Sunday, 1 May 2016

What Gifts May Flowers Bring

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Karen Sealey is a playful person and for this hop asked us to think about May and let that take us where it may.  I imagine we'll see a fascinating variety of approaches and takes as we hop around what this global community of bloggers makes of that!

For myself, thinking about the Celtic Lenormand and Beltane always brings the Flowers card to mind.  It's the card that seemed most appropriate to represent this turn of the Wheel of the Year.  It shows the beautiful blooms we find (at least in this part of the world) in May.  And it's also one of the most lovely cards in the deck, indicating gifts, invitations, beauty and creativity.

All this got me thinking about what gifts we are offered now.  So, I threw a Grand Tableau with that in mind.


Looking at the cards around the Flowers, we have the Anchor, the Dog, the Snake, the Ring, the Cross, the Tree, the Rider and the Coffin.  That leads me to the following questions to help think about the gifts life is offering right now:

What in your life provides you with stability?

Who can you depend on?

What boundaries help you maintain your sense of self?

What commitments bring you joy?

What life lesson/s do you feel you are finally mastering?

What aspects of your health do you give thanks for?

What messages is the universe sending you?


What ending are you currently grateful for?

Another technique, which I used last week, is to get a "final message" around a subject by counting around the Grand Tableau.  This isn't restricted to the "significator" cards, but can be used from any card of interest.  If you start at the card before the card you're interested in, and count around 7 each time, you end up with a line of five.  For the Flowers, that gives us:


Lady, Ship, Mice, Dog, Bear: A final message around the gifts life is currently offering is that nostalgic passivity undermines resourceful dependability.  If you want to make the most of what is being offered, you need to look to the future, be active and resourceful, and keep on with things even if the going is not always simple.

Now, I wonder what other gifts this blog hop will offer us...

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14 comments:

  1. Beautiful cards, beautiful article

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  2. Oh... I love that final message... It made me think of somebody trying to build a boat by watching pooh sticks float away down the stream...

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    1. Lol! Watching pooh sticks might give a lot of insight into boat building, but it won't actually get the boat built, that's for sure ;)

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  3. Lovely card for our topic! I love your clever title. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Joy. Not as much wordsmithing as your fabulous tarot maypole post, but it was still fun to come up with :)

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  4. Great cards and loved the final message technique. Never heard of that method. Blessed Be.

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    1. Glad I could share something you hadn't tried before, Aaron, and that you like the cards :)

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  5. Lovely card - reminds me of a cottage garden :)

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  6. Wonderful cards and spread; its interesting this is either the second or third blog that directly connects with the weekend I have just had. It's almost like universal conformation. Thank you :-)

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    1. Isn't it wonderful when that happens? :)

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  7. I found the concept of counting the Grand Tableau very intriguing!

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    1. Ooh, there's quite a few ways to count the GT - depending on how large a line you want to end with. And you can do it from different positions, to get messages on different subjects ;)

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