Celebrating Rituals and Other Mothers

Dear Wolflings,

In my studies, I have had the privilege of learning and working with many people on many topics. One that rings out to me is Aromatherapy in particular. I love using this oils in all ways that I can, and I have found that many oils in working with the tarot has heightened and intensified my practice.

I am particularly into Basil right now because it is the oil that reminds me of the Mother of Cups. I will be doing a blog soon about the different ways I have been using Basil oil. But I want to talk about an event that I want to celebrate and share with you all.

Michele and Loretta are two women I know, and they are hosting a beginner’s class all about essentials oils, the uses, benefits, and knowledge of where to get good oils, and it ends with everyone making their own dream pillow.

This class is only $17.00, and you are getting some great knowledge about the topic. I want to share and celebrate others in this world who are helping to promote these topics that promote our higher well-being.

Check out the picture below for all the details. Stay Wild Wolflings!

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Letting go: 7 of Cups and Tatsuya

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It feels like the closing of energies and affections begin before the actual dates click down and down. As we get closer to the end of December, what is going to happen in the next couple of weeks perhaps is just going to happen. Maybe this time, full of chaos and height, is actually the perfect time to find some peace of mind. Is there a point where it actually benefits us to stop dwelling on what can be changed or tweaked for the final weeks of December? Is this the time that we should bring in consideration and nod ourselves towards quieting and not gripping?

I would argue this possibility. Sometimes we continue to plunge ourselves into the pressure of creating. We force ourselves to do more in these final weeks that we actually forgo the space to just sit, or (dare I say it) observe with distance. December is a month of leading. Everything is planned, detailed out, purchased and outlined. There is much beauty in this. Memories of sparkling holidays are a gift many do or cannot have. But the strain follows quickly behind. Moments are priceless and fatigue is temporary, but I cannot keep out the thought that even in these frantic weeks, we can still find some control and some release.

There can be a bounty in finding small releases, and focusing more on intentions. With the New Moon energy circling, this is an ample time to reflect and dream. Not all will pan out. Not all intentions are meant to. But as December blurs into the new year, it is a good time to ponder and protect what is sacred at this festive time.

The first card drawn at random is the 7 of Cups. The 7 of Cups tantalizes and draws us in with all the different cups to choose from. In the background is a dark sky with a crescent moon. Now is the time to look into what intentions you wish to follow, even if for a stroll. What actions can you pursue without burning yourself out? Now is a time when everyone is on the brink of burning out regardless, so what actions will keep you centered and secure?

The plethora of possibilities shows that options can be good. They are worth exploring, even if it is only through creative outlets or communication. What is not good is trying to chase each option because they all possess a new, fertile ground. Take a look at what you want to release, or what you want to bring into control. What needs control? What needs expansion? And what just needs to be snuffed out? The 7 of Cups engages our emotional fantasies and options. Already a heightened time, these proclivities can drag us into more emotional distress. This a card about balance. This a time for balance. Find your intentions and draw out the flame, but do not constantly build on something that emotionally is not ready, and may never be.

How we can either help quiet or strengthen these intentions is with the help of Tatsuya. This oracle card means that through all of these, whatever is released or held dear, we must be warriors for ourselves, and the new purposes we beseech. Standing on some of the emotional precipices, we may be surrounded by many, but if they drain our energy we must walk alone. If this time is beautiful, we must champion the space with conviction to engage and perhaps even sacrifice. If this time is hard, we must remind ourselves to not face the dragon, but forge our own flames.

However the end of December meets you, take control over what you can. This could be as small as planning space in the day to reflect and give in to the need for quiet moments and loud thoughts. It could be as big as protecting yourself against certain plans or people that the holiday may be trying to bring together. Release and control. Look at what options you have, and how they serve your incoming year. Have the courage to do what you need, even if it means being scoffed by others. This year has been turbulent, but in the eye of the hurricane there is calm. How can you get into the center?

 

**Thank you for reading. Please feel free to comment on the cards, or anything about the upcoming weeks. If you liked what you read, become part of my wolf pack. If you would like to work with me, please email me at teaandtombstones.com. Stay wild wolflings.**

The decks used are The Wild Unknown and Oracle of the Dragonfae. Click here to find The Wild Unknown tarot collection and here to find the Oracle of Dragonfae collection for purchase. (These are not affiliate links)

December thoughts: Phoenix and Fernia

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Hello Wolflings! I hope that the beginning of this final month has reached you well. December is always (at least in my mind) a month of contrasts. It is a time to recharge, refill ourselves with time, slumber, and some good food. However, this is also the time when we need to be the most vigilant. The things in our lives need tending too if we wish to start the new year with a positive set of intentions. I feel that this time of year is full of vibrations and unseen pushes that call into the deep structures of our bones. Our foundations will either be elated with jubious cheer or brim with recollections of what has passed and desire to move beyond our limits.

December is ambivalence. Both the light and darkness come into play, sometimes drawing the energetic art high into the walls of our weaving days. One thing that is certain is that the year is ending. The curtains are slowly closing in, leaving us to reflect on what has been lost or attained in this year-long dance. This is time to look to karma and new energy to bring in. There is a bounty of energy that has followed us like an obedient dog throughout the year and now, with the end in reach, we can look to what we wish to outgrow, change, or what needs some new breath.

The Phoenix brings some much-needed energy to our ending year. The Phoenix, as I am sure everyone knows, speaks to transformations and rising from our dusty ashes. The Phoenix is the surge from the pit, the fist flying in faith that it will subdue or neutralize. With the Phoenix, we have a chance to change the karma and start to manifest a beauty that rises in us, through us, and because of us. The dying days December unfold like fog to heat, releasing any past resentments or fears.

Use the Phoenix to start your transformation. Unfold yourself into a new body. Become more aligned with what your conscious mind is calling for. Find that beauty in yourself. We cannot be stewards for progressive, social, or greater change until we honor what needs to be released in us. Kim Krans notes that the Phoenix resides in the root chakra. This transformation may not be easy. It will take the blood of the Spirit to start such a shift, but now is the time. Now is the time to change our own karmas, and remind our own bodies that we cannot be ruled by fear or by messy words. We were made to be drunk on starlight. We were made in fire and blood.

This transformation is the catalyst for where we place ourselves in the new year. This is where Fernia comes in. Fernia is the untamed, but often overlooked, energy in us. Fernia speaks to expectations and needs. When the foliage becomes overgrown, there are those who seek to push it back. There will be those who find no inspiration because it is not colorful and petal-soft. Fernia is the energy in us that is neither overtly beautiful or outward-bound. This is the energy that thrives in the quiet shade of our silence. This is the energy that is ours, and for those who appreciate our quieter selves. This energy speaks to being comfortable in our individual outlines. It is not meant to please others.

As the end of the month draws in, use Fernia to find the energy that is yours. If others love it, beautiful. But do not bypass your sacred space that is off the beaten path because others find it unattainable. Connect to what in you needs to grow and thrive, and nurture it. Tap into what needs to die so that something else can claim the ground and grow.

December clicks to a close, and these two energies are the start of pulling away from the threads that snag on our heartbeats and our rhythmic emotions. The Phoenix is the reckoning, the call deep in the bones to rise to new potentials. Fernia is the aftermath, the tending to that potential because it can be a beautiful garden. The growth may not be to everyone’s liking, but our karma is the first-born. Our karma is the love that from us can be given to others who choose to walk that path, sit in the same, cool shade. This transformation will cleanse and shake our bodies into something shiny and ready. We will not need to don all the armor because we have strengthened something much bigger. We have shed the weight of what did not serve our fight. For the new year, we do not need to fear the flames because we are the tinder. We do not strive to be flowers because we are an endless jungle.

**Thank you for reading. Please comment and let me know your thoughts on these cards. If you would like a personal reading, please look at my Policies and Code of Ethics and send me an email at teaandtombstones@gmail.com. I would love to work with you. I hope that January meets you well. Stay wild wolflings!**

Decks used are The Wild Unknown tarot deck and the Oracle of the Dragonfae oracle deck. Click here to find The Wild Unknown tarot and here to find the Oracle of the Dragonfae for purchase. (These are not affiliate links)

New Moon: Vulture and the Morrighan

Yesterday, there was a New Moon. This is a time where the darkness folds into itself, breaching the shores of our psyche to find power, to purge what is no longer serving us, and to sit for a moment so we understand what it means to move with a purpose. The New Moon is ample time to brainstorm, to collect your dusty wounds and learn that healing comes with great love and great resilience. The two cards that I have pulled the last two days speak to this cathartic push to start and fill ourselves with the messy bits and brambles of life. They are there. The chaotic chemical formula of our day to day will always be there. The question is: how do we take the normal, frugal breaths and turn them into something that rolls through our experiences and refreshes our strengths?

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The Vulture is a Vegas sign for the misunderstood, the preconceived, and the necessary. Vultures can find nourishment and sustenance in meat that is discarded, rotted, unsuitable for less resilient animals. They help keep diseases at bay because they can feast on the decaying remnants. They recycle, use all that is available to sustain them. Going through metamorphosis, these birds are a beautiful symbol that we must take what we can with what we have. It would be wonderful if our lives were filled with nothing but comfortable, picturesque scenes of stretching landscapes and extending smiles.

However, life is not always that kind. We must sustain and move with what we have. I actually find something so beautiful about the vulture, real and in metaphor. To find the ability to feel full from what is considered gross, or unusable from others means adapting. It means finding the strength in us to dig straight to bone and bedrock. This is not always pleasant. Others may even gawk because they are consistently never satisfied with anything less than something pleasurable, or social-media worthy. I find this to be false, and unfair. We cannot always be engaged in the appeasing. We must be able to tear away the foundation to unleash a ghost. These new boundaries, these cleansings shed our forms and give us new lines to shadow in our shape.

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The Morrighan is the goddess of transitions. It is through her poetic hands that we must submit, falling like sand to build a rudimentary mountain. Because she follows the Vulture, she is the helper in our transitional purge. In this time, while the darkness has its fill, we must take action and start to understand what needs to be purged. Moving with a purpose is the only way we can get to that light that is promised from the Moon. Now is the time to take note of what needs to end, or symbolically die so we are free for a rebirth.

We do not need to know all of the answers right now. Knowing that we are in the midst of a transition while it can feel like we are only lost can shatter our thoughts or hopeful gains. Morrighan tells us that while it is a natural urge to call back those old hurtful losses or memories, it will not serve us. We cannot expect to fulfill our unique prophecies if we do not take action to find what the words mean. Purging and moving forward means that there is some work to be done in this quiet time. We must know what is the first step, clear the path by using the tools we have to pave a way and submitting to the cycle. This is a new turn. We are in the sonata. There is new music coming, but we can only meet it with a vigorous ability to adapt and find the way.

 

**Thank you for reading. This is a strange time, but if we use what we have no matter where we are at, we will see a Full Moon swiftly come. Morrighan teaches us to let go, and move through our transitions. We are no longer the same people. Please let me know how these cards read for you. If you would like to work with please look to my Policies and Code of Ethics, and email me at teaandtombstones@gmail.com**

Decks used are The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit and Oracle of the Dragonfae. Click here to find The Wild Unknown Animal spirit for purchase, and here for the Oracle of the Dragonfae for purchase. (These are not affiliate links)

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“Cannot be Reconciled” by Zephyri

Cards of the week: 8 of Pentacles and the Wild Huntress

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“Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and death eaters. We’ve got both light and dark inside us.” ~ Sirius Black

Now that we have taken a moment to look inward to gaze at the context of our guides, and how they gently shaped our forms with metaphors that felt like fingers, it is time to look at what we are invested in, and what needs our attention. There is a duality in each of us. We carry both light and shadow. In order to fully accomplish any task set before us, to truly meet anything with integrity, we must first become wholesome in our extremes.

The 8 of Pentacles is all about our skills, and how we can effectively finesse something from the bare bones of raw needs to nourish and sustain ourselves. Each of us weaves our own lives. Our web would not function if we placed all of our attention to one side, and neglected other. It would fail to nourish us, fail to sustain ourselves against the threats of others. The web we weave defines our survival. We can only be authentically whole. If we dry ourselves of desire or conscious, we will always be weaker, unable to strengthen our structures. That is where the Wild Huntress comes in.

She contains both light and purity. She fights for those who need it; she stands up to the ones who would wreck and ruin the magic of many. But this comes at a price. To effectively create this change, she must step into the shadows. She must think and feel as a hunter in order to protect the hunted. She may be ostracized by those who only see the darkness, who refuse to understand its purpose. But in her organic wholeness, she is free. She is unchained by others who expect her to stay in line. As a trailblazer in the shadows, she makes more room for the light.

The 8 of Pentacles and the Wild Huntress both speak to finesse and entirety. The little details, the small tracks, and traces of skill are what allow the completion of ourselves. When we fine-tune both our shadows and our light, we can achieve great things. We are not one without the other. We cannot be only light or only shadow. To be that way would unhinge us, send us into the preserve as nothing more than prey. To be only light would indicate conformity. To be only shadows would be self-serving. But, a combination between the two would let us be free to live well and to not feel guilty when we need to sever ties with what is no longer serving us.

**Thank you for reading. Please let me know what these cards mean to you. These are my own interpretations. Hit FOLLOW if you like what you read, and would like to become part of my pack. If you would like a personal tarot/oracle reading, please email me at teaandtombstones@gmail.com**

Decks used are The Wild Unknown tarot and the Oracle of the Dragonfae oracle. Click here to find The Wild Unknown tarot deck for purchase, and here to find the Oracle of the Dragonfae oracle deck for purchase. (These are not affiliate links)

Cards of the week: 4 of Swords and The Elder

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“I know you wait for me / at a place I am always seeking. / You are as real as the changelings / in my favorite books, have the tenderness / of the sea on a calm day, and all / the patience of the long invisible.” ~ Linda Pastan In an Unaddressed Envelope

As the seasons change, and the air becomes chilled with the bones of harvesting, it is a good time to take a step back and revisit ourselves. This is an important time to remember what guidance has brought us here. The small voices in our heads produce such a shattering echo. These voices are the ones that found us in a quiet corner of a loud world. They could be familiar, soft as a mother’s hum, or as wild as the sound of trees. Whatever stirred these voices towards our small, dark chambers in not important. As the landscape is woven into gold, it is a good time to reflect on these voices with a calm vibration.

The sweet lamb is completely unencumbered by the dangerous swords that loom so close, almost whispering the strength in their flowing edges. Instead of being perturbed, the precious little lamb channels her vision inward to her third eye, to that space where she can find her higher perceptions. No longer is she the lamb led to slaughter. Now she dwells fully in her space, righteous in her redemption. The swords may hang above, but she wields the more dangerous weapon.

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This subduing of the nagging ego will serve well as we take on the serious task of following our true path. We are beseeched by the voices and guides that have watched over us, tracking each move. As we start to listen more deeply to those ancient councils, our mental space will be more open. The tree does not need hands to extend the invitation of the sweet souls that dwell in these branched heavens.

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The goal for this week should try to be achieving a connection to the guides. This does not have to be a physical conversation, although it could. Much has been lost in the way of words. The goal is about achieving a revelation, a lyric that has been spoken internally is now drawn out to full poetry. This beautiful symphony of wisdom is now a heartbeat, a rhythmic engagement in the core. This pulse connects you more deeply to what has followed you like a gray shadow, showing you the direction of the sun.

In the shadows, these energies can lead to some heavy extremes. On one hand, the experience of this connection can be so rewarding that it becomes hard to process voice from others, from those not in our head or tribe. This connection can lead to arrogance or defiance. It is important to remember that balance between yourself and what is around you. It is all important to remember that this process can be hard. But the moment when you feel like shutting all those voices in the dark is when you need to listen to them most.

The Dark Moon is here and in Virgo. Pay attention to the details, the soft love given this week from your guides. Now is the time to start looking towards new potentials. In a world of constant buzzing, but no words, it is important to take some time to find stillness, to find the foundation of those who have helped get you here. What do your spirit guides look like? This is the week to pay attention. Everything is moving forward, and if we do not heed the lessons, many things will be forgotten or lost.

**Thank you so much for reading. Please let me know how these cards impact you, or your week. Hit FOLLOW if you like what you read, and want to become part this wolf pack. If you would like a personal tarot reading, please email me at teaandtombstones@gmail.com**

Decks used are The Wild Unknown tarot deck and the Oracle of the Dragonfae oracle deck. Click here to find the Wild Unknown tarot deck for purchase, and here to find the Oracle of the Dragonfae oracle deck for purchase. (These are not affiliate links)

Cards of the Week: Lady Luna’s Magick and the Hanged Man

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“Slow in my darkness, I explore /  the hollow gloom with my hesitant stick, / I, that used to figure Paradise / in such a library’s guise.” ~ Jorge Luis Borges Poem About Gifts

Hello and Happy Labor Day. The labor is constant, a never-ending cycle of its own. Much like the moon, the work we put in goes from virgin ideas, to maiden voyages, to crone knowledge. This coming week will continue to reflect that cycle.

We return again to Lady Luna’s Magick, to the cycles that unfold like clockwork, petal-woven into everything around us. These cycles take time and effort. Although each week these cards are picked at random, it seems there is still energy that needs to pass. For this week, these cycles will be helped by the Hanged Man.

The Hanged Man, shown here as a bat, is completely comfortable and at ease in his awkward posture. The darkness holds the wall, placing a veil over the Hanged Man’s footing. Beneath him the darkness breaks into light. The bat is comfortable in the deep darkness. He does not rely on light to help him see. Obviously, we are not bats. We have not evolved to use echolocation, but the metaphor is still powerful.

As we look at our personal cycles, our inner tendencies or tricks, it is important to remember that this focus cannot always come from a place of comfort. Sometimes, in order to fully understand the layers of both science and magic in us, we must succumb to the vision, and not the sight.

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In the light, the Hanged Man and his unorthodox approach, will test us. When we are shoved into a dark corner, we must rely on other tools and knowledge. We can feel the surroundings. We can hear the echos, uninhibited by wall or structure. His ability to adapt, and thrive is what is needed to help find the strike that started the fire. These cycles, good or bad, are part of our inner tapestries. This approach does require us to surrender into the voyage. But there is one cycle that, despite the blows it can bring, can always be used as a guide: memory.

Be careful not to let this surrender diminish the faith you have in yourself. In the dark, The Hanged Man can reveal our insecurities and our flaws. The weaknesses in some of our cycles will be revealed. By itself, this knowledge is not bad. It is just a truth. The truth can become a shadow if we fixate on our flaws, and we do not put forth an action or forgiveness.

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For this week, look to your cycles and your inner gravity in a new light. One of the most beautiful things about Lady Luna’s Magick is her almost unbearably strong feminine energy. She is the positive charge. Her own physical makeup is what gives us the light of the Sun again. She gives us the tides, and helps keeps this tender planet held on its axis. Look to your own inner charges. Look at them in a new way, from a new angle, in a new setting. This is how we will learn what light we are reflecting out.

 

**Thank you for reading. Please comment and let me know how either of these cards are manifesting for you. Please follow if you like what you read, and you would like to become part of my wolf pack. If you would like a reading, please email me at teaandtombstones@gmail.com.

 

Decks used are the Wild Unknown tarot deck and the Oracle of the Dragonfae oracle deck. Click here to find the Wild Unknown tarot deck for purchase, and here to find the Oracle of the Dragonfae for purchase. (These are not affiliate links)

Cards of the Week: Lady Luna’s Magick and Reversed Wheel of Fortune

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“She had never been in a place where the moon blooms, / or bridges lead to mirrors, / where the sky rains colored feathers, and we don’t get wet.” ~ When He Asks about Her Dreams by Lauren Camp

Right now, the world is buzzing, electrified by an energy always in transition. There have been political and social catastrophe’s, a hurricane that reared its wet paw to attack, and a black moon hung in suspense over our single star. There is much going on. In times like this, it can be easy to react outwardly, or to deflect in order to still make sense of things. It is always important to know where we stand. But in order to know where we stand with the circumstances around us, we must know where we stand inside our nerves, inside the cycles and pulses of ourselves. Within our perceptions lie the hidden metaphors and meanings. These ghosts help reveal what’s needed in the business that we must soon attend to. We must understand how things button for us, before we can ever hope to use our leverage to create change.

Lady Luna’s Magick speaks to drawing inward for understanding. The Moon is the middle between total darkness and light. She is silver radiance, and never still. Her movements are powerful. When we draw and channel this energy, ripples are made. These ripples are encouraged by the reversed Wheel of Fortune. Once they start, they expand, pushing the wheel. Once we start to look inward and synchronize with our inner energy, the motions we set are positive, and contradict all that is happening right now.

In the picture, Lady Luna stands before the silver coin, holding her staff, adorned with a large, Sun-colored crystal. This shows the merging between two worlds, two perceptions. The moon may not always be seen, but it’s power is untarnished. The eclipse was proof of that. Everyone wanted to see and experience the crossing of two paths. A cycle has come full circle after 99 years. The connection to the Wheel of Fortune is clear. The eclipse may be gone, but the energy is still circulating. Even in the picture of the Wheel, the Sun is bright, on top and synchronized with the Moon. These two cards were chosen at random, but are closely bonded.

In the light, these two cards allow us to connect more deeply to the underbelly of our circumstances. We are the pivot between the internal and external cycles and motions. In the light, we could find alignment, experience an unseen eclipse of perspective. Right now, what is needed is positive action towards change. But that means that we as individuals, as families, or in a group need to be that merging. Positive change for status quo is not enough. We must feel the motion in our bones.

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In the darkness, these two energies could start to oppose each other, if allowed. They could offset, cancelling the other into silence. These energies right now are polarizing. What brings them together is that point of singularity, messily made of flesh and fluctuations. In the dark, indifference towards the other could hinder the process. There can be no merging if we refuse to participate.

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For this week, look at what cycles or energies are coming and going. What is being revealed, and what is being set into motion? Cause and causation are stretched out like a band. They can have distance, but they always snap back together, biting down the length. Let the band between internal and external world snap back to center. To you.

 

**Thank you for reading. I have started to add an Oracle card into the conversation. Please let me know how either of these cards come forward for you. My tarot deck is The Wild Unknown by Kim Krans. My Oracle deck is The Oracle of the Dragonfae by Lucy Cavendish. If you would like a personal reading, please email me at teaandtombstones@gmail.com.**

Decks used are The Wild Unknown tarot deck and the Oracle of the Dragonfae oracle deck. Click here to find The Wild Unknown tarot deck and here to find the Oracle of the Dragonfae. (These are not affiliate links)