Archive for March, 2019

Don’t block yourself from what needs to happen – we often make things overly complicated in our heads, thinking our dominoes have to fall a certain way. Life rarely goes according to plan, so loosen your grip and be flexible!

BURDOCK – Harvest, purification, and attachment

MEANING: If you have chosen this card, it may mean that enough is enough, and that you need to consider freeing yourself of an influence or a habit that is no longer serving you, and which has now become toxic. Treat this as a process of harvesting and separate the wheat from the chaff. Recognize that even the most negative experiences offer valuable learning, and see if you can extract this learning so that you can move on to a new phase of life.

The Burdock propagates widely, because its burrs easily attach themselves to the fur of passing animals and “hitch a ride” far from home. The ease and simplicity of their attachment offers the perfect image of the way in which we can sometimes, with minimum effort, be carried into new territory in our lives. If this occurs unconsciously, we can find ourselves in difficulty, but if we attach ourselves with awareness and with a light touch to ideas, projects, and people whom we trust, we can achieve far more than if we remain isolated.

THE CARD: The card shows Greater Burdock during the time between the two Druid festivals of Lughnasadh on Aug. 1, which marks the start of the harvest season, and Alban Elfed at the Autumn Equinox on Sept. 21-22, which marks its end. Beside it grows a Dandelion, a plant with and similar properties to Burdock which was once combined with it to create a popular soft drink and a potent wine. Dandelion was used by the Physicians of Myddvai and was almost certainly used by the ancient Druids as both food and medicine.

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


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The Archer is an inspiring card for she says we need to move and get going. No more lazing about and moaning about not feeling inspired. Just do it, if you will. The Five of Arrows – Frustration card was also strong today, so I’m feeling that many of us are frustrated but it’s really our own unwillingness to make changes and take action that’s at the root of it. Look carefully at what you’re doing and hiding from.



READING POINTS: The dawn of a new adventure, folded in the web of universal potential, waits for you to string the bow of your imagination and loose the arrows of creativity. This is the time to be bold and commit to the hunting of new life and a better relationship with the world, as well as the fulfilment of wholesome ambition. Take a moment to gather your tools and steady your state of mind. Take careful stock of what you want to achieve, why, and how you will go about it. Then harness your potential by filling your quiver with all the talents, knowledge, and cunning you possess and string the bow of burning gold” with the “arrows of desire.” Take a deep breath and be calm. I tis time to let your soul take flight.

MEANING: The bow’s importance for most of early mankind, both as a tool for survival and for defense, cannot be underestimated. It is for this reason, perhaps, that it has also become a spiritual symbol, and the drawing and releasing of an arrow is sometimes seen as a ritualistic practice in its own right. For many, the bow is a powerful link to our past, and the patience required to mast it connects the Archer with ancient life-or-death experience.

The Celts placed written spells on their arrows and Sioux Indian “medicine” arrows were painted with geometric designs and held special ritual significance, so that from early times the use of the bow took on a role in the harnessing and transmission of the will. Stringing the bow gives the wood a potential for the release of energy, drawing the bow controls and harnesses that energy, and releasing the arrow with intent finally sends the archer’s will through the air to its target.

Just as spells and curses were loosed through the air by hunters and shamans, so we must ourselves tune in to this ancient process and become archers with quivers full of ideas and desires, capable of forming and focusing our aim in the steady drawing of our will and then loosing our creative and intellectual drive in a controlled and effective way.

The key to a smooth and accurate release of the arrow is a steady and relaxed state, both physically and mentally. As hunters in the forest, we need patience and cunning, as well as an intimate knowledge of the Wildwood, to move with stealth toward the quarry. Then, with a cool and deliberate aim, the arrow must be released, itself containing something of our will and of our spirit on its flight toward its goal.

DESCRIPTION: The Archer holds the broad longbow poised in the act of release. The bow is of the Meare Hearth design, the fletchings are of good feather, taken from the right wing, and the arrowhead is flint. The Archer’s gaze is focused and steady as she looks beyond the arrow into the sky, holding the tension between the bow and the sinew bowstring with controlled and relaxed intent. She wears a simple amulet and appears serene and confident yet full of purpose. By her side wait two great hunting dogs, messengers of the power she holds within herself.

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

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Today, I borrowed my boyfriend’s oracle deck to bring you this hidden treasure. The Cosmic Egg card was also strong, but they didn’t feel connected. Perhaps some of you will find help today in one or the other, rather than both.

The Cosmic Egg represents the unfolding of cosmic consciousness. This occurs when we’ve been traveling the path a while, and now a sense of contentment and oneness arises and self-limiting beliefs clear away. Look to this spirit when feeling fragmented by modern life. This is connected the seventh chakra.


Oyster – Patient, Secret-Keeper, Hiding Inner Treasures

The focus and determination of the Oyster is unmatched. Anything an Oyster personality puts their mind toothy achieve with grace and charm. The only problem is, Oyster types often take their inner gifts for granted. They become shy or doubtful, and this can lead to withdrawing or protecting their deepest desires and life’s rows. When the Oyster card appears, it’s important to reveal your inner treasures. What is it you’ve been hesitant to share? The world is waiting to see.

When in balance: Feels blessed, generous, masterful

When out of balance: Reluctant, griping, “clams up”

To bring into balance: Share something

The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Oracle by Kim Krans

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Today’s card is certainly a loaded one, especially when you consider that Merlin (The Magician) and the Giant’s Dance (The Universe) flanked it. Take note of your natural instincts, but don’t let your dance with shadow rule you. Blessings!

The Horned One – Cernunnos

The Card: Cernunnos symbolizes the animal instinct within humans. The animals represent differing aspects of primal wisdom. The fox symbolizes intuition and cunning. He is lightning spirit and the Trickster. The otter represents the transformational, playful nature. The serpent is knowledge and understanding. The boar stands for force, resistance, and overcoming fear. The stag shows proliferation and humanity’s relationship with nature. Lastly, the frog represents impulse, fertility, and creativity.

The moonlight, with its illusionary quality, suggests the difficulty of distinguishing the contents of the subconscious. In the borderland, the conscious tends to project, making things seem what they are not. This contamination can lead to overwhelming fears, preventing one from recognizing and benefiting from the valuable assets of the shadow. The woodland represents the wilderness beyond the conscious, the habitat of the Horned One.

Meaning: The oppression of an unhealthy situation revives the primordial nature of one’s self. How this energy is used determines the positive or negative interpretation of the card. When channelled it can empower, motivating courageous and liberating feats. These animal instincts can also serve to protect us; an internal alarm system warning against danger. Though an encounter with the shadow is enlightening, its awesome seductive power can be overwhelming, leading to a disorienting experience. If the primitive, instinctive nature is not integrated but allowed to rule, behaviors becomes reckless, and at times self-destructive. This leads to the more traditional interpretation of the card: violence, controlling relationships, promiscuity, and drug abuse.

This card can also warn that the dangerous repression of the instinctive nature risks an uncontrolled eruption, stunted development of the personality, and trying to alleviate suffering through temporary distractions such as indulging in drugs, food, sex, shopping, etc. An artificial experience of life.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anne-Marie Ferguson



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Interestingly, all three cards I drew today have winged creatures. Admittedly, the Pig cannot literally fly, but its spirit most certainly can.

But with the busy Bee and peaceful Dove on either side of the Pig that tells us to “use your mind wisely,” I cannot help but think we are getting some clear message that whether what you need now is peace and rest or productivity and an energy outlet, we must not do anything mindlessly right now. Pay attention and do what you need with purpose.


Pig Spirit – Use Your Mind Wisely

Message: Pig Spirit appears to remind you of the right use of intelligence, a gift we all have that is meant to be used with love, compassion, and discernment. Intelligence means recognizing the value of intuition partnered with smarts and common sense, which leads to intelligent solutions. When Pig appears, you are called to respect your analytical mind and use it for the highest good, recognizing that all facts must be considered even when they do not fit what you know already.

Spirit blesses us with wisdom when we allow Pig Spirit to nudge us into open-minded, thoughtful dialogues, whether with others or internally as we mull over our ideas and what we have come to understand. You are intelligent and capable of clear-minded thinking shaped by the wisdom you have accumulated and the intuition that will tell you when you have more learning to do because not all facts are in. Now is a time that your decision-making powers are reliable, for you are in alignment with Pig Spirit’s keen intelligence.

Protection Message: Are you ruminating, turning thoughts around and around in your head but not getting nearer to a decision or solution? Pig Spirit is here to protect you from “analysis paralysis”! Let your mind rest now and allow your intelligence to mingle with the mysteries of intuitive guidance, releasing your tight hold on acts and unsolved puzzles, whether it be a relationship or an other aspect of your life.

In fact, now might be a good time to think about something else altogether and release your grip on needing to know. When your thought processes are muddied by fear and anxiety, allow Pig Spirit to lead you back to the right use of your natural intelligence. Take a break, relax and release that ball of worry. Soon the smart choice will become clear to you. More facts may be needed, more digging for information and more questioning; when seeking to learn more, enjoy the process of using your thinking prowess. All the elements of your intelligence are reliably guiding you now once you’ve given your mind a rest.

Spirit Animal Oracle by author Colette Baron-Reid and artists Jena DellaGrotaglia

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Another chilling day here in southeast Kansas – our weather has been yo-yoing as many areas have experienced this odd winter. They had predicted 3-6 inches of snow, though we barely received an inch by the looks of it.

This card is filled with plants that I have raised and know to bloom in summer, so it seems strangely warm to me. Yet, the meaning of courage and getting beyond past mistakes so they don’t hold us back should speak to many I know right now. Take heed of the meaning, but don’t forget the warm behind it. Blessing and love to you all.

– Thistle

BORAGE – Courage, Forgetfulness & Gladness

The card shows Borage in flower beside a Celtic dagger, which is in its dagger, hanging from a palisade of coppiced Hazel. It is Lughnassadh, in high summer, the time of traditional games and contests. Thyme and Rosemary are in flower too, Thyme beside the scabbard; Rosemary behind the palisade.

Meaning: Borage (Borrach) has been associated with courage since ancient days. If you have chosen this card it may be that this is the quality you need to draw upon at this time. True courage requires a strong and generous heart, and this involves looking beyond your own needs to perceive the greater good of thosearound you. This may mean you need to be courageous in standing up for someone who is weaker than you or who needs your protection, or it may mean sticking your head above the parapet to make a stand for what you believe is right.To be courageous and daring, you must also be able to forget. If you hold every eventuality in mind, you will never act, and being courageous often require a magnanimity that forgets personal slights or errors in judgement. Going beyond judgement or recrimination, true courage is a brave open-heartedness that restores our confidence in human nature, bringing with it joy and happiness.

On the flip side, while there is a courage that lies in action and fighting for what you believe is right, there is another kind of courage that is less flamboyant and outward. Sometimes it takes more courage to be still and not to act than to take a stand and react openly to a situation. Sadness can come into our lives for many reasons and there is much suffering in the world. If you have chosen this card, it may mean that you are coming to terms with the suffering of life, and Borage urges you to “take heart” – to know that however difficult life appears to be, your heart and soul are growing strong through your experience of being in the world, with all the pain and hardship this might involve.

Caution can sometimes arise out of fear or cowardice, but it is also often wise to be cautious, avoiding impulsive decisions or actions that appear to be courageous but which, in reality, are based on bravado. Choosing this card may also simply indicate that you have forgotten something important. Rosemary, which grows beside Borage in the card, has a reputation for enhancing memory – it might be wise to start drinking rosemary tea!

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

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Easily my favorite card in this deck (and one that pops up a lot for my personal readings), this card makes it easy to get lost in its beauty, but let us not forget the message. No matter your gender ID, gentleness and grace has a place in your life. Let it balance your assertiveness and masculine energy. Don’t forget the spiritual realm, but also don’t get pulled into it overly much. We are here to live a human life, after all.




THE CARD: This shows a white hind, or eilid, in the forest in late summer or early fall. Acorns hang heavy from the oaks. The hind calls us to follow her deeper into the forest. Standing in a shaft of sunlight, she appears so elusive we are not even sure if she is of this world.

MEANING: Eilid brings us the gentleness and grace of the feminine principle. Whether you are a male or female, opening to the qualities of the Hind will enable you to achieve a greater degree of sophistication, subtlety, and elegance – in the best possible senses of these terms.

Deer, and the white hind in particular, call to us from the Otherworld, from the realm of Faery, and invite us to look beyond the material, beyond the superficialities of life, toward the heart of things, toward the realm of causes rather than effects. Poised in moonlight or sunlight, Eilid invites us to begin an exploration of the Otherworld, of the spiritual dimension of life.

The Hind may also be warning you to be less self-effacing. Rather than adapting yourself, like a chameleon, to the perceived demands and expectation of those around you, you may need to become more assertive. You may also need to be wary of becoming preoccupied with the Otherworld. Our psychic life has its seasons, and at times it is good and balancing for us to explore the inner mysteries, but at other times it is important for us to focus our awareness on everyday life. You may have reached a time when an interest in the esoteric needs balancing with a period of outer activity. Do not worry that you will lose touch with the Otherworld, for the magical white Hind will always be waiting for you at the edge of the woods, ready to guide you into the heart of the forest.

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

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