Spin the Wheel Spread

July 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

#10 Wheel of Fortune - Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Wheel of Fortune

As I mentioned yesterday, I just celebrated a birthday. That means I’ve moved into a new Tarot Growth year.

I’ve spent the last 12 months living with the energy of the Hermit. Now I’m ready to spin with the Wheel of Fortune.

From a period of solitude and inner learning, it’s now time for expansion, change, and hopefully, good luck.

For some advice on how to best use this energy, I’ve made a four-card Spin the Wheel Spread. It’s short but to the point.

Whether you’re moving into the Wheel of Fortune year or not, maybe you’d like to try this spread too.

Spin the Wheel Spread

•How can I expand on what I learnt from the Hermit?

•What could use some changing in my life?

•What action or attitude will best open me to new opportunity?

•What area of my life might be especially lucky?

The Wheel is spinning. It should be an interesting year.

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Summer Sunshine Spread

June 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Yesterday was the Solstice. Summer has officially arrived on this side of the planet and I love it!

Long days, lots of sunshine and absolutely no need for heavy outerwear. It’s my favourite season.

So in honour of the Summer and all things bright, I made this little Summer Sunshine Spread.

Just five short questions about life in the sun …

Summer Sunshine Spread
•what can I see clearly now?
•what should I grow?
•what’s been waiting to be warmed up?
•what might need some cooling down?
•what would be a lot of fun to play with this summer?

Happy Summer Everyone!! Have a great new season!

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Dreaming With the Tarot

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Tarot readings are a lot like dreams. They both arise from our unconscious and bring forward issues important for our conscious selves to examine.

We could say that a Tarot reading is a consciously induced dream, meant to organize our thoughts, recognize our shadows, and motivate us to action.

Thinking about this got me to thinking about how the Tarot itself illustrates dreaming. What are the ‘dream’ cards?

#17 The Star from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

#17 The Star

The first card to come to mind was the Star. She might be described as a process of renewal through the night.

Pouring water into the pool, she brings motion to our unconscious, gently stirring the dark waters.

The Star is ‘wish fulfillment’, the type of dream we don’t want to wake from. She reflects back our soul’s beauty like a mirror.

#18 The Moon from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

#18 The Moon

But dreams aren’t always so pleasant. From the Star we move on to the Moon. This is where the intense work begins.

The Moon represents the deepest part of our unconscious coming up into awareness, like the crab in the card rising out of the sea.

There’s fear here. Exploring the dream landscape can be a frightening journey. It’s scary to face our deepest selves. We keep them hidden for a reason.

Like the Star, this is a major card, one that forces us to take notice. It’s connected numerologically with #9, the Hermit.

And as the Hermit reminds us, finding the courage to face our shadows is part of the path to inner wisdom.

9 of Swords from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

9 of Swords

The 9 of Swords is another dream card. But it points directly to nightmares, or the inability to sleep due to anxiety gone wild. There’s no escape because it’s all in the mind.

This card is also connected to the Hermit through the number 9.

Once again we’re presented with the idea that facing our unconscious self, our unacknowledged shadows, is part of dream-work and the pursuit of wisdom. It’s just not always fun.

#9 The Hermit from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

#9 The Hermit

And then there’s the Hermit himself. He’s not sleeping or dreaming, but wandering around in the dark with a lantern and a walking stick.

Is he the Sand Man, leading the way to our dreams, to the deepest parts of our unconscious?

4 of Swords from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

4 of Swords

The 4 of Swords also suggests dreaming. An armoured figure lays on a stone slab, as if in perpetual sleep.

Other than the slab and the figure, the stained glass window is the only real colour in the scene. I’ve often thought of it as the dreams of the sleeping man.

It’s his connection to the spirit, or the world beneath his armour and beyond the three swords that hang above him. Through dreaming he’s able to release sorrow and prepare to move forward.

2 of Swords from the Rider Waite Smith Taort

2 of Swords

The 2 of Swords might also be a dream card. You can imagine the woman pictured to be lucid dreaming, or in deep meditation.

She sits at night, blindfolded before the sea. Safe on the beach between earth and ocean.

Like the swords she’s holding, her mind is balanced. The dream state and waking state are working in tandem.

#2 The High Priestess from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

#2 High Priestess

And finally there’s the High Priestess, with the moon at her feet and a dress that trails off like a stream. She’s like a dream herself, flowing and not quite tangible.

She guards the secrets of life and death, wakefulness and sleep, and passes easily between the realms.

If anyone understands dreaming, it’s her. She can lead us through it all.

Induce a dream for yourself now using the Tarot dream cards as your guide:

1) The Star – What do you wish your dreams would tell you?
2) The Moon – What do you hope they’ll keep hidden?
3) 9 of Swords – What’s keeping you up at night? Is it really that scary?
4) The Hermit – Where can you find your guide?
5) 4 of Swords – How might you come to a truce with yourself? How can you connect to your spirit?
6) 2 of Swords – How can you rebalance your consciousness with your unconscious?
7) The High Priestess – What lesson have you been given now?

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Tarot Egg and Bunny Hunt

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Queen of Pentacles from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Queen of Pentacles

All the bunnies and chocolate eggs I’ve been seeing lately got me wondering how many rabbits and eggs there are in the tarot. So I went on a little hunt.

There’s only one rabbit in the Rider Waite Smith deck. It’s at the bottom right of the card, by the foot of the Queen of Pentacles’ throne.

Like the queen of the earth element, rabbits represent abundance, fertility, sweetness and physical reproduction.

Queen of Cups from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Queen of Cups

Eggs also represent fertility, but in its most ideal form. They’re about new life, creation, the seed of all that’s possible.

There doesn’t seem to be any eggs in the Rider Waite Smith deck, but what about those pretty coloured rocks at the feet of the Queen of Cups?

Maybe they’re not rocks at all, but rather magic eggs the queen of love is waiting for us to discover.

Here’s a little spread to see what you might want to hunt for over the next little while.

•what are you looking for?

•where is it hiding?

•how do you get to it?

•what’s the plan when you do?

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Four Leaf Clover Spread

March 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

four leaf cloverTradition has it that finding a four leaf clover is very lucky.

Not surprising really if it’s true that there’s only 1 clover in 10,000 that has four leaves instead of three.

The four leaves are said to represent faith, hope, love and luck.

In Tarot that might be like the Hierophant, the Star, the Empress and the Wheel of Fortune.

Thinking about those cards, and in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a quick Four Leaf Clover Spread.

1) Where can I use more faith in my life?

2) Where can I use some healing?

3) How might I more fully express love?

4) How can I bring good luck my way?

Good Luck to Everyone!

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Georgie's Weather Forecast Spread

January 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Given that the weather has been in the news so much lately, I thought it might be a perfect time to post Georgie’s Weather Forecast Spread.

Now don’t be fooled by the name.  Though it’s named for me, it was actually created by Deb Scott, a listener of Beyond Worlds and Psychic Friends Live.

She heard me describe the energies of the Major Arcana as being like weather fronts moving into our lives.  We can’t change them, but we can at least dress right for the conditions.

That got Deb thinking about some of the Majors Only decks she loves but rarely uses for lack of interesting spreads.  So she came up with this one.

Deb recommends that when using this spread, it’s best to keep your question rather open.  Just ask the cards for a weather update in a particular area of your life, or in general.

When you’re dealing with the Majors, it’s not always up to you.

So break out your favourite Majors Only deck, or pull the Majors out of a pack of 78, and try it now!

Georgie’s Weather Forecast Spread
1) What weather front has just moved out?
2) What are the existing conditions?
3) What front is moving in now?
4) What’s the next big one to expect?

Thanks Deb! Fabulous spread.

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