T’is the Equinox yet again (pass the mead!) and in Welsh lore and pagan festival Mabon’s hour in the forest clearing around the fire of story. The Earth Mother has such great cycles, both large and small, short and long. And then there are the cosmic cycles of her consort, the Universe (at least according to Greek mythology).
Our blog hop wrangler, Christiana Gaudet has given us a myth-and-story theme for this time around, which is perfect for me, since I’ve been absorbing and enjoying mythological stories since about age ten.
Just to give us the Earthly context, here’s the story of Mabon, the Welsh hero of the tale of this time in their tradition:
Mabon is the name of a mythic hero of Welsh mythology. He is the son of Modron, the Great Mother, and is “stolen away from between his mother and the wall” at the age of three days. He is sought by his mother for many years, but remains unfound. Finally Arthur, the High King, comes to the search, and over many days he goes from bird to beast to tree, looking, seeking Mabon, but not finding him. At length, the Salmon of Wisdom assists him to find the Lost God, who has now become an adult, and who is powerful beyond expectation, successfully assisting Arthur and his Knights in the Quest for which they have been seeking him.
So, the Earth Mother and her humans have their epic stories together. What about the Universe and his stars? We humans have been looking up at the stars for guidance and story for thousands of years. It’s where we find the cycle of the sun that reveals the solstices and equinoxes in the seasonal round, which told our ancestors when the herds would move, or when it was time to plant or harvest. And we’ve also seen patterns in those stars, patterns that we’ve laid our stories on. In the Western/Greek tradition, those stories built one set of outlines for the constellations and a structure for the study of astrology and astronomy.
Now, though, science has added even more awesome stories to the ancient ones about how the stars move, what they’re made of, and ultimately what we’re made of. So far away, they seem, and yet their “stuff” is…us. You and I are made of the remnants of a supernova. Pretty cool, huh?
Your Cosmic Whisper
A little pre-selly sell here, but I’m building my own divinatory story in the deck I’m working on (see the banner above and/or the CW Deck link on the menu for images and details), and I can see new patterns among the nebulae and galaxies that our telescopes and other advanced “eyes” are showing us, patterns that our ancestors had no way of seeing. We can now “divine” deeper into the structure and “scry” farther into the future in whole new ways from the matter and energy that has become visible just in the last century. I’ll be telling my new star stories in poetry in the companion book (at least for the Major Arcana), so here’s my Empress story for you to feel into, especially since her association with Earthly abundance fits in nicely with this harvest time:
Every nerve ending in your fingertips
“Sees” the surface, the way skin
Dimples under pressure, giving
And giving to the bone’s hard stop.
The tingling slides through skin pores,
Takes a slow ride through veins, blue,
A faster ride through arteries, red,
Gooses white cells on their way to work.
Vibration squeezes through muscles
Releasing each with a tap of
Electric stillness, micro-meditation.
Know the power of that vibration,
And you will be free to go deeper.
Break through the atomic force,
And take that quantum shortcut
To light my quarks, instantly.
Timeless probabilities carry
My tingle back to you, humming
To the tune of the spheres,
Tiny and tremendous,
I stroke you through this ether.
Feel the charge.
Your Epic Spread
So, here’s a little Tarot spread to answer a question about your role in your own story (over the next day, week, month, year; you pick) and where to go to look for a setting, characters, and plot to move your epic along to its happy ending (which is really a beginning, of course!). You will need to have a goal or story ending in mind here. What is it that you really want to achieve in the time frame you’ve given? Then build this divinatory story around that.
Card 1: What’s my setting? Point me in the direction of adventure!
Card 2: Who will be my primary companion (person or attitude, etc.)?
Card 3: Who will be my secondary companion?
Card 4: What will be the main challenge/transformation in the story?
Card 5: What tools do I and my team have available to meet this challenge?
Card 6: What stars should I look toward to achieve my happy ending?
That’ll do. Since we’re talking cycles here in the festivals of the wheel of the year in our blog hops, let’s lay out these cards in a circle, with the first card in the ten o’clock position (on the left) and moving clockwise (from past to future, beginning to beginning) from there. I am totally jazzed to hear your stories if you choose to try out this spread. Go!