Tarot Reading for the Collective ~ August 2016
This month we are talking with the Tarot of the Crone, by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince.
Of all the decks I have by Ellen (I have four), this one pulls at my inner world the most. All her tarot decks are powerful in their own way, and I bow deeply before each of them. This one is not for the fainthearted. Though, if you come for a reading with me and want to work deeply with the Tarot of the Crone, please request that we use it, and I will certainly lay it on the table for you. Just know that it won’t be all pretty and nice. It exposes what we need to see within ourselves and asks us to pay attention. It won’t just be there on the table as an option for you to choose from. This kind of deck needs to be specifically requested.
A note about this deck: when tarot card creators change the names of the court cards from the usual Page, Knight, Queen and King, the usual way of working is to think about what the new name corresponds to. For instance, if I came across Princess, I would think ‘oh, that’s the Page’, and if I came across Mother, I would think ‘that’s the Queen’. However, with Ellen Lorenzi-Prince’s decks – from her Dark Goddess Tarot that I use regularly for clients, to this deck, Tarot of the Crone – I find I cannot change their names. In the Dark Goddess Tarot the Hag is not really the King, it is the Hag. The Amazon is not the Page, it is the Amazon. In Tarot of the Crone, the Shadow is the Shadow, the Grandmother is the Grandmother, the Witch is the Witch and the Beast is the Beast. They inhabit their own system, and I have no desire to try and associate them with something they are not.
So let us begin. The questions for this month are:
- What do we need to speak of more?
- What do we need to speak of less?
- Who can we turn to when our hearts are heavy?
- Who will bring us home to ourselves?
1. What do we need to speak of more?
Shadow of Disks
We need to speak to the unspoken things, the things we want to ignore. The things that make us uncomfortable, guilty and unstable. The things that remind us of our privilege, the things that have stunted our spiritual growth.
We need to talk to the uncomfortable aspects of our personal history, our family history, our communities’ histories and our nations’ histories. We need to be willing to acknowledge the pain we have caused through oppression and continue to cause through suppression. We need to speak of options that don’t require the suffering and degradation of others. We need to speak up about the lies that we have been fed about those who are apparently so different from us. Every time a group is ‘othered’ let it be known that that those who are ‘othering’ are fumbling to cover up their own horrendous actions.
Don’t look away from me. Look into me. And trust that in the wilderness of your own minds you can find clarity when you disconnect from the freshly laundered crap.
2. What do we need to speak of less?
Speak less of me! Speak less of impending doom, of destruction to our planet by certain individuals! Do not give them your energy, positive or negative. Look to your own communities and focus on what you can build, rather than who or what you can destroy. Focus on connection. Stop expecting me to show up! Give me a renewed way of existing for you! Let me help you land on your paths with more kindness. But because you don’t yet know how to address my perception-shifting capabilities, go away! Stop seeking me out with your doomsday predictions, you don’t know what you’re asking for and I do not want to answer your self-destructive calls!
3. Who can we turn to when our hearts are heavy?
Witch of Disks
Call me in, my people, let me lift you out of your confusion. There are those who want to keep you weak, but they are not your rulers. They cannot even rule their own minds. Gaze into my eyes and feel my heart bleed into yours. Let me awaken the warrior within, and remind you that a true warrior listens first to their own heart. Then they listen to the space around them. Then they move forward with a piercing gaze, ready to face whatever may occur. I am not here to tell you what to do or tell you what life is all about. You do not need hand-holding, mollycoddling, charismatic leaders, or structured belief systems in order to navigate this world. Let me remind you of your life before you became jaded. Let me help you move forward from that fresh space, but with the fierce determination of one who has suffered again and again but just won’t give up. Let me help you find a more empowering path.
4. Who will bring us home to ourselves?
Seven of Cups
I will bring you home to yourselves! I will wrap you up and place a protective layer around your dreams to make sure you don’t let the dream-eaters in. The Witch of Disks said you don’t need mollycoddling and I certainly won’t do that, but I will cut you a break, give you a breather, refresh your mind with some old wisdom you once knew but forgot due to all the busyness.
I will help you come home by reintroducing you to the parts of yourself you gave away to all the people who harmed you and affected your self-resilience. By feeling the support I offer through kind words or glances from strangers and from those you know, and of course from your own ever-growing self love (try it! It’s worth the effort!), you will feel your mind and your heart strongly grounded in your body.
From there, there is so much you can work towards. You won’t need answers, as you will be holding the mystery of it all with your heart, and reveling in the permission to just grow and feel your way forward for powerful and beautiful lessons. Go well, my dears.
© Sarah Barry ~ Tarot Readings with Psychic Sarah 2016
This Tarot Reading for the Collective was done with Tarot of the Crone by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince. These images are used here with her permission. You can find out more about this powerful deck at darkgoddesstarot.com