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     Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot, shown in a Lunatic Spread, suggests that dramatic change and the power of chance will make their move at Midwinter.

     The reading begins centre left and continues anti-clockwise.  Now, let’s look more closely…

1.  The Enquirer/The Present Day ~ THE HIGH PRIESTESS (inverted)

Many Major Arcana cards appear suggesting The Enquirer has little influence over events right now; although their fate is the focus of the reading.  Previously The High Priestess appeared upright in position 7 (The Surrounding Environment) now she is upside-down because The Enquirer is at odds with uncertain surroundings and prone to compromise.  Putting other people’s opinions first and not knowing who to trust has led to emotional repression and critical self-analysis when The Enquirer would do better to have faith in their instincts and common sense. The Priestess is the ultimate feminine guide and she encourages a period of reflection to assimilate lessons learned and develop self-worth.  The world is ready for a butterfly and this caterpillar needs some peace and insight to evolve.  In the meantime The Enquirer should act as if they already are what they want to be.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Knight of Wands (inverted)

A high number of court cards suggests The Enquirer is overly influenced by others.  This Knight is The Air of Fire; someone who fuels negative thoughts into conflict and is (or shares qualities with) a youthful, rash and egotistical male.  This argumentative Knight changes plans, forces disruptions and disturbs peace of mind.  Time and effort has been wasted over-thinking the behaviour of this individual.  The situation has reached a crossroad and could be settled once and for all if bridges are burned.

3.  Subconscious Influences (internal, unknown) ~ THE HANGED MAN (inverted)

When inverted The Hanged Man no longer appears hanged but tethered.  The Enquirer is tied to the past and negative influences; held in stasis by the fear moving on.  The sense of time passing causes anxiety but The Enquirer still waits for guidance because they have lost faith in their power to exact any real change.  This makes them prone to escapism, procrastination and victimisation.  Like The Priestess (position 1) The Hanged man is missing something important or looking at the situation upside-down: self-sacrifice may not be necessary.  Once again the cards encourage The Enquirer to trust their instincts and practice self-focus in order to emerge from their trials improved and enlightened.  Perhaps those bridges have already been burned but The Enquirer is yet to perceive it.

4.  Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Page of Wands.

The Enquirer wishes for someone to motivate or inspire them to break free from oppression and stop settling for less.  This Page is just right for the job – The Earth of Fire – someone who realises ideas with practicality.  The Page is a youthful male or female and likely to be an impulsive friend or colleague who is always on the move.  They may be voluble but their creative energy and gregarious nature is infectious and a means to good health.  They may have news or an invitation that will lead to exciting possibilities.  The Enquirer should seek their company or else strive to adopt these characteristics.

5.  Hidden Forces (external, unknown, personal) ~ The Ace of Wands

The Ace is the herald of a new beginning and a dramatic thrust of traditionally masculine power (crikey)!  Throughout September, October and November The Ace inspires the impulse to act: it is the fire and passion which generates big ideas in business and social environments.  The Page and The Ace of Wands both encourage The Enquirer toward a more dynamic outlook and environment yet it is up to The Enquirer to take the initiative, seize unexpected opportunities and turn ideas into reality.  Good work may go unnoticed but is its own reward.

6.  Events Yet To Come ~ The Eight of Cups

Patrick Valenza’s Eight of Cups has particular significance as this blog’s header image and avatar.  For The Enquirer it represents finding one’s true self again before the year is out.  The Enquirer should stop asking “why?” and simply follow their heart.  The Eight offers the opportunity to rise above expected and instinctive patterns of behaviour; to leave what is irrelevant, cut negative emotional ties and begin a more pleasurable and fulfilling journey.  Self-realisation will lead to the calm which inspires an innate trust in natural harmony.  The Enquirer will find the emotional strength to progress along the right path.

7.  The Surrounding Environment ~ The Six of Wands (inverted)

The theme of “waiting” continues because celebration is delayed when The Six of Wands is placed upside-down.  The Enquirer may lapse into an emotional slump as they doubt their decisions and feel that everything is falling apart while they struggle to start afresh, still awaiting the rewards of their labours.  This frustration will be temporary and if things are left to sort themselves out good luck will reassert itself and victory and congratulations will be forthcoming.

8.  The Influence of Others (upon the issue/surroundings) ~ The King of Cups

Kinder individuals gradually usurp negative influences as the spread evolves.  The King of Cups supports and guides The Enquirer on the true path by providing a stable environment.  He is The Fire of Water, a mature, well-established yet sensitive man who harmonises thought and feeling.  This King values safety and security for himself and his family.  He is most likely a cancerian or has a water sign temperament with fair or grey hair and bluish eyes.  The King of Cups is one of the world’s providers whose loyalty and intuition have made him well-liked and connected.  He has a strong moral centre and encourages The Enquirer to settle for nothing less than the best in others.

9.  Spiritual Forces (upon the issue/environment) ~ THE STAR (inverted)

The Star is a destination point in the Tarot journey.  It is affiliated to January and the sign of Aquarius.  This is a cold and distant star that only illuminates self-doubt, a profound force that lacks principles and humanitarianism.  The Star demands unhealthy emotional bonds but offers nothing in return: it is inflexible yet unstable and not to be wished upon.  The Enquirer’s hopes have been repeatedly dashed by this star so trust is lost.  They must stiffen their resolve and continue to follow their heart.

10.  The Final Outcome ~ THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE

The Major Arcana cards have revealed an Enquirer at odds with themselves believing that new adventures are thwarted in a hostile world because good fortune fails to recognise morality.  Hold tight however because, come Midwinter, The Wheel of Fortune is about to spin.  The Wheel represents a dynamic cycle of movement and change and the perpetual interplay between chance and destiny.  Upright in position 10 The Wheel causes an arbitrary shift in fortune; an unmissable moment of change.  This is the time to make a gamble, take a risk, grab an opportunity or make a major decision because, right now, The Enquirer’s opinion is the deciding factor on how things turn out.  The Wheel will inevitably continue to turn so The Enquirer is advised to enjoy their luck while it lasts.  What a way to end a year!

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     Here are your latest insights for the season, courtesy of Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot, cast in the Lunatic Spread (Position 1. left-centre, continue anti-clockwise)…

1.  The Enquirer/Present Day ~ The King Of Swords (inverted)

The previous spread featured The Knight Of Swords (inverted) suggesting a continuing situation of conflict.  The Enquirer feels controlled and powerless in their own life with a need to defend themselves from an unfair judge.  This King is angry and over-reactive with a mind to spread dishonest gossip.  The Enquirer has genuine concern for The King; empathising with his instability and refusing to play mind-games could lead to the necessary detachment to break free from a stalled relationship.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Six Of Pentacles

Distributing resources is an act requiring discrimination.  In the upright position the lucky 6 suggests a wise investment in which an act of generosity or assistance has led to a binding relationship.  This card is a reminder to balance give and take; as too much control and responsibility can create underlying tension in a partnership.  This may give clues into what has gone wrong with the relationship implied in Position 1.  What follows could offer a solution.

3.  Subconscious Influences (internal, unknown) ~ The Four Of Cups

The Enquirer is clinging to past unhappiness and choosing to brood in an isolated tower of their own making!  Obsessing about the pain caused by lost loves has made The Enquirer blind to their achievements and closed to the potential of other friendships.  The picture on the card is perfectly clear;  throwing away the empty cup will leave hands free to reach for other possibilities and the key to escape has been in The Enquirer’s keeping all along.  Knowledge of the need for emotional self-awareness is buried deep in the subconscious – sometimes, when you have done all you can to fix a situation, the best and only option is to walk away.

4.  Secret Desires & Wishes ~ THE HIGH PRIESTESS (inverted)

This Enquirer’s wishes are frequently powerful and destructive.  Repressed feelings and guarding the secrets of others has made them long to smash their good intentions and subvert their positive instincts.  Here is a wish to be rid of problems rather than solve them – to be less emotional and caring.  The Enquirer is probably known to be compassionate and amiable but their fantasy is to act the opposite!  The low number of Major Arcana cards in the spread suggest The Enquirer is positioned to start taking back control of their life.

5.  Hidden Forces (external, unknown) ~ The Eight Of Swords

The cards in Positions 3, 4 and 5 all suggest a tussle to break free from stagnant conflict and external control; with cards 3 and 5 revealing opportunities to escape negative circumstances via small and unlooked-for windows of opportunity.  We are not to blame for the faults of others; The Enquirer should not be afraid to reach out, ask for help and seek better company.  Once more the best advice is to drop the cup, leave the tower (even if it takes a fall from the window!) and walk away.

6.  Events To Come ~ The Five Of Cups

The Enquirer has outgrown a relationship that once brought happiness.  The picture shows The Enquirer finding their “off switch” and literally blocking their ears to negativity and turning their back on a soured situation.  It seems certain that The Enquirer will at last break free and feel less burdened and controlled.

7.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Page Of Cups

Dropping a negative relationship creates more time and space for a positive one and there is no better company than The Page Of Cups; a youthful, imaginative and caring guide for the lost.  The Page is shown returning a fish to water and receiving a pearl for his/her kindness. This is an example of a perfectly balanced give and take relationship.  The Page understands The Enquirer’s need for a loving, natural and more nurturing environment.  Pages sometimes bring invitations to uplifting social events; parties, weddings – although the cup and water suggest a christening.   Here is the better company The Enquirer can rely on.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Two Of Pentacles

Now that The Enquirer is free from their “tower” they need positive examples of how to handle difficult situations and conflicting schedules.  Someone may offer a new course of action or release The Enquirer from a commitment that was troubling them, either way an end to conflict is likely.

9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Ace Of Cups (inverted)

Despite good company and positive influences The Enquirer will not be able to ignore the lingering sense that their foundations have been rocked, love has been lost and abrupt changes have taken their toll.  A search for resolution and clarity has proved fruitless and loving someone unworthy has left insecurity behind.  It has been fascinating to track the images of cups in this spread, the suit of emotions and the heart.  The Enquirer has had to throw away and ignore empty or poisoned cups but has been carried to safety is the cup guarded by The Page.  The Ace is the single remaining cup.  It is upside down but The Enquirer must cherish and refill it by being kind to themselves and saying “no” to harmful influences.

10.  The Final Outcome ~ The Ace Of Swords (inverted)

There has been a long struggle with no resolution.  It is hard to accept absent closure but this has been making The Enquirer feel anxious, edgy and alone for too long.  The Ace’s blade points towards The Enquirer so they still feel a need to defend themselves or put themselves in hostile environments.  The cards have told The Enquirer to let go, to turn their back on the hurt caused by conflict, to escape and move on.  Better company is available but they must choose to turn to it and release old heartache to find peace and calm.

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     Sometimes a Tarot reading can be surprisingly specific.  Half the cards in this spread are Knights or Pages suggesting a period dominated by the activities of young men whilst half the pip cards belong to The Suit of Wands; placing events primarily in the realms of work and social life.  Knights bring sudden changes but a shortage of Major Arcana cards indicates this is not a critical time.  Let’s break it down…

Position 1. at left-centre then read anti-clockwise

1.  The Enquirer/Present Day ~ The Knight Of Swords (inverted)

The Enquirer is presently preoccupied – to their detriment – with this Knight of Air.  He is an impulsive young man; headstrong but indecisive and wayward with a tendency to get himself into trouble.  The Knight can bring sudden change in work or business where he, or The Enquirer (perhaps both!) have lost faith and enthusiasm for an enterprise.  This relationship has stalled and is at a crossroad.  The Enquirer believes him/herself to be in a war they can only win by being more assertive but diplomatic.  This is not a good time for new projects and ventures.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Six Of Wands

The Six was drawn upside-down at the end of The Enquirer’s previous spread but here it is righted suggesting they have emerged, much improved, from a period of great success and celebration.  The Enquirer has already made positive decisions and adjusted their thoughts and attitudes to create a better balance between work and social commitments.  This may not suit The Knight Of Wands (position 1.) who is used to being tolerated.

3.  Subconscious Influences (internal-unknown) ~ JUSTICE

This Major Arcana card is an integral but sometimes forgotten power inherent in The Enquirer – its influence dominates the first half of the spread suggesting inner strength, fairness and integrity.  The Enquirer believes that past wrongs ought to be righted yet they are perceptive enough to know that ill-will is best met with kindness and moderation.   This Enquirer subjects themselves to strict self-appraisal and may feel burdened by a heavy sense of responsibility but they are just and karma is in their favour.

4.  Secret Desires & Wishes (internal) ~ The Eight Of Wands

Here is a wish for the strength to balance work and social-life within a bustling environment of constant travel, movement, ambition and new acquaintances: to be the ultimate multitasker!  The Enquirer wishes to enter the flow of life wholeheartedly, without anxiety, through self-realisation and with control.  The Eight adds a sense of urgency to the entire spread so The Enquirer needs to exercise patience when implementing change.  Most specifically the crow in the card’s image is bringing an unexpected and urgent message.

5.  Hidden Force (external-unknown) ~ The Page Of Cups

This Page is an imaginative and compassionate youth or child who gives and inspires great love.  He/She may seem vulnerable and in need of reassurance but the opportunity to nurture another is a calming influence that dispels loneliness.  In a spread dominated by Court and Wand cards this Cup is the heart.  The Enquirer can gain much strength from this warm and loving relationship.

6.  Events To Come ~ The Page Of Pentacles (inverted)

Knights bring changes and Pages bring messages.  Two Pages in a row, combined with the crow (position 4.)  continue to suggest urgent news pertaining to business or health.  The youth who brings or is the subject of this message is constantly trying to change and improve his line of work.  He is an impractical dreamer, motivated by money and likely to abandon projects.  The Enquirer has lost patience with this Page who does not listen to advice or praise the work and effort of others.  Stepping back from The Page’s demands is the way to ease disappointment in a relationship that seems likely to change or end.

7.  Surrounding Environment ~ JUDGEMENT (inverted)

This Major Arcana card dominates the second half of the spread.  The Enquirer feels ill-used and has lost control of their own (Scorpio, Pluto) environment: that strong sense of JUSTICE (position 3.) is being compromised!  The Enquirer is being held back by the inverted Knight Of Swords and Page Of Pentacles but is afraid to make the necessary changes to reassert themselves.  It is difficult to improve or end a relationship or situation that has been fixed for a long time but this Enquirer has already made the inner shift necessary to assert themselves (position 2.) and can trust their instincts (position 3.)

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Page Of Wands

Three Pages makes for a complex and eventful social life with potential conflict between Wands (work) and Cups (home).  This Page is voluble, ingenious and charming, he wants to lure and rush The Enquirer into meetings and gatherings but he means well and will not prove disruptive.  The Page of Pentacles and The Page of Wands may represent different aspects of the same individual, suggesting The Enquirer will succeed in evolving this troublesome relationship into something more harmonious and productive.

9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Four Of Wands (inverted)

This reading seems to be more about the males in the cards than The Enquirer!  There is another warning here to pull back from an unstable relationship in which differing opinions have led to despondency.  The Enquirer must remember to trust their instinct for JUSTICE (position 3.) and assert themselves as the environment (and the males in it!) continues to prove challenging.

10.  Final Outcome ~ The Knight Of Wands

The Knight of Swords (position 1. inverted) has been on quite a journey through this reading and in the end emerges (after passing through Page stage) as the upright Knight of Wands, but which Knight denotes a beginning and which an end?  The Knight of Wands is still rash, hasty and impulsive but he follows his vision with admirable perseverance, determined to simply do what must be done.  For The Enquirer this Knight is a reminder not to over-assess situations or plan too carefully rather to trust in knowing what to do when the time is right.

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     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.

Samhain Tarot Spread at www.lilywight.com

     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

     Click the links below the pictures to read the previous posts and please feel free to leave your comments and observations …

Imbolc (February) 2012.

Imbolc (February) Tarot Reading ~ Shown Here For The First Time

Ostara/Vernal Equinox (March) 2012.

https://lilywight.com/2012/03/28/lily-wights-spring-equinox-tarot-reading-with-deviant-moon/

Beltane (May) 2012.

https://lilywight.com/2012/05/19/lily-wights-beltane-tarot-spread-your-thoughts-welcome/

Litha/Midsummer Solstice (June) 2012.

https://lilywight.com/2012/06/21/summer-solstice-2012-tarot-reading-lily-wight-with-deviant-moon/

Lughnasadh (August) 2012.

https://lilywight.com/2012/08/18/lily-wights-lughnasadh-tarot-spread-with-deviant-moon/

Link To Mabon (September) 2012.  The Eight of Cups, Deviant Moon by Patrick Valenza.

https://lilywight.com/2012/10/27/tarot-spread-for-the-autumn-equinox-2012/

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     Hello Blogsprites,

     It’s a little later than promised – so much to post about this month! – but here is my own personal Tarot reading offering insight into general trends from September through to the end of October (Samhain in the Celtic calendar).

     Do feel free to offer your comments, no experience required 🙂

1.  The Inquirer In The Present ~ The Knight Of Wands.

     In my previous spread for Lughnasadh The Ten Of Swords appeared in the first position depicting an unhappy soul trapped in a box of swords.  I am – for want of a better expression – clearly out of my box!  The Knight stands at a crossroad.  He can be gullible and prone to hastiness.  He is brandishing a brilliant idea but has no idea where to go or what to do with it.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Four Of Wands.

     Work and domestic partnerships have dominated since Midsummer.  Stability is important but sometimes stifling.  The Knight Of Wands suggests it is time for a (cautious) breakthrough adventure.

     Cards 3,4 and 5 represent the “inner” portion of the spread; pertaining to personal thoughts and feelings.

3.  Subconscious Influences ~ The Seven Of Pentacles.

     At Midsummer this card appeared in position 7 – The Surrounding Environment.  This tells me I am powerfully influenced by external circumstances, perhaps too much.  The Seven represents traditional feminine wants and needs, the virtue of patience and the comfort promised by practical and material success.

4.  Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Two Of Pentacles.

     The desire to be an effortless multi-tasker!  Pentacles frequently dominate the 3 and 4 positions in my spreads; a constant reminder that I can get “stuck-in-the-mud” with earthy practical issues whilst harbouring the potential to turn myself into a piggy bank!  (Would someone give me a shake or fetch a hammer, please?)

5.  Hidden Forces ~ Temperance.

     This Major Arcana card feels like a blessing!  If The Two Of Pentacles (4) represents a struggle for balance in the mundane world then Temperance represents enlightenment through achieving balance in a metaphysical sense.  Temperance takes all the elements of a life; home, family, work, friends, romance, dreams, etc. and creates a potent chemical reaction by re-combining them for a better result.  Harmony through endeavour is on my side.

6.  Events To Come ~ The Six Of Cups.

     This card appeared in exactly the same position in my last spread!  It represents a “blast from the past” and it would seem to refer to a very specific joyous event.

     Cards 7,8 and 9 represent the “external” portion of the spread; pertaining to the world about me.

7.  The Surrounding Environment ~ The Magician.

     Balance is a recurring theme throughout this reading.  The Magician is discovering how to utilise his skills to effect his environment in a positive way.

He must learn to see past the illusions of negative influence and there is a warning here not to allow external circumstances to crush inner serenity.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~  The Eight Of Pentacles.

     This card might be called “The Apprentice” (The Magician is a kind of apprentice too!)  I have definitely begun a new and exciting project but I could benefit greatly from the right mentors, guides and teachers.

9.  Spiritual Forces ~ Death.

     I have a very healthy relationship with Death.  In my last reading Death was my Final Outcome (position 10) the transformation that allowed me to break out of that box (see above 1.  The Knight Of Wands).  The power to maintain and continue this transformation now surrounds me alongside that other great Force: Temperance.  The Magician and the apprentice nearby suggest the beginnings of radical change through hard work.

10.  The Final Outcome ~ The Hierophant (drawn upside down).

     Another Major Arcana card hammers home that October is an important time for me.  Death and The Hierophant side-by-side represent a profound transformation of beliefs and the opportunity to be truly unorthodox.

     Undergoing trials with temperance leads to wisdom and balance.  We must not shun or fear change because it is new and hard.

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     If you mention The Tarot superstitious folks tend to back away uttering protective curses and crossing themselves.  I would like to dispel this nonsense.

     The origins of Tarot imagery are debatable but the cards were devised as a playing deck, with four suits combining pip and court cards.

     The supposedly sinister Major Arcana evolved in part so artists and crafters could showcase their skills.  Increasingly elaborate decks were commissioned by wealthy and aristocratic houses simply for the love of owning and displaying beautiful things.

     Tarot images speak the universal language of mythic symbology.  The archetypal characters, concepts and scenarios tell of The Fool’s journey from innocence through experience to enlightenment and self-realisation.  Anyone familiar with Jung’s theories on The Collective Unconscious and Joseph Campbell’s deconstruction of Mythology will find nothing dangerously occult here.

     The images of The Tarot serve a similar purpose to the black-splodge Rorschach Test.  This is a psychological tool which allows us to consider a given situation and order our thoughts and feelings with objectivity.  Meditating upon a Tarot spread can help us perceive things more clearly, negotiate life’s obstacles and acknowledge deep thoughts and desires.

     Like many who appreciate The Tarot I perform a personal reading on each of the United Kingdom’s eight indigenous ancient festival days, the latest being Ostara, The Vernal (or Spring) Equinox which heralds the first day of springtime (Tuesday 20th March).

     I will post my reading here on Friday evening.  As usual I would love to hear your thoughts x

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