Let’s Talk : Improving Material Gain

Let’s be honest, we all feel we need to improve our financial situation occasionally.  From time to time, the material matter just isn’t flowing the way we want or need them to be & we feel the need to improve them.  There are various spells that claim to improve the fortunes of those that follow them, I tend to find that hard work & being paid for what that work is worth is the best way to balance the financial tables. Some people work more than one job, others create diversity, set up their own business, work for themselves. So let’s ask the Tarot what steps we need to take to improve our material situation. I use the word material because money isn’t the only method of payment, though it’s apparently what makes the World go around. I’m not so sure, but it sure makes life far more comfortable, don’t you agree?? The Cards & Their Meanings Card 1: What energies do I need to bring to this endeavour? Ten of Stones ~ Home Card 2: What do I need to remember about this endeavour? Major 6 ~ The Forest Lovers Card 3: What is my next step? Ten of Arrows…

A New Emotional Week Begins

This is a new week, so what emotional message does The Wildwood carry down to us from its leafy branches? Another week begins and The Wildwood and I have hints on what’s in store for us. Are you sitting comfortably, with a beverage of choice in hand? Good, then lets begin. Emotional needs are important to us all. Having a heads up on what may lay in store,and how that may affect our emotional ship, is helpful. Like a weather report, it can give us an indication of what may happen. Where are you now? Eight of Vessels: You’re in a time of emotional rebirth and renewing. You’ve had a few struggles, but you’ve taken the time to refill your emotional well and now you’re ready to give back. Taking me time is important, remember that! Your emotional needs are important. If they’re off, everything else tends to be too. Let is go, let it flow: be happy to be at one with yourself, for a while. Where are you going to? Six of Bows: There’s a place that’s abundant in all we need: Food, shelter, warmth. This place isn’t just fictional, it can be created to physically touch and…

Wildwood : The Commune with Grandmother

It’s time to grab yourself a coffee, for a long post about me communing with my Grandmother, is coming up following on from the Tarot Blog Hop. Mentioning either of my Grandmothers is usually a cause for me to spit with some distaste. Whilst my children know exactly whom their grandparents are, I really do not recall mine. I couldn’t pick them out of a Police line up. They were there, clearly, as my parents are their children, but it was more a case of name only. The faces behind the names weren’t known, I hadn’t seen or spoken with them since before I was eight years old, leaving Scotland behind (for a lot of good and difficult reasons). Yet, for a while, I know my deceased maternal has wanted to chat with me. Usually, she visits my sister and I get messages from her that way. Though, my dear sister learnt quite quickly that I’m not always receptive to any of my grandmother Mary M’s messages. (Both my grandmothers are called Mary, so I use Mary M to distinguish her as my mother’s mum, so you know) However, as part of the Tarot Blog Hop, we were asked to…

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,…

Numerology : Karmic Completion

Karmic completion is the key word for this coming weeks numerology card; the fabulous, number TEN. So far, the numerology cards have stuck themselves in the Tarot numbering, which, is easy for me! Throughout the numbered minors, they seem to resonate fairly well with the depiction upon the cards, regardless of the suit. I’m sure that view might change as I explore this deck fully. There are, after all, 44 cards and as such, not every number is covered. However, this week, we have the number Ten come up and the key words are “Karmic Completion”. Ten is the last minor / pipped card, before you reach the mighty Courts So, having things done to the best you can by then, is almost essential. Though, getting things done by then, can be quite the challenge! The implication with this deck, is that you’ve learned the lesson from this cycle, cleared or fulfilled a contract (or debt!) from your past. (This bodes well for me this coming week then!) The lessons don’t end (Oh, bugger) but this particular lessons you won’t have to go through again. (Yay!) In the Tarot, this card covers the tens in the suits, but also the…

Wildwood : Because I’m Happy

This week, I pulled The Ten of Vessels from The Wildwood and immediately, I have Pharrell Williams song in my head. Oh, boy! Okay, so it’s the first thing that comes into your head, given the keyword, but this week, I aim to be happy  in my birthday week. Soon, I’ll enter the last year of my 30’s and if it’s not the grey hair that indicates I’m not quite the young thing I was before the kids, it’s the kids themselves reminding me that I’m ageing slowly, with my eldest being 30 years behind me. With the youngest recently celebrating being a very simple, gorgeously funny two-year old, I’ve the eldest who is 8, going on 18 and one stuck between these two.What strikes me is that when it’s our birthday week, it’s time to do the things that makes us happy. That could be tickling the toddler, working out maths puzzles with the eldest, doing reading homework with the middle or our most recent fun thing, playing darts in the kitchen. The dart board stems from the husband’s work, who have one for recreational reasons. Now, we get to practice playing and the kids get to do the…

Wildwood : Marketing and Responsibility

Following on from the UK Tarot Conference rest, it’s time to start treating this marketing thing with a bit more responsibility. Remember I said I slept through one of the lunch time workshops in this blog post? Well, the one I didn’t sleep through, was Maria Antoniou’s from the Brighton Tarot School. Like everyone else who is a single business lady (or man), busy parent, marketing yourself is like pulling teeth! Ask me about anyone or anything else, and I’ve a story to tell. But telling you about myself, what I do, and I go quiet. Most people are like that, even a friend of mine who is going through re-branding her crafty-self is finding the same issues. But what, please, is the ONE solution? Maria’s top-level workshop was entitled: “Soulful Enterprise – 5 steps to a successful Tarot Business”  and the main cards were the central card and the three action cards. As for the 5 steps, I  must have missed that part! (I’ve asked her on Facebook what the 5 steps were) but there are a few actions I’ve either taken, or plan to take. 1/ Based on the 10 of Swords (The central card) I’ve removed myself…

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 CotD : Ten of Arrows ~ Instruction

Instruction is the keyword for today. Instruction by you, or to you? Perhaps a mixture of both, but you’re most welcome in my corner of the Tarot World, with The Wildwood Tarot. The keyword of Instruction holds many connotations. From the fantastically drawn picture by Will Worthington, we can see a father (perhaps more grand-father?) figure, tutor a boy in learning a skill for life.  Which character in this card are you most like? Are you the child, being taught to do something totally new by someone who is experienced? Are you the experienced elder, teaching the young cheeky upstart a new skill? Yesterday, I was a mixture of both these characters. From being the child (despite being just over my middle 30’s) to being the parent in various circumstances, instruction has been given and received. A lot has to be said for giving instruction in a non confrontational way, a tactic I applied very late in the day to a tired six-year-old from a very tired mother, I surprised myself by not being confrontational about said child’s lack of ability to do as he was asked and had pre-warning about. Yes, he did it and all without a fight,…

Wildwood Answers: 30 Day Challenge ~ Day 15

We’re at the half way point of this challenge and the biggest question so far has been reserved for this particular point. The question is:  How much emphasis do you put on the text-book meanings for cards, and how much stress do you place on the “feeling” you get from cards through their artwork/symbolism/etc. (aka reading intuitively)? Do you do both, or one or the other? The answer for me, is both. Sometimes I find that the “textbook” meaning is more applicable for the card in the position it is in, other times it is not and I go by intuitive methods. This has been the hardest part with The Wildwood. The text book meanings aren’t the same as in the RWS and in most cases, they’re not even close! TABI taught me a few things. One, the text book meanings and combining them. The other, was how to read intuitively and how to get that message across in the ethical and compassionate way that the Association promotes. What card can represent this? The Ten of Arrows (Instruction) comes to mind as I type: I’ve learnt the instructions, the basics. I’ve been guided in improving my reading skills and come…