The Ostara 2014 Tarot Blog Hop
This blog post was written as my contribution to the Ostara 2014 Tarot Blog Hop. Do click onto the following links to read the blog posts of my fellow Tarot bloggers.
Our wrangler Joanne Sprott had been kind enough to get out of the usual clichéd theme of balance which was often expected in any write-up about the festival of Ostara. Ostara was often associated with balance because it was a festival that marked the vernal equinox where day and night were equal in duration. Instead, she had asked us to focus on the theme of renewal. This was apt simply because many of my friends across the world had been suffering from a protracted winter, and some had also experienced severe winter storms, floods and torrential rains. Ostara, was truly about renewal, especially when it welcomes the first glimpse of Spring.
As I am a Roman Catholic, I was in the Lenten period preparing for the celebration of Easter. During mass last Sunday, the priest, in his sermon asked the congregation, "In preparation for Easter, what aspects of your life needs renewing?" That had set me thinking, and I believed it was the Universe' way of guiding me as I wrote this blog post.
Ostara And Easter
My Pagan friends around the world celebrated the festival of Ostara by honoring the Goddess Eostre. She was the Goddess of fertility, Spring and renewal. I had discovered through my research that there were many myths surrounding Eostre. One of them was that she travelled throughout the lands with a white rabbit as a companion, to bring life to dying plants and they put coloured eggs all over the fields in the process. Anglo- Saxons during the festival offered coloured eggs to her. This brought me then to the topic of Easter and it explained to me why children all over the world celebrated Easter with painted eggs and chocolates, and were either gifted with an Easter bunny made out of chocolates or dressed themselves up as Easter bunnies at Easter parties.
Ostara fell on 21 March when I would be mid way through my Lenten celebrations. My Catholic friends, family and I, had been preparing for the coming Easter celebrations in April. In many ways, whatever the co-relation I had read about Ostara and Easter in the past without getting into an argument reserved for kindergarten kids about which festival came first, Easter, like Ostara was also the celebration of renewal and rebirth when Jesus Christ rose from the dead. As I had been shaped through experience to be extremely opened about different religious and cultural beliefs, Ostara to me, came as an early Easter celebration for me. Hey, you know me, I am up for anything that called for a celebration.
More importantly, this particular Tarot Blog Hop had a special meaning for me because in preparation for Easter, I was in the process of letting go and forgiving past hurts, making up for my own faults and failures, and moving on to reconnect with those who had crossed me and whom I had crossed too.
The topic of this Ostara Tarot Blog Hop - RENEWAL - was timely.
The King Of Cups Reversed
As Ostara or Easter celebrated renewal and rebirth, I picked a Tarot card to look at what aspect of my life needed renewing most. The King of Cups Reversed showed up to gently remind me about not one but several aspects of my life that were governed by the King.
The King of Cups in Tarot was a figure of emotional maturity, compassionate and nurturing leadership, and the balance of mind and heart. He was the epitome of quiet strength. Honestly, I could not identify with this King. What a softee! Astrologically, my Sun sign was that of the fiery Leo, which was represented by the energetic, passionate, bold and confident King of Wands. Nothing stood in my way of getting what I wanted, and nothing scared me.
The reversed King of Cups represented one who had allowed one’s emotions to control one’s life or had been responding in a “knee-jerk” fashion to how others might perceive him or her. Sometimes, this reversed King might fall into extreme mood swings, causing everyone around him or her to be confused, not knowing when he or she might blow up into an emotional volcanic eruption.
Renewing Relationships This Spring
I turned the reversed King of Cups card around, and started meditating on the card image. I heard a soft whisper from the King and the touch of his gentle hand as he spoke. He asked one question, “ As you grow your spirituality and start living a heart-centred life, how will you manage life with the same heart-centredness in your capacity as mother, wife, daughter, manager to your team at work, direct report to your boss at work and business owner of Sun Goddess Tarot?”
The path before me that was filled with so many sharp bends and perilous bumps suddenly became quite clear. I had been truly acting like the reversed King of Cups recently with the stress of juggling multiple commitments in my multiple roles in recent months. At home, I was an Ogre about to be dragged for his annual bath. I often came home exhausted after a long day of work and several Tarot reading appointments or events. At work, I was often on edge and growled at everyone whenever a project hit a snag or the boss questioned my decisions.
With Sun Goddess Tarot, I often worry excessively about managing the mounting pressures on my time because of the numerous business commitments to my clients, and my business partners. I have got workshops, events, private and group classes and readings lined up for the next two months which from time to time, put me in a reversed 2 of Pentacles situation because I had over-stretched myself due to my inability to say no. I often thought that as Tarot reader, mentor, and teacher, I had to always be there for my clients and proteges no matter the circumstance because I felt obligated to offer them help and support with my intuitive gifts. However, at times, the back to back appointments and my inability to find time to ground myself in between would put a severe drain on my energy. When I felt that I could not give 100% to my role as a light worker, I would get terribly upset and my confidence level would take a nose-dive.
Turning The Reversed King Of Cups Around
Acknowledging the issues at hand, I resolved to turn the reversed King around. With the multiple demands on my time and energy by my family, my colleagues and my clients, the one thing that they looked to me for was to manage these demands with a balanced heart and mind.
Years ago, when I found my calling as a Tarot reader, Numerologist and Astrologer, I had been channelling my inner Sun Goddess to help, guide and support everyone around me with positivity and genuine heart-centredness. How can I aim to deliver positivity and genuine heart-centredness without having a balanced heart and mind?
So this Spring, I am committed to renewing my relationships with my husband, my son, my colleagues, my boss and my clients. Like the King of Cups, I promised to hold their hands through each and every challenge they might face by spending time with them to listen to their daily issues with a compassionate heart, and provide them with the right advice without judgement.
I was grateful for that reminder by the King of Cups, to always lead a heart-centred life.
About The Writer:
The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and a tarot card reader by accident. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist. She is currently running a Tarot consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot, which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops. A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association
|The King of Cups from the Golden Tarot deck by Kat Black