Welcome to the last Blog Hop from me in 2013! It’s Yule time, the darkest part of the year and I come bearing scented candles and Tarot.
Welcome if you’ve come to is Blog Hop entry by travelling forwards towards the light via Ania, or backwards into the darkness from Joanna’s entry.
This Yule-tide we’ve been asked by head wrangler, Joanna Ash of Sun Goddess Tarot to talk about Turning the Darkness into Light. How does one turn the darkness into light? My initial thoughts are to light a candle (or if like me, you love candles, several!) and enjoy it’s light. It doesn’t matter if the candle only lights up a whole room, or if it is enough to light a corner.
Think of the Christmas trees many of us have in our homes at the moment. They have lights on them, a modern-day version of the candle and providing you have power, can light up each and every corner in a dazzling display of colours.
Whether we’re in the cold Northern Hemisphere or in the much warmer south, to me, Christmas lights are important. However, with the feast for the eyes, there are scents that to me, go with Christmas. The smell of Brussels sprouts for example, but in a candle scent? Not really 😉 I love candles in general, candle magic being a part of what I do, but what about scents such as Christmas Pudding? Port? Crushed wet leaves with pine needles? Orange cloves?
As far as the Tarot goes, there are lots of images that encourage light into the darkness at Yule and Christmas. The Hooded Man (The Hermit) is one classic example of cascading light into the darkness, especially around Yule time. Does the Hermit cascade his light to lead the way? Or to light his way? Can he be doing both?
Yes, he can do both, but in this image, I feel he’s using it to light his way, lost in his own thoughts, letting others follow if they wish. The wren, the little messenger from the Druids, sits in anticipation, waiting for the epiphany that I believe, we each have inside.
That’s the little spread I’ve conjured up for you this weekend.
Darkness: What we must work on away from others.
Shadows: What can we begin doing now, slowly? (New attitudes, actions towards others that they and us may heal)
Light: What positive actions must we continue to do in moving forward?
So, on this Yuletide and until New Years (Hogmanay) let your inner light shine and take the time to enjoy those we call family and those we class as friends, near or far.
That is the light that lightens up the darkness. However, if you’re a good friend, let those that need it, sleep in the darkness, for a little longer, please? We need it!You know I used The Wildwood deck in this blog post, don’t you?