Do you prefer Tarot or Oracle Cards?


“The tarot is an outer oracle of which the inner oracle is the source” 
~ Philippe St Genoux

I’m interested to know if you use Tarot cards or an Oracle deck, and if you have a preference for one over the other?

Is there a reason you would choose to use Oracle Cards rather than a Tarot deck? Why?

I’d be thrilled if you could help me out with research for a future project by letting me know your thoughts in the comments below, on my Facebook page, or by emailing Chelsi at chelsi@cauldronsandcupcakes.com

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We would like to let you know that we’re working on a new project to help support your spiritual journey and we need your input so that we create something unique and best suited to your needs

Much love to you, Nicole ❤ xx

The Energies of February – 2018

“Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them– that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.” 
~  L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

Hello, Lovelies :)

In February we begin to build on the strength and intuitive connection we found for ourselves at the beginning of the year. We begin to find a clear direction forward. February brings opportunities for planning, learning and growing in order to bring about positive change. 

Cards for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for February for you: one from Colette Baron-Reid’s The Enchanted Map and one from Steven Farmer’s Earth Magic 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:

“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”
~ Bob Proctor


February is a month for inviting change, for making long-range plans and big decisions that will bring us closer into alignment with our authentic selves and soul needs.

Create some space this month for working with your Oracle cards and planner, for family or work meetings, and for allowing everyone’s voices to be heard.

This month invites you to find other people to guide you as you plan and instigate change. Maybe you can find a coach or a mentor, or a supportive group to join (emphasis on supportive – no whiny negative groups, because that’s self-defeating, you want a group that feels comfortable, supportive and empowering).

Maybe it’s you with support to offer others. If so, go launch that program or put that offering out into the world.

 

The second card I’ve chosen is CLOUDS. It’s primary message is the importance of dreaming a brighter future for ourselves, and for believing in our possibilities.

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”
~ Albert Einstein

February is a terrific month for all kinds of dreaming and imagining new possibilities for ourselves and our future.

It’s also a great time for learning from history – our own or from the world before our life this time around, and for anything to do with family, especially for connecting with the stories of your elders and ancestors.

If you are an elder in your own family think about how you can share stories and skills with the younger generation. Do you have a family favourite recipe to share, or an important story about a family member or heirloom?

As you connect into this wisdom and guidance you’ll continue to develop clarity and confidence in yourself, who you are, what you believe, and what matters to you.

Don’t forget Earth Wisdom this month. Let nature be a teacher and guide for you too.

Can you spend some time honouring your body with exercise and healthy natural food? Can you work on getting enough rest and downtime? And can you spend some time in nature?

Best crystals this month?

Banded Agate and Sunstone

Banded Agate creates a sense of safety, peace and belonging. It also helps to anchor change.

Sunstone helps us to sit in a place of abundance thinking so that we see the blessings and possibilities in our life.

Essential oils to support your journey?

Young Living’s Clarity and Envision blends are my choices for February. Clarity is a blend that includes peppermint, basil and rosemary. I love this oil for helping me to learn new things, and for focus, problem solving and being open to new ideas. It helps me bust through mental fatigue and stay fresh and engaged with my work. Envision is an oil blend I often use in my workshops and retreats to help my students connect to inner wisdom and intuition. It helps us to see a greater possibility for ourselves. Use Envision for spiritual connection, inspiration and breakthroughs. Dab a drop on your Crown Chakra, back of neck, over your heart, wrists and the soles of your feet, inhale directly or add to your diffuser. 

Want to make your own blend? Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own but they’ll also make a great combination for diffusing. Grapefruit is uplifting, busts stress and helps us overcome self-doubt. Ylang Ylang restores confidence in ourselves and our decisions and is supportive when we feel anxious or overwhelmed, Rosemary improves memory, promotes emotional balance and diffuses stress, and Cardamon helps link our left and right brain, bringing balance and calm.  To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. You can find the oils here.


Wishing you a love-filled, satisfying and wonder-full February.

Lots of love, Nicole❤ xoxo

Magical Teacup Oracle

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Image from tlbc.com.au

“As far as her mom was concerned, tea fixed everything. Have a cold? Have some tea. Broken bones? There’s a tea for that too. Somewhere in her mother’s pantry, Laurel suspected, was a box of tea that said, ‘In case of Armageddon, steep three to five minutes’.”
~ Aprilynne Pike, Illusions

 

Will you join me for a cup of tea and a little magic?

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’m offering a cup of tea to provide you with the wisdom, guidance and support you might need right now.

Instructions for using today’s post

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

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

Love and Light,

Nicole ♥ xx

Let the Teacup Blessings Begin…

1.  Woodland Violets Teacup

2.  Blossoms and Birds Teacup

3.  Everything Golden Teacup

4. Very Deco Teacup

5. Wonderland Teacup

6. French Roses Teacup

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Image from rubylane.com

7. Spires and Lace Teacup

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Image from galleryhip.com

8.  Froggy Teacup

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Image from cathylawley.com

♥ Your Teacup’s Message ♥

Each magical teacup has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of your teacup.  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. Woodland Violets Teacup You’re being so strongly supported by loved ones who’ve crossed over, and by your Guides and the Angelic Realms. Call on them for help and guidance, and know that you are deeply loved, even as you feel so alone. They have a message for you to let you know that everything, ultimately will be okay, and they are sending you strength, grace and love.  Best Crystal – AMETHYST   Power Word – SUPPORT  Magical Healing Environment – Quiet time on your own to fill yourself up with nurture, to give yourself time to think and plan, and to learn from all of these lessons in your life.  It’s breakthrough time. You’re almost there!

2.  Blossoms and Birds Teacup It’s a time of accelerated progress right now, and a wonderful time for both expanding and sharing your knowledge. Trust your abilities, and take small consistent steps towards your goals. Keep company with others from your tribe, and if you have no tribe, seek out like-minded people who can support you, believe in you and help you grow.  Best Crystal – LABRADORITE  ♥ Power Word – KNOWLEDGE ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Places that allow you to develop your craft, your wisdom and your skill. This could be courses, seminars and conferences, books, teachers and mentors, journalling, dreaming and goal setting, or a room or studio where you work on your projects or study. It can also be you stepping up to be the mentor and teacher, and you putting your gifts out into the world. Embrace possibility!

3.  Everything Golden Teacup  A time of turning corners, of new beginnings, fresh starts and remaking yourself and your life. You are being encouraged to actively create the life of your dreams. It’s your life, and you are worthy of every good thing, so step up and claim it. Situations are easing, there is support at ever turn, and you’re moving back into flow and abundance.  Best Crystal – CITRINE   Power Word – RENEWAL ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that supports your growing sense of self-worth. Look to positive friendships and relationships that make you feel good about yourself, to clothes and hair that allow you to reclaim your confidence, to trusted advisors and teachers who can support you in making all of these much-needed changes. Take yourself on outings to places and events that inspire and uplift you. Dream yourself a new life, starting today!

4. Very Deco Teacup  This is a time on your life where you can finally begin to see, with great clarity, both the truth of your current situation, and the best way forward. A time of inspiration, vision and sound decision-making. A time of great personal power, and of establishing sovereignty in your own life – a place from which all good things will flow.  Best Crystal – CLEAR QUARTZ   Power Word – CLARITY  Magical Healing Environment – Time for planning your life, creating a vision board, or writing in your journal. This is a fabulous time for you to truly work out how you feel, and what actions and decisions need to be made to make your life more authentic and fulfilling. You’ll surprise yourself with how easily you step into your own power now!

5.  Wonderland Teacup Friendship and helpful people is the theme of this delightful teacup. What you need most right now is good company – the company of a friend or lover, of family or your favourite pets, of new friends and old. Of like-minded people who can share your journey. And it’s also letting you know that so many of the things you enjoyed in childhood are still available to support you now, and to enrich your life.  Best Crystal – ROSE QUARTZ  ♥ Power Word – FRIENDS  Magical Healing Environment – Time spent connecting with friends Catch up with old friends you haven’t seen for the longest time. Have a cup of tea with the neighbour across the way. Organise coffee, a quick meal, a picnic or an outing. Join a group. Let your heart spend time on friendship, laughter, shared problems and shared joy. Love, laugh, live!

6. French Roses Teacup  The message of this teacup is care and quality. Your soul is longing for self-expression, for individuality, for attention to detail, for beauty and for art. You could find these qualities in nature, in architecture, in cultural pursuits or in your own creative expression.  Best Crystal – FLUORITE   Power Word – INDIVIDUALITY  Magical Healing Environment – Time that allows you to express or experience things that define you as an individual   Dress in ways that help you identify with your soul energy. Choose eclectic, individual, vintage, recycled and bespoke over mass-produced. Nourish yourself with culture and beauty. Spend time in beautiful, artsy or quirky environments. Embrace your uniqueness and be your best self!

7.  Spires and Lace Teacup You’re stepping into a delicious time of creative energy. Expect ideas, insights and innovation. Challenge yourself and the status quo. Travel and open yourself to new ideas and the joy of thinking outside the square. This is a magical time for you, and you’ll be strongly guided and supported in this space of creative flow. Plan adventures, and then go! Start something new. Get things finished – there are also powerful energies for completion here.  Best Crystal – GARNET  Power Word – INSPIRED  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – People and places that stimulate you  Travel, go to new places, even if it is just a coffee shop or restaurant. Plan holidays and major life changes. Embark on new projects. Make things. End things or finish things. Think bold thoughts. Believe in yourself and in magic!

8.  Froggy Teacup 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. Focus on your health and well-being. Pull back from stressful people and situations. Put your own well-being front and centre right now. It’s time for healing breakthroughs.  Best Crystal – JASPER – Whichever one you’re drawn to!   Power Word – HEAL ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Any place or person that nurtures your health  Give energy to your best healthy diet, stretch, spend time in nature, get that body moving, breathe deeply, get some sunlight on your skin, plenty of rest and consult practitioners who can support you on this journey back to wellness. You’re being supported to find healing breakthroughs!

Ghostly Messages and Weird Confirmations…

Most of you probably know that I’m a bit of a writing bender right now. I hadn’t expected to embark on a new project; I have two finished manuscripts to edit, workshop notes to write, and some courses to finish.  And of course I’ve started on my second novel with my husband.

This bender came about because last week Nicole from threedeelife made a comment on my post The Woman I Turned Away.

She said: Have you ever thought of doing a Young Adult psychic novel? It would be fantastic!

Of course I immediately discounted the idea. I have so much else on my plate. And, I wondered to myself, would anyone be interested if I did?

But somehow this Young Adult novel idea wouldn’t let me go.

I woke up at 1am a few nights ago with a head full of story. Yes, I thought, I CAN write this, because essentially I’ve walked this path, and writing about it will spark off awareness and recognition in so many of you. It’s the sort of book I would have loved to read when I was back at the beginning of my own journey.

The story has been pouring out of me and onto the page ever since.

On Friday night I sat back and finally took a breather.  My husband and I went out for dinner in Byron Bay, to one of our favourite haunts, Luscious.  We ate great food, caught up with friends, enjoyed a glass of wine, and then came home and sat in front of the fire.

A stream of new ideas and a new character came to me as I watched the flickering flames, and I went to my computer to get them down because I knew I wouldn’t remember with the same clarity come morning.

And then the doubt hit. Who will want to read this, I thought. Can I really tell it how it is? Can I really write compelling fiction about a young girl having a psychic awakening?

I began thinking about an element of the plot. Thinking really hard and searchingly. I wondered if readers would find it a stretch…

As I sat staring at the screen, while my husband sat nearby on the lounge, an overhead ceiling fan roared into life, startling both of us. We looked at each other, bemused, and then I stood up, went over and turned it off.  Somehow it had gone from off to on (and the highest speed setting at that!) with no help from us.

We went through the possible reasons for why the fan might turn itself on. Rats in the wall?  A possum? An electrical fault?

Even as we were listing them off we both knew we were clutching at straws. Stuff like this is not uncommon at our house. My sister still talks about the time she looked after our dogs and house while we were overseas and the vacuum cleaner started up, when it wasn’t even plugged in at the wall.

Items get shifted around all the time here.  Things go missing and turn up in the strangest of places. Jewellery does this so often we can laugh about it now. Lights turn themselves on or off.  Doors unlock. Objects just appear, like an owl feather on my pillow, or a book on my coffee table.

So, what did we make of the fan?

Dead person, I said to Ben.

Yeah, I think so too, he agreed.

Who? I’m sure it is my grandmother, who passed last year, and who was also very psychic. I took it as a sign.

Why? When the fan turned on I was thinking about souls who’ve crossed over, and how they can still guide us, communicate with us, and help us, from where they are. That’s what I’d wanted to include in my book.

I felt like I got a big ‘thumbs up’ from upstairs.

So I’m writing my new novel uncensored.  I won’t hold back.  I’ll tell it how it is.  You’ll all know that it’s just a story.  And you’ll also know that every word of it could be true.

Are you brave enough to follow The Call?

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Have you ever had a crazy, crazy hunch, or an idea you just can’t get out of your head?

Maybe in the middle of being a Dentist you start thinking of Art School.

I mean REALLY thinking about Art School.

You become a closet hoarder of Art School brochures, you haunt their on-line curriculum, and while you spend your days peering into people’s mouths, part of you is dreaming about how different your life could look…

It goes from being a wild idea to the tender beginnings of a plan. (For more information on how to protect that tender plan or idea read this!)

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Or you wake up thinking about Peru.

Of all places!

Your whole life Peru hasn’t even been on the radar and now it’s everywhere. There are posters of Peru in the Travel Agent’s window, your friend lends you a book about Peru, there’s a show about it on the Discovery Channel. Your dreams are filled with llamas and Machu Picchu.

You can’t explain why, but suddenly you have an overwhelming urge to go there.

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It’s known in my world as ‘The Call’.

Maybe it’s God. Spirit. Angels. Your wise Higher Self. Guides.  Your own heart…

Whatever it is, it’s calling you, and it won’t let up.

Art School.  Peru.  Walking across Spain. Entering that competition. Calling your friend from College all those years ago. That idea for the book/TV show/film/restaurant/rock band/charity/house makeover/epic adventure.

You find the seed of a strange and unexpected idea inside you, that grows into something bigger.  It gets reflected back to you from all angles. Waking, sleeping and everything in-between – there it is. The Call.

And in my experience, when you follow that Call, life begins to gift you all manner of support, synchronicity, helpful people and lucky breaks.

You meet your soul mate.  You finally work out what you want to be when you grow up.  Your spiritual and psychic gifts kick in. You do that thing, that leads to the thing (and there could be a bit of a chain of that happening, so insert extra ‘things’ here if necessary) that gets you to this amazing new place of flow and happiness in your life.

You look back later, and see how it all came together; how your life changed direction, how endings and beginnings merged to provide you with a clear path, and a deeper understanding.

When you get The Call will you pay attention? Are you brave enough to say yes? Are you bold enough to follow your heart?

♥ Because what will your life look like if you don’t?

What do you have to lose? ♥

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The Green-Eyed Envy Monster

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There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Envy gets a bad rap in our society, with fair cause.  But today I want to talk about the positive aspects of envy. I believe that envy can be a great helper in your life, if you know how to tune in and use it wisely.

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Think of envy as a little green monster that sits on your shoulder, a friendly monster who knows you well, watching and observing as you go through life.

When he sees something that you want (whether you recognise that fact or not), he digs his claws into your shoulder, causing you a sting of discomfort.

If it’s something that’s actually quite important to you, the green-eyed monster’s fat, heavy tail may also slap you on the side of the head, to make sure you’re paying attention.

Ouch!

And then a little flag goes up in the perimeter of your conscious awareness, to mark that space for you. It will make you feel uncomfortable, restless, cranky, perhaps even a bit pouty. It can also make you feel inadequate, guilty, insecure, or ‘not enough’.

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But be brave.  Move past those reactive feelings. They are only there to get your attention.  Now he’s got it, tune in to the envy monster’s message.

He’ll whisper in your ear, “look… look… the boots she’s wearing… the job he’s doing… how fit she is… the review for his book… their holiday house in France… the freedom they enjoy… those friends having dinner together… did you see that?  did you feel that? We could do that.  We could have that.  We could be that.”

And you’ll know it’s true.  Maybe it’s not enough to be a clerical assistant any more – maybe you should go back to night school. Maybe you need to lose a few pounds, update your wardrobe, go on a holiday, dust off that half-finished manuscript and have another crack at it, start dating or end a go-nowhere relationship…

There is a seed of self-awareness in envy, and if you plant that seed in a barren part of your life, water it, nurture it, and help it grow, it will one day bear sweet fruit.

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And then the green-eyed envy monster will have a nice long, well-deserved nap, because you won’t need him any more.

♥ You deserve to shine.

♥ You deserve to follow your dreams.

♥ You deserve to be happy and well loved.

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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How to become more intuitive…

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” ~ Albert Einstein

All of us are intuitive but many of us become dominated by our minds, and as I often tell my clients, over-thinking chokes off our natural intuitive wisdom.

For those of us who have become used to living in our minds, connecting into this natural wisdom, and the flow of energy and information all around us can seem like an impossible task. But I promise you, intuition is your birth right – and the ability to be intuitive resides within every living thing.

Simple steps for increasing intuition:

The most important thing we can do in our daily lives to foster the development of our intuition is to make time for connection.  For some people this will be the first step in opening up to psychic abilities as well. It is vital that we get out of our heads and back into our bodies.

  • Drink more water – being hydrated always enhances connection.
  • Turn off the computer and the television and sit in silence.  This can be further improved by taking time to sit in nature.
  • Practice tuning in – by bring your conscious focus to something and then relaxing and stilling your mind, allowing yourself to become open to any impressions or information you might receive. (I know this can be incredibly hard at first for head-dominated people but it will get easier.)
  • Meditate.
  • Eat a diet rich in natural, fresh foods, which are full of vibrant energy and that clean up our own vibration.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Avoid substances that dull our sensitivity, or that ramp it up in unnatural ways – such as caffeine, sugar, alcohol, recreational drugs – all of these inhibit true intuitive connection.

Guided Meditation to increase your intuitive ability

I’ve recorded a simple guided meditation to help you to soften and open up to your own intuitive connection. All you need to do is set aside ten minutes where you won’t be disturbed, and then close your eyes and listen to my voice.

Nicole Cody’ Guided Meditation for Developing Psychic Connection

With practice, you will find that intuition will begin to inform you, and better connect you into life and everything around you. You may also find that your abilities begin to go beyond just intuition, and into the realms of the metaphysical. (And if they do, I have tools and teachings for that too.)  Trust. Know that you are a spiritual BEing, made of pure source energy, living within a human body. All you ever have to do is relax, open and allow.

Much love to you. ♥♥♥

 

A week-long course in journalling – Day 6

How do you know what your deepest truth is, especially when you spend too much time in your head? There are the things we tell ourselves to be true, and things we know and believe, and this information is readily accessible to us.  In fact we’ve already tapped into it in Day 4‘s journalling work. It sits in our mind, at the front of our conscious awareness.

But there is also a great source of truth hidden within us, residing in our subconscious and unconscious mind.  How do we access that information?

Day 6 – Inner Child Work; Left Hand Right Hand Dialogue

Often we think that the best way to find guidance is to look to someone older and more experienced, or a Guide, Angel, God or our Higher selves.  There is, however, a wonderful source of Guidance within you, known as your Inner Child.  This is the refreshingly honest, loving and very caring part of you who can tell you with all the affront and careful attention of a five year old, what’s really going on in other parts of you. (This image by photostock)

There is a great wisdom that dwells within you, and it has the purity, honesty and integrity of a child...

The best way to work with your Inner Child is to have a conversation between the Big You, and the Little You.  You can do this through what is known as Left Hand – Right Hand Dialogue.  It’s an easy thing to do!

Task for the day:

Take out your journal and some different coloured pens or pencils.  Use your dominant hand (the one you usually write with) to be the Big You, the conscious awareness of you as an adult.  Choose one pen for this hand.  Then use your non-dominant hand to represent your Little You, and let that hand pick a pen, or pens to write with. (image by posterize)

Have your Big You write a question for your Little You, and then let your Little you respond.  The writing will be awkward, and please don’t worry about spelling or vocabulary. Just let the writing flow and trust… What you’ll get is honesty, and love, and isn’t that all we really ever need to get started?  You can do this to work on problems and blockages in your life, and you can even get your Little you to draw and create works of art.  Enjoy experimenting!

If you’d like to keep working with this technique:

Using coloured crayons or pens, have your Inner Child do a drawing of you with your non-dominant hand. (another lovely image by Stuart Miles)

Then use a left hand, right hand dialogue as described above, to ask your Little You questions about what the drawing represents, and any advice they have to give concerning this. Inner Children are very opinionated about what you need and why, and their advice will always come straight from the heart.

My own Inner Child Work has reminded me of the importance of spiritual work just for me, of the need to move my body and spend time in nature, and encouraged me when I need to spend more time playing with my dogs. ♥

Be prepared for some surprises!  This is a great technique for working with health and diet, career, relationships and so on.  And it may bring to the surface things you’d never even thought of!

Wishing you joy in your day, and a journal full of self-discovery. Bless xoxo