Two more reversals – I’m batting 1,000 right now. Today’s cards show two different yet powerful deities – Brigid and Pluto. Of course it should make sense to me because both their energies are connected to the issue I’ve been exploring this week – healing old patterns and embracing healing and prosperity.
Looking at Imbolc I see Brigid kneeling at the waters edge adorned by her crown of lit candles. Her right hand is scooping water out of a cauldron while her left is pouring water into the pool in which her leg is dipped. A rabbit sits next to her and a sheep wanders in the field behind her. In the distance the sky is just beginning to show the gorgeous sky blue pink hues of morning.
As a powerful goddess of inspiration, healing and snithcraft, Brigid even managed to survive Christianity destruction of Pagan gods and beliefs. She transformed herself into St. Bridget – midwife to the Virgin Mary and foster mother to Jesus. Imbolc is sacred to her as well as a celebration of the returning of the milk to the sheep. It’s a time to rejoice in the fact that the earth is finally begin to awaken. There may still be snow on the ground but beneath this wintry blanket the land is slowly coming back to life.
Pluto is the Roman god of the underworld and wealth. The companion book describes him as a surgeon that cuts away the dead tissue. I see him as something of an initiator too. He helps us face the darkness in ourselves so that we can move forward and bloom in new ways. Only by cutting away the dead flesh, burning the dead wood, can we see new growth. This card symbolizes those issues we know are looming ahead, the ones we keep trying to avoid but which eventually snare us.
In answer to my question, I think these cards are telling me that once I’ve healed myself from these past behavioral patterns and embrace abundance and prosperity, I can help others deal with similar issues. This is a journey for me and not one I expect to finish any time soon. It took me a long time to get this way so I anticipate it taking just as long to change those patterns. Along the way perhaps I can share my experiences with others suffering from these issues and offer some guidance. I don’t need to be the expert, simply the one who has gone before.