Personal Medicine Readings can help us connect with our own true spiritual gifts, and greater resources in the natural world.
When we are in the throes of challenging situations, it can seem difficult to think that we have an inner and outer wellspring of resources we can call upon for assistance.
Personal Medicine Readings can help you connect with your own inner strengths, and the powers, or 'medicine' of animals, birds, trees, plants, and other natural elements of the Earth. The medicine of the animals, birds, and Earth elements grounds us into the present moment ~ the only place we have the power to make changes.
There is a longstanding practice among many indigenous populations, including the ancient Celts, the American Indians, and shamans from all around the world to look to Nature for messages in response to a query, or insight. Our early ancestors revered certain animals for their various strengths, and would call on, or connect with the spirit of whichever land or sea animal, bird, or specific tree that offered the character traits needed for a particular task, or for guidance or healing.
The website, What's Your Sign, explains the symbolism behind the various animals most revered by the early Celts:
"Celtic animals as symbols, just like all symbols, signs or totems hold incredible power and fascination for us all. More importantly, animal symbols serve as reminders of qualities (i.e. strength, courage, patience) we all want to have. As reminders, these animal signs convey deeper meaning, and also provide us with an illustrative focus - providing an aid on our path to obtaining the qualities of virtue we desire."
Personal Medicine Readings are designed to guide you to recognize your own inherent strengths and gifts, and/or help you to receive the assistance from various 'spirit helpers' which bring their personal medicine to you, empowering you with all you need to handle whatever life presents to you.
They can help supply you with the very traits or virtues most needed in a particular situation, whether to help you deal with a pending court case, boost your confidence during a job interview, or to summon courage to make some needed changes to your relationship, or in any aspect of your life.
"By understanding the meaning of animal symbols, we can adopt these meanings into our lives. The Celts knew this, and called upon the spirit of the animal that provided them with the insight and qualities they required.
Adopting animal symbols is an honorable and age-old practice of self- improvement. It is a concentrated effort to obtain the desired attributes of the animal itself. Furthermore, it is a pathway to internal investigation. Animals urge us to open ourselves to internal exploration, and ultimately they put us on the path of understanding." ~From What's Your Sign
A Personal Medicine Reading is designed to help you:
The Personal Medicine Reading can be done together by phone, or by email.
I can photograph your spread, and send a follow-up email with a brief summary of your personal medicine reading, and suggestions for working with your animal guides. The animal can help us to see how we may be using our own power in a balanced and imbalanced way, and how to self-correct.
Any time you need extra insights or support, you can fill out the contact form below to request a assistance, and I will pull 3-4+ animals from one or more decks for you, and email you a summary, and photos of the animals pulled.
Below is just a sampling of the decks I have available which I use for the Personal Medicine Readings, or any time you desire extra encouragement, insights, and support.
The Bird Cards:
The Bird Cards oracle is a collaboration bringing both Jane Toerien (author) and Joyce Van Dobben (artist) together, despite living on different continents to create this very special deck. It was a process that unfolded organically, taking both on an unexpected journey of self-discovery while deeply 'listening' or meditating on the powerful medicine or messages offered by each bird in succession, until the 55th 'Bluebird of Happiness' (pictured on cover) came into being.
Michael J. Roads, author of several books which share his own stories of learning to listen to Nature, writes in the forward about the process of learning how to 'listen' to the "silent words that flow from Nature."
He continues, "Listeners are required to close down all their own concepts, ideas, beliefs, expectations, and knowledge about Nature, enabling themselves to become purely receptive and responsive. Too often, the listener's own agenda gets in the way...."
"Each species of bird, flower, tree, and other forms of nature, has an organizing force behind it that is intelligent and connected to the greater whole, which is God."
~ Jane Toeirin in the Introduction of Bird Cards ~ The Healing Power of the Bird Kingdom
The Earth Magic Oracle Deck:
The Earth Magic Oracle Deck, by Steven D. Farmer, is a beautifully illustrated and written oracle deck that brings many elements of the natural world into a light that is very insightful.
The messages remind us that we are connected to the natural world, and all life happens in cycles. When we surrender, and ride the currents of life, trusting in the grander scheme at work that we may not yet see, we experience less stress, and greater balance and ease.
Receiving Personal Medicine Readings can help us to become more aware of the many signs, guidance and messages from Nature we are always receiving. The challenge is to learn to Trust your own hunches or intuition, and engage Nature more fully and wholeheartedly in this exchange. Messages will come to you in a way that makes sense for you, based on your likes, your temperament, and how you perceive and interpret what Nature presents.
Some people may see a lot of feathers when most needing confirmation that they are not alone, or perhaps that a 'trail' is being laid out for them to make small, incremental changes.
Even the cloud formation, below, seemed to be a 'gift' from God indicating a blessing or offering. Perhaps portending a healing in response to my own prayers, or a gesture of gifts to come.
The Animal, Bird, and Earth-based oracle decks which provide uplifting and empowering messages and imagery, contrary to some traditional tarot decks which often contain occulted symbolism and messages which I personally prefer to avoid.
The readings are designed to help you gain clarity to your query, and to draw to yourself the powerful medicine each offers for healing and personal growth.