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     This week the gracious and gifted Kathy Hughes, from Turtlephoenix, has drawn a seven card Faerie Path spread for Lily Wight.  The deck used is Brian and Wendy Froud’s The Heart Of Faerie Oracle.

     The Froud’s work may look familiar to regular site visitors from film fantasies, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.  You will find more of their creations in the Gallery, in the album Faerie Lore & Fairy Tales.

Position 1.  ~ The Returning

KH:  Your first card is The Returning.  You have come to rest after a whirlwind of activity.  This whirlwind of activity was not fruitless.  You  have brought something back with you and found something waiting in the calm.  Perhaps you have found a new capacity for empathy or intuition and brought it back to apply to yourself.

LW:  This already seems in tune with the previous spread you read for me with the Oracle Of Shadows & Light.  I get swept up by multi-tasking so the whirlwind metaphor is spot-on.  A lesson learned is probably the best thing you can bring back from a stressful period.  Having a little empathy for myself as well as others is good advice.

KH:  Perhaps, waiting there, was someone to take care of you for a change, or a restorative calm.  You’ve gained new insight and wisdom.  Waiting back home are people willing to listen to you.

LW:  Home can be my sanctuary but I do let others bring me their problems.  The faerie has a slightly admonishing look on her face to remind me I ought to know better!

Position 2.  The First Helper Or Challenge ~ The Child

KH:  You are curious and find joy in the little things and beauty in unexpected places.

LW:  Yes, very much so.

KH:  After a rough period you are relaxing now, letting yourself have fun and be taken care of.  See the other guy in the background?  That’s someone in your life watching over you and enjoying your happiness.  This person makes you feel safe.

LW:  I do have people to lean on,  I just have trouble releasing responsibility but I won’t be resting properly until I do.  I’ve just noticed that the quills beneath The Child’s wings look like lilies!  Perhaps she’s a lily wight too.

Position 3.  (informs the meaning of the spread) ~ In Two Minds

KH:  The Child looks at this card, seeing the one face made of two and laughing with delight.  Two faces in one!  Having it all!

LW:  I need to find the right balance between rest and activity.

KH:  The magic you brought back on your Returning (Position 1.) can help you marry two choices that are equally strong in their pulling.

Position 4.  The Second Helper Or Challenge ~ The Remembrance

KH:  The eyes of The Remembrance are sad but clear.  In this time of Returning to yourself – to the innocent, joyful child self – you are able to look at a memory that used to make you angry or hurt and see the people involved with compassion and understanding.  A terrible relationship has now become bittersweet.

LW:  Oh, that is very specific.  I have been swept up by someone else’s problems which left me feeling worn out and tarnished.  Something that pulled me away from my home and myself.

KH:  You are able to live in the two minds of your mixed feelings comfortably.  You are able to find the valuable lessons in the pain and the joy as well.

LW:  I feel that this is The Challenge in the spread and The Child is The Helper.  I have good memories from childhood that recent problems shouldn’t be allowed to spoil.

Position 5.  ~ The Challenge

LW:  Yep, Remembrance is definitely a challenge.

KH:  The Challenge is telling you that now, since you have reached clarity, compassion and peace with your memories you must take those feelings and use them to make changes in your present.  What do you want to do differently in your interactions with others?  With yourself?

Position 6.  The Heart Of The Matter ~ The Gift

LW:  Could this be what I have brought back from the whole experience?

KH:  The Gift wants you to know that no matter what happens, or how discombobulated you felt, you have a gift for wisdom and intuition.

LW:  As a Celtic Mythologist sylvan gods have great significance to me.  It’s interesting to see a female interpretation.

KH:  She wants to give you the gift of reassurance.  You can relax in the knowledge that everything will turn out right.

LW:  Yes.  When we try to control things too much we lose touch and faith in the concept of synchronicity.

Position 7.  The Final Message Or Gift ~ The Lady Of Sorrows

KH:  The Lady Of Sorrows is a conqueror.  She tames the sorrows and turns them into sources of strength and inspiration.  She has been through a lot – as you can tell by the scar on her cheek – but she is still lovely.  She is kind and her methods are gentle.  She is your guardian as you leave the Faerie Realm.  She will remind you that forgiveness is more valuable than being right and that you can let go of the bad and keep the good.

LW:  Bearing scars with dignity whilst letting go of past ills.  This is incredibly appropriate.  Thank you, Kathy.

     If you would like a reading from Kathy Hughes contact her via the following;

      https://turtlephoenix.wordpress.com/

     https://www.facebook.com/Turtlephoenix?fref=ts

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     Updated 23/09/2014

     The Wheel Of The Year calendar comprises four Celtic fire festivals interspersed with two solstice and two equinox celebrations.  September’s Equinox denotes the height of the Autumn season.

     The Autumn Equinox is named variably as Modron (Mother Goddess) or Mabon (Divine Son) – deities from Welsh Mythology who can be found in The Legends Of King Arthur.

     Modron is a harvest and fertility goddess who shares characteristics with the Roman Ceres.  On the agricultural calendar Lughnasadh (August) is The First Harvest (grains and cereals) and The Autumn Equinox (September) is The Second Harvest (fruits and vegetables).

     At the Equinox the year wanes, yet the harvest is plentiful.   The ancient tribal people of The Western Hemisphere believed their Mother Goddess entered the third trimester of her pregnancy whilst her divine consort prepares his descent to the wintry underworld.

     According to Arthurian Legend the fallen King Arthur is transported to Avalon, the “Isle Of Apples” to await his rebirth – an echo of the story of the dying god.  The Autumn Equinox is the best time for apple-picking and the fruit has come to have many sacred and mystical associations.

     Apples are used for a variety of regional folk customs, games and recipes at this time of year.  Slicing an apple across the middle reveals a pentacle or star – the symbol of man in harmony with the elements.

     Why not celebrate your Harvest Festival with some apple bobbing or by indulging in some candy apples?

 

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     The wise and insightful Kathy Hughes, from Turtlephoenix, has been kind enough to introduce our own cartomancer, Lily Wight to the Oracle Of Shadows & Light.

     This enchanting fortune-telling deck, comparable to The Tarot, was devised by Lucy Cavendish and Jasmine Beckett-Griffith.

     Kathy (KH) drew a four card Hidden & Revealed Spread for Lily (LW) and you can see the results below…

Position 1.  What Is Hidden? ~ Ghost Of The Pumpkin Patch

KH:  This little girl is your inner child.  She is asking you to count your blessings.  I have the feeling that when you are overwhelmed you forget your inner resources; your impeccable aesthetic sense, your childlike sense of wonder and play and, in low self-esteem moments, you forget your purity and kindness.

LW:  The mournful expression on the ghost girl’s face perfectly captures my tendency to put myself last on my list of priorities.  The modern world is demanding and complex so it’s easy to feel lost, small and insignificant.  Your compliments have helped me to feel better already!  I need to take better care of my inner child.

KH:  She also wants to remind you that you don’t exist in a vacant field.  If you did you wouldn’t be so busy.  You have loved ones to delegate tasks to.

LW:  The Ghost is insubstantial; not really present.  This card has touched on the difficulties of feeling morose and disconnected.

Position 2.  What Is Revealed? ~ Carnivorous Greenhouse

LW:  Another hostile environment!

KH:  You are an extremely curious person who wants to drown in awesome, beautiful things.

LW:  Oh yes, I think my blog reflects that, but those particular “lilies” look dangerous.

KH:  You have trouble saying “no”, because you are a kind, loving person who wants to nurture everyone.

LW:  I sometimes get called “Mama” at work because I try to look after everyone.  Those plants look likely to bite the hand that feeds!  I went to the library recently to look for a book about learning to say “no”, but I didn’t take it out because I thought I’d be too busy to read it ~ that’s sadly ironic.

KH:  If your own sanity and health don’t convince you to give yourself a break and learn to say “no” maybe this will:  if you spread yourself too thin you can’t give your loved ones or interests the attention they deserve.

LW:  I need to weed out the plants that are likely to bite.  Perhaps I’ll go back for that book after all.

Position 3.  Why Am I Drawing This To Myself? ~ The Angel Of Time

LW:  The background looks like the background of my blog.

KH:  I look at The Angel Of Time’s eyes and I see a woman who likes a challenge.

LW:  If I’m the Pumpkin Patch Ghost on the inside then this is who I would like to be on the outside.  I feel at my strongest when I’m free to write and work on my creative endeavours, but the card says I’m working too hard.

KH:  You like to study everything and get to know everyone.  You want to make time your bitch (pardon my language)!

LW:  You’ve got me.  I’m a control freak.  I come from an academic background.  It defines me more than anything else.

Position 4.  What Should I Do Now? ~ Angel De Los Muertos

LW:  Now that is synchronicity!  Dia De Los Muertos (the Mexican Day Of The Dead/All Souls’ Day) is my birthday.  I already feel this card is telling me to simply be true to myself.

KH:  When I see the Angel De Los Muertos in this spread I see her as the opposite of the Ghost Of The Pumpkin Patch.  They are very helpful to each other.  Angel De Los Muertos is warm and extroverted and Ghost Of The Pumpkin Patch is cool, introspective and shy.  They balance each other.  If you take time to be introspective, to sit and do nothing, or take a long walk, or do some quiet yoga, colours will be more vibrant to you, textures warmer.

LW:  There is a very consistent and specific message in this spread.  I try to do too much and end up feeling lost and misused so life is a constant struggle for balance.  The cards evolve to show me at my best and suggest I could actually achieve more by taking on a little less.

KH:  You’ll be better able to separate the gems from the beans in terms of how you want to spend your time and enjoy your active times more because you will know yourself better.

LW:  Separate the gems from the beans – I love that.  Thank you so much, Kathy.

     If you would like a reading from Kathy Hughes contact her via the following;

     https://turtlephoenix.wordpress.com/

     https://www.facebook.com/Turtlephoenix?fref=ts

NEXT WEEK ~ Tarot Masterclass With Kathy Hughes & Lily Wight #2

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     Updated 05/02/2015

     Jamie Dornan may have bagged the much coveted role of sado-hunk Christian Grey but it is his little known co-star, Dakota Johnson, who is currently Google’s most searched for celeb.  So here she is,  Ms. Anastasia Steele, in this month’s movie adaptation of E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey.

     You’ll soon be seeing ALOT more of her 😉

*Dakota Mayi Johnson was born 4th October 1989 in Austin, Texas, USA.

*Dakota is the daughter of actors, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson and the stepdaughter of Antonio Banderas.

*Dakota made her acting début in Crazy In Alabama (1999) directed by Antonio Banderas and starring with her mother, Melanie and half-sister, Stella Banderas. 

*Dakota signed to IMG Models in 2006 and became Miss Golden Globe the same year.

*Film credits include a brief  *ahem* but memorable scene in Facebook movie, The Social Network.

*Dakota has also appeared in Beastly (2011), 21 Jump Street (2012) and The Five Year Engagement (2012).

*Every Hollywood starlet needs a stint in rehab.  In 2007 Dakota spent 30 days at the Visions Teen Treatment Center in Malibu for drug and alcohol addiction.

*Dakota is currently dating musician, Matthew Hitt from Welsh band, Drowners.

*Fifty Shades Of Grey fans will be hoping Dakota ditches her usual blonde to play brunette, Anastasia Steele.

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     Alan Cumming, Carrie Fisher, that kid from E.T. and David Boreanaz in lady-pants!!!!  And you haven’t seen it!!??!!

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     Here are your latest insights for the season, courtesy of Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot, cast in the Lunatic Spread (Position 1. left-centre, continue anti-clockwise)…

1.  The Enquirer/Present Day ~ The King Of Swords (inverted)

The previous spread featured The Knight Of Swords (inverted) suggesting a continuing situation of conflict.  The Enquirer feels controlled and powerless in their own life with a need to defend themselves from an unfair judge.  This King is angry and over-reactive with a mind to spread dishonest gossip.  The Enquirer has genuine concern for The King; empathising with his instability and refusing to play mind-games could lead to the necessary detachment to break free from a stalled relationship.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Six Of Pentacles

Distributing resources is an act requiring discrimination.  In the upright position the lucky 6 suggests a wise investment in which an act of generosity or assistance has led to a binding relationship.  This card is a reminder to balance give and take; as too much control and responsibility can create underlying tension in a partnership.  This may give clues into what has gone wrong with the relationship implied in Position 1.  What follows could offer a solution.

3.  Subconscious Influences (internal, unknown) ~ The Four Of Cups

The Enquirer is clinging to past unhappiness and choosing to brood in an isolated tower of their own making!  Obsessing about the pain caused by lost loves has made The Enquirer blind to their achievements and closed to the potential of other friendships.  The picture on the card is perfectly clear;  throwing away the empty cup will leave hands free to reach for other possibilities and the key to escape has been in The Enquirer’s keeping all along.  Knowledge of the need for emotional self-awareness is buried deep in the subconscious – sometimes, when you have done all you can to fix a situation, the best and only option is to walk away.

4.  Secret Desires & Wishes ~ THE HIGH PRIESTESS (inverted)

This Enquirer’s wishes are frequently powerful and destructive.  Repressed feelings and guarding the secrets of others has made them long to smash their good intentions and subvert their positive instincts.  Here is a wish to be rid of problems rather than solve them – to be less emotional and caring.  The Enquirer is probably known to be compassionate and amiable but their fantasy is to act the opposite!  The low number of Major Arcana cards in the spread suggest The Enquirer is positioned to start taking back control of their life.

5.  Hidden Forces (external, unknown) ~ The Eight Of Swords

The cards in Positions 3, 4 and 5 all suggest a tussle to break free from stagnant conflict and external control; with cards 3 and 5 revealing opportunities to escape negative circumstances via small and unlooked-for windows of opportunity.  We are not to blame for the faults of others; The Enquirer should not be afraid to reach out, ask for help and seek better company.  Once more the best advice is to drop the cup, leave the tower (even if it takes a fall from the window!) and walk away.

6.  Events To Come ~ The Five Of Cups

The Enquirer has outgrown a relationship that once brought happiness.  The picture shows The Enquirer finding their “off switch” and literally blocking their ears to negativity and turning their back on a soured situation.  It seems certain that The Enquirer will at last break free and feel less burdened and controlled.

7.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Page Of Cups

Dropping a negative relationship creates more time and space for a positive one and there is no better company than The Page Of Cups; a youthful, imaginative and caring guide for the lost.  The Page is shown returning a fish to water and receiving a pearl for his/her kindness. This is an example of a perfectly balanced give and take relationship.  The Page understands The Enquirer’s need for a loving, natural and more nurturing environment.  Pages sometimes bring invitations to uplifting social events; parties, weddings – although the cup and water suggest a christening.   Here is the better company The Enquirer can rely on.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Two Of Pentacles

Now that The Enquirer is free from their “tower” they need positive examples of how to handle difficult situations and conflicting schedules.  Someone may offer a new course of action or release The Enquirer from a commitment that was troubling them, either way an end to conflict is likely.

9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Ace Of Cups (inverted)

Despite good company and positive influences The Enquirer will not be able to ignore the lingering sense that their foundations have been rocked, love has been lost and abrupt changes have taken their toll.  A search for resolution and clarity has proved fruitless and loving someone unworthy has left insecurity behind.  It has been fascinating to track the images of cups in this spread, the suit of emotions and the heart.  The Enquirer has had to throw away and ignore empty or poisoned cups but has been carried to safety is the cup guarded by The Page.  The Ace is the single remaining cup.  It is upside down but The Enquirer must cherish and refill it by being kind to themselves and saying “no” to harmful influences.

10.  The Final Outcome ~ The Ace Of Swords (inverted)

There has been a long struggle with no resolution.  It is hard to accept absent closure but this has been making The Enquirer feel anxious, edgy and alone for too long.  The Ace’s blade points towards The Enquirer so they still feel a need to defend themselves or put themselves in hostile environments.  The cards have told The Enquirer to let go, to turn their back on the hurt caused by conflict, to escape and move on.  Better company is available but they must choose to turn to it and release old heartache to find peace and calm.

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     No questions, no comments, just…  sloth.

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