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Out of the Fog on Samhain

I began writing this early this morning in response to the last few days.  It’s been an odd Halloween, to be sure.

What I have discovered after last night is that something occurred this Summer right after Solstice which caused me to drift away and lose momentum on my spiritual path.  The problem being I can’t figure out what it was or how it happened.

As I approached Samhain, I began to realize all of this.  It came as a shock as I realized I wasn’t ready for the upcoming end of the Cycle.  It didn’t really hit me until the 30th when I realized I wanted to do a sneak peak for the weekend and couldn’t immediately find my Wildwood cards.  We have just recently moved which explains some of that and they were located fairly quickly. (This small reading is discussed further down.)  However, it’s not really like me to not know where my tools are located.  What also came up was that I felt like I was “waking up” in direct relation to the veil growing thinner.   Why had I not done more readings?   More experiments with spirit?  More connection?  It almost felt like an episode of “spiritual lost time” except this was not a period of a hours but, instead, months.

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Looking back during the dark hours of the All Hallows, I was able to pinpoint the time I hit the fog.  I can see my last full reading was the Questing Path reading which I mentioned in the last post.  I’ve looked through it for clues but I don’t see any.  The real concerning element is that I never realized I was moving away from all of this.  It simply stopped being a priority.   This post is an attempt for me to work through it.

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Questing Path Redux

Blessed Summer Solstice!  As a Solstice gift to all of you I’d like to offer up something that I’ve been working on since before Beltane.

Back on Beltane, guided by intuition and, I believe, spiritual nudging, I felt the urge to look once again at my Pathway Spread. In meditation space, at the heart of my glen, I held the issues I had with the spread in the forefront of my thoughts. As I looked at it and asked for guidance I heard/felt something like, “Don’t you think it’s too focused on facing difficulty?” This was an interesting thought and as I traveled down it I realized it was correct. I set about streamlining the spread and on Beltane evening I sat down with the new spread.

Upon completion it “felt” better, more supportive. The spread was originally a 7 card spread with one mid-points of navigation between the starting point and the destination. Then, I modified it slightly to include 2 mid-points of navigation moving the number up to 8 cards total. The issue became that there were also 2 Challenges cards as part of the spread as well. If the 2 navigation points came up with difficult cards then the spread could have a total of 4 “challenging” cards against 2 allies, a beginning and a destination. No wonder it felt so heavy!

Coming out of meditation, I got to work in redesigning the spread, streamlining it and focusing on support and forward movement instead of obstacles. The card reduction came back down to 7 which I prefer and took me back to the original inspiration on the spread. Also, the supportive cards are now 4 in number instead of 2. Beltane evening, I gave the spread it’s first test run with my destination being the Summer Solstice. Over the following 2 months I was incredibly pleased with the results and the accuracy of the new spread.

I’m happy to present the “New” Questing Path Spread or, what I’m calling it, the Questing Path Redux.

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So you kind readers will not have to go clicking back through past posts, I’ll include the full write up below of all the positions and what they mean. You’ll note the layout order of the draws has changed slightly. Otherwise, not much of these have changed but I’d rather present it all together as one package!

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Solstice, The Questing Path Spread and Rebirth

So, before I try to sum up the end of my last Questing Path Spread, I need to say that I will not be doing another one for awhile.  I think it may need a label that says “Use with Caution.  This spread can cause immense change.”

Perhaps it is because I designed the spread and so have more of a connection to it?  Perhaps it’s just the timing and synchronicity of everything that goes all the way back to the Summer and my Spirit Quest?  The main reason I won’t be doing it again for awhile is that, well, I need a break!  The last two have also been very intense and life changing.  This last one, done in the middle of a Samhain night, has been even more of the same.

I am beginning to think that the spread holds a considerable amount of energy and potential which can really drain a person who tries to do a Questing Path over and over again. I feel that the Questing Path Spread might only need to be done once a year at most.  I will need to go back and add an addendum to the explanatory posts!

I finished my Questing Path today and you can go back to look at the initial post here and the only follow-up here.  I had started a post to talk about the second marker of The Lovers, The Pole Star and the Guardian but, well, I ran out of time and energy.  The sheer amount of change and intense realignment that has come about since Samhain has been very hard to describe.  In the interest of time, I am going to assume you’ve read the other two posts and I will hit the high points that have occurred since the first marker of the spread.

  • I initiated a career change shortly after Thanksgiving
  • Found a new job at a location I’ve been trying to get into for five years one week later.  Better hours, better pay, benefits and, eventually retirement.  The job will free my energy up as well to get back to my writings and work here.  I start at the beginning of the calendar year.
  • Was led to a book that worked, essentially, like a key in a lock which unlocked numerous and different spiritual ideas and beliefs and gave me a solid footing to engage them all.
  • Began the ideas of the book, including it into my daily practice and spiritual work on December 1st.
  • Finally identified the Lover’s card on my path and realized it was about something much, much larger than I had expected.  It involved the eternal dance between living in the physical and the spirit.  About the dialogue between the higher self, yourself and Source.
  • Call it the Universe, Spirit, God, Wakan Tanka, Higher Power, Buddha or Tao but I became connected to my Pole Star card and was led through the dark, tangled wood.
  • Identified and confronted the Guardian in a very big “leap from the Lion’s Head” (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade).  During it, I was terrified but knew that as long as I stuck to my connection to what I knew was right and true that I would be alright.  I think I went through around three panic attacks during this time period.  Regardless, I stuck to what I knew was True, had Faith and I succeeded.

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And, today, on the Solstice, standing in a stone circle underneath cawing crows and watching the sun rise over a distant hillside on a beautiful and cold winter morning, as expected, I hit the Eight of Vessels card.  Rebirth.

I had written this about the spread back on Halloween.  “This was going to be a very powerful time IF I listened.  A time of great potential.   Themes included Rebirth, Love, Water/Emotional energy, Feminine knowledge and guidance.”  Well, I listened.  I applied what I learned and what I saw coming from the spread.  I paid attention.

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As I stood on the hill this morning (making it to the location I wanted to be at JUST as the sun crested the far horizon) I cried joyful, gratitude filled tears at the beauty of the world all around me.  A world that I was a part of and that was a part of me.   And, I was more than just happy, I really did feel reborn.

I was also absolutely exhausted.

I will be returning here to talk more about the past several weeks.  There is a lot of change to discuss, not only with my work with Earth energy but with my work with divination tools.  Everything is different.  I have a lot to digest and to share but, as it’s officially the holidays with family and friends and I am in the middle of a career transition to boot, I may have to wait until the first of the year.  Till then, as I continue my conversation with Source, I will share what I can and when it is allowed by energy and time.

Be well and a blessed Solstice/Yule/ Axial-Tilt Holiday season to all of you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Enter the Swan – The First Ally

It’s always inspirational to me how Spirit reveals itself once you start down one of these Pathways.  It shows itself in side comments, chance occurrences.  If you are not paying attention you can, and will, miss them.

It was only one day after the Pathway spread that the Swan showed itself.  I was watching a television show on one of my favorite subjects, the Oak Island Mystery.  A guest on the show was stating that he had tracked clues from several sources including the constellation of the Northern Cross also known as Cygnus or… the Swan.  It caught my attention immediately.  The guest went on to talk about the Kabbalah Tree of Life and how the cross was placed within it and would thus give clues to marker or treasure locations.

After the show I immediately began to research Cygnus and found this interesting tidbit on the Order of Ovates, Bards and Druids website. “Among Druids, the Swan represents the soul, and is associated with the Festival of Samhain. (That would make two cards in the Path Spread directly related to Samhain!)  The swan aids us in traveling to the Otherworld. Swans are also sacred to Bards, and their skin and feathers were used to make the tugen, the ceremonial Bardic Cloak.”

Most importantly to me was the fact that the White Swan was one of the symbols of Brigit or Bride.   I did not know this previously.  It is with her that I have a significant relationship after an event that occurred to me with her on the night of Imbolc.  At some point I may tell the tale but suffice it to say I dreamed of her visit that night before I knew she did such things on Imbolc.

Other interesting pieces was from the Native American side of things — “Swan tells Dragonfly in legend, “I learned to surrender my body to the power of Spirit and was taken to where the future lives. I saw many wonders high on Sacred Mountains and because of my faith and my acceptance I have been changed. I have learned to accept the state of grace.” Swan is the bird who may enter the Dreamtime and bring back knowledge and healing to the tribe. Swan medicine “teaches us to be at one with all planes of consciousness, and to trust in Great Spirit’s protection.”

Now, go back and re-read that with the added reminder of the Pathway card for my current path being the Mirror or, in classical Tarot, the Hanged Man.

And, obviously, I also found a significant bit of information connecting Cygnus, the Swan, with early Christianity.  To top it all off I found some references to cosmic rays coming from the direction of the Cygnus constellation and bombarding Earth since time began.

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What was I being told here?  The spirit of Swan was most definitely making itself known to me and this, in turn, went hand in hand with my first marker, the Page of Stones and with my first challenge The Seer.  To put it all together I decided to write out a passage of dialogue.  What was being said to me.  This is what I came up with…

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Renewal and Reset at Samhain

Has it really been since July?  It seems to be a blur  which tells me I was undergoing quite a bit of change and education.  A bit of catch up…

At Lammas I used the Pathway Spread again to help me understand what I was to work on up to Samhain.  I decided after doing it I would not put the spread up as it was very personal and, to be honest, unnerving.  It was if the Universe had decided, “Yes, you’ve graduated.  Now… prove it.”

In short, I was to walk a pathway of Insecurities (7 of Arrows, Insecurity) with several hard tucks and turns along the way.  Even my helpers along the way were the kind of “hard love” helpers that left me exhausted at journey’s end. August was, indeed, pretty bad.  September was not much better as I was put through several ringers all focused on my insecurities and some old, negative habits. I’m not sure I did everything I was supposed to do and I’m pretty sure I did some things very wrong.

At the end though, was the Knight of Stones, a horse rushing madly through a brightly lit field.  I felt it was a destination of Independence, of Strength and of Connection.  By the time October rolled around I was fixed very firmly on that final card and yes, at Samhain, things went wonderfully and I felt renewed.  Things lightened up around October 20th and I was able to “coast” into those final days.  In the end if was if I had been that after the Spirit Quest and the “graduation” I was to be torn down, ripped asunder.

I almost did not do another Pathway spread.  Talk about insecurities, right?  I asked myself if I was ready for another period of time, from Samhain to Winter Solstice, which could prove to just be an extension of what I had just gone through.   Why would I do that to myself?

In the end, of course, I saw the folly in this thinking and late at night on Samhain, I began a new Pathway Spread that was started on Oct. 31st and finished early in the morning on November 1st.  As I did it I decided to add a new position to the spread as well making it a full 8 card reading.

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Updated 8 Card Version of Pathway Spread

Which brings us around to the NEXT Pathway Spread which I started late on All Hallows!  A spread I am going to share because I feel it is a foundational thing that I hope to use in the future for other blog posts.

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I did this spread with the help of my dowsing rods, letting them chose the cards for me.  I wanted to be very particular with my question and asked for guidance on my sacred path.  Mainly, how do I move forward from the previous destination of the Earth Knight?

My first thoughts upon turning the cards over was “Look at all the Major Arcana!”  A full total of 5 out of 8 cards.   My second thought was “Look at all the water and feminine energy!” I also did something very unusual with this reading.  I spent about ten minutes looking over the cards but as it was very late, I decided to leave the spread out all night and to actually “read it” first thing in the morning.  It turned out to be very productive.  My subconscious and unconscious must have been chewing on it all night because as I poured my first coffee of the day I couldn’t wait to get started.

In short, this is how the cards broke down for me.

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Questing Path Spread

As Solstice finished I began to look ahead to Lammas.  I wanted to do a reading which would help me understand what I was to work on during this time period, what was to come next?  I felt very strongly about having a “quest” or an assignment for me to pursue which would also be in conjunction with the energies of Lammas.

I looked over the internet and through a few of my tarot books.  None of the spreads I found felt right and I knew I was going to need to design my own spread.  The first thing I do when designing a spread is to get a blank piece of paper and write out aspects of what I want to cover in the reading.  Not all of them make it and many get combined into a single position.  I also like to keep the number of position totals to either 5 or 7 for manageability.

I liked what I read about the Camelot Oracle and it’s pathway cards and I decided to use it as inspiration.  I wanted a card to represent the “type” of path before me as I headed towards Lammas.  A descriptor card that would show more with it’s images and feelings evoked then the actual meaning from the book.  I also wanted to know who or what my allies would be along the way and what challenges or experiences stood before me.  I also wanted to know where the path led.  What was the destination?  Again, like the path card, I wanted it to be more of a descriptor-style of card.

I wanted a reading that felt “different” from the standard past, present, future set-up.  I fiddled with things for around an hour before I came up with the simple spread below.

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I used the pendulum to dowse the sequencing of the card pulls.  I do believe that it will need a bit of tweaking here or there and so I fully expect a Questing Path 2.0 version soon enough.

Here is the description of each position.

1. The Path – This is a descriptor card and you should look at the overall image of the card to help describe your path.  You can also find a keyword for the card and use it to fill in the blank on the phrase “The Path of _____ .” (See below for an example of this.)

2. Mid-Point Navigation – This card points to a midway marker or event between the beginning of the path and the destination. This is not a descriptor card.  This could be a direct challenge or it could be an experience I was to look for along the way.

3. The Destination – Again, another descriptor card.  Look at the image on the card and where the scene is that is taking place.  Given that this spread is for Lammas, I’m looking for not only the feel of the card but a location where I might want to acknowledge Lammas when it arrives.

4 and 5.  Allies Along the Way – This card would point to energies and entities along the way that I could call on for clarity, support and assistance.  They would remind me of my strengths and my experience and might also be individuals, physical or non-physical, that I might encounter.

6 and 7. Challenges – These two cards would show me not only where the sticky points were going to be but also how to identify my greatest teachers on the path from here to there.

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Let’s take a look at what they say.

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