The 9 of Water shows the Lady of the Lake, she who gave Excalibur to King Arthur, beguiled Merlin and reared Lancelot du Lac. She is both of the water and above the water. Ellen describes her as the British Goddess of the Quest. She is a key figure in many versions of the Arthurian legend and in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon the Lady of the Lake is a title born by the leading priestess who keeps the old ways at Avalon.
The Lady of the Lake may grant our heart’s desire but there is often a price that must be paid in return – a gift calls for a gift. She is mysterious and in some ways beyond our understanding because she is not human. She is fae, otherworldly and her priorities are not our own. That does not mean she is to be feared but her power must be respected. If we make a vow to her, it must be kept.
She is reversed for me which suggests that the vow I must keep is one I made to myself. She is reminding me that the essence of my heart’s desire need to water my own heart. How often we put ourselves out to help other achieve their dreams or hearts’ desires while we ignore our own. It is so easy to put aside our dreams and desires because we aren’t important. Why do we do this to ourselves? I’m not sure but I’m certainly as guilty of it as many others (especially women)
Strength reversed reinforces her message of a few days ago – inner strength can become a trap when it prevents us from admitting we need assistance or can’t do something alone. Even the wildest nature sometimes needs a harbor from the storm and might benefit from a helping hand. I know I’m strong enough to endure whatever life tosses my way but who wants to endure? I want to thrive and live my life to the fullest. Perhaps that’s only truly possibly when one can admit no matter how strong we are, everyone can use support, sympathy and guidance.
Looking at the image of Somavila on this card I was struck by how pert she looks standing with her hands on her hips behind a large bear. She is unafraid and even seem amused that we might fear the bear. She knows its heart and is confident it will not harm her. Perhaps she reminds me that knowing what is in my own heart will not harm me either.
The combined forces of these two ladies tell me that I need to work on keeping vows I made to myself. They are important and vital to maintaining my wild, succulent juiciness (yes I’m a SARK fan). I need to embrace those vows and let them help transform my life from one of endurance to one of exuberance. They also remind me that even the greatest legendary heroes and heroines had help on their journeys. There is no shame in seeking aid and guidance. The shame is not availing yourself of what is available because of a false sense of pride.