Saturday, December 6, 2014

The DruidCraft Tarot - The Hermit, Strength, Nine of Wands

Card 1: The Hermit - IX

The keywords to remember here are Guidance, Retreat, Caution, Withdrawal and Meditation. 

~ The Message of the Hermit is ~
Turn away from the distractions of the outer world, and seek guidance. In silence and solitude discover new depths, and refresh your soul at the source of all life.

The Significance of The Hermit:
At a certain stage in our lives, and in our spiritual journey, it becomes important to withdraw from the distractions f the outer world to focus on the inner quest. Every night as we fall asleep, we journey to the Otherworld, and when our physical body dies, we make that journey also. But it is important for us to turn within at other times too - hence the value of meditation, and of spiritual retreats. 

An Inner Call:
 You may be feeling the call to begin meditating or to take a retreat, as if some inner need is trying to make itself heard. Sometimes that same need manifests as the desire to find a spiritual teacher or to receive guidance. This card may indicate a teacher, counselor or wise person, or it may be referring to an inner guide. Druidry and Wicca teach that in the Otherworld inner guides exist who can help us on our spiritual journey, and who can offer us support, and even specific teachings. To be effective, we must be able to retreat from the world of the senses from time to time, to connect to the source of life that lies beyond the phenomenal world. 
Do not be tempted to make important decisions, for now is a time to withdraw from the distractions and dramas of your everyday life. Don't worry about abandoning these decisions for a while - there will always be distractions, and probably every so often dramas, if you ever wish to turn to them again. Instead, let them take care of themselves as you follow your intuition to go deeper. The guidance you receive may well help you to find ways to resolve your problems and move forward that would never have occurred to your rational mind, caught up in worry and details. Trust in the light of The Hermit and, even if the path ahead seems dark and lonely, know that your inner guide and their animal-spirit companion are close by, to counsel and protect you. 

Card 2: Strength - VIII

The keywords to remember here are Unconditional Love, Courage, Faith, Power with Awareness, 
'Wild' Wisdom, and Compassion.

~ The Message of the Strength Card is ~
You will find the Wild Wisdom that sings in the depths of your soul. Nwyfre will flow more strongly through you as you open to the compassionate strength of the Goddess within.

The Significance of Strength:
A central idea in Druidry and Wicca alike is that we need both the wild, natural self that exists inside us, and the civilized, or cultured, self that is the result of our education and upbringing. Here, in this card, we see their union: the boar represents the wild, animal side of our nature, while the woman represents our more sophisticated, cultural self. By uniting these two parts of ourselves, we become empowered in a way that connects us more deeply with our humanity - and at the same time with our own divinity. 

The Meeting of the Wild and Civilized Selves:
Drawing this card in a reading may indicate a generous and wise person in your life, or it may signify that you are entering into a deeper relationship with the forces of life and of Nature. Some spiritual and religious teachings tell us to shun these forces, but DruidCraft celebrates them, showing us how we can open our bodies and hearts to the energies that flow through the cosmos, which can heal, empower and enliven us. 
These energies are collectively referred to as Nwyfre, and a central feature of practicing DruidCraft lies in discovering how to pen to Nwyfre and how to use it for magick - to improve our own lives and to help others. To do this, we need to open to the refining and deepening powers of the Divine Feminine. This means learning to trust in life, learning to have compassion towards others and ourselves, and it means centering our lives in love. By doing this, the deeper mysteries open to us. Instead of our lives being ruled by our instincts, lusts or passion, they are ruled by compassionate love, and these powers are then integrated with our humanity and our awareness. The result is a sense of mature strength that brings with  it a faith in the ultimate goodness of life. 
Strength teaches us that we can develop mature strength of soul and character not by avoiding conflict, but by handling it with compassionate awareness, trust and love. By doing this, we develop an ability to relate in a way that honors the natural flow of passion  and life-force. 

Card 3: Nice of Wands

The keywords to remember here are Final Challenge and Caution.

You may be going through a period when you have emerged from a struggle, but are defensively or guardedly waiting for the next problem or conflict you believe will appear. You are worried that just when the struggle seems to finally be over, something worse will come along. If you have this feeling it may be justified, and you may need to remain cautious. It is likely, however, that the final battle will be an internal one,  in which you come to grips with the sources of fear and conflict that ultimately spring not from outside but from within. You may have battled your way through life, a characteristic of the Wands, and your sense of being wounded in the past may have made you isolate yourself as a means of defense. The challenge now is to open to wholeness and healing. 

The card could also be offering a different message - that you have accomplished something, but that you are finding it hard to fully accept your achievements, your strengths and talents. It can also indicate recovery from an illness, and this will be enhanced as you come to open completely to the reserves of healing energy that are waiting to flow into you.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

30 Ways To Honour Your Goddess Connection This Full Moon - ReBlog

This post is being re-blogged from: Words to Guide You Home - Amy Palko
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The Full Moon is coming! December 6th

(the following article, word for word, is the re-blogged post) 

When the moon reaches its fullest, we often feel the pull of the sacred feminine. There’s something activated within us, and our goddess connection calls for recognition. There are so many ways that you can honour this inner divinity – this call to embody spirit. Here are a few of my favourites…
1. Turn your face to the moon, and allow your face to be kissed by its light.
2. Dance to the beat of your heart as it pulses its refrain “I’m alive I’m alive I’m alive”.
4. Create a Pinterest board as an altar of your devotion to the sacred calling of your bliss.
5. Watch the flickering flame of a candle and feel the divine spark within you kindle in response.
6. Let yourself be held in the arms of those you love receiving their love for you.
7. Ask your body what it needs to feel nourished and then giving yourself that – generously and without shame.
8. Spend some time shuffling and dealing oracle or tarot cards, seeking the wisdom that exists within.
9. Curling up on the sofa and slip into sleep.
10. Commune with the archetypes of constellations and planet through your astrological chart.
11. Unravel the year ahead. And the year we are leaving behind.
12. Read poetry. Let it unfurl from the page in your heart and in your mind. Let your mouth shape the sounds, and give voice to the language that connects soul to soul.
13. Drop into the gift of your flesh through sacred touch.
15. Stand where the edges of the world feel more present to you – the thin places that invite you to reach out and touch the wing of an angel.
16. Allow laughter to moves its way throughout your whole being – feel it bubble up from your belly, warming your chest, opening your throat, leaving you and merging with the world in an explosion of giggles and gufaws, chuckles and cackles.
17. Anoint your pulse points with the scents that stir your blood.
18. Be bathed in music – play it loud and feel your cells respond, rising up to meet the complexity of the melody, the pleasure of the harmony, the invitation of the bass, the urging of the rhythm.
19. Join a circle of kindred spirits. Step forward with your sisters by your side.
20. Give in to luxury. And remind yourself that luxury is not something you deserve, but is as natural and as essential to your wellbeing as the breath in your lungs, the blood in your veins, the clothes on your back.
21. Find your stillpoint and come home to it. Often.
22. Engage in altaring. Collate pieces of yourself – crystals, cards, shells, feathers, photos, poems, candles, plants, love letters, bones, incense…
23. Attend to the light. And to the dark. Honour both in whichever way feels best.
24. Connect to the resonance of words. Goddess-given.
25. Eat chocolate and relish every mouthful. Hold it on your tongue and let it melt. Taste the sweetness. Feel the edge of your desire and the place in your body that sings out in pleasure when that desire is met.
26. Let go and let goddess. Surrender. Give in to the gravity of your body, of the earth. And feel yourself held by the physical container of you.
27. Take a selfie. Hold up your camera and look into the lens. Hold your own gaze as it’s reflected back to you. And take the shot.
28. Restore through yoga. Gentle poses. Restful stretches. Or maybe just savasana.
29. Set intentions in the face of challenges – plant your wishes in the fertile material of your heart, and then trust that everything will unfold in alignment.
30. Feel the whole catastrophe and know that you’re ok. You’re ok. You’re ok.
How are you connecting to the goddess today? Please do share in the comments your experience and your ideas to explore the sacred feminine in each of us….