Laugh at the title if you will, but at least I’m being honest about my posting lately. 😉

Whenever I see this card, I remember the magic of creating with our hands and using tools, something less understood in today’s world than in the recent past. Our grandparents and great grandparents understood that developing a skill was not only needed for life, but admired and almost magical in itself.

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.

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. Be prepared to learn new skills, adapt to a changing environment, and focus and tune your instincts to the task at hand.

The Wildwood Tarot by Mark Ryan and John Matthews, art by Will Worthington

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Here’s another day with a spread that seems to progress together well: Know Your Fears, Be Vigilant, and Heed Your Dreams. I know this trio speaks to me strongly as I learn to deal with the anxiety and stress of a freelance career. Whatever your fears and dreams are, be self-aware and vigilant to work toward your goals. 🙂

Blessings!

Be Vigilant

Be watchful and cautious of both other’s actions and your own. Stand ready to protect yourself from those who covet what you have or seek to harm those you care for, but also be vigilant and watchful of your own actions lest you be the one doing harm. Weigh your actions. Be sure you act wisely. You sure you have done all that needs to be done before moving forward. Leave nothing to chance lest all you have nurtured and cherished be undone by your own lack of vigilance.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

Today’s spread is pretty awesome so I included a pic of all three cards drawn. The key card tells us to come forward and not hide. This combined with Turquoise Changing Woman and Power of the Good together suggests this is a positive outlook for many, but I can certainly see this as a great trio for those celebrating and standing up for themselves during PRIDE month.Hope you all are standing in the light! Blessings.

Lolo – Stand in the Light

You are unique. You are a divine and beautiful being. You stand apart from the crowd. Sometimes, this evokes jealousy or desire in others who want to posses your light and beauty as their own. You need never fear another or believe that they can harm you. Allow yourself to be true to who you are. Do not try to hide your inner light and beauty. You are meant to be seen. Your soul is nurtured and protected but your love for Great Spirit.

Meaning: Don’t avoid the spotlight or try to hide yourself nor dull your light and beauty that is meant to help others, and the only way that can occur is if you allow yourself to fully be and express it. Do not shrink away from your magnificence when you feel challenged. Instead, step it up to an entirely new level of boldness! You have a gentle nature, but you are strong. If you have become obsessed with the beauty or power of another, it’s time to come back to your own divine beauty, to unearth it, explore it, express it, and let is shine. Trying to blend in will drain the energy from you. Let those who are attracted to your light adapt to your level of divine expression. You are the benchmark, and they will evolve to reach you.

Spirit Warriors Oracle by Alana Fairchild, art by Isabel Brynne

I’ve been fascinated by these creatures for years but even more so lately. Having watched some sea otters at play in the New Orleans Audubon Aquarium last weekend, I thought this was interesting timing. I know this creature is becoming a totem for my life and I have a lot to learn from it.

Hopefully, you all will get something from this as well. Blessings!

Page of Vessels – Otter

Meaning: Equally at home on land or in water, the Otter’s ability to move between these spheres, perceived as the way between the worlds, made it especially sacred to the Celts. It is also sometimes listed as one of the oldest animals in the story of the rescue of the child god, Mabon.

Reading Points: As a dreamer and a visionary, you weave a spell that few can resist. Your loyalty, devotion, and sense of fair play mark you out as an individual whose will is tempered by a profound understanding of the otherworld.

Tracks & Pathways: Loyalty, devotion, study, willingness to serve, vision and contemplation, co-operation, and perceptiveness

The Wildwood Tarot by Mark Ryan and John Matthews, art by Will Worthington

Well, we’ve been back from New Orleans and Texas for a few days, but it took a bit of recuperation to get back to my normally scheduled posts.

This card has funny timing for me – we were doing this during our trip. I love many of the traditional dishes of the New Orleans area – notably jambalaya and red beans & rice with smoked sausage. This time, I discovered the break pudding with brandy sauce at Mother’s Restaurant and thought I’d gone to Avalon. 😉 Someone has posted a recipe for it, so I’m going to attempt to recreate it this summer. My two cohorts in travel had never been to the city and seemed to enjoy it a bit, even though we were only there two days.

As always when we travel, we found a good bookstore and bought more things to crowd the bookshelves.

I’ve also started reading a preview copy of Moon Book’s Poppets and Magical Dolls by Lucya Starza, so look for a review of that soon!


Nourish the Soul
Drink in life. Use your senses to explore your world – to see, touch, taste, smell, here, and experience all that is within you and around you. Your journey through life is meant to be a sensory experience. Your life is meant to be a rainbow of color, full of motion and sound. It is not meant to be a bland, tasteless existence of simply black-and-white. Be sensual. Explore yourself and your world every day and nourish your soul with every moment.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

 

 

Challenge, eh? Well, let’s stay grounded to meet whatever challenges come our way! Personally, the biggest challenge I will have today isn’t interpersonal but meeting a deadline while packing for a trip. LOL

FYI, after today, I will only post the card on this blog’s Facebook page while I’m on vacation. Have a great weekend!

 

TWO OF STONES – CHALLENGE

MEANING: Female hares box for domination and territorial rights to breed. After drawing on your grounded energy to reach self-empowerment, a position may be challenged or a struggle for control initiated by others. Learning to deal with rivalry or adversity in a dispassionate manner is a practical skill that can be used to advantage.

DESCRIPTION: Two low, worn stones stand side by side at the edge of the trees. On each one stands a hare. They are boxing furiously. Ripples of energy flow out from them as if their power and force were manifesting.

READING POINTS: Many challenges or rivalries are born of insecurity and subconscious issues with peers and colleagues. Usually, it is these emotions rather than actual malice or personal ill-will that dictates a rival’s mistrust or understanding of your efforts. In the modern material world, where so much emphasis is placed on a show of power or wealth, it is often a perceived position or status that enflames jealousy, rather than the reality of a situation. Holding your own ground
and defending your position at such times can be achieved by keeping in touch with pure and positive motivations and holding on to a personal integrity and sincerity, which is the basis for any fair and enduring material reward or advancement. Some competition and honest differences of opinion can be productive and even beneficial. Remain clear and focused on your objectives and stay firm in your ethical efforts to proceed with a plan or project.

The Wildwood Tarot by Mark Ryan and John Matthews, art by Will Worthington

Well, it’s been a little hectic again, but here we are today with a card promising magical moments if you look to nature. I hope this brings some joy and wonder to your day. 🙂

FYI, I will be on vacation heading to New Orleans from Friday to Tuesday. I will take a deck, but posting may again be sporadic. If anyone has some suggestions for NO, let me know. We do have the Voodoo Museum and graveyard tour planned as well as the Aquarium, but we’d love to hear what you think is awesome in the city.

Blessings! Thistle

NATURE SPIRITS

Meaning: Joy, delight, peaks of carefree abandon. Living wildly, magically, and free. Be open to the wonders of the universe flooding into your life. Innocence and delight are abounding. Happiness is on its way!

Native spirit wisdom: Almost every indigenous culture recounts stories of fairies, often called little people, and nature spirits. Although some of the fairies act in protection of their wild lands and should be treated with care and respect, most often they bring blessings and light to all in the room. If this Nature Spirits card chooses you, then welcome to a wellspring of joy and magic. Beneath the surface, mystical interventions are occurring in your life. Relax. All is well.

The Journey: Even taking a few moments of stillness in the natural world can help you attune to the world of the little people and nature spirits. If you see a small flash of light or a movement of a leaf on the windless day, these are often signs of the wee folk are near.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick

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