Spirit of Place

“Authenticity is the essence of power.”

Our ancient ancestors believed that every place has a Spirit looking after it or embodying it: just as we have a soul, the plants, trees, birds, mountains, and rivers have their own essences.

When the Spirit of Place arrives in your reading, it says that the answer to your query is in the overarching theme of your circumstances. Is your questions about a struggle? The answer is to relax and let go of your need to control the situation. If your inquiry relates to finding love, then embody love rather than long for it. Once you find the essential truth that underlies your question and then name it, you’ll discover the answer you’ve been seeking. Your greatest power is in your authenticity.


Don’t get entangled in details or desires that obscure the truth or your situation. Step back and ask yourself, What is the real nature of my inquiry? Even exquisitely seductive hidden agendas cannot conceal this. Trust your intuition, the Spirit of Place is whispering in your ear. You hold the power to tell the truth- first to yourself, then to the world. You can always distinguish between an essence that is true and one that is “synthetic.”

Be honest with yourself, and remain willing to let your situation be revealed for what it really is and not what you want it to be. An apple can’t become an orange, just as a dog can never be a bird. Are you trying to change someone or something to suit your agenda? Only when you see things as they truly are will you find the real treasure.

-by Colette Baron-Reid from The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards


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