Set Your Future – Only YOU Can!

It’s a new week & already, most of the month has passed! We don’t always need a New Year to set our goals, we can do that every day of the week, but since today is a Monday, why not set your future now? Your future is in your hands. When you’re eleven, you may not believe that. When you’re twenty-eight, you’re in the grips of the “man” & the corporate life. However, when you’re forty-two, a busy mum of three active, bouncy, intelligent children, you push them to exceed when you didn’t. Oh, if we could only go back twenty years! Here’s the thing though; we don’t need to go back 20 years. We don’t need to push the kids to be better than us (though, we do that normally anyway!) we can set our own future, right now. We can set it and start striving towards it. The trick comes with knowing where you want to be in 10 years time. Then, comes the planning! Breaking it down into steps you can accomplish by being persistent. Being consistent helps ensure you’ll keep it. Some are better at one aspect than the other, but that doesn’t mean you don’t try! This…

The Year of the Earth Dog – Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is about to start. Are you ready for the Year of the Earth Dog? It’s New Year time again, but this time, for our Oriental friends.  Reading up on when the Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog happens, is quite confusing. Despite the fact that the New Year actually began for them on February 4th, the New Year is not celebrated until the New Moon of that lunar month; hence why it’s the 16th of February this year. Another thing I’ve learned this year (which I haven’t known these last 12 years!) is that there are colours for each animal!  Someone told me it was brown this year & I was like, “ya what?! Colours?! No way!! :O” But it was yes way, there are colours. There are also genders; so this year is the year of the “Male brown earth dog”. My eldest was born in a Dog year, a Fire Dog but I cannot find out the colour of the dog (I’m thinking red?) or the gender associated with it. The last time the Earth Dog was here, was 1948! Yes, quite a while ago! Tarot & The Earth Dog So, what does this…

Happy Imbolc / Groundhog Day – Lighting the Fires of Self

Today is Imbolc or Ground Hog Day. What fires will you light on this festival of Brigid, the Keeper of the Sacred Fire? It’s important today to remember to listen to our intuitive selves, listen to the inner wisdom of our intuitive selves & bring the new growth into our lives.  It’s Imbolc & this time of year is also known as Candlemas*. Candles are often lit to celebrate the return of the lights as the Sun’s light energy increases. The Saint or Goddess associated with this time of year is Brigid, Bride, Brigit, The Maiden or the Keeper of the Sacred Fire. She celebrates intuition, inspiration, divination & the spark of life. It was said that when it rained at this time of year, Brigid was sharing her life-giving waters, fertilising the land. (Have to admit, she’s been crying hard, her tears have fallen as hail these last few days!) In other ancient Celtic Mythology, the Spring Maiden (Olwen, Nawalen, Gewnhyver, Blodeuwedd, Brigid) initiates a young Sun king into a deeply sexual, spiritual experience. The secret of Imbolc (if there is such a secret!) is hidden within these tales. They hint & suggest at the fertile power of the…

Thanks Rabbie – The Beauty of Poetry

It’s Burns Night on Thursday, the time for haggis, neeps & tatties! It’s also the birthday of Scotland’s most famous of poets, Rabbie Burns. I didn’t get introduced to Rabbie Burn’s beautiful, wonderful work until I was 13 or 14; so quite late! Poetry wasn’t even something I recall my English language teacher putting before me, though the structure of a sentence is something she did say I’d be good at. The first poem of his I read I think, was Red Red Rose. I was given a book of his work & for hours, I sat there, trying to work the way the Scots speak with the words before me. Goodness, some of those auld words had me pondering “What the heck?!” quite a bit! Turns out that he’s taken old slang Scottish peasant language (a mix of English with Gaelic) & made it into poetry. No wonder I struggle! His Ode To a Haggis is rather famous & is used to open Burns Suppers. Here it is if you want to hear it. The context is currently lost on me, though I wish I understood what each verse means or references too. Despite the fact I don’t quite…

Oh, It’s Monday, ah, Blue Monday

It’s “Blue Monday” – the day of the year we’re supposed to be the blue-est we’ll ever be.  So, for being so blue, what can we do about it? First of all, this song just comes right into my head: Yazz – The Only Way Is Up! As did this one; Blue Monday – Rob Seger.  Now, both of these show very different sides of the same coin; the end of the month is nearly here & we’ve had fun and the time we’ve had. We need our rest on Sunday because Monday is a mess. (Yes, I was listening to Rob Seger as I typed that!) In the end, we are blue because realisation drops in for us, often unwelcome & unannounced. However, it’s harder when the mornings are dark enough for the kids to complain they’re up out of bed before the chickens even want to get up! So, I devised this little 3 card spread for you to use to help you look at why you might be blue. Feel free to use it yourself or develop your own as a result. I don’t mind! The Spread & Cards; 1: Why am I blue? 2: What should I not do…

Time To Clear Your Mind for 2018

Clear your mind they sang, and the rest will follow.  I “may” have misquoted that song title but it was on purpose. The New Year is well underway, so it’s time to clear your mind from the previous year! If you’ve managed to let go of all the stuff from 2017 already then you won’t need to clear your mind. Now that we’re into the second working week of a whole near year (or blank book!) it’s time to really reflect on what 2017 taught us & start building a bridge to get over that & achieving what we need for 2018. How often do we carry around the baggage from the past? That question reminds me of this song from the fabulous Stevie Nicks, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around. What other “baggage” are you carrying around from 2017? Guilt? Regret? Anger? There are bound to be things that you’ve just not dealt that is holding you back. The year is young. In baby terms, it’s still depending on you to do something with it. It won’t get its legs until Imbolc (which is only 3 weeks away!) but you kinda need to know what it is you want to spring…

Welcome 2018 – Our Justice Year

Welcome, 2018! You’ve been expected & in some cases, much wanted already! Now that 2017 is behind us, what does 2018, our Justice Year, have in store? You might wonder why on earth I said: it’s “Our Justice Year”. Well, take 2018, then add 20 to 18 & you get 38. Add 3 & 8 together & you get 11. The Justice card for The Wildwood is The Woodward. The buck stops with him this year, he has the final say of what does & doesn’t go. 2017 was a WHEEL year, Major 10 (3+7=10) so last year was a year of changes, both big & small. It was a bit of a rollercoaster in general, though not all the waves that we started last year will be needed this year. That’s where The Woodward comes in. He’s able to stand guard & watch. He’s not just Strength, he’s Justice too. His statement “I am not a victim. treat me with respect. Do not mistake my passivity for weakness”. The Woodward is the emotional backstop when fate or something else destructive, a disaster or something similar threatens to overwhelm us. Now that we’ve had all our seemingly security blankets, mechanisms…

Wishing Upon A Star this Yuletide

It’s the Tarot Blog Hop & it’s the last one for 2017. Err, where’s the year gone?!   It’s Yuletime & it’s the darkest part of the year. From now on, the light starts to return. Though we probably won’t notice it for a few weeks, I know my feathered egglaying pets will!   Blog Before Mine | Master Link | The Blog After Mine   The wrangler for this hop is Ania Marczyk asked this of us: “Wishing on a Star. As we approach the final festival of the calendar year, we prepare for a time of feasting and drinking. Whether you are observing Yule, the winter solstice, Christmas, any other holiday, or just being able to down tools for a few days, it is a time for celebration and also for anticipation and wishes. With this in mind and before you fling yourself headlong into the spirit of seasonal over-indulgence, take a moment to reflect on what this year has brought you and what you wish for the next year to bring. Which card(s) best represent or celebrate your past year and which best represent your wishes for the year ahead. You can either select the cards you think fit…

It’s Being Better By Doing – Get Up & Get Doing

How often do we wish we were good at something, but then, don’t do anything about it? In order for us to be good at something, means we have to be doing it, doesn’t it? Well, yes, it does! You have to get better by doing. You can’t be a good writer if you don’t read & then write the stories that have been created in your head. No one else has to read them, but you do have to practice & go through the learning curves! You’re not going to get better or braver at say, public speaking if you don’t get up onto that podium! You’re not going to get fitter if you don’t actually go to the gym or do any exercise in order to get fitter. Doris Lessing had the right idea with her saying: You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing. You can turn that onto any industry in this World. You only learn to be a better builder by actually building. You only get to be a better human by being human. You only get to be a better Tarot Reader by reading Tarot. That last one is funny but…

Acting your Shoe Size, Not Your Age!

It’s very easy to get swept up in the roles of modern life. Sometimes though, we need reminding to act our shoe size & not our age! How can the Tarot help you do just that? Whatever your shoe size is, the Tarot can help you get your head out of your own butt. It’s not often I engage in being a child. Like everyone else, I get my head down & get on with it, forgetting that I also need to be carefree regularly enough to keep myself refreshed & chirpy. Yeah, I get dour, snappy & cranky like everyone else! I need to remember my shoe size at times, not always my age! My daughter (who is not quite 5) gets too serious for her little boots at times. The boys certainly do & we’re all human after all. I developed this little 3 card spread to help you “lighten up” & get rid of the seriousness, if only for a few hours. Even as I write, I can hear the boys playing with the money from the money pots (the copper coins that I need to bag up & take to the bank in small bundles at…