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. 

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!

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.

2016 : Goodbye & What The Heck!?

Goodbye 2016, you’ve been a rollercoaster of a year!

Whilst we say goodbye to 2016, I have to ask via the Tarot: What the heck did we learn?!

 

Include mortality (Bowie, Leonard Cohen), greed, boundaries, political changes (Trump & May) & a spread to say goodbye! 2016 is a 9 year, Hooded Man, Woodwose – 9 of Bows, introspection becoming reality, next year is a year of The Wheel, Change….

Changes can be small & that word instantly brings to mind this song from David Bowie. The changes can be anything, from doing something healthier to changing an attitude.

The Reading:

The Major card for the coming year is The Wheel, but before we engage with that type of change, I am going to ask the cards just what we were supposed to learn with 2016?

I drew 3 cards to focus on the lessons learnt.
Card 1 is for The Best Part of 2016: The Ace of Arrows: The Breath of Life
Card 2 is for What The Heck did we learn from 2016: Major 11 ~ The Woodward
Card 3 is for Why We Had To Learn from 2016: Major 17 ~ The Pole Star

The Best Part of 2016, say the cards, is the Ace of Arrows. It was clear that people wanted to know that their feelings weren’t being ignored anymore. Their frustration was clear. We can’t ignore it, it was too loud to just sweep it under the carpet. Now it has been heard, it has to be dealt with. The message was received, even if it’s not totally understood.

The What The Heck part from 2016 was when the need to protect was felt. Everyone has a different way of making that happen. How it was undertaken, how it was implemented, some would think that there was something rather potent in that cup the Woodward is holding. With the political results in one hand, the facts of implementing it in the other, it’s going to be a tricky road to walk. He’ll be the Card of the Year for 2018, but that’s a full 12 months in the offing: Or is it?

The Why We Had To Learn from 2016 is The Pole Star. Here, I think the message is somewhat clearer than the previous card was. The Pole Star is all about hopes & dreams, which is what the lesson from 2016 is about. People wanted to know that their hopes & dreams weren’t being ignored, they want the chance to make their dreams come true. We had to work out a way for our dreams to come out, to materialise, to manifest.

My Conclusion:

2016 had a lot to teach us about our dreams, about creating the circumstances in which they come forward. What has been built up in the last 30 years, say since Thatcher, needed to come down. It was threatened in my youth, but now in my mid years, it’s time to tear it down, change it around. The time of change is coming, but the changes can be a mixture of subtle ones & huge, massive ones. Whatever the New Year holds, we had to set the groundwork for change this year.

So, to 2016, I say “Good-bye!”. I turn to 2017 and say: “You can’t do worse, so bring it on!”  If you dare!!

Let’s Talk : Improving Material Gain

Let’s be honest, we all feel we need to improve our financial situation occasionally. 

From time to time, the material matter just isn’t flowing the way we want or need them to be & we feel the need to improve them. 

There are various spells that claim to improve the fortunes of those that follow them, I tend to find that hard work & being paid for what that work is worth is the best way to balance the financial tables. Some people work more than one job, others create diversity, set up their own business, work for themselves.

So let’s ask the Tarot what steps we need to take to improve our material situation. I use the word material because money isn’t the only method of payment, though it’s apparently what makes the World go around. I’m not so sure, but it sure makes life far more comfortable, don’t you agree??

The Cards & Their Meanings

Card 1: What energies do I need to bring to this endeavour? Ten of Stones ~ Home
Card 2: What do I need to remember about this endeavour? Major 6 ~ The Forest Lovers
Card 3: What is my next step? Ten of Arrows ~ Instruction

The Ten of Stones is the first card up. If you enlarge the image you can maybe see two carvings in the stonework in the gateway of this house. If not, trust me, they’re there! This house exists because of the balance that has been created. There’s the thinking, doing, creating, fixing, growing, clearing, sweeping of this house that makes it a home. There’s a lot of potential in this house but it’s not just down to one set of energies. Now, don’t get me wrong when I say that the masculine & feminine energies are in balance here: that doesn’t mean that there’s one of each gender in the house or even two people in the house! A woman is just as capable of fixing things as a man is at cleaning & keeping house. I’m talking about the energies here, not the people wielding the energies. Tap into both sets of energies here to gain your balance.

Major 6 ~ The Forest Lovers, hints that you need to encounter self-confidence & love about this situation. That’s not to say forget about it but focus on something else instead of “making money” all the time. Enjoy the why when you can; that doesn’t have to cost very much if anything at all. Go for a medicine walk (a walk with the intention of creating thinking space) or get out into nature, no matter the weather and let the elements whip around you. This card is about connecting with our inner self as well as those that are around us. It’s not hard to do, but we forget to do it. The silver birch trees are still there, leaf devoid as they are. Can you identify silver birch or even birch trees in general in your local park? Do you take shelter in a yew tree when the rain really hammers down?

The Ten of Arrows is the last card, a reminder that others can see things that we cannot; that others may have more knowledge & experience than we do. Getting their advice is important in this situation, say the cards. This card shows a father and a son in a teaching / instruction / practise situation. Does this hint to listen to our family elders? Yes. Does this hint to listen to other elders? Well, if they’ve got the knowledge that we do not, then yes. It doesn’t matter who is teaching us (though being honest, it does matter. We have to like & respect them, to begin with) it is the message that they have that’s the important thing here.

Conclusion: 

Keep a focus on what’s important in regards to your home & hearth. The message here I feel is to not over-extend yourself or stretch beyond your reach. Look after yourself but try to focus on the job, not the end results. Balance is the key: don’t exert beyond more than is coming in (though that is easy to do). Do the scary thing: LOOK at your finances! Watch them daily! It’s scary when you do that, but then you start to get control over what’s going out when it’s going out & how.

The deck in question is The Wildwood Tarot, with the images being shared with permission. 

Let’s Talk : Bettering Our Chances

What can we do to better our chances?

We all get knock backs, but how do you better your chances for the next time we strive to achieve a goal or dream?

Chances come and go. Getting told that you were “close but no cigar” is bound to upset anyone. However frustrating it is, we need to continue to charge forwards, one step at a time. The strength of the character we have inside rises up when we’re told no. Some get aggressive, some get creative & dig deeper. It’s this digging deeper aspect that I appreciate. When the going gets tough, the tough get going, as the song goes.

So, what can the cards advise us about bettering out chances?

chancesLet’s look at the cards!

Position 1: What might be tripping me up? – 3 of Arrows
Position 2: Why is it tripping me up? – 7 of Vessels
Position 3: How best can I jump this hurdle? – Page of Stones

3 of Arrows : your heart maybe wasn’t  in the situation, to begin with.  Whilst it looked good on paper, something rang true in the heart that caused a conflict. It’s not easy to put a finger on it,  but the spark that she at the start was noticeable when it went out.  Take heart,  something will come to you that is better emotionally suited to you.

7 of Vessels : okay,  so now you’re gutted and wishing you could go back to the moment the spark died.  That’s not quite how it works,  you do need to mourn,  work out why & say goodbye to it.  That might sound daft but look at the image.  It’s time to say goodbye & move on,  lesson having been learnt.

Page of Stones : This card is the quiet one in the corner, watching everything going on around  them. This lynx is the quiet,  observant big cat. Pay attention to what is going on physically around you. Careful consideration will redress any balance that a lack of forethought has caused.  It’s time to redress the balance, keep things down to earth and factual,  not virtual.

Conclusion: 

You can’t change the past, so don’t try. Just let it go, and no, you don’t have to be Elsa! Hanging onto the “what did I do wrong” thoughts just implies that you DID do something wrong. You probably didn’t do anything wrong, the emotional connection between you just wasn’t there, for some reason. So, onwards. Watch out for that in interviews, try to adjust your responses to suit. Let the emotional attachment go so you don’t have it hanging around your neck during your next interview / chance / opportunity. Be yourself: everyone else is taken!

You’re welcome to adjust this spread or use it for your own gain, that’s fine! I’ve used The Wildwood Tarot cards (as always!) but if you’d like your own reading or you’d like a gift voucher issued for Christmas, you can book that right here

Let’s Talk About Boundaries & Action

Boundaries are the things we put up to protect ourselves & those we love.

They’re also a pain in the rear end to enforce at times, complicated to work out & sometimes hard to explain.

What can you do when people continually ignore the boundaries that you need to have in place? What’s to be done when the people in question happen to be close family?

This question came from Twitter but it can apply to anyone! “My dad wants to control me, even though I’m a bill paying, adulting adult! Boundaries aren’t working, what now?” Let’s see what the Tarot offers as advice.

wp-1479213621927.jpgThe Reading:

What aspect do I need to understand? The Green Woman
What can I avoid doing about my situation? 8 of Arrows
What can I actively do about my situation? 3 of Stones

What aspect do I need to understand? The Green Woman. This card is interesting as she’s looking at us with her milky cauldron. There are a lot of ideas & things going on here, but I sense that this is the more controlling side of her that’s at play here from this family member. This lady isn’t being magnanimous, generous or glorious. This is the energy of the Green Woman that’s not flowing the way it should be. So the issue isn’t with our querent, it’s with their father.

What can I avoid doing in my situation? 8 of Arrows. Usually, this card is about battling through, clearing the obstacles one at a time. But this card is in the “avoid” position, so continuing on and battling through this doesn’t seem to be the way forward now. Arrows link to the thoughts & communications. I sense that blockages, excuses and reasons for their actions are a penny-a-dozen.

What can I actively do about my situation? 3 of Stones. The stones link to home, job & this hints at teamwork, connecting to the idea you’ve had before about what you’d do if this didn’t stop. That self-advice is needed now, so feel free to follow through on it. Get creative with the solutions, do things “outside” the box. Or on the inside, if you’re a Whovian! 😉

Conclusion:

boundariesUnderstand that this situation isn’t down to you or your viewpoints, it’s down to how they’re not handling their inner Green Woman. They’re being beyond caring and encouraging. They don’t see the boundaries as they’re blinkered by what they see is “good parenting”. You can continue to struggle on if you wish, but the way you phrased your question and with the 8 of Arrows, suggests that isn’t really an option. The creative aspect draws one more question: How?

The 6 of Bows comes out, which is a card of abundance, patience & find ways to allow the well-being within you to flow. Notice how this little coppice looks so homely? Perhaps that is the key you need here: a place of your own to give yourself & the parent, some space to exist.

I’ve used The Wildwood Tarot (with permission) in this blog post & I thank you for joining me. If you’d like your own reading, or to buy a Gift Certificate, you can do so on this page.