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A Tarot Spread for the Winter Solstice

This Tarot journey awakens you to the ways in which you engage when you are challenged and called to move from the darkness of winter into the Light of promise and hope for what “could be”. The imagery of the sunburst and the placement of the center cards being more closely framed within the Sun’s flares call to the energetic flow between your lower (instinctual) self, your Higher (Divine) SELF and the necessary space of communication and dialogue that resides in your Middle (coalescing) s/Self.

The outer Cards (2 and 3) hold the extremes of balance (you could think Equinox) and the opposing dialogue that is required to achieve a fulcrum of balance within Card 5. What is revealed are your tools of process as you transition into the mantle of Solstice Light anchored and guided by the knowledge of yourself in all of your parts of expression and being.

Card 1: Your Primal and Corporeal Nature

This card represents your most instinctual state. How do you protect what is most dear to you? What reserves lay hidden within you that strike in response to fear, threat and confrontation?

This card indicates how you express this “fight or flight” response, and what you have crafted as your tools of exacting your will.

We have come from the veils of Samhain’s gate. What have you gathered as the tools of the strength to protect your truths?

Card 2: Your Place of Dialogue

This card represents the point of balance that acts as mediator and refiner of how you move through the world. It serves as the buffer and filter between you and your instincts of survival and reactionary response.

You have come to the place of resolution of your time spent seeking and honoring the wisdom of our Ancestors. Now, you must heed the lessons learned and find the point of balance in your interactions and the choices that are made.

What reminds you to pause, weigh and measure before reacting (survival)?

Card 3: Your Place of Dialogue

This card represents the point of opposition that serves as mediator and refiner of how you respond. It serves as buffer and filter between you and your higher knowing of what is productive for the highest good of all.

You stand at the Gate of Solstice Light. One foot in the dark eagerly awaiting the light and one foot placed just across the first flare of Sun’s power. This card indicates the potential that may be accessed and where those gifts lay within.

What gives you a sense of hope and purpose? Where do you find the gift of right action?

Card 4: Your Higher and Divine Self

This card represents the part of your Being that is in communication and connection with the order and flow of the cosmos. This is your Divine nature and as such the creator/ix of all that presents in your manifest experience.

This card indicates where the gift of this dialogue resides within you and where it resonates most strongly.

Where do you allow the Light of your Divinity to flow?

Card 5: Your Growing Light

This card represents the cresting and Fullness of Solstice Morning’s promise of Illuminated and Brilliant return. Solstice is about the coalescence and collaboration of Light and Dark and the shifting of the scales so that one may hold more dominance. In this case it is the promise of longer days and the burgeoning of Sun’s light, heat and strength.

This card indicates what will illuminate your Spirit, hope and intentions as you move forward towards the Summer Solstice. You stand fully in the mantle of Solstice Sun and the gifts that you now have awareness of and the potency of an informed choice as to how you will allow them to grow in the strengthening and healing light of the Winter Solstice.

What Light will you bring into the World?


About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is an Elder within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path, the 12th Coven within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path.  

Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and the Western Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice.  A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers.

Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following a practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th (Elder) degrees within the Assembly Tradition and has served as High Priestess of two ASW covens since Samhain of 2001 and the Winter Solstice of 2015.

As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she uses Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work.

Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally.  She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented.  She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival. Her most recent projects include a channel on youtube: A Journey to the Inner Chamber. She also shares audio pathworkings and ritual on her bandcamp site: Teachings on the Path with Robin.

Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings.  She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 40+- year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education.

Robin’s Websitewww.robinfennelly.com

Coven of the Mystic Path, ASWwww.covenofthemysticpath.org

Her books can be found on Amazon or purchased directly through her website:

For more infohttp://www.robinfennelly.com/books.html

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 1 It’s Written in the Stars-Astrology

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 2 Poetry of the Spheres-Qabalah

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 3 Awakening the Paths-Qabalah

The Light of SELF: Consciousness, Spiritual Practice and Learning to Breathe

Magickal Verse: A Collection of Poetry and Prose

A Year of Gaia: The Eternal Cord

The Elemental Year: Aligning the Elements of SELF

Temple of the Sun and Moon: Luminous Devotions

Sleeping with the Goddess: Nights of Devotion

A Weekly Reflection: Musings for the Year

The Magickal Pen: A Collection of Esoteric Writings

The Enchanted Gate: Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

The Temple of the Sun: An Astrological Solar Year

Writings in the Shadow: An Exploration of the Shadow Nature