Saturday, 22 September 2012

Mabon Tarot Blog Hop

©Paulina Cassidy
As we reach the autumn equinox, it is time once again to consider the Wheel of the Year and its turning.  I always thought that the equinox meant that day and night were equal at this time.  Of course, that doesn't make sense, as even within Europe the balance of light and dark varies hugely, and would certainly not be the same on any one given day.  Turns out, the equinox is to do with the earth not being tilted either towards or away from the sun.  So, I guess it marks a turning point, after this the earth will be tilted away (from the perspective of the Northern hemisphere) and hence why we move towards winter.

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:

©Emily Carding

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.

©Emily Carding

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!

©Emily Carding

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.  

11 comments:

  1. Thank you for this concise but deep wisdom spread!

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    1. Hi Carolyn,

      Glad you like the spread :) I prefer to keep things short, and I think there can still be a lot of nuances within that. Loved your approach of journalling questions around the Sun and Moon!

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, Kerry. {{{{hugs}}}}

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    1. Thank you, Siddaleah. (((Hugs))) much appreciated. It doesn't matter that I knew this could happen, it still hurts. Ah well, time will heal...

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  3. So sorry to hear of your loss, I hope that you do find the strength to carry on and try again Kerry!

    Great advice from the Tarot and a really useful three card spread.

    Blessings to you right now!

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    1. Thank you, Louise! I think we will try again, just we may need a bit of time to mourn and feel stronger first. And yes, the tarot helps in that :)
      Blessings to you, too!
      Kerry

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  4. What an ambrosia-honey-mead clear and living clarity of perspective you expressed! Thank You. My deepest condolences for your loss, and may your memories be blessings to your transformations.
    Blessings to You, Kerry,
    Jordan

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    1. Hi Jordan,

      Thank you for the condolences, and your ever poetic way of expressing them. I shall try to remember that my memories can be both positive and transformative.

      Blessings,
      Kerry

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  5. Love the work you do with the Sidhe Tarot and the way you interpret the cards. It seems that the Fire element is currently a prominent force in your transformational process.

    So sorry to hear about your loss, Kerry. Sending much love and healing your way ;) xx

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    1. Thanks, Christiane, I do love this deck! Yes, I hadn't thought of it in those terms, but maybe there's a lot that needs burning away...

      Thank you, too for the love and healing!
      Love and light to you,
      Kerry

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  6. It's tough having to mourn and also find a new direction. Good luck with your transformation. C

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