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.