Wildwood Tarot

Weekly Card XVII The Star

140220 Wildwood Pole Star
Wildwood Tarot

We’ve seen the Sun and the Moon . . . . it’s about time we got around to the Star(s).

We’ve got lots of cultural imagery around stars:  we wish on them, we steer by them, we’d give them to others if we could (along with the sun and moon), we sing and marvel at their twinkle . . . .

And any and all of those images can factor into how you interpret XVII The Star.

The Wildwood Tarot Pole Star focuses our attention to guidance for our personal journey.  Whether or not we have a personal star in the universe, we do each have a unique purpose or guiding light in our lives.  XVII The Star reminds us of that mission.

140220 RWS Star
Rider Waite Smith Tarot

One of my favourite questions to ask when helping people find their destiny is “what would you do even if you were never rewarded, recognized or appreciated?”  That wonderful thing you do no matter what is a key to your most fulfilling life.  The Rider-Waite-Smith image displays that beautifully:  our blonde beauty pours endlessly from 2 jugs, never needing to be replenished.

It’s wonderful that we’re all literally made of star stuff (and so is much of our dust bunnies!).  Our pole star is actually internal, part of us.

XVII lets us know that we’re being rejuvenated, restored to our most authentic selves.  We can expect opportunities to revel in our natural gifts.

Shine brightly, beautiful star!



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We’ve had another look at XVII The Star here.  And a third look here.

Weekly Card VIII/XI Strength Revisited

140206 Wildwood Woodward Strength
Wildwood Tarot

Since we’ve looked at VIII/XI Strength before, let’s use the beautiful Wildwood Tarot  to deepen our relationship with our inner beast, as well as with tarot.

Tarot cards don’t have to be used just as a part of a spread (laying a particular number of cards in a particular arrangement).  They’re wonderful tools for self-examination and inner healing.

VIII/XI Strength is an excellent choice for meditation when you’re feeling really wiped out or when you’re coming up against your wild child self a little too often for your tastes.

Often we’re tired because we’re using a lot of our natural vitality to keep our less civilized self on a short leash.  Most of us do that pretty much all the time (just imagine a public place if we were letting our bad dog selves act out!).  If we spend a little time privately with our wild self, we can use our energy for something better than big cat containment.

Take a look at the XI Woodward from the Wildwood Tarot.  He’s the Wildwood version of VIII/XI Strength.  You can note, for tarot purposes, that he’s in the original position of VIII/XI Strength, before A.E. Waite changed the sequence for the Rider-Waite-Smith deck: XI.

A Woodward is the guardian of the wilderness.  He’s the embodiment of all those Wilderness Protection and Preservation Acts, making sure the wilderness stays in balance as a functioning eco-system.  He understands every element of the wilderness under his watch, and identifies with the wild spaces.

He definitely understands the processes of life and death: look at that spear tip and the materials he’s garbed in.  He identifies so thoroughly with the big cat that he wears the skin of another one.  That cat head on top of his own lets us know he thinks like a cat.

Put yourself in the position of the Woodward.  If you were guardian to your own wilderness, what would you do for yourself to balance and protect it?   Look at your day so far: where did your wildness factor into your experiences?  Is there any wilderness restoration necessary after those experiences?

Then put yourself in the position of the big cat.  If you knew you had the Woodward looking after you, what would you feel free to do?  In what areas could you relax your vigilance or territorial behavior?  What needs would you communicate to your Woodward?

Spend a little time this week learning about your inner beast, and about yourself as a caretaker of the beast.  Tweak a few things in your life as a result of what you’ve learned; make your life a little more wild child friendly.

Relax into your human and animal nature!
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