The Medicine Woman cards are a favorite of mine for stimulating insights and intuitive connections. My method is to mix the cards well, cut them three times, then pick three off the top, putting the first one down in the center as the focus and one on the left and one on the right as supporting elements. Since I relate to time as a circle rippling out from around me (instead of as a straight line), both supporting cards refer equally to the past and the future. What the past and the future have in common is that neither is present. They are energetic states. The present consists of what has been created and is visible (entropy) and what is being created and is invisible (syntropy).
The guide is Cerule. While dreaming, I didn't recognize her. Guides have a way of standing in the background and going unnoticed. Even if you know them well, they often redirect your attention to the lesson or reality they want you to become aware of and respond to. It is in responding that we reveal our growth, character, and degree of understanding.
The focus card, Nurturing Lodge of the Bowels (the Queen of Hearts in the standard tarot), calls to mind many potlucks in Alaska with friends. We often spread out the food on the floor of someone's cabin. Of nursing my son while living on the land, building a house ourselves, hammer in hand. Of Quaker meeting, caring and sharing, and late winter night discussions. Thurisaz turned inwards suggests a new gateway, a transition to the next arena of "family." My spiritual family as well as the broader earth family of humanity. I received, too, the inspiration to fully integrate all the good things from the past---"what has been created."
The Ace of Pipes (the Ace of Wands or Rods in the standard tarot) suggests a new beginning is forming but is not apparent yet (the card is upside down) in everyday life. It is yet an energetic seed. Nurturing is important to keep a seedling alive. Its potential (twin babies) is visible only in the dream state for now. Gebo, the rune of the heart, associated with this card immediately brought to mind "serendipitous meetings, events; following my heart, being true to myself, and staying committed to my highest path."
The Six of Stones (the Six of Pentacles in the standard tarot) lets me know what to do in the present to be ready for the coming birth of new creativity: make sure there are no loose ends; give credit to everyone who has helped me on my way; walk in balance; live with integrity; and reflect and integrate. Peorth, chosen in conjunction with this card, emphasizes trust, faith, and patience. Birth is imminent, but it cannot be forced. Just wait and let it unfold. Let things become clear, then act. In the meanwhile, suffering is avoided by maintaining a sense of adventure, humor, and gratitude.