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Chanukah Spread: Card 9, Shammash

The ninth and last position in the Chanukah spread is inspired by the shammash. The shammash is the ‘servant’ candle that is used to lit the candles. candles. 

In the spread the place of the shammash is above the other cards:

----------------------------9--------------------------------
8------7---------6-------5-------4-------3-------2--------1

The question is: what is the flame that ignites all the other candles? 

I've pulled Two of Teacups from the Jane Austen Tarot. Pictured are Henry Tilney and Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey. We see the beginnings of their love, they meet each other at a dance. Eventually they will marry, but that is far away here. Many adventures follow. Northanger Abbey has a special place in my heart, it was my first of Jane Austen and I read it during a blissful summer holiday. 

                      

The card tells me that what ignites all the other candles is the spark of attraction, the sizzle of initial love. Theme of this spread has been my home life: finding a healthy balance between family, work and not to forget my need for privacy (Seven of Quills). I like all all fields. The card suggests again that a balance is needed (suggested by its number, and Henry and Catherine are different) but it suggest also that they fertilize each other; the toast, the promise of love, and the three paintings on the wall suggest fertility. 

This card tends to rise high up in the air, so does my entry, but since the shammash needs to ignite all the flames, that is perhaps not such a bad thing.
Tags: chanukah, spread: chanukah, tarot of jane austen
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