Welcome to the garden of the Winter Rose. All year round here the flowers bloom. The roses stretch high to the sky, lavender grows at your feet, the birds sing in the high branches of the trees, and the little stream wends its way through the centre of the garden, bubbling over little rocks as it goes. This is my secret place, and you are all invited. Step away from the stony path and let the grass tickle your feet. Splash in the icy coolness of the stream, listen to the music that fills the air, and know here you are safe. Stay awhile upon this page, and let the beauty that is the world of Spirit fill you.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Free CD for all AT members

I've posted up a link on the AT forum for a free CD of my music available to all members, and I've just had the most amazing feedback on my music:

Oh my, I am now listening to the CD I burned. Some of you may think I have finally gone over the edge but I have never listened to music that has touched me the way this music has. My eyes just started tearing as I listened to the Isle of Apples.. I had such a feeling of longing and loneliness, of wanting to return to a home of long ago so badly. The only thing I can think of is of a home in a past life. I have never had this type of reaction listening to music before and I have listened to a wide variety. Even as the tears streamed down my face I felt such a warmth flow through me.. Yes, I know a contradiction to what I had typed above but so many feelings and emotions were flowing. WinterRose, I really can not find the right words to say what I am feeling as I listen to this beautiful music.. Nor is just saying thank you nearly enough.. but THANK YOU!
I have a feeling I may wear this CD out.

That's incredible!  I've known for a long time that my meaning in life is to be a healer - the fact I've moved someone like this through music is incredible to me.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Energy Scan for Winter Rose by Simone

Energy scan for WinterRose

As soon as I connect, the lines "I ain't happy, I'm feeling glad", repeating over and over, blast loudly into my head (from the song "Clint Eastwood" by the Gorillaz). I realise I hear it, low key, in my head each time I see your name, I don't know why)

I see you behind a veil, in a ballerina outfit, kneeling curled up like you're waiting for the music to start so you can unfurl and dance. However, the music playing doesn't seem to be the one you're waiting for.

The song I hear interferes with everything I want to ask, it's really loud, so I finally ask: "What's with that song?"

I hear you answer, but it's impossible to understand what you're saying, it gets drowned out by the song.

I ask if you can turn it down, but you shake your head and shrug, seems it's out of your control.

So I decide to try something: ask the music itself why it is there. Surprisingly, I get an answer, sung in the same rhythm, more or less:

"I'm here 'cuz emotions drown everything else"

I ask what emotions they are, and what they are drowning out.

Finally, the music recedes a bit into the background, as if it could get lower once it had been heard.

"All kinds of emotions, and rational thinking" I hear. Then I see you have gotten up.

"Yes" I hear you say. "I get overrun and it blocks me completely, all I can do is curl up and wait."

"How come?" I ask, and the answer again takes me by surprise: "I wish I didn't feel so much".

"Are you sure?" I ask. "Wouldn't you rather learn to manage the emotions?"

"That's impossible" you say.

The music gets a tad louder again, so I ask it if it is indeed impossible.

"No" the music says. "I have a volume knob, you know!"

"Where is it and how can WinterRose get access to it?" I ask.

"Many ways" I hear. "She can visualise it, or take a few deep breaths concentrating on calm whenever it is needed, she can remind herself of a music she likes, and so on and so on" (I realise the voice of the "music" has a British accent, which makes me smile).

I ask if there is anything else you want to tell yourself, and you say "No. I have heard all I need to hear right now."

I see you reaching out, turning a knob and the music fades to almost silence, then you wave and disappear...

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Empath reading

Thanks to Jenny for the AMAZING Empath reading. It was totally accurate and spot-on. I'm posting it here so it doesn't get lost.

6th Chakra (third eye between and a little above the eyebrows): Sees the good in everything; a very optimistic person who doesn't wallow in self-pity or negativity. Her relationship with God/Goddess/Spirit is light and lively. She's very open-minded and not one to be hemmed in by heavy religious dogma. She has her own meaningful rituals and ways she gives thanks and gratitude to the Universe. Her interests are many and quite eclectic. She's the one in the family who folks say, "There she goes...off on a hunt for the unusual." Possibly an oft-sickly child, or at least one who didn't always run free with the other kids. She learned to entertain herself early on and is happy with her nose in a book, or off exploring in the woods by herself; though she loves it when she does encounter like-minded people who do not find her interests odd. Has psychic abilities, knows it, but often calls it by other names so as not to freak out those who would have issues with this. She's really come into her own as an adult, and for the most part, cares not what others think about her. This is something she's had to work on. She now stands tall in her own truth and is healthiest when she's honest with herself and others.

5th Chakra (throat): Rather shy with those she doesn't know, but a "hoot" with a fabulous sense of humor with those she's comfortable with. Gentle and kind, especially with animals. An Animal Empath...can tell what an animal is feeling even when those around her see no outward signs emitting from the animal. Would make an excellent animal veterinarian; her interests would lead her to become knowledgeable about alternative therapies. More right brained than left brained, though she does have access to excellent science/math skills (not sure she realizes this). A woman who doesn't chatter incessantly; knows and appreciates silence. Realizes that silence can speak volumes. (I saw her step back into the shadows when encountering not-so-kind groups of people; intimidating people. Looked like a school setting. Probably symbolic, with special meaning to you and you alone.) Interesting that she can be quite flamboyant in some circumstances and the opposite in others (I heard, "She was hurt as a child and watchful of when she can be herself and when it's best to hold back.) (I saw two extremes: a really messy desk and then a really neat desk. Symbolic, perhaps.) She likes order but sometimes her creative side can get all willy-nilly, flinging stuff this way and that, and it's not always immediate that things get cleaned up. Loves the earth and relates to the smallest of creatures...insects, birds, small furry animals, etc.

4th Chakra (heart): A friend for life if you're lucky enough to be counted among her friends. Respected by elders for her mature and responsible ways. Someone you'd want on your "team" because she doesn't shirk work. Dislikes liars and strives for honesty. Abhors cheaters (I saw a child, disgusted, having to deal with someone who was a constant cheater. Could be from a past life...please disregard if past lives are not in your beliefs). Looking for a life partner; if she's found someone already or is thinking about someone in this way, she's contemplating if they TRULY have the qualities she's seeking. Has had some prior love relationships but they've either gone flat or never really took off the way she would have liked. Again, a little shy with folks she doesn't know, so it takes awhile for anyone to really know the "real" her; the down deep her. Guarded, at least to some extent. Take me as I am, because I can't become what you want me to be.

3rd Chakra (solar plexus): Right on track with using her personal power center. Every day she's getting to know herself better; is really proud of who she is. Sure of herself on her best days; hesitant when fearful. Open to change but wants to look at change from all sides before she takes a step. I have LOTS to offer; don't sell me short! Loves celebrations and festivities; the more the merrier. (I'm shown cakes and pastries.) A sweet tooth? Enjoyed games as a child; sometimes outside but more games that made her use her brain. In some ways, this love of games has extended to adulthood, in ways she knows. Word puzzles? Number puzzles?

Sunday, 6 June 2010

New Deck Reading

Right, New Deck interview, same as I did with the Robin Wood, but this time for Shadowscapes.

This is using FireRaven's spread and the Shadowscapes deck.

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1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?

Ace of Wands. Oh wow - straight from the off... this card contains one of my most beloved animal guides, the Fox. This card is the card of new beginnings, new adventures.

"My most important characteristic is that I am there, fleet of foot and strong of spirit, to guide you on the path to self-enlightenment. I am here to help you discover your self-confidence and courage. I am like the wand - a tool only. What you see in me comes from deep within yourself. I am supported by your spirit guides - you can contact them through me."

2. What are your strengths as a deck?

Ten of Pents - "I can help you see patterns in things that are occurring. I can be used for every-day readings, and will always tell you the straight, honest truth. I am here for the long-haul, not a deck that well be in and out of your life in a few months."

3. What are your limits as a deck?

Three of Swords - "I'm no good at emotional readings. I'm a deck of air, of intellect, and of fire, of creativity. I'm best used on my own, not with another deck. I will tell you the truth, I won't obscure things, and that may hurt."

4. What do you bring to the table -- what are you here to teach me?

Death - "You see that Phoenix rising from the ashes? That's you. I'm here to help you on that transformation, and on the path that follows it. There's a fire burning in you - I'm here to show you how to let it light your way."

5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?

Strength - "Believe in yourself."

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

Nine of Cups - "Work with me, and you will achieve health, prosperity and good fortune."

An extra couple of cards now, asking for clarification on the 3 of swords:
7. When should I work with you as opposed to my other decks?

Ace of Pentacles - "I am the card of earth, of health and wealth. I show the Lizard, a creature of divine wisdom. I am the deck you should turn to for matters of the physical or spiritual world."

Friday, 4 June 2010

The Journey Spread

This is my first reading with my new Shadowscapes tarot - the spread is from the LWB that came with the deck. I'm just trying out the deck, so interested to see what it has to say for itself....

The spread is as follows:


1-3 Leaving: what you're leaving behind, what is no longer satisfying you, or what is holding you back. Can be three distinct things, or the cards cold work together to describe one thing.

4. Why: why you are being called to embark on this journey at this time.

5. Star: what is guiding or leading you on the journey.

6. Challenge: A challenge you will face.

7. Destination: What you are moving towards. This is the place you or your higher self wants to get to (for this leg of the journey, at least.)


1-3 Leaving: Judgement, 2 of Pents, Knight of Cups.
I think these relate to one thing - I am no longer being judged on what I believe, no longer having to constantly juggle my spirituality with the condemnations of another. I have begun the transformation and I have already started my journey. I am leaving behind my idealist outlook on life, but not abandoning my spirituality. I'm no longer having to juggle the different sides of my own being.

4 Why: 6 of Wands.
To show me that I can triumph over the obstacles life throws in my path, to help build my self-esteem without being overly proud.

5. Star: 9 of Wands
Vigilance, and inner strength is the message of the 9 of wands for me. This card tells me that it is my own inner strength that is keeping watch over me. I've been told I'm as stubborn as an ox, but I will not go down without a fight. If I fall at a hurdle, I will get up and continue on.

6. Challenge: 5 of Swords.
This card is warning me against becoming too involved in my own self-interests.

7. Destination: 4 of Pentacles.
I believe this shows I am heading towards a release from this card, as opposed to heading towards it - especially after reading the last card. I need to look to the wider world, try to use my abilities to help others - a challenge in itself as I have been so burnt for doing so before. But this is what this journey is about - regaining my trust and abilities in order to help others. I am a healer, I have known that for many years - and I need to use my skills on myself first, and then to help others. I am materialistic, I know that. I pulled another card to show where I am headed after being released from the 4 of pents, and drew the Queen of Cups, which is my own Minor Arcana personality card. This journey is about developing my spiritual side, releasing my possessive materialistic side (stop playing on the computer all night, every night, and spend some time connecting to Spirit instead!)

Intrigued a little, I went on to pull another card to ask HOW to release myself from the 4 of pents and to continue my journey - and I pulled the Ace of Wands. I can use my creativity to better connect to the world of Spirit - let my inspiration guide me, and allow Spirit to come to me. This card in my deck also features Foxes - one of my animal guides. By connecting more with my animal guides, and allowing them to take me on journeys through their hidden lands, they can teach me what I need to know.

An update

My word, has it really been that long since I last updated this blog? I apologise to all my watchers. I'm back on the blog, I'm back doing Tarot (after a long absence there as well), I'm free from my previous leeches and worries, and I'm now ready to embark on a new journey.

I have a new deck, purchased this afternoon, which is absolutely stunning - the Shadowscapes Tarot. I'll do a reading with that at some point. It's quite late over here now, however, so I'll sign off for tonight, but I will be back soon with more Tarot news and readings.