Angelorum Astrology Spread

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.

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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.

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Wing of Isis 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.

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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.

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Rumi Oracle – First Impressions

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!

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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.

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Living the Oracles: My card of the week in retrospect

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”.

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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…”

 At first I thought the message was simply a continuation of last week’s draw, in that I am feeling stifled in the names and roles of Wife and Mother, and desire to add some other names to my current repertoire through some field of work outside of the home. I felt this need to have a name that is my own rather than a description of how I relate to or what I am to others.

Later that week as I was reading the Hávamál (the words attributed to Odin in the Poetic Edda, who himself was a god of many names) I was reminded of this card in the following passage:

Cattle die, kindred die,

Every man is mortal.

But the good name never dies

Of one who has done well.”

It was here that I understood that the names we bear, those that continue after our death will always relate to other people: the impact we have on what they do and most importantly how we make them feel. Did we embolden and empower them? Help them in a time of need? Did we laugh with them? It is our names among other people that will survive us, a name that is all our own will whither and die with us.

As simple as it is, this connection hit me like a two-by-four. Why am I sitting here sweating over adding “employee” or “worker” to my list of names? Are these the ones I wish to be my legacy? How utterly nondescript and dry they are.

While I would still like to get back to work, I realised that all of the names that I truly want to be remembered by are ones I can grow right now, because they involve building character and wisdom rather than a resume.

Activist, Good Listener, Just One, Kind One, Strong One, Gentle One, Steadfast One, Good Humoured One, Healer, and most of all, Friend. And just like that, I can start building my 10,000 names and expand myself to meet them.

 

July (August) Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 29-31)

Well, here we are, I finally did it! The final 3 cards in this 31 day *ahem* challenge.

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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.

Day 31 – Featuring love: Penarddun – This stunning card shows us the beautiful couple Penarddun, a goddess of the sky, love and motherhood, and her beloved, the god Llyr, who rules over the sea, darkness and death. Together they represent the divine alchemy of reconciling the opposing energies of the world in love and harmony.

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Final thoughts – Despite the delays and completely obliterating the idea of a one-month challenge, I have really enjoyed this exercise and feel it has inspired a deeper connection with the deck. I mentioned at the beginning of this series that while I loved the imagery I was a bit lost and overwhelmed in how to actually use it because of the multiple applications suggested in the guidebook – a tarot deck, oracle, spell book and so much more.

During this time I have had the chance to do a few readings with the cards and have found them pretty phenomenal. I discovered that I connect with it best if I draw the cards text side up for the initial interpretation and reading rather than image side up, then turn over the cards to explore the pictures for any extra signals or imagery that pops up to inform the meanings and connections the words have already built. This approach may change over time, but for now it is the one that gives me the best overview of the overall situation I’m reading on.

I must admit, I am still not sold on the “faery runes”, for example three of the ‘runes’ are just different versions of the same rune in the original traditions, but I think for those who don’t already have a basis in the Elder/Younger Futhark or Anglo Saxon runes, they add a nice touch for spell casting and the making of talismans.

July (August) Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 25-28)

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.

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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.

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Living the Oracles: My card of the week in retrospect

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.”

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July (August) Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 21-24)

Day 21 – Most bizarre card: Myrddin – This card has a distinctly different feel to the rest of the deck, and the figures of Myrddin and (presumably) Nimue have a weird 90’s runway ‘heroin chic’ look about them, with the deep set, dark circled eyes and hollowed out cheeks. The feel of the card is strange too, with the hint of desperation and loss in her eyes and calculation in his, the scene seems infused with a deep feeling of need and loss.

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Day 22 – Smallest person/being: Etain – There are plenty of small creatures featured in the wooded scenes of these cards, but these little faerie girls just look so tiny and petite, barely bigger than the butterfly. The mythology of this card relates to the story of Etain, who was transformed into another small winged insect, a fly, by her husband’s jealous first wife before being later reborn into a human body. Continue reading “July (August) Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 21-24)”

July (August) Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (days 17-20)

It seems like this month-long challenge will indeed take me two months to complete, everything has been hectic at home and I, admittedly, have the attention span of a fruit fly! The runes have been calling me rather persistently to get on with my tarot and rune correspondences series, so this beautiful deck was put on the back-burner for a while. But, here we are, just over half-way through and I’m hoping to keep up with it better as these cards deserve some major respect.

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Day 17 – Lightest card: Blodeuwedd – there are a few lighter cards in the deck but this one particularly stands out with the bright warmth of a golden sky and a beautiful Fae woman with strawberry blonde hair. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that this card corresponds with the Ace of Swords – which suggests the lightness of being that comes from having a clear and unburdened mind, informed by the wise spirit of an Owl. Continue reading “July (August) Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (days 17-20)”

First Impressions & Deck Interview: The Isis Oracle by Alana Fairchild and Jimmy Manton – the bones made me do it!

It’s taken me a long time to jump on the Alana Fairchild bandwagon and had you asked me a year ago if I would ever own one of her decks my answer would have probably been a pretty snarky ‘no’. I’ve always loved the artists she is teamed up with, particularly for the Kuan Yin and Sacred Rebel oracles, but whenever I read any samples of her guidebook my eyes would roll…hard.

isis box setYou see, I don’t believe in a Divine Plan, or that the universe loves me unconditionally. I find the universe pretty ambivalent and see chaos everywhere. This idea that “everything happens for a reason” takes me beyond eye rolling into ragey territory because it seems like the sheltered worldview of someone who has benefitted from a number of geographic, ethnic, racial and class privileges. With the people of this world being attacked with chemical weapons, bombed, starved, oppressed, abused and trafficked, it is hard for me to see some grand scheme and work, and if it is, it’s a shitty one I don’t particularly wish to “surrender” to.

So, why the hell am I now sitting here with a brand spanking new Alana Fairchild deck? Well the weirdest yet most honest answer is this: the bones made me do it. I’ve been working on incorporating the skull I found into my meditation and divination practices, both as a memento mori to help me deal with my phobia of death, and as a tangible link to nature and animal spirits. After meditating a few times with the skull I asked it which deck it would like to work with. The Wild Unknown tarot and Animal Spirit Oracle seem like the most obvious fit for the divination aspect, and they have worked well together so far, but I felt I needed something more, a bit deeper and focused specifically on personal spiritual development.

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