Welcome 2018 – Our Justice Year

Welcome, 2018! You’ve been expected & in some cases, much wanted already! Now that 2017 is behind us, what does 2018, our Justice Year, have in store? You might wonder why on earth I said: it’s “Our Justice Year”. Well, take 2018, then add 20 to 18 & you get 38. Add 3 & 8 together & you get 11. The Justice card for The Wildwood is The Woodward. The buck stops with him this year, he has the final say of what does & doesn’t go. 2017 was a WHEEL year, Major 10 (3+7=10) so last year was a year of changes, both big & small. It was a bit of a rollercoaster in general, though not all the waves that we started last year will be needed this year. That’s where The Woodward comes in. He’s able to stand guard & watch. He’s not just Strength, he’s Justice too. His statement “I am not a victim. treat me with respect. Do not mistake my passivity for weakness”. The Woodward is the emotional backstop when fate or something else destructive, a disaster or something similar threatens to overwhelm us. Now that we’ve had all our seemingly security blankets, mechanisms…

Wishing Upon A Star this Yuletide

It’s the Tarot Blog Hop & it’s the last one for 2017. Err, where’s the year gone?!   It’s Yuletime & it’s the darkest part of the year. From now on, the light starts to return. Though we probably won’t notice it for a few weeks, I know my feathered egglaying pets will!   Blog Before Mine | Master Link | The Blog After Mine   The wrangler for this hop is Ania Marczyk asked this of us: “Wishing on a Star. As we approach the final festival of the calendar year, we prepare for a time of feasting and drinking. Whether you are observing Yule, the winter solstice, Christmas, any other holiday, or just being able to down tools for a few days, it is a time for celebration and also for anticipation and wishes. With this in mind and before you fling yourself headlong into the spirit of seasonal over-indulgence, take a moment to reflect on what this year has brought you and what you wish for the next year to bring. Which card(s) best represent or celebrate your past year and which best represent your wishes for the year ahead. You can either select the cards you think fit…

It’s Being Better By Doing – Get Up & Get Doing

How often do we wish we were good at something, but then, don’t do anything about it? In order for us to be good at something, means we have to be doing it, doesn’t it? Well, yes, it does! You have to get better by doing. You can’t be a good writer if you don’t read & then write the stories that have been created in your head. No one else has to read them, but you do have to practice & go through the learning curves! You’re not going to get better or braver at say, public speaking if you don’t get up onto that podium! You’re not going to get fitter if you don’t actually go to the gym or do any exercise in order to get fitter. Doris Lessing had the right idea with her saying: You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing. You can turn that onto any industry in this World. You only learn to be a better builder by actually building. You only get to be a better human by being human. You only get to be a better Tarot Reader by reading Tarot. That last one is funny but…

Acting your Shoe Size, Not Your Age!

It’s very easy to get swept up in the roles of modern life. Sometimes though, we need reminding to act our shoe size & not our age! How can the Tarot help you do just that? Whatever your shoe size is, the Tarot can help you get your head out of your own butt. It’s not often I engage in being a child. Like everyone else, I get my head down & get on with it, forgetting that I also need to be carefree regularly enough to keep myself refreshed & chirpy. Yeah, I get dour, snappy & cranky like everyone else! I need to remember my shoe size at times, not always my age! My daughter (who is not quite 5) gets too serious for her little boots at times. The boys certainly do & we’re all human after all. I developed this little 3 card spread to help you “lighten up” & get rid of the seriousness, if only for a few hours. Even as I write, I can hear the boys playing with the money from the money pots (the copper coins that I need to bag up & take to the bank in small bundles at…

Can you be Your Own Super-hero ?

We all need a superhero in our lives. Some we wish to meet, others, we get to be. This week, I want to focus on what can we do to be our own hero. I’m sure we all know the song, “Holding Out for a Hero“. It’s been used for TV adverts & movies since it came out. The striking voice of Bonnie Tyler is unmistakable, unique & different. The words of the song though, have us waiting for the knight in shining armour or the hunky fireman coming into our lives. The truth is, that’s rarely going to happen. We need to learn to be our own “superhero”, especially given the news at the moment with all the celebrities being accused & hung out to dry via the media for goodness knows what. Can we be our own hero? I think we can. In fact, I know we can. We’re not all Slayers, so don’t expect some ancient power to just “land” on us because of some witch unlocking such powers (a reference to the last season of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer). We need to tap into the power we all already possess. Some of us know how to tap…

Success : The “Will I?” question & phrasing your question

The “success” question has to be one of the most common questions a Tarot Reader is asked, right after the “Will he come back?” one.  The answer to the success question lies in your own perceptions, so read on for my insight & your free reading below. Success can be measured in lots of different ways. Usually, though, it comes down to how much money one makes & can you pay the bills each month, with enough left over for more than a bottle of wine from the cheaper supermarkets. People can get hung up on what success means & it’s all highly personal. Take someone famous, oh, I don’t know, Taylor Swift. She’s successful, the amount of money the girl makes. Do we want to be that successful? We like to think so until we hear the horror stories that have emerged lately regarding her & the actresses in Hollywood & we mere mortals then think; you know what, no. Success is like a ladder. We can climb as high up on that ladder as we want. As high as Sir Richard Branson or Taylor Swift, or we can reach just a little above where our parents achieved. We…

When the Unexpected Happens : The Wildwood Helps

We all get things that happen to us unexpectedly, that’s a part of life.  How we deal with the unexpected is what makes us unique & very individual. To be the best person in such situations, can the Tarot help? The quick and honest answer here is; yes, it can!  The Tarot can show us options, give us advice on how to handle it, what to pay attention to & sometimes, even when to walk away. It’s often noted that the Tower/Blasted Oak is the card that says; curve ball! The unexpected hit & it hit hard. Not just a Cat 5 hurricane, but a tsunami & earthquake hit our lives somehow, or as it feels like, all at blooming once! So, when the unexpected happens, what do you do to combat it? Drink coffee? Eat chocolate? Both? Make a G&T? (Not for me, can’t drink the stuff, I’m a whisky/real ale type of girl!! 🙂 ) You can stew on things for an age. Personally, I turn to the Tarot cards & see what they have to offer by way of advice & insight.  I usually draw 3 cards, then expand on them if I need them. The Cards. The…

The Wildwood : The Importance of Numbers Repeating

Numbers repeating in a Tarot reading can indicate other meanings. Numbers are everywhere, even when we don’t realise it. The size of our shoes to the height & weight we are, how many biscuits we’ve just devoured or how many cups of coffee, carbonated soft drink etc. we consume in a day/hour… they’re everywhere! Even the roads have numbers on them, which at times, is just as well! In a Tarot reading though, numbers are vital & help structure the Tarot. That’s why the Tarot is different from Oracle cards. It’s this numerical structure that’s important & I’m not sure where it came from. Either the Golden Dawn or with Arthur Waite or even before them. (If you know, educate me in reply, I love replies!) Having a basic understanding of what each number means can help, so here’s a link to some explanations & my quick personal run down. One’s: Think of these as your seeds, your mono-pods. Not great at standing up on their own, but needed & useful. They’re often the start of things. Two’s: Think of your legs & arms here! Far more useful but like a toddler, takes a bit of balancing & finding your…

Priestess Tarot : It’s All Change for me!

Don’t panic, I’m not going anywhere! I’m able to change things around as the new academic year gets underway. Now that all the kids are in school full-time (bar any sickness they might incur) I’m able to take day time bookings.  This change is quite a scary time for me, though the kids seem to be in their element! For the first time in a decade, I don’t have someone asking me for sweets, lunch, food, to help them with the toilet. I don’t have two school runs to do (half day collection from the nursery) & I can please myself! Whilst the daily housework may now get done in an hour (rather than 3!) I have more time to dedicate to you, to help you by offering Tarot consultations. This is a big change from the few hours each evening I had spare. The kids are great & know when mum is working. I have things laid out for them if I have to work when they’re home (with time differences, that sometimes happens!) or the eldest (who is getting so tall!) can forage for things that they need. So I asked the Tarot, today: What can I look…

The Wildwood : How can it be Syncretic?

Is it necessary for the Tarot to be syncretic? This was a question that I received from the Twitter-verse. Being honest, I had to look up the meaning of the word, syncretic when it was first posed to me. And several times since. I’ve got to love adding new words to my English vocabulary. Syncretic means “to encompass all things”, in the simplistic term. I’m all for simple, clear communication, so I’ll try not to over complicate the answer, which can turn into an essay if I’m not careful! Does the Tarot have to be syncretic? There are plenty of decks out there with references to the Qabbalah, i-Ching, numerology (in general), astrology. Certainly, there’s numerology involved (we use numbers to identify the cards in lots of different ways). In my view, to have a Tarot deck that encompasses ALL the divination elements from Qabbalah to runes, Hebrew to Chinese Astrology & i-Ching, would make it a particularly busy Tarot deck before we even look at the card itself. The Hermatic Tarot is quite close I think to achieving it, but even that deck stops short of combining a lot of ideas. The Wildwood though isn’t syncretic. It’s not going…