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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mabon's Fruits

Mabon is the completion of the harvest that began at Lammas. Day and night are equal, and this is a time of balance, harmony and change ~ Mumma Earth is preparing for Winter and her period of well earned rest (it's not easy carting us around all the time!)

Mabon is a time of inner reflection after all the activity of the past spring and summer. It's a time to reflect on your journey, achievements and the path still before you. It is also a time of contemplation and release, and is also known as the Thanksgiving Harvest. Give thanks for the blessings in your life, for your gifts, for being able to live on this brilliant planet and to feel the presence of the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine.

The seeds you have planted are bearing fruit and it is time to look at your harvest and evaluate what worked and what didn't. Is the fruit you have borne sweet or sour? Some questions you may want to consider during this time of evaluation:
  • What am I harvesting?
  • What projects/endeavors are bearing fruit?
  • What do you have in your life you can give thanks for?
  • Where is balance needed in your life?
  • What personal provisions do you need to make for the darker half of the year forthcoming?

Take a look back at the dreams and hopes of Imbolc and Ostara and reflect on how they have manifested. It's time to complete some projects, clear out and let go what is no longer needed/wanted in preparation for the Winter Descent so that you can reflect and journey in peace.

You're not withdrawing at Mabon; rather, you're being drawn into a meditative state. This is a time to look at the workings of fate and the Divine in your life and where your actions and path are leading you.

Normally I explore tarot cards that can be found in almost any deck so that you can find your cards in your deck and journey with them. This time around, I am going to look at Mabon through the eyes of an amazing tarot deck that came out last year called the Wildwood Tarot. I was lucky enough to be gifted this deck last year for my birthday by one of my best friends, and it has become an important part of my tarot journey. The major arcana is simply stunning. I turn to it when doing spiritual readings, and I have found those readings to be profound, insightful and inspiring. The major arcana of the Wildwood Tarot is placed on the Wheel of the Year in the companion book, and the cards allocated to Mabon that we will explore today are The Wheel and The Mirror.

The Wheel
The Wheel ~ Wildwood Tarot
The images on the robe are constantly changing, not unlike the cycles of fate and nature. The loom is waiting for an unseen weaver to complete the patterns of possibilities and potential that fate and chance offer us. The Wheel itself represents the cycles of life that we're all governed by. Change, triumph and defeat, love and sorrow ~ all this and more encompass the cycles of life and are unavoidable yet necessary. Without the Wheel turning and trusting fate, nature becomes stagnant and can't regenerate. On a personal level, WE are the weavers of our destiny, WE create the possibilities and patterns in our lives, be it consciously or subconsciously. We can affect the path of our life by taking control and this is a big part of Mabon ~ take the time to reflect on the paths and patterns you see in your life. Reflect on where they are taking you. Ponder where you are going in the context of where you have been. It is a common belief that after is set ~ I personally believe that while we all have a purpose, feats we are meant to accomplish, gifts we are meant to use with purpose, but at the same time we also have an indomitable free will that allows us to weave our own cloak of fate. Mabon is the time to reflect on your own special pattern. Always remember that having the ability to weave your fate comes with responsibility ~ always remember to maintain balance and act with dignity and integrity. The Wheel reminds us that in all facets of life there is a time and tide; the Wheel is ever turning and you are not a prisoner of fate or the will of the Divine ~ you are an integral part of it! Welcome these changes and this time of contemplation, be at peace with the cycle you find yourself in and take control of your actions within it.

The Mirror
The Mirror ~ Wildwood Tarot
This card represents the unconscious journey of the soul that only comes from soul searching and deep questioning, an important part of our time during Mabon. This is the time on the Wheel of the Year for us to take stock of who and where we are on our soul path. We are preparing for our underworld journey and we can only do this in a state of natural surrender ~ but to get to this state, we need to question and search.

The beautiful serpentine woman depicted in this card is holding a mirror to aid you in your quest for self reflection. She also carries an orb to illuminate the shadows of your inner self. Trust plays a large part in this process, a surrender of will is required as is strength. It takes courage to seek guidance from the Divine and truly accept it for what it is. Insights may come from dreams, meditations and flashes of intuition or Divine guidance ~ but don't force or plan this soul searching; practice patience and acceptance. Let the journey start to allow you to awaken fresh, full of energy and ready to deal with with the rigors of the Winter descent.

The Mirror is here to aid you in your evaluation of self and your path. She is the initiator of sacred knowledge the same way Mabon is the initiator of our Winter Journey. Take this time to contemplate the fruits of your spring and summer harvest and evaluate your path and where you're going.

The author wishes to acknowledge the Wildwood Tarot companion book as a source.

Here is a wonderful Mabon spread I have found from Christine Jette's “Tarot for all Seasons”

Position One: Taking Stock. Your strengths and weaknesses. Keep in mind Tarot tells you what you need to know, not what you want to know. This card is an honest appraisal of your life at this time.

Position Two: Giving Thanks. Blessings in your life. Sometimes with the amount of busy in our lives we overlook blessings, even (and maybe especially) the small ones. If there is a conflict between this and the first card take special note.

Position three: Personal Balance, Inner Focus. Attitudes, thought patterns, emotions or feelings of powerlessness that may put you out of balance.

Position Four: Personal Balance, Outer Focus. Will, ego, drive, motivation, sense of personal power.

Position Five: Prosperity, the Inner Focus. Examines your attitudes, beliefs and feelings about money and abundance.

Position Six: Work and Career, the Outer Focus. Your will, drive, ego and motivation surrounding work and career. Note if there is conflict between cards five and six.

Position Seven: Protection, Inner Focus. Attitudes, emotions or beliefs that lead to feelings of vulnerability and powerlessness.

Position Eight: Health, the Outer Focus. Shows the area of your life that is displaying the greatest degree of imbalance. Note whether there is any conflict between cards 7 and 8.

Take this time of Mabon to reflect and change/maintain your path, gifts and blessings. Celebrate what you have and start shedding what you don't need. Immerse yourself in the sacred waters of the Mirror and wear the cloak of the Wheel with wild abandon!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Trim, Taut and Tarot-iffic!

I am not in any way a Craft person ~ I have no imagination nor inclination for it, I really am hopeless with the craft side of life. But yesterday, inspiration was mine to be had ~ I had an itch to scratch.

When I first heard about deck trimming in a meeting of a tarot group I used to belong to, I was horrified! How dare we presume to mangle the cards! How dare we take the guillotine or scalpel or scissors to these beautiful creations! Who did we think we were?

Then the readers in the group who trimmed their decks showed me the finished product, and I saw the value immediately. The images on the cards became more vibrant, less washed out by the borders, and seemed to have more clarity to them.

The deck I read with primarily is the luscious Druidcraft Tarot. Anyone who is lucky enough to own this deck knows that it is quite a large size ~ it hurts to shuffle! About a year ago I trimmed the borders of my deck but left the titles on ~ purely because the writing was “so cool”. This helped dramatically with the ease of shuffling, but it still wasn’t completely comfy to shuffle. I would get a little embarrassed sometimes when clients had difficulty shuffling the cards ~ and worse, I would get a little peeved if they dropped a whole section of the deck onto the floor.

And no one likes a cranky tarot reader.

I’ve been thinking about trimming the titles off the deck for the last couple of months and when yesterday proved rainy and cool (instead of the steam baths we’ve been living with in Brisbane lately) I just had an urge to get the guillotine out and trim the cards a second time. The process itself is pretty easy ~ you just need a craft mat, guillotine (mine is a steel and plastic ruler with a small guillotine and razor) a corner cutter and a table at a comfy height, because you’ll be bending over it a lot to make sure you cut the edges straight. All you need to do is line the edge of the card along a line on the mat, set your guillotine and let fly! After you have removed the edges, use your corner cutter on each corner (no one likes a tarot card that has sharp edges) and voila! Mischief managed!

And I have to say, they look and feel fabulous. As a dear friend pointed out to me, the energetic difference between the two “versions” is palpable ~ check out this comparison.

To me, these cards are now in their naked form ~ no borders, no titles, just essence. When I read, I have two main methods that I use ~ I use the positions of the spread to get to the heart of some issues that have appeared, and secondly I take a step back and look at the story that is being woven. I can’t explain it (and why would you want to sometimes?) but different cards in different positions/spreads connect and flow together, and it is different for every single reading I do. It’s just the way it works. With the deck trimmed I can really feel the flow of the energies in the cards a lot more smoothly then before ~ it’s almost like the borders and titles create little stop signs on the path to wisdom!

There are several videos on YouTube on how to trim your deck, here is one of them:

And here’s a great blog post by Donnaleigh Rose with a few videos on deck trimming. 

Here is a link to some images of what different decks look like when they have been trimmed:

I can’t promise that any of my other decks are safe from the guillotine for the moment, not when I get results like this, it's hard to resist temptation!