Sometimes it’s easier to be safe and comfortable instead of taking risks. If you’ve been considering a risk, today might be the time to start that ball rolling. On the flip side, Badger also reminds us that we don’t always get our way, so if we’ve been pursuing something that’s not coming to fruition, it’s time to give it a rest. Sometimes something better is there and we just aren’t focusing on it – or it’s just not time for that particular dream to become reality.

Blessings!

Thistle

Badger Spirit – Be Fearless and Bold

Message: Badger Spirit rejoices at your persistence and commitment to what is true for you. Whatever you seek, your tenacity and faith in your partnership with Spirit is paying off, and the results will soon coalesce into form in your world. The gift of Badger is the surety that taking a risk now and being courageous, fearless, and bold will yield wondrous results. This is a time to harness your will and apply it consistently to the pursuit of your dreams. Know that no matter the temporary outer conditions, you will manifest your desires in divine timing and in the form that Spirit deems best for you.

Badger Spirits says you have what it takes to get what you want, so assert yourself. Be fearless and be bold, shining your light as your purpose calls you into the world. New relationships are also given a green light now. Don’t be afraid to make the first move. Badger Spirit loves your brave and mighty heart!

Protection Message: When Badger Spirit comes to protect you, he reminds you that anger or aggression, argumentative behavior, and being pushy or manipulative will not result in a positive outcome. Perhaps someone close to you has excess Badger energy, or perhaps that energy is pent up in you. Either way, now is the time to calm down and allow the energy to pass through you. Go for a hike or brisk walk, shake it off, dance it out so you can return to the situation determined and committed, but not so intense that you overwhelm others and ourself.

The appearance of Badger Spirit also serves as a reminder if you have been relentless pursuing something that keeps eluding you. The message is that it’s time to give it up to your Higher Power and focus on something else. Badger wants to protect you from self-will run rampant – from being obsessed with getting what you want in the form you prefer, in timing that fits perfectly with your notions of what has to be. Remember, the world doesn’t revolve around your wants. Better, more beautiful opportunities will be the result when you release some of that Badger Spirit intensity along with our need to have it your way one hundred percent.

Spirit Animal Oracle by author Colete Baron-Reid and artist Jenna DellaGrotaglia

What an appropriate card for many of us as we start the week. I know I’ve got some clutter issues to deal with – both mental and physical – and feel this card may be the push I need to get going on some of it. Hope this one speaks to you all as well.

Blessings,

Thistle

Seven of Bows – Clearance

Meaning: A time to make decisions and choose priorities. Focus on what you really need in your life and what it is time to dispose of and cut away, especially if it is worn out and broken or no longer meets your needs on the journey of life.

Description: A worn, broken and splintered bow rests on the ground. Six half-prepared staves stand to one side. A bonfire burns off timber waste. The smoke curls through the trees and up towards the sky, but the flames are bright and small showers of sparks light the evening sky.

Reading Points: All things must change and evolve, and however well prepared or carefully constructed your tools and skills, new challenges and obstacles may require rethinking and relearning. Bows wear out and eventually fracture under constant use, stress, and tension. Arrows were put through damp and strenuous flexing and lose their strength and accuracy. Change is a natural part of the process of renewal and although it can be painful (pain brings change and change brings pain), it must be seen as a positive turn of the wheel and necessary for new life to begin.

Welcoming the clearing of the old and worn and preparing the ground for new growth is vital. New shoots and spring saplings will be starved of light and nutrients in the soil if the ground is not cleared. Old boughs and stumps should be removed to ease the process of saving goodbye to a tool or concept that has outlived its practical life. By allowing the passing of the old and the clearing of the ground to take place with an element of welcoming and exceptance of change, the feelings of relief and poignancy may aid the healing process, giving comfort.

The Wildwood Tarot by authors Mark Ryan and John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

Happy Friday, everyone! Today, we have Ivy to offer us some inspiration, provided we are clear of the muck to be receptive.

Blessings,

Thistle

Ivy (Eidheann)

Prophecy, Connection, Death & Rebirth (also Ambivalence, Tenacity, Support)

The card shows Ivy growing beside a sacred pool. It’s black series will slowly ripen over the winter to provide food for birds, just as its flowers have offered the year’s last source of nectar and pollen for bees. Around the pool, we can see the carvings of a green man, a double spiral, and the Ogham glyph for Gort.

Meaning: Since classical times, Ivy has been associated with prophetic intoxication, sought by the Druids particularly for creativity so that their work is inspired by something greater than their own personalities alone. Selecting this card may mean that such inspiration is coming to you, or that you should seek it. To be receptive, you will need to still your mind, which will mean first resolving any conflict or confusion that is troubling you. The way to feel free and to forget yourself may be in the apparently opposite direction of becoming more aware of yourself and that which limits you. The poet Robert Frost says, “The best way out is always through,” and you may have to plumb the debts of the issues that trouble you before you can find yourself free of them.

Alternatively, the card may be reaffirming or you the belief that life is cyclical and that nothing is truly lost.

On the other side: Ivy flowers later than any other plant – providing bees with nectar and pollen at the very end of the season. Yet, its charms are hidden and many of us see only the dark, destructive side of its character – in its capacity to smother trees, render walls unstable and invade gardens. Each of us has the ability to bee destructive as well as creative, and both powers are necessary in order for life to flourish. This card may indicate that you should look at this ambivalence in your personality and your relationships, to determine whether you need to start behaving differently.

Ivy is an extraordinarily tenacious and vigorous plant. If you are able to channel both these forces within you, in appropriate ways, you will find it easier to pursue your goals and access your innate vitality.

The Druid Plant Oracle by authors Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm and artist Will Worthington

Sometimes we have to unstitch things and put it back together differently to fit our needs. Life can be like that, though unstitching big things in life can be painful or intimidating, it can also be rewarding.

Blessings,

Thistle

SKULL OF FLOWERS – Creating through the ashes

To blossom and bloom
The work must be done
Through the fire and ashes
Our fortune it comes

Before flowers are born, they are sweet buds on a plant that came from a smaller form like a seed or a bulb. The seed needs prepared, nourishing soil to grow to its potential. Some plants and trees only seed after fire or a period of extreme adversity like drought or flood. Sometimes we wish for a life different from the one that we have and that can mean radical change. Sometimes to have that new life, everything falls apart to make it so – and that can be uncomfortable. We may lose our relationships or they may change. We might lose a job, have to move house or become ill – all big events that lead to a reassessment of the “how” of our lives.

The Skull of Flowers illustrates that there is a sureness and yet a rawness to creating again, to starting afresh. Sometimes the universe gives us a blank slate to work from, so we can build what we really want, rather than just settling for less. The Skull of Flowers celebrates not just a kind of phoenix energy but also an energy of success and full bloom through adversity.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

OK, I really hope this card is for us all and not just me – yesterday at the end of a much-needed reiki session, I pulled another card that indicated transformation. But then, is it ever a bad thing to take a moment and seek wisdom?

Blessings,

Thistle

OWL MEDICINE

MEANING: Wisdom. Illumination. Intuition, clairvoyance, and deep insight abound. Go within. Profound majesty and grace is available to you simply by pulling your awareness inward. Ancient knowledge is emerging within you. You know the truth. Trust your perception. You are a truth-seeker and a truth-sharer. Nurture the feminine spirit within you.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: In some indigenous cultures, the men say that they are afraid of the owl because it represents the power of woman and they’re in awe of (and even afraid of) the power of women. Other native cultures call the owl the “night eagle,” for it has the majesty of the eagle but works silently in the darkness of night. (In Western cultures, the owl sits on the shoulder of Athena and also of Merlin, revealing sacred truths.) When this card chooses you, you are at the advent of illumination and transformation.

THE JOURNEY: In a meditative state, imagine that you have shape-shifted into an owl and that you are soaring silently through the night. Your ability to see, even in darkness, is remarkable. This corresponds with your ability to see the truth even in murky situation in life.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Lynn and artist Charles McStravick

As I’ve said before, people say “don’t judge,” but the fact is that we do it all the time and it is part of assessing whether something or someone is right for us. Not everything is worthy of your time and energy. Don’t buy too much into the negative understanding of the word judgment – it is key to helping you find your way.

The Great Bear

READING POINTS: The only thing in life that is assured is that if you wait long enough, it will change. How you survive that change and who you are after it is up to you. The major elements in this process is judgment of yourself and others. This may relate to an assessment regarding a personal matter or situation, and could be linked to the process of forgiving. It may also relate to a group or social decision. In the process of judgment, both as an individual an on the universal level, honesty is the key. Be honest, be forgiving, be patient, but most of all, be assured change is at hand. Remember, the universe has a long memory. Nothing is ever forgotten.

DESCRIPTION: Between two yew trees lies an ancient burial mound of the kind known as a passage grave. Upon this a polar bear crouches, keeping watch. The initiate has been laid to rest, covered by earth and stone, and now wants to be reborn, guarded by the shamanic sentinel of the mound. The traditional religious and political concepts of right and wrong, guilt and innocence, have no place here, for the judgment that takes place during the time of rebirth is both inward and mystical, and yet outward and universal, reaching far beyond the narrow confines of human civilization and conventions. The constellation of the Great Bear stands out in the sky, indicating the entrance to the otherworld to which the seeker proceeds.

Fear of death and damnation have mutated into a distorted view of the card known traditionally as Judgment, as a calling of righteous souls from their graves by an angel on Judgment Day. But the universe is much simpler than religious theologies would have it. The laws of evolution and cause and effect have more to do with divine judgment than human morals. If, on a personal level, life is squandered in the pursuit of vainglories and pretentious ambition, the painful void left within an individual’s soul will make itself known through despair and frustration. On the earthly or universal sphere, if we abuse the ecosystem and lay waste to world resources, nature will find a way to redress the balance by its own evolutionary means. Nature is not vindictive, just practical. By the same token, if time is spent education and understanding ourselves, this investment in wisdom will help us live our lives with a deeper respect for all humanity and nature. Life will be enriched by the joy and beauty of the universe.

The Great Bear is the guardian of the forest ways and holds up the power of life and death over those who transgress those laws. After experiencing the stages of being stripped and laid bare, the initiate experiences renewed strength and wisdom and is reborn into a place of quiet stillness, peace, and rest that allows the healing process to be completed. The new, whole, reconstituted person lies hibernating, full of potential, ready to meet the coming spring and with energy and joy.

The Wildwood Tarot by authors Mark Ryan and John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

This card might at first seem “bad,” like we need to protect ourselves from something coming. But that’s not really the spirit of this card – it is about reminding us to set boundaries and be smart about how we protect ourselves physically and energetically. And most of all, this card makes it clear that we are capable of protecting ourselves.

Have a great weekend!

Thistle

Jack-O’-Lantern – Protection

Oh Jack! Oh Jack!
Let me carve my protection
Shine your fire outwards
Evil rejection and reflection

Halloween wouldn’t be the same without the carving of pumpkins into scary jack-o’-lanterns. Glowing menacingly from porches, dinner tables, and porches everywhere, Jacks actually have a rich history and a spiritual bent.

The original jack-o’-lantern was a will-o’-the-wisp, an old British term. The will-o’-the-wisp was a small bundle of sticks used as a flame or torch. The Irish and those living in the Scottish Highlands all carved winter vegetables – not just pumpkins but also parsnips, carrots, and beets. The time around Samhain (Halloween) was of course when the fae and goblins were said to be roaming wild and so the lanterns were intended to be both scary (scaring off the undesirable) and to light the way in the dark.

Today, carving pumpkin jack-o’-lanterns has become an art in itself and a true icon of Halloween. Intricate designs both scary and funny can be found in almost every home that celebrates the holiday. Both electric light and candles now illuminate the inside of the lanterns.

Know that you are protected and that you are capable of creating the life that you want and that the universe supports you in this should Jack shine his light upon you. Boundaries are important to teach people how to treat us and drawing this card indicates that you may wish to renew the ones you have or to establish new ones.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

The Dragonfly is always a powerful symbol, particularly for transformation. Facing the truth of things is often the start of that. Don’t fear the truth; even if it is “unfavorable” to us, we can learn and grow from there.

Blessings,

Thistle

Dragonfly Spirit – Truth Transcends Illusion

Message: Dragonfly Spirit is here to remind you of the wisdom and truth available at all times in the hidden realms. Just as a dragonfly catches your eye with its reflective wings and body, Dragonfly Spirit appears to tell you to pay attention to the truth beyond the illusion and recognize the insights that come seemingly out of nowhere, peeking through from behind the veil. In the realm of Spirit, there is far more wisdom that you can perceive with our senses, and there is a deep knowing that you are not separate or alone, for a higher power recognizes you and loves you beyond measure. Fears dissipate as you realize you are embraced by the nurturing force that is everywhere, always in communication with you.

Alighting when you are preoccupied, Dragonfly Spirit offers this message: You exist in unity with all, including the protective spirits who share their wisdom, and you are being nudged along the path your soul needs to travel to have the experiences it creates.

Pay attention to the signs now; they remind you that each of us have inspired dreams seamlessly sewn into the fabric of the invisible world, and there is a Great Consciousness that exists in the seemingly empty spaces, guiding us on our journey. Open to the truth, letting the wisdom of the hidden realms inform you, providing insight your conscious mind overlooks.

Protection Message: Did you really think this world of the senses is all there is? From the hidden mystical realms, signs are being sent to you, but perhaps you have perceived separation and convinced yourself that you are on your own. Have you fallen into spiritual amnesia and forgotten your connection to a living, loving, always supportive universe? If so, rub the sleep out of your eyes, for Dragonfly Spirit is here to remind you of all the love and support available to you in every moment. There is an organizing principle underlying the events you have experienced, and Dragonfly Spirit can help you see it and trust that Spirit has your back. Let go of the illusion of chaos and randomness. Love is here, so follow the signs that appear serendipitously. As you pay attention to the magic all around you, you will know you are on the right track.

Spirit Animal Oracle by author Colette Baron-Reid and artist Jena Dellagrotaglia

As I have noted before, Otter is one of my spirit guides who reminds me not to be so serious and to enjoy life and have fun. Otter is great at that – and their fluidity is inspiring. If you’ve been working too hard or worrying too much, take some time to have a little fun. Or a day off to recharge.

On the flip side, for some folks this card is an indicator that they’ve been playing a bit too much and avoiding responsibilities. Extremes are rarely helpful.

Blessings!

Thistle

Otter (Dobhran)- Joy, play, and helpfulness

Meaning: Otter invites us to play, to go with the flow of life and experience – to become a child again. Allow yourself the freedom and pleasure of relaxing and letting go of all your daily concerns. Otter could be prompting you to take a day or a weekend out of your usual routine to do something purely for fun. Your practical side may tell you that you cannot afford the time, but deep down you know that you need to care for yourself to be a real value to others.

Someone may even be coming into your life who will show you how to play again – something you may have forgotten as you accepted the responsibilities of growing up. Otter shows us that being playful can lead us to catch the salmon – the fish prized by the Druids as the totem of wisdom. Drawing this card also confirms to us the sense that we are truly protected.

This card can also suggest that you may be “pushing the river“ – going against the natural course of events, perhaps out of fear or stubbornness. Try letting go, relaxing, and trusting in life. Although Otter urges us to be playful, we must be aware of becoming the play boy or girl who uses play as an escape from the demands and responsibilities of adulthood.

Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm and artist Will Worthington

I grabbed the Halloween Oracle today because, in the back of my mind, I hoped it would keep the cooler weather with us instead or rebounding to the 90s (though low 90s). That might be wishful thinking, but as I pulled THIS card, I was reminded that the date of my Mom’s passing is coming soon too.

This card might seem sad, but remembering lost loved ones eventually can become joyful: remembering their laugh, their stories, or even seeing them reflected in others you know. Don’t shy away from remembrance, because it’s how we honor the energy and love they gave us.

Blessings!

Thistle

THE LAMP – Remembrance

I light a single candle
Within a lamp for you
A single flame in the darkness
That reflects my heart so true.

While it is a tradition to carve a jack-o-lantern to scare away the spirits, it was an older tradition still to light a candle or a lamp on Halloween night and leave it at the window as a loving guide for those who have passed.

Both as a symbol of remembrance and also as a kind of “leaving the lights on” for those who may wish to come home, the lamp was left on to illuminate the night and perhaps even the sadness that was felt because of the passing.

This card reminds us that it is a positive thing to remember those who have passed by celebrating their life rather than mourning their death. For those with whom we did not have an easy relationship or even those we did not like, leave us with valuable lessons. Sometimes, we learn more from our nemesis than we do from our friends and so the darkness can illuminate our strengths and our true values so that we can live them ore clearly and fully.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

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