Card of the Week by Kate Mura of Group Tarot
A space for tarot reflection for the day, week, or moment it comes across your screen. Each of these is reworked intentionally for The Edge, from the egregore of GroupTarot’s Card of the Week, to center education, diversity, and intuition.
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Yesterday, I took a bed day.
That means, I literally stayed in bed almost all day. I got up to use the bathroom, and get food. Otherwise, I napped, read poetry from a friend’s anthology, watched some of the YouTubers I follow, napped some more, had amazingly vivid dreams… It was 100% what my body needed, asked for, and I debated giving it to her.
What? You debated saying yes to your body???
Especially, as I am such a vocal proponent for listening to your body?! In fact that’s a central piece to my Moving Through the Majors, Moving Through the Minors class cycles, AND the upcoming retreat I will be facilitating Oct. 1-7, 2023 in New Mexico. GroupTarot’s mailing list and Patreon will hear first. Followed by The Edge community.
Even though I deeply value listening to my body, I also hold sacred my commitments, and I had plans to help a healing friend care for her Mason bees that morning.
I was torn between commitment to self and commitment to human and other than human community when I woke up with a mild sore throat and body saying, “stay in bed!”
After a lovely exchange with my friend and the bees, I did stay in bed and went back to sleep until noon – practically unheard of for me! And 100% what I needed.
Today, I am soooooo grateful I listened to my body, (as well as calendar and spirit helpers who all said the same thing in different ways) and weathered the awkward (from my side as I felt bad letting her and the bees down) conversation with my friend.
I feel so good today.
So truly rejuvenated.
As we get ever closer to Imbolc, my Tarot of the Sidhe by Emily Carding gets loud. They came out to play a lot this past weekend at ritual, gave an impromptu tarot improv story afterwards, and want to share CotW today.
We are given,
A Hero’s Challenge.
The first things that pop from this card are the flamethrower sword, and the unicorn horn piercing through/encased inside our warrior’s skull.
Her sword is bright, not quite bisecting the crescent moon. They’re willing to fight to defend himself, their land, her autonomy.
In the distance there are six other fighters with swords, staves, in a valley. Some are raised – in salute? waving? confrontation? Some are down at their sides.
Frequently when this card comes up there is a defensiveness – necessary or imagined – in the querent. An expectation that the world is out to get them – which depending on your ethnobiography and past traumas may be completely understandable.
However, sometimes the forces coming towards you actually want to join you. Want to help you fight. Want to join the line so you don’t have to do it alone – even though solo may be your go to. Our central figure is used to being a hidden unicorn after all.
What a lovely reminder. You don’t have to do it alone. I don’t have to do it alone. Whatever “it” is for you today.
Whether that is grieving any of the deaths or racist injustices of the past week – #justicefortyre. Content warning. It’s brutal. I couldn’t watch it all. – to celebrating joys and excitements of the coming spring, of travel, of friends, retreat planning; even when we feel alone, we are never really alone. Everything is energy so everything is kith. As in kith and kin.
Now, when I look at this card, the swirls of deep blue to the left and right of our warrior are pulling me in. The land’s deep healing waters. Nourishment. Drink it in. Say yes to the healing waters. To the hot springs to Brigid’s Well…
The lower half of our central fighter are in the same shades of indigo and midnight blue which tells me they are nourished, supported, buoyed, by the waters of the place they are defending. That the land and water are their ally, their co-conspirator, their legs.
A frequent part of my personal work and day to day practice/visualizations include intentional walking – respecting the connection my feet can make with the earth.
Maybe this week I’ll take this a layer deeper to connect them to the ringwoodite oceans deep under the Earth’s mantle…
About the Deck’s Creator – Emily Carding
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Recommended Reading – First hearing about ringwoodite? Here’s more information
All the b.e.s.t. – you are not alone.
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