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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Spread for Halloween

Here's a little spread for Halloween created around a spider's web.  This has been in my folder for many years. I can't remember whose it is. I have a feeling it might be one of my own, but it could be someone elses.  If anyone recognises it as someones, let me know and I'll credit them. 

1: The Skeleton in the cupboard  - something you need to face or acknowledge right now.

2: Bats in the Belfry - What you need to do to clear away any negative thoughts.

3: Ghost or Ghoul? - What needs to be changed.

4: Witches spell - what will help you succeed.

5: Monsters under the bed - One more thing that may be hidden.

6: Jacko Lantern - This will light the way forward.

Shuffling up the Deviant Moon Tarot, I'll take this spread for  a spin to demonstrate it:

1: The Skeleton in the cupboard is Queen of Wands
It appears that perhaps what I need to acknowledge right now is that at times I need to be more confident in my approach to new things. The Queen is a no. 13 and breaks down to 4. This is the number of security, stability and structure. Combined with this Queen's energy it reinforces the need to be more confident.

2: Bats in the Belfry is 4 of Pentacles:
What I need to do to clear away any negative thoughts is not be afraid of the unknown, open myself up to newer ideas and be brave enough to share them.  Again we have another no. 4. This number does act like a bridge to the next phase, what is learnt at this point will help me reach the end of my journey.

3: Ghost or Ghoul? is 9 of Pentacles:

 What I need to change? If I look at the pentacles they surround her wherever she goes.  It's that feeling of entrapment, the need to not feel that I have to keep on keeping on in the same direction if I don't want to that needs to be changed. This is a no. 9 card the number that can represent struggles, self-evaluation and ultimate goal. 

4: Witches spell   The Lovers:

I love that one figure is white and the other black, opposites. This card tells me what will help me is to harmonise those opposing forces that exist within me, so that they may work together, rather than against one another. Notice there is a snake at the bottom of the man's leg. Snakes shed their skin and this could well symbolise the transformation that will occur when all is in harmony.  This is a no. 6 card, 6's in the tarot sequence often represent harmony and respite after the disruption of the 5's. It can be a number that signifys communication, realisation, balance and harmony. It's a card that asks us to see the good things we have achieved and appreciate what we have got.
5: Monsters under the bed is Ace of Swords:
The one thing that remains hidden from me is my sense of inner strength. If I acknowledge this ability that lies within, then courage and determination will never fail me. It tells me to sort out my ideas into some order from which I can proceed. By gaining this sense of clarity, enlightenment will follow to any situation I apply it.  It's a No. 1 card and shows me the potential that exists.

6: Jacko Lantern is 5 of Wands:

What will light the way forward reinforces the previous card. By getting my thoughts into a working order, where there is no conflict of direction, the action that one takes will be clear and not confused. I know many see this card as a card of struggles and conflict, but it can also indicate that one may have trouble in translating their ideas into the real world. The card above gives the clue to how to light the way and this card indicates, that working together whether it be between positive and negative thoughts or with others, is the road to success.  A no. 5 card that can represent challenges, conflict but also the opportunity to change, shift in direction and freedom of choice.  It is the choices we make that cause us strife or success.

Well, lots to think about there.  If you do try out this spread I would love to hear how you got on.  Helen

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

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Numbers and how they relate to Tarot Cards - No.2

Two's often represent a duality that exists but they also suggest union, choice, co-operation and balance. The other thing that shows up with a number two is opposites, eg: masculine-feminine, positive-negative, physical-spiritual.  Two's can very often be about balancing out those opposing forces. Here in the two we see where the one has divided into two different forces. This division can go two ways either conflict or balance.  I have read that the number 2 is ruled by the Moon and therefore, peace and harmony in relationships appears to be important.

It's interesting that this number is ruled by the Moon, as the Major Arcana Card for this, is the High Priestess, which is also ruled by the Moon. In the High Priestess card we see the aspect of duality, in that she has an awareness of the duality within - her unconscious and her conscious. She has a passive energy, she meditates recognising this duality of physical and spiritual and knowing that the real power lies within her depths. It is by withdrawing that she can access these hidden secrets and bring them into her consciousness.

In the Minor Arcana we see that the two's exhibit those balancing of opposite forces and how  these two forces can join to become something more creative. Let's look at the individual cards.

Two of Wands - Energy & Action, Creative intuition. Here we see the aspect of duality of choice, what action will give the best results.  In short, creative vision at work.

Two of Cups - Feelings, Emotions, Intuition, Inspiration. Here we see the aspect of union, the bringing together of two opposites so that they may harmonise and work as one. We also see the aspect of balancing of opposites as well.

Two of Swords - Clarity, Communication, Mental Activity. Again we see the duality between thoughts in this card but also the balance of those two forces have drawn a stalemate. They are holding each other in check.  This demonstrates the aspect of choice, the choice needs to be made in this card in order to release the tension that is felt.

Two of Pentacles - Material, The Tangible, Money. In this card we see the aspect of balance and co-operation. It shows the ability to balance out different elements in life, eg: 2 jobs, or those finances etc. But there is also movement in this card. Here we see that the balancing ofthos two forces could result in either stress/conflict or harmony/balance.

Overall though, the number two does seem to lean towards that balancing aspect and the creation or harmony rather than disruption. 

My write-ups on the number sequence in tarot are based on my understanding of many sources accessed over a period of several years.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Numbers and how they relate to tarot cards. No.1

A long time ago I wrote for another blog, a series on numbers and how they relate to the tarot cards.  These write ups on the number sequence in tarot are based on my understanding of many sources accessed over a period of several years.  I thought it worth revisiting these write ups here on this blog. The information may be helpful to new readers as well as more established readers. So lets kick off with number 1.

One is the number related to the beginning of things. It indicates potential and creativity. I have read that this is a number ruled by the Sun. Therefore it's packed with solar energy that manifests itself as courage and willpower.  It is a number associated with new starts and those new starts are reflected in each of the minor suits as well as the Major Card.

We will see this number in action when applied to The Magician. My key words for The Magician are 'You have the power to create.'  What he does, is show us the potential we could have and demonstrates to us the willpower needed to manifest it into a reality.

His 'as above so below' stance, not only applies to manifesting the spiritual into the physical world, but also to taking these ideas from your subconscious and moving them into your consciousness, from there they can be transformed into something tangible.  

Now lets look at each of the minor pips:

Ace of Wands - Energy & Action, Creative intuition. Wands are a masculine energy, an active energy, this card represents within it's number that a new and creative idea needs to be grabbed and set in motion.

Ace of Cups - Feelings, Emotions, Intuition, Inspiration.  This is the beginning of a new sense of emotions. It suggests that you tap into those deep emotions and understand why and how they affect you.

Ace of Swords- Clarity, Communication, Mental Activity. This card represents within this number new thoughts, ideas springing up.  Swords is a Masculine Energy and urges one to put those thoughts and ideas into some order from which to proceed. 

Ace of Pentacles - Material, The Tangible, Money. This is the beginning of manifestation, it tells us that the time is right to turn those ideas into something more tangible and work towards a successful completion.

So, as you can see, the number one represents the beginning of something new. It's not just the promise of a new beginning, it's also the promise of the potential that comes with it. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

card for the Weekend

Wonderland Tarot by Christopher & Morgana Abbey
Artwork by Morgana Abbey
Published by U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Ok it's Friday here so how about we ask the Tarot what the weekend holds eh!
Shuffling up the Wonderland tarot and It's the Hierophant! Perhaps this weekend we will all learn something new! Remember learning something new take patience. Make sure you have all the information you need before you go ahead. The Wonderland Tarot's Hierophant is the caterpillar who sits on the mushroom, one side of it for growing and one side of it for shrinking - stay balanced this weekend, (the mushroom symbolises for us the balancing of opposites.) Whatever the weekend holds for you, have a good one!

Wonderland Tarot by Christopher & Morgana Abbey
Artwork by Morgana Abbey
Published by U.S. Games Systems Inc.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Everything is coming up ACES!

I first shared this post back in 2014 on Tarot Notes (Tarot Notes) and thought it worth another showing here on my own blog.

Everything is coming up ACES!

Now we all know the term Ace as meaning that’s good, excellent etc.
It’s a term we use when we want to express that something is going
great. It demonstrates in one word the potential we are seeing. When
an Ace in the tarot deck appears for us, we too get a glimpse of what
the potential could be.
The Aces are that first step of their suit. They are the new energy not
yet fully formed. What it shows us is the potential of what it could be.
It’s just the beginning, but what a great beginning the Aces offer. Now
like all cards in the tarot, it’s not enough just to get the card, it’s what
you do with the information it gives you, that really determines
whether everything is coming up Aces or not.
Bearing this in mind lets take a look at the potential of each of the
four Aces in the deck:

Ace of Swords, by it’s very nature refers to how we think and how we
communicate those thoughts. It’s the suit that represents mental
activity and clarity. Swords is also a masculine energy. When this Ace
shows up it heralds the opportunity to put those thoughts into some
sort of working order from which to proceed. What this card does is it
urges you to find a positive solution to any situation you may be
facing. It’s a strong card as indicated by its masculine energy, and
suggests strength and courage to face up to the challenges that may have
to be faced.

Ace of Wands - represents energy and action. This Ace tells you that
the time may just be right to apply those new and creative thoughts in
a positive way which helps to make them a reality. Again a masculine
energy, it’s strong and creative and encourages you to set your ideas in
motion. It shows the potential for will power to see something
materialise and not back away from the challenge.

Ace of Cups - lets us tap into our feelings and emotions and
imagination, it’s a feminine energy. The potential here is to get to
understand yourself a little better, and a chance to allow those
feelings to emerge and take form. It offers the opportunity to let your
imagination fly free and the chance to follow your heart. When the
Ace turns up in a reading it can indicate a swell of emotions/feelings,
whether they be good or bad, but the potential here is to understand
them and why we feel the way we do and what we should do about it.

Ace of Pentacles is also a feminine energy and the suit represents for
us the material world, those things which are tangible, that could be
money, house, work etc. This is the Ace that shows us the potential to
manifest those thoughts and ideas by the creative conception of an
idea (Wands); the emotions that support it (Cups); the mental
activity that forms it (Swords) and the manifestation of it into reality
The Ace of Pentacles is the result of all those other Aces and their
suits and what it shows us is how those emotions, thoughts and
actions can be manifested into something tangible.

In the Rider Wait deck we see all the Aces are presented by a hand
from the heavens, this indicates a gift, but just accepting the gift is
not enough. The real potential of the Aces still depends on the action
you take.
So when an Ace appears for you, remember the potential it holds and everything will be ACE!

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

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Advice from Alice - Painting The Roses Red

This deck is by Lucy Cavendish and the beautiful artwork is by Jasmine Becket Griffin. It is a Blue Angel Publication.

I asked Alice on this Sunday what do I need to know for the coming week? Alice gave me Painting the Roses Red! We all know that the roses were really White and that the Queen would be furious with this, so her guards only had one choice if they were to escape her shouting "Off With Their Heads!" LOL
So what is it that Alice's is telling me to be aware of this coming week? She is saying that you mustn't hide from what you really are, be yourself always and remember we all make mistakes and covering them up is not the answer, but rather face up to them, that is how we grow!
Thanks Alice!

This deck is by Lucy Cavendish and the beautiful artwork is by Jasmine Becket Griffin. It is a Blue Angel Publication.

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Alice Wonderland Oracle - Reading

This last weekend I came across a brand new Oracle Deck. Now I haven't purchased a deck in a long time, in fact I've sold a lot of my tarot decks and now only have a few favourites along with some oracles. The moment I saw this deck (and it was newly arrived and the only one in the shop) I was drawn to it and knew it had to belong to me.
This deck is by Lucy Cavendish and the beautiful artwork is by Jasmine Becket Griffin. It is a Blue Angel Publication.

I tested the deck out on myself and my daughter-in-law and it proved to be totally accurate, now I have had a question from Susan C and with her permission am sharing the reading here with you all, so that you can see the Oracle at work.

The question  from "Susan C." -- What do I need to keep in mind to succeed at my new job?

I am using a spread by Empathic Amanda. Five cards are used in these positions and layout.

2     1     4


1: What do you need to know about this endeavour?
2: What is working against you as you enter into this endeavour?
3: What is helping you?
4: What can you do to improve your chances of Success?
5: What underlying factors about this endeavour should you be aware of?

1:What do you need to know about this endeavour? - Investigate.

 Alice is advising you to look closely at what you do, don’t be afraid to ask questions before you take action. Alice feels this is a new path for you and therefore you need to check things carefully before you either commit to them or commit it to writing.

2: What is working against you as you enter into this endeavour? - I want to be a Queen 

 Alice seems to think that you need to free yourself up and realise your potential in this endeavour, she says what is working against you is the need to conform or fit in - by becoming a Queen as Alice desired, you too set yourself free to make your own decisions and way of doing things.

3: What is helping you? - Such a Curious Dream 

 Alice seems to think that what is helping you is your ability to stay grounded and keep one foot in reality, dreaming is all very well but one has to live in the real world. Bring the magic into your everyday activities while staying real about what you can achieve.

4: What can you do to improve your chances of Success? - You can’t go back to Yesterday 

 Alice says the way to improve your chances of Success is to remain in the present. Let the experiences of the past help you forge a new future but remember you cannot look back only forward. Alice says that those experiences are what make us who we are and we are forever changing. Who you were then is not who you are now.

5: What underlying factors about this endeavour should you be aware of? - Wake Up!  

Alice says This is your Moment! She feels you need to be assertive despite your nature to take a step back, make this time count. This is your time make the most of it.

Alice does seem to be a very sensible Oracle deck and her wisdom good guidance. I shall look forward to doing more readings with her. 


This deck is by Lucy Cavendish and the beautiful artwork is by Jasmine Becket Griffin. 
It is a Blue Angel Publication.