My Epiphany… and Story Time

Today I am going to be doing a very simple tarot exercise. It is an exercise that is often suggested to do daily to flex your intuitive muscle in a playful, fun way. It has many names but I call it the Story Time practice.

On top of that you will get to see my new love, my new tarot soul mate… The Epiphanies Tarot deck by Michele Andres (MysticMentor.com, ephphaniestarot.blogspot.com). Since becoming interested in tarot years and years ago, I have been looking for a modern deck that really spoke to me. I just never really connected to the Rider Waite Smith deck because of it's medieval theme. But recently I found this deck and I just love it.

To do this exercise I will be pulling four cards. Then I will tell a story. A story? What? Yes, it is all about loosening up and getting playful so that your intuition feels safe to emerge. And how is the best way to start a story? With “Once Apon A Time…” of course!

Here are the four cards I pulled:

 

 

So here I go. “Once Apon a Time there was the kingdom of misery. The sky was perpetually dark and gloomy. The parched land was arid, scorched, and nothing green would grow. Few people lived in this kingdom. Few could survive this barren wasteland. Even fewer wanted to try.

 

Now in this land, there lived a young princess. This brave, committed young princess was the only member of the royal family that had not given up on this kingdom and moved on. She was determined to stay with her land and her people, few that there were, because that is what she was born to do. It was her destiny. It was her responsibility. She took neither lightly.

 

In her heart she knew, no matter how dark and imposing things seemed there was sunshine and growth and joy. The princess just needed to find it. She needed to find it and bring it to back to her land. Her majesty knew it would be a daunting task. Having wracked her brain for years to find an answer… to find a way. But deep in her heart she knew she would find a way. The Princess loved her land with all her heart and realized that her love and determination could lead her to the answer. She just needed to work it out. Somehow, she felt deep inside that the answer was on the horizon if only she would be open to it. If only the princess could recognize it…

 

That is it. That is my story.

 

What good is this story? It makes you “see” whatever your intuition wants you to see in the cards. There is no preconceived ideas or question guiding you down a particular path. There is not a structured spread so your intuition is not intimidated into not coming out to play. It is just you and the cards having fun. I think my intuition had quite a lot to say today. I think it is because of these gorgeous cards (smile).

 

This practice is a relaxing fun way to work with your cards. My hope is if you haven't tried it that you might give it a whirl. If you have tried it, I would love to know what you think!

 

Happy Taroting!

 

** Special Permission given by Michele Andres to use her amazing Epiphanies Tarot deck in this blog. If you would like to see this beautiful deck you may find the artist and her deck at: MysticMentor.com, Epiphaniestarot.blogspot.com and Etsy.

 

 

 

 

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The Deck of Many Decks

In my search for the perfect tarot deck… before I rediscovered the Morgan Greer deck, I was in a quandry. I had several decks where I really liked lots of the cards but really didn’t like the others. For instance, the Fool card in the Anna K deck is probably my very favorite fool of all (I do wish he had a dog companion, but heck you can’t have everything!) And I like many of the Anna K cards but there are quite a few I just don’t care for. The Witches Tarot is another deck. A lot of the cards are really nice and follow along with the Rider-Waite traditions but some of them are completely off that track and I didn’t care for that. Since my intention all along was to find a deck I could be comfortable enough to pull out and use in front of other people to practice and really learn tarot once and for all… I wanted to start at the beginning and learn with a deck close to the Rider-Waite tradition. Then there is the Mystic Faerie Tarot. I love the images on all these cards but the minors have a completely different “story” than Rider-Waite.

Then there are the dreaded Devil and Death cards. If the devil is okay in one deck it seemed like I didn’t care for most of the other cards, if I liked most of the cards in a deck, most of the time the devil was freakin’ scary. Hanson-Roberts is like that for me. Playing with the cards in front of someone that I think has doubts about the “evilness or wrongness” of tarot cards… and coming up with the Hanson-Roberts devil I imagine would put them over the edge. Creepy-Creepy. (Since that was the only card I just couldn’t deal with in that deck, I took a white-out pen and made the creepy devil disappear – which helped.) Death cards generally aren’t the most friendly, and some decks are better than others.

Not having happened apon the Morgan Greer deck yet… I decided to be an absolute rebel and make a deck out of all the best of the decks I had… at least the ones with similar size. Most of my decks were the same size except for the Anna K and that deck was wider across. So I got out my scissors and trim, trim, trimmed. And Voila, I had a new deck.

I know, I know, the backs would all be different. How could I possible use a deck with all those different backs… wouldn’t I be able to guess what card was coming up? Well, maybe. But generally, I shuffle the deck three time by the riffle method and just use the top cards one right after another. So what, if I might happen to guess what the cards were before I turned them face up. I would be turning them face up sometime and it is not like the backs would change how I shuffled the cards… or what order they ended up in.

And the truth is, I probably never would have used these decks on thier own. Although it is not the deck I am using now for my practices… it is a deck I see myself using, sometime.

For now I am really loving the Morgan Greer deck. I just love the way the artist portrayed the people. They seem so warm and inviting. And the colors are really nice. There are only two cards I really don’t like, Strength and of course, the Devil. The lion on the Strength card is not my cup of tea. I know it is a stylized lion but I just hate how it looks… I have so many other Strength cards with awesome lions… why couldn’t the lion be more like the traditional maned lion? I would swap that card out in a minute if it wasn’t for the brave lass taming that very lion. She is beautiful, the card is beautiful, it matches the beauty of the entire deck… As much as I reeeeeaaaaaallllllyyyyyyy don’t like that lion I can’t disrupt this gorgeous deck because of that one element. As for the devil, I guess I will keep it for now… but that one really does have the chance of being swapped out!