Angelorum Astrology Spread

Lisa Frideborg posted this fantastic spread a few days ago and I’ve finally had a chance to give it a go. For full details and a good run down of the Sun, Moon and Rising signs’ significance I highly recommend you check out her post here.

The cards in the central vertical column act like significators, they are the Major Arcana cards that correspond to my Sun, Moon and Rising signs, which are Gemini, Capricorn and Scorpio. The card to the left of each significator indicates where you are out of balance in this area, and the cards to the right indicate what you can do to restore balance.

I decided to use the Wild Unknown Tarot for the significators and imbalance cards and the Animal Spirit oracle for advice on how to restore harmony, to give me that extra boost of having a spirit guide to visualise and call upon for assistance.

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The Sun sign represents your ego-personality in this lifetime, which in my case is Gemini/The Lovers. I associate strongly with the element of Air, always up in my own head thinking, thinking and thinking, which frequently troubles my ability to fall asleep or stay focused while performing repetitive or menial tasks.

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Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – Justice

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. *

Justice: Where can I give myself the gift of balance and mercy?

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I finally trimmed the borders off of my Mary-El! Doesn’t it look gorgeous! I’m still waiting on a corner cutter so I can round out the edges, but I am so happy with the final results, the imagery is really freed up once it is released from those huge and cumbersome borders.

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Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Path So Far

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.

First Path Completion – What is your most cherished ritual? What nourishes you the most?

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I decided to stick with the format of the previous days and pull two cards, one for each question posed in today’s prompt.

For my most cherished ritual I pulled the Page of Swords, which also happens to be one of my strongest Court personality cards (self-identified, not astrological). The Page of Swords is endlessly curious, a seeker of knowledge and a lover of words, for her, fulfilment comes from learning, exploring deconstructing and reconstructing new concepts, and I often sense a feeling of urgency from this card, that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to read and understand all that one wants to; all feelings and drives I strongly relate to.

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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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Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Hierophant

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 Hierophant: What is the universal sacred law in my life?

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Of all of the question prompts so far, this was the one I most most curious about, and it couldn’t have been more perfect than if I had selected it face up.

The King of Swords represents the keeper of laws and a dispenser of justice. Many Taroists link him to professions in law, and in particular, judges. I agree with this, but at the same time, I think his calling goes deeper. I envision him in many ways similarly to the Hierophant: as the arch-Druid, the guardian and transmitter of stories and truths that help us to construct our reality and plot our course in life.

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Exploring Tarot and Runes: 12 – Jera

Jera [pronounced Yeh-ra] translates to (and is the root of) the English word “year”. A welcome rune after the trinity of challenges presented by the previous runes, Hagalaz, Nauthiz and Isa, Jera represents harvest-time, and more specifically, a good harvest season. The Norwegian rune poem speaks of the generosity of Frothi, a Danish king appearing in old sources who may or may not have been a real historic figure (we also find a similar character, Ing or Ingvi, amongst the Anglo-Saxons, who I will cover further in the rune Ingwaz). The details of his legend and the incredible prosperity of his reign strongly links him to the mythology of the Norse god Freyr, son of the sea god Njord and brother of the slightly more famous Freyja.

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Freyr is a god of sexuality, fertility, fecundity, agriculture, harvest, frith and sacral kingship, said to rule over the sun and rain, and can be understood as the patron god of this warm and bountiful time of year. Among his many attributes, he was known as a beautiful, noble and generous god, who rules benevolently over the realm of humans. Likewise, according to lore, Frothi was the best of kings, said to reign over a time of unprecedented peace and plenty.

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Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Empress

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 Empress: Where does the divine feminine energy reside in my life?

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I find the appearance of the Ten of Pentacles here an interesting continuation of the Nine of Pentacles with The Magician. Where magic manifests for me in a personal and solitary context, the divine feminine resides in the much broader context of wishing to create some sort of a lasting legacy.

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Exploring Tarot and Runes: 11 – Isa

Isa [pronounced Ee-sa] means ‘Ice’ and is the final rune in the trinity of more challenging runes that make up the first three staves of the second aett. In a mythological context, ice is one of two primordial elements that shaped the creation of the world.

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According to Norse mythology, in the beginning, before Gods, giants or humankind, there were two realms – the land of ice, Niflheim, and the land of fire, Muspelheim. Between these realms lay Ginnungagap, a great void. The freezing slush and lava of the two worlds mingled in this chasm, and from this alchemy the proto-giant Ymir and the primordial cow, Auðumbla, were formed. Ymir drank from her milk while she licked blocks of salty ice, from which the father of the Gods, Buri, emerged.

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Game of Thrones Reading – What’s in store for Brienne & Tormund?

Like many others, I’m sure, the end of this season’s Game of Thrones came about all too quickly and I want to know what happens RIGHT NOW (that goes for you too, GRRM)…well I can’t predict the end, but why not fritter away some time with speculation until the final season hits our screens in 2019 (!!!)?

With all of the misery and terror in the GoT universe, the lusting of Tormund over Brienne has brought some much needed relief and light hearted humour to all of the zombies, narcissists and psychopaths that populate the Seven Kingdoms.

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For such an unlikely pair I thought it best to use an unlikely deck. While I haven’t done these styles of readings myself before, I’ve heard many readers say that the Crystal Visions Tarot is great for love and romance readings, plus the fluffy fantasy and pretty uber-femininity of it coupled with the characters of Tormund and Brienne amuses me greatly. If ever there was something as ill suited to them as they are to each other, Crystal Visions is it.

Well, bless this little deck. I went into this reading with tongue firmly planted in cheek, but it is totally sincere. So what happens when the romantic optimism of a whimsical deck meets the harsh world of the GoT?

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Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Fool

*NSFW – the cards in this post contain full frontal male/female nudity*

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Over on the Tarot Rebels Facebook page another great daily draw challenge has begun, but, as can be attested to here and elsewhere, I am terrible at keeping up with these things, so I decided to follow along at my own pace here. The challenge is slightly amended from one by Lindsay Mack of Wild Soul Healing.

The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana (and the changing season) are affecting and manifesting in your life at the moment.

I like the idea given by the admins on Tarot Rebels to shuffle the cards as you think of the question, then in a sort of Lenormand style, seek out the Major in question and draw the card directly beneath it as the answer. Including the Major provides a tangible significator for the draw and opens up the opportunity to see how the two cards interact visually with each other.

The Fool: Where in my life am I being invited to leap courageously?

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This feels like such a relevant message at the moment as animistic and earth-based beliefs are increasingly making their way into my spiritual path. Far from just an augury of financial success, the Ace of Pentacles is the seed and spirit of all life; the very epicentre of magic, power, fertility and abundance. This card tells me that it is time for me to leap courageously into a deeper appreciation of Earth’s gifts and to honour them ritualistically.

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