Autumn is Coming
I am one of those people who wears sandals until the last possible moment. I will sit on a patio with heat lamps and a coat on until I can’t feel my fingers anymore. I’d rather be cold than admit defeat and bring out my serious winter coat. Let’s just say, despite the fact that I was born and raised in Canada, cold weather makes me irrationally angry and I lament the end of summer every year.
That being said, the magical time that we have in Toronto between Labour Day and Hallowe’en (if we’re lucky) has a special place in my heart. I love this time of transition, it’s not yet truly cold, but you can feel the change in the air…I start to think about the entire range of pumpkin-based food and beverages, what I’m going to be for Hallowe’en (yes, I still dress up!), and the idea of curling up with a blanket and a book seems like the next best thing to being on a beach. I fight the coming of the cold weather, but something about the energy of early Autumn really resonates with me.
Autumn and Tarot
I find that Autumn is a wonderful time to explore the Tarot. This season makes me even more introspective than usual, and there is a feeling of approaching the end of another cycle, thinking about where you are in your life and where you want to be. It’s a natural time to look within and heal, to reflect on the past year and to make plans and goals for the upcoming one.
When it comes to Tarot, the suit of Pentacles is traditionally associated with Autumn. Pentacles are earth cards, connected with fertility, prosperity, career/work, health, material comforts and nature. Many of the Pentacle cards have the common theme of seeds being planted, foundations being laid, and now we are waiting to see what will grow. There are many wonderful Tarot spreads that you can explore in the fall (I particularly like the ones explained by Barbara Moore here http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/1753), and I personally enjoy using the Pentacles cards to spark journal entries or to help me to plan for the upcoming New Year.
Pentacles and Making Future Plans and Goals
At or around the Equinox, I set aside some quiet time for myself (phone off, email closed) and pull the following cards from my deck: the Ace of Pentacles, the Six, Seven and Ten of Pentacles, and the Queen of Pentacles. You can choose any of the Pentacles that resonate with you, and that match the best with the goals that you are hoping to achieve. Take a really good look at each card, quiet your mind and just let your eyes explore the rich imagery. When you’re ready, record your thoughts in your journal.
When I’m connecting with the cards, I consider these questions:
This is a really nice way to connect with your Tarot cards, with your own inner voice, and to help to articulate your hopes and dreams in a more concrete way. When the weather starts to get chilly, curl up with your cards, your journal, and let your imagination free! I’d love to hear what you come up with, and how you honour the coming of Autumn.
For those of you in Toronto, I’ll be celebrating the Equinox at WonderWorks on Sept 20 – information about the event and how to book a Tarot reading in Toronto with me, Deirdre Norman or Franco can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/687151744707138/
I will also be reading at WonderWorks on Saturday, Oct 4 – info about booking a Tarot reading in Toronto with me can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1482640001993884/
Hope to see you soon! If you’re not in Toronto, try an email or Skype reading instead!