May has just flown by, hasn't it? I'm only now realising that the New Moon is nearly upon us again (coming up on the 29th), and I need to get thinking about setting my aspirations for June. When it comes to making plans and setting intentions, there's a lot of inspiration out there! These are a wonderful things I've been reading in the past week or so to feed my curiosity and fill my brain up with possibility for the weeks ahead.
My offline reading material this week has been Alice Walker's recent collection of essays, The Cushion in the Road. I'm not all that knowledgeable about Alice Walker's oeuvre, but I picked this up on a whim and found it to be exactly what I was looking for. Alice's tireless and compassionate witness of human crises and redemptions is inspiring, and her emphasis on the need for us all to return regularly to the cushion for more contemplation was a timely reminder for me.
I stumbled across a wonderful article by one of my favourite bloggers, Bri of Milagro Roots, about how to spiritually cleanse your space and your person. Her suggestions are wonderful if you're feeling some stale energy, and even better if you think there's actually some bad juju around. Along similar lines, her document on how to take a spiritual bath is not to be missed!
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of Musings on the Moon Card over at My Curious Cabinet. The Moon is one of my favourite cards, and its myriad interpretations are so fascinating. It's funny, too, that the responses to it in a reading range from deep attraction to fear and repulsion. The author follows some interesting threads, and I have to agree, the Cosmic Tarot truly does depict the crayfish to end all crayfish!
How great are these instructions for a New Moon Ritual Gathering over at MysticMamma.com? I'm a little disappointed that I've left it too late this month, but maybe I'll be able to get my mystical ladies together in time for the next new moon so we can connect with this important natural cycle, strengthen our bonds, and make some magic!
Finally, the courageous Hilary of Tarot by Hilary wrote a great post last week on how you just Can't Read for Everyone. It's a tough topic to tackle, but Hilary hits the nail on the head when she says that sometimes, the connection between reader and client just isn't there. As a business owner, it feels screwy to decline an order, but the fact is, sometimes saying yes when you're feeling no does more harm than good. As a metaphysical professional, I definitely agree that it is of better service to both client and reader to be honest about when the vibe isn't right. Hilary, thanks for writing so honestly and sticking to your guns on this tricky subject!
What have you been reading lately? I love a good tip! If you've find something intriguing and inspiring, let me know in the comments!
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