Thursday, 5 May 2011
Very different from traditional depictions, instead of someone slyly running away with something, here we see a Green Woman pierced by flying arrows and entwined in prickly vines. Hand to head in a classic swooning heroine pose, I'm surprised to see the book say: "Her arms are raised in blessing,"
In some ways this card reminds me more of traditional Seven of Wands images - someone feeling attacked, but raising the question whether these attacks are creations of their own mind. In this sense, the Seven of Arrows, associated with the element of Air, with the mind and communication, does seem more fitting for this representation.
The book states: "Ungrounded fears and confusion lead to instability and panic, self-torture through guilt or delusion and the need to deal with fragmented or rejected aspects of personality." It recommends practising forgiveness as a healing mechanism.
I notice the skull that seems to peer out from the rock beneath her feet, making her footing in the world seem perilous, but it is just a rock. The vines that capture her do not look like living things, in strong contrast to her own foliage. And if the arrows are in fact thoughts and fears in her own mind, then the picture that emerges is one of someone fearing the worst. If she can get in touch with her own strength, her connection to nature, and if she can let go of her own fears, these perils will disappear.
I am grateful for the times when I can forgive myself.
I am thankful for journeys into nature that feel deeply healing, calming the mind and spirit.