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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Samhain Flooding and other sentimental shit

Here in Bris-Vegas we have just had some of the worst flooding in years caused by some kind of intense low that is still creating havoc down south. 

And I got stuck right in the middle of it on my way home from my muggle job. It took me 7 hours to get home. I drove through flood waters because the only way was forward, I stalled my car when the engine flooded, I made crying, screaming, swearing phone calls to my wife. And honestly, my beloved Full Mooners, I was seriously worried that this was The End. 5 people died in these floods, and for a short while I wondered if I was going to be one of them, the weather was that wild and the conditions so treacherous. I was not just scared guys - I was Fucking Terrified. 

After I got through what I now refer to as the Gauntlet of Water Near-Death, I was stopped for four hours at North Lakes, where we waited for the waters to recede enough in any direction for us to move forward. Or sideways, any way really. 

It was the most peaceful four hours I've had in a long time. The car was turned off, the rain had stopped, it was dark and it was quiet. 

6 of Swords - what Brisbane's roads looked like yesterday 

Down Under we had celebrated the holiday Samhain the day before. For me, it is not a celebration of the dead, only because I am incredibly fortunate that I have lost very few people in my life and I don't have much knowledge of my ancestry (I only know that my family has firmly entrenched Irish roots) but rather, it is the spiritual New Year, and marks the beginning of the underworld journey that will culminate in the Winter. For me, it is the going down of the Sun and the beginning of withdrawal, new learnings and germination. 

Those four hours waiting for a road to become clear became a physical Long Night of the Soul, something I haven't done in too long. Well played universe. Instead of being impatient and panicky, I was calm because I was on a hill and the water wasn't rising, I was safe, warm and dry. So I decided to go within and see what the time that was being given to me would bring. 

And it brought up some pretty cool, but hard, truths and breakthroughs. 

It was not just the practical stuff like having a plan for the next time this happens (it's Brisbane, there will be a next time, our infrastructure has been totally fucked since the 2011 floods) but really deep shit I have been holding on to that is, like the cliche says, holding me back. 

Like my attachment to work and money. 

Work is just work. I'm not a life saving heart surgeon, I'm an office monkey. A really freaking funny and efficient office monkey, but, it is what it is. I'm so addicted to the idea that I need to prove myself to be hard working and indispensable that I show up no matter what, and this time it cost me. Next time it could be worse, so the next instance that sees a warning of these weather conditions - I'm taking an annual leave day and honouring myself and my safety. 

And money, you arsehole. I let you have such a hold over me. I let myself be defined by the lack I perceive myself to have, and to resent anything that cost money, like car services, physio, groceries, and severely limited the purchase of luxury items like books and clothes because it took me away from "my money" What a stupid notion, what a limited and Four of Pentacles mentality. You know what happens to the guy in the Four of Pentacles? He ends up a miserable miser with nothing but his precious treasure chest, and it doesn't make him happy anyway. I'm heading for a Four of Pentacles life and I really fucking hate that. You know, I've been really falling in love with bone reading, and found two highly recommended books - and promptly got the shits because the shipping from Amazin costs as much as the books. My attachment and attitude to money has to change - it's just money. It's just an exchange. If there's not a lot but I have a rich life, am I really broke? Nah. Not likely. 

I always knew how much I love the special peeps in my life - my wife, my sisters, my few but very close and wonderful friends. But I honestly didn't think I meant as much to them as they did to me. Last night they stayed up late, refusing to go to bed until they knew I was safe. That's pretty fucking special. And it's not egotistical to honour that truth.  

And there's so much I want to learn and delve into, and I keep telling myself I have not got the time, the money, blah blah blah. Bollocks to that, it's time to dive into this stuff and expend myself. I truly feel that time has come. 

All this from being stuck in a flood. I'm not normally one for confessional journal type entries but this really affected me. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

So you want to date a Court Card...

I'm not normally a fan of Valentine's Day, but it got me thinking this year - what would dating in the Tarot world look like? Then of course, my one track mind went to the question of What would making sweet sweet love look like in the Tarot world? 

I know, burning questions that haunt us all. Fear not, Full Mooners, I have pondered this, and maybe fantasised a little, and come up with a theory on how to take any of the Kings or Queens from the Tarot Court on a date and a little more...

Grab a glass of wine, some choccies and be prepared to get comfy with the Courts...

The King of Cups
This is the man of romantic gestures. He likes to send lots of "Just want you to know I'm thinking of you" texts, maybe even write a poem or two. He's a sweet, dreamy romantic guy, and can be a bit of a brooder too. The King of Cups can be emotionally intense, so if you rebuff him, he can get sooky but if you're into each other, he will pamper you for hours on end, simply because he wants to see you enjoy yourself. On your date, expect star gazing, soul searching talks, lots of 'soulmate connections' made early on. If ever there was a court card who would propose Dharma and Greg style, it would be the King of Cups. 
This King views sex as a spiritual connection, so expect lots of foreplay and a slow glorious session of love making in a conventional setting like a warm fluffy bed, followed by lots of loving, clean pillow talk afterwards. 
Literary equivalents: Mr Bingley (Pride and Prejudice), Noah (The Notebook), Sir Lancelot, Dawson Keary (Dawson's Creek) Aidan Shaw (Sex and the City) Lloyd Dobler (Say Anything), Romeo Montague

The King of Pentacles 
This is the King who will take you to a lovely, cosy, expensive restaurant, buy you exotic flowers from a rare flower shop and gift you a small box of luxurious chocolates. You will be spoiled. This is a man who works hard, earns lots of money and loves material things - and needs to see these things valued and appreciated. So please do fawn over all he's doing for you if you want a second date. 
In the bedroom, the King of Pentacles is conventional but will take command. He'll rent a cabin in the woods, set a fire, make love on the bearskin rug then wake you up with a champagne breakfast. He doesn't mind taking a few risks and doing a few out there things but they have to be sensual and not completely "out there"  - feathers, food, but nothing too outrageous. 
Literary equivalents: Mr Darcy (Pride and Prejudice), Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby), George Tucker (Hart of Dixie), Mr Big (Sex and the City), Edward Lewis (Pretty Woman), Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars) 

The King of Wands 
This man is a showboat - he loves making grand gestures, but only in public and only for the attention he gets. The King of Wands is a risk taker, an adventurer who loves surprising his date, so expect a dawn wake up call telling you to get dressed because you're about to go bungee jumping or sky diving. 
In the bedroom, this King needs razzle dazzle and big sparks - he needs excitement and even a bit of a challenge. Play hard to get, then blow his mind with your wild imagination (think toys, karma sutra and role play) and you will have a brilliant time. 
Literary equivalents: Han Solo (Star Wars), Rhett Butler (Gone with the Wind), Don Draper (Mad Men), Tristian Ludlow (Legends of the Fall), Pacey Witter (Dawson's Creek), Wade Kinsella (Hart of Dixie) 

The King of Swords 
Oh this guy. It's all about 2 things for the King of Swords - conquest and domination. He is intelligent, cunning and quite masculine. You won't get any mushy romantic gestures with this guy, but you will get a man of stunning intellect & humour who will expand your world through new cultural experiences, stimulating debate and some high class wowery. 
In bed it will be all about him - this is the guy with mirrors on the ceiling. The King of Swords will be the dominant partner, and he won't be alone. He will have a range of toys and equipment, his own little Red Room, all to enhance the experience for both of you. You'll get yours but he will also get his. 
Literary equivalents: Dorian Gray, Don Juan, Dickie Greenleaf (The Talented Mr Ripley), Christian Grey, Eric Northman (True Blood) 

The Queen of Cups 
This woman is the epitome of femininity - beautiful, emotional, receptive, gentile. She's easy going when she she's happy - so as long as you're making a fuss of her and provide a fantasy date for her where she's the Queen, she will be content and a second date will be yours. This Queen prizes beauty and emotional fulfilment from her partner, but she also loves the intuitive, dreamy side of life, so getting a reading or going to a new age event or retreat as one of your date activitys would be something she'd be into. 
Sex wise, this Queen needs to be the focus of your undivided attention, and her pleasure your only objective. She needs to feel beautiful and important. She loves gentle foreplay, silk sheets and tenderness. A sappy movie or poem will help. 
Literary equivalents: Jane Bennett (Pride and Prejudice), Adrian Pennino (Rocky), Amelie (Amelie), Clementine Kruczynski (Eternal Sunhine of the Spotless Mind) 

The Queen of Pentacles 
This Queen is a real Earth Mumma, and a woman who loves her surroundings, and that manifests in 1 of 2 ways - she's either a full blown hippie living in a yurt off the grid or she's a lady of the house who has made the most of what she has by creating a loving and beautiful home. Either environment is one she has created out of love and one in which you instantly feel grounded and content. Rather then go out, she would prefer to cook you a scrumptious meal surrounded by candles and incense. This Queen uses food and comfort to show her love. 
On the intimate side of things, the Queen of Pentacles is sensual, open but likes to take her time and doesn't share with just anyone. Because she's so earthy, an outdoor picnic leading to shenanigans is a big possibility. Most likely to get her going will be a nice, slow massage with fragrant oils - it takes her a while to warm up but once she gets going it's a sleepless night ahead. 
Literary examples: Marmee March (Little Women), Dorethea Brook (Middlemarch), Mary Poppins

The Queen of Wands 
This is a lady full of charm and fire - others follow her because she's so damn charismatic and awesome to be around. She's a headstrong woman who knows what she likes - but you'll be so smitten with this Queen you'll want what she wants, her enthusiasm is infectious. This Queen loves celebrations so make your first date something to treasure - go somewhere and do an activity that will mean something. Make a fuss, go out somewhere fancy and lovely, hire a limo, drink champers. Be spectacular and interesting and a little quirky to keep her attention. 
The Queen of Wands has a very healthy libido and a lot of energy, so don't slack off. She isn't shy about what she wants and loves spice and variety so don't be surprised if a costume or some kinky toys make an appearance. She is very adventurous and not easily shocked - you won't be bored with a Queen of Wands in your bed, 
Literary equivalents: Lizzie Bennett (Pride and Prejudice), Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables), Princess Leia (Star Wars), Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones), Beatrice (Mich Ado About Nothing) 

The Queen of Swords 
This woman is intelligent, cultured and refined, and has a brilliant bullshit detector - you will have to be genuinely interesting and on the same level as her to keep her interest. You will win her through her mind first - she's not into cheesy romance. Take her to a play, an art or museum exhibit, or a philosophy lecture, than have a brilliant conversation about it while having a nice meal out. 
In the bedroom, this lady is the Boss and don't you forget it! She's the leather and chains kind of lady, she loves taking a walk on the wild side. Dirty talk gets her in the mood and she is anything but conventional in bed. Follow her lead...she'll probably give you one. 
Literary equivalents: Elphaba (Wicked), Lisbeth Salander (Girl with the Dragon Tattooo), Karen Blixen (Out of Africa), Ollivia Pope (Scandal) 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 - The Year of the Lion

Whenever a new year ticks over, I use it as an opportunity to take a peek at the energies that are coming up. 

The card for 2015 is Strength, the 8th card in the Major Arcana (2+0+1+5=8) For some, 8 represents Justice and Strength is card 11. The way I was taught and still use the Majors, I have Strength at 8 and Justice at 11. It's just the way I roll. 

I love it when Strength appears in a reading, it's such a powerful card. It's a fiery energy ruled by Leo, so you know it's about confidence, self awareness and figuring out how to be damn fabulous on the inside and outside. 

I always see the Strength card as one that denotes a coming into of Self, someone who is learning to stand in their own power and assert it without aggressiveness. Strength isn't a brutal energy; interestingly, it's actually quite innocent and compassionate. It's an energy that demands you learn to love yourself, have compassion for yourself and integrate with your shadow. Look at all that you are - your brilliant side, your dark side, your animal side - this is the year to acknowledge it and make them an active part of you. 

A Strength year is a year of shedding your skin to become who you really are. It's a transformative year that allows you to explore what inspires passion, creativity, excitement, lust for life and while we're at it, just plain old lust. Why not? 

There will be a lot of re-assessing who and what you're about. There will be no "shoulds" in a Strength year. None of this "I should be more this, less that, should do this, should wear that, should eat this, should be that" - that shit isn't going to fly this year. 

A Strength year is also a year that will see you learn to direct your inner strength and wildness and foster your own personal power. Again, this isn't an agressive show of power, it's more about confidence and assurity in yourself and being able to stand in that with conviction. It's a year where you will figure out how to live with passion while still being able to be at peace - passion doesn't always have to be chaotic. 

The Strength year is one in which there will be more power in the gentle touch then with rage and furious action. 

Have a fabulous Strength year in 2015 Full Mooners. 

If you're thinking of taking a peek at what the new year has in store for you, for the month of January I've got a special running on specialised New Years readings. Email me at tarafullmoontarot@gmail.com for more info