This is the Imbolc/Groundhog Day/Candlemas round of the Tarot Blog Hop, a collection of readings and interpretation by a group of tarot specialists on a particular topic. You may have gotten here from the blog of Donna L. Faber, or you may have arrived in reverse from the writing of Krysten Barnes. In either case, welcome aboard!
is what we're all talking about this time: This Hop is done in honor of
either the Goddess Brighide/Bridget, or the
lovely Ground Hog who is part of the cultural lore in many
countries...either way, the festival has the same resonance. "Imbolc" or
"Imbolg", the name of this festival in Celtic countries where it
originated, means "in the belly" and refers to the season where sheep
and goats are carrying their young, the first domesticated mammals to be
born in early spring, and therefore are, or will soon be, lactating.
Whether you are honoring the Triple Goddess Brighid in your own
festival, or simply looking to Nature and Spring to emerge, the concept
here is the same--the topic for this Hop is, "What is "in your Belly"?
What do you wish to give birth to, to nurture, during this new season?
What is the Poet, the Healer, the Maker, within you longing to do, to
Become?" You may not celebrate Imbolc, Candlemas, or Groundhog Day at
all. But, oddly enough, on this particular festival, with the emergence
of Spring from Winter's blast, each and every one of us has something
"in the belly", something in gestation, something we came out of the
Dark of Winter holding, something to which we will give birth as the
Spring comes forth. Doesn't matter if, like me, you're way way too old
to have progeny--you're giving birth to something. And maybe, at this
point in time, you don't know exactly what that might be. So--let's take
a look and see "what's in the cards" for your new arrival. What's in
the belly for you, and how do you propose to birth it and raise it and
bring it to maturity?
Well, let's see what the oracles
will tell us. Since this festival is one which is celebrated in many
different cultures for many different reasons, I am going to "mix and
match" my divination tools in order to get different perspectives on the
question....We'll begin, in honor of Brighid, with one of the Celtic
Ogham runes, and then, in respect for the traditional nature of the Blog
Hop, use a Tarot card, and finally, for the inclusion of those for whom
this is not a religious festival but simply a seasonal attribution such
as "Ground Hog Day", we'll use a playing card, interpreted in the
manner of Irish Gypsy lore. And three different questions, one for each
tool. Since I am myself honoring the feast of Imbolc at this season, my
questions and interpretations will relate to the three faces of the
Goddess Brighide, the Poet, the Smith, and the Healer. So--let's see
what the cards have to tell us.
1) What am I creating/birthing at this season? (The Poet's Card)
2) What shall I be in the process of Making? (The Smith's Card)
3. What will I be Healing by this New Birth? (The Healer's Card)
help thinking, looking at these three cards, of the process of giving
birth, by words selected after long and silent solitary thought, to
relationship healing with someone with whom we have had "material
difficulty". At least, that is what it is saying to me, and I trust
perhaps you have an interpretation of your own. Hopefully you will be
able to gestate and birth that which speaks to you, and the Season of
Light will illuminate your efforts.
From this blog, please go on to the blog of Krysten Barnes, if you haven't been there yet, or to Donna L. Faber's blog,
if you're going widdershins. And if you get lost, there's a Master List
to give you a hand at any time. Happy Groundhog Day, Happy Imbolc,
Happy Candlemas, and happy birth day!