July Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (days 9-12)

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Day 9 – Your favourite card: I ended up selecting two cards for this day because I love them both so much, and what’s the point of having your own blog if you can’t bend the rules a bit?

First up, Tailtiu [Tal-tee-oo] – This was the card for me. When I was looking through the gallery of this deck on Ian Daniels’ site it was this card that took me from ‘ooh this is a very pretty deck’ to ‘I have to have it’, swiftly followed by a click on the pre-order purchase button. There’s a strange and beautiful remoteness and otherness to this woman, and while this deck is focused on Irish and Welsh mythology, she instantly made me think of the Norse goddess Freyja in both her sorceress/seiðkona aspect, and her Valfrejya (chooser of half the battle-slain) role, whisking the dead warriors off to her hall in the fields of Fólkvangr. Much like Freyja, the namesake of this card, the goddess Tailtiu, was also associated with agriculture and community abundance. According to Daniels this card corresponds to 2,3 & 4 Wands.

And Brighid, *sigh* this is such a breathtakingly beautiful image, I wish my crappy phone camera could do it justice. The whites of her fur, wings and the flowers in her hair actually glimmer with light and the subtle red ascents of the jewels on her arm rings, necklace and crown are simply perfect. I could stare at both these image for hours.

Day 10 – Your least favourite card: Avallach [Ah-val-ack] I don’t have a strong dislike for this card, it just doesn’t really speak to me and seems to lack the polished beauty of the other cards in the deck. The landscape of grassy hills and waterfalls are lovely, but I see something off in the proportions of the figure’s head on the left, it looks too small to me and visually bugs me a bit.

Day 11 – The deck’s favourite card: Avallach – Hahaha, well. The deck and I seem to have had our first disagreement with its favourite card being my least! Perhaps it is the spirit of the card that it favours above others? Corresponding to The World card in tarot, its meaning certainly has everything going for it in terms of feelings of completeness, completion and attainment.

Day 12 – The deck’s least favourite card: Arianrhod [Ar-ee-an-rod] – Another interesting draw, this card also appeared in response of day 5’s question regarding the greatest weakness of the deck. So is it self-aware and disliking of its weakness? Well that’s a bit of ‘woo’ to consider 😉

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July Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 5-8)

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Day 5 – Greatest weakness of the deck: Arianrhod [Ar-ee-an-rod] – This deck is many things, an oracle, an enchantments and spell book, a portal to the Otherworld and a modified tarot deck. According to Ian Daniels, Arianrhod corresponds to the Chariot. This tells me that one of the weaknesses of this deck is its lack of a defined or strictly outlined use. For me, being used to the structure of tarot and runes, I sometimes feel at a bit of a loss as to how I’m supposed to use it or in which guise we will work best together. The deck cannot tell me in which way it will function best, it is up to me to hone my focus and direct my usage for a hopefully fruitful relationship.

Day 6 – Nature of our Collaboration: Druantia [Dru-an-tee-ah] – I live in and operate very much from the airy realms of my mind, and this card tells me that in our collaboration, this deck can bring me back down to earth and re-wild me. I see an activation of my lower chakras and an opportunity to learn how to revive my passions, fire and creativity and build a closer connection to nature in all of its untamed beauty and fierceness. (Corresponds to The Devil in tarot)

Day 7 – Read with this deck for others?: The Beloved – I’m taking this card as a big YES to that question. The Beloved represents one’s spirit guide or avatar in this deck and acts as a personal bridge between the conscious, sub and unconscious mind and the Otherworld. In regards to the question, I see this card as saying that this deck is open to assisting any soul that comes to it ready to delve into the realm of the Fair Folk.

Day 8 – What the deck thinks of you: Modron [Mod-rohn] – Modron is the divine mother and represents new beginnings and the seedlings of potential. It’s really interesting to me that this card came up here at this time as I have, for the first time and very recently, had a palpable experience of the Mother Goddess, and I was able to recognise her for what she is. I am still very new to my current spiritual path (which is still as yet very eclectic and undefinable) and it seems this deck knows it and comes with the message that I have all the capabilities within me to grow into spiritual practice, learn and flourish. (Corresponds to the Ace of Pentacles)

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July Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 1-4)

Over at the 3 of Cups Tarot Community on Facebook, we just started a new month-long challenge to bond with decks that are either new to us, or ones we face blockages reading with. As I only recently received the Faerie Enchantments deck (which can be purchased here) and still feel a bit out of my depth with oracles, I thought this would be the perfect way to do a little getting to know you and start building a relationship with it.
I’ve included the phonetic pronunciations of the names (courtesy of a lovely woman over on the Faerie Enchantments Facebook group). I’m familiar with some Irish and Welsh names, but many are still a mystery, so these are invaluable to me! Each card relates to either one Major Arcana card or to 3 Minor Arcana cards, according to astrological modalities and elemental correspondences  (eg. cardinal fire: 2,3,4 of wands). I’ve included the correspondences, although I’m not going to stick faithfully to traditional tarot interpretations.

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Day 1 – Your deck introduces itself: Dylan [Da-lan] – This deck is a guide and teacher, a bit dark and otherworldly and maybe a bit misunderstood. I see sorrow here also in the acknowledgment of impermanence, and a sympathy to the pain that comes with release and surrender to the unknown. (Death)

Day 2: What your deck needs from you: Siona [pronounced Shee-en-ah]– To go deep with this deck I need to suspend any disbelief, go beyond consciousness and beyond normal. I get the feeling that I need to gaze at these images and let my mind wander to strange places… maybe try some path working with them. (The Moon)

Day 3: What kind of reading it prefers: Gwion [Gwee-un] – in the offering of water from a radiant young boy I see that this deck prefers readings that focus on providing healing, knowledge and spiritual nourishment. (The Sun)

Day 4: Greatest strength of the deck: Kernunnos [Ker-nu-noss]  – This response feels so simple and self-explanatory in its message: The greatest strength of this deck is the magic contained within. (The Magician)

It’s interesting that all of the cards drawn correspond to the Major Arcana – an extra push for me to sit up and pay close attention!

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Animal Spirit: Hyena

This week I decided to get cracking with the Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck (which can be purchased here, direct, or here in the UK). I’ve enjoyed doing a couple of one-card draws for myself but have yet to tackle larger spreads, wanting to first spend some time researching each featured animal. I’m a big geek for animals so I decided to forgo the guidebook and look into them myself (both from a zoologists and metaphysical perspective) and write my own guide.

Anyway, today I pulled Hyena. I feel like they have a bit of a bad rep and heaven knows they can be pretty mangy looking, so aren’t exactly the most endearing creatures at first glance.

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Ecclectic Birthday Reading

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.

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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

The Tao Oracle – Deck Interview and Mini Review

I recently received the stunning Tao Oracle by Ma Deva Padma, the same artist who illustrated the Osho Zen Tarot. I can’t reliably receive post where I live so people coming to visit is usually better than Christmas for me. My dad recently arrived with a modest stash of my purchases (two decks and two books) and my mum, the primary deck mule, bless her heart, will be arriving in a week. A number of these goodies I have been waiting for almost a year to receive, so I’m very exited….and of course it is lovely to catch up with close family too!

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