The last month has slipped by in a kind of a blur for me. Traveling seems to take a lot more out of me than it used to. When I fly to the east coast to visit my granddaughter, it invariably turns into a 12-15 hour travel day, depending on connections and layovers. The last few times I’ve traveled, I’ve come down with a cold/flu/bronchitis kind of thing too, even though I ramp up on nutrients and Emergen-C before I leave.
The Readers Studio was a mixed bag for me this year. I loved the presentation by James Wells, and I loved the conversations I had with Ellen Lorenzi-Prince and many other beloved friends I only see once or twice a year. But since I was so sick, I went to bed early each night and even had to rest during the day, missing some of the presentations. Not the optimal way to experience a fun conference!
The bronchitis lasted another week after I came home, and then . . .the Sun came out! I started to feel alive again! I took the opportunity of a weekend of temperatures in the low 70s to work in my garden — mostly weeding, weeding, weeding. Now my herbs can breathe again. Hmm, I think it may be time to plant some more rosemary and some more sweet woodruff. The rhodies are just starting to bloom, too!
So, this morning I asked: What wisdom do I need to see me through this week?
And I pulled: The Gardener.
Seriously, sometimes you just have to laugh at how literal the oracle can be!
The Gardener, rooted in the landscape of her Place, is the antithesis of the Seeker (Traveler). She is sensual, fertile and grounded. Just the way I’m feeling these days! (I went barefoot in the garden all weekend long.) As I weeded, I mused about the ideas I have for new creative projects that are gestating, biding their time. To have the Gardener show up today is a validation that I’m on the right track.
Plus, she is the archetypal Mother card — and I posted her on the Gaian Tarot Facebook page yesterday, to wish all nurturers a Happy Mother’s Day!
Here’s what I wrote about the Gardener (the Empress) in the Gaian Tarot companion book:
Our Lady of the Land revels in the fertility and lushness of the midsummer fields, the first fruits of the harvest and the ripening of her own body. She is the mother Demeter of the wheat and poppies. She is the daughter of the Great Goddess of Willendorf. She is the butterfly Monarch. She embodies Venus/ Aphrodite as well, luxuriating in sensuality and eroticism. She is both mother and lover and, in proudly proclaiming her right to be both, she heals Western society’s split between sexuality and motherhood.
She wears a kukui nut necklace, a Hawaiian symbol of of status and empowerment. The mirror of Venus reflects her own beauty and gives us a glimpse into the Otherworld. She is surrounded by overflowing baskets of produce, as fields yet to be harvested stretch out to the horizon.
“Take and eat,” she says as she offers us an apple, a papaya, a fig, the fruitfulness of our own souls. “It is good.”
When you get this card in a reading . . .
It is a time of great fertility and abundance for you. You are pregnant with new creations — an art form, a book, a project, even a baby. You embody both the nurturing Mother and the sensual Lover. You are a steward of the land which you plant, weed and nourish in a sustainable manner. At harvest time, you offer sustenance to those you love. You are a hard worker, but you take great delight in the scent of lavender fields on a hot summer day and the dizzying riot of color, shapes and textures in the garden. You love your own body; you love your mate, your children, your friends, your community. You love the natural world around you. Your appetite for connection, sensuality and creativity seems boundless. The people around you are blessed to have you in their lives.
What does this card say to you, dear Reader, at this moment in time?