TarotBlogHop: Embrace the Dark


Dark Side of the Winter Solstice. What a lovely topic Joanne Sprott has given us for our Yule Blog Hop (for which I am late, late late!) Our ancestors naturally slowed down this time of year since it was harder to move because of the weather. There was also not as much need to move since there were no crops to harvest and the animals were harder to hunt. If they hadn’t put up what they needed by now, they were going to struggle to make it to spring.

These days we don’t have that seasonal urgency to put up, put away, put aside. We can just drive to the grocery store for winter tomatoes (ewwwww) or that pound of hamburger. Our societal needs have changed. Some for the better (no need to get up at 4am to milk the cow, gather the eggs) but some, I think, for the worse.

We don’t slow down any more. We don’t stop to regroup. And I think the nervous, anxious people we’ve spawned into are a product of that “not stopping.”

So the Darkest Day is upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere. You lot down south are looking at the Longest Day, I know. What does it mean any more to honor the dark when we have light whenever we want. A flick of a switch illuminates our world. We don’t have to fear the dark, but I think we’ve also lost some of the respect we need for the dark as well.

Dark is necessary. Quiet is a must. I’ve begun a meditation practice (17 days into it) via an app called Calm. It’s free (you can upgrade to a subscription if you want all the bells and whistles.)

Each morning there is a short (10-12 minute) piece called the Daily Calm. I’m finding it very useful. I’ve been working on changing some habits to embrace quiet. Daily writing was first. Now daily meditation. I hope to add daily yoga.

Embracing the dark for me means nurturing the quiet places. I yearn for silence so hard it hurts some times. One of my greatest joys is sitting. Just sitting. Not listening to music or any ambient sound like the TV or even white noise. Quiet moments of my butt on the couch just being.

I have a spread to share with you. I hope you will try it out and let me know what you think.


  1. Gathering the Dark–what can I do to gather more Dark, more quiet, more silence?
  2. Wrapping myself in the Dark–how can I immerse myself more fully into the Darkness of this time?
  3. Embracing the Dark–how can I completely celebrate the gifts I receive from this working in the Dark?
  4. Message from the Dark–what is the most important message I need to receive from the Dark?

I hope you have enjoyed my Winter Solstice Tarot Blog Hop. Please hop forward or backwards to visit my neighbors. Remember that comments and shares are a gift you can give to us.


Author: TarotByArwen

Arwen is the professional Joy Seeker. Her true calling is as a Professional Joy Seeker. She co-creates solutions with her clients to help them find their joy again. "Seek joy, y'all" is her motto. Her decks include The Fairy Tale Lenormand, Secrets of the Mystic Grove, Bianca Niero Tarot, the Elle Qui Oracle, and the Field Guide to Garden Dragons (all published by U.S. Games INC.). She is the author of 33 Days to Finish Your Book.

20 thoughts on “TarotBlogHop: Embrace the Dark”

  1. I’m all about embracing the dark! It has so much to teach us, and I love its lessons! Thank you for all that you do for the tarot community!

  2. I agree. Just being has become greatly undervalued though I think the novelty of the 24/7 cult is beginning to wear off and the pendulum is swinging back the other way…

      1. I’ll have to think about that… I’ve noticed it across a range of ages but then the people I know tend to be self-employed so it may be down to that…

  3. I’m definitely going to try this spread for sure! Down south here we are getting the heat, the longest day but it is also a surprisingly dark time because the Sun can be as harsh a mistress as the Winter. But even in the heat you can explore the darkness and enjoy the feeling of being alone in the quiet which is nice.

  4. I like the correlation of dark with quiet. This has been a particularly raucous year for me, including inside my own head. Reading this has reminded me that it doesn’t have to be that way.


  5. You make a lot of important points here, Arwen. I think this spread looks great and would be especially helpful for people who are contemplating a meditation practice but not sure how it would fit into their lives, or what might be the deeper benefit of it. I’ll be sure to send people this direction to find those answers!

  6. Wonderful insights, Arwen. I totally agree that our post-modern first-world societies have totally forgotten about pausing to rest mind, body, and spirit. There was recently a bit on the news about how folks aren’t taking their paid vacation time. Paid, mind you! Sigh! I shall definitely use your post as a incentive to pause and be more often. πŸ™‚

  7. Aaaaaah immersing into silence… with two little boys it sounds better than chocolate! I will do the spread later, just to make my heart ache! ;D

  8. What a good spread! How to lead a darker life in bright night city (for me) <3 I need this!!! I have plans to move someplace where I don't have to hustle and I can literally have a black out on a new moon except the stars…*sigh*…

  9. I’ve been meditating daily for several years now, and absolutely love it. A place for insight, for healing, for just being πŸ™‚

    Wow, that spread sounds intense – I’m almost scared to try it!

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