Holly and the Oak Spread

From our Midwinter zine.

The Holly and Oak Kings are brothers, lovers, or mortal enemies locked in battle over the ruling halves of the year. At Midsummer, the Oak King is at the height of his power; at Midwinter, the Holly King rules. As such, the solstices are opportunities for us to look at the waxing and waning powers of the year, to honor what energies are currently holding court, but also to look ahead at what will be swiftly gaining power in the turn of the seasons. It is in understanding the ebb and flow of these powers that we understand the magic of the season and use it to best prepare ourselves for the remaining winter months.

 

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  1. Center: You; Now
    • This card represents yourself, your current challenge, or the role you play, particularly as it hangs in balance at the moment of the solstice.
  2. Right: Waxing Energy (the Oak King)
    • This is the energy that is steadily gaining steam in your life. This is what will guide your decisions over the next six months, culminating in the Summer Solstice.
  3. Left: Waning Energy (the Holly King)
    • This is the energy that is most influencing your life at the moment, but also starting to ebb away. This is what you must prepare to give up as the light returns to the world.
  4. Below: Longest Night
    • What can the darkness of the solstice teach you? What hidden parts of yourself are germinating in the cold and the dark?
  5. Above: Dawning Light
    • What lessons can be learned from the return of the sun? What is starting to thaw in your heart? What can you embrace in the coming year?

 

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Midwinter Zine

Midwinter-Zine

Purchase on Gumroad for $2*

As the patterns of darkness and light chase each other across the sky, so too does the ever unfolding pattern of our own soul’s work and purpose in this world. We hope these spreads can bring you insight and guidance.

Guiding Star
to give direction, grounding you, placing you in time, and giving you much to think on as the year comes to a close and a new one dawns.

Holly and Oak
What can you learn from the waning light and waxing dark?

Gifts of the Magi
What lessons to the wise ones bring?

Halfway Through the Dark
Find hope and strength in the dark.

Holly Bushes
Find the bounties of the season.

*Email us at oakandsagetarot@gmail.com if you need to pay via another method and we can email you a PDF.

Midwinter Zine Delay/Sneak Peak

Hey folks! The intent had been to release the Midwinter Zine today, but life exploded in the Oak and Sage household this last two weeks, and it’s behind schedule. We have 2.5 of the 5 spreads done, and we hope to bang it out this weekend, but we’ve got a lot of personal chores to catch up on.

When we finally get it done we’re going to have the Guiding Star Spread, a nine card layout to help you see where you’re going in your life, and what you have supporting you. It’s a great spread for wrapping up the year and starting a new one. We’ll also have the Etienne developed Gifts of the Magi Spread, which is a simple three card spread to ask questions in regards to your faith, leadership, and personal growth. On the more Pagan side of things, we’ll  have another joint spread called the Holly and the Oak Spread, which is based around the mythology of the Holly and Oak kings. This five card  spread gives you an opportunity to ask what you can learn from the dawning light and the lasting dark.

We’re still working on naming the final two spreads, but they will be shorter two-four cards. All five spreads will be up on Gumroad when we’re done, for the very low price of $2.00. We’ll also take email orders, if you need to provide an alternative payment.

Here is a sneak peak of the Guiding Star Spread.

guiding star sneak peak

The Fool’s Dog Tarot App(s) Review

Last year I wanted to try out the Wildwood Tarot, but knowing it wasn’t a quite a traditional deck put me off from investing the money in the cards. So when I discovered that I could download a digital version from Fool’s Dog Tarot App Collection, I did. The Wildwood Tarot App priced at $4.99 in the Apple Store ended up not being a deck I would use on a regular basis. I was, however, hooked on the Fool’s Dog as a company. I purchased the Linestrider Tarot App shortly after, wanting a more traditional deck for daily cards and simple readings on the go.

Fool’s Dog is a series of apps on Android and iOS that allows full use of a digital Tarot deck, including a guidebook. All the art is high resolution and licensed from the creator of the decks. They have over 75 different decks, including Tarot, Lenormand, Oracle, and Kipper decks, and prices range from $1.99 to $6.99. They also have a free Tarot Sampler, a fully functional app with images from multiple different decks.

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The home screen on each app is a simple, small menu In a single tap you can get to the guidebook, pull a single card, or use their Card of the Day feature for your daily reads.

The apps are customizable; for example, if you don’t read reversals, you can turn them off. You can change the background for your reading cloth and also have several options for digitally shuffling your card. For people who are blind, low vision, or have other reading and print disabilities, there are options for voice prompts, increasing font size in the guidebook, and magnifying card images. These features really impress me as a disabled person because I know how difficult it can be to find accommodations! (Edit: Although I am low vision or blind, so I can’t speak to how useful they are in this specific case.)

Each app comes with a few predefined spreads that allow you to conduct a full reading. All cards pulled are decided based on a truly random process. I’ve tapped on the “Today’s Card” menu feature on both my phone and my tablet to make sure it was a different card on each device, and it is!

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Spread options, including deck specific readings. As you can see, it’s a little different from deck to deck.

And as the Fool’s Dog is a Pagan owned company, The Wild Hunt reports that there are spells built into the code to help with intuition. While I sometimes struggle to really connect to large readings on a small screen, I’ve found that I frequently turn to my apps to pull together 3-4 card readings on the subway ride home.

The apps also save a history of your readings and daily cards along with a journal that allows you to take notes. I find this log to be very useful for seeing a theme or repeated cards in your daily pulls. It doesn’t, however, give you an option to have an account so you can save and send your journal to another device. You can share these journal entries on social media, to email, and several other options.

I’m in love with my apps, while I don’t always draw a daily card (my anxiety simply doesn’t let me, which is a post for another day), I use the Wildwood and Linestrider apps on a regular basis and have plans to purchase the Shadowscapes version as well. I really can’t recommend this company enough. There is a deck for everyone in their offerings.

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