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Happy Tuesday! Many of us having been living tight – within sharply drawn lines – in the last year or so out of necessity. Even if you still need to be careful of your health, now is the time to expand your parameters a bit. It’s time to grow in some way or another. Maybe this means a move, going back to school, changing jobs, or restructuring schedules and jobs at home – but something needs to change.


Song of the Wild

Meaning: New horizons await you! You are ready to savor the wonders of the world. Take some risks. Answer the call the wild. Step out of your comfort zone and live passionately. Take steps in the direction of freedom. Expand beyond your limitations and boundaries. Maybe it’s time to take a journey or do something new and exciting.

Native Spirit Wisdom: You are entering a period of expansion and going beyond your self-imposed limitations. Even if you feel hesitant, this is the time to try something new and do things in a different way. You might even visit far-off lands or wild natural places. Adventure often entails risk but without it, life can be come lackluster and stagnant. I was there’s a vast, new, and wondrous vista just around the corner, but you’ll never see it if you don’t venture out.

The Journey: Plan a trip. Take some classes that get you out of your comfort zone. Try new styles. Do the same things that you’ve always done, but in a new and different way. Push beyond your boundaries. Step out of character. Spend time in the wilderness.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn and artists Charles McStravick

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We all have deeper roots than we realize – often we discount so much of our journey and history because it’s not a fantastic journey like those we sometimes read about. Understand your depth and strength – now call on it for healing, creativity, or whatever you need to come forth today.


Ancient Forest

Meaning: Your roots go deep. Incredible, radiant, healing strength is available to you and grows within you. Do not doubt your abilities. You’re so much more than you can possibly imagine. There’s immense, unseen – but very real – support around you. You are loved and cherished. You are grounded, stable, and strong as your spirit reach as high into the heavens.

Native Spirit Wisdom: Throughout the world those in indigenous cultures revere what are called the tree people. The powerful life force of trees can bring healing, strengthening, and grounding energy. The kind of tree might vary from culture to culture, but the reverence and gratitude for its beneficial energies are the same. The ancient forest is alive with nature spirits: additionally, its trees have an individual spirit especially powerful and resilient. The force can survive the harshest conditions because of the mutual support of the spirit of the entire forest. Your greatest strength is silent and deep. It doesn’t need to show force – it just is. Inner power is found through contemplation, reflection, and meditation. Sometimes it comes from times of growth and change; other times it springs from surviving and conquering painful situations.

The Journey: Adopt a tree. It could be one in your yard or one in a nearby park or wilderness area. Talk to the tree. That is bark. Give thanks, and by doing so you create an energy connection that will continue to nurture you, no matter how far away you are from your adopted tree.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Lynn and artist Charles McStravick

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Today’s card suggests it’s time to pause before action and find your center, some stillness. Grow and focus your power before acting.

The Gathering Your Tribe card was also strong today. I wondered if that wasn’t for me specifically, as my local women’s group is planning its first in-person gathering – we will be outdoors, spaced out, and masked when not eating – since February 2020. But I know many people are feeling this, especially as vaccinations make it a little safer to gather again.

Have a great Wednesday!

Sacred Mountain

Meaning: Be still and take time to move into the silent place within yourself. Locate your internal source of power. Meditate and wait. Do not move forward until it feels right. Surrender to stillness. Do not take action. If you observe, rather than react, you claim your power.

Native Spirit Wisdom: From the vantage point of the sacred mountain, your power grows. In the silence you find your secret witness. It is the dwelling place of your soul. In peace, seek and discover your truth. Move past the bustle and clutter of life into sweet quietude. If you are in pain, don’t lash out; go into it until you find the source of that and healed. Resist the temptation to indulge in feelings of stress, urgency, and emergency. Your power is born in silence. This piece gives birth to your serenity. Seek solitude to listen to the voice of your higher self and awaken your inner wisdom.

The Journey: Trouble to the peaks of hallowed mountains, and if you can’t do this in person, travel in your meditation. Imagine yourself atop a High peak and you can see the world in all directions. Give thanks and offerings to mountains, whenever you encounter them. The spirit of the mountain will deeply appreciate your gift.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick

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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.


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

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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!


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

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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?


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

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We can go a lifetime ignoring the responsibility of being an elder – we will never know everything there is to know. Sharing what we do know while being open to new ideas and learning is key. For those just beginning the journey of life, it is important to learn to listen to the elders available to you while applying their wisdom in your own way. Blessings!

Meaning: Confidence, entering your power, and standing strong. You are a leader. Stepping into the light. Let your truth be heard and felt by others. Make a stand in life. You carry deep inner wisdom. You are a teacher and a leader in the deepest sense of the words. You are a beacon for others.

Native Spirit Wisdom: In native culture, the elders, tribal chiefs, and clan leaders are looked to for advice and leadership. When this card chooses you, it’s time to step into your leadership role. An elder walks the path, stomps the grass down, and throws the boulders out of the way so that the path is easier for others. Sometimes you might find yourself alone or tired, but know that what you’re doing is making a difference in the lives of many. The greatest leaders are those who know how to serve, supporting others to reach their dreams. Even if you’ve been in the background in the past, right now it’s your turn to step forward and become the light for others.

The Journey: Being an elder and a tribal leader means speaking your truth, even if it’s hard or even if you’re afraid. If there’s anyone you need to stand up to, this is the time. Being a leader means supporting others, so there’s anyone you need to support or make amends with, this is the time.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick

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OK, so how many of you have a certain song from The Lion King stuck in your head now? Goooood.

This card indicates a need to find your center and work from there to make dreams and goals a reality. Be prepared for change.

Circle of Life

Meaning: All things are possible. Stand in your center and be open. The Four Winds are bringing your dreams to fruition. Embrace and accept where you are in the great circle of life. Bounty and abundance are flowing to you. If you’ve had relationship or financial challenges, things are about to change.

Native Spirit Wisdom: The circle of life (called “The medicine wheel” in Native American traditions) symbolizes a cosmology that honors all the circle of life. Those in Western cultures tend to see life as linear; however, those in indigenous cultures view all life as a circle. When this card chooses you, it’s time to honor and cherish all aspects of the great circle. All parts of the journey have beauty and grace. There’s beauty in the rising sun, just as there is in the setting sun. To only revel in the rising sun (and demean times of endings) depletes your energy. Choose what is and you become master of the Universe (or at least of your own personal universe).

The Journey: Create a medicine wheel for yourself. It can be as simple as creating a circle of stones that you place on your desk or making a circle of stones or pinecones that you lay outdoors. As you place each part of the circle, hold the intent that you’re honoring all aspects of your life.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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We received an eye-opening spread today! Take a gander at this:

Now that is a power trio if I ever saw one. For the primary card for today, Thunder Drum was the leader. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Drumming brings up your power and your connection to spirit. And if you can get a whole group together jamming and melding their rhythms, it is truly powerful. The world needs more of that, literally and figuratively. So, whether or not you have a drum, let yourself into a rhythm even if it’s gently tapping the heartbeat rhythm on your chest.

Have a great weekend!



MEANING: Stand up and be counted. Be assertive. Don’t be shy about sharing your gifts and letting the world know about your value. Declare with authority. “This is who I am, and this is what I stand for.” Make a stand for others less fortunate. Take risks. Walk in rhythm to the beat of your own drum. This is not the time to step back or step aside.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: Throughout the world, indigenous people have called Spirit through drumming. Drumming was used to activate one’s fighting spirit before battle, as well as for joyous celebrations and sacred ceremonies. It was also used for healing rituals. In every case, the drumbeat was used to open spiritual realms. A thunder drum calls the Thunder Beings from the sky, and they arrive with passion and incredible vitality. Drawing this card means that it is time to step into your passion. Make a stand in life for what truly matters to you.

THE JOURNEY: A powerful way to activate your life force is to drum on your chest lightly with a closed fist. It’s especially powerful if you do a two-beat – similar to the sound of a beating heart – which is the most primordial sound for humans. This rhythm is grounding and activates your strength.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick

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There is a patient old man who has taken up the Tarot Kitty reins in the house. Tommy, formerly a neighborhood/porch kitty, was brought in this winter as his seizures worsened – sometimes leaving him unable to walk well for a couple days (did I mention he’s also quite old?). He has adapted quite well to indoor life and is happy to lay on a heated throw most of the day. But he does like to join me for the card and patiently wait until I’m done, as you can see.

Funny how I was thinking of doing a cleansing in the house today in preparation for Imbolc and here I drew a card that suggests doing just that! Water is vital part of our existence, and we often take it for granted. The card today makes some great suggestions for paying attention to water in ourselves and environment and exploring it spiritually as well.


Meaning: Trust your intuition. Know that you’re on the right path. Take time to nurture yourself. Allow your inner child free rein. Believe in your dreams. Don’t stifle your emotions; trust the messages they’re giving you. Purify and cleanse yourself and your home. Healing is on its way. Emotional healing energy is expanding within you.

Native Spirit Wisdom: The Spirit of Water invites an emotional richness to your life. Communicate from your heart. Embrace your childlike wonder. This card also represents purification, cleansing, and healing. It reminds you to clean your personal space and embrace your emotions – all of them, even the ones that you don’t usually like. Additionally, trust your hunches. Push off from the shore of safety, and enter the flow of life. All is well.

The Journey: Be aware of water in your life: humidity, mists, clouds, rain, water in food (fruit, vegetables, and so forth), the ocean, the rivers, the bath, and the shower. Drink extra water; energize it by placing your hand over each glass and sending love into the water. Cleanse and purify yourself and your living space using water. Imagine how it would feel to be a still pool, a mountain stream, a mist, the great sea, or a summer shower. Notice any emotions or feelings that emerge as you do this. Watch your dreams.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn and art by Charles McStravick

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