For this blog hop (where bloggers from around the world write about the same topic and post at the same time), we were asked to write about May. What popped into my head was the expression ‘April showers bring May flowers’.
What does that bring to mind? There are three things for me.
First is the idea that we don’t enjoy April showers. You wouldn’t need the saying if everyone was delighted by what they were experiencing. And it’s a fact that showery weather tends to mean not only grey skies and the occasional accidental soaking, but also mood fluctuations that accompany such changeable weather.
Second is the idea that there is a point to this unpleasantness, that it brings needed nourishment to the plants growing around us.
And third is the fact that something good will come of all this: those beautiful flowers that delight our spirit and presage the fruits to come.
Based on that, I designed a little May Flowers Spread:
1) What difficult situation are you leaving behind?
2) How has it helped you grow?
3) What prize will you gain from it?
As ever, I thought I would try the spread out for myself to see how it reads. My favourite deck so far this year is the Idiosyncradeck Tarot (Cracked Amethyst, 2016), so that’s what I pulled out.
1) What difficult situation are you leaving behind? – Judgement
Ha, this strikes a chord! A huge wave rolls towards the shore, with a lighthouse standing guard. A time to wash away the old and get some clarity on a new direction to take.
I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching over the last turn of the Wheel of the Year, and I’ll be glad to move on. I think I have greater clarity now
2) How has it helped you grow? – The Emperor
I love this version of the Emperor <3 A large mountain dominates the card, with trees at its feet, and a fiery sky above. There is a stability to this, a sense of groundedness and passion combined.
It’s true I’ve been putting structures into place to support my new calling, the new direction I plan to go in. A new phone for people to contact me on, new flyers, updates to my non-esoteric website 😀
3) What prize will you gain from it? – Ace of Swords
A sword floats in a star-spangled night sky, silhouetted against clouds and with lightning weaving around its unsheathed blade. A powerful image of a new way of thinking or communicating that draws energy to it. It may be destructive, if not harnessed effectively…
Most readers have a card or cards that they check out in every new deck, and for my mother it’s the Ace of Swords. While I’m not as passionate about it as she is, a new sense of clarity and a new way to communicate sound like worthwhile aims or prizes for what I’ve been doing!
Let me know if you give this spread a go! And now, off we hop, if we may…