Sparks fly from the Ace of Bows today as it comes out to join us and I wonder if we will see any more in the next few days?
It's a Sunday, usually a day of rest, right? Not always. In my life, I have more than enough to cater and pander to, being the mother of three children, one of whom arrived only eight weeks ago. So why on earth did I take on more responsibility last year?
The answer I feel is simple: I'm a woman, my own person. I'm not just a mother, bottle washer (and yes, I've been doing a lot of that of late and I will be for a good while to come!), chef, laundry-maid, dog-walker... the list is endless but I still need to do something for me, ya know?
I have my own views, my own understanding of things. I don't always agree with everyone and I have no plans on even attempting to, but occasionally, I get fired up enough to respond. Sometimes I find I cannot respond, for I'm too angry, or know I'll say something that I'm going to regret (and no, it would not be nice) so I say nothing at all. At the moment, I'm post-natal, so my temper and fuse is somewhat shorter than normal, but it is improving. However, the sparks have been flying but as my little girl settles down and starts sleeping through the night more, I find that my mood and temper improve greatly.
The context of this post (What To Take From The Past) reminds me that I need to remember why I'm angry, why the sparks are flying. We seem to forget that we're human, for crying out aloud, we're all brothers and sisters, parents, children, someone's relative, regardless of what colour our skin in, what creed, upbringing, education (or not) we have.
I need to recall why that spark kicked off, keep my focus on that. Through anger, we can learn, but only if we want to. People say things to others based upon their education, upbringing, understanding of the world. We need (I feel) to be prepared to move our view-point and change our understanding, or at least be respectful of others with a different view-point. Bullying someone into doing something or not (as the case may be) just to please you or fit your perception of them, isn't acceptable either. One wrong contextual use of a word, a meaning not interpreted as someone intended when it was said, written or thought, doesn't mean they're always going to be wrong, nor does it (or should it) mean that all their previous points are agreed or accepted by others.
Valid points can be made by those we despise, dislike, distrust and (dare I say it?!) hate. Just because we don't like or get on with them, does their point become any more invalid? It certainly makes it a damn sight harder ton listen to though!
My advice (for that is what this is) is to take that little spark from the new topic of conversation, blog entry, post, comment, tweet and listen and more importantly, learn.
This song came to mind when I was writing the above, as tends to happen with me.
The Woodwose comes out to join us today and combined with Cundrie, today will have to be negotiated with great care & respect to others, including myself.
Cundrie's overall message this week is to be honest, but combine her with the Woodwose and today promises to be interesting! The Woodwose commands respect but he also reminds us to give respect to others and most importantly, maintain self-respect. I have been wondering how the Woodwose and Cundrie have joined forces today, and at dinner time (around 5pm) the penny began to drop.
This fellow certainly isn't messing around and Cundrie certainly does miss her mark either. So whose honesty do I respect the most? The real answer came as I was writing the blog entry: My own! That might sound obvious, but it's not.
There are those in my life (and no doubt yours) that you trust: elders, partners, the views of children (which are really so very honest and non-malicious) business colleagues, employers, managers.... the list can be endless.
Then there are people who you wouldn't want to ask for their advice, some of whom might fit into the list above. For lots of reasons, we have too many people trying their best to help helpful. However, a lot of the time we didn't ask for their advice, but we have the honour of having it presented to us. The question then comes, do we respect ourselves and reply with the "thanks but no thanks" response? Do we ignore them, or do we say "thank you" and pay attention? I've learnt that how we receive advice of this nature depends very much on how we're feeling. Sometimes, we look in the mirror and wonder if we can respect ourselves.
If Cundrie's rather direct approach is not something you can take, her advice might fall on deaf ears. The Woodwose I feel reminds us that no matter how the advice comes to us, we're to respect it. It might just have a ring of truth about it and you might just need to hear it.
Today the Four of Arrows flies out to join us and carries a reminder from the Tarot: Mentally rest!
There's a lovely sentiment with this card coming out to us on a Friday. The idea of curling up, laying down and mentally resting is such a nice thought. Despite having a fairly decent night's sleep, I find that a nap is most certainly in order. It's not just a case of resting the body, it's allowing my mental self to rest and I feel, prepare one final time before the hardest birthday party comes and takes over. Thankfully (and I declare this publicly now!) for the last time!
In the mean time, the butterfly that sits on the branch above our fellow here reminds us that while we may physically rest, our minds are busy tidying away all the stuff we've collected through the day. Whether you sleep at night or during the day, nap when you need to, the transformation we undergo whilst we sleep is important.
What else can this card tell us? To be honest, I can't "see" anything else in this card, so I'm going to combine it with Bors. Bors liked spending time at home with family, that is where his heart is. Is there something at home that you could just do with taking a break or a mental rest from though? Or do you just need to spend time with loved ones and chill out this Friday? Whilst Bors was good at going off on adventures, I am sure that he thoroughly enjoyed his time at home, resting and possibly, his own bed!
For me, I cannot find a better message between Bors and the Four of Arrows: Rest, take it easy, snooze if you want it and enjoy a chill out. It's a Friday, for some of us, the schools have been off this week. For others, they're off next week (depending on the county in the UK or elsewhere) and it's time to take our feet off the accelerators of life, apply the breaks and pull in.
A pair of boxing hares come out to suggest that today might be something of a challenge. After yesterday, this is not what I'd like to have happen!
The two boxing hares depicted on the card drawn by Will Worthington aren't two boxing male hares. It was recently discovered that this common site may actually be a female and male boxing. One wants to mate, the other isn't so sure they're the right partner for them.
Stones with the Wildwood Tarot equate to Pentacles in the Rider Waite Smith. Pentacles are another word for money, so think of paid jobs, trading, home. It's also practical matters, the act of doing and in this case, working with others, or trying to in physical terms.
It's also about balancing the two aspects of one self, for we all contain male and female tendencies either in approach to tasks or to our mental activity. This could also mean that you need to be careful with balancing the finances and with yourself.
When we combine this card with the weekly Camelot Oracle, what might we surmise? Bors offers us strength and compassion, something lacking in these pair of boxing hares. If only they could help each other, or come to an agreement, a balance.
Bors will help as much as he can, but ultimately the ability to balance one's temper is down to the person that looks back at you from the mirror. The challenge is understanding what needs to happen, why you're feeling what you're feeling and having the courage to stand your ground. This might be what causes the challenge, if one stands their ground and won't back down, then it might cause conflict. However, trying to put your opinions over another's free will isn't a great idea either, so balance is the key. Good luck with it today!
Instruction is the keyword for today. Instruction by you, or to you? Perhaps a mixture of both, but you're most welcome in my corner of the Tarot World, with The Wildwood Tarot.
The keyword of Instruction holds many connotations. From the fantastically drawn picture by Will Worthington, we can see a father (perhaps more grand-father?) figure, tutor a boy in learning a skill for life. Which character in this card are you most like? Are you the child, being taught to do something totally new by someone who is experienced? Are you the experienced elder, teaching the young cheeky upstart a new skill?
Yesterday, I was a mixture of both these characters. From being the child (despite being just over my middle 30's) to being the parent in various circumstances, instruction has been given and received.
A lot has to be said for giving instruction in a non confrontational way, a tactic I applied very late in the day to a tired six-year-old from a very tired mother, I surprised myself by not being confrontational about said child's lack of ability to do as he was asked and had pre-warning about. Yes, he did it and all without a fight, screaming match or drama in sight.
I hope the same is true today, for yesterday they seemed to listen and act upon the instructions given by either parent or grand-parent. However, I don't expect this to re-occur today, that truly would be a miracle!
Lets combine this card with The Camelot Oracle of the Week, Bors. Bors is the adventuring father figure, ready to help anyone. This pair are of the same cloth, but not on the same adventure. However, the skills Bors demonstrates (love, trust, compassion, instruction) are seen here in the Ten of Arrows too. A reinforcement day, it seems, is on the cards. Take care everyone and please, stay safe!
Today our CotD is the Seven of Arrows, with the key word of "Insecurity". Insecurity within, or is it another case? Time to explore!
The Arrows is one of the four main suits and links to Swords in the Traditional RWS. Sevens are the cards that are more akin to internal conflicts, rather than those that come from others expectations of us. Since Arrows (or Swords) relate to the mental state, we can surmise that this insecurity is more to do with how we're feeling or thinking, than anything else.
Are your thoughts more of a negative nature? Are you having more of a "I can't" day or moment, rather than the "I can" thoughts? This is what the Seven of Arrows is implying, that you're being more of the drama queen, the nay sayer, the negative Betty, than you really ought to be. If you think you cannot do it, you can't. If you think you can, you can!
For me, this card shows up a little insecurity that I have about the impending birth. Now that I'm at the 39 weeks stage, the realisation of what my body physically and mentally has to go through, is hitting home and I'm as prepared for the unborn daughter as I am ever going to be, thanks in part with the help of my parents in preparing a lot of the baby stuff I already had, friends for giving and donating baby girl clothes when I've got boxes upon boxes of boys clothes.
My two sons are all excited, they keep asking if their little sister is on her way now. My answer is no, not quite yet, however, with the amount of elbows and knees I'm feeling, I don't feel she'll be long. The labour that is due to hit is the part that has me insecure. I know we'll both be okay on the other side, it's the journey to that point that I am trying to not let bother me, and I'm trying very hard at that right now!
Combing this seven with Blaise, I feel that I'm being told to chill out, relax. I've been here before, twice. I'm more than capable of doing it again and I know what I want to have happen, but I will be pragmatic about it. Have a good, relaxing weekend, for I intend to! It may be my last for a wee while.
The CotD for today is the Two of Vessels and its keyword is attraction. Attraction to what and whom, I wonder?
This card is from the Suit of Vessels within the Tarot. There are Four suits in this deck (Vessels, Arrows, Rods and Stones) and we have the second card that link to our emotions, how we feel, how happy we might be. I was unable to post yesterday as I was too full of a head cold to concentrate on writing anything of use.
These two anthropomorphic figures form a diamond with their hands whilst a flaming heart floats in the middle of this diamond.
There is an initial attraction between two people here, regardless of their gender. This could be a firm friendship in the making, a new relationship in the offing, an understanding becoming apparent in a friendship already established.... It all depends on where you are personally in your life journey as to how this card manifests today and what kind of relationship you want to attract into your life today.
Do you wish for a new, firm, friendship? Or do you wish for a lover, someone to come home to? The first shared spark of attraction can be simple and uncomplicated; it can start with something simple, like a smile, holding a door open for someone, helping someone out just because you can. Our perception and signals are shared, acknowledged and returned. How do you make someone smile? What makes you smile?
If we combine this card with the Oracle of the Week from the Camelot Oracle, Blaise, what might we get? Blaise is laid back, contemplative, retrospective, internal. Understanding what makes us tick, what makes us smile, also enables us to make someone else smile, someone else happy. It's a case of sit back and observe, before taking any action.
Here we are on the last day of the 30 Day Tarot Challenge and the final question from Ree at 78Keys. The question today is this: Do you practice any other forms of divination? If so, what is it, and do you use them alongside the Tarot as to gain more information and insight or as something separate entirely?
Yes, I do. As I say in my about page, I have developed an interest in Astrology, Numerology and other disciplines, which I combine with the Tarot as and use with a reading as and when I feel it necessary or it will add something of use to the reading.
There are lots of systems out there, from the Golden Dawn's astrological associations to other systems, Lenormand, Oracles, Angels, Palmistry, Iridology and others that I haven't heard of yet.
All the systems that are out there I believe are a way of letting us heal our souls, out psyche's. Not everyone in this world gets to grow up in a loving and caring home with parents that will move the earth to protect you. My grand-parents were testament to that fact, so were my parents.
Whatever system of God or Deity you use or believe in is down to you. I personally think that we're here to better ourselves, to learn how to get along with each other, despite the colour of our skins, the up bringing (or not) that we each have, the social and economic backgrounds we hail from, we are all connected, we are all human. Some people treat dogs and cats better than they treat their own children, others do not.
If we're to combine Bercilak with the Seven of Stones above, what might this say about today? For me, it's having the strength and knowledge of when and how to heal and knowing that we can only do so much. We can take the horse to water but we cannot make it drink.
Tomorrow we return to the usual Card of the Day and with it, a new month dawns. If you would like your own personal Tarot reading, you can book your private session via this page.
We're on Day 28 already and the Wildwood Tarot is set to answer today's question, which is: Does anyone you know not agree with your Tarot practices?
Now, if I know them and they do object, they've either distanced themselves from me and they've not said anything, or I do not know them at all and they've never approached. I recall an incident when I purchased my first ever Tarot deck. My mother walked into my room to hand me some ironing and told me to put them away. I was around sixteen at the time, and the deck in question (the Rider Waite) got put back in its black silk cloth, into its wooden box and hidden away until I was around twenty-six, engaged to be married and living in my own house.
My husband doesn't object, he's one of my biggest supporters, but he's never asked me for a Tarot reading, even when there are some situations I would have happily read the cards for him. Perhaps I was too close to him and the situation, but whilst he's my Webmaster and biggest supporter, he's not "into" this line of work. My in-laws are not this way inclined either, though I feel my father-in-law is more supportive than my mother-in-law.
What card would you associate with this answer? It's an interesting question with a complex answer of: I just don't know! With that answer in mind, the Seven of Arrows I feel fits this best. Whilst I might not be a drama queen most of the time, this is just one question to which I do not know the answer, so the answer for me is insecurity.
Now, if we're to combine this with Bercilak, what do we have for today? The idea I have combining these two are fear and trepidation. Am I afraid to try, because I do not know the answer? With Bercilak at my side, there's no need to fear what I do not know, I can only deal with what I know and am empowered to know. I see you standing next to me, so I'm never alone.
We're into the last five days of this brilliant little challenge and today, the question from Ree at 78Keys is this: Have you ever regretted a particular reading, either for yourself or another?
I had to think on this for a while, before I recalled a time when I drew out some cards to answer a situation I was in at work. I hadn't gone professional at that time, I was still in the learning stage and didn't like the cards that I had turned over. One card in particular I associated with who else was involved in that situation and when I saw that card, I just knew I'd have to encounter said person the following day and I really wasn't wanting to interact or be in the same building as them, never mind the same room!
Yep, low and behold, they showed up the following day, even though they weren't actually meant to be there, they'd dropped in "to say hello". My next phrase was "good bye". Was I annoyed with them? Oh you betchya! Beyond annoyed, truth be told. Frustration is one word that could have gone with that particular person and situation.
Now, I don't usually post blog entries on the weekends, save the Oracle of the Week, but I am really enjoying this challenge and I'm not wanting to break the flow. Combined with Bedivere, what does the Five of Arrows combined with this weeks Oracle card have to offer us?
If the truth and honesty are there, however frustrating things get, the truth and honesty will win out. That I learnt the hard way with this particular person and I don't think I've been that angry, frustrated or volatile with anyone else before, nor since.