Tarot Blog Hop : Lighting Up Yule

Welcome to the last Blog Hop from me in 2013! It’s Yule time, the darkest part of the year and I come bearing scented candles and Tarot.

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Yule Candles
Christmas Candles

Welcome if you’ve come to is Blog Hop entry by travelling forwards towards the light via Ania, or backwards into the darkness from Joanna’s entry.

This Yule-tide we’ve been asked by head wrangler, Joanna Ash of Sun Goddess Tarot to talk about Turning the Darkness into Light. How does one turn the darkness into light? My initial thoughts are to light a candle (or if like me, you love candles, several!)Β  and enjoy it’s light. It doesn’t matter if the candle only lights up a whole room, or if it is enough to light a corner.

Think of the Christmas trees many of us have in our homes at the moment. They have lights on them, a modern-day version of the candle and providing you have power, can light up each and every corner in a dazzling display of colours.

My Christmas Tree

Whether we’re in the cold Northern Hemisphere or in the much warmer south, to me, Christmas lights are important. However, with the feast for the eyes, there are scents that to me, go with Christmas. The smell of Brussels sprouts for example, but in a candle scent? Not really πŸ˜‰Β  I love candles in general, candle magic being a part of what I do, but what about scents such as Christmas Pudding? Port? Crushed wet leaves with pine needles? Orange cloves?

Major 9
The Hooded Man

As far as the Tarot goes, there are lots of images that encourage light into the darkness at Yule and Christmas. The Hooded Man (The Hermit) is one classic example of cascading light into the darkness, especially around Yule time. Does the Hermit cascade his light to lead the way? Or to light his way? Can he be doing both?

Yes, he can do both, but in this image, I feel he’s using it to light his way, lost in his own thoughts, letting others follow if they wish. The wren, the little messenger from the Druids, sits in anticipation, waiting for the epiphany that I believe, we each have inside.

That’s the little spread I’ve conjured up for you this weekend.




Darkness: What we must work on away from others.
Shadows: What can we begin doing now, slowly? (New attitudes, actions towards others that they and us may heal)
Light: What positive actions must we continue to do in moving forward?

So, on this Yuletide and until New Years (Hogmanay) let your inner light shine and take the time to enjoy those we call family and those we class as friends, near or far.

That is the light that lightens up the darkness. However, if you’re a good friend, let those that need it, sleep in the darkness, for a little longer, please? We need it!

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You know I used The Wildwood deck in this blog post, don’t you?


  1. Olivia December 21, 2013 at 14:50

    Thanks, Louise. I will try your spread out later! It’s already copied into my notebook πŸ™‚ The Hooded Man is one of my favorite cards in the Wildwood, if not the favorite. Thanks for featuring him!

    • Louise December 21, 2013 at 15:06

      He’s one of my favourites too! I always hear the Clannad song: “Hooded Man” when I see him πŸ™‚

  2. Ellen December 21, 2013 at 15:22

    I agree with Olivia. This card is beautiful. In a short period this whole deck has become my main and go to deck. I’ve never expected to bond with it on such a deep level. So thank you for you share of inspiration to buy this wonderful deck

    • Louise December 21, 2013 at 16:44

      It does touch something primal, doesn’t it, Ellen? I’ve never had a deck do this to me before either. πŸ™‚

  3. Bonnie December 21, 2013 at 16:53

    I love your comment at the end–since I am one of those who needs a little more sleep in the darkness! Will try out the spread, too–well done!

    • Louise December 21, 2013 at 16:56

      hehe – with 3 kids, I ALWAYS like more sleep! Hardly ever get more, but I do try πŸ˜‰
      And the spread: You’re welcome! It came to me as I wrote the blog entry, not even tried it myself, yet πŸ˜‰

  4. Machelle Earley December 21, 2013 at 17:29

    Great post and spread!! I really do love the hermit card, no matter what deck I am looking at. Its one of my favorite cards. Beautiful tree!

    • Louise December 21, 2013 at 17:39

      Thank you Machele – this has to be my favourite hermit too πŸ™‚
      The kids love the tree, especially since they helped decorate it this year πŸ™‚

  5. Ardor Fawkes December 21, 2013 at 20:16

    Thank you so much for a new spread to try out. I feel like I’ve been gathering Yuletide goodies all day!

    Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

    • Louise December 21, 2013 at 20:34

      If you’re following the blog hop, there’s plenty of truffles scattered around to enjoy πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  6. Joanna Ash December 22, 2013 at 11:06

    What a beautiful tree you’ve got! Definitely going to light up the kids’ christmas!…as long as baby doesn’t crawl in there to eat a bauble:) lol! Nice easy spread…thanks for that!

    • Louise December 22, 2013 at 14:39

      Baby’s not crawling yet… Wish she’s hurry up though, she’s as frustrated with her own lack of movement as we all are! πŸ˜‰
      Was hoping the tree would entice her… Not yet πŸ˜‰

      And simple spreads work well, don’t they? πŸ™‚

  7. Alison December 22, 2013 at 13:48

    Lovely reading, Louise – thanks! One of my favourite cards from the Wildwood…

    • Louise December 22, 2013 at 14:39

      One of mine too, Alison! <3

  8. Karen Sealey December 23, 2013 at 00:51

    OH! I was so hoping you’d bring out the Hooded Man! Thanks Louise, for not disappointing me πŸ˜€

    • Louise December 23, 2013 at 08:10

      Lol!! Glad I met someone’s expectations πŸ˜‰

  9. Joanne December 26, 2013 at 20:15

    Thanks for the simple spread, Louise, and I definitely understand the benefit of sleep having had my little share of infant-based sleep deprivation (many years ago). But as I wait for my adult children to come over for Boxing Day dinner, I am catching up on the Blog Hop and enjoying your insights, particularly re: The Hooded Man. Also my fav, I think, in the Wildwood deck. Something about him, the snow, and the wren…hope you are enjoying your Boxing Day!

    • Louise December 26, 2013 at 20:36

      I thank you Joanne ☺
      There’s something about that Hooded Man, I totally agree ☺

  10. Arwen January 14, 2014 at 02:16

    Fabulous spread! I think it’s so important to remember that we need to work on things away from others. You rock, woman.

    • Louise January 14, 2014 at 11:07

      So do you, Mrs! πŸ˜‰

  11. Paris January 16, 2014 at 21:38

    As one who would probably opt for hibernation if it were available, I find it hard to persevere. I very much like your suggestion about considering what must be done “away” from others. It’s a time of year when I can indulge my reclusiveness, but I should be using that time wisely.

    • Louise January 16, 2014 at 23:34

      Hello Paris and thank you for dropping by! I try to use my time wisely, but given events of late, that’s been hard to do. Slowly I shall get there but quiet time isn’t a regular thing in a house of 5 πŸ˜‰

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