Layered Tarot Readings

I took a break with the opening of the New Year to recharge my batteries a bit.  I’ve been moving forward on my goals (and assignments from my favorite Goddess of War) and one of those is to create more videos for the Youtube channel.   First of all, I’ve decided to continue with the Moon Phase readings over the entirety of this year as well as taking part in the Pagans of Youtube Challenge.  More on that in the future.

I’ve been mulling over an idea for some time and this afternoon it finally dawned on me how to present it.  As a new card reader I would often “fire and forget” my readings.  Having acquired the information I would then move along and forget the implication of the reading instead of “layering” the old reading into the energy of the new reading.  It’s a beginner’s mistake but over time I did begin to do this.  As I grew more experienced I became interested in how the energies of one reading could and would blend into another, especially if two or more readings occupied the same temporal time space like, for instance, from the Winter Solstice to Imbolc.

This afternoon I struck upon an idea of how to show how my recent moon phase readings work and interact with the longer Solstice to Imbolc time period.   I couldn’t find any other videos really discussing it and so, after some quick sketches and ideas coming forward at lunch, I was able to make the video this evening.

Enjoy!  I look forward to your thoughts and comments.

More to come!

 


Moon Phase Reading – New to Full for December 29 – January 12, 2017

It’s finally time for 2016 to be over.  For me this year has been entirely about transition.  From constantly getting the Journey card of the Wildwood (Death), to moving, to re-finding my magical self and struggling with the loss of ole models and new political paradigms.  It’s definitely been a year of challenges but it has also been a year of immense growth.

Currently, it’s the New Moon and this energy is what will carry us forward into the beginning of 2017.  Below, in the video I continue my moon phase readings for the time period between the New Moon and the Full Moon in January.

This reading was particularly fun because I was able to use my new Druidcraft  Tarot that I was given as a Solstice gift.  I’ve wanted that tarot for a while so I could use it in conjunction with the Wildwood deck.  I’ve felt that the two decks together would be quite potent.  More of that to come in the future!

This reading does intertwine with my previous reading for the energies between Solstice and Imbolc.  It’s possible this short time period is the respite we needed and the Ace of Swords energy mentioned there.  (If you notice, both readings feature swords and clarity and Truth.)

For now, enjoy the wave of energy that seems to be coming our way.

 


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!

 

 


Moon Phase Readings – Full to New Moon, December 2016

The problem with having a blog AND a Youtube channel is you occasionally forget  you did one and did not update the other!  For instance, here’s a reading I did on this past Full Moon last week and the energies/advice for moving toward the New Moon at the end of the month, December 29th.

This is part of a new series of readings I will be doing at every New Moon and Full Moon to help navigate the coming time.  I frame the question and the reading to be focused towards anyone who might be watching it.  After that, I just let the Universe do it’s thing.

 

More to come as I get my tripod and camera figured out a bit better!


Shadow Boxing

What is insecurity? By default, of course, it is a lack of security. It is a state of being open, unprotected, and a lack of faith in oneself or one’s abilities. What is security? It is confidence that you can’t be harmed, that you are protected OR that you are backed up by something powerful. You have faith in yourself and in something larger. In this realm of magic and myth, the two are interconnected. An insecurity is believing you are not good enough to do “X”. A security is knowing no matter what happens, you can do “X” for the right reasons and still learn something even if you don’t succeed.

An insecurity will make you confused, anxious or be in doubt if you receive a negative comment. They undermine you. With security, you fall back on your training, you shrug it off as no big deal.

At the Morrigan’s request, I’ve been exploring the origins of my own insecurities. It’s been going on for several days now with reviews of my childhood, my adolescence, what made me me, etc.  It’s a bit like volunteering to dig into your own dirt before the warrior queen standing next to you hits you with the shovel.

In martial arts there is a jumping off point beginners have to learn. It’s not only learning how to hit someone (most people just don’t know how or, thankfully, have never had to) but it’s also learning how to take a hit. How it feels to take a shot to the blocking arm or to the body. It’s learning how to deal with the pain and the distracting sensations. You eventually get to a point where you feel it but it’s not necessarily pain. It’s just a sensation and you keep going. You build up a tolerance. You also build up confidence.

Two mornings ago I had a dream with the Morrigan.  As usual, she was in full black battle armor, dark mail gloves, boots and her black cloak of crow feathers.  We stood on frozen bare earth, in a clearing with dark pine woods encircling us.  There was not so much snow on the ground as just heavy frost.  There was snow in the pines, I remember that. There was a chill in the air, little glitterings of frost in the air and I could see our breath as we spoke.  The ground crunched underneath us as we stepped and moved.

She was punching me.  It was a type of martial training and she kept coming in with these heavy shots of those black mailed fists. WHAM! WhaM! I kept my head covered, taking the shots, feeling their impact on my upper arm, my shoulder as I covered. I could feel the cold metal of her gauntlets hitting me, the cold making the sensation worse. As soon as a punch landed I would attempt to grab, wrap and counter-strike. She would kick me off of or slide out and then bring the other fist around. I’d dodge one or two then WHAM!

Then, we would step back. She would say something, point to my blocking arm, point to me, say something else. She was blunt, direct but I don’t remember her words. All I know is that She wanted me to get used to the feeling of being punched by a hard mailed fist. It was part of the training. I was sore and bleeding but not tired.

Then, we would go again. I’m not sure how long the dream had gone. All I know is that she stopped, nodded and did her disappearing act.

I woke up.

I chewed on the meaning of the dream for some time. Finally, she whispered a clue in my ear, “Insecurities.” And then, I understood. In the dream-time, where symbols are key, she was symbolically teaching me how to shake off the veritable “slings and arrows” that make up insecurities. She was toughening me up.  I was being taught to react to those insecurities as you would take a hit in martial arts training.  Don’t get emotional.  It’s not personal.  It’s practice.

Later in the day I heard her again and wrote this out quickly on a notepad file. “”With an insecurity, you can’t take the hit. You can’t take a negative comment. You’re scared of opinions, you scared of what others think, you allow yourself to be controlled by others and are unable to stand your ground unless angry or mad. When that happens, when emotion takes over, you cannot react with skill. A warrior should react with skill and control.”

“Insecurities bring you doubt. They cause hesitation. They knock you off-balance. In training you learn they are nothing, that they do not effect you and they do not stick. If this is practiced you are then able to act in calm and confidence.  You can stand your ground without your ego interfering.”

“When you can do that, you’re ready.”

My next question was, of course, “Ready for what?”

“Growth,” was her single answer.

 


Reading for New Moon to Full Moon – November to December

I took some time this morning during the cazimi window of the Sagittarius New Moon to do a general reading regarding the upcoming energies for all of us.  For a few weeks now I keep feeling the energies surrounding the Winter Solstice will be particularly intense as we finish up the year that was 2016.   I was curious to see what these upcoming energies might be in play as we peak upwards toward the full moon on the 14th.

To that end, I drew three cards.

  • First card – What is the general energy between now and the full moon?
  • Second card – Commentary on the first card.  More detail.  More information.
  • Third card – Information from the Fey realm as to the same time period?

The minute I saw the cards, I knew I needed to get this written and posted.

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First card – The Tower 

Right.  This isn’t the first time the Tower has come up about this time period.  It came up in the Lenormand for my reading regarding the current political situation.  Here, the Tower is coming down.  Well held beliefs, authority and structure are going to fall apart.  I am still unsure how this will come about but given what we are seeing with recounts, electoral votes and a volatile country and president elect I have to lean that direction.  Heads up, everyone.  2016 isn’t done with us yet.

Second Card – Eight of Pentacles

This was a commentary card to the first card.  Given the far reaching implications of the Tower.  My first thoughts with the 8 of Pentacles were “keep your head down and focus on what’s in front of you, what is important.”  I also feel this talks about doing only your best spiritual work at this time.  Do not let the chaos of the Tower falling distract you from doing your best work with the best intention.  Keep doing what you are doing with focus and intent.

Third Card – Ilbe the Retriever

Sweet Ilbe!  Ilbe is saying that something lost will be found, will be returned to us.  Perhaps it’s a sense of sanity and focus after an insane few months?  Perhaps it’s clarity?  Something is coming back to the scene that we thought was gone, lost?  My first hopeful thoughts is that we will see a stabilization and positive, direct proof that key positive traits such as honor, equality and compassion are returned and shown to be important.

Not much more to add than that, I suppose?  We will have to wait and see how things shake out and what comes toppling down over the next few weeks.

Hang in there everyone!

If you have thoughts or commentary on the cards feel free to leave a comment!

Strength and Peace.


“One Card for You, One Card for Me.”

Since speaking with the Morrigan and agreeing to work with her I had a day where she was just not around.  Monday was fairly normal and the first day in a week where the blue flame image wasn’t prominent in my inner vision.  I spent the day asking, for the most part, “Ok, what next?”

This morning, during my morning card reading, she returned.  I was shuffling my Wildwood tarot and I felt her arrive.  This, in itself, is very hard to describe. It is a simple knowing, a presence.  I feel a shift and the dark blue flames tingle up my arms.

I greeted her and heard her say, “You asked a question about our work?”  I agreed and a simple statement came to my inner ear, “One card for you, one card for me.”  She stared at me and stayed behind my left shoulder as I drew both cards.  With the second card, I could feel her guiding my hand to the card.

So, there it was.  One card would be for my physical day, work, life, family, etc.  The second card would be for her.  It would tell me my first trial.  Fair enough.

I won’t show many of these and I’m guessing there will be several such lessons from her through the cards.  I’ve decided to show you this one because once you see the cards you’ll see just how apt the whole thing ended up being.  It’s also a bit of proof that the Morrigan is direct, engaging and no-nonsense.

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The first card, the card for me, the Four of Arrows, is about rest, about taking it easy.  Today, for me, is very much like this.  With the holiday nearby and me being off tomorrow, today will be easy.  After the intense weeks I have run since September, this is a welcome site.   More importantly, it’s a call to engage that rest, to be conscious of it.

The second card, the card from her.  Seven of Arrows ~ Insecurity.

Straight to the point.  The first step of the Morrigan’s teaching?  Time to dig up those insecurities and start looking at them.

“Start today and use your rest wisely,” she said.  “These insecurities need to go first before we continue and you will know when to draw the next card.  Address them, tend to them.  Sort them out and identify them.  It will be easier to weed them out.”

“All of them?”

“If not all, most,” she said and gave me that direct, black-eye stare.

“Well,” I said jokingly, “I’m gonna need a bigger boat.”

She just stared at me, gave me a half smile and a crook of an eyebrow to show me amusement and disappeared again.

She’s fond of me.  I can tell.