Welcome to the mid-week Tarot Story Board. What do we have to do to clear our thoughts this week? Lets explore!
The reading this week is as much for me as it is for me to share with you for your own interpretation, but lets see what the story board looks like, shall we?
The Queen of Arrows, the lady who might turn around and say: "I told you so" or give you "that" look that says those immortal words. However, if you want an honest answer, she'll give it to you. If you want lies, don't visit this lady. I associate this card with Sagittarius, (more so than Leo and Aries) the fiery, clear, direct communicator. There's no beating about the bush with this lady!
She knows what she's thinking and why she's thinking it, but if you want to know, you'd better ask her. Just, be prepared for the oh, so honest reply!
The Seven of Bows is pretty self-explanatory, it's time to tidy up, clear the decks, sort things out, recycle (or indeed, up-cycle) what you can, then get on with clearing the debris. There's some effort to be made in doing this, so sitting on your bum and lamenting "oh woe is me", "aren't I hard-done-by", "I can't do it". Only if you let yourself be hard done by or be told you can't. Wield the axe, clear the ground.
The Ten of Stones shows me the where and why of the first two, which is home. The sanctuary that we each make for ourselves . This might seem simple, but it's how I read them.
How this weeks story board reads at the moment is more about clearing the mind of clutter, of being clear of what we want (Queen of Arrows) and clearing away the clutter of our minds (7 of Bows) to make the home environment more appealing and harmonious.
These three might also indicate house repairs, talking to people about those repairs or improving the house.
Since I've started writing this post, some other things have transpired (away from the bricks and mortar of home). Note that the Swan is swimming away from us. If someone is doing or making you mentally lose it, swim away (or you can walk, run, block, disengage some other way) but don't drop anchor and try to reason with stupid or ugly. I've found there's very little point. Be direct and clear, but you don't need to be a bitch about it.
If you'd like to book your non-bitchy, but honest & helpful Tarot reading with me, you can do so via this page.Deck used was The Wildwood Tarot, written and created by the talented Mark Ryan & John Matthews, illustrated by the fabulous Will Worthington.
This week, the enchanting Ragnall comes to us, in both maiden and crone apperance. What is your desire? Lets improve our perception this week.
Ragnall is not one of the names I know, but I did know Gawain was married, but not to whom. The crone we sometimes see Ragnall as, are years that some of us have years ahead of us; for others, we are in our crone (wisest!) years.
The legend says that Ragnall was cursed to be a hag until a good Knight married her. It was in her hag form that she helps King Arthur and he grants her the only condition that she placed upon him: To marry Sir Gawain. The reason she helped King Arthur was because he had faced a riddle and challenge by her brother, Gromer Somer Jour. The question was this: What do women desire most?
What does any human desire the most? To have the power to make their own decisions, be you male, female, straight, gay, lesbian, trans-gender or swinger. Who cares? Providing you harm none, I'm pretty much good with it. If it makes you happy, that's all that really counts.
When Ragnall and Gawain married, she was still in crone form. It was on their wedding night that Gawain saw her true external beauty and let her choose whether she'd be beautiful by day or by night. It was giving her this power that broke the curse had been placed upon her.
I have to wonder what words were said to invoke such a harsh external perception? Words really can change someone's perception, especially you're own. Ragnall was skilled in helping herself and others around her react to their situation. Are you? I have not been in the past. I'm still learning and I think I will be well into my crone years before I master that skill.
Time to get your thinking caps on with questions for this week! What's your deepest desire? What's hidden from you? Who are you, really? What is your heart's desire? What most challenges you? Do your inner and outer lives match? (And if not, do you know why not?) What opposition do you expect to meet?
There are always lots of questions, the answer is to use your perception to help work out the answer. If you wish to use my perception, you can book your reading by clicking here.Deck used was the Camelot Oracle by John Matthews, illustrated by the brilliant, Will Worthington.
The Questing Beast, the aid of any challenger, comes to us this week. After one testing week, we may have another. This week however, help is at hand.
The Questing Beast heralded the start of the Grail Quest, before the vessels appeared in Camelot. We don't know where the Grail ended up or even if it's still in one piece, buried somewhere deep.
The Questing beast in this case might be metaphorical, it might be mental, paranormal. Life has a funny (and I don't mean hilarious) way of testing us. Life, they say, is what happens when you leave your comfort zone. That might well be true, but sometimes and regularly, we need to be in the comfort zone for our own sanity. I had hoped to be back at that point this week; no such luck I fear.
When we venture out, beyond that comfort zone, the Questing Beast is what we're chasing. It can come to challenge us in many forms, testing our weak points, our strategy, our theories. It can make or break us, it can create situations that define us and if we conquer it, we can be like the two hero's (Pellinore and Palamedes) from these tales that came close to defeating it. I find it ironic that these two strong, well equipped, armed men, could not catch the one thing that they set out to. Which is why I believe the Questing Beast is what ever testing situation we create for, or find ourselves in.
Others contribute to these situations, but whatever these testing times are, we can learn from them. We can learn its wisdom simply by following it, even though its purpose remains hidden.
What do you have to battle with this week? What is the testing situation you need the strength and wisdom from the Questing Beast? When did this testing situation begin? What makes you the most afraid? What are you really seeking?
The Questing Beast has found us. How will you deal with the testing times ahead?Deck used was the Camelot Oracle, illustrated by Will Worthington, written by John Matthews.
It's hump-day and so, we have a midweek reading, asking the Tarot what to watch out for during the coming week.
My sons drew the cards for this week and we have quite a message! Mercury has gone direct and with it, the message comes through to get rid and listen to what is taught, remembering the abundance of what really matters.
How do I come to this reply? Major 13 ~ The Journey, is the equivalent of the Death card in the RWS, so we have the ultimate renewal and casting away of what we no longer need. The dead dear no longer need the flesh they once needed, but what they no longer need, the crow can use for food and aid in the body's transformation and return to the ground.
The Ten of Arrows is a card of instruction, of listening to the older generation of parent and perhaps, grand-parent, sensei, instructor, teacher. The boy learning shows a skill, but it needs refined, practised, nurtured. Is there a book you need to read, some quiet practice time to be gained or someone who is an expert that you can seek tuition from? I'm now thinking of short courses and doing the homework in finding the right one for you.
The Six of Bows is the final card and talks of abundance and celebration. With the harvest season having now ended, remember to take the time out to enjoy life with friends and family. Are there cakes to be made? New recipes to try? What and whom do you share your abundance with? What do you need to harvest? Have you celebrated your own triumphs this week?
So, the overall message from this midweek Tarot reading is to allow and perhaps willingly undergo the transformation and change, listen to the wise words of someone older and wiser (listening to their instructions) and allow yourself to celebrate when things finally start to work out. Have you ever heard of the phrase: "If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you?" It's a great fridge magnet that I like to recite to the boys when things don't work out for them and it is perfectly okay to accept advice and instructions from someone with more knowledge.
We can't know everything, for that way madness lies! And if life is causing you a headache, my Tarot services are available from this page.
This week we remember those that have gone before in Remembrance Sunday and I wonder why people give their lives that others may live?
Today as the poppy petals fell, the young and old remember those that fell in WWI, WWII and conflicts since. We remember those that gave their lives so that others like me may live the life they choose in relative peace. In answer to this, Perceval, son of King Pellinor, comes out to join us and gives us an insight into the psyche of the brave and the bold.
Perceval was kept away from battle by his mother after losing Perceval's brothers in other battles. Her wish was to keep her son safe, away from the war and the horror it contained. However, he was a natural soldier and knight, so he naturally found his way to King Arthur's court. It stands to reason he'd protect another's honour and quite quickly after arriving at Court, he set off in pursuit of a knight who had insulted Queen Guinevere.
He is brother to Dindrane, who could have and nearly did, complete the Grail Quest. He was tagged as "The Perfect Fool", due to his innocence, but above all, Perceval shows us that you can be direct, wise, simple and foolish. He had other qualities too, like perseverance and honour. It is all these qualities I think the young men who fought and died in WWI and WWII displayed in varying measures. If these six qualities were a table chart, every soldier would have a score in each column, to varying degrees.
I believe Perceval was incapable of deceit, he had no space or interest in it and his ability to see through a web of lies and cut right to the chase gave him an edge over the other knights. Whether this skill or quality held true for every soldier that fought in the Great Wars (or since) will never be known. However, he was good at keeping secrets and working out the truth, from the lies.
This week, we have bunch of questions that we may not want to answer, but if we're to move forward, we need to address that which hinders us. Use Perceval to help you cut to the chase and cut through the lies.
What is your first step towards the future? Can you reconsider your position? Who is the best mediator you know? What truth awaits you tomorrow? What can you learn from this experience? How will your honesty help you here? What is really going on? Is there any wisdom in this action?
This Remembrance week, I will remember and light a candle to those that fell (and continue to fall) in the name of freedom. I will remember, though it may not be in an obvious way.
If you'd like your own personal reading, book your slot here.Deck used was the Camelot Oracle by John Matthews, illustrated by (c) Will Worthington. Poppy Image was borrows from The Zombie Wears Vintage website.
As promised from my Tarot Blog Hop Post, here's The Wildwood advising me for the coming year, using the Samhain Tarot spread.
This Samhain Tarot Spread comes courtesy of Theresa Mills in the Wildwood Tarot Study Group on Facebook and the Aeclectic Tarot site. As a quick reminder, here's the spread from my Blog Hop. I've put the title of each card that's come up in that position.
1. Autumn Yield (what can be used) - Ace of Vessels
2. Reserve stock (what can be put aside) - Major 1 - The Shaman
3. Winter ordeal (for what to prepare to) - Major 3 - The Green Woman
4. Passage between the worlds (new paths & methods) - Four of Stones
5. The gifts of Samhain (gifts of the new tide) - Seven of Stones
6. Mysterious meeting (some unexpected encounters) - King of Bows
7. What to say goodbye to… - Four of Vessels
8. What to remember… - Three of Stones
9. Results/conclusion - Two of Stones
Lets take the first three. 1. Autumn Yield (what can be used) - Ace of Vessels, 2. Reserve stock (what can be put aside) - Major 1 - The Shaman, 3. Winter ordeal (for what to prepare to) - Major 3 - The Green Woman
On a personal front, these three say to me that I can and ought to begin again, emotionally. I've undergone a lot of change this year, it's time to start over again, I don't need to be in control and "make the magic" happen, what I need to prepare for is being the mother and nurture the life I've given. On the business front,come to the business with a new sense of emotional love, don't try to control everything or every aspect, you can't do it alone. Nurture the business and the ideas that you have, let them surface when they're ready, but hauld yer whest until they're ready.
The next three are just as interesting! 4. Passage between the worlds (new paths & methods) - Four of Stones, 5. The gifts of Samhain (gifts of the new tide) - Seven of Stones, 6. Mysterious meeting (some unexpected encounters) - King of Bows.
Personally, I need to take time out and protect myself, perhaps physically (psychically comes to mind here too) whilst finding time to meditate and heal thyself (and put to bed the niggling current medical condition I'm suffering from) but be prepared to meet someone fiery! (Too late, already met and married him!) On the business front, take things slowly, learn to think about things before speaking and acting and if someone has a good idea, give credit where credit is due. Perhaps that mysterious meeting gives me an insight into other aspects I can take the business during 2014.
The last three cards aren't looking so hot, more specifically the last card,but let's get on with it. 7. What to say goodbye to… - Four of Vessels, 8. What to remember… - Three of Stones, 9. Results/conclusion - Two of Stones.
Personally (and business wise!) if the Wildwood Tarot thinks that I have been bored this year, it had better think again. Seriously, I've not stopped with one thing or another! Though I have been bored with the lack of time to do the things I have wanted to do, business wise. What I need to remember on both fronts is to be creative, to tap into my muse and take the time out to connect with the earth and the Woodlands again. The Results will be that this is a year of standing my ground (personally and business wise) and keeping my boundaries. It will be a challenge to balance both the major aspects of my life, but something that can be done.
This past Pagan Year I've met some fantastic fellow Witches and Tarot Readers, some are just starting out on their Tarot Journey (or out of the broom closet Witch-wise themselves) but they're with me to connect with as and when we need each other. The internet, being the wonderful useful thing it is, has bought together some great people. I hope to continue to learn more, meet new people and merge it all together in The Green Woman's Cauldron.
That's me for this Samhain Tarot Spread post. I hope you've enjoyed it and it's given you something more of an insight into how I read the Tarot. You know where to book a reading with me, right here. If you'd perhaps like to leave a comment, please feel free - I love comments
Welcome to the latest Bog Hop! This time, our wrangler, Alison Cross of Game of Thrones fame (and former TABI Chairman) set a simple but wonderfully open challenge: Love. So, along-side twenty odd others, I'm here to share with you what I love about Samhain, Autumn, Tarot and life in general.
If you've come from Ania's blog, taken a step back from Morgan's latest posting, or just dropped by because you regularly do, welcome!
I love kicking through Autumn's golden gown. I never thought of it like that before, until I really got into listening to War of the Worlds and the song "Forever Autumn" entered my head. My children throughly enjoy doing that too and they take great pleasure in throwing the leaves around (when they can) or hunting for sweet and horse chestnuts.
The deck I love the most, out of all the decks on the market, is of course, The Wildwood and most of you know that it has connected with me on a level that no other deck has reached.
Autumn for me is about clearing up and packing away. It's about taking it easy (*cough*) and getting ready for the coming cold months. I've no corn dolly again this year but I have a few more Halloween / Samhain decorations around the house (away from the front door) that the kids can enjoy. I've got their sweets ready for trick or treating (more treating than trickery) and a day out planned with family.
What do you love to do? I love talking Tarot with other readers and sharing spread ideas. In The Wildwood Tarot Study Group on Facebook, Theresa Mills shared a Samhain Spread from the Aeclectic Tarot site. I share it with you here and over the weekend, I'll document and share this reading. At this time of year, The Wildwood is about facing the challenges of the winter, taking stock, facing up to and over-coming our internal hurdles.
The two Majors I have shown here indicate that strongly and I love working things out in my head, even if I never get them to materialise in the real world.
Here's the spread I mention above.
1. Autumn Yield (what can be used)
2. Reserve stock (what can be put aside)
3. Winter ordeal (for what to prepare to)
4. Passage between the worlds (new paths & methods)
5. The gifts of Samhain (gifts of the new tide)
6. Mysterious meeting (some unexpected encounters)
7. What to say goodbye to…
8. What to remember…
It looks much simpler than my Wheel Spread of 3 cards per month (this image to the left) that I tried to blog with monthly a few years back. Do you remember that? I certainly didn't love updating it each month, but I did enjoy doing it!
Now, I shall enjoy some quiet time tomorrow evening and do the Samhain spread above. I will also enjoy some chocolate and a glass of white wine whilst sitting near one of the log burners (other things I love to indulge in) and perhaps grab an early night.
So, as the veil is now at its thinnest, what do you love? Who have you loved and lost and wish to remember this evening? This could be pets (I've a few of them) relatives, grand-parents, brothers, sisters, friends... the list of who has gone before us is endless but I hope you remember them with gentleness, love and a smile.
Now, if you'd like to visit Morgan's site, the links to his after me and Ania's before me, are below. And should you be lost in the fog, Ali has the Master Blog Hop list in the middle.
This week the father of eight strong Knights of the Round Table come to join us with his qualities of honour, purpose, strength and honesty.
Pellinore was one of the first to join the Knights of the Round Table, however how he and Arthur met was rather unfortunate, they ended up fighting each other. However, Pellinore wasn't aware he was fighting his king.
Pellinore's main task (pointless as it was) was to slay the Questing Beast. That quest eventually fell to Palamedes.
For a man who fathered a total of nine children (eight of whom were boys) he was away a lot of the time, I wonder how his wife coped? After a weekend of looking after my own three on my own, I can only relish the time I've had and the time I get to share the responsibilities with my husband again.
Pellinore fought against Lot of Orkney, Gawain's father in the War of the Eleven Kings. He was full of earthy humour, determined energy and these valuable assets can help us too in the coming week.
Pellinore is strong in physical body and courage, so having him by your side this week is going to be a bonus. Is there any force greater than your own, with his wind in your sails? Whenever you read this post, take his wind and shove it into your sails with vigor.
However, there are some things to consider this week and I since I don't know what questions you have that need answers, here are some questions for you to consider. What's the purpose of the journey you're on? Why do you think this challenge has arisen now? Do you know what circumstances in your life bought you to this place? How will you feel about things a week for now? Do you know when these circumstances began? Can you find better ways to proceed? Do you understand what steps and directions you can take? Who is the person that is on the other side of the situation that is your best friend, your champion?
Pellinore was always ready for battle, even if he was asleep under a tree when he first met Arthur. Are you?
If you're not, you can book your personal email or one-to-one with me via this link and we can work on how to get you battle ready, but the magic is within you.
Thoughts and attitudes join us in combination with The Hearthfire. We're reminded us to join in and celebrate, which can help address thoughts towards others.
Quite often of late, we've had the Tarot and the Camelot Oracle say, give, give, give. This week, with Pelles, we've been reminded to replenish our thoughts, our inner-selves and it seems that not only does The Wildwood agree, but it's even saying: don't do this alone!
The nights are drawing in, the air is cooler, the leaves are falling from the trees and the rain comes pounding down (down one of my chimney's, as it happens!) and so having fnu on our own isn't so appealing. However, light a fire, throw in some good company, food, drink and you've a party in the making!
However, it isn't always adults that you have to have fun with! What of the children? We're entering "that time of year" where serious pagans and witches think about those that have passed, how thin the veil between our worlds is. Children have no such bothers or concerns. They're interested in their sweets, toffee apples, dressing up and having fun and whilst I dislike children coming to the door and asking for sweets etc. (especially if they're nothing to do with us, I think it's begging) I do think it's fun to teach them in a fun way what this time of year is really about.
For me, it's about saying good bye and giving thanks to the ancestors that have gone before. It's about paying it forward for the coming lunar year and bringing smiles to the faces of the smaller people, making them use their thoughts. There will be time enough to weep when their grand-parents pass on, but for now, lets sing and dance and have some fun! Let us make the good times and the happy memorie, for we never know when our time is up.Decks used are the Wildwood Tarot by John Matthews and the delectible Mark Ryan, with the Deck of 1000 Spreads by Tierney Saddler.
This week, Pelles, the Fisher King with his ability to plan and wait for restoration, comes to join us. I think we're in for a good week!
The only thing I know about The Fisher King is that Robin Williams made a movie called The Fisher King: beyond that, I am pretty clueless. However, reading the book, it seems that this King was forced to take things pretty darned easy, due to him fighting with Balin. I know that Balin killed Garlon.
Pelles wasn't keen on the use of magic but relented when he realised that unless he engineered the birth of the Grail winner, (Galahad) he was doomed.
Despite the unorthodox methods used to conceive the child, Galahad did wield the lance to heal the King and the land. Pelles retired to a monastery after the quest was completed, and ended his days as a holy man, after fully undergoing restoration.
His knowledge and wisdom are plentiful and his understanding of human suffering brings counsel to all those who undertake their own personal quest.
We've had the message these last few weeks through the Tarot and the Camelot Oracle that we ought to dig deep, call on the resources within. Well, the problem with doing that, is that it leaves a hole. Often, a big one and we need an empty well within us, one we need a hole in the head. So, it's time to replenish the well, provide ourselves with some restoration for the future.
So that we don't end up with the inner-well being depleted again, we need to work on our vulnerabilities and strengthen them. We need to find sustenance, so what sustains you? Brush up on your skills, especially the ones you've been neglecting. Work out what your weak point is and guard it. Find the negative and turn it to your advantage. Accept help when you are offered it and follow through what makes you stronger.
Now, I have Christina Aguileria's song "Fighter" going through my head. Keep on fighting but remember to restore yourselves as you go. It's important.Deck used was the Camelot Oracle by John Matthews, illustrated by Will Worthington.