A Gorgeous Assortment of Crystals!

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

I’m surrounded by crystals right now.

Many of them I’ll holding in meditation so I can channel the meaning of them, ready for my Pop-Up Store and workshops in early November.

Some of them I’m channelling and putting aside to be allocated as part of the packs I’ll put together for my Year of ME Planner. For those people who want one, I’ll choose one of the stones specifically for them, as their meditation stone and gratitude anchor for 2019.

It’s my favourite time of the year, when my home is overflowing with crystals, magical things, essential oils and workshop preparations, and behind all of that the scents of Christmas baking. What’s not to love?

And here’s a sneak preview of something I’m absolutely thrilled about…

It’s a mala I have designed to support you during the energies of 2019 and beyond. Each of the crystals of the month in our 2019 Planner is represented in this mala, which has been lovingly made for me using fair-trade craftswomen in India who have hand-knotted the malas using gemstones and rudraksha, before having them blessed in a Hindu temple. The malas then sit in an energy grid on my farm where I meditate with them before they are ready for you to use in your own meditations. Their energy is incredible and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Both the printed edition of the planner and the mala are a limited release, so be ready to pre-order yours soon! I know you’ll just love them.

Biggest hugs to you from here amidst the stones, Nicole ❤ xx

How To Soak Dried Fruit For Your Christmas Cake!

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” 
Calvin Coolidge

Do you make your own Christmas fruitcake each year? If you do it’s time to soak your fruit, in preparation for a flavoursome and moist cake. If you don’t why not join us and make your own. I promise it’s easier than you think, and the taste of a homemade Christmas cake will always surpass a store-bought one. My grandmother Marga taught me the importance of fruit soaking for a great-tasting cake, and I think of her every year when I prepare my fruit.

Here are my two favourite Christmas Cake Recipes. Both use 1.2kg of mixed fruit. Good combinations include raisins, currants, sultanas, mixed peel, glace cherries, cranberries, prunes and dates – but use what you prefer. I often buy a kilogram bag of mixed dried fruit and then add a 200g bag of glace cherries. To soak this much fruit I use a cup of liquid – either alcohol or black tea. Don’t use a fruit juice to soak over time as it can ferment or go moldy!

This first recipe is for a traditional ‘Make and Mature’ cake. This involves creaming together eggs and butter, sifting in the flours and spices and fruit and then slow baking. The texture and aroma of this cake are so incredibly good. (It’s the cake that is featured in the picture at the top of this post.)

Traditional Christmas Fruit Cake

The second is my ‘Last-Minute’ Christmas fruitcake. You literally melt and mix this cake in a big saucepan on the stove. It has no eggs and is a condensed milk fruit cake. So good! I know, it’s a recipe that can be made in a hurry if you didn’t have time to soak your fruit and ‘feed’ your cake, but it will taste even better if you’re organised enough to soak your fruit in advance.

Last-Minute Christmas Cake

No matter what recipe you choose, or even if you already have a recipe of your own to follow, the first step is to soak the fruit to make it plump and flavoursome.

What To Soak With And For How Long
You can use alcohol or black tea. With alcohol use dark rum, brandy, sherry or whiskey. My choice is usually a dark rum or brandy. Soak with alcohol for up to one month.

With black tea you can use a standard cup of very strong plain tea, but it also tastes amazing to use a flavoured black tea. I have used a vanilla-scented black tea, and also a chai tea and both of these added depth of flavour. If using tea soak for up to two weeks.

Note: If you live in an especially hot place fruit can ferment. Make sure to keep it in a cool dark place (away from pets, small children and thieving partners) while it is soaking.

Cut Up Your Fruit First

Prepare the fruit by cutting any larger fruits into bite-sized pieces. Remove any pits or small stalks that you find. I usually leave cherries whole if small or cut them in half if they are super-big because I love the visuals of them studded through my cake, but feel free to leave whole or to cut as small as you desire.

Then make one of two choices.

1. Place your chopped and sorted fruit into a large ceramic bowl. Pour the alcohol or tea over. Stir well. Cover the dish with some kind of lid. Don’t let any metal touch the fruit.

2. Try my jar method. Take a large glass jar, big enough to fit your fruit. Layer the fruit or mix together and then spoon into jar. Add alcohol or tea. Place lid on tightly and then turn jar upside down a few times to distribute liquid.

Stir or upend the jar occasionally until the fruit is plump and moist and ready for your cake.

If the liquid is completely absorbed you can add a little more, a tablespoon at each time, every few days. This is known as ‘feeding your fruit’.

When you are ready to bake your cake take the fruit out of the bowl or jar and reserve any syrup that is left behind. This can be used to brush over the cooked cake (which is known as ‘feeding your cake’ but it is also good on ice-cream!

Sending kitchen happiness your way, 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

Pop Up Shop and Brisbane Events Reminder

 

“Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.” 
~  Tony Schwartz

Right now I can barely move around my little farm house for boxes of crystals and journals and singing bowls and other treasures.

I’m readying them all for our final event of the year – our Christmas Pop Up Shop, channelling evening and workshops. They’ll be held on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 December at St Colomb’s Church Hall,  23 Victoria St, Clayfield. That’s in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

We’d love to see you there!

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Pop Up Shop:

Friday 15 December from 2pm to 6.00pm 

Saturday 16 December from 10am to 4pm. 

Come along and have a cup of tea with us while you view my beautiful range of hand-chosen crystals, singing bowls, oracle and tarot cards, prayer shawls and pashminas, crystal jewellery, incense, journals, jewelry and much more. Our 2018 Year of ME Planner hard copies (I know!) crystals for the year and membership packs will also be available. (PS – ME stands for Manifesting Energies! This is not a planner of self-indulgence, it’s a planner for personal empowerment!)

One of my suppliers has just delivered me the most amazing crystals from Tibet. I’m sitting in meditation with them now to channel their purposes so they’ll all be ready for you. I haven’t been this excited about stones or seen stones of this quality in a very long time. (Most of my stock is decades old, and I have a shed FULL of rocks, as my friends and poor husband who has to lug them all around will testify!)

I’ll be on hand on Friday and at selected times on Saturday to answer all of your questions, and to give advice on the selection and use of crystals. Great gift ideas for Christmas, and I’ll have some very special stones from my personal collection as well!

I’ve also unearthed a wide range of clusters, double terminators and towers – all of which suit the 2018 energies – as well as a great selection of stones to choose from for your 2018 stone.

No need to RSVP for the Pop Up Shop – just turn up and say hi. We’d love to see you.

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An Evening of Channelling With Nicole:

Friday 15 December from 6.30pm to 9pm. Come along and meet some of my guides (including some fairy friends!). They will share information about a range of topics, as well as answering questions from the audience. I rarely conduct channelling sessions outside my retreats, so this is a very special offering. Among other things Silith will be talking about the energies of 2018, Sokli will discuss some rituals and meditations to help create a fresh start for the new year, and Rollo will talk about navigating relationships and developing a sense of belonging. These nights are always entertaining, educational and often very enlightening. Each attendee will receive a small gift from Sokli and me. Please bring a plate to share afterwards for supper. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Want to bring kids? I welcome them as long as they are old enough to participate in the meditations and activities and are interested in the kind of content we’ll be sharing. As their parent you’ll know if this event is right for your child. This is not an evening suited to little children.

Cost: $35 adults, $15 children under 17 – Please RSVP to Dana at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com 

Nicole Cody

Saturday Workshops 

Saturday 16 December – Morning Workshop 10am to 12pm

Vision Board and Manifesting Crystals for 2018 – A Vision Board is a board with images and energy to uplift us in the year ahead, and to remind us of what is important in our lives, and the future we wish to actively manifest for ourselves.

I will take you through a meditation and series of activities to help you become clear about your Power Word for 2018 and the values and actions that will be important to you. I will also choose an oracle card as a personal Guiding Card for each of you, and give you a mini-reading for that card. This card and energies will then be incorporated into your Vision Board.

You’ll make your own Vision Board choosing images and words that speak to you, and then take it home with you at the end of our class together.

I will also choose a crystal for each of you to charge up and program as your 2018 Manifesting Crystal and a 4 stone crystal grid for your home. I’ll take you through each step of the process of how to cleanse, activate and program the stones and how to best use them for the year ahead.

You will make and take home your Vision Board for 2018, a Manifesting Crystal and a small Crystal Grid. All materials and information will be provided. Morning tea will also be served. This workshop is open to adults and children aged 14 and up.

Bookings Essential!

Cost: $110 adults, $85 children – Please RSVP to Dana at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com 

 

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Saturday 16 December – Afternoon Workshop 1pm to 4pm

Intuitive Oracle/Tarot Card Reading Class – This workshop will teach you how to choose and prepare a deck of cards to work with as your intuitive soul journey companions. I will also show you how to choose and use a Crystal Keeper for your cards.

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

Nicole will then teach you a range of techniques for working intuitively to read the cards for yourself and others, and explain the various Spreads that you can use to guide you in the year ahead.

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 

Note: If you choose to attend both Saturday workshops and the Channelling Evening, total cost will be discounted to $290.

If you choose to attend both Saturday workshops total cost will be discounted to $265.

I look forward to seeing you, to hugs and friendship, and to some wonderful classes and sharing,

Much love, Nicole   xx

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Top 5 Christmas Sweets Recipes For You!

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more! 
~  Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

 

Hello, Lovelies!

It’s me again Chelsi, Nicole’s VA!

As Nicole gets stormed in her farm with internet and electricity cut off, she sends her love by giving us a list of Top 5 Christmas Sweets recipes! We hope you enjoy making some of these!

1. Homemade Rocky Road for life’s bumpy bits

It’s so easy even non-cooks can make it, and it’s a wonderful treat to spoil yourself with, or to give as a gift. It’s a simple combination of chocolate, nuts, marshmallows and jubes/jellies.  You can create endless variations as your confidence grows, and to suit your own taste.

 

2.Easy Moist Boiled Fruit-Cake Recipe

“My easy Boiled Fruitcake is a wonderful treat to serve with a cup of tea, or heated as a dessert with fresh cream, custard or ice-cream. Even non-cooks can make this cake!

I love this recipe because I can whip it up with ingredients I have in the pantry. It keeps well, and freezes well too.”

 

3.Easy Christmas Fudge Recipe

“This recipe is simple to make, even for beginners in the kitchen, and it tastes creamy and wonderful. The colours look very festive too!

And the best thing is, it only takes five minutes to whip up.”

 

“This is a super recipe. It’s rich and buttery, and the lovely crispness of the shortbread goes perfectly with a cup of tea. I like their rustic style too. It speaks of kitchens and aprons and being made with love. 

This shortbread makes an easy and thoughtful home-made Christmas gift and is good to have on hand when friends pop by for a visit.

The recipe can also be made gluten-free or vegan very easily – simple substitutes are listed”

 

“This Christmas cake tastes just as good as the one that takes me a whole week to make, and the ingredients list is only a quarter of the length of my traditional one. But that doesn’t matter. No-one will know. They’ll just be impressed that you made this yourself. Santa will be happy with the slice you leave out for him (don’t forget some carrots for the reindeers – although Harry and Bert tell me reindeers adore dog treats!) and this cake makes a thoughtful gift for friends and family too.

You can also reheat slices to substitute for a traditional Christmas Pudding.

Yes – fast, versatile, simple and yummy. This recipe is a clear winner!”

 

If you get to make one of this, take a picture and share it with us on our Facebook page!.  

 

Chelsi (Nicole’s VA)   xx

Our Christmas Pop Up Shop and Workshops – 15 and 16 December 2017

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“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
~ C.S. Lewis

 

Save the date! My annual Brisbane Pop Up Shop, Channelling Evening and Weekend Workshops will be held on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 December at St Colomb’s Church Hall,  23 Victoria St, Clayfield.

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Pop Up Shop:

Friday 15 December from 2pm to 6.00pm 

Saturday 16 December from 10am to 4pm. 

Come along and have a cup of tea with us while you view my beautiful range of hand-chosen crystals, singing bowls, oracle and tarot cards, prayer shawls and pashminas, crystal jewellery, incense, journals, jewelry and much more. Our 2018 Year of Me Planner hard copies (I know!) crystals for the year and membership packs will also be available.

I’ll be on hand on Friday and at selected times on Saturday to answer all of your questions, and to give advice on the selection and use of crystals. Great gift ideas for Christmas, and I’ll have some very special stones from my personal collection as well!

No need to RSVP for the Pop Up Shop – just turn up and say hi. We’d love to see you.

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An Evening of Channelling With Nicole:

Friday 15 December from 6.30pm to 9pm. Come along and meet some of my guides (including some fairy friends!). They will share information about a range of topics, as well as answering questions from the audience. I rarely conduct channelling sessions outside my retreats, so this is a very special offering. Among other things Silith will be talking about the energies of 2018, Sokli will discuss some rituals and meditations to help create a fresh start for the new year, and Rollo will talk about navigating relationships and developing a sense of belonging. These nights are always entertaining, educational and often very enlightening. Each attendee will receive a small gift from Sokli and me. Please bring a plate to share afterwards for supper. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Cost: $35 – Please RSVP to Dana at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com 

Nicole Cody

Saturday Workshops 

Saturday 16 December – Morning Workshop 10am to 12pm

Vision Board and Manifesting Crystals for 2018 – A Vision Board is a board with images and energy to uplift us in the year ahead, and to remind us of what is important in our lives, and the future we wish to actively manifest for ourselves.

Nicole will take you through a meditation and series of activities to help you become clear about your Power Word for 2018 and the values and actions that will be important to you. She will also choose an oracle card as a personal Guiding Card for each of you, and give you a mini-reading for that card. This card and energies will then be incorporated into your Vision Board.

You’ll make your own Vision Board choosing images and words that speak to you, and then take it home with you at the end of our class together.

Nicole will also choose a crystal for each of you to charge up and program as your 2018 Manifesting Crystal and a 4 stone crystal grid for your home. She’ll take you through each step of the process of how to cleanse, activate and program the stones and how to best use them for the year ahead.

You will make and take home your Vision Board for 2018, a Manifesting Crystal and a small Crystal Grid. All materials and information will be provided. Morning tea will also be served. This workshop is open to adults and children aged 14 and up.

Bookings Essential!

Cost: $110 adults, $85 children – Please RSVP to Dana at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com 

 

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Saturday 16 December – Afternoon Workshop 1pm to 4pm

Intuitive Oracle/Tarot Card Reading Class – This workshop will teach you how to choose and prepare a deck of cards to work with as your intuitive soul journey companions. Nicole will also show you how to choose and use a Crystal Keeper for your cards.

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

Nicole will then teach you a range of techniques for working intuitively to read the cards for yourself and others, and explain the various Spreads that you can use to guide you in the year ahead.

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.

Bookings Essential!

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

Note: If you choose to attend both Saturday workshops and the Channelling Evening, total cost will be discounted to $290.

If you choose to attend both Saturday workshops total cost will be discounted to $265.

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Christmas Gift Oracle For You!

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“May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!”   ~ Author Unknown

 

Will you join me for a cup of tea so I can give you a little Christmas present?

Here’s the tea. Come sit with me and let me tell you how glad I am to have you in my life. I’m so grateful to have you as part of our community as we share this journey of life together. Thank you!

A cup of tea for us, under the Jacaranda tree here at my farm!

A cup of tea and some tasty treats for us, under the Jacaranda tree here at my farm!

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’d like you to choose the Christmas Gift that appeals to you the most. Then take your time to unwrap it and receive its message and blessings for you.

Instructions for using today’s post

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

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

Wherever you are, and whatever your faith and beliefs, I wish you peace today and the days ahead, and joy in your heart. Know that you are loved. Know that you’re in my daily prayers and meditations. You matter to me. I intend only the best for you, and that 2017 be a year that is richly satisfying and filled with love and kindness.

Love and Light,

Nicole ♥ xx

 

Let the Christmas Blessings Begin…

1. Rustic Star Gift

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2. Bag of Treats Gift

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3. ♥ Retro Red and Gold Gift

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4.  Cute Snow Elves Gift

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5. Sweet Somethings Gift

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6.  Precious Hearts Gift

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7.  Simple Red Wrapping Gift

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8. Golden Gift

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♥ Your Gift’s Message ♥

Each Christmas Gift has a message for you for the year ahead. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of your chosen gift.  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. Rustic Star Gift  The Rustic Star Gift heralds a return to health and well-being for you in 2017. You’ll be able to tune in to the wisdom of your body, and will naturally begin to prefer the foods, exercise and other support that best suits your individual needs. You’ll find the right practitioners and advice, and feel a resurgence in energy and mental clarity over the months ahead. You’ll become stronger and comfortable within your own skin. This newfound health will become the foundation for so many other breakthroughs and advances in your life.  Best Crystal – BLOODSTONE   Power Word – VITALITY  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Fresh Air to fill your lungs, to energise you with the sun and healing vibrations of the natural environment, and to get blood pumping through your body as you move around. Resting and meditating in nature is fabulous for you too!

2. Bag of Treats Gift This is a year rich in blessings for you.  After years of hard work, self work and every other kind of work, via winding paths and difficult terrain, 2017 is going to open out in front of you like a long straight highway. A year of abundance, love, prosperity and peace. Problems drop away. Struggle drops away. A foundational year of greatness, based upon self-awareness and humility as you shine your light and share your gifts. ♥ Best Crystal – CLEAR QUARTZ ♥ Power Word – ABUNDANCE  Magical Healing Environment – Time on your own. Time with Uplifting Others. Time on your own to meditate, to create, to connect, to plan, to journal, to dream, to learn, to rest, to integrate, to grow. Time with mentors, teachers and successful, positive peers. Small amounts often of both will work best for you in 2017.

3. ♥ Retro Red and Gold Gift  This year gifts you a return to your greatest and most natural state of self-confidence and self-expression. Old hurts and woundings fade away, and self-doubt diminishes. You begin to remember and access the very best parts of yourself and to live in the world as the expression of these aspects of yourself, and with all of the wisdom gained from the long hard journey of life. A time of certainty, safety and security. A year where you reconnect with your authentic and best self and live as that energy in the world. A happy and successful year on all levels. ♥ Best Crystal – ORANGE CALCITE  ♥ Power Word – CENTERED ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that supports your growing sense of self-worth. Clothes shops that reflect this new and integrated you. Libraries, courses, bookstores. Places for exercise and healing. The movies and theaters that play the shows you love. Music that uplifts and connects you. Social outings with friends and family who love you and support you. Online communities that help you to grow and thrive. Anywhere quirky that reflects your own personality and helps you find expression and connection.

4. Cute Snow Elves Gift  This is a year of the heart for you. 2017 is a year rich in love, connection, friendship and community. It’s a year to find your soulmate, or to heal and deepen an existing relationship. A year for the blessings of family. It’s a year for creating heartspace and sanctuary. If you’re happily on your own it’s a year for connecting with your own wise soul, with God or with a friend or pet who will truly care for and understand you. A year of emotional blessings and love. Best Crystal – ROSE QUARTZ   Power Word – CONNECTION  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Time with loved ones. This could be a shared meal, time away together, phone calls or online connections. It’s time for yourself and time for your important relationships. Time to make your house a home. It’s time for your spiritual journey and for communion with Spirit, God or whatever else you know that guiding energy as.

5. Sweet Somethings Gift This is your year for bravely sharing your talents and gifts with the world. A deeply creative year of flow and inspiration, and of finding the drive within you to churn out the work from a place of passion rather than of duty or fear. A fantastic year for becoming more openly and authentically you, and for being accepted and loved for who you are. A wonderfully productive year, accompanied by great ideas and clear direction.  Best Crystal – RAINBOW FLUORITE   Power Word – AUTHENTIC  Magical Healing Environment – Time spent in the company of books and stories This could be e-books, audio books or paper books. It could be movies or music. Let stories move you, inspire you, teach you and guide you in the year ahead. Filling yourself up with the stories of others will help your own story to positively shape and flow.

6. Precious Hearts Gift  This gift restores your Inner Child’s sense of wonder, gratitude and curiosity. The year ahead will be hallmarked by opportunities for joy, pleasure and fun. There is a return to light-heartedness and optimism after years of worry. Things will simply become easier in your life. Your attitude and vibration will lift. Positive people and opportunities will be drawn to you. Things in your life will work out well.  ♥ Best Crystal – CITRINE   Power Word – GRATITUDE  Magical Healing Environment – Adventures, outings and exploring.  Wander the markets, go on a road trip, plan some travel, eat out at new places, catch a bus or a train to a new part of town, lose yourself in a book or a movie, go camping or for hikes in nature. Bust clouds and watch the stars come out at night.

7.  Simple Red Wrapping Gift  This year is transformational for you. A great year for all forms of learning and study, and for self-development. A year to deepen wisdom, and to expand your mind. A year to master skills. A year for philosophy and deep thinking. A year to truly understand who you are and why you are here. A year where you will find a deep sense of inner peace and compassion for self and others.  Best Crystal – AMETHYST  Power Word – WISDOM   Magical Healing Environment – Time for thinking, studying and learning.  Libraries, online courses, universities and schools, mastermind groups, workshops and conferences will work well for you this year. Setting up a study or writing space at home will be useful. Find time for long walks in nature, and for meditation too.

8. Golden Gift This is a year of spiritual growth and evolution for you. A year for stepping into a highly intuitive place of flow and connection. A healing space of oneness with all. It’s a year for profound insights, connection to Spirit and an awakening of your deepest psychic and intuitive abilities. This is a powerful time for healing for you right now. A time to get your body, mind and spirit back in balance. A time of drawing inwards for a while, in order to emerge renewed, healed, empowered and reinvigorated. It’s a year for guidance, healing and breakthroughs that will positively and permanently alter the course of your life.  Best Crystal – LABRADORITE   Power Word – EVOLUTION  Magical Healing Environment – Quiet time to connect you to Self and God (or whatever you call source energy) Journalling, meditation, working with oracle and tarot cards, prayer and self-reflection. Time in sacred places. Time in the majesty of nature. Time with Elders and Spiritual Teachers and Leaders. Time for study. Time to connect with your Guides, Angels, Ancestors and God.

I have a Christmas Gift for You!

“They always gives me bath salts,” complained Nobby. “And bath soap and bubble bath and herbal bath lumps and tons of bath stuff and I can’t think why, ‘cos it’s not as if I hardly ever has a bath. You’d think they’d take the hint, wouldn’t you?”
~ Terry Pratchett*

(*Apologies, because I’ve actually used the Terry Pratchett quote once before but I love it so much that I decided to use it again!)

 

Christmas Gift?

I do.

I have a Christmas Gift for you.

I’ve been working on it on and off all week.

But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow morning, when just like Santa, I will sneak in on stocking-ed feet and pop it up here on the blog for it to find its way to your inbox or screen.

You don’t even have to leave me milk and cookies. Or sherry and fruitcake. Or carrots for the reindeer. Or whatever it is you usually leave for Santa and his team.

Yay!

Lots of love from Nicole and her Magical Unicorn Dogs <3 xoxo

 

PS – Actually the Magical Unicorn Dogs protest. They love treats!

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Day off? Yep, I’m doing it!

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“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ~  Maya Angelou

 

It’s my busiest time of year, and somehow I seem to have gone from quietly recovering from surgery to rocketing ahead again.

Which is wonderful.

But today I need to stop.

I need to hold my husband’s hand and spend time with him.

I want to think about Christmas, do a little cooking and a little cleaning, wrap a few gifts.

I’m going to nap. Maybe even twice.

This afternoon I’ll go play in the vegetable garden for a while.

Have a simple home-cooked dinner and watch a DVD.

Enjoy an early night.

I hope you get some quiet time today too.

Much love, Nicole <3 xx

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The Week Ahead – Oracle Reading for Monday 19 December

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“Sometimes I think there are only two instructions we need to follow to develop and deepen our spiritual life: slow down and let go.”
~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer

“At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.”
~ Warsan Shire

 

 

Hello, Lovelies!

Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead.

‘Slowing Down’ is from the Osho Zen Tarot deck. What a beautiful card for this week!

Slowing down signifies the need for us to be self-contained with our emotions this week.  It reminds us not to buy into the drama of others, nor to step back into old patterns of being or communicating. This is especially important for those of us who will be seeing family or other community members with whom communications can become tense or difficult. This week come from a place of quiet and calm. Place a thick energetic shell around you, just like the tortoise.

This week we need quiet time. December is a time for reflection, and for sitting in the Supermind. This month we’re encouraged to truly give thought to who we are, where we’ve been, and where we want to go next. Home is important this week. Slowing down is important, so that we can sit in awareness of all that is going on within us and around us.

Saying no to invitations and situations that don’t feel aligned with where you’re at? Go right ahead!

Too tired? Rest instead. Don’t want to go? Stay home!

Don’t make it all about duty and responsibility this week. Make this week about self-nurture and placing value and time with what truly matters to you.

Do all you can to make your home a safe and nurturing space. Let there be somewhere you can use as a sanctuary, and retreat there when the world gets too much. Nestle down with a book, or some music. Have a nap. Journal. Just be. It’s good for the soul, and so restorative on every level.

As we slow down (even just for a few minutes each day) we begin to connect into our own intuitive wisdom, our own heart centre, our inner compass.

Our psychic sensitivity will increase this week, but so will our coping abilities.

This short guided meditation might help with both (and is especially helpful for dealing with stressful social situations):

Nap, rest, chill out, withdraw. All of these are legitimate actions this week. Do what’s right for YOU!

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Remember that you carry your home with you wherever you go. Dance to your own tune this week, and avoid being caught up in the craziness and busy-ness of others. A calm Christmas? Why not!

Tune in to the love and blessings that are all around you.

Celebrate what matters.

Give thanks.

Keep taking small steps in directions that are important to you.

 

Supportive crystals this week? Labradorite, Smoky Quartz, Amethyst and Rose Quartz. Helpful essential oils? Young Living’s Joy essential oil blend, or  a combination (or singly!) of any of jasmine, lavender, lime and frankincense.

Be gentle with yourself this week.

Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations.  All my love,

Nicole ❤ xx