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In some folks’ interpretations, Nimue gets a bad rap. Don’t be fooled – this magical lady provides an example of strong womanhood and using ability for the good of others.

Have a great Tuesday!

High Priestess – Nimue

Meaning: A deep stirring within the self. A subtle but powerful connection with the collective unconscious or world soul. An inspired state of being. Surges of wisdom that benefit any creative endeavor, whether they be artistic, esoteric, or scientific.

Seeking guidance and knowledge. Seclusion and self-reliance. Good judgement and astute psychic ability. Feminine principles and grace. A need for solitude. Creating a receptive state of mind. Meditation brings new solutions to light.

This card could also mean: Dormant talents and wisdom. The waste or misuse of skills and knowledge. Lack of inspiration; hollow existence. A negative influence affecting emotional stability and imparting judgement. Being deceived by a superficial show of knowledge. Ignorance and an unwillingness to consider the advice of others.

Nimue: Nimue is one of several women to hold the title Chief Damsel of the Lake. This can lead to confusion, as the name Lady of the Lake may refer to, among others, Morgan or the water spirit who fosters Lancelot and rises from the waters to give and later receive Excaliber.

Nimue is most often remembered as Merlin’s undoing. The sage first happened upon her while she was dancing in the woods. As he watched her graceful movements, he felt his heart ties and recognized the dance, but was powerless to stop the emotion that came over him. From that day on, Merlin followed her everywhere. Nimue dared not rebuke the great Merlin for fear of his wrath and magical powers. The indignant court marveled at the sight of their wisest counselor acting the fool, and gossip began. Arthur was relieved when Merlin announced that they would be leaving the court to travel. Nimue had agreed to accompany Merlin on the condition that he promise not to use his powers to overcome her. Nimue, meanwhile, strove to learn all she could of Merlin’s magic so that one day she might be rid of him.

Merlin’s obsession deepened with time, and his advances took a sinister turn. Aided by an enchantment he taught her, Nimue trapped Merlin in a cave where he would remain for all eternity. Some say he languishes in a tower of air or under a great stone. Others believe he was not trapped at all, but merely chose to retire to the Isle of the Otherworld. In this interpretation, Nimue was a trusted escort and nurse, a companion to help him on his journey to the twilight realm.

Whatever the case may have been, Nimue’s action were considered justified and there were no serious repercussions. Indeed, she became an advisor and friend to the king, saving his life and guarding him against treachery.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

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Sorry to miss yesterday’s card, but I had my second chemo treatment and had to be there fairly early. The cell connection was poor at the cancer center, and I was having trouble posting anything, including a note that I would be missing yesterday.

So, on to today’s card! This is always a great card to consider, especially after being bombarded with the advertising and consumerism of the holidays. However, this card (like many in the Messenger Oracle) is loaded with symbolism. I recommend gazing at this image a while and finding a deeper need vs. necessity meaning for yourself.

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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It’s my beloved’s birthday, and this might seem a dreary card for his special day – but we shouldn’t ignore the rainbow in the background. We all go through loneliness and loss, but Seal will guide us through those emotions if we let it. Blessings!

Seal – Love, Longing, Dilemma

Meaning: This card calls to you from the seal-people of the sea. The Dan nan Ron– the song of the seals – upsets and frightens many who hear it. Its mournful and human sound stirs the heart of the listener to the core. It is a call from the seas, from the Unconscious, from the depths. It calls to us from the waters of our birth from our beginnings on earth, from our brothers and sisters in the animal realm who are closer to us than we dare imagine. We fear this call, because we feel we may be drowned, overwhelmed by our feelings. But do not let your intellect imprison your heart, as the human imprisons his selkie spouse – the magical seal. Opening yourself to the promptings of the Unconscious, of the Feminine, of your dreams and longings will bring transformation, healing, and love into your life.

On the flip side, this card suggests that you may have come to a time in your life when you are faced with a dilemma. Each way you turn could involve risk and potential loss, and yet you know you must make a choice. The seal speaks of the longing of the heart, of true love, of a sense of humanity and goodness. In the end, these should be the determining factors in your choice. Although the seal may represent loneliness and separation, as the selkie imprisoned on dry land, remember that the time will come when she will be released and will act as a guide and companion through the watery realm of the emotions and the Otherworld.

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

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So the post I thought I would have done yesterday probably won’t be finished until tomorrow. I should have learned by now not to promise a post on a specific day!

Anyway, here is your card of the day – and it’s a good one.

Warrior of the Heart

Meaning: You have the radiant spirit of a warrior of the light. Be impeccable in all of your actions. No matter what others believe, the Creator always knows the truth. This isn’t the time to be timid and pull back. Immense courage is filling you. Throw your shoulders back, step forward, and take a risk! Be willing to live life from your heart rather than you mind. Honor your truth. Speak up for yourself.

Native Spirit Wisdom: The greatest native warriors weren’t the ones who wounded the most people; they were those remarkable beings who had such personal power that enemies lay down their weapons rather than fight. There are times in life to step back and even times to walk away, but there are also times to stand up for yourself and those less advantaged. Don’t allow yourself to be limited by your belief system. Courage doesn’t mean that you aren’t afraid. Fearless means just that: Fear less. Acknowledge that you’re frightened, and take action anyway! Face your anxiety and go beyond the boundaries of limited perception of yourself. Through your example, people find and act on their truth. You’re a light bearer for others.

The Journey:  List everything that you are afraid of. Then next to that list, write every reason why it is important to overcome that fear. (In other words, what does that fear cost you?) Then make a list of the various ways that you can overcome that fear.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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Today’s spread was interesting: Embrace the Masculine, Embrace the Feminine and then this card, the one that seemed dominant for today. Blessings, everyone!

Surrender to the Flow

Through choice and action you can steer the course of your life. But sometimes the need to control every outcome can have you caught up in a whirlpool instead of moving forward. We may move in the direction of your choosing, but it may not be the direction in which you need to turn in. Loosen your grip. Surround yourself so flow, and trust that you will find yourself exactly where you need to be.

Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan

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Good Monday, everyone! Just two days from the new year, and today we have a message to engage in play and lightheartedness. If you’ve felt like life has been too serious or a bit of a downer, consider taking some time to do something fun and engaging to life you out of it.

Blessings!

Sandpiper – Be Playful

Message: Sandpipers are like cute little clowns, poking their beaks into the sand before darting off to chase the waves. The appearance of Sandpiper Spirit is a sign that now is a time to engage your playfulness. Whatever tasks you have before you, perform them with a lightness of being. Explore the familiar, discovering the new in the old. Who knows what treasure awaits you when you let yourself laugh and have fun? Sandpiper Spirit’s happy and curious nature can help you to feel rejuvenated as you remember your ability to run and fly and dance playfully.

Protection Message: When your heart is heavy and life seems to weigh you down, Sandpiper Spirit’s message is to lighten your burden by finding joy and humor in the everyday. Become like a playful child, filled with curiosity and wonder, and soon you will find that you feel your own spirit lift. A few minutes or hours of fun-filled delight is exactly what you need now. Enjoy the ridiculousness of life and be willing to jump in. Let your inner goof out to express itself with abandon.

Spirit Animal Oracle by author Colette Baron-Reid and artist Jenna DellaGrottaglia

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Yes, we have the Trickster today, but do remember that he is not bad. He is here to shake us up and get things moving.

Blessings!

Trickster

Card Meaning: Things are not as bad as they seem. Something that seems bad may in fact be good and vice versa. Don’t take everything at face value. Look beneath the surface. This card encourages you to try to find humor or gentle amusement in seemingly difficult situations. It also encourages you to have irrepressible fun. Step out of the mold.Native Spirit Wisdom: In indigenous traditions, there is the concept of the tricksters. In Native American traditions, the trickster is often depicted as a wily coyote, but sometimes the trickster is a human, called “heyoka.” There is a lighthearted, fun aspect of the trickster, but there’s also the caution to tread carefully because things are not always as they seem. Be discerning. What appears to be a good opportunity may, in fact, not be. The wonderful aspect of this card choosing you is that it offers the opportunity to step out of the old, outmoded ways of perceiving yourself. The trickster allows you to see yourself in an entirely new way and asks you to step out of the older routines and habits that might be keeping you stagnant.

The Journey: It might sound very strange, but the easiest way to activate the energy of this card is to howl like a coyote. If you can, it’s even better to do it during the light of the full moon. This breaks up stagnant energies and brings in fresh vitality.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Lynn and artist Charles McStravick

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