I was able to do my divinations today. I did a series of three card readings using the Brady Tarot, a Rider-Waite variant that uses more nature imagery. All the pictures are woodcuts and all the pictured people are animals. Quotations are taken from the accompanying book.
Question 1: What is the most important consideration for offering land healing related to the Hanford nuclear site?
1: Father of Arrows (equivalent to King of Swords): Cold and hyper-intellectual, the starkness of the image makes me think of the site itself, all brutal concrete. A warning against this way of thinking.
2: Strength: A fierce mother grizzly with a rattlesnake making a lemniscate around her ankles in a landscape similar to Eastern WA. “Inner character harmonizes what could be dangerous.”
3: 8 of Horns/Departure (equivalent to 8 of Cups): Two rivers flow to where a dragonfly molts. I think this card shows that our efforts should be focused on the impact of waterways and maybe specifically on reproduction and development.
I take the Father of Arrows to show the mindset that produced the problem. Strength shows the danger and risk of the situation but offers hope for harmonizing it through our own inner strength and character. 8 Horns makes clear that waterways should be the focus.
Question 2: Containment vs raising energy. What are the results if we focus our working on containing or limiting damage versus if we raise energy to offer the land for active healing? Third card is underlying considerations.
Containment: The Hanged One. A mother opossum hangs by her tail above a river with a halo of fireflies. “Surrender, vulnerability, openness. Through attachment to the forest, she avoids being swept away.”
Raising energy: The High Priestess. I wasn’t sure what to make of this card.
Underlying issue: 1 Arrows/Truth (equivalent to Ace of Wands). There might be something I’m missing, or this isn’t the right question.
Question 3: Mycelial networks and mycoremediation have come up in our disussions. What are the outcomes if we focus our efforts on this path?
1: Scarcity/5 Roots (equivalent of 5 of Pentacles): This depicts a family of starving moose.
2: Justice: This is very similar to the Father of Arrows card with a turkey vulture holding an arrow.
3: Mother of Arrows.
This spread recalls the Father of Arrows card in the bleakness of the scenes and the recurrence of the turkey vulture. I think it’s saying we’re still too focused on the problem, too narrow.
Question 4: I took a different tack here and simply asked “What kind of help do the affected waterways want?”
1: 4 Arrows/Withdrawal (equivalent to 4 of Swords): Don’t rush in, take time for inner work.
2: 3 Arrows/Mourning (equivalent to 3 of Swords): Shared sadness. The card depicts blue jays holding a funeral for one of their number who was shot with an arrow.
3: Daughter of Arrows: “A need to gain a wider perspective by rising above a situation or keeping distant.”
I had not expected this response. Maybe the only thing to do is hold space for the pain at this stage. I would read this as a signal not to do the working at all except that the initial reading indicated to focus on the waters. I think that for myself, I will organize my ritual as a funeral or memorial for what has been lost. This last reading was by far the most coherent and it struck me deeply.
Unfortunately I did not get a picture of this one. These are the Arrows cards from the artist’s site.
After reading the divination results everyone has posted, I think this might be a site we need to return to annually as we continue with these land healing projects.