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8 Questions to Ask When You Pull the Four of Swords

FourofSwordsAt the end of every Magic with Melissa episode (click HERE to see the latest episode), I provide intuitive guidance by pulling a card from either an oracle deck or a Tarot card deck.

This past Monday (CLICK HERE to see the 11/23/2020 episode) after having an AMAZING conversation with my guest, Courtney Young-Allison about how we change our lives, I asked for some general guidance.

And I pulled the Four of Swords!

You guys, I have been pulling this card over and over again since November 2019! Some day I’ll have to write a post about stalker cards, but for now, let’s just say I’m feeling beat over the head with this message to rest and heal. How much resting and healing can we need? Amiright?

Well, it can be a lot more than we like to admit. When there’s a lot of stress going on, rest is needed on a regular basis. And considering the year 2020 has been . . . well, we all ought to be making sure we’re getting plenty of sleep and unplugging from the news and the internet more often.

Set aside some time to decompress, to be alone, and to unwind. While binging Netflix in my PJs with a bag of popcorn and a glass of sangria is one of my faves, maybe it’s time to unwind with some calming music and a pot of soothing herbal tea, like chamomile.

Grab some crystals like selenite, lapis lazuli, and amethyst and do some introspective journaling. If you think you don’t have time for this kind of nonsense, that may be the problem. Maybe it’s time to slow down and “indulge” in some self-care before you rush into something that will only make things worse.

This is the time to re-evaluate how you approach reaching your goals and dealing with adversity. Is it working? or is it making you feel like day-old bread? Dried out and flavorless?

Are you ignoring symptoms that something physical is going on? What are those headaches, muscle pains, and stomach upsets really trying to tell you? If you’re worried, you have a right to be, but maybe it’s time to figure out how to cope better.

Here are 8 questions you need to ask yourself when you pull the Four of Swords:

  1. How can you make time for rest and relaxation?
  2. How can you reduce your workload?
  3. What needs to change to avoid burnout?
  4. Do you need some extra time and space before taking action?
  5. Have you been taking on too much? Do you feel burned out?
  6. How can you nurture yourself right now?
  7. What needs to be healed?
  8. What are you worried about and how can you use those worries?

These questions are in part inspired by The Field Notes by Chris-Anne, creator of the Light Seer’s Tarot, and part from my own musings.

Use these questions to figure out if you have been taking the time to properly rest, and not just sleep. Are you headed for burnout, or already there?

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8 Questions to Ask When You Pull 12 The Hanged Man

At the end of every Magic with Melissa episode (click HERE to see the latest episode), I provide intuitive guidance by pulling a card from either an oracle deck or a Tarot card deck.

This past Monday (CLICK HERE to see the 11/16/2020 episode) after having an AMAZING conversation with my guest, Courtney Young-Allison about how we change our lives, I asked for some general guidance.

And I pulled the Hanged Man!

I used to not like this card because I thought it automatically meant I had to wait for whatever it was I was chasing. And, well, I hate to break it to you, it does kind of mean that. But it’s so much more than that, too!

The Hanged Man appears when we need to step back, clear our heads and hearts, and get a fresh perspective. It also appears when we need to question our beliefs, our habits, and if there’s really anything more we can do. Sometimes, there’s nothing left to do except wait. And sometimes, our beliefs and patterns are what’s blocking us from getting what we want and it ain’t going to happen until we face this truth.

Like all Tarot cards, this card’s message is unique for each of us. The best way to explore what it means for YOU is to journal about it.

Here are 8 questions you need to ask yourself when you pull the Hanged Man:

  1. How can I change my perspective?
  2. How can I surrender the need to control the current situation?
  3. What is my truth?
  4. How can I allow myself to just be?
  5. Is there something in my life I need to release?
  6. What idea, belief, person, or thing am I grasping too tightly?
  7. Is there anything else I can do right now? Or do I need to let it be?
  8. What would it take to make peace with myself and in my own mind right now?

These questions are in part from The Field Notes by Chris-Anne, creator of the Light Seer’s Tarot, and part from my own musings.

Use these questions to figure out if you’re getting in your own way or maybe you just need to rest your brain more and give your soul a chance to speak.

 

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8 Questions to Ask When You Pull the Ace of Wands

Every Monday on Magic with Melissa (click HERE to see the episode), I provide intuitive guidance by pulling a card from either an oracle deck or a Tarot card deck.

This past Monday (CLICK HERE to see the 11/9/2020 episode) after discussing the importance of conserving our attention and directing it toward ways to invest in ourselves, I asked:

 

 How can we focus our attention so we can reap the biggest return on the investment of our energy?

And I pulled the Ace of Wands from the Light Seer’s Tarot, my latest favorite deck obsession.

I love this card! Look at it! What do you think when you see the Ace of Wands? It makes me think of the spark of an idea, a mind on fire. There’s an inner fire and light of inspiration inside each and every one of us. New ideas are lighting a fire in your heart, in your soul, and in your belly.

The Ace of Wands also suggests that all of the energy to bring your ideas to a successful completion is available to you.

So be confident in yourself! You have what it takes to manifest your ideas, and your ideas are good for something.

If you want a big life change but you’ve been himming and hawing about how to make it happen now’s the time to embrace the “one bite at a time” principle. Make a plan, but don’t get overwhelmed by it and burn out before you even get started. Instead, take one small bite out of that plan at a time.

Creating something new is always uncomfortable. It’s so uncomfortable that we often talk ourselves out of doing the work before the idea even has a chance to gestate.

So here’s what you need to do: nurture that spark. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt. Learn what you need to learn to write that book, paint that picture, or pursue that career. Stop dousing your fire with negative self-doubt.

Hey, maybe somebody in your life spoke very negatively to you and now you’ve internalized that voice. Stop it now by saying “No! I’m not going to talk to myself that way.” Flip the script! If you’re constantly telling yourself you’re lazy and not smart enough, start proving yourself wrong. Get up and do ONE thing, just ONE thing toward a goal.

If you want to be healthy, get up off the couch and go for a walk around your yard, or around the block. Have a glass of water. Choose one healthy snack, like an apple or fruit cup. That’s it. Now you can tell yourself your not lazy, at least for today. Tomorrow? Do it again.

Keeping an ember glowing so you can build it into a roaring fire takes nurturing. You need to channel your inner fire tender. A long, long time ago when man first discovered how to use fire, he didn’t actually know right away how to light the fire himself. So, he would collect fire when say lightning hit a tree.

It was then someone’s job in the tribe to keep that ember burning, to protect it, and keep feeding it so they could use it every night to build a new fire. Then the fire tender would take an ember from that fire and keep it going until the tribe needed to build another fire.

That is your job, to tend your fire, to nurture yourself, and take care of your little flame.

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The Best Buckeye Fudge Recipe EVER

This is my all-time favorite chocolate and peanut butter fudge recipe, also known as Buckeye Fudge. I have NO idea why it’s called Buckeye. Do you? Let me know if you have any insight into that name.

This goes great with an Urban Fantasy novel, your favorite drink, and a cozy corner of the couch.

 

 

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Ingredients:

Peanut Butter Layer

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup butter (I know, right???)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Chocolate Layer:

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

7 oz. sweetened condensed milk

2 tbs. butter

 

Instructions:

1. Peanut Butter Layer: combine peanut butter, butter, & vanilla in a microwave-safe dish. Melt in microwave for 90 seconds. Stir until well combined and creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Pour into a parchment paper-lined 8×8 baking dish.

2. Chocolate Layer: combine chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter in a microwave-safe dish. Melt in microwave for 90 seconds. Stir until well combined and creamy. Heat an additional 30 seconds if needed to melt all ingredients thoroughly. Pour on top of peanut buttter layer.

3. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. Then, remove from baking and cut into bite size squares and store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Let me know how it turns out for you! Happy reading!

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Read an Excerpt from Shadow of the Witch

I’m so ridiculously excited to share an excerpt of my newest upcoming release, Shadow of the Witch. This book has been TWO years in the making.

Part of that was my struggle early on about how to tell this story. Did it need to be a series? Or was it a one-book wonder? Turns out, it’s a trilogy. The Soul Tracker Trilogy. Book 1 releases December 26, 2020.

And in the meantime, here’s something to wet your appetite:

I crossed my legs, eyeing my probation officer across his pristine, white modular desk. The new carpet fumes and fresh blue-grey paint on the walls were out of place in the turn-of-the-century police department. You’d never know we were inside the same building I’d grown up running down the hardwood floors late at night, my footsteps echoing, Nana and Cole Yowell’s muffled voices drifting from his office.

Detective Cole Yowell retired years ago, long before brand-spanking-new Officer Jeremy Tobias hired on. My left eyelid twitched. Hard to believe he was the same trouble-making pup I’d babysat ten years ago. My pink pencil skirt inched up my thigh. I tugged it back down, adjusting my nude stockings. Jeremy laid yet another paper on top of the growing stack of invasive, humiliating forms I was required to fill out.

Leaning forward, I scanned the document. “Really, Jeremy? ‘Frequent Visitors’? You know I don’t have a friend left in this town, right?”

His deep-set eyes peered at me through wire-framed glasses without a speck of discomfort. Too much solemn for my liking or our history.

“Well, whose fault is that?” he asked with a raised eyebrow.

I tried to swallow past the tightness in my throat. Crossing my arms over my cleavage, I lifted my chin, studied the poster framed above his head. “18 Things Mentally Strong People Do. Number 1: They move on. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves”.

I allowed the uncomfortable silence to stretch out. Did I need to say anything? No. And I wasn’t about to.

Jeremy cleared his throat, shifted back in his chair. “Sorry, Cellie. That was uncalled for.”

Maybe. Maybe not. I stared past him, pretending I was irritated when really, I was waiting for my throat to ease up enough to talk.

He tapped his pencil on his desk, his gaze flicking away, then back. “So. You know. The American Witches Association commuted your sentence from degaussing to probation with community service. After Melinda . . . ah, your grandmother . . .um, our department had a request in for a witchcraft consultant—”

Someone knocked on his office door. It swung open before Jeremy could respond, and a loose end from my past strode in. His all-black police uniform with gold embellishments only added to the commanding, alpha male aura he gave off. To my shock and dismay, a familiar heat filled my chest, crept up my throat, and burned my cheeks.

“Kennon.” Jeremy stood, offering his hand. “You’re early.”

Kennon shook it briskly, but with a firm grasp. “Something’s just come up. A case. A very unnerving one I need Celeste’s help with. ASAP.”

Determined not to show the confusing concoction of attraction and mortification, I plastered the brightest, sweetest smile on my face and rose from my chair.

“Kennon Thomas Jeffries, as I live and breathe.” Where the hell did that come from? I’d seriously thought I’d wrung out every last ounce of southern from my being.

The media didn’t take southern accents seriously, my former boss had advised. And they weren’t very kind about one, either, as I’d recently learned.

“Celeste.” Kennon tilted his black cowboy hat at me before lowering it into both hands.

His handsome, broad-jawed face remained frustratingly unreadable. “I’m very sorry about Melinda and my delayed condolences. I was at the funeral last February but had to slip out for police business before the service ended.”

I remembered. I tossed my unruly strawberry blonde hair over a shoulder. “Thank you, but there’s no need to apologize. I was so distracted by the circumstances I didn’t really notice. I appreciated the asters.” I fidgeted with my garnet ring.

A flicker of emotion passed through his eyes and just as quickly disappeared. His gaze dropped to his hat in his hands.

“I know the Matsumoto ones were her favorite.”

I was taken aback by the touch of melancholy in Kennon’s voice. It hadn’t occurred to me Kennon would have been so affected by her passing.

When I didn’t respond, he added, “Melinda was always good to me. And to the department.”

The air was so thick with tension, you could have buttered it on bread. I said loose end, but Kennon was far more than that. And the way we’d left things. Well, let’s just say it was brutal.

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