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Welcome, although it is not the first blog hop of the new cycle, it is the first one of 2018. Already there are massive changes going on within me and around me, so this blog hop will certainly prove to be an interesting one.
This month sees The Facebook Tarot Blog Hop Group starting up again after a rest period. If you haven’t blog hopped before, this is the absolute perfect time to start. You can find out all about Blog Hopping Here and you can sign up to the Group Here or through the link at the top of this paragraph.
I’ve changed the format of my posts slightly to include some information about the time, date and subject for the topic. This is a safety measure that I have adopted so that if Facebook decided to get stroppy and the Sign-up post gets messed about, all the information is here for that month.
DATE: 31st January 2018
TIME: 7pm UTC/GMT | 12 noon MST
WHERE: Your very own wonderful blog
WRANGLER: Aisling the Bard
WRANGLER’S BLOG: TBA
SIGNUP DEADLINE: Saturday, 27 – January – 2018
LIST SHUFFLE: 28th January 2018
RULES FOR THE TAROT BLOG HOP
There are rules for most blog hops, if you are interested to find out what they are, then why not visit Jay’s Guide to Blogging Rule 2018 it saves having to try hunt them out on the Facebook Group.
BLOG TOPIC: “Brighid’s Blue Moon”
This Hop is known as “Brighid’s Blue Moon”. in Celtic Lore, it represents a Secret Gift of Spirit. The Blue Moon, represents those things that are rare and precious. The idea is that each participant creates a pattern of triplicity in the drawing and layouts. The following explains, how it is meant to be set out… You do realise of course, on anyone else’s blog that it most likely went according to plan; and then you visited me…
1) The Foundation: You will draw three cards, one representing Land (Body), one for Sky (Mind) and the third one for Spirit (Sea). These will indicate for you the physical, mental, and emotional/spiritual focus of your year-to-come. These cards honor the Solar Festival of Imbolc and the Three Fires of Brigid.
2) The Construction: This Moon, according to the Celtic Tree Calendar, is the Full Rowan Moon. This tree is sacred to Brighid, and represents “Protection from Evil Enchantment”. It is considered a Guardian, a Guide, and a Gateway, so that we may be safely sheltered and receive direction as we walk down the new path of the year. So the three cards you draw for the second level, the Lunar energy of the year, will represent the answers to the following three questions: What is the energy of the new path that presents itself? From what will I need protection on this journey? What energies of my own or of spirit will guide and protect me?
3) The Surprise: Once in a Blue Moon, wonderful things come forth. Draw your final three cards connected with Body, Mind, and Spirit, in that order, to see what treasures the Universe has in store for you.
Scrying Under the Blue Moon
… To pick up where I left off, then you came and visited me. Each time I try to follow the pattern and plan, the cards have other ideas! This time they were’t happy at the fact the story was incomplete, so for every step of it they added an outcome or conclusion card and that wasn’t the end of it, they then insisted on having four decks! Yes Four! The Wildwood Tarot, Druid Tarot, Celtic Tarot and The Celtic Tree Oracle.
All in all there are 21 cards in play for this topic, so be warned it is not a post you can just glance over. In all honesty it is better for you to check make sure the links work, see that the pictures and content are showing up for you and then come back and read it later. However if you have time, patience and stamina then this is the perfect time to read it!
The deck that is used for the Foundation is The Wildwood Tarot. I do like working with this deck from time to time, particularly on Celtic, Druid or Pagan themed topics; being connected to the land, the elements as well as the spirits this deck gives me the insights that I need to respond to the topic in the best possible way.
To remind you: The Foundation (focus of the year-to-come): Draw three cards, one representing Land (Body/Physical), one for Sky (Mind/Mental) and one for Sea (Emotional). It is strange but I found that the deck required a fourth, one for the Unseen (Spiritual), I will touch on this and how I draw the cards for the hops towards the end, but for now lets look at the cards.
Land (Body): This card did not come as any surprise when it showed up, this is very much where the physical plain is at the moment; lots of movement and plenty happening but there are the one or two important things that are not moving at all for me. The 10 of Arrows is pretty much suggesting that at least for this month it is not about to change. True I will still have movement but it will be slow, which I am okay with to some degree.
Sky (Mind): Frustration, well that speaks of a link to the distant and recent past, while also overlapping with currently what is around me. As I have indicated there are a lot of plates spinning on the axis at the moment, some have been spinning since as far back at 2015, while others have just started their spin in 2017. A lot of them are in relation to education and trying to wrap up everything so that by the time I hit mid-point of this wheel I can finally get moving in the direction that I want to go. This card speaks of the frustration in some parts of this plan.
Sea (Emotions): Well! I hate to admit it but Insecurity has hit the nail on the head. What I find troubling is with all the waiting and the pauses, I grow a bit worried that my skill set, the one I am waiting to complete will get a bit rusty and if I am to be assessed then there is a huge part of me that has an insecurity that I won’t be fluent or flowing because all the work I accomplished will be undone. So this card is reflecting what is lurking in the psyche, but it is also flagging up that I need to stop shying away from conflict and speak out about my worries, rather than textualising them on here where it is safe.
The Unseen(Spiritual): The Green Man, firstly I did not expect him to show up in this at all, if anything I was expecting The Hermit to appear, and Diogenes’ light shining full force in my face to show me the truth of it. However I think this is about as big an potent as you can get; The Green Man like The Hermit has a Karmic as well as Dharma connection. The appearance of Herne in one of his true forms suggests that matters are already in hand and that I really need to weather this with patience, grace and trust in the land as it trusts in me. My sense is that The Green Man is ensuring that all this waiting will not be in vain and also to keep moving with the cycle and pay attention to the Nature of things as they will be the truest indicator of progress and timing.
…So before I move on The Construction part of this spread, let me explain a couple of things mentioned in The Foundation. You might remember from other posts that I have spoken about the fact I rescue decks as well as by them brand new. Last year I did a Video Blog Hop Challenge and on one of the days for that I did a display of all my decks for the film. My last count brought the collection to over 110 decks. Through this I have part of the collection devoted to Wicca, Pagan, Druid, Norse and Celtic, so it pretty much means I have decks for each one of these including the most recent addition of The Celtic Tree Oracle.
I was drawn to use these kinds of decks for this topic, and in order to ensure I have no idea what cards will come out for me, I typically shuffle the deck, while reading the post and then split the deck into two and whatever has the strongest pull, I will then draw however many cards are meant for the topic, face down directly on to the scanner, hit preview and then scan and save. Naturally I then upload them in order of draw and type up the reading either on site or off site and then copy to a post, it ensures that I have limited control over what I am going to encounter.
The deck that is used for The Construction is The Druid Tarot. As this is a Celtic themed topic; and because Druids like Shamans follow the Celestial Cycles such as the Sun, Moon and Stars plus they connect to the land and Spirits albeit in a different way to perhaps Wicca, Shinto and Shamans. I decided that The Druid deck would allow me the insights that I need to respond to this part of the topic.
To remind you: Construction: The three cards represent: The Energy of The New Path, The Guides and The Protection along it.
The Energy: I have been saying for a few days now that the energy of 2018 is very different, it has the feeling as if the training wheels have been taken off. The Queen of Swords asides from the connection to Aquarius and the element of Air, is very much meaning business. The entire posture, energy and feel of this card is about stepping up, recognising the power you own and knowing how to use it for the best possible outcome. Very much an answer to the first card in the Foundation.
Protection: To be completely honest, I didn’t spot this the first time I looked to the card, but on a second glance just now that seems to be the position being taken, almost a protection and guarded post. In a way this makes sense as I am very protective of my energy both when I am working and also generally, it is also about keeping myself in a good place across the four body system (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual), which hasn’t been easy of late but a lot of it is old cycles, patterns and conditioning clearing itself out of those bodies. So part of this is about self care as well as listening to my body across the systems, as well as not allowing worry to get in my way either.
Guides: Ages ago in my travels of learning about Tarot, I was introduced to the concept that an 8 represented Key Change, interestingly in Japanese Lore, 8 is the number of luck, good fortune, guides and protection. You’ll find out more about this later in this section, however for now let’s me explain why this is such a good place for this card to land. You wouldn’t know it to look at it but this card would appear to suggest contraint, entrapment and non-movement; however look again at the feet; they are not bound, nor are the ears, the nose or the head itself. In fact there is a lot more unbound than there is bound including the hands, we’re taught to put faith in the major organs; sight, aural and mobility, but in this card it is not about the major things but the minor. To move forward and be guided, it is really time to be silent, trust in the finer senses and allow the inner senses to guide, this is where the truth and true freedom reside.
The Unknowable: The Queen of Pentacles, it is not about the Capricorn or the Earth element connection in this card. This is about putting the skills to use in the way that has been already put in motion, it about really putting them into perspective and staying true to the vision. It is about embracing those hidden skills, the talents that aren’t known and bringing them forward. Look at how the Drum (which I have three) is being held and the way in which it is played, this is about announcing, making the presence felt and being in that powerful place and then having the patience to just be and allow it a chance to manifest.
Throughout this topic so far there has been an interesting side theme, this is not that uncommon in the Tarot Blog Hop for me, but I am now beginning to piece together why this is happening now on such a frequent basis. A lot of it has to with the Dharma and Karmic connections I have that brigde the East/West divide when it comes to the ways in which divination is done. Although I find the I-Ching hard to work with the Ogham like the Runes bridge that gap, in the I-Ching, it uses chance and the natural flow of energy through the land to predict any given outcome, so both long sticks and gold coins are used. Ogham, which is wooden sticks from different tress is carved with an ancient Celtic Alphabet that is both a means to write and divination. Runes are stones that are again both an alphabet and a means to divination.
In Shinto, much like Japanese Lore; Two, Four, Eight and so on are considered lucky, as are most even numbers. The odd numbers like three, nine, eleven and so on are considered to be unlucky or at the very least to be avoided. Since I follow the old ways of Shinto, before it became a political/religious tool of the government. I recognise the Kami and protectors of the physical world. However like Tarot, Shinto has a rich history and many origin stories, none of them right, just as none of them are wrong; and like Tarot, we all have one version of the origins that feels true to us. I find that try as I might to just use three cards, a fourth will always spawn itself, so these days I tend not to argue.
The deck that is used with Surprise is Celtic Tarot by Kristoffer Hughes. This is a relatively new addition to my collection but I like working with this deck, particularly on themed topics; this deck has offered its insights for this part of the topic.
To Remind You: Surprise, these final three cards re-connect with Body, Mind, and Spirit, in that order. To uncover what the Universe has in store.
Mind: The second 9 to appear in the topic, now that instantly makes me take notice. Twice is confirmation and since I am a follower of Numerology I am not about ignore it. Nine is about the completion of a cycle in Numerology and the fact that it is sitting within the Mind connection, it suggests that a lot of the physical things like exams, lessons and learning are coming to their end for me. It is the end and the beginning of the cycle and by the looks of things, once this cycle starts it will be full on. It is a nice completion to the ongoing matter of the Physical World and the Minds part to play in it.
Body: This is about ownership of my own personal power and taking back what has been out of my hands for sometime. The body is paramount in a lot of the work I am doing with myself and also with others, so it is important to listen to the body. It is also important to take ownership of the body, and doing that for myself means that I am able to do it for others as well. It is about being the person I want to be and that sometime requires the big boy pants.
Spirit: This one pretty much speaks for itself, The Sun is the Solar energy the power centre that gives us what we need in terms of recharging, storing and making use of. The Moon energy is divine, calming and cooling it is for coming down after the work is done, this card is the power for doing the work, shining and being the powerhouse needed to get the work done properly. It is the male energy, the drive and the yang centre, it is to be embraced rather than feared, but it also requires the moon’s tempo also for balance.
Tao: An interesting card, Tao or The Way is about flow. It is the natural energy that is us as well as flowing through us. It can’t really be named or defined because to name and define something like Tao, well it then is no longer Tao because it is no longer free. When you consider how the Page of Swords is in this card, it is perhaps best to remember not to pin everything down, have everything so clearly defined and within the lines so to speak. This is because, by nature we’re not something to be classified, boxed and then filed; humans are in essence free in spirit but have guidelines and limitations to ensure that there is not chaos of the unimaginable kind. It is here as a reminder to allow myself freedom but also remember why I started this journey to begin with.
This topic has been an interesting journey to take and a fascinating tale to have had woven but not only one but three decks. However it doesn’t quite end there. I did say at the very start there was four decks involved and this is the last deck that wanted to work with me on this topic. It is called The Celtic Tree Oracle. The very interesting thing about this aspect was instead of three or four cards, nine cards representing all aspects of this topic together needed to be given a voice. I have no idea what cards have come out to speak, I am only at the time of composing (8 – January – 2018) this finding out what cards have been dealt, so this should be fun!
Eadha: Eadha is the Ogham for White Poplar, which is sometimes also known as Aspen, this card in essence combines spiritual strength and endurance with the material, earthly aspects to the life cycle. It is about being able to ‘see’ the harsh realities and deal with them no matter the way in which they arrive; and in that there is beauty, which is to naturally shield and resist them. Eadha is the connection to language, speech and the wind; this card is potent in terms of the topic because although there have been frustrations, slow progress and sometimes a sense of blind faith. It has a connection to the voice of the old ones, these old gods like The Green Man; and in that there is a sense of enduring power and accomplishment once the set-backs are overcome.
Quert: Quert or Apple is the card that represents choice, it is in a manner of speaking a bit like the Wheel of Fortune, where you have to decide and then stick to it. It is also a card that has magical connections, such as the natural forming Pentacle or Pentagram in its centre or the ties that Apple have to Glastonbury and by extension Merlin. However it is also a card of Understanding and knowledge; the warning or caution here is not to waste the knowledge but to pass it along once it is understood.
Koad: Koad or Grove follows on from Apple, it picks up the message about knowledge and states that there is sacred knowledge that isn’t learnt in the traditional ways, this is knowledge that comes from the land, the collective and also from beyond that which we know as education. It is the knowledge that is hidden in plain sight and to learn it is to see beyond what is known and visible. This is a card that reveals itself in time and with patience.
Uilleand: Uilleand is the card of Truth; also known as Honeysuckle, the card much like the tree has many facets, Uilleand resonates at the vibration of Tao, you would not think that the two could be connected but they are. This card is about knowing truth from the inner perspective, in other words knowing truth without reason, logic or the need to explain. Tao is much like this, you know it and the truth of it without needing to add anything. It is recognising the false, the fake-news and those who do not have a good spirit, then using that recogition and finding the path, while remaining true at your core.
NgEtal: To bend like a Reed in the Wind is to have the strength from the Old Gods. It means adaptibility, and being able to discern your true path from one that appears true. It is a card of true unwavering purpose and knowing what you stand for as well as knowing what you mean. It is having the right skills at the right time for the right purpose and not looking back.
Ur: Heather or Ur is the card of duality, it represents the physical and spiritual worlds. As well as Ur, the card also has Uchelwydd, traditionally known as Mistletoe. The common bond between both Ur and Uchelwydd is fertility, the capactiy to heal all through this fertile connection between the physical and spiritual worlds, just look at Massage is all its form, as well as Reiki or Spritual Healing for examples of this in action. The card represents the dissolving of the veil, it means that there is no longer the need to keep the two separate and that to walk within both worlds is a blessing.
Ruis: There is always a reason why the 13th card is the most potent, this is very much like the world or death cards, in that it is both the end and start of the cycle. Ruis or Elder, is a card that represents The Unnamed Day on Dec 23rd as well as The Thirteenth Month, which is the three day period between Closing of the Wheel on Samhain, The Start of the Cycle on 1st November and the Birch Month that follows these. It represents the awareness from the cycle of the wheel, from birth into death and then rebirth, it is about severing the Dharma and Karmic ties from one wheel and standing ready to welcome the new Dharma and Karmic cycles that come as the Wheel turns.
Coll: This is the Mystics Card, Coll represents Druidic Lore, Celtic and Pagan Traditions but it also represents in the wider scheme of things, it represents divination, oracular vision, and connection to the source. It represents not just a connection to the Land, but to all things both Earthly, Spiritual and Universal, when harnessed properly this is the card of potentency, creativity and in essence another form of fertility except this time it is of the soul as well as body.
Beith: Beith or Birch is the start of the cycle it is the newness or spring. It is about leaving that which is not for the highest or greatest good behind and firmly in the ground so that it can become something new. It is the right time to start or progress, which works well for the traditional start of the year but also works well at this time in the Celtic Calendar as well, since this is the time just after Yule but before Imbolc. It is a time for planning and cultivation so that when the time of fertility and sowing seeds for the harvest time arrives, I know what needs to be in place.
Well, this has been well worth the time and energy spent. I have learnt a fair bit about myself and also reinforced a lot of what I have been told through various sources. It all rings true and I particularly found The Celtic Tree Oracle to be very informative, it is one thing to be heard by the Tarot but it is quite another to be heard and witnessed by a deck that I have only just come into partnership with. Thanks for hopping with me and staying with this one. I am interested as always in any comments or observations that you have from reading this entry.
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