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Angie's Card Thread.

Postby Ange » Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:46 pm

Oracle cards.....not to be confused with Tarot, have given me lots of support over the years, not only for myself, but for those I have read for. I'd like if I may, to have this thread running with some of the thoughts that come from the cards, and maybe do a card a day.....:)
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Love and Healing.

A friend of mine was having a bad time, and with husband and two kids felt she didn't have space just to 'talk to herself' when she needed to think things through. I suggested she find a corner of the garden, edge it with small log edging, plant some ferns, cover it with bark chippings and get a couple of Fairie statues from the garden centre....put the Fairies in amongst the ferns so they could just be seen. And I said she should go out to her corner for 10mins each day, and tell those Fairies just what was bothering her, discuss with them possible remedies and outcomes, and then sit for a few minutes and reflect. She did this for a few days, then rang me. She said the Fairies had shown her the way through her problems a few times, shown her which way to go etc etc.....and this made her feel better inside, happier within herself, calmer, more able to cope.

Now, I'm not saying everyone should believe in Fairies, and I don't think it has yet dawned on her that the answers are coming from her own mind, simply cos she has the time to think everything through, and, that speaking out loud of the problem is possibly finding the solution.

But we do need something. Some belief. Whether it is a belief in God, or whether it is the belief that everything will be well if England wins the world cup...:)

Just a few minutes each day to relax, and find that something and letting it flow through our minds will give us a calmer, quiet happiness inside that will help us to cope more with the trials of fybro.

My few minutes are spent with just one card, taken from the Nature Speak Oracle....

An inner peace lets us cope with whatever life throws at us, and it is an invaluable thing to have on our side.....it brings forgiveness, gentleness, understanding, and an inner healing. Like, despite the trauma on our physical outside, the inside is happy and at peace.

Everyone needs to equivelent of a fairie at the bottom of their garden...:)
Love and Light.
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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby Ange » Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:48 pm

Sunflower.
Happiness is at Hand.


Happiness. A word used to describe feeling brought about by what?

My happiness today came from fetching my lovely bedspread back from being washed at Morisons....easy to please eh...:)

But one of my big happiness places is my bedroom....cosy duvet, memory foam mattress topper, lovely bedspread, TV....lying propped up on sumptious pillows and cushions, sipping sweet tea, with the smells of scented candles wafting around in the slight breeze from the vented window.

And when I'm there, snuggly and warm and comfy, I don't have to think of the things that make me unhappy....I can shut them out and refuse to give them room in my mind. And that is the trick....creating a time or space to be happy, adding to yesterday's card and bringing in the inner happiness too.

I'm fortunate to have my own space. A space where I can indulge my love of nice smells, pretty things, lace, florals and all thing nice.

Happiness can come from anywhere, or anything, or anyone. The trick is to find it, recongnise it, and enjoy it....no matter how small or how daft it's origin...:)

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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby Hedgewitch » Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:49 pm

Ange,

I love your ideas! I agree with you about everyone needing to believe in something and whether its fairies or it doesn't matter, as long as it gives you peace.

Being a Hedgewitch, I have little rituals too and think that the power of positivity is a blessing. The beauty and power of nature is incredible and sometimes, if we live in cities, we can forget to take time to smell the roses, so to speak. I'm lucky to live in the country and on clear nights I can lye out in the open and look up at the miraculous stars -that makes me smile.

I like to talk to the trees, and I know that makes me sound like a nutter but its a way of expressing what I'm feeling without worrying how it sounds before I say it. And then I say what I have to say and its gone and I feel better.

Thanks for your positive thoughts Ange xxx
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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby Ange » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:05 am

Thank you Hedgewitch...:)

You might like to see the cards I use...
http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/na ... ak-oracle/

Also Doreen Virtues Mermaids and Dolphins, and Messages from your Angels....all positive cards.

I find nowadays that the more positive the better, and it's funny, but once you start to think of little bits that are positive, more follow...:)
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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby Hedgewitch » Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:27 am

Ange,

Thanks for the link, beautiful cards -I looked them up. Don't you think we're so lucky to live in a country which has 4 seasons? I can't wait for the snow, snow makes everything feel alright!

Keep smiling, H xxx
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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby bookworm » Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:43 pm

Hi there

I too love the Doreen Virtue range of cards and work with them often for personal inspiration. I also like the crystal cards and native american sweat lodge cards. The proper names escape me at the moment but I will edit this with the correst names when I get the chance to look at them.

I also have an affinity for the faeries and other such like 'little people' . I will also ask a plant or shrub if it is 'ok' to trim it before going ahead - I went spare at one workman that was building a new wall for us as he hacked one of my trees back before I had the chance to let it know what was happening - I wouldn't care so much if the tree was in his way, but it wasn't. :x

I'm mad I know :crazy: :crazy: ..................*heads off muttering about goblins and toadstools*
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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby Hedgewitch » Sat Nov 21, 2009 4:10 pm

Hi Bookworm,

The subject of belief in fairies is something that I write about. Its amazing to think that you'd have been thought of as mad if you'd denied believing in such things back in the 17th century! In fact, most people still had some belief in such things up until Freud and Darwin and science became trusted to explain everything. My writing at the moment concentrates on the Elizabethan period but I have written about the reasons for the Scottish Witch-hunts in the 16 and 17th centuries. It seems that a fear of any ideas or beliefs that might encourage an individual to examine the world around them and help them define their place in that world was viewed as a threat to the common good.

I like to think that we've come a long way since then and I believe that anything that helps an individual cope with everyday-life and, which encourages them to improve and become a better person has to be a positive thing. Unfortunately, I believe that in the rush to discard all of the 'old-beliefs' and practices, and in the process of becoming an industrial power, society lost its connection with the environment and with it, a bit of its humanity. Personal responsibility seems to be the key and I think we reconnect with that when we examine our own actions and anything that can be used as a tool to do that has to be beneficial.

I admire the Hedgewitches (or cunning women) of the past, not because I believe in witchcraft but because I admire these intelligent, independent women-thinkers who were sought after and trusted for their for advice, practical help and herbcraft. They were environmentalists and these women were persecuted during the Witch-hunts as their independent-thinking was at odds with the religion and rationalism prevalent at the time and; community leaders (men) saw them as having too much influence within the community. But, I think they were only 'dangerous' because they were free-thinkers.

Woo-hoo to free-thinking, that's what I say!

Fairies, plants, birds, animals, goblins, gods, crystals, cards -anything that makes us think and be kind has to be a positive thing.

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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby bookworm » Sun Nov 22, 2009 1:51 am

Hedgewitch - most people think I'm mad anyway and I have often said that if the witch hunts still existed I would be dunked, hung or burned at the stake. (Or all 3 knowing my luck!) :)

I agree completely that it was knowledge that these wise women (and men) had that caused the biggest problems. Perhaps if more people nowadays went back to the 'natural' ways of healing and understanding the world around them, they would generally feel much better.

There are so many natural gifts from mother earth that I give thanks for and work with, and to me there is nothing more self healing than spending time just sitting and enjoying what she provides. It brings more peace to my mind and soul than anything a doctor could provide. I spend time walking in my garden just touching the plants, shrubs and herbs and offering 'energy' exchanges to them - it really lifts the spirit even if it is cold rainy and drab. :)

I do have some books on the Lancashire Witches (Pendle Witches), including one of the transcript from the court proceedings. However I find that one quite difficult to read as much of it is written in 'old' english and I easily lose concentration now when reading. I have managed to read it through once, but I think it will take me another couple of attempts before I get it to sink in.

Glad there isn't just me here who finds these things interesting. :)
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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby Hedgewitch » Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:33 pm

Hey Bookworm,

Great to here back from you! Yes, and I'd been hung and burned along with you -it makes me thank my lucky-stars that I was born in the 20th century. I have read quite a bit about the Pendle Witches and my kids and I love a series of book by Joseph Delaney called The Spooks Apprentice, The Spooks Secret, Curse, Mistake etc which are based on the story of the Pendle Witches. They are aimed at early teenage readers but are so well researched and written that I couldn't put them down -they are brilliant and worth a look.

Believe it or not the trial documents from Pendle are written in Early Modern English. I'm and Anglo-Saxon (old English) and Medieval specialist (middle English), but am currently writing a PhD focussing on late medieval and renaissance (early Modern) History and Literature because there's more chance of gaining employment in that field. I study Paleography as part of my overall research so get to examine all kinds of old hand-written documents. I'm researching for a book about the Forfar Witches at the moment and was staggered to see first-hand an account for the cost of a witchburning -I was quite upset looking at is and tried to imagine what was going through the mind of the person who was writing, with such care, a document which summed up the price of a woman's death. I live near Forfar and was sitting in my best friends house (in Forfar) doing some research when I found out that the first Forfar 'witch' was killed by a lynch-mob. There was no trial and she was hastily hung by the villagers, this lynching was watched by her parents and -unlike any of the subsequent trials- the parents were given permission to bury her in the village playfield. So, I dug out a copy of an Old Forfar map that i bought from the library, and where was the playfield? Between Victoria St. and Carseburn Rd. in Forfar -right under my friend's house!!!! The area across the road from her is called The Witche's Howe because that's where they were hung and then burnt at the stake but there's no sign to say that's what its called, you can only see it marked on the 1822 map. Amazing coincidence or 'some higher power' telling me I'm doing the right thing? I have no idea but it keeps my mind off the FMS for a while.

Books are and escape from FMS and depression for my but my Psychologist told me that's a positive thing and that we all need something. But I find it hard sometimes, knowing how hard I work and how interested I am, to think that I may never be able to be a full-time lecturer. I love sharing the information I've gathered over the years; I love seeing faces light up when they find something interesting. Guess I've just got to stay positive.

Sorry to hear you don't have the concentration for reading the trial documents at the moment, but if you like a good story the Spooks Apprentice books are a fun read. You can access Joseph Delaney's site online, although I'm not sure I've spelt his surname propperly.

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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby bookworm » Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:12 pm

Thank you Hedgewitch for correcting me - it is good to know and understand the time period the language is written. I think it makes for a more compassionate and realistic read if you can get into the whole period of the book instead of just reading the words.

Your studies sound interesting, perhaps you could do private study sessions or part time teaching sessions at some point in the future.

We have been to see the (Alice) Nutter family grave and I am sure we have pictures of it on my hubbies pc - unless of course they were taken with a normal camera. If I can find them I will post them up here. I think the churchyard was that of St Mary's and the grave is right beside the church door. On the gravestone there is at least 1 skull and crossbones, but there may be 2.

I'm sure I was born into the wrong period of history as modern history has no interest to me, yet I love all the older stuff from medieval times - Just a final smile, my middle son kindly introduced me to his teachers at the school parents evening as 'this is my mum, she's a witch' - I'm not sure who was most shocked the teachers or me!! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby Hedgewitch » Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:57 pm

Magic,

The pictures sound fascinating! Alice is one of the main characters in Delaneys books and my little girl (as she was when we started reading them) loved tand wanted/ still wants to be Alice!!!!

Yes, I think I was born in the wrong time too! And, funnily, my little girl always told her friends I was a witch and the kids in my old neighbourhood thought I was (but in a nice way). I think its because I have black hair, always wear black clothes and have all these books on witch-studies, oh yeah, and the halloween celebrations might have made them think that too. So, it just seems to have stuck hence the Hedgewitch label. I do follow some of the rituals of Hedgewitchery and they seem very similar to your garden walks and rituals and, like you, I always ask plants if I can have a piece of them.

Thanks for the information on the Pendle witches, its such a fascinating story and it doesn't seem so very long ago when you can go and stand in front of a gravestone belonging to one of the people involved.

And, remember, as my daughter always says -never trust a girl in pointy shoes!!!!!

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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby Hedgewitch » Sun Nov 22, 2009 5:08 pm

I often wonder about past-lives, do any of you guys? I'm not sure what I think of all these things but I know that since getting Fibromyalgia I've chosen to think that anything is possible, because if I didn't I'd have to resign myself to thinking that this is how life is going to be forever. Whether spells, rituals, herbal remedies, and the like work or not I'd like to think they might because it gives me a bit of hope.

My husband and I joke about past-lives and say we must have met in one because it feels like we've always know each other, even when we first met. And like you Bookworm, I often feel like I'm here in the wrong time. Mind you, like we said earlier -we'd be the first to go if we were born during the witch-hunts. Hey-ho, whether its fantasy or open-mindedness I know it helps me get by.

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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby bookworm » Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:07 pm

You and me both Hedgewitch - :D

Me and my hubby believe that we too met in a previous life time - have done since the day we met. Our middle son used to tell me all about his other mummy, daddy, brother and sister and how they lived with grandma and grandpa. He use to explain that certain foods he did not want to eat because he diodn't like them when his other mummy used to give them him before he came to live in my tummy. He also explained that his daddy and brother got killed in a fire.

The thing with this is that in this life, he has never had a sister nor has he ever had a grandma or grandpa. His grandparents were always nana and grandad and at the time of telling us this, he had to use sign language as he had very poor hearing and no speech.

Do I believe in past lives? Yes I think I do - I'm just hoping that I have learned enough from this life not to have to go through the same issues again the next time around :yikes: :lol:

By the way - your description of you, sounds just like you were describing me - my eldest is known to refer to me as Morticia :lol: :lol:
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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby Hedgewitch » Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:47 pm

Hhahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahaahha, that used to be my nickname!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have naturally black hair and dark eyes and my hair grows so quickly that there's no point having it short and I suit black -just do, so I wear it a lot.

Isn't it funny where you find people that you have things in common with? If I was to have mentioned the Pendle witches to anyone else they wouldn't have a clue what I was talking about. See, there is a positive side to FMS -it is a vehicle that takes you to places and people you'd never meet otherwise.

My son talked to his great-grandad in the weeks after he died -he used to go to his bedroom and start talking and say Granpy was sitting on his bed (he was 3 and a half at the time). We didn't know what to think and it really freaked us out, especially when he said that Granpy was with his dog. We asked him what the dog was called and he said 'Snap of course!'. Well, that really did it -Snap was his dog and he'd died before Andrew was born and we'd all forgotten about him until Andrew mentioned his name!!!!!Isn't the world a strange and wonderful place?

So nice 'talking' to you. Hugs, Judith -aka Hedgewitch xxx
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Re: Angie's Card Thread.

Postby bookworm » Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:16 am

Just realised we seem to have hijacked this thread :yikes: Sorry angie - I just get carried away.

Hedgewitch - yes it is a strange and wonderful place to be I agree. There is positive to be found in every negative hun as long as you are willing to lok for it :) Even with the trials that fm throws at us, there are positives as you have pointed out.

Normally when I start going off on one of my epic discussions regarding this sort of thing, you see people either 1) look at me like I've just escaped the men in white coats or 2) zone completely out and change the subject entirely.

Glad to find someone as passionate, or crazy, about it as I am.

Like you I have naturally long dark hair, dark eyes and my wardobe is generally black - pity my figure wasn't like that of Morticia - but hey you can't have everything that would be being greedy :lol: :lol:
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