The Tower as a welcome sight

After enjoying my little random three card draw with Le Tarot Noir earlier this week, I decided to pull it out again for a little play… I think I’m trying to talk myself into keeping it and properly learning Marseille.

Anyway, I previously asked the Lenormand to tell me about my upcoming and very short trip back home to the UK, and I asked Le Tarot Noir the same thing. I’m not particularly stressed about the trip, but I was honestly lacking in imagination and couldn’t think of what else to ask.


The Chariot, yep, there will be forward motion, a destination clearly in mind, the harnessing of will and endurance to cope with various unruly forces like navigating my way through multiple borders and airports while keeping all my shit together and not getting lost or missing a connection. Next, The Lover. I don’t think I will be facing any major decisions while I am there (you never know though) so I take this card simply as arriving at a place of love, my mum’s home.

Aaaand The Tower. Oh f*%#

Stop. Switch off Waite-Smith brain. This is Marseille we’re talking to here, and luckily for me, it is nowhere near as dire and can actually be a very welcome sight. Breakthrough, freedom from confinement are just a few of the TdM Tower key words, and looking at the card, really looking at it, that bolt blowing off the top looks rather revelatory and benevolent, it even looks like there’s confetti! But what structures of confinement am I breaking free from?

I go outside to have a ciggie (yes, yes, I know, filthy habit) and ponder where this great sense of release could come from. Standing on my front porch my gaze falls where it usually does, in front of me to the military checkpoint and watchtower.

The watchtower.

I am so used to seeing it and feeling all that it stands for that it has become part of my daily landscape – so very ordinary. Deep down I always know that the soldiers can watch us, see through our windows, heck, even shoot through our windows if the mood takes. Deep down, I also know that this isn’t ordinary or normal, I’m simply numbed to it, and soon, for four whole days, I will be blasted free from its constrictive and constant intrusion.


Le Tarot Noir – The Great Balancing Act

I’ve been thinking about selling or trading Le Tarot Noir, it is by far one of the most stunning and classy looking decks I’ve ever seen, but I am not sure I have the patience for learning Marseille style reading at the moment and the cards are just. so. large. Trying to read with even five cards feels cumbersome and takes up so much space that I hardly ever read with them unless I’m just looking for a tiny snapshot. I suppose I could use it as a Majors only deck, but that seems like such a waste of a visually stunning deck.

As I was flicking through the deck pondering whether or not to keep them, I decided to draw three cards from the Majors. I had nothing in particular in mind and the draw is not intended as any sort of personal reading, I just wanted to see what the cards came up with for consideration today.

le tarot noir

I don’t usually post my more aimless readings, but I loved the striking juxtaposition of the cards that appeared. In the middle we have Justice, the great equaliser, and on either side, The Pope and The Fool. Here I see the beautiful but delicate balance between two very different approaches and experiences in life: teacher and student, wise and foolish, predictable and spontaneous, knowledgeable and ignorant, responsible and free, old and young, solemn and blasé, traditional and pioneering, establishment and rebel, weighed down and weightless, the sacred and the profane.

Justice demands that we be vigilant and choose wisely in which role to play at any given time, for they both have their virtues and their vices.

I’m now having second thoughts about letting this deck go….

Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – Waxing Moon Phase

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. *

Waxing Moon Phase: What am I ready to expand and experience?

rebels waxing moon

I’m having quite an interesting, if somewhat confusing, time getting my head around the Tarot de Marseille style of reading. There are so many reading habits I have to unlearn when reaching for these cards, and so many new ones to strengthen and flex. I’ve only done a few small draws with it so far, mostly just playing around rather than anything serious, but one thing I’ve found is that TdM feels very much like a blunt instrument…but not in a bad way. I’m so used to the fine probing of reading with RWS and Thoth (and their modern derivatives) that the TdM style almost feels like a statement of the obvious. It is direct and no nonsense, which seems counter intuitive because the lack of scenes in the pips actually creates so many possibilities for interpretation, and yet when they come up it is almost instantly obvious exactly what they mean.

Anyway, these cards seem related to our planned move to the US in a few months (immigration papers willing) and in straight-to-the-point TdM style, I see the cards saying that I am ready to expand my horizons and open myself up to new experiences and opportunities. The four of cups also suggests that this new beginning holds a lot of potential for the happiness and wellbeing of my family. One thought that popped into my head while looking at these cards is ‘the new quickly becomes the new normal’. The stability suggested by the four is quite a comforting sight after Le Mat (The Fool), because I have been feeling very anxious about all of the disruption, upheaval and insecurity that this move will bring.

Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Devil

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 Devil: Where do I experience a lack of control, addiction or compulsion?

rebels devil

After discussing my issues with alcohol abuse earlier in this challenge, I suppose it was inevitable that Cups would show up with The Devil.

This is my first Marseille style deck (and my first reading with it!) and I am playing around with different ways of reading the pips. One of the more common ways is to make a connection between the suit number and its corresponding Major Arcana card, plus any of the nuances provided by the suit’s element.

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