Welcome to our late summer/celebrate Lammas blog hop! To navigate our hop and take advantage of all the incredible Tarot and writing talent we have, just use the links centered above and below, with the center Master List as you overall guide if you get lost in the pleasures of perusing all these wondrous Tarot-flavored stories!
Our intrepid and very sunny blog hop wrangler, Joanna Ash, has challenged us to enjoy the comfortable and filling energy of the Queen of Pentacles for this, the time of celebration for the first fruits of the year.
Down here in the subtropics, it’s definitely still full summer (92F/33C), as it will continue to be into September. But the summer tropicals are in full bloom, and the air conditioning sure does feel nice! Oh, and the figs are beginning to ripen. We even saw a lovely hummingbird the other week, blown down from the north, I expect, since they usually don’t migrate back through here until late August. Although it can get dry and hot for August here, this year has been regularly wet and a little more lush than usual (I think I just heard thunder), so everything is just laughing green and yellow and red and whatever other color the Earth Mother chooses, even here in the suburbs (suburbs are generally boring, but there are birds, trees, in America definitely LAWNS, and also sometimes flowers). 😉
The Queen in question, that of Pentacles, most often represents this touch-it, taste-it, indulge-it abundance. She reminds me of that mother you know who, even in this super-electronic age, loves to bake cookies and make sure you have a good lunch everyday. She’s the one with the lovely vegetable garden that provides really tasty veg (nothing like the sterility of the local grocery store). She’ll always make sure you have an umbrella for a rainy day, and that you open a savings account to set aside a little something every month and be a bit more steady in your activities, like her son, the dependable Knight of Pentacles.
So, Joanna challenged us to “channel” our own Queen of Pentacles in this post. Hmmm. I do love taking care of loved ones, feeding them when they visit (my children being grown, that’s not so often), but I’ve taken up knitting and…potato salad recently. Very (flu)filling, both “tastes.” And potato salad is quite the art, I’m finding. A delicate balance of textures and flavors (don’t overcook the potatoes or put too much relish in!). I shall be making my second potato salad chemistry experiment tomorrow, just for Lammas, and I will also make a point of continuing my knitting learning as well.
Look around, look around you. So many things beyond the computer screen to savor with your eyes, your ears, your fingers, your tongue. Have a glass at wine o’clock or taste a tangy tomato from your own garden; listen for the birds colonizing the trees and power lines. Sink into the cushions near an open window (if you’re farther north than I am!) and feel the cool breeze of summer raise the the hairs on your skin. Let the Earth Mother cradle you. Breathe. Be here now. Be at peace.
The Summer Breeze Spread
Lay out five cards in an rainbow’s arc, left to right or right to left. Do this outdoors if you can. Ask for comfy be-ings, like this:
1) Where’s the pillow to rest my head?
2) Where’s the morsel to fill me up? (could be body or soul, or both)
3) Where’s the wave to rock me to sleep?
4) Where’s the birdsong to awaken my heart?
5) Where’s the breeze to move me forward?
These are the resources you’ve been seeking, the support you’ve been waiting for. Take the messages and use them to bear your own fruit. 🙂