St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays – even if I am only a little bit Irish! While it is actually a religious holiday, recognizing St. Patrick as one of the patron saints of Ireland, in modern times it is more a celebration of Irish culture. The wearing of the shamrock (and the color green in general), drinking green beer and serving corned beef and cabbage are all ways in which this holiday is now celebrated.
It is said that St. Patrick used the shamrock, with its three leaves, to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people. It was here in the United States that the first parades were held in honor of St. Patrick – largely to make a political statement. Today the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is one of joy and merriment – eating, drinking and dancing to honor the Irish, but to also honor the "spirit of the Irish" within each of us. That spirit is our ability to gather in community and allow our inner child to come out and play. I thought that it might be interesting to work with a couple of "inner child" spreads that are more for play than for wisdom (although true play brings with it its own form of wisdom), in honor of the joyous nature of St. Patrick’s Day.
I decided to sketch a portrait of the inner child in each of us. For this purpose, I placed the Major Arcana and each of the four suits in separate piles. I defined them as follows:
Portrait of the Inner Child
- Major Arcana – The archetypal energy of the inner child.
- Wands – The spiritual and creative essence of the inner child.
- Cups – The emotional essence of the inner child, and its ability to dream and envision.
- Swords – The mental essence of the inner child, and its ability to reason.
- Pentacles – The essence of the physical world of the inner child, including their health.
Major Arcana – The Star
Wands – Eight of Wands
Cups – Three of Cups
Swords– Three of Swords
Pentacles – Queen of Coins
Taking a quick over-view of the cards, we see that the archetypal energy of the Seeker’s inner child is that of linking our conscious and unconscious realities, It is about peace, serenity and understanding one’s life purpose. Their inner child is on a quest to bring meaning to the Seeker’s life.
The spiritual and creative essence of the Seeker’s inner child is that of having many life experiences, and having these experiences come at them fast and furious. Their inner child, when accessed, is adamant about running around and getting into everything!
The emotional essence of the Seeker’s inner child is that of joy and celebration. They want to experience life, they want to understand it, and now they want to celebrate it!
The mental essence of the Seeker’s inner child is that of heartbreak, and the need to communicate better. They often feel hurt by the world around them. The Seeker needs to know that communication with their inner child is of major importance.
The physical essence of the Seeker’s inner child is a true gift – it is that of having the ability to over-see and nurture the basic things in life – finances, home, family, and physical health. Of most importance here – the patience that it takes to do this well.
In a reading, whether for yourself or for a client, these separate parts of the inner child would be gone into much more in depth than they have been here. Connecting with the inner child is a wonderful path for growth and self-healing.
Another method for working with the inner child is to address the Pages, or messenger cards, as they represent the energy of a young, inquisitive soul. Each Page represents a different aspect of the inner child.
The Page of Wands expresses his fiery energy through the need to learn, and the need to travel to do so. This Page is the perennial student aspect of the inner child.
The Page of Cups expresses the social side of your inner child. This Page is all about learning how to interact with others, and with yourself.
The Page of Swords expresses the intellectual/mental side of the inner child. This Page is learning about commitment, and about how to deal with those who fail to keep their commitments (or perhaps he or she is dealing with their own inability to keep commitments). This Page helps the inner child to observe what is going on without making judgments.
The Page of Coins expresses the mundane, day to day side of life. This Page is all about learning to take responsibility and direction, being able to have the focus and intent to get the job done.
Are you connected to your inner child? Do you hear its voice? Do you know how it feels? Where it is strong, where it needs to be loved and embraced? What is your inner child trying to tell you? How can you integrate your inner child into your waking life?
Wishing each of you a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Go celebrate your inner child!
The scans in this article are from the "Lord of the Rings" Tarot, U.S. Games, 1997.
© March 2011 Bonnie Cehovet