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I am taking down the Halloween/Samhain decorations, enjoying being outside.  The night before, the weather was beautiful for lighting a candle, some incense, listening to the wind whisper through the trees while pulling faery/fairy cards for the coming year. I asked out loud, which cards should I use and I heard, “Faery.” When I do readings, I have options of faery, angels, Celtic tree cards or a few others I like and have used for a long time.

Sitting out on our new porch drinking coffee, a large crow decided to sit on a branch close by and go on and on about something. I asked him if he had something to say to me or a message. I decided to look up his medicine lore and even while sitting here doing that, he came back several times and seemed to be screaming at me to listen to him! I tried to get a picture of him, but each time he would fly away. Hmmm. I am now very curious of his message. I have heard that many believe Crow is an omen of death or ill health. I tend to believe that old folklore seemed to always think black animals were bad, negative or signified death or illness. For me, I do not believe that “black” means that at all, no more than white or any other color. I do think black depicts darkness which stirs mystery, the unknown, things not seen and so on, so perhaps that’s why people generalize black animals, clothing, etc as “of the darkness” and not good or evil.

I believe Crow is the bringer of magic and curiosity, since they themselves are very curious. They steal items they like and build a home with them or stash them where they go often. For Crow to show up for me today makes sense, because I am working to reinvent myself a bit and do more magical things in my life. My body; my health, has kept me from too many things I love to do. I did not even come outside last year into nature, under the trees and do my Celtic New Year ending intentions; burning my list and asking for guidance. This is something I have done for a long time and to feel physically too ill to do it, made me sad. Perhaps Crow is telling me it is time. Time to get back to the old ways I love so much and practice them more in my daily life. I have felt the lack of balance in my life for some time and I have let it bother me too much. I am the only one that can make the decision to change my life and not allow what has been getting in my way, causing me to not live the life I want and need. For me, last night and today are very important, marking a new beginning, one I desire greatly. Just now, as I write this, a big wind came and it’s blowing leaves everywhere! That’s a great sign for me to listen and follow the winds of change! I have even been emotional lately, when I think of the seasons of our lives and when I look out at the lovely trees all around where I live. I thrive on nature and wildlife. I can feel the changes occurring in me, all stirred up and wanting to come busting out. I will not tell you all the things happening in my life now or recently that keep me from doing what I want to do, but as I tell others, they are not excuses they just are the way it is for now, and life is something we work through, not around. We must have patience with ourselves, loving ourselves when we need love, especially when we feel others do not understand or when everyone is working on themselves and their own path, we just have to do the best we can and keep moving forward.

For me, I am committing to doing more of what I love and enjoy. Doing what helps me heal and makes me feel good. I am making more jewelry for my online stores, writing more, spending more time at home and I note that our home is being remodeled so that is something that makes me happier. I do not hold in my feelings, at my age, but I do my best to be kind and loving. I try not to use the excuse of physical pain and I pray and ask for guidance on what to do next to help my healing come sooner than later, due to a huge amount of pain. I have not yet met or found the doctors or the treatment that is right for me, so I am looking forward to this all happening, soon. Crow just might be telling me to hang in there, keep faith and keep believing, it is all being worked on, even when I cannot always see it and when I have days when I just want to stay in bed; I have things to do!

Here is the part of Crow’s Medicine I found to resonate most with me:

(You can read more at the link I shared at the bottom of the page.)

Crow is also the guardian of ceremonial magic and healing. In any healing circle, Crow is present. Crow guides the magic of healing and the change in consciousness that will bring about a new reality and dispel “dis-ease” or illness. You can rest assure when ever crows are around, magic is near by and you are about to experience a change in consciousness. Crow can give you the courage to enter the darkness of the void, which is the home of all that is not yet in form.
If you have a crow as a totem, you need to be willing to walk your talk and speak your truth. You must put aside your fear of being a voice in the wilderness and “caw” the shots as you see them. Crow is an omen of change. If he keeps appearing to you he may be telling you that you have a powerful voice when addressing issues that you do not quite understand or feel that they are out of balance.
Crows are the bringer of messages from the spirit world, and is thought to dwell beyond the realm of time and space.
When you meet crow, he could be telling you that there will be changes in your life and that possibly you should step by the usual way you view reality and look into the inner realms …walk your talk… be prepared to let go of your old thinking and embrace a new way of viewing yourself and the world.

 

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This is a nice page; read more about, Crow’s Medicine and Lore.

 

Sending and wishing you many blessings, love, joy and light!

 

Written and shared with love, Fran Mystiblu Hafey~

 

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Here I am again, playing catch up from September here in October. Time zips by and I sometimes feel like I’m in a whirlwind! That’s usually when I’m reminded, somehow, to find ways to slow down. have fun, and get more rest and relaxation. I welcome Autumn! 

In September and October, I’ve been involved with fundraisers, football games, sick pets, planning for my autumn garden, preparing for colder nights, planning meals, musical events, meetings, picnics, dinners and the list goes on and on. I began to wonder, “When do I get time for ME!?” I’m not being selfish, I’m being mindful of the amount of time I’ve been spending doing the things “I” love and the things “I need” to be doing. I want time to savor the beautiful autumn days, taking pictures of the mountains, exchanging summer clothes for winter clothes in storage, making jewelry and spending more time out in nature listening and watching for her messages. 

In September, fox came to me at my house in the woods. I’m always a little startled by their calls to each other, because it sounds odd and a little un-nerving when you first hear it. I’m beginning to get used to it the more I hear it. Fox is one of my favorites and I consider them one of my closer totems along with wolf, which are in the same family. Fox is the protector of the family unit, user of camouflage, being able to blend into the background and master of shape shifting. Fox tells you to be invisible and pay attention to what’s going on when no one sees you are watching.  The fox has a long history of magic and supernatural powers. They are often most visible at times of dawn and dusk, the “between time,” when the magical world and the world we live in intersect. It lives at the edges of the forests and open land, the border areas. Because it’s an animal of the “between times and places” it can be a guide to enter the Faerie Realm. I love this message they had for me, which has proven to be very true. When we take time to be quiet, watch and listen, it’s amazing what we learn and what comes to us!

Another messenger has been the cat. We live in the mountains and there are cats everywhere! My family hasn’t had cats for years because we have several dogs and they were not raised with cats.  We finally broke down and started feeding a litter of kittens that made their new home under our lower deck on the front of our house. When the nights were warmer, we would sit on the upper porch swing and talk, enjoying the quiet and with each day and night they would get closer and closer to us. They then began sleeping on the soft porch swing and now we can touch them, a little, but they are still cautious, like the fox, watching, paying attention to us too.  Cats are about independence, magic and mystery. Watching cats around us can help us to understand them better and see their strongest traits. Cats are very curious, playful, clever, and they hold much magic and healing within them. Cats have been familiars for people in stories and folklore from all around the world for centuries and in many traditions are associated with childbirth and family. Whenever cats become predominant in our lives, look for magic and mystery to come alive. 

Just a few days ago, right before the New Moon, I was out on the front porch putting up harvest decorations and I noticed another spider’s web and something drew me to look closer. It was under the eave of the porch and a bit dark, so I had to look closely to see the spider, which looked like a Black Widow. We have hundreds of species of spiders out here in the woods, but I had never seen one so close up! My Grandmother had been bitten by a Black Widow and it caused her some residual health problems. I was cautious, but curious and took a couple of pictures to help me when I looked on the internet to identify her better. I also wanted to know her message for me; since I was the only person in the house that took an interest in her. I wasn’t able to see the defining red hour-glass on her under belly, but the markings on her top were definitely close enough for me to want to know more and be sure of her message. I’ve shared the pictures I took, which are a little fuzzy, but the next day when I went back to take more, she was gone. Here is her message, which ties in very closely to that of the fox and cat, including family.

The Black Widow Spider I found near the front door of our house!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spiders have eight legs and their body is in two sections, giving them a figure eight appearance to their bodies. This links to all the mysticism associated with the form of the figure eight and the symbol of infinity, the wheel of life, flowing from one circle to the next. Spider teaches about balance, between past and future, physical and spiritual, male and female. Spider is associated with mystics and mythology with three prominent expressions of magic. The first is the magic and energy of creations, the symbol of creative power. It is also associated with assertiveness of that creative force, of keeping the feminine energies of creation alive and strong; this has ties to the female black widow, which will kill and eat the male after mating, which has to do with death and rebirth. The third predominant magic of the spider is associated with its spiral energy, the links with the past and the future; the spiral of the web, a central point. Spiders are a combination of gentleness and strength and they have learned to combine both for successful survival, just as many “females” or those with feminine energy.

I love the synchronicity of each of these messages and also the similarities! Each speaks of feminine energy, magic and creativity in some form! I am always amazed and thrilled when I receive these kinds of messages, which come exactly when I need them and are always spot on! Each gives us something to ponder, meditate on and food for thought and ways to be creative, magical and bring out the best within us.

Shared with love,~Mysti-Fran~

Most of the information about the animal totems and animal messages came from the book, Animal-Speak” by Ted Andrews. I’ve added a little of my own thoughts and wisdom, here and there, as always. *smile*

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A Season of Love Message~11-28-11~”Being Real”~

November 28, 2011

A Season of Love Message for Monday:  Today is a good day to “just be real!” Being “real” to me, is when we allow ourselves to be who we are, not to put on airs or try and be something or someone we’re not or try to do something we’re not really feeling. As a Writer, I have times when the inspiration flows and other times it doesn’t. I cannot force the words or it doesn’t sound good or isn’t coming from my heart. During Thanksgiving, I got busy cleaning, cooking and spending time with my family and I didn’t even open my computer. I felt “guilty” for not taking out time to write my weekly messages or to even write and say I was taking some time off. There was something in me that kept telling me it was ok, that others understood and taking time off for a bit wasn’t “bad.” In our busy worlds I think we often try to please too many people and sometimes forget about ourselves. We all need some down time to just be ourselves and give to ourselves too. Just be real and tell yourself its ok to slow down and take some time for YOU!

I found myself cleaning and basically over doing it. I’ve done it before and I guess I just don’t learn! With a family and pets, those are just two reasons I’m always busy trying to keep up with chores around the house and when guest come, I tend to overdo it and cause myself to be exhausted for a few days afterwards. I have Fibromyalgia and recently my doctors had changed some medications I’m on for blood pressure and asthma. While preparing for Thanksgiving and seeing our son and Grandson, we had to get things in our house in order for them to stay overnight and spend time with us. We’d been going through all sorts of things and had our spare room in disarray, so I spent quite a bit of time organizing, washing linens, dusting, cleaning, plus shopping for food and dealing with many other things that had to be done. I see how easy it is  to become overwhelmed or over do things. I was happy to see them and I did what I had to do and then just spent quality time with my loved ones. I didn’t have the energy to really do much online, much less write something from my heart, even though I took lots of mental notes on things to write about in the near future. The Holidays seem to do something to me, not sure if it’s easy to explain, I enjoy them, but I think  a lot, about how much I wish we could have all this cheer, joy, love and holiday spirit, all year round! If I’m not careful, I can get into a bit of a funky mood, just thinking about and feeling the energy all around me from the Holidays.

Being real and allowing myself time to work through all of this “Holiday stuff,” is a gift I give myself each year. I love the magic in children’s eyes during the Holidays and love to share traditions, stories and the magic with them. Just taking time to be real and allow my inner child to partake of some of the Holiday fun is important. So, if you don’t see me around on a regular basis until sometime in January 2012, between the shopping and wrapping, giving and celebrating, loving and eating, (and also cleaning) you know when I write, it will be quality versus quantity, just how I like to spend my Holidays! I will be around, just being me and sharing lots of love with you too when I do have time to write and share. The messages may be a little late or they may not, but they will always be exactly what I was supposed to share and at the right time. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter, joy and blessings. 

Peace, Fran~Mysti~

 

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September 23, 2011

Spiritual Pathways for Friday~9-23-11:  Happy Autumn Equinox! Take some time to sit quietly today and feel the energy as night falls earlier and the days become shorter.  Meditate on the cycle of life as the wheel turns once again. Listen to brother crow, watch brother squirrel and feel the cooler winds coming our way. Give thanks for all your blessings as we begin harvest time, gathering our abundance close to hearth and home. 

This is my favorite time of year from Autumn Equinox to Samhain, Halloween, the Celtic New Year! The energy is strong and wonderful and I enjoy time outdoors in nature, watching the leaves change color and feeling the autumn air.  Life seems to slow down once harvest is over and we all begin to prepare for winter. I love the way it feels on November 1st, All Saints Day, the mystical feeling when the veil is thinnest and spirits are close.  Everything feels fresh, new and magical. Wishing you a wonderful Autumn! 

Blessings~Mysti-Fran 

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One day in June, I got up feeling pretty good, but my mind was going way too fast, as if my thoughts were scattered like a puzzle and I needed help to put them together. I meditated and sat quietly, as I looked out the window and asked for a sign, something to help me to hold on, that would make me smile and feel better. 

I was sitting at the kitchen table, looking out the window without my glasses on. I thought I saw a hummingbird at one of the feeders on the front deck. I grabbed my glasses to see it better, but it was moving so fast I finally decided to go outside and see, while also watering my plants. When I got outside, I was shocked it wasn’t a hummingbird, it was the biggest, bluest Dragonfly I’d ever seen in my life! I was so happy to see him! I watched as he circled around and landed right beside me on a bamboo stick.

I spoke to him and told him he was so beautiful and blue! He just sat, calmly and looked at me! I reached out and was in awe that he actually let me pet him on his wings! I named him, “Blu.” 

I was so excited and happy I began to cry! I asked him to stay and I ran in the house to get my camera. I got several good pictures of him and found he was a bit of a camera ham. I’ve always had a strong connection with Dragonflies and we used to have many of them here some years ago, but hadn’t seen any for a long while. I was dancing and crying tears of joy because to me, it was very clear that he was there to give me a message of hope, to keep believing in the magic all around me and within me and that many things in life can be illusions! 

I’ve always known Dragonflies are very magical and herald big change in ones life, and also about spiritual change. I remember them coming to me in another time in my life when I needed them to help me with truth and believing in what we can’t always see, but feel. 

I went outside later to the patio in the back of the house and he was there too, dancing around me, creating so much joy! 

He’s still here and has some friends too, more dragonflies and also some damselflies, which are similar but the wings are different! I truly believe he was my sign that I asked for and needed so much.  

I feel very blessed that he and my hummingbirds are here. They bring me so much joy, happiness and magic! They remind me of simple beauty, taking time to pay attention and to lighten up and fly now and then!

 Peace, love and joy, 

    Mystiblu~

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Spiritual Pathways LoveNote~
December 15, 2009

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“Do you have the Holiday Spirit? Whatever we call it, its about
love and giving, not a name, its about what’s in our hearts.~”
~Mystiblu~ 2009

Holiday Spirit Within Us~
By Fran Hafey/Mystiblu

One day, I was listening to some people talking about how they
thought it was horrible how people still tell children about Santa
and his magical journey one night a year. They felt it was wrong
to continue to tell the story and keep children believing.

I believe in Santa Claus and the story of what he began many years
ago, the spirit of giving from the heart. He was a real man with a
real life and no he didn’t fly through the sky with a sack full of toys,
but he was a good man that gave from his heart and with time,
became a Saint and his story has lived on.

I can remember my Mother telling me the story of Santa and me
telling my children the same story, but we also told other stories
about love and giving and what the true meaning of the holidays
means to us. We feel it’s about family, being together, the birth
of a child in a manger, giving and so much more. No matter what
traditions we have or what story we’re told, where we live or
what our beliefs or religion, the main point is about love, peace,
joy, giving and not about how much we can get, complaining
about family and gifts we didn’t get, cars, diamonds and lofty
expectations.

To me, as a child I heard the story of Jesus, born in a manger and
as an adult I also believe in burning a Yule log, having a tree with
beautiful decorations on it in the house, lighting candles, giving
blessings, making cookies and baking, making home made gifts
and decorations, but giving from the heart and not because of its
price tag. I believe in everyone giving tidings whatever way they
choose may it be “Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy
Hannukah, Happy Kwanza and then Happy New Year and
Wishing many blessings for the coming year!” For me, its about
having the “Spirit” of all these things and sharing it with others
in the way that feels right and best to all.

It’s all magical and wonderful to me and I’ve never forgotten my
true meaning of giving, loving, blessing and feeling happiness
and joy in my hearts!

Affirmation: Today I will remember to have the “Spirit of love,
giving, joy, peace, light and blessings,” everyday of the year and
happily share it with others, always.~

~Wishing all, a Wonderful Holiday filled with every good thing
and a fantastic New Year!~ From my family to yours~

Peace, light, love, joy and blessings,~
Mystiblu~Fran

*Note-Spirit/God/Source/Creator is what Mysti uses in her writings. Please
replace with your own Higher Power or whatever feels good to you.
Thank you~

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Fran Hafey is a Spiritual Consultant, Healer, Visionary,Writer, Earth, Human & Animal Activist, Teacher & Motivational Speaker, living in the mountains of Virginia. She provides guidance, inspiration & love via her Website, Groups, Newsletter, MySpace on the World Wide Web. She’s currently working on publishing her own books about love, inspiration, magic & nature stories for Children of all ages.
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