Fall Equinox Tarot Reading

Fall is my season.  I’ve never felt completely at home in the summertime – as a kid who loved school (and an adult who still loves school), the longing for knowledge coupled with my un-athletic, un-outdoorsy, glasses wearing self was never a harmonious mix.  [For all you folks out there who can wear contacts with ease or have good vision, never underestimate how harsh the summer sun can be on a glasses-wearer who doesn’t have prescription sunglasses.]

Winter and spring are just fine, but I can’t hit that seasonal stride until fall arrives in all her vibrancy and familiarity. 

 Our altar for the equinox.  Chris doesn't like to change things on it as much as I do, but we have different practices.  The lunaria will be enjoyed by both of us for a long while - they're so shimmery and luminous.

Our altar for the equinox.  Chris doesn't like to change things on it as much as I do, but we have different practices.  The lunaria will be enjoyed by both of us for a long while - they're so shimmery and luminous.

There were several things we did to celebrate the equinox.  We bought new seedlings and started seeds for one more harvest from the garden, made ketchup using tomatoes from our garden, and updated the altar.  #keepyouraltarupdated

 Some details on the altar: thorns, Kwan Yin, henbane ointment, saffron, bay leaves (we used some in our homemade ketchup recipe), and more. 

Some details on the altar: thorns, Kwan Yin, henbane ointment, saffron, bay leaves (we used some in our homemade ketchup recipe), and more. 

If you haven’t clicked over to the Worts and Cunning blog from a past tarot spread or link up I’ve shared, please do hop over and look through Alexis’ archives sometime!  There is a wealth of information in the archives, not to mention several items in the online shop that I’ve been eyeing.

We’re presented with “Balancing: An Autumn Equinox Spread” upon searching the archives for a seasonally appropriate tarot spread.  The one note I will make is that while Alexis’ tarot spreads are always laid in an artistic, geometric configuration, I find that in my practice, I am more comfortable with numerically ascending rows.  If I were to personally craft a spread, it may be easier for me to lay cards in a pattern such as the one this reading shows, but for now, I plan to stick with a more conventional approach.

In my reading, you’ll note that cards 1-4 are on the top row, with cards 5-8 directly underneath. 

 I used my trusty Rider/Waite/Smith deck for this reading.

I used my trusty Rider/Waite/Smith deck for this reading.

We are now firmly entering the darker half of the year, where change feels, to me, more noticeable and more rapid.  The temperatures that we experience in the fall and winter make me want to slow down and take stock of what I’m around, and what is affecting me. 

1) Inhale: What are you breathing in?  What is affecting your energy?

Ace of Wands: Energy itself, in the form of creation.  A spark of some sort.  Possibly my own creative energy.  Recently I’ve felt unfocused, but with a brain that can’t turn off or close all the tabs open in my head (or computer).  This feels like a minor imbalance of some sort, in the directions that I’m able to take.  You can’t take every road when you’re out walking.  Or, can you?

2) Exhale: What are you breathing out, or shedding or undoing?

Four of Swords: How am I preparing for the seasonal descent?  Rest and solitude for the sake of resting.  This feels like a heavy-duty mental assessment for focusing and clarity.  Fours in tarot signify a type of stability, and this card is a mental and emotional, an internal, stability for me in this context.

3) Descent: How are you preparing for the descent to Samhain?  (For the Muggles out there, Samhain is the final harvest holiday that many Pagans and witches celebrate.  The specific time of Samhain oscillates between October 31-November 2.  Samhain is the holiday during which we celebrate and remember the dead and our ancestors.)

Six of Pentacles: Investing.  Restoring equilibrium to the world around me, in terms of what I’m able to expend.  Determining what areas of my sphere have “give” to them.

4) Guide: Your tools or skills that you’ll need for the descent.

Page of Cups: I’m trying to read court cards as a mindset or attitude in relation to what is happening, and the Page of Cups to me signifies an emotional openness and willingness.  When I read this card and started writing, I felt that it almost needs to be a naïve outlook, a fresh outlook that I must take on other people and their personalities.  I do believe that there will be something that guides me through adopting this attitude.

5) Harvest store: What is the culmination of the work you’ve put in this year?

Four of Pentacles: Stability in financial affairs.  The rewards from the hustle will sustain me when the quit begins.

6) Harvest gifts: Where is your abundance?  What should you share?

The Lovers: It is important to note that this is the only major arcana card that is present in this tarot spread.  Major arcana cards are indicators of intense awareness and meaningful lessons.  In the context of this reading, The Lovers signifies an internal harmony, but possibly also the need to make a choice.  This choice of what to share may carry a lot of gravity, and all possible outcomes should be considered.  The word that settled in my head when I saw this card was commonality.  I’m not sure how I’ll use that in determining the answer to this question, or exactly what this portion of the reading shows, but I do know that it’s been on my mind since I did the reading.

7) Balancing out: What needs to be balanced by expanding?

King of Pentacles: My self-image.  I think there are times where we all can feel like a certain person in private, and that we don’t necessarily measure up to be that person in our interactions with others.  As simple as it may sound, I’ve been wanting to continue developing who I am more outwardly.  I don’t know if this qualifies as a personal brand sort of thing, but I’ve been exploring this idea and will continue to do so…for some time, likely.  There is a richness to life that I desire, and don’t always feel.

8) Balancing in: What needs to be balanced by retracting your energies inwards?

Three of Pentacles: My relationship to collaborative work and discussion.  Have you ever heard of step up/step back?  There are lots of criticisms out there on this discussion technique, but as I’ve learned and practiced it, stepping UP to talk and give your insight is great, but so is stepping BACK when your words don’t necessarily add to the conversation.  In other words, don’t talk just to hear your own voice in a discussion where you might not have the most valuable points.  So, in the context of a group piece, this card says to me that my role may be shifting, or what may be necessary might be for me to approach collaboration differently.  And boy, oh boy, do I have lots of thoughts on my function in social groups.  This one definitely requires more thought and exploration, but I will add that it is the responsibility of the group as a whole to be productive as a whole (in any context) – it cannot rest on one person to ensure that a GROUP of functional humans is working most appropriately.

All in all, not much in this reading really surprised me, but there are several points that I’ll be considering in my own life – namely the harmony that I seek in sharing myself to the world, and where I stand in my collaborative relationships.  I also need to determine where to focus my creativity, and how I want it to serve the world.

 Clover loves tarot just like me.  I can't stand how darling she is sometimes.

Clover loves tarot just like me.  I can't stand how darling she is sometimes.