Well, here we are, I finally did it! The final 3 cards in this 31 day *ahem* challenge.
Day 29 – Featuring a building: Aine – The two cards with the most prominent building structures are Kigfa and Etain, but as those cards have already been featured here I thought it would be better to showcase yet another one of this deck’s beautiful cards. In Aine’s card we see a scene reminiscent of the death of King Arthur, where a sacred lord is passing into the otherworld attended by a Fae woman in an Avalon-like scene by the trunk of an apple tree with Glastonbury tour high on a hill in the background.
Day 30 – New beginnings: Flidais – Associated with The Hermit in tarot, this card is all about unlocking secrets and mysteries. The beautiful woman, both winged and fawn like peeks into a small chest emanating a sparkling light. Her tentative approach in the slow opening of this chest gives me the feeling of some bright yet delicate new discovery, the sort of revelation that illuminates hidden knowledge and changes one’s outlook and perspectives forever.
Day 31 – Featuring love: Penarddun – This stunning card shows us the beautiful couple Penarddun, a goddess of the sky, love and motherhood, and her beloved, the god Llyr, who rules over the sea, darkness and death. Together they represent the divine alchemy of reconciling the opposing energies of the world in love and harmony.
Final thoughts – Despite the delays and completely obliterating the idea of a one-month challenge, I have really enjoyed this exercise and feel it has inspired a deeper connection with the deck. I mentioned at the beginning of this series that while I loved the imagery I was a bit lost and overwhelmed in how to actually use it because of the multiple applications suggested in the guidebook – a tarot deck, oracle, spell book and so much more.
During this time I have had the chance to do a few readings with the cards and have found them pretty phenomenal. I discovered that I connect with it best if I draw the cards text side up for the initial interpretation and reading rather than image side up, then turn over the cards to explore the pictures for any extra signals or imagery that pops up to inform the meanings and connections the words have already built. This approach may change over time, but for now it is the one that gives me the best overview of the overall situation I’m reading on.
I must admit, I am still not sold on the “faery runes”, for example three of the ‘runes’ are just different versions of the same rune in the original traditions, but I think for those who don’t already have a basis in the Elder/Younger Futhark or Anglo Saxon runes, they add a nice touch for spell casting and the making of talismans.