Sunday, 5 July 2020

Random Reading - #83

⁛ Investigate the situation thoroughly, and when you're satisfied and ready… make the break. No looking back. You took your time; you know you made the right choice for you. Look ahead. There are bigger and better things coming... Look to the future – leave the pain in the past. ⁛

The Next World Tarot by Cristy C Road, published by Silver Sprocket.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Random Reading - #82

I'm in the mood for something different. 
I'm in mood generally these days, but that's another story. 😉

I treated myself to this deck* a few weeks back – 'bout time I put them to work.

Embarrassment – Waiting – House – Road – Hope

⁛ There is some confusion and delay around an issue regarding your home or household. It could be that someone is unable to provide a service as arranged. Do not be tempted to give them more time in the hope that the situation will improve. It won't. 

In fact, on further enquiry (having checked in with the deck to see if I was on the right track), you'll be inviting serious trouble if you proceed with whatever it is you've arranged with this person. ⁛ 

In addition, using A E Waite's number recurrences from The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (which, surely, he adopted from an earlier source; anyone know who?), the two 2s indicate Mistrust and the two 6s, Downfall. So there's that as well. 

*Book of Thoth Etteilla Tarot (Etteilla III), published by Lo Scarabeo.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Random Reading - #81

With all the 'stuff' going on at the moment, I wanted to do a truly random reading this week that just touched on someone's every day life. For that reason, I chose one of my "chatty" Italian sibillas - La Facile Sibilla Regionale, "The Easy Regional Sibilla", published by Dal Negro (1995).

Because Il Consultante/The (Male) Consultant was at the end of the initial line of five cards, with Donna di Casa/Woman of the House at his back, it seemed he was being affected by a situation outside of his control, so I pulled the next two cards as advice on how to handle it.

⁘ You (a male-identifying person) are being pushed by your mother (or equivalent) to better yourself. She feels you’re not reaching your full potential. She’d most likely be happier if you earned more money. This is probably getting you down, but the advice is to just be patient with her. Don’t get snappy. She doesn’t mean to criticise, she just wants the best for you. ⁘

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Random Reading - #80

The Next World Tarot, by Cristy C Road, seems the most appropriate deck to be using right now. The unsettling dystopian world it portrays. Its stories of resilience and determination.

In order to understand this deck, I'm having to read those stories from the LWB, and it's helping me to see things from a perspective I don't often consciously share.

I'm just going to let the book speak –

Star – "… The Star asks you to search for a reworked goal; a new path, a new commitment, or a personal rebirth with a spirit that carries wisdom from past lives…  The Star is here to remind you that you are now ready to enter a metamorphosis. Rage and healing: meet your highest self..."

10 of Wands – Completion – "Here marks a structure built on blood, sweat, tears, and completion… He asks you to fight for honour and recognition, as it's the safest route to stability after a life of creative chaos."

8 of Wands – Direct Action – "… The 8 of Wands signifies freedom from the limitations of society. He leaps forward, trailblazing a concept, or sacrificing an outdated sense of security, for the sake of sharing his truth. Ignite your saviours as you breathe into your highest self with direct action, mutual aid, and emotional availability…"

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I'll be honest. I almost begged off doing a reading today. I've been all up in my white fragility the past few days. The unaccustomed introspection has been tiring and troubling. But this deck has been sitting on my desk, staring me down, and daring me to push it aside and try to hide.

I'm glad I didn't. I'm amazed yet again at the way the cards always manage to reflect reality. And I'm heartened by the Star heading the spread, with its promise of Hope, Guidance and Healing.

Let's do this.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Standing up

This is just a blog.

This is where I share my interest in cartomancy with anyone who'll listen. I don't have enough followers to call it a platform. It doesn't give me a Voice.

But in case anyone wonders where I stand...

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Random Reading - #79

Echo Gillette has declared it Halloween from now until November 1. Okay by me…

Knight of Coins – Justice – 9 of Coins – Knight of Cups – 2 of Wands

⁛ Your ability to protect those you care deeply for has been severely restricted by the realities of life. Nevertheless, you still have the capacity to provide for their needs. Move forward in love and with confidence. ⁛

The Dark Angels Tarot, which describes itself as "78 Arcana of bitter hope and dark solace", has uniquely themed meanings for each of the cards, which I've relied heavily on for this reading. Despite appearances, it is a surprisingly comforting deck.

Happy Halloween.

Dark Angels Tarot, by Luca Russo, published by Lo Scarabeo (2010)

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Random Reading - #78

I was reminded of the lovely Daughters of the Moon Tarot the other day. I don’t think I’ve ever used it for a reading here. Let’s fix that…

Nine of Pentacles - Malama
Six of Cups - Compassion     Eight of Blades rx - Hokhma-Decisions

⁛ Your comfortable situation rests on something unseen or unacknowledged. You have many to thank for your good fortune. Don’t turn a blind eye and behave as if it’s all down to your own efforts and therefore you can do as you please without reference to the needs or feelings of others. ⁛

This is one of the few decks that I will read with reversals, because when you shuffle round cards you can hardly avoid it. Also, since these images are not as iconic as the RWS images, it doesn't *bother* me to see them upside down. 🙂

Daughters of the Moon (1991), created by Ffiona Morgan with multiple illustrators, self-published. 

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Random Reading - #77

It saddens me sometimes that I haven't been able to find anyone who uses the same playing card meanings as my grandmother. Various "German" lists share some similarities, but not enough to be considered siblings. I'd love to know where Oma got her meanings from, but at the time, I was too young and foolish to think to ask.

One day last year, I spotted a listing on eBay for Diane Ahlquist's Full Moon Oracle Cards* – essentially, a set of 32 playing cards. Hello?! She'd added pictures of a few of the cards and I noticed some familiar associations. Basket! 🛒

When it arrived, I went through it card by card and found that 22 of the 32 shared at least some aspect of the meanings I had for the same cards. Considering the best prior to that was 18 with Birgit Kraheck-Liecker's meanings (from her now defunct website - here's an Internet Archive link), I was delighted!

Soooo, Ahlquist… Did Oma get her meanings from a Scandinavian source, perhaps? I really must do some investigating along those lines. But I've rambled enough – on to this week's reading.

⁛ This is for a someone who identifies as female. There will be a change that will result in some unexpected good news for you regarding your finances and/or employment. The change involves something coming to an end (A♠ is the only card read reversed in Diane's system; none in mine). Someone you would associate with the K** (Diane - “An older man with gray hair, or a middle-aged man with a light complexion and blue or green eyes”) may have changed their mind about it. As the 10♣ refers to journeys, it could be that you will be able to return to work very soon (an issue for many at the moment), or at least start to make some progress again. ⁛

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*Sadly, the deck is not available at the moment. This is Diane's eBay page: swfloridagirl941, if you're interested and would like to check back later.
UPDATE 26 May 2020 - She's back! Full Moon Oracle Cards by Diane Ahlquist 

**You may make a different association with the K based on your connection with the card. For me, for instance, he's not necessarily "old", but is dynamic and charismatic, and often physically attractive. And the use of the pronoun "he" is not prescriptive.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Random Reading - #76

So far this Lockdown, I've been really good. I've bought just one tarot and one oracle. The fact that I haven't worked for over a year and hubby can't do his pin money job (or petrol money job, as he puts it) right now, has a lot to do with that, to be fair. 😏

But the Perrin Tarot (Tarocchi Perrin) is so  p r e t t y . Printed circa 1880 by C. Perrin, Torino, Italy, the artwork is very similar in style to La Vera Sibilla of roughly the same period. I really wanted this deck, so about two weeks ago I Googled around until I located the cheapest copy I could find - an Alberto Peruzzo reproduction from a seller on Amazon Italia. Things being as they are at the moment, I wasn't expecting to receive it until almost the end of the month, but it showed up this week!

So without further waffle ado…

Sun – 5 of Cups – Strength reversed – King of Coins – 6 of Cups

Firstly, I don't, as a rule, read reversals, but La Forza fell out onto my desk and ever so slowly spun itself around, so I knew I had to leave it that way. Secondly, I usually only pull three cards with tarot, but I knew (again) that I needed to pull five today.

⁛ Starting with the middle card (Strength rx), especially as it insisted on being reversed, we see a lack of agency. You have little or no control over a situation. What situation? One that is undermining your sense of well-being and happiness (5 of Cups + Sun). What to do? Don't allow yourself to become mean and unfeeling as a result; try to maintain harmonious relations with others (King of Coins + 6 of Cups). ⁛

Bottom card of the deck – High Priestess: Here's your opportunity to come up with a completely new approach.

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If you zoom in on the photograph, you'll see that the printing of this deck is badly out of alignment on some of the cards, notably Il Sole. That, unfortunately, is how they were originally manufactured, and this printing, unfortunately, is a faithful reproduction. 😉  But if you "soft focus" on them, they are nevertheless very pretty cards. 💗

Sunday, 19 April 2020

(not so) Random Reading - #75

Honestly, I'm feeling lazy. Is it worth doing a RR today? 😏

The Answer Deck came to mind for the deck du jour, with a "Small Pyramid" spread as described by Andy Boroveshengra.

The Lesson flew out as I started shuffling, so maybe just sharing this spread is justification enough.

Power + Growth: strong increase
Growth + Fair/Gray Haired Man: as this question doesn't involve another person, I'll go with developing maturity and wisdom.

Power + Growth influencing Hidden Enemy: giving into laziness will just increase its strength.
Growth + Fair/Gray Haired Man influencing Wealth: there's more profit in keeping up with my practice.

Hidden Enemy + Wealth: it's easy to get distracted by all the other time-killing options available to me.

Hidden Enemy + Wealth influencing Faith: misuse of my (suddenly abundant*) free time will snuff the candle of my Faith.

Faith: Stay strong and carry on carrying on. It will be worth it.

And now that the reading is complete, a look at the bottom card of the deck –
Spiritual: … yeah.

*In case you're reading this long after the event, this was during the time of COVID-19. #stayhome

The Answer Deck, by Nicky Zann, published by Running Press (1998).