Halloween Ancestor Reading

I found this great ancestor spread on the blog Tarot in a Teacup and thought it would be the perfect reading to do on Halloween. Since I found the Wild Unknown Tarot and Animal Spirit Oracle work so well together, I decided to use both for this reading.

ancestor spread

Top Row: What is my ancestral lineage?

Gazelle, Panther and Lizard – The first thing that caught my attention with these cards is that all three are designated as Fire animals by the deck’s creator, Kim Krans. A few people in my family have done some work on our family tree and both my maternal and paternal lines are populated by immigrants, and I see the fire of these cards characterised by this heritage of wanderlust and questing for a better life.

In Gazelle and Lizard, I see two creatures of acute observance, aware of their surroundings and always attuned to any change in their environment – the slightest movement, the faintest breeze or a new scent. There is astuteness in this lineage, attention to detail and a hint of vulnerability too.

In the little paper fold-out of card keywords, Krans defines the Panther as representative of “annihilation of the unnecessary, purging”, which is a wonderful precursor for the following three cards. Continue reading “Halloween Ancestor Reading”


Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Tower

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 Tower: What illusions in my life are ready to be shattered?

rebels tower

The Nine of Wands is a card of stamina and endurance and speaks to my perception of struggle. At my core, underneath all of that cynical armour, I think I have a somewhat naive view of life. I’m one of those people that sobs at nature programmes because the runt of a litter is left to die, or because old or infirm animals are cherry-picked by predators. I don’t understand why the members of any species have to struggle to survive and, as childish as it sounds, I hate anything that doesn’t seem fair. My folly is that I have placed a moral value-judgment on a universe which has no concept of morality.

I suppose the crux of my illusion is the notion that our world is somehow entitled to survival in perpetuity just by virtue of life being on it, spurred on by my view that life is a precious and rare thing. Survival takes vigilance and struggle, and that is neither good nor bad, it is a reality beyond ethics, empathy and love.


*When I speak of the inevitable struggles of life, I would however like to make it clear that I am not talking about species being wiped out or people living in desperate situations because they have been dispossessed of land and resources at the hands of greedy and corrupt human powers.



Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – Waning 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. *

I missed the full moon portion of this exercise in the first path but managed to catch the correct lunar phase this time round, so here we go!

Waning Moon: How do I express love? How do I offer love to those around me?

Rebels waning moon

This is one of those no-brainer draws that happen every once in a while, often enough you have to dig deep to find the messages and relevancy of cards seemingly unrelated to your situation. Not that I’m complaining, digging beneath the surface and questing for the true connection is over half the fun and value of tarot!

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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.

astrology reading

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 – 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?

rebels hierophant

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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Free Weekly Reading: A Message for May 14-21, 2017

The cat, like the cards, has no positional meaning 😉


Summary: You see that sweet little bird? The fearless one about to take its first flight stepping off that branch? The one who knows no limits and has an infinite curiosity in the world? The one who some call ‘Fool’? This week asks you to wipe the slate clean and be that little bird once again. 

WOW. Three Majors present us with some big opportunities for learning and growth this week! After drawing the first 3 cards I decided to get a bit of clarification as to the direction of the overall message so I calculated the ‘quint’ card (the quintessential message of the whole spread, as represented by a Major Arcana card): Sun 19 + Fool 0 + High Priestess 2 = 21 The World) to tie it all together.

In this spread we can see the reconciliation of a number of opposites – the Sun to the High Priestess’ Moon and the first and last cards of the Major Arcana, the Fool and The World. We have masculine, feminine, active and receptive, light and dark, beginnings and endings, innocence and experience. But what does it all mean???

Well, for the past week I have been trying to get my head around the Buddhist concept of ‘emptiness’, it is paradoxically complex in its simplicity, and apparently widely misunderstood. An element* of this concept that I understand so far however, looks a lot like the Fool. Emptiness isn’t about feeling empty or being wholly passive and void of personality, it is about freeing ourselves from the “I” that limits the experiences we open ourselves up to, and releasing the personal investment we feel in every moment.

This idea of releasing the “I” got me thinking about all of the “I am”s involved in maintaining a fixed and predictable identity. I’m sure we’ve all said something along the lines of “I’m not brave enough to do that”, “I’m not smart enough”; “I’m not a numbers person”, “I’m not creative”, “I’m short tempered”, “I am not spontaneous”, and so on.

While it can be nice to feel that we have a solid sense of who we are, an accumulation of all of these “I”s that we feel define us can severely restrict what we feel capable of. Rather than our perceived identity acting as a guide in helping us to get on with our daily responsibilities, it can start to act as a prison, restricting us from thoughts, beliefs and activities that do not align with its rigid construct.

Furthermore, it can dictate our reactions to different situations and limit our capacity to grow. Why do we react in certain ways, to either pleasant or unpleasant experiences, and then regret our behaviour later, berating ourselves with “Why do I always do that?” Maybe it is because we have outgrown those ways but have defined ourselves by them for so long that we forget we can choose another way to be? It’s not easy to quit behaviour/s we have entrenched as inherent personality traits or quirks, but if there is something that we do or think that instills a feeling of disappointment, confinement or even loathing in ourselves, it’s time to stop making excuses of “that’s just the way I am”, and allow ourselves to be something different.

On either side and above the Fool we have the Sun, the High Priestess and the World in perfect balance. Here I see the Sun representing self-realisation – the conscious understanding of who we are in all of our dimensions and contradictions, and an acceptance that all of these dimensions are changeable. The Sun includes the “I” and “me”, but is not limited by the turgid structures of ego-centrism, it is the highest self that also seeks evolution, expansion and transcendence. In the High Priestess I see the mysteries of the sub-conscious and unconscious mind, a trust in our intuition, and the acceptance of our shadows, working in harmony and integrated with our consciousness. The World then can represent the sum of these disparate parts, healed as one in the emptiness of the Fool – the one who does not fight against duality and the ever changing nature of life, the Earth and its surrounding celestial bodies, but flows with them, free from fixed nature and without pride or limitations.

This week’s cards ask you to explore the emotional and psychological structures that place limitations on your ability to engage fully with life. What are some of the “I am”s that restrict you? Imagine yourself without them, imagine all of the things that deep down you want to do, and would feel free to do, if you could just break those bonds. Imagine the freedom of  seeing you identity as tendencies, rather than absolutes. Finally, observe the natural cycles around you and within you – are you flowing with them, or fighting against them? Seek balance and harmony and understand that any dualities you feel within yourself can be reconciled if you release your pre-conceived notions and expectations of who you are – ‘You’ are nothing, you are empty, you are the Fool and you are everything.

*I am still in the very beginning stages of my Buddhist studies, so this is in no way an exhaustive look at ’emptiness’. Its meaning is far reaching and this write up only touches upon one of its simplest, most personal aspects within the context of this spread.

Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans, 1st Ed. Now published by HarperElixir.

‘2 Voices’ Weekly Forecast, April 10-16

Since this is a general ‘you’ spread rather than a personal one I decided to draw a tarot card as a little extra context to the theme offered by the runes. As I mentioned in my personal reading post last week, this wooden rune set is still new to me and what I have learned about it so far is that it plays very well with others! I was a bit surprised again at the remarkable synergy between the runes and cards in this reading – the connections just felt so clear.

This spread is free style, so has no positional meanings.

cups gebo fehu

I just love how the runes look placed atop the roses, such a perfect representation of how happy partnerships are based on giving and communication – they’re the glue that binds together a communion of souls and minds.

Summary: This week asks you to express your appreciation for existing relationships and open up to others. Be genuine and unafraid to communicate who you are, speak freely and from the heart. Express, nurture and reciprocate are the keywords for the coming seven days, and don’t leave yourself out of this love-fest, dig deep and listen to what the quietest parts of you are asking for. Continue reading “‘2 Voices’ Weekly Forecast, April 10-16”