Getting Off the HangUp with The Wildwood

Have you ever wondered how on Earth you got suckered into worrying about the small stuff & how do you get off the hangup?

I know it’s time to let go of the hangup I’m having about my own social media numbers, whilst still keeping a track of them. Let’s explore how I can let that go.

This year I’ve been paying attention more to my social media numbers than I did in 2016. Partly because it’s a target or drive in my business, but if you don’t know I’m here, how can you buy a reading from me? It’s rather a complex situation that I’ve gotten rather “hung up on” recently. So after a quick discussion with some others, another reader asked me: “What do your cards say?” So, thanks to Hermit’s Lamp shining the way for me, here’s this week’s blog post. I hope it helps you get unstuck too!

The Cards & Image:

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Why am I hung up on this? Four of Arrows
What can I do about letting it go? Knight of Bows
What can I do going forwards? Page of Arrows

Why am I hung up on this? With the new planner I have for the business this year, I’ve focused more on the numbers than the content. Like this card depicts, rest: don’t sweat it. Yes, record it, but let the numbers transform on their own when they’re ready & organically, properly.

What can I do about letting it go? The Knight of Bows is the opportunist, the chance taker. He’s the one that will just go with the flow & not get stuck behind a rock (which is where I feel I am!)

What can I do going forwards? The Page of Arrows is learning about communication. This little bird isn’t just about talking, she’s also about listening to understand (not just to respond).

Conclusion: So that’s how I sort out my hangup: I communicate in a simpler way, I take the chances I can when I see them & whilst I keep an eye on the numbers, don’t get hung up on it. I communicate & listen to understand, not just to respond. I need to keep the messages I send out clear & uncluttered. That’s going to be hard, I can waffle sometimes!

Feel free to comment, I appreciate it!  I’ve used The Wildwood Tarot deck here to do this reading, but I’ve others available.

Exploring The Loving, Wildwood Style

It’s the week of “Lurve” & I’d like to take a look at how loving is represented in the Tarot. 

Love isn’t just about loving someone, it’s sometimes about loving ourselves too.

What examples does the Tarot have about love, romance, self-care, nurturing, loving & promoting the other person, as well as ourselves? It can get complicated & hard, but when the journey ends we have to look & decide if it was worth it.

Do you recall our parents or grandparents, saying that if you want something, you have to work at it? Being broken didn’t mean you threw it out, you repaired it, you worked at it. Relationships can work like roads: you give & take, you travel in either the same or opposite direction, you give way, you park up when you can & you travel the road, together.

So, analogies about love aside, let’s get on with exploring the “Love” cards from the Wildwood Tarot & another deck that’s based on this theme.

Forest Lovers from The Wildwood TarotFirst up, is The Forest Lovers.

I’ve seen this card so often over the years. It’s about promising to love each other & look after yourself. Allowing someone else to do that is also important & part of the trust you promise to bestow.

It’s about working as a team & coming to the other when life gets hard & difficult, so you can face it together. That I feel is what loving is all about.

There’s the rather pleasurable physical side too, as well as all the cuddles, beer & chocolate sharing that goes on. Occasionally, you get date nights: a night to eat in peace without any off-spring biting your ankles!

lovingThis is The Lovers from The Love Tarot. Aptly named & shaped, it’s got rather a nice little colour scheme to it.

Notice how there’s light & dark? You can’t really have one without the other & neither gender fits on one side all the time. We all have our “bright” & “dark” sides: The trick with loving someone is dealing with the darker times whilst enjoying the warmer times. Think of it this way: If you turn the light on, you cast shadows. Some part of us is always in the shadow; like the Planet we live on, we don’t show our face to The Sun all the time.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little blog post on love & loving another & whatever you’re doing on the Day of Love (Valentines Day, 14th February) do what pleases you & your partner.

What do  YOU do for your partner that tells them you love them?

What do they do for you that shows you that you’re loved?

What do you do for YOU to love yourself? 

Sending love to you all!

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Imbolc : Spring Has Sprung, Finally!

Today is Imbolc, the First Day of Spring, so it’s claimed. 

With the days growing longer, the Year of the Rooster upon us & the daffodils already sprouting up, Spring seems to be certainly sprung!

I saw this Spring / Imbolc spread on pInterest & thought I’d share. It comes from Kiki’s Cauldron on Tumblr.

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Here are the cards & positions: 

1/ What is still frozen in your life? – Page of Vessels
2/ What will keep you warm & comfortable? – 5 of Stones
3/ What clutter needs to be cleared? – 10 of Vessels
4/ The first signs of spring you’ll see this Spring – 5 of Bows
5/ A project to being immediately – 10 ~ The Wheel
6/ A message of inspiration for you – 12 ~ The Mirror

spring / Imbolc spread

The Interpretation

For what’s still frozen in my life, the Page of Vessels comes up. This is usually a card that reminds me to have fun, so is my fun the item in my life that’s frozen? It’s possible, things don’t seem to have been much fun recently. What should be fun hasn’t been, at least not recently.

For what will keep me warm & comfortable, the 5 of Stones comes up. Knowing that this frozen situation is temporary is the key here, it looks like quite a negative card, but it’s actually a reminder that the storm will fade out. No storm can last forever; like the rain that falls, it’ll pass.

What clutter needs to be cleared is answered with the 10 of Vessels. Now this, I am going to have to think on, at least for me. Give up on happiness? Well, no, that’s not it. Give up striving for perfection? That sounds a lot more like it: that “perfect” moment is made up when things just fall into place together, without being manufactured or forced.

The first signs of growth that I’ll see come up as the 5 of Wands.  Empowerment is the first sign; of people taking charge of their own lives when they realise that others aren’t going to do it for them. It’s also about me stepping into another aspect of my own personal power. It’s never a one trip pony, this empowerment aspect. It comes in waves, like cake. Bake it, eat it, bake some more. Use it, generate more, use it… I’m sure you get the idea.

A project to begin immediately is answered by 10 ~ The Wheel. Making small changes now… there’s one I’d LOVE to do, but I’ll be letting others down if I do. What I can do, though is change my attitude towards that, which is something I can begin to do now. This is something for me to meditate & sleep on for a little while.

The message of inspiration comes up as 12 ~ The Mirror. Be reflective, be the person I know I am & not the person that others make me out to be. Ha! I stopped caring a long time ago about what certain people thought of me; however, I’ve come to realise that whilst I don’t care about them, others need to make their minds up for themselves & I’m kind of sad that they’re not. Well, all I can do is be me. No one else can & I need to be me; I’m unique, I’m powerful & now it’s Spring, I need to put a spring in my step again!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Imbolc post & thanks again to Kiki for posting that spread on pInterest!

Let’s Talk : Expressing My Authentic Self?

It’s time to see how you might express your authentic self. 

There’s a lot to do now that we’re well & truly into the New Year, how can you best express your authentic self?

Being true to yourself is often a way that people trip up with things. There are so many pressures on us from others; their expectations & their noise drown out our own self-perceptions. We sometimes struggle to get our own thoughts to focus on the positive & the future. It can take a time to get them to do that, such is the loudness of others.

There’s no such thing as normal, everyone is weird! Honestly, we all are! Celebrating it means being a little brave or sometimes, a lot brave. It’s about trusting ourselves to our very core & displaying that trust.  Sometimes that comes over arrogant or over-confident, but it need not be the case.

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The Spread & Cards

Card 1: what does my authentic self, look like? 2 – The Seer

Card 2: what’s the worst way I can express this? The 2 of Arrows

Card 3: what’s the best way I can express this? 21 – The World Tree

The Reading: 

What does my authentic self, look like? The Seer is intuitive, she’s not great at speaking up, but she knows more than she’s letting on with things. She trusts her intuition & is willing to guide people but will only tell you what she thinks if you’re brave enough to ask for it. Though, you may not like some of the answers that come back.

What’s the worst way I can express this?  The 2 of Swords hints that being indecisive, unsure of your thoughts or expressing yourself badly is not going to be the best way to achieve this.

What’s the best way I can express this? The World Tree is a complicated message. How can I express The World Tree? Act like I’m entitled? Well, the whole World seems to be doing that, I don’t want to jump on that particular bandwagon. I do feel that this says to keep changing things up. I like how the tree shows all four seasons, the tree changes. Everyone changes. Perhaps the best way to express this is to do just that: keep on changing, growing, exploring.

Conclusion: 

The World Tree is the card I’m focusing on here: this is the most complicated card to have come up in the last position, but for one of the best reasons, it’s going to have to sit with me for a little while so I can get it and I have a feeling that it’s going to be a message I’m going to hear over & over this year.

I need to keep on progressing, changing & guiding. I ask you: So do you, don’t you? Think about it.

You can find & book me right here.

 

I’ve used The Wildwood (with permission) & you can buy that directly from Will’s site. I love comments, replies & other insights on what YOU drew! Please DO leave a comment, I’d love that!

Hello 2017, I’ve Been Expecting You.

2017 is finally here, so let’s hello to the New Calendar Year.

As this year begins, let’s set our intentions for what we want to achieve.

It’s only been a week or two, but what kind of start has it been for you? We said “Hello” to 2017 as it handed us a blank 365-blank book for us to write our life stories into. I hope no-one else is holding your pen, by the way!

I’ve shared this spread from Joanna Powell Colbert’s Gaian Tarot site, with permission.

The Cards: 

Hello 2017

1. What do I leave behind in the Old Year? ~ 3 of Arrows

2. What do I open up to in the New Year? ~ 6 of Arrows

3. Key Opportunity of the New Year ~ Major 18, The Moon on Water

4. Key Challenge of the New Year ~ Major 21, The World Tree

5. Hidden concern (pull from bottom of the deck) ~ Knight of Bows

6. Deep Wisdom / Advice from God/dess (pull from middle of the deck) ~ Major 0, The Wanderer

7. Key Theme of the New Year ~ Major 10, The Wheel

If you keep records of your readings, the last card (#7) could become the first card (#1) in next year’s spread. Something for you & I to do next year!?

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The Reading:

What do I leave behind? The 3 of Arrows suggests that I leave behind the heartache & lies from the previous year. Having my heart & my head out of balance and kilter isn’t good for anyone.

What do I open up to in the New Year? The 6 of Arrows suggests that I open up to just taking one day at a time, taking one step at a time. When I look back at last year, I realise it whizzed by.

What is my Key Opportunity of the New Year? Major 18, The Moon on Water is rather reflective, the path before me isn’t clear. It’s already sent me some wonderful things for this year, nothing though is set out in stone, it’s not a set path. So, follow my own way.

What is my Key Challenge of the New Year?  Major 21, The World Tree suggests that I take the chances as they appear when they appear. They may not come around to me again, so I’m to go with the flow, the ebb & tide.

What is my hidden concern? The knight of bows is versatile, entrepreneurial. My concern is that I need to be going to need to keep my eyes open so often business wise that I’ll miss the other things going on before me.

What’s the deep Wisdom / Advice from Goddess? Major 0, The Wanderer says to trust me and leave the past behind, just go for it. Be brave, trust myself & go with the path that I see before me, even if I can’t rationalise it with logic. Trust the connection I have with my higher self & soar!

What’s the Key Theme of the New Year? The Wheel, Change. Changes can be small. They can be big. They can be acting in confidence when you don’t feel it, they can be trusting you when everyone else thinks you’re bonkers. Trust me, I get that one regularly! However, knowing that there’s magic & connection all around, that there are changes afoot, helps you to embrace what’s going on around you.

Conclusion: 

There are changes afoot this year, so now I just need to work my way through it. The signs one might expect aren’t there: there’s so many ways & options to me this coming year, that it can go wherever and however I want it to. The possibilities are entirely down to how I play the cards as they’re dealt to me. 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this first proper post of the new year, welcome to the year of change!  To book your reading, just follow this link

2016 : Goodbye & What The Heck!?

Goodbye 2016, you’ve been a rollercoaster of a year!

Whilst we say goodbye to 2016, I have to ask via the Tarot: What the heck did we learn?!

 

Include mortality (Bowie, Leonard Cohen), greed, boundaries, political changes (Trump & May) & a spread to say goodbye! 2016 is a 9 year, Hooded Man, Woodwose – 9 of Bows, introspection becoming reality, next year is a year of The Wheel, Change….

Changes can be small & that word instantly brings to mind this song from David Bowie. The changes can be anything, from doing something healthier to changing an attitude.

The Reading:

The Major card for the coming year is The Wheel, but before we engage with that type of change, I am going to ask the cards just what we were supposed to learn with 2016?

I drew 3 cards to focus on the lessons learnt.
Card 1 is for The Best Part of 2016: The Ace of Arrows: The Breath of Life
Card 2 is for What The Heck did we learn from 2016: Major 11 ~ The Woodward
Card 3 is for Why We Had To Learn from 2016: Major 17 ~ The Pole Star

The Best Part of 2016, say the cards, is the Ace of Arrows. It was clear that people wanted to know that their feelings weren’t being ignored anymore. Their frustration was clear. We can’t ignore it, it was too loud to just sweep it under the carpet. Now it has been heard, it has to be dealt with. The message was received, even if it’s not totally understood.

The What The Heck part from 2016 was when the need to protect was felt. Everyone has a different way of making that happen. How it was undertaken, how it was implemented, some would think that there was something rather potent in that cup the Woodward is holding. With the political results in one hand, the facts of implementing it in the other, it’s going to be a tricky road to walk. He’ll be the Card of the Year for 2018, but that’s a full 12 months in the offing: Or is it?

The Why We Had To Learn from 2016 is The Pole Star. Here, I think the message is somewhat clearer than the previous card was. The Pole Star is all about hopes & dreams, which is what the lesson from 2016 is about. People wanted to know that their hopes & dreams weren’t being ignored, they want the chance to make their dreams come true. We had to work out a way for our dreams to come out, to materialise, to manifest.

My Conclusion:

2016 had a lot to teach us about our dreams, about creating the circumstances in which they come forward. What has been built up in the last 30 years, say since Thatcher, needed to come down. It was threatened in my youth, but now in my mid years, it’s time to tear it down, change it around. The time of change is coming, but the changes can be a mixture of subtle ones & huge, massive ones. Whatever the New Year holds, we had to set the groundwork for change this year.

So, to 2016, I say “Good-bye!”. I turn to 2017 and say: “You can’t do worse, so bring it on!”  If you dare!!

Yuletide In The Wildwood

It’s Yuletide & today I explore the darker side of Yule, the reason The Hermit comes out at this time of year.

What part of our dark side do we need to work on this Yuletide?

This is the first of the Fire Festivals of the new Pagan Year, the last one being Samhain itself. The theme came from the Tarot Blog Hop (which I forgot to sign up for, d’oh!) but thought I’d “join in” unofficially anyway!

 

YuleTide Spread

If you signed up for my newsletter, you’d have seen the spread I’m about to do ahead of this post.

The Reading;

Pick a card for the number 1 spot to represent YOU. It can be a card of the season or one that is most like you. Then give the rest of the deck a good shuffle & decorate the tree!
Number 2 is: What’s the first aspect I need to work on?
Number 3 is: What’s the best way to tackle it?
Number 4 is: What’s the worst way to tackle it?
Number 5 is: What’s the unseen understanding I need here?

Card 1: this comes from Corrine Kenner’s deck,  Tarot of the Gods and was Neptune in Pisces. This combines two Majors for me (Hanged Man & Moon) and I chose this deck because if those cards came up,  I know I’m going to want to pay more attention to them!

Card 2 is the 8 of Vessels,  suggesting that my pent up emotions need releasing.  I need to let them go and return the negative ones back to the river of  life. This is only the first aspect the cards suggest I deal with this Yuletide.

Card 3 is Major 12,The Mirror,  which suggests that I spend some time in contemplation and work through these emotions,  slowly. The Heron in this card is significant.  Heron’s in the shamanic suggest that you need to ground yourself more,  apply a little more restraint and that uncomfortable situations require you to be more watchful so you can quickly grasp the improvements and move on.  This bird is a Jack of all trades and loves experiences.

Card 4 is the Five of Vessels, Ecstasy.  This is saying that the worst way to handle this is to just carry on regardless. I need to not just go about life,  pretending that I’m not feeling as I do, or why.

Card 5 is 9 of Bows,  Respect. The unseen understanding is boundaries,  respect the other person’s way of doing things (even if they have no respect for others) but set the respect for myself too. That’s been the biggest thing, I feel.  It’s not been set,  enforced or tackled.  Oh,  arse. Like I really want to do that in this situation.

Conclusion:

I know exactly what this is going on about and in truth I’m not surprised it’s shown up at this time of year, given what’s going on with other things in my life. However, this does gives me a perspective to deal with something that has been bothering me for a few weeks, that I’ve not been wanting to deal with. The cards say I ought to deal with it though.  Oh,  well!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my shadow Yuletide reading and blog post. Guess I’d better pull up my big girl knickers and get on with this. Just like everyone else does!

Thanks for reading!  I look forward to  your visits in 2017. 

Let’s Talk : Improving Material Gain

Let’s be honest, we all feel we need to improve our financial situation occasionally. 

From time to time, the material matter just isn’t flowing the way we want or need them to be & we feel the need to improve them. 

There are various spells that claim to improve the fortunes of those that follow them, I tend to find that hard work & being paid for what that work is worth is the best way to balance the financial tables. Some people work more than one job, others create diversity, set up their own business, work for themselves.

So let’s ask the Tarot what steps we need to take to improve our material situation. I use the word material because money isn’t the only method of payment, though it’s apparently what makes the World go around. I’m not so sure, but it sure makes life far more comfortable, don’t you agree??

The Cards & Their Meanings

Card 1: What energies do I need to bring to this endeavour? Ten of Stones ~ Home
Card 2: What do I need to remember about this endeavour? Major 6 ~ The Forest Lovers
Card 3: What is my next step? Ten of Arrows ~ Instruction

The Ten of Stones is the first card up. If you enlarge the image you can maybe see two carvings in the stonework in the gateway of this house. If not, trust me, they’re there! This house exists because of the balance that has been created. There’s the thinking, doing, creating, fixing, growing, clearing, sweeping of this house that makes it a home. There’s a lot of potential in this house but it’s not just down to one set of energies. Now, don’t get me wrong when I say that the masculine & feminine energies are in balance here: that doesn’t mean that there’s one of each gender in the house or even two people in the house! A woman is just as capable of fixing things as a man is at cleaning & keeping house. I’m talking about the energies here, not the people wielding the energies. Tap into both sets of energies here to gain your balance.

Major 6 ~ The Forest Lovers, hints that you need to encounter self-confidence & love about this situation. That’s not to say forget about it but focus on something else instead of “making money” all the time. Enjoy the why when you can; that doesn’t have to cost very much if anything at all. Go for a medicine walk (a walk with the intention of creating thinking space) or get out into nature, no matter the weather and let the elements whip around you. This card is about connecting with our inner self as well as those that are around us. It’s not hard to do, but we forget to do it. The silver birch trees are still there, leaf devoid as they are. Can you identify silver birch or even birch trees in general in your local park? Do you take shelter in a yew tree when the rain really hammers down?

The Ten of Arrows is the last card, a reminder that others can see things that we cannot; that others may have more knowledge & experience than we do. Getting their advice is important in this situation, say the cards. This card shows a father and a son in a teaching / instruction / practise situation. Does this hint to listen to our family elders? Yes. Does this hint to listen to other elders? Well, if they’ve got the knowledge that we do not, then yes. It doesn’t matter who is teaching us (though being honest, it does matter. We have to like & respect them, to begin with) it is the message that they have that’s the important thing here.

Conclusion: 

Keep a focus on what’s important in regards to your home & hearth. The message here I feel is to not over-extend yourself or stretch beyond your reach. Look after yourself but try to focus on the job, not the end results. Balance is the key: don’t exert beyond more than is coming in (though that is easy to do). Do the scary thing: LOOK at your finances! Watch them daily! It’s scary when you do that, but then you start to get control over what’s going out when it’s going out & how.

The deck in question is The Wildwood Tarot, with the images being shared with permission. 

Let’s Talk : Bettering Our Chances

What can we do to better our chances?

We all get knock backs, but how do you better your chances for the next time we strive to achieve a goal or dream?

Chances come and go. Getting told that you were “close but no cigar” is bound to upset anyone. However frustrating it is, we need to continue to charge forwards, one step at a time. The strength of the character we have inside rises up when we’re told no. Some get aggressive, some get creative & dig deeper. It’s this digging deeper aspect that I appreciate. When the going gets tough, the tough get going, as the song goes.

So, what can the cards advise us about bettering out chances?

chancesLet’s look at the cards!

Position 1: What might be tripping me up? – 3 of Arrows
Position 2: Why is it tripping me up? – 7 of Vessels
Position 3: How best can I jump this hurdle? – Page of Stones

3 of Arrows : your heart maybe wasn’t  in the situation, to begin with.  Whilst it looked good on paper, something rang true in the heart that caused a conflict. It’s not easy to put a finger on it,  but the spark that she at the start was noticeable when it went out.  Take heart,  something will come to you that is better emotionally suited to you.

7 of Vessels : okay,  so now you’re gutted and wishing you could go back to the moment the spark died.  That’s not quite how it works,  you do need to mourn,  work out why & say goodbye to it.  That might sound daft but look at the image.  It’s time to say goodbye & move on,  lesson having been learnt.

Page of Stones : This card is the quiet one in the corner, watching everything going on around  them. This lynx is the quiet,  observant big cat. Pay attention to what is going on physically around you. Careful consideration will redress any balance that a lack of forethought has caused.  It’s time to redress the balance, keep things down to earth and factual,  not virtual.

Conclusion: 

You can’t change the past, so don’t try. Just let it go, and no, you don’t have to be Elsa! Hanging onto the “what did I do wrong” thoughts just implies that you DID do something wrong. You probably didn’t do anything wrong, the emotional connection between you just wasn’t there, for some reason. So, onwards. Watch out for that in interviews, try to adjust your responses to suit. Let the emotional attachment go so you don’t have it hanging around your neck during your next interview / chance / opportunity. Be yourself: everyone else is taken!

You’re welcome to adjust this spread or use it for your own gain, that’s fine! I’ve used The Wildwood Tarot cards (as always!) but if you’d like your own reading or you’d like a gift voucher issued for Christmas, you can book that right here