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.

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.