As the leaves turn different hues of yellow, orange, and red, the Earth enters into the crone phase on the Autumn Equinox (September 22nd, 2016). Thus, a powerful time for connecting with your ancestors, who walked the Earth hundreds and thousands of years ago!
Take a walk through the forest and listen closely with an open heart, you will hear your ancestors, who communicate with you through signs and symbols that are often subtle. Might be a feather that you find, a bird calling in the distance, or a shape you see in the trees . . . all you need to do is be aware.
Who are your ancestors? Take a moment to ponder what their day to day life was like. What was their mother tongue? What was their occupation? What gifts have you inherited from them?
Your ancestors are part of you, as the blood that flows through your veins connects you not only to your lineage, but also to distant living relatives with whom you share the same great, great, great, great, great grandmother and grandfather with.
As you peer at the Court Cards, which ones represent your ancestors? My ancestors were farmers, so I am drawn to the King and Queen of Wands. If your lineage is full of warriors or army officers, you may resonate with the King and Queen of Swords . . . perhaps your ancestors were artisans or missionaries then the King and Queen of Cups may speak to you . . .King and Queen of Pentacles may represent wealthy landlords. Your interpretation of the Court Cards will be different, as the Tarot is a powerful reflection tool.
What does the energy of your ancestors feel like? Shuffle through the Major Arcana and choose as many cards as you need to, to describe their energy. I am drawn to The Empress, The Emperor and also The Chariot. Let the Tarot speak to your soul to strengthen your connection with your ancestors.
You may even want to chose a particular deck that is connected to your ancestry. Perhaps your background is Celtic, so you may feel drawn to working with The Druid Craft Tarot.
If your ancestors came from many places, consider yourself blessed and go with the part of the world that you feel the most drawn to. . .and this may change over time, so don’t be surprised.
You can place the Major Arcana & Court Cards that you chose to represent your ancestors on your altar, as many of us do not have any photos or paintings dating back hundreds of years. I don’t know even know what my great grandparents looked like with the exception of one great grandmother. The Tarot has the power to be a portal to your ancestors, as you are tuning into their energy and choosing cards that represent their energy.
If you are curious about your ancestors and hear the call to connect with them, try out the Ancestors Tarot Spread (yes, you can use oracle cards too :). Use the hashtag #ancestorstarotspread to connect with others and you may even get featured on my IG!
The Autumn Equinox marks the balance between light and dark and is also known as Mabon by Pagans and Wiccans. To celebrate Autumn, several of us have banded together to support YOUR Equinox Journey, offering tarot and oracle card spreads; information on how to work with the Colours of Autumn; tips on working with your Inner Cauldron; new additions for your Art Journal; creative writing tips; working with Lilith; the journey of Persephone, Demeter and Hades, and much much more. To read the next article in the Fall Tarot Blog Hop, “click here.”