|Question card (face down), 3 card draw, and sketch|
Last year, for the Imbolc edition of the Tarot Blog Hop, I created a couple of spreads based on Brigid’s different aspects (Inner Whispers and TABI). So, when Christiana Gaudet suggested we write this time about Tarot, healing and creativity, based on her understanding of Brigid, I wondered whether I should just use one of my previous spreads again. However, for me, creativity suggests something new, something a bit different, challenging ourselves in some way.
While writing the post for TABI’s contribution to this Blog Hop, I was reminded of a technique suggested by Lyn Olds at last year’s UK Tarot Conference. And so, I decided to do a very simple spread, but with a bit of a difference.
You could do this as a two-card draw, answering: 1) What in my life needs healing? 2) What creative answer will help with that healing? However, I approached it from another angle. Having picked a deck to work with - the lovely Wildwood Tarot (Connections, 2011) - I drew one card face down to respond to the first question, and three cards as my answer to the second. Before looking at the first card, though, I turned over the three “answer” cards, and created a sketch based on the elements from each which jumped out at me. Only after the sketch was done did I turn over the first card to discover what my “answer” was about.
How to interpret all of this? Well, I see the Balance card saying that what needs healing right now is the fact that my thoughts are currently all tangled, strangling the life and growth potential in me. Two conflicting aspects vye for control, and I’m weighed down trying to figure out how to balance them.
This speaks to me on a couple of levels, but I’ll stick with just one here. I see the two dragons as my two children, one who is six, and one who is due in about six weeks. My first son is severely disabled due to brain damage suffered during an infection when he was first born. When he was just seven months old, we tried some stem cell therapy for him. There is no way to prove whether or not it helped, but he is doing far better than his initial prognosis suggested. So, we have been considering whether we should try giving him another treatment. With a second baby on the way, the possibility of harvesting stem cells from the umbilical cord of this second child came up.
However, recent research suggests that it is helpful for a child if you delay clamping the cord, so that those stem cells flow into the newborn, having been pushed back by the pressure of coming through the birth canal. They have the potential to give the new child an extra boost to their immune system, and their early growth and development.
So, now I have the problem: do I harvest the stem cells for my first child, who might benefit from stem cell therapy, or do I leave them for my second child, to give him the best possible start in life? There is also the possibility that I could delay clamping the cord by just a little while, trying to let some of the stem cells flow to number two, but keeping some for harvesting for number one...
|Sketch from the 3 cards drawn|
As for the Archer, she stands a little way down the hill, on a grassy bank. This tells me I need to stay in tune with nature, with the natural order of things. Also, that I need to focus, be determined, and follow through. Allowing myself to be distracted by lots of factors will just make me miss my aim, and not achieve anything.
I think this says that I shouldn't focus on one or the other, but go with what is most natural, and turn my focus elsewhere for a solution. So, I should let Number Two have what is his due, and find another solution for my first child. And in the meantime, I need to have my goal clearly in sight - giving birth to a healthy baby - rather than worrying about maybe's and possibilities related to other things.
This technique of drawing a sketch based on the cards is a fun way to approach the cards. I might have come to a similar conclusion just interpreting the cards the regular way: Two of Bows, a choice to be made; the Guardian, protecting what is natural, not being tempted into anything that I might regret; the Archer, being focused and determined, reigning in disparate ideas. Or I might not...
I'd love to hear if you give this reading technique a try, and please feel free to post a link if you blog or post a sketch!