Monday, September 17, 2018

Review: The Everyday Enchantment Tarot

The Everyday Enchantment Tarot
Finding Magic in the Midst of Life
Author: Poppy Palin
Schiffer Publishing, 2018
Description: Tarot Deck and 173 page Guidebook
Card Size: 3 3/4 X 5 1/2 inches

The guidebook gives a brief introduction of the deck and how to use them, but the bulk of the book covers the cards, giving keywords and then details on the Image, the Story, and the Meaning.

The cards in this deck feature humans, animals, and more. Besides our creature-kin, each card depicts unseen beings - members of realms more nebulous and less tangible than ours yet just as real. This is a very busy and detailed deck. There's a lot going on in each card. I normally don't like this type of deck, but the everyday scenes make it appealing.

The World - Five women knit a living landscape. Sparkling waters rush onward while three deer and a frog jump across the living flow and a trout leaps in a spray. The Story begins - Here we sit at the end of the world. But this isn't Armageddon - we women are co-creators with nature, not destroyers. The Meaning begins - The world never stops turning, but this card marks a moment between one revolution and the next. It's like the pause between breaths, imperceptible but inexorable until this life ends. 

The Nine of Coins - Rich Rewards shows a lady sitting in a stylish room sipping from a small cup. Everything is nice and in its place, except for the purse with its spilled coins. And, notice the unseen companion above the cat, composed and balletic. The Story begins - Some look at me and think "inherited wealth and a life of privilege" but how wrong they are! I got where I am today through assiduousness, not from coasting on another's money.

The Four of Blades - Hear a Pin Drop shows a man sitting in meditations in front of a tent. The outdoor scene works wonderfully for this card of rest and relaxation. From the meaning - Can we slow down so we don't hit the wall that's looming or are we about to crash and burn?

I recommend this deck to anyone looking for something a little different than a classic Tarot deck. While it follows the Rider-Waite deck for the most part, there are extra meanings and symbolism in each of these cards.

Grab your copy from Schiffer Publishing.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Guidance for September - Be Patient

I've decided to work with the Kipper this month. There's a lot to learn about this deck system, but the signs keep steering me toward it. So, here we are. I'll be using the Kipper deck by Ciro Marchetti.

One of the things you need to know about this particular deck is that it contains thirty-nine cards instead of the normal thirty-six. *One of the extra cards shows up in the reading for the month.

I am new to this system and working with limited information. There are only two books available, and they are both expensive. I guess because there are Only TWO books available. I'm doing this reading with information from the accompanying booklet and some information I found online.

I'm not just going to give you a phrase for the month. We are going to walk through this procedure step by step. Feel free to leave comments about the reading, procedure, and/or share any thoughts.

I phrased my thoughts as follows: As we enter into the month of September, what should we be aware of?

First, let's look at the center card. We'll be using this as a central topic card. The 28 - Expectations is a card of desires. There's a waiting period which may last up to three months, with no forward motion. It is a directional card - the deepest desire sits behind, while the outcome is ahead. It also gives the advice of being patient.

Now, I'm using a five card Story-line spread - which means we read from left to right, but the directional cards are considered in the reading.

The first card 39 Community is a card that has been added to the deck. This seems to have been added because the majority of people find their support systems outside of the home in this modern day. As we look upon this card, think of your friends, your support systems, groups, and connections in your life. This isn't a place necessarily, but a meeting of minds. Yes, it can be such things as Facebook, but that would depend on how you use it. These are the people who support you, who you trust. You feel connected to these people in some way. It could be the people you work with or even the people you have afternoon drinks with.

The second card - 35 Pathway - shows something that is a long ways off, in distance and time. Directionally, the card to the right would be the outcome of the journey. It can also represent the slow growth of something.

Okay, let's stop here and pull some thoughts together. To the right of the Pathway is the outcome of this long journey - and here we have Expectation. The lady in Expectations looks upon the outcome of her desire, which is the Pathway. So, whatever she desires will take a long time to receive, but her expectation is the outcome of the long journey. That fits nicely. It looks like we'll get what we desire, but it might take a little longer than we want.

But this story begins with the Community, the people you have a deep connection with, your support team. You're not alone in the journey ahead - the Pathway.

Let's look at the rest of the cards.

The 21 Family Room shows your privacy, your intimate location, a room you feel comfortable in. This is your personal space.

As the Family Room sits behind the lady of Expectation it shows her deepest desire. What we desire is our privacy, a place to go to be alone with our thoughts.

The 6 Mature Woman shows a mentor, boss, or motherly figure. She generally listens, gives advice and offers aid. She influences the situation. Sometimes, this card refers to a pleasant situation rather than an actual person.

If we use a trick from the Lenormand and look at the two end cards together, I would say this woman is a part of your community. Or you enjoy your time with your friends.

What should we be aware of this month?

Your community is a part of the journey you are on, however what you most desire is your privacy. Perhaps we should be aware that there is a needed balance in our lives for community and alone time.

I keep feeling that the Mature Woman may represent the self, showing the wisdom you'll gain by taking the time to be alone, to meditate and relax. It could also be showing your importance within your community.

But, the Mature Woman could also be your mentor who guides you toward the balance you need, to dive deeper into self, and explore your inner peace.

To put this in a nice little bow: What you desire will be yours, but you will have to complete the journey.

Enjoy your September!