Hail Yule, my dears! Magical divinatrix Carrie Paris has created another casting sheet for the solstice called Solstice Dreams, and it’s marvelous. It’s about discovering what your elemental purpose is, and what distracts you from becoming that. I decided to print out the casting sheet and give it a go, and here are the results. Please do head over there and check it out!
Here’s the full casting:
We can see that there are charms or runes on the four suns of Body, Mind, Heart, and Spirit, and also on the snake’s body as She winds her way between them. I also drew a charm for the snake’s head, and then cards from the Tarot for the goddess watching over the whole process at the top and what’s holding onto the snake’s tail at the bottom. Photos of the cards in their positions are below.
Beginning with the Sun of the Body, we have the Bridge/Arch and the Ship. Great movement is happening, and passage through from one state to another. Bylgia, daughter of Ran the Norse goddess of the drowned and the Sea, is in her reversed state here. She is lethargic and lazy, and the energy is not present to move things forward. She will not let the Snake go because perhaps she couldn’t be bothered, or she is too deeply into a rut that she just hangs onto the Snake’s tail because that’s what she’s always done. We can learn from this that letting go, getting ourselves motivated and firing up the inner engines, will help in moving everything forward that we want. We must release in active participation with the process in order to receive. The Bridge is in place, the Ship is waiting to sail. All that is required of us now is to weigh anchor, let go, and sail.
Along the undulations of the Snake between the Body and Mind we see the Artist’s Palate, the rune Mannaz, and the Artist’s Talisman (the encircled crow). It is critical to not cut ourselves off from the community of our peers. During this time of year it is so easy to get overwhelmed by all the holiday madness, the rituals, the family events, that all we want at the end of it all is to go live in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude for a month just to calm back down to normal. Naturally, unless you people are hiding something from me, there is no Fortress of Solitude. These charms and the rune Mannaz remind us that there are communities out there who serve to invigorate us and bring us back to our Center, and we should not abandon those. Find your soul mates, your closest friends, the ones who love you no matter what and share your patterns of wacky identity, however that manifests for you. They are the ones who make you laugh no matter how grim you feel, the ones who share your light. You’ve got them; they’re there for you and for us all. Reach out to them when you’re down. Ask for help when you need help. Don’t try to carry all the weight of reality alone right now. (And by all the good gods, do NOT turn on the news any more than you can help it.)
The Sun of the Mind holds the Life Ring. We are our own worst enemy right now–or, rather, our potential for negative thought patterns is our own worst enemy. The thinking that got you into despair or distraction will not get you out of it, no matter how much you hope it will nor how many times you try to make it so. The message of the Life Ring is to hang on. Help is at hand, and a new way of thinking is just around the corner. This is emphasized by The Rider, that daredevil motorcyclist who is bringing messages of hope and new things to you and who is just around the corner. Hang on. Don’t lose hope.
Your heart is so guarded, my friends (or maybe that’s just me and mine, which is also true). The charms on the Sun of the Heart are the Axe and the Bullet Shell, indicating both wounding by an immediate shock (the Bullet Shell) and the long-term work required to get the walls down (the Axe). You have so much love to give, so much that the world needs from you, and you are to be commended for all the work you’ve done on yourself to get those walls back down. You’re doing it, and what’s more important, you’re doing it the best possible way. If you were trying to take a wall down and you used a wrecking ball, you’d destroy everything on both sides of the wall as well as the wall itself. If you used fire, you’d destroy the building as well as the wall. If you used a jackhammer, you’d do major damage to anything that accidentally got hit with it, not just the wall (how many times have we all gotten stopped in traffic because some municipal workers broke a water main or a gas main by using a jackhammer where and when they shouldn’t?). And don’t even get me started on the whole dynamite/C4 option to take out a wall. No, the Axe is the best way because it’s slow and steady. It builds muscle and allows you to see what you’re doing. You can stop and rest if you need to. And you can clear out the crumbling wall as you go, getting rid of debris and clearing the path for future work.
As we follow the Snake up between the Sun of the Heart and the Sun of the Spirit, we find the Noose and then the rune Uruz.
We must walk through Death to get to Spirit, to wisdom and an understanding of the movement of the Spirit. Now hold: this does NOT mean that you’re to go jump in front of a bus. PLEASE DON’T DO THAT. The death we’re talking about here is the death of previous ways of thinking, loving, and being. This death is a letting go of what may have previously been so precious to us that we couldn’t possibly even think of letting it go. We are being called to sacrifice those things to reach our higher purpose. The rune Uruz is the bull: strength, power, passion, and the relentless movement forward toward the ultimate goal. It is a rune of action and instinct, and for some of us a rune of Ancestors–a reminder that we come from an ancient line of driven people who are not afraid to do the work required to get where we need to go. If that’s you (and it probably is), dig in. Take a deep breath, and forge ahead. Do not be afraid of anything. Because look at the head of the snake: She has The Angel at her brow. Her purpose is sacred. She is a priestess of the holy realms, and She is guided by Divine Love. She speaks the languages of the gods, and they whisper to Her as She moves, carrying the parts of the sun forward in this cosmic dance.
You are holy. You are beloved. You are not alone. And you are meant to be doing your work for your own benefit and for the benefit of all beings.