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)
This beautiful deck can be purchased here
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.
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!
The waxing gibbous moon is all about building upon the energies planted during the dark moon period. With the full moon approaching, feelings of wondrous potential are becoming palpable. It is a time to make the final preparations and maintain stamina in order to realise all of the power offered by the illumination of the full moon.
I’ve been feeling drawn to the Morrígan recently and she started pecking at me to make a new spread, so I thought what better way to prepare for Sunday’s full moon than to inject some of her battle wisdom into the coming week!
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.
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.