Lately I am rather tired and I am lacking the energy to do things. This card came up for me today : the Queen of stones from the Wildwood Tarot. Here she is depicted as a bear and today, her defending and guarding qualities are standing out to me. I like to imagine I am curled up, sleeping, like one of her cubs in the back of her cave and she is guarding the entrance to hold off anyone who wants something from me.
It is February; her winter sleep is over and I can imagine she is ever so hungry and because of it, cranky and ill tempered. She has to go out eventually to get some food. She has to leave her cubs who were born during her winter sleep in order to keep alive and get strong again. Sometimes life is all about difficult choices. Especially when you are a caretaker. This queen wants to protect, to feed and to shelter her cubs but she also has to mind her own well-being in order to maintain her nurturing aspects. There has to be a balance between caring and being cared for even if you have to do both by yourself.