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“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.

 

 


Circling the Dark Flame

What a roller-coaster week.  Fallout from the election, the Taurus Supermoon and then the event from my previous post about the dark blue fire.   All this year I’ve drawn cards on the energies of this year and over and over I have received the Six of Arrows – Transition or The Journey (Death).  Over and over two words have sprung up, transition and transformation.  It almost feels like a season finale doesn’t it?  On top of that it appears to be a cliffhanger!  (If you go by Samhain being the end of the year it was DEFINITELY a cliffhanger, right?  Tune in next cycle for the stunning conclusion!)

In regards to the image of the dark blue fire, it’s become very central to me, one of the foremost things on my mind. Since I first had the image, it has stuck with me and has been a perpetual image on my inner space.  As I’ve processed and looked into things it has simply been there, waiting.  The rest of this post goes into it, goes into the larger tarot and card reading I did regarding it, the signs and experiences I’m having and then what I’ve decided about it.

My goal, by openly talking about it here, is education so less experienced readers might get a look, via a walk through of the past few days, of how to analyze and work through similar experiences.

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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 ~

 


Dowsing the Glen – A Special Encounter

I’ve made it a point to go over to the Glen every Saturday or Sunday morning for the past couple of weeks.  It’s been a real joy to watch the land wake-up to spring and to watch the changes as the weeks move forward.

Walking to the Glen I had a few things happened that signalled to me that this trip was going to be something cool.  As I grew close to the park a pileated woodpecker flew directly across my path and then turned and angled towards the wood that holds the glen.  A few moments later, a crow casually flew in front of me, left to right.  These two things, so close together, told me to be aware this morning.

Shortly after crossing the boundary markers of the Glen, my dowsing took me off the path and stopped me at a point where, at first, I wasn’t sure why.  I’ve learned that this usually means, “Look around and/or wait.”  So, I did and a few moments later, spotted a box turtle tucked up under old fallen log.  This has happened so often to me but it’s still a bit of magic every time it happens.  I asked, “So, it’s going to be that kind of trip today?”  I was rewarded with a “Yes” answer.

My dowsing took me further away from the path and then stopped again near an oak tree.  I found one item (which I talk about in the video) and had just started the initial introduction to the video when the series of events began.  I’ve not edited the video at all. .

I am delighted to have had this opportunity to film this.  Not many people get to see this kind of bird interaction in the woods.  I would not have had this encounter if the dowsing had not told me where to go, where to stop and which direction to stand.  As I say in the video, I thought at first it was a hawk simply because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.   There is a lot of information that occurred in between filming the video and I’ll be thinking more about this encounter  I’ll have a separate post on it directly.

It was a very powerful morning.


Hunkering Down

From the Cambridge Dictionary — “To hunker down is also to be prepared to stay in a particular place or situation for as long as necessary, esp. for protection or to achieve something:

After the events of last weekend, the week continued to throw odd frustrations and oddities in my way.  By Wednesday morning, I’d had enough.  I had awoken to the feeling I will call “being at sea.”  I’ve never woken up while floating in a boat but I imagine it’s similar. You feel ungrounded, floaty and just a bit “off.”  Something did NOT feel right and I wanted to get to the bottom of it.

I got out the pendulum and asked a few questions and was directed to my Wildwood tarot deck for some advice.  This reading was one of those readings where I started with one card and it grew, organically, into four.  My question was,  “What is my best path of action in relation to the energies around me right now?”  I followed this up with the simple statement, “I am looking for a conversation and advice.”

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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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A Final Answer

At the end of my last post I stated that I was “happily derailed.”  This proved more true than I realized and as I continued my practice of staying in the Now and working with Earth Energy and divination, an odd thing occurred.  I ran out of things to say!  Well, not so much that I was out of things to say but I ran out of inspiration of HOW to say it.  I became stuck with how to put those experiences into words accurately.  For the first time I truly encountered what I had read in other books and research, that the Way cannot be described with words.  It can only be felt, experienced. I think I ran through at least five different attempts to write a blog post and each time it became more and more frustrating.  To laugh at myself even further, it wasn’t until the fourth or fifth time that I realized what was happening!  I finally understood that Spirit/God/Universe/Being/The Way can only be shared or described through our stories and myth.  So, in staying true to the practice, I observed my frustration and let it go.

As it often goes, the minute you let something go you often get a lesson to sink the point home.  As a bonus, by working through the lesson I was then given fodder for a blog post!  First, a bit of back story and then I’ll bring it around and I think you can see how the puzzle pieces all fit together.

Last week I again began to draw a Wildwood Tarot card at the beginning of my day.  I had stopped doing this for several months but I had started a new journal and I realized I missed the experience and meditation of drawing a card in the peacefulness of the pre-dawn hours with a warm cup of coffee and my dowsing rods.  The first few days went very well and the cards offered a nice reflection before starting my day.  Life, for the past several weeks, had settled into a peaceful and enjoyable pattern.  Something that, for most of my life, I am not used to having but have recently been trying, successfully, to materialize.  Then, on Tuesday, the challenge occurred.

theguardianI pulled the Guardian.

In the Wildwood Tarot the Guardian is a bit of a stand-in for the Devil card.  It indicates a challenge arriving in your life, a breaking away from bondage created either by yourself or an outside source.  More importantly, “… now is the time to take control of your fears and deal with the insecurity with courage and integrity.”   However, after a series of pleasant weeks, seeing a card like this took me off guard.

Immediately upon pulling it I realized it for what it was, a test of everything I had been writing about here!  As stated in previous posts, what do you do when you get a card that rumbles an ominous portent for the rest of a day that appears to be going very well?   Well, here was my chance to practice!

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