The start of a new/renewed practice?

Today I decided to stick with the Knight of Cups but to look at a different deck to see if I can learn anymore about how this card can help me see my life. Today I pulled up an image from Steven Bright’s tarot blog Tiferettarot.wordpress.com. My hope is that he will make these blog images into a deck. I love his simple modern take on the cards.

Here is my sketch:

It is a very simple design. As I added color I thought about this version of the card. It is so interesting how this modern images gives much of the same message as the Rider Waite Smith card. The male figure in the card has paused as if in thought. Behind him is a large body of water and what looks like a lighthouse in the distance. What really gets my attention is the big lovely full moon. Under the silvery light of the moon our Knight pauses. There is so much water all around him…even in his cup. And mystery and questions about these emotional issues are highlighted by the moonlight. Is it as it seems by the light of the full moon or is it illusion? Are these emotions as they seem is he not seeing them “in the light of day?” The Knight looks into his cup. Is he comparing his emotions to all of those going on around him? Or is it that he feels as if his life is filled with emotion? Does the lighthouse help lead his way? I don’t see a beam… Maybe the Knight feels like he is adrift without a guide.

I feel like this image is telliing me that although I feel lost in my emotions that my vision is getting clearer. I can use my intuition to help guide me when I can not clearly see what to do (the moon in the darkness and the unlit lighthouse). Emotions are the focus. And again pausing to look. Into myself (my cup) and my life (the landscape).

This image really does sum up how I am feeling. There is a great deal going on in my life emotionally. I will pause knowing the answers won’t be revealed out right, (by the light of day) at least right now. I will need to feel my way and trust. Trust myself and my intuition.

A good lesson from today’s practice. What do you think? Please let me know. Have a wonderful day!

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10/1/15 Daily Tarot Practice: One Card Spread

Today is a BIG day for me at my job. We are going to the all new coding system starting today, October 1st. It is up to me and four other people to get all the coding work done for all our offices. No one knows how it will work. It is kind of like having to translate what we have been doing every day into an entirely different language. On top of it all, the powers that be, have decided to keep a full patient load because they don't want to cause static with the doctors. All of this has been really scary for me. I have tried in the last few days not to let it worry me because truly there is nothing I can do, other than my best. But as the time to go into work gets closer and closer, I get more and more apprehensive… wondering if I will be able to keep up… wondering if I will translate the codes correctly… wondering if our claims will go through so the money will come in and everyone will get paid…

I decided to pull one card today, and holy crap, guess what I pulled?

The Card: Justice reversed.

 

First Impressions: Holy guacamole, Batman! I got it again! What the heck does it mean? Am I in trouble? It's a Major Arcana card and its reverse, so no doubt it is important and an issue I have been dealing with for quite a while. On top of which I got this card earlier this week regarding work. Does that mean I will get what I deserve? If so, did I not study enough? Will I crash and burn? This card has made me really apprehensive.

So a did a bit of reading. Normally, when doing my daily practice, I don't look up card meanings (since part of getting to know the decks is just looking to see what I see.) And I feel a bit better. This card is a positive card. It is about balance and fair distribution. Staying calm and making well thought out decisions. So, it seems to me, that Justice is telling me to calm down. I am weighed down my my apprehension and fear. I have to feel it and let it pass. My focus for today needs to be at keeping balanced and calm. Funny, the Anna K. guide mentioned the “fair distribution” and that will be something all of us will need to be aware of today since we don't want anyone to feel completely overwhelmed by the amount of work there is to do. Yes… this is an issue I have been struggling with more and more as today has come closer and closer. I need to be strong like Justice, wise and fair. And do my best. The cards will fall as they may (ha!).

Here's hoping you have a great first day of October!


 

9/23/15 One Card Tarot Practice

Have to be at work early today, so it will be another One Card Practice.

The Card: 6 of Cups.

First Impression: This is a Minor Arcana so it will be about day-to-day life. It is a Cup so it will be about emotions.

There are a whole lot of beautiful flowers in this card – that must be a good sign. A boy gives a flower to a girl. Could I be expecting a gift? I know this card often times represents happy memories of the past or something from the past coming to positive fruition in the now. I am unsure how you “see” that in this card – I am sure the original Rider-Waite card probably portrayed that a bit better. That is probably why it is a good idea to have a basic knowledge of general assigned meanings of each card. What images you will see on a particular card, from deck to deck, will vary. With that variance, some of the meanings that were apparent with the Rider-Waite deck, might not be so distinct. So why don’t I learn with Rider-Waite? I have tried that. The people portrayed in the cards just don’t do it for me. I love the landscapes but I am definitely uninspired by the people. My Morgan-Greer deck just makes me eager to practice every morning – something I had never been able to get myself to do with Rider-Waite.

It will be interesting to see what today will bring. Have a great day!

 

Three Card Daily Practice

It’s a Monday and I decided to shake things up a bit. I pulled out one of my other tarot decks to use today. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my Morgan-Greer, but I just felt moved to try using my Mucha Tarot cards this morning.

When I shuffled I had no particular question in mind.

The Cards: Strength, 6 of Pentacles, The Magician.

First Impression: 2 Major Archana Cards – Life Situations, Pentacles: having to do with the body, home, finances. Repeat cards: Strength and 6 of Pentacles. These two cards came up last week too.

Strength: Cultivate my strength. Know I have it and can use it. I am stronger than I think.

6 of Pentacles: I know what this one means, right off. I need to pay my bills. I went through them but I haven’t paid them yet. I need to get to it. Just because one area of my life has gotten crazy doesn’t mean I should let others go.

Magician: I love this card. It is telling me I have everything I need to make magic happen. I can do it. I can overcome the issues going on in my life… at least how I perceive them.

 

Just for fun, I thought it would be nice to see what the Morgan-Greer cards looked like for this practice.

Although I think the Mucha are nice, there is a simplicity to Morgan-Greer that makes reading a lot easier. It seems like the Morgan-Greer cards get right down to the point, where as with the Mucha, I spend more time admiring the art and all its imagery.

 

 

 

 

 

9/17/15 Two Card a Day Spread

This is a spread I read about this morning on the blog Little Red Tarot. Instead of pulling one card for the day, you pick two.

My two cards: 2 of Cups and Ace of Wands. Both these cards are Minor Arcana so they will deal with my everyday life.

Similarities. In both images hands are grasping the suit item. Both have lush green backgrounds. The two of cups has a bright yellow sky while the Ace of wands has a light blue sky with lots of big puffy clouds. Both skys seem positive. Maybe the 2 of Cups is closer to sunrise or sunset?

The two of cups shows two people, a man and a women, close, looking towards one another. (Even though the woman is looking to the right and could be looking toward the wands, I don’t think she is. I think the male figure looking back at her is holding her attention.) I am unsure if the two figures are in a relationship or symbolize two parts of myself coming together. Cups are for emotions so I am figuring this card deals with my emotions (which is to be expected, I have been very emotional in the last few days…probably not in such a good way.)Maybe I need to merge my female emotional self more with my tough, assertive male self to help even out these emotions Something to think about.

Ace of Rods. A new beginning. Action. A new endeavor? A new passion? It will be interesting to see what this card means as the day progresses. Will blog more this evening after I see what this day holds.

 

1st Practice

My first practice: I am going to use an exercise that I read about on the dailytarotgirl.com website. It is a way to connect with your tarot deck. The tarot deck I will be using is the Morgan Greer deck. It was just delivered today by Amazon. What is really interesting, years ago I had this tarot, and along with many others, gave it away because I didn’t feel like it was the “right” deck. Today when I pulled the cards out I was so taken by the artwork, the colors, the characters. So much so, that I took my time and really looked through the entire deck.

Today I will ask my new tarot deck one question and pull one card as an answer. The question: As a tarot deck, how will you help teach me? I will be using strictly intuition to come up with an answer (no looking up meanings… just looking at the art, deciding what elements jump out at me and what that means.

Also, if a card comes up in reverse I will be putting the tarot card on a background template, right-side up… so the card can be easily read, but also so I have something to remind me that it came up in reverse. Using the Intuitive Tarot: How to Read the Tarot Instantly by Kelly Wallace way to read reverse cards, I will read the card as if it is something that I need to pay special attention to – or something that I am having difficulty with and need to work on.

The card I pulled was:

Of course, my first official card of my first official practice reading is in reverse. So I am going to put down my hot pink template and place my card on top of it right side up.

 

So how do I read this card? Well obviously, it was in reverse. I am going to read this as something in my life that I am struggling with, something big. I know enough about tarot to recognize this is a Major arcana card which means it is a major life struggle. What kind of struggle? Is it my spiritual life? Yes, that is definitly a part of it. And I have struggled for a long time to find a spiritual practice that fits into my everyday life. This is a part of what the card is saying. The moon in the dark starless sky says to me: Intuition. Intuition is the way I can improve my life and enhance my spirituality. I have been struggling to listen to my intuition for a very long time. It is easy for me to think a problem to death and not listen to what my gut says… This deck will help me this, if I let it.

Thats it. My first practice. I am amazed how this card really does touch on an issue I have struggled with for a long time. I find it amazing that this issue is my decks specialty. How awesome is that?

When you look at this card, what does it say to you? What images jump out as being important? What lesson or advise does this card have for you?  Do you have an issue in your life that this card could address? I would love to hear… so send me a comment. Thats all for now. ‘night!