One of the great gifts of the Goddess is the power of the Earth to grow and blossom for it is her body we live on and grow our food from, all creatures are part of Her and it is our job to protect and defend Her, tend to Her plants and animals, and to thoroughly enjoy the privilege of our existence on and with Her.
Beltane is also the time when we celebrate the joys of being alive. We give thanks for all the different kinds of pleasure our bodies give us, for without our bodies we couldn't see, hear, touch, taste, smell, run, dance, jump, sing or swim. Many adults celebrate sexual pleasure at Beltane. The good, loving feelings that people can give each other (or even to yourself ~ none of my business) with their bodies are special gifts of the God and Goddess. When we give each other (or ourselves!) love and pleasure, the whole Earth is pleased.
There are beautiful energies at work during Beltane. Three cards in the tarot that I love and believe display these wonderful energies are The Lovers, The Empress and the Two of Cups. There is also an amazing spread using the Major Arcana and Court Cards that can guide you with using the energies of Beltane for your growth.
|The Lovers ~ Druidcraft Tarot|
Love is at the heart of life and at the heart of life is choice followed by surrender. To find fulfillment, purpose, meaning enlightenment, wisdom and our full worth as individuals, we need to go beyond the confines of our self, to surrender to something higher then yourself. When we experience love, you are open to something more then yourself, higher then yourself ~ true love opens us to the life and being of your lover ~ this lover could be a person, a creative project, a new spring garden ~ anything that takes you out of yourself and gives you union with the divine.
|The Lovers ~ Mythic Tarot|
At every moment we are making a choice. We make choices about who we are in a relationship with, what we do in our lives that gives us pleasure and joy ~ what choices have you started making to bring pleasure and union with the divine (as you experience it in this world)?
|The Lady ~ Druidcraft Tarot|
The Empress and the High Priestess are two halves of the female archetype in the Major Arcana of the Tarot. The Empress represents the fertile, life giving Mother who reigns her realm, nature, and the rhythms of the Earth. From the Empress comes the joys and pleasures of the senses that we explore with the Lovers card. She encourages you to strengthen your connection to the natural world and its rhythms. There is no room for false pleasures here.
And yes, the Empress does represent Motherhood, but as she comes to us from the Major Arcana, she goes beyond the surface meaning of the Motherhood archetype to it's pure essence ~ the creation of life and it's nurturing through love and attention, always remembering that life is not just the creation of human life, but the life we give to our creative endeavors or other passions.
|The Empress ~ Legacy of the Divine Tarot|
The inner process of deepening and introspection of winter now bears fruit in creative projects, fulfilling passions and/or relationships. You may be living life through your feelings and sensuality rather then your intellect during Beltane, and isn't it fabulous? Liberating even?
The ultimate lesson of the Empress is to open yourself to the nurturing fertile power of the God and Goddess ~ this power will fill you with passion and a lust for life!
2 of Cups
|2 of Cups ~ Druidcraft Tarot|
|2 of Cups ~ Robin Wood Tarot|
The 2 of Cups says to pay attention to the moment, leave the past behind and be free to enjoy everything that comes your way beautiful sons and daughters of God and Goddess!
Here is a lovely spread that can help you realise the energies that surround you this Beltane and how to use them to their full potential. For this spread, you only need to use the Major Arcana and the Court Cards. Happy reading!!!
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Cards 1/2: Crossing at Beltane. Your general state of being and how it is expressed
Card 3: Major Inner Forces. What is moving in me right now
Card 4: Major Outer Forces. What is moving outside of me, outside forces in play
Card 5: Their Meeting. How these forces interact, how you deal with and express them
Cards 6,7 & 8: Joys and Challenges. Major tasks for this time of Beltane, issues that will come up and need to be dealt with
Cards 9, 10 & 11: Best tools. The skills you have or can develop in order to make the most of Beltane's opportunities
Cards12 & 13: The End of Beltane. Your general state of being at the end of Beltane and how it will be expressed.