Tree Oracle Reading for Embracing Change

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”  ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Trees have long been known as Sacred Guardians of the Earth. Old trees are like wise old souls, full of an energy of calm and clarity. Today’s Tree Oracle images have been chosen specifically to help advise and guide you as you navigate through these current energies of change.

The energies of 2012 and all that went before are finally fading. Fresh possibilities are opening up for each of us. Opportunities for us to branch out in new directions.

Let each image speak to you in its own way.  One of them will have wisdom just for you!

Instructions for using today’s post

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

When you have chosen your Tree, scroll further down for your message. Take what resonates for you, and apply it in your life over the coming weeks.

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

Love and Light,

Nicole ♥ xx

Let The Trees Guide You…

1. Mystic River Tree

2. Night and Day Tree

3. Radiant Maple Tree

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4. Grove of Power 

5. Sacred Companions Tree

6. Nightscape Tree

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7.  Socotra Dragon Blood Tree

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8. Star of Hope Tree

♥ The Message and Gift of each Tree ♥

Each Tree image has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of your chosen Tree.  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 Action Step is a tangible step you can take to begin anchoring these energies of positive change in your life.

1.  Mystic River Tree:

♥ Message – It’s time to let your Inner Wisdom Shine. Why are you making this so hard for yourself? Relax and take a deep breath. You don’t have to reinvent yourself, or even the path you need to take. Teaching, communicating, guiding, healing, sharing. That’s your thing. The Mystic River Tree shows you that the world is like a mirror: reflecting back to you others whom you can use as role models; messages, ideas and techniques you can use on your journey; and reminding you to share your own gifts and talents with the world. You overwhelm yourself with the bigness of the task, when all beginnings have always started in humble ways, and small sharings. From little things, big things grow.

♥ Crystal – Clear Quartz  

♥ Action Step – Break your ideas down into small do-able tasks and find a role model (in your own field or even just someone that you’re drawn to) so that you can learn from what they are doing. Pick one simple thing and make a start!

2.  Night and Day Tree:

♥ Message – You’re being called to move in a brand new direction. Don’t throw in your day job just yet though. For now, have gratitude for the security the known brings. It’s okay to stay in the job, the home, the relationship… No one but you need know of your plans for future change if it doesn’t feel right to share your hopes and dreams just yet. It is possible, for a time, to devote energy to two things – completion of the old, and beginnings of the new. These gentle beginnings will be so much less stressful if you allow the Universe to support you as you continue on your current path, while you create the foundations for a path that will one day take you in a whole new direction.

♥ Crystal – Citrine

Action Step – Attend to your security. Whether it’s emotional, financial, health, family, spiritual or a combination of all of those things – ensure that the bills are paid, that the pressure comes off, and that this sense of security can then allow you to take baby steps towards your ultimate transformation. Now is not the time for risks. Make sure those immediate foundations are strong.

3.  Radiant Maple Tree:

♥ Message – Embracing the possibility of earning an income from your gifts and talents. You know what? You’re the real deal. Your ideas are sound. You’re coming from a place of integrity, what you have to share is wanted in the world. But… you have no confidence, no belief in your abilities, and you aren’t backing yourself when it counts. The Universe has just issued an invitation to you. It’s time! Trust, charge what you’re worth, offer up your gifts and talents, find some mentors and support and then plunge in. Your time is now. Begin!

♥ Crystal – Red Jasper

Action Step – Confidence through action. We can’t wait for confidence to come, we need to act in order to DEVELOP that confidence in ourselves and our abilities. Identify some action that clearly shows the Universe you are open and ready for business, no matter how humble that beginning may be.

4.  Grove of Power:

♥ Message – You need a team – it’s so much easier than trying to do this all  on your own. Just because you CAN do it, doesn’t mean that you HAVE to do it. The next step in your growth is to create that support network. There are few people who have succeeded entirely on their own efforts. Don’t be afraid to draw people to you who can help you become all you desire to be. Teachers, associates, affiliates, mentors, spiritual guides, assistants, health care professionals, accountants, researchers, house cleaners, child minders, dog walkers, whatever it is that you need – look for ways that others can advise you, build your skills or free up your time, leaving you more opportunities to do what you do best.

♥ Crystal – Sodalite

Action Step – Delegation. No-one can do everything themselves. Find one small area that you are ready to hand over to someone else, and act on that. Practice allowing yourself to be open to support in all its forms.

5.  Sacred Companions Tree:

♥ Message – Trust! There is great connection and love on its way to you. This may take the form of a love relationship, a friendship, a mentor, a pet, or even a child. For some it may also include those from the spirit realms. Open your heart. Breathe in Love. Accept healing and hope. Know that this life is a journey meant to be shared.

♥ Crystal – Amethyst

Action Step – Get clear about what you want! Write a list for the Universe. What is your heart’s innermost desire for companionship? What are you ready to heal or let go of? What are you now ready to call in to your life? Be as specific as feels right for you.

6.  Nightscape Tree:

♥ Message – Have patience – you’re a work in progress and it’s all still unfolding. The ways of the Universe can be both gentle and profound. Expect to feel a readiness for change without knowing what that change may be. Inspiration and guidance will come to you in many forms, including dreams, cards, personal messengers, music and books. Know that your intuition and Divine Synchronicity will lead you in unexpected but wonderful directions. Stay open. Stay alert and watchful, but calm… All is well.

♥ Crystal – Moonstone

Action Step – Journalling, visualisation and meditation will begin to reveal the path to you. Spend time on your own, and trust that the vision for your future will unfold piece by precious piece.

7.  Socotra Dragon Blood Tree:

♥ Message – Build scaffolds for your ideas. Create structure for your passions. Passion and keen interest is a sacred energy that aligns you with your heart’s purpose. But passion without structure cannot create stable foundations or a sustainable future.  Right now you need a plan. And from that plan you need to create structure. A routine. Goals. Priorities. Not to make life harder, but to ensure that you can make your dreams reality.  A brilliant time for study, new undertakings and all forms of renovations for the body, mind, spirit and career. 

♥ Crystal – Ruby or Ruby in Zoisite 

Action Step – Plan, diarise, investigate and organise. Determine your short and long term goals and then break those goals down into smaller achievable steps and targets. Implement those plans. Reassess often.

8: Star of Hope Tree:

♥ Message – Now is a time of endings. Patterns are being broken, hard times and suffering shall fall away. You are called upon to have courage, to look deep into your own heart and to let go of all that is holding you back. Know that you will not remain empty-handed for long. Sometimes we need to put our burdens down first, before we can pick up something new that will be more suited to our needs, talents and energies. Ask for help if it is needed. Seek professional guidance and emotional support, call upon your Guides, Angels, Ancestors and God, whatever you perceive that energy to be.

♥ Crystal – Smoky Quartz

Action Step – Identify a habit, relationship or pattern that you are ready to change.  Look for guidance in bringing about that change. Research, find support and actively seek to create something new that better serves you.

PS – If you’d like to do further work with letting go of those old energies of 2012 you might enjoy my free Guided Meditation for releasing 2012.


8 Psychic Messages – A Reading with Every Image ♥


Who doesn’t love flowers! On my trip to Thailand I photographed many beautiful blooms, so I’ve selected some pictures to offer you as a soul reading to guide your week.

Instructions for using today’s post

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

When you have chosen your image scroll further down for your soul message, designed to help you focus on guidance and direction.

Remember to let the colours of your image inspire you this week too – try to find a way to incorporate this energy as a crystal or a shade of clothing in your wardrobe, even a flower in your desk or table. It’s a fun and magical way to bring fresh energies into your life.

Love and Light,

Nicole ♥ xx

Golden Lotus



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Pink Lotus

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Folded Lotus Buds

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Red Ginger

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Blue Butterfly on Green Leaf   (Okay, it’s not a flower, but I’m still including it!)


Spider Flower


Purple Orchid


♥ The Healing Message and Gift of each Image ♥

Each image has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of your chosen image.  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 this week.

♥ Golden Lotus – Celebration of BEing.  There is a sense of possibility and new beginnings creeping into your life. Old worries, patterns and limitations will fall away. You are becoming more comfortable in your own skin.  Now is the time to enjoy each moment. Find gratitude for the many small blessings in your day. Trust that your life is unfolding as it should.♥ Best Crystal – TIGERS EYE  ♥ Power Word – BLESSINGS  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Time on your own  Spend time in your own company to begin exploring these mental and emotional shifts. Take long walks, meditate, journal and listen to music.

♥ Frangipani – Companionship and Family. An ideal time for nurturing existing relationships and attracting new ones. Make the time to share a coffee or a meal. Plan a get-together, party, reunion or celebration. ♥ Best Crystal – UNAKITE  ♥ Power Word – CONNECTION ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere where sharing and friendship takes place. Join a club, team or a service group. Drop in on friends or create opportunities for friendship. Invite new friends and old into your life again.

♥ Pink Lotus – Speak Your Mind.  You’re considerate by nature. Maybe too much so sometimes.  There are opportunities now for you to change the dynamic in existing relationships by calmly and politely speaking your truth. Acknowledge your thoughts and feelings. Allow for the possibility of movement and positive change in places where there has been pain and stuckness. ♥ Best Crystal – PINK TOURMALINE  ♥ Power Word – HONESTY ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Sitting in your Truth  Nowhere to go but in! Spend time in contemplation and reflection. Do things that nurture your spirit. Say YES to what uplifts and inspires you and NO to what drags you down.

♥ Folded Lotus Buds – Physical Purity.  Ready for an overhaul?  Detoxify, exercise, change your diet and put energy into feeling the best that you can feel.  You are being called upon to honour the physical and to make peace with your body. Do all you can to care for and be comfortable with it. Seek healing. Make healthy choices. Don’t put this off any longer. It’s time to change!  ♥ Best Crystal – MOONSTONE  ♥ Power Word – VITALITY  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Movement and Rest. Alternate between moving your body (walking, swimming, yoga, gym etc) and resting through massage, meditation, relaxing baths or an early night. Learn to work with the natural rhythm of your body.

♥ Red Ginger – Progress and Powering On. You are reaching a place of creativity and decisiveness.  Trust your instincts around business, study and career. Get clear about your goals and dreams and then make plans for the year ahead to bring those dreams to fruition. ♥ Best Crystal – CARNELIAN  ♥ Power Word – PASSION  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Planning Time. Action is important, but right now planning the time ahead is vital, and will decrease worry and increase productivity, giving you a sense of direction and control over your own life. Spend time writing, planning, charting and getting it all down on paper.

♥ Blue Butterfly – Personal Growth You’re entering a powerful phase of growth and transformation. Expect life-changing realisations, revelations and visions. Expect teachers, courses and resources to present themselves to you.  Honour this journey of healing and emotionally growing up as you step solidly into who you are; and live from your heart, with a clear mind and a clear conscience.  The best for you is yet to come. ♥ Best Crystal – LAPIS LAZULI  ♥ Power Word – KNOWLEDGE  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Learning Time.  Reading, thinking and reflecting is essential now. So is time spent with teachers and mentors. Apply your learning. Ask for guidance. And ask within as well as without.

♥ Spider Flower – Value and Honour Self.  Always, your pattern has been to judge yourself harshly, and to excuse away the insensitivities, faults and mistakes of others. But this needs to change.  You are a good person. You are kind. You see the best in others, and wish the best for them. It’s time to forgive yourself for all the perceived shortcomings and failures you see in you! It’s time to treat yourself with that same wisdom, compassion and kindness.  ♥ Best Crystal – ROSE QUARTZ  ♥ Power Word – ACCEPTANCE  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Spending time doing what interests you  Listen to music that YOU love, eat or cook food that YOU love, watch YOUR choice of shows on TV, sign up for a class YOU want to do. Stop putting everyone else first and make one corner of your life all about you. That’s not selfish – that’s self care!

♥ Purple Orchid – Voices of Angels  A time of spiritual and creative awakening. You are being Guided by Loved Ones who’ve crossed over, by Spirit Guides and Angels, and by your own host of Muses.  Stay open to ideas, impressions, feelings, vision and dreams. You’ll be Guided to make breakthroughs in areas of your life where you have had blockage, pain, loss and sorrow for many years. ♥ Best Crystal – FLUORITE  ♥ Power Word – RECEIVING ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Inspiring Locales Concerts, theatre, art galleries, libraries, cathedrals, nature, travel, wild places, time with good people, book shops, antique stores, markets, restaurants, gardens, restful places – be inspired by the world around you.  Look for signs and messages everywhere.

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Animal Messengers – Your Sunday Psychic Oracle

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“Lots of people talk to animals…. Not very many listen, though…. That’s the problem.”

~ Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh


The Animal Kingdom contains a wealth of wisdom, and today we are going to tap into that wisdom, to find a message relevant to us in our daily lives right now.

I was inspired to create this post from the multitude of wildlife and natural wonders here at my farm. While it isn’t always possible for everyone to sit on their doorstep, or walk through a field, waiting to gain clarity and perspective from the animals that cross your path, today you can tune in to a series of images, and from them find a message just for you!


Instructions for using today’s post

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

When you have chosen your image, scroll further down for your message; designed to help you focus on spiritual and personal growth.

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

Love and Light,

Nicole ♥ xx


Let Nature Guide You…

1.  Australian Dingo:

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2.  Panda:

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3.  Bengal Tiger:

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4.  Horse:

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5.  Elephant:

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6.  Koala:

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7.  Owl:

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8: Swan:

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♥ The Healing Message and Gift of each Image ♥

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


1.  Australian Dingo:

♥ MessageIt’s time to break free from the pack, and to trust only those closest to you with your plans and future intentions. Think carefully about your next moves, where you want to go, what you wish to become – and then create a map of how you’re going to get there.  It doesn’t matter if your plan will take time.  Becoming always does. Slowly but surely put your plan into action, knowing that all you need to do is follow your plan, put one foot in front of the other, and your future success will be assured. Your time to begin is now!

♥ Crystal – Tiger Eye  

♥ Power Word – Independence


2.  Panda:

♥ Message – Panda knows that true happiness comes from a combination of work and play. It’s time to end your social isolation and reach out to friends and family, engaging with life again. Panda also knows that there must be some portion of your life devoted to spiritual contemplation and meditation, and another part that is about study and personal growth.  Pandas are always learning. True mental power and personal breakthrough comes from a combination of rest, work, reflection and play. When learning opportunities come up, say YES!

♥ Crystal – Blue Kyanite

♥ Power Word – Learning


3.  Bengal Tiger:

♥ Message – Tiger warns you against being scattered in your energies.  It is time to focus on your goals with clear intent, and to remove time wasters and meaningless relationships from your life. Find yourself a good teacher or mentor.  Hang out with people who also seek positive change.  Each day when Tiger wakes up, Tiger KNOWS what needs to be done, and Tiger acts upon that knowing. Tigers create powerful momentum in their lives through their direct focus on their goals, and from their strategic relationships. Their friends are tigers too – whether they hunt alone or together, they have a singular purpose, and they support each other in their purpose.  Choose your friends wisely. Seek out those who already do well the thing you wish to do or become. Put time and energy into your dreams!

♥ Crystal – Citrine

♥ Power Word – Clarity


4.  Horse:

♥ Message – Horses are noble creatures.  They embody courage and grace, and they run like the wind.  The horse’s message for you is simple. Hold true to your values. Don’t sell out.  Stand up for what you believe in.  And if it is impossible to live by your values and stay where you are, if you are not loved and supported where you are, then move on. It’s time to believe in yourself, it’s time to honour your values and convictions, it’s time to live with courage, and to let your inner beauty and wisdom shine. Horses always find others of their own nature to run with.  It’s time to find your own tribe, and break free from old limitations. There is great freedom in action.  Run free!

♥ Crystal – Bloodstone

♥ Power Word – Freedom


5.  Elephant:

♥ Message – It’s time to begin sharing what you know. You’re a natural teacher, and you have powerful wisdoms and experiences to share with others.  Elephant has appeared to remind you of your promise to the Universe – to be of Service; to help others on their journey; to do what you can, with what you have. Sharing knowledge can happen in the simplest of ways – sometimes our most profound encounters are from a passing conversation, or encouragement from a stranger.  You’re being called. You have gifts to share, and there is value for others in those gifts. Step up, it’s time!

♥ Crystal – Amethyst

♥ Power Word – Wisdom


6.  Koala:

♥ Message – Koala is a master of personal comfort and security. Security isn’t about guard dogs and high fences – security is about knowledge, and building a solid foundation on which to base your life.  When Koala has a home tree to return to, he can travel far in the world, because home is an anchor that always draws him back to a place of sanctuary.  Koala’s message to you is this – learn all you can about money.  Pay down your debt and put a plan to manage your money in place.  You’re coming into a great time for getting comfortable with where you live and building your personal wealth. Think about investing or buying a home of your own. Don’t waste your precious cash on things that don’t add meaning or value to your life. And on the home front, tidy up – make your home an inviting sanctuary that nurtures and supports you. If the tree you live in doesn’t meet your needs, go on the hunt for a better tree. Let your home reflect who you are, no matter how simple or how lavish. Build solid foundations for your future, and the future of your family. Take responsibility for your money, and your home. Acknowledge the importance of personal security and make a plan to improve yours!

♥ Crystal – Red Jasper

♥ Power Word – Security


7.  Owl:

♥ Message – Owl always signifies a time of rapid spiritual and psychic growth. Life may feel turbulent, it might make no sense to you at all, but Owl reminds you to trust in a greater wisdom, and to know that there is a Higher Plan for your life.  Retreat from the world when you need to. Protect yourself from people and situations that diffuse your enthusiasm and personal energy. Spend time in reflection, contemplation and study.  Allow yourself some time to settle into your new energies, and be gentle with yourself during this time of transformation. Practice meditation, and spend time in nature. Be gentle with yourself, rest often, and eat well. Wait for the messages.  Owls always bring messages!

♥ Crystal – Rutilated Quartz

♥ Power Word – Transformation


8: Swan:

♥ Message – Swan signifies an opening of the heart, energies of forgiveness, and energies of true love.  Swans enjoy relationships based on love, trust and deep respect.  Swan comes into your life to herald transformation in your love relationships – a renewal of energy and passion, deeper connection, new mates when you have been alone. They can also signify a Higher Love coming into your life. This might be a spiritual or a religious calling. It may also be finding a Life Path that requires your full heart and devotion, and where you can happily give yourself over to that passion, knowing that it is  truly your path of Highest Good.

♥ Crystal – Moonstone

♥ Power Word – Fulfillment 


Five Australian Bush Flower Blessings for You

Gumnut Babies by May Gibbs

It’s Spring here in Australia, and the bush is filled with all manner of flowers.  Here are five different types that I came across during my recent road trip.  This morning I have channelled a message for each bloom, and I know that there is one that is just right for you!

All you have to do is scroll through the flower pictures, and choose the one that appeals to you the most.  When you’ve made your selection go down the page and look up the message that came with your flower.

Wishing you a magical day,

Love and Light, Nicole ♥ xx

Australian Purple Mint Bush


Red Grevillia

Pink Rice Flower

Flannel Flower

Each Australian Bush Flower has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of your chosen flower.  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 Natural Blessing is a place or activity you’ll find supportive and healing.

 Purple Bush Mint – Emotional and Spiritual Recovery. You are moving to the end of a difficult time, and now you must allow yourself some breathing space to come into a higher vibration.  You are well supported energetically.  Things will continue to improve.  You are making good decisions.  All is well.  ♥ Best Crystal – Charoite  ♥ Power Word – SAFETY  ♥ Natural Blessing – Breath Work.  Use your breath to calm and centre you, closing your eyes or sitting in natural and focusing on your breath as you breathe in and out, until your breathing becomes slow and calm, and you feel stronger and more balanced again.

♥ Hibbertia – Self Acceptance. Self improvement is fine, but sometimes what we need is to love ourselves right now, just as we are.  You become so critical of yourself, and demanding of yourself at times.  Hibbertia is encouraging you to be gentle and kind as you walk through life, especially with yourself. Look for the activities, people and places that uplift and support you, and that make you smile.  Include more of that energy in your life ♥ Best Crystal – CITRINE  ♥ Power Word – LOVE  ♥ Natural Blessing – Sunshine, space and freedom.  Get away from the hustle and bustle for a while. Try a walk on the beach, an aromatherapy massage, a swim in the ocean, or anywhere that has a feeling of space and calm.

♥ Red Grevillia – Inner Flame. You have a powerhouse of ideas, sensuality, and magnetic energy within you.  It’s time to reclaim your inner power and shine more brightly in the world.  Enjoy having a physical body.  Re-awaken your senses. Rediscover the magic within you, and your natural joy and enthusiasm.  ♥ Best Crystal – CARNELIAN  ♥ Power Word – PASSION  ♥ Natural Blessing – Movement. Get that body moving! Try dancing, a visit to the gym, yoga, walking, surfing or making love.

♥ Pink Rice Flower – Ready for Love. Pink Rice Flower celebrates connection to all, and the energy of an open, gentle and loving heart.  It usually heralds deeper emotional connection with self, as well as romantic partners.  If you are single, it is often a sign that love is on its way! If you are happy as you are, it invites special friendships or the love of a precious pet  ♥ Best Crystal – ROSE QUARTZ  ♥ Power Word – HARMONY  ♥ Natural Blessing – Heart Connection and Gratitude.  Hugs are healing.  So is time spent with friends and loved ones, or in places that make your heart sing. Don’t forget the love of animals, and the joy that comes from wild places too.

 Flannel Flower –  Spiritual and Psychic Connection There is a new sensitivity expanding within you. Trust that you are being well Guided, and that there is spiritual energy and connection opportunities all around.  Pay attention to your dreams, and live with a sense of awareness.  Cultivate a child-like sense of wonder and emotional openness.  A beautiful time is dawning in your life. ♥ Best Crystal – Selenite ♥ Power Word – CONNECTION  ♥ Natural Blessing – Moonlight, Starlight and the Night Sky  Look up at the stars, go a for a walk after dinner, eat supper at a sidewalk cafe where you can be outside under the sky, keep the curtains open so that the moonlight and starlight shine into your bedroom.  If you live in the city, plan a trip to the countryside where you can feel the space of the wide night sky above you.

Gumnut Babies in Wattle Outfits by May Gibbs

January 1, 2012 – Contemplation, dreaming and divination

Happy New Year, and welcome to the energies of 2012!  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.  For me it is a day of planning and dreaming, and spending time with people and activities that matter to me.  (See my post on how you can work out what matters to you here)

I have one tarot deck that I use only for the first day of the new year.  I have done this for over 20 years, and it is something I look forward to as a touchstone to set the themes of my year and to live with greater awareness and understanding.  I don’t use it as a predictive tool – rather I use it for reflection, and to seek guidance about qualities, actions and perspectives that might benefit me over the next twelve months.

This morning I asked for one card for you – to give YOU guidance over the year ahead.  This is my personal interpretation of that card for you.  Take what resonates as truth for you, and discard the rest.

The CHARIOT – Guiding you into 2012

See 2012 as a year of great potential, as a year of great change.  Change will happen anyway, for that is the nature of this Universe, and of our lives, but to actively drive that change will bring better results for you this year, and give you the satisfaction of personal empowerment, rather than being in an energy of just letting things ‘happen’ to you.  Make sure that you are the driver of your own chariot – it is unwise to give away your power, especially in charting the direction of your life.

Equally, you will benefit from finding a rhythm between action/doing and periods of contemplation and quiet time that nurtures and replenishes you.  This is a year full of opportunity, but not all opportunities will be aligned with your skills, desires and purpose, no matter how attractive they may seem, so always take time to tune into your inner knowing, and ask yourself that most important of questions: ‘Will this choice or action honour me and serve my goals?

Give attention to the depth of your nature. You are a soul, having a human experience, and that experience is felt through the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Make time for each of these aspects, for when one is ignored it throws the others into imbalance, and the ramifications may cause the wheels to fall off your chariot, or at least slow you down as the tyres go flat.  This year can bring such momentum for you, so it is wise to ensure the stability of your ‘vehicle’ by acknowledging and honouring your complex nature so that you can keep pace with this momentum without breaking or causing peril to yourself or others. Be mindful to make your life, relationships and practices sustainable.  Be wary of over-committing and the propensity for this level of activity and stress to cause illness, depression and burnout. One again I want to emphasise seek balance between activity and quiet times.

Some of what you have sown in the past (and had feared would never come to pass) will finally be available for harvest this year, but keep sowing seeds for tomorrow, and the days and years to come.  Crops (of ideas, actions, thoughts etc) sown over 2012, and nurtured with enthusiasm, dedication and discipline will  bring encouraging yields for you in the times ahead.  Even if others are facing lean times, or talking of failure and doom, work diligently on your own dreams and trust in good outcomes.

Allow home to be your anchor this year – devote energy to your dwelling space and how it supports you, and spend time on the relationships that matter.  From that place of safe anchor then, dare to roam.  Plan travel, seek out events and places that broaden your horizons and increase your education, knowledge and awareness. (This could even be done through books and the arts too.)  Travel unfamiliar roads with an open heart and mind, but always hold the image of that safe anchor of home so that you stay oriented to who you truly are, and what truly matters in your life.

This is a time of great soul growth, bringing with it the potential for deeper spiritual connection and inner peace.  It is also a time for awakening to your innate talents, your psychic and metaphysical gifts, and the One-ness and inter-connection of all.  Meditation and regular practice of such things as walking, yoga, qi gung and other forms of mindful movement will help to centre you in truth and awareness and to create stability between the physical and non-physical aspects of yourself.  Seek teachers and activities that help you to grow in your chosen field; be that healing, writing, gardening, art or rocket science.

If you want to make over yourself, your relationships, your career or the world in some way, 2012 gives you an exceptional vehicle for making this positive change a reality.  But 2012 is merely a vehicle – you need to provide the fuel (through passion, health and energy), the direction (through clear goals and purpose) and the driver (you, rested and clear, and ready to take responsibility for your life).

Set clear boundaries, stand up for yourself and step into your power.  This truly can be your best year yet!  Love and Light, Nicole ♥ xx