is for oracles
I believe in the oracular nature of our world – that there is guidance and support available to us in each moment, and that our lives are filled with signs of this. Signs everywhere. We only need to look and listen and open our hearts. This to me is the magic, the fun, the joy – looking for the connections, acting on the inspirations, opening to the deeper mysteries our conscious brains can’t quite wrap themselves around.
Last night I had a dream about butterflies – a lovely group of butterflies. Which by the way is called a kaleidoscope – isn’t that utterly marvelous?! A kaleidoscope of butterflies! This beautiful gathering of butterflies were in all different colors and patterns, and as more people gathered to see this delightful sight, it turned out that each butterfly chose a person’s head to land on. It was amazing and fun and utterly joyous. And the fun thing was the understanding, in the way that you can understand things in dreams that don’t make awake sense, it was so clear why each butterfly chose their particular person. By looking at the butterfly it was easy to see those characteristics they represented with their colors, their patterns, their energies reflected in the chosen person. So it was like each person now had a symbol that everyone else could see and interpret. It was one of those whoa-this-is-big-and-ultra-exciting-and-I-recognize-this-is-a-remembering kinds of moments that are just too great to hold in the sleep state and so is the way with such states of excitement, I popped myself out of the dream and into wakefulness.
But what a wonderful dream! And so rich with image and metaphor and bigness and beauty that I’ll be unpacking it for a long time, treasuring it deeply and being forever grateful.
Every morning one of the first things I do as I start my day is tune into my higher self and my guides and see what flower essence will be a delicious fit for me that day. And so it wasn’t really unexpected, but still delightful, that today’s choice was an orchid essence from Living Trees called Laughing Butterflies. It’s a very light-hearted, playful essence, and of course has me laughing in delight. I’m quite a fan of the orchid essences from Living Tree and especially love that the maker of these essences has such a deep and loving relationship with the orchids as evidenced by the wonderful photographs he’s able to take of them. Here’s a picture of the Laelia anceps orchid from which this essence was created. And so today I’m particularly grateful for this essence and all the magic surrounding it.
And it seems a perfect segue into talking about an oracle deck that I like – Teresa Deak’s Gratitude Tarot. Teresa calls herself a Butterfly Shaman – she’s a photographer who created this deck because it was such a spiritual experience for her dancing with beauty and gratitude as she photographed nature. You can take a peek at the cards and read more about them and her here. There is an app available of the deck and that’s how I like interacting with it.
Now what about you? What color butterfly do you imagine you might be? Had any wonderful dreams lately? Have an oracle or tarot deck you’re particularly enjoying in the moment? What has today brought you that you’re grateful for? Do tell – you know I love to hear.