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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Feature Card ~ the 6 of Cups

6 of Cups ~ Druidcraft Tarot
This card has always been one of the cards that I have always been a bit “meh” about. Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore the tarot, but every reader will tell you there are just some cards that you don’t connect with as well as you do others. For me, one of these cards is the 6 of Cups.

And what do we instinctively do when we’re faced with something we don’t understand as much as we’d like? We ignore it, we just glance over it and try to pretend it isn’t there, in this case by ever so gracefully paying attention to other cards that are also in the reading. And don’t lie, we all do it.

One of my best friends Candi and I were having a chat a while ago about this sort of thing, and going with the winter dreamtime theme we were in at the time came to the conclusion that the best way to face an unerring dislike of something is to face it head on and really sink your teeth into it. Candi then dared me to do the 6 of Cups as a blog post to prove that I was legit.

So here it is Candi, I am legit! Too legit to quit. Werd.

I have to say, I did make a few pleasant discoveries about the humble 6 of Cups while researching this post. I always thought that the 6 of Cups was a bit simplistic and just about the past still being a part of the present. But, as always with the tarot, there is more then meets the eye to this card!!

6 of Cups ~ Gilded Tarot
 The over reaching theme of the 6 of Cups is innocence, small joys, peace and different aspects of the concept of “past”

When you’re in a period of your life in which you’re feeling carefree, innocent, finding joy in small acts and feeling quite playful, chances are the 6 of Cups energy is around you.

Nearly all of the interpretations of this card I have seen contain children playing together, and this is important ~ think back to when you were a little kiddie playing in your back yard. How carefree and playful were you? When you were making mud pies or wrestling in the dirt, did you care about your clothes getting dirty and the considerable time your poor Mum would have to spend getting those clothes clean again? Nope, you just went right on playing and living in the moment. Did you care that those lego blocks weren’t building real castles and that your toy She-Ra doll wasn’t really the embodiment of the Princess of Power (who by the way, is completely awesome)? Of course not! You let your imagination take over and became a hero in your own bedroom!

Sometimes this is simply what the 6 of Cups represents ~ that feeling of carefree joy we experience from time to time where we are happy simply for being happy, because the various parts of our life are all working in harmony or we are dancing to the beat of our own drum and finding joy in that. Sixes in the tarot represent the place of balance, meeting and union, and I think with this card, the balance within comes from the simple goodness inherent in this card. The 6 of Cups encourages kindness, generosity and forgiveness ~ a beautiful balance to a lot of the destructive behaviour we see in todays world. I’m not talking just physically destructive, like violence or the slow strangulation of the environment, but also spiritual destruction like greed, selfishness and hatred.

6 of Cups ~ Robin Wood Tarot
Two of the words thrown around the most in association with the 6 of Cups were “innocence” and “past”. There is so much to these two concepts, especially if you take the view (as I do) that there is light and shadow in all aspects of the tarot, as there are in life.

Let’s start with innocence. Innocence is a word that has many shades. It can mean that carefree, trusting state that serves to protect you from the harshness of the world. It may also mean that you are innocent of wrong doing, innocent/unaware of a secret or the truth of a situation or you could be innocent of ulterior motives. Depending on your situation, this innocence can either serve or harm you. It could serve you in the way that you could be protected by something or someone that could potentially harm you, or it could harm you in that you don’t see the ulterior motives in others and could be taken advantage of.

The concept of past with this card has more dimension to it. The 6 of Cups can represent the past coming into your present for a variety of reasons ~ it can be a past lover or acquaintance coming back into your life, or a job opportunity comes up that arises from past connections (a past boss may have thought of you for a position for example) or a past hobby or passion such as writing or painting may come into your life again. On the shadow side, this card can also mean that you are living in the past, unable to move on and thus, have shut yourself away from the world.

There are other aspects of past that goes with this card, and it is this aspects that I find the most beautiful. The 6 of Cups coming up in a reading can represent that you are working on integrating gifts from the past, be they childhood or past lives, into your life in the present. You are reclaiming gifts and using them for your highest good. The other aspect tells us that for the heart, there is no such thing as linear time ~ the human mind creates the concept of linear time in order to understand time and experience in it's context. The heart is pure feeling that is not bound by time. That is why we meet people and instantly know sometimes that we know them ~ chances are we did in a previous lifetime and our heart remembers.

The Lovers ~ Gummy Bear Tarot
When a 6 of Cups combines with The Lovers in a reading, your relationship is one that is idealistic and playful, though there is difficulty setting limits and boundaries. The Lovers card is also a number 6, and thus, this card is the highest echo of The Lovers in the Minor Arcana. But interestingly, keeping with the number 6 theme, the 16th card in the Major Arcana, the Tower, tells you that immaturity on your part has led to you neglecting a situation that is due for dramatic upheaval ~ your behaviour will be under intense scrutiny.

If the 6 of Cups is paired with Temperance, you enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Combined with the King or Queen of Cups, you have an appreciation for life as an adult who has enough sense to remember to enjoy the little things and not be too weighed down with responsibilities. Paired with the Two of Pentacles, you spend money irresponsibly, whereas the Four of Pentacles with it mean you are holding on to something or someone for sentimental reasons.

I started out thinking this card was almost child-like in it's appearance and meaning, but it is so much more. And I think this is one of the things that attracts me to the tarot so much ~ there is always more to the eye, and sometimes the cards surprise you in the sweetest ways. I did this post as a challenge from my friend Candice, who told me that loving some tarot cards is fine, but it's the ones you don't like so much that may pleaantly surprise you. I'm really glad I did it ~ I won't be inwarding whincing the next time this little guy appears in a reading. You rock Candi!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Getting a tarot reading (or any other kind of reading) is a very personal undertaking. You're seeking guidance, or answers to pertinent questions and when you're handing your hard earned money to someone that you trust to help, you deserve an ethical, accurate and compassionate reading from someone who is genuinely interested in you and your spiritual welfare.

It's a sad fact of life that the psychic reading industry does have a few charlatans lurking around who are more interested in your cash then giving you the best reading they can.

Here are a few tips for finding those snakes in the grass.

What does a good reader do?

1. A good reader will charge a reasonable amount

Beware of someone charging too much or too little. Readers are like everyone else; we all have bills to pay, and like anyone else providing a service, time is precious. In a reading, an energy exchange is taking place and contrary to some beliefs, it is perfectly acceptable to charge for readings.

Someone charging exorbitant amounts is simply out there to make money off vulnerable souls seeking guidance. On the contrary, someone who doesn’t charge enough may not value their gifts and therefore may not give a confident reading.

2. A good reader will give you options to consider

An ethical reader will have a range of readings to suit your purpose and your budget. Sometimes you just want a confirmation reading, a yes/no answer, other times you may be looking for something with more depth and detail. There is no such thing as a “one reading suits all” kind of reading. A good reader will give you options that match your needs and will quote you a fair price ~ and will not add any hidden extra charges or change their quote at the end of the reading for any reason!!

3. A good reader will not keep you hanging

Readers are people, just like anyone else; sometimes we get busy and it may take us a couple of days to get back to a client. But you should never be waiting too long to hear back from a reader ~ it is disrespectful to leave a client “hanging”. If you haven't heard back from a reader you have attempted to contact, don’t be afraid to contact them to let them know that you no longer require their services and do not feel that you are being disloyal. There are too many wonderful readers around for you to waste your time waiting for one who can’t even give you a courtesy “So sorry, I am very busy but will get back to you in a couple of days” email or message.

4. A good reader will be good or correct most of the time

Everyone has an off day once in a while and readers are no exception. Reading takes an incredible amount of energy and there will be times when a reader is so wiped that no amount of money will convince them to read! Having said that, a good reader should be right about 75% of the time. There is no such thing as a 100% success rate, as lovely as that would be!

5. A good reader will genuinely want to help you

A reader, no matter the context of the reading, will give you positive and uplifting messages (and let’s face it, sometimes readings aren’t always about brilliant times ahead!) A good reader will be able to navigate these stormy seas for their clients and guide them on their path to self discovery with confidence. Even some of the most foreboding cards in the tarot have wonderful shadow gifts and a responsible reader will explore these with you.

6. Good readers are objective and honest

A good reader will never impose their will on you. The goal of most readings is to provide options, to help pave the way on your spiritual journey by offering tools without making you feel obligated to follow the advice or constantly come in for follow up readings ~ you should never be told by a reader what you should do, only what options are around you. The reader is skin to a spiritual advisor guiding you to empowerment by showing you how to look for your answers. You are the Master of your Free Will; a good reader understands that nothing is cast in stone and that we ultimately have the power of our destiny within us.

A good reader won’t tell you what you want to hear just to keep you happy. Readings should be approached with an open heart & mind and will walk you through a journey of symbolism that is mutually meaningful and satisfying.

Recently on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Full-Moon-Tarot) I asked what the most important attribute of a good reader was, and the overwhelming answer was honesty and integrity.

How to pick a dishonest reader

1. Beware of “Gypsy Scams”

The reading seems cheap (and who doesn’t love a bargain?!?) and it starts off well enough; then the reader's face contorts and their voice lowers, “You have negative energy around you and this has caused all the problems you have in your life” or “You are cursed, such a pity because you are a good person and deserve good things to happen to you” but all is not lost! For a “small” fee of only $200, you can be cleansed, or healed ~ but don’t forget to buy the “special” (and hideously expensive) healing oils or clearing candles just to be sure that pesky curse has been gotten rid of. And just in case, we better “change” your grim future ~ for only yet another “small” fee!

What a load of rubbish! Unfortunately, a lot of people fall for these “gypsy scams” and it gives genuine readers a bad name.

2. 100% Accuracy Guaranteed!”

Again, a load of rubbish.

No reader, no matter how spectacular they are, can possibly be 100% accurate 100% of the time. That's impossible people!! Anyone making this kind of claim is trying to sell you something!!!

Even if someone could offer 100% accuracy, would you want your whole life mapped out for you in one reading? No free will, no surprises?

As discussed, a good reading shows pathways, options and possible consequences. Nothing in life carries a 100% guarantee and that includes tarot readings!

I read an editorial in a magazine once where the editor described the best reading she had ever had as being one that never came true. It was full of ominous cards that seemed to foretell nothing but doom and gloom ~ and it’s because those cards appeared that the editor was able to see the warning ~ her life was heading to a bad place but due to being forewarned in her reading, she was able to make changes in her life necessary to avoid the disaster the cards had shown. What an amazing exercise in self realisation and awareness that must have been!!

3. Reading from a script or set story

Every reading I do for someone is unique, because we all have our different stories and reasons for getting a reading. To me, there is nothing more insulting then handing over your hard earned cash only to hear an often repeated fairytale of a rich, tall dark handsome stranger or some such that has absolutely no relevance to your life.

Some (and I emphasise some, not all) telephone readers have a script they read from and are paid bonuses for keeping you on the phone longer. The mother of a dear friend of mine had a reading done while she was on holiday in a popular tourist spot and was told she would meet her soulmate and marry in the next six months (she was and has been married for over 2 decades) and that her oldest daughter would give her many grandchildren with her husband ~ she has since divorced, remarried and is working with IVF to conceive. Most would consider that a dream reading ~ a soulmate to marry and beautiful grandchildren on the way ~ but that particular script was written for the wrong movie this time.

4. Convince you that you need their help often

A good reading will generally tide you over for about 6 months, with the exception of a major change or some sort of pertinent question you want answered (and we all know the Wheel of Fortune can take some unexpected turns!) If you have a reader insisting that you need a reading once a week, once a month or whatever unreasonable time frame to clear “negative energies” or what not, you have stumbled onto a scam artist who is trying to make money out of your vulnerability. Give them a big wide berth!

There are some amazing readers out there who will give you a wonderful, honest, compassionate and insightful reading full of guidance and advice. Now that you've got a few ideas about what makes a good reader and what makes for a dishonest one, hopefully you can find your way to a reader that will give you the reading that you truly deserve.