Friday, May 18, 2007

Take a Break!

This week has completely gotten away from me! This was supposed to be a slow week -- I had very little scheduled and thought I'd have all this free time to finally catch up on stuff. Hah! I shoulda known better!

My past weekend was really nice -- we went to the Houston Highland Games for the first time ... it was really a treat. I married a Scot about 18 years ago -- and we discovered the clan had a booth at the games. I found out that I'm now recognized as part of the clan as well (a Cajun Scot?!?!) and can wear their tartan and all. The clan was (in olden times) a border clan, kind of an outlaw clan (They hid Robert the Bruce when he was hiding from the English.) That makes me an in-law outlaw!

Also heard a fantastic Celtic band from Canada. I've noticed that Canadian fiddlers seem to be among the most energetic Celtic fiddlers -- their step dancing style (Canadian) is pretty neat, too. Anyway, Searson is the name of the group -- it's a father and his three 20-ish daughters. They call their music style "Celtic Kick-Ass"; it is pretty snappy stuff. Their website is -- if you ever get a chance to see them, I think you'll find it a real treat!

While I'm giving plugs, I wanted to mention a little new age shop I found in my neighborhood -- I visited them the other day and had a real nice time. Cheyenne's a real nice lady and the proprietor; the shop is Phoenix Spirit All Faiths Gift Shoppe in Katy, Texas. We haven't had this on the west side of town for quite a while; I hope they do well. If you're in the area, give them a click to find directions and such -- they're not too far from Katy Junior High.

Finally, am getting ready to hop on the road to Baton Rouge -- my niece and nephew are both graduating from high school this weekend. Seems like just yesterday we were driving over curbs in Baton Rouge rush-hour traffic to try to get to the hospital in time for her birth. They grow up so darned fast!

On to the reading!

We'll again pull two cards -- the first suggests something we should focus on for the week. The second suggests things we might consider in order to fully benefit from the attributes of the first card.

The cards are:

Nine of Wands
Queen of Wands (Reversed)

I think of the Nine of Wands as kind of a "catch your breath" card -- like you've just completed a tricky task and are stopping for a short breather. This is a nice spot to be in -- if you think of times you've been in this situation, you're not only enjoying the physical comfort of a quick well-deserved rest, but you're enjoying the mental comfort of a job well done. I almost always see this card as a reminder that we really should take the time to enjoy the moment!

So often we find ourselves rushing from one thing to the other -- and we sometimes fail to reserve a little time for ourselves. We not only wear ourselves out when this happens, we never recharge by taking time to enjoy our accomplishments. Note that you've got to take the time -- but it'll be worthwhile and you won't fall behind if you do so.

The idea is that just like we must eat to refuel and sleep to rest, we also need these short moments to feel good about what we have done. We spend a lot of time taking care of others; we need to reserve at least a little time to take care of ourselves.

Our second card helps reenforce this -- Wands are a suit of energy; the Queen is in a position to fully enjoy the position of having energy to accomplish what she undertakes. The reversal helps us see that we must have this energy available in order to enjoy it. The best way to attain this reserve is to let it build and flow from our own actions. When we take the time to feel good about our accomplishments, we make it that much easier to find the energy to approach the next challenge. Growing from past experiences help us face new encounters!

And that's about it this week; I look forward to seeing you again next week. As always, if you're interested in a private reading, please check out some of the super readers I work with at I also welcome your comments at!

Woodsong --