This time around, our wrangler, Arwen asked us: "What can I share from my table to enrich my community?" I had plenty of thoughts about the first part of the question - I know what I like to share, what I can share. What, though, of the second part? Does my sharing actually enrich my community, and if so, how? So, I decided, as so often, to devise a little spread and see what the cards' thoughts on this were. I'll call it the Fruit Bowl Spread (can't forget to name it yet again!) I drew two cards for fruit - it's hardly sharing if there's only one piece of fruit on offer - and one card to look at how this sharing might benefit my community.
As ever this year, I drew from the vibrant DruidCraft Tarot (Connections, 2004).
|Prince of Wands|
Well, now isn't this an energetic card? The Prince of Wands charges forward, his steed leaping over a little hillock, and his wand raised high. He is full of vim and enthusiasm, though I sometimes feel it is sheer luck that he clears the obstacles in his path :o
So, how am I like this Prince in sharing my fruits with others? I guess that I have a pretty can-do attitude, and have been known to dive into things with more will than clarity, more determination than ability. And yet, as has been said, there is a magic to beginning things.
For example, I know there's at least one person who has been encouraged by my example to create their own Lenormand deck. Likewise, some have said that after seeing the way I pop out tarot spreads, they decided to create their own for a specific situation or question. And I also see this in some of my recent attempts at art: be it zentangles, or actually drawing stuff for the TABI Lenormand. No-one is going to be asking me for art lessons any time soon, but the enthusiasm is there, for sure :D And it seems that my willingness to give things a try has incited a few others to attempt things they might otherwise have thought they couldn't do. I hope so!
|Queen of Wands|
Ha, with the Queen of Wands following straight after the Prince of Wands, I am reminded of Ali's wonderful This Game of Thrones blog, looking at Court cards. How is the Queen different from the Prince, in terms of things that I can share with others?
Well, I see the Queen as being more mature. While she's still passionate, she's less likely to go off half-cocked. She has a bit more foresight, and also focuses more on others, being Water of Fire, and therefore the most nurturing of the Wands court. She has a community focus, then, and encourages other people in their projects, as well as fierily advancing her own.
So, she doesn't just encourage people by her example, like the Prince, but actually stops to look at what the other person is doing. She can get excited about somebody else's project and prospects, not just her own. She'll applaud their ideas, try to boost their self-esteem, and generally incite them to go further. That's certainly something I try for: I love to see other people getting animated about an idea or a project, and trusting themselves enough to do it. I'll gladly praise them, reassure them, and try to rouse them to action, and I hope that helps spur them on.
What a gorgeous, powerful card. What I hope is that by sharing my enthusiasm, my willingness to jump up and try something, and my animation over other people's ideas, that others feel enthused and galvanised, too. That people will grab the reins, like Boudicca in the card, and try charging into things themselves. And, it may well be, that they are actually far stronger, far clearer, and far more able than they believed themselves to be. They just needed that little push to dare to give it a go themselves, that feeling of "what the heck, why not try it, what have I got to lose?", or the reassuring encouragement of someone else who believes in them, even if they don't quite ;)
I notice that this is a Major Arcana, suggesting that what those fruits of enthusiasm can inspire is larger than I might think. People taking the reins of their life, or just setting out on an exciting new creative project, that's a big deal! It is empowering, and can also lead to wonderful creations.
I hope this spread will inspire you to see what it is that you offer to your community, and just how valuable that sharing is. That would be another of my Queen of Wands desires :)
Now, please feel free to hop on over to Songs from the Wishing Tree, for more lovely sharing.