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This month’s photo was shot in our kitchen, in a basket full of chestnuts collected in the woods nearby. Chestnuts feature in and taste wonderful in many recipes of this area of Italy – both in baking cakes or in the preparation of salty meals and soups – and in the old times they were a rich nutritional supplement, here on the mountains, when the grain crops from the valleys were scarce. Did you also know that chestnut flour is just as nutritious as regular wheat flour, but it’s gluten free?

This month we used the ‘Herbal Tarot‘ by Michael Tierra and Candis Cantin: a very nice Tarot deck which associates a specific herb or plant to each one of the different cards’s energies.

For the beginning of the month we pulled the ‘Nine of Wands‘: this card speaks of Autumn which has arrived with its colder temperature and you might feel the need to retreat and hide from the world, to raise your defenses. But you are stronger than you think! It is quite likely that you actually have accomplished something pretty darn awesome – but you are finding it hard to accept your achievements, your skills and your strength, and you might feel scared your temporary success is not going to last. You might find yourself ‘fired up’ and jumping into arguments for unimportant details – watch for the full moon in (sometimes stubborn) Taurus of the 4th. Understand that this is a time of recovery and that you are still healing from the hurts of the past! Give yourself time – and credit for all you have accomplished! Don’t be your worst enemy! Recognize that change is stability and that much more can be achieved as you start seeing the Universe in terms of continuous refinements and revere its ability to adapt. Find space and times for yourself to get grounded. Face oppositions with peace and understanding.The Herbal Tarot associates this card’s energy with Bayberry bark: a herb which is fortifying and astringent.

For the central part of the month we pulled the ‘Six of Swords‘: the days are getting colder, a good logical continuation of the previous card which invites you to enjoy your earned success by to stay humble and stay modest; to serve others as a way of enlightenment [also see our old post ‘Chop Wood, Carry Water’ http://blog.sanctuaryofjoy.org/2016/07/02/enlightenment-chop-wood-carry-water-enlightenment-chop-wood-carry-water/ ]. The card speaks of a journey – a real travel or maybe a journey into your consciousness, supported by spiritual practices and meditations. By means of this journey you shall take a step back for a new perspective and find your center again; re-forge the bonds between different levels of reality and between parts of yourself, rewire your beliefs and allow new views and ideas, fresh approaches. You’ll learn to see the unity between all things; you’ll have renewed chances and energy for communicating and mingling with people. The Herbal Tarot associates this card’s energy with Vervain (Verbena officinalis), which was used since ancient times as it is essential oil is said to open your third eye and reveal unseen possibilities (Beware: it’s classified as a poisonous plant in the United States). Spending time with like minded people will provide you clarity and you’ll see people as independent parts of a whole larger, universal intelligence, fueled by Love. The New Moon of the 18th can be seen as the gate which will set in motion the energy of the next card, the last part of the month.

The card we drew for the last part of the month is the ‘Ten of Swords‘: winter is really getting close. Earth is renewed by decomposition of organic material such as the fallen leaves: death turns into new life, it’s the start of a new cycle. You might not want to face a new phase of life that is now beginning, but it’s inevitable. Don’t resist the process. Remember that even tough times can be great teachers and that they are always precursors to happier times that will come after them. Don’t worry about the reasons: there is no absolute reason for anything. Just stay concrete, practical and pragmatic in your doing; don’t become too rigid or fall into dogmatism and always let experience support reason.The Herbal Tarot associates this card’s energy with Ephedra which is a stimulant that increases blood pressure: it was considered useful for congestions such as asthma and bronchitis – but otherwise it can be really dangerous if you suffer of hypertension or during pregnancy (it’s banned in the United States).