Reflections on Fear: Robin Wood Tarot

Queen of Swords, Robin Wood Deck

Focus: What do I fear most at the moment?

Although severe, the Queen of Swords is not unkind.  She has learned through her own pain and is a wise and just leader.  She is, in many ways, the great healer of sorrows.

Queens represent the Goddess in her earthly elemental aspects.  Like any Queen of the Arcana, she acts with only pure intent, towards the highest purpose.

The Queen of Swords may appear distant and somewhat detached, but this is her nature.  She resides in the realm of the mind, the place of intellegence and thoughtfulness.

She is the still, quiet voice of reason.  She is the calmed mind, freed from the monkey chatter of idle gossip and random thoughts.

It is her duty to deal with conflict and damaged situations, in order to restore harmony.

Why should I fear her?

Swords deal with the situations which must be cut away.

Why do I fear her?

She reminds me of my fraility, of the brief time allowed to me in this Earth-Walk.  Will there be another? I believe so, but not here, not now, not with these beloveds around me and not within this particular form.

She reminds me of Atropos, cutting the threads of fate with her awesome shears.  But as with all Minor Arcana, whether courtly or not, she appears only as a guide: my fate is within my own hands.

Ace of Swords, Robin Wood

The mighty Sword of Truth is laid beside her, like a call to arms.  Excallibur only appears when timely action is right and necessary.

But what if I make the wrong choice? What then?

Freewill and the ability to make our own fates is an awesome responsiblity.

 Martin Luther King, Jr said:
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. 

 

 

 

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Card of the Day: 6 Cups

My card of the day is drawn from one of my own cherished decks; my interpretation comes from my intuition and my experiences as a professional tarot reader.

When I read, I add to my experience of the Tarot so the journey unfolds, an evolutionary process. Perhaps my reflections will add something to your own understanding of this mystical and ancient craft. Brightest Blessings

6 Cups, Robin Wood Tarot

6 Cups,
Robin Wood Tarot

6 Cups, Robin Wood Tarot

This card really wants to make itself heard, I’ve seen it several times over the last week.

I never disregard such repetitions, there is always some extra insight besides what is immediately apparent.

This is such a beautiful, feel-good card.  Some readers tend to regard it with suspicion, perhaps feeling that its about dwelling in the past and being overly sentimental.  That may be so, in some instances.  But its always dependant upon the nature of the spread and the card’s position within it.

When I read a card for the day, I tend to ask a little question as I shuffle, then stop and draw a card when I feel that little ‘tug’.

Today, I simply asked:

Please give me a card of positive inspiration.  And I drew this lovely card, such an open expression of all that is wonderful about childhood.

I enjoy watching children play, do you?  I was with my grandchildren the other morning.  We were in the park.  The youngest one was running about, enchanted by a little girl who in turn, was entranced by Gracie’s puppy!  They played – shouting, laughing, running, with such freedom and lack of inhibition, that I, in turn, was entranced by their beautiful and golden natures.

 

Its the little things in life that bring the most smiles.

It is the gift of friendship.

What is truly of value in your life, right now?

You see, the beauty of childhood is its innocence, its acceptance and its tolerance.  It rejoices in diversity.  It celebrates the strange, the unusual, the difference of something or someone new.

And I realise, perhaps for the very first time, that this card has nothing very much to do with living in the past.  No.  Its about living as a child does.  With open-hearted joy and the ability to perceive that which is wonderful.

It does not live in the past: it celebrates the Precious Present.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Card of the Day: Five of Pentacles

My card of the day is drawn from one of my own cherished decks; my interpretation comes from my intuition and my experiences as a professional tarot reader.

When I read, I add to my experience of the Tarot so the journey unfolds, an evolutionary process. Perhaps my reflections will add something to your own understanding of this mystical and ancient craft. Brightest Blessings

5 Pentacles, Shadowscape

When despair consumes us, we cannot see our own potential.

All is not lost.  Allow yourself to move beyond despair and accept the help that is offered

Together we can overcome obstacles that alone, we cannot face.  Your friends are here, waiting for your call.  Let them into your heart.

 

 

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Card of the Day: Seven of Chalices

7 ChalicesMy card of the day is drawn from one of my own treasured decks; my interpretation is drawn from my intuition and from my many years of experience as a professional tarot reader. Each time I read in this way, I add to my own experience of the arcana, the journey is evolutionary. I hope that my reflections will add something to your own understanding of this mystical and ancient craft.

7 of Chalices, The Sirian Starseed Tarot

When I asked for wisdom today, I was not surprised to see this card.  I’ve drawn it so often, its like an old friend.

But when a card like this appears repeatedly, I must ask myself why?  After all, its traditionally the card of the dreamer.  So I asked myself two questions:

  • Do I ask too much out of my life?
  • Do I ask too little?

Its all about focus, isn’t it?  You see, I’m a glass over-flowing kind of gal – no glass half full for me.  I’m positivity personified!

Now, this may be considered a good thing, but if my question is about business matters – as it was – well perhaps I need to change my perspective.  I need to ask myself some new questions, such as:

  • Am I settling for less than I can be?
  • Am I neglecting my dreams?

When I looked again at the card, I realised that my eyes were drawn quite squarely to the middle of the staircase.  Not above, not below.  Could I have made such an art of living in the present moment, that I scarcely give any thought to tomorrow?

Let’s put it another way.  If I don’t begin to bring the Castle in the Air – so ethereally emerging from cup number four – from my dreams into the tangible world, how can I move forward on my path to fulfil my soul’s true purpose.

Thank you for sharing this Tarot experience with me.  Today’s card was quite personal for me, but I hope that it may have given you some food for thought for your own journey forward.

Please join me again soon.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Card of the Day: Temperance, Robin Wood

My card of the day is drawn from one of my own treasured decks; my interpretation is drawn from my intuition and from my many years of experience as a professional tarot reader. Each time I read in this way, I add to my own experience of the arcana, the journey is evolutionary. I hope that my reflections will add something to your own understanding of this mystical and ancient craft.

Temperance – Robin Wood Tarot Deck

Temperance

LOL – I really did laugh out loud when I asked for wisdom for the day and I pulled this card.  Nothing terribly deep and mysterious here, I thought, despite it being a Major.  For one thing I do lack is moderation!  I tend not to walk the middle road.  I am passionate about my loves, I wear my heart on my sleeve and most everyone can read my emotions!

So on the weekend, well yes I may enjoy baking chocolate chip cookies a little more than I should – for the family, you understand – even though I know its not just the fairies who will eat the cookie dough!  (Click here to view my recipe)

But of course, there is another type of temperance.  In my card, this spirit being holds one foot in the water of life and with his hands he juggles three glowing orbs.  He is weaving together disparate elements until he reaches perfection.  To me, he represents the Divine Sword of Truth.

Think of the creation of a sword – it must be firm, but it must also have flexibility.  It must be sharp but it also needs strength.  The process by which this is achieved is called tempering.

We all need to go through this process in our lives.  Some of us will go through it many times more than we would wish and it may seem that others appear to walk through life, largely unscathed and unchallenged.

But life is like this, is it not?  We are constantly tested beyond our endurance.  Sometimes, I look around me and I think my concerns are quite trivial, when I consider the heartache and suffering others must endure.  But this process of temperance is what shapes our characters and makes us who we are.  For when the only thing we can choose is to decide, above the odds, to go on – then we really shine.

I have been reflecting on this quite considerably recently, I am certain that is why I was offered this card today.  To read a story of true courage and endurance, go to Nikki’s Blog and you will have a little insight into how one woman rose to the challenge and decided to put one foot in front of the other, and help others to smile.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

 

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Card of the Day

Good morning my lovelies!  

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting much recently.  I apologise for that, normal service will be resumed shortly!

I guess you might say I had a sort of epiphany.  My card of the day is always given freely and is offered to you, my reader, with great love.  I have noticed, however, that few stop to leave a comment.  This saddened me greatly.  How do I know if my messages reach any of you unless you leave me a small sign.  My greatest wish in this life has been to serve – to help and to offer kindness.  Perhaps it is a vanity that I should need to hear that my words have been heard – but there you are!  I never professed to be a saint of any kind!

I am going to start posting again and if you find my words helpful, sincere and if they touch your heart in any way, perhaps you will be so kind as to leave a short comment.  🙂  And if you feel we are kindred souls in some small way, please read my pages about 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.

There are a million reasons why this charity has become so important to me, and I guess that’s not really important right now.  Suffice it to say that I remember how hard it was for me, as a young woman of 20, to lose my father.  Although I was an adult, I could not imagine life without this gentle rock of a man who had sustained me through my childhood.  My father died in his own home, having lived a good life surrounded by the people he loved.  How much worse, I ask myself, for a child, who has no understanding of the reasons Daddy or Mummy will never come back.  I cannot even imagine.

There are so many worthwhile causes.  Why this one?  Why do I want to help these children so much?  Its something I’ve asked myself.  But as part of the Scotty Team I do feel I can make a difference, and if I get to help one child, its a start.

I’m going to leave you with this beautiful card from Brian Froud’s wonderful Heart of Faerie.  Bright SparkHis name is Bright Spark, it seems appropriate doesn’t it?  All those beautiful, heroic little kids, trying to be brave, facing the world without Daddy or Mummy.

I’m not going to tell you about Bright Spark.  I’m going to let you imagine him – his potential, his talents as yet untapped, his bright future path as yet unexplored.  A tiny flame.  Like a child, it must be tended carefully – allowed to develop in its own way – encouraged to fulfill its true nature and become a bright, vibrant star!

To all those bright sparks, I send love and healing.

Brightest Blessings – Sandie

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Joie de Vivre Tarot: Ace of Wands

Joie de Vivre Tarot: Ace of Wands

Ace of Wands,JdVI was delighted to see the charming Ace of Wands fall out of my hands, this morning, bringing inspiration and potential to all creative projects.

Great, I thought, I could do with some of that.  Winter seems to drag on and I can’t seem to find my mojo, let alone the necessary spark to ‘light my fire’.

But as anyone who has ever done battle with a reluctant incense stick will tell you, a spark won’t get you anywhere without a little breath of fresh air to bring it to life.

So I thought I would turn another card, to see how I might bring a flame my creative spark.

Queen Pentacles, JdVQueen of Coins is a very bountiful card, of course.  But what does she offer in terms of practical advice, to help me bring back my absentee muse?  Well, she reminds me that in order to create something tangible, I must be fully present in my own act of creation.

In other words, how much time am I actually spending in my physical body and how much time am I spending wandering around the ‘other realms’ dreaming my dreams?

You see, this Queen represents the essence of living life in the material world, and one of my greatest failings is that I spend a great deal of time ‘away with the Faeries’!

To illustrate this point, I began to write this several hours ago, and found myself in The Heart of Faerie with this delightful but capricious companion, dreaming my dreams and weaving my visions, but not actually doing much about it!The DreamingLooking back at the Queen of Coins, I am reminded quite firmly that the way to find success is through personal endeavour and no amount of dreams will put food on the table without a certain amount of physical effort.

Chariot, JdVAnd alongside the Queen of Coins rode The Chariot, as if to bring this very point home.  In order to achieve our potential, we must follow through on our dreams and put them into action.

If we encounter obstacles, which most certainly we will, then we must deal with them confidently, with courage and conviction, focused on our goal so that we do not become distracted by some delightful diversion.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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