Seeking asylum in the tarot


Samhain TarotBlogHop 2014

The Blog before me
The Blog after me

If for some reason the links above don’t work, hop on over to the Master List to find the next blog in the BlogHop. The directive for this BlogHop was to write about whom we would invite for tea if we could. Instead of choosing a deceased ancestor I would choose to invite an asylum seeker over for tea – if I could.

Most of us lead relatively secure lives, confident that we live in a democracy that as citizens affords us some rights and protection. Imagine if it were not so. Imagine fleeing your country of birth in fear of your life, in fear of your partner and children’s lives.

As parents we would do anything to protect our children. Now imagine such an opportunity presents itself, a ‘safe’ passage out of the land that seeks your annihilation. ‘Safe’ is relative of course; however, I imagine the people who subject themselves and their beloved families to dangerous seas on a small, often overloaded boat seeking safety and freedom as asylum seekers, weigh up the risks of drowning at sea against being slaughtered in their homeland. It must be a terrifying choice to make…

The card in tarot that reminds me of what some people call ‘boat people’ is the Six of Swords, if only because of the imagery.
Six of Swords
It seems there is little that I and other concerned citizens can do about the plight of asylum seekers who reach our shores only to be detained indefinitely under the most heinous conditions, often separated from their loved ones, and often sent back to their own countries. How I would love to wrap my arms around them, to rock their children to sleep and to tell them  tales of hope of a better future in this wonderful land Down Under. Sadly our hands are tied.

Instead we can protest and vote for a more humane and compassionate policy toward asylum seekers, this we can do. We can join a letter-writing campaign to reach out to asylum seekers, person-to-person, and hope that our messages of encouragement and hope is carried with enough love to keep their courage and faith alive. Perhaps receiving a sincere letter from someone who cares will help in some small way to calm the proverbial rough waters they find themselves in, maybe even be a step toward restoring their faith in humanity again.

The Swords suit in tarot governs over the spoken and written word, and we know that the pen is mightier than the sword. We might not be able to visit with these asylum seekers to hear their tales and to offer the comfort of companionship and compassion, but we are able to extend a hand of friendship through the written word to  contribute toward restoring their dignity and humanity as well as our own.

Include small hand-made items like these bear-hugs to personalise your letters to asylum seekers

Include small hand-made items like these bear-hugs to personalise your letters to asylum seekers. ©JbR 2014

If you haven’t yet, I recommend watching an Australian documentary that was recently released calledMary Meets Mohammad.’ If you too feel moved to do something for asylum seekers feel free to download a document  calledwhat can i do?’ with details of a coordinated letter-writing campaign that you can participate in if you are so inclined.

Thank you for your humanity.
#onelove

GRAND TABLEAU: Past Present Future Version 004


Part 4 of AndyBC’s ‘Past, Present, Future’ blog post.

GRAND TABLEAU: Past Present Future Version 003


Part 3

GRAND TABLEAU: Past Present Future Version 002


GRAND TABLEAU: Past Present Future Version 001


What You Already Know.


The Tarot is good at confirming what your already know. It’s also goods at telling you what you don’t want to hear, or acknowledge.

This is my first post with Tarot Taxi, so, please allow me to introduced myself. My name is Louise and I am the lady behind the Priestess Tarot website. Every month I help run a meet up in my local area and as part of evening, we play a Tarot game and through that, draw 3 cards.

This last month, the Tarot told me what I a) already knew and b) what I didn’t want to acknowledge and c) what to do about it. Everyone thinks you “get rich quick” being your own boss. Everyone will come to you for a reading, won’t they? Well, no and no. It’s hard work building up a business, a good & honest reputation. It takes time and effort, all the while the cash may or may not be flowing in. In my case, not as readily as I’d like, but I do okay. However, like most folk, the money goes to paying bills, something for the kids to do with school or something they need, or straight into the back account. Very little of it gets put to my own use. However, this is what the Tarot advised. I pulled the cards from the Buckland Romani deck app, produced by Fools Dog.

imageThe Issue: Nine of Bolers: I’m comfortably well off, I need to remember to be happy as I am, where I am. This image shows an older lady. Is she happy with her lot? Well, are we ever, these days? We always want more. New phone, new this, new that. Do we really need it? The issue I feel, is that I’m not counting my blessings and being happy in general. Bolers are wheels, which look like coins, so think money, job, house, finances in general.

wpid-wp-1400792095562.jpegAction to Avoid: Page of Koshes. Like the Page of Wands, the time to be impulsive, flippant, arrogant isn’t now. Being a cocky person with less money than sense isn’t a wise idea. So, lets be avoiding those impulse buys.  Yes, those shoes do look good, but do you really need another pair to match what you already have? That bag looks great! But couldn’t you use that money for something else? Something more necessary?

wpid-wp-1400792102682.jpegAction to Take: Four of Bolers. I’ve come to trade, here’s what I have. Take it or leave it, but I’m not here to pander to whims and don’t be wasting my time. Here, this man is being honest and up front. He’s comfortable with what he has to sell and the price he’s selling at. There’s little (or no) room for negotiation. What’s his is his, end of. There’s no “well, maybe” with this guy.  If you don’t buy these wheels, he’ll still have to them to sell at the same price later on.

The basic advise I gleamed here, is keep what money you have, don’t squander it, don’t splash out with it, don’t fritter it away. What’s yours is yours to keep, until you decide to sell it, but don’t let another take it from you below cost.

Don’t you just love it when the Tarot is literal, full of advice and really, tells it to you like it is? Sometimes, we readers don’t want to hear the message the Tarot has. If you don’t want to know the answer, don’t ask the question. I’m glad life can be that simple!

I’d love to have some comments in reply, so go ahead. I’m a big chatter box, really!

Buccaneer Lenormand by Rootweaver – Arrrr!


Albatross feature on the Bird card. Sailors have long held a deep superstition about these birds!

Albatross feature on the Bird card. Sailors have long held a deep superstition about these birds!

Shiver me timbers! A pirate-themed deck, inspired by Black Sails and Pirates of the Caribbean. This is the latest offering from Rootweaver’s creative basket. Digitally rendered sketches with bursts of colour to bring this appropriately ‘dark’ deck to life and to delight fans of all-things-pirate.

Featuring our matey captain Jack Sparrow and a pretty lass at his side who looks a little lily-livered but she’s a tough lass who’s not afraid to use a cat o’ nine tails on a scallywag if provoked.

Don’t pay doubloons, save your pieces o’ eight by taking advantage of the pre-order price and beat the sprogs at it. Save a whole $6.00 – that be a mighty fine discount! So, beat ‘em scallywags to the booty and order your copy today directly from Rootweaver’s site for the discounted pre-order price of $22.95.

(This deck is already at the printer and is expected to arrive within 10 days.) Arrrr!

Crossroads - where will they lead you?

Crossroads – where will they lead you?

Product description:

A 36-card  lenormand deck that has been slightly modified to a pirate theme. These modifications include replacing the traditional Scythe (card 10) with a Sword, replacing the Coffin (card 8) with a pirate’s Grave,  the Whip (card 11) features a cat o’ nine tails, we have the Albatross featured in the Birds card (card 12), Rats instead of Mice for card 23, a Scroll instead of a Letter (card 27) and both the Bouquet (card 9) and Lily (card 30) feature ‘dark’ flowers.

These cards are 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches in size (standard poker size) and are printed on premium linen card stock by Printers Studio,  shrink wrapped and will be shipped in a luxurious velvet drawstring pouch.

A lighthouse Tower to lead the way. It's a dangerous place for pirates!

A lighthouse Tower to lead the way. It’s a dangerous place for pirates!

Mystery Grand Tableau – Solve April’s whodunit lenormand mystery.


april-2014-mystery-gt

Starting in April 2014 we will feature a monthly Mystery Grand Tableau. This is a ‘solve the mystery’ kinda reading, a ‘whodunit’ as it were. Here goes:

You have been assigned to a special Lenormand Police Force task team to solve this crime/mystery. A body has been found in a park. Upon initial inspection it looks like foul play. You need to find out the following: Who was the victim? Why was he/she murdered? Were they in fact murdered?? If so, who did it, and what was their motive? Once you have a suspect find both motive & opportunity. Who can you trust to assist you in your investigation? Who can you not trust? Why? Your findings must be supported with ‘evidence’ (i.e show us how you tie things together in the GT.) As you examine and re-examine this GT throughout the month of April, coming back to it with fresh eyes, add additional insights. It’s perfectly okay to change your mind, to re-examine evidence, and to interrogate new ‘suspects.’

Use any and all lenormand reading techniques that you have learnt to ‘solve the mystery.’ If you’re new to lenormand (a European system of fortune-telling using cards) or want to participate within a closed and safe environment, join us over at Lenormand Toolbox on Facebook. A closed group for enthusiasts of lenormand from beginners to advanced. The Toolbox is a supportive learning environment for readers of all levels to participate in with heaps of exercises, tips and lessons. All welcome!

Lenormand Spreads: 3 x 3 (Again)


Square of Nine – AndyBC

Reaction Layout featuring the Lenormand Revolution cards


The reaction layout – by Seaqueen.

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