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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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Today brought an interesting spread featuring both the King and Queen of Stones and the Ace of Bows. The royalty are both potent symbols as guardians and protectors. The bow says to harness the power of tools to bring the light and warmth we need.

Whatever this means for you, I wish you a wonderful Wednesday. Blessings!

KING OF STONES – WOLF

MEANING: A ruthless tracker and hunter, the Wolf has had a special symbolism for thousands of years and was the subject of ancient Pictish stone carvings. Comfortable in the dark and cold of winter, it was seen as a guardian of the dead on their journey through the night to the Otherworld.

READING POINTS: Love of the land and of the natural world guides much of what you do. You look often to the wisdom of others and to traditional values to color your life choices. Security brings pleasure; loyalty crowns every endeavor.

TRACKS & PATHWAYS: Trading, speculation, mathematical ability, loyalty and conservatism, steadfastness, robust health, determination.

The Wildwood Tarot by Mark Ryan and John Matthews, art by Will Worthington

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Apologies for being gone so long, though I will add that I cannot guarantee that I won’t miss some days in the coming weeks. I have some personal health issues that will be taking precedence over most things, though my will is to do this as much as possible.

The Hooded Man seems an odd figure for a time of year when many of us are quite busy with gatherings with family and friends, holiday concerts, shopping, and decorating. Perhaps we are being guided to a simpler celebration this year – to scale back and not wear ourselves out so much. Maybe take some time to go within and remember that part of the purpose of wintertime is to rest our souls and bodies and to journey within.

Blessings of Avalon to you all!

THE HOODED MAN

READING POINTS: The time of the Hooded Man is here. Whether he appears in the guise of an inner guide and mentor or simply as a state of mind, you will understand that now is a time to withdraw and rest. After a long journey through the Wildwood, many emotions and experiences need to be absorbed. This is the beginning of understanding – not just of yourself, but of the universe. The hermit-like Hooded Man appears differently for everyone. Whether through meditation or solitude in the mountains, through prayer or holidaying in a secluded place, his light will illuminate the way to the heart of the endless cycle of being.

DESCRIPTION: A lone hooded figure stand before an ancient oak. It is midwinter. Thick snow covers the ground and the branches of the tree. The Hooded Man is dressed in an evergreen holly and berry cloak. He holds a stout staff in one hand and a lantern to light the pathway in the other. In the great tree is a battered and moss-covered wooden doorway. Through the swollen timbers, a warm light spills into the evening gloom. The inside of the great tree appears inviting, a haven from the chilling air. Above the doorway is a wheel-like wreath of holly and evergreen foliage. On a cold stone rising from the frozen earth a wren watches and waits.

MEANING: After the trials and tribulations of dealing with the primal forces that confront you on the wheel of the year, a space is needed for stillness and contemplation. For the spiritual warrior or seeker looking for esoteric knowledge, the complex matrix of symbolism and insight may confuse the intellect and shake the reality. The Hooded Man (also known as the Hermit or sometimes the Robin-i-the-Hood, the deeper archetype of the Outlaw of Sherwood Forest) offers a steadfast light in the midwinter world and a steady staff on which to lean and gather your mental resources. His shining lamp illuminates the darkest recesses of feat and incomprehension and guides the way to the doorway that leads into the heart of the great tree. He knows that knowledge is light and sometimes only earned with sacrifice and stoicism. Such things offer admittance to the great mystery of the woodland and show the seekers how they may find the wisdom to advance through the wilder reaches of the forest. Within its ancient heart lie locked countless secrets and the profoundest treasures of wisdom.

The Hooded Man survives even in the cold empty winter landscape because of his wisdom and his will. He is at one with the harshness of the climate because he draws upon the strength of the evergreen holly that that even winter cannot turn to dust and has stored spiritual nourishment to sustain him. He has absorbed the lessons and knowledge that his journey has afforded him; and to those who have followed his path and now are tired an in need of solace, he waits to pass on wisdom, comfort, and guidance.

On a small rock nearby is the wren, the sacred bird of kings, revered as an oracle and a keeper of secret wisdom. The wren is an ancient totem bird that flew highest of all creatures by riding on the back of the great eagle, thus earning itself the title of King of All Birds. It serves as a reminder that the smallest of the Earth’s creatures is capable of soaring to the greatest heights and seeing beyond the furthest horizon.

This time of rebirth is both inward and mystical, and yet outward and universal, beyond the narrow boundaries of human civilization and moral codes.

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

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I’m a little behind today, but here’s your card. Blessings!

Turtle Spirit – Slow and steady wins the race

Message: Turtle Spirit arrives to remind you that when you do what you need to do, putting one foot in front of the other and trusting that you will see your intentions manifest in perfect timing, your prosperity and love will grown exponentially. Now is not the time to rush around trying to force matters. Move slowly, perhaps even so slowly that it almost feels as if you are not moving at all! This may be time to crawl before walking, taking your time to align to Turtle Spirit’s place as you contemplate this road you are on, doing what you need to do in this small moment that will soon pass.

Turtle Spirit reminds you that sometimes the best action is to slow right down, so if it feels as if you are not doing enough, know that simply being aware of what is happening right now may be an important step toward determining whether you need to pivot or simply keep putting one foot in front of the other. “True love and true success comes with Patience,” says Turtle Spirit. Focus on the now, and the next step will be clear.

Protection Message: Pushing too hard or rushing to leave others in the dust is not the way of Turtle Spirit, even if it seems at times it is the way of the world. Turtle wants you to remember that you are a human being, not a human doing. In the protection message, Turtle is giving you the message that the best thing to do right now is let go of the drive to compete or control and do more; instead, simply be. As an old Norse saying goes, “We do without doing and everything gets done.” Spirit conspires on your behalf, so slow to a crawl or even stop, releasing any fear that life is a race that you might be losing. Trust that peace, prosperity, love, an purpose are all yours to enjoy right now. Do not “do.” Simply be.

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

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Cleansing ceremonies can be very powerful, whether simple or elaborate. Perhaps it’s time to let go of mental and physical clutter and bless yourself or your home.

Just a heads up, this will be the last card this week as I have an out-of-town appointment tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

SMUDGING CEREMONY

MEANING: Let go of the past. Purify. Detox. Release whatever doesn’t serve or support you in your life. Cleanse your body and environment by doing space clearing and clutter clearing. Let go of the old, discarded, and unused to make way for the new energy and new beginnings. Eat lightly, drink lots of fresh water, and consume food with strong life force.

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: Smudging is a native tradition that involves using the smoke of burning herbs to symbolically “wash” a space in a ceremonial manner. Sometimes your energy field or the energy field of your environment becomes so cluttered and dingy that you can’t see the world clearly and you have trouble hearing the messages from your soul. When you take the time to purify yourself and your environment, not only do you feel lighter and brighter but also you’re a clearer channel for the light. The brilliance that pours through you can heal and help many people – but first the path has to be clear.

THE JOURNEY: Using the smoke of incense or sage, cup your hands into the smoke and “wash” over the top of your head, saying, “That I think clearly.” Then cup the smoke to your eyes, saying, “That I may see the truth.” Next bring the smoke to your throat area, saying, “That I may speak the truth.” Finally, waft the smoke to your heart area, saying, “That my heart be open.”

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

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For some folks, the home they grew up in did not provide support or love; others of us were very lucky to have warm and helpful elements in our childhood home. As adults, however, home is more than our physical house – it is who we surround ourselves with and how your social group supports all the members in it. Just like the arch leading to the card’s roundhouse, home is made up of many different components and people. Don’t forget all those there who can help and encourage you.

Blessings!

TEN OF STONES – HOME

MEANING: The inner and outer community that sustains and supports the individual, not necessarily blood family but the trusted friends, comrades, and lovers who offer security and affection.

READING POINTS: The traditional concept of home and family has evoked and changed over the last few decades, but certain basic notions remain unchanged. In the traditional British family home, where the father went to work and the mother stayed home to manage the house and the children, home was the place we always came back to, where stability and a well-founded set of traditions and social rules applied. It was both guarded and guided by love, respect, and loyalty As children, we see home as a place of security and caring. As young adults exploring the world, it can be wherever you lay your hat or guitar case. In later life, it may become your own heart’s stronghold and sanctuary. For some, the concept of home is just that: an idea, a hope, a dream, not merely a shelter from the elements or an investment in bricks and plaster. For some, it truly is where love resides and is the final destination after a colorful or arduous life journey.

DESCRIPTION: A great arch made up of ten weathered stones frames the picture. Through this gate, we glimpse an Iron Age round house with a path leading to it. From the thatched roof of the house rises a mighty apple tree. Carved into the two lowest stones of the great arch are rough-hewn male and female figures.

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

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We’ve had a lot of clearing and letting go cards of late, so I wonder what deeper message is here? Maybe this isn’t just for us on an individual level but for us on a societal level. Thoughts?

Groundhog Spirit – Time to Let Go

Message: Endings lead to beginnings and death is part of life, so Groundhog is here to let you know that it  is time to accept the natural ending of something that is no longer serving you. We love to hold on to what is familiar, but the new needs space to arrive so growth can occur. When Groundhog Spirit appears, it is sign that there is something in your present situation that you need to leg to of so something new can be born, something that will far better serve you now.

When the groundhog sees his shadow, he retreats to his den. So too might you yearn for a little more time to say goodbye and transition into the new. However, change is coming and it is good, so let go of your resistance. Spring brings many blessings, and what must die will always be reborn in a new form that will be right for you. Life requires change and detachment. Say farewell to whatever once served you, and get ready for something amazing to take its place. Spirit is already sending it your way.

Protection Message: Have you been relentless in your efforts to revive something that has passed its prime and needs to die away – a situation, a relationship, a belief, or a habit that served you once but no longer fills you with vitality? Perhaps you automatically expect to see the old through a specific lens based on the familiar? Groundhog has appeared to let you know it’s time to accept that the past is in the past, so allow yourself to feel the loss and grieve it if you need to. Any sadness will not last forever or overwhelm you. Knowing Spirit is with you and wants you to experience joy and excitement again will help you through this transition from the old to the new.

Keep your eyes open, for winter always gives way to spring and endings always give birth to beginnings. For now, let yourself feel your emotions, releasing them to make way for the joy that awaits you. Spring and new growth are on the way, for that is Spirit’s promise to you.

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

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