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…

 

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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?

 

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!

 

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.

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