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!~

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.


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?"