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Good Monday! My family and close friends know without a doubt that this card was one of the reasons I wanted this deck (though don’t get me wrong – all the cards are gorgeous). A life-long lover of Border collies, I can tell you this is the perfect dog to represent loyalty. Yes, most dogs are loyal, but this breed is so much so that they are willing to do their job even when the shepherd isn’t around. That beats most humans, ahem.

And now I take the opportunity to share photos of my BCs, past and present. We had a BC mix when I was a child, Bootsie, but I have no digital photos of that sweet boy. The top pic is my girl Zoe and BC mix Bailey, both of which has passed away. The second pic is Kaitlyn, who we took for a neighbor that became homeless and couldn’t take her to a friend’s apartment. We got her at 16 years old – and two years later she acts just like any other BC: watching over her people and making sure all is in order. Admittedly, she’s a bit senile, but we still adore her.

Another thing to keep in mind when considering loyalty is that sometimes you can be loyal to someone or an ideal that is not loyal back to you. Remember, healthy relationships are two-way streets.


Dog Spirit – Be Loyal To What You Love

Message: Dog Spirit appears to remind you that although change is a part of life and all of us are meant to evolve, our love and commitments remain strong. You are loved now and can trust that this higher love is true. Spirit loves you, and love has arrived in many forms now, manifesting in the people you surround yourself with, expressed uniquely through them. Dog also says be true to that which you love, for now is a time of good fortune. Be steady as you recognize that people and things are always transforming. Your heart is loving and true, and Dog Spirit wants you to know that your steadfast commitment to experience and expressing love will attract and manifest more love. You deserve all of it. Have faith in Spirit’s plan for you.

Protection Message: Loyalty to people and situations can turn into attachment that results in stagnation, enmeshment, and loss of integrity. Do you fear what will happen if you let a relationship evolve? Are you afraid that asking for a situation to change will make others see you as disloyal? Trust that when Dog Spirit appears, you are meant to accept the turning of the wheel of life and the changing of fortunes. If you feel you are being betrayed or are growing apart from someone, let Dog reconnect you with your commitment to love in all its forms. Perhaps a relationship is meant to evolve; perhaps you are meant to evolve too, so that you can experience the growth for which your soul yearns. Your greatest loyalty is to love, so be open to all its many guises, including self-love. You deserve the best, and that is what Spirit wants for you.

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

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Good day! Running a bit late, but here is your card for today and the weekend. This is a potent card, The World Tree, and another card – Ten of Bows (Responsibility) was a strong secondary card. Following yesterday’s card about an otherworld journey, this will be interesting.


The World Tree

MEANING: As a symbol of the conscious bridge between the living macrocosm and the inner universe of the human psyche, the world tree marks the end of one journey for the wanderer and the beginning of another. The wanderer began the journey around the wheel with an innocent and childlike curiosity, but the subtle growing process experienced on the way has brought inner gifts of wisdom and awareness. The final step is to follow the path through the living maze and enter the heart of the world tree to become one with the wholeness of the universal mind.

Nothing is hidden and no misleading diversions are set to lead the unwary off the path, but to gain access to the tree one must walk the path and complete the journey. The unicursal labyrinth has no dead ends or false routes but leads on one wondering pathway from the entrance, inexorably to the center. Perhaps symbolizing the passage of the sun or guarding the souls of the dead ancestors and spirits in their place of repose, it remains a pathway to the core of the mysteries and and easily recognized image of the human journey. Though the doorway at the base of the tree is clearly visible and nothing stops the traveler from directly approaching it, walking the labyrinth in pathway is a ritual requiring patience and insight and enabling contemplation and meditation on the meaning of the journey.

What may be found behind that the door is both individual and universal, for encompassed within the branches of the world tree or the four seasons of the cycle of life. Through the rest for healing of winter to the fertile freshness of spring, the power and joy of summer and the wisdom immaturity of autumn, the cosmic light of universal understanding shines from the heart of the tree, creating a bridge to the source of all conscienceless and life.

The World Tree represents all individual life and all knowledge and one holographic field of consciousness and paradoxically, remains as one entity, a whole and complete. This complex concept is not Only stranger than we think; is stranger than we can think!

DESCRIPTION: The great World Tree marks the end of the wander’s journey. All four seasons are represented in the branches of the tree and added space is a labyrinth of the kind of found in many parts of the world and dating back to prehistoric time.

READING POINTS: The universe and all its blessings are available to everyone who seeks knowledge and wisdom with a sincere heart. On every level, the cosmos has a generous bounty and gives freely of its rich nourishment and fulfillment. No matter how long the journey of life may be, however many twists and turns the maze may offer us, in the end, if we persevere, we will reach the point of fulfillment. This may relate to material gain and wealth or two spiritual happiness and emotional security, but after the long process of learning, responsibility, and rebirth, it is now time to bathe in the light of renewal, attainment, and personal triumph. Breathe in the rich air, drink in the sweet water, and rejoice in the warming fire of the universal life force.

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

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Today’s card suggests a special journey, whether literally or figuratively. The story of Arthur’s journey also features one of my favorite mythological figures, Barinthus. (If you doubt that, click here and here.) What kind of journey do you see ahead? Do you need to break free from the grind?

Hope you all have a good day. Blessings!

Six of Swords – The Eachtra (Otherworld Journey)

Meaning: Movement; journey by water. A trip abroad. Easing restrictions. The first step toward an unknown destination. Passage away from danger. A brave attempt to improve one’s circumstances. Breaking free of a rut. Further effort will be needed, but progress has begun. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Anticipation.

Reversed Meaning: Solutions continue to allude one. Feeling despondent and powerless to affect the situation. The continued burden of stressful problems. Being caught in a vicious cycle of worry. Delays in travel. Having to deal with unsolicited advances and harassment.

The Story of the Eachtra: Arthur and his mortal raiders venture to Annwn

The Eachtra is the Irish term used to refer to an Otherworldly journey and adventure. The islands of the Otherworld (or Annwn) were generally thought to lie in the “twilight realm” to the west. Arthur and his crew travel to this enchanted land in the poem “The Spoils of Annwfn.” Under the circumstances, Arthur’s Eachtra was not necessarily a pleasant one. Despite their enticing names – the Fortunate Isles or the Isles of the Blest – not all the islands were paradisal. There were many strange and wonderful variations in their natures. Some were inhabited only by women, wise and skilled healers recalling the sisterhood of Avalon. Others were isles of laughter and homes to giants, spirits, and strange creatures. There was no limit to these immortal isles nor their fantastic characters. The inhabitants were known to produce the finest wines. Owing to this, Anwyn of Welsh tradition is sometimes referred to as “The Court of Intoxication.”

The sublime waters of Annwn were thought to be the haunt of the mythological Barinthus, who guided mortals beyond the veil. Due to his association with Otherworldy voyages and his vast knowledge of the waters and stars, he is also called the “Navigator.” Barinthus figures in the story of St. Brendan, inspiring the sixth century Irish saint to travel the seas in search of the Land of Promise. Barinthus the Navigtoar sometimes appears in the Arthurian saga as the figure who guides the barge carrying the wounded kind to the Isle of Avalon.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

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Are you listening to your wild, primal nature? It’s a trick of modern society to think we should ignore this – we should listen to all aspects of the self for a balanced and healthy life.

Have a good day.

The Horned One – Cernunnos

The Card: Cernunnos symbolizes the animal instinct within humans. The animals represent differing aspects of primal wisdom. The fox symbolizes intuition and cunning. He is lightning spirit and the Trickster. The otter represents the transformational, playful nature. The serpent is knowledge and understanding. The boar stands for force, resistance, and overcoming fear. The stag shows proliferation and humanity’s relationship with nature. Lastly, the frog represents impulse, fertility, and creativity.

The moonlight, with its illusionary quality, suggests the difficulty of distinguishing the contents of the subconscious. In the borderland, the conscious tends to project, making things seem what they are not. This contamination can lead to overwhelming fears, preventing one from recognizing and benefiting from the valuable assets of the shadow. The woodland represents the wilderness beyond the conscious, the habitat of the Horned One.

Meaning: The oppression of an unhealthy situation revives the primordial nature of one’s self. How this energy is used determines the positive or negative interpretation of the card. When channelled it can empower, motivating courageous and liberating feats. These animal instincts can also serve to protect us; an internal alarm system warning against danger. Though an encounter with the shadow is enlightening, its awesome seductive power can be overwhelming, leading to a disorienting experience. If the primitive, instinctive nature is not integrated but allowed to rule, behaviors becomes reckless, and at times self-destructive. This leads to the more traditional interpretation of the card: violence, controlling relationships, promiscuity, and drug abuse.

This card can also warn that the dangerous repression of the instinctive nature risks an uncontrolled eruption, stunted development of the personality, and trying to alleviate suffering through temporary distractions such as indulging in drugs, food, sex, shopping, etc. An artificial experience of life.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anne-Marie Ferguson

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I find this very timely – I hope we all find ways to bring justice and peace to our world and to each person.



MEANING: Heal old wounds with people and situations. Carefully do whatever you need to do to make amends. Forgive yourself and forgive others. It’s time. You no longer need to carry the burden. You are a Mender. Help others mend bridges in their lives. You bring peace to the world.NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: In native traditions, sharing a peace pipe filled with sacred tobacco and herbs was a way of finding common ground and dropping discord. It was a respite in order to calmly assess a situation and find a peaceful resolve. There are times to carefully mend bridges with people, situations, and places. This is one of those healing times. Maybe there is a wound inside you that needs to be forgiven or accepted. Maybe you need to forgive yourself or forgive another. Transform the inner grievance. Do it now. You don’t need to forgive the act, but there’s power in forgiving the person. You no longer need to carry it with you. Perhaps there is a person from your past with whom you should reconnect. You know what you need to do. This is the time to do it.

THE JOURNEY: Write down the answer to these questions: If there was an area of my life to which I need to bring peace, what might it be? What’s the first step that I need to take forward resolving rift with another or a feeling unfinished regarding a person or situation? Now, take action.

Native Spirit Oracle by Denise Linn, art by Charles McStravick

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Happy Monday. I’ve been reading about animal connections to the goddess Brigid in Lunae Weatherstone’s, which made me think of the Druid Animal Oracle this morning. Today, the Crane brings its message to us – to offer us secret knowledge and patience. Keep in mind that there is a LOT of symbolism and meaning about Crane’s in the Celtic myths – perhaps you should research that if this card speaks to you.

CRANE – Secret knowledge, patience, longevity

MEANING: Crane brings the qualities of patience and perseverance. The crane will stand for hours peering into the water until the time is right for it to dart at its prey. Combined with the ability to be patient, the Crane conveys the capacity to be focused and to be able to concentrate without distraction. It brings an ability to guide others into the Underworld, to help them with their transition at the time of dying, or with their journeying in the inner realms. As well as conveying an ability to work in the Underworld, the crane symbolizes arcane science, or Secret Knowledge, which in the Druid tradition is represented by the Ogham script – the tree language of Druidry. In its widest sense, learning this language involves learning to read the “Book of Nature.”

The Crane is also able to join it colleagues to fly in formation or to dance together. You may need to learn the right balance between being alone and working with others. Spending too much time alone can create feelings of isolation and separation. Conversely, having no time to oneself can be an avoidance of self-knowledge and the uncomfortable feelings of loneliness. Spend a while looking at tour life to see whether you give yourself enough time having both of these experiences. The shadow side of the Crane is manifested as harshness, meanness and a nagging, complaining disposition. If you find these qualities showing sometimes in your behavior, see if you can experience the deeper aspects of the Crane, in which it becomes an animal of the Goddess-as-crone or wise woman. Ask yourself to what extant you are denying the wise woman who has a knowledge of death and the Underworld in yourself, and to what extent your negative behavior may be a reflection of this denial.

THE CARD: The card shows a crane fishing in a pool. Its legs are crossed to show the Ogham letter Muinn, and it gazes into the water, patiently waiting for sight of a fish. Behind the pool is a cave entrance to the Underworld, and in the evening sky the full moon is rising. In the foreground grow bitter vetch and bloody crane’s bill.

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

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It’s time to move into a new mode of being. Don’t fear this – though I know this card can look intimidating – for it can be exciting and wonderful. Blessings!

Six of Arrows – Transition

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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OK, I normally don’t pull a card on the weekend, but as I forgot to do it yesterday I thought I would do one for Saturday. Enjoy!

As some of you know, dogs have always been special to me. From the puppy my Mom found a few days after I was born that I got to grow up with to our current crew of rescues (shown below), it’s hard for me to imagine life without a dog.

Dogs almost always represent loyalty, but there’s definitely more to them than that. Guardians, guides, healers, and more.


DOG – Guidance, Protection, Loyalty

THE CARD: Shows a deer-hound similar to the hound portrayed in the bronze figure found at the third-century shrine of the healer-god Nodens at Lydney, Gloustershire. Another healing sanctuary at Nettleton Shrub in Wiltshire was dedicated to Apollo Cunomaglus – the Celtic “Hound-lord” – showing that the dog was strongly associated with healing. It is a bright summer’s day, with the dog-rose, dog-daisy, dog-violet, and dog-periwinkle all in flower. These hot days of July and August are called the Dog-days because at this period the Dog star Sirius rises and sets with the sun. We see a pool beside the dog, for there is a deep symbolic connection between the dog and water.

MEANING: The Dog, or Cu in Gaelic, brings guidance and protection, acting as a loyal companion and friend on your journey in both this life and the next. In the Druid tradition, the dog is seen as the Guardian of the Mysteries. As such, he can be fierce, but if our intentions are good, then Cu will lead us over the threshold through the darkness and the waters of the Unconscious toward the simmering realm of the Goddess.

The time may come when you need to act with the spirit of Cu – to defend your values or protect that which you hold sacred. Faithfulness, trust, and the loyalty are vital ingredients of close relationships, and the time may have come for you to focus on these qualities – to develop them gradually in yourself and to appreciate them in others.

This card may also indicate that you need to examine the degree to which you or those around you may be lacking in faithfulness or loyalty. Ask yourself to what extent you value these qualities in your friends and lovers, and to what extent you and they express these values. If you find it difficult to keep friendships, Cu as your ally will help you to develop the qualities of selflessness and trust that will nurture close relationships. But remember that sometimes loyalty and faithfulness can be inappropriate – a dog is often submissive and anxious to please even a cruel owner.

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

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Treasure comes in many forms, and often our richest treasure lies inside ourselves. Are you blocking yourself from it?

Have a good day, everyone!

Earth Dragon – Power, Potential, Riches

The Earth Dragon (Draig-talamh) brings us face to face with our potential. He shows us that we have a treasure house of riches – of powers and capacities – that we can learn how to use. In the past, we may have been denied access by the guardian of this treasure. But now we are coming to understand that this sometimes fierce guardian is in reality an aspect of ourselves. By coming to know and love Draig-talamh, we will be able to unlock the secrets of our heart, and at the same time we will find ourselves discovering the beauty and the power that lie within the hearts of those around us and in the very earth itself.

This card might also indicate that somehow you are relating in an inappropriate way to your inner reserves and potential. Earth Dragon guards the treasures of your soul fiercely, but he is your ally, not your enemy – do not try to kill him and do not try to wrest the treasure away from him. You may need to spend time befriending this creature who has slumbered in your soul for so long. A precipitous attempt to capitalize on your talents or express your potential may be unwise.

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

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I almost thought the Yarrow card (fidelity, masculinity, and virility) was going to be the pick today, but then this one came up STRONG. And considering my energy sensing is still off (from the chemo and so on), it was a surprise to have a card read this strong lately.

But why not? This card speaks to change, and sometimes to slowing down and enjoying the constants. Many of us are experiencing both of these simultaneously due to current conditions. It’s an unusual experience, so perhaps we should slow down and consider this dynamic.

For those of us who follow a Welsh-influenced spiritual tradition, this plant is meaningful. Who remembers which goddess figure from the Mabinogion is made of three blooms, including that of Meadowsweet (plus Oak and Broom)? Blodeuwedd, AKA Flower Face. Her tale may seem grim and unflattering at first read, but look deeper. Is she betraying Lleu? Or is she honoring herself and her own sovereignty?


Meadowsweet – Transition, Blessing, Celebration (also Transience, The Familiar, Routine)

Meaning: Traces of Meadowsweet, Heather, and Royal Fern have been found on Neolithic drinking vessels in Scotland – leading archeologists to speculate that these plants were used to brew ale. Later, Meadowsweet was used in marriage celebrations. This card may indicate that a time of celebration or transition is due. Meadowsweet’s creamy flowers and summery smell are a reminder that change is one of the greatest features of being alive in this world, and the best way to accept change is to celebrate it. Whether you are leaving a job, relationship, or familiar surroundings or are joining forces with colleagues or a partner, this is a time to truly celebrate the change that is occurring – offering flowers to the God or Goddess and accepting the transformations this transition will bring.

The card may also be urging you to formally mark and celebrate a transition or major event in your life, or that of your family, that you’ve been tempted to ignore, such as moving or leaving home, reaching puberty, succeeding in a creative project, achieving a significant age, separating, or divorcing.

This card could also refer to the need to slow down and acknowledge change. In the old times, change was considered significant and was often celebrated or marked ritually. Today we are so used to change that we barely give it a thought – we change cars and computers, houses, partners and jobs – with a speed that would have amazed our ancestors. Although our potential for learning and freedom has expanded, we have suffered as a result. Hurtling furiously toward the future, we have forgotten how to live in the moment and how to enjoy both change and the stability that comes from the familiar.

Choosing this card may indicate that it is time to celebrate the familiar and to take time to enjoy the constants in your life that don’t often change. Routine and sameness can be stultifying, but they can also provide the ground through which you can deepen your character and soul.

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

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