Sunday, 24 April 2011

Harvesting

For this second day drawing from the DruidCraft Tarot - illustrated by Will Worthington, authored by Stephanie and Philip Carr-Gomm and published by Connections Books - I picked the Seven of Pentacles.

In the DruidCraft Tarot, each suit is associated with a season.  For the suit of Pentacles, this is Winter.  So, instead of the traditional image of someone leaning on a hoe watching plants, we have the seasonally appropriate picture of a figure harvesting mistletoe.  Still, the idea of having to put in work to reap the harvest - in this case going out in winter to find the mistletoe and harvest it from high up in a tree - is clearly present, as is the idea that things can only be harvested when they are ready.

Despite the winter snow lying all around, this bare-armed figure is cloaked in green, the colour of growth and life, as well as of the heart.  He (my sense based on the muscular arms and broad shoulders) wields a golden scythe, a ritual implement.  The tree from which the mistletoe hangs sits upon a pentacle-inscribed rock, next to a stream, and dawn seems to brighten the pale sky beyond.

For me, this is a reminder to be mindful both when working and when reaping the rewards of that work.  To put my attention in what I'm doing, and to give thanks for what I receive.


I am grateful for the various benefits (both financial and less tangible) I get from the work I do.

2 comments:

  1. "things can only be harvested when they are ready.
    Perfectly put, and such a lovely way to interpret this card. Sure, it's about harvesting, but so are several other cards. This short post contains so much wisdom about patience and hard work, and loving that work for itself as much as its rewards. Good advice for anyone doing lots of spring planting right now :)
    Little Red xxx

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  2. Hi Little Red,

    Glad you enjoyed the post :-) And you're quite right about spring planting! Not that I do much of that, having black fingers when it comes to plants, but my Dear One is a keen gardener. I see in him that passion and focus, paying attention to when to plant, what to feed the garden, checking for pests or chemical imbalances, redesigning the layout to make sure things go in a place where they'll thrive. And unlike an allotment, it's not like this stuff will feed us through the winter, but it's still important for the sake of the plants.

    Happy planting!
    Chloe

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