Mabon, harvest, bringing in the fruits of your labour. So apt for me right now on so many levels. The one that is tarot related is my newest deck, that’s also matching the theme of this hop: The Herbcrafter’s Tarot!
Its theme is of course herbs and in a way, kitchen-witchery. I love the pictures and the associations to herbs and spices are very clear. It’s really well thought out and congratulations to the authors, they have created a thing of beauty.
Now on to the hop. Our wrangler Maureen has provided us a spread to try out, and precisely that is what I did. I stayed on topic. Bravo!!
Here be the spread.
1. What do I need to know about the condition of my 1. Mind, 2. Body, 3. Spirit – that I am not aware of?
2. What is the most import thing to focus on in the realm of 1. Mind, 2. Body, 3. Spirit as I move into the winter months?
3. What will be the harvest of it?
Aaaaand the Herbcrafter’s gave me this. No Minors, 3 Majors and 6 Court cards in a 9 cards spread. Can I hide under a rock please?
Mmmkay. Let’s make sense of this. I did the reading in rows. First row is mind, second is body, third is spirit. So it goes:
Mind 1 2 3
Body 1 2 3
Spirit 1 2 3.
Let’s start with my Mind. A deep, dark place.
1. What do I need to know about the condition of my mind that I am not aware of? – Awakening (Judgement)
Oh that’s sweet! I am in the process of realising what a situation I am in really is. I hate it but it is necessary if I want to improve it. Tulsi is a sacred herb in Hinduism, and it is great for throat problems. Throat problems = problems in communication. Got it, on it.
The book that comes with the deck relates tulsi with rituals, emphasising how important it is to bring a little magic to your everydays. It also suggests I remove things from my life that hinder me in my calling. Got it, on it.
2. What is the most important thing to focus on in the realm of my Mind as I move into the winter months? – Curadera of Air (King of Swords)
Staying focused and realistic, logical and objective. Right… I will do my best. I’m usually not a drama queen but if my mood is low for whatever reason, I will dive deep into it before being able to snap out of it. And I mean DEEP. Sigh. Will slap my face when I catch myself doing it next time. Or commit harakiri, King of Swords style.
The book says Rosemary is great for clearing the mind and enhances memory. I will plant a couple or three in the garden, I really need all the help I can get. Kati. Focus!
3. What will be the harvest of it? – Madre of Fire (Queen of Wands)
Me being more self confident, creative and loud about my needs. It would be highest time, haha!
I love thyme. I have it in my garden and I adore the smell. I should use it more.
The book again talks about the importance of rituals and self care. I see a theme starting to form here…
1. What do I need to know about the condition of my Body that I am not aware of? – Curadera of Water (King of Cups)
The card suggests my body is in a good place now. It has taken life’s ups and downs well and accepted the downs I’ve been through recently. That is good to hear. Maybe I should let go of my expectations of my body to be perfect, do my best to keep it healthy and shouldn’t listen to the little voice calling me fat. I’m not fat, my bones are heavy, mmkay?
Seaweed is great for relaxing baths and is a tasty snack too. Long, hot baths – self care and rituals suggested again. Who am I to oppose the cards?
2. What is the most important thing to focus on in the realm of my body? – Madre of Earth (Queen of Pentacles)
Yes yes I get it, thank you. Rituals, self love.
It all is connected, isn’t it? Me turning my mind into the loud Queen of Wands will help me with taking care of myself, right? Thanks cards, I am on it.
Creosote bushes grow on soil that is too dry for others. It inspires us to be strong in the face of hardships and not to let go of the magic within. Man, do I feel like a creosote bush right now!
Taken that this is what I should focus on regarding my body I would say a diet might be beneficial… sigh. Ok-ok… I know.
3. What will be my harvest? – The World
Oooh! Me feeling whole? Me feeling I have it all? That would be nice, yes please!
Panchamama is the sovereign mother deity of the Inca mythology, and on the picture you see the herbs of the four Aces arranged in a beautiful altar. Rituals, gods and magic again. I would very much love magic to return into my life.
1. What do I need to know about the condition of my spirit that I am not aware of? – Curadera of Fire (King of Wands)
My spirit is on fire, yes. Very much rebelling against me suppressing my spiritual needs in favour of family. Not anymore, I have had enough.
Also, I feel very creative and renewed spiritually, after a long, dark night of the soul. Man was it long and dark. But it seems to be ending (hopefully?) and I am hoping for brighter days, even if we are moving into winter. The benefits and the need for rituals have been lightly hinted at (lol) in previous cards as well as this one. Talk about driving the message home.
Damiana is an aphrodisiac. Well. Aren’t the cards always spot on. This is meant spiritually, mind you. 😀
2. What is the most important thing to focus on in the realm of my spirit? – Madre of Water (Queen of Cups)
INTUITION! (No comments needed) And how surprising, self care, again. Yes, I get it, thank you. On it.
Oats are great for calming the mind. The book suggests oat-teas… I’m not sure where I could get that but I think we can exchange it to some nice herbal tea. Maybe nettle from the local park, or camomile… yumm!
3. What will be the harvest of it? – Death
Now this is interesting. Death is my favourite card in any deck. I first look at this card and if I hate it, I don’t buy the deck. Death is important to me on many levels and having it as an outcome makes me really happy. I love Death.
It talks about the renewal of my faith, my spirituality, my magic and my ‘clairs’ that were blocked for some time now. It says to me I will get back my connection to God (I relate the god I am worshipping with Death although he isn’t a god of Death per se).
It also hints at my most prized tarot possession, the Marigold Tarot. I use it for deeply spiritual questions, and only for myself. So in a way, a spiritual renewal could mean me using My Precious more. Which I would love to do! Yay!
The marigold flower’s smell is said to lead home the dead so we can celebrate them and their memories. Diwali, All Hallow’s Eve, the Day of the Dead, Halloween… they are all around the corner. I shall think of a ritual to give closure to things and people who have passed, and to celebrate them and their memories. Great idea for a RITUAL, thank you Herbie! (I gave this name to the Herbcrafter’s)
Huh. That wasn’t so bad. I’m really happy that I got so many Kings and Queens, it means to me that I am where I want/need to be, just a little shift is needed to make it even better. And that is what I am working on. Lots of advice for selfcare, and reminders that meaningful rituals are important to keep magic in one’s life. Thank you, Herbie!
Now hop on, and don’t forget to take care of yourself and your ‘harvest’! Happy Mabon!
Ps did you know you can eat pumpkin flowers? You make a batter of your choice and shallow fry them in oil, they are yummy! If you’re interested in the batter I use leave a comment below and I’ll share it. Would love to hear your recipes, too!