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.
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 1 - The Shaman, 3. Winter ordeal (for what to prepare to) - Major 3 - The Green Woman
On a personal front, these three say to me that I can and ought to begin again, emotionally. I've undergone a lot of change this year, it's time to start over again, I don't need to be in control and "make the magic" happen, what I need to prepare for is being the mother and nurture the life I've given. On the business front,come to the business with a new sense of emotional love, don't try to control everything or every aspect, you can't do it alone. Nurture the business and the ideas that you have, let them surface when they're ready, but hauld yer whest until they're ready.
The next three are just as interesting! 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.
Personally, I need to take time out and protect myself, perhaps physically (psychically comes to mind here too) whilst finding time to meditate and heal thyself (and put to bed the niggling current medical condition I'm suffering from) but be prepared to meet someone fiery! (Too late, already met and married him!) On the business front, take things slowly, learn to think about things before speaking and acting and if someone has a good idea, give credit where credit is due. Perhaps that mysterious meeting gives me an insight into other aspects I can take the business during 2014.
The last three cards aren't looking so hot, more specifically the last card,but let's get on with it. 7. What to say goodbye to… - Four of Vessels, 8. What to remember… - Three of Stones, 9. Results/conclusion - Two of Stones.
Personally (and business wise!) if the Wildwood Tarot thinks that I have been bored this year, it had better think again. Seriously, I've not stopped with one thing or another! Though I have been bored with the lack of time to do the things I have wanted to do, business wise. What I need to remember on both fronts is to be creative, to tap into my muse and take the time out to connect with the earth and the Woodlands again. The Results will be that this is a year of standing my ground (personally and business wise) and keeping my boundaries. It will be a challenge to balance both the major aspects of my life, but something that can be done.
This past Pagan Year I've met some fantastic fellow Witches and Tarot Readers, some are just starting out on their Tarot Journey (or out of the broom closet Witch-wise themselves) but they're with me to connect with as and when we need each other. The internet, being the wonderful useful thing it is, has bought together some great people. I hope to continue to learn more, meet new people and merge it all together in The Green Woman's Cauldron.
That's me for this Samhain Tarot Spread post. I hope you've enjoyed it and it's given you something more of an insight into how I read the Tarot. You know where to book a reading with me, right here. If you'd perhaps like to leave a comment, please feel free - I love comments
Thoughts and attitudes join us in combination with The Hearthfire. We're reminded us to join in and celebrate, which can help address thoughts towards others.
Quite often of late, we've had the Tarot and the Camelot Oracle say, give, give, give. This week, with Pelles, we've been reminded to replenish our thoughts, our inner-selves and it seems that not only does The Wildwood agree, but it's even saying: don't do this alone!
The nights are drawing in, the air is cooler, the leaves are falling from the trees and the rain comes pounding down (down one of my chimney's, as it happens!) and so having fnu on our own isn't so appealing. However, light a fire, throw in some good company, food, drink and you've a party in the making!
However, it isn't always adults that you have to have fun with! What of the children? We're entering "that time of year" where serious pagans and witches think about those that have passed, how thin the veil between our worlds is. Children have no such bothers or concerns. They're interested in their sweets, toffee apples, dressing up and having fun and whilst I dislike children coming to the door and asking for sweets etc. (especially if they're nothing to do with us, I think it's begging) I do think it's fun to teach them in a fun way what this time of year is really about.
For me, it's about saying good bye and giving thanks to the ancestors that have gone before. It's about paying it forward for the coming lunar year and bringing smiles to the faces of the smaller people, making them use their thoughts. There will be time enough to weep when their grand-parents pass on, but for now, lets sing and dance and have some fun! Let us make the good times and the happy memorie, for we never know when our time is up.Decks used are the Wildwood Tarot by John Matthews and the delectible Mark Ryan, with the Deck of 1000 Spreads by Tierney Saddler.
This week's Tarot card reading comes from the Stones suit of The Wildwood Tarot, with the keyword of "skills". Combined with the context of "What we can Change", we're entering into an interesting time!
The Eight of Stones is often about taking stock, developing and honing our skills. As the image depicts, it shows someone who has isolated themselves to craft items of use from oil lamps and arrow heads to bowls and other tools.
The trick for the reminder of this week (as Scorpio's influence hits us on three sides from Saturn, Venus and the Moon) as we dig deep and find the skills within. This could be a time to start a new project for the winter (patchwork quilt, anyone?) that calls on new skills, or further stretches the skills we already have.
This time of year is also quite popular for Tarot Readings, as a lot of people finally give time to themselves and start to change things that haven't been working so well so far this year. With only five months of the year left, the nights drawing in, the time for frolicking outside in the warm evening air departs. Summer is still with us, but the heat has gone, we're on simmer (or the back burner).
It's homework time! What skills do you need to brush up and improve upon? What new skills would you like to learn or investigate on learning this coming winter? Now is the time to start planning, investigating and ordering the books for reference that you'll need. The other thing you'll need is practice! Keep at it, even if at times, you don't feel like it's going anywhere. You won't be sewing garments like a professional seamstress at the start, but if you keep practising and trying, improving with each stage, you'll be there soon enough. Like Tarot reading, all and any practice makes perfect!
I'd love it very much if you shared my blog entries. I love sharing!Deck used was the Wildwood Tarot, illustrated by Will Worthington, deck by Mark Ryan and John Matthews. Context card is from Tierney's Saddler's Deck of 1000 Spreads.
The Wildwood's Five of Stones comes out to join us and my immediate thought was: the night is long, we need endurance, then the Beatle's Hard Day's Night comes to mind, and the keyword suddenly comes into play.
And endurance is certainly going to be a keyword any parent of a newborn baby will testify to! In case you're wondering, the Royal Family here in the UK have a new heir to the throne. He will be the third in line to the throne, so the country is all-a-flutter over the news. Now that we know he was born safely, that mum is doing well, I'm all for heading off and letting her and Prince William get settled in and get used to the task ahead.
As privileged as they are, they're living in a gilded gold-fish-bowl, they'll have every decision monitored, scrutinised, criticized and in public. I know what it's like to be at home and having the juggernaut of parenthood hit you. It hits you sideways, knocks you over, messes with your head so you don't know which way is up any more.
I was lucky, I had a great group of people to help me (the local NCT Group) through the madness that I found myself in.
Unfortunately or not, this is something Kate and William will have to endure, something I am sure that they both were very aware of before they even married and things that they have endured since.
This is something all parents have to endure. Having the endurance to go through the fourth trimester (no, I don't think that's a euphemism) where the little ones are as dependant on you for everything as they were in the womb.
I just hope that they get left to enjoy the first few weeks in peace, but the media seems to be "on them" like a pack of wolves. Look at the lightning in the background of this card. It is not something I would have liked to endure, as much as I love thunderstorms!
So, this week, lets remember that what we have to endure, others do too. You're not alone, despite the fact that you might feel like that. Despite all the "help" Kate will have, I'm hoping she won't feel alone. Best of luck Duchess!
I heard one sound piece of advice the other day on Radio 2: Listen to the one voice of experience you trust, use them as your sounding board. Don't pay heed to others who may offer their expertise. Use this one voice as a sounding board, but trust your own instincts. What brilliant advice for the Duchess and us all!Deck used is The Wildwood by John Matthews, Mark Ryan and (c) Will Worthington.
Today the Wildwood reminds us that lethargy is sometimes good and sometimes it's not.
I am having to rely on my support structure in the form of the husband, for things that are usually taken for granted, the basic stuff like getting the kids dressed, fed, out to school, the baby dressed and fed, her bottles washed, cleaned and made up.
It's not that I am bored, but I am certainly not wanting to move very far or very often today. So today, I'll be copying this lady today by sitting down and not moving too much, if I can help it. It's more a case of rest that is needed than being bored, though because I can't move very far, I probably will be somewhat bored!
What does this card say to you today though? The Universe responds favourably to decisive, forward movement. Boredom causes issues and if you're going to sit on your rump, you might find nature throws a whole bunch of opportunities your way.
So today, if you are bored or a little lethargic, perhaps you need to be so that the new opportunities can come your way. So sometimes, it is good to suffer lethargy, if only for a little while! Especially if you're ill.
I'd also love it if you shared this post through Social Media - I like sharing!Deck used is the Wildwood Tarot by John Matthews and (c) Will Worthington
The fire flame from the Wildwood remind us to engage, reach out. Is there ever a problem with that?
What does this card say to you? What do these two characters say to you? Their first spark of friendship, companionship has struck. Under what realm is the question.
We all need companionship, friendship, a kindred spirit and we need this support in various realms. We need friends in all areas of our lives but are we big enough, brave enough, to ask for that help? Are we brave enough to start-up a friendship?
The problem comes not from having a friendship / relationship, the problem comes when we don't have the guts or courage to stand up when we're in a toxic one.
We get attracted to others from physical looks, personality, humour, skills... the list can go on and on. This card can also suggest kindness, the need to help people out and be gentle with ourselves, our souls.
I read something interesting today, a note from a daughter to her mother about how fat she was. It wasn't about actually being fat, but the attitude behind the concepts of modern living, that only skinny, fit women are successful mothers and wives.
It made me think of how I've physically changed over the last decade, from being fit and intensely active two or three evenings a week, to having three kids and wanting to be in bed by ten pm. The seventeen years of intense physical exercise, before starting a family, have helped me keep my figure in general and while I still think I should lose some weight, it's not because I think of myself as fat.
I want to be able to run after my three kids, I want to stay healthy and I find that I don't feel as well as I can feel when I'm carrying that little extra weight. It took me nine months or so to put this little bit of weight on, and I have that long to lose it.
I do care about what I look like, like everyone does but I am working on being attractive mentally, as well as physically. Before that, can I have twelve hours of sleep. Please?
If you'd like help in changing your mindset, you can book your personal tarot reading here.Decks used are 1)The Wildwood Tarot by Will Worthington, John Matthews and Mark Ryan and 2) Deck of 1000 Spreads by Tierney Saddler.
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!