Element

Healing for Mind, Body & Spirit

Where To Go From Here

I have been away from my blog for quite some time. Originally I took a break to take some classes. Then my Mother got ill and the greater part of last year was spent caring for her, helping her transition. During this period I really didn’t do any writing or posting beyond my Today’s Daily Draw each morning. Now that I am back I am giving some though to the direction this blog is going take. First and foremost whatever I do needs to be something I enjoy and consider fun. At the same time I want you, my readers, to enjoy it as well. When this blog stops being fun it will be time to quit.

I really like doing the Tarot post so I will continue doing them. The only thing I am going to change is when I post it. My idea is to try (key word TRY) to post the draw in the evenings before I go to bed. Many of the people who read it everyday are in England and Europe, so posting earlier in their day might be nice for them. I live in the central US. By the time I post in the morning here it’s well into the day there. I hope that is something people will like.

Iv’e given some thought to doing more tarot related posts but at this point it’s just a thought that needs to be more fleshed out. My idea is to take a question submitted by a reader and do a reading for them as a blog post. I would not include the person’s name unless they agreed to be open about it. I could even incorporate the same idea into a numerology reading. An interesting thought.

I have considered doing more “How To” posts. My Smudging 101 post from 2015 is one of my most viewed every week. Taking that idea a step further makes me look at my Friday crystal posts. Last Friday’s was about Shiva Lingam. I was thinking of doing posts focused on how to incorporate the use of crystal into everyday life. There are many people interested in crystals but just don’t understand how to use them. Again, an interesting thought.

I like doing the inspirational pictures, so I will keep doing them on Wednesdays. This means getting out and taking more pictures. I think I can deal with that! 🙂 A couple other ideas I’ve had is to do more posts about The Sabbats and Esbats. Some might find it interesting. I’d also thought about getting back to doing live videos and posting them here. I was doing them weekly on my Element Facebook page. It was fun and I really need more fun!!

Blessed Be ❤ Sharon

 

 

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Today’s Daily Draw

Every now and then we need a break from the hustle and bustle of our lives to get centered and give some attention to what our bodies and spirit need. Sure we eat and have our bathing routines but do we tune in and listen to what our bodies are trying to tell us? We probably don’t and there is no judgment in that statement. We just get too wrapped up in the stuff going on every day to really pay attention to the signals, like we’re eating a lot of chips lately. Maybe our body is needing more iodine. Are we are more tired than normal. It could be that we have been putting in extra time at work or we are coming down with the flu or something. Maybe we have some blocked energy and we just feel like something isn’t right. Have we been skipping our daily exercise and meditation? Self Care is here today to remind us how important we are and not just to friends and family but to ourselves. Nothing is more important than our health. Not a job, a hobby or even someone we love. If we are not at our best we are not going be there for anything or anyone else. Take some time to tune out the world and into your body today. What does it need? A nice long relaxing soak in the tub? A walk in the sun? To meditate more? Maybe it’s time for a physical. Our bodies are trying to tell us, all we have to do is listen.

Today’s Universal Number

Time really does fly, doesn’t it? We have reached a Nine day again. This is an energy of transition and clearing that can move us into a new place. It is very much a feminine energy so it is intuitive and loving but hard when it needs to be. Use it well today. Let it help you tune in to what your body and spirit need.

Today’s Crystals

The obvious choice seemed to be something Quartz because it is the Master Healer. For self care and self love we are tuning into our Heart and Third Eye Chakra, so I chose Rose Quartz and Amethyst. Both hold the energy of Clear Quartz and will help clear any negative energy and bring in light. The Rose Quarts will help activate our self love to pay attention to what we need. Amethyst will help us listen to our intuition about what it is our bodies most need today.

Thankyou BJ for today’s guest reading!

Today’s Daily Draw

The Aces of Tarot are exciting because they are full of possibility for a new beginning. Our ace is the Ace of Water and it brings a message of fulfillment, gratitude, compassion, truth and of course love. When we live our lives from a place of love and truth rather than fear and judgment everything changes. Life becomes a blessing that opens up a whole new level of beauty. Most people have no desire to hurt someone they care about so they bury their truth and hold it down until it won’t stay hidden any longer. When it eventually does comes out it’s full of anger and bitterness. The consequence is pain for everyone. Our card asks us to open our hearts to let compassion and love radiate out into everything we do today. Honor yourself by acknowledging your feelings without judgment. Don’t hold onto them, if it’s a personal truth that doesn’t need to be shared then let it go. If it does need to be shared then speak that truth with love and compassion. Being honest can open doors to new opportunities for deeper relationships and the possibility of a new one or perhaps the renewal of an old one.

Today’s Universal Number

We are approaching the end of another cycle. The universal energy today is the Eight and it brings us strength, balance and the structure to accomplish anything we need to get done.

Today’s Crystals

There are several wonderful choices for crystals that work well with the Heart Chakra. Like Aventurine, Rose Quartz, Amazonite and jade but I chose Unakite and Rhodonchrosite for today. Unakite is a type of jasper. I like this stone because it contains both the colors of the Heart Chakra. It’s energy radiates love. It releases toxic emotions like anger, resentment and the desire for vengeance. Then brings in compassion and love. Rhodochrosite brings balance to our emotions and unconditional love.

Today’s Daily Draw

What is a perfect day? It should have great weather of course. Being able to sleep in would be wonderful. Everything should go smoothly from the traffic heading to work right on through the day. It’s one where all our people related stuff goes well and the day is filled with promise, creative energy and success. Our card for today is The Lady and she is here to let us know that this could be our day! Maybe not the sleeping in part for everyone, but the rest is possible.

The scene on our card shows The Lady standing barefoot in green rolling hills, suggesting movement. In one arm is a giant conch shell flowing with flowers, fruit and vegetables. She has a ring of stars around her head, and behind her is both the sun and the moon, telling us she is grounded but connected to the angelic and faerie realms as well. Dressed in the color of the Sacral Chakra our Lady is very much an earth mother. She everything that is passionate, fertile, creative, abundant and full of promise. For some this card might suggest the coming of a child.

Her message is that it’s our turn! The day is ripe with opportunity and we are on the right track. We can make a lot of progress on a project, making plans or getting the to-do list done. If you are looking for a new idea or challenge, keep your eyes open and do your research if something strikes your interest. Keep in mind that any project started today might take some time to come full circle. Nine months maybe. Have a perfectly great day!

Today’s Universal Number

There is a very spiritual feeling to a perfect day. So being a Seven Day is perfect. This is the first of the higher numbers and it’s focus is spiritually based in a desire for insight and wisdom. Don’t over think it though. Just go with the flow and let the day happen. The insights will come.

Today’s Crystals

We have three crystals today. They are Labradorite, Carnelian and Malachite. If you want to manifest change Labradorite is a great choice. Carnelian is the color of the Sacral Chakra. It holds creativity, passion and this energy will be a wonderful addition to the day. Malachite might seem out of place but it’s wavy, swirling layers of green are the color of abundance and it releases negative energy so it’s a double win. We don’t need negativity creeping on today.

Thankyou BJ for today’s guest reading!
He is a private person so if you would like to contact him
let me know and I will put you in touch.

 

Today’s Daily Draw

Over thinking can become a whirlpool of self imposed stress. The more we agonize over something the bigger the issue becomes until we are drowning in more questions than we had to begin with, plus a few friends come along for the ride like self judgment and worry. It’s not always easy to just decide that option A is better than B. If the outcome of that decision is going to have a long term effect on our lives we have to consider all the pro’s and con’s and how they fit with where our lives are going. See how easy it is to get wrapped up in our heads!

We struggle with decisions because we like our comfort zone. Being asked to change any part of who we are, even if it will help us or make our lives better can be intimidating. Whether the choice is so big that it’s outcome will be life changing or a smaller one that still requires us to make some kind of a change is just not something we want to do. There lies the struggle. Our past has brought us to where we are but who we will become depends on our willingness to change.

Today’s card, Vision Quest came to tell us to hold off making a choice for a while. The tribal elder on our card has a relaxed look on his face as he lifts his hands in surrender to the rising sun as a spirit bird soars into the sky. To many surrender is seen as a weakness, but the act of stepping back takes great courage.

Maybe a reality check is needed. Take some time to step away, relax and just be. Don’t fret over the decision. Let go of any opinions that are complicating the process. Connect with your higher self, your guides and with whoever the Godhead is to you. Get a new perspective on whatever the issue might be. Be aware of any inner changes that might be going on. Don’t fight them, if an old thought process or belief needs to go, let it. The answer will come and the right decision will make itself known.

Today’s Universal Number

We have a Six Day and we are focusing on relationships. The number six is a very nurturing energy that wants everyone is happy, healthy.

Today’s Crystals

The crystals I chose to accompany today’s card are Amethyst, Sodalite and Rutilated Quartz. Amethyst has a wonderful calming energy and opens us to our intuition and guidance. Sodalite is also a good choice for opening us and it helps raise our thoughts to gain perspective. Rutilated Quartz helps us see a bigger picture and find the cause of an issue. Both our Quartz choices will help us let go of negativity and bring in much needed light.

 

 

Today’s Daily Draw

Is there something we feel so strongly about that the idea of not having it in our lives is too painful to think about? We feel that without it we will not be our best selves? At the same time we have hesitated to move toward making this desire a reality. Daughter of Water is asking us why. In a more traditional deck our card is, you guessed it, the Page of Cups and it has come up for us quite often recently. This indicates that we are holding back for some reason.

Our Maiden has a serene look on her face as she stands in the water under veiled moonlight. In the tarot water is symbolic of intuition, cleansing and emotion. She is also pouring water from a bowl she is holding in the area of her womb, hinting that she is pouring all her emotion into giving birth to something that has a great deal of meaning. It could be a relationship, a creative idea, a job, traveling and perhaps even having a child.

The question our indian maiden has is why do we hesitate? There is no perfect time, we have now. Being cautious is a good thing but that is why we plan first. Caution that keeps us from being and doing what we want is fear. The only thing that fear does is kill us slowly with dreams of what might have been.

Our message is don’t give up. If it means the world to you then go for it. If there is someone you’d like to get to know better, start by saying hello. If there is someplace you’ve always wanted to go, get some brochures and start planning. Whatever it is, get started. If you have and it isn’t going well, take a look at the problem from another point of view and keep trying. Get going and keep trying, the future is worth it.

Today’s Universal Number

Don’t have any solid plans because we have a five energy today. This is a vibrant, tactile energy that is all about movement, flexibility and experiencing the moment. Be ready for anything, even taking a chance on your dream!

Today’s Crystals

The crystals chosen to accompany today’s card are Aventurine and Carnelian  and Citrine with a some Rose Quartz on the side. We are connecting our Heart Chakra, solar Plexus and Sacral Chakra. The heart wants what the hearts wants and we may have the passion but we may not have the confidence to try. So we have Rose Quartz to help us love ourselves enough to try, Aventurine to bring to us the things and people we need, Carnelian for boosting our passion for what we desire and Citrine to give us the confidence to believe we can and will succeed.

 

Shiva Lingam in the Morning Light

To the Hindu, Shiva Lingam are sacred. This stone is only found in the Narmada River which is one of the seven sacred sites in India. During the dry season the stones are carefully taken out of the riverbed and hand polished according to Vedic traditions. Each is entirely unique in its banding. Although most stones are found in shades of reddish brown and tan, some can be found that are black. These are particularly sacred. I am on the lookout but haven’t found one yet.

The egg shape of the stone is naturally formed in the river and is considered a phallic symbol for the God Shiva. These sacred stones are used for worship in temples and small shrines as well as more personal use. The word Lingam is taken from the Sanskrit word Linga which means symbol, so the stone is Shiva’s Symbol. One of the characteristics of the Shiva Lingam is that it balances the male female energy, so Kali is not left out of the picture.

One of the interesting things about the Shiva Lingam is that it holds the energy of all the elements. This makes sense as the stone is though of as the cosmic egg. It holds both male and female energy and from this energy everything was created.

Some of the spiritual and energetic characteristics of the Shiva Lingam are:

  • Strengthen your connection to Shiva and Kali
  • They boost energy and strength
  • The energy intensifies inner transformation
  • Breaks through old patterns to make space for new ideas and growth
  • Charges all the Chakras
  • Helps ground you to this lifetime

Another really awesome thing about the Shiva Lingam is that if you put a small stone under your pillow you will have the most amazing dreams! Now if you are prone to nightmares I wouldn’t suggest you try this though. The dreams can be incredibly lucid.

The Shiva lingam is a unique and beautiful stone with equally beautiful energy. If working with it sounds interesting I suggest you give it a try. We have arrived at that point in the post where I must give my disclaimer, so here it is. Although I talk about the spiritual and physical healing qualities of crystals in these posts, I am not a doctor. As hard as it is for me to say, I am not suggesting that anyone abandon allopathic medicine. I am only suggesting that there are other possibilities that can enhance treatment options.

Blessed Be ❤ Sharon

Today’s Daily Draw

Life likes to throw us a curveball every now and then to see how serious we are about our committment to a project we’re working on, our job or even a relationship. Well, today could be one of those curveball days for us but don’t panic, Determination and Alert came to help. What ever the goal of the day is, it will be important to be determined and pay attention to the details to understand what is really happening. A flat tire or an empty gas tank could put and end to running errands or getting to an appointment. Take nothing for granted. Something that might seem trivial can turn out to be the wrench in your spokes. Communication is key. Make sure everyone involved is on the same page about what is expected. The process might not be easy but don’t give up. Impossible is just a word to people who don’t quit.

Today’s Universal Number

We have the high energy of the master number 22/4 to help us today. The 22 is thought to be the most powerful of the master numbers. It is a very solid and tangible energy focused on a plan and that focus will come in handy today.

Today’s Crystals

I chose Flourite and Rhodonite for today. Flourite will help us with the clarity to see what is happening and then to react accordingly and Rhodonite will give us the committment to stay on task and finish what was started.

Thankyou BJ for today’s guest reading!
He is a private person so if you would like to contact him
let me know and I will put you in touch.

The Sun Came Out

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The sun came out
for a moment
and it reminded me of you.
She danced around
the room
illuminating my darkness
just like you.
That moment passed behind a cloud.
Reality stabbed at my heart.
You said
I love You
Then
Goodbye…

Sharon2018