Tomorrow, the five of us arrive at the venue for our much-anticipated spring intensive weekend – so we’re all busy packing and planning. My drum is ready to go, but I still need to pack my socks (which tells you a lot about my priorities.) The schedule is tight this week, but we didn’t want to leave you without our regular bi-weekly blog post. I thought I would put out a little seasonal offering.

Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere who follow an Earth-based seasonal calendar just celebrated the holiday of Beltane. The words that come to mind for me when I think of this holiday are lifeforce, ecstasy, and vitality. In my neck of the woods, there are flowering trees busting out all over the place, bulb flowers pushing through the ground after a long winter slumber, birds building nests and singing up a storm … there’s just so much activity happening right now. We’re not quite at the overflowing abundance of summer just yet, but we are definitely on our way – and the energy of the season certainly reflects that in the world around us.

I put together a simple Tarot spread to capture some of that energy. I’m calling it the “Emergence Spread” – and if you try it out, I’d love to hear how it worked for you!

Three cards in a rising column, starting with the base:

  1. What’s at the root? What has been waiting to emerge?
  2. What has pushed through the soil? What is visible now that wasn’t before? What now has the energy to rise?
  3. What is the blossom? What beauty is present? What is attracting attention?

Above the column and just off to the side — one card. What shines from above? What blessing, help, warmth, energy, etc., gives this question life?

And one of my favorite numerology tricks… add up the values of each of the cards. Court cards (Kings, Queens, Knights, Pages, Princes, Princesses, etc.) all count as zero. Add the digits of your result until you get a number lower than 22. (If the number is already lower than 22, then you’re done.) Find the major arcana card that matches that number — and that’s what the reading is really about. (Or at least there’s some significant information there that you may want to pay attention to.) If you get 22, then that’s the Fool. The Fool’s number is usually 0, but this is a way Tarot numerologists lets them play with the rest of the gang.

Blessings of the season to all of you, and we’ll see you on the other side of our event!


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