My first question was: how to continue my spiritual journey without the the three helpful companions. My answer is Six of Quills (Swords) from the Tarot of Jane Austen.
The character on the card is Frederick Wentworth of Persuasion. Frederick Wentworth is determined to make his fortune in the British Navy after Ann Elliot has broken her engagement to him. The sea is rocky, but there is a future lying ahead of him, unknown horizons. No secrecy and dark walls on this card (7 of Quills), or a suffocating circle of people sitting in a well kept garden (5 of Quills), but open air and wind coming in a harbor from the sea. I continue my spiritual journey by giving me permission to broaden my horizons.
I pulled a second card with the question: “What comforts me now these companions are dead?” The answer came as Three of Teacups (Cups).
Three girls, Mary Crawford, Maria Bertram and Julia Bertram are singing at the piano, looking pleased with themselves and enjoying each other. Having fun in free, creative expression in my spiritual undertakings – maybe even sometimes a little risqué – will comfort me.