Council Cards

By Anne Marie Bennett

Prosperity- Council Suit

Scprosperity_1 I held onto these images for months and months before I finally gave myself permission to make this card. Then I finally worked with it a few weeks ago when it appeared in my daily reading.  This is a whole new world for me to explore and discover!

Who are you? I am the one holding the cornucopia of abundance.  I am the one who pours this financial abundance over your life and into your world.  I am the one who helps you create your own abundance.  I am your Guide from Beyond who indulges and graces you with financial wealth beyond your dreams. What do you have to give me? I give you financial wealth, success, and abundant prosperity.  I give you a never-ending supply of exactly what you need.  I give you everything you need to make your dreams come true. What do you want from me? I want you to acknowledge me, to let me into your life on a regular basis.  I want you to say thank you to me for providing financial freedom and abundance to you.  I want you to acknowledge your potential for abundant wealth and financial prosperity.  I want you to open your arms, your life, your bank accounts, to my presence.  I want you to believe that you are worthy of financial success and abundance.

Beauty- Council Suit

Scbeauty I made this card totally intuitively several months ago, not knowing what it was about. You might look at it and think it’s about gardening, but I knew it wasn’t that because I don’t have a green thumb!

When I did the interpretation below, I discovered that the essence of this card was Beauty, which I now see has always been a theme in my life.Ā  I have always been focused on the concept of Inner Beauty, and I have always loved having beautiful things around me.Ā  After sharing this card with a friend, she pointed out that author Geneen Roth writes about feeding on beauty… that sometimes when we want to eat but aren’t hungry for food, what we’re really hungry for is beauty.Ā  I love this!!!Ā  It is so true for me.

Who are you? I am the one who is full of light and color and beauty.Ā  I am the one who is so pleased with myself, who is satisfied completely with how I look and who I am and the gifts I have to offer.Ā  I am the one who cultivates beauty in my life, and who shares this beauty with others gladly, willingly, joyfully.

What do you have to give me? I give you flowers and sweet-scented candles and light and an abundance of colors.Ā  I give you beauty.Ā  I give you beautiful things.Ā  I give you an awareness of beauty all around you and inside of you.

What do you want from me? I want you to notice beauty- in the world, in yourself, in the people who surround you.Ā  I want you to be dazzled by the world’s beauty.

Notes from days when this card showed up in my Daily Reading:

March 25, 2006- I am the one who isn’t afraid to look people in the eye.Ā  I am the one who isn’t afraid to be who I am.Ā  I am the one who is full of beauty and joy and grace.Ā  What I say to you today is this- look around you and notice the beauty in the people who cross your path today, known and unknown.Ā  Look beyond faces and bodies, to the beauty in their souls.

April 14, 2006- I am the one who sees beauty in my soul, and in your soul.Ā  I say to you today: reach inside yourself for your gorgeous, sensual, bright beauty.Ā  It is yours.Ā  Choose beauty today.Ā  Choose to see it, claim it, own it.

Creator- Council Suit

Sccreate This is one of the first cards I created.  Creativity has been a huge theme in my life since I was a little girl, so the Creator Archetype is a card I knew I needed in the Council Suit of my deck right away!

Who are you? I am the one who is eternally creating. I am the one who creates life and color and imaginary worlds and silences and life and love and art.  I am the one who creates color and stillness, just by lifting my arms.  I am the one who dances the eternal dance of creation.  I am the one who dizzies myself with the spinning, wild beauty of making everything new. What do you have to give me? I give you beauty and passion, a fulfilling excitement to create in your own life: books, stories, art, messages, meanings, websites, e-books, workshops, retreats, love letters, relationships….. your own life.  I give you the power, the passion, the instinctive nature to create.  I give you abundant ideas. What do you want from me? I want you to continue to create, to continue to follow your inner passions that lead you to make art and stories and websites….etc. How will I remember what you have said to me today? When you see rainbows anywhere.  When you see brightly colored things- fabric, clothing, paper, art.  When you feel the urge to make something new.

Divine Mothers- Council Suit

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I made this first Divine Mother card a month or two into my SoulCollageĀ® journey. 

Who are you? I am the one who first gave birth.  I am the one who holds all mothers in my arms and all children as well.  I am the one who sees and knows and is sure of her decisions.  I am the one who blesses your womb whether or not is has borne children.  I am the one who shelters and protects the children, ALL children.  I am the one who helps you to give birth to ideas, dreams, books,websites, relationships…. anything that is created from the seeds I plant within you.  I am the one who mothers your inner mother, who parents you and her with wisdom and tenderness and love.

What do you have to give me? I give you the power and will to give birth to your dreams.  I give you abundant, never-ending, unconditional love. What do you want from me? I want you to know that giving birth doesn’t always mean giving physical birth to children.  It also means giving birth to that which is inside of you.  It also means opening yourself up wide and letting your authenticity out into the world. I want you to give birth to your dreams. I will help you to do this. And I want you to mother yourself and your Inner Family/Tribe with tenderness and compassion and faith. Divine Mother- Unconditional Love About a year after making the first Divine Mother card, I was sifting through images at one of my workshops, and discovered the central image in this card here.Scmother01_1 It called my name so loud and clear, that I had to smile (and I grabbed it, of course!).  Shortly after that, I created this card, and deeply curious, did the interpretation that you see below.  As I was writing, it became clear to me that this was another Divine Mother card.  At first I was a little dubious about having TWO Divine Mother cards, but then I realized…. WHY NOT???  This is a very powerful archetype for me on many levels, so why not have two cards to express two different aspects of her? Who are you? I am the one who shields you, who protects you from danger and harm.  I am the one who loves you unconditionally and always, no matter what.  I am the one who knows you like no other ever has or ever will.  I am the one who protects you with nothing but my own two hands.  I am the one whose face is hidden but whose hands show all.  I am the one who is your shelter, your comfort, your lean-to.  I am the one who is always waiting for you to come to me.  I am the one who is blessing you with my hands and my heart.  I am the one who sees the seeds of beautiful flowers inside of you and who does everything in my power to bring them to blossom in your soul.  I am the one who knows you completely.  I am the one who makes self-acceptance possible.  Because I accept you exactly as you are, you are better able to do the same.

What do you have to give me? I give you unconditional love.  I give you flowers in your heart and soul.  I give you protection and strength, a place to come home to.  I give you nurturing and sustenance and shelter from life’s storms.  I give you acceptance and love, no matter what. What do you want from me? I want you to come to me, often.  I want you to open to my love for you, to believe it, to accept it, to receive it fully.  My love makes the biggest difference in your life, but you have to receive it, you have to come to me to get it, you have to allow it in, you have to believe that you deserve it.

Divine Child- Council Suit

Scdivinechild This is one of the first cards I made and it showed up today in my Daily Reading.  Especially pertinent to me right now because I am focusing a lot of emotional and spiritual energy on helping myself remain Present (more conscious) in each moment.  I believe that this archetype (and Julianna is a Spirit Guide for me as well) supplies me with the energy to stay Present, among other things. Who are you? I am the one who was the first child created.  I am the essence of your childlikeness.  I am made of stars and wishes and flowers and dreams.  I am the original Child of the Universe.  The universe, and your soul, are my home.  My name is Julianna, and I am with you always.  I am the one who nudges you to play, to stretch, to move, to laugh, to create, to grow, to dream, to simply be.  I am the one who allows myself to be held in the arms of The Great Mother. What do you have to give me? I give you a heart that is full of delight and wonder and noticing in each and every moment.  I give you the ability to forget agendas and schedules and to be in the moment, this moment.  I give you a sacred release from time constraints.  I give you the power and the desire to create, to dream, to play, to laugh, to give freely.  I give you the desire and the ability to let yourself be held and loved fully in the arms of the Divine Mother.

What do you want from me? I want you to be still every day, spend time with yourself in nature every week.  I want you to relax, to let go of worries and your anxieties, and to simply enjoy what your life holds, all that it holds.I want you to stop and smell the flowers.  I want you to experience Joy in its fullest blossoming every moment, every day. How will I remember what you have taught me? When you see the stars at night, you will remember that you too are a child of the universe and you will feel my presence in your heart.  When you hear a child’s laughter you will remember that laughter is my Divine Gift to you.  When you are in a hurry and you see something beautiful or funny, or delightful, you will remember that placein your heart that holds me.