Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sarana's Gift: Now available on audible.com


A few days ago, I was headed south to visit with friends. It was a perfect time to review the recorded version of Sarana's Gift read by Rebekah Amber Clark.

It had been months since the book was finished and sent on its way into the world so it was almost like hearing a brand new story.

Perhaps, I shouldn't say this ... but I loved it! Rebekah beautifully brought all the characters to life ... characters like the jealous and powerful, blue peacock god who steals blue from the world and the terrifying dragon who threatens to devour all the turtle hatchlings.

The reading is just under four hours, a perfect diversion for a day trip.

Click here to get your copy.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

FREE on Kindle ... LAST DAY!

FREE - Last Day! Sarana’s Gift, It Changes Everything! is now available on Kindle … and even better, it’s free for 3 days starting Friday, March 11th. Please share with your friends.  Click here to get your free copy.

What if you fell into a place of great beauty, where you were perfectly safe and adored? You could rest, surrounded by everything you needed. You would never have to work or worry again. 
But, there’s a price. Would you pay it? 
Find out in this young adult, short fantasy novel. 

One of the stars of this chapter is octopus and this great image comes from http://www.hdwallpapersnew.net/octopus-hd-wallpapers/ 

For more about the symbolism of octopus, click here.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

FREE on Kindle

More information about the meaning of firefly here.
FREE Tomorrow! Sarana’s Gift, It Changes Everything! is now available on Kindle … and even better, it’s free for 3 days starting Friday, March 11th. Please tell your friends.  

In this young adult, short fantasy novel, Sarah faces a tough decision and everyone around her has a different opinion about what she should do. She falls into a dark place and doesn’t know how to get out. The only thing that comes to her rescue is a firefly. How can a firefly possibly help?

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Symbolism: Octopus

Photo from: http://www.hdwallpapersnew.net/
Susan Bird in her truly incredible blog Way of the Whale beautifully describes Octopus. Here is just a piece of her description:

There are many symbolic, spiritual, and energetic meanings for the Octopus. She is truly one of theintelligent, powerful, versatile, and fascinating animals on the planet.

It is said that Octopus participates in the Universe on multiple levels. Her unlimited supply of remarkable attributes makes it impossible to describe the full spectrum of her symbolic representation. 

From a broad spiritual perspective, octopus is reflective of the mystic center and the unfolding of creation. Her eight arms spiral outward in a metaphoric display of creative expansion. Creation is born from a balance between expansive freedom and working within an established parameter. The magical and mysterious octopus perfectly illustrates this balance.
The number of her arms is significant, as eight represents harmony and balance. In traditional numerology, eight symbolizes abundance, personal power, and authority. It is also the number of Karma, the Universal Law of cause and effect. According to kabbalistic teachings, the number seven symbolizes perfection that is achievable through natural means, while eight represents that which is beyond nature and its inherently limited perfection.

Although vastly mobile and an adept underwater traveler, the octopus is primarily a bottom dweller. In symbolic terms this is analogous of being grounded while still having the ability to exist in the watery world of the psyche. Octopus reminds us that while we may be spiritually and intuitively gifted, we are physical beings and must temper our psychic gifts with strong foundational grounding.

The female octopus can lay as many as 150,000 eggs. Mother octopus awakens us to our creative potential and inspires us to explore the many different ways we can express our creativity.

Symbolism: Blue

The Cave of the Blue Peacock God
From: https://www.colormatters.com/the-meanings-of-colors/blue

Blue is the favorite color of all people. It’s nature’s color for water and sky, but is rarely found in fruits and vegetables. Today, blue is embraced as the color of heaven and authority, denim jeans and corporate logos. It is cold, wet, and slow as compared to red’s warmth, fire, and intensity.

Blue has more complex and contradictory meanings than any other color.  These can be easily explained by pinpointing the specific shade of blue.
Dark Blue - Bright Blue - Sky Blue - Light Blue
Dark blue: trust, dignity, intelligence, authority
Bright blue: cleanliness, strength, dependability, coolness
(The origin of these meanings arise from the qualities of the ocean and inland waters, most of which are more tangible.)

Light (sky) blue: peace, serenity, ethereal, spiritual, infinity
(The origin of these meanings is the intangible aspects of the sky.)

Most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty, cleanliness, and understanding. On the other hand, blue evolved as symbol of depression in American culture. “Singing the blues” and feeling blue” are good examples of the complexity of color symbolism and how it has been evolved in different cultures.

Symbolism: Sea Turtle

From: http://www.universeofsymbolism.com/turtle-symbolism.html  The strong and hearty sea turtle takes vast journeys in the sea, letting the tides take her where they will.  She surrenders in infinite trust that all will be OK, and she will arrive when and where opportunity will serve her. This is a beautiful lesson of enjoying the journey of your life trusting in the flow and partaking of the blessings that are bestowed upon the way. In life there is no absolute destination … but a myriad of journeys, this is the symbol of turtle. I like to see the turtle as having the symbol and magic of serendipity… experiencing happy accidents.

From: http://www.spiritanimal.info/turtle-spirit-animal/  The turtle wisdom teaches us to walk our path in peace and stick to it with determination and serenity. Sea turtles move slowly on land, yet are incredibly fast and agile in water. People with turtle energy may be encouraged to take a break in their busy lives and look around or within themselves for more grounded, long-lasting solutions. Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether it’s inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment.
What lessons are gained from Turtle Mother and the baby sea turtles?

Symbolism: Firefly

Firefly has the ability to shine. Normally a rather dull and uninteresting creature, at night it gives off a magical light that captivates us. It is a reminder that it is what is inside us, our spirit, that illuminates the world around us. While the firefly uses its light to attract a mate, it reminds us that it is our own light that attracts people and circumstances to us.

One person who studies the meaning of things states, "When fireflies come into our lives they are there to guide us to ways of living that are more earth-friendly, and soul-friendly. Fireflies teach us the value of living simply, and relying on our own inner voices for illumination. Fireflies also come to us with a message of creativity, and remind us that our paths are made lighter by the beauty that we allow into our lives.”  — See more here.

In this story, what do you think the firefly is trying to do?