Category Archives: Conversational Oracle

Energy reading for Imbolc to Spring Equinox

Once again, I can’t seem to keep my social media feeds straight!  Back at Imbolc, I did my usual three card reading for the energies we needed to be aware of as we move from one seasonal marker to the other.  This time, I did the reading for my Youtube Channel.  Yes, I’ve been spending a bit more time there, more on that in a bit.

Below is the full reading done with dowsing rods.  This reading picks up where the Winter Solstice to Imbolc reading left off, which is coming out of the murky, misty and confusing feel of the Moon card.  However, the energy ramping towards the Full Moon is extremely positive.  Give it a look and listen and let me know your thoughts!

More soon!

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Moon Phase Tarot Reading, New to Full, 1/27 – 2/10

I don’t like to run these readings too far out from the actual date of the event.  I find that the further away from the event in time the higher the chance the reading will be off.  “Always in motion is the future,” said a wise, green goblin in a swamp.  This time I cut it a little close and then ran into some technical issues so that the video didn’t make it up until an hour or more AFTER the event of the New Moon had started.  Bah!

So, I’ve learned from my lessons and will try to afford a bit more of a cushion next time!

This one’s got a lot of energy behind it.  I think you’ll understand when you watch it.  This is the reading that will carry us out of the energy of the Moon card from the Winter Solstice reading, into Imbolc and beyond.  It will be interesting to see how this one jives up with the upcoming reading for Imbolc.

Spring is coming!

 


Solstice Blessings Thrice Over / Solstice to Imbolc Reading

Blessings to one and all on Solstice Day!

We’ve reached the end of the cycle, the interim dark before the Light begins to finally return.  A time for reflection, gratitude and connection.  Personally, today marks the end of my trial run with the Morrigan and the beginning of the end of the year known as 2016.

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Sunrise on the Winter Solstice 2016.

I learned something interesting a few days ago about the power of 3 and the sneakiness of ancient Christians which I wanted to share here.  As we know, the Winter Solstice marks the first point where the days begin to grow longer.  What I didn’t know is that from the naked, primordial eye, the sun appears to hover around the same point on the horizon every dawn for 3 days.  For that time we are in the middle dark.  Then, after that time period the sun finally begins to move along the horizon again and the days grow longer.

I’ve always been a fan of liminal spaces, those spaces of the in-between.  The edges and areas of transition.  for me, it’s where Magic happens.  3 days of middle dark.   Finding this out was quite a relief to me as now I have three days to do the work I used to cram into one!

This Solstice morning was a peaceful, gorgeous event.  I was up early so as to start card readings right at the moment of Solstice.  I did one for myself and then proceeded to work my way to a few other subjects.

When I do a reading for all of you and put it here on the blog I have to change up my focus a bit.  My question goes from a pinpoint to a wide spread spectrum.  The question I usually ask is, “For anyone seeing this reading, what do they need to know?”  This goes for my Moon phase reading or, for instance, the reading below.   In this case I asked, “From Solstice and until Imbolc, Feb 1st, 2017, what wisdom is needed?”

I drew the cards with my pendulum.  I had intended to only draw one card but I continually find that one card for such a large span of time usually comes up short.   So, in my typical “conversational style” I drew a second and then a third card with no real question in the layout.  The timeline stated in the question helped frame things a little, of course.  I talk a little about upcoming time marks in the reading.   Though the cards were meant as a conversation even a conversation has a beginning, a middle and an end.

Again, the power of 3.

I had originally planned on putting this reading on Youtube but, surprise surprise, technical issues raised their Mercury retrograde head.

Here’s the reading and then my commentary is below.

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First –  Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords.  Beginnings.  Mental Clarity.  Cutting through confusion and finding a way forward.  Seeing through illusions.  The first thing I noticed was the landscape and the holly and oak hanging off of the crown.   You could say this card itself is very much the Winter Solstice.   The clarity of a cold winter day.  This is telling us that this Solstice marks a new beginning, a time to cut through confusion and to see through illusion.   The energy is there and we have already begun to see it in action.   This mental acuity will play itself out over the holiday season and will be available as we move forward into the new year.

Second – The Tower

And… here we go again.  I don’t know how many times the pendulum has pulled the Tower card for situations since Samhain.  It’s not quite becoming normal but it’s not unexpected anymore either.    All of that mental clarity over the past few weeks will combine into another time period where winds will blow and previously believed strongholds will fall.  Tis’ the season for knocking things, ideas and concepts over, both personal, political and metaphysical.  Remember, the Tower card typically covers things that NEED to be knocked down and over.  Try to keep that in mind.    If nothing else this is just confirmation that the intensity which has been rolling around us for the past several weeks will be continuing.

Third – The Moon

Amidst the Tower we may be a bit confused and not sure how to proceed.  Fears and confusion.  However, that’s IF we look at things with our physical eyes.  Keep your inner eyes and your intuition going strong and you’ll be able to see the path.   This will be a time when intuition and inner guidance will be key.    Don’t let illusions fool you and remember that Ace of Swords card!  Those of us already versed at this will be able to navigate this properly and will be able to hear the information we need  The full moon falls on January 12th and will be throwing  it’s weight into things as well.  (I’m actually interested to see how the next moon phase reading overlays with this one!)

Overview

Ok, now, let’s throw all of that together.  We all hate it when the cards don’t give us the happy, shiny picture we had wanted to hear.  I know it looks daunting but I heard this with my inner ear as I was typing the post, “Just because it’s dark doesn’t mean it’s bad.”  Keep that in mind.

From right now and for the next several weeks, we have some very strong energy going for us involving clarity AND the ability to cut through crap.  This is very important because we will need it when the Tower starts up again.  The good news?  We’re getting better at riding out these lightning strikes.

The Ace of Swords is going to be with us through the most of the high winds and heavy water ahead.  Find your clarity over the Yuletide.  What is important to you?  What is your focus?  It combined with the Moon reinforces that reason will be needed over the next few months.  The urge to overreact to fears and shadows might be overwhelming but keep your intuition and inner ear sharp.  There are treasures to be found in the moonlit swamp.  You just need to stay focused.  I also feel that it will be very important for those that know how to wield their intuition and awareness will be needed to help those that are getting knocked off kilter and wandering around in a dark place.

Enjoy this holiday season and find the blade of reason which will help you heading into the new year.

Peace and Strength!

 

 


By Any Other Name…

Just taking a brief moment to talk about a small but significant change for me.  A few weeks ago I realized I needed to change my magical name.  I liken it to the feeling a snake or a crab must have when it is time to shed their skin or shell.  It started as a minor irritation, a grumbling.  Then, as time progressed, aggravation rose steadily along with a persistent need to “get it done.”  I told a dear friend of mine, “It’s like a loose tooth, a constant distraction, I keep wiggling it and won’t leave it alone.”  (And big thanks to that dear and beloved friend who helped me through the later bits of this challenge! ;D  )

I began to make lists and to go through search websites.  The part that needed changed was the surname; Stonemagus.  I no longer liked it.  It felt too contrived, corny even.  I had outgrown it.  So, I began the quest of name shopping and researching, trying on different names like clothes.

And that is really what you do with a name, right?  In the big scheme of things they are NOT that important.  I think of the old wise wizard tradition from Gandalf to Merlin to Obi-Wan Kenobi, “I’m known by many names, none of which are important.”  They can come and go like clothes and yet they are important because they carry an energy, they tell something about you.  Like a good suit, a fancy cloak or a beloved sweater, it can speak volumes.  It says something about the wearer.   And even though he went by many names, Gandalf still changed his to signify his change after fighting the balrog in Moria.

Nothing seemed to be “just right” and so, I stepped away for a few days.  Of course, as it goes, around this last full moon, I found what I was looking for while searching for something else.  Funny how that works, right?

I did a card reading to review the name.  I ended up using a single card from three of my favorite decks currently; The Wildwood Tarot, The Enchanted Map and The Faeries Oracle.  Like normal, they did not let me down..

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Card 1 – Wildwood: Five of Bows, Empowerment (Initiative, moving forward, strength, purpose.)
Card 2 – Enchanted Map: Moonlight (intuition, following your gut, note the fairy in the picture ;D )
Card 3 – Faeries Oracle (The Fey’s opinion): She of the Cruach  (Support and nurturing.  Replenishment.  Care.)

Like most of my readings these days, it was straight and to the point.  Some quick notes: The Five of Bows was drawn yesterday as my “Wisdom” card for the next few days and then, even after a good shuffle, it turned up here.  The Enchanted Path, Moonlight card I found to be wonderful because there is a Fey in the picture.  (This will make more sense in a moment.)  When I drew the Enchanted Path card I had not planned to draw a Faeries Oracle card in this reading due to time.  As you can see, the Fey decided to add some commentary anyway.

After drawing the Moonlight card I had to laugh and, with an apology, drew the third card specifically to check in with the Fey.  It would appear they give their blessing, sending one of my favorite Singers to let me know.

And so, I’ve chosen the surname of Sidhean.  It is an old Gaelic word for a “hill where the fairies live.”  Given the work I often do with nature spirits and the Fey, I feel it’s quite appropriate (and the punchline featured in the second card!)  I imagine I’ll wear it for awhile until I start to feel that familiar bit of itching and, once again, have to go for a change.  Hopefully, I won’t need to fight a Balrog to do so!

Thanks for reading!
~Rustus Sidhean ~

 


Transitions and Cycles

For the past month or so I’ve been struggling with the fact that, for all intrinsic purposes, this blog is dead.

It’s no surprise to subscribers here and I have been accutely aware of it for awhile. My run of posts regarding the Glen in the Spring were an attempt to not only talk about my experiences there but to also put some life into the blog, to use the Spring energy to renew things. For some reason it did not stick. I wandered off. I stopped writing. I started to beat myself up by reminding myself this blog is over 5 years old and yet it never really seemed to go anywhere, never seemed to grow.

During the harvest festivals thoughts of the blog would come and go. What did I want to do about it? Was it worth keeping? Should I simply close it down after so many years? Up until Samhain I could not get a clear answer.

During Samhain and more importantly, the days immediately afterwards, I always do several readings. For my readings this year the weather was wonderful and so I ventured back out to the Glen. Even though I’ve not posted here, I’ve continued my visits to that magical wood. I go to refocus, to commune and to give back to the spirits there. It’s been a wonderful, evolving relationship.

With a wonderful chilly, Fall breeze playing amidst the branches of the sun-lit autumn forest, I took to the woods and brought my cards with me.  One of those spreads was, of course, about this blog. For it, the pendulum chose the Faeries Oracle and the reading is below. For this reading I chose a “conversation style” of reading. I ask a question. The deck responds. I ask another and so on until the conversation is over. Even as I was shuffling I felt that the conversation would be three questions total.

BlogReadingSamhain2015The first question? What do I need to know about this blog? Death. Well, nothing like cutting right to the chase, eh? Of course, Death is speaking of where the blog is currently. All things come, grow and die in time. It is important to acknowledge the fact. A point of transition as well as a point of acceptance. The blog as I’ve known it is done.

Second question: I don’t feel it is right to shut the blog down. (I actually tested this with a bit of dowsing and the answer was a very solid, “No way!”) So, what should I do next? Mickle a’ Muckle.

Mickle has always struck me as two things, being merry and being in the Now. This, in turn, reminds me of my work with the writings of Eckart Tolle and blending them into my work with the cards, spirit and magic. Mickle says to “lighten up” and to look at the Now and to something unusual or adventurous that is coming around because of the Death card. See how he is facing the Death card?  “One thing leaves, another arrives, it’s the way of it!” Mickle says to me.

Final question: I heard the wisdom of those two answers and asked, “So, for the betterment of myself, the blog and my subscribers what is the very best next step to do?” Lady of the Harvest. Ah-hah! Another “transition” card but more importantly this card spoke to me about the rituals involved with transition, with moving forward into something new from something old. The Lady of the Harvest is about releasing the past, all that has occurred (or not occurred) and moving forward to the next new phase. I also felt very strongly that in order for this to happen, a ritual needed to occur. A ritual to help acknowledge the omega and the alpha.

I needed, within myself, to let the blog go. Not to really turn it off, not to stop posting but I needed to internally acknowledge that whatever I had hoped for with this blog, whatever I had been trying to do, whatever I had been attempting to express was over. It was this energy, this acknowledgement that I had been resisting and which, in turn, was causing the energy blockage.  The energy for the blog had swirled and slowed and stopped. There was nothing wrong with it.  It just was.  It was time to let it go and to work on something new.

Now, since I’ve had this blog for five years, it took quite a bit for me to work through the energy of the Death card and that full reading. I’ve been circling it and fighting it since Nov. 1st and here we are, fourteen days later! After another wonderful stroll through the Glen today, I found the words I needed to write this blog and to take the first steps needed.  Hence, this post!  ( I also had to acknowledge the fact that I began this blog with the Faeries Oracle and it I would now be ending it as well with them!  See my second post here which was the reading I did for starting the blog.)

To be clear, I am most certainly not done here. This is not a “Bye and thanks for all the fish” moment. However, things will be a bit different around here.   How?  Well, I’m not really sure.  When the muse comes back to me, when I understand what I am supposed to be doing here the second time around, you’ll see it here. Oh, and the Muse will come back because, most importantly, I’ve done what was necessary by letting the transition begin. (I also have asked real nicely a couple of times which always helps!)

 

I want to thank every single person and spirit that has interacted with me here. If I have, in some way, added a bit of magic to the world with the telling of my stories and my readings, then I can call the past years a success.  I really hope you stay with me for another 5, or  6 or, dare I say it, 10?  I also hope you enjoy the upcoming transition.

The blog is dead.

Long live the blog.

Blessings, Peace and Light!


Wildwood Reading for a Wild Wood

During my latest visit to what I am simply calling “The Glenn” for now (At some point it might tell me it’s name) I found a wonderful spot in the middle of the creek to sit and meditate.  Sitting down on solid dry ground while a Spring creek chortled and bubbled along both sides of me was an excellent experience.

I had brought my Wildwood deck with me and I realized I had enough space to do a reading in the same spot.  I wanted to consult the deck about the Glenn, about my relationship with it and to see if any more information could be brought to light as I continue to “ken” the land around it.

I decided on a three card intuitive reading.  I would draw the cards and see how my intuition organized them.  Placing my card cloth on the rocks of the small little island I was sitting upon, I settled in, shuffled and began.

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Ripples on the Ocean

So, I was unable to get a post out last week which means that you get two posts this week!

First off, let’s talk about staying flexible in the middle of your practice!  After all this talk of “staying in the present” and no future/no past in your oracle readings, a very interesting video came across my “virtual desk.”  As these things often happen the minute you try to solidify an approach, this video, from Eckhart Tolle, talks about the mindset needed when you engage planning and looking to the Future.  Not only that, further along at the 4:35 mark, he talks about the importance of reviewing your Past.  In all of this he talks about the mindset necessary to NOT get off track of where you are in the Present.

All in all, a very helpful teaching.  It was if the Universe, as a beneficial instructor, was adding a bit of commentary to everything I had said previously.  As if to say, “Well, you’ve ALMOST got it right.  Now, add this into your recipe…”

Take the things I have said previously and give yourself the gift of thirteen minutes to watch the video.  Go get a coffee, or a tea and a snack.  He says it all a lot better than I ever could!

So, then, how do we apply this into readings?  I could jokingly say, “very carefully.”  However, in review, the key concept is not to fall out of balance with your Mind and your thoughts (which is what I was saying originally.)

What I have to correct is my early feelings that the Future and the Past are dangerous tools of the Ego.  Well, they are BUT I believe it could be better said that they are dangerous tools if you let them stay in the power of the Ego.  Otherwise, they are simply tools.  A hammer is a dangerous weapon if placed in the wrong hands but an amazing and effective tool if used properly and then placed back in the toolbox.  So, yes, I am correcting things from my previous statements.

We CAN use the Past and Future in our readings.  See, flexibility in practice.  The key, after watching the video, is not making them overly important!

Now, again, this gets tricky if you draw a card that is overly dire for the Future spot!  The wisdom we can apply here comes in at the 6:20 mark where he talks about how projected outcomes no longer effect who you are in the Now.  He goes on to offer some very powerful wisdom over the next minute or so and I’ll simply let you listen to it, gain what you need from it.  After the 9:00 minute mark it tends to get off the mark but watch it till the end for the absolute joy of watching him come THIS close to to dropping the F-bomb.

So, where does that leave me?  Well, to be honest, it leaves me at a point of being happily derailed.  Perhaps this is why I did not post last week because I’ve been processing the information?  I still feel very strongly about the Past and Future placements being illusionary but I feel that with this new information they can now be used sparingly and with caution.

More to come later this week as I try to put together a spread that captures this new information.