OK, so I snuck the card in today before work – unlike yesterday! Sorry about that, but the newspaper kept my attention for too long yesterday. But today’s card is the Otter as the page of vessels. This creature is playful and mesmerizing, but also represents fair play, devotion, and loyalty. It’s not as hard to embrace these traits as we might think, we simply have to keep honesty at the forefront.

Blessings and have a lovely weekend!

Page of Vessels – Otter

Meaning: Equally at home on land or in water, the Otter’s ability to move between these spheres, perceived as the way between the worlds, made it especially sacred to the Celts. It is also sometimes listed as one of the oldest animals in the story of the rescue of the child god, Mabon.

Reading Points: As a dreamer and a visionary, you weave a spell that few can resist. Your loyalty, devotion, and sense of fair play mark you out as an individual whose will is tempered by a profound understanding of the otherworld.

Tracks & Pathways: Loyalty, devotion, study, willingness to serve, vision and contemplation, co-operation, and perceptiveness

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

The Hind is a special card, one that helps us to look beyond the material world and the ego to see what’s truly important. Don’t ignore this because this creature looks gentle – sometimes the gentlest of lessons have the most power.

HIND – SUBTLETY, GRACEFULNESS, FEMINITY

THE CARD: This shows a white hind, or eilid, in the forest in late summer or early fall. Acorns hang heavy from the oaks. The hind calls us to follow her deeper into the forest. Standing in a shaft of sunlight, she appears so elusive we are not even sure if she is of this world.

MEANING: Eilid brings us the gentleness and grace of the feminine principle. Whether you are a male or female, opening to the qualities of the Hind will enable you to achieve a greater degree of sophistication, subtlety, and elegance – in the best possible senses of these terms.

Deer, and the white hind in particular, call to us from the Otherworld, from the realm of Faery, and invite us to look beyond the material, beyond the superficialities of life, toward the heart of things, toward the realm of causes rather than effects. Poised in moonlight or sunlight, Eilid invites us to begin an exploration of the Otherworld, of the spiritual dimension of life.

The Hind may also be warning you to be less self-effacing. Rather than adapting yourself, like a chameleon, to the perceived demands and expectation of those around you, you may need to become more assertive. You may also need to be wary of becoming preoccupied with the Otherworld. Our psychic life has its seasons, and at times it is good and balancing for us to explore the inner mysteries, but at other times it is important for us to focus our awareness on everyday life. You may have reached a time when an interest in the esoteric needs balancing with a period of outer activity. Do not worry that you will lose touch with the Otherworld, for the magical white Hind will always be waiting for you at the edge of the woods, ready to guide you into the heart of the forest.

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

Though Seven of Earth – Oak was the main card today, interesting how the three cards pulled today create the balance of Land, Sea, and Sky!

Sometimes things are moving too fast and we are responding rather than consciously acting. Today is a good day to slow down and set a reasonable pace toward your goals. Let air and water help balance this effort to calm emotions and create clear communication. Blessings!

Seven of Earth – Oak

Live by the rhythms of the earth; work slowly and steadily toward your goal; plant for the generations to come. 

A large tree stands gracefully at the edge of a lush lawn. The pages of a local field guide are open to Oak. A handmade basket sits on the grass, full of collected acorns. The sky is blue on this crisp fall day. The leaves are beginning to turn; several float down to the earth.

Meaning: Knowing nature is key to knowing the self. Your legacy is intertwined with the moss and trees. Oaks are slow going, long-lived sovereigns of the land. Like the oak, you have worked hard and gathered your awards. When it is time to build your future, listen for the call of the earth. Oaks grow only about one foot per year. Be patient; trust your vision to manifest in its own time. Furniture made from oak wood is durable and hearty. As Texans said on seeing a 1,000-year-old oak standing after Hurricane Harvey, “You don’t get old by being weak.” Have faith in your work. The fruits of your labor will last beyond your lifetime. Look at the pace of nature for guidance. The seasons will give you direction.

Crafting with Seven of Earth:

• Make an acorn necklace to remind you to slow down and live in alignment with the seasons. 

• Take a basket weaving class. Work on your craft.

• Study the ethnobotany of the land where you live.

The Herbcrafter’s Tarot by author Latisha Guthrie and artist Joanna Powell Colbert

If you’ve been working up to speak up for yourself or to open up with a loved one, today is looking to be the day to do it. Take stock of things and say the truth you need to release. It can be hard, but the healing power of doing this is amazing.

Blessings!

Talking Stick

Meaning: Speak your truth. The soul loves the truth: communicate from your heart and share your reality without hesitation. Be willing to stand before the crowd and share from your Center. This isn’t the time to be shy and hesitant; it’s a time to heal through communication. You have the gift of a true leader through the way you communicate with others.

Native Spirit Wisdom: During Tribal Council meetings, a decorated stick called A Talking Stick, would be passed around. As each council member held the stick, he or she held the opportunity to speak from the heart. Each person in attendance would be asked to carefully consider the words of each speaker. The Talking Stick reminded each person to be authentic. Communication restores trust and allows you to clarify your ideas, position, and feelings. It can be healing when you share what has been withheld. Now is the time to take a risk and have the courage to speak with clarity. Share any unspoken darkness that was heavy in the heart. There are times to hold back and be discerning, but this isn’t one of them. Even if you’re afraid, declare your truth for all to hear without fear of being rejected or misunderstood. When you do this, transformation and healing can occur.

The Journey: Decorate a stick or a feather to use as your personal talking stick. Whenever you hold it, let it be a secret reminder to speek the truth with them. Take a minute every day to take stock of where you are and ask yourself about “what is so” in your life. Simply taking a moment to discover your inner truth can have a profound healing effect on your life.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

Here’s a powerful message as we head into the weekend. As my boyfriend says, some peoples’ dominoes have to fall a certain way to make them happy. Yet, sometimes we can create a different path that is more rewarding. Don’t let preconceived ideas of how you want things to be stand in the way of something awesome.

Have a great Friday and weekend!

Bee Spirit – Sweet results await

Message: The Bee Spirit’s message is that sweet rewards are on their way if you are willing to get your ego out of the way and immerse yourself in the connected energy of all things. Bee Spirit knows not to let a sense of being a separate self get in the way of a good thing. Spirit is always producing honey; miracles and magic are everywhere. When you connect with the Great Hive, you are vibrating and buzzing in exquisite harmony with all. Bee asks that you focus on connectivity. 

Your body, heart, soul, and psyche experience total interconnectedness and a true integration when you “self-forget”: when you remember that you are part of a greater unified consciousness.

Moving from separation into connection, from self-centered limitation to Spirit-centered infinite possibility and potential, you become busy as a bee, enjoying the gifts of Bee Spirit. Fully in alignment with your highest expression of yourself, your heart opens and creativity rushes through you seemingly without effort as you experience that nothing feels like work. Industriousness is driven by enthusiasm and inner motivation, and time seems to fly by quickly as the hive supports you in the making of honey. Do you feel the presence of your helpers in the hidden realms adding their energy to your creations?

Magical results are taking form and will be sweeter than you expect. Bee Spirit wants you to remember that your part in the divine partnership with the Conscious Universe is being rewarded even if you can’t see that yet, and asks that you share your good fortune as there is plenty of honey for all. Be a part of the larger whole, the force that brings forth all that is sweet and delightful. 

Protection Message: When Bee Spirit comes as your protector, she asks you to be very honest with yourself. Do you want to taste the sweet honey others have been making but you believe is unattainable for you? Do you wonder how others ended up with so much magical honey when you seem to have none? Have you bought into the illusion of separation and become convinced that you can’t have what others in the hive enjoy? Do you separate from the hive to do it all on your own or to hoard what honey you have, unwilling to trust that there is plenty of support and plenty of sweetness to go around? 

If you have been overworking and overdoing and have not given yourself any time to enjoy the sweetness of your life, Bee Spirit is telling you to stop and recharge. Perhaps you’re afraid that if you don’t get something done, it just won’t get done. However, even busy bees need to take a break, and when you do, the honey still gets made. So remind yourself that sweetness is everywhere and available to you always when you need it. 

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

OK, I know a lot of folks that can use this card right now, some physically and some mentally/spiritually. Learning to channel and not waste our energy is vital to growing and getting where we want to be. The world is currently set up to distract us and suck away at our energy. Don’t let this world be your master – be your own master. Blessings!

Fire Dragon – Transmutation, Mastery, Energy

This card shows the flaming Dragon of King Uther’s vision. In the distance we see Glastonbury Tor. Legend tells of a secret cave with in the Tor, used perhaps for initiation. Flaming Dragons often guard such caverns to prevent their desecration by the greedy and to offer their treasure to tht6ose who are worthy. In the foreground, laying on the rock, is a golden torc – Celtic neck ring indicating high status, rulership, and mastery.

Meaning: Fire Dragon brings vitality, enthusiasm, courage, and an increased ability to overcome obstacles and to find the energy needed to cope with life‘s problems. Having the powerful fire dragon as an ally will align you with the qualities of leadership and mastery. With care, he will fuel your inner fire which can be directed and channeled with laser-like precision to help you accomplish tasks and achieve objectives.

This card can also mean that you may be repressing a good deal of anger. This may make you feel that you are not in control of your life energy. Either you experience energy as out of control – erupting without warning or constantly bubbling near the surface – or you may sense it has scattered or dissipated. Are you often lacking in energy and vitality? Do you find it hard to get excited or motivated? Or do you find you have too much nervous energy, making you over excited, unable to sleep, concentrate, or relax?

Whether you have too much or too little energy, developing a harmonious relationship with the Fire Dragon will help. If you are lacking in energy, you may need to ask the dragon to give you a little more of the treasure he is guarding. If you find your energy level is too high, you may need to do the reverse – to ask the dragon to take charge of some of your energy, guarding it fiercely, sure in the knowledge that you will be given access when you really need it.

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

This card seemed odd for today; I know so many that are struggling with health issues or loss of family and friends. Perhaps today we need to look to find ways toward happiness and fulfillment, regardless of the crazy going on around us.

Blessings!

Ten of Vessels – Happiness

Description: A waterfall foams over rocks from a low cliff decked with trees. The cascade creates dozens of separate water flows, which fall into a river below. Near the bottom of the waterfall, 10 vessels are arranged and the water fills them to overflowing.

Meaning: Generous fulfillment of desires from a source that is pure and cleansing. Reward for patience and love given selflessly. True emotional stability and freedom.

Reading Points: With the deep and profound calm of true and lasting happiness flowing through your life, a sense of homecoming, safety, and beauty shines from an individual that lights others’ lives and is infectious to everyone. Healing rays of affection and warmth radiate from your inner core. For those in love, the joy is in the sharing of tender and intimate support and understanding. Giving love and seeing that love reflected in the eyes of the one you care for is the most powerful and healing magic known to mankind.

For those who thrive on happiness derived from the fulfillment of ambitions in life goals, happiness is fueled by the essence of affirmation of self-worth and ideals. Being effective and productive in the practical world brings a sense of stability that can be shared and used as a vehicle to motivate and inspire others. No greater act of humanity can be achieved than by showing the way and opening a person‘s heart to the possibility of happiness. However much we love, however much we achieve, we empower ourselves to be emotionally alive by excepting that the circuit of life requires giving, as well as receiving. As we revel in the bliss of the journey, we remember with gratitude patients, wisdom, and synchronicity that brought that blessing into our lives.

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

What a perfect way to start the year – this card shows us that the wounds of the past year need not hold us back. Let’s learn how to grow and become whole once again.

Blessings!

The Star – Cottonwood

Your broken pieces contain the stars of hope; open your heart to grace; be generous with your blessings

A bowl of smooth stones floats the center of eight deep green serrated cottonwood leaves arranged in a star pattern. Knobby young twigs full of resinous buds reach out like an old witch’s hands holding the mandala. Seven cottonwood star coins cut from the broken branches are arranged in the corners of the offering. The deep blue water reflects the stars in the night sky.

Hope can be found in the darkest moments. Have faith and believe in possibility. As the appearance of a cottonwood tree means water is near, so in inspiration close. You may not see it right away. Stay optimistic. Close your eyes and listen for the sound of the rushing river. Cottonwood trunks are marked by scars from harsh weather yet cottonwood leaves shimmer like golden lights against a stark blue sky. Your wounds may run deep, but wholeness still shines from within. When you encounter grace, be generous with their seeds.

Crafting with the Star

• Break cottonwood twigs to discover the stars. Use them in amulets, magic, and altar pieces to give you hope when you most need it.

• Take a contemplative walk in nature and listen for the flutter of leaves.

• Make cottonwood bud oil for joint and muscle aches. Rub it over your heart to ease emotional pain as well.

The Herbcrafter’s Tarot by author Latisha Guthrie and artist Joanna Powell Colbert

Always a stunning card to me, Nine of Stones speaks to the past and how we use that wisdom and guidance for the future. It’s a tricky balance, for sure, but one that has been achieved throughout history. We too can achieve it.

Blessings!

NINE OF STONES – TRADITION

MEANING: Reverence for past wisdom and sacrifice. The ability to relate to ancient knowledge and pass on the lessons of ancestral memory and ritual.

DESCRIPTION: In front of a circle of nine tall stones sits the cross-legged, horned figure of the shaman from the Gunderstrup Cauldron, hands raised, with the serpent of wisdom in one hand and the torque of lordship in the other. Above the scene, a full moon rises.

READING POINTS: Whenever we reach back into antiquity with sincere reverence and respect, seeking insight and wisdom, we commune directly with both the esoteric and practical memory of the human species. They myths, rituals, and traditions of past tribes remain imprinted on the human psyche. Whether you believe this to be the effect of morphic resonance or the spiritual echo of past lives dedicated to the reverence of the otherworld, the mystical traditions have a real purpose and meaning that you can draw upon, even in our frantic modern world. Through the study of ancient mystical traditions, we see how closely linked we are with the past and how little we have changed as a species. We are still driven by the primal needs and fears that faced the first humans. We still look at the night sky with wonder and awe. We still look at the ocean and feel the pull of the unknown. To reach back and invite past traditions to enlighten and enrich your life is to draw on ancient strengths that are freely available to those seeking wisdom, sustenance and consolation.

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

Today’s card is always a lovely one full of potential, promise, and balance. The Page of Stones (Lynx) was also strong today, which indicates taking care of your steps today and to be aware of all around you and how you affect things.

Blessings, everyone.

The Green Woman

READING POINTS: Appearing at a time of rich nurturing and protection, of learning and initiation, when loving and fertile relationships, both human and universal, abound, the Green Woman mediates the sacred sovereignty of the Earth’s soul and can show the path to understanding and communion with nature. But with this blessing comes responsibility. Remember that this glorious, magnanimous, and generous spirit can live through you, radiated by the sacred breath of life and given to others who need guidance and healing. Learn from the abundant and joyous spirit of the Earth and be at one with the world and your true self.

MEANING: The Green Woman encompasses the female archetype of wildness and green energy. Her presence balances that of the wild man and represents the earthly manifestation of female solar energy and the rich bounty of the Great Mother. She also represents the goddess of the land, sometimes expressed as Sovereignty, who challenges all comers to braver her tests and to offer to those who succeed the gifts of inner kingship and love and a deepening bond to the riches of the Earth. From her pours the glorious light of the midsummer sun, blessing everything it touches with life and boundless energy.

This figure is complex and subtle but highly dynamic in her interaction with anyone who seeks to understand the nature of the Wildwood mythos. She mediates the sacred blessing of earthly fertility, and the beasts that inhabit it, and forms a deep bond with the seeker who wishes to attune to the rhythm of the Wheel of the Year.

In the Arthurian tradition, she validates the kingship of Arthur by bringing him the sacred sword and establishes him as a guardian of the Hallows of Britain, sometimes appearing as the Lady of the Lake, who fosters both Arthur himself as well as the young hero Lancelot. In other stories she manifests as the Flower Bride, sought after by more than one of Arthur’s great knights and offering the deep bonds of matrimony and joy to those with whom she shares her bounty. At its heart, her sacred role is the initiator of the human individual into the realm of the Wildwood.

DESCRIPTION: The Green Woman, disgorger of nature, crowned with ferns and wild roses, breaths the divine word of life. Her calm, serene expression is steady and full of graceful sovereignty. Around her neck is the golden Celtic gorget representing the sun throughout the year. The golden amber cup before her has within it the milk of love and nurturing and the sheela-na-gig on its side represents the life force of all women. The Green Woman symbolizes the forest at midsummer. Here, amid the luxuriant foliage, small animals, and birds of the Wildwood live and build their homes, creating a whole ecosystem within the branches and a safe haven for the innocent and vulnerable beneath its roots.

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

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