Daily Devotional, 2/22/18

Today I visualized each Kindred after honoring them with an offering.  I thought about my recent Ancestors.  I thought about the tree in the front yard and the grass as well as our cats.  Finally, I thought about many of the Shining Ones, including Freyja, Sunna, Brighid, the Morrighan, and others.

Here’s the card I drew:

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XXIII – The Crown, reversed, from the Wychwood Oracle.  Photo by Victoria Laughlin-Casares, 2018.

I drew the Crown reversed.  The meanings associated with this card are obscurity, compromise, and balance.  Compromise was the meaning that caught my eye.  My husband has to wait to start his new job until the middle of March instead of next week as originally planned because of the amount of work available.  He will be working a different position.  This itself is a compromise.  We may also have to be aware of other compromises during the day.

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Daily Devotional, 2/21/18

I had trouble getting started with my devotional today.  I was distracted by one of the cats chewing on something.  However, once I sat down in front of my shrine, my focus returned.  I got the charcoal going for the offerings well before my devotional.  Then I lit my Three Kindred candles.  I tried to visualize each Kindred as I honored them with an offering.

I then shuffled my Wychwood Oracle deck three times and drew a card:

door reversed
XVI – The Door, reversed, from the Wychwood Oracle.  Photo by Victoria Laughlin-Casares, 2018.

I drew the Door again in the reversed position.  I drew this card a week or two ago reversed.  The Door reversed signals closed doors (as in opportunities), endings, and inaction.  I’m honestly not sure what this is referring to.  Maybe inaction refers to the need to take a break and not work on the projects I have going right now.

Daily Devotional, 2/20/18

Today I was finally able to replace my Ancestor candle so I could light all my candles again!  I lit each candle as I honored each Kindred.  I leave the candles burning a little bit after devotional to symbolize Their presence with me, so they’re burning now.  I made the usual offerings.  I did have a bit of trouble shuffling the Wychwood Oracle deck today.

Here’s the card I drew:

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XXVI – The Mask, reversed, from the Wychwood Oracle.  Photo by Victoria Laughlin-Casares, 2018.

The Mask reversed speaks of guile, deception, and insecurity.  Right off the bat, I can tell you I am insecure about some things, so it looks like that will come into play today.  I’m not really sure about the other meanings of guile and deception, but perhaps it’s a warning to not fall into deception.  An interesting card for the day.

Daily Devotional, 2/18/18

I did my devotional as usual this morning.  The offerings were:  Ancestors–rosemary, Nature Spirits–lavender, and Shining Ones–myrrh.  I did devotional a bit later in the morning than usual.

When I was shuffling the Wychwood Oracle deck, this card popped up:

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XXI – The Horseshoe, upright, from the Wychwood Oracle.  Photo by Victoria Laughlin-Casares, 2018.

Apologies for the blurry picture.  The Horseshoe brings good luck, peace, and contentment, which is a very good sign.

My actual draw was:

anchor reversed
XVIII – The Anchor, reversed, from the Wychwood Oracle.  Photo by Victoria Laughlin-Casares, 2018.

The Anchor, when reversed, means adrift, struggling, free.  When I drew this card, especially taken with the Horseshoe that jumped out when shuffling, “free” was the only meaning that made sense.  I will be at peace and free from attachment or things weighing me down, as the Anchor symbolizes.

Daily Devotional, 2/17/18

Today’s devotional went well.  I plan on doing full ritual later today in appreciation of my husband finally finding a full time job so we don’t have to move.  Today’s devotional was the same as yesterday’s, with the same offerings.  However my draw was concerning.

Here’s the card I drew:

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II – The Heart, from the Wychwood Oracle.  Photo by Victoria Laughlin-Casares, 2018.

The Heart reversed signals heartache, break-ups, and negative relationships.  My husband and I are doing okay in our relationship currently, so I doubt this card refers to us.  Perhaps I will run into some sort of negative relationship with someone over Facebook (since I have no plans of going out today).

I reset my deck yesterday and I’m still drawing reversed cards.  I wonder what that means.  If you have any ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Daily Devotional, 2/16/18

I was distracted during devotional today.  I was thinking about things I need to do around the house to prepare for friends coming over for dinner.  Towards the end, though, I focused a bit better.

I think I’ve settled on this format:

I honor my Ancestors. [make offering of rosemary to charcoal]

[allow the scent to permeate the air]

I honor the Nature Spirits. [make offering of lavender to charcoal]

[allow the scent to permeate the air]

I honor the Shining Ones. [make offering of myrrh to charcoal]

[allow the scent to permeate the air and put lid on incense burner]

For your blessings today and every day, I thank you.  May I continue to honor you today and every day.

My daily draw consisted of shuffling the Wychwood Oracle deck three times while focusing on the question, “What do I need to know today?”

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XXII – The Coins, reversed, from the Wychwood Oracle.  Photo by Victoria Laughlin-Casares, 2018.

I don’t have many gut associations with these cards yet, so I had no idea what I was in for when I drew the Coins.  Upon further reflection, though, it looks like the coins are falling out of a small purse, which doesn’t bode well.  The official meaning of the Coins, according to the deck, is “investment, addiction, fiscal loss.”  Not a good card to draw the day my husband may get a new job!

One of my ADF friends suggests that the deck needs to be “reset,” since most of the cards seem to be reversed–and the cards haven’t really been matching up to the day’s events.  I will right all the cards and put them in order, then shuffle a few times to get the deck acclimated to my energy again.  We’ll see tomorrow if this makes a difference.

Daily Devotional, 2/15/18

Devotional today went well.  The card I drew was interesting, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

Here’s the devotional:

I honor my Ancestors. [make offering of rosemary to charcoal]

[pause to allow the scent to permeate the air]

I honor the Nature Spirits. [make offering of lavender to charcoal]

[pause to allow the scent to permeate the air]

I honor the Shining Ones. [make offering of myrrh to charcoal]

[pause to allow the scent to permeate the air]

For your blessings today and every day, I thank you.  May I continue to honor you today and every day.

I then shuffled the Wychwood Oracle deck three times while focusing on the question, “What do I need to know today?”

Here’s my draw:

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XXXI – The Witch, reversed, from the Wychwood Oracle.  Photo by Victoria Laughlin-Casares, 2018.

The Witch, reversed, stands for injustice, but also audacity and inner strength.  Considering our plans for the day–going to the grocery store, knitting, and going to appointments–I’m not really sure where this card fits in.  Perhaps I’ll get better with that aspect of divination as time goes on.

A note about yesterday’s card:  I drew the Door upright, which has a meaning of opportunity.  My husband got a call about a possible job, so we may not have to move out of our house.  Talk about a good draw!

Daily Devotional, 2/14/18

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Devotional today went smoothly.  I was a bit excited to do it because I just love the smell of the offerings on charcoal.  I think making devotionals enjoyable is key to making this practice stick.

Here’s the devotional itself:

I honor my Ancestors. [make offering of rosemary to charcoal]

[pause to allow the scent to permeate the air]

I honor the Nature Spirits. [make offering of lavender to charcoal]

[pause to allow the scent to permeate the air]

I honor the Shining Ones. [make offering of myrrh to charcoal]

[pause to allow the scent to permeate the air]

Then I shuffled my Wychwood Oracle deck three times while focusing on the question, “What do I need to know today?”

Here’s my draw:

door upright
XVI – The Door, upright, from the Wychwood Oracle.  Photo by Victoria Laughlin-Casares, 2018.

The Door upright has the meaning of opportunities, curiosity, and action.  Sounds like an interesting day is in store!

Daily Devotional, 2/13/18

Today’s devotional went well, however I am growing concerned with all the reversed cards I’ve been drawing.  I’m not sure what that means.

In any case, here is how my devotional went:

I honor my Ancestors. [make offering of rosemary to charcoal]

[pause to allow scent to permeate the air]

I honor the Nature Spirits. [make offering of lavender to charcoal]

[pause to allow scent to permeate the air]

I honor the Shining Ones. [make offering of myrrh to charcoal]

[pause to allow scent to permeate the air and put lid on incense burner]

For your blessings today and every day, I thank you.  May I continue to honor you today and every day.

I then decided to shuffle the Wychwood Oracle deck nine times, since that tends to be a Druidic number.  I realized about halfway through that I couldn’t focus and just wanted to get through the shuffling, but I did it nine times anyway.  I think I will only shuffle three times tomorrow.

Here’s the card I drew:

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XII – The Rat, reversed, from the Wychwood Oracle.  Photo by Victoria Laughlin-Casares, 2018.

The meaning of the Rat reversed is simply “warning,” according to the guide cards that came with the deck.  I’m not sure what to make of this.  What kind of warning?  I really don’t know.  Time for a clarifying card!

The clarifier is:

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IV – The Tree, upright, from the Wychwood Oracle.  Photo by Victoria Laughlin-Casares, 2018.

I ended up thinking about the Tree while I was shuffling, so it makes sense that I drew the card.  The Tree is associated with the Earth element, as well as knowledge, growth, strong roots.  Because of my experiences with the World Tree, I also associate this card with spirituality.

So, this is a warning about my spirituality and perhaps about some kind of knowledge.  I will keep that in mind as I go through my day.

Daily Devotional, 2/12/18

Today’s devotional was very good, though simple.  I feel like I’m gaining a greater connection to the Kindreds again and to my oracle deck.  Plus I love the smell of the offerings.

Here’s how it went:

I honor my Ancestors. [make offering of rose petals to charcoal]

[pause to allow the scent to permeate the air]

I honor the Nature Spirits. [make offering of lavender buds to charcoal]

[pause to allow the scent to permeate the air]

I honor the Shining Ones. [make offering of myrrh resin to charcoal]

[pause to allow the scent to permeate the air]

For your blessings today and every day, Kindreds, I thank you.  May I honor you today and every day.  (or something like that; I can never remember exactly what I say)

Then I shuffled the Wychwood Oracle deck and drew a card:

door reversed
XVI – The Door, reversed, from the Wychwood Oracle.  Photo by Victoria Laughlin-Casares, 2018.

Ah, the Door reversed.  This card means closed doors, endings, and inaction.  An ending of sorts is coming up for my husband and I.  We no longer make enough to stay in our current house, so we must move back in with family.  I suspect that will come into play for most of the day today.  This card also suggests that I won’t do anything about it, though I do have plans to pack today.  There’s also the meaning of “closed doors.”  I believe this refers to lost opportunity, since phrases like “opening doors” and “When one door closes, another one opens” refer to new opportunity.  Lots of things to ponder today.