The Energies of September – 2017

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
~ Tony Robbins

Hello, Lovelies :)

Suddenly, here we are at September. I love September. In Australia it’s the beginning of Spring, and It’s a month of possibility and expansive energy, of change and curiosity, and of starting small projects that may take a long time, but that we care about deeply.

Cards for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for September for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle. Please note I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” 
~  Warren Buffett
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” 
~  Anita Desai

September is the kind of month well suited to creating long-range plans, and to taking actions that might not bear fruit for many years. We come to the realisation that the journey itself holds as much or more meaning than the destination, and we begin to see how important it is to enjoy our lives and to create meaning in the simple and the everyday. We see how the journey shapes us, and that some of our finest moments have come from our toughest times.

September holds the energy of starting a hand-pieced quilt of a thousand tiny patches that will be done when it is done. It is the energy of planting small trees in our garden that will take their time becoming large ones.

September is also a fantastic month for any kind of travel, trip or adventure. These kinds of journeys bear their own fruit, often in the form of inspiration or new perspectives. This could be journeying without, or journeying within – or both! It’s a month for experiencing new horizons and new cultures. It’s a month that heralds unexpected changes and gains.We meet new friends. We do things differently to how we’ve always done them and feel comfortable in doing so. We realise it’s perfectly fine to be our ever-evolving selves.

 

The second card I’ve chosen is Deep Knowing. This reminds us that tuning in to our own wisdom will help us to find answers, clarity and guidance this month.

“Be not another, if you can be yourself. ” Paracelsus

In September we are able to see ourselves from many different angles. If we’ve lost ourselves, or our view has become too narrow it will be a relief to find that we are more complex and wonderful than we had remembered.

Things that were once dear to us will make their way back into our lives this month. New interests will be sparked and some will take hold in life-changing ways. We’ll come to understand ourselves better, and this knowledge will help us to make decisions and choices that are in true alignment with this richer version of ourselves.

September is truly outstanding for all forms of inner journeying and spiritual work because the strength of our connection to intuition will be heightened.

Best crystals this month?

Ocean Jasper and Rose Quartz

Ocean Jasper is a healing stone that promotes deep rest and relaxation, and that attunes us to nature and our surroundings, helping us to feel at home wherever we are.

Image from www.worldofjaspers.com

Rose Quartz is a stone of love and nurture – the crystal world equivalent of a great big reassuring hug, a soothing cup of tea and a best friend to hold your hand through life’s challenges

Image from www.crystalvaults.com

Essential oils to support your journey?

Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this month, but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. The essential oils you will find helpful in September are Frankincense, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Bergamot. Frankincense elevates our mood and promotes spiritual connection and intuition, Lavender keeps us in flow and relaxed, Ylang Ylang opens our hearts and is supportive when we feel anxious or overwhelmed, and Bergamot gifts us optimism and a sense of gratitude for our lives and the world around us. To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. You can find the oils here.

By the end of this month we’ll find ourselves changed. Expanded somehow. Lighter and
more comfortable in our skins. We’ll find that we have made major changes, decisions or adjustments quite by accident, or with little effort or discomfort. It’s a month that sets us up for so much goodness to come.

Lots of love, Nicole❤ xoxo

 

A Taste Of Vietnam

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“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” ~ Bill Bryson

 

So, here I am in Vietnam, and our first day has been quite an adventure! We’re staying in the old section of the Grand Hotel, Saigon. Somehow we were lucky enough to be upgraded to a suite right beside a tranquil swimming pool and green oasis. It’ s a refuge from the heat, and a fabulous spot for writing. After an early morning stroll around the neighbourhood I enjoyed a refreshing swim and then some time working on my book before lunch.

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Ben and I are blessed to be travelling with an Australian-Vietnamese friend who is introducing us to a taste of local life. There’s nothing like having a tour guide with family in the area and inside knowledge! First up we tried local coffee – strong, sweet and good. Then after our swim Thanh took us to a simple noodle shop near our hotel and ordered us lunch. I got to enjoy my first ever bowl of authentic Pho – rice noodles in broth with thin slivers of beef and vegetables and a host of fresh herbs. Delicious!

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Next was some crystal shopping and a wander around some local markets.

So much of today has revolved around food. In the cool of the late afternoon Thanh’s Dad and three of his mates turned up on their motorbikes and took us for a tour of the city, and a visit to the oldest cathedral in Saigon.

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Travelling by bike is a great way to take in the sights, smells and atmosphere, although I must admit to being a little white knuckled at the craziness of the traffic until I finally relaxed into the flow of it. To a western eye it seems so disorganised, but if you step into that zen space and just go with it, there’s a strange logic and beauty to it.

After our city tour we finished up with dinner at an excellent Chinese restaurant. So much food. So much fun! The pictures below are rice vermicelli with fresh shrimp (prawns), garlic and chilli, and then a tofu and egg savoury custard topped with a meaty mushroom slice and some shellfish in a seafood bisque sauce. Oh my goodness, that was amazing!!! There was more too, but I was too busy eating and talking and laughing to remember to take photos! Sorry 🙂

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Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Sending much love your way, Nicole <3 xoxo

 

The Week Ahead – Oracle Reading for Monday 17 October 2016

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“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.”
~ Patrick Overton, The leaning tree: [poems]

 

Hello Lovelies!

It’s a little bit challenging choosing an oracle card just now. I don’t know my current 2016 deck well enough to read it when I can’t see, so instead I have fallen back on an old favourite – my Osho Zen Tarot deck, whose images I know by heart and blindfolded after twenty years of working with them.

Well then, let’s begin:

This week’s card? Adventure!

What does that mean for the week ahead?

We’re being asked to get out of our comfort zone. We’ve being asked to walk out into the unknown.

It means starting things without knowing where you might end up. It means putting yourself into situations where you can’t control the outcome. It means breaking out of routine to try something new. It means trusting in positive outcomes, even if your knees are shaking and it takes everything you have to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

For some of you, this is a week where you’ll look back years from now and see how this small and seemingly insignificant (although scary!) step you took was the one that changed everything.

For some of you, being brave enough to go outside your routine will mean new opportunities, new relationships, bold new discoveries or a rediscovery of something important that you need to be reminded of right now.

Many of you will find that getting out and about this week provides happy moments, shared joy and a boost to your social life. It’s also a great week to hold or plan parties, launches and grand adventures (think holidays and expeditions!) to be taken some time in the future.

The seven days ahead unfold a deeply spiritual week. A week that reminds us that we’re not alone. That the Universe has our backs. That miracles happen daily. That sometimes the crap we’ve been slogging through was only ever to enable us to step into a brighter future – wiser, stronger, clearer, better. It’s the kind of week where incredible ideas can just slide into your mind, or bubble to the surface. The kind of week where what seemed crazy just days ago now seems entirely possible.

Image by Raven N. from www.liveluvcreate.com

Image by Raven N. from www.liveluvcreate.com

Make sure to find time for joy this week – no matter how small that joy might be. Take time to sit in your favourite cafe, or to drink your favourite beverage – curled up with a book, a game or a loved one. Play your favourite music, dance and sing along. Go on a little adventure in your own home-town or suburb. Gee, you could even have that adventure in your own backyard!

If you’re looking for a crystal companion this week, you can’t go past Labradorite or Green Adventurine. Essential oils? Neroli, Jasmine and Rose.

This is a week for restoring hope, and we can always use more of that.

Sending much love to you, Nicole <3 xx

 

Things I Have Discovered While Travelling

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“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
~ Terry Pratchett

 

Hello, Lovelies!

I am more than halfway through my holiday, and this morning I have found a little café in Corfu, Greece, so that I can send a few emails and upload a bog post or two.

These are my top ten realisations thus far, while travelling:

  1. You take yourself wherever you go. Whatever is at the core of you – your worries, your habits, your dreams, your beliefs – they come with you.
  2. When you are in a strange land, the things that are an unconscious part of your everyday landscape back at home can suddenly become illuminated in ways that help you to truly see and understand yourself better.
  3. I travel with family, and with ghosts. Even when they are not here with me. I walk into an antiquarian bookstore and suddenly think of my father. I stroll past a florist’s window and know how much my mother would delight in the artistry and the fragrance. I drink a glass of wine with lunch and remember my grandparents, none of whom are still alive. I drink to their memory and their good health anyway. I see a busker in the street and think of my friend Kate, and how she would have loved that. We have a little conversation in my head, and I know that up there is heaven she is smiling down and appreciating the sights and the sounds as much as me.
  4. People all smile and laugh in the same language.
  5. You’ll see more on foot than you’ll ever see from the window of a car or bus.
  6. If the locals eat there, you should too!
  7. Travelling is a kind of dream state, where quiet and forgotten parts of you can come alive again, and new aspects of yourself can be birthed or discovered.
  8. Life is a gigantic wheel of birth and adventure and love and suffering and death and everything in between. Whether it happened 2000 years ago or last week, life has a drama to it, but only in the moment. Eventually, everything is rendered into dust.
  9. If you need wherever you go to be like home and taste like home and behave like home, you should have stayed at home!
  10. Travelling cracks your heart and your mind open, so that you can never be the same again.

When are you planning your next adventure?

Lots of love to you, Nicole xx

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What to pack?

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
~ Rumi

 

Just one more sleep and we’ll be on our way. Our first proper holiday in four years!

A friend is staying home at our farm, looking after Nurse Bert and Cafe Dog. Our bags are almost packed, and this time tomorrow we’ll be enjoying a last good coffee before we head out to the airport.

We’ll start with a few days in Bangkok to break the journey and give me a chance to rest and indulge in a few massages, lots of sleep and some delicious food. Then on to Rome where we’ll base ourselves for a few days before joining a cruise around the Mediterranean.

It’s not just a holiday though. I’m revisiting some places I’ve been before and exploring new ones as I put together an itinerary for a Sacred Journey Tour I want to run in 2018 – visiting sacred sites, temples and places of energetic significance. A tour with lots of meditation and spiritual work, as well as yummy food, sightseeing and adventures.

The cruise starts and finishes in Rome, after which we’ll fly back to Thailand for 6 days. There I’ll be sourcing some crystals, beads and silver for other projects I’m working on, and visiting some potential publishers for the hard copies of the Year of ME Planner 2017 that we’re currently designing.

So it will be a lovely mix of rest and work, new ideas and time to soak up the energies and magic of Asia and Europe. I’ve packed my little writing laptop, a kindle full of books, some oracle cards and a favourite crystal, my Planner and a selection of clothes. There’s even room left in my suitcase for whatever treasures I might find while we’re gone.

I’ll be blogging sporadically during my trip, and posting to facebook and instagram when I can. (you can find me on instagram as Cauldrons and Cupcakes and here on facebook) But I am also on holidays, so please don’t expect a daily commentary. I’ve cleverly uploaded a few pre-written posts to be published automatically while I’m away too, just so that you don’t feel neglected. Because I love you all, and I want you to have things to go on with while I am off adventuring.

I promise to enjoy myself doubly much, and to toast your good health and good fortune whenever I get the opportunity!

Big hugs and love to you all,

Nicole xx

 

Holidays – in less than two weeks!

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
~ Jack Kerouac, On the Road

 

If you’re working with my Year of ME Planner you’ll know that one of the tools I use for life planning is Magical Carrots.

A Magical Carrot is both a reward for work completed, and an incentive to work towards. You can choose a Magical Carrot every month, or allow several smaller carrots to be replaced by one really big one.

My really big Magical Carrot for 2016 is a holiday.

Ben and I haven’t been on one since our trip to Thailand in 2012. Which was just before I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.

On our last holiday I was in heart failure and my health was terrible. I truly thought it might be my last-ever trip. Each day was a struggle, and then in the middle of my holiday my precious Nana died, back home in Australia, and the rest of our trip became a blur of sadness and regret.

Now, four years later, I’m cleared to travel again and I am more than ready for the next adventure.

We’re leaving on the 29th of this month, and will be gone for just over five weeks.

Five weeks of downtime. Five weeks of rest. Five weeks of new horizons and curiosities. And five weeks to hold my beloved’s hand and give him my undivided attention.

I’m starting to get excited!

I’ll have written lots of blog posts and activities to be uploaded while I’m gone, and I’ll check in in person once or twice to update you and share a few pictures and stories. But mostly, I’ll be in holiday mode. As much as this psychic ever can be in holiday mode. (Look what happened on my last cruise!)

I’m counting down the sleeps. I’ve dragged my suitcase out and I’m googling the weather in Bangkok and Rome and Venice and Split and Corfu. Soon I might even start packing.

How about you? Do you have a Magical Carrot on the near (or far) or horizon?

I’d love to hear about it!

Lots of love,

Nicole <3 xx

Washing Away 2014!

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“…the great floodgates of the wonder-world swung open…”
~ Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

 

The early hours of 2015 brought the most fantastical storm to our little farm. As I sat with my tarot cards at midnight, doing my traditional reading for the year ahead, the sky lit up with enormous bolts of blue-white fire, and the thunderclaps overhead were so loud and close that it sounded for all the world as if a great battle was raging.

And then the rain came.

Torrential rain.

For hours.

By the time I crept off to bed there was a roar from the gully which becomes a creek when it floods. I could hear the water racing past, and still more rain kept coming.

We woke to blue skies. The first day of 2015 was clear and bright. Our farm is bordered by a creek on one side, and a river on the other. After all that rain we went for an early morning walk with the dogs and checked the creek crossing. As expected, we were flooded in.

On the way back to the house I stopped and glanced down to the river flats. That’s them you can see in the picture at the top of the page. If you look closely you’ll notice a small patch of brown water. Well, it looks small in the photo.

The river was in full flood – the biggest one we’d seen in years!

This is what our river normally looks like. Shallow enough in some places that we can walk across to our neighbour’s farm if we feel like a visit and a cup of tea! (Note tin of homemade biscuits ready for sharing with that cuppa!)

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Usually you can’t see the river from our house, which is perched much higher up the hill. The river banks are steep and hide the water until you are standing right at the edge.

But yesterday the river looked like this.

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It was a swirling mass of mud and timber, fast-moving and noisy. We were humbled by its size, and the volume of water that was speeding past us. That big tree out in the middle is where the bank usually is. The smaller greenery out in the water nearer to the front of the pic is actually the tops of trees! My photograph doesn’t really do the scale of this flood justice!

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Because of the storm we’ve had no power, and no internet. I’ve posted this by hiking up into the orchard with my laptop and mobile phone.

Not that I’ve minded the quiet. It’s given me time to truly sit and ponder my year ahead. I’m quietly excited about 2015. How about you?

Things should be back to normal in the next day or so, but in the meantime I shall enjoy the many faces of nature, and the grand entrance of this new year!

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