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…

Thanks Rabbie – The Beauty of Poetry

It’s Burns Night on Thursday, the time for haggis, neeps & tatties! It’s also the birthday of Scotland’s most famous of poets, Rabbie Burns. I didn’t get introduced to Rabbie Burn’s beautiful, wonderful work until I was 13 or 14; so quite late! Poetry wasn’t even something I recall my English language teacher putting before me, though the structure of a sentence is something she did say I’d be good at. The first poem of his I read I think, was Red Red Rose. I was given a book of his work & for hours, I sat there, trying to work the way the Scots speak with the words before me. Goodness, some of those auld words had me pondering “What the heck?!” quite a bit! Turns out that he’s taken old slang Scottish peasant language (a mix of English with Gaelic) & made it into poetry. No wonder I struggle! His Ode To a Haggis is rather famous & is used to open Burns Suppers. Here it is if you want to hear it. The context is currently lost on me, though I wish I understood what each verse means or references too. Despite the fact I don’t quite…

Acting your Shoe Size, Not Your Age!

It’s very easy to get swept up in the roles of modern life. Sometimes though, we need reminding to act our shoe size & not our age! How can the Tarot help you do just that? Whatever your shoe size is, the Tarot can help you get your head out of your own butt. It’s not often I engage in being a child. Like everyone else, I get my head down & get on with it, forgetting that I also need to be carefree regularly enough to keep myself refreshed & chirpy. Yeah, I get dour, snappy & cranky like everyone else! I need to remember my shoe size at times, not always my age! My daughter (who is not quite 5) gets too serious for her little boots at times. The boys certainly do & we’re all human after all. I developed this little 3 card spread to help you “lighten up” & get rid of the seriousness, if only for a few hours. Even as I write, I can hear the boys playing with the money from the money pots (the copper coins that I need to bag up & take to the bank in small bundles at…

Success : The “Will I?” question & phrasing your question

The “success” question has to be one of the most common questions a Tarot Reader is asked, right after the “Will he come back?” one.  The answer to the success question lies in your own perceptions, so read on for my insight & your free reading below. Success can be measured in lots of different ways. Usually, though, it comes down to how much money one makes & can you pay the bills each month, with enough left over for more than a bottle of wine from the cheaper supermarkets. People can get hung up on what success means & it’s all highly personal. Take someone famous, oh, I don’t know, Taylor Swift. She’s successful, the amount of money the girl makes. Do we want to be that successful? We like to think so until we hear the horror stories that have emerged lately regarding her & the actresses in Hollywood & we mere mortals then think; you know what, no. Success is like a ladder. We can climb as high up on that ladder as we want. As high as Sir Richard Branson or Taylor Swift, or we can reach just a little above where our parents achieved. We…

The Wildwood : The Importance of Numbers Repeating

Numbers repeating in a Tarot reading can indicate other meanings. Numbers are everywhere, even when we don’t realise it. The size of our shoes to the height & weight we are, how many biscuits we’ve just devoured or how many cups of coffee, carbonated soft drink etc. we consume in a day/hour… they’re everywhere! Even the roads have numbers on them, which at times, is just as well! In a Tarot reading though, numbers are vital & help structure the Tarot. That’s why the Tarot is different from Oracle cards. It’s this numerical structure that’s important & I’m not sure where it came from. Either the Golden Dawn or with Arthur Waite or even before them. (If you know, educate me in reply, I love replies!) Having a basic understanding of what each number means can help, so here’s a link to some explanations & my quick personal run down. One’s: Think of these as your seeds, your mono-pods. Not great at standing up on their own, but needed & useful. They’re often the start of things. Two’s: Think of your legs & arms here! Far more useful but like a toddler, takes a bit of balancing & finding your…

Using the Tarot as a crutch

We can create dependencies or a crutch on so many things in this modern age. Sex, drugs, rock n roll, tarot readings…  Yes, tarot readings. Relying too much on what your cards tell you rather than experiencing life itself, can cause issues.  It’s easy to get hooked into things that you know help you & you inadvertently turn them into a crutch. You continue to want their help ALL the time. It’s a bit like walking perfectly fine when you’re 10, even if you do fall over when you’re rushing or playing, but then becoming younger, to toddler stage and you can’t do anything without holding onto your “one thing” that you know supports you, but isn’t designed for the nth degree of things. The use of Tarot can get like that. From consulting the cards every hour to not getting out of bed to being nosy about what someone might be thinking. You can use it to micromanage everything, it becomes your crutch. The question I have is this: Do you really want to!? I get that there’s an element of control within us all that sometimes, can be a British BullDog. It just will not let go. Even though…