Be Proud of Yourself!

We’ve all had our noses to the grindstone of late. Lift your head up & be proud! Being proud of what we’ve achieved is not a bad thing, providing we leave the dining table when the feasting is done. Lifting your head up & acknowledging what you’ve accomplished is something some of us are better at than others. This week, with Mercury going direct again & things finally moving forwards, it’s time to take stock to acknowledge and be proud of what it is we’ve accomplished so far. What have you done today, to make you proud? I hear the incredible voice of Heather Small when I hear that sentence. It doesn’t have to be today, it doesn’t have to be this week, though it’ll be more relevant if you can point to something that makes your soul ascend that you’ve achieved this week! I was proud of myself to keep things ticking over for the business whilst the kids had their Easter break. I’m glad they’re back though, it means I can think & do what I need to do when I need to do them. There are many other things that you can be proud of. You can…

You’re Gifted – Please Start Using It

We all have our gifts, talents & passions. Now, with the last blue moon for the next 5 years, it’s time to be utilising yours! Please don’t use the excuse you’re not talented/gifted in something. We ALL are!  The trick, with working out what you’re gifted is, it to understand what makes you happy when you try it! My eldest is quite the artist & thinker, the middle one is very much more the Duracell bunny, try everything & bounce off the walls! The daughter hasn’t figured that out yet, but she’s got bags of time to figure that out. I learned quite early on I love creating, drawing, thinking up new ways to do something. I was very much the Page of Pentacles as I was growing up, now I’m a mix of the Queen of Pentacles & the Page of Cups, mixed in with some of the other courts. The trick though is to start using your gifts for your own ends! I love creating bags or cards as additional gifts for others; I spend as much time on their card as I do their gift! Sometimes, I have the time to make both, sometimes only just one of…

The Tarot Blog Hop : The Musical!

The Tarot Blog Hop is 50 with this Hop! 50 posts have been created, shared, cascaded, hopped between & across. Wow, 50! Happy birthday to us! Now, we all know the internet is made of Cats & with that in mind, it’s time to become a cat! Well, almost as it’s musical time! PREVIOUS BLOG | MASTER LIST | NEXT BLOG Welcome to the Spring Equinox Tarot Blog Hop, however you’ve landed here. The question that our Wrangler has this for us as the challenge this time: Unleash your inner Gleek and stand on the balcony and sing for forgiveness as you explore your relationship with Tarot and Music! Musicals aren’t my mug of tea. Now, I’m NOT one for being on stage, at all! In the choir, the supporting team, backstage, lighting, anything other than the central stage. Once I get going though, I’m OK! I’m tone deaf too, so a musical is so not me! However, I do hear music when I’m reading. I had Oasis come through in a reading recently, along with Country Music (Kingsmen 2 & John Denver, anyone?) & quite often, I’ll hear lyrics that have come through as if I’m hearing them on an old…

Determine Your Own Story

The cards are great at telling a story, but what happens afterwards, when you’ve left the Tarotists table? Well, as one great fellow Tarot Reader says; the rest of the story is down to you! I’m sure if you’re reading this blog, you’ve had a Tarot reading! If you haven’t, what’s stopping you? Maybe nothing, maybe you’re just reading this because you’ve stumbled across it & you’re curious. Great! If you have wondered what a “fortune-teller” might tell you, I doubt you’ll find the answer here, but you’re welcome to carry on reading anyway & see what lies behind the story. Let me tell you about the time I did actually get myself a reading; the first of many. I say that because I read for myself when I need it & regularly every month with the Tarot Meetup that I co-run with Mary Collin. It’s my role to help others do that very same task, we make an evening of it & now we do that twice a month (weather permitting!) I also read professionally, but I’m sure since you’re reading this, you figured that out pretty quickly too. So, the time I had a Tarot Reading? It was…

Set Your Future – Only YOU Can!

It’s a new week & already, most of the month has passed! We don’t always need a New Year to set our goals, we can do that every day of the week, but since today is a Monday, why not set your future now? Your future is in your hands. When you’re eleven, you may not believe that. When you’re twenty-eight, you’re in the grips of the “man” & the corporate life. However, when you’re forty-two, a busy mum of three active, bouncy, intelligent children, you push them to exceed when you didn’t. Oh, if we could only go back twenty years! Here’s the thing though; we don’t need to go back 20 years. We don’t need to push the kids to be better than us (though, we do that normally anyway!) we can set our own future, right now. We can set it and start striving towards it. The trick comes with knowing where you want to be in 10 years time. Then, comes the planning! Breaking it down into steps you can accomplish by being persistent. Being consistent helps ensure you’ll keep it. Some are better at one aspect than the other, but that doesn’t mean you don’t try! This…

The Year of the Earth Dog – Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is about to start. Are you ready for the Year of the Earth Dog? It’s New Year time again, but this time, for our Oriental friends.  Reading up on when the Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog happens, is quite confusing. Despite the fact that the New Year actually began for them on February 4th, the New Year is not celebrated until the New Moon of that lunar month; hence why it’s the 16th of February this year. Another thing I’ve learned this year (which I haven’t known these last 12 years!) is that there are colours for each animal!  Someone told me it was brown this year & I was like, “ya what?! Colours?! No way!! :O” But it was yes way, there are colours. There are also genders; so this year is the year of the “Male brown earth dog”. My eldest was born in a Dog year, a Fire Dog but I cannot find out the colour of the dog (I’m thinking red?) or the gender associated with it. The last time the Earth Dog was here, was 1948! Yes, quite a while ago! Tarot & The Earth Dog So, what does this…

Happy Imbolc / Groundhog Day – Lighting the Fires of Self

Today is Imbolc or Ground Hog Day. What fires will you light on this festival of Brigid, the Keeper of the Sacred Fire? It’s important today to remember to listen to our intuitive selves, listen to the inner wisdom of our intuitive selves & bring the new growth into our lives.  It’s Imbolc & this time of year is also known as Candlemas*. Candles are often lit to celebrate the return of the lights as the Sun’s light energy increases. The Saint or Goddess associated with this time of year is Brigid, Bride, Brigit, The Maiden or the Keeper of the Sacred Fire. She celebrates intuition, inspiration, divination & the spark of life. It was said that when it rained at this time of year, Brigid was sharing her life-giving waters, fertilising the land. (Have to admit, she’s been crying hard, her tears have fallen as hail these last few days!) In other ancient Celtic Mythology, the Spring Maiden (Olwen, Nawalen, Gewnhyver, Blodeuwedd, Brigid) initiates a young Sun king into a deeply sexual, spiritual experience. The secret of Imbolc (if there is such a secret!) is hidden within these tales. They hint & suggest at the fertile power of the…

Thanks Rabbie – The Beauty of Poetry

It’s Burns Night on Thursday, the time for haggis, neeps & tatties! It’s also the birthday of Scotland’s most famous of poets, Rabbie Burns. I didn’t get introduced to Rabbie Burn’s beautiful, wonderful work until I was 13 or 14; so quite late! Poetry wasn’t even something I recall my English language teacher putting before me, though the structure of a sentence is something she did say I’d be good at. The first poem of his I read I think, was Red Red Rose. I was given a book of his work & for hours, I sat there, trying to work the way the Scots speak with the words before me. Goodness, some of those auld words had me pondering “What the heck?!” quite a bit! Turns out that he’s taken old slang Scottish peasant language (a mix of English with Gaelic) & made it into poetry. No wonder I struggle! His Ode To a Haggis is rather famous & is used to open Burns Suppers. Here it is if you want to hear it. The context is currently lost on me, though I wish I understood what each verse means or references too. Despite the fact I don’t quite…

Oh, It’s Monday, ah, Blue Monday

It’s “Blue Monday” – the day of the year we’re supposed to be the blue-est we’ll ever be.  So, for being so blue, what can we do about it? First of all, this song just comes right into my head: Yazz – The Only Way Is Up! As did this one; Blue Monday – Rob Seger.  Now, both of these show very different sides of the same coin; the end of the month is nearly here & we’ve had fun and the time we’ve had. We need our rest on Sunday because Monday is a mess. (Yes, I was listening to Rob Seger as I typed that!) In the end, we are blue because realisation drops in for us, often unwelcome & unannounced. However, it’s harder when the mornings are dark enough for the kids to complain they’re up out of bed before the chickens even want to get up! So, I devised this little 3 card spread for you to use to help you look at why you might be blue. Feel free to use it yourself or develop your own as a result. I don’t mind! The Spread & Cards; 1: Why am I blue? 2: What should I not do…

Time To Clear Your Mind for 2018

Clear your mind they sang, and the rest will follow.  I “may” have misquoted that song title but it was on purpose. The New Year is well underway, so it’s time to clear your mind from the previous year! If you’ve managed to let go of all the stuff from 2017 already then you won’t need to clear your mind. Now that we’re into the second working week of a whole near year (or blank book!) it’s time to really reflect on what 2017 taught us & start building a bridge to get over that & achieving what we need for 2018. How often do we carry around the baggage from the past? That question reminds me of this song from the fabulous Stevie Nicks, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around. What other “baggage” are you carrying around from 2017? Guilt? Regret? Anger? There are bound to be things that you’ve just not dealt that is holding you back. The year is young. In baby terms, it’s still depending on you to do something with it. It won’t get its legs until Imbolc (which is only 3 weeks away!) but you kinda need to know what it is you want to spring…