Gemini New Moon & Middle Beltane

It’s a New Moon & the fires of Beltane still burn brightly. What can the Gemini New Moon provide us on insights? We’re in the middle time between Beltane & as we’re approaching a new moon (which will be in Gemini at 20:45 25th May BST) I thought it prudent to see what energies are around us at this time. Gemini’s love to ask questions & find out answers. If you’ve ever worked with a Gemini they can be fantastic & very “bulldog” like in their endeavours. On the receiving end, they’re not known for letting go until they’ve gotten what they’ve set out to find. Woe betide you if you even dare to lie to them. You’ll be done to them if you do! Gemini attention to detail can be both fantastic and a proper pain in the proverbial. It depends on how they come across with their tenacity. They also love self-reflection. Some of us shy away from that, but even so, we need to be the horse that’s led to the water & we need to drink.  They don’t tend to throw stones as they too live in a glass house. They’re not perfect but they’re so…

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…

Energies During a New Moon

Energies rise and fall. We can sense them more at the New Moon. Which way will they fall for you? Finding your feet and keeping them grounded when your energies want you to fly, can be tricky. With the broom at the ready, what does this New Moon have to share with us all? If you’d like to find out, let me know. I know that this month’s Full Moon is in Taurus. To me, this Sun Sign is stubborn, lazy, self-indulgent, hot-headed, temperamental, possessive. They can, however, be the most helpful and loyal of family members, staunch friends, great advisors and frugal. They’re dependable, generous, down to Earth. I designed this little spread with the question: What do I need to know about my Lunar energies this Full Moon? The first card drawn doesn’t matter, they’re read in a circle, for there is no light without shadow and there is no bright light without understanding the darkness. Lay your cards out any way you wish.  New Moon Spreads tend to last for about 2 or 4 weeks, depending on when the next Full Moon & New Moon hit. This is a long time to be stubborn! Here’s what The…

Wildwood : Endurance Path

It’s half term, time to hunker down, teach and not make it all such a challenge! Endurance is certainly something any parent finds that they need when the little darlings are off school. This week, whilst I love time with all three, I’m reminded that it can be useful and not to wish the time away. I asked the Tarot what I needed to know this week and I’ve used the Pathway Spread from The Wildwood. The middle card is first up and The Issue is to find the calm in the storm that the little minions come with. This time with them is a challenge, but it can be a good, if I make it that way. I don’t need to make it so my emotions, or my kids emotions, are left in tatters or neglected. It’s time to find the time to chill out, be with them, let them be with mum. Unfortunately, that in itself is going to be a challenge. So, lets settle down and chill out. Not a skill I’m good at, but one I hope the kids will indulge and teach me. Yes, it relies on team work, but it shouldn’t be a gauntlet,…

Wildwood : Dodge Goat!

Dodge those arrows, you clever goat! Shortly after the last time this card came out, wheels fell off my home wagon. Time to ensure I don’t make the same mistake as last time! The trick with the Tarot, when you get cards that haunt you, is to look at what you missed. We all miss things, chances, opportunities, details. Sometimes, we get to go over and redo things and it is ace when we can do that. Not often, do we get told that things have come back around again (like the Carly Simon song) and that we should grab the opportunity to leap forth, like this goat seems to be. Last time, I took the weekly reading from the perspective of the goat. But what if you’re the fellow in the background? What are you trying to aim for? Shooting a moving target is hard. Ask James Bond. Or Mark Ryan. Or anyone that has shot a bow or a gun. It’s possible, but it’s much harder. So, this week, what impossible thing are you aiming for? Is what you’re aiming for, just a fantasy? Or is it possible to actually hit your moving target? Before you fire a…

Wildwood : Dodging Them Tricky Hurdles

This week, I feel there’s a lot of dodging to be done, some hurdles to jump and basically, sharp pointy things to avoid. Life I think, is an obstacle course. Only, it’s not a straight line, you don’t know what obstacles are coming or what you’re supposed to do with them. Keep a bean bag on your head? My five-year old can do that. Jump like a kangaroo for 10 meters? Yep, he won that race, because they’d practised and he knew what to do. Life isn’t a rehearsal, it’s not something you can practice, like the sack race. We have to do the best we can at the time, hope we’ve dodged the necessary arrows and bullets. This feeling of flying through the air, for me, shows up in this card. The goat is dodging the arrows, somehow. Either the archer isn’t very good, or the goat just has an advantage of moving fast! He could also be restless, unable to sit still and stick out a project. Or avoid a few crocodile pits and get the job done. The questions this coming week, are varied. What do you wish to avoid? What Do you need to avoid? Whom…

Wildwood : A Hard Day’s Night ~ Endurance

The Wildwood’s Five of Stones comes out to join us and my immediate thought was: the night is long, we need endurance, then the Beatle’s Hard Day’s Night comes to mind, and the keyword suddenly comes into play. And endurance is certainly going to be a keyword any parent of a newborn baby will testify to! In case you’re wondering, the Royal Family here in the UK have a new heir to the throne. He will be the third in line to the throne, so the country is all-a-flutter over the news. Now that we know he was born safely, that mum is doing well, I’m all for heading off and letting her and Prince William get settled in and get used to the task ahead. As privileged as they are, they’re living in a gilded gold-fish-bowl, they’ll have every decision monitored, scrutinised, criticized and in public. I know what it’s like to be at home and having the juggernaut of parenthood hit you. It hits you sideways, knocks you over, messes with your head so you don’t know which way is up any more. I was lucky, I had a great group of people to help me (the local…

Wildwood : Empowerment & Clothes Shopping

Today we link the Wildwood into a rather mundane task: Clothes Shopping. How can the Five of Bows, with the keyword “empowerment” aid us in clothes shopping? The weather for today was mixed and with the need to get out of the house, I ventured forth with just the baby girl in tow (well, more like she was in front) to the local shopping centre. I had a few errands to run, lunch to get and some peace, at last. Ticking off the first two items was easy. The third, not so much. Who would have thought that shopping for two new pairs of jeans would be such a torment? The card today is the card of empowerment, but I certainly did not feel empowered whilst undertaking this task! Of all the jeans on offer, only one set caught my eye, but to find another pair with the same cut, length and size had me leaving the store and the shopping centre with nothing. So I posted to my personal Facebook profile, threatening to “go native” as the lack of choice in the clothes department left me feeling rather frustrated.  How can this be empowering? Turns out, very, as I…

Wildwood Answers : 30 Day Challenge ~ Day 26

We’re into the last five days of this brilliant little challenge and today, the question from Ree at 78Keys is this: Have you ever regretted a particular reading, either for yourself or another? I had to think on this for a while, before I recalled a time when I drew out some cards to answer a situation I was in at work. I hadn’t gone professional at that time, I was still in the learning stage and didn’t like the cards that I had turned over. One card in particular I associated with who else was involved in that situation and when I saw that card, I just knew I’d have to encounter said person the following day and I really wasn’t wanting to interact or be in the same building as them, never mind the same room! Yep, low and behold, they showed up the following day, even though they weren’t actually meant to be there, they’d dropped in “to say hello”. My next phrase was “good bye”. Was I annoyed with them? Oh you betchya! Beyond annoyed, truth be told. Frustration is one word that could have gone with that particular person and situation. Now, I don’t usually…

Wildwood CotD : Five of Vessels

It’s a TopLoader kind of day, to dance in the Moonlight! And if this lady is any example to go by, dance your cares away! As is obvious from the image we see to the left, she’s dancing within a pentangle that is drawn on the earth. She holds a thyrsus in one hand (a staff covered in ivy vine and leaves) and a leather-headed rattle in the other. Clearly, she intends on making a little noise. She can hear the beat of the universal drum on a night as clear as the one she encounters. Whilst I cannot see as many stars, I can certainly enjoy the clear still night right along side her. Her energy is renewed by her bathing in the cosmic life-force exultant and clear energy. As cold as it is outside, I can feel her energy and I smile. Usually, I find her facial expression enforced but tonight, I feel she is concentrating on conjuring something, on the energy she is releasing and manifesting and that is why her face is one of concentration. What ways can you find to commune with nature on an emotional level? How many nights do we have where we…