This card seemed a little odd of a choice for today, but it was the strongest of the three cards. The Vulture card was the second one, and represents purification and rebalance (just in case any of you aren’t feeling the Otter’ message). Though some of us will be focusing on work or responsibilities on this Monday, perhaps we need to approach it more playfully.

Blessings!

Otter – Unobstructed Joy, Playfulness, Contentment

Perhaps the most joyful creature within the Animal Spirit deck, the Otter represents absolute bliss. Otter energy is the playfulness of a child, available to us at any age. They have a giddiness and reverence for life itself, without the presence of doubt, worry, or skepticism. Imagine yourself with a little more Otter energy. What would life look like? What would it take to bring you there? The Otter card begs these three questions, and wants to transport us to that precious place as soon as possible. The celebration awaits.

When in balance: full of love, needs nothing

When out of balance: gloomy, sighs, makes silly excuses

To bring into balance: dance party or celebration

The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Oracle by Kim Krans

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OK, these two were both pulling strong today. I’m feeling the Tower card is the situation and the Knight card if possibly our action. Thoughts?

Have a great weekend and see you Monday!

The Tower

Represents the spirit facing destruction. The air is charged and the Owl of Wisdom and Omen is face to face with you.

This could mean a change in a complete or sudden manner, unexpected events, adversity, loss of stability, destruction, and so forth. Definitely a challenge coming ahead.

Knight of Wands

This represents a journey, advancement into the unknown, alteration, or absence. But take a look at this card. The familiar is relaxed in position but alert in expression. The mouse he might normally chase is being allowed near as he may not be an ally. Resting against the witch’s hat and shoes suggests tapping into your energy and magic for the challenge ahead.

Familiars Tarot by Lisa Parker

Remember, this Tarot card may apply to more than romantic relationships – it could also bode well for a new friendship or even a business partnership! Pay attention to how you feel about people you meet or have just met. Or even look at old relationships; perhaps they have lost their attraction and you need to move on.

Have a great Thursday! Also, if you love folklore and are on Twitter, check out #Folklore Thursday – it’s amazing. 🙂

Two of Vessels – Attraction

Meaning: The initial attraction and exploration of potential. The beginning of a possible relationship or friendship and the precursor to an interchange of polaric energies. Opposition and attraction in life.

Reading Points: The first shared spark of attraction between two human beings can appear simple and uncomplicated on the surface, but the underlying psychological chemistry and the subtle interplay that ignites that magical first exchange is usually complex and eclectic. As human beings, we absorb millions of subliminal signals and messages from those around us, and we unconsciously process these stimuli and react to them every second of every day. We subconsciously absorb body language, scent, and nonverbal communication and react to them emotionally with impulses and decision-making instincts developed over millennia.

Taking an instantaneous dislike to someone is governed by the same set of prehistory sensory drives developed by humans when we roamed freely across the African savannah; “love at first sight” is as valid today as it was then. Our perceptions and signals are shared, acknowledged and reciprocated, breaking through the protective barriers and forming the initial polaric bond that is the foundation of deep and lasting attraction.

Description: Two anthropomorphic figures, a horse-headed female and a stag-headed male, face each other with one hand raised and one lowered. Their arms form a diamond shape, and in the center is an enflamed heart. From their two lowered hands flow streams of water, falling into two cups that sit upon a low hill beneath them.

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

I’ve definitely been feeling untethered lately, which is not a natural place for this Taurus who tends to be near-inert rather than flighty. But I need to get a lot of things done this summer, so it’s time to take a breath and focus. Grounding certainly helps.

How about you all? Do you need this reminder too?

Blessings!

TIME TO GROUND

We all experience moments in our lives when we feel confused, unfocused, and surrounded by chaos and turmoil. These moments are often unavoidable, as are the lessons these moments can impart. But how you respond to them is a choice that only you can make. Take a deep breath and a moment to pause and reconnect with Gaia and nature. Seek the silence of the void within while your spirit spirals downward to anchor itself like an ancient tree rooted in the cleansing embrace of the earth beneath you.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

Morning! We haven’t seen this card in a while, but it’s a good one that calls on us to not approach changing our habits or life in a negative or ascetic way but by bringing in more of the good stuff to push out the bad. Hope you all have a great week!

GARLIC – PURIFICATION, FLAVOR, THE EXOTIC

MEANING: Garlic has the ability to flavor food deliciously, as well as being a powerful antiseptic and antibiotic. The combined qualities of purification and flavoring are surprising and unusual. Selecting this card may indicate a need to consider how you can purify and strengthen an aspect of your life without introducing any element of sterility. Often, when we feel the need for change, we envisage removing things from our life – and this may be the right course to take – but consider first whether there is something you can add to your life that will naturally replace that which is bothering you, without you needing to exert any effort in eliminating it.

Or, maybe it’s time to introduce something new into your life; something that in the past you had considered too exotic or unconventional, but which now is starting to attract you.

In Druidry, Garlic is considered a magically protective plant. Life can present all kinds of stresses and problems. So, this card can also indicate that you are feeling vulnerable or in need of protection. It is important for you to know that your soul is an indissoluble part of the strongest force in the world, called, variously, Spirit or God or Goddess. But in your present circumstances you may need to find a way to protect yourself that is appropriate for your situation; it may be time for you to swallow your pride or sense of isolation and reach out to friends, a counselor or an organization that exists to help people in just your predicament.

The card may also suggest that in any psychic work you are doing, you need to pay attention to the level of magical protection you invoke – perhaps being more careful of your boundaries and exerting more discrimination in relation to any communication you receive.

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

Here is a good one as we head into the weekend. Take some time to appreciate what you have. Yes, let ideas and effort go into whatever it is that you need, but approach it with a positive mindset.

Blessings!

Buffalo Spirit – The Abundant Universe Will Provide

Message: Buffalo comes to you now to remind you of the amazing manifesting power of gratitude and the extraordinary potential available to you when you adopt a mind-set of abundance. The ancient people of the Americas saw the buffalo as a symbol of abundance because the herds roamed far and wide, and provided so many gifts – the meat, the hide, the bones. The tribes who hunted the buffalo used every bit of them, wasting nothing, appreciative of the abundance. So, too, do you have many gifts available to you. Buffalo Spirit appears to let you know that you are in a powerful time to manifest your desires – not by force or pushing but rather by following a natural path that rises up before you, trusting that there is always plenty to go around. Whether it be love, money, inspiration, or support, it’s all there for you to claim.

At this time, you can expect all your intention and needs to come into a form that is right for you. Your heartfelt gratitude is making you a magnet for miracles. Buffalo Spirit’s message is to remember that you co-create your reality in partnership with Spirit, so offer up y our thanks and your prayers, even before you see conditions you desire – not just for yourself, but for others too – then you will quickly see the results in tangible ways.

Protection Message: Buffalo could be asking you to shift your thinking from poverty consciousness to one where you trust the universe will provide. Have you been falling into financial insecurity, worrying that there will not be enough money in the future? Have you been stressing and feeling sorry for yourself, working that because you h ave no romantic relationship now, you never will? Do you see scarcity where there is, in fact, abundance? Self-pity, entitlement, fear, and lack are all “thought viruses” that seduce you into darkness. Buffalo nudges you to make. a gratitude list and be mindful of your thoughts at this time.

Even if outer events have happened to challenge your believes in abundance, outer conditions are temporary. If you are suffering from the malaise of fear that you are impoverished, realize that it is only poverty of perception and perspective. Prayer, communion with your Higher Power, and gratitude coupled with compassionate, selfless service will snap you right out of it. Give to someone who has less than you. Be thankful for the tiniest things and say affirmations. Then you will remember abundance is the true nature of the world.

First of all, we had a trio of feathered friends this morning:

Swan: Soul, Love, Beauty

Owl: Detachment, Wisdom, Change

Crane: Secret Knowledge, Patience, Longevity

I found it intriguing and balanced, so I thought I’d share it with you all. The strongest card, however, was the Crane – certainly an important creature in Celtic lore. Many of us in modern society struggle with patience and endurance. In many ways, we have also lost the ability to dance and work together as a community. The Crane is here to encourage us to work on these things in order to gain the knowledge and strong communities we desire.

Blessings!

CRANE – Secret knowledge, patience, longevity

MEANING: Crane brings the qualities of patience and perseverance. The crane will stand for hours peering into the water until the time is right for it to dart at its prey. Combined with the ability to be patient, the crane conveys the capacity to be focused and to be able to concentrate without distraction. It brings an ability to guide others into the Underworld, to help them with their transition at the time of dying, or with their journeying in the inner realms. As well as conveying an ability to work in the Underworld, the crane symbolizes arcane science, or Secret Knowledge, which in the Druid tradition is represented by the Ogham script – the tree language of Druidry. In its widest sense, leanring this language involves learning to read the “Book of Nature.”

The Crane is also able to join its colleagues to fly in formation or to dance together. You may need to learn the right balance between being alone and working with others. Spending too much time alone can create feelings of isolation and separation. Conversely, having no time to oneself can be an avoidance of self-knowledge and the uncomfortable feelings of loneliness. Spend a while looking at tour life to see whether you give yourself enough time having both of these experiences. The shadow side of the Crane is manifested as harshness, meanness and a nagging, complaining disposition. If you find these qualities showing sometimes in your behavior, see if you can experience the deeper aspects of the crane, in which it becomes an animal of the Goddess-as-crone or wise woman. Ask yourself to what extant you are denying the wise woman who has a knowledge of death and the Underworld in yourself, and to what extent your negative behavior may be a reflection of this denial.

THE CARD: The card shows a crane fishing in a pool. Its legs are crossed to show the Ogham letter Muinn, and it gazes into the water, patiently waiting for sight of a fish. Behind the pool is a cave entrance to the Underworld, and in the evening sky the full moon is rising. In the foreground grow bitter vetch and bloody crane’s bill.

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

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