Monday, May 1, 2017

Tarot Blog Hop, Bealteine 2017: Tarot AND.....

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So, my friends. here is the 2017 Bealteine Tarot Blog Hop....our charming Wrangler, Arwen Lynch Poe, has asked us to respond to the question, ""Do you combine Tarot with any other divination system? Why or why not?"  I find this topic totally engrossing and exceptionally useful to me, since indeed I do work with three different oracles (at a minimum) when I am doing readings. And my reasons are as follows....

There is quite a range of reasons why people come in to get a reading, but in my Druidic background, as well as my connection to Brighid as Her Priestess, I do have a tendency to group the kinds of readings that people request into the context of the Three Realms as Druidry denotes them, Land, Sea, and Sky, or Body, Mind, and Spirit...and my hope for my clients is that we will, together, work the reading so that they may go away feeling as if they are able to deal with one of the Three Fires of Brighid to create their desired end, with either Fire in the Head (Poetry), Fire in the Hands (Smithcraft), or Fire in the Heart (Healing). And the three tools I use work to this end.

My own creation, the Faery-Fire Oracle, is based on the Nine Realms of the Sidhe, relating to nine aspects of human personality, and the nine stages of life. And so this one works really well for things where the client needs clarity about what is going on within the Self. Fire in the Heart is Inner Health and Well-Being. It is knowing what is going on within your own heart and mind, and it is creating whatever you need to do to achieve your desired end regardless of circumstances. And so, this is the first tool I explain to the client.

The Tarot itself is a tool with great subtlety, much detail, and many ramifications available in any circumstance. I consider it the paramount oracle for dealing with issues concerning the outside world of the client, including family, relationships, job, home, money, friends, and all the other "outside stuff" that is actually the foundation upon which of us builds our personal lives. It is a useful tool to create for us "Fire In The Head", i.e. awareness and knowledge and ideas about how to deal with the ramifications of life.

The third tool I use is the Celtic Tree Runes, the Ogham, in the Beith-Luis-Nion arrangement. Because of the energy of the trees as the year proceeds from Birch to Yew, this tool can give the client specific information about the energy of The Future, what kinds of energies are coming forward and what to do more of or less of to open the Gate of Fate. As the client looks at the tools laid out on the table, he or she chooses which one or ones might best fit the context of their desired information.

And just as an example, since this Hop celebrates Bealteine, I am going to do a draw for all of us to look at. There will be one card drawn from each tool, to respond to the question, "In the Bealteine Fire, which burns with love and inner flame of passion, what is it I need to know and experience to assist me to move forward with New Life?"

And we go.

Faery-Fire Oracle: Queen of Passion's Flame. Her interpretation: 
The Faeries Say: You are a passionate person in every sense of the word. Sometimes that might put you at odds with others, and sometimes that might make you feel as if you are standing alone in some situations. But there is one thing to remember here. Your passion for life and for the things that matter to you is what sets you apart from every other person on the planet, and your passionate nature in relationships means no one is indifferent to you, and that no relationship in your life is unimportant.

Haindl Tarot: Six of Cups: Interpretation: You need to be more powerful, directing the flow rather than following. Look at your past as a repository of wisdom to be applied judiciously in the present.  Then use this as motivation for change. Make the very best use of hindsight, employing new strategies and trying new angles on these recurring issues.


Celtic Ogham, Gort/Ivy: The Spiral To Center: Interpretation: Look within your Self to know the tools with which the Universe will create your Future. It is necessary that you understand and accept all the details of your own personality, and choose to use these as tools to create your future.

And so, friends, there you have it. Tarot---AND. Body, Mind, and Spirit. Walk in Beauty!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Tarot Blog Hop Ostara 2017--The Sun Also Rises...

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Today is the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, and the balance of the light and dark is the image of the concept of Spring, which contains the representation of Aries, the dark and light faces of the Sun God Ra, and the developing child in the womb of Mother Earth, the Empress. This is a day when one may do a very specialized three-card reading, based on not just Astrological Decans and Tarot Images, but the focus of the actual season, weather, and outside environment in which each of us lives. And so--

The First Card: Aries and the Blood-God, Mars: What is the fire of my passion and the way in which my heart burns for my own Will? The card that represents this energy in the Haindl Tarot is the Ace of Wands, the representation of the Fire of the Sun rising in the East, the beginning of the light we shine on the intentions of every day, every season, and every personal journey into the future. Use this card and make an offering of Flame in your sacred space, and do a focused Working, a Meditation which requests of the Guides to show you, to enLIGHTEN you, if you will, as to what is your True Will in this iteration, what do you, must you, Will you, focus upon and seek to complete in this season?

The Second Card:  Aries and the Light of Ra : What will be the deepest and most substantial energy of the season to come in my own Stream of Life? The card connected with this energy in the Haindl Tarot is the King of Swords, Master of Fire: Ra, the Lord of Light. The Sword is the energy of Fire of Air, that which makes it possible for us to choose the most direct way of illuminating our Path, as well as understanding that this is the time in our lives when our actions, our intentions, and our own iteration of our Being, will come into the Light and cannot be disguised, either from our Selves or from the world around us. It is time to shine a Light on all that we intend, create, and promise to our Selves, and be certain that this is truly who we are and where we wish to go. In your Working, keeping in mind what was shown to you in your previous meditation, focus now on how to bring your Will into the Light, and especially how to illuminate those parts of your own Being which you do not choose to recognize. Every step on the path will bring you clarity, so do not refuse to examine anything which the Light of Ra chooses to illuminate for you. It is all important to your journey.

The Third Card: The Empress. Knowing my own Will and illuminating my Path, to what will I give birth by the end of this season? This is the place to give offering in honor of your Guides and God/Dess, so that you know not only what you intend to illuminate and develop, but what you intend to do with it. At this time, go outside and make an offering to Mother Earth--water for plants, seed for birds, some other kind of direct interaction with Her Ladyship. And you will feel yourself begin to grow within, to acknowledge your own ability to give Birth to that which you wish to see in your own life. And you will be guided by our Mother Earth in your journey, as long as you make certain to pay Her respect and honor.

Blessings on your Journey. Magic is Afoot--Walk in Beauty!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Tarot Blog Hop, Imbolc 2017: Planting the Seeds of Change--It's All ACES!

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And here we have it, the beginning of the new growth of our 2017 Spring, what will be the energies of this season, and what are we growing here? Well....beginnings start with zero, as we buried the past and invoked the future at the Winter Solstice, and then we decide what "one" is, as we choose and plant the seeds of our new growth... And so, here ya go:

Growth of Mind:
Air is the source of the word 'inspiration', which literally means "to breathe in". And our first seed of change must be a decision--about what do I need to think here and on what must I focus?

Growth of Will: 
Fire is the burning desire to do what we Will, the concept of passionate dedication. In this "light". we see the path before us, as we decide, of all those thoughts, which one is our Flame?

Growth of Understanding:
In our emotions and feelings is the place where we nurture our desires and come up with the reasons why things matter to us. And without that focus, we cannot decide what to do about things, but when we fill the Cup of our love and care with our Intent, we can create the potion of action.

Growth of Being:

And so, finally, here we are at the place where we manifest what we have thought, desired, and nurtured with our cardinal abilities. And so, now, the cold, firm foundation of real change is being built in our destiny. We have created our reality, by thought, will, desire, and action. And for us, now, the future is planted and determined...and it really IS "all Aces"!

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