XII Trance Apprentice of Spikes Three of Blades
MAJOR ARCANA: The lesson, challenge, gift, or opportunity in this situation.
XII - Trance (The Hanged One):
Pregnant, she ascends a shaman's tree hung with offerings, and awaits visions. The inward road has vanished, and the path out has yet to appear. One root is wrought iron weathering like wood, the other is wood being replaced with iron ore. In the cave, a poorwill hibernates under a mask made in its likeness - a bird whose evening chant is the shaman's song of power.
SPIRIT GUIDE: An aspect of yourself to draw on or develop.
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.
NUMBER CARD: A focus for action or something that needs attention.
Three of Blades:
Masked shrikes with hooked beaks wield broken thorns. A trident flashes three sharp words, breaking a trefoil mirror that becomes a window on the night rain that dispels fears, false symbols, and illusions.

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