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Weekly Forecast - Monday September 24th

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Monday 9/24 - Have you been operating from a place of tunnel vision? Are you so focused on what you feel you need to achieve that you’ve lost sight of your place in the bigger picture? Buffalo in the reversed position indicates that it’s time for you to soften into a more receptive place and open your heart to receive that abundance that already envelopes you. Today happens to be a full moon as well so it’s the perfect time to loosen your grip and let go of anything that is holding you back from living in true alignment with yourself and with Spirit.

Tuesday 9/25 - Antelope in the reversed position echoes the messages of Buffalo and asks you to reconnect with your heart center in order to understand what the next right step is. Get clear, not only about what your desires are, but also what’s underneath them. When you move through the world with honest and kind energy (the combo is the key!), those around you will be inspired to support your cause.

Wednesday 9/26 - Whale medicine is all about primordial memory, collective consciousness, and universal wisdom. Today is most definitely a day to trust your gut, that deep inner knowing that can serve as your most powerful compass and guide in the life. If you don’t feel strongly connected to your intuitive abilities (we all have them; it’s just a matter of cultivating your gifts), take some time today to tune into your senses of smell, sight, sound, touch, and hearing. Practice exploring them, one at a time, and you might just begin to notice signals and synchronicities that have been trying to present themselves to you.

Thursday 9/27 - When Raccoon shows up in the reversed position, it’s usually a sign that we need to practice more compassion and generosity, especially with ourselves. If you’ve been in a funk or have run yourself ragged taking care of others, it’s time to let the flow of energy circle back around to you. If there are people around you who are offering to support you in some way, allow yourself to receive! If you don’t have people in your life who can show up for you at the moment, take some for yourself to recharge in whatever way is most nourishing to you.

Friday 9/28 - Spider reversed can have a number of meanings, but on the heels of the Autumnal Equinox, the message coming through seems to be one about balance with regard to masculine and feminine energy. Almost everyone carries both masculine and feminine qualities (not to be confused with be male/manly or female/girlie). The masculine embodies discipline, guidance, responsiveness, decisiveness, and stability. The feminine embodies expressiveness, playfulness, intuition, creativity, surrender, and flexibility. Most of us have a tendency to lean more towards one side of the spectrum or the other and today, Spider encourages us to look within and ask ourselves how we might create more balance in the energies that we embody.

Saturday 9/29 - Hummingbird is  the messenger of joy and when she shows up in the reversed position, she’s letting us know that we have been blocking our connection with the things that light us up and bring us true happiness and fulfillment. Simplify your life. Remember what made you smile and laugh as a child. Focus on simple pleasures like sunlight on your skin, the breeze in your hair, or the taste of a delicious meal. It is only when we have nourished our own spirit that we can take our work out into the world to serve others.

Sunday 9/30 - Weasel reversed says one thing loud and clear: BE HONEST. With yourself. With others. And while you’re at it, tune into your Spidey senses and ask yourself how you feel around others. Are there people in your life who leave you feeling confused or spun around? If so, it might be time to give yourself a little space from those relationships so that you can reconnect with your own center, feel into your truth, and then live it through your words and actions.

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Weekly Forecast - Monday September 17th

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Monday 9/17 - This week kicks off with a message from Spider telling us it’s time to exercise our gifts of creative expression. Whether it’s through movement, visual arts, vocal work, or writing, be sure to take some time today to allow yourself to open up to the channel of Divine inspiration. Use your creativity to release something that you no longer wish to carry or to spread an empowering message. Your gifts are not random, but are intricately linked to your purpose during your time on earth.

Tuesday 9/18 - Have you been feeling frozen in place? Rabbit in the reversed position indicates that it might be a good time to pause and analyze your situation before making any moves. To avoid getting caught up in fear traps, take a little bit of a time out today to soothe your nervous system so you can get a clear perspective and choose your next course of action from a calm and centered place.

Wednesday 9/19 - When Crow shows up reversed, the message is about living in integrity and doing what is right, not because we ‘should’, but because we are living from a place of harmony within ourselves and with all of creation. Ask yourself today what shifts you might make to allow your presence to be one that uplifts the energy of any space you grace while still being true to your own heart.

Thursday 9/20 - Today, Skunk appears in the reversed position to remind us to be mindful of what kind of energy we are putting out in the world and how it impacts other’s perceptions of us before we even open our mouths. Have people been responding to you in ways that leave you feeling confused or misunderstood? If so, it might be time to reflect on how you’re showing up and if some simple shifts in how you speak or carry yourself might pave the way for more authentic and enjoyable interactions going forward.

Friday 9/21 - Toward the end of the week, Beaver in the reversed position indicates that you may be experiencing a block in your creative or professional flow. Have you lost interest in the work that you do? Are you paralyzed by perfectionism? Or are you simply just burnt out? Allow the medicine of Beaver to help you find the source of your energy leak and then make the appropriate repairs or adjustments necessary so that you can continue to share your unique creative gifts with the world.

Saturday 9/22 - Snake slithers in today to share its medicine of transmutation with you. This is well-timed on the heels of Beaver because Snake medicine supports shifts in consciousness, physical states, and spiritual growth. What are you ready to shed? Who do you want to become? Today’s the day to allow the new you to emerge.

Sunday 9/23 - As we close out the weekend, Moose medicine comes into play and helps us integrate the pride and self worth that comes from acknowledging your strengths, gifts, and innate value. There’s nothing arrogant about loving yourself and in fact, deeply rooted self esteem allows for a grounded self confidence that is incredibly magnetic. Love yourself up today and celebrate the unique presence that only you bring to this world.

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Weekly Forecast - Monday September 10th

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Monday 9/10 - At the beginning of this new week, Grouse reversed is letting us know that we must first ground our own energy before we can direct it effectively towards the manifestation of our hopes and dreams. This makes perfect sense as we continue to navigate the energies of an earthy new moon in Virgo for the next day or so. Take some time out today to dance, walk, spend time out in nature, and if you can, get your feet directly on the earth. Once you are reconnected to your center and to Source energy, you will be much more able to call in the opportunities and shifts you’ve been seeking, and more ready to navigate them gracefully from a place of alignment as well.

Tuesday 9/11 - As we head into Tuesday, Deer reversed beckons us to approach our inner world and feelings with compassion, particularly with regard to fear. Fear is not something to be shoved down or run from. Avoidance only pushes those parts of our experience into our Shadow where it festers and manifests as shame, projections, or judgment. Instead, work on cultivating a radical acceptance of yourself, the parts the are easy to celebrate, as well as the ones that you may not be so quick to embrace. Explore your fears with curiosity and offer yourself the loving encouragement you would give to a small child. No matter how many years we’ve walked upon the earth, we all need a little tenderness and support from time to time. And the kinder and more gentle we are with ourselves, the more able we are to share those qualities with those around us.

Wednesday 9/12 - When Skunk scampers into the cards, you know it’s time to share your unique essence with the world. No more sliding by unnoticed or muting your frequency. Allow who you truly are to shine through so that you not only attract in the things that are most in alignment for you, but also repel all that truly isn’t. Skunk medicine is powerful medicine and can clear pathways of obstacles if harnessed and channelled properly. Just make sure that you’re intentional about the energy you emit and be prepared to back it up with action when the time is right.

Thursday 9/13 - Today, Porcupine is giving us a playful reminder to stay open-hearted and curious. When was the last time you allowed yourself to be filled with wonder and pure joy? As children, we are receptive to all of the magic and beauty of this world, but as we move into adulthood, we often begin to close ourselves off by developing tunnel vision towards goals or putting up armor around our hearts. Allow yourself to drop back into that innocent state that once came so naturally to you and you might be surprised by the abundance that flows your way.

Friday 9/14 - As we move into the weekend, Swan invites us to surrender into the flow of life and let go of any need to control. This doesn’t mean to move through life with no sense of will or agency, but involves an active acceptance of the highs and the lows that we all navigate over the course of our days. When we stop resisting our own experiences and take the path of equanimity, we tap into the universal heartbeat, our connection to source, our creativity, and our intuition.

Saturday 9/15 - When Bat is found hanging upside down in the cards, it’s generally a sign that you’ve been stalling your own growth or transformation. Have you been so busy clinging to an old way of being that you’re not able to welcome in change? Life will push us towards our destinies no matter how hard we fight it. Make it easier on yourself and step willingly into the path that you know is meant for you.

Sunday 9/16 - Dog medicine is that of loyalty but when Dog appears in the reversed position, it usually indicates that you may need to look at whether or not you’ve been true to yourself and to those you care about. Have you been struggling to be the kind of friend you wish to be in relationships with others? Have you been unkind or not trustworthy towards yourself? If so, today’s the day to recommit to showing up as your most honest, loving, and dependable self. Both in relationship with yourself and with others, you only get what you give.

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Weekly Forecast - Monday September 3rd

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Monday 9/3 - This Monday, Raven helps us kicks things off with a bit of magic and as we move towards a new moon in Virgo on the 9th, it’s the perfect time to use infuse your words and practices with extra intention. Just make sure that you are very clear about what you desire, because you might just get whatever it is that you call in today.

Tuesday 9/4 - Speaking of falling under spells, you may want to exercise a little extra caution and discernment today as Coyote reversed indicates that a trickster may be in your midst. It might even be you! Have you been getting in your own way, tripping over games you’ve laid out, or finding yourself lost in mazes in your mind? If so, the first step is to laugh at yourself lovingly and then consider if there are other approaches that might better serve you.

Wednesday 9/5 - Have you been pushing yourself too hard and burning the candle at both ends? Prairie Dog reversed is letting you know that it’s time to take a break and some much needed rest. In our work hard, play harder culture, true restoration may seem like a frivolous luxury but, unless you want to run yourself right into the ground, it’s absolutely vital right now. See if you can carve out even a little bit of time today to do something truly relaxing and nourishing. If you can spend the whole day doing things that feed your soul, even better!

Thursday 9/6 - Now that you’ve had a little time to recharge, Antelope is here to help you spring back into action. But this isn’t about doing things just to busy yourself. It’s about efforts that are aligned with your higher purpose. What is most important to you? What legacy do you wish to create during your time on the earth? When you can answer those questions, you’ll know what the next right steps are.

Friday 9/7 - When Porcupine shows up with it’s belly up, it’s an indicator that you’ve become to guarded. You can’t receive with a closed fist, so open up and allow love to flow into your life. It’s true that vulnerability and intimacy can be scary, but they pave the way for some of the greatest gifts of life, so dig deep, call on the courage inside your heart, and take a chance today.

Saturday 9/8 - On Saturday, Jaguar slinks in reminding us of the importance of integrity. This is not to be mistaken for self-righteousness or perfectionism, but is simply a consistent commitment to walking your talk and living from a place of humility, kindness, compassion, and honesty. Spend a little time today connecting with your deepest values and redefining how you can make your life an active expression of those qualities.

Sunday 9/9 - As we enter new moon time, Dragonfly swoops in to let us know that shifts are in the air. As dynamic, ever-evolving beings, we are constantly in a state of transformation and where that process leads depends greatly on how intentionally we approach our lives. Harness the manifestation power of the new moon and the medicine of Dragonfly today to get clear about what shifts you would like to create in your life. If you can spend some time in ritual, whether that’s journaling about your visions, meditating, or simply connecting with the earth, definitely do so today. The whole universe is conspiring to support your dreams today, so take advantage of this potent time!

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Weekly Forecast - Monday August 27th

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Monday 8/27 - This week starts off with beautiful manna energy from the Dolphin. Take time to really tune into your sensual experiences and celebrate the beautiful gift of your own life. Allow yourself to open up to a deeper connection with Source energy, either through time spent in nature or a breath meditation, and you may even receive insights or wisdoms today. 

Tuesday 8/28 - With Fox popping up, you might want to consider dropping out of the spotlight and allowing yourself to blend in or go unnoticed today. Particularly if you've been unsure about relationship or work matters recently, take this as an opportunity to observe quietly and gather information that will help you determine your next course of action. Once you’ve had time to assess the situation from a place of stillness, you’ll be able to move quickly and decisively.

Wednesday 8/29 - If you have been pushing, pushing, pushing lately and are starting to feel worn down, then it’s time to connect with the medicine of Prairie Dog and retreat. Whether that means unplugging from work and taking a much-needed personal day to really immerse yourself in self care practices or backing off of a conflict you’ve been entangled in to allow the tension to settle and perhaps even a resolution to arise naturally. Sometimes less is more and today is definitely a day to subscribe to that motto.

Thursday 8/30 - When Jaguar shows up in the reversed position, it’s generally a sign that you may want to do a little personal inventory to determine how well your actions are aligned with your values. If you notice that you’ve compromised your own integrity by acting in ways that harm yourself or others, right your wrongs by making sincere amends and committing to showing up with with an honest and pure heart in all that you do.

Friday 8/31 - As the week comes to close, Antelope  in the reversed position guides us to take action. Where have you been procrastinating in your life? What have you been avoiding addressing? Have you been giving your power away? If so, it’s time to take charge of your life once again. What can you tackle today that will help you release any feelings of helplessness and step into a sense of empowerment? No more stalling--it's time to just do it!

Saturday 9/1 - What better day than a Saturday to reconnect with your inner child's natural innocence, open heartedness, curiosity, and joyfulness. Porcupine medicine reminds us to drop the armor we have gathered around us over the years and to allow softness and vulnerability to lead. This medicine is not to be confused for weakness, but is in fact one of the strongest and most courageous ways of meeting the world.

Sunday 9/2 - On Sunday, Grouse joins us and reminds us to make our every move a celebration of the truly miraculous circumstances that have led us to find ourselves here, at this moment in time, on this very special blue planet. If you have the opportunity to spend some time in moving meditation today, take it! Whether that means dancing, walking, running, practicing tai chi or some other form of movement that helps you connect to the universal pulse that beats through all living things, make sure that you allow yourself to be fully embodied and present to the magic of your own existence. It's a surefire way to end the weekend on a nourishing note that will leave you energized and inspired for the new week ahead.

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Weekly Forecast - Monday August 20th

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Monday 8/20 - The first day of this new week is ushered in with the medicine of Horse, which is that of power, but not hollow power, true power. True power comes from wisdom, groundedness, clarity, and a deep connection to the center of peace that lives within us all. When you carry yourself with these qualities, you will call in wondrous opportunities to share your gifts with the world and find the fulfillment and joy that you’ve been craving.

Tuesday 8/21 - Horse is followed by Jaguar, another guide for how best to move through this life journey. Jaguar reminds us of the importance of integrity and ensuring that our actions are aligned with our values and principles. Are you walking your talk? If not, it’s time to do so. If you’re not sure or Jaguar’s presence makes you uneasy, it might be time to sit in stillness and go inward to reconnect with your inner compass for how you wish to show up in this world and then follow its guidance.

Wednesday 8/22 - Alligator floats into the picture on Wednesday encouraging us to take in everything that is going on around us before reacting. Notice what you see on the surface, but be sure to look deeper as well in order to truly understand all sides of a situation. There may be more than meets the eye at first glance. Take time to digest what you find, and only make a decision or take action once you feel certain that you’ve been able to see all sides.

Thursday 8/23 - When Bat shows up in the reversed position, it is a clear sign that you might be resisting the natural cycles of your life and stunting your own growth. Are you so afraid of the loss of who you have been that you are not allowing yourself to become who you are meant to be? Remember, your evolution is part of the greater evolution of humanity and impacts not just your life, but all life. Can you find the courage to let go of what is known and familiar to step into your destiny?

Friday 8/24 - If you’re still struggling with getting Bat turned right side up, you may be in need of some assistance and the medicine of Black Panther shows up just in time this Friday. Black Panther reminds us to embrace the unknown. This is the medicine of courage, trust, and surrender and each of us needs these gifts at some point in our lives. What do you need to do today to release your desire to control or know the outcome? How can you connect with a sense of faith, both in yourself and in the Universe?

Saturday 8/25 - On Saturday, Elk comes trotting into the cards to remind us of the importance of pace, and in particular, of not moving through life at such a fast clip that we wear ourselves out. The secret to stamina and achieving goals is a moderate but steady pace in which you are consistently moving towards where you wish to be. Take time today to check in with your energy levels and if you are feeling depleted or run down, figure out what you need to adjust in order to stay in the game for the long haul.

Sunday 8/19 - On Sunday we are graced with the medicine of Whale, which sings to us and encourages us to find and share our own unique voice. Do you have a message to share that you’ve been keeping to yourself? Have you felt a block around speaking your truth? Don’t underestimate the power of sound frequencies. Vocalization can be incredibly healing whether that is through song, toning, or simply saying something that has been trapped in your throat.

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Weekly Forecast - Monday August 13th

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Monday 8/13 - At the beginning of this new week, we are graced with the medicine of Dragonfly, which is all about illusions and changing form. Where in your life have you been putting up a facade instead of sharing your truest self? Are you feeling called to make shifts that allow you to be more authentic, more integrated, and more deeply connected to your inner wisdom and that of nature? These are the questions to ask yourself today.

Tuesday 8/14 - Squirrel medicine is that of gathering and preparedness, but when Squirrel shows up in reverse, it’s usually a sign that this energy has become extreme, often in the form of hoarding or scarcity-oriented thinking. It could also mean that you’ve lost focus and have become erratic. Take time today to ground your energy through stillness practices or time communing with nature, ideally barefoot. Take stock of all the abundance that is already present in your life and plant seeds for things you’d like to see manifest in the season ahead.

Wednesday 8/15 - Deer in the reversed position indicates that fear may be running the show, causing you to project negativity onto others or close yourself off completely. Deer reminds us to always return to Love so that fear may fall away. This may mean to be more compassionate with yourself as you explore fears that you’ve held inside or it may mean to connect more deeply with a universal sense of Love in order to navigate circumstances that trigger worry or a desire to control.

Thursday 8/16 - Beaver is the ultimate builder of the animal kingdom but when he shows up in reverse it can often be a sign that struggles with productivity and motivation are coming up. Get to the root of the issue. Are you feeling overwhelmed? If so, break down a large project into smaller tasks and create a list of what needs to happen first so you can begin to move through what you need to accomplish. If you’re still feeling resistance, it might be time to assess whether or not your heart is truly in your work, and if it isn’t, how you can either reignite your passion or begin carving out a new path for yourself.

Friday 8/17 - Turkey turning up in the reversed position echoes Tuesday’s message from Squirrel and asks us to examine our fears of lack. If you’ve been acting miserly with yourself or with others, it’s time to loosen your grip and remember that you can’t receive with a closed fist. Even if you don’t have material abundance to share, you can always be generous of spirit.

Saturday 8/18 - When Wolf trots into a spread in the reversed position, it is telling us that it is time to open our hearts and minds to receive new teachings and wisdom. These can come from sage friends, family, and community members, but also from new experiences that take us out of our comfort zone. Allow your perspective to be expanded by approaching life with a sense of curiosity and awe today.

Sunday 8/19 - Otter represents the medicine of femininity. She calls for all of us, no matter how you identify, to dive into the waters of intuition, receptivity, empathy, patience, creativity, and heart-centered connection. Take time today to cultivate these qualities in yourself and to celebrate them in others. Nature is always striving to find a balance of energies and in our fast-paced, masculine-driven world, it’s important to consciously make space for the beauty and unique wisdom of the feminine as well.

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Weekly Forecast - Monday August 6th

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Monday 8/6 - This week is starting off with Alligator medicine, and in the reversed position, this is an indicator that you’ll want to look below the surface of circumstances, words, and feelings today. Before making any decisions, tune into your intuition. Ask yourself what you might be missing at first glance. Consider the long term impacts of your choices. Taking time to integrate the wisdom you’ve gathered across your years with the insights you can draw from your present experience will be your best bet today no matter what comes your way.

Tuesday 8/7 - When Dog shows up in the reversed position, it is usually a sign that it is time to ask yourself where in your life have you been disloyal, particularly to yourself. When we live in ways that are not aligned with our truth, we build up insecurities and resentments. To free yourself from these energies you must find the courage to show up authentically and this always begins with being honest and compassionate with yourself.

Wednesday 8/8 - Beautiful Hawk is the messenger of the animal world and any time he shows up in the cards it’s definitely time to keep your eyes, ears, and heart open to receive guidance from Spirit. Messages can show up in all forms, from the words of strangers to unusual occurrences and synchronicities to feeling as if you are hearing someone speak to you in quiet moments when you’re alone. Listen closely. The messages may not make logical sense at first, but over time, their guidance will become clear.

Thursday 8/9 - The medicine of Armadillo is its strong, armor-like shell that protects it in times of danger, but all medicines can be abused and Armadillo in reverse signals a time to soften your defenses and allow yourself to be vulnerable. Remember, when you block out hurt and pain, you also block out love and pleasure. Healthy boundaries that are neither to soft nor too rigid will allow you to connect with yourself and others more deeply and find that balance between softness and strength.

Friday 8/10 - Bear reversed indicates that some time spent alone, reflecting on your own desires and goals is called for now. While it can be beneficial to seek the input of others occasionally, you are ultimately the only one who knows what is right and true for you. Take time to connect with your own inner knowing and honor its wisdom today.

Saturday 8/11 - Blue Heron follows Bear to encourage you to continue on the path of self reflection. It is through honest examination of our own essence and ways that we discover our true strengths, weaknesses, and destiny. The more intimately you know yourself, the more you will be able to show up in the world with a balanced and grounded sense of confidence that serve as a beacon for all of the opportunities that are meant especially for you.

Sunday 8/12 - Wild Boar is helping us close this week on a powerful note and encourages us to confront life head on! No more procrastinating or beating around the bush. No more hiding from your true feelings or sweeping them under the rug for the sake of others. Being open and direct can be one of the quickest ways to cut through drama and clear out any confusion. Be bold and face your fears so that you can move into the new week ahead free from nagging worries or doubt.

 

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Weekly Forecast - Monday July 30th

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Monday 7/30 - Wild Boar is all about radical honesty and confronting the truth with wide open eyes. This may mean looking your own demons in the eyes and calling them by name or it could also indicate that it’s time to speak your truth to someone in your life. If there’s something that needs to be said, but the other party is not available for a heartfelt discussion, either physically or emotionally, perhaps write a letter airing all of the thoughts and feelings that you have been holding and burn it to release the energy.

Tuesday 7/31 - When Raven swoops into your cards there’s bound to be magic afoot. You may notice patterns of synchronicity presenting themselves today or find that your intuitive abilities or state of consciousness is heightened today. This is an especially good day for intention setting, energy work, or taking extra time to connect deeply with Spirit.

Wednesday 8/1 - Jaguar Reversed indicates that it might be time to take a little inventory of how your actions are aligning with your values. Are there places where your integrity has been compromised? In the work you do? In how you’re showing up in relationships? In how you treat yourself? If so, acknowledge the issue, offer yourself some compassion and forgiveness, and do your best to bring your mind, body, and spirit back into true alignment.

Thursday 8/2 - Squirrel Medicine is all about gathering, preparation, and planning ahead. What can you do now to make your life a little easier for the upcoming weeks ahead. This could mean saving your energy or resources up in anticipation of a period of high output or doing a little bit of cleaning and streamlining in your inner and outer spaces so that you can meet life and any shifts that are headed your way with groundedness and clarity. Either way, a little work to prepare yourself for what’s ahead can go a long way today!

Friday 8/3 - While Raccoon may look like a little bandit, it happens to have a very strong natural tendency to be a protector and a provider for others, particularly for those who may be less fortunate. Are there people in your life who may need a little support? How might you be able to tap into your own sense of generosity? Are there places in your life where your cup is overflowing and you have the ability to share? These are the questions to ask yourself today.

Saturday 8/4 - It is certainly always interesting to see Turkey Reversed follow Raccoon as the turkey is all about generosity and the idea of “give away” and when it shows up in the reversed position, it usually means that there is some challenge around scarcity mindset and an inability to trust that there is enough for all. If you notice these feelings coming up today, ask yourself where the story is coming from. If you need support shifting this mindset, spending time in a gratitude practice can be a very powerful way to connect with the abundance in your own life.

Sunday 8/5 - Moose medicine is in order on this day which means it’s time to acknowledge your recent successes and allow yourself to be filled up with the joy and pride of your own accomplishments. In our achievement oriented society, it’s so easy to complete one thing and be on to the next before we’ve even had a chance to celebrate the milestone. But taking stock of where we’ve come and what we’ve learned along the way helps hone our wisdom as well as our sense of self worth, so today, take some time to love yourself up for all that you do.

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On Doing the Work, "Being a Good Ancestor", and the Gift of Layla Saad's 28-Day Challenge

If you asked me 10 years ago where I stood politically, I would have said that I preferred to stay out of politics. I would have told you that paying attention to the news was depressing and made some cynical statement about how nothing ever really changes anyway and left it at that.

I’m not sure I could pinpoint the exact moment that things shifted for me, but I certainly know that my sense of urgency around involving myself in social issues was massively heightened during the US presidential campaign of 2016, when I was confronted with more open bigotry, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, and other painfully hateful world views than I could have ever allowed myself to believe existed in our country than before. If there is any gift that has and will come out of this very dark period in our country’s history, it is that we are finally having the opportunity to see the truth of who we are and make conscious decisions about what we wish to do about that.

Over the past few years, I have felt compelled to seek out more education around social issues and to find ways to become more engaged around these issues. I’ll be honest and say that this process, even as minimally as I’ve stepped into it, is overwhelming. The problems feel so big and so numerous and the impulse to simply throw my hands up and walk away is real. But you can’t unknow things. And I’ve found myself being increasingly tailed by a shadow of guilt and shame that I know won’t be dissolved through intentional ignorance.

I won’t pretend that I’ve become an avid activist in the past few years. There are people out there doing big work, standing on the front lines, raising their voices and leaping into action in the name of shaping our world into a better place for all. These people are our modern day heroes and I admire them from the depths of my soul. They inspire me daily to become more engaged, to find my voice and the ways in which I can impact positive change. They inspire me to stay with the discomfort and do the work.

What “doing the work” looks like is going to be different for everyone based on who you are, what resources you have, and what unique gifts you bring to the table. For me, as a white woman from a privileged background whose career focuses on wellness and healing, the work right now is about educating myself and sharing what I learn with my circle of influence. It means listening and learning from people who are more deeply rooted in the work than I am and then putting my support behind their efforts. And it means taking a deep and honest inventory of the ways in which I contribute, intentionally or not, to the issues we are facing as a global community.

With the current political climate of the US, it is all but impossible to not see the deep sickness that runs through our society in the form of racism. While I have a rudimentary understanding of institutionalized racism throughout the world, and in particular in the US, there is so very much more for me to learn about the nuances of how this cancer impacts our nation and individuals on a daily basis and one of the voices that has been most helpful for me in my process of inquiry is that of Layla Saad, also known as @wildmysticwoman over on Instagram. Layla is a writer, speaker, and poet whose work focuses on spirituality, race, feminism, and leadership and the dynamics between these cultural phenomena. She is a strong, compassionate, and incredibly gifted leader, and if you’re interested in finding a space to begin to dig into your own relationship with these topics, I highly recommend checking out her work, which you can access from her Instagram profile, linked above.

Layla recently opened up an offering on her Instagram feed in the form of a 28-Day Challenge titled #MeAndWhiteSupremacy. You can  read more about the challenge and what it entails here, but it is essentially a free opportunity for anyone who benefits from White Privilege to examine and explore their relationship with White Supremacy and ultimately to grow, heal themselves, and heal our world as well.

It would be an understatement to say that this challenge was triggering for me from the first moment it showed up in my feed.

The very term “White Supremacy” makes my skin crawl. It brings up such a sense of shame that I don’t want to utter or write the words. But, as someone who has spent years doing deep personal healing work and exploring my own shadow, I know two things: 1) If you are being triggered, then you are coming in contact with something that is in need of healing. And 2) We cannot heal something if we can’t even name it or look at it head on.

My first instinct was to choose to do the challenge on my own, in a journal, instead of sharing my responses on her feed. The idea of having this conversation in a public forum truly terrified me (and still does, to be honest). I’m scared of saying the wrong thing or not doing it right. I’m scared of unintentionally causing pain or anger in others as a result of my own ignorance. I’m afraid of my own shame and the grief that comes with being confronted by ugly truths. I’m worried about how my own engagement will be perceived by those around me, especially in my professional and spiritual communities, where everyone can get down with “Love and Light”, but few really want to dig into the stickiness of Shadow.

For all of these reasons, it is deeply uncomfortable for me to speak about race as an issue (Layla actually addresses this very phenomenon of “White Silence” in today’s challenge prompt), but if I am going to choose to step into the work that I know is absolutely necessary for the healing of our society, then I am going to have to pay the price of my own discomfort. And weighed against the absolute atrocities that so many have experienced and continue to experience under institutionalized forms of oppression, I’d say that it’s a pretty nominal fee.

So here I am. Naming it. Committing to do the work, to go deeper and deeper as I uncover new layers, and to share it, as openly as I can, so that I can be what Layla refers to as a “good ancestor”, contributing in the ways that I can to a better world for all of us and our future generations. If you feel like you might be ready to step into this work as well, I would be honored to have you join me. Let’s have the conversations that matter. Let’s do more than just hope for change. Let’s be the ones to create it. Even if we do it imperfectly. We have to start somewhere, so let’s begin right here, right now.

**I would also like to make a note about the gift that Layla is offering through this challenge. The work she is sharing is deep work. She is creating an incredibly powerful container for growth and self-discovery and she has stated that she is doing this for free because she feels called to. She is setting aside time and energy to create and share an offering with the potential to create massive healing and, in the process, is no doubt navigating deep inner processes to be able to gracefully and compassionately hold a container for collective shadow work around an issue that impacts her in such a personal way. Yes, this work is confronting for me as a  white woman. Yes, it is challenging to show up for it. And yes, I am incredibly grateful to Layla for creating a space for me to look in the mirror in order to develop deeper awareness of how I show up and where I have room to grow and become more of the type of person I want to be. While Layla is offering this work for free, her work is absolutely worthy of financial compensation (and substantial compensation, at that--if you’ve ever worked with a coach, you know that this type of work is not cheap), so if you choose to participate in this challenge or follow her free offerings and feel that you have benefitted from them, please feel free to support her work through by making a donation to her Paypal or by purchasing a subscription to her Patreon account. It’s just one more way that we can put our money/actions/energy, where our mouths are and support the people who are on the front lines of the movement to create true, positive social change.

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