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Blessed Imbolc and Candlemas! Brigid was the first goddess I dedicated myself to, and she is still the one I look to for inspiration the most. She has so many characteristics that admirable, so that makes it easy to find a way to connect with her. The local hearth of the women’s group I’m in has been reading and discussing Lunea Weatherstone’s book, Tending Brigid’s Flame. Through that contemplation, I realized the only reason I pulled away from Brigid as a goddess is because she seemed too widespread – like she could be anyone’s goddess. Now, of course, I realize that was my ego getting in my way. While I am dedicated to another goddess, Brigid is still a huge part of my spiritual foundation and a touchstone for me.

But whether you are a devotee of Brigid or not, you can still enjoy her day with some appropriate foods for the day or just by lighting a candle. We’ve set up our altar for the occasion (the box on the right is not related to it – it’s the ashes of our sweet dog Kaitlyn and we simply want to honor her on our small altar space as well). We’ve made the Brigid’s cross from some local grasses as we do not have the traditional reeds.

Many folks like to overlook their employment when it comes to matters of spirit. A good workplace and work that is fulfilling (note that I didn’t say “that you love” – because that’s often hard to get) can create a work life that feeds the spirit. Wayland, the smith of the gods, proves a good example of this. If you’re not there, perhaps focus on your skills, creative project, or some connection that might help you achieve that.

Blessing and have a blessed Imbolc!

Eight of Shields – Wayland

Meaning: Employment, commissions, craftsmanship. The positive, productive use of one’s skills. Focusing one’s energy on work. Employment that brings self-satisfaction. Intense labor. A creative endeavor. Learning a new skill or trade. Having a modest attitude toward accomplishments. Enjoying work and the rewards it brings.

On the flip side, this card could indicate that in the workplace, you feel trapped, despondent, or unmotivated. An unfulfilling profession. Producing poor quality work. Exploitation, vanity, and hypocrisy.

The Story: Deep within the earth, Wayland practices his craft.

The Saxon smith Wayland is the Norse smith Volundr who became incorporated into the mythology of Britain. Wayland was the master craftsman to the gods, whose weapons were so fine that they sang in the air. The coveted work of this god of smiths led King Nidud to abduct him. Nidud hamstrung the smith to prevent his escape and then forced his lame prisoner to work.

The art of the smith and magician were thought to be closely related, and it was by magic that the smith eventually escaped the clutches of Nidud, after which he sought a terrible revenge upon the king’s family.

Over time, Wayland became associated with many of Britain’s ancient sites, and appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The Life of Merlin. The spirit of Wayland is said to haunt a neolithic burial chamber known as Wayland’s Smithy in Oxfordshire. Tradition maintains that if one were to leave a horse and coin at the chamber overnight, on returning in the morning one would find the coin gone and the horse shod.

Legend: An Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

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First, blessed Autumn Equinox (or Mabon, Harvest Home, Feast of Avalon or whatever you prefer to call it)! For those in the Southern Hemisphere, I wish you a blessed Spring Equinox (or Ostara). In our household, there will be dental work done on the cook, so we will celebrate tomorrow. What will you do to celebrate?

Yesterday, I walked our youngest dog, Maddie, at a local trail and noticed several of the harbingers of a coming autumn, notably blooming Goldenrod, Spicebush berries, and the sumac leaves starting to turn.

I also found my magical namesake, the Thistle.

Now, on to the card. It’s one that gives us some hope in a time when it is sorely needed. Remember, all good things come from a combination of effort, an open mind, and timing. May good things start for you all today!

Seven of Swords – Sword in the Stone

Meaning: Inspiration and enthusiasm. A new direction and purpose. The bringing of a new enterprise. Recent events bring the promise of brighter days to come. The instilling of hope, faith, and strength. Sensing one is on the destined path. The renewal of spirit and ambition. Following what seem to be good omens pointing the way.

The card may also mean: Being given poor advice. Having to contend with armchair critics who underestimate one’s dedication and sill. A lack of support. Discouraging remarks fuel one’s determination.

Card’s Story: Galahad drew Balin’s sword from the stone.

After the death of Balin, the mastermind Merlin embedded the sword in a stone and set it to hover above the waters of a river. The stone held fast to the blade, designated to only release its grip when pulled by the knight who could achieve the Holy Grail. Over the years, the stone drifted downstream to arrive at Arthur’s court, where Merlin’s vision would come to pass.

On the feast of Pentecost, a great marvel befell the court. A squire reported to Arthur that a stone of red marble had appeared in the river below and embedded in the stone was an ornate sword. Arthur gathered the Fellowship and went to see for himself.

Lancelot beheld the sword, then called his kind aside. He then went on the explain to Arthur that when the rightful knight succeeded in pulling the sword from the stone, it would herald the beginning of the quest for the Holy Grail. Knowing he was not the destined knight, Lancelot refused to try to draw the sword. On Arthur’s bidding, both Gawain and Percivale tried their hand and failed. Having seen the “marvel,” Kay urged all to return to the hall to dine.

As they sat down, the shutters and doors of the castle mysteriously shut by their own accord. There then appeared man of great age, and at his side a handsome young knight. The knight carried no sword or shield, only a scabbard. The old man introduced the young knight as Galahad the Desired Knight. Thereupon he led Galahad to his destined seat at the Round Table. Having done his duty, the old man then left the court. Suspecting that the Quest awaited this knight, Arthur led the newcomer to the river’s edge. On seeing the sword, Galahad knew the task to be his. The young knight looked to the heavens, then drew the sword as if nothing held it. He sheathed the blade within his scabbard: the dawn of the Quest had come.

Legend, the Arthurian Tarot by Anne-Marie Ferguson

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This is a lovely card – and it certainly makes me think of fond childhood memories of running in the woods, climbing trees, working in the garden, and playing with my cousins. But this is more than about nostalgia. Perhaps an old friend is coming back into your life. Or something you’ve been working on for a long time is coming to pass finally. Or perhaps you need to look closely at your attachments to determine if they are healthy.

A lot to consider for such a pleasant-looking card! Blessings.

Six of Cups – In Ector’s Keeping

Meaning: Nostalgia. A time of reflection and reliving fond memories of bygone days. Drawing nourishment and comfort from recalling playful days of childhood. Old friend reenter one’s life, bringing pleasant surprises. Efforts of the past come to fruition. Happiness as a result of previous kindness. Meeting aspects of the past.

The card also indicates an unhealthy attachment to the past that prevents one from appreciating the present. Having to contend with frightening and debilitating memories of childhood. Insecurity and longing for protection.

The Story: In times past there were days of play.

After the marriage of Uther and Igraine, Morgause (or Anna) left her mother’s side and became the wife of King Lot. Morgan was placed in the care of the sisterhood of Avalon, and Arthur was hidden away by Merlin. The sage wisely kept the boy’s identify a secret, fearing those who would wish harm on Uther’s so. It was said that Merlin traveled to the home of Sir Ector and his family. This remote land and its loyal family made for a secure foster home for Arthur.

Fosterage was a common practice of the noble blood. Children would often stay with the foster family until they came of age, which was generally fourteen for girls and seventeen for boy.s

In the case of Arthur, no formal arrangements had been made, and some say that Ector and his wife knew not of Arthur’s royal blood. But on the bidding of Merlin, the family accepted the boy.

While in Ector’s keeping, Arthur enjoyed a freedom he would never know again. Most thought him just one of the many royal bastards (as did Arthur himself), which meant his movements were no more restricted than those of his foster brother Kay. Being no more privileged than his companions, Arthur’s childhood instilled him with a sense of fair play and honor. Kay and Arthur were given an education and made to study literature, foreign language, poetry, music, and the arts of war, after which they were free to roam and enjoy childhood pastimes.

Arthur was a likable boy who later cherished his years and friendship made while in the card of Sir Ector.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

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