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…

The Father’s of The Wildwood

It’s Father’s Day here in the UK & the Wildwood has its celebration of the fathers in our lives. They can range from those who are very direct to those who are gentle and guiding. Which Tarot cards fit? Father’s are an important part of our lives. Sometimes, we’re lucky to have uncles, grandfathers or older male cousins to bless our lives with. Sometimes we don’t get to be that lucky, we may not even get a male role model until we get to school. Sometimes, it is not even then, it’s secondary (high school) before we encounter a good male influence. We have some great Father Like cards within the Wildwood. Before we get to the spread, I wanted to show you a few. Now, I could (really should) use my Parents Spread that I created last year (the UK celebrates these days at different points to the USA, in case you think I’ve lost the plot) And so, we have our spread, we have the cards, let’s match the two together, shall we? The Reading: What do we need to appreciate about our fathers? Princess of Swords How do we not show that we love our dad’s?  7…

The Wonder of Mum, The Tarot Explores

It’s Mother’s Day here in the UK & I’m taking a look at the archetypes of a mum through various decks. There also a free spread you can try for your own mother if you wish. I used this spread in 2016, but it’s applicable today and every day. The First Of My Women The first woman I draw from the deck is the Queen of Cups. (Yes, I’ve reverted to the RWS for this post). This is the lady who is emotionally aware, though in control of what she’s feeling, though she’s often the one that gets used and abused as a mother. The next woman I draw from the deck is Justice. This card always makes me think of Judge Judy. Quick witted, on the ball mentally, willing to stand up for others & seen recompense. She likes things to be as fair as possible. Then I call upon the Queen of Wands, the passionate mother who may be slightly controlling, but certainly wishing you the best. She’s also the one who will tell you to get on with it, just do it. Strength arrived next, kindly holding the lion’s mouth open. In the Wildwood, Strength isn’t a woman,…

Let’s Talk : Expressing My Authentic Self?

It’s time to see how you might express your authentic self.  There’s a lot to do now that we’re well & truly into the New Year, how can you best express your authentic self? Being true to yourself is often a way that people trip up with things. There are so many pressures on us from others; their expectations & their noise drown out our own self-perceptions. We sometimes struggle to get our own thoughts to focus on the positive & the future. It can take a time to get them to do that, such is the loudness of others. There’s no such thing as normal, everyone is weird! Honestly, we all are! Celebrating it means being a little brave or sometimes, a lot brave. It’s about trusting ourselves to our very core & displaying that trust.  Sometimes that comes over arrogant or over-confident, but it need not be the case. The Spread & Cards Card 1: what does my authentic self, look like? 2 – The Seer Card 2: what’s the worst way I can express this? The 2 of Arrows Card 3: what’s the best way I can express this? 21 – The World Tree The Reading:  What does…

Wildwood : 6 of Arrows / Swords

Following on from the Tribal Help, coping with the mental battle afterwards has me hunting for other takes of the 6 of Arrows. So, my mental self has been up and down, dealing with the insurance company for a week whilst they sent out an assessor, wishing to speak with a loss adjuster, not getting that, the insurance company holding onto the claim for a week longer than they ought to have done. My mental self has been up and down, back and forth. I hadn’t realised I would be so up and down. Whilst I was setting up at Zen in Moseley on Wednesday, I saw this card from the Witches Tarot by Ellen Cannon-Reed. I don’t recall seeing this card before and I did do a double take and explore this deck a little more. I then started looking through the 6 of Swords / Arrows from other decks. At times, I was the Eagle, flying high and over-coming the intrusion, getting things fixed, scheduling this and that in for repair and improvement, getting quotes for another huge family building project. It’s never simple and at times, when I felt like things weren’t actually going anywhere (but the…

Wildwood Answers: 30 Day Tarot Challenge ~ Day 8

It’s Day 8 of the challenge set by Ree at 78 Keys, and today her question to us is this: Which card do you dread pulling the most? I don’t think that there is any “one” card I dread pulling the most. The ones that are hardest for me though are the Court Cards, especially with The Wildwood Tarot deck. They’re heavily linked into the path-workings on Shamanism, and frankly, I’m totally unaware of that skill set and method of working, so they’re the hardest one(s) for me, though some are starting to sink in. In a spread for clients, the main cards that I don’t want to see are the cards that indicate that their chosen course of action may not bear the fruit that they most need, so we have to rework the question again until we discover a course of action that the cards indicate are favourable. It’s not the first time I’ve done this using more than one Tarot deck, as 78 cards aren’t always enough! It also helps if you’re comparing options, to use more than one deck for each option. Ciro’s decks are great for this as their format and creation process were the…