TarotBlogHop: Tarot & Tea & The Dead

A spread to contact the dead for today’s #TarotBlogHop. Blessed Samhain, y’all.


Tea time?! This is what we get for having someone from across the pond. That darned Louise Underhill is our wrangler. Here is what she wants us to chat about.

The topic of the Samhain Blog Hop this time, is to discuss or show, via the Tarot or any other oracle, who you would invite to an afternoon tea on the Day of the Dead. What do you imagine they’d be like? What Tarot card (or cards!) would represent them? What would you ask them? What would you like to learn from them? Your “guest” can be living, or dead, but imagine them there and then represent them in a Tarot card (or more). [Tweet “A spread to contact the dead for today’s #TarotBlogHop. Blessed Samhain, y’all. “] So this is a very challenging topic for me because I can think of a dozen or more folks that I wouldn’t mind having over for an afternoon tea. Um, first of course I’d have to research what time an afternoon tea is and what one serves at a tea. I mean I guess tea and crumpets? But what exactly is a crumpet? And why are cookies biscuits? And sweaters jumpers? And flashlights torches? Well never mind the last. I can see the logical progression from a real flaming torch to a mechanical torch. But the jumper thing? Yeah, that I don’t get. But I digress which means I am totally avoiding the subject.

Gaian Tarot Guardian of Air
Gaian Tarot

I guess, since I am fixing to dive into NaNoWriMo tomorrow, I’ll go with an author. Again so many to choose from. There is one that I keep circling back to. I read her when I was in junior high and high school. Loved how she swept me out of my world into hers. Then I learned that not only was she a good writer, but she was also a lesbian. And from her pictures, a very attractive one at that. At that time my personal id was lesbian so it was very affirming to me to know that a childhood favorite author was like me. For her card, I’ll have to go with the Guardian of Air from the Gaian Tarot. She is perched up on a mountain where she can do her work, get her messages in and get them out as well. I love the intensity of this card as well. Oh, who did I invite? Why none other than JFK’s favorite author, Mary Renault. I would want to ask her about her biggest personal struggle with writing. Then the conversation would just flow. By the way, if you are doing NaNoWriMo, come buddy up with me. I’m there as TarotByArwen. And check out my to help yourself get those fifty thousand words cranked out. This time of year I have a lot of conversations with the dead–my own and other people’s loved ones. I wanted to also share a simple spread with you that you might use when you try to contact your own dearly departed. The Veil Is Thin Spread 1. Who comes to me now? 2. What message do you want to give me? 3. How can I honor your message best? I would suggest doing this in a consecrated Circle for the best results. Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!


Feathers, Swords + Pens

guardian-airToday’s card is a reminder that communication comes in so many forms. In today’s world, we can phone, text, write, read in so many ways that it’s a virtual smorgasbord.

The Guardian of Air (Queen) is the woman who uses communication to her advantage. Interesting that yesterday’s card was another Queen of Air (Queen of Feathers from the Bleu Cat Tarot). We will see what tomorrow brings.

I’ve been remiss in not mentioning a Tarot app that’s out there. It’s now free and you can load it with decks (for purchase). It’s the Tarot eCards app.

I’ve got some mixed feelings about it. I love that I can have decks at my fingertips in one app. LOVE it. That’s the very best thing about it. It’s available for both Android and iPhone but I don’t know about Windows.

I am not thrilled by a couple of things. One is that the orientation is locked meaning I can’t turn my iPad into landscape mode to view it. The other is that some of the graphics of some of the decks are just not good.

I had a discussion with the owner who told me that was because of the images sent in by the artist. I have to be honest and tell you that I wouldn’t have published the decks as part of my app. The one that was the worst (and that I was told might be corrected) was the Whispering Tarot by Elizabeth Hazel. I love that little deck but on the app? I’m actually sorry I paid for it.

Other decks don’t have that problem. So check out the Tarot eCards app.

While you are checking out things, I’d love for you to visit with my friend, Jay Pryor. His 11/8 video chat is about Pronoia–a subject very close to my heart. This super short (less than two minutes) chat about the concept of Pronoia is one that I think everyone should hear.

Then, when you have more time, you can watch last night’s show. Yep, I didn’t pass out and made it through the whole hour. I did some free readings as well. I’d love to hear what you think of it. And mark your calendars for 11/18 when I’ll be doing it all over again.

Guardian of Air, Gaian Tarot, Joanna Powell Colbert

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!