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Card Comparison: 2 of Swords

2 of swords comparison

This month has been a deep dive into the 2 of Swords, which can be a challenging card. It is a card of layers, of merging and morphing multiple energies into a streamline of conscious action that initiates a change. What this means is that the card resembles and holds multiple energies at once. These energies can be challenges, calls to action, or reminders. Because there is so much to this card, it is interesting to see how the images are depicted to convey these dualities.

These two cards come from The Wild Unknown Tarot (depicted on the right), and the Ostara Tarot (depicted on the left). If you have multiple decks and are struggling to learn a card, compare the two. Sometimes seeing the multiple interpretations can help spark insight. If you do not have multiple decks, you can reach out and ask me to put up a picture, or use Google.

The Ostara Tarot shows a blindfolded blue jay perched on her nest, which has been created by using the two crossed swords as scaffolding. The swords seem to block a path that transitions from flat and easy to rocky terrain in the distance. As with all cards there is both light and shadow shown. This card shows that there can be comfort in the midst of a daunting setting. If we can come to terms with our thoughts becoming action or creations in the midst of an uncomfortable setting, then we can truly thrive in adaptability. We can use that which could be a setback or a threat, and turn it into a foundation.

This card also shows how strong instinct is, and how our mind can be channeled to create and compete, even when the cards are stacked against us. This Blue Jay was able to create her nest blindfolded and without damage done to her beautiful body. The instinct to create her home is so strong that it can be done no matter the cost. But this also opens the shadow side. Why would she create her nest here? It is admirable that she abilities are unchanged when she loses sight, but her home will never be free from danger. If she wishes to build a foundation free from any danger she will have to leave this place, and start down the path set for her towards new unknowns and new challenges.

This shadow side shows us that even when we achieve mental clarity from the Ace there can be residue from our former selves that we have to leave behind. This comes with intellectual honesty. We cannot be in the same routines to create change. If we receive inspiration and a new path, we must make the decision to shed our former habits and admit there is more to learn for integration. There is more that lies ahead, but we must be willing to lighten the load and act accordingly.

The 2 of Swords from The Wild Unknown also shows two crossed swords and in the middle of the V is a solar eclipse. A bright and fiery sun is concealed by the moon. This softens the harsh lights, but it conceals needed things. This, like the other card, shows an element of danger. If we attempt to stare head on at this occurrence we are both physical and metaphorically blinded. We need the sun to shine light on reality, to expose all that is around us so we can accurately act. But we need the influence of the Moon, with all its fluidity and watery pull.

This card shows that we need to work with both elements. We need to be willing to see reality for what is, but we need our intuition to guide us accurately. Intuition is a powerful thing. Just like any warrior who fights with these formidable blades, we need to move like in a dance. We need to be one with our thoughts and action, but that requires a compass of honesty and truth. The two crossed swords can be both a stance of protection and attack. This stance can protect us against coming attacks, but it can also be a combustion of strength and power.

What is needed is action. This card shows that indecision is a greater threat than an attack against us. We cannot hold this pose for long. We must move to honor our new path, otherwise we yield to stagnation. We could potentially stay here longer than welcome, but we would tire and succumb to neither victory or defeat. Both of these carry needed lessons if we are to grow.

Please let me know your thoughts on 2 of Swords. It is a card that combines a lot of energy. Take things slow. We are just at the beginning of new mental ground. It can be scary and elevating at the same time. Stay wild Wolflings!

2 of Swords and Eucalyptus

I am always thinking of correlations between the tarot cards and the world, reducing and extrapolating the meaning of a card into a synergistic relationship with something else. This could be a poem, a quote, a movie character, a crystal, or an essential oil. I have recently started using a lot more oils in my personal and spiritual life, and I wanted to see how oils were connected. How did the smell of an oil invoke the memory of a card? How did the impression create the path towards an image, even if they seem so unrelated?2 of swords and eucalyptus

Because the 2 of Swords is the tarot card of the month, I really want to find an oil that represented and resonated the core qualities of this card. As mentioned in my card description which can be found here, I recognized that one of the things that always sticks out to me about the 2 of Swords is the duality. Even the picture of the The Wild Unknown deck has both the Sun and the Moon. The two swords are crossed, either in a protective or attack position, and the Sun is behind the swords, but a full moon blocks the light.

This, at its surface, represents to me both the need for truth and action, intuition and conviction. The light of the Sun brings forth the truth, however harsh, but the moon represents the intuitive, the fluid nature of numerous cycles and ripples or movement in water. This suggests that the truth is attainable, but a core part of ourselves may be blocking that truth. We may think we have come into the light, but there is still a resilient shadow. In order to be skillful, calculated, or effective on our path we need both. Why then does this card feel so hard? I think the answer lies in the number. We have only just begun. Like those who learn the skill of the sword, they must move with the sword and learn the bite of the edge. Those who use the sword must not rely only upon talent or teaching. That will go a long way, but the presence of the moon speaks to finding intuition in movement, learning to trust the path, even if it is not what it seems.

How then does this relate to the chosen oil, Eucalyptus? In order for the duality of both truth and intuition to be in equilibrium, there needs to be as little resistance as possible. There is needs to be clam understanding, calm approach, and a molding of both protection and action. This is why I think of the 2 of the Swords when I smell Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus heals, reduces pain or inflammation, has a slight converging of sweetness and bite.

Eucalyptus can also tend to be overpowering, which is why little is key. Which is where we are at when we enter the 2 of Swords. We have just begun to materialize our vision, dream, or idea. We need to focus on the small amounts that help us grow and start a dialog, and not drown ourselves down with the excess.

Thank you so much for reading, let me know your thoughts in the the comments. Stay wild Wolflings!

August Tarot Card: 2 of Swords

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One of the things that I love most about tarot cards is the layers of relativity. There is so much to unpack with each picture and message that it is no wonder that those who learn tarot are often lifelong students. I am always looking for ways to go deeper into the cards, because that is how the meaning of each card manifests. When it takes the physical form of numerous situations in our lives is when it becomes more than just one interpretation.

To be honest, I am not sure how I want to tackle each month. There is so much that I want to discuss with each card. Scents, flowers, people, fictional characters, actions, cause and consequence, light and shadow. All of these could come forth in Tarot card of the month. There could be relevant articles, pictures, art, movies, or unknown connections that I have yet to see. What I do know is that this is the exciting part of tarot. I have always loved to see how tarot cards reveal themselves each day.

For the month of August, the 2 of Swords will be a major focus card. Others will be pulled, discussed, and shared, but I am being called by my guides to really dig deep right now. Maybe it is just a backlash from such an exhausting summer school semester that I feel detached in my own way from the cards. Maybe it is just a new revelation that came in the subconscious river up the cord and into the mind. Whatever the source, I am being called to go deeper into the cards, to really unpack them, and to go slow.

I hope you will join me, and let me know how the 2 of Swords surfaces for you over the next month. My hope is to post something everyday on at least one of my platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or here. My hope for this is to keep the flow of the card moving and growing, so that every day reveals another breadcrumb on this trail. Also, please understand that this is not the only way to learn the cards. In fact, this is not how I initially learned. I pulled all the cards that I could all the time. I was so intensely invested in learning and discovering each card that I may have missed some messages that were coming from an individual archetype.

This isn’t a huge project, but it is a endeavor that I am finally realizing in manifestation. I would love to hear how the 2 of Swords comes around in your life. Stay wild wolflings!

The first book I learned to read tarot with, and how a glossy page can make all the difference.

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Do you ever stand in a bookstore, your eyes darting back and forth between the titles, unsure of which one is the right keeper of knowledge? When I first started to read tarot, it was out of necessity. I needed to put a pulse back in my chest, and a roar back in my throat if I was to brave another year. I went to the bookstore, knowing that I wanted a book worthy of this step. But all the titles professed the same action. They all held promise of expansion and depth, spirit making strides.

I finally settled on this book: The Key to Tarot: From Suits to Symbolism; Advice and Exercises to Unlock your Mystical Potential by Sarah Bartlett. Why did I settle on this book, because it felt beautiful in my hands. The hard, chocolate brown cover felt appropriate. The pages were colored. The pages were glossy. There was something about the shine, the texture, the lift of reds and blues from the page that made me settle on this one.

This book is a great beginner’s book because it goes into each card well for a beginner level. It includes exercises and meditations to connect more deeply into yourself and the craft. It also has some good spreads that I still use today. I must admit that I no longer reach for this book that much, but as my very first tarot book, it was a star-find. Other books that I have purchased since then have not fully compared to this book. Perhaps it is my nostalgia. Perhaps it is glossy pages and way the spine creases into the skin of my folded legs. I don’t know, but I love this little book.

I had placed this book on a shelf after I read it, and moved on to other titles. I came across some journal posts from when I first started reading, and I realized how much writing I did when I was travelling through this book. I wrote in my journal constantly. Everything was somehow related to the meanings of the cards that I was slowly absorbing with this book. I din’t think too much of it. I read the journal posts, smiled at how far I have come, and went about my day.

That was about a week ago. Since then I have gone through many books on my shelves, packing the one that I know I want to keep, but will not read for some time. Others, given away as donations. I pulled this book down off the shelf I was going through and again felt that tinge of nostalgia, like looking at an old picture of myself. I really wanted to go through some of the meditations and exercises again to really see how my tarot interpretations have become layered.

If you are new to tarot, document everything! Write it down, film it, take pictures, draw it. However you do it, just do it. Document your travels because it will become a map. It will show you how to rejoin an old part of yourself that perhaps has slithered deep into the dusky layer of the subconscious. Document so you can look back and see what your gut thoughts were. Don’t take the interpretations in the pages (no matter how glossy) as gospel. Make your own choices and see what is right for you. For example, the book mentioned here reads Court Cards as other people. I have never found Court Cards to be representative messages of other people. Never. Do what feels right, and keep it documented so you can come back with a seasoned heart later for reconnection.

You can find Sarah’s book here, along with many other books that she has written. This is not an affiliate code. I think this is a great little book if you are a tarot novice, or looking for your first book. I would love to hear the books that guided your path, tarot or otherwise. Much love wolflings!

 

 

The Fool: Tarot Deck Comparisons

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One of the best things about tarot cards is that the meaning of the cards is never stale. The roots of each card are alive, spreading the nourishing gift of emotional sustenance. There is no one formula for each card that applies undoubtedly to other decks, or to each reader for that matter. The same reader can use two different decks for the same, or similar questions, and come up with very different responses from two alike cards. Obviously, these are my own thoughts, and there is no one right way to read or compare the cards.

I want to share some thoughts I have for The Fool from my two tarot decks, The Wild Unknown and the Ostara Tarot. If you look back to my old school posts, you can see that the Wild Unknown was my first deck. It was the very first one I learned to read. I finally made the purchase to acquire a second deck, and I chose the Ostara Tarot. I chose that deck actually because of The Devil card in particular (but that is a different post for a different day).

The left card is The Wild Unknown depiction of the Fool. The right is the Ostara Tarot depiction of the Fool. I will share the similarities of each card, the differences in meaning, the pros and cons of each card, and the one (if there is one) that speaks to me the most.

The Fool from The Wild Unknown is a baby chick, perched and ready for flight. Above the branch the expansive sky is golden, showing that it is a treasure to be one of the few creatures in this world that can navigate this path. It is endless and full of light. Below the branch is bleak, darkening into the depths of the plummet. Clearly this precipice is going to take heart and guts. Both above and below are unknown. Above brings freedom. The sky brings possibilities and the ability to grow.

This is also seen in the other Fool. A young girl grasps her broom. She has already taken flight. Although what is behind her is also dark, the obstacle that struck me was the way the artist depicted the tumult of wind. Her hair is blowing behind her, and birds all are around her, always trying to brave the way. Here, this Fool shows that although the leap of faith was taken, the path is not just smooth sailing. She will be confronted with dangers and threats, even though this is clearly the path she was destined for.

One of the main differences that I see in these cards is the perception or perceived feeling of preparedness.  The chick looks small and frail, but animals are always so inspirational to me. No matter how unable and weak they seem, they were made for their environments. Thousands of years of evolution have allowed such small babies to take the most daring of leaps. The girl, on the other hand, has more of the traditional look of the classical Fool. She is young. She is so ready for her adventure that she doesn’t even notice that her shoes are untied. But if you look closely, she has red elbows and scratched knees. This isn’t her first attempt, but she kept trying.

Both of these young Fools speak to new beginnings. The pros of the Wild Unknown are the clear demonstration of following your calling. If birds who are meant to fly, but never can, they will mostly likely die. The pros also show that the journey is worth more than anything. The chick is surrounded by flowers and comfort, but still she knows she must fly. The pros from the Fool from the Ostara Tarots shows the layers of the journey. The young girl has bloody knees, and a wind that could overpower her. But she persists. She dares to fly amongst the birds and the height.

In truth, I don’t find one speaks to me more than the other. I will say I love the Fool from the Wild Unknown. I love the idea of following what must be done before our physical forms go back to the dust and the stones. I relate to that Fool perhaps a little more because for a while I tried to make my way on the branch, where there was true comfort. The flowers show that the start is not a bad place. But the fact that I hadn’t leaped into my own sky meant that the deep depth felt like it was encroaching more inch by inch.

I would love to hear what you think of these cards, or of the Fool in your cards. You can find the Wild Unknown deck at www.thewildunknown.com. I purchased my Ostara Tarot deck from Amazon. These are not affiliate links.

We all have been the Fool at some point, and it is a beautiful place, despite the obstacles. Stay wild wolflings.

 

Essential Oil Workings: Fennel and Lavender

 

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Dear Wolflings,

I am sorry for a little bit of a digital absence. School has started again for summer classes….and these classes are a doozy. I am taking Anatomy 1 and Statistics as part of the core curriculum towards my Holistic Health degree. Neither of these classes are in my wheelhouse of comfort. I am excited to take them and to broaden my studies further, but it is already a bit of a struggle.

I use essential oils a lot at home, and I thought I would start mentioning some of the ones that I use most, or currently use. Essential oils are the Earth’s pharmacy, but I am not advocating for a disconnect from Western medicine entirely. If you ever need a trained medical physician, please seek them out. Mental, physical, or emotional stigma and judgement against needing any sort of medicine is bullshit. I like to approach all forms of medicine equally, and essential oils are one of my most cherished.

Both of these classes require a lot of memorizing, retaining, and deep understanding of how the individual connects to the whole. Because of this, I have been reaching for Fennel and Lavender frequently. These scents together have been a nice bedtime remedy, but both of these can become quite pungent, so use sparingly!!!

Lavender is actually a scent that I do not care for. I mostly use it in my steam diffuser or face oil. Lavender does not need many words from me as it is one of the most recognized oils or fragrance. It is calming, balances the planes of the body (i.e. physical, mental), and harmonizes. It helps encourage a kind of homeostasis in our hearts and psyches. It is for these reasons that I love to put Lavender in my nighttime diffusion. Everything down to my bones eases into a more comfortable and whole presence. I wake feeling less groggy and more combined in all my faculties.

Fennel smells a lot like licorice. If you are not a fan of that scent, I would use only in a diffuser, or find an alternative. Fennel is quickly becoming one of my favorites though. I use more Fennel and less Lavender because Fennel is an essential oil that is great for mental clarity, retention, and recollection. It helps to stabilize the mental faculties and ground the rest of the body, so the mind can have more exploration. Both of these oils are also helpful in dream work and subconscious retention.

I use these oils to help my mind find harmony and clarity from the stress of the day, but I also want to capitalize on the memory retention of the brain during sleep to hold on to the knowledge from my studies. These oils drop the body down into deeper sleep, but free the mind to work into metaphor what I have learned. If you do not have either of these fragrances you can use many others including Jasmine, Rosemary, Basil, Lemon, and others. Many sites will suggest Sandalwood, but I am trying to work away from using or relying on Sandalwood in my practice because Sandalwood trees are currently listed as vulnerable because they are so heavily used and impacted by deforestation, market use, and climate change.

The Fennel was purchased from Sage Goddess, and can be found at http://www.sagegoddes.com. Sage Goddess is an amazing site where you can find SOOOO much for any sort of spiritual medicine. The Lavender came from Tenswall, although I bought it through Amazon. I don’t believe they sell essential oils anymore. These are not affiliate links.

If you work with these scents, please let me know how you love to use them. If you have questions, let me know. Stay Wild Wolfling!

Card Profile: The High Priestess

 

Card 2 – The High Priestess

Perhaps one of the most mysterious cards, the High Priestess here is depicted as a white tiger (which is meant to denote a rarity because they are hardly seen in nature. The white tiger is seen as a high status commodity in the private and public eye due to the Captive Wildlife Crisis but I digress….). She sits in the darkness of night, with a crescent moon in the background. In between her paws is a crystal ball, an illumination of the veil between the worlds. She is in a state of BE-ing, and it acts to radiate her light outward, reaching up to the Moon. Both entities promise a bringing forth, and new creation.

Although the elemental nature of the High Priestess is highly feminine, it can be hard to describe in physical language what her nature is. This is because the High Priestess is extremely internal. She is constantly sensing, observing, and feeling. She harnesses everything around her without judgement, because there is always something to learn, to understand, or to use as a form of growth. To and through the High Priestess, everything is sacred. Everything serves a role. Even the bad, the minuscule, or misunderstood. When one of these elements surfaces in our lives, it is the High Priestess who urges us to go deeper, to not be afraid, and to comfort in our sacred selves within the good, the bad, the ugly. When we can find the sacred in these forms, we find more sacredness in our very bones.

Intuition is the vein that taps into the pay-dirt of this card. Intuition is something we are all given, which strengthens the notion that we and everything are sacred. Intuition is the ability to understand something, without having the physical proof, or need for proof. Intuition is the pull on us when something or someone is not as they seem. Intuition is the voice that urges us to do or act on something because it feels right. The High Priestess is the embodiment of this gift because there is a sense of ownership with her. She is not relying on the crystal ball, the cosmos, or the veil to channel her ability of understanding. Those messages are, and have always been there. But because she is able to harness those messages uniquely to her through intuition, she is equipped to utilize both the messages and the tools.

As mentioned, all of us have intuition. We all have the ability to go deeper into the shadows. She did not just attain this ability, and that is not what is portrayed when this card is pulled. The use of practice, process, or ritual is paramount with this card and her energy. Because the High Priestess is in the balance between internal recognition and external sources, it takes times to really go deep. One does not sit down for one meditation and suddenly become enlightened. It takes practice, process, or ritual to really start building the links between the internal and the external.

As beautiful, rare, or exotic the High Priestess looks, she is not portrayed in a world of glitz, fortune, or fame. Everything in her energy is very subtle. Her rarity comes from the fact that she can alter the energy around her. She can take in messages from the Universe and write her narrative of intention. She is present for the energy of the Universe. This is her presence. She is present. She is sensing the the subtle fingers of all the creatures that share this globe. She is creating a river of energy from the messages around her. Her intuition guides her forward.

How does your intuition guide you? When you have you stopped for a few moments and just held your form? Do you remember the sound of trees, the smell of Earth, the light of the Moon? Take time to connect deep into the skeleton of your sacred self, and into the skeleton of the Earth. The High Priestess reminds us that everything is a river that flows into the ocean of our mind.

 

**Tarot card pictured is from The Wild Unknown deck, and can be found at http://www.thewildunknown.com. This is not an affiliate link**