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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Harnessing the Power of Autumn & Major Arcana to Inspire Change

Well Met dear souls! Thank you for taking the initiative to head over to this post, you have taken the first step in becoming your best self!

In this Article, I will talk about why Autumn is such a good season for making positive changes and continuing on your path of personal growth. I also have prepared two tarot spreads you can use to find the things you need to change, accept some maybe unexpected truths about yourself, and the wisdom you need to make decisions.

Have you ever felt that disquiet in yourself when the seasons change? With the change in our surroundings (especially winter to spring and summer to fall, the most extreme of the seasonal changes) comes a shift in the energy around us, which can cause disharmony within you and is a great time to take a look at the things in your life; negative ruminations, diet, exercise, personal relationships and career path, anything that you feel like may be off or is no longer serving you. Some things that may invigorate you in one part of the year may tire you in another. For example, I love to trail run. This is something that I pick up every spring and put to sleep every fall. I love it but I’m not going to bundle up in the dead of winter to go run an icy dangerous trail, so during that time I do yoga and other exercises. During the middle of summer, the hottest point of July is another extreme and so I usually don’t hit the trails too much then either, preferring to lift weights and take walks in the warm night air. Find what works for you in every season! We are meant to constantly be growing and using the seasons to affect positive change in our lives is a great way to do this!
Change is important! It keeps us present and alive. It’s one of the only constant things that you can rely on and therefore important to accept and welcome it into our lives rather than avoid the inevitable.

While Spring is more of a time for detoxification, to refresh and revive your mind and body, Fall is the time of death and rebirth. Whatever changes are calling to you this season, honor them. If you feel inspired to try a new class or job or follow a dream you have had for a while, start to seriously consider the steps you could take to start down the path you’ve been too afraid to step foot on. If it’s diet, celebrate the bounty of fall harvest by including more vegetables and stopping at local fruit stands. Incorporate more and better exercise by getting out into nature, which is scientifically proven to decrease negative ruminations and anxiety.  If it’s love, welcome the sacred intimacy and calm that cannot be achieved during the busy months.

Fall is a time for focus. The crazy noises and sights and smells of summer are starting to cool down, we’re settling into a calmer, quieter time. It’s much easier to hear yourself and listen to your inner voice. Whatever changes need to be made, listen to your intuition and make decisions based on instinct. This change is the Earth’s energy encourages us to move forward, out of the now and into the new.

I have two spreads to help you encourage growth in yourself and inspire real change. Choose whichever calls out to you more, or both! I found the idea for these spreads on a tarot forum, then tinkered around with them to create something perfect for our purposes. For an especially powerful reading, separate the Major Arcana cards in your deck from the others and use just those to do your reading. While all the cards hold wisdom and great meaning, using just the Major Arcana for these readings (or any) can help focus your readings, provide strong messages and sometimes give you much needed wake-up call!

Creating a Change Spread


1. Present situation that needs change
2. Foundation - personal reason for the change
3. Physical action
4. Attitude adjustment
5. Foundation - what cannot be changed
6. Situation after the change.

Direction Spread


1. My strengths/talents (the raw clay with which to work)
2. What steps I can take to use my strengths as a vocation (how to mold
the clay)
3. Spiritual/inner influences
4. Practical/outer influences
5. The path I should take (the finished clay vessel)

Thank you for reading this article! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them and I will answer swiftly! I hope you are able to use this information and tarot spread outline to make real positive changes in your life!

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The Autumn Equinox marks the balance between light and dark and is also known as Mabon by Pagans and Wiccans. To celebrate Autumn, several of us have banded together to support YOUR Equinox Journey, offering tarot and oracle card spreads; information on how to work with the Colours of Autumn; tips on working with your Inner Cauldron; new additions for your Art Journal; creative writing tips; working with Lilith; the journey of Persephone, Demeter and Hades, and much much more. To read the next article in the Fall Tarot Blog Hop, "click here." 

1 comment:

  1. Great spreads to take advantage of the energy of autumn. Thanks for sharing!!