Wildwood : Let It Go Now

The painted skull and burial offerings remind us we have the right to mourn. It’s time to let it go, to release what holds and traps us in the past. We all have situations where we wish we could have done better, chastise ourselves for being human, inconsiderate, intolerant. It may also be a time to say goodbye to a loved one or a period in our lives. Mourning is personal and can take weeks, if not years to work through. Death comes to us all, the times of change do too, sometimes we want it, other times we don’t. When it happens when we don’t want it, we can get angry and upset both with life and those around us. We can get angry when we do want it and change doesn’t come too: seems the universe can’t win. What ever the reason for the exhaustion, the overwhelming of the senses, The Wildwood reminds us we can let go, we can and should grieve, let the emotions run their course and empty themselves. Humans are like a damn: get too full of emotions and we burst, probably not in a good way. In what ways can we let go?…

Week Ahead : Camelot Oracle ~ Search for the Truth

Galahad joins us this week and searches for the truth and spirituality, whilst offering clarity and insight. The son of Helaine of Carbonek (last weeks card) joins us with his search for the truth. Galahad was chivalrous, strong, brave. He had vision, which is (according to John) why he left home. Galahad wanted to begin the task for which he was uniquely suited. His quest for the Holy Grail made him so very single-minded. From Elaine’s point of view, Galahad never showed her any love and neither did Lancelot. However, John writes that the relationship between the very estranged father and son was both touching and enlightening, for Galahad’s last words to Bors were: “Remember me to my father, Sir Lancelot”. Does he then offer a profound level of perception to both everyday concerns and spiritual goals? John seems thinks so. It also appears that for all of Galahad’s clarification and insight, he will speak with us honestly and never try to hide the reality of any situation. So what does Galahad offer to us as an action call this week? He asks that we be true to ourselves in the search for any spirituality, in this quest we call…

Wildwood : The Hooded Man has the Character of You

The Hooded Man comes out to join us and reminds us that we have our own character to attend to. Attending to our own character, our own attitudes, energies and thoughts is often a hard one to do, until we’re faced with a situation where we can do nothing else. Whether the thoughts hinder or help us, how we think about a problem is often the solution to the problem, or a part of it. When things go wrong, and they do, do you play over and over in your mind how you would have liked things to go? Do you play that incident on re-play, editing it time and time again? I do this, a lot. I aspire to the Queen of Cups, the lady who has control over her emotions, but usually I act like the Page of Cups. I don’t mean to, but I have discovered this week that I’m human, like everyone else. I’m not sure what galls me the most: the fact that I am human (lol!) or the fact that at my age, the mother of three, I returned to how I acted in my late teens, frustrated in-articulation and all. As us Scots…

Week Ahead : Camelot Oracle ~ Be Sensitive

This coming week we’re joined by Elaine of Carbonek (Or Helaine) and reminded to be sensitive to those around us, especially if they’re vulnerable. Elaine‘s story within the Camelot histories is yet another that was unknown to me. I did not know she was Galahad’s mother or that Lancelot was his child. Elaine has gone through so much in her journey from loving someone who was drugged (whether she drugged him or not is not clear) so he thought she was someone else (Guinevere), to motherhood and not having much love returned from her son. I wonder how on earth she coped, being in that situation? In the image, she’s pregnant (probably with Galahad) but she’d been left to raise the child by Lancelot, so she found no love in return.  Does the old adage: “Be careful what you wish for?” come to your mind? It does to mine! She’s a sensitive soul, but she’s one that can empower us. She’s one to help us make a decision, but we must always remember that we are always free to make the choices we do, we’re just sometimes shown alternatives so we can make an informed or a better decision. Our…

Wildwood : The Journey And Change

The Journey card comes out to join us today and with it, the context of what we cannot change joins it. Talk about hard hitting us with a staff, Wildwood! So the Wildwood has picked up a staff and wielded it at us to remind us, that the journey we are on isn’t something that we can change. The Journey card within the Wildwood links to the Death card in traditional RWS decks. Death is the Tarot doesn’t always mean actual death. From all the readings I’ve heard about, read, spoken to others about (and that is several thousand now) it’s only Death in very rare cases. Usually, it means transformation, change, transition. Things change, that’s a constant in this mortal coil, it’s one of the certain things beyond taxes and death. Here we see a crow remove muscle and sinew from the skull of a deer, ensuring that the last pieces of life continue to give life to those that need it and what cannot be taken, nature herself will grind to dust slowly over the years (or make it into a fossil). What we cannot change is the fact that one day, all of us will be the…

Weekly Oracle Forecast : WE 19th May ~ Living the Vision

This week we’re visited by Dindrane from the Camelot Oracle and reminded that we need to be living our own vision. What is your vision and are you living it? Dindrane certainly didn’t mess around and she certainly wasn’t one to sit at home and wait for the men folk! I like her spunk but I’m not sure I like her self-sacrificing nature. Like most of the characters in this Oracle, I’m ignorant of their characters, until I feature their story a little on the blog. Here’s some background on Dindrane. There’s some debate between John and Wikipedia, but that does not surprise me. Dindrane was dedicated, of that I have no doubt. She was sure of her path, her life’s purpose. To me, she was something of a Seer, she used her intuition, she knew what she was needed for and when. The context for this week (provided by Tierney’s 1000 Spreads) is Romance. Was Dindrane romantically involved during her life? The text from the book and the Wiki page do not highlight on that aspect of her life or give any hint. However, lets explore her dedication and drive in relation to romance. We strive to find “the…

Wildwood : Empowerment & Clothes Shopping

Today we link the Wildwood into a rather mundane task: Clothes Shopping. How can the Five of Bows, with the keyword “empowerment” aid us in clothes shopping? The weather for today was mixed and with the need to get out of the house, I ventured forth with just the baby girl in tow (well, more like she was in front) to the local shopping centre. I had a few errands to run, lunch to get and some peace, at last. Ticking off the first two items was easy. The third, not so much. Who would have thought that shopping for two new pairs of jeans would be such a torment? The card today is the card of empowerment, but I certainly did not feel empowered whilst undertaking this task! Of all the jeans on offer, only one set caught my eye, but to find another pair with the same cut, length and size had me leaving the store and the shopping centre with nothing. So I posted to my personal Facebook profile, threatening to “go native” as the lack of choice in the clothes department left me feeling rather frustrated.  How can this be empowering? Turns out, very, as I…

Weekly Oracle Forecast : WE 12th May 2013

I have finally gotten around to my newest feature, the Weekly Oracle Forecast for the week ending the 12th of May 2013. I hope you like the new feature! Whilst I nurse my daughter to sleep at night, I get an hour to sit and think. No iPhone, no computer, just me, the baby, a bottle of milk, her night-light and silence. Lots of silence. It gives a very busy mum some time to think, ponder, meditate. I have been wondering for a while how to return to the Oracles and this idea hit me on one such meditative evening. I’m going to carry on with the Camelot Oracle and from where I left off back in February. The next card to join us for our new Oracle Forecast is Dagonet. I thought I knew the Arthurian Legends, this deck is proving me so wrong! Since the birth of my daughter, life has been quite serious, for understandable reasons. It is not an excuse that I am tired when the little lady sleeps twelve hours of a night. I have no one then but myself to blame if I do not go to bed at a semi-reasonable hour. It’s not…

Tarot Blog Hop : Beltane ~ Tarot Rituals

This is the third Blog Hop for 2013 but my second contribution (having missed Ostara’s entry) and this time, I shed a little light on my Tarot rituals. Wishing you a warm welcome to my Blog Hop entry, however you’ve landed on this page. If you’d like to view the other entries before mine, head off to Cher’s entry, if you’d like to carry on reading through in the order we’re all linked in, you’ll find the next link (From TABI’s blog) at the bottom. So, what is the first thing you usually do with a new deck of Tarot cards? For me, I start by looking at each card, looking at the art work. Each artist is different, each deck is different, even if they’re same artist (look at Ciro Marchetti’s work as three examples). If the deck I have is second-hand (as some are for I do collect decks as well as use them) I reorder them, look at them, then do the same thing as above: I mix them up into seven piles, then put the deck back together, then shuffle them. I recently did this with the Buckland Romani Tarot that I recently acquired from a…