Gemini New Moon & Middle Beltane

New Moon in Gemini cards

It’s a New Moon & the fires of Beltane still burn brightly.

What can the Gemini New Moon provide us on insights?

We’re in the middle time between Beltane & as we’re approaching a new moon (which will be in Gemini at 20:45 25th May BST) I thought it prudent to see what energies are around us at this time.

Gemini’s love to ask questions & find out answers. If you’ve ever worked with a Gemini they can be fantastic & very “bulldog” like in their endeavours. On the receiving end, they’re not known for letting go until they’ve gotten what they’ve set out to find. Woe betide you if you even dare to lie to them. You’ll be done to them if you do!

Gemini attention to detail can be both fantastic and a proper pain in the proverbial. It depends on how they come across with their tenacity. They also love self-reflection. Some of us shy away from that, but even so, we need to be the horse that’s led to the water & we need to drink.  They don’t tend to throw stones as they too live in a glass house. They’re not perfect but they’re so close, it scares them!

The hot summer nights are on their way, so if you jumped over the fires at Beltane, your weather wishes came true!

The Spread & Cards

I created this New Moon spread with the analytical Gemini in mind.

Gemini new moon spread

Three of Arrows: This card suggests that I need to reflect on what I feel & what I let others feel. We can all be a little insensitive at times, but this New Moon, I feel I’m being told to have a little care & reflect on what it is I am saying, doing & acting towards others.

Knight of Arrows: this one is telling me to just be honest & direct both with myself & others. Be swift & take action when you need to. There’s no need to beat about the bush (well, I don’t tend to anyway) but if I being more sensitive, I can be a little “wishy” in how I talk. Do I need to be more eloquent, perhaps? Even say it with feeling!  Do you want to poke that hornet’s nest? If you do, be prepared to fly off when you’ve said your piece.

Three of Bows: The new pathways will be a few, but it’s your choice as to which one or ones, you follow! There looks to be more than one route to where you’re going, so just decide.

Major 12, The Mirror: This card adds to the card before. To decide on what path to take, decide on how it might sit with you. Decide what kind of person you are, how you want to be. Use that as your moral compass. You have to be true to yourself in all you do with how you act, interact & behave in life.

The Hooded Man: he suggests that the likely outcome is that I find better solace in my own company, again. Not that I don’t need or want my friends around me, but it’s time to work on me & that can be a hard, solitary thing to do at times. This is one of those times; I need to make me some “thinking time” & reflect on myself inside & out. It may seem that I’m more aloof; that may be the case, but I am working on me, inside.

New Moon in Gemini cards

Conclusion

I need to realise that I am worth more than I give myself credit for. It’s time for me to work on myself & decide what kind of person I want to be, how I want to be perceived. The way I do that is down to me, but it all depends on what I want to be known for.  I need to work on myself & at times, just leave situations that don’t better my higher self.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this New Moon Spread that I created. I’d love to know if you tried this & what your conclusion was!  I’ve used The Wildwood here, which you can order directly from their website.

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Using the Tarot as a crutch

We can create dependencies or a crutch on so many things in this modern age. Sex, drugs, rock n roll, tarot readings… 

Yes, tarot readings. Relying too much on what your cards tell you rather than experiencing life itself, can cause issues. 

It’s easy to get hooked into things that you know help you & you inadvertently turn them into a crutch. You continue to want their help ALL the time. It’s a bit like walking perfectly fine when you’re 10, even if you do fall over when you’re rushing or playing, but then becoming younger, to toddler stage and you can’t do anything without holding onto your “one thing” that you know supports you, but isn’t designed for the nth degree of things.

The use of Tarot can get like that. From consulting the cards every hour to not getting out of bed to being nosy about what someone might be thinking. You can use it to micromanage everything, it becomes your crutch. The question I have is this: Do you really want to!?

I get that there’s an element of control within us all that sometimes, can be a British BullDog. It just will not let go. Even though we know we’re being irrational, that “bulldog” whispers: “Yes, but just check, to be sure!”

Honestly, it takes another part of your psyche to say: “Oi, NO!” (Imagine Harry Enfield here!) Yes, really imagine Harry Enfield in your head, shouting out: “Oi, NO! No more Tarot for this! You DO NOT NEED IT!”

I designed this spread more for other readers, who come across this, but it can be used to work out of you’re relying too much on the cards to even get out of bed, or see certain people. That’s what your own will power is for & the cards should never replace that power. Enhance it, work with it, empower it; but never replace it with the Tarot.

The Reading & The Cards: 

Top Card: Why am I relying on it so much?

Left Card: What can I do to reduce the dependency?

Right Card: What will the outcome be if I do?

Tarot as a crutch

 

Top Card: The Page of Stones suggests that you’re using it to see things you could see if you actually just opened your eyes. The answers are there before you, but you’re not really observing or watching. You’ve stopped trusting or using your own senses.

Left Card: The Queen of Arrows suggests you already know you’re not using your own communication to yourself. You “see” what’s going on, but the information to your brain isn’t either being processed or it’s being blocked. Is it time to have a bit of self tough-love?

Right Card: The Four of Arrows suggests that once you acknowledge what’s going on, once you accept the self tough-love, you’ll finally be able to let it go & rest! How long has your brain been going over and over the same situation, or plaguing your mind?

Conclusion:

The quicker you can give yourself that stern talking to, acknowledge why & what it is you’re trying so hard to avoid, then you can rest & let it go. The peace that you need inside your head can be yours, but deal with what’s causing the internal noise!

Learn to listen to yourself, trust yourself, acknowledge your own thoughts & impressions. They are far more relevant to you than any pieces of cards with 78 snapshots of life!

I do hope you’ve liked this blog post & my take with The Wildwood cards. They can be helpful, but like GP’s, hairdressers, mechanics, beauticians & other skills, they need to be used wisely!

You’re welcome to book your own Tarot Consultation right here

Venus Is Now Direct, which means… ? 

Venus went direct in the skies as of April 15th, 2017. 

What does that little planet of love going direct mean to us?

Well, firstly, it just isn’t that simple, as much as I’d love it to be! To move forward, it firstly had to square up to another planet, Saturn. Now that this seems to be over & done with, we can get on with things, can’t we?

Well, yes… there are other planets in retrograde, Saturn being one & it will be until August 25th. So, we’ve several more months of time seeming to drag, when in fact, it’s doing its normal thing!

However, we can still take the time to do some self-loving & care, now that Venus is back to something of her “old” self. Even Mercury is beginning to pull forward (it goes direct again on May 2nd) so things should start to clear up. Well, one can hope!

venus direct

Cards & Spread

I asked the cards: What does Venus going fully direct mean for us?

Card 1: What are the positives here? Major 5 ~ The Ancestor

Card 2: What are the negatives here? Major 20 ~ The Great Bear

Card 3: What’s the further advice for right now? 5 of Arrows

The basic advice I’m seeing here is that there is a path before me, it’s there if I would just be kind enough to take it! There’s a challenge here, so do I face up to it, or back away & play dead? Anyone who knows me knows that it’s certainly not going to be the latter & if you think I would just “play dead”: Think again! You might get frustrated at my ability to completely ignore you, that’s your issue though, it certainly isn’t mine!

What is it you see in these cards? What does the 5 of Arrows suggest to you? Are you the one frustrated, or are you causing that to others? You decide here.

The deck I’ve used is The Wildwood & you can buy it here.

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. 

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.

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