In my latest podcast I discuss using tarot for connection to your ancestors and wanted to share some spreads which I found helpful. They are from Nancy Henrickson's book Ancestral Tarot.
The Journey Spread (pictured above) starts at the left, travels across the top and circles around the bottom:
1) Me today
2) The bridge I will be crossing to meet the ancestors
3) What do the ancestors think of me?
4) What do I think of the ancestors?
5) What is the goal of my journey
6) The unexpected
7) How will ancestral tarot affect my life?
Ancient Ones Spread:
1) How can I best communicate with the ancient ones?
2) What message to the (collective) ancient ones have for me?
3) How can I best honour those of my blood who lived a millennia before me?
I have had an ancestral altar for a couple years now and also have a special one for my cats. There are lots of ways you can create a special place in your home for your ancestors which can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Some ideas are:
- things that belonged to your loved ones
- offering plates
- tarot cards
- so much more!
These are the 2 casting boards I created for my Witch Runes workshop. I just printed off these pages and laminated them so they can be used over and over. If you'd like to do the same, I have a digital download of each available in my Etsy shop.
Casting boards can be used in a myriad of ways. You can ask questions and then cast your method of divination or hold your pendulum over the board to find your answers. Depending on where your material fall will help you intuit the guidance. Try them out with:
- Charm casting
Mabon is my favourite Sabbat because it is that beginning of fall and the feelings of gratitude, sweater weather, boots, leggings, pumpkin pie, london fog, soups and reading under a blanket with a cat. I'm sure you all know that feeling too. I wanted to share a couple things with you; my must make recipe this season as well as a tarot spread.
Since this is prime apple season, this pound cake and its drizzled icing make it a great way to connect with the season. Enjoy it with your favourite hot beverage.
If you are looking for more ways to celebrate this time of balance, I have a few extra treats for you. In the Awakened Soul Coven, other mentors and I created a year long course all about the Witches Wheel of the Year. We offer, crafts, rituals, spells, history, divination, correspondences and more! You can find more about it here: Celebrating the Sabbats
I also invite you to join myself and the Sage Wind Temple for an outdoor ritual this Sunday. You can see more details at the Facebook event page. Hope to see you there!
I made a spread today to coincide with the Sage Wind Tarot Circle's topic this month: Building Resilience with Tarot. We all experience difficulties and have to work though hardships. How we deal with change can be worked in such a way that we can start to take control and shift our perspectives to a much more positive, helpful and healthy way. We can learn to find our strengths and use them to bring resilience and protection for ourselves in overwhelming circumstances and also learn from mistakes, accept change and keep things in perspective. I hope you find insight within.