I wasn’t able to do a reading for the blog on Sunday. Rather than wait a full week, I decided to offer you a Full Moon Faerie Ring reading. What better deck than the Fairy Ring Oracle?
I drew 8 cards and lay them in a circle. The first thing I should point out is that they are not in order, but rather are two groups of four. The card at the top being #1, then proceeding clockwise – 5, 2, 6, 3, 7, 4, and 8. My intention was to provide guidance between now and the next full moon.
The first thing I noticed is that there are four cards dealing with Water and two dealing with Fire. I also note that the predominant suit is Summer. Take a moment, look at each of the cards, and see if one in particular calls out to you. (You will want to click on the image below so that you can see it enlarged)
I will go through the cards in numerical order, explaining the meaning of each, along with the meaning with regard to their placement in the Circle. I will also offer whatever messages I receive.
Card #1 – Reveals your current life phase.
The Elder Queen is the Queen of the Summer Court. When she appears in a reading, it indicates grace, warmth, protection, kindness, strength, and help from a friend. She may also be here to tell of success in a current venture. You will notice that she is very simply dressed which indicates to me that everything is not always as it seems. Just because someone has a long list of credentials, a fancy house, and a designer wardrobe does not make them more able to help you or more knowledgeable on any given topic. Now, I am not saying that those who have financial abundance are “bad”. Definitely not. But I feel that we often are too quick to judge. Teachers take many forms and are often overlooked because of our short sightedness.
Card #2 – Shows what is behind you.
Tam Lin is here to acknowledge the overcoming of trying times, release from a bad or frightening situation, recovery from illness, weight lifted from the mind.
His message is that you were able to “hang in there”, to weather the storm, to see your way though the darkness and into the light. It was a lot of work and there were many lessons along the way, but you made it! It’s important not to forget that or belittle your accomplishments. You have done what many others could not and may serve as inspiration for someone in a similar situation.
Card #3 – Shows what is before you.
The Fire Drake. Many of us are experiencing a time of restlessness and a desire for change. We are entering into a cycle of creativity. If we are able to harness and direct that energy toward our own endeavors, the rewards will be great. Innovation and invention, paired with passion are fuel for a creative mind.
When this energy is present, it’s important to stay grounded. You may need a bit of water to tame the fire, so that you don’t get carried away and end up burning yourself in the process. A piece of jet, paired with aquamarine will do the trick!
Card #4 – Indicates weaknesses to overcome.
The Fairy Horse/Kelpie card is one of a few in this deck that are two parts of the whole. Two ways of looking at a situation. A need for perspective. In this case, the Fairy Horse appears upright, so it is this creature that we turn to for the message.
He indicates movement and travel, journeys to new places and opportunities for new experiences. Good health, vitality, energy, and innovation. Change will happen quickly, everything will fall into place, progress will be made. This is a case of “be careful what you wish for” and a time to focus on what it is you truly want and not what you don’t. You attract what you focus on and – good or bad – it will come hard and fast. Will it be yet another lesson or will you see the reward of all your hard work?
Card #5 – Shows strengths that need to be developed.
Asrai. Notice how she has one hand in the water and one reaching up toward the shore. You cannot expect to move forward if you are afraid to let go of the past. You cannot have both.
You will be faced with a moral choice. It could be as simple as recognizing right from wrong. Or it could be complex, with many options available to you. Will you have to choose between the Spiritual and the Material?
Listen to your inner voice. Before you say you don’t have one or that you don’t know how to use it, think back to a time when something “just didn’t feel right”. THAT, is your intuition. We all possess it. It takes strength of character to abide by it, no matter what. Is there someone in your life that constantly asks you to go against your intuition? Perhaps it’s time for some distance, that you may gain some clarity.
Whatever choice you make, you must be prepared to accept the consequences. Think it through. Don’t allow yourself to be rushed into a decision by outside influences who have no stake in the matter. You’re a lot stronger than you give yourself credit for (remember Tam Lin). Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.
Card #6 – Indicates obstacles that lie in your way.
The Fairy Festival Card of Ostara
Can you see the Fairy Island in the distance? There is a lot of water in this reading, a lot of references to islands. What meaning does that hold for you?
Dawning creativity, emergence, versatility, dexterity, idealism, individuality. An idea or situation begins to crystalize and take form. All of this amazing energy is fantastic, but often we get swept away with the idea and no thought is given to how we’re going to transform that into being. Daydreaming is great, but there comes a time when you have to formulate a plan.
Emergence is a wonderful, transformative state. It is the light at the end of the tunnel, finally being reached. An awakening after a long sleep. A breaking free of false beliefs and a release of what no longer serves. Like anything else, you have to WANT to move forward. Only then will you see change occur. It can be hard to let go, but once you acknowledge that a person, situation, or state of mind is not healthy for you it becomes easier to release. Once that is done, you can open yourself up to new opportunities.
Card #7 – Shows what will help you.
The Sea Mither (Mother) is the Queen of the Spring Court.
Do you see the lighthouse in the distance? There are forces at work, guiding you to safety. I absolutely love this card because to me, it symbolizes feminine strength combined with compassion, kindness, and truth.
Powerful, creative energies surround you. Creativity can take many forms and mean something different to each of us. For me personally, it immediately means writing but also ties into music and art. For others, it may symbolize fertility, abundance, stability, partnerships. It could even mean a happy marriage or the birth of a child (not necessarily your own).
The Sea Mither is a benevolent Fairy who brings warmth and seasonal calm to the island waters. Under her rule, life and summer return to the sea and to the islands. If you are like me and have a strong connection to the sea, call upon the Sea Mither to help navigate the storms, bring peace, clarity, and the ability to see the lesson in it all.
Card #8 – The Final Outcome of this Phase
Gwyn Ap Nudd is the King of the Winter Court, the Welsh King of the Underworld who appears with his owl familiar and Glastonbury Tor in the background. The Owl is a symbol for Blodeuwedd. The Sisterhood of Avalon honors Her as the Lady of Initiation. She calls upon us to seek out our truth and in doing so, become who we long to be. She is also the Goddess observed during Emergence, someone to guide us out of darkness and into the light, bringing with us a new awareness of ourselves.
Gwyn Ap Nudd is here to indicate deeply buried secrets, things hidden even from ourselves. Concealed fears, suppressed feelings, self-imposed restrictions, or bondages to the past.
He leads the Welsh Hounds of the Underworld on a hunt for newly-dead souls. Any time that a reference to death appears in a reading, it indicates change. The death of one way of thinking, doing, living, acting and the birth of the new. This can be something as simple as giving up smoking or something as complex as a change of direction in your life. One has to give up the old in order to welcome the new. This message has come up again and again in this reading.
So it is time to ask yourself what you are going to have to give up in order to move forward. It doesn’t have to be traumatic. It can be as simple as giving up the false belief that you can’t accomplish your goals. Take some time, ground and center, ask yourself if there is anything standing in your way. Is there anything you can do to help yourself along? Do you have a “dream squisher” in your life? Someone who does not respect your boundaries? Is there are habit that you would be better off without? Are you procrastinating? If so, ask yourself why. Is it a fear-based reaction to change? Is there something you need to do before you can move forward? Or perhaps it’s time to change your focus until you are able to fully commit. There’s no shame at all in recognizing you need to do a bit of work before you’re ready to move on. In the long run, it will make your life so much easier.
The stones that come up for me in association with this reading are :
Aquamarine – this stone is associated with water and can help balance out passion, calm the stormy seas
Pietersite – to help you fearlessly move through change
Green Calcite – to help release what no longer serves with kindness and compassion, most especially for yourself
Jet – to protect you from other people’s emotional “stuff”
Clear Quartz – a master-healer, it provides clarity and focus
I am also guided to recommend the album “Celtic Mystique” by Howard Baer. My father brought a copy back from a business trip years ago and I listen to it often. I have found it strengthens my connection to the Fae and to the Celtic Lands where they are known to reside.
As with any reading, sit with each of the cards for a bit. Gaze upon the Fairy Ring and see what messages wait there for you. Take some time to reflect and come back to it later if need be. This reading was very empowering for me, and I hope you feel the same. Definitely post your feedback in the comments below, if you are open to sharing any messages you have I would love to hear them as well.