Many Paths to Intuition
Every now and then I like to delve into my druid animal oracle deck, I find it carries a very pure, gentle yet powerful vibe to it…
Maybe it’s because we’re dealing with natural symbols & archetypes that are WAY more ancient and foundational than our last few hundred years of whizz bang pop industrial materialism, for all I enjoy contemporary life I’m often left feeling a lack of any real depth and profundity which I imagine (perhaps romantically) our ancient ancestors possessed in abundance and worked with as a matter of course!
So in the usual fashion an intuitive image flashed in my mind (bing), today it is The Stag.
Druid Animal Deck – The Stag
On this card we have the two pillars (paths, ways) and arch (decision point, phase shift, structural protection) in the form of two bare trees set in a lush winters wilderness with open clear blue skies.
Interestingly all the elements are present, the sky, the fire burnt orange sun just irising (or setting), the mountains, a still lake, and the land where the stag stands majestically on the edge of a wild meadow next to rocks engraved with symbols.
The keywords suggest Pride, Independence, and Purification. It is said that the Stag brings protection when feeling vulnerable, under scrutiny and the like. He helps bring calmness, strength and dignity, as well as helping you gain and maintain independence.
Associated with the number One it is an auspicious card for new projects and beginnings — cool : ) — and of course we have the fertility and sexuality significance too, in this case bringing grace, power and integrity to your sexual life — nice!
The down side, or reverse perspective is good old Pride. Pride is an asset when it encourages our giving of our best, however where it falls apart is when used as a barrier, shield, or armour protecting feelings of vulnerability and inadequacy which can prevent us from developing and enjoying life.