The Great Pumpkin Patch: Cards of the Week 27th October 2014

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This week we have two special cards from the adorable “Halloween Tarot” deck to celebrate this final week of October.  It is said that during the time of the 31st through November 2nd (Celebrated around the world in Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, All Souls Day, Samhain, All Saints Day) we’re more receptive to inspiration, guidance  and to the world beyond our own.

In this version, the Sun card  is depicted as a scene of happy comfort within an ogre cave -with a sun rising outside just outside,  sun flowers  bouncing,  a cute bouquet in a vase brightening the room and an air of contentment on the faces of everyone present. Ogre is snacking on a tasty bone, and the bat- mom is waking up from a happy dream while baby bat sleeps with a smile on her face.  Even the skulls are happy to play with the kitty or prop up the Ogre twins as they snack.

This week’s SUN is about  embracing our path with a sense of excitement, positivity, and well-being instead of being shackled by the old way of doing things or being confined by the incessant need to “control”.  The sun says that the rain clouds of  Mercury Retrograde and solar eclipse transformation (or whatever struggle you have experienced or believe in)  are on their way out and the sun will be shining again even more strongly than before.   This is the sun warming our faces and drying the puddles of gloom in our practical lives,  but it also speaks of the insights and understandings that have dawned on us and the secret, important messages bubbling up in our heart of hearts. This is about your life’s purpose, your path and any deep change that you’re processing on a spiritual or practical level.      That said, it’s not time to be bogged down with seriousness or to lose sight of the warming rays of the sun.    That feeling of newness we have when the sun first breaks from a storm is “anything is possible” and that energy may start to bubble within us this week.    Sun is about happiness and joy and relaxation. – Grace without effort.   This is not a time to try to contrive or create happiness… but just to enjoy and open up a little bit … get into the simple pleasures of your life.  The sun is all about innocent simplicity instead of scheming and elaborate plans. In the original Rider-Waite imagery, the Sun depicts a child riding hands free on a horse…   this is a time to LET GO and enjoy and to let the momentum lead you.

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The second card is the Seven of Pumpkins (really the 7 of pentacles)

Remember the Great Pumpkin?   For those of you who grew up on another planet, Linus in the cartoon series Peanuts believed that the Great Pumpkin would choose the most sincere pumpkin patch and on Halloween night, he’d rise up bringing toys and goodies for all. Unfortunately for Linus,  his pumpkin patch was often driven by dogged anxiety even though his faithfulness was without question.  Time and time again, he’d wait all night for the Great Pumpkin to appear.  Don’t we all know that feeling?   Well here it is!  The Great Pumpkin.

This card is about being satisfied in our effort and taking some time to admire the sincerity of our pumpkin patch. We’ve done a really good job tending something carefully…  that good things can grow and a reward can be held in your hand.   The Seven of Pumpkins is a really successful and wonderful card for this week!   This is also a time of considering where to put our efforts so that we are not putting effort into something with no returns or no pay-out.  We’re considering what to plant, what to water and how it can be really useful to us and others instead of just mindlessly putting our energy into things that don’t support our higher good.   But remember, this is not the time to bog yourself down in weighty determinations about these matters.. the Sun card still applies to the pumpkin patch! It’s time to let go,  admire what we’ve done so far and take simple pleasure and joy.  To be sincere is to take action from genuine feelings (instead of fear)  and there’s no better way to feel more whole-hearted and genuine than to let yourself be in out in the sun, appreciating your efforts and growth.   Maybe the Great Pumpkin will visit after all!


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Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year and I love  the different traditions of fun and sharing fun with others.   I watch scary movies if I can,  decorate the outside of the house, pass out treats,  and perform Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor on an organ for the little ghouls and goblins Winking smile   (I’m sure they’re too young to get the Vincent Price old-movie nod in that but it’s fun for ME!)

— even if you don’t celebrate Halloween this is a good week for a little fun – have a good one!

About this deck:   The Halloween Tarot by Karin Lee and Kipling West is published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.  and is a 78 card deck featuring Halloween themed images. This deck is really cute and it’s one that many people use all year round. The images are non-scary and the book gives insight into the traditions and symbolism of the season.

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