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!~

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The 9 of Swords And Some Fraught Furniture



  *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.

 



Let's begin with a little humor, as even the barber applies lather before the blade. Or blades, in this case, nine of them. Whereas I try to have a lighthearted approach in looking at the cards, it is not beyond me to have a more somber tone, as this card would allow. 


The depiction above has three worries keeping the figure awake. If three is a number of creation, and nine completion, a point can be made that the 9 of swords is finishing of what we have founded emotionally.


RWS


In more detail, I can't help view this card as when your chickens come home to roost; that is if those returning fowl matched your foul words and actions.

It is said once you realize you are in a hole, you should stop digging. Most of us dig our own holes, a segway into the fact that the modern day association of the spades in playing cards would be tarot swords.

 The minor nines lead back to The Hermit, what similarities do we see? Well, they are both cards of solitary figures in dark places. But I do like that The Hermit not only has a lantern (of truth) and the fact that the figure is typified by being elevated, both in importance and altitude. 
In this instance, could The Hermit's lantern be illuminating the hole the nine of swords is in? The truth hurts. And so would the glare off those swords.
The card shows insomnia, and most can tell you the vulnerability of sleep is just as accessible to bedding that can remember and remind.

(RWS)- The Hermit leaving the light on for you.

At this point many people look at the configuration of the swords in the RWS deck, and often conclude that they are a ladder the figure can use to climb out of despair.
Webs of deceit and holes both must be created first- there is no indication the swords appear out of nowhere; no hands from clouds are holding them in place. Here is where I see tough love, you must hit rock bottom on your own. 

Those swords are installed in lines, as in the ones we tell ourselves and others;
"I can stop whenever I want to" 
"Just need to finish this work project off the clock, Be home late" 
"Relationship do over #257- It's going to be different this time"
There is craftsmanship.

More truth, it's going to hurt to climb out grabbing those blades. 
We can live in fear of what hasn't happened, keep playing the movie of things that have, or look at the work required.

Look also at the bed foundation, the woodwork features a sword fight. Not to doubt Pamela Colman Smith's possible interest in Feng Shui, or any thoughts which would say what we sleep on top of infiltrates our dreams.
I see the quilt with all the astrology signs as proof that this can happen to all of us, no sign or planet conjunction is singled out.

Unless added with other cards judging you with a harsh fate, the good note of this card is that it's a Minor Arcana card; read that as 'it's just minor'.
Ask yourself, "Is this real, or memory foam?"

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tarot Answers In Interpretive Dance

By that I mean, the cards tell the answer as they know it, but you are on your own to decide what that means.

And like the oracles they are inspired from, they are probably mocking you occasionally.


Interpretive Dance- Is the figure in the Two of Pentacles performing the Dance of the Seven Veils, or the Hokey Pokey?


Deviant Moon




As well they should, when one asks things such as:

Want to know someone else's sexuality? Perhaps you should ask THEM.
What are they thinking? Pretty sure it's tacos.
Yes or No? Flip a coin. Or use a pendulum. Save your sanity.


Why is it* when someone posts a reading online, the answers go all over the board, especially for one of the all time great questions, "Are they cheating?"?? Shouldn't it be there is just one answer?
*Cue Andy Rooney Voice


They should have to  draw the Wheel of Fortune. "Good luck, bad luck, who's to say?" says the Wheel. Ha ha. Better off with a fortune cookie.
Did you correctly guess Fish Love? (LOL) +


And what currency does a Tarot reading carry? Can you sue for your thoughts? Do you win your penny back?

Funny how in all the fitness books out there the exercises never cover jumping to conclusions.

Granted, there are readers whom even specialize in cut and dried inquiry exhumation, gleaning Tarot bones with impressive pageantry. Often, these are the seasoned readers, and/or psychics, some working with spirits.

For the rest of us, it's best that we continue to ask about our part in the situation, and make an informed decision on how to proceed forward.
After all, we know ourselves best, why not start there? Soul searching is an inside job- Tarot can hold the light up for you, pull back the curtain, even give you comfort or a jump start when needed.

And take some cues. Asking the same question over again will probably get you cards like:
the 4 of swords (give it a rest)
or, the 10 swords (you're grinding ground flour)
The 3 of wands (you need to wait)
The Hanged Man (stuck in limbo)
at least that's what happens for me.

Tarot being a symbolic language, while you're learning, know you may end up interpreting the answer is to wind your suitcase while snorkeling- Of course! Why didn't it just say that in the first place?


+ For the record, the answer on Wheel of Fortune was 'Wish List'

Friday, May 26, 2017

Tarot Fives- Variations On The Theme of Loneliness

Last night I dreamed about Tarot. 
Now, I did go to bed thinking about it, but what came to me reminded me that there is always more to learning.
Tarot is a book you can read and highlight all you want, and still find something new when referencing.

In an online group, the discussion was loneliness in the cards. All of the 5's were mentioned here and there except for the 5 of swords. 
Why not that one? Without thought I typed  "One person is excluded in that group.They've all walked away in the RWS." 
 What? That card is always a 'bully' card, the hardest thing about that is that it gets lonely at the top; so why was I suddenly on the other side and saying that?

It really got me thinking, dreaming, then awake and inspired.

Swords. Words within. The term words is actually part of swords. Words can hurt.
What if, the swords are words in this depiction?  Ever walked into a room and the conversation stops? Imagine all the swords as words; they've just dropped to the ground. What if the figure is trying to piece out and recapture errant words and syllables? Was the conversation about them? And what about the expression on the face? Is is necessarily a sneer? Could it be nervous laughter?

Lo Scarbeo Tarot

RWS                                                         

What of ALL the fives? What's in the suits that's from within us?

The five of cups. Five emotions?
I'm not sure we are limited to five, but I am definitely willing to say it would canvas the biggest ones. Anger, Elation, Sadness, Fear, Contentment.
What about Tears?
RWS
Spiral Tarot

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

End of May 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)

Keep your brands to yourself- Check out The Tarot Lady as she takes on copy cats in the latest Soul Proprietor 

Christiana Gaudet is Summer Ready per her Tarot Topics Newsletter  

Great Expectations (Check these events out!)

Tarot Summer School-looks to be amazing! Bundle 15 courses by different instructors, or buy classes individually! Registration is open, Class June 1

May 24- Talking Shop with Theresa and Bri is a public event on Facebook- Topic "Creative Photography For Your Soulful Business" here

International Tarot Day is coming July 8! (78) You'll soon start seeing some wonderous things planned for it's first celebration!


Up For Review

I'm currently loving Leeza Robertson's Tarot Court Cards For Beginners and a review is forthcoming shortly

I'll also be interviewing three time author and two time deck publisher Janet Boyer- you'll see it in the blog soon!


Let's not be Blog-livious: small blogs, big content

Do you like "Yes or No" spreads? Check out The Jupiter & Saturn Yes No Technique from Lisa Eddy at Angelorum 

Correlate Tarot to music? Owl in the Oak Tarot does. Connecting Tarot With Music: Strength 

Where have I been to only recently discover Fables Den? Excellent writings, I was hooked when I saw "Tetris" in this title The High Priestess' Way-Make Space, Stay Still, and Play Tetris

New Blogger Alert! I am happy to introduce Starr Carillo's foray into the world of online journaling with her blog Starr Tarot  Read about What Tarot Has Taught Me 

Gypsy Rose Tarot talks about Letting Go

Miguel Marques for Maelstrom Tarot writes the thoughtful To A Queen of Swords

More thoughts on the Court Cards, this time about the Pages. Meadow Queen views them as Eyes Up, Heart Open  Awwww!

 A Simple Spread For The Resistance is an answer spread Dreadlock Tarot was inspired to create noticing people's desire to help with their community of even on a more global level where we can

Victoria from Eternal Athena participated in a pictorial spread for Bored Panda, bringing life to several cards in the name of Tarot. And Art.

I do hope you already follow Imogen Walters. Her latest post provides Musings On The Magician

Finally, this is not Tarot related, but an excellent post on divination, by ANY means The Body as Divination Tool by Kai Elliot  

Amour pour TdM
As if The Queen's Sword couldn't get any better, check out the newest feature Artist's Advice  

One of Camelia Elias' students started a blog! Take a look at Tarot Vitae

Up On Deck:

The Wooden Tarot is a neat indy deck I've been looking at. Int'l buyers may want to order from Beth Maiden at Little Red Tarot 

Lots of buzz for the Kickstarter of the Mesquite Tarot - it looks great!

Speaking of Kickstarter Tarot Decks, J Ryan Kent of Queer Street Tarot is creating and has on Kickstarter a Tarot deck "of my experience as a gay man & my esoteric/tarot knowledge to bring a unique deck to life"  Take a look Here

 

Until next time, Tarot on!~

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review- Llewellyn's Little Book of Psychic Development by Melanie Barnum

What you'll get: This is a wee 5"x6" book, portable, and about 183 pages. Think gentle, not grandiose.


Why you may have overlooked this gem:
There are no slick promises and exclamation points promising overnight results or fame, fortune, and a TV show. And also, as of this writing, it's not been released yet. I am thankful to Llewellyn Publications and Netgalley for loaning me an advanced reading copy.

Why it's worth it's place in the book nook:
This book makes a wonderful "addition" to other studies, in my case, Tarot. (I chose to read this with "Living The Tarot" by Scott Turner) Written in encouraging tones, Melanie reminds you that it is already within you, she is just helping you not overthink and talk yourself out of your experience.
-You'll read about all the forms of psychism (it's not all non- stop action picture viewing like in the movies)
-Learning meditation in a way that you aren't questioning if you are "Doing it right", and beginning guided meditation.
-Introduction to chakras
-Practical, hands on exercises even include a section to begin scrying, pendulum work, even working with cards
-Since it's not just concentrated on one aspect, the seeker is not discouraged if they are not strong in some areas, as they can discover where their strengths lie.

What's NOT in this book (That may be important to you):
This book will not teach you to be a professional, nor help you set up a business.

TL,DR? Too Long, Didn't Read?
* This is a small, encouraging book that's big on introducing you to opening up to psychic development.
* It makes a great addition to any divination or channeling work you are interested in working with
* 27 exercises along with the author's expert tips will soon help you open up to being receptive and connected with the universe and your place with it.

4.5 stars on Subject matter