Yesterday, to celebrate the new moon I did a deity Tarot spread and I am having a little difficulty interpreting the cards. The deity card I draw was the Princess of Wands (page of wands in most decks). I immediately thought of a deity with whom I’ve worked in the past, just because that was too easy and familiar. There is one goddess of whom I’ve had an impression since doing the draw and am doing research and looking for signs.
First, I work with Hades and do know that He is associated with the King of Pentacles. So as an aspect, it can indicate wealth (He is often sought after for his abilities with wealth and abundance) or abundance in some way.
I don’t know much about deities associated with Minor cards outside of the two I work with (Hades and Hel). But I did find this post that states Artemis, Apollo, Brigid, and Athena are associated with the Page of Wands.
Thinking about the aspects and symbols presented in the other cards, I am leaning towards Artemis. She is fiercely protective of her domain (wild animals, young maidens, and mothers) and can wreak havoc if provoked (5 of wands energy). She is a virgin which makes me think of the 3 of cups (divine feminine, harmony, understanding) and 6 of swords (beauty, balance, connecting divine with physical).
Thank you, @Amaris_Bane! I really like your interpretation and it’s so different from mine as I was looking at elemental trends in the cards and still digesting their symbology. And the deities I’ve worked with in the past have tended to be Hellenic, so she’s not completely unfamiliar to me. More to think about!
Swords - Air, active energy; Logic, ideas, intellect, communication
Pentacles - Earth; passive energy; Nature, body, material world, stability
Multiples of a single suit will strengthen each other.
Multiple Wands: This powerful energy can be constructive and destructive.
Multiple Cups: Deeply emotional and spiritual energy, but also perhaps disconnected from the real world. Imagine being lost in one’s daydreams, maybe trapped even.
The Sword will support the Wands’ energy (complementing each other): Air’s intellect and quick thinking can support fire’s goals, pushing it forward quickly; Fire brings enthusiasm and drive to a well-thought-out plan created by air’s intellect and communicative ability
The Pentacle will support the Cups: Both elements are passive, so not much is going on, but Water brings a tranquil enjoyment to Earth; Earth’s reliable and steady nature gives a sense of comfort when emotions may be running wild.
At the same time, the Wands and Cups will weaken each other: Water’s calming emotional energy is broken by the urgency of Fire; Water’s emotions cancel out Fire’s drive and motivation.
And the same with the Sword and Pentacle: While Earth attempts to give some stability to Air, it fails to work on an overactive mind. Air fails to be moved, contained, or changed by Earth.
Cups and Sword are neutral to each other: they can work together well if they are balanced, but they can also conflict with one another. There’s the potential for confusion and pain when we try to reason through our sometimes irrational feelings. Water brings some tenderness to an otherwise very stark and controlling element. Water’s emotions can drive Air’s talent for communication; the expression of feelings can lead to powerful changes in this combination.
Wands and Pentacles are also neutral to each other: Earth can bring stability and practicality to Fire’s spark of creativity and push it towards its goal. It can counterbalance some of Fire’s intensity. However, if there’s too much of Earth, it can snuff the Fire out. Imagine a dream coming to fruition with slow and steady infusions of enthusiasm and energy. Fire can also burn Earth down, but it renews and refreshes Earth’s fertility anew.
Brilliantly said, @Amaris_Bane. That is how I see the elements, though I had never considered how the elements interact with each other beyond being true to their nature. I am going to study your words.
Yes, it is a very personal thing to choose or be chosen by a deity. I think I’ve realized I do want to find a matron/patron, so I think this is a beginning of a period of reflection on who that is. I also find that I am quite happy simply considering Goddess/God in their archetypal sense, so I am listening to that, too.
The only impression I had from my reading was Brigid, who I have had no previous familiarity with, but am now doing a bit of study about her and refection on her.
Hi @Amaris_Bane! I actually work with Brigid & the Morrigan then sometimes others from the Celtic pantheon as it relates to whatever it is that I’m doing.
So, @ben1 I saw that Brigid came up… so think Hearth/Home, expectant & new mothers & children, protection, healing. She started keening in Ireland as she well, keened (shrieked, wailed) over the battlefields when her… brother or son was killed in she was in mourning… (very generalized rendition)… she works well with trnasformation & healing from wounds mental, emotional, relationships…
For instance, I knew I had something happening… we’ll call it a backslide, so the Morrigan was heavily making it known she needed to tell me something. Once that situation had wound down enough where I got through what I needed, now my connection to Brighid is coming up… they had both taken a step back while I went through the flow of events & then said, "Hi, you’re okay, we’re here… time for some healing. (Also a generalization)
Thank you, @Siofra_Strega! I am learning about her traits and correspondences, and I think her role as a healer definitely speaks to me, as does as does her connection to magic and creativity in general, writing in specific. I appreciate your reading recommendations and I am exploring them now. Good to know about waiting on reading Tending Brigid’s Flame.
@ben1 She really is a wonderful Goddess to work with, I’m not sure if you’ve seen the Tending Brighid’s Flame thread. When I post, I choose a something about or for her as an informational aspect with the linked source & an oracle draw from my Way of Brighid Oracle cards. Others are more than welcome to share also.
I change the informational part at the top roughly once a week & each day I post whichever card I drew that day for the collective. @marsha I know has posted more than a few times too. So her information or draws (whatever she chooses to post) will differ from mine too for other information.
Others have posted just a picture of their candle or setup for Brigid. However, you would like to participate. & its also perfectly okay just to watch the thread & not participate.
I have seen the Brigid’s flame thread and will continue to pay attention to that and now even bookmarked it. I am really just making Brigid’s acquaintance and will let you know what happens as those proceeds.
i have continued to ponder the cards I drew and have also had a few thoughts regarding how it’s Brigid has possibly been guding me over the last six months or so in a number of creative endeavors as well as my return to Wicca. That in and of itself is a very creative thing. I continue to ponder and study.