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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.

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.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

How Can I Get Back Together With Him?

A sample reading using
Universal Waite Tarot
Drawings by Pamela Colman Smith
Coloring by Mary Hanson-Roberts
Conceived by Stuart R. Kaplan
(U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

What will help me improve my chances of getting back together with my boyfriend?


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.

Universal Waite Tarot

1. What you need to know about the situation: QUEEN OF WANDS, reversed

Although the Court Cards (King, Queen, Knight, Page) can represent actual people in the Seeker's life, I find that often they refer to some aspect of the Seeker's personality that is influencing the issue and needs to be explored. The Queen of Wands reversed (upside down) often indicates a demanding temperament, jealousy, deceit, and emotional instability. The "deceit" associated with the Queen of Wands can be self-deception as well. Rather than referring specifically to you or your boyfriend, this could be a description of the energy surrounding this situation. A climate such as this would not nurture or nourish a relationship.

2. Obstacles or challenges to getting back together: FOUR OF CUPS

This card usually suggests a need to overcome depression or regret with a new mental attitude. There may be a tendency to focus on past love experiences -- good and bad -- and this focus on the past may interfere with the ability to enjoy and appreciate a current or new relationship. Old habits usually play a role, and there may be a fear of commitment or fear of rejection involved.

3. Opportunities or positive potential: THE HERMIT

As a Major Arcana card (Key 9), The Hermit suggests that a relationship or situation is of great importance in your life. When applied specifically to a relationship, a Major Arcana card can suggest a past-life or soulmate connection. This can be a powerful element in a relationship (although of course it does not guarantee success). The Hermit often represents wisdom through experience and achieving insight through meditation and introspection. You have an opportunity here to seek guidance -- either from a wiser, more experienced person whom you respect and trust, or from your own inner wisdom and experience. 

It looks like there are a number of issues that could be causing difficulties in this relationship. The cards suggest that simply "getting back together" might not solve all of these problems. Healing will require desire, effort, and commitment from both of you. You can't heal this relationship alone, but perhaps the insights offered by the cards will help improve your chances of getting back together.

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.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

What is the direction my life is taking?

A sample reading using
Shapeshifter Tarot
by D.J. Conway and Sirona Knight
with Illustrations by Lisa Hunt

What is the direction my life is taking?


Your card is THE SHAPESHIFTER (Key 12).

On this card a woman who has partially shapeshifted into a jaguar lies on a branch over a quiet pool (symbol of the emotions). She has reached a place of suspended activity, a time to contemplate and review her life's path. Because her emotions are quiet and calm, she can see her reflection clearly, and she knows she is making progress. Vague faces peer up at her from the water, representing aspects of her emotions and life that still remain partly hidden from her. 

This card suggests that there may be little or no movement in your life right now. This is a good time for introspection and for making careful decisions about how your actions in the present will impact your future. By remaining receptive, you will be open to messages from dreams, your intuition, and unexpected sources. 

Following this period of consideration, you will need to make a decision about your next step and act on that decision. The key will be to acknowledge and accept that there may be obstacles in your path but not to let situations rule you. Avoid giving your power to others. Don't let the past stop you from accomplishments in the future. 

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. Thank you for letting me read for you.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Moonology Oracle Reading: Supermoon in Libra

I intend for this to be the start of a new series of posts here on Tarot Notes using Tarot with the Moonology Oracle Cards by Yasmin Boland with artwork by Nyx Rowan (Hay House).

This wonderful deck spoke to me from the Hay House website during their big sale, and I knew right away I wanted to work with it.

Today we are seeing a “Super Pink Moon” – full moon in Libra. Although the moon won’t actually be pink (it gets its name from the pink flowers that bloom in April), it will be super-bright and super-shiny. A Supermoon takes place when the Moon is at its closest point to the Earth during its monthly orbit.

Three cards from the Moonology deck can be used for this event:

Using each card to ask a separate question, I will pull three cards from Tarot of a Moon Garden by Karen Marie Sweikhardt (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

(1) In what area of life do I need to surrender to the Divine? (Full Moon)


The area of life represented by the suit of Pentacles is the physical, material realm as well as the realm of values and that which makes us feel secure. The number Three can represent the initial completion of something, along with an opportunity to expand, develop, or grow. I need to surrender to the Divine concerning an area of my physical, material world – as well as my sense of security and my values -- if I wish to expand, develop, or grow in that area.

(2) How can I best handle emotions that run high? (Supermoon)


I sort of expected to draw a card that advises control of emotions that run high. However, the Knight of Staffs is just the opposite of that. He is “a brash young man of fiery nature… idealistic and adventuresome” (Sweikhardt) I feel I am being encouraged here to let my emotions fuel a journey into the unknown or some other bold action. Not that I should “run amok” or be careless and impulsive, but this is not the time to hold back or be super-cautious, either. The challenge will be to direct those high-running emotions towards a goal.

(3) How can I improve the chances of a win-win outcome? (Full Moon in Libra)?


The energy of Libra involves balance and relationships. The Page of Staffs can represent an exuberant, loyal, young-at-heart nature – a willingness to let youthful optimism prevail, to learn new things, and to be open to invitations or proposals that may arise. Staffs represent the element Fire and the sign Libra is an Air sign. Fire and Air are mutually supportive and together can create great success.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Listen to the Animals: CROW

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

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It’s been a long time since I did a “Listen to the Animals” post! As it happens, I have a new animal-themed deck in the house: Animal Kin Oracle by Sarah Wilder (Hay House).

From the guidebook: “Sarah combines her love of nature and design to intuitively create symbolic talismans, tools and teachings for self-reconnection which help focus the mind and reconnect people to their true nature; incorporating symbolism, animals and plants in everything she does.” You can learn more about Sarah HERE. https://sarahwilder.co/

This “Listen to the Animals” entry features the CROW. The keyword provided by Wilder is “magick.” She writes that the “Kin Essence” is “Divine messages are gifts for your future self.”

Animal Kin Oracle / Sarah Wilder

Most of us know that crows are considered to be very intelligent creatures. They have been known to use tools, solve complex problems, and count. Their color – black – commonly symbolizes power, mystery, and (sometimes) death. Wilder assigns all of her animals to an element – Fire, Water, Earth, Air, or Spirit. The Crow’s element is Spirit. All the creatures of Spirit advise us to do more of what makes us happy, listen to our intuition, and get more sleep.

Wilder tells us that the Crow shows us “to look deeper into our own reality to find hidden messages, keys, and signs in order to move beyond what we feel to be a comfortable and safe place to dwell, and to look deeper into the things we don’t see (but trust are there).”

How you feel about crows (and ravens) might depend on where you were raised or where you live. In Europe and India, this species is often a negative omen, representing war, death, solitude, evil, and bad luck (Quoth the raven: “Nevermore!”) In contrast, American crows are often presented as positive, even heroic, in native mythology. Crows are viewed as guides or prophets in Greek and Roman lore.

Friday, March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Reading with The Playing Card Oracle

A lot of tarot readers and astrologers are weighing in on the coronavirus pandemic. I wanted to do something here at Tarot Notes, but wasn’t sure exactly what. I don’t do much mundane astrology (well, none, really) so I won’t get into any of that.

In terms of tarot, during a brief meditation, the Playing Card Oracles divination deck by Ana Cortez and C.J. Freeman (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.) came through loud and clear, announcing itself as the deck that should be used for this reading. If you are interested in reading my review of this deck, click HERE .

So many questions can be asked about this confusing, distressing event. This reading will not attempt to predict the future or address health issues. Instead, I am hoping to receive insight into what might help me (something to seek or embrace) during this pandemic, what might harm me (something to avoid), and finally, an overall message to keep in mind.

(1) what might help me (something to seek or embrace)


In this deck, Spades is the suit of material form and physical being. Mardoc (a Court card somewhat comparable to the King of Pentacles in traditional Tarot decks) exemplifies mastery over earthly affairs. Well, this COVID-19 pandemic is certainly an “earthly affair” with enormous impact on the physical, material world.

Industrious, efficient, and stubborn, Mardoc can also have a cold, unforgiving nature and assume the role of “terminator.” According to Ana Cortez, “His throne is the deathbed, the inevitable final stage of all Spade manifestations.”

For me, as something that might help me during this pandemic, I can see where the energy and fortitude represented by Mardoc might useful, whether coming from within myself or from other people or entities trying to overcome this crisis. This is not a time to be overly emotional or weak-spirited. However, it is difficult for me to see how the “heartless, cold, unforgiving” aspects of this card could be helpful.

(2) what might harm me (something to avoid)

DEJA (12 of Hearts)

Comparable to the Queen of Cups in traditional Tarot decks, Deja represents emotionally mature energy, a sensitive and empathetic nature, a quiet knowing and internal focus – yet she can also be withdrawn or reserved. It seems strange that she has appeared in this reading as something that “might harm me” (something to avoid). I can only deduce that an excess of her qualities could create a problem as I cope with the pandemic. With her eyes closed, she could be withdrawn in a harmful way, unable or unwilling to see things the way they really are.

As with all Court cards, it is possible that this card refers to another person in my life whose beliefs, attitudes, behavior, or tendencies could interfere with my wellbeing. 

(3) overall message to keep in mind

SOUTH WIND (4 of Diamonds)

The number Four often represents structure and organization. In this oracle deck, each Four represents one of the cardinal “winds.” For the suit of Diamonds (Fire), it is the South Wind. The suit of Diamonds is comparable to the suit of Wands in the Tarot, so we need not be surprised to find that the Four of Diamonds can bring disturbances, unplanned circumstances, confusion, and misunderstanding. Things are certainly “abnormal” these days, and we don’t seem to know exactly what to expect from day to day. The key message here, then, is: “Plan on the unplanned.” Things will go amiss; lines will get crossed. This card also can represent a sense of humor, an ability to joke – something that almost always improves a situation.

It is interesting to me that the first two cards are Court cards, pointing to the importance of my own personal traits or tendencies and/or those of other people who might have an effect on my life. It really is all about people – acting both as individuals and together. The South Wind is something of a “wild card” (in more ways than one), and its energy is likely to be prevalent for quite some time to come.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tarot Card of the Year: 2020 and 2021

One interesting way to use Tarot cards is to calculate which Major Arcana card represents a particular year. As you might guess, this involves adding the individual numbers of the year to arrive at a total that matches the number of a Major Arcana card.

Here are my calculations and thoughts for the years 2020 and 2021.

Card of the Year for 2020

2 + 0 + 2 + 0 = 4 = THE EMPEROR

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

To see versions of The Emperor from other decks, 
along with astrological associations, click HERE.

As an American, my first thought upon seeing this card was that it represents Donald Trump and the authoritarian type of government he seems to want for this country (with him as “the authority,” of course). He wants to be “The Emperor.” And that influence in both a personal sense and larger sense is going to continue to affect, infect, and infuse not only American life but life around the world.

Another way to look at this card for 2020 is to think of it as representing a struggle for control, which we are certainly seeing not only here but elsewhere in the world. Who will be “The Emperor”? Who will be in charge? Who will rule? An individual? A select group of people? The masses?

When we look at the number FOUR, we can see a variety of meanings. I explored the number FOUR in detail HERE.

Card of the Year for 2021

2 + 0 + 2 + 1 = 5 = THE HIEROPHANT

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot
To see versions of The Hierophant from other decks, 
along with astrological associations, click HERE.

I typically see this card as representing organized religion and/or established entities, methods, and traditions. On one hand, as an American, I might see this as encouraging because it suggests that the “traditional” operation of government is going to prevail, in spite of efforts to create a government in which the Executive Branch has more power than any other.

At the same time, I can see The Hierophant as an indication that organized religion -- particularly the “conservative Christian right” – will continue to increase pressure and build power in order to try to bring society at large in line with their beliefs.

As for the number FIVE, I presented a detailed discussion HERE.

I feel these two cards definitely show areas of focus for 2020 and 2021.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

In this series of posts, I plan to discuss all of the Tarot cards in order, using a different deck for each card. In celebration of Valentine's Day, it seemed appropriate to explore the Two of Hearts (Cups) from The Enchanted Tarot by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber (published by St. Martin's Press).

I am fond of saying that all of the Hearts cards in this deck resemble Valentines, with their lace and bric-a-brac, pinks, purples, and reds.

The suit of Hearts corresponds to the element of Water, which Monte Farber tells us is associated with "emotions, moods, dreams, fantasy, romance, the season of Summer and the direction, West.

On the Two of Hearts we see two white swans circling in a calm stream among drifting water lilies. Swans, which are said to mate for life, often symbolize the power of love. In his Dictionary of Symbols (Duncan Baird Publishers), Jack Tresidder describes the swan as "a romantic and ambiguous symbol of light, death, transformation, poetry, beauty and melancholy passion." A swan can also represent the ebbing or loss of love.

At the top of the largest heart shape on the Two of Hearts, we see cupids and white flowers. A floating heart decorated with a moon and stars tells us that love is written in the stars. Another heart displays elegant, graceful curves that suggest joyful play and sociability. Monte Farber writes: "These two hearts beat as one."

A card of mutual affinity, union, and partnership, the Two of Hearts encourages us to cherish the loving relationships and partnerships in our life. The beautiful place depicted on the card is a place we create within us, where our thoughts, hopes, and memories of love abide forever.

Happy Valentine's Day, my dears!

Love always,

(Note: This blog post originally appeared on Tarot Notes on February 13, 2011.)

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Amethyst for February

February 2020 is here, and I think I'll do a little "cross promotion" with my handmade jewelry shop (Jewelry by Scotti on Etsy: www.jewelrybyscotti.com)

The birthstone for the month of February is amethyst, a violet or cool purple quartz gemstone that is said to promote humility, peace, and piety. Related to the third-eye chakra, amethyst is believed to strengthen intuition and help heal past hurts.

The word amethyst is from the Greek amethus(t)os, meaning "not intoxicated" and therefore it is considered to be a stone of temperance. Amethyst is also said to promote wholesome dreams.

For the Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals (AGM AGMuller), Helmut G. Hofmann chose amethyst for the Death card. In his words, "[Amethyst] brings light into problems and so helps us in the transformation from the mental to the spiritual level. It both soothes hardened souls and supports people with gentle natures."

And now for the jewelry! The video below shows two pieces of amethyst jewelry. One is a multistrand coil bracelet with two sizes of faceted amethyst beads. In the same video you will also see a gorgeous pendant necklace that features not only amethyst and quartz gemstones but a beautiful purple carved tagua nut crescent moon.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Using "Sentence Structure" with Lenormand

Today I’m doing an exercise I have seen in several places using one of my Lenormand decks. As an English major and writer, naturally I love working with parts of speech (nouns, adjectives, adverbs, etc.) so this just sounds like fun to me.

(1) Ask a question. Shuffle your deck and pull out 4 cards.
(2) The Adjective for card 1
(3) Subject for card 2
(4) Verb for card 3
(5) Adverb for card 4
(6) Interpretation in regards to the Question

My deck for this exercise is the Gilded Reverie Lenormand by Ciro Marchetti (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.) I’m asking the cards what factors, issues, or forces I need to be aware of next week (January 20-26).

Adjective: MOON (32)

spiritual, emotional, mysterious, subconscious, romantic, creative

Subject: CROSS (36)

grief, burden, guilt, suffering, possible redemption, religion

Verb: MICE (23)

whittle away, destroy, gnaw, cause anxiety, cause doubt, lie

Adverb: PARK (20) 

publically, socially, harmoniously, pleasantly

INTERPRETATION: Next week, I need to be aware of deep, subconscious feelings of grief or guilt that cause anxiety or doubt, possibly in a social or public setting that is supposed to be pleasant and harmonious.

I can imagine one or two scenarios that would fit this description perfectly, but I’m not aware that any of those are taking place next week. It will be interesting to see what this might mean.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Year Spread for 2020

It’s New Year’s Day here in North America, so I am going to celebrate with a spread for 2020. I used this same spread on New Year's Day in 2015 here at Tarot Notes.

I am using “Joanna’s New Year Spread” from Journey through the Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert (Llewellyn Worldwide). My deck is the Forest of Enchantment Tarot by Lunaea Weatherstone with illustrations by Meraylah Allwood (Llewellyn).

The Spread

The Positions

1. What do I leave behind in the Old Year?
2. What do I open up to in the New Year?
3. Key Opportunity of the New Year
4. Key Challenge of the New Year
5. Hidden concern (pull from bottom of the deck)
6. Deep Wisdom / Advice from God/dess (pull from middle of the deck)
7. Key Theme of the New Year

My Reading

1. What do I leave behind in the Old Year? 

TWO OF VISIONS: I have to say that the appearance of this card gives me pause. If I interpret this card to represent a relationship with someone special, a soulmate, then leaving that behind in the Old Year seems sad to me. It sounds like there is a chance I will be separated from someone either by choice or circumstances.

2. What do I open up to in the New Year? 

ACE OF BOONS: Aces, of course, often signify new beginnings, certainly appropriate for something I “open up to” in the New Year. The Ace of Boons is a toad. Nice. But seriously, there are promises here related to the physical, material world – prosperity, healing – the element Earth. I will wear my gift of a toadstone ring with pleasure. (Since I make jewelry, perhaps I will try to find some actual “toadstone” to use…)

3. Key Opportunity of the New Year 

THE GREEN MOTHER (Key III): A powerful card (called “The Empress” in traditional decks), The Green Mother is all about fertility, creativity, and generosity. Her feminine power is unrivaled, and she connects us to the natural world, teaching us to love ourselves as well as everything around us. I may literally have an opportunity to act as a “mother” figure to someone, or perhaps even to my own “inner child.”

4. Key Challenge of the New Year

SEEKER OF BOONS: Seekers in this deck are similar to Knights in traditional Tarot decks. Each Seeker has a quest to fulfill and takes action to fulfill it. My challenge in 2020 is to be more like the Seeker of Boons – steady, dependable, practical, patient, good-humored. I need to move slowly and carefully, deliberately and methodically.

5. Hidden concern (pull from bottom of the deck)

KEEPER OF CHALLENGES: Keepers are akin to Kings in this deck, and the suit of Challenges is comparable to the suit of Swords. What is it about the Keeper of Challenges that makes him a “hidden concern” for me? One interesting comment I read in the guidebook for this deck is that “The Keeper of Challenges is not evil, but he’s not good either. This wizard is coolly neutral.” This cool, detached nature is perhaps something I am concerned that I cannot achieve. If I view this card as representing an actual person in my life, this is the card I associate with my husband. Like most of us approaching the age of 70, he has health issues, and it is possible that I have concerns about that, even if I try to keep them hidden.

6. Deep Wisdom / Advice from God/dess (pull from middle of the deck)

WEAVER OF CHALLENGES: Like the Queens in traditional Tarot decks, the Weavers in this deck represent feminine energy and power. The Weaver of Challenges can make my quest harder – whether for my own growth or to prove my worth. The wisdom/advice she offers is delivered with clarity, as she speaks her mind fearlessly. She teaches me to value intelligence and attention to detail, discipline and strong self-esteem. However, I also need to be careful that I do not adopt her less attractive traits, becoming emotionally withdrawn, overly critical, sarcastic, or touchy.

7. Key Theme of the New Year

THE FAERY WIND (Key VII): This card suggests that the key theme of 2020 involves things picking up speed and flowing swiftly towards a positive outcome. Change leads to success, and increased confidence is justified. Important news of my achievements is highly possible.

In summary, it appears that 2020 is likely to have some significant moments or situations for me, given that 4 of the 7 cards in the reading are Major Arcana cards. The element Earth has a strong presence (Ace of Boons, Seeker of Boons, The Oldest One).

An interesting mix of elemental energy in these cards, with Fire being noticeably absent. Challenges (Swords / Air) and Boons (Pentacles / Earth) are the most commonly represented. I am really curious about the relationship or close alliance I am leaving behind.