The recurring theme from last week is quite remarkable. Last week, we had a visit from the Devil, which is a major arcana reflecting life lessons beyond our control. This week, we see the 8 of swords that is a minor arcana that highlights how our entrapments are all within our control.
This week we should apply unconventional wisdom to push ourselves out of a situation that seems stuck. How else can we remove self-sabotage, self-imposed limitations, blinkers?
If we look at this card closely, we see a castle behind the female figure. But she can’t see it because she has not removed the blind and ties that can be easily taken off. The swords around her can also be moved out of her way. She can use the swords to cut the loose ties off and free herself.
It requires an action. It requires a change in mindset. She is not as stuck as she thinks. The obstacles are within her control. Perceptions are misleading.
The castle represents a dream or goal, achievement, fulfilment, stability. How can you free yourself to get to the castle?
Tarot is an enabling tool for self-improvement. There is nothing insurmountable when we acknowledge our own responsibility in our lives.
Many people are addicted to playing the victim and life therefore reflects that pattern back. After all, life is a mirror. We need to be open enough to reflect on our own complicity in our lives.
It is not just action but inaction or a docile approach to life that requires contemplation.
If a tarot reader tells you that you are cursed or doomed, you need to be highly suspicious about the integrity of that reader.
It is possible to have a difficult period but it does pass. Everything changes. Nothing stays the same.
Using tarot for everyday guidance, raises your awareness and sharpens your attention and focus. A morning-noon-evening spread is a 3-card spread that helps you to learn the tarot faster but it also helps you to pre-empt the flow of your day. You are therefore more prepared to take on your day with the guidance of your guardian angels.
Each card can be read as an action that you need to take. This is a valuable way to constantly move forward with Tarot as your trusted bff.
The Week Ahead
Is it just me or do my fellow South Africans also see a springbok in this card?:)
For everyone’s ease of reference, here’s a springbok.
Tarot never fails to be relevant.
The Devil is one of those cards that people find scary or problematic but calm down it is just a picture on a card!
Some religions believe in the Devil and others don’t. I personally don’t believe. Each of us have a shadow self that plays to our darkest tendencies but even these are choices. We have free will. There are consequences to our actions.
The Devil is a symbol of our egos.
This week we need to ask ourselves whether we are allowing small-mindedness to overcome our decisions. Are we overwhelmed by negative influences around us? Do our demons need to be tamed? What shackles us? How can we loosen the grip and free ourselves?
The saying ‘ the devil may care’ springs to mind. This card is also a sign that you are too serious and need to let your hair down and have some fun.
On that note, have a brilliant week. Embrace the spirit of fun!
I believe in constant learning and growing. Therefore, I place a high premium on knowledge, education, books, youtube channels, reserach, mentors, experts. It is important to be the best at what you do at any given point whilst constantly sharpening the tools of your trade.
In tarot, although intuitive reading can never be undermined, as with most things, you need a strong foundation of exposure to tarot to build your confidence as a tarot reader.
There are a number of resources available on the world wide web. There are also new technologies where you can learn tarot cards through cellphone apps.
I would like to recommend a few tarot stalwarts, that have developed a tremendous amount of knowledge on tarot, including innovative, creative and expansive ways of using tarot for self-development, guidance and better decision-making. They have created a range of options to fine-tune the viusual langauge system that you will create for yourself.
They are Donnaleigh de LaRose, Theresa Reed, Marcus Katz, Inger Braathen-Moran, Catherine Chapman, Kelly-Anne Maddox. They have all been generous and gracious enough to make available free-online resources to demystify the practice and process of tarot reading.
There are certainly many more resources that you can get your hands on withoutlooking very far. But these champions would be a great start.
The Week Ahead
This card generally reflects material comfort and satisfaction. It is about stability and groundedness. I loved seeing this card come up in a reading for any area of life. But it soon became evident in readings that as much as we crave material safety and predictability, there are also other aspects of life that we close ourselves off to when we focus on the narrow ways of achieving ends.
We need to be able to enjoy our environment, our loved ones and the wide array of opportunities there are to be a part of a bigger circle / community to enjoy the warmth and intimacy of belonging to something greater than comfort zones.
We should take calculated risks to step outside the boundaries we create for ourselves.
Eye on Love
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, there is a lot of focus on love and relationships.
A tarot reading can give you valuable insite into what’s happening in this important area of your life.
Book a short tarot 15 minute reading for R100 to get your questions answered.
The term ‘Tarot reversals’ is simply referencing tarot cards that fall in the reversed /southward facing direction.
Most well-read tarot readers will acknowledge that Mary K. Greer is a legend in the area of Tarot Reversals. In fact she authored a book called The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals which provides a wide range of interpretations. Given that interpretations are fairly organic and fluid, one need not limit oneself to the card meanings in the book.
When a card lands in a upward direction then the meaning is generally optimised and seen as positive. But when it lands in the opposite direction, then it can be read in 6 ways as follows:
Inner work is required
Tarot tradition dictates that there is no ‘one way’ of reading tarot. Not all tarot readers read reversed cards. This is perfectly acceptable as readers are able to draw upon their gift of intuition to express the messages they are channelling accurately.
It is important to clearly decide on the language system that you are using so that you do not confuse the reading with too many possibilities. Decide on how the cards speak to you.
You can rectify the presence od a reversal in a situation by heightening your awareness and correcting your attitude and choices. Your desire and commitment to changing the outcome can change events.
The Week Ahead
Many of us return to work in the coming week. The 3 of Wands is particularly apt in the context of the determination and intensity of dynamic energy that you will return to work with.
There is a reflection on where you are going and how you will get there. There is a strong desire to build, grow, move ahead, travel, discover, attract more resources, elevate projects to the next level, find new opportunities.
Wishing you gigantic love, happiness, fun, health, success and inner discovery:)
May your cup be ever-flowing, may your sword cut to the truth, may your wand channel your greatest dreams into reality and may your pentacles provide you with all the resources to realise your highest self:)
But first…. May you rest deeply, heal completely and replenish your soul in the remaining holidays.
As we move ahead, we release all that does not serve our highest good – the bad habits, procrastination, unsupportive friends, unhealthy boundaries, self-limitations, worries, fears and anxieties.
In the same way that we can’t endlessly laugh at the same jokes, we also can’t endlessly fixate on what went ‘wrong’. There is an opportunity to evolve and do things better.
The surge of new creative energy is infectious. This is an opportunity to renew or ignite commitments, passions and ideas. It is time to optimise this wave of change and use this momentum to move in your desired direction.
I have resolved to produce a series of short videos to demystify tarot for new tarot enthusiasts. I am excited about this creative project. It takes me back to my years as a drama & film student. I loved the adrenalin of live performances and creating original works of art.
Now, getting to the business of tarot guidance, what can we expect for 2017?
In numerology, 2017 is a year 1. This correlates with the Major Arcanas – Fool, Magician & Sun. The fool symbolises a new beginning, fresh start, taking a bold care-free step forward in your journey and more spontaneity. The Magician symbolises manifestation of your will and intent in the material world.
The Sun is a reminder that ‘hope springs eternal’. It is the vital force within us that feels joy, happiness, accomplishment.
The Aces also weigh in in the interpretation of a Universal Year 1 as all Aces are 1s. These are powerful propelling forces of innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship, individualism, creation, breakthroughs.
It is important to be aware of these gifts that are available to optimise opportunities. There is always the risk of misusing opportunities for tyrannical selfish gain. This can also be a brute force, if unrestrained, can cause chaos, upheaval and challenges.
In order to calculate your personal year, you can reduce your date of birth to a single digit by adding up all the numbers and adding one to it. The final number will give you a better understanding of how this year will influence you in numerology.
You can refer to my previous numerology blog for more information.
The Week Ahead
A card that embraces new ideas and curiosity. There is still much to learn. Pace yourself this week. Keep your eye on the ball. Although there is a certain momentum to act, be mindful that all the information is not yet at your disposal. Open your mind up to being the observer and the student. Demonstrate maturity. Ignore gossip. There is a overwhelming environmental message to Protect and Conserve Mother Nature.
You can find out what 2017 holds for you by contacting me for a tarot reading. Knowing is Power.