Monday, July 24, 2017

The Three of Swords As Seen In Social Media

Even pre internet- this poor cake all but being left out in the rain!*

©Housewives Tarot

* Song reference  MacArthur Park

The Three of Swords is one of those cards  that gets Major Arcana attention for a pip card. Even with the Ten of Swords being the absolute end, the three seems to register higher on the Richter Scale of emotions. Why? For the purpose of this blog piece, group mentality.

Everyone is celebrating in the three of cups- there are friends, there is dancing, all is well. Except for when it feels like it isn't- the threesome turns inverse, into the three of swords.
Then traditional "heartbreak, sorrow" meanings of the card fall. For me it's worth noting that in most illustrated pips of the card, the heart is the emotional one, not the anatomical one. 

The swords cut into the emotions- more accurately, the ego. For the root of disappointment lies in having expectation.

Before the internet, there was school,work, group functions, parties of all kinds where group mind  got it's gossip or side taking on. Now, there is the internet. Correction- now there is social media. 

Social media is the brunt and the blessing. One can make new friends from all over the world, and even find groups for topics that may not have local interest. The Tarot community is a blessing for those of us with no family or friend support for our interest.
And just as social media giveth, it taketh away. Not all Tarot readers read the same. Most can agree to disagree, and keep their 'followers' or 'friends'.

'Friend' on social media can be a misnomer. Just as credit cards are not real money being spent in some people's minds, friends on social media may not have real value for some folks; if that meets one who places intrinsic value on all relationships, the three of swords moments are all but inevitable.

The worst is the perceived slight. Often equal in heartbreak to the public one. They can occur in tandem.
Like our Meme, someone posts their opinion, in a group, blog piece, no matter, a medium that is read in the voice of the reader, which may not be the inflection of the writer. Or maybe it is. For Tarot purposes, let's say someone says Tarot is for fortune telling- now there is a hotbed topic. Someone else interjects that it is tool for self exploration. There is a blog piece written, in which the Pro Fortune Telling person tells of being chastised by others who think it is only for self introspection. Is it a direct stab from that one interaction? Maybe. And probably is to a person who said that in social media the poster at some point. But what if the person was already writing the piece, and it just happened to drop within a short amount of time where the offended party found it? 

Goodness, that third sword, I dub thee public opinion!

When words are taken as a thinly veiled jab, sides get chosen. Those who are in the middle have the daunting task of not choosing a side, though some will go ahead and choose for you. I have seen people unfriend each other over these real or imagined betrayals. It can easily become a  scenario when it's directed as a gang threat against one;  That's a shame, since without a difference of opinion, without some diversity, there can be no personal growth. 

I'm not advocating allowing jerks in your social circle, rather asking if a "some people" post is actually directed at you- as in your name attached. Or in your comments.
It's not always about us. The three's all lead back to the Empress, and she is not perfect- she can in fact be a bit of a diva if in excess. Three is creation, and not all of them are wonderful for everyone.

An idea is initiated; it sprouts; it bears fruition- the premise of creation.

The Ace of swords is the word, the idea, the blog post, the comment (Id)
The Two of swords is when you are trying not to take sides (SuperEgo)
The Three of Swords is when you make a decision, better or worse, and then having to live with it. No critic so harsh as our own conscience. (Ego)

All that psycho-pomp jargon in parenthesis above is my interpretation of the psychology, yours may differ- if you'd to post yours on social media, people can bring a cake knife and have a slice of each:)

+For the record, this post is from May; I ended up posting the one on Fives instead

Thursday, July 13, 2017

July Blogletter

My homage to au courant Tarot goodness in the webs, and I'll try to introduce some folks that aren't in the top SEO picks

In the News(letters) Goodness, with Summertime, folks are traveling! See how the  The Tarot Lady Theresa Reed packs accordingly for Tarot action
The Tarot School has started back with Newsletters after a hiatus. Here is the one for July.

Great Expectations (Check these events out!)
Tarot Summer School is in Session! 15 classes, buy one or a season pass! Includes great presenters such as Christiana Gaudet, Jessi Huntenburg, Vix, Carrie Mallon and Benebell Wen!

Up For Review:
I have fallen behind in my reviews- they are coming, I promise.
Hints: Michelle Tea's 'Modern Tarot' - Get it.
'Tarot Court Cards For Beginners'  A nice book to learn the court cards  with.
From the way back files: Nancy Shavick's "The Tarot Reader" is long OOP. If you can find a copy, it's a wonderful read.

Let's not be Blog-livious: small blogs, big content
I have been blown away this past month with blog greatness! Get ready for some marathon reading!

-One of the most incredible things this month was the first ever International Tarot Day, July 8, 2017 (7-8!) You must check out the inspired ITD-Blog Hop 60+ Tarot Bloggers given card(s) to represent any way they chose! 
Begin with event's coordintator Bree Ferguson of Nym's Divination for The Magician! Each page has your option to scroll thru the next in the series...Oh yeah, maybe you might know the poster for the Knight of Wands :-)

78 posts not enough for you? Wait, there's more!
-Maddy Elruna has two posts I want to feature: Learning By My Mistakes  and Five Reasons NOT To Go Pro

Time for some hard hitting posts: Guaranteed Tarot Blogging Meat
- Christiana Gaudet's When Compassion Makes You Crazy is not an easy read, but if you go or are pro, it's a necessary one.

-Ivan Ambrose of Tarot Prose tackles an all too real subject in the must read Tarot Tough Topics: Racism 
And, he offers how we, as a community, need to start doing better. But really, this goes so far beyond Tarot. Just share it everywhere.

Who decides the rights of prisoners? The Sibyl's Tarot talks about Paul Haigh, A Serial Killer Who Wants Tarot Cards In Jail 
What do you think?

- Now to feature a workshop aimed to help with being overwhelmed Tarot For Troubled Times is a two part workshop from Theresa Reed and Shaheen Miro, which includes "exploring and healing the shadow side, both personally and in the collective conscious." to help us thru our daily dose of the news, intemperance of  global continuity, financial woes, and fears about the future. Per Theresa "Now, more than ever, the world needs us to be brave, united, and ready to take action."

In other blogs.....
-Maelstrom Tarot keeps posting great content, this time, The Elemental Roulette 

- Asali Earthwork posts about Ideas For Your 'Tune Out/Turn Down' Sort Of Days

-Thistle Tarot offers An Actor's Character Reading

-Tarot and Tomfoolery (I love this name!) knows "You Can't Handle The Truth!"

-I love new techniques. Mirrors of Consciousness takes another view of Yes or No Questions 

-Need help with choices? Healing Effects Tarot gives you Tough Choices Got You Stuck? Tarot To The Rescue!

-Owl In The Oak Tarot continues her self care in the minor arcana series with the swords Light As A Feather 

-Cosmic Faery's Journal spends some time on Mindful Moment- The Magic Of Doing Nothing 

-Fate Keeps On Happening is Readings By Stella's Only Post On Ethics- maybe you feel the same

-One of the best compliments for Jenna Matlin of Queen of Wands Blog is "But I Already Knew That!" Find out why 

Specialty Tarotists
I am in several online Tarot Forums, reading groups, most things Tarot. Consistently, most readers refuse to offer readings for two topics (there are more, but for these two I have help)
When someone says something is their favorite to read on, I pay attention! And then give a little inquiry.

Timing: When is it going to happen? Let's face it, time can be difficult to determine; most often we are left to generalize. Lisa Allen of Intuitive Timing to the scene- Timing is her specialty. Now, she uses methodology of the Pendulum, Tarot, and/or Astrology in a session, but states that Intuitive Timing (especially with pendulum) can be as precise as the hour! I have not tried any of her services*, but I have chatted with her, and think it's always good to offer a referral for the problems you can't handle. * Actually, it was Lisa's help that was correct on the timing of April the Giraffe's Baby

Pregnancy: Most readers will not work with this topic, and certainly it can be an emotional one. Spiritual Conception is the services of one Psychic MBE, not a doctor, whose aim is "Supporting Women Through Conception,Pregnancy, and Birth©"  Free Consultation is offered.  Insight is offered for help conceiving, carrying and after care, with many packages available, and testimonial pictures of new family members helped by their work! This is not a service I can any longer utilize, but I do recommend at least giving the page a look over, and seeing if you many wish to hold onto it for a future referral.

Up On Deck:
The Queer Street Community Deck 
has reached $500 in funding! Have you heard of it? 
A set of three tarot decks that can be interchanged to create your own unique deck. Deck is based around human sexuality. How cool is this? Get in on it.

The Dust ll Onyx : A Melanated Deck  from Courtney Alexander, is one step closer to being in our hands. She's working on the guidebook. Then pre-orders will continue. Waiting for this epic!

A Kickstarter for a deck of Queer People of Color is the Numinous Tarot  Looking fantastic, and needs your help to finish!

If you want diverse decks, you must support the creators and continue to ask for them!

 Until next time, Tarot on!~

Friday, July 7, 2017

Tarot Blog Hop for Int'l Tarot Day- Knight of Wands

Rosetta Tarot

 The Knight of Wands as traditionally seen

Now this is more of what I think of the Knight's energy

Rowan Tarot

Kitty! The feeling you got right when you saw this image encapsulates the essence of the Knight of Wands. It's as warm as the ginger color of the feline in the card depicted-most eyes light up when they see this image. That's the power of the Knight of Wands- magnetic, and yet, like the feline type, can seem aloof to our cajoling and somewhat fickle at times. But oh, how they capture our attentions!

The patriarchy of court cards has traditionally depicted this card as a young man, which has evolved in more modern renderings as a man who is not ready to settle down or as the message of a short term romance- a "fling"
It is a consistent effort that I chose this card, a reminder that 'knights' or my favorite renaming "travelers', nor any of the court cards, necessarily represent any gender.
The card drawing is of a cat, more important than representing a gender.

To celebrate the First International Tarot Day, my offering:

Partnering with a chef is its own reward, and the idea for a recipe that embodied the 'heat' of wands, and the portability of traveling, not to mention a nod to more base passions representing heat, that match perfectly with feline appetite.
The conclusion was Deep Fried Oyster Po Boy w/ (could be spicy) Remoulade Sauce, It's mild, but minor changes to taste can go all the way Cajun!
 And yes, I have judges of the feline variety as well as two Sagittarians on hand, one of the signs typified by the wands suit, who fully endorse this recipe.

Sandwich Ingredients Yield: 4 Po-Boys

12-18 Oysters
Four Hoagie Rolls

Remoulade Sauce

3 T. Mayonnaise
1 T. Ketchup
1 ½ T. Capers Minced
1 T. Cilantro Minced
1 t. Roasted Garlic Minced
1 Pinch of Cayenne Pepper or Tabasco (to taste)

Egg wash

One Egg well-beaten


½ - ¾ c Flour
¾ T. Old Bay Seasoning
A pinch of black pepper

Fry In

2 c. Vegetable or Canola Oil


For Remoulade Sauce, combine all ingredients well and chill. Drain Oysters well. Dip in egg wash, begin heating oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, dredge in flour mixture. Fry until golden brown, approximately 2-3 minutes each side. Remove from oil and place on paper towel to drain excess oil. Place 6 or more oysters into each hoagie. Drizzle with ½ fresh squeezed lemon. Top with Remoulade Sauce and you're ready for culinary adventure!

Hint: this would go great with Sweet Potato Fries!

Pic from Google Images

"Magickal Love Drawing recipe-Triple Strength Love Powder"

Need help to bring that Knight of Wands (or anyone else) to you?
This short recipe packs a wallop! Ironically to my post, this has
Nepeta Cataria, as an ingredient- most felines don't care if you and I call it catnip-

For extra oomph, replace the rice powder with Love Rice, just grind it in a spice grinder.

2 Tbl Powdered Rice (love rice even better)
¼ tsp Queen Elizabeth Root (Orris Root) - premier love root for women's use!
½ tsp Drawing Powder (powdered sugar) 
pinch of catnip (brings 'em all to the yard!) 

Combine all, grind (mortar and pestle) fine together with your intentions.
-Use as a candle dust, sachet powder, addition to packet or spell bag.

Thank you for reading my Blog Hop entry for the First Ever International Tarot Day! (July 8th)

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The idea for a non-sponsored International Tarot Day Blog Hop was due to the tireless efforts of Bree of Nym's Divination  
 Be sure to visit all the cards in the Blog Hop, each with it's own unique look at the cards. And special thanks to Freya of Falcon Cloak Tarot who gathered all the sources (in a deck order!) for our Master List- Thank you, Ladies :-)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Day The Tarot Forum Died

The AT Forum (

You never forget when certain events happened. 
And some of them earn monikers, for instance the song "American Pie" by  Don McLean contains the haunting lyric "The day the Music died" He wasn't writing of a music embargo, it was attributed as  his commentary on the 1959 plane crash that claimed music greats Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper. For him, it meant it would never be the same.

I joined AT forums in 2011, after lingering and learning for a while. At the time, it was the largest community on the web, and I didn't get near Facebook until not too long ago!

For me, it was the ONLY source for peer to peer Tarot help; and you received HELP, unlike the books I hoard. Is there anything more frustrating than needing a sounding board and having 18 possible answers in books, and those books can't change their wording to prove a point?

No wonder so many people are afraid to read for themselves! Until they find live help that is. 

I have referred many a person to Aeclectic of over the years, they were the Tarot Spotter if Tarot was a weight that you bench pressed.
Even so, many a one of us have been talked down off the ledge of Tarot frazzled (or were able to re-pay that favor when we could!)
I think every topic ever has been discussed in those subgroups.
Since this morning when it was announced, and I was online FIVE MINUTES after the announcement went live, they have announced the public posts will be left up, but will no longer be maintained. HERE
is the full announcement of how the site is being dismantled- it's in phases, starting the 4th, ending the 14th. This 4th week being Holiday celebrations in the USA, a great deal of us (okay, ME) are saving individual posts of interest before my profile is gone.  

I hope this is the only dour and gloomy post i ever have to make on this blog.

Just like the 10 of swords though, there is a sunrise dawning for online Tarot reaching outs I can recommend. You didn't think I could make it through a blog post without referencing a Tarot card do you??? ;-)


My recommendations currently reside on some great Facebook groups, where I have met many AT'ers who have already and are promising to help keep the Tarot torches lit.
May I heartily recommend Tarot Nerds, a group of 11,000+ and counting
or for a smaller group, the 3 of Cups Tarot Community has only a few thousand friendly folks.I also follow Tarotholics Anonymous, Tarot Professionals, and Tarot 101:Tarot Studies, a group that keeps those skills sharp.
For Tarotists who blog and vlog, check out the FB group, Tarot Bloggers and Vloggers.

I'll be looking for you!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tarot And The 7 of Cups- All The Things Along The Way

© Loren Fishman CartoonStock

I grew up in a Christian household, but would hear about the Buddhists, and their ideal of enlightenment. Cartoons like the one above make it seem easy.

What gets in the way? For Tarot, it could in part be the Seven of Cups.

Learning the Tarot is a lifelong process- one can have supreme experience, but the Tarot has never been "mastered".

Not that we wouldn't like to- as well as divine the lotto pick, never make a reading mistake, go ahead and end homelessness, hunger and have world peace to round things out. 

Blinded by our ideals of Tarot just doesn't happen to those just starting out- what visions we can't come up with on own will find us somehow.
 Pit stops along the way include:
-When we are just learning- "Going to be the BEST at this, once I..."
-Then there are the books- Is it possible to collect EVERY interpretation? (I am so guilty of this one!)
-Not to forget the add-on's- Bags, cloths, ooh a crystal or 100!
-When we are ready to branch into a different Tarot style such as TdM or Thoth- "Conquer all the reading styles!"
-If one begins to write publicly about Tarot " This could lead to fame, a book deal, and who will play me in the movie?"
-When we get great feedback - is it time to go pro? "How would it be to make a living reading?"
-Every time new Tarot decks are introduced  (enough said)

©World Spirit Tarot
Tarot has the ability to show the human experience, and therefore it can be a natural progression to see Tarot in all things. For the artistically inclined, Tarot can offer a new avenue, up to and including making one's own deck. 
With the advent of the internet, it's never been easier to share our journals or a beautiful spread's atmosphere.

I like to think the image below resplendent of the Buddha under the Bodhi tree, having ascended beyond the four of cups' meditation, through the disappointment of the five, a visit from the six, and now distractions of dreams, and temptation. 

©Barbara Walker Tarot

 How we do daydream for how our lives could be! 

©Arcus Arcanum Tarot

Daydreaming of itself is not bad, but it's not real, and it brings you nothing.

No thing. Ironically, we want all the things, yet if we project our dreams as the image above, we end up with the same fate as the Greek god Narcissus.

Ascribing to breaking down the Fool's Journey in three distinct stages, of seven cards each for the Major Arcana, it seems sevens are important points.
Now, the seven of cups in the  Minor Aracana, the everyday experience as it were, yet many lose an important battle that has cost the war.

Numerals don't end with seven, and the Tarot is not only the suit of cups; What of the antithesis of desire- detachment? Detachment can be viewed as cold and unfeeling; most un- cup like.

As far as the Tarot reading, letting go of your judgements and experiences almost seems like mastery attained. Odd that when you let go, what is given to you.

What about when you get everything you want? That's a form of ascendancy as well. Once you have mastered something there is nothing to aspire for it anymore.

So channel the Seven of Cups sometimes. Dream for more, bigger and higher. Then, get Wands inspired, Swords energy precise, and grab that cup and make it so a Pentacles fashion. If you don't, know you've still made a choice.

Until next time, Tarot on!~

*This post, as with all of my posts on single cards, is an opinion, an alternate view in that may or never arise. It is not meant to be a standard interpretation.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June Blogletter

My homage to au courant Tarot goodness in the webs, and I'll try to introduce some folks that aren't in the top SEO picks

In the News(letters)
Janet Boyer's Latest Newsletter is out! Read it Here (and subscribe!)

The Tarot Lady's Hitlist has more than just Tarot goodness to read
Great Expectations (Check these events out!)
International Tarot day is July 8! (7/8) What will you do to celebrate? Get ready for Blog Hops, Art, and more!

Up For Review
I have Michelle Tea's "Modern Tarot" en route; can't hardly wait!

Seems like reversals are coming back into vogue. You might need Tarot In Reverse from Janet Boyer

Let's not be Blog-livious: small blogs, big content
There has been so much great content in the webs as of late!

Queen of Wands Tarot argues Death Is Death-an excellent read

Maddy Elruna shares an amazing Shaman & Tarot experience with Will You Be My Dead Grandma?

I've found Falcon Oak Tarot's Blog, and now I am HOOKED! Check out these amazing reads, and let's wait for more!
Tarot Tips For Begimners 
Reading Techniques- Using Additional Cards 

Tarot Prose has wonderful insight about Tarot Blogging- What I Wish I Knew

The Sibyl's Tarot talks about The Soulmate, The One, and The Meant To Be

Tarot For Change has started a new series here is How To Read Suits In Tarot- Wands 

Owl In The Oak Tarot has another suit of Wands take here with Stoking The Fire Within (for self care and growth) 

New Blogger Alert! Please welcome and support Ajay and his blog Tarot Insights By Ajay Very impressive indeed! 

The Tarot Tree has advice for How To Get The Most Out Of A Tarot Reading

There's something to be said for deck comparison. Read Beth Maiden's article Fool's Journey: Same Card, Different Decks

Is it okay to keep asking Tarot on the same question? Read This from Cosmic Faery's Tarot for one Pro's opinion

Tarot Author Leeza Robertson (Tarot Court Cards For Beginners) offers this neat spread for Llewellyn 

Jessi Huntenburg shares what she's learned in One Year As A Tarot Reader (Yay, Here's to many more!)

Happy Solstice! Lisa Eddy of Angelorum offers The Faery Crown Litha Tarot Spread for the occasion!
Up On Deck:
Has anyone noticed The Kawaii Tarot is being re-released with illustrated pips?

J Ryan Kent of Queer Street Tarot has been so inspired by his Tarot Deck, he will be  expanding the kickstarter to THREE decks!

Until next time, Tarot on!~

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Friends, Freebies, and Frazzled

I love this drawing by Sandra Boynton- I never thought about what frazzled looked like

A topic that never really falls away, whether talking with other Tarot readers, or in online groups, is when one moves from novice to reader, that your boundaries haven't grown with you.
Boundaries and ethics. They really are part of the Tarot reader repertoire. It is the format for how you allow others to treat you.
Let me say it again in a more bold fashion.

People treat you the way you train them.
Universal Goddess Tarot©

The Seven of Wands is about standing your ground. And It's not a one time event. Even though you posted on your page "No Free Readings", but dollars to donuts you're still going to inboxed for them.

Here's a common scenario:
Your close friends know you read the cards. Most likely you practiced on them for "free" while you were working on reading for others. Since then, you've upped your skills to charge for skills, time, and continued education (as well as new cards!). And everyone knows, they supported you and gave you kudos and wished you much success. And on social media you proclaim, "I take my cards with me everywhere!"
"Then you can just pull a card for me" your friends will start to ask. Or even strangers, word gets out quick about these things.
Doesn't matter that you are at dinner. And if you can read free for one, what about the six people watching?   
Word of advice; once in a row, it's your job. Meaning, the reward for great work is more work in other's eyes. You will be the assigned reader of every get together. 

Or how about this: you meet someone, and become fast friends- they know (or quickly find out) about your gift, and you give gifts to your friends, don't you? (wink,wink)
Then, you start identifying with our cartoon: Frazzled. By freebies no less, from friends.

Let's digress and talk about what happens AFTER you read for your friend. Are they your client, or your friend?
From my own experience, I have had connections on social media, very chatty and supportive, and I bought a reading from a lovely, well respected reader.
The reading was great. And then there was nothing. 
No more social media interaction. For the record, I didn't ask something that should have skewed their vision of me, just an inquiry.
If I had known it would ruin a friendship, I would not do it again.

On BettyJane Ware's blog she posted a page on her Ethics, and I love her view, "If I have sat down to dinner with you I will not read you"

It's not going to stop unless you correct it. 
Or better yet, if there is time, head if off at the pass.
Very cool Tarot reader and blogger Tiffany J has this ideal solution; "You have the chance to make new clients!"  
When everyone starts lining up or milling around, hand out those business cards! Maybe, if you wish, do a one card 'teaser' read for them.
Or, you can just conveniently leave those Tarot cards at home in your "off time".

Oh, it happens online too, make no mistake.  My go to Tarot Guru Theresa "The Tarot Lady" Reed publishes great content for new, established, and entrepreneurial readers.
Here's one of my favorite writings on dealing with Inbox Vampires   

I do hope this inspires you to think about part of reading that isn't directly card related. 
Even if you aren't setting up shop, it wouldn't hurt to make sure you are the Tarot reader you choose to be, that is in demand, not the one on demand.

Until next time, Tarot on!~