Archive for June, 2021

Facing fears and purging old habits that are holding us back is a big step for many of us, but today Fire is here to help us burn away the old to reveal the new.

Have a blessed Tuesday!


MEANING: Transformation. Take risks. Face your fears. Break out of old patterns and conventions. Just because you’ve always done something in the past doesn’t mean that you need to continue to do it in the future. Try something new. Change your routines and habits. Reach out in new directions. The Thunderbird is rising in you; out of the ashes come new growth and new beginnings.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: In native cultures, fire was thought to be a gift from the creator that carried the power of renewal. Fire can maintain life – and destroy it. It is the warmth of the tribal fire, but it is also the thundering lightning bolt cast down from the sky. It can purify and transform – and it can annihilate. Fire represents your life force, the spark of life with than you, and also the pure white light within you. The Spirit of Fire card invites you to take some risks and to face your fears. We often are reacting to situations because of preconditioned responses based on our self-generating definition of self. Every time you change an old habit – even changing to a different breakfast food – it helps you begin to step out of a limiting definition of self. Purification by fire creates transformation. Take care to keep your energy and balance. Fire that burns too brightly burns out, but a fire that’s left to smolder dies.

THE JOURNEY: When you first wake up in the morning, focus on the emerging sunlight. Imagine that you are breathing in that light. Gaze unblinkingly into a candle flame and focus your awareness on the inner flame within you. By doing this you’re activating the spirit of fire that dwells within you and around you. Imagine yourself to be a single candle flame, a camp fire, a forest fire, electricity, lightning, the Sun, and stars. Affirm this: May the light of the Sun illuminate my heart, that my heart may illuminate the world.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Lynn, art by Charles McStravick.

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Right now, many folks are trying to add things back into their life after a forced paring down. Perhaps not everything needs to come back? What did you truly miss and need and what were you doing out of obligation? Take some time this weekend to consider these things.


Seven of Bows – Clearance

Meaning: A time to make decisions and choose priorities. Focus on what you really need in your life and what it is time to dispose of and cut away, especially if it is worn out and broken or no longer meets your needs on the journey of life.

Description: A worn, broken and splintered bow rests on the ground. Six half-prepared staves stand to one side. A bonfire burns off timber waste. The smoke curls through the trees and up towards the sky, but the flames are bright and small showers of sparks light the evening sky.

Reading Points: All things must change and evolve, and however well prepared or carefully constructed your tools and skills, new challenges and obstacles may require rethinking and relearning. Both wear out and eventually fracture under constant use, stress, and tension. Arrows were put through damp and strenuous flexing and lose their strength and accuracy. Change is a natural part of the process of renewal and although it can be painful (pain brings change and change brings pain), it must be seen as a positive turn of the wheel and necessary for new life to begin. Welcoming the clearing of the old and worn and preparing the ground for new growth is vital. New shoots and spring saplings will be starved of light and nutrients in the soil if the ground is not cleared. Old boughs and stumps should be removed to ease the process of saving goodbye to a tool or concept that has outlived its practical life. By allowing the passing of the old and the clearing of the ground to take place with an element of welcoming and exceptance of change, the feelings of relief and poignancy may aid the healing process, giving comfort.

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

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Just in time for the Full Moon, the Seer is here to remind us to focus our power and let loose with ideas, projects, and emotions we’ve kept under wrap. Another strong card today was Five of Arrows, which represents frustration – so the process may not be smooth. Have faith and patience with yourself.


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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Feeling agitated with someone or something? It may be time to look at what is causing conflicts and a change of atmosphere or attitude to deal with them. Blessings!

Betony – Soothing discord, dispelling negativity, protection (also confrontation, avoidance, woundedness)

The card shows Wood Betony in flower beside the drystone wall of a n old physic garden, which could have belonged to one of the Physicians of Myddvai. A carved Celtic head lies against the wall. Behind the head in the background grows Valerian, which traditionally shares with Betony the quality of soothing discord, and to the right of the image we see Elcampane, which – like Betony – has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Meaning: The ancients believed that Betony protected both the soul and the body. It was known as a woundwort for its ability to staunch bleeding and heal wounds. If you have chosen this card, it is possible that you feel drawn to healing wounds – either in yourself or within others.

When conflict occurs between people, there is often hurt and injury, and it is no easy matter to decide when to call a halt to the dispute when when to let it run its course. For conflict to be productive, rather than destructive, clear communication must be fostered and vindictiveness minimized. A successful couple or enterprise is not one that never experiences conflict, but one that is skilled in resolving the conflicts that inevitably arise in any meaningful relationship. The ability to resolve conflicts is at heart a healing ability – and one that is exemplified by Betony with its reputation as a panacea, and its outstanding medicinal qualities.

On the flip side, this card could indicate a premature halting of conflict, like removing a symptom without healing its cause, which may bring temporary relief (and may sometimes be necessary) but in the end simply delays the time until the cause of the problem is addressed. If you have chosen this card reversed, it might indicate that you have been avoiding expressing a different opinion or an emotion you perceive as negative, in order to “keep the peace.” But sometimes it is necessary to allow conflict – because out of the clash of views or feelings a new perspective or renewed closeness may emerge. See if your intuition tells you that you need to confront person or an issue with no more evasion, or whether it is best to pursue other avenues of resolution.

It is also possible that you are experiencing feeling of discord that have arisen from a negative atmosphere that lingers in a particular location. To test this, avoid addressing the conflict there, and resolve to deal with it the you are in a different place. A further inspiration of this card might point simply to the face that at present you are feeling wounded.

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

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What a great card – and so beautiful that you can almost forget it has a serious meaning. Be ready to move and act right now – and look at yourself with clear eyes instead of rewrapping the truth until it is comfortable and no longer true. Hard stuff right there.

Fox Spirit – Think on your feet

Message: Be alert now, for Fox Spirit has appeared, and you are meant to move swiftly. Let this clever spirit draw out your creativity as you adjust to rapidly changing circumstances with resilience, grace, and astuteness. Fox Spirit helps you to think on your feet, using your best judgement and wits to help you slip into a more advantageous situation. Now is not a time to hesitate but a time for swift action of the mind, a time to think outside the box and notice the many ways in which you might make a move, aware of your surroundings and always clear on what you deserve and wish to co-create. Trust that your cleverness, guided by Fox Spirit, will serve you well.

Protection Message: Are you camouflaging yourself to avoid intimacy? Perhaps you are being too clever for your own good and playing games to protect yourself. Being dishonest with yourself or others can become isolating and create obstacles to true connection. Fox Spirit calls you to be attuned to what is happening within you and around you so that your quick thinking and creativity can lead you to better relationships and situations. You are called to use your Fox Spirit beneficially rather than in ways that keep you from experiencing what you want.

Or perhaps right now you are realizing that a situation is trickier than it appears on the surface, and you are afraid to make a move in case it turns out to be a mistake. Fox Spirit is here to remind you that when you are in alignment with the Great Spirit, the answers and solutions can come quickly and you can trust them. Don’t overthink a situation in order to avoid the challenge of facing a difficult truth. Fox Spirit’s creative nature will always be there to guide you and help you move quickly into better circumstances.

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

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Damiana is legendary in the herbal world as an aphrodisiac and to help with sexual issues, though its herbal benefits don’t end there. Here, a Curandera uses it to inspire us to love ourselves and to reignite a sense of pleasure and power.

Curandera of Fire – Damiana

Love yourself (old ain’t dead); Indulge yourself with sensual bliss; come home to pleasure, power, and passion

A red crystal vase of damiana elixir sits on a pink lacy altar cloth with a single glass. A beeswax candle illuminates symbols of sensuality: a voluptuous mermaid, a yoni-shaped geode, and cowrie shells. Copal resin is in the vial and burns from a smoky cauldron. Roses are scattered around fresh cuttings of a damiana plant. An elder woman places her hands upon the table making the shape of the sacred triangle, the gateway to life.

Meaning: The Curandera of Fire defies conventional norms. She remains whole unto herself, wild and free. She is a champ of female sexual power. She understand the important of self-love rituals. Just as damiana ignites passion, she adores the power of human desire and welcomes sensuality of all kinds. She knows a passionate life comes from living what you love; thus she honored her creative cauldron with luxurious ceremony. She says, “Delight in yourself.” People are drawn to her vivacious personality. Her counsel brigs pleasure and inspires direct action.

Crafting with the Curandera of Fire:

  • Restore exhausted dreams and pleasures; make damiana incense to awaken the senses.
  • Honore your inner power; build a self-love alar and create a sensual ceremony.
  • Indulge in passionate bliss: make damiana chocolate liquor. Share it with a lover or keep it to yourself!

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

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People say “don’t judge,” but the fact is that we do it all the time and it is part of assessing whether something or someone is right for us. Not everything is worthy of your time. Don’t buy too much into the negative understanding of the word judgment – it is key to helping you find your way.

The Great Bear

READING POINTS: The only thing in life that is assured is that if you wait long enough, it will change. How you survive that change and who you are after it is up to you. The major elements in this process is judgment of yourself and others. This may relate to an assessment regarding a personal matter or situation, and could be linked to the process of forgiving. It may also relate to a group or social decision. In the process of judgment, both as an individual an on the universal level, honesty is the key. Be honest, be forgiving, be patient, but most of all, be assred change is at hand. Remember, the universe has a long memory. Nothing is ever forgotten.

MEANING: Fear of death and damnation have mutated into a distorted view of the card known traditionally as Judgment, as a calling of righteous souls from their graves by an angel on Judgment Day. But the universe is much simpler than religious theologies would have it. The laws of evolution and cause and effect have more to do with diving judgment than human morals. If, on a personal level, life is squandered in the pursuit of vainglories and pretentious ambition, the painful void left within an individual’s soul will make itself known through despair and frustration. On the earthly or universal sphere, if we abuse the ecosystem and lay waste to world resources, nature will find a way to redress the balance by its own evolutionary means. Nature is not vindictive, just practical. By the same token, if time is spent education and understanding ourselves, this investment in wisdom will help us live our lives with a deeper respect for all humanity and nature. Life will be enriched by the joy and beauty of the universe.

The Great Bear is the guardian of the forest ways and holds up the power of life and death over those who transgress those laws. After experiencing the stages of being stripped and laid bare, the initiate experiences renewed strength and wisdom and is reborn into a place of quiet stillness, peace, and rest that allows the healing process to be completed. The new, whole, reconstituted person lies hibernating, full of potential, ready to meet the coming spring and with energy and joy.

DESCRIPTION: Between two yew trees lies an ancient burial mound of the kind known as a passage grave. Upon this a polar bear crouches, keeping watch. The initiate has been laid to rest, covered by earth and stone, and now wants to be reborn, guarded by the shamanic sentinel of the mound. The traditional religious and political concepts of right and wrong, guilt and innocence, have no place here, for the judgment that takes place during the time of rebirth is both inward and mystical, and yet outward and universal, reaching far beyond the narrow confines of human civilization and conventions. The constellation of the Great Bear stands out in the sky, indicating the entrance to the otherworld to which the seeker proceeds.

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

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So, we are having a busy week in the mornings, which is why I forgot to post a card yesterday. Whoopsie! I won’t be posting one tomorrow either but should be back to normal on Thursday. Today, we have a call to keep loving even when it is difficult.

Have a great day!


MEANING: Love is flowing in to you and through you. No matter what an individual is saying or doing, love him or her anyway. Gather your inner forces; silently and secretly love deeply and fully, with every ounce of your being, even if someone isn’t fulfilling your expectations. (It’s easy to love people when they’re acting wonderfully; the true challenge is to love them when they aren’t.)

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: Feathers in native cultures often represent a connection with the Creator. Birds often symbolize messengers between the two-leggeds (humans) and Spirit. This is your time to love and be loved. The love that you send out into the world comes back to you a hundredfold. There are times when the small concerns of everyday life need to drop away and be replaced by the majesty of your being – this it that time. Prayer feathers are decorated feathers that can be used for many purposes. In some traditions, prayers are placed into the feather – you can hold it to your heart or between your hands as you focus on your prayer – and then tied onto a bush so when the wind blows, it carries the prayers to the Creator. Another kind of prayer feather is a decorated feather or a decorated bundle of feathers that are used for smudging (sacred smoke) ceremonies. The smoke it to cleanse the space as well as carry your prayers upward.

THE JOURNEY: For a day, love each person you encounter. Imagine a golden ray of light from the center of your heart radiating at the center of the heart of that individual. Notice how great you feel by the end of the day.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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The Eel is an important creature in Celtic history and myth. Its ability to guide us to wisdom and maturity can help us achieve great things with a centered spirit. Blessings!

Knight of Vessels – Eel

Meaning: The Eel is a great purveyor of wisdom and has a reputation as a protector. In Irish myth, it is said that certain eels could turn themselves into weapons when wielded by a warrior. Cuchulainn’s famous spear, the Gae Bolga, derives its name from the Eel, and the war goddess known as the Morrigan assumed that form in battle. The Eel swims through water where weeds and crosses drift.

Reading Points: With purity of intent, your destiny defined, you are able to bring wisdom and maturity to your tasks. Embarking on a quest of personal revelation, your vision leads you onward. Your deep feelings are expressed at every turn.

Tracks and Pathways: Attraction, conquest, seduction, a welcoming, compliance, agreement, induction, coming together, union, and arrival.

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

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I’ve been feeling this card lately, so I guess it’s timely for me. Hoping it is for you all too! Blessings and have a good Wednesday.

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 unfolding perfectly and 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.

Heed 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 the flow. If there is something or someone you need to forgive, this is the time. This 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 everything 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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