Samhain (or Halloween) was the original Celtic New Year’s Eve so it is fitting to consider this the last spread of the year and take a look back at readings from previous festival days.
The deck – as always – is Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot.
Centre left then anti-clockwise
1. The Inquirer In The Present ~ The Ace Of Pentacles. The inverted Ace suggests uncertainty and a lack of focus in both the cards and the inquirer. There is a strong, yet thwarted, desire to grasp control of the environment without any sense of fulfillment. The card suggests false starts and false happiness.
Card readings throughout 2012 charted the evolution of dramatic change with The Ace Of Pentacles first appearing as a positive internal influence back in May. The momentum to make major life-changes has waned and The Inquirer seems to be hanging on to the wrong things.
2. Past Influences ~ The Six Of Swords. The Inquirer felt trapped in an environment of conflict and wished to escape and find peace. There is however a clear assertion in the card’s inverted position: “I choose to stay with my problems”. There is hope that patience and determination will improve close relationships and end feelings of solitude.
3. Subconscious Influences ~ The Sun. This Major Arcana card represents an absolute surrender to joy that is childlike in its pure and unfailing trust in happiness and renewal. The bright light within is more than a match for the difficult challenges and unwanted circumstances that surround it.
This is the first and only time this card has been drawn this year. A reminder that, in the depths of winter, there is nothing more vital than the light inside!
4. Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Seven Of Cups. Throughout 2012 desires have tended towards the tangible and practical but The Seven is a card of imagination and daydreams. The Seven first appeared as an external intangible force in March, suggesting an evolving feeling that has become a specific wish.
Combining mental control with creativity to achieve better balance will reveal that happiness can come from many places (and not necessarily the cup you’ve chosen!) The adjacent Sun insists that true joy resides within.
5. Hidden Forces ~ Temperance. Here she is again! The Major Arcana’s symbol of metaphysical harmony appearing as a personal guardian in exactly the same place as the previous Mabon spread (September). This is a tough spread but The Sun (position 3, within) and Temperance (without) empower and protect the artist (position 4) against all that life can throw at her.
Strive constantly for balance and trust the higher self.
6. Events To Come ~ The Devil. The Devil encourages us to become the best version of ourselves by testing our mettle. He also warns us that things may not be as they seem and gives us the opportunity to change course before it is too late.
When a permanent or pleasurable situation turns sour we tend to fall-back on our baser instincts. It is temperance that counters the mundane desires and low behaviour that accompany trying times so thank goodness she appears in position 5; reminding The Inquirer they have everything they need to pass the coming tests.
7. Surrounding Environment ~ The Eight Of Cups. Lily Wight herself has appeared but upside-down! Lily has seven full cups behind her but she still seeks that elusive eighth cup whilst constantly looking over her shoulder! Such a futile endeavour costs emotional strength but wisdom will be found in rest and stillness. The Inquirer has an opportunity to change their usual responses and to reflect upon what is good and solid in life.
8. The Influence Of Others ~ The Hierophant. This is a highly contentious Major Arcana card. In the last spread he appeared upside-down as “The Final Outcome” suggesting an unorthodox – even dogmatic – stance was required. Here he suggests a charismatic male authority figure, at best a guide and teacher, at worst someone repressive and controlling.
Throughout the year the influence of others has been predominantly negative and of too much import with the exception of August (when there was lively and convivial company during a period of leisure). The Inquirer has been constantly encouraged to rely on their own resources and trust in both their own judgement and metaphysical order.
9. Spiritual Forces ~ The Moon. It is interesting that both The Sun (upright, masculine, internal) and The Moon (upside-down, female, external) appear in this spread. Temperance (often equated to The Angel Michael) and The Devil (The Angel Lucifer) might also be regarded as opposites. By conflicting and cancelling each other out these pairs add to the confusion and lack of focus indicated by The Ace in position 1. They also suggest problems for partners with different lifestyles.
The inverted moon warns The Inquirer to be alert for disillusionment, fear and betrayal which could lead to depression. Intuition itself is being tested (thanks to The Devil!) and the best way through is to adjust expectations and keep a firm grip of reality. (The Ace Of Pentacles in position 1. is depicted doing just that but unfortunately the card is upside-down so The Inquirer is hanging-on to the wrong reality!)
2012 has offered up a continual struggle against circumstances. The Moon suggests we must accept things the way that they are before we can change them.
10. Final Outcome ~ The King Of Cups. In the most literal sense The King Of Cups is a mature, free-thinking professional man. Born under a water-sign he is emotionally deep but prone to be secretive and unpredictable – such attributes are intensified due to his proximity to The Moon. It appears that The Inquirer is waiting for information or a decision from this man.
Overall the cards express a continuing push and pull of confusion whilst highlighting the potential for self-fulfillment; blessed by Temperance and burning brightly within. Whatever will the Yule reading bring?
Catch-up With 2012 Tarot Readings You May Have Missed
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Imbolc (February) Tarot Reading ~ Shown Here For The First Time