It's almost Thanksgiving for those who celebrate and I thought you might enjoy a fun activity. Below is a Tarot Spread to help give you a gratitude reset. Enjoy!
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The Wheel of the Year keeps turning and as we move through the circle of life, let us pause to consider where this turn of the Wheel has brought us. Samhain/Halloween has come and gone. We are now fully into the dark half of the year. It's quite obvious that the days have become shorter. So, what can we do during the dark time?
The Ancient Ones used this time of the year for activities that would hopefully get the final preparations for Winter accomplished. The nights grew longer, the weather grew colder and Winter storms forced people to spend more time indoors. The family gathered together into their nuclear units to plan, relax, and discuss life issues. People had more "downtime" to contemplate life and consider those things that might be helpful to assure better success in the future. They fed the Fire of life in order to keep it warm and glowing for their comfort and their needs.
One activity that many find important to do is a spiritual/psychological house cleaning. It is good to think about parts of our personalities that make us stumble, or fail. We need to look inside ourselves and shine a light on these 'shadows' of our nature and try to come to terms with them. There usually is no instant resolution for those things that trip us up, especially if they are ingrained.
I would be happy to do a Tarot assessment for you to help you discover how you might begin to dance in time with your shadow self and move forward on The Wheel in a more positive way.
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Many Blessings to you for safe and happy holidays!
,We spent a day and a half on a passage, 32 miles out to sea. Suddenly my watch troll, Iggy, shouted from the crow's nest, "Land Ho!" I thought he was asleep up there, but he called it right. On Monday, 8/30, we are entering Winyah Bay, SC.
We thought about stopping and anchoring for the night, but it was early in the day, so we decided to move on down the ICW to spend the night at Osprey Marina. We were exhausted, but satisfied with our journey to date. The next day we continued on to St. James Plantation Marina in North Carolina. We booked a place on the dock until 9/2, because of some nasty weather coming through. We have been lying here, safe and secure, enjoying the rest and the 'catch-up' day.
The ICW is a mixture of idyllic landscapes and full on resort areas, as you will see in the video. The Plum House, we believe, is a Troll rehab (vacay) house. We hope you enjoy the video!
Having rounded the Southern most point of Florida, we head up the East coast. We traveled through the ocean, right off of the coast for awhile, but some nasty weather drove us into the ICW for maximum safety.
The video is of random shots as we travel along the Atlantic coast and the ICW in Florida. We arrived at the Florida/Georgia border and are now in Fernandina Beach, FL on a mooring at Oasis Marina. We will stay here today to let some stormy weather pass and then head out early tomorrow (Sunday 8/29) to make an overnight passage through the Atlantic to once again enter the ICW at Winyah Bay, South Carolina on Monday morning. I hope you enjoy the photos!
We have dreamt many dreams,
And we have chased rainbows,
But there is only one thing,
That has satisfied our yearning,
For a live well lived,
Cruising together on a boat!
"Proper preparation prevents poor performance" This is a rule to live by, especially when living on and operating a boat! Today will be spent riding from Fellsmere to Port Charlotte in order to begin the 5P process with our new boat! We are thrilled, anxious, and itching to get started! So, let's get this girl into the water!
Spring is arriving in may parts of the world and with it the opportunity to once again tentatively emerge from our long occupied pandemic nests. The urge to spread our wings and fly away on new adventures affects some of us. It's a restlessness, a longing, a dream to go exploring.
There are places in this world that are only accessible by boat, but their uniqueness; their primitive and wild beauty are worth the arduous journey. There are magick & mystery along these Newfoundland shores. I share with you pictures of some of my favorites. Places that I thought I had lost when I sold my sailboat almost 3 years ago, but the Universe has smiled upon us and granted us another chance!
We are in the process of buying a new sailboat. One that will be a little bigger and a bit more comfortable, (yes!), but one that is very sturdy and hopefully will take us back to the places we long for and maybe still some yet to be discovered and explored.
The boat must pass a marine survey before we can call her ours and name her.
Addendum August 2, 2021:
So, we ended up looking at 6 boats, failed one survey, and finally landed at the right boat. What an ordeal! Today we finally closed on the purchase of a lovely Island Packet 38. Now we must scurry to get everything together, get the boat splashed and get underway! Here are a couple of teaser pictures for you:
As most of you know, we've been hanging out at Basecamp during this nasty pandemic. So, we've been taking advantage of our time at home to get our place tidied up. Today we started trimming low branches off of a tree on the NE corner of our 10 acres to make it easier to mow around the trees.
A few days ago we spied a dark mass in one of our biggest trees and checked it out. The tree had a large ball of honey bees hanging on it way up high. We thought perhaps it might be a swarm. When honey bees out grow their shelter, they make a new queen then she and a number of the bees from the overcrowded box 'swarm' away to find a new home. If you are an astute beekeeper, you can watch for things like this. If they don't go too far, you can collect them and give them a new home, thereby, increasing your hives naturally. We kept honey bees for a while and used to do this. The hobby is fun and the harvest of fresh honey is wonderful, but alas, after having been stung once too often I go into shock and can't breath if a honey bee stings me now. I can't use any product from the honey bee - not even the honey - or I have an allergic reaction. So sad, because I really enjoyed the hobby. I still think honey bees are beautiful!
So wouldn't you know it? The swarm decided to stay and they have built a beautiful comb in the tree! This happened to us once before and we were able to don our bee suits and put them into a proper hive. Then we harvested the wild honey. Yum! This one is too high in the tree to get to and I can't go near them anyway, so we'll see how long they stay! I guess we won't be trimming this tree for awhile!
So, here we sit at Basecamp, Florida and will remain here until we get everything ready for our next adventure. You can see the outside of Magic Van has changed, but there are also a few refits going on inside. I'll keep you posted!
I welcome you to Travel along with