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TarotBlogHop: Samhain Mysteries 2018


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?


What's My Lesson?

1. What's the lesson you've been bringing before me?

2.  How am I doing so far?

3. What is the next step for me to take?

4. How would I know who you are in my ancestry?


I used the Influence of Angels Tarot (permission received. All rights remain with U.S. Games Systems, INC.)


My first card is the Ace of Pentacles. Growth, business, money management are the lessons I've been brought this year. That's very interesting as I have been really hard at work learning things for my business. Not necessarily money management, but money growth for sure. 


Next, I received the Two of Cups which, again, is interesting from the emotional aspect. If I stay in my lane with the Ace of Pentacles, I believe this is reminding me that I  am doing okay with my relationship with money. I am embracing my own work in terms of my finances. Of course, my husband is helping this a lot so there is a dual message here.


For the next step, card three, I got the Tower. HOLY HELL, ANCESTORS. Really? Do I have to bite the bullet? Knock it all down?  Remember that when things come crashing down, I can always rebuild? This one seems like a monkey wrench to me. Or perhaps it is that I need to move away from the idea of building so high. Maybe I need to focus on the mundane more? If you have a thought, leave me a comment! (you will need to create an account. )


Last, but not least, I get the Hanged Man. That tickles me because if this ancestor is serious, then they are from my Lynch line (yep, the Hanging Judge.) It is also someone who feels as if they are a willing sacrifice. I also think they had to change their perspective. Not sure who this is other than my paternal line. Perhaps the grandfather I never met?

I hope you take time to try this spread. I'd love to hear what you think.

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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.


  • Raine Shakti
    Raine Shakti Tuesday, 30 October 2018

    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 you've built around success/money.

  • Joy Vernon
    Joy Vernon Tuesday, 30 October 2018

    (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 just the feet of the next card. It reminded me of what Alejandro Jodorowsky (I think from his book) said about the Tower card-- the people in the Marseille Tower card are escaping from the destruction by walking away on their hands. Maybe hands as creative, making something? But also, maybe, since the next card referenced your paternal line, we can answer "What is the next step I can take?" with, "Follow the lead of your ancestors." (Because I was thinking "upside down" for both cards.) Just a couple ideas to toss around. I love this deck! I'm pretty sure I recognize that angel in the Tower card from a book I had as a kid that was the Christmas story/birth of Christ illustrated with Italian art. Hmmm. The Tower is a surprising card to get in that position. I'll be curious to hear what you eventually make of it.

  • Jay Cassels
    Jay Cassels Wednesday, 31 October 2018

    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 the Tower as having been down the path of excess (Devil) leading to the Tower of Wisdom, so maybe this is about the Ancestors lending your their wisdom, put aside that which is no longer needed and focus on what can push you forwards?

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