What Do You Need to Hatch?

It’s Easter or Ostara & this weekend is all about eggs & fertility.

It is also probably going to be a wet one as it’s a bank holiday, so time to plan what you need to hatch!

I’d like to explore what it is you want to plant now to enjoy in the future. Since I’m not near my beloved Wildwood this weekend, the ever portable Vanessa Tarot was used.

what do you need to hatch now?

The Cards

The top card is the 2 of Coins. It’s time to put things back in balance, don’t juggle too much, re-learn how much you can handheld and stop when you reach that amount. No is a complete sentence in its own right.

The left card is the 10 of Cups, remember what makes you happy, do more of it and do it with those who love to do it too. Make memories, be present in the lives of those you love, that’s all we leave behind besides a headstone. Hatch some wonderful plans & make memories

The right card is The Hierophant, asking that you apply knowledge, wisdom, kindness and emotional maturity to those you interact with, spend time with and don’t judge others (that’s a different card) as that’s not needed right now. Educate yourself and others, but wisely.

Conclusion

So, this Easter, the cards suggest that you hatch how to be careful with yourself and others, re-educate yourself on your boundaries and respect those of others. You’re not the only one resetting things down to a lesser scale. Remember to re-learn how to love yourself.

Pyramid Spread & Saturn Retrograde

There are many spreads that are available out there, easily accessible thanks to the Internet. 

One of my favourites is the pyramid spread, wider at the bottom then up to the point of what to do next.

It can be reversed from the single point again to be as large going forwards as you need or want it to be. I often use this pyramid spread when I want insight on where I am, what to overcome & what the outcome is likely to consist of.

The question for this week is; What do I need to be aware of during this Saturn Retrograde? FYI, Saturn doesn’t go direct again until August (yes, that long) so these months may be zooming passed in reality, but it’s not going to feel like time is moving or things are progressing at all. Days may feel longer than they actually are.

The Spread: 

Bottom, Row 1: Where I am now.

Middle,  Row 2: What to do between now & August?

Top, Row 3: What’s the next step?

pyramid

The Cards & Interpretation: 

Row 1: Major 18, The Moon on Water; Two of Arrows & Major 5, The Ancestor

This row shows me that the basis of where I am isn’t set in stone. It’s rather fluid, a little like a watery path. Things aren’t in balance, that I know. They haven’t been for a little while & with this Saturn retrograde, they’re not likely to be for a while to come! The Ancestor says that there’s a way through this, but the path isn’t one I’ve walked upon, yet. The choice is there if I want to walk down that avenue.

Row 2: King of Bows & Major 12, The Mirror

Between now & August, the cards say “Go my own way” & do what it is I need to do that is true to me. That’s hard, standing up by yourself & walking your own path, ignoring the pressures of others. The cards say to act as I want to be remembered or acknowledged for. So, how do you (or I)  want to act? How do you want to conduct yourself as you walk your own path?

Row 3: Seven of Arrows 

There are two ways to take this card for the next step; Either I can let the insecurities within overtake me, or I can listen to the voices of others & cause even more monkey to mess up my mind than my mind monkeys can come up with. It seems all rather complicated and I’m not sure what else this could be hinting at. Reading the description of the card from the app (as the book is in another room & I’m not moving to go get it):

“We may not be able to change the past, but we can learn to evolve strategies from the lessons of life & apply them to future scenarios. This process may also involve forgiveness for past failures, either of other individuals, belief systems or, more importantly, oneself.”

Conclusion: 

The cards of the middle row & top row of this pyramid spread are quite interesting. Go my path, do what I need to do & be true to myself, forgive myself (?) for the decisions I didn’t take, or those that I did take. Don’t let the mind monkeys out to play!

Now that, I can take forward! What is it you see in these cards? What do your cards say? I’d love to see or hear about the cards you’ve drawn using this spread.  I’ve used The Wildwood but you can use whatever deck you wish to! Feel free to let me know via comments!!

The After Effects of Trauma

Going through something traumatic such as a mugging can really bugger you up.

I explore ways of dealing with it & the after effects of trauma with the Tarot. 

Having something violently removed from you shakes you up, no matter what was removed, how it happened or where you were. Items are just that, items. When you’re physically assaulted to get that possession & you fight back, it adds to the trauma when the battle is over with, no matter how much “training” you’ve had.

Trauma can last for a time, or go away quickly. Some people are great at getting back into the saddle quicker than others, to “get back to normal” & act as if it never happened.

Some, play the events over & over in their heads as their brain processes the emotions & logic behind. Inevitably “shoulda, woulda, coulda” comes up pretty quick. If only I’d done X, I would have done Y & could have done Z. Well, the mind monkey’s are great at doing encores when this happens. Trauma does that, but it affects everyone in different ways.

The Question & Cards

The question was: How can I cope with the trauma?

The cards drawn were:
trauma

Card 1 was 7 of Vessels. What is it I need to do here?

Card 2 was 4 of Arrows. What is it I need to do now?

Card 3 was the 5 of Vessels. What is the next step to take?

The 7 of Vessels says to grieve, to let the anger & frustrations of it go. Sort it out, put it into certain vessels, deal with it in segments. I’ve got less of these than my husband, that’s for sure. He’s carrying the bruises to prove it.

The 4 of Arrows says; calm down. Stop. Take stock. Given the story that my husband told the police, he’s lucky it was only a black eye. That will heal. A broken arm would be more of an issue, but the bike armour did more than its job!

The 5 of Vessels is exactly what my husband is good at doing, far more than I am. When I had a serious accident (I got rear-ended in my early 20’s with bad whiplash) I wouldn’t take the car near the area the accident happened in. It took me 8 months to do that. He’s been back there within days, getting over the fear & working through it. I think he’s being very brave.

Conclusion:

It’s not a case of carrying on regardless, it’s a case of getting back into that saddle & not letting it stop us or slow us down. Slow it down, take a break, take stock, remember what is important.

This past week has been traumatic for that reason & a few more (and my cat is very much alive & purring away at my side as I type) details, so I’ll be glad to see the back of this week. I’ll also be glad to see the end of April, knowing that there are various planets in retrograde during April (Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn & Pluto) it’s just going to be horrendous! Can I hide in a basement anywhere, please?

I’ve used The Wildwood deck here with permission, though I wish the situation hadn’t happened; as do we all. 

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.

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