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May 2021 Musings... 12th May 2021…Getting into my stride after a relaxing weekend. The Dolphin Rainbow Chakra Healing energies have been really inspirational – you may notice it reflected in my artwork if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook! I need to update the gallery page soon so you can follow my journey through the astral realm! As the “Great Unlocking” continues in the UK, I’m planning some magickal intensives as well as personal rituals over the coming months. If you want to stay informed of any special offers or special ritual options, make sure you’re on the Mayastar Mailing List. I only accept mailing list members through email exchange so if you wish to join, please email me and I’ll be happy to add you! Today’s reading is from the Queen Alice Tarot by Dame Darcy. She’s most famous for her Mermaid Tarot – which is a favourite of mine! The Queen Alice Tarot is equally evocative and rich. Sadly, I don’t reach for it very often because it has a high-gloss finish and I really don’t enjoy glossy decks! Let’s explore… The key energy this week is reflected in the 9 of Wands card. This card conveys a feeling of being battle-weary. Have you been butting heads with people lately? Has your frustration or fear found expression in ways that make you feel unempowered or weak? It’s time to assess the reality of the situation because you’re getting carried away! Consider how resourceful you are. You’ve been through difficulties before and you’ve triumphed. When you feel afraid or fragile, bring your attention back to your strengths. If you find yourself around people that espouse their limitations and invest a lot of energy into their problems, it may be time to increase your energetic protection so you don’t inadvertently take on their issues! Dark Moon Mother Protection, Light Sanctuary Activation and Archangel Michael’s Sapphire Flame would all be great energies to strengthen your energetic integrity. But if you’re not currently working with these energies, the Grounding Visualisation exercise will help you increase your natural grounding! The Ace of Wands indicates that there are great opportunities for us in the next few days; but only if we manage the more challenging aspects of the energy at play. There are opportunities for personal growth, creative expression and transformative healing. But you need to be prepared to take your place in the driving seat of your life if you want to tap into this current. You need to stop worrying what other people think! The final card is The Sun and because this is such a positive card, it reminds us that we have the power to choose how we respond to the world around us. If we react to it, we are living unconsciously but if we bring our awareness to each moment and evaluate it dispassionately, fairly and with love, we can find new solutions. Fear, anxiety and feelings tied up with trauma, shame or guilt have a tendency to make us jump at shadows. Fear or worry may have you shielding your face from reality with your hands over your eyes; it’s time to open your eyes and recognise the divine light shining through! In summary, you may feel a little tied up with fear, conflict and low self- esteem right now. But if you can focus on those areas and remind yourself of your strength and skill, success in all areas is assured! Protect yourself from toxic people and negative energies through grounding or energy healing as you may be more sensitive than usual now. I wish you a beautiful day and look forward to seeing you again for more musings X 8th May 2021…I’ve established a new routine in recent months, and it means attunements are set up within 48 hours for students. I wasn’t sure if this would be something that would work long-term but now I’m confident that it will! I do 1 to 3 sessions for setting up attunements each day – and because that’s scheduled work, I prioritise it and work other parts of my day around it. But I still have a lot of flexibility because depending on the number of attunements I have to set up, I can schedule the work for morning, afternoon or evening (or all 3 if someone’s taking a personalised package!). I like being super-organised. Once I’ve established a routine, I don’t have to think about it and that saves me a lot of time! With that little update out of the way, let’s turn to tarot and see what guidance comes through today… I’ve chosen the Book of Shadows “As Above” deck for today’s message. This deck includes a lot of imagery from the Wiccan tradition and adds a valuable layer of new meaning to the traditional cards. The main energy moving and motivating us for the next few days is the 2 of Pentacles; this card speaks of the need to be adaptable and to balance our activities over the coming days. The suit of pentacles tells us that the things we need to juggle effectively are connected with practicalities. Perhaps money, work or studies. Are you too focused on your work at the moment? Have you neglected yourself? Have you been eating properly and tending to your physical needs? Perhaps its time for you to put down your work and go for a walk instead. The cards recommend us to find a better balance because that’s how we’ll optimise the possibilities this week. The second card tells us what we can focus on to enhance our gains if we connect with the energy of the first card. This is an unusual card though. Traditionally, it’s the 3 of Swords (don’t run away! It’s not always scary!). It has a reputation for being the card of heartbreak, sadness or grief. It can reflect trauma and the limiting beliefs and habits that come from unhealed trauma. But in this deck, there’s a greater focus on the intuitive skills that often come to those who have experienced trauma, abuse or loss. This may be in the form of questioning our motivations this week. Do you have a tendency to make yourself too busy for your own good? It’s time to balance your activities and you’ll do this most successfully if you look at the thoughts and feelings that motivate your actions. Look at the skills you’ve learnt in the past to find a new way to approach the task of creating healthy balance in your day. The card that reflects the challenge to successfully managing our activities with adaptability is the 7 of Wands. This card represents Uranus in this deck. Uranus can be an initiating energy; it speaks of doing things differently and learning from difficulty. In its shadow aspect this card can indicate a failure to learn from past mistakes and in the context of this reading, it recommends us to tap into strength we’ve gained through struggle in the past, thereby reinforcing the message of the second card. Answers to an imbalance in your life can be found in your past experiences & the skills you developed to overcome challenges. I think if I had to summarise these energies I’d say, it’s time for you to innovate. You’ve got a lot on your plate right now and doing things the old way won’t cut it! Look back and see what you’ve learned in the past that will serve you now. Appreciate how far you’ve come and how much you’ve grown. You’ve got all the skills you need to handle this – you just need to slow down and adjust. These cards certainly tell it like it is! Keep up the good work and keep shining like the stars you are! Come back soon for more mystical musings. X 5th May 2021…I've been enjoying the empty days I outlined for myself after the Beltane Portal Intensive. Allowing time and space to ground and integrate new energies & magickal experiences is vital to our spiritual growth. If we don't make time for processing the mystical experiences, we can end up gaining experience but not gaining the wisdom of integrating them. On down- time-days, I write and make art. I set up attunements and.perform spells for clients. But I always ensure several hours of the day are scheduled for doing nothing at all! Today I started my Dolphin Medicine Intensive! The playful energy of dolphins puts me in mind of the 6 of Cups - inner-child work and creativity. I will be working with Dolphin Rainbow Chakra Healing System each morning to set me up for the day. This particular energy vibration aligns me with the energy of the Moon, and the rune Inguz. This rune is named after the God Frey (“Ingvi-Frey), brother of the Goddess Freya and connected with nature and fertility. So, all in all, some serious and sumptuous self-care is in order and I’ve allocated my morning rituals to align deeply with these energies. I'm drawing from the Paulina Tarot today. Paulina Cassidy’s artwork is fantastical, delicate and evocative. I absolutely love it and all of her decks are ones I reach for in the summer months. They just have a summery feel for me! Let's see what the cards reveal... The primary influence for the next few days is the energy of The Wheel of Fortune. This card is about change. Change is inevitable and essential for growth, healing and development. But the way we process change determines whether we will find balance by staying centred as the wheel turns, or whether we will get sick and dizzy by jumping about and reacting to every upward-swing and every downward-dive. Things are changing a lot right now and it’s important not to get too caught up in reacting to those changes. Stay centred and grounded. The Strength card provides the opportunity for managing those changes in ways that will optimise our growth and spiritual alignment. Courage and confidence will carry you a long way in managing the ups and downs over the coming days. When you feel flustered, take the time to remind yourself that you don’t need to fear change if you don’t allow external changes to define your inner reality. If you find yourself getting caught up in the confusion, remind yourself of how you’ve managed to face, navigate and process change in the past. You have no reason to doubt yourself now! The potential pitfalls we may face come in the form of the 6 of Swords. This is a card of healing and of transition from a place of turbulence and emotional upset or trauma, into a place of peace, calmness and spiritual awakening. It’s a very positive card but not always an easy process because healing sometimes means facing reality and dealing with it. Avoiding problems is our potential pitfall over the next few days. Your healing journey isn’t an escape from your past – it’s your path to integrating your past with love and compassion. If you’ve had a habit of resisting change, now may be the time to focus on healing. I like this! It resonates strongly with me and the work I have planned over the coming days! I’ll see you back here again soon X Have a beautiful day! 1st May 2021…Welcome to a new month! The 1st of May is the official birthday of Mayastar Academy! And this year marks our 17th birthday. My work through Mayastar is a huge part of my spiritual journey; teaching and passing on empowerments and attunements to others is sacred work and it’s my honour an privilege to be able to share my spiritual gifts with others through my work. You might say I’ve touched a lot of lives and brought a lot of magick to people through Mayastar; but I would say, a lot of lives have touched mine and brought a lot of magick into my life through Mayastar! Thank you everyone! Those who have purchased my courses, spells, empowerments and readings have all contributed to making Mayastar what it is today and I’m overflowing with gratitude. I’ve chosen The Spiral Tarot by Kay Steventon for today’s musings…this is a playing-card sized deck which makes it a handy one for carrying around – and a pleasure to shuffle! The imagery is evocative and quite traditional – but the cards feature a lot of Victorian characters, mixed with more medieval or fantastical portrayals which gives it a real dream-like quality. The Princess of Pentacles is surrounded by daffodils and flowers. She looks up, beyond the golden pentacle in her hand as if speculating about its potential. Her expression is serious but hopeful and gives a feeling of planning and strategizing. There could be a change in your work this week. Have you applied for a new job? Have you started a new profitable hobby? Or, are you thinking about doing that? It is time to put your plans into action. Reflecting on your past successes will help you to find motivation and greater confidence. The Hanged Man indicates some level of reticence that you need to overcome. Blocks to your success in business and financial areas come from past experiences. It’s going to be a challenge for you to get out of your own way on this one! You may need to do some soul-searching and consider your motivation deeply. For example, are you aiming to make more money in order to feel more secure, but blocking yourself because in the past, security has meant letting someone else call the shots? Do you associate success with a negative experience? Do you have limiting beliefs about wealth that may block you from succeeding in your work or business? There’s some kind of inner conflict that’s perpetuating your procrastination! It’s time to deal with it and the final card gives us an idea of how… The 8 of Swords depicts a woman, blindfolded and loosely bound, standing among 8 swords. It gives the impression of limitation and restriction. But the clue to the solution is in the detail. She is so loosely bound, she could easily remove that blindfold, see that those apparent obstacles are not obstacles at all. She may feel hemmed in and trapped, but that reality exists only in her mind. The limitations of her beliefs could keep her blindfolded and blocked. But equally, she could solve this problem, by looking up, like the Princess of Pentacles! The energy of this reading really reminded me of the iconic speech by Charlie Chaplin in “The Great Dictator”. I actually had a video of it on the home page of this website before I redeveloped it! I may have to add it again sometime. But I’ll quote from it here: “Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting – the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality. The soul of man has been given wings – and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow – into the light of hope – into the future, that glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up!” XXX I wish you all a blessed and bountiful week! April 2021 Musings... March 2021 Musings...
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May 2021 Musings... 12th May 2021…Getting into my stride after a relaxing weekend. The Dolphin Rainbow Chakra Healing energies have been really inspirational – you may notice it reflected in my artwork if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook! I need to update the gallery page soon so you can follow my journey through the astral realm! As the “Great Unlocking” continues in the UK, I’m planning some magickal intensives as well as personal rituals over the coming months. If you want to stay informed of any special offers or special ritual options, make sure you’re on the Mayastar Mailing List. I only accept mailing list members through email exchange so if you wish to join, please email me and I’ll be happy to add you! Today’s reading is from the Queen Alice Tarot by Dame Darcy. She’s most famous for her Mermaid Tarot – which is a favourite of mine! The Queen Alice Tarot is equally evocative and rich. Sadly, I don’t reach for it very often because it has a high-gloss finish and I really don’t enjoy glossy decks! Let’s explore… The key energy this week is reflected in the 9 of Wands card. This card conveys a feeling of being battle-weary. Have you been butting heads with people lately? Has your frustration or fear found expression in ways that make you feel unempowered or weak? It’s time to assess the reality of the situation because you’re getting carried away! Consider how resourceful you are. You’ve been through difficulties before and you’ve triumphed. When you feel afraid or fragile, bring your attention back to your strengths. If you find yourself around people that espouse their limitations and invest a lot of energy into their problems, it may be time to increase your energetic protection so you don’t inadvertently take on their issues! Dark Moon Mother Protection, Light Sanctuary Activation and Archangel Michael’s Sapphire Flame would all be great energies to strengthen your energetic integrity. But if you’re not currently working with these energies, the Grounding Visualisation exercise will help you increase your natural grounding! The Ace of Wands indicates that there are great opportunities for us in the next few days; but only if we manage the more challenging aspects of the energy at play. There are opportunities for personal growth, creative expression and transformative healing. But you need to be prepared to take your place in the driving seat of your life if you want to tap into this current. You need to stop worrying what other people think! The final card is The Sun and because this is such a positive card, it reminds us that we have the power to choose how we respond to the world around us. If we react to it, we are living unconsciously but if we bring our awareness to each moment and evaluate it dispassionately, fairly and with love, we can find new solutions. Fear, anxiety and feelings tied up with trauma, shame or guilt have a tendency to make us jump at shadows. Fear or worry may have you shielding your face from reality with your hands over your eyes; it’s time to open your eyes and recognise the divine light shining through! In summary, you may feel a little tied up with fear, conflict and low self-esteem right now. But if you can focus on those areas and remind yourself of your strength and skill, success in all areas is assured! Protect yourself from toxic people and negative energies through grounding or energy healing as you may be more sensitive than usual now. I wish you a beautiful day and look forward to seeing you again for more musings X 8th May 2021…I’ve established a new routine in recent months, and it means attunements are set up within 48 hours for students. I wasn’t sure if this would be something that would work long-term but now I’m confident that it will! I do 1 to 3 sessions for setting up attunements each day – and because that’s scheduled work, I prioritise it and work other parts of my day around it. But I still have a lot of flexibility because depending on the number of attunements I have to set up, I can schedule the work for morning, afternoon or evening (or all 3 if someone’s taking a personalised package!). I like being super-organised. Once I’ve established a routine, I don’t have to think about it and that saves me a lot of time! With that little update out of the way, let’s turn to tarot and see what guidance comes through today… I’ve chosen the Book of Shadows “As Above” deck for today’s message. This deck includes a lot of imagery from the Wiccan tradition and adds a valuable layer of new meaning to the traditional cards. The main energy moving and motivating us for the next few days is the 2 of Pentacles; this card speaks of the need to be adaptable and to balance our activities over the coming days. The suit of pentacles tells us that the things we need to juggle effectively are connected with practicalities. Perhaps money, work or studies. Are you too focused on your work at the moment? Have you neglected yourself? Have you been eating properly and tending to your physical needs? Perhaps its time for you to put down your work and go for a walk instead. The cards recommend us to find a better balance because that’s how we’ll optimise the possibilities this week. The second card tells us what we can focus on to enhance our gains if we connect with the energy of the first card. This is an unusual card though. Traditionally, it’s the 3 of Swords (don’t run away! It’s not always scary!). It has a reputation for being the card of heartbreak, sadness or grief. It can reflect trauma and the limiting beliefs and habits that come from unhealed trauma. But in this deck, there’s a greater focus on the intuitive skills that often come to those who have experienced trauma, abuse or loss. This may be in the form of questioning our motivations this week. Do you have a tendency to make yourself too busy for your own good? It’s time to balance your activities and you’ll do this most successfully if you look at the thoughts and feelings that motivate your actions. Look at the skills you’ve learnt in the past to find a new way to approach the task of creating healthy balance in your day. The card that reflects the challenge to successfully managing our activities with adaptability is the 7 of Wands. This card represents Uranus in this deck. Uranus can be an initiating energy; it speaks of doing things differently and learning from difficulty. In its shadow aspect this card can indicate a failure to learn from past mistakes and in the context of this reading, it recommends us to tap into strength we’ve gained through struggle in the past, thereby reinforcing the message of the second card. Answers to an imbalance in your life can be found in your past experiences & the skills you developed to overcome challenges. I think if I had to summarise these energies I’d say, it’s time for you to innovate. You’ve got a lot on your plate right now and doing things the old way won’t cut it! Look back and see what you’ve learned in the past that will serve you now. Appreciate how far you’ve come and how much you’ve grown. You’ve got all the skills you need to handle this – you just need to slow down and adjust. These cards certainly tell it like it is! Keep up the good work and keep shining like the stars you are! Come back soon for more mystical musings. X 5th May 2021…I've been enjoying the empty days I outlined for myself after the Beltane Portal Intensive. Allowing time and space to ground and integrate new energies & magickal experiences is vital to our spiritual growth. If we don't make time for processing the mystical experiences, we can end up gaining experience but not gaining the wisdom of integrating them. On down-time- days, I write and make art. I set up attunements and.perform spells for clients. But I always ensure several hours of the day are scheduled for doing nothing at all! Today I started my Dolphin Medicine Intensive! The playful energy of dolphins puts me in mind of the 6 of Cups - inner- child work and creativity. I will be working with Dolphin Rainbow Chakra Healing System each morning to set me up for the day. This particular energy vibration aligns me with the energy of the Moon, and the rune Inguz. This rune is named after the God Frey (“Ingvi- Frey), brother of the Goddess Freya and connected with nature and fertility. So, all in all, some serious and sumptuous self-care is in order and I’ve allocated my morning rituals to align deeply with these energies. I'm drawing from the Paulina Tarot today. Paulina Cassidy’s artwork is fantastical, delicate and evocative. I absolutely love it and all of her decks are ones I reach for in the summer months. They just have a summery feel for me! Let's see what the cards reveal... The primary influence for the next few days is the energy of The Wheel of Fortune. This card is about change. Change is inevitable and essential for growth, healing and development. But the way we process change determines whether we will find balance by staying centred as the wheel turns, or whether we will get sick and dizzy by jumping about and reacting to every upward-swing and every downward-dive. Things are changing a lot right now and it’s important not to get too caught up in reacting to those changes. Stay centred and grounded. The Strength card provides the opportunity for managing those changes in ways that will optimise our growth and spiritual alignment. Courage and confidence will carry you a long way in managing the ups and downs over the coming days. When you feel flustered, take the time to remind yourself that you don’t need to fear change if you don’t allow external changes to define your inner reality. If you find yourself getting caught up in the confusion, remind yourself of how you’ve managed to face, navigate and process change in the past. You have no reason to doubt yourself now! The potential pitfalls we may face come in the form of the 6 of Swords. This is a card of healing and of transition from a place of turbulence and emotional upset or trauma, into a place of peace, calmness and spiritual awakening. It’s a very positive card but not always an easy process because healing sometimes means facing reality and dealing with it. Avoiding problems is our potential pitfall over the next few days. Your healing journey isn’t an escape from your past – it’s your path to integrating your past with love and compassion. If you’ve had a habit of resisting change, now may be the time to focus on healing. I like this! It resonates strongly with me and the work I have planned over the coming days! I’ll see you back here again soon X Have a beautiful day! 1st May 2021…Welcome to a new month! The 1st of May is the official birthday of Mayastar Academy! And this year marks our 17th birthday. My work through Mayastar is a huge part of my spiritual journey; teaching and passing on empowerments and attunements to others is sacred work and it’s my honour an privilege to be able to share my spiritual gifts with others through my work. You might say I’ve touched a lot of lives and brought a lot of magick to people through Mayastar; but I would say, a lot of lives have touched mine and brought a lot of magick into my life through Mayastar! Thank you everyone! Those who have purchased my courses, spells, empowerments and readings have all contributed to making Mayastar what it is today and I’m overflowing with gratitude. I’ve chosen The Spiral Tarot by Kay Steventon for today’s musings…this is a playing-card sized deck which makes it a handy one for carrying around – and a pleasure to shuffle! The imagery is evocative and quite traditional – but the cards feature a lot of Victorian characters, mixed with more medieval or fantastical portrayals which gives it a real dream-like quality. The Princess of Pentacles is surrounded by daffodils and flowers. She looks up, beyond the golden pentacle in her hand as if speculating about its potential. Her expression is serious but hopeful and gives a feeling of planning and strategizing. There could be a change in your work this week. Have you applied for a new job? Have you started a new profitable hobby? Or, are you thinking about doing that? It is time to put your plans into action. Reflecting on your past successes will help you to find motivation and greater confidence. The Hanged Man indicates some level of reticence that you need to overcome. Blocks to your success in business and financial areas come from past experiences. It’s going to be a challenge for you to get out of your own way on this one! You may need to do some soul-searching and consider your motivation deeply. For example, are you aiming to make more money in order to feel more secure, but blocking yourself because in the past, security has meant letting someone else call the shots? Do you associate success with a negative experience? Do you have limiting beliefs about wealth that may block you from succeeding in your work or business? There’s some kind of inner conflict that’s perpetuating your procrastination! It’s time to deal with it and the final card gives us an idea of how… The 8 of Swords depicts a woman, blindfolded and loosely bound, standing among 8 swords. It gives the impression of limitation and restriction. But the clue to the solution is in the detail. She is so loosely bound, she could easily remove that blindfold, see that those apparent obstacles are not obstacles at all. She may feel hemmed in and trapped, but that reality exists only in her mind. The limitations of her beliefs could keep her blindfolded and blocked. But equally, she could solve this problem, by looking up, like the Princess of Pentacles! The energy of this reading really reminded me of the iconic speech by Charlie Chaplin in “The Great Dictator”. I actually had a video of it on the home page of this website before I redeveloped it! I may have to add it again sometime. But I’ll quote from it here: “Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting – the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality. The soul of man has been given wings – and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow – into the light of hope – into the future, that glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up!” XXX I wish you all a blessed and bountiful week! April 2021 Musings... March 2021 Musings...
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May 2021 Musings... 12th May 2021…Getting into my stride after a relaxing weekend. The Dolphin Rainbow Chakra Healing energies have been really inspirational – you may notice it reflected in my artwork if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook! I need to update the gallery page soon so you can follow my journey through the astral realm! As the “Great Unlocking” continues in the UK, I’m planning some magickal intensives as well as personal rituals over the coming months. If you want to stay informed of any special offers or special ritual options, make sure you’re on the Mayastar Mailing List. I only accept mailing list members through email exchange so if you wish to join, please email me and I’ll be happy to add you! Today’s reading is from the Queen Alice Tarot by Dame Darcy. She’s most famous for her Mermaid Tarot – which is a favourite of mine! The Queen Alice Tarot is equally evocative and rich. Sadly, I don’t reach for it very often because it has a high- gloss finish and I really don’t enjoy glossy decks! Let’s explore… The key energy this week is reflected in the 9 of Wands card. This card conveys a feeling of being battle-weary. Have you been butting heads with people lately? Has your frustration or fear found expression in ways that make you feel unempowered or weak? It’s time to assess the reality of the situation because you’re getting carried away! Consider how resourceful you are. You’ve been through difficulties before and you’ve triumphed. When you feel afraid or fragile, bring your attention back to your strengths. If you find yourself around people that espouse their limitations and invest a lot of energy into their problems, it may be time to increase your energetic protection so you don’t inadvertently take on their issues! Dark Moon Mother Protection, Light Sanctuary Activation and Archangel Michael’s Sapphire Flame would all be great energies to strengthen your energetic integrity. But if you’re not currently working with these energies, the Grounding Visualisation exercise will help you increase your natural grounding! The Ace of Wands indicates that there are great opportunities for us in the next few days; but only if we manage the more challenging aspects of the energy at play. There are opportunities for personal growth, creative expression and transformative healing. But you need to be prepared to take your place in the driving seat of your life if you want to tap into this current. You need to stop worrying what other people think! The final card is The Sun and because this is such a positive card, it reminds us that we have the power to choose how we respond to the world around us. If we react to it, we are living unconsciously but if we bring our awareness to each moment and evaluate it dispassionately, fairly and with love, we can find new solutions. Fear, anxiety and feelings tied up with trauma, shame or guilt have a tendency to make us jump at shadows. Fear or worry may have you shielding your face from reality with your hands over your eyes; it’s time to open your eyes and recognise the divine light shining through! In summary, you may feel a little tied up with fear, conflict and low self-esteem right now. But if you can focus on those areas and remind yourself of your strength and skill, success in all areas is assured! Protect yourself from toxic people and negative energies through grounding or energy healing as you may be more sensitive than usual now. I wish you a beautiful day and look forward to seeing you again for more musings X 8th May 2021…I’ve established a new routine in recent months, and it means attunements are set up within 48 hours for students. I wasn’t sure if this would be something that would work long- term but now I’m confident that it will! I do 1 to 3 sessions for setting up attunements each day – and because that’s scheduled work, I prioritise it and work other parts of my day around it. But I still have a lot of flexibility because depending on the number of attunements I have to set up, I can schedule the work for morning, afternoon or evening (or all 3 if someone’s taking a personalised package!). I like being super- organised. Once I’ve established a routine, I don’t have to think about it and that saves me a lot of time! With that little update out of the way, let’s turn to tarot and see what guidance comes through today… I’ve chosen the Book of Shadows “As Above” deck for today’s message. This deck includes a lot of imagery from the Wiccan tradition and adds a valuable layer of new meaning to the traditional cards. The main energy moving and motivating us for the next few days is the 2 of Pentacles; this card speaks of the need to be adaptable and to balance our activities over the coming days. The suit of pentacles tells us that the things we need to juggle effectively are connected with practicalities. Perhaps money, work or studies. Are you too focused on your work at the moment? Have you neglected yourself? Have you been eating properly and tending to your physical needs? Perhaps its time for you to put down your work and go for a walk instead. The cards recommend us to find a better balance because that’s how we’ll optimise the possibilities this week. The second card tells us what we can focus on to enhance our gains if we connect with the energy of the first card. This is an unusual card though. Traditionally, it’s the 3 of Swords (don’t run away! It’s not always scary!). It has a reputation for being the card of heartbreak, sadness or grief. It can reflect trauma and the limiting beliefs and habits that come from unhealed trauma. But in this deck, there’s a greater focus on the intuitive skills that often come to those who have experienced trauma, abuse or loss. This may be in the form of questioning our motivations this week. Do you have a tendency to make yourself too busy for your own good? It’s time to balance your activities and you’ll do this most successfully if you look at the thoughts and feelings that motivate your actions. Look at the skills you’ve learnt in the past to find a new way to approach the task of creating healthy balance in your day. The card that reflects the challenge to successfully managing our activities with adaptability is the 7 of Wands. This card represents Uranus in this deck. Uranus can be an initiating energy; it speaks of doing things differently and learning from difficulty. In its shadow aspect this card can indicate a failure to learn from past mistakes and in the context of this reading, it recommends us to tap into strength we’ve gained through struggle in the past, thereby reinforcing the message of the second card. Answers to an imbalance in your life can be found in your past experiences & the skills you developed to overcome challenges. I think if I had to summarise these energies I’d say, it’s time for you to innovate. You’ve got a lot on your plate right now and doing things the old way won’t cut it! Look back and see what you’ve learned in the past that will serve you now. Appreciate how far you’ve come and how much you’ve grown. You’ve got all the skills you need to handle this – you just need to slow down and adjust. These cards certainly tell it like it is! Keep up the good work and keep shining like the stars you are! Come back soon for more mystical musings. X 5th May 2021…I've been enjoying the empty days I outlined for myself after the Beltane Portal Intensive. Allowing time and space to ground and integrate new energies & magickal experiences is vital to our spiritual growth. If we don't make time for processing the mystical experiences, we can end up gaining experience but not gaining the wisdom of integrating them. On down-time-days, I write and make art. I set up attunements and.perform spells for clients. But I always ensure several hours of the day are scheduled for doing nothing at all! Today I started my Dolphin Medicine Intensive! The playful energy of dolphins puts me in mind of the 6 of Cups - inner-child work and creativity. I will be working with Dolphin Rainbow Chakra Healing System each morning to set me up for the day. This particular energy vibration aligns me with the energy of the Moon, and the rune Inguz. This rune is named after the God Frey (“Ingvi- Frey), brother of the Goddess Freya and connected with nature and fertility. So, all in all, some serious and sumptuous self-care is in order and I’ve allocated my morning rituals to align deeply with these energies. I'm drawing from the Paulina Tarot today. Paulina Cassidy’s artwork is fantastical, delicate and evocative. I absolutely love it and all of her decks are ones I reach for in the summer months. They just have a summery feel for me! Let's see what the cards reveal... The primary influence for the next few days is the energy of The Wheel of Fortune. This card is about change. Change is inevitable and essential for growth, healing and development. But the way we process change determines whether we will find balance by staying centred as the wheel turns, or whether we will get sick and dizzy by jumping about and reacting to every upward-swing and every downward-dive. Things are changing a lot right now and it’s important not to get too caught up in reacting to those changes. Stay centred and grounded. The Strength card provides the opportunity for managing those changes in ways that will optimise our growth and spiritual alignment. Courage and confidence will carry you a long way in managing the ups and downs over the coming days. When you feel flustered, take the time to remind yourself that you don’t need to fear change if you don’t allow external changes to define your inner reality. If you find yourself getting caught up in the confusion, remind yourself of how you’ve managed to face, navigate and process change in the past. You have no reason to doubt yourself now! The potential pitfalls we may face come in the form of the 6 of Swords. This is a card of healing and of transition from a place of turbulence and emotional upset or trauma, into a place of peace, calmness and spiritual awakening. It’s a very positive card but not always an easy process because healing sometimes means facing reality and dealing with it. Avoiding problems is our potential pitfall over the next few days. Your healing journey isn’t an escape from your past – it’s your path to integrating your past with love and compassion. If you’ve had a habit of resisting change, now may be the time to focus on healing. I like this! It resonates strongly with me and the work I have planned over the coming days! I’ll see you back here again soon X Have a beautiful day! 1st May 2021…Welcome to a new month! The 1st of May is the official birthday of Mayastar Academy! And this year marks our 17th birthday. My work through Mayastar is a huge part of my spiritual journey; teaching and passing on empowerments and attunements to others is sacred work and it’s my honour an privilege to be able to share my spiritual gifts with others through my work. You might say I’ve touched a lot of lives and brought a lot of magick to people through Mayastar; but I would say, a lot of lives have touched mine and brought a lot of magick into my life through Mayastar! Thank you everyone! Those who have purchased my courses, spells, empowerments and readings have all contributed to making Mayastar what it is today and I’m overflowing with gratitude. I’ve chosen The Spiral Tarot by Kay Steventon for today’s musings…this is a playing-card sized deck which makes it a handy one for carrying around – and a pleasure to shuffle! The imagery is evocative and quite traditional – but the cards feature a lot of Victorian characters, mixed with more medieval or fantastical portrayals which gives it a real dream-like quality. The Princess of Pentacles is surrounded by daffodils and flowers. She looks up, beyond the golden pentacle in her hand as if speculating about its potential. Her expression is serious but hopeful and gives a feeling of planning and strategizing. There could be a change in your work this week. Have you applied for a new job? Have you started a new profitable hobby? Or, are you thinking about doing that? It is time to put your plans into action. Reflecting on your past successes will help you to find motivation and greater confidence. The Hanged Man indicates some level of reticence that you need to overcome. Blocks to your success in business and financial areas come from past experiences. It’s going to be a challenge for you to get out of your own way on this one! You may need to do some soul-searching and consider your motivation deeply. For example, are you aiming to make more money in order to feel more secure, but blocking yourself because in the past, security has meant letting someone else call the shots? Do you associate success with a negative experience? Do you have limiting beliefs about wealth that may block you from succeeding in your work or business? There’s some kind of inner conflict that’s perpetuating your procrastination! It’s time to deal with it and the final card gives us an idea of how… The 8 of Swords depicts a woman, blindfolded and loosely bound, standing among 8 swords. It gives the impression of limitation and restriction. But the clue to the solution is in the detail. She is so loosely bound, she could easily remove that blindfold, see that those apparent obstacles are not obstacles at all. She may feel hemmed in and trapped, but that reality exists only in her mind. The limitations of her beliefs could keep her blindfolded and blocked. But equally, she could solve this problem, by looking up, like the Princess of Pentacles! The energy of this reading really reminded me of the iconic speech by Charlie Chaplin in “The Great Dictator”. I actually had a video of it on the home page of this website before I redeveloped it! I may have to add it again sometime. But I’ll quote from it here: “Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting – the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality. The soul of man has been given wings – and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow – into the light of hope – into the future, that glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up!” XXX I wish you all a blessed and bountiful week! April 2021 Musings... March 2021 Musings...