Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Lammas Tarot Blog Hop: The Fruits of Harvest

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I'm so glad to be a part of another Tarot Blog Hop - what fun!  A Tarot Blog Hop is when a pack of tarotists write about the same topic and post at the same time.  I love seeing what different perspectives we all come up with :)  So, whether you've just come from Louise's insightful Priestess Tarot, or found your way here by another route, I hope you'll enjoy following the links to see what others make of this subject.  And if the links break down somewhere, you can check out where else to go here.

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:

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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.

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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.

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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 :)

Now, to enjoy more Tarot Blog Hop goodness, please jump on over to a Tarot Inspired Life!

15 comments:

  1. Oh, how I love your posts on the SIDHE!!! If I asked nicely, would you crop mine? xx

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    1. Well, if you ask very nicely... Go on then :)

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  2. Wow! Lots of Sevens. I associate this number with spirituality and wisdom :)

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    1. That's an interesting take on the sevens, I shall ponder it :) I also realised after I'd written this that only the Seven of Pentacles was missing. In this deck it's about sustained work - maybe that's missing from my life. I'll admit, I am rather a fluttery Gemini sometimes... :D

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  3. I've not seen images of the Sidhe until now, it's not a deck I have, but I rather like your take on them all and noticing that the Seven of Pentacles (or what the Sidhe calls them) is missing is a good way to work out the missing piece. Best of luck!!

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    1. It's a beautiful, insightful deck, well worth a look. Both traditional and other at the same time! And yes, I think I shall have to meditate on the Maker Seven card for a bit, check out what I'm missing :)

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  4. It's a pretty pretty deck and your post makes me want it. :D I love this spread by the way. Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks, Arwen, I do love a nice, quickie spread :) As for the deck, it's one I'm not ashamed to enable on, as it's gorgeous!

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  5. That's one of the nicest 9 of Pentacles (Makers) that I've seen! Another deck goes on to the NEED TO BUY list!

    And all those SEVENS?! *spooky face*

    Ali x

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    1. Hi Ali,

      Yeah, *spooky face* lol! I think you once did a talk on Michelle Knight's channel talking about noticing what wasn't in a reading, which made me think about what the Maker Seven might mean to me right now, given all the other sevens were there.

      And yes, this is a MUST HAVE deck ;)

      Kerry x

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  7. This reminded me so much of "Roots to Branches" by Jethro Tull, and so of course that made me smile.

    A great spread for the occassion, and a great interpretation. Many blossoms for you!

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  8. We are kindred, you and I. I stand amidst the festivals and magick in my Neopagan veil, not committed to the practice fully, but enjoying all the symbolism from my universal mythological perch.

    And all your sevens, yet not the Pentacle one! What a great draw! I drew three cards that also spoke on the same themes, actually, although not a one was a seven or a Pentacle, but they were about not being seduced by emotion, being mature with it, and taking the blindfold off to face and overcome fear (Lovers reversed, King of Cups, Eight of Swords reversed--Druid Craft).

    Those Sidhe do seem to be tricky creatures with their messages, though. Nice weave on the reading.

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  9. Thanks for bring the Tarot of Sidhe into view. This is a wonderful version of the Nine of Pents; the tree is a perfect counterpart to the more commonly depicted woman. Ah and enjoy your inward journey. I think of the 7s as inward, yes, and often a pause to reassess before moving on.

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  10. What a great reading! I could apply your interpretation to my own situation as well. I loved your description of the Maker Nine card, especially the part about, "branches reaching out into the world,..."

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