Angelorum Astrology Spread

Lisa Frideborg posted this fantastic spread a few days ago and I’ve finally had a chance to give it a go. For full details and a good run down of the Sun, Moon and Rising signs’ significance I highly recommend you check out her post here.

The cards in the central vertical column act like significators, they are the Major Arcana cards that correspond to my Sun, Moon and Rising signs, which are Gemini, Capricorn and Scorpio. The card to the left of each significator indicates where you are out of balance in this area, and the cards to the right indicate what you can do to restore balance.

I decided to use the Wild Unknown Tarot for the significators and imbalance cards and the Animal Spirit oracle for advice on how to restore harmony, to give me that extra boost of having a spirit guide to visualise and call upon for assistance.

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The Sun sign represents your ego-personality in this lifetime, which in my case is Gemini/The Lovers. I associate strongly with the element of Air, always up in my own head thinking, thinking and thinking, which frequently troubles my ability to fall asleep or stay focused while performing repetitive or menial tasks.

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Wing of Isis Spread

The Wing of Isis spread is one of two spreads created by Alana Fairchild especially for the deck, she says that it is intended to “lift you into new understanding”, and after some interesting one and two-card draws I thought it was time to try another larger spread with the deck. The cards are read left to right.

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What is the real issue for me right now on a spiritual level?

Ancient Power Mysteries, “Hear the Rattle of Isis Playing”

Excerpt rom the guidebook: “You are guided to use words that reflect the experience you would like to create in your life. It may involve shifting how you speak , for example, rather than focusing on struggle or what is not working, focusing on the signs of life and healing that you experience. This may also include using chant, incantation and prayer…The Oracle guides you to honour the power of your voice whether through spoken or sung words, and in what you write, speak about or stand for symbolically also.

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Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – Justice

This post is a continuation of a month-long challenge hosted on Tarot Rebels. As I can’t commit to daily draws at the moment, I am following along at my own snail’s pace here. The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana are affecting and manifesting in my life at the moment. *

Justice: Where can I give myself the gift of balance and mercy?

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I finally trimmed the borders off of my Mary-El! Doesn’t it look gorgeous! I’m still waiting on a corner cutter so I can round out the edges, but I am so happy with the final results, the imagery is really freed up once it is released from those huge and cumbersome borders.

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Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Path So Far

This post is a continuation of a month-long challenge hosted on Tarot Rebels. As I can’t commit to daily draws at the moment, I am following along at my own snail’s pace here. The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana are affecting and manifesting in my life at the moment. *

This challenge splits the journey through the Major Arcana into three paths and each path is completed with a final question posed to the entire deck.

First Path Completion – What is your most cherished ritual? What nourishes you the most?

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I decided to stick with the format of the previous days and pull two cards, one for each question posed in today’s prompt.

For my most cherished ritual I pulled the Page of Swords, which also happens to be one of my strongest Court personality cards (self-identified, not astrological). The Page of Swords is endlessly curious, a seeker of knowledge and a lover of words, for her, fulfilment comes from learning, exploring deconstructing and reconstructing new concepts, and I often sense a feeling of urgency from this card, that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to read and understand all that one wants to; all feelings and drives I strongly relate to.

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Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Chariot

This post is a continuation of a month-long challenge hosted on Tarot Rebels. As I can’t commit to daily draws at the moment, I am following along at my own snail’s pace here. The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana are affecting and manifesting in my life at the moment. *

The Chariot: In what areas am I brilliantly balanced and victorious?

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I don’t generally use astrology correspondences in tarot, but I often find the deeply esoteric and symbolic imagery of the Thoth tarot quite overwhelming, sometimes it feels like this deck and I speak completely different languages – which is, I am sure, exactly how the deck’s creator, the infamous Aleister Crowley intended it. Anyway, in order to give myself a shot at finding common ground with the deck I do apply some very basic astrology knowledge to help decipher it.

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Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Lovers

This post is a continuation of a month-long challenge hosted on Tarot Rebels. As I can’t commit to daily draws at the moment, I am following along at my own snail’s pace here. The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana are affecting and manifesting in my life at the moment. *

The Lovers: If the love in my life is a mirror, what is being reflected back to me?

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Just as I was excited to see my draw for The Hierophant, I was equally dreading The Lovers, worried I was going to have to dig up some dark shit from my past and all of the dysfunctional relationships that populate it.

The Three of Wands is quite a relief and feels like an apt representation of the last 4 years with the birth of my two children. There is both the sense of a beginning and an end, of happiness and a work in progress, of constant growth and the need to consciously direct it.

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Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Hierophant

This post is a continuation of a month-long challenge hosted on Tarot Rebels. As I can’t commit to daily draws at the moment, I am following along at my own snail’s pace here. The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana are affecting and manifesting in my life at the moment. *

The Hierophant: What is the universal sacred law in my life?

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Of all of the question prompts so far, this was the one I most most curious about, and it couldn’t have been more perfect than if I had selected it face up.

The King of Swords represents the keeper of laws and a dispenser of justice. Many Taroists link him to professions in law, and in particular, judges. I agree with this, but at the same time, I think his calling goes deeper. I envision him in many ways similarly to the Hierophant: as the arch-Druid, the guardian and transmitter of stories and truths that help us to construct our reality and plot our course in life.

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Rumi Oracle – First Impressions

Yeah, yeah, for someone who isn’t a big fan of Alana Fairchild I do seem to be starting a collection (full disclosure: I’m increasingly tempted by her Sacred Rebels and Crystal Mandala oracles too), but dammit, she works with such fantastic artists!

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The Rumi Oracle is compiled of artwork by the immense talent that is Freydoon Rassouli. I can’t even describe how beautiful his work is and it is wonderfully rendered onto these cards, which are even more vibrant in real life. His images are thought provoking, soul stirring feasts for the eyes, with spiraling movement and rich colours.

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Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Emperor

This post is a continuation of a month-long challenge hosted on Tarot Rebels. As I can’t commit to daily draws at the moment, I am following along at my own snail’s pace here. The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana are affecting and manifesting in my life at the moment. *

The Emperor: Where does the divine masculine energy reside in my life?

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The Knight of Swords is a rather odd draw for the Divine Masculine, but after mulling it over for a few minutes it all started to make perfect sense. I mentioned in a previous post how I have struggled with conceptions of the Divine Masculine, largely because it feels unfamiliar to me; amongst all of this world’s misogyny, victimisation, victim-blaming, slut-shaming and mansplaining, I’ve often asked, “where the hell is the divinity in all of this?”

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Exploring Tarot and Runes: 12 – Jera

Jera [pronounced Yeh-ra] translates to (and is the root of) the English word “year”. A welcome rune after the trinity of challenges presented by the previous runes, Hagalaz, Nauthiz and Isa, Jera represents harvest-time, and more specifically, a good harvest season. The Norwegian rune poem speaks of the generosity of Frothi, a Danish king appearing in old sources who may or may not have been a real historic figure (we also find a similar character, Ing or Ingvi, amongst the Anglo-Saxons, who I will cover further in the rune Ingwaz). The details of his legend and the incredible prosperity of his reign strongly links him to the mythology of the Norse god Freyr, son of the sea god Njord and brother of the slightly more famous Freyja.

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Freyr is a god of sexuality, fertility, fecundity, agriculture, harvest, frith and sacral kingship, said to rule over the sun and rain, and can be understood as the patron god of this warm and bountiful time of year. Among his many attributes, he was known as a beautiful, noble and generous god, who rules benevolently over the realm of humans. Likewise, according to lore, Frothi was the best of kings, said to reign over a time of unprecedented peace and plenty.

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