Sunday, January 29, 2012

Preparing a deck

How fun is it to buy a new tarot deck?!
Most tarot readers will agree with me that it's just great!

Not every new tarot deck I buy becomes a "working deck" for me.
When I use a deck every once in a while, I keep it in the box it comes in.

When a deck really speaks to me I keep it in a special bag.
Next to this I prepare this deck. The reason I do this, is because I don't like the way a new deck feels.
The cards can be very slippery and since I almost never do my readings on a table, this can get kind off annoying.
I like it when a deck feels used and doesn't look all new and shiny.

The method I use I got from what I read on the Aeclectic tarot forum.

Yesterday and today I have been preparing my Gilded Tarot deck.
Although I always find it a bit scary, because I don't want to mess the deck up, I'm totally happy with the result.
The deck feels great!! It's ready for beeing used even more :-)

Wonder if you have any special ways to treat a new deck? Let me know!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Elements of Consiousness spread

On Lisa's blog Tarotize I saw her Elements of Consiousness spread.

I found it really inspiring, so I decided to do this spread for myself, using the Gilded tarot.
This is how the spread is built up:

- The central card shows me how to align with my Higher Self in order to release any blocks to Spirit energy.
- The card at the bottom represents the Fire Element and my ability to express my true self - being authentic.
- The card to the left is Water and shows me what I need to know about my intuition in connection with reactivity/response.
- The card on top is the Earth Element and signifies my trust in the ability of creation to receive my responses in the constant dialogue of life.
- The card to the right is the Air Element and represents how I can learn to detach and become the Observer.

When I was working at this spread my blog got lost, so I had to do it all again.... Maybe other words and another view where necessery to make this a good learning expierence for me.

Spirit King of Pentacles:
For me this card is about beeing in control and beeing balanced in your world.
Not letting things/people around you distract you.
Beeing distracted from what is important for me and not feeling in balance, will eventually block my spirit energy.

Fire The Sun:
The Sun is the ultimate card for expressing your true self if you ask me!
When you are pure and open you will shine like the sun.
The feeling of beeing connected to the whole universe can support this even more.

Water Three of Wands:
Using my intuition is no problem. There is enough trust and power in myself to see what good it brings me.
But sometimes it's helpfull to have some patience to see what the results are. It can take some time before you see what comes out of it.

Earth Knight of Pentacles:
Although I'm powerfull and passionate I somehow feel the need to protect myself.
I have the energy to go for it and to walk my own path. This I can do holding my head up high, since I know I'm sincere in the things I do.

Air Nine of Cups
For me this card shows that all that is needed is to enjoy life as much as possible.
It's not necessery to be serious al the time. This can lead to getting stuck and then you won't be able to take some distance.

So the advice is: drink health to life! This can give you a clear view.

It was a challenging spread for me. I had some difficulties making myself clear writing in English. I hope it makes sense to you reading it though.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Thinking of me

My card of the day was The Magician. In stead of this morning I drew my card this evening to look back on this past day.

Today was a very self-centered day for me. Something that doesn't fit my nature at all, so it was kind of difficult. But it was really necessery.
Because of the things I experience health whise I have to choose for myself and the baby.

The Magician is able to do this. Something I can learn from him for sure.
He also shows me I don't have to feel guilty doing this.
It's a part of growing and learning to see these things different.

How comforting before going to sleep! Thank you mister Magician :-)

I am the.........

On Tarotize I saw a link to do this test. I thought it was fun, so I did it!!

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Activity 2

Time for the second activity using the book "21 ways to read a tarot card".
I posted this on the facebook group as well, but for everbody that isn't a member of that group it might be intersting as well.

First I'll discribe the card I chose objectively.
I see a woman with red/brown hair. She is wearing a black dress with a golden patern on it. Around her hips she is wearing a red belt. The belt is long and has golden buttons on it.
Around her neck she is wearing a necklace.
Her coat/cape is green and the sleeves end in a point.
On her face she is wearing make-up

In her hands she holds a golden circel with a cross at the bottem.  She is watching at this circle.
Around her there is a golden circle that shows the zodiac signs.

In the background there is sky in different colours with some stars and a green planet in it.
The card has a golden border and is black on the outside.
At the top of the border stands number III. At both sides there is a little black circle.
At the bottom of the borders I see the words "The Empress".

Now I will descripe my card from a first person perspective.
Here I am, standing in the open sky which has different coulors, several stars and a green planet in it.
The signs of the zodiac are all around me as I stand in the middle of them.

I am wearing a black dress with a golden patern on it. I'm also wearing a red long belt with golden buttons and a grean coat with pointy sleeves.
Around my neck I am wearing a necklace.
I am also wearing make-up.

In my hands I hold a golden circle with a cross at the bottom and I'm watching at it.

The key to these exercises it to keep beeing objective. This is difficult, because you are likely to assume things that aren't really there.