Welcome to the Imbolc Tarot blog hop! In pagan seasonal circles, Imbolc is both the depth of winter and the first hint of spring, the increase in the sun’s energy that starts the germination process, for new plants, new projects, new loves.
Musings on Germination
Been watching the hubby working with his bonsai trees and germinating apple seeds in empty spam cans under the LED ceiling lights in our trailer here at the RV park. Everything starts small, you know, new homes, trees, ideas, the first page of your book, the first stitch of your new shawl.
And everything needs certain conditions to germinate. Being offered a new opportunity involves all sorts of preparation, actually, prior to the official beginning of growth. Seeds must be softened in water and then heated to a certain temperature before they receive the news that it’s worth putting forth the energy to break the seed husk and get started. You have to go pick out the right yarn and needles for the shawl, receive the aha! for that new idea.
There is always a time and a space before the beginning, isn’t there? Even in the Tarot, the Aces, which are the cards we are celebrating this blog hop, are offered from disembodied hands that come from…heaven? Another dimension? Your subconscious? Depending on your belief system and perspective, any of those.
Oh, and in some decks/systems, the Aces are the culmination and embodiment (like a seed) of the most developed version of the suit, and are counted at the end (2–10 and 1 instead of 1–10). This is the perspective of the Osho Zen Tarot.
The energy of germination flowing into the energy of fullness then ebbing into the energy of emptying to not-quite-zero (but maybe oval like an egg), then back out. And back in. Like breath.
Take out your aces from your deck (or you can look at mine here on the page), and take in the words I’ve laid out for each one. Breathe, visualize, absorb the energy of each element’s cycle of beginning…
Ace of Swords
Take a breath. Grasp the hilt. Swing it out with the exhale. Pause in the stillness. Take a breath in…
Ace of Wands
Start a spark. Watch the flames flow into the night. Pause in the glow of the embers. Start a spark…
Ace of Cups
Fill your cup. Hold it high. Pour out your love. Pause in that feeling. Fill your cup…
Ace of Coins
Fill your pockets. Pat them proudly. Empty them into the hands of others. Pause in the satisfaction. Fill your pockets…
The Germination Spread
So, to germinate, we need certain conditions, remember? Let’s ask the Tarot to show us the conditions we need to look for to germinate our next project, idea, relationship, business. So, pick a “location” in your life to plant your seed, lay out four cards and ask (in alignment with the elements):
- What’s the best soil (location) for germination?
- How often should I water (work on) it?
- How much heat (attention) should I give it?
- How much air (exposure) should I give it?
Have fun taking care of your inner seed. I look forward to the results.
And don’t forget all the other wonderful writers in the blog hop. You are welcome to continue hopping in whatever direction you wish with the links below.