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Happy Monday, everyone! Today’s card suggests it might be a day to use your voice – just remember that to use it wisely and not fall into the trap of arguing into the abyss.

Blessings!

Talking Stick

Meaning: Speak your truth. The soul loves the truth: communicate from your heart and share your reality without hesitation. Be willing to stand before the crowd and share from your Center. This isn’t the time to be shy and hesitant; it’s a time to heal through communication. You have the gift of a true leader through the way you communicate with others.

Native Spirit Wisdom: During tribal Council meetings, a decorated stick, called A Talking Stick, would be passed around. As each council member held the stick, he or she held the opportunity to speak from the heart. Each person in attendance would be asked to carefully consider the words of each speaker. The Talking Stick reminded each person to be authentic. Communication restores trust and allows you to clarify your ideas, position, and feelings. It can be healing when you share what has been withheld. Now is the time to take a risk and have the courage to speak with clarity. Share any unspoken darkness that was heavy in the heart. There are times to hold back and be discerning, but this isn’t one of them. Even if you’re afraid, declare your truth for all to hear without fear of being rejected or misunderstood. When you do this, transformation and healing can occur.

The Journey: Decorate a stick or a feather to use as your personal Talkingstick. Whenever you hold it, let it be a secret reminder to seek the truth with them. Take a minute every day to take stock of where you are and ask yourself about “what is so” in your life. Simply taking a moment to discover your inner truth can have a profound healing effect on your life.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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Good morning! The fox is known for being sly, but don’t forget how observant a sly creature must be. Now is the time to slow down and tap into that quality.

Blessings!

Observe in Silence

Now is not the time to be the life of the party, nor to step forward into the role of leader or teacher. Be cautious. It may not be wise to draw attention to yourself or to reveal your plans to others at this time. Instead, be silent. Step back. Be still. Watch those around you and be mindful of what you see, hear, and feel. Trust in your instincts and intuition and let them guide your steps.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

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Well, we are back in action for a daily card. We also had a fun distraction yesterday as we found two kittens in our garage. We hope to find these two homes quickly – before we get attached to their cuteness.

Today’s card is suggesting we examine partnerships, goals, and values. It’s also strongly linked to masculinity, so perhaps its time to look at your connection to the masculine.

Hope everyone has a great week. Blessings!

Yarrow – Fidelity, Masculinity, Virility

Meaning: One name for Yarrow is “Seven Years’ Love,” since it was believed that a charm made with Yarrow could keep couples loving and faithful for seven years. What happened after that we do not know, but Yarrow’s association with fidelity may provide a clue as to what this card means for you. Faithfulness to a partner or to certain values or shared ideas forms the basis of trust, and sometimes we can take this for granted without fully examining it. A review every seven years is a wise idea – for business partners as well as lovers. Values, goals, and boundaries can be assessed and re-contracted, with the potential for a renewed sense of purpose and commitment.

Some writers say that Yarrow is sacred to the Horned God and the male principle, and another meaning for this card might revolve around your relationship to masculinity. Many of us hold a partly conscious representation in our awareness of a powerful and virile man that we would like to become or merge with. It is possible that this card signals a time in which you will start to work more consciously with this figure.

On the flip side: Yarrow stalks have been used for divination for centuries. We turn to divination when we are uncertain about the future or need guidance. This process can easily become fatalistic and disempowering; used wisely, an oracle should encourage us to draw on our inner wisdom and stimulate our ability to think more deeply about our station before making any decisions. This card reversed may indicate that you are turning to this oracle to help you make a choice that, deep down, you suspect you’ve already taken. But hesitancy and doubt have their values: They help us to avoid arrogance and impulsiveness, and to fine-tune our decisions and timing. Sometimes in an oracle we seek only the echo of our own thoughts and feelings.

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

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Are you in process with a project or life change? This card indicates that things are working and to go with it.

Have a great weekend!

Flowing River

Meaning: Everything is falling into place because you aren’t resisting the drift of the great river of life. It’s time to let go. You’re entering a period of gracious ease and flow. All is u unfolding perfectly ad with good timing. When you’re in a state of flow, you aren’t pushing the river to go faster and you aren’t swimming against it. Let go of the shore and enjoy the ride.

Native Spirit Message: Rivers have personalities and carry energy, just as animals and plants do. From the Maoris to the Australian Aborigines, and to other native cultures throughout the world, it’s believed that it’s important to listen to the language of the river. If you aren’t feeling the smooth currents of life, it might mean that you’re trying to control situations or that you’re being self=critical or judgmental. The way to move into flow is through gratitude and appreciation, and by allowing others to support and help you. Heeed the Native American saying: “It’s best to ride the horse the direction that it’s going.” This means that when the card Flowing River chooses you, you’re being told to let go and go with he flow. If there is something or someone you need to forgive, this the is the time. YThis is also the time to forgive yourself and just let go.

The Journey: As you shower and the water flows over your body, imagine that everyone is flowing in your life. Spend time next to a river or stream and watch the flowering waters; use it as a metaphor to let go and enter the flow.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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A lot of folks immediately try to ignore a card like this, but don’t take it too literally. It can represent new beginnings or letting go of something that no longer serves you. These things can invigorate your life, so don’t avoid the hard decision to get there.

Blessings!

DEATH – The eternal cycle begins here

’Tis not the end
though I may pass in the night
I get to do my time over
Although you may get a fright!

Many Pagans believed that death was the beginning of the cycle of life. When you think about it, most people consider the act of “birth” to be the beginning of the life cycle – we are born, we live, and we die and, depending on your beliefs, you may get to go round again. Instead, Pagan cultures see death as the beginning of a whole new adventure – the place where your soul gets to choose where it incarnates, why and what it wants to experience. Then and only then, does it get born into a body that lives and eventually dies, before returning to ride a new cycle.

Halloween is a celebration of death as a part of life. As humans are conscious beings, we know about death and many are afraid and uncomfortable about it. Halloween illuminates the universal truth that all of us will die, just as all of us were born, so to be fearful of that end process is fairly pointless. Halloween asks us instead to make friends with death (just as we seem friendly with birth) and to not allow our fears and grief to bring us unnecessary pain.

Do not be afraid if you pull the Death card as it simply means that something is falling away, or will do so, so you can begin strongly afresh. There is a great power in this clearing. If you pull this card at Halloween particularly, the message is stronger still and you should actively celebrate this new beginning.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

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As a Taurus, I relate to this card pretty well, but perhaps you need to look at how you are trying to achieve wealth (and perhaps how you define it). Also, stubbornness can be good in some ways (staying the course) but bad in that you can sometimes refuse things that could be the right thing for you.

Blessings!

BULL – WEALTH, POTENCY, BENEFICIENCE

MEANING: The Bull (Gaelic: Tarbh) mediates the influence of Taranis, the Jupiter-like god of the Druids, whose beneficence and expansiveness can bring you the opportunity for a rich and abundant life. The Bull is a symbol of wealth and as such it is auspicious to draw this card when considering financial matters. But remember that the ancient ones were wise enough to understand that true wealth is to be found in the heart and soul first, and only then in the material world. The Bull represents fertility, potency, abundance, and prosperity, but these things can sometimes take a while to achieve. If you need to work steadfastly in trying circumstances for a considerable period of time in order to achieve your goals, the Tarbh will help you to do this without becoming drained or depressed.

This card may also indicate that you are having difficulty in feeling motivated. There is no animal more stubborn than a bull who refuses to move, and it may be important for you to look at the roots of your lack of motivation – you may be making more of a choice about life than you believe. You may also need to ask yourself whether you are sufficiently sensitive to others’ needs. Do you perhaps act like “a bull in a china shop” when confronted with certain situations? A bull’s power when harnessed or channeled can be awesome, but when a bull is maddened he can become dangerous. You may need to attend to the way in which you react under provocation, and the way in which you might be tempted to use your personal power as “power over” others.

THE CARD: the card shows a bull roaring with three cranes circling in the air above, and with the leaves of a willow tree in the foreground. Two Celtic monuments, carved in the first century, both show a bull with three cranes and a willow tree. The cranes in the card remind us that, although the bull is an animal representing earth, he is also linked with the sky and the heavens. We see the bull’s testes which remind us of the association of the bull with fertility and virility. Early Druid shaman-rattles were shaped in the form of a bull’s testes, and one is shown lying on the grass. To the left we see a Bronze-age Druid horn, whose sound mimics the bull’s roar.

The Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, art by Will Worthington.

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Another late card, but we had such a wonderful discussion at our breakfast table that  I’m not upset about it.

For some reason, today felt like a Halloween Oracle day. I feel the card may hit home for many who are feeling alone in their physical world and adrift in a see of repetitive memes on social media. Many of us, due to the pandemic and compromised immune systems, are having to hide away our light and talents – or at least we feel we are. It may be time to find new ways to be seen, or perhaps it’s time to understand you are not what others see and to embrace this temporary invisibility.

Blessings!

INVISIBILITY – Authenticity

Heart beating, we sense
But do not see
They touch, we chill
They come unseen.

You know that feeling you sometimes have that someone is watching you? You cannot see them, yet you have the distinct feeling that “someone is there.” All the hairs are up on the back of your neck. You think you see something in the corner of your eye, but when you turn, there is nothing to be seen but empty air. This is the power of invisibility – the indirect fear and the covert threat of having to fight something that we cannot see.

Humans have a strong visual sense, so it is no wonder that we are uneasy about things we cannot see. The ancients believed that all manner of creatures – mythical and physical, and of course deities – could make themselves invisible at will. When we consider that some animals are camouflaged so well by their coats or behavior that sometimes even if we are looking straight at them, they are hard to see within their environment, that invisibility isn’t such a far-fetched concept.

In many cultures, the idea of beings who could watch us undetected were (and still are) common. Djinns, angels, nature spirits, the fae, and even practitioners of magic such as witches are said to have the power to appear and disappear at will. Later, in literature and then in movies, invisibility becomes a common power and we now have fictional super heroes that are invisible and even cloaks of invisibility.

The concept of invisibility is a double-edged sword. While it is a powerful tool to be able to gain information or to assist while no one sees, individuals using it are privy to information that may not be meant for them and it may be taken out of context or unethically. It is a power of manipulation and easily abused.

The idea of hiding away and not being seen is also a big part of the dark side of this concept. We are all born to shine our light out into the world and to take our roles. Hiding our talents, not expressing our true selves, stealing others’ ideas or work and being “someone else” rather than your authentic self, are all aspects to consider should this card appear in your reading.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

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We are nearing the full moon, and this seems a good time to gain perspective and lose baggage to strengthen any lunar workings. Let the Hawk help you.

Blessings!

Meaning: Hawk (Seabhac in Gaelic) brings the ability to see your life in perspective, to free you of unnecessary baggage and to connect you to your ancestral roots. See if you can take some time out of your daily routine to survey your life calmly and to see events in context. The Hawk can help you to recollect the missing pieces of the jigsaw you will be trying to assemble and he will help, too, to spot the details which are significant.

When you have a sense of your roots and of the breadth of your life, you will start to feel pride and a growing sense of nobility and stature. Once you know where you have come from and where you are going, your life will be filled with inspiration and enthusiasm, you will sense a new day dawning, and you will be able to make decisions with confidence.

On the flip side, Hawk can suggest that you could be paying too much attention to detail. Being precise and “hawk-eyed” can be valuable, but taken to its extreme and without a wider overview, it can lead to cruelty. High ideals, if not balanced with a sense of humility, lead to arrogance and ultimately denial of the heart. Be careful not to get carried away by the justness of your cause, while forgetting to take into consideration the feelings of others.

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

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Otter is here, representing the Page of Vessels, to show us how to flow between different worlds, figuratively and spiritually. How would this affect your life?

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

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With so much going on in the world, it is easy to get lost in it and the ugliness. Remember to pause and look at the beauty around you: a garden in your neighborhood, a loved one’s smile and laughter, a pet’s antics, or a mountain or prairie skyline. The world is not ugly – what we do to it and in it can be, so make good choices.

Blessings!

Walking in Beauty 

Meaning: Radiant beauty surrounds you. You’re beautiful, inside and out. No matter what your age, your grace is growing. Being in balance. As you walk in beauty and feel gratitude for it, your life will be filled with immense splendor. Whenever you can, spend time in natural, wild spaces. As you see and hear and feel beauty around you, your own beauty will grow.

Native Spirit Wisdom: In Native American traditions, there’s the concept of walking in beauty. It’s called “hozho naasha” in the Navajo/Dinch tradition, and it means being in balance with a natural way of life. When we are in the right relationship with the natural world around us, we are walking in beauty. The more you sense and see beauty around you – in your environment, yourself, and your body – the more it will fill your life in all forms. Never say anything about yourself or your body that’s negative. Don’t put down yourself or others. Instead, affirm beauty, and take time to adorn your body and personal space. Walk in nature and inhale the beauty of eery part of our wonderful planet. Cherish yourself and the luminescence within you, and you will glow.

The Journey: Create outer harmony in your home environment, even in small ways – such as a vase of flowers, a scented candle or clean windows – and your inner grace and radiance will begin to shine even more brightly. Where you go, look for beauty in your surroundings, and as a result, the world will become more beautiful.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick

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