|Image from the Fairy Ring Oracle|
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.
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!