I'm the Wrangler of the 2014 Samhain Blog Hop and the challenge to the participants this time, was this: Who would you invite to tea on the Day of the Dead.
Here's the remit the participants were given. Below that, is the Master List itself.
The veil between the living world and the spirit world is at its thinnest at Samhain. To those of us that celebrate this as the Pagan New Year, we're often asked to look back and be grateful to our ancestors, invite them to tea, learn from them. (If you've ever heard me mention my ancestors, you'll know I'm not keen on quite a few of them visiting, so they're never invited! )
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).
My fellow hoppers are:
1/ Louise Underhill - http://www.priestesstarot.co.uk/2014/10/tarot-blog-hop-time-afternoon-tea
2/ Leeza Robertson - www.tarotscapes.com/samhain2014
3/ Bonnie Fernandes - http://wp.me/p20b4f-FZ
4/ Arwen Lynch - http://tarotbyarwen.com/?p=18221
5/ Joanna Ash - http://sungoddesstarot.blogspot.com/2014/10/An-Invitation-To-Tea.html
6/ Joy Vernon - http://joyvernon.com/Blog/afternoon-tea-on-the-day-of-the-dead/
7/ Amethyst Mahoney - http://amethystmahoney.com/tea-with-jackie-o
8/ Chloe for TABI - http://tabitarot.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-life-and-times-of-pixie-colman-smith.html
9/ Christiana Gaudet - http://tarottrends.com/content/you-are-invited-tea
10 / Ethony - http://ethony.com/invited-dinner-samhain-tarot-bloghop/
11/ Robin Bondurant Wood - http://thequartzcafe.blogspot.com/2014/10/samhain-2014-tarot-blog-hop-much-ado.html
12/ Karen Sealey - http://pureblessedtarot.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/all-the-swords-came-out-to-play/
13/ Chloe for Celtic Lenormand - http://www.celticlenormand.com/2014/10/tea-with-mademoiselle.html
14/ Stella T'arot - http://www.usgamesinc.com/tarotblog/tarotbloghop-afternoon-tea
15/ Joanne Sprott http://cosmicwhisperstarot.com/2014/10/31/time-for-tea-with-love-samhain-tarot-blog-hop/
16/ Bridgett Trejo - http://blessedpagan.blogspot.com/2014/10/samhain-celebrations-with-henry-viii.html
17/ Chloe McCracken - http://innerwhisperscouk.blogspot.com/2014/10/across-veils.html
18/ Alison Coals - http://alisonsalembic.blogspot.com/2014/10/tea-with-ancestors.html
19/ Ania M - http://aniam.co.uk/blog/weeja/
20/ Morgan Drake Eckstein - http://gleamingsfromthedawn.blogspot.com/2014/10/cypher-lunch.html
21/ Jera-babylon Rootweaver - http://tarottaxi.com/2014/11/01/seeking-asylum-in-the-tarot/
22/ Olivia Destrades - http://firstearthtarot.blogspot.com/2014/10/samhain-blog-hop-catching-fireflies-in.html
23/ María Luisa Salazar - http://misteriostarot.blogspot.com/2014/10/samhain-blog-hop.html
I'm the Wrangler for this Tarot Blog Hop and I set the challenge to my fellow blog hoppers, was to invite someone to afternoon tea. Who would you invite? What might they be like?
Welcome to my Blog Hop entry, whether you've landed here directly, or from Maria's page or Leeza's entry, I bid you a "Merry Welcome"
When I set this challenge, I struggled with what to suggest as a theme. We've done Halloween pretty much to death, but how to put a slant on the whole "new beginning" thing. However, the slant of giving thanks to the ancestors, was new, for me at least. My grand-parents weren't exactly the picture post-cards of role models, so why would I want to thank them?
Well, it's not "them" I'm looking to have afternoon tea with. My mother would lament a few times about her grand-dad having his allotment, especially when she apparently went to visit and she'd run to the strawberry patch, then scoff what was ripe, denying she had when she'd get asked (despite the smear of red juice all over her very little, cheeky face) . I have a good idea where my scampish behaviour comes from, and I see that in my own three.
However, it's that man I'd like to chat with. I know so little about him. It is from him, I think, that I got my green fingers. So, this Samhain, let me share with you what kind of man my great-grandfather was. Here's a little background: I know he was Lithuanian, married to an Irish lady and then moved to Scotland. I have no idea when they moved, but that's about all I know about him. I know his brother was a carpenter, he was a coal mixer, his wife was a seamstress / tailoress.
The spread I came up with was a six card Insight spread, but I used the Pentacle layout for the cards.
1/ What kind of person were you? - The Archer
2/ What were your good qualities? Ace of Vessels
3/ What were your not so good qualities? King of Bows
4/ What positive advice would you share with me? Two of Stones
5/ What negative advice will you share with me? The World Tree
6/ What's your final parting words? Queen of Vessels
And very briefly, what I think he's trying to share with me.
What kind of person were you? The Archer
I was direct, straight forward. I spoke my mind and I never missed my mark. Your mother has these qualities, as do you.
What were your good qualities? Ace of Vessels
I loved intensely, like it was new, every day. I took nothing for granted and tried to show my wife that I loved her, each day.
What were your not so good qualities? King of Bows
I could get depressed when things didn't work out how I had planned. I channelled my anger inwardly, then I found it easier to deal with if I aimed the gardening fork into the ground and channelled my anger into the garden and allotment.
What positive advice would you share with me? Two of Stones
Life is full of conflict, you'll find people arguing and disagreeing all the time. It will not change, so wishing that everyone could get on, is a futile desire. Learn to live with the conflict and resolve it if you can.
What negative advice would you share with me? Major 21 ~ The World Tree
Life can be long, it can be winding. Getting to the spiritual fulfilment we want isn't easy. It takes hard work, which is something people aren't always willing to put it in. You're the same, put the work in sweetie, there's no other way around it.
What's your final parting words? Queen of Vessels
You need to learn to keep a lid on your emotions. You're wise, keep striving towards your goal and put the hard work in. It will pay off, though you're not always aware of the reward until later. Enjoy the children, help them to be wise too.
I've written and explored my great-grandfather's personality to an extend I have never explored before, using the Tarot, which I've never done before. So, this Samhain, who would you like to have a chat with?
Share the insights with the other hoppers in this chain, here are the links again if you need them, but I'm off with one of those mugs of tea and a biscuit to see what Leeza and everyone else has to offer.
p.s Here's the spread, as it's laid out with all the cards:
The clocks here in the UK have gone back and hour and the time has come to snuggle up. But, what to do with the extra time?
Having an extra hour (supposedly in bed!) for the first few days after the clocks "fall" backwards, is always entertaining, especially with the kids. What I really want to do is to sleep, snore my little head off but the kids are young, proof life is for living.
They're all galloping around, a little like the Knight of Stones, where as I'm far more like the 4 of Arrows. However, there has to be some middle ground and it comes I feel, in the shape of being a family.
If you were to pick a Tarot card to show a family, sitting down and being a family, what RWS card would you attribute that image to? The Six of Bows, full of abundance? Nine of Cups with being nice and generous to each other? Ten of Stones with the image of happy families? Or is it more like the Five of bows and full of conflict?
What do you feel is important, when you're forced to spend time with those little people who you bore? I want to, they have other ideas and "snuggle up" usually means bed (fight) time. Is it one thing? Is it another? Is there one, unique, magical answer? Should I consult the Shaman for the magical formula I need? I was complimented the other week by a total stranger, a much older lady who would have been my grandmothers age, were either of the auld battle-axes still alive. I was then told I run a "tight ship" and that they're a compliment to me. My Nanny MacPhee retort to the nice auld lady aside, I expect children to show respect and have manners; showing that they're at least grateful for the effort a parent puts into looking after them. But am I that bad? The Woodwose is another card that speaks about spending the half term with respect being the first command. He's certainly not the snuggle up kind, is he?
However, there's another way, which was the original thought behind this Tarot blog entry. There's time to snuggle up, cuddle up and just be together, right after kicking up leaves and having a good walking the brisk air with the dog. Now, what card would you have to represent snuggling up and spending windy days, indoors with some hot chocolate and a kids movie? Come on, share, I'm intrigued
I've used the Wildwood Deck, in case you were still wondering
Following on from the UK Tarot Conference rest, it's time to start treating this marketing thing with a bit more responsibility.
Remember I said I slept through one of the lunch time workshops in this blog post? Well, the one I didn't sleep through, was Maria Antoniou's from the Brighton Tarot School. Like everyone else who is a single business lady (or man), busy parent, marketing yourself is like pulling teeth! Ask me about anyone or anything else, and I've a story to tell. But telling you about myself, what I do, and I go quiet.
Most people are like that, even a friend of mine who is going through re-branding her crafty-self is finding the same issues. But what, please, is the ONE solution? Maria's top-level workshop was entitled: "Soulful Enterprise - 5 steps to a successful Tarot Business" and the main cards were the central card and the three action cards. As for the 5 steps, I must have missed that part! (I've asked her on Facebook what the 5 steps were) but there are a few actions I've either taken, or plan to take.
1/ Based on the 10 of Swords (The central card) I've removed myself from Tumblr. Yes, it was easy to feed the blog posts out to that platform (sorry to the 13 people who followed me there!) but I never went there and interacted, so why try to gain followers on a platform I'm not really using? It's time to listen to the instructions of those that try to help.
2/ There is also the advice on collaboration, not doing things yourself. When you're a one person business, you have to do a lot of things on your own. But are there some aspects I could do with collaborating on? We'll see.
3/ There's also the influence of the 10 of Wands. Which reminds me of responsibility and to finish what I've started. No, that doesn't mean the bottle of wine that's opened, or the packet of biscuits the daughter and I are munching our way through, but work obligations, with responsibility. I've started, so I'd better blooming finish!
4/ The last card was a puzzle for me, until I wrote this blog entry. It was the Page of Pentacles. Ah, the study card! One of the ladies at the Tarot Meet Up pulls this card quite often, usually at the start of a new course she's doing. She's ace at that, but me, not so much! However, I've got some reading and planning to do, which means, working out how all these pentacle cog type things fit together. It's time to start being clever with this responsibility & streamlining thing, lest I get swamped and those Bows break this poor back!
The fifth? Goodness knows what that step is! But 3 and 4 do combine to make for some good reading this coming week!
If you'd like to comment on my take on these cards, please do, I like having my thinking challenged - honestly! I've used The Wildwood deck for the blog post, though I used Ciro Marchetti's Gilded Royale on the day.
I spent Saturday the 11th of October in London, UK, at the UK Tarot Conference and this week, I've some re-structuring to do. Thanks to the insights of the Tarot.
The UK Tarot Conference is in its 11th year now, and I'm looking forward to 2015 already!
If getting up at 4:15 am wasn't bad enough for some folks, being awake an hour before because nature has the nerve to call at stupid o'clock of an important day is certainly tiring! Which is exactly how my Saturday started out. However, that early start certainly got me up and dressed before the first alarm at half-four, out the door before the second at four forty-five and walking to the bus stop to catch the bus into Birmingham City Central to get to the right station to head to London.
It's unbelievable how quiet and peaceful the world is at 4:45am, and how by 5:15, the country just starts jumping. It was amazing to see how quickly it all changed at that hour of the morning, when seriously, not a mouse or cat was stirring.
The moon was high and it did rather feel like The Pole Star card as I walked quickly along the local streets to the main spine road for the right bus.
What wonders would I encounter? What would I learn? Whom would I meet? I always learn something and meet someone who stays with me from one year to the next, that's why I try to attend.
This year, Richard Abbott introduced us to Tattvas reading with the Tarot (never heard of it before, but he gave us his take on it), whilst Mary K Greer gave us a spread exclusive to the High Priestess. I met Maria Antoniou from the Brighten Tarot School (though, she didn't know we had, some impression I made! :p ) who did a Business Tarot Workshop (hence the sentiment of restructure that I want to do this week) whilst the German Tarot Association visited and introduced themselves to the British Tarot Community (details of TABI handed over, of course. )
There was another lunch time session, but having been up awake since 3:15 and up since 4:15, I sorely needed a nap, so I had a quick half hour in the corner of the other room. It did mean I missed Dr Lee Cross's 3000 Year Bridge and his Earth Genome workshop, but I am glad I did, for it meant I was alive and functional for the last workshop from Mary K Greer and her rather fun, Tarot Circle.
After all that fun, I had more fun meeting up with another Tarot friend, someone I've connected with some eight years ago and never met, until that fateful Saturday night. (She reminds me of the Queen of Wands / Bows, though we're both technically, Pages of Cups)
There were plenty of hugs, fun, food and wine in just that few hours. I have to say, I was so stuffed that on the way home, I wish I hadn't eaten as much at the Conference!
It was a very busy, long Saturday and time spent with the family on the Sunday, I'll be glad for a sit down and a few early nights this week, though that won't happen with the current evening working schedule! (No, that's not complaining, just saying!)
So next year, keep your eye on the UK Tarot Conference site (there's an event in March, like an MBS Fayre, more details via Kim's site) and come and join in the fun! (But be warned, your heart will be full, but any funds you take with you will be gone! Atlantis Books always has plenty in stock to sell and tempt, I promise you!)
This week, I've pulled a three card reading from the Wildwood and for the first time in a long time, every card is a court. Crumbs!
Courts can be a royal pain in the bum. They can represent other people, the type of situations, parts of your thoughts and psyche: They're diverse and as such, a pest to translate and work into your readings. Alison Cross does a fan-tabulous blog on Courts, called This Game of Thrones, so if you're struggling with the Courts, get visiting her blog.
However, with three of them, using the Wildwood's Pathway Spread, we've a lot to work out, so let's be getting on with it. Here's the first card, the Knight of Stones, which is the middle card.
What does this Court represent? He's the one running at full pelt. Is he running away from someone? Is he running towards something or just going through life, hell for leather? For me, the Knight isn't stopping and that is probably part of the issue. Did he stop to consider things? Did he give himself time to think? I often don't, so like him, I carry on regardless, wishing I could slow down, not knowing how to, regretting things along the way.
The King of Stones to the left advises us of what not to do. I struggle with him, because a) he's a court but b) he's a lone wolf. Do I not do things on my own? I had first hand experience of him Monday night, trying to work out logistics of this weekends travel for me. I sat there, doing it "on my own" and whined once that I couldn't get into the City of Birmingham for 5am to catch a very cheap coach to London, as local public transport doesn't start until 6am! With the husband and sisters help, the logistics got worked out and at a very reasonable rate. If I'd done it on my own, it would have cost 1/3 more, or I'd have missed a connection by mere minutes. The lesson, is to ask this week; don't be the Lone Wolf and do things on your own, even if they seem small things to ask for help with. This Wolf may be howling at the moon, but now I feel he's asking for help, not doing things alone, as I first thought.
And finally, we have the final Court, the Queen of Bows, represented by The Hare. She's Mrs Practicality, isn't she? She's the wise, witty friend who never leaves your side, no matter how much of an ejit you've been. However, she'll tell you, gently, that you've been a silly sausage (or words slightly stronger) but that it's okay with a hug and helps you sort out what you need. Is this you? Could this be me? I suspect I know who will appear or be like that at the weekend (when I finally meet her - it's only been some 6 years we've known each other, but never met!) but nothing is set in stone. It could be anyone that comes into my life, or it could just be I take on this persona over the weekend. We'll see.
So this week, we've so many possibilities that can work out for us, but it'll work out as it needs to. I must remember to pack my Tarot deck (or a few!) and tickets, directions and travel cards for the weekend: I will be needing them!
The Wildwood Tarot deck is the one I've used for this weeks Tarot blog entry, in case you were wondering. And if you'd like to leave me a comment on your thoughts with this spread, I'd love to chat Courts with you!
This is my Tarot evening schedule for October, if you'd like to join me, book with the establishment I'm at. I'm also available for private one-to-one readings during October, just contact me to book the when.
Wednesday 1st October - Zen, Moseley, 7pm until 10pm
Thursday 2nd October - Sanctum Therapies, 7pm until 10pm
Wednesday 8th October - Zen, Moseley, 7pm until 10pm
Wednesday 15th October - Zen, Moseley, 7pm until 10pm
Thursday 16th October - Tarot Academy Class, Bowling Green Inn, Stoke Prior, 7pm until 10pm (No private readings at this venue)
Tuesday 21st October, Crown Inn, Catshill, 7pm until 10pm
Wednesday 22nd October - Zen, Moseley, 7pm until 10pm
Tuesday 28th October, Swallows Nest, Romsley, 7pm until 10pm
Wednesday 29th October - Zen, Moseley, 7pm until 10pm
As I return to our somewhat normal schedule, the Antelope from the Power Animal Oracle comes out to join us and says: Please, decide!
Whatever it is you decide to do, sitting on the fence and thinking about doing it, isn't going to get it done. Hesitating and equivocating about any decision you have to make, isn't the thing to do. If you chose to sit still and do nothing, that's fine, but at least you've made a decision!
What faces you this week? Have you an idea? Is there something you've been putting off doing? Or deciding upon? At the moment, I've no inclination of what will come, I've nothing pending to make a decision about. At least, as far as I am aware at the moment!
The key this week, is to make a decision but not a knee jerk one. Basing the decision on the will of spirit and instinct (intuition), all and available facts would be the most prudent, according to this card for this week.
Making a decision sometimes is not easy and it can be frightening. What if you make the wrong one? But what if you don't? What if you hurt others? But what if their ego is just stopping them from getting to something great? What if your ego is stopping you from achieving something brilliant? What if is a great fear question. Fear can manifest in a number of ways, it can stop us from doing things because we then become incapable of making a decision.
What will you decide to do this week? Will you decide to join a gym? Will you decide to start doing something and stop putting things on the back burner? Will you just do something, because you can? Or will you stop doing something, because, frankly, it's had its time and you've had enough?
This week, I wish you luck in whatever you decide to do. The message to me is quite simple. But boy, I know executing it, often isn't. I've had a few weeks where this were left to slide because of circumstances not giving us an affordability to make any decision.
I'd like it very much if you decided to leave me a comment though!
It's The Autumn Equinox and as I celebrate a fantastic twelve years of marriage, our wrangler asks when did the Quantum Leap of Tarot happen for me?
Firstly, WELCOME, whether you've come from Joanne's site or landed directly here! (If you've come from Rose Red's bonus blog, welcome too!) I have freshly baked bread, berry jam and butter. It's getting cooler, here in the Northern Hemisphere and it's Blog Hop time again! In order to answer Morgan's question (he's wrangling this time) you may need a little background and context.
I tried to read the Tarot back when I was sixteen (so, SO many moons ago now!) but what was in the little white book (hereby known as the LWB) and what I felt, where two totally different things. My mother walked in on me and asked me, rather reservedly, if that was the Tarot? I said "Yes?" and she pulled a face. "I don't want to see them again in the house, okay? They're evil" she said, walking out of my room. Which was weird, as my maternal grandmother, read tea leaves!
But that's by-the-by, the two (the book and I) were out of kilter, so I did as mum said and put them away, though I did try to sneak a few more goes after that point I'm sure. Until I was twenty-four, living with my fiancé (now husband) and he bought me a book about Witchcraft. In there, was one little, teeny chapter all about Tarot. It spoke to me and made my soul sing. It got me to dig out my only deck at the time, the Traditional Rider Waite and with the hubby's suggestion of finding a Tarot group on the internet, I found TABI.
My Quantum Leap moment happened somewhere within my course time at TABI, the organisation I joined that very November (some twelve years ago, how synchronistic is that?) when things just started to flow, connect and actually work. I learned a lot from that course (no, I don't believe it was that long ago!) and I never really stop the learning.
Quantum Leap moments happen during readings, both for the client and myself. I have a problem with The Emperor Card (Major 4, or The Green Man). I can't see the positive side of him very often. In fact, hardly ever. I still read Tarot books on my "down" time, starting with that card and then any others, to gain perspectives I might have missed. It is all about learning and working to that Quantum Leap moment, one step at a time.
We're in the time of the Vessels, from the Wheel that the Wildwood uses. The time of emotional restarts, which is probably why there's traditionally, a lot of job moving around this time of year. We want to change how we feel and if we've fallen out of love with our paid jobs (I haven't, this is my paid job, but might not be yours) then we strive to change it. Or we decide to change it before Yuletime comes.
Which brings me to the next Quantum Leap thought: what if, you just jumped? Just went for it? What if, you changed jobs / got out of a situation, before things turn south and head down the nearest lavatory? Here's a little spread to help work out that: What if?
Card 1: Benefits of making a change now
Card 2: Drawback of making a change now
Card 3: The next step
Have fun with that little spread and now, it's time for you take a cupful of fruit punch from the bowl by the door and wander off to see what Stella at US Games has to offer.
Mercury is about to go Retrograde and I have the urge to throw everything out and start again. However, the Tarot advises to go through the motions, join in life, make the most of the moment and wait. Darn it, waiting is not my favourite pastime!
I'm an impatient soul most of the time. I'm Pisces, I never stop swimming around. I'm the butterfly that flutters from one pool of nectar to another, I don't know how to stop and stay still. However, the Tarot this week, advises me (and you!) that we need to actually stop and join in the dance of life. That's the middle card, the Five of Cups. It's time to renew our energy and we can do that by joining in the exultant sincere ecstasy of life as it is, right this moment. Well, since it's my middle child's birthday (and a small, significant one) that's exactly what I shall do, for now. Go through the motions.
See the card on the left, The Seven of Bows? That's the card about clearing everything out that no longer serves a purpose. Cutting away the dead wood, getting rid of the crap that we've accumulated and returning it to the Earth from which is came. However, the Tarot advises that isn't what I should do, right now! Why is that? Well, for one, it expends energy in a direction I shouldn't be. The whole point of today (and the rest of this week) is to enjoy the party, join in and BE with those we love and who love us in return. Go through the party emotions and enjoy the moments for my kids sake, as well as my own. Busying myself in a task that can easily wait, takes me away from the fun that the children want to have with their mum and dad. Result = bad idea!
The card to the right is the action to take and the Four of Stones is about protecting those around me and myself. I could exhaust myself, but then I'd end up a cranky, tired mum and what fund is that? The sun rising brings hope and renewed vitality, so you know, taking it easy, resting a little more (a few early nights might even help!) and giving my spiritually, wounded self some protection, is necessary. Am I spiritually wounded? That is entirely possible but I'm in the middle of it, so it is hard to say, isn't' it? But resting is better than wearing myself out, I say! Time to go through the motions and be a good girl! (Ha! Is that even possible?!)
I've used The Wildwood Tarot with this reading (as normal!) and if you'd like to comment or share this post, it would make me happy for you to do so!