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Beltane 2002, Vol 1-3
MatriFocus, a Cross-Quarterly Web Zine for Goddess Women Near & Far
for All Seasons: Celebrating the Days and Nights of Power
Tarot for All Seasons, Christine Jette's third book on the Tarot, offers readers an excellent model for working with the cards and the energies of each of the holydays. The book begins by providing short but informative sections on the Wheel of the Year, the Tarot, and basic principles of magic. In these sections Jette explains her own paradigms and encourages readers to work with the cards and the Wheel to come up with their own personalized understandings. Readers who do not have much background in these areas would probably find Jette's discussion to be rather truncated and would be well advised to peruse one or more of the books listed in the bibliography.
From a Dianic perspective, this book is, for the most part, very readable. Jette's writing focuses almost entirely on the Goddess and all of the sample Tarot readings involve female querents. Her chapter, "Enchanted Nights: The Esbats" includes beautifully written passages about the Maiden as Lady of the Hunt, the Mother as Great Mother, and the Crone as Dark Goddess. However, Jette's Wheel is the traditional dualistic Pagan model, where the Goddess gives birth to the god at Yule and "unites" with him at Beltane.
The Beltane spread is called the "May Queen" and is intended to be used "to regain or confirm a sense of abundance and safety". For each holyday, Jette suggests building a Tarot altar and offers appropriate correspondences. In the case of Beltane, she suggests creating an altar with the following cards:
After creating this altar, the querent would draw five cards (presumably from a different deck), as follows:
After outlining the
spread, Jette emphasizes that nothing is preordained and encourages readers
to honor the information the drawn cards offer, but then "choose
other cards that radiate the energy of your heart's desire and place them
over the original layout". In this way, Jette empowers readers to
use magic as an affirmation of their power to reclaim abundance and safety
-- a very useful and unique theme for Beltane.