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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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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Exploring Tarot and Runes: 10 – Nauthiz

Nauthiz [pronounced Now-theez] translates directly to ‘need’ in Old English with the same meaning in Old Norse, with the added nuance of ‘constriction’. This rune along with the preceding rune, Hagalaz, and the following rune, Isa, form a trinity of the most challenging runes.

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Although not attested to in any ancient sources, many scholars believe that these three runes relate to the Norns – Urd (became), Verdandi (becoming) and Skuld (become), similar to the Greek Morai – who carve the fate of each infant in runes at the time of their birth. In many ways they represent the inevitability of difficult times in human experience and the events that hold within them the potential to either destroy us or set us on a more enlightened and emboldened path. It is in this sense, the ups and downs of life and luck, that all three runes can be seen inextricably tied to the Wheel of Fortune.

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Exploring Tarot and Runes: 9 – Hagalaz

Hagalaz [pronounced HA-galaz] means ‘hail’. A less than welcome rune, Hagalaz refers to the ambivalent forces of nature. Not just an inconvenience from which shelter is sought, a hailstorm to the ancient Norse could spell the destruction of entire fields worth of crops and a destabilising of their homes and animal shelters or perilous trips at sea.

 

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In our modern times, this rune represents an outside power that disrupts your potential or assumed success. Plans or projects have been implemented and suddenly a big spanner is thrown into the works, grinding everything to a halt. In its most archetypal context, Hagalaz can be seen as the downturn of the Wheel of Fortune. Everything was going so well, until it suddenly wasn’t, and now nothing feels like it is going your way.

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

Royal Advice from Dame Darcy’s Mermaids

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.

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Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot: Deck Interview & First Impressions

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).

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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.
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Shiny New Toys!

It’s been ages since I last posted and I’m missing it so much! The past 2 weeks have seen an influx of family visitors and unfortunately a nasty stomach bug that I can’t seem to shake, so my poor little blog has been quite neglected.

Anyway, with the arrival of my mum comes the stash of wonderful decks and other goodies I’ve been purchasing for the past year; and all hail her packing skills, she managed to get everything, including the behemoth of a book, the Holistic Tarot, in her suitcase without going over the airline’s weight limit.

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“As you are now, So once was I, As I am now, So you will be” – memento mori and incorporating bones into spiritual practice

About one year ago my family and I moved from the centre of town to my husband’s village on the outskirts of Bethlehem. The village is small and everyone is family (although not all happily related!). The community is comprised of second and first generation permanently settled Bedouins. Although most of their grazing and agricultural lands have been taken away, many families keep their traditions alive by keeping donkeys,  goats, chickens, some vegetable crops and trees, like olive and almond.  There are quite a few animals roaming around, including wild dogs and cats, snakes, lizards, a large number of crows and much to my surprise, foxes, porcupines and small gazelles.

As someone who has lived predominantly in suburbs and cities, I have learned so much just by observing the land and creatures around me, the seasons are so much more distinctive to me now that I can witness the cycles in more natural surroundings. I feel more connected to the earth and inspired to go out and learn about all of the life, animals, wildflowers and trees in my surroundings, and I am hoping to one day contribute to it by keeping bees.

With all of this wonder of life there also comes the inevitability of death. If you walk around any of the small surrounding fields for long enough, you will happen among many remains of the animals who walked there before. Most that I have found are old, smaller fragments that are difficult to identify.

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The Woods are Lovely Dark and Deep…

After writing up my deck interview with the Mary El I just couldn’t stop thinking about the wonderful wolf in the 7 of Wands, it reminded me of something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I sat with the card for a while and soon realised what it was: there is a poem by Robert Frost titled Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening, which ends with the lines, “the woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.”

In full, the poem reads:

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

 

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