Reading for Faunabay
Card drawn: Huath - Hawthorne
Before I turn over the card I wait for impressions. Sometimes they are unrelated on the surface, sometimes they are literal. Tonight they were literal. I saw an 'eye' with blue in it that seemed to transform into a white flower. Rose jumped to mind. When I turned over the card, the flowers, the 'eye' and blue were all there. Let me know if you need a scan.
Interestingly, Hawthorne is of the family Rosacae - the same family as the rose. It makes sense - it has white to red flowers and thorns. The fruit of the hawthorne very much resembles rosehips.
The first thing that I noticed when I turned over the card was the apparent contradiction of Spring, flowers, green, blue sky and the tangled and dark overhang of the tree itself - blocking out almost all other things. The standing stones which are clearly representations of fertility are behind the tree.
There are complications and ambivalence surrounding a relationship close to you. It could be a mate or a child or even a friend. There is a new beginning of sorts in the making, but patience is required. Acting now might not make for best results. The hawthorne marks a time of transition. The tree can be shelter or defense depending on what you need.
The natural association of hawthorne is with the faeires - it is a lucky tree and the tree of bardic satire. Its association with fertility is ancient and was resisted by the Church by the telling of new stories. Ancient culture sees the tree and its female scented flowers as celebration and the making of love; the Church culture - chastity and impenetrable hedgerow that blocks the people from their lands.
There is going to be a brief time of challenge, one that brings with it a fear. Fear of change, the unknown, that will be followed by hope and celebration.
I also got the sense of 'Father'. Some male ancestor having some influence on this relationship. The tree is a 'magical barrier' that once crossed brings great things including that new beginning.
Patience, love and rest are Hawthorne's advice.