Time To Clear Your Mind for 2018

Clear your mind they sang, and the rest will follow.  I “may” have misquoted that song title but it was on purpose. The New Year is well underway, so it’s time to clear your mind from the previous year! If you’ve managed to let go of all the stuff from 2017 already then you won’t need to clear your mind. Now that we’re into the second working week of a whole near year (or blank book!) it’s time to really reflect on what 2017 taught us & start building a bridge to get over that & achieving what we need for 2018. How often do we carry around the baggage from the past? That question reminds me of this song from the fabulous Stevie Nicks, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around. What other “baggage” are you carrying around from 2017? Guilt? Regret? Anger? There are bound to be things that you’ve just not dealt that is holding you back. The year is young. In baby terms, it’s still depending on you to do something with it. It won’t get its legs until Imbolc (which is only 3 weeks away!) but you kinda need to know what it is you want to spring…

Can you be Your Own Super-hero ?

We all need a superhero in our lives. Some we wish to meet, others, we get to be. This week, I want to focus on what can we do to be our own hero. I’m sure we all know the song, “Holding Out for a Hero“. It’s been used for TV adverts & movies since it came out. The striking voice of Bonnie Tyler is unmistakable, unique & different. The words of the song though, have us waiting for the knight in shining armour or the hunky fireman coming into our lives. The truth is, that’s rarely going to happen. We need to learn to be our own “superhero”, especially given the news at the moment with all the celebrities being accused & hung out to dry via the media for goodness knows what. Can we be our own hero? I think we can. In fact, I know we can. We’re not all Slayers, so don’t expect some ancient power to just “land” on us because of some witch unlocking such powers (a reference to the last season of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer). We need to tap into the power we all already possess. Some of us know how to tap…

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…

Let’s Discuss : The Stag

The Stag, Guardian of the Wildwood comes out to liven up our creative souls.  This half human, half animal Stag Guardian of the Wildwood reminds us that our rights and wrongs are not those of the Wildwood or nature itself.  We humans are good at changing things around us to suit our needs,  but not always for the better. By nature, we’re a destructive,  wasteful and  greedy breed of being.  However,  this axe reminds us that whilst we are sometimes like this,  we can and are able to break the cycle.  We can act with responsibility,  use but save and replenish our natural resources. We’ve forgotten that in truth,  we’re the guests on this blue and green ball called Earth. The current human politics has blinded us to what we’re doing to this place we live in, on a Global scale. On a personal level,  karma is at work.  The Stag is a reminder to treat others as you wish to be treated.  We’re responsible for our actions and their consequences. Even the human politics that we’re undergoing at the moment, is part of the energy of The Stag, though not his most handsome side I have to admit. It’s…

Let’s Discuss : The Archer

Getting your point across is part of the journey of life, says The Archer. The Archer is your Wildwood’s Chariot. She’s the one that gives you the dead set focus we all get from time to time. She’ll also be the one to dance in your imagination, changing your focus as she goes. The Archer: It’s not enough to just go: I need to focus! There’s an aim (pun intended) to be achieved, a goal completed, when the Archer and her hounds come calling. The words “I can’t”, “I’m not good enough” or “It’s impossible” aren’t enough to stop this lady from getting to the end game. That is, the target achieved. The bow shown on this card is of the Meare Heath design, popular in Somerset from the Neolithic population, going by the dated relics found from that area. The two hounds at her side represent her intention, her power. One is following her gaze, the other not so much: yet. Knowing that these deerhounds can take down a deer, is not lost on anyone. It’s not a sight I ever wish to see, but then, I’m not having to hunt for my food (unless you count the supermarket at…

Emerging From The Wildwood

Here I am, emerging from the sabbatical I took away from technology & life. Returning to nature is always something that my soul sings out for when I find myself in a rut. Like the Pole Star, I’m emerging to a more social aspect of my nature, after a good few weeks away. Life gets hectic. Jobs, kids, schools, family: it can drain us. I took my two-week return to nature earlier than normal, because of plans I am involved with at the end of the month, meant I could not be away then. It turns out, that I needed the recharge then and not later on. I can always take another “break” later! Coming back to my home life, the work schedule etc. reminds me of this Wildwood Image; The Pole Star. I’ve been in those woods, Wales is full of them. I’ve been in a tent and heard the sounds of foxes playing close by. The kids have heard owls hooting in the night, seen red kites swoop and swoosh over our heads at Bwlch Nant Yr Arian (over a hundred, beautiful, majestic birds). We have felt the chill of nature in our supposed “summer” months, walked, explored,…

When Am I Going To Get A Break?

We do sometimes look up at the sky and think: Come on, gimme a break! But when are you going to catch a break? Sometimes, just sometimes, we need the Wheel of Luck to turn in our favour. Sometimes, just sometimes it does, but not after we’ve howled at the moon and asked: When am I going to get a break?! This question has come from my Twitter feed. Being in the right situation at the right time is the luck and good fortune of others. It’s not for us everyday folks, is it? The truth is, even those that seem to be blessed with good fortune for “being in the right place at the right time” have had to work at it. The situation they’ve struck lucky at is sometimes of their own making. Chances are, you are watching a situation unfold that they’ve spent weeks, if not months, manufacturing consent for. (I’m thinking politicians here, primarily but there will be others. Who else can you think that works like this? Entrepreneurs perhaps?) So, let’s look again at the question. When are you going to catch a break? The answer is likely to be: When you can manufacture its occurrence.…

Let’s Discuss : The Forest Lovers

This week, I bring to you the beautiful Forest Lovers. How do you like to be loved? Mark & John made this card by symbolic of Robin and Marion, whilst Will beautifully brought them to life. With Mark’s involvement as Nasir in Robin of Sherwood for quite a few years (and if you didn’t know that, you do now!) it is of no surprise that this legend shows up in the deck. However, the question is always the same, at the roots. Will you love me if I love you? Having a great lover is like choosing an apple. We’re all wanting to be loved and loving another is a part of who we are. Sometimes, we’re good at it and get it right. Sometimes, we’re not and we pick the wrong apple out of the barrel of life.  Then we have to undo it all and return the rotten apple, which isn’t always easy. Finding or becoming part of a couple of lovers isn’t as straight forward as it may sound. There’s an analogy I read recently on the Book of Face about bruised apples. It was used to show children what bullying does to someone. It’s the same with…

Why Won’t They Apologise ?

This week, I address another question from my wonderful readers.  Why won’t they apologise? Being sorry, saying it, acting it, isn’t always easy. Sometimes, you have to utter that small, important word, to start making things right again. Sorry, has to be one of the smallest words in the dictionary that is the hardest to say. Not the word “No”. That’s more powerful but far easier to say than this five letter contribution. Even my daughter had the word “no” down to pat at two years old. I went and had a little Google search for the history of this word and it seems to come from the Dutch. Typical English, it can’t claim it as its own! (That’s the beauty of the English language, it can absorb cool words from other languages, look up havering, as an example.) It comes from and can highlight a lot of things; it can show that there’s something wrong that needs fixing and we’re not talking about a burst pipe here. The “something wrong” could be someone’s feelings or their ego. It could also be that something has happened that is beyond their control and to feel empathy, the word sorry or “I apologise”…

Wasting My Time… ?

Am I wasting my time? That’s a question I’m betting you ask yourself on a regular basis. Working on something when you don’t feel appreciated, or when you’re not getting feedback, can be rather discouraging.  It’s also a pain when you can’t or don’t see the steps you’ve made in achieving your goal. I loved project planning and using MS Project, you can see the progression, one step at a time. In human terms, not so much. But there is a way you can see the steps you’re taking. Bullet Journaling and tasking come to mind. Smaller than a regular journal, each entry is about one or two lines, at the most. I suggest you Google it. The question came from Ellis on Twitter. “Am I wasting my time training to become a driving instructor?” he asks.  This can be changed to any career or job role we’re aiming for, but the spread is for you to use. The cards I drew after a good shuffle, rifle and dealing. What do I need to learn about this career choice? What is bad about this career choice? What is good about this career choice? You’ll notice I’ve sandwiched the negative between…