REVIEW: SPEAK WITH ANCESTORS SPREAD

Last week, our friends at withhecateandfalkor and dailyspreads posted an excerpt from 365 Tarot Spreads by Sasha Graham designed to communicate with someone from our family tree.   We were intrigued and decided to give it a try: We immediately ran into an issue with the first question. A card for “who am I speaking with?” seemed too obscure and open ended.  We decided to identify an ancestor to speak with and shift the entire spread.   What Talent Thrives in our Family? Overlying Challenge Legacy Your hopes for me How do I make the most with what I’ve inherited What must I do? Specific question for the ancestor After trying this spread three times in a row, there was a little bit of frustration. Questions about familial talents and legacy felt far too broad to be answered in one card.  My family’s talent is the TOWER REVERSED. Is this the is the ability to prevent destruction or just to be a living pressure cooker? We quickly realized that a blood-line talent or legacy can be something that needs to be overcome rather than embraced.   In general, the information that comes across in this spread is a very wide snapshot of the family tree.  If you want to zoom into the specifics you’ll need to keep a notebook handy with any questions that pop up.    Mostly, we wanted the communication with our ancestors be a little more detailed. Here’s my spread:

NEW HOUSE SPREAD

In accordance with information from our psychic ability spread from the other night,  I gave the new owners of the house next door (a convent at one point) a reading about their endeavor.  Instead of doing a spread with a specific spread, I decided to just read the cards themselves with a more psychic approach.   On a conscious level i knew the seller of the house was a pretty strange and negative person, but I got mostly clear energy from the house itself. Here’s the spread in a poorly lit photo: Going right to left the first card I threw down was the TWO OF CUPS. Complete relief!   This house is the beginning of a wonderful new phase of my friends’ life together.  The next card was THE ACE OF CUPS.  Holy moly!  There’s the house, so many possibilities indicated by the butterfly emerging from the basket.  The house and the lovers coming together.   THE QUEEN OF CUPS REVERSED comes next which feels like a tendency to get lost in days dreams, fantasies, possibilities and choices rather than following a practical path — this is something to keep under control.   A slow and steady course of action comes across in the 3 OF CUPS REVERSED, one that is supported by the 7 OF COINS.   Carefully spent money will grow and thrive like the tree —- the symbols of venus and mars in the branches above show the progression of the lovers over time. THE THREE OF WANDS is a meeting of minds (or meeting of my friends w/ the house), consideration, taming of inspiration into very real ideas. Aside from a penchant for daydreaming, this feels like an excellent move. The house has a voice, too.

PSYCHIC POWER SPREAD

Reading the Tarot is its own thing, but when you’re at a social gathering and meet someone new you’ll probably start to read them on your own.   At times, I get all kinds of “psychic” narratives from people only to find out I was outrageously off base (it happened this weekend at a pancake breakfast!)  It’s too easy to confuse what could be a psychic message with simply reading a book by its cover.   We put our minds together at our tarot meeting this week and came up with this 6-card spread to help hone our psychic abilities. What blocks my psychic abilities? How can I open up my psychic abilities? What should I focus on / what is the doorway? How to do I protect myself? How do I differentiate psychic messages from personal stuff? What do I do with the information once I get it? We used this spread to read each person in the room last night using THE HERMETIC TAROT by Godfrey Dowson and the information we got was pretty specific!  The photo below shows my spread. What blocks my psychic abilities? 2 OF CUPS REVERSED.  We all seemed to agree this is referring to my defense mechanisms going up when I meet someone new.     This defense mechanism projects my fears onto other people, so basically I’m just reading myself.  I need to approach people with love, compassion, and openness — if I don’t like what I’m getting I can walk away or tune it out.  How can I open up my psychic abilities? THE HIGH PRIESTESS.   As the card of the moon, passivity, patience, and reflection I get a strong sense that I need to be more of an instrument and less of a musician when receiving psychic communications.  These messages should ultimate pass through me just as the rays of the Moon reflect upon the Priestess.  Don’t let the conscious mind muddle them up. What should I focus on / what is the doorway? 10 OF WANDS / LORD OF OPPRESSION.  This one had us all stumped for a little while probably because the message was so simple. I need to bring my own oppression, fear and suffering into focus so that I can let them go.   If I know what oppresses me, I won’t be able to project it onto others. How can I protect myself? 6 OF […]

THUNDERBOLT SPREAD

The kind of thunderstorm that sounds like the world is ending struck Brooklyn around 3am.  My pooch and I pretty much leapt out of bed abd began shaking like a pair of french poodles in a Cujo remake.   That gut reaction goes right back to the beginning, it’s a fear of fears THE MOON, or even lightening devastated TOWER. And to top things off, there’s that Mommy come make it better in the same instant.   So yeah, it would be good to pull some cards on this and I’ll be using Manly P Hall tarot deck to do it. The top left to right: THE THUNDERBOLT THE SHAKING THE SAVE ME FEELING WHAT’S REALLY BENEATH THE SURFACE The bottom row is advice on how to neutralize this reaction Look at all those 5’s and star formations and 8’s!  This is pure, focused conflict.   THUNDERBOLT!! The 5 OF SWORDS features a whip in the upper righthand corner.   A quick painful crack of severe pain that has a lasting sting.   SHAKING!!  THE 8 OF CUPS  places the star from the previous card in the core cups (or the the body), a direct jolt to the the sacral chakra or Yesod on the tree of life.  SAVE ME!!  ANOTHER 8, MORE SWORDS.  The two squares feel like a steel fortress. The serpent entwined ankh is reminiscent of Mercury’s caduceus, which is related to sleep: CADUCEUS id+ | MAGIC STICK or STAFF | used to HEAL most often by INDUCTION OF SLEEP also TO TRANSMIT GODLY COMMANDS BY DREAMS note SLEEPING IS CURATIVE or REST or RESTITUTION LATE ROMAN AND GREEK ARTISTS ADDED WINGS TO THE TIP OF THE CADUCEUS or STAFF TO DENOTE THAT KNOWLEDGE PERMEATES EVERYTHING SILENTLY AND WITH MERCURIAL SPEED THE PROPERTY OF THE SILENT SPEEDY MESSENGER GOD HERMES. The waking has purpose and meaning. THE MOON is beneath the surface.   The lobster, which represents suppressed fear, rises from the depths of the water in the same position as the star and caduceus on the previous two cards.   This is something which much be faced.  The thunderbolt activated this response and it will continue to do so until the fear is faced.  This is insecurity, ego, fear of death.  All those goodies. The Advice is perplexing, as the Star reversed suggests.   I will take some time to reflect.  Maybe the next midnight thunderstorm will […]

YAY CHAKRA TAROT SPREAD

I woke up today wanting to do a tarot reading of my Chakras.  Nothing fancy, one card for each. You know, just checking in.  If you want your mind blown by a stunning collection of chakra related images visit the COLLECTION OF HUMAN FREQUENCIES page! This Chakra spread reads right to left, root to crown.  ROY G. BIV, baby. 1) ROOT (red) > STRENGTH REVERSED About 10 years ago, I went a psychic told stopped me and said the energy around by bottom two chakras is all tangled. STRENGTH REVERSED verifies that message, I feel lost in the tide of what the root chakra is related to:  security, success, the material world and the physical body.  I’m going to have to open this chakra up in another reading for advice on how to gain control. 2) SACRUM (orange) > 6 OF WANDS REVERSED This is the chakra of passion, love, sex. Picard explains his design as being “the struggle of two opposing principals; one which gives life and one which kills.”     There are two energies battling for dominance.  The reversal suggests my self-destructive tendencies are have the upper hand.  3) SOLAR PLEXUS (yellow) > 5 of WANDS The chakra of will personal power and self control.  The star here feels very strong and radiant, but also seems closed off, over protective, barbed and perhaps a little too self-concerned. I would do a further reading on how to open this up a little bit. 4) HEART (green) > 10 OF COINS Love, compassion, balance, group consciousness hang out in this Chakra.  The 10 of coins is another card heavily rooted in the Earth element.   Maybe I’m in a pessimistic mood today, but it really does feel like I have a part of my heart that is completely stockpiled and protected.   I’m only giving 50% here.  5) THROAT (blue) > THE SUN Speech, expression, art. The Sun shines brightly on the two children.  As an artist, I’m psyched to see this card here, but it I’m starting to feel parched as I walk through the desert of this reading!! 6) THIRD EYE (indigo) > 2 OF COINS The chakra of Intuition, insight, and clairvoyance.  This pair of coins show the planted seed of the psychic and intuitive moon, but where is the water to help this seed grow?  There isn’t one card of water or air in this […]

The OH NO YOU BETTER DON’T spread

According to astrologer Adam Elenbaas, we are gonna be all up in ourselves today. We really really won’t have a problem throwing a bitch under a bus today if it means getting what we want (or getting some sweet revenge.)  In times like these we must remember the famous words of internet sensation and porn star Chris Crocker:  keep it cute, or put it on mute.  Before you go and cut a bitch for crossing you, cut the cards and do this Rupaul inspired spread. First two cards: What do I want sooo bad… I will cut a bitch to get it? What’s really behind this urge? Write down one thing you find especially embarrassing about yourself,  one thing that really challenges you,  AND one thing that just confuses the fuck out of you — and let the tarot read you: ____ is embarrassing cuz… ____ is  challenging cuz… ____ is  confusing the fuck of you cuz… And one more card a la Rupaul. If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love anyone else? How the hell can I love all this BS at once?

NEW MOON SOLAR ECLIPSE SPREAD

The new Moon solar eclipse, visible only in Australia, will begin around 2AM EST and we’re still in the throws of the Cardinal Grand Cross.   Adam Elenbass wrote an excellent breakdown of what we can expect in his Nightlight Horoscope column: Whatever is worthy of our commitment does not guarantee joy or success or even happiness or elevated consciousness. Whatever is worthy of our commitment is what we are allowing right now to grip our soul and illuminate something we are just dying to see…something that’s been shaded. We have to find out… Here is a 7-card spread based on his article: A card for the Grand Cross + another for the Eclipse What am I coasting on? What decisions am I allowing to be made for me? What I am I dying to see that’s been in the shade? How do I go safely into the shade? What’s the ultimate priority? This is my reading. It should be noted that the new moon is in Taurus, which lines up with the moon in my birth chart.   The 7 OF CUPS is the Cardinal Grand Cross showing integration between body and spirit, receptiveness.  The ACE OF SWORDS is the Solar eclipse illuminating what’s lurking the shadows with negative light (intuition.) What am I coasting on?  The 8 OF WANDS REVERSED, ego and pride.   THE MOON REVERSED shows the decision being made for me:  to move forward and face fears or retreat.  The solar eclipse depicted on this card once again revels a crab surfacing in the negative light.  This thing is demanding attention! I’m dying to see the 10 OF WANDS which is lurking the shade.  The ring of fire is burning brightly, but unseen.   THE CHARIOT REVERSED navigates me safely into the shade using intuition, not physical control.  The priority?  My old friend and muse for 2014, the 10 OF SWORDS!  This card also shows a solar eclipse and speaks of cycles.   The priority is what’s happening now, honing the ability to see in the negative light of the eclipse — and perhaps slay the surfacing crab at the ace shows.

CARDINAL GRAND CROSS SPREAD

We are in the peak of a Cardinal Grand Cross which has raised the hackles of Astrologers around the globe.   From upheaval in the Ukraine, to the sunken ferry in South Korea and the missing jetliner from Malaysia (not to mention several notable earthquakes around the ring of fire) there is a lot going on.  According to Anthony Louis’ helpful blog entry, “Individuals born with their Sun or personal planets and chart points at 13 degrees of a cardinal sign will be most strongly affected.”  The Ukraine falls under this category. A simple 8-card spread to reveal personal impact from the Cardinal Grand Cross: TOP LEFT: effects of URANUS IN ARIES BOTTOM LEFT: effects of JUPITER IN CANCER BOTTOM RIGHT: effects of MARS IN LIBRA TOP RIGHT: effects of PLUTO IN CAPRICORN CENTER: two cards for overall impact RIGHT: two cards for of long term effects The ACE OF WANDS shows the powerful effects of Uranus in Aries. I am Sagittarius with Leo rising, so this was bound to have to most profound effect.  The potential to begin anew is at conflict with the other planets in the square. The 6 OF WANDS shows the effects of Jupiter in Cancer.   This card is literally ruled by Jupiter and so am I.   Cancer is such an emotional sign, it feels like Jupiter is attempting to boil to the water a bit and bring something massive to the surface. The 6 OF CUPS represents a retrograde Mars in Libra. This is the first time this card has ever come up in a reading with this deck!  With 3 cups facing in either direction, Mars feels somewhat neutralized, inward and lost in Libra.  This feels almost like the safe space in the square. The QUEEN OF PENTACLES reversed represents Pluto in Capricorn.  I wonder if someone else’s bad decisions are going to have direct effect on me? The overall impact is the ACE OF PENTACLES reversed.   Ugg.  The nice way to interpret this is feeling vulnerable and helpless in the center of it all.   The worst is that something will come down from that Queen and effect the freelance project I’m working on.   That Queen already fired all of her own employees yesterday and isn’t prone to making considerate decisions this week. Nevertheless, the 10 OF CUPS AND COINS as outgoing impact feel very balanced. Whatever is […]

LAST SUPPER TAROT SPREAD (Ya know, for Holy Thursday!)

Holy Thursday is believed to be the day the last supper took place back in April 0033 as part of Passover.  When I was kid, Holy Thursday we would have to visit three churches and pray in front of the empty tabernacle in the altar. I may not be religious, but I still have this fabulous last supper wood art hanging in my kitchen, so I wanted to do a  five-card spread to coincide.   The Last Supper specifically portrays the reaction given by each apostle when Jesus said one of them would betray him.  Who am I at this table (left to right)? What is truly worshipped/revered at this supper? What is to be feasted upon? What is behind the betrayal? What should I enjoy like it’s the last time? The apostles from left to right are:  Bartholomew, James son of Alphaues, Andrew, Judas, Peter, John, Jesus, Tomas, James the Greater, Philip, Matthew, Jude Thaddeus, and Simon the Zealot. Who am I at this table? The 7th person from the left…. Jesus!   Ok, I’m not really looking forward to tomorrow!  The 7 OF CUPS gives a glimpse inside.  The flowers have grown and bloomed amongst the very open and receptive cups.  Integration of body and spirit. What is truly worshipped at this table is the 10 OF SCEPTERS, which is interesting since two of these apostles turn out to be shady ass queens, and of course their chosen one is about to be sacrificed.  What is truly worshipped here is the ability for the 10 remaining apostles to come together and create a powerful ring of fire.  What is sacrificed will inspire. What is to be feasted upon?  THE HEIROPHANT, not food, but that fleeting direct connection with “god.”   It’s suddenly getting real biblical up in here.   The beautiful 9 OF CUPS is behind the betrayal.  A butterfly that has completed its metamorphosis flutters smack dab in the center of the pentacle cup formation (the pentacle being a symbol for the body.)   What’s behind the betrayal necessitates transformation. The PAGE OF SWORDS reversed is what’s to enjoy like it’s the last time.   This dude just waits and waits on his game board.   He’s always practicing, and calculating, and his reversal brings this waiting to an end.  Enjoy the safety before going to battle.

DRAINED BATTERY SPREAD

With the weather being more bi-polar than Britney Spears, I’ve been feeling pretty drained of energy.   Nothing screams “brick wall” more than a mid-April morning covered in a layer of snow and ice.  I put together an 8-card drained battery spread to figure out how to recharge. Every battery has a positive (+) and negative (-) cathode which allows current to flow or be restored: Middle row: The BATTERY The Battery (you) (+) Terminal, Right (-) Terminal, Left Top row: WHAT TO CONNECT WITH FOR RECHARGE (+) Right (-) Left Bottom row: What is USING THIS ENERGY (+) Right (-) Left One final card Instructions for use So I did this reading for myself, and let’s just say it was supercharged: The battery (me) is the MALE CONSULTANT/MAGICIAN.  If I were to pick any card in this deck that reminds me of a battery this would be it. The Magician shows a map of energy channels within the body that can either receive or expel energy. The Positive Terminal is the FOOL with all of his outward, impulsive energy.  The Negative Terminal is the FEMALE CONSULTANT/HIGH PRIESTESS with all of her potential energy. Her reversal matches accentuates the negative energy current. What recharges: THE FOUR OF DISKS (+) bares the sign of earth which literally looks like the symbol for positive energy.  This card is the same up or down and indicates working for $$, making some bank. THE HEIROPHANT REVERSED (-) connects to reversed High Priestess.   With Seder and Easter Dinner planned for this week, the feasting rituals help complete the circuit. I’m really looking forward to cooking for both! What drains:  THE MOON is what requires energy (+).  After Monday’s Pink-eclipsed-moon tarot spread, all the lunar activity has taken its toll.   This is the second reading in one week that seems to affirm psychic / spiritual investigation is an exhausting activity.  To complete the circuit of drainage, STRENGTH (-) shows how feminine Venus energy tames the savage heart.  The amount of energy required to deal with the Moon is shown here. Instructions for use:  The 10 OF COINS reversed shows a perfect balance of positive and negative energy.  The cycle of recharge and discharge is important.  Energy should not be retained for too long, it must be used and replenished.  All these major arcana are not screwing around!