Mercury retrograde is nearly over, but what did you learn?
Mercury, the planet of communication, goes direct again on the 22nd. Not a moment too soon! What did you learn through this period of stuck, backwards and jarred communication?
Communication with important, though we don't always know how or what to communicate when Mercury is going backwards in the skies above. We sometimes find out when Mercury goes direct & the answers come, or when we don't hear from someone for a time & we wonder why.
I asked the Tarot, "What was my recent lesson with this Mercury retrograde?"
The negatives from the situation:The Page of Cups
What to take forward: 3 of Pentacles
The positives from this Mercury Rx are interesting. The Knight is one of the dynamic four of the Courts, Knights are energetic, young, impetuous and in this case, the emotional one. He's learning what is acceptable to others, what sits well with him and what doesn't. He's all about the self-learning of his emotional self. He'll stir things up a little just to learn more about himself and others. To me, he is not emotionally trying.
The negatives from this Mercury Rx leave me sad. This Page is a step back from the Knight we have above. The dove near the cup being raised aloft isn't quite letting the Page stroke it and the ships are sailing away. The mermaid might be safer, but I don't feel that she's learned anything of use, except maybe how to get things go. Maybe, in hindsight, that is not quite such a bad thing after all.
What to take forward: now this is interesting. The figures in this card haven't yet worked out how to work together, to play on each other's strengths or pick up the other's weaknesses. At the moment, there's not much co-operation. That may yet come, so there is hope, though it's not going to be a simple walk in the park.
Most of this Mercury Retrograde (Rx) is down to what you've learned emotionally, about yourself & others. Therefore you need to act with some kindness and take a step back. Sometimes, you just need to carry on regardless and others need to accept that about you. They're the ones that need to build a bridge to get over their emotional selves. They, like you, need to work in partnership to bring out the best in everyone. It's not always about them or you, sometimes it is so about others outside of the immediate equation. Hence there has to be a new dynamic created, to get things done. Finally, the question here is: how are you going to make the dynamic work?
I've used my cropped Wizards Tarot by Corrine Kenner for this post, which you can buy from Amazon.
Options are a given right, aren't they? Well, we'd like to think so.
When something happens to us that prevents us from doing what we've enjoyed doing for the majority of our lives, we often ask: What are my options now?
This question has come from a friend, a fellow mother who asks the question after being diagnosed with an illness that will slow her down tremendously: What are my options now? This question can be used in a multitude of situations, the answers & cards though will be unique. Feel free to change the spread offered to suit your own, or I can do it for you.
I chose a three card spread for this, in a triangle shape. This is often easiest work out what will play with each other & what will not. At the top: What do I need to consider? To the bottom left: What do I need to avoid? To the right, What's my next step? More cards can be added to each position as you wish.
What do you need to consider here? The Ace of Vessels says that this is a new emotional beginning for you. This is the time to lay the conventions of the past behind, the preconceived ideas. Take the time to re-learn emotionally what it is you wanted to do with your life. You've the chance now of a new beginning, you don't have to feature convention, you can begin to go your own way. You can take it slow, you can start whenever you like, as slowly as you like.
This is pretty big, so please don't just take my insights here: add your own. The Mirror is about tradition into the hidden depths of knowledge, the unknown & unconscious aspects of our lives. This to me is about not questioning the "why has it happened?" or the "why me?" all the time. Though, I can get that's playing on your mind a lot.
Your energies are better spent in the dealing & healing from what you have, the reflecting. This card shows a figure in the boat, which may be Arthur, on his way to the Isle of Avalon to heal. He cannot question where he is, he's bound, in a coma. This card can also show the question of "What did I do wrong?" coming up all the time. The answer is nothing! If you're going down that road, please go and see your GP, asking to be referred to a counsellor.
This is another big card, but instead of stopping you going over and over the bridge you're trying to cross, it's showing you the other side of your destination. The next step is about how you think, communicate, act. It's all about how you conduct yourself, your goals and aims for what and how you are communicating. What is it you're trying to do when you speak about your condition? Is it to let off steam? Is it to bring the attention of your condition to others? Speak out with an aim, a purpose. It is not enough to just speak, there has to be intent behind it. That intent has to be communicated, spelt out. That might seem daft, but how many times have you heard someone speak and thought: Get to the point, please!
You've changes going on, due in this case to medical. You're being forced to take things at a much gentler pace. You can't go at the previous 100 miles per hour you had before. Trying to carry on as you were will make it worse for you. The cards suggest you slow down, don't reflect too much on the why it happened, or what you did wrong. If you're going to speak out about it, give that voice a purpose, a meaning, an intent. It will help if you make that intent clear in your communications. Decide on what your intent is and stick with it. It's time to put some meaning behind your words.
I hope this helps you and if you want to know how to get out of the stuck situation you're in, you can book your session here.
The Stag, Guardian of the Wildwood comes out to liven up our creative souls.
This half human, half animal Stag Guardian of the Wildwood reminds us that our rights and wrongs are not those of the Wildwood or nature itself.
We humans are good at changing things around us to suit our needs, but not always for the better. By nature, we're a destructive, wasteful and greedy breed of being. However, this axe reminds us that whilst we are sometimes like this, we can and are able to break the cycle. We can act with responsibility, use but save and replenish our natural resources.
We've forgotten that in truth, we're the guests on this blue and green ball called Earth. The current human politics has blinded us to what we're doing to this place we live in, on a Global scale.
On a personal level, karma is at work. The Stag is a reminder to treat others as you wish to be treated. We're responsible for our actions and their consequences. Even the human politics that we're undergoing at the moment, is part of the energy of The Stag, though not his most handsome side I have to admit. It's realignment time.
When The Stag comes out it is time to be aware that something within us has moved, fallen into place, realigned. It can be something small and seemingly insignificant. Or it can be huge, mind-blowing, life changing. Storms can announce themselves on a breeze, yet it helps if you can read the signs, but not everyone can read every sign. That is just too much for anyone to undertake.
So, the mountain of questions that come with this card start with these: How are you treating others? What do you need to take responsibility for? How and what do you need to change? What do you need to carefully construct? What resources are you taking out & what are you putting back in its place?
Let me know how this card comes up for you in the next week, I'd love to read your feedback!
To book your private Tarot Consultation, just visit this page. The Tarot deck used is The Wildwood.
Getting your point across is part of the journey of life, says The Archer.
The Archer is your Wildwood's Chariot. She's the one that gives you the dead set focus we all get from time to time. She'll also be the one to dance in your imagination, changing your focus as she goes.
It's not enough to just go: I need to focus! There's an aim (pun intended) to be achieved, a goal completed, when the Archer and her hounds come calling. The words "I can't", "I'm not good enough" or "It's impossible" aren't enough to stop this lady from getting to the end game. That is, the target achieved.
The bow shown on this card is of the Meare Heath design, popular in Somerset from the Neolithic population, going by the dated relics found from that area. The two hounds at her side represent her intention, her power. One is following her gaze, the other not so much: yet. Knowing that these deerhounds can take down a deer, is not lost on anyone. It's not a sight I ever wish to see, but then, I'm not having to hunt for my food (unless you count the supermarket at Christmas time, then, maybe... 😉 ) to feed my family, tribe or settlement.
However, she does demonstrate that man is capable of making tools that fit his needs and extend his purpose. That stems from that bow to the computer I use to type these words into this blog post. The Archer is not one for messing about. The bow is now a symbol of our past, the period of time when we did have to hunt for food and survive without the modern conveniences we have, such as central heating, good windows, a solid roof. This bow could also have a spell or two worked into its length, ready to be loosed by whoever fired an arrow from the sinew string.
The Archer asks you for a number of things. Are you ready to commit? Are you ready for the next step? Will you release the arrow (your intent) and do you have the right intent set with your ambition, imagination and creativity? There are a lot of things to consider here with this lady, least of all is harnessing your own potential.
The Archer is bold, brave, daring, focused. She's full of intuition, inspiration, imagination and is willing to pass on great wisdom. If, you're willing to listen. When she comes out in a spread, I find she's asking that you be brave, step into your own power: use the talents you were born with, apply the knowledge you've gained, the cunning you've learned. Breathe, be calm and let loose your soulful arrows to achieve your goals.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. The Archer is my second favourite card of this deck and I wonder if you can you guess what the first is? Until the next update, stay focused, breathe and be bold!
The deck in question is The Wildwood, which you can buy directly from Will's site. The words are a mix of mine & from the book that comes with the deck.
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Here I am, emerging from the sabbatical I took away from technology & life.
Returning to nature is always something that my soul sings out for when I find myself in a rut. Like the Pole Star, I'm emerging to a more social aspect of my nature, after a good few weeks away.
Life gets hectic. Jobs, kids, schools, family: it can drain us. I took my two-week return to nature earlier than normal, because of plans I am involved with at the end of the month, meant I could not be away then. It turns out, that I needed the recharge then and not later on. I can always take another "break" later!
Coming back to my home life, the work schedule etc. reminds me of this Wildwood Image; The Pole Star. I've been in those woods, Wales is full of them. I've been in a tent and heard the sounds of foxes playing close by. The kids have heard owls hooting in the night, seen red kites swoop and swoosh over our heads at Bwlch Nant Yr Arian (over a hundred, beautiful, majestic birds). We have felt the chill of nature in our supposed "summer" months, walked, explored, played, read. I have felt blessed with my lot in life and I have good reason to too.
The kids enjoyed their time away too. They loved playing in the campsite play area, making friends, riding their bikes. They've been happy emerging into their day after a bowl of cereal and bacon sandwiches, returning only to refuel or reluctantly obeying the instruction that we're off out somewhere that day to explore.
Now I've had the chance to reconnect with nature and really chill out (because of limited or no internet!) and sleep! Oh, it's been bliss to sleep in, even on an air bed. Wrapped up in my sleeping bag, I've had no reason to feel the early morning dew of nature, though I have frowned a few times when yet again, it was raining. Wales is supposed to have less rain than Scotland, isn't it? I might have been wrong on that! 😉
Already, we're halfway through the month and whilst my mind is maybe still in chill-out mode, I know that it's time to get things licked into shape. It's time I was emerging from that darkness and headed once again into the light of life. I will have to sit and take in the evening skies at home, though the light pollution will hinder my ability to do that, to some extent.
If you're also emerging, hello! Here are some questions to ask yourself for the remainder of the month. What do I wish to accomplish this month? What do I need to achieve my goals? What are my goals for the next three months? I'm working out the answers to these for me, are you?
I've used The Wildwood to illustrate my words, which is used with permission from Will Worthington, Mark Ryan and John Matthews.
My reading consultations will be available again from the 15th of August. Blessings to you all!
It's time to isolate myself from The Wildwood.
Taking time out is necessary for us all. It's time The Wildwood and I went into isolation for a time.
Society demands our attention from pretty much when we open our eyes, to the moment we close them. I'm sure that one day, hopefully NOT in my lifetime, it'll be a part of our sleeping world on a regular basis. It can get too much, it can cause burn-out, exhaustion, depression and other nasty wee things that we cannot fix. Sometimes, we just need to set the technology to the side, isolate ourselves from it.
The kids are even getting antsy when they've been on their technology for too long. They need to isolate themselves from it, return to roots, grass, climb trees, ride their bikes, go and get mucky. Technology can be brilliant but it's increasing encroachment on our lives can leave us feeling strange, disconnected.
I was at the TABI Conference yesterday (what a day that was!) and I learnt a new technique that is so simple... I'm surprised that this hasn't come to light before. Maybe it has and today was the first day I'd been introduced to it. I don't know, but I am going to share it with you before I go wandering off further into the Wildwood to find rivers and streams, trees to climb and sleep under the stars, forage for berries and other goodies.
It's a spread where you separate the Majors and Minors in a deck. You then think of a question and a wee spread then draw the first major. Then you draw a minor to go with it. The Major is the issue that you need to deal with. The Minor is how to deal with it. Let's play!
Question: Why do I need to isolate myself from my technology?
Answer: Because of (1) to help you (2) so you can (3).
(1) The Ancestor and 7 of Vessels - Because: It seems like you need to return to the natural way of things. (Ancestor). To do that, let it go for a time. You'll get to come back to your modern gadgets, your devices and social media, but you're exhausted. Your heart isn't in it right now, so come away, deeper into the Wildwood, journey back into nature to renew and also replenish yourself.
(2) The Green Man and Page of Vessels - To Help You: replenish your well. Like the Green Man, your well needs refilling. To do that, you could do with remembering what is really important in your life. Yes, you're here on this Earth to help others, but you're here as their mother too, you need to reconnect with the children and be playful.
(3) The Blasted Oak and Two of Bows - So You Can: change things up, create something new and better, so you can rebuild on what is good. It's time to get rid of rotten branches. You can do that by deciding what it is you actually want to do with the blog going forward because you can then decide on how or what services to order. Therefore, you can change things around. The choices are yours to decide!
In conclusion, the sentence goes like this: You need to isolate yourself because of burn out & exhaustion. To help you replenish yourself, have fun so you can change things up as a result, come to decisions with a fresh mind.
That might seem a little weird because I broke it down further and made it into two sentences, which is fine. That's because I like simple sentences in my blog posts. I like to write a lot and also get the message across, rather than confuse you with my wordsmithing.
Finally, I'll be back on-line August the 15th and as a result, the payments will be suspended from now until then. Most of all, until then, why not unplug yourself from the social media? Go and have fun while remembering what it is that makes life great!
I've used The Wildwood here, which you can order from Will's site directly. The ramblings are my own and the spread was devised after a TABI Conference Workshop!
Well, why not? Should it be someone else that travels your life journey? The "Why Me?" question implies something of a defeatist attitude.
We all get down from time to time and we all think: Why me?! occasionally. Staying there can cause more problems than turning it around from "Why me?" to "Try me!" My children certainly do not like me when I turn to them and say: "try it" when they're pushing the boat out. They don't like it either when they're whining and my reaction is to "Go and try it."
There's a brilliant meme that's been hitting Facebook and I think it ties very well into answering this question.
It doesn't have to be the Devil that asks, though it is usually someone we don't like, adding more to our plate when frankly, we can do without that kind of nonsense. The boss, for example, or customers who know something is broken at five o'clock, but they've had the files and the system update for two days.
During this school holiday (which is seven weeks long!) the chances are it's going to be the kids, turning my hair more grey than usual. That's okay, they're my kids, I'm the mum, I gave them that right when they were born to do that. There are, however, boundaries.
And that is where the "Why me?" phrase comes from: when we don't or cannot apply a boundary, or say: enough already! Why do we feel like that? I think it's because we're afraid sometimes of telling the boss, No. We're not wanting to offend someone new when they're clearly not going to fit in, though it's a word that we have used on small people and because of small people from the moment that they're born. It's a word we use to keep people safe, confine them or set boundaries.
So, what can the Tarot tell us about the question, Why Me?
- If not you, then who else? ~ Three of Bows
- What else do you need to consider? ~ Queen of Vessels
- This is, Why Me? ~ Two of Stones
With my daughter's help, we have three cards for you. The first asks you: If it's not you, then who else could do this? The Three of Bows comes out to remind you that actually, you have a choice! Look at the paths here, there are three and even if The Seer is the one in the hooded robe, you're being given a choice. Don't be defeatist about it. You can choose to either do it or not. Rise to the challenge, or pick another. The Queen of Vessels comes up as the next card, reminding you that you need to be wise in your responses, determined in your results and whilst you can give in, you cannot give up. This salmon will return to her spawning grounds, she will get there and she'll swallow some hazelnuts for nourishment. She's not going to give up, but she may give in to conserve her strength when she needs it. The Two of Stones comes out to say: It's you because there's a lesson here to learn. It's about setting and enforcing boundaries (as I mentioned above) and standing your ground.
I hope you've enjoyed my little blog post this week, enjoy yourself and remember, it's not always you, sometimes it's others. Don't be defeatist and feel free to whisper back to the Devil: I Am, I Can, I Will!
I've used the Wildwood Tarot here, which Will Worthington drew. The spread and the ramblings are my own. Thanks for stopping by! Private consultations are available via my booking page.
We do sometimes look up at the sky and think: Come on, gimme a break! But when are you going to catch a break?
Sometimes, just sometimes, we need the Wheel of Luck to turn in our favour. Sometimes, just sometimes it does, but not after we've howled at the moon and asked: When am I going to get a break?!
This question has come from my Twitter feed. Being in the right situation at the right time is the luck and good fortune of others. It's not for us everyday folks, is it? The truth is, even those that seem to be blessed with good fortune for "being in the right place at the right time" have had to work at it. The situation they've struck lucky at is sometimes of their own making. Chances are, you are watching a situation unfold that they've spent weeks, if not months, manufacturing consent for. (I'm thinking politicians here, primarily but there will be others. Who else can you think that works like this? Entrepreneurs perhaps?)
So, let's look again at the question. When are you going to catch a break? The answer is likely to be: When you can manufacture its occurrence. I can hear the next question already: But how do I do that? Well, let's ask The Wildwood how you might do that.
Here are the 3 cards in their spread positions.
- 1st Card : What situation do I need to start changing? Ace of Arrows ~ The Breath of Life
- 2nd Card : What must I avoid changing? Page of Arrows ~ The Wren
- 3rd Card : What must I change to my advantage? Page of Bows ~ Stoat
The first card is the Ace of Arrows, The Breath of Life. This indicates that the situation you need to start changing is down to communications and your thoughts. If you find yourself thinking negative things then you'll start programming your mind into only working in the negative. Think positive and what you'd like to conjure up in your life. Thinking is believing, so start believing in in your own thoughts.
The second card is the Page of Arrows, The Wren. What must you avoid changing? Well, how about not taking on board someone else's manifestation and just working with your own? How about not letting the words of others cloud your actions and thoughts? How about not letting the mind monkey's loose inside your head? Though, the last one is far easier said than done!
The third and last card is the Page of Bows, The Stoat. He reminds you that everything is already to your advantage if you want it. Look who is offering you an opportunity. If you're being dour, you're not likely to know or spot that someone is offering things to you. Chin up, you've an opportunity here to shine! It's time to engage with a smile if you want to move forwards.
Start changing your attitude, don't let the mind monkey's out to play and think about what's before you. What could change for you if you engage? The break you want is either here or it's ready to be manifested.
I hope this helps you and that you've enjoyed my little spread, cards and interpretations. As always, I've used The Wildwood and to book your consultation is as easy as clicking here.
This week, I bring to you the beautiful Forest Lovers. How do you like to be loved?
Mark & John made this card by symbolic of Robin and Marion, whilst Will beautifully brought them to life. With Mark's involvement as Nasir in Robin of Sherwood for quite a few years (and if you didn't know that, you do now!) it is of no surprise that this legend shows up in the deck. However, the question is always the same, at the roots. Will you love me if I love you?
Having a great lover is like choosing an apple. We're all wanting to be loved and loving another is a part of who we are. Sometimes, we're good at it and get it right. Sometimes, we're not and we pick the wrong apple out of the barrel of life. Then we have to undo it all and return the rotten apple, which isn't always easy. Finding or becoming part of a couple of lovers isn't as straight forward as it may sound.
There's an analogy I read recently on the Book of Face about bruised apples. It was used to show children what bullying does to someone. It's the same with lovers. I explained to my 6-year-old the other night, that having a girlfriend or boyfriend at such a young age is okay. If you don't like them after a while, that's okay too. It's like trying on coats, trousers or skirts and seeing what does and doesn't fit. But when you take the clothing off (i.e. dump the other person) you should try do it gently.
The apple analogy works quite well. You don't want to bruise the other person too badly (go, find that post on the page and read it) but sometimes, you can't help but do it.
The idea for me of lovers is to yes, physically love you and you them. It's also about emotionally supporting, help provide for, encourage to help them strive to be the best they can. It's not just about the physicality of loving someone but it's all the other parts of it that surround the core to the apple to start with. Everyone has different views of what love is. We should learn how our partners think of that love and teach them what we think love is about too. Constructively, of course *winks*.
That is what I think these Forest Lovers have promised to do in their hand-fasting, shown here. It's a promise that is all the above, the core, the flesh, the pips, skin, stalk and leaves. It's a promise to teach and learn about the other. It's one I made nearly fourteen years ago and it's not been easy, being his apple (though, I doubt I've made it totally easy for him in return) but bruises, knocks and all, we're still there, hanging off each other's trees. Wouldn't have it any other way!
So, back to the original question. What is love, for you? Think about it, share it with those you love and learn what love is for them.
With that thought, I bid you a "bye for now" and remind you that I've used The Wildwood and that you can book your private consultations directly here.
This week, I address another question from my wonderful readers. Why won't they apologise?
Being sorry, saying it, acting it, isn't always easy. Sometimes, you have to utter that small, important word, to start making things right again.
Sorry, has to be one of the smallest words in the dictionary that is the hardest to say. Not the word "No". That's more powerful but far easier to say than this five letter contribution. Even my daughter had the word "no" down to pat at two years old. I went and had a little Google search for the history of this word and it seems to come from the Dutch. Typical English, it can't claim it as its own! (That's the beauty of the English language, it can absorb cool words from other languages, look up havering, as an example.)
It comes from and can highlight a lot of things; it can show that there's something wrong that needs fixing and we're not talking about a burst pipe here. The "something wrong" could be someone's feelings or their ego. It could also be that something has happened that is beyond their control and to feel empathy, the word sorry or "I apologise" is said in a heartfelt way. The word sorry (and variants) are used in so many ways, some sincerely, others not so much. It's sometimes served up as a platitude.
What do the cards say about why won't they apologise? Here's the storyboard I created for this question:
- What's stopping them?
- What do I need to avoid doing?
- What do I need to do?
What's stopping them? The Stag. When I look at this, I see a mixture of pride and a belief that they're actually right. Of course, that depends on their perspective, and there's often more than one right answer, depending where you're looking at the situation from. They don't feel they are the ones that need to offer an apology, in fact, they may believe that you'll come around to their way of thinking. Eventually.
What do I need to avoid doing? The Lynx likes to observe and listen, but it can be done in such a way that makes people uncomfortable. I feel that the advice here is to just walk away, give them time and not wait for a response or a platform to allow them to continue their train of thoughts. You may turn into a skeleton before they apologise.
What do I need to do? Be generous! Does it really matter if they say sorry? If they don't then it says more about them than you. Consider the possibility that the apology needs to be two ways, with someone offering the olive branch first. Be generous to yourself too. Not everyone has such a generous, deep heart as yours.
So my insights (late as they are) come to an end. I hope this spread is of help to you and if you see something in the cards I don't, leave a comment, I love seeing new and different perspectives! With blessings