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Monday, 1 August 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.

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. This card was drawn reversed last week. 

In its upright position this card is asking us to pay attention to intuition. It is time to develop your powers and listen to your inner voice even if it asks you to go against the grain of logical thought processes. Intuition is something many people think they don’t have, but this is not so. Everyone has the ability to intuit whether something is right or wrong, whether an action should be taken or not. But what is intuition?

Intuition is the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, or the nagging voice in your head, or the clutching feeling round your heart when you do something that isn’t right for you. Everyone around you may think it is the best thing for you, but your own inner guide will tell you otherwise. This brings dilemma because we tend to do what others want us to do to avoid conflict and to fit in. Unfortunately the further we go down this illusionary road the worse things get for us. We feel out of tune with our life, nothing goes quite the way it should, relationships are hard work.

However, if we listen to what we know is right for us and follow that advice then the conflict we expect doesn’t materialise. Life begins to go more smoothly, we feel better; have more clarity, find it easier to deal with others. And the people around us notice our renewed self confidence and aura and respect our decisions, supporting our growth. It really is very simple but humanity is good at clouding the waters and making things as difficult as possible!
Following your intuition makes the voice stronger. Once you start to listen you will become more in tune with yourself. This brings you protection, as you sense when something or someone should be avoided. Your happiness also helps dispel negativity. It’s hard to be negative when everything is going so well! You will feel a new strength and vigour in your life when you listen to your intuition.

So what are you waiting for? Today is the day to start taking notice of what you are telling you! The signs may be subtle at first but as you become more aware they will grow louder and less easy to miss. You are the most important person in your life. You know what you need and want and where you need to go on your path through life. You just need to trust yourself, and life will become a whole lot easier!

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