Messages arrive as clouds of indigo sparks—spinning and whirling, ricocheting off one another before scattering in the winds.

These particular sparks flew by in July 2017.

When last we met two weeks ago, we had before us a choice to make and an invitation to forgo dramatic, emotional collapse in favor of being the dragon willing to illuminate our own dark corners. How did that go? I have to admit that the week’s energy did work out for me, as I was forced to focus my energy if I wanted to feel at all settled. Once I made up my mind where to focus, things fell into place.

This week, we seem to have somewhat of a follow up message…a warning of death followed by a bit of disorganization and challenge as we prepare for next steps. I used the Wildwood Tarot for a storyboard spread to be read from left to right. I read all cards in the upright position, because the intention I set as I pulled cards. Read my interpretation of the message, but also take the time to feel into the cards and ask for a message specifically for you. I might miss nuances that are important to you as an individual.

From left to right the cards are…

Major Arcana 13 (The Journey):  Okay, let’s be real…this is the Death Card. Of course, the illustration does make that perfectly clear, what with the raven ripping the last strands of flesh from that poor stag’s almost denuded skull. “Death” here could mean a physical death that reaches out to touch and shake (or even shatter) you. However, a metaphysical death could be implied or even the death of a way of being, the death of a regime, the end of a cycle…now matter the specifics, expect an ending this week. Or realize that a recent ending will drag its icy fingers through the next seven days of your life.

Major Arcana 10 (The Wheel):  And what happens when one thing ends? Why, the wheel turns, of course, as life goes on down a sometimes new path. Whenever The Wheel shows up, know that you aren’t fully in control of a situation. The message here is to wait and see…you’ve bumped the wheel onto a new course and now it’s rolling, so hold on with your eyes wide open and a sense of detachment in your heart.

Two of Stones (Challenge) The suit of Stones is associated with the Physical Realm, or all things Earthly like wealth, health, and resources. The appearance of a Two here suggests that the current revolution of the wheel will affect us primarily in the Physical Realm. The boxing hares suggest that a challenge is at hand, but this card can also suggest a new opportunity…a new opportunity that requires planning and a bit of discipline.

Overall:  Something leaves us this week. Could be a big Universal something or millions of little, personal somethings; but, death is upon us and a new plane on which to operate is at hand. You might benefit this week by allowing The Wheel to show its hand. If you’re not in too much of a hurry (and don’t try to control The Wheel’s rate of revolution or its path), you might just end up somewhere fantastic. Do know, however, that things will feel new, a bit challenging, and more that a little up in the air, as something fresh begins in the physical realm. This could be a big week for those who allow things to evolve. One final message that just popped in…stay detached…definitely don’t panic and don’t take “the death” too hard…there’s a cleansing process going on that will allow you to move on with more clarity if you’re patient with the process.

I wish you great joy (and patience),

Linda

2018 Calendars…are now available. Early, I know, to be thinking about your 2018 schedule of events, but I get requests for these every summer and have finally worked ahead. Click here if you’d like to check them out. Definitely study the March mandala, titled “Heart of the Princess”…it’s a little shadowy (okay, a lot shadowy) and fits in well with the current energies.

 

As a gentle week of unfolding comes to an end, we’re confronted with a bit of a challenge…will we make a decision or will we attempt to stall? The message this week is one of bucking up and choosing this or choosing that.

I used the Chrysalis Tarot for a storyboard spread to be read from left to right. I read all cards in the upright position, because that’s what the author of this deck specifies. Read my interpretation of the message, but also take the time to feel into the cards and ask for a message specifically for you. I might miss nuances that are important to you as an individual.

From left to right the cards are…

Two of Spirals (Choice):  This first card comes from the suit associated with Energy, Action, and Passion. It’s low in the deck, so suggests the beginning of a new cycle or a new project. It could also indicate something at a relatively low, or mundane, level. The message here is of making a choice. Specifically, there’s a choice to be made that’s associated with how you use your energy. You might have several projects or pursuits vying for your attention right now. Although you might believe that you can juggle them all, you really do have to make a choice…it’s a time of focusing energy, not scattering it, so you don’t want your attentions on multiple projects.

Nine of Scrolls (Despair):  Unfortunately, many of us aren’t going to respond well to the pressure to choose. The Nine of Scrolls is associated with the Intellect, the Mind, and Communications. Being a Nine, it’s high in suit and suggests that we’re coming to the end of a cycle. The suggestion is that making the decision suggested by the Two of Spirals will allow us to move forward, initiating our next cycle (aka “next great thing”). Sadly, our Minds are in the way and we’ve collapsed in a heap of despair! Apparently, the stress of having to choose causes us anxiety and consternation, which we interpret as suffering.

Five of Spirals (Shadow) Then along comes the Five of Spirals with a message of getting on with things. As a Five, this is a Challenger or Blocker; as a Spiral, it’s associated with Energy, Action, and Passion. So, we’re being challenged in the energetic realm. This five usually suggests that we’re spending quite a bit of energy “play fighting”, which, of course, can be fun and can allow us to burn off some energy; but, really is just helping us avoid making a choice or committment. I’m reading this card today as a suggestion of “analysis paralysis”. Know that no matter what choice you make, someone will be unhappy or something else won’t, in turn, be accomplished or offered. The dragon belching fire here is laying bare (or illuminating) the situation, so that you see it for what it is—a massive waste of time and energy.

Overall:  It’s really time to get serious if you’d like to move forward. Any choices currently on your table need to be analyzed and acted upon…either do the things or don’t do the things. Now is not the time to collapse in despair or to waste your energy “vibrating in place”. Choose, choose, choose and get on with things.

I wish you great joy (and decisiveness),

Linda

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So, how did all that strong energy treat you last week? Did the power of the Sun work against you, forcing you to retreat into your paper cage? Or were you able to escape the cage and hang with Green Man? By the end of the day yesterday, it really did feel as if the only escape from illusory confinement was a communion with Nature. This week, there’s the promise of a more gentle energy and some sort of relief.

I used the Chrysalis Tarot for a storyboard spread to be read from left to right. I read all cards in the upright position, because that’s what the author of this deck specifies. Read my interpretation of the message, but also take the time to feel into the cards and ask for a message specifically for you. I might miss nuances that are important to you as an individual.

From left to right the cards are…

Six of Scrolls (Consolation):  We start this week with a pair of sixes. Sixes, in general, indicate healing energy that brings in comfort, sympathy, empathy, and balance. The first of our sixes this week is associated with the Intellect, Mind, and Communications. The elephant in the illustration is offering gentle consolation to the winged woman seeking comfort. There’s a suggestion here of mental comfort…of needing only the information or understanding in that last little scroll that the elephant holds…of knowing that we allllllmost know enough to move on. This card can also be a kind nudge in the direction of gathering up that little scroll by opening ourselves to the knowledge that we need…or by going firmly out and seeking it.

Six of Mirrors (Memories):  Our second six is in the suit associated with the Emotional Realm. The Emotions and the Intellect are very much intertwined, in my reckoning of things, so it makes sense that these two cards appear together this week…with Intellectual healing will come Emotional healing. The suggestion here is that we play our flutes and draw memories from the pools…these aren’t shadowy memories of dark past deeds and opportunities lost. They are, instead, of the most pleasant and reassuring sort. Past relationships and joys could very well soothe your frazzled nerves this week, releasing your tiger from its cage.

The World or Psyche (Major Arcanum 21) And here we have the Ascension card…the highest card in the Major Arcana. I’ve actually been seeing this card often lately. It’s meaning is clear, given the illustration…transformation and the harvest (see the grapes?) of crops planted long ago. This card is also a clear indicator of a completed cycle. Whatever you’ve been moving through lately, know that the potential exists for resolution and ascension out of the space you’ve lately inhabited.

Overall:  Ease into some recovery this week, both mental and emotional, but don’t expect to cruise. You may feel some needed and well-deserved comfort, but it really is time to move on and spread your wings. Allow your psyche to be patched up so you’ll be ready to take on the next big thing that’s coming your way…if anything, the energies continue to ramp toward some sort of breakthrough, so keep yourself at the forefront, rather than allowing yourself to be dragged behind.

I wish you great joy (and comfort),

Linda

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Can you feel the masculine energy pouring in? Two masculine Major Arcana cards sandwich the Ten of Scrolls this week, signaling a time of moving on and expressing yourself in a big, noticeable way.

I used the Chrysalis Tarot for a storyboard spread to be read from left to right. I read all cards in the upright position, because that’s what the author of this deck specifies. Read my interpretation of the message, but also take the time to feel into the cards and ask for a message specifically for you. I might miss nuances that are important to you as an individual.

From left to right the cards are…

The Sun (Major Arcanum 19):  The Sun appears near the very end of the Major Arcana, representing the pinnacle of masculine expression. There’s action here, but with logical intent. Feel here the steady heat of the Sun, not the consuming rage of a wildfire. The indication is a week to get things rolling and to express yourself assertively. Remember that the Sun is never afraid to be seen shining his light, so let your own out of the bag if you’re pulled into the spotlight. I’m also drawn to the “rays” in this illustration of the Sun…note that the patterns are complimentary, but not strictly balanced. This could very well be a week of being pulled in one direction and then another…not to worry, though, as you should be able to come easily back to center.

Ten of Scrolls (Exile):  The poor, ol’ tiger trapped in a cage of his Mind’s construct comes by next to remind you to loosen up your view of yourself and your world, so that your light really can shine. This tiger is powerful beyond all comprehension, but he’s talked himself into believing that he’s a small kitten who couldn’t possibly bat down a few paper scrolls. The message here is to keep your Mind at bay! You’ve got the Sun at your back, pushing you forward…start running so you can burst through the paper bars of any illusory prisons that at one time could have held you.

Green Man or The Emperor (Major Arcanum 4) The final card brings more strong masculine energy. The message of the Green Man is one of transformation. There’s a hint here that your rapid forward momentum will carry you into new orbits. Feel into this card, however, and you’ll realize that you’ll remain grounded and safe. If you do start to feel overwhelmed in any way this week, turn to Nature as your balm. The cool green of trees and grasses (wherever you might find them) will sooth any heat brought on by the Sun.

Overall:  If you’re able to ride this week’s energy, you could enjoy some major breakthroughs. Do keep in mind, however, that this strong energy is universal…others will also be impacted and tempers may flare, especially among those who are unable or unwilling to knock down their illusions of entrapment or helplessness. If you don’t wish to be stopped this week, you may have to run past people trapped in their cages as they toss bombs out at you. Dodge the missiles and take refuge with the Green Man, when needed. You’ll know when things get too hot…retreat from any unnecessary drama and recharge with calm, logic to keep your own head cool.

I wish you great joy (and sunlight!),

Linda

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I’m either getting better at reading the cards, or the message this week was so obvious that it smacked me in the head. Do you see it? A clear directive to stay out of the fray?

I used the Chrysalis Tarot for a storyboard spread to be read from left to right. I read all cards in the upright position, because that’s what the author of this deck specifies. Read my interpretation of the message, but also take the time to feel into the cards and ask for a message specifically for you. I might miss nuances that are important to you as an individual.

From left to right the cards are…

The Chariot (Major Arcana 7):  The Chariot today carries a strong message of racing forward in a slightly out of control conveyance (be it a chariot, a horse, or an old Subaru). Notice Herne with his sword above his head, ready to chop through anything that stands in his way. There’s lots of masculine energy here. In fact, it’s masculine energy that’s wildly unfocused…The Chariot often appears when you lose focus on your path and need to open back up to spiritual guidance. You may be feeling a bit out of control personally, or may be feeling impacted by an out of control society, out of control humanity, or an out of control situation in your life that’s causing you stress and anxiety.

Four of Spirals (Solitude):  Fortunately, we’ve all got permission to pull away from the chariot races. Just heard, “not my monkeys”. So leave the monkeys in the dark forest, swinging their swords. Find your peaceful center and don’t feel the least bit guilty for “selfishly” isolating from crazy energies. While you’re there in your cozy cottage, do a little housekeeping…in particular, toss out any attachments you might feel to the craziness that’s going on outside your door. Yep, put that in a bag and set it on the curb…include in that bag any worry over how things (over which you have no control) might work out (either in your favor or not).

Queen of Stones (The Artiste) Focus, instead, on painting your own picture. The Queen of Stones is the ultimate master of the Physical Realm, and see how she’s living her life? Her path unrolls before her through a tranquil meadow, meandering past a tree that she feels no need to hack to the ground with her sword. She has a sword, no doubt, but this week she’s molded it into a brush, which she uses to calmly paint her way forward.

Overall:  Be like the Queen of Stones…the master of your own journey. Step out of the fray, detach from triggers, and enjoy the beauty of just being. It’s a good week to live very, very well on the Earth, while glancing over every now and again at the lunatics in the chariots. Shrug your shoulders at them and carry on at your own tranquil pace.

I wish you great joy (and tranquility),

Linda

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Linda Gribko is an author, artist, and photographer living in Morgantown, West Virginia. She's known for her wildflower photography and the mandalas that she creates from her nature photos. Her quirky first novel, "Giving Voice to Dawn", was published in November 2016. It's the magical romp of a woman plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and dropped into the crease between "this world and that" where Spirit Animals carry messages, disembodied voices spout wisdom, and you never know who might show up to walk you back home.

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