Shaman energy Card Reading for 2020/12/21

Every Monday I will post a video and podcast for the Shamanic Energy of the coming week. The reading is a general reading, please take what resonates with you.

I am a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner and a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher as well as a Shaman. I am a published author of books and online courses on Reiki and Shamanism and together with this YouTube Channel I host a Podcast on Shamanism.

Each Monday I will post a YouTube video of the Shamanic Energy Card Reading for the week ahead.

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This is the Shaman Energy card Reading for the week starting Monday 2020/12/21

The Owl

Owl Spirit arrives to remind you that the wisdom within you is informed by your keen senses and the wisdom within the consciousness we all share. Even in the darkest night, the owl sees clearly and is guided by every sense it has, including the first sense of intuition. Right now, your sensitivities are turbocharged and you are receiving messages from all directions. Owl Spirit reminds you to be wise and pay attention to what’s between the lines, what is invisible to the naked eye, what cannot be heard with the ears, and what others may not be able to perceive. With all your senses aroused, you have much knowledge available to you. Clarity will come as you sit with all that you are sensing, allowing your intuition to guide you in understanding the whole and not just the parts. Let your wisdom arise and be your guide as you trust the acuity of all your senses. Intuition is real and can provide the clarity you need to understand your situation right now. Your relationship, your finances, your job—whatever it is, you can see the truth clearly now.

The Owl lends you the eyes that you need in order to see in the dark around you. The Owl can cut through the shadows to illuminate the real truth. Someone may be trying to camouflage his or her real intentions. Deceit, lies, and unclear intentions are exposed with Owl energy.

The Owl also reminds you to be honest with yourself and snap out of any lies or denial inside of  you. Lying to yourself is the way that you’ll remain lost in a prison of your own making. The Owl appears to ask you to seek the truth in the darkest places within yourself. This will set you free and restore you to wholeness.

All is well with the Owl to guide you. Deep wisdom into human nature is gained through the ability to recognize untruths. This is an important marker on your path.

The Medicine Wheel

The shaman recognizes the four cardinal signs of the compass. The wheel represents the circular pattern of life and it will help you understand your inner self. 

Sit quietly, to the South. You are clinging to, old desires, relationships, friendships, or a job. Release them and make space for the new that is coming.

Sit quietly and look to the West and consider toxic relationships. Maybe at work, friends, a lover, look at the negative feelings they create in you, and how they drain your energy, they must go. 

Look to the North. Pride, not in an arrogant way. Your passions, do you show them? Are you an artist who never paints, a musician that never records? A writer who never writes? Why? Change this. When asked, be proud to say what you are. 

Look to the East. Anger. Think of how you want to live life, write it down. Visualize it in your mind with clarity. This is your future that you want to manifest. Anger is fire, use it to add energy, boldness, and drive to your future.

The Ancient Ones

The Ancient ones bring ancient knowledge with them. They are shamans who walked the earth like us, they come from the distant past and a different path of knowledge and belief. Shamans have been helping and supporting human kind live and pass over and be reincarnated for tens of thousands of years. European cave paintings and carvings showing a shaman date from the Paleolithic era, 3.3 million years ago. Graves of shaman 12,000-year-old and older have been discovered in Israel and the Czech Republic.

We are all, collectively, engaged in creating a new future for ourselves and for all things on this earth. Mother Gia blesses us with abundance, health and love but relies on us to return that bounty.

Now is the time to sit down and quieten that busy egoic mind and consider what your future is and how you can include the earth, that gives us so much. A new home, make it a home where you can grow things, plants and flowers so that bees have pollen to collect to take back to their hives and make honey.

This is a time to be ambitious and purposeful. Now is the time to reach for your goals and not worry about whether “you can” or “should” be so ambitious. Now is not the time to hold back, worry, be anxious or fearful of biting off more than you can chew. Remember, when the builders started constructing the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, they did not know how to build the dome that was designed. They expected the later builders would have the skills necessary to do so.This is time for you to have that faith in yourself and the spiritual energy the Ancient Ones are making available to you.

Santa is a Shaman

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                        I am a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher for IARP

                        I am a Registered Teacher and Practitioner for Canadian Reiki Association

                        Tibetan Shaman

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So, Santa, is a shaman – Let’s dig in to the meaning of the age-old traditions that were, and some still are celebrated around Christmas time. At the same time, we will discard the consumerism and commercialism that surrounds Christmas today.

Winter Solstice – the Shortest day of the year. Perhaps the one thing that stands out about this day is the televised celebration of the Solstice by Druids at Stone Henge in England. 

The scientific explanation for the Winter and Summer Solstices is the way the earth travels around the sun. The earth does not travel around the sun in a circular orbit, it is elliptical. At the same time, the earth does not rotate exactly on its axis, like a spinning top it oscillates slightly resulting in it tilting away from the sun during part of the year, and towards it at other times. 

At the Winter Solstice in December, December 20th or 21st, we have the shortest day of the year; in the northern hemisphere this is when the earth is tilted away the Sun, the Sun is lower in the sky, and the hemisphere receives the least sunlight, and least warmth. 

At the Summer Solstice in on June 20th or 21st we have the longest day of the year; in the northern hemisphere this is when the earth is tilted towards the Sun, the Sun is higher in the sky, and the hemisphere receives the most sunlight, and most warmth for a longer period of time. 

It’s the opposite way round in the southern hemisphere

At the vernal equinox on March 20th, marks the start of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, Spring starts September 22nd or 23rd. At the vernal Equinox, the days and nights are equal in length.

At the Winter Solstice, the sun appears to be stationary in the sky for three days because the sun rises to the same point in the sky three days in a row. Something it does not do at any other time. 

The sun appearing to be stationary at the Winter Solstice represents the dying King or Sun God. This should not be confused with it disappearing at night. In Egyptian mythology the sun dies at sunset and is reborn at dawn, which is not what we are interested in here.

Go far enough north during the winter solstice, and you will not see the sun at all. The tilt of the earth is such that the sun does not appear at all during these three days. On December 24th the sun appears to start rising in the sky again, in Christian belief, the next day, December 25th is the birth of Jesus and many traditional celebrations have a manger as part of the festive decorations.

To the Shaman, Winter Solstice is a time of celebration and new hopes for crops, animal husbandry, babies will be conceived, and generally, hope for a good year ahead. The old year transforms or is reborn into a new one. Transformation is a very shamanic quality, the myths at this time point to the awakening of our true nature.

The shaman is an essential part of the community and at the winter solstice, the shaman, male or female, had special duties to perform, from these duties, it is the shaman traditions we use today to symbolize Christmas.

The traditional Christmas tree is an evergreen conifer, the dominant species of tree that grows in the harsh northern climates. Whether you have a real tree or an imitation one, it is the symbol of the tree that is important. 

Amanita Muscaria mushroom
Amanita Muscaria mushroom

The Amanita Muscaria, mushroom grows at the foot of evergreen conifers and has a symbiotic relationship with the tree. Nutrients pass back and forth in their roots to the point where the mushrooms can’t grow without the tree resulting the mushrooms being seen as the fruit of the tree.

The mushrooms have a distinctive bright red cap with white spots or growths on it.

The shaman picks and dries the mushrooms by leaving them on the lower branches of the confer where they were picked. So, now we have a green conifer with red and white mushrooms drying on its branches. Does this remind you of the baubles you attach to the branches of your Christmas tree?

Early decorations on Christmas Trees were editable. It was too costly to have decorations that were not. Usually, the edible decorations were some sort of baked dough. Later, apples were used as they symbolized the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Apples were later replaced by shiny red balls, which were not edible.

When Shaman gathered mushrooms, they traditionally dress in vivid red and white clothes to symbolize the mushroom and let the spirits of the woods know what they are doing. In the northern climate, deep snow and ice make travel difficult. Some sort of sledge or sleigh is required to get around.

In the cold north, the lowest recorded temperature in Siberia was -67c / -97.3F. To survive outside in these temperatures layers of furs would be put on, making the person appear rather “chubby, or fat.”

In the northern climate’s reindeer are an important source of meat, fur, bone, and other animal products for all manner of traditional needs. They are an important source of power to pull things, one, or more, may be attached to a sleigh to move it through the snow, woods, and across the plains. This practice continues to this day, as horses are not hardy enough to survive and work in the harsh climate. 

So, now we have a rather well-rounded person, riding a sleigh, pulled by one or more reindeer and dressed in red and white clothing.

The Amanita Muscaria mushroom does not contain psychedelic substances such as psilocybin or psilocin, it contains muscimol and ibotenic acid. But the mushrooms have a psychedelic like effect, and in rare cases can be poisonous to the person consuming them. The chemicals in the mushroom can cause chills, sweating, salivation, nausea and Ibotenic acid induces vomiting. 

Today, some people boil thin slices of the mushroom in a lot of water for 15 minutes. This leaches out the active chemicals in the mushroom. Drinking the water will give you a high, discarding the water and repeating the boing process should result in mushroom flesh that can be eaten. Drying the mushrooms for 24 hours in an oven will also help to reduce or eliminate the muscimol and ibotenic acid. Please, do take this as a recipe for use of the mushrooms!

The positive effects of the mushroom include visions and altered states of consciousness, a sense of euphoria, and clarity of mind. Because of these positive effects the shaman brings what they have collected with them. They bring them in a sack for their own use and to share with the people they are visiting.

The need for shaman to perform ceremonies, conduct healing, retrieving souls in soul journeys is still very much needed even when the snow is deep and the door to the traditional nomads Yurt is snowed in. To get in the shaman climbs on the roof and enters through the smoke hole in the roof top.

So, now we have everything we recognize in Santa today. A portly shaman, dressed in red and white clothing, carrying a sack of good things, who arrived on a sleigh, pulled by reindeer, and entering through the smoke hole in the roof. If everyone is high on mushrooms, stories of the Shaman flying across the sky on their sleigh, pulled by faithful reindeer to visit many yurts during the night seems quite believable.

Have a wonderful holiday season and celebrate the Winter Solstice this year. Celebrate the start of the New Year which begins the day after the Solstice… not a week later!

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Shaman energy Card Reading for 2020/12/14

Every Monday I will post a video and podcast for the Shamanic Energy of the coming week. The reading is a general reading, please take what resonates with you.

I am a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner and a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher as well as a Shaman. I am a published author of books and online courses on Reiki and Shamanism and together with this YouTube Channel I host a Podcast on Shamanism.

Each Monday I will post a YouTube video of the Shamanic Energy Card Reading for the week ahead.

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards used in reading. Amazon link. – https://amzn.to/3fRG5Ow

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This is the Shaman Energy card Reading for the week starting Monday 2020/12/14

The Sorcerer

The Sorcerer symbolizes beliefs and ideas of division, struggle and being without. We feel the sorcerer casts a dark shadow over our lives, but in reality, the shadows are own. Those shadows are feelings of separation from loved one, colleagues, pets. Feelings of conflict and aggression to others in order to achieve our self-centred goals.

Our shadows may be narrow, broad, or generous in their focus. Either way, our busy mind loves to feed off the shadow energy and its negative feelings. The sorcerer, is asking you to look at these energies, examine how destructive they are. What are you feeling? Resentment, vengeance, lust, greed, bigotry, or hatred about or to whom or what. These feelings are unjustified and not your spiritual core which is pushed away without consideration.

The Sorcerer challenges you, confronts your dark thinking and beliefs. Now! Is a second chance! Start over. Be strong and be vigilant about the darkness you are beings asked to recognise, and then, to discard. 

Others are not blame for what is inside of you, what you allow to be there. Take a moment to create a sense of peace and move in another direction and do not allow those negative thoughts and feelings to grow again. You are done with them and that way of living.

The Gatherer

Your ships are coming in!

The gatherer is here to help you collect the bounty you have sown. Like a farmer you have worked at something in the belief it will grow into something beautiful and worthwhile. Something that will feed you and help nurture those you love.

It may have been something those around you do not value or tell you will come to nothing. They do not see the value in it that you do, they do not have seeds of their own to plant for their future. You have weathered the comments and the doubts showered on you. You have not followed their recommendations that would have meant giving up on your dreams, your beliefs. 

Now is the time to trust in the bounty that is arriving and that there is more to come. Concentrate on the abundance and push away thoughts of scarcity and limitation. You have enough of what you need to gather all the abundance coming to you. You have more than enough to plant and nurture to bring more abundance for the future. The future will require more effort, but for now, enjoy the abundance coming to you.

JaguarThe Jaguar a creature of the jungle, it is an apex predator, it eats what it wants, it is powerful, rarely seen, it is never prey. If this speaks to you then you know the ways of the shadows and how to work behind the scenes for your best advantage, especially in the corporate world. Yet you are limited. You have created walls for yourself. Are the walls to keep the world out or you in?  

The walls cast shadows of darkness and restraint. They have stopped you form moving on to better things. This week, look at the walls, understand why you have created them. Now, move beyond them. As you do, acknowledge what is not working for you, possessions, people, ideas, concepts, let go and leave them behind. 

Shaman energy Card Reading for 2020/12/07

Shaman energy Cards for week of 2020/12/07

Every Monday I will post a video and podcast for the Shamanic Energy of the coming week. The reading is a general reading, please take what resonates with you.

I am a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner and a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher as well as a Shaman. I am a published author of books and online courses on Reiki and Shamanism and together with this YouTube Channel I host a Podcast on Shamanism.

Each Monday I will post a YouTube video of the Shamanic Energy Card Reading for the week ahead.

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards used in reading. Amazon link. – https://amzn.to/3fRG5Ow

Please hit the Subscribe button and Ring the Bell so you receive notifications

To learn more about my work click here https://bit.ly/3h3E6I0

For a Personal weekly Shamanic Energy Reading please go to: https://bit.ly/30PmCd3

For legal purposes, lets remind ourselves that all videos and podcasts are strictly for entertainment purposes. Viewers and listeners have free will and are entirely responsible for any interpretation they place on the readings. I take no responsibility for individual viewer interpretation or actions. Thank you.

This is the Shaman Energy card Reading for the week starting Monday 2020/12/07

The Vision Quest

A vision quest is a way to come to terms with yourself and where you are spiritually. It is a journey through our feelings, our hopes and desires, what we want to manifest and our feelings about potential, opportunities and the sacrifices we are prepared to make. 

A shaman will undertake a vision quest to speak to souls and spirits to gain knowledge and perspective, good and bad and what is useful and what is not. They will do this for their own benefit but also the benefit of people they are asked to help. By undertaking vision quests, the shaman will understand how to unlock new possibilities, and close the door to ones that should end to allow the person to move on.

If you do not have a shaman, you can look into your hopes and desires and the fears and anxieties to see the direction in which you should be going. The Vision Quest is asking you to undertaking this personal vision quest at times when you feel stagnant, not progressing, or it is too hard to progress. If you are finding it difficult perhaps you should not be going in that direction?

The Vision Quest ask you to find some quiet time and get out of the house, join in the life force of nature. A house and a car keep you away from growing things. This quiet time will help you understand and tune in to what it is you need to be doing, not what you are doing. When you are outside, perhaps just in your back yard or garden, still busy mind, stop thinking tirelessly and consuming your essential energy. You will need all the energy you have for the new opportunities and the changes The Vision Quest will open up to you.

The Owl

Owl Spirit arrives to remind you that the wisdom within you is informed by your keen senses and the wisdom within the consciousness we all share. Even in the darkest night, the owl sees clearly and is guided by every sense it has, including the first sense of intuition. Right now, your sensitivities are turbocharged and you are receiving messages from all directions. Owl Spirit reminds you to be wise and pay attention to what’s between the lines, what is invisible to the naked eye, what cannot be heard with the ears, and what others may not be able to perceive. With all your senses aroused, you have much knowledge available to you. Clarity will come as you sit with all that you are sensing, allowing your intuition to guide you in understanding the whole and not just the parts. Let your wisdom arise and be your guide as you trust the acuity of all your senses. Intuition is real and can provide the clarity you need to understand your situation right now. Your relationship, your finances, your job—whatever it is, you can see the truth clearly now.

The Owl brightens your vision in order for you to see in the dark. The Owl can cut through the shadows to illuminate the real truth. Someone may be trying to camouflage his or her real intentions. Deceit, lies, and unclear intentions are exposed with Owl energy.

The Owl also reminds you to be honest with yourself and snap out of any lies or denial inside you. Lying to yourself is the way that you’ll remain lost in a prison of your own making. The Owl appears to ask you to seek the truth in the darkest places within yourself. This will set you free and restore you to wholeness.

All is well with the Owl to guide you. Deep wisdom into human nature is gained through the ability to recognize untruths. This is an important marker on your path.

The Staff

The staff is the symbol of authority. The shaman’s staff is the home of a helping spirit the shaman uses during healing practices. The spirit in the staff helps and guides and supports you physically and emotionally to find the right course of action. It tells you to move the tip of the staff forward so you can take the step you are intended to take.

The staff again reminds you of the impermanence of all things, and that your authority must come from your deep longing to serve.

Now is the time to study your life path, the next step on your journey. As you ponder the step, recognise that you have already decided to take it, what is missing in action. Use the strength and balance the spirit in the shaman’s staff gives you to move from the negative and inaction to the positive and action. Do It Now! 

The Serpent

The Serpent is a symbol of healing and gaining knowledge. Two coiled serpents are part of the Caduceus. The caduceus is the traditional symbol of Hermes and features two snakes winding around an often-winged staff. It is often used as a symbol of medicine especially in the United States. Perhaps the first appearance of a similar symbol, especially in relation to healing, is found in the Jewish Torah, after the Exodus in approximately 1300 BCE.

Emotional and spiritual wounds from the past, perhaps a failed relationship needs healing. Start this week. You do not need the burden of what has failed, but look into why and learn from what happened and the effect on you. Become a new person as a result of the healing. 

Look into learning, online courses, training, books, videos. Choose learning methods where you are in control of the pace. You can learn quickly now, do so! The knowledge you gain will help you be successful. If you have doubts about what it is you are to study. Take a moment to ask “The Serpent” what it is you should study and be patient, the answer will come to you when you least expect it.

The Serpent is the life force of Mother Gaia, Mother Earth. In Hinduism, Kundalini energy is represented as a coiled snake. It is a form of divine feminine energy believed to be located at the base of the spine, in the Muladhara. The Serpent brings our life force to the front for your attention. She speaks of the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, and reminds us to shed the past the way a snake sheds her old and tired skin. Serpent offers you forbidden fruit that will set your passion and creativity free.This is a time for rejuvenation and energy and progress, if you will embrace it. Welcome it and the new energy for life that shedding your old skin will bring.