May day begins the light of summer and from The Celtic Tree Oracle by Liz and Colin Murray, I have chosen the card of Hawthorn also called the May tree as it blooms this month. The ancient title Huathe, comes from the words for hedge-thorn. This is a time of cleansing, of solitude and mental preparation for bursting into the energy required for flowering and the cycle of growth which then provides nourishment for forest creatures at harvest in the form of berries. It is a traditional time of unions and marriages.
From The Green Man Tree Oracle by John Matthews and Will Worthington, this Hawthorn shows an old gnarled tree with a face of a man in the trunk. Here we have a challenge to explore new territory, to test our strength to the limits. It is suggested by the card that we transform our fear into power and our uncertainty into daring. A card of new path and new goals, of encouragement, discovery and positive change.
This month the new moon is on 15th and this is the card of the Moon from the Enchanted Tarot deck by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. It suggests darkness is greatest before the dawn and that we need to separate illusion from reality. Your intuition will be activated at this time and will be your guide towards hidden opportunities. It is a time to save energy for the challenges which lie ahead and guard against squandering time on worrying about what might never happen! You are invited to visualise standing by a pool of water and see yourself bathed in a circle of protective light. Hold a black stone in your hands. Imagine your fears going into this stone. Then throw the stone into the body of water to be flushed away and take your worries with it. Say: With this stone, fear be banished – into water, it has vanished.
The card of the King of Pentacles from Debra M Givin’s Cat’s Eye Tarot gives us the keywords: Enterprising, Adept, Reliable, Supportive and Steady. Here we see a male tabby cat in his prime who is an important and useful member of his colony. He is a protector and a father to younger cats who learn from his example. The farmer enjoys his calming presence and values his productive, able and predictable work on the farm. The card represents the qualities of an excellent life partner. If you are seeking security and contentment, these traits will provide it. The card suggests you find these qualities within yourself and in your closest companions. Readings by Wendy Stokes. Wendy is a workshop facilitator, healer and intuitive counsellor. Visit www.wendystokes.co.uk