Archive for July, 2020

Are you in process with a project or life change? This card indicates that things are working and to go with it.

Have a great weekend!

Flowing River

Meaning: Everything is falling into place because you aren’t resisting the drift of the great river of life. It’s time to let go. You’re entering a period of gracious ease and flow. All is u unfolding perfectly ad with good timing. When you’re in a state of flow, you aren’t pushing the river to go faster and you aren’t swimming against it. Let go of the shore and enjoy the ride.

Native Spirit Message: Rivers have personalities and carry energy, just as animals and plants do. From the Maoris to the Australian Aborigines, and to other native cultures throughout the world, it’s believed that it’s important to listen to the language of the river. If you aren’t feeling the smooth currents of life, it might mean that you’re trying to control situations or that you’re being self=critical or judgmental. The way to move into flow is through gratitude and appreciation, and by allowing others to support and help you. Heeed the Native American saying: “It’s best to ride the horse the direction that it’s going.” This means that when the card Flowing River chooses you, you’re being told to let go and go with he flow. If there is something or someone you need to forgive, this the is the time. YThis is also the time to forgive yourself and just let go.

The Journey: As you shower and the water flows over your body, imagine that everyone is flowing in your life. Spend time next to a river or stream and watch the flowering waters; use it as a metaphor to let go and enter the flow.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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Not sure why I’ve been drawn to the Halloween Oracle lately; perhaps the state of the world is making me feel a little inward leaning with a Samhain energy. Who knows? But I suspect we all could use a little healing after everything we are dealing with.

Have a great Thursday!

CAULDRON – Synergy and healing

Where all things come together
Under pressure, flowful synergy
A new thing is created
A crucible of infinity.

A typical depiction of a witch sees her standing over a boiling cauldron slowly stirring the bubbling and mysterious contents. As she stirs the enormous metal over the raw flames, she cackles and incants commands to all the elements, transforming the contents into something magical.

Cauldrons were commonly used in ancient and medieval times for everything from the nightly meal to the making of medicines. This “family crucible” was usually placed within the hearth of the home, making it an essential part of the gathering of family. Much healing and nourishment came from the cauldron.

Should you receive the Cauldron card, it indicates the importance of combining a variety of techniques or elements to get the best result. Do not pull all your eggs in one basket. Refuse to choose just a single rigid pathway when a variety of ways are there to be enjoyed and experienced. You can find your own ways to create something new. The cauldron is a deeply transformational tool – things change once they are put under pressure. Resilience is being cultivated over time and this means that you will be able to withstand any negative pressure much more healthily from the inside out.

The Halloween Oracle by Stacey Demarco, art by Jimmy Manton

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Making an idea into reality is the most potent magic there is for humanity. Have your dream, but make your plans to achieve it – and act upon it. Dreaming alone will get you nowhere. Blessings!

Meaning: The most potent act of the mind is to conceive of an idea and manifest it into practical, material reality. This means being able to formulate and marshal your thoughts to bring about a real-world change, or the transmutation of a wish, dream or desire, making it physically happen.

Reading Points: The concept of the material world as a solid, unchanging thing has evolved with our understanding of the cosmos. Human beings seem unique in their ability to interact with the material world. and yet have a foot in the otherworld of the mind, imagination, and creative will. To be connected to the Earth and the power that resides there allows us to draw from this primal source and direct the power of our minds to create changes in our world. The concept that the realms of matter and the realms of the mind are totally separate and detached is now outmoded and verifiably untrue. The primal rock is decorated with ancient cup-and-ring markings to express the emergence of creation and the cycles of energies within the universal consciousness and the still and stable point from which to plan and empower. your life, fulfilling your material dream.

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

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A lot of folks immediately try to ignore a card like this, but don’t take it too literally. It can represent new beginnings or letting go of something that no longer serves you. These things can invigorate your life, so don’t avoid the hard decision to get there.

Blessings!

DEATH – The eternal cycle begins here

’Tis not the end
though I may pass in the night
I get to do my time over
Although you may get a fright!

Many Pagans believed that death was the beginning of the cycle of life. When you think about it, most people consider the act of “birth” to be the beginning of the life cycle – we are born, we live, and we die and, depending on your beliefs, you may get to go round again. Instead, Pagan cultures see death as the beginning of a whole new adventure – the place where your soul gets to choose where it incarnates, why and what it wants to experience. Then and only then, does it get born into a body that lives and eventually dies, before returning to ride a new cycle.

Halloween is a celebration of death as a part of life. As humans are conscious beings, we know about death and many are afraid and uncomfortable about it. Halloween illuminates the universal truth that all of us will die, just as all of us were born, so to be fearful of that end process is fairly pointless. Halloween asks us instead to make friends with death (just as we seem friendly with birth) and to not allow our fears and grief to bring us unnecessary pain.

Do not be afraid if you pull the Death card as it simply means that something is falling away, or will do so, so you can begin strongly afresh. There is a great power in this clearing. If you pull this card at Halloween particularly, the message is stronger still and you should actively celebrate this new beginning.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

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As a Taurus, I relate to this card pretty well, but perhaps you need to look at how you are trying to achieve wealth (and perhaps how you define it). Also, stubbornness can be good in some ways (staying the course) but bad in that you can sometimes refuse things that could be the right thing for you.

Blessings!

BULL – WEALTH, POTENCY, BENEFICIENCE

MEANING: The Bull (Gaelic: Tarbh) mediates the influence of Taranis, the Jupiter-like god of the Druids, whose beneficence and expansiveness can bring you the opportunity for a rich and abundant life. The Bull is a symbol of wealth and as such it is auspicious to draw this card when considering financial matters. But remember that the ancient ones were wise enough to understand that true wealth is to be found in the heart and soul first, and only then in the material world. The Bull represents fertility, potency, abundance, and prosperity, but these things can sometimes take a while to achieve. If you need to work steadfastly in trying circumstances for a considerable period of time in order to achieve your goals, the Tarbh will help you to do this without becoming drained or depressed.

This card may also indicate that you are having difficulty in feeling motivated. There is no animal more stubborn than a bull who refuses to move, and it may be important for you to look at the roots of your lack of motivation – you may be making more of a choice about life than you believe. You may also need to ask yourself whether you are sufficiently sensitive to others’ needs. Do you perhaps act like “a bull in a china shop” when confronted with certain situations? A bull’s power when harnessed or channeled can be awesome, but when a bull is maddened he can become dangerous. You may need to attend to the way in which you react under provocation, and the way in which you might be tempted to use your personal power as “power over” others.

THE CARD: the card shows a bull roaring with three cranes circling in the air above, and with the leaves of a willow tree in the foreground. Two Celtic monuments, carved in the first century, both show a bull with three cranes and a willow tree. The cranes in the card remind us that, although the bull is an animal representing earth, he is also linked with the sky and the heavens. We see the bull’s testes which remind us of the association of the bull with fertility and virility. Early Druid shaman-rattles were shaped in the form of a bull’s testes, and one is shown lying on the grass. To the left we see a Bronze-age Druid horn, whose sound mimics the bull’s roar.

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

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Another late card, but we had such a wonderful discussion at our breakfast table that  I’m not upset about it.

For some reason, today felt like a Halloween Oracle day. I feel the card may hit home for many who are feeling alone in their physical world and adrift in a see of repetitive memes on social media. Many of us, due to the pandemic and compromised immune systems, are having to hide away our light and talents – or at least we feel we are. It may be time to find new ways to be seen, or perhaps it’s time to understand you are not what others see and to embrace this temporary invisibility.

Blessings!

INVISIBILITY – Authenticity

Heart beating, we sense
But do not see
They touch, we chill
They come unseen.

You know that feeling you sometimes have that someone is watching you? You cannot see them, yet you have the distinct feeling that “someone is there.” All the hairs are up on the back of your neck. You think you see something in the corner of your eye, but when you turn, there is nothing to be seen but empty air. This is the power of invisibility – the indirect fear and the covert threat of having to fight something that we cannot see.

Humans have a strong visual sense, so it is no wonder that we are uneasy about things we cannot see. The ancients believed that all manner of creatures – mythical and physical, and of course deities – could make themselves invisible at will. When we consider that some animals are camouflaged so well by their coats or behavior that sometimes even if we are looking straight at them, they are hard to see within their environment, that invisibility isn’t such a far-fetched concept.

In many cultures, the idea of beings who could watch us undetected were (and still are) common. Djinns, angels, nature spirits, the fae, and even practitioners of magic such as witches are said to have the power to appear and disappear at will. Later, in literature and then in movies, invisibility becomes a common power and we now have fictional super heroes that are invisible and even cloaks of invisibility.

The concept of invisibility is a double-edged sword. While it is a powerful tool to be able to gain information or to assist while no one sees, individuals using it are privy to information that may not be meant for them and it may be taken out of context or unethically. It is a power of manipulation and easily abused.

The idea of hiding away and not being seen is also a big part of the dark side of this concept. We are all born to shine our light out into the world and to take our roles. Hiding our talents, not expressing our true selves, stealing others’ ideas or work and being “someone else” rather than your authentic self, are all aspects to consider should this card appear in your reading.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

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Running a bit behind today, but here we go! Honestly, without a regular schedule in our household, I’m losing track of days and time easily. My boyfriend works at a school, his daughter was in school (and this fall heading to college), and I worked at the library. Currently, school is out and I’m on furlough (and staying home due to a weakened immune system). Alas, my internal clock is running amuck!

Now on to the card.

The card shows fiery bows, a metaphor for how we are often stuck when making decision or taking action. We are often afraid of making the wrong choice. But things re often not as hot as we think they are, so set aside your fear. Now is the time to take action.

Blessings!

TWO OF BOWS – DECISION

MEANING: The subconscious senses related to the desire to resolve decisions are awakened. The gateway stands open before the individual prepared to take positive action.

DESCRIPTION: A figure stands on a hilltop at night against a backdrop of stars. Around his head blazes a corona of flames, the fires of decision. In each hand he holds a tall, unfinished bow stave that extends above his head. From the bow staves burst flames, an expression of his vigor and strength.

READING POINTS: The bow represents not just the potential energy latent within any situation, but the need to direct and manage that energy to achieve your goals. This can mean the first movement toward reinvigorating and reforming the relationship with life. It requires the decisive will to step across a threshold and take control in a positive and proactive manner. Sometimes it may require a reclaiming and remaking of the mental and emotional tools and energies that are required to move on in life. By preparing to step up and through the gateway and make a choice to allow forward momentum to flow naturally, the fashioning of a new mental discipline or processes, or the reawakening of a previously effective but abandoned one, may be required. By summoning and directing the powerful healing energies available to you, the rough-hewn bow stave can be grasped and the process of shaping and crafting your destiny can begin. You stand at a crucial crossroads from which you can now move forward with confidence. Once the decision to take control of these elements and harness and direct your power is made, a new paradigm of possibilities is released. These energies will need skillful harnessing and responsible management to reach their full and effective potential.

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

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We are nearing the full moon, and this seems a good time to gain perspective and lose baggage to strengthen any lunar workings. Let the Hawk help you.

Blessings!

Meaning: Hawk (Seabhac in Gaelic) brings the ability to see your life in perspective, to free you of unnecessary baggage and to connect you to your ancestral roots. See if you can take some time out of your daily routine to survey your life calmly and to see events in context. The Hawk can help you to recollect the missing pieces of the jigsaw you will be trying to assemble and he will help, too, to spot the details which are significant.

When you have a sense of your roots and of the breadth of your life, you will start to feel pride and a growing sense of nobility and stature. Once you know where you have come from and where you are going, your life will be filled with inspiration and enthusiasm, you will sense a new day dawning, and you will be able to make decisions with confidence.

On the flip side, Hawk can suggest that you could be paying too much attention to detail. Being precise and “hawk-eyed” can be valuable, but taken to its extreme and without a wider overview, it can lead to cruelty. High ideals, if not balanced with a sense of humility, lead to arrogance and ultimately denial of the heart. Be careful not to get carried away by the justness of your cause, while forgetting to take into consideration the feelings of others.

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

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Otter is here, representing the Page of Vessels, to show us how to flow between different worlds, figuratively and spiritually. How would this affect your life?

Blessings!

Page of Vessels – Otter

Meaning: Equally at home on land or in water, the Otter’s ability to move between these spheres, perceived as the way between the worlds, made it especially sacred to the Celts. It is also sometimes listed as one of the oldest animals in the story of the rescue of the child god, Mabon.

Reading Points: As a dreamer and a visionary, you weave a spell that few can resist. Your loyalty, devotion, and sense of fair play mark you out as an individual whose will is tempered by a profound understanding of the otherworld.

Tracks & Pathways: Loyalty, devotion, study, willingness to serve, vision and contemplation, co-operation, and perceptiveness

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

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