Imbolc Awakening the heart

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Our blog hop wrangler, Joy Vernon, tasked us with this theme:

“…the still point of the center of the fixed stimulates germination and the awakening of the heart.”

I thought about it a long while. Thought I had a blog idea after someone attacked all Tarotists as abominations, but then I decided not to give that crazy any more space in my head.

I thought I might blog about saving a dog only to have to release it to animal control to be euthanizes. I opted to not burden you all with that sorrow.

Then last night just as I was going to bed, I realized what I wanted to share with you. My muse gifted me with a spread for you. I will do a reading for myself via video (below). Here is the spread.

Germination Spread

Seed: This card represents something you want. You can choose it intentionally by going through the deck until you see/feel/sense/know the card you need. Or you can draw it at random.

Soil: This card represents what surrounds your SEED. It is what supports this need of yours, this want. It is the nutrient-rich darkness that all ideas/dreams/whispers must exist in as it begins to burgeon with all your expectations and hopes.IMG_2016

Water: This card represents what you will have to do to bring your SEED to life. Here is your sweat, your salty tear, your moistened mouth as you wet your lips while you hunger for this SEED to burst forth into the light.

Sun: This card represents your heart, your heat, your very spirit. This is the warmth of your love, the heat of your desire, the brilliant inferno of lust for this SEED you have planted.

Time: This card represents what you will do while you wait. Waiting is a part of all things in life–especially growth. We cannot force things into being. We cannot reach beneath the soil to firmly yank the small green sprout upwards. But while we wait for our SEED to grow, there are things that we can do.IMG_2015

I invite you to do your own germinating as you continue your hop through the kickoff of our fifth year of the Tarot Blog Hop. This started as a seed itself. A discussion on Facebook led me to asking a question that then led me to inviting others to join me on a group exploration of one question. You can see that here.

Here is me doing my own Germination reading. (don’t forget to come back to continue the hop, y’all.)

And please? Leave comments as you go. Share the posts that speak to you. We do this as a community for you and for ourselves. Comments tell us you were here. Sharing tells us we touched you on some level.

May your seeds grow. May you find the courage to weed out the ones that don’t have strong stems. May your year bring you all the joy you deserve.

zentangle_seekjoySeek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

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Tarot Blog Hop Yule Office Party

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So what happens when a bunch of Tarotists get together for their virtual office party? That’s what I asked of my fellow Tarot Blog Hoppers for this Yule Tarot Blog Hop. Join us for eighteen tales of “that one time, at our office party…”

I hope I don’t end up with a lampshade on my head!

I decided to share a silly Tarot spread to help determine how to have more fun at your own office party.

 

  1. What to wear to the office party
  2. Who to bring as your date
  3. What gift to bring for the White Elephant game
  4. Who to keep an eye on at the party
  5. The best outcome of the party

 

Office Party Spread
Office Party Spread

So the Five of Wands is what I should wear. Something sparkly that catches the attention of everyone…maybe even starts a small riot? Diving blouse it is!

And the Ten of Wands is my date? Well that’s my poor, overworked man who is buried at work right now but apparently he’s coming with me. Sorry honey!

And the best gift for the White Elephant is Death? Cool! I guess I’ll be wrapping up that ceramic sugar skull. Wonder who will end up with it.

Whoooo boy! Who do I need to keep an eye on? Why that Six of Wands person of course. You know them…they are always bragging about how good they are and what amazing things they’ve done. 😀 I may want to learn how to emulate that confidence.

The best outcome of the party that features a bunch of Tarot folk? Why the Moon, naturally. There will be cards and readings and laughter and predictions about what an amazing 2016 we will have.

My sincere gratitude to everyone who has participated in a Tarot Blog Hop these last four years. 2016 will be our fifth year. I wonder what subjects we will blog about next year.

Happy Yule, y’all! Happy Everything.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

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MidFall/Samhain Master List

MidFall/Samhain Tarot Blog Hop Master List

1. Nicole Dauch
2. Chloe
3. Joanna Grant
4. Arwen
5. Katalin Patnaik
6. Ania M
7. Vivianne Kacal
8. Joanne Sprott –
9. Siobhan
10. Joanna Ash
11. Morgan Drake Eckstein
12. Louise Underhill
13. Chloë for Celtic Lenormand
14. Stella Passer
15. Olivia Destrades
16. Karen Sealey
17. Alison Coals
18. Joy Vernon
19. Chelsea Smith
20. Christiana Gaudet

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MidFall/Samhain Tarot Blog Hop

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I am this year’s wrangler for our MidFall/Samhain Tarot Blog Hop. I asked everyone to focus on this topic.

***Commune, Communicate, Commemorate with those who have gone on before us. ***

Samhain Incense 2015
Samhain Incense 2015

It’s Samhain or MidFall. This is the last of the three harvests in the Northern Hemisphere and the advent of Spring in the Southern hemisphere. It is a time that I know as being a thinning of the veil…a time for the honouring of those who have crossed over before us. This will be a hop focused on communing, communicating and commemorating our loved ones.

My offering is this YouTube video that I did this morning. It is an All Hallow’s Eve tradition for me. I cast my circle then did my New Year’s reading using Joanna Powell Colbert’s Elder of Fire spread. All links are in the drop-down box beneath the video. Just click “More”.

Arwen’s Elder of Fire reading.

Now I invite you to hop through to the rest of this Samhain Tarot Blog Hop. If you find a broken link, just go back to the post you came from and click the Master List link to skip that one.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on. Blessed Samhain to you.

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Mabon Hopping: Getting Creative for the Tarot Blog Hop

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Hey y’all. It’s Mabon today. In my tradition that’s the feast of the second harvest. Many of my fellow Wiccans think of it as our time to give thanks for what the year has brought us.

I wanted to do that now. I am in a place of amazing good right now. I have moved to New Mexico to live with my husband. We have a roof, food to feed ourselves and our pets. I have a husband who buys me things like bird feeders from garage sales because he knows how much I love watching the birds.

Right now I can look out my office window to see two house finches and a sparrow on one of those feeders. They are amusing me because they are squabbling over territory. I want to talk to them to remind them that there is food for all here at our home. The birds might not be as amused to find that we call their feeders “bird tv” since the cats love sitting in the windows to watch them.

Our TarotBlogHop wrangler is that lovely Utah harpist and poet, Aisling. Check out her poetry book here or her simply magical harp CD’s here.

She asked us to think about Mabon then create a card that spoke of the season. I was going to do the Empress but the Seven of Pentacles called to me. My card is created in GIMP using a photo I took of my own cherry tomato plant (2011). I reminds me that each blossom and small fruit is a supernova of energy. They represent the work we put in and the reward that will come.

I’d like to invite you to also join me on my YouTube channel where I am offering videos on how to read Tarot intuitively as well as other subjects. I also do deck reviews there. I am covering new decks and old as well.

Happy Mabon, everyone. Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

7 of Pentacles, (c) Arwen Lynch
7 of Pentacles, (c) Arwen Lynch [click for larger]

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September 2015 Monthly Forecast

Gaian Tarot Nine of Fire
Gaian Tarot

I’m testing out a new format by putting these up on YouTube so you can see the card your sign gets. Let me know what you think.

A cat, a God & a psychic walk into a bar. Find out what happens for your sign in September. And thanks for sharing!

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The Dark Side Of The Sun: Tarot Blog Hop: Lammas

It’s not that I hate the sun…Joanne’s blog hop theme just made me look at things a bit differently.

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Joanne asks: So, give us your take on the influence of the Sun and/or Mercury in the Tarot or your favorite oracle deck. Pick a specific themed deck or go for one of the basics, talk astrology, or not, your choice. Tell us about a card or a spread that illustrates the properties associated with these celestial objects. There are various possibilities, particularly with Mercury, but there are also deities in different mythologically themed decks besides the Sun card (although you could also go there) that could shed some light on that symbol as well. Do a little research, consult your intuition, and teach us. 😉

First, welcome to our Tarot Blog Hop. If you want to join us, come find us on Facebook. We’d love to have other community-minded bloggers!

[Tweet “Hooray! It’s #tarotbloghop day. Sun, Mercury + 18 bloggers. Fascinating stuff, y’all.”]

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Joanne’s theme was hard for me. I am going to have to confess something here. I am not a Sun lover. I don’t like summer. I rejoice at Litha because the long hot days are going to be over eventually. Mabon is one of my favorite Sabbats because it is the harbinger of fall. I. Do. Not. Like. Hot.

Except in food, that is. Spicy food makes me happy. 😀 Burned flesh does not. I’ve had 2nd degree burns from the sun due to my Casper like coloring. We joke that I have two colors–white and red. Oh and that lovely in-between peel.

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So the Sun to me is not always a good thing. In Tarot, it tends to be one of those cards that most see in a very positive light. I’m going to turn that around to discuss the dark side of the Sun. Yes, with a spread. 😀

First a few words about these shots of the sun. I took all of these the last days of July and the first days of August 2015. I shot them with an iPhone 6 using the app Hipstamatic. I’m taking an EXCELLENT eCourse with Mellissae Lucia. You should definitely check it out. So much fun and not a bunch of Fstop this etc. Very intuitive stuff. Nest iPhone Image Adventure starts in September. Don’t worry Android users…Vintage is a very fun app for your phones. Someone in this class is doing it with her Droid. I’ll be in the next class too. Join me.

Austin Sun 3Dark Side Of The Sun

1. Sunburn: What are you overexposed to right now? What do you need to limit in your life?

2. Burnout: What is taking up too much of your energy right now? What do you need to pay attention to as an energy sinkhole?

3. Drought: Where are you not getting enough “juice” in your life? What do you need to get more of in order to thrive?

4. Solar Flares: Who or what seems to be flaming out of control in your world? Can you do anything about it or do you just need to set firmer boundaries?

5. Heat Exhaustion: What are you doing too much of? This is most likely a physical activity. Or it is something you are not doing enough of.

Austin Sun 1

It’s not that I hate the sun. I’m just not its biggest fan. Now hop on to the next blog to see what my neighbor has to say.

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Tarotscopes 7/26-8/1

VintageWisdomOracle_Grace001Welcome to this week’s Tarotscopes. My goal is to help you find your joy and hang on to it. You can transform your existence by bringing joy back in on a regular basis. I’m here to be your joy guide. Remember that this is the last week I will be posting these to Twitter et al. In order to carve out more time for my writing, I will be sending these out via a weekly email. Subscribe here.

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Got fifteen minutes? Ready to carve out a path to joy in your life? Let’s get started today. Set up for your Joy Recalibration session today.

Just when I thought the daily wisdom books were a modern thing, I find that Leo Tolstoy wrote one that he called his greatest work. Have you read it?

Did you know you can hear your full monthly Tarotscope here? Listen to July’s in-depth joy journey. Let me know how I did. August will be out 8/1. There will be a link to it in the weekly Tarotscopes newsletter as well.

CARD OF THE WEEK: [inlinetweet prefix=”CARD OF THE WEEK” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]What does “being in grace” mean to you? Is it [/inlinetweet]being able to balance books on your head? I think it is more than physical balance. For me, the act of being graceful is also the act of being gracious. It’s being able to say a kind word to another human even when you are in tremendous pain. It’s being able to reach beyond yourself to see where another person may need you. In a way, it’s about being selfless. I’m not against being selfish. I think there’s a time and place for that. But in today’s pain-filled world, I think of grace as compassion through, or perhaps, in spite of fear. Our card for the week is Grace. How will you seek grace this week? What will you be called to do in the name of grace? Set your goals this week to include time for you and time for others. GRACE (Vintage Wisdom Oracle)

AQUARIUS [inlinetweet prefix=”AQUARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]What projects do you have going on? Check to see [/inlinetweet]how they are going. This is a good week to revisit your goals. Reassess which ones are working. Some of them may need to be set aside for others. That’s okay. The key is that you are investigating your time investments. Make sure you are checking in with others on joint projects too. This is a time to get serious about what you want the rest of the year to bring you. Home projects will also make themselves known so make time for those as well. And don’t be surprised if a brand-new project surfaces. Mental agility is key this week. FOUR OF AIR

PISCES [inlinetweet prefix=”PISCES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]What is calling your heart? Are you resisting for a [/inlinetweet]practical reason or is it simply fear of failing? And how can fear of failing be simple, you ask? It’s simple when you use it as your go-to to stop you from living…from loving. If fear is your first response to something, what is your second response? Sitting back down is not the answer. Getting up is. When your heart is called, you owe it to yourself to answer with passion. Fear? Sure, but that’s only the first thing. It’s the second that’s the real key. So live and love, Pisces. Live and love this week. EXPLORER OF WATER

Gaian Tarot Two of Air
Gaian Tarot

ARIES [inlinetweet prefix=”ARIES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]How much input is too much? How many people are in line [/inlinetweet]to ask things of you? This week may come at you hard and fast with many decisions to make. Some will be easy but don’t gloss over any of them. Take the time to investigate both sides, please. Indulge in your natural curiousity and that sense of fairness you own. Make sure even the “this won’t take long” questions receive your full attention. They come to you because they value your opinion but sometimes it is also because they know you tend to make hasty decisions in their favor. It’s not a good week to put yourself last, Rams. Step up and listen. Make the best decisions for all concerned–especially yourself. TWO OF AIR

TAURUS [inlinetweet prefix=”TAURUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]What old sorrows are weighing you down? Why are you [/inlinetweet]still mourning them? Shake it off as the song says. Time to clear out any misunderstandings or hard feelings. Air your grievances in a calm, considered manner. I think you will go further if you air them out in writing so you can reread them before sending. Emotional communication is hard, but it is necessary if you want to release the anchors you’ve tied to your heart and soul. Love will win. Think of this as decluttering of your heart. All those loves lost? Write them letters even if you can’t send them. Release yourself from their grasp so you can soar again. FOUR OF CUPS

GEMINI [inlinetweet prefix=”GEMINI” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]What sets you on fire, darling? Note that is not about [/inlinetweet]another person. This is about you. Are you being passionate about living? Are you fully engaged in life? The Two of Fire calls you to get turned on to life on a cellular level. Don’t pussy-foot through this week. Dive in with all you have. Could be an exhausting week if you don’t let that internal flame super-charge you this week. Just not a week to lay back and let life live itself. You are on tap for an energetic POW of a week. Take your vitamins. And don’t be surprised if love gets a little hot this week. Just enjoy that too. TWO OF FIRE

CANCER [inlinetweet prefix=”CANCER” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]Could old hurts be holding you back? The biggest concern [/inlinetweet]this week is how much you invest in past emotional yuck. Do you revisit it like touching a paper cut? Ow that hurts. Ow that hurts. Well stop touching it! Who are you letting in that shouldn’t be in the same zip code much less your heart? If you are creating relationships that are destined to be old baggage, why are you wasting your beautiful life? Red flags exist for a reason, my dears. Time to swim away. Seek a distant shore if you must, but stop building connections that aren’t feeding your soul and your heart. EIGHT OF WATER

LEO [inlinetweet prefix=”LEO” tweeter=”@Tarotscopes” suffix=”..more #horoscope”]How does your garden grow, lovely one? This week [/inlinetweet]expect abundance in your world. Open your arms and your heart but especially your mind to the gifts coming your way. Focus on growth but don’t forget to keep weeding your world. Things that prevent your growth? Negativity (yours and theirs). Guilt. Rehashing past events that you can’t change today. Let the abundance coming your way drive out all the rest. As they say, ain’t nobody got time for that. So let “that” be a reference for all the past things that are so so gone. Your week is about your future, not your past. GARDENER (EMPRESS)

Gaian Tarot Sun
Gaian Tarot

VIRGO [inlinetweet prefix=”VIRGO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]Are you ready to shine? Be available for the spotlight [/inlinetweet]because it is going to be on you this week. Home and health will be highlighted as you show others how amazing you are. Don’t be surprised if a raise or a promotion pop up. With all this glowing energy around you, random presents may happen as well. Remember to treat your family with honor, love and respect. They are a reflection of what you put in so make it worth the time. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear you say you need a break from all the joy you get this week. It’s going to be all about you, darlings! SUN

LIBRA [inlinetweet prefix=”LIBRA” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]What new idea do you need to foster? This is a good [/inlinetweet]question to ask yourself every morning. How do you want your day to go? By setting your intention each morning, you can guide your day. Of course others may try to interfere, but aren’t you the captain of your own ship? Aren’t you in control of your own hula hoop? Stop letting others set your course. Set yourself up for success each day. Then navigate what comes at you knowing you are in charge no matter what. I recommend picking one simple affirmation to say three times morning, noon and night. Let the sacred nine guard you and guide you this week. ACE OF AIR

SCORPIO [inlinetweet prefix=”SCORPIO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]Where are you in need of the lesson of generosity? Who [/inlinetweet]needs your help? Whose help do you need? Remember that this is about the exchange of energy. Not in a “I gave you this much so I need this much back” but in a “I’ll do what I can for you knowing that someone else will do what they can for me” way. When you set expectations with your gift, you cheapen that gift. You also set up blocks to what could be coming. Your shoulds prevent the coulds. So open up to all the beauty of the earth. Understand that when you offer a helping hand to someone, someone else is waiting to continue that energy of generosity. Be giving this week. SIX OF EARTH

SAGITTARIUS [inlinetweet prefix=”SAGITTARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]How’s your budgeting going? Might be time to [/inlinetweet]take a look at your finances. If you aren’t saving something, you need to get started. Even a dollar a week is better than nothing. I know times are hard but when you set your mind to thinking that, you make it more real than it needs to be. Abundance thinking doesn’t mean spend every dime you have. It means counting what you have as blessings. Gratitude is going to be your staff this week. Let your first response be one of thanks rather than a litany of what you don’t have. It’s not easy, but it will reopen the paths that have been closed. FOUR OF EARTH

Gaian Nine of EarthCAPRICORN [inlinetweet prefix=”CAPRICORN” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”… more #horoscope”]Where were you ten years ago? Let’s do some [/inlinetweet]reflecting this week. Revisit your self ten years ago to see how far you’ve come. Dreams realized? YAY! Dreams unrealized? Well if they still mean something, write them down. Put actionable steps down to make them happen. The only person standing in your way is in your mirror. I doubt that will last long. You goats know how to work for what you want. So let’s make this week a goal setting week, okay? Write things down. Don’t worry about dates as much as about how to get what you want. Each big ticket item needs at least five steps to get there. Make it happen. You have the power. NINE OF EARTH

Remember to seek joy, y’all. Pass it on! Ready to create a plan for you that takes you from feeling alone to feeling alive? Let’s make that happen now.

CARD OF THE WEEK: Vintage Wisdom Oracle
Tarotscope deck: Gaian Tarot

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