TarotBlogHop: Lammas 2013

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Hi! Yeah, so this is the Lammas 2013 Tarot Blog Hop. I’m the wrangler for this one which means I got to set the topic. Great right? Means I can be way ahead of the crowd. Riiiiiiight.

NOT.

It’s about 14 hours from the time the hop begins and I’ve written nothing.

NOTHING!

3-gardenerOh? The topic? It was “What can I share from my table to enrich my community?” Because this whole Tarot Blog Hop was begun to be a community builder. And, I think, it’s worked rather well. We have seen hops with 20+ every time we’ve done this. I’m very proud of what we’ve built.

To answer my own question, I thought what card seemed to convey this the best. In the blog document, I suggested the Queen of Pentacles. But I think perhaps this is more of an Empress thing for me. She is the Queen of Queens for me with her pregnant belly surrounded by all the generous bounty of the earth. Joanna Powell Colbert captures this perfectly in her Gardener card.

So I shuffled my Gaian Tarot to see what card might answer this. I got the Sun (you may remember that this card showed up for my Litha Tarot Blog Hop too. I think the Sun is stalking me, y’all.

But the flanking cards were the Nine of Air and the Queen of Water. That’s an interesting combination but it gave me a three card spread to share with you.

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Lammas Table

1. Why do I come to the community table?
2. What do I need more of on the community table?
3. What do I need less of on the community table?

The Sun is why I come. I come to get joy as much as to spread joy. I’ve found that the more I share how to be a professional joy seeker, but more joy I get back from others who are on the same path. It really does grow exponentially when I seek out those who are determined to bring joy into their world. When you eschew the negativity, it’s just a much nicer place.

guardian-waterThe Guardian (Queen) of Water is what I need more of. Here is the nurturer. The compassionate human who is willing to listen to others. This is about making sure I emotionally connect with my community as well. I’m richer for diving in fully. And I need to ask for that connection when I need it. That’s on me.

The thing I need less of is the Nine of Air. JPC has a bit of a different take with her woman clutching the pole here. I see this card as my reminder not to be a tail chaser (or a tale chaser.) I have to let go of my anxieties and fears about not being enough. I need to stop judging myself based on what others say or do. It’s a very hard thing to do but I need to let go and relax a bit more.

So what about you? We all enrich our community in myriad ways. Each of us brings something the other needs. Thank you for being a part of my community. I’m blessed by that connection.nine-air

Cards are from the Gaian Tarot.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Now leave a comment before you hop along to the next blog!

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16 thoughts on “TarotBlogHop: Lammas 2013”

  1. Thought-provoking spread, Arwen – excellent questions which really resonate with me within several of the communities I belong to. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I like the picture on the nine of swords. The stone she is holding onto is a very big worry stone. It is time to let go as you stated. It is time to be like the stone pillar and stand on her own and face what is to come. Only good. Only good….Blessed Be.

  3. I really like your take on this blog topic. You focused more on your own needs and motivations which is something that didn’t occur to me. I’ll be trying this spread out soon because I suspect the cards I draw will provide really useful information to me at this point in my life.

  4. Great 3-card spread to DNA one’s role in the community and do a little deadheading in the garden, too. As a gardener myself, I thoroughly appreciate the spread… and I get a good smiling laugh as I always call the Q of P the bouillabaisse essence of the Empress and the Empress the higher octave of the Q of P.

    Thanks for sharing your spread and for for air traffic the chaos-central of wrangling so we can all pilot smoothly. Kudos on rounding up the whole Hop in an hour from launch. Your heads up posts early on gave clear direction. Great job!

  5. As Ania, said, the Gaian Tarot is growing on me. Especially that Sun card! I like the “real” looking (rather than fantasy figure) people in Joanna’s cards. And I, too, thought more in terms of what I give the community than what I get and how to balance my participation. Excellent spread, Arwen. Thanks!

  6. Gorgeous spread and cards, Arwen, and a perfect name, too πŸ˜‰ I love that the joy you seek spreads joy in every direction, the Sun is such a perfect card for you!

  7. I loved the description of “professional joy seeker” πŸ™‚ Lovely! Thank you for your post I can feel the positive vibes of the Sun in me <3 )

  8. I love this spread, Arwen! And…um…your introduction is inspiring me to admit that I started writing my blog post less than an hour before the hop started. Nothing like a little deadline pressure…especially since I also had to leave for the airport two hours later…

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