Since I’ve been doing so much work with Goddess-focused oracle decks and also exploring pantheons in general, I put together this little worksheet to aid in tracking those experiences. It isn’t just for deities though. I will probably use this for ancestor work and any other entity, animal, plant, et al, that may teach me something, show up for a chat, or pique my interest in general.
Right now, I’ve been doing a monthly draw from whichever of my Goddess decks feels right. For December, Hekate is who I’m researching, meditating on her message, et cetera. Sometimes during tarot or meditations, I will connect with family members and so I will be using this worksheet moving forward just to jot down messages and details from that meeting.
Another example of how I plan to use this is to create an entry for frogs. For a period of time I had frogs appearing in my life. They showed up a lot with my car. The first time I ever saw the car itself it was fresh from the dealer. We opened the trunk and out hopped the tiniest of frogs. There was an occasion when my mother went into the hospital that I noticed a frog just hanging out on the driver’s rear fender as I was getting her wheelchair out of the trunk in front of the hospital. Another time I distinctly remember was after work when I had stopped off at the grocery store to pick up a few things. I was hunting for a parking spot and I noticed something through the windshield. It was a frog just hanging out on the center of my hood people-watching as I stalked exiting shoppers up and down the aisles of the parking lot. There was also the time I scored a little part time job for quick cash and came out to the car to find another tiny little frog sitting on the front my car. Quite often they would thump up onto my bathroom window late at night or chill on the walkway and greet us (along with some toads) as we returned from a doctor’s visit or errands.
I’ve lived my whole life in Florida and spent a majority of it in this area and I have never seen frogs (or toads) like that. They often brought us a lot of joy after a long stressful day or following some less than great news at a check-up. After my mother died, I stopped seeing them altogether.
The PDF is super easy to use and can be printed double sided to a single sheet. There’s a framed corner to draw or attach a photo and a space to put the date at the very bottom. This will be going into my Book of Shadows and so will be printed on rather nice paper and slipped into a sheet protector (my book is a three ring binder). If you need the space along the margins for attaching the sheet into your book, it’s usually rather easy to shrink the document by 5-10% in the print dialogue to free up that space.
I was journaling in my Book of Shadows about Soul Fragmentation and trauma when I started to think about fetal development.
From this University of Maine bulletin: When children are faced with physical or emotional stress or trauma, the hormone cortisol is released. High levels of cortisol can cause brain cells to die and reduces the connections between the cells and certain areas of the brain harming vital brain circuits. Two important possibilities here: damaged or miswired. http://bit.ly/298Y4hg
Regarding a baby in the womb:
At 10 weeks, the brain and kidneys are functioning.
At 19 weeks, senses are developing.
At 23 weeks, hearing is developed enough to pick up your voice and heartbeat and the sense of movement has developed enough to feel the mother’s major movement.
At 28 weeks, vision is developed enough that bright continuous light outside the mother’s body may be detected.
That’s mostly second trimester development. This is purely from a physical/anatomical time line, the progression of awareness and sensitivity a baby has inside its mother. If stress can negatively impact an infant’s brain development, what about an unborn baby who has reached these milestones of growth? And what about the potential for injuring the spirit of that baby or at least negatively impacting its energy?
Aiming to finish the cover on my Book of Shadows today! So excited. This is a big change for me and a celebration. Since I’m going with a binder format, making it my own is the best way to put my energy into it.
The padding feels great with three foam layers and sits even with the buckles on the back. No wobbles at all! The paracord corkscrew pattern turned out wicked with the black and white glow in the dark cords for the security bands. It’s a perfect match to the skeleton fabric. The place holder is a strand of glow in the dark beads as well. It all glows an amazing green shade.
For the inside covers, I might put cork board for reminders or perhaps something else. Still deciding on that part.
It’s a 4in D-ring binder. As romantic a notion it is to have a hand bound grimoire or the like, I have to have everything easily organized. Dividers, alphabetical, chronological, expandable – much easier to do with a binder.
Foam padding will go on the outside in order for the glow in the dark skeleton fabric covering it to sit flush around the buckles. For added security, a pair of glow in the dark paracord bands will keep the binder shut and help once it gets packed full of pages.
The little skull beads are made of Howlite as it turns out. I didn’t know Gemini was the zodiac correspondence until earlier today. Rather fitting along with being a stone that provides protection and a sense of calmness and clarity.
Howlite is a potent guardian stone. Use it to protect that which you value – both physical possessions and spiritual values.
They are also useful for travelers and adventures to take with them on their travels as insurance against harm.
Death has proven to be a rather frequent visitor in my life. Maybe that’s why I am drawn to and comforted by images of skulls, calaveras, and skeletons. I know I can always speak to and consult with loved ones who have passed, but the Day of the Dead is the holiday I treasure the most. For obvious reasons.
I called the delivery company and the office chair I ordered to arrive last Monday will be here tomorrow. Mercury Retrograde for you. One of the biggest hindrances in getting research, writing, and organisation done is that the chair I’ve borrowed from the living room is super uncomfortable. On one hand, it’s probably healthy for me to get up out of it and walk around every thirty minutes or so. But when I have to sit in it for extended periods of time, it leaves me sore and with deep muscle discomfort or cramps. Really, really hoping that chair is going to get here tomorrow.
On a happier note, I cleaned out one side of my bedroom so that I can get some additional bookcases sorted. Whilst shopping around for storage solutions, I spotted these really cool display shelves that are about the size of the boxes my tarot and oracle decks came in. The plan is to put the boxes on the display shelves and then hang the bag with the deck in it underneath. With five decks total, I’ll need three packages of the shelves. They’re $20 a piece, so I’m gonna shop around and check out some DIY alternatives.