When presenting this blog hop's topic our wrangler, Joanne of Cosmic Whispers, mentioned its position as turning point between light and dark, being the equinox. She then challenged us to write about the rebirth and renewal possible at this time. The two together inspired me to create a spread based on a card from the DruidCraft Tarot (Connections, 2004).
How so, you might ask? Well, firstly, in this deck the Judgement card is renamed 'Rebirth'. Secondly, as you can see from the scan, it shows a golden-haired child emerging from a dark cave: light emerging from darkness :) There is also a man blowing on a horn, announcing the rebirth and perhaps helping guide the boy out into the light of day.
1) What darkness am I leaving behind?
2) What new hope is approaching?
3) What can help me find my bearings at this time?
I decided to give the spread a quick go using another deck by the same artist (Will Worthington), the Wildwood Tarot (Connections, 2012).
How interesting that this card shows us the view out from inside a cave, as opposed to the cave from outside seen in the Rebirth card! This card says to me that I am leaving behind a feeling of being trapped. It's also interesting, given I have just given birth: my second son leaving the home of the womb to join us in our new home.
Giving birth means that I am no longer restricted by my pregnant body, yet it does come with different restrictions. A baby who needs nurturing, feeding, cleaning, loving. Who will have his own schedule, and not give a damn what my plans are. I will also be more housebound, if only for a short while...
What a perfect card for new hope. There is a world of possibility opening up to me, with every day a new adventure!
Although this is my second child, it will still be a totally different experience, stepping out into the unknown at every stage. That can be a little daunting: not for nothing is the Wanderer the zero, the unknown. It is also exciting, though :D
Ha, as ever the tarot shows its sense of humour! What can help me find my bearings is letting go of any rigid ideas about where I should be going or how I'm supposed to get there. I can't follow any map, and trying to do so will just set me back and make me feel all the more lost.
This card echoes the Wanderer, challenging me to go with the flow, to take surprises and shocks in my stride, to be willing to have my perspective turned upside down. Rolling with the punches, seeing it as a dance rather than a fight, is my only option, the only way to stay present with where I am right now.
I hope you'll give this spread a go, and maybe leave a comment with your reading or a link. My reading was certainly thought-provoking, and will hopefully help me through this time of joyful challenges.