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!

10/10/15 Daily Tarot Practice: “And You Think You Had A Bad Day” Practice

I know, I know… I haven’t posted in a couple of days. I have had issues I have been dealing with and some of my practices were put on the back burner. Which is just plain, silly. Truthfully it only takes a minute to do a practice. So there is really no excuse.

The practice I will be doing today is from Dusty White’s free podcast at http://easytarotlessons.libsyn.com. I did the third lesson on learning reversals. The exercise/game played in this class was “And You Think You Had A Bad Day.” Pull three cards and use it to come up with some quick meanings for reverse of the cards chosen.

The Cards: All Reversed; 9 of swords, Hierophant, 9 of Coins

 

And you thought you had a bad day… well just when I thought that the day wasn’t the worst day possible my worthless brother who thinks he knows everything proceeded to give me an hour lecture on what was wrong with my life. Urrrgh! Then the next door neighbor lady, who is a spends all day in a dirty nightgown sucking on cigarettes, knocked on my door and said I needed to do something about her dead lawn. What the heck? How is it my fault that her lawn is dead because she does nothing to take care of it!!

 

 

Today’s practice includes images from the Morgan-Greer tarot deck by artist Bill Greer. Distributed by U.S. Cards and Games. Available through U.S. Cards and Games or Amazon. If for any reason the images used in my tarot practice causes any problems due to copyright issues, please let me know right away and all images will be removed and ceased to be used.

 

 

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!


 

9/29/15 Daily Tarot Practice: Three Card Spread

I wanted something different today. I am unsure why. So I pulled out my “mixed” deck to see what would come up.

The cards: Justice, Knight of Swords, and Queen of Swords.

 

First Impressions: One Major Arcana card speaking of a long persisting issue. A “Big” issue. Two Sword cards dealing with daily issues. What struck me the most was that they all are holding swords pointing upwards. Important thoughts?

Justice. Whoa. So why is Justice coming up? My first thought was work. There have been lots of things going on that just haven’t seemed fair or good. Could it mean that? Or could it mean that I need to put a blindfold on, experience what is going on in my life (and work) and take it for what it is… not see it through the lens (perspective) I have been viewing it… and give it a “fair” shake? The Knight of Swords is facing justice. He is active, ready to leap forward towards Justice. Is he fighting justice? Am I the Knight… am I fighting Justice? I am unsure right now what the Knight’s quest and purpose is. I wonder if he even knows… or if he is riding off half cocked. Is that me? Am I riding off half cocked? Or is it a good and true fight he is riding into? If so, how does Justice fit in? Maybe I need to ride in and deal with my issues of Justice. Hmmmm. Then there is the Queen of Swords. She is calmly looking out at me. Holding her sword. She is prepared to use it but does so only after much consideration. This queen is my favorite, I love the snow scene behind her and she has such a strong, calm presence. I would like to be her. I would like to put what is going on in my life into perspective and be strong, calm but ready to act if the need arises.

It will be interesting to see how the day progresses. Happy Tuesday ya’ll!

 

9/28/15 My Daily Tarot Practice: One Card Draw and Tarot Book Discussion

This weekend I spent what little free-time I had looking for a Tarot book. I have plenty to use to look up meaning but I wanted more. I can’t say exactly what I was looking for… just a way to make my practice and study deeper. My intention of learning Tarot was not for the fortune-telling aspects of it. Maybe because I am 51, and so much has happened in my life already, I am not so interested in just finding out if this or that is going to happen. Or maybe it’s because I have learned sometimes it is better not to know. I have found that what I want is often times not the best option. Life has a way of playing out as it should, if I am only patient enough to let it unfold without mucking it up. And though I have been in this world 51 years I am still trying to learn that lesson: to have faith in life’s unfolding and its better not to force my own will on a situation because it often (most of the time) only makes things more difficult (and botched up).

Instead, I would like the Tarot, for me, to be a way to become more spiritual, to become a better person. Tarot has a way of showing you the world or a problem in an entirely different perspective (78 different perspective, not counting reversals). I have not been so successful dealing with some life issues that have been a part of my life for quite a long time. I have come to think my way of seeing… life, my struggles, my issues, my relationships… is a big part of the cause. Maybe seeing from a different perspective will help.

I spent quite a while searching on Amazon for a e-book that might fill my need. I found one: Tarot of the Spirit by Pamela Eakins. Her book had lots of very positive reviews and seemed to be just what I was looking for. As I poured through the book I really liked the idea of Tarot as a tool for enlightenment down your spiritual path. As I read more, I began to realize that this book had been part of a tarot set which included its own highly specialized tarot deck. It was disappointing to find out that my own tarot deck wouldn’t do and that to follow the “spiritual” path you had to use that particular deck and see the tarot cards in the particular way Ms. Eakins described them. I am not against Wands really being about Fire and every Wand card is a spiritual look at Fire. But it seemed like it only addressed one aspect of the card… an aspect that wasn’t apparent in my tarot deck. I actually went online and looked at the Tarot of the Spirit deck and it left me cold. I was disappointed, why couldn’t Tarot of the Spirit somehow integrate all tarot decks with the spiritual practice the book was outlining?

Again, I searched. I found Tarot for Life: Reading the Cards for Everyday Guidance and Growth by Paul Quinn. It seems like it has a lot of spirituality and a more general perspective on tarot. I have only just started it but so far I am really happy with it. There is a great deal of good information and interesting examples of how to look at tarot and its meanings.

Today’s card Draw is based on the first exercise in the book: Find your Inner Teacher. Using just the Major Arcana cards I will shuffle and draw one card. This card will represent the one aspect of myself that this book is inviting me to discover and develop. I will pull the card but have been asked not to look up its meaning, yet.

The Card: The Devil.

 

First Impressions: Just great! The creepiest card in the deck. The card I really, really don’t like. But it is the card of bondage… addictive behavior. My relationship with food has bordered on addiction. I eat to soothe. To soothe the depression that has been a big part of my life for many years now. I have not found a way out from under the depression and reliance on food to combat it. Maybe this will be my time. Very interesting that this is the one card that pops up… hmmmmm.

 

It will be interesting to see how this card plays out as I continue to read Tarot for Life…

 

9/25/2015 My Tarot Practice: One Card

It is Friday and I am very glad this week is over. I decided on a one card practice today… mainly because I am really tired this am and instead of going back to bed for a while before work, I promised myself I would at least do my daily practice.

The Card: 9 of  Wands (again)

First Impression: Crap on a cracker, not this card again?

Immediately when I saw this card, my first thought was not again. “The Guard”, great, am I going to need to be on guard again? What am I guarding against this time? I received this card last week when I was going through an extremely rough time at work. So is this a sign that it is going to be rough again? Or do I have to be on guard against myself?

 

Single Card Pull

Really down today. I am using my practices to add something positive to a seemingly very blue day. Today I will do a single pull. As I shuffle I will ask what can I do to feel better.

I shuffled my Morgan-Greer deck and this is the card I pulled.

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The Card: 9 of Coins.

My first impressions. She’s beautiful and that’s my mother.

The woman on the card does not really look anything like my mother use to (she passed away about ten years ago). It is more of a feeling. The flamboyant, lovely individualistic nature of the woman looking out from this card reminds me of my mother. Is my mother sending me her love? What can my mom teach me today? To just be who I am. To stand up for myself. It does make me feel better, at least a little bit, thinking about her.

That’s all for today. Have a good one.

9/22/2015 Three Card Tell A Story Practice

This morning I decided to do another “Tell A Story” practice. This practice is not designed to impart any information. Its purpose is to help me get comfortable tying the cards together.

My Cards:

6 of Wands, The Moon and Temperance

First Impressions: Although this practice is designed just to tell a story I always like to practice getting an overview. I have one Minor Arcana and Two Major Arcana.

The Story. Gallant Knight has been on the front fighting for victory for years and years. His determination, sound strategy, and patience has allowed him to prevail. He and his men have won. They have won a hard fought victory. Today is his homecoming. Gallant Knight returns home to respect, gratitude and cheers. It feels good to arrive home victorious! But in the dark of night, Gallant wonders. Visions of the ugly side the war hound him. Miseries of the past war come back to haunt him. In the dark shadows of night the knight is afraid. Terrors of his mind seem so real. Dark and foreboding dreams keep him from sleep. It is in the minutes before dawn that he has a vision. A vision of what morning will bring. Clarity. The vision in his dream whispers that balance is needed. To heal from the dark, hidden, wounds of war he will need to work hard on recovering a balance to his life without “the good fight”.

That’s my story… and I am sticking to it. Happy Tuesday!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

One Card, One Question Practice

This weekend has been very emotionally difficult for me. I am having a really hard time dealing with issues at work, that I really have little control over. It has me tied up in knots emotionally and I am unsure how to get past my worries and the emotions they bring.

I pulled one card: “How can I feel better?” or “What do I need to know about the situation to feel better?” are the two questions I kept in my mind when I shuffled.

 

 

The card: The 7 of Swords. Swords – thoughts and challenges. Yep. But isn’t this the thief card? Maybe I feel like my job is taking away my power. I feel robbed and unequipped to do my job? But how can I read this card in a way that will answer my question? I recognize the thief. I see him for what and who he is. Yes, he has put me at a disadvantage but I still have tools left to use. I need to be all the thief is not: honest, above-board, hard-working and not give in to the easy way out (such as thievery). It will be difficult but my focus should be on what I can do (the two swords I have left), what I have at my disposal to move forward.

 

That’s the best I can come up with. Happy Sunday!

 

One Card Practice

It’s Saturday and I have been doing my tarot practice for a week! Yippie Skippie! The not so yippity skippity part of the day is that I have to go into work for half a day. Yucko! So I am a bit hurried this morning. For a more hurried day, I have found that a one card practice, is just the thing. It is a quick little practice perfect for a time crunched day.

As I shuffle my cards today, I thought to myself, “What card do I need to see today?” My shuffling routine is simple. I riffle shuffle and cut my deck three times. My hope is that my deck knows my habit so “it” can put just the right card in the right place. I have read that you need to shuffle until you “know” it is time to stop so that the “card/s” can get to the “right” place. Either I am not doing it correctly or I just am not in the know, but that technique just never worked for me. The times I tried it I just never felt anything… on top of which I kept wondering if I was doing it right, should I stop now… should I keep shuffling… At least for now, having a specific practice has been one less thing to worry about (if I am doing it right). I am hopeful that synchonicity will put the cards I need in the right place, whichever way I shuffle.

My card today: 5 of Swords.

Initial Impression: Hmmm. I have seen this card recently. It came up during my “Work Question” practice. It is a Sword. That means thoughts, concerns, and challenges. Swords are Minor Arcana so this card deals with daily issues.

5 of Swords: Interesting card, the portion dealing with people pictured is gray and in shadow and yet the background is bright yellow with a beautiful big orange sun sinking into the ocean horizon. Water in the background. The figures in the card do not look happy. The cloaked man in the foreground has three swords and has definitely over come the men retreating in the background.

My meaning: Defeat. Feeling beaten down. Why? This card brings up this week exactly. I had thought things were going well at work and suddenly it all went to crap. I felt like everything was going my way and the tide turned and I pulled under by an undertow. And it made me mad and bitter at the bearer of this news. It was so utterly discouraging.

 

It is now 5pm: This card certainly was an omen of what was in store for me at work today. By the time my meetings were over, I felt like one of the wee downtrodden figures in the background. If there was any rays of sunlight about the day, I couldn’t see them… all I saw was defeat and impending doom. I think this card was telling me what to expect but to focus on the light, positive things of the day. I just don’t know how to. It is a challenge I need to work on.  Maybe tonight will be better

 

9/18/15 Daily card with a Plus

Good morning. Today my plan was to pull one card to tell me about my day. I got more than I bargained for when one of the cards jumped right out of the deck at me. So today will be a two card day.

While I was shuffling the deck, the Queen of Rods jumped out. So I set her down, since she was so eager to be a part of my day, and picked my main card: 6 of Coins… in Reverse.

 

First Impressions: A reverse card, I seem to be getting lots and lots of those. Hmmm. I am thinking I have lots and lots of issues going on in my life right now that I either need to be aware of or am struggling with. Two Minor Arcana have appeared today, so today’s focus is on daily issues. 6 of Coins seems to have a money focus. Wands, as in my deck jumping Queen of Rods, have to do with action. Did she appear to tell me how best to deal with the 6 of Coins card?

 

What I see:

6 of Coins. I know a bit about this card without looking. This card can mean spending money or donating. When I saw this card the first thing that came to mind: A co-worker just had her first grandchild, I know everyone will be bringing in gifts for her and the baby…and I am just not into it today. It would mean going out early this morning and trying to find something at one of the few stores that are open. And the truth is, I am just not feeling it… at least not today. In the past I have forced myself to do this kind of thing because “I should” not because I want to. I am trying to break away from that kind of thinking but it is really hard. All I think of is – what kind of a rotten person doesn’t want to make time to get a gift for their friend. Or, on the other hand, it could be as simple as I need to pay my bills. I suspect I better look through them to see if any are close to being due.

Queen of Wands. She’s the mother of all doing. So whatever it is, I have a sneaky suspicion, this is a sign I should be doing something. This queen looks like she does everything with ease, insight, and creativity.

 

So what do these cards mean: I am still unsure. Yes, they could be telling to get that present… but I am so worn out and I am still not feeling it. Paying my bills? Could be. I wouldn’t do that until tonight anyway.

I have the day to discover the answer … unless I should get a gift… and my time is running out for that.

 

 

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.

 

9/16/15 Tarot Practice

Today I am going to use the “In the News” practice from the book Intuitive Tarot: Learn Tarot Instantly by Kelly Wallace. So I will pull three cards about something that is about to happen in the news in the next day or two… then see how I did. The news event: the Republican Debate tonight.

 

I pulled the 5 of Swords, the 7 of Cups Reversed, and The Fool. I have the one Major Arcana card that speaks of things long-lasting, not typical day-to-day concerns. Then there is the reverse card that means something that needs to be really paid attention to or is something that has been an ongoing struggle.

5 of Swords. Somebody who has overcome his challengers? Or is it that his challengers have given up? If The Donald was being represented by the man in the cloak with the three swords than it look like he is a victor. Now does this mean he will be the victor tonight? Or does it mean that he has become the front-runner? I tend to think he has become the front-runner because he has gotten out in front of the other candidates.

7 of Cups in Reverse. This is something to really be on the lookout for: All the choices? So maybe this card is saying look beyond Donald Trump to all the choices. Another option would be to say that all the options are distracting, but right now, that really doesn’t seem to be the case. Yes there are a lot of candidates in the race, but I don’t think the number is necessarily distracting because it seems like most of them have bowed out into the background. So, I really do think that this card is saying to really evaluate all of the choices.

The Fool. When I see this card I think of a newbie… someone without any experience starting on a new path. I feel like for a long time, more and more people have been getting fed up with the political business as usual up in Washington D.C. This feeling has seemed have been growing over a long period of time… people have just been getting disillusioned with croanie politics. So, the Fool could represent Donald Trump. He is new to politics. But somehow I don’t feel like that is exactly it. Why? I don’t think of him as full of youthful, innocent energy. I think this card is saying that what will be represented is not the usual intrenched politicians playing a political game. The candidate/s that will shine will be the ones that don’t have a history in politics. That could mean The Donald or it could mean Dr. Carson. Somehow I kind of think, in the end, Dr. Carson will shine brightest because of his more pure and innocent nature in the political realm.

What do you think? I will write an update after the debate and let you know how I accurate I think this reading was.

 

 

9/15/15 Tarot Practice

Todays practice exercise is going to be, “3 Card Story Tarot Reading” from Intuitive Tarot: Read The Tarot Instantly by Kelly Wallace.

These are the cards I pulled:

In the five of cups our hero is discouraged. He has had a terrible loss. Although the loss was great, and for now his grief and discouragement is all he seems to be able to focus on, he has not lost everything. There are some mighty fine things still left in his life, if only he would see them. Will he? Will our brave, down and out hero be able to breakout of his disillusionment and begin to realize that there is more than just loss that he can focus on? Or will he remain stuck?

Page of Cups. Our brave hero, has worked through his negative emotions and is ready to really appreciate and experience the wonderful things that remain in his life. Not only can he now focus on the good things in his life, but surprise, there is something there he was completely oblivious to. What surprise has our hero found?

The Lovers. Our hero has found love, in the most unexpected place. A relationship that he considered just a friendship has surprised him by turning into a deep, passionate, committed love. Who would have thought in the aftermath of his tragedy that he would find the love that had been there, unrecognized, all along.

How was that? What do you see? What would your story be?

 

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!