NEW YEAR SPREAD

New moons and solstices provide plenty of opportunity to wipe the slate clean, but there is no denying how much effect January 1st has on all of us. New Year is the big kahuna of new beginnings, it’s always the elephant in the room.  Go to any crowded gym in January then see how empty is it by April if you need proof.   Perhaps dumbbells and diets aren’t what we really need in the new year.  Time to ask the tarot. SHUFFLE THE CARDS As you mix the cards, think about the year that’s ending and what you want for the new one.  When you’re done, cut the deck into three stacks, then stack again however you want.  (I personally like to feel each stack for heat and select the hottest one.) TAKE THE CARD FROM THE VERY TOP & VERY BOTTOM OF THE DECK, THEN ONE MORE CARD FROM THE TOP. TOP CARD:  YOU IN THE PRESENT MOMENT BOTTOM CARD: YOU ONE YEAR FROM NOW THE POWER/GIFT/TALENT YOU GAINED IN THE CURRENT YEAR WHAT SHOULD YOUR RESOLUTION BE? The next part of the reading is essentially it’s own 5-card spread. You make this super general or do separate resolutions for work, finance, romance, art, spirituality, family, etc.  Each one of these would essentially be its own 5-card spread. 1st card: RESOLUTION Now track the effort of resolution through the seasons.  Depending on the card and/or the reversal, these cards will indicate work that needs to be done, easy passages, obstacles, gifts, or people.   Use your intuition. WINTER  SPRING SUMMER FALL I did my resolution about my artwork.  Here’s the spread: When I saw these cards, I knew the spread was just right.   Right now I am standing with the ACE OF PENTACLES (which means I have a gift I need to put it to use.)   In one year I will be THE FOOL, perhaps all the wiser, gaining the ability to take risks and chances (maybe even moving?)   The gift/talent I gained over the year is the TOWER REVERSED, I’d call this the ability to do damage control, to prevent things from falling apart. I did the resolution part of the spread about my artistic career, the ACE OF SWORDS REVERSED.  Right now, I’ll take this to mean that I shouldn’t be afraid to express myself.  With the reversed Tower as my talent/gift, I can afford […]

LEAPIN’ OBSTACLES SPREAD

Remember that day a lightbulb over your head lit up with that brilliant idea? Full of fiery inspiration to begin your big new venture, you set out on a wildly epic journey through Hell or high water to make it happen! Until… ******Screech*******  Houston, we have a problem. Hell is a wee bit hotter than you thought, and that water??  That ain’t no lake, that’s a damn cesspool.  I started a very intense project and now I’m stuck at The River Poop, so I designed this spread to inspire a magical leap! Tarot magic being what it is, the first thing I saw after laying out the cards is that the obstacles resemble pillars.  Yes, road blocks truly suck but they also inspire us to build long bridges and jump higher.   THE QUERENT:  This is a look at your energy before taking the leap. If you get the The Star or the 10 of Swords, you may need time to recharge (see my Drained Battery Spread.) THE GOAL:  You already know what your goal is, right?  This cards shows the energy of the goal itself.   Most of us have the goal of success.  Our book gets published, our business is thriving, we lose/gain that extra few pounds.   If you get a strange card like The Devil here, perhaps you’re goal isn’t one that deserves the effort in the first place. OBSTACLE #1:  Either identify what your obstacles are or let the Tarot tell you.  This is what’s blocking your path, but also inspiring you to jump higher. OBSTACLE #2:  Do as many obstacle cards as you want.  These can be for specific people or situations you feel are keeping you from reaching your goal. 1ST STEP:  Obstacles make us want to give up.  This card tells you how to get yourself wound up again!  How can you get psyched to take this leap?  What will give you the required energy?  LEAP O FAITH:  And you jump!  This card gives you the faith endure the leap and not fall short.   It is your inspiration.  The Wind Beneath Your Wings!  Fly, flyyyyy, flyyyyyyyy! (Yes, I am that cheesy.) PREPARE FOR LANDING: You’ve jumped sky high to clear the obstacles, landing might be tricky.   You don’t want to overshoot your goal or waste energy.  This card shows you how to prepare for landing with your seats in an upright position.  This card could […]

ANCESTOR PHOTO SPREAD

I often feel as though this photo of my Great-Grandmother Maria Carmen is trying to tell me something.   I never met Maria Carmen but she often appears in my dreams and I do feel her watching over me.  I designed this tarot spread based on my photo of Maria Carmen, you can modify as needed for your own photos.   What does Maria Carmen see? What would she tell me?  What about the comforting smell of all those lush italian meals she was legendary for?  Maria Carmen’s daughter (my grandmother) always had a napkin in her hand.  For the first time ever I noticed Maria Carmen is also grasping a handkerchief, a passed-down security blanket.  Could Maria Carmen tell me something about my own security blanket? Standing in front of a veil, My great-grandmother becomes the High Priestess with the same quiet stillness on the shore of a lake by the woods.  It’s as if the water behind her holds the records of our family, our memories, accomplishments, triumphs and shortfalls — but all of it is just painted on fabric.  Like the tarot itself, the lake is a metaphoric image that provides a handle on the incomprehensible nothingness.   I did the spread with my in-progress tarot deck (my cat just couldn’t help joining in.) It’s incredible to see the card that depicts my Grandmother appear as what Maria wants to tell me.  My Grandmother is the Queen of Roses and she appears next to the Wheel of Fortune.   There’s a big picture in the little tasks.   A while ago, a reading said that I connect to ancestral energy by cooking, baking, rolling out dough, etc.  These are very spiritual activities for our Italian family.  How do I connect to Maria Carmen’s heart/love?   Saint Theresa / the 9 of Roses.    My grandmother would always pray to Saint Theresa and say, “show me the roses.”   When a rose appeared, her prayer was answered.   This is why an entire suit of my tarot deck is roses.   To connect with Maria Carmen, I must look for the roses. I won’t go into the specifics of the rest of the reading publicly, but I feel Maria Carmen is telling me that I’m not quite living up to my full potential and also not taking full advantage of what’s available to me.   I’m probably still not ready to get […]

FOLLOW UP: OUR CHIRON SPREAD, INTERPRETED

At our weekly tarot meeting here in Brooklyn, we tried our Chiron (the wounded healer) spread on every person in the room. It’s worth noting that our healing gifts were directly related to our wounds and that each of us got a Major Arcana or Ace as a signifier of our gift.  We also learned that doing this spread more than once, reveals successive, lesser wounds.  As with any spread, it’s folly to ask the same question (about the same wound) more than once.  I’m going to share our interpretation of the original spread I posted a couple days ago, but first let’s take a moment to gaze at our sexy starry eyed stallion, Mr. Chiron: Here’s my reading: The three center cards: 1. What caused my deepest wound? THE KNIGHT OF CUPS Waite’s knight of cups is completely inactive, waiting for his golden goblet to be filled.  The deepest wound comes from feeling isolated, waiting for love, direction, and like-minded people to come.  Waiting for leadership. 2. What is this wound today? PAGE OF WANDS REVERSED In the present, the Knight has lost his standing from too much waiting and has reverted into a fiery frustrated Page. He is inspired but isolated.  He can’t figure out how to make things happen.   3. How do shield my wound from others? 9 OF DISKS REVERSED The golden disks on either side of the powerful woman are the shield.  She has become overly concerned with being grounded and having financial stability.  This shields the wound, but doesn’t allow it to heal. Moving clockwise from left to right: 4.  How can I release my shield? WHEEL OF FORTUNE In the progression of the Major Arcana, the Wheel is the second key to depict all four alchemical elements after the Magician.  This is especially interesting as the center three cards of my spread lack the element of air. The Wheel seems to be suggesting taking a huge step back to assess the master plan.  It could also be suggesting the cycles and routines I’ve set up in my life need to be re-assessed.   To release the shield, I need to gain wider perspective which can be gained through the power of the sword.  I’ll be looking for the Ace of Swords in further readings. 5.  What is my healing gift? MAGICIAN REVERSED And so here we are, back to the original master of each of the elements.   The Magician is also […]

CHIRON (the wounded healer) SPREAD

Known for his calm disposition and for being one seriously hot DILF, Chiron is credited with giving mankind the art of healing and medicine, but that’s really nothing compared to what he gave to young Achilles.   The Greek God Hottie is also represented by a minor planet whose unusual orbit goes from the inner reaches of Saturn to the outer reaches of Uranus every 51.5 years.  So all those people born in 1963-65 need to get ready for their Chiron return. Today Chiron is looked upon as “the wounded healer” because he suffered a life in agony after Hercules accidentally shot him with an arrow poisoned with hydra-venom!   He eventually gave his life to free Prometheus and was released from his pain when Zeus turned him into the constellation Sagittarius.   Let’s just take one more look at the Silver Steed and Achilles before we move onto the healing spread: Astrologically, it’s worth noting Chiron moved into Pisces last April during all of those Cardinal Grand Cross meltdowns and will make its home there for the next 8 years or so providing us plenty of cosmic energy to heal and be healed.   Since the impetus of Chiron is THE WOUND, my spread begins there.  And since most of us don’t have the desire to live in agony without putting up some sort of shield for self-defense, I’ve also added that into the mix. Here’s the layout: Stack the first three cards on top of each other, placing the shield on top. 1. What caused my deepest, unhealed wound? 2. What has this wound evolved into today? 3. What do I use to shield my wound from others? Continue placing cards around the shielded wound: 4.  How can I release my shield? 5.  What is my healing gift? 6.  How do I go about using this gift? 7.  Who/what needs to be healed? In the end, Chiron himself was healed by being transformed into the constellation Sagittarius, which is represented by TEMPERANCE in the Rider-Waite deck.   After doing the spread above, turn over cards until you find TEMPERANCE: If Temperance is close, you’re nearer to being released from your pain but your gift for healing could also have a shorter shelf-life. If Temperance is far, then you will carry your pain for a longer period of time, but also have a long period of healing others. If Temperance appears […]

THE “WHAT PROJECT SHOULD I BE WORKING ON?” SPREAD

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 […]

5-CARD EVERY MORNING SPREAD

I’ve been evolving this personal spread which originally began with the standard 3 cards to check in on the energies each day. While shuffling, I’ll either clear my mind or focus on some person or issue dominating my thoughts.   Here’s what the spread evolved into: INFLUENCE – This is energy coming into the day either from last night’s dreams, yesterday, the weeks or years before. PRESENT – This shows the energy of the present moment. INERTIA – This is where the energy wants to lead you as if standing in a river.  If the card has a powerful or raging flow like one of the major arcana, you may have a hard time staying in place or changing course.    ADVICE #1 – You can read these two advice cards together or separate.   I really keep these in mind throughout the day – the meaning seems to unfold. ADVICE #2 I especially like to think of the Majors as causes and the Minors as effects.  The court cards can either indicate specific people, or just give you and image of yourself in the course of the day.  Here’s my reading this morning from El Gran Tarot Esoterico: EL CONSULTANTE (this deck’s Magician) has been coming up for me in daily readings in the position of influence — and today it makes me very happy.   I’ve been focusing on alignment of the solar system inside of my body so that I can get back into my own projects and just be less of the asshole I was 10 years ago.   THE TWO OF CUPS in the present moment makes perfect sense too.  This is a card I got for what’s necessary to open up psychic channels.  A loving meeting of minds.   I’m trying! I particularly love the 5 OF CUPS here for the inertia of the day.  It feels supremely witchy.   Even though Risa has gone to Texas for the week, I’m still craving our tarot meeting tonight.   ADVICE:   EL CICLO (a/k/a Judgement) & DEATH.   Wow, this is really begging me to make some progress today.  Is it possible?  If you do this spread, let me know how it goes?

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:

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 […]