Tarot Blog Hop : Lammas ~ What Can I Share?

Welcome to the latest Blog Hop! We’re at Lammas already… Litha was just a few moments ago, wasn’t it? Goodness, where’s the time gone!?

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It seems I’m at the top of the list, not the start, not the end. If you’re coming from Joy Vernon’s or Stella T’arot’s entry, welcome! If you’re here because you always visit, that’s ace and welcome! This time we’re wrangled by head wrangler, Arwen Lynch and we’ve been asked to answer this question: What can I share from my table to enrich my community?

My Singer 201-K Sewing Machine
My Singer 201-K Sewing Machine

There are a few things I am good at and a few things I’m improving on. I’m quite good at baking a Victoria Sponge which always goes down well when I get around to making it. I’m also starting to really get into my sewing, thanks to the beautiful old Singer we inherited from my husbands’ grand-mother and my card making, thanks to my mother .

Handmade Card
Handmade Card

I’m also quite good at growing things. This year, my raspberries have done really well as have my apples and damsons, but I didn’t set up my tomatoes, cucumbers or sweet peppers. If I had, they’d be on the table before, during and post Lammas. Next year, I will, as I’ve cleaned the greenhouse out from last year, finally!

My Summer Raspberry Bush in full fruit
My Summer Raspberry Bush in full fruit

So, I can enrich my community (by community I really mean my family at this point) by contributing to the harvest with scavenging various fruits and making things. I even have a recipe for Elderflower cordial for next year! I’m gutted I missed the Elderflower season by the time I had the recipe, but never mind. I don’t feel that I’m as skilled as some other members of this Blog Hop, or within TABI when I try to make things, but I try my best and I love the process of creating something from scratch.

Six of Bows Abundance
Six of Bows
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The Tarot card(s) that best symbolise Lammas to me are the Six of Wands, the Nine of Stones (aka, Pentacles)  and the Sun of Life. John and Mark also put The Woodward and The Blasted Oak at this time of year. Respect for what you’ve grown or what nature has provided is certainly something to be mindful off!

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Though, to be fair, the Blasted Oak (Tower) can come at any time, not just when Autumn (or Fall for the American’s reading) starts to take a hold. However, we often change things at this time of year as things begin to get harvested, as the fruits of our labour(s) start to show tangible results.

House Rules
House Rules

The other skill I hope I bring to my community, is the ability to listen. That’s my aim with the Tarot, to help people find the answers they already know and need, using the skills that I was born and blessed with.

So, enjoy your harvest, enjoy making things and allow what is on your table to be shared. There’s a rule plaque in the hall way of my house that I wish to share with you as the parting image, before we hop off to Stella T’arot ‘s entry.

Enjoy Lammas, enjoy the harvest, the fruits of your labours and those of others and if you share, you end up with more variety and in the end, that’s the point, isn’t it? To share… 🙂

 

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Comments

  1. Alison August 1, 2013 at 18:08

    I’d pick the 6 of Bows from the Wildwood too – it’s been coming up for me ever since Litha! Thanks for sharing your table…

    • Louise August 1, 2013 at 18:12

      It is rather a good card for the first harvest, isn’t it? 🙂
      Looking forward to seeing what you’ve shared too sweetie 🙂

  2. Sharon Cumming August 1, 2013 at 18:12

    Victoria Sponge Cake, Singer sewing machines, and home grown food… perfect! 🙂 My gran had one of those old fashioned pedal Singers years ago and I still think they’re the best sewing machines on the face of the earth.

    • Louise August 1, 2013 at 18:13

      Now I have her working properly, I think so too! She’s a beauty, that photograph doesn’t do her justice, really 🙂

  3. Karen Sealey August 1, 2013 at 18:24

    You had me at Victoria sponge cake… Oh and great house rules! 🙂 x

    • Louise August 1, 2013 at 18:34

      Yes, must make it tomorrow – ran out of time today 😉
      Shall I save you a piece if you’re going to brave the M6?

      • Karen Sealey August 1, 2013 at 19:52

        Very tempted… would you consider posting it? 😀

        • Louise August 1, 2013 at 19:55

          I don’t think it’ll survive the Royal Mail treatment Karen *lol* 🙂

          • Karen Sealey August 1, 2013 at 20:32

            I’m not posh… I’ll make do with crushed… 😀

  4. Vivianne August 1, 2013 at 20:15

    You could make something alcoholic with your fruits and bring a bottle for the next TABI conference raffle 😉

    • Louise August 1, 2013 at 20:50

      Oh, that’s a very good idea!! I’ll have the Elderflower cordial too by then! 🙂

      Are you up for coming / speaking at it then Viv? 🙂
      (Striking whilst the iron is HOT 🙂 )

  5. Jordan Hoggard August 1, 2013 at 21:19

    Thanks for sharing your sprucing up of the community of your family. One awesome light at a time across town and the whole community shines. If I get up on tippy toes over here I can just see…

    I especially resonate with the 6 of Bows / Wands with the wands focusing and being rejuvenated by the home fire.

    • Louise August 1, 2013 at 22:08

      I enjoy reading your blog entries too Jordan – I miss them when you take a sabbatical 🙂
      Glad you’re back with us my dear!! <3

  6. Cassandra August 2, 2013 at 00:47

    Nice!

    • Louise August 2, 2013 at 06:22

      Thank you 🙂

  7. Joanna Ash August 2, 2013 at 07:46

    Louise, your listening skills are one of the bestest ever. I gleaned this trait from some of the responses to my tweets or posts on TABI and you know, you are such a sensitive soul, you even picked up my inconfidence when I first joined TABI…I always remember these things. So thank you for being you…

    • Louise August 2, 2013 at 08:04

      Aww bless you Joanne!! Thank you – I’m going to be sitting in the corner, watching and listening whist I blush a little, okay? 🙂

  8. Joy Vernon August 2, 2013 at 14:00

    I used to have an old Singer! I think the 201 is what I had–is it gear-driven? Those are the best! It would sew through anything and it also came with a pleating attachment or something like that that was very handy for putting trim around pillows and such. I loved it but when I was moving one time ages ago I gave it away to a friend who needed a machine (I also have a Bernina). I do miss that machine! But I’m sure he got a lot of use from it. What are you sewing? Any tarot bags? 🙂 Thanks for the memories!

    • Louise August 2, 2013 at 14:53

      Hi Joy, it’s a 201-k, so very similar to what you had but with the electric motorisation 🙂

      And yes to the Tarot bags just working out which ones to do with the fabric I have 🙂

  9. Olivia Destrades August 2, 2013 at 21:33

    Love. This was our first year with a garden and it’s been a wonderful experience. We planted a bit late so for Lammas we harvested just some lettuce and basil, but it was a good addition to our salad! And I agree that the gift of being able to listen is something powerful to share. Tarot reading is quite a bit like counseling!

    • Louise August 2, 2013 at 21:52

      Hey Olivia! Looking forward to connecting with you on the next hop my lovely! 🙂
      Yes, Tarot Reading is a lot like counselling – but I shan’t start a rant about unethical readers on the blog 🙂

  10. Chloe August 3, 2013 at 13:46

    My mum had one of those old Singers, though I think she got it for the look, as I never saw her sew anything on it 😀 What a bounteous sharing, Louise. Though I’m not sure about the first line of those House Rules, there are plenty of things I prefer to be left open: doors, windows, hearts 😉

    • Louise August 3, 2013 at 14:17

      Well, I object to the front and cupboard, doors, food containers, the fridge or freezer being left open, but agree with you on the heart, but that’s not part if the house 😉
      (Being pedantic now 😉 )
      But I do live using that old Singer, she’s beautiful 🙂

  11. Arwen August 3, 2013 at 18:19

    “help people find the answers they already know” is so similar to how I read. Thanks. I have my grandmother’s old Featherweight Singer. Need to get it fixed so I can use it. 😀

    • Louise August 3, 2013 at 18:22

      It’s be something to do with Pisces Tarot Readers, Arwen 🙂
      And the Singers are so beautiful! Enjoy 🙂

  12. Alison Cross August 4, 2013 at 14:28

    Oh I love those old sewing machines! So much more character than new ones 😀

    • Louise August 4, 2013 at 14:59

      Aye, Bessie (as I’ve now called her) Sings beautifully too – about to make a Tarot bag for my eldest’s Pirate Tarot… His choice of black gingham 😉

  13. Pepi August 4, 2013 at 18:36

    Stylish 🙂 (I loved the pics!!)

    • Louise August 4, 2013 at 19:05

      Will post pictures up of the tarot bag I’m making for the deck I gave my eldest 🙂

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