Cool Stuff Coming Up

Hello blog world! Just thought I’d quickly update here. I’m busybusybusy getting ready for the Victory of Light Expo this Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18. This is the largest expo in the Cincinnati area, and it’s chock-full of exciting lectures, shopping, healers, and readers. Come out and experience the wonderful energy, do some holiday shopping, get some guidance from Spirit, and learn something new! I will be doing private readings for $35 (per 15 minutes) in my booth as well as selling and signing all of my metaphysical books. I will also lecture on Saturday at 12 noon on “Life on the Other Side” (including Spirit messages for the audience), and on Sunday, I will participate in a Gala Mediumship Demonstration with several other mediums starting at 1 pm.

I am also very excited that this weekend, my wonderful partner, Joanne Franchina of Inner Compass, and I will unveil our new year-long Mediumship Mastery Program. This is a serious instruction program geared for anyone who is committed to becoming a psychic medium. I will have more details next week after we present it all at the Expo this weekend, so stay tuned.

With that, I send you all peace, love, and blessings!!

MERLYN’S RAVEN Excerpt

It occurred to me that I’ve never shared an excerpt from my novel, MERLYN’S RAVEN, here on my blog.

What the hell is wrong with me?

Ahem.

Anyway–read on for a peek. In this scene, my heroine, Gwendydd, is heartbroken. You’ll find out why.

It was nearly impossible to face Myrddin the next day. When I brought the meal to the druid quarters, he tried to draw me out with jokes and questions, but my short responses and melancholy looks eventually silenced him. Blaise seemed oblivious to it all and, after eating a light meal, retired to the comfort of his private chamber. I walked to the drying table and took up the pestle, throwing a weed I couldn’t recognize into the mortar and grinding it without thought.

I felt Myrddin watching me, his bewilderment palpable in the air, but I did not dare glance his way. I feared collapsing into tears or, worse, confessing my undying love to his great embarrassment. He would know about Lot soon enough, but how could I hide my distress from him without telling him my true feelings? Tears stung my eyes as I pounded the herbs until a hand stayed mine.

“Gwendydd, stop. You’ll shatter the poor mortar, and then what shall we do?”

His tone was light, and it made me angry. I tore my arm away and heaved the pestle across the room. It sprayed dried leaves in an arc across the table as it flew before striking the wall with a sharp ring. “I cannot bear you making fun of me today, Myrddin.”

“I was not making fun. I was trying to distract you from whatever poisons your thoughts.” He reached to touch my shoulder, but I darted away, keeping my face turned askance. I knew if I looked into his eyes, I would lose any control that I had. “Come, what is it?”

I sighed. Sooner or later, he would hear anyway, and had I not told him the truth in all? “My grandfather has found a husband for me. He comes now from Lothian, to be here at Christmastime.”

“I see.” A long pause followed.

Eternal moments later, I could bear it no longer. I whirled towards him, my anger stoked again. “Is that all you can say?”

Myrddin spread his hands in a gesture of acquiescence. “What do you want me to say?”

“You know how unhappy this makes me. How much I hate that I have no say in this, that I must instead be the dutiful granddaughter made into the obedient wife. How can you stand by and watch me suffer?”

“Do you expect me to stop it?” He cocked his head to one side, scowling. “You are the only one who can control your life, Gwendydd. Have you learned nothing in these last months I’ve been instructing you?”

“But that’s a lie!” I shouted. “It’s a lie that I have control. Is that not what magick is, mastery over circumstance? How can I control anything when I am not even the mistress of my own life?”

He took a step toward me, his voice firm. “Of course you have control. It is hard to see now, but there are things you can do. You always have a choice.”

“You’re wrong. I’ve been given no choice here, and it hurts more than you can possibly understand.” I stalked to the door of the chamber and threw it open, trying to check the shaking in my hands so that he would not see my weakness. “I believe our lessons are at an end.”

He frowned. “What do you mean? This does not need to change—“

“Yes, it does. The purpose of these lessons was to make me more attractive to a suitor. Now that Grandfather has promised me to Lord Lot, there is no need for me to study further.” I looked him in the eye, all my tears dried in the wake of my fury. “I thank you, Lord Merlyn, for your guidance. I know that what I have learned will make me a better wife.” I spit out the last word, spun on my heel, and dashed from his sight before he could protest. I headed straight for my chambers and did not emerge until the next morning, promising myself I would cry no more. I was empty inside.

***

And you can buy MERLYN’S RAVEN at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Soul Mate Publishing.
Paperback coming in February, 2013!!

 

A WIP and the ULE

For the last two weeks, I’ve been working on my new writing project every spare moment I get. The work-in-progress (WIP–and, dare I say, novel-to-be?) is another fantasy romance inspired by Arthurian legend. What is it with me and this theme? Anyway, it’s always exciting when the words want to flow. Too bad life, and other responsibilities, get in the way.

To that end, I wanted to let everyone know that I’ll be at the Universal Light Expo in Columbus, Ohio this Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14. I will be in booth 713, where I will be giving private readings and selling all of my books. This expo is enormous, and there are tons of great people, products, lectures, and energy for everyone to enjoy. If you’re in the Columbus area, stop by and spend some time with us. On Sunday at 11 am, you can even come and see me demonstrating mediumship with several other wonderful light workers.

These expos, while fun and exciting, always wear me out. But I hope to get back to writing bright and early on Monday!

Blessings to all!

Image above copyright Eve Sakmar Sullivan

First Friday Free Readings–October 5, 2012

It’s time for another round of First Friday Free Readings! I am excited to share these questions and answers with you all today. Let’s get started!

Our first question is from Donna L, who writes:

I have a friend who has re entered my life after a time of separation. I want so badly to trust that they just want friendship and do care for me as they say they do, but I am still unsure.  Can I trust their intentions as being genuine? 

For this reading, I have created a Tarot spread to highlight the following information for Donna. The Tarot cards drawn for her are also listed:

Card 1: What does Donna need to know about this sitution?  3 of Swords

Card 2:  What are the positive aspects or benefits of renewing this friendship?  Major Arcana The High Priestess

Card 3:  What challenges does Donna face in renewing this friendship?  9 of Wands

Card 4:  What is hidden from Donna about this situation that she needs to know?  8 of Cups

Card 5:  What is the general outcome energy of this renewed friendship?  Major Arcana The Chariot

Donna, two Major Arcana cards appear in your reading, indicating a higher message from the Universe concerning this situation. My sense in looking at these cards and where they appear is that your hesitation to renew this friendship and to guard your heart is grounded in a true intuitive understanding of your “friend’s” energy. The 3 of Swords indicates that you were deeply wounded when this relationship ended the first time, and it still hurts you to this day. Even if you and your friend have talked about this, you still carry emotional wounds, and healing is hard for you. The next card, the Major Arcana High Priestess, seems to indicate that there are higher lessons here for you to learn from this experience, and some of it has to do with trusting your own intuition and knowing that deception is part of human nature. The High Priestess often symbolizes hidden things, mysteries, and you may never understand how this other person operates or what motivates her. The lesson for you, however, is to listen to your inner voices, which will not steer you wrong. You are holding back for a reason, and you need to give yourself permission to limit this person’s access to you. There may be a hidden agenda here. The 9 of Wands represents challenges that you face if you decide to continue on a road to mending fences, and as a challenge card, I feel this is talking about your tendency to make things too easy for someone who has hurt you in the past. You can forgive them, but that doesn’t mean that you forget what has happened and let it happen again. The 8 of Cups indicates things that may be hidden from you, and this card often symbolizes someone walking away from a situation or leaving behind emotional turmoil. My feeling here is that you may end up with another broken heart if you allow this person to get too close–she may end up leaving again. The last card, Major Arcana The Chariot, indicates the general outcome energy of this situation. The Chariot is generally a positive card, so it may be that moving on will be beneficial for both of you if you can bring yourself to face the situation and to bless the other person while releasing her. This may not be easy, but you are learning an important lesson essential to your spiritual growth–and so is she.

Donna, I hope this reading helps you in some way. Thank you for submitting your question! Blessings to you.

Our second question today is from Jennifer H, who writes:

What do I need to do to have a successful writing career? 

For this question, I created the following 4-card spread for Jennifer. The cards pulled are listed next to their placement in the spread:

Card 1:  What is the current energy surrounding Jennifer and her writing? 7 of Pentacles

Card 2:  What challenges to writing success face Jennifer? Ace of Cups

Card 3:  How can she best overcome these challenges?  Major Arcana Temperance

Card 4: What is the overall energy concerning Jennifer’s writing career in 2013?  Four of Wands

Jennifer, there is a very promising energy surrounding you as far as your writing career goes–you just need a little patience. I know, I know–I hate when people tell me that! And don’t ask the Universe for patience, because it will teach you patience by making you wait even more! Having said that, let’s look at your cards. The 7 of Pentacles is a card that represents growing resources. Right now, you may not feel like you’re rich (one of the ways we measure success), but your resources are growing, even if you can’t always see the growth that is happening. It’s OK to rest and not push yourself all the time to produce something. Everything in nature is cyclical, and when we have fallow times, it’s the Universe’s way of saying, “This is a time for thinking, for dreaming, for resting, for inner work. It’s not a time for activity.” This is where you are right now. Enjoy this energy–it won’t last forever! The Ace of Cups echoes this in your challenge card. Aces always represent new beginnings, and Cups are the suit of emotions and creative efforts. Your challenge right now is finding a project that captures your heart and your imagination. If you haven’t found it yet, don’t give up–it will come! The inspiration is right around the corner. You WILL have more ideas. Until something begins to gel, do other creative things to help yourself stay positive and upbeat. The Temperance card further counsels you to remain balanced in your life in order to face your writing career challenges. Trying to force yourself to do something that you’re not feeling strongly about will not help the situation. Allowing time for play, for other work, for family and friends–these things keep us balanced and happy, so allow time for this as well. This is the “right mix” that Temperance counsels you to find. This is the best way to achieve peace, and thus to spur the flow! Finally, 2013 looks very promising for you in your writing career. The 4 of Wands indicates celebrations, a happy family time, and perhaps a move of house or office that will benefit you. Four is a stable and reliable number, so you should see a steady flow of energy around your writing as the New Year starts.

Jennifer, I hope this reading gives you some insight. Thank you so much for submitting your question! Blessings!

Folks, that’s all I have time for this week. Don’t forget–YOU can submit a question for next month’s First Friday Free Readings feature. Just email your question to info@vandeneynden.biz and look for your answer to be posted here on Friday, November 2. Until then, I send you all peace, love, and infinite light! Happy Autumn! xo

 

 

 

 

First Friday Free Readings–September 7, 2012

Today is our first installment of the new First Friday Free Readings here on the blog! I had a great response. If your question wasn’t randomly chosen this time for a reading, send it back in for next month, or ask a different question. Just email it to info@vandeneynden.biz.

So let’s get started with this month’s questions and answers!

Glenn S. writes:

What information do I need to know about where my career is headed?

Glenn, I did a quick Tarot spread to get some more information about your career for you. This spread looks at the energy surrounding your career for the next several months, up until the end of 2012. Here is the spread I did along with the cards pulled:

Positive aspects of Glenn’s current career/job: 10 of Pentacles

Challenges in Glenn’s current career/job: 9 of Wands

Changes to be aware of in the next several months: 2 of Wands

What Glenn can do to make the best impact on his career at this time: Major Arcana Strength

The energy of Glenn’s career at the beginning of 2013:  Ace of Swords

The 10 of Pentacles in the first position in this reading sets a good tone for you, Glenn. You are good at whatever it is you do, and this card indicates that your financial status should be (and remain) in a good position for the next few months. Whatever you are currently doing will continue to provide for you financially and deliver peace of mind in that regard. However, the 10 is the last card in the suit of Pentacles, so it can also represent the end of a cycle. This doesn’t mean an end to financial benefits necessarily–I sense it has more to do with you yourself becoming bored or unhappy with your job for other reasons. Fulfillment is important in any career, so although this job should continue to bring you the resources you need, you may still feel as if you’re ready to move on to something else.

Interestingly, the 9 of Wands that follows seems to indicate a similar energy. You may be satisfied for the most part with your current work, but the challenge may be remaining there in spite of some feelings of ‘wanderlust’ or the need to try something different. Again, the energy of the 9 indicates that you do good work and others appreciate it. You may feel at times, though, that you are working for no reward other than money or security. Personal, emotional, or spiritual fulfillment is an important part of your career, and this may be lacking.

The 2 of Wands indicates that this torn feeling may continue for the next several months. You may fight with yourself and question your decision to stay, but then you may also feel too nervous or agitated to begin a focused new job search. You may begin to see opportunities arise, however, especially through friends, family, or your social network, so keep your eyes and mind open to the possibilities.

The Major Arcana card Strength shows up in this reading right as we are asking a very pointed question: What can Glenn do to make the best impact on his career at this time? This is a card of hard work, ingenuity, and the reward that comes from exercising these attributes. It is also a card that symbolizes mind over matter. The best thing to do right now, Glenn, is to stop over-thinking everything. Putting your trust in your Higher Power, whatever that may be, will help to open up paths and doors for you. Your fear will be your undoing if you can’t release it. Face it and roar like a lion, and you’ll be surprised at how easily things move ahead once you claim your power.

Finally, the beginning of 2013 brings new ideas to you concerning work and career. The Ace of Swords ushers in a no-nonsense, practical energy when it comes to work, so be prepared to think things through then and to carefully weigh options. There may be an opportunity to strike out on your own or create something completely new out of nothing. Whatever happens, this is a great time to set goals and to pursue them with single-minded purpose. No matter what you decide, Spirit will aid you in creating and achieving it.

Glenn, I hope this provides some insight for you. Thank you for your willingness to share your question here!

Kimberly M. writes:

What do I need to know to  help me to find the job that I know I’m destined for and will love?

Kimberly, I’m going to throw 5 cards for you (the number 5 symbolizing change and freedom!) to determine an answer from Spirit for this excellent question. Here are the cards that appear for you:

3 of Swords; Knight of Swords; 4 of Wands; Major Arcana Justice; 2 of Swords

Several Sword cards appear here, indicating conflict and challenge, along with one Major Arcana card, which points to a need for equilibrium. I think, Kimberly, that you have been unhappy for quite a while in your current work situation and have been longing for something new. It’s important, however, not to rush into anything (Knight of Swords) because the best job is going to be something that may take awhile to attain. This may also be something that holds you back from it–the thought of having to make a decision, fearing it will be the wrong one (2 of Swords). This card also reflects the need for balance in your life, which you don’t have right now because you are spending too much time being conflicted about and worrying over your work situation. Have you ever considered any type of career in law (Major Arcana Justice)? This is a very literal interpretation of this card, but Justice can point to something of this nature. Whatever your true calling is, it resides within your heart, but you keep talking yourself out of it or telling yourself there’s no way you can achieve it (3 of Swords). The 4 of Wands says differently, however. The 4 of Wands is a card indicating a move of house or office, so you need to know that you can make a move to something different, no matter how hard it may seem or how far off the end may look. Yes, it will take a step-by-step process (the opposite of the Knight of Swords), and it may take a while, but it will be well worth it in the end. Don’t be surprised if there is more schooling or training. You must decide if you are willing to do the work to find what you heart truly desires. Spirit asks this of you. You don’t have to answer me, or anyone else. But in your heart, you recognize your unhappiness. Why not do something about it, now?

Kimberly, I hope this brings you some insight. Thank you so much!

Our final question today is from Tina B., who writes:

What can I do to help restore B’s health?

For this question, Tina, I will have a spread to concentrate on this concern and the following aspects:

What Tina needs to know about B’s health: 6 of Wands

What challenges still face B: Queen of Swords

What challenges face Tina: Major Arcana The World

Her best course of action at this time: Knight of Wands

General outcome for Tina and B: Queen of Wands

Generally, B’s health seems to be improving. The 6 of Wands indicates victory after a hard-fought war, and this is the energy of the first card thrown. The Queen of Swords indicates something that still challenges B in the health aspect, and this may have something to do with his own mind. Swords can indicate our thought patterns and the way we think about things. I feel I should encourage you, Tina, to encourage B to take control of himself and his situation. It’s OK for him to say no to people, to end friendships or relationships that do not help him or serve him, and to generally do whatever he needs to do to establish peace of mind. It may be that you, as mom (and I’m feeling this is the relationship here), can draw some of these boundaries for him and insist that others respect them. By setting a firm example, you model for him the type of behavior that garners respect from others and keeps you balanced and healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Your challenge, Tina, is presented by Major Arcana The World, a card that symbolizes the “silver platter” syndrome. As parents, we want to give our children the very best, and it may be challenging for you to stand back and allow B to make mistakes and to choose poorly. Of course, you need to step in if this becomes a harmful practice, but it’s also part of a parent’s job to allow the child to grow up and test the waters of adulthood. Guide him and never leave his side through this process, but don’t do everything for him. Otherwise, he won’t learn, grow, and yes, heal. The Knight of Wands advises that your best course of action at this time is to communicate as much as possible and to not be put off by any “young man” attitude that you may receive. This is just B’s way of testing the waters. He still values and appreciates you. The Queen of Wands indicates that you will be satisfied with the overall outcome of this situation, both for B individually and for yourselves as a pair in a close relationship. He may even surprise you by giving you a gift you never expected. :-)

Tina, I hope this is helpful to you. Thanks so much for participating!

Well! Keep the questions coming! Our next First Friday Free Reading day is Friday, October 5. See you then!

 

 

First Friday Free Readings!!!

This is Molt from the movie A Bug’s Life. This post reminds me of my favorite line in the movie: “I’m asking you with my brain!” 

It’s been awhile since I’ve done something new on the blog, and I think it’s about time. So, starting in September, I’m introducing First Friday Free Readings. Here’s the scoop:

1. Do you have a question concerning your life, your career, your relationships, or other issues? Email it to me at info@vandeneynden.biz and include your first name and last initial along with an email address.

2. On the First Friday of every month, check back here to see if your question is answered. It’s that simple!

Some hints:

1. Don’t ask anything so personal you wouldn’t want it published online.

2. I will RANDOMLY choose questions to answer. The readings will consist of Tarot and/or spirit messages, depending on the question and what I feel inspired by Spirit to do.

3.  Please don’t take it personally if your question is not chosen. I will do my best to answer as many questions as I can on the first Friday of each month.

4.  Please don’t ask questions concerning death, ie: “When will I die?” or  ”When will ____(insert name) die?” I will never answer a question like that.

5.  Please remember that the best questions are open-ended ones, such as “What do I need to know about getting a new job?” rather than “Will I get a new job at ABC Corporation?” If you want to ask about a specific situation, concentrate on a question like “What do I need to know about ABC Corporation?” If you are trying to decide between 2 options, give me the names of both so I can tell you how the energy feels.

6. Please don’t ask questions like, “Is my boyfriend cheating on me?” This type of question gives you nothing but a yes or no answer, which provides no healing or guidance for you. A question like “What do I need to know about my relationship with my boyfriend?” will garner much more insightful results.

If your question is chosen, I will send you a personal email to let you know that the answer will appear here on the blog.

Please help me out by letting others know about this. I’d love to have more visitors to the blog, and word of mouth is a great way to spread the positive vibes around.

Look for the premiere of First Friday Free Readings next week: Friday, September 7! Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend (for you American friends).

Responsibility in Readings and Life

I received an email the other day from a desperate person.

I get a great deal of email from people who have read my books and who stop by my website. Most of these folks are interested in my work as a clairvoyant medium, and they often write with questions about the afterlife, their passed over loved ones, etc. If these are general questions, I do try to answer each email personally with something that will prove helpful. After all, the person took the time to write to me–the least I can do is try to honor them by responding in some way. If I don’t know the answer to a question, I’ll tell them that and then try to point them in a beneficial direction. The only types of questions I won’t answer in unsolicited emails are those that are personal questions about the sender’s life. I gently tell these folks that I am a professional reader and that I’m happy to give them a reading if they’d like to go to my website and order one. Most of the time, I never hear from them again. More than likely, they’re just interested in receiving a free reading, and that’s fine. I do my share of work pro bono throughout the year, so I don’t feel guilty telling folks that they need to pay for my services.

But this particular email was different. Without going into too many specific details (which would be a breech of trust), the sender wrote that s/he had seen me in the past for a reading, and I had predicted a happy future for her/his love life. The sender currently has a committed partner and was quite content in the relationship. However, s/he recently saw another psychic, and that psychic had nothing but bad things to say about the sender’s relationship and partner. The psychic predicted that the sender would not be able to work out any issues and that the relationship was basically doomed to fail.

It was obvious from the sender’s email that this new reading of gloom and doom for her/his relationship had caused nothing but friction and problems in the relationship. The sender was now thrown completely into doubt about her/his ability to judge her/his partner, and s/he kept asking the partner to demonstrate love, affection, and commitment. Even though the partner was apparently willing to do this, the sender could not stop thinking about the other psychic’s reading and could not pull out of the doubt and fear it had created. The reading upset the sender so much that s/he wrote to me asking if I would look at the relationship again to “make sure” I saw what I saw in my reading for her/him.

This email made me terribly sad. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized I needed to write a blog post and get my feelings off my chest.

Here’s the big message: Please, please, please, DON’T ALLOW YOUR HAPPINESS OR UNHAPPINESS IN LIFE TO HINGE ON ANYTHING A PSYCHIC TELLS YOU. You alone are in control of your life and, therefore, your happiness. Just because a psychic sees something in the energy around you or in your future does NOT mean this is set in stone and will undoubtedly come to pass. It is an ENERGY, which means it can be manipulated in a different way. The manipulation of energy is called MAGICK. And whether you know it or not, you exercise magick every day, simply by exercising your FREE WILL. YOU ARE ALWAYS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENERGY YOU CREATE. This is what free will and personal responsibility are all about. If you don’t like the energy in your life, CHANGE IT. This is well within your power, and you CAN do this.

There is nothing that upsets me more than hearing about (or receiving) a reading that is all about the negative stuff in someone’s life. Yes, we all have challenges. Yes, we all hit roadblocks, fail, become discouraged, etc. It is a part of life, and we need to accept that sometimes, we’re not going to be successful. But we also need to realize that we are co-creators with the Divine, and we CAN make changes when we need them in our lives. Some problems seem so big we might not be able to see how to make those changes. But sometimes, just a slight alteration in our focus or our thoughts can help us to get past a block so that we CAN see where we need to go. Baby steps may be tiny, but they can still be pointed in a good direction to help us walk a better road.

It is obvious to me that in the case of the email sender, s/he is creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. S/he is falling into the following thought pattern: “The psychic said my relationship would fail. She said my partner was cheating/manipulating me/doesn’t really love me.” And so this negative thought energy builds around the sender and creates a harsh auric field. This lower vibration starts to attract more lower energy to the sender, and the negativity continues to build from there. Because s/he is suspicious of the partner, friction develops where there was none before, and before long, the relationship is in shambles. And all because of something said in a reading!

If you are dealing with problems in a relationship with someone else, start first with yourself. Do you need to change your attitude? Are your own thoughts and issues clouding your judgement? Try looking at issues from the other person’s standpoint and see if you can understand her or his side of the argument. If you’re still not happy, talk to the other person. Be honest and open. If the other person loves you, s/he will make a concerted effort to work on her or himself and the relationship with you so you both can be happy. If you are still in turmoil, go to a COUNSELOR, not a psychic. A counselor is educated in how to help you address each other and your relationship issues. Make a commitment to work on the relationship.

Psychics and mediums can help you, and we can see what your energy is like right now and into the future. But please remember these words that are printed on a sign I have in my office lobby (courtesy of my dear office mate, Joanne):

THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT YOUR FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT.

Some things may not change. You may lose your house, your job, your marriage, your 401(k). If this is the energy around you, and there is a significant lesson for you to learn in this loss, it may still happen. But you can change your attitude and do as much as you can to make the energy softer, easier, and less debilitating if you have to go through it. This is why magick is beneficial, and why it brings you peace of mind even in the midst of turmoil.

Please remember: most psychics and mediums are professionals, trained to give the best messages they can with the most accuracy possible. And you STILL have the power to change what is predicted, simply by making other choices and exercising your free will.

I send you all love, joy, and peace.

 

Summer So Far

Ye gods! I just realized that the last time I posted on my blog was MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND!

I am a blog loser.

Well, I won’t beat myself up too much. It’s been a busy summer. I hit the ground running in June when my boys wrapped up their school year, and I traveled to Pennsylvania to teach a Tarot workshop for my good friend Gloria at her beautiful Spirit Education Center and Sanctuary. When I came home, I was ready to party with my theatre friends to celebrate the end of another successful community theatre season here in Cincinnati. By that time, it was July, and I celebrated my birthday with good friends in Columbus, Ohio. Here’s a glimpse of the festivities:

Yummy cake batter-flavored martinis created by my friend Jonathan. And  my husband baked a yellow cake with homemade caramel icing. I know, you’re jealous!

Once my birthday was over, it was time to pack and head to beautiful Lily Dale, New York to teach some workshops. I never tire of walking the lovely grounds there, working for Spirit at the outdoor message services, and meeting new people to share ideas and experiences. If you are at all interested in metaphysics, you should definitely plan a trip to Lily Dale for a future summer holiday. Here are some photos that might capture your interest:

The welcoming gate sign at the entrance to Lily Dale.

The Lily Dale Auditorium, where many famous speakers and mediums have addressed crowds.

The lovely Healing Temple, a space filled with amazing peaceful healing vibrations.

A gorgeous view of the lake from the Lily Dale grounds.

One of the gorgeous Victorian homes on the grounds. Need a new place to live?

While in Lily Dale, I also got to meet up with one of my best buddies, my dear friend, fellow author Char Chaffin. Without Char, my novel Merlyn’s Raven would not have seen the light of day. Here we are together for breakfast:

Photo taken by Char’s wonderful husband, Don, who was good enough to share his wife with me that morning. 

My workshops were well-received, and I truly enjoyed my time at Lily Dale. Coming home just last week, I celebrated my 22nd wedding anniversary with my husband. And now I realize it’s time to get back in the swing of things here at home. Only a few more weeks of summer remain until my boys go back to school. Time moves so fast, and we are left with our jaws hanging open, saying, “When did that happen?”

I have quite a few more things on my plate this summer. I am offering a one-day Tarot class on Saturday, August 4 at my office. I am starting a 6-week Mediumship Development class for beginners on Wednesday, August 8. On Saturday, August 18, I will go to Camp Chesterfield in Indiana to teach a 3-hour workshop on Protection. Lexington, Kentucky is my last destination of the summer, when I travel to Patti Starr’s Mystical Paranormal Fair on Saturday, August 25 for a book signing and gallery-style message event. Details for all of these events are available at the websites tagged above or on my website’s events calendar. If you are in the neighborhood and so inclined, I hope you’ll join me for some summer fun.

So now, I’ve got to wrap up this blog. My boys are learning to drive this summer, and it’s time to leave for our dental check-ups. The Universe continues to bless me with plenty to keep me busy. I hope you find the blessings in your everyday life, too.

See you soon!

 

A Perfect Mother’s Day

So Mother’s Day is this Sunday. I am looking forward to continuing my family tradition of spending the day with my boys (my twin sons and their dad) seeing an action movie. This year’s choice: The Avengers.

A little eye candy never hurts.

My mom passed away in 2000. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her. She was a very special lady, and I miss her. I especially ache to share with her events from my boys’ lives that she’s missed since she’s been gone: all their school achievements, the funny and witty things they’ve done, the plays they’ve performed in and the artwork, stories, and movies they’ve created. As a Spiritualist, I believe she checks in on us, and I know she’s seen and experienced these things in whatever way that is possible from her place on the Other Side. Still, it would be nice to have her here in person.

Mom with my niece, Samantha, who is now 18.

I hope I’ve made my mother proud over the years. I’ve tried to be as good at mothering as she was. She wasn’t perfect, and neither am I. Still, I find myself thinking more and more about how she parented my brother and me, and I think we turned out pretty well. I ask her often to watch over my sons, to help them in their struggles, and to give me patience and understanding when I’m dealing with my dad. I know she sends energy to those ends, and I’m grateful.

So a perfect Mother’s Day might not be entirely possible for me, since my mom is no longer in the body, and I can’t hug her as I’d like to. But I know I’ll have a good Mother’s Day this Sunday because I get to spend it with my family, doing something that I know we’ll all enjoy.

My talented sons recently made a book trailer for my new novel, Merlyn’s Raven. I hope you’ll check it out. And if you’re so inclined, a copy of the e-book might make a nice gift for your mom. Or buy her a Kindle and load it up with some of your favorite titles. I highly recommend the book Mars Needs Moms by Berkeley Breathed. Do read the book–I hear the movie’s not nearly as wonderful.

I wish all mothers a bright and beautiful Mother’s Day celebration. May the loving bonds we share with our moms and our children continue to strengthen and enrich our lives.

Merlyn’s Magickal Mix Gift Basket

For those of you who might be so inclined, I have donated a gift basket to the Brenda Novak online auction for diabetes. The gift basket includes a free download of my new novel, Merlyn’s Raven, a CD of guided meditations narrated by me to help you relax and connect with Spirit, and a 6-month e-mail forecast reading. Please consider visiting and bidding to help support this worthy cause.

Sending you all thanks, love, and joy.

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