When The World card appears in a Tarot reading, you are glowing with a sense of wholeness, achievement, fulfillment, and completion. A long-term project, period of study, relationship or career has come full circle, and you are now reveling in the sense of closure and accomplishment. In this instance this card represents the completion of a long held aspiration, to put together a 22 card collection that depicts an Aussie Wildlife interpretation of the Major Arcarna. We are celebrating that we have finally accomplished our goal. Everything has come together, and we are in the right place, doing the right thing, achieving what we have envisioned. We are feeling whole and complete.
Biddy Tarot says that “The World card invites you to reflect on your journey, honor your achievements, and tune into your spiritual lessons. Celebrate your successes and bask in the joy of having brought your goals to fruition. All the triumphs and tribulations along your path have made you into the strong, wise, more experienced person you are now. Express gratitude for what you have created and harvested. Finally, make sure you don’t rush into the next big project; celebrating your journey will set you up for success when you are ready for your next challenge”.
However, I am sure when this was written they didn’t have a high energy bird in mind. Bonnie is excited to take on the next challenge!
Habitat destruction is one of the biggest threats facing plants and animal species throughout the world. The loss of habitat has far-reaching impacts on the planet’s ability to sustain life, but even with the challenges, there is hope for the future.
Habitat destruction, defined as the elimination or alteration of the conditions necessary for animals and plants to survive, not only impacts individual species but the health of the global ecosystem.
Habitat loss is primarily, though not always, human-caused. The clearing of land for farming, grazing, mining, drilling, and urbanization impact the 80 percent of global species who call the forest home.
In all the Tarot Suns the solar orb or sunburst is prominently displayed and, indeed, is the one consistent image. An interesting design for the Sun that appears on seventeenth and eighteenth-century tarots of the Belgian pattern depicts a single boy, sometimes naked, riding a horse and carrying a banner. Bonnie is appalled and immediately produces her Hard Core Sunscreen for this child and even for the hardy lizards shown here.
Visit a summertime beach or poolside and you’re likely to find humans stretched out to enjoy the sun. Lizards also bask in the warm rays of sunlight, but their focus is on survival, not on getting a tan. Lizards lay out early in the morning, relying on the morning sun to jump-start their metabolism.
Like all members of the reptile class, lizards are cold-blooded. That means their bodies do not generate stable internal temperatures like those of birds and mammals, warm-blooded animals. Cold-blooded creatures depend on the environment around them to control their body temperature. Lizards bask in the morning sun to raise their internal body temperature and stimulate their metabolism. They position their body to soak up maximum sunlight, spreading themselves to create more surface area. As their internal temperature warms up, their muscles become limber, which is crucial for hunting and escaping predators. If a lizard becomes too warm, it will move into a shady spot or burrow into cool soil.
This card may feel like waking up from hibernation. After a long winter, we finally feel the sun’s rays on our faces and awaken, refreshed and ready to move. It’s the energising nature of that light, the way it encourages us to rise and embrace the day.
The Moon represents witchery, spellwork, magic and occult arts of all kinds. It’s rituals and ceremonies, and also smaller acts of magical intent. It asks you to forget about what is rational, what you ‘know’, and to delves into life’s mysteries. This can be soulful, creative and profound work, or it can be simple and experimental.
While most of us are asleep there are creatures who thrive functioning by the light of the moon. A wolf howls, the possums play as a young Quoll sprints by.
Different sets of imagery are used to portray the Star trump. Most Marseilles pattern decks show an androgynous looking nude figure, with flowing hair, kneeling and emptying jars of liquid, possibly water, into a stream. Bonnie feels it makes more sense, after the drama of the Tower to depict some wildlife sleeping peacefully under the Southern Cross.
The Tower has a simple meaning: The crumbling of the status quo.
The Tower – whatever it represents in your reading – comes crashing to the ground. All that you held to be true is suddenly…not true. The world looks different, and it can feel like a disaster. This card’s usual image of lightening destroying a tower is incredibly scary – destruction is all that we can see. The ground is unsteady beneath our feet. We don’t know what to hold on to.
It may point to something external – like a power structure being toppled – or it might be internal, like the overcoming of a personal struggle through a momentous and destabilising change. It may be the result of a long and bloody battle, finally over. Or it may be completely out of the blue. Little Red Tarot
Temperance is not a particularly glamorous card. It is about maintaining some balance and going steady. The word itself means ‘moderation’, which often means restraint. Choosing the middle way. Not upsetting the apple-cart. A lack of extremes.
“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carol
Bonnie took flight yesterday, or was it actually today? She was supposedly on her way to join the gangs annual raiding party. Like the Vikings, who, over the course of the Viking Age, were the subject of awe and fear among the other Europeans of the time, Cockatoos are very skilled at what they do. Their incursions are mainly focused on getting the best of the berries that fill trees in the areas they love to raid.
However, this time, Bonnie, a gregarious, multi skilled bird decided to break ranks and join her old adversary, the Crone, on one of her dubious ‘adventures’. When she met up with the Crone she learned that they would be travelling with a very old Donkey and a decidedly mysterious Raven. Whatever! A potential audience! The more the merrier!
Not long after they had established a camp site the old Crone, her donkey and Raven went off prospecting without Bonnie. Truth be told this high maintenance bird had become a bit much for them all and they needed some quieter time.
In their absence Bonnie spied a deck of Tarot Cards that the Crone had left on her reading table and, because she believes in her higher powers, she offered to explain the meanings and do readings for some of the curious animals who had come to check out the camp.
When the Crone returned she was astonished to find a crowd gathered and that Bonnie was ‘teaching’ them about the cards.
And this folks, is how Bonnie’s Skool of Tarot was birthed.