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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Let’s Discuss : The Wise Ancestor

The wise, gentle Ancestor comes out to reveal more about herself.  The Wildwood’s answer to Faith / Hierophant comes out to join us. What wise angle can the Ancestor give us that we’ve not seen before? The gentle wise stare of the Ancestor joins us this week. She’s an anthropomorphic figure with a human body and a head. Do you recognise that idea from somewhere? The colours of the evergreen cloak may serve to hide this figure in the Wildwood in the summer, but in the depths of winter, that’s not so easy to do. The deer skins may hide her, the pillars of the Silver Birch indicate that she stands at the gateway of nature that will take us out of winter. The Bodrum that she holds beats the heartbeat of the land, the connection that comes to us and beats within us. The book indicates that this drum can be felt and…