I felt like pulling a card from the Women Who Do Too Much, to pull the Cleaning card?! Sheesh, even the Oracles are telling me to clean and sort the house!!
Having been ill with what appears to have been viral tonsillitis (and boy, did that knock me for 6!) things have been a little... err... slack. The redecorating hasn't been done, it's very hard to climb a ladder when you can barely stand up!
This week, I've a mountain to climb in catching up my tail in regards to cleaning, however, when I pulled this card, I did think: Oh, go away! (Or use some other colourful language here, I do swear, honestly)
Then I turned the back over, remembering that there's further advice on the card, and I had to smile. "Do a little bit of cleaning at a time" says the card. And oh hell yes, that's exactly what I aim to do!
So, I got hooked up into Trello (through other things), and my "to do" list is getting longer as I add things on, but it's going down at an even slower pace. This is normal, right? (Ha, and I know there are a lot of things that aren't normal, for everything has its oddities that set it apart)
However, a little bit (of doing / being clean or anything) is always a good thing! So when I've finished typing up this blog entry and posting it, I'm off to the workshop to see where the sugar soap is and how much paint I have in stock already compared to what I know I am going to need. Before I paint, the walls need to be clean.
Little and often is the order of the day (indeed, of this week!) so off I go to go and do a little bit more, because I must.
I've used The Women Who Do Too Much Oracle deck by Anne Wilson Schaef, for a wee change. I can't find it on Amazon though, so I can't share a link, but it's a 50 card deck & book. Go, explore & enjoy!
This week, Captain Still, the King of Vessels himself, the Heron, stops by my little Wildwood corner. But he'd better keep his beak out of my fish pond!
Several years ago, a Heron properly emptied my fish pond, bar one fish. When I got it stocked up again, the netting went over the top, keeping Mr Fish-Eater out of reach of my new little fishes. However, they're not just about the empting of fish-ponds!
The Heron, the King of Vessels, is very much a symbol of a silent figure. If you've ever seen one in the ponds of many of our parks, you'll recall how graceful they look. Until they try and take flight, then they look gangly and awkward.
Heron's are great at waiting, they're patient, silent and when they strike, quite deadly, at least to the fish they've just captured.
This isn't a card I've pulled out very much, so I've had to check & read the book. The Heron is apparently the guardian of many esoteric secrets and is said to stand in the gateway between life and death, to act as a mediator on the soul's journey to the Celtic otherworld and reincarnation.
The Heron, by accounts from the book, has a deep belief in fairness, honesty and honour. It colours everything that you do, when the Heron is by your side. The profound depths of character (I'm quoting from the book here) one has, is stirred into action, they carry all before it. The Heron can appear too rigid, too self controlled.
I get the rigidity, the self controlled, the stillness, but for the King of Emotions? They don't fit with him, not for me. The book has the following listed for tracks and pathways: Artistic ability, honesty and integrity, purposeful equality, responsibility, consideration of others, affection, support and companionship. Some of those qualities, I get with the King of Emotions. I get that he's a still character with emotions that runs deep, he's not as huggy as us Pages, but he cares. He has an emotional boundary that won't be crossed, unless you're family.
One of the best bosses I ever had, was a King of Vessels. He'd never hug you, the protocols of work prohibited that, but the emotional support was there, always. He made me think, emotionally. This is how I see the Heron, confined by protocols, but there emotionally.
What other qualities do you see in this particular King of Vessels? I'd love to read your take on him!
I've used The Wildwood, drawn by Will Worthington and conjured up by Mark Ryan and John Matthews.
I've finally found thirty nano-seconds to write a blog post during the first week of the Easter school break. Even the Wildwood is saying there's an injustice done, somewhere! Ha! I suspect, it'll be to me, being Pisces.
I'm not sure whom, over the next two weeks, will be crying "It's an injustice!" The eldest two, or me. But the Two of Arrows (Swords, if you like) isn't all about having the injustice done to you. It could also be done by you, by not having the information or not paying attention to things.
Over the next two weeks, there are bound to be things that I don't see, that the kids don't see. Are they important? I hope that whatever I missed, is not important. I hope that whatever the little darlings get up to, isn't too dangerous or too restricting for them.
The biggest thing I find with the Two of Arrows, is not cutting your nose off to spite your face. An old Scottish saying, I think, that means doing something to detriment yourself where you really don't need to. There are others around who will do that for you, certainly, so why bring yourself down?
I am certainly enjoying the more relaxed morning get ups though. It's nice to not have to run things to a military regime just to get the eldest two to school on time, with all their necessary kit. It's exhausting for them, and for me.
So during the Easter / Ostara break, be careful of the injustice that we cause or suffer from. Be careful of acting on information that isn't complete and going off, half cocked. I'm good at that, so I hope I curb it during these two weeks!
Thanks for dropping by, for taking the time to read my blog entries. I've used the Wildwood Tarot, as usual. If you'd like your own private reading, you can book it here.
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!