Using the Tarot for Creativity and Empowerment

Pathway Spread using the Wildwood Tarot

SEPTEMBER 13, 2011

For the next week or so, I am going to be working with the Wildwood Tarot by Mark Ryan and John Matthews.

Today, I decided to try out one of the spreads listed in the companion book, called “The Pathway Spread”.  The spread is as follows:

Wildwood Tarot Pathway Spread

I have decided to close down a side business that I’ve had for quite awhile (no, not my Tarot business!). The amount of effort that I have put into it is not really worth the rewards received – plus I feel that my heart is no longer in it.  I asked the Wildwood Tarot what it could tell me about this decision.

My cards were as follows:

1.  THE ISSUE:  Nine of Arrows

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In this card, we see a woman with her eyes closed who appears to be using a bow as an instrument.  She doesn’t really seem to be paying attention to what she is doing.  In fact, she simply appears to be going through the motions.  The keyword for this card is “Dedication” — so while she may be dedicated to what she is doing, her heart may be somewhere else. The card resonated with me on several levels. I have felt for quite sometime that I, too, am just “going through the motions” and would rather put my energies into more creative endeavors.  The use of the bow as an instrument speaks to me of creativity and my desire that the majority of my work be in the creative fields.

2.  ACTION TO AVOID: Page of Stones

Wildwood Tarot Page of Stones image

The companion book states for this card that “A strain of wildness and lack of forethought can sometimes hamper forward passage.”  This I can relate to.  I feel that this card is speaking to me of a need to focus and reflect — to keep my mind on the goal.  The Page of Stones is also about information gathering and in my case, it may be “excessive” information gathering.  The time has come to stop contemplating and researching.  It’s time to make a decision.  The Page of Stones often suggests slow and cautious movement; and in this position, these are actions I need to avoid.

3.  ACTION TO TAKE:  The Stag

The Stag

I love the imagery of the Stag, this guardian of the forest.  He appears to be standing in my path, alerting me to a new transition and causing me to pause for a moment and reflect before moving onward.  He encourages me to reflect and think upon my new journey.  This card is the equivalent of Justice in the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith tradition and is about balance, as well as a reminder that we make our future by our actions.  The Stag may be telling me that it is time to make a decision and move on and not dwell on past mistakes (which is very possibly an issue for me).

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