Wildwood COTD: Card 13: The Journey

If you were to see this card before you, you might not be very happy to see it. It’s almost gory, but nature is like that. Nothing is left behind that can be of use or if it food to some creature. In this card we see a crow sitting upon a fallen stags skull, ripping out the last pieces of flesh. Other crows fly above, circling like vultures. But that is nature’s way. Things die, life goes on. The stag has served his time and so returns to the earth. The crow is taking advantage of the free food and keeping the others away from his “hoard”.

Now, I’ve read the book between the paragraph above and this and while this card in its book description deals better with death than most of the “traditional” death cards (and we have a funeral to attend next Monday) I do not feel that this is what the card is trying to tell me. My first thought when I saw it was: leave behind and let die what you do not need.  So, time to work out what I can leave behind and let the crows have it.

Major 13 from The Wildwood

Wildwood COTD: 10 of Vessels (9th May)

I totally ran out of time yesterday so I didn’t post this card. Apologies if you were standing by the bed, waiting for it!

The whole deck’s art work is just so beautiful. Will Worthington, I am in love with your art work my friend! And I’ll hopefully tell you when we meet in July at the TABI Conference and birthday party!

But anyway, down to this card. I was in a good mood when I pulled this card out yesterday and the good mood ran all day. I didn’t do much in the way of housework, I spent the day playing with the toddler, fighting against the weather to put the washing out (or not as it turned out!) and sorting the lunches for said toddler and myself, as well as the dinners out. But, I didn’t stress, I just let the day flow and unfold. I had no expectations and very little targets to meet.

Even when the plaster came around to see what I need doing with regards to the bay window, I was chilled (although I had mistimed dinner and it was in the oven going nice and crispy) and soon enough, the evening befell. I’d been trying to work out how best to do a certain Tarot reading and yesterday, it just flowed. Once I’d worked out the positional meanings, it fell out of me like the waterfall in this card. A glass of red was the reward once the Reading itself was sent off via e-mail. A good day all around!

How I hope for a good card like that for today.  Best get shuffling and see what the deck holds for me today, hadn’t I? 🙂

Wildwood COTD: 5 of Stones

I had this card 4 days ago. I have therefore probably done one of two things:

1/ Not listened to the card and not taken its energy on board

OR

2/ Come back around to this card as I need another dose of this cards energy.

 

I am thinking it’s more of 2/ than 1/. But only time will tell.

Wildwood COTD: 7 of Arrows

This card shows a green woman, her hair emerging from her head like vines, raising her hands in a blessing. However, seven arrows pierce her.

For me personally, this is highlighting the nerves I often feel before I undertake a Tarot Reading. I have one to do as part of my involvement with TABI and I am always slightly nervous before I start. What spread do I use? What would be the best way to answer the Querents question? What if I don’t get across the story in a good way for the Querent?

OK, I know it’s a two way conversation, once I’ve sent the reading out and if any feedback comes back to me, but I still think about these things because I care. Like this card suggests, I need to find my feet and ground myself before I begin. Which, I do anyway. But perhaps today, I’ll pay that ritual more attention than I would have usually.

Wildwood COTD: Knight of Vessels

The image shows us an ell, swimming through cool river waters. The sun appears to be just rising, giving us enough light to see by. The eel is an adept swimmer, able to cut through  murky waters to get to where he needs to for safety, food or whatever his task may be.

The book indicates that the Eel brings wisdom and maturity to my tasks. Is the eel wise and mature? But I am with Mark on the “deep feelings being expressed at every turn“. Very much a case of that today!

Wildwood COTD: Card 6, The Forest Lovers.

This card shows us two people, holding hands around a may pole that is a Silver Birch. This is often interpreted as Robin Hood & Maid Marian, performing their own hand-fasting. It shows the signs of spring in the lilies growing in the foreground and the Birch tree in leaf between the two lovers.

Major 6 ~ The Forest LoversI’ll have to post my interpretations later… this one is going to need thinking about, for I am not sure what it is trying to tell me about today.

I had to pick the book up on this one and I read the following:

The forest lovers represent both balance in a relationship and the sexual union between two polarised individuals. This in itself encompasses the love of all nature, both human and ecological as well as that of individuals.

And another excerpt from the book:

It is an interchange of energy and passion, not the surrender or domination of either but a voluntary exchange of willpower and respect.

So, as the last sentence of this card from the book says (and after experiencing today) it is a reminder to always bring the light of love (for yourself and others)  with you; allow it to illuminate the darkest corners of your world and support you through whatever you set out to do.

And I wish I had picked up the book and read all this earlier in the day.

Wildwood COTD : 5 of Stones

The keyword with this card is endurance. As you can see from the image below, this little chap is going to endure a night outdoors. And to boot, there’s a storm brewing behind him. That does not worry him. He’s in a sheltered spot and he has a fire burning away at his feet.

Life I think is a tale of endurance. And not just life, but the trials and tribulations that go on within life happening around and to people! Life is what happens when you stand still, so it is claimed. But I think this lad will remember this night for a time to come. What will you remember from today?

Five of Stones on Wildwood Reading Cloth