Archive for January, 2019

I’m still feeling the Legend deck, and today’s card of the Castle of Wonders looks promising. Hope you all have a great Wednesday!

The card with Percivale’s Vision (Strength) was also very strong this morning, so perhaps you need to consider its meaning of strength, courage, and vitality; intelligence, reason, and experience, united with enthusiasm and energy; drawing on inner strength to resist temptation and distraction; self-discipline and satisfaction.

 

 

 

 

Seven of Shields – Castle of Wonders

Meaning: Treasures and bounty. Ingenuity, and perseverance bring great gains. Successfully handling a challenging and complex situation. Patience and restraint prove to be appropriate. The steady, methodical removal of obstacles. Concentrating and completing one task at a time allows for safe progress to greater heights.

This card could also mean Impatience, unfulfilled hopes of promotion, worrying delays, stiff competition, unexpected setbacks, confusion as to how one should best proceed, miscalculation, and unease in regard to financial matters.

The Story: The greatest treasure of the castle was it’s miraculous pillar, which brought the entire kingdom to life with and it’s column. Like the castle of means, the council of wonders how many women captive with in its walls. The castle and it’s 500 residents were bound by powerful spell, cast by the other worldly magician Klingsor.

Determined to release the women, Gawain entered the enchanted castle. Within its ornate hall stood an equally beautiful bed. Gawain approached the bed, but as he tried to set up on it, it moved on its own accord. The night excepted the challenge, threw himself upon it, and held on with all his might. The possessed bed her old itself about the room, slamming into walls with tremendous force. As it came to rest, the shaken knight was subjected to a second ordeal. An ungodly reign of stones fell down upon him, nearly knocking him senseless. This was followed by a deadly rain of arrows fired by a mechanized army of archers who are affixed to the walls. The bewildered knight could hardly believe what he saw, and found it harder still to believe he had survived. Lastly, the battered knight faced and an enormous lion which burst into the hole. The knight threw himself into battle with a giant cat, and then mustering all his strength overcame the beast. In doing so, he broke the enchantment that layover the castle.

Eager to show their gratitude, the women of the castle lead the knight to a chamber which held the castle’s treasures, the finest of which was a magnificent pillar. The magical pillar was like no other; one could view the entire kingdom within the column. Every creature, movement, stone, and stream could be seen upon us living surface.

It was explained to going that the kingdom, castle, and it’s miraculous pillar could all be his if you agreed to stay with the women he had freed. He was honored and grateful for the offer, but on careful consideration decided that his heart lay with his life as a Knight of the Round Table, to which he then returned.

Legend: the Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

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OK, most of you know that I sometimes cannot choose among the cards I draw each morning. Today, these two both were strong, yet they seem to compliment each other. With the Hermit (Lancelot in Exile) and Six of Cups (In Ector’s Keeping) presenting today, I suspect many of us need to take some time for ourselves,  to go within, and deal with some ghosts from the past.

This isn’t necessarily a sign of something horrible; perhaps we just need to put the past in its place or to reconcile something. As you read Lancelot’s story, remember the power of the Grail.

Blessings, everyone!

The Hermit – Lancelot in Exile

Meaning: Withdrawing from the outside. Taking time to recuperate and center one’s self. Consulting the wisdom within. Searching the soul for guidance. Traditionally, the card can indicate meeting a wise person or guide.

The card may also mean rejecting the help of others or inhibited relationships. Fear and suspicion of the outside world. A reluctance to explore new ideas or issues.

The Story: Having fled the court, Lancelot roams the land as a wild man. Lancelot was the inspiration of many knights, and the passion of many women. Unlike most, Elaine of Corbenic was not deterred by Lancelot’s love for the Queen, and aided by the magic of her loyal lady-in-waiting, set about to win the handsome knight. Brisen was a clever enchantress and deceived Lancelot into believing he was meeting Guinevere in a darkened bed chamber, when in truth it was Elaine. Guinevere became suspicious when she was told Lancelot was not in his bed and made her way to Elaine’s chambers. On finding the couple, she became enraged and banished both from the court.

In his grief, Lancelot went mad and ran through the forest as a wild man for two years until Elaine found him sleeping by a well. Being the daughter of the Grail guardian, Elaine sent word to her father. Consequently, Lancelot’s mind was healed by the virtue of the Grail.

Six of Cups – In Ector’s Keeping

Meaning: Nostalgia and fond memories of the past. Reflection. Old friends re-enter one’s life, bringing pleasant surprises. Meeting aspects of the past.

The card also indicates having to face and contend with frightening and debilitating memories of childhood. Insecurity and longing for protection.

The Story: Under the fosterage of Sir Ector, a young and unknown Arthur enjoyed days of play. Fostering was a common way to raise young people and to ensure their safety.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

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Sorry to be running late, but at least it’s a good one. I always love the Frog card; he reminds us to be adaptable and sensitive.

Frog (Losgann) – Sensitivity, medicine, hidden beauty, and power

The card shows a common frog crawling from a pool in which lies frog spawn, traditionally considered a powerful medicine. To the right grows Frogberry, now known as cranberry, and frogs spindle or orchid. To the left beneath the hanging willow leaves grows toadstool mushrooms, which were once called frog stools.

Meaning: Frog embodies both the elements of water and earth, bringing joy, the light, and healing in its singing and hopping, and leading you to the sacred spring from which you may be refreshed and renewed. A cold-blooded creature living half on the land and half in the water, the frog possesses an extremely sensitive skin, considered magical by shamans. Companion of the rain spirits, the frog can help you develop your sensitivity to others, to healing, and to sound through your skin and your whole body and aura.

Nothing is what it appears to be, and life is more fun than you at first supposed! There is a hidden beauty and a hidden power in all of nature, and as you open yourself to this you will feel close to the goddess and to both earth and water. Look for the beauty and the magic behind appearances.

This card may also suggest that you are learning how to embrace difficult circumstances. The frog that you must marry will turn out to be a prince. The circumstances you have chosen to except – while apparently unappealing or difficult – will bring you rich rewards in the end. Remember that the frog bring his medicine, and medicine brings healing.

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

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This certainly applies on a broader societal scale right now, but how do you feel about it on a personal level?

Hope everyone is having a blessed weekend.

Temperance – The Cauldron of Annwn

Meaning: Guarding against the extremes. A need for moderation, patience, and diplomacy.  The art of bridging the spiritual and mundane world. Compatilibity and integration. Applying psychic insights to physical existence. The successful integration of two distinct qualities.

This card could also indicate an unpredictable life of extremes. Inability to connect and hear the inner voice. Lack of imagination. Boredom

The Story: Nine priestesses attend the Cauldron of Annwn, source of inspiration and mantic talent.

Many people have attributed the powers of prophecy, inspiration, and art to the three motifs depicted in the painting – the omnipotent spring, the cauldron, ad the head. The bards of Arthur’s time believed the Cauldron of Annwyn was the source of their inspiration and unearthly talents.

The early Welsh poem The Spoils of Annwfn tells of Arthur’s daring raid on the Otherworld in search of its cauldron. Three ships ventured to the Twilight Land, passing many uncharted isles where the Forever Young mixed their sparkling wines. On reaching the cauldron, the raiders found the forces of the Fay awaiting them. A battle more dreadful than words ensured. Though Arthur succeeded in stealing the Cauldron, the terror and tragedy of the venture lead the King to forbid the severn should survivors to speak of it again.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

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Here’s a great reminder! As I’ve mentioned in the past, this card brings to mind the loathly damsels such as Ragnell and Kundry from Arthurian myths. These ladies teach us that physical ugliness can mask the greatest beauty if you do not look beyond the physical.

PS: I should have retaken the photo for this card, but I couldn’t bear to do that when I realized that was my late kitty Gabriel’s paw. Still miss the original Tarot Kitty all the time.

Have a great Friday and weekend!

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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Are you ready to manifest your insights into reality? The Seer is telling you it’s time!

Blessings of Avalon!

The Seer

Reading Points: The time has come to focus your power and let it flow through you. Many dreams or desires related to the creative emotional process are ready to be applied in your day-to-day life and you must now give vent to those hidden or suppressed longings. This may relate to healing, sexual relationships, or partnerships. Now the manifestation of inner spiritual or esoteric insights into your practical and physical daily life will Bring profound rewards and results. It is a sign of maturity. The seer also relates to creative impulses such as art, mechanical skills and crafts, and the joy of bringing pleasure and knowledge to others.

Meaning: Place at the heart of the wheel and the Wildwood in the quadrant of water, the seer represents insight that is gained from the stillness and it weirdness of the sojourn with the Hooded Man. She stands at the heart of an interpersonal universe and can mediate that knowledge and help to externalize this energy to power, wisdom, or creative endeavor in the material world.

The seer acts as an oracular mediator of the feminine intuitive and imaginative principal, but her mediation is based on grounded energy and skill. This is symbolized by her feathered cloak, which represents the flight of thought and intellect, matured and stabilize to her deep-rooted power, grounded in the memory of the call just earth.

The seer stands at the center both of the wheel and of the individual in our world, facing the showman. She asked not only as a guide to the soul but as a catalyst for the manifestation of creative and artistic work. Ideas maybe filtered through the shower we realm of dreams and trancelike states, but the inner archetypal mediator that forms these ideas into works of literature, song, or dance is the seer. It is she who inspires the emotional link to the book or piece of music or brings a tear to the eye at the end of an emotional film or laughter at a funny story.

With her inherent ability to balance emotion, intellect, and will power, she spurs just create change in our material world and is a skilled mediator of all the elemental force is found with in the Wildwood. She fosters the positive exercise of will, but a festive by emotion and commitment and resulting in outer material effect. This is one of the purest and most blessed forms of earth magic.

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

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Home is always important, whether it’s your physical living space or a place where your heart calls home. Blessings!

TEN OF STONES – HOME

MEANING: The inner and outer community that sustains and supports the individual, not necessarily blood family but the trusted friends, comrades, and lovers who offer security and affection.

READING POINTS: The traditional concept of home and family has evoked and changed over the last few decades, but certain basic notions remain unchanged. In the traditional British family home, where the father went to work and the mother stayed home to manage the house and the children, home was the place we always came back to, where stability and a well-founded set of traditions and social rules applied. It was both guarded and guided by love, respect, and loyalty As children, we see home as a place of security and caring. As young adults exploring the world, it can be wherever you lay your hat or guitar case. In later life, it may become your own heart’s stronghold and sanctuary. For some, the concept of home is just that: an idea, a hope, a dream, not merely a shelter from the elements or an investment in bricks and plaster. For some, it truly is where love resides and is the final destination after a colorful or arduous life journey.

DESCRIPTION: A great arch made up of ten weathered stones frames the picture. Through this gate, we glimpse an Iron Age round house with a path leading to it. From the thatched roof of the house rises a mighty apple tree. Carved into the two lowest stones of the great arch are rough-hewn male and female figures.

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

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