Personal Check-up: 3 Card Reading

This is one of my favourite spreads to do for myself, I find it maintains simplicity whilst still giving a good overview of where I am at. Here I am using my beloved, forever-deck, The Tarot of the Hidden Realm by Barbara Moore. I feel so attuned to these cards and they always hit it out of the park in both accuracy and insight. This is pretty much the only deck I feel I can’t live without and am thinking about buying duplicate copies just incase my toddlers or cats get a hold of them and destroy them.

Anyway, the spread is read left-right and represent the primary concerns bubbling beneath the surface, on the surface and up in the air.


Bubbling beneath – The Magician

My inner realm is currently concerned with ruminating on all of the new possibilities I am faced with. It is putting the feelers out there for how all of this potential pairs up with my innate skills, ambitions and (often conflicting) desires. I also see the Magician as representing a level of anxiety that has been niggling at me about picking the wrong career path when we move and worrying about feeling like an imposter. I keep getting these little waves of doubt that I am kidding myself wanting to go back to school, that I can’t study science and medicine, and I would be a fraud for even attempting it. And how long would I be able to keep up this slight-of-hand before it all comes crashing down around me, anyway?

The surface – Ace of Pentacles

At the most mundane, grounded level, I am all about sniffing out opportunities, gauging the environment and seeking a path forward that would bring material security. I am trying my hardest to be practical and pragmatic, I have my spikes up to repel any serious knocks, but I still feel very small in the face of this challenging move overseas.

Up in the air – King of Wands

The part of me that aspires and daydreams is currently concerned with leadership. Away from the practical, I can feel this loftier part of me that wants to prove myself during this move. I want to demonstrate that I can take the lead and protect my family effectively, that I can forge forward in a position of power, creating success and make them proud of me.


Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Journey Continues

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. This question marks the end of the second path and midway-point of the challenge.

I have a little confession to make, the question below is not the one in the original challenge, which asks “who do I need to forgive”. I’ve done questions like that before and I always find them – and the answers – kind of inane, generally boiling down to some variation of “I need to forgive myself” (which I also feel was basically covered under the Hanged Man prompt). Anyway, I decided to replace it with another shadow-work style question from a challenge by tarotbytim, called Dark-Cember.

Second Path Completion: What am I in search of?

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I see these two cards as representing the ‘as above’ and ‘so below’ of what I am searching for in life. In the material realm, I seek to truly lay down roots, to find and make a home for myself and my family that is lasting and stable, filled with happy memories and a feeling of security, comfort and belonging.

The Hermit here is interesting as it is in itself a card of seeking. As my ‘as above’ card, it reflects my desire to always be gaining new knowledge. At a deeper level, I see this card as representing my own search for liminal space, where the veil thins between the sacred and the mundane. I hope to one-day step beyond that threshold and have the courage to traverse the realms of the mysteries and face the perception-shattering ordeals that such a quest demands.

Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Hermit

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 Hermit: How can I become more quiet and deeply hear wisdom?

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In many ways, the whole story of tarot is one of endings and transitions and a number of cards in the deck express this sentiment, some of the first that pop into my head are the Six of Swords, the Eight of Cups and Death. The difference in these Minor Arcana cards however is the implication of an element of choice. Death doesn’t come with a choice. It may not be unexpected, but by the same token, it is hard if not impossible to avert a necessary ending.

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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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Free Weekly Reading: A Message for 29 May – 4 June, 2017

Summary: Often times we expend a lot more time and energy on appearing okay than we do on actually being okay. Maintaining this façade not only draws on the resources you could be using to truly enrich and nurture yourself, it can also be detrimental to your wellbeing, with this ‘public’ face taking on a life of its own, leaving you feeling inauthentic, confused and burnt out. This week the cards ask you to let go of whatever it is you’ve been fiercely maintaining for the sake of appearances or possibly pride. It’s time to put this mask to rest and express how you really feel. Carve out a nook of time and space for yourself, no matter how small, and fight for it.

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“We are the granddaughters of the witches you weren’t able to burn”

Lisa Frideborg of Angelorum yesterday published a fantastic post and new spread about healing the Witch Wound. Witch wounds are the battle scars women inherit, carry and pass down after facing millennia of patriarchal institutions and dogma telling us that our bodies are shameful and that our capacities for power, creation and intuition are wrong, sinful or the delusions of ‘hysteria’. As an out-and-proud feminist, it got me all fired up and excited to share. I highly recommend following the link above and giving the post a read as it provides more context to the spread, and will get you in the mood to face the scars you carry with the courage to confront and heal them.


1. How the witch wound has crippled me

Knight of Wands – I have spent most of my life with all of the passion and drive, but none of the confidence of this Knight. For much of my 20s I was The Party Girl, I wanted to charm the pants off of everyone, be popular and have a good time – I wasn’t very good at it. What this attempted image was masking was an incredibly low sense of self-esteem and self-hatred. I felt that I wasn’t worth anything beyond what other people – particularly men – thought of me. I felt myself hollow, talentless and pointless, tormented by the fire I carried, believing it brought me nothing but false promises. I had so much passion for learning and so many dreams of things that I wanted to pursue, but they all came to naught because I felt I was destined to fail at anything I tried. All of this unused wildfire morphed into an almost frenzied aggression I directed inwards, I would harm myself quite spectacularly and in so many ways, hoping I could burn so bright I would just burn myself right out of existence. Continue reading ““We are the granddaughters of the witches you weren’t able to burn””

Why Six Swords? My Spiritual Transition …a Work in Progress

This blog has been up and running for just over a month now, so I thought it was high time for a little explanation as to my choice of Six Swords as my divination moniker and to share a bit (actually quite a bit) about my spiritual path, as the two are very much interconnected.


This card is the calm after the storm of the fives, the clearing away of tension, static and confusion. It is a time of sadness, but also release, relief and healing. It isn’t the moment of change or transition itself, it is the moment just after we decide to instigate change. It is the realisation that in order to search for truth, we need to let go of what we think we already know, and be brave enough to sail to unknown shores.

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Free Weekly Reading, A message for April 17-23

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Summary: This week presents a challenge and it may be one that feels somewhat alien or beyond your skill set. More important still, there is the potential that something or someone important will be overlooked. This situation can’t be overcome with reason and there is no plea or argument for rationality that will lead to a solution. Don’t badger people (or yourself) with cold hard judgements, for there are some things – like people’s feelings or the inevitable ups and downs of life – that you can’t logic your way out of. This is a time for a heart-centred approach based on the emotional wellbeing of everyone involved. Everything may not be resolved with all the loose ends tied up in a neat little bow quite like you want, but no one’s needs will have been side-lined for the sake of speed and tidiness.

With the cards placed together I find this spread visually interesting as they appear to merge into one panoramic picture. On the left we see the King of Swords whose line of sight seems directed at the wolf in Strength. As the King of air and mental faculties he gazes down upon the wolf of inner shadows, almost uncertain of what to do with it. These two speak completely different languages, one of logic and sense, the other of instinct and emotion. Wild things are difficult to tame and cannot be argued into submission, nor should they be judged for their seeming disorderliness or domineered. Dealing with the wild and darker aspects of ourselves, others and the world at large takes consideration and compassion, stillness and a willingness to listen. Do not try to argue logic in the face of such turbulence. While a clear, calm head is vital in seeking long-term solutions, don’t let its tendency towards airy superiority drown out the voice of your heart, for that is where the true path to resolution lies.

It is also interesting that while our King and lady of Strength are busy observing the wolf, the two girls in the middle sit overlooked and downcast. In everyone’s haste to deal with the big, bad wolf they have been left to fend for themselves. So whatever decision or problem you are facing this week, be sure that your vision isn’t narrowed at anyone else’s expense. If it is affecting you, it is likely also affecting those around you, so don’t disregard their wellbeing while a solution is sought.

Tarot of the Hidden Realm by Barbara Moore and Julia Jeffrey, published by Llewellyn, Inc

New Moon Reading

At the last full moon I set the intention that by the following new moon I would launch my little blog, so what better way to kick things off than with a new moon reading! This lunar phase is all about letting go of what holds you back and inviting in new energies that can light the way on your path forward. For this reading I decided to use the Tarot of the Hidden Realm, a much loved deck of mine that has a particular Fae flair for illuminating the natural cycles always at work, but often unnoticed, around us.

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  1. The theme of the upcoming month
  2. In the Dark: hidden challenges
  3. In the Light: energies that can assist you
  4. Waning: what to release
  5. Waxing: what to invite

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