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The September One Card Draw is now OPENCLOSED!
Thank you for your support.

I'm glad to be back after two months away. While we are glad to have moved in with my mother, my grandmother passed away on September fifth. In her memory, I am asking that all support this month go to Meals On Wheels. When I was little, I often went with my grandmother as we brought meals to the elderly and housebound. It's a cause I still support and encourage others to support as well. As usual, I will be doing readings as I can, finishing up tomorrow morning to give all time zones access. (Those in countries other than the USA, feel free to donate to Meals On Wheels in your country instead!)

Comment and I will pull a card for you from my original, unique bird oracle deck. Anyone and everyone is welcome! The more detail you give in your request, the better I can interpret the card's meaning for you, which is my role as intermediary, however, even just a general request will get my best effort; it's up to you. For privacy, you may post anonymously; donors may choose to get their reading via private message.

If you are facing a choice, the cards may help point in the most positive direction for you. You may request an overall card to meditate upon. You might want a card to let you know what new thing may come into your life in the near future, or what is the most important thing facing you at this time. You may ask a specific question and we will see if the universal subconscious can answer it for you. However you use this opportunity, I hope it will be helpful!

Today, I'm working for donations; please support Meals on Wheels if you can!
If total donations exceed $25, I will select from all donors to receive a free Wings reading. At $50, a random donor will receive a Simple Nest reading. At $75, everyone gets into the running to win a Wings read, and at $100, everyone gets a chance at a Simple Nest. Thank you for your support!
Can't afford to donate? Spread the word! Post a link to my draw in at least two different places and you can request a second card! Thank you!
Please donate directly to Meals On Wheels so we don't lose any funds to Paypal's fees. :) (Please private message me a copy of your receipt, minus any private info, as proof of your donation.)
Update: We raised $7 for Meals On Wheels. Every little bit helps! Thanks!

As always, please see the disclaimer on my profile page. Also, remember that you can purchase a read at any time from that same profile page or from my website!
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The June One Card Draw is now OPENCLOSED! Thank you for your participation and support!
Important news: I will be moving house in August, and will almost certainly not have an August One Card Draw as a result. I will try to do one in July, but that might not be feasible, either, since I will be very busy. So make sure you get in on this one, as you might have a dry spell for a while...although you can, of course, always order a reading through my profile or website!

Comment and I will pull a card for you from my original, unique bird oracle deck. Anyone and everyone is welcome! The more detail you give in your request, the better I can interpret the card's meaning for you, which is my role as intermediary, however, even just a general request will get my best effort; it's up to you. For privacy, you may post anonymously; sponsors may choose to get their reading via private message.

If you are facing a choice, the cards may help point in the most positive direction for you. You may request an overall card to meditate upon. You might want a card to let you know what new thing may come into your life in the near future, or what is the most important thing facing you at this time. You may ask a specific question and we will see if the universal subconscious can answer it for you. However you use this opportunity, I hope it will be helpful!

Today, I'm working for tips; please support my work if you can! All sponsors may request a second card! (This may be a new question or more detail on the original question, whatever you prefer!)
If total tips exceed $15, I will select from all sponsors to receive a free Wings reading. At $25, a random sponsor will receive a Simple Nest reading. At $50, everyone gets into the running to win a Wings read, and at $75, everyone gets a chance at a Simple Nest. Thank you for your support!
Can't afford to tip? Spread the word! Post a link to my draw in at least two different places and you can request a second card! Thank you!
UPDATE: Unfortunately, we did not make any incentives this month. Better luck next time!






As always, please see the disclaimer on my profile page. Also, remember that you can purchase a read at any time from that same profile page or from my website!
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I am a deeply independent person. I'm an atheist who never had a need for a god, and still doesn't. These are very, very important things to know about me. While I have always and ever understood the importance of community, I've also always gone my own way, following my path where it led me, come what may. At this point in my life, that same path leaves me here, discovering the depths of humility and service that have been untapped within me all these years.

Leonard Cohen serves a different spirit than I do, but he understands. This song, as a great song can do, has grown beyond itself and become a new thing many times over, but this incarnation, the first one, is all about Mr. Cohen's service to the spirit of music, the "Lord of Song".



The lyrics, so you can read along:
"Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
..."

The simple song that David, in legend, wrote, has moved people of all faiths since the beginning, and it was this that drove this song. He, and David, were, in his eyes, servants to the same passion, the same spirit.

This kind of service is one of incomprehensible gratitude, of deep humility, where one's willingness doesn't even enter the equation. No matter what, no matter whether we fail or succeed, no matter whether we are even understood, we will give our all.

The music came to him. He did not ask for it. The birds came to me; I did not ask for them.
But I am so very, deeply glad they came. I, who will submit to no one, who am still so intensely independent, whose most cherished concept is freedom...I am glad to be in the service of this thing that is greater than myself. It is not a yoke around my neck; it is a gift, and I am beyond grateful, inexplicably grateful for this gift for which I would never have asked.

The "hallel" part of "hallelujah" ultimately derives from the word "trill", which is a word and a sound that I, at least, associate strongly with birds.

I fall on my knees. I fall on my knees. I raise up my arms. I raise them and let them dance. And I trill with all my heart...
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While I'm not sure there's such a thing as a "typical" card-reader (medium, fortune teller, insert term of choice here), I am sure that I wouldn't be one if there were, and I thought I should tell you all about my approach. It's not just my deck that is unique!

Most importantly, I'm an atheist. I don't believe in any deity; what I believe in is not truly sentient in the way that we think of it; deterministic and conscious. I believe in a kind of universal subconscious, a complicated sort of hive-mind kind of thing. It is this that I believe we are tapping into with our various methods. The methods we use, cards, runes, signs and symbols, are all about slipping into the stream of information, the tangled web of all the awareness in the universe, sideways and drawing out bits and pieces that are relevant to us.

I believe that my role is that of interpreter; I have a good line into this pool of information, one that works particularly well for me, and I'm able to fish for others as well as myself; in fact, I'm better at fishing for others than for myself! I'm a better conduit than I am an end point. This means that the more information I get from your end of the equation, the more accurately I can interpret what I get at the end of my line. So I and my deck work best when you give us a detailed question to answer...although we also are less likely to get a 100% clear answer the more specific the question is, because the smaller the fish we are looking for, the harder it is to catch. Again, this is part of my role; I might catch a fish two over from the one we really wanted and I have to deduce what the fish we really wanted was trying to say. Fortunately, these fish swim in interrelated schools. It's also part of my role to help you shape your question so that it is specific enough to get a good answer but still give us the biggest fish to catch possible; good calibration of the question is part of what makes me a good fisher of information.

So, first, I discovered my calling and created my deck; that would be the line in the water. You give me questions; that's the bait. I, sometimes with, sometimes without your help, fine tune that bait to catch the ideal fish. I catch a fish, and, even when less than ideal, it came because it was interested in the bait; because it was related to your question, and I take that fish and read its bones for you; I find out how it is related to that bait; sometimes we do that together, as you might have information that might allow me to interpret the results more accurately or completely. Then, if worse comes to worst, we can always go fishing again!

Yes, I like analogies and metaphors; it kind of goes hand in hand with what I do! Divination is very much an art rather than a science, but there is method in it, and I wanted to give you a peek into mine. I hope this was helpful!

P.S. Now I want to go fishing. Or at least have fish for lunch or something!

P.P.S. Yes, I should have used a bird analogy. Oh, well!

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