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Today I am using The Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, illustrated by Will Worthington (Simon & Schuster).
|The Druid Animal Oracle|
In his book Dictionary of Symbols (Chronicle Books), Jack Tressider tells us that pigs were venerated in earlier cultures (such as in the Celtic world depicted in the Druid Animal Oracle). However, Greek mythology along with Jewish and Islamic dietary taboos turned pigs into symbols of gluttony, lust, and sloth. In Buddhist tradition, the pig symbolizes ignorance.
The Carr-Gomms acknowledge these negative interpretations in their discussion of the reversed Sow card. They quote a Gaelic saying: “As a golden jewel in a pig’s snout, is a fair woman without sufficiency of understanding.” In other words, “without wisdom even beauty can be unattractive.”
One of my favorite tales from Welsh mythology is the story of Ceridwen, the goddess of pigs and barley, who sometimes manifested as a pig. According to legend, she was responsible for the initiation and transformation of Gwion Bach into the magical bard Taliesin. Ceridwen’s neophytes were addressed as piglets and her worshippers as swine.
With the Sow card, we are encouraged to open ourselves to nature’s abundance and then share that abundance with others, giving freely even as we receive nourishment and nurture ourselves.
Meanwhile, here is a picture of a sow named Betty Sue who lives on a goat farm not far from me. She is a Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig.