Beltane is coming. Or, by the time your read this, Beltane is here. And welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop!
Perhaps you read what Chloe from the British Isles has to say about Beltane and Tarot.
It’s been a VERY cool spring here in Central/South Texas. Nothing even close to summer weather.
The tradition of warm, humid and wet springs has been broken by the axe of global weirding.
I’m a Capricorn rising, but am not huge on tradition.
I certainly respect tradition, but I am by no means a keeper of it.
What is Beltane?
Beltane is a cross quarter day. What that means is it marks the center of the sun’s movement between the spring equinox and summer solstice.
In summary, it’s marking the height of spring growth and push forward .
Traditions include phallic celebrations, gathering flower baskets, raging bonfires, and Eeyore’s Birthday in Austin, Texas.
What is Tradition?
As I said before, I have a healthy respect for tradition but am not necessarily a keeper of it.
Tradition, associated with Capricorn, is a structure upon which ritual can be built. The cross quarter day of Beltane is part of the structure of the earth’s movement around the sun.
That structure won’t change.
What will change is the arrival of spring. Or how spring presents itself. As I mentioned, the axe of global weirding has changed our spring weather patterns.
Which week is the week to plant tomatoes? It’s up for grabs.
What will serve us better, a last freeze date based on 150 years of climatic data or feeling into this particular Beltane and determining the date to plant on the fly?
Traditionally, no one in this area uses water walls with tomato plants. My intuition is telling me that this spring it might be a good idea. Okay, that’s not intuition, that’s direct observation.
Tarot and Tradition
When reading Tarot, it works the same way for me.
Tarot itself has a very specific structure:
- 78 cards
- 22 major arcana
- 4 suits
- 4 court cards in each suit
- 10 numbered cards in each suit
That’s one of my favorite things about Tarot, is the structure.
I play with the structure often. I group the Majors into groups of 3 each, then 7 each. I ask myself which cards can be linked to Astrology. Which can’t? Are the Kings initiators or masters? Play it both ways and see what happens.
The Kings never disappear, the major arcana cards don’t follow a different numerological sequence, only the way I’m reading them does.
This week if I read for you I might use a spread based on the moon phases. Next week it might be a free form based on your question. The week after I might pull a card for each letter of your name.
The internal structure remains the same, the creative ritual around it changes.
So, when are you going to plant your tomatoes?
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