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OK, this has been a challenging week emotionally and schedule-wise. Monday, we had to let our sweet old Border collie Kaitlyn go. Her arthritis and joint deterioration was to the point of painful even with pain killers and she wouldn’t regain mobility. It broke our hearts to let her go.

She was an unexpected joy. Her owner who lived near us fell on hard times and was going to take her, then 16 years old, to the humane society. We knew she’d never be adopted at her age and in her condition (horrible double ear infections and arthritic), and I adore Border collies. So, we took her in, fully realizing we may only be giving her a good last year or so. Well, Kaitlyn Strongheart (as we liked to call her) fooled everyone by living almost to 19. We didn’t want to see her suffer, but the house feels so empty without her despite the six other animals here.

On a brighter note, we have the perfect card for today: Rebirth. I did a double take when I drew it! Many of us are feeling relieved and blessed by a rebirth in government today, but don’t forget to remember to see today’s card in a personal light as well.

Blessings and have a lovely Wednesday,

Thistle

EIGHT OF VESSELS – REBIRTH

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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Thank you for being patient with the card this morning – I pulled the card but went for a walk before remembering I hadn’t actually posted it. Oops.

Anyhow, this is an interesting card indicating that many of us need to take the step through a threshold state of life. Don’t let fear hold you back. Blessings!

Beech – What lies beyond the threshold?

Meaning: Crossing thresholds is a way of moving from one state of bing to another, but they can be frightening places, confronting us with uncertainty and change. Being creature of habit, it is easier fo us to stay with the known and familiar, yet if we refuse to confront what lies beyond the threshold, we can remain in a stagnant condition. What is on the other side of the threshold may be actively enticing you into a new experience, a lesson that will develop your skills. Beech can signify the death or end of something but also stands for the changes that arise through realization.

Since its gift is the revelation of experience, Beech in a reading suggests you should cross the threshold that is challenging you, gain experience from the unknown, seek revelation and increase your knowledge.

Beech Lore: The beauty and femininity of the beech is obvious – traditionally, it is called the “Queen of the Woods,” sharing place of honor with the kingly oak. Local British traditions associate it with the serpents, probably because of its serpentine root systems, which are revealed by soil erosion when they are planted on hills or slopes. Behind this again lurks the notion of the wise serpent going knowledge to those who ask for it. Several altars to the beech have been discovered in the French Pyrénées, suggesting its importance to the Celtic tribes who lived there. It is said that no harm would ever befall a traveler shelling beneath its branches, while prayers uttered in its shade were bound to be answered, just as any curse spoken there was said to be more effective. Slivers of beech wood and leaves were once carried as talismans to bring good luck and increase creative energy. Wishes were carved on beech wands, which were subsequently buried in the earth, were said to be particularly effective and, as the wood rotted away in the earth, the wish was related to bear fruit in the outer world.

Preservers of lore: Thin leaves of beechwood are said to have been bound together to form the first book, which is certainly in line with its central association with writing and the transmission of lore. The Anglo-Saxon word for beech was bok (which became book); in German, buche is beech and buch is book, while the Swedish word bok means both book and beech. These associations have led to the tree being associated with gods of learning. In the Egyptian pantheon, Thoth is the inventor of writing, the preserver of lore. Hermes is his Greek equivalent, while Ogma in the Celtic tradition and Odin in the Norse are both responsible for the discovery of letters from which the Ogam and Runic alphabets descend. Dried beech leaves were used to stuff mattresses in France until recently as the nineteenth century; indeed, the soft whispering noise produced when these were lain upon prompted them to be dubbed lits de parlement (speaking beds). Sleeping on one of these, and asking a question before falling asleep, meant that one received a wise answer in the night.

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

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This is such a deeply beautiful card that would be easy to neglect the meaning. Yes, there is much beauty in this Earth, but we can also work with the Earth to ground ourselves and evaluate where we are and where we truly wish to be. Pausing before action isn’t always fear – sometimes we just need a break to rediscover ourselves and learn what we truly want from life.

Blessings and have a lovely Thursday!

Parting

Grandmother Earth

MEANING: Stop and take measure of your life. Assess who you are and where you are. Get grounded. Make plans for the future, but don’t act on those plans until you are ready and feel secure in stepping forward. There is a profound source of strength and power within you, and it is expanding now. Put your roots down. This is the time of preparation and going deeper.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: Grandmother Earth provides the trees, plants, flowers, rivers, streams, oceans, mountains, and valleys, and supports us all with her bounty. She’s stable and strong in her devotion to us. You are supported and loved, even if you’re not always sure of it. Strength is growing within you. Don’t rush. Slow down. The seeds that you plant now will bring abundance in the future, but only if you take the time to nurture those new beginnings. Take time to plan your future carefully. Don’t rush into anything. Security and protection surround you. You are safe. If you’re thinking of making secure financial investments and receive this card, it’s telling you that this is a good time to do so; it’s not a time to take risks.

THE JOURNEY: To deepen your connection to Grandmother Earth and bring security in all forms into your life, walk barefoot on the earth, place your hands in the earth, or make investments. Imagine the strengthening, grounding energy of the earth filling you and your life. 

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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It’s easy to be too serious and down, especially now as the news of the world is often a bit dark. Remember as we head to Imbolc, it is a good time to look within and to also find what lights our path. Sometimes, that might be as simple as turning on some music and dancing in the kitchen or living room. Maybe playing with your dog or other pet or going for a drive wild the trick – whatever brings you a little joy and gets you out of your rut. Take a tip from Otter (one of my spirit animals) and go with the flow a bit.

Also, don’t forget to check out the Rekindle the Hearth Giveaway by myself and Dryad Incense! The deadline is Jan. 24. 🙂

Otter (Dobhran)- Joy, play, and helpfulness

Meaning: Otter invites us to play, to go with the flow of life and experience – to become a child again. Allow yourself the freedom and pleasure of relaxing and letting go of all your daily concerns. Otter could be prompting you to take a day or a weekend out of your usual routine to do something purely for fun. Your practical side may tell you that you cannot afford the time, but deep down you know that you need to care for yourself to be a real value to others.

Someone may even be coming into your life who will show you how to play again – something you may have forgotten as you excepted the responsibilities of growing up. Otter shows us that being playful can lead us to catch the salmon – the fish prized by the druids as the totem of wisdom. Drawing this card also confirms to us the sense that we are truly protected.

This card can also suggest that you may be “pushing the river” – going against the natural course of events, perhaps out of fear or stubbornness. Try letting go, relaxing, and trusting in life. Although Otter urges us to be playful, we must be aware of becoming the play boy or girl who uses play as an escape from the demands and responsibilities of adulthood.

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

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First, thank you for your patience on the Imbolc giveaway announcement! I forgot I had an eye appointment after work, which took the daylight I wanted for some photos. I WILL be posting this later today.

Interesting that today’s card showed up the last time almost a year ago. Perhaps there is something about Januarys lately that require a little focus and smoothing of the digestion. Mint is an amazing tea. It’s comforting as well as sharp enough to get our energies and focus working. I was sad my mints did not fair well this year, so I’ve had to buy my mint tea. Of course, I am blessed to live where it’s readily available to buy.

Enjoy your day and try a cuppa if you’re feeling scattered.

Mint – Clarity, Concentration, Renewal

Meaning: Mint was traditionally used to aid concentration and digestion. Today we often need to process a vast amount of information, and our concentration is challenged by a thousand distractions. Choosing this card may indicate that your are entering a period when you need to focus carefully on your work or on what is currently happening in your life.

It could well be that a renewal or freshness will appear in a relationship or project that you hadn’t expected, and to profit from this you will need to be attentive. Just as vibrance and clarity are elusive qualities that can easily disappear in amount, so too can opportunities for new life and growth for missed if you are inattentive. You might also like to think about ways in which you could be proactive in initiating renewal, rather than simply waiting for it to occur.

Reversed: Confusion, Dullness, Lack of Focus

Clarity is a subtle quality that is worth cherishing. If you have chosen this card, it may indicate that you have lost this characteristic and that you need to focus on bringing it back into your life. Remember the feeling of waking to a bright spring day when you were your, of splashing your face with cold water and of feeling wonderfully clear-headed and alive. Ask yourself what you need to do to regain that feeling, and see if you can take steps towards this. The plant world in particular can help you in a this respect – walking in nature, communing with trees and plants, eating the right foods and taking the right herbs can all help to bring you the sense of clarity, freshness and renewal that you seek.

Alternatively, the card may signify a temporary loss of focus. It could be time to explore your goals and discover what it is you really want out of life, and to start prioritizing your life accordingly.

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

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It’s easy to focus on all that is going on in the world right now and seeing this card applying to it. It might be, but due keep in mind that the meaning given suggests it is our own personal lives and behaviors that are needing to transition. We mustn’t forget that to avoid repeating some of the horrible things seen this past year, we all may need to change our attitudes and behaviors.

Blessings and I hope you have an amazing week! Also, look out tonight for a post about a special giveaway.

Six of Arrows – Transitions

Meaning: Movement toward new possibilities, or cycles, within your own personality or thought processes. A subconscious impulse to travel beyond your present horizons that have become static. Possibly an anxious or testing time of uncertainty, but harnessing positive energies and drives will add purposeful momentum to the coming changes.

Reading Points: The primal impulse here is to move beyond old boundaries and personal thought processes and deploy new methods of reasoning to resolve important issues. Some obstacles may challenge older methods, and new, more dynamic responses are required to adapt to a new set of paradigms.

This can be an exciting process. The journey may be scary, since letting go of old and previously effective processes can be unsettling, but the unseen tides that drive the need to evolve are already pulling you to new experiences and places. Trusting in your own instincts and skills to absorb change is essential to overcome new situation. Take advantage of your subconscious forward momentum and ride the new wave with an open heart and a positive mental attitude. Welcome any new process with confidence and apply your skills to effect healing renewal. Embrace well-tried experiences also, as the Wheel inevitably turns, and enter into these personal changes with stoical enthusiasm.

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

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Another good one as we head into the weekend. Hope you all have had a good week and kept your heads and hearts above the muck going on in parts of the country. Blessings!

EAGLE (Iolair) – Intelligence, Renewal, Courage

Eagle helps you to see your life in the wider context, enabling you to make decisions and chart your goals with clarity and objectivity. A powerful ally, it is courageous and strong, and draws its power from the Sun. If you will allow the eagle to work for you, it will bring you a sense of purpose and the courage to see this through, enabling you to venture into fresh territory with confidence. It will allow you to detach yourself from everyday worries and cares, and will enable you to grasp subtle concepts. The eagle, when accepted, will also show you the way to renew and rejunenate yourself, by demonstrating the art of plunging – at just the right moment – into the lake of the heart.

The Eagle card may also mean that you need to guard against the dangers of an overpowering intellect. The Eagle, when it know how to renew itself in the secret lake, is able to balance its masculine fiery qualities with the feminine, watery qualities of the lake. But when it cannot find the secret lake, when we deny our minds access to our heart, our lives can become dry and sterile, our intellects harsh and overly analytical. Now may be the time to see whether your mind and heart are in balance. You may want to pay more attention to your dreams – to listen to the call of the unconscious, to the depths within, without denying the value of your questing, rational mind.

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

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Today’s card is one of action, so if you’ve been indecisive or procrastinating about something NOW is the time to get going. Have a great Wednesday!

THE ARCHER

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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“Coyote came and some to me, he said, ‘Get used to your destiny.'” – Nahko and Medicine for the People

Coyotes often get a bad rap in our culture, seen as a problem to farmers, ranchers, and even nature-loving people are off put by them. The truth is that they are important to our ecological system, especially when so many other natural predators have not fared well, and are incredibly adaptive creatures. We could take a lesson from them about adapting our desires and wishes to go with the flow, instead of insisting that our plans hinge on things unfolding exactly as we imagine them. That rarely happens.

Here’s to a good Monday and a better 2021 – and I feel that Coyote was the perfect choice to kick off this year’s card of the day. Blessings!

Coyote Spirit – Trust in Divine Detours

Meaning: Do you find that you are being led on a strange detour in your life right now? Does it seem that what appears to be the next right action and the right choice, best situation, or fabulous relationship unexpectedly turns into the opposite – or just disappears into thin air, as if you’ve been tricked? Coyote Spirit’s trickster energy is designed to bring you into situations to teach you lessons you have forgotten to learn. Perhaps you need a taste of failure before you experience success, a need to feel disappointment before you can truly appreciate the joy, love, and prosperity that is coming up for you. Perhaps you are revisiting a pattern you forgot wasn’t in alignment with the life you are intending to co-create, being reminded that gratitude, not complacency, will keep you awake and aware of all that is available to you in this moment.

Coyote Spirit reminds you to laugh about the unexpected twists, to develop humility and gratitude while releasing your attachments to the form of your desires. Even when you suddenly find yourself on a detour, wondering when you will get back on track to manifesting what you desire, remember that Spirit has a plan and wanted the best for you. Trust in divine order now. Coyote Spirits is a divine helper; no matter what seems to go astray, things are exactly as they are supposed to be.

Protection Message: Sometimes, a goal is so enticing and alluring that you lose your footing in the pursuit. You being to fixate on capturing this prize, whether it be an opportunity you have always wanted, a relationship with that elusive someone, or the promise of the big break. Coyote Spirit warns you that this trickster energy seducing you now will yield nothing but disappointment and unnecessary heartache if you let yourself be fooled. Great Spirit wants the best for you, so when your plans go topsy turvy, know that Coyote is present to protect and bless you. Listen to her gently warning not to take the world too seriously or become too attached to the form and timing of your desire. Something better is beckoning. If you learn your lesson and lighten your heart, it will not be long before you see that crooked though the path may have been, you were on the right one all along.

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

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OK, sometimes when I pull my three cards in the morning, from which let the energy of cards determine which to post, I get a trio that seem cohesive for the world. Today was one such day. Take a look:

Am I right? Read left to right, we see where we have been and are and, hopefully, where we are headed. What are your thoughts?

But the card with the biggest pull this morning was Seven of Arrows, aka Insecurity. I know too many people who are in this place right now, either in regard to financial or food security to health security. It’s a touchy time, and we must all take the best care that we can of ourselves and others. While the card description suggests our fears are often ungrounded, the difficulty right now is that they are very much based in reality.

Blessings!

Seven of Arrows – Insecurity

MEANING: Ungrounded fears and confusion lead to instability and panic, self-torture through guilt or delusion and the need to deal with fragmented or rejected aspects of personality. 

DESCRIPTION: At the center stands a Green Woman clad in leaves and with hair that seems to grow from her head like vines. Her arms are raised in blessing, but arrows pierce her flesh and fly towards her. 

READING POINTS: Some of our greatest fears and self-destructive drives are born of emotional insecurity or lack of self-discipline, crippling an individual’s ability to make timely decisions or responsible action. Sometimes, these dark, ungrounded fears are the product of panic or guilt planted by inappropriate parenting or the lack of ethical education. Unreasonable emotional expectations and feelings of abandonment can also fuel a lack of emotional stability and stable grounding in practical life. Finding one’s feet in this environment takes serious inner work and real self-appraisal to reveal the true nature of the undermining issue at the heart of your fear. We may not be able to change the past, but we can learn to evolve strategies from the lessons of life and apply them to future scenarios. 

This process may also involve forgiveness for past failures, either of other individuals, belief systems or, more importantly, oneself. Forgiveness of oneself is a vital healing mechanism to deal with self-inflicted wounds associated with the burdens of guilt and self-recrimination. Understanding and acknowledging the motivations behind past mistakes stimulates the process of establishing a secure and healthy emotional foundation from which new beginning can arise. 

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

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