It's been awhile since I drew some cards; I chose to use my Goddess Inspiration Oracle deck tonight and while shuffling 2 cards fell out... seems to be happening to me alot lately.
Xochiquetzal, The Flower Goddess: An Aztec Goddess aka Flower Feather, a young pretty goddess of flowers, love, pleasure, happiness, dance, crafts and beauty, and patron to artists, prostitutes, pregnant women and birth, and associated with the Moon. Her sacred flower is the yellow Marigold. Xochiquetzal is one of the most charming and joyful of the Aztec deity; her retinue consists of birds and butterflies. Her card reads: Take time to appreciate all of life's joys.
Shakti, Goddess of the Divine Energy: A Hindu Goddess, divine force, destroyer of demons and restorer of balance; she is the Mother Goddess of all, power of creativity and the universal principle of energy. Her card reads: Be filled with divine energy. Use it to move forward in your life.
I drew a third card and got Kali Ma; she has popped up a few times in my readings. I think I have posted about her before. Her card says: Allow the old to pass. Something better awaits.
So with the combination of these cards I am getting the message to count my blessings and enjoy life in the present, forget the past, open myself to the joy of the divine energy and allow myself to move forward. I am being encouraged that something new and better is in my future but I have to let go of the past.... something I still struggle with sometimes, but I'm improving :)
These cards actually reflect things that are occuring already:
For the past couple of months I have been missing my Dad, and doing alot of reflecting, mourning, and feeling very grateful for the family that I still have in this lifetime, and counting my blessings. My Mom & Sis are moving out of town as soon as they find an apartment... this will bring about more change in mine and Drew's life and we will require some adjusting. I'm going to really miss them, but congrats to Deb for her new job... YAY! Mom will be closer to the hospitals and specialist that she needs, and Deb will be happier in the Valley. All this sure makes me think about how very special my family is to me, and what a huge blessing they are!
Money may be tight and I may struggle a bit but there are people out there that are struggling far worse than I, so I do count my blessings and I try to help others where I can. The tribe that I work for is currently gathering food for another tribe that was pretty much devastated by a fire a year or two ago; their main source of income was their saw mill but it was destroyed by that fire and the community is really hurting. Times are rough for all of us, and I have had to make some major changes to my lifestyle in order to make it each month, so I know to some extent what it's like to worry about not having food, etc so after work today I swung by the Dollar Tree and purchased items for the food drive. We were given a list of items and told to bring in at least two items per person but I wanted to do a bit more and being as I am struggling, myself, I couldn't get as much as I'd like to, but I did get 2 boxes of mac & cheese, one bag of beans, 4 cans of chili, 2 cans of mixed veggies, 2 boxes of fruit roll ups, 2 salt & pepper sets, packages of kool aide, ramen noodles, and a box of cereal. It's not a whole lot, but it's something, and hopefully with all of us pitching in we will collect a good amount of food. I sure hope so! Stories of people like this small tribe make you realize how fortunate we really are... even if we are ourselves hurting.
You know, the older I get the more I appreciate the little things in life... things that I took for granted in my younger years, and I find that I have so much more joy in living. I wonder if that is just a fact of getting older, or if something has shifted in my life... most likely both! Life may be difficult at times but the good times outweigh the bad... it used to be the other way around for me, but I've grown and changed, and with that, so has my life experience... the Law of Attraction at work :)
Now if I can just kick the old hurts and regrets and concentrate on living in the present! But I'm getting there :)