Hi darling dears. Well I have been absent from this space for a while but I wanted to pop back in to share exciting news.
Next year Poppy’s Seeds Academy will open for its first year. We will be working on connecting to our Divine self and developing our spiritual self. We will also great your very own Book of Days. I am so excited! I hope you will check it out and let me know what you think. For the whole scoop click here.
here is a very short video
Poppy’s Seeds Academy 2015 from Helen Peterson on Vimeo.
Today is communication day. It also the day that Mercury (ruler of communication etc) goes direct. THANK GODDNESS!
Now even if you like my hubby who thinks it is pretty much all a bunch of hooey, you can at least be happy for those of us that buy into it. Maybe you have noticed some conversations that didn’t go as intended lately. or where what you were trying to say just was not herd. Personally I have had a strange few weeks in regards to communication so I am happy to hear that every thing should start being smoother.
speaking of going smoother and helping facilitate communication I have been working away at our daily rhythm. Little seems to like it so far though she decided to nap at 11:30 instead of 2????
I have not got our whole day or week figured out yet but I would like to share with you some of what I am working on. At the moment we have little islands of rituals or rhythm. So or morning ritual goes get out of bed and good morning hug, make beds and get dressed then come to the kitchen for breakfast. Have breakfast together at the table. Either as a whole family or just Little and I if DH has already left for work. take our dishes to the kitchen , wash our hands and then its play time. This little island of ritual repeated over and over makes it so much nicer to get up in the morning. Less nagging, more understanding! yippy!
It also helps that this ritual regarding eating is repeated over and over and over. With lunch and Dinner we stop what we are doing. Pick up our project or toys and then go make lunch and sit down at the table to eat. After lunch we take our dishes to the kitchen and go wash our hands.
With dinner sometimes Little helps (she loves to sit on the counter and mix things for me) and sometimes she plays but when dinner is ready we stop, Pick up our toys and come eat as a family. We talk about our day and what our favorite part of the day was. When we are done we take our dishes to the kitchen and go wash our hands (sound familiar?) Then it is Bath Time for little while DH and I chat. For Little it is PJ’s, brush teeth, read books (The same two every night All the world and Goodnight Moon) then I sing her hush little baby rub her back and hug her goodnight.
Those are our established rhythms so far. There is lots of in between that needs sorting out but I feel happy with where we are starting.
Photo from http://www.simplicityparenting.com/2010/07/how-to-make-a-daily-rhythm-chart/ which is also a great article on making your own rhythm chart.
I have been meaning to share this little funny story with you for a morning of Imbolc I was getting dressed and talking to my husband as Little ran circles around us.
Me “Honey, Today is Imbolc”
DH “What does that mean”
me “Well some people call it Candlemass and it is where groundhog’s day from. Its the astrological midpoint between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. The light is getting stronger and we notice that the days are starting to stretch out. It is also the time the ewes start making milk.”
DH blinks back blank stare “What does this mean to me”
me “oh lots of candles and Quiche for dinner”
DH “oh cool I like symbolic”
me “no baby Imbolc”
DH “whatever I like it”
As I have told you my hubbs is not Wiccan and actually HATES religion. He loves me though and bless his heart he really dose try hard to understand and learn. He usually can even keep from making funny faces, while I wax on about some witchy thing, but that is hard work for him. The point is if you see the conversation above up until the end we are really having two different conversations. I am trying to explain to him (in 30 seconds or less) something based on my belief system and the meaning behind it because it is meaningful to me. He is wondering what I am yammering on about. Sometimes just a simple sentence of what it means to the other person is all that is needed or matters. In time if they want to and even if they don’t they will catch on to the other parts but in the mean time it is rather comforting to know that when I tell my hubby its breakfast for dinner he says “oh the full moon is tonight” we both win
Wednesday is a lot of things to me. It is the day I water my indoor plants, water and Wednesday both start with W so I can remember. It is flylady.net anti-procrastination day, so I am usually doing something that I have been putting off. It is also Miercoles which comes from the name Mercury, and was the messenger God. We often think of him in terms of communication when the internet becomes a buzz of mercury in retrograde, which put simply means that communications and plans may go in unintended ways.
Before I go further lets be clear, just because we are focusing on one aspect of Mercury, does not mean there are not many other aspects. We are never simply defined and neither are Deities. I am simply choosing to focus on communication because I think it is so very important.
For me communication is at the heart of all relationships and is in fact the essential component to a relationship. Be that relationship with a child, a parent, a friend, a lover or a Deity. If you feel disconnected I am guessing your communication is not going well. If you are not able to communicate well you are most likely caring around feelings that are unpleasant. You may wonder “why doesn’t he or she get it?” or you may have said “its no big deal, its fine” when that was not your truth and now you are wondering why you didn’t just say it was a big deal for you. I guess then we can add communication with self and honesty with self to the list of communications that are important.
For that reason Wednesdays posts will center around communication. If you have particular things you would like to know my thoughts on such as “how do I tell my new boy/girl friend etc I’m a witch” or “how can I better communicate with the Goddess and God” let me know. I am here for you.
Happy Wednesday. Happy Communicating and remember to say the things that are worth saying.
Hubby is sick and so no body got good sleep last night. I am entirely to sleepy to try to articulate something profound and so I will just stick to daily life and my mini ritual of the day to prepare for Mabon. I will save my post on the Oak/Holly King for later.
Todays focus is mental and communication. When I get sleepy my communication skills kind of go out the window. case in point this is the second time I have written this post. apparently the first time I was not really signed in even though it looked like I was. I don’t know like I said I get shall we say duller when tired. Making today the perfect day to actually pay close attention to my communication skills.
Communication is really and art form and I think how you communicate is directly related to your happiness. Are you able to ask for what you want or articulate your needs in a way that the other party can hear you and wants to help you? Do you speak with care to those you care about? Words are manifestations of thoughts, both which carry power. Try to take a step back and look at how you are communicating. If you are able to be heard you are more likely to feel more in balance with your world.
A few examples: I tend to be an emotional person. When I am excited about something I want others to be excited too. Like a new Idea be happy with me first and then bring me down with your logic. So when I am over the moon about something I tell my hubby “I am going to tell you something and I am really excited/ happy/ sad about it and I need you to be too when I tell you” He knows what his first response has to be 🙂 another good phrase we have is when the other is launching in to I have a big problem and no one gets me type talk the other says “do you want me to fix it or do you just need to vent.?” viola! we can sit back and go “oh honey that is just awful” I am sure that all couples have these phrases to help their communication along and I thought I would share ours. Bright Blessings and Sweet Dreams.