On the Wildwood Tarot’s Wheel of the Year, we are in a strange place right now.
Passing the autumn equinox but not yet into November, we are between The Mirror and The Guardian (these cards correspond to The Hanged Man and The Devil in a regular tarot deck.)
The Mirror, from the Wildwood Tarot
The Mirror asks us to surrender our will and be led by our deeper, more mysterious urges.
This is a journey of self-discovery, with the mirror reflecting our inner selves.
Here a serpent-woman holds up a glowing ball, lighting up a soul in limbo who floats in a wooden boat on the still lake behind her. This person has been wounded, but is ready to travel to a place of healing and recovery – moving from one stage of life into a wiser, stronger one, buoyed up by self-knowledge.
The Guardian, from the Wildwood Tarot
The Guardian and her dark cave are what awaits them.
Healing can only take place after the person has undergone a true transformation.
This is a time for letting go of the old ways and allowing parts of ourselves to die. To be acknowledged and possibly mourned, but then let go of. It’s scary, but it’s freeing. The Guardian will step aside and allow you into your cave so that you can perform the rituals of transformation.
Both cards resonate for me right now, though I have a strong sense of this moment right here, between the two. I’m still floating in that boat, in limbo, trying to piece together the lessons of the past months. I’m not quite ready to face The Guardian yet, but as the weather gets colder, I find myself becoming more and more aware of the things I need to let go.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.