Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Manly Cat Trio: Yang Energy Sharpens My Focus

I decided to use the Tarot of Pagan Cats (Mini) again today. It's a small deck so it's good that I usually use pretty large images on my blog so that you can see the details more easily. I had to laugh a bit when I received this rather 'manly' pull of the King of Wands, King of Cups and the Hierophant. The only thing that might've been more so would be to get the Emperor or maybe the King of Pentacles instead of the King of Cups. But, I digress.

The topic I had in mind when pulling these cards is my focus and sense of direction. I feel fairly in a flow and focused in home matters (keeping the household in order--cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, errands, etc) but, I feel a bit more confused in terms of my personal focus. I think that's OK at times, though. Even so, I think it's good to give ourselves some foci and goals as long as we aren't too obsessed or fanatical about them in a negative, consuming way that detracts from our lives.

So, I guess it makes sense that I'd pull these sort of 'masculine' and 'yang' energy type cards. The King of Wands feels very self-directed to me. Maybe the message here is to allow yourself to be inspired and creative in a dynamic way. Maybe I'm not really allowing it so much. It's an energy to embody in order to maybe hang on to something that might be inspiring.

The King of Cups I often see as the artist and counselor card. This may speak to both my dynamic Aries side (King of Wands) and my intuitive side (King of Cups)...maybe marrying them in a sense. A gay marriage, obviously, since they're both guys. Hehehe. They have something to offer on both sides of the equation. Focus, drive and energy, but also intuition, creativity and compassion.

The Hierophant shows a framework and structure, perhaps. I usually see this card as relating to either a school or other institution, or place that provides a kind of foundation or other built-in sense of order or discipline. That's what is generally implied by this card. Things like schools, churches, the institution of marriage. They're structures that (hopefully) can provide a safe place to explore and to learn. I see this card a lot for teachers, too, confirming their teaching role. That may be the case for me as well, because I've still been kicking around the idea of teaching some classes again, though I am not sure of the framework/venue that I would want to do this in--and that may be where the Hierophant can help in terms of securing an appropriate place to teach.

All in all it's something to consider. I've been thinking about learning and teaching again, and honestly I don't know which capacity (either/or/both?) I want to approach things from. We're always learning--that's for sure--but I don't know if this is something more 'official' with me taking a class. This is something I will keep in mind this week as I move forward.

Love to y'all,

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tarot of Pagan Cats Duo: Willingness to Change

Good day everyone!

I wasn't sure what deck to choose so I chose this one at random. This is the Tarot of Pagan Cats (Mini), which I think is charming, but I do rarely use it, so I'm glad that I chose it!

I don't have long to post, as I'm taking my daughter out briefly to go to a local garden center to look at the turtles and plants, so I'll make it short. I think she wants to leave ASAP.

Here is a duo I pulled just a bit ago this morning. Judgement and The Wheel (of Fortune). Seems like a fairly fortuitous duo if I do say so. Or, I hope so.

What do I think of when I see this pair? I guess first and foremost I see the willingness to change, or move forward to a new cycle. Judgement (at least my understanding of it) is a determination to awaken to a new understanding of your life and then, hopefully, do something about it. I see it as seeing things with fresh eyes. Hearing that call to embark on a path, or just seeing things in a different way. I'm sure this isn't the only way to see the Judgement card, but it's the way I find most helpful.

The Wheel of Fortune is about the cycles of life and time. The Wheel goes up and it goes down--and one mistake is to take it really personally and worry about every turn of the wheel. In general, I see it as a good thing, being flexible and open to change. But change can be challenging. Even so, I think this card is fairly neutral and not one that I generally run from, unless it's paired with a bunch of challenging cards. Even then, we shouldn't fear change but do whatever we can to cope well with it.

Sending you all good wishes for your week,

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cross & Rider: Bad News or Multiple Visits?


So, I admit when I pulled Cross I thought, 'UGH' and shoved it back into the deck. I shuffled again and pulled a card out. Guess what I got? Cross again. So I sighed in resignation and pulled it out. Then I pulled a second card to complete my duo and received Rider.

'Oh no!' That's what my anxious, feverish brain exclaimed when it saw this duo. What does it mean? Bad news? Usually when I think like this it's my anxiety and not my intuition. That's what I'm telling myself, anyway. I looked at the pull for a bit and then went over to Learn Lenormand to see the brief but sometimes thought-provoking keywords they provide on two card combinations:

Cross + rider (1): help is on its way, destined visitor

Oh. I felt a bit relieved. That's not really what I expected to see. Admittedly, I'm still a neophyte when it comes to the Lenormand system.  I know that the Cross, while it can mean trouble or hardship, does not necessarily mean that. Here are some meanings I've come across:

  • Pain/hardship/burden
  • Something destined
  • Something unavoidable
  • A crossroads
  • Spirituality
So, then I looked at Faery Godmother Fortunes and saw their interpretation:

Rider/ Cross- a visit to more than one place or multiple visits

And from Cafe Lenormand:

Cross + Rider: Painful visit, assistance

Hrm. I'm still not sure what to think. As with all readings, it's best to just take note of it and not worry about it or overthink it. The best readings happen when you're able to detach from them.

See you all next week. I'm going to be visiting with family and then my hubby's birthday is on Friday.


Monday, October 5, 2015

October Reading Specials

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to draw attention to my October reading offerings. I'm lowering the usual price of my readings for the month of October with options for 3, 6 or 10 card readings.

This applies to both e-mail and in-person readings--they are the same price at the moment.  In-person readings only apply to people living in my city.

Haha, I'm amused at how many times I've linked the word 'readings'...had to do it one more time for good measure. ;)

Anyway, that's pretty much it! Hope everyone is having a pleasant October so far. I really enjoy this time of year!

Lots of Love,

Gradual Advancing: Keep Things Moving Along

Hello Lovely Folks,

So, recently (this was either last night or the night before) I had out my I Ching Tarot, which I enjoy. I like a similar deck, too, which is the Tao Oracle. The I Ching itself I find a mystery, as I haven't used it in its original form, though I've read about it. But these I Ching tarot/oracle cards allow me to use the I Ching in a more user-friendly, or at least familiar, way.

The message I received, Hexagram 53, was very basic in a way. The reminder seems to be that a slow and steady pace is often best. What I do (this is the lazy person's way, as opposed to using coins to get your changing line/s) is I select a number or numbers 1-6 for the changing line, and then read that message along with the main meaning. Or, I simply don't use the changing lines and look at the basic message. Shown here in the image on the lower right is the changing line message I got.

Having had a flare-up of my chronic sinusitis again these past couple of weeks (it's ongoing, but it often flares up and is worse than usual), I was diligent about my diet, taking my herbs and supplements, doing the neti pot, and trying to get as much rest and fluids as possible. I think I get very easily discouraged when I don't see improvement right away. This message of gradual advancing is a good one for me. It doesn't have to be a big leap to be an improvement.

After attending to my health and regime, not straying too far from what I seem to notice helps, I started to notice a gradual improvement in how I felt. I still feel woozy from some fluid in my inner ears, but my sinus pain is gone, and I don't feel nearly as off as I did. I am trying not to allow crazy expectations of perfection to keep me from staying the course. I'll often give up much too quickly--assuming what I'm doing is wrong, when in fact I need to be aware that things often change very slowly. And that's absolutely normal!

I like the changing line's message of rest and rejuvenation--of taking a rest and having a healthy dinner. These simple instructions can make all the difference when we don't feel well. Rest and fun can go a long way to making a person feel better.

Sending you all best wishes,

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Wooden Tarot Trio

Excuse the bizarre photo. Backstory: I have this interesting circular, woven, multi-colored thing hanging on my bedroom wall. I thought it would make a beautiful background for my Wooden Tarot pull, but it is very securely nailed into the wall with lots of tiny nails. So? What's a lazy gal who doesn't want to remove it from her wall without leaving lots of tiny holes to do? That's right! Just stick your hand up there and hold those cards up.

Admittedly, the posterize filter kind of made the whole thing look eerie/creepy. But, I'm just gonna leave it. It's October after all. What I'd like to do is have a little drawer or box full of tarot photo props to use that I can whip out at a moment's notice. I tend to frantically search for background and fabrics for photo gold, but it would be fun to find things specifically to use for photographing tarot pulls. Don't you agree?

Anyway. I do like this deck a lot, and what I've discovered is that, overall, I don't mind majors only pulls (this one has aces too) because most of the cards are positive. There are only a couple overtly negative majors and the rest are either neutral or positive. So what does that mean? That means that my reading generally will be pretty positive. Of course, I try to do this with all reading--showing the potential rather than the pitfalls.

The three we have here are Magician, Ace of Pentacles and Wheel of Fortune. This makes me think of a sense of empowering oneself in the areas of money, health or work. Seeing that change is possible. The Magician often talks about will, self-possession, empowerment, the ability to get things done. It's sort of like the green light. It says, 'Hey, you can do this!' And the Wheel of Fortune supports change and movement. The pure potential of the Ace of Pentacles makes it possible to start things in a practical sense, whether you need to save money, start a new health regime, or possibly plan a little work/commission idea to launch. Or...if you're me...all three.

Sending y'all lots o' love,

p.s. Because most of my readers are in the UK I am going to schedule this to publish this at midnight so you see it earlier. Hehe. Why not?