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Groundhog Day, Imbolc and St. Brigid’s Day — What Can They Mean to You?

Have you seen the 1993 comic film Groundhog Day? In it, an egotistical journalist is forced to live the same day — February 2 — repeatedly until he lets go of his selfish ways.

tarot | tarotbyemail | emailtarot | tarot readings | tarot reader | Tarot London | corporate tarot | business tarotIn America, Groundhog Day comprises a tradition, brought to Pennsylvania by German settlers, that if a groundhog (a large North American rodent) emerges from its den and doesn’t see a shadow, there will be an early spring. The belief stems from a similar tradition about a badger in German-speaking countries. And this in turn comes from a comparable idea about cloudy weather on Candlemas (February 2).

The pagan, Druid, or witches’ holiday most closely related to Groundhog Day is Imbolc, which begins at sunset on February 1 and ends at sunset on February 2. Imbolc marks an approximate midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It coincides with the Catholic feast day of Saint Brigid (a Christian form of the Celtic fertility goddess Brig). The celebration of St. Brigid’s Day on February 1 was established by the Catholic Church to replace Brig and Imbolc.

Imbolc doesn’t mark the beginning of spring — that, of course, is the spring equinox — but it marks a gradual movement from winter to spring, as the days lengthen and the weather warms. Therefore, it was important for primitive peoples living in freezing huts on meagre stores of food. Coinciding roughly with the lambing season and the first sowings of spring, it gave hope that a time of sunshine and happiness lay ahead — just as cloudy weather does for Groundhog Day followers.

The Celtic goddess Brig was said to visit homes late at night on February 1. To find favour with her and achieve fertility and prosperity as spring arrived, people would leave out treats and milk, like the biscuits some families leave on the kitchen table for Father Christmas.

In the late 20th century, neopagans and Wiccans began celebrating Imbolc as a religious holiday. It is a celebration of the hearth and the home, and it may involve blazing bonfires, candles (especially white and green ones), feasts, and spring cleanings. Visits may be made to a nearby river or spring, where small offerings of coins are given and a bit of water is collected to bless the threshold, hearth and home.

Modern Imbolc celebrations are often — but not exclusively — seen as a time for women-only get-togethers. Some gatherings include outdoor fire rituals, and most involve a grand feast in honour of the saint or goddess.

Regardless of how you view February 1 and 2, this is a perfect time to release what you’re clinging to from the past so you can look to the future. You may wish to declutter your home or even declutter your life, clearing out things, ideas, and relationships that no longer benefit you. This way, you make space in your home, your heart, and your mind for beautiful new beginnings.

Happy Imbolc, happy St. Brigid’s Feast, and happy Groundhog Day!

Want more information about Tarot cards and readings? As well as coaching, I’m pleased to offer single-card, three-card, and Celtic Cross ten-card readings at various price ranges, all via email or face-to-face across Zoom or Skype.

And, although the world is an uncertain place right now, if you’re planning a future party – whether it’s an intimate get-together or a large-scale event, consider adding the excitement of Tarot readings. I’d love to chat with you, so to find out more, please email info@tarotbyemail.com.

I am the Weekend Witch, and I can’t wait to help you meet your destiny!


Some Fool-ishness for 2021

According to the UK government’s Office of National Statistics, during the coronavirus pandemic, nearly one in five adults has experienced some form of depression.

So let’s change things in 2021. Let’s indulge in some foolishness!

tarot | tarotbyemail | emailtarot | tarot readings | tarot reader | Tarot London | corporate tarot | business tarotThe Fool is the first card in the Tarot deck — actually he’s even before the first, as his card’s number is zero — so he’s appropriate for the New Year.

Most Tarot decks show the Fool as a young man with a knapsack over his shoulder, standing on a precipice, full of joy. Often he has a white rose in his hand, representing his purity, and a dog at his feet, a symbol of loyalty. This peron is like a historical court jester who mocks the king or queen, but loyally, and with pure intentions.

The card stands for happy new beginnings, spontaneity, impulsiveness, and even living in the moment. He tells us that our new year brings endless possibilities — as well as a few surprises. He also reminds us to believe that, regardless of how things might seem, we need to have faith that life is good.

If you let him, the Fool can guide you to an adventure and a time of unprecedented personal growth. His number, zero, stands for unlimited potential. So this may be a time to embark on a path that others say is foolish:

  • You might take up art, for example, even if you can’t draw and have never held a paint brush. 
  • Perhaps there’s an online cooking class for you, even if your usual dinner involves the microwave. 
  • Maybe you should start creating poetry, even though you can barely write a coherent sentence.

The Fool counsels you to have confidence and pursue your heart’s desire, even when the impulse seems, well, foolish.

When he appears in a reading, it’s often the sign of a change of direction, a new beginning. But take note – it can be a sign to ‘look before you leap’ so think about informed decisions before you take a leap if it’s a life-changing one!

So, let this Fool guide you towards joy and away from any barking dogs in the New Year. May your 2021 be healthy, happy and prosperous, with perhaps a fair share of foolishness, as well.

Happy New Year!

Want more information about Tarot cards and readings? As well as coaching, I’m pleased to offer single-card, three-card, and Celtic Cross ten-card readings at various price ranges, all via email or face-to-face across Zoom or Skype.

And, although the world is an uncertain place right now, if you’re planning a future party – whether it’s an intimate get-together or a large-scale event, consider adding the excitement of Tarot readings. I’d love to chat with you, so to find out more, please email info@tarotbyemail.com.

I am the Weekend Witch, and I can’t wait to help you meet your destiny!


In keeping with our British Yule tradition: The Ace of Wands

The Winter Solstice on December 21 in 2020 is the shortest day of the year. For the pagans of the British Isles, this was a time to party. Yes, winter lay ahead, but the days would become progressively longer, so the Solstice held the promise of the rebirth of spring.

tarot | tarotbyemail | emailtarot | tarot readings | tarot reader | Tarot London | corporate tarot | business tarotIt’s no coincidence that early Christians chose a day soon after the Solstice to celebrate the hope and happiness of the birth of Christ (who was really born “when shepherds were in the fields with their sheep” in a warmer month, possibly April).

But before Christianity arrived in Britain, the pagans had a 12-day winter festival called “Yule.”

At the beginning of Yule, they ventured into the cold, cut down a large tree, trimmed away its branches, and dragged it home. On the hearth they anointed the log with beer (yes, really!) and set it ablaze, using remnants of the previous year’s log as kindling. It burned bit-by-bit until the Twelfth Night when, after the fire was out, it was stowed under a bed for luck and protection.  (Who doesn’t love a chocolate Yule log at Christmas?!)

In keeping with this Yuletide tradition, let’s look at a different kind of “log”: the Ace of Wands.

The image on the Rider-Waite deck depicts a mystical hand appearing from a cloud and holding a large tree branch. Far from being withered, the branch sprouts hopeful green leaves. A castle in the distance promises future opportunities.

Cards in the Wands suit are about primal energy, spirituality, courage, and creativity. In addition, Wands — like the Yule log itself — recall the element of Fire. Aces ask you to look positively at your life.

The Ace of Wands is perhaps the boldest and most determined card in the Tarot. Its creativity is not about merely having a hobby or pursuing a pastime. It has to do with bravely finding your own path, to a place where you develop a creative new vision for yourself.

Just as the holiday season is about hailing the end of one year and looking forward to the new one, the Ace of Wands asks you to leave behind an old way of thinking and embrace a perhaps risky new way, with enthusiasm and joy. It’s time to abandon negativity — even if that negativity has seemed an appropriate reaction — and look forward with optimism.

This Ace, then, wants you to be daring, brave, and enthusiastic about what is to come. In the midst of a cold winter, and after — let’s face it — a dreadful year,  it’s time to find victories and applaud them. Revel in the hope and positivity of the season, whether you opt for Hanukkah, Christmas, Yule, Kwanzaa, Omisoka – or nothing at all. Let the Ace of Wands hold the spark of energy that ignites you to new passion, and celebrate!

Happy Holidays!

Want more information about Tarot cards and readings? As well as coaching, I’m pleased to offer single-card, three-card, and Celtic Cross ten-card readings at various price ranges, all via email or face-to-face across Zoom or Skype.

And, although the world is an uncertain place right now, if you’re planning a future party – whether it’s an intimate get-together or a large-scale event, consider adding the excitement of Tarot readings. I’d love to chat with you, so to find out more, please email info@tarotbyemail.com.

I am the Weekend Witch, and I can’t wait to help you meet your destiny!


For the Holiday Season: Five Tarot Cards about Giving

Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

An appropriate topic for the holiday season, here are some Tarot cards about gifts and giving.

tarot | tarotbyemail | emailtarot | tarot readings | tarot reader | Tarot London | corporate tarot | business tarotSix of Pentacles

This one is literally about giving. In the Rider Waite deck this card shows a wealthy man handing coins to the poor. The card asks you to think about the importance of giving and receiving. Is it time for you to de-clutterise and donate unwanted things to a charity shop? Could you go online and give a few pounds to Oxfam. Or, if you yourself are needy, perhaps you should swallow your pride and accept the financial assistance you’ve been refusing. Whatever the case, when you see this card, it’s time to give and receive.

I have donated a lot of clothes, toiletries, hair curlers and make up to Hestia, a women’s refuge based in London; please bear them in mind of you rceive any unwanted gifts this year, thanks.

Four of Cups

In the Rider Waite Tarot deck, a man sits under a tree as a supernatural hand offers him a cup. But the man seems not to see it. This card is about gifts – or perhaps opportunities – being offered to you that you fail to notice. Do you need to make a bigger fuss over a homemade card from a child, for example? Should you show more appreciation for inexpensive presents from your poorer friends? Don’t take for granted gifts from people or the universe. Notice and appreciate what you’re offered, and everyone – especially you! – will be happier for it.

The Star

This card bears the name of an important holiday symbol. The Star is all about generosity. When you see it, the Tarot is telling you not to hold back, whether this means giving money, time, help, or love. Open your heart this holiday season, and give generously to others. Or, if you’re in need, have hope – the Star tells you that help is on the way. If your need is emotional, put aside the pain and allow yourself to feel the joy of the season. Let your lovelight shine, like the stars in the heavens. Know that you are blessed, and allow this Star to guide you.

Ace of Swords

The Ace of Swords stands for a gift you should give yourself. Many see the Swords cards as unpleasant, but Aces are bright shining blessings in the Tarot, and this one is no exception. Swords are about thought and contemplation, and this card says the key to something important is within your grasp. You have the power to understand it and deal with it. So give yourself the gift of time to examine how the clean, sharp energy and knowledge of a sword could work for you. Also, give yourself the gift of confidence in the decision you make.

Page of Wands

This card represents the gift of a message that you’ll receive soon. It might be an email, text, phone call, or even a card or a letter – remember those? It could also be a meaningful object given to you as a gift, such a photo of a dear one from long ago. Or it could be a visit. Whatever the content, it will probably be an unexpected and happy surprise, most likely from a young person or someone who is young at heart: someone playful, happy, and optimistic. So get ready, prepare for good news, and have fun!

Happy Holidays!

Want more information about Tarot cards and readings? As well as coaching, I’m pleased to offer single-card, three-card, and Celtic Cross ten-card readings at various price ranges, all via email or face-to-face across Zoom or Skype.

And, although the world is an uncertain place right now, if you’re planning a party – whether it’s an intimate get-together or a large-scale event, consider adding the excitement of Tarot readings. I’d love to chat with you, so to find out more, please email info@tarotbyemail.com.

I am the Weekend Witch, and I can’t wait to help you meet your destiny!