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This is a great card as many of us are stuck in a pandemic rut – or stuck in a pattern of stress about other things going on in the world. It’s time to look at your patterns and see what will make your life a healthier and more pleasant experience.

Blessings!

MUMMY – “Change”

The sand in his mouth
The bandage wound
Jealous of the living
Eternal life bound

The ancient Egyptians took death very seriously. Death was not seen as many of us see it – a finality to be dreaded – but as just the beginning of a new life and often eternal life, in a better place, the “afterlife.”

The practice of honoring and preserving the body through a complex process of mummification was central to ancient Egyptian culture. This was not just a physical embalming process but a carefully enacted ritual process that ensured preservation in the next world. Many other cultures also mummified their dead including the Incas, the Argentineans, the Maori, and many cultures of the Torres Straight Islands.

In our modern horror genres, the mummy has become an icon. From early horror writing at the turn of the century to the very popular films The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, the plot normally revolves around the mummy returning to life and cursing and hunting down the living. The discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tombs and other long-hidden Egyptian treasures in the 1920s in particular sparked an explosion in mummy-related films and literature.

Should you pull the moaning Mummy card from the deck, know that change is inevitable and that no matter how hard you try, things will not be preserved exactly the same way. The card also indicates that this change will be for the better. The endings, the closed doors, the barriers? This is just a healthy pause and and an indication that a change of tactics is needed. You are not cursed – you have just developed a pattern. You can take control and change it.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artists Jimmy Manton√

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Skull of Flowers is such a visually stunning card but so is its meaning. It does seem as though there is so much ash now, but don’t forget that when anything that is broken down can be rebuilt better.

Blessings!

SKULL OF FLOWERS – Creating through the ashes

To blossom and bloom
The work must be done
Through the fire and ashes
Our fortune it comes
Before flowers are born, they are sweet buds on a plant that came from a smaller form like a seed or a bulb. The seed needs prepared, nourishing soil to grow to its potential. Some plants and trees only seed after fire or a period of extreme adversity like drought or flood. Sometimes we wish for a life different from the one that we have and that can mean radical change. Sometimes to have that new life, everything falls apart to make it so – and that can be uncomfortable. We may lose our relationships or they may change. We might lose a job, have to move house or become ill – all big events that lead to a reassessment of the “how” of our lives.The Skull of Flowers illustrates that there is a sureness and yet a rawness to creating again, to starting afresh. Sometimes the universe gives us a blank slate to work from, so we can build what we really want, rather than just settling for less. The Skull of Flowers celebrates not just a kind of phoenix energy but also an energy of success and full bloom through adversity.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

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The Witch card is about recognizing your own power to change your reality. So often, it is easy to put off making changes until the “perfect” moment. There is no perfect moment.

Blessings!

THE WITCH – The earthly weaver of the worlds

Earth, Air, Fire, Water
A woman lovely, a woman strange
Weaver of the worlds, moon’s daughter
Witch: The catalyst for change

Witches have had bad PR for a couple of millennia now. Originally the healers or cunning women of the village, the very word “witch” is believed to come from the Celtic word “wicce” meaning weaver or wise.** When the new religion of Christianity spread through the land, the custodians of the old Pagan ways, in part witches, were labeled as evil and – as we know from history – persecuted. They were driven underground (or under the night sky) into the shadows of misunderstanding and darkness.

However, for the purpose of Halloween, let’s look at witches as the weavers of magic and change. Through spells and rituals and even through herbal recipes (yes, often brewed in a cauldron), they weave the powers of this world and the next in synergy to solve problems and heal.

Holding the Witch card means that you can weave your own change throughout life and that magic indeed is afoot! You must understand that you have power and it is real. It may also indicate that others may be threatened by your developing personal power and that they may not appreciate or like the changes in you as you grow. Be prepared for this and do not be discouraged. New friends and better opportunities will be attracted instead.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

** This is the oracle author’s view. The etymology of the word “witch” is actually much more complicated than this, and debate goes on about it. I suggest looking it up in the Online Etymology Dictionary and historical sources.

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This is a bit like the Death card in the Tarot – there is no need to fear the Underworld for it is a place for change, transformation, and sometimes cleansing before starting something new. Take time to consider what you need to transform your life and what needs to change.

THE UNDERWORLD – Where all things pause and begin again

Another realm, shadow filled
Travel from death’s bed
Where we stop and transform
Within the realm of the dead

The idea of the Underworld, a whole realm that we go to after we die, is a concept that crosses a huge variety of cultures and eras. The Sumerians, the Turkish, the Incas, the Greeks through to the Siberians, the Maori and the Kymers – all had a distinct word for the Underworld. What is different though is how these cultures treat this concept – whether the Underworld is seen as a place of rest and rejuvenation or horror and punishment.

The Christian hell is a place of darkness, fire, and punishment. The Egyptian underworld is one of judgment, peace, and renewal. In Maori culture, it is an in-between place of waiting, wisdom, and transition. Many myths that mention the underworld often involve the concept of a place of waiting and of trials and eventual judgment. It can also be a place of joy and peace.

Should the Underworld card be present in your reading, you are being asked to consider exactly what you have to do to transform your life into something you find easier or more authentic to you. This may involve changing course. It may involve trials and tests. Keep moving. Whilst things may fall away and your life may appear bare for a time, this is temporary. Space is being made into which you can create the new.

The Halloween Oracle by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

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Strange how two of my favorite cards from this deck pop up in the first two days of using it as we lead up to the Samhain season. Hearth and home have always been important to me, something I learned from my Mom who made our house warm in spite of the odds against her. The fact is, it doesn’t take money to make a house your home: it takes love, work, and intention.

Blessings!

HEARTH – Happiness in our hearts and homes

The heart of every home
The fire that unites
Winter’s warmth centres
Stories, love, and delight.

The ancient Romans believed that every home had a heart and it was the hearth. Where the fire burned, the family gathered for sustenance, communication, and protection. This concept was so important to the culture that there was a huge city hearth – the Vestal temple – where the fire of the home goddess, Vesta, burned forever without ever going out. This sacred flame was protected by the soldiers with their very lives should there be an invasion.

The place where the Goddess Vesta was honored within every ordinary home was also the hearth, and it is where women prepared food and cooked. Some of the food was always offered back into the fire as an offering to Vesta for her blessing and protection. Often husbands were sent away on military duty for years on end and their wives at home were not just expected to keep the home and and often the business running, but to wait for their husbands faithfully until their return. They prayed to Vesta to ensure their family members’ safe return and to keep the fires of love stoked. The saying “Keep the home fires burning” was inspired by this practice.

Should the Hearth card appear in your divination, you are being asked to look to your idea of what home and family is for you. Take the time to build up your “love” fire and have it burning brightly. Make your relationships a priority. If there is conflict within your home and family, it is time to take concrete steps to address the issue for good. If you or a member of your family is away from home due to travel and work, know that protection is being given.

The Halloween Tarot by author Stacey Demarco and artist Jimmy Manton

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The Id (as in id, ego, and superego) is key to understanding the meaning of the werewolf in folklore, pop culture, and this card. Sometimes we can be too tamed by society and our modern conveniences. This card suggests we should spend some time outdoors, dance or drum with abandon, or tap into some other wild part of your nature. The problem when we never do this? That trapped beast often lashes out when we least want it to.

Blessings!

WEREWOLF – Exploring Wildness

Luminosity triggers it
A wild moon rises
Fur and howling
and wolfen guises

After a painful, excruciating, bone-jarring struggle against the change, the man releases to the magic. Howling unrestrained under the full moon, now the half-man half-wolf rises up, snarling, and goes looking for blood! Yes! We all know the power of the werewolf!

After the end of the European witch trials, an intense interest in the werewolf developed in folklore tales and evolved to become the stuff of horror stories. Fairly consistently since then, the wolf-man or “lycan” has featured regularly in tales both oral and written. Of course, during the last one hundred years, there have been many hugely popular movies including “

American Werewolf in London” and themes in books such as the recent Twilight Saga series.

The werewolf is a kind of shapeshifter – but one that has traditionally had little control over his wildness. In a way, an inner battle between civilization and wild nature fights inside the one body. The vitality, strength, and freedom of the animal versus the reason, control and intellect of the man – which one, though, is the dominant force? What is the healthy balance between our animal nature – one that is wild, free, and connected to nature – and our radically “civilized” humanness separate from or dominant over nature?

The werewolf asks us to consider this balance and to delve into our own ideas of wildness, independence and custodianship of the planet. When is the last time you spent all day outside? When is the last time you threw your head back and howled at the moon? Do you quash the vitality and curiosity of your body and mind by sitting all day in front of a computer? The werewolf challenges you to weave a balance between nature and our own nature.

The Halloween Oracle by Stacey Demarco, art by Jimmy Manton

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First, blessed Autumn Equinox (or Mabon, Harvest Home, Feast of Avalon or whatever you prefer to call it)! For those in the Southern Hemisphere, I wish you a blessed Spring Equinox (or Ostara). In our household, there will be dental work done on the cook, so we will celebrate tomorrow. What will you do to celebrate?

Yesterday, I walked our youngest dog, Maddie, at a local trail and noticed several of the harbingers of a coming autumn, notably blooming Goldenrod, Spicebush berries, and the sumac leaves starting to turn.

I also found my magical namesake, the Thistle.

Now, on to the card. It’s one that gives us some hope in a time when it is sorely needed. Remember, all good things come from a combination of effort, an open mind, and timing. May good things start for you all today!

Seven of Swords – Sword in the Stone

Meaning: Inspiration and enthusiasm. A new direction and purpose. The bringing of a new enterprise. Recent events bring the promise of brighter days to come. The instilling of hope, faith, and strength. Sensing one is on the destined path. The renewal of spirit and ambition. Following what seem to be good omens pointing the way.

The card may also mean: Being given poor advice. Having to contend with armchair critics who underestimate one’s dedication and sill. A lack of support. Discouraging remarks fuel one’s determination.

Card’s Story: Galahad drew Balin’s sword from the stone.

After the death of Balin, the mastermind Merlin embedded the sword in a stone and set it to hover above the waters of a river. The stone held fast to the blade, designated to only release its grip when pulled by the knight who could achieve the Holy Grail. Over the years, the stone drifted downstream to arrive at Arthur’s court, where Merlin’s vision would come to pass.

On the feast of Pentecost, a great marvel befell the court. A squire reported to Arthur that a stone of red marble had appeared in the river below and embedded in the stone was an ornate sword. Arthur gathered the Fellowship and went to see for himself.

Lancelot beheld the sword, then called his kind aside. He then went on the explain to Arthur that when the rightful knight succeeded in pulling the sword from the stone, it would herald the beginning of the quest for the Holy Grail. Knowing he was not the destined knight, Lancelot refused to try to draw the sword. On Arthur’s bidding, both Gawain and Percivale tried their hand and failed. Having seen the “marvel,” Kay urged all to return to the hall to dine.

As they sat down, the shutters and doors of the castle mysteriously shut by their own accord. There then appeared man of great age, and at his side a handsome young knight. The knight carried no sword or shield, only a scabbard. The old man introduced the young knight as Galahad the Desired Knight. Thereupon he led Galahad to his destined seat at the Round Table. Having done his duty, the old man then left the court. Suspecting that the Quest awaited this knight, Arthur led the newcomer to the river’s edge. On seeing the sword, Galahad knew the task to be his. The young knight looked to the heavens, then drew the sword as if nothing held it. He sheathed the blade within his scabbard: the dawn of the Quest had come.

Legend, the Arthurian Tarot by Anne-Marie Ferguson

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This is a lovely card – and it certainly makes me think of fond childhood memories of running in the woods, climbing trees, working in the garden, and playing with my cousins. But this is more than about nostalgia. Perhaps an old friend is coming back into your life. Or something you’ve been working on for a long time is coming to pass finally. Or perhaps you need to look closely at your attachments to determine if they are healthy.

A lot to consider for such a pleasant-looking card! Blessings.

Six of Cups – In Ector’s Keeping

Meaning: Nostalgia. A time of reflection and reliving fond memories of bygone days. Drawing nourishment and comfort from recalling playful days of childhood. Old friend reenter one’s life, bringing pleasant surprises. Efforts of the past come to fruition. Happiness as a result of previous kindness. Meeting aspects of the past.

The card also indicates an unhealthy attachment to the past that prevents one from appreciating the present. Having to contend with frightening and debilitating memories of childhood. Insecurity and longing for protection.

The Story: In times past there were days of play.

After the marriage of Uther and Igraine, Morgause (or Anna) left her mother’s side and became the wife of King Lot. Morgan was placed in the care of the sisterhood of Avalon, and Arthur was hidden away by Merlin. The sage wisely kept the boy’s identify a secret, fearing those who would wish harm on Uther’s so. It was said that Merlin traveled to the home of Sir Ector and his family. This remote land and its loyal family made for a secure foster home for Arthur.

Fosterage was a common practice of the noble blood. Children would often stay with the foster family until they came of age, which was generally fourteen for girls and seventeen for boy.s

In the case of Arthur, no formal arrangements had been made, and some say that Ector and his wife knew not of Arthur’s royal blood. But on the bidding of Merlin, the family accepted the boy.

While in Ector’s keeping, Arthur enjoyed a freedom he would never know again. Most thought him just one of the many royal bastards (as did Arthur himself), which meant his movements were no more restricted than those of his foster brother Kay. Being no more privileged than his companions, Arthur’s childhood instilled him with a sense of fair play and honor. Kay and Arthur were given an education and made to study literature, foreign language, poetry, music, and the arts of war, after which they were free to roam and enjoy childhood pastimes.

Arthur was a likable boy who later cherished his years and friendship made while in the card of Sir Ector.

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

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Today, two different cards were had a strong pull, and they do seem to work together well. Ideally, a warrior of the heart should probably work to purify themselves and clear both mental and physical clutter before tackling the serious work of this warrior.

Blessings and have a lovely weekend!

Sweat Lodge

Meaning: Cleanse yourself: body, mind, and soul. Purify and let go of objects and relationships that no longer serve you. Purify your body, go within, and meditate. Talk to the creators. Give thanks.

Native Spirit Wisdom: Sweat lodges are small dome structures covered with skins, blankets, or mud in which very hot stones are placed in the center. Water is poured over the stones so that hot steam rises from the rocks. Thus the sweat lodge, with its hot steam, is used for purification ceremonies as well as a place to commune with the divine. This card shows you that it’s time to clear out the clutter in your life. Sometimes clutter means cleaning out your closet of items that you don’t love or use. But sometimes clutter can be outmoded relationships or habits that no longer serve you. The clearer your inner and outer space becomes, the easier it will be to hear the sweet messages from your soul.

The Journey: sometimes this card chooses you when it’s time to do some physical detoxification. Fast for a day. Drink green juices. Clear out some clutter: love it, use it, or get rid of it. Even one small item to make a difference.

 

Warrior of the Heart

Meaning: You have the radiant spirit of a warrior of the light. Be impeccable in all of your actions. No matter what others believe, the Creator always knows the truth. This isn’t the time to be timid and pull back. Immense courage is filling you. Throw your shoulders back, step forward, and take a risk! Be willing to live life from your heart rather than you mind. Honor your truth. Speak up for yourself.

Native Spirit Wisdom: The greatest native warriors weren’t the ones who wounded the most people; they were those remarkable beings who had such personal power that enemies lay down their weapons rather than fight. There are times in life to step back and even times to walk away, but there are also times to stand up for yourself and those less advantaged. Don’t allow yourself to be limited by your belief system. Courage doesn’t mean that you aren’t afraid. Fearless means just that: Fear less. Acknowledge that you’re frightened, and take action anyway! Face your anxiety and go beyond the boundaries of limited perception of yourself. Through your example, people find and act on their truth. You’re a light bearer for others.

The Journey:  List everything that you are afraid of. Then next to that list, write every reason why it is important to overcome that fear. (In other words, what does that fear cost you?) Then make a list of the various ways that you can overcome that fear.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

 

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Today’s card was bookended by Vessels cards, The King of Vessels representing honesty and support and Eight of Vessels suggesting rebirth. Today’s card, however, also came up yesterday. I figured she was trying to tell us something.

The Bear Queen, the queen of stones, wants us to understand our power and for us to use it wisely and to protect the land. There is a reason why the bear is connected to King Arthur, and there is a reason why his kingdom fell from him. What can we do to honor our power and the land itself?

Blessings!

Queen of Stones – Bear

Meaning: The ancient ancestor of the modern bear, the cave bear hibernated in caves during the cold northern winter. Neanderthals buried their skulls here and even shared their caves during some periods. Often linked to Arthurian legend, the Bear remains a symbol of the power and protection of the land.

Reading Points: Richness and plenty surround you. Your bounty and welcoming nature make you popular with all. Many depend on you, and your natural sensuality makes you powerful attractive to others. Pragmatism and generosity open doorways at every point.

Tracks & Pathways: Power and generality, punctiliousness, a demanding individual, confidence, frankness, assurance, and property.

The Wildwood Tarot by authors Mark Ryan and John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

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