Strength – Xultan Deck

This month’s card is Strength from the Xultan deck. This deck departs from the traditional style images of strength of a woman and a lion or beast tamed. Here we see a cactus in full bloom – none the less the energy of the card is very similar. We see a natural energy restricted, a cactus growing in a pot, yet despite this restriction it is in bloom and thrives. In many shamanic traditions plants are used as teachers and help us learn to understand our deeper selves and to be able to contain our darker sides without repressing them, yet making them work for our, and others overall good.

From Xultan Deck

From Xultan Deck

So this month we see themes of experiencing and developing our inner strength. This comes about through knowing our shadow selves and accepting these more undesirable sides of ourselves, as we do so so the gold they also contain is released for our use. As an example, anger and rage are often parts we would rather not have or experience within ourselves, however if we avoid feeling angry and spend too much times saying “its ok, no I am not bothered by x, y or z” then we weaken our sense of who we are and unconsciously our anger builds up inside. Often this can lead to unconscious manifestation such as accidents, or slip ups where we betray or let someone down even though we have been doing our best to be understanding and good. Conversely if we allow our own recognition of our anger, with acceptance and compassion towards ourselves also this leads us to be more assertive in situations which require our boundaries, and to not allow the build up of anger unconsciously and so we feel more in control of ourselves and in charge of our lives. We are able to say no to what is not for our highest good and we have the strength to speak our truth even in the face of opposition. Often voicing other peoples concerns which have yet to be expressed. We work more effectively for the good of the whole.

So this month be aware of all your feelings – even those you would rather not experience. Ask yourself what is the grain of truth this feeling is leading me to, even if the feeling feels out of proportion to the event. Acknowledge and accept you have a right to feel how you feel and once you allow yourself to know how you feel you can then have the strength not to allow your feelings to control you, but to inform you, you find the golden ability to truly respond to situations you are in with full authenticity.

This month sees a time for this inner strength to be more and more conscious within your life – it is less likely that you will be holding back unnecessarily, but more that you will be able to be more compassionate with yourself and others, and more able to act from your center without feeling guilty or apologetic for your responses.

Another way to consider this energy this month is the idea of allowing yourself full access to all your desires and wishes and then ensuring you both express yourself in these areas but don’t allow any one area to take over from the other. Its not a time to become obsessive about one pursuit but a time to enjoy the many aspects of expression of yourself, in balance with each other.

 

As we see on the card there are many aspects of your life that can bloom at this time, and you can be of service to others by allowing yourself to be more fully who you are. Stay aware and stay in balance and the restrictions you place upon yourself and those you find around you will also serve you in a positive way.

This month thus is also a time for great enjoyment and fulfillment as you don’t struggle with things you can’t change, but through acceptance, find a deeper more satisfying way of life.

The card is strong coloured yellow and this is a colour of the solar plexus, the area of personal power, a strong sense of self and an independence from others control. As you focus on what your spirit truly wants so you can be of greater service in the world – your developing self-confidence allows for you to truly play the part you are made for. This month sees increasing self confidence and self esteem after the challenges and trials last month removing old patterns of thought and behaviour.

 

The Tower – Margarete Petersen

This months card reading is taken from the Margarete Petersen deck. We have the Tower. Often a card that is fears as it brings sudden change in the world outside ourselves, however this is more usually a reflection of the world outside adjusting to our new strengths and abilities. we can find great healing through the events that unfold and suddenly come about. It may be you have been working on changing your life on an internal level for a while – this month sees a breakthrough – which may not be in the manner you expected, however if you bear in mind that you are seeking the truth you will find that the final outcome will bring with it gifts and release from old patterns. what used to work no longer is needed and you are updating your whole operating system to something more powerful and effective in the current times.

from Maragete Petersen deck

from Maragete Petersen deck

 

The card depicts a lot of straight dynamic lines and a lot of white light shown up against the contrasting darkness. What was hidden is revealed and the light breaks through the dark structures that have been imprisoning us, as this occurs our life spirit is renewed and we find more inner power than we are used to welding.

It maybe that old patterns of behaviour from childhood environments are no longer needed in your life and you can release them now and start afresh. Work may provide you with the arena to see this happen in the form of redundancy that leaves you able to more easily take the risk of self employment. Your love life may see the change as truths come to light and suddenly everything makes more sense and you know from a deep part of you what needs to happen next. It maybe you find yourself able to risk being more honest about what your needs are and what you like to do, though there is a fear of not being accepted for being yourself – you can overcome this now and take that risk – what is lost wasn’t actually of value, and what is found is pure gold; internally and externally.

On a mundane level you may need to do some renovations to your property, and renew what has worn down and worn away generally in your material possessions. Some things you may find you no longer need anyway, other things you can give new life to by changing them quite drastically. The outcome is for the better despite initial appearances sometimes being deceiving.

What is solid and true in your life stands up to any changes in the current month so you can trust it is only deadwood that is being cleared out and that shifts that occur now help you realise more and more of your true spirit. It can be an exciting time if we allow ourselves to enjoy the thrill of the unknown. If we try and cling to a feeling of safety where change is needed though, then the journey can be more troublesome – so let go and trust to make the most of this time.

It is a time of revelation and understanding of our deeper selves too and from this knowledge of ourselves our wisdom increases. We heal from old hurts and fears and become a much freer spirit able to make more decisions in our life that reflect our true nature.

So this month step out into the unknown, embrace change as it comes towards you and allow the uncertainty to feed your adventurous spirit rather than to hold you back, or feed your paralysing fear. You can trust in yourself now and trust in events around you to be meant at this time, bringing healing and more of the life you truly want.

4 Swords – Llewellyn

This months card is 4 swords.

We see here a woman asleep and resting peacefully, there is a feel of her being protected from the harsh realities of life by both the mosquito netting and also the loyal dog resting beside her. If we look to the tree in the background we get a sense of the struggles she has been through to get to her current state of growth and how she has had to twist and turn in order to survive and reach out for nourishment.

 

from Llewellyn deck

from Llewellyn deck

 

Applying this to the month ahead, we have been struggling with internal issues in the last month and now it is a time to take a break – the work is not yet over and there will be more to do but it is safe to rest up and gain some recuperation. It is possible if you continue to push forward then minor illnesses, coughs and colds will assist in your taking time out from your usual routines and work. So to prevent this take time before you feel you actually need it and focus on getting good rest at night.

As we rest we begin to dream, this serves to rejuvenate our energies and to help us make sense of changes that we have been making in our lives or that our lives have been presenting to us. Allow time for your inner world to catch up with external changes. We also have to be aware that the peacefulness we are likely to experience in July will be temporary, as taster for what is to come ultimately, but actually just a period of respite before we continue with the hard work of  manifesting our dreams, our ambitions and our highest potentials. So enjoy this month’s time out and allow yourself to take space.

It maybe you need to compromise to achieve this, but do not let this worry you – you will be able to get back on the fully authentic path once you have rested. Issues you may have been fighting for in work or your personal life may reach a compromise that suits everyone for now and allows things to move forward, the deeper issues to be re-assessed at a later date when more is known and can be demonstrated.

Within relationships we let things lie, with the awareness that we are extending ourselves for the sake of peace, and that we are not losing sight of our true selves nor our own personal life paths in doing this. Being accommodating shows goodwill and helps relationships find a more satisfying place to be in the long term.

It is not a good time for long term decision making as actually you can not see the whole picture right now, there can be a veil over the truth of things, and some difficulty in finding out the full story. Allow things to rest, make only temporary decisions and return to the issue in a month or two when the fog has lifted and energy is renewed.

It is a good month for allowing your creativity to have a free reign without being at all precious about what is actually produced. Allowing ones fantasies to have a voice and to enjoy ones own thoughts brings a release from the tension of trying hard to stay grounded. It is safe to let go into the world of imagination this month as long as you do so with awareness that much of what you see, feel and think will not be the complete story, however it will be a story and one you can enjoy that can inform your of your true desires in the future.

Retreat from struggle and perfectionism this month in all areas of your life – see it all as good enough – including yourself and take a break. Know you are safe and nothing will fall apart as you do this, you will simply renew yourself ready with passionate energy for the next steps in the future.

 

 

9 Swords

The card for this month is the 9 Swords from the Mary El deck. In this deck we have a different emphasis to many other decks. It represents here the balance of both our free will and our accumulated inner knowledge, so we see this month as a time of bringing these two things together. There is an aspect of the balance of action and solidity and strength, so as we move into June we may see situations where we have to decide what is the permanent fixture in our lives and what it is we need to take action on and change in some way. We discern and divide, and in the 9’s often this is done internally.

9 Swords

It is also possible though that in the process of this we find ourselves getting caught up in our indecision and not allowing our true ‘middle path’ to reveal itself between opposites. We might have a tendency to choose one extreme then change our mind and choose the other. The gold from this process though is the ability to see both sides and declare not ‘either or’, but ‘and’.

In the process of doing this we can make our dreams come true as we see the vision of who everything can work out in balance and then strive for it directly. There is a possibility you will find yourself making huge progress this month and achieving more than you thought possible as you set your sights on the highest ideals. Any issues you have to face in the process will be experienced with the sense of being guided well. This may come from an inner knowing you have of in the form of a trusted person outside of you helping you find the way that is the most true for you.

Many things that are dealt with this month bring lasting positive effects. There is a sense of being spiritually in touch and guided also for those of you who are involved consciously with your spiritual growth this month is a time to truly trust what you know to be true on a higher level and take action from this. You may also find you over come the fear of change and transition, and this sets you free in a way that brings you much more joy in life.

It is also a month to work with any issues you may have about your self esteem and to turn around any negative thinking about yourself and come to love yourself more fully as you are. As you do this so you find the relationships you need form around you as people reflect your new found self acceptance. At the beginning of the month you may find this process a little challenging but by the end of the month great progress will have been made and your life will feel better for it.

The Fool

This months card reading comes from the Radiant rider Waite deck and is the Fool. The Fool starts the deck off and is seen as the character travelling through the whole major arcana, so it is associated with beginnings and also the start of a grand journey, possibly an outer journey but certainly an inner one.

Fool

So this month sees us as beginning something new with enthusiasm and joy – we might have just made a breakthrough in some way and so now see a whole new exciting pathway before us and are ready to take that leap of faith and commit to it whatever it may bring. We usually have to involve faith at this stage as the future really is quite unclear and its the journey that is the key here, so we have high hopes, good intentions and a pack of our own skills and experiences developed so far in life, that we put over our shoulder and take with us into the new.

Moving house to another area can come into this field or starting a whole new career, a new relationship with someone completely unlike anyone you have known before are all beginnings that imply this unknown but exciting future. It can also relate to having just understood that what you have been doing isn’t working and shifting in your internal world to such an extent that now things look very different, even if the outside is actually the same. This change then prompts you to make different choices within the same situations. Some of these may feel scary to do but will bring renewal and completely different responses from the world nevertheless. Finally setting boundaries with someone you have allowed to take advantage of you perhaps and so in reclaiming your power suddenly a lot of new options open up in your life.

This month is one to approach all things with an attitude of playfulness and innocence, there is no need to be assessing of judging yourself for the situations you are in or are around you, merely respond to them with a sense of fun and what is most joyful. This way you gain the best out of every opportunity, there may be some very surprising and positive results from this and you may find your heart opens up to more and more of humanity and of yourself.

Trust in the higher power, or your higher self, however you conceive of that energy and life force that is unseen and all encompassing. This trust and faith guides you well in the month ahead and helps you make all the decisions you need to easily and freely. We are no longer attached to others opinions of the choices we make it is irrelevant in that it is our own life we are living and only we can make the choices that affect us. We may choose to take someone close into account as we make our decision but no-one makes the decision for us – we may find later we would have had a different result with a different decision, however the learning of this is so important we would not have wanted to skip the lesson. So every choice we make is ours alone and also is the right one for that time. Allow yourself to move through the month with this approach and enjoy every moment and opportunity to the full. You have a new start, use it to create more joy and happiness in your life which you can then inspire in others by simply being who you are.

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.