Daily Reflection

Drawing from the The Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert, I drew these cards today:
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10 Earth, Gaian TarotTen of Earth shows a forest regenerating herself by using a fallen tree stump to provide a place for new growth of bright green vegetation.

So do we replenish the earth ourselves, as we walk forward on our own path into the wisdom of age, passing on our own stories to the young.

Always, the tens speak of ends and new beginnings.

I turned a second card, to shed some light upon the nature of the next part of my journey.  I am to sit quietly, assume the role of grandmother teacher, or is there still some work to be done?

3 Fire, Gaian TarotThree of Fire dances with exuberance and energy, as the fire that is her element sweeps through her body and fills her with joy.  I too am filled with the joy of creativity right now!  I cannot stop baking, writing and learning.  I am totally energised, truly as if a fire has regenerated itself within my core.

The calendar tells me I have just reached 61 years!  Convention demands that I should reflect that age in my demeanor and my choices.  Yet on this earth walk I am still a young being, with much to learn, to experience and to share.

It is not my nature to fit within convention and I – like this creature of fire – shall continue to dance to my own drumbeat, just as I have always done and hopefully what I create will bring something to others who also walk this path.

Blessed Be x

2014 Imbolc Tarot Blog Hop: Increasing Creativity

Over on the US Games Tarot Blog, I came across this interesting little spread for increasing creativity and felt it might help me find my centre again, as I have felt, for some time, rather disconnected.

The beautiful Faerie Tarot by Natalie Hertz Faerie Tarot: Premier Edition feels right, after the way my fey folk have been whispering to me about my lack of creativity.  I simply adore these cards – I bought them to make story telling games for my granddaughter but they turned out to be among my most treasured and well used decks!

High Priestess, Faerie TarotMeditation: The High Priestess

Meditating is not easy for me, I find it difficult to blank out the ‘monkey chatter’ in my brain, but I do try.  I have recently renewed my interest in Yoga and last week on my birthday my son and his girlfriend surprised me with the gift of a diploma course – in Yoga!  I don’t believe in coincidence and feel already that my path is becoming clearer once again.

High Priestess reminds me that all I need is within myself.  She seems to offer a sacred scroll – a study in the sutras perhaps?  Perhaps as I work on my studies of this ancient wisdom, I shall reconnect with what is really important to me.

The Devil, Faerie TarotWish: The Devil

There you stand, little man, pulling faces and daring me to pass.  Well, I believe I shall.  For your rules are not my rules and I shall not be bound by them.

I am my own conscience, and I dare to dream.  Each of us must dream our own dreams and weave our own paths.

My wishes are my own, and I shall dare to begin creating my own reality again, despite what may stand in my way.

For it is said: An it harm none, do as thou will.

Page Cups, Faerie TarotRelaxation: Page of Cups

Once again, I become the dreamer – singing my songs, writing my words, spinning my tales and weaving my dreams.  For the Page of Cups sings of visions and love and he speaks to my heart.  He says – if your heart is true and your path is pure, then you walk in beauty.

Namaste

Samhain: Reconnecting to the Path

FS_Bewitched_Paper9Samhain approaches.  Do you feel it in the air?

As one of four Fire Festivals, this is one of the most important celebrations of the year for modern pagans and one I particularly enjoy.

Samhain’s original purpose was to celebrate the final harvest of the year and prepare for the hard days of winter, for our ancestors farmed the land and lived from its bounty. They had no science, no technology. Everything they had came from the land on which they made their homes; their lives depended on what they could hunt or gather and so they lived with, and by, the seasons. In their tribal culture, they had to make the best use of what nature provided during the growing season and store sufficient to ensure their tribe’s survival through the winter ahead.

Samhain was celebrated around October 31, when the last harvest had been gathered and the food had been safely stored. The last of the grain harvest would be put aside for animal feed. Cattle would be culled and only those best suited to surviving the lean months would be kept until spring. For the poorer farmers, it was a question of how much livestock they could afford to feed over the winter months. The meat from the cull would be salted and cured to keep the families fed until the land began to produce food once again.

Everyone, high born or low, was involved in this work. But at the end of all their labours, they would feast. This was a way of celebrating their work’s end and of giving thanks to the gods and goddesses of the land who had provided their food.

It may seem odd that the end of summer should be celebrated as the most important of the ancient festivals. But to our ancestors, all things began in darkness; the Celtic day began at dusk and so it is logical that their counting of the year would begin at the onset of darkness too.

Samhain was not just a time of gratitude and thankfulness to Gods for their generosity but also a time to ask for their protection through the winter to come. For just as Samhain marks the end of one season, it also heralds the beginning of the new and to our Celtic forefathers, Samhain was the New Year, or the turning of the Wheel. One of their many gods would straddle this time nexus, looking back over the passing year and looking forward to the days ahead.

It was in that spirit of reflection and remembrance that their simple harvest festival of thanks and feasting took on another role, that of honouring their beloved dead and inviting them, for one night of revelry, to join them again in the physical world.  These were superstitious folk, who believed that by doing this, the restless earth bound souls of their departed would be able to rest and not trouble them in the year to come.

This custom lives on in Hallowe’en with its themes of ghosts; is echoed by All Saints Day in honour of the Saints of Christianity celebrated on November 1st and echoes once more in Latin America on El Dia de los Muertos; the Day of the Dead. On this day families decorate the graves of their dear departed with flowers, sweets and other gifts. And so, the two themes most evident in modern Hallowe’en celebrations ~ of remembering the dead and divining the future ~ are inextricably linked to these first pagan customs.  The bonfires now associated with November 5th, also hark back to the Samhain festival, which is always celebrated with fire.

In your own ritual, you may like to honour this tradition by naming and celebrating your own departed loved ones, then ‘return to the light’ by welcoming in any newborns who have come into your life during the past year as well as giving thanks for new friends and opportunities.

In this way, your Samhain festival will be a very special reminder of the endless cycle of death and renewal, the mystery of one and the bright joyfulness of the other.

And so we meet at old Samhain
The season’s wheel must turn again
And merry maids and merrier men
Will celebrate its turning!

We eat the fruit and plant the seed,
We carve the ‘neeps and drink the mead,
On meat and roasted roots we’ll feed
All while the logs are burning!

Spirits of old, come gather near,
Loved ones passed we still hold dear,
Gather all, be of good cheer,
The night is swiftly turning!

We bid farewell to summer’s light,
Hecate guide us through the night,
And in our hearts, forever bright,
Lugh’s flame is gently burning!

Freespirit © 2005

Brightest Blessings for Samhain x

The Emperor – Protective Boundaries

The Emperor, JvSo today, I’m back with the wondrous Joie de Vivre Tarot

And who should appear but the rather wonderful Emperor, swiftly followed by my old friend, the King of Coins.

So, its all about boundaries and with these two illustrious gentlemen stealing the show, I’d say today’s message is about respect: for other people’s property and of course, their physical being.

We hear so much about personal freedom, don’t we, but we must also be aware of how our choices affect others.

The Emperor is there, like the Father God, who protects us all, the weak and the strong.  He looks out for us all and his boundaries are those of kindness, of good judgment, of wise choices and of charity.

King Coins, JVThe King of Coins echoes this in his worldly way.  He will fiercly protect his own with fearlessness and courage, all the while aware that he must also have a wider perspective.  His kingdom is the earth and all its children.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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How Not To Ask A Question! A Reading for Relationships

“I am going through a rough patch in my relationship..
Does he love me?
Will we get married and have children?”

When I am asked a question like this, I always ask my client if I may rephrase the question.

Why?  Because we have freewill and asking a question that can only be answered yes or no is disempowering.  So I might rephrase it something like this:

“How can I best work through the difficulties with my partner to bring about a more harmonious relationship?”

Using the Crystal Visions Tarot I drew 3 cards:

The first card addresses the current issue, and I asked of the Tarot

What yWheel, CV]ou need to know: The Wheel of Fortune

With the Wheel of Fortune in this position, you are called to reflect upon the cyclical nature of all life.   I feel you are currently preoccupied with the passing of time, and a tangible sign of progress with your partner is of great importance to you.

Nevertheless, you should remember that the perception of time is relative.  In my card, a tiny dragonfly hovers  above the water: he has but a single day to live his brief but glorious life.  But the ancient dragon who guards the wheel of time has millennia in which to weave his destiny.  They have different perceptions, because they have had different experiences during their lives.

It takes time to for two people to get to know each other and to feel comfortable and confident enough to move forward to the next stage of the relationship.  I am sure you are familiar with the phrase “Where is this relationship going?”.  Perhaps you suspect that your current difficulties are because your partner lacks commitment to you, but perhaps he needs more time to feel secure enough to move forward.

If your partner has had an unhappy experience previously, he may not feel ready yet to commit to your lifeplan, but that doesn’t have to mean he never will.

Of the second card, I asked:

Temperance, CVWhat you need to do: Temperance

The card of Temperance shows a beautiful winged being sitting beside a lake.  Carefully and with great care, she combines fire and water.  These elements may not be a natural pairing, yet together, given time, they form a rainbow!  Such is the nature of relationships.

Sometimes, things take a little time to get right and if you attempt to press your partner at this stage, you may simply add more pressure than he is ready for.

Temperance advises you to be calm and balanced.  Acknowledge your feelings for your partner, but try to think about the outcome as something that will take time and patience to grow.

Encourage him to share his feelings for you in an atmosphere that is free from pressure and hostility.  Free yourself from the pressure of time and know that the very best things in life take time and nuture if they are to mature into something worth keeping.

6 Pentacles, CVWhat feelings you need to acknowledge: 6 of Pentacles

Sixes relate to balance and harmony, and the Six of Pentacles relates to the physical world, particularly finances.  This is a card of abundance; what has previously been worked for now brings results.  My image shows the gifts of the harvest being shared equally in an act of generosity.

So I ask you to consider the financial nature of your relationship.

Does one of you earn a lot more?  If so, how does the other partner offer support in other ways?  Is everything balanced within your relationship and if now, can it be brought into balance?

Perhaps for your partner, financial security is a priority right now and until he can achieve this, he may be unable to commit to the kind of relationship that you seek.

The young woman in the image knows that in order for her garden to provide her with a full harvest, she must first tend the land and nurture her seedlings.  Only then will she be able to reap her rewards and in most situations in life, this is true.  But this card is certainly a card which shows a full harvest and I think it shows promise for a healthy and productive relationship, if that is what you both decide you want.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Tower Struck By Lightning Crashes Into Turbulent Sea!

Crystal Visions Tarot

Tower crashes into turbulent sea during freak storm!

The Tower

The Tower is never a comfortable card to turn, but as I have explained to my clients sometimes it can be a helpful healer.

Have you ever felt that the current situation cannot last and that you need to make changes?

Well, we all know that universe may – on occasion – conspire to make changes for us, if we do not do it for ourselves.

Look carefully at the tower, being assaulted and finally broken down by the sheer force of nature, to reveal what?

What was there to begin with, of course.

What was there before it became manipulated and moulded into something different.

How it began – with spirit, with belief and with will.

Those walls, that we build around ourselves?  Sometimes they are just wrong.

Walls protect us from harm, but they can become prisons.  We take on board other people’s views and allow them to smother us.  We accept the words of others, allow them to shape us and place another brick in the wall of delusion.

Have you ever seen the way sheet lightning fills the sky with incredible light, just briefly?

Take this lightning.  Consider it a gift from the universe.  Use it to light your way forward.

Time to make those changes, while there is still time to do it in a way that is right for you.

Believe in yourself.  Know that you create your own future.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Scotty’s Little Soldiers

Scotty’s Little Soldiers is dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed in action while serving with the British Armed Forces.

The charity provides treats, trips and activities for families of the fallen with the aim of offering a respite – however brief – from the daily ups and downs of coping without a loved one.

Lee was always know as Scotty and he used to call Kai his Little Soldier.

Inspired by the experience of army widow, Nichola Scott, the charity honours husband Corporal Lee ‘Scotty’ Scott’s memory – both as a loyal soldier and a loving father – and provides a practical yet personal way for the public at large to show their appreciation for those brave individuals who make the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.

Funds for the charity are raised through events, donations, merchandising and corporate sponsorships. Children will receive letters, cards, gifts, tickets for events and even fees for local sports or activities. In the long term, we’re aiming to buy a holiday home, so that families can take short breaks and enjoy building new, happy memories.