New Year Reading for 2014

Happy New Year everyone! I have pulled some cards and done a full spread for 2014. Let’s take a look at it.

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(Sorry everyone, this is as big as I could get it…)

What a fascinating grouping of cards! I put the intention out there that the bottom row would be the beginning of the year, the middle row of course the middle of the year and the top row the end of the year. I get the impression however that first part of the bottom row is actually a summation of 2013.

I want to begin by pointing out two cards that really stand out to me. The first is the Emperor in the very first position and the second is the Empress in the very center. This says to me that we are leaving behind the year of the Emperor. It has been a year of dealing with matters of structure, institutions, guidelines, rules and regulations, and general by the book authority.

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This will be the year of the Empress! Just look at her, sitting tall and regal in her rightful place!

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Right in the middle of things! The Empress is the Great Mother, she is a card about bounty and the fullness of life. In this deck she is symbolized by the Goddess Rhiannon who represents living a life of authenticy, grace and dignity. She is what we aspire to be, self-sovereign souls with a power that emanates from within.  Over all, we see this reading has a number of cards in the suits of cups and pentacles.  This will be a year about balancing emotional wellbeing with financial, or physical security and stability.  We also have several major arcana cards as well as several royals indicating this will be a significant year of personal growth and change.

Let’s continue looking at the bottom line now.  The first five cards strike me as being about bringing a close to 2013. A year of structure, formality, rules and regulations and hard work. It’s been an exhausting year (just look at that poor soul in the ten of swords).

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Let’s not forget however, that we are tempered by hardship. It’s been a year of struggle but the ten of swords signifies that a cycle is finally over and that we leave our old selves behind to rise anew. In the Four of Pentacles we gather our resources, all that strength we have left and make the great leap of faith into 2014.

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I love the Fool in the Llewellyn deck. He is a fool who trusts in the greater scheme of things and makes the leap with great intention and purpose of heart! That is how we leap into the New Year, with great hope and anticipation! Once we are on the other side of the great chasm it’s time to relax! The Four of Swords says “Take a break! You’ve earned it!”

You will need this break too, because 2014 will bring challenges of its own, and the Seven of Wands shows you will need to be ready to meet those challenge head on!

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Spring through summer appears to be an emotional roller coaster ride.  We start off with the Ten of Pentacles, happy and stable with a focus on home life.

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The Queen of Cups is an intuitive woman in touch with emotions and beside her is the Horned One, otherwise known as the Devil in traditional decks. What this indicates to me is that things seem to be running smoothly to outward appearances but, underneath there are issues that are emotional issues not being addressed.

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I also find it interesting that the Horned One sits right between the Queen of Cups and the Empress. Unaddressed emotional issues keep you in bondage and stand in the way of the self-sovereignty. The Empress is the true self at the center of it all but to become this you need to face the demons.

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The Lovers reminds you that there are always choices. In the traditional tarot the Devil is often illustrated as holding two humans in chains of bondage. The chains however are loose and they could escape if they could see that the choice is there to do so. Often we keep ourselves in bondage allowing ourselves to follow the continuous patterns of behavior. This can be anything from drug addiction to depression, to being enslaved by a persistent feeling of hopelessness. True sovereignty is realizing that we do have the power to control our thoughts and behaviors. This is echoed in the Lovers which can be interpreted as advice to stay true to yourself.

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The Page of Cups right beside this I believe is advice to be open. Let your heart lead the way. The Eight of Wands is a card about communication, receiving messages, and quick movement. Put it all out on the table and, TALK about it! Spring and summer will be about bringing hidden issues to the forefront, and addressing them.

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Moving into the fall with the four of cups, we see we take time to contemplate all that has happened through the summer and perhaps reevaluate our relationships as seen in the Two of Cups.

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The Five of Wands and the Eight of Cups finds us wondering if we should continue carrying the burden this relationship brings or should we walk away?

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Throwing an extra card down on these for more clarification it is the Eight of Swords, a feeling of entrapment and restriction. Again, remember that there are choices.

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They may not be easy choices but they are there. If she struggles, this woman can maneuver through the bonds and remove her blindfold giving her power and clarity.

Moving now closer to the end of 2014 we see the Knight of Pentacles who tells us to be practical and strong.

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Weigh all consequences thoroughly, do what has to be done, and make the responsible decision. If we do this, we can find the fulfillment we seek in the Nine of Cups, and obtain the personal power we have been working towards all year in the Two of Wands.

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Certainly not an easy year, but one that promises to be full of personal growth.

Blessings all!

Miria

 

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Weekend Spread for December 20, 2013

Greetings all!

 

Today I’m using my Llewellyn Deck, I felt I needed a boost of the Welsh pantheon and I got it! (Plus I’m in a bit of a hurry today and needed a deck I find easier to interpret… Wildwood Tarot, while beautiful, takes a great deal of thought!)

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We start today with the Nine of Swords. Someone has been up all night with worry.

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The Page of Pentacles is here to tell you to be practical and keep your feet on the ground. Learn new skills, he can also symbolize a child or childlike person. I’m wondering if one of my readers is losing sleep worrying over one of your children?

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The Hierophant, in the form of the Great Poet and Bard Taliesin, is a reminder that there is help out there if you choose to seek it.

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The Star is symbolized by the Goddess Branwen who symbolizes hope.  Branwen’s story is that she is married to the King of Ireland who is abusive to her. She sends a starling with a message for her brother King Bran to come and rescue her. Perhaps you are waiting to be rescued from your current situation, and hope that a knight in shining armor is on his way?

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The problem with the Knight of Cups is that he is over romantic, sometimes blowing things out of proportion. If you have a tendency to do this, remember that the Page of Pentacles reminds you to keep your feet on the ground, and be more practical.

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The last card I pulled today is Gwydion, the Magician. The magician is a reminder that you have power over the situation. You already have the tools you need and the know how to use them.

 

Overall, the message is this, worrying yourself sick, and hoping that someone will come and rescue you isn’t the answer. Get grounded, take control, and learn the skills you need to learn. There is someone out there who can teach you or help you do this. Don’t wait for the white knight to come and rescue you. Learning what you need to learn and taking control of your life is empowerment. Your first step is to find that expert to help you!

 

Blessings all!

Miria

 

Daily Tarot for December 19, 2013

Today we have a reading that’s not so merry as the last few. This time of year can be hard for many people.  If this reading is for you, I hope it helps.

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The first card we have is the Two of Stones keyword Challenging. Traditionally, this card is about juggling many things at once and trying to strike a balance. This deck takes it a step further, not only is it a challenge to maintain this balance there is a challenge to integrity or personal power. This is demonstrated in the two hares which are fighting for territory.

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The next card is the Ace of Vessels keyword Water of Life. This Ace is always about emotions, and love. It doesn’t matter which deck it is. This issue is a highly emotional one. It may be in regards to family relationships or romantic relationships; it’s drained you dry and left you feeling bereft. This is what we see in the next card which is Six of Stones Exploitation.

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The next card is the Knight of Stones. Traditionally, this is a fellow who is practical but he can also be stubborn, digging his heels in when he sets his mind to it. In this deck he is symbolized by the Horse, but I wonder if he would be better symbolized by a donkey.  In this deck he also represents perseverance but he also can indicate that services are required and a task must be completed, and being Mr Reliable, it will get done.

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This doesn’t mean you have to be happy about it though. This card is the Four of Vessels keyword Boredom. I look at this womans face however and I see more than that disgruntlement, pair that with our Knight of Stones and it sure looks like this thing is something that you don’t want to do.

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Here we get to the crux of the matter. The Eight of Bows, Hearthfire, the family reunion you don’t want to attend because of the family relationships you find so challenging and draining in the top three cards. The obligation is onerous, just look at her face!

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The last card I drew, is the advice the Tarot has for you. That is the Two of Bows keyword Decision.

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Make a decision and stop sitting on the fence. Are you going or not going? Either way, stand firm by it and take power in it. The Two of Bows is about personal power.  Once you make that decision, OWN it. If you decide NOT to go, know that you followed your heart’s desire and stood true to yourself. If you DO decide to go, know that you are on fire! Own the power ! The bullies at the party can’t hurt you if you don’t let them.  You are on the top of your own mountain and you ROCK!

 

Blessings and good luck!

 

Miria

 

Daily Tarot for December 18, 2013

Greetings everyone!

Today our reading is about new beginnings!

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We start with the Eight of Vessels keyword Rebirth. Traditionally, this card is about leaving the old behind, realizing that it’s time to let go and moving on. When we do this we take what we have learned and see the opportunity to start fresh and new! This card is about having faced trials and endured and finding the meaning in those experiences so that you were wiser than before.

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The next card is the Three of Bows keyword Fulfillment. This card is about taking the first steps towards a new quest. The archer always has his eye on his goal. One must maintain a balance of energy and a groundedness in order to focus to this degree. This is represented in the red and white dragons on the front of the archer’s tunic. Traditionally, this card is about being a visionary, tacking new projects and showing leadership.

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The last card is the Page of Stones, represented by a Lynx. This card is about having common sense, dedication and learning new skills. The Lynx is about being watchful, having keen eyes awareness and trusting your intuition. Watch for opportunity and when you see it, jump on it!  Pages also symbolize new projects, and new beginnings, and traditionally this one is about growth in an area that will bring stability and maybe a new source of income!

All in all, this is a very positive reading one that has us looking forward to fresh starts in the  new year with new endeavors that bring prosperity! Good stuff!

 

Blessings all!

 

Miria

 

Daily Tarot for December 17, 2013

Greetings all!

Beautiful reading we have today, and again, all about the Yule season!

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First we have the Six of Vessels keyword Reunion.  This card speaks for itself. Now is the time to come together in joy, and light heartedness.  Reunion of friends, and family, it’s time for forgiveness and putting arguments in the past. This is a card of blessing and contentment, and in the traditional Tarot deck, indicates goodwill, charity, and gifting!

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The next card is the Four of Bows keyword Celebration!  “A celebration of health wealth and security, and time to relax and enjoy the bounty of good fortune and labour. A holiday or a festival at a time of plentiful fertility and creativity.”  I took this straight from the book because I thought if I said this was a card about celebrating holidays you might think this is way too coincidental and what kind of bull is this and click away to look at facebook instead. Honestly! I NEVER cease to be amazed at the cards that come up! Tarot is ALWAYS right!

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The next card is the Ace of Bows keyword Spark of Life. This is exactly what this time of year is about is it not? Celebration of life and light!

 

Blessings,

Miria

 

Daily Tarot for December 16, 2013

Greetings all! Hope you had a good weekend! With the Big Day just around the corner things are very busy!

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Today we have a reading that works right in with the Christmas Spirit, it’s all about generosity. First we begin with the Nine of Vessels keyword Generosity. This card speaks pretty much for itself.  When we reach a point of plenty, we must recognize the toil it took to get us to this place and honor our good fortune by giving some of it back. Traditionally, the Nine of Cups is a card indicating much success but it’s nothing without being able to share it with someone!  My 11-year-old daughter tells me that we experience our truest happiness when we give to others. (How did she get so wise?)

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The next card is the Eight of Bows keyword Hearthfire.  Here we see a gathering of the tribe around the great midwinter fire! (is this appropriate or what?)  Celebration and joy abound in community spirit!

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The last card we have is the Queen of Stones, the Bear. Traditionally, this is the Queen of Pentacles, Queens are the “feeling” of the suit, when they show up they tell us to feel as they feel and this is the Queen of Generosity! She is a symbol of wealth and plenty. She is also the great mother, protector and provider for her family creating a feeling of security and wellbeing.  She is also a queen of practicality so there is a sense of balance here as well. Give generously, share the wealth both spiritually and materially, but don’t forget to put some of that hard won success away for a rainy day! You need to store some up for the “winter”!

All in all, a very seasonal reading!

 

Blessings!

Miria