I woke today to the phrase “Always coming home”, title of a novel by Ursula Le Guin. I looked it up but could not find why it had come to me. But I thought about how we nearly always are coming or staying home at Christmas, a time of family gatherings, sometimes even of reconciliation.
My thoughts went on to what home (ideally) means: the place where we are known, where we find our close relations, where we feel comfortable and secure.
Wishing you all a warm, secure and festive end-of- the year days at wherever true home is for you, I share the 9-dragon wall with the Starlight Dragon. In Chinese imperial culture 9-dragon walls (which could include many more dragons) were used to close off palaces for privacy. But through the number
nine they were also linked with well-being, especially longevity. The 9-Dragon walls showed dragons in a row, I have developed a specific layout for the Starlight Dragon.
While shuffling the cards, we focus on what is home for us and how we wish to come home this year.
After shuffling he cards, we take out the bottom card and without looking at the picture, we put it aside, Then we take 8 cards from the top and play out 3 in the top row, 2 in the next, 1in the next, then we complete the one with 2 more cards below, then we take the original bottom card, turn it face up and complete the lower square. This card sums up the reading and we honour the imperial Chinese tradition, in which the emperor and other very highly placed persons wore garments with 9 dragons, at least on of which would remain hidden.
From the elemental rings and the colours of the cards we see at a glance that the top row and the left diagonal run from cold/cutting/difficult to harmonious/emotional/warm, even fiery in the case of the top row. We hope and expect to leave the bustle and struggle, the need permanently move forward behind (10 and Knight of Swords), to open up to our emotions, and feeling homely (Ace of Cups, Queen of Cups).Similarly, the top first cards:: to leave the 10Sw, the struggling and overthinking and let go into the balanced 4 of Cups, which even hints at the solemnity of the festive season.The third card even intimates the lively fire of a fireplace and the star form of Christmas cookies. The five here is not the challenge it usually is, but the break from the straining everyday routines, but also the inner space for the reassertion of what is truly important for us (5 Wands), this carries over in the Fool, which might incite in us the confidence for a new adventure to be undertaken in the New Year. The Ace of Cups, the centre card of the spread gives the nourishment of our intuition to these new ventures and mediates the flow into the the 7 Wands: we should stand up for ourselves with these new initiative and not allow ourselves to be distracted. Justice sums it up: this is a very good balance dragon wall, auspicious for our year end celebrations and to think about the coming year. The earth element is missing, though. Only in the (near?) future we will start to worry on how to make real that which we now experience as a new spark of inspiration springing from our rest and turning towards our intuition and deep-felt affection for those close to us.
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