#AtoZChallenge – A Tarot Reading

On the #AtoZChallenge today I decided to allocate the letter T to Tarot. Several years ago I randomly decided one day that I simply had to learn to read tarot cards, and so I did. It had never appealed to me before; indeed I had never really considered tarot as anything of interest. But now I am hooked, and I have even started collecting decks of tarot cards. I love the assortment of artwork and imagery available, and the cards are so beautiful to touch and view that they give me pleasure every time I pick them up.

I picked out three tarot cards today with the intention of offering a reading to anyone who comes across my blog at this time. You might be a regular visitor. You might be a new visitor, perhaps perusing my offerings on the #AtoZChallenge. Welcome everybody! I asked Spirit to send me a message through the cards that would offer clarity and enlightenment to those in need. If you are currently feeling disheartened about events in your life, perhaps this reading will offer a little help…

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The Ace of Cups. This tarot card is a very encouraging one to show up at the beginning of a tarot reading. It represents new beginnings. Perhaps you have started a new project; maybe you changed your mind about something and decided to give it another go. You have the knowledge for this endeavour, so please continue and remain strong in your assertion that it will all come together very soon.

Death. This tarot card often fills people with dread, simply because of its name and imagery. I think it is an especially beautiful card, especially in this deck, the Gilded Tarot. Death is not a harbinger of doom as so often popularised in film and television. This card means new beginnings. As it follows the Ace of Cups it is reassuring you to continue on your quest. Allow what has passed to leave you; say goodbye to the old ways of thinking and behaving. Open yourself up to new adventures and ideas.

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Page of Swords. In this tarot card we see a youth standing proud and holding onto his enormous sword. I have to smile, because for some strange reason it is giving me rather naughty ideas and images! Anyway, on a serious note, this card follows very nicely behind the other two in our reading. The Page of Swords represents our youthful inner self, full of optimism and bravado. Keep hold of your bravado and your adventurous instinct. Take it with you on your new tasks as you move forward into a happier and more fulfilling phase of your life.

I have offered professional tarot readings for people in the past, but at the moment I prefer to do them more broadly on my blogs, or on a sporadic basis. If you are seeking a more personal reading, I recommend that you seek out Priestess Tarot. She is a lady of great insight, and she is a fully accredited professional Tarot reader. I always find guidance and support from her blog posts. Have a lovely day my friends!

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#AtoZChallenge – What it means to be Spiritual

Today on the #AtoZChallenge I allocate the letter S to spiritual. When I first consciously decided to embark on a spiritual quest, I little knew how much of life I had yet to discover. As a child I lived a sheltered life, very comfortable and happy. My family are all fairly boring in truth, but not in a bad way. They simply get on with their daily tasks and life ticks over nicely.

I used to think that being spiritual was something of fantastic magic and mystery. It offered a life of excitement, something unusual and unique. Above all I thought that to be a spiritual person would take me away from my boring existence, and give me something of an adventure. I thought I could learn to communicate with Spirit, but I had no idea at the time just what that meant. I was thinking of good old fashioned ghosts, like in the classic stories. I was largely confused by the Spiritualist movement popularised during the Victorian era.

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Being spiritual can mean many different things. It is all a question of perception. For me it means living in harmony with Mother Nature as much as possible, but still existing in the modern developed world to which I was born. I believe in past lives, and in fact, I have had past life regression before now that was fascinating and very entertaining! I know that ghosts and spirits exist, because I have seen them and spoken to them.

People might often confuse being spiritual with being religious. I certainly used to think that a spiritual person was a ‘hippy’ type, but that was before I learned about paganism and what it means. To me, spirituality is not a religion. It is simply a mindset, a belief system, but you can be spiritual and still be Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc, or of no particular faith. I think ultimately it is about living by your own standards and values, although perhaps that is a very wide generalisation. What are your thoughts on being spiritual?

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*Sunset image courtesy of Alex Laybourne

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#AtoZChallenge – We Need to Recycle Everything

Here in the UK there is an initiative called Reduce, Reuse, Recycle that has been running for a few years now. The idea is to encourage people to think about the household waste they dispose of, and to dispose of it in more environmentally friendly ways, rather than simply sending it to landfill. Today on the #AtoZChallenge I allocate the letter R to recycle.

I have always been conscious of the need to recycle our waste. It began as a child when my mother was very keen to reuse what she could, and to dispose of our empty cans, bottles and paper products efficiently. Recycling became a way of life, and so it was natural to continue the habit when I moved out of the family home. I was also further encourage (or is that coerced) by my now husband, the eco-warrior himself, Daniel Green.

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My husband is so conscious about the need to recycle everything, that he took it upon himself to strip down our old double mattress recently, so that he could take it in pieces to our household waste recycling centre. He wanted to put the metal springs and coil base into the scrap metal bay so it can be melted down and reused, and the fabric part of the mattress could be incinerated and turned into fossil fuel. Mattresses are a pet project for him. So many of them end up in landfill because people simply don’t know what to do with them, and most probably don’t even take the time to consider what their waste does to the environment.

It surprises me that people generally still refuse to accept the need to recycle more of our waste. I mean, during the world wars there was no waste, and every civilian family learned to make use of almost everything they could, because there was no endless supply of simple cooking ingredients, fabric for clothes, and raw materials to make furniture and utensils. During the past 30 years or so we have become lazy because manufacture became cheap, and we had nothing to fear in the Western world. Now, hopefully, the world is changing again, and people will once again become mindful about their waste, and the need to reduce consumption, reuse what we can, and recycle the rest.

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#AtoZChallenge – Sitting in a Queue is a Good Day Out!

We are now enjoying what appears to be a very bright, sunny and warm weekend for Easter here in the UK. There is a running joke that whenever we have a Bank Holiday weekend, the weather turns bad. This time we might actually be in luck. Subsequently everyone decides to head for the beach, to make the most of this glorious occurrence. Today on the #AtoZChallenge, I allocate the letter Q to queues.

My husband and I decided to take our children for a long-overdue daytrip to the seaside. We packed up the car, got onto the motorway, and were immediately stuck in a very long queue of traffic. A quick glance at the flashing motorway gantry sign confirmed our suspicions. This queue was very long. We decided to try a different route, and changed our planned destination accordingly.

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Having first tried heading up the M6 towards the Fylde coast, which was my original suggestion, we changed our minds when we saw the queue. My husband then suggested we go with a trip to North Wales, which is always a favourite destination. Unfortunately it was just as bad, and a journey that would have originally taken us just over an hour to complete, instead took almost three hours.

Nevertheless, we refused to be defeated. My husband tried coming off the A-roads a couple of times, only to be redirected back onto them when the queues stretched in all directions. It was a mixture of small accidents and sheer volume of traffic that caused the problem. Still, we finally reached our destination, enjoyed our picnic on the beach, and took in the wonderful fresh sea air of the North Wales coast.

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#AtoZChallenge – Living with Chronic Pain

Today is Good Friday, and for the #AtoZChallenge I allocate the letter P to pain. I was going to talk primarily about postnatal pain, but decided instead to be more general. Chronic pain is something that almost everybody has to live with. I was listening to a feature on BBC radio 5 Live just yesterday on this topic, and some of the callers that were interviewed moved me to tears.

Living with chronic pain is something I am very familiar with. To look at me from the outside, so to speak, people would not see a problem. I have never been classed as disabled, never needed any special treatment in daily life. I rarely see my GP, and actually would not recognize my registered doctor if I saw him out on the street. And yet, I have this condition.

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The chronic pain condition that I live with is related to two eye disorders that work in tandem. I have a condition called Lymphodoema Distichiasis. Basically, I have two rows of eyelashes in each eye, one of which grows on the inside of the eyelids and subsequently scratches the cornea. I have scarring on both eyes that was sustained in childhood, since it took a while for me to be properly diagnosed. This included multiple surgical procedures and various medicine trials. As a teenager I developed Dry Eye Syndrome, where my eyes do not produce enough natural tears for lubrication. It leaves me with a permanent feeling of tiredness, and hot, sore eyes. Some days I literally want to rip my eyes out because I feel that would be the only cure.

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More recently I have developed chronic pain symptoms that might be sciatica, but they have not been properly checked by doctors and so I don’t have an official diagnosis. I began to have severe leg and lower back pain during my first pregnancy. It eased off and then returned when my baby was about 8 months old, and has since returned on regular occasions with my second child. The leg pain leaves me crying out in agony and unable to move, and it is very distressing. I had a brief programme of physiotherapy when I first went to my doctor, but was told the pain should ease after a few months. I was left feeling frustrated and alone. My doctors dismissed me as an unimportant case.

I know quite a few people who also live with chronic pain. It seems to be something of an accepted condition in my social circles. Our cultural norm for dealing with such a problem is to throw medicine at it. I personally believe that we need to go deeper. For myself I feel that a good programme of emotional and psychological therapy would go a long way to help ease my pain symptoms, and subsequently leave me refreshed and happy. At the moment I can’t afford such therapy, but I will investigate it anyway, just in case… I wonder if this might work for other people? Please do share your stories, and any links for organisations that might be useful.

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*Pain art image courtesy of WikiHow.com; Woman in pain image courtesy of Pinterest

 

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#AtoZChallenge – To Observe is to See

My life is crazy right now. On the surface everything appears very normal and boring. But inside me there is a tornado building, and something has to give. It occurred to me that a good word for today’s #AtoZChallenge would be observe for the letter O. As a writer I pen tales based on the people, situations and places I observe. Being a mother I continually watch my children as they grow and develop, and at the moment I observe the subtle differences between their personalities.

Sometimes I feel very silly because I fail to observe the wider world around me. For example, when driving out and about, my husband seems able to observe not only the road and other vehicles, but everything beyond. It takes all of my concentration just to navigate through the journey safely, and to maintain a conversation with my passengers. Oh, and usually I am the one responding to the children and their demands from the back seat!

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I am not the only person that has struggles. All around the world people are battling to survive, to heal, to escape, to work through a whole host of challenges. In the western world we observe these struggles from a sympathetic distance, and yes, there are lots of people who get stuck in and help. For me on a personal level, I am at the stage right now where I need to fix my own life situation, so that I may then move on and help others if they ask.

All too often we are so busy thinking about what needs to be done, what has been done, and what we want to do, that we forget to simply stand still and observe our place in the world. I live a very quiet, simple life, but I am surrounded by loving family and friends, and I never go hungry. That is a huge blessing, and today I want to take a moment to observe my good life, and then move on from the self-imposed barriers I have erected. Have a lovely Thursday my friends!

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#AtoZChallenge – Notebooks and Nappies

I have chosen another amusingly random title for today’s #AtoZChallenge post. For the letter N I allocate notebooks. The reason I called the post Notebooks and Nappies is because these are pretty much my basic key items of luggage when I go out and about (I keep a notebook in my baby change bag, just in case). I was going to write a post about normality or something like it, but then I remembered I already did that one in the #AtoZChallenge 2013, doh!

There are several notebooks knocking around my house at the moment. Most are mine, but a few do belong to my husband and daughter. He needs them for his professional research, and she acquired them from me when she saw me writing notes for my various projects (and the shopping lists). I love the art of writing, even if it is simply a brief scribble on the back of an envelope.

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Writing in a notebook has always been one of my simple pleasures in life. I used to write random quotes on my school exercise books, snippets of poetry that came to mind, or even just sentences copied out of text books. I just love to write, and on occasions when I knew that I needed to write but I didn’t know what to do, I would pick up a notebook and a text book and be well away for an hour or so.

Collecting notebooks is also a very pleasurable activity. I suppose it is just another aspect of the human nature and its need to collect things per se. Some people collect ornaments, or paraphernalia, or specific items of interest. I don’t actually collect notebooks on purpose. I seem to have acquired some as gifts along the way, others I bought out of necessity, and yes, there are some that I buy simply because they are pretty!

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*Notebooks image courtesy of Pinterest

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