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Month: March 2019

Sunday Spread: 31.03.2019

This week’s Sunday Spread is here! Every Sunday, we will be posting an image with 3 tarot cards for you to choose from. First, you will need to focus on the backs of the cards, and let your intuition guide you to the one which is relevant for you this week.

Here are the three cards. Focus, see which one feels most relevant to you. Further down in the article we will be discussing each card in turn and what it can mean or imply.

Three card backs from the Gilded Tarot card set. One is on the left, two is in the middle and three is on the right.

There are many tarot spreads available for you to choose from, and many decks nowadays have their own spreads they have created based around their theme.

There is another article coming soon which talks about tarot use and spreads in more depth. For now however, we are just going to tackle each of the three cards posted above and their meanings.

So if you have chosen your card, let’s get onto the reveal and what they mean!

The three cards revealed from 31.03.2019

Number One

Temperance
Moderation, balance, patience and purpose.

This one is all about balance. It’s one of the major arcana cards, and these are different from the minor arcana as they do not belong to a set of suits. Therefore, they have their own meaning compared to following a general rule of intention.
This card shows the balance between two of the most basal elements: fire and water. There is also the aspect of being half in and half out of the water. Everything in moderation is key at this time. If there are things you are trying to balance, this can indicate you are on the right track. Keep the balance, and persevere. A lot of the time, we can be very eager to push ahead with things. This card can indicate the need to slow down, see what is needed and balance accordingly. Stay true to yourself, and balance what you believe in.

Number Two

Ace of Swords
New ideas, mental clarity, breakthroughs, success.

This is it. The thing you have been searching for, the impetus to go ahead and forge new projects, to unleash new ideas, is here.
The ace of swords is the beginning of the suit of swords in the tarot. These are extremely direct and straight to the point – as you would imagine from a sword. This is the time to strike. The energies are in your favour to bring new projects to life, or to let something you are not sure of, go. The sword has been drawn – it is now up to you to utilise your mental clarity and willpower in order to make what you want to happen, happen.

Number Three

Knight of Swords
Ambitious, fast-thinking, action-oriented and driven to succeed.

This knight is on a mission to achieve their goals with nothing to stop them. This card can suggest that although you may be steadfast and unwavering in your convictions, you may feel the need to charge straight into things without thinking them through 100%. High levels of energy and force are perfect for you to ride out any storms and ‘keep calm and carry on’.
A potential downside to this card is that you may act too quickly before thinking an opportunity or task through. A ‘bull in a china shop’, as it were.
The knight of swords shows a use of intellect to attain your goals, along with the willpower to succeed. Just remember to sit back from time to time, look at the bigger picture and don’t rush ahead too swiftly.

So which card were you drawn to? Are the energies something you can harness this week in order to get things done? Let us know!

Planting by the Moon

The following is a very short introduction to ‘planting by the moon’.

It is thought that using the cycles of the moon when planning and planting a garden can help various aspects of the plants reach their full potential. You can read more via the source links below.

Synodic (waxing and waning) cycle

This method divides the lunar cycle into four parts (phases or quarters) and takes approximately 29.6 days to complete. After the phase or cycle grouping, it groups crops into four main categories: root crops, foliage, crops with seeds on the outside and crops with seeds on the inside. Then, the specific category of crops will be assigned to the phases of the moon depending on which phase relates to their growth characteristics.

The cycle beings with the new moon. It then continues to wax until the full moon. After this time it is in the waning phase until the new moon is once again around and the cycle begins again.

The four phases can be assigned to the categories as such:

New Moon (waxing crescent phase): sow leafy greens or foliage vegetables and herbs.

First Quarter (waxing gibbous phase): sow vegetables that have internal seeds like capsicum, chillies, pumpkin, courgettes and legumes, fruits and grains.

Full Moon (waning phase): Sow root vegetables, bulbs and tubers

Last Quarter (waning phase): this is considered a barren period for sowing and transplanting. It is a great time for getting various garden jobs done.

Info from: the-gardeners-calendar.co.uk and jansmith.org

Biodynamic Cycle

This method uses the 12 zodiac signs as a method of the position of the moon for more accurate planting. This was developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1924. Using a set calendar to perform various tasks- planting, etc, helps map out when things go in and when they come out. Over the course of the moon cycle, it visits each of the zodiac signs throughout the month, and the features the signs hold can be related to the planting. For example, Pisces is water so could relate to leaf, Capricorn is earth, so relates to roots. Choosing the plants that grow together is a big part of this too, as it’s in coordination usually with organic farming or growing methods. These methods can be carried out on large and small scale operations, so don’t feel you can’t apply it if you only have a small section in your garden to grow!

Planning the growing around leaf, flower, fruit and root makes for a stronger mixture for the soil, as well as each plant individually. Another option is to rotate the crops around the garden if you have that option- this helps the soil stay fertile and producing what the plants need. There may not be many flowering plants which are edible, but remember that a garden is not just there to feed humans- bees and many other insects love flowering plants, so make sure they get a snack in too. Another aspect to consider in this kind of gardening method is composting. Having a compost heap is a great addition to any garden and it helps bring nutrients to where you need them most whilst gardening. The traditional method with biodynamic gardening is that the compost heap is gathered, assembled and finished in one go, preparations are added and then it’s left to do what it needs to. This may not be practical for all gardeners, because you may not have the amount of material ready that you will need to make your heap as big as you’d like. Some like to contain their compost heap within a container, others may be lucky enough to have a large enough open location in their garden they can place an open heap.

The biodynamic compost preparations that you will need to use in your compost heap are: yarrow, chamomile, and nettle, dandelion and oak bark- these are available from the BDAA (Biodynamic Agricultural Association) if you are not able to get hold of these. There are also field sprays and different ways of preparing the locations your compost heap will be contained in, also available from the BDAA. If you are choosing to build a heap over time, you can add small amounts of the ‘Mausdorf Starter’ to your heap over time which will help temper the heap, keep the smell down and keep the flies away. Also, once the season of growing is over, be sure to keep your own seeds for use the next season. If you’re unable to gather and keep the seeds anywhere, try and use biodynamic seeds that have been produced in an environment where the biodynamic measures are in use.

If it takes a while to get the garden working in conjunction with these methods, don’t worry. According to the website, biodynamic.org.uk, it can take some time for the plants (and also the gardener!) to get used to this rhythmic cycle of planting, growing and harvesting. Growing in line with energies of the cosmos may seem like a very odd concept to many people- many may even scoff at the idea- but as we are part of something much bigger, if it’s a method you wish to try, then go ahead and give it a go!

Sources and ideas for this method were from the-gardeners-calendar.co.uk and biodynamic.org.uk

– Lotte

Robin Redbreast

Known as the UK’s favourite bird, the robin (Erithacus rubecula) is seen all year round but is most commonly seen (and heard!) in autumn and winter.

Both males and females have the recognisable red-breast and the younger birds have no red breast, and they are spotted with golden brown.

Many people (myself included) think that this little garden bird is very cute- however they are a very aggressive territorial bird species, and the main reason you will hear them calling out frequently is to ensure other birds and robins know of their territory. They’re very quick to drive away intruders to ‘their’ land.  

They are from the family known as ‘Turdidae’, commonly known as Chats and Thrushes. They like to eat worms, seeds, fruits and insects, and they are known as the gardener’s friend due to their appearance when the soil is being turned over- how many robins could avoid the prospect of a worm or various other insects so readily available with help from their human gardener friend?

Robins from countries colder than the UK commonly migrate to the UK over the winter. These birds are often paler in colouration, and less tame- so whereas the regular robin in your garden won’t mind when you step into the garden, the migratory species will scarper within a moment of seeing you.

If you look at the robin from a magical or spiritual perspective, it can signify new growth and renewal in many areas of life. It can also help to bring faith and trust into a new beginning of any kind or a new venture. If the robin is your spirit guide or totem animal, you have the ability to will new growth into your life. It can indicate that you can find contentment in all circumstances, and also to find pleasure in the simple things in life.

Often you will have prophetic thought and vision and your wisdom will be highly sought after. Robin can teach you to let go of any personal drama and move forward with grace and tenacity, and also to ensure you’re exercising compassion and patience in mental, spiritual and emotional areas of your life and also in relation to other people. It may be that you don’t necessarily have the robin as your spirit animal or totem, but it may be that you get a robin visiting your garden or bird feeder regularly.

Average size: 12-15cm
Wingspan: 20-22cm
Call: Warbling song
Breeding: 5-6 white eggs, speckled with red, from March- July.

(This information refers to the British Robin, rather than the robin from anywhere else in the world).

– Lotte

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