This round of the Tarot Blog Hop is taking place on Lughnasadh, the sabbat associated with the first harvest of the year. If you're interested in the pagan aspect of this festival, I've made a video of my Lughnasadh altar, talking about what it means to me, and including cards from five different decks as well as homemade oat cookies - nom, nom ;)
For this blog hop, titled the Fruits of Harvest, I decided to look at my favourite Pentacle card from the Tarot of the Sidhe (Schiffer, 2011). In this deck, the suit of Pentacles has been renamed Makers. And so, the card I chose is Maker Nine, subtitled Root and Blossom.
I love this image of a healthy tree: roots buried deep in the earth, accessing the water of a stream running by; trunk strong and healthy, firm and yet with a sense of movement to it; branches reaching out into the world, with green leaves, beautiful pink blossoms, and a large, ripe fruit ready to be harvested. It seems particularly appropriate to the title of this round of the Tarot Blog Hop: Fruits of Harvest - such a wonderful, large fruit growing on this tree, symbol of the favourable conditions and abundance the tree has had access to. That fruit is framed by mountains in the background, symbols of higher truths. While the tree is happily rooted in its peaceful meadow, with pretty flowers growing around it and a field full of corn just beyond it, it can also see further horizons, higher realities.
Following on from this, I decided to create a spread based on this card, to look at my own situation and harvest - the Root and Blossom Spread:
1) Roots - what nourishes me? Dreamer Seven - A Coward Betrays
Eeek, this is what nourishes me? What are you doing to me, folk of the Sidhe? Looking again, though, what I notice is the figure in green, seemingly under attack by knife-wielding swords. Though he looks scared he isn't the one hiding behind a tree. I am nourished by my ability to face my fears rather than deny or hide from them.
2) Fruit - what abundance do I offer in return? Warrior Seven - A Hero's Challenge
Now this is a far nicer card :) Through facing my fears I come to realise that I am stronger than I think, that I can take on challenges. And though I may not always succeed, at least I will stand tall, supporting others to also face their demons.
3) Mountains - what spiritual truth beckons me? Dancer Seven - Illusion's Depths
Wow, what's with all the sevens? I associate the number seven with challenges that are more inward-focused than external (which is more the province of the fives). So, to reach the state of that happy, abundant tree, I need to deal with my own fears, my ability to stand up for what seems right to me, and to recognise that the things which scare me are in my own mind.
The spiritual truth I see here is that we always face choices, which are made hard by our emotional attachments, our fears and doubts. Once we can see through these, listening to our inner truth, our higher self, then the questions and uncertainties will disappear. I'm not there yet, but I'm glad to think I may get there some day :)
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