As we approach the feast and season of Samhain, I’m aware of the desire to go within, the natural human and non-human response to the lengthening nights and cooling air. This morning, a few snowflakes touched down, the clouds were grey, and the green of the maples was (and still is) counterpointed by brown and yellow. Though the call within is getting stronger, there is still ritual to do as I enter season of the profound — Samhain circle in my home on Friday afternoon, Wende’s sound gathering at WonderWorks on Saturday evening, and Daré on Sunday. Alignment. Carrying out the rituals aligns us with Life’s rhythms and with the pulse of our own souls.
A short tarot reading for myself, using the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot:
1) What place within myself am I called to enter this Samhain?
10 of Wands, upright. The place of service where I step out of my own way in order to carry what Life needs me to carry, even if the end result isn’t apparent to me.
2) What does Life need me to carry at this time?
Devil, reversed. My own shadow. Perhaps even pieces of the collective shadow.
3) How can I carry it gracefully for the best good of all?
Queen of Cups, reversed. Do mature inner emotional work. Allow my deepest-held emotional “stuff” around any well-practised co-dependence to be examined in a grown-up, healthy manner. Remember my long-standing relationship with Spirit and how it holds me.