The Moon – Darkana Deck

I intended this months cards would have messages for everyone who comes to read this blog or email.

This month’s card reading for you all is The Moon from the Darkana deck. Immediately I am reminded of the following concept : When you are not ready to meet the forces  of your universe, your gods, they will appear as demons and you will fear them. Once ready then these forces become our allies and our deepest drives.

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Moon From The darkana Deck - Dan Donche

Moon From The darkana Deck – Dan Donche

We fear the truth so often. The Moon helps us see in the dark, it tests our faith in ourselves in the absence of full knowledge and it helps us come to trust something deep within us so that when we are surrounded by darkness this inner light shows us the way we need to go. Thus the moon strengthens us and helps us be more independant and self-reliant in an emotional way. It also puts us in touch with our intuition and brings us events that help us trust it all the more.

Ultimately it leads us to firm ground to stand on within ourselves that can not be shaken by external forces.

This month we are presented opportunities to strengthen ourselves, our self-belief and our sense of inner security. It maybe that you have decisions to make but feel you have too little information, it maybe you are asked to make a decision and your instinct is to go against the grain and yet you have no ‘normally accepted’ justification for your position. This month you need to follow those instincts as something deeper in you is directing you forward.

The affirmation from assertiveness training may help you with this at times. “I have the right not to justify myself.” Though in some work situation we might need to find a justification for a course of action in our own personal lives we need not justify our thoughts, actions and decisions to others. We can keep our power and just act as we feel is the best of our ability in the situation.

As we do this it can help us move forward in ways we could not have predicted logically – we can find solutions to things that were unfathomable by reason alone.

The moon casts light in the dark places in our lives too and sometimes for our intuition to be fully revealed we need to look into those dark places and admit to ourselves our deeper motivations sometimes come from parts of ourselves we would rather keep hidden from view. As we explore and come to love these parts of ourselves too so we become whole and even the darkest part of our nature also has a positive gift to give us as an loving awareness of our anger can bring us the ability to be assertive and stand up for ourselves against others who may be trying to bully or manipulate.

So this month you may find information is hidden from you, that you can’t quite find out what you need to, that there are secrets and shadows, but as you go within and acknowledge your own shadowy places and personal secrets so you feel clearer and can then hear the voice of your intuition directing you on what action to take and the approach to maintain within yourself.

How you judge another will help you have clues to how you judge yourself and give you access to parts of your shadow you may otherwise and not noticed. Taking the opportunty to connect with even the smallest part within you, expressed by those around you, will help you take charge of yourself and stand on solid ground whatever happens.

So you may find the month ahead testing at times, however it is strengthening you and your own self-reliance in a positive way. Embrace all challenges as opportunities to strengthen yourself further.  Trust your intuition and know that in the moonlight, whilst we can’t see our final destination we can see the next few steps to take quite clearly – keep walking forward and trust you will always know what the next step is.

4 Swords – Sacred Circle

This month’s card reading for you all is 4 swords from the sacred circle deck.

Deck created by Anna Franklin and Published by Llewellyn Deck llewellyn.com

Deck created by Anna Franklin and Published by Llewellyn Deck llewellyn.com

I look at this deck and immediately see an ordered-ness in the natural world. The short cut grass and neat hedges, the flowers in the foreground even seem very neat and precise in their petal arrangement.

I have a sense here of the presence of humans in nature. It reminds me both of manicured lawns as well as the more manicured look to the lake district in England compared with North Wales despite it actually being wild. I see that the month of march is likely to bring us into a place of comfort and security, perhaps protected in some way from the wildness of life, the swords seem like a barrier to movement forward yet also very decorative and I feel this is indicating we need to take time out this month and re-coope our energy. Rest and appreciate beauty, perhaps attend to things that have become untidy in our lives, get organised and ordered in order to the return to our mission and goals in the future.

As we clear the environment we are in so we clear our own mental clutter and refresh our ability to have inspiring thoughts and to be strong in the face of challenges. You might use March to physically de-clutter and spring clean the house. Do so in a relaxed step by step way – it is not time to push anything forward – just to take things step by step and re-organise where needed. You may decide that those jobs that have been around for ages need to be done and attend to them rather than pushing forward with your larger goals in leisure and work life. It may mean you need to actually take some time out and rest physically knowing enough has been done for now not to destroy your progress, but that it can take some lack of attention this month to attend to your more personal and physical needs.

Going on a retreat of any kind this month is well aspected and you will find great rejuvenation from activities which take you out of your usual routine. It is a good time for reflection on how far you have come too. As you recognise what you have achieved it revives your enthusiasm and hope for what you can achieve in the future.

The daisies at the front of the card suggest to me that simplifying our life at this time will serve us well and that we can take pleasure in the small things that are so often overlooked. I have a sense of richness of experience coming from looking at the details of our lives with gratitude and acceptance.

Though its a month with a very restful peaceful theme, its not the end of the journey – there will be much to do in the future, its a ‘time out’ a holiday or break, that refreshes us and clears the pathway forward when we pick up the baton again. Enjoy this time – you have worked hard and you deserve it. There will be a time to push ahead later.

Enjoy your month and the peace it brings, don’t fear slowing down, nothing will be ruined by some time out now.

Individuum deck – 10 of Teeth – February’s card

I intended this months cards would have messages for everyone who comes to read this blog or email.I was drawn to use the Individuum deck this month for the reading for you.

10 of teeth

10 of teeth

This months card is the 10 of teeth. Teeth are seen as the magic of enlightenment and are equivalent to wands in other decks. Pictured here we can see someone struggling under the strain of weight – yet it seems like an unseen loadHe does seem balanced as well as barely able to stand up./ We can see the message here for the month ahead as it being a time when our strength is tested and in doing so we are made stronger. The load may be unseen in that it is a kind of ongoing stress that has worn us down over a long period of time – the individual things may not be completely apparent, but overall we are worn out and possibly need to take some form of action to release this load. He looks outward as if trying to say something to someone – perhaps you will find you need to ask for help, that you are carrying too much through your own previous enthusiasm, or through others handing you work and responsibility without you fully realising what you were taking on.

The card doesn’t indicate that we can’t cope merely that we need to look for ways t change the situation – as a 10 card it does speak of an ending to things of this nature – however it challenges us to first become aware (enlightened) as to how we got into this situation and then to take action to remedy it.

It may be that you are actually physically trying to strengthen yourself, but that somehow you have taken on too much of an ambitious progression and for some of this month at least you need to hold back and make sure you rest to regain your balance and allow the strengthening process to have the space to occur. In a similar, symbolic, way you may find you need to take a few days off work to recuperate your energy and give yourself the space to plan you strategy to deal with the stresses you are under. As you take this space, ask for what you need and ask for help so you release yourself from this card and take its blessing of increased strength and enlightenment of how we overload ourselves. With this knowledge we canthen create more balanced lives for ourselves and honour our own needs more rather than subduing them by others needs or our perception of others’ needs.

Teeth are shown when we ‘grit our teeth and get on with it – giving us short term immediate strength to continue – they are also shown when we are angry and need to set a limit or boundary with someone. Allow your teeth to be shown this month – perhaps you will know it is only for a short time then you will be through it – then go ahead and know you can handle it – perhaps it will be that you need to show your assertiveness with someone – show your teeth – so they know they can not just extect more and more from you and that you have a boundary of how much energy you have to give  them in a particular situation. Either way assertive action brings good rewards.

Blessings to you all.

Newsletter 2014

My usual end of the year newsletter didn’t happen this year – other commitments got in the way and it just didn’t flow – however now feels like the right time.

In the Northern hemisphere we are starting to see the signs of spring on its way. This week I saw the first snowdrops in bloom and in our own garden too, a wonderful symbol of hope and renewal. Often seen as a marker that spring is on its way, warmth is coming and the dark days are on their way out. All this practical connection also leads to their symbolic representation as an energy or essence that brings us hopefulness and an understanding that our inner dark times don’t last for ever and the new purity within us comes forth slowly but surely – even a little light can start to illuminate the darkest in us.

Snowdrops in my garden

Snowdrops in my garden

We can start to embrace our own growing confidence in the new – release the old ways in our life and move forward with trust, faith and innocence.

Meditating on an image of a snowdrop can help you attune to this energy in your life – as can actually sitting with the plant in a meditative state - you can mentally ask a plant to share with you any help it may have for you also and allow the answer to pop into your mind.

The image here is from the snowdrops this year in my garden – feel free to use this image for  your meditation if you wish.

Of course there are other symbols and festivals of renewal around this time – we have the Chinese new Year and are coming into the Year of the Horse. A year associated with freedom, things moving forward and no compromising. Some powerful times ahead I think – if we focus on being more of who we really are these transitional energies can be very beneficial. We do need to be careful our impulses are rooted in truth and not just freedom for the sake of it though.

Also we have the pagan festival of Imbolc in the Northern Hemishpere marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring and lambing season. Here in Wales this is called Gwyl Fair y Canhwyllan (Mary’s festival of the candles) and has similar connection to Candlemas and the returning of the light.

With new beginning in the air it is a good time to have a reading and see what lies ahead for you and how to focus on things in your life to be on your highest path.

If you feel the time is right send me an email to book a reading – either by phone or at a distance (without needing to be available when I have slots – I send you the recording on CD or MP3)

My News

I have had a busy year with the various things I offer. I have introduced a new reading type – the quick look reading – to replace email readings – which were time comsuming to do and I could deliver less content than I can when I speak. So the ‘quick look readings’ are only available as an MP3 recording and are suitable for a single topic – though the topic can be looked at rather than just a single question as was the case for email readings. Obviously bigger questions such as “Guidance for the year ahead” are not suitable for this type of reading as a full reading will have the space to really answer this question much more effectively. http://www.tarot-guidance.co.uk

On the training front I am now offering an online course for developing intuition with Rider Waite Smith style decks on a one to one basis, though if enough poeple wish to work in a group I can open this up to the group setting too. Let me know if you are interested. I will also be offering an absolute beginners course for RWS style decks this year.

The Thoth courses continue to be successful though I am getting many more requests for them to be run individually rather than in a group setting. Which I am happy to do – people find the timing more convenient this way and are often happier about sharing more deeply through the course too. They start at any time – let me know if you are interested. Details of the Thoth courses can be found here http://www.tarot-training.co.uk - RWS style courses will be of a similar length and format to the Initial Thoth course – just using a different deck.

I am also soon to release a new course on the traditional and historial symbolism of the Tarot – focusing on the history and various schools of thought that have been incorporated in the main tarot decks over the years, but still with some emphasis on using this information intuitively. If you are interested in hearing about when this course is released let me know.

In the months of British Summer Time I am also offering spiritual mountain walking days – This last year I ran a group day for this as well and many individual walk and talk days. People have been finding the walks really transforming, peaceful, dramatic, and a really good way to connect with nature and their deeper selves. The group dates are not set yet for the year ahead but I will be setting them shortly and also taking bookingd for individual walk and talk days for one or two people. Sign up for my sp[iritual mountain walking newsletter to keep in touch - you can do this by going to my website here and signing up on the form at the side Http://www.spiritual-mountain-walking.co.uk

One to one personal work and also tarot mentoring are also available should you wish to work with me in this way - email or ring me to discuss your needs.

On the note of ringing me - I am now using my Skype number as my main business contact number. So for all enquiries use this number 0161 408 1919 or email me on one of the my emails or through the contact form below.

I have a message on my old number to remind you of the change in phone number if you forget. Our land line has been troublesome this year and I think this will help rectify the problems and make access easier more of the time.

Year ahead – 2 of cups and Death – A Powerful Year of Change

I intended this months cards would have messages for everyone who comes to read this blog or email. I also intended it to be what to focus on as we start the year this January and the theme for the year 2014 ahead.

I was drawn to use the Mary El deck this month for the reading for you.

The card for the month of January is 2 cups.

2 cups from Mary El Deck  http://www.mary-el.com

2 cups from Mary El Deck http://www.mary-el.com

The card for the year as a whole is Death.

Death

Death – Morta The Crone – Cutter of cords for liberation of the soul

Lets look at the year as a whole first – Death. This card is not something to worry about, as most people know the death card very very rarely means physical death, instead it refers to physical change of circumstances and a rebirth in some way in your life. Very often this is extremely positive. As we let go of old ways of being internally (often seen as the Tower) so the external world changes to match our new internal state. We might move house and so attract a new set of friends who more accurately reflect our inner being, we might change jobs having outgrown the old one, we might change our lifestyle through having more space and time as children have reach an age to allow us more freedom.

So in this year ahead there is likely to come before us a chance to make quite big practical changes in our world. If we approach this in a conscious way and allow ourselves to let go of the things and activities we have outgrown the process can be empowering and affirming to our deepest and truest selves. We might find ourselves feeling some sadness as we let go of people or places we have been attached to in the past, however the aspect of rebirth follows very quickly and there will likely be a strong sense of rightness to the ending, in the situations we are being asked to let go of. If you don’t feel it is time for things to change in a particular area then it isn’t.

The death card comes when we have done the inner work of change, it is merely the external situations that are catching up with us. Consequently that inner knowing of whether something needs to transform or be left is accurate and can be trusted. There is no need for worry.

So in this year ahead allow yourself to let go, to feel the sadness of loss and to allow the universe show you what you are being re-birthed into. This year marks the dawning of a new age in your life – one that will bring more fruitfulness and renewal than you can imagine.  Old stagnant situations are either rejuvenated or released and we experience the change we have been waiting for.

Looking to the image on the card we see an elderly woman with an expression of peace on her face – I get a sense of wisdom and knowing from her. It is like she has seen so much in the world and gained so much knowledge and wisdom from her experiences now she can allow things to progress as they do without resisting change, but with a deep peace in her heart knowing that when we lose something it is to make way for something new. She understands the natural order of things and how when we are true to our spirit then nothing is ever wrong, change simply brings more chances to deepen our connections with ourselves and our spirits. We can allow external transformation to help continue to heal us and help us grow.

The flowers, leaves and nature spirits depicted here show to me an image of autumn and the beauty of the change that happens as we sink into winter and the time for rest and rejuvenation. We can approach the changes in our world with this perspective, there will come again spring, but as we surrender to the changing process itself we can gain from the very journey itself. Staying with the feelings that come to us whilst change happens helps us gain the most from it. In winter as we go inside physically and emotionally we comfort and love ourselves, give ourselves the rest we need, the warmth of the winter fire and the sleep of the longer nights. When spring comes we are renewed and refreshed and excitement returns as we embrace the possibilities of life with a clear head, and inspired thought.

So through this year make the changes you have had in mind – it is time to take action to create your life as you would like it and to make your dream a reality. It might be a case of planning to leave your job and set up in business doing something you love, it might be having the courage to leave a relationship that no longer serves you, having worked with it for a long time in the past to try and rescue it. It might be taking the risk to move abroad and follow your hearts calling. Allow yourself to feel the process and make the internal and external preparations needed and then make the transition. The rebirth you experience with renew and regenerate your passion for life.

2 Cups: Then if we look a little nearer to now in time scale we have the guidance of how to approach the start of the year. What do we need to focus on as we enter this year of change and transformation. What should we be doing first? The card that gives us this guidance is the 2 of cups. This is a card of great love and connection with others.  Our focus needs to be on who and what we love, on our one self love as a spring board for the connections we make with others. Through January look at who is important to you in your life and spend time energy and intention on these people and as a natural consequence those you are less drawn to will figure less in your life. The start of you creating the life you have dreamed in this year gone past.

Relationships of all sorts are figured here – particularly those where we meet with another on a one- to- one basis. It may be a partnership of two friends exploring the world together, or a romantic relationship, or a business partnership between two people or two companies. Which ever it is the similarities and differences between the two parties make the connection strong and fruitful and it is the energy of love that binds the strongest and also allows the greatest freedom.

As we focus on sharing our love with others so we also find love coming back to us. If you are looking for a romantic partner as the year begins, look to how you give love to others, as you see what you are offering, know you will be able to attract someone who can offer you the same loving respect, openness and attention that you want to give to them.  Notice also that as you treat yourself in this loving way it helps you attract those who will be able to love you.

As I look at the card I see the union of passion and innocence within ourselves creating a magical (unicorn) result. The more we unite with our own drives and passions in life and be with our innocence and truth the more we will find this mirrored to us externally.  Others hide less of themselves as we are vulnerable, others seem engaged and excited by life as we are engaged and excited by life and so we find our match.

Love is the force behind all connections. To love doesn’t mean to agree with someone, but to respect them for their differences and their experiences as much as we respect ourselves for our own. We listen and bear witness to another’s life path, not diminishing or judging it, nor trying to fix it – we simply stand alongside and be a witness. In this way we share our love, we offer the person the faith in them to fix themselves in the way that is right for them, rather than trying to rescue them out of something in the way that would be right for us.  To connect deeply also means to be able to stand back as separate. The red and the white horse are together and sharing – but if they were to merge we could imagine their colour pink – something totally different without the strengths of each of the colours alone – the white white the rich red, would be lost. Their merging would diminish the qualities each had.  So as we love we need to stand our own ground also – be true to ourselves and allow the other person to be true to themselves, in this way our union can be interdependent, and each will continue to have something to give the other.

So through January focus on what love means to you and how you express love with yourself and with others. Perhaps you can spend time just with the intention to love all those around you more fully, more honestly, standing by your own truth whilst also respecting theirs, then allow the miraculous to happen.

Have a wonderful start to the year.

Page of Pentacles

This month’s reading is a card from the Llewellyn deck which features mythology from Wales.

page of pentacles

The card is the Page of Pentacles and there is the indication of success materially and the feel of being able to do projects and activities through December that you have great passion for. On one level you may find you see the job you have always wanted and start working towards being able to gain employment in that area. It may be on a more internal level where you consider your inner abundance and wealth and start to more fully value your true worth – this is likely then to have positive external effects for you, however the month might see those inner shifts happen and the external mirror may be as the new year starts.

It is worth asking yourself as December gets underway, what is my passion and how can I use this passion to serve the world. You might allow the festive season to help you get in touch with this as you allow yourself to relax more than usual and in much the same way that we gain our best ideas when relaxing in the bath, so a period of celebration and relaxing the striving in our lives helps us gain inspiration about where we want to go next. .

You might find your self in a position where you have achieved a great deal already and perhaps you wish to make a start on something completely new that requires and investment of some kind – financially or timewise. As you consider this you will likely find you have more resources than you at first thought.

Another aspect of this card is that as a court card it can be seen as someone other than ourselves. As a page we have the age of a child. Possibly you might find great satisfaction this month in your connections with children. Seeing the magic of Christmas and Solstice through their eyes allows us to regain the magic and wonder in life again and reconnect with our own magical child within.

It maybe that you find this time of year challenging, this month you have the opportunity to listen to what you inner child really wants from you and to set in motion activities and plans that will enable the best chance to attain these experiences. You might decide to take a trip over the holiday break for instance to break a pattern of over giving through the Christmas period, or you might decide to gather with friends you have lost touch with over time  and renew your connection. Or you simply may decide to be more present in each moment, and witness yourself and your reactions with more love and compassion than you have before.  This month shows an opportunity to feel safe and happy within your own skin if you allow your true passions to be expressed firstly to yourself, and then possibly to others.

It is through all these activities we see increased confidence in ourselves and ready ourselves for a practical new beginning of some sort – as the month comes to a close we start to think about what we want to manifest in the new year again. What activities we want to let go of and what new things we want to bring in and create our lives with. Take some time this month to consider this in advance and allow the New Year to bring a new start to your life where you have adjusted what is out of balance and have aligned yourself to be closer to your dream life each moment.

Have a wonderful joyous season ahead. Use your joy to understand how to create more in the year to come. You can build the world you want.

Blessings to you all.

2 Cups – Margarete Petersen

This month’s card of the month is the 2 of cups from the Margarete Petersen deck. The first thing that strikes me about this card is the two faces that are looking towards each other and into each others eyes – it could almost be seen as if they are coming together to kiss. Indeed this card is very often about love partnerships and the equality of two people coming together in love. There is a sense of having met one’s equal and ome’s positive mirror. We often fall in love with someone who shows us unexpressed positive sides of ourselves and gives us the opportunity to see this in ourselves. To embrace more of our skills, qualities and talents by example and demonstration.

2cups

In many of the cards that come up here I talk about the need to embrace our shadow – those hidden parts of ourselves that we dislike. However this card also talks of our shadow – not the traditional ‘difficult’ parts of ourselves that we have hidden, but the potentials that we have either cut off from through circumstances, or have just never had the opportunity to express them. So this month look at those around you who you love deeply. Friends, relations, lovers etc. Anyone who you feel drawn to with love. As you look at this person imagine you are describing all their good qualities to another person, it can be things as wide ranging as their activities and skills to their inner psychological workings. As you name the things you love about the other then also look within. Ask yourself “Is this something I have within me?” “Do I have the potential to do that? be that?” “Am I already expressing this but am unaware of it?” As you explore yourself from this positive possibility you may find you discover a whole new you through another.

This month is about coming together with others and particularly with one other. It can be in many different areas of life that you experience this. You might find there is someone you come to work with professionally in a manner that benefits you both. You may set up partnerships and liaisons . Romantically you find yourself in love again – perhaps with a long term partner your relationship feels as if it has been re-kindled on a whole new level, or perhaps you find someone who you are very attracted to and you embark on a more committed relationship with them.

This card is coloured in yellows and splashes of orange and green. This says to me that in order to fully love another we need to also fully love ourselves. The process of accepting our self as who we are helps us attract the love we desire from others. This card indicates you are able to love yourself more fully this month and your self-confidence is at a high. This attracts others to you, as they mirror your self acceptance and you offer to them images of their own hidden positive qualities as you uncover and reveal your own to yourself. The green is from the heart chakra and indicates the growth that comes from loving another fully, the orange the passion and love for life that comes out of meeting our equal in life. We share openly and more fully and the more we feel ourselves able to be open the more we can love and accept ourselves as we are and others as they are too.

This is truly a wonderful month to be experiencing love in the world. You may find as you open your heart to love you are able to love everyone you meet a little more, and feel a connection to the oneness that is beneath all separation. The 2 of cups is the first division from oneness and it is our becoming conscious through looking at ourselves through the eyes of another. This way we come into awareness of who we are without judgement, but with love.

Have a wonderful month and enjoy all those positive mirrors around you and see how you are a positive mirror for others. we all helping each other along the road to home.