A New Journal Challenge For You!

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Image from artleo.com

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
~ Rumi

Writing a journal is something I’ve done since I was a child. I don’t mean a simple diary, where you record the events of the day. You know what I mean… I ate this. I did this. Someone said that. No. I mean a place where I could explore ideas, talk with myself, and find my own answers.

Over the last few years I’ve created several journal challenges here on my blog, and I’ve just made a new one for you, to take advantage of the fabulous energies August and September bring for truly going deep within, in order to know and understand ourselves better.

Would you like to join me?

We’ll be starting next Sunday, August 2nd, so that you have adequate time to gather your resources together. Each Sunday for September and August I will have a new journal activity for you to complete during the week. You’ll need a minimum of ten minutes to set aside each week for writing, and an additional five minutes per day for five out of seven days for energy work. (If you can do more, great. If you can only find ten minutes then we’ll flow with that too.) There will also be an optional guided meditation each week.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A new journal. Choose one that feels right for you. Make sure there are enough pages to get you through 9 activities.
  • Some pens and pencils.
  • A small stone to use as a gratitude rock.
  • A larger rock or crystal to use as a guidance stone.
  • A deck of oracle cards.
  • A sense of adventure and a readiness to explore your inner world.

NB: A note on choosing oracle cards – choose cards whose pictures and messages are meaningful to you. Avoid cards such as tarot decks that show only coins or cups etc. Instead choose a deck whose imagery really speaks to you. It’s the pictures that matter. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to use them. I’ll be showing you.

That’s my own journal, cards and stones in the picture below. I’ll be right beside you doing each week’s activities too. My gratitude rock is a small citrine, and my guidance stone is a labradorite. The oracle cards I’ll be using are Colette Baron-Reid’s Enchanted Map cards

Who’s in? Pop your name in the comments or let us know over on facebook. If you post a pic on the facebook page during this challenge, you’ll be in the running to win a cool prize! Stay tuned for directions.

Much love, Nicole <3 xx

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You’ll find all the journal challenges for August and September here:

Week One Journal Challenge

Week Two Journal Challenge

Week Three Journal Challenge

Week Four Journal Challenge

Week Five Journal Challenge

Week Six Journal Challenge

Week Seven Journal Challenge

Week Eight Journal Challenge

Week Nine Journal Challenge

Win A Beautiful Healing Necklace

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“The power of love is real whether you can see it or not.”
~ Debasish Mridha

“The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.”
~ Mother Teresa

Do you remember, a while back, when I created my Love Mala?

Twice a day for one month I prayed that mala. Each bead represented a person, except one. The final teardrop-shaped clear quartz bead I chose to represent everyone. Each of you was contained within that bead, and within my meditations and prayers.

You can see it clearly in the picture below, just above the large crackle quartz on the right hand side at the bottom of the picture.

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That simple bead absorbed a lot of love and good energy during our month together. I also wore the mala every day and only took it off to meditate or to sleep. I liked to think that I was carrying you with me on my journeys – my walks around the farm, my visits to the beach, my hugs with friends, dancing in my gumboots at Bluesfest, absorbing the sunshine and rain and coffee dates and other simple moments of life.

I have now made that single bead into a healing necklace.

The stones I have chosen as its companions are these:

  • Peach Aventurine – a gently creative stone that facilitates healthy decision-making, joy and gratitude
  • Mookaite – Mookaite Jasper is an Australia healing stone that is full of nurture, and that will support you in times of stress, grief, loss and emotional pain. It also protects you energetically, and allows you to adapt to changing circumstances, promoting a sense of peace and empowerment.
  • Amethyst – lovely little stones to boost your intuition and spiritual connection
  • Cats Eye Shell – ocean energy to cleanse your aura and chakras, restoring optimism and your best self
  • Jet – another stone of protection, this one also invites positive change and new opportunity. It helps the body to dissipate physical and emotional pain, bringing a return to emotional balance and well-being.

And of course, that teardrop-shaped clear quartz came from my mala that was made specifically to aid in emotional healing. Its energies are of forgiveness and self-love, and to assist with ending guilt, regret, fear and shame and embracing love and flow and abundance.

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The necklace has been made with much love, and has been sitting charging up on my big rose quartz through the last full moon. The energy of these stones is soft, warm and nurturing, like a big hug. I know that it will envelope the wearer in love.

It’s ready to go to its new home, and I know it will find just the right person to support.

If you’d like to win this necklace, simply submit your name below.

For additional chances to win, add your name below this post on our facebook page. I’ll also be sharing photos of the necklace throughout the week on facebook. Every time you comment or share you’ll have another opportunity to win.

Next Monday night at 8pm Brisbane time – the 15th of June – I will put every name in a hat, and then draw one out.

I’ll announce the lucky winner here on Tuesday June 16.

Good luck!

Much love, Nicole


Water Oracle – For Embracing Opportunity

Indian River Lagoon by Gunner VV

Indian River Lagoon by Gunner VV

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
~ Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad


Water has always held energies of healing and change for me. It cleanses, nurtures and empowers. Today’s oracle is all about using water to tune in to your own deeper soul wisdom.

Is your soul parched? Do you need more of water’s healing presence in your life?

Over the next week, pay attention to water wherever it shows up. The water that comes out of the taps in your home, the water you drink, having a shower or bath, going for a swim or soaking your feet, rain falling, and bodies of water such as rivers, lagoons, lakes and oceans. See what water whispers to you. Pay attention to what it shows you, and how it makes you feel.


Instructions for using today’s post

Scroll down through the following water images and then let yourself come back to the one you are most drawn to.

When you have chosen your image scroll further down for your message; designed to help you embrace current opportunities.

Trust that you will be shown what you most need to know right now.

Love and Light,

Nicole ♥ xx

Let The Water Guide You…

1.  Green Lake

2. Sunrise River

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Image from pixsharks.com

3. Gentle Stream

4. Underwater Playground

Image from oceanmedia.su

Image from oceanmedia.su

5. Afternoon Waterhole

Image from Leichhardt Land

Image from Leichhardt Land

6. Ocean and Clouds

7. Iceland Waterfall

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Image from reddit.com

8. Tumbling Flow

Horsetail Falls is a beautiful area on the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, USA. The water flow from the falls is quite fascinating and very peaceful. © 2013 Rob Atkinson

Horsetail Falls,  Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, USA.  © 2013 Rob Atkinson


♥ The Healing Message and Gift of the Water♥

Each water image has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of change in your life.  You could wear or hold this crystal, pop it in your pocket, under your pillow or beside your bed. (If you’d like to know more about working with crystals click here) The Power Word is a word to remind yourself of the quality you most need right now.  You can turn it into your own personal mantra by saying “I choose ___________ ” (insert your Power Word).


1.  Green Lake:

Message – Green Lake invites you to embrace happiness in relationships. This is the energy of lasting love visiting your life. It is a deeply heart-centred message, reminding you to start by loving and caring for yourself. From this sound relationship with self, deep and loving relationships with others will follow. Green Lake also shows you that love and friendship are moving toward you. This is a huge heart-chakra healing, shift and opening. Family healing can occur. Relationship healing can occur. Recovering from trauma can occur. There is opportunity coming for you to begin new and meaningful heart-centred relationships. Soul mate relationships and life-long friendships are being drawn to you or presented for you to renew and reinvigorate. For some it also heralds the arrival of a child.

Crystal – Green Chrysoprase

Power Word – Heart Awakening


2.  Sunrise River:

Message – Sunset River is all about fresh starts.Sunset River brings an end to struggle. It heralds deep inner peace and emotional satisfaction that comes from knowing who you are and what you want. It is also about your changing fortune and the ability to re-invent yourself or redesign your life. Choosing this water image means that the wise part of you is ready to move back into flow. You’re being released from old patterns and holding patterns.  Expect good outcomes, legal wins, inspiration, creativity or good ideas that can positively shape a brighter future for yourself and your family. A great time for shifting house, changing school or club, for new projects, start-ups or a return to study.

Crystal – Citrine

Power Word – Abundance


3.  Gentle Stream:

Message – Gentle Stream brings an awakening of your spiritual and metaphysical abilities. Expect your intuition and psychic insight to become a much stronger guiding force in your life right now. You may dream about past lives. You may begin to feel or sense energy. You’ll come to know and understand things that were previously beyond you. Intuition is a natural force, and a normal part of life. In you, intuitive abilities run deeper than for most people. It’s something that has been a part of you for lifetimes. Look to activities and teachers that help you to explore and connect with this wise part of yourself. Time in nature and on your own will help ground you and hone your sensitivity.

Crystal – Amethyst

Power Word – Insight


4.  Underwater Playground:

Message – You’re naturally clever, and a deep thinker. Right now you’re being encouraged to use these skills to think deeply about your life, who you are, and where you are going. This is not a time for living superficially – it’s a time to prepare for decisions, plans and big changes. The Universe is calling you to step into a new phase of growth, productivity and responsibility. The key here is to have fun with it, to treat it all as a fabulous adventure rather than as something that is stressful or demanding. It’s a terrific time for having those deep and meaningful conversations with yourself or others. If you’re a writer, now is the time to finish (or start!) that book. Play in the playground of your own intellect and imagination. Ask yourself the big questions. Plan the big moves. Attack that hard task. You’ll be delighted with the results.

Crystal – Fluorite

Power Word – Conscious Choices


5.  Afternoon Waterhole:

Message – You’re stepping into a time of great opportunity to build a solid foundation with your career, family or finances. Efforts made now in building toward your future will pay off handsomely in times to come. A terrific time for study or expanding your business or career path. Also a good time for investing or buying property.The energy around you is stable, and you’re thinking clearly. Get a plan together and then work that plan. Don’t hesitate to seek guidance or to find mentors with proven track records. Take time to dream and then act on those dreams. Now is your time, so make a start!

Crystal – All Forms of Jasper

Power Word – Strong Foundations


6.  Ocean and Clouds:

Message – Ocean and Clouds signifies a time of deep and lasting healing in your life. Please know that your cries for help have been heard. This healing could be of your physical body, your emotions, your relationship to money, a family or personal situation, or something of a spiritual nature. Help is coming to you from unexpected directions, perhaps in the form of a helpful person or in a prayer answered. Not all of the efforts for your recovery need come from you. Ocean and Clouds shows you that Guides, Ancestors and Loved Ones who have crossed over are all conspiring to help you find what you need in order to put difficulties behind you. Expect miracles and dreams come true.

Crystal – Larimar

Power Word – Breakthroughs


7.  Iceland Waterfall:

Message – Iceland Waterfall affirms that this is your time to get your message out into the world. This is your time to be heard. This is your time to write, to speak, to teach, to preach. This is the healing and empowerment of the throat chakra and your ability to communicate effectively with others. This is not time to play small. Do all you can to advance yourself and your ideas. A powerful time for being a spokesperson and for positioning yourself, your passions or your products. This is a time where unexpected opportunities will arise, including directions you had not considered and yet that are well suited to your abilities and dreams. Trust. Live boldly.

Crystal – Clear Quartz

Power Word – Momentum


8: Tumbling Flow:

Message – The Universe is calling you to travel and to explore the far-flung corners of the globe. Follow your heart. Plan your next adventure. Let yourself move into unfamiliar waters. Tumbling Flow encourages you to connect with other cultures and other countries. Read books. Watch documentaries. Learn a new language.  Eat the cuisine of different nations. Organise a holiday. Take an overseas or interstate transfer. Open up to the bigness of the world and let yourself be swept up in new opportunities to learn and grow.

Crystal – Aragonite Star Cluster

Power Word – New Experiences



Seeing Auras – The Day My Life Changed

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Image from lintas.me

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”
~ Paulo Coelho


If you regularly read my blog you’ll know that I am psychic. I was born that way, and I believe all of us have intuitive capability. But in some of us it is more focused than in others, as with any kind of ability.

For most of my early life I considered this psychic capacity a curse. I was ashamed of it. I wanted to be normal. Like everybody else. In fact, I did everything I could to ignore the feelings, visions and experiences that came unbidden. In doing so I hoped that all of it would somehow just go away.

Of course it didn’t.

Still, I managed to keep a lid on things until I moved to the Kimberley and met the women who would become my Aboriginal Aunties. Under their watchful eye and gentle tutelage I began to trust my abilities and to grow in the using of them.

Then I came back to the city and did my best to shut things down. I managed to co-exist with the abilities but keep them shoved to the side most of the time, while I pursued a more ‘normal’ life. Corporate by day, psychic when no-one corporate was looking… I managed to do both, without having either world collide.

But that all changed on my thirtieth birthday.

I was staying in Sydney while I attended a conference, hoping to use the skills I was gaining to further my corporate career. The hotel hosting the program was prohibitively expensive so I’d chosen to share a room at a travellers’ hostel with another course participant – a lovely stranger named Robyn.

On the second morning of the course I woke early, and stood on my bed to peer out of the tiny high window that looked down over the beach. It was sunrise, and I hoped to see the sun come up to welcome in my thirtieth year.

Bondi Beach - photography hotspots

Bondi Beach – photography hotspots

Everything looked blurred. I rubbed and rubbed my eyes but still nothing came clear.

No, that wasn’t quite right. The people were blurry, but the landscape remained unchanged. All of the people looked as if they were encased in bubbles of translucent multi-coloured light.

It began to freak me out. Slowly I climbed down from my bed and looked across at my sleeping roomy. She was a bubble of light too.

I grabbed my towel and a change of clothes and made my way down the corridor to the women’s bathroom. Things went from bad to worse. A man walked towards me and I felt myself flinch and press myself to the wall, trying to stay out of the way of his ‘bubble’ which seemed to me to be a tangible thing. I was sure he would run into me.

After my shower more people were up and about and I became distressed as they walked past me, crowding me with their strange bubbles of light, which pressed in all around me. I felt invaded by their energy, and panicky. Something terrible was happening to me, and I worried this might be a stroke or brain tumor or some other kind of medical emergency.

Back at the room Robyn was so kind. She fetched me some water, sat beside me and asked me to explain what was happening. We came up with possibilities, including a migraine.

Eventually she went off to the course and I took myself to a local doctor and then to hospital.

Image by Kiah VA

Image by Kiah VA

Even in my panic I began to notice that the bubbles of light were different colours. At the hospital many of the nurses had pink in their bubbles. Many of the doctors had a particular shade of blue, and both groups seemed to have a lot of yellow.

After seeing a couple of different people I was sent to a calm, quietly-spoken older man. A neurologist. He believed that I might be seeing auras. He had another patient who saw words as colour, and a patient who saw music as colours. He didn’t seem to be freaked out by what was happening to me. Instead he was curious, and encouraged me to be the same. I was given a referral to a practitioner back in my home state, and told to come back to emergency if I experienced mental confusion or chest pain.

I went back to the hostel feeling frightened and very much alone. I was still very panicked, hoping that these colours would wear off soon and my eyes would go back to normal. I didn’t know how I’d go home to my relatively new relationship and explain this latest shame to my boyfriend. I was sure he’d end it with me. I mean, seeing bubbles of light around people? That was the ravings of a crazy person.

How would I tell my parents? What if people found out? What if it never went away?

I worked myself into quite a state. I already had an illness no-one seemed to believe was real. (Yep, that was undiagnosed lyme disease, making my life a misery even back then!) Now I had this bizarre  awful thing happening with my eyes. My world had turned foreign and dangerous overnight. Everything looked strange. My spatial knowledge, my personal space, my sense of safety and boundaries were all being challenged. Walking, crossing the road, negotiating pedestrians and traffic – all of it was terrifying. It was as if I’d woken up in someone else’s life, or someone else’s sci-fi dream. I couldn’t turn it off. I couldn’t make it stop. All I wanted was to go to sleep and wake up the way I’d been the day before. Was this what my life had been reduced to? Was I mentally ill?

Before, I could hide the fact that I was different. Now I had no chance of that. The worst thing was I could no longer deny this to myself. How could I kid myself I was normal, or that being psychic was ‘just a phase’. What would my life look like now? What would this mean for me? I seriously considered walking to the next beach and throwing myself from the cliff there.

My roomy came back late that afternoon, and insisted in taking me downstairs to a cafe for celebratory coffee and cake. She didn’t treat me like a lunatic. Instead Robyn had bought me a birthday present – a notepad and some coloured pencils from the local newsagency. Draw what you see, she said. Draw me! And so I did my first aura reading, without knowing yet that this is what I was doing.

Robyn truly saved my life that day.

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Image from goodfon.su

This gentle wise woman held my hand, sat patiently, and talked me into staying on the course, and calling my boyfriend, Ben to tell him what had happened. By the end of the week I was even drawing auras for other people Robyn had befriended and brought to our table.

Then my dear new friend stayed in touch. She rang me after we both went back to our interstate homes, to see how I’d settled in and how my reception with Ben had gone. Robyn kept quietly encouraging me and accepting me.

And that made all the difference. She handed me a lifeline via her kindness and compassion, helping me to find my way back from a dark and frightening place. Because of Robyn I stayed present, I sat in awareness and I stopped fighting this thing that radically changed me overnight.

That’s a long time ago, and I’m used to seeing auras – around people, and animals and plants and places now too. I even know what they mean. This seemingly terrible thing has radically changed my life in so many good ways. Yes, there is some not so great stuff that comes with seeing the energy of others, all the time, but doesn’t everything have its ups and downs. It’s taken a while but I accept myself with grace and good humour. I am what I am. Just as you are what you are.

I’m sharing my story today for two reasons. One: for you to know that it’s okay to be different. You’re you for a reason. Embrace that! If it’s challenging you, sit in awareness and wait to see what happens next. Be curious and non-judgmental. Most of all be gentle with yourself. And Two: to help you understand that through kindness and compassion – even the smallest and simplest of gestures – you can radically change the path of another, and perhaps even the wider world.

Bless <3 xoxo


Want to join me on Witch Camp?

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Image from energymuse.com

“Yours are the only shoes made to walk your journey.”
~ C. F. Glassman

I have some exciting news! My friend Maia Toll runs a couple of online courses every year, known as Witch Camp. Maia is a herbalist and wise woman, who is helping others to reclaim the word witch the way witch once was – where a witch is a woman who knows herself and her cycle in the seasons. And yes, men too can be witches!

Witch Camp is a seven week (and a little extra!) online course that gives daily support as you journal, connect to nature, do some soul journeying, and play with crystals, tarot and oracle cards, herbs, words, art and meditation. Writing becomes a powerful tool for transformation as you move with the cycles of the moon and the solstice, gradually becoming clear about who you are, what matters to you, and why you are here.

Sound like fun?

What’s even more exciting is that this year Maia has divided the course into Witch Camp North and Witch Camp South. She’ll be leading Witch Camp North, helping all of those in the Northern Hemisphere as they move from Spring into Summer.

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Image from faders.org

Here’s the bestest bit – I will be leading Witch Camp South! I’ve customised Maia’s content for those of us who live in the Southern Hemisphere, so together we will be exploring the energies of Autumn as we move towards the Winter Solstice, using our time to retreat into ourselves, to connect with nature and ancestors, to do some deep journey work into ourselves and our shadow side (the part of us that is often hidden from our daily lives).

There’s a wonderful forum with the course where we can comment, share and support each other. And we’ll also have a private facebook page where we can gather too.

For this momentous first gathering together, Maia has opted to offer the course to you at the early bird price of $89 USD for seven delicious weeks of daily support, magic, journalling, self exploration and community. The course starts May 3rd, and you only need yourself, a notebook and just a few simple tools that you’ll most likely have already lying around the house.

To find out more, or to register, go here:

Take Me to Witch Camp

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, make sure to choose Witch Camp North with Maia.

If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, come join Witch Camp South with me!

PS – If you have any trouble with the sign-up page you can go here: Witch Camp South

I’ll see you at Witch Camp, Lots of love, Nicole

Some of my own witchy journals and tools

Some of my own witchy journals and tools

The ‘Best Path’ Magical Oracle

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Image from galleryhip.com

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”
~ J.K. Rowling


Feel in need of a little guidance?

Every so often I like to create an oracle for you. The very first one I ever posted was The Healing Power of Flowers and Fairy Blessings.  We offered a selection of flowers for you to choose from, and each flower came with a message – a mini-reading if you will. It was so well received that I’ve been creating oracles for you ever since.

Today I’m so pleased to offer you another of my Magical Oracles! This time, I’ve chosen paths – paths that can symbolically connect you to the wisdom, guidance and support you might need right now.

Instructions for using today’s post

Scroll down through the following images and then let yourself come back to the one you are most drawn to.

When you have chosen your path, scroll further down for your oracle message. Trust that what you most need to know is exactly what you shall choose.

Love and Light,

Nicole  xx

Let the Best Path Blessings Begin…

1.  Light Spirals

Image by Jason D Page

Image by Jason D Page

2.  Signed Trail

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Image from jeffrey3000.com

3.  Nightfall Path 

4.  Magical Maze

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Image from reddit.com

5.  Forest Convergence

Image from wikipedia

Image from wikipedia

6. ♥ Expressway

7. ♥ Golden Glade

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Image from mihanblog.com

8. Well Trodden Track

Your Path’s Message ♥

Each Best Path has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to support the message and energies of your chosen path.  You could wear or hold this crystal, pop it in your pocket, under your pillow or beside your bed. (If you’d like to know more about working with crystals click here) The Power Word is a word to remind yourself of the quality you most need and that you are strongly attracting right now.  You can turn it into your own personal mantra by saying “I choose ___________ ” (insert your Power Word). Your Magical Healing Environment is a place or activity you’ll find supportive and healing.


1.  Light Spirals There is a beautiful energy of freshness, change and growth coming into your world. It’s time to embrace playfulness, to take yourself less seriously and to engage a sense of curiosity and wonder. Cynicism and judgement won’t help you – instead choose to be open to possibility and new directions. Seek new angles and opportunities. Ideas, inspiration and Divine Guidance – that’s what this path is all about, so trust. Expect magic!  ♥ Best Crystal – CITRINE  ♥ Power Word – INSPIRED  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Time in nature and places that inspire and uplift you. Let your soul be moved by art, music, books, movies, natural beauty and the rhythms of life.

2.  Signed Trail Honey, why do you make it so hard for yourself? There’s really no need to re-invent the wheel. Know that you have courage to spare, and plenty of fuel in the tank, but right now you’re better spent using that energy for creation the way that only you can do. There are experts, courses and well-worn paths that will get you where you want to go. OR maybe it’s time for YOU to be the leader and help other people get their feet firmly on the path you’ve been walking. Either which way the power is in the well signposted path. No need to be breaking new ground. Do what you do best, and get help for the rest.  Best Crystal – CLEAR QUARTZ  Power Word – SIMPLIFY  Magical Healing Environment – Looking to leaders and mentors, or stepping up to be one yourself. You need time for thinking, planning and creating. Find or create a space that lets you immerse yourself in mastery. Get a team together, or at least a map and some proven resources. Copy people whose systems work! No need to start from scratch.

3.  Nightfall Path  What is needed for you, more than anything right now, is time for yourself and your dreams. Pull back. Create a sacred retreat. Determine your path and your goals and then put them front and centre in your life. Your priorities before the priorities of others! You can be all things to all people later, if you still even want that… But for now make it all about you. It’s long overdue, don’t you agree? It’s not selfish – it’s self care and self development!  Best Crystal – AMETHYST   Power Word – FOCUS  Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that supports your consolidation, healing and dreams becoming reality. Surround yourself with time, space and the things that deeply matter to you. Start to tackle the things you know you need to do to change your life. Rest deeply. Think deeply. Create. Build. Reinvent yourself.

4.  Magical Maze You’re like a giant cauldron right now – there are so many great ideas and concepts bubbling away inside you. But none of them are done yet – they all need more cooking time. It’s okay to give your dreams and projects time – time for research, time for synchronicity, time for more work, more attention to detail, time to become something bigger and stronger and brighter than they currently are. Don’t push things, don’t try to force success or results. Your moment is coming. Have a little patience and then trust in good outcomes.  Best Crystal – FLUORITE   Power Word –VISION   Magical Healing Environment – Time for relaxing, exploring and stepping back a little, or for plugging away for the joy of it, rather than as forced labour. Make time to dream. Make time to work on your dreams for the joy of the journey rather than the pressure of an outcome. Take time to reconnect to your passions, and to remember WHY you loved this idea or journey so much when you first started out. Once you reconnect to the emotion, everything else will fall into place.

5.  Forest Convergence Sometimes the veil between this life and the ones we’ve lived previously, or the ones that lie before us, becomes very thin. If we still our minds and open our hearts we can step into an energy that enlightens us, and that guides our every footfall as we break new ground in a certain aspect of our lives. A time for courage, for new horizons, endings and beginnings of great significance. A time to embrace ourselves more fully, and with deeper understanding.  Best Crystal – MOSS AGATE or RUTILATED QUARTZ   Power Word – TRANSFORMATION  Magical Healing Environment –Meditation, journalling and self work. Find activities and head space that allows room for introspection, reflection and connection. Make art, make music, make love. Write. Sing. Create. Practice ritual and magic. Speak to God, your guides and elders, your ancestors and your own wise soul. Be open to this deepening within you. A time of great power and magic.

6. ♥ Expressway It’s time for major decisions that only you can make. This path reminds you to weigh up your options carefully, to take advice if necessary, but to trust your heart and intuition in guiding you to make the best choices for yourself and your future. Research, analyse, do whatever you have to do to get clarity – but use this time to get to a place of action, where you allow decisions to be the springboard to a better life . It is not enough just to think – you are being called to make choices that create movement, that pull you out of stuckness and back into flow.  Best Crystal – BLUE LACE AGATE  ♥  Power Word – CHOICES  Magical Healing Environment – Time that allows you to weigh up your life, your goals and relationships. Take yourself away  – to a coffee shop, a motel, a shack by the beach. Work out what to embrace and what to let go. Give yourself the gift of thinking time. Speak with people who know and support you.  Celebrate your individuality and your best life. Give yourself permission to shine.

7. ♥ Golden Glade This magical path is all about healing. The Universe is inviting you to step into a place of better alignment, allowing for long-standing physical or emotional issues or major limitations and blockages to finally drop away. You will find the right healers, the right methods, the right tools, medicines, relationships and opportunities will come your way. Some of you may also have a calling to step into your own power as a healer and facilitator for the positive transformation of others. This path is so clear for you. Embrace it, and all the goodness it entails.  Best Crystal – GOLDEN CALCITE ♥ Power Word – HEALING  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – People, places, methods and products that nourish, nurture and realign you. Invest in your own well being. Choose for vitality, health and performance. Rest. Move. Learn. Grow. Discard what shrinks you or leaves you weak. Welcome the things that strengthen and energise you. Get ready for major changes and breakthroughs.

8. Well Trodden Track Your power right now comes from the heart. Heart-based relationships, heart-centred business and investment, following the calling of your heart. Owning your talents and gifts, so that you can honestly say “I am this thing” and say it with love and humility, knowing it as your truth. This is not a solitary path. It’s a path where you will attract friends and lovers, mentors and comrades. It’s a path that allows you to radiate joy and purpose. It’s a path that encourages others to join you as you dance through life. Family, community, tribe. That’s what this path is all about.  Best Crystal – ROSE QUARTZ    Power Word – LOVE ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Sitting in your heart, rather than your mind  Honouring your intuition. Living from a place of kindness, compassion and good humour. Practicing spiritual and emotional connection, acceptance, forgiveness and grace. Welcoming love and friendship.

The Glorious Journey of Our Love Mala

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“The best teachers have showed me that things have to be done bit by bit. Nothing that means anything happens quickly–we only think it does. The motion of drawing back a bow and sending an arrow straight into a target takes only a split second, but it is a skill many years in the making. So it is with a life, anyone’s life. I may list things that might be described as my accomplishments in these few pages, but they are only shadows of the larger truth, fragments separated from the whole cycle of becoming. And if I can tell an old-time story now about a man who is walking about, waudjoset ndatlokugan, a forest lodge man, alesakamigwi udlagwedewugan, it is because I spent many years walking about myself, listening to voices that came not just from the people but from animals and trees and stones.”
~ Joseph Bruchac


Do you remember, back in February, when I decided to make a mala, and to pray every bead twice a day for a month? The idea came to me because my friend Liz was going through a difficult time, and I wanted to find a practical way to support her. My first bead – a pearl – I marked for her, and then I chose a bead for 106 other people, and the 108th as a bead to represent everyone not specifically mentioned in the previous beads. The keeper bead, at the beginning and end of the mala, is the stone I kept for myself.

My intention for that thirty days was to use my meditation and prayers to aid in your emotional support and healing. I strung each bead onto the mala with an intent for you to know forgiveness and self-love, for ending guilt, regret, fear and shame and embracing love and flow and abundance.

Each day I held every bead, one at a time between my fingers, and prayed my mantras and then a specific prayer for each bead – each person. I wore the mala every day, all day, so that I carried you with me. Soon my fingers knew each bead by name. This one Wendy, this one Jess, Jacob, Holly, David, Satisha, Kim, PJ, Joanne…

Each night when I finished my meditation I lay the mala on a large quartz and green tourmaline cluster beside my bed. Each morning my fingers reached out in the dark, found the mala, and my prayers and meditations began again. After which the mala was placed over my head so that I could wear it all day.

The very first day I wore the mala I took you all out for breakfast at a favourite cafe near my farm. Later we swam in the ocean. The water was so clear that I could see tiny fish darting above the sand below my feet. A stingray shuffled past. A dolphin greeted us from a rolling wave.

Over the next thirty days this mala came with me as I swam in rivers, watched koalas in the eucalypts, walked rainforests and paddocks, visited farmers markets and dined with friends. I felt that you were with me on every step of my daily life. You came to coffee shops to sit and write with me and my friends, you came to conferences and dinners and even to a theme park where I took you on a crazy ride and then ran in the rain. You’ve been hugged, and you’ve enjoyed laughter and quiet times. You’ve been held during the day when I sensed you needed extra support. You’ve had all kinds of weather, and you even came dancing with me at Bluesfest.

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Finally on Good Friday I took the mala off and laid it on the earth here at my farm, under the shade of the magnolia tree that Sokli, my fairy friend, so loves. I placed a grid of stones around the mala. A stone given to me by my Aboriginal Auntie, a citrine point, a selenite fish-tail, and a rose quartz. In the centre of the grid I placed a large phantom smoky quartz. All of these stones gave energy to the mala as it rested on the earth during the lunar eclipse and Blood Moon on Easter Saturday.

On Friday I shall gather the beads up from the earth and begin the process of unstringing the mala and passing beads on to those people who want them now that my prayer cycle is complete.

The bead that stood for everyone? I am going to string another mala using that bead and then give it away to one of my readers. Stay tuned to find out more details once that new meditation mala is complete.

I’ll begin another Love Mala soon to pray for a group of you for thirty days. Theme as yet to be decided. I promise to update you when I start allocating the next group of names to these beads.

It has been an honour and a privilege to carry you with me. I hope you feel the love and care in these stones, and know how much you mean to me. (((HUGS))) Nicole <3 xoxo

Image from rambling mandie.com

Image from rambling mandie.com