Seeking Direction with a Personal Compass

So many things keep me busy these days that this blog doesn’t get nearly as many updates as I’d prefer, but my daily draw today (The Hermit) told me to take some *me time* — and I intend to do just that. Tarot seemed like the perfect solution, seeing as my Linestrider deck arrived today. AND I finally got a chance to catch up on my dear friend’s triumphant return to tarot bloggery: la reine de l’air!

Well, she did a full moon reading inspired by Kayla’s reading, which used Little Red’s very lovely looking Personal Compass Spread. At first, I thought to myself, “Personal compass? Probably not a spread I can use at the moment, but I’ll read her post anyway, of course.” And then as I was reading it I began to realize that a compass is exactly what I need right now!


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Making New Friends – Part 3

Since I basically can’t stop myself from buying new decks these days, I’ve decided to do a round three (and trust me, there will be more) of Irmata’s Deck Interview Conference Call (see my first one here and my second one here). This time, however, I’m going to add a couple new things. I’ll be looking at themes and visual similarities among each group of cards (each question), and then at the end I’ll look at any themes that arose for each individual deck.

My guests for the reading are:


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


Archeon | DaVinci | Old Path | Wild Unknown
[Temperance | Page of Swords | Page of Pentacles | Strength]

  • Let’s combine our forces and calm the troubled waters of your heart.
  • I am here to serve – ask!
  • I am here to teach – listen!
  • I am your inner voice, your inner strength — watch.
Themes: learning/eagerness (pages), calming hearts (Temperance, Strength), 11 (pages, Strength)
Visuals: I love the repeating colors and poses. Green & facing left/down & holding something round |neutral & straight on & holding a horizontal line-shaped object.

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Meeting with Queens

Browsing the archives at Tarot Elements recently, I came upon this post by Johanne about individuation with the tarot queens, and it was so right up my alley. Combining Jung with tarot – and specifically queens – is something I couldn’t resist!

Johanne takes Jung’s four different function types (thinking, feeling, intuition, sensation) and marries them to their corresponding tarot suits. Thinking = Swords, Feeling = Wands, Sensation = Pentacles, and Intuition = Cups. Then, a spread with the four queens, placing the random card in the middle, asking “What do I need to integrate in my life, on my path towards individuation?”. I drew the Four of Wands.

In an attempt to delve deeper into my tarot cards lately, I’ve been fond of the idea of cropping the borders off so that I can more clearly see all of the images next to one another. I tried it with this reading and it was so much better! I love the way the Queen of Swords image bleeds right into the 4 of Wands.

Individuation with Queens - Mary-El Tarot

What is the intellectual and logical Queen of Swords seeing? (left)
You are strong and stable, through and through. Don’t let yourself be consumed by emotion – THINK.

What is the fiery, spontaneous response of the Queen of Wands? (right)
Next time you start to worry, let that shit roll off your back instead. Relaxing is so much better.

How can the deep intuition of the Queen of Cups guide me? (top)
You are stronger than the chaos around you. Trust yourself to know what is best for you.

How can the Queen of Pentacles help me patiently see the message that’s right under my nose? (bottom)
Ground yourself, and stand tall in your stability. Allow the fires and the sunsets to illuminate your true strength.


And by knowing my Jung archetype – which is INTJ (yes, I just took the quiz again to confirm) – I can determine that I resemble the Queen of Cups and the Queen of Swords. The post suggests that I can tell which one is stronger in me, based on the percentages in my quiz results. I snicker, because mine are exactly the same. Equally logical and intuitive (pretty accurate, in my opinion).


Next, Johanne instructs me to see which queen has the lowest percentages, because she is the opposite of how I see myself. Ironically, that would point right back at both the Queen of Cups and the Queen of Swords again. Why do things like this happen to me so often? It really seems as if I do not know myself so well anymore. I’ve had that feeling for a while anyway. It feels like in the past year I’ve totally lost myself. At least the cards agree, and can urge me back toward myself again.

Personal Reading for March 2012

I haven’t been doing as much tarot lately, and I feel like the spread I’ve been using for my monthly reading has grown stale. This time I’m changing things up, in an attempt to make this more meaningful for me.

For March, I asked the cards:

  1. What do I need to learn this month?
  2. What lesson do I carry with me from last month?
  3. What can I rejoice in?
  4. What should I be careful with?
  5. Where should I focus my energy?

It might not be a perfect spread, but I aim for it to show me a fresh perspective, to help pulse some energy into me.

Ace of Swords - joie de vivre tarot  Queen of Cups - joie de vivre tarot Knight of Swords - joie de vivre tarot  The Magician - joie de vivre tarot  VII The Chariot - joie de vivre tarot

Wow, really! First, I love that the lesson I carry over from last month is emotional balance, because it’s so right on! I often see my husband as the Knight of Swords, so seeing him here — and in the rejoice position — makes me so happy! I also find it hilarious that Joie de Vivre punctuates The Chariot with the word “focus”; so I should focus my energy on focusing! But no, I get it, and I think it’s important – especially if this month’s lesson is about achievement and fortitude (and so seeing The Magician in the “avoid this” category seems awfully appropriate, no?). Indeed!