It’s that time of year again, with Samhain/Halloween upon us, to connect with our ancestors. And also time for another Tarot Blog Hop. Our wrangler for this go-around is Louise of Priestess Tarot, who suggested we get advice from our ancestors for the year to come.
I wasn’t quite sure where to go with this at the start. Should I design a spread and ask one ancestor for input? Still, I did something of the sort a couple of years ago. Or ask several different ancestors the same question? That sounds more promising. But, which ancestors, and what should I ask?
Three is the Magic Number
My answer to the first question was: I’ll ask three of my family’s women. I have three grandmothers, all on the other side. However, one of them I never met, and I really have no idea who she was, which might make interpreting the cards hard. So, then I remembered a great aunt, who I was a bit afraid of as a child, but of whom I heard some wonderful stories. Okay, so, Emi, Oma and my great aunt Marianne.
As for what to ask, I decided to keep it simple. I drew just a single card for each of these women’s advice to me, from the Dreams of Gaia Tarot (Blue Angel, 2016).
Emi was my mother’s mother, a strong, beautiful woman. She was a doctor, and continued helping others until shortly before her death through providing sex education in schools. A real forward-thinker and independent woman, who divorced her first husband, my grandfather. She was loud and forthright, but also kind and loving. She was the first person in my life who got up as early as me, and she taught me how to bake, even when we didn’t yet share a common language. What will her advice to me be?
The Ace of Earth (Pentacles) shows a wonderful green dragon. Between his paws he levitates a little seedling, filling it with the energy to grow. What can I nurture and grow over the coming year?
It’s funny, as I led a guided meditation yesterday that focused on Emi (though I didn’t name her). And it was all about how she always nurtured the people and other living beings around her. I can really see the Earth focus 🙂
Here, though, we have an Ace, rather than Emi’s Queen energy. In what way can I make a new start in the physical realm? I think this is about the hypnotherapy business I am trying to grow. It’s all about helping people, and although it’s through the power of the mind, my focus is often on quite physical changes, as hypnotherapy works beautifully to help with things like skin conditions, IBS, and even hot flushes. Emi would have been glad to see me taking this direction!
This card reminds me to nurture the business side of this, too. I can’t help people if I’m not organised in a practical way.
Oma was my maternal grandfather’s second wife. She was his secretary, who married him after Emi left him for another man. Oma was much more of housewife, and yet I can’t remember her cooking. She loved their pets – mostly Dachshunds – and liked monogrammed sheets and towels, and for everything to match: definitely houseproud. This curious lady was also an avid reader, travelling in her mind to all the places (and times) she never quite managed to visit in real life. She seemed ever so traditional, yet when she died, I was surprised to find a couple of tarot books in her collection, as well as a book on yoga.
I laughed a little when I turned over The Scribe (Twelve of Air, equivalent to the Knight of Swords). A secretary is a kind of scribe, and she did love the written word! I like the bee at the bottom, a symbol of the creativity of the Goddess. As advice, she reminds me to note down my thoughts in a creative way.
And the scarab at the top is the beetle that rolls balls of dung around. While that doesn’t sound particularly appealing, the beetle uses the dung so its children will have a source of food available with which to grow as soon as they hatch. Words nourish my soul, so I should also read other people’s writing, as well as focusing on getting down my own thoughts.
An avid ballerina, Marianne had both a zest for life and a strict sense of discipline. In later years she developed severe arthritis, losing most sensation and movement in her hands. Yet, she still danced on a table at her 80th birthday!
I’ll admit to being surprised by the Intuition card. I always think of Great Aunt Marianne as being a dynamic whirlwind, rather than a quiet, receptive woman in tune with her intuition. Then again, perhaps this is a reminder that intuition can also be accessed through a moving meditation, rather than just by sitting on a cushion…
For the year to come, I need to spend more time connecting to my intuition. Yet, this is a good reminder that there is more than one way to approach this. If I don’t always manage a sitting meditation, perhaps I can tune into the wisdom of my body, too.
Now, I wonder what advice other ancestors will share on this blog hop…