Thursday, 4 February 2016

Brigid's Awakening

Brigid by Joanna Powell Colbert
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A few days after Imbolc, or St. Brigid's Day, welcome to this seasonal Blog Hop.  Our topic this time around, which bloggers around the world will share their divinatory thoughts on, is Awakening the Heart.

Straight away, I thought about creating a spread with the Heart card at it's centre, to represent how the Goddess Brigid might awaken our hearts to greater compassion.  And the Nine Square is so delightfully versatile...

This version takes the top row as being connected to the healing aspect of the Goddess Brigid, the middle row as connected to her inspiration, and the bottom row is associated to the forge aspect where she brings those inspired ideas into manifestation.  And despite this Goddess-inspired interpretation, really there is a close connection to more traditional readings of the Nine Square.  Often, the top line is associated with our thoughts, and sometimes healing comes from releasing thoughts and worries that we somatise.  Inspiration is what we feel in the present moment, when we are in the middle of something engaging.  And manifestation is what we create, the actions we have control over.

For this reading, I shuffled up the Celtic Lenormand (U.S. Games, 2014), and then looked through the deck to find the four cards to either side of the Heart card.

Top Row - Healing - Moon, Female Rider, Stars

Information around life cycles brings spiritual clarity.

What cycles of uncertainty need healing, and what information will help foster spiritual clarity?  Oftentimes, we have all the information we need, if only we can access and acknowledge it.  Especially with issues that come around again and again, we already know what doesn't work, and probably what does.  A little spiritual clarity can go a long way to opening our hearts.

 

 Middle Row - Inspiration - Cat, Heart, Clouds

Emotional independence comes through being able to deal with ambiguity.

I read something recently that talked about how being able to sit with ambiguity is a sign of resilience, and how those suffering from depression often lack this trait.  Interesting, in that context, that the Clouds are associated both with ambiguity and with depression.

This leads me to the question: How can I express my compassion in a way that helps foster emotional independence?

 

Bottom Row - Manifestation - Shedding Snake, Fierce Snake, Bear

Manifesting strong boundaries can be transformational.

Compassion is multi-faceted: we can be compassionate towards others, yet often forget to offer the same gift to ourselves.  Being protective of our own space and needs can be a way to show that self-compassion.  However, it can feel hard to do, given the expectations others often have of us.  Something tangible can help make that boundary clearer to others, and act as a reminder so we maintain it for ourselves.  How can I manifest strong boundaries?

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16 comments:

  1. There's some interesting points there Chloe. I think in some ways it is becoming increasingly harder to maintain strong boundaries as there's been changes in how communicate. Time was, when nobody used to ring you after 9pm or at meal times etc... now people think nothing of ringing, texting and emailing around the clock and they expect replies yesterday... I keep my sanity by keeping friends who take at least 3 days to reply to a text and also who don't get their noses put out of joint when I do like wise... :D

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    1. Interesting, Karen, I wasn't thinking about communication when I thought about strong boundaries, but what you say is very true. I'm like that with FaceBook - have been known not to go on for a week at a time :D

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  2. Love the question about strong boundaries. I agree with Karen on that!

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    1. Tee hee, my boundaries at the moment need strengthening around my Little One - he cries and I give in. Everyone has their own boundary issues, I guess... :)

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  3. Are you doing the 30 Days of Brigid e-course? I'm doing it and am getting a lot out of it. I like your Square of Nine, taking each row to be one of Brigid's fires! What a great spread! Your interpretation is very thoughtful as well.

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    1. Hi Joy, no, I missed out this time, but maybe some other time. I did get Lunea Weatherstone's book, though and am working through that at my own pace :) Glad you enjoyed this adaptation of the Nine Square!

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  4. Interesting! Great to see the Celtic Lenormand in action as Lennie decks are not something I have worked with.

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    1. Oh, Lennie's are such fun! Hope you give them a go some time :)

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  5. I really enjoyed your interpretations here, mostly because I don't read Lenormand cards and it's fascinating to have a client's perspective on a reading. How does these cards work!? Beyond that, I'd be interested to know where you read that article about ambiguity, I find that topic alluring. So often the happiest people are able to go with the flow and not know the specific outcome of their actions. They are better able to appreciate the moment without anxiety about the future.

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    1. Hi Deirdre,

      The cards work on the basis of keywords that you build into compound words or sentences. So, one keyword for the Snake is boundaries, for the Bear is strength, for Clouds is ambiguity, and so on. Then, you can read a spread in different ways - read the columns, the rows, the diagonals, do a knighting move in an L-shape, and so on. It's an interesting approach :)

      As for the article about ambiguity, I just finished writing an essay for which I read/skimmed over 60 books and articles. I know it was one of those, but a quick foray back into them this morning left me without a precise answer for you. It may well have been an article or book on positive psychology... :)

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  6. Still love your readings with these. Especially like the short statement at the beginning of each row that sums up. Very on point, and then the details after. Great work, as always! :)

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    1. Thanks Joanne! Yes, the short statement is always my first step with Lennie's, getting to the crux of what I see :) Blessings, Chloƫ

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  7. I really like the 9-square readings - so concise and yet still full of information and insight. Thanks for sharing this one!

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    1. I totally agree, Alison - the 9-square is amazingly versatile :)

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