Tarot Blog Hop : Advice for the Future

Looking at the past for the future, the Samhain Tarot Blog Hop

Welcome to the Samhain Tarot Blog Hop of 2016, where we’re looking at the past to help with the future.

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Welcome to my input for the Samhain Tarot Blog Hop. Whether you’ve come from Stella’s link at USGames, or you’re doing the traditional widdershins (backwards) and arriving here from Alison Coals’ link, I say hello!

This year, I set the theme of the Sa-veen Blog Hop to “get advice from the ancestors for the future”. Fifteen of us rose to this challenge, and I hope you’re able to come along with your choice of seasonal drink in hand, to join us on on a journey of what our ancestors could advise for us.

As the veil thins, it’s easier at this time of year to talk with those that walked before us, to ask them questions. Sometimes, we get a curve ball, a left hook reply. Other times we get a watery reply, their voices and replies lost to the harmony of distances and time. I created a 6 card spread to try and help cut through the noise which can happen. You’re free to use, adapt & change this to suit your needs.

 

Samhain Spread
Samhain Spread

1 Use this position to represent your ancestor

2 What do they suggest will help you in your situation?

3 What do they suggest will not help you in your situation?

4 What should you carry on doing?

5 What should you stop doing?

6 What’s the final message from your chosen Ancestor?

 

I didn’t choose one ancestor, I chose the whole lot. I know there are spirits in there that I don’t like, but there are plenty who I do (or did) and I want to hear their collective voices. The Ancestor was the card I chose for the central card: thankfully, the Wildwood has this card instead of The Hierophant.

The Reading

1 Your ancestor – The Ancestor
This is the card I’ve chosen to represent all the ancestors that have come before. It’s rather fitting, isn’t it? My specific question was: What do I need to do to make my business a success?

wp-1477776893947.jpg2 What do they suggest will help you in your situation? – The Ten of Bows
I feel what they say here is to take charge & be responsible for what I’ve put into motion. Finish the job at hand, don’t skimp, don’t cut corners, don’t pass Go or collect £200 until I’ve done all the tasks I’m supposed to do. There’s some things I’ve set in motion that need addressing.

3 What do they suggest will not help you in your situation? – The Ten of Stones
Hiding in the home, not doing the things that need doing. Retreating inside myself is part of the issue I have had since the moment I was born. I do at times like to retreat away from life, this time though I’m being advised to not do that.

4 What should you carry on doing? – King of Bows
In this card I see a lot of snakes, vying for the top position. I’ve never read this card as “reach for the stars” from S Club 7, but more of a Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way”. There’s a snake at the bottom of the pile, slithering away from the others. Hin is leaving them to their own devices, they’re going their own way. I rather like Fleetwood Mac over S Club 7. 😉

5 What should you stop doing? – Major 10, The Wheel
Stop chopping and changing what you’re doing, how you’re doing it. Small changes are great, but you’re doing it too often. You’ve got your niche, please follow it.

6 What’s the final message from your chosen Ancestor? Four of Vessel
The Four of Vessels has to be one of my least favourite card in the deck. I believe this time it’s asking me to not sit back and wait for things to happen to me. I need to engage, I need to find the excitement in life, it’s not going to come and land on my lap. Well, drat. I was hoping the answer would just drop into my lap. I do not know where to look for the answers I need. So I must keep looking, searching and engaging.

Conclusion

My ancestors are basically saying to take care of the responsibilities I have, don’t start looking for new ones, stick to the path I’ve started to carve for myself. Make the changes I see are needed but don’t disengage from life, love or the path I’m on. For the first time in a long time, I’m quite happy with the cards and their message. What do you see? I’d love for you to share!

I am about to hop off to see what Alison Coals has to offer to us. I look forward to you sharing any results from this spread via reply. Thanks for stopping by!

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Comments

  1. Jay October 31, 2016 at 22:18

    I’ve used a similar spread in the past and found it to be really effective. I love the aptness of the Ancestor showing up. The Wildwood is such a lovely deck, I always feel as if the Druid one is its companion in some ways. Thanks for wrangling this one, hope you had fun <3

    • Louise November 1, 2016 at 22:01

      Thanks for dropping by Jay! The Ancestor was the only card “placed” on the Wheel, the others were random draws. 🙂 The same artist created the Wildwood & The Driud Craft: Will Worthington. Find his site (WillWorthingtonArt.co.uk) to explore the other decks he’s done 🙂

  2. Ania November 1, 2016 at 11:14

    Thanks for the spread – I shall give it a go 🙂

    • Louise November 1, 2016 at 22:02

      You’re welcome! Let me know if you need / want the png sent across 🙂

  3. Olivia November 1, 2016 at 17:48

    I like this spread, and you know… I’ve been pulling the 4 of Cups a lot lately, too! And I take from it much the same meaning. I have seen some new movement in my life that very much corresponds to taking advantage of new or previously unthought-of opportunities, so it is fitting, I guess. I send good wishes your way!

    • Louise November 1, 2016 at 22:03

      Thanks for that Olivia! I do like so much that we’ve the same understanding of the 4 of Cups. It can be SUCH a doozy of a card to understand! Sending good wishes back to you my lovely 🙂

  4. Alison November 2, 2016 at 08:39

    Another spread to try – thanks for this. Always great to see the WW in action 🙂

    • Louise November 2, 2016 at 11:47

      Aww, thank you Alison! I’m going to enjoy collecting these too!

  5. Karen November 2, 2016 at 12:41

    Interesting all of those 10s appearing… Sometimes when you’re hoping for something to land in your lap, you need to stand up and see what’s under your bum… You may already be sat on the solution… 😉

    • Louise November 3, 2016 at 11:58

      *LOL* My arse isn’t that big, but you’re probably right. I probably AM the solution I’m looking for! 🙂

  6. Deirdre November 3, 2016 at 21:10

    I was struck by all the 10s in this reading as well. Maybe you’re closer to the answers you are looking for than you think, like Karen said. They could be right under your “nose” or they could be just around the corner. The 4 of Vessels advice to keep it up, not turn inward, and continue the search will definitely pay off.

    • Louise November 4, 2016 at 17:36

      Thank you! I do like your view on the cards drawn! 🙂

  7. Chloe November 4, 2016 at 16:20

    Looks like a bit of a hard slog, but something worth fighting for. Those ancestors of yours don’t mince their words 🙂

    • Louise November 4, 2016 at 17:37

      Yes, I believe it is worth fighting for. There’s a few things I need to learn, so my path is a bit time winey 😉
      As for the Ancestors? Well, if you ever wondered why I’m a wee bit direct & blunt, you can see why! 😀

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