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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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     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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     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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     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.

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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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     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…

http://www.deviantmoon.com/wordpress/

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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 following “lunatic” spread features Patrick Valenza’s cheeky Deviant Moon Tarot; an inspiring deck with a wicked sense of humour!

     Please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments box below…

1.  The Enquirer/Present Day ~ The Queen Of Cups

The imaginative and empathetic Queen has much in common with The Enquirer; suggesting she is currently content, following her heart, being true to herself and achieving the right balance to stop that full cup from spilling over!  The Queen has much love to give and is inclined to take control of relationships but she is easily hurt and must choose her companions carefully.  With any tendencies to be secretive or possessive kept in check The Queen is at her most perceptive.  It is a time to nurture emotional fulfillment and finish what others have started.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Emperor

In the previous reading The Emperor appeared as a negative wish but he has lapsed into the past and been transformed into something positive suggesting valuable lessons have been well learned.  The Enquirer has become more inclined to shoulder responsibilities instead of wishing them away and has found a better balance between remaining independent and accepting advice.  The Emperor has triumphed over any ill-will directed at The Enquirer (see positions 3. and 5.) so self-confidence is renewed and ambitions return.  Solid foundations exist for a successful future.

3.  Subconscious Influences ~ The 6 Of Cups (inverted)

Painful emotional ties to the past have created an emotional drain.  Negative nostalgia saps energy and threatens depression by compromising The Enquirer’s ability to make positive choices for the future.  The Enquirer is encouraged to let go of the past and open their heart to new possibilities.

4.  Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Four Of Pentacles

The Enquirer harbours a desire to thoroughly organise the financial and practical side of their life.  Financial security is hoped for; a wish to live well and make provision for the future.  The Enquirer knows how to value money but not idolise it, they are cautious in good measure and wise to resist the miser at their shoulder.

5.  Hidden Forces ~ The Three Of Wands (inverted)

Indecisiveness, heeding bad advice and an inability to resist negativity have secretly thwarted The Enquirer for some time.  The Three Of Wands, combined with The Six Of Cups (position. 3) has chipped away at creativity and productivity so The Enquirer feels as though they are “being tested”.  This card comes with some very good advice; “When your heart speaks, listen.  If something doesn’t serve you, drop it.”  The Emperor’s lessons (position 2.) are more than a match for these hidden forces!

6.  Events To Come ~ The Lovers

A crossroad is coming and a choice must be made: to stay the same or make a change.  Life-changing choices come with great risks but the payoff is happiness and emotional fulfillment for those who follow their hearts.  This card signifies union and the joining of opposites.  The Enquirer will soon devote themselves to whoever is sacred in their life.

7.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Four Of Swords

The recurrence and positioning of Fours in the spread suggest a stable and peaceful environment in which to grow, a place where past difficulties can be laid to rest and new vigour will arise.  The Four Of Swords represents a period of indulgent respite.  Suffering and tension will be laid aside.  The Enquirer can revel in this interlude following The Lovers union.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Six Of Wands (inverted)

The Six Of Wands indicates a joyous celebration, it can never be a “bad” card, the inversion simply suggests a delay in the outcome.  Others may not respond, participate or adapt as expected to The Enquirer’s happiness but this can not diminish it or the knowledge that difficulties have been transcended.

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

The Artist combines creativity with hard work, trusting his instincts and learning where to focus his vision without distraction.  In this happy time he brings a small warning to keep a firm grip on reality because what The Enquirer wants and needs is right in front of them.  Prioritise what is real and be mindful of how the inverted Six Of Cups and Three Of Wands have caused distraction and stirred defeatism in the past!

10.  The Final Outcome ~ The Six Of Swords

This card literally depicts a journey over or near water.  It is a significant break to mark the end of a trying time and a reminder that the world can be a beautiful place.  Action does not have to be aggressive and retreat does not have to mean defeat – an entirely positive “escape” is forecast: a journey into a more productive phase.  The Enquirer is on the right course.

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     It is always beneficial to keep a visual and written record of your Tarot spreads as a means to spot shifting phases and emerging patterns.

     The following readings were taken at Yule (December 2012 – left) and Imbolc (February 2013 – right).  They cover general trends for The Enquirer

up to Ostara (20th March 2013).

     The photographs are posted throughout for reference and again in a larger size at the end of the reading.

Imbolc 2013Yule 2012

1.   The Enquirer/The Present – The Seven Of Swords (Yule) > The Eight Of Swords inverted (Imbolc)

The numerical progression is obvious and the images show that The Enquirer has inadvertently escaped from an untenable position.  The Acrobat (Yule) has become inactive and endangered by the stresses and anxieties of multi-tasking but the realisation that we can be “our own worst enemy”  engenders the strength to let go of unhealthy situations.

By trusting to destiny and “going with the flow” The Enquirer has submitted to a fortuitous fall: an escape from a self-imposed prison (The Eight Of Swords).  It’s still dangerous out there, one might land safely or fall on a sword, but this is freedom and an end to frustration.  The Enquirer is at last free to act.

2.   Past Influences – The Four Of Wands (Yule) > JUDGEMENT (Imbolc)

The Four Of Wands denotes that the hope of domestic harmony, especiallyYule 2012 within a romantic partnership, is a primary influence that has contributed to The Enquirer feeling over-extended, especially in the run-up to the Christmas period.

JUDGEMENT’S appearance in early Spring suggests a major transformation; positive new influences instigating a new lifestyle and renewed purpose.  The Enquirer has done their duty well, their conscience is clear and a new beginning – following that fall from the tower (The Eight Of Swords) –  is assured.

3.   Subconscious Influences – The Three Of Wands inverted (Yule) > THE HANGED MAN inverted (Imbolc)

Inspiration hibernates for Winter!  The Enquirer feels lacking in resources; low and tired; an inevitable consequence of trying to balance all those swords!  (Position 1.  The Seven of Swords (Yule))

The sense of waiting and inaction continues into the Spring with THE HANGED MAN.  The figure depicted has been tethered by self-punishment and/or the emotional manipulation of others but has realised the need to end stagnation.  Letting go of the past, looking at the world in a new way and allowing events to run their course will free THE HANGED MAN for that fall/escape from the tower (Position 1.  The Eight Of Swords, Imbolc).

4.   Secret Wishes & Desires – THE TOWER (Yule) > THE EMPEROR (Imbolc)

The Enquirer is wishing for an apocalyptic “light-bulb moment”: a sudden destructive act that will sweep away old ideas and habits.  This is a wish destined to come true because, by Imbolc, the dramatic fall pictured in THE TOWER has evolved into a free-fall from entrapment (Position 1.  The Eight Of Swords).

Imbolc 2013Major Arcana cards in Position 4 suggest The Enquirer is strongly motivated by desire.  Come Spring there is a wish to rely on a strong, practical and authoritative man or else to adopt an ambitious and confident aspect.  The desire is for improved status and success.

5.   Hidden Forces – The King Of Swords (Yule) > THE HIGH PRIESTESS inverted (Imbolc)

Court cards are likely to represent specific individuals.  At Christmastime The Enquirer has a mature, pro-active man in their corner whose serene detachment and dogged determination is an inspiration: possibly a lawmaker.

As a new year begins The Enquirer is unwittingly burdened and repressed by the secrets of others.  There is a sense of isolation and frustration following emotional wounding and too much time spent caring for others.  It would be best to adopt a few characteristics from THE EMPEROR (Position 4).

6.   Events To Come – The Six Of Cups inverted (Yule) >The Knight Of Cups inverted (Imbolc)

Here comes a negative nostalgia trip but it’s time to take off those rose-tinted glasses and let go of something or someone disappointing.  It is time to grow up move on.

The Knight heralds closure on a relationship with a faithless and immoral man who has become an emotional drain.  This “letting go” will be eventful, painful but beneficial and set to come to a head before the end of March.

7.   The Surrounding Environment – The Ten Of Cups inverted (Yule) > THE HIEROPHANT inverted (Imbolc)Yule 2012

The inverted Ten suggests imbalance and family strife – hardly surprising over Christmas and New Year!  The Enquirer has suffered a loss (Position 6.) and is encouraged to prioritise their relationship with themselves and then embrace the unorthodox environment they inhabit (THE HIEROPHANT).

The Enquirer needs to develop their willpower, embrace their individuality and reject negative influences.  The inverted HIEROPHANT rules an environment where truth will not be compromised and the head rules the heart.

So far THE HIEROPHANT, THE HIGH PRIESTESS and THE EMPEROR have appeared.  THE EMPRESS is missing.  This is the “self” The Enquirer needs to find.

8.   The Influence Of Others – The Ten Of Wands inverted (Yule) >The Four Of Swords (Imbolc)

Cards 6 – 8 (Yule) recommend a reflective period of peace and solitude.  The figure (The Ten Of Wands) has become stagnant and unstable carrying other people’s burdens.  End this cycle and drop those wands!

Spring brings a more positive influence; a peaceful interlude, a chance to re-energise and some space to nurture an idea.  Problems can finally be identified but good health relies on ignoring any negative remarks or comments.

9.   Spiritual Forces – The King Of Pentacles (Yule) > The Nine Of Wands inverted (Imbolc)

Imbolc 2013The Enquirer has another King, a strong, mature and dependable man on their side.  This one is a stubborn realist with a practical approach to removing obstacles: exactly what is required.

Nines are ruled by THE HERMIT so The Enquirer has stalled on the edge of a new phase imagining the world is against them.  Get up, get going and trust the support of The King Of Pentacles!

10.  Final Outcome – The Nine Of Swords inverted (Yule) > THE DEVIL (Imbolc)

The picture on The Nine says it all.  This is the card of stress, anxiety, needless self-punishment and the realisation that we are all, essentially, alone.  Drawing the card upside-down suggests this temporary, even illusory state will soon be over.

Overall, the Yule spread suggests an almost self-destructive desire to escape from pain caused by the burdens of others.  The Enquirer has support from two significant men and has identified the need to let go and recuperate.  This is something easier to say than to do.

By Imbolc identifying a specific problem has led to freedom; with mighty JUDGEMENT suggesting a dramatic positive change has occurred simply by allowing things to run their course.  THE DEVIL encourages The Enquirer to enjoy their rest for this new-found independence will soon be tested.

Spring is not a good time to make major decisions and life changes but a time to maintain balance.  The Enquirer’s personal demons – obsessive behaviour, chasing the wrong dream, focusing on the negative and tending to self-punishment – must be kept in check.  Major lifestyle overhauls must be fought for and THE DEVIL reminds us not to be complacent.

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Yule 2012

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     Virgin Blogger (published 27/2/12).

     Maybe innocence rallied support, or perhaps it’s because it has the word “virgin” in the title.  Whatever the reason The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana’s very first blog adventure made it into the top five posts of the year list…

“Dear Blogsprites,

     I always thought that keyboards were for making music and that hard-drives were arduous road-trips.

     As soon as I start to navigate my way around the lovely WordPress I will launch my Mission Statement.

     In the meantime here is a lovely picture…”

     The “lovely picture” refers, of course, to The Eight Of Cups from Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot.  A picture, that for many, has become the “face” of Lily Wight.

     I can never thank Patrick enough for graciously granting his permission to use this image.  You will always find a link to the Deviant Moon website in the sidebar at www.lilywight.com.

The Eight Of Cups (detail) Deviant Moon Tarot ©Patrick Valenza.  See Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana.

The Eight Of Cups, Deviant Moon Tarot ©Patrick Valenza.  See www.lilywight.com

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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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     It’s October, Blogsprites!  The Witching Month.  The season of Samhain (that’s sow – inn to non-Celts) or Halloween!

     All this month Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana will be dedicated to things Gothic, Supernatural and generally pant-wetting so grab your favourite comfort-cushion and join me behind the settee.

     Art, books and movies will be here as usual, I may just get around to posting that Autumn Equinox Tarot spread and I’ve got 7 lovely Kreativ Blogger Awards to give away.

     Keep following, keep sharing and look me up on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for blog post notifications and extra trick or treat goodies xxx

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     It’s all about the pictures at The Arcade this month – although a few words are bound to creep in 😉

     The Gallery will be undergoing a well-deserved refurbishment and there will be lots of new images for the albums.  If you are a Pinterest user follow the link in the homepage sidebar for some old favourites and exclusive new content.

     There are seven Daisy Awards to hand-out this month and don’t forget to stick around for an Autumn Equinox Tarot reading towards the end of September.

     Now, just click the pics below to discover or re-visit the image albums…

Puppets & Marionettes

Victoriana

Faerie Lore & Fairy Tales

Deviant Moon

Automatons

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     Professionals, amateurs and curious beginners are welcome to add their thoughts and comments on this 1st August 2012 spread asking for general insights until the Autumnal Equinox.

Overview (start middle left and count anti-clockwise)

1.  The Inquirer/The Present ~ The Ten Of Swords.  Invasion of security/privacy.  The scars we earn enable us to provide wise counsel.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Emperor.  Mixed aspects of secular power and material/practical concerns.

3.  Subconcious Influences  ~ The Eight Of Cups.  Follow your heart.  The ongoing quest for emotional fulfillment.

4.  Secret Desire/Wishes ~ The Three Of Wands.  The growth of an idea.

5.  Hidden Forces ~ The Three Of Swords.  Pain/loss/destruction can be a source of strength.

6.  Events To Come ~ The Six Of Cups.  A trip down Memory Lane.

7.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Seven Of Pentacles.  Patience and hard work.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Ace Of Cups.  Pleasure and inspiration.

9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Fool.  A fresh start with equal joy and danger.

10.  Final Outcome ~ Death.  Unexpected change and self-resurrection. 

     Wow.  The grouping of Death (Major Arcana) flanked by The Fool (Major Arcana) and The Ten of Swords dominates this spread.  Death and The Ten side-by-side signify ferocious – even violent – upheaval, with The Fool promising an absolute fresh start.  Rebirth is painful, but necessary to break out of that box in position 1!

     The Emperor (2) has been oppressive instead of benign leading to tangible entrapment (1).  The past couple of months have belonged to corrupt words and secular desires instead of action.

     Inside (3 and 4) is an emotional drive to follow an inspirational idea.  The Eight Of Cups (3) the card that represents this site and it’s author, appeared in position 10 in May.  The true self should always be the ultimate outcome yet here she is diminished.  The seed of an idea, already planted (4) is the key to her release.  The Eight is constantly questing for that one fulfilling cup, held perhaps by The Ace – representing the influence of generous and positive “others” in position 8.

     Self-inflicted pain can be debilitating but The Three Of Swords (5) remains stable on her three legs, reminding us that scars can mean strength.  The Fool (9) reiterates that we should travel light and jettison the painful baggage that no longer serves us.

     A nostalgic event, possibly celebratory marks the shift from present to future (6).  What follow is a period of hard-work, demanding patience.  The Seven Of Pentacles (7) shows a figure waiting for the seed she has planted to grow to fruitfulness – perhaps the seed planted by The Three Of Wands in position 4!

     The Ace of Cups casts her inspirational light over the coming weeks.  This spread is full of little hints to follow the heart, trust one’s instincts and look for support in the metaphysical rather than the secular realm.

     Then there is Death and The Fool,  the surest sign of a cataclysmic new beginning.  It’s going to be big.  It’s going to be dramatic, but it is going to be for the best.

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     Summer blockbuster season is well underway so, throughout August, there will be a red tip-up seat waiting for you at Lily Wight’s cinematograph.  I will be sharing and musing upon thirty days of eclectic viewing and hoping for your comments and recommendations as always.

     August’s Magickal Thing, a top recommended link, will be appearing in the homepage sidebar all month, so I hope you check it out.

     Also this month I have seven shiny One Lovely Blog Awards to give away and I will be posting my Tarot spread for Lughnasadh.

     Last, but not least, I would like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful On Oxnard Shores for presenting me with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  I will strive to continually deserve it xx

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     It is the longest (and quite possibly the wettest) day of the year and a fine time to treat myself to some free therapy with a personal Tarot reading.  I have a very pragmatic and distinctly non-mystical approach to The Tarot and you can click this smiley link for a post outlining my views 🙂

     As always I use Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot (Lunatic Spread… how appropriate!).  You will find a link to Patrick’s website if you scroll down the sidebar on my homepage.

     I looked for insights into the period between the current Summer Solstice and Lughnasadh (1st August 2012). 

 

     Read cards anti-clockwise (widdershins) from left centre;

     1.  The Inquirer/Present Day ~ The Hanged Man (Major Arcana)

     2.  Past Influences ~ The Six of Wands

     3.  Subconscious Influences ~ The Queen of Pentacles

     4.  Secret Desires & Wishes ~ The King of Pentacles

     5.  Hidden (External) Forces ~ The Nine of Swords

     6.  Events Yet To Come ~ The Star (Major Arcana)

     7.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Six of Pentacles

     8.  Influence Of Others ~ The Seven of Wands

     9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Two of Swords

     10.  Final Outcome ~ The Page of Wands

     I would be grateful for any insights, you don’t have to be a Tarot reader: every picture tells a story!  My own interpretation is very detailed but I have included some highlights below;

     Overview

     There are only two Major Arcana cards so this is not a particularly auspicious time but the placing of the cards suggests I am in a fixed and specific state with an important, fortunate and enlightening event to come.  These cards are opposite each other in the spread, suggesting an obstacle-strewn shift from one place to the other.

     There are no Cup cards!  My previous Beltane (May 2012) spread was devoid of Swords so my former lack of action has evolved into a lack of emotional fulfillment.

     Back in May The Page of Wands appeared in position 7.  He has been loitering in my environment and will finally become my main focus at the beginning of August.  (There are two males, one from my close family and one from my professional life who are suggested by this card so business, home-life or perhaps both will dominate my Summer).

     The Six of Wands also stood out for me because this card appeared in exactly the same position in my Vernal Equinox spread (March 2012).  It is reminding me of a personal heroic emergence after a period of struggle.  The blooming celebrant is holding an illuminating wand, a symbol of intuition and hope, something I’ll use again to escape the unexpected events and negative influences implied by the tangled forest at position 8!

     I don’t need the Tarot to tell me I can be my own worst enemy.  As The Hangman (position 1) I am trapped in a state of suspension (taunted by that little ticking pocket-watch) and The Nine of Swords (the very embodiment of obstacles!) reveals my own personal demons (I like to call them Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Self-Doubt) pictorially gnawing away at me.  Those swords however make a ladder because challenges can be the making of us and opportunity can be born of failure.  The Hangman is serene and full of grace despite his dilemma so I aspire to be more like him.  It’s a time to just live in the present and work on getting some Cup cards back into future spreads.

     I rely on Tarot readings to clarify what I feel I already know but there is always a surprise.  Just look at that power-couple: The King and Queen of Pentacles side-by-side and buried deep in my subconscious.  No matter how evolved and esoteric we like to think we are practical primal desires for security, wealth and all the good things in life bubble beneath.  It’s all about balance (I guess if I ever achieve that it will be the end of my Tarot journey).

     Deviant Moon is a cheeky deck.  Mine often makes a joke at my expense.  A very straightforward, traditional Gypsy-style, reading would suggest The King of Pentacles, my secret desire, is a rich, powerful and influential mature man with dark hair and eyes, perhaps a Gemini.  I laid the spread the spread the same day I discovered that Johnny Depp had officially confirmed his split from long-term partner Vanessa Paradis.  You work it out 😉

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Foxy Fool

Ooooooooo, this is lovely 🙂

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Here is one more She-Fool I found made by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. I like that there is a fox instead of a dog, and the symbolism of the three monkeys is very nice. You can see the whole Shadowscapes deck here.

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     This May Day reading, with Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot was insightful as always; a timely reminder to trust one’s instincts and take more care over prioritising.

     Turning over this site’s “personal” card  (position 10.) The Eight of Cups, shouldn’t be a surprise by now but it is always a pleasant surprise to see “Lily” shunning the negatives, stepping bravely forward on her creative path and chasing the dream!

     Please feel free to leave your thoughts on this spread, you don’t need to be an expert, the pictures tell a story, so have a go and leave your comments.

 

     1.  Inquirer/The Present ~ The Queen of Cups (centre left then anti-clockwise)

     2.  Past Influences ~ The Five of Pentacles

     3.  Subconscious Influences ~The Three of Pentacles

     4.  Secret Wishes ~ The Six of Pentacles

     5.  Hidden Forces ~ The Ace of Pentacles

     6.  To Come ~ The Two of Pentacles

     7.  Environment ~ The Page of Wands

     8.  Influence of Others ~ The Knight of Wands

     9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Page of Cups

     10.  Outcome ~ The Eight of Cups

 

     You can read about this site’s approach on interpreting the Tarot by following the link below.

      Naked Tarot.

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I found this fantastic artwork on DevianArt. It’s made by hellobaby, such a talented artist. You can see her work here.

Did you noticed that the Fool is a girl? I love that. And this gorgeous outfit she made, wow ! I would use her deck if she decides to make it, don’t you? The only thing I would change is that I will remove the upper frame. As a tarot reader I want my cards to be more ‘clean’, easier to focus and read, and the upper frame is drawing my attention too much.

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     Hello Blogsprites!

 

     I hope you are enjoying the Spring sunshine.

     It seems that some of my fellow Tarot readers are not familiar with the Deviant Moon spread I tried out for my Ostara personal reading.  I have been asked to include some extra details to assist their kind interpretations.

     I focused on a general enquiry regarding my progress through the year relating to a new creative venture.

 


     1.  The Inquirer, Present Day ~ The Magus

     2.  Past Influences ~ The Six of Wands

     3.  Subconscious Influences ~ The King of Wands

     4.  Secret Desires & Wishes ~ The King of Swords

     5.  Hidden Forces ~ The Hierophant

     6.  Events Yet To Come ~ The Three of Pentacles

     7.  Surrounding Environment ~ Death

     8.   Influence Of Others ~ The Five of Wands

     9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Seven of Cups

     10.  Final Outcome ~ The Four of Swords

     

     I feel like I am on the right track, side-stepping conflict and heeding the strong male role-models who seem to surround me now.  This is definitely a period of dramatic transition and thoughtful development.  I’ve got my eyes peeled for positive collaborations.

     I would be grateful for any of your thoughts and interpretations,

 

     Love Lily xx


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Seven of Swords

Some amazing images here.

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     Updated 06/02/2014

     Kate Mosse’s début novel, Labyrinth was much-loved and promoted by Richard and Judy’s TV book club allowing Mosse to swiftly and decisively establish herself as the female answer to blockbusting airport favourite Dan Brown.

     Sepulchre, Mosse’s second standalone novel, combines folklore and history to weave a simple yet compelling treasure-hunt mystery with Tarot magic and the lush French countryside thrown in for good measure.

     As with Labyrinth the past and present intertwine around the comparable adventures of two female protagonists but the Nineteenth Century heroine easily trumps her modern-day counterpart whilst secondary characters are frustratingly underwritten for a novel with such a hefty word count.

     It is Mosse’s descriptive and lyrical prose which prevents accusations of peddling pulp and Sepulchre stays the right side of sentiment; emerging as the thinking woman’s Romantic Fiction.

     A light, unchallenging but highly enjoyable read.

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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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