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.

Absolutely Fabulous, Darlink!

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, that I got into gardening. It is at his grave I place the joy of watching Gardening programmes, learning what I could.

Ten of Vessels Happiness
Ten of Vessels

The picture of the rose you see above (or to the side, depending upon your settings) is one TABI sent me earlier this year. Its called “Absolutely Fabulous” and the colours are just that: absolutely fabulous! The scent is divine and its growing really well in my tub of home-made compost and well-rotted manure. How can we celebrate this in the Tarot? Well, I talked through the Wildwood Tarot, looking for cards that were especially happy and generous, group settings and

Now, since this was given to me as a gift by the Tarot community that helped teach me the Tarot, a journey I began again some ten years ago now, I find it fitting that I pulled the seven of stones,  ten of vessels and the nine of vessels to reflect on such a journey.

So, thank you TABI!

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?

Wildwood Tarot challenge
Four of Bows

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 read, interpretations of cards or any other esoteric / new age methods that interest me… The list is almost endless!

Combine this card with the Bercalik Oracle card of the week and what might these two suggest to you? A successful hunt or a quest? A good understanding of the task at hand may be apparent or forthcoming. Today, I’ll take the happy thoughts, the celebration and friendships, the coming together of souls and try to relax a little.

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?

Six of Stones
Six of Stones

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 this energy / services exchange? I picked the Six of Stones, because if I keep giving, I’ll end up barren, homeless, hungry. If not physically, certainly emotionally.

Some say that readings should be free. If you can get it for free, do you value it as much? TABI offer a great Free Reading Service, offered by real people, but it’s a maximum of three cards. What if you wanted an in-depth reading or three cards just would not do your question justice? Who can you trust to be ethical? If you know a great ethical Tarot Reader, keep a hold of them and don’t disrespect / exploit them or their time!  If you do not, TABI has a great list right here.

Combining Bedivere’s qualities with today’s entry, what does this say to you? For me, it’s about finding someone you trust, like Bedivere, and letting them trust you in return, rather than ending up like the father and daughter above.

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!

Knight of Vessels

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 2013 (no, it’s NOT too late to start clearing this year out), what you no longer need and need rid of. It’s not an easy process it’s always helpful to work out what you’d like to emotionally achieve!

If you’d like me to help you work this out, I’m here to help you find the answers you need and want.

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.

Card of the Day ~ Eight of Bows ~ Hearthfire
Eight of Bows ~
Card of the Day

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 you worship, give thanks for that love.

So to TABI, Theresa Reed, Alison Cross, Vivanne Kacal, Ania Marczyk and to other Tarot Readers that inspire me: Thank you!

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.

Card of the Day
King of Stones ~ Wolf
Card of the Day

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.

Card of the Day
Four of Stones ~ Protection

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 help in doing that, you can book your own private session here.