Let’s Discuss : The Stag

The Stag, Guardian of the Wildwood comes out to liven up our creative souls.  This half human, half animal Stag Guardian of the Wildwood reminds us that our rights and wrongs are not those of the Wildwood or nature itself.  We humans are good at changing things around us to suit our needs,  but not always for the better. By nature, we’re a destructive,  wasteful and  greedy breed of being.  However,  this axe reminds us that whilst we are sometimes like this,  we can and are able to break the cycle.  We can act with responsibility,  use but save and replenish our natural resources. We’ve forgotten that in truth,  we’re the guests on this blue and green ball called Earth. The current human politics has blinded us to what we’re doing to this place we live in, on a Global scale. On a personal level,  karma is at work.  The Stag is a reminder to treat others as you wish to be treated.  We’re responsible for our actions and their consequences. Even the human politics that we’re undergoing at the moment, is part of the energy of The Stag, though not his most handsome side I have to admit. It’s…

Let’s Discuss : The Archer

Getting your point across is part of the journey of life, says The Archer. The Archer is your Wildwood’s Chariot. She’s the one that gives you the dead set focus we all get from time to time. She’ll also be the one to dance in your imagination, changing your focus as she goes. The Archer: It’s not enough to just go: I need to focus! There’s an aim (pun intended) to be achieved, a goal completed, when the Archer and her hounds come calling. The words “I can’t”, “I’m not good enough” or “It’s impossible” aren’t enough to stop this lady from getting to the end game. That is, the target achieved. The bow shown on this card is of the Meare Heath design, popular in Somerset from the Neolithic population, going by the dated relics found from that area. The two hounds at her side represent her intention, her power. One is following her gaze, the other not so much: yet. Knowing that these deerhounds can take down a deer, is not lost on anyone. It’s not a sight I ever wish to see, but then, I’m not having to hunt for my food (unless you count the supermarket at…

Emerging From The Wildwood

Here I am, emerging from the sabbatical I took away from technology & life. Returning to nature is always something that my soul sings out for when I find myself in a rut. Like the Pole Star, I’m emerging to a more social aspect of my nature, after a good few weeks away. Life gets hectic. Jobs, kids, schools, family: it can drain us. I took my two-week return to nature earlier than normal, because of plans I am involved with at the end of the month, meant I could not be away then. It turns out, that I needed the recharge then and not later on. I can always take another “break” later! Coming back to my home life, the work schedule etc. reminds me of this Wildwood Image; The Pole Star. I’ve been in those woods, Wales is full of them. I’ve been in a tent and heard the sounds of foxes playing close by. The kids have heard owls hooting in the night, seen red kites swoop and swoosh over our heads at Bwlch Nant Yr Arian (over a hundred, beautiful, majestic birds). We have felt the chill of nature in our supposed “summer” months, walked, explored,…

Let’s Discuss : The Forest Lovers

This week, I bring to you the beautiful Forest Lovers. How do you like to be loved? Mark & John made this card by symbolic of Robin and Marion, whilst Will beautifully brought them to life. With Mark’s involvement as Nasir in Robin of Sherwood for quite a few years (and if you didn’t know that, you do now!) it is of no surprise that this legend shows up in the deck. However, the question is always the same, at the roots. Will you love me if I love you? Having a great lover is like choosing an apple. We’re all wanting to be loved and loving another is a part of who we are. Sometimes, we’re good at it and get it right. Sometimes, we’re not and we pick the wrong apple out of the barrel of life.  Then we have to undo it all and return the rotten apple, which isn’t always easy. Finding or becoming part of a couple of lovers isn’t as straightforward as it may sound. There’s an analogy I read recently on the Book of Face about bruised apples. It was used to show children what bullying does to someone. It’s the same with lovers.…

Let’s Discuss : The Wise Ancestor

The wise, gentle Ancestor comes out to reveal more about herself.  The Wildwood’s answer to Faith / Hierophant comes out to join us. What wise angle can the Ancestor give us that we’ve not seen before? The gentle wise stare of the Ancestor joins us this week. She’s an anthropomorphic figure with a human body and a head. Do you recognise that idea from somewhere? The colours of the evergreen cloak may serve to hide this figure in the Wildwood in the summer, but in the depths of winter, that’s not so easy to do. The deer skins may hide her, the pillars of the Silver Birch indicate that she stands at the gateway of nature that will take us out of winter. The Bodrum that she holds beats the heartbeat of the land, the connection that comes to us and beats within us. The book indicates that this drum can be felt and that is sometimes what we feel drawn to. This Ancestor is like nature itself, the overpowering strength and patience that Nature has. Nature also has a cruel streak, just take a look at tornado and thunderstorms. She indicates that you’ve made a leap and you’ve started a new chapter of…

Let’s Discuss : The Ancestor

The Ancient Ones can show us a way through, if you’re prepared to listen to their wise old ways. With the summer solstice finally hitting, the days being warmer and longer, I wish to take you on a path down through the Wildwood to meet the Ancestor. The Ancestor is like Faith or The Hierophant, but it’s so much more.  Our grandparents may seem set in their ways (if yours are alive,  great!) but being able to call on their sage advice when you need to is ace. What is it you need to put structure and thoughts around this week? The ancestral view of our world is different to how we see it. They’ve lived through things we never hope to see again. History, though, has a way of repeating itself; mainly because of the lessons we mortals never seem to grasp, but so desperately need. I then thought about those who have died, may have quickly (or finally) learned all that they needed to, so they no longer need to be on this mortal coil. They’ve ascended,  become enlightened,  transcended the classroom of life. They’ve graduated. This is what I feel the Ancestors are trying to convey.  They’re sat…

Let’s Discuss : The Green Man

The consort to the Green Woman, The Green Man is our next card. What is he all about? There are female and male energies all around us. Look around you? Can you see the difference, just in the people standing next to you?Do you notice the difference in the people you talk with? The Green Man shows up a lot more than people realise. He is certainly far more celebrated than his consort, the Green Woman. I’ve not yet seen a Green Woman wall plaque for the garden, but I do have a Green Man one. At this time of year, his influence is not as strong as it is in the winter. Without him, the abundance of the flora and fauna we see around us, just would not be possible. It takes two different genders of the same species to procreate, though thankfully, the women do not always carry the babies. (I’m thinking sea-horses. Is there another species have babies that aren’t laid or produced by the girls?) This is a Major card, so he doesn’t just show up as a person in your life. He could be a situation that is intense but empty (look at his cauldron…

Let’s Discuss : The Green Woman

The Green Woman is the Wildwood’s answer to the Empress. What do you see when you look at this fern-clad, wild rose Goddess?   The Green Woman of The Wildwood is more than the Empress, for me. She’s life you see springing before you as nature comes into full summer bloom. She’s the force behind the weeds that won’t die (despite what nasty chemicals you put on them). She’s the river that flows, the foxgloves that grow. She’s the new shoots of the ivy tree, the falling of their leaves, the leaves on the trees and the heavy summer rain. The traditional Empress might show all that, but they don’t get it to the level of the new shoots of your Orchid, or the new Thistle heads that spring up at you. For me, she’s in the Ceanothus blooms that are only now, dying back, the rose buds that are popping open and cascading their sweet scent around everywhere. My daughter this year, has fallen in love with daisies, buttercups, dandelions and yellow roses (she may have been a rabbit in a previous life 😉 ) and points them out to me with great pleasure. This is what the Green…

Let’s Discuss : The Shaman

The next card from this deck is The Shaman. The earthly Magician. The Magician of this deck is The Shaman. He’s the one who reminds us that we are all magic. We forget, as we get older, that the power to make changes is right with us. It always is, just sometimes we forget to use that power. I often akin this card to Paul Hollywood, a British Master Baker (Great British Bake Off). His ability to make bread of various types reminds me of this Shaman. Able to take the ingredients from various sources and make something fantastic out of it. The Shaman reminds me of that skill and whilst Mr Hollywood portrays it in a physical form, this fellow reminds us that we all have that ability within us. We need to recall that power and somewhere along the way, in this corporate driven World I live in, we forget that we can call on this internal power and tweak things. The tools that The Shaman has at his feet, reminding us that the tools we need are right there, within us. Let’s look at his tools for a moment. The roebuck skull represents air, a stone knife represents…

Energies During a New Moon

Energies rise and fall. We can sense them more at the New Moon. Which way will they fall for you? Finding your feet and keeping them grounded when your energies want you to fly, can be tricky. With the broom at the ready, what does this New Moon have to share with us all? If you’d like to find out, let me know. I know that this month’s Full Moon is in Taurus. To me, this Sun Sign is stubborn, lazy, self-indulgent, hot-headed, temperamental, possessive. They can, however, be the most helpful and loyal of family members, staunch friends, great advisors and frugal. They’re dependable, generous, down to Earth. I designed this little spread with the question: What do I need to know about my Lunar energies this Full Moon? The first card drawn doesn’t matter, they’re read in a circle, for there is no light without shadow and there is no bright light without understanding the darkness. Lay your cards out any way you wish.  New Moon Spreads tend to last for about 2 or 4 weeks, depending on when the next Full Moon & New Moon hit. This is a long time to be stubborn! Here’s what The…