Tarot Blog Hop: Samhain 2016 Wake The Dead


Welcome to the 2016 Samhain/Halloween/Mid-Fall Tarot Blog Hop. We’ve been doing these hops since Imbolc 2012. It brings me such joy to know that for these past five years, community-minded bloggers have gathered every six weeks to create a ring of posts that all share the same subject. It’s been copied by others (which also brings me great joy) so I know that original question “How Can I Be The Best Candle” truly burns on.

This time, we are asked by our wrangler, Louise Underhill of Priestess Tarot, to turn to our ancestors for advice. She challenged us to “seek their advice on what we need to work on in the year to come.”

So I did. First, I wanted to be clear on the questions as well as the intent. Once I had the questions, I took time to make sure I was mindful of my surroundings. I wanted to be aware of not only where I was, but who I was.

I opened up asking my ancestors to gather if they would. I requested that one of them step forward to give me advice for the coming year (in my Tradition, we treat Samhain as the New Year even though the validity of that has been brought into question.) Honestly I hoped that someone from my deep ancestral bloodlines would turn up. Maybe the daughter of that English king (not a very popular king, oops) or the German lawyer would weigh in on the questions.

Nope. I got a much closer relative. And I knew her the moment I pulled the first card. But first, let’s look at the spread itself.

Arwen Lynch's Wake The Dead spread
My 2016 Samhain spread: Wake The Dead

The answers were pretty clear. Because of the reading, the answers were also quite personal. I’ll show you the card and give you the abbreviated answers.

Moon Victoria Regina Tarot
The Moon, Victoria Regina Tarot

First up was the Moon. With the binoculars and crawfish on this one, I immediately knew it was my mother. She was a Scorpio as well. I have a Scorpio Moon that rests in the 8th house so this could only be Mama. At first I thought it might be her mother, but the crawfish and binoculars were all Mama.

10 Swords Victoria Regina
Ten of Swords

Next came the 10 of Swords. If I wasn’t sure before, this nailed it (pun intended). My mother once told me a story about a sparrow, a cat and a pile of manure. The lesson was to stop complaining about where you were. The main message I got here was, “Being weighed down by other people’s opinions is silly. That’s their energy, not yours. DO YOU.” On a side note, when I look at my handwriting on this question, the “do you” is very similar to my mother’s handwriting. Hmmm

Strength showed up as the response to the third question.

Strength Victoria Regina Tarot

Her admonition here was that she raised me to be a strong woman. She reminded me that she had not been fair to me in one area (she took care of me when she should have let me find my own feet) but she felt I was getting better there.


World, Victoria Regina Tarot

The fourth question brought the World (so many Majors, Mama.) She was a bit fierce on this one which didn’t surprise me. Protecting her children was one of her strengths. Living with a Scorpion for a mother wasn’t always easy, but you knew she had your back. The answer was, in part, “Focus on the people who add to your life rather than take away. Be your own center.”

Finally, I pulled the Two of Wands. My mother loved that I wrote. She got to read the first book my writing partner and I ever finished. That book has never been published, but my sister called me. She was laughing because my mother, who was in the hospital dying from cancer (she passed away two months after), would not take any calls. She told my sister to tell them she was reading. Her message here was to take action. Do rather than be. The funniest thing was her “Get wet sooner” message. She’s the reason I keep .

Thanks, Mama. I love you and I will always remember you.

Marilu Johnston circa 1956
Marilu, my beautiful mother

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Life’s Purpose?

What are good questions to ask about your life’s purpose?

Today I wanted to share an affirmation that came to me after answering some questions posed by Nicole Ortega. She is doing the same blog challenge that I am doing.

In her post about Demystifying Your Life Purpose, she posed that there were common questions and more important questions. I commented that the three more important questions would make a good Tarot spread.

So here it is:

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Nicole Ortega’s Demystify Your Life Purpose Spread

  • What thought patterns are keeping me stuck?
  • Why do I seem to take two steps forward and one step back?
  • Where is my energy best focused right now?
  • How can I put this information to use now?

I added the last question. Using the Dream Raven Tarot deck, I pulled four cards. Here is my reading for myself.

Nicole Ortega Demystifying Your Life Purpose Spread
Nicole Ortega Demystifying Your Life Purpose Spread

1. What thought patterns are keeping me stuck?

Six of Swords The idea that I’ve won as much as I can. That the race is over. I see this as a warning against complacency. The Six of Swords is generally a positive card but this question is one of being stuck.

Since an air card shows up as the answer to the thought question, I take this to mean that I shouldn’t ever think the race is over. There is always a new leg to be run.

2. Why do I seem to take two steps forward and one step back?

Hermit I had to laugh when I saw the Hermit. I do tend to hole up then pop out for a bit. I think this card is about consistency. Consistency in studying what I do. Consistency in being available to do what I offer.

That’s a big one. Lately I’ve been finding it hard to make room for my work because of my work. Catch 22!

3. Where is my energy best focused right now?

Star Can’t get a much clearer answer than the Star, can I? Higher goals. Higher purpose. Higher everything. I need to reset my frequency. Retune my channel. Revive my spirit. Onwards and upwards, Arwen.

4. How can I put this information to use now?

Two of Pentacles I added this one to give me something practical, something doable, something immediate. And I get the Two of Pentacles which is a card of balance.

I am advised that I need to apply this information to both my personal as well as professional life. That this issue encompasses my all rather than just one side or the other. Since I’m a Pisces, this makes sense to me.

I’d like to give this spread a few test runs before I add it to my repertoire. If you think you’d like to consult with me using this spread, email me. I have five slots available.

This readings will be done via email so they will be $30 instead of my regular $55 for a half hour Tarot chat and will include a suggested affirmation for you based on the cards you receive. Are you ready to demystify your life purpose?

If you’d like to see more of this deck, I did a last year.

Want to get your own deck so you can do the spread yourself? I say fabulous. 😀 Here’s the deck on Amazon.

You can find http://nicoleortega.com/demystifying-your-life-purpose/.

The affirmation I get from this is:

I am still moving forward. I am consistent in my efforts. I revive my spirit. I am balanced. Loved and loving, I love each of you. Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Dream Raven Tarot, Schiffer Mind, Body, Spirit


Magically Unsticking: A Tarot Spread

To that end, I wanted to share a three card spread you can use for yourself. I will also show you how you can craft a spell using the three cards you get.

CatsEye_7PentaclesTarot readings aren’t magic, but they can create magic. I’ve been doing a lot of three card readings via email lately. Normally I do SKYPE or phone or in person sessions but have been guided towards more email readings.

These are short readings since they are only three cards, but I’m finding that the questions asked are creating magic for my clients.

In these readings, I’m getting asked many things but one question keeps coming up.

How do I get unstuck?

To that end, I wanted to share a three card spread you can use for yourself. I will also show you how you can craft a spell using the three cards you get.

Read more at my SageWoman blog on PaganSquare.

Mabon: Why We Have Night And Day

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Welcome to the Mabon Tarot Blog Hop. This is our second year of hopping. Our intrepid wrangler is Christiana Gaudet, CTM. She gave us the topic of Divination and Myth.

If you are looking for this week’s tarotscopes, go here. Then come back. 😀

I thought of so many things. I thought I might discuss why one person’s mythology is another person’s religion and talk about respect for all paths.

I thought I might create a spread. But then I realized, I wanted to share with you something I wrote a long time ago. Seventeen years ago I challenged myself to write a myth. To create an answer to a question I might have had if I’d lived in another time. Here is that myth. Because this is a Tarot blog hop, I’ll follow this with a spread based on this myth.

Why We Have Day and Night

by Arwen Nightstar aka Stephanie Arwen Lynch, 1996

In the very beginning, the world had only light on one side and dark on the other. This is because the Sky Lady sat above the Earth with Her cape of midnight blue covered with stars over one half of the Earth. The other half was lit by a blazing ball. This ball was yarn that She was using to make a jacket for her son the Moon. The people on the dark side of the Earth only saw the Moon, but they knew his mother could give them light. They prayed to the Moon and asked him to intervene for them with his mother. He listened to their pleas and decided to try to talk to Her.

Now, the Sky Lady had expressly forbidden Her son to bother Her while She was creating his jacket. She was knitting and didn’t want to drop any stitches because the ball of blazing light would burn Her fingers. The young and impulsive moon considered the ways he could approach Her. After thinking about all his options he decided that it best to sneak up behind Her. You see,being quite young, he did not always think things through clearly.

So, he crept up under the cover of his mother’s cape of stars. As he was almost to Her, he stumbled and fell into Her. Startled, the Sky Lady jumped up which caused the blazing ball of yarn to fall from Her lap. Quickly She lunged for it, but it was just out of Her reach. She leapt to Her feet to chase after that ball, but it rolled along the horizon just ahead of Her. Her son knew that his mother was going to be cross with him so he thought it would be wisest for him to remain behind Her so he clung to her cape with a two fisted grip.

From the Earth’s point of view, we see the sun going across the sky and then the cape of night pulling darkness, stars and the moon behind it. Really, it is the Sky Lady trying to catch her ball of yarn.

Night and Day Spread

  • Yarn
  • Sky Lady
  • Moon
  • Chase

The Yarn card represents a current creative project. You may already be working on it or you may just need a spark of an idea.

The Sky Lady is that part of yourself that is trying to create. Here is the card that points out your strengths. You can use this card as a reminder that your creative self is not so very far away.

The Moon is that part of yourself that interferes with your creativity. This card alerts you to things you do that set up blocks for your own creative self. For me, this is the cat box card. I heard a writer say once that she knew she was good at avoiding work when cleaning the cat box took precedence. Let this card be your early warning system to things you do that mess up your creative flow.

The final card in this four card spread is the Chase. This is how you can combine the three other cards into a vital, growing project. By marrying the three, you can learn ways to turn seemingly bad things into more ways to channel your creativity.

Lay it out left to right with the Yarn being in the front, the Sky Lady chasing it and the Moon behind her. The Chase card is beneath them.

I hope you will take a moment to try this spread out. I invite you to leave your thoughts in the comments or link to your own work with this spread.

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Images used are from the Fradella Adventure Tarot (OOP) from U.S. Games. Used with permission. No further reproduction granted.

Arwen Reads For Arwen

Strangely, this card position induces a bit of stress in my world. Intimacy is a struggle for me. Is it for you? The nine of Fire tells me that to build real intimacy…

I shared a new spread on Friday called the Blooming Spread. you can check that post to see where I got the idea and what each position means.

Blooming Life Continue reading “Arwen Reads For Arwen”

SPREAD: Life’s Path

Often I am asked “What does life have in store for me?” or “What am I supposed to be doing with my life?” or “I feel stuck right now. Am I on the right path?”

These are questions many of us have even if we don’t ask them outloud. We wonder where we are going and if we really are supposed to get there. I think it’s a combination of societal/family pressures and our own need for assurance. In thinking about this particular area of questioning, I decided I needed a spread more dedicated to offering creative solutions.

I don’t like pat answers. I prefer being given tools that will help me grow. If someone is going to give me everything on a spoon, I am more inclined to whine about the flavor or the temperature than if I got it my own danged self. So this spread is designed with that in mind. How can we work on this tough question for ourselves?

The following spread is an actual reading for an actual client. I will not name this person. You can see how I read for folks and what my process is during an email reading. Phone readings are very similar except I don’t write it all down. The querant is in charge of taking notes. With both I do provide images of the cards so you can see what I am seeing. Sometimes things pop off a card that I don’t pay attention to but mean something to the person I’m reading for.

Life’s Path

1. Where Am I Now? This card is to give you a marker as to where you are on the journey right now. It’s the beginning point.

2. What Is My Primary Motive? Here we take a look at what really moves you in life.

3. What Is My Main Concern? This is to see what your primary anxiety is. What’s bugging you the most?

4. Why Am I Here? This is a lesson card. We need to understand why we’ve chosen to be here. What is the lesson of this moment?

5. Where Am I Supposed To Be? This is not a location card per se. It is a directional card. This is the next step on your path.

6. What Roadblocks Are In My Way?

7. What Tools Am I Not Using? We all have strengths. Some of them we don’t use as much as others. This is something you need to be using more.

8. What Opportunities Are In The Potential Future? Just a heads up on what you could be looking out for.

9. What Is My Life’s Purpose? A big question–this card is geared towards getting you to think about why you might be here.

10. Final Advice? This is the Universe’s last chance in this spread to deliver a message you may be missing.

Reading for X.
9 of Wands World Spirit Tarot Position 1 Five of Swords You are currently hurting mentally. You’ve had a recent battle with friends and family. While you may have made your point, you didn’t win any points with some folks. You could be feeling a bit lost and alone. Ask yourself if you did the right thing? If you had to go back to where you were before you had the fight/disagreement, would you? Or is the pain worth the price? If you feel more free of their negativity, you did the right thing. Don’t let your hurt drag you into a victim’s mentality. Realize that some battles must be fought even when you know you are going to be hurt. It’s for your own good–like a vaccination against drama.
9 of Swords  World Spirit Tarot Position 2 Nine of Swords Well, now, two swords right off the bat tell me you are in a very mental place. You may be doing a great deal of what I call “tail chasing” which means you are whirling in one spot getting nothing done. Looks like nightmares and anxieties are a daily battle for you. This is not a good motive, is it? Or is it? It is if you recognize that these anxieties have only the energy you give them. It is a good motive if you understand that you need to stand up and move away from these negative energies plaguing you. The good news is that you are over analyzing what’s wrong right now. Focus on what’s working!
Heirophant World Spirit Tarot Position 3 Nine of Wands This is an interesting card because it plays into the first card. Here we have someone feeling like they need to be on the defensive more than a little. See how tightly that flaming staff is being gripped? Loosen up! Your main concern is defending yourself. Sometimes the best defense is a bit of offense. Instead of waiting for it to come to you, how about you going to it or them? You have action on your side in those flames so maybe you need to be a bit more aggressive here.
Heirophant World Spirit Tarot Position 4 Heirophant This is the lesson of the moment, remember. The Heirophant, also the Pope in many decks, represents societal boundaries and rules for me. He is the card that has to be obeyed. I associate this card with Saturn which is the planet of boundaries and social standards. So you have to decide what your lesson is right now. Is it play by the rules in front of you and be accepted on their terms? Or is it make your own rules and deal with the consequences that freedom can bring?
Seer of Cups World Spirit Tarot Position 5 Seer of Cups Emotional messages here,X. This is the page of cups in most decks and represents intuition and knowledge from unusual sources. It would seem that you need to be using your own intuitive skills more. Do you draw? Write? Sing? Let your artsy side out. Allow your subconscious to have a voice through some medium that you love. Page of Cups means look for the message of love. You need to be where you are loved.
8 of Swords World Spirit Tarot Position 6 8 of Swords So for the roadblocks we are back to swords again. You have a perilous journey to make. Your roadblocks are, unfortunately, of your own making. She is bound and blindfolded as she tries to navigate a dark path strewn with sharp blades. And she’s barefoot! Remember that each negative thought you give voice to more than once becomes a sword on your path. Eliminate any negative self-talk. Replace it with positive mantras like “I can do this” and “I deserve this” and you will see a difference. This is a tough roadblock, X, but I know you can get through this!
Seer Of Wands World Spirit Tarot Position 7. Seer of Wands I love this card! This Page is a young, athletic woman who has a leopard by her side. She is ready to take action. Are you ready to take action? Ask yourself this. Do you think about taking action or do you take it? There’s a fine line between wishing something were done and doing it. Which side are you standing on right now? If it’s the wishing side, hop on over to the doing side, honey! Page of Wands says the tools you are not using are your passion and energy. You can get things done when you set your mind to it. Now make it happen!
7 of Swords World Spirit Tarot Position 87 of Swords So far we have the 5, 7, 8 and 9 of Swords here. This is a very mental journey for you, isn’t it? 7 of Swords tells you that the opportunities ahead are going to come from cleaning up the negativity. Picking up those roadblocks and restating them so that they become weapons for you instead of weapons against you, yes? Not easy and you could miss them if you aren’t paying attention. Consider putting a note on the mirror that reminds you to “leave no swords in my path.”
Sibyl of Pentacles World Spirit Tarot Position 9 Sibyl of Pentacles This lovely earth queen is the nurturing woman. She helps others with her compassion and heart. She is generous of nature as well. Your purpose is to help those less fortunate. You have a gift in making others feel better about themselves. When you are sharing what you know and creating love/life for others, you are truly in your zone.
Empress World Spirit Tarot Position 10 Empress Final advice is to relax and enjoy the bounty of life. Even when it seems like you are only getting the trickle of someone else’s trickle, allow yourself to count your blessings. I recnetly got a great fortune that gave me the secret to happiness. I think the Empress is here to tell you that same advice. “The secret to happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.”Give it a try for a month. See what comes of that!

Feedback from X :

The reading, was not upsetting in the slightest. It just hit on what’s going on in my life so strongly that it took me a bit to process that this is what’s really happening.

I spend a LOT of time in my head, finding reasons, excuses to not follow my heart, my dreams. As the cards would say, I’m laying swords in my path, and at the sight of them, I’m standing still. And it’s all because I’m afraid. I don’t even know WHAT I’m afraid of, but in the end, I need to find a way to get over it, and move forward.

It’s sort of hard to read that about yourself, lol, but sometimes very necessary. I know what I’ve got to do, and it’s just a matter of doing it.

Thank you so very much for the reading, I appreciate it deeply. Maybe now I’ll find the courage to silence my demons and do what I’m meant to.

This and other readings are availabe to you as well. See which spread best suits your needs.

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