About Cauldrons and Cupcakes

Hi! I’m Nicole Cody. I am a writer, psychic, metaphysical teacher and organic farmer. I love to read, cook, walk on the beach, dance in the rain and grow things. Sometimes, to entertain my cows, I dance in my gumboots. Gumboot dancing is very under-rated.

Planner Will Be Live In Shop In Just A Few Hours!

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.” 
A.A. Milne

We had a fantastic time at the Pop Up Shop yesterday, and I loved being able to give so many of you a great big hug! I’m looking forward to seeing more of you for hugs today too.

Our Planner and Crystal packs for 2018 sold like ice-creams on a hot day yesterday, but we still have stock left, ready to go live in our shop a little later this morning.

I know some of you will be in that space of needing to grab this awesome Planner RIGHT NOW but I had a late night, and there’s another big day ahead for me at the Pop Up Shop and running workshops and there is not a bite of food in the house because after we finish the event today we’ll pack up the truck and head straight back to the farm where we’ll stay for a day getting things ready for our awesome house sitter. Then we’ll race back to the city on Monday, sort out our housesitter here and then and pack our bags before flying out to Asia for three weeks on Tuesday morning at some ridiculously early hour for the ‘Congratulations You’re Fifty and Thank You for Not Dying’ holiday that my husband Ben bought me as a surprise!!! So, who needs food in the house when you aren’t going to be home, right? I’m starving hungry, so we are off to our favourite cafe right now to eat breakfast and fuel up for the day, and then I’ll come home and put the final trimmings on everything and the 2018 offerings will go live. Self-care first, lovelies!

For those of you who wanted to get to the Channelling session last night but couldn’t make it, I have good news. We recorded all the Guides and we’ll make the recordings available here in the shop in the next 48 hours. Yay!

Okay, breakfast for me and then it’s Planner time for you.

Biggest hugs and love, Nicole ❤ xx

 

Will I be giving you a hug today? Brisbane Pop Up Shop!

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” 
~  A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

It’s finally here! Our Christmas Pop Up Shop, Channelling night and Workshops here in Brisbane. Will I get to see you today or tomorrow and give you a big hug?

Come visit us, and share a cup of tea and some good company! You’ll find lots of

DECEMBER 15 AND 16, 2017

ANNUAL BRISBANE POP UP SHOP, CHANNELING EVENING AND WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

St Colomb’s Church Hall,  23 Victoria St, Clayfield.

POP UP SHOP – Friday from 2pm to 6.00pm  Saturday from 10am to 4pm

An Evening of Channelling With Nicole: Friday from 6.30pm to 9pm (please bring a small supper offering to share)

Saturday 16 December: Morning Workshop 10am to 12pm – Vision Board and Manifesting Crystals for 2018 & Afternoon Workshop 1pm to 4pm – Intuitive Oracle/Tarot Card Reading Class

You can get all the details here.

 

Right now my house is groaning with boxes full of crystals, oracle and tarot cards, singing bowls and bells, prayer shawls, journals, incense and smudge kits, and all manner of helpful and lovely tools and treats. Every surface is full.

When Dana and Ben and I packed up all of the crystals for the YOM 2018 packs and tomorrow’s workshops we literally ate our lunch squeezed between all the boxes in the lounge room.

We didn’t mind. It was a fun and productive day!

The thing I am most excited about today, besides seeing you and all those lovely hugs and cups of tea, is that I will have hard copies of our Year of ME (YOM) Planner! Oh my goodness I am so proud of this year’s edition. My team have done an incredible job to get this to you, and every page is filled with love and our intentions that 2018 be a kind, good and expansive year for you. Here’s a sneak peek of its loveliness…

Can’t wait to see you all. And it’s not too late if you want to book in to any of our events. Just contact Dana, my hard-working and magnificently organised PA, whose details are in this post.

For those of you who can’t make it, all of the Planner options and membership details for 2018 will be on my blog shop tomorrow.
Much love, Nicole   xx

A Small But Positive Sign In The Shape Of A Snail

“Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.” 
~  Oprah Winfrey

When we holidayed with a friend and her family early this year, her small children asked me what I had done to earn pocket money when I was little.

We didn’t get pocket money when we were growing up, but sometimes we would get paid for chores, and the one chore both my mother and grandmother would pay for was snail collection. Both of them were avid gardeners, and there were always so many snails threatening their annuals, vegetables and flowers. I would wake early each morning to silvery trails along all the paths, and of course all of the soft plants and flowers would have been nibbled voraciously. I’d be sent out with an empty ice-cream bucket (the family size!) to gather snails so they could be disposed of. I’d easily fill that bucket with perhaps half an hour’s work. They were everywhere, especially if you knew where to look.

Fast forward to today, and I have barely seen a single snail in years, except for the giant rainforest snails that we sometimes see around the farm. I’ve grieved and ached for that loss, and for my role in contributing to the demise of so many creatures. Our modern garden is so different to the gardens of my childhood. Where have all the snails gone? The bees? The insects? As a child I would amuse myself for hours catching small green grasshoppers or odd-looking beetles. There was an abundance of wildlife in my own back yard. Birds, dragonflies, stick insects, praying mantis, butterflies, Christmas beetles by the battalion, moths, all kinds of grubs and crawly things. And so many bees, especially when the summer lawn was full of clover.

Forty or so years later the skies and gardens seem empty. And I hadn’t seen a snail in my garden for a decade.

Until today. A tiny snail on one of my roses. Ben pointed it out to me. ‘Look, honey’, he said. ‘A snail is eating your rose.’ ‘Good!’ I responded. ‘I’ll grow more!’ If that little snail likes roses I will make sure she has an endless supply.

I can’t tell you how happy this one little snail has made me. I am hoping to soon see more.

A garden snail – courtesy of the Breathe Easy Project

Here in our little corner of the world, at our farm and at our neighbours, we don’t use chemicals or bug spray or any kind of pesticide. I favour companion planting. If bugs destroy a certain plant I make a note of it and either don’t grow it again or I grow lots of it so we can share it with the bugs, or so they can eat it and spare the rest of my garden.

Birds like to eat snails and bugs. So do lots of other critters. They are all part of the cycle of life, and I want for that biodiversity to continue. To that end we’ve planted lots of native flowering trees that are food for birds and butterflies and possums. We’ve placed birdbaths strategically around the garden. We’ve replanted species around the denuded areas of our farm to encourage biodiversity and restorative ecology. We farm organically. We use worm farms to enrich our soil and to compost all our food scraps. We do what we can to make our home a home for all.

Perhaps that little snail is a sign that we are doing something right.

Today I’m intending for you some small positive sign that you’re moving in the right direction too. Much love, Nicole   xx

 

 

A Sneak Peek Inside our YOM 2018 Planner

 

“That’s the thing with handmade items. They still have the person’s mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone.” 
Aimee Bender

Yesterday one of our Cauldrons and Cupcakes community asked if she could have a look inside our Year of ME Planner for 2018.

I’m so darned proud of this Planner. It’s been months in the making, and my team and I poured love and care into every page. This Planner will guide you through the year ahead, month by month, week by week.

Our hard copies of the Planner will be ready for collection from the printer on Thursday afternoon, so the following pictures were snapped late last night on my phone – they are from A5 copies printed on my home printer in draft mode as we worked through proof after proof to make the Planner as good as we could possibly make it. These pictures don’t do our Planner justice, but they will give you an idea of what’s inside!

I designed my own Planner years ago, when I couldn’t find one that did all the things I wanted it to. It’s called the Year of ME, and the ME actually stands for Manifesting Energies – it’s not a Planner for decadent and over-the-top self-indulgence (although it could be if that was your heart’s desire), it’s a Planner for helping you to create more room in your life for the things that matter to you, for making some quiet time for spiritual growth and connection, for charting a practical path to achieving goals and dreams, for celebrating the pleasures of an ordinary life and for cradling and supporting you when the going gets rough or when life is crazy busy.

My Planner starts with a review of the year that has been, because we learn and grow when we can look back on things with eyes of compassion and openness, rather than judgement. Then we plan the year ahead, and we begin to use tarot or oracle cards as companions on our journey, helping us to receive insights and messages from our own wise souls that will make the path ahead better lit and easier to follow. There are also full year calendars in the front of the Planner for 2018 and 2019.

The Planner explains the energies of 2018, and how to best use them. Then it guides you Quarter by Quarter, month by month. Each Quarter has a theme. Each Month has its own energies and I also explain the best crystals to use to support you through that month.

 

 

Every month has a full-page calendar showing the moon cycles and with room to write in, and every week there is space for your card of the week, for practicing gratitude and a mini meditation, and then a day planner to help you keep your time organised.

There are simple monthly financial sheets to help you keep track of your money and financial position, as well as tips on how to manage your money better.

 

At the end of every Quarter there is a review where you can look over the previous three months, learn, grow and then plan the next Quarter so that it reflects your dreams and goals.

That’s the essence of the Planner, but there’s so much more – there are simple systems and processes to help you choose areas of focus and goals for the year, and then how to break these down into measurable steps that you can actually achieve. And there’s space for you to deepen your spiritual practice and inner journeywork.

 

The Planner will be available for digital download as a PDF in A4 format for $33.00 AUD (that’s $25 USD). You could print it out at home or at your local copy shop.

The hard-copy Planner will be A5, spiral bound, with protective clear covers and a heavy card cover and back. The cost for the hard-copy Planner is $45 AUD (that’s $34 USD), plus postage if you can’t get to our pop up shop or pick up from Brisbane.

We also have a wonderful year-long membership and community that supports the Planner. For my YOM (that’s what we call the Year of ME) community we have a learning platform and year-long access to materials, webinars and other goodies that augment the Planner. We also have a very active private Facebook group, where we share and support each other, and where I also host regular Facebook Live events. Cost for a whole year of goodness is just $330 AUD (that’s $250 USD) and includes digital download of the Planner as well as some other surprises. I love my YOMMERS and take good care of them – they get offered all of our courses, retreats and events before we open them to the General Public, and they also get discounts on many of my offerings too.

And of course there are our crystal packs to support the Planner. Here’s a sneak peek at those too. There are 24 stones in the pack. We only have limited availability of these because they have all been charged up by me in a grid at my farm, and also include stones from important grids in 2012 and 2016. The cost of these packs is $197 AUD (only $150 USD) plus postage.

All of these goodies will be available for purchase at my Pop-Up Shop in Brisbane on 15 and 16 December, and they will go live online in the shop here on my blog on Saturday 16 December.

I hope this post answers some of your questions. This is the third edition of our Planner, after it was launched in 2016. 92% of our YOMMERS (Year of ME peeps) came back from the first to the second year – we’re a strong and vital community, and we welcome you to come join us!

Much love, and big hugs, Nicole ❤ xx

PS – Every year for as long as I can remember, my mother has announced ‘This year is going to be my year – the year of ME’. I’m sure she thinks this Planner has been named for her. Please don’t tell her it stands for Manifesting Energies!

LOL – Love you, Mum xx

Year of ME 2018 Planner News!

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller

 

It’s almost here – our Year of ME Planner for 2018! ME stands for Manifesting Energies, and I have created this Planner as a support tool to help grow you, your dreams, your spiritual connection and your wise intuitive self.

The picture above is of our A4 size Planner, which will be available on Saturday 16 December as a digital download.

For the first time ever we will also have A5 copies this year; they are being finished at the printer as we speak, and they are gorgeous – full colour, jam-packed with information and activities, and small enough to slip into your bag and take with you wherever you go (unless your bag is one of those that fits only a credit card and a lipstick!).

We’ve got crystal packs of the 24 stones that will be used in the Planner for the year ahead. These crystal packs contain Rose Quartz Devotional Stones that were in my 2012 Transit of Venus supergrid – a huge crystal grid at my farm, and Clear Quartz Programmed Crystals from my Ancestors and Songlines Grid of 2016, which grew into an enormous anchoring grid  for the energies of this new era, so they are super special. Here’s a picture of the almost finished grid from back in 2016.

Best of all, there is another year of my online Community. If you buy the Year of ME Membership option you have access to a wonderful community of people, as well as a year of information, activities, webinars and sharing. Our community has loving christened the Planner the YOM Planner, and we who use the Planner are now known as the YOMMERS. My membership space is a place where I can walk you through the year, explain all the aspects of the month ahead and the crystals we’ve chosen, where I can do special webinars with my tribe to teach you new skills and share important information, and where I channel with my guides in live webinars, and answer your questions and provide general support. And did I mention what an incredible, loving and supportive space my YOM Community is? There is real friendship and belonging there. It’s a safe space, a heart space, and a place for great personal transformation. I totally heart it!

I’ll also be launching my next year of YOMpreneur – a coaching and support space for my YOMMERS who are also entrepreneurs (or would like to be). This year I’ve proudly watched as YOMpreneurs have launched websites and programs and exhibitions and pilot products and all kinds of other wonderful growth. In fact I’m so proud of what they’ve achieved and I have so much faith in their products and services that I will be championing them here on the blog next year, introducing you to what they have created and are offering in the world.

I’ll have the crystals packs and the A5 Planner for sale at my weekend pop up shop, and will be officially launching everything on Friday night. Then my store will go live on Saturday morning. I’m so excited and proud to be able to share this year’s offering for 2018, and I’d like to give a huge shout-out to my team – Dana Hartnell, Chelsi Angeles, Love Pascual and Rebekah Turner – for making such a beautiful Planner and getting the hard-copy over the line in time for Christmas.

I’d love to have you join us in 2018, or simply buy my Planner and work through it on your own at home. I know it can help transform your life!

Biggest love and hugs, and an excited little happy dance too, Nicole ❤ xx

Monday Oracle – 11 December 2017

 “Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
-Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Hello, Lovelies!

December is a month of gifts of pleasure, true abundance and celebration

Keep that in mind as we look at the gifts which the oracle card Confusion brings us.

So, what awareness does Confusion bring us this week?

This card has a simple but powerful message: Everything looks and feels worse than it is when you are in a place of exhaustion!

Confusion reminds us that sometimes the best decision we can make is to postpone that decision while we get some rest. When we’re so tired that our brain is about as sharp as a beachball it’s never going to be our best thinking.

We live in a crazy, busy unrelenting world. Confusion asks us to consider what we can do to ease the craziness this week. Maybe we need an early night, or to go for a walk each morning or before bed to clear our head. Maybe we need to cut back on outings, commitments, social media or screen time. Perhaps we can support ourselves better with some nutritious food (good quality takeout can sometimes be an option at times like this – make sure to order enough so that there are leftovers for a second meal).

Confusion’s teaching: This week look at what you can delegate, delay or drop from your busy schedule. Free up some breathing space. Get a little time for yourself, even if it’s just ten minutes over your favourite brew in the local cafe or at home in a cosy quiet corner. Treat yourself with great care and love. You’ll be in a much better position to make decisions or create plans once you’re rested and your head is back on right.

Note: In my Year of ME Planner (ME stands for Manifesting Energies, and for those already using it our planner is known as the YOM planner and our community are YOMMERS!) we cover this very situation in a section known as Sustainable Madness, where I show you how to navigate crazy times or crazy deadlines while exerting extreme self-care.

It’s nearly time for our yearly Planner Launch (this year we even have A5 physical copies too, yay!) Stay tuned and I’ll give you more details tomorrow.

Image from www.ywcab.org

Supportive crystals this week?

Clear Quartz lifts your vibration and opens you to flow. It is a highly spiritual stone, encouraging self-reflection and helpful for hearing messages and receiving signs or direction that can assist you on your journey.  (This is not a great choice if you are feeling scattered, because Clear Quartz amplifies your energy – if you’re all over the place then choose a Carnelian or Red Jasper to centre you back in yourself and give you energy.)  Unakite helps you to feel supported, calm and grounded. It opens your heart to love, and draws love, friendship and helpful people to you. It also helps you to overcome feelings of isolation or loneliness.

Helpful essential oils?

I’m loving Young Living’s Envision this week. It’s an oil blend I often use in my workshops and retreats to help my students connect to inner wisdom and intuition. It helps us to see a greater possibility for ourselves. Use Envision for spiritual connection, inspiration and breakthroughs. Yes, especially when you are exhausted, uncertain or feeling a bit broken. Dab a drop on your Crown Chakra, back of neck, over your heart, wrists and the soles of your feet, inhale directly or add to your diffuser. 

Want to make your own blend? Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this week, but they’ll also make a delicious combination for diffusing. Vetiver will calm and ground us, promoting emotional balance, Lavender keeps us in flow and relaxed, Ylang Ylang opens our hearts and is supportive when we feel anxious or overwhelmed, and Bergamot brings joy, gratitude and optimism.  To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. You can find the oils here.

 

Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations, and intending for you a life of abundance and joy, where you are no longer limited by your doubts.

All my love,

Nicole ❤ xx

PS: Monday’s oracle card, ‘Confusion’, is from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman. I use any cards shown as a prompt for channelled messages and my own intuitive wisdom, so my take is sometimes quite different to the meaning found in a book. 

 

My Exciting New Card Spread Workshop

“The closer you come to knowing that you alone create the world of your experience, the more vital it becomes for you to discover just who is doing the creating.” 
~  Eric Micha’el Leventhal

 

I’m so excited about my upcoming pop up shop and workshops here in Brisbane on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September. (You can get all the details here)

Today I’d like to tell you a little bit more about my Intuitive Oracle/Tarot Card Reading Class  which will be held from 1 to 4pm on Saturday 16. 

At this workshop I’ll be piloting a copy of my new Card Spread Workbook for 2018, and the participants will all get a working copy. Doesn’t the cover look gorgeous!

 

In this workshop I will teach you how to choose and prepare a deck of cards to work with as your intuitive soul journey companions.

You will receive a copy of my new Soul Journey 2018 Card Spread Workbook and a Journal.

Using the Card Spread Workbook I’ll show you how to attune to your deck, and how to do a range of simple and more complex card spreads for asking questions, gaining clarity and perspective and finding guidance. It’s a workshop that will suit absolute beginners and people who’ve been using cards for a while.

I won’t be teaching you the traditional way of reading tarot cards – I’ll be showing you how to use any tarot or oracle deck to make a deep connection to your intuition and higher self, as well as being a way to connect with your Guides, Angels and Universal Energy.

In over 35 years of active and mindful psychic development, using meditation, journalling, cards and crystals as tools, I have refined many techniques that I now teach to help you to use these same tools effectively and well.

During our workshop I will also show you how to choose and use a Crystal Keeper for your cards.

You’ll do a foundation reading for yourself, and learn how to go deeper into this soul work with journalling and meditation.

We will look at the fundamentals of connecting with your Higher Self and guides, simple meditation techniques, using oracle and tarot cards to give yourself an intuitive reading, and some foundation metaphysical principles for raising your vibration. These are all the things I used at the beginning of my own journey, and that have led me to where I am today.

You will take home your own Soul Journey 2018 Card Spread Workbook, a Journal and a crystal keeper.  Please bring your favourite tarot or oracle deck and a special crystal to task as your 2018 Guiding Stone. Bring them from home or choose from the selection at Nicole’s Pop Up Shop. You’ll also need something to write with. Afternoon tea will be served. Suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners. This workshop is open to adults only (or those 16 and above whose parents deem this a suitable workshop for them!)

Bookings Essential!

Cost: $165  – Please RSVP to Dana at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com 

Want me to turn this into a home study or online course? Please let me know in the comments and I will organise one for early 2018.

Biggest hugs and love, Nicole  xx