I had to look twice to make sure that the topic for this Tarot Blog Hop wasn't posted by the fabulous Arwen, Professional Joy Seeker. Although it would have been right up her street, in fact it was the equally fabulous Olivia of First Earth Tarot who proposed the following questions:
What are you joyful about? What brings light to your heart? How do you spread joy to others?
I decided to condense those questions down to two, and explore each with a quick, three-card Lennie draw using my own Kindergarten Lenormand (2nd Edition, The GameCrafter, 2014)
What brings joy to my life right now? - Lord, Sun, Woman
Well, the first answer is that my relationship brings me joy. Just look at the Lord and the Woman, with that happy sun shining its light on them both from the middle, what a perfect response to this question! I am deeply grateful for my Dear One, who is a wonderful father, a loving man, and very supportive of all my deck buying and other tarot-related pursuits :D
Looking at these cards from a more psychological perspective, I see it saying that I find joy when I achieve a balance between my rational mind and dynamism, and my more nurturing side. These last few weeks, I've felt a little closer to that, as though I am managing to be myself and to be mother to my children. It feels joyful to work on some of my own projects, while not feeling like I'm deserting my sons.
How can I spread joy to others? - Storks, Rider, Birds
Hmm, my first response to this was also pretty prosaic - call friends and family more often to share news of the changes in our lives: be it moving home, having a new baby, job news, whatever... I haven't been great at keeping in touch with friends and family, and letting them know about my new baby (now 14 weeks). My Dear One let most of our shared friends and closest family know about the birth, and my mother shared the news with more distant family and various colleagues we have in common. I've barely managed to upload a few pics to Facebook! So, encouragement to reach out more... it's a two-way joy street when we connect, share, and feel heard!
These are my answers to Olivia's questions, what are yours? Wishing you a joyful Solstice!
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