Thank You For Being A Friend

Thank you for being a friend, says I. Who are your friends? What do you expect of them? What do they expect of you? My 78 friends of The Wildwood are there to help me and with them, I can help you. Friends are a miracle of human existence. We can get along perfectly well with one person or a specific group, then wish to harm the next that we encounter. It’s amazing that we are the dominant species on the planet, given that we’re able to hurt and main one another for holding this belief or that belief. I really don’t think religion comes into being a decent human being. Before the Romans, before Christianity, how did we live? Probably the same way we do now. We fought to survive, we created communities so we could aid one another. We found a strength in numbers. These two anthropomorphic beings have found an attraction to each other, through ask the diversity and strife of life. It’s said that Zeus split our hearts in two, so that we were weaker. As a whole inside the same body, we were too strong. Not quite sure I believe that, but I’m willing to…

Wildwood : Bridge The Gap

This week, we’re going to bridge the gap for the Story Board. Katie at my Tarot group came up with this gem about a year ago. We call it “The Bridge Spread” and here’s how it works. We all find ourselves at a place where we need to build a bridge, but how?! Working out where you’re coming from, where you want to be, then working out how to connect the two, can help! This week, I asked: What do I need to build a bridge over? Using The Wildwood app, I pulled these three cards. The card on the left is the Starting Point and this week, we have the Four of Vessels. I’m not bored, but I am in a cycle of wasted energy. Like most people in England’s green and pleasant land, there are thousands of parents waiting for the kids to go back to school. For some, it cannot come soon enough! I’m not bored, but I find doing things with the three kids in tow, almost impossible. These tasks do include doing the weekly shopping, going for blood tests, even visiting the doctors, is hard work! The Destination is the Ace of Bows, the card…

Wildwood : All You Need Is… Dedication

Dedication is what you need, so Roy Castle sang. Does it apply via the Tarot? Oh yes, it certainly does! It’s great when things are shiny and new, you get to throw yourself right at it! But after so many years of reading the Tarot(or perhaps doing the same thing), how do you keep your focus? One great way I’ve found, is to attend conferences and Meet Ups. Conferences cost a little more to attend, so I choose those with more financial care than the Meet Ups. The Meet Ups, (I help run), are a great way to enforce the dedication month in, month out. Sometimes, I feel I should personal readings more often, but if I wanted to know the entire path before me, I’d live in the Tarot, not in life! And with three kids around my ankles and waist, I have no choice but to live in life itself! So, what can you do to keep the dedication alive? The book (or app) says this is the meaning of the card: “The spiritual warrior dedicates their arrows of inspiration by playing the bow as an instrument of summoning. The inner oath helps keep one on a balanced…

Wildwood : Dodging Them Tricky Hurdles

This week, I feel there’s a lot of dodging to be done, some hurdles to jump and basically, sharp pointy things to avoid. Life I think, is an obstacle course. Only, it’s not a straight line, you don’t know what obstacles are coming or what you’re supposed to do with them. Keep a bean bag on your head? My five-year old can do that. Jump like a kangaroo for 10 meters? Yep, he won that race, because they’d practised and he knew what to do. Life isn’t a rehearsal, it’s not something you can practice, like the sack race. We have to do the best we can at the time, hope we’ve dodged the necessary arrows and bullets. This feeling of flying through the air, for me, shows up in this card. The goat is dodging the arrows, somehow. Either the archer isn’t very good, or the goat just has an advantage of moving fast! He could also be restless, unable to sit still and stick out a project. Or avoid a few crocodile pits and get the job done. The questions this coming week, are varied. What do you wish to avoid? What Do you need to avoid? Whom…

Wildwood : Recuperating

The Wildwood isn’t telling me its time for recuperating this week, I’m telling the Wildwood, I have to. The first day back to school for my boys and I take ill with aches, shivers and cold. This morning, I could barely stand up, let alone take the boys to school! But with some cold and flu drugs being absorbed into my system, I fought my way through and did what all sturdy mums do: Carry on regardless! However, when the chance arose, I did nap, despite the ill-timed interruptions from the concerned neighbour next door and soon, I’ll be heading to bed, drugged up and hopefully, to sleep properly so I can heal. It made me think of this card, and whilst this card doesn’t have the wood burning stove going at full pelt, this little deer is doing exactly what I need to do: which is protect one self. Sometimes, the need of the one out-weighs the needs of the many. So with this little post, I bid you good health, hope you don’t catch the lurgy from reading my post (thankfully, I know it’s not possible!) and hope to catch up with you next week. I need to…

Wildwood : Take A Break

It’s school half-term here in the UK and I don’t know about any other parents, but can we parents have a break and send them back, please? Well, no, not really. I don’t want to send them back to school just yet. I actually want to spend time with the off-spring. I want to share some creative things and time with them, I want to sit down and watch Guardians of the Galaxy with them under a duvet, eating popcorn whilst the toddler naps (she won’t sit still and watch it and I suspect the 5-year-old will struggle too!) But they also need some mornings when things don’t have to be done at 80 mph, ready by this time, shoes on by this, lunches mostly prepared the evening before. They need the break but frankly, so do us parents! Everyone’s idea of a break is different, even the Tarot has a card for that. That card, is the Four of Arrows. A time to mentally take a break. Arrows is like Swords in the standard RWS, so this represents a time to just mentally, disengage, switch off and rest. How often do we want to just switch off the motorway…

3rd June ~ Wildwood : Catch My Tail

It seems all I am doing at the moment, it trying to catch my tail. If I were a dog, I’d be dizzy. Actually, I’m dizzy most of the time anyway, running here, there, everywhere, doing this and that for one member of my family. Can the Tarot help or advise me how to slow down? I’m sure it’s June, but the weather has other ideas. Life, however, carries on at break-neck speed and I’m sure I need to catch my tail. I’m not sure what for though, but I am sure I need to! So, I pulled three Tarot cards to advise me on how to deal with this feeling of never-ending-dizziness. The first card up was the Ten of Vessels, with its keyword of Happiness. Be happy in the moment! I enjoyed a little dance with my baby girl today, Jimmy Somerville & Mighty Real came on the iPod. I got dancing in the kitchen, doing the chores, the baby started dancing in her high chair whilst trying to eat her lunch. It was so carefree, it was great! We then had a dance to Dire Straights, The Bug. So, be happy no matter what you’re doing. Okay,…

Wildwood: 13th February 2014 : Chill

The Tarot does have a sense of humour and today is a classic example. When all around you are losing their heads, hunker down and chill out; endure the storm. It’s as easy as breathing to get frustrated with life, the people in it, family, work, yourself. It’s totally understandable that as a result, you get frustrated with yourself too. Using the Wildwood Tarot app, I pulled these cards using The Pathway Spread before I’d even set a foot out of bed. The first card up was The Seer; mysterious, knowing, psychic. She was / is my question. What does she say to you? What question do you have deep within that you’d love to know the answer to? You already know what you want to ask, but perhaps you don’t want to give that question a voice of its own quite yet. Action to avoid shows us the indelible Goat, with a commonly felt keyword during this mercury retrograde; frustration. Are you trying to do much? Are you getting nowhere? Have you too much mentally going on? Do you feel as though you’re free-falling or missing the mark? The advice from the Tarot is simple: avoid that which is…

Wildwood : Weekend vLog & Decisions

The weekend is nigh and I slide under the barrier for posting any cards beyond the Blog Hop this week as if I were scoring in a rounders / baseball game. There’s a decision to be made but how swiftly do I make this said, decision? The vLog will do most of the talking, but here are the three cards. I hope that WordPress does what I want it to do with the graphics, but whilst I babble on, here’s my written thoughts on it.   King of Arrows is a character that’s direct, straight to the point, swift, dangerous. He strikes quickly and accurately, without discrimination. Whatever he’s representing for these next two days, it’s going to be swiftly and directly. The Two of Arrows is about making a decision, though her bow certainly does not appear to be broken under her feet. She’s weighing something up, but it’s not adding up. Maybe that’s what is causing her the issue and why she’s got the blindfold on, to avoid distractions. The Eight of Vessels is about rebirth, getting rid of the emotions that we no longer want, letting them return to the river from which they came. This week,…

Wildwood : Samhain Tarot Spread

As promised from my Tarot Blog Hop Post, here’s The Wildwood advising me for the coming year, using the Samhain Tarot spread. This Samhain Tarot Spread comes courtesy of Theresa Mills in the Wildwood Tarot Study Group on Facebook and the Aeclectic Tarot site. As a quick reminder, here’s the spread from my Blog Hop. I’ve put the title of each card that’s come up in that position. Samhain Spread ——–3———6——–7 1————–4——————-9 ——–2———5——–8 1. Autumn Yield (what can be used) – Ace of Vessels 2. Reserve stock (what can be put aside) – Major 1 – The Shaman 3. Winter ordeal (for what to prepare to) – Major 3 – The Green Woman 4. Passage between the worlds (new paths & methods) – Four of Stones 5. The gifts of Samhain (gifts of the new tide) – Seven of Stones 6. Mysterious meeting (some unexpected encounters) – King of Bows 7. What to say goodbye to… – Four of Vessels 8. What to remember… – Three of Stones 9. Results/conclusion – Two of Stones Lets take the first three. 1. Autumn Yield (what can be used) – Ace of Vessels, 2. Reserve stock (what can be put aside) – Major…