A Long, Long, Time Ago, When I Was Sixteen

A long, long time ago, I can still remember the first time I played with the Tarot.  I was pretty sure, until recently, I’d told you all the story of how I got into the Tarot when I was sixteen. I can’t find it, so here it is.  When I started thinking about this blog post, I was trying to find the story I’d already written on a page about when I was sixteen. I began it on May 4th but instead of Star Wars going through my head, I had Don MacLain & American Pie in my head. As is usual with me, that song wouldn’t shut up until I’d sang the song (badly, probably!) in full & it inspired the title. Like the music itself, the Tarot touched me deep inside & the music so far hasn’t died. So, what happened all those years ago? Well, let’s begin at the last time I undertook Confession. I finally realised that the Church wasn’t where I was going to get my life-long answers. I wasn’t even allowed to ask the questions I had! They were more concerned with what I’d done wrong & what I was going to do to…

19th June: Thank You, TABI

It is nice to be thanked and it is even to see gifts you’ve made, given or received, being appreciated. It’s nice to say, thank you. Sometimes, you can’t see the gift being appreciated, for it needs to grow, of the recipient needs time to play with the said product. In this case, the “gift” was a rose and she it was sent, had just had its first pruning, so I had to wait to let it grow and flower. Those folk with TABI know, I love gardening as much as Tarot and my favourite flower is the rose.  I’ve loved roses since I was around 9, when I saw my elderly neighbour prune his and cut off a rose accident my from a branch he had pruned and was going to throw away. I played my face and he gave me that rose. Into a little vase it went and for as long as the flower was there, I enjoyed its scent. It did of course, die, like all cut flowers and flowers in general, but I loved that red rose for the length of time I had it. It was because of this elderly ex-fireman of a neighbour,…

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…

Wildwood Answers: 30 Day Challenge ~ Day 22

We’re on Day 22 of the 30 Day Tarot Blogging Challenge. Yesterday saw a great question and a searching answer to match the card with the feeling(s) felt by me when I read. Today, we have another great question, which is: Do you charge money (or other ways of compensation) for your readings/services? In a simple answer: Yes. The next question I often hear next is: Why? My reply is not so simple as one answer, it has many levels. The first, is that this is my business: this is my income. I’m a professional. The second is that my time is valuable, the same as the time of any other professional. Thirdly, as we learnt yesterday, there’s a great deal of emotional charge that I go through in providing this service, which has to be replenished. It’s like a glass of water, drink it all and you go thirsty. The money helps keep that glass full. Do I accept exchanges of service(s)? Yes, when the exchange is right for both the recipient and myself. What Tarot card would YOU pick (if you know your Tarot, if not, keep reading, I’ll share my answer in the usual Wildwood Way) for…

Wildwood CotD : Knight of Vessels

Another card of the Vessels suit comes out to join us and today, it’s the slippery, environment changing, go-with-the-flow, Eel. What a brilliant card for a Friday! This Knight is far more about adaptability, camouflage and their sometime electric personalities than being the trodden, emotional wreck often applied to this card. This Knight has a pure intent, he’s able to bring wisdom and maturity to tasks. Not an attribute normally assigned to the Knight of Vessels (or Cups) who is usually classed as immature, unsure of his emotions and in general, is rather negative. This is my personal personality card, out of all 78 cards, this one is associated with being the decan of Pisces that I am (2nd Decan) and I am in transition between the Knight and the Queen. One day I will get to the status of the Queen. Maybe when I’m around 45? (haha!) The Knight also offers to us the suggestion that embarking on a personal quest, something to make us emotionally happy, your vision of what you want and the end-goal will lead you forward through the murky waters of emotions. So, this weekend, keep the idea of what you’d like to achieve in…

Wildwood CotD : Eight of Bows

Today comes the card from my eldest son and he picked out the Eight of Bows, with the keyword of “Hearthfire”. If you wanted a card to celebrate the family of man, this would be it. This card is so very different from the Eight of Wands in the RWS, but there’s still a lot going on, still a lot of impact occurring with this card and these men. Note, not a single woman / female in site! Unlike the Eight of Wands in the RWS, this card is full of hope. The RWS to me is more destruction, more mess. This card carries on the theme from yesterday with the Three of Vessels with the keyword of Joy. There’s a shared consciousness of the human spirit with this card on a grander and more obvious. We celebrate the fact that we endure, survive, thrive and grow with the support and companionship of whatever our chosen tribe. It’s time to be thankful, time to take the sacred fire of friendship and comradeship and treasure it, appreciate the fires and situations that forged them. So, when you spend time with the friends we have, give thanks to whatever God or Goddess…

Wildwood COTD : King of Stones

Today, the King of Stones, the family protector, comes out to pay us a visit. The last time Mr Wolf came out to visit, it was at the end of the Tarot Conference. The pack this time might not be my fellow TABI members, though I am sure that during my tenure as chairman, the need will come up again. I suspect, this time it might be my own flesh and blood. The Wolf is protector, howling and perhaps bringing on the fight. And I always seem to post his image on the right: what does that tell you? I’ll add more the protection, determination, defend, family, spirit teaching, stealth, instinct and intelligence later on, but for now, I think I have more than enough to contend with for the day. So, good morning!! Be on your guard and defend well, for the right and just reasons. I aim to at least try that and combine instinct with wisdom, if I can.

Wildwood COTD : Four of Stones

It’s Saturday but we’re hunkering down for some protection today, if the Wildwood’s advice for today is anything to go by. Protection from what, exactly though? Protection from the night-time elements? Protection from being hunted? Or are you the stones, the one doing the protecting? Do you need a personal space for your own emotional safety? The sun will rise again for those in peril and fresh chances and new opportunities will be waiting. That is the law of karma, that each act of selfless protection and mercy for those in need revitalises the spiritual warrior. The book suggests a sense of peace and divinity can be found, which is rather rare in this busy, modern age. So, what does this mean for you today? For me, it means being calm, reminding others around me that calmness is a necessity at times and in order to gain the best for today, a slower paced day is more in order than rushing around than anything else. I wish you a very calm, relaxing and spiritual Saturday. And if you’re in need of spiritual protection today, find yourself a quiet space and allow yourself the shelter you deserve! If you need my…

Wildwood COTD : Major #19, The Sun of Life

It’s a Monday and the Wildwood clearly isn’t a deck for sitting down and resting on its laurels! Today, it gives us Major #19, The Sun of Life, which at first glance makes me think: Let your light shine! (Which then makes me think of Katrina and the Waves, Love Shine a Light) So today, will you let the magic happens? This follows on rather nicely from the blackthorn tree of yesterday and indeed, this week. But what does that mean? You can take inspiration from the Love Shine a Light Song but the light has to start from somewhere. Are you letting your heart and love and true self shine? Someone asked on a group in FB are you hiding your light under a basket or are you going to remove the basket and let the light shine. Such a great question! What else does the Sun of Life say to you? To me, it’s about fire (the Sun in the card indicates that rather well) and creativity, the next step into the awareness of the mind. It’s also a symbol of fertility (and indeed, came up a lot whilst I was pregnant with both my children) It also…

Wildwood COTD : Page of Arrows

It’s Tuesday and for today, my youngest son pulled a card for us all and it was: The Page of Arrows, represented in this deck by the Wren. This little fellow is the smallest bird we’re ever to likely not see but most certainly, hear! Their shrill bird call is sporadic but intense when they sing. You can hear it and see them here. Now, Alison Cross wrote a great introductory blog the other day about the Courts from the Wildwood. You can see that post here. What however, does / did this Wren have in store for us today? From that little video clip, it is obvious to see that Wrens are watchful, had workers, determined and vigilant. They’re also an indication of studying and application of that studying. They remind us to listen to what is and is not said, to be heard, to apply our learned knowledge and act, if needs be. The book suggests that the Wren will help bring us to a dramatic realisation. Usually, this card comes out for me on a Friday (as per the last two times!) so I wonder what will happen tomorrow, or not, as the case may be. In…