Here's a deck that I apparently have not used on my blog as yet: The Mother's Wisdom Deck. This deck is one I purchased a while back and have only used a handful of times. I'm not sure why. Part of why is that the packaging is convoluted and it's hard to find the cards you are looking up in the book because it's in a really strange order and there are no number designations.
Even so, it is a very pretty and thoughtful deck, with long descriptions that paint stories. The deck is made by three women, one of which is a Waldorf instructor, which piqued my interest when I purchased it, due to my daughter entering a Waldorf-style charter school this fall. Of course there's also my nervousness, fear of being abandoned by my own daughter and other feelings.
Anyway. The two cards that I chose today were 'Deer' and 'Brigid'. When I saw them side by side it sounded like 'Dear Brigid...' which was amusing but not very decipherable. The colors of the cards were also very similar, earthy and warm with oranges and greens. It's interesting because when I pulled out this deck it was to consider giving it to my mother-in-law, a Virgo who also loves astrology and tarot. I give her decks on occasion that I don't use much. I was wondering if I should give it to her when I pulled the first card which is Deer.
This card immediately reminded me of her because of an association with Deer that my husband and I have assigned to her. My husband was doing an animal totem-finding exercise with her and the animal she was was Deer. He thinks she wanted a more fierce animal but that is the animal that sort of stuck and brought her to mind. That is the first thing I thought of when seeing this card! Is that a confirmation I should give her the deck? Perhaps...I have no idea. I have until September to figure it out so there's no rush, I reckon.
Of course, the other meaning to Deer is gentleness. Approaching things quiety, with comfort, not pushing too hard. I've been getting lots of 'Letting Go' cards from my oracle decks, so this fits in nicely with that. The use of too much force can be a problem for rams like me, even rams watered down with lots of Pisces. A lot can be accomplished with a gentle approach, something I hope to master before the end of my life! Gentle does not mean wimpy.
The card of Brigid reminds me of a Brigid necklace I used to wear--it said that she ruled home and hearth and artisans, and I thought it was a good one for me to invoke/wear. I forgot what happened to that necklace. I either lost it or gave it away, but I used to wear it on a near daily basis.
Here are some descriptions of Brigid from Goddess-Gift.com:
- Brigid, the 'Fire of the Hearth', was the goddess of fertility, family, childbirth and healing.
- Brigid, the '"Fire of the Forge', was like the Greek goddess Athena, a patroness of the crafts (especially weaving, embroidery, and metalsmithing), and a goddess who was concerned with justice and law and order.
- Brigid, the 'Fire of Inspiration', was the muse of poetry, song history and the protector of all cultural learning.
The book talks about Brigid as being a peacemaker, with peace being a key word. I find this interesting but not quite what I normally associate Brigid with. Of course I don't doubt this is helpful or relevant, but not what I expected to see. I find it interesting that the messages I received were of 'Gentleness' and 'Peace'--it sounds like I'm being encouraged to take things lightly, gently and slowly. There's a kind of earthy calm to this duo. Definitely not what a fire and water combo girl like me is accustomed to! But I can see how this would be beneficial to me.