Yule Tarot: The dark, the light, the gift and the muse.

Yule Tarot for the Artist and the Muse using The Wooden Tarot

For those of us living in the Southern Hemisphere this Wednesday is Yule (Litha for those living in the Northern hemisphere.)

Yule marks the longest night and shortest day and is the time when mid-winter celebrations are held. These celebrations usually center on welcoming back the light, abundance, generosity and giving thanks to those energies that have helped us through the dark. It is perhaps no surprise then that this is a fire festival, even though the Goddess is technically still in her dark phase.

Just like the wheel of the year and the cycle of life and death, the muse goes through periods of dark and light. Some people find their muse is innately connected with nature, some less so. An artist’s connection with their muse is a very personal thing. However, from my understanding and research there is a central muse energy that all other muses come from. Just like there is a central energy that all humans come from, or all trees come from, or all dogs come from. And in the end – we are all one. We are all stardust, as they say.

Probably the most famous depiction of the muse comes from the Greeks and their nine muses. However, the concept of the muse goes as far back in human history. Most cultures have some way of recognizing the muse. And whether you take this as literal (the muse being a separate spirit or entity you connect with to do your creative work) or archetypal (a symbolic way of understanding and speaking about your artistic inspiration) there are always ways of working on your relationship with your muse to help yourself and your muse, not to mention your art.

Yule is the longest dark of the year just before the wheel starts turning towards the light. The first big astrological shift to occur after Yule is the Super New Moon in Cancer. So having a look at the balance of light and dark around your muse and making plans for the coming year before these creative and emotional waters rise up and start flowing only makes sense.

Yule Tarot Spread for the Artist and their Muse.

 

  • What needs to be surrendered for the health of your art?
  • How can you increase artistic abundance?
  • How can you best share your artistic gifts with the world?
  • What wisdom can the shadow impart to deepen and enrich your art?
  • What light does my art bring to the world?
  • What is your muse calling on you to celebrate in yourself this coming year?
  • What energies are working through you this year?
  • What blessings does this year hold for you?
  • What is the best source of “fire” (inspiration) for your muse?
  • What does your muse want you to know?
  • What is the best gift you could offer your muse right now?

 

Yule Tarot Reading for the Artist and their Muse.

(As seen in the above photo)

 

  • What needs to be surrendered for the health of your art? Six of cups. Nostalgia. Holding on to old dreams or old ways of being.
  • How can you increase artistic abundance? Eight of Cups. Make sure you are creating for your own pleasure and benefit before anyone else.
  • How can you best share your artistic gifts with the world? Three of Cups. Celebrate yourself and your gifts. Make sure you’re sharing your accomplishments and not hiding under a bushel.
  • What wisdom can the shadow impart to deepen and enrich your art? Nine of Pentacles. As well as focusing on bringing beauty to the world, don’t be ashamed of needing beauty in your own world. No matter what your occupation, we all need a little sanctuary to retreat to. Don’t let shame or a belief in the ‘suffering artist’ myth hold back your personal bliss.
  • What light does my art bring to the world? The Star: Hope.
  • What is your muse calling on you to celebrate in yourself this coming year? Death: Change.
  • What energies are working through you this year? Strength: Wild compassion.
  • What blessings does this year hold for you? Ace of Pentacles: A new era of prosperity.
  • What is the best source of “fire” (inspiration) for your muse? Three of Swords: Turn your pain into art.
  • What does your muse want you to know? Two of Cups: You are loved.
  • What is the best gift you could offer your muse right now? The Devil: Free yourself from false ‘shoulds’ and addictions that you KNOW are blocking your creativity and energy levels. Also, don’t lean on the muse like you would an addiction, they need their freedom too.

 

As part of my Yuletide gift, I will be giving away three Yule Tarot readings (adjusted to Litha for Northern Hemisphere). As well as a free Yule Reading you will receive a spell jar for “Creative Inspiration and Abundance.” These jars are great to place in your studio or study. They help bust through creative blocks and nurture the relationship between you and your muse. All you have to do to enter the draw is repost this post with the hashtag #WeaverYule on either Facebook or Instagram and tag a friend! Winners will be drawn and notified on the New Moon: 24/6/2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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