Blog Hop – Love

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 β€œYour task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the
barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”


Panic not, dear Reader!

I haven’t gone all mushy and doe-eyed over some slim-hipped Lothario!

The blog hop for this Samhain is about love.  And Rumi wrote a LOT about love.  But although the oft-quoted poet wrote about love, it a transcendental divine love, not the mundane love of two people making eye-contact across a shared pizza and ending the evening with a slow shuffle round the dance floor to Lionel Ritchie.

What could I do for the Blog Hop about love? I decided that my contributionis a 3-card spread, based on the quotation above:

Card 1:  You
Card 2:  A barrier to the Beloved
Card 3:  Removing this barrier to the Beloved

Bear in mind that the Beloved needn’t be Hugh Jackman another person, but can be anything that you long for – a healthy relationship with your offspring, a promotion at work, or even something as mundane as new wool for a project.  I’m looking at YOU, yes YOU, all you NaKniSweMo peoples!!

For Card 1 – pick a court card to act as a significator – you can use whichever method you prefer.  Here I’m simply going to choose the King of Wands because he represents my birth sign, Leo.

I shuffle the deck, repeating the Rumi quote above and when I feel that my shuffling is complete,  turn the deck image-side upwards and work your way through the deck until you arrive at your Significator.

The card before your Significator represents the Barrier (Card 2) and
the card after your Significator is Card 3.  Card 3 shows a way to
remove the barrier.  And by simply removing the barriers, you allow yourself to attain the Beloved πŸ™‚

Using my BELOVED Druidcraft, this is what I got. 

First of all, my Beloved, for this spread was ‘to write a Tarot book’.   No sniggering at the back there!

The Lady in the 5 of Pentacles leans against the tree with her arms over her eyes whilst a hound chases down a hare.  The hound and hare are part of the legend of Ceridwen and never fear the dog doesn’t get the wabbit:-)

What does this Barrier card mean?  I don’t want to look at the work involved! I don’t think that I can do it – like Ceridwen, I won’t be able to catch my ‘hare’. This card is traditionally associated with a sense of lack or loss and perhaps I feel that I can’t do it? That I’m not entitled to it?

I look at the Court Card that represents me – he is alert and about to get up from his throne.  Although one foot points to the Barrier card, he inclined towards the solution.  This is good, right?!

The way to remove this Barrier is to get on with the hunt! The dog and hare of the 5 of Pentacles have been replaced by hunters coming home after a successful outing.  At the beginning of the day, they didn’t know whether they would be arriving home triumphant, but they went anyway.  And so must I.  Time to get on with working towards my beloved. And next time you see me, I might be triumphant!

Now, I wonder what happens when I replace ‘Tarot book’ with George Clooney…….. *mind wanders off to somewhere that you’d better not look*

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Alison Cross

The Tarot's Court Cards are my specialist area.Β  They talk to me. Not LITERALLY though ....


Alison Cross · 15th November 2013 at 3:26 pm

I absolutely LOVE the trimmed deck, Louise! I've been using it for the last couple of days and it is just a delight – thank you !!!!

Louise Underhill · 15th November 2013 at 2:32 pm

A great deck and hope you like using the super trimmed deck πŸ˜‰

Inner Whispers · 7th November 2013 at 9:31 am

The cards are right, just get to it and you'll be triumphant – can't wait to read the book! As for where you wander off to with George Clooney, hey, everyone's got a vice or two πŸ˜‰

    Alison Cross · 15th November 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I'm getting on with it even as we speak, my friend!

Joanna Ong · 4th November 2013 at 12:49 am

I think I go do that tonight. But I want to replace the other card with Gerard Butler. Hopefully 9 of Cups shows up at some point.

Sharon · 3rd November 2013 at 3:13 pm

Ooh I'm all about removing the daft barriers I put in front of myself while trying to come up with some healthy boundaries around my nearest and dearest at the mo' so this spread really hits the spot. I know what I need to do but it's the getting up and doing it that's sometimes the problem. I've been about as disciplined as week old cooked spaghetti. Have got some serious habit-breaking stuff to do in the months ahead πŸ˜‰

    Alison Cross · 3rd November 2013 at 4:43 pm

    'week old cooked spaghetti' lol! Don't worry, you're not alone there with the need for healthy boundaries!

Olivia Destrades · 1st November 2013 at 1:25 am

Hah! Awesome. And the spread is going on my list πŸ™‚ Thank you!

Ania · 31st October 2013 at 9:35 pm

Get after that wascally wabbit – you'll write a great Tarot book πŸ™‚

Lynda H · 31st October 2013 at 8:38 pm

*laugh* Looks like your barrier might be a row of other Tarotists fighting to be the front of the line!

    Alison Cross · 1st November 2013 at 10:26 am

    Yes, they will just have to form an orderly queue BEHIND ME πŸ˜€

Vivianne · 31st October 2013 at 8:01 pm

Excellent as usual πŸ™‚

Anonymous · 31st October 2013 at 5:01 pm

You make smile, Alison! I really wish you weren't so crippled by restraint. πŸ˜‰ And, it's Rumi, so no need to yank too hard to set that hook… maybe just a little Anais Nin to dance me into starry-eyed…. what was I talking about again?

Oh, thanks much for the smiles and laughs and spread! Happy Hallowe'en and have a Spooktacular day!

    Alison Cross · 31st October 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks Jordan – you have a Spooktacular day yourself, young man!

Anonymous · 31st October 2013 at 4:51 pm

Ok… so I am sniggering at the back… but not at you writing a book as I'm sure you can bag that wabbit… but because Ellen has made LOL and I want to say… so Ellen… you like your men big and slow… ? πŸ˜€

Ellen · 31st October 2013 at 4:32 pm

George Cloony gros!
I can think of so many more lovable men
I like that spread: small and fast just the way I like my spreads (Not my men :D)

    Alison Cross · 31st October 2013 at 6:58 pm

    To be honest, I like all loveable men. Frankly, if it's got a pulse and smiling at me, it's almost a done deal, Ellen πŸ˜€

    Ali x

Andy Boroveshengra · 31st October 2013 at 3:22 pm

Wonderful post and interesting topic for the hop. I'll give the spread a try πŸ™‚

    Alison Cross · 31st October 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you! Would love to know how you get on with the spread, Andy πŸ™‚

Alison · 31st October 2013 at 2:54 pm

Love it!

Tarot By Arwen · 31st October 2013 at 2:19 pm

Loved this, but you need to step away from the Hugh. You can have the Clooney, but the Hugh is MINE!

    Alison Cross · 31st October 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I'll raise you Hugh for Gerard Butler and Dave Grohl πŸ˜€

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