First night of my self-created retreat. Breeze from the lake and lightning over the water. Beautiful.
I’m house-sitting for a friend in the Niagara Region here in Southern Ontario and utilising the time as a personal self-discovery retreat by employing these tools:
1. My journal.
2. Walking in This World by Julia Cameron.
3. My astrological natal chart.
4. Intuitive Astrology by Elizabeth Rose Campbell.
5. Choice Centered Astrology by Gail Fairfield.
6. Astrology for Yourself by Demetra George and Douglas Bloch.
7. A tarot deck (the Inspiration Tarot).
Each morning is made up of morning pages, a walk, my tarot card for the day, a journal writing task from Walking in This World, and journalling based on Chapter 8 of Intuitive Astrology (“Putting It All Together to Ground Your Dreams”). Each afternoon consists of a traditional reiki meditation and more journalling based on Chapter 8 of Campbell’s astrology book. I’ve built in free time for sitting by the lake, looking after email and the blog, listening to music, and just being.
The essence of this retreat is to respond to the questions, “What good things would I like to grow in the garden of my life?” and, “How can I ensure that my work and my destiny are in perfect alignment?” using the powerful final section of Elizabeth Rose Campbell’s exquisite astrology text and my own chart, enhanced by the supportive writings of Fairfield and George. The journey involves identifying my dream, identifying the spiritual support for my dream, identifying my talent for making the dream real, engaging my will, dedicating my discipline to the task and investing lots of time, investing in my dream in the present, identifying tangible financial resources, prioritizing my self-care, identifying my power and passion, identifying my voice, allowing for imperfection, upping the joy level, and linking to community and honouring allies. Whew! Lots to explore, but a worthy process.
Some themes are beginning to emerge. I can’t wait to implement these insights which will help me, and those who come to me, penetrate the deeper realms and come back with grounded, soul-liberating personal truths.
Today’s tarot card certainly fits nicely. The Four of Swords, upright, can indicate ideas made manifest, the act of writing or communication, creating a body of written material, solidifying my ideas, and taking visible steps to live my truth in the real world. Gotta love the cards!