Thursday, February 7, 2019

Guidance for February - Time to Make Your Choices Count

I'm very excited to be using the Tempus 85 this month. The deck has proven to be extremely accurate and easy to use. If you've read the deck review, you are aware of my excitement. If you haven't, be sure to go there after the reading.

I decided to use the Square of Nine Spread, also known as the Portrait Spread. It's a basic 3X3 layout. If you're familiar with Lenormand, you'll know the spread.

My steps through the spread are a mash up of the many suggested ways of other readers. In case you're interested, I'll post something later in the month to walk you through my steps. I'd rather not interrupt the reading post with technique details.

I asked the usual question, "How should we approach the month? What can we expect?"

Speed will be the main theme this month. Time is going to fly by and everything's going to shift quickly. I'm not sure about you, but that sounds fine to me. I'm tired of being stalled!

Basic Issue
The answer to finding your success will be in the choices you make publicly known. In other words, by declaring your goals and desires to another person, you make yourself accountable and this will help you find the success you seek.

Hidden Aspect
What you may not be aware of is that your desire to have something more, which has led to the departure of someone in your life, will bring some deeper issues to the surface that need to be dealt with. You thought that if you simply freed up your space and time, you would find the more you was looking for, but you'll need to go a little deeper. You need to ask yourself, what do you actually want more of? You already know the answers, but you may need to review a bit of your past, where you've been and what you've experienced up to this point, to find the clarity you need. It's time to do a little self-reflection work.

Past, Present, and Future
You've recently made it public, in some way that you are ready for something more. Someone is departing from your life, which will move quickly now, but has been a long time coming. Your choices will bring about the successful untangling of the issues you've faced.

Mind, Situation, Known
You are aware that you made the right choice in asking this person to leave. The issue of wanting more will quickly become untangled and clear to you. You're exposure of this deep longing will bring about your success.

The choice you made of separating from this person is going to bring your desires to you quickly. You should be prepared for the success you are about to experience.

Knighting the Oak
Slightly puzzled by the Oak, I decided to Knight it and get a clearer understanding of what it's referring to in the reading. Knighted by the Key and Crossroads, the Oak is pointing to the right choices being made. So, by making the right choices, the success we find will be more solid.

I hope YOU find this reading helpful. This reading touched very close to home for me and my own situation. I'm hoping it expands to the readers of the post, since that is actually the purpose here. But, if it doesn't, use the reading as an example reading for practice purposes.

Happy February, and Make those Choices Count.

Be sure to go read the deck review.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Review: Tempus 85 by Marsha McLaughlin Radford

Tempus 85
Author: Marsha McLaughlin Radford
September, 2018

I am very excited to tell you about this deck.

The Tempus 85 is an expanded deck for divination and learning Lenormand. This deck was recommended to me on the basis of the accuracy of its readings. I definitely have not been disappointed.

I have selected it as my February deck. I can't wait to be using this deck every single day this month!

In a normal Lenormand deck, one card has many meanings and it's up to you to decide its intended meaning according to the context. With the Tempus 85, the guessing game is over. Everything you need to know is right there in the cards. Yes, you still have to decipher the cards, but it's much easier to do when you are dealing with this much narrower focus.

The Snake has been expanded into three cards. Snake - Lies, Envy, Competition, Jealousy./ Rival - The Other Man Or Woman, A Third Person./ Yarn - Things And Issues That Need To Be Untangled. No more guessing! Yes, I suppose the Snake could be an actual snake, and even the Yarn could actually be a ball of yarn. But, I think if that's the case, you will know.

Also, notice down the side of the first card. You will see the original card has been linked to the other variations of the card. 7a Snake (c12), 7b Rival (c13), 7c Yarn (c14) - basic translation: The Snake card in the Lenormand is the 7 card, but here it has become the 12 card, the variations of the card are listed as 7b and 7c and as card 13 and 14.

The Coffin has also been expanded into three cards. Coffin - An Ending./ Door - A Transition./ Tears - Flood of Emotions, Sickness, Grief, Aching Heart. The Links - 8a Coffin (c15), 8b Door (c16), 8c Tears (c17).

Some of the cards have not been expanded. If this is the case, you'll only see the original card number displayed down the side. 3 Ship (c5), 24 Heart (c58), and 18 Dog (c40). Ship - Travel or Transition. Heart -Who or What You Love, Romance, Passion. Dog - Loyalty, Reliability, Someone or Something You Can Depend On.

And, even after all that expanding, the author found more to add! There are a total of 12 additional, unique cards in the deck. Above, you get an idea of what you might find. Cell - A Lack Of Options or Choices. Balloon - Wanting Less of Something Negative. Calendar - Scheduling, Making Time, Perfect Timing.

And that's not all! There are 6 cards designed especially for your timing questions. The backings are different than the rest of the deck, setting them apart. It's up to you how to incorporate them into your reading.

I've chosen to leave them in the deck. When I do a reading with no timing bounds, I just don't select a clock card. If it is a timing question, I search out the one clock card that pulls me to it. And, as a side note, I do fan this deck and chose random cards for my reading. This isn't my normal procedure. I usually deal from the top, but this deck insisted on being treated differently.

I recommend this deck to everyone! It is a pick up and read deck. You really don't need any experience with Lenormand or any reading style to get some insight from this deck. It is that easy to read!

You can go over to Arcana Land for more information on the deck, additional card images, and some sample readings.

If you'd like to try them out yourself, you can purchase this deck at Amazon and Game Crafter.

Decks are also available on Etsy - in the deck creator's shop - BestOnDeck. This deck is available in both poker size and mini version.

Please share your experiences with this deck in the comments. And, of course, if you have any questions about the deck, feel free to ask. I'll do my best to answer or find the answer for you.

And be sure to take a look at this deck in action in the next post - Guidance for February.