Tarot at Sunrise…

Yesterday, something caused me to wake up just in time to see this pre-sunrise sky-show. Immediately after I made my way to the window to take this shot…an enormous Owl flew by, presumably heading off to bed. It looked large enough to carry off small automobiles if it got the urge… I decided to ask … More Tarot at Sunrise…

Cards That Speak of Challenge…

Today I was awakened before dawn by the insistent chirping of a smoke detector crying out for a fresh battery. I tossed my sister’s place where I’m housesitting, but found only other batteries of incompatible size. It was 56F…inside the house. I decided to go outside and bury the wheedling contraption in the yard so … More Cards That Speak of Challenge…

Sweet Chariot…

Studying Tarot can be like gazing into a fractal: the deeper you peer into it, the more it just goes right on opening up new facets of itself like an infinite flower… Case in point: the Chariot card. I’ve generally thought of this card as signifying things like willpower, struggle, combat, travel, armor, and whole … More Sweet Chariot…

12 Astrological Houses Spread

In honor of the Full Moon last night, I busted out a big spread based on the 12 astrological Houses.  I’ll be doping out the meaning of this reading for days to come! Interesting note: the numbered Minors (not counting the Aces) make up just under half of the deck.  So statistically speaking, in a … More 12 Astrological Houses Spread

Hierophant as Shaman…

My strongest aversion to any Tarot card has always come pouring out in response to The Hierophant. See, I never connected to any of the various religious leaders I met while growing up, and I had zero interest in someone like that telling me what I should be doing with my life. Years later, I … More Hierophant as Shaman…

New Deck Reading/Meditation – The Tarot of the Origins

Getting a new deck is always exciting.  I don’t give in to the urge-to-buy at the drop of a hat anymore – not like I once did! – but whenever I can feel the pull of a deck that I know will have some real impact on me, I’ll still expand my collection with it. … More New Deck Reading/Meditation – The Tarot of the Origins

Initiation…

We got into a great bit of side-chatter in last night’s inaugural Tarot Toolkit session about initiations and initiatory rites: putting yourself through some kind of exacting ordeal so as to evolve and ascend. The Hanged Man always embodies this concept for me. In fact, in this deck, the equivalent card is even called “Sacrifice.” … More Initiation…