Last week’s card, the Ten of Wands, portrayed a situation where confusion reigned and we couldn’t see the wood for the trees. This week we have the Nine of Wands; the steps we need to take are becoming clearer and more delineated. We can see that there will be many challenges and tricky situations to navigate to reach our destination. We will need stamina, persistence and determination to overcome the obstacles and reach our goal. However, every journey begins with the first step, and if we keep putting one foot in front of the other we will eventually be victorious.
You may feel as if you’ve been battling your way through a dense and overgrown forest for a very long time, with no hint of light at the end of the tunnel. However you are just starting to glimpse evidence that perhaps you are getting nearer to a breakthrough. You can see light starting to infiltrate through the thick cover and it seems you are heading towards a clearing or glade in the forest. You are nearly there….just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will soon be bathed in glorious sunshine again.
This week you could have a revelation (or even a revolution) in the way you see something! Maybe a new way of viewing the world will be unveiled so that you never see things in the same way again. A totally revolutionary paradigm may be revealed in the most profound of ways. Maybe the underlying structure of the Universe may become apparent for the briefest of moments, but this glimpse of the way things really work will be enough to change your way of being in the world forever.
It could feel like the end of the world this week as you contemplate the painful ending of something that was important to you. Sometimes we need to wallow in these feelings of loss, and retreat into the darkness for a while. When we are ready to re-emerge, a glance upwards will show us that all is not lost….the cups are still standing, and intact, and there is light pouring through above us. Life goes on, and hope springs eternal.
Listen to your instincts this week, and if you don’t feel like doing something, or you do feel inexplicably drawn in a particular direction, then follow that guidance wherever it leads you. Don’t second guess yourself….you know best.
The festival of Lammas falls on the 1st August, and marks the peak of Summer and the first grain harvest. The first harvest should now be gathered in, although this year, the prolonged heatwave is causing issues for farmers, bringing our awareness to just how dependant we are on the weather and nature to produce our food. This is the food which will sustain us through the cold dark days of winter and provide seed to be planted in spring for next years harvest. We are also starting to see the first fruits of the harvest…..the fruits of our labours. Some trees such as Rowan are yielding bright red berries. Brambles also show ripening fruit, as do apple and pear trees. In this day and age, when food is mass produced and imported from all around the world, it is easy to lose touch with the natural cycle of things.
Lammas is a time for feasting and play. As the Sun’s energy begins to wane it is appropriate to give thanks for the active growth period which has given rise to such bounty. It is once again time to turn our focus of attention inwards in order to assimilate and understand on a deeper level what we have manifested. Are we starting to see the desires we held at the start of the year beginning to unfold?
This festival is also a traditional time to hold horse fairs and horse racing in honour of Rhiannon – Horse Goddess of the Underworld.
Following are some activities associated with the festival of Lammas which you may like to participate in…..
•Gather with friends, light a fire or barbecue and celebrate, staying up until dawn
•Bake bread, biscuits or cakes to honour the grain harvest
•Appreciate our abundance of food and remember all those in the world who are suffering through lack of food.
•Try and see your life in a positive light and count your blessings
•Ask everyone to bring something for a basket of abundance and then donate it to a local homeless shelter or food bank