As some of you know, my little shop is called "Tarot & Thyme". What you may not know is that that name wasn't chosen because it sounded pagan and mysterious, Earthy or just flowed nicely; the reasons are much more personal and close to my heart.
I chose the name in honor of two of my grandmothers, each of whom were responsible for planting seeds that set roots deep within my spirit, and greatly shaped the woman I am today.
"Tarot" is representative of my maternal grandmother, who gifted me my first deck of Oracle cards. I shared most of that story in a previous post, so I won't go into the full story here. The summary is that I had never had any experience with divination, or anything outside of what was mainstream in that time. My grandmother was devout Christian, so it would seem to be an unlikely gift for her to give me, but I am very lucky that she saw in me something that I didn't even understand myself, and blessed me with the catalyst that I needed in order to begin a lifelong spiritual journey. The cards ended up being the key to the awakening of my Soul, and my passion for divinatory arts was sparked. The rest is history.
As for "Thyme", we must go back even further, into the earliest memories of my childhood. When visiting my great-grandmother, I used to love playing outside in her gardens. She had a beautiful vegetable field, a greenhouse, and a huge snowball bush in her front yard. However, what I loved the most was walking barefoot on her lawn, under a gigantic maple tree, because the entire space was carpeted with thyme. Each step unleashed a waft of that divine scent, filling my lungs with pure bliss. I remember laying under that tree, feeling the thyme under my bare arms and legs in the summer, and very slowly moving, just enough to keep a steady stream of the earthy, cleansing aroma flowing into my body. I always felt safe and loved when visiting my great-grandmother ~ walking into her presence truly was like coming home.
So there you are ~ a condensed version of the meaning behind "Tarot & Thyme". It is a manifestation of the reverence I hold for two magnificent Goddesses, who may no longer be with me in physical form, but whose love and wisdom I carry in my heart, each and every day.