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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.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

U.S.A. Presidential Election 2020

Although I don’t “do politics” at Tarot Notes, I do sometimes explore political situations such as Presidential elections. 

For this year’s election, I am going to ask the cards to describe the two candidates and suggest the characteristics of the eventual winner.

I am using the Hudes Tarot by Susan Hudes (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.) For this reading, I am separating the deck into (1) Major Arcana, (2) Court Cards, and (3) Minor Arcana to supply answers for each candidate. I will then shuffle the cards all together again to draw a card to represent (4) “The Winner.”

I am not designating which candidate is #1 or #2. We will each need to deduce that from the cards that are drawn.

(1) Over-arching Energy at Work in Candidate 1 // Over-arching Energy at Work in Candidate 2

(2) Key Personality Trait(s) Expressed by Candidate 1 // Key Personality Trait(s) Expressed by Candidate 2

(3) Additional information about Candidate 1 // Additional information about Candidate 2

(4) The Winner

Here we go.


Over-arching Energy at Work in Candidate 1: DEATH

The over-arching energy at work in this candidate is the energy of the zodiac sign Scorpio. Astrologers typically associate Scorpio with an intense energy that incorporates tendencies to be jealous, secretive, vindictive, ambitious, stubborn, violent, curious, determined, controlling, and passionate. Scorpio has a powerful and demanding presence. The Death card usually points to ending a way of being or stage of life in order to start a new way or stage. Its energy is about change that is deeply felt and enacted. The hope of rebirth is inherent in the meaning of this card.

Over-arching Energy at Work in Candidate 2: THE TOWER

Like Death, The Tower is typically about change – dramatic change. It symbolizes release from a prison that we ourselves have created by severing the connection between intellect, emotions, and intuition. This energy is not smooth or peaceful. Associated with the planet Mars, it involves lightning and fire. Often when things have come to a difficult stage, it takes the explosion of The Tower to illuminate a reality we may have been reluctant to see. With The Tower, we must face difficult truths.


Key Personality Trait(s) Expressed by Candidate 1: PAGE OF PENTACLES

The Page of Pentacles often represents a focus on the physical, material world (Earth). Pages can refer to youth or a youthful spirit, but can also suggest immaturity, childishness, or naivety (a lack of wisdom or experience). Being a novice at something isn’t, in itself, a bad thing. However, it can be a problem if the person who is a novice tries to be something or someone he just isn’t ready or qualified to be.

Key Personality Trait(s) Expressed by Candidate 2: KING OF SWORDS

Kings as a group are seen to represent maturity, wisdom, authority, and intelligence. The suit of Swords is the suit of the mind and communication. Interestingly, the book Wisdom in the Cards by A.L. Samul (inspired by the Hudes Tarot deck) compares the King to the President of the United States, in that both have a military component to their role and responsibilities. The King of Swords is known for having foresight and the ability to listen carefully to what others have to say.


Additional information about Candidate 1: NINE OF CUPS

The 9 of Cups is typically viewed as a card of contentment and satisfaction, of needs and desires fulfilled. This suggests that Candidate 1 is prosperous in many ways, rich in relationships and connections to others. He has what he wants and needs and is aware of its value.

Additional information about Candidate 2: TEN OF SWORDS

The 10 of Swords could be seen as a “bad luck” card, representing defeat, damage, and difficulties. This desperate state requires the help of others to overcome. The number 10 does suggest a turning point, almost as if to say, “This is as bad as it’s going to get. If you can weather this storm, the path ahead is clear.”  But it’s going to get worse before it gets better.



The winner of this election is most likely to be the candidate who has the most integrity, who is known for honesty and equality in business dealings. This is a person who can negotiate and work through differences, examining all avenues of action. This person looks directly at the one he is communicating with and has nothing hidden behind his back. He places himself on equal footing with those who oppose or disagree with him, and is prepared to seek a fair outcome. 

The suit of Wands is the suit of Fire and, as such, it is viewed as highly compatible with the suit of Swords (Air). Candidate 2 has two Air cards and a Mars card (commonly thought of as Fire – obviously highly compatible with Fire). Candidate 1 is represented by two Water cards and an Earth card. Based on elemental dignities alone, we might conclude that Candidate 2 is the most likely winner.

I would love to hear your thoughts on which candidate you think the cards are pointing to.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Message from the Dragon Oracle Cards

Today I'm doing a 3-card reading using the Dragon Oracle Cards by Diana Cooper, with art by Carla Lee Morrow (Hay House UK).

The positional definitions I'm using are: (1) Today's message, (2) Remember this, and (3) Let this go.

(1) Today's message: ORANGE DRAGON

A member of the Fifth-dimensional dragon group in this deck, Orange Dragon reminds me to look for the divine light in everyone. By letting the light of this orange dragon shine through me, I can feel a sense of belonging as I spread that light to all peoples, races, and cultures. The message is to hold to the Highest Vision as I seek higher peace.

(2) Remember this: ALPHA DRAGON

The Alpha Dragon is one of the Ninth-dimensional dragons, a group of enormous and powerful dragons that only work for the highest good. Alpha Dragon reminds me to remember my creative force and how to use it, to tap into masculine energy for empowerment and strength as I visualize what I want to build.


As a member of the Fourth-dimensional dragons, the Earth and Water Dragon is often about starting a new phase or accepting a new opportunity. The positional definition for this reading is "Let this go" which suggests to me that perhaps this is NOT the best time to start something new. At the same time, however, I can still lay a strong foundation and generate conditions that will help me succeed. I can put in the necessary work and when the time is right, I will be ready.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

“Should I move to another city?”

A sample reading using
The Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot
Designed by Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov
(Baba Studio)

Should I move to another city?


Only you can answer a question as important as this one. However, the tarot can assist you in looking at this situation and can give you helpful information with which to make this decision.

The Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot

(1) what you need to know about moving: FOUR OF WANDS. On this card we see a cat with a faraway look in her eyes. Behind her four saplings burst into flower. Behind her, a cautious-looking cat watches with a mixture of anticipation and anxiety. What you need to know is that moving will require a break from your normal habits, which could be exciting -- an opportunity to "take a break" from the patterns, habits, and routines of your current everyday life. There is a risk involved, which can be stimulating or scary, depending on your point of view. The setting for this card is springtime, a time of year when people often decide to leave the old, safe routine behind and try something adventurous. Although you do not like the city where your family lives, you may find that deliberately stepping outside your "comfort zone" may actually inspire you and give you a new feeling of freedom.

(2) what you need to know about staying: SEVEN OF WANDS. On this card a snarling cat wields a wand, seemingly against aggressors attacking from below. What you need to know is that staying where you are may lead to conflict or "battle" of some sort. In some areas, you may manage just fine, but this card suggests that you may feel alone and unsupported in other areas. Although you may eventually emerge a winner, the struggle may wear you down, and you may feel overwhelmed at times. Only you can decide if the battle is worth the energy you are likely to expend gaining or defending your position. Is it possible that you would be "biting off more than you can chew"?

(3) what will help you remain balanced and focused as you make this decision: KNIGHT OF PENTACLES. On this card we see a well-dressed Knight riding an elegant horse across a courtyard. The horse seems somewhat static. The palace gates behind the Knight are locked. Taking a practical, sensible, down-to-earth approach will help you remain balanced and focused as you make this decision. The Knight of Pentacles is orderly, methodical and patient. He usually prefers to play it safe rather than take risks. This energy will help you stay grounded but, if taken too far, it can lead to being over-cautious or obsessive. The Knight of Pentacles also advises you not to be stubborn or "set in your ways," an attitude that can impede your success and progress. The suit of Pentacles is the suit of Earth, associated with the material world, finances, and work, which implies that you would be wise to consider these issues carefully.

The suit of Wands (in positions 1 and 2) is the suit of Fire, suggesting that whether you stay or go, there is a high potential for activity, change, and upheaval. There are risks and opportunities inherent in both choices.

Please keep in mind that 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. It is my hope that the insight gained through this reading will help you make decisions and take action in line with your best interests. Always remember that your future lies in your hands.