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Samstag, 31. Dezember 2011

In the flashest of flashes: Tarot Nano Fiction #1

Just twittered my first "Tarot Nano Fiction" on the Eight of Wands in the Druidcraft Tarot. Basically it's an attempt at tarot flash fiction that fits the 140 character limit of Twitter AND uses a tarot card as a prompt.

Five of Pentacles


When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.

(Mother Teresa)

Freitag, 30. Dezember 2011

Trifecta Writing Challenge Tarot Style #1: Waking Eyes

I'm a huge fan of writing challenges and I have just stumbled across one that is a real challenge for me as a non-native speaker of English. It will probably help me broaden my vocabulary horizon a great deal and it sounds like great fun.

You are given a word and have to use it in your story but not in its most commonly used meaning, you have to use it in the third meaning found in the Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary.

This week's word was "skirt" used as a verb in the sense "to go or pass around or about; specifically: to go around or to keep away from in order to avoid danger or discovery".

Find the rules HERE.

In order to add a little tarot spice to the challenge I thought I'd draw a card to get some inspiration. I used the card I came up with in the "Sacred Days of Yule" daily draw on Aeclectic Tarot.


Waking Eyes

Annie knew his family would insist on an open casket. Was she ready for this? In an attempt to avoid the images surfacing in her mind, she kept herself busy emptying out his side of the closet piling the clothes on the now empty side of the bed. The house was unnaturally quiet. Annie stopped and caught her breath, listening to the unfamiliar silence for a few seconds. Like being lost in space – this vast empty place devoid all sound except for her own blood rushing in her ears. Brushing aside the thoughts and memories, she went back to work.

The service seemed to last an eternity. Annie couldn’t take her eyes of the casket. Why did it bother her so? Her heart was hammering. What did she expect to happen?

When the last chords of the organ had ended all eyes were on her. She knew they all expected her to go first. After all, she had been his wife. There was no way she could skirt this duty. Her heart thumping madly in her chest, she got up, knees shaking and walked to the front of the chapel.
Nervously her eyes scanned the body, finding his face. Peaceful – as if he was just asleep. Of course. They had closed his eyes. She nearly had to laugh. What had she expected? When she had imagined this moment, somehow she had always imagined them open, staring at her. Those big, round, dumb eyes, staring at her.

He had never seen it coming.

Donnerstag, 29. Dezember 2011

The Story of the Pentacles

I have started some in-depth study with the help of Mary Greer's "21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card" again and got started on writing my own story of the Pentacles suit yesterday. Here's what I came up with:

When they arrived, Claire had been leaning over the railing trying to catch a glimpse of her new home, this country that was so full of promise. There it was - their chance at a better life. She remembered the stories of people who had "made it" over there. People like her and her family who had arrived with next to nothing. But with the right idea and the will to work hard you could become a wealthy person and lead a worry-free life. And it had all been right there before her. (Ace of Pentacles)

Reality proved just a little harder than that. Of course the Nolans were not the only family who had come full of hopes, full of dreams and despite their willingness to work, they barely scraped by. Claire had found a job at a clothes factory where she learned how to sew so she could contribute a little to sustain the family. One day on her way home she found a ring lying there in the street. Being an honest girl, she took it to the Lost and Found but when after a while nobody had come to claim it, she was allowed to keep it. She went to the jeweller's for an evaluation and sold it for a decent sum of money. She hadn't told a soul yet as she didn't want them to get all excited yet. It was fun thinking about the many ways she could spend the money, all the things she could buy. She could pay a couple of months' worth of the rent in advance and still buy some food. She could buy some new clothes for herself and her family. Niamh was in desperate need of some new winter shoes. Or she could buy them all a really nice dinner and take them to the theatre. But maybe it was wiser to invest the money. Phew! What a difficult choice. (2 of Pentacles)

In the end, Claire had decided to rent a little shop and buy her own sewing machine. Her own little dressmaking and alteration shop. It was hard work and she really applied herself to it. So much to learn but she was very talented and soon had earned herself a reputation. (Three Pentacles)

After a while she had made enough money to feed her family and employ a help but she made sure to set some money aside for bad times. She took it all to the bank where it would be safe. (Four of Pentacles)

Little did she know that they would be hit by an economic crisis a few years later. She was right where she had started again, having just enough money to scrape by. She almost thought she would lose it all. The family was very lucky that the landlord was a generous man and never threatened to kick them out when they were behind in their payments. (Five of Pentacles)

Finally the economy recovered and Claire's shop was running smoothly again. she had learned how important it is to help each other when times are tough. She repaid her landlord not forgetting to include generous interest and never forget to donate some of her wealth to the less fortunate. (Six of Pentacles)

Over the years Claire's little shop expanded slowly and steadily. When people said she needed to invest in marketing and advertising, she laughed and said, "Only weeds grow fast!". She knew it would take time and didn't want to take any unnecessary risks. However, it seemed she was right. Things were going just great. (7 of Pentacles)

After a while she felt she was ready to take on a new challenge and took up designing her own clothes. This was something completely new for her and she had to learn a lot. She studied magazines, watched films, went to museums for ideas and kept trying and trying. (8 of Pentacles)

Claire's clothes line became very popular and her little dressmaker's shop had grown into a well-known company with branches all over the country. Claire and her family moved to a big, handsome house in the country with a big garden. Whenever her time allowed, Claire would go there to relax. (9 of Pentacles)

How time flies! Claire looked at her lined face in the mirror. Sometimes it was hard to believe that her daughter Aislin was already in her thirties and had children of her own and little Stevie had just turned 25. Claire was hoping that one day Aislin would take over the family business. She had a knack for it. Her husband would be a great help, too. Or maybe Steve would develop an interest in the business after all. Either way, Claire was sure her company would stay in the family. (10 of Pentacles)

Our Baby Spread: Dear Satu, Yours Henry VIII

As you may or may not know I have just had a son in April and I thought it might be interesting to do a reading for him concerning the gifts and possible "baggage" he received from me and my hubby.

The positions are as follows:



1 - The greatest gift you got from your mother
2 - The greatest weakness you received from her
3 - The greatest gift you got from your father
4 - The greatest weakness you received from him
5 - What you need from your parents the most right now

I thought it would be more interesting for my readers if I used a fictional character again instead of our own son as then you have the benefit of hind (or rather foresight) and see how accurate the results are.

Dear Satu.

My second wife Anne and I just had a baby daughter, Elizabeth. I was rather disappointed that is was no son as I'm in desperate need of an heir but maybe next time we'll get lucky.
Anyway, I was wondering what will become of little Elizabeth and whether she will take after her father.

Henry the Eighth, by the Grace of God, King of England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith and of the Church of England and also of Ireland in Earth Supreme Head.

Your Majesty.

I feel very honoured as I haven't read for royalty yet. I used my "Our Baby" spread and my Druidcraft tarot cards. The cards I drew for you and your wife were:

1 - The Moon
2 - Five of Cups
3 - Judgement
4 - Queen of Swords
5 - King of Wands

1 - The best quality Elizabeth received from her mother Anne is represented by "The Moon". She will be able to connect very well to her subconscious, her inner visions and dreams. She will be deeply emotional, creative and very good at conquering her own deepest fears, which makes her brave and bold in her endeavours.

2 - The greatest weakness she received from her mother is a tendency to get sad or depressed, feel regrets or yearn for "the good old times". Setbacks will not be easy for her to deal with emotionally.

3 - The best quality she received from her father is represented by "Judgement". She is somebody who has great vision and therefore is not afraid of change and transformation, even if it means breaking with long-standing traditions. She has the ability to create something entirely new from what seemed a lost cause. Given that she is of royal descent, this could mean she will usher in a new era sometime in the future.

4 - The greatest weakness she received from her father is something I would see as a bit of a blessing/curse thing. The Queen of Swords shows that she has a sharp wit, is very clever, eloquent and independent in her thinking. She is a keen judge and very consequent in taking decisions. Very clear-cut. Anyone who stands in the way of her and her vision, might get better acquainted with the Queen's sword. So in that sense she could appear cold-blooded and harsh at times.

5 - The King of Wands is a passionate, strong-willed leader and in this case I would take the card quite obviously to refer to Your Majesty. What Elizabeth needs most right now is her father. Your recognition and approval will be important to her. She needs a male identification figure, someone she can trust and look up to and she needs reassurance. You said you were disappointed that you didn't have a son. The cards advise you not to show your disappointment and support and guide your daughter.

I hope I could help you with this reading.

Light and Love
Satu

In case you would like to read up on her:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_I_of_England


PWG7Y6H3PMQM

Mittwoch, 28. Dezember 2011

Weekly Motto #1

I thought I could start a weekly draw exercise here. In this I will draw a card and write down a sentence that could serve as the week's motto.

If your heart's not in it - don't do it!

What tarot card are you?

I couldn't resist and took the quiz. If I calculate my Birth Card numerologically it is VI, the Lovers.

You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Dienstag, 27. Dezember 2011

New Year's resolutions reading Satu style (Homer Simpson)


I have seen that there are a lot of New Year's spreads around but I wanted to create one of my own hoping it would help me keep my resolutions. :)

Here's what I came up with:

First you choose three cards from the deck to represent your top three New Year's resolutions and line them up at the top of the spread. Then you cover them with the cards 1-3. They stand for possible blocks or difficulties. Cards 4-6 show what will help you with the respective resolution under which they lie. Card 7 shows what you will gain if you see things through.

Now the three covering cards 1-3 have different meanings depending on what "mode" of card they are:

Major Arcana: self-sabotage - you are most likely to sabotage this resolution yourself and this card tells you more about why and how

Courts: sabotage by other people - people that may get in the way or "seduce" you

Minor Arcana: everyday life obstacles - chores, work, parties...what ever gets in the way



Practice reading with the New Year's resolution spread:

Dear Satu.

Recently I have heard that a lot of people are interested in our family life and it was said that people are laughing about me because they think I'm fat, lazy and stupid.
Now I would like to change my life. I decided to lose weight, be nicer to my neighbour Flanders and show a bit more effort at work. Could you tell me what chances I have of keeping these resolutions for the New Year?

Yours Homer J. Simpson


Dear Homer.

I used the Crystal Tarot and I have chosen the following three cards to represent your three resolutions. Losing weight: 7 of Pentacles; being nicer to Flanders: 2 of Cups; better work ethics: 3 of Pentacles.

1: 8 of Swords
2: Queen of Pentacles
3: Queen of Swords
4: Knave of Swords
5: Ace of Cups
6: Ace of Wands
7: Knight of Swords

What will most likely get in the way of your losing weight is that there is so many distractions, things getting in the way, you will have to fight on many fronts at the same time, lots of external influences in everyday life that could possibly get you off track. What will help you is the energy of the Knave of Swords, a cool, slightly rebellious character with a keen, sharp wit and logic. He is rational and critical and can be quite radical in his decisions. What it means for you is that you need to be less emotional and less malleable. You tend to go with the flow, your spontaneous ideas and impulses and think later (if at all).
What gets in the way of you being friendlier to Flanders is the Queen of Pentacles, a wealthy, pragmatic woman who can be narrow-minded or square so I am guessing it could stand for Maude Flanders and you feeling responsible for her death. That will make things difficult for you. What will help you is the Ace of Cups which stands for forgiveness, healing and love.
As for your third resolution what is most likely to get in the way or make things difficult for you is a woman who is very clever and eloquent, a critical judge of herself and everyone around her. I think it refers to your daughter Lisa. Most likely she often criticizes you, rolls her eyes at what you say and you get the feeling she doesn't really believe in you. It seems her opinion is more important to you than you'd think. What helps you in this respect is activating your passions, becoming active, showing her what's in you (Ace of Wands). You need to activate your creative potential.

What you will gain in all this is becoming more flexible and faster in your thinking, it seems you have intellectual potential that you will be able to tap into. You will be less predictable and probably a lot less naive. However you will also be less easy to please as you will be more critical.

I hope I could help you with this.

Love and Light
Satu

Samstag, 24. Dezember 2011

Dear Satu - Yours Eve

Dear Satu.
Somebody in my neighbourhood has just made me an offer that seems to good to pass up. I am definitely more than tempted. However, it involves breaking a rule I have been set by my boss.
I thought, maybe I am ready to take more responsibility. Perhaps it is time to emancipate myself, take charge, be my own boss and the person who made the offer suggested my boss was just keeping things from me that would help me become more independent.
I am curious. What would happen if I take the offer and what would happen if I just ignore it?
Eve

Dear Eve.
I used my Crystal Tarot and the "Decision Making Spread" in order to help you. Here are the cards that I drew:
1 - The Significator: The Fool
2-3 What will happen if you take the offer: The Tower - The World - 3 of Pentacles
4-6 What will happen if you don't: Queen of Pentacles - Knave of Wands - Knight of Wands
What this is about is curiosity and the beginning of something completely new. The Fool is naive and trusting, he curiously ventures out into the world without worrying too much about possible dangers and consequences. He is chaos but he is still whole, infinite, he hasn't decided his fate yet. So far you have trusted your boss but now you think, he could be keeping something from you and you are looking for adventure and independence.
First let's look at what could happen if you take the offer. The Tower indicates sudden events that bring a drastic change. Something that will turn your convictions and/or your life upside down. The World shows that you will find the place where you belong, your "vocation", something that makes you feel at home. As you said it was a question of emancipating yourself from your boss and taking responsibility for your own life, The World seems to say just that. Three Pentacles shows that it will, however, be hard work and you will have to show what is in you and prove yourself. However, threes are dynamic, they show progress and advancement to a higher level. In that sense you will definitely become more independent and responsible but you might lose the trusting naiveté of The Fool card.
If you ignore the offer and decide to stay where you are, you will make yourself at home where you are. You will live in abundance, being safe and comfortable. The Queen of Pentacles could also indicate starting a family. However, there is still this urge to take initiative, to have adventures, to take charge and become active that I see in the Knave of Wands. A passion that becomes stronger in you, you might become restless and impatient. The Knave becomes the Knight. Somehow I have the feeling you have long taken a decision in your heart. Could that be?
I hope I could shed some light on the matter for you.
Love and Light
Satu

I feel the need to comment on this a bit as I couldn't believe my eyes when I pulled the cards from the deck. This practice reading helped me understand some things about the "Fool", "World" and "Tower". The Fool beautifully describes Eve's state before taking the apple. Trusting, naive, curious about the world, full of potential, innocent and unaware of dangers and consequences of her actions. Pretty much like a child. The Tower shows a "shock to the system", something happening suddenly that brings about a drastic change. I don't know any other card in the deck that could describe the moment of expulsion from the Garden Eden as well as the Tower. It seems the whole world around Eve (and her hubby Adam) crumbles, everything they had believed was secure, everything they had taken for granted was destroyed as a consequence of one single action - quite a Tower situation I would say. I like that after that the "World" came up. Not only does the card literally show "the World", the domain in which Adam and Eve now live their lives and have to work (Three of Pentacles) to sustain themselves, it also has the quality of going from foolchild to independent individual with responsibilities. For me the Fool is the traveller through the 21 cards of the Major Arcana and "The World" is his destination that becomes the start of a new cycle. So that card, too fits beautifully.
When I did the "What if I don't listen to the snake and don't take the apple" first I was a bit astonished to see the Queen of Pentacles as she is a very worldly, pragmatic and earthy figure but then I thought it made sense because she is queen in her domain, which provides all material needs. Usually you see her sitting or standing in some kind of lush garden or a nice palace. But the two wands courts here say it all. She wouldn't have been content. There would have been this drive to know more, see more, take charge, become active that there is in the fire element: the human inquisitive mind and exploratory urge.
For me it revealed something about the whole Fall from Grace thing that I knew before but it never became this evident. It was meant to happen, it was supposed to, Adam and Eve were made that way. It is said in the Bible that man was created "in God's image". I have long wondered about what it meant. Of course you could write whole books about that but part of it just means that humans were endowed with a creative mind, the means to build and shape their own world, become "little Gods" in their own domain. The catch is...with this kind of power comes responsibility. Humans were no longer the innocent "Fools" who could rely on God's wisdom. Now they had to face the consequences of their actions.
If you look at nature you will see that everything that God created makes sense and is balanced out nicely. Even if at first glance it seems strange or cruel, everything has its place and function in this masterplan. It is a little different with the things that we create as we lack that kind of vision and wisdom. Still, no matter what is being said about "original sin" and all that - it was a necessary process, all part of the plan. The lesson in all this is we should stop acting like toddlers in their terrible twos or irresponsible teenagers and strive to come a little closer to the image in which we were created, which means using our great gifts more wisely and more responsibly, preserving the natural balance.
Now, I am not really a Christian and don't believe in God in that sense or the Bible, for me God is a very abstract concept, a creative force in the universe. In my opinion, religions are merely our means of grasping the divine, giving it a face so that it's easier to deal with. if you look closely at the world religions - just the core of them, not what people made of it - most of them seem to convey the same ideas. They show us ways to use our creative mind wisely and responsibly and how to coexist more or less peacefully (I'm saying more or less because not all of them follow a completely non-violent approach).
Still, I greatly enjoyed the outcome of this reading. It had a bit of a wow effect for me.

Freitag, 23. Dezember 2011

Dear Satu - Yours Voldemort


Dear Satu.

Here I am trying to become the most powerful wizard this world has ever seen but unfortunately there is something that stands between me and true greatness - that damn mortality.
Recently I have discovered a way of possibly making myself immortal and I would just like to know what my chances of success are. Is it a good plan or should I
keep looking for other options?

Yours Lord Voldemort


Dear Lord Voldemort.

Thank you for coming to me with your question. I have used my Röhrig Tarot deck to do a "SWOT" analysis for you on this matter. It is a spread that shows the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a course of action. Here is the cards I drew for you:

S - The Magician
W - Four of Pentacles
O - The Star
T - Justice

Let me start with the pros here. So the strong point of your plan obviously is that it seems to involve very advanced magic. The Magician shows that you have great potential and putting this plan into practice means you would show everyone what you are capable of. As it is your desire to become the world's and history's most powerful wizard this is certainly a way of showing them what's in you.
The Star reveals that this plan promises success and longevity. The Star stands for hope in dark and desperate times so it seems this plan can give you new hope. On a more literal level I would take the "Star" to mean just that. It would make you a star of your domain. I assume this plan is something daring that nobody has ever tried before? So it is likely that everyone will know your name once you have actually accomplished what you are trying to do.

On the whole that seems quite positive so far but let me point out the weaknesses of the plan, possible pitfalls and drawbacks. One major weakness of the plan is that power can make you feel too confident and proud. The Four of Pentacles here shows somebody sitting on a throne surrounded by light and four shiny orbs, his gaze is directed straight ahead, the back of the throne seems stable and sturdy, so he feels protected and invulnerable there. In his confidence he may forget to watch his back. Another aspect of the four of pentacles is the wish for safety, security and power can leave you inflexible and single-minded. So any fortresses you build around yourself at the same time always are corsets and prisons.
What could become a threat to your plan and to you in the end is expressed here in the card of Justice. The theme is that of "reaping what you sow" and karmic retribution or poetic justice. With power comes responsibility. So you will have to question yourself whether you will use your power wisely and in a way that will not bring harm to others. If you cause hurt, it may in the end come back to you. That is the lesson of this card.

The quintessence I calculated is 6. The sixth trump is The Lovers. So the cards advise you to do what you do with all your heart and with love. Then you will be able to do almost anything.

I hope I could help you with your decision.

Love and Light
Satu

Sample Readings for fictional characters or historical figures



I started out doing a blog where I would do readings for celebrities and people of public life about current events etc. Then somebody alerted me to the fact that - despite the very low chances of them ever ending up reading my blog and so much dribble being written about them anyway - the celebrities might not want to have the cards read for them.

What I liked about the celebrity readings was that you would have an authentic situation with an authentic querent rather than inventing one, which I frequently do in order to do practice readings. Now I had real people in real life situations having real life questions and problems.

So I thought I would try out using fictional and/or historical characters, which would have the same benefits without possibly hurting anyone as the people in question either merely exist in fiction or are long dead and gone.