Sunday, July 23, 2017

Poetry Inspired by Tarot - Death Meets Midnight

Tarot Cards are a wonderful inspiration for writing, their symbolism can kick start a story or a poem.  My inspiration for my poem Death Meets Midnight come from Patrick Valenza's wonderful deck Deviant Moon published by U.S. Games Systems Inc.

I hope you enjoy reading it.

Death Meets Midnight

Death Meets Midnight 

Come sup a glass of wine with me,
Said Death in Midnight’s ear.
It’s rich and dark and red as blood,
And there is naught to fear.

Wary Midnight shook her head,
Your journey’s been a waste.
Tempting as that wine may be,
I don’t think I will taste.

Oh come now, just one little sip,
And two friends we will be.
A partnership so excellent,
I think you would agree.

I can’t go, I want to stay, 
Find yourself another.
The night is young, not over yet,
Drink with Dawn, my brother.

Sweet Midnight, said impatient Death,
I can’t leave you behind.
Your time is here my pretty dear,
It would be so unkind.

Midnight whispered I'm afraid,
For this is all I’ve known.
If I go, how do I know,
That I won’t be alone.

Take my hand, smiled Death,
We’ll be together, friend.
This for  you is just the start,
And certainly not the end.

©2014 Helen A. Howell

Friday, July 21, 2017

Opposite Point of View Spread

This is a spread I designed way back in 2011, but I never got around to showing it.  I've called it the opposite Point of View Spread because each position has two cards, one in the upright position and one in reversed. This gives you the opportunity to see the positive and the negative of a situation.

I'm using two different decks I've chosen the Rider Waite for the positive and the Deviant Moon for the negative. It's nice if you can use a darker deck for the negative but it is not necessary.

The Layout is:

The question asked for someone who wants to remain anonymous is "What can I do to increase sales in my hobby store.

The positional definitions are as follows:

1:     What do I need to know or understand about this situation?
1rx:   What is blocking, delaying or obstructing me in this situation?

The Magician/Page of Swords reversed: 

The Magician card tells you that you need to understand that you have the ability to create.  It indicates that you have all that you need to hand and you can use these in a creative way to produce a product that will be desirable to the customers. The Magician indicates that this is a time of high energy, but more to the point it is a time to be versatile and adaptable in order to bring the change you desire.

What is obstructing you in this situation comes from the Page of Swords rx and he suggests that your logical way of thinking, can get in the way of  your creative thoughts. The Page is a no. 11 card which breaks down to 1+1= 2. This is a number of balance, co-operation. Keep that balance between your thoughts and they won't get in the way of your progress. 

2:     How can I move on to resolve this situation?
2rx:  What energies work against me in this respect?

Strength/Knight of Wands rx.
Strength suggest that how you resolve this situation is to draw on your will power and channel your energy towards a positive creative end. Here you have a number 8 card that often represents movement, power and gaining control.  It's a number that suggests a new start to what may not have been working. It takes what has gone before and trys to apply it in a practical way.  So it can be a number that indicates a new way forward. Strength therefore indicates a need to understand the dual forces that exist within us, pulling us one way or the other and learn to master them.

The Knight of Wands rx suggest that the energies that work against you in this respect is the possibility of sudden change in your routine. These unforeseen disruptions cause you delays. This is where you must use your determination to find time to pursue your creative tasks. The Knight of Wands is a no. 12 card which breaks down to 1+2 = 3. This is a number that represent one and two coming together to create a third - thought + action = realisation.

3:     What should be the first steps I take in moving forward in this situation?
3rx  What  do I need to avoid doing?

Lovers/Queen of Pentacles reversed.

The Lovers illustrates for us the importance of choice, because the choice you make could affect the rest of your life etc. So do you want to stay safe or are you prepared to take a risk that could give you greater rewards? So first step is you have to make a choice and then you must recognise, that when you choose one way, that you may have to give up something else.  Choices always mean this. Here you have a number 6 card and that can be a number of communication, realisation, balance and harmony. The Lovers can be a card of positive changes.

The Queen of Pentacles reversed, however indicates that you should avoid becoming too materialistic or throwing yourself completely into your work so that the other things that matter to you become neglected.  So there is a warning in the Queen's message for you to remain balanced and practical in order to maintain a happy lifestyle that includes work and home. The Queen is a no. 13 card which breaks down to 1+3= 4 this is a number of stability and structure. 4's can act like stepping stones into the next phase. It relates to reasoning and logic so, what you understand at this point can help you complete your goal.

You have the ability to be creative providing you don't let your logical mind get in the way of your creative thoughts. You can achieve this by drawing on your inner strength to help you channel your creative ability to a positive end. You have to not let life's little disruptions throw you off course . Your first step towards achieving your goal is to make a choice, perhaps try something new. However the key to being successful and increasing your sales is to maintain a balance between your creative pursuits and your family life.  

I hope you enjoyed seeing this spread in action and if you do try it out, I'd love to here how you go.


Deviant Moon Tarot By Patrick Valenza
Published by U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Original Rider Waite -By A E Waite & Pamela Colman-Smith
Published by  U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

It's All In The Question - Tarot Reading

How best to frame a question for a Tarot reading?  Just ask you may say. However, it's how you ask your question that will or will not get you the best results. It is true that the type of answer you'll receive, depends on how you've asked your question. 

Tarot is a tool to help empower you to take responsibility for your own life. The cards do not make the decisions for you, they just suggest the various possibilities. What do you aim to get from a Tarot reading?  What it can do for you is help you gain clarity of thought when facing a challenge or problem in your life.  It is a tool that can help you look where you had not thought to look before. It can open the door to you forming a better and more constructive decision about the situation you are facing.

This brings us back to how you ask your question will affect the type of answer you receive. Instead of a question that requires a yes/no answers, and in my humble opinion, Tarot does not always deal with yes/no very effectively. You'll get more helpful results if you keep your questions open ended.  By this I mean:
How can I....?
What do I need to know/ understand/do......?
How can I improve my chances of.........?
How might I....?

You get the idea? This enables Tarot to show you those alternatives you might not have thought of for yourself, in order to either solve your problem or meet your goal. But best of all it allows the Tarot to empower you to make the right decisions for yourself.

As an example of what I'm talking about I'll show you two questions and how they can be put in a way that you hold all the power.

Instead of asking:  Is my boss ignoring me?
Try:  What can I do to improve the situation with my boss?

When you ask a question of the Tarot it should really be focused on yourself.  It might not be considered ethical to ask about another person who is absent from the reading.  

Instead of asking: Does my mother-in-law hate me?
Try:  How can I improve my relationship with my mother-in-law?

The  trick to getting the best answers from the Tarot is to make your question specific. The result you get from a reading will entirely depend on how you ask your question.  So next time you are doing a reading for yourself, or getting a reading done by another, remember to think about how best to frame your question in order to get good insights into what you could do to solve your problem.

Card: Tarot Bella, unfinished deck by Helen