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OK, so I cannot believe this card has never been posted: it is one of the most beautiful and mysterious cards from this deck. I’ve pulled it for personal readings, but it’s never shown up here. Anyway, look for the end of a cycle. And have a great weekend!

Mistletoe (Druidh-lus) – Healing, Fertility, Inspiration (or Sterility, Lack of Guidance, Distilling Wisdom)

Meaning: In the Druid ceremony of Alban Arthan, the Winter Solstice, all lights are extinguished at the heart of the rite, to symbolize the time of the longest night. Then a candle is lit and all participants light their own candles from this one flame. This symbolizes the rebirth of the sun and the birth of the Mabon – the divine child that lives in each of us. Mistletoe is then distributed to all, since mistle berries symbolize the power of this moment. Drawing this card may indicate that a period of difficulties over, as a new cycle dawns. Just as a newborn baby should be nurtured in warmth and safety, so too should the beginnings of new projects and phases in your life be nourished close to your heart. Like Awen – the three drops of inspiration in Ceridwen’s brew – Mistletoe brings guidance, inspiration, and fertility, which augurs well for any creative endeavor. Since Mistletoe was known as All-heal, finding this card in a reading may well indicate that, indeed, all is being healed.

On the flip side, this card might indicate that sometimes we need to learn to walk in the dark. However such we seek guidance and advice, it eludes us as if the Universe is telling us that we must stand on our own two feet and make our choices without any help. While this can be lonely and painful, it forces us to draw on our inner qualities and instincts and, in the end, this can serve our deeper purpose. In this way, lack of guidance becomes a meaningful part of our soul-journey.

Choosing this card may also indicate that you are experiencing a time of sterility or lack of inspiration. Remember that the sun is only reborn at the time of the longest night, and that the Bright Knowledge of Awen emerges out of a “baleful” brew that is poisonous. Out of difficulties we can distilled wisdom.

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

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Good morning and happy Monday! Interesting for me to pull a card today that represents life force after visiting with my local oncologist – the one who told me to reconnect with my life force last year (and no worries – we had good news today). I hope everyone else finds a good connection with today’s card.

Blessings!

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

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Feeling agitated with someone or something? It may be time to look at what is causing conflicts and a change of atmosphere or attitude to deal with them. Blessings!

Betony – Soothing discord, dispelling negativity, protection (also confrontation, avoidance, woundedness)

The card shows Wood Betony in flower beside the drystone wall of a n old physic garden, which could have belonged to one of the Physicians of Myddvai. A carved Celtic head lies against the wall. Behind the head in the background grows Valerian, which traditionally shares with Betony the quality of soothing discord, and to the right of the image we see Elcampane, which – like Betony – has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Meaning: The ancients believed that Betony protected both the soul and the body. It was known as a woundwort for its ability to staunch bleeding and heal wounds. If you have chosen this card, it is possible that you feel drawn to healing wounds – either in yourself or within others.

When conflict occurs between people, there is often hurt and injury, and it is no easy matter to decide when to call a halt to the dispute when when to let it run its course. For conflict to be productive, rather than destructive, clear communication must be fostered and vindictiveness minimized. A successful couple or enterprise is not one that never experiences conflict, but one that is skilled in resolving the conflicts that inevitably arise in any meaningful relationship. The ability to resolve conflicts is at heart a healing ability – and one that is exemplified by Betony with its reputation as a panacea, and its outstanding medicinal qualities.

On the flip side, this card could indicate a premature halting of conflict, like removing a symptom without healing its cause, which may bring temporary relief (and may sometimes be necessary) but in the end simply delays the time until the cause of the problem is addressed. If you have chosen this card reversed, it might indicate that you have been avoiding expressing a different opinion or an emotion you perceive as negative, in order to “keep the peace.” But sometimes it is necessary to allow conflict – because out of the clash of views or feelings a new perspective or renewed closeness may emerge. See if your intuition tells you that you need to confront person or an issue with no more evasion, or whether it is best to pursue other avenues of resolution.

It is also possible that you are experiencing feeling of discord that have arisen from a negative atmosphere that lingers in a particular location. To test this, avoid addressing the conflict there, and resolve to deal with it the you are in a different place. A further inspiration of this card might point simply to the face that at present you are feeling wounded.

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

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Who’s up for some good fortune? Following the more serious card yesterday, this is a nice turn. Blessings, everyone!

Clover – Wisdom, Health, Good Fortune

The card shows the Well of Segais, the mythical source of the river Boyne in Ireland. The salmon of Wisdom swims in this sacred pool, which is overhung by hazels. Every so often a hazelnut will fall and the salmon will crack own the nut and feed on it. In the foreground, we see the Red Clover in flower.

Meaning: Since records began, good luck has been said to come to those who find a four-leafed clover. It is extremely auspicious to draw this card in a reading, and it may well indicate that you are about to experience good fortune. In Sussex folklore, the four leaves of a lucky Clover were said to represent fame, wealth, good health, and a faithful lover, and perhaps one or more of these will come to you. The old phrase “living in Clover” meant living in luxury and it is possible that you will be able to enjoy a standard of living or lifestyle that you have long dreamed about but never quite attained.

To dream of Clover is considered a portent of good fortune and health, and the wise understand that the greatest wealth is found not in money, but in good health. If we can find wisdom as well as health, then we can bask in good fortune, regardless of how much money we might have. The well of Segais, shown on this card, is considered by Druids to be the source of wisdom. From this source they refresh their bodies and their spirits.

Drawing this card may also indicate that you are trying to free yourself of something unwanted, troubling, or even toxic. You may want to rid yourself of a habit or anxiety that bothers you, or perhaps you wish to be free from something that you feel inhibits you or hamper your development. This card may be inviting you to first consider what you have gained or learned from what you wish to banish.

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

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Happy Monday! Today, we have a somewhat grounding card, as well as a healing one.

Comfrey (Meacan Dubh)

Structure, Ancestral Foundations, Fusion (also Surrender, Separateness, Individuality)

Meaning: Such is the power of Comfrey that it can at both upon the surface and deep within the body. It soothes and heals the skin, but also succeeds in reaching the skeleton to ease aching joints and to help fuse broken bones. If you have chosen this card, it may mean that you need to attend to both the outward manifestation of an issue and the deep structure or underlying cause. Bones and skeletons symbolize the basis and foundation of things, and they represent our link with the Ancestors too. It may be that the issue you are dealing with is ancestral in origin and that you need to research your family history, or perhaps take the skeleton out of the closet to heal an old wound and then rebury the bones, not in the closet but with proper ceremony in the ground outside.

Alternatively, the card may indicate fusion or union between two concepts, organizations, or people. Strength and healing can emerge out of union confirming the old adage that “the whole is great than the sum of its parts.”

This card might also be telling you that the goal of mysticism is to merge your identify with God – or Goddess – and the goal of romantic love is to merge with your lover, if you wish to live effectively in the world you also need to retain a sense of your individual identity. Romantic love and an intense pursuit of mystical experiences can make us temporarily “ill.” It is possible that you’re having diffilculty balancing the need for a strong sense of self with the need for letting go off our sense of self to merge with another person or a deity. Perhaps you sometimes feel so close to someone that your identities seem to merge, and you then have difficulty in feeling a complete person when you are on your own. To live happily and effectively in the world, we need to somehow treat the path of both surrendering to something greater than ourselves, whether than be a relationship, and ideal, or the Divine – and sensing ourselves as unique, separate, and responsible individuals.

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

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As the herbs in our yard re-emerge and the new ones we’ve planted take root, this card feels right as we look forward to gathering the goodness they will offer in a month or two. Healing and restoring our mind, body, and soul takes time and planning sometimes – as in the retreat.

What? You’ve been retreating from the world for 13 months now? There’s a difference between being at home and being at home in a way that encourages your mental and physical well being. Whether you can do a mini two-hour retreat or an away-from-home for a few days retreat, perhaps now is a good time to allow yourself that time and space.

Blessings!

The Restorers: Roseroot, St. John’s Wort & Valerian

Retreat, balance, or calm. On the other side, imbalance, anxiety, or disturbance

THE CARD: The Restorers are a trio of ancient and indigenous plants of the Druid sourcelands, which act to restore the balance between body and soul, healing the heart and mind with their calming and strengthening powers. The card shows a Druid healer in her bothy, sitting beside the fire. Through the open door, we see the Scottish Highlands. Roseroot and Valerian hand drying in bunches from the rafters, and freshly gathered St. John’s Wort lies on the table.

MEANING: Although adventure and excitement are necessary ingredients in life, we also need periods of peace and calm: oases in our busy lives. Drawing this card in a reading may mean that you should create such a time for yourself now. Retreats are an important part of spiritual practice, and in Druidry these can include visiting the old sacred sites and walking the old tracks. But wherever you are, you can take a retreat. Even if you are busy, see if you can withdraw from your schedule for three hours, during which time no one disturbs you and you treat yourself to whatever will help you find calm. Better still is a longer retreat – three days or more – in a setting close to Nature. By taking such a break, you give your body and soul a chance to catch up with each other add to find balance once more.

This card may also indicate that you or someone you know are out of balance and feel disturbed and anxious. Life is often puzzling, and relationship are so difficult that it is no wonder so many people suffer from anxiety and depression. Now may be the time to tackle this imbalance with a combination of counseling, herbal medicine, and lifestyle changes.

Alternatively, the card may indicate that a situation or project is unstable or completely unrealistic, and that a good dose of common sense is required to get it back on track. It may be time to hire a consultant or simply get someone to look at the problem objectively and give advice.

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

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Good day! And today we have a card that I’ve never drawn for the blog, which is a bit surprising.

I’m off to get my second COVID vaccination today, so I’m a happy camper! Wishing you all a good and productive day.

Blessings!

Lady’s Mantle – The Feminine, Detail, and Miracles

Meaning: A dewdrop is a tiny thing but, when you gaze into it, it acts like a crystal ball, revealing the whole world within it; it is reminiscent of William Blake’s famous lines:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an Hour.

This card may be reminding you to treasure the small things in life because it is in the details that a life grows rich, and every person, every subject, every event, grows richer the more we focus upon it.

The card may also urge you to connect more deeply with the Goddess in your spiritual practice or with the Feminine principle in your emotional and psychological life. It may be that you have been used to approaching the world and relationship in an analytical or objective way that is no longer serving you. Now may the time to one to that less predictable, sometimes wilder, way of relating to and looking at things that could bring miracles into your life.

On the flip side, this card reminds us the most people are quite naturally dismayed when the going gets tough. But if you have chosen this card reverse it may indicate that you have the good feature of being able to see opportunities for growth even in the most despairing of situations. The alchemists of old believed that gold could be made out of “base matter” and that this, though dismissed as worthless by many, provided them with their working material.

In the same way, the challenges and trials of life are seen by the Druid and spiritual alchemist as ideal opportunities for learning and development. Although to some extent this involves reframing a situation in its most positive light, to “make the best of a bad job,” a deeper process is at work. Character, qualities of soul, wisdom, maturity, and compassion come not from a life of ease and tranquility, but from a life in which our hearts, mind, and sometimes even our bodies are pitted against forces we may not understand.

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

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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

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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

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Have a sweet day, everyone!

Heather – Luck, Celebration, and Community (also Alienation and Yearning to belong)

Meaning: Heather honey is so delicious that some beekeepers transport their hives to the moors each summer to harvest the flowers. Heather, like Clover, is considered to be highly auspicious and a bringer of good fortune. A major celebration may be imminent or the time may have come for you to start celebrating all that is best in your life. Heather symbolizes the power and the joy of community, and much of our pleasure and our pains result from living together. We spend much of our time thinking about the difficult aspects of relationships and of our life, to try to make sense of them. But try thinking about your life with a different focus. Spend some time dwelling on all the positive aspects of the people you know and have known. Then do the same for your family and community.

Choosing this card may also be indicative of the fact that you are becoming more aware of the communities you live in – at work, at home and spiritually. You may feel drawn to becoming more actively involved in them, or perhaps you are contemplating a change in your relationship toward them.

This card could also mean that even though you may be trying to get out of a situation, you are probably being driven by a yearning for a deeper sense of community. Choosing this card reversed may indicuatethat you feel you don’t belong – in your family, at work, or in your relationship. This feeling may be mild or severe, but behind it could be the urge to be part of a community or tribe, as well as a loving relationship, in a way that your current situation does not satisfy.

Rather than trying to get away from this feeling by leaving on e situation and jumping into another without much thought, Heather may be urger you to pause and explore more fully your feelings of alienation or not belonging to discover which aspect of your life you need to consider changing.

Plant Info: Heather is a hardy shrub indigenous to most of Europe and Asia Minor, and can grow in both wet and dry areas. Typically topping out and 18 inches tall, it grows on hills and mountains above where the trees will grow, and on open heaths, so named because they are covered in Heather.

The Picts were using Heather to many an alcoholic drink over four thousand years ago – as archeologists discovered on the Isle of Rhum, where a Neolithic shard was unearthed with traces of fermented beverage made with Heather Flowers. Heather beer was made in Scotland for centuries, drunk in the highlands from cattle horns, and in 1994 its commercial production was revived. In the past, Heather ale was popular in Wales and was drunk for its restorative powers.

Heather is associated with good luck, which could be because heather is associated with bees that are also associated with community and celebration. A heather pillow is said to give restful sleep, and adding its flower tips to hot water makes a refreshing tea or bath.

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

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