Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Esmeralda Lenormand com 13 Ciganos

I spotted a Facebook post of Karla Souza's yesterday and was reminded how beautiful and magickal her Lenormand is.

⁘ To achieve domestic harmony and personal contentment you will have to face down your demons. ⁘

Esmeralda Lenormand with 13 "Gypsies", by Karla Souza (Brazil 2015)

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Seasons Tune: Ad Astra (blog) - link

On the variations in meanings inherent in all card systems, and how and why we should find our own way. 

Seasons Tune: Ad Astra (blog post)

Saturday, 22 January 2022

When I'm not reading them...

... I'm doing jigsaw puzzles of them. 

Seriously, how could I resist? I'll be starting this today. ๐Ÿ˜

Saturday, 8 January 2022

Why Demystify Tarot - Abigail Vasquez (YouTube)


Yes, there is mystery and magick. But cards are not so "otherworldly" or "sacrosanct" as to be unapproachable. Serious readers need to get the word out.

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Alan Tormey - Cardslinger ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ Musician

As "seasonal" music goes, I've always liked Carol of the Bells.
Rearranged in a minor key?... Love it.

Wishing you a Happy Whatever!

Friday, 26 November 2021

Spread - "Doing the Thing" by Shonna Hill (Ace of Stars Tarot)

Click on image to go to Shonna's post

I have been resisting working with my cards. I'd like to know why and how I can push through the resistance.

Eva's Tarot (ะขะฐั€ะพ ะ•ะฒั‹) by Eva Aus

What am I trying to do? I know what I'm trying to do, so I see this card as my motivation - 

4 of Coins: I'm trying to grasp what's precious to me. My connection with the cards - hold it, feel it, claim it. Grandfather clock: time is my most precious commodity, and I always feel it slipping away.

What am I afraid of?

Knight of Swords: Being too analytical, too cerebral in my approach. All I'm doing lately is translating LWBs, collating meanings and thinking about reading. I'm not actually doing any reading.

How am I resisting?

4 of Cups: I'm doing nothing. Just sitting around feeling dissatisfied, distracted, frustrated. I contemplate but do nothing.

What attitude will help me get started?

4 of Wands: Celebrate where I am now, even if there's more to be done. Enjoyment, appreciation. Take a break from the mental and spend some time on spiritual. 4 + Wands: stable action. 

What first step can I take? 

Ace of Wands: Start the Thing!

What do I have to look forward to?

5 of Cups: Oh!? Isolation? Loss? 5 + Coins: disrupted habits. Moving from 4 coins to 5 coins is progress, I guess. Maybe I'm trying to hang onto outmoded forms/ideas and progress means the loss of those things. She is praying: connecting with Spirit.

Interesting that the two "action" positions are both Wands.

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Blood Moon Oracle by Kristen ~ Over The Moon Magic

The lovely Kristen, teacher of art-meets-oracle classes and maker of tarot and oracle decks, has added a FREE TO DOWNLOAD "Spooky Season" themed 32-card oracle over on Ko-Fi.

link: Blood Moon Oracle

image by Kristen - Over The Moon Magic

Adorbs or what? ๐Ÿ˜
Thank you, Kristen!

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Clarifiers. Don't.

There seems to be a lot of discussion lately about the use of clarifiers in readings. Here's my two-penn'orth.

Let's start with a definition. Collins says "To clarify something means to make it easier to understand, usually by explaining it in more detail."

So when you pull a clarifier card for a card you don't quite understand, the idea is that this card will make the first card clearer by providing more detail. 

Fair enough. If you have some sense of what the first card might be trying to say, having it put another way by the clarifier could help firm up your interpretation, or at least make you aware you were barking up the wrong tree and need to rethink that interpretation.

But too often I see people say things like "The card didn't make sense in this position/context so I pulled XYZ as a clarifier" (or worse, clarifierS). 

They're starting from a position of no understanding of the first card. The clarifier, in theory, will give them more details about that card, but how will more details about something that doesn't make sense be helpful? Now you have twice as much nonsense to deal with.

My advice - that's what you're here for, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ - is Do the Work. 

Throw everything you know - book meanings, past insights, elements of the image, the other cards in the spread, spatial relationships within the spread, good old intuition - at the 'problem' card. Think outside the box. What could this card possibly indicate in this context? Spend some time on it. Don't just throw up your hands at the first hurdle and say "It makes no sense!"

And when you do finally form an idea of why this particular card appeared in your reading, if you still feel the need for a bit of reassurance, then ask for a clarifier in the form of a direct question - "Is this card saying {insert best guess insight here}?". 

A clarifier needs something to clarify.