Beltane is one of the ancient festivals that has managed to hang on in modern consciousness via a variety of little traditions – In Scotland, for example, girls will have been nipping outside to wash their faces in the morning dew. I did that this morning, but it was mainly rain, I think!
This is a big Fire Festival and also associated with The Great Rite – fire and creation – fabulous combination!!
So I dreamed up a little spread that you might find useful:
The Beltane Spread
First of all, split your deck into the three Arcana: Majors, Minors, Courts.
Card 1: (drawn from the Major Arcana) – Where am I burning to create?
Card 2: (drawn from the Court Arcana) – Whose energies will help me make this creation possible?
Card 3: (drawn from the Minor Arcana) – How I make it happen?
Here are my cards, to help you along!
The Moon – Princess of Wands – 4 Pentacles
Card 1: Where am I burning to create?
The Moon here tells me that I burn to create something very imaginative, something that makes people think of familiar things in a new light. But which ideas have got legs and which are destined to remain in my imagination?!
Card 2: Who helps me?
The Princess of Wands offers me her mindset: Worry less and just bloody well get started on something – make a beginning, make an ACTIVE and PASSIONATE beginning and offer up a light in the darkness.
Card 3: How do I make it happen?
The 4 of Pentacles – golly, what a tricky card to receive in this position! I associate the 4 of Pentacles with focussing (wrongly) on money, but in the image on the Norse, we see someone who is making all necessary preparations for a journey – directing the hoisting the sail. But the cargo is still on the pier! I think that this card is warning me against placing my focus on ‘getting organised to go’. Procrastination is my deadly enemy! I will be drawn to making sure that I have EVERYTHING I need to get going…. and not actually GO 😀
How does this spread work for you today? I’d love to hear your own cards and input into my own reading too!