I've never before explored druidry or the occult or tarot. I like to read my horoscope sometimes but I wouldn't say I was a dabbler in the 'dark arts' or drawing deeper meanings into things. But in my 'Create your shining year' workbook that I mentioned in my New Year post, there was a section for taking an Oracle reading for the year. And I remembered I'd been given this Druid Animal Oracle Card Deck as a gift, so it seemed like the perfect time to experiment.
You turn half the cards upside down, and shuffle them into the mix. It gives double the 'readings' by doing this because if you choose an upside down card, the interpretation is different from if it was the right way up - darker; in shadow, perhaps a hidden or secret aspect of that animal's inherent traits.
The pack is beautifully illustrated, and it's hard not to be drawn to just identifying with a particular image of an animal, like the magnificent wise old Owl or the majesty of the Wolf. And I didn't want a Snake for instance, or a Sow.
The cards have quite a lot of information on them, so it's like a lesson in animal history, symbolism and biology too. My first card was the Crane. My second was the Swan.
I had an upside-down Salmon, an Earth Dragon, the 'goddess' the Horse and the Great Bear. It was really interesting and insightful, and it will be particularly interesting to look back over this prediction at the end of the year and see if any of the animal symbols and meanings accurately described the situations I found myself in during 2015.
One of the most important things to do before choosing the cards of course was to ask a very specific question, but of that, I'm channelling the 'secret knowledge' of the Crane for January and not telling!
I'll finish with the description for the Horse, which was one of my favourites:
The spirit of Each (the druid name for 'horse') calls us to journey, to travel. This may manifest itself as a desire to travel in the physical world, or we may be drawn to voyaging in the inner realms. She brings us energy and speed and connects us to the power of both the land and the sun. The Horse Goddess is patroness of the complete life cycle of birth, death, the afterlife and rebirth. By working with the spirit of Each, we will grow to feel comfortable with every aspect of the life cycle, knowing that the Goddess protects and guides us through each of its stages.
Although the horse appeared in my reading for November, I'd like to keep this spirit of travel and energy in my mind for the year, and specifically as the Chinese Year of the Horse comes to an end.
What will the Sheep/Goat year bring?