“Freyja,” #Shadorma #poetry

Anita Dawes provided this week’s #SynonymsOnly poetry challenge words: blessed & hex. These are excellent opposites to work with in a longer poem featuring one or more stanzas. Unfortunately, my time was limited this week by all kinds of minor niggling issues. Yet, I still worked through the problems!

I’m happy to announce that I completed the first draft of Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry: The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry! Now it’s on to my editors.

This has been such a fulfilling experience to write about something I love so much. I believe this book will be a brilliant start for those who would love to write syllabic poetry, but feel intimidated by the rules and the counting of syllables. Most of all, I want people who don’t think they can write poetry to try the forms we work with in our challenges. Writing poetry makes us better writers!

Life with a kitten has been brilliant fun for Ron and I. My little furry beast is purring sweetly one minute and hanging from the curtains the next. Freyja is in the toddler stage now, pushing her luck and seeing how far she can get. She has her first vet appointment on Friday, which should have her mad at me for a few hours!

I immediately thought of her when I read the prompt words! I’ll be using the word fortunate, for blessed; and hocus-pocus for the word hex.

“Freyja,” #Shadorma

golden eyed
ebony beauty,
fortunate
enchantressbeware the powers of a
hocus-pocus cat!

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

I composed this shadorma poem with the help of a little black cat magic!

#Fairy #Tarot #Friday ~ July 3, 2020

Welcome back to Fairy Tarot Friday. Each Friday I’ll share a card from the Fairy Tarot deck by Doreen Virtue & Radleigh Valentine, featuring an uplifting message from the fey. I’ll also include a bit of syllabic poetry inspired by the card reading.

The Major Arcana contains 22 cards that describe major events and turning points in our lives (marriage, pregnancy, relationship and career changes, and overcoming personal challenges). The Major Arcana cards also represent the different phases from childhood to old age.

Doreen Virtue numbered the Minor Arcana cards to comprise four suits representing different aspects of human life. They number the Minor Arcana cards 1 (Ace) through 10, plus the four court cards (Princess, Prince, Queen, and King). The Minor Arcana reflects the day-to-day aspects of our lives and the people in them. Court cards represent either a situation or a person during a reading.

The Minor Arcana comprises four suits. In traditional Tarot they are; wands, cups, swords, and coins. In Fairy Tarot, the four suits reflect the seasons: Spring for wands, Summer for cups, Winter for swords, and Autumn for coins. In Angel Tarot, the seasons represent the four elements: fire = spring, water = summer, air = winter, and earth = autumn. Consider these elements in relation to the Fairy Tarot, as well.

The divinatory meanings are given for upright cards only—this tarot is not intended for reversed readings.

Once you get to know the fairies, you’ll see they are strong-willed environmentalists. They get perturbed at people who mistrust animals or the earth. Never lie to a fairy. Instead, help them take care of the planet and other living beings. Do your part. Your actions will richly reward you, and the fairies will encourage you in amazing ways.

Today’s Card: The Chariot

What a fantastic draw! Freyja, the wise woman’s apprentice picked this card today. She seemed to be a natural!

“The Chariot,” from the Major Arcana, signifies that you’ve done great work so far! Of course, you still have many priorities that you are balancing at the same time. It couldn’t be any other way. Be prepared. You may be called upon to keep control of more than one driving force at a time. stay centered, strong, and determined. I know you will accomplish your goal!

Remain steadfast in your sense of purpose, and don’t allow other influences to steer you off course. If you keep at it, you can accomplish far more than you realize.

This card also reminds us that it’s your moment to step into the spotlight. Drawing attention to yourself or your work can feel awkward, but it’s absolutely essential at this time for you to make this move. Don’t hesitate! Show people what you’ve got.

Be genuine and optimistic in your interactions with people and the public. Your excitement for your goals will shine through and your confidence will increase. Be proud of your accomplishments.

Notice the faery charioteer who leads two dragonflies. These magical creatures have the ability to go in any direction—and at amazing speeds! The fact that this faery can keep the dragonflies under control and headed in the right direction is a testament to her determination and skill. You possess these same qualities!

Additional meanings of this card:

Self-control. Victory! Celebrate what you’ve achieved. Accomplish your dreams. Modes of transportation, and work-related travel figure into this card, as well.

“Step Up and Take a Bow,” #Shadorma

stay centered
focused and driven,
celebrate—
it's your time
draw attention to your work
your confidence soars

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

The Goddess, Freyja – A #Tanka

Merril D. Smith shared a quote from William Shakespeare and The Merchant of Venice, for this week’s poetry challenge.

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

We’ve had a few big happenings in our little house in the desert. After three long years without our beloved Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice, we decided it was time for a new little goddess to enter our lives.

In a couple of weeks, one of these little kittens will come home with us. I met the four of them today, and instantly fell in love—and I have the scratches from their baby claws to prove it!

After Ron and I raised five kids together in a house that always had at least one cat or dog, we knew it was time to create new memories.

If the corona virus has taught us anything, it’s to appreciate the bright lights that shine in our lives. Time spent with family and friends, good food, wine and drink, and the companionship of the furry creatures that fill our hearts with love.

When I bent down and caressed those bits of fur, I whispered, “Who wants to be a goddess?”

The attentive girl in the middle recognized me. Our eyes locked, and I knew she was the one. Freyja, the Viking goddess is reborn to shine a light in our weary world.

Freyja

fate steers a fresh course
candle glow transformation
good deeds rewarded
Freyja, keeper of the Runes
light beneath the underworld

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Freyja was a Norse goddess whose sacred animal was the cat. It is said she rode a chariot driven by two blue cats given to her by Thor. Her sacred birds were falcons. Her magical cloak was made from falcon’s feathers enabling her to shapeshift and fly.

The selection of the name Freyja is a polite nod to our Viking and Germanic heritage.

And, if mythology isn’t your thing…

There’s nothing like the purrs from a cuddly kitty!

Soon to be Cat Mom