This is a serious card – the Wildwood deck does tend to get to the point sometimes, whether the point be cozy and warm or cold and hard. As many of us are celebrating the fertility of spring (in the Northern Hem) and others celebrating the harvest (in the Southern Hem), but in this day we need to consider how these cycles are changing and whether it’s for the health of all – including future generations.

What are we doing that need to change to live our words? In our household, we struggle to reduce plastic use, not waste food, and to get busy with gardening in a timely manner. We all need to find better – and more sustainable – ways to live.

Sorry to be preachy, but sometimes it is what it is.

SIX OF STONES – EXPLOITATION

MEANING: Selfish or foolish overuse of non-sustainable resources implies imbalance in work and business that is damaging to yourself or the environment.

DESCRIPTION: Two ragged and distraught figures, and old man and a girl, stand by a row of damaged and abandoned beehives holding empty bowls. Broken and unused farming tools lie on the ground nearby. Through the leafless trees, we see the surrounding fields, barren and desolate. In the distance, smoke rises from burning piles of spoiled crops.

READING POINTS: The human race’s capacity to exploit planetary resources to our own detriment is motivated by a flawed belief that we have the right to do so. As we begin to come to terms with the profound effects of global climate change and the irreversible effects this will have on our children’s lives, the human race still struggles to deal with the unresolved issues of how to feed the billions of new human beings born every year. How we will resource the education, health, and social service requirements of entire generations to come seems like a question too painful even to think about. With world financial systems and safeguards breaking down and faith in any government’s ability to tell the truth and act with integrity severely damaged, our social moral codes and once-familiar cultural “norms” appear under enormous strain. We all need to be aware of the price our children will pay for our exploitation of the planet’s resources.

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

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Nimue often gets a bad rap in the Arthurian literature. Remember that her character is being viewed through an extremely patriarchal lens. There is more to her story, and she has much to teach us.

High Priestess – Nimue

Meaning: A deep stirring within the self. A subtle but powerful connection with the collective unconscious or world soul. An inspired state of being. Surges of wisdom that benefit any creative endeavor, whether they be artistic, esoteric, or scientific.

Seeking guidance and knowledge. Seclusion and self-reliance. Good judgement and astute psychic ability. Feminine principles and grace. A need for solitude. Creating a receptive state of mind. Meditation brings new solutions to light.

This card could also mean: Dormant talents and wisdom. The waste or misuse of skills and knowledge. Lack of inspiration; hollow existence. A negative influence affecting emotional stability and imparting judgement. Being deceived by a superficial show of knowledge. Ignorance and an unwillingness to consider the advice of others.

Nimue: Nimue is one of several women to hold the title Chief Damsel of the Lake. This can lead to confusion, as the name Lady of the Lake may refer to, among others, Morgan or the water spirit who fosters Lancelot and rises from the waters to give and later receive Excaliber.

Nimue is most often remembered as Merlin’s undoing. The sage first happened upon her while she was dancing in the woods. As he watched her graceful movements, he felt his heart ties and recognized the dance, but was powerless to stop the emotion that came over him. From that day on, Merlin followed her everywhere. Nimue dared not rebuke the great Merlin for fear of his wrath and magical powers. The indignant court marveled at the sight of their wisest counselor acting the fool, and gossip began. Arthur was relieved when Merlin announced that they would be leaving the court to travel. Nimue had agreed to accompany Merlin on the condition that he promise not to use his powers to overcome her. Nimue, meanwhile, strove to learn all she could of Merlin’s magic so that one day she might be rid of him.

Merlin’s obsession deepened with time, and his advances took a sinister turn. Aided by an enchantment he taught her, Nimue trapped Merlin in a cave where he would remain for all eternity. Some say he languishes in a tower of air or under a great stone. Others believe he was not trapped at all, but merely chose to retire to the Isle of the Otherworld. In this interpretation, Nimue was a trusted escort and nurse, a companion to help him on his journey to the twilight realm.

Whatever the case may have been, Nimue’s action were considered justified and there were no serious repercussions. Indeed, she became an advisor and friend to the king, saving his life and guarding him against treachery.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

Maybe it’s springtime calling, but the urge to declutter has been strong with me lately – how about you? perhaps a spiritual or mental decluttering if not a physical one? This card came to us in February, so clearly our work is not done here.

Blessings!

SMUDGING CEREMONY

MEANING: Let go of the past. Purify. Detox. Release whatever doesn’t serve or support you in your life. Cleanse your body and environment by doing space clearing and clutter clearing. Let go of the old, discarded, and unused to make way for the new energy and new beginnings. Eat lightly, drink lots of fresh water, and consume food with strong life force.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: Smudging is a native tradition that involves using the smoke of burning herbs to symbolically “wash” a space in a ceremonial manner. Sometimes your energy field or the energy field of your environment becomes so cluttered and dingy that you can’t see the world clearly and you have trouble hearing the messages from your soul. When you take the time to purify yourself and your environment, not only do you feel lighter and brighter but also you’re a clearer channel for the light. The brilliance that pours through you can heal and help many people – but first the path has to be clear.

THE JOURNEY: Using the smoke of incense or sage, cup your hands into the smoke and “wash” over the top of your head, saying, “That I think clearly.” Then cup the smoke to your eyes, saying, “That I may see the truth.” Next bring the smoke to your throat area, saying, “That I may speak the truth.” Finally, waft the smoke to your heart area, saying, “That my heart be open.”

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

Here’s another beautiful but deep card to kick off our week. For many of us, getting back into the weekday groove on Monday is a bit of an autopilot thing as we come out of a weekend. Today, the Swan suggests we go through today with more thought and introspection than that.

Hope you all had a great weekend (we did – plenty of time outdoors and some of it with friends). Blessings!

Swan Spirit – Time for a Deep Dive

Message: With their graceful, long necks, swans are able to reach into the depths. When Swan Spirit arrives, you are called to take a deep dive, beyond what is easily availing on the surface. You may think you know what is best for you now, but take the plunge to the depths of your awareness, for there is knowledge you are not aware of and great treasures to discover. Deeper understanding awaits you, and a perspective that comes from greater self-knowledge is what you need right now to better understand a situation or relationship.

As you come to know yourself more intimately, so too will you come to better know others, so Swan Spirit asks you to go behind the surface of what is happening between you and others and resist the temptation to judge by superficial appearances. Know there is much deeper potential for loving connections, forgiveness, and mutual understanding.  Choose to dive deep, into your Why. Asking the deeper questions of yourself, you are led by the grace of Swan Spirit.

Protection Message: Don’t talk yourself into diving deep into something just because you see the potential of things instead of what they really are now. The necessary work and patience involved may not be the best use of your energy. Have you seen the potential in someone and think that if you love and support them, they will become the person who knows you love them beyond all others? Have you stepped into an opportunity that you know feels too good to be true and might not turn out the way you hope?

Now is not a time for selective, limited perception that can lead to misjudgment. Instead, this is a time for going deep and being honest about what you find as you explore the depths. Have no fear, for whatever you find below will help you love and understand yourself and others, and make better choices. Can you sense Swan Spirit calling you to dive deep and resurface to choose again?

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

 

 

This card trio will be for your weekend as well as today – I’ve decided to make taking off Saturday & Sunday a regular thing. I feel that some regular breaks bring more meaning to the cards (for me, anyway) as well as keeping the process from becoming rote.

First of all, the trio of cards today all seem to harp on one thing: trusting in Spirit. We have Hawk Spirit telling us to let Spirit guide us; then White Raven Spirit says to trust in the magic. Finally, Whale Spirit says to trust the mystery of life. I can’t help but wonder if some of us are trying to over control outcomes in our lives. The fact is that sometimes we must go with the flow and realize that the dominoes will not always fall exactly how we want them to. That doesn’t mean that things are not going to turn out well; it could simply mean that there are other ways to go than the one you’re imagining or fantasizing about.

Perhaps this weekend is the time to loosen your death grip on controlling events and see what happens. Blessings!

Whale Spirit – Trust the Great Mystery

Message: Whale Spirit is an ancient creature who was here at the beginning of time and who has seen everything, felt everything, and heard everything that has ever transpired on this planet. In the Hidden Realms where all things must gather first before manifesting into form, Whale Spirit is the keeper, singing the soul of the whole world from the deepest waters of the coldest seas. When Whale appears, it is a reminder that there is a Great Mystery that you must accept without intellectually trying to understand it.

Sometimes things cannot be known by the mind, only experienced through the heart. Through intuition and through the peripheral senses that part the invisible veils separating the world from the Great Manifesting Consciousness in the hidden realms. Now is the time for you to immerse yourself in the Great Mystery of Spirit and to trust that within the invisible, what you can’t see now are the seeds of your intentions being tended to by Spirit.

Protation Message: Certainty is not offered to you right now. You are being asked to trust the process of co-creation. Whale Spirit reminds you that your primary reality is not that of the material world but that of the Realm of Spirit, from which the essence of your dreams and desires take shape before arriving as a specific form. You must trust absolutely that what will come will be for the highest good. Stay in your present moment awareness and allow the Hidden Realms to hold your intentions safely until it is time for them to manifest in the Realm of Form. Let go, for you will not be left behind. Some things take longer than others to arrive.

Spirit Animal Oracle by

Some good thoughts here. Is it time to examine a relationship status (personal or business)? Are you simply seeking confirmation?

Blessings!

Yarrow – Fidelity, Masculinity, Virility

Meaning: One name for Yarrow is “Seven Years’ Love,” since it was believed that a charm made with Yarrow could keep couples loving and faithful for seven years. What happened after that we do not know, but Yarrow’s association with fidelity may provide a clue as to what this card means for you. Faithfulness to a partner or to certain values or shared ideas forms the basis of trust, and sometimes we can take this for granted without fully examining it. A review every seven years is a wise idea – for business partners as well as lovers. Values, goals, and boundaries can be assessed and re-contracted, with the potential for a renewed sense of purpose and commitment.

Some writers say that Yarrow is sacred to the Horned God and the male principle, and another meaning for this card might revolve around your relationship to masculinity. Many of us hold a partly conscious representation in our awareness of a powerful and virile man that we would like to become or merge with. It is possible that this card signals a time in which you will start to work more consciously with this figure.

On the flip side: Yarrow stalks have been used for divination for centuries. We turn to divination when we are uncertain about the future or need guidance. This process can easily become fatalistic and disempowering; used wisely, an oracle should encourage us to draw on our inner wisdom and stimulate our ability to think more deeply about our station before making any decisions. This card reversed may indicate that you are turning to this oracle to help you make a choice that, deep down, you suspect you’ve already taken. But hesitancy and doubt have their values: They help us to avoid arrogance and impulsiveness, and to fine-tune our decisions and timing. Sometimes in an oracle we seek only the echo of our own thoughts and feelings.

Druid Plant Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm and artists Will Worthington

 

In the mornings, I drive my stepdaughter to school. Before we get to it, there is an open field. Often on sunny days, there is a young man with long, sun-kissed hair simply standing on the edge of the field watching the sun come up. We have no idea what he’s doing there: a mediation perhaps? Every time I see him, it reminds me of this card and that from the energies around us (and especially that of the sun), we receive energy for creation. What are you going to do with it today?

THE SUN OF LIFE

ROOTS & BRANCHES: The creative fire, light of the land, the furnace of potential, the inner sun, the primal melting pot of matter and energy, the heart of eternal life

READING POINTS: A powerful symbol of light and fertility, the Sun of Life heralds a season blessed with joyous enlightenment, robust health, and emotional harmony. As the glorious rays of cleansing sunlight spill into the shadows of your heart and life, so the warmth reaches into your very bones and energizes your spirit. It is time to let the inner sun at the core of your being shine for all to see, bringing warmth, light, and harmony to others, and by doing so to connect with the consciousness of the universal mind. The Sun of Life also beckons you to see beyond the noise and clatter of human reality and become aware of the vastness and generosity of the cosmic soul.

MEANING: Viewed as if from the center of the summer Wildwood, the Sun of Life is surrounded by fecundity and growth. The power and importance of the sun cannot be overstated as the bringer of life, warmth, and light into the human world. Many Stone Age sites were created to mark the rising of the sun, especially at Midwinter. This was done not only out of respect for the various solar deities but because the sun meant the coming of plentiful food and the return of life after the death of winter. It was a very real and practical salute to the source of primal power that meant survival and comfort during the warm months of the year to the ever-renewable promise of the sun’s return after its sojourn below the horizon during the winter months. Without the light of the sun on our world, life would never have begun, let alone evolved into the vast, complex, and varied sprawl of fertility we now see across the face of the globe.

On a more complex level of human consciousness, the Sun of Life represents the next step into awareness of the universal mind. After the initial movement from the potential still point of the moon, the sun beckons us beyond the Earth-Lunar relationship to an awareness of concepts on a solar level. At the heart of the sun is the secret process of nuclear fusion from which everything we perceive and comprehend on a physical, galactic level was created – and will one day return to. The figure at the heart of this process reminds us that we really are made of the matter of the universe. Our physical bodies were created from the waster matter of the cooling and turning of the sun. We are truly at one with the cosmos and the same interactions between matter and energy that bind the sun together, work both within and through us, moment-by-moment.

The Wildwood Tarot by Mark Ryan and John Matthews, art by Will Worthington

 

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