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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

6 days off=Happiness


We all need a break!

It's been sooooo long since I've had one.

Thank you Universe!

What will I do with myself?

All those things I always want to do, but then work usually gets in the way...that's what.

Here's some ideas:

Hang out at Malaprop's, drink coffee, blog, and look cool.

Create, create, create!

Stay up late, eat junk food, and watch horror movies.

Harvest the garden.

Catch up with friends.

Relax with my boyfriend.

Wander around aimlessly.


Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
 ~Amy
 The Spirit Dancer

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Oracle of the Week~Faery~The Faun

The Faun


Understanding the nature of Nature. 
Natural wisdom. Natural magic.

From the Faeries' Oracle by Brian Froud, text by Jessica MacBeth

The Faun sings, "Come dance with me!"
He frolics in the woods, plays in the meadow, 
and dances in the garden.

He teaches us to understand, appreciate, 
and express the part of ourselves that 
dances in the moonlight with the faeries, 
sings to the dawn stars with the birds, 
and hums with the blossoming flowers.

This is also the part of us that plants seeds with a loving pat that says, " Bless you and grow," 
and provides healing energy for doing just that.

No fuss, no bother, 
just intention and natural human magic.

Natural magic is simple.

We are all full of it-and the more 
we are true to our own nature, 
the more we have access to our own magic.

Spending time in our gardens, our parks, our forests, 
and open spaces helps us to reconnect, 
but so does growing herbs and flowers
 and scented geraniums in pots on our windowsills.

So does looking at the stars, observing the state of the sky, 
and listening to the wind.

It helps if we simple observe the natural processes 
and changes around us.

Life is about process, not stasis.

We constantly change.

It is futile to struggle against the flow of the universe,
 so we may as well dance with him.

The Faun says, "Dance with me, and it will all come right!"

And, do you know?

He's right.

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Reading:
Natural magic is happening.

When things flow almost effortlessly,
 that is a sign that natural magic is at work.

Enjoy it!

A very important part of natural magic is 
simply allowing the energy to flow through us.

This means both giving and receiving freely.

Let the energy flow-don't push it, 
don't try to control it, just dance with it.

Trust it.

And remember to 
keep returning to the source for inspiration 
and to keep your heart filled with light.
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Sounds like the perfect reading for my vacation this week!

I hope to be spending time in my garden 
and taking in all kinds of nature. 

I shall be dancing with the Faun. 


Peace, Inspiration, & Love, 
 ~Amy 
 The Spirit Dancer

Monday, August 27, 2012

This Week in The Spirit Dancer




This Week in 
The Spirit Dancer

Reading: The Mists of Avalon

Listening to: My magical women mix filled with Wendy Rule, Stevie Nicks, Voices on the Verge, Enya, Moya Brennan, Sarah McLachlan, Delerium, etc.

Watching: Saving the last episode of Witchblade...

Thinking about: Manifesting a new life.

Learning: I want to paint everything. 

Doing: Plotting, planning, manifesting.

Pet Peeves: Topless anyone. Please put your shirt on!

Happy Thoughts: Cookout milkshakes, homemade pasta sauce, cuddle time, my muscle is almost healed, and I get some vacation time this week!

Best Quote: I am loved and protected by all that is divine and pure in the universe. 

Looking forward to: 6 days off from work!



Peace, Inspiration, & Love, 
 ~Amy 
 The Spirit Dancer

Friday, August 24, 2012

New Crafts~Waves of Inspirations

So...I started venturing into the world of mixed media art. 
What I've been doing is very similar to my cigar box purses, 
but on canvas.

I've been pulling ideas and experimenting with techniques from Kelly Rae Roberts book, "Taking Flight, Inspiration & Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings".


I'm really enjoying 
painting the backgrounds.


There is so much you can do with just paint, a spray bottle full of water, and paper towels!

I never knew. 

So here is my first go at this new exploration for me. 

I'm calling these "Waves of Inspiration".

I will be selling them at 
the Paris of the South Flea Market tomorrow. 












Peace, Inspiration, & Love, 
 ~Amy 
 The Spirit Dancer

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Faery Oracle~The Faery Who Was Kissed By The Pixies

The Faery Who Was Kissed By The Pixies



From The Faeries Oracle by Brian Froud.
Words by Jessica Macbeth.

Love given. Love received. 
Metaphorical open-heart surgery.

********************************
I chose The Faery Who Was Kissed By The Pixies 
back on October 29, 2011...
and here it is again.

I seem to understand what this card represents 
on a deeper level now.

This faery, Morna, is the Queen of Love. 
Her role is a heart surgeon. 
She uses the power of love to help us open our hearts 
when we have closed them out of fear, 
helping us to expand and 
become more of what we have the potential to be. 

Morna reminds us that it is important for us not to lose ourselves in others and let their desires become ours while losing sight of what we need for fulfillment in our own lives. 

We are all learning about love, and in the process of learning, we all act as teachers for each other. 

Ram Dass said,
 "The karma of relationships is 
the hardest karma there is."

"Believe it!" Morna advises.

This is true no matter what the relationship is.

But for all that, love in the purest sense is the 
fast track to self-realization and enlightenment. 

                  ********************************
Reading:

Love, sweet love! 
Accept it, burnish it up, add to it, and pass it on!

This card is all about love, and all types of love...
it encompasses all types of love and committed relationships.

The Faery Who Was Kissed by the Pixies is 
pure, unconditional love.

This is a time to open and heal your heart.

Open your heart.

Fill yourself with love.

Know that you are safe in doing so.

Remember, everything and everyone 
in Faery glows with its own light.
 So do we. 
Much of that light is the glow of love. 
Remembering that is important.




Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
The Spirit Dancer

Monday, August 20, 2012

This Week in The Spirit Dancer


This Week in 
The Spirit Dancer

Reading: Back to The Mists of Avalon...I'm so in love with this book.

Listening to: Muse station on Pandora, it is full of Muse (obviously), Radiohead, Silversun Pickups, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and all sorts of goodness. 

Watching: Haven't watched anything for days...probably take in some Srubs with Chris...need to finish Witchblade.

Thinking about: Painting. I want to paint everything I see. 

Learning: About painting and fun tricks you can do...with just water and paper towels. So simple and so cool. 

Doing: Painting.

Pet Peeves: ...

Happy Thoughts: Wine Book Club :) 

Best Quote: Kitty needs his catnip. 

Looking forward to: Wendy Rule concert on Friday! 
Her melodic magical voice resonates in my soul. 

This is Wendy and I the last time I saw her 
in Orlando, October of 2008. 
She is magic.




Peace, Inspiration, & Love, 
 ~Amy 
 The Spirit Dancer

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Oracle of the Week~Goddess~Sulis

Sulis

Illness/Wellness


By Amy Sophia Marashinsky
Illustrated by Hrana Janto


It is all one

being ill

being well

It is all energy

energy in constant motion

energy in constant flux

restless energy that is never still

ruthless energy that acts like a steam roller

boundless energy that brings possibilities

sparkling energy that tickles and sings

stored energy that waits for release

The healing waters at my shrine

regenerated

revitalized

brought clarity

mended holes

opened vision

allowed flow

With energy flowing

the dance of life resumes

illness and wellness

all one

all energy

all flow
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Sulis has come to tell you that it is time to 
embrace the dance of illness/wellness.

Make time for yourself and nourish the energy you have.

It is time to let go of everything and make you a priority. 

It is time to ask for what you need and let it in.

Give yourself permission to seek support 
and assistance for your healing process.

Illness is our body's call for time off, 
time out, or just plain time. 

Illness is a way for us to come face-to-face with 
what is no longer working for us and change it.

Have you been ignoring your own 
deep requests for more time, more space, more attention?

You need to put everything aside that doesn't 
nourish and support your healing.

The way to wholeness for you now lies in recognizing 
your own needs and putting them first, 
nourishing your energy, 
and allowing new ways of being with yourself 
that support health and vitality.


 “Sulis” by Thalia Took

Peace, Inspiration, & Love, 
 ~Amy 
 The Spirit Dancer

Monday, August 13, 2012

This Week in The Spirit Dancer



This Week in 
The Spirit Dancer

Reading: Bacchus & Me, Adventures in the Wine Cellar by Jay McInerney-getting ready for The Wine Studio Book Club on Sunday. 

Wine + Books=Happiness 

Listening to: Pearl And The Beard
You should listen to them, too. They are super cute, super talented, super sexy, and they all wear glasses. Check them out please.

Watching: Started rewatching Charmed, again. Still watching Scrubs with Chris. I have 2 episodes of Witchblade left. I finally watched The People Vs. George Lucas. Those fans are just as pissed as I am. It is always comforting to me when I see others feeling the same way I do. 

Thinking about: Illness. What makes us sick? Wellness. How do we stay well? 

Learning: Through illness is wellness. 

Doing: convalescence

Pet Peeves: ...

Happy Thoughts: Resting, crafting, reading, eating fudge with peanut butter spread on top.

Best Quote: I'm really gonna miss the fishnets.  

Looking forward to: Dazed and Confused at the Brew and View Thursday night, hopefully being able to vend on Saturday at Paris of the South, The Wine Studio Book Club on Sunday...all good stuff.

Peace, Inspiration, & Love, 
 ~Amy 
 The Spirit Dancer

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Message

Today I would like to share a message I received 
from ULC Seminary.

You are capable of creating anything you want. 

You are a being of great ability.

When you put your wish out into the universe, 
you always get what you want.

Wish big. 

Dream big. 

And let your love expand into the universe. 
You have a lot to give.





Photo taken on my birthday, January 29, 2009. 

Sunrise at Flagler Beach, FL. 



Peace, Inspiration, & Love, 
 ~Amy
 The Spirit Dancer

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Oracle of the Week~The Silver Branch~Gruagach

Gruagach

Elemental Power ~ Work ~ Attention to Detail

From The Silver Branch Cards
by Nicholas R. Mann


The Grugach is a giant hairy man from Scotland. 
He is the wild man of the woods. 

The giant has one eye and one leg with 
a shaggy terrifying appearance.

The Gruagach are all elemental beings attached to 
a specific place in nature.

They are all for helping you out, as long as you don't offend them.

They love offerings such as milk, honey, and grain...
but never offer them anything 
that would bind them, like clothes. 

There are many legends of a time when a harmony existed 
on the earth between all things, 
and the powers of nature were present 
in the form of gigantic beings.

These beings would help in human affairs 
but were somewhat capricious.

They needed to be understood if what they did 
was to do no harm.

The appearance of the Gruagach signifies that the indwelling powers of nature can be extremely useful to you 
if you align yourself to them.

This requires some forethought and attention.

If you are doing anything involving landscape...
a new home, a new garden, planting a tree...etc...
You need to align yourself with the powers 
of that specific land. 

Think about the forces of nature on this property. 
Will what you are doing withstand possible floods, intense heat, blistering cold, high winds, and any other force of nature?

If you align yourself with nature, she will work with you.

In fact, the capacity of all living things to 
provide and give to you is endless.

The generosity of the land is an example to us all.



Peace, Inspiration, & Love, 
 ~Amy 
 The Spirit Dancer

Monday, August 6, 2012

This Week in The Spirit Dancer


This Week in 
The Spirit Dancer

Reading: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Listening to: A mix of ethereal ladies...Enya, Loreena McKennitt, Sarah McLachlan, Moya Brennan (It must be the influence of The Mists of Avalon!)

Watching: Scrubs, season 4

Thinking about: Inspiring others. 

Learning: multimedia art

Doing: multimedia art

Pet Peeves: Drawing a blank this week.

Happy Thoughts: I got a really touching card in the mail from my mom. Made me cry happy tears. 

Best Quote: "I didn't come from your rib...you came from my vagina."

Looking forward to: More crafting! More vending! More! More! More!



Peace, Inspiration, & Love, 
 ~Amy 
 The Spirit Dancer