Monday, October 18, 2010

Quote of the Day

I am going to try a new thing. Tarot readings inspired from quotes. Many people like to read a quote of the day, but using tarot along with the quote can be very inspiring.

Todays quote, Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light? ~Maurice Freehill

I asked the Tarot, Why I am I afraid of the dark? Why I am afraid of the light.
and got The 8 of Cups and Ace of Cups.

Why I am I afraid of the dark?
The 7 of cups makes me think that I am afraid of the dark because it is illusionary, misguiding, there is uncertainty in the dark. There is doubt.

Why I am I afraid of the light?
The light can be too overwheliming in love and emotion, you have to give up reason and logic to be "in the light" and embrace intuition fully, open your heart to give either give and receive.

If you would like please join in, ask these two questions to yourself and post in a comment.
Have a great day

Monday, October 11, 2010

Finale cover

This is the finale cover that so far I have decided to use for my book. It might be worked around with a little but this is what I want. Really excited!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Losing your tarot virginity

Losing your tarot virginity

The experience of getting your first tarot deck is an amazing experience. I have been buying old vintage rider waite decks from ebay one from the early 70’s and the other must be older. This has been making me think about the day when I first bought my deck. The feeling I had and the experience is a strong memory, one that I have not thought about in a long time but when asked to recall it, it is clear.

I bought my first deck at thirteen years old in the eighth grade at the time. I was interested in Wicca during this age and was speaking with the “wiccan Goth” kids. I had them buy me a book on wicca, I read it and wanted to go visit the store they got it from. It was like mission in possible, the plan was to be dropped of at the mall with a friend and then walk to the store. This was not a store you wanted you parents to know you were going to so it was all secretive and being thirteen it was a thrill.

I entered the store and was amazed and a little shocked by it. It seemed out of place, it is a shop you would find maybe in the 60’s or 70’s. It was very “hippy” but also very gothic, punk, Wiccan, spiritual all together. It was a multifaceted store. I looked at the funky things they had, crystals, spell books, goddess figures, candles, you know the fun stuff. I was looking for books or things related to Magick. However little did I know future was being made, fate was at hand the Gods were pushing me into my direction and purpose in life. I came across the shelves with the tarot decks. I was mesmerized and knew right away I had to get a deck. I thought to myself how cool it would be to read the future, to tell fortunes and the like. I picked up the Rider Waite deck in the yellow box. The cashier gave me a warning to be careful that I should not give bad fortunes. I laughed, did not think much of it, he was trying to spook me out.

We walked back to the mall and I was opening the deck in the entrance way, I could not wait I wanted to see what they looked like. I took some quick glances at them and put them away for further examination at home. When I got home I took them out once more and went through them. The images were provocative, they caught my attention. What did they mean? What are these symbols? I asked myself. How can I use them? Will I ever understand them? I doubted for a moment. Feeling the cards on my fingers, the smooth matt finish was soft. The smell of fresh new deck was strong and became my favorite thing about new decks. The feeling is hard to describe fully. It is like finding a part of yourself you did not you know had. Finding that one thing in your life you liked right away. The thing you felt you could develop over time and learn and could become a part of your life. It is like turning on a light in a room that has been dark for a very long time. Tarot was the light that filled a dark void I had. I went to this store looking for magic, and I found it!

The dream came crashing when I laid the cards into a celtic cross from the LWB. I was confused did not know how to read them, what to do with them, what it all meant. I was sad, upset and disappointed. I put them away, only to take them out again and try once more to make sense of the arcane symbols. Even since that time I used tarot throughout high school, testing it on students and teachers. Predicating tests scores (It was correct the first time I tired). It has brought me joy and happiness. When I hold a deck of cards I feel a sense of wholeness and openness to what the universe wants to offer me.

I felt that I was guided to tarot, what was your first experience with tarot? Do you feel that you were guided and meant to read the cards? Was your experience magical? Let me know

Sunday, July 11, 2010

House Blessing Incantation

Here is a spell I created for blessing your home. I used sage while chanting this.

I invoke the old gods and goddess of long ago
I bring you from above here down below

Come here and come near thou shall encircle me
Shine your light onto my home I decree

Banish the evil and darkness that may lay.
Protect this dwelling night and day

The light now shall appear
Evil is kept out from here

Fill this home with warmth and love
Blessings be brought to us from above

Go now protectors and guides
Seal this home from all sides!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer Solstice Spread

June 21st is the longest day of the year and after this day we begin a journey back to shorter days and longer nights. The Sun has reached its maximum and no longer will grow in the sky. It is a time where we can look at our lives and ask ourselves "What in my life has reached it's fullest potential?" I have developed a small and simple spread for this special time of the year.

1) What in my life has reached it's full potential? or Alternative "What must I let got of"
2) How can I best release this?
3) What now should I now embrace or develop?

I love small spreads, they can be very powerful but also be very deep in meaning. See what the tarot has to tell you and please share your reading with me in a comment. I will post mine at a later time.

Blessings and Happy Litha

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Change in Tarot

Change and transitions are a part of life. Every age, every time period is a type of change and transition. Life does not sit still nor does the world stop evolving. Things change. Seasons change, we age, and technological advancements improve. This has been seen more evidently in the last 100 years, heck even since the last 10-20 years! It is natural then to see cards in the Tarot that represent changes and transitions in our lives. There are four cards of the Major Arcana that I see particularly to be about changes. Each of these four cards deals with a specific type of change, because not all change is the same. These four cards are The Wheel of Fortune, Death, The Tower and Judgment.

The type of change that The Wheel of Fortune deals with is one of cycles and patterns. Often the force behind this type of change is said to be in the hands of fate. The person involved in this change has little to do with it; it is out of their control. This observation is made by examining the card itself. There are no people in the card showing the mankind is not the focus. All the cards in Tarot show a human except The Moon card and the Aces. The scene is set up in the clouds. There is a ton of symbolism in this card, too much for this one article. The fundamentals of this card is that the change this card presents is change form a higher power or source. Be it fate, destiny, astrological, karmic or whatever. The change is based also like I said on patterns and cycles. What goes up must come down, good luck to bad luck and vice versa. Knowing this you can guess what kind of change it can be based on the current status quo. If for example things are bad then things will turn good.

Death would have to be the #1 card for change! Death is the biggest kind of change would you not agree? Now I always stress that Death is not always about someone dying. The Death card is a representation of what Death stands for and does. Death brings change by the endings it brings. I have seen a common theme in readers now-a-days. Most have been seeing it as the ending of one thing and the start of another or rebirth. However I do not see it as so, Death is simply DEATH, the ending of something. The end of a chapter in life, the removal of what is longer needed. Death does not apply only in a physical way. It can be a death of an emotional attachment, attitudes, ways of thinking, beliefs, anything can “die”. Love can die; the feelings one has for someone in a relationship can fade and wither. So overall Death brings change by removing what needs to leave. What no longer has purpose and or meaning. Again I feel that this type of change is like The Wheel of Fortune, you can’t stop it. It comes into your life and you have some options. These options are represented by the 4 people in the bottom of the card. You can resist it and get hurt (King), you can be innocent to it or oblivious (child), you can accept it and hope for the best (Priest) or ignore it (lady). You might be able to delay the change from happing, but why hold onto what needs to leave anyway? Welcome the change this card brings, it allows room for new thing to enter.

The Tower brings sudden and unexpected changes. One minute you have it all and the next it is gone. Ok we can’t get to literal with the images. They are symbols for an external meaning. The image looks horrible but in real life the energy of this card comes in many forms. Like Death not being about real Death and dying. The Tower is not always about downfall and ruin. In my experience I have seen The Tower show dramatic changes, experiences that shock us. One time it predicted the death of a girl’s boyfriend back in High School. Of course I did not know at the time what would happen only that something dramatic would happen to them. And other times like recently it served as a wakeup call or a self-realization for a coworker of their current state and was a shock to her. Both times they were about shocks and disturbances. The Tower rocks our foundations and changes our beliefs. When we think we know something to be true and never changing The Tower comes and smacks us in the head by changing our deeply held beliefs. You may think you are unstoppable, nothing can hurt you. Tower comes and you find yourself in a car accident, that’s the energy this card can bring. The good thing about this is it allows us to rebuild and rethink our beliefs. It is a dramatic and sudden change but it can lead to a positive outcome later on if you try to find the blessing in it.

Judgment, I did not like this card at first because of its seemingly strong connection to Christian Last Judgment Belief. Let us remember that just about all cultures have a belief in a Final Judgment in the afterlife. It is not a wholly Christian idea. But the imagery on this card is. We have The Archangel Gabriel blowing his horn to wake the dead. In Christian Theology the Last Judgment arrives when Jesus returns to the world to Judge the souls of all those who lived. Now we can’t apply that to the Tarot meaning because the Tarot card does not depict that in the everyday world. What this card is saying and the type of change that is brings is again external like the rest of the cards. The change deals with making a choice, hearing a calling, finding new life again. An example would be, not knowing what career to follow in, then one day you have an experience that sparks you inside and you know what you want to do. That is Judgment brining you a calling to do something. Judgment is also about rebirth and new life or new found vitality. Death ended things and Judgment brings life. That is the kind of change Judgment brings. However this is the only card I feel you have a choice in the matter. You are brought a calling but you decide what to do, answer it or not. Generally the calling is loud and noticeable and hard to get rid of but it is your choice.

In summary these four cards bring with them changes and transitions. These changes can be a curse or a blessing. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get as Forest Gump’s mama always use to say. It is very true; you don’t know what you are going to get in the lotto of life. It is how you respond to the change given to you that matters. Accept it, ignore it, welcome it, embrace it, find a way to improve and become better than before. It is up to you.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

NBC - Conan Vs Leno

Right now the big media Buzz is the uncertain future of the Tonight Show withConan O'brien. I thought I would pull three cards and see what may happen.

Ace of Pentacles - 8 of Cups Reversed - Strength

I feel that a strong possibility that he May leave NBC if they do not let him Stay at his current Time slot.

Ace of Pentacles shows new openings and avenues for money, another job offer. 8 of Cups reversed shows him rejecting

options presented to him by NBC (Being put at 12:05am or any other suggestion) and the Strength card

shows that his final action will take alot of courage and strength to make. Leaving NBC will be a very hard thing to do

and will take a lot of inner strength to make this decision.

What do you think these cards may mean? Post your thoughts.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Fool - Updated commentary

My God this man is about to fall off a cliff! Someone stop him! This might be your first reaction to seeing The Fool. His carefree even oblivious nature makes us want to reach out and help him before something bad happens. Sometimes in life we need to be the fool and not look ahead, but up into the universe. Trust that things will work out fine and that our hearts are light, that we will not fall off the cliff but fly into the sky with the birds. The Fool, what an odd name to give him I think. He is not really a Fool in the sense of someone who is foolish or stupid. He may act foolish at times with the choices he makes though. He is not rational in many ways. He goes with faith rather than reason. Emotion not logic. He rather close his eyes and jump without looking at what is below him. Thats what he is basically doing in the card. But he is not a Fool. He is a free spirited person not bond by rules of mankind. He lives outside man and his rules. He is not programed to fit roles, models, expectations. He is not a rebel because he knows nothing in which to rebel against. He moves with the wind, where ever his hearts wishes to go he goes. The Fool is card number 0, he is full of possibilities.Zero in numerology means energy that's unformed and full with potential. It is both full and empty at the same time. I would associate him in Greek Mythology with Chaos. The initial starting point of the universe. No shape, no order just an abyss. The Fool is at the edge of a cliff on a mountain. In mythological symbolism mountains are connected with the divine realm, were believed to hold the heavens up. Is this Fool actually a God? He does not care about no cliffs, he would not die if he fell. You can connect him with the Protogenoi Aether, the first-born of the elemental gods. He is the personification of the "upper sky," space, and heaven, and the elemental god of the "Bright, Glowing, Upper Air." He is the pure upper air that the gods breathe, as opposed to normal air (Ἀήρ,aer), the gloomy lower air of the Earth, which mortals breathe. There is more to this "fool" then meets the eye, there is much to learn from this god in disguise. That in the end we learn the we are actually the Fool and he is the wisest of us all, for he with his innocence see things through the eyes of a child.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tarot Reversals

The wacky world of Tarot reversals is a controversial subject among Tarot readers. The views and opinions on how to read them differ. Some readers do not use them all at. First let’s look at why we would or would not want to use reversals. Then I will discuss some ways to read reversed cards.

The Missing Piece

One side of the argument is that reading reversals provides a way to get more information out of the cards. By not using them we may only be getting half the story. Like a puzzle, reversed cards help fill in missing parts to reveal a complete picture. A reversed card adds new meanings for a new level of awareness. This is just one side of the story and there are two sides to all stories, Tarot included.

Reversals are Redundant

For those readers who don’t use reversed cards the reasons come down some of the following. One such reason for not using reversed cards is that you have to remember more meanings about each card. Tarot decks have 78 cards and let’s say you can remember 3 things about each card. That would be 234 meanings for upright cards only. Adding reversals gives a total of 468 meanings. This argument concludes that adding reversals only adds more to remember and is an overload of information to remember.

Another view that some readers hold is that upright cards hold all there is to know about the cards. Good and bad, reversed card are not needed. Reversals can be confusing as some readers argue. Is the tower reversed a sign or relief or a massive disaster? How are we to know what the reversed card is supposed to mean?

How to read a reversed card?

Historically reversed cards have been seen as either a negative turn of the cards from of the normal meanings, or the opposite of its normal.  For modern views on reversals let’s see what some of the prominent readers and authors have to say on the topic.

Mary K. Greer, in her book, “The complete book of Tarot Reversals” explains that a reversed card is a “red flag”. Something is not right and needs attention. Taking this from Ms. Greer, I want you to see a red flag to pop over the card and you should hear an alarm go off in your mind.  Ms. Greer goes on in her book to show her 12 ways to read reversals. I won’t list them all and won’t go deep into the details them, buy the book for that it’s worth it.

  1. Blocked or Resisted – The normal energy is blocked, repressed, rejected etc.

  2. Projected – projecting denied material onto others.

  3. Delayed ,Difficult, Unavailable

  4. No or Not (the upright meaning): Lacking - You can reface a standard upright meanings with “no” or “not”. This is a common view on seeing reversed cards as a direct opposite.

Joan Bunning, in her book, “Leaning Tarot reversals” explains that reversed cards can be seen in three phases. Picture a roller coaster as it is going up, reaches the top and rolls down. Ms. Bunning does not agree with the “no” or not” view on reversed cards as mentioned above. She says that a reversed card keeps “its essential nature” and does not become opposite. The three phases talked about in Ms. Bunning’s book are

Absent – Energy of the card is absent

Early phase – It has not been developed. It is weak, but is gaining influence.

Late phase – Energy is on the decline. It is losing power.

Janina Renee, talks about reversals in her book, “Tarot for a new generation”.  She views reversed cards as “having pretty much the same meanings and potential as an upright card, but they are interpreted as being more questionable, more uncertain as having some difficulty in fully expressing their energies…their expression is milder, more low-key”.

One of my favorite and most interesting ways to read reversed cards comes from Thirteen's introduction to reversals, on Aeclectic Tarot ( Thirteen describes three common ways a reversed card is seen. Two of which we already know about, opposite and blocked. The third way to read reversed cards is “upside down image” which is described as “where you re-interpret the image given that it is upside-down.” Examples are given, “upright cups are now spilled, and that man in the Ten of Swords - he's actually worse off than when he was upright. Upright, the swords are all in his back - the nightmare had ended, it is over and done with. Reversed, he's on top of them sinking down to their hilts - it's a lingering end, drawn out and torturous. Reading Thirteen’s reverse meanings can bring new interpretations into Tarot reversals.

These are just some ways to read reversed cards. It’s your job as the reader to choose wither or not you wish to use reversed card and how you want to read them. If you are new my advice is to stick to the upright cards to keep things simple. When I started out using Tarot I bounced back and forth from using them to not using them. Now for the majority of the time I use reversals. Sometimes however I get into a mood where I don’t want to read them, because I find them somewhat bothersome.  As I always say there are no laws to Tarot reading, just ideas and suggestions. If you do not want to use them you may want to shuffle the deck in a way so they don’t come up, or when they do come up reversed just turn them upright.

If you find the information above interesting I suggest buying the books I mentioned. They are wonderful books filled with great information.

Angelo Nasios © 2009