Wildwood : Injustice Comes from an Outside Influence

This week we’re reminded about injustice within our personal world and within The Wildwood. Have you made a decision? A few times recently I’ve heard this phrase (or something pretty darned close to it): not making a decision is also a decision, often the wrong one. As the Two of Arrows joins us today, could our fear of an injustice cause us to not make a decision, this creating more problems later on? Fear can be paralysing; it causes inaction and stagnation but what if doing nothing is the biggest injustice of all? But what if the injustice is caused by others and we suffer it in silence?  It is a lesson learned the hard way I feel that the only people who can take our power away really, is us. If we give it away or let others walk over us, we lose the power and that, is an injustice. We can also add to that injustice by not acting or speaking up when we see others do this to those who haven’t yet learned the power of the word “No”. There’s always a balance to be struck with keeping your own power, helping others find their power and…

Wildwood : Skills to Change

This week’s Tarot card reading comes from the Stones suit of The Wildwood Tarot, with the keyword of “skills”. Combined with the context of “What we can Change”, we’re entering into an interesting time! The Eight of Stones is often about taking stock, developing and honing our skills. As the image depicts, it shows someone who has isolated themselves to craft items of use from oil lamps and arrow heads to bowls and other tools. The trick for the reminder of this week (as Scorpio’s influence hits us on three sides from Saturn, Venus and the Moon) as we dig deep and find the skills within. This could be a time to start a new project for the winter (patchwork quilt, anyone?) that calls on new skills, or further stretches the skills we already have. This time of year is also quite popular for Tarot Readings, as a lot of people finally give time to themselves and start to change things that haven’t been working so well so far this year. With only five months of the year left, the nights drawing in, the time for frolicking outside in the warm evening air departs. Summer is still with us, but…

Wildwood : The Ancestor becomes a Partner

For the reminder of this week, the Ancestor, the person from whom we gain tradition and past knowledge, comes out to partner us and provide their ancient influence. There’s a song I recall that had the lyric of “the history book on the shelf is forever repeating itself” (Abba – Waterloo) and the Ancestor reminds me of that same history book, sat on the shelf, sat in our past, waiting to be read, waiting to share its knowledge with us. Parents,  grand-parents and great-grand-parents are the same. They’re full of what seems like history to us, as it happened before we can remember, but to them, it may have just happened yesterday. Of course, you must have grand-parents around by which to ask questions of. Like any partner in life, when you marry someone or choose to spend the rest of your life with them, you inherit their family, for good or bad. Of course, there’s the school of thought that there are old souls walking this earth in much younger bodies than your average great-grand-parent, those that seem to come up with answers to life’s puzzles without so much as pausing for thought. Partner’s aren’t just those we share…

Wildwood : Doing New Things

The Wildwood brings to us The Wanderer crossing the rainbow bridge, starting something new, taking a leap of faith whilst being aware of what we’re doing and the why. The Wanderer comes out and joins us today, reminding us to do and try something new, to take a leap of faith. Any burdens from the past are left behind, they’re stones that we no longer need and ought not to carry around any more. Our intrepid Wanderer here is ready and has already started making a leap into the unknown, the cycle of beginning again has come full circle. Is the Wanderer wise to let go of the strife from the past, to cut the cord and move on? Or are they doing it from fear? Taking the context card of “Conscious Desires” into account, I feel that the Wanderer is fully aware, this time, of what they’re doing and why. They’re aware that in order to get what they want, it’s time to move on. Here in the UK, the schools are either just out for their summer break, or are about to finish up for the next six weeks. Every pupil will be taking the next step to…

Wildwood : Let It Go Now

The painted skull and burial offerings remind us we have the right to mourn. It’s time to let it go, to release what holds and traps us in the past. We all have situations where we wish we could have done better, chastise ourselves for being human, inconsiderate, intolerant. It may also be a time to say goodbye to a loved one or a period in our lives. Mourning is personal and can take weeks, if not years to work through. Death comes to us all, the times of change do too, sometimes we want it, other times we don’t. When it happens when we don’t want it, we can get angry and upset both with life and those around us. We can get angry when we do want it and change doesn’t come too: seems the universe can’t win. What ever the reason for the exhaustion, the overwhelming of the senses, The Wildwood reminds us we can let go, we can and should grieve, let the emotions run their course and empty themselves. Humans are like a damn: get too full of emotions and we burst, probably not in a good way. In what ways can we let go?…

Wildwood : The Hooded Man has the Character of You

The Hooded Man comes out to join us and reminds us that we have our own character to attend to. Attending to our own character, our own attitudes, energies and thoughts is often a hard one to do, until we’re faced with a situation where we can do nothing else. Whether the thoughts hinder or help us, how we think about a problem is often the solution to the problem, or a part of it. When things go wrong, and they do, do you play over and over in your mind how you would have liked things to go? Do you play that incident on re-play, editing it time and time again? I do this, a lot. I aspire to the Queen of Cups, the lady who has control over her emotions, but usually I act like the Page of Cups. I don’t mean to, but I have discovered this week that I’m human, like everyone else. I’m not sure what galls me the most: the fact that I am human (lol!) or the fact that at my age, the mother of three, I returned to how I acted in my late teens, frustrated in-articulation and all. As us Scots…

Wildwood : The Decision Lesson

Life is a lesson, there is however no dress rehearsal, this is the exam to beat all exams and a decision is to be made. So what’s the lesson? It’s Sunday and The Wildwood likes to throw down a gauntlet! Combined with the context from 1000 Spreads, we have a better insight into what the Wildwood is trying to convey. Life is full of lessons. Some, we experience in the classroom from the age of four (?) onwards until we decide we’ve had enough of the education system. Some of us can learn from books, others learn better from practice and doing, others can sit half way between the two (and can digest what the manual says). Life however, didn’t come from a text-book written by man or any deity that I am aware of. The trouble with books (yes, there is a slight issue with them) is that they can be re-written, re-printed and much like movie remakes, can be changed to re-write history in the favour of whomever happens to be doing the re-writing. Given the events over the past week, the Boston Bombings, the chasing and killing of one of the main suspect(s) and the capture of…

Wildwood : The Real Question

The Wildwood wishes to address the real question, the true heart of the matter, not what I want to  address, it’s what I need to address. Oh boy! I’ve been feeling quietly rebellious these last few days, since my last post. I’ve a to-do list for my business as long as my arm, my to-do list for the house and home is longer and like Pru from an episode of Charmed, I need more than two of me! The thing is, where to start on both fronts?! As far as the house and its chores are concerned, I’ve started / continued last years project of finishing off the decorating in the office. That can then help me get organised with the business and give me a dedicated area from which to work when the eldest two are at school and the baby is asleep. Is this enough? I ask the Tarot. The World Tree came out in answer and I then pulled a context card from 1000 Spreads and pulled the “Question” card. Is it enough? is the question I want answered, but it’s not the one I need answering. What then is the question I need answering? That took…

Wildwood Sparks : Ace of Bows

Sparks fly from the Ace of Bows today as it comes out to join us and I wonder if we will see any more in the next few days? It’s a Sunday, usually a day of rest, right? Not always. In my life, I have more than enough to cater and pander to, being the mother of three children, one of whom arrived only eight weeks ago. So why on earth did I take on more responsibility last year? The answer I feel is simple: I’m a woman, my own person. I’m not just a mother, bottle washer (and yes, I’ve been doing a lot of that of late and I will be for a good while to come!), chef, laundry-maid, dog-walker… the list is endless but I still need to do something for me, ya know? I have my own views, my own understanding of things. I don’t always agree with everyone and I have no plans on even attempting to, but occasionally, I get fired up enough to respond. Sometimes I find I cannot respond, for I’m too angry, or know I’ll say something that I’m going to regret (and no, it would not be nice) so I…

Wildwood Hope : Major #17 ~ The Pole Star

Today we have the hope of the Pole Star to journey through. Given the events in Boston, Massachusetts on Monday. Hope seems to be the order for the next few days. The events in Boston on Monday the 15th came as a shock to most of the World. What was even more surprising was the speed at which the World found out. Yes, the news channels covered the events, however, I find the news depressing and soul-destroying (you hardly hear good news), so I never normally watch those channels. It was Twitter, Facebook and the art of social media that alerted most of the waking world to the events unfolding in that state, myself included. Before that, I had already pulled the Pole Star card and the Resolution outcome card from 1000 Spreads and with that event unfolding, I knew part of what this card’s insight was and what this mid-week blog post was going to be about. At the moment, the reason for the tragic events of  Monday are not clear. There’s a lot of theory and not a lot of public fact but a heck of a lot of speculation and finger-pointing, which is not doing anyone any…