Sunday, 20 September 2015

Harvest Festival Cards

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Our wrangler for this blog hop is Maureen Aisling Duffy-Boose.  She asked us to get creative and draw the card we'd choose for the harvest festival of Mabon.  Now, I've already posted about the card I created to represent this in the Celtic Lenormand: the Meadow (Garden).  And as this is the Celtic Lenormand blog, I didn't feel I could just draw another card, especially as my artistic skills are limited, hence enrolling the fabulous Will Worthington to paint the deck in the first place!

Instead, I thought I could get creative by collaging this card with others I would consider related to it, especially in terms of this turn of the Wheel of the Year.

When I was at school, I remember us bringing in tins and packages of dried food for this season, as part of the Harvest Festival.  These were then donated to those in need - a lovely, modern take on sharing the fruits of the harvest.  This festival, then, is not just about the harvest itself, but about the sharing of it, the sense of community.  That is represented in the Meadow card, where food is laid out on blankets in a meadow, ready for the entire village to share, perhaps also with people from the neighbouring lands.  That element of gifting would be represented by the Flowers (Bouquet) card. Often, it is charitable institutions that oversee delivering the harvest fruits to those in need: Flowers, Meadow and Hill Fort (Tower).  


Another aspect of this festival is the need to be organised about it: there's no point to gathering the fruits of the harvest if they then go to waste - either rotting where we store them, or never reaching the people who need them.  So, we might pair the Meadow and the Flowers with the Anchor for doing the work necessary to preserve and store them, and/or with the Bear for the kind of person who would be good at that kind of organisational work.

And we definitely wouldn't want the Mice getting into our stores!  Perhaps, if this were a spell, we might specify an end to the Mice - adding the Coffin to box them in, or cutting them away with the Scythe...  Thieves will be sliced up and buried!

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12 comments:

  1. I don't really know much about Lenormand, so all I can say is how lovely your cards are

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    1. As a Swords-y lady, I'm sure you'll love them when you get around to them, Ania. They are very chatty, and have a nice, clear structure :D

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  2. They ARE gorgeous cards! I didn't realise that the hop was going out today - that's great, I might stand a chance of reading some of the posts before we actually get to the Equinox! I share your memories of tinned and dried stuffs for he Harvest Festival to go to those in need. I hope schools and churches still do that :)

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    1. Someone said to me just yesterday that their school was doing it, so the tradition has not totally died out :)

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  3. Lovely cards... I'm just smiling at your pest control strategies... The problem with Lenny mice... no natural predators... dog... fox... somebody needs to get a cat in there ;)

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    1. Tee hee, I did put a cat in this deck, a substitute card 18. You can see it here: http://www.celticlenormand.com/2013/06/the-making-of-cat.html

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  4. Oh I love how you string the cards together in a story about the harvest, makes it easy for people like me who don't understand Lenormand, actually now understand some of the meanings of these cards.

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    1. Glad you found these little examples helpful, Jo! :)

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  5. I like the "get rid of mice" spell :) Images are powerful in that regard.

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    1. Absolutely, Olivia! That's why I love doing spells with cards :)

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  6. This was so helpful in terms of learning the Celtic Lenormand cards! Thank you!

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