When planets return

Oh sweet Hermes. My mental current is stimulated, and I am finding myself insatiable for more knowledge. I can not stop writing, looking things up, and asking questions in my mind.

It’s funny to look back at this blog from 6 months ago, and to read what I wrote, and know what I was going through.

So much has changed.

With my 36th birthday feeling like a biggie, we did a year look ahead with The Rider Waite Colman Smith Tarot Deck to see what my future beholds. We did a simple Celtic Cross spread, and Danny read my cards. It’s been on my mind for a month, and basically I know if I write it down, it will manifest itself in its own way.  So here we go!

Birthday tarot reading done on

5-19-17


1. King of cups

2. Judgement

3. Queen of wands

4. 6 of swords

5. Queen of pentacles – reversed

6. King of pentacles

7. Ace of cups

8. 7 of wands

9. King of wands

10. Page of cups

With a couple of planets returning or having already returned to my natal spot I felt it was a good time to share my birthday reading. Pondering these cards for almost a month now, I understand, and feel the magic behind them. A lot of readings make me highly emotional, with how accurate they tend to be. This one hit me like a ton of bricks. Aching to get the shops up and running again, it’s no wonder this reading was all about work / career.

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New possibilities, and perseverance is on the horizon. Leaving behind the mistrust, and lack of security from my recent past. Keeping the discussions open; engaging in conversations on an intellectual plane. Working with the monetary, or barter system as a successful merchant. Negotiations will be had with transactions, and trades.

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Mercury in Gemini hits my natal spot tomorrow. Mental, and intuitive, I will be using the great Hermes to analyze my current situation, and “navigate dualities with great skill.” Creative and clever plans will take Hermetic Mountain to new heights. The ideas are spinning. My need for originality helps me see the contradictions in systems, and in others. Letting things happen organically, without force, as I journey through this life. I often ask myself “what sets you apart from everyone else?” Is it narcissistic to even think that? My mind is always racing with analytical questions. Questions about myself, my psyche, and how others perceive me. Is that narcissistic?? We all have this ego, how do I work with that in order to not be egotistical? I am not one who is full of themselves usually. Actually it’s really quite the opposite a lot of times. I suppose I am a person of this earth. 👽

Maybe the question is “what sets YOU apart?” And “how are YOU being perceived?” “Have YOU fully dismantled your ego?” “Have I?” “Do you even know what that means?” Ha! Does any of this matter anyway?

Mostly I’m just here for fun.
I am honest, and reliable. Artistic, and creative. Intuitive, and highly emotional. Sensitive, and fair. I can be quiet, and will listen extremely well. I hardly ask any of these questions outwardly, just in the privacy of our all fixed sign home. Judge not, lest ye be judged. Was it Jesus that said that? Haha I’m not super jesusy, but that line really makes sense.

Did any of this even make sense? It does to me, and I know what I need to do. Meditate, reflect, write and make stuff. Communicate, and have trust in others. GET HERMETIC MOUNTAIN back online. Do more tarot, take astrology, and herbalism classes. Volunteer with the raptors and my local theater!!! Do yoga, be mindful! Hike more!! My mind is racing with things to do.

It’s all happening. Slowly, surely, unfolding before my eyes. My patience will continue to be needed. I am just about there, cause I am already here.

-Amy McLeod

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Excursion to Crystal Cave 5-27-17

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Where to start? Where to begin? Usually the trailhead is a perfect place to start. But let me veer off trail for a moment, just to get you a little caught up. It’s been quite some time since our last blog post. 6 months to be exact. So much has changed. We’ve changed. And moved. Moved cross country to the lovely Treasure State of Montana. Livingston to be exact. A quaint little town known for being the “Gateway to Yellowstone” – back in the day this was the hot spot for all the travelers visiting the great Yellowstone National Park. It was the last train stop. Might be ours too, for a while, even considering our nomadic ways. We needed something drastic. So we chose here or here chose us. This move was maybe the most dramatic move we have ever decided on, next to Black Mountain, North Carolina. Another great mountain town. NYC was fun and all, but nature is a necessary part of our growth at the moment. Where we just moved from was none of those places… but an old ghost town in the foothills of Southern Ohio, Appalachia. For now we won’t go down that road, and we will leave it behind us. Now is perfect. Livingston is it. The picturesque mountains in the background, and the Yellowstone River rushing along side of us. Literally. We live right on this beautiful river that we wake up to everyday. How did we get here? Oh yeah, magic.

Sunrise on the Yellowstone River

Now that we’ve been here for a bit over 3 months, it seems like home. Like we’ve only lived here. There’s even some similarities about this place and my hometown. The school colors, and mascot are the same, it’s super artsy, with cute store fronts, old theaters, and lots of coffee shops. Plus the train tracks divide the town. However, I did not have these mountains to look at growing up.

Alpenglow on Livingston Peak

There is something to be said about the energy of this place. The wind, the water, the amazingly friendly people, there’s an energy vortex for sure. You can feel it. The pull. I sometimes just stare at the vortices in the water below for extended periods of time. Just watching the logs go round and round. Will they escape? Who knows? I feel the plight of that log sometimes. I’d be sad if I left here too. To leave a place called Paradise Valley would be crazy.

Absaroka Mountain Range – Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley is where we do most of our hiking these days. It’s near by, and we are learning some of the trails. We have been on many hikes, but this is one I must tell you about. It’s a tale of caution, and excitement, and maybe a little supernatural/psychedelia too. One of our last hikes, on May 27th, 2017 – Our destination was Crystal Cave. 6.5 miles up East Fork Mill Creek Trail in the Absaroka Mountain Range. Ok, a little day hike, no problem. The trail was marked moderate, so we didn’t think anything of it. It was a pretty easy going trail. Not too many switchbacks or steep climbs, just straight into the wide open wilderness. The great outdoors…if you will. We drove about 6 miles up Mill Creek Road till we arrived at the trailhead in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, adjacent to a giant ranch. As we get out of the car, we realize we are the only ones here. Just Danny and I. Seems woodsy, let’s go! The trail is a narrow, lightly trafficked horse trail that led the way through the magical forest. It was early morning (9:17am) so the dew was just drying on the wildflower petals. Little spring azure butterflies dance before us as we step over many horse poops from last year. Not many freshies on the trail where we were going. Especially once we past the 1/4 mile mark where it splits off to go to Highland Trail.

We were to stay on the path forward on East Fork Mill Creek Trail. As we continue through the lush green forest we see a beautiful mountain peak off in the distance, we get out our map to see what peak it is, cell service isn’t an option once you get up there. Turns out this sharp mountain peak is called Arrow Peak! It makes perfect sense. It looks like an arrow. It sits at 9122 ft in elevation. As we walk along we get better and better glimpses of this mountain top.

It’s quite a sight to see. Also down below we see the giant ranch. It’s fucking huge. Who lives there? I want to live there. At that point Danny says “I hope we don’t see this ranch during the whole hike” I replied “nah, we have 6 miles to go still. I doubt it.” It was almost at that moment when we turned a corner, and didn’t see it the rest of the way. Instead we came across our first little rock field. I have been told about rock fields, just never really understood what that meant. Now I know, and I will share more on that later. Danny kept calling this rock field- moss mountain. Steep, and straight up along side of the trail, it was made up of small loose-ish rocks covered in moss.

This rock formation is called scree or skritha; an old Nordic word for landslide. It’s all so new to me. As we hike, we realize how little we know about geology. The new landscapes have our minds racing. What is this? How was this formed? We find ourselves doing lots of research when we get home. Most of the Absarokas were formed by volcanic activity. Every time we hike we can feel our brains growing, scanning and taking in the energy and vibrations all around us. So much so it was starting to freak us out. We could both sense we were not alone in the woods.

After the views of Arrow Peak, we could hear Mill Creek roaring closer and closer. We then came to a little bridge, a bridge we would be grateful for later on. At this time we didn’t know the significance of this bridge, but now it means so much to me. Back on the trail and back to the creek! This massive white water creek was lined with thick pine forest. It held so much energy. It was giving me tingles, and I felt like I was having some kind of psychedelic experience. I could almost see the vibrations they were so intense.

Mill Creek

Sensing the creek’s mystical powers, and tapping into the wilderness energy. I kept saying the things I wanted to see, and not even seconds would go by before seeing them. First animal was a golden eagle. I said to Danny “I want to see a large flying bird,” and as we walked a another couple of steps, a huge golden eagle was startled by us, spread his wings, and flew up right in front of us! Never did I have enough time to get my phone out  to take a picture, you just have to take that moment in. Next was elk. I haven’t seen very many in the wild, just a few along side of the highway, grazing. After mentioning that I wanted to see some, I saw two cute elk faces staring at us through the woods about 30 feet away. Danny didn’t notice them, so I slowly pulled him back to see these cute little faces staring back at us. Only lasting for another second, cause Danny’s bear-bell scared them away. But it was glorious, and super exciting. Now we know the bear-bell works. And it’s probably what keeps us safe on this hike. I was a little annoyed when he first put it on and it started jingling, I was right behind it and I was looking forward to taking in all the nature sounds. After a few minutes, I knew why we needed it. We were getting pretty deep into the woods.

About an hour into the hike we come upon another sign. This time it’s the Elbow Lake split off. Again we were to stay on trail no. 51 – up East Fork Mill Creek Trail. After the sign, the landscape opens up some, and you enter into a different feeling magical forest. You can see big sheer rock faces that must have been 700 ft down. Striped with reddish hues, and lined in pine trees. The creek, now right next to us, was extremely loud! Super intense vibrations coming off of these waters, definitely feels like the acid is kicking in strong, even though we didn’t take any. We started to hear what sounded like children playing in the creek, but we know we are the only ones there. Usually eager to check out the creek and see what stones we might find, we didn’t bother going down there. We knew this was bear country. Sasquatch county? Maybe?

After trotting along for another little while, on the right there is a whole mountain side of burnt pine trees, but the forest floor was lush below. You could see everything. All I could do was look for bears or movement of any kind. We are the farthest into the wilderness we have ever been, and we are feeling very uneasy, especially as we hike into  what I like to call “Mountain Lion Alley.”

“Mountain Lion Alley” consists of small, rocky outcrops, low bushes, and again with the red striped 700ft + rock faces, but now they surround us. If I was a large cat, this is where I would want to hangout. In this kind of wilderness you really have to be mindful, and aware of your surroundings, using all of your senses. Like a cat. These senses are here for a reason. Still letting Mr. Jingles take the lead, I begin to make lots of noise by clapping and talking loud. This makes Danny nervous. He knows I’m tapped into these nature vibrations.

As the forest opens up into a field of partially burnt pine trees, there are these magical boulders all over the forest floor. Plants and wildflowers I have never seen before in my life. It’s like Jurassic Park here. The rock faces are more visible and looking more and more sheer. The colors and layers are so vibrant. What fossils lie beneath? The open forest is turning lush again. Knee high bright green bushes line the way to an opening. The creek still roaring below us. I decided to come clean about hearing children playing in this seriously rushing creek. Turns out I wasn’t the only one hearing these strange sounds. What is that? Is it some type of frequency we are not accustomed to? As the forest opens up again, it’s now our second magical boulder field. This one has a stronger energy pull. I look down and there is a perfect triangle of quartz embedded in another stone. Of course I instantly stand on it to feel it’s healing.

Does this point to Pyramid mountain, or Fire Lake? Pretty sure Fire Lake. It is the Fire symbol after all. In the meantime, Danny was captivated by this old crawling juniper bush. This thing was massive.

Continuing our adventure, bear-bell jangling, loud talking, and generally making lots of ruckus. There seems to be a lot of “HOLY SHIT!” moments. Our eyes are bulging out of our heads. It’s all so astonishing. Off in the distance we see more incredible mountain views. Must be The Pyramid! This is a mystical place for sure. I suppose it should be, if the trail ends at a place called Crystal Cave. We are eager to check it out.

Back on the trail, it is nearing lunch time and we are are getting hungry. We both agree to keep pushing on and just eat an energy bar. As we enter another foresty bit, the spring azure butterflies are back, and one so graciously opens its wings for me to get a good photo. This trail is pure magic, but we are still feeling very exposed. There’s so many places for animals to be lurking, and you wouldn’t even see them. Just razor sharp claws and teeth tearing into our soft, soft flesh. Still hiking in what I consider “Mountain Lion Alley,” the terrain changes to a open field, with rolling hills, and with a few pine trees scattered about. The air smells so fresh up here.

Now about 4 hours into the hike, we turn around and all you can see behind us is “The Crazies” The Crazy Mountains. They themselves are an energy vortex. Incredibly beautiful, majestic, and crazy looking. Hence the name “The Crazies” they actually got their name from a story of a woman who’s family was massacred. She went crazy, and disappeared into the mountains, never to return.

Drawing ever closer to our destination, we are feeling tired, but extremely determined. Just ahead is another rock field!! This time it’s bigger rocks, and straight down a mountainside. When the rocks are large and stable  this is called “Talus Deposits.” What is this alien land? I’ve never seen it before, let alone hike through it. The trail is getting skinnier, but a perfect photo opportunity is to the right, slightly off trail. I jump off trail to snap a quick photo, in a very excited fashion. Little did I know, we were coming up on what would be the most terrifying part for me. Full on talus mountain. To the left it was straight up, nothing but big grey rocks. No signs of life on this mountainside. Not even a wildflower. To the right, it was straight down. Talus deposits. You know that feeling when you get that urge to walk faster? Not wanting to show my panic, I just said “keep it moving.” Only took us a few minutes to cross this terrifying terrain. When we arrived at the other side, we see our first little patch of ice. We should have known right then and there to turn around. Danger ensues.

Soon after we get  back into the dark, creepy woods, we discover a camping site. Now nearing 1:30 pm we figured this was a good time to stop and take a late lunch break. I think it was leftover cast iron pizza from the night before. Even though we are now looking at snow, this campsite was just what we needed. Seems like a cool place to stay the night. After we devour our food and guzzle up some water, we head back on the trail. Still have a little ways to go to get to Crystal Cave.

A quarter to 2pm we come up on another sign. Part of it was askew, laying on the ground, pointing in an indeterminate direction, so that was a little disconcerting. Luckily, we have a physical map, and GPS is still guiding us up the trail as well. On the right path, we continue on our journey. Not even 3 minutes go by before having to take another picture of an amazingly clear pool of water with shimmering rocks below. Quartz, feldspar, fluorite, agate? Probably all of it, and more I don’t even know about.

Persistent on getting to the cave, we wash our hands and move along. The water is so cold and refreshing. I could have probably stayed there a few more minutes. It is getting late in the day, and we still have to make it home tonight. In hindsight, we should have brought camping gear to sleep outside under the stars. Taking it all in, and taking less pictures, relentlessly determined on getting to this cave. We must complete our goal. Back in magical forest fairyland, we see a small morel mushroom. Neither of us have ever seen one before in the wild. Even having many friends who hunt for them, and spending lots of time in the woods. This is a first for both of us. Feeling very close now as we see the last sign on our expedition. Also broken, but still legible. This one heads to “Mill Creek Pass Trail” which you could take all the way to West Boulder. THAT would be an incredible experience. As we continue, I see this big flat boulder on the side of the trail. I immediately plop on top of it laying my arms across, hugging it. I feel so grateful to be here at this moment. After that rock-love session, we hike through rolling hills of green again, it’s very peaceful here. The only sounds we hear are natural ones. No highway sounds, cell phones dinging, or planes flying above. NOW we are in the farthest we’ve ever been into nature. The wind picks up, the air is feeling a little colder, and we are starting to see more and more snow. With a dead pine forest next to us, and some dead trees up ahead are creaking. There was one in particular we had to walk under. It was leaning against another tree over the trail. It started to creak really loud. Seeing how many downed trees there were on the forest floor, that made me extra nervous, so I yelled to Danny “Go! Go! Go!” I can be really funny in the woods apparently. Danny seems to get a kick out of my behaviors. Now the snow is getting deeper and deeper.

My sick determination is getting the best of me at this point, and I just need to find this cave!! We are now 6 hours into this hike, 6.5 miles, and now trying to get through 4 feet of hard packed snow. Wearing my vintage Doc Martin Oxfords, and a pair of thick woolen socks Danny had given me, it was becoming very treacherous. This cave has got to be here somewhere!! GPS says we are directly on it, but clearly we aren’t, or we just can’t see it because of all the snow. It’s impossible. Is it over here? No. Is it over here? Ughhh it’s really frustrating me, and falling through the snow was making it even more difficult, and making me more emotional. We stopped being able to tell where the trail went, and we walking in circles. Moments of uncertainty, leading to the edge of panic. I was so mad that we weren’t finding it. I was so determined. After seeing a few bear prints, and Danny got a soaker, falling through the snow with melt water, rushing below. Both of our feet now freezing, and soaking wet. We knew it was too dangerous. And fuck, now it’s 4pm!!! How are we ever going to make it back??? Oh so miserable and upset. And freezing. Fucking freezing. Crying and just sad we couldn’t find it, Danny offers me a sandwich as consolation. I begrudgingly accept, I’m now hiking through hard packed snow, crying, freezing, borderline lost, and now trying to eat a sandwich. It’s ridiculous. Feet are cold, wet, and starting to prune. Out of rage, I almost throw my sandwich into the woods, but instead give it to Danny to put back in his pack. He tries his best to be supportive, and tell me I’m doing great. It’s almost evening and we know the sun will begin setting in a few hours, so we gotta hustle. And hustle we did. After wringing out our socks a few times and our feet back on dry ground, we booked it. Hiking 3 miles in an hour. There are 2 hours where I didn’t even stop to take a picture!?! This is very unlike me. We still had 3.5 miles to go. Now the sun is directly in front of us and  it was starting to dry our feet and give us life again. We got this. Our son was out with his friends, but was expecting us home that evening.

The way back is a way shorter story, all I remember is how fast we hiked. Talus mountain still made me nervous, I told Danny how freaked out it made me on that mountainside. We booked it even faster. The way back always looks different, especially when the sun is shining on the rock faces. Trudging along, this trail is never ending. Kinda like this blog post. Remembering the landscapes, I noticed we were already back hiking through “Mountain Lion Alley.” Still feeling exposed, amazed, mind blown, all the feels, I noticed what appears to be a large golden sleepy cat turning its body around up on a rocky outcrop. Was this my mind playing tricks on me? Or did I actually just see a mountain lion? Either way,  I told Danny to move it!! The sun was starting to set as we were just leaving the burnt pine forest. Hiking, still hiking. We make it back to the little bridge! It is a sign of hope. We both collapsed, and ate another energy bar, crying tears of joy. But only for a minute. It is now almost 8pm, and we are not out yet. Fatigued, but knowing we are nearing the end of the trail, and still hustling so we don’t get caught in the woods after dark. No flashlights, our only source of light is the flashlight on our iPhones. Seems like we are just right around the corner from the trailhead. Especially after we see the sun eclipsing Arrow Peak! Finally, Arrow Peak!! It’s just glorious.

We kept pushing on. I was starting to feel nauseous and lightheaded from so much hiking, I had to stop and take a break. Proceeding to get physically sick, and almost feeling like the flu was coming on. I slowly drink water till I feel better, so I can finish this hike! Cain (our son) must be worried about us by now, or not because he’s a teen. We have not had phone signal all day. That is a little freaky in and of itself. Getting a little equilibrium back, we continue on. Finally seeing the sign for the 1/4 mile mark, we are starting to get excited. Our legs were hurting, and mine were getting shaky. I felt really weird. I knew we had to get out of there! We can do this! We are just about done!! We kept seeing the ranch below, and horse poops on the trail again. More hope!! Poops of hope! The sky was getting darker and darker, it is now 9pm and we magically pop out of the woods and see our car!! Oh it’s beautiful!!! More tears of joy, and seriously amazed at what we just accomplished.

Finally in the car, we pour a huge cup of cold brew coffee that we left in there for our reward afterwards. It was some of the most delicious coffee I’ve ever had in my life. Still totally out of it, I wonder how Danny is able to drive. I can hardly feel my feet, and my legs feel like jello. He said he wasn’t hurting too bad, so I numbingly stare out the passenger window, looking at the mountains we were just hiking as they get smaller and smaller. During our ride home I started to wonder if anyone has gone missing in these mountains. I remember a guy who wrote some books about people missing in the National Forest. Was this area one of them?? I discuss my thoughts with Danny, so of course as soon as we get home we immediately open Google to look up missing persons in the national forest. We come across a story from the Missing 411 books about a young man who went missing in the Crazies a few years ago! A very sad and mysterious story. My heart goes out to his friends and family.

You can learn a lot from these kinds of events. Never travel alone, always carry bear spray, and make your presence known. Nature is a beautiful but harsh place. Be prepared. Be alert. Even if you are on familiar grounds.

Only 24 hour of rest, and we were back hiking, another 5 miles up a mountain. A week later, we found ourselves in the Crazies. Since then we have gone on 3 more hikes, and bought some bear spray!
The hike to Crystal Cave wasn’t a total success, so we are already planning our next excursion there. This time with more people, and wait till melt season is over. Maybe camp at the top, so we don’t have to do it all in one day. I’m excited to see what this cave has in store for us.

-Amy McLeod

End of 2016 Tarot Chakra Reading

This reading was done on the supermoon at 12am November 14, 2016

With 2016 coming to an end I wanted to do a tarot reading for myself based on what chakras are balanced, and what needs to be weakened or strengthened to achieve full balance for 2017.

From the root to the crown chakra I received:

1. Root – Three of Wands

2. Sacral – Five of cups

3. Solar plexus – The Chariot

4. Heart – Nine of Pentacles

5. Throat – The Empress

6. Third eye – Two of wands

7. Crown – King of Pentacles

*stones / talismans were chosen before the reading occurred.

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Muladhara Chakra (Root Chakra) – Three of Wands – Lord of Established Strength – Sun in Aries – The stone chosen was Obsidian.

Key words for root chakra:
•Security

•Food / Shelter

•Stability

•Foundation

The root Chakra is located at the base of the spine, the first three vertebrae. This chakra is the foundation of life.
Element: Earth

Ruling Planet: Mars

Key words for Three of Wands:
•Looking ahead

•Rapid Growth

•Expansion

•Realization of Hope

The Lord of Established Strength is ruled by the sun in Aries, 10⁰-20⁰

The image shows a hand emerging from thick heavy clouds, holding three wands in the center; two of them are crossed and the center wand stands upright. Flames emanate from the junction, and from both sides, like giant pillars. The center wand has the sun at the top, and a rams head at the bottom, representing Aries.

This card combined with the root chakra makes me feel strong, sure of myself, and positive I can turn any dream into a reality. Overcoming any obstacle with positive hope for the future. Stability is on its way, but only if I make it so. This chakra is balanced, not much focus is needed here.

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Svadhisthana Chakra (Sacral Chakra) – Five of Cups – Lord of Loss in Pleasure – Venus in Scorpio – Stone chosen: A piece of coral I found in Negril, Jamaica on the Seven Mile Beach in 2010 on my husbands and I’s 10 year anniversary.

Key words for Sacral Chakra:
•Procreation

•Sexuality

•Family

•Fantasy

The Sacral Chakra is located in the hypogastric plexus; genitals.
The inspiration to create begins in the second chakra.

Element: Water

Ruling Planet: Mercury

Key words for Five of Cups:
•Loss

•Grief

•Disappointment

•Death

•Sorrow

The Lord of Loss in Pleasure pertains to the first Decan of Scorpio ruled by Mars, thus Mars in Scorpio 1⁰-10⁰ – Five empty cups surround a large inverted pentacle in the center of the card -suggesting loss. At the bottom of the card are fallen water lily petals. Although the lotus stems emerge between the cups like a fountain, no water flows here.

This shows me that I need to step into the astral realms a bit more. Tap into my true psychic abilities through dreams. There might be something from the past that I am grieving over, and if I fully let go, there is still hope to change anything that might be holding me back. This card does not necessarily mean a physical death. Maybe it’s something more mental. This is a chakra that may need some extra meditation work. It is however “the dwelling place of the self.” Yoga and meditation is always a nice way to bring your mind, body, and soul back to center. The here and now. Usually when I’m in a meditative mind frame I’m able to visualize my dreams better. Being aware of important goals and priorities in life, and in turn having better relationships with the people around me. Positive and creative energy is contagious. Dreams go far.

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Manipura Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra) – The Chariot – Lord of the Triumph of Light – Cancer – Stone chosen: Amber (aka: Freyja Tear)

I found this amusing since I picked the stone before picking the card. In Norse mythology Freyja rides a chariot pulled by her two cats. The card The Chariot is shown with two sphinxes at the bottom of the chariot. Our cats name is Freyja, and we recently took in two kittens for her to play with.

Key Words for the Solar Plexus Chakra:

•Vision

•Ego

•Form

•Intellect

The third chakra, Manipura Chakra is located in the Solar Plexus; epigastric plexus; navel.

The energy force of this Chakra impels the person to develop his ego, his identity in the world.

Element: Fire

Ruling Planet: Sun

Key words for The Chariot:

•Control

•Willpower

•Victory

•Success

•Health

Lord of the Triumph of Light is a card of balance. A crowned figure (Hermes) stands tall in his chariot, he controls with a magical sword and wands the powers of good and evil, thus maintaining a state of total balance. At the top center of the card, boldly placed is the sign of Cancer and between the sphinxes at the bottom is the sign of the crab. Hermes wears chain mail and steel, almost like the armor of a crab. The four pillars beam up to the sky, and the ten stars represent the material world. The wheels of the chariot represent the energy of Geburah. At the center of the card is the Holy Grail. The Chariot of Hermes is drawn by two sphinxes. The sphinxes signify power and love held under control. Great Hermes guides them. However the chariot is not in motion because it represents equilibrium.

This card and Chakra go so well together, at least for me at this moment. Taking control of my health, and having the willpower to continue with my work, and the means to balance it all. I have a clear vision of what life I want to live. That involves being active, in my mind, and body. A rebirth, a renewal of ego, and with that ego it also reminds me to stay with on top of my game with my work. A friend told me the other day that the word “Ego” is not always a bad thing as long as it is coupled with the internal. I felt that was very inspiring. We must be aware of our actions in order to achieve full balance. Once that happens we can truly be illuminated. This chakra has serious great potential to be strong and balanced. I feel closer to this everyday through yoga, and breath work. Healthy living helps me feel balanced.

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Anahata Chakra (Heart Chakra) – Nine of Pentacles – Lord of Material Gain – Venus in Virgo – Stone chosen: Rose Quartz since it is widely known for being “The Heart Stone”, it is also one of my birthstones.

Key words for the Heart Chakra: •Balance

•Devotion

•Joy

•Sanctity

Anahata Chakra is located in the cardiac plexus; the heart.
To achieve balance on all levels, one must become aware of his own karma. Illuminate through positive intention.

Element: Air

Ruling Planet: Venus

Key words for Nine of Pentacles:

•Accomplishment

•Inheritance

•Rewards

•Independence

•Covetous

With this card; Lord of Material Gain, comes complete realization of material gain. The pentacles are gently turning, suggesting the gradual exhaustion of the original energy. The symbols of Virgo and an encircled Venus are shown at the top of the card. Venus encircled also appears at the bottom.

Venus is the ruling planet for the Heart Chakra, The Nine of Pentacles, and myself (a Taurus), this couldn’t resonate with me any more. Achieving balance in my heart and soul, centered, evoking Kundalini Shakti. Evolution through my art, gaining wisdom and inner strength within my self.

When looking at the Nine of Pentacles card I get a sense of balance and accomplishment. This chakra is balanced, however heart meditations are always welcome here.

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Vishuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra) – The Empress – Daughter of the Mighty Ones – Libra – Stone chosen: Sodalite

Key words for the Throat Chakra: •Purification
•Awareness

•Knowledge

The Fifth Chakra is the Throat Chakra – Also known as Vishuddha Chakra – Spoken words come from the fifth Chakra, giving voice to the emotions within the heart.

Element: Akasha; sound

Ruling Planet: Jupiter

Key words for The Empress: •Beauty

•Fertility

•Pleasure

•Nature

•Action

•Luxury

•Success

The Daughter of the Mighty Ones – The Empress is the Greek figure of Aphrodite. Beautiful, and nurturing. Ruled by Venus, the sign of Libra appears at the top of the card above the Empress. The swirling flames beside her represent her birth from water. The twelve stars overhead represent the 12 signs of the zodiac that surrounds her. She holds a diamond scepter, indicating power. The Empress has wings and is clothed in the sun. She is the center of the Emperor. She has a black eagle at her feet which is the counterpart of the alchemical eagle of the Emperor. Above the eagle, at the Empress’ knees, is the inverted crescent moon.

On my never ending quest to achieve cosmic consciousness, I know in my heart that this Chakra has probably had the most work, and will continue to get the most work. Always researching ideas, and seeking knowledge on a human plane. Understanding the fractal groove within nature. The circadian rhythm. To complete work on this Chakra; I need to continue my focus on bringing light to the world through my art while using my inner voice, and in a positive way. Becoming a master of my entire self. True Shakti. The divine feminine.

A chakra that is balanced and needs little to no meditation work.

** I am very in tune with The Empress, she speaks to me through an unknown, ancient past life. She was the first tarot card I ever pulled, many years ago. A reading that still holds true to events in my life to this day.

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Ajna Chakra (Third Eye Chakra) – Two of Wands – Lord of Dominion – Mars in Aries – Stone Chosen: Lapis Lazuli
Key words for Ajna Chakra: •Authority
•Command

•Unlimited Power

The sixth chakra is The Third Eye Chakra. It is located at the Pineal Plexus; Medula Plexus; the point between the eyebrows.
Element: Tattva, from Maha Tattva come the five mahabhutas (elements: akasha, air, fire, water and earth.)

Key Words for Two of Wands: •Strength

•Dominion

•Justice

•Boldness

•Courage

•Restlessness

•Harmony of Rule

Lord of Dominion is ruled by the first decan of Mars in Aries. The symbols for both Aries and Mars appear at the top and bottom of the card. A hand in the center grasps two crossed wands. Flames emanate from the point of junction. Each wand is topped with a rams head representing Aries. At the bottom are globes with an arrow pointing down to represent Mars. Two small wands above, and below have flames issuing forth.

Knowing myself and my restless nature to achieve true enlightenment, or illumination, I must continue to meditate and get that pineal gland decalcified. To evolve through this chakra means to reveal the divine within and reflect divinity within others. For my aura to manifest itself in a such a way that is calm and relaxed to the vibrations around me. To become true in my cosmic consciousness. “There is no observed and no observer.” Understanding the clairvoyant visions I see, and to see the past present and future through a state of samadhi (realized nonduality) during all actions. To gain a complete sense of oneness. The mind is a strong and powerful thing. All is mind.
This chakra could use some focused energy meditation. It is nearly balanced.

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Sahasrara Chakra (Crown Chakra) – King of Pentacles – Prince of the Chariot of Earth – Aries / Taurus – Stone Chosen: Amethyst

Key Words for Sahasrara Chakra:

•Empty / Void

•Pure Bliss

•Inactivity

•Union

•Oneness

The seventh chakra (crown chakra) is located at the top of the cranium; cerebral plexus. Also known as: “Dwelling place without support” Minor chakra: Soma chakra (Nectar; of the moon) is located above the “third eye” in the center of the forehead and below Kameshvara Chakra. (Pure bliss; total awareness.)

Key words for King of Pentacles:

•Steady

•Reliable

•Abundance

•Power

•Security

•Increased good

•Solid

•Character and Intelligence

Representing the element Earth, King of Pentacles rules from 20⁰ Aries to 20⁰ Taurus. Airy part of Earth. A winged figure who wears an elaborate headdress is seen behind a chariot drawn by a bull. In his left hand he is holding an orb facing down to imply his involvement in agriculture. In his right hand he is holding an orb scepter with a cross adorning the top, to signify The Great work accomplished. The flowers of fertility grow beneath him.
The essence of being is what the seventh chakra is all about. To realize the divinity within myself, I know there is only looking at the self. The cosmic self. To gain full luminescence I need to be strong in my mind. To be reliable, and diligent. With hard work, comes abundance. Maybe enter the void for a bit to see my true power. I am all that’s holding me back. This last chakra will always need a little work.

As we complete another cycle around our star 2016 was mars-y at best. The Hermetic principle “All is Mind” really helped us push through our toughest challenges. As we hurl into 2017 we will continue to have that attitude, as we expect more exciting things to come.

-Amy McLeod

We would love to hear from you and guide you with the alignment of your chakras.

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Supermoon Meditations by Amy McLeod

Supermoon November 2016 – Taken with my iPhone!

 

Supermoon meditations: As the energy of the waning supermoon hit me this morning, I wanted to take in exactly how I was feeling at this moment in time, and compare that to the current Astro weather.

Moon waning in Gemini I – Even though it might be difficult to express certain emotions, this is a great time to rid of any distractions. Focus on the things you love.

Sun in Scorpio III – Fierce passions and desires can arise. When describing this decan, the word debauchery comes up a lot. Just remember that desire causes suffering. A rebirth of ego can be seen here.

Cotton candy sky before the moon appeared.

 

Mercury in Sagittarius I – Generally ruled by this planet, Mercury finds it’s home here in Sagittarius. This can be a motivational time to accomplish ones goals. Some may find it difficult to properly communicate with words, and find the use of symbols to be beneficial.

Moon opposite Mercury – Careful of incessant discussion on trivial matters as it can bring confusion and irritations in relationships. Also don’t take criticism too personally.

Moon opposite Saturn – Clinging to the past, and any possible detrimental relationships with friends or family can become difficult on your psyche. Try to be flexible with your emotions.

Moon Square Neptune – This aspect shows a tendency to get lost in the fantasy. Emotional indulgence can lead to certain unhealthy vices. Low-level astral plane influences may dull mediumship and psychic energy for those born with this aspect. Sometimes the outcome of this is unrealistic ambition and delusions of grandeur.

Moon trine Mars – Emotionally active with an abundance of psychic energy. Working hard at building a business, and having a happy home life can be very important.

Moon trine Jupiter – With a generous spirit it’s great to help others whenever possible. An active imagination will get you far. Devoted to domestic life and a need to keep the peace. This is also a great time to take charge of your business, gaining the wealth you worked so hard for.

November 14th, 2016

 

After reading the aspects and what they meant to me, it was a little freaky to feel how accurate it was. As a family we are working hard at building our business, while maintaining peace. Working from home there can be many distractions. It is important for us to stay focused on our end goal. We love being together, helping one another, and learning each other’s own personal ways. In a house of fixed signs we all have such strong opinions, and a lot to say. For me it’s a little more difficult to get the words out. I’m better with a paint brush sometimes. This Scorpio season has been all about food and hunger for us. Feeding those needs and desires. With this supermoon energy I’m looking to manifest it in a spiritual way and squeegee my third eye clean.

We are ready to emerge from the constraints of the past with a new awakening.
– Amy McLeod

Tarot Tuesday: Celtic New Year Tarot Reading 


As we enter this new season, what advice or inspiration can we learn that will help us grow and evolve our small businesses?

Past- 3 of Pentacles – Lord of Material Work – Mars in Capricorn 10-20 degrees

Working and constructive force. Building up. Erection. Creation. Realization. Gain in material things. Business savvy.

When asking a question about our business it’s always nice to see a card like this. Especially if it relates to the sky above! Today we pulled two cards that corresponds to the night sky. They might be off by a few degrees, but it’s still exciting no less.

On with the reading! Starting Hermetic Mountain at the end of 2014, and working hard at building it up ever since. Danny had already  been making knives for a few years, and we wanted to incorporate that with our herbs, bath and beauty products, metaphysical jewelry, and love of mysticism to make it into a full on Alchemy experience. When we first started, we had the funds to buy enough materials to start up. In the past 6 months we have been super focused on creating, and making Hermetic Mountain into a way of life. The energy we put in is the energy we will receive. We realize starting our own business is no easy feat, but working for yourself is extremely rewarding if you can make it successfully.

Present- 9 of Wands – Lord of Great Strength- Moon in Sagittarius 10-20 degrees

Tremendous power. Unshakable force. Generosity. Health. Strife and victory.

This card couldn’t speak any truer to whats going on with us at this very moment. Strongly focused on this business and getting over whatever fears we had in the past. We know we can achieve great success, but strife can come with being a small business owner. It’s ok to look deep and see what necessary adjustments can be made to succeed. Having an inquisitive, and curious mind will take us far on our endless path of knowledge. So will our continued generosity, and the cycle that continues from that.

Future- Queen of Swords – Queen of the Thrones of Air – Rules from 20 degrees of Virgo to 20 degrees of Libra
Perceptive. Observant. Quick. Confident. Graceful.

Having pulled this card a few times for myself and others I definitely feel a strong connection to it. In the future I do see us gaining more and more confidence within our business and our own selves. Having a swift keen mind while understanding our surroundings, even if they are not of this realm. We move pretty fast as it is, but I know we can do it more calmly and with grace.

I think I might keep this one out to really feel what it means to me.. I could probably learn a lot from this one.

– Amy McLeod

Reading was done 10/31/16 around 11pm

Moonbeams and Lucid Dreams

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This spooky tale of a vivid dream is a long story, made even longer by the amount of back story needed to elucidate the the real depth of this vision.

Well, let’s drive right in. Our little town just emanates creepiness. We felt it the first time we came here to look at the house. Just driving down the streets pointing at houses, “haunted,” point at another one “haunted,” and another one “OMG you know that one just has to be haunted!” Unbeknownst to us we would move next door to one of the most haunted ones.

*Typical vacant house on our street.

 

Moving into a new place, and new town, new region, it takes some getting used to. New people, new streets, new sounds. New sounds, for example our town has a “fire whistle,” a siren that can be heard for miles, the first time we heard it go off, I freaked, I ran outside, I thought it was an air raid or tornado or something. Nope, just the fire whistle.

After living here a few months and getting used to a new pace of life, and our new self imposed isolation from society, a most terrible tragedy had beset the young mother next door and her toddler aged daughter had unexpectedly passed away. It had happened in the house, in an upstairs bedroom. It created quite the stir in our little ‘burg. With it happening right next door to us we definitely had some weird feelings. Amy has had a few encounters were she had felt the little girl’s presence. The whole thing was sad for all the people involved.

After awhile, the nightmares slowed down to about 4 a night, and the smudging increased to about three times a day. We come to find out, that house used to be a funeral home many years ago. Perfect.

But it makes sense, the way the house is, two front doors, two lower back doors, an upper back door, a side door, and a small front door under the porch. This is where they would slide the deceased into the mortuary. Ultra super creepy. I’m not sure exactly how long ago it stopped being a funeral home, but at least 50+ years. (I’ll get to the dream at some point, I promise)

On occasion, the neighbors would ask if we saw anybody around their place the previous night. They said they could here peoples in the basement, they would go check and nobody would be there. They heard the sound of people coming up the basement stairs and rattling the door handle, but never anyone there. Cameras and boobytraps proved ineffective as well. We never saw anyone, heard anyone, nothing. I would sometimes take the dog out super late, and nothing out of the ordinary.

Months go by, and new tenants move into the house next door. We have almost zero interaction with them, but one day Amy and I see a small cat in the upstairs window. The window of the room where the little girl had escaped this mortal realm. We look at each other with a disappointing look and I say something along the lines of “that poor creature isn’t long for this world” A few days later a cross in the backyard appears with “RIP Precious” written on it. I don’t know for sure what Precious was. But I can fathom a guess.

That evening there was a bright full moon that illuminated the night sky and I had this extremely vivid, realistic, lucid dream. That in and of itself is unusual for me. Dreams typically slip away from my consciousness upon waking, too quick to even vocalize what it was or what had happened. This dream I could remember the minutiae of every detail.

In the dream, Amy and I came home from somewhere, it was night and it was dark out. We came inside and saw a small framed image of a bind rune hung on the wall. It was underneath the art work we already have hanging there. Everything else in the room was as it is in awaketime. In the dream, I felt as if this picture was a warning, and I felt very unsettled that someone was in our house while we were gone. Nothing in the house had been disturbed, no sign of break in, nothing taken. Neither Cain, or any of the pets were present. Not, that anything ominous had happened, they just weren’t there. I felt weird. I didn’t even consider the meaning of the rune, just why someone was in our house while we were gone. In the next scene I remember, I went outside, it was daylight, and I noticed something hung in the side of our neighbors house. I walked closer and it was another framed sign. This one was bigger, like 8.5″X11″ and it said “no hissing”. It was hand written on a standard size pice of computer paper and put into a very cheap black frame. No Hissing. A cat reference? A snake reference? I still don’t know, it does creep me out a bit.

This cat keeps showing up on our porch!!!

When I woke up I was surprised to find out that was all a dream. It all felt like an event that happened in normal awake consciousness. I could retell every aspect. While telling Amy about the dream, I sketched the image of the framed bind rune. Amy felt that the dream was just a message from our ancestral gods, offering protection and inspiration. Protection for us and our space, in both the material and spiritual worlds.


That day we made a painting of the rune, put it in a vintage frame, and set it on a table in the same area it was in the dream. I look at it all the time, but what does it mean.


I can see 10 elder futhark runes hidden within the bind rune. Four stood out to me in the dream. But this will have to be another post so I can go into more detail…
D. McLeod

Cain’s Conservation Corner Episode 3: Amphibians

Frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians are all amphibians, or animals that inhabit dry and aquatic environments. They make their home on every continent besides well, Antarctica. They’re some of the few vertabrate that undergo metamorphosis, or starting at a larval stage and progressing to an adult with 2 or more distinct stages. These interesting animals help to keep a lot of insect populations under control. But they’re under threat from a microscopic parasite.

A fungus in the phylum Chytridiomycota has been desimating amphibian populations. This fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (we’ll just call it Bd since that’s a mouthful) is infecting the skin of amphibians. This is horrible for the amphibians since they breathe through their skin. Bd is capable of infecting most of the 6,000 amphibian species on Earth. There is some hope for amphibians though.

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There are at least two known species of amphibians who are resistant to Bd. They are the American bullfrog and the African clawed frog. This could be a blessing or a curse though, if these amphibians are carrying the fungus and introduce it to other species it could be a disaster. Many species who have been infected by Bd have had massive amounts of death but there have been persistent populations of the species. This could mean that the species could recover in the future, but it is still not known why this exactly happens. It could be an environmental factor or just the fact that some of the individual animals had a smaller infection than others.

There isn’t all that much we can do to help prevent the spread of this disease at a local level. Although, abstaining from ordering frog legs at restaurants will help though since it will decrease the trade of frogs from across national borders. The frog legs you can order in restaurants are usually bullfrog legs which means that these frogs usually aren’t affected by the fungus but are carriers of it. Exotic animal trade is also a perpetuater of this parasite since the amphibians are being transported across borders, so make sure if you’re buying an amphibian, it is from a local breeder not an international source. We must do all we can to help these animals that are crucial to the ecosystem.

C. McLeod

Tuesday Afternoon Tarot Meditations

Set some positive intention this afternoon with a little midday Tarot reading on what we can expect this weekend with the new moon, and now that Mars is in Capricorn!! Whoo hoo! We have been fueled by Mars’ energy – and have been working nonstop on our businesses. So much so it slipped my mind that this weekend is October 2nd, and we have a gem show to set up at!! I don’t know why I kept thinking it was next week!? 

Anyway, I’m about to use my creativity to make some business cards!! 😅 Time to pull a few all nighters and get organized! My natal Jupiter is in Libra and Danny’s got a Venus in Scorpio.. There is lots of love/happiness, food talk and positivity going on in the house. We know if we keep that All is Mind attitude everything will fall into place. As it has. 

How relatable that the card I pulled was: The Last Judgment :: Spirit of the Primal Fire // This card is all about reflection, honesty, and reaping what you sow. It speaks to us on a weird business level and how we need to be to achieve the goals we have in mind. We do a lot of self reflecting to better evolve who we are today. Letting go of the past, and letting our internal alchemy guide us with our creative flow. Finding true balance, and harmony within. We are on the edge of where we really want to be with our business.. Or are we already there? The past few weeks it has really picked up in such a rewarding way. The customers we have connected with make it the most rewarding part. 

– Amy McLeod

Metaphysical Monday – Moonstone 

Known since ancient times for it’s brilliant adularescence and lunar energy. Moonstone is one of the most admired healing crystals in the metaphysical world. 

Connected to the sacral chakra, grounding you spiritually. Moonstone can be used on its own, or to enhance the healing vibrations of other crystals. 

Moonstone has been said get you in touch with the divine feminine. This stone enhances your intuition, and clairvoyant abilities allowing creativity to flow through the deepest core of your soul. Provides protection with psychic energies. It calms negative vibrations, and can also be used to help with synchronistic pattern recognition, and coincidence. Also associated with the third eye chakra, throat chakra, and crown chakra. Astrological signs: Cancer, Libra, Scorpio 

Chemical formula: AISi2O8 – Sodium Calcium Aluminum Silicate  

Element: Water 

Vibrates to the #4

-Amy McLeod

Cain’s Conservation Corner Episode 2: Feral Cats

Everyone has most likely seen a stray cat or two in their lifetime, they’re weird and skittish. Our odd little town is over run by these feral cats. They’re absolutely everywhere. They breed like crazy, and will kill and eat almost anything smaller than themselves. 

There are a few of these cats that stay on our porch, the momma of our kitten Phaffee, and Phaffee’s sibling Baphy. Big momma cat is very friendly, but Baphy is completely sketchy. You might be able to pet her for a few seconds, but that’s it. She’ll dart away if you try to hold her or pet her for too long. 

 In the US alone it is estimated that feral cats kill 1.4-3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals every year. A study done in 2010 found that 33 species of birds went extinct worldwide due to feral cats. These statistics can seem intimidating or scary but these feral cats shouldn’t be feared. While this seems inherently bad, it isn’t, feral cats take care of other pest problems such as mice or rats. 

Feral cats shouldn’t be feared in the least, these issues can be resolved by catching, spaying and neutering these cats. There are groups that will come and take the cats to get them neutered or spayed. Many vet clinics will take care of stray cats cheaper than a house cat. So, if you have the resources then help the local ecosystem by neutering and spaying local stray cats. 

C. McLeod