Wildwood Shares ~ The Bow Spread

When the Wildwood was launched, it came with a worthy book, detailing a lot of things about this earthy deck.

One of the sections has the spreads that Mark designed for this deck & I’ve chosen to illustrate the Bow Spread for you with this week’s question.

To be honest, I’ve never gotten into the bigger spreads of this deck, though Mark himself has kindly shown me it (then again, I’ve not done the homework on this spread, so totally my fault)

There are some of the spreads that I have used, like the Pathway Spread (which is 3 cards) but the whole Bow Spread I know isn’t printed the way Mark wanted it. The second card, The Bow, is actually raised above the line the spread on page 145 shows it as. (Yes, I’ve made a note in my book so I know).

bow spread as in the book from page 145

Remember when I said above that the bow card is supposed to be raised to represent the actual bow. Please do try this spread for yourself, I have, which you can read below.  It’s not just for use with The Wildwood. Try this with the Thoth or another straight talking deck.

The Question & Cards Drawn

Bow Spread in use

The question I asked was simple. What do I need to be aware of during this Equinox?

1/ What’s the issue about? 9 of Vessels

2/ What’s your focus on the issue? 2 of Bows

3/ What do you think about the situation? 6 of Bows

4/ What do I feel  about the situation? 6 of Vessels

5 / What drives the issue? Page of Arrows

6/ What guides the solution? 4 of Arrows

7/ What’s the likely outcome? 5 of Arrows

The Reading

The Issue is my peace. I feel it’s  been violated and I know why; because my barriers aren’t up. I do need to re-learn how to do this, so I can regain my peace. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as just putting up psychic barriers.

What my focus is on the issue, is undecided. What option do I choose here? Do something or do nothing? If I do choose to do something, what is it I choose to do? There are a lot of questions I need answers to, but the cards do give me a way to sort my head out. Read on.

What do I think? Remember how abundant we are. The “we” here is my family. We forget sometimes how lucky we are here in the First World. There is food, warm shelter, clothes, beds with sheets that are fresh and can be cleaned. This card reminds me to be grateful for those items in my life. I also include the kids & hubby here, even if they do add to the home chores!

What do I feel?  The 6 of Vessels tells me I want things back to how they were. I want my sanity & peace back, but I  can’t rewind time. So I have to remind myself that this situation whilst temporary, will change; it always does.

What drives the issue? Page of Arrows… Now, this I do have issues with. It’s the communications I have issues with. It’s the fact that people decide on what’s real,  based only on what they’re told. I really wish they’d be adult enough to work things out on their own. Rather than talk like adults, the others in question here have decided and act upon falsehoods & not in a friendly way either.

What guides the solution? I can’t decide if this is hinting I should wait or just give up. Whatever it is, time is all I can give it. As Dire Straits sang, “Why worry? There should be laughter after pain, there should be sunshine after rain, these things have always been the same, so why worry now?

What’s the likely outcome? The frustrations or other people’s thoughts shouldn’t hold me back, I should fly above them and not let them hold me back or on me down. To give up is to let them win & whilst I am tenacious, I can’t give up. I need to keep going to keep above those arrows & keep leaping along in my life.

Conclusion

The last cards are the ones I want (& need) to carry forwards with me. Time is my friend, I can only hope that the penny will drop at some point & the lights will go on. The when isn’t down to me, yet I just have to trust that it will. I hate waiting, though I honestly do.

I’d love your thoughts on these cards, let me know how this spread works for you. If you’d like your own reading, you can book it right here.

I’ve used The Wildwood card & text from the first edition book, with permission from the creators. 

Venus is Retrograde : The Wildwood Explains

My astrology friends tell me that Venus is retrograde until 15th April.

What does that mean to us mere mortals, struggling through life?

The planets going retrograde or backwards is well-known. We can tell when Mercury is going backwards, we’re hit with technological issues or people just don’t listen. With Venus, it’s a little more complicated I think. Venus is the brightest star in the sky, after The Sun. She hangs around with the Moon & is often known as the Morning Star or the Evening Star, depending on when she comes to “hang out”.

During a Venus retrograde, lots of things suddenly feel off.  Your head might feel it’s about to explode, dreams may be off & wonky. What you wish for may not manifest right now & what you value may change drastically during a Venus Retrograde.

I asked the Wildwood how best to proceed during this Venus Retrograde, including the show parts from January until May 18th, even though Venus is direct from April 15th. It was my birthday on the 7th of March, which is when I heard about it. Here are the answers.

The Cards & Positions

venus retrograde cards

What do I value now? – The Journey

The value of change is the value I need to embrace during this Venus retrograde. You know what? There’s positive change & negative change & the negative change that’s happened, I wish would just undo itself & sod the hell off. It’s unlikely to happen though but I should, apparently, embrace the change, the reducing, the reusing & the recycling of things. Nothing stays the same, everything changes but nothing is forgotten; nothing is ever forgotten.

What can I dream now, for it to become real in April? – Ace of Bows

What do I need to dream now that will manifest in April? Well, knowing that we’ve a shadow pull to come I’d say it’s more like mid-May before we’ll see dreams manifesting. However, the dreams for me involve me following or creating my passions. I need to find & create the spark that will move me forward. I have an idea on what that is & it’s a hint (more of a bow) to my life path number of 33.

What’s the best way for me to proceed now? 2 of Vessels

This makes me smile; keep being me! It’s hard when you’re tired a lot of the time (A side effect of Venus being Rx) and having to deal with people who frankly, need to just go away again. I doubt that’s going to happen, so the best thing I can do is to keep an emotional balance for me & mine & connect on the levels that are best for me. I know what they are, I know what that means for those that are around me, for those that matter to me.

I’ve enjoyed this little soiree into the realms of Venus Retrograde with me & The Wildwood. Buckle up, Mercury Retrograde is joining in too & I think I might just hide in the house & stay there until May 18th!

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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

March

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 the “home” in the physical sense, I feel it’s the home in the body sense.  That being out of kilter will hinder me. The Ancestor reminds me to be wise, that this is a gateway that I will pass through like I have all the others.

There’s no right or wrong here, there’s a balance that I need to strike within me. Get it wrong and things may go off kilter. Get it right and I can be my playful, happy little self. The huge piece of advice comes from that wonderful anthropomorphic Ancestor. The calmness in the stag’s eyes, the drum that we see which can beat to its own tune & time. Take your time, beat this drum as fast as you wish, pass through this gateway as quickly as you wish, or not. The choices are yours to make: Always.

I think though I’ll come in from that frosty, cold outdoors & sit inside my nice warm house, doing something constructive & helpful to others. Watch this space!

Deck used is The Wildwood & images used with permission and credit to the creators; Mark, John & Will. 

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?

chancesLet’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 on it,  but the spark that she at the start was noticeable when it went out.  Take heart,  something will come to you that is better emotionally suited to you.

7 of Vessels : okay,  so now you’re gutted and wishing you could go back to the moment the spark died.  That’s not quite how it works,  you do need to mourn,  work out why & say goodbye to it.  That might sound daft but look at the image.  It’s time to say goodbye & move on,  lesson having been learnt.

Page of Stones : This card is the quiet one in the corner, watching everything going on around  them. This lynx is the quiet,  observant big cat. Pay attention to what is going on physically around you. Careful consideration will redress any balance that a lack of forethought has caused.  It’s time to redress the balance, keep things down to earth and factual,  not virtual.

Conclusion: 

You can’t change the past, so don’t try. Just let it go, and no, you don’t have to be Elsa! Hanging onto the “what did I do wrong” thoughts just implies that you DID do something wrong. You probably didn’t do anything wrong, the emotional connection between you just wasn’t there, for some reason. So, onwards. Watch out for that in interviews, try to adjust your responses to suit. Let the emotional attachment go so you don’t have it hanging around your neck during your next interview / chance / opportunity. Be yourself: everyone else is taken!

You’re welcome to adjust this spread or use it for your own gain, that’s fine! I’ve used The Wildwood Tarot cards (as always!) but if you’d like your own reading or you’d like a gift voucher issued for Christmas, you can book that right here

What’s The Insight On…

The Tarot can often provide an insight into things that we already know.

We sometimes need to understand a situation at a deeper level. You understand what’s happened, but not the why. Perhaps you know both, but need insight to help you “get it” so you can move on.

I was asked this question via Twitter: I know why my short-term memory is a bit foggy of late. What insight can I gain to aid in crispness & focus? I created a small spread to answer this question, which you’re free to re-use, should you wish.

1/ What should I remember for my focus? The Sun

2/ What should I remember for my crispness? The Queen of Stones

3/ What is the best insight for me now? Knight of Vessels

The Reading

insightWhat should I remember for my focus? The Sun answers, reminding us that we need to feel the warmth of things upon us. This card reminds me of summer, the smells of it can be remembered even in winter. It’s the gift of memory. Use the senses we were given. The smells, the sights, the sounds. The smells especially are what I see with this card.

What should I remember for my crispness? The Queen of Stones is the most practical minded of all the Queens. Bears fatten up over the summer, ready to hibernate. They take practical steps to survive the harsh winters that were once known in this land, which is what I feel this card is saying to you here. Take practical steps. The Queen of Stones doesn’t suggest note things down, but if putting things you need to remember into words helps you, then that is something I feel you should follow.

What is the best insight for me now? The Knight of Vessels is an adaptable character. He can swim in water, creep over land. He moves and changes depending upon the circumstances that he encounters. This is the best insight for you now. Adapt. You’ll no doubt have good days & bad days. Now is time to be gentle with yourself. When you have good days, please enjoy them and put them into your focus, remember how the days smelled, what thoughts are triggered by the smells. It’ll make the bad days not so bad.

The Conclusion

There are a few things you can do my lovely. It’s time to use all your senses to help keep your crispness & focus. Remember to be adaptable, try writing things down, take the good & the bad days. It’s time to adjust and adapt to the new situation you’re in. You can do this though, says the Knight of Vessels: It’ll need some adjustment from what you’re already used to, to the slight changes the Queen of Wands says that you need to do going forward. Be kind to yourself in the first instance.

I use the Tarot as a tool for personal insights, focusing particularly on The Wildwood & how messages from the Pagan aspect of our society may actually help us. I hope you enjoy!

If I let the worry go….  The Wildwood Answers

Worrying  doesn’t solve anything but we can’t  stop doing it anyway. 

If  you were to let go of the worry,  what might happen?

In some cases,  worrying can get worse, in others,  nothing changes and in some,  things actually improve!  We do sometimes wonder when it’s all over and done with, what on earth we were worrying for! Though sometimes, we were right to worry and we were just ignoring our guts when we got our warnings.

My 3 card spread.So, if you were to let go of the worry, what might actually happen?

1/ What worry do you really need to let go of?
2/ What do you really need to keep a hold of?
3/ What might happen as a result?

The Reading

1/ What worry do you really need to let go of? The Queen of Vessels

This is usually a happy-go-lucky card but we need to look at the shadow side to see what it is we need to let go of. The Queen can be self-sacrificing, she can be bossy & direct & she can just not give up when she really ought to have done long before now. This card here indicates that there’s maybe something to give in, but not give up. Stop trying to control everything and just be, so that others can be themselves.

2/ What do you really need to keep a hold of? The Nine of Stones

This card says that tradition is the key here. Note how he’s meditating, even whilst holding onto a snake in one hand and a torque bracelet in the other. There’s something to be learned by both items, though I doubt I’d be brave enough to hold a snake with my eyes closed! (Or even at all!) However, it’s the calmness this gentleman displays that you need to keep a hold of and keep around you.

If I let go of the worry3/ What might happen as a result? 

This is one of the best cards that could have come up. The Green Woman has before her a pool of energy, ideas, muse, thoughts and helpful advice for herself and those around her. It’s all yours to start tapping into, but only if the energy you’re spending on the worrying is redirected into something far more constructive in  your life.

Conclusion

What could happen if you gave up the worry? A lot of things: the energy you’re using could be redirected into something far more productive for yourself. Such as replenishing your own intuitive well of ideas, plans & schemes. You could do with keeping a hold of the calmness that you’ve found, even if things aren’t quite as balanced as this image represents.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my insights and ramblings. To the person that kindly volunteered this question, I hope you are able to let the fear go and tap into the creative well within.

With blessings to you all

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p.s. The deck used here is The Wildwood, with images used with permission from Will Worthington. The spread is my own, feel free to use that for yourselves. 

Mercury Retrograde : What Did We Learn? 

Mercury retrograde is nearly over,  but what did you learn? 

Mercury, the planet of communication, goes direct again on the 22nd. Not a moment too soon! What did you learn  through this period of stuck,  backwards and jarred communication?

Communication with important,  though we don’t always know how or what to communicate when Mercury is going backwards in the skies above.  We sometimes find out  when Mercury goes direct & the answers come, or when we don’t hear from someone for a time & we wonder why.

I asked the Tarot,  “What was my recent lesson with this Mercury retrograde?”

The Spread:

triangle spreadThe positives from  the situation: The Knight of Cups

The negatives from the situation:The Page of Cups

What to take forward: 3 of Pentacles

The Reading:

Mercury Retrograde spreadThe positives from this Mercury Rx are interesting. The Knight is one of the dynamic four of the Courts, Knights are energetic, young, impetuous and in this case, the emotional one. He’s learning what is acceptable to others, what sits well with him and what doesn’t. He’s all about the self-learning of his emotional self. He’ll stir things up a little just to learn more about himself and others. To me, he is not emotionally trying.

The negatives from this Mercury Rx leave me sad. This Page is a step back from the Knight we have above. The dove near the cup being raised aloft isn’t quite letting the Page stroke it and the ships are sailing away. The mermaid might be safer, but I don’t feel that she’s learned anything of use, except maybe how to get things go. Maybe, in hindsight, that is not quite such a bad thing after all.

What to take forward: now this is interesting. The figures in this card haven’t yet worked out how to work together, to play on each other’s strengths or pick up the other’s weaknesses. At the moment, there’s not much co-operation. That may yet come, so there is hope, though it’s not going to be a simple walk in the park.

Conclusion: 

Most of this Mercury Retrograde (Rx) is down to what you’ve learned emotionally, about yourself & others. Therefore you need to act with some kindness and take a step back. Sometimes, you just need to carry on regardless and others need to accept that about you. They’re the ones that need to build a bridge to get over their emotional selves. They, like you, need to work in partnership to bring out the best in everyone. It’s not always about them or you, sometimes it is so about others outside of the immediate equation. Hence there has to be a new dynamic created, to get things done. Finally, the question here is: how are you going to make the dynamic work?

I’ve used my cropped Wizards Tarot by Corrine Kenner for this post, which you can buy from Amazon.