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!