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What insightful card as we head into the weekend. Light a fire and kick the tires, as we say around here, and gather your energies and people (digitally or energetically for some of us) and make something happen. This card is a call to creativity, fun, and magic!

I’m still learning this deck, but I really love it. Perhaps my love of herbalism and wildcrafting is a big part of why, but the artist Joanna Powell Colbert is familiar to me from years of seeing her work in Sagewoman magazine and other places. The deck also separate by the four elements rather than traditional Tarot suites, and the book has organized the pip cards by number, rather than doing all the earth together, air together, etc. Check out the three cards I pulled today to get a sense of the variety of feel and energy from this deck:

OK, now on to the main card for today. Blessings, everyone. 🙂

Six of Fire – Nasturtium

Celebrate yourself and others; call the circle, make some magic; glitter and spice magnify power and joy

A table is set for making spells with friends. Large beeswax pillars wait to be adorned. Red and gold glitter spills onto the table. Nasturtium flowers – crimson, orange, and yellow – pepper the table. A candle is lit in the center of the holy mess mark the beginning of sacred time.

Meaning: Raise a little power for healing and transformation! Cheer on your friends and praise their accomplishments, as they do for you. Drawing bees and nourishing soil, wilding growing nasturtium is a vibrant plant that brings life to the garden. Your ability to bring people together creates magic. Claim your place as a community leader. Gather circle. Creativity ignites creativity. Nasturtium blooms in many colors; let your personal flair shine. Dance to your own beat while dancing in harmony with others. Nasturtium vinegar adds flavor with a kick; celebrate your accomplishments with pizazz.

Crafting with Six of Fire

• Add Nasturtium petals to spell candles to increase their energy and strength

• Make Nasturtium oxymel spritzers to toast your accomplishments

• Magnify joy at your next gathering: serve goat cheese mixed with nasturtium petals and leaves

The Herbcrafter’s Tarot by artist Joanna Powell Colbert and author Latisha Guthrie

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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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It’s difficult for some of us to let other people work with us. Though it can be easier in some ways to work alone, oftentimes we need other’s input or skills to balance and complement our own. Consider how you can start working with others better to achieve your goals.

Have a lovely Tuesday!

Ant Spirit – Time to Collaborate

Message: When Ant Spirit comes to visit, it’s to celebrate the benefits of working in a partnership with others as part of a community or tribe. Spirit reminds you that to build your dream, you need to work with others, accept help, and trust in your most important partnership – the one you have with Spirit. Your intentions will come to fruition if you remain awake and focused on co-creating your reality with others and with Spirit. Remember that the world around you can easily seduce you if you don’t have some sort of practice or discipline like meditation to keep you on track as you build the life you desire. Connecting with others and having accountability partners can be very helpful, as it’s unlikely that everyone will fall asleep at the same time.

The other message Ant holds is that you are now at an auspicious time to ask for help and receive it, whether you need help assembling a team, finding a new tribe, or requesting assistance from others who are there for you. Everything is working to support you right now!

Protection Message: Do you really believe that you have to do everything yourself? Do you believe that, somehow, any help you get will be disappointing or not good enough? Perhaps it is time to address your issues of control and bias toward the negative. It doesn’t matter where or why you came to be pessimistic or mistrustful. The fact that Ant Spirit is showing up not is a sign that you have an opportunity to heal and to relearn to trust that others will show up for you in a genuine way. Ant Spirit wants you to remember that your expectations and limiting beliefs area a vibrational offering that draws in the opposite of what you desire. Spirit want to help you and will send collaborative partners your way. It’s. time to see the universe as conscious and connected, loving and helpful, but you must participate in this activity of co-creation. Creating reality is not just about dreaming!

If you are feeling orphaned from community, reach out and communicate. If you feel vulnerable, know that being present in your vulnerability can help you draw in someone who wants to assist you. Trust in your partnership with Spirit, and your outer conditions will start to reflect that. Then you will. see the miracles waiting for you, including partners who appear, ready to lend a hand!

Spirit Animal Oracle by author Colette Baron-Reid and artist Jena DellaGrotaglia

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This is a card that says not only is it time to get busy creating and applying yourself (kind of appropriate for most of us on a Monday) but also that the universe will meet you with inspiration and opportunity.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Ace of Bows: Spark of Life

Against a shimmering background of leaves and beaches, a stout, rough-hewn hunting bow shimmers with the fire of life itself. The tip of an arrow rests on a heap of kindling chaff, and curled bark is bursting into flame as the tip flashes with brilliant incandescent light.

Meaning: As the turning of the cosmic axis generates the spark of life, so the kindling of a flame sparks the necessary light and warmth in our lives. The drill-bow suggests the human element, our partnership with the environment in which we live and the mastery of its gifts.

Reading Points: By shaping, directing, and persevering with the tool that both hunts and nutures fire, we kindle the spark that starts the process of creation and empowerment. This takes skill, effort, commitment, and persistence, but the universe always responds with enlightenment, challenge, and opportunity. This is the nature of the human relationship with creation, and leads to a deeper awareness of the part we must play in the great scheme of things.

Harnessing the energy inherent in the bow, and the skill and endurance needed to loose the hunter’s arrows accurately and efficiently, are as primal and ancient as human existence itself. Every native tribe on Earth developed the bow as a tool and choosing, shaping, and tuning the bow stave and the arrows is a time-consuming and demanding craft that hones our skills and widens our knowledge of all the materials required in the ancient art. This also includes the habits and patterns of nature associated with the prey the hunter seeks and may infuse the archer with a new respect and reverence for the creatures that inhabit the Wildwood. Be prepared to learn new skills, adapt to a changing environment, and focus and tune your instincts to the task at hand.

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

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Today we are working with a new deck, The Herbcrafter’s Tarot, and I’m enjoying it quite a bit though I still have much to learn and sense with the deck.

Cedar, here representing The Chariot, is a quietly beautiful card – cedar is strong in many ways: aromatherapy, ability to spread and grow easily, used as a smudge to cleanse, and more. However, it is also a soft and flexible wood. These traits make it a sound representative for how we should all try to move forward.


The Chariot – Cedar

Move forward with confidence; be disciplined yet flexible in your pursuits; and embody the journey

A mandala lies on a dark forest floor. A cedar branch stripped of its needles forms the shape of roots, while another, fuller one makes the shape of a tree canopy. The two stems come together to create a trunk. Cones encircle the tree. The mandala is framed by lush boughs above and below. A starlit sky casts an aura around the tree.

Meaning: Life is a forward-moving gift. embark on a deeper quest; learn from ancient wisdom and forge a new path. Cedar is both a spiritual vessel used in sacred ceremony and a literal vessel when it is used for making canoes. Like strong, flexible cedar roots finding their way through the forest, be determined and opportunistic. Travel between the worlds of heaven and earth. Bring the knowledge of spirit and soul into the body just as the cedar trunk contains the stories of the earth. Have faith in the experience. It is not the triumph but the journey that leads to mastery.

Crafting with the Chariot:

Encounter cedar in the wild; ask for guidance. Carry a small leaf in your pocket for courage.

Practice discipline and flexibility; learn to harvest cedar honorably, with ceremony and intention.

Journey into the spiritual realms with a cedar steam or cedar smudge.

The Herbcrafter’s Tarot by artists Joanna Powell Colbert and author Latisha Guthrie

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Challenge isn’t always a bad thing. We all need to learn to hold our ground when it’s needed, and we all need to learn to compromise when needed – and learning how to do it with considered action, not angry reaction.


MEANING: Female hares box for domination and territorial rights to breed. After drawing on your grounded energy to reach self-empowerment, a position may be challenged or a struggle for control initiated by others. Learning to deal with rivalry or adversity in a dispassionate manner is a practical skill that can be used to advantage. 

DESCRIPTION: Two low, worn stones stand side by side at the edge of the trees. On each one stands a hare. They are boxing furiously. Ripples of energy flow out from them as if their power and force were manifesting.

READING POINTS: Many challenges or rivalries are born of insecurity and subconscious issues with peers and colleagues. Usually, it is these emotions rather than actual malice or personal ill-will that dictates a rival’s mistrust or understanding of your efforts. In the modern material world, where so much emphasis is placed on a show of power or wealth, it is often a perceived position or status that enflames jealousy, rather than the reality of a situation. Holding your own ground and defending your position at such times can be achieved by keeping in touch with pure and positive motivations and holding on to a personal integrity and sincerity, which is the basis for any fair and enduring material reward or advancement. Some competition and honest differences of opinion can be productive and even beneficial. Remain clear and focused on your objectives and stay firm in your ethical efforts to proceed with a plan or project.

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

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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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The Hind is always such a beautiful card that it is easy to see the meaning of the card in it, however, don’t forget that we all have masculine and feminine energy within us. In other words, this card is for ALL of us. Given some of the lack of subtlety in the world today, perhaps we all should look to be more graceful and gentle in our interactions with others and with the Earth.



THE CARD: This shows a white hind, or eilid, in the forest in late summer or early fall. Acorns hang heavy from the oaks. The hind calls us to follow her deeper into the forest. Standing in a shaft of sunlight, she appears so elusive we are not even sure if she is of this world.

MEANING: Eilid brings us the gentleness and grace of the feminine principle. Whether you are a male or female, opening to the qualities of the Hind will enable you to achieve a greater degree of sophistication, subtlety, and elegance – in the best possible senses of these terms.

Deer, and the white hind in particular, call to us from the Otherworld, from the realm of Faery, and invite us to look beyond the material, beyond the superficialities of life, toward the heart of things, toward the realm of causes rather than effects. Poised in moonlight or sunlight, Eilid invites us to begin an exploration of the Otherworld, of the spiritual dimension of life.

The Hind may also be warning you to be less self-effacing. Rather than adapting yourself, like a chameleon, to the perceived demands and expectation of those around you, you may need to become more assertive. You may also need to be wary of becoming preoccupied with the Otherworld. Our psychic life has its seasons, and at times it is good and balancing for us to explore the inner mysteries, but at other times it is important for us to focus our awareness on everyday life. You may have reached a time when an interest in the esoteric needs balancing with a period of outer activity. Do not worry that you will lose touch with the Otherworld, for the magical white Hind will always be waiting for you at the edge of the woods, ready to guide you into the heart of the forest.

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

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Have a sweet day, everyone!

Heather – Luck, Celebration, and Community (also Alienation and Yearning to belong)

Meaning: Heather honey is so delicious that some beekeepers transport their hives to the moors each summer to harvest the flowers. Heather, like Clover, is considered to be highly auspicious and a bringer of good fortune. A major celebration may be imminent or the time may have come for you to start celebrating all that is best in your life. Heather symbolizes the power and the joy of community, and much of our pleasure and our pains result from living together. We spend much of our time thinking about the difficult aspects of relationships and of our life, to try to make sense of them. But try thinking about your life with a different focus. Spend some time dwelling on all the positive aspects of the people you know and have known. Then do the same for your family and community.

Choosing this card may also be indicative of the fact that you are becoming more aware of the communities you live in – at work, at home and spiritually. You may feel drawn to becoming more actively involved in them, or perhaps you are contemplating a change in your relationship toward them.

This card could also mean that even though you may be trying to get out of a situation, you are probably being driven by a yearning for a deeper sense of community. Choosing this card reversed may indicuatethat you feel you don’t belong – in your family, at work, or in your relationship. This feeling may be mild or severe, but behind it could be the urge to be part of a community or tribe, as well as a loving relationship, in a way that your current situation does not satisfy.

Rather than trying to get away from this feeling by leaving on e situation and jumping into another without much thought, Heather may be urger you to pause and explore more fully your feelings of alienation or not belonging to discover which aspect of your life you need to consider changing.

Plant Info: Heather is a hardy shrub indigenous to most of Europe and Asia Minor, and can grow in both wet and dry areas. Typically topping out and 18 inches tall, it grows on hills and mountains above where the trees will grow, and on open heaths, so named because they are covered in Heather.

The Picts were using Heather to many an alcoholic drink over four thousand years ago – as archeologists discovered on the Isle of Rhum, where a Neolithic shard was unearthed with traces of fermented beverage made with Heather Flowers. Heather beer was made in Scotland for centuries, drunk in the highlands from cattle horns, and in 1994 its commercial production was revived. In the past, Heather ale was popular in Wales and was drunk for its restorative powers.

Heather is associated with good luck, which could be because heather is associated with bees that are also associated with community and celebration. A heather pillow is said to give restful sleep, and adding its flower tips to hot water makes a refreshing tea or bath.

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

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This card reminds us that it is normal to struggle sometimes. If everything came easy, we wouldn’t appreciate them. Currently, there are some serious struggles socially, economically, politically, and even with our current weather. Overcoming things has to be taken one step at a time. Big issues sometimes makes us want to take wide, sweeping actions, but when others are involved change is often more effective in little steps. Keep the faith, folks.


MEANING: In the darkness of failure, the burning torch of hope remains lit in the human soul and encourages struggle. Courage is needed to survive the storm. 

DESCRIPTION: A lone figure struggles across a bleak landscape, leaning heavily on a staff. Closely wrapped in a cloak and thick garments, she fights her way through a blizzard that whirls around her. In the ground amide the whirling snowflakes, we see eight bent, broken, and wasted arrows, weathered and tattered by the elements.

READING POINTS: However much we wish that divisive and conflicting issues and moral dilemmas didn’t exist in our lives, sometimes they are an unavoidable part of the journey. If we are lucky, we have the support and sympathy of friends and loved ones to help us deal with the struggle, but not always. 

Sometimes, because of the very personal nature of the problem, we are alone, dealing with a thorny dilemma that only the individual at the center of the issue can negotiate. The choices can be painful and stark. The path may appear fraught with unfamiliar obstacles and pitfalls, and with no obvious remedy. All these elements may strain our core beliefs, causing us to doubt the validity of previous choices. Such profound personal struggles require calm, decisive and resolute action. Reach down into the very core of your being and summon all the reserves of your courage and wisdom. See honestly what the issue will require for you to resolve it and present those who might be a party to the problem with an implacable and unyielding dedication. View this necessary sojourn with clear eyes and a resolute heart, for to overcome these tests of life makes us stronger.

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

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