After a couple of months of busy schedules, it seems my body and mind have been left drained of energy. Feeling worse for wear today, I took the day off and decided to spend a good chunk of it in the sun, trying my best to recover health-wise. The prolonged break in my blog has been largely due to busy weeks at work, and packed weekends, though also a lack of decent internet for the past month too.
So I took my blankie, the latest copy of Grass Roots magazine, and the strange but wonderful Light Grey tarot deck, and sprawled myself on our “front lawn”.
I drew 3 cards on what the month of September will bring, and received the 4 of Pentacles, the Hierophant, and 6 of Wands.
I like all of them, and it will be interesting to see how everything pans out, but here are some of my thoughts for each:
The 4 of Pentacles brings a festive air – carnival, masquerade… Yet what really stood out was that mask – I may be hiding my true face from the world, or keeping something hidden in any case.
The Hierophant has a beautiful lotus flower on his lap. At least that’s what I saw. Three faces, three masks.
As for the lovely 6 of Wands – well, it just made me feel all warm and fuzzy :)
I spent the rest of the day savouring the Encyclopedia of Natural Magic by John Michael Greer. He is well known for his blog The Archdruid Report, as well as his books on magic, the occult, and druidry.
Most of what he writes resonates very strongly with me – both the ongoing slow decay and collapse of our civilisation, and the natural magic/druidry side of things. I have yet to sit down and dedicate a “grand plan” for the next few years and decades ahead, but I know that, on our small 5 acres of heaven, we will create an organic garden and food forest, have some chickens, bees, a herbal apothecary with locally grown herbs, and generally try and be as much as possible, self-reliant. I realise that 100% self-sufficiency is not possible – and I am not aiming for that anyway. I like to trade and swap with the local community, and there are plenty of like-minded folk around.
Natural magic, tarot, astrology and a yoga practice are a key core of this way of life. I used to struggle to see how I would ever merge all of these interests of mine, but now I see they already blend into one another effortlessly.
I wish everyone a healthy and peaceful remainder of the week. Apologies for the sparse blog posts, I will do my best to return to a weekly blog in the near future.