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Daily Draw: Special Reading for Imbolc: The Candle and The Well

Today is Imbolc, a sacred midwinter festival of fire and the stirrings of new life, a foreshadowing of Spring to come. In honor of Brigid, the Holy Mother of Ireland and great goddess of fire and water, today’s daily draw is “The Candle and the Well,” the light we carry before us in the darkness and the source of our creativity. Our Candle is the Five of Cups, a card of sorrow but also of moving on. The wisdom here is to keep moving forward no matter what emotional waves are crashing around you. You can’t see the tendrils of life weaving their tiny newborn way around you yet, and that’s ok. It’s a time of unknowing, uncertainty about the future, and unawareness of where we stand among gods and men. Nevertheless we’re called to keep moving. Record the sorrows (and the joys), and bring them out to be heard and acknowledged. Let yourself write a sad song or poem, or make drawings that symbolize the losses you’ve suffered in your life. The Well is the Knight of Pentacles, the slowest-moving of the Knights but the one who most fiercely works to get things done. Direct your energies toward solutions because you have a deep well of them. Use your creative passions to work out how to use your immense talents, and let those swords become plowshares because plowshares are much more useful right now. Dig deep, and don’t give up. Listen for the voice of Brigid on the wind; She’s whispering power words to help you heal, prepare, and thrive.

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Daily Draw: 9 of Coins (The Nine Maidens of the Mill)

Today’s draw is about doing your work with focus and industry and doing it well, for your own good and for the good of others. You and I are parts in a larger machine, and while it may not always seem like it, we are all, every one, indispensable in our workings in the great web. The world needs what you bring, even if what you bring is only breathing and getting through a rough day alive. You don’t know how your words and actions inspire others (they do), and what it enables them to do with their lives (a lot), and you may never know. So don’t worry about it and focus forward on your own life: in the Northern Hemisphere it’s time for spring cleaning, so get to it! Sweep out those cobwebs, clear the dust, get rid of what no longer serves you–it might be of use to others, so donate where you can and recycle the rest. Don’t be afraid to release what’s just sitting and taking up space. Let it go, and feel free to sing that Disney song while you do it if you must–but if you do, do it with joyful abandon. Breathe, clear, release, and refresh, and when you’re done tonight, even if you’ve only made a tiny dent, take a deep breath and release as much anxiety as you can with it. Do well, do good, and be kind, to others and to yourself.

9 Coins Maidens of the Mill