A Whole Buncha Cards
What Am I Even Doing Today?
After posting yesterday's card this morning, I considered skipping a draw entirely today. When Facebook, which is where I usually link my posts crashed, I got sidetracked by a bunch of tarot related research. Then I started dipping into a box of decks that I haven't looked at in a while and decided I would pull three decks at random and subsequently, three cards.
What's really interesting is that to the best of my knowledge, all three decks that I pulled were published around the same time, mid-2000s and I think that all of them are out of print. Buckle up because I thought this was going to be simple and fun but it really threw me down a rabbit hole. This is going to get a little convoluted. Bear with me; all I've had to eat today is an energy bar with two cups of coffee. I've been listening to meditation music, the rain and the occasional needy cat aria. It took me a while to write this as I chased down links and wrestled with Google's insistence that I meant to type Rhianna instead of Rhiannon and its voice to text capitalizing random words.
I no longer have the instruction booklet for this deck, but as I recall it was pretty sparse anyway. There are 33 cards that are supposed to help baby wiccans with learning the traditions and they can also be used for spells and divination as well.
Rhiannon is a moon goddess. She is also a goddess of birth, death and regeneration. Rhiannon represents many things: the power of hope and will, fertility, love, beauty, forgiveness and feminine power. She is also a goddess of birds and horses. She often appears as a white mare. I am not sure why she is represented her specifically with a stag on this card. It’s important to note that these images were chosen after Boulet’s death and the names may not match her original subject matter.
I know a bit about the legend of Rhiannon, but I am not an expert on Welsh mythology and have not actually read the entire, Mabinogion. Babcock's text speaks about Rhiannon being the “source of the king's power “and that a candidate for kinghood would meet Rhiannon “dressed as a stag, a regal figure symbolic of rejuvenation, beauty, strength, and instinctually masculine energy.” I am not sure why a goddess who is usually represented by a horse or a bird is depicted by a male symbol. I can't find anything outside of quotes of this text or other fantasy related fiction that talks about this. Going by Babcock’s description one would think the takeaway, is behind every great man is a great woman. *sigh*
On the other hand, I am willing to give Babcock some latitude here as he was very close with Boulet and is the definitive source of information on her works.
The third card, from the well Worn Path Tarot is simply, The Book of Shadows. The Book of Shadows represents your history, the knowledge that you have saved and the knowledge and experience that you have yet to write.
Putting it all together
There are so many ways in which to apply these images to life. Depending on who you were reading for, or the question, this could relate to a family unit: father, mother and child. You could look at the contrast between the mystery of the moonlit forest and the sunny meadow where everything is in plain sight. You could even read directionally, noting that the stag is looking longingly toward the mare and foal and yet she is turned away from him or that they are both turned away from The Book of Shadows. There are so many ways to read groupings of cards even if they are not from the same deck.
And that is the wonderful thing about divination; there are so many different ways to analyze and interpret the images, then apply them to your situation, your creative ideas or study in general.
Today, I choose to take all of this into consideration when looking at these cards. They ask, what is your great story? What makes you resilient and hopeful in the face of adversity? What choices will you make for happiness, love, and family? What history and experience will go into your book of shadows?