Monday, 18 July 2011

Todays Reading - Mugwort

Today’s card is from the Druid Plant Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr- Gomm. The illustration is by Will Worthington.
Mugwort drawn reversed.

In Britain, as in most of Europe, Mugwort is a common plant found on verges where ever you go. It is used in many countries around the world and it is even noted in Pliny’s records as a plant used to honour Isis. Its Latin name, Artemisia is probably a dedication to Artemis, so this herb has long been linked to the divine feminine. Its uses have included treating female ailments among many other things. My Mother has treatments from a Chinese acupuncturist who uses burning dried Mugwort on thin slivers of Ginger over acupuncture points in a treatment known as moxibustion. Moxi relates to Mugwort. 

Mugwort has also been used as an aid to divination and clairvoyance. It is useful to burn the dried herb in meditation to relax and open the mind.

In reverse this card is saying that many of us may find it hard to see clearly today. With so many changes and problems in our lives, both external and internal struggles, our minds have become clouded, and seeing a way to move forward is impossible. If we make a decision we are not sure if it is the right one. We don’t quite trust in our own abilities to see where we need to go next, or what we should do for the best. 

Sometimes all we need to do is have patience and wait for a situation to change so that all becomes clear again. It takes time for all the pieces to fall into place, especially when a situation involves more than one or two people.

At other times the problem is actually one of our own making. We may blame others for our current troubles and lack of focus. What we really need to do is look inward at what we may have done to cause our current problem. It may well be that all we need to do is start listening to our inner voice and trusting our intuitive side rather than letting the logical mind talk us out of making decisions. It may be that we have fallen under a cloud of negative thinking, a feeling of lack that we then blame on others. If this is the case try looking at your life with fresh eyes and seeing how abundant it actually is, and how much you actually receive every day. Then make a conscious effort to manifest positive energies into your life.

Most problems  can have their roots in our own psyche. We may not have caused the physical situation but how we perceive something has a great effect on how we then deal with it. 

Use this card as a sign that from today you need to start looking clearly at your life and appraising how many of your problems stem from a negative way of viewing the world.

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