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Sometimes we all need to loosen up and fly free for a bit. Might be an odd card for a Monday, but sometimes that’s the day we need the reminder the most.

Have a beautiful day! Bendithion Affalon.


TRIBAL SPIRIT DANCER

MEANING: Let go. Say yes to life! Be daring. Dance to your heart’s desire. Unfurl your wings and fly. Cast aside conventions and restrictions. Tune in to the rhythm of life. Laugh. Explore. Go beyond your predictable behavior. Sometimes life is messy and chaotic, and that’s okay. Leave the dishes; run outside in the sprinklers.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: You are on the planet to be free. You don’t always need to meet the expectations of others. You’re here to explore, expand, and step into your extraordinary self. Of course, there are times to live an ordinary life, but there are also times to joyously fling your arms to the heavens and dance. Choose life on your terms. Clear out mental and emotional clutter. Move beyond those situations that you have outgrown. Don’t accept the rules you have placed on yourself or that others have placed on you. This is your time. Don’t delay listening to the rhythm of your heart and following your dreams.

THE JOURNEY: Turn on music and move. Tribal dance isn’t about looking good. It’s about feeling the beat inside your heart and expressing this with your body and your emotions. If you want to break free, then start first by expressing yourself, wild and free, and the circumstances of your life will transform.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick

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When I look at this card, I often look beyond the card meaning to the balance of material need versus want. We are currently in a time of great imbalance of these two forces. Many do not have what they need while others waddle in material excess.

How does this card speak to you? As the intended meaning of balanced in action or in material?

Blessings!

Need and Necessity

Night and day exist within the very same moment. Creation and destruction wear the same face. You only see one or the other because you’re not seeing the whole. What you may see as harmful, another may believe to be good. All is based on perception. In nature, all occurs according to need and necessity, not right or wrong. Ask yourself: is there a genuine need to act? Is change necessary for your continued well-being and happiness? If the answer is yes, then act. If the answer is no, then do not.
 
Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

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This is a great card for me personally, but I hope it speaks to someone else out there. Though one might say we as a culture is experiencing this transition and need to adapt. Thoughts?

Blessings!

Meaning: Movement toward new possibilities, or cycles, within your own personality or thought processes. A subconscious impulse to travel beyond your present horizons that have become static. Possibly an anxious or testing time of uncertainty, but harnessing positive energies and drives will add purposeful momentum to the coming changes.

Reading Points: The primal impulse here is to move beyond old boundaries and personal thought processes and deploy new methods of reasoning to resolve important issues. Some obstacles may challenge older methods, and new, more dynamic responses are required to adapt to a new set of paradigms.

This can be an exciting process. The journey may be scary, since letting go of old and previously effective processes can be unsettling, but the unseen tides that drive the need to evolve are already pulling you to new experiences and places. Trusting in your own instincts and skills to absorb change is essential to overcome new situation. Take advantage of your subconscious forward momentum and ride the new wave with an open heart and a positive mental attitude. Welcome any new process with confidence and apply your skills to effect healing renewal. Embrace well-tried experiences also, as the Wheel inevitably turns, and enter into these personal changes with stoical enthusiasm.

The Wildwood Tarot by authors Mark Ryan and John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

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Sometimes it’s hard to think straight when you have a lot of pressure on you. Moving forward even when you don’t want to and having faith in yourself are often the keys.

Bendithion Affalon

Ten of Spears – The Green Knight

Meaning: Feeling tremendous pressure. Encountering an awesome task which tests courage and diplomacy. Feeling out of one’s depth. Living under the restrictions of a specific code of conduct. Temporarily suppressing personal desires in order to complete a task. Playing by the rules of the game. Striving to please others. Success through perseverance.

This card also could indicate self-defeat. Learning the hard way that there are no short cuts to success. Being distracted by and succumbing to temptation. Walking into a trap.

The Story of the Green Knight

As Arthur’s court celebrated the Christmas season, an unexpected visitor burst into the hall. The horse and rider were larger than life, and both were of a green hue. The knight was richly clad and carried a bough of holly in one hand, and an axe in the other. He issued a challenge to the assembly for one to join him in a game of the season – the Beheading Game. Being that the stranger and his steed gave off a green light, the knights feared him to be of the Faery. Naturally, they were reluctant to meet his challenge.

Gawain was the one to step forward and take up the dare. The Green Knight dismounted, knelt, and explained to Gawain that he would be given one chance to behead him; if he survived, a year later the Green Knight would return the blow.

Gawain struck off the head of the Green Knight, but to his dismay the body stood up, retrieved the head, and placed it back on his shoulders. The knight reminded Gawain that they would meet again in one year. Then in high humor, he left the court.

During the following year, Gawain’s honor and fortitude were tested by the Faery cohorts of the Green Knight.

Gawain fared reasonably well, but only just resisted the seductive powers of a beautiful woman (whom he later learned was the wife of the Green Knight). The charming Fay offered Gawain her green garter as a talisman. Gawain accepted her garter, but far from protecting him, the gesture put his life in peril.

When the fateful day came, the Green Knight made his judgement. Being that Gawain’s only weakness was enlisting the help of the lady, the knight only nicked Gawain’s neck with his axe. Gawain was now free to return to court, but the Green Knight declared from that day forward he must wear the garter as a token of his fault.

Afterward, as a demonstration of their solidarity, all Knights of the Round Table wore a green garter.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

 

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It may be time to look at our habits with a critical eye. Don’t let your blind spots hold you back from what you want in life.

Blessings!

SKULL OF DARKNESS – Blind spots

We may not wish to delve there
The shadows, the darkness
the unknown.
Yet, when we search, we reveal,
And our power, it has grown.

The beautiful and mysterious skull of darkness encourages us to look at the part of ourselves that normally remains hidden or as unseen as possible.

We may not appreciate or like certain aspects of ourselves and yet, sometimes our greatest treasures lie within these areas. How many times have you heard of famous artists or people extremely successful in their fields being bullied for being so different – yet is there very differences from others that make them so powerful.

Additionally, all of us at some stage of life have certain “blind spots” that may cause us grief and trouble. Although we cannot see the issue clearly, it is the repeated patterns of pain that may alert us to them – symptoms, if you will. For example, the same things keep happening over and over again; we may be betrayed repeatedly, fail at something repeatedly, not complete tasks continually. Peace and pattern-breaking can be achieved by doing the work in uncovering our blind spot or even consulting trusted close friends or professionals to assist us to see what we cannot.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

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I’ve been to a lot of drum circles, and I can tell you that the best drumming happens when everyone forgets their insecurity and loses themselves in the rhythm. Now is the time to stand up and feel that power and authority in yourself. 😉

Have a great weekend, everyone!

THUNDER DRUM

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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This was an interesting card, especially considering it was flanked by cards representing Struggle and Abundance. This card suggests it’s time to get started on something new, but the other cards suggest it may cause some struggle (or perhaps starting something new IS the struggle for some), while the other card hints at the fruitfulness of the endeavor.

Whatever the outcome for you, I hope you have a blessed day!

THE GREEN MAN

READING POINTS: The Green Man is generous in his bestowal of creative, fertile energy and he will move you to a new level of confident and assertive dynamism. This is a time for both giving and receiving the natural flow of life both inwardly and outwardly. Be prepared to find a new and thriving drive to begin projects, relationships, and even new ways of living your life and fulfilling your world. Now is the time to experience being at the apex of the cycle of life. Enjoy it!

DESCRIPTION: The face of the Green Man gazes from this card with a challenging and blazing stare. Golden summer sunlight radiates from the leaves that burst abundantly across his glowing face and reach across the heart of the sacred land. In front of him is the cauldron of thriving and regenerating nature, which is both a preserved and storehouse of the vital energy of creation and stability. It represents the throne of kingship, currently empty, and the Green Man guards it with the spear of power and the horn of plenty, ready for the king who will take his place and stand as defender of the land.

MEANING: The Green Man is a symbol of the flourishing heart of the male aspect of nature. One of the most ancient images of the connection between mankind and nature, his face has looked out from the stones of temples and churches for centuries. Even in the dim and chilly heights of Christian cathedrals, he looks down, often sardonically, on the people far below. Constantly returning in thinly disguised ciphers such as the Green Knight, Jack in the Green, and Robin Hood, his face, disgorging leaves, peers out from the rich, dark, fertile heart of the forest and challenges you to respect and revel in the joys of the natural world. His aspect can be fearsome and frightening as he protects the wild beasts of the forest. They know his voice and his presence well, for he is a much one of them as he is the conscious spirit of the land, and the interaction between nature and beast is constant and intertwined.

The fecund cauldron is under his ever-watchful eye and the joyful exultation of creation and fertility are seen the Cerne Abbas giant, proud both in his manhood and his protective power. He is a giant figure indeed, mature in his power and patient in his resolution.

The Green Man is every vigilant and unerringly stoical in his guardianship of the sacred land. His warning to respect the laws of nature and the beast of the forest area best heeded, as his challenge to those who abuse his generosity can be fierce and severe indeed. Yet his heart is great and his spirit is warm and full of primal joy. His face is not hidden from those who can see through the thickly tangled fronds that encompass and enfold the Earth. His bounty is rich and nutritious and soaked in the golden rays of a fertile summer sun.

The Wildwood Tarot by authors Mark Ryan and John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

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