Welcome to the final Blog Hop of 2014! You can find links to the whole hop here:
Today we’re going to do a special tarot spread all about giving and receiving, things we do in abundance at this time of year. Our hop wrangler, Arwen Lynch, describes the spread like this: “Yule, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Winter. Whatever you call this time of year, it is a season of gift giving, gift receiving and sharing with family and friends for a majority of the world. Whether Papa Noel brings you a candy cane or the Winter Witch brings you switches, it’s a time of anticipation. The anticipation of what I might be getting and what I am giving are equal joys for me.” Arwen has designed a unique tarot spread that will help us reflect on and explore our personal journey during this season of giving and receiving.
The Joy Of Gifting
- What gift would you give the world if you could?
- What gift would you want from the world?
- What gift have you gotten that has brought you joy?
- What gift have you given that has brought you joy?
- What is one last thing you would like to share about this season?
A gift I would like to give the world: The Moon
Wow! I would love to give the world The Moon! I mean, in the metaphorical sense of the phrase that I would love to be able to give the world EVERYTHING: the moon, the stars, anything wonderful and magical that exists. In a more traditional tarot card meaning sense, The Moon stands for the unconscious, the mysterious, the chaotic, and anxieties and fears of the unknown. Therefore, I would like to be able to give the world peace of mind, relief from anxiety, diminishing fear of the unknown. I would love it if people could be comfortable in uncertainty, learn to navigate their darker waters and deal with their shadow issues. It seems like a lot of people in the world are living in fear, overthrown by their emotions, and unable to use wisdom and intuition to help themselves or others. I wish a release from fear for the whole world!
A gift I want from the world?: Empress reversed
The reversal here says to me that this isn’t something that I am currently getting from the world. I could take this in a literal sense and say that the world is not particularly abundant or fertile right now because it is winter where I live. I would love a nice ripe tomato, but that isn’t going to happen! The Empress also represents the feminine, and I would love it if the world was a more balanced place for both men and women. Women do not have the same opportunities or experiences out in the world, and I would very much like this to be different. The whole archetype of the feminine is repressed almost everywhere in the world, creating an imbalanced, unharmonious world. Who does this situation benefit? Why do we allow it to continue? How do we bring greater balance into the world?
A gift that has given me joy: The Queen of Pentacles
The Queen of Pentacles is the feminine archetype of The Empress brought into physical form. She is the person in your life who has given you boundless security, comfort, and love. My own mother was such a woman, loving me unconditionally, encouraging me to reach for my dreams, and also there to lend me a hand or a chocolate chip cookie whenever I was in need. Having her as a role model, helps me recognize and value these traits in other people. I’m constantly meeting people who open their hearts and homes to me because of my life on the road and I appreciate these gifts I’m given. People like the Queen of Pentacles show me that the world is a magical and wonderful place, something which I can often forget when I see it only as mundane and ordinary. This Queen helps me see the magic of it all.
A gift I’ve given that has brought me joy: King of Wands
The King of Wands is a visionary, an entrepreneur, a bold leader out in the world. Is this a gift I’ve given the world? That would be nice! I surely try to accomplish this with my business, The Willow Path Tarot. This was the year that I became an entrepreneur, starting this tarot business, envisioning what it can and will be and bringing it out into the world. I hope that I have influenced and inspired other people through my work. I hope other aspiring tarot readers are motivated to follow along on this own career paths. I hope the readings that I have done for my clients have inspired them to live creativity, passionately, and with a fire in their hearts to succeed. I hope I am a responsible guardian of that inspiration and creativity.
One last thing to share about the season: IV of Cups
The IV of Cups reminds us of two important lessons for the holidays and the close of the year. 1. This is a wonderful time to reflect and look back on all that we have gone through over the course of 2014. Spending time meditating, journaling, looking through old notebooks or photographs and getting a handle on what happened last year is a wonderful way to appreciate your accomplishments and memorialize your year. 2. This is a time when the unexpected or unlooked for may materialize out of thin air. Don’t close off your heart or soul to new experiences and to the amazing surprises that life has in store for us. The holidays are full of magic, we should all believe, have some faith in the universe, and let the wonder of the season into your heart.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post about Yule time giving and receiving! Please feel free to comment below and then follow along to the next blog on the hop using the link below! Many Merry Wishes for the Season!!!