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Sunday, April 28, 2019

A Reading with the Wild Unknown Tarot

A new student of mine recently mentioned that The Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans (HarperElixer) is her favorite Tarot deck. That reminded me that I haven’t read with that deck for quite some time, so today I’m doing a 3-card reading with it. (The key words following the card titles are provided in the guidebook for the deck.)

(1) What is influencing me the most right now?

THE HIGH PRIESTESS / Key 2 (Mystery, Psychic Wisdom)

This is an influence I can readily accept and appreciate. I do have a complex, powerful inner life that involves intuition and dreams, along with an awareness and appreciation of mystery. With this influence, I need to know that I have heightened abilities to look past the obvious, to see into secret or hidden areas or aspects of a situation. The “voice from within” has much to tell me if I am listening.

(2) What do I need more of in my life?

NINE OF WANDS (Strength, Stamina, Confidence)

On this card, a flight of steps leads upward towards the moon. With the Nine, I am near the top, in the final stretch towards a goal or desired outcome. I may feel weary, doubtful, or even fearful, but this is not the time to give in or give up. Just a few more steps and I’ll be there. I like the fact that the crescent moon appears at the top of this card like it does in The High Priestess card.

(3) What do I need less of in my life?

FIVE OF CUPS (Grief, Disappointment)

I guess we could all use less “grief and disappointment” in our lives. Although I cannot control every detail of what happens in my life, this card tells me to acknowledge that there will be disappointment or even regret, but that what I do with that or what I do going forward is important. I need to focus on the negatives less and explore what I can actually do or control to make things better. Is my disappointment really due to someone else’s flaws and failures, or are my expectations simply too high?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday 2019

It's Easter Sunday! Today's Cards and Quotes features Judgement from The Celtic Tarot by Helena Paterson, Illustrated by Courney Davis (Aquarian).

The Celtic Tarot (Paterson/Davis - Aquarian)

"On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer."
~ Douglas Horton (1891-1968)
American Protestant clergyman and academic leader

Monday, April 8, 2019

Listen to the Animals

For this Tarot Notes feature, I pull one card each week from a different animal-themed deck to represent an important message from that animal.

If you are interested in finding out who your own Animal Guides are, you can get an Animal Guides Reading through my _Etsy shop_ or my _Web Site_.

This week my deck is Dawn Brunke's Animal Wisdom Tarot, illustrated by Ola Liola (CICO Books). To read my review of this deck, click _HERE_.

The LLAMA has come forward.

The Animal Wisdom Tarot

This card is subtitled "Seeker of Fossils." In The Animal Wisdom Tarot, this sweet child is comparable to the traditional Knight of Pentacles and is given the elemental associations Air of Earth. Dawn Brunke writes that this "suggests a grounded ability to understand abstract, metaphysical concepts," helping us to "stay centered and connected even as our minds open and our thoughts roam far." I love that idea!

Qualities assigned to this card (as we might expect from the Knight of Pentacles) are "steady, patient, practical, receptive."

In South America, llamas work as pack animals and are used for food. I recently attended an animal fiber event here in the U.S. where people exhibited llamas and alpacas, and were awarded ribbons like horses or dogs. Here are some photos I took of some of the llamas.


And here is an _article_ about the popularity of llamas as pets:

The message of the llama in this deck is: "Center your body; free your mind."

Sound advice, I think!