Monday, April 14, 2014

Faerie Card Forecast: Week of April 14


This week’s forecast comes from The Wisdom of Avalon Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid, who looks rather like a Lady of the Lake herself, art by Gary A. Lippincott. I’ve been working with this deck for less than a year and it’s very special. It carries with it the feeling of the Chalice Well in Glastonbury and the Tor, which is both wonderful and eerie: if you’re in tune, you can truly sense this coming through when you handle the cards.

I found this deck in the Chalice Well gift shop, where I always like to linger when I visit the Chalice Well. I picked up the demonstration deck and cut it – and there was the Lady of the Lake herself with her dark, swirling hair and legendary sword. She is one of the most iconic images of Glastonbury, and one of the most magical – Morgan le Fay, the Priestess, Faery Woman, Lady of the Lost Island in the Mist. It was a warm day in June but shivers traced my arms. I bought the deck and have been working with it ever since.

Incidentally, if you long to visit the Well and can’t get there, you can at least visit the gift shop online. They have a magnificent virtual tour that makes you feel as if you’re standing there. (Click here to visit.)


Monday – Tuesday (4/14 – 4/15): The Dragon
“The Dragon symbolizes true power and reminds you that this infinite source is not found within your personality or ego.”

It comes naturally to humans to individualize. We can forget so easily that we too are a part of everything around us. We look outside and sigh wistfully at nature, and forget to remember that we are nature ourselves. It can take a lot of pressure off to remind ourselves that we may be the sum total of our parts, but within each of us crackles that same divine spark, the one that may inhabit our bodies but can never truly be separated from its source. The Dragon comes to remind you that if you are feeling tired, uncertain, unhappy, fearful, upset, whatever it might be, you can always draw upon that power. When you do, the next step will become clear. Within this spark is the morality, purpose, or integrity needed to do and or say the right thing, the thing that will help ensure you are living your life to its highest most pure potential.

His front talons makes the sign of infinity – the circle. On Monday and Tuesday if things feel hectic, it may help to remind yourself of this ancient cord that knits the world together. Breathe and know that you are just a tiny creature existing in a vast and spectacular Universe. You are on the periphery and at its center all at once. Act from there and you cannot go astray.

Wednesday – Thursday (4/16-4/17): The Owl
Midweek, cards seem to always be asking us to see more clearly, and this Wednesday and Thursday is no exception. The Owl comes to warn you that although it’s easy to get swept up into the busyness of the week, you need to be alert – “Someone may be trying to camouflage his or her real intentions.” Deception, misrepresentation or confusion may be present, so be certain to slow down and take the time to ensure you’re seeing a situation for what it truly is. The Owl can also come to make us aware of ways in which we are deceiving ourselves. Are you making excuses for yourself or for others? Are you telling yourself that something you’re doing is justified when really it’s not?
You can call upon The Owl in a quiet moment to help you gain clarity. As Baron-Reid writes, “Deep wisdom into human nature is gained through the ability to recognize untruths.”

Friday & The Weekend (4/18 – 4/20): The Eagle
 The weekend is bound to be ethereal when The Eagle shows up.
But “Don’t get caught up in the tiny, unimportant aspects of life,” this card counsels. Remember - the things that are truly important in life are the things that engulf, ignite and nourish us. Give those things your time and attention, and spend your time this weekend devoting what activities you can to this aim.
Be present. Be grateful for family and friends. Feel happiness. Play. Laugh. These are the things that feed and recharge us so that we can enter our working lives and carry with us some of this magical essence into the broader world. It starts in our own hearts and homes, our own interactions with friends, neighbors and family, and radiates from there. The Eagle also carries resonances of The Dragon, reminding you that you are always connected to “spirit,” whatever that means to you.

I hope you have a glorious week.

- Signe

Monday, April 07, 2014

Faerie Card Forecast: Week of April 7

It was a beautiful, breezy reading this morning in the sunroom. Lavender incense from my sister some Christmas ago, etherial music drifting in the background, and outside, the wind chimes sounding. I hope some valuable wisdom seeps through.

Something a bit magical happened this morning. I've handed in my first draft of the new book (to read more, click here) to my agent and my good friend and mentor Mary Alice Monroe. I've had a lovely and peaceful wait to hear back, enjoying some down time before I delve into revisions, which I know will be intense, all consuming. This morning I sat and meditated to prepare for this week's card reading, and opened up my email quickly before beginning - there, one after the other, were emails from both my ladies, written just half an hour apart, both letting me know they've finished reading and are ready to discuss. Except Mary Alice is here in Charleston with me, and Yfat was writing from London. It was just a sweet little moment of synchronicity, and I always find those so magical and reassuring.

If you haven't yet purchased your own deck of cards, I really urge you to do so. Right now we're using the HEART OF FAERIE ORACLE from Brian and Wendy Froud, and it is by far one of my favorite decks to use. (It's no secret what warmth and admiration I hold of the Frouds.) But in coming weeks I'll be exposing you to some of the other mediums I use via the weekly forecasts, so this will be a great time for any of you thinking about forging a closer connection with divine guidance to see which method resonates best with you.

This week's forecast.

Monday & Tuesday (4/7 - 4/8): Prick Up Your Ears
As Wendy writes, "It's very easy to listen without really hearing and hear without really understanding." This card reminds us on Monday and Tuesday to be especially aware of not just what people are saying, but what their actual meaning is. We all put our feet in our mouth from time to time, and sometimes without even realizing. Early in the week, be mindful that you may need to give somebody the benefit of the doubt - compassion can help you see more clearly what is really being communicated, and if someone says or does something to offend you, ask yourself if it's really worth getting bent out of shape over. Don't jump to conclusions. This faery's eyes are so large and soft - if you look at them for a moment, you might see timidness or fear, but look deeper. I see softness, compassion, openness, vulnerability. We're quick to act defensively or jump to conclusions because we want to protect ourselves. But this faerie says, "Use your softness and vulnerability to see the same in others." Prick Up Your Ears, and you can ensure that no misunderstandings taint the beginning of your week with needless drama.

Wednesday & Thursday (4/9 - 4/10): The Magician
The Magician is a master of illusion. Imagine that you walk into a hall of mirrors. How do you know which image is the real you? You have to rely on your inner faculties, your own intuition. It's interesting that, if you look back at past weeks, midweek seems to often bring cards into focus that have to do with clear sight - this is likely because by midweek, we're up to our ears in activity. We tend to lose sight of the release and serenity we found in moments over the weekend and get caught up all over again in the daily grind. It makes sense to me we're seeing a theme of "Wake up! Make sure you're watching where you're going." And this card is no different. Sometimes we long so much for romance, enchantment, the whole fairy tale, that we allow ourselves to be drawn in by things that are not what they seem. This doesn't have to do solely with relationships, it can have to do with a job offer, and opportunity, a new friendship. If something new arises on Wednesday or Thursday, take a moment to check in with yourself and ask, "Am I seeing what's really there, or only what I want to see?" This card reminds you that you don't need to look outside of yourself for your fairy tale. It lives within you. Stay true to it, and everything else begins to flow from there.

Friday & The Weekend (4/11 - 4/13): Tink
This faerie, Tink, really understands the concepts of boundaries. For her there is no in between when it comes to what she needs. She knows what she needs to maintain her equilibrium and she is not shy about saying so. In fact, push her too far and you'd better watch out! She'll do what she must to get you to pay attention. Case in point: I had such an amazing visit with my sister, but by the time KP and my niece left on Saturday morning, I was completely exhausted. I badly needed some solo time to get back in balance, sleep, and recharge my battery. I'd made plans with a good friend of mine to meet up for the day, but there was no question in my mind about what I needed. A quick text message and one understanding friend later, I was in bed having one of the most luxurious naps I've had in years. By Sunday I was feeling much more myself, and I was able to get out of the house and enjoy being social again. So this weekend, don't be afraid to say what you need. Voice your needs, and stay true to them. This doesn't have to be in an aggressive way, keep it simple. You know what you need. Voice it. Then just do it.

This card can also carry a message about voicing your opinion - and those who might do it too often! Yes, we all have freedom of expression. But it's always good to think before you speak. This week's theme, with Prick Up Your Ears, makes me want to warn against speaking out without first considering whether it's really worth it. If you find something getting under your skin this weekend and feel your voice rising, stop and re-evaluate. Sometimes we don't give our voices enough freedom. Sometimes we can give them too much, and influence others when we really should let them figure things out for themselves, or worse, hurt their feelings. Keep Tink in mind, and figure out which side of the spectrum you might be tending toward.

Have a wonderful week!
Signe

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p.s. I promised a video, but this wasn't what I expected - Haven Mae conducted her first card reading. The funniest thing was, I thought I had put them out of her reach!



Monday, March 31, 2014

Faerie Card Forecast: Week of March 31

Hi Friends,

We've got a more brief forecast this week, because doing a weekly forecast with a 21-month old (my niece, Haven) running shrieking around the sunroom is hilariously difficult. I'm having the best time with her, but I've got new admiration for all you parents out there who still manage to get so much done in life. Kudos to you, I mean it!
Company in the sunroom this morning...
My sister, KP, (who you met in Faery Tale)
and her daughter Haven. 

I also wanted to take a moment to send out a shiny and warm welcome to all the new members of the Faery Tale/Signe Pike Facebook page. I hope you'll enjoy staying in touch, and please feel free to post cool photos, links, etc. to share with the other faery-folks on my site. You all are what make this such a great gathering place.

Without further ado, this week's forecast.


Monday & Tuesday (3/31 - 4/1): The Elven Knight
The Elven Knight represents a force in our lives, a driving direction, and has to do with "Enchantment, Leadership, and The Call of Faerie." In my experience it can have to do with a physical move - either a relocation, a new job, or something more metaphorical like a new project, new path in life or new pursuit that will bring you new happiness or a fortifying sense of meaning. It speaks of a "yearning" we have, something we day dream about, long for, or desire. There is enchantment in this card, so along with it can come the unexpected, but it is most often changes that leave you better off and happier than where you started from.

Any new venture or project begun in the first two days of the week will have the support of the Universe, so move forward with confidence, knowing that even if what you're undergoing may be difficult, it is indeed possible.

Wednesday & Thursday (4/2 - 4/3): The Fixer
The Fixer is a hard working little fellow, always eager to sweep things under the rug, eager to get rid of the things he thinks are best keep hidden away. As Wendy Froud writes, "He does this with the best of intentions. He just wants to make everything right again."

Sometimes it's tempting to take the easy way out, to tell a white lie to avoid facing something we'd rather not do, or to delude ourselves because we don't want to face the facts of a situation. But taking the easy way out, no matter how we do it, always has a way of coming back to haunt us. Mid-week, if you find yourself taking short cuts, telling a white lie to smooth things over, beware! You may just be discovered, and that can lead to embarrassing situations or fractured friendships. Instead, ask how you can handle the situation with integrity, staying true to your principles. You can always ask the faeries for help and guidance to stay true to the best part of "you."  

Friday & The Weekend (4/4 - 4/6): The Temptation
As you move into the weekend, make sure you stay tuned in to what feels right and good for you. It's easy to get carried away, or end up doing things we know aren't in our best interests on weekends, you know. This card has to do with temptations, and it asks us just to be aware of temptations when they surface this weekend, and take a moment to ask, How do I feel about this? Is this something that is going to make me feel balanced? Healthy? Does it satisfy a need on a deeper level? If so, go for it. If not, you might still go for it, but just be aware that next time, you can make a different choice. We are the masters of our own bodies, the worlds we move through during the day, and especially our own inner landscapes. Sometimes it's nice to let loose and throw caution to the wind. But other times, the consequences of such actions call us to reconsider the choices we make. Some temptations are meant to be indulged in. Others are meant to teach us about positive choices, actions, self-care and happiness.

Pay attention to what temptations arise this weekend. Just be aware as they surface, ground yourself for a moment, and listen to what your gut is telling you. Then it's easy - you just obey. Intuition is never wrong, that's something I can promise you!

I hope you all have a beautiful week.
- Signe


Monday, March 24, 2014

Faerie Card Forecast: Week of March 24th

I hope many of you are beginning to see signs of spring wherever you may be. The Spring Equinox has come and gone - I've been traveling the past two weeks, and I can't tell you how nice it is to be sitting in the sunroom with this week's cards spread out before me on the old wooden coffee table.

Though, I will say, the creatures seemed to have missed me, and it's not easy to type with a cat on your shoulder and a fat puppy making moony eyes at you. And though it may be spring now, this weekend feels like Christmas because Kirsten Pike is coming to visit. Better yet, she is bringing one ridiculously adorable Haven Mae, my 21-month-old niece, who I call "Chicken," and many of you might remember, I posted this for her when she was a newborn.

Perhaps I'll post a little video on next week's blog, since I'll be doing next week's reading in their company!

In the meantime, thank you to all of you who have been writing me letting me know that these weekly readings are helpful and best of all, meaningful. I'm so glad to hear it, and I can't get enough news about your synchronicities, so please feel free to keep those emails and Facebook messages coming. They always brighten my day.

Much love.
Signe


Monday & Tuesday (3/24 - 3/25): The Hidden One
The Hidden One comes to teach us about awareness. As Wendy Froud writes, "If you don't watch, if you don't look, if you don't see this time, she'll make sure that next time, you do." It's easy to move through life with our eyes closed, or in a perpetual sleepwalk, as I called it, in Faery Tale. But there are a lot of dangers that come along with walking through life with your eyes shut, tripping on the sidewalk among the least of them. This Faery is the pebble that trips you on the sidewalk, the knick you get from your knife when you're spacing out or racing through chopping veggies for dinner. Her desire isn't to harm, but to wake you up! She wants you to be aware of not only yourself, but of all the things going on around you. While some faeries come to tell us about self-awareness, this being reminds us instead that we can become too self-involved. Look at the world around you, she reminds us. Questions to ask yourself on Monday and Tuesday may be:

How are your actions affecting others?
Are you present and "awake" in your surroundings or your life?
Do you need to slow down?
Is there a way you can reach out to help another?

This is a card about awareness. So if you find yourself "tripping" or klutzing your way through the early part of the week, remember to stop. Take a deep breath, and make yourself aware of your surroundings. We all need these reminders from time to time.

Wednesday & Thursday (3/26 - 3/27): The Joy of the Future
Being joyful should be easy, right? But I think we all know that most of the time, it's not always so simple. This card comes to remind us of a truly important "Universal Truth." Joy is here. It's a part of living. It's available to each and every one of us, in every second of the day. It's free, ever accessible, and unconditional. It's we who must decide to tap into it. If you take a look at the card, you'll see the little man near the mushroom cap, who is looking awfully uncertain of all of this. He's the voice inside of each of us who can't help from saying, Everything's wrong, this won't work. I can't be happy... But see how silly he is? I love Wendy's writing on this: "The future is coming and will soon be present. There isn't anything we can do to stop that from happening, but we often fear what the future holds." A very wise woman! This card comes mid-week to remind us of the things we cannot control and the things we cannot change. Let go and Let God, as they say. The only thing you can control in life is how you move through it. Being grateful, being joyful, being present (as the Hidden One reminds us) is a choice. Midweek, remind yourself to choose it. I do find that when I'm content, appreciative and aware of the joy that can be found in the little moments, little sights and sounds of the day, everything seems to flow better and with more ease. So if you find your own voice of worry and dread speaking too loudly midweek, acknowledge it. Tell him or her, It's okay. I know you're afraid that things may not turn out. Then look at the sky. Stop to pet a dog. Use some pretty smelling lotion. Take a minute to do something that brings you joy. This is what life is truly about.  

Friday & the Weekend (3/28 - 3/30): The Thief 
The weekend brings us The Thief, who may have a more negative name, but really he can be a rather noble guy. He's noble because he always shows up to help us realize we need to make a change. But the emotions and circumstances that surround The Thief feel none too good. If you're feeling depression, guilt, or a generalized feeling of discontent at any point this weekend, don't stuff it down into the bottomless pit we banish all unwanted emotions into. You're feeling this way for a reason. Ask yourself instead, is there an area where you've been making excuses? Something you've been resisting or ignoring, or simply doing nothing about that needs to be taken care of?

Often this has to do with bad habits. For many of you who are Catholic, Lent ends on Thursday, but perhaps The Thief wishes to remind us all of what we carry or indulge in needlessly year round. Too much TV? Too much drinking? Not enough sleep? Too much naughty food? Ask yourself what thing, habit or issue in your life is stealing from you. The Thief brings bad feelings to help you realize you can do better for yourself. So if you find yourself having trouble feeling that joy this weekend, make a commitment to address your own thief. Think of one small thing you can do to address your thief, and then stick to it. Do it. You'll feel so much better.
And you'll head into next week a stronger and happier person than the one who entered this one.

I hope you all have a great week.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Faerie Card Forecast: Week of March 17th

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I've been in New York since Wednesday, and it felt so wonderful to settle myself in The Shed this morning with some green tea, sage burning, and all the backyard magic. This week's forecast felt very powerful coming through, so I do hope it'll be of use to you. Faery best wishes for a wonderful week. 
- Signe


Monday – Tuesday (3/17 – 3/18): Queen of Passage
This is a card about transitions, reassurance and balance. The Queen of Passage comes to remind us that there is always wisdom to be mined in the midst of change. If you are going through difficult things early in the week, whether it be in your personal or professional life, this being is coming forward to reassure you: “There is growth in the future. There is a way ahead.”
In her hand she holds the pomegranate, the symbol of Persephone’s journey into the underworld and her ultimate re-emergence into the upper world as a harbinger of spring. With this card, we are reminded that we can choose to see winter as death, or we can understand that winter is a time of rest and hibernation that reflects the very phases we undergo in our own lives. If you are struggling with a decision, or something is weighing on you early in the week, know that spring is coming – from the depths of whatever is being undergone, new shoots of life will be emerging. Listen. Think of what knowledge there is to be gained for whatever it is that you’re struggling with. And know that when the time is right for you, you will move forward with the support of the Universe at your side.

Wednesday – Thursday (3/19 – 3/20): The Shape Shifter
The Shape Shifter is a card about perception, illusion, and an internal search for truth. Wednesday and Thursday of this week ask you to step back and ensure that you’re looking at things clearly. Are you moving forward too quickly on a project without truly understanding the nature of it? Are you operating under what may be false assumptions about something? Take a few moments to center yourself and if new things crop up on these days, just make sure your perception isn’t clouded by one thing or another. This way you’ll be assured of smooth sailing.

If you’re in a relationship with someone that isn’t bringing you happiness, this may be a call to come back down to earth and do some soul searching. Who is this person really? Perhaps they’re not even certain themselves. Sometimes it’s easy to be seduced by illusion, and the perceptions of people that we build in our own little castles in the sky. But you know that old phrase, “Actions speak louder than words”? This person in your life may be saying one thing, while their actions are telling you something else entirely. Sometimes things can be very simple. Listen to what they’re really telling you, and make your decision from there. Do it kindly, but do it confidently. Remind yourself that you’ve found your truth in the situation. There’s no need to doubt.

Friday & The Weekend (3/21 – 3/23): The Smith

This seems to be saying that for many of us, this weekend is likely to be one in which we need to buckle down and get some work done, whether it be in our work lives or at home. It’s a card about bonds, promises, and creation. It’s interesting that this card follows The Shape Shifter, because as that card asks us to clarify what others are really “saying” to us, this card asks us to ensure that what we are saying to others is something we can follow through on. See? Balance in everything. If you’ve given your word to see a friend perform, or go on an outing with someone, or if you’ve promised to show up in bigger ways, this is the weekend to do it. Though The Smith is hard at work, he is a master crafter, and there is magic thrumming in the work he does. Our word is our bond, and there is beauty in the bonds we make. When life starts to feel like too much work, remember this. And undertake to do it, whatever it is, joyfully.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Deadlines!

Hi All,

Just a note to let you know that I'm taking a week off doing weekly forecasts so that I can get my new book to my agent on time.

I hope you understand, and that you'll check back next week for your forecast.

Signe xx

Monday, March 03, 2014

Faerie Card Forecast: Week of March 3rd

Thanks so much to all of you who posted such lovely things about last week's forecast. You can look for them here (and I'll post the link to my Facebook page) every Monday, around noon.
Monday – Tuesday (3/3-3/4): The Returning
A dreaming card, The Returning has to do with remembering our sacred or magical nature. It’s interesting that we’re seeing these sorts of cards at the beginning of the week. (Last Monday and Tuesday were all about finding The Bright Spark in our days.)

Last week I touched on how the first few days of the week can be a hard adjustment for some of us, even though we may have learned to “push through” and get “back into the grind.” But what these cards seem to be asking us to do is to take a closer look at our weekday/work-a-day existences. Mondays typically carry a heaviness with them. But is that healthy for us? Is it necessary?

We are being asked instead to see each week instead as a new beginning.  

If there were problems or challenges that you’ve been wrestling with, these days may be the days that bring about a transformation or resolution if you can bring the right attitude to the table. (Last week’s card had echoes of this concept as well.)

This is a card about “Profound Change, New Perspective, and Understanding.”

As Wendy Froud so eloquently puts it: “The paths you follow flow into each other and an end of one path is a beginning of another as you journey deeper into the heart of the realm.”

Monday and Tuesday of the week you may feel more introspective. These cards speak of shifts and changes, and the ability to see the potential and possibilities that could be allowed to you if you would only give yourself the chance to expand. If you are unhappy, this card asks you to consider what you might need to do to change your situation for the better. It asks you to become an active dreamer. Envision and feel how it would be to have a situation resolved, to move through your life differently, if that is what’s called for, and then think about what steps you can take to achieve that vision or feeling.

Wednesday – Thursday (3/5-3/6): THE ROX
 This card asks, In what ways are you, or someone you know or care about, sitting in a prison of their own devising? This is a card about “Manipulation, Neediness, and Making an Effort.” We’ve all come across needy people in our lives, and at times we’ve all been needy ourselves, I’m sure! On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the idea of give and take seems to be coming up for all of us. The Rox “Can get you to do anything for him because he uses guilt as a finely honed tool.” And he’s a rather pathetic looking creature. It wouldn’t take much from your day just to go out of your way and—STOP! The Rox sits in a watery prison of his own making. Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone is to simply show them the way out. The door is open, he only must wade through, and look how lovely and sunny it is on the other side!

Wendy advises, “If you recognize yourself in The Rox, think about the reasons you ask people to do things for you that you are perfectly capable of doing.” And this can be very sound advice. There’s a brilliant strength and sense of pride that can come from taking care of the things you need done on your own.  

All in all, Wednesday and Thursday of this week ask us to keep an eye out for any unnecessary time-sucks, whether they be work, friend, or family related. There is always a gentle way to say, “I’m sorry, I just can’t manage it right now.” Or as my friend Mary Alice likes to say, “No is a complete sentence.”

Friday – The Weekend (3/7-3/9): The Speaker of Truth
The Speaker of Truth is a noble spirit. His heart center is lit up, as you can see, it’s as though you can see right into his soul, and it’s filled with bright white light. Truth and honest living has a beautiful ability to shine a light into dark places. This is a card about “Trust, Acceptance,” and having an “Open Heart.” “When something needs to be told, when a question needs a truthful answer, he will always speak, going to the heart of the matter and telling you what he has found there.”

Is there a question you most need a truthful answer to? You can sit quietly and reach out to this fellow, and he will help you hear the answer you’ve been searching for.

To me this is a card is also giving us an opportunity—Can you commit to live your weekend purely? What does that mean to you? I’m not talking about becoming an ascetic, unless that’s something you’re craving. But any ways you can enact the idea of Detoxification. Unwinding. Purity. And always with the Faerie World, playfulness!

Again the concept comes up about listening to what it is you need to nourish yourself and obeying. Because in order for us to be gentle with The Roxes that live within ourselves and others, we have to be whole. This weekend is a perfect time to open your heart to the world around you. Laugh well. Try to get enough sleep. Be purely yourself and do what you need to do to feel good—nourishment on a soul level.

I hope you have a wonderful week.
-Signe