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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.


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.



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.


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.


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?


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.


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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Running a bit late with the card, but this one covers the weekend too so I went ahead with it. This beautiful Fox is telling us that sometimes its best not to shout everything from the rooftops (or better for our times: on social media). There are times to keep your cards to yourself and quietly build on your plan.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. 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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Took a while to pull a card this morning as every time I tried to sit at the table to do it, little Cerridwen decided to sit in the space. Finally, she sat to the side and looked bored with me. So much for being a Tarot Kitty!

Today’s card might seem odd for a Monday, but I think many of us need to approach the day from a perspective of not overdoing things, whether in a mental or physical way.


Four of Arrows – Rest

Meaning: Recharging after a period of stressful activity, work, or emotional trauma. Allow time for the imagination to sojourn into the Otherworld to renew and rejuvenate vitality.

Description: On the ground lies a figure with closed eyes. There are four arrows driven into the earth, two at at the head and two at the knees. Rising above is a great multicolored butterfly from which rays of energy pour in all directions, bathing the figure in light.

Reading Points: In this stressful and demanding world, we sometimes forget that rest is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle and sleep a vital part of recuperation and the healing process. This primal mechanism is not just for the well-being of the body but the mind and imagination as well. Muscles need time to repair and rebuild after strenuous exertion, and the functions of the human psyche need dreams and deep sleep to aid the process, bringing order to what sometimes seems the chaos and random machinations of daily life.

Sometimes, inspiration and insight can also come through restful meditation and lucid dreaming. Welcome these insights joyfully and take note of what your subconscious is saying to you. One of the first human instincts when confronted with survival situations in any wild environment is to find or build a shelter to provide protection from the elements and act as a safe place to rest and sleep in safety. Though that basic human security requirement, survivors often become disoriented, make poor decisions and become unable to physically complete simple and necessary tasks, eventually losing hope. Rest and sleep are vital to restore stamina and vitality.

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

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Felt drawn to the Halloween Oracle for some reason, but it gave us another interesting spread (though a tad more hopeful than the last three-card spread). Take a look and tell me what you think!

But the Mummy was center stage today, and we haven’t seen this card for four years. It represents change, which is always happening, but we all know change has been huge recently and likely will continue to be – so learning to flow and adapt will be key.


MUMMY – “Change”

The sand in his mouth
The bandage wound
Jealous of the living
Eternal life bound

The ancient Egyptians took death very seriously. Death was no seen as a many of us see it – a finality to be dreaded – but as just the beginning of a new life and often eternal life, in a better place, the “afterlife.”

The practice of honoring and preserving the body through a complex process of mummification was central to ancient Egyptian culture. This was not just a physical embalming process but a carefully enacted ritual process that ensured preservation in the next world. Many other cultures also mummified their dead including the Incas, the Argentineans, the Maori, and many cultures of the Torres Straight Islands.

In our modern horror genres, the mummy has become an icon. From early horror writing at the turn of the century to the very popular films The Mummy and The Mummy Returns,” the plot normally revolves around the mummy returning to life and cursing and hunting down the living. The discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tombs and other long-hidden Egyptian treasures in the 1920s in particular sparked an explosion in mummy-related films and literature.

Should you pull the moaning Mummy card from the deck, know that change is inevitable and that no matter how hard you try, things will not be preserved exactly the same way. The card also indicates that this change will be for the better. The endings, the closed doors, the barriers? This is just a healthy pause and and an indication that a change of tactics is needed. You are not cursed – you have just developed a pattern. You can take control and change it.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artists Jimmy Manton

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Are you feeling worn out? Drink deeply from the Waters of Life and be renewed. The trick is determining what the waters are for you. Blessings!

Ace of Vessels – The Waters of Life

Meaning: The waters of life retain the ancient wisdom ready for reawakening. The moonlit pool of the universal soul retains all memory, ready to renew the inspired quest.

Reading Points: The suit of Vessels represent the primal mystery of human emotions, and the Ace focuses on the very essence of these powerful, yet elusive, traits. Since prehistory, emotions have been represented by the element of Water and, however far we have evolved, we are still largely ruled by our emotions and instincts. Our powers of reason, intellect and science have given us mastery of the oceans and skies, but what propels the driver to explore, invent and build is still human desire and curiosity.

Biologists would argue that our emotions are simply a manifestation of the ancient evolutionary process and are covered by the limbic system or mammalian brain. What influence the ancient reptilian brain (on which the mammalian brain sits) has on our emotional reactions is still a mystery. Our emotions need to be harnessed for positive ends, and suppressing our basic emotional needs will lead us to rebel and become detached. Gather your emotional energies and keep them in balance for health, creative, and loving interaction with all nature, including the sometimes irrational and destructive energies of humankind.

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

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