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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Daily Card Readings

The Empress ~ Favole Tarot

One of the most intimidating aspects to learning tarot for people who are new to it is the seeming enormity of the task of learning the meanings of 78 cards.

The only real answer is study and practise ~ you're not going to wake up one day and just "know" what each card means, there is no special system that guarantees instant success and mastery of the cards (and who would want a reading from someone who hasn't spent time and care with their cards anyway???) You have to take time to connect with your deck; by which I mean get to know your cards the way you get to know your friends ~ spend good quality time with them.

You will buy a deck because you initially connect to it in some way ~ it embodies a spiritual practice that is important to you, or mythology that you love, or the images capture your heart and imagination. There are so many reasons why a deck calls out to you (and don't think that you are cheating on your deck if you love and/or buy another one ~ each deck just adds to your rich tarot experience) But after the initial connection, you need to spend time with your deck and get to know it. A brilliant way of doing this is the Daily Card.

Queen of Swords ~ Guilded Tarot

I understand that in this day and age, we are all busy people. And spiritual and/or tarot studies are like every other kind of study ~ we have times in our life when we can and do devote a lot of energy into them, and then we have times in our life where we let the study subside a bit and absorb the lessons we have already learnt. We have to do this occasionally ~ you will burn out otherwise and that serves no purpose at all! So yeah, there is a chance that a lot of us can't commit to a daily card, but we should commit to something ~ a weekly card at least ~ to keep ourselves moving forward. Knowledge is like water ~ if it sits still for too long it becomes stagnant and can't be used.

Now on to the Daily Card! Or Weekly Card for some of us. Whatever works for you ~ one of the brilliant things about tarot is that it's lessons are there for you however you take them.

3 of Swords ~ Deviant Moon Tarot

As I've said, it's one of the best ways to get to know a new deck, or even reacquaint yourself with an old favourite. I've read a few authors who all say the same thing ~ the tarot cards are 78 friends you can take anywhere who are always on your side, no matter what they are saying to you. I love that idea.

Take a few minutes in your sacred space in the house, where-ever that may be. Mine is one end of our living room with purple couches, coffee table and Goddess pictures on the walls lol. Relax, and shuffle your cards in whatever way you are comfortable. It may surprise you to know how many different ways there are of shuffling cards; each reader develops there own way of shuffling as part of their tarot ritual.

8 of Swords ~ Guilded Tarot

While you are shuffling, run through in your mind your plans for the day/week ahead, or, if you are doing a daily card at the end of the day, what has happened during the day. Ask: "What do I most need to learn from today/this week?" or "What wisdom would it benefit me to live today/this week?"

Once you have finished shuffling (I don't know how you do it, but I always get this feeling that the cards just don't want to be shuffled anymore ~ does anyone else experience this?) pick a card however you want, be it from the top, bottom or random place in the deck. Flip over the card and do the same thing that you would do in a one card reading (because this is essentially what this is) start by looking at the overall message of the card, then work your way inwards to the characters in the card (people and animals), the environment, any movement or stillness, and pay attention to any messages that come through. The best way to record everything so that you can look back on it is by jotting down a few notes in a tarot journal ~ it really can be fascinating to look back and see what patterns emerge in your life.

8 of Wands ~ Deviant Moon Tarot

Some people I know create affirmations from their daily/weekly card. It's not something I do personally but for those who do, they receive benefit out of doing so. I personally like to let the message sit with me (I reinforce it by journaling it) and love finding the parts of my day or week that resonate with the card I drew. I love it when something happens and you think to yourself "So that's where the 8 of Pentacles comes in!", it's always such a confirmation. Love it love it love it!

The important thing to remember is that the card of the day/week isn't used as a predictive tool. While I know a lot of tarot readers use tarot for purely divination purposes (and if that is their gig that is fine), and embrace the divinational use of tarot myself for certain purposes, the tarot, for me, goes a lot deeper then that. The daily/weekly card should be used to create lessons that will enrichen your life and your knowledge of the card.

Knave of Crosses ~ Favole Tarot

Some questions you may want to think about with your card of the day/week could be:
  • How can I succeed today/this week?
  • Who or what guides me today/this week?
  • What deeper learning would it serve me to be aware of today/this week?
  • What inspires me today/this week?
  •   What will I see differently today/this week? 
Drawing a random card from the tarot gives you a chance to try on a new aspect of yourself, exercise a long forgotten one or try one of the 78 aspects of tarot that you hadn't thought about before. This gives you a chance to explore an aspect of yourself deeper or learn something new about you; no matter how much you think you know about yourself, there is always something new to learn ~ that is what is so rich and fascinating about the human experience.  

The World ~ Mystic Dreamer Tarot

I believe that a daily or weekly card teaches us as much about living with wisdom (something I believe we should all try to aspire to) as it does about the nuances of each card, which always go on to add another layer of meaning in future readings these cards appear in.

Sometimes the meanings/lessons/messages unveil themselves in the most interesting ways ~ this is one of the most fascinating aspects of tarot, which is how dynamic the tarot is, how their meanings evolve with experience. The cards are not static just because they are a printed picture on a page; to me they are living entities with stories to tell and lessons to teach.

 I have illustrated this post with some of the most beautiful cards I could find. One of the most inspiring and amazing things for me is to be surrounded by beautiful tarot images.

Enjoy your daily/weekly cards; may all the wisdom of the Gods and Goddesses be yours to treasure.

The Universe ~ Steele Wizard Tarot

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Year's Release ~ The Star

This year as well as making the usual New Year's resolutions of working smarter (meaning, not doing unpaid overtime and still getting everything that needs to be done done) losing weight and devoting more time to tarot, I decided that this year I was going to release something from last year.

The Star ~ Legacy of the Divine Tarot

Every year we make resolutions that will ultimately gain something, such as time, power, beauty, a long awaited finished product, and that is wonderful ~ we all need something to dream for and strive towards, for without dreams we are tusks of human beings.

But every year I make the same resolutions ~ surely if I was really sticking to them I wouldn't have to make them over and over again! This year I decided that as well as looking to gain, I should look to lose. I should look at what needs releasing in my life in order for growth to occur. I want to dump the garbage from the past year, not bring it with me into this one!!

Continuing on with my new found love of one card readings, I decided to draw one card to symbolise what I should release in order to attain some growth and achieve my goals in the coming year.

I drew the Star, one of the most beautiful cards in most decks. I adore her.

In terms of needing to release something from my life, the first thing to look at is the fact that the Star is a Major Arcana card, so that means that what I need to release is both karmic and incredibly significant to my growth.

The second thing to look at is what this card represents in a reading and how do you apply that to the principle of release in your life?

The Star always speaks of healing principally, and in the Legacy of the Divine tarot deck even hints at freedom (isn't she absolutely divine?) so at first glance, the Star coming up as a releasing card would indicate that I need to look at what I am holding on to that needs healing in my life and releasing so that healing and growth can begin.

The Star ~ Druidcraft Tarot

Now let's look deeper...

All Star cards have a significant water aspect and usually depicts a naked woman pouring water into a stream. The Star talks about calming waters entering into your life, and you being open to an inner, deeper, spiritual understanding of this experience. Being naked shows that we are as natural as can be, but nudity also represents vulnerability and this makes sense ~ when we are naked and natural, we are also vulnerable because we are showing the world our true authentic selves. It's a lot easier to say "Be yourself" and "Stand in your own power" then it is to actually do ~ sometimes we face obstacles such as the opinions of family and friends, hectic home lives, lack of confidence in ourselves that can be hard to turn around, high maintenance professional lives, bad habits that are difficult to kick ~ but that Star tells us that when we let go of these things, we can achieve this and live our lives the way we always dreamed we could. Who cares what the perceived notions of perfection are in our society when we can be spiritually free and happy in our own skins? The Star's gift of confidence and tranquility allow this to happen, and actively invites it!

The pouring of the water is something that particularly stands out to me. The water flows both into the pool and onto the land, symbolizing the life giving and healing power of the Goddess (or Divine or whichever term suits you) The pool reminds us of the still pool of spirit that refreshes us in our inner world. The water is flowing with no interruption or blockage and all the Star asks of you is to be and bask in the knowledge that you are connected to the Goddess, Divine, whomever, that flows through all existence. To me, the pouring of the water is the releasing of all the hurt and feelings of inadequacy that haunt me well after they should and make permanent stains on my soul. It will only be after releasing all of this that I will be able to release my gifts into the world, which is my other interpretation of the water flowing from the jugs into the pool.

One way of doing this will be for me to tune into the bright yet tranquil energy of the Star. The Star is all about the inner world as opposed to outer events. Water symbolises the unconscious and also indicates feelings of inspiration, which for me feels certainly true right now. Obviously the releasing of my spiritual garbage as I've come to call it will help the inspiration flow unblocked.

The Star is a deceptive card ~ it looks so simple on the surface but is indeed so much more. I am definitely going to do a New Years spread to build on this.

I hope you all have a prosperous and enriching 2011. here's to our tarot journey and the wonderful lessons we will learn along the way!