Archive for April, 2018

Greetings and Happy Friday! My apologies for missing three days without any note, but I was pretty sick and had to take time for self-care. But all is better now and I’m back with an amazing card for your day. In fact, all three cards I picked were amazing, so I’ve posted the entire spread in the second photo. Blessings to you all and have a great weekend.  — Thistle

Elhaz – Divine Might Fortold

You know what is correct. You understand that any gain which comes from denying your values and compromising yourself creates a loss of soul. There are times when it may see as though people who act without integrity are obtaining benefit without negative repercussions. Life can seem unfair if you limit yourself to a strictly human perspective. Yet nothing escapes the attention of the spiritual worlds. Restorative action and balancing fairness is always at a higher level, according to divine timing and wisdom. Stay true to your integrity, put your faith in divine justice, and you will win in a way that brings benefit to many.

Meaning: Don’t let yourself down with behavior or attitudes that are unworthy of you. You have divinity within you and a right to be in the world with dignity, grace, and integrity. Whether in a small matter of apparent insignificance to anyone other than ourself, or in big matters where you feel your soul, and perhaps the souls of others, are on the line, integrity will be your saving grace. You can be kind of heart, but also firm as you refuse to allow anyone or anything to convince you that lowering your standards of acceptable behavior is warranted. Be in right relationship with yourself and the Divine. Justice will always be done, whether you see it happening or not. Put your faith in the good and true, and you will successfully continue on your path. Others are relying on you to be true to yourself more than you may realize. You are strong enough to live with honor.

Earth Warriors Oracle by Alana Fairchild, art by Isabel Brynna

The Whole Spread, including Blessings of Kuma and White Buffalo Woman!

 

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Here in the Midwest, spring can’t decide whether it really wants to come out and play (though I should add that this is becoming a trend in recent years), so I brought in some spring from a local coffeeshop that was selling these local grown beauties.

While it’s easy to see the beauty in the world, don’t turn away from everything you perceive as ugly – there may be beauty there in the form of wisdom or growth. Today’s pick reminds me much of the stories of the loathly damsels/hags in Arthurian stories and Celtic myth, such as Kundry and Ragnall, who are both instrumental in quests undertaken by the knights. And forgive the kitty paw – our elderly cat was being demanding this morning. Blessings!

 

Do Not Fear the Unknown

The ugly is not always bad and evil, and the beautiful not always good and just. Failure is not predetermined, nor is it a given that others laugh at you if you choose to follow your dreams. I tis your fear of the unknown that makes you question and judge. Do not let another’s experience be the truth that guide you. Do not allow another’s experience be the truth that guides you. Do not allow your fear of the unknown outcome to hold you prisoner. Your own experience could be both different and rewarding. Live!

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

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Running a tad late today as we had to get our kiddo to an early vocal performance, but here’s your card for Saturday! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.
Oh, and what a meaningful card. Cranes hold a lot of symbolism, especially to those familiar with Celtic myths.

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 it 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 Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, art by Will Worthington

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It’s easy to feel like we are always the student, especially in traditions that emphasize continued learning. Yet we are each a priest and priestess in our own right. It can be part of your healing path to understand that you are indeed ready to be a spiritual leader. Blessings.

Card of the Day: Anka – Kin of the Red Hawk Tribe

On the wings of red-tailed hawk, a divine message comes. Your spiritual maturity has evolved into genuine power and discernment. You have earned your stripes. Acknowledgement is granted. Trust yourself and your destiny. You are ready. Trust in your sense of timing, which is excellent and inspired. Allow the Divine to support you as you hover until the moment comes for you to fearlessly plunge into your forthcoming adventure.

Meaning: A divine message is here for you now, so be open to the signs from the Universe. You are more mature spiritually than you may realize. You have an ability to share wisdom and honestly with your tribe. If you are still searching for your tribe, trust yourself. You will recognize them instinctively when you meet them, even clearly, so trust your vision and have patience. Speak your truth, but do so with compassion, because your words have greater influence than you may realize. When the moment is right, take action. A way will be shown for you to manifest your spiritual light in the practical ways.

Earth Warriors Oracle by Alana Fairchild, art by Isabel Brynna

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Whether something “good” or “bad,” it pays to pay attention to any hidden lessons (or not so hidden lessons, for you head-in-sand folks) in the situation. Have a great Thursday!

Seek the Lesson

Wisdom is born from seeking the lesson and all experiences, both the good and bad. It is born from the awareness that everything is connected, and that all happens for a reason – even when the reason remains a mystery. Embrace a new idea, new awareness, or the new knowledge that comes from listening to your internal voice and to the human and nonhuman teachers and messengers that will come in, and out, of your life. Let them inspire you to explore unknown pathways.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

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Now back to my all-time favorite deck. This card had a strong partner in the Seven of Stones – Healing card, so you might want to consider some grounding and healing work if this card doesn’t quite resonate. Have a great Wednesday!

Three of Vessels – Joy

Meaning: Celebration with a communal group or family, welcoming the coming of new life or good fortune. The successful return after migration or travel by a tribe or group.

Reading Points: The ability to connect directly to joy allows the healing and empowering energies to flow through you and is a gift from the universe. Being able to be joyful and celebrate life fully in gratitude for the amazing gifts we share is a uniquely individual blessing but is also recognized by those who feel its worth radiating from us. To be able to embrace love, life’s achievements, and the fifth element that comes with selfless dedication to a shared costs or belief is to be the conduit from which the unseen breath of the divine flows. One of the most common reasons why people lose the ability to feel authentic joy in their lives is the fear associated with loss or grief at the passing of the emotion. Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to be completely fulfilled and to experience joy again and be strong enough to understand that all of life’s trials and tribulations, as well as the blessings and gifts, or cyclical in nature.

Description: Three white crane’s dance with each other, forming a triangle with their bodies and wings – two stand facing each other, heads raised, and the third rises above them with spread wings. In the spaces between their legs are three vessels: one golden, one green, one white.

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

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So perhaps if we draw from the Victorian Flower Oracle, it will help usher in spring? Not sure about the rest of you, but our current season is being shy, it seems. Anyway, today’s card had a strong partner in Narcissus – Vanity, so perhaps be on the look out for that as well. Blessings!

Lilac – A Message

Keys: News, messages and communications, new information, a note or letter

Meaning: Artist JJ Grandview depicts Lilac as an attractive young woman who must be feeling very fragrant indeed. Not only is her dress festooned with lilac flowers, her necklace is made of them as well, and she also has a generous array of blooms in her hair. She is outdoors in springtime, and on a small grassy bank a brown beetle is standing upright and delivering a message. Apart from Lilac’s expression of slight surprise, there are no clues to the nature of this message. At least, there is no shock on her face, so let’s presume the message is not bad news. She looks interested, not upset. Perhaps the beetle has brought her surprising or gratifying news of a friend or an invitation of some kind.

Sadly, you are unlikely to receive a message from a beetle – it is more likely to come via email or text – but if you draw this card perhaps a similarly pleasant message is in store for you soon. Or perhaps you need to think about contacting someone. I snow a good moment for you to send that message, good or bad, that you have been meaning to get round to?

A word of warning, though. Some messages are misleading. They can stem from a genuine misunderstanding but sometimes they come from someone intent on causing trouble. If you know someone in the habit of spreading disinformation – deliberately and with calculation – this might be a good time to steer clear of them.

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

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