Today’s card is Nature, number Eleven of the Major Arcana. This card is also known as Justice in the more traditional tarot decks. The Major Arcana shows us the various phases, or lessons if you will, of the spiritual journey. While some my attempt to skip the individual steps of this journey, there is a natural progression from The Fool, who represents innocence, naivety, and the beginning of a matter, to Oneness (The World) when one realizes that they are an integral part of all living things in the Universe and that we are all linked by Spirit. In the case of the Shapeshifter deck, there will be 81 cards rather than 78; the creators of this deck have added three additional cards that have significance in the Gwyddonic Druid Tradition which they practice. Note that moving through the phases of the Major Arcana doesn’t complete your journey. The concepts continue to present themselves to you at ever deeper levels as they spiral in and out of your journey.
This card features the keywords Balance, Polarity, and Clarity and pictures a man and woman in balance to each other, looking much like the Yin Yang of Eastern spiritual traditions. This signifies the balance of male and female energies. In this image, the hare-woman (Goddess) is mating/merging with her Divine Consort (God). Like the rabbit that she is becoming, the woman embodies the swiftness of her shift with her eyes and ears wide open. She is experiencing this merge on all levels, striking the balance of energies that is kept by Nature itself. The hare is a symbol of fertility but also of the initiate, of long life, and of rebirth. Known as a trickster, this furry creature is responsible for transformation that has a tendency to sneak up on you rather than being willingly acknowledged and embraced. Two apple trees stand in the background; one is green and bears the mystical nine-fold fruit, the other is barren as in winter. This signifies the inter connectivity of life and death. A white owl flies through the scene, symbolizing wisdom, as well as other creatures of the forest; the otter (swiftness), the beaver (construction), and the squirrel (resourcefulness) are all seen in pairs as they flow through the seasons. The abundance of Nature is reflected in our own journey as well.
The meaning of this card is about your ability to be in and with Nature, working to balance the mundane responsibilities of everyday life with the Call of the Wild. Ideas are great only when acted upon; it is the action that makes brings the dreams out of the mist and into reality. Allow yourself to move past social and societal norms and financial success will follow this leap of faith. In embracing the atypical, you will be working with all the Elements of a situation in perfect balance with each other. Acumen, authorship, and abundance are all earmarks of this card although some additional education or new learning may be needed to allow you to perceive things as they are, without distortion, and work with them objectively. Study new opportunities from all angles before making a fair and balanced decision.
May all the Elements of Nature speak to you today as you embrace the balance of your Truth.