Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 'Blessings' Spread

Happy Thanksgiving!

Horn of Plenty

Thanksgiving is the time for families to gather and give thanks for all they have accomplished and encountered throughout the year. In celebration of the holiday, I've decided to fall back onto the Lenormand with a 'Blessings' Spread to help reveal those blessings.

Deck: Gilded Reverie Lenormand by Ciro Marchetti.

First, shuffle your deck, while thinking over the past year and the year to come. What blessings do you have to be thankful for?

Next, spread out the deck before you, locating the Bouquet card.

Then, lay out the 2-3 cards on each side of the Bouquet. The cards to the left reveal blessings of the past and present, while the cards to the right reveal blessings of the future.

Blessings of the Past and Present: A secure home life (House), both emotionally (Heart) and financially (Fish).

Blessings of the Future: Recognizing (Woman facing Paths) the many choices (Paths) of communications (Birds).

Take a moment to check on your Blessings.

Hope you all have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween Tarot Spread

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Pumpkins

Once a year, there comes a day of celebration for things that go bump in the night.

Children parade through neighborhoods disguised in various costumes and collect candy in large orange bags. Adults become witches, nurses and chainsaw wielding psychopaths. For many this is a day of fun, surprise, and delight. However, a few will stir havoc through pranks and fear.

Porches display carved pumpkins, spider webs, and lounging skeletons. Parties supply delightful treats - fingers floating in punch, bleeding chocolate cakes, and a trough of floating apples.

On the other side of the celebration, many myths and/or truths rise up on this day. The veil separating the living from the dead becomes thin. Evil walks upon the earth. Spells and rituals gain extra power.

Halloween is a day many individuals seek out fear and anticipate the rush provided by innocent danger - haunted houses and mazes, joyrides and such.

Trick or Treat
My treat to you this holiday season is a Halloween Themed Tarot Spread and a peek at Tarot of the Night by Richard ShadowFox.

The Spread:

1) The Costume - the situation
2) The Trick - the unexpected
3) The Treat - the opportunity
4) The Sidewalk - the journey
5) The Doorway - the outcome

A Sample Reading (featuring Tarot of the Night by Richard ShadowFox)

1) The Costume - the situation - 2 of Cups is all about relationships and partnerships. Although the main emphasis is on romantic unions, it may also show platonic partnerships.

The current situation is one of harmony and union. You may be in a loving relationship, an emotionally charged partnership, or a faithful friendship.

2) The Trick - the unexpected - 3 of Wands is about looking into the future, having expectations due to past preparations.

The unexpected is how well the above relationship is going. You see a future here, you have high expectations, dreams you never expected to wish for.

3) The Treat - the opportunity - 2 of Wands is about preparations, planning and progression.

You have an opportunity here to go further, to capitalize on the dream that's already in progress.

4) The Sidewalk - the journey - Ace of Wands represents new actions, growth, and creation.

Your passion set this journey into motion and it is your passion which will keep you on course to greater heights and deeper love.

5) The Doorway - the outcome - 10 of Swords brings to mind, "It's all over, I give up," but the thing about Swords is there's a mental game involved. It's usually not as bad as you THINK it is.

The outcome is undesired, not at all what you expected or wanted. This doesn't always mean a bad outcome. It may only be different than what you'd planned on.

Notice the two 2's signifying balance of emotions (cups) and creativity (wands), and the abundance of Wands igniting passion and action within the spread.

Overview - An important message here is simple. The journey is so much more important than the destination, the outcome. Things are always changing. You may not reach the exact location or result you had in mind, but you still moved forward, you still challenged yourself and you accomplished something. Now it's time to ignite your passion, make more plans, and move forward. Keep striving for your dreams.

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Review: The Witch's Oracle

The Witch's Oracle
Author: Marla Brooks
Illustrator: Aunia Kahn
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 2015

Description: 45 cards and a 112 page guidebook in a sturdy cardboard box, with magnetic closure.

Card size: about 3 by 4.5 inches.

The Witch's Oracle reminds me of a Lenormand deck from a Pagan perspective. The cards feature items familiar to Witches, but will be recognized by the masses, such as the black cat serving as a Familiar and the most famous magician's tool the Magick Wand. The author suggests the deck can be used as a standalone oracle or used in conjunction with another deck for added guidance. I tried it both way and was impressed by the results.

As you'll see below, the images are quite amazing. The brocade backgrounds of the cards give the images an almost three dimensional feel. When I first pulled the deck from the box, I had to separate the cards one by one. After a few shuffles, the cards finally released their attachment to one another. Now they glide past one another in an almost magical dance. The energies of this deck are amazing.

The guidebook contains an introduction, how to clear/charge your cards, suggested spreads, and information on working with your cards. The bulk of the little book is dedicated to the cards. Each section contains a colored image of the card, information on the item, card meaning and an incantation.

The Dreamcatcher asks you to pay close attention to your dreams. It suggests keeping a dream journal. The information in your dreams will prove important and provide answers.

Owl - Incantation - "Spirit Guides and teachers, please let me see the hidden world that now surrounds me. I need to see clearly both inside and out. I need your assistance, of that there's no doubt."

The Owl is a sign to trust your intuition. Pay attention to the world around you. You will find the answers you need to any issues you may have.

The Hourglass urges you to complete what you've been putting off. Time is of the essence.

The Witch's Oracle makes a great standalone deck and a nice addition to other divination methods. I recommend this deck to anyone seeking guidance.

You don't have to be a Witch to enjoy the images of this deck.

Grab your copy from Schiffer Publishing.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing.)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: Pagan Ways Tarot

Pagan Ways Tarot
Author/Illustrator: Anna Franklin
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 2015

Description: 78 cards and a 190 page guidebook in a sturdy cardboard box, with magnetic closure

Card size: about 3.4 inches by 5.1 inches (86x130 mm)

The Pagan Ways Tarot is based on the Pagan worldview, but most cards have familiar scenes and details of the Rider Waite system. The imagery and coloring are beautiful and vibrant. The Minor Arcana feature the addition of keywords. Overall, I'm impressed by this deck and plan to put it into practice.

Some of the titles are change – Empress/Lady, Emperor/Lord, Hierophant/Elder, Wheel/Wyrd, Devil/Underworld, Judgment/Rebirth, Pages/Princesses.

The guidebook offers a brief introduction to the Tarot, the Pagan Ways Tarot, and the Journey of the Fool. Each card section features a large, color image and tells the story of the Fool as he journeys through the Minor and Major Arcana, along with upright and reversed meanings. The guidebook closes with a brief symbolism dictionary, four detailed spreads and suggested meditation practices.

I've only scanned through the guidebook so far, but I enjoyed the card information of the few I read. The typical keyword references are not presented as in most guidebooks. You begin with the story of what the Fool, who represents the seeker on his journey, encounters when arriving at each card. And then, there's a short section of what the card means in both upright and reverse. The meanings are what you expect for the Tarot, but it's always interesting to read these from a different perspective.

I chose a few cards randomly. I couldn't begin to narrow it down to favorites. There are just too many wonderful images in this deck. As you can see, the images are spectacular, the keywords fit, and look at that color! Grey for the Four of Cups, how perfect! The blues for the Ace of Swords, delightful!

It's hard to pull from the guidebook because of how it all fits together. Here are a few lines for a couple of the above cards to give you an idea.

Four of Cups - The Four of Cups represents a lack of emotional fulfillment. You are dissatisfied with your life, you may feel bored and uninspired at work, or there may be unspoken resentments within a relationship. You might feel generally unwell or depressed.

Nine of Wands - You've been knocked down and picked yourself up so many times you are tired of it. Now you face another setback. Though you feel at the end of your tether, you will find inner reserves of strength, so don't give up.

Discover the Pagan Ways Tarot. Grab your copy from Schiffer Publishing.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing.)