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March’s shadow card is The Hermit. We are still in the winter months and it is the time of year where we go in and work on our inner selves. I did not purposely choose this card but I find it fitting that it was a random draw. This is very much a card of introspection and deep searching. It is one of seeking guidance and knowledge and looking within oneself to uncover the truth. The card from the Steampunk deck by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell shows a man standing on a heap of rubble holding a lantern and from it, emitting what appears to be lightening. In the book, Barbara Moore states that the pile of rubble signifies the information and ideas that he has collected in his journeys. He appears to be an older gentleman with a long graying beard, further suggesting a wise and sage person who has spent their life accumulating the knowledge that he is standing on. The lantern suggests that he not only holds the answers in his hands but there are new sparks of ideas that are itching to get out.
I'm doing a rather brisk business in tarot readings and counseling of late. Not complaining, you understand. I love reading cards and have been doing it since I was about 12. There are few things more satisfying than offering a client a different way of viewing a situation through the lens of these colorful tools.
For many months now, there are cards that regularly show up for everyone. I'm tempted sometimes to take them out of the deck and try a reading that way but I suspect other cards would join together to give the same reading. As they do....
We often perform house blessings and garden blessings. A house blessing may protect the home and those in it. A house blessing may bring prosperity and success to those who dwell within.
A garden blessing may increase fertility and the abundance of the harvest. It may offer health and wealth to those who visit the garden....
This coming Saturday, February 2nd I am celebrating Imbolc. This year I believe our group is focusing more along the lines of the healing and water aspects of the goddess Brid (Brigid), but last year our sabbat used the dual aspects of Brid as the keeper of the well and forge (water and fire).
Respecting the dual aspects of the Well and the Forge, I have created a simple two-card tarot spread. Imbolc is an excellent time for divination, so I hope you use this spread during this time!
1st card: The Well: What situation do you need greater compassion in? Healing? Emotional empathy?
2nd card: The Forge: What situation do you need more drive in? Aggression? Force of will?
Let us not forget that the realm of fire can purify just as well as destroy, and water can destroy just as easily as heal. Please feel free to use this tarot spread as a jumping off point for your own personal tarot spread creations.
Blessings, and Happy Imbolc,