Ostara Divination: September 2021

Ostara card spread courtesy of Muses of Mystery. Ostara Tarot used. Blue cornflower tea taken to aid divinatory practices on the day of the Spring Equinox. Hail Persephone! Hail Demeter! Hail the Maiden coupled to the Sun God!

1.What do I need to bring back the balance to my life after the cold winter months? 5 of Swords. A green snake twines around 5 swords stabbed into a beach or sea. Conflict that saps energy, reaching for the unattainable – to grab at the nearest sword would be to get bitten. Shift perspective and walk away. In other words, stop yearning for increased energy and dynamism at a time when the world’s energy is at an all-time low. Covid, lockdown, exhaustion, fear – energy sappers. Turn my attention to other things.

1a. What part of me is ready to be reborn? Justice. A very Egyptiancard, a goddess rising from a river, winged, carrying golden scales of justice. A human heart is being weighed on the scales. Maat. I won’t get a gold medal for pushing energy in any direction. I’m ready for the reaction of 3 months of intense creative poetic energy to ease off now, and again, just be for a while. Apparently I need to be hit over the head with this message.

2. What do I need to focus my time and energy on in order to grow? 3 of Wands. Options. A frog sits in a pond watching three ships caught in a whirlpool. Possibilities. No snatching at the moment just contemplation of opportunities and possibilities for future directions. No action needed at the moment, which seems in opposition to burgeoning Spring all around me, but totally suits the frame of body and mind that I’m in.

3. How do I break through the hard shell holding me back? 7 of Cups. A masked woman carries a tray of spilling cups. She is surrounded by masked figures/animals, and is the centre of their attention. Acknowledgement and the centre of attention are illusions. Worldly success means little here, it’s imaginary. Breaking through the hard shell around me means being soft, dropping my masks as best I can, paying attention to the details of what I’m doing, and not worrying about what others think. Easy to say, dear tarot, after 57 years of autism high masking.

3a. How do I open myself to transformation? The World. The world forms from stardust and heat. Pure creation, gravity pulling everything together to make a whole. Allow myself to be pulled along for now, sticking my nose into whatever appeals. The next surge of creativity will come, but not yet. The world inside me is still being formed. To transform, I have to let myself be carried along various paths until something speaks up. Gravity, natural selection, again possibilities.

4. What awakens within and around me to nourish and support? The Empress. How many more times are you going to show up in readings, dear? I get it, you’re my soul and life card for this lifetime. The Empress crouches amongst ferns, allowing life force to flow from her into plants. A small bird nests in her hair. Earth Mother energy. Enjoying my Spring garden, as I am doing, seems to be exactly the right thing to be doing at the moment. Good. I shall carry on.

5. What new journeys will I embark on? Queen of Coins. A mother figure rests with a child, whilst goats surround. A shield to the fore, herbs above. Nurturing and protecting myself are the focus here, not new journeys. Perhaps an journey to my inner child, to protect and nurture her. Capricornian goats. A time of being a stickybeak goat, following my nose quietly, nurturing self. Spring can be busy, but not me.

5a. What new opportunities are on their way? 2 of Swords. A blindfolded blue jay rests on its nest, which is balanced on two crossed swords. Awkward position. One false shift, and everything’s tumbling. No opportunities right now. Being still. No movement for me. Indecision is not forever, it’s a salve right now. I don’t have to decide anything, sign up for anything, action anything. Just Be. Just Be. Just Be.

How I Read Tarot – instructional

A day late, and reading in the early evening instead of the morning. This morning was full of human beings chattering about the Australian eastern earthquake, like we were all lorikeets squawking away.

I’m reading with the Fountain Tarot, and since it’s just me again, I’m asking what the origin of my current slight increase in my depression and anxiety is. (As if I don’t know that it’s lockdown, covid, etc, but one never knows, there could be a hidden reason.)

To receive a more detailed message, I’m going for three cards this time.

3 of Wands, 2 of Wands, 10 of Swords.

3 of Wands: traditionally, the 3 of Wands speaks to the energy of Fire(Wands are fire cards), and to planning, determination, momentum, confidence, and looking ahead. Well, for the duration, I’ve given up on planning, and looking ahead. I won’t start planning trips, or big projects or anything of the sort until there’s a good chance of them happening. I don’t want undue pressure on myself, or disappointment. This card, in this deck, shows a man exerting great effort to achieve his aims. Focussed effort. The muted colours are typical of this deck, and the yellow typical of the wands cards. To me, at first glance, it looks like someone pulling a red, wormy rope out of a cocktail glass. I don’t drink, but it’s a timely warning to not drown myself in any sort of addiction. The gap between what I want to be doing(effort, momentum, planning) and what I’m currently capable of (a more drifting unplanned life) chafes me.

2 of Wands: traditionally, the 2 of Wands is about taking risks, planning, stepping out, first steps in a new direction, leaving comfort. It aligns with the 3 of Swords, which is slightly further along the path. In the Fountain Tarot deck, again we have yellow tones, but more muted than the 3 of Swords, with more blue and green hues. A hand holds two wands in a sort of chopsticks hold, with a crystal ball balanced on the meat of the hand. The little booklet that comes with the deck says this card is about choosing one thing over another. “You only have enough energy to develop one well.” Optimism, boldness, choosing, the world in your hands. Oh, dear tarot, if I had the energy to choose, I’d choose. I’d sally forth to research lyric, hermit crab, and braided essays until the cows came home. But you understand that despite your best intentions for me, I simply don’t have that mental energy right now. That too bugs me. And things that bug me are a drain on my energy levels.

10 of Swords: that old stab in the back, a disaster at hand. Well yes, it’s pandemic, sweetheart. Ruin, failure, exhaustion, betrayal, collapse. I am exhausted, hence the lower scores on my six-weekly surveys from TMS Australia. The child in me feels betrayed by nasty old germs and viruses. How dare it come along to spoil my life. How dare it sneak up on me and stab me in the back. Yes, my plans for 2020-21 have been ruined, just like everyone else. And like everyone else, I’m pouting. The card shows a nude person with swords running through them. They are bent over, defeated, in pain. Yes, I’ve felt all that. A situation that has, in my mind, gone past bearing, and has become very old. Yes, and yes, and yet there’s nothing to do but keep bearing up.

Putting together the Fire and Air of these cards, and having them correlated to energy and thought, it’s the constant background drag of lockdown and pandemic that’s wearing me thin, and dragging my energy down. Humans, including me, are not built to be under this much constant stress. I know I’m not the only one puttering to a standstill, and this reading is pretty much what I thought it would be. The collective energy around me, and the current uselessness of planning means I’m spinning my wheels and my inner self knows it. No amount of gardening, walks, macro photography, tarot play, or housepainting completely blocks out the state of the world. There are daily reminders, and the low level stabbing feeling of ‘another brick in the wall’.

If I came to this reading blind, without the knowledge of my own situation, if it was a reading for a stranger and the world wasn’t pandemicked, then I would say: “Oh, hon, you’re doing it to yourself. You don’t feel able to plan, dream, take steps, venture out from your comfort zone. You’re stabbing yourself repeatedly with destructive thoughts. You might even have reverted to old habits that hurt you. That’s why you feel so low.”

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I hope this small reading has given you some insight into how I read and interpret, how I pull a story together. I wish you luck on looking at, and reading your own cards. Maybe pull these three cards from your deck and see if you can make a story out of them. Depending on your belief system and training and learning, you may or may not incorporate the qualities of the elements represented, or have colour associations. Good luck, tarot-curious, and I’ll see you next week. Who knows – maybe someone will volunteer to ask a question. Otherwise, it will continue to be all about me, me, me.

Guidance For Magical Me – 19/9/21- 26/9/21

I am so exhausted from lockdown and the threat of covid that I’m changing up this week’s Guidance reading to be just for me. Sorry, magical folx, I can’t extend my energy to encompass anyone else this week. You’ll note that the post is already two days late, due to executive disfunction, exhaustion, and brain fritzing.

The Moon is waxing to Full from Sunday to Tuesday, then waning again through to next Saturday.

Full Moon in Pisces this time around, then waning through Aries, Taurus and Gemini.

There is also the Equinox on Wednesday 22nd. Spring for my Southern Hemisphere, Autumn for the Northern Hemisphere.

What magic can I work this week specifically to address this whole body exhaustion, and mind fritz? Never mind the greater good of the world and magical people? This is MY biggest issue, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

I’m using the Animal Wisdom Tarot as part of my Spring Celebrations, another animal-based deck.

Cow – The Empress. Earth Mother. Is this deck being rude to me? Cow? Really? I know I’ve put on some covid kilos, but sheesh!

Anyway, the Empress speaks to true nurturance. Not the ‘take a bubble bath, drink some wine, eat chocolate, watch Netflix’ stuff recommended by magazines having a self-care themed month. True self care, which is a long term plan. It means saying no, having boundaries, changing things up to get the rest you need. If you’ve been putting off seeing a health or mental health professional, this is the sort of care that’s needed.

The advice to myself here is to slow down even more, be gentle and kind, quit Capricornian pushing. Drift for a while. No harm done if I do. I won’t get a medal for coming out the other side of lockdown with a fully painted house, magnificent garden, decluttered everything. I can Slow Down And Take It Easy.

And with that slowing down, some slow candle gazing, I think. Mindfulness, quiet, calm. That’s truly about all the the energy I have for this week, and The Empress comes forward to say ‘that’s okay’.

Maybe this applies to you, too. Slow down even more, take time. Have the bath if that’s what you want, but Cow advises that it’s time, with the watery full moon upon us, to address our deep needs and emotions. Pisces isn’t the best times to consider boundaries, because watery Pisces has none. Pisces is water without a container, endlessly flowing and spreading. Perhaps wait until the moon is in Taurus for looking at what you want to keep out and away from you. By the time the Moon is waning in Taurus, we could all use that waning energy to say ‘be gone’ to unwanted thoughts, people, and energies.

Here’s hoping I’m feeling a wee bit better next week.

How I Read A Tarot Card – instructional

Good morning to my (day late) tarot instructional. I’m using the Children of Litha tarot, which doesn’t get enough of an outing with me. I’ve been very conscious of Ostara coming up, the Quickening of the Melbourne landscape, and the warmer days and nights. I tossed out a handful of native wildflower seeds on the weekend, and they were hammered into the soil by rain over the next two days. I’m hoping the sympathetic magic will spill over into writing success. I’m entering several competitions this week. The Moon’s waxing, so a good time to sow the seeds of what’s to come. Building energy.

So, the question I have this morning….you know, I first was going to ask if doing these weekly instructionals on how I read tarot are of any use to anyone. But I decided the answer might be too disheartening. I’m aware my blog has a small reach, and even though I share the link to FaceBook, very few take the time to read the entry.

Instead, I’m going to ask what dividends my current effort in sending my writing to competitions to journals will have, if any. Yes, I’m feeling all-over disheartened today. I slept in AGAIN, and feel soggy and overslept. Lockdown symptoms, I think.

What is the outcome of my current effort in sending my writing to competitions and journals? It’s a complex question, so I’m going to draw three cards.

Okay, it’s suddenly a five card spread, because I had three cards leap out together for my last shuffle(when doing multi-card spreads, I shuffle for each draw, which is a new habit for me, and one I’ve found to be super-effective. It re-hones my mind on the question.).

King of Cups: Cups suit is that of Water emotions, feelings, intuition. The King here is decked out in gold and black, with a hint of purple echoing the purple, or violet, of the walrus. He is the King of intuition, feeling, someone who is creative but not naive. I know full well that I am a good writer, but one who needs a bit more discipline and reining in on her whimsy. Latent ADHD has come out in the past eight years or so, and makes following a theme through to the end more of a difficulty. Thus, I need to edit my writing more carefully. This card tells me that I know full well that, even though I’m a good writer, I might not be the best, or appeal to certain editors. I know the odds, but won’t give up hope.

The Magician: an elvish creature with multiple arms and legs, wielding all four elements(pentacles, cups, swords, wands). To me, the Magician represents someone who is only just beginning to realise their own power. It’s a card that comes fairly early on in the journey of the Major Arcana and speaks to power and magic, but an immaturity, or lack of confidence also. I know this is not the usual Magician interpretation. The card speaks of gaining experience, and reading the booklet that comes with the deck, I can now see that the man is fused with a spider. Dexterity, skill, doing multiple thing at once. And yes, I do write on many fronts at once. I am currently working with creative non-fiction and poetry. But I feel this poetry phase is on the wane, and soon, another aspect of my writing will come forth. I hope it’s short story. This card tells me that I am possibly spreading myself too thin on too many fronts, but that I have the skill and dexterity needed to succeed. I am re-learning the discipline of concurrently writing, rewriting and editing, offering things to journals and competitions, and keeping track of those offerings, and doing market research. If I am careful with my energy, there is no reason why continuing to do this is not a path for me.

Queen of Cups: a woman of lush curves is accompanied by a seal, again with plenty of intuitional colours violet and purple(crown chakra, our connection to the cosmos). A crescent moon is behind her. The Queen is someone of strong emotional attachments. Am I fully prepared to endure the rough and tumble of the writing marketplace? Not at the level I dream of. I am no Angela Slatter, Stephen King, Marge Piercy. I need to work at the level I feel comfortable with. I know I am not the robust writer I used to be, so this card comes up to say ‘take it at the pace you can cope with’. Also a remark that taking a look at what I want from publication and competition winnings would help refine what it is I’m doing. Right now I’m using the splatter gun approach. Sending stuff out on the off-chance. The Moon hints that perhaps using Her energies, and some magic might not go astray.

Two of Cups: two seahorses face each other, their tails entwined. Two cups are superimposed on them. They are surrounded by pink and purple seaweeds. A card of companionship, love, harmony, union. Yes, I am married to writing for life. It’s a positive card, very much so, so is there perhaps a hint of ‘good will come of this’?

Seven of Swords: Two galahs sit on a branch, looking at each other, while down below, a black snake steals their eggs. This card indicates that I could be ignoring things that should be priorities. Well, yes, I’ve had several months to prepare something to submit to EYE TO THE TELESCOPE, and today’s the last day. I’ve created unnecessary pressure on myself. It’s also an admonition to perhaps curate my offerings a little better, instead of mostly submitting to small markets. I once told off MotorCycleMan for selling his work to the lowest bidders, and now here I am, doing the same. I am being a bit of a galah, to use a very Australian phrase. It means I’m being an idiot. (The booklet says these are love birds. They look like galahs to me.) And the snake has a red-belly. Red-bellied black snakes are venomous, but shy, slithering away from people. They are deadly to the even more venomous brown snakes, and kill and eat them. They are a necessary part of a balanced Australian eco-system. They keep the brown snake populations in check. But yes, they also eat eggs.

Ace of Wands: A fiery fairy creature looks out of the card, wand clutched in her hands. The skull of a carnivore is in her arms. Birds of Paradise flowers surround her. This card talks of a primal surge of creativity, inspiration, power, ambition, motivation. I have my creativity, but it’s feeling muted at the moment. It sounds like some magical energy is needed to kick things up to the next level. I half-laughingly note that, some years ago, I wrote a poem about a writers’ conference, where I likened it to climbing into a cage of cheetahs and other big cats. All the predators prowling around each other, being nicey-nice on the surface, but underneath, all killers. Is this card telling me I need to develop a bit more of that fiery, energetic instinct and start prowling myself, hunting down opportunities?

Have I had my question answered? It’s spoken more to my inner workings than to the actual question of results of current journal and competition offerings, so I’m going to insist on one more card that really speaks to the question. Please Children of Litha card, cough up.

7 of Pentacles: a young yak contemplates a flower rising out of what looks like snow. The season is turning, and the Quickening is in more than just the land around me. It’s in me, too, and my work. The yak knows if he eats the new shoot, the plant will never grow. Best to invest in a longer term future of burgeoning plants. The seeds I’ve sown with my writing will have, in the short term, small results, but given time, I can resurrect my career at a pace I can cope with. Perseverance, vision of the future. Small results for now, but slow and stead endurance is key.

Thankyou, tarot deck, for this clear final message.

I hope this reading helps you on your tarot journey. It’s an example of the tarot addressing issues around the issue, and when pushed, answering the darned question. Yes, it’s absolutely okay to pull qualifier cards if the spread isn’t answering what you asked. Mind you, if the qualifier card doesn’t clear things up, then either you’re not meant to know, or it’s best to pay attention to what the cards are actually saying, and attend to those issues.

Moar patience, discipline, and all those Capricornian things I have in my Sun, Mercury and Mars, but that my Venus in Aquarius, and Scorpio Moon think are a real drag.

Until next week, tarot fans, by which time, I will have sent writing to two competitions, and one journal, and have a piece of creative non-fiction underway for KNOT LITERARY JOURNAL, who are so very kind to request something for each issue.

By the way, people, my piece in KNOT, The Fog Thins, is nominated for a Pushcart Award. Just sayin’.

How I Read Tarot: instructional

Way of the Panda Tarot.

King of Cups.

Question: what should I focus on this week? My considerations are: writing, editing, tarot play, house painting, reading, art therapy, witchery.

What I notice first about this card is that it’s Cups, so it’s speaking to the more emotional side of life. The lotus says, to me, a spiritual aspect, as I associate the lotus with meditation and yoga, and a feeling of opening through the nourishment of the emotions(water). There are small flowers all around. A beautiful blue and violet butterfly is overhead, a symbol of transformation and beauty.

The King is the ‘king’ card of each suit, the last card of each. It’s energy is ‘ultimate’, the most cup a cup can be. This King in particular is a gentle one, ruling through feeling and intuition. He is altruistic, kind, generous, a King for the people.

It feels to me as though ways of emotional expression are best for me this week. That does not mean a whole-hearted leap into house painting. I’ll do a little, but not push it. It feels like a week of art therapy and writing, more specifically art therapy and arting in general.

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Yes, my post is a little early this week. While I had my Panda tarot out, I thought I’d do both my Guidance For Magical Folx post, and this one, thus leaving some time clear during the week for art.

Guidance For Magical Folx – 22/8/21-28/8/21

Glorious good morning, Magical Folx. It’s a beautiful sunny Spring day here in Melbourne, and we are all frustrated at continued hard lockdown. However, I’m going to take full advantage of the allowable 2 hours of outside-the-house time today, and take a long walk.

The Full Moon in Aquarius tomorrow is a Blue Moon, second moon in Aquarius. This completes the waxing moon phase, and from Sunday onwards, the moon wanes. It journeys through Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, and Taurus the coming week.

I’m using my lovely Botanica Tarot, based on the language of flowers, and created by Kevin Jay Stanton. It’s a very different deck. Research says it’s based on ‘classical tarot interpretations’, but I’m unsure which classical tarot system it’s relying on, as I haven’t worked with this deck. Certainly the major arcana follow the labelling of the Rider-Waite-Smith system. Quite honestly, I’m going to drop ‘Rider’ from further references. I don’t mention publishers of tarot decks. I’d much rather reference the writer and artist. Waite-Smith it is.

10 of Coins/Pentacles. The Eucalyptus tree. It’s an important part of many ecosystems. It’s pollen sustains many creatures, and it’s wood is grown as a sustainable resource. It’s a tree of enduring, indigenous to Australia, and islands north of Australia. A small number are found in New Guinea, Indonesia and as far north as the Phillipines.

It adds a layer of bark each year, and is highly flammable, containing eucalyptus oil. While the moon is in Aries, it might be time for some fire magic. What fiery, sparky, snarky thing do you want less of in your life? This could be the time to make magic while the moon is waning.

The 10 of Pentacles or Coins traditionally speaks to security and stability, legacy, roots, family, ancestry, foundations, and windfalls.

I note, in this card, not so much the black background, as every card in this deck has that, but the lovely blue of the bark, the red, orange, and yellow coins, the pale yellowy-pink of the flowers, and the dark pink gum nuts. So much here speaks to sunrise and sunset colours, and the colours of the Australian bush.

With this card speaking to material wealth, and the things that make your life feel safe and stable, and the moon waning, I think this card is asking us to work with the Full Moon in Aquarius for the greater good of community and the world. Make magic that benefits your world. Is everyone in your community safe, and in a stable environment. Step beyond your own concerns and perhaps create some magic for a local soup kitchen, or shelter. Or work with the waning moon through the week to lower the incidence of domestic violence.

One thing I will note about eucalypts is that they are absolute champions at storing water. These trees grow in the very harsh environs of Australia, and thrive. They know to suck up water(emotions, cups) when the going’s good, and store it for times of scarcity.

So how are your down-deep poverty consciousness, and scarcity beliefs? Is time to work with the waning moon to show those beliefs the door?

And, my fellow Aussies, Spring is here. Ideal time to harvest eucalypt leaves, bark, gum nuts, and flowers for any magical needs. And a great time for Spring cleaning. Add a bit of eucalyptus oil to your cleaning water. For hayfever sufferers, your old friend eucalyptus is there to help clear your sinuses. Diffuse the oil. There’s a lot of pollen around with the wattles in flower.

Have a magical week, Folx, and I’ll see you next week for more waning Moon magic, and tarot or oracle deck guidance. Look out for my ‘how I read cards’ post next week.

How I Read Tarot – instructional

Just yesterday, I was talking with UnicornLass about bringing more focus and concentration into my life. In other words, concentration abundance. With the Moon waxing, and my weekend Guidance For Magical Folx card pull being the King of Pentacles/Coins, it was not coincidence that Biddy Tarot posted an Abundance Alignment Spread that caught my eye this morning.

Abundance Alignment Spread – Biddy Tarot

Deck: The Muse Tarot

  1. Why do I want to manifest more abundance/concentration/focus in my life? 6 of Pentacles. (As I was shuffling, a woman walking two enormous fluffy malamutes walked past my house. All that fur – now that’s abundance!) Two girls are ecstatic from the beaming energy coming out of a pink rose. They themselves are clad in roses. This card, in RWS, speaks to giving and taking, the duality of giving. That others benefit from what you give, yet you also benefit, whether it be in brownie points, feeling good about yourself, seeing others thrive, or simply decluttering the over-abundance around you. You are helping things grow, like Dolly Levi with Horace Vanderbilt’s money. More focus would mean that I get poems and stories rewritten and into the world, instead of cluttering up my ‘to be worked on’ files. I’m told that my writing is of benefit to others. I’m told that I have books within me that need to be read by others. I would feel good to finish things, and others would grow.
  2. How might my life improve, if I were able to manifest more abundance/focus/concentration? Queen of Voices. Queen of Swords. A more mature outlook on my work and life. The ability to cut through the bullshit I’ve built up around the art and craft of writing. A pale woman with short black hair looks to her right. She is surrounded by ravens. The instructional book says she is feeling fresh wind from the east, and looks to that. Setting aside fear and speaking to cool intellect, with a nod to the magic that ravens bring would improve my life greatly. I have a hard time accessing emotion anyway, so cool intellect it is.
  3. How might I be able to help others if I were to manifest more abundance/focus/inspiration? Ace of Inspiration. Ace of Wands. It seems me being more focussed and getting my writing and magic done would mean others catching the spark of inspiration for themselves. The Ace of Inspiration speaks to new inspiration, the energy to carry it out, enthusiasm, and the hot desire of creation. Am I writing a self-help book? What is it that I’m going to write and put in the world that will make people catch alight like this? Wow, not intimidating at all. But also exciting. The card shows a serene woman surrounded by yellow, and flame colours. A stream of warm colour, with a hint of green flows from here. On her head is a succulent, and behind her, several cacti. The succulence of feeling inspired. The cacti spikes of ‘get it done’. The clouds in the background are below her head, so this isn’t just daydreaming cloud stuff, that’s done with. I’m going to do things that inspire others.
  4. What signs might I see when a new flow of abundance is around the corner? 4 of Inspiration. 4 of Wands. Four women sit in a circle on a flat outcropping of rock. They are meditating. 4 streams of coloured light pour down and enter their crown chakras. The background is soft yellow, orange and pink. Pieces of the rock outcropping are falling away. They appear to be surrounded by clouds. This is a card of celebration, of gathering with friends and family. Community, stability, belonging, gatherings, reunions, parties. In other words, this new flow of focus and inspiration will come when we’re out of lockdown. Because right now, Victoria is in hard lockdown, with only 5 reasons to leave home, a 5km limit on travel, a maximum of 2 hours away from home, and a curfew. Quite naturally, I’ll feel a lot better when I’m out of lockdown. Der.
  5. What step can I take today to align with my true abundance potential? Knight of Voices. Knight of Swords. The Knight of Swords is focussed, ambitious, intellectual, assertive, and daring. A winged horse is flying above clouds(again with the clouds). Fly ahead with determination. So a first step is to actually find a poem or story that’s already ready to go out in the world, and actually send it somewhere. Silly thing is, I know this. I know it. The way to get published is to take stuff out the vaults and send it out. Go forth little poem or story, go forth.

It comes back to doing. If I so want this life that I say I want, I have to put aside the massive amount of reading and fb scrolling time, and do the work. Always do the work. And I know this. And I construct busywork to keep me from doing what it is I’m supposed to do. Stahp! As they say in the classics.

Guidance For Magical Folx – 15/8-21/8/21

Good morning, on this cool but brilliantly sunny Saturday morning. It promises to be 17 degrees Celsius today, so I’m looking forward to putting some more native violets in my garden. Spring is here. The sweet violets I planted have taken hold, the daffodils and jonquils are out, some self-seeded borage has flowers, and the bees are happily collecting pollen off the purple flowers on my rosemary bush.

This week, the Ostara Tarot caught my eye, so here she is to impart the week’s magical guidance for all of us.

The Moon is waxing towards full. This week She journeys through Scorpio, Sagittariuis, Capricorn, and Aquarius, landing up nearly full next Saturday. (Sunday will be a Full Blue Moon in Aquarius, the second full moon in Aquarius).

What magic can we do this coming week: King of Coins(pentacles). This King wears his wealth on his antlers, and walks the fine line between wealth and avarice. The ‘little white book’ interpretation of this King is that he has grown cold to his wealth, and displays it for the sake of it, for power, for show. This is not my understanding of the King of Pentacles, who is Earth-personified, the Green Man, the King Stag, King of the Forest, ruler of all that is earth-based, material, practical, grounded.

That said, Coins and Pentacles indicate that it’s the perfect time for some waxing moon abundance magic, however you wish to do that. Want a better harvest? Your houseplants to thrive? Need more money, a job, a better job? However the lack of abundance is manifesting in our lives, now is the time to work magic to change that.

Work with the colours green and gold. Include coins and images of cheques made out to you for incredible amounts of money. Make a money tree. Go out and feed your rose bushes, and give the compost a turn.

Good abundant luck, magical beings, and I’ll see you next week for Full Moon magic.

How I Read Tarot Cards – instructional

Good morning, tarot enthusiasts, learners, and tarot-curious. This morning I’m working with the Lioness Oracle Tarot deck, in honour of the Lion’s Gate. I know very little about these Lion’s Gates, but I’ll let Norma Budinski of Harp To Heart Healing explain it. This is from her latest newsletter:

“We’re currently in one of the most powerful times of the year known as the Lion’s Gate! It takes place when an alignment between the Earth and the star Sirius occurs, creating a cosmic doorway of abundance and heightened manifestation!

Sirius is a star of legends, known for bestowing wealth, honor, devotion, passion, and powerful creative talent. In ancient Egypt, the rising of Sirius was directly associated with the rising of the Nile River, which would nourish the land and crops, sustaining life. The Lion’s Gate is a portal for accelerated ascension and major shifts on all levels. It remains open until the 12th of August.

It’s important to remember that you’re always creating your reality. However, when the Lion’s Gate is open, everything moves faster and with intensified energy. The Lion’s Gateway will multiply your efforts and keep them magnifying as you focus on your highest intentions. 
 This energy also activates your heart chakra bringing great healing, heightened intuition and freedom from past limitations. During the Lion’s Gate, you can access higher realms of consciousness, clear and align your energy for receiving. Meditation, spiritual practices and energy healing are essential to receive the transmissions at this time.
This year, the Lion’s Gate coincides with the New Moon bringing dynamic transformation!
 You may have intense dreams and receive very clear guidance from your Angels or loved ones in spirit. Parts of this energy may create heightened sensitivity, drama or unexpected events. It’s essential to trust that the old ways, patterns and beliefs are being cleared. Greater ease is being created for you to open to increased love, healing and prosperity in many forms.

In addition to the Lion’s Gate and the New Moon, we’re currently in the energy of Imbolc heralding the end of winter and the emergence of  spring with its growing light.”

Today, I’m asking my tarot deck: where should I focus my energy for today? I have a number of things on my mind, and feel overwhelmed, not knowing where to start, or what appeals because it all appeals.

Justice.

Oh it would have to be one of the Major Arcana cards, wouldn’t it? If it was from the minor arcana, I could simply go off the correspondences of the four suits. Fire – action. Air – thought and imaganation. Earth – groundedness like gardening and house painting. Water – more emotional work such as art journaling. But no, I get Justice.

All right. First let’s look at the card itself. In this deck, there is a starry background in blue, purple, and indigo. In the foreground is a rainbow, with a pink rose at either end. In the middle of the rainbow is the symbol for Libra, the scales.

For me, the night sky, the universe is a symbol of deep imagination, deep dreaming, which ties in well with what’s been said above by Norma Budinski. With Imbolc in the air, the Lion’s Gate portal, and the now waxing moon, I could sink into pictures of galaxies and the deep sky, and dream a whole new life for myself.

The rainbow has many symbols for me: over the rainbow is the land of Oz, a fantastical escapist place. Mind you recent books such as ‘Wicked’, and ‘Dorothy Must Die’ have given me a jaundiced view of Oz. The rainbow colours are also associated with the LGBQI community. For me, the rainbow is a symbol of hope, of the whole spectrum of colours, of inclusivity, vibrancy.

The pink roses. In the language of flowers, pink roses symbolise love, gratitude, joy, and funnily enough, indecision. Information garnered from THE COMPLETE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS.

Now we turn our attention to the meaning of the Justice card. “Justice rules the law of equal return. It knows that which comes out, comes back in similar form. It knows there is strength in truth. Equilibrium and balance are key qualities in this honest judge. Fairness. Weighing things before an important decision. Cutting through false exteriors. Cause and effect. Equal exchange. Defending what you think is right.” – from the booklet accompanying the deck.

Faced with about a dozen choices of what to do today, the Justice card acknowledges that I do indeed have choices, and advises a little bit of this, a little bit of that. There are no major decisions to be made today, so I’ll structure my day to have balance between active and more passive things. I’ve already done a little house painting, and now I’m sitting at my wee desk typing this up. Justice advises me to keep balancing the day this way. Activity, then more restful things. All while keeping an eye on my energy expenditure, and giving some thought to how I’m travelling, and do I need to rest. And to give a bit of gratitude as I go.

And definitely some time set aside for deep sky dreaming, and manifestation magical work. Ooh, sounds like a bit of art witchery to me….. UnicornLass, I’ll be calling your energy in for this.

Thankyou, dear Lioness Oracle Tarot. When I bought you, which I’ll admit was for the title alone, I thought you’d be a beautiful but ultimately neglected addition. I wasn’t sure I could read with you. And yet, here we are at the Lion’s Gate portal, and we’re grooving.

That’s the instructional for this week, tarot fans. Don’t forget that if you’d like to see how I’d tackle a particular question, drop a comment in the comments section, and we’ll what we can set up.

Guidance for Magical Folx – 8 August – 14 August 2021

Tarot deck: Gaian Tarot.

Moon: New Moon in Leo through to Waxing Moon in Scorpio.

Six of Earth: A farmers’ market with plenty of produce, money exchanging hands from grower to customer. Sunflowers, yellow daisies. A baby comfortable in a baby sling. It looks to be Spring or Summer.

The Earth cards in the Gaian deck relate to pentacles or coins. The traditional meaning of the card is giving, receiving, sharing wealth and abundance, generosity, kindness, help on the material level. It can mean being generous with money.

The creator of this deck, Joanna Powell Colbert, interprets this card as one of giving and receiving. Exchange for that which will nourish body and mind, presenting your own gifts to the community.

Let’s now look at the magic we can work with the Moon phase.

Right now, the Moon is dark, so it’s time for all that banishing you want to do. Leo is bright, shining, the adolescent of the zodiac. Most people sum up Leo as ‘confident’, but it’s a teenager’s confidence: “I’m great…aren’t I?” Time to look at what beliefs are holding you back from being at least able to say “I’m great”. Found them? Banishing magic!

The new moon in Leo tomorrow heralds a time to bring in new energy. Banished those dark old self-destructive beliefs today? You have room to call in some fresh new ideas that will start to take root as the moon begins waxing. Be generous to yourself. Gift yourself the idea of sunflowers, daisies, and abundance.

By the end of next week, the Moon has waxed through Leo, Virgo, and Libra, and moves into Scorpio.

Leo – fire. Virgo – earth. Libra – air. Scorpio – water. You have a chance to work with each of the elements this week, as you do every week, and the themes of self-esteem, where things might not be working like clockwork(our lovely Virgoans being the clockmakers and precision-lovers of the zodiac), balance, and winding up in underground-water-heated-by-lava-under-pressure-all-the-damned-time Scorpio.

With the 6 of Earth as your guidance, look at where you can be generous to yourself, nourishing, and what exchange you can make with others, or your deities, for this new energy you are bringing in.

Hope this gives you some ideas, magical folx, and I’ll see you next week for some tarot guidance, and waxing Moon in Scorpio.