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.
In earlier days of tarot reading a significator was cognitively chosen by the reader to represent the querent. The choice of the significator did not add to the interpretation of the reading in any way. It may have been simply part of tradition. It may have been seen as a way for the reader, the querent, the cards and the Universe to connect.
Significators were chosen from the sixteen Court Cards based on age, gender and hair color.
Only a few modern tarotists continue this tradition today.
Many tarot spreads have a significator position. The card that randomly falls into this position describes who the querent is at the moment of the reading. This can be very helpful information in a reading.
Significators have an important place in tarot magick, too.
I’ve been thinking about all of the different blogs that are out there, especially ones about tarot. There are many wonderful tarot blogs but I want to do something a little different. One of my specialties as a tarot reader and a Reiki healer is helping people discover and heal their shadows. For those of you not in the know, the shadow is that part of yourself that makes itself known in the most inopportune ways after suppressing aspects of ourselves that that we do not want others to see. These things can be either positive or negative and can come out in a number of ways, many of which are not very flattering. In order to come to terms with these shadows, we must bring them into the light and work with them rather than against them. The dark is as much a part of us as the light is and to be a person that is completely balanced, we must work with our shadows in order to make peace with them.
Sometimes we bury our shadows so deep that it is difficult to determine where the shadows came from in the first place. A lot of detective work goes into shadow work. We have to fist figure out what the shadow is, then we need to decipher how the shadow came to be in the first place and then we need to take the actions required to retrain ourselves to rework the shadow. This is where tarot can come in. Within the cards, there are clues to our shadows. The cards have a way to delve into the subconscious when we are giving readings, so why not use that information with ourselves to do shadow work? There are many people who already use tarot to help others but never even thought to do so for them. It takes courage to want to do shadow work. You have to be willing to come face to face with your shadows and it can sometimes be very painful. I will tell you that it is a very rewarding and fulfilling experience and well worth the effort and pain that can come with it.
Our open Yule ritual run by my coven never usually falls on Yule (December 21st this past year). We had ours on December 8th, and it was a beautiful ritual but I didn’t truly see/feel that until afterward. As a member of the ritual team, I had my “eye of the prize” of helping to lead a ritual that would be beautiful and potent for the attendees, which led to me not recognizing the beauty of the actual ritual during it. My natural tendency is to go into extreme planning and practical mode when being a helper bee.