Daily Angel Oracle Card deck: Epona’s Wild Daughter, from The Faerie’ Oracle, by Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth
Epona’s Wild Daughter: “Inner Shadows, Nightmare, Depression, Madness, Growth”
“In the bleakest part of the night, Dorcha comes, wearing her crown of faery stars. She kneels on the ancient owl, bearer of the hidden wisdom of the night, and facing into the past with a clear, unflinching gaze, she holds us. We are held immobile, inwardly focused, by her comforting yet implacable light-filled hands. She asks riddles that often seem impossible to answer at first – and yet she will not let us go until we find the solutions within ourselves. She is one of the great teachers of Faery, but her method of teaching makes Socrates’ questions look like child’s play. We must expect this of Dorcha because her lessons are about the shadow side of ourselves – thing things we fear, our insecurities, self-doubts and denials. She is a practitioner of “tough love” therapy.
Dorcha is the Wild Daughter of Epona, Lady of the Horse and the Moon, and she takes us through the dark, hidden side of ourselves and into healing and fulfillment. From the temporary madness of rage, premenstrual tension, or great stress to the deeper and longer psychoses, she drives us on the journey thought our internal heals. When we complete the journey, we are transfigured and transformed, transcending our old selves. We can never be frightened by that darkness again, whether our own or that of others. But until that journey is fully complete, we exist in a state of vulnerability – Which is where most of us are most of the time.
Notice, please, that it is she and not her more gentle sister, Laiste, who wears the crown of stars – a mark of service, compassion, and great wisdom. Dorcha’s element is moonlight, the fifth element, which tempers and tests the spirit. Through her teaching our inner conflicts and struggles become, as they are resolved, our greatest strengths.
Starter Reading: “Epona’s Wild Daughter, Dorcha, is the sphinx, whose riddles must be answered lest we otherwise be destroyed by our own internal conflicts. Dorcha reminds us that we cannot go forward until we have faced something buried within us that is holding us back. Her presence in a reading tells us that finding and working through this is a task of some urgency. We can expect help in this from other people, from the faeries, and from our dreams, but we must be open to these difficult questions and answers and be ready to face things about ourselves that are not as we would wish them to be. She urges us to heal the unresolved issues about who we really are and what we truly want to be. This is part of the required course in Self-Transformation 101 that we are all enrolled in here on Planet Earth.
The answers to her riddles often come in a sudden burst of enlightenment, like the “solution” to a Zen koan. We may watch a leaf fall or catch a glimpse of the tiny sliver of the new moon in the sky and suddenly be hit by the answer. Before that happens, we usually work long and hard upon the question, searching and digging for an answer. The realization, when we really have it, will be transformative; we will no longer be the people that we once were.
You don’t like this interpretation? Well, I have been telling you all along that we (you and I an everyone else) will all receive varying messages from the faeries in the cards. Yours may well differ from mine. Ask Dorcha what message she has for you – and don’t be surprised if her answer is another question or riddle. She and I both wish you will in solving it, will all our hearts.”*
~ by Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth
Dorcha knows that what is trapped within you is holding you hostage and she has committed to assisting you in finding your freedom. She is fearless, and she has high expectations. She doesn’t mess around. She is fair and compassionate, and you are safe in her embrace, but you will have no choice but to grow when she comes into your consciousness. It is time.
This Wild Daughter will help us to shed light where darkness has lived for too long. She will help bring our wildest dreams to the surface and nurture them to fruition, knowing that life is too short to ignore our heart’s desires. She will encourage us to be our wild goddess and god selves, to embrace new life, opportunity and passion through self love and acceptance. She will steer us out of our comfort zones, insisting that we experience new and amazing adventures. There will never be a dull moment when Dorcha comes in to assist us.
Do you accept this assistance? Are you ready and willing to take on this transformational journey? If the answer is yes, place an offering outside, inviting her in. You may be uncomfortable, but you will not regret it.