A Wild 154 Days: 008

Day 008: III of Air/Swords, inverted. 

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A reminder that it’s okay to feel the pain and move on when ready. Reclaiming your heart or your thoughts or your life in no way negates all you experienced, and doesn’t have to be a betrayal to the person you were while going through it. 

Hold on to the lessons (if there were any; sometimes shit happens and there is no rhyme or reason or lesson to be learned), forgive yourself your mistakes, and don’t be afraid to accept the good that comes your way.

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Day 007: VII of Water/Cups. 

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Though this card speaks to fantasy and illusion, wishes and wishful thinking, does it show up for anyone else when you’re TWD—Throwing While Distracted?

Every time I shuffle and throw while distracted, I pull the VII of Cups.

Every. Single. Time.

You’d think I’d have learned by now to not watch YouTube videos and think about my day’s schedule while also trying to throw. 

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Day 003: XVI The Tower. 

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Am I the only who sees The Tower in a throw and thinks “Oooh, fuck” in that slow-mo way that Ralphie says it in THE CHRISTMAS STORY?

So. The Tower. I know exactly the devastation and upheaval this refers to and was actually thinking about it when I was shuffling. See, my girl, my first baby, leaves for college soon. And she took her practice driving test today. And, oddly enough, the thought of her driving alone drove me to tears today. Her going to college? I’ve been okay about. Her driving alone? FREAKS ME THE FUCK OUT.

And it’s like all these shifts all at once and holy, holy how am I supposed to do all this?
 

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I wake from his good morning kiss, then hear the distinct beep of the coffeemaker as he turns it on for me before leaving. My head is throbbing, but it only takes a moment to register that it is indeed Friday, and the Full Buck Moon hangs heavy against the inky sky. Full moon hangover already or a precursor to the show?

No matter; I have to see her. So, I slip out to the yard as quietly as I can, feet leading me toward the light spilling across the side of our home.

There she is, pregnant with possibilities, Mars her companion. I marvel a moment, snap a quick photo, and then steal back inside.

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I pour a cup of coffee, make my way to my desk, grab my deck, and light a candle.

It's time.

This blood moon is a siren calling me back to the cards, and it is fortuitous that, from today, there are 154 days until my 38th birthday--just enough time to make it through two tarot decks if I pull one card a day and three cards to celebrate my birth.

#AWild154Days of tarot starts here, lovelies.

I may ask a different question each day, but today I started with the question I always seem to ask: What do I need to know today?

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And Death stared up at me.

Which is fitting, I suppose, as this full moon eclipse has been referred to as one of not just transition, but rebirth. Which is fitting, I suppose, as my creative world is shifting a bit with the upcoming release of my collection of poetry, The Wild In-Between. Which is fitting, I suppose, as it seems my Capricorn sun is always in a state of transition, of adjusting, of starting over and shedding.

Death is a welcomed harbinger of change.

Honestly, all I could think of when I saw it was "Oh! Thank goodness it isn't The Tower." lol

So.

If you'd like to join in on this tarot journey, please do and use the hashtag because I'd love to see your throws. There are no hard and fast rules; I will be pulling daily and sharing on social media, but you can participate as much or as little as you wish.

If you just want to follow along, follow the hashtag on Instagram, check my account @thewildinbetween, or visit here for updates.

Happy full moon, babies!

* Deck: Nomad Tarot

Setting intentions. Hello, new moon in virgo.

This is me, setting intentions.

This is me telling the universe, The Powers That Be, that I am ready.

This is me sifting through the wreckage of dreams laid bare, allowed to crash against the rocks of life. This is me sorting what to keep, what to reimagine, and what to leave behind.

I am writing again. I am curating a book of poems and imagery. I am going back to school and completing my English degree. 

I am ready, and open, and know where my heart lies.

Right there, along the precipice.

I am ready to jump.

Do. The. Work.

It's been … well, far too long since I've sat with a deck.

Sometimes I worry that they'll forget me or we'll forget each other and have to rebuild our relationship. And then I remember that's not how it works for me. They'll chastise me, sure, but the energy is there, the way we understand each other doesn't change.

Sometimes I wish they coddled me, allowed me to only see the positive to a situation. And then I remember we don't work like that, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

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A quick spread to check in with myself.

"What do I need to know about 1) myself, 2) my body, 3) my art, and 4) my future career?"

1. The Fool.
2. Six of Pentacles, inverted.
3. Page of Wands, inverted.
4. Three of Cups.

All reminders to find my footing and not be afraid to take that first step, be gentle with myself, put in the work, and find my community.

And, yet again, I am reminded why I come back to the cards time and time again.

* Deck: LinestriderTarot by Siolo Thompson

August's New Moon & A Tarot Sale

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It's the new moon, lovelies! Now is a wonderful time to start new ventures, plant the seeds of intentions, or let go of things that no longer serve you.  

Did you know some believe new moon magic can be worked, and worked well, from the start of the new moon to up to three days after? Well, let's take advantage of this magic with a tarot sale here at The Wild In-Between!

From today (August 3rd) until midnight of August 6th, the three most popular tarot readings here are on sale, and if you are interested in the new moon spread I created (as seen in the photo above), purchase the Four Card Tarot Reading listing. That spread is a doozy, let me tell ya!

So, yeah … tell me about the ways you use the new moon energy in your favor? Are you throwing cards? Casting runes? Planting actual seeds (I see you, my herbal lovelies)? I'd love to know.  

I can't wait to throw for you, and hope all the intentions you're setting this new moon come to fruition!

xo

Tarot Word Of The Day

Normally, unless I have a specific question/issue I need to address, I simply ask the cards to tell me what I need to know for that day.

That's it.

Super simple.

Today, though, I wanted to try something a bit different when it came to my personal tarot practice. Instead of asking what I need to know, I concentrated on how I was feeling and allowed the cards to tell me about it/how to address it.

Ennui is the feeling of the day; that listlessness plaguing my bones, moving me from one thing to the next without much direction or enthusiasm. The vampire's demise.

So, I shuffled the decks, one by one, while concentrating on how I feel, giving name to it, and this is what the cards provided:

1. The Nomad Tarot: King of Water/Cups, inverted (moodiness)

2. The Raven's Prophecy Tarot: Knight of Wands (take action)

3. Linestrider Tarot: The Chariot (willpower, control)

4. Madam Clara Sees All: Six of Wands, inverted (lack of confidence)

5. The Wild Unknown Tarot: VII of Cups (illusion, it's all in your head)

I don't know about you, but I find it oddly thrilling (and sort of messed up) to see ALL my decks collectively calling me out, telling me to get out of my own head and do something about how I feel. lol

I've always wanted to be Sally Owens.

It's true. 

Well, sort of.

The fact is, I'm probably more like Gillian than I am Sally.

Or maybe more Aunt Frances (RizzoForLife!).

In any case, I have dark hair and an affinity for making scrubs and apothecary goods, but I also really love magic, and don't really put too much stock in the opinions of others. Or the idea of a "normal" life.

That said, if I could light candle wicks by simply blowing on them gently, I'd save a whole lot on lighters and never have to search the house top to bottom when wanting to burn some Nag Champa.

Anyway, if you're new around here, welcome to the newly designed site! I'm Nicole (insert waving emoji here), creator and owner of all things The Wild In-Between.

I created a wildly successful (to me) "We Are The Granddaughters Of The Witches You Could Not Burn" design that now floats about the internet, and the world, care of Skreened and Society6. In addition to that design, I dabble in creating art that is occult/witch centric and offer tarot card readings.

Which is where this new design fits in.

You see, here is where you will find me blogging about life as a wife and mom, as well as a practicing Pagan witch. Here is where you will find recipes I use to celebrate Sabbats or simply to get dinner on the table during a busy weeknight. Here is where you will also find photos of, well, just about anything (mostly food, tarot cards, and the little people in my life) as well as the occasional review on books, makeup, and tarot decks.  

Oh, there is now a shop for tarot readings, too, if you are so inclined.

As a thank you for your support, and in celebration of today's New Moon and website launch, I'd like to offer 5 (five) people a free tarot reading of their choice. Simply peruse the shop, pick a reading, and leave a comment here to include what reading you'd like and the best way to contact you. If more than 5 (five) people comment, the querents will be chosen randomly; most likely by my youngest as he cannot yet read, so it levels the playing field because there is no bias. ;)

I hope you sit a spell (come on, you had to know that was coming), and enjoy your stay. 

xo