STAR DATE: 2013 FALL EQUINOX
The pencil-thin gray snake draped across my right shoulder.
I can see it’s small rattle.
What do I do? Will it bite me?
I reach up and carefully remove the snake.
It raises up,
The ground opened up and swallowed Persephone, daughter of Demeter.
Demeter, in charge of the fertility of the earth and the well being of all, beset an eternal winter upon the earth.
Zeus was forced to intervene and sent Hermes to rescue Persephone. Which he did.
A deal was struck and Persephone was allowed to live part of the year with her mother, and part of the time with her husband, Hades.
The fall begins now, Persephone is gathering her things for her trip back to Hades
I will leave a lot behind when I go,
burning in the eternal fires of Scorpio’s transformation.
But it’s not time for that just yet.
Right now the Justice to be served is to myself.
What will it take to be true to myself?
What does it take for you to be true to yourself?
Stop saying yes when you mean no.
Stop saying you will when you won’t.
Stop saying you do when you don’t.
The scales can’t balance when you’re not in the picture.
It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing…
On the lovely TV series 30 Rock, character Tracy Jordan is a loose cannon to say the least. In one episode he discovers that he can cuss a blue streak on TV simply by paying fines for the offense.
When advertisers drop their ads, he simply buys the ad space. Problem solved.
Silence the Censor
In order to learn Tarot you will need to learn to silence the censors as well.
The censor is the one who says, “Are you sure you’re right?”.
“Now that’s just silly. That can’t be true.”
“She asked about her boyfriend, why are you talking about work?”
The best way to get past the censor is to talk and keep talking. Don’t give the censor a chance to get a word in edgewise.
I’m not telling you to read like some crazy person spouting a stream of consciousness. You can polish your delivery style later.
What we’re after here is practicing getting around the censor.
So let the diarrhea mouth begin.
How to Learn Tarot Exercise
We shall call this exercise the Tracy Jordan, or ignore the censor. You can do this exercise solo, but it’s better to actually read for someone so you can get feedback.
Lay out 1-5 cards, whatever number for you is comfortable but not overwhelming. The cards can be in relation to a question or not.
Get out a recording device.
Set a timer for 3 minutes.
Start talking and don’t stop until the timer goes off.
Say whatever comes into your mind.
Don’t worry about making sense.
Don’t worry about jumping around.
If personal memories are sparked, speak about them.
If a card reminds you of someone, talk about them.
If a card reminds you of a place, speak about it.
What did you learn?
This is where reading for someone is very valuable. They can let you know which parts of what you said landed and which didn’t. You might be surprised by the feedback.
Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop for Lammas!
Perhaps you came from Chloe’s Celtic Lenormand Oracle
The next stop is Tarot by Arwen
Tarot Card Spread Lammas
Lammas is a feast day, associated with the height of summer’s fertility. It marks the center point of the sun’s journey through Leo.
Along with feasts, Lammas is associated with handfasting. Handfasting has Celtic and Norse roots, and is part of the modern marriage ceremony. When we say “tie the knot” we are referring to handfasting.
In honor of Lammas, and handfasting, I created the spread you see at the top of this post.
Laying Out the Spread
First, intend a question for this reading.
Obviously, the spread lends itself to relationship readings. However, if you are about to embark on a new venture, this spread is appropriate as well. Or you could also use it to take a peek at what your inner masculine and feminine are up to.
The spread consists of 5 cards. Lay them out in any order you like, but I prefer top to bottom, left to right.-
Card 1 – Venus – yin energy - This is yourself if you are a woman. What are you open to creating? What values are you upholding or reflecting?
Card 2 – Mars – yang energy - This is yourself if you are a man. What goal are you setting or pursuing? What external actions are you taking? What lights your fire?
Card 3 – Neptune – Divine union - This is the union of yin and yang. What is being created through this Divine union? How is it connecting you, or the both of you, to all that is, the endless sea of love and creativity?
Card 4 – The Moon - What from the past can be brought forward into this new relationship or venture? What is fear based and needs to be released?
Card 5 – Jupiter - How can you expand and grow into this relationship or venture? Where or how can you be optimistic? What are the opportunities?
Enjoy! And blessed Lammas to you.
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Tarot card reversals can be quite perplexing at times. Especially if there are a lot in one reading. If the reversals are throwing you, it’s perfectly okay to ignore them. Trust me, it won’t invalidate or “ruin” the reading.
If you choose not to ignore reversals, here’s some help to navigate them.
As Alfie speaks to Lonette, he hears a baby cry. He asks Lonette if she and Marlon had a baby. She says no. He realizes the baby is his. (From the movie Alfie, with Jude Law)
Tarot card reversals are a bump in the road, an unexpected twist in the story.
Alfie was expecting to get some emotional support from his old friends who had moved away. What he got was the realization he had a son with Lonette and they had been hiding it from him.
Sometimes you think you got it in the bag, but it doesn’t turn out that way.
Sometimes you think all hope is lost and a miracle happens.
These are all reversals from the way things appeared to be going.
Reversed cards in a reading can work the same way. The other cards appear to tell a story heading one way, but bump, reversed card, maybe things aren’t quite as they seem.
Guidelines to Tarot Card Reversals
Reversed cards can indicate how the querent feels about the situation they are asking about. Reversed cards can be a counter flow of energy that isn’t readily seen by others.
I once read for a woman whose mother had recently become disabled. Her day to day life was no longer possible without help from others. The woman thought her mother was okay with the situation, but I could see via reversed cards that her mother was despondent. She put on the face of I’m okay with this, but underneath she was grasping for hope.
Here are a few keyword type guidelines to reversals for you to explore when they come up:
- latent energy, energy that isn’t being used
- a seed beneath the surface that is just about to break through
- internalized feelings or perspectives
Reversed Cards as Exclamation Points
Another way to look at reversals is in terms of a spectrum of expression of the card. Every card has a polarity of expression, positive and negative if you will. And of course there are all the greys in between. A reversed card could indicate energy at one of the polarity points.
For example, the 10 of swords is about endings. Something, a relationship, a thought process, a job, a struggle, has come to an end.
Now the end can be a joyful completion or a big fat surprise that is perceived as a betrayal or a tragic loss.
In between the 2 poles we have:
- it’s over but…
- it’s over and I’m afraid to move forward
- it’s over and I can’t see what’s next
- it’s over and I am moving forward and it hurts
- it’s over and I’m having a hard time believing it’s over, is it really over?
I hope I’m not causing more confusion here. I’m not talking about the circumstances, I’m describing (or attempting to describe) the reaction to the circumstances.
The10 of swords reversed could mean, “Whew! I”m glad that’s over!”
The card describes an ending but the reaction is overwhelmingly positive. It’s a big exclamation point.
As with all other aspects of Tarot, reversed cards are something you will need to explore and develop yourself. There is not one pat answer for what reversed tarot cards mean. Next time you come across reversed cards, try out some scenarios and see what sticks.
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I was listening to the Astrology Podcast with Chris Brennan and Patrick Watson, and the conversation bumped into the question of whether or not the age of Aquarius had begun. Both Chris and Patrick agreed that we were somewhere in the middle, in the age of Piquarius….
” I have never judged someone who, in retrospect, didn’t also exhibit the same behaviors that I either did or still do.” – Ari Moshe
After the last post on the Judgement card, I got a lot of feedback. It seems there is more to explore here.
What follows are my thoughts after reading this Facebook Note about Judgement.
Judgements proclaimed against ourselves or anyone else are black and white, and imply right and wrong. When we are judged we feel shamed.
Actually the card on the left depicts the resurrection of the dead, which happens immediately before the Last Judgement.
Why is this?
I’m not a scholar enough to know.
But the point here is that the Last Judgement will separate everyone into 2 groups – good and evil.
This is evidently not a time for love, compassion or appreciation.
More often than not, love and appreciation of ourselves is called for. And when we are able to grant that to ourselves, it most naturally splashes onto all whom we come in contact with.
“The truth is that God, Creation, Life LOVES no matter what. It is so into you and will meet you wherever you are. Love has nothing to do with reward or punishment.” – Ari Moshe
For the last year or so, Jupiter has been in the sign of Gemini.
Jupiter rules Sagittarius, the sign of big ideas, and was not so amused to be in the opposite sign of Gemini. Gemini is always changing his mind and bringing more facts to light for review.
Very annoying to Jupiter.
Since Jupiter spends about a year in any sign, it has a 12 year cycle, like the Chinese zodiac. If your age is a multiple of 12, you will be having a Jupiter return in addition to your usual birthday.
Jupiter expands whatever it touches. In whichever house Cancer lies, you can expect expansion and perhaps a bit of good fortune. Thank you, Jupiter.
Jupiter will be in Cancer from June of 2013 to July of 2014.
Jessica Adams wrote a nice post on the story of Jupiter (and several other planets) in Cancer for this summer of 2013.
The video below is from Tom Jacobs giving an overview of Jupiter in Cancer. Tom goes very deeply into the astrology of any transit, and that’s why I’ve included it here. It’s definitely worth a watch.
Jupiter in Cancer Video by Tom Jacobs
Welcome Blog Hoppers
Hope you enjoyed your visit at Ania’s stop.
The next stop is with Jenna at the Queen of Wands Tarot.
It’s Summer Solstice 2013.
The Sun is at it’s highest point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere.
This is the longest day for us as well.
The Sun enters the sign of Cancer.
It’s 12 noon on the solar clock of the year.
It’s time to celebrate, go all out, and be the you that you are.
You are naked in the garden so don’t worry about having to put on airs or be something you’re not.
The sun is masculine, so now is the time to put a little oomph behind your efforts. Don’t sit back and wait.
Thank you sun!
Summer Solstice Recipe
This summer solstice I’d like to share my recipe for a plant mulch that is so easy that even the laziest of us on the laziest summer day can pull it off. Make this mulch and put it around the tomatoes you planted at Beltane.
The Ultimate Lazy Mulch
- black plastic garbage can
- enough coffee grounds from Starbucks to fill it 1/4 to 1/2 way (Starbucks will give you all the coffee grounds you want for free)
- newspaper, office paper, cardboard
- Drill your garbage can full of large holes, the larger the better, the more, the better and be sure not to forget the bottom.
- Layer the can with coffee grounds, and then paper, continuing until you are out of materials.
- Water well, place in sun (you might want to do this before filling), and cover.
- Go ahead and add more coffee grounds and paper as you get them.
- The only thing you need to do is make sure it stays plenty wet/moist.
- When the can is full, let sit until the contents reduce by half. This means a full garbage can becomes half full.
Your mulch is now ready to use.
The finer your paper and cardboard is, the better. If you have the patience to shred it, then do so. You might be able to find a local shredding company that will shred by the pound for you. I have a place locally that shreds both newspaper and cardboard for me and it’s totally worth the price.
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