Wildwood : New Year, New You

It’s the first post of 2015, so Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and yours! However you’ve come to my  blog, welcome!

So, it’s a New Year. What about a New You? Yes, I’m being serious here. The card that I pulled was The Shaman. What a great card for the first blog entry for 2015! (And it’s going to take me a little while to get used to writing that number) The Shaman is like the Magician from the RWS, but he’s so much more than that. He’s the hub of the Wheel of the Year, on which this deck is based.

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Major 1 ~ The Shaman

Do you see his eyes? They’re clear and open, not closed or cloudy and his gaze is steady. On the ground before him, are tools of the elements, indicating that he’s able and willing to wield the tools of his trade. Do you want to ask this ancient and profound being any questions? It might be a bit like asking David Cooperfield to show you how he does his tricks; I doubt you’ll get an answer, but if you ask Penn and Teller, you might have far more luck.

The Shaman is a Gateway card, offering (as the book says) illumination to the inner universe and the other-world of the universal mind. The magic often happens within, and before we can change the outside world, we must change ourselves within. The Shaman has the skills of communicating with all levels of sentient life, from the Timber wolves that howl, to the bugs that crawl around. He knows what fungi are healing, and which are not (more than I do!).

The Shaman is about working through your inner self, using meditation to bring personal insight and understanding of your true self. Once you’ve worked out your true self, you can being the practical application and manifest the knowledge, wisdom and power we’re all born with, but somehow, lose along the way.

So, my advice for the New Year, with this card, is work out what it is you want, what you really need, then start by making changes to YOU. Once you’ve done that, you have the tools for you future and therefore, a new YOU.

I’ve used The Wildwood, which you can find on Will Worthington’s site.


  1. Ellen January 5, 2015 at 13:45

    Hi Louise! Happy new year to you and your family
    I’ve pulled the magician too for this coming year and I’ve seen him pop up on several other blogs too. We must have an exciting year ahead of us.I hope you are looking forward to it just as much as I am

    • Louise January 5, 2015 at 14:03

      Hi Ellen! This is just for this week! For the year, I’ve The Moon & Hermit cards to contend with (from March) so I’m in for an interesting year 🙂

  2. Susan Cooper January 7, 2015 at 17:23

    I like that advice…change yourself…because that is all we really have control over isn’t it?

    • Louise January 7, 2015 at 21:09

      Oh yes, it is! Good that you dropped by Susan, thank you!

  3. Catherine Green January 8, 2015 at 11:12

    Happy New Year Louise! Wow, the Shaman knows exactly how I am feeling at this turn of the wheel. I love your first reading of the year, thank you for sharing. I am working hard on improving myself from the inside out, but I feel that now I am in a position to demonstrate more of the ‘out’ which is very exciting… See you around 😉

    • Louise January 10, 2015 at 20:45

      You’re most welcome Catherine, hope you like the next one too! 😉

  4. Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie) January 8, 2015 at 15:02

    Very insightful card…and reading:) Time for change………

    • Louise January 12, 2015 at 21:40

      Oh yes, I think 2015 is going to be quite the game changer, Jacquie!

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