Brighid’s Blue Moon Tarot Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop! For this hop each blogger is going to share a reading based upon a common tarot spread. This spread celebrates three cosmic events that are all happening this week: Imbolc/Brighid’s Day (the cross-quarter point on the Wheel of the Year between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox) celebrated on February 1st, a Full Moon, and a Blue Moon (the second full moon in a calendar month) on January 31st.  This is a very special tarot reading you should try out yourself at this time to connect with the triple potency of these special solar and lunar energies.

Let’s begin!
The Foundation: Draw three cards, one representing Land (Body), one for Sky (Mind), and the third one for Sea (Spirit). These will indicate for you the physical, mental, and emotional/spiritual focus of your year-to-come. These cards honor the Solar Festival of Imbolc and the Three Fires of Brigid.

The Deviant Moon Tarot- Queen of Wands, The Fool, VIII of Pentacles

Land/Body/Physical energy of 2018- Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands is comfortable and capable in her body. She possesses an ideal of feminine physical strength and fitness. The image above from the Deviant Moon Tarot depicts this Queen as an Amazon type of woman, strong, yet sensual.  I welcome this energy, support, and wisdom from Brighid concerning my own physicality in the world. I am committed to gaining physical strength this year, increasing my physical fitness, and embracing my body as it is, without judgement. The Queen of Wands can be my role model, the embodiment of ease in the body that I desire to achieve. She is inspiring, inspired, creative, and glowing from within with health and vitality. What a great start to this reading!

Sky/Mind/Mental energy of 2018- The Fool

The Fool sets off on a journey, a new beginning, without fear of failure or self-doubt. There must be a start, and now is the time The Fool will set forth. I see him as an invitation from the realm of Sky to begin a new way of thinking and experiencing the world. This year ahead, I plan on working on my mindset, on becoming more self aware of what I am thinking and how my mind is working. The Fool encourages me to pursue this goal with an open mind, without preconceived ideas of what I should be accomplishing, and without the doubt that will have me scrambling to get back into my comfort zone. Brighid sends me positive support in the realm of the mind for choosing to experience and preceive my life in a new way, with an open heart and an open mind.

Sea/Spirit/Spiritual energy of 2018- VIII of Pentacles

Changing my mindset applies to more than simply how I judge and interact with my physical body, or how I aware or in control of my thoughts I am. My mindset also affects my self-development on a soul level, in the realm of Sea or Spirit. The VIII of Pentacles shows the effort and practice I will exercise to progress towards my goals. A spiritual practice is just that, practicing to get where you want to be. I am practicing yoga, meditation, and conscious transformation. I am practicing how to run, how to be still, how to eat, how to drink, and how to love. All of this self development takes discipline, hard work, and prolonged effort. Brighid gives me courage to keep practicing this year, to put in the work, to be motivated to make the effort. If this is what I want, why waste my time or energy working towards anything else?

The Construction: This Moon, according to the Celtic Tree Calendar, is the Full Rowan Moon. This tree is sacred to Brighid, and represents “Protection from Evil Enchantment”. It is considered a Guardian, a Guide, and a Gateway, so that we may be safely sheltered and receive direction as we walk down the new path of the year. So the three cards you draw for the second level, the Lunar energy of the year, will represent the answers to the following three questions: What is the energy of the new path that presents itself?  From what will I need protection on this journey? What energies of my own or of spirit will guide and protect me?

The Deviant Moon Tarot: The Hermit, VI of Pentacles, X of Swords reversed

What is the energy of the new path that presents itself?- The Hermit

The energy of my new path this year feels like it relates to the Seeker aspect of the Hermit. I am looking for new insights into myself. I am seeking answers to questions about what makes me tick, what I believe in, and how I can believe in myself. The Hermit likes to work in isolation and as an introvert I am always drawn to this inward probing energy. The question I have to ask myself is if I can find the answers within myself, or if I can use the guidance and wisdom of a Hermit or Guru who can help me access these inner regions of my subconscious. I have to be careful to balance my natural tendency to withdraw and do things myself, with the fact that there are limits to my understanding and what I can do alone. The Full Moon illuminates these dark places in my knowledge and beckons me to look to seek to shed light into all my blackest corners.

From what will I need protection on this journey?- VI of Pentacles

I need to be careful with my physical resources. I have a finite amount of energy, time, and money. It’s likely that other people are going to be asking a lot of me and I will need to know how to allocate my resources to properly balance my own needs with the needs of others. There is a careful balance that I can achieve between giving and receiving so that I feel the right amount of reciprocity and generosity in my life. I have an innate desire to be charitable and giving, but an equally selfish streak that wants to keep my hard earned riches to myself. I’m inclined to lean towards giving more than I receive, believing that absolute balance is unrealistic. But is it?

What energies of my own or of spirit will guide and protect me?- X of Swords reversed
I have the ability to ease my own anxiety and I can also call on the support my spirit guides to quiet my mind. This is one of my focus areas for the year ahead, learning to still my thoughts, lead them out of anxiety loops, and control the direction that they take. This work is internal, hence the reversal, and is much supported by the energy of The Hermit. The VI of Pentacles reminds me of the importance of staying grounding and coming into the materials world, when I have so much mindset, self development, soul questing going on in my life. The X of Swords reversed shows the futility and excessive damage of an overactive mind. it’s time to clear out the thought clutter.

 

The Surprise: Once in a Blue Moon, wonderful things come forth. Draw your final three cards connected with Body, Mind, and Spirit, in that order, to see what treasures the Universe has in store for you!

The Deviant Moon Tarot: VI of Swords, Knight of Cups, Knight of Swords reversed

Wonderful surprises in the realm of Body- VI of Swords

The VI of Swords gives me comfort and hope that I am on the right track, making progress towards changing my personal mindset, getting in control of my thoughts, and experiencing the world from a new perspective. All of these things are represented by the VI of Swords, even in the depiction above from The Deviant Moon Tarot. In it we see a figure who has put her thoughts aside and is allowing the expansion of her mind to take her sailing peacefully to a new land. I’m not sure I would say that my current mindset needs to be burned to the ground like in this image, but maybe it does. Maybe I need to start from a totally clean slate and enter an entirely new world within my mind. That type of movement would certainly help me get out of mindset that harshly judges and condemns my physical body and into a new way of looking at myself, my strength, and my body image. My physical home, physical health, and financial health could also use a makeover. The VI of Swords shows a surprising amount of potential for movement to a new way of thinking and experiencing myself.

Wonderful surprises in the realm of Mind- Knight of Cups

I like to see this as a new love affair or loving feelings in my mind. Instead of a hot mess of jumbled thoughts and anxieties as shown in the X of Swords, I can see my mind offering up messages and thoughts of love and self-acceptance. I’m not going to say that that would be a complete surprise, but to have that be the dominant form of thought going on in my mind would be a wonder indeed. The brain leans towards distressing and fearful thoughts, I don’t know why, something to do with self preservation and evolution. The fear-based thinking can quit is, as far as I’m concerned. I would prefer to have a love-based way of seeing the world with the Knight of Cups.

Wonderful surprises in the real of Spirit- Knight of Swords reversed
And here we see my shining spirit moving away from the hasty thinking and wild fear-based thoughts and actions of the Knight of Swords. My spirit will be overflowing with love with the Knight of Cups, putting away or moving away from the Knight of Swords combative, troubled, and anxious internal monologue. The Knights represent action so this Blue Moon surprises me with my ability to actually do something about what I’m thinking instead of just daydreaming about it and wishing it would happen. It’s good to daydream and get your goal honed and focused in on a particular objective. The next step is to take action towards that goal, even if you don’t know what action will yield results and which are just movement. It’s the intention behind the movement that counts, and the Universe will see my action and know that my intention is to move away from anxiety towards love. The surprise just might be success!

Thanks for reading my personal interpretation of this spread as part of the Tarot Blog Hop. Please use the links below to hop along or back to another great tarot blog!

Tarot Blog Hop: A Tarot Art Project with the Kings

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Welcome to The Willow Path Tarot! If you are following along on the June Tarot Blog Hop, or are a regular reader of this blog, know that today’s blog is a special entry on a topic that many other tarot bloggers are writing about right now as well. The topic is “a tarot art project for non-artists.” We are all finding inspiration in non-tarot related artwork and then creating a tarot card out of that artwork.

This just happens to be something I do every Wednesday at The Willow Path Tarot! I take photos from my personal Instagram feed, which is about my travels and life outside of tarot, and associate those images to a tarot card. Eventually, I plan to print out all these images and make my own tarot deck from my travels. I’m still in the beginning phases of that process, so today I’d like to share with you how things are going with the Kings in this newly developing tarot deck.

King of Cups Gunnison National Forest Colorado, USA

King of Cups
Gunnison National Forest
Colorado, USA

So, in my travel tarot deck, which I’m tentatively calling The Travel Tarot Deck (ahhh, I know, so original!), the Kings are going to be represented by mountains. I’ve chosen mountains to represent the Kings because I associate mountains with stability, security, maturity, and rulership, all personality traits of the Kings in the tarot deck. I chose this one on the left here to be the King of Cups because of the river in the picture, bringing together the Cups which represent water, and the mountains which represent the Kings. The King of Cups is compassion and welcoming, he goes with the flow, much like a river. He brings comfort and kind words, understanding and mediation. The King of Cups is balanced and generous, bringing peace and harmony with his careful demeanor. This river in Colorado definitely gives me that peaceful feeling of the Cups and the mountains add the dimension of the strength of a King.

Sedona, Arizona, USA

King of Wands                                                     Sedona, Arizona, USA

I’ve chosen this rock formation in Arizona to be the King of Wands. The red color of the rocks makes me think of dry, summer heat and the Fire of the Wands. I associate Wands with summer and this card has a summery feel to me. I think this might be a part of or near the rock formation called Devil’s Bridge, and the King of Wands always seems like a bit of a devil to me. He is charismatic, passionate, and tempting. He has the energy of someone who knows what he wants and knows how he can get it. Even so, he is an honorable person, responsible and hard-working, almost tirelessly so. The King of Wands has a vision and a plan to go along with that vision. This range in Sedona prickles with a brittle heat that causes visions to dance before our eyes. The King of Wands understands the visions seen in the fire and can work with it to greatest effect.

PentaclesKing

King of Pentacles                                                   Colca Canyon                                        Cabanaconde, Peru

This photo on the left is one I’m thinking about using for the King of Pentacles. There is a deep Earth energy to a canyon, and this photo is of Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyon hikes in the world. It was a long way down, requiring a lot of the strength and determination of a King to finish. The King of Pentacles is in it for the long haul in every aspect of his character. He is practical, calculating, and under control. He is disciplined and powerful. This King is also connected to the abundance of the Earth, offering brute strength like these canyon walls, but also fertile abundance much like the oasis at the bottom which has shade, water, and a place to rest after a difficult effort. I’m not entirely sold on the image because it seems a bit dry and I associate Pentacles with winter so I would like to do something more snowy, but… for now it has got me thinking.

KingofSwords

King of Swords                                                              Red Rock Canyon National Park                               Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

This photo I’m thinking of using for the King of Swords, but am also not completely satisfied with it. That’s ok, though since I’m planning on seeing many more mountains before this deck is finished. 🙂 I like this one for now because there is something dark and brooding about it, which reminds me of the King of Swords. He is the King of logic and reasoning. His powerful intellect understands the concepts of truth and justice. Something about that kind of mental prowess is dark to me. There is a tendency towards black and white thinking, when so often the world is made up of shades of grey. The King of Swords excels at interpreting that grey area, defining it and forcing it back to black and white. The light and dark interplay of the mountains in this photograph remind me of that balance the King of Swords achieves.

Okay, that’s my contribution to the June Tarot Blog Hop!  I hope you enjoyed learning about the Kings in my Travel Tarot Deck and come back to the blog often to see the progress I’m making on my Instagram inspired deck. You can hop back or forward using the links below to see what other everyday picture and photos have been made into tarot cards by my fellow tarot bloggers!

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Jenny Lake Grand Tetons National Park, WY, USA

The Emperor                                                           Jenny Lake, Grand Tetons National Park             Wyoming, USA

The Second Tarot Jam: Tarot Year Cards

Hello, welcome to The Willow Path Tarot and to the second Tarot Jam blog hop! I am hosting this blog hop and you can find here the Master List to all the other amazing tarot bloggers who are also writing posts on one topic together for you to enjoy.

The topic we are writing about is Tarot Year Cards. Each year you can calculate what tarot card is the theme of your year by adding up your birth day, month and the present year and then reducing that number to a single digit 1-9. For example, my birthday last year was on 7/8/2015:

7+8+2+0+1+5= 23, then reduce 2+3 = 5.

Five is the number of The Hierophant. So, this year I’m having a year ruled by the themes of The Hierophant.  Here are some articles that we each have to share about our tarot year card. 

THE MASTER LIST 🙂

1. Deirdre Doran- The Hierophant  https://thewillowpathtarot.com/2016/02/29/tarot-jam-the-year-of-the-hierophant/

2. Nicole Dauch- http://evergreenreadings.com/2016/02/my-tarot-year-card/

3. Angela Englund- The Chariot  https://counciloftheshadows.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/what-is-your-year-card/

4. Nissa Lee- The Chariot https://rhymeandunreason.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/my-year-card-the-chariot

Light in the Forest

Tarot Blog Hop: Awaken The Heart

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For this tarot blog hop we are exploring the theme: “…the still point of the center of the fixed stimulates germination and the awakening of the heart.”

We are right at the mid point between the beginning of winter and the beginning of spring. That makes today the cross quarter day at the exact middle of winter. This day is referred to as Imbolc in the pagan tradition, or Candlemas in the Christian religion. This is a fixed point, a moment of stillness, and an opportunity to connect deeply with the present. Through this acknowledgment of being, we open to the germination of new seeds and the growth that comes after. This germination allows for an awakening of our heart center. When we are present in the moment we easily bring joy into our hearts. Joy creates expansion and growth. Our stillness is a gift that facilitates this process. Today is a beautiful day to connect with being.

Imbolc takes place in the astrological sign of Aquarius which is represented in the tarot by The Star card. Our tasks for this blog hop is to expound upon the idea that The Star card and Aquarius are connected to the concept “…the still point of the center of the fixed stimulates germination and the awakening of the heart.” Honestly, for me, this sentence resonates most strongly with The High Priestess. I always think of her as representing that still place at the heart center from which all that is possible is allowed and created. When I connect to my inner wisdom and intuition, I channel the energy of The High Priestess in order to enter the now and makes decisions and take action from a place of peace and inner light. The more I thought about this blog hop though, the more interested I became in the connection between The High Priestess and The Star card. So I’ve decided to write about some ideas I have about that connection!

High Priestess Shadowscapes Tarot

High Priestess
Shadowscapes Tarot

starSS

The Star                             Shadowscapes Tarot

Let us consider this: If The High Priestess is the archetype of inner stillness, The Star is the outward manifestation of that stillness. If The High Priestess is inner knowing on a subconscious level, then The Star is faith and trust in self wisdom in the conscious everyday world. The High Priestess is the calm voice from within; The Star is the listener who hears and believes in that serene voice of wisdom. The High Priestess is the inherent nature of being; The Star brings that act of being into the world to be shared with and seen by others. The High Priestess is astrologically associated with The Moon, the heavenly body that singly rules the night sky while the stars, in prolific abundance, cause us to wish spontaneously upon them. Imbolc is the time when that act of being awakens wishes for new beginnings. The Star gives you the encouragement and hope to sow your seeds of belief, to allow your subconscious to come into the growing light toward spring, and to listen to your faith.

Here is a suggestion for a tarot spread to explore your connection to The High Priestess and The Star at Imbolc. First, take these two cards from your deck and place them before you. Gaze upon these two cards as you shuffle your deck however you prefer. Meditate on stillness. Ask for your heart to be awakened and allow fresh seeds of spring to be planted in conditions for optimal growth.

Ask The High Priestess: “What wisdom does the subconscious of my calm inner center wish to share with me at Imbolc?”  Draw as many cards as you wish to receive from The High Priestess.

Ask The Star: “How can I listen to, trust, and consciously use this wisdom in my every day life?” Draw as many cards as you wish to receive from The Star.

I hope you enjoy this tarot spread idea and Happy Imbolc to all you!

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Beltane Tarot Blog Hop: The Hanged Man

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Welcome to the Beltane Tarot Blog Hop!  Our topic this hop is how to deal with a “distasteful” tarot card when it comes up in a reading. The “distasteful” cards are those which when turned over (revealed) evoke a strong negative reaction.  How do we deal with these cards when they show up? What do we tell our clients? What rituals (actions) can we take to better cope with these energies?

The Hanged Man Rider Waite deck

The Hanged Man
Rider Waite deck

I chose to look at The Hanged Man for this blog hop. I picked The Hanged Man because I’m surprised and a bit confused why so many of my clients don’t like this card. What’s so “distasteful” about The Hanged Man?, I always wonder when a client makes a sad face at him. I happen to think it’s a great card!  It’s one of my favorites! Therefore, I tend to get a bit excited to share my enthusiasm and optimism when this card shows up in a reading. I think, ok, here’s my moment to shine and give some seriously heartfelt opinions and advice about The Hanged Man and what his energy means for the client.  In a way, this upbeat and excited vibe is may way of expressing the positive aspects of this card.  I try hard to convey a sense of possibility and affirmative action that can result from working with the energy of The Hanged Man.

To me, The Hanged Man indicates being fully present in the moment. This idea of being present can seem so simple to the point of being cliche, but it’s really a life-long mission for me. I feel like it’s a worthy goal for us all and I want to inspire others to take up and spread present moment consciousness amongst their people. So I get to convincing the querent of this simple positivity. The ability to live in the moment helps us to find our calm center from which to radiant out serenity, make good choices, and live in alignment with our personal values.  All too often we just react immediately without waiting patiently and carefully sensing the right action for ourselves.

The Hanged Man offers an alternative way of being, a conscious and proactive method of living. Being in the present is of the utmost importance to living a happy life. Everything that happens in our lives happens in the present, so it is so necessary and helpful to be aware and fully conscious in the moment in order to experience real joy.  Happiness can only exist in the present, since the future will never come and the past is left far behind us.  The Hanged Man is present in the joy of the moment, dwelling not long on the past or hoping longingly for a future that will always be a ways off.  I think The Hanged Man can be a very hopeful card for creating a time of joy and peace and I emphasize this in my tarot readings.

The Hanged Man Shadowscapes Tarot

The Hanged Man
Shadowscapes Tarot

One ritual that this card pointedly indicates is to try and see things from a different perspective. So often we get immersed completely in our personal drama and lose our ability to see alternatives or ways out.  Getting a tarot reading is often a sign that a person wants outside advice and comparatively objective viewpoints on her/his life situation. It is only a first step, though. The huge next impulse is to do something, change your outlook, opinion, habits, attitudes, etc. That’s hard, and maybe it’s too big of a leap for a second step.  It’s one thing to hear someone else tell you, or to tell yourself, that things need to change, and another thing to actually do something about it. The Hanged Man can be a practical stepping stone to action.  He says, just chill and keep your eyes and your heart open until it makes sense.  It’s not about doing with The Hanged Man, it’s about observing and waiting. It’s about getting in touch with serenity instead of acting blindly or impulsively. That can be tough when your whole being wants to act and The Hanged Man asks for inaction.  He’s practically a command to go meditate, which is scary and hard for some people, but is proven to be so helpful and enlightening.

I hope you enjoyed my take on how The Hanged Man can be viewed in a positive light and put some of that “distasteful” feeling aside when you see it come up in a reading.  Please continue along on the Tarot Blog Hop using the links below to see what my fellow hoppers have to say about interpreting unpleasant tarot cards in productive ways.  Happy Beltane!

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Tarot Blog Hop Imbolc- Oracular Anomalies

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For this Imbolc Tarot Blog Hop we were asked by our wrangler, Karen of Pure & Blessed Tarot, to write about an oracular anomaly we have experienced.  Basically, this means I’m going to share with you something that sticks out to me as weird about a tarot deck I use sometimes. The deck is The Deviant Moon Tarot by Patrick Valenza and the card is Strength. This is a visually stunning deck, dark and sometimes dangerous in its depictions of the tarot cards. I just love it, as I’m sure many of you do too!  Most of the cards in this deck are easy to interpret if you are familiar with the Rider Waite Smith tradition, but the Strength card always jumps out at me as strange when I look through this deck.  Let me explain why I feel this way and then I will go into how I work with this ocacular anomaly in my tarot reading practice.

Strength Deviant Moon Tarot

Strength
Deviant Moon Tarot

As you may have noticed from earlier posts on this blog, I love the Strength card.  It is my tarot birth card and my general, all-purpose, favorite card in the tarot deck.  It usually corresponds to my favorite number, 8, and perhaps this is where the difficulties with this Strength card begin, as Valenza follows the Thoth tradition of Strength being card 11. Maybe, maybe not, as usually when reading with a deck where Strength is card 11, I just ignore that little kick to my comfort zone and pretend Strength is still card 8. What actually gets me is the image itself of Strength which just doesn’t jive with my regular Strength card sensibilities. First off, there isn’t a woman in the card, at least not your typical female appearance of a woman! I associate Strength with the divine feminine so it’s hard for me to get down with this Strength card showing a man.  Also, this isn’t just any man, he’s a strongman, judging from the circus tents in the back.  To me, the Strength card has nothing to do with brawn, with brute force, or with big muslces- so why the strong man?  Lastly, Strength from The Deviant Moon shows the man forcefully opening the jaws of a scary reptilian creature. I’m used to an image of Strength in which the woman controls a mighty lion with gentleness and compassion.  So, those are my quibbles with the Strength card image from the Deviant Moon, and why I find it to be an oracular anomaly.

I love this deck though, so I’ve worked on how to align my tarot reading style with the image from this deck. That process has helped me think about this card in a new way, and that perspective deepens my knowledge and understanding of the tarot.  Basically, what I see in this image is the Ego confronting his inner demons.  The image isn’t literal, its not a strongman showing off his muscles, it’s a metaphor for the inner struggle to overcome the Ego and the thinking mind.  For me, the Ego is a very masculine concept, one concerned with rationalizing, thinking, and controlling in contrast to the feminine experience of intuiting, feeling, and surrendering.  It takes a very strong masculine force inside of each of us to force open the mouth of our inner pain and confront the demons in our dark places that holds us back from consciousness and enlightenment.

Strength Shadowscapes Tarot

Strength
Shadowscapes Tarot

I find The Deviant Moon Tarot to be a powerful tool when doing this type of intense, shadow side work.  It’s beautiful and easy for me to see the typical Strength card with a gentle woman, clad all in white, taming a lion, and experience that calm surrender to the moment.  I see that “regular” Strength card and I know to access my inner strength and have confidence in myself and my abilities. I can connect with other people and nature, I can follow my life path with ease, I can flow in the now. The Deviant Moon Strength card is the perfect image for when that process is not easy, when surrender seems distant and unachievable, when Strength must be a committed fight for consciousness.  It can be difficult to separate our identity from our pain, as often our sorrow and struggles are how we define ourselves. I don’t believe that it is productive or necessary to act this way though. I want to define myself by the love, compassion, and connectedness I bring with me into the world.  Strength reminds me to be more than the Ego, and the Deviant Moon image of Strength depicts the difficult process that is separation from the Ego and integration with self and the universe.

I hope you enjoyed this latest blog post.  I have to admit, I had no idea what to write when I heard the topic was “ocacular anomalies”, so I hope I muddled through this one ok!  I’m looking forward to hopping along and seeing what all the other amazing tarot bloggers out there had to say about this subject.  You can follow along on the links below as well. Happy Imbolc! Spring approaches!

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Yule Time Tarot Spread

Welcome to the final Blog Hop of 2014!  You can find links to the whole hop here:

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Today we’re going to do a special tarot spread all about giving and receiving, things we do in abundance at this time of year.  Our hop wrangler, Arwen Lynch, describes the spread like this: “Yule, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Winter. Whatever you call this time of year, it is a season of gift giving, gift receiving and sharing with family and friends for a majority of the world. Whether Papa Noel brings you a candy cane or the Winter Witch brings you switches, it’s a time of anticipation. The anticipation of what I might be getting and what I am giving are equal joys for me.”  Arwen has designed a unique tarot spread that will help us reflect on and explore our personal journey during this season of giving and receiving.

yuleHere is the tarot spread!                          

                         The Joy Of Gifting

  1. What gift would you give the world if you could?
  2. What gift would you want from the world?
  3. What gift have you gotten that has brought you joy?
  4. What gift have you given that has brought you joy?
  5. What is one last thing you would like to share about this season?

 

The Moon Rider Waite Smith deck

The Moon
Rider Waite Smith deck

A gift I would like to give the world:  The Moon
Wow! I would love to give the world The Moon!  I mean, in the metaphorical sense of the phrase that I would love to be able to give the world EVERYTHING: the moon, the stars, anything wonderful and magical that exists. In a more traditional tarot card meaning sense, The Moon stands for the unconscious, the mysterious, the chaotic, and anxieties and fears of the unknown. Therefore, I would like to be able to give the world peace of mind, relief from anxiety, diminishing fear of the unknown.  I would love it if people could be comfortable in uncertainty, learn to navigate their darker waters and deal with their shadow issues. It seems like a lot of people in the world are living in fear, overthrown by their emotions, and unable to use wisdom and intuition to help themselves or others. I wish a release from fear for the whole world!

The Empress Rider Waite Smith deck

The Empress
Rider Waite Smith deck

A gift I want from the world?:  Empress reversed
The reversal here says to me that this isn’t something that I am currently getting from the world.  I could take this in a literal sense and say that the world is not particularly abundant or fertile right now because it is winter where I live. I would love a nice ripe tomato, but that isn’t going to happen!  The Empress also represents the feminine, and I would love it if the world was a more balanced place for both men and women. Women do not have the same opportunities or experiences out in the world, and I would very much like this to be different.  The whole archetype of the feminine is repressed almost everywhere in the world, creating an imbalanced, unharmonious world.  Who does this situation benefit? Why do we allow it to continue? How do we bring greater balance into the world?

 

Queen of Pentacles Rider Waite Smith deck

Queen of Pentacles
Rider Waite Smith deck

A gift that has given me joy: The Queen of Pentacles
The Queen of Pentacles is the feminine archetype of The Empress brought into physical form. She is the person in your life who has given you boundless security, comfort, and love.  My own mother was such a woman, loving me unconditionally, encouraging me to reach for my dreams, and also there to lend me a hand or a chocolate chip cookie whenever I was in need. Having her as a role model, helps me recognize and value these traits in other people.  I’m constantly meeting people who open their hearts and homes to me because of my life on the road and I appreciate these gifts I’m given.  People like the Queen of Pentacles show me that the world is a magical and wonderful place, something which I can often forget when I see it only as mundane and ordinary.  This Queen helps me see the magic of it all.

kingwandsRWSA gift I’ve given that has brought me joy: King of Wands
The King of Wands is a visionary, an entrepreneur, a bold leader out in the world.  Is this a gift I’ve given the world? That would be nice! I surely try to accomplish this with my business, The Willow Path Tarot.  This was the year that I became an entrepreneur, starting this tarot business, envisioning what it can and will be and bringing it out into the world.  I hope that I have influenced and inspired other people through my work. I hope other aspiring tarot readers are motivated to follow along on this own career paths. I hope the readings that I have done for my clients have inspired them to live creativity, passionately, and with a fire in their hearts to succeed.  I hope I am a responsible guardian of that inspiration and creativity.

IV of Cups Rider Waite deck

IV of Cups
Rider Waite deck

One last thing to share about the season:  IV of Cups
The IV of Cups reminds us of two important lessons for the holidays and the close of the year.  1. This is a wonderful time to reflect and look back on all that we have gone through over the course of 2014.  Spending time meditating, journaling, looking through old notebooks or photographs and getting a handle on what happened last year is a wonderful way to appreciate your accomplishments and memorialize your year.  2.  This is a time when the unexpected or unlooked for may materialize out of thin air. Don’t close off your heart or soul to new experiences and to the amazing surprises that life has in store for us. The holidays are full of magic, we should all believe, have some faith in the universe, and let the wonder of the season into your heart.

 

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