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Interviewing The Wildwood

I’ve recently been working with the Wildwood Tarot and came across a great spread to do when you are getting to know a new deck. Below is my interview of The Wildwood.

1) Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic.
I drew The Hooded Man but The Pole Star fell out of my hand in the exact place I was about to place The Hooded Man so I decided to keep it as an additional message.

I have hidden lessons to teach and guide you on this inner journey in The Wildwood. I will shine my light so that you won’t get lost thus revealing parts of yourself that you didn’t know existed. The journey in the forest can be dark and mysterious sometimes frightening but I have ancient wisdom and knowledge to guide you. You will not be alone. Working with me will also be part of a larger spiritual journey for you. This is what will help you really resonate with my lessons.

2) What Are Your Strengths As A Deck?

Eight of Vessels – Rebirth
I am connected to nature’s deeper rhythms and understand that every ending is also a new beginning. I can show you your connection to the cycle of life, the changing of the seasons, how the cycle of life, death, and rebirth is reflected in your being. My cup runneth over.

3) What are your weaknesses as a deck?20131212-182809.jpg
The Forest Lovers
You will fall in love my images and may lose sight of deeper meaning hidden within me. You may find it difficult to separate your own emotional attachments to my images when reading for other people.

4) What are you here to teach me?
Two of Vessels – Attraction
How fire can be transmuted into water. We all have animal instincts. Releasing yourself to this will fill the cup of emotions. This relationship between us is the beginning of deep polaric bond between the two of us.

5) How can I best collaborate with you?

Three of Stones Creativity
By using my messages to make something new, build something, create. I won’t fail you. I will ground you, protect you, support you and enable you in your creative life. Start by making me a special bag or box so you can keep me close.

6)What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

10 of Stones – Home
I will bring you comfort and security and solace. I will connect you to your true, authentic, self. Take me with you wherever you go and I will always show you the way home.

Not really sure about The Forest Lovers and how that might be a limitation of the deck? Any ideas?


Trying Out The Wildwood Tarot Deck

Wildwood Tarot Cards

Mind, Body, Soul Spread With The Wildwood Tarot

First Steps Into The Wildwood

The following is a practice reading I did for one of this month’s questions over at TABI. Since this was just a practice question (i.e. not a real person) I feel like it’s appropriate to share it here. I’ve only had my Wildwood deck for a couple of weeks so am still getting to grips with it but it seemed to really resonate with the following question.

Question: I spend all my time looking after my young family and don’t have any time for myself. I am very unhappy. Please help!

A chill ran up the back of my neck when I saw these cards. All three cards are fire elements and two of them are majors. This feels like a very strong reading.

With so much fire it’s no wonder that you are unhappy with life at home. I wonder what your life was like before and imagine that you are a very passionate and driven woman. The day to day drudgery of mothering young children brings with it a  loss of freedom to follow your passions (wether that’s work related or hobbies or creative pursuits) And I’m sure you feel that more strongly than most. Perhaps the sense of loss has even begun to  manifest itself as frustration and anger?


1. Mind – The Sun of Life

 A man stands amongst a meadow of wild flowers with a giant sun blazing behind him. Light shines out from his heart as he channels the creative power of the sun. A hill in the background has a chalk drawing of a horse.

This card tells me that you must have a very active mind and I wonder if you are a writer, musician or other type of creative. There is a very strong creative drive being shown in these cards. This is such a strong card that I think you should be careful not to make rash decisions. I also wonder what your sense of power is in your relationship? Do you feel in control of your life?

2. Body – Five of Bows – Empowerment

 Four bows lie in the grass on top of a hill in the background can be seen another hillside chalk drawing of a giant man . He is holding a large club in one hand, a bow in the other, and has an erection.

I feel like this card is showing the need to ground all of that firey energy  in something hard and physical. If it’s a new skill or something you’ve never tried before all the better. Learning new skills will empower you to move forward in meeting other goals. Maybe try hiking, hill walking, climbing trail, running or even kick boxing to really work up a sweat. Although I see you outdoors rather than indoors. The cards are indicating that you have a lot of untapped potential and this card is telling me that in order to channel  all that primal energy you need to be more grounded and assertive.

3. Soul – The Green Woman 

 The Green Woman is the female counterpart to the Green Man, Lord and Lady of the forest and here she stands in front of a cauldron heated from below by flames. Her head is crowned in green leaves and branches.

This card is really showing your soul’s journey and here we see you at peace and empowered with your role as a mother. This card however isn’t showing the role of mothering as one filled with drudgery or sacrifice. This is a beautiful, powerful, fierce and nurturing goddess of the forest. I think she has shown up in order to remind you not to let your sense of self-worth falter. Connecting with this primal mother energy, learning to nurture yourself, could help you find peace with the position you find yourself in now? Do you want more children? There’s a strong drive towards fertility being shown in all of these cards. If another child is not what you’re wanting then be careful with your contraception.


You are someone with incredible passion and drive, someone who can really make a difference in the world. But at the moment you have so much pent up ability and energy that home life is feeling like a prison. It’s very important to find that nurturing mother energy and direct it towards yourself. Take some time, no matter how small, to honour and look after your own needs. If you are unable to make big changes in your daily routine while the kids are young then I think the way to start is through looking after yourself physically, learning a new skill, directing your energy into a new hobby. This will help you build a solid base of confidence from which to make other bigger changes in the future.

Tarot Reading – How can I build my business?

Tarot Spread

Yesterday a friend asked me for some help interpreting this spread.

Question: How can I build my business? She has gone through a long period of unemployment and has finally stepped out of it and started her own business. However she needs her business to be much more profitable.

I can’t remember what this spread is called or where exactly it came from, but it’s one I have in my notes that I find useful when looking for some practical advice. It’s very empowering. If you recognise it and know who developed it, please let me know below.


  1. Self – Ace of Swords
  2. Root Cause – Four of Pentacles
  3. How you’ve responded – Nine of Wands Reversed
  4. Hopes and Fears – Eight of Cups
  5. Your response – Six of Wands
  6. What you can change – Ten of Wands
  7. Commitment (What can you do to make this change) – Ten of Pentacles Reversed


My Reading

You are in a place where you are feeling more mental clarity around your work than you have before. You are recognising that in order to move forward you have to change the way you think because thoughts control the emotions which affect your ability to move forward and manifest the growth your want to see in your practice.
You’ve been through a long period where you were reliant on benefits and while this gave you a basic level of security (a roof over your head) it also made you scared to move forward and lose this security. So it entrenched your stuckness. And you dealt with this from a place of fear because you didn’t have the resources to move forward (financial, emotional support etc)
I think there’s a certain amount of paranoia in the 9 of wands – worrying about losing benefits/being made homeless etc is what comes to mind and this card is asking you to look at the progression of the Wands to find a way out. Maybe take a look at the cards before and after the 9 of Wands? It’s important to remember that these worries are in the past, you’ve come through these problems. What’s the payoff in holding onto them?
The 8 of cups is telling me that you have doubts about wether or not you should stick with your business or not and you aren’t sure if it’s time to walk away and start something new. Maybe it’s saying that you find it difficult to commit fully to this path so haven’t given it a chance to come to fruition.
In the 6 of Pentacles I think you are being asked to examine your relation with money. Are you the beggar or the rich man? Do you recognise the value of what you give to people and the difference it makes in their lives? What more could you offer in your business to your clients? How are you with receiving help? Are you looking after your own health and well being enough? I think you should do some work exploring your relationship to money.
The last two cards are showing that you’ve come to an end of a cycle (both 10’s) and your goal is not far away. I think they’re recognising that you can sometimes feel overwhelmed or burdened by everything on your plate (maybe all the things you think you have to do to build your business)  and that it’s important to focus on just one thing at a time, and to recognise the progress you’ve made already. You’ve come a long way (emotionally, spiritually etc) and the end is within site. Take some time to look around and see what you’ve learned.
Also, the word ‘package’ comes up when I look at all these cards together. So maybe there’s some new package of services your business could offer that is much more niche and really appeal a certain ‘type’ of person. But it has to be something that feels in sync with you are, otherwise it won’t feel authentic.

How about you? Do you have a different interpretation of these cards?

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