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Monday, October 31, 2022

Samhain Spirits Spread 2022

Samhain – [pronounced sah-win]

I enjoyed doing this spread for past Halloweens on Tarot Notes, so I’m giving it another go. To set the stage, I am quoting from The New Encyclopedia of the Occult by John Michael Greer (Llewellyn Worldwide):
“Samhain. The beginning and end of the year in the old Celtic calendar, falling around the beginning of November in modern terms. Samhain is the oldest documented festival of Celtic Paganism. . . Samhain was traditionally associated with the spirits of the dead, who were believed to walk the world at that time. After the arrival of Christianity, the feast of Samhain became All Hallow’s Day. The evening before it, the modern Halloween, retained much of the same symbolism.”
The positional definitions for this spread are inspired by the hauntingly beautiful song “All Soul’s Night” with words and music by Loreena McKennitt. You can listen to the song _HERE_.  You can read the lyrics of the song _HERE_.

This year, I am using the Ghosts & Spirits Tarot by Lisa Hunt (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.) The layout is in the shape of a pentacle.

I stand in darkness at the entrance to the graveyard on All Hallow’s Eve, on Samhain, when spirits walk the world…

(1) This Spirit dances around and around

In the Italian fairy tale “Fair Brow,” a young man paid the debts of a dead man to assure a proper burial. The message in this story, as described by Lisa Hunt, is the importance of communication and cooperation with others, which could lead to new enterprises. It is this spirit of communication and cooperation with others that dances around and around me on this Samhain.

(2) This Spirit brings a hidden memory: 
THE HIGH PRIESTESS (Enchantress-Sibyl)

The Sibyl “interweaves the energies of past lives and future events.” She encourages me to listen to my inner voice and intuition, to access my inner wisdom through a hidden memory as I prepare to continue along my path.

(3) This Spirit carries a light in the distance
EIGHT OF CUPS (Der Schimmelreiter)

There is a sense here that I may be refusing to accept the inevitability of something, refusing to move on, lingering where there is no reason or purpose to doing so. This Spirit carries a light in the distance that I may turn and focus on that light and move towards it.


(4) This Spirit waits for me on the bridge

As described by Lisa Hunt, the dryads “are one with the trees and elements. They participate in the mysteries of the forest and feel connected to the organic matter that is swirling with magical energy.” This is the Spirit that waits for me on the bridge – a Spirit that beckons to me to enter the forest and spend some time in seclusion, where I can release the clutter and debris my mind has accumulated, so that I may acquire new clarity and vision.

(5) This Spirit passes by the bridge and me
SEVEN OF PENTACLES (Canterville Ghost)

In spite of his efforts to frighten away a family at Canterville Chase, the Canterville Ghost was unable to scare them away. The only famly member to take him seriously was 15-year-old Virginia.  It was Virginia who eventually helped the ghost find salvation and peace. This Spirit passes by the bridge and me, moving on at last to a better place. The traditional 7 of Pentacles card often refers to pausing to assess and evaluate everything we have accomplished, and perhaps to decide that we have done our best and accomplished all that we can. 

I do love that The Hermit and The High Priestess, two of my favorite Major Arcana cards, both make an appearance in this Samhain Spirits reading. The cards (and Spirits) have given me much to contemplate. 

Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain to all!

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Scorpio Season 2022: A Reading

It’s been awhile since I posted on the blog, hasn’t it? My interest was recently piqued by a spread I came across at Astrology Answers 

It has always seemed so appropriate to me that Halloween (October 31) falls under the sign Scorpio. In Tarot, the Death card is commonly linked with Scorpio. In modern astrology, Pluto rules Scorpio. Pluto represents transformation, death and rebirth – much like the Death card in Tarot. All of this seems to wrap itself up so nicely together.

This year, the Sun entered the sign Scorpio on October 23. This spread is deseigned to explore what that means to the Seeker (in this case, me).

The question being asked with this spread is: How can I use the energy of Scorpio to unlock my powerful alter-ego?

Three cards are drawn:

Card 1: What aspect of myself am I hiding from the rest of the world?

Card 2: How should I face this during Scorpio season?

Card 3: What awaits me once I decide to explore this alter-ego?

The layout looks like this:

I am using the Cirque du Tarot by Leeza Robertson, illustrated by Josh Tufts (Llewellyn). Let’s begin!

Card 1: What aspect of myself am I hiding from the rest of the world?

PAGE OF CUPS: I always think of the Page of Cups as a vulnerable, sensitive character, one who imagines and dreams and feels all the feels. This is an aspect of myself that I tend to try to hide from the rest of the world because time and experience have taught me to build barriers and layers to protect that aspect. Cups is the suit of Water, just as Scorpio is a Water sign, so it makes sense that I might be more aware of the Page of Cups aspect of myself during Scorpio season.

Card 2: How should I face this during Scorpio season?

THE CHARIOT (Key 7): In this deck, The Chariot card features the circus Ringmaster arriving on stage in a floating chariot pulled by a group of paid hands. This grand entrance emphasizes the fact that the Ringmaster is in charge, in control of the moment. I can face the Page of Cups effects by remembering that I am in charge of my own chariot (life, actions, etc.) rather than at the mercy of a zodiac sign or even certain aspects of my own personality.

Card 3: What awaits me once I decide to explore this alter-ego?

TWO OF SWORDS: What awaits me as I explore this alter-ego is balance, especially at a mental level (Swords being the suit of the mind and communication, including self-communication). The two swords can be seen to represent the rational mind and the intuitive mind, each of which has a purpose.