TarotBlogHop: Samhain 2018 #TarotBlogHop

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“Our religion keeps reminding us that we aren’t just will and thoughts. We are also sand and wind and thunder. Rain. The seasons. You learn to respect everything because you are everything.” ~ William Least Heat Moon 1939-

Welcome to  the 2018 Samhain Tarot Blog Hop wrangled by Aisling. She asked us to explore our beloved dead. Although she gave us three questions  (and I did stay on script for one), I’m actually reusing an old post from 2012. It’s about my most beloved dead, my mother. Of all those who have preceded me in death, I miss her the most.

Marilu at about 19
Marilu at about 19

I was blessed with a mother who wasn’t overly religious although she was a faithful woman. She grew up Catholic, then raised my sister and me in the Episcopal faith. She attended the Methodist church with her second husband while beginning her drift back to her childhood faith of Catholicism. She allowed me, albeit regretfully, to leave the Christian path without making it hard on me. She didn’t like it. I know this. I also know that she wanted me to be happy and secure. So she didn’t make my religious choice a bone of contention. And she certainly could have. She was a strong woman from some very strong women. In my family, the matriarchs have always stood out.

My Mama had a German-Scot Mama and a Scot-Irish Papa. While her mama, my Grannilu, was not someone I remember as a good cook, Mama said there were good cooks in her family. She passed her love of starchy potatoes and stinky cabbage on to me with this dish. It’s one she found later in life. Like her, I’m a collector or recipes. I even cook some of them. ? She made this for me for one of my homecoming meals and I loved it then as I love it now. Even die-hard cabbage haters will fall for this treat!

Because it’s something I closely identify with Mama, I knew this one had to be a Queen (the Empress was already taken, sorry Mama!). The Queen of Cups might seem like the perfect choice but my Mama was a sharp-edged Scorpio. She was funny–brilliantly so at times and almost always pointed and sharp insightful humor. I knew her as a widow most of my life (she remarried when I was in my early 20’s). Her friends were classy, stylish women (when they weren’t being redneck haints.) She was a classy, stylish woman whom I adored her. She wasn’t the cookie-baking, soccer mom but she was the take-you-to-the-library, defend-you-tooth-and-nail mom. I’m lucky to have had the time I did with her. So she is the Queen of Swords to me. And it would have tickled her to be the Queen of Bats as she loved nature.

Queen of Swords Cabbage Au Gratin

1 head cabbage, shredded
4 cups water
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dry breadcrumbs (divided)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 beaten egg
1-1/2 cup grated cheese (divided)
1-1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 pound bacon

Brown bacon, set aside

Cook cabbage in water 10 minutes. Drain.

Beat egg, cream, and seasonings together.

Layer cabbage in a casserole pan with egg mixture and remaining ingredients, except bacon. Reserve some of the breadcrumbs and cheese for topping.

Place chopped bacon on top of the casserole, dot with butter and bake in a preheated 350° F. oven for 30 minutes.

6 servings

Arwen says: Mama didn’t do the bacon and I don’t either. Just a sodium overload!

I hope you will let me know if you try this. I think I’ll make some this week. If you are Catholic, maybe you’d like to light a candle at Mary’s altar for my mama. Her name was Marilu. ? I’ll light a candle on my own altar. Don’t let religion come between you and those you love. It’s really not worth it. Instead, share a meal and a blessing that you have friends and family who care about you enough to worry about you.

Here’s to all of us and our beloved dead. We are blessed to have the ability to choose who we call family. “You learn to respect everything because you are everything.” Thanks to William Least Heat Moon for that. Now go hop to the next blog to see what they have to say about Samhain and our beloved dead.

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Tarot Blog Hop: Mabon 2018

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Balance was the focus for me on my recent retreat with Joanna Colbert. We each did work with our ancestors to discover what it was that needed to be worked on. Mine was balance. We did a sacred dance with Jennifer Lucero-Earle where I danced my dance of balance to MaMuse Natural Order .

For me, Mabon is balance. Our TarotBlogHop wranglers, Jenn and Louise, have asked that we look at how balance can be restored. I am going to tackle that in this blog. You will also see me on another blog post in this hop. I decided to tackle two. Balance, yes?

So, the question of “how can balance be restored” presumes that balance has been lost. I propose that we don’t lose balance so much as we get a bit off-axis, if you will. By that I mean we wobble. Wobbling can be scary if you aren’t expecting it. Like being on a plane that suddenly hits turbulence. I don’t know about you, but I get REALLY anxious if the plane starts doing a jig without warning. You?

The thing is the crew is trained for this. I’ve learned to watch them. If they aren’t running and screaming as if Cthulhu has arrived, I do so deep breathing (after rechecking my seat belt, of course.) They’re not off-balance. They are still doing what they do. It also taught me to check myself before I wreck myself. Usually this works. There have been times when I’ve gone off completely unhinged. That’s so embarrassing to me.

Embarrassment and I are really good friends, though. I’m good at laughing at myself…eventually. Of course, in the moment? Not so much. But being truly out-of-balance or needing to restore balance? That’s tricky if you are self-correcting a mere wobble. There’s a high possibility you will over-correct. Which can be worse than the initial wobble. For example, think of a teen who breaks curfew one time (for any reason). Their parental unit goes nuclear telling them their curfew is now back to 7:30 as if they were eight years old. Any bets on how fast that teenager is going to sneak out? Start ignoring all the rules because, obviously, their parent is a tyrant? In teenage think, that is.

What if the parent had said “Okay, that’s one. You only get one because I don’t play baseball. Home by curfew or don’t expect to go out until your next birthday.” I’m not a parent so your mileage may vary. If that doesn’t work for you, let’s try cooking. You make a dish. You put in twice as much salt as you should rendering it inedible. An over-correction would be “I vow I’ll never make that dish again.” Right? All you need to do is pay a bit more attention.

I associate balance in the Tarot with the two cards. Each one has a message of what can happen if you do too much of one thing. Justice, card 11, and the High Priestess, card 2, and Judgment, card 20, are also two’s in my view. Think about what is wobbling in your life right now. How can you apply gentle correction to pull yourself back into balance? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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SUN HARVEST: Lammas 2018 Tarot Blog Hop (the original one)

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Theme: “The Sun Harvest”
The Sun Harvest — What end of summer harvest do you want to bring in before fall (spring for those on the other side of the equator)?

Many words must go here before Wednesday 8/1 2pm

Harvest. Too often we think of this as something done in fields or gardens with tractors or baskets. Harvest is so much bigger than that. At the start of this year, I set up a few goals using my Metaphysicians Day Planner (it is coming soon so make sure you are on Benebell’s list!) That link is just to tell you about it. I said I wanted to some things. I wrote those things down. I didn’t really follow up on using my planner after about May. I’m going to get back into it. As soon as I remember where I put it…

Anyway, I wanted to teach a class, write a book, improve housekeeping skills as at least three of my goals. So now is the time to look  at not just those ideas I  planted but the work I put into them. Benign neglect really isn’t that great as a metaphor for growth work. I wish it were but it is really only true for tomatoes (and the like) in really good weather conditions.

Truth be told, I’m not currently experiencing really good weather conditions. I’m struggling to seek joy, but, by the Gods, I will do it. This is temporary. I’m pretty much chanting that to myself. The only reason I’m doing this post is … it’s my turn to wrangle. Kinda shitty to not actually do a blog.

One of the other things I wanted to do this year was to be authentic. Now there’s a self-fulfilling prophecy if I’ve ever uttered one. And? Harvesting that shit right now. I’m not doing my daily Facebook messages due to a tooth-and-nail battle with depression. The kind that has me snot-crying while cleaning the kitchen or curling up for four-hour naps. TIP: There is no such thing as a four-hour nap. That’s a four-hour crash-and-burn escape. 

Back to harvest. Back before this current medically-induced depression episode  (true story…I put in my refill request two days early but my THEN provider didn’t bother to call me to tell me I needed to come in. So I went for a week thinking it was the pharmacy’s fault when it wasn’t. When I called the provider, she was flat-out rude to me (confirmed by my husband unit who heard the conversation.) I’m changing providers obviously. ANYWHO! Harvest. Sun. Tarot Blog. I am a one-track whine today! Yes, today. I’m writing this local time noon. HA! Two hours to blog launch.

Class. That was one of my seeds at the beginning of the year. I had my 30 Days & 30 Ways out. Then I re-released my Trust Your Gut Intuitive Tarot (9 weeks) class as a self-paced class too. I really wanted to be a part of Ethony Dawn’s Tarot Reader Acacademy’s Summer School. I  reached out to her to let her know that I would like to be a part of the 2019 masters if she had room. Turns out she had room for this iteration. My class just went live 7/26. I’ve already gotten several pieces  of feedback. One which  said, ”

I just had to share that I am thoroughly enjoying a freaking fantastic course by Arwen Lynch Poe via the Tarot Academy. I admit I can have a snobbish attitude at times after about 38 years of studying (and practicing) Astrology & Tarot, but let me tell you, when I hit upon something that actually is not only fun, but EFFECTIVE, I just have to give credit where credit is due: Arwen’s course on Spellcrafting with Tarot & the Hero’s Journey has shifted some major pieces in my Psyche! I’ve been teaching Hero’s Journey work in my Astrological practice and in my Lunar Priestess program, so I’m very familiar with the material..AND again, this format and the prompts that Arwen has in her Tarot course (plus her related book which is on Amazon), have truly given me profound insights and TOOLS that I was able to immediately apply to my Life. Take this post for what it’s worth my friends: A glowing THANK YOU to a fellow Tarot journeyer who truly opened up new pathways for a proverbial ‘know-it-all’ (yes, the Pisces in me tries to keep ‘that’ part of Sagittarius in check, lol). Go, check it out, sign up and shift:Bit.ly/SummerArwen ”

So that was a lovely piece of harvest bonus today.

I also wanted to write a book. That didn’t happen but I have been working on a USGames project that is close to done. See latest project here: Practical Wisdom Tarot.

Last I wanted to improve housekeeping skills. Y’all, I truly suck at housekeeping. I’ve gotten better but generally because the husband unit reminds me. Seriously, if you judge others because they have a messy house, add me to that list.

So that’s my first harvest for the year. Lammas is a first harvest festival with Mabon and Samhain being the next two.  OH! I did manage to get two issues of the Cartomancer out (next one is for Fall then Winter. ) What’s your harvest been like?

Here’s a spread to help if you like.

HARVESTING SPREAD

  1. Seed: This is what you want to grow so pick this card intentionally
  2. Ground: This is where you need to plant the seed
  3. Fertilizer: This is what you need to help the seed to grow
  4. Work: This is what you must focus on for the best growth
  5. Harvest: This is the reward of the growth. Rather than the seed, this is what potential comes from the work.

Here are the cards I drew (with the first one being intentional). The shape is apropos of nothing. It just worked on my scanner. This deck is the Our Tarot by Sarah Shipman.

Lammas Tarot Blog Hop Harvest Spread
Lammas Tarot Blog Hop Harvest Spread

(image not loading. Blaming it on Mercury Rx. Will try again later.)

Seed: The Emperor shown as Victoria (one of my all-time favorite royal personages) is the card I picked for my seed. I want to be in charge of my own life in such a way that I can set rules and boundaries. This is a freedom I crave. I need more financial autonomy which is one of the things the Emperor makes me think of. First quote from Victoria? “We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist.” Well alright then, Queen Victoria.

Ground: Four of Swords with Simone Weil. Plant this intention in a calm, quiet way. Find a place within that is sheltered from anxiety. Make a meditation garden within. Interestingly enough, here is the quote that came up when I googled her. <i “>To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul. I think that speaks very well to the ground.

Fertilizer: Two of Cups with the Ladies of Llangollen, Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby. Their love for one another eschewed all societal demands. They chose to live with one another even after their families tried to force them apart. They are presumed, perhaps erroneously, to have had a sexual relationship. But this fertilizer tells me to love this seed into being. To not let my own or anyone else’s perceived criticism cause it to shrivel and die. Couldn’t find a quote from these two other than books and plays.

Work: Ace of Swords with Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black female astronaut. Pioneer, much?  Trailblazer, much? The first quote from her is “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” That plays quite nicely into the idea of work that must be done and done and done some more. No limits.

Harvest: The Lovers portrayed by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr who cofounded Hull House in 1889. More pioneers for the harvest. I think this says that I can expect my harvest to be something of a pioneering nature. So is it something that will be pioneering for me in the since that it will be a discovery of self? Or is it pioneering for others? I guess that remains to be seen.  The first quote I found from Jane Addams: “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” Good for all or it’s not good enough

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TarotBlogHop: Summer 2018 Don’t Fence Me In

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Joy is our wrangler. I just got to hug Joy’s neck this past Monday because I was in Denver. 😀 So I’m starting this out with a happy heart. She’s asked us to do another musical blog hop like last time. Well, sort of like last time.  I didn’t get to do the last one as I was at Readers Studio. Seems like I’ve been traveling a lot.

Or as my husband says, “I’ve been everywhere, man. I’ve been everywhere.” He and I are prone to quoting songs off-the-cuff. He quotes them correctly. I  am just as likely to say “I love industry” as “Islands in the Stream” so don’t quote me! Also, I think every rock song is by Bon Jovi. I am much better at pre-80’s music.

Our task was to choose from a long list of possibilities. I decided to match up some (not all) of the Court cards with songs. I’m not doing all because I’m hoping you will add your suggestions in the comments. Homework is a must since I  am teaching summer school this year complete with candles, rituals, and spells. Oh, and Tarot too.

Driving home from Denver, I had my music on shuffle. It went from Loreena McKinnett to Trisha Yearwood to The Commodores to Annie Lennox. I had a lot of fun trying to decide which court card went to which song.

So the Knight of Cups was easiest for me. He’s got to be Take Me To The River (my version is Annie Lennox although I also have Forrest Sawyer’s version  too.)

Wizards Tarot Knight of Cups
Wizards Tarot

Washing me down, washing me
Hug me, squeeze me, love me, tease me
Till I can’t, till I can’t, till I can’t take no more of it
Take me to the water, drop me in the river
Push me in the water, drop me in the river
Washing me down, washing me down
I don’t know why I love you like I do
All the troubles you put me through
Sixteen candles there on my wall
And here am I the biggest fool of them all

Then I figured that the passionate Queen of Wands would be a perfect fit for Heaven, Heartache, and The Power Of Love by Trisha Yearwood.

Pearls of Wisdom Queen of Wands
Pearls of Wisdom

They say up in Heaven the streets are gold
Once you get past the Pearly Gates
And the angels are singin’
At the top of a dove white staircase

And I say heartache can burn you down like hell
Leave you beggin’, “Baby, please don’t go”
‘Til you’re scrapin’ rock bottom
And cryin’ in a deep dark hole

Oh, and love can make you fly like a rocket
Put you on top of the world

I’m talkin’ ’bout
Heaven is where I hope I’m goin’
Heartache, that’s where I’ve been
Heaven, heartache and the power of love

Last, but certainly not least is the King of Coins who must be All  The Gold In California by the Gatlin Brothers.

Green Witch Tarot King of Pentacles
Green Witch Tarot

All the gold in California
Is in the bank in the middle of Beverly Hills
In somebody else’s name.
So if you’re dreamin’ about California,
It don’t matter at all where you’ve played before.
California’s a brand-new game.

Tryin’ to be a hero, winding up a zero,
Can scar a man forever right down to your soul.
Living on the spotlight can kill a man outright
‘Cause everything that glitters is not gold.
All the gold in California
Is in the bank in the middle of Beverly Hills
In somebody else’s name.
So if you’re dreamin’ about California,
It don’t matter at all where you’ve played before.
California’s a brand-new game.

So, what about you? What are your songs for court cards? Maybe Taylor Swift’s Love Story for the Page of Cups? Leave me a comment. Tell me what  you think. And please, come check out summer school! I’d love to see you in class.

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Decks

I collect and sell decks. These range from card decks to Tarot to Lenormand to Kipper to Oracle and more. If a deck is new in box, it will be marked NIB. I do my best not to undersell someone’s deck. By that I mean, if the deck is still available from the creator, I will do my best to price in line with their pricing.

I do mark things as 1st or 2nd edition (or whatever that might be.) On some I do not know. I will be uploading images as well for each deck. If you see a deck that you would like more pictures of, just let me know. I will NOT open NIB decks. Sealed is sealed.

75 Angel Cards
75 Angel Cards
This deck can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Angel-Cards-Dreams-Signs-Meditation-Traditional-Angels/dp/2923097602
Available Qty: 1
Price: $21.62
7. A. D. Kickstarter Limited Edition
7. A. D. Kickstarter Limited Edition
I know very little about these. https://www.facebook.com/saintedlogo is the maker. They are Christian in nature. My research leads me to believe they are designed to teach children a Christian version of history. PICTURE SHOWN IS NOT THE CARDS THAT I HAVE. I used an image from his website.
Available Qty: 1
Price: $10.81
Price: $5.41
20th Century Tarot
20th Century Tarot
20th Century Tarot by Kevin G. Burne. 1970. Skor-Mor Corp. Boxed Set with Instructions and Tarot Deck. The deck consists of 78 black and white cards (5 inches x 2 3/4 inches), with the minor arcana illustrated by the symbols only of the suit-- similar to a Marseille tarot deck. A 24 page booklet accompanies the deck, with instructions on how to lay the cards out, along with definitions of the cards.
Available Qty: 1
Price: $43.25

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Miscellaneous

This is my junk drawer category. Here you will find everything that doesn’t fit one of my other categories. Most of this will be things out of boxes I got at auction. I tend to want one or two things but get the whole box. So, if you see something you like, snag it. In this category I am very open to OBO’s (Or Best Offer.) Please email me at readings AT tarotbyarwen.com if you want to talk price.

Cows
Cows
A bunch of ceramic cows. There's two sets of Salt&Pepper shakers (I was so tempted to keep the one on the far right!). It is as you see it. Very shabby chic. OBO NOTE: THERE IS SHIPPING! I will calculate it for you if you like. Email me.
Available Qty: 1
Price: $16.22
Your Price: $ 
Set of Old Bottles (6)
Set of Old Bottles (6)
Six old bottles got at an auction. These include (l-r) Wesson Oil (includes golf tees, lol), unknown, brown jug (screw-on lid), Falstaff 12 oz, Mountain Dew with screw-on cap, unknown. SHIPPING WILL BE FIGURED FOR YOU. THERE IS A SHIPPING COST. 😀 OBO
Available Qty: 1
Price: $32.44
Your Price: $ 
Antique Tool
Antique Tool
I do not know what this is. Some guesses are oil filter tool, tire removing tool...those are the husband. My guesses are turning off/on thingy. I WIN. Do you know what it is? Clicking on images will open up HUGE image files. Huge, I tell you. NOTE: I am guestimating shipping. I will have it weighed and either refund you the overpayment or invoice you for the remaining. OBO
Available Qty: 1
Price: $21.62
Your Price: $ 
Chihuahua Statues
Chihuahua Statues
This is a cute family of chihuahuas that came in an auction box. They are 2.5" (two and a half inches) tall. They are made out of resin. There is no maker mark on them. I believe them to be just some little tchotchke from a random gift store. Will you give them a good home? OBO
Available Qty: 1
Price: $16.23
Your Price: $ 

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Stones

Here are my stones for sale. All stones are cleansed by me but not charged. If you would like them charged, please indicate that in the PayPal notes area. I do not charge extra for charging. When I charge, I am charging for the purpose of the stone’s energy to sync with your energy. You can see larger (okay, freaking HUGE) images by clicking on the thumbnail.

Chevron Amethyst Obelisk
Chevron Amethyst Obelisk
Both of these are 3" in height. The coloration is stunning in both. Please allow me to pick for you. Each piece is cleansed and can be charged at your request. Amethyst is known as the drunkard's stone and is said to prevent alcohol addiction. It is also known to ward off nightmares.
Available Qty: 2
Price: $35.68
Rose Quartz Spheres
Rose Quartz Spheres
These rose quartz spheres come with stands. The spheres are about 1" in diameter. Some are very light in color. Please allow me to choose one for you. They are cleansed and can be charged.
Available Qty: 10
Price: $8.11
Labradorite Obelisks (Unpolished) Large
Labradorite Obelisks (Unpolished) Large
These are unpolished Labradorite obelisks. Each one is three inches high minimum. The Chihuahua statue is 2.5" high. You can see fire and flash in these when held in light but it is not as evident as it might be in a highly polished piece. Please allow me to choose one for you. Each is cleansed and can be charged by request.
Available Qty: 4
Price: $23.79
Unakite Obelisk
Unakite Obelisk
Eight Unakite Obelisk. For me, Unakite is a stone of the heart chakra (pink and green.) I use it for balancing heart energy so my emotions are kept in check. It is also called Orange Flower Stone. Please allow me to choose for you. The Chihuahua statue is about 2.5" tall. All stones are cleansed and can be charged upon request.
Available Qty: 8
Price: $14.06
Golden (Brown) Tiger's Eye Spheres
Golden (Brown) Tiger's Eye Spheres
Six Tiger's Eye Spheres. These are really pretty in terms of OOOOH shiny! Please allow me to choose one for you. I will charge it if you request it. They are cleansed.
Available Qty: 5
Price: $14.06
Lapis Lazuli Spheres
Lapis Lazuli Spheres
Lapis Lazuli Spheres. All are cleansed. I will charge yours if you like. Just let me know when you purchase. Please allow me to choose for you.
Available Qty: 8
Price: $14.06
Red Tiger Eye Sphere
Red Tiger Eye Sphere
Three polished red tiger eye spheres. Please allow me to choose for you. These have been cleansed but not charged. If you have a specific charging request, just let me know in the notes. The largest is just under 1" (one inch) in diameter. They have a lovely chatoyancy to them.
Available Qty: 3
Price: $16.23
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ECourses

Here are my current eCourses. These are all self-paced unless otherwise noted (by a start date and finish date.) You sign up as you like and do the work as you can. Many of my courses, if not all, have accompanying Facebook groups. You will receive a link to those when you subscribe.

Journey To Joy-CardMagicSummit
Thirty-day email course. Tasks, prompts, quotes, and encouragement. Come take a journey to joy with Arwen, the Professional Joy Seeker. This is the free offer for those who take the Card Reading Magic Summit journey. Thank you for not sharing this.
Price: $20.56
Price: $0.00
Trust Your Gut Intuitive Tarot Class
Trust Your Gut Intuitive Tarot (a 9 week online course you do at your own pace). You will receive 3-5 emails per week. You do them at your pace. There is also a Facebook group you can join.
Price: $216.38
Price: $107.11
Journey To Joy
Thirty-day email course. Tasks, prompts, quotes, and encouragement. Come take a journey to joy with Arwen, the Professional Joy Seeker.
Price: $20.56
33 Days To Finish Your Book eCourse
33 Days To Finish Your Book eCourse
Finish your fiction in 33 days with this daily course to keep you on track. This is also available as a book: http://bit.ly/ArwenHero if you prefer.
Price: $35.70

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TarotBlogHop: Imbolc 2018 Brighid’s Blue Moon

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Hey, y’all. Welcome to the TarotBlogHop for Imbolc 2018. Our intrepid wrangler is my friend, Aisling. She is an extraordinary woman. Aisling’s challenged us with a triple spread. Before we start, did you know that the Tarot Blog Hop’s first hop was Imbolc 2012? Yep, it’s been that long!

Here’s what Aisling says,

“We are calling this Hop “Brighid’s Blue Moon”. This festival is a “trifecta”, a combination of three significant events on a single date. February 1st is “Imbolc”, meaning “In the Belly”, the festival dedicated to Brighid of the Three Fires, who brings life back to Land, Sea, and Sky after winter’s doldrums have passed. But on Imbolc Eve, the day before the festival, we will see a Full Moon, which is also a Blue Moon, the second Full Moon in a calendar month. Therefore, we are celebrating a “Solilune”, a combination of a Solar and Lunar Festival, and it’s dedicated to a Deity who Herself is represented in Her Celtic realm by three Elemental locations, Land, Sea, and Sky, and three characteristics of the Inner Flame, Poesy, Smithcraft, and Healing, as well as shedding her beneficent influence on three areas of human life, Body, Mind, and Spirit . This day also represents a Secret Gift of Spirit, the Blue Moon, representing those things that are rare and precious–after all, they only happen “Once in a Blue Moon”. Therefore, we will be creating a pattern of triplicity in our draw and layout for this Hop. “

The spread itself is amazing in its depth. There are three parts with three cards each. I really didn’t think I had the time to do this spread. A nine-card layout means work for me. When I am doing my email readings, I’m going deep into the readings. I don’t generally have time/make time for this type of reading for myself. Still, it keeps nudging at me so I think I shall do all nine. I won’t share images of the cards (well of all the cards) but I will share what I draw. How much I share of my insights will be guided by what I pull. I am going to use

1) The Foundation: You will draw three cards, one representing Land (Body), one for Sky (Mind) and the third one for Sea (Spirit). These will indicate for you the physical, mental, and emotional/spiritual focus of your year-to-come. These cards honor the Solar Festival of Imbolc and the Three Fires of Brigid.

Gain Tarot Seven of Fire

  • Land (Body) is the Eight of Earth. This is the card of the apprentice, the journeyman, and the master. I am working on some health-related things so this makes sense as a physical card. Learning about what I can and can’t do.
  • Sky (Mind) is the Seven of Fire. Interestingly this is the card I call Brighid at the Forge. A woman blacksmith hammers out the iron. Water waits to quench the hot iron while the forge glows hot for the next heating session. It is an endless cycle–this making. My mind understands that learning will take me from the fire to the anvil, to the water and back again.
  • Sea (Spirit) is the Nine of Earth. Here is Joanna herself (she is the creatrix of the Gaian Tarot) standing in a field of lavender. She is smiling as representative of the successful woman this card traditionally holds. My spiritual pursuits are blessed, I think.

2) The Construction: This Moon, according to the Celtic Tree Calendar, is the Full Rowan Moon. This tree is sacred to Brighid, and represents “Protection from Evil Enchantment”. It is considered a Guardian, a Guide, and a Gateway, so that we may be safely sheltered and receive direction as we walk down the new path of the year. So the three cards you draw for the second level, the Lunar energy of the year, will represent the answers to the following three questions: What is the energy of the new path that presents itself? From what will I need protection on this journey? What energies of my own or of spirit will guide and protect me?

  • What is the energy of the new path that presents itself? The Explorer of Water surfs in. In class today (I’m taking a class on two Adobe products) we worked on a project that featured a surfer. I was very confused as my program wasn’t set up right so I kept getting behind. I was so frustrated. But here is the surfer again, reminding me to ride the waves. The new path may be bumpy, but if I follow my heart and love the ride, I’ll be fine.
  • What will I need protection from on this journey? Ah, the Two of Air with the little birds chirping away in the background. Hello, little voices in my head telling me I can’t do this. Hello, little souls in my world trying to tell me I can’t do this. Whether it’s internal editors or external detractors, I must protect my heart from the naysayers.
  • What energies of my own or of spirit will guide and protect me? And the Seven of Water is a reminder to me to drink deeply from each dream. I have guides who will show me how to achieve all that I want to achieve…including the VBD.

3) The Surprise: Once in a Blue Moon, wonderful things come forth. Draw your final three cards connected with Body, Mind, and Spirit, in that order, to see what treasures the Universe has in store for you.

  • Body Treasures: Well that’s a bit dismaying to pull Lightning (Tower) for Body treasures. That sounds like a lesson that will teach me something very wonderful about my own body.
  • Mind Treasures: The Canoe (Chariot) is how to take charge of my own mind, how to direct my mind to create the tribe I want and need.
  • Spirit Treasures: Grin, hello Death. A transforming year it would seem with the Tower, the Canoe, and Death in my treasures realm. I fear I know what this might mean. I do hope I am wrong. But the Universe will show me the way as long as I keep my eyes open and my feet moving. It’s not just about staying on a path. It’s about forging one.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

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