Sunday, 7 October 2012

Meet the Sidhe - Part 11

©Emily Carding
Next in line is the Wheel of Fortune from Emily Carding's Tarot of the Sidhe (Schiffer, 2011).

The first thing this card makes me think of is the traditional association of this card with the Norns or Fates.  These female deities spin the threads of fate, deciding on the lives of humanity - what thread to use, how to weave it, and when to cut it.  In this case, the first offers us the ingredients for our life, the fruit (our personality traits and genetic predispositions) and the water (our emotions).  The second cooks these up together in her cauldron to create our actual life, with all its ins and outs, passions and pains.  And the third marks the ending of it, up on the hill with lightning coming down to touch what may be a burial mound marker stone and setting light to the tree beyond it.

When I meditated with this card, though, I got a quite different message.  The first sidhe lady asked me to give thanks for the material world and all its simple pleasures.  The second spoke of my place in society, of the way in which we affect and are affected by other people.  It reminded me of a quote from Jung which recently came up in Lisa's Tarotize Daily Quotes service (which I highly recommend): "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed."  The last asked me to look inward, into the deepest parts of my soul, to understand myself.  So, moving from the macrocosm to the microcosm...

Life is an ever-changing dance of light and dark, of the physical and the spiritual, of time alone and time with others.  This card reminds us of the many facets of life, and asks us to take time to enjoy them all, to enjoy the journey.  As the song says of life: It's Just A Ride.

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