II Red Earth Apprentice of Spikes Gatemaker of Blades Six of Coils
FIRE: Inspiration, creativity, intuition, timing.
II - Red Earth (The High Priestess):
The extinct Australian Pleistocene horned tortoise, Meiolania, carries a shell of iron ore stromatolites (fossil algae), one of the earth's oldest life forms. Unknowable guardian of earth history and geological secrets, she is a guide to true knowledge and opens the door to new mysteries we would not have guessed existed.
WATER: Feelings, emotions, attachments, subconscious.
Apprentice of Spikes: Earth of Fire.
With sweetgrass in her wild hair, she makes fire for camp and forge with flint and a steel tent stake. Fire separates her from the jaguar but attracts domestic cats. It demystifies night terrors like the eye-winged moth. Restless and independent, she seeks the spark of new adventures.
AIR: Thought, intellect, conflict, communication.
Gatemaker of Blades: Air of Air.
She wears a falcon helmet and wields talon knives. The curved blades of her fingers are also her ribcage, covered in icicles from the polar stormclouds that become her breath. She breathes the winds of truth, and even of anger when there is no other choice. She can speak, think, and go where others will not.
EARTH: Material world, physical body, work, skill or craft.
Six of Coils:
Iron bracelets shaped like the coldwater Pacific Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera). Repetitive designs show the rootlike holdfast, leaflike blades, and floating gas bladders. Deep memories become part of the body, and are released in clear flute music and the rhythm of ocean currents and surf.

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