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“I apologize for my tardiness,” Avril said. “I hoped to get here in time to help prepare the room for the holiday season." She sat cozily beside Hailey in front of the bright fire and thawed. Orange and red flames leaped upward as it devoured the wood.
Hailey tipped her head toward Avril. “We’re fine. We worked together to clear the autumn decoration, dust the candles, as well as the elemental tools.”
“I made sure the Yule altar was adorned with three acorns to increase our magic,” Corena said, smiling.
Priestess Angelica clapped her hands together three times and silence fell upon the room. The Priestess entered. Her face showed her amazement at how the room had been transformed for the Sabbat Yule. “A job well done,” she said, praising the maidens. “Please find a cozy place to sit for today’s lesson.” Angelica lit the altar candles, the incense, and then the humanitarian candle. The scent of the vanilla candle and incense was strong.
“Yes Priestess,” she said, rising to her feet. “I’ll get them.”
Courtney pulled out Avril’s grimoire and handed it to her. Avril held her unblemished book in her hands. The smell from the black leather cover was delightful. The upright gold pentacle embedded dazzled.
“Please open your grimoire to the twelfth month, November 25 – December 23, the Elder Tree,” the Priestess told the maidens.
The maidens opened their magickal book to their notes and listened silently.
The Priestess glanced from maiden to maiden. “The Elder is masculine, element earth. In spell work, the elder can add its energy to live and prosper under any conditions,” she said. “The properties can be utilized to recover from natural and unnatural damage with equal ease. In the Battle of the Trees, the Cad Gaddeu, the Elder is ranked as a shrub whose personality is both intelligence and unfortunate. The tree symbolizes Second Sight and the unexpected.
WITH THE ELDER SLOW TO BURN
AMID FIRES THAT SINGE.’
“In God form, the Elder tree represents Morrigan, a Mighty Queen, viewed as the Death aspect of the Triple Goddess. The Morrigan is one of the three war goddesses, the other two being Newman and Mach, in Irish mythology. Morrigan protected the little people of the Tuatha de Danaan, the Fairies. The Morrigan fell in love with Cuchulain but was rejected by him.”
Angelica stopped talking and faced Cortney, “To test your knowledge, which tree symbolized Cuchulain?”
Cortney, her eyes on the Priestess cleared her throat. “The Holly tree,” she replied.
The Priestess asked, “In the Tarot deck, which card represented the Holly tree -Cuchulain?”
“The Chariot,” Cortney quickly answered. “It symbolized establishing balance with the control of willpower. There is movement and physical strength and the ability to direct energy in an even flow.”
The Priestess traveled the room. “By now,” Angelica said, "each of you should have the images and symbol definitions of every Tarot card embedded in your minds.” She looked at Shanna. “Please describe the picture-symbols on the Tarot card, the Hanged Man, beginning at the top, at the crossbar.”
Shanna shifted toward the Priestess. She closed her eyes and thought for a moment. Picture-symbols appeared in her head. “The crossbar denotes earthbound and completion,” she said. “The green leaves on either end of the living wood, the situation is not dead, just inactive before the growth. The Hanged Man is inverted upon the Tree of Life to which she is tied by a rope. The legs are crossed as an upside-down number four to represent involvement in the material world. Her hands are behind her back which indicates a time to do nothing. The head is pointed toward the ground to show concern with Earth on a spiritual level. The yellow glow that surrounds the head symbolizes knowledge, communication, and reasoning. Her face is one of deep enchantment, not suffering. The blue shirt worn symbolizes one’s intuition, peace, life, understanding and attainment. The red pants, one’s desire, passion, action and vitality. The gray background says there’s harmony in the balance of opposites.” Shanna opened her eyes slowly and looked at the Priestess for approval of her description.
“Very good,” said the Priestess. She turned toward Hanna. “How would you interpret the Hanged Man if the Tarot card came up in a reading?”
Hanna looked down at her grimoire laying open. She read from her notes. “The Hanged Man signifies that one needs to prepare to make some sort of sacrifice in life to achieve something that is of great value.”
Priestess Angelica paused beside the altar and asked, “Cortney, what is the influence of the Hanged Man tarot card?”
Cortney looked at her hand-written notes. She didn’t look up; she went on reading across the page of her grimoire. “In other interpretations, change comes in its own time and cannot be rushed by personal ego or time lines,” she explained. “The Hanged-man is a moment of limbo which will presage, reverse or change. This is when one should not worry or try to shape the future to their liking by interfering in the present situation. Live for the moment and view the situation exactly as it is, let it be and allow events to develop.
Angelica nodded her head in agreement. “Hailey, would you give your own version of the tarot card?”
Hailey didn’t answer at first. She was thinking, looking over the words in her magick book. She raised her head from the page. “The chief message of this card is to pause and release the struggle for instant gratification,” she replied. “This is not a time of action but contemplation is called for. The patterns of thought and the dissolution of former thoughts leads to growth. One’s thoughts are to the well-being of others. They likely are turned upside down as the spiritual descends on one’s emotional level and allows a thought to incubate before acting on it. By doing so, one sacrifices their negative thought patterns. The pause in one’s life, the suspended decisions, the surrender would lead to the transformation of one’s personality. The voluntary sacrifice is for the greater good. There is a gradual change in the direction of one’s life. To evolve, the process of withdrawal is necessary. The sacrifice is everything. It leads one to their heart and soothes out difficulties for a better life."
The Priestess exchanged a glance with Hailey. "Humans are very adaptable and need a break to regenerate themselves,” she said.
There was a knock on the door. The Priestess glanced over, and noticed the kitchen wise woman’s helper dressed in a loose black dress and apron stood on the threshold. “Merry meet, how may I be of service?”
“I apologize for interrupting the lecture," the kitchen helper told Angelica. "There is a weather advisory of an ice storm. Ceserea has decided that lessons should be cut short so everyone could return home before the storm hits.”
“And so it is,” The Priestess agreed.
The kitchen helper bowed, turned and walked away.
“Cortney, would you retrieve all the grimoires?”
“All right,” she said. She rose to pick up the magick books.
Hailey headed toward the door, the other maidens followed from behind. She stopped short of the attic entrance. She grabbed her winter cape. “This has been the most peaceful lesson to date,” she said, tossing her cape over her shoulders. “You know why? “Because there was no Lilith.”
Avril joined her at the entrance. “Lilith can be tricky,” she said, knowing her sister-friend spoke the truth. “Bad witch…bad friend.”
Corena walked to the door and stopped. “There is always a trick unfolding with her,” she said, pulling the door open.
Hailey stepped into the hallway. “She uses every trick in the book!”
“I’ll tell you something else, Marley just drifts along with her whims,” Cortney said, heading for the stairs. “Marley is in on what’s going on.”
Corena stepped outside the attic door. “They trick people for their own gain,” she said shaking her head with disgust and kept moving down the stairs.