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The Woman's Garden


(Pg. 10)

Like A Star

Corinne Bailey Rae (Corinne Bailey Rae)

AUGUST


The Star: Major Arcana/

17/Aquarius


Guidance, Survival, Nature;

Rose Quartz, Lapis Lazuli,

Amber;

Jasmine, Roses, Gardenias;

"I Will Survive"

(Gloria Gaynor), "I Can See

Clearly Now" (Johnny Nash),

"The Voice Within"

(Christina Aguilera).

Greetings all!


I trust everyone has dried off somewhat since the recent deluge? No doubt about it, when Mother Nature has something to say, She says it! A humbling reminder to us all that this is indeed the Northern Rivers, and no matter what we try and do to stem the tide, we cannot alter the blueprint of this land. Nature will always go Her own way, responding to a call too ancient to be threatened by human intervention. She is not susceptible to being anything other than who She is, unlike people - which is, of course, part of the joy of being human. The Star in a reading is a Divine Blessing, letting us know that we are not alone on our Path through life, and that, just like the rivers, we have our own song to sing, separate from any other being.

he Star - a beautiful, radiant card, filled with promise and hope for the future. She can appear at any time during our Journey, but usually graces us with her presence after we have just been through some enormous challenge. In the Tarot, she comes after

The Tower, where we have experienced said challenge. The Star is naked and at one with her natural surroundings, symbolising having reconnected with her sense of self in a profound way, through surviving the crisis and discovering that she

has everything she needs within her. She reminds us that we are part of Nature, and that we, too, are subject to the call of the wild, only many of us have forgotten this. And yet it remains, gently tugging at our very souls, always calling us Home.


There are many prisons that we erect in our lives to keep us from answering that call, and we do so for many different reasons. The foundation stone of these constructions though, is always fear. The Star shines her beauty upon us and shows us that we have found our own Star inside, and that we are brave enough to dare to find different foundations upon which to build our lives.


Take care everyone.

SEPTEMBER


7 Of Wands: Minor Arcana/Mars in Leo


Courage, Freedom, Conviction;

Rose Quartz, Garnet, Tigers Eye;

Jasmine, Rosemary, White Sage;

"I Won't Back Down" (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers),

"I Ain't Movin" (Des'ree),

"Respect" (Aretha Franklin),

"Do Right Woman-Do Right Man" (Aretha Franklin),

"Chocolat" (The Movie).


Hi everyone!


Have you ever woken up one day and realised that a particular situation you're in - be it work, love, or home life - just isn't making you happy anymore? That something has to change and, like a bolt of lightening, you realise that you're always being that something and that you're sick of it! Totally over it! That you just couldn't stand to give one more part of yourself away in order to maintain someone elses needs over your own. That you deserve way more than what you've been settling for. Perhaps you had entered willingly into a circumstance which you knew would challenge you with differing opinions and world views, but you have reached a place where you feel you just must stand your ground, and that compromise is impossible - the price is just to great. You have entered the world of the 7 of Wands.

This card in a reading shows us that we have reached a point in our Journey that requires us to summon hidden reserves of strength in order for us to stand up. Like an ancient tree with roots firmly anchored into the Earth, we are being called upon to withstand the inevitable stormy weather that threatens to engulf us when we make such decisions; to stay true to ourselves no matter what! (Ok - pause - breathe - continue!). With this card, it heralds a period where we can't predict what's going to happen as a result of the position we've taken. There is a fairly widely acknowledged principle of cause and efect operating in the Universe

and this is a good example of that theory. People expect us to act in a certain way and when we don't fulfill this expectation, we cause them to experience a shift in their reality which they weren't prepared for - and don't necessarily welcome. However, the rewards of taking this action are worth considering: finding out where you really stand in relation to the people involved in the situation; realising how strong you actually are; discovering the depth of your convictions; being released into a better place.


Standing up for your Truth in the face of great opposition empowers you in a way that is life changing - like a ripple effect, all areas of your life are transformed. Of course, life isn't a race, and everyone comes to the crossroads that the 7 of Wands represents in their own time and are given the opportunity to make their own decision about whether or not to take the challenge this card is offering. There is never any right or wrong in the world of Spirit, only learning, and all we need to do is BE; exactly where we are in this moment.


Take care everyone, and I'll leave you with these words from

His Holiness the Dalai Lama;


"Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it".

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