I hope you had a lovely, Spring-like Easter weekend. I did! The best.
My highlight was attending a social sewing gathering at my local fabric
shop in downtown Victoria on Sunday morning which always brings me that
special boost of maker’s joy. An event I look forward to every month.
We sit in a small circle in the centre of the shop and rather abashedly
share our makes over the past month. We talk about what’s new in
patterns, fabric and online that the rest of the group might enjoy.
It’s my “circle of women” who know me only as a rather geeky but
eager-to-learn, advanced beginner sewist (yes, this really is a
I think it’s good for our character to position ourselves in places and
situations where we’re the new, green kid. As we age, we can be guilty
of gravitating to what we know, falling into habits and routines that
are familiar and comfortable. For an aging brain that tends to repeat,
obsess and forget, experimenting and learning new skills with new folks,
challenges us to be vulnerable and adapt. Sewing has done wonders for
my aging brain (I wrote a blog post about it which you can read HERE
Aries is the God of War
The first three weeks of April is the time of Aries. In the Tarot, this
is the season of the Emperor. The boss, the father and alpha
patriarch, he rules by divine will. He represents virility, leadership,
masculine force, fertility and fire. The King of Kings. The archetypal
Yang. Never a dull moment.
“God! It’s hard to be humble”, yells the Emperor. As Aries, He is the
God of War. A word of advice, don’t fight with an Aries. He likes it
too much and you will inevitably not like it much at all.
A client (Leo) recently came for a reading in deep distress. She was
failing miserably to cope with her ex-husband whom she had divorced
years earlier. He had declared war on her, assigning all the big guns
of the court system to crush her. Having his way, there would be
nothing left of her once all his armaments had been fired. He had
already brought her to her knees financially and had her jailed on
trumped up, unproven charges. Don’t go to war with an Aries man
particularly if you suspect that he’s suffering (or more accurately
others around him are!) from a narcissistic personality disorder.
The Horned God in Celtic Tradition
In Celtic faith, he is the Horned God chasing the maiden Goddess through
the fields in early Spring. He will capture and impregnate her,
symbolizing the stirring of the ground to give forth the bounty that
will feed the tribe through the winter. He is strength, seed and
direction. A good Emperor must see beyond his own needs and desires to
sustain the burden of responsibility for the tribe. He is stoicism,
wisdom and judgement. He is the Spring and the Return of the Sun (Son)
which is why his element is fire.
In feminist ideology the Emperor is another card which carries
complications. Why must leaders be men? Why is he the connected to the
life-giving force, warmth and light of the Sun? Feminist decks have
supplanted him with the Crone, the Witch and Medicine Woman. His
relationship to patriarchy, misogyny, and harsh judgement has been the
bane of women’s existence for thousands of years.
Women have suffered untold centuries of prejudice, torture and murder at
his hands as his grab for power has often been at their expense. Don’t
get me started. It will take me hours to climb off this soapbox.
The Nordic Goddess Ester
In April, the ancient Celtic and Nordic practice stays with us in the
celebration of Easter which is sourced from the Goddess Ester. This
Nordic Goddess represented fertility (Easter Eggs) and the fecundity of
the earth to provide sustenance.
Celebrate April! Buy some fresh flowers for your home and garden, take
extra deep breaths of that lovely fresh, spring air and the earth
stirring to life. Be present and re-energize.
Tarot by Kathleen
Tarot by Kathleen (Canada)
Best Psychic in Canada
Phone in Victoria
that Kathleen told me in my tarot reading has come to pass. She is very
accurate. In one of my readings Kathleen said: ‘don’t sign any legal
documents tomorrow’. Thanks to Kathleen I was able to avoid making a big
mistake. She is one of the “real gifted” psychics! As well as being
very well read and up to date in her field. In fact, she’s probably
adding to that body of knowledge as we speak.”