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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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