Priestess Tarot : It’s All Change for me!

Don’t panic, I’m not going anywhere! I’m able to change things around as the new academic year gets underway.

Now that all the kids are in school full-time (bar any sickness they might incur) I’m able to take day time bookings. 

This change is quite a scary time for me, though the kids seem to be in their element! For the first time in a decade, I don’t have someone asking me for sweets, lunch, food, to help them with the toilet. I don’t have two school runs to do (half day collection from the nursery) & I can please myself! Whilst the daily housework may now get done in an hour (rather than 3!) I have more time to dedicate to you, to help you by offering Tarot consultations.

This is a big change from the few hours each evening I had spare. The kids are great & know when mum is working. I have things laid out for them if I have to work when they’re home (with time differences, that sometimes happens!) or the eldest (who is getting so tall!) can forage for things that they need.

So I asked the Tarot, today: What can I look forward to with this new chapter of my life? Here are the results:

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Cards & Conclusion: 

 

Card 1: What should I embrace at this time? Queen of Bows
This is quite exciting! I wasn’t expecting this card, there were a few I didn’t want (The Journey, for example) but this is quite good! Embrace my passions, follow my heart, keep my wits about me & grab chances as they come! What else does this hare say to you that might apply to me? (This is my inviting comments, don’t be shy, I LOVE comments!)

Card 2: What should I reject at this time? Two of Vessels
This is another surprise card & I know instantly what it means: Don’t get caught in suddenly being “free” so you can do everything everyone else wants me to. I have to be disciplined, I have to set boundaries & times. That I can do. Don’t just forget about the work because I feel like doing something else. If it’s going to better my ability to help others, then great, go with that change. Otherwise, don’t indulge in the Venus aspect that this card can display. Though, a coffee & a biscuit is allowed!

Card 3: What should I really enjoy at this time? Six of Bows
This is about enjoying the abundance I have. I’m lucky, I have a roof over my head, I have a comfortable, warm, dry, well-kept house (It was tidy last week, so sorry you missed it!) & so, be grateful for what I have that already blesses me. In some ways (because I’m human too!) I forget what I have already, we always want more & not all of it is needed! (Need a new laptop, but that’s another story!)

Finally; 

So, to bring these 3 cards together; have my wits about me, look around for opportunities to embrace, don’t get caught in the “Venus” trap of too much “me” time, focus on what you have already & enjoy it!

If you’d like to help me fill my now rather empty diary & work towards that new laptop I so need, you can book your consultation right here.

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To School Or Not To School, The Wildwood Answers

Working out a tricky step for ourselves that involves time & finances is exactly what the Tarot ordered. Do we carry on with the education & school?

The Tarot is great at helping us reflect on decisions of this nature, let me show you how.

Choosing between two options is something we all come across in life. You might not use the Tarot to decide what’s for breakfast or lunch, but to go & further educate yourself or not, is something we really need a few voices on so we can make our decision.

The option to further our education by going back to school (or not) is often a tricky one. Finances aside, it’s sometimes the fear of “being the oldest” that we baulk at. The “odd one out” for me, personally, isn’t something new. But it might be for others or you. So, what do you need to know?

The first thing is knowing that you’ve got choices ahead of you.  You may already know what those choices are, which is great, but sometimes we don’t know what they are. The cards can help us figure out which way is the best way to go. It’s more than likely ratifying what we’re already thinking & that is okay too!

The Cards & The Choices;

Option 1: To not continue my education at all – 7 of Vessels

Option 2: To continue my education now – 5 of Bows

Options 3: To continue my education later – 6 of Vessels

This can quickly become a 9 card layout, as I tend to draw 3 for each option. Why 3? It’s better to assess each option as a mini story board, rather than as a single card. You get to view the answer with diagonals, in columns, not just rows. You get a more objective viewpoint that way. But for the purposes of this blog entry, I’m going to be drawing 3 cards about school & the options it brings. One for each. (Otherwise, it’ll be way too long to read!)

The 7 of Vessels is quite clear I feel here; to not pursue furthering your education or going back to school, will make you mourn as if you’ve suffered a loss. You love to learn, to be at school. It might a social thing as well as an educational thing, but I sense you’ll really miss it if you don’t follow that path.

 

 

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The 5 of Bows is another one that’s quite clear with the message here. To continue your education makes you feel empowered as if you can take on anything! I sense you love learning, you love finding out facts & fitting more pieces of the jigsaw of life together as you go.

Gaining knowledge is what gives you empowerment & I suspect it’s a little like a drug: the more you get of it, the more you want it & you can’t bear to be without it. What a drug to be addicted to!

The 6 of Vessels I feel is a sad one. If you really have to park up the education or further schooling at this time, know that you will come back to it. You’ll miss it too much to not come back to it at some point! You will reunite with it because you’ll be wanting to return to it for your own emotional well-being.

That’s great if you’re aware of why you’re putting it on the back burner & you plan on actually getting back to it, rather than just leaving it as a dream that will never happen. You may as well do card number 2 if you do that!

The Conclusion:

The best card out of these three is the middle one, the 5 of Bows. Staying with education is likely your best choice, because of what it does for you on a number of scales. If you choose to leave it behind you will mourn it, but you’ll move on. Putting it on hold, to come back to later is also an option, but only if you really can’t do the extra schooling for one reason or another. It is something you will come back to. If card 1 is any indication, the pull of education isn’t something you can ignore for long.

 

Please be aware that this reading, whilst the question is genuine & the reply is too, is superficial for the purposes of the blog. To get a real in-depth reading, you’ll have to book me for one, right here

You can find The Wildwood Tarot at The Wildwood Site, here & a blog entry here.

The After Effects of Trauma

Going through something traumatic such as a mugging can really bugger you up.

I explore ways of dealing with it & the after effects of trauma with the Tarot. 

Having something violently removed from you shakes you up, no matter what was removed, how it happened or where you were. Items are just that, items. When you’re physically assaulted to get that possession & you fight back, it adds to the trauma when the battle is over with, no matter how much “training” you’ve had.

Trauma can last for a time, or go away quickly. Some people are great at getting back into the saddle quicker than others, to “get back to normal” & act as if it never happened.

Some, play the events over & over in their heads as their brain processes the emotions & logic behind. Inevitably “shoulda, woulda, coulda” comes up pretty quick. If only I’d done X, I would have done Y & could have done Z. Well, the mind monkey’s are great at doing encores when this happens. Trauma does that, but it affects everyone in different ways.

The Question & Cards

The question was: How can I cope with the trauma?

The cards drawn were:
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Card 1 was 7 of Vessels. What is it I need to do here?

Card 2 was 4 of Arrows. What is it I need to do now?

Card 3 was the 5 of Vessels. What is the next step to take?

The 7 of Vessels says to grieve, to let the anger & frustrations of it go. Sort it out, put it into certain vessels, deal with it in segments. I’ve got less of these than my husband, that’s for sure. He’s carrying the bruises to prove it.

The 4 of Arrows says; calm down. Stop. Take stock. Given the story that my husband told the police, he’s lucky it was only a black eye. That will heal. A broken arm would be more of an issue, but the bike armour did more than its job!

The 5 of Vessels is exactly what my husband is good at doing, far more than I am. When I had a serious accident (I got rear-ended in my early 20’s with bad whiplash) I wouldn’t take the car near the area the accident happened in. It took me 8 months to do that. He’s been back there within days, getting over the fear & working through it. I think he’s being very brave.

Conclusion:

It’s not a case of carrying on regardless, it’s a case of getting back into that saddle & not letting it stop us or slow us down. Slow it down, take a break, take stock, remember what is important.

This past week has been traumatic for that reason & a few more (and my cat is very much alive & purring away at my side as I type) details, so I’ll be glad to see the back of this week. I’ll also be glad to see the end of April, knowing that there are various planets in retrograde during April (Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn & Pluto) it’s just going to be horrendous! Can I hide in a basement anywhere, please?

I’ve used The Wildwood deck here with permission, though I wish the situation hadn’t happened; as do we all. 

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

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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

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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