Holiday Sale!

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I wish you all a very joyous holiday season. As my way of celebrating, I offer you a 15% discount off of ALL Services at my site, Magickal-Musings.com.

 My holiday sale runs from today through Jan. 30, 2017! This also applies to my visionary art for those of you who have been saving up. I won’t run this discount again until next Yule/Christmas time 🌲

🌲 TO ORDER:
Email me at IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com FIRST with what you’d like to order. I will send you a PayPal invoice that will reflect the 15% discount. The payment links at my site are NOT at the discount price because this offer is open ONLY to my followers.

🌲 All orders will be filled according to the following criteria:

~ ☃ Enchantments: spells are timed according to the proper lunar phase & best day of the week based upon your magical intentions

~  Tarot & Lenormand card readings are scheduled on a first-come/first-scheduled basis. Please keep in mind I always book up 2 weeks in advance for readings so if you do order one, there will be at least a 2-week wait no matter what time of year you order

~  Visionary Artwork: takes time, it’s all channeled so it comes through when it comes through. Usually, a piece takes me 6 – 8 weeks, but once in a while they can take longer so please be prepared for that possibility when ordering a Soul Portrait, Manifestation Mandala, & Spirit Guide Portrait.

NOTE: I do not have a page at my site for Spirit Guide Portraits. If you would like one, they are 9 x 12″ with the image itself measuring 7 X 10″. The price is $125USD + shipping, so your final cost will be $106.25 + shipping. These also tend to take me 6 – 8 weeks to complete.

Offer expires midnight CDT on Jan. 30, 2017.

Exemptions: tuition for my courses, The Egyptian Lenormand, The Turtle Lenormand, & Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm.

I do have signed & activated copies of my Egyptian Lenormand available at the link above ready to ship & it will arrive in time for Christmas within the continental USA if ordered by Thursday, noon CDT, December 15th. Overseas shipping takes 10-21 days.

The Turtle Lenormand is in its second printing & currently has severely limited availability. Please email me at IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com if you’d like to order. It is $30, plus shipping. I ship worldwide.

Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm (GIFAR) is open for pre-order. Please visit my deck’s blog for the creation story of my first oracle deck as well as some sample readings. There is also an ordering page at the blog.

How to Connect With Your Spirit Guide

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Spirit Guide Portraits by commission. $125 USD + s/h. email IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com for details. Image copyright Nefer Khepri 2015. magickal-musings.com

Did you know you have several spirit guides? Everyone does. Some have just a few while some, like my daughter, have 31 (!!). Why she needs so many is anyone’s guess, but she is a teenager so that may be the reason. Perhaps all teens have over 30 guides.

I have many, many people ask me all the time, “Nefer, how can I contact my spirit guides? I don’t have any. No one ever answers me!”

Not true! You DO have spirit guides AND they answer! You just haven’t learned how to listen yet. More on that in another blog post. Here, I want to show you how EASY it is to make an initial connection with your own set of spirit guides.

This comes from a happy accident that happened to me yesterday. This is the type of accident that as it is occurring you don’t realize it’s an accident until you look back on it later.

A couple of weeks ago I had purchased a very nice piece of azurite from a shop that was azurite self promo my picholding their monthly psychic fair. Now, I very seldom go to these things simply because I have no need, but my daughter wanted her cards read so I took her since there is NO WAY she would EVER go to MOM for a card reading! Oh, perish the thought!!

I was not looking for azurite, but I was looking for a few other stones. I have a piece of tumbled azurite & was happy with it so I didn’t need a new piece, or so I thought. As I passed it by one piece really caught my eye. It wasn’t as pretty as two out of the four additional pieces they had on display, but there was just something about it. I guess I was picking up on its energy.

I picked it up & the second I did it felt like something within the stone latched onto me. It didn’t want to release my hand & the azurite felt like it was glued to my palm. I pulled it out of my hand with my right hand, but that didn’t work either because then it just attached itself to my right palm. I figured OK, fine. I guess this means you’re going home with me. I bought the darn thing & took it home.

I did what you regularly do with new stones. I cleansed it in a mild solution of spring water with a tiny pinch of sea salt (never use much salt as that can ruin many of the more delicate stones, just FYI – a tiny pinch is all you need because you’re working with the salt’s energy signature, not the salt itself). I then set it out under the full moon (this purchase had good timing) to further cleanse. The next day I left it out in the sun for a few hours in a new solution of just spring water asking Father Ra to charge it for use with my third eye and crown chakras in particular.

I placed the azurite with my other favorite pieces and there it sat for about 10 days looking pretty.

Yesterday afternoon after a day of doing 3 readings and feeling a bit drained I decided to use my new azurite to balance my crown and third eye chakras. This is a very simple process. Other stones you can use are: amethyst (the darker, the better), rose quartz (this is best for connecting with your angels), and clear quartz.

What I do is as follows:

  • I hold the stone in my LEFT hand. You take energy IN through the left side & send it OUT through the right side.
  • I focused on my angels & spirit guides asking them to bless &work through the azurite to cleanse and balance my crown chakra first.
  • I then carefully balanced the piece of azurite on the top of my head, which is the location of the crown chakra.
  • I took three deep, slow breaths.
  • Next, I held the azurite in my left hand against my third eye chakra (located in the center of your forehead just above the bridge of your nose).
  • Again, I took three deep, slow breaths.

As I was about to put the azurite back on my altar with it still held against my third eye chakra I felt something amazing. It was as if a bolt of energy entered the azurite and then zapped me right through my third eye! I felt the bolt go clear to the back of my head and OUT. I nearly fell backwards!

I put the azurite back on my altar and immediately sat down because the room was tilted at about a 30 degree angle from my perspective. I quickly regained my composure and felt fine. I filed the experience in the over-stuffed “Gee, Wasn’t That Weird!” file and went about my day.

Fast forward to about 4 hours later. It was time to drive my daughter to work.

I don’t bother with the radio for such a drive. I’m about to pull out of the parking lot into traffic when I hear a male voice coming from the passenger seat of my car. I’m the only one in the car with the a/c on & windows closed.

The voice tells me in a very calm matter-of-fact tone: “You should turn the radio on because they’re about to play David Bowie.” I figured NO because The Eagle in Houston basically sucks & they don’t play Bowie. But you know how it is. You hear a strange voice & first you freak out, then you figure well maybe I ought to turn on the radio. I do so & hear the concluding strains of some crap song & then FAME comes on!!!!

It was all I could do to not run my car off the road in shock!

I can tell you the voice belonged to a man & he sounded to be in his late 40s, maybe early 50s. Mature-sounding. He had a typical American accent so he may have been from the Midwest, which is considered the ideal American accent to have.
Once the song started up & I avoided wrecking my car from the shock, I did ask him who he was. All he said was “Shh!” I was like, “well, then!”
My impression at the time was that he didn’t want us talking over the song, then by the time I pulled into my driveway right after “Fame” concluded Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” came on. That’s my 2nd favorite song by them so I was rocking out in my driveway. I probably scared him away with my brand of “singing.”

Today the new guide’s been a bit chatty. He tells me his name is Roger & he has already apologized 4 times for NOT being David Bowie, which strikes me as being really funny. A spirit guide named Roger! Not very exotic. No Native American Shaman, or ancient Egyptian high priest, or even a teacher from the past. He said, and I quote because it’s just too dang funny:

“I’m just plain ‘ol Roger. There’s nothing spectacularly special about me. I was just hanging around & someone said hey! Wanna be a guide? I figured that sounded interesting so I said yes & here I am! I’m also very sorry to be so disappointing right off the bat like this. I am not David Bowie, but he’ll be around. You can’t see me, but as I say that I’m winking at you.”

I received this message in a brief session of automatic writing. My new guide signed it:

“Just Plain ‘Ol Roger”

Poor Roger! I feel bad for him! I guess that the method I used to connect with my new piece of azurite basically turned out to be like rubbing a genie’s bottle, but instead of some great powerful genie, Plain ‘Ol Roger popped out!

Try my method and let me know if it works for you. A more detailed method has a page dedicated to it at my website so do check it out. And remember, whenever you attempt to connect with your spirit guides or angels, ALWAYS call on some form of spiritual protection FIRST – even after regular contact has been established. The reason behind this is that lower spirits will attempt to masquerade as higher spirits in their attempt to mislead you. You can easily avoid this by calling on some form of spiritual protection first. Secondly, keep trying! Do not give up. It took me about four months before I noticed anything and then my guides at first only spoke to me in my dreams. Now they are seldom quiet. Sometimes I think I’m a good example of that old saying, “be careful what you ask for.” So do be careful. Remember, protection first EVERY time, and if you at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. It’ll happen eventually.

 

 

 

How to Contact Your Spirit Guides: Some Initial Steps

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Serapis Bey, Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2015. Spirit Guide Portraits $125 + s/h worldwide. Email me for details: IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com

I receive at least 10 emails a week from people all over the world asking me if I have any additional tips on how to contact spirit guides. I have a page at my site that is very popular and I share my method there for free. It has worked for me & for many others as well. Here is some additional information that many of you may find useful if you’re feeling stuck or if results aren’t what you had hoped they would be.

Question # 1: “Do my guides speak my language?”

It’s okay to use your native language when speaking to your guides. They know all languages through all Time. Some guides are even extraterrestrial, but since it’s one spirit communicating with another, Spirit knows no language barriers so feel free to use your native language.

Question # 2: “Do I keep my eyes opened or closed?”

It does help to keep your eyes closed, only because you are doing a method of meditation when you attempt to contact your guides; however, some people find it useful to stare at a candle flame, which is actually the technique I used. You need to keep your eyes open for that, which I did, but once I found I was slipping toward a meditative state I would then close my eyes for the remainder of the session.

Question # 3: “Should I ask for spiritual protection?”

Most definitely – YES. I’d recommend you ask your angels or your god for protection, not  your guides. Guides are spirit. They do not protect. They advise only. Angels & higher beings are those who are capable of protecting people. I always call on Archangel Michael for all of  my sessions – whether I’m talking to my guides, giving someone a card reading or creating a piece of visionary art. All of those activities connect me to Spirit & whenever you attempt to connect to Spirit proper protection is essential. Protection keeps lower entities away who can come & pretend to be spirit guides when they are nothing of the sort.

Question # 4: “How long will it take before I see any results?”

It usually takes weeks, sometimes even months, for a person to see, hear or sense anything. It took me 3 months before I could sense any presences and after that about another 2 weeks before I developed the ability to hear my spirit guides.

Question # 5: “How do spirit guides communicate with the living?”

Guides often work with symbols so look at what you’re seeing. Determine if any symbols are present during your meditation session. Then write them down.  When you come out of your meditation attempt to determine what these symbols mean to you personally. If you have no idea, then google them like so:

“symbolic meaning of a car”

“symbolic meaning of waves”

“symbolic meaning of mountains”

and so on. You can find a LOT of really excellent sites on the interpretation of symbols & that should help in determining what the symbols mean.

Also, pay closer attention to your dreams and write them down in a journal immediately upon waking. Don’t wait thinking you’ll remember what you dreamed once you’ve had your morning coffee. We often forget as much as 96% of our dream content by the time we’ve made it to that first cup in the morning. Pay attention to any symbols you receive in dreams. First attempt to determine what they mean to you; and, if that doesn’t work then use Google.

Question # 6: “How can I be able to see my spirit guides?”

This occurs when you can see with your mind, with your “inner eye,” otherwise known as the Third Eye chakra, located just above the bridge of your nose in between your eyes. It may help you to obtain a quartz crystal & place it on your third eye to help charge your third eye with extra energy. That could help in your sessions.

Question # 7: “What do I need to do to my quartz crystal so it will help open & activate my Third Eye?”

quartz crystal copyTo prepare your crystal it needs to be cleansed & programmed. It’s very simple.

To cleanse: place it in a bowl of water into which you have dissolved some table salt. Set it out under the moonlight overnight. Full moon is best, but as long as the moon is visible this will work.

Next day, rinse it off. Place it in a fresh bowl of water, NO salt. Place it out under the sun from morning to sunset.

Your crystal is now cleansed & charged. Now it’s time to program it.

A quartz crystal – unlike other stones & crystals – can be charged for up to 3 purposes. You do this by touching the crystal to your third eye and state your intention for the program. For example:

“I charge this crystal to help open my inner sight so I can see my spirit guides.”

“I charge this crystal to open my inner hearing so I can hear my spirit guides speak to me.”

“I charge this crystal to help me to understand messages from my spirit guides.”

You probably get the idea. Other crystals you can use include lapis lazuli, flourtite (the darker blue, lavender & purple shades), sugilite, & amethyst. NOTE: if you use amethyst be careful when charging out under the sun. I leave amethyst out for only an hour because sunlight can cause it to fade.

Then use your crystal for every session. If you find your crystal starting to look cloudy, discolored, or it no longer feels “right” to you, repeat the cleansing & charging process & reprogram your crystal. Then it’s ready to be used again.

Keep in mind that spirit guides were once human just like you and I (unless you end up with extraterrestrial guides, which is not beyond the realm of possibility). They have quirks and some can be real personalities. Some are chatty while others may be quiet and reserved. Get to know your spirit guides as people, because they all were once people. You can forge very strong and life-lasting spiritual friendships this way. Your spirit guides will appreciate your efforts and reward you with a lifetime of accurate and helpful guidance.

Wishing you many blessings!

Nefer Khepri, PhD, R. M-T.

Author of The Egyptian Lenormand (Schiffer Books, 2015)

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The Egyptian Lenormand: Question & Answer Time

The Egyptian Lenormand, by Nefer Khepri. Copyright Schiffer Books & NK, 2015.
The Egyptian Lenormand, by Nefer Khepri. Copyright Schiffer Books & NK, 2015.

Since Schiffer Books published my Egyptian Lenormand card & book set I am now being asked these questions often on Facebook, Twitter, & email so thought I’d answer them all here in this post for everyone’s convenience. If you have a question & you don’t see the answer here, please email me at IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com.

Q: What’s this I hear about “activation” of your deck? Is that something I can do myself?

A: My Lenormand is different from any other in that the images were channeled directly from the Egyptian deities with Whom I have been working for the past 2 decades. They wished for “their” system to be used not just as a Lenormand deck, but also for healing and magic. They placed specific energies into each image, but those energies must be activated via a ceremony for which all instructions are included in the accompanying guidebook. YES, you CAN do this for yourself! Once activated the deck goes beyond fortunetelling & becomes a valuable tool for healing & magical work.

Q: Why didn’t the self-published edition come with the 2 extra Activation cards that the Schiffer edition has?

A: The gods had other plans at the time. Although they did share some of the information with me when I first created the deck, they did not explain the entire process to me. They told me the full explanation would come “later.” Of course they are all-knowing so they KNEW that a major publisher would pick up my deck. I was unaware of that at the time. Once I signed my contract with Schiffer the gods then provided me with all the information needed in order to activate the deck and how it is meant to be used for healing (there’s a specific method detailed in the accompanying guidebook).

Q: Can I get you to activate a copy for me?

A: Most definitely. I sell signed AND activated copies through my deck’s official website; however, I also recommend to all who purchase a copy that they also take their deck through the Activation Ceremony as it is explained in the accompanying guidebook. That will then succeed in placing your own unique energy into your personal copy of the deck. I have had quite a few people now report back to me that after they purchased from Amazon & elsewhere they began using the deck right away for readings & were amazed, but that after they took their copy through the Activation Ceremony the deck became even more useful to them as readings became more accurate and much easier for them to interpret. When I activate your deck for you I also give it a Reiki Master attunement as well, since I am a master teacher & able to pass attunements.

Q: Do you ship worldwide?

A: Yes, I do, via Priority in the continental USA (excluding Alaska & Hawaii) and via 1st Class Air to everywhere else (including Alaska & Hawaii). I have 2 payment links at the website, so just use the one appropriate for your area of the world.

Q: Why does a deck from you cost so much more than Amazon?

A: Firstly, Amazon will undercut everyone regardless because they buy titles in massive bulk. When you order in bulk direct from the publisher, as Amazon does, they are pretty much given wholesale prices. Amazon can then afford to sell items cheaper than anyone else. Secondly, a deck from me costs more ($40, plus shipping) because I take the time to perform the full Activation Ceremony for your copy & give your copy a Reiki attunement. That requires my time & energy which is included in the $40 price tag.

Q: Where can I purchase a copy of The Egyptian Lenormand?

The Egyptian Lenormand, box lid.
The Egyptian Lenormand, box lid.

A: The Egyptian Lenormand is available at most Amazon sites worldwide & at my publisher’s website, SchifferBooks.com. I have also seen it carried by BookDepository.com (they ship worldwide for free), Walmart, Target, BooksAMillion, and online at Barnes & Noble. You can also ask your local new age shop to carry it & the owners can order from New Leaf Book Distributors.

Q: Do you have any other decks for sale?

A: Yes, I do.

The Turtle Lenormand, collage of card images. (C) Nefer Khepri, 2015. Self-published. http://turtle-lenormand.com
The Turtle Lenormand, collage of card images. (C) Nefer Khepri, 2015. Self-published. http://turtle-lenormand.com

I have self-published “The Turtle Lenormand” & that is a deck that has at least one turtle on every card. I created it for myself initially simply because I adore turtles. It is a special Limited Edition that had a total one-time print-run of 50 copies. 28 copies remain available & each deck comes with a special Turtle Friend made by polymer clay artist, Susan Keen Krontz. My Turtle Lenormand is available at its official site:http://turtle-lenormand.com

Q: Are you working on any other decks?

A: Oh, yes I am! Several, in fact. All at once because that’s how us Geminis roll!

You can follow the progress of my first pictorial deck, which will also be my first oracle deck, at its own group on Facebook. This deck is called “The Aloha Spirit of Maui” and is based upon nearly 4,000 photographs I took myself on 3 separate vacations to Maui, Hawaii undertaken in 2009, 2011, & 2014. I plan to self-publish this deck sometime in early 2016 & it will consist of 44 cards. This deck also has its own blog that I plan to continue posting to now that I have other obligations taken care of & you can find it here.

Serapis Bey, for Meagan. Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2015.
Serapis Bey, for Meagan. Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2015.

If you’d like to keep up on a deck I’m creating of Spirit Guide Portraits you can do so at my other Facebook group: The Visionary Art of Nefer Khepri. I have no idea when this deck will be complete. All images are channeled from a wide variety of spirit guides so they come through when they come through & when there are orders to fill.

To order your own Spirit Guide Portrait, I am creating a NEW site, which is nearly complete. Portrait size is 9×12″ with the actual image being 8×11″ & they sell for $120 plus shipping. If anyone would like one sooner rather than later, let me know & I can send you a PayPal invoice as I have been accepting orders for a while now, but the site itself will be ready in the coming weeks. You can keep an eye on its development at http://contact-spirit-guides.com, but please note there are no payment links posted as of yet & I’m still working on the organization of the site.

I am also working on TWO tarot decks, one of which you can also keep up with in my Visionary Art group (link is above), but my other tarot deck is TOP SECRET. I have no projected completion dates as of yet for either of these projects, but for one deck I have 17 completed images already & for the other I have 14 images drawn & ready to paint.

Feel free to ask me questions & perhaps you will see your question included in a future blog post.

Upcoming post: weird energy appearing in anniversary photos. What could it be? Debunkers are welcome to comment because I really want an explanation.

Wishing you many blessings,

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

Tarot & Lenormand Readings, Spells & Visionary Art

The Egyptian Lenormand: signed & activated copies available ONLY HERE

The Turtle Lenormand: my most recent self-published deck. 28 copies out of 50 remain

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Helpful Spirits.

Have you ever felt moved to do something odd or out of character for you that ended up being highly beneficial?  This happened to me today & as events unfolded I realized exactly what was going on.  A spirit came by to help my daughter and I during a little crisis we just experienced today.

My daughter is 14 and had her ears pierced back in January.  Everything went well & she’s never experienced any problems until today.  She took her shower & came running out of her bathroom crying & insisting I take her to the ER.  The words, “Mom!  You need to take me to the ER now,” are never something you want to hear from your child.  That alone scared me, especially since my daughter is not one to complain about anything and is very tough when it comes to being hurt or sick.

I jumped up & asked her what had happened & she explained her earring back got stuck inside her earlobe.  It had somehow gotten in through the back of her ear & she couldn’t get it out.  I took her to my bathroom where the lighting was better & what I saw made my stomach turn.

The earring back was so far inside her pierced ear hole that only a slight bit of the gold was protruding, and it wasn’t even enough for me to get another earring to run through the back of that half of the earring back so I could pull it out.  I didn’t know what to do.  I stood there staring at her earlobe for probably 10 seconds, when I suddenly heard a man’s voice say:

“get rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs, & ice. Go now. Run!” I was like, “OMGs, OK!” I gathered all those things, all of which except for the ice was in my bathroom already. Then I felt guided to do each step.

I washed my hands very well under hot-as-my-skin-could-stand water. Dried them on a clean towel. I gave her a clean face towel & told her to bite down on it & that this may hurt like H & I was sorry ahead of time. She simply nodded & said like the olden days & she went on to say she felt she was in the Civil War, which was a VERY ODD thing for her to say (see below).

I felt moved to soaked 3 swabs with alcohol, cleaned her ear well front & back with one. With the second swab I disinfected one of my own earrings that I used as a hook to hook into the bit of earring back that was still exposed, & then with the 3rd cotton swab I pressed as hard as I could on the front of her ear lobe to force as much of the earring back out through the back of the ear lobe while applying ice to the back of the ear to numb it, then used my earring to hook the earring back & pull the rest of the earring back out of the back of her earlobe.

She didn’t feel a thing, but Mama felt like dying & I felt sick for a good hour or so afterward! When we were all done I heard this man’s voice say clear as a bell (but in my head): “Now, clean all this up. No one should leave a surgery a mess like this! Good job, Mother! Wish you had been in the field with me.” And that was it. With that he was gone.

I really believe a doctor from the Civil War came to help us. Perhaps he’s one of my daughter’s guides, I don’t know. I know he’s not one of mine since I’ve never heard his voice before. I also never would have thought to have my child bear down on a towel in case it hurt a lot when I pulled the earring back out, either. That was due to the doctor’s presence.

Dr. Ashbel Smith
Dr. Ashbel Smith

I felt strongly that this man was not only a Civil War doctor, but also somehow tied to my doctoral alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin.  I began my search by simply googling “Civil War doctor Texas.”  This is where I came upon Dr. Ashbel Smith.  Dr. Smith was a remarkable man & I do urge you to read the link about him included in this post for the finer details of his life.  He established a hospital in what is now Houston where we live.  He worked closely with Sam Houston in the battles that established our state and our state’s independence (did you know Texas was its own country for a while with its own president???).  He was awarded numerous honors & years later also served as a doctor in the Civil War. After the war he became the first President of the Board of Regents at the then newly established University of Texas in Austin.  His goal was to make UT-Austin a fine academic institution with a good reputation throughout America.  Today that’s just what UT is and Ashbel Smith graveUT only accepts students from the top 10% of their graduating classes.  It has grown into a fine institution of higher learning, just as Dr. Smith had hoped it would.  Dr. Smith is buried in the State Cemetery in Austin.

I’m not saying it was THE Dr. Ashbel Smith who helped me today. It could have been any surgeon from the Civil War who was just passing through, saw us needing help, & realized I could hear him so he helped us.  However, given my strong feeling this doctor who did help was somehow tied to UT-Austin, then finding this article at Wikipedia about Dr. Smith & his strong connection to the university, I cannot help but believe this must be the man who helped us.

So, THANK YOU, Dr. Ashbel Smith, or  Whoever You Are/Were! I appreciate your help very much! This saved us a trip to the ER & who knows how much time & money!!!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD.

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Trial & Error: My Introduction to WordPress & Artsy News

Originally, I obtained this URL back in 2009, but then took one look at the WordPress set up back then & balked.  I couldn’t figure out anything so I left confused, dismayed, and pretty upset until I began to use Blogger.  However, over the past 3 years I have been hearing the same thing – WordPress blogs receive more traffic because they place better in the search engines.  Well, being a businesswoman this got me to thinking, perhaps I should give WordPress another go.

I did and am pleased to say it didn’t take me long to more or less figure things out.  I still can’t figure out how to increase the size of the font for posts. I do apologize for that to those of you who wear bifocals as I do.  You can always go to your tools in your browser and use the zoom function you will find there.  I do that for many blogs and it works out just fine.

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NEWS:  I am in the process of developing a sister site to my main site, Magickal-Musings.com. The most popular page at my site currently is my article on how to contact spirit guides.  If you use “contact spirit guides” as your Google search terms you will see that my article comes up as Number 1.  How that ever happened, I have no idea, but I sure am thankful!  Due to the popularity of that article and all the questions I receive in email about spirit guides (an average of 15 a week), I decided to create a sister site focusing only on the topic of spirit guides.  Currently, my article on spirit guides from Magickal-Musings.com serves as the home page of my new site, but if you scroll to the bottom of the home page you’ll see a link to a second page, which is all about the tremendous importance of asking for some type of spiritual protection before every session – even after you have successfully & repeatedly establish contact.  So please, when you visit, scroll on down & click on the link to go to the second page.  You can find my Contact Spirit Guides site here.  I don’t have any services listed there yet, but have been already dong some Spirit Guide Portraits, that also include channeled information about your spirit guide and any message(s) they may have for you.  The image above is a Spirit Guide Portrait I created for Nilda.  It is done on 11 X 14″ bristol vellum cardstock in a mix of colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and acrylic paint for the nighttime sky background.

OTHER NEWS:  Also of an artsy nature, I am very pleased & proud to announce that I have just completed two Manifestation Mandalas for tarot artist, Lisa Hunt.  Lisa is not only my favorite tarot artist of all time, but her artwork has always been a personal inspiration to me and she is the reason I am now creating my own deck, The Magickal Musings Tarot.  I friended Lisa on Facebook and since then have discovered that not only is she an incredibly talented artist (something I have known since 1999), but she is also a lovely person with a lovely family.  She and I recently made an arrangement for me to create a Manifestation Mandala for her. I can’t tell you how high the intimidation factor ran for me.  I’m not sure any machine could measure that high.  My palms literally sweated as I sat down to create the initial sketches!

Manifestation Mandalas are just like my other spiritual art of Spirit Guide Portraits and Soul Portraits.  Images come to me in distinct waves.  At first, I will see one, maybe two symbols. Once I draw what I see (my guides are nice enough to wait on me as I draw), I will receive one or two additional symbols. I then use my artist’s eye to place the images together in a pleasing composition, then work toward creating the final sketch before adding color.  Also, the symbols I receive, I usually see them in full color.  Therefore, I am sure to keep a box of colored pencils next to me so I can add swatches of color to my initial sketch so I can remember what colors to use in the final composition.

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Lisa Hunt Manifestation Mandala 2
Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2012

Lisa’s Manifestation Mandala proved to be much more intricate than the others I had created up until now.  I use a 12 X 12″ canvas for my Manifestation Mandalas.  I quickly realized that in order to have enough room for all the detail I would need to create two pieces for her.  The first piece is of the central image, which I received first of the hand with various symbols.  The second piece are the secondary symbols. If they were all on the same Manifestation Mandala, Lisa’s would have a secondary outer ring containing the symbols of her second Manifestation Mandala.  This is how it works sometimes. Symbols do their own thing and the hand really wanted a canvas all to itself. Who am I to argue with a symbol, never mind my own spirit guides who were also telling me to create two Manifestation Mandalas for Lisa.  This also once occurred with a client’s Soul Portrait. She received so many symbols, that I couldn’t fit them all onto a single sheet of bristol cardstock, so I created two for her.  When this occurs, I do not charge additional money.  I figure since my guides are telling me to create two & are providing enough symbols for two, then this person was meant to have two pieces of art & that’s all there is to it.  Lizzy’s two Soul Portraits hang framed side by side in her office & I can’t tell you how totally thrilled she was to receive both of them.  I was happy to create them for her.

I love creating art.  I have held some type of artistic tool in my hand since I was 2.  My portrait of “The Potato People” I created when I was 2 1/2 graced my parents dining room wall until they sold the house 37 years later. Never mind that I actually drew it directly onto the wall.  During the ensuing years my dad painted the dining room twice, but he was always careful to paint around my Potato People.  His simple consideration for his daughter’s feelings taught me a valuable lesson:  art has value & art touches the soul.

I am currently working on a Top Secret artistic project.  Not even my family knows.  No one has seen these images except for Sheila, and I.  Oh, Sheila?  Just who is this Sheila person?  She’s the family dog, and a very strict art critic, I might add.  When I unveil these new pieces they will first be viewable to the public at my Facebook Business Page, and then in my two art groups on Facebook:  The Magickal Musings Tarot and Manifestation Mandalas. So, please be sure you have liked my business page on Facebook if you want to be among the very first to see the images when I start to make them public.

Well, I hope this post turns out okay. I don’t see a button I can use to preview it before publishing it.  That makes me nervous, but oh, well.  As I said in the title, Trial and Error.  They happen to be my two middle names.

Until next time (which won’t be long as I have a tarot deck review to write), I wish you all Many Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, Ph. D., R. M-T.