Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tarot Blog Hop, Midsummer/Litha 2018: Don't Fence Me In!

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Our lovely Wrangler for this event, Joy Vernon, has given us much freedom concerning the way we utilize this well-known song and its inner meaning to illustrate our Midsummer Dreams for this Blog Hop. For me, as a musician and poet, there was no question about how I would interpret this one. Here is a song of my own composition, combining the elemental nature of the Tarot and the freedom sought in this song, and a layout that intersects with both. Get out your cards, get in tune, start flipping cards, and let's hear you sing!


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Oh give me cards, Tarot cards, and the light they soon will shine...
Don't fence me in!
I'll receive, I believe, all the path that's shown as mine...
Don't fence me in.
A card for each time of day from the dawn to dusk,
I smell the lovely scent of Mother Nature's musk
Reminding me that life is more intent than luck, so
Don't fence me in!

Just let me see what the layout has to show me
In the symbols of each card...
I can be free if I let the spirit know me,
Even though sometimes it's hard.
I want to read through the night till the morn  commences--
The images of cards will wake my inner senses
And help me see the open  gates in all the fences.
Don't fence me in!

And then I'll sail over land in my own delightful world,
Don't fence me in!
I'll know the way I should stay on the path that's been unfurled,
Don't fence me in! 
I look at all the Tarot has to bring and show,
The way to see each day as down the path I go.
No matter what the future holds, I surely know
I'm not fenced in!!
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And so--here is the draw that I literally did while I was creating the song. Four cards, representing. the here and now, the path I need to take, the destination, and the way to make certain to create the gates in any fences that will appear. So, one at a time, they will create a map of your journey. Here goes:
Here And Now: 

The Daughter of Wands, Radha, the wife of Krishna, is the oldest known deity figure from the Middle East who encouraged females to hold their own will and walk their own path. This is one of the happiest cards in the deck. Her jewelry and cosmetics show the abundance of a highly developed culture. The stories of her playful love with Krishna show humor and humanity. She is gentle but not passive, calm but not weak. She is devoted to her partner without losing her sense of self. So...here you are, all of your Self, life with humor and strength, ready to walk your road.

The Path That Beckons:

New ideas await you, knowledge and wisdom concerning your own journey. Look around and pay attention--much you will learn is coming forward on the path.

Where You Are Going:

Spider Woman, the Mother of Stones, represents the journey through one's own personal labyrinth, taking it slowly, one step at a time, and knowing that "the journey IS the destination." It's not a hurry-up-let's-get-there trip---it's a slow and focused walk through all the possible twists and turns of your labyrinthine path.

What About Those Fences?: 

The Wheel of Fortune is the ideal card to represent not only the turning wheel of fate, but the concept, which many of us forget, that there is always another angle to any view, and another way to create the ideal path around obstacles. Indeed, this journey may be specifically about how you will always be able to prevent yourself from being "fenced in" if you only take another route each time an obstacle shows up.

After all, this is YOUR life. So---you can't do it wrong. So--tell the YOUniverse, "Don't fence me in!" and make sure you understand that you have the power to make that happen.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Daily Draw, 6/18/2018


Here's today's WitchWisdom, from a question I was asked earlier today by my granddaughter: "What do you do when it seems like there is no good choice and you just have to pick one of the bad ones?" I couldn't think of a logical answer to that, so I decided to let Spirit talk instead--and here we are:

Apparently, the idea is simple. When we are not certain what to do in a given circumstance, we need to recall the wisdom of the Hierophant, the teacher of wisdom in medieval times. The Hierophant advises that you return to the role of a meticulous student, yourself, learning from the circumstances. Learn everything you can about your situation and your choices. Let that knowledge become a part of you and an operative influence on your day-to-day awareness. In this way, you can slowly and steadily establish real credibility to yourself, giving yourself more than one possible path and being fully aware of where each choice might take you. Because you will begin to ascertain that there IS no "bad choice" if you are being guided by your inner wisdom. Whatever you should choose will put you on the path in the direction you need to take.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The TarotWitch Is Back!! Daily Draw, 6/17/18

Well, folks, it's been a long hiatus, but here we go again, listening to Spirit and taking into account the date, the Moon Phase, the Tree Calendar, and the numerological entities which control much of each day's work--so, here we go:

June 17, 2018:  Numerological Focus, 7 --  Moon Phase, Waxing (tomorrow is the First Quarter)--  Tree Calendar---Oak Moon, rising.

And the Three-Card Draw--Body, Mind, Spirit:

Body
Mother of Cups: Venus of Willendorf, Queen of Earth-Spirit: This card traditionally portrays a sensitive, vulnerable, omniscient woman who offers unconditional love. She is supremely empathic -- sometimes to a fault. Her caring nature exposes her to everybody else's emotions and needs. This person sometimes has difficulty identifying her own best interests in the midst of her responsiveness to others. As a result, she sometimes appears slightly unfocused or perhaps overwhelmed. Connected with Body, this card says: "Do not lose your Self in your eagerness to be of help to others. Your physical well-being is the main Tool you have for your own growth and development. Be real, but be focused on your own Path before that of others."

Mind

Daughter of Swords, Reversed:

The traditional interpretation of this card is about a messenger, an emissary or liaison between separate camps, charged with faithfully representing one side's communications to the other. Both of those "sides" are within your own Mind, the receptive and the powerful, giving and receiving, saying yes and no, sometimes at the same time.  Because this card, however, is also the Goddess of Farsight, we need to remember Her own qualities, not just her calling. She may be acting as the eyes and ears of your Self,  her patron, but She also has Her own view, the farsight, of the results of what you may be thinking of and planning. Reversed, She is saying "Do not pay so much attention to the Path you choose to move forward on, but focus on where you are NOW and how that might affect your future."

Spirit:
This card is a promise from Spirit, which usually comes forward when one believes that what one is called to do might be difficult and cause unhappiness for oneself and the others involved. The card is reminding you that the Joy of Spirit is about Inner Light, and often that Light only shines when something in one's mundane life is sent into darkness. Do not focus on the actions, but on the results of the actions, and happiness will be the reward of Spirit.
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With love from the TarotWitch. More to come. FFF & F

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tarot Blog Hop Bealteine 2018: "What I Could Teach The World"


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I don't truly consider myself an "avatar of wisdom", so I am not certain I walk through my life with a need and desire to "teach the world" anything--at least not from the perspective of "let me teach you because I know so much better than you do". However, I do see in myself a great desire to assist others in seeing themselves clearly and positively, and doing, from their own perspective, all the good they can to all the people they can ... actually, John Wesley gave me the words I try to actualize in my own life, and help others to do likewise. He said, "Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”  This would make a world so amazingly more positive and powerful than the one we live in, that I hope to try every day to actualize as much of this amazing goal as I can. And so--

....how does the Tarot fit in here? Well-- we do all know the meaning, if we read Tarot, of the concept of the "significator". This is the card representing the person for whom the reading is being done, and each card in the layout is interpreted partly in reference to the significator, and their interactions work to introduce the concepts of thought and action and inspiration one hopes to have a reading bring forth. So--here is a suggestion, something I will try to teach to each one who reads this, and anyone who asks me to give them ideas about living life better. Every Full Moon, I draw three cards, for my Self, to give me the concepts of exactly what I must focus on in the walk of this Moonth. I draw these in connection with the Irish "three realms" which I grew up with--"Land, Sea, and Sky" which connect to "Body, Mind, and Spirit". And these answer for me, "What do I do, what do I think, and how does that impact my Inner Realm of Spirit?" And just as an example, for this Moonth, here are my cards, drawn on Sunday's Full Moon. I will walk in harmony with these ideas for this month, will make note of how they impact me, what I learn and what I can do about it, and then will do it again the following Full Moon. And so--Full Moon of Willow, healer of Body, Mind, and Spirit, what did you suggest I should learn?

Land/Body:
This card is a reminder that I am far too likely to try to change my body's parameters, my way of moving and eating and resting and exercising, and therefore I sometimes don't recognize the state my body is actually in or what I might need. SO this card is saying "Don't interfere with your Body's natural processes, and do your best to permit your physical being to modulate in harmony with what you really are doing and experiencing, instead of constantly trying to change things. What IS, is what is important. Before you try to change it, experience it and learn from it."

Sea/Mind


I have had some difficult times lately, and this card is reminding me that healing the mind is based on love and acceptance of who you ARE, what you truly think and feel, and trying to use your actual Self as a tool for good and healing not just for yourself but for others. So I am working on loving who I am and not being so annoyed because I am not yet what I hope to become. Every moment matters, and Now is all we ever have. Live in the Now.

Sky/Spirit
This is the card that reminds us that Spirit is Real, that it manifests through our Mind and Body, and that "new beginnings" happen every day. So let your Spirit cleanse itself with each night's sleep, and awaken with a focus on what will Be, and how it will inspire us. What is Spirit, is Life. Don't let the past weigh you down. Each day is another beginning, and you can make it happen.

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And if I could do so, this, and the Wesley quote which sources it, is what I would teach the World. Live and Learn, each and every one of you. And---don't forget that your most significant teacher is your own Body, Mind, and Spirit--your Self. Give honor to that Being. And learn.






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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tarot Blog Hop: Tarot, The Musical, 2018

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           Singing In The Aether: The Music Of The Tarot 

 Our amazing Wrangler, Jay Cassels, has suggested that this might be a time to celebrate, since it is the 50th Anniversary Blog Hop. And so, of course, music must create the harmony and symphony of all that the Tarot does, not only for the recipient of a reading, but most deeply and permanently, for the reader. And so, in harmony with this suggestion, words and music are floating through my mind, and I present to you the Song of Spirit, the anthem which celebrates in words and song the ways in which the Tarot can make one's mind open, one's heart glow, and one's spirit dance. And so--here we go, tune your mind and voice, and feel free to sing along:

(To the Tune of "Singing In The Rain")

I'm drawing cards today,
To guide me on my way,
What a glorious feeling--
My soul will sing and play!
I'm laughing at Fate,
The dark will have to wait,
My mind and spirit say
"Let this reading illustrate
All the ways you can aspire
To lift your spirit higher!
Your deck encompasses
Earth and Water, Air and Fire,
So what is there to do
But let your Soul look through
The ways that Elemental
Energy brings hope to you!"

Thank you, oh Tarot,
For the ways you help me know
All the choices, all the ways
I can just step up and GO!

And so, I need to see
What the future holds for me,
And for this, the cards which show
The path on which I go
Will need to number three,
For land and sky and sea.
Stand on land and gaze at sky,
As the Irish, from whom I
Draw my life and blood and soul
Knew that these three were the whole
Of life, so see and hear it,
Cards for Body, Mind, and Spirit!

And so--Body, what say thee? Come show me, come play me!
Ace of Stones--calling me, to be whole, to be free, to look for the rainbow and follow the black crow, and know that what happens is always what should, and whatever it is, I can turn it to good!

Now, Mind, home of thought, from you what am I taught?
Ace of Swords--Air is thought, something new I'll be taught, and the sword points the way, go and journey today through the clouds of your Mind, and see what you can find!

And Body, my Being, what now are you seeing?
Life is moving and changing, so keep on arranging the path and the places of rest. You won't stop till you win it, so while you are in it, make each step of the Journey--the BEST!!

My song of hope and love for the Tarot
Is written, sung, and now, friends, off I go!!!

© Aisling the Bard, 3/17/2018  All Rights Reserved

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

MASTER LIST: Brighid's Blue Moon, Tarot Blog Hop, Imbolc 2018

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Brighid's Blue Moon: Tarot Blog Hop, Imbolc 2018

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Here is the set of cards for the Foundation:

LAND:
Brahma, the dynamic King, holds his wand and looks in all directions to determine where he will begin his journey. The King of Wands in this position reminds us that our lives are designed to bring us eventually to a place of self-ownership. An opportunity for self-empowerment is presenting itself to you now. Recognize that through your attitude and the way you express yourself to others, you hold the power over your own experiences in life.

SEA:
Odin, the origin of the Hanged Man, voluntarily relinquished his godly powers so his brethren, the Midir, who were afraid of his power, would cease to fear him and speak with him. Support others with your strength and wisdom. The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible. The King of Cups in this position advises that you closely examine your conscience and bring your personal mission into alignment with what is best for everyone. You can then step into your community or situation with integrity and an ability to communicate the highest wisdom.

SKY:
Above us, the Sky represents the future which we will achieve if we are able to walk out path through the obstacles and focus on our True Will and our Wisdom. Doing both these things will increase our ability to maintain our lifestyle, and bring us many different kinds of "material gain"--everything from money to job, home, success in endeavors, and all the kinds of things we want to make our lives beautiful and bountiful. And even though that kind of thing might happen rarely--well, this is a Blue Moon, isn't it?
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Here's the Triad of cards for the Construction:

What is the energy of the new path that presents itself?

On the card in this deck we see a rainbow – often symbolic of the end of the frustrating and difficult story times and the beginning of the new light and clarity in the world – so things you have been frustrated with over the last couple of month clear up and you now can start the ball rolling again with your plans. There is a sense of spiritual overseeing in the eagle of the card – you can see the bigger picture of things this month and start to aim for what is really needed, small details, small adjustments can make huge changes possible when you are precise about your actions and see them in the context of the overall picture.

Setting the ball rolling on projects you have gained a lot of wisdom and information about is also depicted here. It is time to act on your vision of a better future! Do it now!

From what will I need protection on this journey? 


There are others in the mix who simply believe that you should not be able to do it YOUR way, but need to "follow the rules." Be willing to make the rigorous effort that is being called for now. Perform wholeheartedly, with good faith and hopefulness. As such, you'll forestall bickering and criticism, prevail against negative forces and overcome the demons of doubt and resistance.

What energies of my own or of spirit will guide and protect me? 


No matter what your past patterns have been, it is fully possible to place yourself solidly on the road toward the future. Not only can you get a clear sense of the proper path, but you will also have enough instructions to be self-directing. Necessary skills and resources are available to you, and the time is right for you to act. Once you get started, you may be surprised how easy it can feel, but don't be seduced by that feeling. There will be comfortable stretches of the road and there will be distinctly uncomfortable ones. Know that any form of motion is better than no motion.

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And here we have "The Surprise"...as in, "Once In A Blue Moon"....

Body;



Stay focused and resolute, for you are about to reach your objective. The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.
The Ace of Swords in this position advises you to be steady--you are about to reach your objective. There may be no need to hesitate. Just concentrate on making your impact. This could be your moment. The arrow is pointed straight at the target. Your eye is keen, your grip is firm. Let that arrow fly! If you set aside distractions and hit your mark, you will be rewarded with insight and clarity.

Mind: 


 Aeon  emphasizes the theme of renewal for the whole planet. When we think of the card in readings we see that this can apply to an individual as well. The card of Aeon is a powerful one. It tells you that this is a time of change. The person who receives Aeon becomes "reborn" into a new situation. This may involve a real change in circumstances--a new job, a move to a new home, a new relationship. Sometimes, the new situation is psychological, a new way of looking at life in which everything becomes fresh.

 Spirit: 




Identify and acquire the ingredients that will most help you complete your mission and leave the rest behind. The card suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible. The Alchemy (Temperance) card advises you to identify and seek the missing ingredients in your life. Marshal your known skills and abilities and do what needs to be done to complete your mission. Prepare to use spiritual practices, studies, or lifestyle changes that can  assist you in your quest. A tremendous amount of benefit is available if you can organize yourself and be disciplined at this time.


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And there we have it---guidance from the Blue Moon of Rowan on the Festival of Imbolc under the guidance of Brighid of the Three Fires. Who could possibly go wrong if we only listen?


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