A Spooky Comment (and Invitation?) on My Readings from the Wildwood Tarot

A spread on tarot reading, and my tarot reading in particular, using the Wildwood Tarot.
A spread on tarot reading, and my tarot reading in particular, using the Wildwood Tarot.

There’s nothing like a spooky tarot reading right before Halloween! Never let it be said that I don’t subject myself to the same sort of soul searching that I often seem to encourage in (I almost said “impose on,” but am I really that bossy? I think my soul searching is a little more laid back) my clients. It’s not easy to interpret cards for oneself, and, in addition, I am still learning the Wildwood, so I won’t interpret these cards extensively here, but will instead comment somewhat…sketchily. I chose this spread to ask for feedback from the universe about my own tarot readings in my tarot business. Apparently this spread, called “A Spread on Tarot Reading, by Marion,” comes from the Aeclectic Tarot Spreads eBook, Aeclectic Tarot, 2007. I found it somewhere on Facebook, in a meme, a long time ago and saved it to try, apparently, today!

The positions of the spread are as follows:

1. What I already do well: The Green Man and The Mirror (The Hanged Man) (Two cards popped out of the deck at me here — the same thing happened for position 2, as well.) Male and female energy, creative energy combined with a willingness to dig deep in a search for wisdom. Patience and prudence are emphasized here as well. I have always been good at patience — but I may also be a little too willing to be patient — see position 2.

2. What I need to work on: The King of Stones/Wolf, and The Wheel. The Wildwood tells us that the Wolf is not only a hunter and a tracker, but also a guardian of the dead on their journey to the underworld. Does this mean I should learn to be a medium? Or does it mean I should focus on my work with people who are to some degree feeling dead within life itself — people who are depressed, people who feel or who actually are close to death (either their own or someone else’s)? Or with people who fear various kinds of death — who are terribly anxious?

The King of Stones could also be called the King of Pentacles — the Wildwood apparently would like to invite me to work on my math and money handling skills. [Hangs head.] Yes, it’s true, I do need to work on that! How did the Wildwood know?! 🙂

And The Wheel. Acceptance of the turning of the wheel, expecting the wheel to turn, along with a willingness to take control of one’s own destiny by working with the energy of the moment. To me, that’s in part an invitation to improve my astrological knowledge (which is currently very rudimentary). But it’s also more than that. However, I said I wouldn’t go on extensively about these cards! Onward…

3. External resources for improving: Four of Bows/Celebration. This seems like the least mysterious of the cards in this bunch. Relaxing with friends, enjoying the advice and support of others around me. This has always been a weakness of mine — I’m such a quiet introvert — but I plan to work on those skills at a wonderfully awesome business retreat this weekend.

4. Internal resources for improving: The Journey (Death)/The Raven. The card of Samhain. Um. Yes. The Raven is a guardian of spirits of the dead, who, like the Wolf, might usher the dead into the next world. The Wildwood tells us cheerfully, “Once the dead were not feared. They were seen as guardians, holy ancestors and holders of wisdom,” and comments also, “let the bones be laid bare.” It also mentions the dance of death, defleshing the corpse, purification by fire. SUCH a cheery card — but also probably very appropriate for a Scorpio who loves fall and rain and dark of night. Gulp.

5. Advice: Seven of Vessels: Mourning. “Honour what is dead and mourn for what is gone,” the Wildwood says. “Begin the process of recovery after failure or bereavement. To me this says, don’t be afraid to go deep into feelings of loss, and into the wisdom that underlies the process of death and rebirth. Though it doesn’t show one, this card makes me think of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Talk about purification by fire! (I wrote a book on phoenixes and phoenix lore, by the way.)

These cards are calling out to be meditated on, contemplated, and gone into much more deeply than I have here. This is just a starting point. But one that I thought was worth sharing. I would love to see your comments (especially if you are someone who knows the Wildwood well!)

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