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     You can call it Midsummer, The Longest Day, Litha or The Summer Solstice.  Whichever you prefer just click the link to read all about it in our popular guide to The Wheel of The Year festivals…

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     How will you celebrate your May Day bank holiday weekend?  You could always get married, jump over a broomstick or get naked and paint yourself red like these folks.

     You can discover the origins and traditions of the Beltane festival by clicking the link below for Lily Wight’s Beginner’s Guide To The Wheel Of The Year.

Beltane Fire Festival

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     Ostara is an Anglo-Germanic fertility festival celebrated at The Spring Equinox.  This year’s festival coincides with a rare solar eclipse on Friday 20th March.  Click the link to read all about it in Lily Wight’s Guide To The Wheel Of The Year.

 

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     The Celtic Fire Festival, Imbolc is celebrated on the 1st of February.  Click the link to read all about it in Lily Wight’s Guide To The Wheel Of The Year.

 

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Updated 18/12/2014

     There are four Solar Quarter Days (two equinoxes and two solstices) on The Wheel of The Year calendar.  Yule or The Winter Solstice is celebrated during a twelve day period from December into January.

     Yule commemorates the demise and rebirth of the sun’s powers because The Wheel continues to turn and daylight hours begin to lengthen again beyond The Shortest Day.

     The name “Yule” is thought to derive from the Old Norse ” jólnar”  – a collective term for the gods or “Yule Ones”.   Jólfaðr (Yule Father – interchangeable with All-Father) is one of many names attributed to Odin.  In Old Norse poetry names and terms for Odin are frequently synonymous with celebration and feasting.  Odin The Gift-Giver is undoubtedly the origin of our Santa Claus.

     The Midwinter period between the last harvest (Samhain)…

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     Updated 11/12/2014     

     Students of English Literature should be eternally grateful for this Graphic Novel adaptation of a core curriculum classic.

     The simple black and white noir-style graphics contemporise the satirical content whilst aiding differentiation between the many realms and circles in Dante’s compelling trawl through a unique afterlife.

     Chwast’s vision is a brief and entertaining read that may just inspire you to seek out – and perhaps better appreciate – Dante’s original.

     More Graphic Novel interpretations of Literary Classics please!

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     Samhain – pronounced “sow – inn” and known presently as Halloween – is celebrated from sunset to sunset on 31st October to 1st November.  It is the most important Fire Festival or Sabbat on the ancient Wheel of The Year calendar.

     “Samhain” has been variously translated as “first frost” or “Summer’s end”:  opposing suggestions with the same meaning.  It is the name for November in ancient and modern Gaelic.

     Samhain lies between The Autumn Equinox and The Winter Solstice.  It marks the death of the year and the end of the annual agricultural cycle.  Many ancient cultures throughout The Western Hemisphere regarded Samhain as their New Year’s Eve.

     Samhain is the third and final harvest on The Wheel of The Year calendar.  After Lughnasadh (grain and cereals) and Modron (fruit and vegetables) herding communities drove livestock back from…

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     Updated 23/09/2014

     The Wheel Of The Year calendar comprises four Celtic fire festivals interspersed with two solstice and two equinox celebrations.  September’s Equinox denotes the height of the Autumn season.

     The Autumn Equinox is named variably as Modron (Mother Goddess) or Mabon (Divine Son) – deities from Welsh Mythology who can be found in The Legends Of King Arthur.

     Modron is a harvest and fertility goddess who shares characteristics with the Roman Ceres.  On the agricultural calendar Lughnasadh (August) is The First Harvest (grains and cereals) and The Autumn Equinox (September) is The Second Harvest (fruits and vegetables).

     At the Equinox the year wanes, yet the harvest is plentiful.   The ancient tribal people of The Western Hemisphere believed their Mother Goddess entered the third trimester of her pregnancy whilst her…

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     Updated 24/06/2014

     The ancient seasonal calendar – known as The Wheel Of The Year – has reached Litha (meaning “wheel”) also known as The Longest Day, Midsummer and The Summer Solstice.

     Litha marks the height of the sun’s powers at the middle of the year before the inevitable shortening of daylight hours.

     Midsummer has been observed since Neolithic times.  It held special significance to the Scandinavian, Germanic and Anglo-Saxon people and is still celebrated throughout The Northern Hemisphere today.

     Litha was a time to urge the growth of crops in the hope of a plentiful harvest.  A wheel would be set on fire and rolled downhill to “warm” the fields, a practice first recorded two thousand years ago.

     Golden-flowered  Midsummer plants, such as Calendula and St. John’s…

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     Updated 29/04/2014

     Beltane (meaning “bright fire”) or May Day is one of eight festival days marked upon the ancient seasonal calendar known as The Wheel Of The Year.

     Beltane heralds the beginning of Summer as it lies halfway between The Spring Equinox (Ostara) and The Summer Solstice (Litha).  It is a time when daylight hours are long, trees blossom and herding animals are turned out to pasture.

     Beltane was originally observed by the Gaelic people of Ireland, Scotland and The Isle Of Man who performed protective rituals for their crops and livestock whilst The Celtic Tribes of Western Europe and Britain also celebrated mating rituals and male potency.

     Beltane is named for the Celtic Sun God, Bel (Belenos/Belenus) who is associated with West Cornwall, formerly Belerion.  The Romans dubbed him the “British Apollo” and…

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     Updated 15/03/2014

     Ostara (Old High German) or Ēostre (Old English) falls upon 20th March.  It is one of eight ancient Wheel Of The Year festivals denoting seasonal shifts.

     Ostara marks The Vernal (meaning “youthful”) Equinox: the height of Spring.

     Daylight and darkness are balanced at The Equinox, prior to the lengthening of days: a period sometimes referred to as Lent.  It is a time to celebrate fecundity and growth.

     Ostara is named for an ancient Germanic goddess and the month that bears her name; Ôstarmânoth, now April.

     Ostara is a dawn goddess associated to the Greek Eos and the Roman Aurora.  She represents the resurrection of light following the death of Winter.

     Ostara’s totem animal is the hare: a symbol of fertility dating…

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     Updated for 2015

     Imbolc (pronounced i-MOLK meaning “in the belly”) is one of eight seasonal festivals marked on the ancient calendar known as The Wheel Of The Year.  Imbolc is observed on 1st February each year.

     Imbolc heralds the first stirrings of  Spring as it lies halfway between The Winter Solstice (Yule) and The Spring Equinox (Ostara).  It is a time when days lengthen, new buds and shoots appear and the first lambs are born.

     Imbolc was originally observed by the Gaelic (Irish, Scottish and Manx) people as a vital indicator of a new agricultural year.

     The festival was deemed sacred to the Gaelic goddess Brighid (pronounced breed) the midwife of the year and protector of women, children and newborns. 

     Hearthfire celebrations involved the baking of bannocks; the origin…

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     Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot in the Lunatic Spread read by Lily Wight for The Arcade of Arts & Arcana (Winter).

     Begin centre-left and proceed anti-clockwise;

WP_0000111.  The Four of Cups (inverted)

2.  The Ace of Wands

3.  The Ten of Swords (inverted)

4.  The Six of Pentacles (inverted)

5.  THE HANGED MAN (inverted)

6.  The Four of Swords (inverted)

7.  The Queen of Swords (inverted)

8.  The Eight of Cups

9.  The Five of Swords (inverted)

10.  The Ten of Wands (inverted)

Quick Notes

     There is only one Major Arcana card suggesting The Enquirer is guiding current circumstances.  The Hanged Man appeared previously right-side up as a subconscious influence, now he is inverted in the external environment.  His role is evolving, balance is reasserting and The Hanged Man’s control is waning.

     The number of inverted cards is unusually high so a situation is currently at tipping point or in the process of being turned on its head.

     The Suit of Swords dominates throughout the spread suggesting the last stage of effort in action or crisis.

     The Enquirer’s favourite/personal card, The Eight of Cups appears (mirroring another Cup – or Heart – card in position 1.)  This reading involves an important emotional matter-of-the-heart for The Enquirer.

     The Ace of Wands also appeared in the previous spread.  Its motivational influence has now moved into the past.

     There is only one Court Card, or significant “other”, in this spread.  The Queen of Swords is a frequent negative visitor for this Enquirer but her influence has waned.

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1.  The Enquirer / The Present ~ The Four of Cups (inverted)

Realise the need to drop all that has proved disappointing.  This is not a failure but an opportunity to grasp a bright new outlook.  Consolidate new and better emotional foundations.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Ace of Wands

A recent burst of creative energy has already instigated a new productive cycle in work and social activities.

3.  Subconscious Influences (internal/unknown) ~ The Ten of Swords (inverted)

A final surge of courage is required to break traps of defeat and betrayal and gain the edge over old problems.  Stop expecting the worst, turn away from unpleasantness and achieve the freedom to rebuild self-confidence.

4.  Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Six of Pentacles (inverted)

A practical wish to be more selfish and less generous with a desire for more control and quicker gratification.  Live in the now!

5.  Hidden Forces (external/unknown) ~ THE HANGED MAN (inverted)

The Enquirer is no longer hanging but still tethered.  Emotional blackmail forces masochism so fight restraints imposed by the past, the self and others.

6.  Events To Come ~ The Four of Swords (inverted)

Activity will begin with renewed vigour when The Enquirer accepts that problems will always exist and success is measured not by solving them but by how they are dealt with.  The world outside starts to look more appealing; wake up Sleeping Beauty and be your own hero!

WP_0000117.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Queen of Swords (inverted)

The Enquirer has tolerated this manipulative schemer to keep the peace but boundaries have at last been set to block her controlling nature and negativity.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Eight of Cups

Self-awareness minimises external influences and builds the courage to make better choices.  Move on, follow the heart’s desire and seek a truer path.

9.  Spiritual Forces (upon the environment) ~ The Five of Swords (inverted)

The Enquirer will part from their troubles when a false friend is exposed and disarmed for the sake of peace and harmony.  What feels like a loss is truly a success.  Protect yourself on the road to self-reliance.

10.  The Final Outcome ~ The Ten of Swords (inverted)

There are inherent difficulties in completing the old and starting the new simultaneously.  Forget patience, release excess burdens and responsibilities and rush to your goals.  A new beginning is tantalisingly close.

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Updated 18/12/2014

     There are four Solar Quarter Days (two equinoxes and two solstices) on The Wheel of The Year calendar.  Yule or The Winter Solstice is celebrated during a twelve day period from December into January.

     Yule commemorates the demise and rebirth of the sun’s powers because The Wheel continues to turn and daylight hours begin to lengthen again beyond The Shortest Day.

     The name “Yule” is thought to derive from the Old Norse ” jólnar”  – a collective term for the gods or “Yule Ones”.   Jólfaðr (Yule Father – interchangeable with All-Father) is one of many names attributed to Odin.  In Old Norse poetry names and terms for Odin are frequently synonymous with celebration and feasting.  Odin The Gift-Giver is undoubtedly the origin of our Santa Claus.

     The Midwinter period between the last harvest (Samhain) and the stirrings of Spring (Imbolc) was a time of hardship for agricultural communities.  A feast of preserved foods and good fellowship whilst celebrating warmth and light would boost morale and inspire hope during a bleak and inhospitable time.

     Homes and halls would be decorated with evergreens to symbolise life’s tenacity in a barren landscape and anticipate the rebirth of Spring.  Spikey holly – with its blood-red berries – represented protection, ivy denoted endurance and mistletoe (for kissing under) symbolised fertility.

     Germanic and Celtic people perceived the mating cycle of their Father and Mother deities in the changing seasons.  At Midwinter the solar god – who passed into The Underworld at Samhain (Halloween) is reincarnated as his own sacred son and “reborn” to the goddess at Yule.

     Yule is also regarded as the season of The Wild Hunt, a supernatural procession of hounds, horses and huntsmen.  Hunt leaders vary, from horned gods to folk heroes, depending on country and culture.  In the United Kingdom hunt leaders include Odin’s equivalent Woden, Gaelic Fairy Folk, Herne The Hunter and King Arthur.

     Hunt leaders, often cursed into service, would manifest in their most violent and dangerous forms to cleanse the realm, both spiritually and physically, by rounding-up stray spirits, changelings, evil folk and wrongdoers.  Early Christian clerics regarded hunt legends as diabolical due to their association with horned gods and hoofed animals.  Controversial Boxing Day Hunts are still enacted throughout the UK today.

     Father Christmas’s supernatural chariot drawn by horned and hoofed reindeer bears association to The Wild Hunt.  Santa is most likely derived from Odin – a giver of gifts to those who are nice – but also, as a Hunt leader, a judge to those who are deemed “naughty”.  In Belgium and The Netherlands Santa Claus is assisted not by Norse Elves but Zwarte Piets; the devilish child-taunting mischief-makers who paint their faces to resemble, you guessed it, the followers of The Hunt.

     However you choose to celebrate remember that Yule is a time to recuperate and re-energise ourselves in preparation for another turn of The Wheel and the coming of a brand new Spring.

 

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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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     Updated 23/10/2014

     Samhain – pronounced “sow – inn” and known presently as Halloween – is celebrated from sunset to sunset on 31st October to 1st November.  It is the most important Fire Festival or Sabbat on the ancient Wheel of The Year calendar.

     “Samhain” has been variously translated as “first frost” or “Summer’s end”:  opposing suggestions with the same meaning.  It is the name for November in ancient and modern Gaelic.

     Samhain lies between The Autumn Equinox and The Winter Solstice.  It marks the death of the year and the end of the annual agricultural cycle.  Many ancient cultures throughout The Western Hemisphere regarded Samhain as their New Year’s Eve.

     Samhain is the third and final harvest on The Wheel of The Year calendar.  After Lughnasadh (grain and cereals) and Modron (fruit and vegetables) herding communities drove livestock back from Summer pasture to be housed or slaughtered for winter, furthering the festival’s associations with death.  The eighth century scholar, Bede refers to November as the “blood month”.

     According to ancient beliefs the mythic courtship of a god and goddess symbolised the eternal rotation of seasons.  At Samhain the Goddess, in her crone or hag aspect, midwifes the waning or sacrificed God into the Underworld where he will journey until his rebirth at Yule with the promise of Spring. 

     Crone Goddesses, such as Celtic Ceridwen and Greek Hecate, ease transitions and guard borders and crossroads.  They are keepers of arcane wisdom and herbal lore who are associated with broomsticks (for cleansing thresholds) and cauldrons (for brewing natural medicines).  Halloween “witches” are a modern remnant of this frequently misunderstood ancient archetype.

     Sexy Halloween witches owe their style to The Morrígan, the Gaelic Dark Mother or Raven Goddess  who presides over death and battle – akin to the Scandinavian Valkyries.  At Samhain The Morrígan mates with The Dagda (the Gaelic All-Father) to bring creation from chaos.

     Samhain is considered a liminal time; when the veil between the mortal and the preternatural realms – the living and the dead – is at its thinnest.  Ancestors are remembered and honoured with a variety of worldwide customs that continue to this day, such as the Mexican Dia de Los Meurtos or Day of The Dead.

     Costuming for Halloween is an ancient tradition with many possible origins and purposes.  Celebrants may have daubed themselves with ash from ritual bonfires or disguised themselves to confuse, deter or even consort with mischievous otherworldly creatures before parading from house to house to collect donations for the Samhain feast: the likely origin of trick or treating.

     It wouldn’t be Samhain without a pumpkin lantern.  The gourd was the first domesticated plant species and has been used for carving for thousands of years.  Pumpkin lamps were carved with fearsome faces as festival decorations; to light parades and repel unwelcome spirits.  Jack o’ Lantern was another name for will-o’-the-wisp; strange but naturally occurring flares of marsh gas.  Jack o’ Lantern evolved into a folkloric hero who tricks The Devil in a variety of tales.  Barred from the afterlife he roams the world forever, carrying a single ember from the fires of Hell in his pumpkin lamp.

 

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     Someone is going to have a dramatic life-changing autumn (… wonder who that could be?!!)  Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot shall reveal all (Position 1. centre left then proceed anti-clockwise)…

Position 1.  The Enquirer/The Present ~ The Ten of Pentacles (inverted)

The Ten of Pentacles is the ultimate expression of practical finance and shows the cycle of wealth in its falling stage implying matters of inheritance.  The inverted card suggests the severing of ties with older generations; as role-models are no longer required or have failed to supply adequate support.  This lack of guidance may have led to disharmony as The Enquirer has lost a legacy but inherited a burden.  This is a period of time spent alone tending to repairs and maintenance at home.

Position 2.  Past Influences ~ The Eight of Pentacles.

The Enquirer has used inner-strength, persistence and  knowledge gained through study to achieve a positive frame of mind.  This industrious learning phase has led to better self-awareness and the chance to take a hobby to a new level.  Business and friendship have been mixing well lately as enthusiasm for a new project has proved infectious.  Financial rewards are likely, The Enquirer just needs to ease-up on their perfectionism!

Position 3.  Subconscious Influences ~ The Page of Cups

This particular Page shows up frequently in this Enquirer’s spreads so is likely to represent a very specific person who is constantly in the back of their mind as a source of emotional strength and comfort.  The Page is often a “boyish girl” or a “girlish boy”, someone young – in age or attitude – expressive, caring and likely to be pale, fair and born under a water-sign.  In a less literal sense the card suggests influential social occasions and the opportunity to make important contacts.

Position 4.  Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Nine of Swords

The card shows a victim wracked by their own anxieties during another sleepless night.  Here is someone with a fundamental tendency towards depression and a strong wish to be rid of its causes and symptoms.  The Enquirer feels that their hands are tied and that they have been trapped in an untenable situation for too long: they wish to be left alone by those who bring conflict.  This may relate to the severing of ties in Position 1 and could also be tied-up with worries for or about The Page of Cups.  The Enquirer is in a positive and independent phase so is well-appointed to surmount a crisis or obstacle.

Position 5.  Hidden Forces ~ THE TOWER

This Major Arcana card brings major disruption!  The fall of the tower takes away options and forces outcomes which The Enquirer would never normally consider.  The dramatic impact of this card can never be underestimated as comfortable illusions are shattered and value-systems destroyed, leading to bewilderment.  This abrupt and sudden change may come in the form of loss, accident, upheaval, the reveal of information or betrayal yet; the lightning strike which destroys also holds the power to illuminate.  The Enquirer must rely on their foundations and principles to reserve what is of true value and leave what is false in the rubble.

Position 6.  Events To Come ~ The Four of Wands

The future holds a positive new mindset as consolidation follows the fall of obstacles.  Here is a strong if unconventional domestic partnership creating an  environment for creativity leading to tangible results.  This is the perfect peaceful space where things can grow and The Enquirer can do and be their best.

Position 7.  Surrounding Environment ~ THE HIGH PRIESTESS

There is a mighty clash of Major Arcana forces in the surrounding environment and The High Priestess will ascend when The Tower falls.  The Priestess personifies ancient female wisdom through to modern girl power!  Important mysteries and new information will be revealed to The Enquirer; making them a better judge of character and more willing to trust their inner voice and instincts.  The High Priestess ushers in a fresh start, she encourages objective communication and brings harmony from diversity.  The Enquirer will feel blessed and fortunate with a greater sense of self-worth and an ability to refuse whatever is counter-productive to their goals.  The environment is conducive to study: The Priestess is holding a book.

Position 8.  Influence of Others ~ The Nine of Cups

After the crisis of The Tower the reading has taken a most fortunate turn.  The Nine shows a genie who grants The Enquirer’s wish to be free of the anxiety which kept them awake at night.   The Enquirer can look forward to a moment in the spotlight; a busy and fulfilling time bringing new friends and possibilities.  It seems those who now surround our Enquirer bring happiness, fun and joy.

Position 9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Queen of Swords

There’s always someone who wants to rain on your parade 😦  The Queen of Swords is usually a maternal and manipulative woman, someone strong-willed and sharp-tongued who likes to force divisions and spread bad news.  They may have been born under an air sign, or share their characteristics.  This card is often associated with bitter single women or widows whose spite is fuelled by isolation.  The Queen’s divisive nature suggests she is connected to the split and sense of isolation indicated by Position 1.

Position 10.  Final Outcome ~ The Page of Swords

It would seem that the Queen is not so alone after all!  The Page represents a young spy or rival; someone sneaky and argumentative who will prove to be a false friend.  The Queen and The Page seem intent on disrupting The Enquirer’s peaceful new environment by spreading negativity or even false rumours.  The Enquirer must keep their wits about them and not be drawn in by negativity.  The High Priestess reigns here and she advises taking no action against enemies and letting them fall by their own mistakes.  That’s good advice 😉

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     This week the gracious and gifted Kathy Hughes, from Turtlephoenix, has drawn a seven card Faerie Path spread for Lily Wight.  The deck used is Brian and Wendy Froud’s The Heart Of Faerie Oracle.

     The Froud’s work may look familiar to regular site visitors from film fantasies, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.  You will find more of their creations in the Gallery, in the album Faerie Lore & Fairy Tales.

Position 1.  ~ The Returning

KH:  Your first card is The Returning.  You have come to rest after a whirlwind of activity.  This whirlwind of activity was not fruitless.  You  have brought something back with you and found something waiting in the calm.  Perhaps you have found a new capacity for empathy or intuition and brought it back to apply to yourself.

LW:  This already seems in tune with the previous spread you read for me with the Oracle Of Shadows & Light.  I get swept up by multi-tasking so the whirlwind metaphor is spot-on.  A lesson learned is probably the best thing you can bring back from a stressful period.  Having a little empathy for myself as well as others is good advice.

KH:  Perhaps, waiting there, was someone to take care of you for a change, or a restorative calm.  You’ve gained new insight and wisdom.  Waiting back home are people willing to listen to you.

LW:  Home can be my sanctuary but I do let others bring me their problems.  The faerie has a slightly admonishing look on her face to remind me I ought to know better!

Position 2.  The First Helper Or Challenge ~ The Child

KH:  You are curious and find joy in the little things and beauty in unexpected places.

LW:  Yes, very much so.

KH:  After a rough period you are relaxing now, letting yourself have fun and be taken care of.  See the other guy in the background?  That’s someone in your life watching over you and enjoying your happiness.  This person makes you feel safe.

LW:  I do have people to lean on,  I just have trouble releasing responsibility but I won’t be resting properly until I do.  I’ve just noticed that the quills beneath The Child’s wings look like lilies!  Perhaps she’s a lily wight too.

Position 3.  (informs the meaning of the spread) ~ In Two Minds

KH:  The Child looks at this card, seeing the one face made of two and laughing with delight.  Two faces in one!  Having it all!

LW:  I need to find the right balance between rest and activity.

KH:  The magic you brought back on your Returning (Position 1.) can help you marry two choices that are equally strong in their pulling.

Position 4.  The Second Helper Or Challenge ~ The Remembrance

KH:  The eyes of The Remembrance are sad but clear.  In this time of Returning to yourself – to the innocent, joyful child self – you are able to look at a memory that used to make you angry or hurt and see the people involved with compassion and understanding.  A terrible relationship has now become bittersweet.

LW:  Oh, that is very specific.  I have been swept up by someone else’s problems which left me feeling worn out and tarnished.  Something that pulled me away from my home and myself.

KH:  You are able to live in the two minds of your mixed feelings comfortably.  You are able to find the valuable lessons in the pain and the joy as well.

LW:  I feel that this is The Challenge in the spread and The Child is The Helper.  I have good memories from childhood that recent problems shouldn’t be allowed to spoil.

Position 5.  ~ The Challenge

LW:  Yep, Remembrance is definitely a challenge.

KH:  The Challenge is telling you that now, since you have reached clarity, compassion and peace with your memories you must take those feelings and use them to make changes in your present.  What do you want to do differently in your interactions with others?  With yourself?

Position 6.  The Heart Of The Matter ~ The Gift

LW:  Could this be what I have brought back from the whole experience?

KH:  The Gift wants you to know that no matter what happens, or how discombobulated you felt, you have a gift for wisdom and intuition.

LW:  As a Celtic Mythologist sylvan gods have great significance to me.  It’s interesting to see a female interpretation.

KH:  She wants to give you the gift of reassurance.  You can relax in the knowledge that everything will turn out right.

LW:  Yes.  When we try to control things too much we lose touch and faith in the concept of synchronicity.

Position 7.  The Final Message Or Gift ~ The Lady Of Sorrows

KH:  The Lady Of Sorrows is a conqueror.  She tames the sorrows and turns them into sources of strength and inspiration.  She has been through a lot – as you can tell by the scar on her cheek – but she is still lovely.  She is kind and her methods are gentle.  She is your guardian as you leave the Faerie Realm.  She will remind you that forgiveness is more valuable than being right and that you can let go of the bad and keep the good.

LW:  Bearing scars with dignity whilst letting go of past ills.  This is incredibly appropriate.  Thank you, Kathy.

     If you would like a reading from Kathy Hughes contact her via the following;

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     Updated 23/09/2014

     The Wheel Of The Year calendar comprises four Celtic fire festivals interspersed with two solstice and two equinox celebrations.  September’s Equinox denotes the height of the Autumn season.

     The Autumn Equinox is named variably as Modron (Mother Goddess) or Mabon (Divine Son) – deities from Welsh Mythology who can be found in The Legends Of King Arthur.

     Modron is a harvest and fertility goddess who shares characteristics with the Roman Ceres.  On the agricultural calendar Lughnasadh (August) is The First Harvest (grains and cereals) and The Autumn Equinox (September) is The Second Harvest (fruits and vegetables).

     At the Equinox the year wanes, yet the harvest is plentiful.   The ancient tribal people of The Western Hemisphere believed their Mother Goddess entered the third trimester of her pregnancy whilst her divine consort prepares his descent to the wintry underworld.

     According to Arthurian Legend the fallen King Arthur is transported to Avalon, the “Isle Of Apples” to await his rebirth – an echo of the story of the dying god.  The Autumn Equinox is the best time for apple-picking and the fruit has come to have many sacred and mystical associations.

     Apples are used for a variety of regional folk customs, games and recipes at this time of year.  Slicing an apple across the middle reveals a pentacle or star – the symbol of man in harmony with the elements.

     Why not celebrate your Harvest Festival with some apple bobbing or by indulging in some candy apples?

 

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     The wise and insightful Kathy Hughes, from Turtlephoenix, has been kind enough to introduce our own cartomancer, Lily Wight to the Oracle Of Shadows & Light.

     This enchanting fortune-telling deck, comparable to The Tarot, was devised by Lucy Cavendish and Jasmine Beckett-Griffith.

     Kathy (KH) drew a four card Hidden & Revealed Spread for Lily (LW) and you can see the results below…

Position 1.  What Is Hidden? ~ Ghost Of The Pumpkin Patch

KH:  This little girl is your inner child.  She is asking you to count your blessings.  I have the feeling that when you are overwhelmed you forget your inner resources; your impeccable aesthetic sense, your childlike sense of wonder and play and, in low self-esteem moments, you forget your purity and kindness.

LW:  The mournful expression on the ghost girl’s face perfectly captures my tendency to put myself last on my list of priorities.  The modern world is demanding and complex so it’s easy to feel lost, small and insignificant.  Your compliments have helped me to feel better already!  I need to take better care of my inner child.

KH:  She also wants to remind you that you don’t exist in a vacant field.  If you did you wouldn’t be so busy.  You have loved ones to delegate tasks to.

LW:  The Ghost is insubstantial; not really present.  This card has touched on the difficulties of feeling morose and disconnected.

Position 2.  What Is Revealed? ~ Carnivorous Greenhouse

LW:  Another hostile environment!

KH:  You are an extremely curious person who wants to drown in awesome, beautiful things.

LW:  Oh yes, I think my blog reflects that, but those particular “lilies” look dangerous.

KH:  You have trouble saying “no”, because you are a kind, loving person who wants to nurture everyone.

LW:  I sometimes get called “Mama” at work because I try to look after everyone.  Those plants look likely to bite the hand that feeds!  I went to the library recently to look for a book about learning to say “no”, but I didn’t take it out because I thought I’d be too busy to read it ~ that’s sadly ironic.

KH:  If your own sanity and health don’t convince you to give yourself a break and learn to say “no” maybe this will:  if you spread yourself too thin you can’t give your loved ones or interests the attention they deserve.

LW:  I need to weed out the plants that are likely to bite.  Perhaps I’ll go back for that book after all.

Position 3.  Why Am I Drawing This To Myself? ~ The Angel Of Time

LW:  The background looks like the background of my blog.

KH:  I look at The Angel Of Time’s eyes and I see a woman who likes a challenge.

LW:  If I’m the Pumpkin Patch Ghost on the inside then this is who I would like to be on the outside.  I feel at my strongest when I’m free to write and work on my creative endeavours, but the card says I’m working too hard.

KH:  You like to study everything and get to know everyone.  You want to make time your bitch (pardon my language)!

LW:  You’ve got me.  I’m a control freak.  I come from an academic background.  It defines me more than anything else.

Position 4.  What Should I Do Now? ~ Angel De Los Muertos

LW:  Now that is synchronicity!  Dia De Los Muertos (the Mexican Day Of The Dead/All Souls’ Day) is my birthday.  I already feel this card is telling me to simply be true to myself.

KH:  When I see the Angel De Los Muertos in this spread I see her as the opposite of the Ghost Of The Pumpkin Patch.  They are very helpful to each other.  Angel De Los Muertos is warm and extroverted and Ghost Of The Pumpkin Patch is cool, introspective and shy.  They balance each other.  If you take time to be introspective, to sit and do nothing, or take a long walk, or do some quiet yoga, colours will be more vibrant to you, textures warmer.

LW:  There is a very consistent and specific message in this spread.  I try to do too much and end up feeling lost and misused so life is a constant struggle for balance.  The cards evolve to show me at my best and suggest I could actually achieve more by taking on a little less.

KH:  You’ll be better able to separate the gems from the beans in terms of how you want to spend your time and enjoy your active times more because you will know yourself better.

LW:  Separate the gems from the beans – I love that.  Thank you so much, Kathy.

     If you would like a reading from Kathy Hughes contact her via the following;

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     The wild imaginings of mixed-media artist and cartomancer, Patrick Valenza have more than earned a permanent place in Lily Wight’s Gallery.

     If you would like to know more about the gracious artist who lent this site its header and avatar and devised the Tarot deck that features in regular readings then step through the looking-glass…

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     Updated 29/07/2014

     Lughnasadh (pronounced Loo-na-sah) is one of eight festivals celebrated on the ancient Wheel Of The Year seasonal calendar.  It marks the midpoint between The Summer Solstice and The Autumn Equinox.  It was once observed when the first sheaf of corn was cut and now, most commonly, on 1st August.

     The First Harvest is named for the Irish Sun God, Lugh, who also lends his name to the Modern Irish name for August.  In Gaelic Mythology Lugh held a funeral and athletic games to honour his foster-mother, Tailtiu who died of exhaustion after clearing the land for agriculture.  Tailtiu represents an earth or harvest deity whose labours feed and nurture the people.

     At Lughnasadh tribal people throughout Western Europe and The Northern Hemisphere gave thanks for their grain and cereal harvest and sought blessings for next year’s crop.  The birth, death and rebirth of the cornfield was symbolic of the eternal cycle of all life.

     The Anglo-Saxons referred to The First Harvest as Hlaef-mass, meaning “loaf mass”.  Loaves would be baked in the shape of a corn god then broken and consumed to represent the blessings of his sacrifice.  The practice was adopted by modern Christians who refer to this festival as Lammas.

     Corn dollies, or spirit cages, are traditionally crafted at Lughnasadh to lure and capture crop spirits.  Combine this with the often misconstrued concept of sacrifice and you have the plot for The Wicker Man!

     It was common in agrarian societies for a god and goddess to marry at Beltane (1st May) and conceive a child to represent the new year and it’s harvest cycle.  In Folklore the father god “John Barleycorn” is “sacrificed” at Lughnasadh to nourish the bountiful goddess, her child and the people.  This is still reenacted today via the burning of a cornstalk effigy (not Edward Woodward).  Sometimes a bull would be sacrificed in the fields for a celebratory feast. 

     Today the people of Ireland still honour Lugh’s prowess by climbing closer to the sun, at the summit of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo, to gather bilberries for celebration foods and wine. 

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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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     The greatest gift is the surprise you didn’t know you needed; so gracious thanks to shiny Summer, Contributing Editor at Grow Your Innerself, for the Inner Peace Award with the accompanying words ~

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I’ve an award for you, for the person who you are and the things you share with the world.

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Namasté, Summer

     Namasté indeed 🙂

     We’ll be awarding a little more peace to bloggers who create beautiful spaces on the web next month!

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