8 January 2018: The Bodacious Bodach (Reversed)

Good morning,

Today I am feeling flat right now. I don’t know if it is because I battled to sleep last night, or if it is something more. So this morning I didn’t have a specific question for the Faery Oracle, it was more a general thought of what I need to know right now.

Without referring to the manual, there are two things that have struck me:

Firstly, the Bodach is a faery challenger and secondly a snippet of a Terry Pratchett novel, where one of the characters is described as being very good at get in the way of their own happiness. So, for me I think here I need to just paying attention to him being ready to spring to remind myself to actually not get in my own way.

From the manual:

Actually, the Bodach is one of the brownies, who mostly are helpful little spirits around the house. Every little once in a while, his essential brownie nature breaks through and he does truly helpful things.When he doe this, reward him — or whoever it is in your life who normally gets it wrong and just this once has got it right. Gratitude and praise are in order. Maybe he’ll even get it right next time, too.

We are in the process of organizing the house, moving things around and letting go of things that are clutter rather than adding value to our lives (considering the fact that our house has stuff from my parents, and even some things from my grandparent’s this is a mammoth task), and I think it might be worth remembering the Bodach’s brownie nature here and not getting caught up in worst case scenarios and actually welcoming help.

Love and tiredness,

21 December 2017: The Singer of the Chalice (Reversed)

Hello again,

Today I decided to draw a Faery Oracle card asking what should I mindful of as I go about my day, and I drew a reversed card. With this particular group of cards (the Singers), a reverse card generally indicates getting in the way of one’s own happiness by blocking something positive. (This fits in with yesterday’s post about feeling resentful about doing things that are actually part of my character, whether they have been nurtured/socialized into it or are part of my inherent nature is irrelevant for the purpose of this exercise.)

This Singer holds the Chalice from which a rainbow of energies pours like the richest wine.

The guidebook points out that the intertwined energies of the Chalice have characteristics of trust, joy, patience, hope, creativity and miracles. The patience associated with the Chalice is the joyful, loving willingness to wait for a process to bring us to where we want to be. It contains trust and love and a special quality of expectant gratitude within it.

The reverse guide says:

Trust is what enables us to be open to other parts of the song of the Singer of the Chalice. Without enough trust in the process to open our hearts, we close ourselves off from the Singers and the song, decreasing the amount of all those other powers and energies that we allow to flow through us.  … When we perceive the song of this Singer to be muted, its Chalice to be dry, it is only that we need to ask ourselves, “Why not?”; then, don’t even try to answer that — just open our heart’s door.

The cynical, skeptical person in me is always looking for a reason to doubt clusters of cards like this. The way that this is just a specific form of confirmation bias.  Another part of me doesn’t care, and is a big believer of taking the wisdom where I find it, and using whatever tools there are available and admitting that part of the joy of the universe is that we don’t know how much we don’t know.

I am happy to take the wisdom and do my best to open my heart today.

I saw a post on Facebook that said that the first piece of music you hear for the day sets the tone. So I chose a trip of nostalgia and just watched: (This was part of my morning ritual when I lived in Costa Rica)

Love and an open heart,

20 December 2017: Open your Heart and the Laume

Hello old friends,

It’s been a while. My faerie cards are currently MIA, and my book got lost in the move (I think it was put in a charity box by mistake, which means my beloved dog chewed, dog-eared copy of the Faeries Oracle needed to continue its journey without me). My cards are somewhere in the chaos of my house, but I bought a new deck so that I could read the manual when I needed to. And so today, the new cards were opened up, when I needed clarification from another deck.

As a general rule, I don’t collect tarot decks. Once I discovered my Faeries Oracle deck, it fitted and so I happily passed on my old tarot deck which I loved in the store and was happy with but wasn’t really fitting to a dear friend who uses it to this day, and fits her perfectly.

But, one day, I was offered solace of an oracle reading by a lovely lady, Viviene (I think her name was) at Stones for Africa in Fourways when she overheard me have a really distressed conversation with my dad. The reading was with “The Answer is Simple” oracle cards and since then, I went if I ever encountered the deck while out and about I would purchase it, but I would not order it specifically. Not too long ago, someone posted in a Facebook group about moving overseas and selling some books and the like, and this included a copy of these cards. And so, I bought them.

Today, I decided I needed a bit of guidance and so I drew a card. The card is entitled:  “Open Your Heart”, and the guidebook says, inter alia,

To love yourself and experience all the blessings your Spirit offers, you must have an open heart. You can’t fully experience love of any sort —that of self or otherwise — if it isn’t open. … It’s especially important right now to open yourself up, because life is trying to deliver you the gift of love. Your Spirit and the Divine Source of all Life knows exactly what your core needs and is more than willing to supply that and so much more — but it can’t succeed if you are not prepared to receive the blessings it wants to rain on you.

This all sounds pretty good, except for one minor detail, at the moment I am stuck on the “How”. And so, I went and got the new Faeries Oracle deck and asked “How do do I open my heart?” To which, The Laume (she of unconditional giving and receiving) reminded me a lot of the stress that I am carrying at the moment is all linked to emotional labour and it not being given unconditionally, about it being tied up in a lot of “shoulds”. Terry Pratchett in the Tiffany Aching books talks a lot about the going around to the houses, and how it keeps you human. I actually made a note of the quote where Granny Weatherwax ends an exchange with Tiffany with the words: “Stars is easy, people is hard”.  And at the moment I am finding people hard, so I think I am reverting to my old habits of closing my heart off to those close to me. And I know it is not healthy, and it’s not even what I really want. It is an old pattern of protection, a girl’s defence when she lacked the options, opinions and knowledge of a woman. It is time to let it go. As the guidebook entry about The Laume says:

If you are pushing and pushing at something, it can often help greatly just to back off, relax about it and let the energy flow.

The guidebook goes on to talk about random acts, but in my case, I know the unconditional giving starts at home. With acknowledging that while I am performing acts of emotional labour realizing that it is part of my love language and take that back. Stop framing it in an accounting transaction. Of course, having slipped into that habit it might be difficult to step out of it. But, what I know now, that I did not know when I began this blog post is how to open my heart again.

Love and a re-opening heart,

Here is the exchange between Tiffany and Granny Weatherwax which takes place in A Hat Full of Sky:

Miss Level, and possibly Oswald, watched them go from the gate. ‘She’ll be fine with your little men [the Nac Mac Feegle] keeping her company,’ said Mistress Weatherwax as she and Tiffany turned away and took the lane through the woods.  ‘It could be the making of her, you know, being half dead.’
Tiffany was shocked. ‘How can you be so cruel?’
‘She’ll get some respect when people see her moving stuff through the air. Respect is meat and drink to a witch. Without respect, you ain’t got a thing. She doesn’t get much respect, our Miss Level. ‘
That was true. People didn’t respect Miss Level. They liked her, in an unthinking sort of way, and that was it. Mistress Weatherwax was right, and Tiffany wished she wasn’t.
‘Why did you and Miss Tick send me to her, then?’ she said.
‘Because she likes people,’said the witch, striding ahead. ‘She cares about ’em. Even the stupid, mean, dribbling ones, the mothers with the runny babies and no sense, the feckless and the silly and the fools who treat here like some kind of a servant. Now that’s what I call magic – seein’ all that, dealin’ with all that, and still goin’ on. It’s sitting up all night with some poor old man who’s leavin’ the world, taking away such pain as you can, comfortin’ their terror, seein’ ’em safely on their way … and then cleanin’ ’em up, layin’ ’em out, making ’em neat for the funeral, and helpin’ the weeping widow strip the bed and wash the sheets – which is, let me tell you, no errand for the feint hearted – and stayin’ up the next night to watch over the coffin before the funeral, and then going home and sitting down for five minutes before some shouting angry man comes bangin’ on your door ‘cos his wife’s having a difficult birth to their first child and the midwife’s at her wits’ end and then getting up and fetching your bag and going out again … We all do that, in our own way, and she does it better’n me, if I was to put my hand on my hear. That is the root and heart and soul and centre of witchcraft, that is. The soul and centre!’ Mistress Weatherwax smacked her fist into her hand, hammering out her words. ‘The … soul … and … centre!’
Echoes came back from the trees in the sudden silence. Even the grasshopppers by the side of the track had stopped sizzling.
‘ And Mrs Earwig,’ said Mistress Weatherwax, here voice sinking to a growl, ‘Mrs Earwig tells her girls it’s about cosmic balances and stars and circles and colours and wands and … and toys, nothing but toys!’ She sniffed. ‘Oh, I daresay they’re all very well as decoration, somethin’ nice to look at while you’re workin’, somethin’ for show, but the start and finish, the star and finish, is helpin’ people when life is on the edge. Even people you don’t like. Stars is easy, people is hard.’

9 May 2016: The Laume

Hello dear ones,

It has been a while since I posted here. It has been a while since I have drawn an oracle card, but a friend on Facebook prompted me to do so when she shared her Oracle Card for the day.

Today’s card is The Laume. And since I have no idea where my guidebook is I need to listen and trust. Firstly the Laume is one of the Faery Guides and Guardians. Secondly, looking at the card while there is a lot that is going underneath, The Laume knows that sometimes we just need to sit and be. Completely and totally accepting of everything that is going on. Acknowledge the storms that have battered our wings, and then give time and rest a chance to work their magic with hopeful healing light.

The Laume talks of unconditional being, unconditional giving and unconditional acceptance…of not being a matyr but acknowledging our interconnectedness and the firm grounding that we achieve from those in our past.

I am going to listen to her wisdom…and accept the unconditional healing.

Love and healing,

26 November: The Topsy Turvets

Good morning,

Today’s faeries are the Topsy Turvets these are the faeries who are upside down and sideways.

They are attracted to chaotic energy but today they are telling me to create simplicity out of chaos.

Love and simplicity,

21 November: She of the Cruach

Good morning,


She of the Cruach by Brian Froud

Today’s faery is She of the Cruach, the Singer who is associated with creativity and bringing things into being.

The act of creation comes with risk, and it is sometimes tempting to avoid bringing things into the world became what if other people don’t like it. But the cost of not bringing things into the world is to live incompletely.

Love and creativity,

20 November: The Journeyman


Today’s faery is the Journeyman… and he is reminding me about the progression towards mastery. That the most important thing is to simply keep focus and keep moving forward.

Love and progress,

19 November: The Dark Lady


Today’s faery is the Dark Lady, one of the Sidhe and she reminds us about the power of endings. That every ending is a beginning and making clear decisions, acting on them, following through and then having fully lived in them, letting the experiences and past moments go.

Love and transition,

17 November: The Pook

Today the Pook is reminding me to see things the way that they truly are…because seeing things truly is the first step towards compassion.

Love and kindsight,

18 November: The Green Woman (Reversed)

Good morning,

Today’s faery is the Green Woman upside down and the message that she has for me is that you cannot rush natural growth… you clear the garden, plant and tend to the seeds and young plants but you cannot force them to grow faster.

Love and patience,

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