Animal Totems are all around

Hey there,

Animal Totems are all around – and watching.  Stay tuned.

Sitting here in the Meadowview, wrapped up in a blanket and gazing out over the still, frozen meadow.  The blue roof, which is metal, lets out a “bang” as it contracts, like a living, breathing thing.  Baby, it’s cold outside – and has been for weeks.  Winter is certainly doing its thing this year, so far, as it has only officially been Winter for less than one month.

Already the complaining.  I know, I know.  Your skin is dry, your hair is dry, some have already had the cold or flu that goes hand-in-hand with this, our most least-loved season.  Elderberry and Yarrow tea, Mint honey, Ginger and Lemon – we’ve talked about these before…

Anybody out there embrace this stuff?  Good for you!  Me?  Not so much.  Yes, I am Canadian and no, I don’t do Winter well.  Apart from the aprés sports stuff…I’m pretty good at that. 🙂  Wine, anyone?

I find myself being watched by my Animal Totem, the Red-tailed Hawks, that join me every Winter, on the coldest of days, perched in the Maple tree out by the barn.  I can see them (there are two) out of the kitchen window.  Silent and still, scanning the meadow landscape for their next meal.  They will literally sit there for hours.  So very majestic and gorgeous creatures.

Just keeping a steady eye on all things me – “careful”, they say, “she’s getting close to losing it in this bitter cold.  Someone needs to get outside for a walk”.  Soon.  All is well.  Please remain indoors for now.  Make a cup of tea.  Get out your seed catalogues.  Breathe.

The ordinary arts we practice everyday at home
are of more importance to the soul
than their simplicity might suggest
-Thomas Moore

I’ve also been joined by a couple of crows, in the same tree, but not at the same time, as the Hawks. Crows are very interesting birds.  Some find them rather ominous, but those of us that wear the pointy hats know that crows are something special.  Uh huh.  I’ll let you look that one up.

Should I back up a bit?  Anyone not know what an Animal Totem is?  Ooo, buckle up, we’re about to enter the land of all things woo woo.

So Animal Totems, or Nature Totems are basically symbols of energy.  Now everything holds energy, but this is the kind of energy we manifest and align with our everyday life.  The Totem becomes a symbol of the invisible, the characteristics and activities reveal something of our own powers and abilities.  You can also look at different parts of the animal and what that represents.  For instance, a bird with a sharp beak could symbolize someone who speaks their mind or has a sharp wit.  Perhaps too sharp and that person should think about what they say before saying it.  Or maybe they constantly bicker and pick at things.  See where that’s going?

The Totem can be animal, bird, reptile, insect.  It can be something as simple as an ant.  Think about ants for a moment.  What do they represent?  Discipline comes to my mind.  Patience, industrious, also.  Most people just find them annoying – not disagreeing with you there, but have you ever taken the time to actually watch them?  They are fascinating.  They work together, they have a purpose and goal, they march along the same path and if you disturb what they are working on, they just find another way to accomplish what they set out to do.

Now, do you think that maybe that could send a message to someone?  I do.  Perhaps that someone is having a hard time focussing, or their life has been turned upside down in one form or another.  Or they need to learn to work with others and get along.  All of a sudden, they find ants in a place they have never been before.  Maybe in their house (horrors), but those guys are sending a message…”The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah…”

When you start really paying attention to nature and what’s going on around you.  Looking at the little things, that’s when you tune in.  That’s when you hear your message.  Listen – it’s there for a reason.  That’s a large part of my woo woo.  Make sense?  Of course, you’re going to have to go outside – and probably put down your phone, to see it.  A walk in the woods can really make you see.  Just sayin’

What speaks to you?  Is there a particular animal that you are specifically drawn to?  Do you see a particular creature constantly when you are outside in nature.  Do you dream about a particular creature?  Does something call to you?  Listen.  The other thing to mention here, is that you may not always have the same Totem – depends on the message that needs to be heard.  But you might.

If all this fascinates you, and you’re interested in reading up a bit on it, or maybe figuring out what your Totem might be, I would recommend this book, Animal Speak by Ted Andrews.  Happy reading.

Even though I’m a crazy cat lady, it always seems to be the birds that speak to me.

What else in the bird world?  Well yesterday, where we set a record here in Southern Ontario for the coldest day in 60 years, a flock of Starlings decided it was a great time to come back from wherever they had been.  Somewhere warmer, no doubt. (I don’t get it either…)  Yup.  They do appear to be early.  I don’t usually see them until end of January/early February.  They can withstand Winter, obviously, but yikes!

I couldn’t fill the feeders fast enough – including the dish of cat food left out for this guy…

I currently have a stray cat that I am trying to get into the house under the blue roof.  It has been at least six weeks that this kitty has been coming by for food, regularly, morning and night.  I can’t get close enough to see if it is male or female, but it doesn’t appear to be a scrawny barn cat, it looks healthy.  It will not let me get close to it.  I feed it on the porch.  It will let me watch it through the window, but as soon as I try to open the door to get close, off it goes.  Now, it is starting to only go far enough that I can’t reach it, so there is starting to be an element of trust.  It knows that I am going to feed it.  But this kitty is out in -30 degree C weather.  It’s driving me crazy that it won’t come in.  I don’t know where it goes when not being fed.  I’m sure it’s in a barn somewhere close by, but still…I have tried setting out the food and water inside the door, with the door open, until the house freezes.  Just last night, it came in long enough to eat the food and then out it went again.  Sigh  I usually am pretty good with cats and turning them around to help them.  This one has me puzzled, but I will persevere. Maybe this, too, is a message for me.  I am listening.

A friend and reader, gifted me with a little glass black and white cat which now sits here with me on my desk as I write.  Thank you again, very appropriate!  You’re right, fits right in with my pointy hat!

I haven’t named this stray kitty yet, which is unusual, because I usually do – I name everything.  Maybe that’s another message. Hmmm  I’ve been receiving a lot of messages lately.  The night sky is telling me there are some big things coming up.  It has been an adventurous couple of years for me – still evolving, still working through, but feeling like it’s not over yet.  Good or bad.  Maybe it’s good this time.  My birth chart reading for this year tells me that once again, this is not a year where I’m just going to coast…UGH.

In the interest of plants, because I am, although there isn’t much growing here these days, there are still the evergreens that can be harvested fresh.  Pine and Spruce needles for tea, for example.  A huge dose of Vitamin C there.  What better time of year to increase your Vitamin C levels?  And what does Mother Nature provide to harvest?  Getting that?

Please keep in mind the Moon phase that you are harvesting though.  Interesting fact:  Around the Full Moon, the sap rises in trees, just as the tides in the ocean get higher and moods change.  You don’t want to harvest around this time as you could damage the tree.  When you respect nature, nature respects you and will give you the help you seek.  Very simple and logical, isn’t it?  That’s what I love about woo woo.

Speaking of the Moon, where are we tonight?  The waning Moon is in Virgo: earthy, practical, fixing and cleaning up the universe, one item at a time.  Making lists, asking questions, making things happen (this all sounds extremely familiar to me somehow…).  I’m pretty sure ants are Virgos – understood?  The Sun is still in Capricorn, another earth sign, so it’s all business today.  January is ruled by Saturn – the planet of maturity.

Today’s colour for getting things done:  blue – how conservative!

I’ll leave you to get things done under your own roof – blue or otherwise.

Until next time,

-Debra

Return to the Light

Hey there,

Return to the light – sounds a bit like a soap opera, doesn’t it?

Remember me?  It’s been a while, I know – and I hope you’re still there.  I return to the light.  The light being you!  ‘Tis the season and all that.  Not that I’m any busier than all of you, but I am soooo busy these days!  It’s been a rather monumental month for me.  Some new discoveries and beginnings.  Some going within in those dark nights and with that, some decisions and endings too.  How dramatic! Yup, things are clickin’ along, just like my birth chart reading for this year said – as usual, loving the woo woo of it all.  I can safely say that I, too, am slowly returning to the light and am much happier for it.

My take on decisions:

Just be decisive.  Take your time, but make a decision.
Right or wrong.
The road of life is paved with flat tree rats who
couldn’t make a decision, correct?

Oh, I’m sorry, was that too in your face?  Well, the flat tree rat thought the same way…(Tree rats are my term for squirrels for any new readers who may have a better attitude than I do.)

Tonight, I sit here writing.  I’ve missed it, I haven’t been writing much this month.  The longest night of the year, Winter Solstice.  I won’t go into the meaning and symbolism of it all here, because – look at that! – I did that last year.  Read.  Although we have experienced Winter conditions here in Southern Ontario over the past few weeks, today it officially becomes the season of Winter.  The wheel of the year turns towards the other half, towards the light, and our days, by minor degrees, become lighter.  That’s the good part.  The bad?  Well, let’s just say that although Winter here is supposed to be our shortest season, we’ll revisit that around the end of January, or <gasp> in early February – that vile month that seems to go on forever…then we’ll see how many of you are still singing “Let it Snow”, shall we?  Oh my, what short memories you have!  At least the light is returning then.  Haaapppy thoughts.

Tonight, I enjoy the darkness, the quiet and the solitude of sitting here and just letting it flow.  I’m in the Meadowview, it’s very dark out.  Would love to light a candle, but Ralph is winding his way around everything on my desk, so, probably not a good idea.  (Really keeping my eye on typos here as he steps on the keyboard.)  It just wouldn’t be Christmas under the blue roof unless I set something on fire, just sayin’. I do like my candles…  You might notice that I’m peppering my text here with more links to previous posts than I usually do.  That’s because I have some new readers.  Yes, I do!  Welcome!  I have been talking about my life here in the country and the plants that surround me for two years now.  Some of my readers have been with me right from the start – bless you – some I’ve picked up along the way.  If you are new, I hope you enjoy going back into some of my posts.  Now going into year three.  My posts are longer than they were in the beginning (not sure if that’s good or not?), but they aren’t as frequent.

Change of frequency…don’t touch that dial…

It’s difficult to not let the commercialism and craziness of December get to you.  Especially if you’re the Mom, right?  All those TV commercials and the pressure to make everything perfect.  And if you’re hosting the “big day”…there is so much stress and so many things to do.  I know all about that.  And then there’s the family members who say “What’s the big deal?  It’s just dinner. It’s just us.”  Of course, they’re saying that from the couch…And if you do take a small step back and maybe don’t do something or bake something that you normally would, because you simply ran out of time and/or energy, you get the “Where’s the…?”.  Right?  You see, I have been there.  Uh huh.

Warning:  Weirdness about to show…

What I like to do on Christmas morning, before the fam start descending on me here, is I go outside with all my bird feeding stuff, yes, there are tools, yes, I am weird.  And I just take a few moments doing something I like to do.  I fill the feeders and watch my little feathered friends.  Tell myself that one day I will miss the whole Christmaspalooza ordeal (maybe – or not), and I just breathe.  I take a little walk around and poke the gardens to see who has been hiding – lots of mice and tiny critters.  I look at the various tracks in the snow.  I just take a little time.  Anybody with me under the blue roof on Christmas morning just knows – I will eventually be back. 🙂  Just back off and give me a little space before the craziness sets in.

And that’s how I get through it!  Try it – go out in your jammies if you really want some reaction. 🙂

Mom’s really lost it this time…

Just tell them you’ve gone out to collect some more branches or something to decorate the table – WHATEVER – just go.  Of course, if you’re carrying a glass of wine, they may question that…

Or, I know, go sit in your car and scream your head off.  Don’t forget to roll up the windows.  Ok, maybe not such a good idea for those living in a subdivision.  Never mind.

My point here is, and yes, there is one…take some time for yourself.  Let Uncle George get his own @^!*# beer.  You have earned a little time to yourself.

Falalalalaaaaa Lalalalaaaaa

Trust me, after you do this for a couple of years in a row, they won’t even blink!  Or, maybe someone else will do the big day next year.  There’s some return to the light for you.  Or maybe you spend Christmas on an island…

Nice visual, huh?  You’re welcome.

What about the plants, you ask.  Anybody new would think this is supposed to be about plants.  I know, sometimes, I go sideways.  Depends on my mood.

Let’s see…what’s my favourite plant at this time of year…well, if I was on an island, we would be thinking tropical, but I digress… it might be grapevine – see where I’m going with this.  You can take that out to the car too, just don’t actually take the car out.  Screaming and wine – sounds like another soap opera.

Aaannnd breathe.

In all seriousness, a good plant ally during all the holiday stress is my personal favourite, Melissa, or Lemon Balm. She makes such a lovely relaxing tea.  Take a cup to your bath and sink in.  You can put her right in your bath water too.  Relax.  Much better.  Cinnamon is another big holiday favourite, although not a local.  I put cinnamon in everything; awesome in your morning coffee – very good for helping to regulate blood sugar, and with all the sweets and temptations out there right now…except for chocolate of course.  Everybody knows that chocolate is a food group.

So the night sky, we’ve just entered the Sun sign of Capricorn.  Out of the fun, light-hearted craziness of Sagg – we discussed last time, and into grounded, earthy, “get’er done”, there are rules, Capricorn.  Maybe that’s the last few days before Christmas, serious business, got to finish up everything before the holidays meaning.  Capricorn will do that to ya.  The Moon?  Tonight’s return to the light Moon is in Aquarius in her first quarter.  The solstice makes us return to the light, making new plans and open ourselves to new possibilities, as does this new waxing Moon. Although, Aquarius is about breaking those rules…

Today’s colour was crimson.

So a little all over the place this evening, not the introvert that I usually am! 🙂 Squeezing out the last of the Sagg Sun before getting down to business and all things, well, you know.

I hope your “you know” goes smoothly.  Please do take some time to reflect on the important stuff.  Not just the commercial.  What has life taught you this year?  What will your return to the light look like?

I’ll leave you with that thought.  In case we don’t chat before the New Year, thanks for coming along for the ride.

Until next time,

-Debra

It’s Pluto’s Fault

Hey there,

Breaking news – Pluto has gone direct.  Have you had enough?  Keep reading my friend.

Breathing a sigh of relief as the cool Fall weather descends upon us.  I know, I know, many love the hot Sun and all things Summer – but I’m an Autumn gal.  For the past two weeks here in Southern Ontario we have experienced extreme heat for this time of year.  I was melllltinggggg.  No energy and cranky – I don’t sleep well.  I can’t stand it when my moisturizer slides off my skin.  And my hair…well, don’t get me started.

Would you like some cheese with that whine?  Enough said.

Okey doke – here comes some woo woo.  Anyone new here?  First, read up on woo woo at the link, then, come on back and…buckle up!

We’ve got Pluto going full speed ahead, direct, today after six months of him being in retrograde.

Huh?

Pluto – and I dare the science nerds to say that Pluto is not a planet here – is God of the Underworld.

Scary?  You bet.

It represents not only death, but rebirth, meaning that when the world is under his influence, experiences die and are re-born again, over and over.  Could be bad stuff, could be good stuff.  It’s a rollercoaster.

Pluto takes a very long time to travel around the Sun – like almost 250 years.  Uh huh.  Remember when you took the Solar System in Science when you were in school?  Remember making the paper mache and the styrofoam planets that you had to drag to school for your project.  I know, if you’re of “a certain age”, you definitely know what I’m talking about here. 🙂  This was before the science nerds decided that Pluto wasn’t a “real” planet.  Seriously?  After hauling all that through the rain to school?  Anyhoo, Pluto was the wee little planet that was last, the farthest from the Sun.  Ok, even if you’re not into Astrology or Astronomy, you know that.

So back to Pluto taking almost 250 years to make his sorry self completely once around the Sun – this means that he remains in each sign of the Zodiac for many years at a time.  Make sense?

Think of it this way:  The Earth takes one year to travel around the Sun.  Right?  One year has 12 months and each month, approximately, represents one of the 12 Zodiac signs.  That’s where the Zodiac Sun signs come from.  They are the Constellations, or the Pathway of Animals, that stay on the elliptical that the planets travel around the Sun on.  So when a planet is “in” a sign?  That means that the planet (or Moon) is traveling in front of that particular Constellation.  Ah ha moment.  That’s a very simple description – without going all sky nerd, because I’m really all about the simple.

If you study the night sky, as I love to do, you get a feeling of how the Earth and planets travel.  For example, the Moon (which travels around the Earth, once per month) moves from East to West.  As she goes through her phases and inches across the sky each night in front of each Zodiac sign (approximately 2.5 days per month in each sign) it seems like the Zodiac signs are traveling across the sky at different times of the year. The Zodiac signs don’t move – we do!  It’s pretty cool.

Stay with me here.  Because Pluto takes so long to make a complete circuit, he sits in each sign for years.   Got it?

Now, each Zodiac sign represents different temperaments, emotions and energies.  Like when I say the Moon is in a certain sign, things feel or go a certain way.

Soooo,

Currently, Pluto is in Capricorn. Capricorn is the backbone of hard work and let’s get it done properly.  No nonsense, follow the rules.  Dotting i’s and crossing t’s.

He entered Capricorn in 2008 and will remain there until around 2023.  Yup.  He doesn’t stay in each sign for the same amount of time.  It gets complicated with retrogrades and so forth and we won’t get into that.

Now, let’s think here…2008…does anyone remember what kind of a year that was for the financial world? Hmmmm?  The ups and the downs since then and the way the world has seemed to be on a course to who knows where? Death and re-birth.  Over and over.  Bingo.

Any good news?  Well, Capricorn is a grounded Earth sign.  Slow and steady wins the race.  Probably the best of the signs to handle Pluto.  So, that’s good.

How does Pluto affect people?  Well the death and re-birth – that can mean lots of things – feelings, emotions, being “stuck” in places, careers, relationships – can’t take it anymore stuff.  If you’ve been feeling that way especially in the past six months or so, Pluto was in retrograde, or seeming to go backwards…so not only was Pluto being Pluto, he was doing it backwards.  Yup. Changes, drumming up the past, bad memories – sh!t happens kind of stuff.  People changing directions, careers, places they live, doing things for themselves – living off the grid, homeschooling, not following the “rules” (Pluto) and maybe being judged for it by society (Capricorn).  Power struggles and control.  We won’t get into what’s going on with our good friends south of the border.

Pluto will take you down as low as you can go, snuff out that light at the end of the tunnel, and just when you think it can’t get worse – BAM! – re-birth.

Lightbulbs are going off – I can feel it.  And heads are nodding.

Now that Pluto is going forward again, things should get a little better – we’re still dealing with Pluto, but it could be taking back control of something that has gone astray in your life – and that could be the Capricorn influence of hard work.  The death and re-birth.  Or it could mean that something (or someone – yikes!) gets tossed, because you’ve just had enough.  There is struggle.  There has been struggle since 2008, hasn’t there?  We are over half-way through in Capricorn – the quiet builder.

Plants that correspond with Pluto?  Black Cohosh, Black Alder, Dragon’s Blood…are you getting it?  We could also think about bulbs that grow, die back and grow again.

Aren’t you glad you tuned in today?  Aren’t I the Good News Fairy?  I hope that I’ve maybe made you think about some influences that could answer questions.  Again with the head nodding.  I find it always helps to know why things might be happening.  You might not be able to stop it, but an understanding makes it easier.  That’s my thought.  Be Prepared.  Always the good Girl Guide that I am.

The Moon tonight is in Sagittarius – fun! She’s just entered the second quarter, so showing the half-Moon.

Today’s colour is turquoise.

Lots to ponder – I’ll leave you to it.

Until next time,

-Debra

Yup, I’m going there – Solar Eclipse Day

Photo courtesy of Nasa

Hey there,

Well you know I’m going to be here today.  If you didn’t, are ya new?  🙂  Any of my regular readers know that a large part of my beliefs, or woo woo is the night sky.  Today, we are going to experience a solar eclipse.  In fact, the solar eclipse is happening right now elsewhere, but here in Southern Ontario we will see it starting around 1:10 p.m. this afternoon.  Get your pinhole cameras ready!

What, exactly is a solar eclipse?  Well, plain and simple, without the sky nerd text…a solar eclipse happens when the Moon (which circles the Earth) passes between the Earth and the Sun and sends a shadow across the Sun, virtually blocking it out.  We get to see it because it’s happening during our daylight hours. Depending on where you live on the Earth you will see a full to partial darkening of the Sun by today’s New Moon.  Here where I live under the blue roof,  it is expected that we will have about a 70% shadow over the Sun.

The good news? The Sun is actually shining today! Yay!  I know, it is Summer, however anyone reading from anywhere else in the world…our Summer here this year has been rather cool with not as much Sun as we expect. Ok, no whining about the weather – I’m not, because I melt in the heat, especially when we have day after day of it.

This whole solar eclipse thing – on the level that we will experience it here today, is kind of a once in a lifetime thing.  That’s what the big deal is about.  Actually getting to watch as the Moon passes across the Sun should give most people, even those who don’t really pay much attention to this stuff, a feeling or realization of how the Earth, the Moon and the Sun “work” and that we are, in fact, just a speck in a much larger universe.  We all know the Moon is there.  But today?  Today we actually get to see the Moon, or the Moon’s shadow roll past.  It will get people thinking – and talking – and that’s such a good thing!  Especially with all the negative things that have been happening lately.  Something else to think about.

It’s very cool.

For a sky watcher like myself?  I’m “over the Moon” – pun intended. 🙂

It’s very eerie and still and quiet outside this morning.  Almost like nature knows that something big is occurring.

It’s a big week for me too.  Not just because it’s my birthday week – the 23rd is the big day – but because there’s a lot going on in the sky for my birth chart right now. It’s not a milestone birthday for me, but planet-wise, there is lots of movement in different areas of my life.  (Rats.  Just remembered I have to get my license renewed, driver’s, that is…)

The biggie?  Today, August 21st, the solar eclipse day, is the peak date for my Progressed Sun to be square my Ascendent.  That is a biggie.  First, progressed means the progression of a planet, in this case the Sun, through the years of your life and how it affects you in different areas.  The Sun progression is very slow and usually in an average long life span of a human, the Sun will only travel through about a quarter of your birth chart. Many go through their entire life without the Sun ever really zeroing in on any particular area. It’s there, but it stays in the background.  When it “lands” or touches or relates with another planet or house, changes are in the air.  My Ascendent is Cancer, or the Earth Mother sign.  The Ascendent is in your first house; your style, the first impression you make.  A square usually means some tension, or difficulty. Depending on which house – there are twelve, representing various areas of your life – the Sun is in, that tells you where to expect the changes.

Without giving away my secrets – and I am secretive and can keep a secret – there are definitely big changes happening for me right now with regard to what is important, my interests and how I project myself in the world.  Yup, my Earth Mother is definitely coming through more and more as I progress.

I had dinner with a friend a couple of weeks ago.  She is someone who I’ve been acquainted with for about 20 years.  We know each other, but we don’t know each other on a really personal level.  I probably know a lot more about her than she does about me.  She is chatty and I…keep things close.  We enjoy each other’s company and the conversation is always lively.  She soooo doesn’t get what I’ve gone through with leaving the corporate world and now being a caregiver for my parents.  We saw each other much more often when I was the “corporate” me.  That’s ok.  I still very much enjoy our dinners and getting caught up.  I did the corporate world for 34 years.  I remember.  We lead much different lives, but that’s what makes the conversation interesting!

I always get the questions:  “So, are you going back to work?” and “Aren’t you bored?”.

Ummmm, first of all, define “work”.  And bored?  I don’t have time to be bored.  Haha – this is just the tip of the iceberg in all things Earth Mother and the changes and the morphing that I have been going through.

What have I been up to?

Gardening, for one.  Not just my flowers and herbs, but I’m growing veggies now, which is some work and now that there is harvesting, something has to be done with the food – that’s work.  I also volunteer some time gardening at a community garden through my garden club.  I’m part of a garden club and love all things plants. (But you already know that!)  I make my own medicine, vinegars, tinctures and oils using plants.  I teach classes sometimes.  I’m part of a book club and I read.  A lot.  I organize a social meet-up group – and we are busy, I’m in the process of organizing a social art group and getting that set up. I deal with all of my parents’ needs.  I write.  You’re thinking, “not very much lately”, but I have been writing, I just haven’t been writing here.  Not expanding on that one just yet.  I’m out on the boat, weather permitting and have a social life at the boat club.  I love to cook and I love to make things by hand.  I go to classes and workshops, of many varieties.  I am constantly researching things and learning.  I love all things art and nature.  There’s my Ascendent.  I’ve always loved all things art and nature and to learn, but now I’m giving myself the time and space to live in it and do my own thing.  And then there’s the thinking…lots and lots of thinking.  Also of course, I own a house, and they don’t run themselves. 🙂  Lots of “I’s” there, huh? Permission given to be a little selfish during this progression…besides, the Sun and the Moon are in Leo…

Nope, I’m not bored.  I’ve created a whole different world for myself in the past five years.  Five is my number, I’ve written about that before here.  So the Sun, progressing or shining his spotlight on my Ascendent at this time makes perfect sense.  This world, this so-not-corporate world, is the one I feel most at home in.  Still a bossy pants – some things never change…

“Am I going back to “work”?”  “Not the corporate world work”, I thought, “How about never?  Is never good for you?”  I’ve found my happy place.  I’m reinventing myself and in change mode and it feels pretty good.

Think the whole woo woo, sky and planet thing is a bunch of bunk?  I challenge you to have your birth chart prepared by someone who knows what they’re doing.  I guarantee, you will be amazed at what you find out about yourself. 🙂  Contact me if you’d like a recommendation.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams”
-Henry David Thoreau

Sorry to disappoint if you were looking for some plant talk today.  Instead, a little sage wisdom and advice. (See what I did there?) 🙂  The pouring out of feelings; the emptying of the soul.  We’ll talk about sage another time – hint – sage is feminine, all about the woo woo and yes, you can smoke it! 🙂

Today’s colour is ivory.

Enjoy the wonder of today’s solar eclipse in Leo!  Yes, Leo is ruled by the Sun on this “Moon-day”.  Mo(o)nday is ruled by the Moon, also in Leo today, doubly powerful, full speed ahead with all things ego.

Until next time,

-Debra

Did Someone Say Spring?

Hey there,

Almost officially Spring and still shivering here in Southern Ontario, although in my little corner of the world, we didn’t experience the heavy snowfall that others seemed to get all around us.  Just the wind and the frigid cold, that has settled into the very walls, and will not let go.  So does not feel like Spring!

Hands up if you’re tired of it.  Me too.  Ok, no need for jumping in the back – I can see you!  I get it.  Mother Nature is playing a rather cruel joke on us, as our January and February (especially February) were mild…and now we are suffering for it.  Spring officially arrives next week and we are being promised more seasonal temperatures…any time now would be awesome, thanks.  We do have a little sun with the biting wind and cold…still wearing my earmuffs to go down to get the mail.

I find myself daydreaming about sunny days amongst the plants.  It’s so easy to take advantage when it’s here. The seasons really do travel quickly – the overwhelming evidence of that is if you follow what’s growing and blooming, when.  The succession of the growing season is incredible and only underlines the magic of the woo woo world in my books.

How so?

Here’s my take on the changing season woo woo

Think about it:  The changing season and how it affects our thoughts and our bodies.  This season change, from Winter to Spring, is probably the most dramatic – and the most anticipated – of the year.  The Equinox marks the end of Pisces and the beginning of Aries.  Pisces is the 12th and final sign of the Zodiac.  The final sign in Winter.  It is a water sign – what happens in Winter?  Water, snow on the outside.  On the inside, colds and flu…water, water (or fluid), everywhere.  Our bodies, our systems, are wet, heavy and sluggish.  We need to clear our lungs.

And guess what?  Along comes Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac – a fresh start.  We start the wheel again, as we have done for eons. Aries is a fire sign.  Things are warming up.  We go outside, we breathe in the Spring air, our lungs clear, and things start to grow again. Yay!

The plants are there to assist with that as we come out of hibernation with them.  Soon, my friends, soon.

Remember we talked about Coltsfoot?  One of the very first greenies to show us their flowers.  They look a little like Dandelion, but they’re not.  What are they used for?  The lungs!

Chickweed is another that shows up in crevices and gardens.  She likes the cooler weather as she spreads her arms, matting like a carpet, she may even peek up beneath the last of the snow.  A small plant that blooms tiny white flowers in Summer.

Lots of Vitamins A, B and C in this plant – throw some in a salad.  That’s what you’re craving as the days warm up, right?  Chickweed made into a salve or ointment is good for dry, itchy skin.  You know, the “winter skin” that we all can’t wait to leave behind.

Dandelion comes after Coltsfoot.  We all know what Dandelion looks like, and we discussed here.  The young leaves are the best to eat.  An amazing Spring tonic, as the bitterness makes your digestion work.  Repeat after me:  Bitter is good.  Bitter is good.

Another?  Let’s look to the trees in bud and talk about Aspen.  Most know these trees as Poplar.  In the wild, which is where you would harvest Aspen buds, there will always be a stand of trees.  They will all be related to one in the crowd, through their root system.  The Grandmother.  Uh huh.  The buds, in early Spring, before they burst open into catkins (see above right), have a sticky resin coating – that’s the medicinal part.  Good for external pain relief in an ointment.  The bark has been used for centuries for a variety of ailments, usually taken in a tea.  First Nations People have always relied on Aspen.

I think these are some of the hardiest greenies, as they stand up to the fluctuating temperatures as Spring unfolds and they still deliver their most potent punch.

Inhale…that feels better already – just talking about it.  We are so close now.

The Red-winged Blackbirds are back (top photo left).  Eating the birdseed like crazy along with the Starlings and the Grackles.  Now is definitely not the time to stop feeding our feathered friends!  The migration has started and they are hungry when they stop over to rest, or finally land and start the process of living in a new place for the next six months.  Anticipation.  Watch for the year round residents’ feathers start to change.  Can you hear the bird song in the morning now?  Ahhhh

I received a blue bird box for Christmas which I will be setting up as soon as we thaw out a bit out there. Always happy to add another bird house to my collection.  Bluebirds usually arrive around April and sometimes I’m lucky enough to see them.  If the blue birds don’t take up residence, someone else will.

The Robins have still not visited me here, although I have seen them in the area.

I also purchased a bee box.  This is a safe place for the non-honey, non-stinging bees to rest and lay their eggs. They are the tiny pollinating bees you find in your flowers.  My bee box will be going up on the south side of the house for some viewing amusement over the Summer.

Tonight’s Moon is in her third quarter, in Scorpio.  Moody and ready to roll.

Today’s colour is Crimson.  I have a pair of Red-Bellied Woodpeckers that live nearby and frequent the suet I have hanging in the big Maple tree at the front (top photo right).  They have a bright crimson patch on their heads that is so distinctive against the bare bark.

Mother Nature marches on, cold or no cold.  The light is back with longer days – hang in there!  I’ll see you in the Spring. 🙂

Until next time,

-Debra

The Woo Woo of Solstice and Yule

 

Hey there,

Happy Solstice and Yule!  The shortest day and longest night of the year.  Yup, it’s officially Winter.  Brrrr Those of us who celebrate Christmas are too busy to notice – we’ve already been getting a good dose of Winter so far this season, here in Canada.  The good news?  After today, the days begin to get longer, meaning we return to the Sun and the light.

Let’s talk about the woo woo of it all.  Just because that’s my thing and I can. 🙂

So the Winter Solstice, or Yule, is actually the beginning of the New Year – the solar year.  We are at a turning point; the Earth’s counter clockwise orbit around the Sun towards the light in the Northern Hemisphere. The Solstice actually happened here in the wee hours of this morning, before sunrise.

Today, we get the southern most sunrise and the southern most sunset of the year.  Starting tomorrow, the Sun will gradually creep northward, little by little, towards the Summer Solstice, where the opposite occurs.  Or, on the opposite side of the world, in the Southern Hemisphere, today they get Summer Solstice and the longest day/shortest night of the year.  As the Earth is actually tilted on its axis, it doesn’t travel in an actual circle around the Sun, it travels in an eliptic, which explains why north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle, they get those endless days of darkness/sunlight.  Are you with me still? 🙂

The whole Christmas thing?  We know in the Christian faith what that’s all about, but in the land of woo woo…

Yule is the celebration of the Sun God.  The holiday lights that everyone strings up?  They symbolize light and life.  We see ornaments shaped like fruits and suns and stars…also symbolizing light and life.  The fruit and nuts set out in bowls and on the buffet table – that would be the celebration of fertility and the coming bounty of the growing year.  See how that works?

The pine trees and bows that we use to decorate?  Pine, being the most ancient of Yule decorations, represents life everlasting.  Pine in a wreath – the wreath being a circle – represents the symbol of eternity. We hang them on our front entrance doors, right?  The entrance to our homes – life everlasting and eternity.

Adding lights to your Yule tree – that represents divinity.  Red candles and bows and ribbons wound through garlands represent the life force.

The traditional colours, red, white and green:

Red:  represents the life force (blood)
White:  represents the Winter season (snow)
Green:  represents eternal life (greenies that come back to life, season after season – pine stays green all year)

As the Sun sets, we turn on our lights and light our candles and fires in the fireplace, welcoming back the return of the Sun. YAY!

I will be decorating my Yule tree tonight (yup, it is always a real tree) – a little late this year, because, well, you know…but entirely appropriate, given the info above, wouldn’t you say?

So, dear readers, everything is falling into place.  Yes, there will be a toilet in the laundry room so I can have my Mom (who uses a wheelchair) for Christmas this year.  There are now facilities for her use on the main floor…YAY!  A big thank you to all those trades people who have paraded back and forth, in and under the blue roof to get this thing done for me (and my Mom).  All the pretty finishing details are not quite there, but the room is functional – and I have laundry facilities again -HUGE BONUS. 🙂

It didn’t look promising for a while, but despite the worry and the teeth grinding, we’re going to be there.  By Friday evening, I will have my dining room back.  There is much vacuuming to be done…

Look at me going all kittens and flowers in the middle of the chaos that is my life at the moment (it’s not Friday yet)…

I hope you get a little rest and spend some quality time with friends and family – those who matter most, over this coming weekend.  Celebrate whatever and however you do.  Know that the Sun is returning, but for now, cozy up!

Where is the Moon tonight, for our Solstice and Yule?  She’s just entered the fourth quarter in lovely Libra.  The Sun enters Capricorn today.  The colour is white.  Fitting for the beginning of Winter.

Just so you know, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the Moon will remain in her fourth quarter, decreasing in light (unlike the Sun!) and rising at midnight.  Darkness for those lights and candles.  A good time for drawing back and reflection, which fits at this time of year. She will be in the sign of Scorpio, a feminine water sign – all dressed up and hypnotizing.  An intense and emotional sign, so watch out for those family “issues” around your table!

The colours of the day?

Christmas Eve:  Brown
Christmas Day:  Amber

Not so festive, but maybe some needed grounding under our Scorpio Moon.

In the meantime, this will be my last post before Christmas – you may hear from me next week!  Check back, won’t you?

Green blessings and my hope for a safe, calm and peaceful holiday to you under your roof from me under the blue roof.

Until next time,

-Debra

Socks on Tulips in

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Hey there,

OK, OK, I give – socks on.  It’s too cold to hold out any longer. 🙂  Although earlier this week here in Southern Ontario, it was over 20 degrees C and there was happiness everywhere from all those, like me, who love, adore and worship their sandals.  You have to be Canadian to understand this.  My toes are painted a fall colour if that helps?  No?  Sigh.

Rest assured, there will be no socks and sandals…I’m not a fashionista, but there is a line.  That is a no no. A fashion faux pas. You’re welcome my dear Daughter (who is a fashionista). 🙂

I think this is it; single digits for weather, the last week for hanging out laundry.  We had a very minor frost on Thanksgiving weekend, that took out the annuals, but I fear the real thing is coming and I’m going to lose my greenies very shortly. (Very sad.) Still nipping out after supper in the dark to snip this and that for tea. BRRRR. Windows are jammed with pots full of outside greenies that will over-winter inside.  Turning their faces towards the weakening Sun from behind the glass.  On those warm days we’ve had, I’m still opening the windows.  (They like that.)

We’d worry less about what others think about us
if we realized how seldom they do
-Dr. Phil

The “tulips in” part?  It’s bulb planting season!  Always a scary thing – I can never remember where I’ve planted the bulbs from previous seasons.  There are hundreds of them out there…I always find some when I’m planting new greenies in the summer.  <Dammit!> I leave the green tops on them to die back once they’re finished and tuck them in behind the emerging plants, but by summer’s end, those “greens” have browned and in some cases, fallen away.

It’s like a scavenger hunt…Digging, digging, digging…CRAP!…there’s some more.  I know, smarty pants, you’re saying I should take pictures of them in the Spring so I know where they are.  Good idea.  I have done that in some cases, but the garden really looks so different from season to season…and I do tend to move things around and plant new stuff, so pictures look fabulous, but don’t help.  Oh well.

Need I remind you of this?  Release the hounds!  I will think about that auction all Winter and savour the fact that it will all happen again next year.  YAY.  Planning and scheming season ahead.

My favourite Spring flowers are Daffodils, but I have lots of tulips, crocus and various and sundry others as well.  I might plant some bulbs out in the meadow this year.  It would be cool to see some patches of colour come up out of the brown meadow as I sit at my desk in Spring.  Hmmm – there’s lots of room out there!  It’s like a whole blank canvas. 🙂  (Can you hear the wheels turning?)

The bad news?  Tulips – the bulbs – don’t like squirrels.  Or, rather, TREE RATS LOVE TULIP BULBS.

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Speaking of tree rats.  They are very busy at this time of year.  Hardly any time at all to play in the bird bath…wait a minute…what’s in his mouth as he prances by?  Is that an apple or a TULIP BULB?! GRRRRR Sometimes it’s easier to find the bulbs than you might think.  No digging required on my part…

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Speaking of tulip bulbs (because I am), have you seen the new variety?  the Canada 150 or Maple Leaf Tulips?  Photos above.  They (the bulbs) are selling like hot cakes!  It will be really cool to see these come up in gardens all over Canada in the Spring – can’t wait.  Aren’t they beautiful?  My personal thank you to The Netherlands for their part in the creation of these bulbs to honour Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.  How very special.  You know I’m a proud Canadian.  Here’s a link to the write-up about them.

You can see why they’re called the Maple Leaf Tulip.  Wow, huh?  I have bought quite a few and will plant them in fives (my number) all over the place – hoping the tree rats won’t get all of them!

I’ve also purchased them as gifts for people and for the two care homes that my parents reside in.  What a treat for the residents to see them come out in the Spring. 🙂  My good deed.

I am writing this post at night, which is unusual, but here I am.  The Sun has just entered the zodiac sign Scorpio, the Moon has entered her fourth quarter or half phase in Leo tonight.

Today’s colour is Indigo.  Love that colour.  What do you think of when you hear the word indigo?  Blue jeans?  I think of jeans, but I also think of Lawrence Hill’s book, “The Book of Negroes“.  Fabulous read.

What else about indigo?  Have you ever heard of the term Indigo Children?  If you haven’t, Google it sometime.  It’s really fascinating. Indigo Children are said to have a special intuition and spiritual attributes that come through their innocence of not knowing what those things are.  In other words, they haven’t necessarily been taught what woo woo or spirituality or intuition is, but they exude it.  I know a child (who is now a young adult) who I would term as being an Indigo Child.  The adult world would deem them as having “something wrong” or being “not normal”.  I would deem them as being an Indigo Child.

But that’s just me, lovin’ my sandals and my woo woo…

So here’s me, saying goodbye to my sandals (for now) and hello to my socks and the tulip bulbs – of which I have many to plant.  There is still digging to be done…

Until next time,

-Debra

T-R-O-U-B-L-E and Woo Woo

Trouble board game

Hey there,

“Pop the bubble, pop the dice, pop the six and you move twice.  Race your man around the track and try to send the others back.  That’s…”(see above).  Remember that one?  Not sure why, but that has been playing in my head.  Haven’t heard it anywhere lately, it just appeared (woo woo).  Ear worm – now you’ve got it.  (Sorry)  Geez, that’s another one. 🙂  A fun way to spend a winter afternoon or evening is board games.  Yes, in the world of computerized everything, they do still exist.  Some of the new ones are pretty good and there’s always the classics.  I’m guessing that this would be a popular cottage “sport”.  I don’t know for sure – never owned a cottage or frequented one regularly.  If I did, I would definitely have a puzzle/game table.  I love puzzles, but once I get started, nothing else gets done.  I don’t have a puzzle/game table at home – for that reason.  But I do have a reading chair! 🙂

Anyone who has been following my blog here at Blue Roof Living might have thought of Ralph when you read the heading above – at least the “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” part – that is a fair assumption, however, you’ll be happy to know that he’s been a good boy lately and has temporarily learned his lesson.  Incidentally, February is the month when coyotes start breeding.  Enough said.  Has anyone seen Ralph…?

Boing, boing, boing

I’m all over the place today – lots of stuff on my mind.  (Better than the alternative.)  A friend asked me what “woo woo” was.  Glad to know you’ve been reading!  Here goes:  hope I don’t lose anyone…

Woo woo, in short, to me anyway, is a sort of spirituality, faith or belief that may be considered as “out there”, or different (by some).  Being described as “different” is nothing new for me. 🙂  For example, some people attend a Church, Temple, Synagog, Mosque – whatever – they worship, or follow, the beliefs practised by the leaders of that particular organization or faith.  Some people do not physically attend these places, but still carry that particular faith within.  Probably, that was the way they were raised and they continue that way throughout their life.  I was raised that way.  I still have my little white gloves that I wore to Sunday School when I was five.  I still remember going – I didn’t go for long (and didn’t like it), but I remember…

Other people worship, or follow, nature – their place of worship is outside, they pay attention to what goes on around them and the messages sent their way.  Their leaders are the seasons, they believe there is meaning and things to be learned from other living things; the earth, fire, air and water and the night sky – and dreams.  The cardinal directions mean something, colours mean something, numbers mean something, animals, birds, minerals and plants mean something.  A different form of symbolism.  Things happen for a reason.  A different form of belief.  Is one better than the other?  No.  Is one wrong and the other right? No!  Wars are made of that stuff.

It’s a personal preference.  I am of the latter category, if we want to categorize. (You’ve probably already figured that out.)  To me, that’s woo woo.  So when I write about something happening “out of the blue” (or under the Blue Roof), to me, nothing happens “out of the blue”, it happens for a reason.  It could be good, or it could be bad – that’s the stuff that’s difficult to understand in all faiths.  When I write about the meaning and/or uses of plants, animals, birds, nature; when I write about the night sky, the Moon phases, colours – that’s my spirituality – that’s my woo woo.  I kind of “march to the beat of my own drummer”.  🙂

Still with me?  Clear as mud?  Good!

I could go on – and I will another time, if you’d like to read more.  But today, I’ll leave you to think about that – this little bonus blog, because I’m feeling chatty and it makes me happy to know that you are reading and have questions!  Who knew?  Comments and/or questions are always welcomed.

Until next time,

-Debra

Resolutions

 

 

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Hey there,

The photos above show my meadow with about six wild turkeys marching through it as I write this – they would be the brown blobs.  Sorry, the photo had to be quick with my phone!  One of the benefits of snow on the meadow (and I do try to find some!) is that you can see the wildlife out there.

So, resolutions for the New Year…how many have you broken so far?  I find if you don’t make ’em, you can’t break ’em.  We all know that the silent reflection thing you did, sending out the old and bringing in the new, probably included some thoughts about what you’d like to do different/better in this brand spanking new calendar year.  Or, some new stuff you’d like to try – but honestly, if you didn’t say it out loud, who’s going to know? 🙂 That’s my plan and I’m sticking with it.  Of course, you have yourself to answer to, and sometimes, at least in my case, I’m my biggest critic.  I’m slowly learning to let go of some stuff and not be as hard on myself if things didn’t go according to plan.  It’s that “being of a certain age” thing kicking in again.  Also, I’m a cusp baby, born on August 23 – a Leo/Virgo.  I know, oy!  Can you get any more different personalities?  Just call me Sybil. (By the way, 23 is a woo woo number – just to get some woo woo in.)  I always considered myself a Leo (if only just for the big hair) – that would be the larger than life Bossy Pants side of me.  But as I push through life, I get a little softer around the edges (and not just visually, thank you very much – like fine wine, you know) and the Virgo has most definitely emerged.  Although I’ve always been super organized.

On that point, I’m on an organization streak (some may say freak) – “Don’t stop me now” as Freddie would sing – and get out of my way (hello, Leo).  Stuff is getting reallocated, put away, donated, pitched.  I’ve been slowly creating my own office in the room that used to be exclusively my daughter’s room.  I have my desk and computer set up in front of a big window overlooking my meadow and green friends, where I can keep an eye on the birds (turkeys still there), and I’m moving my stuff into the bookcase.  It’s lovely to have my own space!

[A little aside] If you’re reading this, dear Daughter, and I know you are, nothing is safe – you’ve been warned. 🙂 There will always be a bed here for you, but now you share the room with my stuff!  Incidentally, I’ve found some of my stuff in your stuff. (Now I sound like George Carlin – never mind, you probably don’t know who he is, but he was funny.)

[…and we’re back] Can’t decide what colour I’m going to paint the walls – collective groans in the background; no one likes it when I paint.  Cats are hiding.  I do a good job, but I hate it.  However, I’m not loving the colour on the walls right now and I find myself spending more and more time in this room, so paint I must!  I’m also thinking about painting the kitchen…

It’s the time of year – I go within (kind of like a bear) and stay in (because I’m not a fan of the cold), looking for inside stuff to do.  There’s always something.  How appropriate, as the animal for January is the snow goose, owl or bear!  Today’s colour is scarlet.  Reds are for courage and good fortune – and the turkey (see above) is also a symbol of good fortune! (woo woo)  I’ll take all I can get. The moon is in her fourth quarter in Scorpio today, a sign of deep emotion.  That would explain the obsessive organizing for me today (better to just blame the moon). Also a good time for me to start a new mystery novel. That feels right.

I’ll leave you there, to your own emotion or obsession! For those of you who are secretly creeping my blog (also evidence of a Scorpio moon) – I know you’re out there!  Feel free to leave your own comments – I’d love to hear what’s on your mind.

Until next time,

-Debra