Let’s get froggy for the weekend! It’s shaping up to be a beautiful weekend here; hoping you all have a good one too.

Frog (Losgann) – Sensitivity, medicine, hidden beauty, and power

The card shows a common frog crawling from a pool in which lies frog spawn, traditionally considered a powerful medicine. To the right grows Frogberry, now known as cranberry, and frogs spindle or orchid. To the left beneath the hanging willow leaves grows toadstool mushrooms, which were once called frog stools. 

Meaning: Frog embodies both the elements of water and earth, bringing joy, the light, and healing in its singing and hopping, and leading you to the sacred spring from which you may be refreshed and renewed. A cold-blooded creature living half on the land and half in the water, the frog possesses an extremely sensitive skin, considered magical by shamans. Companion of the rain spirits, the frog can help you develop your sensitivity to others, to healing, and to sound through your skin and your whole body and aura.

Nothing is what it appears to be, and life is more fun than you at first supposed! There is a hidden beauty and a hidden power in all of nature, and as you open yourself to this you will feel close to the goddess and to both earth and water. Look for the beauty and the magic behind appearances.

This card may also suggest that you are learning how to embrace difficult circumstances. The frog that you must marry will turn out to be a prince. The circumstances you have chosen to except – while apparently unappealing or difficult – will bring you rich rewards in the end. Remember that the frog bring his medicine, and medicine brings healing.

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

It was pointed out to me that drawing the Shape-shifter card on April Fool’s Day is an interesting pick. Let’s not lose the powerful meaning of this card though, shall we?

Sometimes doing what’s needed to be the person we aspire to be is hard. Sometimes we have to gain a new perspective. Or learn not to permanently attach ourselves to our wounds – they may teach us but we shouldn’t let them direct us. Shapeshifting is in much of world mythology, and is often used as a transformation to something great. Cerridwen and Gwion’s fantastic chase and even Merlin teaching Arthur in “The Once and Future King” are two examples. In other legends, shapeshifters are often depicted as evil beings, but in reality each and every one of us is a shapeshifter to some degree. Learn to use this skill to become what you want to be.

Shape-Shifter

Meaning: You can be anything you desire. Let go of attachment to your identity. See the world around you with new eyes. Be malleable. Experiment with different ways of viewing reality. See the point of view of others. If you haven’t been able to manifest your dreams, maybe you need to shift the way you see the person or situation.

Native Spirit Wisdom: In Earth-based cultures, Shapeshifters had the mystic ability to transform into other forms of consciousness. It said that these beings were not imagining that they were changing into a specific plant, animal, or stone; they could actually move into another shape. Just because most people today don’t think this is possible doesn’t mean that it’s not true. This card shows you because it wants you to know that your past does not need to equal your future. Simply shifting your point of you or your belief system can bring an entirely new destiny into being.

The Journey: To deep in your ability to shape shift, simply imagine that you’re an animal, bird, plant, or stone. Make it as real as you can. Doing this deepens your ability to shift your beliefs and limiting decisions that perhaps have held you back from fulfilling your highest destiny.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Lynn and artists Charles McStravick

Honestly, I HAVE to dream journal regularly to remember my dreams, but when I do, boy, are they eye opening. Today’s card suggests we watch our dreams and gut instincts closely today, so keep an eye on your inner thoughts and dreams.

Hope everyone’s week is going well. Blessings!

DREAM TRAVELER

MEANING: You are a channel for Spirit. Trust your intuition, hunches, and gut reactions. This is a visionary card with the message that you’re on the right path, even if it doesn’t always seem like it. Your higher self and spiritual guides, ancestors, and guardians are watching over you and supporting you. You are a dreamer in the most wondrous definition of the word.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: In earth-based, tribal traditions, people looked to those unique individuals who had the ability to journey during their nocturnal dreams to bring back wisdom and guidance for the tribe. The dreamers were able to step through sacred portals in the night to commune with those on the other side. You carry the energy of the visionary, healer, and seer. Watch your dreams; messages from the Creator are flowing to you.

THE JOURNEY: Before going to sleep, place a journal next to your bed. (Most dreams are forgotten within less than ten minutes, so it’s essential to record them as soon as you can upon waking.) When the Dream Traveler card chooses you, it’s essential to watch your dreams. Profound, and even life-changing, messages can come through.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

Those who know me well know these critters are some of my favorite animals. I swear that’s not why it was picked!

Friendships are a vital part of life. So even at times when we still cannot interact the way we prefer to, we must use other ways to maintain or develop these connections. For many of us, the weather is warming – perhaps meet a friend in the park? While digital devices can be a terrible distraction, they can also help keep us connected to those we care about – a quick text, photo, or phone call are ways to connect and let people know you are thinking of them. Consider these thing as we head into the weekend.

Blessings!

Otter Spirit – You are never alone

Message: Like true friends, otters nurture each other and express their affection through touch. Actions such as holding hands and giving hugs offer reassurance that we are never really alone and that we are always cherished; Otter Spirit has appeared to remind you to experience and express friendship in a tangible and event tactile way. Communicate with your voice, your facial expressions, your gestures, and your actions, letting your love express itself beyond just the words you speak. Otter’s message is that presence matters, so remember to be fully present with those you care about, helping them sense the love and affection and appreciation you have for them.

Now is a time for a joyful celebration of the love in your life that expresses as friendship and companionship. Hug someone or simply look into their eyes with your full attention, saying, “I care. You matter.” Make time for friendship. Otter Spirit promised that the moment you reach out, you will remember that you too have many who love and are about you. You are never alone, and you are always loved.

Protection Message: Have you been channeling all your affection to just one person or counting on only one friend or individual to hold you up, headless of your resources all around you? You deserve support and love from many people, and when Otter Spirit arrives, you are reminded that you have a community. Somewhere is another friend who wants to experience the joy of giving to you and seeing your happiness as you receive their gift of attention, affection, and kindness. Otter wants you to open your eyes to the love that is available too you from all directions. Do you believe it? Do you feel it? Reach out to someone, and you will see that they want to hold your hand as much as you want to hold theirs. Love, support, and friendship are available to you, so connect with community and friends.

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

This is such a fantastic card for those of us who seek the inner mysteries. It’s quite easy to delude oneself if we aren’t careful, however, the inner world is rich with lessons for us. Keep it balanced.

Puffball – Mystery, Relief from Pain, Inner Connection

Meaning: Mushrooms are mysterious; they grow in the darkness and feed on decaying matter. Picking this card may mean that something peculiar is happening, or about to happen, that you can’t fully understand. Mushrooms are symbols of the Inner Mysteries: they are connected beneath the ground in vast networks, they grow in darkness, and they perform the alchemy of turning dead matter into new life. Like the Inner Mysteries, they have guardians that prevent access to the unworthy, but if approached with reverence, they will show you their inner world. Befriending mushrooms gives you access to a deep level of the Earth’s mysteries and, some say, access to the realms of Faery. With this comes the healing of any sense of woundedness and a feeling of being connected to the Web of All Being.

This card also can mean that mystery for mystery’s sake is a dangerous game to play. We all want to be noticed and admired, and some of us have learned to achieve this through acting as though we are privy to mysterious secrets. Choosing this card may mean that you, or someone you know, is trying to pull the wool over someone’s eyes by pretending you know more than you really do. This pretense may be motivated by a sense of inadequacy, or it could be happening unconsciously. 

Mushrooms can connect us to the inner workings of the Earth and the spirit world, but they can also lead us into the realms of delusion and hallucinations. The spiritual quest is full of tests and challenges, and this card reversed presents one of the most common. So much stress is placed in certain “New Age” and occult teachings on psychic powers that it is easy for a seeker to become misled or seduced by the idea that they possess unusual abilities. Humility and discrimination is needed when treading the spiritual path. 

The Druid Plant Oracle by authors Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, and artists Will Worthington

OK, so both of these were pulling at me pretty evenly, so I’m posting both – take them together or take the one that speaks to you!

Madre of Fire – Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Turn up the heat on your creative passions; a warm heart and a spicy kitchen welcome others to your table; stoke the creative fire that burns in your belly

A woman stands in a warm kitchen. The table is covered in bottles, books, and a large, fresh harvest of thyme. A kettle whistles on the stove. Yellow and orange herbs dangle from the rafters. She is dressed in garden clothes, and her worn hands calmly grind herbs in a large molcajete.

Meaning: The Madre of Fire inspires others by living an artistic life. She teaches from her actions. She encourages collaboration, inviting everyone to play in her busy apothecary. She is upbeat and accepts life’s paradoxes. She knows thyme is a both a popular kitchen herb and a superb medicine plant. She is driven by a rich imagination and finds magic in everything. Creativity is second nature to her, and her days are filled with inspired activities. Just like remedies made with thyme, she is warm and wholehearted. She attracts people into her home. She radiates vitality and love. Embrace your inner glow; it warms the hearts of others.

Six of Air – Cattails (Tyhpa species)

Question your assumptions; gain clarity through articulating your visions in writing; support others in setting intentions for change.

A table in the afternoon sun is covered in sheets of handmade paper for writing prayer petitions with friends. Cattails grow along the border of a nearby marsh. Crow, owl, and heron feathers are gathered in glasses. A jar of walnut ink is open, ready to document devotions.

Meaning: Clarity can be found in the mire. Cattail, often seen as invasive, creates a stronger ecosystem by clearing and purifying an area, making if more habitable for life. Open yourself to new ways to pray. Ask for help from your community when you need it. Adjust your expectations and challenge your current way of thinking As cattail seeds are carried by the wind, trust Spirit to carry your visions toward a greater good. Cattail is sometimes called the supermarket of the wild for its many uses – as food, shelter, clothing, fuel, and medicine. Be the resource of the spirit; look for myriad ways to be of service to the needs of others.

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

I’m not sure about you all, but I definitely needed this card today. Hope you all have a good Tuesday!

Balance (Temperance)

Reading Points: You must be balanced and patient. The time is right to rest and contemplate all the facets of your existence. To continue now you must be still and calm. Finding the inner balance that will enable you to see beyond the present state is a process of trust and confidence in your own strengths. These facets may include the parts of your psyche that you would rather not deal with, but no amount of denial will rid you of the need to absorb and reclaim them. Balance is absolutely necessary to free the inner self from the fears and self-doubts that keep us spiritually deaf, dumb, and blind. Once the natural state of balance is achieved, the plateau that will give you access to the higher self will be open before you.

Meaning: The balance between humanity and nature is vital. The intricate mechanisms that are the arteries and nervous system of the Earth are as sensitive and complex as that of any living organisms, and we have succeeded in shifting this delicate balance from one of finely tuned interactions to malignant and polluted environment. The ancient peoples of the Earth long ago recognized their dependence on the ecosystem of the planet to sustain and renew their children. Modern society has become completely detached from that reality and believes the planet is here only for our selfish and greedy consumption. The renewal is taken for granted, yet we have poured toxic waste into the seas and landscape so that our offspring will be facing death a thousand years from now. Our abuse of the natural world has annihilated whole species of creatures and rent a hole in the very fabric of the atmosphere that makes life on this planet possible. This is a crime beyond comprehension and humankind will be paying the price for generations to come.

Temperance is the traditional name of this card, and it represents a state of inner strength and tranquility from which deeper knowledge of the self and universe can be absorbed and contemplated. It is the key to higher self. Both on the personal level and as a species, we must strive to find a balance.

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

This card seems on point for both a Monday and the season for many of us. The Equinox, whether spring or fall, are both times of great activity for many folks, planting and harvesting both literally and figuratively. The image is also energetic and beautiful, inspiring us to action. What’s your action going to be this week?

Blessings!

Spirit Keeper of the South

Meaning: Abundance and prosperity in all forms. Expansion. Surging energy. Activity and movement. Rapid growth. Be open to receiving the bounty of the universe. This is a great time for medical procedures; your energy will be at a maximum. 

Native Spirit Wisdom: In the medicine wheel, the south is the direction that symbolizes the warmth of the noon day sun, summertime, the full moon, and a time of rapid growth. Crops grow with vigor during the summer months. In the human cycle, it is also represents the vitality of childhood. This is your time to shine. It’s also time of great bounty in all areas of your Life. Open your arms to receive gifts from the universe.

The Journey: stand facing south during the midday. Close your eyes and feel the warmth of the sun opening your heart center. Absorb the sunlight as you sense yourself absorbing the abundance of the universe.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick

This card certainly feels on point for my neck of the woods! After almost a week of chilling rains, I stepped outside this morning onto plush new grass and fresh air tinted with coming warmth. The sun is shining after several days of hearing Taranus run through the skies. It’s a good day, and I hope everyone has a good weekend!

Fern – Life-force, Sensuality, Fertility (also Invisibility, Subtlety, Self-effacement)

The card shows a gulley in the Scottish Highlands with there of the most frequently mentioned ferns in British herb and folklore. Lightning streaks the sky and to the right in the foreground is a Moonwort Fern. Behind it is a Male Fern and to the left a Lady Fern.

Meaning: A plant sacred to midsummer and to Nwyfre, the life-force that snakes through the sky as lightning and along the ground as lines of telluric force, the fern signifies fertility in every sense of the word. Choosing this card may mean that you are being blessed with life-force and energy at the moment. This energy may manifest in subtle or dramatic ways, but the important thing to remember is that it comes from the essentially spiritual nature of all creation.

The way to maintain your contact with this life-force is through a spiritual practice that attunes you to the natural rhythms of the Cosmos. Druidry is a sensual spirituality, meaning we can accept the pleasures of the body and the senses while recognizing their spiritual nature – enhancing our appreciation of them rather than making us feel guilty. Celebrating the season festivals, meditating on the power of the elements, rising the old places, soaking in the energies of the moon, sun, and stars are all ways that we can open to the powers of the Seen and Unseen Universe.

On the flip side, this card also bring to mind Bracken waves. Its fronds move and the creatures is gone – hidden among the Ferns. Many animals have developed astonishing ways of becoming invisible to escape predators. If you have chosen this card, it might mean that you need to develop the skill of going unnoticed in situations where a high profile is inadvisable. We are so used to a culture that encourages fame, disclosure, and being “up-front,” that the more old-fashioned qualities of being self-effacing, of working in the background, and of avoiding the limelight are undervalued. Often it is appropriate to be open or challenging, but there are times when common sense or intuition dictates that a subtler, perhaps more oblique, approach is needed.

Alternatively, the card may indicate that you are feeling invisible – as if no one is noticing you or paying attention to your needs and concerns. If this is so, ascertain whether it is an isolated instance or whether it forms part of a long-standing pattern, and seek guidance to clarify the issue and suggest ways you could improve the situation.

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

In any deck, the Fool is a rich card that many folks underestimate. The dandelion, grounded and free spirited at the same time (and such a healthy and healing herb!), used here makes it clear that the Fool is more than meets the eye. Admittedly, we’ve been spring cleaning and decluttering the last few days and last night I tackled my magic and herb cabinet. It had become a place of excess accumulation and truly unworkable, so even though I let some things go I now feel inspired to work with the items I kept rather than fearing opening the doors! This fool is ready for a magical adventure now.

Hope you all have a lovely day!

The Fool – Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Follow your dream seeds; be audacious in your adventures; seek wisdom in weeds

A basket of dandelion flowers lies in the grass. Stones mark the cardinal directions, but the arrow-shaped leaves point to many possible paths. Some plants spill from a wildcrafting pouch that rests on the ground. A monarch butterfly sets off on its migration.

Meaning: The world is full of adventure. Open to what you have never known before. Like the dandelion seeds that float freely in all directions, trust the changing winds as you embark on a new journey. The bright yellow flowers are bold and lively; be as audacious and spirited in your explorations. Often thought of as a weed, dandelion is an inviting first medicine for a new herbalist. Keep your mind open. Be willing to experience life as a beginner. Be a pioneer.

Crafting with the Fool:

  • Harvest a dandelion seed and wear it as an amulet when you set off on a new journey
  • Make dandelion vinegar and sip it when you need to be bold and audacious
  • Practice finding wisdom in unlikely places; create a mandala with weeds

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

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