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.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Ready to read.....

I have the book "78 degrees of whisdom" from Rachel Pollack for a couple of years now. I started reading it when I first bought it, but at that time it just didn't work for me.
I have used it while studying some individual cards, but never read the whole  book.

Beeing "away" from tarot for some time and now beeing "back" again gives me inspiration and a new view on some things. I think 78 degrees of whisdom is one of them.
I started reading it again and now I seem to "get it". I can connect with the words now. They make sense to me more then they ever did.
Don't know if it's because I have a better understanding of the cards then when I bought it, but it feels as nice journey through the major and minor arcana.
I think it's because I'm not surching for the meaning of the cards, but looking for a deeper view on them.

It makes me wonder how others experienced reading this book. If you like to share, you're more than welcome!
This is my Dutch copy of the book written by Rachel Pollack.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Activity 1: The Card

To go through all the activities of "21 ways to read a tarot card" I have to pick a card from one of my decks.
The deck I decided to use is.....................The Gilded Tarot.
I think it's a nice way to get to know this deck better.
Now I have to choose one card to use for all the activities. To do this I pulled three cards from the deck.
I got the Three of Swords, The Empress and the Eight of Pentacles. From these cards I chose The Empress.
Studying my other decks I never really conected with The Empress. So there's a chalenge.
And since I'm going to be a mother for the first time I think the energy of the card fits my situation.

So that's the first activity for now.
Looking forward to the next one!

Friday, January 13, 2012

21 ways........

I decided to take part in a Facebook group about Mary K. Greer's book "21 ways to read a tarot card".
This group is innitiated by Amethyst Mahoney.
Together we will do the activities that are written in the book. I think it's nice to share with and learn from each other.
Every week we will do an activity and I'm planning to post my results on my blog as well.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Staying close to myself

After working at home yesterday, today was another day at the office for me.
Before leaving for work I pulled The Hermit card. A nice card to keep in mind while practicing staying close to myself.
I tend to give to much and that's something I just can't do now.

As reminder of this card of the day I use my phone. I have pictures of all cards from the Rider Waite stored on it and every day I put my card of the day as a background on the screen.
I think this is a great way to stay conected with the card throughout the day.

At work I did a good job staying close to myself.

Now beeing at home, I was thinking about The Hermit again and I see now that there is more to this card today.
It's also about keeping this blog.
I have so many ideas on which I want to shine my light. I just don't allow myself to take the time to work them out.
After realising this, I decited to take the time and write this blog. Being one with myself.

My goal is to post more often and not only daily cards, but more projects and thoughts about the tarot also.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

My go-to deck

The reason I first got interested in tarot where the images on the cards. I just love looking at nice pictures.
With tarot the choices are almost endless. There are so many beautiful decks.

My first deck was the Universal Waite, because someone told me this was the best deck to start with.
The images didn't speak to me at all, so when I started reading, I bought a Thoth deck. This deck I still love for its artwork.

When I started a 3 year tarot course, I had to work with the Rider-Waite tarot, so I bought a standard version. As I learned more about the cards I started to appreciate the Rider-Waite more and more and I gave a good amount of readings with it. My deck is a little worn now, which for me shows how much it is "alive".

Over the years I collected different versions of the Rider-Waite deck. The colours and the backs of the cards vary. Since I find the striped backs of the standard version horrible, I would like to use a different version.
The problem? I just can't do it :-)
Yesterday I pulled my Rider-Waite decks out and gave them all a good look. Started shuffeling with one of the decks I find more appealing. While shuffeling I just knew this wasn't it. The feeling just wasn't right.
I realized I just love my worn standard Rider-Waite. It's a part of me and I just can't let go (yet).

Today I pulled three cards from my beloved deck. The question I asked was: What is the connection between myself and this deck. These where te cards I pulled:

I think these cards really show the connection well.
The II of Cups shows the collaboration between us.
The Empress shows how natural it is for me to work with this deck.
The Queen of Swords shows how clear my readings are with this deck.
But for me she also shows that I'm not looking (well) at the other ones. I'm focused on this one, because of my feelings for it. When I think about it, I know it doesn't matter which one I use.......

But for now, I'm sticking with my good old "standard" Rider-Waite, and I'm happy with it!!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Our sweet little one

Nothing about tarot, but something I have to share!!!
A picture of our little one in my belly!
How beautiful :-)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Finding an old love

My card for today is the Queen of Cups.

She is totally in touch with her feelings. A loving woman this Queen represents for me.
She looks at situations with care.
This is the way I may look at my own situation. Not beeing able to do everything at work and at home is difficult for me. But I can’t blame myself or anyone else for this, so  why would I judge myself?
I feel kind of lasy when I’m not able to do all these things. What I'm trying is to look at myself as she would do.

She also gives me a thankfull feeling. She represents how I feel about finding my “lost love” the tarot again.
It’s so great to use the cards for myself again. Nog focussing on reading for others, but pure for myself.
Just love it!

Tonight I’m going to read a book about tarot, just because I love myself :-) And that is not beeing lasy at all!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Today it's back to work for me. Since I'm having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions, the midwife told me to take it easy........ That I find a little bit difficult.......
But I have to pay close attention to my body and than I'm sure I will be just fine!

Before I left for work I picked a card for today. And there it is, another warning.
My husband, parents, friends an co-workers all said it before, but this card really did it for me.
The Tower....... I almost never pull this card from my decks.
For the next three months I'm sure taking it easy.
The good thing is, I have time to post this blog in my lunch break since taking a walk outside is to much for me now.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tarot on YouTube

Because I have some problems concerning my pregnancy I have to take some rest.
So I was looking on YouTube for tarot video's.
There I found the video's of Angelo Nasios. I really like them!!
I listed his blog in my blogroll. It's called: That's Totally Tarot.
Take a look!

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year spread

Yesterday I did the spread I found on the blog of Zanna Starr.
It's called: Covering all the angles for 2012.
In the picture below you can see what the spread looks like.

I did this spread using the Hanson Roberts tarot.
The spread covers four areas of life:
- Self
- Home and family
- Relationships and Partnerships
- Career

These are all looked as in the following way:
- What may work in my favor in 2012?
- What may work against me in 2012?
- Advice/forecast

In my notebook I took a extensive look at this spread. Here I will post a shorter version.

The cards I drew for "Self" are:
Five of swords, Queen of cups and Five of rods.
The first card showes me my idea that it's "not done" to celebrate your victories in public.
Sometimes it could be nice though. It's not bad to be successful. It's nothing to be ashamed off.
The Queen showes me why I think this way. It's about always considering other peoples feelings.
I really should play with these inner convictions. That's shown in the last card.

The cards I drew for "Home and family" are:
Two of cups, XX Judgement and Five of cups.
This year our first child will be born. Lots of changes!
The first card tells me how importend it is for me and my husband to keep giving attention to our connection together.
In this place the Judgement card tells me something different than it normally does.
I read it more literally now. What can work against me is the judgement of other people about how things should be done.
The five of cups will help me cope with this. Look at the positive things and not at the negative things that can come out of judgement.

The cards I drew for "Relationships and partnerships" are:
Knight of Rods, Queen of swords and VIII Strength.
I can be kind of clossed and keep things for myself. The knight showes me the benneits I can have from a more open state of mind.
He comes out in the open with full passion. No fear for disappointment.
My somewhat distant state of mind could work against me. I'm always rationalising.
The strength card fits in perfectly here. It showes me I can change my ways and I can be gentle to myself about it.
With peace and trust I will come a long way!

The cards I drew for "Career" are:
Ace of pentacles, Knight of Swords and Five of pentacles.
When our baby is born I'm going to work less hours. I've alway spend a lot of energy in my career, so I find this somewhat difficult. The ace showes me there still will be opportunities.
My mentality of the knight of swords can work against me though.
I have to look at the things that are possible in the hours that I'm going to work.
The five of pentacles shows me that the way I look at this, is pure about myself.
I can go past the opportunities that are there and not pity myself bacouse off the things I can't do.
I have to see the wealth I have within reach.

This is how I see these cards now. I'm curious how things will develop this year and how I will look at this spread later on.

All the "five" card of the small arcana are represented, so lessons will be learned.