We all have times in our lives when things feel desperate and hopeless. The Five of Cups depicts this time of mourning and grief when we need to work through painful emotions and feelings. When we are in the thick of these difficult times it seems that there is no end to our suffering, and that we will never feel joy or happiness again. It is important to treat ourselves gently and with kindness as we traverse this challenging terrain. There is no short cut to working through this process, however this card holds out the promise that when we are ready, we will once again raise our face to the sun and realise that life is good.
This weeks randomly drawn card is The Moon. It speaks of the inner landscape of intuition, dreams, the unconscious and the Shadow Self.
This is an untamed landscape which can be scary and where things aren’t always as they seem. If you venture into the woods in the dead of night it can be confusing and difficult to get your bearings. Your imagination can play tricks on you, bringing fears and anxieties to the surface. What is real and what is imagined? It would be easy to descend into a kind of madness in this bewildering world of illusion and deception.
However, this night time world of psychic exploration can also yield pure magic. By diving deep into the domain of the imagination, dreams and intuition it is possible to unearth buried treasure. Often the only way to navigate this world is by being guided only by your inner voice of wisdom and intuition. Even when you have lost your way your inner GPS will bring you safely home and back to yourself.
So, the advice for this week is to listen closely to that ‘still small voice within’. Something may not be as it appears so trust your instincts and hunches. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings, and to any flashes of intuition which come out of nowhere. Your inner wisdom will not see you go wrong.
Until next week,
This weeks randomly drawn card is The High Priestess from the Wild Unknown Tarot.
This cards theme is all about connecting to the intuition, dreams and mysteries. The tiger is pictured against a night sky with a crescent moon illuminating the darkness. Between her paws there is an orb or sphere swirling with colours of blue and purple. These are considered colours of the intuition and spiritual receptivity. The tiger has a relaxed posture, suggesting that she has complete confidence in her intuitive hunches. She knows how to be immersed in the world of visions, mystery and the psyche without being overwhelmed.
This is also a time when a vast ocean of creative potential can burst forth. She is alive and inspired, and aware that the only thing limiting her vast potential is her own negative thoughts and behaviour. This simple realisation unleashes her creativity like a wild fire which rages in her wake and adds a sense of aliveness and inspiration.
She trusts completely in the divine plan and direction without anxiety, doubt or fear. All which occurs is part of the divine perfection playing out in her life.
Until next week,
The randomly selected card for the upcoming week is the Mother of Wands from The Wild Unknown deck.This card could relate to an actual person taking centre stage in your life this week; or equally it may be describing you, or alternatively the qualities and energy you need to bring to the table to get the best results from events and situations this week.
So, the first thing which springs to mind when I look at this card is how fiercely protective the mother snake appears as she closely guards the nest containing her eggs. Her body is coiled all around them ensuring that predators will have a hard time penetrating her defences. Snakes can also strike in a millisecond if threatened and will stand their ground in a conflict and bravely face an enemy. For these reasons this character is dangerous when provoked and certainly not the kind of person you want to get on the wrong side of!
Individuals with a strong connection to snake energy can often be extremely charming, mystifying and charismatic. Although they love, and seek out warmth and light, and often positively crave attention, fame or recognition, they may also be difficult to get to know emotionally and carefully control their public persona and the face they show to the world. They can be extremely loyal and generous to those who are admitted to their inner sanctum, but only after you have proved to them that you are worthy of their trust.
Because of the association with transformation which snakes hold by the shedding of their skin, it could also indicate a person who has survived much trauma in their life and through this become extremely strong and resilient. People who identify with the symbolism of the snake may be stubborn and fiercely independent. They have had to walk their own path so do not take kindly to attempts to control or manipulate and will go their own way no matter what. They can be the most loyal, protective person you could ever wish to meet, or on the other side of the coin if you cross them you could find yourself being swallowed whole for breakfast!
This weeks randomly drawn card is The Hanged Man, which depicts a bat hanging upside down, protectively cocooned by her shawl like wings, and with eyes glowing like red hot coals in the darkness. When this card turns up it is describing a time when we may feel that we are in limbo or suspense. It can be a period of forced withdrawal and retreat, or we may choose to take some time out to rest and let go, in order to regain our strength before launching ourselves back into the world.
One thing is certain however; we will emerge from this phase of our life seeing things very differently, often gaining wisdom or knowledge and a fresh perspective which can yield unexpected rewards when we again join the melee of our regular life.
The symbolism of the bat used in this card literally flips everything on it’s head, so if you are grappling with a baffling situation try to use this metaphor to see things completely differently to your habitual way of thinking.
If this slow down in your life is enforced rather than chosen it can be frustrating to say the least! Here we have a choice…..either to rail against this time of limbo, being dragged kicking and screaming to a place of surrender and letting go. Or, we could take advantage of the fact that life has slowed down, surrender control, and see what we can learn from looking at everything differently in this topsy turvy world.
Until next week,
The card I drew today from The Wild Unknown is the Six of Cups. This card seems to hark back to a much richer and rosier past. The tangle of multicoloured roots seem to suggest that when we look back with nostalgia, things seem more vibrant and exciting.
However, when we don our rose tinted specs sometimes we can have a distorted and skewed vision of what came before, making the present seem dull and lack lustre in comparison. Especially if we had a happy and contented early life, it can seem as if some of the shine is being taken off as we age. Nothing seems as fresh or new anymore and we become jaded and cynical.
However, what we must remember is that all any of us has is the “now”, and if we spend all our time wishing to be transported back to a magical and mythical time of the past, we are in danger of completely missing our present and future.
Of course it’s great to look back on the happy memories of the past; just not so great if we get trapped there and waste the opportunity to make more awesome memories in the here and now.
If after careful and realistic consideration you genuinely believe that all your best times are behind you, then it’s time to reintegrate some of the people, places and activities that used to bring you joy! Think about some of your former passions and how you can reincorporate them into your life today. Start making new memories that you can look back on with warm, fuzzy feelings in years to come.
Until next week
Today’s card is a truly beautiful one! In The Wild Unknown the image depicts a strong and pure white tree against a pitch black night sky, illuminated only by a crescent moon. The tree is edged with glorious pink, purple and red blossom to represent fertility, femininity and abundance.
The dark night sky suggests the mystery and shadows of the Divine Feminine and alludes to the power of intuition and inner wisdom.
The Empress also has a deep and sensual connection with life and nature, and a strong need for creative self expression and beauty in her life. This is a time to fully explore your world using the five senses: immerse yourself in a sensual maelstrom of soothing and harmonious sounds, delectable tastes and smells, the pure comfort of natural fibres to keep out the Autumn chill, and the awe inspiring sights of the natural world.
My immediate thought on drawing the Two of Cups today was “new romance”, so it looks as though it might be an interesting week for some of us! Because the rose stem on the right is placed behind the cup, but crossing the rose on the left, I also think this new romance could possibly be with someone already in the background; someone with whom your path has already crossed, but not necessarily in a romantic way? Exciting stuff!
This simple looking card is resplendent with symbolism. Beginning with the word “rose” itself which can be rearranged to spell “Eros”, the Greek god of love. What could be more fitting?
The roses themselves are at the bud stage, symbolising a relationship in the very early stages. At this stage in a relationship we are usually reluctant to open up fully, hiding insecurities and vulnerabilities from our prospective partner. However, both roses have leaves which suggests that the fledgling relationship holds promise and will likely flourish and blossom given time and care. Another thing which bodes well for the partnership is that neither rose bud has any thorns, signifying that it is not necessary to fear being hurt by your potential partner. Alternatively it could symbolise love at first sight, with no obstacles or difficulties to stand in the way.
In a relationship that is already well established and happy, the leaning together of the stems could symbolise that you are mutually supportive, and content and comfortable in each other’s presence. If this is the case, then perhaps this card signifies a deeper commitment is on the horizon!
When you’re feeling overwhelmed and weighed down by life, just do things step by step and one at a time. There is no urgency; just concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other. Don’t panic and fret about the how…..instead just remain in the now and keep moving in the direction of your goals, little by little. Eventually you will get there.
Stand strong in your truth today and unwavering in your opinion. Don’t be swayed by the arguments of others around you if they don’t feel true for you. Things might feel very black and white so hold fast to your values and principles and whatever makes sense to you.