Archive for August, 2021

Fear is a necessary thing: it helps us to avoid true dangers and learn self-preservation. But too much fear is crippling, emotionally and spiritually. Too much fear keeps us from growing and experiencing life. Let go of some fear today and find your way closer to your true path.


Warrior of the Heart

Meaning: You have the radiant spirit of a warrior of the light. Be impeccable in all of your actions. No matter what others believe, the Creator always knows the truth. This isn’t the time to be timid and pull back. Immense courage is filling you. Throw your shoulders back, step forward, and take a risk! Be willing to live life from your heart rather than you mind. Honor your truth. Speak up for yourself.

Native Spirit Wisdom: The greatest native warriors weren’t the ones who wounded the most people; they were those remarkable beings who had such personal power that enemies lay down their weapons rather than fight. There are times in life to step back and even times to walk away, but there are also times to stand up for yourself and those less advantaged. Don’t allow yourself to be limited by your belief system. Courage doesn’t mean that you aren’t afraid. Fearless means just that: Fear less. Acknowledge that you’re frightened, and take action anyway! Face your anxiety and go beyond the boundaries of limited perception of yourself. Through your example, people find and act on their truth. You’re a light bearer for others.

The Journey:  List everything that you are afraid of. Then next to that list, write every reason why it is important to overcome that fear. (In other words, what does that fear cost you?) Then make a list of the various ways that you can overcome that fear.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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Alright, today’s card seems fitting for a Monday, so I hope you all got some good rest. The Ace of Bows suggests the need to be ready to learn, adapt, and focus. Have a good day!

Ace of Bows: Spark of Life

Against a shimmering background of leaves and beaches, a stout, rough-hewn hunting bow shimmers with the fire of life itself. The tip of an arrow rests on a heap of kindling chaff, and curled bark is bursting into flame as the tip flashes with brilliant incandescent light.

Meaning: As the turning of the cosmic axis generates the spark of life, so the kindling of a flame sparks the necessary light and warmth in our lives. The drill-bow suggests the human element, our partnership with the environment in which we live and the mastery of its gifts. Be prepared to learn new skills, adapt to a changing environment, and focus and tune your instincts to the task at hand.

Reading Points: By shaping, directing, and persevering with the tool that both hunts and nutures fire, we kindle the spark that starts the process of creation and empowerment. This takes skill, effort, commitment, and persistence, but the universe always responds with enlightenment, challenge, and opportunity. This is the nature of the human relationship with creation, and leads to a deeper awareness of the part we must play in the great scheme of things.

Harnessing the energy inherent in the bow, and the skill and endurance needed to loose the hunter’s arrows accurately and efficiently, are as primal and ancient as human existence itself. Every native tribe on Earth developed the bow as a tool and choosing, shaping, and tuning the bow stave and the arrows is a time-consuming and demanding craft that hones our skills and widens our knowledge of all the materials required in the ancient art. This also includes the habits and patterns of nature associated with the prey the hunter seeks and may infuse the archer with a new respect and reverence for the creatures that inhabit the Wildwood.

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

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OK, I know we have a couple months until Halloween; maybe this is my subconscious way of making myself think it’s cooler outside!

All fun aside, this is a pretty serious card that is HARD to do right now. Anger over the pandemic, vaccines, and so forth is running rampant. Even when we believe in a cause, toxic people wearing activism as a uniform for their ego makes it hard to continue support. And we won’t even start on politics. Ugh. So, I pulled this card, it was clearly the strongest card, and I knew it would be the card most difficult to do. But sometimes we have to do the difficult things to move forward. Remember, forgiving isn’t about letting people hurt or abuse you again – it’s about letting them go so their behavior no longer drags you down.

– Thistle

FORGIVENESS – Reducing burden

A wrong is done
Consequences you cannot deny
But to hold a grudge is to drink poison
and think that the other person will die.

Being a cold-season festival, Halloween is the perfect time to pause and think about how things actually are in our lives and what heavy burdens we do not wish to carry through these harder, leaner times. Some of this heavy-heartedness may relate to old relationships or grievances. Some may relate to negative feelings we hold onto tightly about others and even a lack of compassion for the “mistakes” we have ourselves made.

It is said that it takes a “big person to apologize” but in many ways it takes an even bigger person to forgive. When we hold grudges, the negative energy is incredibly toxic. It is like drinking a poison and expecting the “other” unforgiven person to die! Whilst we may even harbor feelings of revenge (and to be honest, that does feel good for a while), it is important that we move those feelings along to forgiveness and release as soon as possible for our own health and wellbeing.

If you have chosen this card, think about who it is that you could be forgiving – and that includes yourself.

The Halloween Oracle by Stacey Demarco, art by Jimmy Manton

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared some Tarot Kitties, though these two often just like to be in the room with me instead of right by the cards. Newt prefers the desk in our new study/studio room while Miss Willow likes the chair (though she prefers the one I’m sitting in at the moment).

This week seems to a string of cards that are fairly serious in nature. We shall see how this continues to go.

Honeysuckle – Lonicera peliclymenum (Latin), Ul Uinllean (Ogam)

Green Man Wisdom: Wisdom hides in secret places

Meaning: The ancients often saw wisdom as hidden or secret, accessible only by the initiate rather than the ordinary man or woman. This notion came from a desire to preserve the power of the Mysteries, the point of divine interaction with the everyday world. Their true nature was known to all, but the practices and rituals flowing out of the teachings of the gods were kept hidden, for to make them available to all would have diluted their powers. The revelation of thesis, through the initiation experience, shone a light into the darkness of the soul and illuminated the innermost longings of humankind.

Wisdom can be just as hard to find today, but it is there all the same. Honeysuckle in a reading suggests that a wealth of meaning lies hidden, r easy to be uncovered and explored.

Honeysuckle Lore: Honeysuckle folklore centers around love and courtship. In Lowland Scotland, a young man visiting his sweetheart always carried a stick cut from honeysuckle, as it was Sid to bring lucky to the venture and to indicate honorable intentions. Its strong, sweet=smelling flowers, scenting the air most strongly at night, Brough young women erotic dreams and luck to any marriage. Hung over the door of house, honeysuckle kept unwanted visitors out and good luck in, and over the entrance to the cowshed it protected cattle from milk theft by the faeries.

The Twining Plant: Honeysuckle is famed for its climbing properties. It loves nothing more than to embrace the trunk of a gree, often covering its host in delicate golden blossoms. In Shakespeare’s A MIdsummer Night’s Dream, Titania, Queen of the Faeries (having cast a spell over Bottom that puts him to sleep), said, “Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my arms … so do the woodbine, the sweet honeysuckle, Gently entwist.”

The Spirit of Nature Oracle by author John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

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To be considered an elder is truly an honor and a responsibility. Sages and crones are an important part of the community, passing on wisdom and knowledge. If this cards fits you today, maybe it is time to take a step in that direction. Or, perhaps we are being asked to seek wisdom from yourself or from the elders of your community (however you define community).



Meaning: Confidence, entering your power, and standing strong. You are a leader. Stepping into the light. Let your truth be heard and felt by others. Make a stand in life. You carry deep inner wisdom. You are a teacher and a leader in the deepest sense of the words. You are a beacon for others. Seeking wisdom.

Native Spirit Wisdom: In native culture, the elders, tribal chiefs, and clan leaders are looked to for advice and leadership. When this card chooses you, it’s time to step into your leadership role. An elder walks the path, stomps the grass down, and throws the boulders out of the way so that the path is easier for others. Sometimes you might find yourself alone or tired, but know that what you’re doing is making a difference in the lives of many. The greatest leaders are those who know how to serve, supporting others to reach their dreams. Even if you’ve been in the background in the past, right now it’s your turn to step forward and become the light for others.

The Journey: Being an elder and a tribal leader means speaking your truth, even if it’s hard or even if you’re afraid. If there’s anyone you need to stand up to, this is the time. Being a leader means supporting others, so there’s anyone you need to support or make amends with, this is the time.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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Now is not the time to hang back – move forward with plans and take productive and creavite ACTION today. The Archer is here to encourage us.



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 master 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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It’s easy to live life in the shallows – you don’t have to worry so much about the tides and you know whatever doodles you create in the sand are temporary. Try to dive deeper and find a meaning that lies beneath the waters of life – emotions and healing. Blessings!

Curandera of Water – Seaweed

Don’t live in the shallows – live in the depths; strengthen your bones in the ocean’s ebb and flow; rock gently the water – heed the siren’s song

An old bathtub is filled with seaweed next to a window decorated with candles, shells, and a mermaid figurine. Towels, soaps, and bath salts are at hand. The view through the window is a sparkling ocean. Luscious greenery hangs in every corner of the room. An old woman adds hot water to the bath from an antique cast iron kettle.

Meaning: The Curandera of Water flows through life with ease. She neither hides her feelings nor lets them overtake her. She understands emotions have cycles too, and she easily navigates their changes. She remembers that our first home was the sea, and to the sea we shall return. She makes time for daily rituals that bring deep healing. She washes away inner turmoil as she cleanses and bathes. She knows seaweed nourishes her body and she enjoys snacking on the tasty treat. People are drawn to her open heart and comforting embrace. Her counsel brings a sense of calm and well-being.

Crafting with the Curandera of Water:

• Spend time watching seaweed in the ocean; wade in and let your body feel the rhythm.

• Strengthen your bones: snack on kelp and eelgrass (or maybe sit outside in the sun for some Vitamin D).

• Restore your connection to the sea: enjoy a seaweed bath at home.

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

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This card looks harsh, but it is saying not to fear nature and change – sometimes we must be stripped bare before a transformation can occur. Sometimes we must lose almost everything before we can rebuild things the way that will work best for us. Do not run away from this challenge – it will make you better and stronger.


The Journey

Reading Points: It is time to face the inevitable to let the bones be laid bare and acknowledge the deepest aspects of your fears and desires. Do not fear change, because this is also a time of purification and realignment. This change may seem extreme and destructive, but old crops must be cleared for new growth to thrive and static or sterile modes and concepts must perish. A celebration of the past or an acknowledgment of the passing of one part of life may be required. Let the threads of the old slip from your fingers with joyful remembrance and enter this time of withdrawal and renewal with patience and calm.

Roots and Branches: The leap in the dark, the funeral of illusion, Wayland Smith, the dance of death, The Washer at the Ford and the Dark Mother, defleshing the corpse, purification by fire.

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

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen this card (and yes, I was looking at Halloween decorations which is why I felt drawn to this deck in August), but it’s a good reminder when we get a little too within ourselves. Have you felt the need to talk to a friend over tea or coffee? Perhaps a small outdoor gathering for games or a nature hike? There are options even when we are being careful due to the pandemic. Don’t forget your community – we all need it to some degree.

Have a good Tuesday!

SPIDER – Community and web weaving

She spins her silk alone
In the dark with hope of collection
Sticky with dreams,
Weaving the worlds
A wide web of connection

Masses of sticky spider webs make any Halloween decorations complete. The idea of a haunted house covered in the “artwork” of a big, hairy spider is classic horror. Even those of us who appreciate our eight-legged friends still hurriedly brush off those stealthy webs if we run into them in the dark!

Although most spiders are not venomous, humans have an innate fear of them. Perhaps it’s the fangs or the poison. Perhaps it’s all those legs and the way they move. Perhaps it’s where they live – often in dark, hidden places – or the way our Western, popular culture has demonized them by making the giant, fierce, and man-eating! Some cultures though revere the spider in very positive ways. In many Native American traditions, for example, the spider is the creature that gives birth to all other animals and sustains the web of life. The Goddess Spider Grandmother (and there is also a Spider Woman) is a key deity that brings wisdom, safety, and communication to all the tribes. She created and wove all the stars in the sky and makes soft webs for those that are troubled to rest upon and be supported by.

Spiders’ webs can be seen as a symbol of connection, not necessarily entrapment. There is a fine line sometimes between a family or community supporting us and controlling is. This card looks at this discernment. It also suggests you review the way you communicate with the wider community, at work, or generally with others and take steps to improve this or do it slightly differently. It also indicates that there needs to be a balance between what you do for yourself and what you do for others . . . if we give too much to the outside, our strength diminishes and we cannot weave the supporting web for ourselves.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

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Is it time to acknowledge past missteps or perhaps that you’ve just grown past a thing? It can be hard to face these things, but there is new opportunity and joys just beyond that.

Have a great Monday!


MEANING: By looking at the past, acknowledging our mistakes and learning from them, we grow and attain new wisdom. The future waits to be unfolded by our positive action as we become “The Eighth Vessel” and receive powerful rejuvenating energies of rebirth.

DESCRIPTION: From the middle of a fast-flowing stream, we see an ancient cauldron hanging form a great chain. In the trees above it are three smaller cauldrons. Water and energy flow from them, filling the great cauldron, which in turn overflows and fills four more, which sit on the rocks below and overflow into the stream.

READING POINTS: Rejoice! A time of renewal and potential is here. The cycle of rebirth and healing brings inner peace and confidence. Once you accept that all the blessings and gifts of life can be yours or, indeed, already belong to you, the fear of asking is gone. It is time to shed the skin of the past and accept and utilize the overflowing potential of the present that is freely available to you. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Do not be afraid to ask, “Why not me?” See potential where others only see barriers. See challenge as others see impossible odds. Apply all that you have learned through experience and toil to any problem and you will not fail. You have striven to survive and absorb insight; you have endured loss to retain your integrity. All of these trials have made you stronger, wiser, and more effective. Drink of this new fountain of opportunity and renew your life objectives. You have endured the past ¬– its gifts were hard won; now the challenge of the future unfolds. Grasp it and shape it in your hands as you would have it manifest in your life.

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

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