(That’s me, 19, only two weeks before my first major trip “down under” and the demise of my original eyebrows. Self portrait taken for a painting assignment. One shot perfection.)
There is so much going on right now that it would take many words in massively convoluted sentences to cover it all. All little things, but together they form a fascinating whole that I’m not quite sure I even understand yet. I am grateful that it is happening at a pace I can keep up with.
I’ve been reading Godesses in Everywoman and none of it really fits. I am very Persephone-aspected, but I don’t identify with Her as an archetype. Reading these extracts on Hades from Gods in Everyman however, is ridiculously on point. Go figure. But, assuming the Persephone-as-archetype role: to move from Kore to Persephone, to transition from child to Queen, you have to eat/ingest and then digest/integrate the “fruit of the dead“.
I chose four cards to represent the 4 seeds Persephone ate. This number is my best guess (as it varies from version to version) but, as She was required to spend one third of the year in the Underworld, that makes 4. Good enough for me. The first time I laid this spread was with the Tarot of Fire and it didn’t make a lot of sense (but Death did show up to the party); I need to work with that deck further to understand its unique and colourful language. Do-over with the Wildwood then.
 5 of Stones (Endurance) – Stick-to-it-tiveness. As well, in the Wildwood, this card is like a mini Hermit; it depicts a healing seclusion. The child speaks instantly to me of the starting point of this journey and of where the root of the block lies.
 7 of Bows (Clearance) – Clear out what doesn’t work anymore. Chop it down, burn it up, transform it into something useful. The heat from a fire is used to harden wood, especially bows.
 10 The Wheel – Take charge. Take responsibility. A child is subject to the whims and vagaries of outside control; a woman spins her own wheel. To me, The Wheel is the “suck it up, princess” card. Sometimes you have to weave your own destiny.
 5 of Vessels (Ecstasy) – Remember that feeling? Cultivate it. Relish it. Be in it. If this isn’t a strong, courageous, powerful Queen, I don’t know what is.