Quite some bit ago, I visited the graveyard in Beaufort (NC) with some good friends. I had been trudging about, cards in hand and without much success, when they were knocked out of my hands. I had been passing over a particularly unobtrusive grave at the time, one I might not have paid much attention to if not for that. We gathered them up, paying care to separate out any that had landed face up, for later contemplation.
This past visit I made a special trip out to that grave to do another pull and see what there was to see. I pulled a central card, four to surround, and (I learned this little trick from the lovely Kayla Wilde) a hidden card. That shadow card was one of the very same as was in the first visit. Again I put the cards to side for later but as life would have it, I forgot about them in the day to day. I think it was about a week-ish or so later when I had come home to find one of the other cards (also a bear card.. apparently bears just love me) laying on top of a candlestick holder in the dining room.. being that my deck was in my bag as is always, I am not exactly sure when it found its way out. In any case, I sat my bum right the down to work on them.
The hidden card – The Guardian (from the wildwood tarot):
The Guardian stands at Samhain, on 1 November, at the gateway of the dead. He stands between the element of Water and of Earth and is associated with the waning moon.
The guardian spirit of the beast challenges those who would enter the cave of ancestral memory without understanding the nature of their own darkness. Within the cave’s open maw, filled with jagged and sharp stalactites, is an unknown and untrodden path. Its destination is shrouded in gloom..
The prime role of such archetypes is one of protection and initiation and is the human link to the wilderness, nature and fertility, sometimes manifested as fierceness, ecstasy and sexuality.
A challenge has arrived in your life. The situation may be very complex. It may even have profound implications for your life and how you deal with the world.
Indeed, when I think back on it, a challenge had arrived.. and still I am working on that particular curve (bump, crater??) in the road.