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My last draw from the Halloween Tarot, now that Samhain has passed, I’m ready to change it up to a new deck. Though I will miss the whimsical energy of these cards, this deck has quickly become a firm favorite with me.

Today we have the Seven of Imps and Knight of Pumpkins.

The Seven of Imps brings us a bit of a challenge. There is sense of uncertainty and the knowledge that we are taking a risk in tackling this endeavor. The Imp leading the trek is pointing out, to his fellow hikers, that nothing is ever gained without risk.
They have the ability to tackle the climb, they just need to have faith in their ability to do so.

The Knight of Pumpkins is a steady, reliable kind of guy. He is young, but not so young that the inexperience of youth is a disadvantage.
He is dependable, patient, efficient and not one to shy away from hard work.
His detriment, is his tendency to get bogged down in the details. He gets so caught up in planning every minute detail and devising for every possible problem, he never quite gets around to putting all that theory into practise!

There looks to be a bit of adventure ahead here. The chance to take on something that will be memorable and rewarding. Just as in the image on the Seven of Imps, I get the sense of hiking and even mountain climbing. Both of these things require stamina, patience, preparation and hard work. Fortunately, these qualities are the Knight of Pumpkins’ strongest traits.

Maybe your ‘mountain’ is something a bit more mundane, like facing something that frightens you, or confronting your fear of failure.
The sense of achievement after having faced your fears head on, will far outweigh the initial apprehension.

These cards tell you to put your fears aside and go for it. You are more than capable of achieving your dreams, so long as you can put your fears aside and have faith in your ability to conquer any difficulties that may arise.

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From the Halloween Tarot, Queen of Pumkins and Ten of Bats.

The Queen of Pumpkins has been making a regular appearance these last few days. She is the earth-mother type. Happiest in the home, caring for her family and creating beautiful, yet practical things.

The Ten of Bats is one of those dreaded cards. Betrayal, hurt and finality. Yet, it also carries a message of hope. The worst is over and you can now be at peace. The darkness will not last forever, the sun will rise again, bringing with it the promise of a new day and a fresh start.

With my focus set firmly on Samhain, I can’t help but notice the similarities. We can look at the Queen as the Goddess, Demeter. She is now in mourning for her daughter, Persephone, lost once again to Hades and the Underworld.
As Demeter laments her loss, she refuses to fertilize the Earth, effecting the barren months of winter. Demeter is more traditionally depicted as The Empress, but the Queen of Pumpkins seems to fit just as well.

The Ten of Bats is the earth laying dormant, Demeter no longer active. We could look at this card literally as well, you can easily see Persephone, seemingly descending under the Earth.

The Ten of Bats does not depict physical death, residing in the airy suit of swords, the realm of the mind. But in this instance we will read it as such. Acknowledgement of the cycles of death and rebirth, and honoring those that have gone before us, is a huge part of Samhain.

The number 10 depicts the end of a cycle, in this interpretation, this cycle is the ending of the solar year. And yet, we know, the sun will soon enough return to us, nothing lasts forever, and that includes winter.

Happy Halloween!
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Drawn from the Anne Stokes Gothic Tarot, the Knight of Wands and The Chariot.

The Knight of Wands is action, energy, determination and lust. He is a young, fiery and passionate person, who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. He has limitless energy and is unstoppable once he has set his mind to something. When he has somewhere to direct this abundant energy, all is well. Without direction he is an impulsive risk-taker, who can easily get himself into trouble.

The Chariot pairs well with our fiery Knight. Here also, is plentiful drive, determination and energy. The Chariot gives the Knight a positive spin, giving him the intense focus he so badly needs.
In The Chariot, the Knight has found his passion, something to direct his restless energy into.

The cards give me a strong impression of both speed and strength. Knights represent teenagers and young adults. If you have a young person who has a license or has just bought his (or her) first car, be sure he understands the consequenses of fast and unsafe driving and moniter him carefully. If you have any misgivings, take away his keys!

My other impression is of action oriented sports, such as football, or race car driving. Any sport that requires a lot of drive, focus, stamina, energy and passion.

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From the Halloween Tarot, the Queen of Pentacles and Nine of Pumpkins.

A double of Pumpkins, or Pentacles, places us firmly in reality. The suit of Pumpkins is all things material, or that which you can touch. Pumpkins is your house, belongings, money and your body.
Here is a need to focus on the basics, your budget or your health. Take care to eat well and look after yourself. The Nine suggests money is not a worry, but reckless spending is never a good idea.

The Queen of Pumpkins is the Goddess of the hearth. She takes great pride in her home and her family. Her house is tidy, her husband fed and her children well dressed.
This Queen is very creative, but in a practical sense. She indulges her creativity with cooking hearty meals, cake decorating, sewing, knitting or making beautiful things for her home.
She takes good care of herself as well, her hair is always shining, her clothes fashionable and her nails are done. She enjoys her luxuries and isn’t afraid to spoil herself, as she is comfortably well off.

The Nine of Pumpkins is very alike the Queen. She is abundance, luxury, leisure and self-sufficiency. She is well off and has all that she needs. She revels in all that she has, her home is her castle. She has a deep affinity with nature and loves to be surrounded by it’s riches.

I have pretty much described myself here, both these cards resonate with me strongly. I identify with the Queen of Pentacles and the Nine describes my situation quite well.
These cards describe someone well off, creative and happy in their own skin. There is not much that worries her, she has all that she wants in life, and is very self-sufficient. She is happy to be alone. She has friends but leads a fairly solitary life, surrounding herself only with her immediate family.
She has a strong affinity with nature and natural cycles and is most likely Pagan.
Very hands on, she spends her spare time immersed in creating beautiful things.
She is practical and loyal, and will stick by her friends and family through thick and thin.

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Halloween Tarot

Halloween Tarot

 

Today’s draw is the Page of Pumpkins and Four of Pumpkins.

 

Double Pumpkins, or Pentacles, indicates this is a time to be realistic and keep your feet firmly on the ground. Astute planning would be advised for any ventures undertaken at this time. Certainly not the time for adverse risk taking or flying by the seat of your pants.

 

The Page of Pumpkins is a studious and sensible one. She is realistic, grounded and ready to begin a new venture. Again, sensibility and planning is suggested.

 

The Four of Pumpkins rears its head for the second time this week. It brings security and control.

 

The strong message of these cards, and the suit, is stability and grounding. In order to get a good start on a new project, there is a need to find inner and outer, quiet and stillness.

Spend some time alone, find some inspiration and see what develops. If you’re struck with that bolt of inspiration, make planning a priority. Remember, this is a time to plant the seed of future ventures, and plan the work and tending required to make it grow.

Be realistic, but enjoy this time of quiet potential and abundant creativity.

 

On the other hand, sometimes the Tarot can be extremely literal. This looks to be a perfect time to sow the seeds for that new garden. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, as I do, Autumn is upon us. This is the season of planting bulbs, to think ahead to those splashes of colour, during the darkest, dreariest days of winter.

For all you green-thumbs, the signs are good for the growth of your plants this, or next season.  Get outside and get your hands into the soil.

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Drawn from the Halloween Tarot, the Page of Bats and Ten of Imps.

The Page of Cups is like a young child going through the ‘why?’ Stage. Constantly questioning and exploring, gathering knowledge as they go. The page of Bats is curious, talkative and enthusiastic to explore and learn about the world around them. As a Page, they are young and inexperienced. Combined with their innate sense of curiosity, this can sometimes lead them into trouble.

TheTen of Wands is the workaholic, taking on too much and buckling under the pressure. There is a need to learn to prioritize and delegate responsibility, you take everything on yourself and expect to stay on top of it all.

In these two cards I see a need to focus. Spreading your time and energy so thinly only leads to shoddy workmanship and feeling stressed and worn out. This could apply to a student that has taken on too much. They are not performing as well as they could be, it is just all too much and getting on top of them.
Try cutting back the workload, or offloading some of the responsibility. You will find your stress levels will drop and your performance will increase. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
If cutting back is impossible, be sure to take time out. All work, all the time will only lead to burnout. Give yourself time to play and enjoy life.

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Drawn by my Husband, from Halloween Tarot. The Ace of Ghosts and Page of Pumpkins.

I had a very vivid dream last night, and was shown two definite cards, Strength and Ace of Cups. I have yet to explore the meaning of this, but I wasn’t surprised when this Ace showed up in my daily draw today.

The Ace of  Ghosts (Cups) is abundant and overflowing. Filled to the brim with love, creativity and inspiration. There is a lot of emotion and intuition held within the Ace of Ghosts. This is definitely connected to the vivid and meaningful dreams of the last few nights. Working with Hecate seems to have this effect, she loves to manifest in the subconscious.

The Page of Pumpkins (Pentacles), used to pop up a lot in conjunction with my Husband. Though, since he has started a new job, he tends to appear as The Emperor. I believe he has reverted while he is on his holiday break!

This Page is the card of the home handyman, mowing lawns and general duties around the yard. In their youth, the Pages hold little responsibility or commitment, tending more to what makes them feel happy and fulfilled. Working outdoors and with their hands is the forte of the Pumpkins court cards. Think of the part-time job you held as a teenager, this is the kind of thing the Page of Pumpkins represents. This energy sums up my holidaying Husband quite well.

Again, our loved up, laid back weekend dominates the cards. Though, there is definitely deeper meaning in that Ace. Some trance work is in order for my dream sent cards, it was certainly a message, a very clear and vivid one at that.

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Drawn from the Witches Tarot, Knight of Pentacles and The Magician.

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The Knight of Pentacles is slow, steady progress. Unlike the other Knights, he doesn’t act with haste, but consideration and well thought out action. He does have a tendancy to become bogged down in the details though, slowing his progress to a halt.

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The Magician is actualization, drawing ideas from the ether and making them a reality. He has the energy and the will to see his projects through to completion.

Combine the two and we see a strong will to succeed, to make your dreams a reality. This won’t be accomplished by rushing in, but rather, by planning and careful strategizing. Sit down and draw up a plan of attack, and a timetable for any milestones along the way. Have a plan B, and for good measure, a plan C. Yet, with the influence of The Magician, if you have the skill and determination, success is assured. Just don’t expect it to happen overnight, slow and steady is the key.

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Drawn from Witches Tarot, today’s cards are Two of Wands and Queen of Pentacles.

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Two of Wands is planning, decision making and the confidence to put it all into action.

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The Queen of Pentacles is the embodiment of motherhood. Her home and family are very important to her, as is her independence and career. She loves her home to be well presented and comfortable, she is definitely not one to live a cheap lifestyle and will happily juggle motherhood and a career so she can have the things she loves.

Combine this Queen with the Two of Wands and we can see the balancing act that is required of the working mother. Getting her children to school and to their various after-school activities and balancing this with the demands and responsibilities of her job is a tough act. Yet she manages it all with grace and dignity. In fact, she probably still manages to make a nice meal each night and bake cookies for the kids’ lunchboxes.

Yet, in the midst of all this, she makes time for herself and always looks and feels her best. Planning your time and taking care of yourself is key here. It all comes down to a fine balancing act, which can only be achieved by planning your activities and the time that needs to be spent on each. Don’t sweat the small stuff and focus on what is important. With foresight and good management, you can have it all!

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From the Witches Tarot, Nine of Swords and King of Pentacles.

One of my most disliked cards in the deck, the Nine of Swords is stress, worry and anxiety. It encompasses those sleepless nights when you just can’t switch off. Your mind races, turning over on a problem that you’ve no hope of solving at three o’clock in the morning! Yet, you can’t seem to let it go, tune out and go to sleep. If this is a regular occurance, the constant stress can lead to depression and anxiety disorders if  let to continue unresolved.

The King of Pentacles could possibly represent the source of your worries. He represents an older man, who is solid, dependable, patient and conservative. He likes the old ways and  doesn’t hold much value in change. I think of this King as The Old Farmer.
While he does make a great Husband and Father, he can also be frustratingly stubborn. He does things his way and refuses to even entertain suggestion that there could be another way of doing things.
Also, while he is extremely loyal and dependable, cause him embarassment or shame, and he will never forgive you. He is the type that will disown a son or daughter for being gay, or going against the grain in any way.

The King of Pentacles can also represent an aspect of yourself. Combined with the Nine of Swords, our King speaks of grounding yourself. Letting your well-developed sense of practicality and reason override any useless and pointless worrying.
Find a practical way to get out of your head. Start a journal, pour out all that is bugging you onto the page before bedtime.
Talk to a loyal and trusted friend, who could well be the King of Pentacles. If you recognise his qualities in someone you know, this would be the one to turn to.
Also, meditation. I know, it’s always my advice, but if you already practise it, then you know how amazing it really is. If not, what are you waiting for? I promise the pointless, nocturnal anxiety, will be a thing of the past.

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