The Id (as in id, ego, and superego) is key to understanding the meaning of the werewolf in folklore, pop culture, and this card. Sometimes we can be too tamed by society and our modern conveniences. This card suggests we should spend some time outdoors, dance or drum with abandon, or tap into some other wild part of your nature. The problem when we never do this? That trapped beast often lashes out when we least want it to.

Blessings!

WEREWOLF – Exploring Wildness

Luminosity triggers it
A wild moon rises
Fur and howling
and wolfen guises

After a painful, excruciating, bone-jarring struggle against the change, the man releases to the magic. Howling unrestrained under the full moon, now the half-man half-wolf rises up, snarling, and goes looking for blood! Yes! We all know the power of the werewolf!

After the end of the European witch trials, an intense interest in the werewolf developed in folklore tales and evolved to become the stuff of horror stories. Fairly consistently since then, the wolf-man or “lycan” has featured regularly in tales both oral and written. Of course, during the last one hundred years, there have been many hugely popular movies including “

American Werewolf in London” and themes in books such as the recent Twilight Saga series.

The werewolf is a kind of shapeshifter – but one that has traditionally had little control over his wildness. In a way, an inner battle between civilization and wild nature fights inside the one body. The vitality, strength, and freedom of the animal versus the reason, control and intellect of the man – which one, though, is the dominant force? What is the healthy balance between our animal nature – one that is wild, free, and connected to nature – and our radically “civilized” humanness separate from or dominant over nature?

The werewolf asks us to consider this balance and to delve into our own ideas of wildness, independence and custodianship of the planet. When is the last time you spent all day outside? When is the last time you threw your head back and howled at the moon? Do you quash the vitality and curiosity of your body and mind by sitting all day in front of a computer? The werewolf challenges you to weave a balance between nature and our own nature.

The Halloween Oracle by Stacey Demarco, art by Jimmy Manton

First, blessed Autumn Equinox (or Mabon, Harvest Home, Feast of Avalon or whatever you prefer to call it)! For those in the Southern Hemisphere, I wish you a blessed Spring Equinox (or Ostara). In our household, there will be dental work done on the cook, so we will celebrate tomorrow. What will you do to celebrate?

Yesterday, I walked our youngest dog, Maddie, at a local trail and noticed several of the harbingers of a coming autumn, notably blooming Goldenrod, Spicebush berries, and the sumac leaves starting to turn.

I also found my magical namesake, the Thistle.

Now, on to the card. It’s one that gives us some hope in a time when it is sorely needed. Remember, all good things come from a combination of effort, an open mind, and timing. May good things start for you all today!

Seven of Swords – Sword in the Stone

Meaning: Inspiration and enthusiasm. A new direction and purpose. The bringing of a new enterprise. Recent events bring the promise of brighter days to come. The instilling of hope, faith, and strength. Sensing one is on the destined path. The renewal of spirit and ambition. Following what seem to be good omens pointing the way.

The card may also mean: Being given poor advice. Having to contend with armchair critics who underestimate one’s dedication and sill. A lack of support. Discouraging remarks fuel one’s determination.

Card’s Story: Galahad drew Balin’s sword from the stone.

After the death of Balin, the mastermind Merlin embedded the sword in a stone and set it to hover above the waters of a river. The stone held fast to the blade, designated to only release its grip when pulled by the knight who could achieve the Holy Grail. Over the years, the stone drifted downstream to arrive at Arthur’s court, where Merlin’s vision would come to pass.

On the feast of Pentecost, a great marvel befell the court. A squire reported to Arthur that a stone of red marble had appeared in the river below and embedded in the stone was an ornate sword. Arthur gathered the Fellowship and went to see for himself.

Lancelot beheld the sword, then called his kind aside. He then went on the explain to Arthur that when the rightful knight succeeded in pulling the sword from the stone, it would herald the beginning of the quest for the Holy Grail. Knowing he was not the destined knight, Lancelot refused to try to draw the sword. On Arthur’s bidding, both Gawain and Percivale tried their hand and failed. Having seen the “marvel,” Kay urged all to return to the hall to dine.

As they sat down, the shutters and doors of the castle mysteriously shut by their own accord. There then appeared man of great age, and at his side a handsome young knight. The knight carried no sword or shield, only a scabbard. The old man introduced the young knight as Galahad the Desired Knight. Thereupon he led Galahad to his destined seat at the Round Table. Having done his duty, the old man then left the court. Suspecting that the Quest awaited this knight, Arthur led the newcomer to the river’s edge. On seeing the sword, Galahad knew the task to be his. The young knight looked to the heavens, then drew the sword as if nothing held it. He sheathed the blade within his scabbard: the dawn of the Quest had come.

Legend, the Arthurian Tarot by Anne-Marie Ferguson

This is a lovely card – and it certainly makes me think of fond childhood memories of running in the woods, climbing trees, working in the garden, and playing with my cousins. But this is more than about nostalgia. Perhaps an old friend is coming back into your life. Or something you’ve been working on for a long time is coming to pass finally. Or perhaps you need to look closely at your attachments to determine if they are healthy.

A lot to consider for such a pleasant-looking card! Blessings.

Six of Cups – In Ector’s Keeping

Meaning: Nostalgia. A time of reflection and reliving fond memories of bygone days. Drawing nourishment and comfort from recalling playful days of childhood. Old friend reenter one’s life, bringing pleasant surprises. Efforts of the past come to fruition. Happiness as a result of previous kindness. Meeting aspects of the past.

The card also indicates an unhealthy attachment to the past that prevents one from appreciating the present. Having to contend with frightening and debilitating memories of childhood. Insecurity and longing for protection.

The Story: In times past there were days of play.

After the marriage of Uther and Igraine, Morgause (or Anna) left her mother’s side and became the wife of King Lot. Morgan was placed in the care of the sisterhood of Avalon, and Arthur was hidden away by Merlin. The sage wisely kept the boy’s identify a secret, fearing those who would wish harm on Uther’s so. It was said that Merlin traveled to the home of Sir Ector and his family. This remote land and its loyal family made for a secure foster home for Arthur.

Fosterage was a common practice of the noble blood. Children would often stay with the foster family until they came of age, which was generally fourteen for girls and seventeen for boy.s

In the case of Arthur, no formal arrangements had been made, and some say that Ector and his wife knew not of Arthur’s royal blood. But on the bidding of Merlin, the family accepted the boy.

While in Ector’s keeping, Arthur enjoyed a freedom he would never know again. Most thought him just one of the many royal bastards (as did Arthur himself), which meant his movements were no more restricted than those of his foster brother Kay. Being no more privileged than his companions, Arthur’s childhood instilled him with a sense of fair play and honor. Kay and Arthur were given an education and made to study literature, foreign language, poetry, music, and the arts of war, after which they were free to roam and enjoy childhood pastimes.

Arthur was a likable boy who later cherished his years and friendship made while in the card of Sir Ector.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

Today, two different cards were had a strong pull, and they do seem to work together well. Ideally, a warrior of the heart should probably work to purify themselves and clear both mental and physical clutter before tackling the serious work of this warrior.

Blessings and have a lovely weekend!

Sweat Lodge

Meaning: Cleanse yourself: body, mind, and soul. Purify and let go of objects and relationships that no longer serve you. Purify your body, go within, and meditate. Talk to the creators. Give thanks.

Native Spirit Wisdom: Sweat lodges are small dome structures covered with skins, blankets, or mud in which very hot stones are placed in the center. Water is poured over the stones so that hot steam rises from the rocks. Thus the sweat lodge, with its hot steam, is used for purification ceremonies as well as a place to commune with the divine. This card shows you that it’s time to clear out the clutter in your life. Sometimes clutter means cleaning out your closet of items that you don’t love or use. But sometimes clutter can be outmoded relationships or habits that no longer serve you. The clearer your inner and outer space becomes, the easier it will be to hear the sweet messages from your soul.

The Journey: sometimes this card chooses you when it’s time to do some physical detoxification. Fast for a day. Drink green juices. Clear out some clutter: love it, use it, or get rid of it. Even one small item to make a difference.

 

Warrior of the Heart

Meaning: You have the radiant spirit of a warrior of the light. Be impeccable in all of your actions. No matter what others believe, the Creator always knows the truth. This isn’t the time to be timid and pull back. Immense courage is filling you. Throw your shoulders back, step forward, and take a risk! Be willing to live life from your heart rather than you mind. Honor your truth. Speak up for yourself.

Native Spirit Wisdom: The greatest native warriors weren’t the ones who wounded the most people; they were those remarkable beings who had such personal power that enemies lay down their weapons rather than fight. There are times in life to step back and even times to walk away, but there are also times to stand up for yourself and those less advantaged. Don’t allow yourself to be limited by your belief system. Courage doesn’t mean that you aren’t afraid. Fearless means just that: Fear less. Acknowledge that you’re frightened, and take action anyway! Face your anxiety and go beyond the boundaries of limited perception of yourself. Through your example, people find and act on their truth. You’re a light bearer for others.

The Journey:  List everything that you are afraid of. Then next to that list, write every reason why it is important to overcome that fear. (In other words, what does that fear cost you?) Then make a list of the various ways that you can overcome that fear.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

 

Today’s card was bookended by Vessels cards, The King of Vessels representing honesty and support and Eight of Vessels suggesting rebirth. Today’s card, however, also came up yesterday. I figured she was trying to tell us something.

The Bear Queen, the queen of stones, wants us to understand our power and for us to use it wisely and to protect the land. There is a reason why the bear is connected to King Arthur, and there is a reason why his kingdom fell from him. What can we do to honor our power and the land itself?

Blessings!

Queen of Stones – Bear

Meaning: The ancient ancestor of the modern bear, the cave bear hibernated in caves during the cold northern winter. Neanderthals buried their skulls here and even shared their caves during some periods. Often linked to Arthurian legend, the Bear remains a symbol of the power and protection of the land.

Reading Points: Richness and plenty surround you. Your bounty and welcoming nature make you popular with all. Many depend on you, and your natural sensuality makes you powerful attractive to others. Pragmatism and generosity open doorways at every point.

Tracks & Pathways: Power and generality, punctiliousness, a demanding individual, confidence, frankness, assurance, and property.

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

This queen is always a supportive one to see. She is here to help you achieve your potential.

Blessings!

QUEEN OF BOWS – HARE

MEANING: Hares have been linked to the spring (eostre, the Saxon hare goddess) and sexuality since Celtic times, when it was considered taboo to kill them. Prolific breeders, they represent fertility and potential. The Hare is also famous for the “boxing” ritual that takes place during March.

READING POINTS: A companion through life, sympathetic and understanding, leading you to a deeper awareness of what is needed to bring success to your every enterprise. Wise and witty, gentle and kindly, the Queen supports you and strengthens your resolve.

TRACKS & PATHWAYS: Kindness and responsibility; an offering of peace and love; helpfulness, courtesy, and understanding; enchantment; and success in business

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

Another card that encourages us to look beyond our immediate worldly concerns. There is more to life than surviving it – now is a good time to look at what you soul is called to, spiritually and creatively. When we look at this card, it is easy to miss the cave for the simple beauty of the bird and the night sky. What lies in the cave for you?

Have a great day!

Blackbird – Enchantment, The Gateway, The Inner Call

The card shows a blackbird sitting on a rowan tree. It is twilight and the first stars are just appearing in the sky. In the background, we can see the entrance to an enchanted cave. Blackbird is the bird of both the gateway and the forge. 

Meaning: Blackbird (Druid Dhubh) calls to us from the gateway between two worlds, urging us to follow a spiritual path or to become more self-aware. He calls to us in the twilight, showing us the path to Otherworldly secrets, pointing out the ways in which we can discover more about our hidden motivations and potential. There are times in life when it is important to concentrate on the outer world and your responsibilities in that world, but there are also times when you must attend to the haunting song of your soul that calls you to a study of spiritual truths and to an exploration of the inner world through dreams and myths. In heeding Druid Dhubh’s song, you will discover healing and new depths in your soul.

This card may also be here to remind you that the blackbird is the smith’s bird, and his song may be calling you to work in the forge of your own heart – to create a life of passion and purpose. All four elements are used in metal-working, and to create a healthy and balanced life we must work with the power of the four elements, integrating and developing our minds and hearts, our instinct and our intuition. Just standing at the gateway between two worlds, without truly working in either, is a denial of our own power and responsibility.

The Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, art by Will Worthington

The women’s group I’m in discussed magical vision boards last night, so this card follows along well! For your weekend, perhaps it’s good to dedicate some time to figuring out how to make your dream a reality – or perhaps you just need some time to be creative.

Have a great weekend!

Spider Spirit – Make your dreams real

Message: Weaving your dreams into the fabric of life begins with a single thread of intention, and then spirit joins you as your co-weaving partner. Take but a single step to make your dream a reality, and Spirit will take ten toward you, for the universe is designed to support your dream-weaving.

Spirit Spirit arrives when you need reminding of the awesome power of co-creation with Spirit. Ideas and resources will begin to appear as if by magic as you begin to bring your dreams from the realm of intention into the world of the senses where they take form. The action you need to take is to be clear about your intentions, and then act as if you have become the one that lives the life you desire. The web of creation has an uncanny way of coming together to weave the beautiful pattern you set in motion.

Another message of Spider Spirit is about any creative project you may be considering: Writing, painting, music, journaling, gardening, etc. Now is the time when inspiration wants to be channeled through you at something creative, even artistic and tangible. Creative projects are successful now, if you are so inclined. Let yourself be open to abundance.

Protection Message: Are you expecting your dreams to weave themselves into reality? Are you stuck in the sticky web of weaving dreams, but never following through? The thread of Intention isn’t enough to make dreams a frailty unless you do your part in the weaving. Spider want you to know that your plans will remain ephemeral unless you commit to being productive and industrious, for Spirit will not do it all for you. Magic needs to be instigated, so begin to make your dream a reality by taking action today.

What are you will do to do? what are you willing to sacrifice? Can you release your limiting beliefs? Your dream is worthy of weaving. Today is a day to choose one small step toward your dream. Remember, Spirit is your weaving partner; you just have to be the first one to bring the thread to the loom, then continue to do your part.

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

As someone who can get several projects going at once, several books being read at once, and so for, I often need this reminder to get focused on one thing to achieve my goal. How about you?

Blessings!

The Tracker

Meaning: Focus your intent and your passion on one thing, rather than being scattered in different directions. Be single minded in what’s truly important in your life and let everything else go. Track the unseen world to see but very real print to the stream of energy to that what you desire.

Native Spirit Wisdom: Trackers have the ability to be so focused that everything but their goal disappears. What you see around you is the result of what you focus on. When you direct your thoughts for good, you attract positive experiences and people into your life; but when you focus on what isn’t working, you create even more challenging situations.

If you aren’t pleased with the direction of your life, concentrate on what you desire – not on what you don’t want. To develop inner power, Focus intently on one thing. Being scattered in a myriad of directions dilutes your strength. Devote your attention to your family, community, career, relationships, hobbies, or anything you’re passionate about. Diminish activities that aren’t essential to your goals, and it will be just a matter of time before miracles begin to occur.

The Journey: Write down how much time, on average, that you spend on different activities during the day. If there is anything nonessential that doesn’t feed your soul, find ways to diminish it and focus on what’s truly important.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

Not a deck I normally reach for, but the chill air in Kansas this morning seemed to call for something a little different. We don’t really see ravens in this area, but the corvid cousin the crow has been cawing from the trees and corn fields. Either bird has a lot of significance.

Have a great day!

Knave of Swords

The Raven holding a glowing key just above a glowing keyhole is telling here even beyond the typical meaning of the card. Ravens are curious, intelligent, and a bit mischievous. They also suggest spiritual rebirth. Something lies just beyond your normal reach or interest that you need to unlock a spiritual or personal rebirth or change. Will you go beyond your normal limits to unlock the door?

Meaning: Penetration, vigilance, agility, a discreet person, or an active youth. It could also mean someone revealed as an imposter, something unforeseen, or the feeling of powerlessness the face of stronger forces.

Tarot Familiars by Lisa Parker

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