I’m in that special and wonderful place where I’ve started a lot of projects but I’m not giving them equal attention. I’m a freelancer, which means I’ll have a good amount of time to really dig into a project before I realize I need to take work. After that’s done, I face the uphill battle of reconnecting to the personal projects I put on hold. It’s a vicious cycle that gets harder with time. I know I can’t work on all these at the same time so developed a simple spread to compare and contrast each of my projects. Just do one row of 6-cards for each project: Overall card for the project itself. What is the Pro? What is the Con? How will this project further my career (move toward goals)? What are the obstacles? Advice (you can throw down as many cards as you need here.) I have three projects swirling around right now: A documentary (row 1), my own tarot deck (row 2), and opening a tarot space in Brooklyn (row 3.) Here’s what I got from El Gran Tarot Esoterico. It’s pretty hard to ignore row 3, TAROT SPACE, which begins with the ACE OF WANDS. When it comes to projects or ventures, the Ace of Wands is pretty much the créme de la créme of the tarot. The 3 of WANDS, the pro, suggests excellent collaborative energy and taming of wild impulses. LA PICOTA (hanged man) reversed is the con. Perhaps this isn’t the most personal of projects I’ve got going. If my goal is TEMPERANCE, then a tarot space may help me work on what’s out of balance. The obstacle would be finding a co-op of people who have compatible energy. Advice is the 6 OF WANDS reversed. I’m perplexed. The documentary project in Row 1 has potential, even though EL CICLO (JUDGEMENT) reversed suggests it’s an unending process with an unclear resolution. The 7 of CUPS, the pro, indicates a very receptive project with room for expansion and new ideas to fill these cups. The PAGE OF SWORDS REVERSED could be suggesting this isn’t the best time to take this project back up. More strategizing? THE DEVIL REVERSED brings me closer to my goals. It kind of needs to happen. The 10 OF SWORDS REVERSED is the obstacle. That never-ending cycle!! I started this project 10 years ago, has it become […]
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!
Yesterday I created a 7-card spread for the Full Pink Moon and Lunar Eclipse and put it to use with the following three readings. 1) WHAT IS THE PINK MOON? 2) WHAT IS BEING ILLUMINATED BY PINK MOON? 3) WHAT IS BEING ECLIPSED? 4) WHY IS IT BEING ECLIPSED? 5) WHAT WILL WANE? 6) CARD FOR SPRING. READING 1 for K: The pink moon is the 3 OF SWORDS: a triangle of intense, negative emotions/conflict bares down on the fish (you) who has been turned belly up. What will be illuminated is the powerful QUEEN OF WANDS who can triumph over the moon’s conflict. The arrow under her feet signifies victory in her struggles while being an example for others. What is being eclipsed is THE PILLORY/HANGED MAN. The pain indicated by the 3 of Swords is being kept private, maybe because you’ll feel exposed or judged if you let people see it, but this is also a place where we hang our convictions and beliefs. The Queen of Wands couldn’t rule effectively unless she bares her soul. The reason for the eclipse is THE 10 OF WANDS creating a ring of fire, too many things going on at once. The Queen is your example here, hyper focused with one powerful wand. What will wane is the 9 OF DISKS. This card shows two separate lives growing separately but crowded together. The four coins growing underground seem related to the fish. Instead of spreading out and breaking through the surface, they are becoming tangled with each other. If we transplant the top coins elsewhere, the ones below can finally flourish. The card of spring is the ACE OF WANDS REVERSED. This feels like a close up on the Queen’s wand. She will need to use her power to do some difficult and unpleasant work (i.e. act aggressively for her own good.) READING 2 for V: The Pink Moon, the QUEEN OF SHELLS, inspires sharp focus and personal intuition. What she is gazing is what’s been illuminated, the person in the 10 OF SWORDS with open wounds on a very slow path of healing. What’s being eclipsed is the 8 OF LIGHTS, the ability to step back and obtain an image of what the healed self will look like (a tangible goal.) The Queen can see all of the wounds, but not necessarily how they will heal. The reason for […]
Another reading request today. I decided to go with the same style reading as the last request, breaking down the question into its primary elements for a 7-card reading. 1) What is this person tapping into with me? PAGE OF WANDS REVERSED First of all, it’s really interesting that this card literally shows the page tapping into the ground with his wand. Reversed, this card seems to be saying that this person looks up to you and is inspired when with you, but is somewhat impatient. He isn’t doing things in a way you’re totally comfortable with. Dare I say he isn’t following your rules? I.e. he’s pushing your boundaries. 2) What’s being coaxed out of me by him? 10 OF SCEPTERS I see this card as a ring of fire. What’s being coaxed out of you has two sides. The torches represent a rhapsody of (artistic) inspiration. The floodgates are open, but you may not be willing to handle it all at once so your barriers go up. 3) Is it something new I need to explore?6 OF SWORDS The way the two triangles travel together in the sky (conscious mind) and under water (subconscious) suggests that this isn’t new territory for you. The crab/crayfish represent a psychic/subconscious agitation that needs to surface and be dealt with. It’s not new but this relationship is bringing up something that’s been invisible to you. 4) Or a pattern? 10 OF SWORDS Of all the cards in this deck, this is the one that REALLY shows an ongoing cycle. This most certainly is a pattern. The eclipse would suggest that you’re ability to see this pattern clearly is blocked by strong emotions. This is where you are in the cycle. 5) I really can’t tell if it’s destructive or inventive? QUEEN OF SWORDS The queen is a fierce warrior. This all goes to what’s being coaxed out of you — which seems to be power and artistic inspiration. So, most this relationship is definitely inventive — if you can maintain your power and individuality. 6) Am I being too open or too guarded? 10 OF DISKS This card shows 5 coins exposed and 5 coins buried. It feels like you’ve struck a pretty good balance between the two. You need to keep those 5 coins to yourself for now. 7) What am I not able to see in […]
The JUSTICE card in El Gran Tarot Esoterico is yet a another departure from the norm. Instead of the standard woman clad in red with upright sword and Libra scales, Maritxu Guler has inserted The Judgement of King Solomon. To settle a dispute between two mothers claiming a baby as their own, King Solomon decides to slice the baby in half. One of the women encouraged the action while the true mother renounced her claim to save the baby’s life and was awarded the child. This adds a layer of complexity to the Justice card. King Solomon couldn’t solve the dispute based on testimony, so he found a way for the truth to manifest from the witnesses themselves. There are 4 characters in this Justice card: King Solomon, the baby, and the two women who are not depicted. The querent (or the query) is most likely these two unseen mothers, of two minds on a specific issue. The astrological sign of Cancer on the upper righthand side shows a kind of emotional codependency of these two minds, seeking the drama more than the answers. (Of course this could easily stand for two people.) This card could be asking what event will finally inspire the truth to surface? Is there something/someone we are laying claim to that we need to release? A reversal of this card could be saying that no truth can surface in a given situation; a statement is false; or that we have no claim on what’s desired. Here’s an excerpt of the Judgement of King Solomon from the bible: 1 Kings 3:16-28 16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 23 The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’” 24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. 25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.” 26 The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!” 27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to […]
This morning I decided to find out about this being that was detected in my reading on Monday night, so I put to use my being spread: Shuffle the deck concentrating on your being. Set aside the top and bottoms cards. Locate The Devil or the Empress, whichever comes first. The two cards around the Empress are the seeds of the being; the two cards around the Devil are what the seeds have grown into. Find the other card and take note of the distance between to indicate how much history you have with this being. If the Devil is located first, the growth and entanglement with the being is stronger. The Empress coming first indicates a readiness to see this being in simplest form. Go back the the top and bottom cards you first pulled. The top card is advice how to engage w/ being. The bottom card is how to disengage. So I found AKER (aka The Devil) first, which means I’m a bit more entangled with this being than I thought. The seeds of this being have grown into precisely nothing as shown in the 2 OF COINS. The moon, ever changing emotional state and psychic power, plays a big part here. THE CONSULTANT (magician) reversed shows the universe imprinted on the chakras of the archetypal man: Adam Kadmon. The moon is the root chakra or Yesod on the tree of life. I went to a psychic fair a few years ago where this woman in black pointed to my groin and said I have darkness lingering in that area. I, of course, was offended — but now it’s beginning to make sense. This being is preventing growth and opening of this channel. There are 11 cards between Aker and The Empress, indicating a short history with this being. The two cards around the Empress show the seeds of this being beginning with the seductive ACE OF COINS, with voluptuous roots. Coins represent groundedness, so perhaps this being began with the promise of feeling grounded and safe. Death inspires change, but also fear of change. This being began with a choice between radical change or playing it safe. Now back to those first two cards, how to engage and disengage. The 7 CUPS (air) are in a state of emptying, they are not receptive or vulnerable to outside […]