Today is a beautiful October day and I took some time outside to enjoy the sunshine. Autumn light isn’t the same as Summer light – it’s filtered and nuanced in such lovely ways, but it feels wonderful all the same. As I was soaking it in, I thought about how earlier this week, on the first really dark and gloomy day of this season, I wondered if it might serve me to investigate getting some full spectrum light. But today all thoughts of possible Seasonal Affective Disorder seem far away. In fact, I was thinking about all the wonderful demonstrations of love I have in my life, and how I wrap them around me like the treasures they are.
And thinking about treasures reminded me I have some to share in a little show-and-tell.
Let’s start with this card. I love artist Pamela Zagarenski and the greeting cards she creates with her line Sacred Bee.
I’m participating in a small group and Lion has shown up for our work together. It’s been fun seeing how Lion shows up for each of us, and this card really delights me. I love the message, which given my not-all-that-fabulous photography skills may be a bit hard to make out. But it’s a French proverb that says “To be loved is the best way of being useful.”
That just makes my heart so happy. Plus there are additional bonus happiness points in seeing all the bees flying around. You know how I feel about bees!
(And as an additional delightful surprise, when I went to her site to copy the link here, I discovered her front page now contains a reference to Ra’s tears and bees. I’m sure that wasn’t there before, but I love it’s affirmation of the reference I made here.)
The next treasure is a gift I just received from a dear friend – a beautiful art tile. Oh how I love Ravens and Crows and this gem really fills me with joyance. As does the archaic word joyance!
I’m also really enjoying the new deck by Lisa McLoughlin Tree Wisdom Cards. I’ve really loved working with her earlier deck Plant Ally cards and so when she announced this new deck I knew I had to check them out.
The back of each card contains a little blurb as well as the name of the tree she’s illustrated.
I’ve never met Mandy Steward but I know we’re kindreds because we like the same things – namely Secret Message Societies and zines. Subscribers to her monthly zine are in the running each month to receive a little 4”x4” original bit of art with a secret message. I was a lucky winner, and here’s the message.
That’s indeed what I’m feeling right now. Fabulous and magical isn’t it?
I hope you’ve had some sunshine to enjoy and been paying attention to what you love and what treasures are filling your life. And I hope each of you, my dear readers, knows you are useful because there’s no question that I love you. But now tell me, what secret message do you have to share? What proverb makes you smile? What oracle deck is capturing your fancy? You know I’d love to hear.