All through the week, my Mother has popped into my dreams reminiscing and retelling stories of our past. Dreams are the vehicle she uses to communicate with me. Betty June was a Gemini and in life, and now in spirit, her personality remains chatty, intuitive and her sharp wit is a healing and comforting force. Her nightly visits have been more frequent this week. Well, no wonder, there is a Full Moon in Gemini! And then there is that Mercury retrograde thing going on, Mercury rules Gemini, and on top of it all, the Total Lunar Eclipse. Yes, a lot is happening, and this is where my Mother loves to be, right in the midst of all the action.
I was curious what the Tarot had to say. I selected a few cards from The Fairy Tale Tarot by Lisa Hunt http://www.thefairytaletarot.com/. My Mother loved to tell and hear stories, so this was the perfect deck. Lisa’s deck is not only beautiful but magical! In her companion book, “Once Upon A Time”, each card captures the character and landscape of a fairy tale. As you wander into the story, you see yourself, family, and people in your life in different perspectives. Lisa has included some of our well-loved fairy tales from around the world, also some that I have never heard before.
I choose The Star and the Moon card from her deck.
XVII – The Star, it’s astrological association is Aquarius which is my tarot birth card and astrological sign. The fairy on the card is from the Native American story, The Star Maiden. Lisa describes the star maiden’s visit to the Ojibway Indians where she flies in the center of a tree during the full moon looking for a place to call home. She has a spiral on her chest. This cosmic spiral for me represents my spirit journeying during dreamtime. While I dream, I often receive answers to questions, meet spirit guides, and face the fears that I am unable to confront during my walking hours.
With the Full Moon in Gemini, I chose XVIII – The Moon, representing my Mother’s frequent visits to me during my dreamtime this week. The story that is represented with the Moon card, is Sleeping Beauty, a French fairy tale we all are familiar with. Lisa’s card is full of dreamy symbolism. The moon’s phases are carved out in the headboard, the spiral embroidery, the cat, the creeping vines, the mountain in the picture, and the open window and shutters with the moonlight streaming in. Time, cycles, facing our challenges, following our instincts, eternal life, shinning a light on the dark areas of life and opening the windows of our unconsciousness are some of the feelings this card opens up. Tonight as I close my eyes, I will whisper, “Sweet dreams, Betty June”.
“Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry