Wildwood : The Ancestor becomes a Partner

For the reminder of this week, the Ancestor, the person from whom we gain tradition and past knowledge, comes out to partner us and provide their ancient influence.

Major 5 The Ancestor
Major 5
The Ancestor

There’s a song I recall that had the lyric of “the history book on the shelf is forever repeating itself” (Abba – Waterloo) and the Ancestor reminds me of that same history book, sat on the shelf, sat in our past, waiting to be read, waiting to share its knowledge with us.

Parents,Β  grand-parents and great-grand-parents are the same. They’re full of what seems like history to us, as it happened before we can remember, but to them, it may have just happened yesterday. Of course, you must have grand-parents around by which to ask questions of. Like any partner in life, when you marry someone or choose to spend the rest of your life with them, you inherit their family, for good or bad.

Of course, there’s the school of thought that there are old souls walking this earth in much younger bodies than your average great-grand-parent, those that seem to come up with answers to life’s puzzles without so much as pausing for thought.

PartnerPartner’s aren’t just those we share our lives with. They can be business partners, project partners, people you need to be on committee with, it could be anyone that can indicate that they have an influence on the situation you are facing.

So, here’s the thoughts I have about the reminder of the week. Who do you call on when times are tough? (Usually mum or dad). Whose wisdom do you value above that of others? Could it also be that you’re the Ancestor, the one with the knowledge, the older soul in the younger body?

Lets use that wisdom this week, lets partner up with those that either have it or need it. I find it far more valuable than the currency our governments have us use.

Decks used were The Wildwood Tarot by John Matthews, Mark Ryan and illustrated by Will Worthington. Context card was from the Deck of 1000 Spreads by Tierney Saddler.

20 Replies to “Wildwood : The Ancestor becomes a Partner”

  1. I used to view my father this way, as did many people in and beyond my family. When he died, we knew we had lost that “person to turn to” in difficult times. I became a bit of a stand-in for some of the younger people in the family, and it was hard at first having that responsibility. But I am so grateful to be here and be something of a stable figure, someone with a bit of life experience and knowledge to offer. In my own life, I (sadly) didn’t get interested enough in the history of the family until it was just about too late to talk to key people.

    1. The last I saw any of my grand-parents was when I was about 5 or 6?? I don’t recall them and all bar one, they’re not around to ask anything of. Though, as a mother I am getting the questions about the past: thankfully, we have parents around of whom we can ask πŸ™‚

  2. Ooh good question. I have gone to my parents in the past of course, but my Dad isn’t around any more and really, neither of my parents could always answer the big questions I was asking. I found a lot of what I needed to know in books.. and some of it I didn’t even know that I wanted or needed to know until I found it! Clear as mud eh? So maybe I’m the one who can pass on some good stuff, but I certainly don’t feel like any kind of guru, lol! My kids are already asking me things I can’t answer though.. I hope to just point them in the direction of where to find the answers.

    1. Sometimes it is the knowing of where to look for the answers and being wise enough to phrase the right question to the right people (or the right search engine!) that yield the answers we need πŸ™‚

  3. What a great card! The question that occurs to me in response to your post is this: What if we all have stores of wisdom like the proverbial “old soul,” but we must be resonating in harmony with our truest self to access it? Thank you for bringing this up for me to ponder.

    1. I do wonder that as well Don, and I wonder if to resonate in harmony, we need the wisdom of the elder generation? Worth thinking about πŸ™‚

  4. Great question Louise,
    yes trusting my own advice is a great one as it means I am honouring my own body wisdom. I also get lots of advice from my soulmate and my biz partner.

  5. My Dad used to be my advisor but he died almost 16 years ago and my Mum isn’t really one I go to for that – we differ on too many things. I talk things over with my husband of course but most of my answers are within if I look for them.

  6. Love this as I have recently found that relationship seem to be far and few as I follow my Journey. My husband who I work with is my very best friend. We share everything. My parents are close as well and give their love and support. As I travel on my journey I know that relationships will come and go. Each one of those have something very different to offer. That I have learned to embrace. Thanks for this share as the reminder that we can all be there for another in whatever possible way!

  7. I love the idea of partnering with those wiser and less wise to spread wisdom like manure. I have family members I turn to, dear friends and trusted guides in this world and other worlds. Depends on my needs. I often share advice since that is part of my journey in this life. Many times I turn inward to lean into my own counsel. In some ways my inner guide is the best source of truth for me.

    1. Like manure is one way, flower pollen is another, like a dandelion clock πŸ™‚
      Some people can’t trust their own wisdom though – which is a shame but we can learn to do that πŸ™‚

  8. I see a bit of me and everyone I am partnered with. The Divine in me salutes the Divine in you is a favorite phrase of mine. I used to be scared of Tarot… it can provide insight and is nothing to fear. I like Waterloo. Catchy.

    1. Hi Victoria πŸ™‚

      Yes, some people are scared of pieces of card, but like everything else, it comes down to how you use them and your intentions.
      I rather like that phrase, thank you – it’s striking a cord with me πŸ™‚

  9. I think this is where I flounder. I do not have many family relationships that would fit this, and I have not been good at forging lasting adult friendships, either. I guess I am now married to my longest running one.

  10. I’ve kept coming back to this card and thoughts (hence the late comment!) As I write a new little Leo is due to my nephew and his wife. Having lost my own parents quite young, it has been very odd at times, being the at the ‘elder’ level. Your post has made me really think about the joy of Croning, thank you.

    1. I’m very glad it’s making you look forward to this little Leo being coming into your family. And you get the best bits, then you hand them back to mum and dad πŸ˜‰

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