* This post is a continuation of a month-long challenge hosted on Tarot Rebels. As I can’t commit to daily draws at the moment, I am following along at my own snail’s pace here. The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana are affecting and manifesting in my life at the moment. *
Third Path Completed: What am I most grateful for this Fall season?
One of the main areas I am currently working on in my Norse pagan path is learning about the spirit mothers and guardians that attend each person and ancestral line, the disir, norns, hamingjur and fylgjur. In Norse lore, the term fylgjur was also used as a name for one’s animal spirits, and the roles of these creatures and beings often overlapped with one other. (These souls and soul-aspects share some common ground with old Irish folklore of fetches.) Continue reading “Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Journey Ends”
I found this great ancestor spread on the blog Tarot in a Teacup and thought it would be the perfect reading to do on Halloween. Since I found the Wild Unknown Tarot and Animal Spirit Oracle work so well together, I decided to use both for this reading.
Top Row: What is my ancestral lineage?
Gazelle, Panther and Lizard – The first thing that caught my attention with these cards is that all three are designated as Fire animals by the deck’s creator, Kim Krans. A few people in my family have done some work on our family tree and both my maternal and paternal lines are populated by immigrants, and I see the fire of these cards characterised by this heritage of wanderlust and questing for a better life.
In Gazelle and Lizard, I see two creatures of acute observance, aware of their surroundings and always attuned to any change in their environment – the slightest movement, the faintest breeze or a new scent. There is astuteness in this lineage, attention to detail and a hint of vulnerability too.
In the little paper fold-out of card keywords, Krans defines the Panther as representative of “annihilation of the unnecessary, purging”, which is a wonderful precursor for the following three cards. Continue reading “Halloween Ancestor Reading”
The dark moon period is a time for renewal, putting the challenges of the previous month to rest and sewing the seeds of new intentions. For your reading, choose a card number to receive your special message for the new lunar cycle.
Here I am using the Enchanted Oracle and a gemstone rune set, the rune represents any themes or blockages you are currently facing, and the oracle message offers a way forward.
Continue reading “Free Dark Moon Reading”
Lisa Frideborg posted this fantastic spread a few days ago and I’ve finally had a chance to give it a go. For full details and a good run down of the Sun, Moon and Rising signs’ significance I highly recommend you check out her post here.
The cards in the central vertical column act like significators, they are the Major Arcana cards that correspond to my Sun, Moon and Rising signs, which are Gemini, Capricorn and Scorpio. The card to the left of each significator indicates where you are out of balance in this area, and the cards to the right indicate what you can do to restore balance.
I decided to use the Wild Unknown Tarot for the significators and imbalance cards and the Animal Spirit oracle for advice on how to restore harmony, to give me that extra boost of having a spirit guide to visualise and call upon for assistance.
The Sun sign represents your ego-personality in this lifetime, which in my case is Gemini/The Lovers. I associate strongly with the element of Air, always up in my own head thinking, thinking and thinking, which frequently troubles my ability to fall asleep or stay focused while performing repetitive or menial tasks.
Continue reading “Angelorum Astrology Spread”
The Wing of Isis spread is one of two spreads created by Alana Fairchild especially for the deck, she says that it is intended to “lift you into new understanding”, and after some interesting one and two-card draws I thought it was time to try another larger spread with the deck. The cards are read left to right.
What is the real issue for me right now on a spiritual level?
Ancient Power Mysteries, “Hear the Rattle of Isis Playing”
Excerpt rom the guidebook: “You are guided to use words that reflect the experience you would like to create in your life. It may involve shifting how you speak , for example, rather than focusing on struggle or what is not working, focusing on the signs of life and healing that you experience. This may also include using chant, incantation and prayer…The Oracle guides you to honour the power of your voice whether through spoken or sung words, and in what you write, speak about or stand for symbolically also.”
Continue reading “Wing of Isis Spread”
Yeah, yeah, for someone who isn’t a big fan of Alana Fairchild I do seem to be starting a collection (full disclosure: I’m increasingly tempted by her Sacred Rebels and Crystal Mandala oracles too), but dammit, she works with such fantastic artists!
The Rumi Oracle is compiled of artwork by the immense talent that is Freydoon Rassouli. I can’t even describe how beautiful his work is and it is wonderfully rendered onto these cards, which are even more vibrant in real life. His images are thought provoking, soul stirring feasts for the eyes, with spiraling movement and rich colours.
Continue reading “Rumi Oracle – First Impressions”
Last week I drew another card from the Isis Oracle by Alana Fairchild to give me something to chew over and pulled the “Goddess of 10,000 Names: Isis – Endless Emanations of the Priestess”.
For this card, the guidebook says in part:
“Just like the Lady Isis, you are a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional being. It is most helpful at this phase in your path that you learn not to attach to roles or identities that may have once held great importance for you or others relating to you.”
“… It can be tricky to avoid getting stuck in roles that others prescribe for you and expect of you, and yet your self-definition will become wider and your experience of yourself more real and fulfilling if you are open to discovering more of you, beyond the person you have considered yourself to be up until now. For this to happen, you must be willing to allow the many and varied faces of your being, your ten thousand names, to begin to emerge in your awareness…” Continue reading “Living the Oracles: My card of the week in retrospect”
Well, here we are, I finally did it! The final 3 cards in this 31 day *ahem* challenge.
Day 29 – Featuring a building: Aine – The two cards with the most prominent building structures are Kigfa and Etain, but as those cards have already been featured here I thought it would be better to showcase yet another one of this deck’s beautiful cards. In Aine’s card we see a scene reminiscent of the death of King Arthur, where a sacred lord is passing into the otherworld attended by a Fae woman in an Avalon-like scene by the trunk of an apple tree with Glastonbury tour high on a hill in the background.
Day 30 – New beginnings: Flidais – Associated with The Hermit in tarot, this card is all about unlocking secrets and mysteries. The beautiful woman, both winged and fawn like peeks into a small chest emanating a sparkling light. Her tentative approach in the slow opening of this chest gives me the feeling of some bright yet delicate new discovery, the sort of revelation that illuminates hidden knowledge and changes one’s outlook and perspectives forever. Continue reading “July (August) Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 29-31)”
Day 25 – Coldest card: Morrigan – Here we find the goddess Morrigan in a wooded area blanketed by snow. There is a full moon in the background, but the area is still somewhat lit, giving the feeling that the sun has just set and the temperature is begin to drop to a bitter cold. Daniels’ correlates this card to that of The Hanged Man, a card which reflects the still quiet that can often be felt accompanying snow and the implication of suspended growth and action.
Day 26 – Hottest card: Medb – I selected this card by imagery alone without looking to the guidebook first, and funnily enough it corresponds to the Ace of Wands, the hot and fiery spark of creativity, passion and ingenuity. The goddess Medb, depicted here rising with what appears to be a glowing phoenix , was known as the bride in sacred marriage rites for kingship – therefor related to fertility – and a warrior Warrior Queen of “fire, lust and rapture”.
Day 27 – Most waterlogged card: Dylan – This was the card the deck chose to introduce itself at the beginning of the challenge. It depicts Dylan, the god of the dark, mysterious and ambivalent sea, here ferrying a sorrowful mermaid to the underworld.
Day 28 – Driest card: Bran – so many of the cards in this deck depict wooded scenes, suffused with the moistness of rich foliage and undergrowth. Here, Bran lies on a crisp white sheet, his horns are made of dried branches and dry leaves are sprinkled over the bed. In this card I get the sense of a climate in-between Summer and Autumn, where the worst of the heat has passed but the rains have yet to come.
I kind of suck at keeping up with daily draws because I feel like I barely have enough time to absorb and mull over a card’s deeper and multifaceted meaning before the next day is dawning. Plus, my days are pretty repetitive so having a new theme every day seems a bit like overkill, but I do like to pull a card every weekend to give me a nugget to nibble on for the upcoming week.
Anyway, instead of writing about this card in advance of my week, I decided to write it up at the end to explore how I found the card’s energies manifest in retrospect – which ways it influenced or informed my behaviour over the course of that week, or any events or feelings it forecasted.
Last weekend I pulled a card from my new Isis Oracle, “Mother of Life: Nourishment of the Golden Grain Mother.”
Continue reading “Living the Oracles: My card of the week in retrospect”