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Message on a “Blah” Day

What do you do when you have a case of the “blahs” & you have no idea what is causing you to feel this way. Well, other than the weather. It’s been raining badly here in Houston for about a week. Lots of gray skies, chilly, and very little sun. Usually I am not emotionally reactive to weather patterns, but this one has me within its clutches so I decided to ask for a message to brighten my day.

I swear that I chose these at random. Just look at the similarity of the message on each card. Similar, yet not identical.

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The Universe presents us with Infinite Possibilities.”

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We live in an abundant Universe. There is enough for everyone.”

I pulled these cards randomly as I wondered what type of message could pull me out of the blahs. I would have to say that this is that message!

I woke up feeling immediately overwhelmed as I mentally went over my work schedule for today. Please do not misunderstand me. I am incredibly grateful for the orders that have recently come in for readings, enchantments, and a Soul Portrait, but there are also so many hours in a day and I do not like to keep people waiting. Yet there is only one of me and many (thank the gods) clients. Currently, my services I offer at my site are my family’s main source of income as my husband works to get his new business off the ground. These orders are keeping the bills paid and food on the table so to say I am grateful would be an understatement.

As I read the first message, “The Universe presents us with Infinite Possibilities” it made me think of different ways I could manage my time. After contemplating the message of this card I now have a better idea of how to parcel out my time today so I am no longer feeling overwhelmed.

As I pulled the second card my hand was first pulled toward one end of the fanned out deck, but then I felt a very light push on my hand that guided me toward the opposite end of the fan. When choosing a card from a fanned deck I allow my hand to hover about 2″ above the cards until one or more of my fingers begin to tingle. Usually this happens only with my index finger. Then I choose whichever card below makes that finger tingle the most. That is how I chose the first card, so other than the gentle push, I chose the second card in the same manner.

My reaction when I read the message of the second card was, “well, would you look at that!” “We live in an abundant Universe. There is enough for everyone.”

Two cards that speak of what the Universe has to offer us if we are open to receive, that is, when we have faith and belief that yes, we DO live in an abundant universe, there IS enough for everyone, and the universe is jam-packed with infinite possibilities.

What a cheery and uplifting message on a day when I had been suffering from the blahs and feeling overwhelmed!

You see, I also woke up worried about money. I try hard not to worry, but when your first thought of the morning is, “OMG, I have to pay my sales tax today because it’s due tomorrow!” while hoping you have enough in your meager checking account so your check to the State doesn’t bounce, well, it can create a tiny sense of panic. Thankfully, due to the orders I received yesterday I do have enough to pay my sales tax today; and, I was aware of this, but those first few foggy thoughts of morning are often not very logical. I had forgotten about orders that came in last night that gave me a financial reprieve in my midnight hour (almost literally!).

The second message is a timely reminder that a person cannot focus on what they LACK. If you find yourself thinking “I don’t have enough money to pay my sales tax,” or whatever else you need to pay, rethink that. Such a thought is only placing more emphasis on what you lack and not on what you actually possess. Perhaps you don’t have enough money to pay all your bills, but you can pay some of them. Focus gratitude out into the universe for the bills and things you are able to pay for. Don’t focus on what you can’t afford. Focus on what you possess and what you have been able to accomplish. If we all work to focus on what we have and on what we have managed to do or complete, then express gratitude for that, the universe will work to present us with new opportunities through which additional abundance can flow toward us.

The message of the second card kindly presented me with a timely reminder me of this fact. I have reconsidered my family’s financial situation; and, as a result, I feel secure in the knowledge that yes, as long as I remain open to receive and maintain my faith, the universe WILL provide.

red-maple-blooming-in-mid-jan-2017As I looked out the window immediately after taking this picture I was struck by the fact my red maple is blooming new leaves already. We had a very short and late fall season here in Houston. My two red maples didn’t actually begin to show any fall colors until mid-December. It was short-lived as they lost all their leaves by the first few days of 2017. They have only been fallow for about two weeks, but already they are budding out! It goes to show how unseasonably warm it’s been in Houston this “winter,” which hasn’t really been winter, not even in the Houston sense of the word.

As I sat here looking out my bedroom window at my red maple tree marveling at all the new baby leaves appearing nearly overnight on its branches this tree also reminded me that despite temporary setbacks opportunities will continue to bloom.

bag-envelopeGuidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm is open for pre-order until January 30th at which time I shall place the order with my printer. Each deck comes signed, numbered, and attuned to Reiki and CIER (the Clear Iridescent Energy Ray of Archangel Michael of which I am the exclusive channel and Teacher). The packaging arrived yesterday and I must say it exceeded my expectations. The satin bag has raised gold dots upon it. I will further embellish each bag with beads from my collection intuitively chosen for each person who orders. The gold bubble envelope is quite snazzy and I am impressed with its quality.

Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm is a self-published limited print-run. These decks will not remain in stock for long. All orders are filled strictly on a first-come, first-served basis and your deck number reflects the order in which I received your payment. Please click on the appropriate payment link for your location below. I ship worldwide via First Class domestic US mail and First Class Air.

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Blessings!

Nefer Khepri, PhD.

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How this Oracle Deck Came to Be

It all started with a voice.

I have channeled Archangel Michael since 1996. One spring morning upon waking I michaelheard his voice. All he said was, “are you ready to get to work now?”

Thinking he meant to ask if I was ready to start my work day, I responded with, “In a bit, Michael. I have to bathe & have breakfast first.”

Michael replied with, “Very well. I shall return briefly.”

An hour or so later Michael was back, but I quickly realized he wasn’t talking about a typical work day. Instead, he began to explain to me a healing system he referred to as another color on the spectrum of Rays. This color is called the Clear Iridescent Energy Ray and he is the specific archangel that governs that ray.

Michael had me lie down on the couch and gave me an attunement to that energy ray. I was knocked for a loop. I was not prepared, but he insisted on passing the attunment on to me right then & there. You do not argue with an archangel. You do as you are told! So I laid on the couch, waited, and then the amount of energy that came in through my crown chakra made me so dizzy that I nearly fell off the couch!

After that, Michael gave me information about this new healing modality in piecemeal form. Information was given to me on a “need-to-know” basis, and when I would ask specific questions I was told quite curtly, “you do not need to know at this time.” Michael gave me the information in the order and in the amount he had decided upon and there was nothing I could to do alter the process.

The Clear Iridescent Energy Ray (CIER) is now an online course & I am planning a book as well. Meanwhile, those channeling sessions lead to Michael presenting me with short phrases that did not have anything to do with the CIER material. He instructed me to write them down in a journal, which I did.

Once Michael gave me a few phrases Archangel Raphael made his presence known. Raphael and I go way back. He is actually the first archangel with whom I had any form of contact. That in and of itself is very interesting so I’ll share it now.

I was around 25 years old & my parents still lived in my childhood home. I was visiting for the Christmas holiday break from graduate school. One night I had a dream.

I dreamed I was standing on the sidewalk in front of my childhood home. There was a storm coming that was moving south to north (my street also ran north-south). As I saw more storm clouds crawling across the sky I could see flashes of lightning. I remember thinking it was odd that I did not hear any thunder.

The storm soon extended along my entire street. At that point I heard what I thought was distant thunder, but as I looked up at the clouds to the south I realized it was not thunder I was hearing, it was the hooves of horses galloping down my street, but the horses were up in the clouds!

4-horsemenAs they got closer I saw one white horse, a black one, a reddish one, brown, and a pale whitish/light gray horse. Jesus Christ rode the white horse. An archangel rode each of the other four horses. I got very frightened thinking that this was the end of the world & I was seeing the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

I attempted to run back into my house for safety, but I had caught the eye of the archangel wearing the green robe. I knew that one was Raphael. As he looked down at me he reached out toward me with the palm of his right hand facing me. His arm grew longer & longer until his right hand reached me. He smacked me right in my third eye and in a loud, booming voice that was very frightening, he said to me:

Heal thyself, then go forth and heal others!

The five horsemen continued on down my street moving past my house and eventually out of sight. When I woke up I told my mom about the dream. She said the dream meant I had a spiritual calling. At the time I had no idea what it could be. I was in graduate school studying Archaeology. That was my first clue that I would not end up in archaeology or academia as a career.

Raphael stepped forward again to help me during my studies to become a Reiki master teacher. He was with me every step of the way. He now works with me whenever I channel healing energy. Two days after Michael told me he had given me all the phrases he was going to give “for the time being,” Raphael made his presence known. He then presented me with several additional phrases.

Michael then returned to explain these phrases were to be made into an oracle deck that would help many people. He also told me there was to be a total of 44 cards, but he and Raphael had given me all their phrases. I asked Michael if I was meant to compose the remaining phrases, and he told me no, that a spirit guide would come & present the phrases to me. That is a topic for another time.

The number 44, Michael explained, is significant. The number 4 is the number of the archangels, so 44 magnifies their energy since the 4 is doubled. The number 4 is also the number of stability, groundedness, and inner wisdom.

sample-of-watercolor-background-1Once I received all 44 phrases, Michael returned and sent me visions of particular color combinations. A specific color combination was intended for a specific phrase. He went through the phases in alphabetical order. As I received visions of each phrase’s color scheme I would make notes with a 100+ set of colored pencils so I could get as close to the actual shade of each color I was being shown. When I was done I had 4 pages with each page containing 11 color swatches. I was then ready to start painting the watercolor gouache backgrounds.

As I worked on the watercolor backgrounds I also focused on creating the font that you see on the cards themselves. I created the font by hand through a great deal of trial, error, and experimentation. I had to be sure the letters would fit nicely together, and in the beginning that wasn’t happening. It took quite a few tweaks and changes before I ended up with the final font that I used for the cards. Each phrase is hand-lettered and then I went over the letters with Sakura drawing pens in order to ink them in.

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Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm came to be due to a voice and it was the outgrowth of a information given to me by Michael regarding the new healing modality, the Clear Iridescent Energy Ray (CIER). I had no idea at the time that Michael and I were working on the course material that a deck would also come of our partnership. I thought the phrases he was giving me were perhaps meditation prompts.

The cards can be used for meditation, and they can also be used for connecting with your own angels and spirit guides. Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm can also be used as a divinatory oracle deck. I will be providing examples of that particular use in later blog posts.

The archangels are making themselves known to many people at this time. Michael says that humanity is at a critical juncture in its history and the archangels are here to provide guidance, healing, and joy as they help each of us to transition through this period. It is our joint hope that Guidance and Inspiration From the Angelic Realm helps to spread joy, guidance, and healing to all who are in need. It was a great joy for me to create this deck and I hope that joy spreads to all who use it.

Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm will open for pre-order on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Payment & ordering information will be posted on the “Order A Deck” page on that day, so stay tuned. All who pre-order a deck will receive a free reading from me with my new oracle deck!

Blessings,

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD.

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Introducing My Latest Deck Creation

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Here is the very first glimpse of my latest deck creation, Guidance and Inspiration From the Angelic Realm. In the background you can see my first deck creation, The Egyptian Lenormand, originally self-published in 2014 and mass-published by Schiffer in 2015.

I began creating Guidance and Inspiration From the Angelic Realm (or GIFAR, for short) in early 2016. I have channeled Archangel Michael since 1996 and he inspired me to create this deck. The initial messages that I channeled for this deck came from him, but soon he was joined by Archangel Raphael.

As they gave me phrases to place on the cards I initially assumed this was to be a book. I wrote each phrase on a 3 x 5″ note card thinking I would take further notes on it for the forthcoming book. It was not until the archangels had given me about a dozen phrases that they began to show me swatches of color for each one. When I asked why they were showing me colors they told me the colors were meant to be the background of particular phrases. The phrases and colors are meant to correspond. I took notes and made color swatches  on those note cards using colored pencils in order to be better prepared to create the final card images.

As I waited to be given more phrases I experimented with various artistic mediums to figure out which one I would use to create the backgrounds. I finally settled upon watercolor gouache, which is basically an opaque watercolor. I painted the backgrounds on 6 x 8″ mixed media paper by Strathmore.

Archangel Michael informed me about halfway through the process that I was to create a font that would require me to hand-letter every card. I originally intended to use the computer to type in the phrases and then print them out on the watercolor backgrounds, but he insisted that the font must be handwritten. He said it was important that I channel universal energy down through my crown chakra and out through my hands as I hand wrote each phrase. It took me several weeks to create and then to tweak the font that now appears on the cards.

Once I created the font the next stage was to write out the phrases. I wrote most of them out on scratch paper. Next, I used a light box to trace them out onto the watercolor backgrounds in pencil. I then used Sakura pens to ink in the lettering.

I am currently writing the guide that will accompany the deck. I am not sure if it will be a PDF that I send to everyone who orders the deck or if I will go through Amazon or some other service & create a guide for Kindle format, as well as PDF. As with the phrases on the cards, the guide is also channeled. There is a channeled message that accompanies each phrase.

Archangel Michael told me the deck was to have 44 cards. Archangel Raphael joined us about two months into the project so they would take turns coming through to give me new phrases. They told me the card images would be completed sometime during the summer; however, by May the entire project seemingly stalled with over a dozen phrases yet to be received. Then one day another presence with whom I was quite familiar informed me they were here to complete the project.

I am not identifying them here. Suffice it to say if you follow me on Facebook you probably know their identity already. I do reveal their name in the deck itself. This lovely spirit provided me with the remaining phrases that brought the total up to 44, thus completing the deck.

Guidance and Inspiration from the Angelic Realm will be available for pre-order very soon. I already have a sample deck and I really love the way the cards turned out. The printer did a great job. Please follow this blog and keep an eye on it for all future announcements pertaining to the availability of the deck and my progress in channeling the accompanying guide.

I am very excited about this project and look forward to its completion with anticipation. I hope that you do as well.

Blessings,

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD.

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