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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Mary-El Tarot Answers: Who Am I?

The Who asked the question best in their song: “Who are you? Who who, who who?” I decided to combine this idea with a popular meme that uses humor to illustrate categories such as “what my friends think I do,” “what society thinks I do,” and “what I really do.”

Here are the positions I am using:
(1) Who I think I am
(2) Who my friends think I am
(3) Who my family thinks I am
(4) Who my colleagues think I am
(5) Who my spouse thinks I am
(6) Who I really am

I am arranging the cards as follows:

……………..6…………….
4……………………….…5
2………………………….3
……………..1…………….

The Mary-El Tarot by Marie White (Schiffer) was looking sort of lonely and put-out over on my shelf, so I’m going to work with her today. To read my review of this deck, click HERE.

This should be interesting.

(1) Who I think I am

TEN OF WANDS

I know that I can get bogged down by what I perceive as my failures and shortcomings, my own negativity, anxiety, and pessimism. This card shows someone riding a white horse, a symbol of ultimately overcoming and rising above the burdens in my life, many of which I have taken on myself. At heart, I do believe that I am one who can see above and beyond my past and current problems, difficulties, disappointments, and bad choices/decisions. I do have the ability to recognize and tap into the divine spark or life force and energy available to me, and to reach my potential. I like the quotation from Rumi that Marie Claire uses in connection with this card: “Burdens are the foundations of ease and bitter things the forerunners of pleasure.”


(2) Who my friends think I am

PAGE OF WANDS

Looking at this one way, I could say that my friends think I am “one step above or beyond” who I think I am (with the Page of Wands being the card that follows the Ten of Wands). They see me as perhaps having progressed farther than I myself can see. Marie Claire describes the Page of Wands as “initiators of spirit.” Inspired by Joan of Arc, this Page of Wands represents divine inspiration, faith, enthusiasm, and a great heart. As number 11 it can be associated with Key 11, Strength. It is not a card of physical strength but strength of heart and faith. My friends think I am someone who follows her heart.

(3) Who my family thinks I am

THE SUN

Awwww, this made me a little bit teary-eyed. Who wouldn’t want their family to think of them as “The Sun”? (The fact that my father used to sing the song "You Are My Sunshine" to me contributes to my emotional response.) In the Mary-El Tarot, The Sun is a symbol for God but also represents the full potential of a human realized. I doubt my family thinks of me in quite those terms, but I am fine with the more down-to-earth keywords such as happiness, joy, creativity, energy and vigor, glowing, shining, good luck, celebration, enthusiasm, and success.

(4) Who my colleagues think I am

THE HERMIT

This is quite appropriate, I think. When I worked in an office setting, surrounded by people, I did socialize and interact with them, of course, but I also greatly valued time I could spend alone, focused on whatever project I needed to finish. I do not like to be interrupted by the telephone or by someone asking me questions or interrupting me when I am concentrating. I keep to myself in many ways. My colleagues these days are “virtual” for the most part, that is, we work together or work on the same kinds of tasks while communicating via the internet or email. I love this. It suits my somewhat reclusive personality perfectly. People have told me they don’t feel they know me, which fits with The Hermit’s tendency toward solitude and self-containment. Often I conceal or disguise things about myself – not in an attempt to deceive but in an attempt to preserve my privacy. I am fairly sure that my colleagues in the past and present have picked up on this about me. The other chief quality I associate with The Hermit is knowledge or wisdom and experience, which The Hermit can use to guide others along a path, as a mentor. I feel my colleagues of the past and present have seen me that way as well.

(5) Who my spouse thinks I am

FIVE OF CUPS

Boom, we get to the spouse and right away the suit of Cups shows up. The title given to the Five of Cups in the Mary-El Tarot is “The Guarded Heart.” On the card we see a pure white unicorn guarding a well in the garden of paradise. This card is about a wounded heart and the need to release pain. It incorporates the qualities of compassion, kindness, and empathy. My spouse said at one time that I am one of the kindest, most compassionate people he has ever known. He is also aware of the heart-wounds I have suffered and the fact that I tend to hide or deny the power those wounds have in my life. I think it is fair to say that he thinks I am someone who needs to deal with heartache and emotional challenges in a different way than I do.

(6) Who I really am

KNIGHT OF WANDS

Wow. In the Mary-El Tarot, the Knight of Wands is the power of transformation and transmutation. The type of animal shown on the card is not meant to be clearly determined. It is intended to be ambiguous. Is it a wolf, rat, bat, bear, panther, human? Here there is darkness and the possibility that the holy flame could be turned into something destructive if a different goal is not actively pursued. It seems that I am someone who needs to be cautioned to use my energy and power for good rather than something malignant. One of the reversed meanings of this card in this deck is “alienation,” and that sounds like a caution as well. The reclusive nature of The Hermit, if taken to extreme, can create alienation on many levels. I also note that we are going "up" one more step in the suit of Wands, from the Ten (Who I think I am) to the Page (Who my friends think I am) and now to the Knight (Who I really am).

The predominance of Fire in this reading is interesting, given that my natal Sun is in Sagittarius. The Ten of Wands even depicts a person with a bow and arrow riding a horse – a very Sagittarian image. The Hermit is linked by the Golden Dawn with the sign Virgo, my rising sign. I can't help noticing the striking contrast between the bright, fiery cards in the first three positions and the deep, dark image on the last card. The Knight does have the lightning bolt in his hand/paw, though, doesn't he?

All in all, this turned out to be a thought-provoking, emotionally engaging reading. I would expect no less from the Mary-El.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Old English Tarot: 9 of Cups

In today's blog entry, Helen Howell continues her exploration of cards from the Old English Tarot by Maggie Kneen (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

Old English Tarot
Nine of Cups
by Helen Howell

Old English Tarot

Today I’m looking at the Old English 9 of cups and comparing it to the more traditional Rider Waite card. At first look neither card bears a resemblance to the other. With the Rider Waite it is more obvious from the image that this is a card about satisfaction and emotional fulfilment. We see a man sitting in front of nine cups and looking very happy with himself. Very often this card has been called the “wish card” and it represents for us that what we desire emotionally can be achievable.

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot
Now when I look at the Old English I don’t get that impression so much. What I like about the Old English Cards is that they make you think. What we have here is a boy doing a handstand and his drum is on the ground beside him. I suppose one could ask themselves why is he doing the handstand? Is the same as jumping for joy? Perhaps he has just mastered a difficult drum routine and this is his way of shouting “Yay!” I think from this image we can at least take the meaning of success and one that can make you feel good about yourself. By looking into the image and analysing it, we can determine that this is representative of emotional happiness and one of achievement. 

So although at first look it is not so obvious what it means as the Rider Waite image is, both cards do seem to be delivering the same message. Basically satisfaction, celebration and emotional happiness.

LWB:

Positive: Success, abundance, victory, Celebration

Reversed: Mistakes, material loss, imperfection

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Not Only, But Also with the Wisdom of Avalon

Today I’m doing a two-card spread where the positional definitions are (1) Not Only and (2) But Also. I have used this spread in my “Day of the Druids” series here on the blog, but today I’m using The Wisdom of Avalon Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid (Hay House).

The question is: What do I need to keep in mind to have the best day possible tomorrow?

Not Only...................................But Also

Not only THE STAG
(pride, leadership) . . .

. . . But also THE EARTH FAERY
(physical health, grounding, foundations)


Not only do I need to make sure I have the highest intentions, that I take responsibility, and take pride in what I do, I also need to pay attention to my health and physical body, to appreciate the sensual world, and to avoid over-analyzing and focus on staying grounded and connected to the basics.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Should I Buy a New Deck?

I have come across some awesome Lenormand decks for sale, self-published by the amazing Lynn Boyle, at www.etsy.com/shop/AquariusWellbeing . We all know that I already have enough Lenormand decks, right? (Right?) So what could be more fitting than asking one of those decks: 

Should I buy one of Lynn’s Lenormand decks?

I am using a system in which cards from a red suit (hearts, diamonds) indicate a "yes” or “very likely” answer, whereas cards from a black suit (spades, clubs) indicate "no" or “not likely.”

The Celtic Lenormand by Chloë McCracken, illustrated by Will Worthington (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.) has agreed to help me answer my question with a 3-card line. (To read my review of this deck, click HERE.)

And the cards say….


CROSS (36 / 6 of Clubs): NO
SNAKE (7 / Queen of Clubs): NO
WOMAN (29 / Ace of Spades): NO

So, my first reaction to this is: “Hey, who asked you?” Then I remember… oh yeah, I did.

Starting with the third card, WOMAN, I feel this could refer to me or to Lynn, the creator of the decks I am considering. The woman on the card faces and looks toward SNAKE (who faces and looks towards her).

In Chloë McCracken’s guidebook for The Celtic Tarot, interpretation of the SNAKE card focuses on the idea of transformation or “shedding” something that is no longer useful. There is a female association to this card as well, along with the possibility that this female is either deceptive or simply making big changes in her life. If I am the female, is it possible that I am trying to “deceive myself” into thinking I need another Lenormand deck? Could the cards be saying I need to “shed” some of the decks I currently own before I think about buying a new one?

By the way, I do have several oracle decks for sale on eBay! Here are the links if you’re interested:

Journey to the Goddess Realm Oracle Deck: http://www.ebay.com/itm/122550482655
The Chakra Zodiac Healing Oracle: http://www.ebay.com/itm/122550482476
Art through the Starstream Oracle: http://www.ebay.com/itm/122549935479
The Inner Wizard Message Cards: http://www.ebay.com/itm/122549935192

Back to the line of three. Looking at the first card I drew, CROSS, I personally get a strong “religious” or “religion” vibe. Secondarily, I think of the expression “a cross to bear,” suffering under a burden. CROSS can refer to the ethics of a situation or to overcoming difficulties through spirituality.

Now, left to right:

CROSS plus SNAKE: I am getting a sense of the need to transform, change, or “shed the skin” of something related to religious or spiritual beliefs.

SNAKE plus WOMAN: As I mentioned above, perhaps a deceptive female or one who is making or needs to make big changes in her life. Self-deception?

WOMAN plus CROSS: A woman who turns to or needs to turn to religion or spirituality to deal with a burden or important issue in her life.


Well, then. Please do hurry over to eBay and buy one or more of the decks I am “shedding.” Perhaps then I will get the go-ahead for one of Lynn’s decks from my cards.

Monday, June 12, 2017

In the Dream: House of Hecate

In this installment of “In the Dream” I am revisiting a spread that was created by a friend of mine many years ago (13 to be exact!) in an attempt to interpret the following dream: 
In the dream, I decided to visit a witch-friend of mine to see if she ccould help me solve a problem. The only way to get into her house was to float up over the roof and call her name, which I distinctly remember was "Hecate." It was the middle of the night and very dark. I floated up over the house and called her name a few times. The roof (which was flat) opened at the middle, kind of like sliding doors, so I could descend into the house.
As you may already know, Hecate or Hekate is a goddess in Ancient Greek religion and mythology. She is the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy. Her name means "worker from afar" from the Greek word hekatos. In statuary Hecate was often depicted in triple form as a goddess of crossroads.

HOUSE OF HECATE TAROT SPREAD

Layout
……..1…..…
2……………3

1. This represents an area of my life where I have come to a crossroad.

2. This represents a way in which I can step back and look at this situation with a new perspective (fresh eyes)

3. This represents a way in which I can forge ahead.

For this reading I am using The Book of Shadows (As Above) Tarot by Barbara Moore, with artwork by Gregorz Krisinsky, Simone Gabrielli, Franco Rivolli, Pietro Scola di Mambro, Sabrina Ariganello, and Alessia Pastorello (Lo Scarabeo).


1. This represents an area of my life where I have come to a crossroad.
MAIDEN OF WATER
As Barbara Moore so correctly observes in the guidebook that accompanies this deck, “Although the Element of Water is considered passive, it often feels very powerful.” I tend to view Water as “receptive” rather than “passive.” That just feels more appropriate to me. In any case, I love the young girl splashing in the water, playing with a dolphin. There are many things this card could represent in terms of “an area of my life where I have come to a crossroad.” Expressing emotions, communicating with my subconscious, connecting to others in a healing, meaningful way.

2. This represents a way in which I can step back and look at this situation with a new perspective (fresh eyes)
MAIDEN OF AIR
The Maiden of Air calls attention to my words and thoughts, world view, philosophy, and outlook on life. Like the Maiden of Water, she encourages a joyful, spontaneous approach. Certainly looking at a situation with fresh eyes can mean re-examining or analyzing the way I think about it, even the way I “talk to myself” about it. Am I sharp and divisive or uplifting and refreshing?  

3. This represents a way in which I can forge ahead.
MOTHER OF EARTH
When the Mother of Earth “forges ahead,” she does so with determination, consideration, and purpose. She does not run or “leap before looking.” She manifests the feelings and thoughts referenced by the Maidens of Water and Air, seasons those feelings and thoughts, and turns them into real-world results. At the same time, she moderates and gently manages that maidenly, immature energy, nurturing and encouraging growth.


I am, quite honestly, blown away by the fact that this reading -- named after the goddess Hecate, who is often depicted in triple form -- called forth three female characters, two Maidens and a Mother. Wow. The crossroads in question seems to exist at an emotional or subconscious level that can be brought into the light by communication between my conscious mind and subconscious mind. The practical, grounded energy of the Mother of Earth can bring the result of that communication into the physical, material world, where it can thrive.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sherlock Holmes Card of the Day - 5 of Observation

The Sherlock Holmes Card of the Day is:
FIVE OF OBSERVATION
(5 of Swords)


In The Sherlock Holmes Tarot by John Matthews and Wil Kinghan (Sterling Ethos), the suit of Observation (represented by an eye) is comparable to the suit of Swords. The quotation chosen to represent the entire suit of Observation is from The Red-Headed League: “This is a time for observation, not for talk.”

The Holmesian Wisdom for the Five of Observation is: “…the motives of women are so inscrutable” from The Second Stain. The card shows a “distressed lady” (the débutante Lady Eva Blackwell) pleading with Holmes to retrieve her indiscreet letters, a scene from the story The Adventures of Charles Augustus Milverton. Milverton, "the king of blackmailers," demands £7,000 (over £800,000 in 2015) for the letters, which would cause a scandal that would end Lady Eva's marriage engagement.

The Five of Swords has much to do with deceit, slander, and unethical activities, making this an excellent choice for the Sherlock Holmes Tarot card.

Keys for this card, upright, are: “slander, defeat, cowardice, unethical behaviour, divisive means, thwarted plans, malicious intent, being burgled.” Reversed meanings: “misfortune, loss, mourning, pain, vengeance.”

The book that accompanies this deck also provides interpretations for each card under the headings “The Game” and “The Fog.” The former elaborates on the upright keys, while the latter expands on reversed meanings. Examples from “The Game” for the Five of Observation: “theft of your identity… humiliation from treachery or cowardice… sloppy or malicious thinking may cause things to go awry.” Examples from “The Fog”: “re-establishing your hard-won reputation…being alert to the signs of treachery…an advocate or witness who supports you… getting to the bottom of a web of envy or malice.”

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Old English Tarot: 4 of Batons

In today's blog entry, Helen Howell continues her exploration of cards from the Old English Tarot by Maggie Kneen (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

Old English Tarot
Four of Batons
by Helen Howell


Today’s comparison of the Old English and the more traditional Rider Waite is  between the 4 of Batons or Wands if you prefer. The images on both of these cards have a good feel about them. Certainly the idea of completion is portrayed in both of these.

Let’s look at the Rider Waite first, and I choose the Rider Waite first in all my posts, because it is the Mother of all the modern decks that followed, in that they are based on the Rider Waite tradition from what I can see. In the RW image we see four wands support a flowered garland, a crowd gathered to one side, a couple in the centre with their arms raised, holding bouquets of flowers and to the other side a bridge. This is definitely an image of celebration. It’s a card that tells us you have completed the first round. The bridge indicates that you still have further to go, but right now it’s time to relax.

I love the image in the Old English. We see lush trees, green green grass and what appears to be a peacock or maybe a very colourful turkey? If we look closely we also see four baby chicks in the grass. Mama has hatched her babies and that is one cycle complete. That’s a reason to celebrate and to enjoy the achievement after all that hard work sitting on those eggs! But they are just chicks and that reminds us that there is still a new cycle to begin.  When we look more deeply into the image, we see it speaks to us of harmony, prosperity (those green trees are growing well), and the results of hard work (hatching out the eggs). It says take the time to enjoy where you are, but it also reminds you that you cannot stand still forever. Chicks have to grow up!

Both cards deliver the same message, but with very different images. The meaning of the Old English is not always immediately obvious, but if you just take the time to study the artwork you’ll see the message is very clear.

LWB:
Positive: Romance, harmony, peace, prosperity, fruit of labor.
Reversed: Tarnished beauty, loss of tranquility.



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sacred World Oracle Reading #2

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
KRIS WALDHERR!

Facebook has informed me that today is Kris Waldherr’s birthday. I am a huge fan and enjoy working (and playing) with her wonderful creations, including The Sacred World Oracle, The Goddess Tarot, and the Doomed Queens Playing Cards (all published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

You can learn more about Kris Waldherr on her web site: http://www.kriswaldherrbooks.com/site/

Today I am using The Sacred World Oracle with a 5-card spread presented in the guidebook that comes with the deck. Kris tells us that this spread “was created by Thalassa of the Daughters of Divination’s San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium (BATS). It was inspired by the ballet Swan Lake.” Its purpose is to help us “explore our blind spots – those pesky obstacles we can’t, or don’t want to see.” (In searching Tarot Notes, I discovered I did this reading once before, in 2014: http://tarotnotes-majorandminor.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-reading-with-sacred-world-oracle.html )

Step One -- Lay out four cards to represent:
(1) The Black Swan (what you need to see that can get in your way)
(2) The Magic Feather (what to do about it)
(3) The White Swan (what you need to see that can help you)
(4) The Magic Feather (how to use the solution presented in the second card)

Step Two – Lay a fifth card across the top of the previous cards to symbolize the Swan in Flight. This offers an overview of the situation for additional perspective.

And now for my reading. (The keywords following the name of each card are provided by the author in the guidebook.)


(1) The Black Swan (what you need to see that can get in your way)
PHOENIX: Rebirth. Resurrection. Immortality. Hope.
One sentence in the description for this card struck me: “What appears to be gone will return again if we are patient.” What I need to see is that it is unhelpful to dwell in sorrow on the loss or decline of something. Instead I need to life my eyes and watch for its “resurrection.”

(2) The Magic Feather (what to do about it)
RAM: Moving forward. Birth. Fearlesslness.
With its link to the zodiac sign Aries (Cardinal, Fire), the Ram is about taking action based on my belief in rebirth or resurrection of things that appear to be gone. There is no place for fear and trepidation. It might be wise to avoid being impulsive or careless, but there is nothing to be gained by sitting still, afraid to make a move.

(3) The White Swan (what you need to see that can help you)
SNAKE: Worldliness. Duality. Desire.
The Snake in this deck is not viewed as a symbol of fertility, birth, and regeneration. Instead, we are asked to focus on the idea of the Snake as a representation of duality – the dual expression of good and evil, creation and destruction, temptation and desire. An increased awareness of duality and where it can be found can help me.

(4) The Magic Feather (how to use the solution presented in the second card)
WATER: Emotions. Psychic energies. Empathy. Intuition.
I can use the message about action and fearlessness (Ram) by seeking a psychic or spirit-world connection for my actions, along with intuitive and emotional support for those actions. An interesting suggestion that Water will help me use the “Fiery” solution of the second card.


(5) Overview of the situation for additional perspective
CAT: Fertility. Beauty. Magic. Independence.

Very nice. It is within my power to express my individuality in magical, beautiful ways, ways that help me expect or anticipate the “resurrection” of that which appears to be gone, and ways that help me perceive and understand the dual nature of many aspects of life. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Making Love Better - A Reading

Today I am doing a Tarot reading for a friend of mine and her husband about some issues they are experiencing in their marriage. I am not a professional marriage counselor or psychologist, and my friend knows this. However, she and her husband are interested in seeing what insights the cards can provide.

I am using the “Making Love Better Spread” that appears in Barbara Moore’s book Tarot Spreads (Llewellyn Worldwide). The deck I am consulting is the Mystic Dreamer by Heidi Darras  and Barbara Moore (Llewellyn Worldwide). I like this spread because it doesn’t try to go into “what he is feeling” or “what she is feeling” but instead focuses on the relationship as a whole. The positional definitions and descriptions are direct quotes from the book Tarot Spreads.



“(1) Strength: The most significant strength of the relationship to draw on at this time. This is active energy that you can use.

ACE OF PENTACLES

My first impression: Stability, security, grounded energy, material or financial matters

Barbara Moore: “Unlike in other aces, the woman here is far away from the pentacle. Why?”

Thoughts: The significant strength of this relationship is rooted in the physical, material world. There is a strong foundation on which to build, along with a sense of security and stability (Earth). Barbara Moore’s question causes me to wonder if either or both of the people in this relationship have distanced themselves or might be feeling “distant” from the core strength and foundation of the marriage.

(2) Lasting: The element of the relationship that has lasted and will continue to last. This is solid energy that you can count on.

KING OF CUPS

My first impression: authoritative and rational (King), yet also emotional (Cups); body language and position seems “inward” or “closed” in some ways.

Barbara Moore: “This king is peaceful, sensitive, affectionate, and calm. He is generally friendly and caring, a very nice man to have around.”

Thoughts: With Cups being the suit of love and relationships, I see that area as being a “lasting element” of this relationship. Although the King can be overly sentimental or overly sensitive (Cups), generally he is in control of his feelings and genuinely supportive of those around him. The Golden Dawn assigns 20 degrees Libra to 20 degrees Scorpio to this king, which gives us a combination of somewhat detached yet cooperative and hospitable energy with keen sensitivity, strong passions, and a tendency to bear a grudge. This interesting mix is the energy this couple can “count on.”

(3) Weakness: The weak point in the relationship that could cause a problem or needs extra attention. This could drain energy.

KNIGHT OF SWORDS

My first impression: impulsive, heedless, reckless, sharp-tongued, charging ahead, communication problems

Barbara Moore: “This knight is single-minded and intensely focused. . . Do not, however, go to him with problems of the heart; he is generally impatient in the face of emotions.”

Thoughts: I was not surprised to see the Knight of Swords in the position of “weakness.” It seems that an unwillingness or inability to deal effectively with emotions is a problem for this couple. It is too easy to charge forward on a desired path or in a desired direction without noticing or respecting the feelings of one’s partner. Perhaps both partners are confident in their opinions and beliefs, expressing them often and firmly, without realizing how that affects the other person.

(4) Do: What you should do – something that will use the positive aspects in your life and relationship to their best advantage.

QUEEN OF CUPS

My first impression: compassionate, caring, nurturing, introspective, emotional, intuitive

Barbara Moore: “This queen likes to make a pleasant place for people to gather and wants everyone to be comfortable and happy. She is very sensitive to others’ feelings. . . She is kind, gentle, and nurturing.”

Thoughts: Along with her partner, the King of Cups, this Queen reinforces the importance of feelings and sensitivity to others. It is easy to see how actions based on this Queen’s characteristics could go a long way towards creating a happier environment.

(5) Stop doing: Something you should not do or stop doing. It may be something that seems right but is actually not best at this time.

FOUR OF WANDS

My first impression: Strong, stable, secure foundation (Four), optimism, enthusiasm, passion (Wands); celebration, marriage.

Barbara Moore: “If reversed, this card warns you not to celebrate too soon. Things appear very fine but you need to wait a bit to make sure.”

Thoughts: I did not use reversals in this reading, but in order to interpret a card that represents “Stop doing” I thought it would be good to consider reversed meanings for the card. The fact is, I was stumped initially, unable to understand why a card that is normally so positive would appear as something the people in this relationship should avoid doing or stop doing. The only thing I can come up with is that perhaps the cards are telling them not to take the relationship for granted, not to assume that issues will “resolve themselves.” Problems in the relationship need to be addressed and challenges overcome in order for the relationship to succeed in the long term.

(6) Guiding Star: Your highest and best hope for the situation, which can guide all your steps. If something moves you closer to this, then do it.”

THE EMPRESS

My first impression: Nurturing, generous, growth, creation, cycles and seasons of life

Barbara Moore: “This card shows a time of natural growth. Your role is to nurture without forcing or neglecting your project. . . There is great potential for abundance if good care is given.”

Thoughts: Like the Queen of Cups, The Empress is nurturing and caring. The Golden Dawn assigns the planet Venus, planet of love and appreciation, to this card. If seems appropriate that a Major Arcana card would come forward in the position “Guiding Star – your highest and best hope for the situation.” With the help of the energy represent in The Empress, the relationship can continue to grow and flourish.



I am struck by this comment from Barbara Moore: “Your role is to nurture without forcing or neglecting your project.” If I had to give one piece of advice to this couple about their relationship, this would be it. I realize that striking a balance between “forcing” and “neglecting” is not the easiest thing to do, but it does hold a lot of promise if it can be done.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Relationship Potential: Lenormand Five Card Line

I am really enjoying browsing and reading information about the Lenormand over at http://www.annak-tarot.at . Anna K is bringing out her own Lenormand deck this summer (can’t wait!), but in the meantime, I decided to use a method she shares on her web site with one of the decks currently living with me.

I am using Shaheen’s Tattered Nomad Oracle (Lenormand style cards) for this reading. To read my review of this deck, click HERE.

I have a relationship in mind that I am interested in exploring, so my question is: “What is the potential future development of this relationship?"

A bit of background: These two people are in their 30s. They have been living together for a couple of years. He has expressed interest in getting married, but she is not sure that is what she wants. She has been married before; he has not.

Using a total of five cards, I am combining each card with its neighbor to the right and interpreting the last card individually, too, as a Peak. Lastly, I am discussing the center card as a potential Pivotal.

The Cards:
The House/4…..The Woman/29…..The Bouquet/9…..The Clover/2…..The Tree/5


Stage 1 (House + Woman):
Security, family, and home are keywords for The House. The Woman typically represents a woman or feminine energy. This combination gives me a feeling that the woman in this relationship has been the primary contributor to a sense of “security, family, and home.” It is possible that the man’s “feminine side” also is involved in creating this homey atmosphere they share.

Stage 2 (Woman + Bouquet):
The Bouquet suggests gifts, affection, and encouragement. Here again, it seems that the woman in the relationship offers (or feels that she offers) most of the affection and encouragement, or works hardest at bringing those things to the relationship. The man’s “feminine side” may also be involved, as with House + Woman, but I just get the feeling that the woman sees herself as the primary source for these things in the relationship.

Stage 3 (Bouquet + Clover):
The Clover can represent new beginnings, luck, or opportunities. In “stage 3” of the future development of this relationship, it looks like perhaps the provision of gifts, affection, and encouragement could be more equally distributed between the man and woman. Or, at the very least, the man is likely to have an opportunity to contribute more in that area.

Stage 4 (Clover + Tree):
The new beginning, luck, and opportunity of The Clover can contribute to the health, growth, and progress represented by The Tree. One leads to or naturally evolves into the other.

The Peak: The Tree
Certainly the qualities represented by The Tree are desirable in any relationship, and this card as “The Peak” tells us health, growth, and progress are indeed possible for this relationship in the future.

The Pivotal: The Bouquet
As the Pivotal, I see The Bouquet as reinforcing the message that if the provision of “gifts, affection, and encouragement” can be more evenly distributed between the couple, that will make all the difference in the outcome.

When I look at this line of cards, The Woman stands out, positioned between The House and The Bouquet. She seems to be (or at least feel) responsible for creating/maintaining the home and for giving affection and encouragement – and frankly, she doesn’t look happy about it. Perhaps one of the reasons she is not as keen on marriage as he is, is that she currently feels her partner does not “pull his weight” in areas that are important to her. She wants a more equal distribution and to be on the receiving end of some of the gifts she has been giving before she commits to a second marriage.


Friday, April 21, 2017

The Seer's Fan with Madame Endora

Madame Endora beckoned me from my Oracle deck bookcase today, and when Madame Endora beckons, I always respond. It turns out she was in the mood to do The Seer’s Fan reading from the guidebook that comes with her deck (published by Monolith Graphics, featuring artwork by Christine Filipak).

This spread uses six cards, with five of the cards laid out in a fan above the card in Position 1 (hence the name, The Seer’s Fan).


The positions are defined as follows:

(1) Represents me or my present situation
(2) Concerns health and physical well-being.
(3) Represents love and friendship in my life.
(4) Represents an immediate concern.
This card is the strongest oracle of future events.
(5) Represents spiritual harmony.
(6) Signifies wealth and material prosperity.

Here we go!

(1) Represents me or my present situation

THE MOON: You will be guided through darkness.

The Moon is one of the cards in a group titled “The Elements” in this deck. These eight cards depict celestial bodies and forces of nature that “surround and influence us every day.” Like The Moon in the Tarot, Madame Endora’s Moon card is dual-natured, representing illumination and discovery but also secretiveness or a “dark side.” So it seems that my present situation has both an obvious, illuminated aspect to it, but a not-so-obvious or hidden aspect as well. There is something I am not aware of that perhaps I need to become aware of, or gain clarification on. I’m not seeing something as clearly as I could or should.

(2) Concerns health and physical well-being.

SEDUCTION: Passion and romance await.

Well, this card seems like it should be in Position 3, but it is not, so let’s see what we can make of it. Seduction is one of ten cards in a group titled “The Realm of Fable.” These cards depict “various beings from ancient lore.” They represent “outside forces that guide and influence, motivate and hinder…” So somehow the idea that “passion and romance await” is influencing my health and physical well-being. I’m going to have to wait and see if the meaning of this card in this position becomes clearer to me with time.


(3) Represents love and friendship in my life.

SERENDIPITY: Bright new prospects are on the horizon.

Also part of “The Realm of Fable,” Serendipity is a night faerie who represents “an unexpected yet favorable turn of events, a chance meeting or discovery…” Okay, now I’m beginning to wonder how the combination of Seduction and Serendipity might interweave or interact, affecting health, physical well-being, love, and friendship. I’m certainly not looking for any “new prospects” in love, so I think this must refer to friendship. At the same time, I’m still trying to understand the meaning of Seduction in Position 2!

(4) Represents an immediate concern. This card is the strongest oracle of future events.

THE GRYPHON: Honor and good luck.

The Gryphon is a member of a group of ten cards called “The Bestiary” in this deck. I do like “honor and good luck” as “the strongest oracle of future events,” but I am wondering what the “immediate concern” might be. The Gryphon can represent a risk that reaps rewards. There is also a sense of “lofty ideals and high expectations.” Could be interesting.

(5) Represents spiritual harmony.

THE STARS: A long journey brings rewards.

Another member of “The Elements” group, The Stars point to a voyage “that spans a great distance,” as well as a possible separation or reunion. My journey towards spiritual harmony is likely to bring rewards, which is a nice thought. I do think of spirituality as a journey or voyage, following (or creating!) a path and making one’s way along it.

(6) Signifies wealth and material prosperity.

THE SATYR: Revelry and indulgence.

Back we go to The Realm of Fable for The Satyr. As one might imagine, this character is “playful, mischievous and prone to overindulgence.” Music, dance, revelry, celebration… bring it on! Wealth and prosperity can make it possible to live the high life, if one so chooses, but there is always a danger of losing control and going in for the “decadent, lustful and lewd behavior” The Satyr is famous for. I truly don’t think I’m in any danger of that, but I have to wonder about that Seduction card again.

These cards do contain some encouraging news or messages, but it looks like I may need to be alert as time goes on for situations or behaviors that would not prove beneficial for me!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Egg Spread from Helen

Please celebrate Easter with my fellow creator of Tarot Notes, Helen Howell, here to demonstrate her Easter Egg Spread!

Easter Egg Spread
created by Helen Howell on 27th March 2013

Easter seemed the perfect time to try out this spread again and demonstrate the Old English Tarot in action. I first showed this spread back in 2013 and I hope you enjoy using it once more.

image copyright Helen Howell

The layout is a simple horizontal three cards in a line.

1: Undo the Bow:  This is the potential that exists for me.
2: Peel off the wrapping: The new beginning that I hope for.
3: Break into the chocolate: The first step I must take to manifest this goal.

The Old English Tarot by Maggie Keen
Published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

1: Undo the Bow: Three of Cups
This card indicates a healing for me, where mind body and spirit can come together in harmony. The potential here for me is to bring about a satisfactory conclusion. (I know what this card is talking about and some of it’s health issues and some is relationship issue.)

2: Peel off the wrapping: The Moon
What I like about this image is that Moon shown is not a full moon but a New Moon. A New Moon can represent promise and of course the Moon in general does also represent creativity. So I guess the first step I should take is to clear all negativity from my mind and use my creativity to formulate a better approach to my particular problems.

3: Break into the Chocolate: Three of Swords
In this image I see three swords hanging over a castle, the castle being the goal, the place of security and abundance. The first step I need to take to bring about my goal is to set aside disappointments of the past. Clear away any conflicting thoughts I have about these two particular situations and gain a better sense of perspective which will show me the path towards that castle.

In conclusion then these three cards from my Easter Egg reading tell me that I can heal and bring harmony to body, mind and spirit if I clear all negative thoughts from my mind, and instead use a creative approach to solve problems. The very first step I need to take is to eliminate conflicting thoughts and to set aside disappointments from the past.  The past is the past and that’s where it should stay. Today is always another opportunity to do better. ^_^

~ Helen Howell

Monday, April 10, 2017

A Few of My Favorite Things Spread

Copy Cat! Copy Cat! Okay, I will own that I am being a “Copy Cat.” I am copying this spread from Ellen at greyladyshearth.blogspot.com. Ellen got it from _Magpietarot_.

Since I’m being a Copy Cat, I will use one of my cat Tarot decks – Cat’s Eye Tarot by Debra M. Givin, DVM (US Games Systems, Inc.) – for my reading.



(c) Givins / US Games Inc.
From the Wands: Where does my confidence shine?

FOUR OF WANDS

Celebration; Freedom; Excitement

My confidence shines when I am free to follow the dreams and paths that excite my interest and give me cause for celebration.














(c) Givins / US Games Inc.
From the Cups: What brings me joy?

EIGHT OF CUPS

Deeper Meaning; Moving On; Weariness

For me, joy comes with the discovery of deeper meaning in life, moving on from that which brings weariness or disappointment.















(c) Givins / US Games Inc.
From the Swords: Where do I feel wise?

TWO OF SWORDS

Stalemate; Blocked Emotions; Avoidance

I feel wise when I can overcome a stalemate, unblock emotions, and avoid situations or people that tend to create negative conditions.















(c) Givins / US Games Inc.
From the Pentacles: What makes me feel safe & secure?

THREE OF PENTACLES

Teamwork; Planning; Competence

I feel safe and secure when I am a member of a team or close-knit group, able to plan and execute events and efforts competently.














(c) Givins / US Games Inc.
From the Majors: Which underlying energy will make it all possible? 

TEMPERANCE

Temperance; Balance; Health; Combination

As a Sun-sign Sagittarius, this is my Tarot card, one that represents to me not only temperance in its traditional interpretation (moderation, restraint) but the ability to combine, blend, and balance opposing energies in a healthy, helpful manner.




Sunday, April 2, 2017

Reading with the Dream Fairies

The beautiful ladies of the Dream Fairies deck (Bianca Luna, Julia Jeffrey / Lo Scarabeo) called to me this morning, inviting me to create a spread that combines the two spreads included in the guidebook that accompanies this lovely deck. (To read my review of the Dream Fairies oracle, click HERE.

One spread from the book uses two cards with the positions representing the positive side of a situation and the dark side of the same situation. The other spread uses five cards to represent us and our dreams, how we can make them come true, obstacles to be overcome, the advice of the Fairies, and the direction our dreams will take.

My combo-spread uses five cards:

…………..3…………..
1…………5………….2
…………..4……………

(1) positive side of a situation (seen clearly, strong points to be developed)
(2) dark side of a situation (cannot or will not be seen, deceptions we may fall for)
(3) how to make the most of the positive side
(4) how to overcome the dark side
(5) the most likely direction the situation will take

And the Fairies say. . .


(1) positive side of a situation (seen clearly, strong points to be developed)

ASTRID, The Fairy of Taurus

Here we have the fairy connected to my Moon sign, Taurus. Key qualities of this fairy and this sign include patience, stubbornness, and determination. Ruled by the planet Venus, Taurus also has a keen appreciation for beauty and pleasure in life. So, these characteristics are seen clearly in the positive side of the situation and/or represent strong points to be developed. I get the sense that, on a positive note, patience and determination can win the day. Notice that Astrid is accompanied, appropriately, by a dog, known for loyalty and steadfast dependability.

(2) dark side of a situation (cannot or will not be seen, deceptions we may fall for)

ALMA, The Fairy of Virgo

I love that this fairy is connected to my Rising sign, Virgo. (This is turning out to be a very personal reading from these fairies!) Although Taurus and Virgo are both Earth signs, they are also quite different from each other. Virgo prides itself on organization, order, perfection, and a focus on health. So apparently something in that mix is contributing to “the dark side” of the situation. I think perhaps the message is that even though I may think organization, attention to detail, and a perfectionistic attitude are useful or necessary, those things may actually create problems and obstacles. Alma-Virgo also focuses on daily life and the routines of life, and perhaps focusing too narrowly on those things is a problem.


(3) how to make the most of the positive side

Tami, The Fairy of Scorpio

This “lady” is not  a key part of my birth chart, so it’s interesting to see her in this position. She is apparently able to make the most of the benefits provided by Astrid (Taurus). That makes sense from an astrological perspective, as Earth (Taurus) and Water (Scorpio) are highly compatible elements. However, as you can probably see from Julia Jeffrey’s gorgeous illustration, Tami is a creature of the night. She looks deeply and feels strongly. Her gifts of introspection, daring, and a craving for risk can offset the steady-as-you-go nature of Astrid/Taurus so that things don’t grind to a halt. And Tami prompts the Seeker to explore the Self and the Soul to understand the truest and deepest meaning of life. Like Astrid, Tami is accompanied by a dog, but hers doesn’t convey the same steady temperament I see in Astrid’s companion. Tami’s dog looks as if he might bound away in pursuit of prey or a playmate at any minute.

(4) how to overcome the dark side

Ariel, The Fairy of Aquarius

Now we can see how an Air sign/fairy (Ariel – Aquarius) might overcome the obstacles presented by an Earth sign/fairy (Alma – Virgo). When I look at these two cards side by side, the fairies face each other, and it is clear to see that Alma-Virgo is serious and careful, where Ariel-Aquarius is adventurous and open to all possibilities. I can almost imagine Virgo’s look of anxiety upon hearing of the escapades Ariel-Aquarius is considering. So the way to overcome a tendency toward obsession over details, safety, security, and daily routine is to welcome the spirit of non-conformism and encourage objectivity and openness to new ideas. Virgo tends to be a solitary soul (the Tarot card associated with this sign is The Hermit), and Aquarius is the sign of friends and groups and sociability. Relax! Explore! Interact!


(5) the most likely direction the situation will take

Lilium, The Fairy of Sagittarius


My Sun sign, Sagittarius (a Fire sign), finally makes an appearance in this reading in the form of freedom-loving, confident, optimistic Lilium. Flexible, dynamic, and willing to change, Lilium tends to be quite jovial and is always ready for travel and adventure. If I can use the energies expressed in the other cards in this reading, I increase my chances of experiencing freedom physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. For Lilium, stagnation is not an option.  

I love this group of fairies with their zodiac signs that seem to match the prominent signs of my birth chart. I like that all of the elements are represented in this reading. The coloring of all but one of the cards is green, yellow, and taupe or tan. Tami/Scorpio stands out in her violet and black hues, drawing my attention for a purpose, perhaps. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Medicine Wheel Reading with Power Animal Oracle

Today I am using a spread I found at e-tarocchi.com called the Medicine Wheel Reading. As stated on the website: “This reading explores the energies present in your life in each area of the Medicine Wheel. Choose this spread when you need a greater understanding of the inner forces at work in your life today.”

I am using the Power Animal Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D. (Hay House).

The layout:

……………………NORTH………………………
……………………………………………………….
.....WEST..…………CENTER……….…....EAST.....
……………………………………………………….
…………………...SOUTH………………………


Core Medicine Wheel Influence
Center: The animal spirit that appears in the center of the Medicine Wheel
reflects who you are at this point in time.


DEER (Pathfinder) – At this point in time, I am in a position or have an opportunity to find the path I need to be on, the direction or way I need to go. The key is to use all my senses to gather information, then let my instinctual self absorb that awareness without analyzing, critiquing, or studying it. Over-thinking is my enemy in this situation. There is no need to “figure it out.” Instead, I need to let my senses transmit and receive that awareness at a “gut level.”


Northern Medicine Wheel Influence
North: The animal that appears in the North shows you how to walk your talk. 
Here lies your connection with your Higher Self.


PORCUPINE (Innocence) – It appears that my connection with my Higher Self is a prickly one. The barrier may be a tendency to harbor guilt, resentment, arrogance, or feelings of being victimized. Like the quills of a porcupine, these tendencies keep me separated from my Higher Self. The key is to “see the world through the eyes of a child,” trusting my “inner mother and father” to be there whenever I need them. My Higher Self is willing and able to protect and nourish me, but first I must grant myself permission to have that protection and nourishment, no matter what I may feel guilty or resentful about.

Western Medicine Wheel Influence
West: The animal that appears in the West holds the answer
to your present challenge.


BEAR (Boundaries) – I am not consciously aware of a “present challenge” in my life, at least not anything significant. We all have many challenges from day to day and week to week. To better understand what my present challenge is and to find an answer to that challenge, I need to look to the Bear, whose motto in this deck is “Stand your ground.” This card is about defining who I am and who I am not, and letting that determine whether my response will be “yes” or “no.” Establishing limits need not alienate other people. Knowing I can say “No” doesn’t mean I have to say “No.” But in any given situation, I need to return to that initial understanding of who I am and who I am not.


Eastern Medicine Wheel Influence
East: This animal reveals the direction you need to take 
in order to gain clarity about your present situation.


COYOTE (Wise Fool) – This card suggests that my own self-consciousness or overly serious view of myself could be interfering with my ability to gain clarity about my present situation. My tendency to attack or shame myself for foolish behavior gets in the way of discovering more important lessons and truths. Self-acceptance is not refusing to see our failings or faults; it is recognizing and acknowledging those failures and faults, and loving ourselves unconditionally. If I can allow myself to laugh at relatively minor follies, I am more likely to find the teaching in them.


Southern Medicine Wheel Influence
South: This animal explores issues dealing with your inner child, 
and shows the energy needed to trust your own process.


DRAGONFLY (Illusion) – My inner child knows who I really am and trusts my own process. When I am out of touch with that spirit, I may wear a mask or create an illusion about who I am, hoping that one of those personas will be more acceptable to others than my real self. The Dragonfly advises me that I need to reveal more of my true self, saving the masks or illusions for the rare occasion when they might be necessary for survival. Before I act or respond in a situation, it might benefit me to ask, “Is this who I really am?”

In summary, the messages from this group of animals are:

  • Trust your instincts to guide you through this situation.
  • Free yourself of guilt and shame.
  • Stand your ground.
  • Accept your follies and find the teaching in them.
  • You know who you really are.


Great advice!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Day of the Druids - March 13, 2017

It has been a VERY long time since I did a “Day of the Druids” reading, which involves asking the DruidCraft Tarot and the Druid Animal Oracle what I need to be aware of today.

The positional definitions are:

(1) Not only...
(2) But also...

Not only… KING OF WANDS


I need to be aware of areas of my life where I demonstrate wisdom, maturity, authority, and social responsibility, focusing on my accomplishments and successes. While doing this, I need to be aware of my natural optimism and enthusiasm (Sagittarius Sun), along with the importance of expressing my ideas as I make important decisions or set goals.


But also … RAVEN


I also need to be aware that this is may be a time for initiation into the “mysteries” of something new and a death that gives way to a birth. There is an opportunity for healing and the resolution of conflicts, including some that may have long laid buried in my unconscious or my past. The Raven offers protective energy and the assurance of safety during the process of confronting that which is hidden, in other words, my “shadow side” or potentially destructive aspects of my psyche.


Sources:
The DruidCraft Tarot (deck and book set) by Philip and Stephanie Carr Gomm, with illustrations by Will Worthington (Eddison Sadd Editions)
The Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm. Card Illustrations by Bill Worthington. Fireside: Simon & Schuster, Inc. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ten Card Spread with The Wonderland Tarot

Today I’m using my newly acquired Wonderland Tarot to do a 10-card spread for a friend. To read my review of this deck, click HERE.


The positional definitions provided in the guidebook that comes with The Wonderland Tarot are as follows:

(1) Present position
(2) Immediate influence
(3) Goal or destiny
(4) Distant past foundation
(5) Recent past events
(6) Future influence
(7) The questioner
(8) Environmental factors
(9) Inner emotions
(10) Final results

Are you ready? Let’s go “down the rabbit hole!”

(1) Present position: KING OF FLAMINGOS (Swords/Spades)

Interesting interpretation from the LWB: “The power of life and death. The king mitigates the excesses of the queen.” I can reveal to you that the friend I’m reading for is separated from his wife, whose excessive behavior has lead to her being arrested three times and jailed once. The suit of Swords often represents attitudes, perceptions, conflict, strife, and stress. We might even see this King as representing my friend but at the very least, it most certainly represents “the atmosphere in which the questioner is presently working and living.”

(2) Immediate influence: SIX OF FLAMINGOS

Here we are being shown “the nature of the influences or the obstacles that lie just ahead.” The Six of Flamingos typically indicates a journey – hopefully a pleasant one – but in this case, I think it’s going to be a mixed bag, with some unpleasantness involved. I think my friend is looking forward to the “end” of this particular journey.

(3) Goal or destiny: SIX OF OYSTERS (Coins, Pentacles, Diamonds)

My friend’s ultimate goal or “the best that can be accomplished” is represented here by the Six of Oysters, a card linked to the physical, material realm. This card often suggests generosity and kindness “to those less fortunate.” I feel the card points directly at my friend’s goal of not “losing his shirt” to his ex in a very real, material sense. From all appearances, she does not stand much of a chance of winning anything in court (my friend took out a restraining order on her after she hit him in the head with a frying pan, requiring him to get 7 stitches). However, immediately after the physical altercation that led to the breakup, she did remove furniture and other items from the house while my friend was out.

(4) Distant past foundation: THE STAR (Key 17)

Here we are supposedly looking at “broad and basic influences which existed in the past and upon which the present events are based.” I think this card is showing us my friend’s wishes and dreams that led to him marrying this woman in the first place and also have contributed to him staying with her in spite of her behavior, which included more than one instance of infidelity. My friend had hoped for a bright future together, fulfillment, satisfaction, and so forth. Instead, he finds himself “cutting off a bad relationship” (the reversed meaning for this card as provided in the LWB).

(5) Recent past events: TWO OF FLAMINGOS

As “the most recent sphere of influence or events that has passed or is just passing,” the Two of Flamingos points again to conflict and opposition as well as an attempt to secure a “truce.” The reversed meanings of duplicity, disloyalty, and treachery all seem to apply.

(6) Future influence: THE MOON (Key 18)

Here we expect to see “the sphere of influence that is coming into being in the near future.” As a Major Arcana card, The Moon probably represents a powerful “sphere of influence,” and it’s likely not to be an enjoyable one. At the very least, this card points to deception, trickery, deceit, false friends, and a trap. I can’t help thinking about my friend’s continued interaction with his ex-wife’s niece, who appears to sympathize with him and decry her aunt’s behavior. And yet. I feel the niece’s loyalty ultimately must lie with her aunt (family/blood), and I feel my friend might be wise to stop communicating with the niece. This could also refer to a mutual friend or friends who take sides against my friend while appearing to be on his side or at least neutral.

(7) The questioner: TEN OF FLAMINGOS

In his present position, my friend is represented by the Ten of Flamingos (Swords again – conflict, stress, strife). I often see the Ten of Swords as a sign of reaching the end of one’s wits or rope or whatever expression you care to use. Other keywords might include “a mental death, a pain that feels like a violent death, mental anguish, trouble and misfortune.” I think that applies quite well here.

(8) Environmental factors: SEVEN OF OYSTERS

In this position we are not looking at the “environment” in ecological terms but rather we are looking at “the questioner’s influence on other people and their influence on the questioner.” The Seven of Oysters (Coins, Pentacles) puts us back into the material, physical realm, where we see apparent progress toward wealth or personal gain, yet there is still anxiety or worry about possible loss. This situation most certainly does involve money and property/possessions, over which my friend and others have control or are attempting to control.

(9) Inner emotions: NINE OF OYSTERS

We remain in the physical, material realm to explore the questioner’s “inner hopes, emotions, desires and anxieties.” This card typically represents accomplishment and/or feelings of safety, which my friend obviously hopes to experience. Reversed, the card points to possible bad faith, villainy, danger to self or spirit… again, obviously fears my friend might harbor in this situation.

(10) Final results: TEMPERANCE (Key 14)

I confess, after all the Swords in this reading, I was relieved to see Temperance make an appearance to represent “the culmination and results of all the influences revealed by the other cards.” As this is a Major Arcana card, I think we are looking at a “grand finale” which implies compromise, balance, moderation, and tolerance. Unfortunately, because there is so much acrimony and conflict involved in this situation (reflected in the preceding cards), I can also see potential for a final result that includes discord, frustration, imbalance, and continued excessive behavior.

The major “players” in this reading are the suits of Flamingos (Swords) and Oysters (Coins, Pentacles) – difficulties and conflict, material and physical matters. Our triumvirate of Major Arcana cards presents a combination of hopes and dreams (The Star), deception and confusion (The Moon), and balance and moderation (Temperance). A mixed bag, to be sure, and not the easiest energy to navigate.