New Moon in Cancer – Time To Learn

The next New Moon is upon us & this time, it’s in the watery, Cardinal sign of Cancer. This means, that they’re the initiator, the people who start the ball rolling. They’re the ones that’ll plant the seeds & see what you do with it.  The best view I have of people who are of the sun sign of Cancer is my dad. It wasn’t the first time through my life that he’d suggest something to me one week, & I’d repeat it back to him as a great idea I’d had a week later. He’d just smile & nod. It took me a few years to work out he was the one planting the idea & letting me come around to it on my own. He’d have made a great leader, but unlike his two daughters, he was never comfortable standing up & talking to a group of people, to teach them, to advise, though he was, would have been & still is, brilliant at it. While it makes me nervous, ten seconds in & I’m swimming away, happy to be talking & probably talking too much due to the nerves of the situation to boot! However, he’s still…

Can you be Your Own Super-hero ?

We all need a superhero in our lives. Some we wish to meet, others, we get to be. This week, I want to focus on what can we do to be our own hero. I’m sure we all know the song, “Holding Out for a Hero“. It’s been used for TV adverts & movies since it came out. The striking voice of Bonnie Tyler is unmistakable, unique & different. The words of the song though, have us waiting for the knight in shining armour or the hunky fireman coming into our lives. The truth is, that’s rarely going to happen. We need to learn to be our own “superhero”, especially given the news at the moment with all the celebrities being accused & hung out to dry via the media for goodness knows what. Can we be our own hero? I think we can. In fact, I know we can. We’re not all Slayers, so don’t expect some ancient power to just “land” on us because of some witch unlocking such powers (a reference to the last season of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer). We need to tap into the power we all already possess. Some of us know how to tap…

When the Unexpected Happens : The Wildwood Helps

We all get things that happen to us unexpectedly, that’s a part of life.  How we deal with the unexpected is what makes us unique & very individual. To be the best person in such situations, can the Tarot help? The quick and honest answer here is; yes, it can!  The Tarot can show us options, give us advice on how to handle it, what to pay attention to & sometimes, even when to walk away. It’s often noted that the Tower/Blasted Oak is the card that says; curve ball! The unexpected hit & it hit hard. Not just a Cat 5 hurricane, but a tsunami & earthquake hit our lives somehow, or as it feels like, all at blooming once! So, when the unexpected happens, what do you do to combat it? Drink coffee? Eat chocolate? Both? Make a G&T? (Not for me, can’t drink the stuff, I’m a whisky/real ale type of girl!! 🙂 ) You can stew on things for an age. Personally, I turn to the Tarot cards & see what they have to offer by way of advice & insight.  I usually draw 3 cards, then expand on them if I need them. The Cards. The…

Tarot Blog Hop : The Litha Contest Begins

It’s Blog Hop time & I managed to catch the train on this one! This Litha Hop celebrates the contest between the Oak King, Cernunnos, the Green Man &  his “Tanist”, or chosen replacement, Lugh, the Holly King, or Red God. BLOG BEFORE | MASTER LIST | BLOG AFTER For Litha, our wrangler, Aisling, gave us this as a backdrop for our Blog Hop today.  “This Hop celebrates the contest between the Oak King, Cernunnos, the Green Man, who is God of the Waxing Year and fertilizes the land with plants and babies in women’s wombs, etc., and his “Tanist”, or chosen replacement, Lugh, the Holly King, or Red God, who brings the Harvest and creates the Waning Year by means of blood sacrifice of animals so there will be meat, reaping the grain and vegetables and plants, and otherwise clearing the fertile ground and taking the results of the Green Man’s cycle of fertility, making it the Red God’s cycle of harvesting.” She also points out that this is two aspect of the same being, just in two guises. So we’re asked to find the two faces & then reconcile them this Litha. The cards & Interpretation: She then…

The Father’s of The Wildwood

It’s Father’s Day here in the UK & the Wildwood has its celebration of the fathers in our lives. They can range from those who are very direct to those who are gentle and guiding. Which Tarot cards fit? Father’s are an important part of our lives. Sometimes, we’re lucky to have uncles, grandfathers or older male cousins to bless our lives with. Sometimes we don’t get to be that lucky, we may not even get a male role model until we get to school. Sometimes, it is not even then, it’s secondary (high school) before we encounter a good male influence. We have some great Father Like cards within the Wildwood. Before we get to the spread, I wanted to show you a few. Now, I could (really should) use my Parents Spread that I created last year (the UK celebrates these days at different points to the USA, in case you think I’ve lost the plot) And so, we have our spread, we have the cards, let’s match the two together, shall we? The Reading: What do we need to appreciate about our fathers? Princess of Swords How do we not show that we love our dad’s?  7…

Using the Tarot as a crutch

We can create dependencies or a crutch on so many things in this modern age. Sex, drugs, rock n roll, tarot readings…  Yes, tarot readings. Relying too much on what your cards tell you rather than experiencing life itself, can cause issues.  It’s easy to get hooked into things that you know help you & you inadvertently turn them into a crutch. You continue to want their help ALL the time. It’s a bit like walking perfectly fine when you’re 10, even if you do fall over when you’re rushing or playing, but then becoming younger, to toddler stage and you can’t do anything without holding onto your “one thing” that you know supports you, but isn’t designed for the nth degree of things. The use of Tarot can get like that. From consulting the cards every hour to not getting out of bed to being nosy about what someone might be thinking. You can use it to micromanage everything, it becomes your crutch. The question I have is this: Do you really want to!? I get that there’s an element of control within us all that sometimes, can be a British BullDog. It just will not let go. Even though…

Imbolc : Spring Has Sprung, Finally!

Today is Imbolc, the First Day of Spring, so it’s claimed.  With the days growing longer, the Year of the Rooster upon us & the daffodils already sprouting up, Spring seems to be certainly sprung! I saw this Spring / Imbolc spread on pInterest & thought I’d share. It comes from Kiki’s Cauldron on Tumblr. Here are the cards & positions:  1/ What is still frozen in your life? – Page of Vessels 2/ What will keep you warm & comfortable? – 5 of Stones 3/ What clutter needs to be cleared? – 10 of Vessels 4/ The first signs of spring you’ll see this Spring – 5 of Bows 5/ A project to being immediately – 10 ~ The Wheel 6/ A message of inspiration for you – 12 ~ The Mirror The Interpretation For what’s still frozen in my life, the Page of Vessels comes up. This is usually a card that reminds me to have fun, so is my fun the item in my life that’s frozen? It’s possible, things don’t seem to have been much fun recently. What should be fun hasn’t been, at least not recently. For what will keep me warm & comfortable, the…

Let’s Talk : Expressing My Authentic Self?

It’s time to see how you might express your authentic self.  There’s a lot to do now that we’re well & truly into the New Year, how can you best express your authentic self? Being true to yourself is often a way that people trip up with things. There are so many pressures on us from others; their expectations & their noise drown out our own self-perceptions. We sometimes struggle to get our own thoughts to focus on the positive & the future. It can take a time to get them to do that, such is the loudness of others. There’s no such thing as normal, everyone is weird! Honestly, we all are! Celebrating it means being a little brave or sometimes, a lot brave. It’s about trusting ourselves to our very core & displaying that trust.  Sometimes that comes over arrogant or over-confident, but it need not be the case. The Spread & Cards Card 1: what does my authentic self, look like? 2 – The Seer Card 2: what’s the worst way I can express this? The 2 of Arrows Card 3: what’s the best way I can express this? 21 – The World Tree The Reading:  What does…

Yuletide In The Wildwood

It’s Yuletide & today I explore the darker side of Yule, the reason The Hermit comes out at this time of year. What part of our dark side do we need to work on this Yuletide? This is the first of the Fire Festivals of the new Pagan Year, the last one being Samhain itself. The theme came from the Tarot Blog Hop (which I forgot to sign up for, d’oh!) but thought I’d “join in” unofficially anyway!   If you signed up for my newsletter, you’d have seen the spread I’m about to do ahead of this post. The Reading; Pick a card for the number 1 spot to represent YOU. It can be a card of the season or one that is most like you. Then give the rest of the deck a good shuffle & decorate the tree! Number 2 is: What’s the first aspect I need to work on? Number 3 is: What’s the best way to tackle it? Number 4 is: What’s the worst way to tackle it? Number 5 is: What’s the unseen understanding I need here? Card 1: this comes from Corrine Kenner’s deck,  Tarot of the Gods and was Neptune in Pisces. This…

Let’s Discuss : The Stag

The Stag, Guardian of the Wildwood comes out to liven up our creative souls.  This half human, half animal Stag Guardian of the Wildwood reminds us that our rights and wrongs are not those of the Wildwood or nature itself.  We humans are good at changing things around us to suit our needs,  but not always for the better. By nature, we’re a destructive,  wasteful and  greedy breed of being.  However,  this axe reminds us that whilst we are sometimes like this,  we can and are able to break the cycle.  We can act with responsibility,  use but save and replenish our natural resources. We’ve forgotten that in truth,  we’re the guests on this blue and green ball called Earth. The current human politics has blinded us to what we’re doing to this place we live in, on a Global scale. On a personal level,  karma is at work.  The Stag is a reminder to treat others as you wish to be treated.  We’re responsible for our actions and their consequences. Even the human politics that we’re undergoing at the moment, is part of the energy of The Stag, though not his most handsome side I have to admit. It’s…