Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Moon, New Possibilities!

In a previous blog post, I shared how we sometimes interchange the terms "new moon" and "dark moon," however, originally, these were two different days. Originally, the dark moon was the night with no moon. Makes sense, right? And the new moon was a day or so later when that first little sliver of the "new" moon was visible. I have decided I like this way of labeling these particular phases, because they just make sense to me.

That being said, this weekend is the "dark moon" on Saturday, in Leo. This is a good week to really think about what aspects of your life experience you are ready to release. Write all those aspects down on a piece of paper, light a candle, put on some "mood" music and really get serious about letting some "stuff" go! Burn your paper in the candle, taking whatever necessary safety precautions are necessary, of course.

If you are really serious about letting go of some "stuff," do this ritual three times on three different days, the last day being Saturday, three being the magic number of manifestation! I like to dance around the candle or fire three times, counter clockwise! The third time, which should be on Saturday, the actual dark moon, you should dance around your fire nine times: nine being three times three!



You should really be good and cleansed by Sunday or Monday (depending on which calendar you look at), when that first sliver of a moon appears. Now you are ready to manifest!

Using the same ritual, now you are going to write down what things you want to bring into your life! Really connect with your heart and decide what is in your highest good according to your soul. Just wanting a new car or a new couch is not what I am talking about here.

Where does your soul want to go from here?

Are there other people involved in what you are trying to manifest?

Let's say, for example, you are getting a divorce, and you have small children. You, your ex, and your children, are all going to be affected by this decision, whether it was your decision or not. You might say something like this: 

I now ask and request of my (Higher Power, or My Soul) that this divorce be manifest in the best possible way and that everyone who is affected may benefit in some way. May all circumstances come together to bring the highest good for everyone concerned.

You will write this, or your own affirmation on a piece of paper three times, burn it in a candle or fire three times on three different days, dance around the fire, this time clockwise, three times, and the last day nine times.

Then, let it go.

Yes, that is right! You don't have to mull over it, think about it, visualize it, feel it, or any of that! Completely give it up to your Soul or your Higher Power or the Angels. Expect that it is taken care of. Expect results.

And don't go around bad mouthing your ex or complaining about any details or challenges you may face in the interim. 

Do you get my drift?

As you can see, rituals can be simple or extravagant. 

Intention is everything.

Of course, my hope is that you will tailor this ritual to fit your own personal agenda, plans, or intentions. Don't ever try to cross free will, and always ask for the highest good for everyone concerned.

If you would like personal attention with some specific issue you are facing, or you would just like a spiritual tuneup, please don't hesitate to contact me to schedule a private session! I offer email, phone, skype, and in person readings. I also do shamanic energy healings, Reiki, and connecting with your loved ones on the other side. 

Look for an upcoming blog where I introduce my newest book and offer you some great incentives to adding this book to your personal collection!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Full Super Moon In Capricorn

I am not an astrologist, but I follow some really great blogs and I do sit with the moon on a regular basis. When I found out this full moon was in Capricorn, I knew that it was significant for me, since I am a Capricorn. Here are a couple of great posts I found that have great information!

http://lynthurman.com/full-moon-capricorn-work/

http://soulharmonyondemand.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/mother-of-moons-full-moon-in-capricorn-friday-12th-july-2014/

What I do know about this moon is that it is in a place in its orbit that is close to the earth, which makes it seem bigger than normal. It's proximity to the earth, however, really helps to magnify its ability to power our intentions and charge our spiritual items that we want to get cleansed.

Here is what I do. I find a place in the yard where the moon is going to shine directly on the items I want charged. I place the items in salt water and place them outside, asking for the power of the moon to cleanse and charge my spiritual items.

Tonight, weather permitting, would be a great night to light a fire and do a full moon celebration!

Since Capricorn is an earth sign, use the power of the earth in your ritual as well. I like the idea of writing down intentions and planting them in a potted plant. As the plant grows, so do your intentions. Don't do this one after the full moon. Doing it between the new and full moon is best, as the  moon is "growing" during this phase. It is okay to do this one if the actual time of the full moon has not yet occurred.

You can think of your own rituals involving the use of "earth". You could dance around a fire pit, really sending your intentions out the bottoms of your feet as you dance! Make sure you dance clockwise in a circle three or nine times (nine being three times three).

Whatever you decide to do, know that the moon is there to power your intentions. Let us be thankful for the Universal Consciousness in every thing that is and know that we are one with the moon, the sun, the stars, and all other things that have consciousness. And know that everything has a form of consciousness.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day!


Today is the day we in the US celebrate the day we declared our independence from England. At the time, our independence had not yet been acknowledged by England, but our forefathers wrote what has been known as the Declaration of Independence, and signed it, and put it out there for all to see. Then we celebrated!

here is the link for the picture above: http://www.appymall.com/blog/2014/06/29/best-apps-july-4th-2014-independence-day


I would like to suggest that today, there are many things in our lives which have outlived their usefulness, things that now we could very well live without.

What things do you have in your life which you would like to live without? Debt? Loneliness? Grief? Anger? Resentment? Sickness? A relationship challenge?

Just for today, declare your independence from these things! Thank them for their place in your past, for just in showing up in your life you were made aware of something that needed adjustment!

Go grab a piece of paper, and using our forefather's example, write down all those things from which  you are ready to declare your independence!

Sign the paper! This makes it official! You are ready to be independent!

Now, celebrate!

"Wait a minute, Joy," you might say!" I have not yet seen the results of my statement of independence. Shouldn't I wait until I see it happen?"

NO! A thousand times NO!

If you are to birth something new into your life, you first have to let go of the old! Be gone, poverty! Thank you for letting me know that I need money to survive in this world. Be gone, sickness! Thank you for making me appreciate health! 

Celebrate your independence! See your independence before the first shot is fired from the battle that is sure to ensue! Do you think your old patterns are going to go away just because you asked them nicely? 

Now, you can frame that statement of independence up somewhere where you are sure to see it every day, or you can come up with your own ritual to seal it into your life.

Make sure you make your independence statement powerful and positive!

Our forefather's wrote:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it....

You can read the whole thing HERE.

Now, let me point out something to you. When this was written, not all men were considered to be equal. Some of the men who penned this actually owned slaves! Imagine that! They wrote something that they themselves did not even practice or believe! However, a seed was sown that eventually led to the abolishment of slavery. Today, we are still battling over whether some people have the same rights as others. I believe that because our forefathers wrote down and declared this to be a part of our government, eventually we will get it right! But not without a fight!

When you declare your independence, get ready for a battle! But you will overcome! Your independence will not come easily! But you are up for it!

If you are in a relationship and a person is treating you disrespectfully, put in your statement that all of your relationships are based on mutual respect, and you release any and all relationships that are not this way! If you are in a dead end job and you want to earn a living in a way that gives you joy, declare that you are able to earn a living doing  what you love in a peaceful and life affirming environment! If you are battling a sickness or even an extra ten pounds, affirm that your body is a temple, and that temple serves your soul in the most healthy way possible! 
I think you get my drift! 

I hesitate to mention that this is the tarot card that depicts this message of declaring your independence from something or someone who holds you captive, but here it is:




Yep, you got it! The Devil card..

What is holding you captive? Are you ready to let it go?

Just for today, declare your independence! Let it go! Celebrate your freedom from whatever it is that holds you captive!

Remember that if you need help with your process, feel free to contact me for a private session. I offer phone, skype, and in person readings, channelings from your guides and loved ones on the other side, and emotional healing sessions through Reiki and Shamanic practices. You can email me HERE or contact me through my WEBSITE

Now go celebrate your independence!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dream Symbols

We all have experienced that crazy dream that woke us up in the middle of the night. We have all wondered,  "I wonder what that means?"

What is it about the dream state that brings up so many questions, fears, or anxiety?

Did you ever experience a dream that seemed to last all night, or, you woke from a vivid dream, and then resumed the dream once you fell back to sleep?

Some earth based tribes believe that our waking lives are the illusion, and our dream state is our real life.

I, however, follow a different train of thought, at least at this point in my journey.

Dreams are our souls working out what we seem to be experiencing in the "waking" state, via symbols.

Sometimes our dreams can foretell the future, but, more often, our dreams are trying to send us a message about what we are experiencing in our lives, and, maybe, send us some clues on how to resolve any outstanding issues.

Here are some common dream symbols:

1. cars or other forms of transportation... Cars represent our path through life. When we dream about our cars, or other forms of transportation, we are dreaming about how we are navigating our current path.

For example: Years ago, I found myself in an unhappy marriage, with no clue of how to make my life work, our finances work, or our marriage work. I had no idea how to get out of the situation I found myself in. I would frequently dream that I was in a car with no steering and no brakes. Symbolically, my dreams were acting out my inner feelings of not being in control of my destiny and not knowing any way to regain control.

If you have a dream about a car, take note of what is happening between you and the car.  Is the car running well, or is it out of control? Is it moving at the speed that you would like? Do you know where you are and how to get where you are going? When you contemplate your relationship to the car in your dream, you may gain some insight into your subconscious thoughts relating to your journey through life.

(hint: sometimes our real car sends us messages relating to our path as well! How is your relationship to your car? Does it mirror your relationship to  your path through life?)

2. Water:  water represents our emotions or our connection with Spirit (my word for our Higher Power, Source, God, the Divine..etc)

Are you in water over your head? You may be drowning in an emotional situation that is acting itself out in your dreams.

If you dream about water, take note of how much water there is, and what kind of water. Is the water clean or dirty?

One exception: I have found through experience that when I dream of a baby in water, there is usually a death in the family or someone that I know. Symbolically babies represent new beginnings, and water represents Spirit, so the message is that someone is about to embark upon a new beginning in the Spirit world.



3. Babies.. yes I just gave this one away. Babies represent new beginnings.

If you dream you are pregnant, don't worry. It probably isn't a literal dream. Symbolically you are creating something new in your life! Being pregnant or having a baby in a dream is a good thing!

Recently I dreamed I had a baby and I was going through the snow up and down hills in a big truck with  my husband trying to get to this very large castle on top of a hill. At some point I had to get out of the truck and slide down an icy hill to get away from the truck that had gotten stuck.

I interpret this to mean that the new things that I am beginning and the path that I am on will not come without obstacles to overcome. No journey worth taking is ever easy! However, I was glad that my husband was on the journey with me. I did not have to go it alone.

In my next blog I will list some more common dream symbols and their meanings! Stay tuned!

Remember, that if you are having recurring dreams that are bothering you, or if you need some answers from Spirit, you can contact me for a private session. I can connect with Spirit for you via phone, skype, email or in person if you live in my area. Just click HERE to set up a session!

Happy dreaming!





Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I Am

As many of you know, I am about to publish my second book. Although I am really excited, on another, possibly subconscious level, I am a a bit apprehensive.

Why? You ask?

Originally the idea for this book was not mine. Here is an excerpt from the book that tells the story:

Running is my passion. Or at least one of them.

I often find that in the exertion of exercise comes clarity and a connection with Spirit that cannot be matched by sitting cross legged inside on a cushion staring at the backs of my eyeballs.

This morning in particular I was greeted by the "caw caw" of the neighborhood crows. With their greeting usually comes a visitation by Spirit, in some form or another.

It didn't take me long to realize that this time it was Jesus who ran beside me.

Despite our years of estrangement, Jesus and I have a somewhat cordial, sometimes still a tumultuous relationship.

"I want you to tell your story," Jesus was pretty straightforward with His request.

I was not immediately on board.

"Oh no", I protested. " I am not about to dig up those old wounds."
"You don't put a bandaid on a bullet hole," Jesus retorted.
"It is time to dig out that bullet and heal the wound. There are others out there who can relate to your story and it will help them heal as well," He continued.

Writing this book was indeed healing for me, but it is also a raw, sometimes fearful thing, to put everything in your soul out there for all to read. Some don't know this Joy that I have become.

There came a time in the process of finishing up the process that I had to decide exactly who I think I am. How can I title a book and put out there this Joy that I am writing about if I am not completely okay with the Joy the book portrays?

I will ask you the same thing: Who are you?

When you begin to see yourself as the person you aspire to be, the person who lives inside that shell of your body, the person who looks back at you when you gaze into a mirror, then life takes on a different hue.

Who do you think you are, and who do you want to be, and is that the same person?

When you realize that before you can be abundant, you have to realize that you ARE abundance incarnated, that is when abundance shows up.

When you realize that you ARE an overcomer, a giant, an amazing soul, an infinite diamond with sparkling facets of light and color, life just shows up. Abundance just shows up. Love just shows up. Our idea of what those things look like and feel like may change. Abundance may no longer mean lots of money. It may mean an abundance of joy, or peace, or love.

Just for today, look in the mirror and say, "I am.." Really there is no need to finish that sentence, but you can if you want. You can say, "I am infinite. I am amazing. I am love. I am abundance."

Maybe then you won't look on the outside of yourself to get some sort of validation. That validation will come from inside.

My website says that I am a Spiritual Life Coach. I am a wedding officiant. I am a psychic medium. I am a shamanic practitioner. Is that who I really am? Deep inside, I am a soul. Living in a body.

Who are you?

If you need some direction, if you need to get some guidance from Spirit relating to who you are in this world at this particular time, please contact me for a personal session. I can do readings or consultations in person, by phone, skype, or email.

Click here to contact me and we will decide exactly what type of session you need.

Blessings to you as you journey this path called life. I hope our paths cross soon!








Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Mercury Retrograde is Coming!

I must say that Mercury Retrograde is not my favorite thing to go through. My computer acts up, anything electronic seems to be affected. Sometimes the past comes a calling for resolution.

Apparently Mercury Retrograde came calling early for me. In the wee hours of the morning, I awoke with a dread that my will was not up to date. I didn't want to wake hubby love to go searching through the safe, but I will admit that it was a near impossible task to get back to sleep.

Oh my, you say, is this a premonition that something bad is going to happen? I blame Mercury Retrograde.

Yes I am planning a trip in the very near future, and I will be on an airplane for a few hours. Am I now afraid that the plane will crash, since I had this middle of the night experience? No, not really.

I had become aware that Mercury Retrograde was right around the corner, and I think that pesky Mercury was hinting around to me that there were some important tasks that needed to be completed. Mercury is all about communication, and when it goes retrograde, it calls us to resolve unresolved issues, visit the past and, if need be, have some closure.

When I drew up the will that I have now revised, there were some difficult things happening in my life emotionally. There were some people who I was not in a good place with. Now, ten years later, those issues had long been resolved, but still, there was still the paper evidence that had never been updated.

It is always a good idea to have your affairs in order, whether you get a middle of the night wake up call or not. These are the kind of things that may happen during a Mercury Retrograde. Things from the past may come back to your attention, calling to you to address them once and for all. Since this particular Mercury Retrograde begins in Cancer, a water sign, the issues may be emotionally charged.

They say to avoid signing contracts in a Mercury Retrograde if at all possible, but my feeling is that as long as everyone is on the same page, just make sure all your i's are dotted and your t's are crossed. Pay attention to detail. Be up front with all your communications.

It might be wise to send lots of love to your electronic devices.

Make sure all of your communications are laced with love. If you do run into a miscommunication, take a breath, let go of any anger or fear, and send the situation and the people involved lots of thoughts and prayers of love before you jump in and try to remedy or address the situation. Remember that love is the balm that heals all, and peace comes right up behind love. When you are at peace, then it is harder for the energy of miscommunication, anger, or fear to get in.

If you do run into any arguments or misunderstandings in the next three weeks while Mercury is retrograde, try this. Imagine the person with whom you are at odds standing in front of you. Imagine your heart and all the love you can imagine within your heart. Now imagine a stream of love going from your heart to theirs. Now, in this stream of love, communicate with this person your side of the issue. Pour out your heart to them. Imagine that this person is listening to you. Now imagine them responding. ( you can leave this part out if you can't imagine a positive outcome.)

Now comes the hard part. Let it go. Surrender any intentions of a particular outcome. That is right. Detachment is the key. Allow Spirit to do its work. You are detaching yourself from what you think is the right outcome. Remember that everything always works out okay in the end. You might even say that to yourself .. several times a day if necessary....

Everything always turns out okay in the end.

And if it doesn't, it is not the end.

I don't think Mercury Retrogrades are out there to make our lives miserable. I think that sometimes we need a little push to revisit issues that we have swept under the rug or forgotten about. If we are always on top of every issue in our lives and we have not left any stones unturned in our lives then there is no need to revisit the past. But how many of us can say that?

Use the next few weeks to really focus on resolving unfinished business. Thank the Mercury Retrograde for bringing things to our attention. Be gentle with yourself and others. Love your electronic devices. Send everyone lots of love.

Mercury goes direct July 2nd so you have plenty of time to resolve those issues that come up for attention. Remember if you keep putting it off, those issues will keep coming back to haunt you.

Blessings to you as you navigate your way on your path. If you are in need of some personal sessions, you can contact me through my website, www.WhisperofJoy.net. I would love to help you move forward in a positive direction.

Do something nice for someone today. And remember to enjoy your journey.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's Okay to Break the Rules Sometimes.. Lessons Learned from Officiating Weddings

This blog breaks a little from my normal tradition of writing blogs based upon messages that I receive from time to time from the Spirit world. If you have visited my website or followed me on Social Network sites, you know that I also don the hat of wedding officiant, in addition to my gift of delivering messages from Spirit and teaching spiritual classes.

I like to think that for every hat that I wear, whether it be Post Office clerk, wedding officiant, or messenger for Spirit, that I always allow Spirit to be there in charge, lighting my way and guiding my words and actions, but sometimes I will admit that for weddings in particular, I am always very attentive to making sure I am doing every little thing right, and saying the script word for word. When I teach classes, I normally don't even look at my notes, but not so for weddings.

Recently, however, Spirit urged me to lighten up a bit. I always try to make sure every little detail is covered and that the ceremony goes off like clockwork, but, if you have ever attended a wedding, this sometimes does not happen.

Take, for example, a recent outdoor wedding where a neighborhood cat decided to come up and begin to sharpen its claws on the trellis while the couple were saying their vows.

The cat offered some laughter of which I was glad, because I was stressing about another detail of which I did not know how to remedy. The bride and groom were standing on tiles placed on the ground so that everyone would know where to stand and also so that the bride and bridesmaids in their high heel shoes would be more comfortable than having their heels stuck in the ground. It seemed to me that someone placed the tiles for the bride and groom too far apart, and both of them seemed afraid to step off of their tiles, and I did not want to interrupt the ceremony to ask them to get a little closer. Looking back, I wished I had spoken up. After the ceremony I went home and beat myself up over and over again about how I wished I had noticed the tiles sooner and moved them closer together. Or I wished I had encouraged the bride and groom to move off of their tiles and get a little closer.

Sometimes I get messages from Spirit while doing the most mundane tasks, and it seems that even preparing for a wedding is no exception. One afternoon I was dressing for a wedding and I had in my mind decided what I was going to wear, right down to which pair of shoes I would don. At the last minute, after putting on the shoes I had already chosen, I decided that they were not comfortable that day and decided on another pair. I heard Spirit say to me in my heart that sometimes it is okay to change our minds, even if we have already put the wheels in motion for certain decisions. This was a personal message for me, and the message from Spirit had nothing to do with which shoes I had chosen to wear. This was a message of surrender, that my plans can change, and even if I feel I have been led by Spirit to go down a certain path, that I have to be willing to surrender my plans and allow things to change, even if I have already put certain things in motion.

It seems that Spirit knows when I am going to need the messages that come to me. The next day, a wedding did not go at all as planned and I was forced to ad lib a bit of the ceremony! What!! AD LIB?  Me, a Capricorn, a stickler for staying within the lines, doing everything completely according to plan? AD LIB? Because I had decided to lighten up and go with the flow, I did not flip out or beat myself up over and over afterward as I did the day before about the tiles that were too far apart.

I am thinking to myself that most people are better at going with the flow than others and may be laughing at the silly things I stress out about.

I have a really good one. One day last fall I had booked two weddings on the same day. I had not allowed any time to eat, so I was driving to the first wedding eating some peanut butter to take the edge off. Unbeknownst to me, I had dropped a dollop of peanut butter right smack in the middle of my dress, and I didn't notice it until after the wedding was over. Now, if you didn't know that peanut butter was peanut butter, can you think of something else it might resemble?  I was horrified. I am sure all in the wedding party had a good laugh at my expense.

 I used to use my Kindle to read the wedding ceremonies. I liked it because I did not have to flip pages. Once my Kindle froze up right smack in the middle of the ceremony. Needless to say I no longer use  my Kindle for wedding ceremonies. And I no longer eat peanut butter on the way to a wedding.

Whether you are planning your wedding or just a vacation to Disney World, it is really helpful to allow for things not going as planned. If you have given your life over to serve Spirit, the same is true. Sometimes classes are not attended. Sometimes people cancel at the last minute. Sometimes people don't like you!! What???

I guess, with it being the day before the dark moon, this blog can have this for a theme: SURRENDER. The dark moon is all about releasing what is no longer working. Or releasing whatever. For me, it is releasing the need to have everything go perfectly ever single time.

Make your plans. Do your work. Be prepared. But, in the end, surrender all  that to Spirit. Sometimes the things you have planned will go like clock work. And then sometimes they won't. If there are tiles placed on the ground, so to speak, and you are expected to stand on them, and in your heart you know that they are too far apart, don't be afraid to step off the tile.