Speaking of moving, this is a Tarot Blog Hop. So, you can follow the link back to Christiana Gaudet's fascinating Tarot Trends blog, check out the Master List to get your bearings, or else hop forward following the link at the bottom of this post :)
Anyhow, it's the date that is sometimes called Mabon in the pagan calendar, or the autumn equinox, or the second harvest. It is a time for making mead, according to the wrangler of this round of the Tarot Blog Hop, the knowledgeable Aisling the Bard. And that inspired her to ask us about what power of transformation we find in the tarot. Having just got my hands on Paulina Cassidy's new Faerie Guidance Oracle (Llewellyn, 2012), I couldn't help but notice the card titled Transformation, perfect to introduce this post :)
I really enjoyed reading Aisling's explanation of the making of mead, how you have to get rid of some bits, and let other bits transform (rot), and than you get a delicious and intoxicating drink that will last through the winter. What it brought to mind was three questions:
What do I need to cut away from my life? Warrior Prince
Okay, so maybe I'm a bit impulsive sometimes. And sometimes I think I know what's best. Bah, trimming those bits of me off is going to be a toughie!
To be honest, what I mainly see here is the suggestion that I need to take a step back and not rush into anything right now. Which makes sense, but is also hard. A lot has happened this week, which leaves me with a great sense of uncertainty. But this card in this position says I need to drop the idea of charging into anything right now, and sort myself out a bit first.
What do I need to transform? Warrior Ten
This card came up for me recently as the direction I needed to take. But since then, everything has changed. I lost the baby I was carrying, the task that I was working towards.
So, I need to change my focus, refind my path towards the future. First, though, as Aisling said of mead, I have to let the task I held so dear die, let it be transformed. That's not going to be easy, but these two cards suggest it is what needs doing, and that I can't rush it, either!
How will this process nourish me in the future? Warrior Nine
What I see here is that if I can stand back, not rush into things, and slowly let go of what I had seen as my main goal for the next year or two, then eventually I will come to feel safe again, whole in myself. I don't think it'll happen overnight, but hope that, with the turning of the Wheel, this too may come to pass.
It's interesting that all three cards are from the Warrior (Wands) suit. It speaks of my passion, my beliefs, what I think is worth fighting for. Those things will still be there, even if I don't charge in straight away, even if I have to change my approach. And perhaps that last card says I can let myself be nurtured, by myself and by others, for as long as it takes...
I found this exploration of transformation using the Tarot of the Sidhe (Schiffer, 2011) very helpful at this difficult time. I hope some of you will try it out, too. If so, let me know how it goes :)
In the meantime, please do consider hopping on to the amazing Jordan Hoggard's Tarot in the Land of Mystereum.