Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cerbeu & Ogrostov: Pride & Ignorance

The concept behind these Transforming Dragons cards is interesting. Each card focuses on a vice or block. I find this a unique twist in terms of oracle reading. I think there are a million and one ways to read with tarot and oracles, and this is an excellent idea! We often don't want to admit our issues. Sometimes just mentioning them gives us insight.


The cards seem to be highlighting the reverse of these cards as a suggestion. Instead of being prideful and not wanting to do more, try more, these cards recommend an openness, a sense of learning, a vulnerability and willingness. Learning and understanding are also the antidote to rigid, prideful energy.

I have to admit, this one was slightly offensive when I first saw it, but then I realized that we all get stuck in our own little paradigms and forget to open up to possibility, to learn and be available to change and new information. A good reminder.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Jarv: Pressure

Have you ever had one of those days where lots of little crap goes wrong and you are left feeling anxious and agitated? That is what today has been like for me. Even though nothing was too life threatening I felt this tremendous sense of pressure. So, I was surprised to see this card. I wasn't expecting the single card reading I did to actually be helpful in any way.

This morning when I was cooking my daughter breakfast before school she came to me in an agitated state saying that White, one of her gerbils, was bleeding from his ear down under his chin. She was worried what had happened to him. I was hesitant to look, not wanting to see this potentially gruesome scene, but I went anyway. Sure enough he had a bleeding wound. I watched him anxiously for a while. I wasn't sure what to do.

After some thought I heard a couple suggestions to separate our two gerbils, who have been together for 2.5 years since birth. But it didn't sit well with me. I even went and bought a little cage/play pen but I returned it right after, when I came home to discover the two gerbils curled up together asleep. I couldn't bring myself to separate them, as they are social animals. Plus, I wasn't convinced that the injury was a result of fighting. I wonder if mites are a possible cause, as I have never seen these gerbils fight in all the time we've had them.

Anyway, a few other stressful but fairly insignificant things happened, but I think the stress and pressure of worrying whether White's injury is/was fatal or whether I had done the right thing was weighing heavily on my mind. I'm a bit tense this week, also, because my daughter is going on a three day trip which she seems to have mixed feelings about.

All in all, I think I'm overthinking things. I think the advice given in this card about allowing things to happen in their own time, one by one, and not put undue pressure on each thing, is the best course of action. It's far better to not borrow trouble from the future and, instead, do each thing well and not just a bunch of things in a fit of frantic energy.

Speaking of which, I just burned my lunch (and probably scorched my only remaining sauce pan) that I was heating up because I forgot about it and I was distracted by these things I've been thinking about. Oy!

Now to follow this card's advice...


Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Fortune Teller's Mah Jongg: Family and Health Focus

Here is a trio I pulled yesterday from The Fortune Teller's Mah Jongg, a very impressive little oracle consisting of 144 cards, some of them repeats, based on the Mah Jongg game. I like that there are extras of cards, since it's a card game and it's made to have multiples of things. This makes it easy to see a repeat of a theme or message in an oracle reading.

I admit this deck was a bit intimidating at first. The readings they suggest are complicated, not unlike Lenormand readings with a Grand Tableau or whatnot. But, being a person who loves doing things her own way and who loves shortcuts, I often just use this as I would any other deck.

Each card has a meaning that can be impacted by the cards around it, which is true of most oracle decks, but this seems especially true with this deck. It gives examples of how different pairings enhance or change certain meanings. This is, again, not unlike the Lenormand.

In any case...I have found this to be a surprisingly simple deck for reading with, even given all that complexity I just mentioned. Over time, I've learned the basic meanings of the cards, but I'm sure this is something that could take decades to do well.

The basic meanings of the cards I drew:

Peacock-From what I understand, this represents an older woman. There is a young woman card too, which is the Peach. This can also be somewhat lucky (but not too lucky!) as the book states. 

Seven Stars: This is a card about hopes and wishes, ambitions, fate, and other lofty sounding things. 

Toad: This card is primarily about health and healing, but can also be a warning not to overreach your ambitions. 

This trio came up in response to a query I had about what to focus on right now. My impression of this reading (which is highly personalized, I'm sure) is that, at this time, my main focus is family and my health, but that personal ambitions may take a back seat or even be too lofty at the moment. That doesn't mean I can't do them, but I feel like it's saying that my personal health and well-being trump that. This makes sense, as I was simultaneously wondering how I could bolster my physical health.

The Peacock made me think of my grandmother, who is living nearby with my parents, who I have been visiting a couple of times a week. She has very limited mobility and no short term memory (and is also very weak). I've been thinking about her a lot since they moved her back here about a month ago. She's 90 and I don't know how much longer she has. I know when my parents were out of town in Texas I felt a lot of guilt over not being nearby to visit my family, since care-taking for elderly relatives is a very intense and tiring affair, and my parents were very burnt out.

All that is to say that these things have been on my mind lately. Maybe a little too much---I can't think of much else. The Toad card brings the focus on physical health, which certainly applies both to myself and my ailing grandmother.  I feel that this will transition into something else at some point, but at present, this is what has been in my thoughts lately.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Medical News: Rider & Tower

I pulled this duo just now, to see what might come up. I looked up various meanings for this duo, and while many had promise, I ended up going with one that popped into my mind, which is medical news. The Rider brings some sort of information, person or visitor of some sort. Tower can be an institution/building/official/governmental establishment, among other things.

I guess I thought of this possibility since it seems to be a topic of interest today. My mom, grandma and sister were in town today (along with my dad and sister's BF to meet us for lunch), to see if my grandma's cast would come off after having been on her broken arm for two plus months. Unfortunately, the verdict is that it cannot come off. It was a very bad break, and if she weren't 90, it would have been operated on, but she is not strong enough to undergo such an operation. So, she will continue with the cast and/or brace. They were told that even a really young patient would have a long recovery from this type of break, and that it normally would require the aforementioned surgery.

Another possibility is my brother-in-law who has been in and out of the hospital for his ongoing issues. An even more mundane possibility is my husband going to the eye doctor this afternoon. In any case, health care of all sorts is highlighted!


Thursday, August 11, 2016

End of An Era & Leaving: Timely Exit

Here's another one of those readings I did yesterday, pointing to something ending and it being time to leave something behind. Of course, I'm not entirely sure what this means, but I think we're always undergoing little deaths and births and rebirths. My daughter's going to be back in school soon and I'm glad that's almost happening. Haha. Anyway...


A Butterfly Directive: Moving

From the Butterfly Oracle Cards for Life Changes, I pulled this card to post today. I did a few pulls yesterday, and I felt like 'Moving' and 'Leaving' kept coming up. No idea why, but there it is.

In addition to the most obvious meaning, which is changing residence, this can mean moving in other ways. Exercise, changing your scenery somehow (through redecoration or other means), etc. I think this works well as a general rule. Why not? We all need a change of pace, even if we don't make a dramatic move (such as moving to another house/state/country) in order to keep things from stagnating.

Much Love,

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

An Artsy Push: Do Creative Stuff

The other night I pulled a card from a cheesy unicorn deck I have. Haha. Gotta love the cheese! Anyway, I got the 'Finish What You've Started' card. I wanted more info, so I pulled one more card--the Creative card. So, in other words, make some things! I definitely have not been in maker mode this summer. I've pondered some things but haven't really followed through with them.

So...here's a nudge from the Corny Unicorns™.


Monday, August 8, 2016

Butterfly Message of the Week: Decisions About Finances

I've been enjoying the universal draws I've been seeing from fellow tarotists, both in blogs and on Instagram, so I decided to join in! I realized that many people may not only want to see me post readings about my (usually) hum-drum life. So, I am going to do mostly universal weekly readings, for all my readers--though you could easily argue that all of them are universal and the information in them relevant to whomever reads them.

So, here we have a duo for this week from these lovely Butterfly Oracle Cards. Decisions and Finances. This duo speaks to having to make a choice (or multiple choices) regarding your finances. This could come about in a number of ways: changing jobs, budgeting and investing, meal-planning, finding new streams of income, doing away with a job or a spouse changing or losing a job, or other finance-impacting decisions. For me, this is relevant on a number of levels. I hope it is for you, too!


Friday, August 5, 2016

Easy Does It: Slowing Down the Process

I like the message of this card I drew the other day from the Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards. I was sitting and (aptly enough) feeling impatient as my daughter enjoyed the day and swam at a local lake beach. I just wanted to get on to the next thing as fast as possible. But why? Sometimes I do things on auto pilot and I just feel like I'm rushing around for no reason whatsoever. This card is not only about patience but about a kind of slower, more gradual approach, one infused with the understanding that things take time and there isn't a need to rush--that rushing, instead, often leads us to make mistakes or throw babies out with bath water. In any case, it's a good reminder for me.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Lenormand Duo: Dog & Bear

Here is a duo that I pulled. I used the addictive Prisma app to edit it. Gotta love that thing.

So here we have Dog and Bear. Dog represents loyalty, friendship and the like. Bear can mean a variety of things--some of which are resources, money, a boss, a powerful person, a mother, diet. The list goes on. Here are some examples of this combination (in short) that I came across:

From LearnLenormand.com:

Dog + bear (15): financial advisor, powerful friend

From CafeLenormand.com:

Dog + Bear: adviser, consultant, wealthy friend, overbearing friend

From Faery Godmother Fortunes:

Bear/ Dog- a friend in authority, friends in high places, a friend with the power to help your situation

From Lenormand-Reading.com:

Dog+Bear: Mighty friend. Elder friend. Benevolence and softness.
 Hmm. Something to think about. I might have an idea of what this is pointing to but I will ponder it!


New Moon in Leo, August 2: Creative Courage

I had just finished reading an article about today's New Moon in Leo when I decided to pull a card from the Power Animal Oracle Cards. I received Lion, which I found very appropriate. I decided to fill out the reading by adding another card, which was Lizard. I thought the combination was very good and needed very little explanation. My focus was how I want to use this fall, creative-focus wise. I think a little personal courage and focusing on one's dreams and possibilities is always good advice.

Much Love,