Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tarot Blog Hop Bealteine 2019: Teaching Tarot, Learning from Tarot


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Our Wrangler for this Hop, Joy Vernon, suggested that we might wish to take a look, not simply at what we see when we do our readings, but at how we are deepening our understanding of Tarot and how we might be passing that knowledge along. Her questions, which are the topical threads for this Hop. were presented this way:
  • What classes are you taking/recommending?
  • What are you doing to advance your knowledge/experience/abilities with tarot?
I have been given much to think about in mentally pursuing this topic, and I have decided that some of what I know might need to be deepened, and some of what I do might need to be shared. Here are some of my own actions and intentions to make the experience of reading and interpreting Tarot be deeper and more meaningful, not just for me personally but also for my clients.

I have recently begun working with my coven, and with certain students who met me as a result of having readings, with the intent of creating a triadic meaning of Tarot spreads and individual cards. I utilize the Celtic lore of Body, Mind, and Spirit in discussing and teaching methodology for interpreting each card in a given reading as it relates to each of these elemental entities. And I have discovered a great benefit in assisting clients to look at the singular meaning of one aspect of a card, or a group of cards, individually interpreting the impact of that same card or cards on Body, Mind, and Spirit. In order to deepen my own abilities to assist clients in this kind of understanding, I myself have begun studying with a reader whom I met at a Psychic Fair last year, who is a psychologist in her mundane job, and who utilizes her awareness of the psychological, physiological, and philosophical ideas of humanity in any given situation to deepen her ability to explain the cards to her clients. I am finding that this is highly useful and adds a far deeper resonance to the knowledge the cards may already convey. In order to deepen understanding of the relationship of the cards with Body, Mind, and Spirit, I am teaching my coveners to take any card in the Tarot and decide which of the Trees of the Celtic Ogham also resonates with that meaning. We have found this a highly useful practice. 

And what I am learning is very new to me and very informative. This year, very recently, I was introduced by a friend to something I had never used, seen, or even heard of-- the Lenormand deck. I must say, beginning to study it and learn to interpret it has opened up an entirely new aspect of divination for me. I am now able, in a completely new environment, to look deep within my Self, and begin to understand, on a different level, my own thoughts, insights, foundations of understanding, and many other aspects of beginning to explain my own techniques and interpretations of the practice of divination to my Self. One of the first things I began to realize was that over the many years I have been reading, my interpretations of cards and card groupings had begun to be somewhat predetermined, and that it is simgularly essential to any individual reading to look at that set of cards as if you had never seen them before and interpret for the client from the base of the inner realm of spirit. The Lenormand brings an entirely new set of ideas to the table, and is adding much new awareness and insight to what I am able to read with this deck. I am actually just beginning to understand the inner meanings of cards and card combinations, so I am looking forward to deepening my awareness of these ideas over many months of study.

This summer I am going to be offering a class for those who wish to understand the Major and Minor arcana of the traditional Tarot with a deeper insight into modern society. More information about that will be available as I learn about it. But for now, I am delighted to discover that, even after 48 years as a reader of runes and cards, I am far from knowing all there is to know about it yet. Teaching, in my own experience, also includes learning, and in the realm of divination, I am currently experiencing both. I recommend that each of you might also benefit from this kind of practice.


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Friday, February 1, 2019

Tarot Blog Hop Imbolc 2019: Odd Associations

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This Hop recognizes the unique characteristics of the many different decks, different reading techniques, and different associations brought into play by each and every reader of Tarot and Oracle cards. In the words of our Wrangler, Morgan Drake Eckstein: "As readers and users of the symbolism of the Tarot and oracle decks, we create a string of associations with the emblems and mythology of divination. For instance, with the cards of the Tarot, a reader can associate them with events, people, feelings, places, etc. Those who dive into the esoteric systems will sometimes also have dates and locations, zodiac symbols, kabbalahistic ideas, etc. associated with the cards. Basically, divination systems are like a giant filing cabinet that we toss imagery into, so that later we can use the symbols as a hint of what is going on." And so each of us has been invited to share our personal experience of discovering "Odd Associations" as we delve into the esoteric meanings and resonances of our cards.

My own experience is connected on several levels with the Sabbat, Imbolc, that is the time of this Hop. I am a Priestess of the Goddess Brighid, and Imbolc is Her primary festival. And the associations of this Sabbat, whose name means, literally, "in the belly", have to do with the beginning of new ideas, the birth of images and connections with events, deities, and the actual energies of the person for whom I am reading. And for me, one of my primary and constantly occurring "Odd Associations" is the resonance of the aura of the person for whom I am reading with the basic meaning of each card, and the numerological associations of each card with all the others, and with the "soul numbers" of the client, which simply emerge in the process of the reading.

As an example of this phenomenon, and how the associations work, in my 34 years as a Tarot reader, I have had interactions again and again with people who are of significant "crossroads ages" in their lives, and many of them do not know the exact meaning of these guideposts until they appear in the reading. But the cards seem to be fully aware, not only of the phase of life that the person is entering or leaving, but of the new birth of ideas, events, and insights that occur "in the belly" of the person whose reading we are doing, and which need to be examined and "given birth" in order to manifest the new viewpoint and new actions that will assist the person in dealing with the events of this moment. As an example, I did a reading recently for a young man who was about to have his 22nd birthday. He wished to have a reading to give him some insights into what the next year would bring, but he was unaware of the resonance of 22 as a "Master Number" in numerology, and was also not familiar with the concept of reading someone's aura as a guidepost to the way the seven chakras of the individual were focusing and guiding the events of their current state of being. But the "Odd Association" of the cards which were drawn in this reading was that each of the seven cards we drew was one of the cards that represented a particular auric state and a threshold of change for the young man--and when they all were connected in the order of their appearance, we could link each of them to one of his seven chakras, and adding their numbers in both the suits that occurred and the Major Arcana cards, each group of cards added up to 22. Much of my interpretation of the cards had to do with explaining to the young man the numerological resonance of each individual card and the connections as we grouped them to the phases of his current threshold of being. And as we finished the reading, I shuffled the entire deck, Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, all 78 cards in one random stack, and asked him if he would like to draw a "threshold card" to answer the concept of "All right, then, what next? What do I focus on?" And he said that he would like to draw 2 cards, one that was about where he should go next, and the other saying what he should avoid doing or experiencing. And he did so--and, just to underline what the reading had already spoken to him, the two cards he chose added up, of course, to 22. 

Experiences of this kind have occurred so often that when I read cards, whether the Tarot, my Ogham Oracle, or my Spirit Deck, I always apply the numerological significance of the cards and the resonance of the auric connections to my interpretation of the reading. And even though on many levels these connections represent "Odd Associations", they keep reminding me that in psychic readings, nothing is fixed and immovable, and the reader needs to ride the constantly changing tides of flux and flow, both in interpreting the reading for the client and in focusing their own insight and awareness of how the Spirit works in psychic readings. So--I don't consider these associations particularly Odd, much of the time. I am more likely to hear Spirit saying to me, "So, you thought you understood how these cards connect and how they need to be interpreted, eh? Well--here's a new one for you. Take THAT, and see what you can do with it!!" And I do, and I will, because of all the insights of psychic reading that have presented themselves to me over the years, the one with which I resonate the most deeply is that nothing is set in stone, and if I think I know exactly what a particular combination of cards means--guess what? I just found out something brand-new about it. Odd Associations are the insights which make it possible to understand the aspects of a given set of cards, and realize that even the same set of cards is going to be able to be interpreted differently, every single time. So--as a reader, every time I  teach, I am also learning. May it be so, always!

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Three Card Map of the Upcoming Week....


The TarotWitch has taken quite the hiatus, but it is time once again to begin sharing the regular intersection of body, mind, and spirit that can guide us into a productive and beneficial week. Three cards, one each for Land/Body, Sea/Mind, and Sky/Spirit, drawn on the first day of the weekend, to give us all time to look and think and interpret before we move once again into our work-week, where the message of the cards will incorporate itself into our week's actions and give us deeper understanding of how the YOUniverse is interacting with each one of us. So--here is this week's three-card guide-map to our inner life, so we can move in thought, action, and interaction with spirit. Here we go:

Land/Body: 
This is going to be the last week of 2018, and we will be looking at the state of our health, our finances, our homes and surroundings, and all the other physical manifestations of the passing year, and asking ourselves: "What has increased my good fortune this year, and how can I carry this energy into the New Year without limiting my opportunities or narrowing my perspective?" Fortune is a word having to do not simply with finances, but with the entire layout of possibilities and achievements, and this card is asking us to look carefully at where we stand right this minute in our physical circumstances, and decide for ourselves what we intend to carry forward, and how we intend to do so.

Sea/Mind:


We are seeing the inner resources of our own minds in the form of  this card, "Aeon," representing "the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind" and indicating new ideas, thoughts and mental explorations that have yet to emerge, but are waiting for us.  Aeon (Judgment) emphasizes the theme of renewal for the whole planet. When we think of the card in readings we see that this can apply to an individual as well. The card of Aeon is a powerful one. It tells you that this is a time of change. The person who receives Aeon becomes "reborn" into a new situation. This may involve a real change in circumstances--a new job, a move to a new home, a new relationship. Sometimes, the new situation is psychological, a new way of looking at life in which everything becomes fresh.

Sky/Spirit:

All too often, we have so little understanding of, or faith in, our own interactions with Spirit that we somehow feel as if, unless someone else tells us what Spirit is saying and what it means, we won't be able to understand it. This card is telling us, for this last week of the current year, the exact opposite. We already know, very simply, that we don't "know", we can simply wait to find out, what Spirit has in store for us. But this card is reassuring us that no matter what we see in our new walk of Spirit, no matter how unique or unusual or simply new, Happiness and Joy will be the result of our explorations. So--fear not, walk in Beauty, and wait to see what the YOUniverse will hand to you. It is going to bring Joy, and if you let yourself fly free in the company of Spirit, you can't do it wrong. So--just DO it. Happy New Year!!



Friday, December 21, 2018

Tarot Blog Hop Yule 2018: Finding My Cozy

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Good tidings of Yuletide, my friends. Our wonderful wrangler, Joanne Sprott, has requested us to remember the necessity of warmth within in this time of the year wherein yes, baby, it IS cold outside. She suggested various ideas concerning ways to discuss and meditate upon how one finds one's own "cozy" during this season, and this one really spoke to me: "Create a Tarot spread around asking for ways to increase the cozy in your life right now, or if you like, you can focus on insulating against the cold (or both)." This resonates with me, because I am a snow-lover who lives in one of the best ski areas in the United States, but notwithstanding that, I am absolutely unable to remain in good physical, mental, or emotional health when I become too chilled. I NEED my "cozy", and I know there is more than one kind of warmth that will permit me to love and enjoy the snow and ice, and the feeling of death and rebirth over the winter, and yet I need to be able to connect with my mind, will, body, emotions and spirit without letting myself freeze within and without. So--here is a draw I created, simply connecting to the elemental nature of the Tarot and the ways that each element resonates within my own life. Air is thought and inspiration, represented  by Swords; Fire is inner light, personal power, and is represented by Rods: Earth is manifest reality and stability, represented by Stones; Water is the flux and flow of emotion and the refreshment of the inner Being, represented by Cups; and Spirit is the entire focus of all the angles of reality represented by the Major Arcana. So, I separated each section of the deck into a stack in itself, and drew one card from each, asking the Universe: "In my Mind, my Will, my Body, my Emotions, and my Spirit, what must I do to find and maintain my warmth in the cold, my "cozy"?. And here is what I discovered:

AIR:
I drew this card reversed, and in its appearance in that position reinforces something I have been working on within myself for many years--the concept (the IDEA) of refraining from self-criticism at the expense of your calmness of mind. Cruelty of mind, believing one's own ideas are worthless compared to the opinions of others, is one way to defeat the "cozy" and send the chill of winter into one's head. So I promised myself, on sight of this card, to welcome my thoughts and ideas with warm appreciation and hospitality of mind, permitting myself to open a light into the darkness of winter, and, huddled up within my mind, snuggle into the "cozy" of self-exploration and new ideas. It does, indeed, make things within my brain more hospitable and warmer. I will be feeding the fire of personal ideas and new thoughts throughout the dead of winter, to bring inner warmth to life.

FIRE:
Another reversal!!! I believe the YOUniverse is speaking to me, telling me what is going to stoke and feed the cozy fires of inner warmth and light, and what is going to extinguish them and leave me freezing. I do suffer the consequences of my Irish temper, often, with family and other dear ones, and drawing this card reversed was a clear and powerful mandate to refrain from conflict and to extinguish the wild flame of anger and disagreement and, well, conflict. One wishes to create the warmth of interaction with family and friends, sitting around the hearth sharing talk and laughter and intimate understanding of one another, and maybe even a warm cup of something delicious. So--to keep the "cozy", refrain from conflict and instead focus on positive interactions. I can DO this!

EARTH:
Aahh...the warmth of actual knowledge and awareness is something the YOUniverse is reminding me to awaken, use, and enjoy to create and maintain the cozy warmth of positive energy in action. I already have some "winter skills", some cooking, some beverage making, some enjoyable indoor activities, some ways to organize and arrange my home environment so that it speaks of peace, joy, love, and the warmth of family and friends. And--if I think, and read, and study, and learn, in the lovely and calm peace of winter's indoor days, I may yet be able to increase my store of knowledge and add some tools to the "cozy bag" I am currently using; Soo...time to cuddle up in front of the fire with a cup of soup and a couple of friends and family members, and share knowledge of ways to warm and brighten the Yuletide. Let's grow our cozy by feeding our minds, together.

WATER:

A smile illuminated my face as I saw what the YOUniverse had sent me to elaborate on my feelings and emotions---the Ace of Cups, the absolute focus of loving interaction. This card reminds me that my cup is already filled to overflowing, but that the more of the rich balm of love and understanding I am able to consume and share, the more the cup will refill itself, again and again. Each person, each event, each experience of my inner life during the winter darkness, will illuminate me with inner light and warmth and peace, and keep me cozy.

SPIRIT:

And here we have the wonderful culmination of the cozy spirit--the many faces and directional foci of Brahma, the spirit of warmth and light. No accident that he is a Deity of fire, holding the wand of light, and looking in many directions. He reminds me that there is always another way, another idea, and something more within to awaken my own warmth and light. Keep loving, keep looking, keep laughing, and I will remain cozy and aware of light throughout the dark time. I can DO this. You try it too, eh?

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Master List, Tarot Blog Hop Samhain 2018: Walking Into Life WIth The Dead

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  1. Morgan Drake Eckstein | https://gleamingsfromthedawn.blogspot.com/2018/10/tbh-07.html
  2. Joy Vernon| http://joyvernon.com/Blog/tbh-walking-life-dead
  3.Jay Cassells | info@sacred-healing.co.uk/ | http://sacred-healing.co.uk/tbh20a
  4. Katalin Patnaik | katalinpatnaik.wordpress.com/saying-thanks-to-spirit |
  5. Arwyn Lynch Poe  https://tarotbyarwen.com/19522/tbhsamhain2018/
  6. Aisling the Bard | https://tarotwitchery.blogspot.com/2018/10/samhain-2018-walking-into-life-with-dead.html
  7. Raine Shakti| http://www.tarotofchange.com/2018/10/tarot-blog-hop-honoring-beloved-dead.html
  8. Kimberly Essex | http://kimberlyessex.com/Samhain2018/
  9. Arwen Lynch Poe | http://witchesandpagans.com/sagewoman-blogs/tarot-templates/tarotbloghop-samhain-mysteries-2018.html
10. Joanne Sprott |https://cosmicwhisperstarot.com/2018/10/grandfathers-samhain-tarot-blog-hop |
11. Kiss Boglárka | https://vadrozsatarot.blogspot.com/2018/10/samhain-2018-walking-into-life-with-dead.html
12. Sharron Basanti | https://www.seedsofshakti.com/blogs/blog/tarot-blog-hop-samhain
13. Jay Cassells | info@sacred-healing.co.uk/ | http://sacred-healing.co.uk/tbh20

Samhain 2018: Walking Into Life With The Dead

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In creating this Hop, I truly believe it was the spirits of some of my own beloved dead who brought me to thinking of the questions I utilized to create the topics for the Hop, as follows:

1. What is the most important thing the spirits of your beloved dead have been attempting to show or teach you this year?

2. What is your personal connection to Spirit, as you define it, whether that be Gods and Goddesses, the Powers of the Land, the Souls of the Dead (or the Living), or in any other way you define this word. How does Spirit connect with you and at the end of this year, what is the primary energy of Spirit that is showing itself to you?

3. What will be your personal Gift to Spirit, whether this is an offering made to Deity, something you will do because of what Spirit has taught you, or some other way of acknowledging the influence of the Living Dead on your own life?

And I was all set to answer the questions as those of whom I was thinking might have suggested, so here are my responses, one for each of the people I believe, from my own inner light and from the Samhain rites I have already attended this season, were definitely trying to talk to me.

The first person I know would want to speak to me about this is my dear mother Mary, and the card she always resonated with in my decks was the Empress, saying to me, "She's always giving birth to something new, and that is something I do all day, every day." So here is the Empress, and to me, it represents my own mother's ability to take whatever is given to her and produce something new and beautiful and useful from it, no matter what it is. And at Samhain, that is a very good way to focus your own energy on the energies of the Spirit of the Season, both ending, and beginning. Learning how to do this myself at the age of 71 is one of the most significant things I have learned from her
spirit.


My next beloved spirit is my father, and his energy was always that represented by the Hierophant, the Seeker and Source of Inner Wisdom. He was the one who repeated, incessantly to each of us children when we were growing up, "How can you say you're bored? Don't you have ANYTHING going on inside your mind?" I have learned, and hope to have taught to my own children, that inner wisdom is valid and must be acknowledged--one can't look outside the Self to find the answers for everything. One of our main difficulties as humans is that often we know, but we don't know that we know. And every time I come up with some kind of new idea or insight from within my own head, I see my Dad standing before me waiting to discuss it with me. I consider the things I can think of, some of them not thought of ever before or given to me by another living person, as perhaps the gift I can give to Spirit as I improve on my own inner wisdom and attempt to share it with my Universe.




The third beloved spirit who has been influencing my inner being at this time of year for over 30 years is the spirit of my older sister, Ellen, who died before I was born. And the card that is her being and her message has apparently changed each and every year--this year, she sends me, and lives within, the Star. Her message to me is different from the one I have always used. I saw the Star as a reminder to look up and see the truth of the Self, not the reflection as seen by others. But Ellen's message, in my dream of last night, simply said, "The Star reminds us that, in a sense, we are agents of divine will in our day-to-day lives. If we let go of the idea that we are supposed to be in control, we can more easily notice and appreciate the synchronicities that are nudging us along. We are all of Spirit, both the living and the dead, so it isn't about what you see in yourself, not all the time. It is about what you see in your Spirit and how that connects with the Eternal Spirit of all life." I am truly meditating on this one, and will be thinking about it, probably, from this day until next year when Ellen and I talk again.

These three people, and their cards, are my own interpretation, not only of the questions asked, but also of the true meaning of Samhain. It may be the end of the year, but it is also the beginning of the following year, and the end of life is also the beginning of the next life. And may your own walk into life from the death of the current year be rewarding and amazing.

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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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