Cards for the Weekend Aug 22 – 24, 2014

Never Puzzle Sun Perdo2 Berkano2

This weekend is likely to be a time where negative energies are strongly at work, making real decision-making difficult on the one hand and yet forcing some decisions to be made on the other.  The Never Card is also a message with a Raven on it, which can hit of difficulties, battle fields (real and symbolic) and just general kind of beating against a brick wall when trying to get things done.

The Puzzle card indicates a decision that has to be made, a door must be chosen and to not choose a door results either in stagnation or the door being chosen for you; these two energies are pretty much in opposition this weekend and the results for many people (and current events) are likely to be stressful.

The Sun card is mostly a positive, suggesting the strong light for uncovering things that are hidden as well as the last strong warmth of the Summer season in the Northern areas of the planet, however combined with the other two cards we need to remember that the sun can also represent a lot of “solar” and “little sun” things, everything from solar power to nuclear anything (energy, bombs, lasers etc).  So expect the sun to figure in the news, this could even be about a major decision being made on solar power or solar operated options in terms of energy; my hope is that this does not mean the industrial world turning away from solar in a big way, but the cards do suggest this is possible.

Our runes throw the weekend’s energies into further confusion with the Dice Cup (Pethro) and Berkano (Birth/Birch Tree); the dice cup usually indicates that things are unsettled, dicey, could “roll either way” and to expect the unexpected.  Many people (including me) associate this rune with Loki the Trickster, which is not a bad thing in itself but often a surprising thing.  Again, I keep feeling hints of technology and/or surprising decisions here especially in terms of current events.

The Berkano rune suggests this weekend’s difficult and almost opposing energies are likely to sort out by the end to forming a new and completely different situation going into the new week; that isn’t a certainty right now but it does seem to be a likely outcome.  Berkano is also about health, health as well as the Mother Goddess/Mother Earth so there may be some good news that comes out on these fronts, though I would also watch the epidemic/health news of all sorts very carefully, because again this could be a weekend when a decision is made knowingly or unknowingly on those topics. 

Finally, Berkano also has hints of mountains about it (as well as the obvious image of the two breasts of the Mother) so stories about mountains or things associated with the Earth would not be a huge surprise.

But the big energy of this weekend is that Never-Negative energy that is just going to be blocking a lot of things until it is either blown away by a sudden decision or fades away when the decision occurs anyway, possibly by new information coming to light on a situation (or situations).

Good news is: expect a whole new energy pattern sometime early next week, it may not be any easier than this one, but my hunch is the blockages will have lifted and things will be moving again.


Cards of the Week – Special August 11, 2014 Update

Scales Moon Death

First, I have decided to start updating this blog usually once a week due to time constraints that keep preventing me from reading once a day, but I will also post updates – this week’s cards are most likely to be delayed due to bad weather here in Ireland until tomorrow, but I wanted to post a quick update on the situation in Russia that I got when reading on a private forum. 

My question was:

What are the energies around Russia entering the Ukraine (entering the war with troops) in the next 48 to 72 hours? Cards; The Scales, The Moon and DEATH

The Scales: A judgement, Things weighted in the balance, A tipping point

The Moon: The Unseen, Things coming out of the Deep (or the Sea), The Unconscious Mind, hidden secrets revealed, a revelation, creativity, MADNESS

Death: A sudden Change, A final ending of someone/something, Transformation of a situation, Death as in Actual Death

OK gang, that’s not an exact answer but the judgement card suggests that while this may have yet to be decided (decisions cards often suggest things can go one way or the other, especially the Scales) it isn’t looking good.  It is likelier than not that Russia may make such a decision based on something hidden coming to light or perhaps an act of madness.  The Death Card would be both the transformation of the situation and the likely result of this decision.  

My hunch is that while I was reading specifically about Russia choosing (or not) to intervene in the Ukraine directly with military force in the 48 to 72 hours; that these energies are also impacting other conflicts and places including the situation in Iraq and in Gaza especially.  These feels like a very “charged” time period, I will try to look into this in more detail by tomorrow – weather permitting. 


Card of the Day – Tuesday – July 22, 2014

TheBodyThe Hermit

Today’s cards are The Body (Health and the Material World) and The Hermit (Introspection, searching, guidance, solitude)

Taken together I think this will be a lower key day than yesterday, one where on many issues the world sort of sits back and catches its collective breath; this does not mean that nothing of significant happens today but it does suggest a time of tactical withdrawal when the situation permits, a time for seeking guidance and thinking about the next way forward.  If anything serious does happen today, it is likely to be the actions of those “acting alone” or on their own initiative, rather than being backed by a larger international body and/or someone (or group) taking an unexpected step that they have been thinking about and contemplating for a long while but have finally decided the time is right.

This is a day seriously grounded in the real world and issues of material well-being, especially health (and health related issues) but also simply a day where the physical aspects of life (both public and private) are likely to over-balance the spiritual ones making this a very grounded and inward looking day.  Basically a great day for a medical check up or catching up on bill paying but the energies are not so wonderful in terms of having a deep vision or intense meditation.  Which again, is not to say that nothing can happen along those lines, simply that if they do occur the subject matter is more likely to be personal (or of a health related nature) than international current events/super mystical experiences. 

In the news look for stories about retreating, regrouping, examining, taking stock, temporary cease-fires, waiting, expectations (the old cat is expecting a human to bring him a treat), hidden knowledge, older (hopefully wiser) heads; as well as health, illness, epidemics, scientific news in the health field, materialism, self-centered actions and stop signs or road blocks.  The Body Card holds up the figures hand as if to say “stop, do not go forward” which also plays into the temporary lull/stuck feeling today has to a degree, a time when the general health of a situation (or person) may prevent actions they wish to take and/or simply need to take time to reflect on.


Card of the Day – Monday July 21, 2014

Hi everyone!  I’ve had a rough few weeks with the surgery and a post operative infection but I am happy to say I am finally on the mend, I will be trying for a shorter version of card of the day this week; enough to give some information in these troubling times but probably not as much detail as usual.  Today’s cards fit right into to today’s headlines and suggest that perhaps a major power or person may yet do something surprising or magically transform a situation (or try to).

First, here are the cards:

Mother The Magician

We have the Mother Card, which we know from previous readings is about nurturing energy, actual Mothers, Mother Earth and in a current events reading: Nations that Identify as The Motherland and/or have Female Leaders (Mothers of the Nation).  Then we have The Kitty Magician, this Black Cat can be a person or energy of great power but he is neither good or bad, simply a force to be taken seriously, when he shows up in a reading, ANYTHING is possible and might happen.  He is neither a domestic cat nor a wild cat, he makes his own way in the world by having power over birds, fish, lizards and mice (all the suit energies of the kitty tarot land).  Individuals who get this card are likely to be intelligent, charming, patient, agile, have keen insights and he (or she) knows how to use them.

My first impression on seeing this cards, is while the over-all energies are going to influence everyone today (and to some degree this week); I think it a very specific glad on Mother Russia (the Country/Empire) and the leader Putin (The Magician).  I am also feeling a tug towards Angela Merkel as the “Mother” of “The Fatherland” aka Germany, who is also a Magician of sorts in her own way.  I am not sure if these two are going to work together in some way to create a surprise or perhaps a way out of the current situation with the downed airliner but it would not surprise me.  Or, I could be picking up on two different issues that are both affected by this energy, one Western Europe and one in Eastern Europe. 

But the most powerful tug I am feeling is to Watch Putin this week, the Magician may have a trick or two to pull out of his hat; even when seemingly backed against a wall with no way out.   Just what exactly he is going to do, I have no idea at this point but it feels truly connected to this Magician Card in someway.  This could be anything from using new technology (that looks like magic) to a surprising diplomatic move that throws the dice back into Russia’s favor.  It could be a military threat of some sort or even a treaty suddenly signed with Germany that creates an entirely new situation that affects not just the plane crash (and the situation in the Ukraine).

I don’t know why, but I just can’t shake this German/Russian connection here, though it may be Russian/EU as well since, the EU often is “Greater Germany” in these readings.

Other female identified nations (or female heads of state) are likely to be affected this week, as our Mothers and children (expect stories about them; magical and surprising events are likely to happen anyway; stage magicians may be in the news and expect a lot of “news” to be “magical thinking” otherwise known as propaganda, this week.  Of course this energy is also going to affect other on-going situations like the Middle East Conflict (especially Gaza) where Mothers vs. Power may play out on You Tube, when the women decide enough is enough and may take action to try to affect the situation. 

Magical weeks are tricky, thankfully this week’s energy is modified by the Mother Card coming first which suggests over-all more female/nurturing magic than if the Father Card were in the first place; think of the magical transformations that Mother’s create for their children when they take flour and make a batch of cookies or bed sheets to help a small child create a hiding place under a table.  Not all of Mother’s magical transformations are positive but many of them area; this is a week when you may see the Magic of Mother Nature (Mother Earth) in some wonderful and unexpected ways.  Unexpected Auroras would not surprise me, but also be on the look out for the magical mixed with the scary like geological activity or other “natural” surprises. 

Individuals can expect a week in which female/mothering energy dominates but it upended at times by the more masculine/power issues of the Magician; especially in his tendencies to take control and try to manipulate situations in his favor. 

A great week for Mothers, children and Magicians of all sorts – from Stage Magic to the technicians of the Internet….




Card of the Day – Tuesday – June 17, 2014

OK, hopefully things are getting somewhat back on track in terms of readings; I had been trying to read but getting very muddy and strange outcomes from the cards so had put them aside and not posted for a few days – then last evening (here in Ireland) I did a “quickie reading” for a private forum and got another weird reading but posted it to that forum anyway.

The cards were The Home, Now and Liberation – which would normally be very positive but it felt to me like “right now” something was breaking out (liberation can be setting something free that is better bound) that would affect people in their homes.  Then, the rune was Isa or “Ice” again seemingly the opposite of “liberation/moving” energy.   I pointed out that this had been typical of my attempted card readings lately, but then also said it could also be about something else like real ice, storms or wild weather.

Home Now Liberation Isa2

Within an hour, the reports and pictures of the twin tornadoes and destroyed homes were showing up on the net, seldom have I had a reading happen so fast and suddenly things started to make sense.  The readings are “muddy” and “contradictory” because right now (probably for the last couple of weeks and going a bit into the future) the energies are strongly rocking back and forth, creating a very unstable situation both in the mundane and the spiritual/psychic worlds.  When moving force meets static ice, things are likely to get crazy and/or explosive and that is not only what is happening with the current weather but also being reflected in current events such as the wars in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Our friend the Hail Stone “Hagalaz” that first showed up in the readings a couple of weeks ago, finally hit with slamming forcing late last week and created (among other things) an unexpected lighting bolt of conquest in Iraq, a failure of negotiations between Russia and the Ukraine, further splits in public opinion in the United States with congress getting a 16 percent approval rating and my Facebook page full of people venting about the situation in Iraq but very opposing views about what might be done about it.  The World Cup Soccer Match, usually a distraction for most of the non-US centered world is still there but taking a distinctly back stage role compared to most years and to top it all off, we are in a very dicey period astrologically called “Mercury in Retrograde.”  I am not an astrologer but Mercury in Retrograde periods often bring about problems with communications, general breakdowns (especially of machines/computers/etc., difficulty in moving things or situations forward and things just generally tending towards confusion.  Not really the energy you want during a really dicey current events period when what you want are a clear understanding of what is happening and the ability to make wise choices on how to deal with it.

All that said, we can now move on to today’s reading, which as the first reading of the week tends to color the rest of it (though I also posted Monday’s private forum reading background because I think it is important for this week as well).

TreePassion IgnitedOthala2

OK and in a typical Mercury in Retrograde moment, I grabbed the “wrong” card deck, but this is such a perfect image that I decided to go with it anyway and do the reading with it as it stands.

The first card is The Tree, in a reading this is a strong and connected system often involving family, like a family tree or the World such as The World Tree (aka the roots, trunk and branches of what holds the world together).  It is a very powerful card and suggests also that something has taken root, is growing/has grown and is not going to be blow away by the next wind.

Passion Ignited is just what it looks like, a lovely women with fire in her heart and an ecstasy on her face; this card can be about the deep passions of romantic love but it can also about anything a person feels deeply, strongly, even violently attached to.  We talk about “passion for art,” or “having a passion for certain foods” etc; while this card can be very positive, the negative side of this card is passion miss directed or passion to the degree that logical thought flies right out the window.  Anyone who has ever fallen in love (and that is most adults) know that things like deep logical thinking and common sense tend to fly right out the window, at least in the early stages which is why we talk about “being in the throes of passion.”  Like most emotions it is neither good nor bad, but it can sure get it the way of serious thinking when people are experiencing it.

Finally we have the run Othalla, the Homeland; this rune represents: The Home, The Nation, The Inherited Lands, From the Ancestors, the Family line etc; it is the closet thing in the runes to a sense of national (or tribal) identity and that sense of “This Land is Your Land, This Land is MY LAND” that you are going to get.  Of course it also signifies other types of inheritance like money, physical abilities, mental or psychic gifts etc; but primarily the rune is about the lands (as well as the blood) of the ancestors.  I can’t think of a better rune to sum up the two most obvious current event situations that are currently exploding onto the world stage as well as a few other situation that are a bit more in the background but still there (like territorial issues between Japan and China or the influx of Mexican children into the US etc) than this reading.

Basically you have “The World (Tree) if dominated by passions ignited over issues concerning homelands, nations, inheritance and the gifts of the ancestors.”

That is exactly what most of the events going on right now are about, fights over borders, natural resources, who rules what territory, who historically ruled what territory;  who is the real “owner” of Peoples/Tribes/Nations/Borders/Lands/Water/Oil/Food/Gold etc.

The Passions are dominating these issues at the moment and it is likely to rock the very foundations of the World Tree/Homeland/Planet Earth; things are changing and the changes (right now) are being made from over-powering emotions rather than wisdom or common sense.

That does not mean that all outcomes are doomed to be bad ones, but it means that folks affected by these conflicts and changes can expect little in the way of logic, practicality or straight forward thinking/movement/decision-making etc at least for the next 24 to 48 hours and probably for the rest of the week.

This fits very well with the images from yesterday’s forum reading of wild liberated energy striking into a wall of solid ice and hitting it repeatedly. 

For individuals this can be a much better time, because those not directly affected by any of the warrior energies in the outer world; can use this time to put their passions to creating a secure and even delightful upgrading of their own personal “homeland.”  While this a week when all sorts of wars, wild weather and other out-of-control things are going on outside, this is a very good time to practice personal art projects, decorate or repair the home, look for property, deal with estate issues, explore “gifts” from the ancestors (including psychic ones etc). 

But this is also a time to be very careful in personal relationships, again especially with the home and family because this is a time period again when emotions are ruling all and common sense don’t count for much; except your loved ones to simply “react” to a lot of things, especially unexpected things like Aunt Marge’s broken Tea Pot you were about to throw out, as it is grabbed from you hands by a suddenly tear streaked face and the pieces placed back on the shelf.  That’s the sort of energy this week seems to have written all over it.

Hopefully I’ll be able to read more regularly but given the way this time period has been going, I can’t promise but I also don’t see this wild combination of push/pull/stop energy changing in the next few days either.





Card of the Day – Monday – June 9, 2014

LiarTwo of SwordsKenaz2

Well, last weekend we had a period dominated by a more positive energies that had the potential to find creative solutions to problems bother personal and political; we saw that played out in a number of world events from the meetings in Europe that included both Putin and the newly elected President of the Ukraine; to the Pope hosting his own summit and prayer meeting with both the leader of the Palestine and of Israel which was broadcast around the world.  I do hope that everyone made a lot of progress towards various solutions over the past few days because the start of this weeks shows an unfortunate push back in the opposite energy direction.

The first card we have is the Liar, suggesting that Someone(s) or Something(s) or Some Situation(s) is/are being falsely represented or lied about; this card isn’t always about the direct or obvious lie, more often it is about distractions designed to hide a situation or present a smiling face on a situation that is actually rather grim.  You can see the Jester holding up his mask which he entertains the crowd with magical tricks and attempted humor, meanwhile in the far background is a close curtain he does not wish the audience to see.

This card suggests strongly that something being put forward or suggested is not sincere or that something is being presented as true, when it actually false; trickery, sleight of hand and distractions are the energy for today and going into this coming week.

Followed by the unfortunate card (in this connection) of The Two of Kitty Cups, two kitties who are pretending not to see each other and who are refusing to settle a dispute or interact with each other at this time.  When you combine this with the Liar Card and the reconciliation energy of the previous four days, you really get the image of “someone(s) playing someone (s) false.”  In other words at least in some of the world (and personal) situations, Peoples/Tribes/Nations were simply not ready to sit down and truly negotiate but perhaps they wanted to give the appearance that they were doing so?

While these cards do not turn everything accomplished during weekend into a false or unstable outcome; they do suggest the energy is there to discover and bring forward anything that may have been done without sincerity or with false intentions.

The Kenaz or boil/volcano rune seal this as a week when these falsehoods and refusals to actually deal with the underlying issues are likely to build up to an exploding point at some stage; this rune can also mean Torch (or light) and sometimes I think of it as the torch that “lights the fire.”  It is also like a boil in that a lot of nasty or unhealthy stuff tends to build up under the surface until the only way to clean out the mess is for the boil to explode and remove the puss from the body; volcanoes are less obviously nasty, but they too contain boiling material that sits below to the surface, rising up and pressurizing the earth until it suddenly explodes in ash and fire.

What I am not sure is if these situation (s) that are being ignored, lied about and otherwise stepped around are likely to “blow up” quickly like a breaking boil or dribble out slowly like certain types of volcanoes whose heavy lava tends to just ooze out of the ground over time?

I think the energies are there for both sorts of outcomes, with individuals needing to be very careful not to set off those around them and to try to be honest and forthcoming even in the face of evasion or diversion from the issues at hand.

Still, except in the most urgent situations, this is a good week to try to avoid confrontation and bringing things to a head, the Two tom cats are simply not really ready to deal with their issues right now and to force them together may cause more disruption than resolutions this week.  When things do come to a head anyway, always try to stay calm and do NOT rely on things being as simple as they may look at first; this is going to be a week for shadows, evasions, smoke and mirrors rather than honest actions.  Be wise and explore all the information about a situation before acting or taking a side, when possible avoid direct confrontations to avoid problems this week, there will be a time for that, it just isn’t at the start of this week.

Card of the Day – Weekend Edition – May 16-18, 2014

InquirerFive of WandsPerdo2

As I suspected yesterday, the energy for changes and emotional reactions was simply the start of a rather unstable time period with some new challenges and issues thrown in to make for an interesting mix, the outcome at this point is still uncertain and fluid.  This uncertainty and a tendency towards disagreements and conflicts is going to be very strong this week, and individuals show be very careful with family members, friends, co-workers etc because it is going to be a rather dicey emotional time.

The Inquirer Card represents the person asking the question (in this case me, the readers, etc) and the Five of Kitty Wands show five kittens have a “kitten rumble” as they do, play fighting but learning how to seriously defend themselves and attack others as needed, when they are older.  This card tends to represent disagreements, arguments, competition, confrontation both playful and serious; on the playful side look for stories about the sports-world, international games, horse-racing, gambling, Las Vegas etc.. This is a good weekend for playing board games with your family or enjoying peaceful challenges with friends at the Bingo Hall.

However, it is not a good weekend to try to have a serious family discussion on a disputed topic or a good time to bring up anything controversial or negative, this is the sort of weekend when Sunday Dinner with the family can easily devolve into a shouting match if Uncle Ben brings up politics and another family member takes an opposite view.  In fact, I think people in general are going to be walking around with a certain degree of an inner “looking for a target” emotionally.  Some of this is likely to be the results of any sudden or serious changes/transformations that have been taking part (or have taken part) over the last few days.  Those sort of sudden shifts tend to make people edgy, tired and more likely to fly off the handle or become defensive and combative.  This energy is simply going to push those buttons and make it easier to go over the edge.

The Pethro Rune is also called “The Dice Cup” and is the reason why the potential outcomes of anything are going to be hard to call this weekend, which is a another really good reason for trying put a personal hold on any temptations to react emotionally or combatively  with others, because this is a weekend when the “butterfly effect” is likely to be in full swing.  That means that situations and issues may arise for the strangest and least obvious of reasons; of course we can’t possibly control our every comment, feeling or expression just because it “might” upset the balance of things; especially when we don’t know for sure what that balance is.  But we can be careful to try not to poke sticks in hornet’s nest, this is so NOT the weekend to deal with simmering issues, ongoing problems or much of serious anything if can be avoided.

If an issue or situation simply MUST be sorted this weekend, it should be done with intention, calm and the understand that others may easily take things the wrong way and it is up to you, the person who has had this warning, to try to keep things calm and to influence the dice to roll in your direction.

Everything I have just written applies to the international/current events scenes only on a larger and more epic scale, this is a weekend when conflicts, disputes, competitions and confrontations can either continue to play around in the background of the world stage or suddenly surge forward into something very serious and not playful at all.  The Dice-Cup rune is associated by some people (me included) with the Norse Trickster God Loki, who is also associated with fire and sometimes Foxes.  Yesterday’s Torch rune is one kind of fire, the sort that can bring light and illuminate a situation or light the fuse that sets it off into total chaos.  The energy of this weekend gives the potential for both, foxes are known for being clever and cunning and I suspect that both traits are going to be needed by those in power trying to negotiate this new set of combative energies that is going to dominate the weekend. 

This time, while again I feel that Russia V Ukraine is one place to watch, it is not the only danger area; there is going to be a lot of intense competition behind the scenes this weekend and it won’t all be in one places, as various People/Tribes/Nations try to sort out a new or emerging situation.  I am feeling a strong pull towards the economic realm on this one, even those it isn’t showing up directly in the cards yet – but the potential for a shift in the world of macro-economics that leads to some strong disagreements or worse developing over the next week or two feels very strong.  Look for more stories about this growing issue and the underlying reasons for some of the more obviously physical/real-world conflicts (violent, political and corporate) to have their actual background in this underlying economic situation.  Some of this economic situation/change is already known but just not widely understood, but it feels like some of the consequences and actual effects on the ground have yet to manifest.

I’ll be keeping a close eye on the cards and runes over the next couple of weeks to see if money/economics/currencies etc comes back up to the service, but for this weekend it looks like the inter-personal conflicts both for individuals and for groups of people, and their uncertain outcome is likely to be the main energy we will feel in our daily lives and in the international news.


Card of the Day – Thursday – May 8, 2014

SagePage of PentaclesIngwaz2

Wow, finally some GOOD NEWS for a change or at least the potential for good news if the people who matter in various world events choose to take these energies and use them during the next 24 to 48 hours.  This time period, looks the most promising, so far this week, for making positive and wise choices that could even change the course of things; that doesn’t mean they will happen but the potential is certainly there.

The first card is The Sage/Wisdom/Older Men and Women/Older Leaders etc – this card often comes up as “Wisdom” but it is more that than, it is about looking at the knowledge of the past (the books) but also writing down new information for the future (the Sage is writing in the book).  I am drawn to the aspect of this card which calls for “older-wiser heads to prevail” in terms of a positive image and “unwilling to change or learn from mistakes” as the negative aspect of this energy today.

So we have the two conflicting images that age and experience can bring people working themselves out today on the world stage; one is the mature use of caution and memory vs. the hide-bound sticking to conservative traditions and viewpoints even if they no longer serve their intended purpose and are now preventing needed change.

The Page of Kitty Pentacles is a rather play for an innocent card, but one with potential “Teeth” as well.  The Young Kitty on the card is playfully looking at a mouse in his barn, he raises a paw as if to bat it, but his expression tells us that while he wants to be a hunter when he grows up, he knows he really isn’t there yet.  He is a POTENTIAL PREDATOR, but he isn’t there yet. Even the mice seem to be aware of this, and they play happily at his feet, even knowing that someday this same kitty to spell their doom (and they become the Kitty’s lunch).

This card is all about being practical (knowing what you can and what you can’t actually do in a given situation), trust, security and potential wealth/reward.  It combines extremely well with the Sage/Wisdom/Wise/Conservative views of the Sage card only in the case of the Page it is the cleverness of youth tempered with practical observation that restrains the young one from taking on more than he can handle yet.

But in both cards, there is a strong suggestion that the wise person will walk carefully today and know the limits of their abilities no matter how attractive a situation may look, in terms of diving in and getting started.

In terms of world politics, today is the best day in a while for parties who disagree to stop back from the brink and think about just what they are doing, what do they really want and are they even capable of going there yet?

Ingwaz, the run suggests that today is NOT the day for actually taking risks or decisions but instead planting the seeds for those that will come (or have to be made) later; Ingwaz means – Seed/The God Ing/Freyr the God of Peace and Good Harvests.  So today the seeds of Peace of at least a wiser way of handling conflict can be planted and put into place, if caution and wisdom are used.

Even if this doesn’t happen in the outer world of current events, this wise, and self-disciplined (self-directed) pulling back from the edge and taking time to encourage new ways forward is a good energy to use in your individual life.  Today is a fine day for reading, studying, teachers, students, helping professions, children, sports, farming, gardening and prudent investing.  It is a wonderful day for reading a book, making realistic career or life goals and taking the first practical steps in moving those goals forward into reality.

Yesterday reality tended to create a rock that dreams washed up on, but today reflection on that reality can help us recharge and move forward with dreams more tempered to the actual situation and therefore much more likely to go from seed to full harvest in the future.

Over time, energies will try to balance and re-balance like this over and over again, they don’t always do it quite this quickly but when they do it becomes easier to see why there are days when life just seems to be going nowhere fast and other days where things just sort of slide into place.  Today isn’t going to be a super-easy day, but many people are likely to find it a lot more positive in spirit than they have felt, during the first part of the week.  Those who ignore wisdom or refuse to modify their goals with some practical common sense, may not enjoy things nearly as much today as those who do.

Finally today is one of those rare days when both the wisdom of the old and the curiosity of the young can both be celebrated and enjoyed in equal measures, and both hold the seeds of the future in their lined hands and batting paws.

Card of the Day – Wednesday – May 7, 2014

Moon Wheel of Fortune Raido

A somewhat wilder energy day than yesterday, today’s cards are all pretty intense (yesterdays’ were too) but these are somewhat different and suggest that fate is now turning in the direction that it intends to go (no stopping The Wheel) and the Raido rune (riding/travel/movement) hints that the wheel is now turning faster than before.

The Moon card is one of those really complex cards that you would expect with such an ancient image, in this deck The Moon is Female and she is all about Dreams, the Unconscious Mind, Deep Motivations, Intuition, Creativity but also Madness.

The Wheel of Fortune is about Destiny, Luck, Change and TIPPING Points; it can be something simple like which cat catches the bird today or it can be deep and profound, an epic turning point in a person’s life or the end of one historical era and the start of another.

The Raido rune, is all about travel, movements, riding, etc and while originally it meant riding on horse back, it is also about spiritual traveling such as shamanic journeys or lucid dreaming.  In a reading like this one, I get the sense of the Wheel of Fate/Fortune/Karma moving swiftly carried by the Dreams/Desires/Fears/Hopes/Perceptions and even Madness of many people.

As was the case in yesterday’s reading, Current Events wise, I think this reading is largely going to manifest today with the ongoing rush of the wheels in the Ukraine/Russian/West confrontation, but also is also likely to affect other situations personal and international that may be reaching any sort of tipping point.

This is going to be especially true of situations or events that were founded more on dreams than realistic thinking, The Moon is the card of the ultimate ideal or perfect dream of Utopian happy endings where as the Wheel of Fortune is what happens when reality runs right over the dreams and forces the dreams to interact with the world (or situation) as it actually is as opposed to how we might want it to be.

The Wheel of Fortune is also about actions taken in the past rolling around to catch up with us in the future, good actions are likely to bring forth good reactions but the opposite is also going to be true.

The two readings together, from yesterday and today, also show that even if people are feeling a desire to hide away and withdraw at the moment, the tides are continuing to wash in, especially under the surface of things, the water may not be visible right now but it is there.  It is better to pay attention to it and get ready to move to higher ground BEFORE it washes into the mouth of that cave!

Look for news stories today about travel (positive and negative), stories about policies and programs that may not be working out as projected, issues with communications (Raido also affects things like radar, radio, Internet etc), luck, lottery winners, horse races, fortune tellers, Karma, Dreaming, the Sea/Ocean/Water, and Insanity (or mental illness).  Another feature of the news may be terms like “tipping point,” “toppling over,” “rolling on ahead,” “the rubber meeting the road,” etc.  The travel/wheel/moving theme is likely to be very strong in the news today as is a sense of things that are hidden.  The Moon hides things and is all about secrets hidden in the depths of the Sea, so stories about hidden issues revealed (that may force the tipping point) or even under-water archeology are all possible in the next 24 to 48 hours.

That said, on a personal note, today’s cards can be much more positive than yesterday’s were; we have the Card for Dreams and Intuition to help us guide us forward and since we know the Wheel of Fortune is turning rapidly we can use some of that Intuition to mediate and find our own personal Luck (Fortune) and ride it forward.

This is also likely one of the best days this week for travel, both physical and spiritual, as the image of the Wagon and the Rider is very strong.  A great time period for communications and getting things settled after yesterday’s clearing of the air, there is the potential today for much personal positive moment forward.


Card of the Day – Tuesday – May 6, 2014

Cave DestructionNine of Wands Wujo2

Well, the holiday weekend is over in Ireland (and the UK) so it is time to get back to work and get Card of the Day back on its feet – since there was no reading yesterday, today Tuesday is also the reading that tends to set out the primary energies for the rest of the week, and I am sorry to say it is not looking like a very happy time, at least in terms of news and world events.  Individuals may do somewhat better, but more on that later in the blog.

Our kick off card is The CAVE – the cave is a grey card with a human figure hunched into a ball with their face down on the floor and turned away from the light, this card usually indicates: Depression, Sadness, withdrawal, hiding, lack of interest, apathy etc.  It can also be a protective card in the sense of hiding in one’s personal cave, taking shelter or taking time away from personal relationships to recharge and meditate.  But above all, it is a card of hiding or withdrawing from something or someone(s).

The next card, I almost didn’t read, I kept feeling that I needed the card underneath the cave card but I tried to ignore it, I like to keep things to three images most days, but I just kept feeling the “pull” from the deck so I picked it up to see what it was and then knew it just had to be included and probably why.

The Destruction card suggests that the emotional (and perhaps physical)withdrawal on the part of many people this week will likely be in the face of some very worrying, destructive or otherwise tragic things that they may experience personally or at a distance via the Internet or TV.  On its own, this card can have positive aspects such as the creative destruction of things we need to get rid of (like Spring cleaning that back closet and throwing out the junk to clear the air and then deep cleaning it for the coming year)

However, I do not think in this case the Destruction is Creative (except as individuals choose to direct it on a personal level) I think in this mostly Current Events/Energy reading for the world this week, I think this is about real destruction and the potential for real life disasters.  For various reasons I’ll get into in a moment, once again I feel my mental eye directed to the Ukraine – BUT, this energy (as always) is going to affect a bit of everyone and everything and this is so strong in these cards that this is a week when a lot of unfortunate and unhappy events may take place in the world.  My guess is given the next card, the Nine of Wands, that a lot of it will involve the interactions of human beings but that does not rule out the potential for “natural” disasters such as earthquakes, landslides etc; especially anything weather related as “hiding in the cave” is the prudent response to a tornado or nasty storm system.

I want to go over the last two energies before making any more speculations – The Nine of Wands card write-up in the Cat’s Eye Tarot book says “In a Reading: The Nine of Wands indicates the presence of Negative Energy..” There is a lot more there but that statement on its own, is another reason that I see little Creative about this Destruction card.  Basically the Nine of Kitty Wands shows two cats one on her home territory and a newcomer who is trying to enter it.  Both cats are wary of each other or as the booklet says again “Neither cat appears prepared to give ground. Negotiating Territorial Rights in order to share space without conflict is as important for cats as it is for people.   This situation has to be resolved.”

So we now have a card that is all about disputed territory, negative energy, where there is a strong need for mutual respect and flexibility but little sign of any – gee where in the world does that sound like?  Again, I can’t say for certain it is only Russia Vs. Ukraine/The West it may be a good deal more complicated than that.  And other areas of the world where tribal relationships (or families) tend to be the basis of governments are all likely to be seriously affected because the final rune is:

Wunjo – Wunjo is usually translated as Joy, but it is a good deal more complicated than that – it has alternative meanings of Clan Banner (the sign of the family or clan) and BATTLE FLAG!

Remember that people in the ancient Germanic and Viking worlds did not see things quite the same way as modern Westerners, anyone who has seen the mini-series The Vikings (or read anything about the Norse at all) knows that “Joy” was found in the clan/family life but there was also “The JOY OF BATTLE” aka Battle Flag; which involved both defensive and offensive raiding and warfare.  There are also strong feelings of what me modern folk might think of as “nationalism” in this rune because the “clan” is also the tribe/extended family/group that these people identified with; most people’s first allegiance was not to say Iceland but to the extended family (or tribe) of Eric the Red or another local leader.

Again, this pretty much describes what is happening in the Ukraine/Russian/Crimean/Neighboring countries areas as we speak, as the imposed (and relatively modern) “central governments” lose control, the more tribal, local, “clans” if you were; replace them as people fall back to what seems to be safe and familiar.

Some people are going to find safety and security within the “Joy” of their family (or at least trusted companions to hide out with) others are likely to flee into the caves and the hills (literally or figuratively) and hope for safety; others are likely to take “joy” in the battles over territory and resist negotiations.  It is probably too late to prevent all of the coming Destruction but a return to respect for others and attempts to find some common ground might go a long way towards lessening the effects of it.

I think this is a week that the news is going to leave a lot of people wanting to hide in their “caves” or at least try not to deal with the international news situation as much as possible because there is likely to be little good to be found there.  Look for some media to respond by ignoring certain stories or putting them on the back “pages” of websites and the internet – real information will be there, but it may be necessarily to poke ones head out of the cave opening occasionally to see it.

As for individuals, I have already hinted that while this is not a week of “good aspects” that does not mean that everyone has to just sit down and be miserable or unhappy either – you can personally choose to view this time as one for spiritual and personal withdrawal for a purpose, taking some time for yourself to recharge and regroup.  You can use Destruction in the Creative ways I described earlier to clean, cleanse and otherwise get rid of physical, mental or spiritual issues that you have been putting off deal with for some time.  The Nine of Wands cards has the very good aspect of suggesting this is time when having respect for others and using your negotiation skills can go a long way towards solving problems that also have been building or threaten to disrupt your personal peace, so this is a good time to mind-fully and respectfully confront others who may be invading your personal space or having issues with personal boundaries.

Finally the Wunjo/Joy rune can be just that, and while the Cave Card suggests a time for withdrawal from public interaction the Wunjo rune suggests this is a time when Protection and Joy can be found in the connections we have with family and very close friends (our “Clan”).  So while this may not be a good week to take great risks or start new projects, it is a very good week to play with your children, spend time with your partner or enjoy a home cooked meal with your best friends.