Council Cards

By Anne Marie Bennett

Fire Dancer- Council Suit

Scpassion This is one of the first dozen cards I made and it is still very precious to me.  I made it intuitively, completely unaware of what the voice of the card was saying to me…. Now I know!  Here is my full interpretation of this SoulCollageĀ® card.

Who are you? I am the one who lifts her arms to Spirit.  I am the one who moves and dances her gratitude.  I am the one with passion and fire for my life, my love, my heart, my wholeness.  I am the one who sings under the moon.  I am Fire Dancer.  I am the passion within you.  I am bright and burning and hot.  I am the one who burns away the impurities in your life.  I am the one with reverence for Nature, Spirit, Fire, and Air.  I am the one who reminds you of your passion for the elements, your love of being outside, your innate love of Nature.  For your passions run deep- deeper even than this volcano’s molten lava.  Do not bury your passions, Dear One.  Bring them to the surface.  Let them simmer and burn through your body.  Feel and enjoy them.  Let your passions proclaim themselves to the world.  Rejoice in them for they are your greatest gift.  My passions- writing, words, collage, books, self-growth, spirituality, SoulCollageĀ®, music, color, Jeff, cats, theatre, dance, trees, ocean, art, friends, children, fiction, life, love, creating…

What do you want from me? I want you to let the passions burn through you. Breathe with them, give them air to breathe.          I want you to not be afraid of the passions that Spirit has given you. What do you have to give me? I give you passion, desire, and everything you need to keep them burning in your life.

Hermit- Council Suit

Schermit_1 When I first made this card, I had no idea what she represented. I only knew that every placement of every item felt absolutely “right” to me.Ā  It only became clear to me who she is after doing the interpretation that follows:

Who are you? I am the wild feathered one who dances in the forest alone.Ā  Ā I am the one who is at home in the woods.Ā  The trees are my friends.Ā  I am the one determined to remain alone in these woods, in my home in the trees.Ā  I find light and mystery and surprise in my alone-ness.Ā  I find my strength and passion in solitude.Ā  Behind the doors of my soul is where all of the answers lie, and these doors are accessed through solitude only.Ā  My freedom comes from being alone.Ā  I am free here in the wilderness of my Self, to dance and sing and be exactly who I am, to discover who I am, to revel in the beautiful mystery of my Soul’s expression.

What do you have to give me? I give you a deep yearning for solitude.Ā  I give you a wild imagination for soul-searching.Ā  I give you freedom.

What do you want from me? I want you to never be ashamed of your need for solitude.Ā  It is more than a passing need, it is an integral part of who you are.

Vulnerable Child- Council Card

Scvulnerable When I first made this card several months ago, I thought it was a Committee card, for the part of me who can be as vulnerable as a child. 

Then today I drew it in my daily reading and did my first interpretation with it, and discovered that it is a Council card, more like a Spirit Guide.  From what it “said” to me, it seemed to be bigger than just one of my inner parts. I love surprises like this!  There is so much wisdom and strength emanating from this card.  Here is my interpretation:

Who are you? I am the one who is soft like a baby, soft as an innocent baby rabbit, who tiptoes joyfully into your heart and gladly gives flowers and gifts to anyone who wants to receive.  I am the one who was present at the beginning of the universe.  I am the one who knows it is okay to be vulnerable, open to the vastness of feelings that the universe offers.  I am the one who knows it is completely and utterly okay to give (everything), and to love (fully) with the innocence of a child.

What do you have to give me? I give you the gift of vulnerability, for it is indeed a gift to be open and pure in your feelings.  It is a gift to open yourself and reveal your innermost soul to the universe.  I give you the pure emotions of pain and heartache and grief, for sometimes these come as a result of loving so purely and so fiercely.  But I also give you the emotions of joy and tenderness and love, and I give you safety and acceptance too.  I also give you people you can be vulnerable with.

What do you want from me? I want you to let go of the safety rail and step out into the vast openness that comes to your soul when you choose to be vulnerable.  I want you to know that the only way to true safety and freedom is to take the risk to be truly vulnerable with others. What are you saying to me right now, today, about my life? When you love someone or something as deeply as you love Scooter (my cat who disappeared three weeks ago), you are opening yourself up to be in a soft, vulnerable place.  But this is a GOOD thing.  It is a good thing to be able to love like that.  Always a good thing.  Don’t hold back your love from others because you fear the pain that occurs when they are gone.  Never hold back your love.  Open to it.  Give it. Always.  No matter what.