Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Creative Quad: More Projects

Last night I was wondering whether I should start a new painting project or maybe a whole series. My idea is doing various textile/fabric-themed designs from lots of cultures. I've done this a little bit in a few hand-painted jewelry series but in such a small format (less than 2 inches) there is only so much you can do. I've always loved patterns, and I think they can be as interesting as any other type of artwork.

Anyway, this reading was just messing around with that concept of doing a series (possibly to sell/show) based on these patterns. I thought the answer was pretty helpful. I received the 8 of Pentacles, often seen as the craftsmanship/artisan card. I couldn't have picked out a more specific card from the deck! I do see this card as referring to creative works and commissions, and that 'nose to the grindstone' feeling of working on several projects or one longer project. But it's not really a painful nose to the grindstone state, but one of focus and intent.

The next card to show up was the Emperor, a card frequently seen as one of order, structure and getting stuff doing. It's a very active card. I see this a lot for work readings. It seems very ordered. I think this makes sense, especially paired with the 8 of Pentacles. Following that is the 2 of Pentacles, showing juggling a couple of things at once--perhaps doing more than one thing at a time. I get this card often for folks who do more than one thing--maybe that have one job and another on the side. Or more than one interest. I think this is true of me as well, since I often find myself bouncing between creating things in the kitchen/bath and body, art pieces as well as tarot readings. It also dawned on me that this could mean doing more than one painting piece simultaneously. I thought this was a weird thought when it occurred to me, but one day later it makes more sense. I went to the store this morning to get a wooden board to paint on, and there were only two left. I thought I should buy them both up in case they don't get any new stock in any time soon. I wasn't sure if I wanted to do one or two paintings, but I decided to go ahead and paint the background to both pieces. Then I wondered if I should make them a diptych. So, there you go!

The final card, the 8 of Wands, shows expediency. Something happening right away. It wasn't like, 'Sure, that's a good idea for next year.' It was like, 'Yeah, go ahead! Start right away!' And so I did--started working on it today. I don't know how many pieces I'll end up making or what exact form it will take, but the act of movement, starting on something does have a way of setting things into motion inexorably.

Much Love,

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A Wild Unknown Trio for October

Here's a trio I pulled recently. The Wheel of Fortune is so gorgeous in this deck, isn't it!? Of course, I'm a fan of this deck in general. The Daughter of Wands is the card I've designated for my young Sagittarius daughter. The Son of Wands--I'm not sure. Seems like the male counterpart. This is one I may have to ponder on. Dang court cards! It's possible it merely represents the fresh, fledgling energy of a new creative project--something I've been tapping into a lot lately.

Much Love,

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Artist's Inner Vision: An October Quad

Hi Folks,

Checking back in for the first time in a while (since August)! I have enjoyed the break from blogging, and have been doing a lot of other things (soap-making, and especially painting all of September), but I thought I'd post a four card pull I did with the online Artist's Inner Vision Tarot.

Here is what I got:

High Priestess--My first impression of the High Priestess in my own readings is that it's about tarot. I saw this as me reading tarot more in October, perhaps. I don't know. Just a thought. In any case, I use intuition to guide me as a general rule, but I love the lunar imagery and the crone with her plate of herbs and offerings. Another idea that might apply is doing more herbal/DIY stuff.

5 of Coins--This is usually a card of 'physical worries' whether that be money, health or career. I would love to leave those worries in the dust, thank you! That's my plan, anyway. This shows some stress around that, but I think any stressful situation can be mitigated and navigated in a more positive and productive way.

2 of Cups--Usually deemed the 'couple card' or 'marriage card' but not necessarily about that, this card augurs positive developments in the area of partnership. Perhaps I'll have more time with my husband, or team up with someone else to work on something. In any event, it's all good.

10 of Wands--Another card of stresses, the 10 of Wands shows a tendency to burnout. I have to keep this concept in mind throughout the month and not unwittingly put too many concerns on my plate. It's about good energy management. Don't bite off more than you can chew, or say 'yes' when you mean 'no'...

Love to y'all,

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse Reading: Ascending the Stairs and Mountain Peaks

Here are cards I pulled yesterday and meant to post on the day of the eclipse, a big to-do, especially here in the U.S. where it could be seen in near totality in most areas, and totality in others.

I did the pull with the query of 'what significance does the eclipse have directly for me?' and this was my answer: 9 of Wands, 3 of Pentacles, 7 of Pentacles and Death.

Looking at this quad of cards my first impression was that of 'efforting' felt like an uphill climb. I think the combination of the stairs energy in the 9 of Wands, and the mountain image in the 3 of Pentacles, and the oddly vertical line of pentacles in the 7 of Pentacles, made me think of this ascending energy. But it felt like a huge effort.

The 9 of Wands is often that heavy step of vigilance--the agonized waiting. It has a battle-weary feeling to it. The 7 of Pentacles requires a lot of patience. It's a long-term card of assessing and re-assessing situations. This, combined with the 3 of Pentacles, made me think it was about re-assessing my long-term potential and prospects with regards to work and career. I feel pretty weary with it all--I'm tired of doing freelance stuff, and not really getting that many jobs, but also not really want to rely on the unstable concept of it. I also wonder if I'm putting my energy in an area that I don't even want to emphasize anymore. I think all of these questions go under the heading of re-evaluation/reset, which is August's theme over at Power Path.

And, finally, we have my old friend Death...the card that has been coming up a lot lately, along with the 8 of Cups and sometimes the 8 of Wands. I feel it's time for a change--a time to move on to new and brighter prospects, to something more interesting and, probably, challenging. I am not being challenged by the same ole, same ole, which is what I've been doing the past decade or so. The biggest challenges (by far) have been in parenting, and as (I hope) things are ameliorated stress-wise in that area, I can move on to other challenges while still holding and honoring my parental duties.

Back to Death. Change is good. We really can't allow ourselves to stagnate for too long in any one area--and I know there are a few areas where I definitely have allowed this to happen. It's OK and it makes sense, but there it is. Now to turn my attention to how I can facilitate this change that's seeking to find me.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Repeat Cards: Endings and Finding New Foci

Here is a quad of cards I pulled today. I noticed some repeat cards: Death, 8 of Cups and 8 of Wands. This is one which FEELS like it's about something very specific but I can't quite put my finger on it. It seems clear from these recent pulls that some chapter is very consciously ending and another beginning. This isn't a bad thing, but can sometimes leave an emotional toll as it's happening.

I do feel, in general, the 8 of Cups shows leaving the known for the unknown, and the Death card enhances this meaning. I like the description I saw over at Aeclectic:

The querent may genuinely care for these familiar cups (things or people) whether or not they lived up to expectations. A crazy new dream, however, is calling to him, maybe has been calling for a while. His instincts are to follow the dream. But good idea or not (an inverted card might suggest that it's a bad idea or an illusion), he'll need fortitude to do this. It is easy to give your emotions freely to what is known, harder to give them to what is unknown. Yet the unknown is what will likely raise you up to a new level.

Yes...that's definitely the hard part for me--having the strength, dynamism and fortitude (which I think is what the Chariot is about here), the energy and will, to do something else.  Nothing changes until you do (the title of a book of an author/speaker I like to listen to), and that can sometimes be a painful reality to wake up to. No one will hand me a new reality on a plate-I have to decide to take it on.

Much Love,

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Abandoning Career Delusions, Deciding to Just Do Stuff

Here is the reading I did for myself today. I didn't have a topic, but I wanted to see what themes came up. I feel like I understand the gist of this reading, but there is always a ton of room for interpretation. Tarot reading is a lot like dream interpretation in that way; there are standard meanings and dream symbols, but there is a lot of wiggle room when it comes to what certain things mean. And, ultimately, the most important meaning is the one the reader/dreamer gives to the scenario. 

Just because it's an easy format I'll explain each card in turn:

  • Son of Pentacles: As the first card in the draw, I always feel this holds significance and usually sets the theme--shows the topic/crux of the reading. In a general sense, the Son of Pentacles represents a practical beginning. Something new in the arena of career and/or health. There are always multiple options in this area. Some examples might be to start taking classes in a certain area. It could mean learning the ropes in some way. It could mean implementing a business idea or money management plan. It could mean starting a new diet, health or exercise regime. But whatever it is shows a focus in money, career or health. 
  • 8 of Cups: This is a repeat card for me today. I pulled the 8 of Cups this morning (with another deck--on my phone, actually) and it resonated as well. I actually love this card, as melancholy as it often is. Abandoned success--moving on to something more meaningful. A search for purpose, often new vocation or an entirely new focus. This version is particularly intense and poignant. Look at all those shattered cups! Normally, the cups are seen as totally whole, still entirely intact. The person has chosen to abandon the current situation, no matter how viable it is, because it no longer holds any meaning or draw. In this deck it feels even more dire that a new direction has to be taken. Ill health and stagnation are mentioned as current realities, or near-future realities, if action isn't taken. It even uses the phrase, 'Nothing good remains for you here.' Wowza! 
  • 3 of Pentacles: This is the work card in a collaborative sense. My first thought was that, while the 8 of Cups shows a mountain in shadow, the 3 of Pentacles shows an illuminated mountainside. Things are clearer, and you're collaborating with colleagues in some way. Maybe the way for me to gain more momentum in a work arena is to reach out to others--people I can work with instead of feeling like a lonely island. I've tried to do freelance for so long, with minimal success and also minimal enjoyment. I wonder if I should pursue something more social. Part of me really cringes to read that because I like being independent. But it may not be the best option for me right now.
  • Two of Swords: This is the stalemate card--a card of indecision and confusion. Well, actually, that's not entirely true. It's not so much confusion as it is not really wanting to decide or make a choice. You know what is happening and you're well aware of the options, but you are stalling. The original image is one of a person wearing a blindfold. They've chosen to close their eyes to the truth of the situation because they don't like the fact that they have to make a decision. How long can a person go before actually taking that first step out?
  • Fool: Don't you love this card? Cute birdy. He's a baby bird having to trust the flying process, even though he's never done it. This is great advice for me. I've gotten lazy about taking chances. If I don't have to take any chances I just don't. I wait around until things become so annoying or unbearable that I jump. Jump and grow wings on the way down, to quote a saying.
  • 8 of Wands: The final card of this reading is another one of my favorites. I like that the last two cards of this reading are very pro risk-taking and dynamic. This is one of the speediest cards of the tarot. Things happening immediately. This, along with the Fool, was my recommendation/homework duo. Taking chances, taking action. Not hesitating. Jumping off that cliff, trying stuff out.
So, my takeaway from this reading is that, in order to find the meaning I am looking for in a career sense (and perhaps health-wise, too) I have to just get out there and take chances, and maybe collaborate more with other people who might be able to assist me on my path.