Madrone of Spikes XIX The Sun XIV Quench Shaman of Blades
FIRE: Inspiration, creativity, intuition, timing.
Madrone of Spikes: Water of Fire.
Her lightning rod forms a fulgurite, a tube of lighting-sintered sand. Her body is a madrone tree that shelters a spadefoot toad. She drops toad eggs and tadpoles into desert rain pools. She is the shower of sparks that inspires a new project or relationship, and the soothing reassurance that allows it to grow.
WATER: Feelings, emotions, attachments, subconscious.
XIX - The Sun:
She stands under a flaming iron sunwheel, absorbing its brightness until she begins to glow and become a sun herself. She makes a door for others in the red curtain of flame, and controls her own crackling black blaze and cool white glow at will.
AIR: Thought, intellect, conflict, communication.
XIV - Quench (Temperance):
A newly-forged bowl is quenched in icy water, creating steam that cracks and melts icicles. Quenching cools and hardens the metal and declares its shape perfect: a healer's bowl for holding cool herb-scented water, protecting precious crystals, or burning incense or scribbled paper.
EARTH: Material world, physical body, work, skill or craft.
Shaman of Blades: Fire of Air.
Masked as a snowy owl, she holds claw-shaped ceremonial knives on poles that claim land. She uses a bone spiritcatcher to capture, keep, and transmit lost souls with her breath, and travels to the Upperworld on reindeer antler bridges. She is the guardian of sacred places, spirit speaker, interpreter of nature.

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