Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween and Happy Five Year Blogiversary


Hey Everyone,

I know I said I wouldn't be back until November, but I'm only one day off, right? I realized that today, Halloween, is my blogiversary. My five year blogiversary to be exact. I had a blog called Tarot by Celeste, which I ultimately deleted, but anyway. This one, Magic Mentha, has been up for five years today. Time flies!

So, I decided to whip out my lovely Tattered Nomad Oracle to pull some cards. I could've used the Halloween Tarot or some other spooky-ish deck, but for some reason I just wanted to use Shaheen's lovely deck. Of course, I was not quite sure what to make of the pulls I got, but I have a few ideas.

The pull on the left, with four cards, is a simple spread of two cards on the top representing current influences, and two cards on the bottom representing upcoming/near future influences. For the first card I got one of Shaheen's bonus cards, The Aura, which is about energy and the energy body, and ties (primarily energetically) that we may have to people or events. Other energy systems and concepts are highlighted, such as energy healing and the connection between body, mind and spirit. In any case, there are many possibilities for application, I suppose.

This card sits next to the Cross card, which often represents stress and suffering in some way. Guilt, grief, depression and other difficult emotions are often associated with this card. I found this top duo interesting because it does remind me of something I was reading about just a day or two ago. I was thinking how I tend to worry/obsess over people--to try to take charge of something emotionally for which I have no control (which is what worry really is--needless suffering and stress over things which may or may not be true, and the outcome of which we may have no control over), but that the ultimate thing we can do for everyone in our lives (including ourselves!) is to trust in the ability of our friends, family and others to navigate their own life, their own issues.

We cannot be so invasive and arrogant as to think we can or should do it for them. Not that we could even if we tried! I liked what the book had to say which was that when we try to rescue others or if we think they are pathetic and helpless, and we go into that mode, we're giving them the message that they cannot take care of themselves and you know better than they do how to run their lives. One of my favorite premises of Michael Neill's work and the 3 Principles is that we all have a unique source of innate wisdom, one where, when we quiet down, we are able to see the best solutions for ourselves in every given moment. We have to trust in this wisdom and use it.

So...after all that rambling...what I wanted to say is that I can stop the suffering I have around humanity in general when I cease worrying about the impact I have on others so much, or I stop worrying so much about their unique situation or journey. I can detach those energetic cords and ties and know that they are doing the best they can in every given moment, just like I am.

The bottom two cards in the quad, the Anchor and Scythe. The Anchor is frequently associated with work or things with long term security in mind. My first thought was maybe a change in my job focus, as Anchor can be associated with work. Scythe shows a swift ending, sorta like the Tower in tarot. Here's the very basic description from LearnLenormand.com:

Anchor + scythe (10): sudden change, discontent

I actually did a second reading (as you see in the upper right quadrant of the image), using three cards. Again I received the Cross, along with the Ring and Dog. When I saw this it seemed more like about relationships than about work. The Ring shows a commitment and Dog is often about friendship. This made me think of stress around a friendship. Or maybe feeling kinda 'bleh' about some commitment related to a friendship. I don't know! There are several possibilities, really.

Maybe the angst is more general about connections and relationships. But whatever it is, I'm just gonna leave this here and not overthink it, besides the overthinking I've already done. One thing I don't like about the Lenormand system is it feels a bit stiff and sometimes negative to me. I have to open my mind up to more flexible, neutral or positive meanings to these cards, as it can read a little harsh at times, though that may be appropriate at different points.

Sending you all best wishes for November,
MM

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Here and Now: Be Back in November!


Hello Love Bugs,

I've decided to live in the present and take a little blogging hiatus for a bit. I'm going to work on some neglected projects and also new projects, and put the divination more to the side for the time being.

Love Lots,
MM

Friday, October 16, 2015

Building Blocks, Reversed

Today's pull using the online version of Colette's new deck, is Building Blocks, Reversed. I do like the reversals on this! She did a great job of giving them interest and depth and not just a 'meh' samey feel but in a negative light that many reversals hold.

I think it's excellent advice to reassess where we are and see if things still hold true for us or whether we really need to let go of things/places/people. Honesty in this manner can be pretty uncomfortable--as we're creatures of habit and we don't want to offend others by our actions.

Love,
MM

Building Blocks

Strong foundations; a beautiful work in progress.

Protection

Protection message: Now is the time to address the cracks in the foundations of your life. Perhaps your values have changed and it is time to strengthen your convictions and let go of the things that no longer serve the vision you have for your life. Or perhaps you chose to ignore the signs that a situation or agreement you have entered into is not right for you. Remove the rotten pieces and reinforce your core moral strength and integrity. Now is the time for rigorous honesty, for you are called to renovate and upgrade your consciousness! You will be so happy when you do. Spirit has a spectacular blueprint for your life far beyond your imagination. Don’t be afraid to replace what’s not solid.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Neverending Story, Reversed and Protected

Hi Y'all,

Here's another pull I did over at Colette's website. Colette calls the reversals in this deck 'Protection' position, which I actually find brilliant. Reversals can sometimes be feared and avoided and I think they can provide valuable added meaning to a reading.

This is interesting, and I agree that it can be way too easy to get pulled into drama surrounding us, taking unnecessary action when really we should just be minding our own beeswax.

Much Love,
MM


Protection

Protection message: This is a time to avoid drama at all costs, especially when it comes to other people’s “stuff.” Your sensitivity is on overload these days, and you’re best served by keeping your distance. Your mantra today is “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” All this drama will pass, and you will carry on, unscathed and blameless.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Round and Round: Revisiting Lessons

Magic Mentha's note: I included all the text from Colette's website so you could see it. I don't own these cards yet but I am able to use her online oracle to pull a card.  This card is great and I bet all of us can relate to this--seeing a handful of issues repeating over and over until we GET it. I get it! It makes sense. I am looking forward to working with this deck. To see a review of this lovely deck, go over to Tiferet Tarot!

Round And Round

The spiral quality of events when a lesson isn’t quite integrated; cycles you are challenged to break; revisiting a pattern from a new perspective

Guidance

The Oracle’s message: The appearance of this card is a reminder that although it may appear that you’ve gone backward, the truth is that you are standing at a higher level, looking down into your circumstances. You will learn something, do something better, and break a cycle set up in the past. You actually have a bird’s-eye view of your initial footprints and can access the wisdom and lessons learned. Relationship message: Are you wondering, How did I get here again? Does something feel familiar right now in your dynamics with others? Maybe a little too familiar? Don’t be surprised that you’ve found yourself repeating an old story with the same sort of person, who may not look similar but who attracted you because of your easy acquaintance with his or her qualities. Your relationship is a mix of what is good and what is potentially challenging. You have been drawn to this person through the perfection of Spirit’s plan for your evolution. You may have circled back to an accustomed spot—a familiar place— but that’s fine, as you get to do things again, only differently this time, for you learned something of great value since the last time around. How will you choose to behave now that you’re aware? Remain curious and stay out of the blame game. Prosperity message: If you’re in a scenario that appears to be an echo of something that’s already happened in the past in your work life, it is because you’re being invited to see what you couldn’t see before. This is a perfect time for you to look at the deeper motives you have and your attraction to the opportunities and people who have entered your life to be part of your journey to prosperity. Who helps you navigate? Who sabotages you? Who supports you? What are the familiar signs, and your responses to them, when you find yourself in a repeat of a pattern of the past? It’s a good time to get a coach or mentor who can help you see what you can’t on your own. Repeat what works, not what doesn’t. Then you will free yourself from the old cycles and cease going round and round.

Wordless Wednesday: Intuitive Career Moves


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,
MM

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,
MM

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cross & Rider: Bad News or Multiple Visits?


O.K.

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.

Love,
MM

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,
MM

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,
MM

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,
MM

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?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Sun


I pulled a single card from the Wooden Tarot, gifted to me by the swell Sae Lokason, to represent October. The illustrations are unusual and have a particular flavor. I like the quirky and almost old-fashioned illustration style of these cards. This one is funny. It's a dog, fox or wolf with the face of a sunflower.  I laughed when I saw this card because I just wasn't sure what to make of the image, but maybe that's the point! The Sun is not a card of complication or overthinking. It's a card of lightness and simplicity, of fun.

The Sun card feels warm and open, lacking pretense or confusion. It feels optimistic. Many see it as literally spending time outside. Others see it more from the standpoint of a mindset...approaching things from a place of optimism. Things come to light, a weight is lifted...we're more prone to joy. I think this is a suggestion for me more than anything. To not dwell on negativity, to not see myself as messed up or broken in any way. To embrace life.

I would certainly love to carry this energy with me into October. Wishing you all a great month!

Love,
MM