Goodbye 2015 (and Good Riddance)

2015 turned out to be a pretty eventful year for me — and NOT in a good way. Many sucky things happened. My husband and I faced some HUGE challenges, and endured the absolute WORST and SCARIEST period of our entire lives. I do not want to relive that, ever.

Ahem…

In an effort to move forward into the new year with some new perspective — tabula rasa and all that — I thought it might be prudent to do a new year reading. Instead of going for the month-by-month spread that I did last time, I decided to use a spread I learned from a friend when she used it for me years ago. Decks in action: Raven’s Prophecy and Earthbound Oracle.

New Year Reading | Raven's Prophecy Tarot & Earthbound Oracle

New Year Reading | Raven’s Prophecy Tarot & Earthbound Oracle

SPIRIT: Personal Development & Transformation
(Four of Swords & Release)
The hand lays open, release is evident. A sense of relief emanates from these two cards. By allowing myself to take a break, I’ll be able to release whatever’s been holding me back.

FIRE: Passion, Creativity, Inspiration
(Seven of Cups & Reflect)
I have a lot of things that inspire me; a lot of options. If I want to make progress in any of them, I need to reflect on them and decide which one(s) to pursue.

AIR: Intellect, Learning, Communication
(Eight of Swords & Sleep)
Whenever I run into trouble or doubt, I need to remember that I can step away, take a breath, and slow down. Each time I feel like I’m holding myself back, it’s time for me to take a break.

EARTH: Home, Health, Wealth/Work
(Five of Wands & Time)
Getting impatient will do me no good. I need to rise to challenges, knowing that by doing so, my situation will improve in time. Don’t be lazy and pout about working out / cleaning / etc. — just do it, and over time it will become a good routine.

WATER: Heart, Relationships, Inner Development
(The Devil & Travel | Clarifiers: Six of Cups & Achievement)
Make sure to keep the balance between what chains you and allowing yourself freedom. Equal time for nostalgia and achievement will be necessary.

SHADOW CARDS
(Nine of Wands & Home)
I might want to default on staying home and defending my position. Better not to.

OVERALL LESSON
Step back, step up, step out. It’s time.

New Collage Cards!

I know…

I’ve been WAY too absent, but life has been so hectic I barely been able to keep myself together. I’ve even had a few things I’ve wanted to to readings about but right now I can’t even remember what they are — only that I know they are still unresolved. Ouch.

In any case…

I’ve been in a bit of an artistic groove lately, which as been quite satisfying. I’ve got some new ideas for backs and additional textures for my collage cards. We’re starting a whole new round soon, beginning with The Fool! I’m excited to get a whole new start on a new deck, now that I’ve had over a year to practice!

On that note…

I’ve finally gotten off my arse and added a BUNCH of new cards to my collage page. When studying the pips, instead of focusing on one card each night, we studied each number and attempted to make all four of that particular pip in one night. The first few were easy — I got all four aces and all four twos in one night, but as things continued, that got harder and harder to maintain.

I also missed a few nights, so I didn’t get to make the fives or tens (even though I had some ideas for a few of those already), but I’ve added the ones I did make for the threes, fours, sixes, sevens, eights, and nines!

So without further ado…

You can see them all on my collage-my-own-tarot page, but here are a few of my favorites.

Six of Pentacles - 02/21/14 Seven of Cups - 02/28/14 Nine of Swords - 03/14/14

Personal Growth with Darkana

I haven’t done a reading in a while (aside from the group interview), and I felt like working with the cards tonight. So, I picked up Darkana and found a random spread that seemed like a good idea. It’s a Personal Report Card for ______ (I chose “life” to fill in the blank).

And first off, I would just like to say that I *love* shuffling the Darkana tarot deck. It is by far my favorite deck to shuffle and I shuffle it twice as much as I do any other deck, because it is such a pleasure! If only ALL decks could be this agreeable!

Personal Report Card Reading - Darkana Tarot

Personal Report Card Reading – Darkana Tarot

My Personal Report Card for Life

1. What is my level of progress?Four of Pentacles
I’ve finally gotten something good and I’m trying my best to hold onto it. Well, that is most assuredly true! I’m finally starting to feel like an accomplished adult. I’ve got a good, steady job that pays well. I’ve just finished paying off some old debts. Things are looking good, and I want to keep what I’ve worked hard for — and earned.

2. Where am I proficient?Seven of Cups
Making decisions, eh? Good to know that I’ve finally figured it out. I think I have been getting better at making decisions lately. I’m feeling much more clarity of mind these days, which has been a welcome change.

3. Where am I blocked or failing?Knight of Swords
Hmm. Darkana says “direct or incisive,” which makes sense. I *have* felt less capable of making myself understood lately. Apparently I need to work on that. Communication is important to me, and it has felt especially difficult.

What do I need to do to take the next step toward my ideal life…

4. Spiritually?Page of Cups
I need to open up emotionally, and that will help me spiritually? Could be. It *has* been something I’ve struggled with of late. I guess it’s good to know that if I want to make progress spiritually, I need to pay attention emotionally as well. In fact, I made some (sigil-like) steps toward that last night!

5. Emotionally?Two of Swords
Stop avoiding them. My emotions, that is. Hmmm…

6. Physically?The Hanged Man
Oh, hi friend! Hi YEAR CARD! This makes so much sense to me right now that I don’t even feel like I need to type it out. I need to let go and try a new approach. Look at my physical self (and issues) from a different perspective. Interesting, and encouraging, since I have already taken steps in this direction. :D

7. Mentally/Intellectually?Fortitude (Strength)
Good old Strength. My soul card, always showing up in similar places. Use my inner strength to get to the next level mentally. I like that. I’m actually liking how all 4 of these cards tie in to one another (sorry if you can’t see it, reader, but it makes sense to me, personally).

…and of course…

8. Where will this lead?The Empress
Ah, excellent! All of this will lead toward me being a more ideal (in my eyes) woman. Except, without babies, of course. Darkana says “nurturing and natural” so I’ll go with that. Perfect. (Please, please don’t let it actually mean babies…*)

*Look, nothing against babies. I just don’t want any.

Making New Friends

Okay, look. Call me a copycat if you want, but when I saw Irmata’s Deck Interview Conference Call last month, I knew I wanted to do this, too. Getting to know new decks can be kind of difficult for me, especially since I don’t read all that often (but I can’t resist buying new decks!). So. Welp. Yes, I’m even using her spread (mostly), because it’s just so damn perfect.

I’ve gotten a few decks in the past 6 months that I still don’t really know how to read. Tonight, I’ve called them together so I can more properly make their acquaintance. My guests for the evening are:

  • Sun and Moon Tarot (yes, I’ve read with it a couple times so far, but it still seems… off…)
  • Darkana Tarot (got from a Kickstarter campaign and have barely had time to even look at it yet!)
  • Mystic Dreamer Tarot (just got like a week ago and I’m dying to play with it!)
  • 8-Bit Tarot (yeah, I know it’s basically a RWS clone, but still.)

So, here we are.

Hi! It’s nice to meet you. Thank you for joining me. :)

MakingFriends_Card1

Sun and Moon | Darkana | Mystic Dreamer | 8-Bit
[King of Pentacles | 4 of Pentacles | 5 of Swords | 3 of Swords]

  • And very nice to meet you too, my dear!
  • Sup. I’m not giving up any secrets or anything, but I showed up, didn’t I?
  • Hello. While I might rather be spending time with friends, well, I guess I could spare a moment for you too.
  • *grabs fork, moves it toward own eyeballs*

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January 2012 – Year and Month Cards!

I love that 2012 is starting on a Sunday. It’s like a brand new, fresh start, right from the beginning. I’m going to do my usual monthly reading, but slightly differently. I want to take it one step further and look at my 2012 Year Card and my personal month card for January 2012.

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To calculate your year card, just add up your birth month + birth date + the year in question, so that you get a base number. Then add the digits of the base number together, until you reach a number under 22 (which corresponds to the Major Arcana). My birthday is September 24, so my year card for 2012 will be calculated as follows.

9 + 24 + 2012 = 2045 and then 2 + 0 + 4 + 5 = 11

So my 2012 Year Card is Justice.

To calculate your personal month card, add your birth month, birth date, current month, and current year, and reduce down to a number under 22.

9 + 24 + 1 + 2012 = 2046 … … 2 + 0 + 4 + 6 = 12

So my personal card for January 2012 is The Hanged Man.

XI Justice     XII The Hanged Man

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