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  1. What an interesting discussion! I use the Wildwood almost exclusively, so when I actively engage with the seasons, that's the system that comes to mind. However, for the traditional suits, intuitively I'd have said sping-cups; summer-wands; autumn-pentacles and winter-swords. The Wildwood decks (as McFaire shows above) are different, and here the cold, near-eternal Stones work perfectly as Winter. The lightness of Arrows is the start of activity and planning (Spring), Bows (=Wands) are always Summer, and Vessels as the time of abundance and the easiest season, are Autumn. There's no direct correspondence to other systems, and yet it makes perfect sense on its own terms. Yet again, it shows that it actually doesn't matter what system we use, or even if we use a seasonal system at all... but if we do, it needs to be one that works for us personally, and makes sense to us. The personalisation of meaning in Tarot is one of its most fascinating aspects... does anyone use a flexible system, where it changes according to intuition on the day?
  2. Thanks for all the reading tips, @ilweran- totally agree with all this! For the Celtic myths, the Mabinogion is the best starting point, I reckon. It's probably the oldest, and the root of a lot of the rest. And great to see you here, @McFaire- thanks for dropping in, and please do stick around!
  3. What. A. Beautiful. Post. I can sympathise so much with most of these sentiments, @Nordica De Spell, but I couldn't find a way to put how I feel about it into words. I do use it almost exclusively, but I don't read for myself all that frequently, and when I do it's about something that I feel deserves its attention. Our reverence for the deck is what is important, I think, even if our relationship with it differs in some ways. Thank you so much for posting!
  4. All Tarot decks have their own personality and ways of working... and since this is such a polarising (and sometimes challenging!) deck, I thought it would be useful to share our observations on how it likes to be treated, and how to get the best from it. I've been hesitating on writing this, because I've always assumed it to be a very personal relationship with each individual... but reading people's comments about trying to use it, I'm really not sure that's true. There seem to be some themes that repeat regularly... so here are my thoughts on what this deck is like, and how to work with it. Treat them as my personal foibles... but see if they are also useful to you. Most importantly, please add your own experiences as well - what (if anything!) has made the deck work with you? What the Wildwood 'wants' 1. Respect. If any one card sums it up, it's the Nine of Bows: the Woodwose grinning out at you, arrow nocked. Using the deck is like communing with someone ancient and wise... and unpredictable. You don't taunt them, and you listen to every word they say. 2. Sobriety. My impression is that a jovial atmosphere kills the communion. If people are laughing, distracted, or cracking jokes... it just won't happen. Worse, it will be offended. 3. Honesty. With yourself, and about yourself. You need a clear head, and to be willing to recognise your own flaws. No pretences, no going over the top with your paraphernalia to hide the real you behind rituals, crystals, etc. 4. Commitment. It is, I think, a rather jealous deck. There's no problem with using other decks as well, but make sure, if at all possible, that you're consistent... if you use the Wildwood for one type of problem, make it your go-to deck for that type of issue. It needs you to feel it is indispensible, and genuinely wanted, because only then will you put in the effort that it deserves. It's not into competing for your attention! How best to offend it I've heard this from a few people, where something has gone wrong with their relationship with the deck... so it feels like a general pattern. I only just escaped falling into the same trap. So, in a nutshell, make this your basic assumption: when it seems to be giving you nonsense, you just haven't tried hard enough! Disregard the message in the cards, dismiss it, and it might not forgive you. You will immediately start seeing its message in the next readings change to sarcastic, or mocking - perhaps telling you blatantly want you want to hear, because you don't deserve the truth. If you encounter this, if you start to feel uneasy... you've probably been ignoring what it tries to tell you. You need to go back to the reading where it went wrong, the one that didn't make sense, and put in the work to puzzle it out... or at least, after giving it genuine effort, acknowledge that you're not quite ready for that lesson yet. With this deck, presume that failures are your own, and not the cards'. Nonetheless, it is forgiving, to some extent... and I have the feeling that it's testing your humility when it starts to become belligerent. Do you have the strength of character to take its chastisement, and learn from it? It is a relationship of equals (almost) with this deck; we are not its masters, but its mouthpiece. Perhaps more than other decks, it cannot be bent to our will, and communicating with has to be seen as a partnership. Things to remember 1. This deck is complex. In almost every reading, there are cards that can and should be read on multiple levels at the same time. By this, I mean that there is an obvious (often amusingly literal) meaning that leaps out at you, but that is only the start. There will be something deeper, relating to the nature of what is portrayed in the card, and the stories of its own cycles, that is directly relevant. And then, quite often, there will be a shift in perspective, generated by some detail in the card. When struggling for meanings, look for extra meanings, and for the unexpected... and especially, expect it to challenge your own firmly-held assumptions. Just because we believe something, that doesn't make it true. 2. It's not a Christian deck. It deals with ancient, often amoral characters and forces of nature. Where there is judgement of our actions, and a moral code, it is to the whole world, rather than just to humans. The Wildwood integrates animals not to be folksy, or as metaphors, but because it sees nature as a whole, and humans just one part of it. We are not separate from the forest, and we share this world with many other species, who each have the same rights as we do. If we impose our modern, human-centric morality onto it, that is our doing; it's not what the deck itself is telling us, and the holistic outlook is a vital part of how it works. 3. The mythology is North European, and especially from the British Isles. If that's unfamiliar, you might need to do some reading. It's less important, I think, to know the details of the stories... but there is a feeling behind the stories, and their atmosphere, that is important to appreciate. Explore the Arthurian legends, and perhaps especially Robert Holdstock's 'Mythago Wood' series of novels to get the balance of idealism and darkness that pervades the realm of the Wildwood... Any questions, thoughts, or observations? If you'e just started to use the Wildwood, how do you feel about it? I'm sure there will be a lot more to say!
  5. Aye, that's what I tell myself as well.
  6. It's been 25 years since I've had a TV of any sort (although dvds are definitely a good way to relax when necessary). It's amazing how much more time one has without a TV... which I now waste on the internet instead!
  7. This is really quite sad, and I hadn't realised it was happening. It's not as if it's an horrifically expensive deck to buy, anyway - I can imagine some of the really luxurious or limited edition decks attracting the fraudsters, but the Wildwood? I guess popularity would work as well - if they sell enough of them, it's worth the risk... unfortunately.
  8. I do tend to light a candle, and maybe incense, and then sit on the floor in front of them and carefully take the cards out of their box. This is all to focus my mind, though, rather than anything deeper; without some sort of ritual that says emphatically that it's time for Tarot, my thoughts tend to wander. Having a candle, etc., makes it easier for me to let everything else go for a while.
  9. Basically, the authors didn't feel that reversals were necessary, or added to the meanings, so the guidance they provide doesn't include them. This means, firstly, that the range of meaning that normally falls into reversals has to be incorporated into the cards' general meanings, making them a little more varied and diverse in their implications. It's as I write above, really - the meaning of a card is the spectrum that includes 'positive' and 'negative' aspects of the same concepts. In order to reflect that, the cards' images are complex and often ambiguous; I have often seen cards as either positive or negative, depending on the context, the position in a spread, and of course intuition. Sometimes a different aspect of the card will come forward when you turn it over. The result is that their message can be varied, and (even more than normal) dependent on circumstances... I guess that they're stories, rather than sigils, if that makes sense.
  10. Not at all... but they do have to be consistently. If you intend to read reversals, then a reversed card will turn up when appropriate. If you intend not to have any reversed concepts at all... well, then, don't use the reversed concepts.
  11. Personally I see the meaning of a particular card as a loose spectrum, each reflecting the range of precise scenarios around one particular concept. The upright and reversed meanings can be at opposite ends (although normally these spectra aren't quite as linear as that!), but they both relate to the same concept. For example, Death is about change: at one extreme it is the end of one thing and the beginning of another, but reversed it can mean stagnation and being trapped in one way of being. Somewhere in the middle is the desire or need for change, but lack of enough drive to achieve it. When I'm not using reversals (the Wildwood isn't built to incorporate them), I read the cards as the concepts embodied in them, rather than as the end-members themselves. The question of 'when to read the card reversed' isn't quite right, because it's not an either/or situation. Each card is a spectrum, and where on the spectrum the meaning falls depends on the context, the surrounding cards, and the nature of the question... as well as just plain intuition. Personally, I find reading single cards is quite hard, for exactly this reason: one card can tell us the spectrum of concepts that is important, but you need to add something extra to show in which direction it is pointing. Death talks about change, but is it the need for one, or resistance to it? With more cards, the meaning usually becomes clearer as part of the emerging narrative.
  12. I've never looked into Kickstarter decks before, but this... awww, I might just have to start!
  13. And a more gentle one, for relationships generally:
  14. Here's one for those difficult times, when a relationship is on the cusp... tarot spreads - entangled hearts.pdf
  15. Apparently, but not as far as I've ever noticed (and not as much so as green tea!)... I guess it depends on the strength, and I find that 2-3 whole leaves in a mug is plenty. There are other possible side effects as well - possibly exacerbating high blood pressure, for example - so good to be wary or take it weak. I've tried birch sap wine once... gorgeous! It might also help with the scrying, if one drinks enough...
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