Sunday, August 27, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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'...it 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
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.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
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.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Here's a trio I just pulled focusing in on the remainder of this month. I can't believe we're less than two weeks away from September! I can already feel autumn in the air in the mornings, and stores are putting out their Halloween and fall decorations.
I thought this was a rather intense answer to my query of what to focus on for the rest of this month, but it was an interesting answer, which is good. I think? I find that when analyzing readings it is better to not try to be too fatalistic about intense cards. I don't do it when I read for others so I don't want to subject myself to unnecessary fear.
The sense I got from this reading was mostly visual, especially the tree imagery. But if you're looking at the meanings themselves the 6 of Cups can represent the past, nostalgia, childhood, or even our own children. But one of the main meanings that carries through is to not dwell too deeply on the past, to not get sucked into it.
I feel this message of not getting drawn too far back into our own histories is shown here with the Death and Tower cards. Both are indicative of major change and endings. The former describes a timely death--from summer to fall for instance. The latter describes more of a rude awakening--something that wasn't too good to begin with and has to be re-built due to poor foundations.
On a very literal level, this also reminds me of all the dental visits we have this month. We're all WAY overdue for them, and we're finally all going to the dentist this month. My daughter had a checkup a week or so ago, and as a result has to have a baby tooth pulled because one of the roots isn't dissolving and the permanent tooth needs to come in. Nothing major, but the image of roots and uprooting in this trio definitely remind me of that. Her appointment to have that done is on Monday. It's a very simple procedure with only local anesthesia. I have my check-up next Thursday. But you see what I mean about the symbolism?
Anyway, I admit the Tower is not my favorite card to see. I don't mind the Death card, but paired WITH the Tower it seems quite pointed. However, I am not going to let it bother me too much. I admit I'm nervous since my daughter's school starts next week and I sure hope this year goes more smoothly than the last.
On a final symbolic note, this reminds me a little of the dream I had this morning. Side note: the 6 of Cups seems like it can mean 'multiple children' just from the images I've seen for the 6 of Cups, showing two or more kids. Anyway. In the dream I found out I was pregnant, even though I had what I thought was my period, but it only lasted a couple of days. It turns out I was pregnant, and when this came to light I was very excited. When I woke up I was a little sad, because it uncovered a latent (buried) desire to have a second child that I put aside years ago when my daughter's health issues were most intense and the idea of having another child was really not doable.
And now, after my husband has had a vasectomy about five years ago and I'm in my late 30's and have put that all to rest, I still have those thoughts from time to time, but when I'm awake I realize it's not really what I want anymore. But I also have found that accessing my creativity easily is pretty stilted as well. So I'm hoping I can break through that inertia and sadness that has crept up over the past several years and held me hostage. I think the best thing we can do for ourselves when we're overcome by grief, responsibility or just weariness of the world is to move forward with as much joy and sincerity as we can muster--because life is too short to be bummed out.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
I whipped out the Tea Leaf Fortune Cards (one of my favorite decks, as you might notice if you follow my blog) and pulled some cards for September. I admit, this deck can be a little snarky to use, so I wasn't sure how this pull would shake out, but at least this particular pull was very positive. I didn't push my luck by pulling more than four cards for September.
In any event, these are the cards I got, and I am totally good with that, especially given some of the other pulls I've done with them this month which I've not shared here with you. Ha! I'll take my mellow card pulls where I can get them.
I like the theme of lightheartedness, good news, guidance and clarity, and then work success. This is all of the things I've been hoping for and brainstorming lately, but unable to quite get there. Perhaps with the current retrograde and so much up in the air, both career-wise and otherwise, I just need to work some things out and be patient in a few areas. It's not easy--that patience thing.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Bullet points from what I see in this reading:
- Finding balance through using my intuition, getting time alone to ground, moving through transitions with self-confidence.
- My daughter learning emotional balance and blossoming into maturity as a result.
These brief comments are based on the specific question I put to the cards and what I saw upon pulling the cards. I could spend longer interpreting it, but I find my initial interpretation is usually the most accurate and spontaneous.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
I've been having fun doing online Mad Libs. There is a site where you can craft your own Mad Libs, and I made a couple (amateurish but fun). One of these was tarot-themed.
Here is the link to the tarot Mad Lib I made if you are interested!
Just for the heck of it. :D
There is something about this deck, The Wild Unknown Tarot, that just really reads in such a simple, elegant and beautiful way. I truly think they did a gorgeous job of matching the meanings to the images in a way that wasn't too flowery or overwhelming. I like all stripes of tarot decks (well, maybe not quite all) but sometimes it's refreshing to have a deck with only a paragraph or two of description that is very evocative and poetic, but in a way that's extremely easy to relate to. I find that the trend nowadays seems to be toward making the tarot and other oracles more accessible, which makes sense. We don't want the tarot to seem untouchable or confusingly mystical. We want everyone to use it with ease and practicality, right?
In any case, not only is this one of my favorite cards visually in this deck, but I am pretty fond of the description as well. Plus, I think it's relevant to me. Yesterday I pulled the 3 of Wands (with another deck) as the first card to represent my journey into the remainder of 2017. Now, this adds another layer of meaning to the 3 of Wands, and a confirmation of yesterday's reading.
Don't you just love the colorful, rainbow-y vortex into another dimension of creativity shown in this card? I also like the concept of reclaiming your creative mojo hinted at in this version of the 3 of Wands. I do find myself either worrying about what I 'should' or 'shouldn't' do creatively, or even whether I need to get permission to do something artsy--if I have an audience. For instance, I've been waiting two weeks for a response from a local coffee shop about showing work and have heard nothing back. But, creativity doesn't have to wait for anyone else. I need to remember this. Regardless of whether I have an audience I need to pinpoint my creative goals and just go for it. If one venue or idea doesn't work then I can just skip to the next one without relying too heavily on any one of them. It puts my personal power firmly back into my own hands, which I think is what I need--since I've felt pretty 'blah' and defeated creatively in the past year.
So, here's wishing all of us the creative impetus to trust our own impulses and rush forward in a burst of colorful expression.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Here's a pull a did for myself regarding the influences of the latter part of this year, from now through December. I haven't yet analyzed it (except briefly) so here are my general impressions of each card:
3 of Wands: Setting off into unexplored creative territory. The guy only has his bindle, or whatever you want to call it, full of stuff. Not much stuff. He's traveling light. I feel this sense of creative freedom when looking at this dude. He's smiling gently. He isn't super stressed about the journey. This is absolutely how I would like to feel ending this year. I feel like there was a lot of chaos and a lot of difficult things to process this past year. I would love to just dive into something creative and joyful, or at least not overtly stressful.
Intuition: One of the majors, and a 'theme' is the very straightforward Intuition card. Being guided by it, having it play a role in my life. It also feels a bit 'Halloweeny', doesn't it? I love the fallish part of the year, weather-wise and theme wise. Sometimes I get nervous about the school year (this year more than ever because of her puberty/changes on so many levels), but I want to retain that sense of wonder at the end of the year. Where things are wrapping up and you can reflect on all that went on. This past year (beginning at the end of last year) was hard at times, with my daughter having some stresses/anxieties at school and puberty happening, and my grandma dying. I just felt consumed by those two things, I think. My own desire to further my interests creatively or otherwise, really took a back seat, which is OK. I don't mind that necessarily, but what I don't like is feeling like I'm so stressed that I can't/don't want to focus on myself. Anyway...I'm rambling here.
The Mother: Again, I could probably just point you to the thing I just wrote about having stress about parenting the past year. That stress has really covered my entire mothering experience, but with my daughter moving into 'young lady' status, and having to navigate her unique stresses, I think I felt especially pressured this past year. I want to embody all the best aspects of mothering rather than just the intense anxiety of it.
Desire: This is a card I haven't really figured out. I mean, again, it's a pretty basic theme, and there are a lot of ways to look at it. This is going to sound silly, but when flipping through the deck I sort of avoid this card. I don't know why. Sort of weird and telling, right? Like I'm afraid of the concept of desire. But the card itself just feels like it's someone looking at their ideas and passions--something that's really necessary in order to have a focus and move forward in life.
The final card I chose, as an overarching theme for the remainder of this year is the 10 of Wands. In this deck it has a different flavor than the traditional card in some ways. But there are some similar threads, such as managing your energy in a way that benefits you. This guy is a master at working his energy. He is like a powerhouse of well-managed personal energy, a bit of a departure from the guy struggling with the bag of sticks on his back. This card really radiates power and purpose. I think this, again, points to managing our energy well. Learning how to direct it into the ideas and activities that serve us well. Everything else is necessarily burned off--or beautifully balanced.
All in all I think these are good and important themes that I can certainly try to remember going into the rest of this year.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
So here are three cards I pulled about resuming an online grocery delivery service we have around here called Door to Door Organics. The basic premise is that you first pick the size box of produce that you want, and then specify whether it is fruit, vegetables or a mixture. The sizes are Bitty, Small, Medium and Large. From there, you can shop for other pantry items and have them delivered as well. The selection isn't perfect, and I still have to get some items at the store, but it reduces grocery store trips quite a bit. I've done it on and off for the past several years but after getting sick of being at the grocery store so much again recently, I've decided to resume it, with a specific budget for how much I can spend per week. I'm trying to lower my food budget, which is higher than I would like it to be.
When I pulled these cards I found them interesting and a little humorous. The Door card seemed sort of tongue-in-cheek, echoing the name of the company. The Box card also made me think of your selection of produce box, and the Jug card made me think of a few things--one being a jug of milk (in our case usually almond or coconut milk), but also the opportunity to make things easier and more fun for myself by not being at the grocery store so much. I think the idea of budgeting and meal planning doesn't SOUND fun at all, but when it enables you to have more freedom and less time at the grocery store (and hopefully more money for other things, ultimately) then it is worth the trouble.
Friday, August 4, 2017
What this single card draw from the Butterfly Oracle Cards makes me think of is that today is pay day and I plan on the budgeting for the next week or two. I think this shows that in a very simplistic way, but it could also refer to something I'm unaware of? In any case, I think money management is definitely highlighted, with a few upcoming expenses on the way. Granted, I would always love a random windfall, but I also believe in making my own luck and abundance.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
I was thinking about how it's been nine days since I e-mailed a local coffee shop about showing a series of my work (a dozen pieces that I would make specifically for that purpose) and wondering what the deal was with the delay. I know sometimes a delay means nothing but a person being swamped or distracted and other times it shows that the person isn't interested and either a.) doesn't plan on getting back to you or b.) is trying to come up with a tactful way to reject you.
I pulled out the always marvelous Tattered Nomad Oracle, and I got this duo: Stars+Sun. Pretty cheerful pair, though the results of this I've yet to see. I'm not too worried about it. I feel fine with it either way. It'll be interesting to see what comes of it, if anything. I can always find a better option!
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
This deck amuses me sometimes. Part of the reason for that is its to-the-point and sometimes snarky attitude. Well, maybe not quite snarky. Just frank. Admittedly, I don't know what this card is talking about, but that's OK. I just thought it was funny. I think the only specific idea I had for this reading was something to look for in August. I try to hold to the idea that whatever falls apart isn't something you should force to hold together.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Happy August, everyone!
I did this shorter Tea Leaf Fortune Cards reading because sometimes more succinct really provides a meditative focus--something more pointed. This reading seems to indicate a renewed focus on career. I'm not quite sure what form this is taking, but it does reflect a lot of my present thoughts.
Sending you all good August mojo,