Saturday, 23 September 2017

A TRIP TO BANYEN BOOKS

Banyen Books is in Vancouver, Canada.
Many of the mystical books in this incense-rich store have a strong Asian flavour, but there are also titles from Western spiritual streams as well as psychology and the healing arts.
Banyen Books  has been around aprox. 45 years....
On the experimental West Coast, it turns out, so-called alternative spirituality sells. This shop has sold thousands upon thousands and more, books....27,000 titles and products, Banyen’s extensive collection remains dizzyingly diverse. Along with serious books on spirituality, psychology, the healing arts, community building, ecology and the intersection of science and the sacred, there is no shortage of titles on the Freemasons, UFOs, the 2012 “cataclysm,” ESP, astral travel and psychedelia.
Anything and everything seems to be grist for Banyen’s non-judgmental spiritual mill. 

I am so looking forward to my visit there...




Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Monday, 18 September 2017

CARD OF THE DAY- KING OF COINS (Pents)-DRAGON DECK

CARD OF THE DAY- KING OF COINS (Pents)-DRAGON DECK
Dragon Deck



Related thought:
 Share what you have for the purpose of greater good.





*In an earlier post I said I was going to go to the local Fall Fair, so when I was there I saw this very cool dragon a lady had crocheted. (Some people are so clever!) The dragon even has his own camp fire and marshmallows 😁 I love it!

SUELORIE CREATIONS
hand crafted by Susan Reid-( in Canada)
If you like him....she will create you one!
I can give you the info if you contact me, or you may see her on line somewhere .






Thursday, 14 September 2017

Indigenous People of North America- Grounding Practices


Indigenous People of  North America - Grounding Practices:




When the Indigenous People (Native Indians) of  North America became sick, one of the first things they did was to enter the forest, rich in negative ions, where they would breathe deeply and sit with their back against the trunk of a tree. This way they grounded themselves, "sitting in the lap of Mother nature" as they put it, to receive healing. Walking barefoot on the Earth and running at the beach are also effective ways to restore grounding to the body. "Bare your sole!🌲🌙






**Footnote- Grounding means focusing on the core of our energy body in the lower dan tien (energy center), and having the legs and hips open to the flow of the energy of the earth.

CARD OF THE DAY- 2(two) of SWORDS Reversed

CARD OF THE DAY- 2(two) of SWORDS Reversed:





Message:  Decisions? Weigh the pros and cons...

Crystal I suggest for helping to make a decision:  Amethyst.  It's good for intuition and clear thinking.

Amethyst (so pretty)





Wednesday, 13 September 2017

CARD OF THE DAY - 9 (nine) of WANDS ----FOR WEDNESDAY

Card of The Day-9 (nine) of Wands 
 *Courage to stand up for what you believe in....Don't give up!






Courage crystals:
Red Spinel -looks a bit like a ruby






Tiger Eye

Monday, 11 September 2017

Gotokuji Temple and the Spiritual power of Japan- K's Guest Contribution





Hello everyone!

I am honoured to have been asked to contribute to this blog! When I was initially asked, I knew right away what topic I wanted to touch on- so today I want to share one of my experiences while I was travelling around Japan earlier this year.

If you are a great lover of cats as much as I am, then you would be delighted by the charming Gotokuji Temple, hidden in Tokyo's Setagaya district. This Buddhist temple is largely famous due to the claim that it is the birthplace of the well-loved and well-known Maneki Neko, or lucky cat.

 The legend states that during the Edo period of Japan's history, a cat being cared for by a priest at the Gotokuji Temple helped aid a feudal lord to safety during a vicious thunderstorm. The cat appeared to motion for the lord and his servants to come inside with a waving gesture, which is why all the maneki-neko statues have one paw raised.
The lord had tea with the priest while the thunderstorm continued, and once it had passed he expressed his gratitude by donating rice and land to the humble temple. The lord also chose the temple site as the cemetery for his prestigious family. The Maneki-neko is now a figure tied to good fortune and the supernatual in Japan.

When you visit the temple today, you can see Maneki-neko figures on display around a statue of the Goddess of mercy, Kannon....and just about everywhere else! Hundreds of these sweet little figures are dotted around the main buildings and grounds.


Surrounding Kannon


So many!


On the second-to-last day before leaving Japan, I was very sad and reluctant to come back home. My travelling companion had fallen ill, and I had decided that I would have the day to myself and attempt to find this cute temple hidden in the suburbs of Tokyo.  I've always been deeply fascinated by Japanese culture and religion, and Gotokuji temple had been high on my list of temples to visit during by first stay in Japan.

Once you arrive at Gotokuji Station, there is cute cat art everywhere that guides you towards the temple:

Cooking up some Yakitori on the way to Gotokuji


Cat guides helping you find your way to the temple



There are cats nearly every corner you look around


However, about 5 minutes into my walk, I soon lost sight of these cat markers along the roads and grew a little worried. Luckily I had my trusty pocket wi-fi and Google Maps to help me out, but surely the temple couldn't be down these quaint little Japanese neighbourhood-back alleys
I was wandering further and further down? It was a beautiful, sunny, cool winter morning, and I decided to keep optimistic.

Sure enough though, after another ten minutes or less I stumbled upon the large, gated compound that houses the temple and surrounding buildings/cemetery. I wandered around the perimeter until I came upon the main Torii gate that welcomes visitors into the temple grounds.





Wandering inside, I was surprised and pleased to discover that I was the only person here. After experiencing the hectic busy pace at temples like Meiji Jingu in Harajuku and Sensoji in Asakusa for New Year's, there was a completely different feeling stepping onto these sacred grounds. It was incredibly serene and respectful, with a gentle feeling of quiet and peace. I felt such a wonderful feeling of calm spread over me, soothing my sadness and anxiety about going home the next day. It also felt strangely nostalgic, but I couldn't describe how or why- only that it felt right to be there. The garden paths are beautifully maintained and they led me to a large incense burner, where I cleansed myself with the smoke before carrying onwards.





I first came upon the Ema board of the temple. Ema are small wooden plaques on which Shinto worshippers (or anyone really!) will write their prayers or wishes. They are then hung up at the shrine where the Kami (gods) are said to receive them. Ema are sold for various wishes, popular ones being victory in work or on school exams, relationship or marriage blessings, and good health. The Ema are sold for a small fee, which helps the shrine financially. Of course, as this was around New Year's, there were many Ema hanging up with good wishes and messages for the New Year!


Ema with wishes for the New Year

The Ema will often have an animal or other type of imagery, and it was no surprise that the Ema at Gotokuji depicted a Maneki Neko, alongside a Rooster, as it is now the Year of the Rooster in the zodiac calendar.



I decided not to purchase an Ema this time around, as I had a different idea of how I wanted to set my intention at this temple. 
Just behind the Ema board was a long red rope hanging with a bell, which looks similar to one worn on a cat's collar. This is know as a Suzu, and by pulling on it and ringing the bell, you bring in the good spirits and repel the bad ones. 


Suzu


After this, I wandered around the grounds, taking in all the sights, including the Buddhist cemetery off to the left of the grounds, where I walked quietly and reflectively amongst the grave markers:










Once I was satisfied, I went into the area with all of the cat statues. I've never seen so many in all my life!








The gift shop on the temple grounds sells these statues for a modest price which you can take home.  I bought one for myself and one for my mom. The cats are seen as a sign of giving thanks and strengthening intention, and once yours has been delivered with good fortune, you can bring it back to the temple and add it to the shrine's collection if you wish.

Maybe next time.  =^..^=

After wandering around a bit more and sitting in the gentle sunlight enjoying the peaceful atmosphere, I decided it was time to make my offering and set my prayer. The main building for this is located at the heart of the grounds:




You throw your small donation into a box located behind a wooden partition and then say your prayers to the gods. I had been wondering what on earth I was going to ask for, or what sort of intention I wanted to set- but as I spent time in this peaceful temple which had such a good feeling about it, my wish became clear.

For some time, I had been unhappy with my living situation. I wanted something to change, even if small. I had no idea what I was going to do, but my trip to Japan had only solidified the fact that I needed to get out of where I currently was.  

I threw in my money and clapped my hands together, fervently wishing that my wish or intention be fulfilled. Once I felt I had completed what I came to do, I stepped back down into the courtyard and bought a small fortune from the box in the gift shop. If your fortune is a bad one, you are supposed to tie it to the tree outside to prevent bad things from happening to you, but mine was all in Japanese, only some of which I could read! It didn't sound all that bad though, and I kept it.

It was now time for me to leave Gotokuji, or so I had thought. Something kept telling me I wasn't quite ready to go back to my apartment, that I should linger just a little longer. I was starting to get a little hungry, so I went outside of the temple gates and stood under a shady tree, pulling out some Onigiri I had packed for a light lunch.

 Just as I started eating quietly in the corner, a cat came came out of nowhere, walking down the center of the walkway from inside the temple grounds and right down the center of the Torii gate. Traditionally, walking down the middle of the path under a Torii gate is reserved for the gods only, and everyone else must walk to the sides.  I had seen no cats inside the temple grounds- there was no mention of them or evidence of them being there. Where had this little one come from??
As I watched, astonished, the cat slowly and calmly came before the statue situated outside the Torii gate, placed his two front paws on it


and then stared me dead in the eyes 





We stayed locked in eye contact for a few moments before the cat broke it off and then walked away, quickly disappearing as quickly as it had come. I felt something strange come over me as it walked away.

What had I just witnessed?


I quickly headed back to the train station, unsure of what had happened. I quickly texted my half-Japanese friend, who had been on this trip with me but had headed home a few days before. I had never thought her to be one for anything spiritual, but a few things we had talked about on the trip changed my tune.

Once I had finished describing what had happened, her answer back was quick and confident.

"The gods work in mysterious ways".

With this in mind, I headed back to the apartment, and packed my bags to fly home, still sad about leaving but hopeful for the future.


The next morning, I was awoken early by a text from my landlady. She was writing me to tell me she was selling the house and property I lived on, and that I had a few months to figure out new living arrangements. She was going to pursue her dream of building and living in a container home, and she thanked me for all my years of being a good tenant.

I stared at my phone, completely dumbfounded.


My prayers had been answered.











*Phew*!  Thanks for reading that long rant of a story everyone!  Please leave comments below for us if you've ever visited somewhere truly magical or had a magical experience while travelling!



Love,

K~









Sunday, 10 September 2017

Praying for Everybody': Irma Hits Florida

 

Praying for everybody': Irma hits Florida:

 

Cell Phones-Mobile Phone and My Blog Site-The Ace Of Swords

Grrrrrr...

I'm so disappointed, I didn't realize people with cell phones only see one half side of my blog pages. Apparently when viewing on your phone, you miss all things on the right side of my blog. That's where my archive lists are, and my "Help You" pages, and other cool stuff. I'm trying to see if I can fix it or add gadgets, but might be the type of template I have. I myself have no cell phone, this I have found out from friends. *Update: I think I fixed it, so hope you see my blog better with your phones now😉



The Ace of Swords Tarot Card

The Ace of Swords Tarot Card based on Rider-Waite
When it is time to "cut through the B.S.," one card in the Tarot deck will do the cutting for you: The Ace of Swords. This is the card that appears when communication is in need of being clarified.  The Ace of Swords is with you to cut those words to shreds and find the clear meaning of them. The Ace of Swords delivers the reality of the situation to you. This is not always easy to accept. This card perseveres in a quest for what is real, but your idea of what that reality might actually be is not guaranteed.....
LOL-----Cell phone dilemma-  Communication-swords

-borrowed from Keen and modified 😎

Friday, 8 September 2017

Card of The Day-8 of Swords Reversed


Occasionally I will be drawing a card of the day⚘



Today's card of The Day:
8 of Swords reversed


Lesson or thought: Be open to new perspectives

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Family Visitors and The Fall Fair



FAMILY-

I'm a single parent, and my daughter and I get along like old friends. I choose these two tarot "family cards" to represent us.

The ten of cups-close family members, drawn together by their unconditional love for one another, enjoying each other’s company and having a wonderful time together. There are few arguments, no competition – just love and respect, and joy for being able to share these precious moments as a small family.

 We are a lot like sisters, or that's what we say anyways....so this card too :
Three of cups:-is about getting together with your ‘sisters’ and having a great time. There’s bound to be a lot of love, laughter and dancing at this kind of family gathering. (kitchen dancing  lol 😀)

There are other Tarot "family" cards, but those ones describe us really well ...(were also both Sagittarius, so we be gone all day 😁)

So we are off to the local fall fair soon, which is a lot smaller than it use to be, but still pretty great! They have great Jewelry, Art Work, Vegetables, Beer and Wine, Clothing and Fiber Art, Fruit, Eggs, Flowers, Canning, Baking, Honey, Poultry, Rabbits, Horses, Soaps, Entertainment, Yummy Food, Crafts, and its going to be so fun!
I know Autumn isn't here quite yet, but I really love Autumn.
*One more thing....I'm going to have a guest writer on the Blog, and not too sure what she is going to write about, but maybe her Japan trip, and spirits...

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Speaking of THE MOON-Pisces Full moon






PISCES FULL MOON, the moon is reflecting the light of the SUN in VIRGO.  You maybe tempted at this time to try and ‘see’ or find logical answers through Virgo Sun, however the Pisces Moon is asking you to ‘let go of control’ and just allow the dream to unfold in its own good time.The illusory Pisces Full Moon occurs at 3:02 am EDT, pitting the Virgo Sun’s egoic drive for efficiency against the soul’s need for spiritual connection. Conflicting cosmic messages are strong .....

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

THE MOON-MAJOR ARCANA

Looks like the moon put itself last...I guess it can stay 😕



THE MOON 18-




pic i had




The meaning of The Moon card: unforeseen perils, deception, change. Luck takes a bad turn,...Also means intuition, dreams, the card of the psychic, illusion, fear, anxiety, insecurity, subconscious.






Reversed Rx


The Moon reversed: not too bad reversed....Change not disruptive, deception unmasked, love will win, but not before it is almost destroyed by misunderstandings, release of fear, unhappiness, confusion.

JUDGEMENT-MAJOR ARCANA


Last but not least.....(in my slightly jumbled order). I didn't really intended on doing all the major arcana, but maybe it will help someone. I also tried to showcase different decks (cards), and also some tarot art. There sure is some nice stuff out there !!! I gave credit where I could, but some names etc. were hard to find..


JUDGEMENT 20- 




Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot

Interpretation: Awakening;renewal. A life well lived, work well done. Spiritual awakening. Renewed energy, better health, judgement, rebirth, inner calling, absolution.







Reversed Rx





Reversed: Self-doubt, refusal of self-examination, fear of death, failure to find happiness, not into the spiritual side of life, possible loss;ill health.


* Remember this is just basic meanings of the major arcana. Be careful in interpreting-be sure to judge against other cards in a spread (story).... If you're doing a small spread of, say, 3 cards (Past , Present, Future) then cards will have a certain meaning in those positions (Ie: its happened, its happening, or its gong to happen). Listen to your gut feelings when reading, or that little voice.💖🕊

THE STAR-MAJOR ARCANA





THE STAR 17-





Thelema Tarot


The meaning of the Star:  hope, inspiration, health improves, courage, great love, insights about life, spirituality, renewal, serenity.






Reversed Rx



The meaning of the Star reversed: Doubt, pessimism,stubbornness, lack of perception, loss of friendship or love, chance of physical or mental illness, lack of faith, despair, discouragement.

THE TOWER-MAJOR ARCANA







THE TOWER 16-






Robin Wood Tarot

The meaning of The Tower: The overthrow of selfish ambition, conflict, change, sudden catastrophe, bankruptcy, life changing, disruption that will bring enlightenment in its wake, disaster, upheaval,  revelation.







Reversed Rx





 Reversed: Avoidance of disaster, fear of change. Or freedom of body and mind, but at a great cost, false accusations.


THE DEVIL-MAJOR ARCANA







THE DEVIL 15-


Deviant Moon Tarot


The Dev-Temptation, illness;perverse sexual life. Disregard for human dignity, evil, bondage, addiction, materialism.









Reversed Rx




 The Dev reversed-  Detachment, breaking free, power reclaimed, overcoming selfishness, release from evil,

 

Monday, 4 September 2017

TEMPERANCE- MAJOR ARCANA






TEMPERANCE 14-




TEMPERANCE by Cassandra


Temperance meaning-adaptation, self control, modification, working in harmony with others, successful combinations, balanced outlook on life, artistic creations, balance, moderation, patience, purpose, meaning.










reversed Rx






Temperance reversed: bad management,  unfortunate combinations,  lack of good judgment, out of balance, excess, lack of long-term vision.