Control, hoarding, isolation, perseverance
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
THE CARD’S STORY BY: KAYTI WELSH
She is a dryad, which are in many different mythologies and folklore and personally for me one of my spirit guides She has been focusing so much on her material wealth and her collection of spiritual treasures, that she has trapped herself and can no longer grow or move like other dryads can. She has wandered too far from the forest and now is alone and desolate in her own solitary broken kingdom. There is a very important lesson in this card – although material wealth can make you feel secure – it can also cause you to be weighed down and unable to detach yourself from its weight. You will forever need to add more since you think that it’s the answer to your happiness. The dryad doesn’t realize that she can free herself if she just set her branches towards the sun, turn around, and walk back into the forest that will always welcome her home.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
A dryad stands, bedecked in jewels of gold, and bearing crystals from the earth, but for all her riches and success, she looks lost and alone, her branches breaking under the weight… Control over your finances is paramount to you – there have been hard times and it’s left you wary and vigilant. Focusing on your security is a sensible choice, just be wary of tunnel vision. Don’t get so stuck in “saving mode” that you isolate yourself and forget to live too. Never let yourself forget that life is an ever moving journey – you don’t want to get left behind!
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: DRYAD
Dryads, also known as nymphs, are tree spirits synonymous with spirits of the earth and nature. It was believed that each dryad had a tree to which they were bound in a symbiotic relationship – whatever harm befell the tree would also be visited upon the dryad. Given the way in which dryads were able to move easily within the forest, we felt that having her stuck in place by her own materialism would be a striking representation of this card.
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