Web of Life Connections – Growth and Serpent

This week when drawing the connections cards to find the conection or teacher that had a message for us I drew two cards. They were back to back and firmly stuck together. The first one I saw was Growth and the second Serpent but even just looking at them I was getting a firm message that they belonged together here.

Often when I draw two cards I will listen to them separately and post their individual messages but because of the sense of them being together this message is from both of them.

‘Just as the Serpent sheds its skin so must you in order to grow. The Serpent does not spend its days trying to hold onto what is dead or dying but rather struggles to move out of it and to leave it behind and so must you. There is no Growth, there can be no Growth without leaving behind the old part of yourself, the part that is no longer alive’.

Shaman Pathways Web of LifeĀ 

Web of Life Connections – Spirituality

Spirituality is a connection that I am always happy to see come up. Words of wisdom from the teacher that is Spirituality are always welcome šŸ™‚

‘Listen to your soul not to your mind, your monkey brain that would have you believe all manner of things. When you listen to your soul then it is possible to know the truth of what you hear’.Ā 

Shaman Pathways Web of LifeĀ 

Web of Life Connections – Sexuality

This morning when I sat down to draw a card for everyone for the week the card that I found in my hand was Sexuality. This is not a connection I know well for it does not appear in my own web of life.

Sometimes unusual connections are easier to listen to for there are no presumptions to be made about the message it is bringing. Sometimes though it is the opposite and they need to be listened to more closely which was the case with Sexuality.

‘Do not shy away from your own sexuality, nor use it as a tool or even a weapon to get what you want. Rather connect with it and see it for what it is, an intrinsic part of who you are and something that is very beautiful’.Ā 

Shaman Pathways Web of LifeĀ 

Web of Life Connections – Beaver

Beaver which I drew this mornng is another one of those totally unexpected connections, one that I have no recollection of making. It is these connections that can bring deep insight at times simply because they are so unknown and fresh for us.

So what message does Beaver bring us this week?

‘Dig deep, stay strong, even when it feels as if you are not getting anywhere. Nothing ever comes to those who give up when things get tough or look to be impossible’.Ā 

Working with Flower Essences


Although I trained to work with Australian Bush Flower Essences to the level of Advanced Practitioner and have been working with them ever since I qualified, I have just made the decision to stop. In many ways this feels like a strange decision as I know how effectively they work and how they support healing. I also like the fact I can give clients something to take away with them…..but….

I have for a while now been feeling that using essences that come from the other side of the world is not the best thing to be doing. I have also been aware that the dosage I need to prescribe the essences in is far higher than the standard dose would be in Australia. Sometimes I have even prescribed the essences to be taken as stock essences rather than watered down into prescribed ones. Working with a pendulum to determine the strength and dosage of essences means that I can always tell what is needed and it really does vary from the standard dose in most cases.

As part of my training I learnt to make essences, have made them in the past and this is now what I am drawn to do. Working with plants that are native really feels the right way to go as these are the plants that resonate with those of use who live in this environment. I do know that I could buy local essences from others who are already making them but again this doesn’t feel the right way to go.

Sitting with the plant, connecting with its spirit, journeying to meet its spirit, listening, observing, testing by taking the essences, really does feel the best way to move forward now and so yesterday saw me doing just this with Primrose.

I am lucky with the weather as to make essences I need sun and for once sun is what I have. Lots and lots of it šŸ™‚ My Primrose Mother Tincture is now made and so I am looking forward to really meeting its spirit, getting to know it, not from a book and from what someone else says, but from journeying and first hand experiential work.

I recognise that it will take me a while to build up a stock of Mother Tinctures for I can only work with the plants as they come into season but in a world that is always in a hurry, where everything can be bought at a price, there is something very special about having to slow down and to work directly with nature at its pace not my own or anyone else’s.

Web of Life Connections – Nourishment

In view of my last post relating to the Solar and Lunar Eclipses and all that has been going on Nourishment, the connections card I drew this morning seems very appropriate. I have really got the feeling recently that all we can do at the moment is to nourish and take care of ourselves, roll with it and wait until everything settles again, as it surely will.

The message I was given as I sat with Nourishment this morning was this:

Breathe deeply, turn your focus inwards and go deeply towards your innermost being. The deeper you can go the more you will make sense of what you need to do for yourself. Allow the thoughts, feelings or words to bubble up from deep inside you and then give yourself permission to act upon them’.

For me, as I allowed myself to do just this immediately after receiving the message thisĀ was a really interesting experience, for what I received from my innermost self was the exact opposite to the way I have been feeling. I have been feeling lethargic, tired and had little interest in doing much but the message I received was to open up and expand.

I hope working with Nourishment is just as interesting and enlightening for you.

Shaman Pathways Web of LifeĀ