Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Is this someone you'd want to mess with? Lady of the Lake

In Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon, which this deck is loosely based on, The Lady of the Lake is the high priestess of Avalon, and she and her priestesses can part the mists to enter Avalon. Not everyone can do this -- in the book, it takes diligent development of natural gifts to learn to do it.

Wisdom of Avalon Oracle (Baron-Reid 2007) doesn't play on that aspect of Lady of the Lake so much. Today's card hearkens more to the Lady of the Lake from Arthurian legends, and the meaning given to the card is very much like the tarot Queen of Swords:

'She is the harsher element of truth, where denial is swept away by a tidal wave of events...serious business is at stake. The Lady reminds you of your personal responsibility in shaping your reality and its consequences. Seek the sword of truth within yourself and great success will be yours.'

This reminds me of something I read recently: 'Be who you are. People don't have to like you, but you don't have to care.'

If you are responsible for shaping your reality, why in the world would you want to shape it to conform to someone else's specifications? Would you want to wear shoes custom-made for someone else's feet? Dentures formed to someone else's mouth? Noooooo! So why would you even consider shaping your life to fit someone else's mold? Because they frowned at you? Because they made a comment to you online? Ha! No way, no how -- don't do it.

Look at the key words to this card: Absolute Truth, Courage, Self-Respect, Responsibility. Look at the Lady of the Lake -- sheer power and independence. She rises from the waters of the depths of her inner knowing, wielding the sword of her intellect, and she is ready to face whatever confronts her as she surfaces. This is you!

7 comments:

  1. A very empowering post Carla! I like it a lot :D
    I've always been a queen of Swords supporter. This lady is still connected to her emotions and intuition, something you don't see in the Queen of Swords cards but might be still there

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    1. It definitely is there in the Queen of Swords. She doesn't make a song and dance of it like some of the other tarot queens, and she knows when to listen to it and when not. :)

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  2. Enjoyed this post, do you have the arthurian tarot? it's beautiful.

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    1. I have the Legend:Arthurian, Arthurian Tarot by John and Caitlin Matthews, and Grail Tarot: A Templar's Vision. Plus Camelot Oracle. :) I like my Arthurian stuff. :)

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  3. Tee hee, she's like a hyped up Queen of Swords, shedding emotion through the power of her intellect :)

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