Today’s Tarot card reading comes from The Celtic Dragon Tarot by D. J. Conway. With art done by Lisa Hunt. This deck is unique as the cards are never read in reverse. Copyright 2001
Ace of Swords – Decisions; activity.
Baby Fire dragons are hatching out of a nest set among the lower fire vents on the slope of a volcano. A Celtic sword visible behind the nest stands upright and has craved dragons entwining around the hilt. In the background the volcano is glowing and blowing smoke. The clouds are dark with reflections of fire on them. Fire symbolizes physical, mental, and spiritual strength and action. This strength can manifest either as destructive power or regeneration, depending upon the intent and self-discipline of the individual. The sword also has much the same meaning: strength and defense, the power to liberate or wound. Potential for self-destruction is represented by the active volcano in the background. Our lives are often disrupted by cataclysmic events, which sometimes seem to destroy our lives and turn them upside down. If we can learn to harness the fire of these events, we can safely walk through the flames and come out stronger than we were
Divinatory Meaning: You are in the process of making decisions that will affect your life for some time. A new period of cycle of much activity is imminent. Beware of activity without thought.
Sound: “g” as in “gift” Stands for: Gift Color: Gold & Silver (Red) Casting meaning: Gebo represents the honor and connection that is created between people when they exchange gifts. The connection and honor is similar to the connection and honor that a person has with the gods for giving them life.
Triple goddess, life/death/rebirth, trinity, love – romance
Some people read this witches rune as a flower – new life, birth, fertility, love. I tend to read it more like the triquetra – life/death/rebirth cycles, triple goddess, etc. It’s completely up to you how YOU interpret these.
E is Eadhadh, or Eadha, which is the Aspen, a symbol of endurance and courage. The Aspen is a durable, hardy tree that grows all over North America and Scotland, so when Eadhadh appears, take it as a sign of strong will and success. Challenges may come your way, but you will eventually conquer your adversaries and obstacles.
In folklore and literature, the Aspen is associated with heroes, and many “crowns of Aspen” have been found in ancient burial sites. The sturdy wood was popular for making shields, and were often imbued with magical protective properties. In the Highlands of Scotland, the Aspen was often rumored to be connected to the realm of the Fae.
Mundane Aspects: Like the Aspen, you can be flexible without snapping. No matter what obstacles come, allow yourself to know that these too will be gone eventually. You will be left stronger for the experience, if you can get over your fears and reservations.
Magical Aspects: Don’t give in to the pressures of the material world. Focus instead on your spiritual journey, even if it seems like it would be a lot easier to give up and let things fall by the wayside. Even in the Tarot, the Fool knows he has a long way to go, but the first step is the hardest. When Eadhadh appears, put aside your distractions, and take that first all-important step on your journey.
Hexagram Thirty – Nine/39
Formed By The Trigrams: Water over Mountain.
General: If outward progress is currently impossible then concentrate on cultivation your inner strengths.
Love: It will be necessary to go within to look for clues to building a relationship if love has gone sour.
Business: Do not blame others for current business problems. Instead, consult them for ideas and support in overcoming the issues.
Personal: This is only a temporary setback. Don’t start to feel sorry for yourself. It is not constructive.
Overview: Chien is about obstructions to progress. Although problems may seem insurmountable, they are not. Although external help may eventually manifest itself it is necessary to use this time to gather your strength and use the help of those around you to try and resolve the problems. Work on resolving any internal flaws or weaknesses. Don’t allow yourself to become frustrated. This is only a temporary setback. Once these obstacles have passed you should start to move forward again. But do so cautiously until you are sure that all danger has passed.
Animal Spirit Guide or Helper
Today’s Animal Spirt Guide card comes from Messages from Your Animal Spirit Guides Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer Copyright 2008
“Accept the situation as it is rather than fighting to change it”
Associations: Gentleness; Loving; Friendliness; Exploration; Inquisitiveness; Playfulness; Nonviolence; Calmness, Fearlessness; Innocence; Acceptance; Surrender