Look up any keywords for the Four of Cups and you will probably find some variation or combination of apathy, dissatisfaction, taking things for granted, disenchantment, discontent, boredom or detachment. When this card shows up in a tarot spread in a do- more-of-this, advice type of position it can give a moment of pause, where are the positives in these things?
I got a bit carried away with Dame Darcy. Seriously, it’s kind of an addictive deck, so I decided to do another quick reading with it.
The Tao card I drew on my birthday (you can see the post here) for this upcoming year is ‘Discipline’, and I wrote up a little to-do list of things I want to learn and achieve in the coming 12 months. At the top of that list is re-starting my business. As this deck has identified itself as pretty sensible and sharp, I decided to try out one of Barbara Moore’s spreads from my new copy of her Tarot Spreads book, called the Royal Advice Spread, using just the courts. It’s pretty snappy and straightforward and will hopefully give me a nudge in the right direction about where to hone my focus and the energies I need to channel to start working my way through my list.
The courts are divided into four piles of Kings, Queens, Knights and Pages, with one card drawn from each.
I thought it was about time to introduce some of my new deck arrivals, so first up we have a deck interview and first impressions with the Dame Darcy Mermaid Tarot, which I purchased from Little Red Tarot (Beth’s shop is fabulous for more unusual decks, so I highly recommend taking a look).
Tell me about yourself, what is your most important characteristic?
Six Pentacles – In this card we see a ship emblazoned with pentacles on its sails, coins are piled up on the deck and pouring into the sea from its gun ports. This deck is all about cultivating feelings of abundance and generosity.
What are your strengths as a deck?
Queen of Swords – This is such an awesome looking card, her tears are flowing and yet in her eyes we see a cool determination and sharp intelligence, she’s not going to be crying for long… or is our clever Queen shedding crocodile tears?
I see that the strength of this deck lies in its pragmatic approach. It won’t drown me in esoteric symbolism, just straight up tell it like it is and push me to be stronger in the face of any challenges or setbacks.
From the Tao Oracle: Hexagram 27, The Corners of the Mouth, Mountain over Lightening
The focus for this week is self-care and nourishment. So many of us feel disconnected or at war with our bodies, we feel shame that they don’t look a certain way or can’t seem to do certain things. We can feel burdened by our own bodies, often treating them as cumbersome vessels we would rather not have to look after, or at worst, feel a sense of loathing for.
This week it is time to extend your body some tlc; it is not just a means to an end or a vehicle for some distinctive or separate matter we call ‘soul’, your spirit is infused into every cell of your being, and it needs some love.
Today is my birthday, the big 33 – old and uncool to a teenager and a child to a crone – so I decided to pull a rather random mix of cards for some reflection time and guidance.
First, I went to the Ceccoli tarot for a simple three card draw.
What lesson/s have I learned in the past year?
The Moon – I have learned that there is a whole other universe of energy, mystery, meaning, truth and power both within myself and in the universe. All is not as it seems and I have been sleepwalking for far too long. Continue reading
Gebo [pronounced Gay-bo] means “gift”. Far easier to unpack than previous runes, Gebo nonetheless carries a vital message about the importance of generosity, reciprocity and charity in maintaining friendships and happy communities. Amongst the Germanic peoples, practicing good hospitality and generosity were the glue that held communities together, and there were few insults to a person’s honour more serious than the accusation of being ungenerous. At its heart then, Gebo tells us that to build strong bonds of friendship, love and community we must be giving of our time, resources and compassion. Continue reading
Kenaz [pronounced ken-ahz] is another rune attributed different meanings and rich with symbolism, so there are quite a few cards to cover! The most widely accepted interpretation is torch, as attested in the Anglo-Saxon rune poem. At its heart, this rune speaks to the human discovery of fire, an event of pure elemental harnessing that empowered humankind and shaped our destiny and capacity for not only survival but also our ability as a species to thrive. As such, Kenaz is associated with spiritual revelation, enlightenment and the powerful wisdom of the gods. On a more mundane level, it speaks of a time of teaching or learning and opportunities for knowledge, clarity, understanding and utilising skills Continue reading