Tarot of the Sacred Feminine (2014). The premise and artwork are somewhat reminiscent of Barbara Moore's Book of Shadows: As Above deck (Lo Scarabeo, 2012), but without such a steep learning curve, nor so many additional associations.
As for this week's reading, once again it offers us quite a nice cross-section of the deck: a Major, a Minor and a Court!
XVIII - The Moon. The waxing, full and waning phases of the moon shine
from the sky, echoed below by a young, adult and aged woman. Around
them is a misty night sky, and calm seas lapping a rocky shore. This
card speaks to me of the phases of life, both short and long term, and
their associated uncertainties and mysteries. What bodily changes are
Mind: Seven of Pentacles. This is an
interesting and rather different take on this card. Two women dressed
in rags push a wheel around a grindstone in an icy landscape. Above
them gleams the aurora borealis. Without checking the LWB (and yes,
it's one of the less impressive kind, with little reference to the card
images), I imagine they are working to keep the seasons in their place
and moving forward. A hard, often unrewarding job, yet a necessary one
that bears fruit in the long run. How can you channel your thoughts
productively this week?
Spirit: the Knight of Pentacles. What a
gorgeous card! A woman's face stares out of the darkness, her brown
hair parted over a forehead decorated with Celtic knotwork. Beside her
is a brown mare, with a crescent moon on her forehead. This card makes
me think of Rhiannon, though she is often described as blonde, with a
white mount. Still, after being falsely accused of killing her own
child, she was made to carry visitors like a horse. A hard and plodding
physical task, well-suited to the Knight of Pentacles. What physical
task could you dedicate to spirit?
Having that Major at the start
of the reading, followed by two Pentacles, really places the emphasis
of this reading on the physical this week. Which makes a lot of sense
to me, as we're moving house over the next 3 days, with me just a week
from my estimated due date to give birth. Everyone has been telling me
not to lift anything, to delegate and take things easy. Things which
I'm not very good at, as a rule. Still, this reading emphasises that I
need to respect the phase my body is in, and leave the hard work to my
mind and spirit.
I am grateful for the reminder that life moves in cycles, which we need to honour.