Friday, September 21, 2018

Tarot Blog Hop, Mabon 2018: Restoring the Balance

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 For this year's Hop honoring the week-long festival of Mabon, our awesome Wranglers, Jenn Waltner & Louise Underhill, asked us to consider the concept of balance, as Mabon is that time when the light and dark are equal, and we might like to see if the events of our own lives follow that pattern of balance. My own thoughts on this concept created for me a "light and dark" layout for my Mabon reading, resembling the concept of yin-and-yang, and focusing on the idea: "What do I need more of, and what do I need less of, going into the realm of winter?"

So--how does one do this? I had an idea that seemed to call upon Spirit to connect me with what is needed and what is finished, as drawing cards in this fashion needs to be completely in the realm of Spirit, not my own pre-planned choices. So--I simply spread out my entire Haindl Tarot in a curved format, all 78 cards creating a rainbow-shaped pattern on my table. And then I thought of this year, 2018, numerologically a Master Number, the number 11. It seemed as if that needed to be in there somewhere. So--Mabon is the 21st of September, the 9th month, and I used the patterns of the numbers to create the method of choosing cards. I began at either end, and counted from each end to draw the cards, number 11 for the year, number 9 for the month, and numbers 21 and 3 for the festival itself. And there I had it--four cards from each direction, from left to right indicating what I needed to increase, and from right to left indicating what I needed to decrease, to create balance in my life. So, here we go:

Card Number 11
What needs to increase? The three of cups represents commingling one's own ideas with the input and support of family and friends, which will result in filling one's cup to "overflowing". So, for me, this winter, less alone-time and dark moods, and more recognition of the joy and love I have available to me, to share and delight in. 



What needs to decrease? The Son of Cups, Parsival after the achievement of the Holy Grail, represents the idea of being willing to let go of things that have been completed, even if they did not turn out as one desired. It is time to admit the quest to be over, see what has actually occurred, and decide what that means to me while looking at the bigger picture.

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Card Number 9
What should I do more of? The Two of Swords, entitled "Peace", represents the concept of permitting certain things to simply be what they are. Have patience. There are circumstances in which action is better than non-action. This, however, is not one of them. Remain silent as much as possible and allow things to settle. A little meditation can help you achieve greater objectivity. You do not have enough information, as all the evidence hasn't come in yet. Be at peace, and let things develop before you attempt to act.
What should I do less of? The Son of Swords, Osiris of the All-Seeing Eye, can also represent someone who simply believes that their own view is the only correct one, and refuses to listen or to take other viewpoints into account, especially in a situation of disagreement with others. Don't let yourself feel that you MUST be right and everyone else is wrong. Don't just Look, Listen. You don't have all the answers.

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Card Number 21




















What should I do more of? The Sun is the representation of the High Self, one's actual persona, no matter how little of it one usually sees. Let your light shine. Be confident in the sacred power of your original nature. The card  suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible. The Sun card advises you to have confidence in your natural divinity. Throw off any cultural conditioning that keeps you from being authentic with yourself.




















What must I do less of? Sometimes you simply can't change or act on a circumstance, no matter how hard you try. So stop resisting your circumstances and let some time go by. Eventually, you will be released a little wiser and not much the worse for wear. You will come to realize in time how you collaborated with the problem.

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Card Number 3




















What must I do more of? The Mage represents the High Self, one's own personal power and ability, and the concept of creating one's reality in accord with one's own skill and talent, utilizing the resources available. Simply put, what I must do more of is to simply Become, and Be, my Self. All power lies within. Find it and use it.





















What must I do less of? Stop sending your Self negative vibes, believing that everything is going to fail, that your own resources are not sufficient to deal with what Life sends you. The Tower is NOT coming down--but you may be remodeling it. Let yourself have some positive energy, and stop acting as if your life is beyond your control. It isn't. Only YOU can be YOU. So do it.

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This reading told me things I really needed to know about keeping and restoring the balance of my life. I am so grateful to the Wranglers and the Blog Hoppers for the opportunity. May all of us receive Balance and know how to sustain it! Mabon Blessings on you all!


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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Tarot Blog Hop, Midsummer/Lammas 2018: "The Sun Harvest"


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Our awesome wrangler, Arwen Lynch Poe, has given us the opportunity in this Hop to look forward at the energies of Lugh, the Holly King, the waning Sun, and our own personal actions and reactions, and determine what we would like to harvest this cycle. For me, the energies of this festival are pervasive and personal, as we have been homeless and living in an extended-stay motel for almost a year. What I would like to harvest is a Home, a Hearth, a beginning of our new life together. So, taking the Sun, and using the card to decide how, when, why, and what will be the energies of this festival, and what will be my harvest, I came up with a plan....

I did this working on the Full Blood Moon, which is also the Holly Moon, sacred to the Holly King, the God of the harvest. I shuffled my whole deck, the Haindl Tarot with which I do my professional readings, and simply went through it, card by card, until I found the Sun card. And the reading was done by selecting the two cards which preceded the Sun in the shuffled deck, and the two which followed it. The preceding cards represented what more needs to be done to achieve the harvest, and the following cards represented what will be the actual energy brought forth. So--here we go:

Here is the Sun, the bringer of bounty, the source of the harvest to come. And in order to achieve it, here is the direction we must take:


Maintain ourselves in patience, be willing to "hurry up and wait" and use the time of waiting to contemplate exactly what we need and require and what might be extraneous. The process will take time, and we're not done yet.

Don't permit ourselves to be distracted by worry, impatience, or annoyance because things have not yet come to fruition. The Devil represents "the obstacle" and in traditional lore, was a servant of Jehovah making it clear whether His followers were willing to hold to the path regardless of obstacles  and distractions. So--don't let ourselves be "bedeviled". Take time, thought, and focus, and wait the cycle out.





A new discovery and journey of inner knowledge awaits us. This move will give us an entirely new perspective on our life together, and bring to the surface new awareness that has been awaiting our change of perspective. Rejoice in the journey, and examine and experience each note of the new tune that will lead us forward.




The race is on, and we are standing tall and steady on the new path, and there is nothing we cannot achieve as long as we keep moving forward. We are going to win!

Happy Sun Harvest, and can what you achieve be as wonderful as our future looks to become!


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tarot Blog Hop, Midsummer/Litha 2018: Don't Fence Me In!

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Our lovely Wrangler for this event, Joy Vernon, has given us much freedom concerning the way we utilize this well-known song and its inner meaning to illustrate our Midsummer Dreams for this Blog Hop. For me, as a musician and poet, there was no question about how I would interpret this one. Here is a song of my own composition, combining the elemental nature of the Tarot and the freedom sought in this song, and a layout that intersects with both. Get out your cards, get in tune, start flipping cards, and let's hear you sing!


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Oh give me cards, Tarot cards, and the light they soon will shine...
Don't fence me in!
I'll receive, I believe, all the path that's shown as mine...
Don't fence me in.
A card for each time of day from the dawn to dusk,
I smell the lovely scent of Mother Nature's musk
Reminding me that life is more intent than luck, so
Don't fence me in!

Just let me see what the layout has to show me
In the symbols of each card...
I can be free if I let the spirit know me,
Even though sometimes it's hard.
I want to read through the night till the morn  commences--
The images of cards will wake my inner senses
And help me see the open  gates in all the fences.
Don't fence me in!

And then I'll sail over land in my own delightful world,
Don't fence me in!
I'll know the way I should stay on the path that's been unfurled,
Don't fence me in! 
I look at all the Tarot has to bring and show,
The way to see each day as down the path I go.
No matter what the future holds, I surely know
I'm not fenced in!!
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And so--here is the draw that I literally did while I was creating the song. Four cards, representing. the here and now, the path I need to take, the destination, and the way to make certain to create the gates in any fences that will appear. So, one at a time, they will create a map of your journey. Here goes:
Here And Now: 

The Daughter of Wands, Radha, the wife of Krishna, is the oldest known deity figure from the Middle East who encouraged females to hold their own will and walk their own path. This is one of the happiest cards in the deck. Her jewelry and cosmetics show the abundance of a highly developed culture. The stories of her playful love with Krishna show humor and humanity. She is gentle but not passive, calm but not weak. She is devoted to her partner without losing her sense of self. So...here you are, all of your Self, life with humor and strength, ready to walk your road.

The Path That Beckons:

New ideas await you, knowledge and wisdom concerning your own journey. Look around and pay attention--much you will learn is coming forward on the path.

Where You Are Going:

Spider Woman, the Mother of Stones, represents the journey through one's own personal labyrinth, taking it slowly, one step at a time, and knowing that "the journey IS the destination." It's not a hurry-up-let's-get-there trip---it's a slow and focused walk through all the possible twists and turns of your labyrinthine path.

What About Those Fences?: 

The Wheel of Fortune is the ideal card to represent not only the turning wheel of fate, but the concept, which many of us forget, that there is always another angle to any view, and another way to create the ideal path around obstacles. Indeed, this journey may be specifically about how you will always be able to prevent yourself from being "fenced in" if you only take another route each time an obstacle shows up.

After all, this is YOUR life. So---you can't do it wrong. So--tell the YOUniverse, "Don't fence me in!" and make sure you understand that you have the power to make that happen.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Daily Draw, 6/18/2018


Here's today's WitchWisdom, from a question I was asked earlier today by my granddaughter: "What do you do when it seems like there is no good choice and you just have to pick one of the bad ones?" I couldn't think of a logical answer to that, so I decided to let Spirit talk instead--and here we are:

Apparently, the idea is simple. When we are not certain what to do in a given circumstance, we need to recall the wisdom of the Hierophant, the teacher of wisdom in medieval times. The Hierophant advises that you return to the role of a meticulous student, yourself, learning from the circumstances. Learn everything you can about your situation and your choices. Let that knowledge become a part of you and an operative influence on your day-to-day awareness. In this way, you can slowly and steadily establish real credibility to yourself, giving yourself more than one possible path and being fully aware of where each choice might take you. Because you will begin to ascertain that there IS no "bad choice" if you are being guided by your inner wisdom. Whatever you should choose will put you on the path in the direction you need to take.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The TarotWitch Is Back!! Daily Draw, 6/17/18

Well, folks, it's been a long hiatus, but here we go again, listening to Spirit and taking into account the date, the Moon Phase, the Tree Calendar, and the numerological entities which control much of each day's work--so, here we go:

June 17, 2018:  Numerological Focus, 7 --  Moon Phase, Waxing (tomorrow is the First Quarter)--  Tree Calendar---Oak Moon, rising.

And the Three-Card Draw--Body, Mind, Spirit:

Body
Mother of Cups: Venus of Willendorf, Queen of Earth-Spirit: This card traditionally portrays a sensitive, vulnerable, omniscient woman who offers unconditional love. She is supremely empathic -- sometimes to a fault. Her caring nature exposes her to everybody else's emotions and needs. This person sometimes has difficulty identifying her own best interests in the midst of her responsiveness to others. As a result, she sometimes appears slightly unfocused or perhaps overwhelmed. Connected with Body, this card says: "Do not lose your Self in your eagerness to be of help to others. Your physical well-being is the main Tool you have for your own growth and development. Be real, but be focused on your own Path before that of others."

Mind

Daughter of Swords, Reversed:

The traditional interpretation of this card is about a messenger, an emissary or liaison between separate camps, charged with faithfully representing one side's communications to the other. Both of those "sides" are within your own Mind, the receptive and the powerful, giving and receiving, saying yes and no, sometimes at the same time.  Because this card, however, is also the Goddess of Farsight, we need to remember Her own qualities, not just her calling. She may be acting as the eyes and ears of your Self,  her patron, but She also has Her own view, the farsight, of the results of what you may be thinking of and planning. Reversed, She is saying "Do not pay so much attention to the Path you choose to move forward on, but focus on where you are NOW and how that might affect your future."

Spirit:
This card is a promise from Spirit, which usually comes forward when one believes that what one is called to do might be difficult and cause unhappiness for oneself and the others involved. The card is reminding you that the Joy of Spirit is about Inner Light, and often that Light only shines when something in one's mundane life is sent into darkness. Do not focus on the actions, but on the results of the actions, and happiness will be the reward of Spirit.
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With love from the TarotWitch. More to come. FFF & F

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tarot Blog Hop Bealteine 2018: "What I Could Teach The World"


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I don't truly consider myself an "avatar of wisdom", so I am not certain I walk through my life with a need and desire to "teach the world" anything--at least not from the perspective of "let me teach you because I know so much better than you do". However, I do see in myself a great desire to assist others in seeing themselves clearly and positively, and doing, from their own perspective, all the good they can to all the people they can ... actually, John Wesley gave me the words I try to actualize in my own life, and help others to do likewise. He said, "Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”  This would make a world so amazingly more positive and powerful than the one we live in, that I hope to try every day to actualize as much of this amazing goal as I can. And so--

....how does the Tarot fit in here? Well-- we do all know the meaning, if we read Tarot, of the concept of the "significator". This is the card representing the person for whom the reading is being done, and each card in the layout is interpreted partly in reference to the significator, and their interactions work to introduce the concepts of thought and action and inspiration one hopes to have a reading bring forth. So--here is a suggestion, something I will try to teach to each one who reads this, and anyone who asks me to give them ideas about living life better. Every Full Moon, I draw three cards, for my Self, to give me the concepts of exactly what I must focus on in the walk of this Moonth. I draw these in connection with the Irish "three realms" which I grew up with--"Land, Sea, and Sky" which connect to "Body, Mind, and Spirit". And these answer for me, "What do I do, what do I think, and how does that impact my Inner Realm of Spirit?" And just as an example, for this Moonth, here are my cards, drawn on Sunday's Full Moon. I will walk in harmony with these ideas for this month, will make note of how they impact me, what I learn and what I can do about it, and then will do it again the following Full Moon. And so--Full Moon of Willow, healer of Body, Mind, and Spirit, what did you suggest I should learn?

Land/Body:
This card is a reminder that I am far too likely to try to change my body's parameters, my way of moving and eating and resting and exercising, and therefore I sometimes don't recognize the state my body is actually in or what I might need. SO this card is saying "Don't interfere with your Body's natural processes, and do your best to permit your physical being to modulate in harmony with what you really are doing and experiencing, instead of constantly trying to change things. What IS, is what is important. Before you try to change it, experience it and learn from it."

Sea/Mind


I have had some difficult times lately, and this card is reminding me that healing the mind is based on love and acceptance of who you ARE, what you truly think and feel, and trying to use your actual Self as a tool for good and healing not just for yourself but for others. So I am working on loving who I am and not being so annoyed because I am not yet what I hope to become. Every moment matters, and Now is all we ever have. Live in the Now.

Sky/Spirit
This is the card that reminds us that Spirit is Real, that it manifests through our Mind and Body, and that "new beginnings" happen every day. So let your Spirit cleanse itself with each night's sleep, and awaken with a focus on what will Be, and how it will inspire us. What is Spirit, is Life. Don't let the past weigh you down. Each day is another beginning, and you can make it happen.

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And if I could do so, this, and the Wesley quote which sources it, is what I would teach the World. Live and Learn, each and every one of you. And---don't forget that your most significant teacher is your own Body, Mind, and Spirit--your Self. Give honor to that Being. And learn.






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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tarot Blog Hop: Tarot, The Musical, 2018

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           Singing In The Aether: The Music Of The Tarot 

 Our amazing Wrangler, Jay Cassels, has suggested that this might be a time to celebrate, since it is the 50th Anniversary Blog Hop. And so, of course, music must create the harmony and symphony of all that the Tarot does, not only for the recipient of a reading, but most deeply and permanently, for the reader. And so, in harmony with this suggestion, words and music are floating through my mind, and I present to you the Song of Spirit, the anthem which celebrates in words and song the ways in which the Tarot can make one's mind open, one's heart glow, and one's spirit dance. And so--here we go, tune your mind and voice, and feel free to sing along:

(To the Tune of "Singing In The Rain")

I'm drawing cards today,
To guide me on my way,
What a glorious feeling--
My soul will sing and play!
I'm laughing at Fate,
The dark will have to wait,
My mind and spirit say
"Let this reading illustrate
All the ways you can aspire
To lift your spirit higher!
Your deck encompasses
Earth and Water, Air and Fire,
So what is there to do
But let your Soul look through
The ways that Elemental
Energy brings hope to you!"

Thank you, oh Tarot,
For the ways you help me know
All the choices, all the ways
I can just step up and GO!

And so, I need to see
What the future holds for me,
And for this, the cards which show
The path on which I go
Will need to number three,
For land and sky and sea.
Stand on land and gaze at sky,
As the Irish, from whom I
Draw my life and blood and soul
Knew that these three were the whole
Of life, so see and hear it,
Cards for Body, Mind, and Spirit!

And so--Body, what say thee? Come show me, come play me!
Ace of Stones--calling me, to be whole, to be free, to look for the rainbow and follow the black crow, and know that what happens is always what should, and whatever it is, I can turn it to good!

Now, Mind, home of thought, from you what am I taught?
Ace of Swords--Air is thought, something new I'll be taught, and the sword points the way, go and journey today through the clouds of your Mind, and see what you can find!

And Body, my Being, what now are you seeing?
Life is moving and changing, so keep on arranging the path and the places of rest. You won't stop till you win it, so while you are in it, make each step of the Journey--the BEST!!

My song of hope and love for the Tarot
Is written, sung, and now, friends, off I go!!!

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