Archive for March, 2021

Honestly, I HAVE to dream journal regularly to remember my dreams, but when I do, boy, are they eye opening. Today’s card suggests we watch our dreams and gut instincts closely today, so keep an eye on your inner thoughts and dreams.

Hope everyone’s week is going well. Blessings!


MEANING: You are a channel for Spirit. Trust your intuition, hunches, and gut reactions. This is a visionary card with the message that you’re on the right path, even if it doesn’t always seem like it. Your higher self and spiritual guides, ancestors, and guardians are watching over you and supporting you. You are a dreamer in the most wondrous definition of the word.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: In earth-based, tribal traditions, people looked to those unique individuals who had the ability to journey during their nocturnal dreams to bring back wisdom and guidance for the tribe. The dreamers were able to step through sacred portals in the night to commune with those on the other side. You carry the energy of the visionary, healer, and seer. Watch your dreams; messages from the Creator are flowing to you.

THE JOURNEY: Before going to sleep, place a journal next to your bed. (Most dreams are forgotten within less than ten minutes, so it’s essential to record them as soon as you can upon waking.) When the Dream Traveler card chooses you, it’s essential to watch your dreams. Profound, and even life-changing, messages can come through.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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Those who know me well know these critters are some of my favorite animals. I swear that’s not why it was picked!

Friendships are a vital part of life. So even at times when we still cannot interact the way we prefer to, we must use other ways to maintain or develop these connections. For many of us, the weather is warming – perhaps meet a friend in the park? While digital devices can be a terrible distraction, they can also help keep us connected to those we care about – a quick text, photo, or phone call are ways to connect and let people know you are thinking of them. Consider these thing as we head into the weekend.


Otter Spirit – You are never alone

Message: Like true friends, otters nurture each other and express their affection through touch. Actions such as holding hands and giving hugs offer reassurance that we are never really alone and that we are always cherished; Otter Spirit has appeared to remind you to experience and express friendship in a tangible and event tactile way. Communicate with your voice, your facial expressions, your gestures, and your actions, letting your love express itself beyond just the words you speak. Otter’s message is that presence matters, so remember to be fully present with those you care about, helping them sense the love and affection and appreciation you have for them.

Now is a time for a joyful celebration of the love in your life that expresses as friendship and companionship. Hug someone or simply look into their eyes with your full attention, saying, “I care. You matter.” Make time for friendship. Otter Spirit promised that the moment you reach out, you will remember that you too have many who love and are about you. You are never alone, and you are always loved.

Protection Message: Have you been channeling all your affection to just one person or counting on only one friend or individual to hold you up, headless of your resources all around you? You deserve support and love from many people, and when Otter Spirit arrives, you are reminded that you have a community. Somewhere is another friend who wants to experience the joy of giving to you and seeing your happiness as you receive their gift of attention, affection, and kindness. Otter wants you to open your eyes to the love that is available too you from all directions. Do you believe it? Do you feel it? Reach out to someone, and you will see that they want to hold your hand as much as you want to hold theirs. Love, support, and friendship are available to you, so connect with community and friends.

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

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This is such a fantastic card for those of us who seek the inner mysteries. It’s quite easy to delude oneself if we aren’t careful, however, the inner world is rich with lessons for us. Keep it balanced.

Puffball – Mystery, Relief from Pain, Inner Connection

Meaning: Mushrooms are mysterious; they grow in the darkness and feed on decaying matter. Picking this card may mean that something peculiar is happening, or about to happen, that you can’t fully understand. Mushrooms are symbols of the Inner Mysteries: they are connected beneath the ground in vast networks, they grow in darkness, and they perform the alchemy of turning dead matter into new life. Like the Inner Mysteries, they have guardians that prevent access to the unworthy, but if approached with reverence, they will show you their inner world. Befriending mushrooms gives you access to a deep level of the Earth’s mysteries and, some say, access to the realms of Faery. With this comes the healing of any sense of woundedness and a feeling of being connected to the Web of All Being.

This card also can mean that mystery for mystery’s sake is a dangerous game to play. We all want to be noticed and admired, and some of us have learned to achieve this through acting as though we are privy to mysterious secrets. Choosing this card may mean that you, or someone you know, is trying to pull the wool over someone’s eyes by pretending you know more than you really do. This pretense may be motivated by a sense of inadequacy, or it could be happening unconsciously. 

Mushrooms can connect us to the inner workings of the Earth and the spirit world, but they can also lead us into the realms of delusion and hallucinations. The spiritual quest is full of tests and challenges, and this card reversed presents one of the most common. So much stress is placed in certain “New Age” and occult teachings on psychic powers that it is easy for a seeker to become misled or seduced by the idea that they possess unusual abilities. Humility and discrimination is needed when treading the spiritual path. 

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

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OK, so both of these were pulling at me pretty evenly, so I’m posting both – take them together or take the one that speaks to you!

Madre of Fire – Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Turn up the heat on your creative passions; a warm heart and a spicy kitchen welcome others to your table; stoke the creative fire that burns in your belly

A woman stands in a warm kitchen. The table is covered in bottles, books, and a large, fresh harvest of thyme. A kettle whistles on the stove. Yellow and orange herbs dangle from the rafters. She is dressed in garden clothes, and her worn hands calmly grind herbs in a large molcajete.

Meaning: The Madre of Fire inspires others by living an artistic life. She teaches from her actions. She encourages collaboration, inviting everyone to play in her busy apothecary. She is upbeat and accepts life’s paradoxes. She knows thyme is a both a popular kitchen herb and a superb medicine plant. She is driven by a rich imagination and finds magic in everything. Creativity is second nature to her, and her days are filled with inspired activities. Just like remedies made with thyme, she is warm and wholehearted. She attracts people into her home. She radiates vitality and love. Embrace your inner glow; it warms the hearts of others.

Six of Air – Cattails (Tyhpa species)

Question your assumptions; gain clarity through articulating your visions in writing; support others in setting intentions for change.

A table in the afternoon sun is covered in sheets of handmade paper for writing prayer petitions with friends. Cattails grow along the border of a nearby marsh. Crow, owl, and heron feathers are gathered in glasses. A jar of walnut ink is open, ready to document devotions.

Meaning: Clarity can be found in the mire. Cattail, often seen as invasive, creates a stronger ecosystem by clearing and purifying an area, making if more habitable for life. Open yourself to new ways to pray. Ask for help from your community when you need it. Adjust your expectations and challenge your current way of thinking As cattail seeds are carried by the wind, trust Spirit to carry your visions toward a greater good. Cattail is sometimes called the supermarket of the wild for its many uses – as food, shelter, clothing, fuel, and medicine. Be the resource of the spirit; look for myriad ways to be of service to the needs of others.

The Herbcrafter’s Tarot by artist Joanna Powell Colbert and author Latisha Guthrie

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I’m not sure about you all, but I definitely needed this card today. Hope you all have a good Tuesday!

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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This card seems on point for both a Monday and the season for many of us. The Equinox, whether spring or fall, are both times of great activity for many folks, planting and harvesting both literally and figuratively. The image is also energetic and beautiful, inspiring us to action. What’s your action going to be this week?


Spirit Keeper of the South

Meaning: Abundance and prosperity in all forms. Expansion. Surging energy. Activity and movement. Rapid growth. Be open to receiving the bounty of the universe. This is a great time for medical procedures; your energy will be at a maximum. 

Native Spirit Wisdom: In the medicine wheel, the south is the direction that symbolizes the warmth of the noon day sun, summertime, the full moon, and a time of rapid growth. Crops grow with vigor during the summer months. In the human cycle, it is also represents the vitality of childhood. This is your time to shine. It’s also time of great bounty in all areas of your Life. Open your arms to receive gifts from the universe.

The Journey: stand facing south during the midday. Close your eyes and feel the warmth of the sun opening your heart center. Absorb the sunlight as you sense yourself absorbing the abundance of the universe.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick

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This card certainly feels on point for my neck of the woods! After almost a week of chilling rains, I stepped outside this morning onto plush new grass and fresh air tinted with coming warmth. The sun is shining after several days of hearing Taranus run through the skies. It’s a good day, and I hope everyone has a good weekend!

Fern – Life-force, Sensuality, Fertility (also Invisibility, Subtlety, Self-effacement)

The card shows a gulley in the Scottish Highlands with there of the most frequently mentioned ferns in British herb and folklore. Lightning streaks the sky and to the right in the foreground is a Moonwort Fern. Behind it is a Male Fern and to the left a Lady Fern.

Meaning: A plant sacred to midsummer and to Nwyfre, the life-force that snakes through the sky as lightning and along the ground as lines of telluric force, the fern signifies fertility in every sense of the word. Choosing this card may mean that you are being blessed with life-force and energy at the moment. This energy may manifest in subtle or dramatic ways, but the important thing to remember is that it comes from the essentially spiritual nature of all creation.

The way to maintain your contact with this life-force is through a spiritual practice that attunes you to the natural rhythms of the Cosmos. Druidry is a sensual spirituality, meaning we can accept the pleasures of the body and the senses while recognizing their spiritual nature – enhancing our appreciation of them rather than making us feel guilty. Celebrating the season festivals, meditating on the power of the elements, rising the old places, soaking in the energies of the moon, sun, and stars are all ways that we can open to the powers of the Seen and Unseen Universe.

On the flip side, this card also bring to mind Bracken waves. Its fronds move and the creatures is gone – hidden among the Ferns. Many animals have developed astonishing ways of becoming invisible to escape predators. If you have chosen this card, it might mean that you need to develop the skill of going unnoticed in situations where a high profile is inadvisable. We are so used to a culture that encourages fame, disclosure, and being “up-front,” that the more old-fashioned qualities of being self-effacing, of working in the background, and of avoiding the limelight are undervalued. Often it is appropriate to be open or challenging, but there are times when common sense or intuition dictates that a subtler, perhaps more oblique, approach is needed.

Alternatively, the card may indicate that you are feeling invisible – as if no one is noticing you or paying attention to your needs and concerns. If this is so, ascertain whether it is an isolated instance or whether it forms part of a long-standing pattern, and seek guidance to clarify the issue and suggest ways you could improve the situation.

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

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In any deck, the Fool is a rich card that many folks underestimate. The dandelion, grounded and free spirited at the same time (and such a healthy and healing herb!), used here makes it clear that the Fool is more than meets the eye. Admittedly, we’ve been spring cleaning and decluttering the last few days and last night I tackled my magic and herb cabinet. It had become a place of excess accumulation and truly unworkable, so even though I let some things go I now feel inspired to work with the items I kept rather than fearing opening the doors! This fool is ready for a magical adventure now.

Hope you all have a lovely day!

The Fool – Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Follow your dream seeds; be audacious in your adventures; seek wisdom in weeds

A basket of dandelion flowers lies in the grass. Stones mark the cardinal directions, but the arrow-shaped leaves point to many possible paths. Some plants spill from a wildcrafting pouch that rests on the ground. A monarch butterfly sets off on its migration.

Meaning: The world is full of adventure. Open to what you have never known before. Like the dandelion seeds that float freely in all directions, trust the changing winds as you embark on a new journey. The bright yellow flowers are bold and lively; be as audacious and spirited in your explorations. Often thought of as a weed, dandelion is an inviting first medicine for a new herbalist. Keep your mind open. Be willing to experience life as a beginner. Be a pioneer.

Crafting with the Fool:

  • Harvest a dandelion seed and wear it as an amulet when you set off on a new journey
  • Make dandelion vinegar and sip it when you need to be bold and audacious
  • Practice finding wisdom in unlikely places; create a mandala with weeds

The Herbcrafter’s Tarot by artist Joanna Powell Colbert and author Latisha Guthrie

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Change is in the air, and it’s not just because of Spring. Yes, I’m seeing the daffodils start to pop up and hints of green in the grass (I’m sure the next couple weeks will explode with green and blooms after this week’s rains). Change is also coming from an extended period of quiet and not running here, there, and everywhere. As we all start to slowly emerge from the confines of the pandemic, we have to readjust to the outside world – and figure out how much of it we really need after all.

Remember that the change of isolation and confinement that we experienced last year was harsh for many, but coming back to “normal” life is yet another change and we must decide how to meet it for our own health as well as the community’s.

Blessings and have a lovely weekend!

Change is Unavoidable

Change is unavoidable – every second of every day you undergo change. Your perception is altered by what you see, feel, and experience from one moment to the next. Your body ages and moves closer to death with every breath. Autumn will always come to end of the bounty of summer, and the new hope of spring will always follow the winter. Change is all around you. Do not let your fear bind you to the past and prevent you from enjoying your present and future. Stop fighting. You cannot resist the inevitable so choose instead to embrace it with acceptance and peace.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

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OK, we’ve had two pairs of lovers (though representing more than romantic love) two days in a row! Seems as if Spring is definitely the season of love as we head into warmer weather with Tuberose and Daffodil. Daffodils are favorites of mine, and memories of picking armfuls of them from a wooded area where they had naturalized stick with me as truly magical moments of childhood. I hope you all enjoy today’s card as well.

Have a great Thursday!

Keywords & Phrases: Love, warm friendship, passion, affection, partnership, and trust

Meaning: Love. There are many types of love, and many ways of looking at this most complex emotion. Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, being an orderly sort of person, divided love up into several categories. Eros is romantic and sexual love, wile Agape is ore of a love between friends, possibly more selfless. Confusingly, Philia also means friendship in modern Greek, as well as implying loyalty to the family and community. Storge means natural affections, such as parents usually have for their children. Xenia is hospitality, the ritualized bond between host and guest.

Many cultures have a similar range of terms to describe what the English language simply describes as “love.” By nature, some of these terms overlap. Then there is patriotism or love of country, love of money, love of learning, parental love, and altruistic love, a love which expects no reward. When you draw this card, remember that it can point to any of the forms of love, not just romantic.

In Grandville’s image, we see Tuberose and Daffodil in a romantic settings, the first sitting on a bench outside a ouse and learning in through a ground floor window, the second inside the house, learning out. Grandville appears to have abandoned his convention of personifying flowers as women and has personified Daffodil as a man. But what a strange encounter! Even given the rather rigid Victorian etiquette, it was expected that a lover or would-be lover enter one’s home by the front door! one has to wonder if something illicit is going on. Perhaps the families of the two young people do not approve of the relationship; tis would hardly be a novel situation. Then as now, there could be a thousand reasons why this should be. What is obvious is that Tuberose and Daffodil have contrived a way of meting regardless of any outside pressure, and I think we must applaud them for this. “Love finds a way,” the saying goes, and it is always heartening when this is borne out.

This card asks us to think about the place of love in our lives. Maybe we are blissfully happy in a romance, but it’s equally possible that the deepest love we feel comes from our relationship with children, parents, or friends. In a different sense, we may feel passionate love for an interest such as art, nature, music or simply our gardens. Whatever the source of love, thesis time to recognize, value, and nurture it.

The Victorian Flower Oracle by author Sheila Hamilton and artists JJ Grandville, Karen Mahony, and Alexander Ukolov

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