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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Tarot Thought for Imbolc

Rider Waite-Smith


Samhain and Yule are incredibly emotional, transformative times that see our spirits delve to the depths our of souls, find our true selves and rest in the womb of the Mother, waiting for the time when we can come back up to the light of the world and start living the plans and promises we made while resting in the darkness.




Imbolc is the time when the seeds of our plans start to bud and reach to the light from the womb of the Mother we have been laying in through the darker months ~ it literally means “in the belly” because our souls are starting to stir with the planting of these seeds, and these stirrings can be felt all around by those who have a strong intuition.





Are you inspired toward a new creative path, be it artistic, spiritual or entrepreneurial? This could be because after this time of dark introspection, of vulnerability and genuflecting, you are starting to see the world so differently that it inspires you to create or do something different. A new idea of how to live or where to take your life may have dawned during the dark months ~ take a chance, reach for the stars and let yourself shine!Your horizons have been broadened and the promise, fulfillment and inspiration filling you now can neither be denied nor hidden! You are realizing a new strength that stimulates you to higher levels.
Druidcraft Tarot

What will you make of what is inspiring you?

A beautiful tarot card to meditate on during Imbolc is The Star. Throughout this peice are The Star cards from the Rider-Waite/Smith, Tarot of Dreams, Legacy of the Divine Tarot and Druidcraft Tarot decks. What immediately comes to mind when you see any of these images?

Behold the woman at the center of these images ~ isn't she a glorious child of Goddess (just like you)? She is naked, which is to be in your natural state and facing the world as you truly are with no artiface, being stripped bare, and all of the water and fresh green vital Earth around her symbolise the spiritual emergence and healing that is taking place for you now. The water also symbolises your emotions and the tears that have been shed during this emotional time and the gifts that you are pouring into the collective unconcious.

The Star is bringing you pleasure in nature, intuition and hope. For the darker months that have just proceeded, many of us have been on a journey that has been very emotional, opened up soul wounds and spent a lot of time with our shadow selves. Such journeys can be incredibly draining and the Star promises healing and hope.
Tarot of Dreams




Turn your eyes heavenward and bask in the light of the Star for it is the Goddess letting you know that she loves and believes in you. This is a time for the calm and healing power of the Goddess and Water to enter your life ~ it didn't leave you during the dark months but now you are open to this on a deeper, inner, spiritual level. It is interesting to note that the Ancients viewed water as the manifestation of Goddess.







Trust and have confidence in the future. See the wonders that life has to offer. Take this time to heal and reach up from the dark, from the womb and get ready to re-join life again at Imbolc!

From the Druidcraft Tarot Workbook ~ the message of the Star is:

Inner and outer are connected in perfect harmony. All you need to do is to be.
Legacy of the Divine Tarot

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Yule ~ A Tarot Journey






Yule for me is a time of beautiful paradox ~ a time of being still, immersing yourself in the Earth and the womb of the Goddess, delving into the darkness inside and discovering what lies in my soul while simultaneously shedding the extraneous and unnecessary from my life, and making plans that are to be borne at the Spring Equinox. It is here that we stand on the horizon, during the darkest hour gathering warmth in the Sun's promise of growth and renewal in times to come.
Yule is a time of darkness, release, letting go, warming the heart, nourishing the soul and affirming that which is to come, a time of being still while taking an inner journey as we get closer to the Spring Equinox. We need to remember that life continues in the darkness and that light will always reappear.

The Yule journey can be depicted in the tarot, whether by casting a spread and seeing what lessons the universe has in store for you, or by meditating on certain cards that represent the Yule journey. In this article I am going to give you the chance to do both! I am going to explore a tarot journey through Yule using four cards that I feel are connected to Yule, and I am also going to give you a spread to use as part of your Yule ritual/celebrations.

The Tarot Journey of Yule

3 of Swords
Traditionally in tarot readings, the Three of Swords denotes heartbreak, pain, loss, anxiety, betrayal, but in the context of Yule, I see something completely different in this card.
This turn of the Wheel, I opened myself up to the energy of Samhain more truly then ever before and while it was an incredible journey, heartbreak was mixed with the exuberance. The darkness has a way of breaking us down, leaving us to rebuild ourselves again in the light of day once all has been evaluated and considered. This is what the 3 of Swords represents to me. Ponder this: the sword essentially has two functions; one is to pierce, the other is to carve away the unnecessary ~ both are painful but both provide powerful lessons we need to grow. And this growth has to come from within you. This is exactly the purpose of Samhain, to examine your soul and purpose then begin to identify what needs to be removed at Yule. The swords have pierced; now it is time for them to cut away that which is unnecessary.

The actions associated with the 3 of Swords are:
being seperated
discovering a painful truth
wandering far from home
removing that which is unnecessary

4 of Swords
Here, a figure lies in rest, quiet preparation and relaxation. The Swords cards all stand for trials of some kind, but the Four suggests feelings of peace and stillness. Why is this card different? Because it represents the challenge to be quiet! Sometimes resting and doing nothing is the ultimate challenge. The 4 of Swords is also a time when the focus of your life shifts from the external to the internal ~ note that the central figure is “blank” and the world outside is small, colourful and waiting ~ the time will come to re-join that outside world, but now is the time for introspection, to weigh your options, ready yourself for the activity that is to come with the Spring Equinox.

The actions that are associated with the 4 of Swords are:
relaxing body and soul
listening to your inner voice
reviewing where you are
consolidating your inner resources
coming to terms with what is



The High Priestess
The High Priestess is perfect for Yule ~ as we are dropping down into the Earth, the High Priestess awaits us in her underground cave. Many High Priestesses are depicted as being underground, in a cave, a patient teacher waiting for her student as full of potential and mystery as the darkness itself.
The High Priestess is the guardian of the unconscious. She sits in front of the thin veil of unawareness which is all that separates us from our inner landscape. She contains within herself the secrets of these realms and offers us the silent invitation to know these secrets and know that we are own our priests and priestesses. The High Priestess challenges you to go deeper, look beyond the obvious, see the hidden and remember the unlimited possibilities you hold within yourself. Look at her, take note of her stance ~ the knowledge contained in the Torah (in many other decks this knowledge is depicted as a book) is held close to her and the Lady does not share easily; if you truly want that knowledge you have to prove you are ready for it. In the context of this tarot journey, it is the 4 of Swords taken to it deepest level.

The actions associated with the High Priestess are:
using your intuition
trusting your inner voice
opening to dreams and imagination
understanding the possibilities
opening to what could be
allowing development

The Star
A beautiful symbol of hope, healing and renewal, the Star is a wonderful card to end the Yule Tarot Journey with. Looking up to the light of the Star after our time in the dark underground somehow transports us away from ourselves and onto a higher plane. The Star promises that after the upheaval and emotional work done throughout Samhain and Yule, there is hope and healing (which is symbolized by the pool of water) Open your heart and release your fears and doubt; the Star is the Tarot's way of saying that the/your Goddess is with you through this journey. Take some time to swim in those healing waters before heading back to the real world, your work is beginning and it will be beautiful to watch unfold. While the Star gives us light, hope, healing and protection, it is not a card of practical solutions and answers; just love and confirmation.


Actions that are associated with the Star card are:
realizing an inner strength

experiencing peace of mind, counting your blessings

having faith in the future, creating

The Sacred Days of Yule Spread


This spread consists of 12 cards that can be read in two ways ~ June Kaminski, the woman who created this spread, uses this spread over 12 days by turning over one card a day and reflecting or meditating on the meaning and message of each card for an entire day to fully absorb it's meaning. You can follow this method or you can read all 12 at once ~ tarot spreads are completely up to you in the way in which they are read.

Card 1 ~ Mother Night of Dreams. Look for a particular message in your dreams. What are your dreams trying to tell you?
Card 2 ~ Winter Solstice. This card shows us how to connect to the light within and without.
Card 3 ~ The time of Beth. The inner blocks and resistance that is holding us back from following our dreams.
Card 4 ~ Hopi time of renewal. The best way to seek purification and renewal and build tolerance of others.
Card 5 ~ Feast of Mothers. How to connect to the spirits of our ancestors and ask for wisdom and guidance.
Card 6 ~ Festival of Life. How to connect directly with spirit.
Card 7 ~ Yuletide. How to express nurturance, attend to our families and express protective energies to others
Card 8 ~ Birth of Freyja. Issues of love, luck, artistic and creative expression and feminine wisdom.
Card 9 ~ Feast of Alcyonne. A personal inner message, one that speaks directly to your heart and spirit
Card 10 ~ Day of Nymphs. Connect to your playful side, your inner child and how best to cultivate this aspect of yourself.
Card 11 ~ Day of Res. How to walk your path in a relaxed and confident way ~ with the ability to deal with stressful situations in a philosophical, detached way.
Card 12 ~ Hogmany. How to release the old and let in the new. This relates to both your inner and outer worlds.



Take the time this Yule to truly contemplate who you are, what you want, how to walk your path and more importantly ~ know you are protected, loved and very much a part of this world. The Goddess doesn't make rubbish and it is time for you to realize your potential and shine as bright as the Star!

Cute Little Quiz

I found this cute little quiz while I was ...doing "research" for a forthcoming article haha. I am a real sucker for these sorts of quizes; they are a little bit of fun hat come on through to lighten up your day :o)

I got the High Priestess, which I thought was ironic seeing as she was the subject of my last article and is one of my favourite cards.

Give it a go and see what fate lies in store for you haha.

http://www.flarn.com/~warlock/tarot/