Father’s & Lithia

Father’s Day, Litha, Full Moon, our British Astronaut comes home and goodness knows what else, all in the space of 48 hours.  Back on Mother’s Day (UK time), I created this spread for our wonderful mum’s. It can be used again for the dads and the male role models in our lives.  Being a father is a word. Being a daddy and celebrating Father’s Day is so much more! There’s a magnet on my fridge: “Anyone can be a father, it takes someone special to be a daddy.” And it does. A father’s love can be tough, the buck stop to children’s inability to listen to their mother (who thinks she’s now a broken record!) or the final (and a favourite) one of: “Wait until your father gets home!” However, not all father’s have iron hands: some have a good mix of a velvet glove and an iron hand, others have just the velvet glove. My Green Man has a good mixture of both, which I find useful and very helpful. From the spread, I know what I appreciate about my husband. I know the other two cards as well, but let’s see what the Tarot thinks. The Tarot Reading: The King of…

Coping with Exhaustion

Being your own best friend, can be tricky! Coping with being tired and dealing with a mountain of “To do” tasks that a military unit would call normal, can be tricky! How do you cope? What do you need to know about this aspect, this week? I asked my favourite 78 friends, The Wildwood, but you can ask me when we met. Coping with tiredness, due to lack of sleep and worry, needs addressing. I drew a story board from The Wildwood to ask: How am I going to cope this week? I could curl up and go back to bed as I write this. Too many things going around in my mind means I did not settle or sleep long enough, again. I’m a creature that needs 8 hours! The first card; the Two of Vessels, tells me to take care of, and be friends with myself. I can resonate with that, I’ve not been my “friend” for a most of this week, even though it was my birthday last Monday.  This card is also about sharing the burdens, since that’s why I slept badly. The middle card; Four of Vessels, suggests that I’m not engaged: boredom doesn’t come…

Wildwood : Bridge The Gap

This week, we’re going to bridge the gap for the Story Board. Katie at my Tarot group came up with this gem about a year ago. We call it “The Bridge Spread” and here’s how it works. We all find ourselves at a place where we need to build a bridge, but how?! Working out where you’re coming from, where you want to be, then working out how to connect the two, can help! This week, I asked: What do I need to build a bridge over? Using The Wildwood app, I pulled these three cards. The card on the left is the Starting Point and this week, we have the Four of Vessels. I’m not bored, but I am in a cycle of wasted energy. Like most people in England’s green and pleasant land, there are thousands of parents waiting for the kids to go back to school. For some, it cannot come soon enough! I’m not bored, but I find doing things with the three kids in tow, almost impossible. These tasks do include doing the weekly shopping, going for blood tests, even visiting the doctors, is hard work! The Destination is the Ace of Bows, the card…

Wildwood : Four Years Blogging?!

WordPress kindly informs me that four years ago, I created my account. Four Years ago, the first blog pages of this site went up. Happy Birthday, Dear Wildwood Blog! In celebration of this, I’d like to share with you the various fours from this deck. First up is the daddy of them all, The Green Man. The Emperor in RWS, he is the protector of The Wildwood, the man who comes up with great ideas, encourages us, coaxes us, guides us. I often wonder what he or The Green Woman have brewing in that cauldron of theirs. I wonder what advice I’ll be listening to in the next, four blog years? The second four that I pulled up, is the Four of Arrows. After a fantastic, but exhausting weekend, I could do with a rest, but that just isn’t going to happen. There’s a lot to be done, both on this website going forward, in life and on the other blog (yes, which really needs updating!) and as the Oracle card from last week said, things in moderation, a little at a time. The Four of Bows, is next out of the  small pile. Celebration is the key and ideal…

Wildwood : Recuperating

The Wildwood isn’t telling me its time for recuperating this week, I’m telling the Wildwood, I have to. The first day back to school for my boys and I take ill with aches, shivers and cold. This morning, I could barely stand up, let alone take the boys to school! But with some cold and flu drugs being absorbed into my system, I fought my way through and did what all sturdy mums do: Carry on regardless! However, when the chance arose, I did nap, despite the ill-timed interruptions from the concerned neighbour next door and soon, I’ll be heading to bed, drugged up and hopefully, to sleep properly so I can heal. It made me think of this card, and whilst this card doesn’t have the wood burning stove going at full pelt, this little deer is doing exactly what I need to do: which is protect one self. Sometimes, the need of the one out-weighs the needs of the many. So with this little post, I bid you good health, hope you don’t catch the lurgy from reading my post (thankfully, I know it’s not possible!) and hope to catch up with you next week. I need to…

Wildwood : Take A Break

It’s school half-term here in the UK and I don’t know about any other parents, but can we parents have a break and send them back, please? Well, no, not really. I don’t want to send them back to school just yet. I actually want to spend time with the off-spring. I want to share some creative things and time with them, I want to sit down and watch Guardians of the Galaxy with them under a duvet, eating popcorn whilst the toddler naps (she won’t sit still and watch it and I suspect the 5-year-old will struggle too!) But they also need some mornings when things don’t have to be done at 80 mph, ready by this time, shoes on by this, lunches mostly prepared the evening before. They need the break but frankly, so do us parents! Everyone’s idea of a break is different, even the Tarot has a card for that. That card, is the Four of Arrows. A time to mentally take a break. Arrows is like Swords in the standard RWS, so this represents a time to just mentally, disengage, switch off and rest. How often do we want to just switch off the motorway…

3rd June ~ Wildwood : Catch My Tail

It seems all I am doing at the moment, it trying to catch my tail. If I were a dog, I’d be dizzy. Actually, I’m dizzy most of the time anyway, running here, there, everywhere, doing this and that for one member of my family. Can the Tarot help or advise me how to slow down? I’m sure it’s June, but the weather has other ideas. Life, however, carries on at break-neck speed and I’m sure I need to catch my tail. I’m not sure what for though, but I am sure I need to! So, I pulled three Tarot cards to advise me on how to deal with this feeling of never-ending-dizziness. The first card up was the Ten of Vessels, with its keyword of Happiness. Be happy in the moment! I enjoyed a little dance with my baby girl today, Jimmy Somerville & Mighty Real came on the iPod. I got dancing in the kitchen, doing the chores, the baby started dancing in her high chair whilst trying to eat her lunch. It was so carefree, it was great! We then had a dance to Dire Straights, The Bug. So, be happy no matter what you’re doing. Okay,…

Wildwood : Lethargy and Rest

Today the Wildwood reminds us that lethargy is sometimes good and sometimes it’s not. So, today we have the boredom card come out and join us. I’m not bored today but I am under the weather, lethargic and struggling to do things today, including sitting up or changing the baby. I am having to rely on my support structure in the form of the husband, for things that are usually taken for granted, the basic stuff like getting the kids dressed, fed, out to school, the baby dressed and fed, her bottles washed, cleaned and made up. It’s not that I am bored, but I am certainly not wanting to move very far or very often today. So today, I’ll be copying this lady today by sitting down and not moving too much, if I can help it. It’s more a case of rest that is needed than being bored, though because I can’t move very far, I probably will be somewhat bored! What does this card say to you today though? The Universe responds favourably to decisive, forward movement. Boredom causes issues and if you’re going to sit on your rump, you might find nature throws a whole bunch…

Wildwood CotD : Four of Arrows ~ Rest

Today the Four of Arrows flies out to join us and carries a reminder from the Tarot: Mentally rest! There’s a lovely sentiment with this card coming out to us on a Friday. The idea of curling up, laying down and mentally resting is such a nice thought. Despite having a fairly decent night’s sleep, I find that a nap is most certainly in order. It’s not just a case of resting the body, it’s allowing my mental self to rest and I feel, prepare one final time before the hardest birthday party comes and takes over. Thankfully (and I declare this publicly now!) for the last time! In the mean time, the butterfly that sits on the branch above our fellow here reminds us that while we may physically rest, our minds are busy tidying away all the stuff we’ve collected through the day. Whether you sleep at night or during the day, nap when you need to, the transformation we undergo whilst we sleep is important. What else can this card tell us? To be honest, I can’t “see” anything else in this card, so I’m going to combine it with Bors. Bors liked spending time at home…

Wildwood Answers: 30 Day Tarot Challenge ~ Day 29

This is the penultimate day of the 30 Day Challenge from Ree at 78Keys and The Wildwood Tarot is poised to answer the following: Do you have a Tarot mentor? Who are they (in relation to you) and how do they inspire you? I don’t have a single Tarot Mentor, so to speak,  I have a whole Association and Meet Up of people who are Mentors! Every member of TABI is inspirational. Some are friends, most are not, they’re acquaintances, bought together by a few common goals of Tarot and the Ethics. The amount of knowledge and sheer wealth of that knowledge within TABI is awesome. Of course, participating in it brings its own joys and some great conversations, understandings and occasionally, friendships develop. The Tarot Meet Up is also great. The abilities that manifest within that small, intimate group is fantastic and instead of seeing it on-line, I’m seeing it happen before my very eyes and I feel very honoured that I am there to see it and help other’s Tarot abilities manifest and develop further. This is how I feel when I “talk Tarot” with others, be that about a new or specific deck, a spread, how to…