Tarot of the Celtic Fairies (Lo Scarabeo, 2010). I love the subject :D And the author, Mark McElroy, has written some really great tarot books. I loved his first tarot, too: the Bright Idea Deck (Llewellyn, 2005), though checking I realise I've never blogged with it, either!
Body - Nine of Spears (Wands)
Straight off, I see here Nuada Airgetlam, a King who lost hi arm and had it replaced with a silver one. However, being "damaged" he was no longer considered fit to rule. This seems to fit the Nine of Wands idea of pushing through tiredness or injury, though looking in the companion book the focus is on Dianceht, the healer who provides the replacement silver limb.
For me, it's not an injury as such that I see, but rather my baby and the fact I breastfeed him. I have a business trip this week, and am not yet sure how it'll work out. Will I have to miss chunks of the meetings, even though I can feed perfectly discreetly (I've got a great system, between discreet nursing tops and a large scarf tied with a brooch)? Or can I convince others that breastfeeding is no reason for me to leave the room? We'll see...
Mind - Three of Swords
What I saw here was the myth of the Twelve Wild Swans, which certainly involves some heaetache and much upset caused by false ideas. However, the companion book cites the story of the fairy King Midar, who fell in love with a married human woman - doubly inappropriate! He cast a spell on them both to become swans, so they could be together. It didn't let them be themselves, though, so eventually he reversed the enchantment and bid his human love goodbye.
Certainly, I may regret not making the most of this business opportunity, but I think I've done all I can to work around the situation practically. What remains, I guess, is thinking of how to persuade others of that...
Spirit - Eight of Cauldrons (Cups)
Here we have a brownie leaving the house where he has faithfully toiled because the woman has offered him clothing. I guess having a naked fae doing the dishes could be a bit distracting ;) The companion book says of this card that it's time to leave a situation where we are not being offered what we want. Not that there's nothing on offer, just that it isn't what our heart desires at this time.
This feels pretty important to me. I've been worrying about what these business contacts will think when the Celtic Lenormand is published, outing me as a weirdo cartomant. This card reminds me that if they don't like who I am, it would be their loss if I left. That I need to stay true to myself, else I will not be happy. This is also true on a more immediate level: I believe breastfeeding is a good thing to do, and I know that I am discreet with it, so if they don't like it, that's also their problem.