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May 25, 2015

World Tarot DayMy relationship with Tarot has waxed and waned for two and a half years now. I still feel as though I am just starting to untangle its meaning and relevance for me – I have a long way to go before I fully understand and appreciate what it will be for me in my life.

But in many ways, Tarot saved me. It instilled an excitement in me that I hadn’t felt for years and years. It opened itself up to me like a flower, spreading one petal of gentle encouragement and hard-hitting truth to me at a time.

In the last few months, my relationship with Tarot has become somewhat skewed, and it has taken somewhat of a backseat. Because the certainty I was hunting for in its folds has become shaken up in my life. When I first started reading Tarot I was looking for The Truth, The Way, my True Self. I was looking for solid answers.

Today, I find myself in a place of uncertainty. I am unsure if I really believe in the infallibility of intuition. I am unsure if my old map of the psyche makes any sense. I am unsure if there really is any one right way, any one truth, any single story that is the right one and the best.

But I will turn to the cards to help me figure this out. Perhaps they will lead me towards a slightly different way of reading them, a slightly different way of understanding the world and the choices I make in it. Or perhaps they will lead me back where I started.

Either way, I am eager to keep on journeying.

May 19, 2015

Seascapes and mountainscapes of Corca Dhuibhne, West Kerry – with some of Béarra in County Cork as well.

May 10, 2015

reflection1I don’t know about you, but when I read or listen to people talk about their experiences with their gods, I get very curious about what their experience really looks like. Particularly in the Pagan and Polytheist community, but I think perhaps in religious communities as a whole, there seems to be a fair bit of shorthand used when describing communion with deity. It can be hard to tell whether the person actually sees and hears full-blown corporeal presences or voices, or if a feather fell in a certain way at their feet and they had this gut feeling that they associate with Odin and so they came to the conclusion that he was saying… you get my drift.

Despite being a pantheist and an agnostic, I do spent a fair bit of time thinking, talking, and writing like a polytheist. I talk about the Morrígan as if she is a real, conscious entity. I talk about Odin as if he is a person – albeit quite a mysterious one – who is attempting to make contact with me. I use this language because it is quicker, easier, and metaphorically accurate. But perhaps I should also spend some time talking about my experience of deity as it actually happens.

May 6, 2015

Sharing my altar set up and some thoughts on Bealtaine / Beltane this year.

May 5, 2015

empty apartmentThe room empties slowly, becomes vast and white, ringing with increasing reverberation. I revisit old feelings, old habits, old comforts – I shrug them back on like the crumpled lost cardigan I found in the back of the wardrobe.

I grew up here – this is where I truly made the transition from weird post-adolescent wilderness into true adulthood. I gained and lost so much here, revisited old wounds and became reacquainted with myself all over again.

On the last morning, I wake early to a bright, curtainless, empty room. It is as it was when I first moved in – bare, anonymous, but fertile with possibility. We are like estranged lovers, no longer recognising each other for what we truly are. I salute as I leave. This place has served me well, but I’m done now.

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Thank you again Áine. I very much enjoyed receiving the much needed direction and ideas you put forward in this 4-part reading. This has helped me think more deeply and and become more focused on what is important to me on my spiritual journey. Now for some action on my part and then I will be back to experience and enjoy some of your other spiritual mentoring :)
Áine's reading was insightful and meaningful. I could feel the love coming through in each carefully chosen word. What she had to say was true and real for my life and my situation, and I have made good use of her very concrete and helpful suggestions in moving forward in this situation. Sensitivity and a loving spirit know no physical distance or boundaries. I will surely be contacting Áine in the future. If you are thinking about having a reading done by her...please do not hesitate. A profound experience.
This reading was amazing! I absolutely love this format of tarot reading - this is a really unique service! I asked a question and then she did the initial reading which was very thorough. After I processed the first part of the reading, I emailed her back with thoughts and questions. This went on for 3 days! This reading really helped me with the issue because I was able to participate with the reading and bring my higher self into it as well. Áine really knows her stuff and offers a heartfelt reading that really helps you move back blockages and resistance. I highly recommend this reading for anyone for any issue or question!
This participatory reading has been incredibly helpful and inspiring. Áine has a true gift and she does indeed write for the heart, from the heart. She is also quite gracious when her querent is a bit forgetful. :) Thanks so much.
This is great! Nice readings, a lot of empathy and she really listens to your replies!
Áine's thoughts and interpretations were wonderfully apt, often spine-tinglingly so. And all her ideas and suggestions were extremely thought-provoking. ...But the best part of all was the ability to respond and continue the "conversation" process. It encouraged me to think more deeply about the cards drawn and to consider how this impacted on my original question. My thinking grew and evolved wonderfully over the three days and it was fantastic to be able to "talk" my ideas through with someone.
That is the kind of reading I like. Very down-to-earth advice. Thank you very much for the reading, Áine!