I've been journeying again!
For those of you who have followed me on social media for sometime, you will know that from time to time I take the fools/ hero's journey, through the 22 major arcana of the tarot with the wonderful Tiffany Crosara. For those not familiar with this concept, the “Fool's journey,” as the complete arch of the psychological life cycle is called, begins with the childlike innocence of someone just coming into the world and ends with wholeness and fulfillment of a person who has well learned life's lessons.
It's a journey of soul enrichment, a journey of personal development and growth. It's nothing to do with the usual associations of tarot, predictions of tall dark handsome strangers etc, etc. No this is very much working with awareness of the self and how the archetypes of the symbolism in the cards are mirrored within each and everyone of us.
The symbolism within the cards depicts the depth of human consciousness and experience, revealing patterns of behaviour across time. The Major Arcana archetypes and symbology specifically look at key aspects of human experience,uncovering the many stages of spiritual development.
Tarot allows us to story tell using this symbolism, along with numerology, in addition it also draws on the wisdom of great philosophers such as Aristotle, through the examination of the elements i.e air, fire, water and earth. The Major Arcana speaks to what Carl Jung termed “the universal subconscious.” Each of the 22 cards symbolises a different part of the psyche, leading one on a spiritual journey from division or separation to wholeness.
Each time I undertake this developmental journey I am always amazed how different each is, though I guess as we develop and grow there are always new lessons to be learned and new mirrors to reflect upon.
21 The World from the Light Seers Tarot
So today I am on "The World" number 21 in the major arcana and the 22 card of the journey (The fool being 0).
What a perfect time to reflect as I return home to myself with a gift of growth and change.
How apt then that the card I should draw from one of my favourite decks , The Wildwood Tarot , should be the ten of stones "Home".
Taken from The Wildwood page on facebook
Ten Stones - Home
"The circle of the year has fully turned and we find ourselves back where we began, back at Imbolc, where we stood together as new Wanderers a whole 12 months ago.Together we have explored the outer and inner realms of the Wildwood and spoken with the ancient spirits that dwell in its summer meadows and wintry caves.Now we turn our faces in the direction of Home.
Each carefully placed stone in the arched gateway that greets us as we arrive home reminds us how important we are as part of a greater whole. Without the foundation of the stones beneath, the arch could not stand.The great tree that forms the backbone of the home shows the strength and the steadfastness of our tribes.
And while our tribe is most usually our family, it is not limited to family – closely linked friends with shared purpose is also a powerful tribe. Where we have that sense of belonging is "Home".
Carved into the stones we see The Shaman, who represents magic and power in the world around us, along with The Seer, his complement. She represents the magic and power that comes from still, contemplation of the inner world.Together they united and allowed us to integrate all that we have experienced in our outer and inner worlds over the past year on the Wildwood paths.
The year has turned full circle. We are back where we began, but we are changed by our adventures. And we know that our journey is not over yet. Now is the time to sit by the campfire and share our tales of magical creatures and the ancient powers of the land. And when we are ready, we shall begin our journey around the Wheel of the Year again."
As I reflect back over the past 22 days, it marks a real moment to stop and take stock.
I wonder, when was the last time you paused to review your journey?
I wonder, are you just ploughing on through the year, without a moment to consider the trajectory of your efforts?
It's easy to get caught up in the momentum and then find yourself half way through the year and recognise you haven't even come up for air! I know , I too have found myself thinking, "was that really a year ago" when viewing my facebook memories.
And considering the Ten of stones, who or what gives you the sense of "Home"?
Who is your tribe? And what is your collective purpose?
Some deep questions to ponder today as I return home once again.
I hope it might allow you a moment of reflection too, on this amazing journey we call life!