Tarot & phobias

In the shower this morning I was accosted by a large huntsman (spider) who decided to cling to my toe in an attempt to escape the water and soap suds! Crikey! I jumped about as high as the horse in the Knight of Wands and undoubtedly had a similar expression on my face! Eeeooow! [shudder] Which prompted me to find a card that would accurately reflect my experience.

Admittedly, I had not associated the Knight of Wands with phobias before this, but a closer examination of the beast’s facial expression and body posture leads me to conclude that (in light of my own experience) from this day forth it will represent phobias, for me!

Australia has spiders, lots and lots of spiders. Soon after we first moved here my youngest son (who is an arachnophobe) had his first encounter with a huntsman too. I recorded his reaction in the video attached, it is absolutely hysterical! But be warned, his *colourful* language is for a mature audience only!

Rapid growth in tarot knowledge

I was browsing Biddy Tarot’s blog and came across a simply fabulous article entitled Rapidly Deepening Your Tarot Knowledge with Tarot Card Profiles. She’s one smart lady! If you hop over to her blog via the link above you’ll see that she cleverly discusses the benefits of using Tarot Card Profiles, you can even download a template Tarot Card Profile from her blog while you’re there!

She gives a clear 5-step approach to creating a Tarot Card Profile that is very useful, but my favourite bit is the Context-Specific Meanings. I think this is a very beneficial way to look at the cards for deeper tarot knowledge.

Tarot & Hiccups!

You’re a new reader in town, doing tarot readings at the local market and desperate to establish yourself as a credible reader.  You check your posture, remind yourself to use your best, most enlightened voice, and hope that you’ll come across as someone who knows what she’s doing.

All seems to go well at first; your querent is sitting on the edge of her seat hanging off every word you say. Her eyes grow wider as you draw the dreaded Death card and dramatically place it on the table in front of her. “Nothing to be concerned about” is what you’re about to say to her in a soothing but knowing voice, instead a loud audible “HIC” escapes from your mouth!

Her startled eyes shoot up at you sending sharp darts into your already bruised ego, but you quickly compose yourself with a nervous twitch and try again, this time in a firmer more authoritative voice: “The Death card doesn’t necessarily mean actual… HIC you say, with utmost conviction.

“What I mean to say is that, although the Death… HIC… card, I mean… this card seems to be… HIC… ummm… it’s not always a bad… HIC… bad thing…” your voice trails off in defeat, ending in another loud “HIC just for good measure…

LOL! Has that ever happened to you? How would you deal with it if it did? Share your tips and comments here.

The “Secret Path” technique

This technique works with associations and can add a completely new dimension to your readings. The secret path is the path that connects two or more cards to one another in any reading, and works well when more information is required than what seems to be immediately available.

To do this you should choose a card from your deck, any card will do. Find a specific feature in your chosen card, this could be an obvious feature, or something more obscure.  Then search through the rest of your deck for cards with the same or similar features; it could be that you are picking up on a similar emotional response or intuitive response, or perhaps it is a symbol, or a facial expression; in fact it could be anything that shares a connection with the original card. This second card will offer additional and clarifying messages to your reading.

In The Amberstone’s book ‘Tarot Tips,’ they further expand on this technique by suggesting that there are several secret paths to explore in this technique. One is the Visual Secret Path in which you closely examine the details of your chosen card. What grabs your attention? It might be a colour, a piece of clothing etc  [Read more…]

Tarot bloggers unite!

So, I have joined a dynamic group of tarot professionals who participate in a TarotBlogHop. We will each be writing about a specified topic and when the BlogHop goes live readers will be able to hop from one blog to the next, each of which will tell their own story related to the topic of the moment.

Watch this space as I’ll be joining tarot friends across the globe in this exciting blog marathon!

Credit to Donnaleigh de LaRose for co-ordinating the event, and to Matt Williams who introduced me to it.

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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.