Monday, 1 September 2014

Back to work - Lennie Week

I haven't used a Lenormand deck in months, so it seems like a good time to break one out. The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle (Watkins 2013) by Caitlin Matthews and Virginia Lee certainly deserves more attention than I have given it since I bought it -- at least a year ago, that was. So I'll be focusing on this particular Lenormand deck for a few posts.

Today I am going back to my 'substantive posts', having been on a secondment for the last 6 months. It was meant to be a 12-month gig, but I asked to be sent back early. It occurred to me recently that while I did a lot of readings about that secondment (would I be shortlisted? Would I be successful at interview? Would I be good at the job?), I never thought to ask how I would actually like it! And so I got all these positive readings and thought, yay! I just wonder if I had done a reading about how I would like, how that would have turned out.

So today I'm doing two draws. First: What do I need to know or do to be successful in returning to my old jobs? And I drew --

Anchor + Moon + Key + Letter + Cloud = Stability + Work + Important thing + Communication + Unclear=

'The key to stability at work is to be careful what you tell others.'

This draw is telling me to quietly take everything in upon my return, to keep my remarks to a minimum. The best thing I can do to get back in the swing of it is to keep my own counsel and carry on. In a few days it will be like I've never left, I'm sure.

Now the second question, which I failed to come out and ask last time: How will I feel as I get back into the routine of my old job? How will I feel about the work?

Tree + Ship + Fish + Anchor + Bear = Health/Long time + Travel + Money/Fluidity + Security + Strength =

'After a long journey (a journey away from health, tellingly), I slip into a place where I feel safe and secure.'

The draw suggests my main feelings will be like the sigh of relief when you get home from a long visit away. There are some interesting combinations within the draw. If we mirror, we see Tree + Bear = strength and stamina, Ship + Anchor = coming into harbour, coming home. It's interesting that the mirrored pairs are closely associated in meaning, Tree and Bear both carrying health connotations, and Ship and Anchor going together like peanut butter and jelly. :) Also the fish fits right in to the ship and anchor imagery, doesn't it. These three cards in the middle, being so closely related by their sea theme, makes me think of feeling like a fish in water, in other words, in my 'element' -- and possible there's something to be said there for feeling more like a 'big fish in a small pond' than a hatchling in the Pacific, which is sort of how I felt in my secondment! And flanking these three middle cards are symbols of longevity and strength, and I think that sums up well how one might expect to feel going back to a post you'd done for ten years. doesn't say I'll be over the moon with excitement or ecstatically happy. It says I will feel things are safe and familiar. Yeah.

We'll just have to see how accurate this turns out to be -- I'll revisit this reading in a week or two. Remind me!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

When does a deck become a legend?

The Greenwood Tarot: Pre-Celtic Shamanism of the Mythic Forest 
by Mark Ryan & Chesca Potter 
(Thorsons 1996)

Is there a tarot deck in history that has attained such mythic status in so short a time? How did this happen? Why? And does it live up to the hype?

Friday, 29 August 2014

A relaxing meditation for you

The Wisdom of Avalon Oracle (Baron-Reid, Hay House 2007) contains four types of cards:

Messengers of Avalon (people)
Animal Guides of Avalon (animals)
Guides of Faery (elemental faeries)
Sacred Journey Markers (landscapes associated with abstract concepts)

Today's card is a Sacred Journey Marker, 'Letting Go'. The symbol at the top with two vertical lines and three wavy lines is repeated on the rock in the waterfall scene. If this is a well-known sacred symbol, I am not familiar with it, but it seems to me to be a symbol for waterfalls. What do you think?

The waterfall is actually a very apt symbol for the concept of letting go. The water in its forward momentum shows no resistance at all to the free fall of spilling over the edge. Similarly, we should allow our lives to flow without impediment or fear.

Why not contemplate the image of this card while listening to the sounds of a waterfall. As you meditate and listen, feel the flow of the energy of your life in its forward motion:

Blessed be!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Is this someone you'd want to mess with? Lady of the Lake

In Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon, which this deck is loosely based on, The Lady of the Lake is the high priestess of Avalon, and she and her priestesses can part the mists to enter Avalon. Not everyone can do this -- in the book, it takes diligent development of natural gifts to learn to do it.

Wisdom of Avalon Oracle (Baron-Reid 2007) doesn't play on that aspect of Lady of the Lake so much. Today's card hearkens more to the Lady of the Lake from Arthurian legends, and the meaning given to the card is very much like the tarot Queen of Swords:

'She is the harsher element of truth, where denial is swept away by a tidal wave of events...serious business is at stake. The Lady reminds you of your personal responsibility in shaping your reality and its consequences. Seek the sword of truth within yourself and great success will be yours.'

This reminds me of something I read recently: 'Be who you are. People don't have to like you, but you don't have to care.'

If you are responsible for shaping your reality, why in the world would you want to shape it to conform to someone else's specifications? Would you want to wear shoes custom-made for someone else's feet? Dentures formed to someone else's mouth? Noooooo! So why would you even consider shaping your life to fit someone else's mold? Because they frowned at you? Because they made a comment to you online? Ha! No way, no how -- don't do it.

Look at the key words to this card: Absolute Truth, Courage, Self-Respect, Responsibility. Look at the Lady of the Lake -- sheer power and independence. She rises from the waters of the depths of her inner knowing, wielding the sword of her intellect, and she is ready to face whatever confronts her as she surfaces. This is you!

Monday, 25 August 2014

New Moon in Virgo - let's get hopping, little froggies!

This week I'll be drawing from a charming oracle deck called Wisdom of Avalon Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid (Hay House 2007). The inspiration for this deck is very clearly Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon, though, like many, Baron-Reid says she had an interest in Avalon long before that novel came out. In any case, the ties to Bradley's books are not strong. The deck features animals, human characters, elemental faeries, and  abstractions such as love, trust, protection represented by gentle woodland scenes. The artwork is beautiful, and you don't have to know anything about Avalon or Bradley's books to work out the meaning of the cards.  

Today is a bank holiday Monday, so the Frog is apt for two reasons -- one it will invariably rain today, and two the card is said to mean 'cleaning house, releasing emotional baggage'. That is exactly what we have planned for today! We want to give the flat a good clean and prepare for tonight's new moon. 

The new moon is in Virgo tonight, and that brings with it a powerful energy of definite endings. Diane Booth Gilliam of Yoganonymous says: 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Share a Spread Sunday -- Build a Bridge Spread

The Build a Bridge Spread can be used for any sort of situation where you want to connect the dots:

  • A love relationship
  • A career goal
  • School 
  • Weight loss goals
  • Fears and phobias
  • Procrastination issues

 Here's how to use it.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Ten Non-Negotiables

I hadn't heard of the 10 Non-Negotiables, but I spotted a post about it on New Age Hipster's blog, so I thought I'd have a go. ...Then I got stuck. What are my non-negotiables? Hmm.

Maybe I'm too old for a non-negotiable list that includes items about footwear and hair colour, because all of mine are pretty serious. But they are certainly non-negotiable.