My first grade teacher, Mrs. Bullard, was a stickler for having her class learn seasonally appropriate songs. We sang Valentine's Day songs in February, Easter songs in March or April, Halloween songs in October--you get the picture. One of my favorite songs that she taught us was a Thanksgiving song called "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come". It's the song that I still associate with the holiday, even after 52 years. As a child, I loved the inspiring lyrics and the grand melody. It was a "big" song that deserved more than 17 first graders could give it, but we all did our best.
The opening lyrics of the song speak of "raising the song of harvest-home". When I first learned to read Tarot, way back in the way back, the Four of Wands was often called the "Harvest Home" card. Every time I pull this card, I can hear all of those voices of my classmates, singing around the piano. I can see all of the Thanksgiving decorations--cornucopias, Pilgrims, Native Americans, "hand turkeys", pumpkins and wheat--and I immediately know what that card means to me. It's friends that are family. It's comfort and being thankful. It's intimate and it's large. It's bringing it all home to the warmth and blessings of being together. And it's being grateful and celebrating what we have.
So on this Thanksgiving, I wish that all of you may be together with friends and family, safely gathered in, enjoying the simple blessings of the Harvest Home.
Happy Turkey Day!
4 of Wands from the Tarocchi di Alexander Daniloff