While this card description focuses on letting something – a relationship, project, or phase of life that’s no longer working for you – I also see it as letting go of control. One of my struggles is trying to control outcomes of which aren’t really mine to control but I do so out of worry, concern, etc. Sometimes we just have to let things fall where they may and realize we are not responsible for the outcomes of another’s actions, even if we care about them.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. Blessings!

Groundhog Spirit – Time to Let Go

Message: Endings lead to beginnings and death is part of life, so Groundhog is here to let you know that it  is time to accept the natural ending of something that is no longer serving you. We love to hold on to what is familiar, but the new needs space to arrive so growth can occur. When Groundhog Spirit appears, it is sign that there is something in your present situation that you need to leg to of so something new can be born, something that will far better serve you now.

When the groundhog sees his shadow, he retreats to his den. So too might you yearn for a little more time to say goodbye and transition into the new. However, change is coming and it is good, so let go of your resistance. Spring brings many blessings, and what must die will always be reborn in a new form that will be right for you. Life requires change and detachment. Say farewell to whatever once served you, and get ready for something amazing to take its place. Spirit is already sending it your way.

Protection Message: Have you been relentless in your efforts to revive something that has passed its prime and needs to die away – a situation, a relationship, a belief, or a habit that served you once but no longer fills you with vitality? Perhaps you automatically expect to see the old through a specific lens based on the familiar? Groundhog has appeared to let you know it’s time to accept that the past is in the past, so allow yourself to feel the loss and grieve it if you need to. Any sadness will not last forever or overwhelm you. Knowing Spirit is with you and wants you to experience joy and excitement again will help you through this transition from the old to the new.

Keep your eyes open, for winter always gives way to spring and endings always give birth to beginnings. For now, let yourself feel your emotions, releasing them to make way for the joy that awaits you. Spring and new growth are on the way, for that is Spirit’s promise to you.

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

This is a card that hits home today as my partner and I watch his daughter move into her first apartment, struggle to figure things out, and so forth. We’ve all been there, and it’s a learning experience that requires stepping into responsibility. That’s a very material level of responsibility; so many of us hide from responsibil in other aspects of our lives. It’s interesting that the other two cards that came up today were Nine of Vessels (Generosity) and Six of Stones (Exploitation). I’ve seen so many folks avoid responsibility by taking advantage of the generosity, kindness, and patience of others. We don’t live in a bubble and these kind of actions DO return to people. Today is the day to deal with whatever your responsibilities are.

Meaning: The challenge of dealing with responsibility brings a need for inner fortitude, stamina, and determination. The weight of the burden may be heavy and cumbersome but the task that has been handed to you may be vital for the greater good, not just for yourself but also for your family or chosen tribe.

Reading Points: Whether you volunteered for the task or it is thrust upon you by unforeseen circumstances, it is a time to accept responsibility. Do so with good humor and stoical resolve and welcome any daunting challenge with humility and enthusiasm. Although the timing may be unfortunate or inconvenient, the issues of dealing with responsibility are often a matter of simple self-confidence. The learning curve may be steep and appear insurmountable, but once the task is fully understood and effort is expended, many valuable life lessons can be learned. The effect of taking responsibility in your family or tribal group can also have far-reaching effects beyond your personal sphere. By leading from the front and taking responsibility for past failures or inappropriate actions, you disarm and neutralize self-doubt or feelings of inadequacy. It is an honor and a sign of respect that your peers trust you to complete this task and handle the responsibility, knowing your will fully commit to this quest until completion. This understanding should support and enhance both your sense of self-worth and self-respect.

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

Dreaming and imagining something is the first step to making it a reality – it is the creative planning that precedes the logistical planning. This little lizard knows he has a dragon inside and so do we. Take a little time today to daydream a lovely reality for yourself whether it simply builds on what you have already started or rebuilds it entirely. Blessings!

Lizard Spirit – Dream the world into being

Message: When was the last time you basked in the sun and allowed yourself to daydream, to imagine what might be and who you might become? Lizard Spirit appears when you are called to your imagination flow and dream something new. Inspiration is available to you now if you are willing to slow down and let your eyes close a little, allowing ideas to dance in your head. What might come into being you were to pursue your dream? How might your grow and expand if you allowed yourself to dare to believe in the impossible, making it possible first in your dreaming mind and then in the world as you co-create with Spirit?

Give in to the power of imagination and soon your dream will become clearer, the steps will reveal themselves, and what was ephemeral will being to coalesce into form. Dream it big and be it – Spirit asks you to dare to dream big.

Protection Message: Have you been allowing your imagination to run amok and dream up a nightmare that seems to have come true? Fear not, for whatever dreaming you did in the past can change today as you dream anew. Wake up from the perception that everything is wrong. Lizard Spirit asks you to open your eyes and consciously dream a better dream. What would it look like to already have what you desire and be the one you wish to be? How might it feel to work toward co-creating this new dream as a reality in the world of the senses, drawing out of the world of dreams and building it in the world of form? Trust in your ability to dream anew. Honor it today.

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

Nostalgia is a powerful thing – it’s what has made much of recent pop culture so well received (having seen Ghostbusters: Afterlife last week, I speak from recent experience). And while the past is a wonderful place to visit, we cannot let ourselves stay there for too long. Features like Facebook Memories and an excess of digital photos makes it easy. Others have trauma in the past and may need to visit it in order to heal; they shouldn’t stay there too long either. The present and what we do in it is more important in the long run.

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 friends re-enter 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.

On the flip side, it can mean 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: 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 identity a secret, fearing those who would wish harm on Uther’s son. 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 boys.

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 languages, 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 friendships made while in the care of Sir Ector.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

Well, after a week off we are back with the card of the day – and what a lovely one to start back with! Hope you all have a wonderful Monday.

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

What a lovely way to kick off the weekend! We’ve been “squirreling away” nuts of experience and wisdom our whole lives; have some faith in your ability to retrieve these when you need them. Believe in yourself.

Hope you all have a fun Friday and good weekend. Blessings!

Squirrel Spirit: Believe in Yourself

Message: You have accumulated wisdom and experience and are surrounded by all you need. An abundance of resources is available to you through the generosity of Spirit and all your hard work. Squirrel Spirit shows up when you need reminding that the acorns you have gathered and stowed away have enormous potential to grow, so relax into knowing there is always enough and you have what it take to co-create the reality you want to experience. Through diligent preparation, you have gained wisdom and strength. How much potential you have! Believe in yourself, for Spirit believes in you and wants you to know you have enough and areenough. Doesn’t that truth make you feel safe and secure? It should, for you have everything you need right now.

Protection Message: The unpredictability of life can shake your confidence and your potential for handling the challenges that come your way. Does the thought of not having enough or being enough make you squirrely? Have you forgotten all your strengths, wisdom and resources? You have come so far on your wits and creativity, making use of all your potential and all that Spirit presents to help you through life’s trying times. It’s time to look back on your life and remember how your needs have always been met for the highest good, even in your most challenging times.

Life loves you, and so many treasures are hidden in plain sight, ready to be revealed when you most need them – so relax. Squirrel Spirit wants you to know you are poised and ready for whatever is coming next, so trust in yourself and trust that Spirit has your back!

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

Lemon balm may not be the strongest of lemony herbs (I’d vote for lemon verbena there) but it does make things more peaceful and lets your joy come forth. In fact, it is one of several herbs in a herbal tea recipe I found for reducing stress (also has lemon verbena, rosebuds/petals, red raspberry leaf, and St. John’s Wort) and it does wonders for an anxious soul. While this of us in the Northern Hemisphere may not currently be able to use fresh lemon verbena, dried works quite well in a tea, bath, or sleep pillow.

This meaning of this card spoke to me. Recently, I’ve reconnected with a few friends and have been making more time for others when I feel it is safe (that pandemic isn’t completely done with us yet). I have found so much peace and happiness from this, even for this bookish introvert. I hope many of you act on building your community with good and supportive people. Blessings!

Three of Water – Lemon Balm

Lift your spirit with the scent of happiness; pleasure shared is pleasure multiplied; celebrate your heart’s delight.

An afternoon tea party (how lovely!) is set for three on a delicate lace tablecloth in front of a giant lemon balm bush. Sweet confections, mismatched china, and children’s toys are on the table. An old glass bottle, used as a vase, holds a singe bright blue flower. The bees buzz. The giggles of little children are heard in the distance.

Meaning: Happiness is contagious. A favorite of bees, the intoxicating scent of lemon balm brings life to the garden. Rejoice and make merry! Celebrate your friendships. Spend time with loved ones. Make new friends too; you have already done the work to attract the right people. Your community awaits you with open arms. Lemon balm spreads widely without effort; allow relationships to grow with ease. Show your admiration and appreciation for others. Express joy in all areas of your life. Lemon balm tea supports peace and calms an anxious heart. Now is the time to proclaim your true feelings.

Crafting with Three of Water:

• Enjoy fresh lemon balm tea to lift your spirits.

• Invite friends for a tea party and share your joys over dishes of lemon balm sorbet.

• Dip a lemon balm posy in sacred water; sprinkle it around to brighten dark, stagnant spaces.

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

As someone who grew up picking berries from old-fashioned brambles, I can tell you this plant offers sweetness but can be true torture! Between the chiggers and the thorns, picking blackberries was something of a love-hate relationship. I loved the jelly and cobblers my mom made, but hated the bug bites and scratches that would be hounding me for a week or two after. Sometimes we love something so much we don’t realize it’s hurting us. Try to take time to evaluate your life for such a situation and see what you can do about it without destroying what you love. Blessings!

The Devil – Blackberry

Sweet berries, sharp brambles – beware; let awareness awaken the power of choice; break free of the desires that keep you trapped.

An old cast iron pan lies on top of a rust-colored napkin. Inside the pan is a blackberry pie with a carefully crafted lattice top. Blackberry brambles, brimming with fruit and flowers, surround the pie. A blue bowl is full of lush berries. Cinnamon spills onto the table. Measuring cups and spoons sit nearby.

Meaning: Knowing what keeps you bound can set you free. You may be feeling trapped by something you love. It feels good, yet you are depleted. Blackberries are delicious, but the vines strange everything in their path. Do not become ensnared by the sweet fruit o pleasure while ignoring your true needs. In “Sleeping Beauty” bramble creeps over the land, protecting the people while they slumber. Blackberry can be a safe but destructive hedge; consider what desires you are indulging. Are they keeping you from seeing the light? Be your own prince and cut them away. Wake up and choose transformation.

Crafting with the Devil

• Go foraging for wild blackberries. Delight in their sweet, delicious taste. Mind the thorns.

• Place a crown of blackberry vines on your altar to loosen yourself from the pursuit of adoration.

• Make a blackberry sugar scrub; invite release as you cleanse your body.

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

“Face your fears and dive deep!” That’s what this card is telling us – dive deep into our intuition and ourselves. The Moon illuminates our world, but it is an illumination void of color – it makes our familiar world unfamiliar and leaves us to color things with our own intuition and creativity.

However, this is much more than a Moon card. The path of moonlight across the marsh waters speaks volumes to those with an Avalonian inclination. It is a time for reflection and inner journeying to the Isle. Also depicted is an auroch, an extinct kind of wild cattle and ancestor of modern cattle, which were known to stand as tall as elephants. This would have been a beast to be wary of, even for skilled hunters. Indeed, cave walls depict the auroch in a way that suggests respect. So some care needs to be taken – like a lifeline to the water’s silvery surface. Blessings!

Moon on the Water

Meaning: In the image of the Moon on Water, there is no visible pathway for the traveler, and yet its reflective light illuminates the whole landscape. We stand at the edge of the watery marsh, reprinting the primordial emotional state that holds all potential a creative energy with the human psyche, and are drawn to the horizon where Moon meets Earth beyond the barren trees. Beyond the flight of the sacred heron lies the fusion of our ancestral should with the soul of the Earth.

Before us is the primal egg, submerged in the amniotic fluid of the world, waiting for the creative impulse that beings the process of life. The aurochs’ horns represents fertility as well as the horns of the waxing and awning moon. The shape of the horns and head resemble the womb and Fallopian tubes. In Mithraic and Druidic traditions, the bull or ox also had a sacrificial role at midwinter, presenting the coming of new life from the “death” of twitter. The heron is a sacred totem bird of fertility and is also known in Ireland as siothlagh a bhoga, meaning “sheelagh of the boglands,” a euphemism for a promiscuous woman, although in the form of a stork the bird takes over the mysteries or reincarnation, offering powerful insights into the mystery of life itself.

The Moon on Water signifies the first steps beyond earthy awareness across the primal emotional void of creation. She also encompasses the dark-moon aspects of fertility, sexuality, and initiation as well as the irrational fear of the creatures that are associated with the night such as faeries and demons and other hidden or unseen shapes of ancestral memory. 

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

What a perfect card for heading into the weekend! This card is reminding us to try to embrace a little playfulness and a positive mindset. Or perhaps you need a break from routine. 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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