The spread above was done using Annikin Divination, a free tarot website where you can choose from a plethora of decks and spreads and get a free reading. I’m more fond of the tangible shuffle, but sometimes it’s nice to try other decks out, if only virtually (thanks to Mentha for sharing this online tarot gem, I am now mildly addicted).
I drew the above yesterday morning, and wondered what it was all about. Looking back now, to me it speaks of the evening movie we saw, Urban Roots. In Melbourne, the community owned Ross House organization has a screening once a month for an environmental or sustainability related movie. Urban Roots “follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. Urban Roots is a timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future.”
If I were to link the three cards above, creating urban farms from desolate lots is the act of the Magician, with the help of visionary and idealistic people represented by the Knight of Wands, in creating communities that are healthy, vibrant and sustaining generations, which is the 10 of Pentacles. It is truly an inspiring movie. I was really moved by people’s recognition that something just had to be done and they simply took the matter into their own hands (very Uranus in Aries energy that one!).
“In many ways, the urban farmers in Detroit are like most of us in that we are all experiencing the painful transition from the industrial, centralized world to a post-industrial world in which the jobs are changing, the economy is changing, the neighborhoods are changing and it seems like we have no control over the outcome.
Well, enter urban farming, a way in which individuals can take control over something so critical as food that in the very act of growing it, they not only feed themselves, they also become healthier, more self-reliant and in some cases they become entrepreneurs. And most remarkable, they create a new approach to community, the economy and life overall.
So when everything collapses, this urban farming story of Detroit demonstrates that one good option is that people come together to solve their problems, and discover that the fiber of community is powerful. And, we hope so powerful that it will prevail when the old, larger forces, the very same ones that have created the collapse in the first place, don’t override this beautiful upwelling of the human spirit.” Leila Conners, Producer