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Often we react rather than act with intention. Today we are all being asked to use our intuition to go within and seek clarity on a situation.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

Mugwort – Prophecy, Clairvoyance, Protection (also Confusion, Indecisiveness, Negativity)

The card shows Mugwort growing on a riverbank. Its flowers have not yet fully opened as it is Midsummer’s Eve, the time when tradition dictates that its leaves should be gathered. A full moon can be seen between the summer clouds, and the moonlight on the surface of the water reminds us that Mugwort s reputed to aid in the ancient art of scrying, whereby the seer gazes onto the surface of water or into a crystal ball to divine the future.

Meaning: Using an oracle such as this can help you to see beyond the everyday. But in addition to reading the words on this page, you need to engage your intuitive abilities so that you can sense the card’s meaning in a way that is valuable in the context of your own life. Choosing this card in a reading may suggest that condition are propitious for the development of your intuitive powers. Mugwort is said to aid in the work of prophecy and clairvoyance, which means “clear-seeing.” Rather than developing any psychic power for its own sake, the Druid seeks to develop the ability to see and understand things clearly, and it may be that such a clarity is a quality that you need to seek in your present situation. You can only achieve the objectivity necessary for clear-seeing when you are untroubled – when you feel safe and secure emotionally. Mugwort is a powerful herb of protection and can help to create an atmosphere of safety that banishes all negative influences while also connecting you to your inner source of strength and healing.

On the flip side, there are times when it seems almost impossible to see things clearly. There is such turbulence in your inner or outer life that it is hard to come to any kind of objective decision about how you should react or behave. I you have chosen this card reversed, it may indicate that you are finding it hard to come to a decision or to see the way forward. It may be that you simply need to wait for the situation to change – for the turbulent waters to become still again, so that you can gaze onto the surface to know yourself again – to see your reflection clearly once more. And then, looking beyond yourself toward the moon reflected in the water, perhaps you will be able to discern your deeper purpose and the choices you should make. In the meantime, ask yourself how much time you spend in critical thought, and to what degree you blame other people or situations for your current difficulties. It may be that you need to find ways to dispel negative influences in your life, and the best place to begin is within your own heart and mind.

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

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Running a tad behind today, but we were enjoying a lazy morning with Mother Earth News and coffee. Then, I had a little helper join me at the computer. I’m sure some of you know just how “helpful” little Mojo was. But he sure is cute.

For those familiar Celtic lore, we know this card includes two features of wisdom: the Hazel tree and its fruits and the salmon below. When wisdom cards appear, it’s time to stop thinking you know everything and tap into something deeper and mysterious – intuitive and ancestral wisdom.

Blessings!

Hazel – Seek Wisdom in the Depths

Meaning: Wisdom is much harder to find than knowledge. It comes to us in a moments of grace, when we stop striving for fixed or prior knowledge, then we assess the need of the moment and ask for helpful solutions. Wisdom is already inside us, but when there is so much information on every side, we need some help to distinguish between true and false. So that is when we turn to the Ancestors, the guardians of wisdom that dwell in the Otherworld, where every thought is stored, every experience laid down, every atom of memory and truth recorded. By attuning to this storehouse of collective memory, we find that we can tap into a wisdom as old as time and as fresh as tomorrow. Those in need may think they do have sufficient knowledge to overcome a problem, but the depths of ancestral wisdom refines what we have into something far more powerful and appropriate to what we require. The message conveyed by Hazel is to dip deeper into your store of wisdom, and to seek out the primal information that can illuminate your every action.

Hazel Lore: For the Celts, the hazel is deeply connected with wisdom, and the fruit of the tree (known as “the food of the gods”) has an important place in the iconography of learning. Irish tradition speaks of the sacred salmon who swim in a pool surrounded by nine hazel trees. When these trees dropped their nuts in the water below, the salmon ate them and then carried them to the sea and back in their annual spawning run. This endless cycle was seen as a metaphor for the passing of wisdom from age to age and from person to person. Salmon were already regarded as sacred in their own right, and their ingesting the fruit of wisdom made them doubly precious. Celtic literature contains many descriptions of heroes who, the they ate of the flesh of the salmon, thereby imbibed wisdom, and so set them apart from the rest of humanity.

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

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This is a time or miracles and balance – feed into that instead of looking toward the negative. Looks at the gifts of abundance you have been given, identify the path that brought them, and follow it. Blessings!

White Buffalo

Meaning: Abundance and security are flowing into your life all things are possible. balance and harmony prevail. You may be called upon to stand up for others, but you can do this because you have the support of many beings and spirit realm.

Native Spirit Wisdom: In Native American traditions, there are prophecies about the coming of the White Buffalo, especially among the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota (or the Sioux). There’s a legend that White Buffalo Calf Woman, a mystical being, came to the people of very long time ago when they were out of balance. She gifted the people with the secret bundle containing the white buffalo calf pipe to help restore the balance. Upon leaving, the White Buffalo Calf Woman prophesied that she will return at the end of an age, and that she will appear as a white buffalo calf. In recent times, white buffalo calves have been born, leading many to believe that this is the beginning of a new time. When this card chooses you, it’s an honor, for it speaks of a time of miracles and balance in all things. You are a channel for the greater forces in the universe. With their help, all is possible, but without it, things can be a struggle. Surrender to support from the great spirit: you do not have to do everything alone. 

The Journey: shape shift into the white buffalo, and the energy of this card brings will multiply tenfold. Imagine that you feel the power in your muscles in the earth beneath your hooves. Feel the weight of your horns in the warmth of your hide. This calls the deeper energies in the white buffalo into your life.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick

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While this card description focuses on letting something – a relationship, project, or phase of life that’s no longer working for you – I also see it as letting go of control. One of my struggles is trying to control outcomes of which aren’t really mine to control but I do so out of worry, concern, etc. Sometimes we just have to let things fall where they may and realize we are not responsible for the outcomes of another’s actions, even if we care about them.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. Blessings!

Groundhog Spirit – Time to Let Go

Message: Endings lead to beginnings and death is part of life, so Groundhog is here to let you know that it  is time to accept the natural ending of something that is no longer serving you. We love to hold on to what is familiar, but the new needs space to arrive so growth can occur. When Groundhog Spirit appears, it is sign that there is something in your present situation that you need to leg to of so something new can be born, something that will far better serve you now.

When the groundhog sees his shadow, he retreats to his den. So too might you yearn for a little more time to say goodbye and transition into the new. However, change is coming and it is good, so let go of your resistance. Spring brings many blessings, and what must die will always be reborn in a new form that will be right for you. Life requires change and detachment. Say farewell to whatever once served you, and get ready for something amazing to take its place. Spirit is already sending it your way.

Protection Message: Have you been relentless in your efforts to revive something that has passed its prime and needs to die away – a situation, a relationship, a belief, or a habit that served you once but no longer fills you with vitality? Perhaps you automatically expect to see the old through a specific lens based on the familiar? Groundhog has appeared to let you know it’s time to accept that the past is in the past, so allow yourself to feel the loss and grieve it if you need to. Any sadness will not last forever or overwhelm you. Knowing Spirit is with you and wants you to experience joy and excitement again will help you through this transition from the old to the new.

Keep your eyes open, for winter always gives way to spring and endings always give birth to beginnings. For now, let yourself feel your emotions, releasing them to make way for the joy that awaits you. Spring and new growth are on the way, for that is Spirit’s promise to you.

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

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This is a card that hits home today as my partner and I watch his daughter move into her first apartment, struggle to figure things out, and so forth. We’ve all been there, and it’s a learning experience that requires stepping into responsibility. That’s a very material level of responsibility; so many of us hide from responsibil in other aspects of our lives. It’s interesting that the other two cards that came up today were Nine of Vessels (Generosity) and Six of Stones (Exploitation). I’ve seen so many folks avoid responsibility by taking advantage of the generosity, kindness, and patience of others. We don’t live in a bubble and these kind of actions DO return to people. Today is the day to deal with whatever your responsibilities are.

Meaning: The challenge of dealing with responsibility brings a need for inner fortitude, stamina, and determination. The weight of the burden may be heavy and cumbersome but the task that has been handed to you may be vital for the greater good, not just for yourself but also for your family or chosen tribe.

Reading Points: Whether you volunteered for the task or it is thrust upon you by unforeseen circumstances, it is a time to accept responsibility. Do so with good humor and stoical resolve and welcome any daunting challenge with humility and enthusiasm. Although the timing may be unfortunate or inconvenient, the issues of dealing with responsibility are often a matter of simple self-confidence. The learning curve may be steep and appear insurmountable, but once the task is fully understood and effort is expended, many valuable life lessons can be learned. The effect of taking responsibility in your family or tribal group can also have far-reaching effects beyond your personal sphere. By leading from the front and taking responsibility for past failures or inappropriate actions, you disarm and neutralize self-doubt or feelings of inadequacy. It is an honor and a sign of respect that your peers trust you to complete this task and handle the responsibility, knowing your will fully commit to this quest until completion. This understanding should support and enhance both your sense of self-worth and self-respect.

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

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Dreaming and imagining something is the first step to making it a reality – it is the creative planning that precedes the logistical planning. This little lizard knows he has a dragon inside and so do we. Take a little time today to daydream a lovely reality for yourself whether it simply builds on what you have already started or rebuilds it entirely. Blessings!

Lizard Spirit – Dream the world into being

Message: When was the last time you basked in the sun and allowed yourself to daydream, to imagine what might be and who you might become? Lizard Spirit appears when you are called to your imagination flow and dream something new. Inspiration is available to you now if you are willing to slow down and let your eyes close a little, allowing ideas to dance in your head. What might come into being you were to pursue your dream? How might your grow and expand if you allowed yourself to dare to believe in the impossible, making it possible first in your dreaming mind and then in the world as you co-create with Spirit?

Give in to the power of imagination and soon your dream will become clearer, the steps will reveal themselves, and what was ephemeral will being to coalesce into form. Dream it big and be it – Spirit asks you to dare to dream big.

Protection Message: Have you been allowing your imagination to run amok and dream up a nightmare that seems to have come true? Fear not, for whatever dreaming you did in the past can change today as you dream anew. Wake up from the perception that everything is wrong. Lizard Spirit asks you to open your eyes and consciously dream a better dream. What would it look like to already have what you desire and be the one you wish to be? How might it feel to work toward co-creating this new dream as a reality in the world of the senses, drawing out of the world of dreams and building it in the world of form? Trust in your ability to dream anew. Honor it today.

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

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Nostalgia is a powerful thing – it’s what has made much of recent pop culture so well received (having seen Ghostbusters: Afterlife last week, I speak from recent experience). And while the past is a wonderful place to visit, we cannot let ourselves stay there for too long. Features like Facebook Memories and an excess of digital photos makes it easy. Others have trauma in the past and may need to visit it in order to heal; they shouldn’t stay there too long either. The present and what we do in it is more important in the long run.

Blessings!

Six of Cups – In Ector’s Keeping

Meaning: Nostalgia. A time of reflection and reliving fond memories of bygone days. Drawing nourishment and comfort from recalling playful days of childhood. Old friends re-enter one’s life, bringing pleasant surprises. Efforts of the past come to fruition. Happiness as a result of previous kindness. Meeting aspects of the past.

On the flip side, it can mean an unhealthy attachment to the past that prevents one from appreciating the present. Having to contend with frightening and debilitating memories of childhood. Insecurity and longing for protection.

The Story: After the marriage of Uther and Igraine, Morgause (or Anna) left her mother’s side and became the wife of King Lot. Morgan was placed in the care of the Sisterhood of Avalon, and Arthur was hidden away by Merlin. The sage wisely kept the boy’s identity a secret, fearing those who would wish harm on Uther’s son. It was said that Merlin traveled to the home of Sir Ector and his family. This remote land and its loyal family made for a secure foster home for Arthur.

Fosterage was a common practice of the noble blood. Children would often stay with the foster family until they came of age, which was generally fourteen for girls and seventeen for boys.

In the case of Arthur, no formal arrangements had been made, and some say that Ector and his wife knew not of Arthur’s royal blood. But on the bidding of Merlin, the family accepted the boy.

While in Ector’s keeping, Arthur enjoyed a freedom he would never know again. Most thought him just one of the many royal bastards (as did Arthur himself), which meant his movements were no more restricted than those of his foster brother Kay. Being no more privileged than his companions, Arthur’s childhood instilled him with a sense of fair play and honor. Kay and Arthur were given an education and made to study literature, foreign languages, poetry, music, and the arts of war, after which they were free to roam and enjoy childhood pastimes.

Arthur was a likable boy who later cherished his years and friendships made while in the care of Sir Ector.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

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Well, after a week off we are back with the card of the day – and what a lovely one to start back with! Hope you all have a wonderful Monday.

HIND – SUBTLETY, GRACEFULNESS, FEMINITY

THE CARD: This shows a white hind, or eilid, in the forest in late summer or early fall. Acorns hang heavy from the oaks. The hind calls us to follow her deeper into the forest. Standing in a shaft of sunlight, she appears so elusive we are not even sure if she is of this world.

MEANING: Eilid brings us the gentleness and grace of the feminine principle. Whether you are a male or female, opening to the qualities of the Hind will enable you to achieve a greater degree of sophistication, subtlety, and elegance – in the best possible senses of these terms.

Deer, and the white hind in particular, call to us from the Otherworld, from the realm of Faery, and invite us to look beyond the material, beyond the superficialities of life, toward the heart of things, toward the realm of causes rather than effects. Poised in moonlight or sunlight, Eilid invites us to begin an exploration of the Otherworld, of the spiritual dimension of life.

The Hind may also be warning you to be less self-effacing. Rather than adapting yourself, like a chameleon, to the perceived demands and expectation of those around you, you may need to become more assertive. You may also need to be wary of becoming preoccupied with the Otherworld. Our psychic life has its seasons, and at times it is good and balancing for us to explore the inner mysteries, but at other times it is important for us to focus our awareness on everyday life. You may have reached a time when an interest in the esoteric needs balancing with a period of outer activity. Do not worry that you will lose touch with the Otherworld, for the magical white Hind will always be waiting for you at the edge of the woods, ready to guide you into the heart of the forest.

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

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What a lovely way to kick off the weekend! We’ve been “squirreling away” nuts of experience and wisdom our whole lives; have some faith in your ability to retrieve these when you need them. Believe in yourself.

Hope you all have a fun Friday and good weekend. Blessings!

Squirrel Spirit: Believe in Yourself

Message: You have accumulated wisdom and experience and are surrounded by all you need. An abundance of resources is available to you through the generosity of Spirit and all your hard work. Squirrel Spirit shows up when you need reminding that the acorns you have gathered and stowed away have enormous potential to grow, so relax into knowing there is always enough and you have what it take to co-create the reality you want to experience. Through diligent preparation, you have gained wisdom and strength. How much potential you have! Believe in yourself, for Spirit believes in you and wants you to know you have enough and areenough. Doesn’t that truth make you feel safe and secure? It should, for you have everything you need right now.

Protection Message: The unpredictability of life can shake your confidence and your potential for handling the challenges that come your way. Does the thought of not having enough or being enough make you squirrely? Have you forgotten all your strengths, wisdom and resources? You have come so far on your wits and creativity, making use of all your potential and all that Spirit presents to help you through life’s trying times. It’s time to look back on your life and remember how your needs have always been met for the highest good, even in your most challenging times.

Life loves you, and so many treasures are hidden in plain sight, ready to be revealed when you most need them – so relax. Squirrel Spirit wants you to know you are poised and ready for whatever is coming next, so trust in yourself and trust that Spirit has your back!

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

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Lemon balm may not be the strongest of lemony herbs (I’d vote for lemon verbena there) but it does make things more peaceful and lets your joy come forth. In fact, it is one of several herbs in a herbal tea recipe I found for reducing stress (also has lemon verbena, rosebuds/petals, red raspberry leaf, and St. John’s Wort) and it does wonders for an anxious soul. While this of us in the Northern Hemisphere may not currently be able to use fresh lemon verbena, dried works quite well in a tea, bath, or sleep pillow.

This meaning of this card spoke to me. Recently, I’ve reconnected with a few friends and have been making more time for others when I feel it is safe (that pandemic isn’t completely done with us yet). I have found so much peace and happiness from this, even for this bookish introvert. I hope many of you act on building your community with good and supportive people. Blessings!

Three of Water – Lemon Balm

Lift your spirit with the scent of happiness; pleasure shared is pleasure multiplied; celebrate your heart’s delight.

An afternoon tea party (how lovely!) is set for three on a delicate lace tablecloth in front of a giant lemon balm bush. Sweet confections, mismatched china, and children’s toys are on the table. An old glass bottle, used as a vase, holds a singe bright blue flower. The bees buzz. The giggles of little children are heard in the distance.

Meaning: Happiness is contagious. A favorite of bees, the intoxicating scent of lemon balm brings life to the garden. Rejoice and make merry! Celebrate your friendships. Spend time with loved ones. Make new friends too; you have already done the work to attract the right people. Your community awaits you with open arms. Lemon balm spreads widely without effort; allow relationships to grow with ease. Show your admiration and appreciation for others. Express joy in all areas of your life. Lemon balm tea supports peace and calms an anxious heart. Now is the time to proclaim your true feelings.

Crafting with Three of Water:

• Enjoy fresh lemon balm tea to lift your spirits.

• Invite friends for a tea party and share your joys over dishes of lemon balm sorbet.

• Dip a lemon balm posy in sacred water; sprinkle it around to brighten dark, stagnant spaces.

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

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