Hello and welcome to The Shaman Podcast.
I am Mark Ashford.
I am a Registered Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher, a Shaman and author of books and online courses on Reiki and Shamanism.
Weekly I post a video and podcast for the Shamanic Energy of the coming week. The reading is general; please take what resonates with you.
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Queen of the Moon Oracle Cards used in reading by Stacey Demarco https://shrtm.nu/uj5f
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When we stand still, we have time to think. We have time to breathe and take stock of where and what we are doing. The card comes to tell us it is time to take a break from our hectic, ego driven life and enjoy the benefits of inaction.
Standing Still, or inaction is not a sign of being stuck, or stagnating. Being on the go, being a go-go person, always striving relentlessly in trying to achieve, that is what this card is all about. Standing still is to take the stress away from endless achievement and struggle.
Your body, your soul, is not some sort of engine that can run endlessly at full throttle. Wind down and enjoy doing so. When you are finally at a standstill, enjoy what you see and hear. There are gifts the universe gives out have a different tone and a different feel to them. This is one of them I call it relaxing and recharging. Perhaps, to get a different perspective on life and everything.
This is also the time to sit back and, in your standing, still, consider whether a project or task is worth the effort. The cycle of always on the go, always striving and you have the time and mental capacity to stop things that are not working to take a different direction. Shed the burdens of people and things which you should no longer be carrying.
At the end of our lives, before we are reborn, there is a period known in some schools of Buddhism as the Bardo State. While in the Bardo, our spirit is conscious and experiences the karma of the life that has just ended and all previous lives. It is a time of spiritual learning and also cleansing.
We do not have to die to experience this state of existence. A deep and protracted illness or a spiritual retreat can allow us to exist in it.
If it occurs in this life, it is to make us look at our relationship with living. It shows us our place in existence before we are born and that through life we learn and grow and change as we move towards that final spiritual goal.
The card asks us to consider if we are we making life too hard to live by our actions, beliefs, and behaviour? Do we enjoy enough, do we change enough when asked to change? Listen to your inner self, your soul, and look at the writing on the wall and allow yourself to move towards it. The time is now! Start your journey to grow, to love, forgive sincerely, and to dare. Take the leap without requiring life to assure you of success.
Water is a powerful element to a Shaman. It symbolizes purification, regeneration, birth, revival, and cleansing. Water can be enormous power, carving away earth and rock, moving boulders and trees as it creates a valley, or submerges them as it creates lakes and oceans. If human kind is in the way of its creative force, it can be destructive and end lives of people and animals.
It can be sleepy and lazy as it meanders in shallow rivers across the landscape. Water that is scolding hot but is not bubbling and boiling looks the same as water just before it freezes into ice.
Water can also be something we cannot grasp. When it steams, it is as ephemeral as breath. It can be hard and unyielding as ice.
Humans are 75% water. That includes our brain and our heart. Like the ebb and flow of the tides, allow sorrow and sadness, happiness and wonderment to flow through you now. Not only can these feelings be within you, but allow the world around you to flow over you and through you, knowing that you will remain and will move on to greater things.
This is like a baptism of newness and opportunity. There is a sense of newness, welcome it and embrace it
Queen of the Moon Oracle –The Blue Moon – The Unexpected
Usually, there are 12 full moon events in a year, roughly three in each season of the year, three in each of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Some years there is an extra full moon, an unexpected moon, that is the blue moon and it appears in one of the seasons. Astronomically, it can be foretold, but in the past that was difficult to do and was a surprise when it happened. It was an unexpected event.
This led to the expression, “once in a Blue moon,” to refer to an event or behaviour that only happens rarely, and is unpredictable.
Blue Moons are wish moons. Make a wish for things to happen that are of miraculous proportions, such as winning the lottery or getting that car you have always wanted.
This does not mean you do not have to act! You need to research that car you want to make sure it is right for you. That lottery will not happen unless you go out and buy the ticket.
In all that we plan for in life, there will always be the unexpected. The car you want may be blue, not white. That lottery win will be sufficient for your needs, but not the “huge” win you wished for. A new person, in a new relationship may have grey eyes and brown hair, not green eyes and blonde hair. Accept the unexpected and go with the flow of the universe and your life.