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.
In 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!!