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Working with The Celtic Oracle

January 29, 2007

The past week’s Oracle work was slow – these cards needed more time to connect, especially since I was overtired, stressed out, and in flux. Oracle work under exhaustion or stress isn’t the best way to learn a new deck. However, once you’re fluent in the language of your particular deck, you will be able to discern what information coming through is genuine and what is simply a product of your stress. After all, we tend to turn to oracles for advice when we’re under pressure.

I worked with The Keeper of Letters, The First Circle, the Second Circle, The Third Circle, and The Mound of Wonders (the latter moving into the element cards).

Being a writer, The Keeper of Letters was the card to which I connected the most strongly. It also reminds me, in addition to the other skills I’m studying these months, that I need to add Ogham back into it. I’ve done a little work with the Ogham, but not nearly enough to be fluent in it, and that’s what I need.

However, there are limited hours in the day, so I need to pick and chose a few things to study in depth, and in turn, or I won’t retain any of it.

If you have tarot questions, please send them here by Friday, and I’ll answer some of them next week.

On Thursday, I hope you will join me to celebrate Imbolc.

Kiuney!

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Working With the Celtic Oracle

January 22, 2007

My progress with The Celtic Oracle this past week was interesting. I’m still in the getting-to-know-each-card stage, working card by card.

I worked more with The Ferryman, and then worked with The Woodward, The Lady of the Ways, The Bride of the Waters, The Druid, The Keeper of the Wheel, The Seeress, and The Woman Made of Flowers.

I didn’t journey will all of the representations – that much journeying in such a small space of time would be unhealthy. But there were certain cards I was drawn to more than others, and I will spend more time with them once I’ve worked through the entire deck.

The Ferryman presents an interesting conundrum. According to Matthews, one can journey with the Ferryman in his boat. According to all the material I’ve read about the entity – the only time you get into his boat is for that final journey. So, while I’m drawn to the card, and I may consult him, my feet will stay firmly on this bank.

The Lady of the Ways resonated – Nehelenia – who is now one of the patrons of my herbal studies. I looked at the card, I read the legend, and there was just that “click”. I will work with her frequently (and with Lugh) on the herbal journey.

The Bride of the Waters was also a powerful card to me. That makes sense – I’m a Pisces. In Chinese astrology, I’m a Water Tiger. I work with Cerridwen and her cauldron. That was more a sensation of familiarity than the sensation of discovery I had with The Lady of the Ways.

And with The Keeper of the Wheel . . .simply a sense of reverence.

On Thursday, I will talk about adventures in herbal studies (which I’m sure some of you will find amusing, and I hope all of you will find entertaining).

Another thing – once a month, I’ll answer genuine questions about the tarot. I’ll answer two or three a month, and you can send them here. However, please only send a real question. Abuse, threats, or attempts at coercion (or conversion) will be sent to both Community Justice and the appropriate authorities. Genuine questions will be answered as completely as I can.

Until Thursday – Kiuney!

(In case you’re wondering, “kiuney” is the Manx word for “ serenity, quiet, stillness” – which is the best way to work with tarot and oracles.

Moon: First Quarter in Pisces
Retrograde: Saturn

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New moon, site, and study

January 18, 2007

Terrific news! My website, Cerridwen’s Cottage, is finally live. Of course, I forgot to put up a page with most of the writing details, but that will go up shortly. I’m excited about it.

Today is the New Moon, and the start of the herbal studies. I’ll talk about the studies on Thursdays here on Kemmyrk, and focus on The Celtic Oracle work on Mondays.

To begin my studies, I stacked my books, lit a candle, and asked for a blessing on the work:

Lady and Lord,
Nehelenia and Lugh,
Watch over me
And guide me
As I embark
Down this road
Of study and knowledge.
Keep me alert and aware,
Open and discerning,
Contemplative and explorative,
In the name of Gaia.

I’m looking forward to this adventure!

Moon: New in Capricorn
Retrograde: Saturn

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Herbal Studies and THE CELTIC ORACLE

January 15, 2007

Preparations for Herbal Studies

The ideal would be to sign up for a course in herbalism. However, due to the chaos in my life right now, that’s not an option.

So, starting when the moon turns, I will pull out all those herbals I’ve collected over the years and embark on a study course, a few days a week. That will give me the foundation, so that when I am able to enroll in formal training, I can progress more quickly.

However, to successfully learn what I need to learn, I need to brush up on my Latin. I only had one year of Latin in high school. I loved it, in spite of a rather flaky teacher. And, in the year I took both Latin and French, I got straight A’s in French. Additionally, it was right before I took my SATs and ACTs, and I landed in the top 90% in the former and the top 98% in the latter – thanks in a good part, to the Latin.

How I will juggle all this, I’m not quite sure yet. I have my Latin textbooks and will hunt down a good site or CD or something. Step-by-step, right?

The Celtic Oracle

Meditation has been a bust this weekend. I can’t seem to quiet my mind at all.

So I’ve only connected with the Wildman and the Ferryman cards. I connected deeply with the Ferryman card – but then, I’ve always felt drawn to the ferryman tending the souls across the River Styx. And Cerberus, the three-headed dog at the gate of the Underworld. I’m more likely to give him a cookie (okay, three cookies) than scream.

I will continue to work with the Oracle at night, but do try to study during the day.

Stay tuned to see how this all works out. I’m not setting up a rigid schedule. I have a feeling some herbs will take longer to learn than others.

I will also rely heavily on The Herbal Tarot to help.

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Working with The Celtic Oracle

January 11, 2007

I mentioned, a few posts ago, that I’m working with John Matthews’s The Celtic Oracle (formerly known as The Celtic Shaman’s Pack).

How does one work with a new deck? There are many ways, and I’ve used various ways with various decks. Because I’m often eager to start working with a new deck RIGHT NOW, I don’t always take the time to thoroughly learn each card first – I jump in and learn as I go.

There’s nothing wrong with that; in fact, it works quite well. But this deck is quite different from others with which I’ve worked, so I decided to work with it differently.

I am actually starting with the first card in the pack and working my way through it. I’m doing a meditation with each card, in order, familiarizing myself with each before I move on to the next one.

Because I’ve been ill for the past few days, I haven’t worked each day (or, in my case, night. For some reason, I connect better to this deck at night).

So far, I’ve worked with The Tree of Vision and Tradition, The Vision Singer (Bard) and The Walker Between the Worlds (Vision Seeker).

As a writer, I connected strongly to the Vision Singer/Bard card. The harp enveloped in flames against a pale green background, surrounded by trees with hearts for leaves – and hearts amongst the flames – resonated strongly. As a writer, the personal depth of this card to me makes sense.

In working with the card, my comfort zone and first instinct will be to work shamanically via the Vision Singer. The fact that it is my comfort zone makes me think I should work a little harder to work with The Walker Between the Worlds and The Wildman. Part of growth is moving beyond the comfort zone.

I apologize for not being able to post a photo of the card; I do not have permission from the publisher to do so. I’m afraid, for this deck, you’ll have to rely on my words, and I will try to “sing” them to you in a way to make the images visible to you.

Moon: 4th Quarter (Waning) in Libra
Retrogrades: Saturn