It's so very nearly my birthday, so I thought I'd share with you what the Wildwood says might occur over my personal birthday festivities.
It's always nice to wish people a happy solar return when it's their birthday, to wish them all the best for the coming 12 months. In that time, we all hope we've grown up a bit, gotten wiser as the year has passed.
Times like this have us back at The Wanderer, beginning again, going forward another Lunar Year and leaving the baggage from the previous year behind. However, The Wildwood, being totally random and 78 cards of goodness, says The World Tree right at the start. The World Tree is the last of the Major Arcana's. It's about ending a journey, taking stock. Notice how the tree sports all four seasons? Right now, we're at the door at the base of the tree, just after the glyph maze. The clock is turning but the World is at my feet.
The Queen of Stones, the practical momma bear, comes out in the middle position; the other two are dancing around her, making her the central focal point. I'm not one for being in the spot light, I dislike it now at this age as I did when I was younger. I can cope with a small stage, my cave, my familiar surroundings. I'm not good on a central stage. Like this momma bear, I pop my head out to see what's going on, take stock, then head back inside to play and be warm. Back to some more birthday cake, wine and chocolate I think!
However, for my birthday, I can take being central figure for a day; can't you?
The Stag, Strength or Justice? In this deck, they're a little of both, the Stag protects, carries out the justice, keeps things fair. And I guess that's the skills I have to hand. The beat of the drum is constant, like The Doctor standing on the edge of the Time Vortex, I can hear the beat of life, coming from behind, from before me. Another birthday has passed, but a whole new one is just beginning!
It's time to borrow a Latin phrase; "nullius in verba" with the Fool that doubts and doesn't believe everything that he sees.
Seeing is believe, or so people tell me... Have you heard that phrase from Alice in Wonderland? It's been years since I heard that musical, or the songs it contains. I don't usually do musicals, I can't watch the Sound of Music, or many musicals. I did manage to watch Les Miserable one day. Not sure how though.
But the phrase, despite coming from a musical, is apt with this card. Do you believe all that you see? Do you believe the doubt and cynicism others spout out of their mouths? Sometimes we do, as we leave their presence feeling a hundred times worse than when we bumped into them. It's hard to ask for help too, when we doubt ourselves and listen to the demon inner voice that we all have.
However, we have a lesson to learn here and that's to listen to the voice inside us that isn't negative, but hardly gets heard. Ego is the negative side, but the Id, its opposite, hardly gets heard. Some people are good with their Id's, some aren't. We go through situations, huge changes, where the ego takes over and it takes a while for the Id to come through.
Don't doubt that the Id will be heard, but rest assured that the ego will be louder for a while. It's been my experience that the ego will fade away, there's less energy about you if you're not heard.
So, this week, listen to yourself, don't doubt yourself and when the ego kicks in, feel free to doubt it.
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Mercury goes direct this week and the Meaning Fool comes out to remind us to say what we mean and ensure that it holds a meaning for you.
Mercury retrograde (for me anyway) has bitten hard, I've had technology die, play up, birthdays have arrived, loom, medical appointments are scheduled and I've taken the time this week to enjoy my children during their half term.
The Meaning Fool (p11) is inviting us to reflect upon our present intentions, choices, priorities, direction and words. So, what's the purpose of your course of action now? How are they significant to you? Others don't need to understand what you're doing, or why, that's for you to know and them to work out. If they suggest that what you're doing is meaningless or futile, well, carry on with confidence and a smile on your face. If you understand the meaning, then that is all is necessary.
Are you honest about saying what you do? Do you really mean it? If not, why not? The only person who really needs to believe what they say is you, so if you're not, what are you doing about believing in yourself?
Fools waste their words when they blab words that don't come from the heart, when they don't actually reflect the truth that they believe. The Meaning Fool reminds us to pause before we speak (a lesson this Pisces has a hard time remembering), take the time to find the right words to convey the feelings inside.
Now that Mercury is going direct this week (though we're still in the pull of Mercury being a pain in the rear end until the 20th of March or so) the chance to find the voice within is here, but if it's still not with you, there's time to revise, practice, review and catch up. There's still time to learn how to honestly express yourself and learn the power that is within.This is The Fools Wisdom Deck by Sonia Choquette, with the copyright being held by Silas Toball.
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The Tarot does have a sense of humour and today is a classic example. When all around you are losing their heads, hunker down and chill out; endure the storm.
It's as easy as breathing to get frustrated with life, the people in it, family, work, yourself. It's totally understandable that as a result, you get frustrated with yourself too.
Using the Wildwood Tarot app, I pulled these cards using The Pathway Spread before I'd even set a foot out of bed. The first card up was The Seer; mysterious, knowing, psychic. She was / is my question. What does she say to you? What question do you have deep within that you'd love to know the answer to? You already know what you want to ask, but perhaps you don't want to give that question a voice of its own quite yet.
Action to avoid shows us the indelible Goat, with a commonly felt keyword during this mercury retrograde; frustration. Are you trying to do much? Are you getting nowhere? Have you too much mentally going on? Do you feel as though you're free-falling or missing the mark? The advice from the Tarot is simple: avoid that which is frustrating you. Fly above the snipes, comments, hocus pocus and mind games of others.
This brings us to the final card, the five of Stones, with its advice on what positive action to take. This little person, whomever they are (our young wanderer, perhaps?) is enduring the storm outside by taking shelter and doing practical things to survive, sustain, keep warm. It doesn't look like they're totally enjoying themselves, but every storm has to run out of puff at some point: it's natures way.
This song, by Ronan Keating, was used at a family wedding and it comes to mind now. You say it best, when you say nothing at all.
The time to speak your piece isn't here with us yet; wait until Mercury goes direct again.
Stay safe and if you're into it, enjoy your Valentines Day. I hope that it's special for you, however you celebrate it!
A message to take some time out, be reclusive and seek some solitude comes to us with this cute, whimsical Oracle deck. Happy Valentines week folks!
I'm getting to love this little deck with its simple, direct and gentle way to convey its messages. We all need time "away from the game". I saw a comment via Twitter the other day that the best self-indulgent thing we can do for ourselves, is take a long hot bubble bath. Ha, I wish! I grab a shower in between doing this or that with the kids around my ankles or asleep in their cots.
However, this deck makes a good point (p8, 3rd paragraph) that we risk being over-whelmed by the doubts and fears of the outer world, losing your confidence and direction. It suggests that you take a temporary time out and go inward, create the separation from the things that grind us, to create the space that our inner guidance needs to work.
If you're feeling guilty about taking this personal time out, I have to ask why? No time to run that bath? The kids need this, the dog needs this? There's the shopping to get done... Oh, I have a list as long as your leg for excuses for not looking after yourself. I know this list well; it's my excuses list too!
And that's exactly what it is. It's a list of excuses to not look after yourself. If you're not going to look after yourself, who will? How can you help those around you, whom you love, if you won't take one half an hour out for yourself? Tuck the kids up into bed, run the bath whilst you empty the dishwasher or make the lunches, but take that time out to find your inner self and seek that bit of solitude, that little bit of reclusive time that is totally ours.
Sounds like good advise I'm now going to go and follow, but whilst I do, I'd love to read your comments in reply. What do you do to relax, be reclusive and claim "me" time? Share with me, let me know I'm not the only mad one that needs to follow this advice!
The weekend is nigh and I slide under the barrier for posting any cards beyond the Blog Hop this week as if I were scoring in a rounders / baseball game. There's a decision to be made but how swiftly do I make this said, decision?
King of Arrows is a character that's direct, straight to the point, swift, dangerous. He strikes quickly and accurately, without discrimination. Whatever he's representing for these next two days, it's going to be swiftly and directly. The Two of Arrows is about making a decision, though her bow certainly does not appear to be broken under her feet. She's weighing something up, but it's not adding up. Maybe that's what is causing her the issue and why she's got the blindfold on, to avoid distractions. The Eight of Vessels is about rebirth, getting rid of the emotions that we no longer want, letting them return to the river from which they came.
This week, we need to make a decision, swiftly and let the consequences flow to where they need to.
Some decisions are easy to make, others are not. Some we don't want to make for we fear the consequences; but I find that the decision is made, even if it's unconsciously. The question is, do we act upon it, as the Kingfisher does, or do we procrastinate and do ourselves and injustice, then have to forgive ourselves afterwards? I hope that you're able to make a decision and let the consequences flow out and return to the river of emotions from where they came.
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The first Divination Blog Hop for 2014 has come and with it, the Chinese New Year of the Horse, birthdays, a dose of healing and creativity.
It's a creativity and healing theme with this Imbolc Blog Hop. Can the Tarot heal? Well, like anything else, if you're open to the idea of it, yes, anything is possible. It's important to understand that no one can be healed until they're ready to be healed. The body will usually heal, that's what bodies do but the Tarot deals with the inner self, the shadow self, the parts that people can't see are damaged until their actions speak louder than words ever do.
There are two Major Tarot cards that The Wildwood creators link to this time of year and as we transition slowly from the shelter of Stones to the new thoughts of spring, I thought I'd ask the Tarot to show us how both can be read for creativity and healing.
Take The Ancestor card, shown here. What does she say to you about healing? Listen to the past, perhaps? Listen to your elders and trust their words and wisdom? Do you listen to those that know better, such as doctors or those who are better trained than us?
Creatively, it can mean listening to your inner wisdom, the wise voice within.
The other card for this time of year is The Pole Star, which sits more on the creative side than the healing side, but can still do both as we are often inspired when this card comes up. What are your dreams? Have you worked on their details? Are you aware of what your dreams are? Have you taken the time to create any dreams? Or listen to the ones your soul is trying to tell you?
It's always great when you can lift your head up and see the light. The swirl in sky for this card is the design the stars make in the sky as the earth turns through the night. I thought it was an error, until it was explained by John. It's great when something is explained, simplified.
For me, these two cards alone allow for creativity after listening to the ones that are wiser and have more learned knowledge. A little like my wonderful mother, recovering from what, we don't yet know, who now has the time to be creative (Pole Star) after listening to the wise words of the doctors (Ancestors) and following their advice. No doubt the cause of her illness will out with the scans and procedures that are to come, but until then, there's time to make dreams and to work towards manifesting them.
Which gives me an idea for a 3 card position spread:
Ancestors / Dreams / Manifestation
What do your ancestors tell you? What are your dreams? How will you manifest them?
So for Imbolc, let both these cards inspire you, take comfort in the stones that build our homes and have a full, blessed Imbolc.
I'm back on schedule this week after a not very pleasant past seven days. However, I'm reminded to love myself, adapt and when the time comes, start again. What do these cards say for you?
The Fools Wisdom this week was Duty, to embrace it with love and enthusiasm. The thing with Duty is that it can drain you, running around from pillar to post, back and forth.
The cards this week remind me to love myself. The Lovers are about loving others. Who support you whilst you carry on your obligations, your duties? Remember to love them too.
The Otter is an adaptable being, living out of and in the water as the need fits. The otter is playful and is certainly a being that looks after itself first. If it wants a bath, it goes and takes one, playing as it goes. It eats when it wants, when it's able to catch its food. It's also skittish, hard to see and as quick as lightening!
The Ace of Stones, with the phrase, "The Foundation of Life" is to me, an indicator to start over again. What is it that's important to me? Well, that's a no brainer, the family are important to me, but so is helping people though the power of Tarot. We all have baggage, we all have mountains to climb and sometimes it takes another to say: that's not a mountain, it's a mole-hill honey, get over it already!
(Okay, in a far more delicate fashion most of the time, but the sentiment of "get off your rear end and fix what you can yourself" still applies, however you say it )
I love the Musical, War of the Worlds, and as I type, I hear the section from The Artiliary Man where he's wanting to start over again, now that the rains have washed the drains clean. However, his vision and his practical skills are poles apart. Starting over is easy to say, not so easy to do. Like an Elephant task, it's one bite at a time, one step at a time.
So, combining the two sets of cards this week is going to be interesting, isn't it?
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The second card from the rather cute Fools Wisdom comes to join us this week and if Duty wasn't on your list, it looks like it's going to be for a wee while!
The sense of duty comes to us all at some point, sometimes, we embrace it and sometimes we try to avoid it. However it comes, our immediate attention is required, demanded. Having a positive attitude during this time can be hard if you have duties that divide you. There is, I believe a time when you have to say; no more! I can't take on anymore, I can't keep splitting myself around like this! And you cut back your duties where you can, where you have to.
What are the most important duties to you as say, parent? A spiritual being? A man? A woman? A witch? A child? A brother? A sister? A friend? A close cousin? There are so many roles within our lives now, that one duty can cancel out another. I think this is a pity, but we're programmed to be Superman or Wonder Woman every day. Can we be?
There are many things that we call or label up as "duty", but are they really so important? Are they really "duty" ? At the end of the day, you know the answer, you just needed a wee reminder about reality and truth and to undertake the real duties with time, love and perhaps, enthusiasm.
This week, Duty has come to bite not only my ankles, but tug at my heart-strings, hence why this post is slightly late. Doing so with love in my heart is hard, but I shall try! However, as I tend to my duties, I wish you good fortune in attending to yours.I used the Fools Wisdom deck by Sonia Choquette and all images are copy right of the artist, Silas Toball.
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We have a new Oracle come and join us for 2014. I hope you like this cute little Oracle deck and the wisdom that it contains within.
The first card up is the Hope Fool. Like The Fool from the Tarot, we have the little dog, the faithful companion who loves us unconditionally. The fool tends his little plant, aware of the hope that a new life can bring. Such great things can come from something as small as a seed, full of the information from its parents, striving to live and be all it can.
Hope is there, it's always here, but at times we're fearful of success or of hoping for too much. This little plant has its roots firmly planted in the ground, firmly connected to the divine flow of life that pulses its way through the earth.
This little plant isn't waiting for the Universe to fulfil all its dreams, it's working towards its goal, one day at a time. It's not waiting for someone to help it, it's in the right place to grow, the conditions for it are right.
Here's some questions for you. Are you full of hope? If not, why not? I need to work on improving my hope, but it's an elephant task: one bit at a time. Are you working towards achieving your hopes? Give the Universe a sound reason for your hopes, dreams and trust and then fulfill your role to the best of your ability, without hesitation.
Talk about having a kick-start to this year! Hope it's not too painful a start for you. But as the song goes, the only way is up! right? (A lot like this little plant *wink* )I used The Fools Wisdom Oracle by Sonia Choquette, in case I hadn't made that clear above.