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.


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. 

Now What : The Wildwood Answers

It’s been over a week since I communed with my maternal grandmother, but I’m left with this sense of: Now what?! It’s a very 4 of Cups moment!

Now what? How often have I heard that question in my Tarot Counselling Career? The answer, is quite often. However, I’m usually the one with the cards, helping others! Seems this week, I need to help myself too. So, I used the app on my tablet (where little madame cannot damage my cards) and asked the question through the Wildwood App (check your smart phone store 😉 )

Now what

The Significator (5 of Vessels) What’s the issue, dear? The Issue is about me being happy! Do I go through the motions? (Yes, a Buffy reference 😀 ) Or do I just need to do something, rather than sit on my petite, mummy behind? The issue is I’m not a happy camper, I’m now in a “Meh” state after talking with Mary. Bugger.

The Bow (Page of Bows) What is my focus on the issue? The focus is, I’m watching, seeing what happens next. I may be able to perceive the truth, but what do I do with that “truth”? I’m looking around, waiting for the right “pray” before I take action.

Conscious Limb (The World Tree, Major 21) What do I think about the situation? What do I think? I don’t really know!  There are now so SO many potentials, there’s SO many more ways I can take this. It’s a little over-whelming, being honest!

Spiritual Limb (9 of Cups) What do I feel about the situation? I’m feeling numb, like I’ve not really recovered from getting very hung-over a few days later. I’m eating, breathing… but I really am going through the motions until my spiritual self can finally say: Yes, I’m happy!

The String (The Guardian, Major 15) What drives the issue? The issue was the cave, a challenge, the fear. I had to over-come that, but now I have, I’m not sure where to go now I’m out the other side. A bit like Fall Out 4, I’m out of the Vault, now what?!

The Fletchings (King of Bows) What is the solution? The solution comes in the King of Bows. Is he calling on friends? Is he asking for help? Maybe I should do the same. But whom do I call? To whom does an empath talk with after such an experience, a hurdle like this? I’m meditating, but I’m still locked within myself on this. Now what? seems to be my favourite phrase this week!

The Arrowhead (6 of Arrows) What is the outcome?  The outcome is taking each day as it comes, absorbing what happened a little each day, letting it go a bit more each day. This isn’t a chalice I have to keep with me. It’s water (or poison?) in a bottle I must slowly pour away. Some days I’ll swing into waters much too calm, others I won’t and the aim is to navigate between the two.

Now what

Whew! So, it’s time to carry on the navigating of my life through choppy waters, sticking mostly to the narrow river of neither calm or choppy and doing what I can to keep on an even, mental keel. Like I didn’t have to do that to start with!  Thanks for joining me again for my latest post, sorry it took a little time from the last one, but well, Mary got in my head and it took a wee while to remove her.

I’ve used The Wildwood app, cards etc. as designed by Will Worthington, Mark Ryan and John Matthews. You can find the app from your Smart Phone Store provider, Fools Dog designed it and you can hear Mark’s sultry tones throughout.