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.
“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.” ~ Charles de Lint
The other morning, as the house slumbered on, I quietly closed the kitchen door behind me and walked up to the pool which sits in the big open back paddock behind our farmhouse.
My plan was to go for a sunrise swim and enjoy some quiet time on my own after my morning meditation.
I thought I’d be alone. But when I entered the pool enclosure I found a small wet bird miserably balanced on the floating hose of our creepy crawly pool cleaner. He was shaking and looked barely conscious. I eased myself into the water so that no ripples would knock him off his precarious perch and made my way to him. He gave no protest as I scooped him up. The little bird was just a fledgling, a ball of downy fluff and wings not yet formed.
I took him back to the house and warmed him against my body, and then placed him in a covered cardboard box that was dark and warm. Then I called WIRES – the Australian wildlife rescue network – and we worked together to make sure that this little bird would survive and be safe.
Our little visitor is an Australian Brush Turkey fledgling. They are also known as Bush Turkeys or Scrub Turkeys, and they grow to quite a size. Mum and Dad turkey build a huge mound of leaves as a nest and spend much time incubating and protecting the eggs. But once they hatch the tiny birds are on their own. And this little fella had experienced a very rough night and was exhausted from his ordeal.
After a little care he perked right up by day’s end, so I released him back close to where I found him.
I wondered what would become of him, and if he would be okay.
The very next afternoon he ran straight through the kitchen door and then eluded capture for the next twenty minutes. After sipping water from the dog bowl he ran back outside again.
We named him Bruce.
Bruce came back twice more that day and we found him asleep – burrowed into some old teatowels in the laundry basket on the back verandah at day’s end.
He’s now become a regular sight, darting about our yard or in and out of the house as he sees fit. Our dogs watch him with curiosity but ignore him. He’s just passing traffic to them, like the many lizards, birds, possums, bandicoots, wallabies, koalas, cows and occasional peacocks that visit our space.
And one day he’ll grow big and look like this! (See pic below)
Bruce could not have known I would show up that morning to rescue him. If I’d been five minutes later the automatic timer on the creepy crawly would have kicked in and Bruce would have drowned.
Life’s like that sometimes. Help comes right at the last moment.
So the next time you feel like Bruce and there’s nothing more you can do to save yourself, hang on. Life often has a funny way of lending a hand when you least expect it.
Much love to you, Nicole ❤ xx
PS – here’s a cool little 3-minute documentary to show you what Bruce will look like as he grows up!
“Belonging is important for our growth to independence; even further, it is important for our growth to inner freedom and maturity. It is only through belonging that we can break out of the shell of individualism and self-centredness that both protects and isolates us.” ~ Jean Vanier
If you’re looking for a tool to support your spiritual growth this year, and to anchor habits of gratitude, self-care and living from mindfulness then you need my Planner. I designed it to be your loyal and kind companion as you travel through the year. Using it has been proven to enhance your intuitive abilities and bring your focus back to what truly matters to you.
It helps keep me centred and aware, no matter how stressed my life is. And it helps me navigate the hard spaces in life, as well as taking advantage of the times of flow.
This Planner shows you how to choose a focus for your year, and to prioritise acts of self-care. It will show you how to use tarot or oracle cards to give yourself supportive and accurate readings for guidance, and how to use a crystal in meditation. There is also a strong emphasis of gratitude and living from a place of personal responsibility. There are sections to help you take control of your finances, and to complete quarterly reviews so that you can learn from the previous months and take action where necessary to adjust your path to one that better supports your goals.
Even better, when I created my very first public edition of the YOM Planner I also developed a year-long course and Facebook support group. This has now evolved into an active and caring online community, and a Learning Academy – my membership package gives you access to that community, to a year-long course that navigates the energies of the year, and to 12 mini-courses to boost your intuitive abilities and support you on your spiritual journey. Membership includes exclusive access to webinars and special events, as well as regular Facebook Live events. YOM members also get discounts to many of my other events and courses, and are given priority in accessing me for private readings.
I have limited hard copies of my beautiful YOM 2019 Planner left. If you purchase one, or one of the Planner packs (that also have meditation malas or crystals with them) before midnight on January 7 I’ll gift you a month’s free access to my community and membership site (and a chance to win a year’s free membership!) so you can experience my work, and be well supported to start your year.
“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
At the beginning of every month, I will discuss the energies and gifts of the month ahead and how we can best use them to make our lives satisfying, meaningful and productive.
I also choose a card to support the energies of the month. The deck I am using this year is The Good Tarot by Colette Baron-Reid, and January’s card is Five of Earth.
What you focus on multiplies in January.
That means you’ll need to pay careful attention to the words you use, the thoughts you have and the beliefs you hold.
It’s a great month for creating a Vision Board of images and words that represent your ideal life. Make an effort to talk about and think about the projects, relationships and possibilities that matter to you and inspire you.
Minimise talk and thoughts about your fears, doubts and worries.
This is a month to define your priorities and to identify the areas where you wish to see growth, improvement and progress this year.
It’s also a time to evaluate what hasn’t worked, what is no longer working, and what is coming to an end.
Make use of this clarity with your planning sessions. Involve your family or team if you can and look for opportunities to connect and collaborate on shared visions.
January is a month to honour your heart, and for all forms of self-care and acts of well-being.
It’s a great month for putting new ways of eating, moving or working into place. Look to schedule regular walks, gym time, massages, hair appointments or whatever else will keep you looking and feeling good this year.
Put some holiday times in your schedule too.
Take the long view of your year ahead. It’s going to get busy fast, so use this month to set yourself up for nurture and self-maintenance.
January also offers the opportunity to move out of poverty consciousness in any stuck area of your life and to and open yourself to new possibilities.
You’ll feel ready to keep the lessons from years gone by but to no longer be defined by the past.
This is a month for clariryb and purpose – use this energy to define your priorities and to identify the areas where you wish to see growth, improvement and progress this year.
It’s time to move on!
Above all, stay positive. Watch your self-talk. Be aware of old beliefs and that critical or negative voice inside your head. Lovingly put it to one side and get started on building a better life for yourself.
It’s time to start working on your foundation and then grow things from there – sustainably and with a balance between work and everything else.
Best crystals this month?
Green Jade and Citrine
Green Jade works with your Heart Chakra to bring balance and integration of body, mind and spirit. Ut is positive and n urturing, strengthening self-worth.
Citrine supports your Solar Plexus Chakra and sense of identity. It is a stone of abundance, clearing blocks of low self-worth and creating flow. I
Essential oils to support your journey?
Combine Lime and Cypress Essential Oils for an uplifting and focusing diffuser blend this month.
Lime helps clear away stale energy, Use it to clear away the last vestiges of 2018, and any disappointments, hurts or negative emotions that the previous year brought your way. It brings a sense of optimism and renewal for body, mind and spirit.
Cypress is really like taking an energetic broom to the cobwebs in the corners of your life. It gifts focus and clarity, and is a beautiful oil for enhancing calm concentration. It supports being able to plan your life without being limited by self-sabotage or negative thinking.
I’m passionate about essential oils and their capacity to support our wellness journey and our spiritual and emotional wellbeing. If you’d like to know more or want to source the oils I recommend and trust visit this site or contact me at email@example.com
Want to make the most of your year in 2019?
January is a great month to work on your plans and dreams. If you want a powerful tool to tap you in to your intuition and inner guidance, my YOM Planner can help you. We also have a wonderful membership community and a year filled with webinars, resources and learning. If you’d like to join us or buy the Planner all the details are in our Store – just follow the link at the top of the page or click here.
“Be the celebrators, celebrate! Already there is too much—the flowers have bloomed, the birds are singing, the sun is there in the sky—celebrate it! You are breathing and you are alive and you have consciousness, celebrate it!” ~ Osho
Happy New Year, Lovelies, and welcome to 2019!
New Year’s Day is always a special time for me. I like to welcome the day with meditation, and then spend some time over the course of the day contemplating my year ahead, asking for spiritual guidance, and writing in my journal and my YOM Planner. For me it is a day of planning and dreaming, and spending time with people and activities that matter to me.
Each year I draw a Guiding Card for the year ahead, and then channel information about this new year. I don’t use tarot or oracle cards as a predictive tool – rather I use them for reflection, and to seek guidance about qualities, actions and perspectives that might be of benefit over the next twelve months.
The deck I’ve chosen this card from is Colette Baron’s Reid’s The Good Tarot.
QUEEN OF EARTH – Insights for 2019
” There is a power in nature that man has ignored. And the result has been heartache and pain. “ ~ Anasazi Foundation, The Seven Paths: Changing One’s Way of Walking in the World
2019 is a stabilising year that promises great progress forward after the intense repositioning and transitioning years that have preceded it.
Queen of Earth holds energies of creation, practicality, grace, courage, strength, intuition, resoluteness, community and collaboration. She is the careful gardener who lovingly tends her garden, helping each plant to grow and thrive, balancing wild and tamed, and understanding that her garden must exist sustainably – in harmony with nature and the environment. She shares her harvest, and has great respect for the earth, for herself, and for life itself.Q
It’s a year for balance, authenticity and integrity. A year for being more connected to our body, our needs, our thoughts and feelings, and to our true self – rather than an idea of ourselves that has been imposed upon us or that we have tried to be in order to please others or to limit attention to ourselves.
Queen of Earth shows us the road home to ourselves. In the next year we’ll find ourselves naturally gravitating back to our True Centre.
Our intuition will be heightened through 2019. Acknowledging the wisdom and desires of our Soul will become easier to do, and we’ll find that we can no longer live too far out of alignment with our core values and inner knowing. We’ll feel drawn to the magical, the spiritual, the mystical. But we’ll want practical application of these things. We need to walk a mystical path with practical feet. (My Connect to Your Calling Retreat and Mentoring and my YOM Membershiwill help woth both these things.)
This year we’ll be ready to practice living from a place of awareness of the energy and flow that underpins everything in the Universe.
Queen of Earth speaks to us of the importance of planning, self-discipline, self care and respect for all. Slow and steady , rest as required, but keep on going and don’t give up. Build the life that matters most to you, and plan for the long future – not just the immediate one. That is her message and wisdom for us to craft a conscious and satisfying life.
It’s not enough to succeed in one area anymore at the cost of something else important to us.
Queen of Earth helps us to see that it’s time to build on what we have already created or dreamed, but sustainably, slowly, and with help. So that what we make is sound and good, and stays built.
Queen of Earth considers everyone in her Realm, including those whose voice is small, and those who have no voice at all. She is fair, compassionate and kind. But there is a lioness within her, a dormant warrior, and when roused she will fight with all she has for what matters to her and to protect her Realm and all within it.
She guides you to step into that power, awareness and place of action this year. The world depends upon it. Returning to your True Centre and living aligned with that, and then becoming the best version of you that you can possibly be is more important now than ever before.
It will set you up for all the years to come.
And it could change the world!
Bless ♥ Nicole xx
PS – Want a system and support to help you make 2019 a great year for you? In life or in business? Check out my Year of ME Planner and community. It has everything you need! And you’ll be among friends. We’d love to welcome you in, and share this journey together. You can read about it here and buy it here.
I’ve also decided to continue our offer for you to experience a month of membership free which also puts you in the draw to win a 2019 Membership with our YOM courses and community. The offer was originally going to expire on December 25 but so many of you have asked me to extend past Christmas that the cut-off date for this offer will now be January 7, 2019. All you need to do is buy one of our YOM 2019 Planners, or one of our Planner Packs. You can access them here in our store or read more about them here.
Want to experience our membership but don’t feel like you’re a Planner person? The YOM Planner can be used as a tool for your spiritual and personal development, and as a gratitude journal too. Or buy the YOM Planner, keep the membership for yourself and gift the Planner to someone who may need a little extra support and self-time for the year ahead.
“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realising who you are at the deepest level.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
The New Year is almost here. (In fact, her energies showed up on December 26!) 2019 is the start of an important four-year cycle of growth and evolution, and I am determined to do all I can to support you to become more intuitive and aware, clearer about your direction, and equipped with the skills to embark on your own spiritual journey.
Here are some of the ways I’ll be doing that:
Right here on my blog, with ongoing posts. I’ll be discussing the 2019 energies tomorrow, January’s energies on the 2nd and I have a New Year Oracle for you on the 3rd.
With my new Podcast, which will be launching soon – stay tuned for updates.
With personal consultations; for life direction, health, and business (email us to go on the waiting list, or fast-track a 2019 New Year Positioning Reading by joining our YOM Membership Program for VIP access to booking priority).
With new online courses and mentoring that will go live later this year.
I also have three beautiful Residential Retreats on offer for 2019:
Connect To Your Calling – A Retreat (Feb 15 to 20) followed by a three-month online mentoring program to help you connect to and clarify your Calling.
I know that many of you have incarnated into this lifetime SPECIFICALLY because you have a calling to be of service. You feel that calling deep in your heart. It’s a pull you can’t ignore and YOU FEEL READY TO STEP UP AND BE OF SERVICE in some way that only you can do.
On our 6-day residential retreat, followed by the three-month online group mentoring program I am going to show you how to use advanced Channelling techniques, shamanic techniques using Sacred Geometry, and personal journeymaking rituals and skills to help you:
clarify your calling
learn how to receive your own channelled guidance about your calling so that you can continue to deepen this journey and your understanding of yourself and your path long after Retreat is finished
how to define a path for actioning your calling in the wider world
Temple of Light ™ Shamanic Meditation Retreat – August 2 to 8
This isn’t an ordinary meditation course. This retreat is an opportunity to connect more deeply with your Soul Energy and Guides than you might ever have thought possible. Years later, prrevious participants tell me that this is still their favourite meditation technique, and that it has proven transformative for them.
If you are interested in developing psychic or metaphysical skills, creating healing energy, or gaining access to creative or financial flow, or if you’re stuck and don’t know how to move forward, this is the retreat for you. It is suitable for complete beginners and advanced practitioners too.
Temple of Light ™ is a very special meditation that I practice weekly. It’s not just a meditation, it’s a destination – a series of interconnected rooms with differing functions. It’s one of the things that has most helped me to come into my own intuitive and psychic abilities, and that has enabled me to deal with health problems, pain and suffering when there was no other help available. I’ll guide you through this engaging and fulfilling meditation and then provide recordings to help you continue your meditation journey when you get home.
You can read more about a previous Temple of Light ™Retreat here.
We already have a waiting list for this Retreat, so if you’d like to be on our pre-release notification list email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you in.
Platform – Book and Course Writing Retreat, November 23 to 28 plus online mentoring pre and post course.
A nurturing, inspiring and productive week of designing, writing and creating. This Retreat and its pre and post-course online tuition and mentoring will help you to create the outline and content for your Book and/or course, as well as establishing a clear platform for promotion and connection with your audience.
If you’ve got a story or teaching within you, this is the course to help you birth that message successfully into the world.
Plus we’ll have time for some Byron Bay adventures and self-care pampering. Seriously, it’s going to be AMAZING, and it’s something we’ve been working to put together for you for about two years.
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
Hello, happy readers!
Here we are at the last Book Challenge post of the year. For those of you who have joined us recently, let me fill you in.
In January of 2017 a group of us embarked on the inaugural Cauldrons and Cupcakes Reading Challenge. It was a fine year of reading, friendship and sharing of our love of stories and all things book-related. We continued the challenge in 2018.
This year the Cauldrons and Cupcakes Team decided to nominate Pencils of Promise as the charity we’d support through our Book Reading Challenge. Pencils of Promise build schools in the developing world, train teachers, and support kids and communities to be able to access education. In 2018 more than 1 in every ten children around the world is illiterate and in developing countries, that figure is 1 in 3. I’m hoping that our loyal blog community can change that, and help provide opportunities for some of those kids to be able to read, write and learn so that their lives can open out in front of them in more meaningful ways.
This is what our Challenge involved:
Read or otherwise consume a book, short story or journal article each month. You might borrow a book from the library, or buy one. It might be gifted to you, or it might have been waiting for you in some pile beside the bed since who knows when. It could be an e-book or an audio-book. It can be any kind of book, story or article at all. A novel, a romance, crime, children’s or young adult’s, a non-fiction book like a memoir or a cookbook or a travel book. It could be a graphic novel. A comment piece, investigative journalism, or even a textbook.
Post the name of the book, story or article you are currently reading or listening to here or have finished during the month on the blog or over on our Cauldrons and Cupcakes Facebook or Instagram page. Feel free to suggest any books, stories, articles or audiobooks that you have already read and enjoyed. That way you’ll be adding to a list of resources that we can all dip into and choose from. I love finding new reading recommendations!
Download the Book Tracker. Each month write the name of any book/story/article you have read in the corresponding month. It’s fine to add more than one. Then add a small amount of money to a jar for each book you read or go directly to Pencils of Promise and make a donation there. It doesn’t have to be much. Whatever you can afford will be great. Here’s the Book Tracker for you to download – just click on this link: BOOK-TRACKER-3. There’s a space for you to write down your reading wish list. Then start filling in the Monthly Tracker when you’ve read your first book.
During the year I will put up a Book Challenge Post on the fourth Saturday of every month so that we can discuss the books and stories we’ve read or listened to, and swap ideas and reviews. I’ll also be asking you to donate the money you set aside from your completed books and stories toPencils of Promise. When you donate that money is up to you. Just make sure you have registered as a team member first. It will feel great to help someone else to experience the pleasure and comfort that reading brings. The world needs more readers. If you want to team up for this challenge that’s a great idea too!
Now we’ve had an entire year of reading for a purpose and we have also practised kindness to ourselves by reading.
It’s time to pass some of that kindness on to someone else in the form of a donation to help Pencils of Promise deliver more readers and writers to the world.
So, that’s our Reading Challenge for 2018. Want to join us? It’s never too late! Go add your name below, join our Fundraising Team and don’t forget to let us know what books have you been reading or listening to this past month.
And now for December…
Let’s end the month off with the list of books, stories, articles and audiobooks we’ve already enjoyed in December.
I’ve been challenged with visual difficulties this past two months, so reading has been problematic. Instead, I’ve listed to some excellent audiobooks, and I’ve also had Ben read to me too – which was lovely!
In the audiobook department I listened to The Wreck of the Mary Deare by Hammond Innes – and it kept Ben and I engaged until the very end. It’s a mystery, a thriller, a tale of the sea and I was like a kid each day, waiting to be able to listen to the next instalment. I highly recommend it.
I also listened to The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape. I’d read the book before, and listening to the audio version was a great refresher. If you’re looking to improve your money situation and habits in 2019 this is a great book for you.
Finally, I enjoyed a children’s audiobook by Neil Gaimann – The Graveyard Book, which is the tale of an orphaned boy raised by the ghosts in a graveyard. This was my go-to book when I was awake in the middle of the night. It’s a ripping yarn. Sensitive, funny, well-paced and with fantastic characters. I just loved it!
So this morning I will add up all the books and audiobooks and other readables I’ve consumed this year and then make my donation to Pencils of Promise.
I’m looking forward to hearing what you’ve been reading too, because it’s time for me to draw up my reading wishlist for 2019.
I’ll be starting with Michelle Obama’s Becoming, which I bought for myself and wrapped up to put under the Christmas tree as an extra-thoughtful present from my dogs to me! LOL
Clever Christmas cuteness courtesy of my friend Monique Sinclaire!
Go ahead and tell us your reading adventures in the comments below, or pop over to Facebook and join me there.
“I believe in a benevolent God not because He created the Grand Canyon or Michelangelo, but because He gave us snacks.” ~ Paul Rudnick
Our neighbours came over for dinner last night.
We get together quite often, and many times our dinner is not a proper meal. Instead it is a dinner of snacks.
Our friends will bring some. I will rustle some up. Fresh harvest from the vege garden – maybe some little tomatoes, green beans or a nice crunchy capsicum (bell pepper), crackers and dips and cheeses and relish and nuts. Maybe some leftover salad or roast meat or vegetables. Whatever else we can find that is snacky.
Then we add wine, or bubbles, or tea. Throw in some good conversation and a few laughs. Music, of course.
Perhaps something sweet to finish. Fresh fruit or whatever biscuits, cake or chocolate is hiding in the pantry.
“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” ― Black Elk
The energy of 2019 has come quietly in, unannounced, in these last days of 2018.
It began its transition yesterday and today it is anchored here, waiting for us to acknowledge the shift.
But I’m sure you already feel it in your bodies.
Empaths, intuitives, sensitives and people who are more deeply connected to the moment will have noticed.
Maybe yesterday you felt alive and hopeful for the first time in a long while. Or perhaps you felt bone-weary.
Did you suddenly notice the extra weight you are carrying, or the reduced flexibility or mobility of your body? Did you notice the dryness of your skin, your belly’s bloated protest at the food you were eating, or have an urgent craving for something more healthy? Did you want to dance or run or swim or hike? Or sleep? Did you crave company? Or solitude?
Did it feel like you had woken up in a stranger’s body, only to find it was your own?
The energies of 2019 are grounded, practical and more than a little magical. And they bring with them a reorientation of ourselves – back into our bodies and back into connection with the Earth.
That’s a very good thing indeed.
So, tune in today. What’s your body telling you? Listen to it, and then act on it. Let it be the start of a beautiful time of healing, reconnection and empowerment for you as the year unfolds.
“Reading and naps, two of life’s greatest pleasures, go especially well together.” ― Will Schwalbe
I love Boxing Day. I don’t cook a thing. We survive on the leftovers of the Christmas Feast. Which is no hardship, believe me. Leftovers! Such a magnificent word. I sometimes think the only reason I cook so much food for Christmas Day is for the days to follow where my fridge and pantry are laden with leftovers I don’t need to prepare.
Today I plan to nap. And read. Then nap some more.
Ben will listen to the cricket on his headphones as he drives around our house paddock on the ride-on mower.
Later we might swim, if it’s hot.
Or, probably, just nap some more.
I think this might be my favourite day of the year!
Wishing you some relaxation and self-care too today,