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Our fearless wrangler, Jay Cassels, gave us the assignment of contemplating unseen traditions or symbols of protection. One of the things that has always fascinated me about the tarot is how the cards speak to each artist separately and how they incorporate various symbols in their cards.
Since it is the summer solstice and we were asked to write about traditions or symbols of protection, I decided to look at the sun card from various decks to see what symbols of protection were embedded in various sun cards.
The nakedness of the child is symbol of openness and not having secrets. There is a saying in program (12 step programs) that you are only as sick as your secrets and I have found that to be true in my own life. When I am worried about what people will think if they find out about things in my past, I can't truly be free and healthy as I am so busy worrying about what people think that I can't focus on healing me. Being open and honest helps me to be the best me I can be. The white horse is a symbol of the goddess and the protection she offers and also of our own strength and ability to move forward.
The Enchanted Tarot--This is a new deck for me, but I loved the birds basking in the sun's glow and although they are not specifically called out as robins, they look like robins to me and robins are symbols of spring. Although I know robins are around all year round, there is still something special about seeing them in the last cold days of winter as spring is in the air. For me robins are harbingers of hope and a reminder that we can endure the coldness of winter and come out in the warmth of spring. Hope is protective as it is a reminder that we will endure and that things will get better.