For many of us, Mondays aren’t our favorite. So perhaps this card is reminding us to try to embrace it with a little playfulness and a positive mindset. Or perhaps you need a break from routine, regardless of the day of the week. Is someone being silly? Perhaps you should join in instead of rolling your eyes or going about your business.

Otter is one of my spirit guides, reminding me to not be too serious and to enjoy life. May she remind you of that too. Blessings!

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 excepted 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

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This is a potent card, though it looks calm and soothing. It indicates beginnings or endings, depending on how it fits you (or is drawn reversed in a traditional reading). So which is it for you?

This quote especially spoke to me: “Just as a plant or animal produces far more seeds than will every mature into a new being, so we as humans produce far more ideas than can ever be realized.” Picking what to focus on is incredibly hard as there is so much potential in each of us. Perhaps we need to slow down, take a moment, and figure out where is best to put our energy.

Blessings and Happy Sunday!

Fir Club Moss – Initiation, Beginnings, Power (also Letting Go, Ending)

Meaning: Size isn’t everything. If you have chosen this card, it may mean that something apparently small, and even insignificant, has entered your life, which may prove to be very powerful. Although it is a very small plant, Fir Club Moss is descended from the giants of the primeval forest that now supply our coal. The power and warmth that coal can bring is echoed in the way that moss can be used to start a fire in the wild. Choosing this card augurs well if you are starting a new project or relationship. Never be dismayed at humble beginnings – with patience, something that begins small or locally can grow to limits unimagined at the outset. The same principles hold true for spiritual initiation – taking the first step on a path may not necessarily give you dramatic mystical experiences at the outset, but in the beginning lies great power, and in time you may well look back and realize how much your life has changed because of this one, seemingly small act.

It is also possible that this card indicates that you are finally starting to see clearly. Until now your understanding or perspective on a situation has been impaired, perhaps through lack of emotional distance. But now its as if a veil has been drawn aside and an unmistakable clarity has emerged.

Flip Side Meaning: Fir Club Moss was traditionally used as an abortifacient. If you have chosen this card, it is possible that you should consider aborting a project before you incur any further outlay of time, energy, or money, or that this process has already occurred. Just as a plant or animal produces far more seeds than will every mature into a new being, so we as humans produce far more ideas than can ever be realized. It can be tough letting go of an idea or project but it is a necessary part of life. We can still grieve for what is not to be, even as we accept the advisability or inevitability of the event.

It is always important to gain an insight into a card’s potential meaning by considering the context of the reading and the card’s position in a spread. In certain situations, this card reversed may indicate that caution must be exercised at this moment to prevent the premature conclusion of an issue or project. In its early days a project needs nurturing, and too much exposure to criticism can be detrimental.

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

I wasn’t that familiar with this bird, but it sounds like it knows how to be silly and have fun. It’s Friday, so for many of us this is perfect timing. Enjoy your day and your weekend, fellow goofballs!

Blessings,

Sandpiper – Be Playful

Message: Sandpipers are like cute little clowns, poking their beaks into the sand before darting off to chase the waves. The appearance of Sandpiper Spirit is a sign that now is a time to engage your playfulness. Whatever tasks you have before you, perform them with a lightness of being. Explore the familiar, discovering the new in the old. Who knows what treasure awaits you when you let yourself laugh and have fun? Sandpiper Spirit’s happy and curious nature can help you to feel rejuvenated as you remember your ability to run and fly and dance playfully.

Protection Message: When your heart is heavy and life seems to weigh you down, Sandpiper Spirit’s message is to lighten your burden by finding joy and humor in the everyday. Become like a playful child, filled with curiosity and wonder, and soon you will find that you feel your own spirit lift. A few minutes or hours of fun-filled delight is exactly what you need now. Enjoy the ridiculousness of life and be willing to jump in. Let your inner goof out to express itself with abandon.

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

Yesterday was the Spring Equinox for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Before we get busy with the activities of spring, perhaps we should ensure that we got proper rest and recuperation during the winter. Winter weather, though folks like to complain about it, is key to getting us to slow down and rest. Yet, this season (in our area, at least) had some nasty viruses that really wore people down. Do you need an extra rest before taking on spring and summer? Be kind to yourself.

Blessings!

Marshmallow: Sickness and Health

Keywords: Physical fitness, health and wellness, illness, medicines and treatments, cures and therapies, healing, physical, and psychological, doctoring in nursing, becoming sick – or well after a period of sickness

Meaning: Granville’s engraving of Marshmallow shows the flower herself ministering to the needs of an invalid frog. She is assisted by another elderly marshmallow. There are bottles and jugs in the background and in the foreground a concerned insect looks on. Grandville clearly knew of marshmallow’s medicinal uses. Though the image is of a sick animal, we see clearly that he is in a warm bed and being cared for. If you draw this card, remember that this is not, ultimately, a negative image. No one likes being ill, but this scene shows the frog being well looked after. This card may not point to a clinical illness at all – it could indicate a general malaise or a world weariness or just the need for some rest. Essentially, we need to know that when we aren’t feeling our best, there is someone to care for us. It’s a sip of water or some gentle words may be as necessary for our well-being as actual medicine or treatments.

Sometimes we, or those around us, need the services of a doctor, nurse, or therapist. Other times it’s we, ourselves, who need to take the role of care. This card asks us to think of the good, as well as the bed, aspects of illness. Well it’s something that I was welcome in our lives, it has the potential to bring out the best sides of our nature’s. When sickness is supported with love, care, and compassion, you can go a long way to making the experience easier.

Original language of flower meaning: beneficence

The Victorian Flower Oracle by Sheila Hamilton and artists JJ Grandville, Karen Mahoney, and Alex Ukolov

Is it too early for the Victorian Flower Oracle? I think not. This deck belonged to a late crone of our women’s group, so it’s always a bit bittersweet to use it. However, our crone could hit the nail on the peg quite well, and sometimes so does her old deck (well, one of HUNDREDS that she had LOL).

Blessings, everyone, and beware being too consumed by your own wants, needs, and ego. On the flip side of this, understand that having no ego or a seriously deflated ego isn’t healthy either. Balance. 🙂

Narcissus – Vanity

Meaning: Grandville’s Narcissus goes longingly at her own reflection in a pond. The original Narcissus in myth was a Greek youth famed for his physical attractiveness and self-absorption. Many young women fell in love with him, chief among these bing Echo. Echo wanted to be noticed by Narcissus but he was too, well, narcissistic to notice anyone but himself. Echo pined away to such an extent that she ceased to be human and become a disembodied whisper. She called upon the goddess Nemesis to avenge her. Nemesis responded by making Narcissus fall in love with his own reflection. He knelt by a pond and gazed and gazed and could not be pulled away. Finally, he died. The flowers known as narcissus (daffodil to some of us) sprung up at the site of his death.

Why the fascination with the story of Narcissus? Certainly, vanity has been condemned by moralists since the start ofttimes. But why shouldn’t we love our own image? One unfortunate result of such moralizing is that many people actually dislike themselves and will hardly look at their reflection at all. Rather, they shrink from it. This is sad. If we have been blessed with reasonable features, or even if we haven’t, let’s enjoy our own faces.

Vanity gets tricky though when we lose ourselves in our reflections. Yes, we matter, but so do other people. The psychological term “Narcissism” refers to a deep=seated way of thinking and behaving which Denise the importance of other people’s experience. A classic Narcissist is really only aware of themselves – their feelings, their distress, their problems. They are vain, deeply so, bu they are numb to any real relationship. In fact, Narcissism derives from the Greek word Narke, which means “numb.”

If this card comes up in a reading, ask yourself how it relates to your life. Does it refer to someone close to you, or is it suggesting that you yourself are the vain one? Or – and this is a real possibility – could it be that you need to consider yourself more, not less? Vanity is unattractive, but sometimes self-regard is no bad thing.

Victorian Flower Oracle by Sheila Hamilton and artists JJ Grandville, Karen Mahony, and Alex Ukolov

This is timely for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere – spring is slowly making her way back and many of us are feeling energized by the sunshine and early growth. This card suggests we look to grow and tend to our relationships, regardless of whether they are new or years old. Also take note that increased creativity or a rebirth of sorts may be what’s needed.

Blessings!

Primrose – Love, Creativity, and Rebirth

Meaning: Because they are so small and beautiful, and are among the first flowers to appear after winter, Primroses have always been associated with romantic love and new beginnings. Drawing this card may indicate that a new love is entering your life, or that a fresh wave of tenderness will appear in an existing partnership. Our relationships, like our dreams, have seasons, and however long you have been together it is still possible for a new cycle to being.

Alternatively, this card may indicate not the dawn of romantic love but the rising of creativity within you. The Primrose is the flower of the Bard, and each of us has a Bard within us who longs to sing the song of their soul and tell the story of their heart.

Out of the cauldron of Cerridwen came three drops, and the changes trough in Gwion Bach were profound and many. A third possibility is that, rather than love or creativity, thes card is pointing to a birthing of wisdom.

On the flip side, this card could be reminding us that a search for love can easily turn into a trap that ensnares you in a world of illusion. Hollywood tries to ensure that none of us feels fulfilled unless we are in the throes of a passionate love affair, and yet experience, and now studies of brain chemistry, tells us that the initial stages of love give way either to disillusion and separation, or a less intense form of affection, care, and companionship that can lead to a fruitful and long-lasting relationship. If you have chosen this card reversed, you may need to objectively assess whether you have fallen pretty to the illusory aspect of romantic love. To what degree is your quest in life to find completion through another human being, or through yourself?

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

This is a hard one for many of us (or is that just me?). The question is: patient with yourself, with an outcome or project, or with someone else?

Be Patient

Now is not the time to act. Now is a time to show self-restraint, to be patient and wait. Do not let your desire for an outcome or resolution result in one that is not to your liking because you forced it to manifest before it was time. Trust that all will be as it is meant to be, when it is meant to be. Be still. Let go of all frustration and impatience, and remember that good things come to those who wait.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

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