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.