Don’t cry over spilled milk

I don’t know about you, but as of late I’ve been going through a 5 of Cups period. You know the kind… where you feel like everything is lost, you’re in despair, or at least you are so focused on the negative. Truly though, this card should be called “don’t cry over spilled milk”.

It’s easy to get stuck looking at the cups overturned in this card. The things that are bad and right in front of you. It’s easy to fixate on the negative. It’s hard to remind yourself that all is not lost.

That’s the thing about this card. It doesn’t show that all is lost, and it’s definitiely not complete loss. Instead it is some loss, but reminding you not to focus on it. Focus on the good still to come, the good that is right there for you… not on the things you can’t change.

I pulled this particular card for myself (to represent this time in my life) a month ago. And having it pulled it that long ago, I knew how to change the way I looked at the situations I find myself in now. That’s what I love about tarot. It prepares us and provides us ways to combat upcoming situations in our lives. Because I knew a 5 of Cups period was coming up, I knew to look at the upright cups and let the bad come as it may. I was not going to get my way, but that didn’t mean I had to focus on it.

Don’t cry over spilled milk is the motto I think of with this card. Another motto is don’t sweat the small stuff. Either way you look at it, remember: times are tough now, but it won’t be this way forever.

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End of a Semester, embracing the Death card

It’s the end of another semester here. As a university professor, this is a time of letting go, welcoming the birth of something new, and leaving all of the past year’s troubles behind you. The signal of the end of this year is both a welcome time and a sad time.

I welcome the changes summer brings. I can do something different. What I’ve always loved about the work I do is that it changes all the time. When I do something too long, I get bored and stagnate. The end of the semester signals that it’s time to do something different.

Yet there are many projects unfinished, many lessons I didn’t get to teach. I’m sad for the things that didn’t happen this year… but I’m reminded that I can do them next year.

School is like the Death card each year, with one year ending and next year beginning. Although maybe a more appropriate card would be the Wheel of Fortune– reminding us that this happens cyclically. It will happen again. But since I’m a bigger fan of Death, I like to think of it in those terms. 😛

So let go of the things that you didn’t get to do this year. Embrace the new things to come. Shed the troubles and the woes of yesterday and look forward to tomorrow with open arms.

Essential Oil Sleeping Blend

I’ve really been getting into essential oils as of late. I’m so glad I did! They always intrigued me and seemed like an awesome way to get some great health benefits without some of the awful side effects that many meds can have. While essential oils can’t fix everything, they can help with a lot.

Case and point: For the past month or so, I’ve been having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I’ve always had problems remembering my dreams. Essential oils have been great in helping with both of these issues.

I got a water diffuser back in December and wanted to start trying things. I heard peppermint was good for migraines, and let me tell you– it is AMAZING! So I didn’t use my diffuser for many other purposes for a long time. But I started noticing that my blend of peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus was helping me sleep better. So I started experimenting with amount and which ones for several months. I found that lavender in particular was helping me sleep better and deeper.

Last week, I decided I wanted to try something different. I wanted something more geared toward actually sleeping better, instead of a migraine blend that I made work for sleeping. I tried this recently, and it was wonderful. It smells yummy and I’ve been dreaming more and remembering it more than I have in a looooong time. While my blends are not precise in amount (I pour in what I need and only kind of count drops), this is my approximate blend.

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  • 5 drops lavender
  • 2 drops ylang ylang
  • 2 drops clary sage
  • 1 drop chamomile

Each one is good for sleeping and relieving anxiety, which is one of my biggest reasons for not being able to sleep at night. I diffuse this as I’m laying down for bed. Anymore, I’m asleep in 15-30 minutes, compared to the hour it used to take!

All of these oils are pretty easy to get and not very expensive, which is always a plus in my book. I hope that this blend will help you sleep better in the future!

The Fool

This is my first blog post on this website… and what better a place to start than with the Fool? As a tarot reader, the Fool has a special place in my heart. It shows a person starting fresh on a journey– bright eyed and bushy tailed as they adventure into the unknown. Ahead of them lie many perils and dangers, but for now the world is wonderful.

Fireborn Alchemy is my new, and final, brand. For those of you who have been on this adventure with me, you have seen me jump around between various platforms, trying to find one place where I can have everything listed and create a one stop shop. Unfortunately, places like Storenvy and Etsy are not great hubs for a person. The logical step was creating my own site.

I venture forth with this website ready for the new adventure. There are surely problems ahead of me– including likely some typos, broken links, and more. But I am ready for the adventure. Like the Fool, I am ready to get started and I’m ready to share that adventure with you.

While I have other blogs and social media, this blog will show my own journey and my reflections. Today, I start as the Fool. Tomorrow, who knows?

I challenge you to do something Foolish today. No, not something silly… although that would be in character with the Fool. But start something new, no matter how small. Try starting a floss every morning adventure, taking a walk every day adventure, reading a new book adventure… something new and exciting. Something where you may not know the outcome but know it is worth giving a try.

Embrace the Fool today, and be unafraid to try something.