot, Psychic development, & Metaphysics for over a decade.