Archive for May, 2018

This one is a long read but worth it. The mothering quality, no matter if it’s from a man or woman, is important for society’s overall health. There are those who twist it for their own ends, so we need to be cognizant of what we do to others in the name of mothering as well as the mothering energies we receive. Blessings!

The Bright Mother – Creativity, Nurturing, Productivity, Intimacy, and Sheltering

She is the Bright Mother of us all and knows that life—all life—is a miracle. The Bright Mother is constantly amazed at its perfection-in-imperfection. She rejoices in its being, sorrows for its growing pains, and exults in its success. This great lady is both Earthmother and the full, bright Moon, pregnant with the future of all growing things. She feeds us and provides us with air, water, and shelter in an amazing, complex world. She sees to it that we are challenged enough to grow but not so much as to be overwhelmed. If we want more challenges than she provides, we have to give them to ourselves.

The Bright Mother is the guardian of family life, and she creates and holds a nurturing environment for us all. She is the garden where vegetables, fruits, and herbs grow. Thus, she sees and holds the mysteries in ordinary processes of daily life—the bees making honey, the cream turning to butter, the birth of the baby and its growth, the blossom turning to fruit, and the wheat ripening. This lady has loving patience for natural processes, however slow.

Reading: When the Bright Mother is present in a reading, she speaks of a time of fertility, creativity, and nurturing of ourselves or of others. She might indicate marriage or the birth of a child or a deepening of any kind of relationship. She also speaks of giving one’s all to life, not holding back. She is like a cornucopia, pouring forth abundance. This may be a time to put the news of others first, taking care of yourself later. Patience may be needed for the process being discussed.

Consider what you have. Acknowledge the people and things in your life—good, bad, and indifferent. This consideration is not to judge, approve, or reject, but merely to recognize what is present in your life. These are your present fulfillment, the things you have created for yourself, drawing upon the power of Unity and the Singers (or not, as the case may be). Once you have looked clearly at what is present in your life,  you may want to ask yourself what you want to change.

This card may also mean that these ideas apply to men as well as women. They can even apply to institutions such as churches, governments, charities, and social groups.

When we are blocking the Bright Mother’s energy in our lives, we have difficulty giving or receiving nurturing. This may manifest itself physically as well as emotionally. It could mean physical problems such as digestive or eating disorders, or emotional difficulties with giving care or receiving care from others. We may also be unclear about our emotional boundaries.

When her energy is twisted, we see the “smother mother” who refuses to let those within her care grow up and become independent, crippling them in their adult life. Or perhaps the warped energy becomes the “martyr mother” who “sacrifices everything for you” (whether you want it or not) and then expects you to sacrifice everything for her forever. If we find in ourselves tendencies to do these things, we need to change both our habits and our deep programming, which may require professional help.

At worst, the Bright Mother’s energy becomes a fire of destruction, creating burnout where there should be nurturing. This happens when we give until we are exhausted and don’t take time to nurture ourselves or allow others to do so. Rage or cruelty directed at those who rightfully depend upon us also falls into this extreme category.

The Faeries Oracle by Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth

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We saw this card back in December, when it was a site for sore eyes after a stressful year. It seems there’s still a lot going on in the world to cause friction and disorder, so let The Restorers’ message remind us to unplug and take time out to remember what’s important. Blessings!

A Druid healer depicted in The Restorers card of the Druid Plant Oracle.

The Restorers: Roseroot, St. John’s Wort & Valerian

Retreat, balance, or calm. On the other side, imbalance, anxiety, or disturbance

THE CARD: The Restorers are a trio of ancient and indigenous plants of the Druid sourcelands, which act to restore the balance between body and soul, healing the heart and mind with their calming and strengthening powers. The card shows a Druid healer in her bothy, sitting beside the fire. Through the open door, we see the Scottish Highlands. Roseroot and Valerian hand drying in bunches from the rafters, and freshly gathered St. John’s Wort lies on the table.

MEANING: Although adventure and excitement are necessary ingredients in life, we also need periods of peace and calm: oases in our busy lives. Drawing this card in a reading may mean that you should create such a time for yourself now. Retreats are an important part of spiritual practice, and in Druidry these can include visiting the old sacred sites and walking the old tracks. But wherever you are, you can take a retreat. Even if you are busy, see if you can withdraw from your schedule for three hours, during which time no one disturbs you and you treat yourself to whatever will help you find calm. Better still is a longer retreat – three days or more – in a setting close to Nature. By taking such a break, you give your body and soul a chance to catch up with each other add to find balance once more.

This card may also indicate that you or someone you know are out of balance and feel disturbed and anxious. Life is often puzzling, and relationship are so difficult that it is no wonder so many people suffer from anxiety and depression. Now may be the time to tackle this imbalance with a combination of counseling, herbal medicine, and lifestyle changes.

Alternatively, the card may indicate that a situation or project is unstable or completely unrealistic, and that a good dose of common sense is required to get it back on track. It may be time to hire a consultant or simply get someone to look at the problem objectively and give advice.

The Druid Plant Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, art by Will Worthington

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Yesterday, those of us in the Northern hemisphere celebrated Beltaine, a time to honor the Earth’s full renewal after the dark rest of winter. I can see no more perfect time than now for this card. Go forward into the blossoming of spring and summer with your own renewal and be your fulfilled and best self. Call to mind the sacred waters to help cleanse your spirit of these burdens. Blessings!

Wash Away Your Burdens

As you have move through life, you have undoubtedly experienced moments that have inspired feelings of regret, remorse, shame, and guilt. You have made promises you have not been able to keep. You have judged and blamed yourself and others. You have burdened yourself with feelings born of acts that cannot be undone, which still bind you to the past. It is time to forgive. It is time to lie down in the healing waters and let them wash away your burdens so you can move forward with spirit cleansed.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

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First of all, Beltaine blessings to you all! Second, this is a bit serious of a card for such a frolicking holiday, but here it is. But it is May Day, so let’s all avoid asking awkward questions, eh? 😉

Wild Rose: A Thorny Question

Keywords & Phrases: Difficult decisions, something troublesome that needs to be sorted out, making tricky choice, bothersome issues, rather worrying enquiries, awkward questions being asked.

Meaning: In Grandville’s engraving, Wild Rose is a lady who looks less than comfortable. She has a wild rose in her hair and others at her great, but thorny stems wrap her round in a rather nasty embrace. Two reships dangle from her wrists as if she has been handcuffed. She is also wearing a rather tight reship necklace.

This card tell you that a difficult decision may need to be made. The pros and cons of each possible course of action may be whirling round your headed morning, noon, and night. Someone may be pressuring you to make up your mind right now.

Of course, this feels stressful, but an over-hasty decision must be avoided. It sound simplistic, but writing it down can help. Set it out like a chart: Pros, Cons, Likely Outcomes. Then leave it for a day or two. Sleep on it. Go to the cinema, meet up with a friend who has nothing to do with the issue. Over these two days, your path may become clearer. Thorny questions should not be answered in a rush.

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

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Today is Beltaine, the day of the flower bride and the sacred marriage of myth, as well as a season to honor the blooming and fertile Earth. It’s also the season that the Green Man comes to the forefront. Though I keep planning to write an in-depth post about this nature spirit, I’ll suffice for now with the mossy rock face that brings him to mind for me. Do you see it?

I’m a May Taurus and adore this season, though perhaps that doesn’t have as much to do with my birth month as I imagine. Digging hands in the dirt, smelling green grass and blossoms, walking in the sunshine with dogs and cats – these are just a few joys of springtime in full bloom.

As a little something, here’s an older post taking a quick look at the Flower Bride and some small charms of the Beltaine season. Enjoy the day and the season.

Blessings,

Thistle

A statue of Mary in southeast Kansas

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