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Today’s card was bookended by Vessels cards, The King of Vessels representing honesty and support and Eight of Vessels suggesting rebirth. Today’s card, however, also came up yesterday. I figured she was trying to tell us something.

The Bear Queen, the queen of stones, wants us to understand our power and for us to use it wisely and to protect the land. There is a reason why the bear is connected to King Arthur, and there is a reason why his kingdom fell from him. What can we do to honor our power and the land itself?

Blessings!

Queen of Stones – Bear

Meaning: The ancient ancestor of the modern bear, the cave bear hibernated in caves during the cold northern winter. Neanderthals buried their skulls here and even shared their caves during some periods. Often linked to Arthurian legend, the Bear remains a symbol of the power and protection of the land.

Reading Points: Richness and plenty surround you. Your bounty and welcoming nature make you popular with all. Many depend on you, and your natural sensuality makes you powerful attractive to others. Pragmatism and generosity open doorways at every point.

Tracks & Pathways: Power and generality, punctiliousness, a demanding individual, confidence, frankness, assurance, and property.

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

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This queen is always a supportive one to see. She is here to help you achieve your potential.

Blessings!

QUEEN OF BOWS – HARE

MEANING: Hares have been linked to the spring (eostre, the Saxon hare goddess) and sexuality since Celtic times, when it was considered taboo to kill them. Prolific breeders, they represent fertility and potential. The Hare is also famous for the “boxing” ritual that takes place during March.

READING POINTS: A companion through life, sympathetic and understanding, leading you to a deeper awareness of what is needed to bring success to your every enterprise. Wise and witty, gentle and kindly, the Queen supports you and strengthens your resolve.

TRACKS & PATHWAYS: Kindness and responsibility; an offering of peace and love; helpfulness, courtesy, and understanding; enchantment; and success in business

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

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The decision to dedicate yourself to something – a path, a skill, a family, etc. – is not something to made lightly, but also not to be avoided. Dedication brings a depth and fullness to life.

Blessings!

 

NINE OF ARROWS – DEDICATION

MEANING: The spiritual warrior dedicates their arrows of inspiration by playing the bow as an instrument of summoning. The inner oath helps keep one on a balanced footing by dedicating skills to a great good.

DESCRIPTION: A figure, clad in skin robes decorated with patterns of leaves, stands in a clearing amid the Wildwood. She is holding a bow as though it were an instrument, the back of the bow cradled in her arms and an arrow held against the string as if it were the bow on a fiddle. Around her, repulsed by an invisible shield, are another eight arrows.

READING POINTS: To heed the calling to dedicate one’s life to any skill, spiritual path, belief system, or philosophy requires sincerity, self-discipline, and hard work. It is a sacred summoning that requires time and effort. For those who hear the calling and become spiritual warriors and protectors of the land, responsibility and sacrifice are also required. To deny that the human species has had a negative effect on the planet’s climate and atmosphere seems totally redundant. The growing awareness of our individual impact on the ecosystem may take on greater significance in the future.

We cannot predict what effect our avarice and rapacious exploitation of the land will eventually produce, but the dedicated defender of the soil must protect the living legacy we leave for our children. To teach by example the value of respecting other’s beliefs and philosophies in honoring the land is immensely important. Sometimes a simply daily ritual reminds us of the oath we have taken to conserve and protect the environment. Dedicate yourself to the task of preserving the land and be a part of making the difference.

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

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I love this card, and it definitely hits home for our family today. Our Kiddo started college this morning, and that is definitely one type of instruction. Also, I will be making jam, which is a traditional skill I learned from my Mom (plus gardening, canning, cooking, and more). I do wish I saw more skills being passed down from parent to child, whether it’s cooking, homesteading skills, or tinkering in the garage. It may seem a little thing to teach a child to cook or garden or fish, but the time and the sharing of knowledge is important to that relationship. And you don’t have to be a parent to do this – there are many ways to be mentors today, plus aunts and uncles can be awesome mentors too!

Also, the entire spread today just seemed wonderful, so I’m sharing it too:

Blessings!

10 OF ARROWS  – INSTRUCTION

MEANING: A parent passes on skills, wisdom and ancestral ways with love and tolerance. Instruction and communication are required between the generations to help use old skills in new ways.

READING POINTS: As our young people absorb and apply ever more complex technologies with bewildering speed and uncanny ease, the gap between the generations appears to get wider every year. When we interact with the young today, we must make a conscious effort to pass on traditional wisdom and skills and make the relationship with those disciplines as vital as ever. With the coming of the industrial revolution, the traditional relationship between father and son broke down. Shared bonding experiences like hunting, fishing, and the tending of herds and fields slowly eroded. Also, for girls, the “women’s mysteries” have faded as traditional societal roles have evolved and changed and personal instructional relationships, even among women across the age gap, grow rarer.

All generations lose out if the divide becomes too wide and skills, wisdom, and arts are lost. Just as no child will ever forget the first fish he catches or the first touchdown she scores, coached and encouraged by grandpa, the pride in achievement and responsibility present in good parenting is anchored in the gift of instruction. We lose these gifts of shared experience and patience, taught through the interaction of instruction, at society’s peril.

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

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This is the Wildwood’s version of The Fool, so this does indicate the beginning of a journey. However, this is more of a turning point for us or learning to unpack some baggage and leave it on the side of the road. There is courage and strength in starting this journey, so don’t sell yourself short.

Blessings!

THE WANDERER

READING POINTS: You have come to a junction or turning point in your life. It may be an unconscious state in which you feel the tide has turned or sense something is going to happen. In a way it already has. Your spirit must move on and the desire to leap into the unknown beckons. This may mean leaving behind or giving up some baggage or burden that you have carried with you from the past. Now is the time to be clear and to not let fear of falling or sad disillusion with the universe hold you back. Let your imagination carry you into a new set of possibilities. It is a time to travel hopefully and open your arms to new and challenging aspects of the universe.

DESCRIPTION: Poised on the edge of a white chalk cliff, the Wanderer prepares to step across the abyss and into the Wildwood beyond. Ahead lies the faint suggestion of a rainbow arch, onto which the Wanderer must step. This leap across tht boid is greeted with open arms and a deep trust that the wings of imagination and honesty will carry the figure onto the lush green turf of a new path.

Clothed in bark and the soft green mosses and foliage that symbolize the protective and healing essence of nature, The Wanderer is neither strongly male nor female, both genders combining in the slender body. The figure’s naked feet tread lightly on the sweet warm grass at the cliff edge and, across the divide, deep shadowed trees stand ready to receive this newcomer to the Wildwood. Amid the leaves of the tangled wood is the merest suggestion of a face – perhaps the spirit of the wood.

MEANING: A this moment the burdens of the past are set aside – either for the Wanderer to pick up and take along, or to leave behind if the weight is too great. The Wheel of the Year is beginning its great cycle, brining a new range of possibilities and challenges. The Wanderer is ready to make the leap into the unknown – all that is required is faith.

The Wanderer represents the wisdom or courage to let go, to step into the void of the possible. Something within you may have already begun this unconscious, instinctive leap across the abyss; you know it is time to move on. Sometimes the fear of loss or failure may make you doubt the validity of change. You may want to wait or hesitate at the critical moment because of the comfort of security, but the momentum of the Great Wheel has already sent the true heart of the Wanderer into the future, leaping across the gap with courage and joy. Now the figure must leave the burdens that have been carried for so long and trust to the wings of imagination.

The Wanderer is both an end and a beginning. One journey has already come full circle and, as you distil your life experience into sacred memory and put the past and its burdens to rest, the future waits patiently for you to make the first move.

Remember that your wisdom, strength, and whatever personal experiences and skills you have may not help you now. The honest spirit of human inquisitiveness leads you beyond yourself and into a new life.. This unconscious energy creates a rainbow Bridge that rises and greets your foot. It will carry you over the void, as you step, trusting and empowered, into the unknown.

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Making an idea into reality is the most potent magic there is for humanity. Have your dream, but make your plans to achieve it – and act upon it. Dreaming alone will get you nowhere. Blessings!

Meaning: The most potent act of the mind is to conceive of an idea and manifest it into practical, material reality. This means being able to formulate and marshal your thoughts to bring about a real-world change, or the transmutation of a wish, dream or desire, making it physically happen.

Reading Points: The concept of the material world as a solid, unchanging thing has evolved with our understanding of the cosmos. Human beings seem unique in their ability to interact with the material world. and yet have a foot in the otherworld of the mind, imagination, and creative will. To be connected to the Earth and the power that resides there allows us to draw from this primal source and direct the power of our minds to create changes in our world. The concept that the realms of matter and the realms of the mind are totally separate and detached is now outmoded and verifiably untrue. The primal rock is decorated with ancient cup-and-ring markings to express the emergence of creation and the cycles of energies within the universal consciousness and the still and stable point from which to plan and empower. your life, fulfilling your material dream.

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

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Running a bit behind today, but here we go! Honestly, without a regular schedule in our household, I’m losing track of days and time easily. My boyfriend works at a school, his daughter was in school (and this fall heading to college), and I worked at the library. Currently, school is out and I’m on furlough (and staying home due to a weakened immune system). Alas, my internal clock is running amuck!

Now on to the card.

The card shows fiery bows, a metaphor for how we are often stuck when making decision or taking action. We are often afraid of making the wrong choice. But things re often not as hot as we think they are, so set aside your fear. Now is the time to take action.

Blessings!

TWO OF BOWS – DECISION

MEANING: The subconscious senses related to the desire to resolve decisions are awakened. The gateway stands open before the individual prepared to take positive action.

DESCRIPTION: A figure stands on a hilltop at night against a backdrop of stars. Around his head blazes a corona of flames, the fires of decision. In each hand he holds a tall, unfinished bow stave that extends above his head. From the bow staves burst flames, an expression of his vigor and strength.

READING POINTS: The bow represents not just the potential energy latent within any situation, but the need to direct and manage that energy to achieve your goals. This can mean the first movement toward reinvigorating and reforming the relationship with life. It requires the decisive will to step across a threshold and take control in a positive and proactive manner. Sometimes it may require a reclaiming and remaking of the mental and emotional tools and energies that are required to move on in life. By preparing to step up and through the gateway and make a choice to allow forward momentum to flow naturally, the fashioning of a new mental discipline or processes, or the reawakening of a previously effective but abandoned one, may be required. By summoning and directing the powerful healing energies available to you, the rough-hewn bow stave can be grasped and the process of shaping and crafting your destiny can begin. You stand at a crucial crossroads from which you can now move forward with confidence. Once the decision to take control of these elements and harness and direct your power is made, a new paradigm of possibilities is released. These energies will need skillful harnessing and responsible management to reach their full and effective potential.

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

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Remember, this Tarot card may apply to more than romantic relationships – it could also bode well for a new friendship or even a business partnership! Pay attention to how you feel about people you meet or have just met. Or even look at old relationships; perhaps they have lost their attraction and you need to move on.

Have a great Thursday! Also, if you love folklore and are on Twitter, check out #Folklore Thursday – it’s amazing. 🙂

Two of Vessels – Attraction

Meaning: The initial attraction and exploration of potential. The beginning of a possible relationship or friendship and the precursor to an interchange of polaric energies. Opposition and attraction in life.

Reading Points: The first shared spark of attraction between two human beings can appear simple and uncomplicated on the surface, but the underlying psychological chemistry and the subtle interplay that ignites that magical first exchange is usually complex and eclectic. As human beings, we absorb millions of subliminal signals and messages from those around us, and we unconsciously process these stimuli and react to them every second of every day. We subconsciously absorb body language, scent, and nonverbal communication and react to them emotionally with impulses and decision-making instincts developed over millennia.

Taking an instantaneous dislike to someone is governed by the same set of prehistory sensory drives developed by humans when we roamed freely across the African savannah; “love at first sight” is as valid today as it was then. Our perceptions and signals are shared, acknowledged and reciprocated, breaking through the protective barriers and forming the initial polaric bond that is the foundation of deep and lasting attraction.

Description: Two anthropomorphic figures, a horse-headed female and a stag-headed male, face each other with one hand raised and one lowered. Their arms form a diamond shape, and in the center is an enflamed heart. From their two lowered hands flow streams of water, falling into two cups that sit upon a low hill beneath them.

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