Close Examination: Ace of Swords


When my tarot teacher instructed me to do a ‘close examination’ of the Ace of Swords and to write an insanely long chapter on my findings, I was stumped! No interpretations were allowed at this point, only a recording of exactly what I saw. What could I possibly find in the card that could fill up all those pages I wondered?

He’s been teaching this course for many years, so when he told (a disbelieving) me to look, I looked, and this is what I found:  [Read more…]

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Spread


Occasionally I like to create a new spread. This one was created for a reading I did on a missing person. I call it the Good, the Bad & the Ugly Spread.  The position-key is below the image:

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Tarot Journaling


“Journaling is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to accelerate your personal development. By getting your thoughts out of your head and putting them down in writing, you gain insights you’d otherwise never see.” – Steve Pavlina

Have you ever wanted to write a book on the subject of tarot? A book that reflects your own thoughts and personal experiences as you journey through each of the 78 cards? Well, that’s pretty much what you’ll end up with if you decide to start a tarot journal. It will become your own personal masterpiece as it grows, filled with your insights and intimate discoveries of this magical arcana.

Journaling is a powerful tool designed to assist in developing our tarot abilities and to record our thoughts on each card as we meditate upon them. Journaling allows us a wide degree of creativity too while we have fun exploring what our subconscious mind reveals to us about each card that we include in our journal.

There are many streams of thought on how to approach a tarot journal, the do’s and don’ts, the many tips and ideas, even resources; and we will look at the best of those in this article. But first we should think about the value of a tarot journal. Why would we want to keep a tarot  journal, and how could it possibly benefit us in our quest to uncover more about the deep and mystical system commonly known to us as tarot.  [Read more…]

Health Issue Indicators – Part 5


*Please note: These indicators were intuited using the ‘Voice in the Card’ method in which I ignored all other (relevant) interpretations and card-meanings. I am more than happy to share what I received, but I strongly suggest that readers who find this list helpful rather intuit their own list of health indicators before attempting to use them in readings. 

Minor Arcana – Pentacles

Ace of Pentacles– Carpal tunnel syndrome

2 of Pentacles– Testicular issues

3 of Pentacles– Fear of heights

4 of Pentacles– Stress

5 of Pentacles– Winter colds & flu, limp, difficulty walking

6 of Pentacles– Eating disorders

7 of Pentacles– Lethargy

8 of Pentacles– Sport or workplace injury

9 of Pentacles– Detoxification required, issues relating to overindulgence of food, wine etc

10 of Pentacles– Diabetes

Page of Pentacles– Stroke

Knight of Pentacles– Meningitis

Queen of Pentacles– Dementia, Senility, Alzheimer

King of Pentacles– Gout

*Disclaimer. I am not a health professional, and this is not meant to be a diagnostic exercise, merely clues to possible underlying conditions that querents should consult their medical professionals about rather than ‘taking my word’ for it.

Health Issue Indicators – Part 4


*Please note: These indicators were intuited using the ‘Voice in the Card’ method in which I ignored all other (relevant) interpretations and card-meanings. I am more than happy to share what I received, but I strongly suggest that readers who find this list helpful rather intuit their own list of health indicators before attempting to use them in readings. 

Minor Arcana – Swords

Ace of Swords– Rectal pain (eg: hemorrhoids, anal fissure, proctalgia fugax)

2 of Swords– Eyesight

3 of Swords– Heart, chest pains

4 of Swords– Sleep disorders, fatigue

5 of Swords– Limp (any other condition that requires the use of a walking stick)

6 of Swords– Left arm

7 of Swords– Sleep-walking

8 of Swords– Mental disorder that requires restraining (eg: straight-jacket)

9 of Swords– Night terrors, nightmares, phobias

10 of Swords– Back-ache, spinal issues

Page of Swords– Tennis elbow

Knight of Swords– Rage issues, over-active, bi-polar, mood-swings, fever

Queen of Swords– Surgery (female patient)

King of Swords– Surgery (male patient)

*Disclaimer. I am not a health professional, and this is not meant to be a diagnostic exercise, merely clues to possible underlying conditions that querents should consult their medical professionals about rather than ‘taking my word’ for it.

Health Issue Indicators – Part 3


*Please note: These indicators were intuited using the ‘Voice in the Card’ method in which I ignored all other (relevant) interpretations and card-meanings. I am more than happy to share what I received, but I strongly suggest that readers who find this list helpful rather intuit their own list of health indicators before attempting to use them in readings. 

Minor Arcana – Wands

Ace of Wands– Male circumcision, erectile dysfunction

2 of Wands– Near-sighted

3 of Wands– Right arm

4 of Wands– Indigestion, choking

5 of Wands– Infection (viral or bacterial)

6 of Wands– Sexual health issues

7 of Wands– Vertigo

8 of Wands– splinter/thorn (foreign objects in the body), tape worm

9 of Wands– Head injury

10 of Wands– Back-ache, tension, poor posture

Page of Wands– Sexual/gender identity crisis

Knight of Wands– Left leg, stiff leg

Queen of Wands– Menopausal symptoms, hot-flushes etc

King of Wands– Hemorrhoids

*Disclaimer. I am not a health professional, and this is not meant to be a diagnostic exercise, merely clues to possible underlying conditions that querents should consult their medical professionals about rather than ‘taking my word’ for it.

Health Issue Indicators – Part 2


*Please note: These indicators were intuited using the ‘Voice in the Card’ method in which I ignored all other (relevant) interpretations and card-meanings. I am more than happy to share what I received, but I strongly suggest that readers who find this list helpful rather intuit their own list of health indicators before attempting to use them in readings.

Minor Arcana – Cups

Ace of Cups – Incontinence, weepy

2 of Cups– 2nd medical opinion needed

3 of Cups– Foot issues, eg athletes foot, flat-foot, etc

4 of Cups– Incorrect medication/dosage administered, body rejects transplant

5 of Cups– Underactive thyroid, low body temperature

6 of Cups– Ear-nose-throat

7 of Cups– Lack of concentration, day-dreaming, autism

8 of Cups– Limp (any other condition that requires the use of a walking stick)

9 of Cups– Overweight, alcoholism

10 of Cups– Pleurisy

Page of Cups– Halitosis

Knight of Cups– Stiff back & neck, light-headed

Queen of Cups– Headache, tight shoulder muscles

King of Cups– Chesty, bronchial

*Disclaimer. I am not a health professional, and this is not meant to be a diagnostic exercise, merely clues to possible underlying conditions that querents should consult their medical professionals about rather than ‘taking my word’ for it.

Health Issue Indicators – part 1


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*Please note: These indicators were intuited using the ‘Voice in the Card’ method in which I ignored all other (relevant) interpretations and card-meanings. I am more than happy to share what I received, but I strongly suggest that readers who find this list helpful rather intuit their own list of health indicators before attempting to use them in readings. 

Major Arcana

Fool– High blood pressure

Magician– Intestinal issues eg: hernia

High Priestess– Anti-social personality disorders

Empress– Ovaries & female reproductive system. Pregnancy.

Emperor– Teeth, gums & jaw

Hierophant– Constipation

Lovers– Sexually transmitted disease

Chariot– Immobility, leg paralysis

Strength– Allergies

Hermit– Depression

Wheel of Fortune– Chiropractic issues eg: spinal disks

Justice– Sinusitis, phlegm on the chest

Hanged Man– Poor blood circulation, thrombosis

Death– Death

Temperance– Acne, boils

Devil– Addictions, heartburn, issues arising from poor personal hygiene

Tower– Memory loss

Star–  Plantar warts (ingrown foot warts)

Moon– Moontime/menses (period pains)

Sun– Hamstring, pulled ligaments

Judgement– Throat, oesophagus,  voice-box

World– Cholesterol

*Disclaimer. I am not a health professional, and this is not meant to be a diagnostic exercise, merely clues to possible underlying conditions that querents should consult their medical professionals about rather than ‘taking my word’ for it.

The “Voice in the Card” technique


by Trish McKinneyYou would be in good company if you thought the many different interpretations of tarot seem to contradict one another. As a new reader the sheer volume of tarot interpretations can seem overwhelming and confusing at best, intimidating and off-putting at worst.  I am here to tell you today that tarot is so multi-layered that each of those interpretations are valid, but that you need not feel bound by any. Well, not for this exercise…

There are so many different ways to approach and read tarot, but today I’d like to discuss a profoundly simple technique that enables anyone to read tarot, even those amongst us who have never read before! The “Voice in the Card” is a tarot reading technique taught by the Amberstones from The Tarot School in New York. It is a one-card reading technique that can be performed by anyone who is able to see the imagery of the card.

The trick is to totally disregard anything and everything you have ever learnt about the interpretation of that card, not because those interpretations are invalid, but because they are irrelevant in this particular approach.  [Read more…]

Feet First!


That’s the thing about life, and tarot… you’ve gotta jump in feet first! Without hesitation, without reservations, just do it!

What a ride…

Here, on the tarot taxi, I’ll be visiting many worlds, mostly tarot-related in some shape or form. When I first started reading tarot I had no idea how deep it was, I jumped in, and fourteen years later I am still free-falling, gathering many treasures and tit-bits along the way.

I discovered that there are many other tarot travelers like me; probing and pushing the boundaries, finding new paths and nuances, and exploring classical ones with new eyes and minds. One thing is certain, a lifetime is simply not enough to learn it all! So here I am, still hitching an exhilarating ride through the world of tarot, and loving it!

Psssst… there’s plenty room for you too, so hop-in, let’s go for a ride shall we?