Weekend Spread October 31, 2014

Blessed Samhain, all! Today is a good day to reclaim some of the old ways. Take some time to honor your ancestors. If you are quiet for a time and listen, perhaps they will have a message for you.

We have a reading today for someone who feels they are fighting a battle.

 

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In the top row we have the Seven of Wands, The Chariot, and the Six of Wands. The Seven of Wands is about defending your position and standing firm. The Chariot, is also about standing strong. It’s about asserting your will and having faith in yourself. It is about control, self-discipline, and being in a position of authority. It is also about victory and that is what we see in the Six of Wands. Also, I feel the need to point out that the Chariot is all of those things I pointed out above, but it also a card about war and battle.

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The second row is our cautionary row. In this row we see the Knight of Swords and the Five of Coins. The Knight of Swords cautions you that you need to be clear and concise in your thinking. You also need to be logical and direct, but here is the warning: you need to cut through to the heart of the matter but you need to be delicate, and you need to be careful of other’s feelings in the matter. If you are cold, and arrogant you will suffer a loss as a result of being unfeeling or overly critical. This is what we see in the Five of Coins. You will be walking the “swords edge” and you need to be careful. You are well armed to defend yourself, and you want to win, but at what cost?

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The Hermit on the bottom is suggesting you take some time to yourself to seriously contemplate how to proceed.

 

I hope this is helpful.

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Weekend Spread October 24, 2014

When I do a reading for this blog I never ask for specifics. I simply ask for the message that needs to get out there and trust that whoever receives it gets what they need. Today the Tarot gives us a reading for shocked and grieving Canadians.

I am feeling my way around this new Oracle Deck and on occasion needing to look at the booklet that came with it. The key words for these cards basically say it all.

 

On the top for we have the Three of Swords, The “One Torn Asunder” (hanging man) and the Enchantress of Coins.

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The Three of swords, most often illustrated in traditional decks as a heart with three swords through it is fairly self-explanatory in its meaning. Loss and grief, and sometimes it also stands for betrayal and treachery. The keywords for this deck are: sorrow, lamentation, healing process, grieving, heartbreak, separation, catharsis, and transformation. Beside this, we have “The One Torn Asunder”. The card depicts Orpheus as a sacrificial figure after having been “torn asunder” by Roman Bacchanites. (Known for their religious fervency and mania, they are described as a “secretive, subversive and potentially revolutionary counter-culture”…  No explanation required here I think….) The third card on top is the Enchantress of Coins, who is equivalent in traditional decks with the Queen of Pentacles. When Queens show up they tell us to embody and FEEL the aspects of the suit. Her keywords are Cornucopia, Prosperity, Poise, Grace, Majestic, Embodiment, Communion, and Invocation. She is a reminder to all about the value of gratitude and dignity. Not only that, this woman is not just praying, she’s invoking! She’s made the call and boy does she get an answer!

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What I find interesting too is that the very next card is the Empress. Here we have a theme of Sovereignty. Queens and Empresses represent bounty but they are also representative of the Land, and the Sovereignty of the Land. Pictured in the Empress is the Warrior Queen Zenobia. “She skillfully wielded political, military and civic power, ruling nations, rallying allies, commanding armies, and inspiring loyalty.” She was known for her “grace, cunning and patience”. Her keywords are: Sovereign, Leadership, Determined, Skilled, Nobility, Counselor, and Liberty. (I feel compelled to mention, this interesting and unusual deck has TWO Empress cards. In this case it was the Warrior / Sovereignty Empress who makes an appearance, not the Venus / Fertility Empress.

Next we have the Six of Coins. This card is often about having resources, and power and support. This deck depicts a band of maenads (Bacchanites) being shielded and protected from Roman Soldiers of Phocis by the Amphissa who were two cities at war. This card really makes me go “hm”.

Seven of Wands

On the bottom we have the Seven of Wands. This card is all about taking a stand and holding your ground. It’s about standing up for what you believe in and holding your position regardless of how many obstacles you may face or how many may be against you. In this deck, this is symbolized by Penelope who is fending off suitors while waiting for Odysseus to return home. This is interesting on so many levels. One, because she is using wits over might. Another thing that strikes me again is that we have here again a Queen of Sovereignty. These suitors don’t just want her because she is beautiful, they want her because she represents the Sovereignty of the land. Here we have two Queens who are known for being “cunning”.

Here is what this reading says to me. There were more people involved in this incident in Ottawa (as suspected) and they are being shielded. The Empress and The Seven of Wands show the determination to root them out.

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Throwing more cards we have the Fool (Orpheus emerging unsuccessful from the underworld), the Ten of Swords ( Icarus who flew to close to the sun ) and The Ace of Swords ( Another Queen of Sovereignty, Cleopatra, critical thinking, decisive action, sword of justice).
Just LOOK at the resolve in the face of this Queen! They aren’t going to get away with it.

Weekend Spread for October 10, 2014

Greetings all! Hope you had a good week! I’m going back today to my Legacy of the Divine Tarot for time’s sake. I’m on the run today so no time to take photos of my gorgeous new deck.

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I’m going to start today at the bottom of our pyramid. Today we have someone who is defending their position. They need to take a firm stand for what they believe in. This fellow is carrying the light of truth, see it at the top of his wand?

In order to do this, you will need to be a confident, charismatic, leader. You need to be bold and not be concerned about what other people think. This is what the King of Wands is all about. He is commanding and assertive and confronts issues head on. You can be successful (the sun) if you have faith (the Six of Cups).

In the middle row, we have the Knight of Swords. As I have explained before about knights, they mean you need to go one way or the other. If you have a tendency to be emotional, now is not the time. You must cut through the thorny woods with clear thinking and determination. If you tend to be “too much in your head” and “not enough in your heart” then you need to go the other way and get in better touch with the emotional side of yourself. Considering he’s right below that King of Wands however, I’d say it’s time to keep the emotions at bay and tap into that intellect.

The World card is there to tell you that there will eventually be an ending to all of this, and just look at all the lessons you have learned along the way! This is a time of growth and change. This card is also a karma card, it’s the card that says you’ve come full circle, finishing up the old business so that you can move on to new things and new lessons. Just look how far you’ve come!

 

Blessings all, and have a great weekend!

 

Miria

Weekend Spread for October 3, 2014

October 3, 2014

 

Greetings all!

I’m using my new Oracle of Delphi deck again, which means taking my own photos and cropping etc. More time consuming but worth it!

 

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In the top row we have the Artisan of Swords, the Ace of Coins, and the Threads of Fate. The artisan of Swords is an expert in the field and in this case an expert in the use of the qualities of the suit of swords. This represents clarity of thinking, being able to get your point across without becoming emotional so you are concise and to the point and you don’t let what others do or think bother you. The Ace of Coins represents the beginning of something new, and it also represents being practical and stable which is a good combination with that Artisan of Swords. Beside this is the Threads of Fate, which is equivalent in traditional decks with the Wheel of Fortune. If you are practical and clear headed you are able to deal with those ups and downs that life throws you.

 

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In the middle row we have the Enchantress of Coins, and the Five of Cups. The Enchantresses are similar to the Kings in the traditional deck. They are almost a combination of Queens and Kings in that they embody the aspects of the element they represent but like the Kings, they are active in manifesting those aspects as well. The Enchantress of Coins is the embodiment of prosperity, stability and abundance and she also invokes those aspects and brings them consciously into her life. The Five of Cups is about loss, regret and sadness. Sometimes the change we see in the Wheel, or the Threads of Fate, mean leaving some things or people behind. It may be that there are choices we’ve made that we aren’t happy about, but to achieve that wholeness and to invoke the blessings that we see in the Enchantress of coins, we sometimes need to let go of certain aspects of our life so that we can move forward. In traditional decks, this card pictures five cups on the ground. Three are spilt and two are still upright. This is a reminder that even through sometimes things look really bad, there may be some good still left, it’s just that when we are in the middle of it all that we can’t see it yet.

The Moon

On the bottom we have The Moon. The Moon is one of those difficult cards to interpret as it can represent so many things. In this case, because we have the Threads of Fate on top, which is about cycles, I believe the Moon is reinforcing this. All things move in cycles and sometimes, as with trying to make our way in the moonlight, we can’t quite see what’s really going on so we have to move through our fear and trust that eventually we’ll see the whole picture.

 

Blessings all!

 

Miria