The *New* Inner Connection

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The Goddess Alter at The New Inner Connection

 

It is truly a blessing that at the 11th hour, the prayers of the metaphysical community have been answered. The Inner Connection was bought and moved a block over and is now located at the corner of Bridge Street and 3rd Street in the old “Esther Hempt” (locals know this) space.

The new owner, Ratha Ly is breathing new life into the store while putting wind in the practitioner’s sails. In addition to readings, The practitioners can practice Reiki out of the space as well. Classes are forming and are becoming abundant.

The New Inner Connection has 2 reading/healing rooms, a meeting room, lots of space (you can even twirl in the middle of the store, like I did!), natural light and camaraderie.

There are Angel Circles, Spirit Circles, Full Moon/ New Moon gatherings, classes galore, reading nooks and enough space and abundance for everyone!

Make it a point to check it out. You will love it there.

Garden Magic

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This is the time of year where we spend a lot of time in our gardens. Gardens can be a wonderfully simple way of bringing more magic in your life. If you are an apartment dweller, don’t despair! Container gardens work well. Remember that you will have to water them daily and transplant your plants to bigger containers, or replace the soil every year to keep the roots healthy.

There are many common plants that have magical lore. Each plant you put in your space brings a certain energy to both the garden, your home, and if used in ritual- your practice.

Here are a few common plants and their magical attributes.

Basil– Highly regarded in India as sacred. The Greeks still crown a bride with a basil wreath in one of the world’s oldest wedding traditions. The aroma dispels dispiriting thoughts.

Betony– This herb makes beautiful purple flowers. Wood Betony was said to provide protection from curses, and assist with the exorcism of bad spirits

Clover– This “weed” was once regarded sacred to the goddess Hecate. Old spell books list clover, dill and vervain to be wrapped in a trefoil and thrown into the Midsummer’s Fires.

Dill– This herb is best kept in a locket as a love spell, and was once used to fend off witches. This induces sleep and digestive problems.

Fennel– This is a very effective protection amulet and was worn by the ancient Greeks to aid in battle.

Hyssop– This herb can purify your energy in the bath and protect you if it is worn as an amulet.

Jasmine– The scent of this night blooming plant is common in love sachets. It is ruled by Jupiter, so it can also bring abundance.

Juniper– If you plant it at the doorstep, it can ward off of evil spirits. It was burned with rosemary and thyme, to clean the air during the Plague.

Rosemary– A sprig of fresh rosemary placed under the pillow can ward off bad dreams and insomnia.

Rue– Rue has had a very long history in magic and witchcraft. A sprig can be dipped into water and sprinkled around the home to ward off evil spirits. Hang a sprig over windows and doors to protect from all kinds of evil.

The best thing about gardening is the sense of grounding and peace that comes with being outside in nature. Knowing that some of the plants that you may have in your space have deeper spiritual qualities, can make your love of gardening grow.

~Melody

June, 2016

Shinrin-Yoku, the healing act of “Forest Bathing.”

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Collectively, western society has become borderline hysterical. You can just turn on the TV and see how the world has become mad. Day in and day out, negative energy bombards us through our devices and media. It is exhausting, stressful, causes disease and interferes with out circadian rhythms. We get so caught up in the drama of being connected, that we panic when we cannot get a wifi or data signal. The sense of being all “up in our heads,” takes over, leading to anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and substance abuse. We just want the “noise” to stop, but we cannot imagine our lives without it.

Think back to a time where you were out in a forest walking at a relaxed pace. The air is clean, you are feeling the tension leaving your body and the birds are singing. You can taste the sweet air, feeling the breeze on your face. In The more time you spend here the more present you become. The chaos clattering about within quiets down that turns into a calm and grounded connection with the Earth.

Shinrin-Yoku is the Japanese word for “forest bathing,” the art of breathing in and enjoying the forest with all senses. It is no surprise that the Japanese came up with a word for this practice, since 68.5% of the land mass is covered in forests! Not to be confused with hiking, Shinrin-Yoku is a slow deliberate enjoyment of the forest. Typically, this can cover ½ to 1 mile of area and lasts 2-4 hours. Time is taken to sit, skip stones, and marvel at the different shades of green in the sunshine.

The benefits of this practice are immediate. With the constant barrage of information we are receiving through our many devices, being “off the grid” for a few hours a week can do wonders.

Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you.

For more information about Shinrin-Yoku, check out these websites below.

http://nutriunify.com/what-is-forest-bathing-and-how-it-can-slash-stress-and-boost-immunity/

http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/herbal-remedies/forest-bathing-ze0z1301zgar.aspx

http://wakeup-world.com/2015/03/18/healing-body-and-soul-through-the-japanese-art-of-shinrin-yoku/

A gift for a gift

 

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People often ask me if I use the runes for myself. From the time I was 16 to the age of 33, I did. They had always been a part of my daily routine in the morning. From the moment I had started reading the runes for others in exchange for payment, the ability to read my own ceased. At 33, when I did my first psychic fair, the gift was lost to me forever to read for myself again.

 

It had felt like I lost my best friend.

 

Sacrifice in order to receive something greater is nothing new. Odin hung from Yggrdrasill for nine days before he received the wisdom of the runes.

 

I remember thinking the words “A gift for a gift,” that day. At that moment, I realized that Odin merely let me know that everything will always have a price and nothing should be taken for granted. I then realized that the loss of guidance was replaced by the ability to be able to provide for my family.

 

In doing so, it is also necessary with such a gift, to give back. This is why I often do charity work with the runes.

 

Entering into a professional relationship with the runes is never something to be taken lightly. If you are pondering this, I will tell you right now, that they will not make you a millionaire. They will humble you if your head gets too big. They will trip you up if you become careless. They will confuse you if you become arrogant. They will drive you mad if you use them to cause harm.

 

Use them with a humble heart steeped in deep respect and they will teach you to help others.

 

It has been ten years since I read my first paying client. The idea of reading myself rarely crosses my mind these days. When it does, I simply hold my pouch of willow or cherry runes, and I feel the wisdom within them move through my hands and into my heart. I breathe the name of the first rune that comes into my mind as I hold the spirit of that rune within my heart and soul. I feel the pulse of the runes through my veins and in every skin cell. In that moment, I feel the comforting presence of the All-Father smiling within. I thank him for the gift of this moment.

 

Grateful for Gracefull Heart

Last month, I was blessed to have my “first gig” at a lovely store called Gracefull Heart Spiritual Shop on Trindle Road in Carlisle, PA.

 

Every now and then, I check out online listings for new and different places that open up. Google finally decided to share the news with me! I was surprised to find out that this little place has been in business since 2011.

 

When I arrived the first time to meet Sharon, I noticed the warmth and authenticity she exuded. The store has a nice vibe, with an impressive selection of oracle cards and crystals and gemstones. Gracefull Heart also has a lovely variety of singing bowls (my favorite metaphysical toy), books, oils and lovely gifts to delight the seeker in your life.

 

In the back of the store, there is a lovely reiki room, and also beautiful room which has a Dominus Cervix Stargate. The Stargate consists of a pattern of the Merkaba (also known as the Star of David), with specially charged glass orbs located at key points within the Merkaba. The client sits in the center while listening to instrumental music and enters a state of meditation. I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to give it a try. It was indeed relaxing, and I believe I had past life memories pertaining to my irrational fear of horses in this life!

 

This is a lovely store and is a welcome addition to Central Pennsylvania’s growing Metaphysical Community. I am glad to be a part of it!

 

Stop by their website at:

 

http://www.gracefull-heart.com/

The Inner Connection in New Cumberland, PA

Spring is here, and with it, comes the winds of change! In Pennsylvania, we have had some really strong winds as of late.

These cold winds are indicative of Earth’s desperate attempt to hold on to winter. Change will also come because the trees and plants are being pollinated by that same wind.

This leads me to the point of this post. (Like Monty Python says “GET ON WITH IT!”)

It is with a heavy heart (for selfish reasons, of course) to say that this month will be my last time reading at The Inner Connection Metaphysical Shoppe in New Cumberland. I will be there all day on April 16th.

The Inner Connection is closing in May.

(Don’t ask me anything about whether anyone is buying it or not, because I do not know. Not my circus, not my monkeys)

Jan and Paul have decided to move on with things and start a new chapter in their lives. I am thrilled that they will be able to spend more family time, take vacations, or even sleep in! It has always been an honor to read there. My first gig was reading at one of their Fun Fests in the fall of 2007. Before then, I was one of the “Kids,” who frequented the store in my teenage days of heavy metal t shirts, dyed big hair and a hyperactive temperament that must have made Jan’s head spin. There were times that Jan would point her index finger at me, tell it like it is, and get me in line. I have named the term “Jan giving me the finger,” She has done that as needed, throughout our friendship.

Paul officiated the wedding of my husband Joe and I. It was a wonderful and beautiful day by the Susquehanna River with great friends and family. Having Paul and Jan there meant so much to us.

The Inner Connection has always been a safe haven, a respite from the chaos of the outside world, and a meeting place for veterans and newbies alike. While it will be missed, we need to remember that place (along with Jan and Paul) blazed a trail for the rest of us to follow. Jan and Paul helped so many of us to find our own wings to fly.

It is time for them to fly now.

Kushti bok jal a drom

(good luck on the road)

~M.B

April 7th 2016

 

Smudging with Palo Santo

Smudging is the sacred art of clearing a space by burning bundles of herbs (usually sage or cedar) to clear and create a sacred space. For years, sage bundles were my first choice. While effective, they triggered my asthma and allergies in a bad way! I would have to medicate before I could even use it. While I loved the energetic after-effect of a freshly smudged space, I began to dread smudging with sage, only using it when I absolutely had to.

A fellow colleague had introduced me to Palo Santo and had given me a piece to take home to try. It did not trigger my allergies and asthma the way sage did. On top of that, the smoke smelled divine! The delightful scent lingered long after I burned it. I was hooked!

Palo Santo (“Holy Wood”)  tree belongs to the Burseraceae family which also includes Frankincense, Myrrh, and Copal. Palo Santo is often used by Amazonian shamans in sacred  ceremonies; the smoke of the lit sticks is believed to enter the aura of participants to clear negativity, bad luck and to chase away evil spirits.

Smudging with Palo Santo can be done the same way that one smudges with Sage. The only difference is  with Palo Santo, the stick can be extinguished and used again. Traditionally with Sage, the stick must burn down.

To smudge, simply light the end of the Palo Santo wood and blow out when the tip glows red. Use an ashtray or fireproof container to catch any falling ash. In a clockwise direction slowly allow the space to fill with the fragrant smoke. Pay extra attention to corners, closets, the attic and basement. If the stick goes our simply re-light it. When you finished, place the the stick in the ashtray and it will go out on it’s own.

Crack open a window to let the energy clear and to invite the good vibes in.

To clear your divination tools, crystals, prayer beads or anything that you choose, simply pass the item through the smoke several times.

Palo Santo wood can be purchased at metaphysical stores, expos and online at these following websites:

https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/palo-santo-smudge-sticks/profile

http://sacredwoodessence.com/benefits/

http://www.shamansmarket.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=palo+santo

Happy Smudging!

~Melody

February 2016

 

 

 

 

2016 Updates and News

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Laguz symbolizes water, tides, emotions, and going with the flow

Back by popular demand, the videos will resume in February in 2016! Since October of 2015, I had been sick from a long and drawn out respiratory ailment, which I am finally recovering from. The videos will be on a monthly basis. They will be uploaded to the usual outlets like YouTube and social media. I deeply appreciate the messages and emails of concern from fans and clients who have enjoyed the video readings. You are the reason I do this!

In-Person readings will also be available by appointment in the Vickie’s Angel Foundation office in New Cumberland, PA. Please note, that 20% of your payment will be donated to the Vickie’s Angel Foundation, a wonderful charity organization that helps survivors, families and loved ones who have been affected by cancer. You can learn more about this wonderful organization here: Vickie’s Angel Foundation

The Runes By Melody Card Deck is still available for purchase! The image of Laguz above is just but one of the beautiful images included in our deck. The images were used from our personal photos (except for Isa, Wunjo and Uruz), and were made even beautiful by my husband, who is an amazing graphic designer. The booklet that comes with the deck, was written by myself. It is truly one of a kind rune deck, as we use modern images to make the runes more fitting to our daily lives.

You can purchase the deck here

There are more things in the hopper which I am still getting the details together and finishing touches on.. Stay tuned!

It feels good to be back!

~Melody

 

 

 

2016 Ponderings

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So many ch-ch-ch-changes have happened just within January 2016! My goodness! I was sad to learn that some of our cultural heroes will no longer be with us on this plane. So funny, how we become attached to a performer’s work, that it becomes a part of us. When they leave us, the void is felt all over the world. The thing that we are most blessed with, is their work. I thank God for that.

My favorite Motorhead song: (We are)TheRoadCrew

My favorite Bowie song; LifeOnMars

My favorite Alan Rickman role: Metatron

This year is going to be a very eventful year. The election will shake things up in no uncertain terms! Make sure you register to vote and get out and do so!

Please check out the new dates that have been added to the event calendar.

Let us focus on this year as being one of great change. Make sure you pray/set intention/ visualize what you want for this year. Take gentle care of you

Remember to shoot for the stars!

 

 

November Musings

psychicI often get questions from new clients on the lines of “How do you know these things?” Or, “Are you going to share this information with anyone else?” Sometimes even: “Will you always remember this conversation?”

My answer to the first question is this:

I do not know anything about you… seriously. The runes are a language that I can translate for you. In a reading I do two things – first, I translate the runes to your situation, and second, I receive information through me. The personal stuff that I bring to the table, comes out of my mouth once I open it. Once it’s out, it is yours to do with what you wish. On a side note, I cannot read for myself, which I think is a good thing. Which brings me to my next question:

Are you going to share this with anyone else?

Nope, not at all. First of all, I can’t. By the time you walk out that door, I have forgotten it. I recently worked a totally awesome Halloween party. I must have read dozens of people that night. I remember only three costumes. I remember the hostess, and only three other costumes. One gave me the jeebies and the other two were so funny!

So this directly ties into the next question: Will you remember this conversation?”

Nope. I forgot. I also forget lots of other things (just ask my husband!  <ed. note: yes, this is true>). So, if you see me in the grocery store and want to give me an update, by all means go ahead. I apologize in advance if I give you a blank stare. What goes on in my mind when I run into a client out in public is this: “Wow, that person looks familiar… hmmm… ok…” and I move along. Like I said, I apologize in advance. I really do understand our session was important. As important as that information was for you, that information was for you and you alone. It would be exhausting for me to carry around the readings of all my clients.

How do I release the information? Simple. My brain reboots after a good nights sleep. I wake up the next day with a vague memory I did a reading. I remember the client’s face, or voice, and that’s it.

I hope this explains some of what it is like “to be psychic.” I love what I do. I cannot imagine doing anything else – 🙂

Autumnal Musings

RBM_RC17_jeraJera signifies abundance through patience. The rewards are hard earned and do not come easily. We can watch the cycle of nature each year while keeping in mind that our spirit does the same changing and re-birthing year after year. This is the harvest time. The abundance is here. Make sure that you share your abundance with others so it can come back to you.The rune also is associated with the patience involves in waiting for the harvest to come to fruition. So remember patience, abundance and sharing. There will be more than enough to come back to you.Good timing is another attribute to this rune.

What a busy autumn! It was a great time at the Spirit Of Oneness Expo in Harrisburg as well as the New Visions Open House! I always love doing appearances, especially when I get to meet new clients and see my fabulous regulars. It really means a lot to see all of you, so thank you. I am so blessed to be able to do what I love, and that what I do is loved by you.

Remember to take time out with your loved ones this autumnal season. Make some hot chocolate, some yummy soup and slow down and relax. These days with all of the drama going on collectively, it is important to remember the abundance in our own lives and to share it.

Much love and aloha to you all,

~Melody

New Cumberland Semi Annual Fun-Fest Autumn

What: Inner Connection Semi Annual Fun Fest

Where: New Cumberland Fire Hall

When: Saturday, September 6th 2014
It is always a great time at the Inner Connection’s semi annual Fun Fest. This time we were celebrating the approaching Fall season and it was busier than ever. There were more readers and services as well as clients. It was by far, one of the busier days I have experienced at the Fun Fest. I had a blast reading runes.

We always open the festivities by stating our intentions for the day and it always is interesting to hear what each practitioner wants to bring to the event. I shared that I wanted to provide truth and help to raise the vibration one person at a time.

Jan Wren puts it all together with the help of her friends, associates and volunteers. They keep the practitioners on track and the day going smoothly. Our experience became even more fabulous by the caterers that shared their goods as a part of the “Revitalize Downtown New Cumberland Project.” It looks like it is getting a good start!

To visit the Inner Connection’s  website, you can go here:

http://www.theinner-connection.com/

Happy upcoming Autumn!

~Melody

Rosemary House “Tea and Runes”

I always feel honored when Suzanna invites me to do an event at the Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances Tea Room in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. This location and space is a local favorite, drawing people from the tri-state area and beyond. Her store offers everything herbal, tea and natural as well as a beautiful garden out in the back that you can meander through to your hearts content. Her sister, Nancy does the menu and cooking for the Sweet Remembrances Tea room. This is a family operation built on a fine reputation for service and tasty treats as well!

The Runes and Tea event was intimate with a brief introduction and a question and answer session about the runes. The soup was served and eaten, then the readings began while the other courses were served.

I never remember my readings. What I do remember, is feeling that I had helped each participant in a very special way. I enjoyed my time with each person. The evening went by so quickly!

It is always a pleasure to be a guest at the Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances Tea Room. I was even gifted some magnificent scones that my son and I enjoyed for breakfast the next day!

You can visit the Rosemary House. For more information, you can check out the website: http://www.therosemaryhouse.com/

The 14th Annual Celebration Of Life Holistic Expo and Conference

IMG_20140809_133850_469It was a great time to be had at the 14th Annual Celebration Of Life Holistic Expo and Conference at the York Fairgrounds in York, PA this past August 9 & 10, 2014. The hosts, Bill & Bob of New Visions Books & Gifts (http://newvisionsbooks.com/), have declared it to be a weekend “for those of us who seek a perfect world for like-minds and like-hearts … The amazing energy that is built here for a short two days is phenomenal. And if you attach it to your heart, you can take it with you all year long.

Each year they add a bit of light-hearted fun amidst the more serious discussions of spirituality and holistic wellness. The theme this year was the “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” and the hospitality tent was decorated brilliantly in that motif. I even met the Mad Hatter and have a picture to prove it!

We were (and will be next year) located in booth B33. It was always great to see the regular clients visit as well as the new ones. This year, we started carrying Crystal Chick Creations wire wrapped jewelery and pendulums. They were a hit! Also available was the Runes By Melody Rune Card Deck which sold out quickly!

The energy was great on both days. Pat Dumas did a wonderful job on the opening ceremony and got everyone “charged up.” Bill and Bob were a delight, as always. ::::Blows a kiss at both::::

It was humbling to me as to how many customers we had. This was our busiest year yet. I do believe that if you love what you do, as well as everyone involved in an event like this, Spirit takes over and insures a wonderful time by all.

I look forward to next year. I thank all who showed up to chat, mingle and patronize our booth. I cannot do this without you. You are the reason I do what I do.

Much love and respect,
~Melody

 

 

Rune Magick

the-rainbowOne of the most versatile tools in any magician’s toolbox are Runes. The great thing about Rune magick is that it either works or it doesn’t, so the magician doesn’t have to worry whether a charm may go “bad” or backfire. Rune magick can be simple. It can be complex. When it works, it works wonders. When it doesn’t work, It simply doesn’t.

You can infuse the energy of runes into your being by carefully breathing and pronouncing the rune like a yoga mantra. For example if you need some energy and your are lagging you may want to call Sowelu into your essence while visualizing the rune and the sun.

A simple yet powerful charm of protection is the use of the rune Algiz. To protect your home, sacred space, person or vehicle, you can draw the rune while slowly chanting like a mantra “Al-giz” thus infusing the rune with your essence and intent. For the home, it is recommended to use on windows, and doors. You can make a decoration for your car and hang it from the rear view mirror. For your person, you can draw it on the bottom of a foot or wear it as an amulet.

Bind runes are another way of using rune magick. A bind rune is the infusion of two or more runes which amplifies the intent that much more. For example the bindrune Aegishjalmur or more commonly known as the “Helm of Awe” This particular rune was used to instill fear into the enemy and is a very powerful talisman for protection. There is a rune study group which discusses this bindrune. You can check the link here: http://runesecrets.net/group/bindrunes/forum/topics/aegishjalmur-helm-of-awe

I once “threw” Aegishjalmur at a tailgater on route 94 going into Hanover. I held the image of the rune in my mind and imagined I was on top of my car holding it in my hand. I threw it, and that person literally slammed on his breaks and kept a very safe distance from me for the remainder of the drive!

You can draw bindrunes with pencil, marker, saliva, lotion, or water. The rune does not have to be visible to work.

You can create a bindrune and tailor it for your own specific need. Be sure your intent is clear, pronunciation correct and you take your time to fully enjoy your experience.

Thoughts on “Ghost-Hunting”

Civil War 037Living close to Gettysburg is a real treat if you are into the art of Ghost-hunting. They have candle light tours, full of the legends and stories that took place during the Civil War. The stories and the vibes will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, providing you with a real case of the Heebie-Jeebies. The Heebie-Jeebie business in Gettysburg is quite lucrative! If you know where to go, you’re bound to have an experience or few that you will never forget.

My earliest memory of Gettysburg ghost activity happened when my mother and I were driving through the battlefields on a clear sunny day. Out of nowhere, we were in thick fog. (Seriously!) We both got the case of the willies rather quick, so my mother did what she did best. She sang. She sang “Ave Maria” with such conviction and kept singing until the fog cleared which was about 5 minutes. We could really feel the spirits watching us, and I think to this day that my mother’s singing kept them at bay. In her own way, she taught me a very important lesson I would forget in later years. Protect yourself when dealing with the dead, and when you are on their turf. Better yet, leave ’em alone!

I would learn that several years later with friends on a ghost hunting trip. It was my first one, and I had no idea what I was getting into. Frankly, I thought the whole idea was hogwash. I found myself in the back of a van with friends, who anointed me with some psychic vision oil on my 3rd eye. They told me all about these places we were going to go in the dark where the bloodiest of battles happened. I found myself grumbling about the sheer foolishness of it all, but really I was very nervous.

It always seemed like a good idea not to poke a stick at the dead. The dead have their own business to attend to, and for the most part, I like that I am not involved. Yet here I was, about to poke a stick at the dead. In hindsight, I felt like I was doing something wrong. It gave me the aforementioned heebie-jeebies.

Now before I go on in this story, I must say that at the time, I was not in a good place physically, mentally and spiritually. I was wrestling with some demons of my own, in the form of addiction and severe depression. I was not doing readings professionally in those days. That being said, I was wide open for psychic attack. I was not aware of it at the time, as I was misled by my own ego.

So we arrived at Sachs Bridge, built in 1854 . During the Battle, it was crossed by 2 brigades of the I Corps and Union Army. Four days later, the majority of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia retreated over the bridge after the Union victory in the Battle of Gettysburg.

The group I was with had hand held tape recorders, going in hopes of getting a ghost voice in tape. They were talking to the ghosts and asked if they were there, and if so, to say their name. They also snapped pictures in hopes of getting ghostly visions on camera. I helped too, although I had no idea what I was doing. Honestly, I felt nothing, no presence of any soldiers, just the peaceful feeling of being out in nature on a beautiful covered bridge with friends.

The sun was going down and the group was going to Rose Woods next.

According to Wikipedia: “Rose Woods is a Gettysburg Battlefield forested area that is an American Civil War site of the battle’s Hood’s Assault, McLaws’ Assault, and McCandless’ Advance. “Scene of the first line of Union defenses”[4] on the Battle of Gettysburg, Second Day; the 1st Texas Infantry and 3rd Arkansas Infantry Regiments attacked Ward’s 2nd Brigade line in the woods. The last combat on the Battle of Gettysburg, Third Day, was “in the early evening. Colonel William McCandless’s brigade of Pennsylvania Reserves advanced across the Wheatfield into Rose’s Woods where they managed to inflict heavy losses on the 15th Georgia” which had failed to retreat to Warfield Ridge after Longstreet’s Assault.[5] Two days later Timothy H. O’Sullivan photographed corpses moved for burial to the edge of Rose Woods[6] and which were subsequently re-interred in cemeteries.”

The group felt that they could definitely get some EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomena) there. I really wanted to stay in the van. After some convincing, I got out. We walked around. It was getting darker. I didn’t feel anything until we got back in the van to leave. I don’t remember much, but what my friends told me, I literally flipped out. I was screaming, calling everyone profane names and acting completely out of character. One of the things I remembered was them pulling the van over at a local grocery store and smudging me with sage. After that, I was annoyed. The sage triggered my allergies and asthma that day. To this day, I do not remember them dropping me off at home, or how I even got there.

I have been to Gettysburg since then. We like to go in the day time. To me, it is hallowed ground. It is peaceful, oddly enough. I take in the scenery and history and enjoy the time with my family. As far as the ghosts go, I make sure I am well protected with prayers and send those lost souls who are trapped there peace.

The dead are alive, all right. To me, I do not need to have “proof” of them by taping them or getting them on film. Those paranormal ghost shows worry me as they may inspire some inexperienced people out to places like Gettysburg to try and “pick something up.” Some people would not know how to “survive” a psychic attack by an angry spirit.

Perhaps if we leave the dead to their own business, they may appreciate that too. As a psychic I have had many medium experiences since then. I can assure you that if the dead has some business regarding you, they’ll let you know.

The Life of a Psychic…

psychicI thought I would share what it is like to be a psychic and perhaps clear up some misconceptions that some people may have.

It is truly a joy to be able to do what I do, and while not all readings are rainbows and ponies, each one has changed my life in some small way. It is true that I do not remember the details in most readings, but I come out a different person after each reading than before the reading starts

 


First Misconception: Psychics know everything.

What I mean by this, is that I cannot give you the winning lottery numbers. If I was able to give you the lottery numbers, I would be sipping White Russians on Kaanapali beach in Maui. I might share some numbers, sure, but only after thorough testing (just to make sure it’s working properly, of course).

Now sometimes in a reading I may not pick up on something that maybe the next day seems like a major turn of events. I usually find later that this “thing that seemed so major” turned out to be a non issue. During a reading, Spirit only shows me what you need to know.

There are times that I can communicate with a long passed relative or loved one. Now, if that same person brings in her sister for example, and wants me to bring in that same spirit, it may not happen. The reason being, that your reading may be what you needed hear at that time. Your sister’s reading will be what she needs to hear. Since I can pick up on past, present and future, maybe the reading may pick up on something from the past that she needs to deal with that will affect her future. Every reading is different.


Second Misconception: I can read your mind all the time.

Whenever I tell someone that I am a professional psychic, I always get a look that screams this: “Oh my God, she’s psychic and knows what I am thinking. She knows all of my secrets right now.”

The only way I will read you is if you ask permission and we work out an arrangement.

When I go to the grocery store or anywhere public, I do my absolute best not to “pick up anything” on other people. First of all, I don’t want to know. I like to think that being a psychic is a lot like a radio in that when I am not “tuned in,” I do not get a clear signal. That’s where the runes come in. As soon as a client picks up the runes, the “station” comes in loud and clear.

As much as I think Theresa Caputo is awesome, the fact that she randomly goes up to people and reads them, bothers me. I do see that she quickly asks permission, and she then proceeds to deliver the message. I would like to think that she only does this when the cameras are on. She is an amazing psychic medium and I have nothing but respect for her.


Third Misconception:
Being a psychic is a gift and you should not charge for it.

Having musical talent is a gift, as well as being good at numbers, making eyeglasses, finances, auto repair, cooking, and the list goes on. It is a gift in that I cannot read myself. Even if I could, would I want to? Psychics charge for services as well as any other person in the service industry. We have bills to pay like everyone else.

Sometimes you may see that a rate on one site is different than another. For example, when I am logged in to a instant reading site, the price is considerably higher than if you booked directly through my site. There are several reasons for this. First is the convenience of having an instant reading right there right now. Second is anonymity. Not everyone wants to be associated with getting readings from psychics, and that’s okay.

Being that this is a gift, I very rarely remember a reading. The information I share is your information alone and there is no reason I should hold on to it. I have a hard time remembering what I had for breakfast yesterday, let alone a reading that took place six months ago.

It is my pleasure to share this gift with you. The hours are longer, and more erratic but it is really something I enjoy doing. I have met some beautiful and amazing people doing this and for that I am truly blessed.


Nurturing the Nurturer

????????????So many of us in our busy lives are always taking care of others before ourselves. I see it every day and I am guilty of it myself. As a mother, wife and professional, I sometimes find myself at my very wit’s end before I realize that I need some me time. When I hit that point, I go into meltdown mode and it’s really unnecessary had I listened to my cues to slow down days or hours ago. It’s not always easy, especially if one works at home because the office is “always there.”

So how do we find time in our busy lives to take a break and do a little self-nurturing?

Some people may go to the spa, the movie theater, out to eat, get their nails done, maybe take a trip to the beach or nature. For me, one of the things I love to do is take a nap.

I must have inherited this from my dad. All of his life and until the end of his days, my dad was a serial napper. If napping was an Olympic sport, my dad would be the uncontested gold medal winner every time. He was a career soldier, talented salesman and a warrior in every sense of the word. He nurtured my mother until the end of her days. If anyone needed nurturing, it was him and he wasn’t afraid to declare his me time with a good book featuring Sherlock Holmes, followed by a nap. The only requirement was coffee must be available (didn’t matter if it was fresh or cold for hours- it can be reheated) when he woke up. He loved rainy and foggy days, saying that they are “perfect days for a nap.” It was no surprise to me at all, that on the day of his funeral, the weather was rainy and foggy, right out of a Sherlock Holmes novel.

How we nurture ourselves determines how we can nurture others. If your energy is low, and you do not replenish it, how can you possibly be any good to anyone, even yourself? We chug down energy drinks and find ourselves more stressed than ever, mistaking a chemical blast of energy for the real thing, and then get surprised when we have anxiety attacks and depression. What goes up, must come down and a crash never feels good.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money or to take a lavish vacation to just “heal up” as my dad would say. Sometimes a small picnic in your favorite park in the sun with your family can do wonders. The sound of children playing always brings back memories of hanging out at the swimming pool on the army base where I spent my teenage years. The sound has a relaxing effect on me as the beach would have on someone else ( I do love the beach, though!)

Before I was a mom, I used to have “Mel Days” where I would go to my favorite park in the mountains called Pen Mar, and lay on my back in the grass and watch the clouds. It has a great view of the valley below. I would imagine all of my drama and problems were in the valley. Then I would bless them and release them. I would then drive a little further and go to the Grotto of Lourdes for some blessed spring water.

Next time you are outside, or in a favorite park, take your shoes off and ground yourself to the Earth. Imagine all of those chaotic thoughts and worries flow from the bottom of your feet into the grass. Notice how better you feel? Good. Now do it again!

Only a Dream?

Is it really only a dream?

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A few nights ago, I had a dream I was trying to get off of a military base through an obstacle course.. I had found a woman who was called Ama selling incense at the gate. I had to buy some to leave.

Last night, I had a dream I was chasing a pet chicken through an airport where I boarded an airplane and left it there. I believe the airport was somewhere in Texas.

I don’t know about you, but lately my dreams are wacky and the imagery is like a slap in the face.

According to Dreammoods.com, an online dream dictionary and dream resource site, dream interpretations date as far back as 3000-4000 B.C. They were documented on stone tablets. In many primal societies, the members had a hard time distinguishing between the dream world and reality. They even held the dream world with more reverence and viewed it as more powerful.

As I watch my son sleep, sometimes I can tell when he is dreaming. Some nights he may wake up after having a dream that may have been vivid or even scary. Sometimes as he sleeps he may babble, moan and even fuss. I wonder if at his age of one year what he must be thinking. Is he able to tell the difference between the waking world and the dream world? Which world feels more comfortable to him?

In the Greek and Roman times, dreams were considered to be messages from the gods, or the dearly departed. There have been many occasions where I have dreamt of those who went before. Around the time I conceived my son, I had a dream I was at a 1920’s swanky party (I was wearing awesome red shoes) with all of my ancestors and they were congratulating me. I asked for some champagne and they laughed and said no. A few weeks later, I found I was pregnant.

The Duke of Zhou is known as the God of Dreams in Chinese culture. If something important is about to happen, the dreamer will meet the Duke of Zhou in a dream. In fact The Analects recorded Confucius lamenting: “How I have gone downhill. It has been a long time since I dreamt of the Duke of Zhou!”

In the Middle Ages, dreams were seen as temptations of the devil, while dream paralysis was thought to be caused by vampires.

In the early 20th century dream interpretation became more of a novelty and parlor trick. Psychologists and Psychiatrists used dream study to understand their patients.

So I researched Dreammoods dictionary to find out what the first dreams above meant. The dream of the military base signifies that I feel closed in and struggling through obstacles. The incense reference is that I need to honor my spirituality more. The second dream signifies that I am “chicken” to try something new, to rise above those fears and dream big.

When the dreams slap me in the face, I try to listen. All of this writing about dreams is making me sleepy. Fiona Apple once sang “I got my feet on the ground and I don’t go to sleep to dream.”

Good night!

The Art of Manifestation

RBM_RC11_kenaz“Manifestation” has been a buzzword ever since the book The Secret was published in 2006. After Oprah featured it on her talk show, manifestation and the law of attraction become topics around the office water cooler.

What is manifestation? By definition, it is either a sign that shows something clearly, one of the forms that something has when it appears or occurs, or an occurrence in which the ghost or spirit of a dead person appears (Merriam-Webster).

For purposes of this blog, and the more common usage of the term when a lot of us woo-woos gather around our water coolers, manifestation is a phenomenon that occurs when an individual’s conscious and subconscious thoughts and expectations influence actual events in their lives. These effects can be as minor as developing better relationships with a rival coworkers or as major as a new business venture becoming successful when the original outlook was dim.

The rune Kenaz (or Kano, depending on your source) represents fire, vitality, creativity and the ability to create your own reality. Thus, it can also indicate our ability to manifest.

For years, I was not the best at manifesting things. In fact, I often repeated patterns in my life because I thought it was what I deserved. That line of negative thinking became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Over and over again, I put myself in positions, or worse created situations in my earlier years that were quite dangerous.

I often wondered if my twenties and early thirties were a time of working out negative karma. Was there a past life connection? I asked myself that a lot. The short answer is a resounding “Yes!” But the longer answer revealed the hard truth that I was not accepting responsibility for this life. I did not make that connection until many years later, after much damage was done. It was so much easier to play the victim. In that victim mentality, I brought about more of the same situations and scenarios.

It was a vicious cycle that continued until I changed my thought patterns and behavior. What we think and say to ourselves really does matter.

It took a complete break down of my reality for me to realize that I had to change things. And change they did. Literally, I hit rock bottom. From that space where things were the darkest, I knew that they will get better. It took the drastic change in my life to realize that I was the creator of this gigantic mess. Once I declared ownership of my life, something amazing happened.

Changing my mind took lots of gentle care and patience. Whenever a negative or self-sabotaging thought came up, I countered it with the words “cancel, cancel, delete” and then replaced it with a positive thought. It took a good year to really change that thought pattern, but the patience really paid off.

I am not 100% all happy thoughts all of the time. I am human. Whenever those thoughts come in, I allow them to go out. It’s like a song that gets stuck in your head for days. The more you listen to it, the more you think about it, the longer the song stays in your head. Make sure the song in your head is worth listening to. If not, show it the way out.

You may be wondering, “How do I change these thoughts I have had for years?”

I have found that guided meditation CD’s really help. There is a brand of amazing CD’s produced by Hemi Sync and they are amazing! You can visit their site here: http://www.hemi-sync.com. They have meditations for a variety of purposes, including quitting smoking, pain management relaxation, and releasing old habits. I have used them personally and recommend them.

Gentle self-care techniques like yoga, meditation, and surrounding yourself with positive people and setting boundaries do wonders in changing your mental dialogue. My husband goes running to relieve stress and re-balance himself. If you’re not the quiet meditation type, perhaps physical activity is a good option.

Whatever you choose, use your intuition to find which way is right for you so you can manifest your dreams today. It may take some time, but I promise you it is worth it.

In Defense of “Sticking It Out.”

RBM_RC12_geboMy last blog entry discussed cutting those out of your life who drain, exhaust, and are otherwise negative on a constant basis. While that course of action can be justified in many situations, there are also many relationships where it is better to stick it out. If there is someone who is going through a rough time (it can last for years), it does not necessarily mean that the relationship is doomed. Traditional marriage vows include the words “for better or worse” for a reason.

This blog post was the result of a conversation I had with my husband about the last blog post. He posed the question “Why is everyone always cutting things out of their lives all of the time… What if they actually stuck it out?” Another observation he had was that if a lot of people out there have so much to cut out of their lives, then perhaps they should stop getting attached to the wrong stuff to begin with. But that’s another topic for another blog post for another day…

Growing up, my parents were not Ward and June Cleaver. They did, however, stick it out through every single marital mishap, blunder, mistake and disaster. Believe me there were many. Some were small and others that were marriage killers, yet they held true to their vows that they made in Mexico back in 1958. “Till Death Do Us Part.” My mother, in the end of her days, mused to my dad how much she appreciated his staying by her side through thick and thin. My dad remarried several years later and again, he and his new wife stuck it out until the end of his days.

So much in our culture is disposable. I am having a hard time looking back as to when relationships became disposable. Perhaps it has always been like that, but now in the information age, we all know about it. All you have to do is pick up the latest newspaper or tabloid and find out which celebrity couple is having a divorce. Couples cite irreconcilable differences while the children learn from an early age that if it doesn’t work, it gets thrown away.

All relationships are work. It is important to make sure that you both are working in it. When one party has given up, it’s time to get outside help. Marriage counseling is a great start. If you think your relationship is doomed and your partner wants to help make things right, then the least you can do is give it a try. The worst that can happen is the relationship ends, which is what you expected in the first place. That brings up another aspect – if you are convinced that your relationship is over then you could be making a self-fulfilling prophecy. Your own thoughts and actions may be making it end without you knowing it, so when you reach that point really look inside and try to see if maybe you’re the one who needs to change their approach to the relationship. As the saying goes, “it takes two…”

Many people think they “fall in love” with another person who isn’t their spouse. Often, this new person has some quality or qualities that the married individual may find missing in their own relationship with their spouse.

Every relationship we are in is the result of a Soul Contract we made before coming here. When we are on the Other Side looking over the blueprint of our lives before we come here, we are in a state of ecstatic bliss. That being said, we pick the most human experiences we can have. Then when we find ourselves in our wonderfully frustrating, painful and human moments (they’re not always pretty), sometimes we break down and give up.

Keep in mind that if there is abuse in any relationship, I am not advocating for you to stay in that situation. By all means, get yourself to a safe place and get some help.

If your relationship is struggling, try this simple exercise to see if this brings you two closer. Take a moment if you can, to be with your spouse, or companion in a quiet space. Sit cross legged from each other and look into each others eyes for a whole five minutes. You may laugh, you may cry, you will most likely feel quite vulnerable. Embrace all of the feelings as you begin to witness each others soul. The eyes are the windows to the soul. You will begin to remember why you loved each other in the first place. If we all did this on a regular basis, perhaps more of us would stick it out.

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Taking Gentle Care

Many of us push ourselves to the limit and beyond when it comes to helping others. When we are called upon to care for ourselves, we usually do not think about it until we get sick.

I see this time and time again during the course of my work. We have a hard time distinguishing between self-care and selfishness. It is a common misconception that sacrificing every last one of our own needs to make others happy is the way to the Great Eternal Reward. Neglecting to take care of yourself will get you to the Other Side faster, but don’t expect the people you do this for to recognize your efforts.

Waterscapes 113An essential part of self care is surrounding yourself with people you want to be around. We all have that “friend” or relative that is just plain toxic. They call on the phone or come over, and just drain the life energy out of you. Everything that comes out of their mouth is negative, full of criticism and sarcasm.

These individuals can also be referred to as “psychic vampires. Try visualizing energy cords going from that person to yourself, much like surgical tubing. They “pull” your energy, leaving you feeling drained, while their energy is at a surplus.

Please note that just because someone is asking for your help, a shoulder to cry on, or for you to listen to their frustrations it does not make them a psychic vampire. Everyone has bad days and some people really do have it rough and just need a friend. The difference between someone having a bad day and a psychic vampire is that the vampire sucks the energy out of people around them on an almost daily basis . It is almost as if the “vampire” has developed this behavior as a defense mechanism to protect them from having to deal with the real issues they are having and many times they do not have a real interest in getting better. (Cue Garbage’s “Only Happy When It Rains…”)

I see this scenario play out time and again. Good people feel that if they are “there” for a negative person, that somehow the negative individual will see the light and become a happier, more content person just by virtue of having someone to vent towards.

Nope. Never. Forget about it. Not going to happen.

If you are being barraged by a psychic vampire, I can assure you that you are merely on a “list.” If you do not pick up the phone when they call, rest assured, there is another name on that list they will call. Yes. You can turn your phone off. Will it hurt them? Nope. They will move on every time. The act of enabling these people will only deplete your own energy so you cannot be there for those you want to be there for.

Sometimes we find ourselves being “like a sponge,” absorbing the negative energy of a room, place of employment, or perhaps another persons energy. This is not unlike getting physically dirty. The dirt we accumulate is not physically visible. The psychic “dirt” can manifest as a bad mood, irritability, headaches, neck tension, insomnia, nausea, and heartburn.

Another word for this condition is called malochia or “the evil eye.” The book Spiritual Cleansing: A Handbook of Psychic Protection by Draja Mickharic is an excellent old-school collection of remedies from around the world. It is very much worth the investment.

So how does one disconnect from the psychic vampire and wash the psychic muck from one’s aura? And how can these psychic vampires help themselves? Below are some tools to help you clear from negativity depending on your belief system:

  • Call on Archangel Michael and ask for his blue sword of fire to cut the energy cords and ask for his protection throughout the day. He will always come when called. Asked to be infused with protection. And healing.
  • For those who are more Earth based, using a silver candle on your altar while cutting the energy cords with your athame is very effective. Make sure to light another candle and/or burn incense to replace the energy being cleared. The rune Teiwaz is also effective in the clearing visual along with Algiz for protection. I would add an extra shot of Sowelu for good measure.
  • Always, burning sage or Palo Santo Wood is useful for clearing energy and attracting good energy. If burning Sage, you also want to burn incense afterwords. This is especially useful if there happened to be an argument or negative occurrence in your space and wish to clear it. When you clear something, it is always wise to replace the energy removed by adding positive energy to fill that vacuum. You can purchase those products in your local metaphysical or herbal shop
  • A “Beer Bath” is very effective in clearing your own personal aura and body.. In Draja Miharik’s book Spiritual Cleansing, his recipe is quite simple.

Bathe or shower as you normally would. Clean out the tub thoroughly.

Add a quart of beer and a teaspoon of salt to a half tub of lukewarm water. Immerse yourself completely several times. Continue pouring the bathwater over your body. Do this as long as you feel appropriate. When you are finished, have the water drain out of the tub while you are in the tub. Imagine all of the negativity going down the drain. Now is a time to pray your favorite prayer of protection. Allow the water to dry on your skin. Limit your exposure to media and outside influences for the retainer of the evening. It is best to do this bath before bed.

  • Lastly, Reiki treatments are also useful in clearing yourself of negativity and toxins. Here is the definition of Reiki according to the International center for Reiki Training:

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.”

Visit their site at: http://www.reiki.org/

These tools are all helpful in clearing yourself of negative energy. A lot of times, those who are psychic vampires are completely unaware of the fact that they “drain” others. This is where gentle care of ourselves will go a long way in dealing with those who are difficult. In time, your spiritual cleansing routine will be just as common in your daily life as brushing your teeth.

Don’t be surprised that people notice something “different” about you when you begin your spiritual care. Our spiritual body is as important as our physical body, so remember to take gentle care. You will reap the benefits for years to come.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

 

Runes By Melody Newsletter, Spring Edition


Rune of the Season: Eihwaz
– You may have to defend your position to others. This rune advises that defensive measures are essential for growth and success at this time. Be patient with yourself and others. Once your defences are in place you should be able wait things out until the situation becomes less volatile. Even though this rune has no reversed position, it is wise to be cautious.


Well, Spring is here, although it feels like winter in these parts… Winter is definitely going out like a lamb. The great thing about Spring is that we can finally shed these layers of “energy” that has built up all winter. This winter has been challenging for all of us, so it’s time to embrace the new. Before we embrace the new, we have to clear out the old. In manners of psychic self defense, clearing and protection is crucial now.

The simple act of airing out your home is one way to clear energy. If the energy is extra heavy in your home, you can use a smudge stick of sage and “smudge” your home. Make sure you light some favorite incense afterwords since sage removes everything. You want to fill that void with good stuff. Palo Santo wood is also great for clearing and charging a space. I particularly like it because it smells great and is not necessary to light incense afterwords. I was recently discussing this with a fellow colleague. She wrote a great how-to about smudging. You can read it here: http://psychicjessicac.com/smudging-101/

As important as it is to physically clean your space for spring, make sure you clear your place spiritually for good vibes too!

On a more personal note, I was given the opportunity to become certified in Reiki 1 and 2 this Spring. It was a great way to release some old stubborn psychic baggage that was hanging around. The attunements felt wonderful and the state of grace that followed lingered for a while. I look forward to sharing this new skill with my clients.

Happy Spring!

~Melody


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Rune Magick

One of the most versatile tools in any magician’s toolbox are Runes. The great thing about Rune magick is that it either works or it doesn’t, so the magician doesn’t have to worry whether a charm may go “bad” or backfire. Rune magick can be simple. It can be complex. When it works, it works wonders. When it doesn’t work.. It simply doesn’t.

You can infuse the energy of runes into your being by carefully breathing and pronouncing the rune like a yoga mantra. For example if you need some energy and your are lagging you may want to call Sowelu into your essence while visualizing the rune and the sun.

A simple yet powerful charm of protection is the use of the rune Algiz. To protect your home, sacred space, person or vehicle, you can draw the rune while slowly chanting like a mantra “Al-giz” thus infusing the rune with your essence and intent. For the home, it is recommended to use on windows, and doors. You can make a decoration for your car and hang it from the rear view mirror. For your person, you can draw it on the bottom of a foot or wear it as an amulet.

Bind runes are another way of using rune magick. A bind rune is the infusion of two or more runes which amplifies the intent that much more. For example the bindrune Aegishjalmur or more commonly known as the “Helm of Awe” This particular rune was used to instill fear into the enemy and is a very powerful talisman for protection. There is a rune study group which discusses this bindrune. You can check the link here: http://runesecrets.net/group/bindrunes/forum/topics/aegishjalmur-helm-of-awe

I once “threw” Aegishjalmur at a tailgater on route 94 going into Hanover. I held the image of the rune in my mind and imagined I was on top of my car holding it in my hand. I threw it, and that person literally slammed on his breaks and kept a very safe distance from me for the remainder of the drive!

You can draw bindrunes with pencil, marker, saliva, lotion, or water. The rune does not have to be visible to work.

You can create a bindrune and tailor it for your own specific need. Be sure your intent is clear, pronunciation correct and you take your time to fully enjoy your experience.

 

 

 

 

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A Child’s Magic

When I was a little girl, I would often ask my mother how she knew I was making mischief without her even seeing me. She would tell me she had eyes in the back of her head. I climbed up on the chair with her as I picked through her light brown hair on the back of her head, looking for “those eyes.”

When I protested, she said “They’re closed because they are sleeping.”

I would ask how she got them and why I didn’t have them. I had so many questions for her. The answer was always the same with Mom so much that I believed her.

“Magic.”

It was because of magic that we didn’t run out of cold water,
that the snow didn’t hurt, it was only cold,
that cats meowed and dogs barked,
grass was green,
there were cherry trees.

It was what made the ocean move,
And the moon so big.

It was magic that caused the sun to rise,
the birds to sing,
the fire to crack,
the smoke to be a ring,
snowflakes that are different.

It makes the rainbow shine.
It kept the train on the tracks.
It was the answer to everything!

Magic. Magic. Magic.

Mom once had me convinced that if I told fibs, that Pele the Hawaiian Fire Goddess, would come into my room and burn my toes. I believed her and would put lava stones in water to make Pele happy. I would like to think it worked. Madame Pele has not torched my toes, but we have had some interesting moments since then.

My dad would predict the end to the movies we would watch before the opening credits. This of course would infuriate my mother and I . Of course Dad would give us theanswer to our “How did you do that?”

“Magic.” Then he would wave at us in a most tricky way with a slightly smug look on his face. My mother would respond with some profanity which would make us laugh harder. (He did this once with the movie The Crying Game and my mother completely lost it.)

I was susceptible to fevers growing up. Living my formative years in the tropics, and then moving to the East Coast had left me vulnerable to asthma, allergies and plenty of infections. The unique side effect of fevers for me were “hallucinations.”

During one of my fevers I was in my parents room watching the black and white TV getting rest when my first “vision” occurred. I saw an older man singing the song “High hopes” to comfort me and I sang it along with him. He began to spell the word abracadabra and asked me to spell it with him. Each time we spelled the word, a letter was dropped until we finished with the letter A. I then fell asleep and slept well. Years passed when I told this story to my father. I mentioned I did not know who the-man was-in my vision. He went a bit pale as I shared with him and his eyes went inward.

“That was my father,” he said. “ ‘Abracadabra’ was something our people used to lower a fever.” He was surprised I had not mentioned it to him sooner. I thought that maybe we were so used to magical things and ideas growing up that they happened to everybody.

As I write this, I am watching Noah play on the floor with his toys. It’s exciting to know that with Noah we can play this “game” all over again. It’s different from my new perspective because I have to wonder if it really is a game or not for him. I am looking forward to the days when he asks me “Why?”

“Magic.”