‘Tis the Season – 2014 Yule TarotBlogHop


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5-Card Yuletide Spread

In the Yule BlogHop we were asked to do a 5-card spread for the following questions:

1) What gift would you give the world if you could?  The Lovers

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

Love remains the greatest power of all. With loving comes forgiveness and acceptance of one another’s differences. If our world leaders could operate from love and acceptance rather than greed and blood-thirst this would be a much better world to live in.

2) What gift would you want from the world?  Page of Pentacles

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

The Page of Pentacles represents the student to me. This is very fitting as I see myself as a perpetual student learning from the world at all times.

3) What gift have you gotten that has brought you joy? 2 of Cups

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

For me the Two of Cups speaks of equality and mutual respect. I have finally honoured my inner artist, the intuitively creative me that is well represented by the Cups suit, by enrolling at Art School at the mature age of 51. I’ve loved art since I was a little girl, and I’ve wanted to ‘do’ good art since just about forever. It is never too late to honour oneself and to treat ourselves as deserving equals. With Art I can express myself.

4) What gift have you given that has brought you joy? Queen of Swords

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

The written and spoken word. I’ve been fortunate that I had a very busy tarot practice until quite recently. It brought me great joy to witness the healing and peace that my readings often brought others. I’ve also just completed my first contracted book for publication by Schiffer Publishers, a how-to manual for my LeNewbie Lenormand deck. Hopefully my written words in this publication will be a gift for those who are new to the oracle.

5) What is the last thing that you would like to share about this season?  Knight of Pentacles

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

For me, this card is all about responsibility and planning ahead. I guess I’d say that good planning and foresight will assist each of us to meet our responsibilities toward ourselves and others; not only over the season, but into 2015 too.

Happy holidays to us & ours, including all our fur (and feathered) babies.

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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!

What’s in a Name?


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Hi everyone!

Today is one of those days that I am at home snuggled up in my warmest blanket, sipping a cup of tea. It is so cold out that local schools have canceled. I look forward to the time when I can move to a place that has hardly any snow, and stays warm the majority of the year. But for now, I find myself busy with all sorts of different projects that keep my mind creative. This years big project for me is a Tarot Deck. I have always wanted to make one but have felt very intimidated by it. I am 36 years old and have let so many good ideas go to the way side out of fear of failing or being judged by others. But the last couple of years I have made a vow to myself to put my thoughts into motion. By doing this, I have felt so much better about who I am as a person. It is a bit liberating to put your best foot forward and have a receptive audience of people that you have never met before. I encourage everyone to put aside your, “negative self talk” and do the same. It adds a whole new dimension to life, and brings to you many blessings and self love.

With that said, the above is a sample of the deck that I will be releasing into the world this year. I am very proud of it, and the colors really speak to me. I have been reading cards for over twenty years, and have a collection of many. Each deck is full of its own personality and character. One of my biggest challenges though, is finding a name for my deck. I never dreamed it would be so difficult for me. I thought that I’d ask for your help. If I pick your title for my deck, I will bless you with a signed copy free of charge. So if anyone has any ideas, please comment and let me know. I look forward to reading them!

Blessed Be!
x Bridgett

The Yes or No Spread


Great post for answers to yes/no questions.

Shorthand Tarot – What makes a Tarot card?


When doing Tarot readings, I consistently look at all my deck and then carefully select….the RWS. Or at least an RWS based deck. I love to work with the Marseille deck privately, but seldom use it with a client. I like Thoth and Deviant Moon to explore, but seldom use them with a client. When I am finished with a reading, I take a photograph (or screenshot in online readings) to “write down the reading” for reference and to give it to the client.

A while ago I thought it would be a good idea to have a way of noting down readings by hand. To be able to do something wihtout a smartphone, internet access and all that comes with it. Of course one can simply write the names of the cards, but that was not what I looked for. I wanted something quick and unique. I am familiar with a lot of systems to write down information quickly, such as shorthand notation, Juan Tamariz’ system of symbols to write out magic performance instructions and others. But they all suffered from a serious drawback: For me and the client they do not capture the essence of the reading. The client has to recall what the card looked like in order to recall the reading, which is difficult from abstract symbol. My abilities as a graphic artist are seriously limited so drawing each card was no option.

I tried to work out what exactly I wanted to have and came to the conclusion that I wanted a sort of Icon which would convey the Gestalt of the card, its general look and its numerical, elemental and astrological symbolism without words. These are the things I most often refer to in readings, so they needed writing down. Do these things constitute what a Tarot card is? I think not, there is more, obviously and less as well. To some a Tarot card is an artwork, nothing more. To others it is a projection of a full esoteric system on a symbolic representation, nothing less. Still, I tried to have this information as my minimalistic tarot shorthand.

Each card should be drawable as just line art with a single thickness pen, and in less than a minute. Plus my sore head needs to remember 78 silly pictures, so too much detail could not be included. Thus I developed what I now call the Shorthand Tarot, by no means the only version of a simplistic handdrawn cards, but to me, useful ones. I now use them for notation and also for other activities, subject of future discussion.

I would love to see what you think and what you make of the two cards below.

Shorthand Tarot (c) 2013 Markus Pfeil

Shorthand Tarot (c) 2013 Markus Pfeil

Shorthand Tarot (c) 2013 Markus Pfeil

Shorthand Tarot (c) 2013 Markus Pfeil

I am a Germany based Tarot enthusiast available via http://www.Tarosophy.De

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From Regret to Authentic Life: A Tarot Spread


Circle Ways & Evolutionary Tarot

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   A couple of days ago, someone on Facebook posted a link to The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Australian author Bronnie Ware.  These top five regrets inspired a fruitful online conversation and prompted me to create a five-card tarot layout to help us live a life that’s less regret-filled and more fulfilling and authentic.  You can use tarot cards, runes, crone stones, soul cards, gifting bones, or any other divinatory insight tool.  You can also use the five layout questions as prompts for journal writing or for verbal sharing in a circle-based conversation group.  If desired, you can preface the entire spread with a specific time frame — e.g. “Throughout the coming year…” or “This season…” — or you can let your insights resonate for a lifetime, your choice.

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  1. How can I remain true to myself?
  2. How can I remember to…

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Happy World Tarot Day!


JillianToday is World Tarot Day, and the gifted Jillian Healand wrote this wonderful poem on the Tarot Professionals Facebook group to mark the day. Thank you Jillian! (posted with permission.)

Please go over to her Facebook Page where you can win a tarot reading (today only) or book a reading with our fabulous Jillian.

The Fool looks down and takes a chance
Lured by the Magician’s powerful stance
The High Priestess, an intuitive lady
Knows that the Empress will soon have a baby
The powerful Emperor sits on his throne
And the Hierophant speaks through God alone
A choice is presented to the Lovers
And their journey begins when the Chariot hovers
Inner Strength will always win
In the words of the Hermit, the truth lies within
Destiny arrives through a turn of the Wheel
And through Justice, the truth we cannot conceal
The Hanged Man’s surrender is an unsettling sight
And then Death arrives in the dead of night
Temperance brings us balance and peace
But the chains of the Devil are hard to release
When the Tower has shattered us to the core
The Star allows our Spirit to soar
The Moon reveals our deepest fears
Until the light of the Sun brings joy and cheers
When Judgement calls, we see the light
And the World keeps turning from day into night

 

Clubs, I mean …..


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Tarot Quick Fact: Early card decks from Spain featured four suites: coins, cups, swords, and polo sticks. Bet you’re giggling about the polo stick huh? I did too.

When these cards turned up in Europe around 1375, Europeans, who enjoyed a good card game never heard of a polo stick. Therefore they used “wands.”

Many Tarot decks reserve these suit names. With a modern deck of regular playing cards, these suits are as follows: diamonds, hearts, spades and clubs.

Can you imagine how drunk one would get at a card game if every time someone slipped up and said clubs instead of polo sticks? Would be an interesting way to liven things up now wouldn’t it? :-)

Experiment: Does one of the trump cards in your tarot deck represent qualities you admire, but you do not see in yourself? For me it’s the self control of the “strength” card.

Make this quality that you do not see in yourself, your weekly goal. I encourage you to take that card from your deck and put it somewhere you can see it, for at least a week or so. Write down in your journal at the end of each day what you may have done to practice that skill, and by the end of the week you might surprise yourself at just how much closer to your goal you are.

Grey’s Anatomy Tarot Reflections


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(Fenestra Tarot Deck – by Chatriya – Oct 31, 2006)

One of my daily routines is to turn on netflix and watch Grey’s Anatomy while sipping my coffee. Today I was watching Season 7, Episode 2 and the scene was where a flag football team came into the ER with wounds after being struck by lightning. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to write a short article about it.

Each of the boys from the football team had a huge crush on the only girl on the team. Lucky her right?

After being struck by lightning each boy felt compelled to tell her about their love for her and asked her to marry them.

So here’s this poor girl, sitting in a hospital bed crying her eyes out because the one guy that she actually liked in return was injured so much that he needed surgery, and she was unable to tell him she cared for him. So here she is, blubbering, and there are two boys in the room apologizing for making her cry. They were asking her what they did, and how they could make her feel better.

Holy emotions people !! No wonder why I love this show. It’s full of crazy drama, and I am a woman. 🙂

Anyhow, Lexi Grey, one of the surgical residents spoke up and said, “The poor girl was struck by lightning today! She’s crying because everything changed now. She was just part of the team and everyone was friends, now all the sudden, lightning strikes and her whole world changed as she knew it.” (Well not the exact words, but similar)

What a perfect scene to go along with the spread above. We have the six of cups, representing the team mates as friends. Everything seemed perfect, and everyone was having a good time playing football together. The girl on the team was just one of the “guys.” Then suddenly lightning strikes and everything changes; the tower card. Because of the tower, this girl is now crying in a bed, wishing for everything to go back the way it was before.

In conclusion, Tarot can be read quite easily if one can link time and events to the cards while studying them. Now each time I do a reading, and I see these cards, my memory will be jogged, and I will be able to find meaning in the cards more quickly than if I hadn’t associated these cards with the Grey’s Anatomy scene above. 🙂