We're back with the Power Animals for this week and we've an interesting animal to help us communicate in our language and in thinking before we speak; A lesson I never seem to learn.
I'm terrible for opening my mouth and letting my belly rumble before I've engaged my little grey cells. By the time my grey cells have engaged, the moment is over and done with, I've said what I've said and you can't undo it. I never seem to learn that I need to think and ponder first, before I engage my mouth.
Parrots use a lot of body language to "talk" and communicate with others. They're beautiful birds, colourful, vibrant. Language and communication can be that. We often call foul language pretty colourful, don't we? Or is that just me with three sets of infant ears to protect?
The other word in this list to the left is mockery. The word mockery, by definition, is: "teasing and contemptuous language or behaviour directed at a particular person or thing." Certainly the shadow side of the Parrot card, isn't it? Is it nice to be mocked? You don't need a mother of three to give you that answer! Nor do you need an Oracle Card, app or a Tarot reader to tell you that behaviour isn't very nice. We try to educate our children that mocking people isn't nice, but we as adults do it ourselves, don't we? It can come across as humour and when others laugh, it endorses that humour, so we learn to think that it's acceptable, that it's okay. But it's not.
Take the situation in Detroit at the moment, bought to my attention the other side of the pond by Social Media. That's ironic? That's wrong and to my mind, makes a mockery of being the "First Nation" with a bill of rights that is longer than my inside leg measurements of 31 inches, if it were to be laid out.
Blogs can be the positive side of communication, at least that is how I use mine and this week, even if the rain does fall, I shall endeavour to engage my brain before I speak and double-check my emails before I type. Now that, is going to be a challenge!The image is taken from the Power Animals app via PlayStore.
This week, The Bull from the lovely Druid Craft Animal Oracle comes out to join us. If we're looking for richness, financial gain or for things to improve in general, the time has come to make it all happen.
The Bull is a symbol of wealth, so if you were thinking about work, it's auspicious to draw this card or come across this post. However, true wealth is really found within: the heart and soul. Our ancestors understood that. Perhaps we still do, though the Governments of our time would have you believe working 50 hours a week to earn a decent wage is better. (Can you see that tongue poking into the side of my cheek? *grin* )
The Bull is also a sign of fertility, potency, prosperity and abundance. However, they're not over night success stories, they involve hard work and time. Two things that often these days, don't go together. It's like the 8 of Discs / Pentacles. Repetition, repetition, repetition. You keep putting in the hard work until success strikes and you get the richness (8 of Wands to 9 of Pentacles, anyone?)
Richness isn't just financial, as I said above, but that's how many folks equate success these days. It's no wonder why people become drained or depressed, or that the banks have such control. However, the Bull and his energy can help you.
We've all heard of the "bull in a china shop" mentality, but that is said to people who are motivated far more than the people saying the phrase. Okay, the high energy levels are exhausting, but this isn't a marathon. This is a sprint. It's a bit of extra energy and oomph to get things done. I must have said this phrase a lot recently, it was even written down at the latest Tarot evening. It's time to get off your arse and do something about your situation. Nothing will change if you sit there and whine, moan and complain. People will just start ignoring you, like the boy who cried wolf.I've used The Druidcraft Animal Oracle for the "Week Ahead" post, just in case you were interested.
I downloaded a power animal app this weekend, having not been able to find Ciro Marchetti's Oracle of Visions. The key words are interesting, as it is what I want to do, not what I feel I ought to do.
I feel like I should shout out my lungs at the top of the world, at the moment. I don't know why, but having the rat come out is kind of synchronistic, advising I should just stay in the shadows, watch. That might be the wiser option. The first part, abundant reproduction, I've certainly done my part towards! Stealth, I do need to practise; I'm not as quiet as I need to be, I know I don't observe as much as I ought to.
I do feel as if people expect answers from me all the time, being a mother and wife, I'm supposed to have answer, aren't I? The thing is, I don't. I know that to have them all to hand is a lie, for it is pretending. It's okay to not have the answers, I just need to be kind to myself when I need to give something time to evolve, the time to change and have the answer: Que Sara, Sara.
Perhaps engaging head-on won't be the best defensive tact to utilise, but that's okay. There are other options, other ways and the rat is very very good at finding other ways around problems, puzzles. This isn't a case of: "Dude, where's my cheese?" Its a case of" "Dude, this way, on the unbeaten path for more cheese!"
I've now got the song, Protect & Survive by Runrig going through my head, and this is what I think rats are very good at doing. Maybe taking a leaf out of their book isn't so bad. I shall have to check with Master Splinter though, he'd know!
The image is from the Power Animals app via PlayStore.
To continue the Oracle theme of the week, I've jumped to the Druid Plant and Animal Oracles and this week, Mint comes out to focus our minds.
I've been feeling, oh, unfocused for a few weeks now? I guess unfocused is a good a word as any. I'm not bored, far from it. Too much to do and no time in which to do it all, so I do what I can. But my mind unravels and starts creating chaos within itself. If Mint can help focus my mind, then I'll have a very large dose, please!
The world in which we now live is so fast paced. Far more than thirty years ago when the house phone was in the hall and connected via cable. When computers were things in large rooms with tape drives or punched cards and cost more money than the houses in half of the town I lived in.
Breathing somehow isn't enough, I manage to fill my lungs up and breathe deeply, then exhale. But something is needed to calm and focus my mind. Mint is (was?) traditionally used to aid concentration and digestion. Its sharp scent can cut through the hazy fog of thought, just like eucalyptus oils can cut through the fog of a cold. I love mint, its bite can make you draw a sharp breath in. It can be renewing, like brushing your teeth first thing in the morning after a night on the town, or a good mint tea to aid an upset tummy.
The druids used it, so they claim, as have the Chinese, the Egyptians, Greeks, Arabs, Hebrews and goodness knows who else. It has been used from scent on the floor, to garlands adorning the dead, to making tea. It has such a wide variety of uses, doesn't it?
So, this week, lets find something minty to focus our minds. Use it in the bath or carry it close to sharpen your senses and aid concentration. Or hug it in a mug of hot tea. In the mean time, I'm off to find a good crop of it to get high on.I used the Druid Plant Oracle by Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm, which is now sadly, out of print (and seems to be costing a small fortune on Amazon) and illustrated by the ver talented, Will Worthington.
This time around, our Wrangler has asked that we discuss what we're joyful about. What lightens you heart? How do you spread joy to others?
If you've dropped by from TABI's blog, I bid you welcome! I hope that you're feeling the joy. I blogged recently about what makes me happy, but let me chat a little about how I like to share that joy with others. I like being sociable, I like talking and making people smile. I like being silly with the kids, or getting them on their scooters to have fun in the park.
I also like writing, sharing images and pictures, dancing around the house with the kids, even the baby will have a little dance, though she hasn't quite got her balance! (Remind me to capture that on video for you some time soon, okay? )
If dancing doesn't do it for you, what does? For me, gardening is another outlet that makes me happy. I never have a dull moment when I'm clearing the garden, planting things, growing things. I can get engrossed in the garden and I can (and do!) lose hours in there or the allotment.
I'm not seven any more, my days aren't that carefree. There's so much to do, hardly any time in which to do it, but spending time with the family is another thing that makes me happy. The baby is now technically a toddler, "helps" mummy do the laundry and dish washer. Though, she's more adept at taking things out of the washer than putting them in, bless, she tries and enjoys copying mummy. When she does it with that huge gorgeous smile, it brings me joy. How can you not love that gorgeous smile? The Sun of Life is what I feel when she turns that smile on, whether she's eating, running around, playing with her big brothers or being an inquisitive little lady.
I know today, there will be questions about what we're doing, where we're going, who we're going to see, if we're going to have lunch out.... I'm expecting the Spanish Inquisition, but hey, it's a weekend, it's always Inquisition time with my three!
The plan, for what we have of a plan, is to enjoy the sun, be with friends, explore and enjoy life!
What would happen if you did the same? I hope that spending time with those you call family, brings joy to those around you, to you and to your loved ones this Lithia. For me and mine, we'll be out, enjoying the sunshine!
Thank you for reading and stopping by. I wonder what brings Ania joy? Click on a link below to find out.
It is nice to be thanked and it is even to see gifts you've made, given or received, being appreciated. It's nice to say, thank you.
Sometimes, you can't see the gift being appreciated, for it needs to grow, of the recipient needs time to play with the said product. In this case, the "gift" was a rose and she it was sent, had just had its first pruning, so I had to wait to let it grow and flower. Those folk with TABI know, I love gardening as much as Tarot and my favourite flower is the rose. I've loved roses since I was around 9, when I saw my elderly neighbour prune his and cut off a rose accident my from a branch he had pruned and was going to throw away.
I played my face and he gave me that rose. Into a little vase it went and for as long as the flower was there, I enjoyed its scent. It did of course, die, like all cut flowers and flowers in general, but I loved that red rose for the length of time I had it. It was because of this elderly ex-fireman of a neighbour, that I got into gardening. It is at his grave I place the joy of watching Gardening programmes, learning what I could.
The picture of the rose you see above (or to the side, depending upon your settings) is one TABI sent me earlier this year. Its called "Absolutely Fabulous" and the colours are just that: absolutely fabulous! The scent is divine and its growing really well in my tub of home-made compost and well-rotted manure. How can we celebrate this in the Tarot? Well, I talked through the Wildwood Tarot, looking for cards that were especially happy and generous, group settings and
Now, since this was given to me as a gift by the Tarot community that helped teach me the Tarot, a journey I began again some ten years ago now, I find it fitting that I pulled the seven of stones, ten of vessels and the nine of vessels to reflect on such a journey.
So, thank you TABI!
Raiding my Tarot store cupboard, I spied an Oracle deck I've wanted to use, but never have, so for the purposes of the blog, I've decided to draw for us all, a Power Animal card for the coming week.
So shuffling the deck (after wiping the sticky stuff off from one of the kids!) I drew The Bear. When I opened the deck the other day, this was the card at the top of the deck. I felt the message then, just as I do now.
Her key phrase is "stand your ground" and we as a family have lots of things planned for this weekend. Reading what Stephen D Farmer wrote in book, (p25) this bear is about defining who you are and who you are not. When you can say a clear "no", then you have the knowledge to say a clear "yes".
Mercury is retrograde at the moment, so the time to keep your boundaries and thoughts in check. Others may not know what they want. Chances are, neither will you. You and others might have a better chance of knowing what you don't want, more than what you do, but that's okay!
So where do you want your boundaries set? What are you comfortable with? What do you wish to do? What do you not wish to do? Stand your ground and I hope you have a great week!
It seems all I am doing at the moment, it trying to catch my tail. If I were a dog, I'd be dizzy. Actually, I'm dizzy most of the time anyway, running here, there, everywhere, doing this and that for one member of my family. Can the Tarot help or advise me how to slow down?
I'm sure it's June, but the weather has other ideas. Life, however, carries on at break-neck speed and I'm sure I need to catch my tail. I'm not sure what for though, but I am sure I need to! So, I pulled three Tarot cards to advise me on how to deal with this feeling of never-ending-dizziness.
The first card up was the Ten of Vessels, with its keyword of Happiness. Be happy in the moment! I enjoyed a little dance with my baby girl today, Jimmy Somerville & Mighty Real came on the iPod. I got dancing in the kitchen, doing the chores, the baby started dancing in her high chair whilst trying to eat her lunch. It was so carefree, it was great! We then had a dance to Dire Straights, The Bug. So, be happy no matter what you're doing. Okay, Jimmy dancing in front of a big screen that shows planet Earth is rather metaphorical, but if dancing makes you happy, dance like you are on Top of the World.
The next card up was the Four of Vessels. Bored? Well, with the break-neck speed of life at the moment, I really need to learn to catch my tail quicker, but don't get bored! If you do, you're in a rut and it takes an age to get yourself out of it. Well, it does with me and I'm pretty sure it is the same for a fair few folks too! So, if you're bored, what do you?
You jump along to the next card and light a fire under yourself and find that spark of life again! The last card up is the Ace of Bows, with the key phrase, Spark of Life. I grew up listening to quite an eclectic mix of Country & Western (as it was then called) and heavy(ish) metal / soft rock, so I often had Deep Purple, John Denver, Rainbow and goodness knows who else blaring out from my father's HMV music system when I came home from school in Scotland. What a greeting to come to, a house full of music!
I grew up with music and the first song I ever remember singing to someone outside of the family, was one of John Denver's tracks (featuring Emmy-Lou Harris): Wild Montana Skies. I love the words in this song, I love the sentiment behind it. Please do listen if you can, this is what to me, the Spark of Life is about. The hopes and wishes for a son you'll never see grow to a man, the wishes and hopes for yourself. The finding of your own way back home in this sometimes huge and sometimes, small World. I am lucky, I'll get to see my children grow, at least for as long as the Goddess allows me to be on this Earth, but if you want a fire under you, light yourself some motivation.
I've used The Wildwood Tarot for this post. I trust you'll find a way to enjoy the songs I've picked and that you're not stuck in a rut. Right, best I be off to catch my tail. My bottom is getting hot!
It's Half Term and the kids are driving me potty already! Can the Tarot suggest a way for this hassled mum to cope?
Kids are enough to turn your hair white, wear you out, drive you to drink and goodness what else! But they're also incredible beings, proper little people and raising them is hard work. There's the teaching them of manners, politeness, respect. There's also the teaching of treating others as you'd like to be treated, helping around the house, how to fend for yourselves. And it doesn't all get taught in one day. It's a constant reminder, education. Not counting the school education, the answering of the "but why?" question countless times, numbers, walking, talking.
It was suggested to me that the school system "breaks" a child and teaches any child bad skills, as children learn bad habits from their peers. We all learn bad habits and to find out what works for us takes experience.
The cards above suggest that being firm and direct is the best way to go (Kingfisher), but relying on what has gone before (Ancestor) isn't going to help. What will help is using the fatherly presence, giving the kids parameters and letting them operate in that (Green Man), without the controlling element that may have gone before (back to the Ancestor).
This half term week, it's about keeping promises that are made. It's about not losing your temper and cooking / conjuring up interesting things to do each day. Now, I'll leave you with those thoughts as I educate the middle child on the joys of a simple game of snap! I promised we'd play, so, best take my own advise, hadn't I?
I used the Wildwood Tarot for this blog post and I have a few parting thoughts. What promises have you made to your children or to others this week? Are you conforming to the ideas and expectations of others, or out-dated "rules" on how things should be done?
It's been a wee while since I posted to the blog. Like everything else, life gets on top of you and things go ca-ca for a while. Hopefully, I'm back on top again with the help from The Wildwood and The Pathway Spread.
To come back gently into the Wildwood's therapeutic pools of knowledge, wisdom and calmness, I used The Pathway Spread via the Wildwood App (available in iStore & PlayStore) and pulled these cards.
"What do I need to know now?" was the question I asked.
The Issue is the Middle Card, the Two of Bows. It carries the keyword of decision. Do I carry on with the blog or do I put it down and put it on the back burner for a wee while? Well, the decision is fairly easy to make. I love talking and I love receiving comments, but I had no concept of how busy it would get with the three children around, even if one of them is asleep for a good chunk of an afternoon!
Action to Avoid comes up as the Ace of Stones. The Foundation of Life. Well, the impression is that starting all over again isn't an option. To be honest, that hadn't even occurred to me, but even starting up a new blog, there will come a time when I'd tire of writing, of having to index the site, SEO it, etc. etc.
Action To Take comes up as the Queen of Bows, which is represented as the Hare in this deck. A hare, by the way, isn't a rabbit. They're different breeds. This being a court card, starts to become interesting. She could be someone in my life who is dedicated with great self-assurance. She's committed, kind and quick to defend her friends. She's sympathetic, empathic, warmth, but she has her negative sides too. She can be jealous, unpredictable, rivalrous and unpredictable. How can she influence those around us? How can these plans be fostered now? Can I be more courteous and understanding? Well, yes, I can. But I must remember to engage the little grey cells before I open my mouth and produce verbal diarrhoea.
Switch the questions to yourself. How do they fit? Did this make you think? Do you know what action to take next? I'd love to hear your thoughts, questions and feedback.
I've used The Widlwood Tarot, as always.