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!
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 relaxed third time out as they often are with the first.
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.
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.