This round has been wrangled by Kareena Narwani, and her topic is "Pentacles: The Fruits of Harvest". Kareena asked us what our favourite Pentacles card is, and though I had a hard time choosing I decided it would have to be the Nine of Pentacles. Then, the second question: from which deck?
Given the seasonal associations of Lughnasadh, sometimes called Loafmass or Lammas, with harvesting corn and converting it to bread (and beer), I decided to choose the Nine of Pentacles from the beautiful Llewellyn Tarot (Llewellyn, 2006).
I love the way this independent woman stands in a field of golden corn, with her hair blowing gently in the breeze. She holds a hooded hawk on her wrist, symbol of dedication and training to gain the skills which have allowed her to reap this abundance, and also of her connection to spirit.
This card inspired me to design a quick, two card spread, and as always on these blog hops I'll use the seasonally appropriate Wheel of the Year Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2011) to try it out. I'll call it the First Harvest Spread, and the card positions are:
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1) What skills have I honed this year? Queen of Swords
This rather cold Queen of Swords makes me think of Disney's evil step-mother in Snow White! Nevertheless, I think it's true to say that I have been honing my mind, my communication skills, and my empathy. Having just finished the "practical" aspects of a Masters in Psychotherapy (including client case studies), all those skills are ones I've been working on quite diligently for the last two and a half years.
I also see this Queen as being a good fit for a blogger: she researches questions, and spends time crafting her sentences, and yet her focus is on the human and emotional level, unlike the practical bent of the Page or the strategic emphasis of the King. Having blogged daily for the last year and a half, she feels like a good fit for me.
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2) What abundance do I have to give thanks for? Seven of Wands
Hmm, this card is very watery for a Wands card! And a rather unhappy looking card for something to give thanks for. Still, what I see here is that I should give thanks for the defences, strategies and strength I have developed to deal with overwhelming emotions, both my own and those of others.
I give thanks, too, for the support I have to deal with difficult situations. I see that support from my Dear One, from my mother and friends, and from the wonderful on-line and blogger communities I am happy to be a part of! Hats off to you all :)
I hope you'll give this little spread a go, and in the meantime hop on round to Joy's lovely site :)