Thank you for joining us on our Beltane or May Day 2014 Tarot Blog Hop. To navigate, just click previous or next to go to the next blog post.
Our blog hop wrangler this time is Aisling from Utah. She tasked us with discussing The Union of Opposites. She wanted to see our own take about how combining two dissimilar things which may seem to be in opposition to one another can produce an harmonious whole.
We decided to show you two sets of opposites from five different decks.
The Empress is the embodiment of life and abundance whereas Death is about embracing that final change. See how these five decks interpret this particular dance of opposites.
Do you think Death yearns for what the Empress offers? Or is it the other way around?
Deviant Moon | Death vs. The Empress
Cat’s Eye | Death vs. The Empress
Thoth | Death vs. The Empress
Rider Waite Smith | Death vs. The Empress
Joie de Vivre | Death vs the Empress
Next we offer the delicate dance of opposites between the Devil and Strength. Is it sometimes stronger to give into temptation?
May 1st , or May Day, is a day that I remember from my childhood as one of gentle celebration. We would put small (as in tiny!) baskets together, and leave them on our neighbors’ porches. We would ring the bell, and run like mad! This is what you were supposed to do! It was a marvelous surprise to whoever answered the door to find lovely little May baskets sitting there.
May Day (the whole month of May, IMHO) is all about celebrating spring, new growth, and just plain enjoying the good weather and getting to the actual planting of lovely flowers (and vegetables, for those who do vegetable gardens). While I have never seen it done, I love the image of young girls dancing around a May pole that is decorated with streamers and flowers, honoring the energy of the moment. What great fun! May Day is also connected with Beltane, one of eight solar Sabbats in Wiccan and Pagan traditions, and one that focuses on spring and fertility.
How do you celebrate this day? Or do you? Celebration of May Day is certainly not as widespread as it once was. Perhaps we need to do something about that! Getting back to our literal “roots”, working with the soil, honoring the cycles of the year, enjoying the beauty of the spring flowers, and the sense of joy and freedom that they bring, to me is intrinsic to this day. Honoring this day in a personal way opens you up to aligning yourself with life and its cycles (no matter what your religious background). Whether you create a May basket as a centerpiece for your table, or create smaller May baskets to leave at your neighbors’ doors, the intent is set, and the energy comes to you. What a great way to bring positive energy into our lives!
We are entering this new year with a new moon in Capricorn, and a partial solar eclipse, also in Capricorn. Layer this over the number four (Emperor) universal energy for the year, and we have some serious power at our disposal!