This Ostara we are going on a journey with the Maidens of the Tarot ~ the princesses in the Tarot court. Not all decks have Princesses, in a lot of other decks their equivalent are the Knights. The deck that I use (but by no means the only deck I have; my wife has finally come to terms with the fact that I will collect as many decks as I possible can!), the gorgeous Druidcraft Tarot, has some beautiful Maidens as Princesses in it's court that we will be exploring. Each has the beautiful mix of the Maiden energy of Goddess and the elemental energy of their suit.
Even though they are titled Princesses in the deck, for the purposes of the article I am going to refer to each as a Maiden. Each of us will relate to one of these gorgeous girls and see Maiden aspects of ourselves in them, which is wonderful! I personally don't subscribe to the idea that we move through each of the stages of Goddess 1) in a lineal manner and 2) in strict order of Maiden, Mother, Maga, Crone. Some days I feel the exuberance of the Maiden singing in my blood; other days the patient benevolence of the Mother. I believe that is one of the gifts Goddess gives to us sacred women ~ the ability to be all.
Maiden of Cups
|Maiden Of Cups ~ Druidcraft|
The Maiden of Cups personifies the element of water ~ she is endless tenderness, kindness and love whose drive is to explore her inner world. This Maiden is artistic, intuitive and has a rich imagination. Because she is a Cups girl, her high level is intuition gives her a heightened sensitivity and perception to those around her ~ the down side of this though, is that she is incredibly sensitive to conflict and does everything she can to avoid it, because love, tranquility and harmony are high priorities for her. This Maiden displays the tenderness and beauty of a maiden who is sensitive to the inner world, the world of feelings and dreams, and should she come up for you in a reading, is bringing you the message that you should follow your dreams so that you are emotionally and spiritually fulfilled.
Have a look at the stance of this Maiden. She hasn't yet mastered the control of her emotional world that the Queen has, which is why she has her eyes closed to the world and is holding her cup (which can be seen to represent her heart) so close to her. She seems to be in a meditative state and indeed, meditation and internal creativity such as journaling, writing and painting are favored activities. This beautiful maiden is highly intuitive, emotional and moves beautifully and with ease in the emotional and imaginative realms. To be in touch with herself emotionally, creatively and to live from her heartspace is her truest expression of her sacred gifts. As a friend she is an emotional stabilizer and supporter with the ability to take you from the harsh realities this world sometimes gives us into her own amazing realm ~ she is the sort of person you intend to spend “a quick coffee” with then end up spending the good part of the day with her with no idea how all that time has gone by!!
Like everyone we meet in the tarot, this Maiden has a shadow side. She may spend too much time in her own world and lose touch with this one thus being unable to relate to the “real world” and the people in it because she has been seduced by the romanticism clouds their intuition. Emotional manipulation and temper tantrums are also some of the nastier traits of a Maiden of Cups in her shadow aspect can display. She may also try too hard to please others at the expense of her spiritual growth. On the other hand, she may become quite insensitive others because she is trying to avoid the vulnerability of being so emotionally open and honest.
Maiden of Pentacles
|Maiden of Pentacles ~ Druidcraft|
The Pentacles Maiden has a deep connection with the Earth, and this is how she experiences divinity. She is in touch with the tiny and seasonal changes of Mother Earth and her seasons and is aware that she is an important and integral part of the living being that is the Earth. This gives the Maiden her sense of self esteem and personal security, she draws on the Earth for strength. Not surprisingly, the Pentacles Maiden loves physical exercise, work and the outdoors. Being so close to nature and the incredible abundance of Mother Earth is what gives her the feeling of how rich she is just to be alive and healthy. She can trust the Earth to be her Mother and home.
The Pentacles shadows at work here is that work and the home take precedence for this Maiden, and she will likely work hard without taking proper breaks to recharge her batteries. Work must be balanced with play after all! This Maiden can be wasteful, illogical and stubborn.
Maiden of Swords
|Maiden of Swords ~ Druidcraft|
As a friend, her keen mind can help you plan through your dreams and get started on the road ahead. The Swords Maiden knows that if she has the right plan for her growth, the Divine can be trusted to support her in her quest. This is the gift she can offer you ~ she can convince you on the true plan for your growth and convince you that the Divine will be with you.
The Swords Maiden shadow can be a very nasty and spiteful one, even malicious. Her detatchment can lead to a discerning view of others ~ what her detachment also serves to do is lead her to seeing life as a curiosity to be observed rather then a joyous experience to be lived. Because she hasn't yet mastered the art of diplomacy the way the Queen has, she can be frightfully forthright. If the Swords Maiden is living through her Shadow and is crossed by someone who has not been honest with her, watch out! After the anger will come the viscous, spiteful and even heartless girl who will be cruel in her quest for revenge.
Maiden of Wands
|Maiden of Wands ~ Druidcraft|
Her optimism and energy means she will overcome obstacles that stand in her determined way, which alone with her insight and wisdom, inspire others to follow her brave example. Her passion and joy for life is what drives this Maiden; her experience of the Divine is through the pure joy of being alive and surpassing the constant challenges she sets for herself.
The Wand Maiden's shadow can be an overwhelming one to deal with ~ think about this in terms of balance. If she is larger then life in her generosity and personality, imagine what she would be like to deal with when she is in a not-so-fabulous mood? This maiden does not go quietly into the night!! She can be selfish to the point of gross self-indulgence, not to mention cold, domineering and arrogant. If you don't meet her high standards, you will cease to exist to her ~ but not until she has thrown a tantrum full of theatrics and melodrama. In her shadow aspect the Maiden of Wands can be wishy washy and not follow through on decisions, existing in a temporary limbo that leads to self pity.
Each of us has one of these Maidens within us, just waiting for Spring so she can come out and be expressed! Enjoy this trip through the Maiden court of Ostara find your inner maiden and let her live a little!!
Here is a gorgeous spread called the Wheel of the Star Maiden spread which is from the companion book to the Swedish Witch Tarot. It's a lovely spread for us coming into Spring; nothing too heavy the way the winter spreads can be, but enough food for thought that you should be able to contemplate the seeds you have sown and what direction you are going in with regards to these.
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1. This card represents what is in your heart right now.
2. This is how others see you.
3. This is your inner maiden or your past.
4. Your body and physical health.
5. Your self-belief.
6. Your (sex) drive and motivation or the relationship you are currently in.
7. Relationships to everyone other than your significant other.
8. Your hopes, dreams and aspirations.
10. Where you're heading, the future.