CRUEL WAS THE ASH TREE
TURNS NOT ASIDE A FOOT - BREADTH
STRAIGHT AT THE HEART RUNS HE.
The ash tree is a genus of trees of the olive family. The tree is known for its speed of growth. Its element is air. The ash tree has special importance among those trees valued for magical properties. To damage an ash tree in any way will lead one to great exposure to dangers, loss or injury. The ash is never cut down. It is a protector. The wood is used in many wands and staffs for psychic strength and healing.
The tree properties may be utilized to study health, enhance magic, and the besom, the leaves, for prophetic dreams and prosperity. To sleep with a sprig of ash beneath one’s pillow, in their dreams they will see their true love. The ash leaves with the same number of divisions on each side are harbingers of good fortune and should be worn or carried about the person after cleansing, and say, “Even ash, I do thee pluck, hoping thus to meet good luck, if no good luck I get from thee, I shall wish thee on the tree.”
“The ash tree,is sacred to the Celts. It is known as the Father tree and symbolizes Gwydion in God form. Gwydion went through an emotional, spiritual, physical and mental re-birth as he matured and emerged through the metamorphosis an adult. An entire sequence of events was completed before Gwydion had a feeling for his chosen line of mastery. He had great potential in his youth, but it took the conditions of hardship and joy for him to grow and become a Great Wizard. It took years of experience to acquire the wisdom needed. His destiny unfolded at its own pace as he constantly moved toward the goal of his lifetime. As an adult he had a more complete understanding of the Laws of Nature. He understood the divine law of cause and effect must first be obeyed.
Through Gwydion’s past indiscretions he achieved wholeness. The Great Wizard, Gwydion, rendered his unique gifts and talents by service and sharing. As an adult he had respect for all. He was a saver, restorer and giver of life. He was a master of magic of all trees, flowers, herbs and other plants. Gwydion saved one of Arianrhod’s sons from his fate.
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The World card indicates that all is right; a guarantee that everything is moving according to an intended arrangement.
There is worldly knowledge and attainment that is after many tests and lessons past. The underlying meaning of the World Tarot card is there is a balance of elements or energies within self and outer circumstances. That destiny unfolds at its proper pace as the goals of the future unfold. It takes time for an entire sequence of events to be completed before one can master wholeness.
The nude figure center, surrounded by a wreath of leaves and who held in each hand a magic wand represents the final attainment of humans, the merging of the self-conscious with the subconscious and blending these two with the super-consciousness. It implies the state of cosmic consciousness, the end result where the Tarot cards will take you; the state of becoming - the steps of humanity in progress. At the World card there is a major element of happiness and wholeness.
The open air represents Spirit and a light mind; intuition, peace, life, an intuitive mind. The gray clouds in each corner of the card means, harmony and balance of opposites. The green wreath, nature’s regular course and the red crosses found at either end, through passion, desire and fiery action, one has overcome personality and transmutation of lower self into pure positive behavior.
The flying creatures in the center of the gray clouds are mental thoughts, telepathy and messengers. The symbols denote the four seasons and the four suits of the minor arcane cards, as well as the natural state of the elements, earth - salt, air - mercury, fire – sulphur, and water - ether. The eagle in the upper right hand side of the card is associated with Scorpio, the eighth sign of the Zodiac. It is the symbol of power, hope, sex, spiritual heights, aspirations and higher thought power. Element - water, generally indicates love and happiness. The cup which appears in all the cards of this suit expresses emotions.
The lion, the King of beasts, represents the fire sign, Leo. It is the all powerful subhuman force, passion and lower nature of man. Element - fire, indicates personal desire, ego and body action. The Wands shown in this suit are pictured with green leaves that suggest renewal of life. Energies used constructively or turned to opposition; a symbol of personal willpower.
The Bull’s head at the bottom left of the card is the sign of Taurus in astrology. It is designed to the suit of Pentacles to indicate they are all of the earth elements - preservation, inertia, and resurrection. As an Earth element, it is a symbol of concrete physical surrounding a five-pointed star, made of intersecting triangles. The upright pentacle represents humanity; a physical form of a human, a head, two arms, a body and two legs.
The human head in the upper left is the sign of Aquarius, element - air. Thoughts refer to the mind and spiritually, hopes and wishes. It symbolizes Higher Knowledge of human nature consciousness. The swords shown in this suit represent the tongue, communication and the mind, thought.
The key word of the World Tarot card is Cosmic Consciousness, Earth element - Sun, and is ruled by Saturn, the planet of reaping and sewing. A person’s past and present deeds decide their destiny in this life and lives yet to come. One receives rewards for passing through trials and tribulations. The World card signifies successful completion of a project, the end of one cycle or phase of life and the start of another and the wholeness of the psyche. There is a sense of well-being, fulfillment, peace and spiritual enlightenment.
When the World card is reversed in a Tarot reading one has a fear of change. The lessons of life have yet to be understood up to this point in one’s existence. There is difficulty in finishing something properly, success is blocked.
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