Happy Imbolc / Groundhog Day – Lighting the Fires of Self

Today is Imbolc or Ground Hog Day. What fires will you light on this festival of Brigid, the Keeper of the Sacred Fire? It’s important today to remember to listen to our intuitive selves, listen to the inner wisdom of our intuitive selves & bring the new growth into our lives.  It’s Imbolc & this time of year is also known as Candlemas*. Candles are often lit to celebrate the return of the lights as the Sun’s light energy increases. The Saint or Goddess associated with this time of year is Brigid, Bride, Brigit, The Maiden or the Keeper of the Sacred Fire. She celebrates intuition, inspiration, divination & the spark of life. It was said that when it rained at this time of year, Brigid was sharing her life-giving waters, fertilising the land. (Have to admit, she’s been crying hard, her tears have fallen as hail these last few days!) In other ancient Celtic Mythology, the Spring Maiden (Olwen, Nawalen, Gewnhyver, Blodeuwedd, Brigid) initiates a young Sun king into a deeply sexual, spiritual experience. The secret of Imbolc (if there is such a secret!) is hidden within these tales. They hint & suggest at the fertile power of the…

Thanks Rabbie – The Beauty of Poetry

It’s Burns Night on Thursday, the time for haggis, neeps & tatties! It’s also the birthday of Scotland’s most famous of poets, Rabbie Burns. I didn’t get introduced to Rabbie Burn’s beautiful, wonderful work until I was 13 or 14; so quite late! Poetry wasn’t even something I recall my English language teacher putting before me, though the structure of a sentence is something she did say I’d be good at. The first poem of his I read I think, was Red Red Rose. I was given a book of his work & for hours, I sat there, trying to work the way the Scots speak with the words before me. Goodness, some of those auld words had me pondering “What the heck?!” quite a bit! Turns out that he’s taken old slang Scottish peasant language (a mix of English with Gaelic) & made it into poetry. No wonder I struggle! His Ode To a Haggis is rather famous & is used to open Burns Suppers. Here it is if you want to hear it. The context is currently lost on me, though I wish I understood what each verse means or references too. Despite the fact I don’t quite…

Oh, It’s Monday, ah, Blue Monday

It’s “Blue Monday” – the day of the year we’re supposed to be the blue-est we’ll ever be.  So, for being so blue, what can we do about it? First of all, this song just comes right into my head: Yazz – The Only Way Is Up! As did this one; Blue Monday – Rob Seger.  Now, both of these show very different sides of the same coin; the end of the month is nearly here & we’ve had fun and the time we’ve had. We need our rest on Sunday because Monday is a mess. (Yes, I was listening to Rob Seger as I typed that!) In the end, we are blue because realisation drops in for us, often unwelcome & unannounced. However, it’s harder when the mornings are dark enough for the kids to complain they’re up out of bed before the chickens even want to get up! So, I devised this little 3 card spread for you to use to help you look at why you might be blue. Feel free to use it yourself or develop your own as a result. I don’t mind! The Spread & Cards; 1: Why am I blue? 2: What should I not do…

It’s Being Better By Doing – Get Up & Get Doing

How often do we wish we were good at something, but then, don’t do anything about it? In order for us to be good at something, means we have to be doing it, doesn’t it? Well, yes, it does! You have to get better by doing. You can’t be a good writer if you don’t read & then write the stories that have been created in your head. No one else has to read them, but you do have to practice & go through the learning curves! You’re not going to get better or braver at say, public speaking if you don’t get up onto that podium! You’re not going to get fitter if you don’t actually go to the gym or do any exercise in order to get fitter. Doris Lessing had the right idea with her saying: You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing. You can turn that onto any industry in this World. You only learn to be a better builder by actually building. You only get to be a better human by being human. You only get to be a better Tarot Reader by reading Tarot. That last one is funny but…

When the Unexpected Happens : The Wildwood Helps

We all get things that happen to us unexpectedly, that’s a part of life.  How we deal with the unexpected is what makes us unique & very individual. To be the best person in such situations, can the Tarot help? The quick and honest answer here is; yes, it can!  The Tarot can show us options, give us advice on how to handle it, what to pay attention to & sometimes, even when to walk away. It’s often noted that the Tower/Blasted Oak is the card that says; curve ball! The unexpected hit & it hit hard. Not just a Cat 5 hurricane, but a tsunami & earthquake hit our lives somehow, or as it feels like, all at blooming once! So, when the unexpected happens, what do you do to combat it? Drink coffee? Eat chocolate? Both? Make a G&T? (Not for me, can’t drink the stuff, I’m a whisky/real ale type of girl!! 🙂 ) You can stew on things for an age. Personally, I turn to the Tarot cards & see what they have to offer by way of advice & insight.  I usually draw 3 cards, then expand on them if I need them. The Cards. The…

Using the Tarot as a crutch

We can create dependencies or a crutch on so many things in this modern age. Sex, drugs, rock n roll, tarot readings…  Yes, tarot readings. Relying too much on what your cards tell you rather than experiencing life itself, can cause issues.  It’s easy to get hooked into things that you know help you & you inadvertently turn them into a crutch. You continue to want their help ALL the time. It’s a bit like walking perfectly fine when you’re 10, even if you do fall over when you’re rushing or playing, but then becoming younger, to toddler stage and you can’t do anything without holding onto your “one thing” that you know supports you, but isn’t designed for the nth degree of things. The use of Tarot can get like that. From consulting the cards every hour to not getting out of bed to being nosy about what someone might be thinking. You can use it to micromanage everything, it becomes your crutch. The question I have is this: Do you really want to!? I get that there’s an element of control within us all that sometimes, can be a British BullDog. It just will not let go. Even though…

How Wild Are You? The Wildwood Finds Out

I asked for questions for my blog and this one made me chuckle.  How wild are you? Let’s find out (I can draw you 3 cards for £10) and have a little fun with the Tarot.  The Cards & Spread  Image What’s your inner wild side? 3 of Stones What’s your public wild side? 10 of Stones How can you embrace them both? 8 of Arrows The Reading  My Inner Wild Side came out as the 3 of Stones. This card is about tapping into my creativity, understanding things and coming up with practical solutions that make people happy. I also know, from experience that sometimes what you need isn’t what you want. It’s tricky to know the difference every now & again. My Public Wild Side was the 10 of Stones, I love my family and the home. I’m a home bird, always have been and it’s obvious to those who are close to me (and now you, since you’re reading this). I don’t mind venturing away from home, but give me my bed & my family any day of the week to make me happy! The best way to embrace them both is to communicate it, tell others, clear the communications…

March Advice For You : The Week Ahead

A new week & new month begins. What is on the cards for us this week? Like the weather report, let’s a take on what the Tarot suggests will affect us during the week ahead now March has begun. Using the Tarot like a weather report can have its uses. It’s March, so knowing that you’re going to need an umbrella is almost certain; wrapping up but not as much as you have been, is also good advice. What advice can the Tarot give us for March? The Cards & Positions 1/ What will help me? The Page of Vessels 2/ What will hinder me? Ten of Stones 3/ What do I need to keep in mind? Major 5, The Ancestor The Reading This is a strange answer I feel:  The Page is represented by the Otter, which are usually seen as playful & observant, intelligent & close-knit. I can see that in me for sure! The Ten of Stones as to what will hinder me is what gets me, though I can sense that the energies are what it may be going on about more. Look at the carvings in the doorway. There’s a male & female. It’s not…

Let’s Talk : Improving Material Gain

Let’s be honest, we all feel we need to improve our financial situation occasionally.  From time to time, the material matter just isn’t flowing the way we want or need them to be & we feel the need to improve them.  There are various spells that claim to improve the fortunes of those that follow them, I tend to find that hard work & being paid for what that work is worth is the best way to balance the financial tables. Some people work more than one job, others create diversity, set up their own business, work for themselves. So let’s ask the Tarot what steps we need to take to improve our material situation. I use the word material because money isn’t the only method of payment, though it’s apparently what makes the World go around. I’m not so sure, but it sure makes life far more comfortable, don’t you agree?? The Cards & Their Meanings Card 1: What energies do I need to bring to this endeavour? Ten of Stones ~ Home Card 2: What do I need to remember about this endeavour? Major 6 ~ The Forest Lovers Card 3: What is my next step? Ten of Arrows…

Let’s Talk : Bettering Our Chances

What can we do to better our chances? We all get knock backs, but how do you better your chances for the next time we strive to achieve a goal or dream? Chances come and go. Getting told that you were “close but no cigar” is bound to upset anyone. However frustrating it is, we need to continue to charge forwards, one step at a time. The strength of the character we have inside rises up when we’re told no. Some get aggressive, some get creative & dig deeper. It’s this digging deeper aspect that I appreciate. When the going gets tough, the tough get going, as the song goes. So, what can the cards advise us about bettering out chances? Let’s look at the cards! Position 1: What might be tripping me up? – 3 of Arrows Position 2: Why is it tripping me up? – 7 of Vessels Position 3: How best can I jump this hurdle? – Page of Stones 3 of Arrows : your heart maybe wasn’t  in the situation, to begin with.  Whilst it looked good on paper, something rang true in the heart that caused a conflict. It’s not easy to put a finger…