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Arwen Lynch

Arwen Lynch

Professional Tarot conversationalist, Arwen Lynch has worked with Tarot as a vehicle for personal transformation since 1980. Her personal philosophy is that Tarot is best used to correct your life course. She is a published author (in romance, as Marilu Mann) as well as past president of the American Tarot Association (4/1/2007-4/1/2014). She specializes in helping people who are determined find their joy and writers who want to finish their book. She's an initiate of Wicca.

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TarotBlogHop: Samhain Mysteries 2018
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Our Wrangler, Aisling the lovely, asked this group of bloggers to tackle the dead. Well, not exactly, but she did say,

In this season, we celebrate All Hallows Eve, or Hallowe’en, a festival of recognition of the power of spirit, especially the spirits of our beloved dead. The Pagan word “Samhain”, by which many, if not most, of us represent this festival, is the word for the month of November, and was used to speak of the beginning of this month and “summer’s end”. This is a time when the life of earth and the life of spirit, whether considered to be above, below, within, around, or in any other relationship with humanity, are deeply connected. So, for this year’s ‘Hop, I would like to see how many of us see spirit in how many different ways, as follows:
1. What is the most important thing the spirits of your beloved dead have been attempting to show or teach you this year?
2. What is your personal connection to Spirit, as you define it, whether that be Gods and Goddesses, the Powers of the Land, the Souls of the Dead (or the Living), or in any other way you define this word. How does Spirit connect with you and at the end of this year, what is the primary energy of Spirit that is showing itself to you?
3. What will be your personal Gift to Spirit, whether this is an offering made to Deity, something you will do because of what Spirit has taught you, or some other way of acknowledging the influence of the Living Dead on your own life.

So for this blog (I have two in this hop). I wanted to take on that first question. What's the most important thing my beloved dead have been attempting to show or teach me this year? It's a great question, right? One that would be so great if our beloved dead would pony up to the bar and answer. But, as you may know, the beloved dead can be right quiet at times. So how about a Tarot spread to seek some answers?

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  • Jay Cassels
    Jay Cassels says #
    This is a beautiful deck, I must try hunt it down (mental side note - as soon as the reading of the blogs is done) - I tend to see
  • Joy Vernon
    Joy Vernon says #
    (I can't believe I can remember my password every time a TBH comes round...) As I was reading the Tower card write up, I could see
  • Raine Shakti
    Raine Shakti says #
    Hi Arwen--The message I got very clearly when I saw the tower in this reading is to knock down your limiting beliefs and the walls

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Tarot Blog Hop: Mabon 2018

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Welcome! This post is part of the Mabon 2018 Tarot Blog Hop. You can hop all the posts by clicking on the NEXT link up top. Or you can go the other way by clicking PREVIOUS. If you get lost, just click MAIN to find a blog that sounds interesting.

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  • Jay Cassels
    Jay Cassels says #
    In many of the Easter philosophies the black/white symbology shows that one always will give way to the other almost like an etern
  • Joy Vernon
    Joy Vernon says #
    I use a similar spread, but I don't arrange it in a V, but now that I know about this arrangement, I just might try that out. I li
  • Aisling
    Aisling says #
    I will definitely use this spread, Arwen! I love your discussion of the meaning of balance and the concepts of "black and white".
  • Sara Ament
    Sara Ament says #
    Very Interesting Concept and Very Thought Provoking! I will have to give that spread a try! Thanks for some food for thought! Have

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Stolen Heart's Shadow

Stolen Heart's Shadow

Glimpsed it just there in the small stream of sun

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  • Pam S
    Pam S says #
    Hi Arwen! I love the poem, and it suits the card beautifully.
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    Thank you so much, Pam.

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And So, September

We've had an interesting first day of September here on the eastern plains of New Mexico. From a bright and sunny morning to a dust storm cum rainstorm to an ominous sky just now. Those are the worst as they can produce mud. I've never seen one, but I read an old newspaper story about one. Folks said it coated their windows.

I've been thinking a lot about my inconsistencies with blogging and journaling. I used to be very dedicated to both. I guess as the seasons and years have passed, I've changed. I want to get back to it so this is my attempt. 

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    Arwen Lynch says #
    Deborah, I hear you on the storm of negativity. Love that whirling dervish image. And here too, nothing but good so far. Some of
  • Deborah Quartz
    Deborah Quartz says #
    I have experienced the month of August as a storm of negativity from ungoing vehicle problems that seem to be a mystery to several

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Lammas and Blog Hops

Lammas is a very special holiday for me. It is the date of my dedication (I still have a picture somewhere). It is also a baking holiday. I love to bake although I haven't indulge in a while. And, for me, Sabbats are about community.

It seems fitting that I should mention our Tarot Blog Hops. These were started in direct response to someone's...let's just say bad behaviour and leave it at that. I thought it would be a better reaction to band together with those who believed in community rather than join in the mob (well justified!) attack on that bad behaviour.

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Readers Studio 2018 Wrap-Up

For the first time, but not the last, I attended Readers Studio. In my mind, this was always THE Tarot conference to attend. But I never did. I came up with all sorts of excuses as to why not. I didn't have the vacation. I couldn't afford it. But the underlying reason for every excuse and variation of excuse was this. I wasn't Tarot enough.

I'm not even sure what that means now after having been there. It has threads of inadequacy, low self-esteem, comparison monsters, and so many other negative self-thoughts. I began to unravel those at the NorthWest Tarot Symposium which was my first Tarot conference (and first time to present at a conference of my peers.) This year I went to NWTS for the second time and RS for the first. 

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I do celebrate Mother's Day for those who are mothers in my world. I do not celebrate it for myself. For me, it is a time of grief. You see, I was blessed with one of those wickedly funny Southern mamas you hear about. Mine was a firecracker when she got wound up. She was a fierce defender of her family. She was also a Catholic who loved her Wiccan child. I tend to shy away from the concept of being blessed, but in this I was. 

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Hi, darling, thank you for being willing to express your grief so nakedly. You are beautiful. I’m sure this blog will help many p
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    Thank you, FdG! I really appreciate your words.

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