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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.

So what is Mabon? There are a few ideas about it but the ones that resonate with me are that it is the 2nd harvest festival. The focus on this festival is on gathering up all the things you can. Then share what you can't use. My coven often put on a ritual followed by a feast. Yep, we called it Pagan Thanksgiving. Now that I am a bit more aware, Pagan Harvest Sharing works for me. 

Balance is a big part of the equinox celebrations. Many will attempt (and succeed) balancing an egg. In my other blog (keep hopping to find that)I discussed what it means to be out-of-balance. So in this blog, let's examine balance. The dictionary defines balance as a noun. To wit, a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.

Using that, one might say that neither black nor white are balanced. Think about it. On the light spectrum, black in the absences of ALL light while white is the presence of ALL light. All. Not some. Not half. Not a bit of this and a bit of that. ALL. So that's not even balanced. On the color wheel, black is the presence of all colors while light is the absence of all color. 

No clue when I learned that or from whom, but it still, you will pardon the pun, colors my views when someone asks if I am a white witch or a black witch. Neither. I am neither. Not only do I vehemently reject the racist thinking behind white=good, black=bad, I also think it's completely out of balance. I mean...all isn't balanced, is it?

One thing I do know I do is fall into the trap of Either/Or thinking. This happens a lot. When someone does this in the corporate world, you see a lot of suits running around shouting about boxes and thinking outside of them. One of my managers back in that world said the wisest thing. She said she never thought about a box, so she never had to think outside of it. A very wise woman.

I have clients who often come to me with problematic decisions. Sometimes it is not so much a choice of which one is better because both (or all) are great. They want to know which one stands out the most as the path that will bring them the most fulfillment. I use a basic V spread for most. If you do it upside down, it is a scale which also works. I just prefer going up. 

Arwen’s V is for Choices Spread

The first card or fulcrum point of the V is where you are now. You haven't moved forward. You are in a position of observation.

Cards two and three are the first pieces of the V itself on either side of the first card. They represent choice one and choice two. Typically, my client is able to immediately identify which side is for which choice.

Cards four and five are the second pieces in the V. They represent the best of each choice. What is the very best thing coming from each one?

Cards six and seven are the third on either side. Here you learn what the biggest challenge of each choice will be.

Then the final cards of eight and nine complete the V. They answer the question of what the greatest reward will be of each choice.


The key in this reading is letting the client really talk things through. Often, they already know the choice they feel in their gut. This just helps them check their hunch. Occasionally, I've had a client be surprised that the choice with the more difficult challenge offers a reward they want more. It is always up to them to make that choice.

What's the most difficult choice in front of you right now? Try this spread out to help yourself work through it. I am also a professional reader if you would rather have someone else do it.

Seek joy, y'all.



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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.


  • Sara Ament
    Sara Ament Friday, 21 September 2018

    Very Interesting Concept and Very Thought Provoking! I will have to give that spread a try! Thanks for some food for thought! Have a fabulous weekend! :)

  • Aisling
    Aisling Friday, 21 September 2018

    I will definitely use this spread, Arwen! I love your discussion of the meaning of balance and the concepts of "black and white". One more time, you made me THINK!!!

  • Joy Vernon
    Joy Vernon Saturday, 22 September 2018

    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 like that it diverges, the point of the exercise, but it's useful as a visual reminder. I think I might try it for myself right now...

  • Jay Cassels
    Jay Cassels Sunday, 23 September 2018

    In many of the Easter philosophies the black/white symbology shows that one always will give way to the other almost like an eternal dance, night surrenders to the day just as the sun surrenders to the moon. I like how you've used balance and counterbalance within your posts.

    I've used a very minimalist V shape for a while now, I don't tend to attach signifiers to each of the cards, but rather let the card energy and vibrations decide on what they have to say.

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