Tarot Continuing Education – MidSpring Tarot Blog Hop 2019

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This hop’s theme was proposed by Joy Vernon, asking us how we further our tarot knowledge.

Oh dear. What should I write? Of course it is important to further our knowledge of tarot but it is very difficult to define exactly how one should do it. Some people prefer books, some prefer practical teaching… so what could I write about that is useful for everyone? Let’s start with something everyone has access to, thanks to online shops.

BOOKS

I love reading books and time to time I find really good ones that defer from the cliche of listing card-by-card meanings with a few in-use examples. What I appreciate in a tarot book is innovation; it doesn’t have to revolutionise tarot reading, but it should provide enough food for thought, or quirky little interpretations or spreads I never thought of. A few titles I’d like to mention…

1. Academic books

  • Caitlín Matthews – Untold Tarot
  • Benebell Wen – Holistic Tarot
  • Joav Ben Dov – The Open Reading
  • Rachel Pollack – 78 Degrees of Wisdom

2. Quirky books

  • Camelia Elias – Towards the Art of Reading
  • Sasha Graham – 365 Tarot Spreads
  • Jamima Renee – Tarot Spells

3. Fun books

  • Italo Calvano – Castle of Crossed Destinies
  • Theresa Reed – Tarot Coloring Book

FORUMS

I think forums are a great source of knowledge. There’s always someone who sees things differently than me, and their new approach can teach me more about the cards than just practicing my readings with my same-old.

TABI‘s members only forum for example is a great place to start. At a very reasonable price, it has a vast amount of threads with years and years of discussions about tarot, and a very friendly and helpfuld atmosphere. There’s monthly practice questions going back for years that you can give a go and get feedback to; there’s the Free Readers’ section (TABI offers free tarot readings to the public) where you can read real life readings – of course the querent’s name and any data that could identify them are taken out. This subforum is one of the most valuable as you don’t only have a chance to learn about card meanings and interpretations, but also about how to handle difficult readings, how to deliver an empowering and meaningful reading, and in general about how to be an authentic tarot reader. Even if you are an established reader yourself, there’s always something you can learn from others.

WORKSHOPS

TABI also offers an online course that lasts about six months and gives people a good foundation to read the cards. I absolutely recommend it.

Other than that, the World Divination Association (check them out on Facebook!) offers lots of courses on divination methods from playing cards to bone reading. I am planning to attend some of those in future!

ART AND CREATIVITY

Whether you are artistic or not, doing tarot art or creative exercises teaches you a lot. You could create your own deck, or just roughly put together a concept for the Major Arcana with your favourite biscuits paired up with the cards. You could watch your favourite show on TV and think about how the characters’ personalities reflect the cards, or just attend a family pick-nick and think how your grandma is such a Queen of Swords! Whatever you do, making new associations to the cards helps you further your knowledge and understanding of the tarot.

For me, painting cards for the 1917 Tarot project was a huge step along my tarot journey. Thinking through the theme, deciding on the composition and actually painting images for the cards I have chosen was a real adventure, and I can’t recommend doing something similar enough. You could choose a card you don’t fully understand and try to paint it. I bet you’ll have it cracked by the time the paint dries on your canvas!

Well, this is it from me. I can’t wait to hear what others do to continue their education! Let’s hop on to the next blog, shall we?

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Springing into action – Spring Equinox Tarot Blog Hop 2019

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This time Jay and Sharon, our Wranglers have provided us with two topics. 1: to tell which card represents us the most; 2: to create a recipe using the tarot.

Now, I have already did the second one in another blog hop, so the other option provided more appeal. But then, I don’t want to bore you, dear reader, to XIII with my  praising myself and explaining why I must be the HP. Or the Empress. Or Strength. Or whatever. I would obviously choose a “good” card and you’d have to listen to me being not very humble. Na-ah, not gonna happen.

Still, to stay within the given topic of the hop, I needed to talk about myself in tarot terms, and so I have put a little twist on it: pick a card you wouldn’t want as a significator and look for a meaning you’d be comfortable with, should that card come up in a reading as you.

Dang that’s hard.

Now, I do love the darker side of the tarot – my favourite card is actually Death. I’m not afraid of a Tower month or a Hanged Man year, oh no (by the way these are the cards I got for March and for 2019 respectively). I readily admit my faults and wouldn’t be surprised if the 7 of Swords popped up to describe me. My problem cards are the fluffy ones that are too good to be true, and the card that makes me groan is the Ten of Cups.

Why, I hear you ask?

People expecting the Happily Ever After of fairy tales and breaking up with their pretty decent partners because they had a fight. Groan.

People acting like nothing’s wrong and they have a perfect family life when both partners are unhappy and/or are cheating on each other – more or less secretly. Groan.

People staying together because of the kids only, inevitably teaching the little ones that there is no such thing as a happy marriage. Groan.

Such nonsense makes me doubt whether the 10 of Cups really has a happy meaning or is it in fact one of the darkest cards of the deck. I dread it popping up in my life. It is overflowing, over the top, excessive, and has nowhere to grow further. (Like my list of synonyms for “too much”.)

Maybe it’s just my Marseille-background-brain. Maybe I have just heard too many of such stories connected to this card. Maybe I just never saw the picture perfect family of the lore. Whatever it is, I need to think hard if I want to be ready to embrace the Ten of Cups. Again, groan.

Like your normal tarot reader who also has some creativity in them, I went on to create a few versions of the 10 of Cups to connect to its concept better. Hold on to your socks, enlightenment is on the way!

“Married… with Children” was one of the few sitcoms that have been aired in Hungary on channels even I had access to (my mom was against cable tv, preferring us to get out of the house and play in the garden). I loved “Married… with Children”. It was hilarious. It was real. And even though Al and Peggy picked on each other and bickered all the time, at the end of the day, they did love each other and their kids. And that love kept them together and made their family more functional than some of the relationships I see in normal life. This is called unconditional love: loving your husband with his stinking feet and his constant complaining; loving your wife with her constant taunting and her cigarettes. I feel a facebook motivational quote coming up!

Huh, not bad! This hop prompt has led to a very enlightening moment regarding some situations in my life. Maybe the Ten of Cups isn’t such a bad card after all. I can relate to this kind of interpretation: “happily tolerating each other ever after”. Thank you, Jay and Sharron!

I’m off to look for some more good background images for my “beautiful” quote, so hop on! Happy Lent and Easter and Equinox and Almost-Weekend, and whatever you celebrate! And don’t forget to look up if you have a clear sky tonight for the super-worm-moon! (Disappointing name, awesome sight! Just like Marcy’s second husband. Right, Mrs Marcy D’arcy?)

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Yule 2018 Tarot Blog Hop – Finding my Cozy

You think of a wonderful thought!
Any happy little thought?
Uhhuh!
Like toys at Christmas? Sleigh bells? Snow?
Yep! Watch me now, here I go! It’s easier than pie!

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I haven’t seen Peter Pan until I was about 28, when one day I stumbled across it on TV and watched it with the kids. It is a very different experience to watch a kids movie as an adult for the first time. There are no memories attached to the movie, and you see the whole thing with the disapproving eyes of a parent. Still, maybe because I have read the book before seeing the animation, I did like it. Especially the songs. And when Joanne Sprott, our wrangler has shared the topic of this hop, the song immediately started to play in my head, on a loop: think of Christmas, think of snow, think of sleigh bells, off you go…

What I like about this song is its message. If you think of a happy thought, you can fly! Well, not physically due to the lack of pixie dust we have here in Midgard but still, positive thinking can take you places. I hear you ask: what could be more positive than a festival spent with people you love? That’s right! Watching Disney movies with said people!

Yes. My cozy is Disney movies being watched with the kids on either side of me, hot chocolate in hand, feet tucked in under a warm blanket. (Don’t judge me lol.)

I wonder when Disney/Pixar will see the enormous black hole in the market. I mean, even Sailor Moon and Hello Kitty have theirs. It’s well past time Disney got its act together and published a tarot deck, am I right?!

To make it easier for you, dear Guys at Disney, I have made a list of the Majors for you. You just have to give me The Nod and it is published, like, yesterday!

Not-entirely-jokes apart, this deck would be my ultimate cozy comfort tarot to go to. Full of strong characters, archetypes, and brilliant stories, Disney’s animation movies are a perfect match for the cards, and the characters would trigger happy little thoughts in my mind and intuition that could make the reading fly! So yes, here I present my list of the 22 Majors associated with Disney characters.

0 the fool ariel0 The Fool – The Little Mermaid

1 The Magician – Genie (Aladdin)

2 The High Priestess – Elsa (Frozen)

3 The Empress – Duchess (Aristocats)

4 The Emperor – Grownup Simba (The Lion King)

05 hierophant granny willow5 The Hierophant – Grandmother Willow (Pocahontas)

6 The Lovers – Cinderella and Prince Charming

7 The Chariot – Lightning Mcqueen (Cars)

8 Strength – Mulan

9 The Hermit – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

10 The Wheel of Fortune – The three fates from Herkules

01 the magician genie11 Justice – Robin Hood

12 The Hanged Man – Kenai (Brother Bear)

13 Death – The Apple (Snow White)

14 Temperance – The Girl (The Jungle Book)

15 The Devil – Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)

16 The Tower – Rapunzel escaping from her Tower (Tangled)

03 empress duchess17 The Star – Geppetto (Pinocchio)

18 The Moon – Alice (Alice in Wonderland)

19 The Sun – Lilo and Stitch

20 Judgement – The Beast transforms back to human (Beauty and the Beast)

21 The World – Moana

 

There. The fact that it only took about ten minutes to compile this list is alarming. Am I such a big nerd? Jeez!

Still…

SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAPPEN PLEASE!!!

(Not that I’m not going to print these cards anyway but you know… a professional, officially published deck would be awesome!)

Well, as you can see I have found my imaginary cozy deck! Until such happy days when it is actually published, my present and forever go to deck is the Egyptian Tarot by Comte Sain Germain published by US Games Inc. I wanted to talk about this deck but I got side tracked and well… you know the rest.

Hop on now, and Happy Holidays, everyone!

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2018 Samhain Blog Hop – Saying thanks to Spirit

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Spirits have always been part of my life. I would probably feel very lonely without my clairesentience ability… and thinking about this makes me realise that sometimes I am an absolute twat with *them*. An ungrateful opportunistic selfish little human being who even forgets to do her prayers in the morning. (Well it’s mostly due to my toddler needing something and me getting side tracked but still.) What’s due is due and the question prompts kindly provided by our wrangler Aisling come very timely indeed. 

To take a look at my relationship with one spirit who is very dear to me, I have used the Darkwater Tarot by James Douglas. This is my new go-to deck when it comes to communication with the other side. Its black and white images lend themselves well to this task; they remind me of what is beyond the veil, and after testing them in a number of readings for different topics they became my 78 piece Ouija board. 

So let us see the spread I have created for this wonderful occasion! (I am not good at staying with what has been provided, sorry)


James Douglas Darkwater Tarot1. (The selfish little human): what does my spirit guide (slash secret crush) think about me?
2: What do I think of my spirit guide (slash secret crush)?
3: What is the thing I’m doing he is happy with?
4: What is the thing I’m doing he is fed up with?
5:  What is the thing he’s doing that I am happy with?
6: Why?
7: What is the thing he’s doing I am fed up with?
8: Why?
9: What is the main thing he wants to teach me right now?
10: How can I ever thank him for being such an awesome dude?
Well, looking at the cards, I am surprised there are not many Majors… Not quite what I expected – or rather – not what I wanted to see.
1. (The selfish little human): what does my spirit guide (slash secret crush) think about me? – Three of Pentacles
Am I so hard to work with? Really? Surely not! What do you mean I’m whining all the time?!
2: What do I think of my spirit guide (slash secret crush)? The Star reversed/ Empty Sky
I think He isn’t fulfilling my wishes, and I do know it is a good thing, ok? I might moan about stuff time to time but who doesn’t? (Now he rolls his eyes at me and tells me a name who doesn’t. Le sigh.) The sky would indeed be empty without him. There was a period when I had to be without him, and it was hard. I am super happy he is back.
3: What is the thing I’m doing he is happy with? – King of Cups reversed
I am controlling my emotions much better than I used to. And working on leaving behind what doesn’t serve my emotional wellbeing. Yay.
4: What is the thing I’m doing he is fed up with? – Two of Wands reversed
I am not acting on my ideas. I am fed up with it too. Sorry dude… 😦 I’m working on it!
5:  What is the thing he’s doing that I am happy with? – 10 of Cups reversed
He isn’t going light on me anymore. There was a time when he was super kind and just kept me floating, giving me strength to survive. Now I can take on more, so he does dump it on me and I love him for it.
6: Why? – Page of Wands
Because I am ready!! (Said it in Spongebob style.) I am proud of being stronger.
7: What is the thing he’s doing I am fed up with? – 4 of Cups
Amm… I have no idea what this means. At all. Nope. There’s nothing I am fed up with. Lol.
8: Why? – Lovers reversed/The Fall
Oh all right sometimes I do miss him being super nice. Jeez, this deck is insistent.
9: What is the main thing he wants to teach me right now? – The World reversed/ The Unexplained
Omg wow! Oh-kay…. no pressure then… I shall grab my notebook! ^_^
10: How can I ever thank him for being such an awesome dude? – 10 of Wands reversed
Stop whining and taking too much on. Enjoy life, spend time with family. Also, the ten wands look like ten skewers ready to grill some food for him. I wonder if he’s hinting at something, haha! (Yes. Yes he is.)
Well, this spread did turn out nicer than I expected it to be! If you give it a go, do let me know how it went! Or you could hop on to Jay or Arwen’s posts! Happy Halloween!

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The Five of Flags for the 1917 Tarot

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I am just so in love with this! The image has gone through a lot of changes , from a doodle-like MsPaint picture to the final image of the Five of Flags (Cups) of the 1917 Tarot!

 

The woman on the picture holds on to the idea of the Tsar and pre-revolution Russia, ignoring the progress the country has made under communist rule. Who is she? A former noble, grieving her lost status? Princess Anastasia, grieving her murdered family and hiding her identity? Could she be me (I do have a soft spot for the Romanovs)? I will leave the decision to you, dear reader.

Tarot Blog Hop Anniversary – Musical Cards

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Happy anniversary, Hoppers! This is the 50th edition of the Tarot Blog Hop and to celebrate, our wrangler Jay Cassels has come up with a super glam idea:

PAIR TAROT AND MUSICALS!!!!!!!

and because these are two of my favourite things, I said to myself:

Crikey, I almost missed the deadline!!!!!!

In such a short time, what could I do? Well, I decided to keep it simple. My favourite musical? Elisabeth, without a doubt, although the “Tanz der Vampire” (Dance of the Vampires) makes a close second place. My favourite tarot card? Death, of course, what else? Pair them together and what a coincidence! Death is a central character in Elisabeth!

See him dancing with Sissi, with German lyrics but English subtitles:

That’s all well and good but now watch it in Hungarian!! The guy singing Death was so popular he was even invited to sing in Japan! 😀

And this is my favourite song from the whole musical. Its title would translate to something like ‘The shadows grew long today”… Death tries to entice Sissi’s son… and of course he wins. 😉

Comment your favourite Death themed songs! Now hop on, I need to do some singing on the top of my voice! Happy hopping!

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Triumph of Life Tarot – Ten of Cups

It has been such a long time since this project started! I am so happy it has finally come to fruition and that I have been able to participate with a card! Before I’d tell you about my story, this is what the Triumph of Life Tarot is all about:

Andrew Kyle McGregor of The Hermit’s Lamp had a simple idea: create a tarot deck that brings light and hope to cancer victims and survivors, AND that does something to stop this horrible disease.

Cancer and Cartomancy: The Triumph of Life Tarot

And this is how he did it:

First, get a bunch of people to contribute art to a tarot deck whose focus is the celebration of life. Make it as inspirational and life affirming as possible without denying the hardships we might face a long the way.

Each artist would strive create a card that answers the question “How does this image help us get from a place of loss and suffering to a place of joy and remembering?”

Second, print up the deck and sell them.

Third, take the profits and donate them to cancer research.

So 72 artists came together and made it happen!

This deck is entirely volunteer created.

All profits from sale 1, $13 per deck, will go to cancer research.

By February 2018, more than a thousand Dollars have been donated to the Terry Fox Foundation! Well done everyone, keep it going!!!

Now let’s talk about my card. By the time I found this project all cards were taken, so I just followed them and cheered from the background. Then, one day, Andrew announced that an artist had to withdraw. I jumped at the opportunity and got the Ten of Cups to make! How exciting! It was a very short time I had to finish painting but after a few days’ brainstorming (brain tsunamiing, hurricaning!!) my card was born. May I present you my Ten of Cups from the wonderful Triumph of Life Tarot!

Cancer and cartomancy: The Triumph of Life Tarot

The card shows a photograph hung on the wall, with ten cups raised for toast around it.

In India – where the person I dedicated the card is from – people hang the pictures of their passed away loved ones on the wall, with a garland of flowers around them. This is to show their love and of course to remember their dead. The Ten of Cups, this traditionally happy card advises us to keep the good times spent together in our hearts, and remember those who are not with us anymore with a nostalgic smile instead of tears. They are gone, and we can not change that. But a part of them, the amazing memories will stay with us forever, and that is what we need to celebrate. Raise your cups and tell a happy story when your loved one made you smile. Talk to your family and friends and share your grief with them. It is easier together. But most of all: smile.

Hindus believe in the process of reincarnation. In fact, their sacred scriptures advise us to think of our bodies not as a part of our identities, but rather as a coat that our soul, our real, immortal self is wearing. When a coat is too old and the wind blows right through it, you will change it for a new one, isn’t it? So why would a soul cry for a useless body? Our loved one’s soul hasn’t died; the soul is immortal.

In every religion people’s beliefs are similar: the soul has left the body, and it has transcended into another plane of existence, be it a new life here on Earth, in Heaven, at the side of Allah or in Nirvana… The thought that gives us hope is that we will meet again; it is only the matter of time. They are now in a better place.

Upright meaning: happiness; celebration; making the most of the time we have together; remembering the good times; taking the support of our family.

Reversed meaning: isolation; building up walls; inability to let go; the need to ask for our family’s help; the need to grieve together.

“As a man casts off his worn-out clothes and takes on other new ones, so does the embodied soul cast off his worn-out bodies and enters other new.”

– Bhagavad Gita 2:22

See you again soon, Didi! I wish you comfortable and sturdy clothes!