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So, me and daughter spent our midsummer and Solstice with grandmother and my younger brother and had a wonderful weekend. Well, Saturday could’ve been better but it is what you make it into. We went treasure hunting on the attic instead when the rain poured down and had it’s own drum solo on the roof. It’s special, it’s summer and bringing memories of my own childhood. You just had to be fast if you were going outside if you didn’t have an umbrella or anything in that way.

If I did any tarot or rituals? I’ll take that in another post, but putting some photos here for you to see from the day of midsummer eve. I can add that I used a new camera so we were trying to get to know each other…

Midsummers Eve flowers

Midsummers Eve flowers

Midsummers Eve other flowers
Midsummers Eve other flowers

Clouds

Clouds

Storage for hay back in the days

Storage for hay back in the days

The beach with low water levels

The beach with low water levels

Daughter walking the labyrinth

Daughter walking the labyrinth

 

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Sunrise over Stonehenge on the summer solstice...

Sunrise over Stonehenge on the summer solstice, 21 June 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are other names if you care to look them up, among them Litha and Midsummer. It’s the longest day and shortest night and for us up north it might not be a very visible difference around this time of year since the nights are pretty bright anyway. I’m south of the Arctic Circle so we don’t have the actual midnight sun that so many marvel about.

What we celebrate? The Sun God on the height of his power and that the Goddess is pregnant, that it’s a time of growing and light and we can really enjoy life and living. It’s the time of the year when it turns and life is slowly waning.

Something I learnt pretty late was about the word Solstice, Sol for Sun and Sistere for standing still, the Sun is standing Still. All the other things I grew up with, collecting flowers and all the magic of the holiday. To find your loved one in dreams is the one most people know about, but there are all kinds of magic one kan do during this time of year, if one care to of course. There isn’t anything that says you have to.

What I’m going to do? Good question, be with family first of all and then depending on the weather we will take a walk down to a small beach and try the water, probably too cold still. If the weather permits and I don’t feel to tired I will probably take a private walk down there closer to midnight and walk the labyrinth. Modern one, not an old one, there has been an old one higher up long time ago but it’s ruined and wasn’t very big to begin with. I will also do some spread with tarot cards of some sort, maybe having an oracle deck with me also. Will probably be a very quite one, nothing much in ritual ways and so, but that’s me. Others might light fires, dance, put lots of flowers on the altar and many other things different people do for this holiday. I’ll get back to that after the weekend I hope. Otherwise, remind me!

Labyrinth Midsummers Eve

Labyrinth Midsummers Eve

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Or how I could have interpreted my spread in my previous post, Found a Spread, and how I tried to find an answer for those owls that was following me around. Well, my interpretation then was ok, but the day after I could’ve found a completely different one!

So the first card, The Tower, where I thought it was something about a change… I could just have written Warning! Warning! Start moving your ass some more or you’ll end up in big trouble! In the evening I was going to tuck daughter in and bend over her bed when I just feel something snap in my back. The sound, well, I would describe it like when you’re wearing your favorite pair of jeans and you climb up on a chair and you hear a slow ripping sound when they give up somewhere… that’s as close as I can come, but at my lower back instead. No, not the first time so I’m very familiar with how I’m going to handle that situation. Don’t sit down, grab a painkiller and move very careful! So I was sort of struck by lightning and with Death as second card, a major change in plans and all other stuff. Just take things very slow, ask daughter to do things she can do herself and find a comfortable position to rest in and that will be easy to get up from

Three of Cups from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Three of Cups from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two of Wands is more like, keep your balance and be careful to not get out of the comfortable positions, they are very painful to miss. Queen of Pentacles was telling me I had to drum up some help to make it at home, at least for a few hours until things calmed down. The 9 of Cups was for my mum and daughter helping me out at home and I could see things being done that I couldn’t and would’ve really been annoyed over not being able to do. Last card then? Oh yes, the 3 of Cups. That could be to some very special friends that made my days a lot better, laughs and plans for this and that. Including a big bag with clothes for daughter to enjoy!

Otherwise I’ve been looking at more children’s programs on tv and Scooby Doo then I really like, but daughter haven’t really been at her best either so we’ve been having family time.

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Owl

Owl (Photo credit: jennicatpink)

I’ve been looking at my collection of spreads and trying to write down some of them in a notebook to have with me when I’m out and about. Just to help me out in case I want something special. And then I find this one to help me get some answers for the “stalking owls”. And I used Druidcraft as usual, while listening to my daughters breathing while she’s sleeping the exhausted childs sleep, with a cold and probably fever. Been a long weekend and lots of fun for her.

The spread then, it’s made by someone called Sprite and published at Tarotforum.net in 2003. Just a fun note is that the spread was created for a friend that had an owl visiting. So again it will be used for owls. There is no specific spread layout so we can do whatever we feel like with that, so here are the cards I pulled:

Why it’s come into your life – shown itself to you. The Tower. There is something that needs changing then, or get a better foundation for it. I don’t really like this card, it’s caused havoc in my life before. But it’s also my year card for good and bad. I will take it as a reminder that it’s time to build something stronger and better and that I need to do some changes in my life, insights that can come suddenly out of “nowhere”

Why it makes contact with you now. Death. Must be that the owls are getting tired of me for not getting the message. First The Tower and now Death! I get it, I get it, you want me to do some changes in my life. As long as we don’t talk real, physical death to people that are really close I think I can handle it. But for now I will handle this as a necessary change of my life and what is going on in it. There needs to be some space for something new  here. And I might need some work on the spiritual path too, have a feeling someone or something wants my attention there.

What is it’s significance to you. Two of Wands. To create balance, open spaces and walking my path again. A connection between earth and sky, getting in touch with nature again. Find my footing, ground and center. That is what it feels like, what is coming to me.

How do you tap into this power – connect with it. Queen of Pentacles. Well, get outside, ground yourself and maybe do some drumming or meditation at least. Find a way to get in touch with nature, the animals, and listen. There is a message there too, besides me getting grounded and be more in the here and now.

What message has it been trying to give you. Nine of Cups. If this had been a video you would here me snicker to myself. It’s so heads on so it’s ridiculous! Today spirit world apparently gave up and tried another way. They have realized what I’ve been trying to tell them for some time, that I don’t get it. They have to be more obvious, something I will understand. Today has been messages of love. Not so much love another, but to love myself. If I love myself I will feel more content and I can appreciate, even more, what I already have. I don’t know who to credit this one that I saw on Facebook, but it makes sence:

Imagine that your income is directly proportional to your self- love. What does that say about your income? Or self- love?!

The man I see in the card is sitting at a table smiling and happy with what he sees. So if I would take time to love myself and feel that I deserve good, things would probably improve in other areas too. Remembering to love myself, will make a note of that in my mind. Not just being grateful for what I got otherwise, being grateful that I’m me and I’m here too.

 

Druidcraft Cups 03

 

What is your next step to carrying out the owls journey. Three of Cups. Relax, find the joy in life (love myself), take time with friends and the world outside internet. Perfect time for that since it’s summer and more interesting to spend time outside and friends having vacation too. Celebrate life, and living, love of oneself and those around you.

Just see if there will be less of these birds now, or if it’s something else I’m missing. If so, they better find a way to tell me again what it is all about. But maybe I will have some other animal following around then?

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Sundom

Sundom

So, daughter and lots of other kids have their summer holiday from today. Great for them really, they need to have some time off and just be kids. Question is, how much patience will we have with each other? I don’t have a job and not a lot of money either, but there is many things one can do if weather and creative ideas get a chance. And perhaps there are things going on that we can take part in without a lot of money.

Just to have some fun I pulled out some of the cards from Deck of 1000 Spreads to help out, and my dear Druidcraft. So following cards from Tierney’s came out: Situation (green), What to Know (blue), Relationship (orange), Outcome (red) and for each of those I had Ten of Pentacles, Seven of Swords, Four of Pentacles, Princess of Cups.

Situation with Ten of Pentacles tells me that it will be a lot of family get together, me and daughter mostly, but also grandparents to visit and help out with things. That will be my escape some days so I can go ahead and do whatever I want and need to do also. So situation normal so far. Nothing really out of the ordinary.

What to know and Seven of Swords. Well, I do like to have time of my own and it might not be so much of that part if I don’t use the evenings and late nights. No bigger problem here really, there is almost midnight sun up here this time of year. But I will have to think things through before I rush of and do something so it might be some more gray hairs showing up, nothing unusual there either. And I take my chances with late nights to do my own work.

Relationship together with Four of Pentacles. That was sort of interesting. What are we opening here to put away or bring out? Not a can of worms I hope… rather something we either want to put away or open up for in our lives this summer. I have a strange feeling about we are trying to store things away and when we do that we stumble over something that we need to deal with me and daughter. Some old “secret” or something that haven’t been brought up yet.

Outcome shows Princess (Page) of Cups so it seems we will still be around when fall comes. Perhaps in better balance then we started out with, relaxed, more harmonious and emotional balance restored. Opening up for emotions in a way that we haven’t done before, or not in a long time. And young one will have taken one more step in her own growth. Working to find her own ways and path of life.

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And who is Tierney Sadler?! A reasonable question for non-tarot people I admit. She’s the one who created The Deck of 1000 Spreads and if you want to learn more about her and what she does take a look at her blog, The Daily Draw, where you can read more about her and tarot. And I have to mention she’s made a Lenormand deck too. No, not a tarot deck, more like an ordinary deck of cards but with pictures. There’s a lot of interest in that nowadays, but I have come to the conclusion that it’s not for me, not at this time anyway. Take a peak at Aeclectic to get some ideas of different decks, or Wikipedia for more about Marie Anne Lenormand, and of course Tierney Sadler’s.

But back to tarot then, that was what I had in mind. The heat that we had for a week or so didn’t help with coming up with something to write about and then we’ve had a couple of days with really cold winds, rain and just want to get some more clothes on again. But now it looks promising, the sun has come back and the sky is blue, only some cold northern winds still here. So, I got the thought that I would try this Deck of 1000 Spreads to help me out with an idea for the blog and tarot today. Grabbing this deck and pulling a card. Turns out to be a card that says “Card of the Day“! Fitting perhaps, just that half the day is already gone, but who cares really?

What does this deck look like then? I’ll add two photos with my own cards and the card I pulled for today, and then there is of course lots of others to see here on the internet.

Deck of 1000 Spreads examples

Deck of 1000 Spreads examples

They are made for helping out when it comes to positions and what they are named for spreads that we might not use often and not wanting to have a paper on the side to help out with it. And then there is always to create new spreads or make a twist on the ones that is already in use. Tierney have made these cards in different colors to help us find what we need. I’m going to use some of her explanations from the book so it won’t be so confusing:

Green Cards: Topic, Theme or Plot – simply what the reading is about and all the green ones can be used as topics for our readings.

Blue Cards: Influences, Story Elements or Plot Twists – what influences the reading topic, gives information about “what to look out for, what to do, and how the story will unfold”.

Orange Cards: Characters or People – people and relationships that have an influence in the reading or play a major role.

Purple Cards: Timing – past, present, future, leave in the past, bring with us to the future

Red Cards: Outcomes or Endings – these are the cards that tie up the reading, outcome, end of story.

There is a great book coming with this that explains more about how to use the cards in different ways and some spreads that we can use and change at our own will and need. Tierney made sure to give us lots of examples with photos so we can understand how she’s been using them and ways to work with them and leaving us free to come up with more ideas, and if we feel so inclined, telling her how we used them and for what. I might not use them all the time but when I run out of ideas or need to find a spread for a special occasion they will come in handy. Just need a bag for them.

But if we just have a headline on the cards, wouldn’t that make it fairly narrow in how we can use them? Not necessarily. That is a thing Tierney was thinking about when she created this. She looked up the most often used positions and made it into fifty-nine cards. Just to take todays card “Card of the Day” it also says like this:

Indicates the day’s general energies or what spirit wants you to know. This can be a single-card reading or you can pull follow-up or clarification cards.

On another one called “Future Life” (purple) we can read:

Indicates something relevant to a future lifetime, based on what’s left unaddressed in this one. Usually placed to the right of the topic card.

We don’t have to be this super-pro to use these cards, they give us some hints and help on the way if we get stuck. Not with the actual… help! I lost the word. Someone? Interpretation! Thank you! …interpretation of the card we pulled but what the position can be all about, and on some she also gives some idea of where to put it in relation to some of the others, as Topics for instance, or past, future. If you have a chance, take a look at it yourself and try it out. One of my friends found this very interesting but with a sigh she wished it would be in our language too, it would’ve been easier for her and others not really fluent in this one. True, even for me it can come to a moment of not remembering, or finding the right word. And all the words and names of things I’ve never even knew anything about. A very real example above, and it wasn’t something to make you laugh, it was real! The word slipped my mind like a wet soap in a bath tub!

CoD Druidcraft

CoD Druidcraft

My Card of the Day (CoD)? I pulled Three of Pentacles from the Druidcraft deck and well, it’s about doing things today, me trying to finish some things before Friday for example. I have promised daughter a very sweet bracelet for her last day at school and I better see that it is finished until then. No fun with a disappointed daughter who’s been waiting for this very special day. The dishes wont happen by itself either… anyone willing to come and help out? No, I don’t have a dishwasher, I am the dishwasher here. The maid, mum, therapist, massage therapist, scratcher of backs and whatever else I can come to think of. In short, I’m the Mum!

Oh, an update about the owls. They are still around so obviously I haven’t really found the things I should be doing to satisfy whatever spirit world have in mind for me. In one of the many books I own it says (sorry about any strange wording, trying to translate it from swedish):

“Make use of your wisdom. Your gift is to bring your own wisdom and tradition on. Here it’s about you spreading your wisdom through writing or speaking.”

And, for those of you who don’t believe in dragons, except for fairy tales, stop reading here. There is a big black one, or at least dark, who sat at the other side of my bed one night while I read a bedtime story about dragons for daughter. It had some ideas and comments about the dragon in the book, something about “dragons don’t do that” or “dragons don’t act like that”. I guess I have to find out what it wants too one of these days.

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Well, to say the least we’ve had summer heat early this year. One of the reasons I haven’t found the energy to write anything, this week  has mostly been about finding someplace where you wont court a heat stroke or get dehydrated. I love the warmth but it can become a bit too much also so yesterday evening it was lovely to feel a cool breeze and then see the clouds coming. Late in the evening it started raining and it was well needed. I think the firemen was relieved to get that extra help where there were some forest fires. It’s extremely dry after a heat wave like this. But today is some rain in the morning and before lunch and now it’s just clouds and that blissful cool air that can let you go to sleep at night without tossing and turning and find out that food isn’t such a bad thing after all. My daughter surprised us all by asking for a third at dinnertime yesterday. I admit, I took a second one too just because I was hungry after a long day in the city, celebrating that we are close to 75 000 people in this community now. Not very big compared to other big cities in the world, I know, but big enough for me. There are still places one can go without tripping over another human being every minute.

Positive side of the heat is that our tomato plant is starting to have small green ones to become tomatoes now. Finally. So hoping it will stay warm enough and sunny enough for them to keep growing and turn red. The taste of a homegrown tomato, you can’t compare it with a store bought that has been picked and sent off almost before it’s ripe. Local production, and small scale is more like growing them ourselves.

On Friday I was taking a walk and was hoping to get some beautiful photos, just to find out that I hadn’t brought any water with me so it became a very short walk… I can get a headache without inviting it because of the heat and I have no water to drink. The little pooch?  His name is Walter and he’s some 12 weeks old, and no, he doesn’t belong to me but a friend of mine.

And yes, there will be more tarot as soon as I can come to think about something to write, as well as the more witchy part. But my witchyness shows in my love for nature and at present, growing tomatoes! I’m not running around doing magical spells and rituals everywhere I go.

When it gets green, it gets green up here

When it gets green, it gets green up here

Birches early summer

Birches early summer

Boats starting to come into the water

Boats starting to come into the water

New friend on the walk

New friend on the walk

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