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For this Tarot Blog Hop, our fearless Wrangler Maureen Aisling Duffy-Boose asked us to contemplate the question of What Is My Harvest and How Do I Find It?
She said, "The Autumn Equinox, also known as Mabon, is the focus of collecting one's personal harvest, including what you have learned, what you have decided is important and what you have decided to get rid of, your plans for making productive use of the autumn and winter months, including thoughts of the holidays that fall within this time, and your own personal viewing and self-exploration of your own inner Being. How have you changed, what are you beginning, and what have you completed, and most significantly, how have you begun to further and more deeply understand your Self?" I chose to use the Herbcrafter's Tarot by Latisha Guthrie and Joanna Powell Colbert to answer these questions for body, mind, and spirit:
- What do I need to know about the current condition of my (Body, Mind, Spirit) that I am not aware of right now? (Current Condition)
- What is the most important thing on which I need to focus in the realm of my (Body, Mind, Spirit) as I move into the winter months? (Most Important)
- What is the main content and context of the harvest of better health, new ideas, or deeper spiritual resonance, allied with Body, Mind, or Spirit, that I am going to receive if I focus on these things? (Harvest to Receive)
Horsetail (Ten of Earth) tells me that I am safe and secure and that I need to connect with all that I have been given. The message I'm receiving as I'm sitting here in my beautiful house is that there is beauty all around me and that I have been given many blessings. Horsetail also tells me that my body is stronger than I think, but that I need to look to my ancestors for lessons and learn from them. This is an interesting lesson as what immediately springs to mind is that I need to let go of my sugar cravings and really start to listen to my body. My mother's family used sugar to number their emotions and their feelings and I need to let go of the sugar so I can really get in touch with who I am and what my body really needs.
Alfalfa (Ten of Air) tells me that I need to let go of old body images and things that no longer serve me. I also need to take time to rest and rejuvenate. One of the hardest lessons of Alfalfa is to let go of what no longer serves me. Alfalfa is reminding me that body is not just my physical body, but it is also about my environment and I need to take a critical look at my house and environment and determine what I really need and what can be let go of. Too much clutter leads to being overwhelmed and staying in a state of chaos. By letting go of things, I can free up room in my life for what really matters.
Harvest to Receive
Thyme (Madre/Queen of Fire)--Letting go of that which no longer serves me will help meto be present in my body and to live a more physical life. This means opening myself up to the wonders of the herbs, the wonders of my body, and the wonders of the physical realm. Life really does occur on all three realms and if I can bring myself back to your body, by shedding that which no longer serves my, my life will become rich and full. Best of all I will learn to embrace and love my own body. This was an interesting message as it mirrored the message above which tells me that when I am able to shed the things that no longer serve me, my life will become richer and fuller.
Plantain (Ace of Water)--Plantain is telling me that my heart is pulling me in the direction of my soul and that I desperately want to listen to my heart, but that my mind is overruling my heart. Plantain is also telling me that fear is not a valid reason for not listening to the message of my heart. I'm buying into the fact that the fear feels real even though it isn't. I'm being asked to step back and feel my feelings without acting upon them. Anytime I think about leaving a corporate job, I'm hearing my parents telling me that I need security so I redicate myself to a job that I'm good at, but that is sucking up my soul. I need to step back and accept that the fear is not real and be thankful for all of the skills I have learned in my corporate job.
Mullein (Air of Fire)--This is another call urging me to take action and move to a life of soul and purpose. I'm being asked to seek inspiration and find courage. This is also another card that is asking me to seek guidance from my ancestors and initially that seems strange to me, but my guides are whispering that I need to look beyond my physical ancestors to the ancestors of my heart and soul and to find the wild women who inspire me. To call upon Boudicaa, to call about Frida Kahlo, and to call upon other wild women who lived their lives out loud.
Harvest to Receive
Yucca (Adelito of Earth)--This is yet another card of honoring the ancestors and this card is asking me to be creative and unique in how I honor the ancestors. What I love about this particular card is that it is showing a young woman crafting a Bridget's Cross with a Yucca plant which is drawing a connection between traditions. I have always been a bridge between something or another and this card is calling upon me to bridge traditions and apply old knowledge in new ways. One of the ways that I'm being asked to do this is to apply what I know about the world of spirit to the more mundane world and help people find a new way of looking at the world.
Sweetgrass (Curandero of Earth)--This is an interesting card as it is about love and community, but I am truly a very solitary person, but the message I am getting is that I am more of the community than I know. I am part of the global community of spirit and I can choose to deepen those ties by sharing my gifts more deeply with the community.
Echinacea (Three of Air)--Acknowledging and sitting with my sorrow is what will help me heal. The pain that I have experienced in the past will lead me to be able to help and guide others. Our pain is meant to be shared, but that doesn't mean we leave it with others, it means that as we share it, the earth will absorb it. We tend to either want to dump all over people or to not share with people and either way is inappropriate. The message I am receiving is to learn to listen with an open heart, but not take people's pain. I can help them ground and help them dissipate their pain, but my role is not to absorb it.
Harvest to Receive
Ocotillo (Adelito of Water)--Nurture your heart through love and beauty, but know that giving your whole heart indiscriminately can head to heartbreak. Learn to be discriminating and learn to listen with your heart and your head.
This was my very first time using the Herbcrafter's Tarot and I was impressed by the reading it gave me especially because I have been contemplating moving from a corporate job to something more heart based. This pull gave me a lot to think about and reflect upon.
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