“When this card appears, it signals a person or situation arising or arriving that can bring about release, decline, dissolution, or loss.”
“In northern Europe lore we find the character known as the Holly King. He personifies the waning period of the year, which runs from the summer solstice through to the winter solstice. In his legends, the Holly King fights his brother the Oak King for rule of the year. The Holly King wins the summer solstice battle, and the Oak King wins the winter solstice fight.”
“In southern European lore the equinox period marks the waxing and waning periods of the year. The seasonal changes are personified by the stag at the spring equinox and the wolf at the autumn equinox. The card depicts the Holly King dressed in winter clothing and wearing a holly wreath crown. He holds a staff that bears a carved wolf’s head. On his chest he wears a medallion of amber and jet that signifies his time of power.”
THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Holly King presents the theme of decline as a cycle of its own in nature. It assures us that even as life and the return of life is certain, so too is the certainty of decline and death. The Holly King personifies the divine consciousness within this cycle of nature, which is testimony to the tenacity of the principles represented in the waning season of the year.”
Today’s special message is from The Seeker’s Guide To The Hidden Pathby Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.