Mabon – Tarot Blog-Hop

Welcome to the Mabon Tarot Blog-Hop!  I hope you have enjoyed your journey thus far.  If you missed the blog prior to mine, you can Hop backward to Chloe McCracken’s Mabon post simply by clicking on the button and following the link.

Autumn is my very favorite time of year.  I love the cooler temperatures, the changing colors, the crisp and pungent fragrances, the sound of rustling leaves, the honking calls of the wild geese as they fly overhead, and the activities that traditionally occur.  Activities like, Samhain, Halloween themed camp-outs, Trick or Treating, hay rides, collecting leaves, dressing up, decorating with fodder shocks, pumpkins, and ghoulies, and going to Haunted Houses.  I should mention too, that I am a Scorpio, another reason I think that I love this season so well.

This Blog-Hop is in celebration of the Autumnal Equinox (Sabbat) also known as Mabon.  For this Hop we were asked to think about which Tarot card(s) we think most truly bespeaks the Power of Transformation.  Immediately card 13 – Death springs to mind.  This is an obvious choice, for more than one reason.  As a Scorpio, the Death card is also one of my Birth Cards. The keyword that best describes the Death card is, Transformation. 

Death - Mary-El Tarot, Llewellyn Tarot, Legacy of the Divine Tarot

In the third example above, (Legacy of the Divine Tarot) you see a white rose springing forth from the rotting compost.  A transformation of something new and wonderful from the death of other plant life.

Transition - Steele Wizard Tarot

Ok, so these are obvious examples of Transformation through Death.  But, thinking on this led me down a different path.  The path of continuing transformations of each and everyone of us as we go through the seasons of our lives.  And what we bring to the table in this on-going process, as well as what our ancestors before us brought, and what we are passing on to the generations after us.  Legacy – Traditions – Children – Unfinished Puzzles…

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.”  ~Rabindranath Tagore

An Unfinished Puzzle

The Legacy passed to each generation

And traditions of those gone before

Bestowed at first breath the very day of your birth

And is heard in the cry of the newborn.

From whence did you come this old soul renewed

To carry on in this new life?

Your destiny will slowly unfold before you

An empty canvas to be painted with light.

Death and Rebirth the Sun’s dawning and dusk

Bring balance to our ever changing seasons.

The seasons of life from infant to aged

Share the Power of Transformation that’s never completed.

An unfinished puzzle, these lives that we lead

The landscape continually changing

New pieces to find and fit into place

As the balance of life & death, light & darkness,

Transition & Transformation,

Are forever and ever UN-ending.

~K. Bailey

And so the story is told with the help of the Druid Craft Tarot.  From childhood and the legacy and traditions inherited, from youth to old age, and death to rebirth, and beginning the transformation cycle anew.

Druid Craft Tarot

Thank you for joining me in the Mabon Tarot Blog-Hop in celebration of Transformation, Renewal, and Rebirth.

To continue to the next Blog in the Hop, of Christiana Gaudet, you can travel there by clicking your heels three times, but if that doesn’t work you can simply click on the button below.

*images used in order of appearance:  Death – Mary-El Tarot by Marie White.  Death – Llewellyn Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson.  Death – Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti.  Transition (Death) Steele Wizard Tarot by Pamela Steele.  Six of Cups, Ten of Pentacles, Death, and Rebirth (Judgement) from the Druid Craft Tarot by Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gromm.

6 thoughts on “Mabon – Tarot Blog-Hop

  1. Excellent card choices to illustrate the different perspectives on transformation; the Druid Craft makes for a particularly nice sequence. Excellent poetic expression also. It flowed very nicely and I liked the rhythm…like that of the seasons. :)

  2. Beautiful card choices, and wise and lovely words. I especially loved your broader/generational/cosmic take on transformation :)

  3. Lovely take on Mabon. I think there’s a lot of Death card around this hop, I know I’ve used it! Love the story with the Druidcraft :)

  4. Thank you Carolyn. I never know where these Blog-Hops are going to end up taking me. That’s just half the fun.

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