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Arwen Lynch

Arwen Lynch

Professional Tarot conversationalist, Arwen Lynch has worked with Tarot as a vehicle for personal transformation since 1980. Her personal philosophy is that Tarot is best used to correct your life course. She is a published author (in romance, as Marilu Mann) as well as past president of the American Tarot Association (4/1/2007-4/1/2014). She specializes in helping people who are determined find their joy and writers who want to finish their book. She's an initiate of Wicca.
 
Hey y'all! It's Arwen, the Professional Joy Seeker, here with my Witches and Pagans entry into the Imbolc 2019 Tarot Blog Hop. The theme for this edition of the Tarot Blog Hop is “Odd Associations.” I have another post in this hop about a missing baby. But I have a lot more weird stories. In fact, I often whine, "Mooommmmm, the Tarot is DOING IT again."
 
 
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By that I mean mocking me, teasing me, tripping me up! An association I have with the Chariot Rx is a car accident. Why, you ask? Well, let me tell you a story about "this one time as Psychic Phone Line camp...."
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It's really not what you are thinking! I had a woman call me for a reading. She didn't really have a question so I did a Celtic Cross layout. Pretty much my go-to spread at that time. I've moved away from that though. During the reading, the Deep Past card (the third card I lay down) was the Chariot reversed (Rx).
 
I put my fingers on the card. I do that because it helps me center on the card I'm reading. I'm a bit of a ....
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When I touched the card, I started talking...in first person!
 
"I want you to know I died of a heart attack. I was not in any pain."
 
I had to stop myself, y'all. I really wanted to clap my hands over my mouth! But this woman asked me to continue. So I did, but in third person now. I told her that he wanted her to know the car crash came after he died. And that he didn't want her to move the big pots by herself.
 
It was that last line that had her laughing and crying. I told her I was sorry, then I described the person I suddenly had a memory of. Well, not exactly a memory. More like it was a photograph. He wasn't moving. I didn't see him--I remembered what he looked like. I went on to describe the front of her house and the big picture window. At this time, she gasped. Then she confirmed it was her husband. He'd died on a winding highway in the Ozarks. It was a crash with a semi if I remember correctly. He'd only been gone about six, maybe nine months.
 
And I'd described him exactly in what he'd died in. Overalls and a white shirt. Things I could not know! But to this day, the Chariot Rx reminds me of that. I will always ask about a car accident if it is a past card or warn my querent to take care if it is a future card.
 
Then there was the missing baby...but that's another post. In this hop, actually. Have fun as you visit the other posts to find out what my compatriots have to say about their own odd associations. Please take a moment to leave a comment on the blogs. You are the reason we do these hops. So let us know you came by!
 
 
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  • Joy Vernon
    Joy Vernon says #
    Wow! What an incredible story! Very powerful.
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Arwen, thank you so much. I have had similar experiences as a psychic, but tend not to reveal them publicly, so it is really nic
  • Aisling
    Aisling says #
    This is amazing, Arwen--and one of the most amazing things about it is that I have had very similar experiences. I love the way Sp

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2018 In The Rear View Mirror

I have been wanted to do a 2018-year reflection post. There was a lot to reflect on. I'm going to keep this to the personal rather than the political. Otherwise, we'd be here all day.

I've had some ups and downs this year. More ups really, so that's good. Since I am a professional Joy Seeker, I will focus on the ups. 

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The biggest thing is moving into my role as the owner of

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Arwen, congratulations, lady, you accomplished a lot on various fronts. Be proud of yourself. I love this article. You’re sharing
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    Thank you. I appreciate that.
  • Jennifer
    Jennifer says #
    Hello! So happy to "meet" you! I, too, seek joy and I am new to this site and hope to make many like minded friends. I enjoyed you

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Yule 2018: Something Cozy This Way Comes

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Something cozy this way comes. Our wrangler, Joanne Sprott, tasked us with addressing the issue of cozy. In my other blog, I go on about what cozy means to me and how I'm not getting it right now. But for this entry, I thought I would offer up something else.

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Oh my goodness, what a fabulous spread. It will remind people what they need or help them realize it for the first time, as I’m su
  • Joy Vernon
    Joy Vernon says #
    Buttered toast and hot tea is such a good breakfast! I love it.
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    So glad to find another who loves this simple pleasure!

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TarotBlogHop: Samhain Mysteries 2018
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Our Wrangler, Aisling the lovely, asked this group of bloggers to tackle the dead. Well, not exactly, but she did say,

In this season, we celebrate All Hallows Eve, or Hallowe’en, a festival of recognition of the power of spirit, especially the spirits of our beloved dead. The Pagan word “Samhain”, by which many, if not most, of us represent this festival, is the word for the month of November, and was used to speak of the beginning of this month and “summer’s end”. This is a time when the life of earth and the life of spirit, whether considered to be above, below, within, around, or in any other relationship with humanity, are deeply connected. So, for this year’s ‘Hop, I would like to see how many of us see spirit in how many different ways, as follows:
1. What is the most important thing the spirits of your beloved dead have been attempting to show or teach you this year?
2. What is your personal connection to Spirit, as you define it, whether that be Gods and Goddesses, the Powers of the Land, the Souls of the Dead (or the Living), or in any other way you define this word. How does Spirit connect with you and at the end of this year, what is the primary energy of Spirit that is showing itself to you?
3. What will be your personal Gift to Spirit, whether this is an offering made to Deity, something you will do because of what Spirit has taught you, or some other way of acknowledging the influence of the Living Dead on your own life.

So for this blog (I have two in this hop). I wanted to take on that first question. What's the most important thing my beloved dead have been attempting to show or teach me this year? It's a great question, right? One that would be so great if our beloved dead would pony up to the bar and answer. But, as you may know, the beloved dead can be right quiet at times. So how about a Tarot spread to seek some answers?

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  • Jay Cassels
    Jay Cassels says #
    This is a beautiful deck, I must try hunt it down (mental side note - as soon as the reading of the blogs is done) - I tend to see
  • Joy Vernon
    Joy Vernon says #
    (I can't believe I can remember my password every time a TBH comes round...) As I was reading the Tower card write up, I could see
  • Raine Shakti
    Raine Shakti says #
    Hi Arwen--The message I got very clearly when I saw the tower in this reading is to knock down your limiting beliefs and the walls

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Tarot Blog Hop: Mabon 2018

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Welcome! This post is part of the Mabon 2018 Tarot Blog Hop. You can hop all the posts by clicking on the NEXT link up top. Or you can go the other way by clicking PREVIOUS. If you get lost, just click MAIN to find a blog that sounds interesting.

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  • Jay Cassels
    Jay Cassels says #
    In many of the Easter philosophies the black/white symbology shows that one always will give way to the other almost like an etern
  • Joy Vernon
    Joy Vernon says #
    I use a similar spread, but I don't arrange it in a V, but now that I know about this arrangement, I just might try that out. I li
  • Aisling
    Aisling says #
    I will definitely use this spread, Arwen! I love your discussion of the meaning of balance and the concepts of "black and white".
  • Sara Ament
    Sara Ament says #
    Very Interesting Concept and Very Thought Provoking! I will have to give that spread a try! Thanks for some food for thought! Have

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Stolen Heart's Shadow

Stolen Heart's Shadow

Glimpsed it just there in the small stream of sun

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  • Pam S
    Pam S says #
    Hi Arwen! I love the poem, and it suits the card beautifully.
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    Thank you so much, Pam.

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And So, September

We've had an interesting first day of September here on the eastern plains of New Mexico. From a bright and sunny morning to a dust storm cum rainstorm to an ominous sky just now. Those are the worst as they can produce mud. I've never seen one, but I read an old newspaper story about one. Folks said it coated their windows.

I've been thinking a lot about my inconsistencies with blogging and journaling. I used to be very dedicated to both. I guess as the seasons and years have passed, I've changed. I want to get back to it so this is my attempt. 

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  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    Deborah, I hear you on the storm of negativity. Love that whirling dervish image. And here too, nothing but good so far. Some of
  • Deborah Quartz
    Deborah Quartz says #
    I have experienced the month of August as a storm of negativity from ungoing vehicle problems that seem to be a mystery to several

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