Reading with the Bruegel Tarot by Diane Wilkes
The querent wanted to know how she could best use the energies of the Winter Solstice, so I used an elemental spread. The cards I received told me that she is especially attuned on a fire, water, and air level, as the cards were almost natural expressions of those energies.
1. How can the querent best use the energies of the Winter Solstice on a fire level (enthusiasm, spirit, passion, idealism): The Fool
This is a time in the querent's life when she is very energetic and excited about some new project or plan. This card indicates that the Winter Solstice is a time of taking chances, making a leap of faith. She should not be afraid of appearing "foolish" or not fitting in with others, but should instead follow her muse, take risks and leap into the unknown with abandon. The dog is a central character in this card, which makes me think that she should be interweaving her energies with her own (or other) animal spirits. This is a time of divine inspiration--if she will act on that inspiration.
2. How can the querent best use the energies of the Winter Solstice on a water level (emotions, psychic development, love): Two of Cups
Her partnership(s) are a source of strength and emotional richness. This is a time of sharing on a deep level, and being vulnerable and open. The aphorism for this card is "Love overcomes all difficulties" and indicates that the Winter Solstice holds opportunities for great emotional growth. The image is of a couple dancing in the snow (how perfect for the Winter Solstice!) and psychologists often talk about emotional interaction as a dance (The Dance of Anger, The Dance of Love, etc.). There may be some difficulties for the querent, but as long as she remains engaged and open (and dancing), she should have a lot to celebrate on the water-emotional plane.
3. How can the querent best use the energies of the Winter Solstice on a air level (intellect, psychological, communications): Knight of Swords
Again, we get a message of dynamism, energy, and movement in all three of these areas, as the Knight of Swords is traditionally a mover and a shaker. This version is a bit more immobile; the Knight sits on his horse holding a large quill. This makes me think that the Winter Solstice is a perfect time for the querent to work on writing and other Sword-like acts. Perhaps the winter is a time when the querent normally turns inward--writing would be a dynamic activity even if she remains in her home seated by the fire. This Knight wears a fur about his neck and carries an animal skin, which again makes me think of the querent working with animal energies or being very involved with her pets during this time. The quotation for this card is "Courage protects better than all of a coward's precautions." This suggests bravery--whether it is in facing some internal shadows or being vulnerable in her words, verbal and written.
4. How can the querent best use the energies of the Winter Solstice on an earth level (finances, the mundane world, physical): Justice
This is the one card that doesn't fit perfectly into the picture, and tells me that the querent may find earth level issues her most challenging at this time. This card urges discernment and fearlessness in approaching her problems. This image is an unusually active one for Justice--a woman holding sword and scales advances toward the crowds below. The querent needs to look at the physical issues she is facing at this time and stare them down--cut away what no longer serves her, even as she uses her mental abilities to be fair and just to herself and others.
As I mentioned earlier, all four cards are highly energetic and dynamic, so this Winter Solstice suggests a time of unusual vitality and action. There are powerful forces moving in her life, and if she engages them, she should have a successful and productive period.
You can read a review of the Bruegel Tarot deck here.
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