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,
Trisha

26 September: Ta’Om the Poet (Reversed)

Good morning,

Today’s faery card is Ta’Om the Poet but he is head over heels. Ta’Om is a story teller and in order to tell stories, one needs to pay attention, and see the world as it really is.
He speaks to me of the fact that you cannot discover stories when wrapped in one’s own little world…you need to open your eyes.

Terry Pratchett, in the thoughts of Tiffany Aching in the Wee Free Men says:

The secret is not to dream … The secret is to wake up. Waking up is harder. I have woken up and I am real. I know where I come from and I know where I’m going. You cannot fool me anymore. Or touch me. Or anything that is mine.”
I’ll never be like this again, she thought, as she saw the terror in the Queen’s face. I’ll never again feel as tall as the sky and as old as the hills and as strong as the sea. I’ve been given something for a while, and the price of it is that I have to give it back.

And the reward is giving it back, too. No human could live like this. You could spend a day looking at a flower to see how wonderful it is, and that wouldn’t get the milking done. No wonder we dream our way through our lives. To be awake, and see it all as it really is … no one could stand that for long.

After we are awake, part of our challenge is to tell our stories…to bring them back into the world in the way that makes sense. Ta’Om is reminding me to be properly awake, he is warning me against sleep walking and wondering blind through the world, missing out on the amazing stories that are all around. The connections that we can make.

Love and stories,
Trisha

23 September: Penelope Dreamweaver (Reversed)

Good morning and happy equinox day!

Today’s faery is Penelope Dreamweaver, coming with a caution…telling me not to hold on too tightly, to trust the creative process. Creativity is a function of both knowledge and experimentation. I am afraid of experimentation…I can encourage it in others but I will always give reasons why I should be different and therefore not require multiple attempts and practice and effort to get it right…Setting up very high expectations.

I am busy reading a no-holds barred book by John Carlton, the Entrepreneur’s Guide to getting your shit together, and in it he makes the point that none of us are that special…we are all susceptible to the same human weakness as the rest of humanity. Yet, by expecting perfection without work…that is claiming a very special super-power.

I believe that Penelope is giving me the message that I should do the work but leave room for happy accidents of creativity and connections.

Love and dreamweaving,
Trisha

20 September: Epona’s Wild Daughter (Reversed)

Good evening,

Today I drew a card this evening…a busy day and an early start this morning to go and visit the Maropeng Homo Naledi exhibit. Dorcha is a faery who I am familiar with. She means messy work. The guidebook says:

In the bleakest part of the night, Dorcha comes, wearing her crown of faery stars. She kneels on the ancient owl, bearer of hidden wisdom of the night, and facing into the past with a clear, unflinching gaze, she holds us. We are held immobile, inwardly focused by her comforting yet implacable light filled hands.

Dorcha is the Wild Daughter of Epona, Lady of the Horse and the Moon, and she takes us through the dark, hidden side of ourselves and into healing and fulfillment. From the temporary madness of rage, premenstrual tension, or great stress to the deeper and longer psychoses, she drives us on the journey through our internal hells. When we complete the journey, we are transfigured and transformed, transcending our old selves. We can never be frightened by that darkness again, whether our own or that of others but until that journey is fully complete, we exist in a state of vulnerability — which is where most of us are most of the time.

Dorcha reminds us that we cannot go forward until we have faced something buried within us that is holding us back. She urges us to heal the unresolved issues about who we really are and what we truly want to be.

Dorcha’s presence is complicated and confusing. She is a very challenging Faery. She reminded me of a post I wrote three years ago about embarking on the challenge of watching my thoughts, words and deeds. I have made progress on my journey but there is still work to be done. And there is aid that will be given along the way.

I asked about the aid and I drew the Singer of Courage (also reversed) and here the meaning of courage is clear to me. Courage is not the absence of fear…it is the acknowledgement of fear and continuing on anyway. In the guide, Jesa says:

The question then becomes “What can I do to open my heart to courage so when I feel fear, I can follow through on what I want and need to do.”

I think that sums it up quite nicely.

Love and continuing,
Trisha

17 September : The Bodacious Bodach (Reversed)

Good morning,

Today Mr.  Bodach is visiting me… He is giving me reassurance that order is emerging,  especially if I implement the strategy of finishing things… One at a time, step by step each building on the previous.

Love and getting stuff done,
Trisha

15 September: The Rarr (reversed)

Hello, 

Today’s card is the Rarr and he is spinning around wildly on his head.
The guidebook says of a reversed Rarr:

The Rarr upside down indicates a terrible problem. Both the querent and the Rarr are losing (or have lost) control and are thrashing about in midair. Faery glamour and faery zaps are running wild.  Illusions and delusions are rife. Misunderstandings escalate. A cold shower is definitely in order. Practice grounding exercises. Meditate. Back off and look at things coolly. This may not be enough,  but please try. 

The best explanation of meditation that I have found is that it is relaxed,  focused concentration.  The upside down Rarr is telling me not to panic… Yesterday did not go the way that I had planned… But the reality is that I have a teething toddler who is now wanting to spend lots of time with his mom. While it makes it challenging to be building a business it is not impossible and by investing the time now… I am laying a solid foundation for our future. So I need to work with the reality that exists.  Figure out micro tasks (tasks that can be completed in five minutes or less) and simply work on one little step at a time as I climb my mountain.

Love and not panicking,
Trisha

10 September: The Bodacious Bodach (Reversed)

Good morning,

Today’s faery card is confusing. It is Mr. Bodach who is all about meddling and things going a bit wrong. The reversed card suggests that this is not occurring. In fact, the entire reversed starter reading says:

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 does this, reward him — or whoever it is 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.

The thing is I have no idea who the card could be referring to, unless it is me and that opens up a whole different level of confusion and fear and ambivalence.

In a fit of confusion I have just drawn an additional card: The Singer of Transfiguration which is also reversed (I made sure that my deck was not upside down now). And the Singer of Transfiguration even in the reversed position signifies is a jackpot. I suspect that the card was referring to me and I don’t know how I feel about it. I don’t think of myself as a meddler, but then do any of the meddlers? Perhaps this card is pointing at me to be mindful and make sure that I don’t fall into a pattern of co-dependent enabling.

Love and caution,
Trisha

The Soul Shrinker (Reversed)

Hello,

A reversed card two days in a row. I actually was very confused by the appearance of the Soul Shrinker this morning and because Lucas wants lots of attention and I am battling to steal some time away.

Malice, vicious gossip, and cruelty are occurring somewhere in this situation, cursing the people involved. The best way to change this is to begin scattering blessings, thank-yous, positive feedback, and kind words in all directions. It helps a lot if they are actually meant.

I am not sure where the malice etc is occurring, but I think the main message is to focus on kindness. So that is something that I can be conscious about and can control…my actions, and so I will make an effort to ensure that I am being kind.

Love and kindness,
Trisha

Geeeeeooo The Slooow (Reversed)

Hello,

Today’s daily faery is Geeeeeoo The Sloow on his head. Now Mr Slooow is the master of slow processes. All of the processes that he watches all happen in good order. In his introduction in the Faery’s Oracle Jessica Macbeth writes:

Geeeeeooo doesn’t understand why we rush about so, missing out on the slow changes in the worlds around us. He is amazed at the stress and the problems we create for ourselves by doing that. He wonders how we can survive if we don’t sit down and watch the sunrises and sunsets or if we “don’t have time” to enjoy our lives — especially if we are so busy rushing around with the idea that we are making things good for ourselves later but never now.

The presence of a reversed Geeeeeooo can indicate that unnecessary delays or stalling may be going on here. Geeeeeooo may be in charge of slow processes, but they should be actually proceeding and not stuck.

Geeeeeooo’s presence, especially with the warning about stuckness is very interesting in the context of having Nelys give me a visit two days in a row. I am not entirely certain what is going on but I suspect that Nelys has said okay great you have started some things and have started pulling at the strings, Geeeeeooo is asking me to consider what I actually want to achieve and to put together a plan of action with the next steps.

In the Hogfather Terry Pratchett writes:

The path to wisdom does, in fact, begin with a single step.
Where people go wrong is in ignoring all the thousands of other steps that come after it.  They make the single step of deciding to become one with the universe, and for some reason forget to take the logical next step of living for seventy years on a mountain and a daily bowl of rice and yak-butter tea that would give it any kind of meaning.  While evidence says that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, they’re probably all on first steps

So while pulling at the strings is a good first step a logical second step is to stop and consider where I want to go, and then put together a plan about how I want to get there. The next logical step in the series of the thousands of steps is to actually implement those steps.

While generally I don’t do follow up questions to a daily faery card (it’s purpose being to provide some general guidance for the day) I think today I may end up making an exception.

Step one in any oracle reading (in fact I think this is where the power of oracle’s lie) is to figure out what the question is.

So I am going to go and feed my dogs and consider where I want to go before I ask for some guidance along the way.

Love and confusion and continuation,
Trisha

6 February 2015: Faeries of The Future (Reversed)

Morning, today’s faery cardis the Faeries of the Future turned on its head. For the most part at the moment I do not consult the faeries oracle guidebook very often, I am getting better at listening and trusting the reading without the book. But today I consulted the book again, possibly because I was feeling uncertain.

Today’s card turned around to me and said, who do you want to be in the future? And are you living a life that is conducive to creating who you want to be? And I don’t know at the answer to the first question at the moment so I cannot answer the second, yet.

Possibly at the moment it is because I am confusing being with doing…

Love and uncertainty,
Trisha

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