The Wonder of Mum, The Tarot Explores

It’s Mother’s Day here in the UK & I’m taking a look at the archetypes of a mum through various decks.

There also a free spread you can try for your own mother if you wish. I used this spread in 2016, but it’s applicable today and every day.

Mum

The First Of My Women

The first woman I draw from the deck is the Queen of Cups. (Yes, I’ve reverted to the RWS for this post). This is the lady who is emotionally aware, though in control of what she’s feeling, though she’s often the one that gets used and abused as a mother.

The next woman I draw from the deck is Justice. This card always makes me think of Judge Judy. Quick witted, on the ball mentally, willing to stand up for others & seen recompense. She likes things to be as fair as possible.

Then I call upon the Queen of Wands, the passionate mother who may be slightly controlling, but certainly wishing you the best. She’s also the one who will tell you to get on with it, just do it.

Strength arrived next, kindly holding the lion’s mouth open. In the Wildwood, Strength isn’t a woman, which until now, I hadn’t realised. This lady has some quiet Strength going on, the silent quiet type. I guess I was at the back of the queue for this ability!

The High Priestess is someone I feel more akin with. The really strong silent type with the mind running at 100mph, but saying nothing. The thoughts torturing the mind, knowing things & being proven right even though you know if you say something, you’re the “bad guy”.

Temperance comes out next, reminding us all that there’s a fine balance in being a mother. Sometimes it’s as simple as keeping the balance of being bat-shit crazy & a gentle lioness.  Sometimes, it’s keeping your head when all around you are losing theirs, for whatever reason. So is the job of a mum.

More Leading Ladies

various faces of mum

The Empress was next, reminding us that nuture is better than neglect & support is the best reaction (or is it action?). With this lady, I kept drawing her out after all my pregnancies, when all I did was nurture, sleep, eat, rinse & repeat. This lady is about repeating things that are good for us, internally & externally.

The Star reminds us to have hope, no matter what. Hope that things will turn out, hope for the future & what we leave as a legacy for our children. It’s recently been confirmed that children inherit their intelligence from their mother, not their father. There may be a hope for the future that comes from us mums. Let’s hope so!

The Queen of Swords is the next to last of our leading mums.  Her temperament is certainly visible in the Justice card. On a good day, she’ll say exactly what she wants to, without any malice. On a bad day, she can be deeply moody, temperamental & nasty. I usually like people who are honest with you & I certainly prefer them without any nastiness!

The last lady is one of my favourites, the Queen of Pentacles. The mother who will do whatever it takes to get things done; the car pool, the sports activities, the taxi service, the cook, chief & bottlewasher. This is the lady who is also the business woman of the house & let’s face it, running a house & a family is like running a business.

Now, enjoy Mother’s Day, celebrate your mum and her endeavours, her efforts, good & bad. Children don’t come with instruction manuals, we just do the best we can with what we know & learn along the way.

I’ve used the RWS on this occasion, for a change. The Wildwood will return next week!

Wildwood Shares ~ The Bow Spread

When the Wildwood was launched, it came with a worthy book, detailing a lot of things about this earthy deck.

One of the sections has the spreads that Mark designed for this deck & I’ve chosen to illustrate the Bow Spread for you with this week’s question.

To be honest, I’ve never gotten into the bigger spreads of this deck, though Mark himself has kindly shown me it (then again, I’ve not done the homework on this spread, so totally my fault)

There are some of the spreads that I have used, like the Pathway Spread (which is 3 cards) but the whole Bow Spread I know isn’t printed the way Mark wanted it. The second card, The Bow, is actually raised above the line the spread on page 145 shows it as. (Yes, I’ve made a note in my book so I know).

bow spread as in the book from page 145

Remember when I said above that the bow card is supposed to be raised to represent the actual bow. Please do try this spread for yourself, I have, which you can read below.  It’s not just for use with The Wildwood. Try this with the Thoth or another straight talking deck.

The Question & Cards Drawn

Bow Spread in use

The question I asked was simple. What do I need to be aware of during this Equinox?

1/ What’s the issue about? 9 of Vessels

2/ What’s your focus on the issue? 2 of Bows

3/ What do you think about the situation? 6 of Bows

4/ What do I feel  about the situation? 6 of Vessels

5 / What drives the issue? Page of Arrows

6/ What guides the solution? 4 of Arrows

7/ What’s the likely outcome? 5 of Arrows

The Reading

The Issue is my peace. I feel it’s  been violated and I know why; because my barriers aren’t up. I do need to re-learn how to do this, so I can regain my peace. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as just putting up psychic barriers.

What my focus is on the issue, is undecided. What option do I choose here? Do something or do nothing? If I do choose to do something, what is it I choose to do? There are a lot of questions I need answers to, but the cards do give me a way to sort my head out. Read on.

What do I think? Remember how abundant we are. The “we” here is my family. We forget sometimes how lucky we are here in the First World. There is food, warm shelter, clothes, beds with sheets that are fresh and can be cleaned. This card reminds me to be grateful for those items in my life. I also include the kids & hubby here, even if they do add to the home chores!

What do I feel?  The 6 of Vessels tells me I want things back to how they were. I want my sanity & peace back, but I  can’t rewind time. So I have to remind myself that this situation whilst temporary, will change; it always does.

What drives the issue? Page of Arrows… Now, this I do have issues with. It’s the communications I have issues with. It’s the fact that people decide on what’s real,  based only on what they’re told. I really wish they’d be adult enough to work things out on their own. Rather than talk like adults, the others in question here have decided and act upon falsehoods & not in a friendly way either.

What guides the solution? I can’t decide if this is hinting I should wait or just give up. Whatever it is, time is all I can give it. As Dire Straits sang, “Why worry? There should be laughter after pain, there should be sunshine after rain, these things have always been the same, so why worry now?

What’s the likely outcome? The frustrations or other people’s thoughts shouldn’t hold me back, I should fly above them and not let them hold me back or on me down. To give up is to let them win & whilst I am tenacious, I can’t give up. I need to keep going to keep above those arrows & keep leaping along in my life.

Conclusion

The last cards are the ones I want (& need) to carry forwards with me. Time is my friend, I can only hope that the penny will drop at some point & the lights will go on. The when isn’t down to me, yet I just have to trust that it will. I hate waiting, though I honestly do.

I’d love your thoughts on these cards, let me know how this spread works for you. If you’d like your own reading, you can book it right here.

I’ve used The Wildwood card & text from the first edition book, with permission from the creators. 

Venus is Retrograde : The Wildwood Explains

My astrology friends tell me that Venus is retrograde until 15th April.

What does that mean to us mere mortals, struggling through life?

The planets going retrograde or backwards is well-known. We can tell when Mercury is going backwards, we’re hit with technological issues or people just don’t listen. With Venus, it’s a little more complicated I think. Venus is the brightest star in the sky, after The Sun. She hangs around with the Moon & is often known as the Morning Star or the Evening Star, depending on when she comes to “hang out”.

During a Venus retrograde, lots of things suddenly feel off.  Your head might feel it’s about to explode, dreams may be off & wonky. What you wish for may not manifest right now & what you value may change drastically during a Venus Retrograde.

I asked the Wildwood how best to proceed during this Venus Retrograde, including the show parts from January until May 18th, even though Venus is direct from April 15th. It was my birthday on the 7th of March, which is when I heard about it. Here are the answers.

The Cards & Positions

venus retrograde cards

What do I value now? – The Journey

The value of change is the value I need to embrace during this Venus retrograde. You know what? There’s positive change & negative change & the negative change that’s happened, I wish would just undo itself & sod the hell off. It’s unlikely to happen though but I should, apparently, embrace the change, the reducing, the reusing & the recycling of things. Nothing stays the same, everything changes but nothing is forgotten; nothing is ever forgotten.

What can I dream now, for it to become real in April? – Ace of Bows

What do I need to dream now that will manifest in April? Well, knowing that we’ve a shadow pull to come I’d say it’s more like mid-May before we’ll see dreams manifesting. However, the dreams for me involve me following or creating my passions. I need to find & create the spark that will move me forward. I have an idea on what that is & it’s a hint (more of a bow) to my life path number of 33.

What’s the best way for me to proceed now? 2 of Vessels

This makes me smile; keep being me! It’s hard when you’re tired a lot of the time (A side effect of Venus being Rx) and having to deal with people who frankly, need to just go away again. I doubt that’s going to happen, so the best thing I can do is to keep an emotional balance for me & mine & connect on the levels that are best for me. I know what they are, I know what that means for those that are around me, for those that matter to me.

I’ve enjoyed this little soiree into the realms of Venus Retrograde with me & The Wildwood. Buckle up, Mercury Retrograde is joining in too & I think I might just hide in the house & stay there until May 18th!

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How Wild Are You? The Wildwood Finds Out

I asked for questions for my blog and this one made me chuckle. 

How wild are you? Let’s find out (I can draw you 3 cards for £10) and have a little fun with the Tarot. 

The Cards & Spread  Image

What’s your inner wild side? 3 of Stones

What’s your public wild side? 10 of Stones

How can you embrace them both? 8 of Arrows

How Wild Are You?

The Reading 

My Inner Wild Side came out as the 3 of Stones. This card is about tapping into my creativity, understanding things and coming up with practical solutions that make people happy. I also know, from experience that sometimes what you need isn’t what you want. It’s tricky to know the difference every now & again.

My Public Wild Side was the 10 of Stones, I love my family and the home. I’m a home bird, always have been and it’s obvious to those who are close to me (and now you, since you’re reading this). I don’t mind venturing away from home, but give me my bed & my family any day of the week to make me happy!

The best way to embrace them both is to communicate it, tell others, clear the communications so that one can embrace the other. I may not always get it right, but I should always try to clear any blockages between them both. There’s nothing like a message getting lost in translation. Those that know me, know I am direct but I do try to be kind. I hate any message I’m trying to convey being all woolly & confusing.

This blog entry is similar to my Quick Insight reading and I offer other in-depth types of reading services.  I have used The Wildwood Tarot for blogging with as it’s the one deck that speaks to a part of me I was struggling to speak with.

You have permission to share this post across whatever types you like the best. Go on, you’ll be helping me!

March Advice For You : The Week Ahead

A new week & new month begins. What is on the cards for us this week?

Like the weather report, let’s a take on what the Tarot suggests will affect us during the week ahead now March has begun.

Using the Tarot like a weather report can have its uses. It’s March, so knowing that you’re going to need an umbrella is almost certain; wrapping up but not as much as you have been, is also good advice. What advice can the Tarot give us for March?

The Cards & Positions

1/ What will help me? The Page of Vessels

2/ What will hinder me? Ten of Stones

3/ What do I need to keep in mind? Major 5, The Ancestor

March

The Reading

This is a strange answer I feel:  The Page is represented by the Otter, which are usually seen as playful & observant, intelligent & close-knit. I can see that in me for sure! The Ten of Stones as to what will hinder me is what gets me, though I can sense that the energies are what it may be going on about more. Look at the carvings in the doorway. There’s a male & female. It’s not the “home” in the physical sense, I feel it’s the home in the body sense.  That being out of kilter will hinder me. The Ancestor reminds me to be wise, that this is a gateway that I will pass through like I have all the others.

There’s no right or wrong here, there’s a balance that I need to strike within me. Get it wrong and things may go off kilter. Get it right and I can be my playful, happy little self. The huge piece of advice comes from that wonderful anthropomorphic Ancestor. The calmness in the stag’s eyes, the drum that we see which can beat to its own tune & time. Take your time, beat this drum as fast as you wish, pass through this gateway as quickly as you wish, or not. The choices are yours to make: Always.

I think though I’ll come in from that frosty, cold outdoors & sit inside my nice warm house, doing something constructive & helpful to others. Watch this space!

Deck used is The Wildwood & images used with permission and credit to the creators; Mark, John & Will. 

Getting Off the HangUp with The Wildwood

Have you ever wondered how on Earth you got suckered into worrying about the small stuff & how do you get off the hangup?

I know it’s time to let go of the hangup I’m having about my own social media numbers, whilst still keeping a track of them. Let’s explore how I can let that go.

This year I’ve been paying attention more to my social media numbers than I did in 2016. Partly because it’s a target or drive in my business, but if you don’t know I’m here, how can you buy a reading from me? It’s rather a complex situation that I’ve gotten rather “hung up on” recently. So after a quick discussion with some others, another reader asked me: “What do your cards say?” So, thanks to Hermit’s Lamp shining the way for me, here’s this week’s blog post. I hope it helps you get unstuck too!

The Cards & Image:

hungup

Why am I hung up on this? Four of Arrows
What can I do about letting it go? Knight of Bows
What can I do going forwards? Page of Arrows

Why am I hung up on this? With the new planner I have for the business this year, I’ve focused more on the numbers than the content. Like this card depicts, rest: don’t sweat it. Yes, record it, but let the numbers transform on their own when they’re ready & organically, properly.

What can I do about letting it go? The Knight of Bows is the opportunist, the chance taker. He’s the one that will just go with the flow & not get stuck behind a rock (which is where I feel I am!)

What can I do going forwards? The Page of Arrows is learning about communication. This little bird isn’t just about talking, she’s also about listening to understand (not just to respond).

Conclusion: So that’s how I sort out my hangup: I communicate in a simpler way, I take the chances I can when I see them & whilst I keep an eye on the numbers, don’t get hung up on it. I communicate & listen to understand, not just to respond. I need to keep the messages I send out clear & uncluttered. That’s going to be hard, I can waffle sometimes!

Feel free to comment, I appreciate it!  I’ve used The Wildwood Tarot deck here to do this reading, but I’ve others available.

Exploring The Loving, Wildwood Style

It’s the week of “Lurve” & I’d like to take a look at how loving is represented in the Tarot. 

Love isn’t just about loving someone, it’s sometimes about loving ourselves too.

What examples does the Tarot have about love, romance, self-care, nurturing, loving & promoting the other person, as well as ourselves? It can get complicated & hard, but when the journey ends we have to look & decide if it was worth it.

Do you recall our parents or grandparents, saying that if you want something, you have to work at it? Being broken didn’t mean you threw it out, you repaired it, you worked at it. Relationships can work like roads: you give & take, you travel in either the same or opposite direction, you give way, you park up when you can & you travel the road, together.

So, analogies about love aside, let’s get on with exploring the “Love” cards from the Wildwood Tarot & another deck that’s based on this theme.

Forest Lovers from The Wildwood TarotFirst up, is The Forest Lovers.

I’ve seen this card so often over the years. It’s about promising to love each other & look after yourself. Allowing someone else to do that is also important & part of the trust you promise to bestow.

It’s about working as a team & coming to the other when life gets hard & difficult, so you can face it together. That I feel is what loving is all about.

There’s the rather pleasurable physical side too, as well as all the cuddles, beer & chocolate sharing that goes on. Occasionally, you get date nights: a night to eat in peace without any off-spring biting your ankles!

lovingThis is The Lovers from The Love Tarot. Aptly named & shaped, it’s got rather a nice little colour scheme to it.

Notice how there’s light & dark? You can’t really have one without the other & neither gender fits on one side all the time. We all have our “bright” & “dark” sides: The trick with loving someone is dealing with the darker times whilst enjoying the warmer times. Think of it this way: If you turn the light on, you cast shadows. Some part of us is always in the shadow; like the Planet we live on, we don’t show our face to The Sun all the time.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little blog post on love & loving another & whatever you’re doing on the Day of Love (Valentines Day, 14th February) do what pleases you & your partner.

What do  YOU do for your partner that tells them you love them?

What do they do for you that shows you that you’re loved?

What do you do for YOU to love yourself? 

Sending love to you all!

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