Tarot Blog Hop : Imbolc ~ In The Belly

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tarotbloghopbuttonBEFORE2The first Tarot Blog Hop of 2013 has arrived and with it, my contribution to Imbolc.

The challenge this time was set by one Maureen Aisling, who has the master list and the title she chose was: In the Belly! So, welcome if you’ve come from Chloe’s Inner Whispers entry or if you drop by as usual, WELCOME. I love the comments and feedback, so please do take a moment to leave a comment!

Wildwood Tarot
Major 3
The Green Woman

This is rather apt for me, since I will be giving birth shortly after Imbolc itself hits, when the little lady that’s wiggling around in my womb, gets ready to make her appearance. Babies I’ve discovered, come when they’re ready, but what do they do in the mean time? Whilst in the womb, for the 9 or 10 months they’re there, they grow, mature, develop. They’re in a constant state of change, which slows down after the first year. For the first year of their life outside the womb, they grow so quickly, adding to their body weight, trying to imitate the life they see around them as quickly as they can. If they’ve any elder siblings, they’ll learn things at a quicker pace, for the wee ones just want to be doing what the older ones are doing, so things are not often as relaxedΒ  third time out as they often are with the first.

Wildwood Tarot
Major 5
The Ancestor

Spring, the season we’re now entering into, is also about birthing new life, but in a very different way. From the buds of the snow drops that might appear in late January, to the budding of the daffodils later in February and March (with St David’s Day being March 1st). The card that I feel goes with this season is The Green Woman, though Mark and John have her at Midsummer! The two cards they have with this time of year are apt, but speaking as a pregnant Tarot Reader, who is already a mother of two, the Green Woman’s fertility and her womb forcing the new life into the world is not lost on me.

The Ancestor (one of Mark’s Major pair at Imbolc) however, is still set in the winter that is now retreating, or at least, trying to hang on with what finger nails it still can! The Ancestor is the guardian of the land and keeps it sacredness and beats the drum of nature, which by now, is getting slightly louder, like a baby that has learnt different types of cries and can smile and gurgle. The sound of the drum gets stronger each day.

Wildwood Tarot
Major #17
The Pole Star

The other card that Mark has linked to Imbolc is The Pole Star, the card of dreams manifesting, being understood, the card of realisation and universal understanding. We often see the stars clearer in the Winter time, simply because it’s darker for longer and sometimes, we lift our heads up enough to look beyond our own world, then realise that we really are small, insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but just as important as the stars that twinkle in the sky high above us, some of which burnt out hundreds of years ago.

For me, personally, I am aware of the beat of the ancestors drum. For generations, women have given birth and kept the human race going. Now I’m doing my bit, for the third and final time. I feel the need to rest, like the Winter and take some time out, but my hopes and dreams for my children are on-going. They have begun their lives, all I can do now is teach and guide them and let them make their own mistakes. Goddess knows I’ve made mine, but they don’t hold me back, they guide me. As the beat of the Ancestors drum sounds in my ears, learn from the mistakes of the past so that you can avoid them in the future. The year has just begun!

It’s time to hand you over to the next hop in this chain, which is Joy Vernon’s blog. Until we meet again, Merry Ye Part and Merry Imbolc.tarotbloghopbuttonAFTER

Comments

  1. Joanna Ash February 1, 2013 at 17:59

    What a lovely blog! I am so excited for you with the baby coming. Secretly, I have full of respect for your managing 3 kids. Super woman:)

    • Louise February 1, 2013 at 20:47

      Hey Joanna! I haven’t managed the 3 yet… 3rd is “inbound”, so to speak πŸ™‚
      And Super Woman? No.. I wasn’t born wearing super hero tights and cape though, honestly! *lol*

      Thank you and I’ll hop to yours as I progress through them all this weekend. Blessings and good luck to you in your new Tarot Venture πŸ™‚

  2. Arwen Lynch, Professional Joy Seeker February 1, 2013 at 18:55

    Louise, I really love your in-depth discussions on the Wildwood. I’m learning so much about this deck. Blessings on your impending birth.

    • Louise February 3, 2013 at 23:00

      Thank you Arwen! It’s a great deck – I had no idea (until this deck and the blog!) that you could go SO into a deck like this! Will share the joy when she arrives! After a mug of tea, a round or three of toast and a few hours sleep! πŸ˜‰

  3. Sharon February 1, 2013 at 19:43

    The Green Woman is one of my favourite cards from the Wildwood Tarot. It’s full of life energy and possibility… an excellent card to choose for the first festival of the year πŸ™‚ I also love your association of the beat of the Ancestor’s drum with the growth and development of a baby.

    Wishing you all the best for the upcoming birth of your third child. Happy Imbolc! πŸ™‚

    • Louise February 1, 2013 at 20:45

      Hi Sharon πŸ™‚ yes, I agree, which is why I personally included her. Okay, it’s easier to be happy and hopeful when the sun shines (ha! In this country?! πŸ˜€ ) but I do feel her fertility booting my bladder rather a lot right now πŸ˜€

      Pictures will be forthcoming, of that I promise πŸ™‚

  4. alison cross February 2, 2013 at 16:44

    Hope the big day goes well for your new arrival!

    • Louise February 2, 2013 at 19:30

      Thanks Ali! There will be pictures on FB, so keep an eye out and thanks! πŸ™‚

  5. Krysten February 5, 2013 at 09:11

    What a great post and congratulations on yr newest addition to yr family!

    • Louise February 5, 2013 at 09:35

      Thank you Krysten! Hope things are going well with you where you are πŸ™‚

  6. Chloe February 7, 2013 at 15:21

    Another beautiful post, Louise! I really see what you’re saying about the Green Woman – and that goes with Imbolc or Ewes Milk: the mothers giving birth and then feeding their little lambs. Of course, we feed our children far more than just milk: we feed them wisdom and learning, and the space to grow into themselves. Maybe, too, that’s where the Ancestor and Pole Star come in. As you can see, I definitely found this thought-provoking πŸ™‚ Bright Blessings and a Happy Birthing!

    • Louise February 7, 2013 at 15:27

      Hi Chloe

      Thanks sweetie!! There are some GREAT posts in this hop! I’m struggling to get through them but I will! Hell or high water, I will πŸ˜‰

      And I see the connection to the Wisdom via The Ancestor and the learning via The Pole Star… hadn’t thought of it like that, thank you πŸ™‚

      Blessings to you and yours today too sweetie!

      • Chloe February 7, 2013 at 15:33

        Yes, I’m still making my slow way round, too πŸ™‚ Holding you and the baby in my thoughts!

        • Louise February 7, 2013 at 16:08

          Thanks Chloe! I’ll try and finish up over the weekend… πŸ˜‰

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