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Full Moon in Scorpio Tarot Spread

By: VICTORIA WILSON on MAY 10, 2017

Scorpio is all about transformation and change. The constant search for truth means that Scorpio is always sniffing out anything that is false. Once those things are purged, we can emerge as more authentic versions of ourselves.

This 3-card spread for the full moon in Scorpio will help you think about what in your life needs changing, what you can do to facilitate that change, and who you can become as a result.

The positions

1.) What needs to die off?

2.) What action can I take to release this?

3.) Who am I becoming as a result?

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Choose Your Battles Tarot Spread

By: VICTORIA WILSON on APRIL 24, 2017

“Choose your battles wisely. After all, life isn’t measured by how many times you stood up to fight. It’s not winning battles that makes you happy, but its how many times you turned away and chose to look into a better direction. Life is too short to spend it on warring. Fight only the most, most, most important ones, let the rest go.” -C. JoyBell C.

There are times in life when we have to make a decision about whether we are going to invest our time and energy to fight for something, or to simply walk away. Quite often the direction we choose depends on what we can and cannot control. Fighting what lies outside our realm of control is bound to result in an uphill battle that gets you nowhere. But focusing on what you have the power to change is likely to move you forward.

Need help deciding what to do? Use the “Choose Your Battles” Tarot spread to help you identify what you can and cannot change.

The positions

1.) Heart of the matter – The bottom line.

2.) What you can’t change – What you must accept you are powerless to change

3.) Lesson to take away – What will bring me a sense of closure?

4.) What you can change – What I do have power to change.

5.) Action that will facilitate this change – What can I do to usher in this change?

6.) Highest potential – What’s the most you can make of this situation?

7.) Advice – What do you need to know about moving forward?

Example

Golden Botticelli Tarot

After breaking up three months ago, the querent has reached out to his ex-girlfriend seeking forgiveness for his infidelity and a desire to rekindle their romance. She, however, is feeling resistant and unwilling to give him a second chance. The question is, “What does the querent need to know about pursuing this further?”

Heart of the situation -SEVEN OF SWORDS

Deception lies at the heart of the central conflict between their reunion. The querent will have to work to regain the trust that was once the foundation of his relationship.

What he can’t change – KNAVE OF WANDS

The querent has an impulsive inner nature that sometimes gets out of control. He needs to own up to this part of who he is. Sometimes the Knave of Wands does things because he wants to save face or be seen a certain way. He needs to look within himself to understand his motivations for wanting to patch this relationship together, and whether they are the right ones.

Lesson to take away – TEN OF WANDS

This card shows someone who is exhausted and worn out. Wands is generally about taking action. The querent is being called on to be more mindful of his impulsive tendencies. He can’t act on them all, as that is bound to exhaust his energy. Ten denotes a sense of finality. He might be better off accepting who he is rather than trying to be someone he is not.

What he can change – KING OF CUPS

The King of Cups represents someone with impeccable control over their emotions. The querent can make a greater effort to be aware of the emotional foundations of his impulses. Does cheating stem from an emotional need to be seen and acknowledged by the opposite sex? If that’s the case, the only way to address the cheating is to address that emotional need in some other way.

Action that will facilitate this change – THE MAGICIAN

The Magician teaches us that our inner state of mind eventually manifests itself in our outside environment. To change his situation he must first change from within, perhaps through the use of ritual and promoting specific daily habits. It’s a matter of learning through repetition.

Highest potential – ACE OF CUPS

This card represent the best possible outcome. It looks like there is a chance that the querent will succeed in his efforts of winning back his ex, but this will call on him to do inner work that he may not have the energy to complete (Ten of Wands). In this card a mother dotes on her newborn baby, giving it 100% of her attention. This is the kind of effort the querent will have to make in order to achieve his goal.

Advice – QUEEN OF WANDS

This card represents the querent’s ex-girlfriend. Note that the woman in this card cradles a wand in the same way the woman in the Ace of Cups cradles her baby. She’s an indepdent personality who isn’t afraid to be alone. With that in mind, the querent might be best off allow his ex-girlfriend to find a new love

Golden Botticelli Tarot

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Death & the Cycle of Life

By: VICTORIA WILSON on SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

"The Rape of Proserpina" by Jan Bruegel the Elder, 1610

“The Rape of Proserpina” by Jan Bruegel the Elder, 1610

The first day of Autumn is here. Once again it is time to say goodbye to Summer and transition into Winter. Having lived in Southern California for most of my life, I will say that the difference between Summer and Fall is much more nuanced here than it is in other places. Where I come from, September is typically the hottest month of the year, so the beginning of autumn feels more like mid-Summer than anything else. Yet, the days gradually become shorter, the leaves begin to fall from the trees, and Halloween decorations are beginning to surface. When I see rubber tarantulas and pieces of foam cut and spray painted to look like tombstones on the shelves of the 99 Cent Only Store, I know that Fall is just around the corner.

Because the Fall Equinox marks a tipping point in the year when we enjoy exactly 12 hours of daylight, and 12 hours of night time. After today, the nights will become noticeably longer, and the world a little bit darker. This time of year reminds me of the Abduction of Persephone. Persephone was the stunningly beautiful daughter of mighty Zeus, head honcho of Mt. Olympus, and Demeter, the Goddess of the harvest and food, as well as life and death. One day Persephone is picking flowers by herself in a field when Hades catches sight of her and is instantly smitten. Being a rather forceful fellow, Hades kidnaps her and takes her to his realm – the Underworld – where he forces her to become his wife, making her Queen of the Underworld.

Upon the discovery of her missing daughter, Demeter goes wild with grief. She searches the kingdom high and low, and is so relentless in her quest that she halts the seasons, causing all life on Earth to die off. In one version of the myth, Demeter eventually crosses paths with Hecate – the Goddess of Magic and Sorcery. Hecate takes pity on Demeter and decides to reveal to her the culprit behind Persephone’s disappearance. Upon learning that Hades took Persephone Demeter is livid with rage. She goes straight to Zeus and demands the return of her daughter. Not wanting all life on Earth to go extinct, Zeus gives into Demeter’s demands and sends Mercury to retrieve Persephone and deliver her back to her mother.

From "The Story of Greece: Told to Boys and Girls" by Walter Crane

From “The Story of Greece: Told to Boys and Girls” by Walter Crane

Upon hearing the bad news, Hades has no choice but to submit to Zeus’s orders. Before he relinquishes Persephone for good, however, he persuades her to eat the seeds of a pomegranate, thus binding her to his side for at least three months out of the year. As Winter approaches, I imagine Persephone slowly preparing herself for her annual descent into the Underworld, where she reigns alongside Hades as the world above them undergoes its cyclical death process. And as Spring time thaws out the Winter ice, I see Persephone making her way back up to her mom again.

The story of Persephone’s abduction teaches us that we need to let go of our old selves before we can transition over into a new life. In the brief amount of time that Persephone spent with Hades before Demeter learned of her whereabouts, we can imagine the internal explosions going on inside of her. In a matter of days she had gone from being the anonymous daughter of Zeus and Demeter to becoming the Queen of the Underworld and having a kingdom of her own to rule. By becoming Hades’ wife, Persephone transitioned from childhood to womanhood.

Accounts of Persephone’s story often leave a question mark on the issue of how Persephone felt about all of this. We know exactly where Demeter and Hades stand, but what are Persephone’s thoughts and feelings?

I like to think that the authors intentionally left this up to our own interpretation. On the one hand, an abduction suggests that Persephone was taken against her will and had no choice in the matter. But then how does that explain her decision to eat the pomegranate seeds and stay with Hades? I think that although she did not expect to end up where she did, somehow she knew that it was time to move on. While she would see her mother again, she arranged things such that a part of the year would be spent away from Demeter and her old life as her dependent. This was Persephone’s way of leaving her childhood behind.

Metaphysical thinkers believe that our external circumstances mirror what is going on inside of us. Winter augurs a time of self-reflection. It is an ideal time for cocooning and going within, just as Persephone retreats into the Underworld. Indeed, many of us will spend more time indoors this winter than we did during the summer. Until the weather heats up again in about six months time, its time to chill and think about what we want our next manifestation to look like.

With that in mind, I designed this Tarot spread with Persephone’s story of death and new life in mind. I hope that this spread helps identify what needs to die off in order to get to where you are going.

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The positions:

1.) DEMETER – What habits, relationships, or belief systems have I outgrown?

2.) HADES – How do I leave this behind?

3.) PERSEPHONE – Who will I transform into when I do this?

What results did your spread reveal? Comment below.

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The Autumn Equinox marks the balance between light and dark and is also known as Mabon by Pagans and Wiccans. To celebrate Autumn, several of us have banded together to support YOUR Equinox Journey, offering tarot and oracle card spreads; information on how to work with the Colors of Autumn; tips on working with your Inner Cauldron; new additions for your Art Journal; creative writing tips; working with Lilith; the journey of Persephone, Demeter and Hades, and much much more. To read the next article in the Fall Tarot Blog Hop, “CLICK HERE.” 

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Decision-Making Spread

By: VICTORIA WILSON on AUGUST 25, 2016

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Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

My go-to #Tarot spread for whenever anyone asks for a reading to help them make an important decision. This spread weighs the pros and cons for each path that is available to you.

Choice A:

1 – Pros

2 – Cons

Choice B:

3 – Pros

4 – Cons

5 – Advice

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