Hallowmas Blessings, Ancestor Cards & My Tarot Reading

I hope everyone had a blessed Hallowmas/Samhain yesterday! I spent quite a bit of time over the weekend working on my ancestor prayer cards for the class I’m taking with Joanna Powell Colbert so they would be ready to put on my altar for Hallowmas. It was moving to work on cards for my great-grandmothers who I never knew, but have always felt drawn to.


My two paternal great-grandmothers, AnnaBelle and Margaret, and my maternal grandmother Alice.

Last night during my ritual I spoke to and blessed all the ancestors whose images I had on my altar (including my cat Priscilla who you can see in the picture of my altar). It was really lovely to spend time thinking about their lives and thanking them for gifts they’ve given me, and asking for their help to do the healing work in our family line that still needs to be done.


My Hallowmas Altar

I also used my Samhain tarot spread during my ritual to do a reading for the next turn of the wheel. Thankfully, it looks a lot less intense than the reading I did on Autumn Equinox, but it still offers a nice kick in the pants to get going with things I’ve been putting off for too long.


My Samhain reading. Cards from the Gaian Tarot, Goddess figure from Brigid’s Grove.

Overall Theme—Three of Earth: The theme of this turn of the wheel will be bringing ideas into manifestation, taking practical actions to bring healing into my life, and seeking a community who shares my values. Basically getting to work and getting out into the world.

Key Opportunity—Ten of Fire: This is a call towards true transformation and renewal, to calling in the cleansing fire and letting it do its purifying work. I have the opportunity to really and truly let go of what no longer serves me. Burn it down, clear the decks, and find renewal as new growth begins to emerge from the ashes.

Key Challenge—Guardian of Air: The challenge of this time period will be to find clarity and the perspective I need to see the big picture. I will need to make sure to take time for meditation and prayer, to take time to listen to my inner voice so I can find clarity within. Without this inner clarity, it will be challenging to communicate my truth to others.

What can I do to ease my descent into the dark time of the year?—12, The Tree: This card made me laugh! What do I need to do? Surrender! Stop fighting it, just let go. Accept the darkness and make peace with it. This card also indicates finding a new perspective and finding my center in order to maintain peace in the midst of change, echoing the themes of the Guardian of Air.

What gifts does the darkness offer me?—Six of Earth: The gifts of getting to work, putting my work out into the world and creating an exchange of energy with others as we mutually support each other. Basically, it continues the theme of the Three of Earth—get to work and start manifesting all the ideas floating around in my head into practical, earthy action.

What message does the Wise Crone have for me?—Seven of Water: This one made me laugh, too—I could almost hear a Crone-ish voice saying, “Make a choice and commit to it, damn it!” It is time to listen to my heart, taken action, and do the work. No more messing around!

So, take a deep breath, here we go! Welcome the darkness, welcome the Crone! What gifts are waiting for you in this dark time of the year?

2 thoughts on “Hallowmas Blessings, Ancestor Cards & My Tarot Reading

  1. Jamie says:

    I wanted to share what I took from my reading and see what else you may see in it that I may have missed!

    Card 1-Overall theme: Temperance. This one got a pretty heartfelt “Ha!” when I saw it because patience is not one of my stronger attributes and I feel like that is what I’m being told here, that I need to be more patient with myself and more balanced in my life. I should pay closer attention to my inner voice and allow myself to adapt to new circumstances.

    Card 2-Key Opportunity: Queen of Wands (reversed)-seeing this Queen reminds me that I tend to be stubborn determination can sometimes lead me into burnout and a loss of confidence if things do not go according to my specific plans. My big opportunity here is to draw on the positive energy of this card and allow myself to heal…you know that whole patience thing that we saw in card 1 😉

    Card 3-Key Challenge: 5 of cups – What I see in this is a sense of loss and regret. A tendency to focus on the “have not’s” instead of the “haves”. Disappointment in those things that did not play out in life as I had planned them in my head. Set backs career-wise and lack of certainty in my personal life being the main cause. I have taken it as my personal mission to continue to counter balance any negative or self pitying thoughts with twice the number of positive reminders about the many blessings that I have in my life. Challenge accepted!

    Card 4-What can I do to ease my descent into the dark time of the year?-Hermit-Soul searching and introspection is the message that I received from this card. I will continue to work towards my spiritual enlightenment and listen to my inner voices. I will continue to keep my motivation in the front of my mind as I continue on my journey in life.

    Card 5-What gifts does the darkness offer me?-10 of Pentacles- I think it probably says too much that my first thought when I saw the image on the card (Rider Waite) was “they look like bill collectors!” hahaha! However once I looked at it deeper, I realized that this is actually a message of family, financial security, and an improved career path. All of these realizations gave me big, warm and fuzzy feelings but also made my knee jerk interpretation even more humorous to me.

    Card 6-What message doe the Universe have for me?-Queen of Cups-While showing empathy and compassion to others I need to remember to protect myself so as not to lose myself in the spiritual chaos. This is a message of emotional security, reminding me to be calm, respect my intuition, and to try to stay in tune with my emotional energy.

    I loved doing this reading! I feel like I received so many messages that were not only encouraging and motivational but there were also those little “bitch slaps” in the areas where I needed to be told to snap out of it and get on with it!


    • Amy says:

      Jamie, this is such a great reading and a fabulous interpretation! You said you are just learning the tarot, but this is such a great job reading the cards—I think you’re a natural, seriously! I’m so glad to hear that the spread gave you such great insights and a few butt kicks—this was a bit of a butt-kicky spread for me, too. 🙂

      The “bill collectors” for the 10 of Pentacles made me laugh. Maybe you can see your initial reaction to it as it is time for you to “collect” on all of these positive things in your life—you are “past due” for collecting on them, the time is now. It is a super-positive card to have as your gift of the darkness, for sure!

      Thanks for sharing your spread and for being my first commenter! It makes me so happy to hear that my spread was useful for you!


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