Sky Scrying and a Devotional to My Friend Ruth…

Written by avenefica on June 1st, 2014


When I was a kid, I had the luxury and pleasure of running into a unique woman named Ruth.  She was regal, eccentric, highly intelligent and an over-all colorful being.  I’m grateful fate brought us together.  She gave my young, impressionable mind lots to ponder.  Many of the insights you see on were inspired by Ruth.

Ruth passed away about a decade ago.  Luckily, her tutelage and installations of wonder stuck in the awkward kid (me) she chose to befriend.  Thank you, Ruth for your kindness and for taking me under your wing.

This blog post is a bit of a homage to Ruth.  Today is her birthday.

This post is also about sky-scrying.  Ruth taught it to me.  Sky-scrying is a fancy word for looking up into the heavens and letting our imagination’s seek something wondrous.  Ruth and I would spend hours looking into the skies.  We’d point and say: “Oh lookie!!!!  A donkey! An elephant! A salamander!”

All clouds look like dragons or phoenix’s to me….but Ruth saw all manner of elegance and life.

Ruth…I love you.  Every time I look into the skies and see clouds, I think of you.  Thank you for all you taught me…especially sky-scrying.

Look into the skies.   Do your own sky-scrying.  Maybe say a good word for my fond friend while you’re up there in the ethers. :)

May all your cloud formations be beautiful and inspiring,



Other Articles of Interest:

Cloud Dispersions and Symbolic Cloud Meaning

Cloud Tattoo Ideas and Meaning

Sylphs…Energies of the Air

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Pictograms and Interpreting Symbolic Meanings

Written by avenefica on May 24th, 2014


Pictograms and Interpreting Symbolic Meanings

Stumped about a symbolic meaning? It happens. Sometimes, symbolic phenomenon crops up in our awareness, and we might become confounded about its meaning, or how it applies to our lives. Through my own personal interpretations, I found a neat, simple tool that can help with getting unstuck when interpreting symbolic events. Pictograms.

A pictogram is nothing more than a simple picture that represents a physical object. Similarly, an ideogram is an image that represents a concept or idea. Either way, both are useful in the practice of puzzling together a symbolic episode. Why? Because pictures convey far more gravitas than words or mental concepts.

Often, when we keep seeing something that may be a symbolic message – we tend to hold the concept in our mind. This is an ephemeral place for symbolic concepts to live. But when we sketch out the event on paper, we essentially pour it out from the ether (our mind) and let it spill into the material realm. This allows fluffy concepts to concretize, galvanize and prompts solid conclusions.

Our ancient ancestors knew this. Consider Egyptian hieroglyphs. Or cave drawings. There’s a reason pictograms pre-date the written word. Pictures are an “in-your-face” expression of important concepts and messages.

So how do we use ideograms and pictograms to interpret symbolic meanings? Simple.

Here’s how: Draw a picture of your symbolic phenomena on a piece of paper. Put a plus sign (+) after your initial symbol-picture. Next, draw any other surrounding elements that caught your awareness surrounding the symbolic event. For each picture you’ve drawn, assign one word that sums up a meaning for the symbol. For example, if you’re wondering why those crows are following you everywhere…what’s one word that represents crow-energy to you? Write that above your picture of the crow.

When you have a string of pictograms, write an equal sign (=) at the end. Here’s an example of a pictogram equation that can help interpret symbolic meaning:



Ideally, the process of drawing engages the creative centers of the brain which allow for a more fluid process of interpretation.

In the above example, a friend of mine designated one word for each of the elements she kept seeing in her dreams and even in her daily routine. By just simply jotting these items down along with a basic meaning for each, she was able to piece together a symbolic dialogue.

In this example, my friend determined she needed a little more freedom (horse) in order to grow (tree) and feel more light-hearted (sun).

This may seem like an oversimplified method to interpreting our symbolic meanings. Nevertheless, I’ve found that some of the most basic approaches gain the biggest insight…especially if our symbolic encounters seem vast, obscure or overwhelming.

Give it a try. Just break down your symbolic observations into simple icons. Assign one word to each of your symbols. Then let your awareness meander upon your pictogram. I’m betting your equation will offer you insightful solutions to your symbolic questions.

Happy pictogramming!

Other Articles of Interest:

Using Symbolism for Guidance

Symbolism vs. Superstition

Creating a Personal Symbol




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Doing The Right Thing

Written by avenefica on April 22nd, 2014


I’ve opened doors for elderly souls who clearly needed a little help.

I’ve washed dishes and swept porches in many a stranger’s home without being asked.

I’ve dialed 911 in a crucial moment of crisis, and stayed focused on the victim of a crime until she was in more capable hands.

I’ve taken in countless creatures…from birds to ferrets, to lizards, and goodness knows how many cats.  I’ve nursed all of these babies back to health and given them homes worthy of their needs.

I’ve contributed to charitable organizations with the hope of building stronger foundations.

I’ve invested in several people, including financing educations, with the hope of building better human lives.

I’ve done many things that (I hope) bring goodness into this world, without being requested, and with no expectation of reward.

Am I bragging?  Nope. 

Why am I saying all this?

Because I’m not the only one.  You’ve done the same. 

You’ve seen a need, and you’ve filled it.  I know you have. 

This post is just my way of saying “thank you” for doing good things in this world.  Without reward, without expectation, without a need for recognition. 

It’s the small, beautiful moves we make in this life that moves mountains. 

Thank you.  xo


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