Tarot Blog Hop : Lammas ~ Harvest

It’s Blog Hop Time again, which can mean only one thing: We’re marching through the year and we’re further down into the year than we were six weeks ago! WELCOME! If you’ve come directly to my page, you may wish to see the link before mine, which is Kareena’s. If you’ve come from Kareena’s page, that’s great!

The year has flown by at one heck of a pace and now we’re in the Harvesting time of the year. In Pagan terms, it’s called Lammas. I recall the harvest time assemblies in school when we returned from the school summer holidays, they were really important in the Catholic school I attended. It’s about the most constructive memory I have from that school.

Wildwood TarotIn Tarot terms, what cards depict harvesting? What are the fruits of our harvest? The one that comes primarily to my mind is the Seven of Pentacles from the RWS. However, in the Wildwood, the Seven of Stones is the healing card. It’s good to take the time to heal, but it’s not really a harvesting card.

As I scrolled through the Wildwood deck, I was looking for harvesting cards. Another that came to mind was the Six of Stones, but that to me is over harvesting. Or is it? Here in the UK, it’s been a wet and soggy summer thus far. Crops sit and rot in the fields as it’s been too wet for them to grow, too wet for us to harvest. So like these people, there’s not enough.

In the USA, I know they’ve been suffering a heat wave. Things are too hot to grow, there’s not enough water to go around, crops are failing. There’s been an in-balance of water and sunshine. Too much of either in one country, not enough of the other in either country. Neither of us are winning the harvest / growing race, if indeed it were a race.


Another card that reminds me of harvesting isn’t a Pentacle or Stone card at all, it’s the Seven of Bows, with the keyword of Clearance. During the Autumn / Fall, as you tidy back the spent plants, they’re often burnt, cleared away. This reminds me of Autumn, of returning to the earth what once grew. That can be done with composting, but back in the Celtic times these cards are set in, I doubt they understood about composting or bio-degradable products, though the farmers probably did, to some extent. Maybe not the scientific reasons we understand now, but how to do it.


The last card I want to bring to my Lammas Blog Hop, is probably an unusual card. It’s the Four of Stones. It’s not a direct correlation to the Four of Pentacles: the only thread linking the two cards is the number 4. Beyond that, they’re totally different in meaning. In Wildwood terms, the Four of Stones has a keyword of Protection.

As we can see from the image, a young deer shelters in the nest of four stones as darkness approaches. When the colder weather comes (ha!) we all need shelter. Even in the searing heat, we need protection, somewhere to be safe, somewhere to hide away and feel safe.

All these cards to me say: Lammas. They all say that this is first harvest of the year, usually the wheat harvest. I remember straw or corn dollies, made up at this time of year and burnt at Yuletide. I had no idea though that it was the feast of Saint Peter, where he was rescued from prison by an Angel. It’s not a story I recall learning in school, but then, I have long forgotten most of that time period, for good reason.

However, I feel it’s time to hop off and read someone else’s Blog Hop. In fact, Kerry’s hop is next, so please enjoy and thank you for taking the time to browse, read and join in! I’d love your comments back please, if you can spare the time. Good bye!!


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Tarot Blog Hop : Lammas ~ Harvest

19 thoughts on “Tarot Blog Hop : Lammas ~ Harvest

  1. Hi Louise, your dedication to the Wildwood is a wonderful thing. I’m still deck-hopping like the little tarot floozy I am. Maybe some day I’ll settle down! Loved your post. x

    1. Maybe you will, maybe your gift is to blog with lots of different decks?
      We missed you at the Conference though, Carla!! πŸ™

      1. Thanks, actually I had to work and no one would swap Saturdays with me! I suppose I could have begged harder but the guest speakers weren’t quite the lure this year for me as last year. I went JUST to hear Will Worthington and was absolutely delighted to meet everyone there. What a wonderful bunch of folks you all are at TABI.

        1. You’ll have to drop me a PM to tell me who WOULD entice you for 2013!! πŸ™‚ Already started thinking about the when, where and who…. πŸ˜‰
          (I know, but the mind doesn’t stop… darned Gemini influence πŸ™‚ )

  2. Thanks for this post, Louise. I think your side of the pond has maintained a much stronger connection to the Old Ways.

  3. I love that Four of Stones card – such a beautiful landscape, and the amazing strength and power of the standing stones! I do see some similarities to the traditional RWS Four of Pents – it’s about trying to feel safe. The RWS guy does it by clinging to material things, while this lovely little faun has found a safe haven, both material and spiritual πŸ™‚
    Blessed Lughnasadh!

    1. The Wildwood has such a different take on the RWS / WCS decks, I doubt I’ll stop learning about this deck and what it can deliver. The message it delivers is quite direct, but gentle, if that makes sense? Like talking with a caring father figure.

      But thank you for visiting my Tarot Blog Hop Kerry! <3

  4. I love the key word of “protection” for the Four of Stones/Pentacles. Even in the RWS I often interpret this card not as the “miser” but as the need to protect your own resources.

    Great post!

  5. Also agreeing with Kerry here on the 4 of Stones. I definitely get the feel of Earth connection, security that I associate with Pentacles in general, although this one’s a lot more positive than the fearful, grasping man in the RWS version. And yes, I, too, admire you for continuing to bring out the lessons from the Wildwood, which has a very different take on a lot of the cards. The little fawn in this image is one of my favorites!

    1. I often wonder when I see this card, if I can just have a “stay in bed” day πŸ™‚
      And I do feel it’s more positive in the Wildwood than the RWS, so totally agree with you there.

  6. Yes, thank you for the wisdom and illumination that you bring to the Wildwood. I appreciate, too, the connection you make above to healing and harvest. Then your weather watching has me thinking about climate change. Perhaps it is our relationship to the earth that we need to heal to bring about a more bountiful harvest.

    1. Carolyn, I feel we have to give back as much as we take. If that is even possible?
      I love wind and sea produced energy, what I don’t get is why people don’t want it in their own back yard? The crude oil etc. isn’t going to last forever. In fact, I feel it’ll expire in my lifetime.

  7. Hi Louise,

    Can you believe I’m still hopping? I read your post before, but got distracted before I could comment *doh*

    I especially like that Seven of Stones card, and I do see an aspect of harvesting in it. When we help others to heal, we also help ourselves – so we harvest the fruits of our own good actions πŸ˜‰

    1. I hadn’t linked the healing aspect to the harvesting aspect, as in, healing ourselves and in turn, our environment. Oh, a good thought, Chloe, thank you! <3

  8. Hi Louise

    I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get this far on the train, but I’m making my way around in my own time, taking time to smell the roses along the way.

    Your thoughts about the four of stones made me delve a little deeper into my own interpretation. Perhaps it has become too easy for me to rely on the RW interpretation of the four pentacle, as rather miserly. Truly, security is important to all of us and while we do not wish to be rash with our funds we do need to take care of our basic needs. As Maslow taught us, we must take care of basic requirements in order to progress to our higher levels of achievement. So thank you for leading me by the hand to discover a depth in this card that I had chosen to dismiss of late.

    1. Oh hello Sandie!! So glad that the post helped! It’s not an easy card to get into, given the traditional RWS meanings, it’s not easy to get your head into the Wildwood’s version, but it can be done.

      Thanks for stopping by and posting!

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