Wishing Upon A Star this Yuletide

It’s the Tarot Blog Hop & it’s the last one for 2017. Err, where’s the year gone?!   It’s Yuletime & it’s the darkest part of the year. From now on, the light starts to return. Though we probably won’t notice it for a few weeks, I know my feathered egglaying pets will!   Blog Before Mine | Master Link | The Blog After Mine   The wrangler for this hop is Ania Marczyk asked this of us: “Wishing on a Star. As we approach the final festival of the calendar year, we prepare for a time of feasting and drinking. Whether you are observing Yule, the winter solstice, Christmas, any other holiday, or just being able to down tools for a few days, it is a time for celebration and also for anticipation and wishes. With this in mind and before you fling yourself headlong into the spirit of seasonal over-indulgence, take a moment to reflect on what this year has brought you and what you wish for the next year to bring. Which card(s) best represent or celebrate your past year and which best represent your wishes for the year ahead. You can either select the cards you think fit…

Yuletide In The Wildwood

It’s Yuletide & today I explore the darker side of Yule, the reason The Hermit comes out at this time of year. What part of our dark side do we need to work on this Yuletide? This is the first of the Fire Festivals of the new Pagan Year, the last one being Samhain itself. The theme came from the Tarot Blog Hop (which I forgot to sign up for, d’oh!) but thought I’d “join in” unofficially anyway!   If you signed up for my newsletter, you’d have seen the spread I’m about to do ahead of this post. The Reading; Pick a card for the number 1 spot to represent YOU. It can be a card of the season or one that is most like you. Then give the rest of the deck a good shuffle & decorate the tree! Number 2 is: What’s the first aspect I need to work on? Number 3 is: What’s the best way to tackle it? Number 4 is: What’s the worst way to tackle it? Number 5 is: What’s the unseen understanding I need here? Card 1: this comes from Corrine Kenner’s deck,  Tarot of the Gods and was Neptune in Pisces. This…

Wildwood : Who Are You This Year?

Mary K Greer has a wee system of working out what your Tarot Trump cards are for the coming year. I know what mine are, do you know yours? Working out which archetypes are “with” us for a year (usually, birthday to birthday) is helpful. It’s like knowing which Angel and Devils are sat on your shoulders. The trick with the Majors, is that they can be good and bad, they can switch from “Angel” in the being helpful sense to the “Devil” and be a burden and difficult to use or understand, or swallows us if we get too close. Do you know who you are? Let me show you how to work it out. Day of your birth (in my case, 7) Month of your birth (in my case, 3) This Year (2+0+1+5=8) So, 7+3+8= 18. That gives us The Moon (or with The Wildwood, the Moon on Water). But wait, there’s more! 18 is a double-digit number, so lets drop it down to a single digit, which (you’ve probably guessed it) is 1+8=9, The Hooded Man, or The Hermit. So, lets work out who I am, before we work out who are you! If you’re good at…

Tarot Blog Hop : The Joy of Gifting

PREVIOUS BLOG | MASTER LIST | NEXT BLOG The Joy of Gifting is the theme for the last Tarot Blog Hop for 2014 is here. We’ve asked by the wrangler, Arwen, to blog about a specific spread about the Joy of Gifting. Not just gifting personally, but globally. If only the magicks worked that way! Everyone loves a present or two, don’t they? We were given a specific list of questions to answer for this Blog Hop. In fact, Arwen was very specific. Another Hop member, Morgan, created a layout for this, but you know what, I feel like making it look like a tree! I love trees of all shapes and sizes and it saddens me when they’re cut down and not replaced. Or, cut down and made into a stupid car park. So, onto the spread and lets see what useful gifts (other than anger) The Wildwood can bestow upon the Global Community this Yuletide. What gift would you give the world if you could? Major 14 ~ Balance What gift would you want from the world? Three of Bows ~ Fulfilment What gifts have you gotten that has brought you joy? Three of Stones  ~ Creativity &…

Tarot Blog Hop : Lighting Up Yule

Welcome to the last Blog Hop from me in 2013! It’s Yule time, the darkest part of the year and I come bearing scented candles and Tarot.  Blog Hop Before Me : Master List : Blog Hop After Me Welcome if you’ve come to is Blog Hop entry by travelling forwards towards the light via Ania, or backwards into the darkness from Joanna’s entry. This Yule-tide we’ve been asked by head wrangler, Joanna Ash of Sun Goddess Tarot to talk about Turning the Darkness into Light. How does one turn the darkness into light? My initial thoughts are to light a candle (or if like me, you love candles, several!)  and enjoy it’s light. It doesn’t matter if the candle only lights up a whole room, or if it is enough to light a corner. Think of the Christmas trees many of us have in our homes at the moment. They have lights on them, a modern-day version of the candle and providing you have power, can light up each and every corner in a dazzling display of colours. Whether we’re in the cold Northern Hemisphere or in the much warmer south, to me, Christmas lights are important. However, with…

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…

Tarot Blog Hop : Yule Hop ~ Christmas Present

Welcome to the final Tarot Blog Hop of 2012!If you reached my site from the previous hop of Jon Michael Allen then welcome! You’ll find the next link at the bottom. If you come here as you normally do, you’re still most welcome, but there may be some interesting takes on the subject in other hops and you’re invited to go and read as many as you can! We’re at the time of Yuletide, so near to Christmas and here in the northern hemisphere, it’s cold! Mention snow, December or winter to a child and they’ll almost certainly mention Christmas and presents. Presents is what this Blog Hop is about. There are many meanings to the word “present”, for it depends if you use it as a verb, noun or adjective. Do you want to unwrap the moment that is presented to you, or do you want to digest it? The Wildwood has various cards that are designed to “sit” at this particular point of the year. The two that have appeared for me more than most of late, are The Great Bear and The Hooded Man. Within the card of The Hooded Man, we see the shrill little Wren…

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 COTD : Major #9, The Hooded Man

They say Sunday’s child is full of grace: they’ve probably not met me then! However, on this Sunday, we have the Hooded Man come out and offer his calmness and quiet inner reflection. If ever there was a card for a Sunday, this fellow is it. As usual with this card, Clannad’s “Hooded Man” plays out inside my head. I’ve been waking up a lot of mornings recently with some very strange songs in my head. I might share them, if I can find out what they are early enough in the morning before the first mug of tea. However, today, if this fellow is any indication, today is a day for being quiet, for being contemplative. Anyone with young children will tell you that you have more chance of plaiting fog than that happening whilst they are awake! However, I feel it’s very much a “Do something for yourself, for your soul” kind of day. He is the still, small voice of calm that is so often needed. As the scene suggests, he’s usually one to appear in mid-winter, at the Winter Solstice, Yuletide. However, the contemplation that we often have at that time of year does not always…