Spring has officially sprung and even the Wildwood is sharing the warm spark of the season. What will spark in your mind, now that the weather is warm enough for fleece, jumpers & body warmers?
Oh, whilst I love the Winter and snuggling up in front of the log burner, a Tarot deck (or blog) to hand, and a big soft bed to curl up in when it's time to sleep, I too love the warm of the spring and the summer that follows!
I love the banks of yellow daffodils in the spring time too, even if it does mean a busy time for me as a gardener. But that's okay, I love the rewards around the Autumn Equinox and getting physically up close and one with nature.
But between now and then, it's time to get the spark of muse going and see what makes you get out into nature and enjoy it. What makes you get excited? What makes you research things?
Like all seeds, they need a good solid base of soil from which to grow. What things are you doing to keep the ground that the seeds are in, fertile? What are you doing to keep yourself fertile?
Me, I go dig in the garden, or head to the allotment. I calm down from the mental highs by physically beating myself up, wearing myself out, in a constructive way. I just might need to spend twenty minutes in the shower afterwards, but that's okay! I also find that any creative spark I need for one project (say, making a few cards or something else crafty) is started by doing something totally opposite.
So this week, the advice is; give yourself the time and space to let the muse strike. If it means you do something that isn't sitting at the computer and trying to think of things to write, but getting out in nature and enjoying the spark of warmth, then give yourself that time.
Even though I'm yawning my head off, the King of Stones is calling me to into action. Tired?! Ha! That's for wimps! (NOT!)
I'm one of these creatures that requires eight hours sleep, per day or more! However, the last few mornings I've been woken up at a most unsociable hour by the boys. Whilst I'd love to put my head down and sleep, I've more chance, being honest, of plaiting fog.
When the King of Stones came out via my Wildwood app (courtesy of Fools Dog) I chuckled a little and thought: Being called upon to act for the good of the pack!
Then I thought, what IS the pack? The family, for certain. Calling to action? Or calling in reinforcements? Ha! Calling on Daddy (my husband) to be the daddy and lay down the law to the boys.
As I said above, I have to have eight hours sleep. I'm the crankiest, grumpiest, snappiest woman on the planet. Forget Momma Bear with PMT... I'm a snarling dragon if I don't get enough sleep!
So, I asked the husband to have a word with the boys. I dislike being a grumpy, sleepy, snarly dragon. They, I am sure, dislike being growled at for waking me up at stupid o'clock. So, I'm calling on their daddy, I'm calling on my reinforcements. I've never been afraid to call on my husband and say: Sort the boys out (before I lose my temper) and he with me. Sometimes, it's good to switch roles and hand the baton of the "bad" parent over to the partner.
I'm grateful that I can. Some aren't that fortunate, that I am aware of.
So this week, I wonder what calls of action you are being asked to make. Or are you being called to do something, to help someone else? Are you the one that forever helps other members of the family, of your tribe? Remember to keep yourself healthy and safe.
The slipper little sucker that is the Knight of Vessels comes out to remind us that we have the ability to change, adapt and move as circumstances dictate.
I've been feeling in and out of water for a few days, with this coming up, I understand now I have the ability to slither across dry land, be the fish out of water, then head back into a comfortable environment of the water, though it might be a slightly different river.
Occasionally, though, I do like to swim in the same river, be in the same environment, if only for a little while. These last few days, I've not had the luxury of being in the same pond as I had expected to I never seem to be in a smooth pond during birthday celebrations, something always causes ripples and whilst I could swim above them in my younger days, I find I can't these days.
It takes me time to get over things, I dwell on things, turn them over in my head time and time and time again. There are times too, when I don't know what blooming direction I'm swimming in, or where I want to go and I let the currents take me to places that emotionally, I ought not to go. But I still do.
Which brings me back to the eel. This slippery little sucker always has me saying that line from Pretty Woman, but they are slippery little things. That's why they are so able to be between environments, if only for a little while.
This is what I feel the Eel is reminding me. I can be out of my own known environment, transfer to something new for a wee while, then come back to it all again. Perhaps wiser than before, but always with the sense of: Getting on with it. Funny how the eel shows up during the kids long weekend break from school (teacher training :P), being at home for my birthday weekend.
So this week, the message is to adapt, go with the flow and if the flow isn't taking you to where you're wanting to go, change rivers, pools and find your own way.
This week, I pulled The Ten of Vessels from The Wildwood and immediately, I have Pharrell Williams song in my head. Oh, boy!
Okay, so it's the first thing that comes into your head, given the keyword, but this week, I aim to be happy in my birthday week. Soon, I'll enter the last year of my 30's and if it's not the grey hair that indicates I'm not quite the young thing I was before the kids, it's the kids themselves reminding me that I'm ageing slowly, with my eldest being 30 years behind me.
With the youngest recently celebrating being a very simple, gorgeously funny two-year old, I've the eldest who is 8, going on 18 and one stuck between these two.What strikes me is that when it's our birthday week, it's time to do the things that makes us happy. That could be tickling the toddler, working out maths puzzles with the eldest, doing reading homework with the middle or our most recent fun thing, playing darts in the kitchen.
The dart board stems from the husband's work, who have one for recreational reasons. Now, we get to practice playing and the kids get to do the maths. Already, the eldest has me beaten on mental arithmetic and the middle one isn't far behind him! Maths wasn't this much fun at school, I swear.
I intend on not celebrating my birthday until the day in question, as I won't see some of my family until afterwards, due to them working but also, I won't be getting my presents until the day in question. Well, one can't have them early, can one? Even if they would make me happy!
So, if Pharrell Williams catchy wee tune doesn't have you clapping along and dancing (it might not, but hard not to join in when the toddler dances) what does make you happy? Do you do something to make you happy each day? Does it make you smile, in a good way? Does it make someone else smile? If not, why don't you try it!
This week, as the schools return to normal, we have a small celebration to be had, some family time, memories and cuddles to be had!
However, the Moon on Water comes out for us this week and this week, I have to reflect on events two years ago. Holding a baby for the first time, giving them their first cuddle, their first kiss, stroking their little head, taking the time to have the first few moments with them. Smelling their little smell and being in charge of this little delicate human being that you birthed, that you had carried around for nine months.
And almost in the blink of an eye, they're walking, talking, answering you back, being cute, eating you out of house and home with a cheeky little smile on their little face.
My daughter is the last and youngest, but she's got two older brothers wrapped around her cute little fingers. The eldest knows it, the youngest boy child hasn't worked that out quite yet.
With the Moon on Water, I want to reflect this week on things that have drastically changed our lives. That egg in the water could be anything, a child, yes, but a business idea, a new project, a house move, a house extension. Literally, anything.
It takes months of planning for certain things to come to fruition. A successful pregnancy has a finite period, but some things in life don't have a set time frame. So I ask you, what plans have you got and what time frame are you planning on? What if it goes off plan? What if your plan doesn't come together? What will you do? What can you do?
You won't have all the answers at the time you need them, and the answers are different for everyone. The trick, I think (and the Moon on Water hints at this) is to look within and see things in a different light, change your perspective, slightly. Allow your intuition to surface and don't push for answers right here, right now.
Give yourself time.
Wildwood Tarot was used for this and you can find it at Will Worthington's site.
Now, please excuse me whilst I go and organise a wee party, or two. But if you're ready for your answers, you can book your private reading, right here.
It's school half-term here in the UK and I don't know about any other parents, but can we parents have a break and send them back, please?
Well, no, not really. I don't want to send them back to school just yet. I actually want to spend time with the off-spring. I want to share some creative things and time with them, I want to sit down and watch Guardians of the Galaxy with them under a duvet, eating popcorn whilst the toddler naps (she won't sit still and watch it and I suspect the 5-year-old will struggle too!)
But they also need some mornings when things don't have to be done at 80 mph, ready by this time, shoes on by this, lunches mostly prepared the evening before. They need the break but frankly, so do us parents! Everyone's idea of a break is different, even the Tarot has a card for that.
That card, is the Four of Arrows. A time to mentally take a break. Arrows is like Swords in the standard RWS, so this represents a time to just mentally, disengage, switch off and rest.
How often do we want to just switch off the motorway of our brains when we're trying to sleep. Our minds go at 200 miles an hour just when we don't want them to.
It's important to take a mental break from things regularly, but we forget that we're not meant to be plugged in, Matrix style, all the time. We're so plugged in now with smart phones, tablets, laptops, we just forget. Then we wonder why on earth we have issues when we're burnt out. Or why others are burnt out.
So, this week, I'm going to enjoy (I hope!) my time at home with the three kids. We're going to take a break, be a family, laugh, enjoy being together. Yes, we'll probably argue (kids will lose ) and there might be some banning of electronic gadgets. But I am determined we're going to rest. At least, sometimes!
I've used the Wildwood Tarot (here) by Mark Ryan, John Matthews & illustrated by Will Worthington.
This week, after the busy events of last week, we have the wonderful and wise Salmon offer us some nuggets of wisdom.
Oh boy, it's hard to be wise at the time, to say the right thing at the right time. The Salmon, to me, is about trying and never giving up, but the Salmon is also wise. Probably because of the hazel nuts they ate that dropped into the water.
The Queen is generally a mature lady, one who is able to show great honesty, generosity and in this case, self-sacrifice. I have to ask, which nuggets of wisdom does she want to part with this week?
The Queen can be tender-hearted, kind. Do you need to be kind and tender-hearted to others this week? We forget, when we're wrapped up in our own things, that others don't know what is going on in our heads. We need to keep in mind that others aren't in our heads, feeling our angst or frustrations. We shouldn't take it our frustrations out on those we call friends or on family. Friends, if they're special enough, will forgive us, but why ask them to in the first place? Family don't need to put up with it either, they can't always leave the house and escape your foul mood.
I feel the role this week, of the Queen of Vessels, is to be the one offering comfort. There's a nugget of wisdom. Not, to the extend of the self-sacrificing nature the Salmon has, but certainly to offer comfort and to call on your own intuition.
Are you being too harsh on yourself? Are you being a bear with a sore head? Could you do with just taking a breath and remember that others are human (with feelings) too? It's time to act with some emotional maturity, not taking on others projections and impressions, but living your own life, in an emotional responsible way.
Take care this week and thanks again for stopping by! I've used The Wildwood Tarot and I hope you've enjoyed my nuggets of wisdom, as they've come from the Queen of Vessels.
Welcome to the first Blog Hop of 2015 and the Wrangler this time, is Karen from Pure and Blessed Tarot. She likes tongue twisters and asked us to blog about "Oracular Anomalies".
My first reaction was: What-The-Heck-Is-That?! Or words to that effect. So I read what she wrote. "I use the phrase because I like the tongue twister effect and I'd like you to tell a tale of any experience that you've had where a card has prompted a brain twister effect on you..."
Oh, by the way, WELCOME!
Brain twisters... Hmm... The most recent one I had been over the 6 of Arrows (Swords) but I blogged about that already. The one I am still going through (in fact, I'm being tangled up like a cat with a ball of wool!) is with The Emperor.
Is he such a control freak? Is he really so controlling? What are the good aspects of this archetype? Where are there good aspects? I'm struggling with the good aspects of him. I see The Emperor each day, in the higher up politicians that are supposed to serve us, but only serve themselves. I struggle to see the good things in this man. There's one of my anomalies.
But someone asked me the other week, about the positive side of the men in my life. My wonderful dad, my brilliant husband, his kind, dry witted and humorous father. What do their positive actions say about The Emperor. And I stopped to think. I really stopped to think. The moment with The Green Man, wasn't by comparing other cards with teach other like the 6 of Arrows, it was through conversations.
I then started looking through other "Emperor" cards. And I didn't see the kindness that I see in the three main men in my life. I didn't see the humour and wit I know these three men have. I didn't see the love. I still had some anomalies. But I'm kinder towards him now, and have been when someone mentioned or suggested that I think of my Pagan God; the penny more or less dropped at that point.
The Emperor isn't always the President of the USA, or the Prime Minister of the UK, Canada or Australia. The Emperor, can be the man you married. The Emperor can be your father, your brother. They're not just Kings. How they react to everyday situations, gives you an idea of how an Emperor acts. I'm not talking the Chinese style Emperor, but the everyday father figures that we all need, want and desire.
And with those thoughts, I give you a warm, Imbolc / Lammas hug, suggest you wrap up warmly (it is cold out there, north of the Equator) or wear a sun-hat (if you're south of the Equator) and remind you to work at the oracular anomalies as you head to Joanne Sprott's site. I wonder what other anomalies my other hoppers have come up with?
The Wildwood is in the time of Earth, Stones at the moment. What insights can we learn if we combine Earth hands with the Stones of the Wildwood? I want to find out, if you'd like to come with?
I've been thinking about this blog post for most of the day, but it's quite late on a Sunday as I start tapping things out with my paws (I never claimed to have dainty hands, they're very earth like hands and to my mind, paws). They're practically shaped for digging, and I wonder at times, if I were perhaps, a dog in a previous life? Sometimes, I want to wag a tail I just don't have... But that's more dream interpretation and a whole different post that I might (actually, probably never will) share.
First, let me talk about the earth hand element. Earth hands are quite boxy, the fingers aren't that long. In the time of Stones in The Wildwood, it's the time of organising the material world. These hands were made for making, like boots were made for walking.
Like this time of year, people with Earth hands need to apply themselves systematically, work hard and plan ahead. Earth handed people hate to waste time, money or energy. (Speaking of money... ) and those with an Earth hand are driven by financial rewards, creature-comforts and security.
This is all very familiar with the time of Stones. So is seeing for yourself, having hands on application and experience life first hand. Getting rewarded and being rewarded well for hard work is essential. However, stress is the downfall of an Earth hand, we don't handle stress very well and we forget to unwind after a hard days night. We love sports, physical activity (and walking 10km with the dog in tow isn't an unknown phenomena in this house), getting back in touch with a physical realm, such as building or gardening. These are also rewarding, even if they do need time.
All those characteristics are very Pentacles / Stones based, which is what the whole suit is based around. Starting with the Ace, the beginning of a project, through to the Ten, the completion of it, to the bumpy road along the way. Adding in the Page, who watches and learns, to the Knight who doesn't stay still, to the rich and powerful Queen in her cave of abundance and to the lonely King, who calls on his friends when he needs them, offering a paw or two when needed.
So, there's clearly more than a link between palmistry and Tarot. I think I'm going to like this! But I am watching and learning, so Lynx, please come with me?
I've used two decks today, The Palm Reading Deck by Frank C Clifford & The Wildwood by Messrs Worthington, Ryan & Matthews.
This week, we've The Wanderer and the prospect of new beginnings come to hand. So, let's take a leap of faith and let's go find happy!
Finding happiness is a journey, it's moments here and there that make us happy, it's not a permanent state. However, we keep thinking that it is something we must be in, permanently. I'm happy now, writing the blog with my toddler daughter sat next to me as she watches her cBeebies programmes. Not something she gets to do when her big brothers are around!
The Wanderer from The Wildwood reminds us to take a leap of Faith, which in itself can be frightening and certainly not something that makes us happy at the time. However, it does lead to being happy, perhaps, if we can be brave enough to step out onto that rainbow bridge.
Sometimes, we can't stay where we are, either in a career, a job (no, the two aren't the same), the home environment. Things change and we have to find our moments of being happy when they occur.
What makes you happy? Do you have a state of happy in your life? What is it? If you don't, what do you need to do to go and reach it?
What is happy? For me, it's the moments that make you smile, lift your spirits and make your soul soar. A beaming smile from a toddler can do that, a hug from a grateful big brother, a hot cup of tea after a cold morning in the park. There are so many little things that can make me happy, I wonder, what yours are? My daughter has just found out to hit tubs and tins with her hands to make a noise... I've a drummer in the making!
So, this week, share with me what moments make you happy, then I encourage you to wander off and find more, different, happy moments. Yes, different ones. That's the adventure, finding more.