Saturday, October 12, 2019

Tarot Witchery-- Card Meanings, October 12 through October 19

 Card One: Ten of Swords, Reversed: There is a sequence of events which you have been experiencing for some time, which you have convinced yourself is going to lead to very bad fortune for you--"ruin" in some way, financial, personal, or physical. This card says that all that was happening so that you could focus on this situation, but that things will change this week in a dramatic way, so that what appeared to be "Ruin" for you will actually be something that will benefit you in some measurable way, and may visit "Ruin" on the circumstance or person/people that were trying to do something bad to you.


 Card Two: Four Of Stones: This card is a representation of a "foundation", as we use when we are going to build something. There are potential possibilities in your immediate future which simply need your focus and activity on deciding something specific for which to use these possibilities to "Build" some situation, event, or activity that will assist you in creating your own personal future and making things work for you as they would if you were to build yourself a new spiritual home, just as you wished it to be.

Card Three: Mother/Queen of Wands: This is Kali, known as both the Creator and the Destroyer, and her elemental energy combines giving birth and sending death where things must end. In your reading, see this week as a turning point, wherein Kali's energy will be there with you, because the idea is that you must discard some things, kill or get rid of some ideas or habits or connections with circumstances--you are going to need to empty your package in order to make room for that which the Goddess is giving birth for you. Kali's colors, red, white, and black, are the colors of blood (life and death), milk (nurturance) and earth (death, the darkness from which we come and to which we return), and all three of these states of being are necessary for you to experience in order to make a place for the Goddess' creative and motherly energy.

The Tarot Witch is Again In Business.....

This will be simple, people. Choose one of the three cards below, and click on the url beneath the cards to get the meaning. Questions, comments, rude (or kind) remarks, send them to me via e-mail with a title of "TarotWitchery" and I will respond. And every Saturday there will be a new draw for the upcoming week. Hope to see you in the Witchhouse where we can talk.


Choose one of the cards above, and click on the link below to take you to the meaning. This is what the Universe has planned for you for the coming week. Read, and learn, and act in accord!

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Monday, September 23, 2019

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What Is My Harvest, And Where Do I Find It? Tarot Blog Hop Mabon 2019

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The Autumn Equinox, also known as Mabon, is the focus of collecting one's personal harvest, including what you have learned, what you have decided is important and what you have decided to get rid of, your plans for making productive use of the autumn and winter months, including thoughts of the holidays that fall within this time, and your own personal viewing and self-exploration of your own inner Being. How have you changed, what are you beginning, and what have you completed, and most significantly, how have you begun to further and more deeply understand your Self?

My personal analysis of the details of a person's Being relies on the Celtic concept of the Three Realms, known as Land, Sea, and Sky, and representing Body, Mind, and Spirit. So in planning this Hop, I suggested the reading technique I am now using, I am drawing three cards for each of the Realms, nine cards total. And they will answer for me three questions, one set for my Body, one for my Mind, and one for my Spirit. The questions are:

1. What do I need to know about the current condition of my (Body, Mind, Spirit) that I am not aware of right now?
2. What is the most important thing on which I need to focus in the realm of my (Body, Mind, Spirit) as I move into the winter months?
3. What is the main content and context of the harvest of better health, new ideas, or deeper spiritual resonance, allied with Body, Mind, or Spirit, that I am going to receive if I focus on these things?

So here are my cards, and my interpretations, of what this year's Harvest consists of, and what I will be doing with it. Here we go:

BODY:  Three cards drawn are as follows:
1. What do I need to know about the current condition of my Body that I am not aware of right now?
I am being told that I need to pay attention to the useless amount of fat in my body, as well as the uselessness of some of the things I am eating and some of the exercise I am NOT doing--it is useless not to exercise. It is useless to eat things that don't help me lose weight. It is useless not to use my body so I can make it work better.

2. What is the most important thing on which I need to focus in the realm of my Body as I move into the winter months?
This card is reminding me that I will sabotage myself as I have done many times if I assume I will fail at what I am trying to do. I need to act and move positively with a positive attitude that says I will succeed in what I wish to do. Failure is not an option to consider.

3. What is the main content and context of the harvest of better health, new ideas, or deeper spiritual resonance, allied with my Body, that I am going to receive if I focus on these things?
This card tells me that much of my self-shaming and feeling of inadequacy is going to be leaving me as I begin to have a positive and active attitude about the ways I can improve my physical condition. An active and more attractive Self is waiting for me as part of my Harvest.
1. What do I need to know about the current condition of my Mind that I am not aware of right now?
I have been too focused on things that are concerned with other people and have not even focused myself on new ideas or things I care about. This has the effect of disempowering me, as I am not paying attention to my own ideas, needs, or intuitive awarenesses. I need to be careful to realize that the harvest of the given year is MY harvest, and focus on, and think of, what matters to ME.

 2. What is the most important thing on which I need to focus in the realm of my Mind as I move into the winter months?

This card is my personal reminder that I must value my own ideas and impulses and see the richness of my own ideas, instead of always feeling that other people come first and that I must have the approval of someone else before I consider working on a given idea of my own. My personal richness is, like that of everyone else, the Gift of Life, and no one else has the same mind or same ideas as any other person. So I must see my own Richness and decide what to do with it.

3. What is the main content and context of the harvest of better health, new ideas, or deeper spiritual resonance, allied with my Mind, that I am going to receive if I focus on these things?

What a privilege to know that my personal Goddess, Brighid, is going to light her Fire of Wisdom in my Mind if I am only willing to work towards understanding my own thoughts and ideas. I promise I will do that--I want this Harvest! Beannacht Bhrighide!

1. What do I need to know about the current condition of my Spirit that I am not aware of right now?
The Goddess Isis is the representation of looking beyond the obvious, and seeing all aspects of a given situation. In the realm of Spirit, this might be a suggestion, in answer to the question above, that I have more going on in my Spirit life than I am noticing, and that it is time to pay attention to the inner voices, and hear the genuine messages of the God/desses.
2. What is the most important thing on which I need to focus in the realm of my Spirit as I move into the winter months?
Here is Odin the All-Powerful, hanging powerless from the Tree of Life, to encourage his brethren, the Midir, not to fear him but to come and communicate with him. I need to focus on the things and people  with whom I share Spirit, such as my coveners and my Pagan community, and I need to make absolutely sure that I am including each and every one of my community members in creating the world of Spirit which we share together. I am not here alone, and I need to create connection so that my Spirit harvest will be complete.

3. What is the main content and context of the harvest of better health, new ideas, or deeper spiritual resonance, allied with my Spirit, that I am going to receive if I focus on these things?
White Buffalo Woman was the Goddess of the Lakota who enabled them to know all the many uses of the buffalo other than simply for food, and represents the way my own Spirit will become more able to see variations on things I thought I knew, understand the deeper meaning of things, and resonate with inner connection to Spirit in ways I have never known. This is a Harvest I am definitely grateful to have!!!
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Tarot Blog Hop. Litha 2019: Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

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I have discovered, over many years of reading cards, that the timing of the spread and interpretation will, whether or not I intend it that way, definitely interact with Spirit so that the cards drawn for a given question will be vastly different depending on what time of the day they are drawn. For this blog hop, I have done a reading on a specific question for myself, and I took the deck and let it sit out under the full of the moon and then drew my cards first thing in the morning, high noon, sunset, and midnight. Same question each time, two cards each draw, like this:

"Should I, or should I not, continue as a member of ________? First card is "If I do, then this." Second card is, "If I don't, then this." Here is what Spirit told me:

First Draw, Sunrise:

If I do, then I will be discovering things about my own path that I otherwise will miss.

If I don't, something will become a disappointment to me.


Second Draw, High Noon:

If I do, there is likely to be a chance I will not be able to do something else I wish to accomplish.

If  I don't, I will be given the courage to move forward in another path.


Third Draw, Sunset

If I do, then I will not succeed, but will be defeated, at something I am already beginning to do because I am a member of _______________.

If  I don't, then I will be able to create a new foundation and move forward in a different way. 


Fourth Draw, Midnight

If I do, the things I am in the process of doing for myself will be completed in exactly the perfect manner to assist me. 
If I don't, that "new foundation" I am wishing to build will hold me still, prevent me from moving forward, and I will not be able to complete the things I currently am doing.


It was uncannily precise, and let me know that the time of day and what it does for my personal energy was a real component not only of what cards were drawn, but of what I interpreted them to mean. I have decided, and I know that the cards were highly instrumental in assisting me to make my decision. Hope you too can find the "right time" to get your own personal "right answer". It works.

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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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