Let’s Discuss : The Seer ~ The Wildwood’s Sorceress

What does a wise / seer woman look like to you? Does she have white hair? Is she wrinkly and worn, like old leather? Or does she stare back at you from behind the eyes of the people you look at? Seers or witches these days,  don’t always look like something from Arthur’s Camelot or Terry Pratchett books (though,  I deeply respect Granny Weatherwax).  Seers, wise women, witches,  whatever name you go by, come in as many designs and sizes as a pair of knickers.  There are thousands of us,  each different but each the same, to some extent. The Wildwood’s Witch,  The Seer, is beautiful and haunting, both at the same time. It’s expected that she wears clothes to fit her environment,  we all do.  Hers though would camouflage her well. The cloak of the owl, the shamanic totems, the bag of runes, the staff: they’re all tools she uses to cart the stillness she needs within.  The stillness creates the magic in which thought,  focus and intent can surface.  From there,  anything is possible. The runes and cauldron are used to ask questions and gain answers from within and from the Divine.  Answers that we might not otherwise be…

Direct, Mercury Style

It’s Sunday and time to take a direct look at what the week has in store! Being direct is sometimes a good thing, though unless you’ve been asked for an honest opinion, it’s often not wanted nor welcome. I don’t offer advice, unless I’m asked and then, it’s in confidence. With Mercury at long last, going forwards from tomorrow, it’ll be a welcome relief to being able to say things as you mean them, without them being twisted around by the planets above or people using that as an excuse because they’re not wishing to communicate properly. This week, the Wildwood seems to be in something of an agreement with my mind-set. Though, I swear I dreamt about the middle card last night! The Knight of Arrows is represented by the Hawk, a bird of prey with sharp talons and a good hunting instinct. The Hawk is good, Tarot wise, for seeing through the clouds of mis-information that others give out.  He’s the person who champions and upholds beliefs, for themselves and others. Is that your issue this week? It certainly seems to be mine, for I tend to speak out before I engage the little grey matter. The issue…

Wildwood : All You Need Is…. Insight

Insight, says the Wildwood. An understanding, a gut instinct. The Seer has these, she trusts them. Do you? Emotions can cloud our judgement if we don’t understand them. The Seer seeks to understand these and through that, gain insight. Within this deck, she sits at the quadrant of Water, acting as a speaking mediator of the feminine. I feel she’s softly spoken, standing as she does at the heart of inner personal knowledge, she has no need to shout (unless you’re being deaf or ignorant). It is also noted in the book that The Seer may speak in riddles. She has answers, but they’re not going to come to you on a plate for you to just devour! Be prepared to do some work with her to find the answers that are right for you. In the meandering path of life, The Seer acts as the emotional voice, the quiet ID that we should listen to, rather than ego.  She might appear in dreams, or even better, send some insight to you via dreams (hence the riddle speak mentioned above). Or music. Something that might make your soul dance. Anything that gives you an insight to something else that links…

Wildwood : Midweek Story Board – Trusting

This week we have a most interesting Story Board come out and join us. It’s all about listening, standing your ground and trusting your intuition. The little wren, messenger of the Druids, comes to us, set in the snowy image of deep winter, though it seems to be thawing (as the water in the river isn’t frozen). Wrens can sing for the entire country, they’re small but their high sweet voices carry. Wrens remind us to listen and to be clear in what we want to say and be careful in how we say it. The boxing hares, the symbol of spring (Imbolc) are about boundaries, where we draw the line. It was often thought that these were males, but it’s recently been found out that it’s often a male and a female boxing. Where are your boundaries? What are your boundaries? The Seer (my favourite card!) reminds us to use our intuition, to tap into the hidden knowledge. Her owl’s cloak with shamanic symbols, symbolises wisdom and power. She’s linked to water but the other elements are around her, used by her as necessary. She focuses on her own power and through her, it flows. She’s a character who…

Wildwood Tarot Answers: 30 Day Challenge ~ Day 27

It’s Monday and we’re on Day 27 of the 30 Day Tarot Blog Challenge by Ree at 78Keys. Today, the question The Wildwood answers is this: Do you have a special time and/or place that you use your Tarot? If so, do you reserve the deck specifically for that purpose? For me, the Tarot is like my Wiccan practices: they’re ingrained, a daily thing. Usually, when I create my blog entries, I am sat in my seat on the sofa in the den, sometimes with the burner going, sometimes not, depending on how warm I am feeling, with a glass of juice close by, the Wildwood Tarot deck and book, along with an Oracle or two to accompany it by my side. The Tarot comes with me as well when I venture out shopping. I have several Tarot apps on my phone, not to mention the three decks in my handbag. The key for me is to be prepared for a Tarot reading no matter where I am or who I am with. However, The Wildwood Tarot is not offered very often, I reserve that deck for the blog and for my personal use. Out of the fifty or so…

Wildwood Answers: 30 Day Tarot Challenge ~ Day 7

We’re on Day 7 of the Tarot Challenge already and with Yuletide / Christmas looming, we won’t get much beyond day 9 or 10 before I take the holidays off to be with the children and family. Today’s question though, is interesting and is a great question! What is your favourite card (both in terms of the deck’s artwork and divinatory meaning)? This is not a fair question! My favourite card in all 78 is of course, The High Priestess, or The Seer in Wildwood terms! But there are so many beautiful cards, so many beautiful decks that it is hard to narrow it down to just one! However, to answer the question: the card herself remains the same: The Seer. However, when I came up with Priestess Tarot, the Seer and The Wildwood were not yet born. They may well have been a twinkle in the eyes of their creators, Mark Ryan and John Matthews, perhaps even sketches existed in 2007 by Will Worthington, but I doubt it was even a twinkle to those three gentlemen that far back in time. I took my Tarot name from The High Priestess from Cilla Conway‘s Intuitive Tarot, the image of which…

Wildwood Answers: 30 Day Tarot Challenge ~ Day 6

The sixth question to come from the challenge set by 78 Keys is: What was the first spread you learned? Beyond doing single card of the day to learn a new deck (like I did with the Gilded and nearly every deck I have owned and studied with since) my first spread was the very simple past, present, potential future. The display is very simple, it’s in a line from left to right, as you would write anything down in the Western world. As well, as P/P/PF, there’s MBS (Mind, Body, Spirit), You/Decision 1/Decision 2. From these simple 3 card spreads, you can expand them to full size spreads, and often in face-to-face readings, you start with a small spread to work out the basics, then you direct your question from there. If I take this option, what might happen? If I don’t take this option, what might happen? The Tarot is only ever an indicator, as there are other factors like partners, wife, husbands, children, family, friends that so often come into play with the decisions and choices that they make, some consciously, some intentional. The card that I feel goes with the first spread, is The Seer. From somewhere…

Wildwood Answers: The 30 Day Tarot Challenge ~ Day 1

There’s a friend of mine (hello Sharon!) over at New Moon Tarot who has set a 30 day blogging challenge related to the Tarot, which has come from Ree at 78 Keys. With the help of the Wildwood, I’ll answer each question for the next 30 days (but taking a break for Christmas), bringing to you the answers I have and representing the cards with The Wildwood. The first question for today is this: What introduced you / got you into Tarot? I recall that was at college and my best friend (waves at Emma) and I headed into town. I must’ve been about 16 and we browsed the local New Age Shop. I loved it in there, the smells, the shop… Oh, my heaven for sure! My friend and I had talked about Ouija boards, but we both agreed that it wasn’t something we wanted to mess with. Maybe she would later on, but I didn’t like the idea of them. Cards and the Tarot though, interested me! Yes, cue the Bond scene with Solitaire…. That movie has a LOT to answer for I think 😉 I asked at the shop and was directed to the Rider Waite Deck,…