EEEEEK!!!

Is that the word that springs from your lips when you see a spider?  It was for my friend from down under, Sandra, when she met her little, ok not so little, visitor the other day, Charlotte…(so aptly named).

Powerful Mysterious Charlotte

I told her not to fret, I would find out the symbolism of the spider…here it is.

“The spider is an ancient symbol of mystery, power and growth.

We take our first lesson from the ancient symbol of the spider by contemplating its web.

Just as the spider weaves a web, so too must we weave our own lives. The spider symbol meaning here serves as a reminder that our choices construct our lives. When the spider appears to us, it is a message to be mindful of the choices we are making.

Not only do spiders and their webs draw attention to our life choices, they also give us an overview of how we can manipulate our thinking in order to construct the life we wish to live.

Spiders do this by calling our awareness to the amazing construction of their webs. Fully functional, practical, and ingenious in design – spider webs serve as homes, food storage, egg incubators – seemingly limitless in their functionality.

When we consider this ingenious diversity, we can also consider the web-like construct of our own lives. How are we designing the most effective life?

When we see our decisions, choices and actions as far-reaching, effective tools in life – we can see how we weave a web that can either serve us or enslave us. The spider symbol meaning beckons us to be mindful of our behaviors – be smart about the life we weave for ourselves.

We can derive more spider symbol meaning when we consider certain subtle characteristics that represent ancient symbols of infinity.

The infinity symbol meanings occur when we consider most spiders have eight eyes and all have eight legs. The number eight is also a symbol of infinity or lemniscate (an eight turned on its side). Also, the vibrational frequency indicates the meaning of number eight involves cycles, passage of time, and evolution.”

Symbolic spider Meanings

  • Fate
  • Death
  • Female
  • Crafty
  • Cunning
  • Cyclical
  • Rebirth
  • Creation
  • Protection
  • Progressive
  • Resourceful

You can read the complete article HERE

If you enjoy Law of Attraction here is another article about Law of Attraction and Spider Symbolism

Courtesy of WHATS-YOUR-SIGN.COM

Mystery, power, and growth…that’s what Charlotte and her friends bring when they come for a visit, among other things.

Are we weaving our lives into a web we are happy to live in?  Are we using our inner power to become who we want to…are we growing in the direction that calls us?  Is there something we need to rethink?

Charlotte presents us with much to ponder!

Maybe the next time we spot a spider, instead of Eeeeek it will be Hmmmm!!

Thank you!

Deb
xo

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2018

LOOK WHO CAME TO DINNER…

First, I apologize for that clacking noise you hear.  I had a sweater in my dryer which has big buttons on it and you are hearing the buttons hit as it dries.  I did not “deer” leave the window to stop the dryer.  I was afraid they would leave and this was so fascinating to watch.

I don’t know if they are male or female, do you?  Mommy & Daddy, Parent & Child, Siblings??

I was sitting on my couch and I glanced out the window, I do this often to check on the birdies & squirrels, when a deer caught my eye.  My mouth dropped, I grabbed my phone, went over to the chair by the other window and started recording.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  They were out there for 35 minutes….it just got too dark for the phone to capture a good picture.  I really need to install a camera on the back of the house so I can have clearer images!!  😉

As always…here is what the deer symbolizes.

“The deer is linked to the arts, specifically poetry and music in ancient Celtic animal lore due to its graceful form. The Celts also believed that deer were associated with the fairie realm, and would lead troops of fairies – hundreds of them trailing behind them as the stag cut a path through the forest.

Both Celts and Native Americans observed the deer to be savvy when it came to finding the best herbs. These earth-bound peoples would follow the deer to prime herb patches – many of which proved to be highly beneficial in their medicinal purposes.

A quick-list of animal symbolism of the deer may offer a great deal of insight as you are working with the spirit of the deer in your life.

Summary of Symbolic Meanings for the Deer

  • Love
  • Grace
  • Peace
  • Beauty
  • Fertility
  • Humility
  • Swiftness
  • Regrowth
  • Creativity
  • Spirituality
  • Abundance
  • Benevolence
  • Watchfulness

How does this translate into our own life experience?

Just as the deer has an uncanny sense of where to find the green freshness earth provides, we can ask the deer within ourselves to seek out our inner treasures. In meditation or day dream, go on a spiritual hike with the deer. See yourself walking in the woods with the deer leading you into amazing depths within your soul. Each step you and the deer take will lead you deeper into your spiritual knowing, and to limitless treasure within.

The deer (particularly the doe, females) has the capacity for infinite generosity. Their heart rhythms pulse in soft waves of kindness. Match that graciousness by offering your trust to her. She will reward you by leading you to the most powerful spiritual medicine you can fathom.

In China the deer is a symbol of happiness and good fortune. Indeed, its name in Chinese is a homonym for the word abundance.

Meaning of the deer is associated with: The Dawn, The Moon and the direction of the East. If you want to invoke the symbolic meaning of the deer you may have most success and profound experiences while incorporating these associations.

For example, we can honor the deer during a full moon to enhance or draw out some of deer qualities (listed above) within ourselves.

Likewise, honoring the deer with our attention pointed in an eastern direction at dawn will elicit responsive energy too. Nothing fancy (the deer really has no use for pomp and circumsance – her pleasure comes from quiet simplicities) just a solemn nod of your head and a simple “thank you” for deer presence will do.”

Courtesy of What’s-your-sign.com

WOW!!!

Poetry and music, well now that certainly speaks to me, as do fairies.  I love the idea of seeking my inner treasures.  Have you seen any deer lately?

Thank you!

Deb
xo

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2018

WHAT STINKS??

On my drive to work I was overcome by that glorious odor of Pepe Le Pew!!  aka Skunk.

Bonjour Mon Amour!!

The skunk gets a bum rap.  😉  So today I’ve decided to celebrate the Skunk and share with you what the symbolism of the Skunk is.  Perhaps next time we will have a better appreciation of the odorous little guy.

“A Few Symbolic Meanings of the Skunk

  • Defense
  • Prudence
  • Protection
  • Confidence
  • Awareness
  • Pacification
  • Effectiveness
  • Good judgement

We would all do well to take this animal symbolism from the skunk: Do no harm. Indeed, as a totem animal, the skunk asks us to defend ourselves effectively, without causing further conflict.

Interestingly, the skunk would prefer to be even less assertive. You see, it takes over a week to reproduce its stinky juices after using them (their glands are only good for about 4 sprays). Ergo, the skunk is 100% sure it must spray before doing so as this defense tool is a commodity in the wild – not to be wasted on false alarms.

In recognizing this, we see the skunk is the ultimate pacifist, and by adopting its peace-loving ways we may obtain the carefree lifestyle this creature enjoys.

Carefree indeed, the skunk has very few predators because most of the animal kingdom recognize its tell-tale markings and know from wildlife scuttlebutt the skunk is not to be fooled with.  As such, the skunk goes about its business with aplomb, and has an innocent quality that few wild creatures have the luxury of exhibiting.

Other Animal Symbolism Keywords for the Skunk

  • Introspection
  • Innocence
  • Assurance
  • Patience
  • Silence
  • Peace

Those with the skunk as their animal totem are naturally buoyant. They go through life with a calm assurance, and exude a peaceful energy that is extremely attractive to others.

Call upon the spirit of the skunk when you need quality judgment in a situation – particularly if you’re in a stressful state, or someone is pushing your buttons. The skunk will ease you out of the situation with deft and diplomacy.

The skunk can also help calm jangled nerves, and help to center ourselves into a quiet, peaceful state.

The skunk is very effective when calming small children too. Give it a try. Ask the skunk for assistance with your fussy little ones.

The skunk is happy to heed your call for help.  Just remember to respect the skunk and express your thanks for the guidance and assistance.”

Courtesy of  Whats-your-sign.com

If you want to find out what Animal Totem you are go HERE

I could take a few lessons from Pepe Le Pew on those stressful days when calm assurance and a peaceful energy would serve me well.

Who knew the Skunk’s symbolism would end up smelling like a rose!!

Deb
xo

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2018

AND I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A PENNY…

See a penny pick it up…all day long you’ll have good luck!!  Right?  How about, you should only pick it up if it’s heads-up, have you heard that too?  Well as it turns out The Penny means a whole lot more.

Tuesday while I was at the post office I saw a penny on the ground and it was heads-up.  Whenever I see a penny on the ground I think of the scene from the movie Grease when Jan finds the penny and says,

See a penny, pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck.

Those words always go through my head, in the tone that she says them too.  What’s interesting is, I have been thinking of writing a post about The Penny and all the various quotes about pennies, for a couple of weeks.  As many of you know, last Sunday I posted my last Our Daily Grateful Post, well 2 days later I found the penny.  Why is that interesting you ask, you did ask didn’t you?  Well you know me…I looked up its symbolism and here’s what I found:

“Consider the penny as a symbol of beginnings as it holds the vibration of number One.

The meaning of One primarily deals with strong will, positivity, pure energy.  The number One reflects new beginnings, and purity. The symbolic meaning of the penny (number One) is further clarified when we understand that One represents both kinds of action, physical and mental.

This combined with the One’s urgency for new beginnings, we intuit number One to mean it is time to exert our natural forces, take action, and start a new venture. Numeral One gives us encouragement that our actions will be rewarded in kind.

Appropriate to the theme of new beginnings, we see Abraham Lincoln depicted on this currency.  This is symbolic of founding fathers concept, and deals with foundational thoughts & constructs.  Pulled more deeply in the meaning, we can say that seeing pennies (particularly heads-up) is a message for us to re-evaluate our founding beliefs.  We may ask ourselves what core beliefs do we have, and are they serving us appropriately?

Copper also holds a symbolic resonance (at least when they were primarily made of copper prior to 1982) with the astrological signs of Sagittarius and Taurus – you can investigate the attributes of these signs for further symbolism here.

Copper is also considered a solar emblem, and corresponds with the radiant features of the sun.  This combined with a myriad of other meanings, the symbolic meaning of the penny deals with bright ideas, fresh perspectives, and incorporating these new thoughts with our existing framework.  By combining the old with the new we find our lives expanded and new directions to our path.”

Courtesy of Symbolic Meanings

Isn’t that so cool!!

I know it’s also said that pennies are from loved ones in heaven, so maybe one of my loved ones placed it there, right outside my car door, to find.  Funny I did not see it when I got out of my car, it was when I was coming back to my car that I noticed it.  I would have had to practically step on it to get into my car, guess they wanted to be sure I found it.  Thank you!

This is the penny I found, heads-up

I was having withdrawals all week long, having gone cold turkey from my daily posts.  What I missed most was talking with you, I missed you so much!!

I did enjoy having my evenings free to relax, practice my piano and catch up on your posts.

After reading this symbolism of the penny, it gave me goosebumps and also reassured me that I have made the right decision, that it is time to move forward with my newest adventures.  One of those is learning to play my piano so I can create music to the songs I write and further my music career with Miri (Miriam Blaker of Out an’ About) and our CD.

I’m practicing a song I wrote originally title “Dear Universe”, now called “All is Well”, also in the background is where I sit to watch the birds eat & squirrels play.

Life’s all about making decisions, isn’t it?  Wondering if we make the right ones, looking for the right answer, how will we know for sure?

The next time you see a penny maybe the Universe, or a loved one, is sending you a message of reassurance!!  Are you about to embark on a new adventure, turning down a new path, trying to make a decision about something?  Remember this, there are no wrong paths.  We are meant to go where we go.

Penny for your thoughts?!  😉

With love and appreciation,
Deb
xo

More Penny Quotes:

A penny saved is a penny earned – Ben Franklin
One penny may seem to you a very insignificant thing, but it is the small seed from which fortunes spring. – Orison Swett Marden
Human beings have the remarkable ability to turn nothing into something.  They can turn weeds into gardens and pennies into fortunes. – Jim Rohn
If a great outfit gets you one step closer to feeling good about yourself, then it’s worth every penny. – Rachel Roy
Be not penny wise.  Riches have wings.  Sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more. – Francis Bacon
Penny wise and pound foolish – Robert Burton

Have you any penny quotes?

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2018

OUR DAILY GRATEFUL POST!

TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE WINTER PREDICTION FROM THIS
WOOLLY CATERPILLAR!

I FOUND THIS LITTLE GUY (OR GAL) IN MY CELLAR HATCHWAY AND OF COURSE YOU KNOW ME
I LOOKED UP ITS SYMBOLISM.
IN READING ABOUT CATERPILLAR SYMBOLISM WEATHER IS MENTIONED.
THE MORE ROWS OF BROWN THE CATERPILLAR HAS, THE MILDER THE WINTER
THE MORE ROWS OF BLACK THE CATERILLAR HAS, THE HARSHER THE WINTER
GOOD NEWS…WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A MILDER WINTER!
THE REST OF THE ARTICLE GAVE ME GOOSEBUMPS.  THERE IS ALSO A
SPECIFIC ARTICLE ABOUT THE SYMBOLISM FOR THE WOOLLY CATERPILLAR
HERE ARE SYMBOLS CATERPILLARS BRING
~ LUCK, CAUTION, PROMISE, RENEWAL, POTENTIAL, PATIENCE, CREATIVITY, SENSITIVITY, DETERMINATION, METAMORPHOSIS AND TRANSFORMATION ~

what are you grateful for ~ please share…

Thank you!

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2017
Source: WHATS-YOUR-SIGN.COM

OUR DAILY GRATEFUL POST!

TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR SLUGS!

I KNOW, YOU’RE PROBABLY ALL THINKING SLUGS?  YUP SLUGS.
I HAVE DECIDED TO PAY CLOSER ATTENTION TO THE UNIVERSE, THE SIGNS BEING SENT TO ME AND TO TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED.  THIS MORNING I WENT TO CHECK ON THE PRAYING MANTIS, I’LL BE POSTING A VIDEO UPDATE ~ ALL IS WELL

WHEN I FINISHED RECORDING THE PRAYING MANTIS I NOTICED THIS SLUG…AND YES OF COURSE I LOOKED UP ITS SYMBOLISM
(I also looked up to see if Praying Mantis eat Slugs, and although it’s not their favorite treat, they do indeed, so I may not see this guy again)
I didn’t even notice the other slug when I was recording this, in fact there were two others.  I love the little eyeballs on the end of the antennae.

SYMBOLISM
On a spiritual level, the slug is a reminder that the Biblical phrase, “Ask and it shall be given…” is active within our life. The slug reminds us that if we know the proper way to ask, we will begin to manifest that which we need or desire.
The slug reminds you the magic to do what you wish is already present in spite of what others might say.
The slug’s appearance reminds us that we will soon recognize and realize the illumination that is always present within us.
The slug reminds us that we are on the path to giving birth to our inner Holy Child.”
(Slug from Ted Andrews “More Simplified Magic”)

“The Snail and Slug are communicators on all levels; spiritual, physical, emotional and mental. They are nocturnal creatures and share their flow of affection with the Moon, the feminine principle of CreationThere is also a warning that comes with the Slug and Snail and that is to beware of becoming too slow-moving and lazy.  Always keep your sights on the destination, on where your Hearts desire and compassion take You. Keep true to who You are as an individual and always understand that You are responsible for the path of the Beholder.”
(For more info visit Pyreaus – Inspired Manifestation)

I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING MY SIGNS AND MEANINGS AS THEY APPEAR – THIS COULD BECOME A NATURE POST  😉

what are you grateful for ~ please share…

Thank you!

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2017

~ PRAYING MANTIS/SHIVA’S HORSE UPDATE ~

As some of you know, the other night I was accompanied home by a Praying Mantis.  My dear friend Shiva of theshivasponder informed me that in India, where he lives, the Praying Mantis is called the Shiva’s Horse.

So in honor of my friend and fellow blogger, I officially name this Praying Mantis, Shiva!

Shiva came home with me on Thursday night, he rode on the hood of my car.  Upon arriving home, I put him where my shrubs are, I thought he’d like it there.  Shiva does seem to like it there and he has visited each shrub and bush in the garden.  I was hoping the drive home on my hood caused him no damage to his legs and as you can see in the video, Shiva seems to be moving without issue.

At one point in this recording, Shiva lifts up his body and looks right at the camera, just as he did the other night.  I think he might have a career in Hollywood.  Funny, I noticed that his eyes were green now whereas the other night they were black.  They must change color between daytime and nighttime.

I checked on him again today and he’s quite happy, as I can hear him singing, probably practicing for his movie debut.  The sound you hear in the recording, I believe, is coming from Shiva, if you can hear it, it’s a cricket sound.   I hope you enjoy the video as much as I do…it still makes me smile when I think about how it all happened…and especially the symbolism.

xo


HELLO SHIVA

onceuponahotflash, 2017