Apologies, it looks as though I can't keep up a daily blog, but I'm trying my best! Work is apparently a thing. I am a Claims Specialist by day, and to be honest, that takes a whole lot of my energy during the week.
I am hoping to get a promotion (fingers crossed!), and if that happens, I may or may not be as wiped out.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I have a super hard time keeping up my daily Tarot practice. Sometimes you can get so caught up reading for others, that you forget to just spend time - you and your cards.
There is a year-long exercise in Psychic Tarot that I did many years ago with my Tarot of Transformation deck that involves really going in deep with the cards. Taking each one and analyzing the symbolism, depictions, colors, and seeing how they speak to you. I've often thought I should take that same time with my other regular reading decks. Though, when reading and playing (you should approach your cards in many moods, as Nancy says. Be playful with them sometimes. You don't go to your friends only when you're in trouble, you shouldn't go to your cards in crisis all the time, either) for myself, I almost exclusively use the Tarot of Transformation, with a smattering of the others, most notably the New Star deck.
You may be asking yourself, "does she intend to blog every day?" Well, the answer is, I'm going to try. Today I'd like to talk about decks/cards. Specifically, my absolute favorite Fool card.
I like to see the Fool as "me." Or "you" or the person you are reading for (I think that's the most popular opinion of the Fool). That's why I think this incredible image by Julie Cuccia-Watts from the Ancestral Path Tarot is the best Fool I've ever seen.
The traditional Fool is dressed something like a hobo or a court jester with a sack over his back and a little dog nipping at his heels, about to walk off a cliff without noticing.
I like the Ancestral Path Tarot's Fool (I'd say Julie's Fool, but she has so many beautiful decks it wouldn't be quite specific enough. Seriously, check out her decks. They are gorgeous!) because it depicts the reader as the Fool, the one about to start the Fool's Journey. I know this is a bit redundant for my fellow Taroists, but the Fool's Journey is generally viewed as a spiritual journey through different experiences and trials. It is one of the greatest, if not the great story of Tarot.
Nancy and I did a very good job of writing the Fool's Journey in Psychic Tarot, in my humble opinion. If you like, you can message me and I can probably get you a copy. I generally keep a few on hand. Otherwise, Psychic Tarot is available from many fine book retailers. End sales pitch.
What are your favorite Fools? I'm always eager to learn about my readers, and the decks they love. Don't be shy. Hit me up with a comment and let me know which deck you think has the best Fool.
I'm sure you all noticed the gold book on my home page and may be wondering why, of all the images I could use to signify Tarot, I chose a rather nondescript journal. This is actually my book of spreads.
Ooo, now you're interested! Yes, indeed, in my Tarot bag, along with my reading decks, an amethyst wand, a coin from Guatemala, and a copy of Psychic Tarot, I also keep this little gem and a few purple pens. (You can never have just one purple pen!)
Now that we've cleared that up, how about a first spread to really get things going? This spread is rather apropos because I created it on New Year's Day a few years back, using two decks (Tarot of Transformation and The New Star).
Since my handwriting is nearly illegible, I won't torture you with the photographs of the next two pages, I will simply write out what I have.
To preface this spread, I wrote:
Hope (Janice) of the Hope Interfaith Center once said at every place on our path, there are points of light radiating out from us - paths behind us that all would have led us here & paths ahead we may choose to take. This spread done on 1/1/11 makes a good overview spread!
1A & 1B = Where I am and what of my past/present I am working on/is most contributing to where I am.
2A - 4A = Where I can go/am heading (paths are not mutually exclusive)
5A - 10A = Continuation of the path
2B - 4B = What came before that has brought me here.
5B - 10B = Further illustration of the paths
11A & 11B = Work/paths you wish to get more info on that did not come up
12 A&B, 13 A&B = Further info on the paths
14A & 14B = Clarity cards used as needed
Go forth and use this spread, just please give me credit!
I am pleased to be launching this new webpage and being able to share my love of Tarot with all of you. I first discovered Tarot when I was nineteen years old at the Women and Spirituality conference, which was then held in Mankato, Minnesota. That is when I acquired my first deck, the Tarot of Transformation by Willow Arlenea and Jasmine Lee Cori. I want to make sure they get proper credit, as I use this deck a lot and it will likely feature prominently in my Spreads posts.
Credit for the beautiful photography of me in the purple striped shirt goes to Shaula Halberg Photography.
At that first conference in Mankato, I also met the famed and talented Nancy Antenucci, and some years later had the pleasure and privilege of studying under her. Now I use her teachings and my own experience in my own Tarot practice.
A little bit more about me. I am a (admittedly lapsed) Catholic, but a deeply spiritual person. I know many people have their own name for the great force that connects us and is in us, but I still recognize that force as God. I am the mother of a cute little rescue dog named Joe-Joe, and have many close community ties, friends, and family in the Twin Cities area.
I hope to bring the joy of Tarot with you, and your friends, family, and community.