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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

30 Day Tarot Challenge ~ Day 3

Do you have more than one deck that you use, and, if so, do you have a favorite? Why do you like the deck you have chosen?
Much to my wife's chagrin, I have many decks and love pretty much every single one of them for one reason or another. In terms of using decks for readings, there are four decks that I use ~ the Druidcraft Tarot, the Vampyre Tarot, the Wildwood Tarot and the Joie de Vivre Tarot

To read with for others though, I use my beloved Druidcraft deck. I was at a Tarot meeting where we did readings for each other and one of the ladies read for me using the Druidcraft tarot and I instantly fell in love with the Queen of Wands. What a woman! I really flow quite well with this deck; being a Pagan I see a lot of my spiritual beliefs reflected in this deck, and the imagery & symbolism is simply breathtaking. Every reader has a deck that feels like an extension of them; the deck talks to them like a friend and you are always discovering new and wonderful things in each card ~ this is the Druidcraft deck for me. I made it my own by trimming the borders and later the titles ~ there is not much that will bring you closer to your deck then an experience like that! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

30 Day Tarot Challenge ~ Day 2

Day 2 ~ What was your first deck and how/why did you get it?

I went with tradition for my first deck ~ the Rider-Waite/Smith deck. I'm sure anyone who has had any dealings with the tarot will be familiar with this deck. A lot of tarot decks out there are referred to as "Rider-Waite clones" because they follow such a similar system in their symbolism and meanings. It was originally published in 1909 and has been a favorite with readers ever since. There are many variations as well ~ there's the Traditional, Universal and Radiant Rider-Waite/Smith decks to name a few. My first deck was a traditional deck until I started reading with the Radiant which has much more vibrant co louring. 

I got this deck as a birthday present from the two friends I started exploring tarot with when I was 17 and treasured it ~ until one day I just couldn't stand to read with it anymore. That probably had a lot to do with the falling out I had with those friends.  

I did not keep the deck but instead gave it to a charity that does a lot of second hand book drives in the hope someone who needed it would come across it. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

30 Day Tarot Challenge ~ Day 1

I've seen this challenge making the round of various Tarot blogs of late and decided it might be a good idea. Basically, it's a question a day for 30 days on Tarot and why I'm so into it. Feel free to put your own answers into the comments section :)

Day 1 ~ What introduced you to / got you involved in Tarot?
When I was in my last year of high school we had an American student come on in to our school. He, another of my friends and I became quite close and turns out, he read Tarot cards. We would get together most weekends to hang out and often he would get his deck of cards out and read for the two of us. I was absolutely fascinated with them and set out on a quest to learn all I could. 16 years on I'm still learning haha

When did you guys first get exposed to Tarot?

A Reading on Reading

Sometimes it's necessary to think about how you do what you do. It's good to have a look at what your strengths and weaknesses are ~ or as the business world puts it, strengths and opportunities lol. 

I saw this spread going around on Facebook (and I am so sorry but I can not remember the source ~ I'm bad sometimes!) and thought it might be worth a try ~ it's about looking at what you as a reader do well, what you need a bit of work on and what internal and external resources are available to you. It's a nice spread. You just need to put your five cards in a straight line after you've shuffled and bombs away! I used my beloved Druidcraft Tarot for this reading. 

Card 1 ~ What you do well ~ 4 of Swords
I encourage people to go within and find their own power and inspiration, as I feel that is what readers should do ~ not tell people what to do but encourage and empower them. I help people after they have been or are going through a difficult time, give them space to retreat and reconnect, and give a hint every now and then on some spiritual sign posts on the way. I also bring a bit of calm and healing every now and then. 

Card 2 ~ What I don't do so well ~ Queen of Swords
I get defensive if I feel I'm being scrutinized or objectified by who I am reading for, build walls which inhibit flow and don't always trust the messages I cam receiving. I can be a bit of a hardarse and sometimes can be a bit too honest. 

Card 3 ~ External resources to improve ~ 3 of Pentacles
I need to learn to be comfortable putting my work out there, particularly where others in my field to look at. I also need to look at putting myself out there in effective ways, be open to support and encouragement and build on my skillz. I also need to devote more time to my craft. 

Card 4 ~ Internal approaches for improving ~ 2 of Cups
I need to be comfortable creating union and balance in all aspects of my life rather then keeping everything in little boxes. Time to fulfil some purpose rather then dribble about it. 

Card 5 ~ Overall advice ~ 5 of Swords
I'm either in or I'm out. Nothing can be halfarsed, no more dreams unfulfilled or promises made that won't be kept by myself to myself. Time to stop wasting time and talent, stop being jealous of others in my field and just get down and funky with my self and get on with it.