Archive for August, 2018

Still feeling the animal oracle, and this is an interesting one as we head into the weekend. Perhaps it’s time to accept a challenge or a new direction? Blessings!


Card of the Day: Boar – The warrior spirit, leadership, direction

The card shows a boar in the forest. In the foreground lies a bronze carnyx, with its mouth in the form of a boars head. Such a battle trumpet has been found in Grampian, Scotland. By the path, and also from Scotland, is the Boar stone, beside which all Pictish kings took their oaths. To one side we also see the discarded bronze helmet of a warrior, complete with a board crest found in Wales. In the foreground grows mug wart, dandelion, and wild asparagus.

Meaning: Boar (Torc) can open you to the Warrior Spirit, helping you to find your direction in life. It’s a wild and powerful animal, he calls you into the forest to discover a secret about yourself and about the world. The ritual boar paths that exist in Wales, Cornwall, Ireland, and Scotland exist in the inner world too, and if you follow them you will come face to face with an animal embodying the wild and untamed power that lives within each one of us. Stare closely at him and you will discover he is a representative of the goddess – his skin can heal you, he can inspire you to write music and poetry, his primal power can make you a leader or chief. See if you can use your wildness and your energy for genuine acts of heroism in a world that longs for inside and healing.

This card may also mean that you have lost your sense of direction. There is a close connection in tradition between madness and pigs and boars. At a playful level this folly is expressed by the Morris dancer who beats the audience with the pigs bladder – also used a football. But at a more serious level, those who were mad were often made to act as swineherds. Merlin, in his period of madness, talks to pigs, and within this image is conveyed the concept that madness and insight are closely allied. Sometimes we have to go through A breakdown so that something wider and deeper can enter into our lives. The boar is the emissary of the terrible mother – who is also the initiator. Sometimes a period of destruction proceeds Creation or rebirth.

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

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Today’s card (notice it’s another dragon) speaks to me and to the need to get moving on goals, to put up or shut up. The power is within us if we just learn how to focus it. Blessings!

Fire Dragon – Transmutation, Mastery, Energy

This card shows the flaming Dragon of King Uther’s vision. In the distance we see Glastonbury Tor. Legend tells of a secret cave with in the Tor, used perhaps for initiation. Flaming Dragons often guard such caverns to prevent their desecration by the greedy and to offer their treasure to those who are worthy. In the foreground, laying on the rock, is a golden torc – Celtic neck ring indicating high status, rulership, and mastery.

Meaning: Fire Dragon brings vitality, enthusiasm, encourage, and an increased ability to overcome obstacles and to find the energy needed to cope with life‘s problems. Having the powerful Fire Dragon as an ally will align you with the qualities of leadership and mastery. With care, he will fuel your inner fire which can be directed and channeled with laser like Percision to help you accomplish tasks and achieve objectives.

Discard can also mean that you may be repressing a good deal of anger. This may make you feel that you are not in control of your life energy. Either you experiences energy as out of control – irrupt in without warning or constantly bubbling near the surface – or you may since it has scattered or dissipated. Are you often lacking in energy and vitality? Do you find it hard to get excited or motivated? Or do you find you have too much nervous energy, making you over excited, unable to sleep, concentrate, or relax?

Whether you have too much or too little energy, developing a harmonious relationship with the fire dragon will help you. If you were lacking in energy, you may need to ask the dragon to give you a little more of the treasure he is guarding. If you find your energy level is too high, you may need to do the reverse – to ask the dragon to take charge of some of your energy, guarding it fiercely, sure in the knowledge that you will be given access when you really need it.

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

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Sorry for the three-day break, but we’ve been a wee bit distracted by our kiddo coming home from summer break (and back-to-school prep) and plumbing issues. Now, back to regular business, and this is a decent card for that.

Blessings!

Stay Strong

Life will present you with many trials. Life will bring your times of joy, but also times of suffering; like the weather, it can be unpredictable, harsh, and cruel. But you can endure all that comes. Know when to resist and when to let go. And that sometimes you will lose, but that loss can make you stronger at the core. Stay strong. With hope and faith, you can endure all.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

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I have to admit that when I first drew this spread, my mind immediately went to the poaching of the White Lady, a white wolf in Yellowstone Park, earlier this week. It’s hard for me to see anything but the separation of her from her partner, now a lone wolf sad that his Moon has been taken from the Earth and into the Sky, and the hope that whoever killed her will be brought to justice.

Knight of Pentacles

Meaning: A mature and responsible person, methodical, persistent, and laborious. This card could also mean stagnation, carelessness, inertia, dogmatic views, and inertia.

Tarot Familiars by Lisa Parker

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Strong but intimidating card for some. Have a great day!

Intikhana – Child of Light

Meaning: Trust your feeling over appearances. Move away from influences that create fear or negativity in you. Reach out for that which uplifts your heart. Spiritual protection is being offered. Refuse to be dazzled by ego masquerading as something spiritual. Through your prayers and efforts, spiritual light has been accumulating on the inner planes, even though you may not sense that consciously as yet. There will be an intersection of events and circumstances in your physical world through which that light shall pour forth and manifest itself as grace. Continue with your spiritual devotion. There is something truly good to come of it.

Guidance: In the Incan tradition, Inti is the physical sun and the spiritual presence inherent in the sun’s life-giving energy. Intikhana is the being who is one with Inti, a child of the sun. In the esoteric mystery schools, solar child and solar angel are terms for the soul, the deeper aspect of us that is connected to the spiritual light. This oracle brings you understanding that there is a new depth of soul connection opening up for you. We enter such a sacred process through a challenge known in spiritual traditions as initiation.

When we are faced with a deep unknowing – which is what happens when we are growing spiritually and moving through a spiritual initiation – we have outgrown what our minds are capable of providing. We need more knowledge, more wisdom, more light so that we can find our way through the darkness of initiation and into the blessing of new life waiting on the other side of the process. When we turn our attention to the soul, instead of applying logic or intellect to figure out yet another (doomed) plan to conquer the irrepressible evolution inherent in the spiritual path, we finally gain comfort. Hope is a quality of the soul. It allows us to bear the uncertainty when, according to a greater wisdom, there is something that we cannot know the answer to, at least for now. Hope gives us patience so that we can learn how to feel our soul connection more deeply, and grow into the wisdom of the answer we need. We stop fumbling about in the library of the intellect and, instead, seek out the answer from the source that can provide it, which is the illumined temple of our own soul.

Initiation often involves an element of the unexpcted. We typically feel unprepared for it, even though at a soul level, we have been working toward it for a long time. If it’s happening, however, then we are actually ready for it. Such spiritual testing is intimidating to the ego, but the soul knows how to move through the process. Trust your inner self, and trust in the light and the unconditionally supportive assistance that the Universe will lend to your purpose. Then you can be fearless, impervious to manipulation and remain steady and faithful in the face of challenge.

Earth Warriors Oracle by Alana Fairchild, art by Isabel Brynne

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Great card for the middle of the week, when many are scrambling to finish work projects or are busy running here and there. Take a few minutes to rest and ground and feel your connection to the Earth.

Blessings!

Spirit of Earth

Meaning: Prosperity is blossoming in all areas of your life. You are strong and grounded. Who you are is enough, just as you are. Connect more fully with nature. The Spirit of Earth asks that you tend to your health. Understand how to use your body’s physiology. Pay attention to how your body feels and respond accordingly. Create a home for your soul. Have objects in your home that feel good to you every time you see them. Be present. Cherish the here and now.

Native Spirit Wisdom: The Spirit of Earth represents your physical self and your physical surroundings. It’s okay to make plans for the future, but make sure the tyou also embrace and appreciate the present. Your’e deeply and profoundly loved and supported at all times, no matter what’s occurring in your life. Trust that all your needs are being met. Take time to create spaces in your home where you feel absolutely at peace, and in doing so, you create a template for peace in all areas of your life. Feel the solidity and power of the earth beneath you; this is in your core. Just as grass pushes up out of moist ground, know that fresh new shoots of growth are similarly taking place within you right now. You are grounded, prosperous, and strong.

The Journey: All the solid forms around you, including your body, are a part of they physical realm. Notice how you relate to and identify with the physical universe around you. By doing this you are activating the spirit of earth within you. Let the reality of your relationship with the earth fill your consciousness. Feel it in every pore of your being. Let yourself merge with its energy. Imagine how it would feel feel to be a rolling hill, a great mountain, or a deep canyon. Imagine yourself lying in a meadow of wildflowers high in the mountains. Visualize the roots of the trees extending deep in to the soil, reaching down toward the center of the earth.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: trying to control to much of life can block you from the mysteries and unexpected joys in life. And I’m saying this from personal experience and a (sometimes) recovering control freak. Amazing things can happen when let loose a bit. Blessings.

Surrender to the Flow

Through choice and action you can steer the course of your life. But sometimes the need to control every outcome can have you caught up in a whirlpool instead of moving forward. We may move in the direction of your choosing, but it may not be the direction in which you need to turn in. Loosen your grip. Surround yourself so flow, and trust that you will find yourself exactly where you need to be.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

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Hmm, solid card to start the week. Blessings!

Queen of Stones – Bear

Meaning: The ancient ancestor of the modern bear, the cave bear hibernated in caves during the cold northern winter. Neanderthals buried their skulls here and even shared their caves during some periods. Often linked to Arthurian legend, the Bear remains a symbol of the power and protection of the land.

Reading Points: Richness and plenty surround you. Your bounty and welcoming nature make you popular with all. Many depend on you, and your natural sensuality makes you powerful attractive to others. Pragmatism and generosity open doorways at every point.

Tracks & Pathways: Power and generality, punctiliousness, a demanding individual, confidence, frankness, assurance, and property.

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

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After several cards in a row that gently pushed us beyond doubts and fears, today we have one that tells us to take a break and consider your balance. Right in time for the weekend? Though I make a joke, not heeding the card can have serious repercussions, as it has for our society in general.

Blessings!

Balance (Temperance)

Reading Points: You must be balanced and patient. The time is right to rest and contemplate all the facets of your existence. To continue now you must be still and calm. Finding the inner balance that will enable you to see beyond the present state is a process of trust and confidence in your own strengths. These facets may include the parts of your psyche that you would rather not deal with, but no amount of denial will rid you of the need to absorb and reclaim them. Balance is absolutely necessary to free the inner self from the fears and self-doubts that keep us spiritually deaf, dumb, and blind. Once the natural state of balance is achieved, the plateau that will give you access to the higher self will be open before you.

Meaning: The balance between humanity and nature is vital. The intricate mechanisms that are the arteries and nervous system of the Earth are as sensitive and complex as that of any living organisms, and we have succeeded in shifting this delicate balance from one of finely tuned interactions to malignant and polluted environment. The ancient peoples of the Earth long ago recognized their dependence on the ecosystem of the planet to sustain and renew their children. Modern society has become completely detached from that reality and believes the planet is here only for our selfish and greedy consumption. The renewal is taken for granted, yet we have poured toxic waste into the seas and landscape so that our offspring will be facing death a thousand years from now. Our abuse of the natural world has annihilated whole species of creatures and rent a hole in the very fabric of the atmosphere that makes life on this planet possible. This is a crime beyond comprehension and humankind will be paying the price for generations to come.

Temperance is the traditional name of this card, and it represents a state of inner strength and tranquility from which deeper knowledge of the self and universe can be absorbed and contemplated. It is the key to higher self. Both on the personal level and as a species, we must strive to find a balance.

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

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OK, it’s my first time drawing from The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck, and I found this an interesting card. I’m not sure that it’s for me specifically, so perhaps it is for one of you specifically. 😉

Blessings!

Rabbit (Earth card)

Afraid of everything, overwhelmed, frozen

The Rabbit loves to remind his friends that someday the Eagle will swoop down and eat him. He talk and talks and talks about it, so loudly in fact that one day the Eagle hears and thanks him for the great idea. Rabbit energy is alive when we are scared (most often about the future) and we become our own worst enemy. We spin up a dust cloud of fear and then complain to others that we are lost. Notice your thoughts and words, oh Rabbit – they shape your destiny.

When in balance: sensitive, problem solver, good listener

When out of balance: Over-explains, talks fast

To bring into balance: a day of silence

The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck by Kim Krans

 

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