Archive for January, 2019

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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While taking Medieval English Lit in college, we read an early piece called “The Owl and the Nightingale.” In this funny story, the two birds debate different topics from their own viewpoints, the Owl being serious and pessimistic and the Nightingale being light hearted and optimistic.

While this deck’s Nightingale looks spiritually serious, it is still optimistic in its message to us today. Remember to tap into that wellspring of love – it is a choice to do so.

Blessings!

Nightingale – Love is all around

Message: In the darkness of night, Nightingale spirit sings her song of love and hope, a harbinger of dawn to remind you that the sun will rise again soon. You are so loved, and the illumination song of the Nightingale calls you to a new level of self-awareness and connection with the Light. Yes, there is shadow and darkness, but love and prosperity exist everywhere, even in the seeming emptiness of space, darkness, and a starless night. Hearken to the message, letting the music of the Nightingale’s song remind you that love is all around. Feel it and trust in tomorrow’s light renewing your ability to recognize that the spaces that appear empty are filled with love and abundance. Illumination will happen soon.

Protection Message: The darker the skies, the more it seems the dawn will never appear, but Nightingale Spirit is here to remind you that the sun will shine again. You will soon feel the love and notice the abundance that surrounds you. Sing now – put on some music or simply sing in the empty space, for finding the light within and giving it voice will give rise to hope and help you begin to hear the call of another who, like you, was beginning to fear the light would never come. Bring the light into the darkness with love from within. Give it voice and know that daybreak will be here soon.

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

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We had this one just last month, but I guess he wasn’t done with us! Time to, as they say, “kick the tires and light the fires” and get busy with what we need to do. If not, he might come back again. FYI, the Salmon (of Wisdom) was also strong today.

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 precision to help you accomplish tasks and achieve objectives.

This card 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 experience energy as out of control – erupting without warning or constantly bubbling near the surface – or you may sense 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 authors Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm and artist by Will Worthington

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