Here is your reading. The journey it describes is primarily an inner one. It may be accomplished over a period of time, or very quickly in your inner understanding of something. I have meditated before drawing these cards, and I believe that they are chosen for you at this time.
In the reading, I give you the position of your cards and a short meaning that doesn't change from reading to reading. It's the fixed meaning of the card, if you like. After I list these, I'll go on and expand a bit, and what I say here does vary from sitter to sitter, based on my intuition about the person and reading as a whole.
The way to get the best from this reading, I believe, is to center yourself with a few moments of meditation, or whatever works for you, before reading it. Keep in mind that it is not advice, as such, nor a prediction. Think of it as a way to take a fresh or a deeper look at your situation. Think about this reading over the next few days or weeks, when you have some quiet time, and feel free to come back to me and ask for clarification. When you're ready, here goes...
The first card, which describes your current situation, is the Fox – Pursuit of something for the thrill of the chase only. Success based on adaptability may lead others to think that there is an unfair advantage, or trick. The Fox, of course, is both hunter and hunted, and it does seem that foxes sometimes enjoy the game of it. This could refer to how you approach courtship and love, enjoying the game of pursuit/being pursued, but it can also be to do with how you approach something like business or your career. People in sales, or working their way up the career ladder might find a lot to relate to with this card.
Foxes tend to be quite clever, and you may have heard that they have successfully colonised many urban areas now. A lot of this success comes from being able to fit in with different environments or pick up on things quickly. Sound familiar? The thing is, though, that friends, colleagues and competitors don't always appreciate it when things seem to come easily to you. It can lead to unfair suspicions or accusations sometimes. It's important to know that there is nothing wrong with being good at things, or better at things than someone else.
The next card refers to your destination, and that card is the Glen – Sanctuary. A home for the heart. Longing and isolation. I associate this card with a cozy home, either literally or spiritually. It makes me think of a family or ancestral home that is always welcoming to you. However, such places often also carry that longing you have, particularly when young, to go out and explore the world, to find a mate, to find your calling. And then, if you leave, you long for the safe place again - so we find that we carry a kind of longing within ourselves, too.
Glens can be quite isolated places, hard to get in and out of, particularly in winter. Families and small communities learn to make do and help one another, and there was a time when people did not expect to see much of their neighbours, or the outside world, until spring. Longing can be healthy as well as a little uncomfortable. It serves to challenge us to continue down the path of our spiritual journey, or to seek the things we need. I think that just as we carry the longing within us, so we also can carry the sanctuary of home.
The third card tells about your journey between these two entities. That card is Yarrow – The ability to tolerate something irritating Protection from wounding. Capable of a surprising and beautiful transformation or containing a hidden treasure. There is an old Gaelic charm which goes
“I will pluck the yarrow fair
That more brave shall be my hand
That more warm shall be my lips
That more swift shall be my foot
May I an island be at sea
May I a rock be on land
That I can afflict any man
No man can afflict me.”
Yarrow has long been considered to offer physical protection. So much so that soldiers once believed that washing themselves is Yarrow “tea” might preserve them from being wounded in battle. I'm pretty sure that wouldn't work, but what Yarrow can definitely do is help to heal wounds, and it is still used for this by herbalists today. However, Yarrow does offer protection from allergens and irritants, and some people believe that it can also protect us on an emotional or psychic level from the things that bother us, hurt us and seem to “get into our system” when we don't want them there.
I believe that this card suggests that your journey may be about learning to protect yourself a little more from being hurt, annoyed and weighed down by all that you come in contact with. I have written more about Yarrow in an article. Here's a link, so that you can read it if you wish. https://www.facebook.com/notes/go-deeper/i-will-pluck-the-yarrow-fair/309701789111125
When you first read all this, I know that it is a lot to take in. It may feel like too many words all at once, or it may even provoke some strong emotions. You may want to assign a meaning to each thing very quickly ("A = my job, B = Geraldine, and C means that bloke at work fancies me" sort of thing.) You don't have to digest it all at once! Let the images work their way in slowly. You might like to spend time contemplating just one card, or one aspect of a card in a session. You might find it helpful to look at images of these things, or to visualise them in your mind's eye and see what stories they conjure. Some people get insights by reading up on the natural history or folklore surrounding the things in their cards.
Do let me know that you received this email, but don't feel that you have to say a lot, unless you would like to. If you have questions, I will do my best to answer them. If at some point you would like to offer me some feedback - anything at all, positive, negative or just exploring meanings, that is very welcome, but it's optional. The majority of people seem to enjoy talking about how the meanings unfolded for them, at some point.
It was a pleasure to read for you, and as usual, I learned some things in the process.
May this reading be for your highest good!