Forest of Enchantment

I was gifted this tarot deck for Christmas / Winter Solstice, and want to share a bit of it. The creators are Lunaea Weatherstone (in Portland, Oregon) and Meraylah Allwood (illustrator, in England). I love the badger den in the Hermit card.

I’ve only done one reading so far, using the full Celtic cross layout, and loved that the Seven of Boons (in this deck, Boons are equivalent to Pentacles in the common Minor Arcana) was drawn as the “me” card. It’s a treehouse with many portals that one seems to have to climb to (or float?) which reminds me of a recent dream I posted about in which there is no stairway to the second floor. The explanation of the card’s meaning is that there are options when we need them but we should not be in too hurried in choosing one. What threshold do you wish would open to you? Which of these doors calls to you?

I love the Folly card, which equates to the Tower in the common tarot. The tower is something that is crumbling, or that needs to, a structure collapsing before a better one can form. I think of tarot as metaphorical for inner work and the psychic landscape. Often it’s the ego that needs to be toppled in order for the deep self or soul to have more sway in our life. This wonderful tree, I imagine, will grow a new crown. Some of the hollowed house carved into it will remain but, if the roots are strong, life will take its own course in rearranging things.

I’ll share just one more. The Forge has always been a beautiful symbol to me, a place of alchemy, where fire and heat produce useful things. The goddess Brigid is associated with the forge, as well as the Kenaz rune. XIV The Forge equates with Temperance in the old tarot deck and that is indeed one that can bear new interpretations.

The shaping of metals at a forge holds great alchemical symbolism for what tempers us as humans. We’re heated by challenge, doused by emotion, shaped and reshaped by heating and cooling until hopefully we’re formed in a way that lends us patience, empathy, generosity, understanding—both flexibility and mettle.

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