Archive for February, 2012

What impulse should I act on? Four of Cups

At first glance, this seem likes a curious card for an impulse I should act on. Should I spend some time wallowing over all the rubbish life throws at me, forgetting to acknowledge all the good things? In fact, it is asking me to examine this feeling and use it as a vehicle for change. When I catch myself moping and focusing on the negatives, I need to look up and see that there is an alternative boat I can hop on.

What impulse should I ignore? Magian

The first thing which strikes me with this ‘Magian’ (a title deliberately chosen by Julia Turk) is the mask he holds in his hand.  His head is also not attached to his body. I can see here a warning about not following the Magian’s lead in creating a different persona which can be taken on and off at will. It is important for my psyche to remain firmly attached to the rest of me. I cannot let the creative will of the Magian lead me astray and lose sight of my purpose. Where possible, I should avoid trying to be a bit too clever.











Oracle of the Radiant Sun gives me Practicality for today. This card represents the energies expressed by the Moon in Capricorn. It suggest recognition for work done or help to advance my career by a successful woman. I should look out for opportunities for public recognition.



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The Bittersweet Spread

What is currently bitter in my life? (the things which cause sadness, don’t sit right or you wish you could spit back out) Death

Well…of all the cards to pull in this position. 🙂 This card is applicable on many levels. It speaks to me not only of my current struggle to change direction, but also of the many deaths I have experienced in the past. At the moment, it’s causing me frustration because I know my situation is changing but I cannot see where it will end. There is currently not a safe ending in sight.

Death brings its own blend of bittersweet anyway. There are things which I have celebrated which have been tinged with sadness because my parents weren’t there to share it with me. Once Death has walked into your life, it can bring great transformation. It is very effective at making you question how you are living your life and what your real priorities are. In that way, it can be a catalyst for positive change. However, it does also bring with it a wistfulness, a longing for what might have been. When in the throes of Death, life can indeed seem quite bitter.

What is currently sweet in my life? (things which cause happiness, enjoyment and that you enjoy savouring) Aeon

It is interesting that this card follows Death. Aeon represents self-realization, it’s waking up to your true self. Is this the sweetness that comes after Death? Do we need these endings in our lives to help us learn more about ourselves and our potential? Death certainly taught me that I’m stronger and more resilient than I thought. It also showed me that I was wasting my life in a job I didn’t enjoy. Fast forward a few years, and I find myself in that position again. 🙂 This card reminds me of the potential we have to create a different future. It brings clarity and the ability hear those subtle messages that lead us back onto the right path.











Oracle of the Radiant Sun gives me Achievement today. This card represents the sun in Capricorn which is also its position on my birth chart. It indicates the achievement that comes from a steady, conscientious pace coupled with a strong sense of responsibility and duty. Today might be a day when I have to take responsibility for something or show commitment to a project.

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This week I have decided to use Navigators of the Mystic SEA published by U.S. Games Systems. The artwork, created by Julia Turk, is wonderfully abstract and dream-like.

I have decided to use it this morning to help me interpret a rather bizarre dream I had last night. In a nutshell, it was about a large house which was haunted by a figure who only came to visit once per year. Unfortunately, a new family had moved next-door and didn’t realise that this happened. They find themselves inside the house, trapped with the owners trying to placate the ghost with all the rituals it needs.

What is the connection between this dream and my waking reality? King of Wands

A cloaked figure stands holding a torch, his head covered by a hat which looks like fire and lightning strikes by his foot. There seems to be an indication of great power which needs to be earthed in a productive manner.  The ghost in the dream could represent powerful memories of my past which need to be grounded and worked with creatively. It is coming up to the anniversary of my Father’s death which provokes powerful emotions each year. It is a time when I do find myself doing some type of ritual act in his memory just like the figures in the dream.

What is my subconscious trying to tell me? Sun

The word ‘basking’ comes to mind when I look at this card. It evokes that feeling of lying in the sun, enjoying the warmth of its rays on your skin. There are symbols of fire and water in this card. The torch of the previous card is now a blazing sun offering further illumination. There is a balance between emotional reflection and active doing. The figure lying down, is holding a quill and paper which suggest some time to write and reflect would be beneficial. It is time to bring those memories to the full light of day and use them to gain clarity.











My card for the day using Oracle of the Radiant Sun is Negotiation.

It represents Jupiter in Libra and indicates a time when a decision needs to be made. There will need to be some weighing up of the pros and cons and some negotiation to ensure everyone is happy.


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Time for some more tarot proverbs to round off the week.
I think these will become a regular fixture as I rotate through the different decks. It will be interesting to see how they compare. 🙂

Qualities – 6 of disks: helpfulness, compassion, generosity, concern, thoughtfulness

Verbs –  Ace of Disks: beginning, planting, creating, grounding, making, building

Objects – The Hermit : solitude, wisdom, loneliness, retreat, introspection, illumination, ruminating.

Taking an element from each card gives me:

Helpfulness plants wisdom

Compassion builds illumination

Generosity grounds loneliness

Concern creates introspection

Thoughtfulness makes solitude

The one which stands out for me today is generosity grounds loneliness. When we are feeling lonely, it can be so hard to reach out to other people. We imagine that we must be lonely for a reason – nobody likes to spend time with us. So we then retreat a little further. This proverb indicates that the act of reaching out to others helps to stabilize these feelings. We cannot be so focused on our loneliness when we are helping others.

I also quite like thoughtfulness makes solitude. It reminds me of the times when I just want to think and ruminate on something and so I seek time to myself. In fact, wanting to ponder over things creates a necessary solitude. It can be hard to make thoughtful, considered judgements when you just can’t seem to find the time to think.

The two proverbs highlight the tussle between the necessity for quiet, reflective, solitary periods and making sure that we do not retreat too far from others.


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A Twist in the Tale

Expectation and Twist – based on the idea of books and films where we expect certain things to happen but a twist presents itself.

What do I expect will happen? 6 of Discs

This seems like a positive card, after all who wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a generous act? Perhaps I am like the children and am hoping that as long as I do my part of the bargain, treats will follow! It shows energy being directed outwards for someone’s benefit. It could be wisdom that I’m expecting to share with others.

This card also reminds me of a real-life conversation I had with the children I teach. Occasionally, I bring in sweets as a treat and I’d asked the children to remind me before they left that I needed to buy some more. This card makes me think of me as the adult, handing out a treat to the children. I expect to be handing out those sweets tomorrow. 🙂

What is the unexpected twist? The High Priestess

As a contrast to the previous card, this one shows energy being directed inwards. Instead of being with others, there is an air of solitude. A time to withdraw for a while and listen to my inner wisdom. Perhaps, I won’t be sharing my thoughts with others but instead will spend some time happy in my own company. I wonder if an appointment this weekend will be cancelled…

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Magician or Hermit?

What do I need to focus on today? The Magician

Lovely! A day to create what I desire using directed intent. A time to explore different possibilities and play a ‘what if…’ game. What if there was no obstacle to achieving my dreams? What life would I create for myself? Today is the day to have fun and dream BIG.

What can I safely ignore today? The Hermit

How could I ignore this delightful pumpkin character? In fact, I need to ignore my own hermit tendencies. At the moment, I need take an active role like the Magician – perhaps be a little showy and demonstrate my talents to the world. The Hermit is the part of me that is quite happy to be left alone, to seek my own wisdom. This is all very well but what do I do with this new knowledge? The Magician takes delight in showing others and perhaps I need to do this too. 🙂

There is a wider message here about the desire to pursue self-knowledge. In society, there is a deep-rooted belief that spiritual knowledge is best gained by isolating yourself from the rest of the world avoiding temptations which might distract you. The Magician is asking us to think about how we can use our creative abilities to really make a difference. We can use that knowledge in a practical way to change our world. This means coming out of the confines or our sanctuary and taking a bit of a risk.

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The real lesson is…

This week I will be using the All Hallows tarot created by Robyn Tisch-Hollister. It is a deck full of character so to get the week started I asked these questions:

What will you teach me? What will I actually learn?

As all teachers know, sometimes your students will take something quite unintentional away from your lesson.

What will you teach me? 9 of Wands

Ringed by wooden poles and holding two stakes in the form of a cross, we are protected from all those nasty creatures of the night. Nothing is going to jump out and catch us unawares! Good defences are important – sometimes we need to keep our guard up. However,  sometimes we can be so convinced that danger is around the corner that we forget to actually live. We spend our days in a state of high alert waiting for the blow to come out of the darkness. This constant state of fight or flight is not good for the body. A balance needs to be struck.













What will I actually learn? 7 of Cups

Life is full of tempting choices…should we choose the cupcakes or the marshmallow ghosts…actually maybe the toffee apples would be best…no,wait…it has to be the ghoulish hands. On and on the monologue goes but by not choosing anything we are still making a choice. We are choosing to stay right where we are. Perhaps, we just need to pick something and not worry about the what ifs. Jump forward. No regrets.

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