Welcome to Alison’s Alembic! You may have arrived here as a stop on the Tarot Blog Hop from either Chlöe's Inner Whispers blog or the TABI blog (also by Chlöe). Or you may have found this through TABI’s Facebook page, or though one of the many wonderful tarot bloggers in the ether... It doesn’t matter – what does matter is that you’re here!
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It seems that the concept of Christmas presents goes back to the Romans, when high-ranking officials were expected to give the Emperor a present on the festival of the Kalends (apparently corresponding to 1 January). Originally the gift were simply branches from evergreen trees that grew in the grove of the goddess Strenia, but later cakes and honey were given, representing wishes of a year of sweetness and prosperity. The Christian nativity story involves gifts too – the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh carried from the east by the magi. In Catalonia, it’s traditional for children to be given their presents by the three kings on the night of 5th January.
Our wranger, Arwen, has asked us to write about the anticipation of giving and receiving gifts, through her lovely spread. I'm using the Wildwood Tarot (created by Mark Ryan and John Matthews, illustrated by Will Worthington, published by Connections).
- What gift would you give the world if you could?
|The Pole Star (17)
The Pole Star, still thought of as THE fixed star in the sky (although it isn’t really), offers a guiding light by which to navigate the waters of life. (No, AC, AM and VK, not whisky!) It requires a sort of faith to follow it, but that’s what I would give – hope, faith, guidance.
Time to withdraw and rest! It’s winter in this image of the Hooded Man, a time to go within and prepare to plant new seeds. Just what I need... a time to stand still, just like the sun on the solstice – the time of year associated with this card in the Wildwood. The wren is a secret keeper of wisdom, a perfect companion for the Hooded Man (although not me, perhaps!) and was considered to be an oracle. As I have just received an oracle deck as a gift (thank you TABI!), I could use this time to learn how to use it.
- What gift have you received that has brought you joy?
|Six of Bows
Six of Bows – Abundance. I have been blessed with abundance this year, in many shapes and forms, all of which have brought me great joy. The Wildwood’s version of the card is less about public acclaim and ‘victory’, and more about reaping the rewards of our work or actions – and I suppose if I had to pick one specific thing that brought me abundance, it would have to be selling my house....
|Three of Vessels - Joy
- What gift have you given that has brought you joy?
|Six of Vessels - Reunion
The Sun! I wish you all great joy, good health, harmony - and a year full of creativity!
Thank you for stopping off here on your own journey through this Yule Tarot Blog Hop - please do come back and read some of my other posts.
The next stops on the Tarot Blog Hop are - depending on whether you’re moving backwards or forwards through the list – Chlöe's Inner Whispers blog or the TABI blog (also by Chlöe). The Master List can be found here.