For three weeks we’ve been traveling the back roads of Washington, Oregon and N. California. From Eastern Washington to Crater Lake, the rolling hills of gold country in California, the Redwoods in California and Oregon, up the Oregon Coast and finally back up to Bellingham. This is truly a beautiful part of the world.
October is the 10th month and perfect for those of you who want to make changes in your life. The card is the Wheel of Fortune and you can read the Tarot of Empowerment interpretation below. You can ask the cards what energy will support your change, and another for what is likely to get in the way of change. A gentle reminder, you can draw cards daily, or as often as you want by clicking here.
Halloween is also the time to acknowledge the changes of birth, death and rebirth. This ought not, in my opinion, be a scary time. Rather, it is a wonderful time to recognize your loved ones who have passed and to bring them to life by sharing stories and memories on this day.
I’m happy to report that the playshop, Manifesting Who You Want to Become, is full. Email me (JudythSult@gmail.com) if you would like to join us for this playshop and I’ll put you on the wait list because there is always the possibility of a cancellation.
Photo above is from the Oregon Coast.
Ghosts, witches, pumpkins, candy and spiderwebs announce that it’s time for Halloween.
Practicing Pagans, real Witches, and those who follow traditions that predate Christianity honor a deeper spiritual meaning that underlies this holiday. In these traditions it’s their time to celebrate the New Year (Samhain, pronounced sow-in), by honoring the process of death and regeneration.
In Northern Europe, Samhain was the time of thanksgiving to celebrate the end of harvest and move animals to winter shelters. It was believed the ancestors and the spirits of the dead would return home to share in the feast. The dead were remembered and welcomed into the community to share the feast (represented by pumpkins and candy today) where candles were set out for them to find their way home.
Death and regeneration are linked in pre-Christian beliefs. Birth, death, rebirth are repeatedly evidenced as an essential part of nature and human lives. At Samhain children symbolize the rebirth of the ancestors. Hence, we give them candy which represents the feast. Death is not to be feared, but a natural process of life and birth into a new form. This is a good time to celebrate and tell stories about those who have crossed over in order to keep their memory alive.
Some people confuse the Latino Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead with Halloween. The Day of the Dead is actually on November 1 and is a joyful celebration with feasts, stories, altars and prayers to those who have crossed over. Skulls and skeletons are usually brightly painted and may be decorated with flowers in joyful celebration.
The energy during this time when the souls are passing between the worlds offer a time for deep spiritual work. For those who pay attention to the energy at this time of year the veil seems thin between the worlds and the mysteries are more accessible.
Be empowered to joyfully open your heart and celebrate those who have passed to the next realm. As you give out treats quietly bless each person who receives them and honor the ancestor who has come before them.
Bring good fortune
The Wheel of Fortune reminds us of inevitable, most often positive, changes in life. The circle is a constant reminder that everything goes around and comes around. There are always new beginnings and final endings as we circle goes around.
At the center of the Wheel of Fortune in Tarot of Empowerment is the earth, over which is drawn the symbol of the endless knot, which symbolizes that everything is a part of the whole and that there is an interrelationship of all things. The Wheel of Fortune and the endless knot have no beginning or end.
Raven, who signifies freedom and eternal life, can also become Trickster, transforming the situation by rotating the Wheel of Fortune. The crystals ground the energy with compassion and understanding, while the nautilus reminds us of the integration of knowledge, beauty and spirit. The Wheel of Fortune incorporates the unending mystery which connects all things.
YOU CAN DRAW A TAROT OF EMPOWEREMENT CARD TO TODAY HERE!
EMPOWER YOURSELF to be in the present, not the past or the future. Being in the present is a struggle for me and most people I know. The past has already happened. Even if you are reviewing the past, do so from the perspective of where you are in the present. You can’t change the past, but you can learn from it. Likewise, plan for your future from the present. Identify the steps from where you are now. Create your future goals from the present. As Ram Dass said, Be Here Now.
EMPOWER YOURSELF by thanking others for their service. Recently I thanked someone from a large institution that helpfully handled an issue for me. She sighed and said, “You made my day. In fact, I’m going to share your thanks with everyone in the office. It’s been a tough week.” So often we forget, or ignore humanness of the people who work in large institutions and are quicker to complain than to compliment according to the situation. If more of us say we appreciate the help we get, when appropriate, the more people on the other side will be helpful. It empowers you to make the world a slightly better place.
A new moon represents the beginning of a new 28 day cycle and all possibilities are on the table. Old habits, behaviors and beliefs are questioned as you search for new and innovative ways to make progress. This is the ideal time to create goals for the month. The best time for making a fresh start and for beginning new projects is during the first two weeks of a new moon cycle.
We actually feel the influence of 2 new moons this month. The first influence is from the September 30 new moon because its influences will be felt in the first few days of October. This new moon suggests an optimistic start following the challenges of the recent eclipses. However, there will still be challenges to come.
A full moon has a relationship to the previous new moon, in this case, September 30. Projects you started since the September 30 new moon can now be fine-tuned or completed. It is harvest time. A full moon can also be seen as an emotional adjustment, or compliment, to the themes of the previous new moon.
Even though you set your goals in the new moon, the full moon on October 16 indicates the possibility for chaotic changes that can throw off the work of your current goals and plans.
Emotions and instincts reach their peak at a full moon. Be in touch with your own needs and intentions, and those of others, and you will clearly see any relationship imbalances causing disharmony. The influence of a full moon lasts for two weeks up to the next new moon, in this case the October 30 new moon.
The October 30 new moon is the first regular moon phase in a new eclipse cycle. The September 30 new moon had challenges. Therefore, it is important that you get a good start from new moon October 2016. The moon is aspected with other planets that will assist in making this new moon a positive spiritual experience.
I’ve gleaned this information from Astrology King. A complete explaination can be found here.
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