I love Joanne's topic for this tarot blog
hop: turning darkness into light. Although I personally celebrate Yule
as the longest night, I can get behind the idea that we can use this
dark time to illuminate our soul, and to look towards the future. To
that end, I decided to create a spread based on light sources:
1) Candle - what spark does my soul hold at this time?
2) Lightbulb - what human agency or process will help me bring light to this area?
3) Stars - what source of guidance is available to me?
4) Moon - what reflection of the future light can I perceive right now?
DruidCraft Tarot (Connections, 2009).
1) Candle - The spark my soul holds at this time is the Five of Swords. This makes me think of drawing victory from the jaws of defeat, or suceeding in something where I have failed before. And that definitely chimes with me at the moment. For one thing, I'm now 6 months pregnant, having lost two babies in the 8 months prior to this pregnancy. For another, I'm just finishing up re-working a project I started over a year ago, but never did anything much with. And finally, in the last fortnight I finally figured out what I hope is a viable plan for a goal I set myself over a year ago but had no idea how to accomplish.
2) Lightbulb - The Princess of Swords suggests that what I need to do in all of
these situations is put a bit of beginner's mind into them. Rather than
dwelling on what I did or didn't do, or what did or didn't happen, I
need to approach each with openness and curiosity. Clear communication
would also be no bad idea, perhaps asking for help when needed.
3) Star -
As spiritual guidance, the star to light my way, I have the beautiful
Lady/Empress. She reminds me that the world is a wonderful, abundant
place, and that I am creative and nurturing. Though I may have had
setbacks in the past, I can be guided by the example of other mothers
and creatrices, and have a little faith in my own ability to birth a
child and a project or two.
4) Moon - In terms of the reflection of the future, the
Eight of Swords is again a reminder not to let my own assumptions,
prejudices and past experiences tie me up in knots and stop me from
being my creative best. I'll need to keep an eye out for this tendency
in myself, remember the suggestion to seek beginners mind, and trust in
the guidance of the Lady.
I hope you'll try out this
illuminating spread, and let me know if you do. In the meantime,
there's plenty more blog hopping to do...