Tarot Blog Hop ~ The Art of Balance

Previous Blog | Master List | Next Blog   Welcome to the Mabon Blog Hop. As the nights draw in (or draw out) it’s time to bring some balance back to your life. The question is, how? Life is a funny old game, isn’t it? A few months ago, it was perfect! We had everything we could want or wish for, with life being abundant around us. Then, disaster strikes & things get thrown out of whack. A few weeks later & it’s looking up again. Balance is a funny old thing, it doesn’t stick around forever & it seems quite hard to pin down for any great length of time. What is balance? If you’ve ever seen Firefly (either the TV series or the conclusion movie, Serenity) then you’ll know that balance is meant to be fleeting. It is meant to last as long as the snowdrops, the daffodils, the tulips. It’s because we as humans don’t strive ourselves forward if we’ve no challenges in life. Okay, we get more balance in the summer when the days are hot & long, but even then, we get balance again in the depths of winter. We get seasons because that’s what…

Tarot with a little Spanish Flavour

I have a little Spanish flavour in my deck collection now! No, that’s not including the use of saffron.  I had the benefits of holidaying in Barcelona this year; a country that is as hot as the cooking & as warm as the hospitality we were shown by those decent folks of Barcelona.  I have this to say to the thieving bastard who pick-pocketed us: May your armpits be infested with the fleas of 1000 camels & may your arms be too short to scratch. Nurse with Wound So, onwards to the holiday, despite spending more time than we would have liked on filing Police reports & getting back on-line so we can talk/communicate in a foreign country, the rest of the holiday was great! Sun, sand, beaches, aquariums, exploration, sangria, mojito’s, paella, Cathedrals, more paella & importantly family time. Okay, so about 5 hours of the last night I could have done without, but I got sorted medically upon my return home. The Deck I Sought I did manage to find a shop that sold a traditional Spanish Tarot Deck. The first shop wasn’t exactly helpful, I couldn’t look at the cards, even though they were not wrapped in…

Tarot Family & Community

Being in the “Tarot family” can be fun, dynamic & educational. The “family” is so diverse that there’s going to be someone, somewhere you can relate to. Finding them though can be tricky. Unless you know where to go. There are probably as many Tarot family Groups out there as there are Tarot decks x 78. The trick is finding which one is right for you. There are a few secret ones too, where you’ve really got to have found your tribe or vibrate with the group’s creator before you get anywhere near them. So, if you’re wanting a good, free Tarot resource to go to, where the heck do you start? Facebook: I dare you to look at Tarot Groups in the Facebook Search bar. The list in Groups (best do this from a PC & select GROUPS as one of the items off the menu) goes on I think, forever! It depends what it is you want to know though! Just starting out? 3 of Cups Tarot Community is a friendly one to come & dip your feet into. Tarotholics Anonymous is another (yes, I run it) if you’ve started out but want to get insights from others.  There…

The Summer Solstice: Hello Lithia!

The Summer Solstice is here, at last! Hip-hip-hooray! What is it YOU are reaching for this season? I offer you a seasonal spread to try out now & at any time you wish! The weather outside is delightful & the fire is not delightful, & since I’ve places to go, I’m going out, I’m going out, I’m going out. (Sing those words to the tune of “Let it Snow” from Bing Crosby & then read on!) The Summer Solstice is here, welcome to the height of Summer! The days are long, the nights are short, hot & often humid. Growing up, I never saw the need for me to be in bed for 9 pm (or earlier!) but I now know that a good nights rest is helpful to my wellbeing; both physically & mentally. Try telling that to my kids though! At this time of the year, it’s important to take an assessment of the first six months of the year. How did it go for you? What do you want to change? Decide what needs chasing. Think about what needs to change. Looking back might just send you to sleep, or you might choose to do this with…

Choosing Tarot & Being New To It

Choosing to use the Tarot to help you in life isn’t new, it’s as old as the whole cartomancy idea is, which is centuries old. Being new to it isn’t new either, promise. Choosing your first deck is full of things you maybe should/shouldn’t do. Come with me, hand in hand & I’ll take you through a few of the “lores” of Tarot & getting your first deck. Choosing to use the Tarot in your life ought to be a conscious decision. Knowing a few things first will help. Firstly, you may have heard you should be given your first deck! Well, when printing was expensive, your first deck was probably going to be from a grandparent, or if you were lucky & they were young enough; a great-grandparent, as it would be an investment. These days, that’s not likely to happen, though it can & great if it does! If you fancy a specific deck or the look of one, go buy it! There are great sellers online for these things, starting with perhaps the Book Depository, The Tarot Garden or Amazon. If you can, get along to a Tarot Meetup. The one I run, I always bring about 40+ decks…

A Long, Long, Time Ago, When I Was Sixteen

A long, long time ago, I can still remember the first time I played with the Tarot.  I was pretty sure, until recently, I’d told you all the story of how I got into the Tarot when I was sixteen. I can’t find it, so here it is.  When I started thinking about this blog post, I was trying to find the story I’d already written on a page about when I was sixteen. I began it on May 4th but instead of Star Wars going through my head, I had Don MacLain & American Pie in my head. As is usual with me, that song wouldn’t shut up until I’d sang the song (badly, probably!) in full & it inspired the title. Like the music itself, the Tarot touched me deep inside & the music so far hasn’t died. So, what happened all those years ago? Well, let’s begin at the last time I undertook Confession. I finally realised that the Church wasn’t where I was going to get my life-long answers. I wasn’t even allowed to ask the questions I had! They were more concerned with what I’d done wrong & what I was going to do to…

You’re Gifted – Please Start Using It

We all have our gifts, talents & passions. Now, with the last blue moon for the next 5 years, it’s time to be utilising yours! Please don’t use the excuse you’re not talented/gifted in something. We ALL are!  The trick, with working out what you’re gifted is, it to understand what makes you happy when you try it! My eldest is quite the artist & thinker, the middle one is very much more the Duracell bunny, try everything & bounce off the walls! The daughter hasn’t figured that out yet, but she’s got bags of time to figure that out. I learned quite early on I love creating, drawing, thinking up new ways to do something. I was very much the Page of Pentacles as I was growing up, now I’m a mix of the Queen of Pentacles & the Page of Cups, mixed in with some of the other courts. The trick though is to start using your gifts for your own ends! I love creating bags or cards as additional gifts for others; I spend as much time on their card as I do their gift! Sometimes, I have the time to make both, sometimes only just one of…

The Tarot Blog Hop : The Musical!

The Tarot Blog Hop is 50 with this Hop! 50 posts have been created, shared, cascaded, hopped between & across. Wow, 50! Happy birthday to us! Now, we all know the internet is made of Cats & with that in mind, it’s time to become a cat! Well, almost as it’s musical time! PREVIOUS BLOG | MASTER LIST | NEXT BLOG Welcome to the Spring Equinox Tarot Blog Hop, however you’ve landed here. The question that our Wrangler has this for us as the challenge this time: Unleash your inner Gleek and stand on the balcony and sing for forgiveness as you explore your relationship with Tarot and Music! Musicals aren’t my mug of tea. Now, I’m NOT one for being on stage, at all! In the choir, the supporting team, backstage, lighting, anything other than the central stage. Once I get going though, I’m OK! I’m tone deaf too, so a musical is so not me! However, I do hear music when I’m reading. I had Oasis come through in a reading recently, along with Country Music (Kingsmen 2 & John Denver, anyone?) & quite often, I’ll hear lyrics that have come through as if I’m hearing them on an old…

Determine Your Own Story

The cards are great at telling a story, but what happens afterwards, when you’ve left the Tarotists table? Well, as one great fellow Tarot Reader says; the rest of the story is down to you! I’m sure if you’re reading this blog, you’ve had a Tarot reading! If you haven’t, what’s stopping you? Maybe nothing, maybe you’re just reading this because you’ve stumbled across it & you’re curious. Great! If you have wondered what a “fortune-teller” might tell you, I doubt you’ll find the answer here, but you’re welcome to carry on reading anyway & see what lies behind the story. Let me tell you about the time I did actually get myself a reading; the first of many. I say that because I read for myself when I need it & regularly every month with the Tarot Meetup that I co-run with Mary Collin. It’s my role to help others do that very same task, we make an evening of it & now we do that twice a month (weather permitting!) I also read professionally, but I’m sure since you’re reading this, you figured that out pretty quickly too. So, the time I had a Tarot Reading? It was…

The Year of the Earth Dog – Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is about to start. Are you ready for the Year of the Earth Dog? It’s New Year time again, but this time, for our Oriental friends.  Reading up on when the Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog happens, is quite confusing. Despite the fact that the New Year actually began for them on February 4th, the New Year is not celebrated until the New Moon of that lunar month; hence why it’s the 16th of February this year. Another thing I’ve learned this year (which I haven’t known these last 12 years!) is that there are colours for each animal!  Someone told me it was brown this year & I was like, “ya what?! Colours?! No way!! :O” But it was yes way, there are colours. There are also genders; so this year is the year of the “Male brown earth dog”. My eldest was born in a Dog year, a Fire Dog but I cannot find out the colour of the dog (I’m thinking red?) or the gender associated with it. The last time the Earth Dog was here, was 1948! Yes, quite a while ago! Tarot & The Earth Dog So, what does this…