Tarot Blog Hop: Samhain

by innowen on October 30, 2012

Blessed Samhain everyone. This is a holiday of connecting with our ancestors, the ones who have gone before us; of facing our fears and our darker sides; and of divination. It’s a misty, dark autumn morning as I type this. This blog hop is wrangled by Amethyst and I welcome those who have arrived here from the lovely RoseRed Robinson’s blog, one of my favorite tarot peeps.

For this blog hop Amethyst asked us to: “Explore your Shadow side. What aspects of yourself do you feel like you have to keep hidden? Sometimes this takes form of hiding our magical selves from the “normal” world. If Harry Potter taught us anything, it is that we must hide from the Muggles.” This is a pertinent topic for me as I feel like I am riding the waves in my Shadow side. Everyone has a shadow side, whether you recognize it or not. It’s those darker aspects of yourself… the things that make you worry, fear, and just want to hide from everything.

In perfect Samhain tradition, I’m using my Zombie Tarot deck for this post. It’s a great deck for exploring the shadow side without feeling like you’re drowning in it. And I love zombies. For this blog hop, I pulled a few cards that relate to the following questions.

The Chariot from the Zombie Tarot

What mask does my my Shadow side wear right now?
The Chariot. This card shows a 1950s style hearse that has been modified to have a double barrel machine gun. The driver shoots a pistol at an unknown shambler. While his companion fires the guns. A coffin hangs halfway out of the back. Dead zombies lay all around. This is a card of escape! Of running away from the things want to hurt me. The shadow side haunts me, cutting off all my escape routes. I fight back standing still, wasting ammo, and running around without at plan.

Six of Hazards from The Zombie Tarot

What message does my Shadow side have for me right now?
Six of Hazards (aka Pentacles). This card shows a human wearing a lab coat, dangling a human brain at the end of handmade fishing pole. A chained zombie pushes a lawnmower towards a plot of grass. This card warns of the price of rewards. My shadow side tells me that while giving myself pats on the back in the forms of gifts, those gifts may be doing more harm to me. They may add weight to my body, or make it so that any progress on my creative works may always require that proverbial carrot. In the end, I need to be a human, not the zombie.

Eight of Swords from the Zombie Tarot

What must be done to move out of the dark and into the light?
Eight of Swords. In this card, we see a ribcage prison holding a heart, lungs, an upside down brain, and a human man crouched at the chicken wire fence holding him in. A sword, his salvation, lies just outside the wire, stopping him from getting free. This is an offering. In order for me to move forward from feeling trapped to my Shadow side, I must first stop combating it. I should sit still, meditate. For only within the stillness can I see that I am not really trapped. That I can lift the wire boundary off the ground and crawl my way to freedom and safety from the zombies.

What are you doing to face the Shadow side of yourself for Samhain? Please let me know in the comments below. Thank you for visiting my house on this dark Samhain eve. To continue on with the Tarot Blog Hpp, please visit Mary’s Harmonic Spirit blog.

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Arwen October 30, 2012 at 19:19

Lovely to see the Zombie Tarot show up. :D Fun for this work.

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innowen October 30, 2012 at 19:52

Arwen,

I used the Zombie Tarot during a tarot gathering the other night and had a fabulous time interpreting the cards through an zombie apocalypse lens. Not only did we both use the same deck, but I also notice that we BOTH received the 8 of Swords. Powerful card that one.

Blessed Samhain,
/innowen

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Arwen October 31, 2012 at 17:03

I liked your take on the 8. Interesting to see how the cards play differently for each person.

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alison cross October 31, 2012 at 05:09

DER ARE MOAR ZOMBIES!!!! Nice spread – I’m gathering a nice selection here :)

Like I said on Arwen’s blog, I’m not sure about the Zombie Tarot – it kind of freaks me out. But I’ve decided that I kind of like that freaky feeling :-D

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innowen October 31, 2012 at 07:14

Facing our fears (and the undead) is a fun way to celebrate Samhain. I have this strange draw to zombies but yes, they freak me out too. As I told Arwen, this deck is fantastic. Even more so than I first thought because you can relate to the cards as if you were a survivor in this world.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope the questions help you!
Blessed Samhain,
/innowen

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Jordan Hoggard October 31, 2012 at 10:45

Thanks much for the spread! I am warming up to this Zombie deck’s visual storytelling pretty quickly.

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innowen October 31, 2012 at 15:45

Thanks Jordan,

I was skeptical of the deck’s use at first. But man, last Saturday’s reading was heck of a lot of fun. (There’s a surfer zombie! Seriously!) So I thought it fitting to use for this hop.

Blessed Samhain,
/innowen

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Koneta October 31, 2012 at 15:39

Well that settles it, I’ve just ordered my very own copy of The Zombie Tarot. Several people in this hop have used it and I must have a copy. LOL

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innowen October 31, 2012 at 15:41

Yay! I mean, BRAAAINS. :)

It’s a bit of a beast to shuffle but it IS fun to read. Enjoy it Koneta.

/innowen

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Minnah October 6, 2013 at 12:20

I love to read your blog and about tarot.

Keep up the good work and greetings from Sweden.

Minnah

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