Happy Samhain: some spreads to try

I dressed up in a black witch’s hat and this fab black dress with lace sleeves and headed off to work today.  I love the chance to dress up as a witch while I giggle about how technically I’m dressed as a witch every day since I am a witch.  It amuses me in all the very best ways.

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A witch’s familiar

Trick or Treating was last night where I live, which makes me roll my eyes.  But it was fun.  I had some friends over to play Cthulhu Fluxx and I made rice krispie treats and caramel apples and lentil and cauliflower soup.

I wanted to share a Samhain Tarot spread today, but it didn’t quite come together for me, so instead I’m going to share some that other lovely card slingers have shared.

From the Tarot Dude: A Samhain Spread.

Escaping Stars has an Honoring Ancestors Spread.

From Little Red Tarot: a Samhain ritual.

Interrobang Tarot’s Samhain spread.

Samhain spread using the wonderfully pagan Wildwood Tarot

From First Earth Tarot: a Spread for the new Year

From Tarot Notes: a Samhain Spirit Spread.

From Furious Horde: Hallowing: a Samhain spread

From Asali Earthwork: Skeleton Key Spread

Also from Beth over at Little Red Tarot shared a huge roundup of Samhain links to history and culture and all kinds of good reads, take a look.

Tarot Spread: Pride and Love

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A tarot spread created to celebrate and empower queer folks of all shapes and sizes and to help us learn to build our resilience in a world that doesn’t always allow us to speak and live our truth.  

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1 – Red – something to celebrate
2 – Orange – something to heal
3 – Yellow – something that brings happiness
4 – Green – something to seek in the world
5 – Blue – somewhere to focus energy
6 – Indigo – a way to help my community
7 – Violet – a way to build resilience
8 – Pink – a message from the heart

This spread was based on the colors of the original rainbow pride flag created by Gilbert Baker in 1978.  In his flag each color had a meaning.  Pink for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for magic and art, indigo for serenity and harmony, and violet for spirit.

I’ve designed this spread in the shape of a rainbow, drawing inspiration from these symbolic colors and aimed towards empowering queer folks.  If you like it and you find it useful I’m hoping you’ll consider making a small donation to the One Orlando Fund which was created to provide much needed support to the victims of the Pulse tragedy and their families.

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Mind, Body, Spirit: a Healing Spread

I wanted a little intuitive advice on Monday about how to help heal after the traumatic news from Orlando.  I looked to my cards.  I used the simplest of spreads because I wanted something simple and easy to understand so I chose a Mind, Body, Spirit spread and I used my Prisma Visions deck.  What I got felt so right and so applicable that I knew I should share it in case it could help anyone else.

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  Emperor | Queen of Pentacles | Three of Swords

Mind: The Emperor

I’d been reading a lot of articles on Monday about the attack in Orlando and there was only so much information available, but that never stops the 24 hour news cycle machine from churning and re-churning information and speculating and just really over saturating us with coverage.  The Emperor card told me that I needed to take back control for myself.  In a situation where everything normal had suddenly been thrown into horrible chaos, this made perfect sense.

I’m taking a media break, only indulging in internet and media in places I know will be safe for me.  For me, instagram is a comforting place and so I’ve been spending some time there.  I’ve also been watching TV shows that are soothing and not upsetting (think cooking shows and How Things Work).

TLDR: control what you’re consuming, if the news coverage makes you too upset, it’s okay to disengage.  You have to take care of yourself or else you can’t take care of anyone else.

Body: Queen of Pentacles

Nurture your physical self.  Make sure you’re eating nutritious and comforting food.  Get a healthy amount of sleep.  If exercise is your thing head to the gym, get outside in the sunlight (where you’ve got it).  Self Care. Self Care. Self Care.  For me this looks like my Zumba class last night, knitting a rainbow shawlette, and an oreo milkshake.

It also meant a little witchy crafting in my house too.  Little rituals and crafts help keep me centered and keep me from feeling completely useless when something terrible happens and I can’t be there to physically help.

Spirit: Three of Swords

Boy, this one looked appropriately dire.  I think what the card is saying is that the hurt we’re all feeling is very real.   People out there hate queer people enough that they want to kill us.  It’s a frightening feeling.  It definitely had me wondering if I should go to the Pride events coming up locally.

The message here in the three of swords is that we need to hold space for the feelings that we’re having.  But the butterfly on the card reminds us not to let our sadness keep us from growing and recovering.  Being queer is about building resilience and not letting hate tear us down.  We must emerge stronger and more determined to live our truth and to keep supporting the most vulnerable parts of our community.

So choose what you take on right now, take care of yourselves,  and give yourself time to grieve and then come back stronger.

Tarot Spread: Hestia’s New Home Spread

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A tarot spread for moving into a new house.  Hestia is the Greek goddess of the Hearth, so we invoke her guidance in creating a new home inside a new house.  This can either be a brick and mortar new house that you’re moving to, or you can read these cards as a fresh start to a new phase of your life.

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  1. Where you are right now.
  2. Energy that is leaving your life
  3. Energy that is coming into your life
  4. Advice to help during the transition.
  5. How can I make my new house feel more like my home?
  6. How can I protect my new home?
  7. How can I build a happy future in my new home?
  8. Divine Guidance.

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Elemental Guidance Tarot Spread

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This spread grew out of a desire to find the perfect spread to read for a friend who was looking for some guidance around her own personal development.  I wanted to be able to give her the best help that I could, and I realized that none of the spreads I was looking through were quite what I wanted.

I thought that if I could tap into something larger than myself I would be able to give her much more, so I asked for some guidance from a guide that I know she feels strongly connected to.  This was helpful for her case, but I thought it would be a great idea to have a more open spread that anyone could use who was seeking a little more guidance.

Thus the Elemental Guidance spread was born.  There are places for each of the elements and then right in the center of it all, there is a card for Spirit.  This card can represent a deity of your choice, a higher power, nature, anything that you identify as something that can help guide you.  I encourage you to create some space for yourself before you use this spread and invite your deity/guide/higher self to join you in this reading and to lend you their advice.

So, without further ado, here is the Elemental Guidance spread:

Elemental Guidance

  1. Earth: something to ground you
  2. Water: something to comfort you
  3. Fire: something to inspire you
  4. Air: something to challenge you
  5. Spirit: something to guide you.To make it easier for you to try this reading I’m including some download links.  You can view this in google docs or download a PDF.  However you use it, I’d love to hear how it worked for you!  Feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email.

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