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Yes, our name has changed.

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What's in a name? Well, some people would say it's just what you're called by, that it doesn't really mean anything. Others would say that a name means a lot, and that when you know the true name of someone or something, then you have some power over it. Personally, for me, I've been struggling with my shop and channel's old name for a long time. It's never sat well with me, and I have been playing around with the idea of changing it for a very, very long time.

You might ask why, and you would be right to. And I would like to take a moment to explain it to all of you, especially given that my shop grand re-opening is tomorrow, and well, I feel like I owe you an explanation, lol. When I first opened my channel, Gentle Psychic Wisdom , on YouTube, my intention had only been to do some weekly readings and get some practice. I had intended to make a little bit of a name for myself, and just to basically play with my tarot and oracle decks in a more interactive …

Thoughts on Lughnasadh

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In just 2 days, we will begin our official descent into winter, by celebrating the first of the three harvest festivals, Lughnasadh, or Lammas, which occurs on August 1, 2014. Autumn is my favourite time of year, and Lughnasadh marks the first official day of it, though we won't see any "official" signs of autumn for another month or so around where I live. But when the trailers full of local corn start wheeling out parking lots, empty street corners, and little green and yellow drive-through sheds, I know that Lughnasadh is only a couple weeks off at best. I save my first taste of our famous, delicious, local corn for August 1, always. And this year is no exception.

This year my step-daughter is not home for Lughnasadh, which is too bad, because we usually make corn dollies together. But with her away visiting her birth mother, I don't feel motivated to make them, so I will hold off until next year. However, I do plan on celebrating! In the early morning my son and …

Newest Arrival; Prayer Beads and Bracelets!

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Have you been watching my Facebook page, catching hints of all the new stuff coming to my Etsy Shop when I do my grand re-opening this Friday? Well if you haven't, here's a look at the newest thing I'll be introducing to my shop; handmade prayer beads and bracelets made by me out of semi-precious stones! Take a look at the video to see more!





Happenings, Changes, and an Oracle Card!

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So you might have seen my announcement yesterday on Facebook about the grand re-opening my Etsy shop, coming August 1, 2014, and about the changes to my reading style, the types of videos I will do, and the level of activity on my blog, and this blog post will further discuss the details of the all the changes and happenings that are going on here, at the Gentle Psychic.

As you probably already know, I originally took a vacation from my shop to better facilitate our move as we bought our new house, and the training I was doing for my second job - it was all a bit much for me, and I didn't have the time, let alone the energy with being in my first trimester of my pregnancy to accommodate readings as well. I had intended to reopen the shop July 1, about a week after my move was finished, but then just before I was to do that, I had a major pregnancy complication that got me stuck on bedrest, and let me not only emotionally exhausted, but physically spent as well, because of the larg…

Why I've Lowered my Expectations.

Some of you may know that I have an account on Goodreads.com (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11062724-jessica if you would like to friend me), and that at the beginning of the year, I pledged that I wanted to read 100 books this year. Considering that I outpaced my 2013 goal by a long shot, I figured that it would be an easy task. And certainly, if I did nothing but read while still mostly confined to bedrest right now, I might be able to not only get caught up to that goal (last check I was 10 books behind schedule), but that I might be able to get on top of it, and give myself some wiggle room for the rest of the year.

But then, last night, as I found myself debating which book to read by comparing book sizes to find the smallest ones to get ahead, or contemplating re-reads of small books, also to get ahead, I realized that my goal had now turned into an obsession, and an unhealthy one at that. It wasn't making my love of reading any better, it was turning me into a reading…

Summer Reflections

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Some people are the kind of people who live for summer; they wear shorts as many days of the year as possible, and half their clothes have Hawaiian flowers or themes to them. They wear coral necklaces, flip-flops, and enjoy activities like beach volleyball, sun bathing, and swimming. I, am not one of those people. Twice in the year I find myself really struggling to enjoy and immerse myself in the weather of the seasons; winter, and summer. 
As a Pagan, someone who follows the Wheel of the Year, and tries to at the very least acknowledge, if not celebrate formally, all 8 days of it, including the change the seasons, you would think that by now I would have made my peace with summer and winter, the two most extreme seasons of the year. But alas, I've barely cracked the surface. I think out of the two I enjoy winter the most, because it affords me the most opportunities to stay inside, be quiet and reflective, and of course, wear the types of clothing that I am most comfortable in:…