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Mittwoch, 28. August 2013

Let's Celebrate: Four of Wands

“Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people”
Nido Qubein

In the Thoth tarot, Crowley has termed this card "Completion". It's what comes after the enterprise, undertakings, goals and vision that is expressed in the Three of Wands ("Virtue" in the Thoth). So it's time to celebrate first successes, to stop for a moment and look at what you have achieved. It's a moment's rest and peace after working hard towards a goal and it is shelter from troubled times. Time to look back at the Three of Wands, look at what you set out to do and how far you have come. A cycle is completed. 

I find that in tarot I can often see what in learning theory is called the "spiral curriculum" or "spiral approach". Imagine moving upward in a spiral. You pass the same points again and again but every time you do, you have moved up onto a higher level. Here you have just completed one of these laps and can move on to the next higher level of understanding initiated by the Five ("Strife" in the Thoth), which brings in the competition and the challenge. If you don't move on up, you will be going round in circles.

Now it's time to rest for a moment and celebrate your achievements, in learning you would secure and document your results for revision. So it's also a time to consolidate and reinforce so you can weather the storms to come. (Perhaps that's why the card can also stand for weddings or engagements). It's a time to welcome other people and have them partake in what we have achieved and built. 

Time to ask yourself: what have I achieved that I can be proud of? Which achievements in my life should I turn my attention to and secure now? Who or what should I invite into my life to celebrate and share? Which things in my life call for a celebration? What have I learned, what have I completed? What will be the next step so I don't go round in circles?

Samstag, 24. August 2013

Let's talk about Death, baby...

In one of my tarot-related facebook groups there has been a heated debate going on whether or not we as tarot readers are allowed to talk about death, which prompted me to think about this question again. 

Basically I think you need to make a difference between touching upon the subject of death in general and actually making any predictions for the future concerning death. 
While the latter is a definite no-go for me, I could imagine circumstances in which I would talk about the subject with my querent. I have once had a reading for a widow who was coming to terms with her new life. I suppose that's a situation where you have to talk about death. 

Of course these things depend on the situation and the circumstances. If you ask me would I ever wish death upon anyone, I would clearly say "no!" but then I found myself in a situation with a family member in a terminal condition and me wishing for an end to their suffering. What I mean to say is, that there are circumstances and situations that merit a deviation from our convictions and rules but they are rare. 

Still, I would never ever ever make any predictions about how, when, where and why a person is going to die. Especially not out of pure curiosity. The same goes for divorce, disease and disaster, the other three Ds that Mary Greer says you should never predict. 

I believe predictive statements in this area to be unethical. First of all I personally believe that we are not supposed to know. Secondly my belief is that nobody can accurately predict the future because the future is constantly in motion and future events depend on our actions in the present - and not only on our own actions. If that were not the case we'd have the perfect excuse not to take responsibility for our actions. Besides, if tarot readers could make precise predictions they wouldn't be reading tarot cards but sitting at a sunny beach somewhere enjoying the millions they made in betting and gambling. 

I am a member of the German Tarot Association (Tarot e.V.) and a certified reader according to their standards. This means I adhere to the Tarot Association's Code of Honour, which also stresses that there is never one valid interpretation of a card's meaning or a reading. In consequence that means there are no accurate predictions - least of all of the movie fortune teller kind "On 5th October you will meet a tall, handsome stranger you should be wary of - he will bring death!".

Having said that, you will hardly ever find me actually making predictions at all. I believe that we need to stress that a person's fate to a large portion rests in their own hands (given that there may be circumstances that you cannot influence). With my readings I would like to enable people to take charge, become the pilots of their own lives and fates rather than passively waiting for fate to strike. 
So I like to point out what is the most likely result of their current course of action and what they can do to change a negative result or speed up i.e. support a positive outcome. 
The aim of my readings is to help the querent and to enable them to take action to achieve the best possible outcome to a situation, not to scare the living hell out of them. 

Not making any predictions about the 4 Ds (death, disease, divorce, disaster) does not mean I'm sugarcoating things and only saying positive lovey-dovey things. Still I think a responsible reader should steer clear of such predictions - perhaps even predictions in general. 

Again, this is my opinion and I do believe there may be circumstances that prompt you to digress one way or another, at the core, however, you will never hear me making any predictive statements about the 4 Ds. 

Samstag, 10. August 2013

Three cards, three words: a sentence...

Here's an easy exercise you can do in order to familiarise yourself with a new deck or to become more confident and spontaneous in your readings or just for fun. 

It's a three-card draw. For each card you draw, note down the first word you associate with this card and make a sentence using the structure: subject, verb, object

I drew The Star, The High Priestess and The Emperor from the "Dark Fairytale Tarot". 

The words I associated were: 

Star: hope
High Priestess: to know
Emperor: limits

Possible Sentences: 

Hope knows no limits. 
When placing your hopes on something you should know its limits. 
Don't give up hope but know your limits. 

Donnerstag, 8. August 2013

Card of the Day: The three of Wands

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.

Helen Keller (American Author and Educator who was blind and deaf. 1880-1968)

We see a man standing on a hilltop looking out over a landscape. There's a river with golden waters and a range of mountains in the far distance. On the river you can see ships sailing. 

This card is all about vision, enterprise, progress, opportunity and adventure. The ships could represent ideas and thoughts traveling towards distant, unexplored shores. Where would your ships be sailing? From where you are standing, what distant goals do you see? Allow your ideas and thoughts to travel far. What new ideas, projects, adventures are waiting for you? 

The man on the card can see all this because he has climbed to a higher point. What have you reached in the past that serves as a solid basis for your vision? What can you build on? What can you be proud of? 

Two of the staffs are behind the man like a gate that he has already passed through, the third one is placed slightly ahead and serves him as a staff to hold on to. What first steps have you already taken to realise your dreams and plans? 

Don't be afraid to think and dream big but be willing to start small. As long as you don't lose sight of your distant goals, small steps will also take you there. Being able to be far out there with your thoughts but still with both feet firmly on the ground holding onto your staff there is perhaps the secret to successful entrepreneurship. Deal with what's manageable but dream up the big picture. 

This card encourages you to move ahead with your projects and tells you that prospects are good. 

Dienstag, 6. August 2013

Card of the Day: My cup runneth over...

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest [2] my head with oil; my cup runneth over. (Psalm 23, King James version)

Ace of Cups (Sharman-Caselli)

Remember that love and compassion are the resources in our lives that we will never run out of. So give freely. Where can you see love and compassion at work in your life? How do you show love and compassion towards your co-workers, your friends, your family or even to God (or whatever higher force you may believe in)? 

The five streams running from the cup are symbols of the five senses. Open yourself to sensory experiences. What can you see, feel, smell, hear and taste? Which channels do you use to express your emotions? 

It's time to love, to let your emotions flow and explore your deep desires and hopes. What is your personal Holy Grail? It may be just within reach without you being aware of it. 

Montag, 5. August 2013

On the page of pentacles: Get your game on, go play...

Someone in my tarot-related facebook group sent me instructions for an easy meditation on tarot today and as I had a quiet moment to myself (which is rare these days) I thought I'd try. I pulled the Knave of Pentacles from the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight and received some very powerful messages. 

Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of court cards in readings, least of all the pages and knights. I'm not always sure what to make of them. The meditation made me aware of a number of things about the Knave (Page) of Pentacles though. 

I instantly had the idea that this card was an invitation to play or to enjoy a performance and the words "inner child" sprang to mind. In the Voyager Tarot the card (Child of Worlds) is also called "Player". 

One of the messages I received was to enjoy the little things I'm doing, getting lost in them for a while without being concerned about the "higher planes" I'm trying to reach. Like children can get lost in the moment of their play without thinking about what needs be done, what will happen next or who's there. I can see that so often when my son is playing. Ask him what he would like for dinner and you won't get an answer. He can't be bothered with thinking about profane things like dinner when he's so wrapped up in his game. 

Another message I received touched on the question, "whose child are you?". In my case it invited me to explore this literally but it does not necessarily mean you need to think about your biological parents it's more like thinking about the "stuff you're made of". Who or what made you what you are now? Who or what influenced and shaped you? Try to remember where you are coming from. It was a bit of a "back to the roots" thing. 

So the Page of Pentacles invites you to play with the possibilities, to enjoy life without thinking too much about the consequences or the future, to stay in the moment and enjoy it before you move on and to turn your attention to where you are coming from. All the while he told me to take small steps and be concerned with what's manageable and hands-on rather than what's "up there". I'm in my head a lot and find it hard to turn off the carousel that's going on up there, so it's good advice to focus on the tangible, manageable even though it may appear small at first. 

Thank you, Page of Pentacles and thank you Delphine for the meditation.