Monday, 25 July 2011

The Hermit

The Hermit (IX) is the ninth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks.

For me this is a card about stepping back from things and having some quiet time to myself to reflect and think. I often escape in to my garden to do this as I find it soothes and calms me. We have planted lots of trees since we moved here and I enjoy going around the garden 'greeting' each one and checking how it is. So often in this rat race we forget to take time out for ourselves, so caught up in the daily grind. The Hermit reminds us of the need for solitude and introspection. Time to be mindful of our inner selves and to step back from the chaos that can be modern life. 

It does however come with the warning that withdrawal may be for too long and be too complete. Once The Hermit has found solitude and had the time to reflect then he/she typically returns to share their knowledge with others.

The original vinyl album cover of Led Zeppelins hit album Led Zeppelin IV (as well as the liner notes for the CD release) contains a painted picture of the Hermit standing on top of a mountain peak looking down on a small village. The Hermit was the favorite Tarot character of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Todays tarot card is the Five of Cups

I have just bought the Radiant Rider Waite tarot deck and was shuffling it when this card caught my eye.

It is a bleak card at first glance. A figure gazes morosely at three spilled cups, his/her posture is hunched and defeated. He/she has their back to the two upright cups and is ignoring the bridge over the river.

There is however a positive message in this card and one that I have taken to heart. It is time to stop crying and being preoccupied with past wrongs (the spilled milk) and turn my focus on to what I still have (the two full cups and the bridge across the river). I can still get where I want to go but the path is a different one to how I had envisioned. This is a card that says stop dwelling on things you can’t change and concentrate on the things you can. Learn to let go of the things which aren’t making a positive contribution to your life, forgive and move on. Live life – that new beginning is just around the corner!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Sorceress

My tarot card for today is The Sorceress from Lisa Hunts Fairy Tale Tarot.

The Lady in the card is of the Lake Llyn y Van Vach who’s story is to be found in the Welsh tale ‘The Lake Maiden’. After the lady returned to her lake her sons often wandered about the lake and its vicinity, hoping that their mother might be permitted to visit the face of the earth once more, as they had been apprised of her mysterious origin, her first appearance to their father, and the untoward circumstances which so unhappily deprived them of her maternal care.

In one of their rambles, at a place near Dôl Howel, at the Mountain Gate, still called "Llidiad y Meddygon," The Physicians' Gate, the mother appeared suddenly, and accosted her eldest son, whose name was Rhiwallon, and told him that his mission on earth was to be a benefactor to mankind by relieving them from pain and misery, through healing all manner of their diseases; for which purpose she furnished him with a bag full of medical prescriptions and instructions for the preservation of health. That by strict attention thereto he and his family would become for many generations the most skilful physicians in the country. Then, promising to meet him when her counsel was most needed, she vanished. But on several occasions she met her sons near the banks of the lake, and once she even accompanied them on their return home as far as a place still called "Pant-y-Meddygon," The dingle of the Physicians, where she pointed out to them the various plants and herbs which grew in the dingle, and revealed to them their medicinal qualities or virtues; and the knowledge she imparted to them, together with their unrivalled skill, soon caused them to attain such celebrity that none ever possessed before them. And in order that their knowledge should not be lost, they wisely committed the same to writing, for the benefit of mankind throughout all ages. Her sons became the Physicians of Myddfai. The Physicians of Myddfai left a strong legacy, the most important being their manuscripts. Today we can look back at their teachings and remedies and apply modern science to start understand their herbal prescriptions and importantly establish the relevance of these in modern day Medicine, both Herbal and Orthodox.  

The sorceress can help you to become more connected with the rhythm of the cosmos. She is the female principle and reflects lunar mysteries. With her assistance we can start acquiring awareness if the greater forces that are at work in our lives.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Pulling the Covers Over My Head Spread

I have recently come across this spread by Glass Owl in the e booklet 'Personal Growth Spreads' from Aeceltic Tarot. I have found it to be a powerful spread which certainly makes you sit up and take notice! 

I like it so much that I intend to offer it on my website at


1 - The sleepyhead: You, in your current state

2 - A good reason for staying in bed: This is the problem you don’t want to deal with or the reason why you are feeling down
3 - A good reason for getting out of bed: This is your motivation for getting out of bed and facing the day
4 - The chicken noodle soup or cup of coffee: This is what will nourish your soul or help lift your spirits

What do you think?

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Tree Angel Oracle Card for the day - Cherry

We must practice loving ourselves unconditionally. Dispose of your fear of being judged or condemned. You don’t need to prove anything, do anything or be the best at anything. Your soul has always been perfect and it is the birthright of every being to be happy with just being.

Do not judge yourself
By your achievements
You have nothing to prove
You are already loveable
So love yourself, spoil yourself
Draw the nectar from the chalice to your lips!
Bliss is the birthright of all creation