After a brilliant weekend away with the kids to see family, the Art Fool comes out and reminds us to be creative and just enjoy the process of creating art.
My kids love to paint and draw. My youngest son loves to copy mummy and make cards. So much so, his teacher last week told me that was a strong memory of hers about him this year! (Spare card stock? Ha! None left, he's nabbed the lot )
Art is about the process that we allow ourselves to go on, without actually leaving the room in which we've settled down. It's about releasing the mind and letting it wonder, ponder, whilst our hands do something that logic cannot define. Well, maybe logic can, but I never assign logic to the process of creating anything artistic.
The joy in just creating something, letting your soul sing and have a voice, is beautiful. Like life, it's not about the destination, it's the journey.
Everyone has something to contribute, something that only they can create. It might be stories, painting, digital art, telling stories, cooking, singing, gardening, dancing... the list is almost endless.
Why don't we create more? A lot of us are concerned with what others think. Frankly my dears, I don't give a rats behind on that. Well, not often anyway. Art isn't for others to critique, unless you ask them to do so. For me, it's about creating something unique, something personal. It's about creating art that you're happy with, it's about letting your soul free and learning what makes you happy.
There are some amongst us who say art is for fools, that to be artistic is an unnecessary indulgence. I say that their heads and souls are in the wrong place. We were not put on this Earth to be robots, we were given a creative strain, so, this week, let us let it out, whether you strum a guitar, garden, paint, sew or sculpt. Let it out.
A week after the "Man Up, Woman" post, we have the Peace Fool come out and encourage us to watch ourselves from a different perspective.
Life is full of drama, fast flowing emotions, high tensions, and that's just getting the kids to school! The Peace Fool sits at the edge of each of our lives and watches us be our own little hurricanes.
He (or she!) watches and occasionally, extends a hand, inviting us to step out of ourselves and observe the situation (and ourselves!) from another view-point. What would we think of ourselves if we do that? Would we like what we see? Would we despair? Hide our heads in our hands in shame?
To have peace, says the book (page 23) you must reach for it. Like anything in life, you have to want it and be prepared to work for it. Anything that holds you back, current conflicts etc. have to be let go of. Fretting, anxious recounting and worrying of the problems at hand won't help you at all.
There is peace in accepting things as they are. What you don't like, can mostly be changed. What's the point in throwing a tantrum or having a hissy-fit about something over which you cannot change? That behaviour won't help the situation, or you.
If the conflict is raging internally, breathe. It will improve your mood and ground you. Relying on external people and situations to change so you can find peace though, is like asking for water not to flow in a river, or the sun not shine high above the clouds. That's foolish to ask for these things.
So this week, lets work on breathing, on being calm. On finding the calm within us and within situations. We have to consciously find that calm within ourselves and claim it for our own.
Ask ourselves this: When I am stressed, I need to do ........... to calm down. When I have internal conflicts, I.......... To gain a peaceful heart, I must.......I've used the Fools Oracle by Sonia Choquette for this weekly blog post.
The Tarot can and does like to smack certain folks around the back of the head from time to time. This week, it reminds me that the power is mine, man up and own it, woman!
Getting a Gibbs NCIS style clip to the back of the head is quite handy from time to time and the Tarot is quite good at taking either of its hands and giving us a huge clip around the head, just to ensure we've paid attention. This might be a long post, for which I apologise for now, but if you want to stay with me, this shows how the Tarot can help.
This week for me, has been long and in places, down right awful. I don't care if the person who is involved (who shall remain unnamed) ever reads this. This is why. Sunday 23rd March, I participated in a local craft fayre, offering my services to raise my profile locally. Even got another friend who makes jewellery and cute woollen things, a place at the fayre just by being a contact. Anyway, Craft Fayre is quiet for me, but I expected that. Did some networking on the day, finished up and came home. When I get home a person from another sphere of my life (A game called Ingress) raises a comment from the opposition along the lines of that I've conned people out of their hard-earned cash with my "false psychic skills".
Firstly, I don't claim to be psychic. Secondly, I've never conned anyone out of anything. I doubt I can con my way out of a wet paper bag. I'm as genuine and as honest as I can be. The fact that this comment came when this person was with eight (yes, eight) of their friends, was hurtful, but I've come to learn, this behaviour is not surprising. Not any more.
When I drew these cards, I'd slept on that incident for a few nights; however me being me, I kept playing it through my mind (I'm terrible like that, I'll wager you might be too) and eventually, I breathed. These tactics were last used at school, for me, some fifteen or more years ago.
However, they summed up exactly what I had been feeling. The Issue (First card) is the Five of Bows, Empowerment. It's in the middle and this is what the reading app came up with: "By facing and defeating our greatest fears, we empower ourselves and grow more resilient and effective against adversity. This leads to the individual’s belief that they are no longer simply powerless. The empowered individual ultimately has the capability to influence and affect the outcome of events and change perceptions."
Facing them? Really? Errr.... Okay, I know this is silly, I'm shy of the big four-oh, but I'd really rather not! However, if I don't, I know from experience what the consequences are. Been there, done that. *sigh* So, grab my power back.
"Hey, it's mine! I had it, it's mine. I didn't give it over to you, you tried to take it. Sod the hell off."
Action to Avoid: The Ancestor comes out to join us. Ever felt like you were doing as you were told? Conforming to the norm? Staying in line? Here's what the app says. "The Ancestor greets you as you walk up the path that leads to the forest. She carries the wand of wisdom and the drum that summons all who can hear to gather and watch the sun rise. The Ancestor is blessed by the land, and by the divine knowledge that flows from the stars. She is a guardian of the sacred heart of the land and summons you by beating the drum to the heartbeat of the Earth. It is the part of you that unconsciously heard the drum and stirred the desire to walk the path at work here. This is a beginning. Once through the gateway you must strive to stay on the path and see the journey through to the end."
She's come up as an action to avoid: so, avoid doing what is expected, the "normal" stuff. Roll over and be a good girl? Ask for my tummy to be rubbed like a cute, daft puppy? Ha! Not really my style.
Action To Take: This is more my style but at the moment, I really don't feel like being clever with words, or playing games. I don't have the brain power much these days. However, picking my moment and taking the high ground, knowing my truth.
Here's what came up from the app. Quick, graceful and a master of the element of Air, the Hawk is symbolic of vision and power. The ability to fly and nest at high altitude and see prey and hunt from a great height brings a special reverence to this majestic and fearless creature.
Fearless? I have been, in the past. A skill I need now and long since forgotten how to invoke. Time though, to dust it off and use it.
However, in general, the Tarot is saying: It's your power! Don't conform or do what is expected. Pick your moment and be counted. Oh, trust me, I will! It's time to man up, regardless of your gender. On this issue, something must be said. And something must be done. But it must be done at the right moment and it has to be done by me. Like I've not enough to do already. But giving into bullies? Certainly not in my remit... So, talons at the ready. I'll strike when I have to.
I've used The Wildwood Tarot here, as I usually do. Thanks for reading such a long post. I'll try to keep it shorter next time. Video to follow, when I can!
The cute Fools Oracle reminds us that we have to believe in ourselves and our own wishes. What do you truly desire? What outcomes do you wish for? Lets be really clear here.
There is a lot to be said of being clear about what you want and what you wish to happen. Sometimes it takes a while to work out what you want, to work out what your desires are. It does require some focus and with today's busy life-style, that can be much harder than in previous generations.
The question is always, what are your wishes? What is it you believe in? What is it you want to realise? Do you believe in the magic that we're born with? Before things become a reality, we have to dream them. If dreams aren't wishes coming through to our conscious minds, I really don't know what is.
Dreams can be cloudy, confusing, but the dreams we have when we're asleep aren't the dreams that I'm mentioning here. These dreams are the ones when we decide to find that person, start that family, or not. When we decide to have that career, climb the corporate ladder, or not, when we decide to work for ourselves.
Dreams can start small but the Wish Fool reminds us that without that initial wish, we can't let desire, drive and ambition make it grow. Believe in your own heartfelt wishes, so the book reminds us on page 21. So, this coming week, let's gets our dreams in order and focused; for only then, can we really work on building them into our reality.
At this moment, I wish for calm mind, clear communication and a good nights sleep free from this silly cough and cold. I hope you get what you wish for this coming week. Make it a good one!
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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop where we look at the symbolisms of resurrection and rebirth in the Tarot, Oracles, Lenormand or whatever else takes your fancy. Come and join me in either waking up from the darkness or winter, or curling up for the long sleep ahead.
Welcome to my entry for Ostara, the time of year when the World is balanced, but only for a moment. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, things are warming up, we're emerging from our winter chrysalis and emerging gently into our warm outer environment. We're going through our resurrection and rebirth.
In the southern hemisphere, our friends are gearing up to rest and recharge before they're reborn and resurrected in about six months or so.
What cards come to mind with all this resurrection and rebirth? The Aces are often a good place, the rebirth, restarting! Ten's are good for the completion of a cycle. If we're talking Majors, the Green Woman / Empress is great for new beginnings in lots of areas, not just mentally, but physically and psychologically.
For me, one of the greatest things I see every time I come home, is this image of the flower bed right by my stairs. The Bell Hyacinths are just starting to come out, the holly is just thinking about budding and flowering. The Daffodils are currently in full flowering mode and I, along with the kids, enjoy smelling them as we come up the stairs to home.
There is a lot of Magic about at this time of year, which brings me to the Wheel of the Year within The Wildwood. Mark and John have The Archer, The Shaman and The Stag associated with this time of year.
Magic is certainly one excellent word for this time of year! The magic that happens with a new born baby, the magic that happens when we curl up and go to sleep, never to awake. Some might not see that as magical. It's a sad magic, the end of life, but it's one we must all endure and go through, yet it breaks us into pieces when it happens to those close to us that we love, those who we are closest to.
So this Ostara, I'll enjoy the Tarot evening I have planned with the ladies, I'll enjoy the warm car and the lighter evenings. I might even get to drive to the location in daylight, though, not dry judging by the spring like weather I'm currently under! But well, it feeds the plants, the roses and the garden.
The time of Arrows has come. Arrows (Swords) are about new thoughts and new ways of thinking. So, tying back to Yule & The Midwinter Solstice, what are you doing about making your New Year thoughts manifest, now that the seasons have changed?
I used The Wildwood and my own personal photographs to make this post. I hope you enjoy!
The whimsical Fools Wisdom Oracle comes out to join us and reminds us that we should always retain the sense of wonder we're given when we're kids.
When was the last time you looked at the world with a sense of wonder, curiosity and discovery? I forget, being a busy mum that my children have this question of "why" at least once a day from the two that can talk. They're curious, they ask questions, even if it's not a why it's a "Daddy, how does" type question.
I forget that there's more to discover in this realm of life, but we take things for granted when we're adults. When life of raising kids, the job, commuting, working the system and in general, being alive in this modern age, we forget that life is magical and wonderful.
We forget to discover the magic that surrounds us. At the worst, we've lost the curiosity, closed our minds off. When we get depressed, it can manifest in this way, that we get bored. Basically, we've lost the curiosity from our hearts, shut our minds off from the wonders that are happening all around us.
I've been busy in the garden recently, side by side with the boys helping. We've observed that the plants are budding, the snow drops are dying back and the daffodils and tulips are starting to come out.
The key with this card and with us all I feel is this: Keep your mind open and never assume you know it all. (p19 from the book). Which makes me think of this song to Free Your Mind. I hope the rest of it flows for you and that your curiosity is at full strength.
I've used the Fools Oracle by Sonia Choquette for this post, so enjoy!
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!