Saturday, 3 August 2019

Connecting with my Ancestors

The Ancestral Oracle of the Celts
Photo by © Karen Wiederhold

The words at the start of Chapter 3 of The Ancestral Oracle of the Celts are exactly why I am so delighted to be working with this deck. It captures perfectly the journey I am taking to connect more deeply with my ancestors.

The past three years, but more so the past twelve months, the pull to really connect from within has been strong. My roots are predominantly Scottish but I also have strong and far reaching roots in Sweden, Finland and Ireland. Although I'm a child of Africa the quiet whispers that stir come from those mysterious Northern lands. It can feel confusing and sometimes lonely being from one land, living in another yet connected elsewhere. I have a "knowing" that settles in me when I close my eyes and allow myself to fly. 

In the last few months I have been experimenting in connecting with my ancestors through the meditative working of yarn and the traditional methods of weaving of my Saami ancestors (see my completed woven bookmark). The personal revelations and experiences in this process have been quite profound. I wanted a way to do so with my Celtic ancestry. No surprise that the first card I drew, which is also the one that stood out when looking at the images, is The Weaver. It made me smile. 

Thank you Caitlín, I am enjoying it very much. Thank you also to Wil Kinghan.

The deck and book is housed in a lovely, sturdy box with pull out section.  The box is the perfect size which allows for easy storage because it doesn't take up too much space yet isn't so compact that the book is compromised.  Its good sturdy quality ensures the safe keeping of the contents.

Deck: The Ancestral Oracle of the Celts
Author: Caitlín Matthews 
Artist: Wil Kinghan
Publisher: Watkins Books UK 

Saturday, 27 July 2019

TABI Conference 2019

TABI Conference2019  Speakers and Organisers
Such a pleasure to be one of the organisers of the TABI Conference again. It was fab to get together with friends old and new and a big thank you to the Speakers. 
Here we are, the Speakers and Organisers together  (Paula Pearson, Juliet Sharman-Burke, Alison Cross, Liz Dean, James Douglas, Oephebia Laidi, Karen Wiederhold, Kati Patnaik and Helen Fahey)


Saturday, 6 July 2019

The Pictorial Key Tarot

The Pictorial Key Tarot by Davide Corsi and Giordano Berti
Lo Scarabeo
Photo © Karen Wiedrhold
I've had the Pictorial Key Tarot for a few weeks now and am enjoying my time spent with it.  It is a modernisation of the RWS Tarot, created  by Giordano Berti and Davide Corsi for Lo Scarabeo and is rich and colourful in appearance.

Most of the images have a wonderful 3D feel to them which draws you in,  however there are a small number of cards where the artwork looks flat in comparison, which is a pity.

Some of the facial expressions are a little awkward in appearance if you study them closely, but this is a minor thing.

Overall it is lovely, easy to read with and a shows a vibrant palette when laid out in a spread.  My absolute favourite image is the 8 of Cups however there are quite a lot of others that come very close.

I'd recommend this deck as a good one for beginners who may not enjoy the traditional RWS artwork.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

The Wychwood Oracle

The Wychwood Oracle by Mai of Wychwood Oracle
Photo © Karen Wiederhold
Completely in love with these fortune telling cards. 🖤 I've been enjoying them all through the day today 🖤 The Wychwood Oracle by Mai, available on Etsy 🖤

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Bedtime Contemplation

Oracle of Mystical Moments by Catrin Welz-Stein
U S Games Inc
Photo © Karen Wiederhold
A thought provoking image before bed and a reminder to connect with nature but also the inner landscape or garden of the mind and connection with spirit.

Taming the Buddleia.

Photo © Karen Wiederhold
We've been out taming our massive Buddleia and here are the beauties rescued. Aren't they glorious? We have several bushes in the garden especially for the 🐝 and 🦋.