|Brigid by Joanna Powell Colbert|
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, StarsInformation 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, CloudsEmotional 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, BearManifesting 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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