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8 Tarot Cards for Samhain, The Magick of All Hallows Eve

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As Samhain draws ever near, I think more of the blessings it brings to us - the wisdom, the challenges, the mystery. The thinner the veil gets, the ever more present and stronger these vibrations become. I can definitely feel the chill of spirit all around me - don't you?! Let's talk about the energy of Samhain and all of her majesty!

If you're interested in learning about my views on ouija boards, dream visitations, spiritual protection, transformation, change, new moon intention setting, and more, watch my Samhain/Halloween + New Moon in Scorpio Tarot + Oracle Readings YouTube Video where I shuffle some of my favorite spooky decks and see what my cards and guides have to say to us this Halloween + New Moon. It was definitely a ton of fun!  Just click the link to view. Also be sure to read the blog post Honoring your Ancestors Beyond just Samhain for some great tips on connecting with your loved ones in spirit on Samhain or any day of the year!

Here are some of my favorite Tarot cards to help us connect with the magical vibes of All Hallows Eve.

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The High Priestess + The Magician

Secrets. Mystery. Heightened intuition. Increased psychic ability. This is what the High Priestess brings to us on Samhain! The veil is between the worlds is thin, which is great for divination and tapping in to the unknown. Listen to and trust your intuition at this time as you will be more in tune with the energy of things around you. The Magician says spell work or any other witchy woo thing you do will be extremely powerful at this time, especially with your intuition a flame from the energy and esoteric wisdom the High Priestess brings to us. Manifestation abilities are at one of the highest points they will be at all year, especially since the New Moon on October 30th (2016) gives us an extra boost of manifesting power! What is your intention? What do you wish to create? Where is your will daring you to go? The Magician says 'Do it! Make it yours!'

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Death + Six of Ghosts

Transformation. Rebirth. Change. Spirit Communication. Childhood Memories. As Samhain falls under the sign of Scorpio, we are getting a double dose of the need for transformation, evolution, and change. Why do you have to put on a costume to feel safe enough to allow hidden parts of yourself to shine through? Take off your mask! An air of rebirth is all around. Allow old skin to shed away. With change comes growth! Death and the Six of Ghosts remind us to connect with our loved ones in Spirit. Can't you feel their presence around you more clearly now? As the veil gets thinner, it becomes easier for us to communicate with and sense the presence of those on the other side. Honor them during this season. Reminisce on what you did together when they were alive and the type of person they were. Commune with the dead. Perhaps visit their final resting place and leave flowers on their headstone. Send them your love as you light a candle for their soul. All Hallows Eve is a time of remembrance of our loved ones who have passed on. It is also a time of nostalgia whether that be through memories of time shared with those who have died or through letting our inner child come out to play for a night.

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The Hanged Man + The Hierophant

Pause. Let go. Surrender your fear. The Hanged Man asks for trust and faith. He asks for patience and for a change of perspective. Combined with The Hierophant, we are asked at this time of year to dig deep and search for our spiritual truths. What do you hold most sacred? What does your ancient soul tell you? Let go of conformity. Move on from fear. Surrender to Spirit in full trust. Feel the magick of your soul and its immortal truth. What wisdom does it have to share? Evaluate your beliefs and if some of them start to unravel, let them fall away.

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Three of Ghosts + Judgment

Reflection. Togetherness. Facing the darkness of your soul. Samhain is a great time for celebration - get festive! Decorate with gourds, drink some tart apple cider, and bake that pumpkin pie! It is also the perfect time of year for shadow work and the rediscovery your power. By reflecting on past errors, celebrating past wins, and learning lessons from each, you can begin to take back your power as you face the shadow within. By facing our fears and the uncharted darker parts of ourselves, we make way for a deeper connection with and integration of our soul. We learn to rise again in the face of adversity. Just as if you were trying to make your way through a pretty terrifying haunted house, the only way out is to keep moving forward! It is also a time to commune with your ancestors and loved ones in the living and in spirit. The energy is perfect for a 'mini life review' with your spirit guides!

Grab a 'Spooktacular' reading with me over at the Maven Unmasked Etsy Shop

Stay spooky witches. Samhain Blessings!

xo Ariel

Old Friends, New Circumstances | Maven Mindset

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Whether you grew apart, had an argument, or some unfortunate circumstances - your friendship with this person ended. You may have felt a sense of loss, grief, anger, resentment, betrayal, or any combination of these emotions, at the realization of this. Time has passed. Now you've moved on. You stuffed it down into a deep pocket of your soul, think you've forgiven the person, or the hurt has lessened with time. Then BAM! That very person sends you a friend request or a text message. You see them when out to breakfast with a significant other or at the doctors office. Past events race through your mind at lightening speed as well as the emotions associated with them. Do they remember? Maybe you don't want to look a them but you can't help it. Should you say hello and smile or should you two just continue to have a good 'ol cowboy movie stare down? Who will blink first?   First let me preface this blogpost by saying this: You are NOT the same person you were whenever this incident or disconnection occurred. Hopefully you've learned and grown from the experience. It may be exciting to see this person again -especially if you're lonely or they're someone you long for. You may hope for a rekindling. Seeing this person again may cause you nausea, anxiety, anger, fear, sadness, joy, even sexual attraction. The body reacts first, and sometimes it can feel sickening and you may not react in the way you were expecting. Take note of how you feel when your energies reconnect, even if that feeling only lasts a moment. Is there more that needs to be healed?

Growth + Change

Have they grown and changed? Is that change in alignment with your vibration and the new heights you'd like your vibration to go? Would their attitude and vibration help you both to ascend together or would they bring you down and be a distraction from your current destination? Maybe these 'visitors' as I'll call them, are a reminder of where you used to be, how far you've come, and where you're headed. A reminder to not look back, but to look forward. Maybe they are signposts for growth - phantoms of past lessons you've learned.

I've decided to use some tarot cards to help us take a look at the deeper lessons involved when a "ghost from your past" pops back up into your life.

6 of Cups - Memories Shared + Nostalgia

When first seeing this person after the passage of time, you may feel your stomach in knots and your heart flutter as your mind takes a saunter down memory lane. Your inner child may be jumping up and down from reconnecting with an old playmate or your high school self may be turning to mush after seeing an old flame across the way at the grocery store. These warm and fuzzy feelings invoked by the memories of our time spent with this person can sometimes bring us back to a simpler time. They can make us wish we were a more free and less inhibited version of ourselves again. They give us joy and laughter. They help us to see where we've grown and matured through the silly mistakes we made in the past. These may be the memories you fall asleep to at night. Reconnecting with this person may be an opportunity for you to let your hair down and have some fun again. Take a walk down memory lane together over ice cream and reminisce a while. It can be nice to take a break from daily stresses and relive nostalgic moments with this person by going to a park that you two used to frequently go to together or doing any activity that you both enjoyed. Taking this time with an old friend to catch up can refresh and reinvigorate you!

The Devil - Unhealthy Influences

Unfortunately there are times when someone from a darker part of our past stalks across our path. When seeing this person again, you may feel a pit in your stomach, start to perspire, and your heart may feel caught in your throat. You may instantly want to start crying or run from fear. This person may bring up feelings of personal insecurity within you and may reinforce the need for more healing work on the issue at hand - whether that be a drug addiction, abuse, rape, bullying, someone who took advantage of you, or anything that was not for your best and highest good. It is also a reminder that you (hopefully) are recovering or have recovered from the issue. You are not the same person you were then. You a stronger now. Don't let fear or someone outside of you make you quiver or steal your joy! You have overcome! You freed yourself from unhealthy influences and circumstances. You decided that your life and happiness was and is more important. Let this be a reminder to keep moving forward. Don't allow negative influences from your past to trap you there.

3 of Swords and 10 of Swords - Heartbreak + Betrayal

Did this person break your heart? It doesn't take a romantic relationship to have a broken heart. A friend, teacher, co-worker, sibling, or parent can give you one as well. Seeing someone who betrayed you in the past does 2 things:

  1. Gives you the opportunity to extend forgiveness.
  2. Let's you know that more inner healing work may need to be done on your part.

You don't have to walk up to the person who has hurt you and say "I forgive you for...", (however if your soul calls you to do it then I would, unless you are in a situation where it would be completely inappropriate, use your discretion), but you can extend a silent forgiveness, through love from your heart chakra, to that person. You could even go home and write a letter to that person, then take it outside, and burn it. Make a ritual of it. Wish them joy, love, and peace. Forgiveness is for you. Are you staying stuck in those feelings of hurt and betrayal? Why? What do you need to release it? I will say this - don't expect that person to tell you they are sorry. Don't have any attachment to outcomes. Sometimes what you need from someone, they are just incapable of giving it to you. Not necessarily that they don't want to, they just currently don't have the capacity to do so and may never. And that is okay! That's a part of their journey and definitely a teaching moment for you. That is a lesson I have learned over time and it has served me well. 

9 of wands - Defensiveness

You may notice that you are a bit on the defensive when you come in contact with this person. Maybe not in an active way, but in a passive (or passive aggressive) way. You want to boast and let them know what you're doing now. On the other hand, you could be very stand-offish to general good natured conversation. You may also be afraid that you're not up to par with where you could or should be due to what others or society believes you should be doing with your life at this point in time. You may compare yourself to their progress and deem yourself better or worse off than they are. You don't want to seem inadequate or like some type of slacker. This is definitely a lesson in Ego. You may also be defensive of past actions you took  or choices you made- maybe even actions that helped lead to the end of your friendship. One word (more like interjection lol) from Spirit guys:  "Let that -ish go! Agree to disagree or accept that yes, maybe you made a mistake beautiful soul. We all make mistakes! It's part of our learning and evolving as souls. Admit when you are wrong and be humble." 

5 of Cups vs 8 of Cups  - Something Left to Salvage or Time to Move On?

Is there anything about your relationship with this person that is worth reconnecting with? Have you both grown in healthy positive ways? Can you make amends and reform the bonds of companionship - even though it may never be the same, and if it's not, are you okay with that? If you do start over and try to rebuild a friendship with this person, do you believe there will always be a dark cloud in the background of what transpired between you? Listen to your intuition. Your soul will let you know if it is time to leave the past in the past. What does your body say? Try to connect with your guides if you're really troubled  about the issue. Ask for clarity. Truly evaluate the benefits of rekindling this friendship or relationship. Is it worth it? What would the lessons you learned about the situation say?  Can both of you get over the past and really make a change? You know the answer in your heart of hearts. If it is salvageable great! If it is not, don't be afraid to say your final good-bye's and to keep moving forward in a positive direction. Don't torture yourself with what might be. Listen to your gut and don't be afraid of the unknown. Don't reconnect with this person just because you're lonely, when you know deep down they bring you down or are not the kind of energy you need in your life.  

Judgement and The World - We Are All Teachers

Maybe this person you saw while on vacation with your family or at another table across the restaurant when out at dinner, did something scandalous or you just don't vibe with them for a particular reason. You pass judgement upon them, are envious of or stereotype them, or still see them for a mistake they made 10 years ago. Remember loves, we are all connected. We all love, we all grieve, we all laugh, we all have embarrassing moments or have been lied to. It is part of our human experience. What you dislike in someone else may truly be a part of yourself that you don't like or remind you of a mistake you made. Maybe where you went left, they went right. Everyone you come into contact with (including yourself) is a teacher. Each teacher has a lesson for us. These ghosts or visitors from your past may come up to remind you of the lessons learned, let you know that your knowledge and understanding of this lesson needs to be taken to a deeper level now, or it may just be a slap in the face to humble yourself. Take the lesson and remember that we are all equal. Think back over the experience and apply the knowledge gained from it into your life.

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Please comment below with any experiences you've had with old friends and new circumstances, as well as any lessons you've learned along the way. How did you feel? How did you deal?

xo Ariel