Personalized Tarot Card Readings

It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up my tarot card deck, but I feel like they have something to tell me.  That, and, let’s face it, divination is always a great skill to develop.

I’m doing two things with my tarot card deck this month (March), and I want you to know about them.  First, I am offering tarot card readings for only $5 exclusively through Fiverr.com .  All proceeds go to this site’s maintenance and development, so if you have some money to spare, be sure to check it out.

Second, I am developing a class on tarot cards.  This class, when ready, will also debut through Fiverr.  I’ve prepared the first section, a 10-minute audio podcast on seven different tarot card spreads as well as the basic structure for conducting a tarot card reading.  The other planned sections are a section for each arcana, the meanings of each number / card identity, and some sample tarot readings.

Do you have any thoughts about the class or the readings? Any advice?  I want to make tarot reachable for EVERY one.  We all know my stance on the mystical, and how I’m not-so-secretly a Wiccan Atheist, but I think there’s value in tarot because it lends a meditative quality to everyday problems and also activates the creative centers of our brains.

Enjoy your Friday!

A Creative Use For Tarot Cards

I was going to share my awesome and delicious breakfast with you (peanut butter banana paleo pancakes with blueberry sauce)… but instead, I’m going to pass on a trick that I learned from my former high priest.

I had been interested in divination for quite some time, but hadn’t really had the discipline to begin understanding the 78 card set and what each card could mean.  He suggested that I use the cards as a creative writing exercise.  Flip a card, write a sentence.  Flip a card, write a sentence.

My stories adhered pretty strongly to the cards, because my goal was to get through all 78 and get familiar with them.  I also did a gigantic study on tarot and what each card meant — but that was a little bit later.

So, regardless of how pagan you are, try this method for writing a story!

I’ve pasted one of my old stories below.  You should be able to figure out the abbreviations by each sentence —

Roman numerals are the major arcana.

The symbols with slashes (Kn/C) are the card name, and the suite.  Kn/C is the Knight of Cups.  Cups, Swords, Rods Pentacles are the four suites.  Enjoy!

 

Kn/C There stood a man, staring off into the distance on the edge of a mist ridden cliff. His eyes were dry, but his face showed eons of pain. VII Slowly, the man rose his hands from his sides and lifted them, as if he was commanding the ocean below him to rise, to face him. K/S The wind seemed to answer his call, and a wintry gust of immense power blew into him, knocking him backwards.
7/C Accepting his defeat, the man sat back on the moist ground, the weight of the world still upon his shoulders. IV He shut his eyes and began to recall the majesty of his past – the wealth and prosperity under his rule.4/R The family he once shared his joys with; indeed, he had been blessed with love. XI He had been a fair king, not letting wealth or friendship misguide his rulings. XXI The world had seemed to be under his control, and the cycles of life moved smoothly beneath him.
9/R His daughter had grown, and just as is customary of all children, had left to find her rite of passage. VIII She chose the way of the woods, and he and his wife bid her a tearful farewell.5/P She soon came upon a poorer village of her kingdom, and she stayed with an old blacksmith and his wife.1/S In this poor village, she was able to come to understandings that she could not among her family. 3/S With the poor couple, she worked for her keep, patching their roof and teaching them stories of the royal family. 7/S A short time later, she decided it was time for her to find herself a new adventure.
K/C The man opened his eyes on that gloomy cliff and sighed; his daughter had been such a blessing to the world. 1/R The passion within her had always found something new to do. XIX The gloomy mist began to clear, and the man shook his head, smiling at the sky.
O “Ah, but you think me a fool, that she will be found.3/S Do not lie to me, sun, for I heard from my soldier that she had been slain.”
Q/P” Talking to yourself again?” The man turned to see his wife and queen standing over him.
P/R “Have you news?” He asked her, refusing to stand and greet her.
2/R” Of sorts. Get home and be my husband. We shall see what news I have.”
8/S” My home is here, among the fallen.”
6/S“I will walk with you, the journey is not far. 4/S You are still king and the balance must be kept.”
V“I am no more king of our people than you are a mother to our child.”
Q/R“I will always be a mother.” His queen told him calmly. P/S “Now it is time to stop this nonsense, and rule your kingdom.”
6/R“I cannot; not like before…it is hers, now.”
XII “Fool. Be practical – she cannot rule if she is gone – get your head out of the clouds.”
10/S“I love her.” He said, sighing and drooping like a wilted flower.
1/P “But you have a duty to be the rock of this kingdom. Kn/P And regardless of how you feel, you must act, you must rule your kingdom. XX The gods will see your shortcomings.”
P/C“I care not, for they have already.
XVI “Fool. You of little faith. You will die, and this kingdom, with you.XVIII Do not live in ignorance, for you are not dumb. X Come back, and let the gods do their will, let the cycles do their magic.”
XIV A moment of silence passed before the king stood, slowly but deliberately. K/R“I will rule again; with my heart and her soul.” I It was time for him to master himself once more.
VI “Let us rule together, with love, and not vengeance. II And maybe, we will bring more life to this place we call home.”
IX “We will honor our daughter’s memory by guiding our poor to better conditions.”3/C He decided, and as he began to smile, his stomach seemed to growl in answer to his decision.1/C Maybe it was time to start anew.

IIIA year later, the kingdom teemed with life.9/P The kingdom also teemed with wealth.7/R The king had begun to train peasants in both defense tactics and practicality. Q/C He taught them how to reap love and affection from everything. 3/P He spent his nights planning his budgets and trying to cut costs to donate to the port. 2/C He allowed peasant weddings to take place on royal grounds.8/P He allowed peasant craftsmen to decorate his halls.9/S But even with devoting himself to his kingdom, he was neglecting his wife.9/C They ate and spoke each night, but they were no longer close.6/C He spoke of peace, and she would speak of nothing.
K/P But the king refused to dwell on his wife’s troubles, instead turning to work as solace. XIII And with each passing day, his wife and queen began to drift like he had so long ago. 5/S Robbers began to loot the towns of his kingdom, killing every man, woman and child. 5/C The children fought their parents to go to the king, to seek safety and training.
10/R The king stood on his cliff, and at once began to see the truth of the matter – he could not do it alone.5/R Soon it would be rebellion, and he would not be able to fight. 8/R “Please, send me help!” He cried to the mist before him. 4/CWith no reply, he dejectedly headed to the castle. 7/R He would look to his queen and her earthly knowledge.
8/C He was met at the castle with chaos. 10/C The young woman standing at the gate carried a small boy in her arms, and she stood proudly. 10/P Her husband stood beside her, and the king was wondering who so boldly approached the gates.
6/P“I demand entrance!” The woman announced. “I am the princess.”
XVII Could it be? The king stood in the shadows, praying for her to turn and face him.
Kn/S “The princess is dead.” The guard answered her.
Q/S “Then call her mother and bring her forth.” The woman challenged him.
4/P “Her mother does not feel well. Leave, beggars.” The guard shouted at them, looking down from the wall.
“Halt.” The king stepped from the shadows. “Remove your hood, and let me see your face.”
Kn/R “Who is he?” The man behind her answered, pulling her close.
P/P “Father?” The woman cried, and revealed her long red hair to the king.XV “I am not dead. I was simply…distracted.”
2/P “But you are home, now.” The king answered her.
“And I am ready now. To rule.”

Tarot Exercises

I’m not sure if I mentioned these in a previous post or not, but there is a very easy way to get acquainted with a new tarot card deck.

First, shuffle them.  Thoroughly.  Get used to the feel of them in your hand.

Then, one by one, draw a card and write a sentence about a supposed situation in the card.  They can be connected to form a story, or just little anecdotes.  Either way, you’ll begin to learn the energy of your brand new tools.

You can also do this using poetry or haiku style reflections.  I’m sure you could also draw your take on each particular card.

Does it change when you do it again?

Working with Tarot

Woot guys!  I’m back.

I tend to find that  I get into these moods, where I tend to not want to do something, even though I have to.   Its like a game that I play with myself, seeing how long I can procrastinate.  Unfortunately, when that happens, I tend to do other things.  I was not procrastinating my return to blogging, but I was doing it with some other things – my gecko is sick, I thought he was going to die…I sort of avoided that side of the house as much as possible.  I started my job, I’ve been trying it seems, as hard as possible, to do everything *but* work.

You get the point.  ANYway, let’s get to the point of this post, shall we?  Everyone knows there’s such a novelty in tarot cards – and for witches, there is a certain divinatory appeal that goes beyond, “I can see your future husband.  He’s blonde.  And not an alcoholic.”

But, when you get a new deck, how do you even begin to attune yourself to the different energies?  Or, what if its your first?  My high priest would most likely shoot me if I ever browsed through the booklet that comes along with a deck to get an idea about what each card meant.   There are three exercises – all based around the same principle – that I used to get familiar with my current deck, and still use to get back into the swing of things.  It’s also a good alternative meditation and divination exercise, and it doesn’t take a hell of a lot of discipline or superpsychicmagical powers.  Just determination.

The basic principle is this:  shuffle the deck, then, one card at a time, look at the card, and make up a story.  This exercise can take the form of:

Haiku – Draw one card per line, or one card per haiku.  As you’ll remember, haiku is three lines, where syllables is the most important – the first line needs 5 syllables, the second, 7, and the third, 5 once more.

Poem – You can really do it for any type of poetry.  Just make the rules before you start it – one card per stanza, or one per couplet, or one per line.  Keep in mind that there are a LOT of cards in a tarot deck.  You’ll be at it a while if you write an entire poem per card, and its best to do this in one sitting.

Story – This was the original idea given to me by my high priest.  Draw a card, and make a story.  Draw the next card, and expand on the story.

I usually write in super script or as a note on the side of where I’m doing the exercise, which card was drawn.  That way, if I want to look back later, I can.  I usually do this simple abbreviation:

  • Kn/R – Knight of Rods.
  • IV – The Major Arcana, fourth card.
  • A/C – Ace of Cups

Et cetera.

See you guys tomorrow with another post!

Tarot For Pay

(Saturday and Sunday Post here…I know I won’t get to it)

Forgive me for being a bit of a traditional hard ass when it comes to this. But, although I don’t agree with much of what Gerald Gardner lays down in his laws, writings and what-not, I do agree with one thing: we, as witches, should not accept monetary compensation for our divination. There are several reasons.

When I see a tarot reading festival or a booth in a festival going on at my college, or in my hometown, I watch the people who walk out of the booths. More often than not, they don’t have the look of awe that they should after an in-depth tarot reading. They come out, they immediately kick up conversation with their friends, to let them know how their super special ‘occult’ experience was, and what the wise woman/man had said inside for a small fee.

The tarot is sacred, because it is a tool for us to divine the situations that we find ourselves in that we cannot always see as clearly before hand. Accepting money, the tarot reading done by myself, would be clouded by the fact that if I did a good job, I might get a better tip! Now, I realize that not all card readers are like this. But nevertheless, your cards will feel the influence of money and your new intentions. I say this, and you may smile, but consider the following:

Your tarot cards are specifically yours. If handled correctly, each reading you do, each card you consider, is given your energy, becoming more attuned to you. So, technically, your readings will become more accurate in several years of time with the same deck because

  • You are familiar with the cards
  • You are more adept at interpretation
  • The cards are used to you

When the cards are being used for money, we tend to stop listening to them. We tend to influence the general publics’ opinion of the paths that we walk, and we influence our own cards’ readings. As a result, the readings are more geared at what the person being read wants to hear, and less what they need to hear.

What if the cards are being used for a good cause? A mandatory donation to some fund in exchange for a reading? No. The person being read should always have the choice to donate time or money as they please.

A voluntary donation? Perhaps. But charging for your magic? What if those ever-present parent Gods of ours decide to take the privilege away?