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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

This week, for (American) Thanksgiving, I am asking my readers to choose one of the three cards – A, B, or C – shown below. I am using the Oracle of Visions by Ciro Marchetti (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

After you have chosen, scroll down and read the interpretation of the card. This is the message meant for you this Thanksgiving season. Do with it what you will.

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(A) Card 43: Obsession, Delusion, Self-Interest

This Thanksgiving, it may be useful for you to take a moment to look into a mirror and see your true reflection, as others would see you. Look beyond and through the physical, superficial appearance and into your eyes. Is there any chance that you are obsessed with something that isn’t healthy for you, deluded into believing something that isn’t true, or shackled by self-interest, unable to focus on anything or anyone that doesn’t benefit you, personally?

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(B) Card 6: Tranquility, At Peace

This Thanksgiving you may celebrate the fact that a trial or difficult period you have been experiencing is over. This could refer to worries over financial or health issues, troubled relationships, or concern for people close to you. At this time, you have a chance to take a breath, recuperate, and regain your strength. That will allow you to decide if you must accept a situation regardless of the discomfort it causes or if you can bid farewell to something or someone that tested or weakened you spiritually or physically.

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(C) Card 18: Nurturing, Taking Care of Others

C is the card I chose for myself. The image shows a mother embracing her child, and it can literally represent that. However, it may also refer to a teacher guiding a student or a master training an apprentice. In some capacity, we are currently or may soon need to protect or provide direction to someone under our care. In my case, I feel this in a number of ways. I am at least partly responsible for the care and wellbeing of my own mother. At age 98, she lives in an assisted living facility, where she has ready access to much of the care she needs. But there is more to life than having one’s basic needs met. I see my phone calls and visits as part of her “care plan,” especially at an emotional level. In addition, I am mother to two children – one of whom just lost his job, and the other whose husband just lost his job. My protective instincts are naturally activated as I consider what I can do to help them during this difficult time.


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

How Can I Help Myself to Leave This Relationship?

A sample reading using
The Animal-Wise Tarot
by Ted Andrews
(Dragonhawk Publishing)

How can I help myself to leave this relationship in terms of getting a job and so forth?


Here are the cards that came forward for you. Below the cards are the positions I used, the cards I drew into those positions, and my interpretation.

(1) This is what you need to know about leaving the relationshipNINE OF SHAPESHIFTERS / Ladybug (Wish Fulfilled)

The suit of Shapeshifters represents the emergence of energy into form. It is comparable to the suit of Cups in many tarot decks. This is the suit of Water (emotion, relationships, subconscious influences). The number Nine represents a basis for completion, endings, preparation for new cycle, growth through experience, perfection, integration, and fruition. The appearance of the Ladybug often signals new happiness or a renewed sense of well-being, a time when worries begin to dissipate and you have an opportunity to pursue and attain what you truly want in life.

(2) This is what you need to know about finding a job: SEVEN OF FOUR-LEGGEDS / Rabbit (Proper Use of Cycles and Rhythms)

The suit of Four-Leggeds represents the completion of energy into form. It is the suit of Earth (material or physical realm, practicality, work). The number Seven often relates to evolving or extending, pulling back and pushing ahead, a temporary cessation, a victory, solitude and contemplation, complexity, assessment, and wisdom gained from experience. This suggests that finding a job is going to be a process with ups and downs. It will require patience, perseverance, and flexibility. Growth and change come in their own time and cannot be forced. 

(3) This will help you take the first step toward a new life: THE EMPRESS / Dolphin (Creativity, Fertility, New Promise)

This card is traditionally associated with the planet Venus, planet of love and appreciation. The Empress appearance signals the approach of a highly creative and productive time. The Dolphin emphasizes the importance and power of communication, and is also commonly seen as a symbol of rebirth and regeneration.

I feel the Nine of Shapeshifters is telling you that the time is right to end this stage of your life and begin a new one. The suit of Shapeshifters is commonly seen to represent relationships, which makes it even more meaningful in this context. The Ladybug encourages you not to limit your wishes and dreams and not to let others dissuade you from your intentions. This is a very promising card to draw in position 1. 

In position 2, once again the suit matches the topic of discussion perfectly. The Seven of Four-Leggeds encourages you to go about finding a job in a down-to-earth, practical manner. There is a procedure that must be followed and things must be done in the right order. You are more likely to have success by thinking things through, using your instincts and common sense, and being willing to adapt and adjust as matters develop. The suit of Four-Leggeds also suggests that although the jobs you attract may not be glamorous or exciting, they are likely to be regular, steady, and secure. 

In position 3, The Empress helps you take the first step toward a new life by encouraging you to believe in yourself, to believe that you have the power and creativity to accomplish what you set out to do, to "give birth" to a new life for yourself. The Empress is a "mother figure," representing the ability to nurture and nourish that which we value. This includes nurturing and nourishing ourselves. When you have many responsibilities, it can be easy to neglect your own needs. However, you will not be able to give to others if you do not replenish your own energy supply regularly. Spend time with people who build you up, whose company you enjoy, and make time to take part in activities that relax and energize you. Pay attention to your own thoughts and words, and what they can create for you.

I hope this is helpful to you. My purpose is to help you examine and explore the area you have asked about. I don't have all the answers. Some parts of the reading may make more sense to you or be more useful to you than others. Your own interpretation of the cards is as important as or more important than mine.

My goal in providing this reading is to help you feel empowered to make practical, life-affirming decisions or changes. Always remember that your future lies in your hands. 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Samhain Spirits Spread 2020

Samhain – [pronounced sah-win]

I enjoyed doing this spread for past Halloweens on Tarot Notes, so I’m giving it another go. To set the stage, I am quoting from The New Encyclopedia of the Occult by John Michael Greer (Llewellyn Worldwide):
“Samhain. The beginning and end of the year in the old Celtic calendar, falling around the beginning of November in modern terms. Samhain is the oldest documented festival of Celtic Paganism. . . Samhain was traditionally associated with the spirits of the dead, who were believed to walk the world at that time. After the arrival of Christianity, the feast of Samhain became All Hallow’s Day. The evening before it, the modern Halloween, retained much of the same symbolism.”
The positional definitions for this spread are inspired by the hauntingly beautiful song “All Soul’s Night” with words and music by Loreena McKennitt. You can listen to the song _HERE_.  You can read the lyrics of the song _HERE_.

This year, I am using the Ghost Tarot by Davide Corsi (Lo Scarabeo) The layout is in the shape of a pentacle.

I stand in darkness at the entrance to the graveyard on All Hallow’s Eve, on Samhain, when spirits walk the world…

(1) This Spirit dances around and around: THE HIEROPHANT / The Sustenance of Faith

Although I have trouble picturing the guy on this card “dancing around and around,” it’s not hard to imagine “faith” doing that. Faith is hard to pin down, hard to quantify or qualify. It is everywhere around us, yet we cannot see it as it dances through our lives. Different people have faith in different things, and in the Tarot, The Hierophant does often refer to traditional expressions of faith (for example, through organized religion). Yet my experience is not limited to that expression, and I see this card as an affirmation that some expressions of faith are not regimented or limited by the views of historical figures or even by human understanding in general. 

(2) This Spirit brings a hidden memory: KNIGHT OF COINS / The Spirit of the Defender

The Knight brings a hidden memory of patience, careful consideration, and steadiness but also a memory of a time when self-discipline was especially needed. Bringing such a memory into my conscious mind can help me with something I am involved in that is not going as smoothly or moving as quickly as I would like.

(3) This Spirit carries a light in the distance: THE EMPEROR / The Government of Experience

As an experienced leader and unquestioned authority, The Emperor carries a light to help me make my way forward through the days and months to come. I keep my eyes on him as he leads the way.


(4) This Spirit waits for me on the bridge: QUEEN OF COINS / The Spirit of the Mother

Waiting for me on the bridge is the Queen of Coins, who protects, nurtures, and nourishes all her children, including me. At the same time, I am asked to fulfill her role towards others or perhaps even myself.

(5) This Spirit passes by the bridge and me: FIVE OF CHALICES

It is fitting that the Five of Chalices passes by the bridge and me, as its meaning often points to the need to let things go, set them (and myself) free, and move on. I am encouraged to contemplate what things I need to abandon in order to start anew.


The dominant elemental energy in this collection of cards is Earth – representing the material, physical world. I may benefit from focusing my attention on matters such as finances, health, and work – on the aspects of my life that offer security, stability, and continuity. With The Hierophant dancing around and around, the Knight of Coins bringing a hidden memory, The Emperor carrying a light in the distance, the Queen of Coins waiting for me on the bridge, and the Five of Chalices passing by the bridge and me, I have much to consider and evaluate at this significant time of the year.


Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain to all!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Me, An Enemy, A Friend, An Opportunity

Today on Tarot Notes, I'm introducing a reading that could be used daily, weekly, monthly, or whenever you like. For this reading, I am using the Otherworld Tarot by Alison Williams, with artwork by Sarah Nowell (Schiffer).

Layout looks like this:




Otherworld Tarot

(1) Me: SEVEN OF CUPS (Choice)

Today I am aware of choices, especially at an emotional level. What is most likely to bring happiness and fulfillment to me today (this week, this month, etc.)? I need to make a choice and direct my time and attention accordingly.

(2) An Enemy: PAGE OF WANDS (Creative Inspiration)

My enemy is any tendency to suppress creative inspiration or allow burdens to block creative energy. 

(3) A Friend: SEVEN OF SWORDS (Underhandedness)

My friend is an ability to recognize that the motives and tactics I need to employ may have to be kept under wraps and may not be what I would normally feel comfortable using. On the other hand, I may become aware that someone else is keeping secrets and seeking to undermine me or bring me strife in an underhanded way.

(4) An opportunity: THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE (Change)

I have an opportunity to better understand that life is constantly changing, there are “ups” and “downs,” and nothing (whether positive or negative) lasts forever. I have an opportunity to assess where I am and, if I’m not happy with that, to take comfort in the knowledge that things can and will change. I may also have an opportunity to acknowledge that something I view as positive in my life might very well change.