Thursday, 21 June 2012

Summer Solstice Tarot Blog Hop

Image from the Fairy Ring Oracle
My thanks for being included in this round of the Tarot Blog Hop!  Whether you have hopped in from the ever witty Ania M's blog or elsewhere, welcome.  And if you have any trouble making your way around the circle, you can always check out a map of the terrain here.


I love this time of year, and this festival seems particularly relevant for me to start on this blogging tour of the sabbats.  It is often talked of as being the solstice most closely connected to faeries, with whom I have been working a lot of late.  Aine, considered the Goddess most appropriate to this solstice by Michelle Skye in her book Goddess Alive (Llewellyn, 2007), is also sometimes seen as a Queen of Faery, for example in Kris Waldherr's Goddess Inspiration Oracle (Llewellyn, 2007), and in the Fairy Ring Oracle (Llewellyn, 2002), where she is also linked to the Summer Solstice.

Image from the Fairy Ring Oracle
What faery wisdom, then, will I find this Litha?  Thinking about lore around faeries generally, and Midsummer in particular, I came up with three concepts for my Litha Faery Spread.  Faeries are associated with protection.  Well, protecting ourselves from faerie's more mischievous side - for example, the nursery rhyme "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" is associated with asking for protection from faeries and their Midsummer raids.  They are also connected with nourishment: leaving food, honey or milk out for the faeries is always advised.  Thirdly, there is the concept of commitment, seen in the fact that June wedding's are considered the most propitious.  Also, at Midsummer faeries are said to come out of their elfhames and entice humans to come back with them, the humans then being trapped in faerie for a good long time.  Thinking about these, I realised these concepts can also be seen as falling into three categories: the personal, the social, and the spiritual.

Drawing three cards, I asked my beloved Tarot of the Sidhe (Schiffer, 2011) to help me with my Litha Faery Spread:  What protection do I need?  How can I nourish others?  What am I ready to commit to?
Images from the Tarot of the Sidhe, ©Emily Carding

What protection do I need?  X - The Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune speaks of life changes - the cycles of life from maiden to mother to crone, as well as the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune".  Do I need protecting from these cycles?  Or perhaps these cycles are themselves a protection, accepting them allows me to deal with life by flowing and adapting to it.  Certainly, I'm glad not to face the same challenges now, in my forties, as I did as a teenager!  Being able to go with the flow of life protects us from stagnation, as well as honouring what is.

How can I nourish others?  Dreamer Seven - A Coward Betrays

I notice the person hiding behind the tree, which makes me think I can nourish others by not hiding quite so much, by being willing to come out and lend a hand in slaying fears and inner demons.  Certainly, my tarot readings always try to be empowering, and with my Youtube videos I try to share my experiences, too.  This is quite a new venture for me, and this card says I'm on the right path :)

What am I ready to commit to?  Maker Three - Labour's Fruits

What a lovely card!  This suggests that I am ready to commit to pouring my energy into growing something, to creating beauty and something nourishing for others.  Although the lands around me may sometimes feel barren, I can make a difference, bringing new life to what may have felt like a desert.  I get the sense that it is my inner landscape, as well as the world around me, that will be enriched by this.  These things take time and effort, and a little help from the faeries never goes amiss ;)

Continuing on with this blog hop, next are the sensual delights of Beauty, History and Magic!

8 comments:

  1. A fellow faery lover and joining the blog hop for the first time at Litha like me :) I only recently acquired The Tarot of the Sidhe and it's fast becoming one of my favourite decks. What powerful and insightful readings it gives! I too drew Maker Three. Looks like the fae are being very supportive today :)

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    1. Hi Sharon,
      I've had this deck since it came out, and just love it! How hilarious, all those coincidences. I shall be right over to check out your post! :)

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  2. This is an amazing deck, and I love your interaction with the Sidhe for the solstice. Looks like there's another deck in my future! Well done!

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    1. Ha ha ha - "looks like there's another deck in my future" :D You won't regret it, Aisling, this is a truly wonderful deck! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. I truly love this blog and this is the third (so far) blog on the Tarot blog hop that has used this deck. FINE! I guess I need it. LOL

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    1. Thanks, Arwen, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! As for the deck - next stop, world domination :D

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  4. I also love Michelle Sky's book and use it quite frequently for ritual ideas. Your blog is fun and informative. Thank you.....Ivy

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    1. Thanks, Ivy, really glad you enjoyed the blog. I haven't been using Michelle Sky's book for long, but I am really enjoying it - lots of interesting information :)

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