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…

Tarot Blog Hop : The Litha Contest Begins

It’s Blog Hop time & I managed to catch the train on this one! This Litha Hop celebrates the contest between the Oak King, Cernunnos, the Green Man &  his “Tanist”, or chosen replacement, Lugh, the Holly King, or Red God. BLOG BEFORE | MASTER LIST | BLOG AFTER For Litha, our wrangler, Aisling, gave us this as a backdrop for our Blog Hop today.  “This Hop celebrates the contest between the Oak King, Cernunnos, the Green Man, who is God of the Waxing Year and fertilizes the land with plants and babies in women’s wombs, etc., and his “Tanist”, or chosen replacement, Lugh, the Holly King, or Red God, who brings the Harvest and creates the Waning Year by means of blood sacrifice of animals so there will be meat, reaping the grain and vegetables and plants, and otherwise clearing the fertile ground and taking the results of the Green Man’s cycle of fertility, making it the Red God’s cycle of harvesting.” She also points out that this is two aspect of the same being, just in two guises. So we’re asked to find the two faces & then reconcile them this Litha. The cards & Interpretation: She then…

Tarot Blog Hop : Advice for the Future

Looking at the past for the future, the Samhain Tarot Blog Hop Welcome to the Samhain Tarot Blog Hop of 2016, where we’re looking at the past to help with the future. Previous Blog | MASTER BLOG LINK | Next Blog Welcome to my input for the Samhain Tarot Blog Hop. Whether you’ve come from Stella’s link at USGames, or you’re doing the traditional widdershins (backwards) and arriving here from Alison Coals’ link, I say hello! This year, I set the theme of the Sa-veen Blog Hop to “get advice from the ancestors for the future”. Fifteen of us rose to this challenge, and I hope you’re able to come along with your choice of seasonal drink in hand, to join us on on a journey of what our ancestors could advise for us. As the veil thins, it’s easier at this time of year to talk with those that walked before us, to ask them questions. Sometimes, we get a curve ball, a left hook reply. Other times we get a watery reply, their voices and replies lost to the harmony of distances and time. I created a 6 card spread to try and help cut through the noise which can happen.…

Tarot Blog Hop : May I?

Previous Hop | Master Hop | Next Hop May I please present to you, my entry to the Tarot Blog Hop? Thank you! Welcome to blog hop entry, especially if you’ve hopped on over from Chloe’s blog. Karen Sealey, our esteemed wrangler for this Hop, wanted us to play on the word “May”, as we’re posting this up on the first of the fifth month. She’s something of a laureate with a waterfall of words and is far better than I am at using them. If there was a competition for word structure and playing with words (Countdown style) I think she’d win it. There are several others who are good like that in our Tarot community too. I envy their ability to understand the structure of our language better than I. However, may I be grateful for being able to make myself understood? I think I may! (See, playing within the remit there!) What tarot card shows you the “May I?”  question, more than any? “May I” is asking for permission. Sometimes, we don’t need it, but we seek it anyway and get upset when we’re not granted it. Well, duh, why ask for it if we know we’re going to be denied it?…

Office Party : Tarot Blog Hop

Office Party season. The Wildwood comes bearing the Secret Santa gift for one of you, my co-workers. What does it contain? Read on to unwrap the gift at your office party! Blog Hop Before | Master List | Next Blog Hop Welcome to the latest Yule Tarot Blog entry from me. Whether you’ve landed here from Arwen’s entry or directly because you like coming by, blessings of the seasons to you and yours! The Office Party season is upon us and the usual “Secret Santa” was handed out weeks ago.What did you decide to bring to the office party and for whom? Me, I bought a duplicate of The Wildwood card of the Moon on Water. I’ve made it into a bookmark, so I’m able to hang it on the very well decorated Christmas tree with some golden curling ribbon and smile knowingly. Upon the back of the duplicate card I’ve printed and stuck on a note. I smile as another person places their gift carefully within the tree, but I pay no attention to who has placed what. There’s plenty of people here at this party, so there’s plenty to engage with. I personally, like to sit in a…

Tarot Blog Hop : Commune, Communicate, Commemorate

Previous Blog | Master List | Next Blog Commune, Communicate, Commemorate with those who have gone on before us. It’s Halloween and our lovely wrangler, Arwen of Arwen Tarot, gave us this brief: “It’s Samhain or MidFall. This is the last of the three harvests in the Northern Hemisphere and the advent of Spring in the Southern hemisphere. It is a time that I know as being a thinning of the veil…a time for the honouring of those who have crossed over before us. This will be a hop focused on communing, communicating and commemorating our loved ones. If I could ask my grandparents a question or two about their lives, I’d have to pick my maternal Grandmother. She’s been “felt” around my life a few times, but I usually send her away with a snarl and a reminder to never darken my thoughts again and for a while, she hasn’t. In life, I really didn’t know her, I don’t remember her at all. In truth,  she has more peace to settle with my mum than she does with me, but that’s over and done wi’. She’s buried now, I cannot change that. But if I wanted to open the…

Tarot Blog Hop : Mabon Creativity

Previous Blog | Master Blog | Next Blog   Welcome to my entry for the Mabon Blog Hop! Mabon is the second harvest and this time, we’ve been asked to design a card that shows the spirit of Mabon! Damn, Maureen Aisling Duffy-Bose has corralled us right into the middle of things this time! Reading her brief again, I can include a proper Tarot card, which is good! Whew! I don’t have the time this weekend to get a Tarot style image together. But before we go through that, what does Mabon actually mean? It’s the second harvest, which is when you’d harvest your potatoes, carrots, soft fruits, cabbages… Can you tell I’ve got an allotment with all this produce ripening and waiting to be picked? Walking the dog, as you do, I’m seeing a rather large stack of blackberries growing this year. The daughter and I are enjoying a sneaky handful of blackberries on our morning walks. There’s certainly more wild soft fruits around than last year. I have a sneaky feeling that the winter is going to be rather harsh this year.  Time to bring all that goodness in, if you can! It makes me think of the…

Tarot Blog Hop : Distasteful Neighbours

Previous Blog | Master Blog | Next Blog Welcome to my entry for the Tarot Blog Hop on Beltane. Our wrangler this time, Morgan Drake Eckstein, asked us to talk about the distasteful cards. The last Blog Hop, the consensus was, that we needed these in the deck. Hello if you come here normally, or arrived as you’ve skipped forward from Maria’s blog entry. Now, which cards for you (I’m listing just  3 below) cause you to have a negative reaction? Which ones have you hanging your head and wishing for another card, other than the one you’ve turned over? Which ones make you go “eek” when they appear with nicer cards? In The Wildwood, there are a few. To my mind, Justice is always one that makes people go: Oh bums! Or something similar that might be more colourful! In The Wildwood, Justice is The Stag. The protector of the greenwood, holding in his hands a tree of life shield and a double-headed axe.  Like the old tales of Herne the Hunter, this being is dressed in animal head and hide, implying that the Justice this Stag gives out, that nature gives out, is long-lasting. Nature can be cruel…

Tarot Blog Hop : The Joy of Gifting

PREVIOUS BLOG | MASTER LIST | NEXT BLOG The Joy of Gifting is the theme for the last Tarot Blog Hop for 2014 is here. We’ve asked by the wrangler, Arwen, to blog about a specific spread about the Joy of Gifting. Not just gifting personally, but globally. If only the magicks worked that way! Everyone loves a present or two, don’t they? We were given a specific list of questions to answer for this Blog Hop. In fact, Arwen was very specific. Another Hop member, Morgan, created a layout for this, but you know what, I feel like making it look like a tree! I love trees of all shapes and sizes and it saddens me when they’re cut down and not replaced. Or, cut down and made into a stupid car park. So, onto the spread and lets see what useful gifts (other than anger) The Wildwood can bestow upon the Global Community this Yuletide. What gift would you give the world if you could? Major 14 ~ Balance What gift would you want from the world? Three of Bows ~ Fulfilment What gifts have you gotten that has brought you joy? Three of Stones  ~ Creativity &…

Tarot Blog Hop : That Tarot Quantum Leap

It’s The Autumn Equinox and as I celebrate a fantastic twelve years of marriage, our wrangler asks when did the Quantum Leap of Tarot happen for me? Blog Hop Before Me | Master List | Blog Hop After Me | BONUS Hop Firstly, WELCOME, whether you’ve come from Joanne’s site or landed directly here! (If you’ve come from Rose Red’s bonus blog, welcome too!) I have freshly baked bread, berry jam and butter.  It’s getting cooler, here in the Northern Hemisphere and it’s Blog Hop time again! In order to answer Morgan’s question (he’s wrangling this time) you may need a little background and context. I tried to read the Tarot back when I was sixteen (so, SO many moons ago now!) but what was in the little white book (hereby known as the LWB) and what I felt, where two totally different things. My mother walked in on me and asked me, rather reservedly, if that was the Tarot? I said “Yes?” and she pulled a face. “I don’t want to see them again in the house, okay? They’re evil” she said, walking out of my room. Which was weird, as my maternal grandmother, read tea leaves! But that’s…