Category Archives: Angels and Guides

Venus’s Rings

To live in hearts we leave behind…Is not to die.–Thomas Campbell

I lost my mother’s rings—her wedding bands and diamond.  After she died, it took me years before I could wear them.  I remember thinking one day, “Mom I have my own wedding ring, I can’t wear yours.”  A month later I lost my wedding band in the Wisconsin Dells.  I’ve worn her rings ever since. 

Last October, I was painting the front porch and working in the garden.  I remember taking the rings off outside, but I thought I brought them in.  I searched the front and back yard.  I searched the house.  I stopped looking and thought they would turn up.  I’ve misplaced them before and I always find them. 

It was a week before Christmas; I searched everywhere I could think of without any success.  In February, my husband left town to visit my son at school in Denver.  I decided to tear apart our bedroom and look for the rings.  I took out every drawer, poured them on the bed and even picked up the dresser to look underneath.  No rings.  I started to think that they were really gone.  I was really sad.

I asked myself would I be okay if I never found her rings.  The rings were not my mother, just her rings, and my connection with her was not in the rings but in the memories in my heart. 

 “Mom, if your rings are gone I’ll be sad, but it’s okay.  But if there is anyway you can help me get your rings back, I’d be thrilled.  I miss you mom.” 

 I crawled in bed and went to sleep.  The next morning, I opened my top dresser drawer to get a pin out of the small shelf in the corner.  I had completely forgotten about my nighttime petition.  My mother’s rings were on the top of the pin!  I thanked my mother and am wearing her rings as I write this.  It was a great reminder to ask for help, not only from those here with me now but also from those you have transitioned from this life.

 This week:  Remember to ask for help and be willing to be surprised!

 Mary Jo


Sniffing out Angels

 I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.  ~Michelangelo
We were having family over to help celebrate my youngest son’s 18th birthday.  As my sister-in-law, Debbie, walked in our front door she was immediately greeted by our 14 year old dog Freckles.  “You smell my angel,” she said.  My son overheard this exchange and came flying out of his room.  “You’re not going to tell me that you can smell angels?”   It turns out the ‘Angel’ she was referring to was her 1 year old Cockapoo.  Realizing his mistake he laughed and returned to his room.  I smiled to myself, thinking how remarkable this conversation was.  You see, he didn’t doubt that she had contact with her angels, he just thought smelling them was going a bit too far. 



Debbie regularly speaks with her guides and angels.  I don’t know many people who have such a direct connection.  Yet, it’s possible for everyone to dialogue with the spirit world.  It’s not really that complicated.  You just need to be open to and ask for assistance.  Guidance can be found in a church, temple, or a mosque.  I feel the presence of spirit when I prepare a family recipe handed down through generations or arrange flowers in a vase.  A walk by the lake on a crisp fall day or through newly falling snow is another great way to connect with spirit. There’s really no one right way to connect, just the way that’s right for you.  So whether it’s through prayer, song, dance, mediation or play, what’s important is that you are willing to set aside your doubt and be open to the possibility that the divine is there to help and guide you.

– Mary Jo


This Week:  Take a few moments to ask spirit for help.  After you ask, observe the world around you and see if you can discover a message just for you