Welcome to another Tarot Blog Hop. I am delighted to be receiving the blog baton from Donna Louise Faber and to then hand off to Beauty History Magic. [If you are finding your way here through Rowan Tarot, you actually should be moving on to http://aniam.co.uk/blog/fire-walk-with-me/. A little mix up in the blog order.]
We know the sun as a daily companion and feel its fire. On May Day, the first day of summer in the Celtic calendar and known as Beltane, we celebrate the life that this fire calls forth from the earth’s trees, flowers, grass, and weeds. We walk amidst new sprouting shoots and know the gifts of the returning sun.
But the sun is not the only fire in our lives. There are also secret fires that feed us.
There are fires that burn in each cell of our body. Ecologist Rachel Carson, noting she is using language that is more poetic than precise writes, “a living cell, like a flame, burns fuel to produce the energy on which all life depends.” She quotes a chemist who, too, finds the poetry in the smallest circles of life and reminds us of what would happen without their sparks: “no heart could beat, no plant could grow upward defying gravity, no amoeba could swim, no sensation could speed along a nerve, no thought could flash in the human brain.”
There is a fire at the center of the earth. The core of the earth is a mass of molten alloy that burns in the thousands of degrees Fahrenheit. Geologist Marcia Bjornerud describes how the earth’s just-right size allows it retain the perfect amount of energy from its deep unseen core to support a dynamic system for life. Not only is there a sun in the sky, but there is one deep within the earth.
How do we know of these fires? Scientists use their instruments to identify and study the cells. But the quest for the smallest parts of the cell continues; the infinitesimal building blocks of life elude our view for now. The earth’s core has never been probed, but scientists speculate about it by monitoring seismic waves from earthquakes, for example, and measuring their impact upon the whole of the earth.
And what about our personal fires?
The Celts loved triplicities and their cosmos was made up of three realms. Taking our inspiration from them today, we might imagine our personal fires as burning on three levels: Our Apparent Light, Our Inner Sparks, and OurDeep Core Source.
And the Tarot can be our instrument of measurement, can aid us in our searching, can offer us the evidence of the impact of our fires burning in the world.
A Spread for the Fire That Tends to All
You may find it fruitful to start by separating your deck into three piles:
- Your court / people / vision cards to use in the Apparent Light position. These are aspects of our personality shining forth and being perceived by others.
- Your numbered cards to use in the Inner Sparks position. These are the actions of your life creating light and heat.
- Your Major Arcana cards to use in theDeep Core Source position. They represent this powerful energy at the center of your being that you can be explored but never known entirely. There is an essence of mystery surrounding this position, just as it surrounds the Majors cards that seem to me to be delightfully impossible to fully understand.
Position One: My Apparent Light – What is the energy that I am showing to the world?
Position Two, Three, and Four: Inner Sparks – What are the sparks that are moving me forward in the everyday?
Position Five: Deep Core Source – What is the deep fire that sustains me?
Here is my layout using the Shining Tribe. I’ll write about it in the comments.
May your fires be well tended on this day and in this season. And may you shine forth your gifts into the world. We need them. Be well!
Please continue your blog hop explorations at Beauty History Magic.
EXPRESS TAROTBLOGHOP TICKET: If you hit a missing link along your TarotBlogHop, you can get back on the bloghop from this master list. TarotBlogHop Master List, May 2012.