Advice for the Season

December 13th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Page of Cups from the Smith Rider Waite Tarot

Now that the Holidays are fully upon us, I thought I’d ask the cards for a little advice on this festive time. The card I got was the Page of Cups.

How very sweet.

This Page is about being open and loving and willing to give as well as to receive.

There’s a light-hearted playfulness here, and a feeling of newness of emotion.

It reminds us not to get hung up on anything in particular, to enjoy the flow, and to let love guide the way.

This is a time for sharing, laughing, and sweet-talk with everyone, even if it happens to be a fish in a cup.

And speaking of that fish in a cup – what interesting symbology for Christmas time. The fish is an ancient symbol for Christ, and the cup, of course, a symbol for the womb.

Could the Page of Cups be celebrating the newborn baby Jesus?

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Tarot and the Tao-Te Ching

November 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

There’s a section of the Tao-Te Ching that says:

“Return is the movement of the Way;
yielding is the function of the Way;
All things in the world are born of being;
Being is born of nonbeing.”

After reading that, I asked the Science Tarot how it might describe this concept.

The card I got was the actively ‘yeilding’ Hanged Man, or as it’s called in the Science Tarot – Potential Energy.

Part of the description for this card is, “The Hanged Man is like a precariously balanced bolder. The stillness and peace of the balance eventually transforms into the movement of kinetic energy.”

Nice.

(the animation of Potential Energy is from horgworm’s youtube page)

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Obviously …

November 21st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

#5 El Sumo Sacerdote from the Dali Universal Tarot

Given that the new Pope, Francis I has been in the news so much lately, I asked my Dali Universal Tarot ‘what is the nature of Pope Francis I?”

As if to answer, ‘Well, obviously …,” the card I got was #5, El Sumo Sacerdote, The High Priest. In other words, the Pope.

Ha ha. I think my cards are playing with me.

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Tarot … What Is It Good For?

November 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

I asked my cards two questions the other day. ‘What is Tarot good for?’ and ‘What is Tarot not good for?’

For the first question, what Tarot is good for, I got the 3 of Disks.

3 of Disks - Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris

Hmmm … I would have thought it would be something more dramatic – like the Fool, the World, or maybe the Magician, or High Priestess. I didn’t really expect this rather humble card about developing mastery.

But really, isn’t that what Tarot is best for, working on ourselves, trying to actively make our world a little bit better?

3 of Pentacles from the Smith Waite Tarot

The 3 of Disks asks us to care about what we’re doing, on both a physical and spiritual level. It’s a card about step-by-step development, creativity, and the willingness to work hard to achieve something worthwhile.

What a beautiful way to see the cards, as a helper in our work.

4 of Wands from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Now for the second question, ‘what is Tarot not good for?’; the card I got was the 4 of Wands.

In the Rider Waite Smith deck, this is a card of celebration, which makes me think right away – Tarot’s not really a very good ‘party trick.’

But for this question, the idea in the Thoth version of the 4 of Wands speaks even louder to me.

4 of Wands from the Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris

The key word on the card is ‘completion’, and that’s exactly what the Tarot is not good for – completing things.

It’s not trying to settle all our questions, or give us the final answers to anything. It’s just there to help us figure things out as we go.

Tarot is more like a friend to ask advice of, than a Guru with all the answers.

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Face Your Demons – a halloween inspired tarot spread

October 9th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

#15 The Devil from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

As Halloween is drawing near, I asked my RWS deck to show me a card that would inspire a good Halloween spread … the card I got was the Devil.

Though at his more challenging the Devil represents brutish power games, physical obsessions, and spiritual imbalance, at his best he can reflect hard work, a fiendish sense of humour, and an enthusiasm for breaking taboos and exposing hypocrisy.

One way or another, the Devil asks us to face our demons. It’s a spooky thing to do, perfect for Halloween.

So here we go, a Halloween inspired, Face Your Demons Spread

1. What is the spooky demon I’m most afraid of facing?
2. How am I bound or chained to it?
3. How can I unchain myself?
4. What false belief, silly taboo, or outdated orthodoxy am I clinging onto?
5. What purpose has this perspective served for me?
6. What might be a more balanced and useful perspective to explore?
7. How can I find humour in the demon I’ve been facing?

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Tarot and Lenormand Working Together

June 28th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Donnaleigh de LaRose has posted another fabulous video about how to work with Tarot and Lenormand together.

In this case she demonstrates how to use both decks in the same reading.

She shows us how the Lenormand is particularly good at answering how something is likely to take place, while the Tarot focuses more on how that something might feel.

Get out your own cards and take a look. You’ll want to try this technique yourself after watching.

And visit Donnaleigh’s YouTube page for more great exercises.

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Equinox Tarot Spread

September 22nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The Sun & the Ecliptic rotation around the Earth

Today is the Autumn Equinox – or the Spring Equinox if you happen to be in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s a day of balance when the Sun and Moon hold equal reign in the sky.

Though I’m typically more excited about the onset of Spring than the beginning of Autumn, I love the day when everything switches and for a moment the whole world is somewhat aligned.

To celebrate that balance I’ve come up with an Equinox Tarot Spread focusing on achieving our own personal balance as we face a new season.

Equinox Tarot Spread

1. What does ‘balance’ mean to me?

2. In what area of my life could I use more balance?

3. What underlying motives, assumptions, or unconscious impulses might be driving me towards imbalance?

4. How can I be more positive, open, and clear in directing my energies towards realignment?

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Travel Tarot Spread

August 21st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

suitcases

I’m leaving for San Francisco today on my way to this weekend’s Bay Area Tarot Symposium, aka BATS. I can hardly wait to get there!

In preparation for any trip, I usually like to pull a few cards.

Sometimes I’ll just pull one card asking something like, ‘what advice do you have for me on my voyage?” or ‘how can I make the most of this trip?’

But sometimes I like to do a full spread, asking for a little more detail then just general advice.

Take a look at my Travel Tarot Spread below, and give it a try before your next trip.

Travel Tarot Spread

1. What should be a priority on this trip?

2. How can I best focus my attention there?

3. Is there a challenge I should be aware of?

4. What about a hidden gift I might look out for?

5. What can I learn while I’m away?

6. What can I teach?

7. How can I most enjoy myself and best make this a smooth, happy, and safe journey?

Bon Voyage!!

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Mid-Summer Tarot Check-Up

August 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Summer by Billy Frank Alexander Design

It’s a mid-summer long-weekend here in Toronto, and in honour of the holiday I thought I’d share a mid-summer Tarot spread.

It’s meant to tap into the energy of summer and be a keep-the-heat-on mid-season check-up for any project or situation you’ve been focusing on these last few months …

Mid-Summer Tarot Check-Up

1. What has been the focus of my summer to date?

2. What mid-point have I reached regarding this focus, project, or situation?

3. What adjustments in my focus might be recommended considering the progress I’ve made so far this summer?

4. How can I keep-the-heat-on in gaining clarity, and/or achieving resolution?

5. What can I let shine right now?

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Happy Birth Day – a tarot spread

July 25th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Birthdays are like little personal New Year’s celebrations. They’re recognition of another good spin around the calendar, great times to rejoice and to reflect.

In honour of my own birthday, which happens tomorrow, I came up with a quick 3-card Tarot spread meant to explore how to best take advantage of my solar return.

It’s called the Happy Birth Day spread

1. Happy – what’s the smoothest road to happiness for me this new year?

2. Birth – what positive new aspect of myself should I encourage to be born?

3. Day – how can I make today a fabulous and joy-filled one?

Even if it isn’t your birthday, you can try out the spread. Instead of ‘Birth’ you might insert ‘New’ and ask – what can I make new today?

Every day is an anniversary of last year. You can always find reason to enjoy, celebrate, and refresh.

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