Today’s blog is based on a reading that I did for myself for Ellen Lorenzi-Prince’s “Tarot of the Crone” study group (http://firstname.lastname@example.org). The spread itself (The Power of Fear) was developed by Ellen specifically for use with this group, and her “Tarot of the Crone” deck, and is being shared here with her permission.
This is an incredible deck – the Crone has a voice that demands to be hear, and takes no prisoners! As often happens, this spread came into my life at a time when great change is going on … and fear is, at least for me, part of that change.
The Power of Fear Spread
1. In what way does fear betray me? Grandmother of Wands (Matriarch)
2. In what way does fear sharpen me? Sacrifice
And from the predator’s pov:
3. Where is the vulnerability in that which opposes me? Strength
4. What helps me take advantage of this vulnerability? Nine of Disks (Community)
Fear betrays me in that it blocks me from hearing the Goddess’s words, from connecting with my female community. Fear betrays me in that I feel no warmth from the council fire.
Fear sharpens me in that I feel it for others. In my writing, in my words, I can express the pain that I see and feel I took one look at this card, and absolutely fell apart. This is so where I am right now.
The vulnerability in that which opposes me is interesting. I love the figure sheathed within the snake – we are talking some transformation here! I am body, and I am spirit (from the book). The vulnerability is in the act of transformation, IMHO. I can transform, into something not recognized by that which opposes me.
How can I take advantage of this vulnerability? Through connection with community. Community will have my back as I transform. Interesting, since parts of community that I have been strongly tied to are falling away, by mutual agreement.
© February 2010 Bonnie Cehovet