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Valentines Messages For Blog Readers 2021

And so we come to the last of our channeled messages for 2021. These messages are for all who read this blogpost. Perhaps some messages, or all, may resonate with you.

Cupid seems to be continuing his message from the general messages, and others also seem to be echoing similar similar sentiments they’ve already expressed. You may want to read the general messages for all readers, too. Be sure not to miss QuanYin’s message at the end of this post 😀
Happy Valentines Day to you, and may the highest frequencies of love and joy always accompany you!

Cupid

Cupid: Self love

The Love Of Self:
It’s not a short-term exercise, this self-love. And it’s greater than you. You see, when you exercise self-love and kindness, it’s easier to be kind and loving to those around you because it’s changing your energy state—your frequency.
Now, I’m not talking about narcissistic behavior, that’s not real self-love. Narcissism is self-aggrandization caused by a lack of self-esteem which is the opposite of self-love. Because, if you really love yourself, others’ view of you don’t matter.
So, self-love is choosing what’s right for your continued high-frequency vibrations of love. That means long-term choices that are good for your future and environment. And one thing that keeps things healthy for you and others is boundaries. Rethink your boundaries.

Cupid Boundaries

About Love in 2021:
It’s a work in progress—a bit of a roller-coaster. Lots of plot twists. Many singles will be changing statuses. Many married will be renegotiating their roles or boundaries, and those that are just out of relationships will have to take the time to heal (mostly themselves).
This is not the year for rebounds. No-one wants to be one any more because that’s not a loving way to treat oneself or another. Ask me later about rebound signs. For now, love yourself first, then others—like in airline safety videos.

Cupid Rebounds

Juno

Juno self image

Self-image is crucial, but it goes beyond Zoom and online profiles. It’s what you see in your mirror. See Cupid’s self-love messages.
Find others who understand your self-image. They just might understand you in a relationship. That said, look to your health when shopping for new clothes and shoes. It will make you feel better. And if your can’t love your skin, how can you expect your partner to do so. Natural is cheaper, healthier and less time-consuming.
Let your partner love you as you are naturally and it’s less likely you’ll fear losing them in five years time because they’ll love the unique in you. Love the unique in them. This is how one finds True Love.

Juno True love

Mercury

Mercury Long Distance

Write a love letter. Even if you don’t send it, they’ll feel its energy. Long distance love is easier than you think. It just takes a little more maturity and trust and fidelity. If you don’t have all three, stay away from it and leave it to those who do.

Shakti

Shakti Love forks in the road.

Love is a many-pronged thing with many forks in the road. Not all decisions will be easy. It takes awareness and attention to realise your paths are too divergent and even more attention and love from you and your partner to make decisions that make your paths convergent, much less walk the same path together. Look always to the future, not the past, and honour all compromises that make your path together easier and full of love.

Shiva

Shiva Count on love

In times of fear and confusion, love should be the one thing that you can count on. If it’s not, it isn’t love.
Love is not meant to be a burden. If it feels like it, you’re miscommunicating.
Love is meant to bring you joy. If your enter a partnership feeling less than joy, it’s not a loving partnership you’re entering. Make sure your feelings are reciprocated.

Lakshmi

Lakshmi Love enhances

If you’re seeking love, don’t let it be at the expense of everything else in your life. Love is meant to enhance, not take away from you.
Some may love you, but not want to be with you. That is their choice; no use in trying to change it. There are others who’d consider themselves lucky to be with you and love you just as deeply. Why give your full attention to those who are stingy with theirs?

Saraswathi

Saraswathi Pretty words

Pretty words don’t always express pretty feelings. Intention does not equal action and is meaningless until action is made in a positive direction. Let actions speak. Let the true meaning of words be revealed by their underlying energy. Why suffer liars when they only bring suffering? And if you lie to yourself, you have only yourself to blame. Recognise this, let go and move on.

QuanYin

QuanYin Love blossom

Love is a blossom in many states, in many dimensions.
It is easy to focus on one state, one dimension, but this is like a flower blooming with only one petal. It is unbalanced. It is incomplete.
Others have spoken of self-love and self-care and producing good, strong petals but it is still not the whole of an abundant, balanced blossom.
There are many kinds of love: love for humanity, love for the natural world, love for Mother Earth, love for deities and other beings, love for things, love for experiences… A healthy blossom has balance and structure, so do not concentrate on only one or two types of love when there is so much more love in your life and around you to help you blossom into the beautiful Love that you are.
Happy Valentine’s Day. May love in all its forms blossom continuously in your heart.

Looking for more Valentines and Post Valentines messages? Listen to your weekly bonus tarotscope, or watch my Pick-A-Cards on YouTube.

TBR Love and Giveaway!

This TBR Love is part audio with my new podcast—Way I See It: eBooks For Travelers. In the fourth episode, I discuss the some of the books in the Dead In The Water Mystery and Thriller Giveaway. Don’t forget to check out the fantastic giveaways on Prolific Works, including my own Situation No Win sample […]

Podcasting on Buzzsprout: Three Months Later, is it Worth it?

On the morning of my first upload, I created the podcast channel complete with branded artwork, filled in the deets with the descriptions, categories etc., then went to the big green upload button and marvelled at how quickly my audio loaded. It was all done in less than 10 minutes. That was the Friday. I scheduled my first episode for that Saturday morning—less than 24 hours.

Tarotscopes March to April 2021

An interesting two months! In addition to your Romance Angel card, I’ve added my Time Machine Cards–just for fun😀 As we leave the confusion and frustration of Mercury’s Retrograde, there’s a bit more progress, though on fronts you may not be aware of, or had neglected for some time. We’re also setting, or preparing to […]

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General Channeled Messages For Blog Readers

What will you learn? Saraswathi

I did say I’d be sharing more channeled messages with you once all were done. And do we have a lot to process!

This year has been significantly different in the channeled messages received, as well as the types of channeling requested. Valentines Channeled Messages were definitely not in demand. I was the only one to request one. So, here is a wealth of messages channeled–first the ones received in personal messages by those who requested general messages, and then for all who read this blog.
Before we get to our treasures, another difference to the previous years is worth mentioning. Like in my personal Valentines Channeled Letter, a couple of the requests were answered by two deities, though their messages were not blended, like mine were. This may mean that most of us are dealing with more than one major issue now, and/or we have more guides/spiritual patrons/benevolent beings available or able to communicate with us at this time.

Certain themes came up more than once, sometimes from the same deity. Anger, and transmuting it into love or care was one theme, as was expansion of self and perception. Health and well-being was another strong theme, but as most of it was personal and specific to the recipient of the letter, I’ve left most of those messages out.

All in all, a very interesting and enlightening time for us all! I must admit, some of these messages I’m still pondering 😀

And now, on to those channeled messages.

From Personal Messages

Mercury

Perceive your space. Mercury

Perceiving in limited dimensions limits you. Limits Space. Limits Life.
Limits have limited time-spans and your limits are up. Expand your perception.
Perceive your space. Perceive you.

Juno

You are beautiful.

You are beautiful. Let’s keep it that way 😀

Saraswathi

True wisdom. Saraswathi

It is time to let go of wishes that are not yours. This is true wisdom.
It is time to let go of teachings that past their time. This is true wisdom.
It is time to be yourself.

Not all writing needs to be permanent.

We all have different paths in love—some short, some long, and only the unwise don’t see that.

Humour. Saraswathi

It is better that you find the humor before it finds you. This I leave for you to contemplate. Hopefully, with a smile.

Returning to the start does not always offer re-dos. Sometimes, brand new beginnings are healthier, but for whom?

Now, we come to the time of practical application of your innate and accumulated knowledge—the practical application of your hard-won wisdom.

You will learn whatever your choice, but the choice of what you learn (or teach), is up to you once again.

QuanYin

It is time to be still. It is time to be quiet.

Remember at the heart of everything is energy.

Make a list, but not of your goals.
Make a list, but not of your tasks.
Make a list of possibilities. Recognize them. Recognize your true potential is greater than what you currently see.

Remember Fear feels like Excitement, yet true excitement holds no vibrations of fear, only anticipation and curiosity.

Shiva

Warriors can heal. Shiva

Remember, a warrior can heal as well as destroy and protect. And now your warrior self must heal and so help others heal.

After all, anger carries you only so far and, like a steam engine, runs out. But clarity lets you see if it’s the right track for you—all this while healing you and helping those in need. That is the true mark of a noble warrior.
Find your peace. Bitterness is not your way 🙂

For General Blog readers

Shiva

Be strong, but know that strength lies deeper than the physical and mental. It lies in your heart. It’s not the same as courage. Courage is found. Strength is grown. Allow your heart to grow strong.

Lakshmi

Create your own luck. Laksmi

It is time to create your own luck. Only then can I double it 😀 Otherwise, you have zero for me to work on!

Love
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Created
Kind(ness)

Saraswathi

Remember all that you’ve learnt so far. Then discard the outdated, unkind, unhealthy and short-sighted tenets. It’s time to revise and update your books, theories and working models.

QuanYin

Be not faint of heart. You will see many feints, and a strong heart will show you the truth of actions previously hidden. See with your heart when your mind is confused.

Vesta

Burn the fuel of anger. Vesta

Fires burn brightest when there’s much fuel to burn, much like truth burning the fuel of lies. Let the truth burn away the fuel of your anger.

Cupid

Time to feel love, Cupid

Those who tire of love, tire of life. Those who think love is hard work are right. And, yet love invigorates like no other. Yes, love is contradictory. Understanding and dissecting love that is felt will never make sense to those who only think and imagine what it is to feel it. It’s time to feel love, if only for yourself.

Mercury

Intelligence.Mercury

The Universe is vast, but your intelligence is vaster. Use your intelligence: emotional, mental, artistic…It will vastly improve your life, and of those around you, too.

Juno

Houses. Juno

There is much to do to set our houses right. Start small. Think ahead. Fix things from the bottom up. And ask for help.

And that’s it. Many, many thanks to those who requested channeled messages and granted permission to share parts of their personal messages with you.
There’s much to contemplate, isn’t there?
And if you’re looking for more of those Valentines/Love channeled messages, they’ll be up by Valentines Day 😀

Catch you then.

Stockphotos from Pexels: Sharon McCutcheon, Clint DyGuaso, Frank Cone, Mike, Francesco Ungaro, Alex Andrews, Felix Mittermeier, Johannes Plenio

Your Weekly Tarotscope + Bonus: 14-20 February 2021

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Living Life Quotes Challenge–Terry Pratchett

Maria from BreakdownChick hasn’t given up on nominating me for Quotes challenges, for which I’m very grateful! A couple of months back, she nominated me for the 3-Day Quotes Challenge, which sadly I have not yet taken her up on. But like I said, she’s still determined to get me to quoting with her. And as I love Maria’s determination and her blog, I just had to immediately take up her the Living Life 3,2,1 Quote Me challenge!

Many thanks, and hugs, Maria!

I’ve chosen one of my all-time favorite sage-type person—Terry Pratchett—whose incisive sageness always strikes me like inspirons and pushes my mind into a tizz. There’s a Pratchett quote for almost any mood or situation in life, I find, so for my two, I’ve chosen one which particularly resonates with me now, and one which I find has been true for most of my life…

I’ve been unusually nostalgic this part six weeks, so this quote hit home. Having left home as many times as I’ve returned (and I don’t mean that on a daily basis), I know this to be truth. Whether I’ve left home for a few weeks or a few years—some things never change, yet everything changes, too! But often it’s me who’s changed…unless it’s been 5-10 years and then it’s all the changed road systems and how much you pay for bread and milk.

And in being so nostalgic, I know ‘never leaving’ for me was never an option, and ‘going back’ whether in time or person won’t ever give me back missed opportunities, the same situations, or even the same friends. Because Life is change, said someone (can’t remember who), and I’ve changed. Which is good, ‘cos it means that even though I often feel I’m just existing, I’m really living too 😀

Oh, oh! And bonus thought: When you come back to working on something, or restart it, it’s never from the same point, nor does it have it the same outcome. Ask any writer who’s composed paragraphs in the shower or while waiting in a queue.

 

Ah, yes. We all know this to be true from our days in school onwards, especially as my schools didn’t encourage fantasy or science-fictiony thoughts, but instead often tried to make me accept things like:

  • School days are the best days of your life (not true, never been true—at least for me)
  • You should be more like your sister (why? Just because I don’t use long words (or sound like everyone else around me) doesn’t mean I’m stupid)
  • You’ll never make a living as a writer (okay, sorta true. But times-they-are-a-changing and I’m hoping to prove this one wrong.)
  • There are only three to five careers for a woman and boys shouldn’t spend time in the kitchen (and yet we learn about Marie Curie, Amelia Earheart, Indira Ghandi…and aren’t you watching Gordon Ramsay and buying Jamie Oliver’s stuff)
  • Outdated mindsets are the only ones worthy of consideration and study (yes, Mr Physics teacher, Quantum physics and String Theory are now mainstream and not something I made up to ruin your day)
  • New-fangled, untested and harmful beliefs/practices (I was never fashionable, so these go in one ear and out the other)
  • Religious stuff which makes no sense (I have my own conversations with the goddesses, gods and angels, thank you).

Exhibiting an open mind leads to some interesting debates, though, and some miraculous friendships. It’s just annoying when your new-found passion is old news to me, or your logic so wonky it makes me dizzy.

I keep an open-mind so I can fill it up with the things I want to, and I’m guessing it was the same for Terry Pratchett, and likely for you, too.

And apologies for the mini-rant. I don’t know quite where that came from, perhaps Mercury rushing bye 😀

So, thanks again to Maria for getting me out to blog again!

My nominees for the 3,2,1 Quote Me challenge are:

Lifexperiment Blog

Raeleigh Reads

Gunroswell

You don’t have to take it up, but it would be awesome if you would!

Here are the rules to the 3.2.1. Quote Me Challenge:)

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post 2 quotes for the Topic of the Day, which is Living Life.
  • Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me’.

And remember: enjoy Living Your Life!

 

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Reality Check January: Happiness is…

I used to do ‘reality checks’ with myself to bring me back down to earth when my thoughts and dreams were getting too lofty or my dreams seemed not to be materialising…and these reality checks did bring me down! Maybe too much so…

And that was not the intention.

So, instead, I thought I’d turn my new ‘reality checks’ into something more positive — my Happiness Check! There’s nothing wrong with flying high if it keeps me happy and positive, and focusing on the positive brings it to the fore instead of hiding behind all the things I think aren’t happening in my life.

Here’s my first.

Won’t you join me with filling in your own?

 

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Limelight Interview: Jessica Matteliano

Jessica Matteliano quote texture

I’ve known Jessica Matteliano as a writer for a while now. I was also excited to discover her work as an aist. If you have a fascination for portraiture, both animal and human, you’ll definitely want to have a look at Jessica’s lively work.
And here we have Jessica Matteliano In The Limelight!

In the Limelight Jessica Matteliano artist

You have a great eye for expression and portraiture. How did you discover this ability?
Thank you! I believe that art, no matter what medium, is a means of expression. It could be an internal feeling that must be transposed onto paper, or an external force to communicate a message. The face, especially the eyes, is what humans are initially drawn to look at. Because whether you consider it a euphemism or truth, the eyes are the windows to the soul. I began drawing as a young child, and my first subjects were strictly animals, mainly horses. Even from then, I desired to capture the soul inside the eyes. In the eyes is where a portrait comes alive. Until the eyes have the effect I’m looking for, the painting will not be complete.

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Debonnaire – I typically paint portraits, but this pose of Rita Hayworth caught my eye and I had to capture her graceful beauty.

I adore your noirish Classic Hollywood Portraits. Tell us about them.
In an age where everything is sensual and risqué, I am drawn to the classic Hollywood portraits that showcased a more modest and classy beauty. A number of years back, I decided to begin a series of these talented and classic faces due to the fact that much of my generation, and younger ones, aren’t aware of these names or faces; by painting them, while bringing color to their timeless eyes, I would hope to bring them the attention that they still deserve, to bring admirers back to another time of nostalgia and enigmatic sophistication.

And the pet portraits? Tell us about those too.
During my early years until around the age of 17, I refused to paint humans. My few attempts at painting them back then were never up to my par, so I “boycotted” the human figure altogether from my sketchbooks and portfolios. My main focus during those early years were mainly horses and wild animals. With the help of friends and family, I began receiving commissions for dog portraits, mostly in the pastel and pencil medium. It’s a hard niche to get into as there are so many talented pet portrait artists out there in all mediums. All my commissioned work is strictly by word of mouth, and it’s a subject I still very much enjoy.

I’m amazed by your animal illustrations. They are so vibrant and full of energy…The chameleon’s eyes, and there’s all the wonderful horses too! How long does a work like the chameleon or a single horse take you?
As mentioned before, horses were my main art subject from young. A horse piece requires much less time to complete than an unusual subject like the chameleon, or a bird, etc. It’s all about texture. The more detailed (furry, feathery, or scaly) the texture, the longer it will take me.

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Basilisk Lizard – One of my favorites! I was doing a study on lizards, and their eyes intrigued me. I was hoping to discover a shortcut method for painting scales, but I have yet to find one!

I have a tendency to underestimate the length of time it will take to complete a drawing. Without the background, a full-body horse in motion (colored) will take me around 5-8 hours. Something more detailed, such as a reptile or bird, can take twice as long, if not more. Due to external circumstances, it usually takes me a few nights to complete a painting.

I was fortunate to come across your tutorial on creating portraits in Photoshop and picked up a few tips myself. Will you be doing more tutorials or running a workshop in the future, perhaps?
I’m glad they were helpful! I enjoyed creating those tutorials as I love helping others improve and learn. Part of the fun of looking at other people’s artwork is discovering their tips and tricks and adapting them to your own style. I haven’t created a tutorial as of late, only because I feel that there is already so much out there, how could I possibly offer something “new?” I’m afraid I don’t have the time or means to run a workshop at the moment, but if someone requested a tutorial from me in the future, I would most certainly oblige!

Jessica Matteliano quote part of fun

You draw inspiration from a wide range of cultures (for example there’s a rune prominent on one Asian-looking character’s hair accessory) and from the natural world too. I know you’re a fan of Pinterest. Can you tell us a little about your creative process/es?
Much of my inspiration comes from other images, whether it be a photograph or a painting – hence, the ever-growing number of pins on my Pinterest account! Every image has a mood, and oftentimes that mood will connect with what I’m currently feeling. My fantasy portraits tend to reflect a theme, such as the Ihwaz painting. I wanted to portray a symbol of what I was feeling at the time (“The path is hard and lonely and there is no end to sight”). I recall being inspired by headdresses and wanting to create a portrait with a headdress. Ihwaz is Rune number 13 and symbolizes the yew tree (Yggdrasil), as well as symbolizing magic and the archer’s bow.

Anyway, when a certain image strikes me, I will take it and transform it into my own vision. Oftentimes, it’s nothing more than wanting to accentuate the movement and grace of a horse mid-stride, to bring out the way the sun makes the dappling shine along its musculature. My writing follows a similar method where I am inspired by another work of art and my mind uses it as a launching pad to create my own version.

I knew you first as a writer. Do you find your art feeding your writing and vice versa?
Not necessarily. As a full-time wife and mother, part-time worker, and full-time freelancer, it’s hard to be able to let my creativity flow the way I’d like it to. I have to compartmentalize much of my art and writing projects in order to be productive. I hate to sound like a clichéd artist, but creativity needs time to grow and bloom. That being the case, my writing and artwork are separate entities, though I’m hoping that one day I will be able to merge the two together!

So here’s what I’m finding difficult: finding a balance between designing and writing, and expressing my creativity vs working on projects which might actually pay! Any advice for me and others like me?
Prioritize! My family comes first, paying jobs come second, and personal projects third. With my busy schedule, nearly all of my personal endeavors are stuck in the wayside. Figure out what is most important to you, which leads me to my second point: organization is imperative! When an idea does strike me, whether it’s writing or art-related, I jot them down in an idea journal (bullet journal, in my case). Inspiration to paint a particular drawing come and go, but writing tends to be more mechanical for me. I enjoy figuring out the details, so writing down new ideas works best for me.

I spend the daytime hours working or taking care of my home (cooking, cleaning, schooling, errands, etc.), and after dinner, I begin working on my freelance projects. If I’m ahead of schedule, I’ll instead spend time on my personal writing projects. I do mandate myself at least one night off during the week for my personal projects because stress does build up after 5-6 consecutive nights of staring at the computer screen!

Jessica Matteliano quote compartmentalise productive

You’ve worked on a wide range of projects: gaming, calendars, commissioned private portraiture…and there’s the writing projects too. What new venture are you excited about for the future?
I’m currently working on two paid art projects, as well as a commissioned pencil sketch. And right, not to mention my personal two writing projects that are subject to the regular work load! I’ve just completed one novella and am currently in the editing process, and I’m excited to begin research for the second novella! I’m anticipating writing content for the game art project I’m currently working on.

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Danaway Flashjack – My favorite horse painting. Dappling and texture really make a painting come alive, and the golds and lavender hues in this horse are stunning.

Thank you so much for interviewing me! It was such a pleasure and I am truly honored to be a part of your wonderful blog!

And thank you, Jessica, for taking the time from your crazy schedule to answer these questions and share your work with us.

About Jessica Matteliano:

Jessica Matteliano (2)I’ve been sketching since single digits and began digital painting in my late teen years. Around the age of eleven, I began focusing on detail and accuracy and discovered that art was something worth pursuing. Pencil sketches and digital paintings are the preferred medium, and wildlife and portraits are my preferred subjects.
Writing fiction vies for my attention. If I’m not painting, I am writing (or reading!). I began writing in my single digits as well, and my life since my teen years are filled with writing and art projects.
Now at age 30, with a family of my own and life responsibilities, my free time is spent alternating between writing and painting.

Contact Jessica and find more of her work:
Art Gallery            Pinterest             Instagram
Writing Blog
            Twitter

 

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PiniMe: Integrity

Alan Dean Foster quote gender good writing attract

The one and only Alan Dean Foster — writer, educator, adventurer and creator of many of your favourite sci-fi and fantasy worlds —  is the guest of this week’s interview for my sci-fi/fantasy feature over at InBetweener.

You can read my interview with Alan Dean Foster here.

I chose this quote to share with you because:

So many writers are writing to someone else’s prescription, when all they have to do is write what the story demands. That way lies integrity. That way  makes you good enough, if only to your own worst critic — yourself.

How do you define integrity in your art and writing?

 

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PiniMe: Why Draw, paint, sketch…?

Shannon Legler Illustrator quote drawing details love

Shannon Legler, illustrator and creature creator,  is the guest of this week’s interview for my sci-fi/fantasy feature over at InBetweener.

You can read my interview with Shannon Legler here.

I chose this quote to share with you because:

I thought this was a such  a cool reason to draw, paint, create…if you do in fact need one.

Do you need a reason to draw, paint, create? If so, what would it be?