Chinese legends tell us that when the heavens and earth were separated, the Goddess Nu Kua made the first humans out of clay made from mud from the Yellow River. Her breath and Yin became the first women; Her breath and Yang became the first men.
She is said to have the upper body of a woman, and the lower body of a serpent or dragon. (Similar to the Mesopotamian Goddess Tiamat).
Creatrix Nu Kua re-established order on the earth after a terrible rebellion. She melted stones to rebuild the sky, used tortoise toes to mark the four directions, and reeds to hold back overflowing rivers. Once this was done, the earth returned to its former beauty.
Nu Kua plays her sacred flute, spreading good fortune and opportunity, and creating order from chaos.
“There is a Way
and I am that Way
the Way of Nature that moves in all things
In the beginning
I created the universal pattern
the Way things are
the Way things flow
the Way things need to be
I sequenced the seasons
harmonized the hillsides
organized the oceans
till all was auspiciously arranged
I am the natural order of things
I am the Way.”
Source: The Goddess Oracle by
Amy Sophia Marashinsky
art by Hrana Janto
This little bird with rainbow feathers, whether male or female, is always able to maintain balance in the air and on the water. With its remarkable ability to dive deep into the water to catch fish, the Kingfisher has become a symbol of ancient wisdom and education for centuries.
You need to practice your judgmental abilities, skills, and willpower. The King has always been very righteous and he will help you understand: what is something you don’t need to stick to. Use your strength, freeing yourself from the burden that is on you.
As someone in your life: Communicate clearly and fairly, this is a virtuous leader who is upholding standards. Impartiality and justice are the hallmarks of this person. His research and understanding are profound and well-known. He has a principled insight, which helps him see into the nature of all matters. He will present you with many potential prospects. He is someone who can properly identify and evaluate a situation.
As an aspect or process: Finding a path through the chaos with calm insight. Be very careful. Need reasonable consultation. Distinguish two sides of a situation. Find a clear stance. Become fair/biased. An urge to resist old practices.
As an event / situation: Advice/guidance. A trial or argument requires arbitration. Verified information. Disciplined approach. A harsh, ruthless situation
Question: What is it that you should explicitly focus on? Who gives you the right advice? What wise words will help resolve the situation? What is your social responsibility?
5 of Bows – Empowerment
Individuals believe they are not completely helpless anymore. Ultimately, individuals will be able to influence the outcome of every event and change perceptions. The control of any skill, along with the discipline, will energize the process of thinking more decisively and clearly. From there, the arrows of one’s desires and wishes will be shot at fate under a positive impact.
The time to create authority by taking initiative has come. By navigating positive, abundant, and important energies, the individual will help the mind become assertive, certain, and then utilize it to develop and change more effectively. This is not only true for an individual but also for society as a whole
.…Self-generating energy is the key to fulfill our destiny and a feeling of fullness in our hearts through an active and positive attitude towards life.
3 The Seer
Representing the inner world, The Seer is located in the center of The Wheel of The Year, opposite to The Shaman. She is not only a guide for the soul but also an inspiration for creative and artworks. Though ideas could arise on their own in a fanciful kingdom of delights and dreams, The Seer was the one who silently created great literary works, music, or dances. She makes emotional connections in books or pieces of music to life. She brings tears to each person’s eyelashes when a touching movie ends or laughter when a funny story is told.
With the innate ability to balance emotions and the power of will and source of knowledge, The Seer encourages us to change the ordinary material world. She uses all of The Wildwood’s natural resources skillfully. She nurtures positive changes in people’s minds, expresses through emotions and commitment to life. Her magic is one of the purest and most revered things on earth.
This is the time to focus on your personal strength and let it flow through you. Emotional dreams and creative desires are ready to come true. Relieve the desire that is suppressing and healing your relationships. Now, if you apply your spiritual insight into the real world, you will receive great rewards because that’s the way we grow up. Besides, The Seer also brings creative stimulation in art, craft skills, mechanics, intelligence, and joy.
Cards drawn from
The Wildwood Tarot Deck
Take a guided shamanic journey with me into the heart of the land beneath our feet – the sacred body of Mother Nature.
Call on the ancient forest goddess Green Tara for help and guidance. Green Tara lives at the heart of wild, untamed lands. She will hold and guide you on this journey into the heart of Mama Earth.
Contemporary Green Tara image
by Olga Zelinska, Russia
“The heart that
breaks open can
Image: Aspen Morning
8 of Arrows – Struggle
However much we wish the divisive and conflicting issues and moral dilemmas didn’t exist in our lives, sometimes they are an unavoidable part of the journey. If we are lucky, we have the support and sympathy of friends and loved ones to help us deal with the struggle, but not always. Sometimes, because of the very personal nature of the problem, we are alone dealing with a very thorny dilemma that only the individual can negotiate…. Such profound personal struggles require calm, decisive and resolute action
Courage is needed to survive the storm.
Ace of Stones – Foundation of Life
The most potent act of the mind is to conceive of an idea and manifest it into practical material reality. This means being able to formulate and marshal your thoughts to bring about a real world change, or transmutation of a wish, dream or desire, making it physically happen.
…To be connected to the earth and the power that resides there allows us to draw from this primal source and direct the power of our minds to create changes in our world.
King of Stones – Wolf
Who offers the best security or pragmatic advice?
What is the intrinsic value to you or others?
Where do you need to provide support?
Where is life offering you its riches?
Drawn from The Wildwood Tarot Deck