Posts tagged: tarot
Finally finished the set of three tarot cards I was doing for the Raven Cycle. A strangely satisfying project.
*gentle keening sounds*
Known for his calm disposition and for being one seriously hot DILF, Chiron is credited with giving mankind the art of healing and medicine, but that’s really nothing compared to what he gave to young Achilles. The Greek God Hottie is also represented by a minor planet whose unusual orbit goes from the inner reaches of Saturn to the outer reaches of Uranus every 51.5 years. So all those people born in 1963-65 need to get ready for their Chiron return.
Today Chiron is looked upon as “the wounded healer” because he suffered a life in agony after Hercules accidentally shot him with an arrow poisoned with hydra-venom! He eventually gave his life to free Prometheus and was released from his pain when Zeus turned him into the constellation Sagittarius. Let’s just take one more look at the Silver Steed and Achilles before we move onto the healing spread:
Astrologically, it’s worth noting Chiron moved into Pisces last April during all of those Cardinal Grand Cross meltdowns and will make its home there for the next 8 years or so providing us plenty of cosmic energy to heal and be healed.
Since the impetus of Chiron is THE WOUND, my spread begins there. And since most of us don’t have the desire to live in agony without putting up some sort of shield for self-defense, I’ve also added that into the mix.
Here’s the layout:
Stack the first three cards on top of each other, placing the shield on top.
- 1. What caused my deepest, unhealed wound?
- 2. What has this wound evolved into today?
- 3. What do I use to shield my wound from others?
Continue placing cards around the shielded wound:
- 4. How can I release my shield?
- 5. What is my healing gift?
- 6. How do I go about using this gift?
- 7. Who/what needs to be healed?
In the end, Chiron himself was healed by being transformed into the constellation Sagittarius, which is represented by TEMPERANCE in the Rider-Waite deck. After doing the spread above, turn over cards until you find TEMPERANCE:
- If Temperance is close, you’re nearer to being released from your pain but your gift for healing could also have a shorter shelf-life.
- If Temperance is far, then you will carry your pain for a longer period of time, but also have a long period of healing others.
- If Temperance appears in the spread above, you may already be receiving healing from another. Use your intuition here based on what position it appears in.
* If you’re using a deck that associates a different Major Arcana with Sagittarius, use that card instead.
Here’s my spread:
Please share your spreads, too!
1st round of tarot cards ! ~~
La Ultima Carta - (The Last Card) / Indian Ink on Canvas / 50 x 70 c.m.
DEATH (SYD BARRETT)
Despite the name, this card does not always or even usually point to a physical death. Rather, it symbolizes a great change that ends one chapter of a person’s life and starts a new chapter. I was reminded of Syd Barrett, original guitarist of Pink Floyd, who “died” many years before his actual death when he was kicked out of his band, went into seclusion, and in his absence became seen as some sort of psychedelic saint. This card can represent an ending, a beginning, and a transformative experience. Reversed, it represents resistance to change and an inability to move on.
The flame and diamond are imagery from the Wish You Were Here album, which included two songs written for the absent guitarist. The white rose is taken from the Rider Waite Death card, where it represents immortality.
I was gifted a beautiful set of tarot cards with Klimt designs on them… yet I’m apprehensive as I know nothing about tarot - though I would like to - and I was wondering if anyone could point me in the correct knowledge direction?
Here you go:
Quick Methods of Learning Tarot
- Learn Tarot in 7 Easy Steps (PDF)
- Learn the Tarot in Two Hours - Part One and Part Two, by Ben Lucas (YouTube)
- The Symbolist: A Simplified Guide to Tarot Symbols and Terms, by Corrine Kenner
- A quick and dirty chart to tarot cards and their common meanings
- Minor Arcana Quick Reference Chart - thetarot.co.uk
- What Every Newbie Tarot Reader Should Know by Mary K. Greer
- Easy Tarot Lessons with Dusty White (YouTube) - Part One
- How to Read Tarot by Bonnie Cehovet - PDF from AclecticTarot.com
- Tarot for Beginners, or Now That I Have a Deck, What Do I Do With It? by Olympias (TarotByOlympias.com) - PDF from her website
- Learning the tarot (PDF - 19 lessons) by Joan Bunning. The complete course is also online for free here.
- Tarot Worksheets for Download and Study (PDFs)
- Trainee Tarot Course by The Four Queens (Youtube)
- Tarot Oracle’s Complete Tarot Course by the Tarot Oracle. Part One is here, and there are 15 hours in total (YouTube)
- the Aeclectic Tarot Forum’s Cards masterthread (multiple links to articles on all 78 cards)
- The Socratic Method of Tarot Reading by Jeanne Fiorini (YouTube)
- How to Shuffle Tarot Cards by Kate Madison (YouTube)
Learning Tarot - Reversals
- The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals by Mary K. Greer, via MyTeaCup.com (PDF)
- Reversals, and What to Do if All of the Cards Are Reversed, by Christiana Gaudet (YouTube)
Learning Tarot - Court Cards
- Why You Can’t Read the Court Cards, by Marcus Katz. Unpublished material from Tarosophy: Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It by Marcus Katz. PDF.
- Understanding the Tarot Court by Mary K. Greer and Tom Little, via ChinaTarot.com (PDF)
- Court Cards at a Glance - Site and Printable Chart via TarotCourtCards.com
Learning Tarot - the Thoth Deck
- Tarot: Mirror of the Soul. A Handbook for the Aleister Crowley Tarot by Gerd Ziegler (PDF)
- TarotTown: Thoth for Beginners - a Worksheet that breaks down a few of the complicated aspects of the Thoth tarot deck. (PDF)
- the Aeclectic Tarot Forum’s All About Reading masterthread (formulating questions, reading techniques, and more)
- Gaining Confidence in Your Tarot Readings by Teresa Michelsen/TarotMoon Press
- How to Read For Others - the Tarot Sybarite
- Overcoming Reader’s Block from TarotMoon Press
- When the Cards Just Make No Damn Sense - the Tarot Sybarite
- To Rephrase or Not to Rephrase from TarotMoon Press
- Working With Vague of Complex Questions from TarotMoon Press
- Interpreting Large Readings from TarotMoon Press
Asking Questions (For Those Seeking Readings)
- How to Phrase Tarot Questions - The Free Reading Network
- How to Phrase a Question for a Tarot Reading - PlanetWaves.net
- Seven Ways to Ask a Good Question in a Tarot Reading - TarotCanHelp.com
- Effective Tarot Questions - The Tarot Reader Blog
- What NOT to Ask the Tarot- BiddyTarot
- The 37 Best Tarot Questions - Alec Satin
Public Domain Tarot Books (PDFs) via EsotericOnline.net:
- Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A. E. Waite
- A French Method of Cartomancy, by A. E. Waite
- An Introduction to the Study of the Tarot, by Paul Foster Case
- Oracle of the Tarot, by Paul Foster Case. Keyed to the Knapp-Hall Tarot
- The Wisdom of Tarot by Elizabeth Haich
- What is the Tarot? by Ouspenpsky
- Book T, by MacGregor Mathers Intro the the Golden Dawn system of tarot interpretation. Very dense reading, not keyed to the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, and not for beginners
- Tarot of the Bohemians, by Papus. References the Tarot de Marseilles and the Oswald-Wirth Tarot.
- A History of the Tarot, by Dame Gabby
- The Continental Tarots by Christine Payne-Towler
- A Self-Guided Tour of the Tarot by Cameo Victor
- The Continental Tarot, by Christine Payne-Towler
- The Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang
- Sex Magic, Tantra, and Tarot: The Way of the Secret Lover by Hyatt and DuQuette
Printable Tarot Decks (Public Domain Art)
- Rider-Waite-Smith Deck (High-Resolution Images) viafantasycards,wordpress.com
- Color-Your-Own Rider-Waite-Smith Deck via tarotinstitute.com. Coloring your own deck is a simple and effective way to fix the image in your mind and internalize its many meanings.
- Color-Your-Own Marseilles Deck via tarot-cards-reading.net
- The Tarot de Marseilles is one of the oldest known tarot decks, and is the basis for the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. Click here to download a full-color Marseille Tarot Deck
- VintagePrintable has a tarot deck from Venice circa the 1500s for print.
- You can also print the Bodet cards from 1739 by clicking here.
- DarkTarot.com has another printable traditional deck available for personal use. Please note the copyright.
Once you’ve decided which deck(s) you want to print, save the printable tarot cards to your computer. Avoid printing directly from the browser as you might end up with some weird and unwanted results (trust me on this).
Print out the tarot cards on your chosen paper. Make sure that you print them in the standard tarot deck size. If you’re not sure that the size is right, do a test print of one card so you don’t destroy the entire paper. If you printed the images on regular paper and want a good backing, then you need to use spray adhesive to glue the paper to the actual cards.
Carefully trim the edges of the cards - some people like rounded edges, so make sure you have enough place for the borders.
Once the cards are printed, let them dry and then seal them with a varnish spray. After that, run them through a laminator. These days laminators are pretty affordable, and if you find yourself creating lots of tarot decks, you might want to invest in one. You can also take the files to office supply stores (such as Office Depot in the USA) for printing and laminating.
- Creating Tarot Spreads (PDF)
- Divination Spreads (PDF)
- Three Card Spreads (PDF)
- Three Card Yes-Or-No Spread (PDF)
- Popular Spreads with Interpretive Charts from MyTeaCup.com (PDF)
- KMilliron’s Free Tarot Spreads eBook (PDF) - a poster over at AclecticTarot’s forums collected all of his spreads into a PDF for sharing via MediaFire
- 41 Quick Tarot Spreads For Reading Any Situation - JeanneMayell.com
- Original Tarot Spreads - TarotMoon Press
- AeclecticTarot Forums’ Tarot Spread Index
- gardenofthequeen’s tarot spread tag
- hellboundwitch’s tarot spread tag
- TarotSybarites tarot spread tag
- Creating Your Own Tarot and Oracle Card Journal by owlmoon (YouTube)
Tarot & Astrology
Tarot & Numerology
- Secrets of Tarot Numerology by Gary Meister: Lesson One, Lesson Two, Lesson Three, Lesson Four, Lesson Five, Lesson Six, Lesson Seven, Lesson Eight, Lesson Nine, Lesson Ten, Lesson Eleven, Lesson Twelve
Issues in Tarot
- Ethics When Reading For Others by Dixie Vogel (YouTube)
- Ethical Tarot Reading by BiddyTarot
- Setting Boundaries and Developing a Code of Ethics from TarotMoon Press
- What A Tarot Reading CANNOT Do For You by Mita Bhan
- Third Party Readings by BiddyTarot
- Why I Don’t Do Tarot Readings For Third Parties by tarotcanhelp.com
- Your Tarot Reading Made the Client Mad! What Now?! by Dixie Vogel (YouTube)
- The Peril of Practice - Unhappy Clients from TarotMoon Press
- Are There Any Clients That You Would Refuse to Do A Tarot Reading For? via TarotWisdomReadings.com
- Becoming a “Professional”: How To Know When You’re Ready to Charge For Your Tarot Readings by Biddy Tarot. See also her article How Much Are Your Tarot Readings Worth?
- Becoming A Professional Tarot Reader - What You Need to Know by DailyTarotGirl
- Suggestions for Becoming a Professional Tarot Reader by Mary K. Greer
- Charging Fees for Readings by Madhavi Ghare
- Why I Do Not—And Will Not—Do Free Readings by idanceitarotiart
- Mary K. Greer: Tools for Recording Your Readings
- Getting Experience: Join the Free Tarot Network where you perform free Tarot readings via email, with the support of a Tarot mentor. See also biddytarot’s Seeking Feedback from Your Online Clients
- The following is NOT free, and some of the information on the Internet is dated, but the bulk of information contained within is outstanding: Christine Jette’s book Professional Tarot. Highly, highly recommended.
Organizations That Support/Promote Tarot
- Tarosophy Tarot Association - “We teach methods of Tarot to divine your life, and make your way better through it – understanding more along the way.” This organization runs TaroCon US, TarotCon Australia, and TarotCon UK.
- American Tarot Association - “The American Tarot Association is a professional and social organization for Tarot enthusiasts, students, scholars, and readers. We promote the study and appreciation of Tarot by supporting a variety of educational programs.”
- Tarot Association of the British Isles - "TABI is a not-for-profit association run by unpaid volunteers with a passion for Tarot and the esoteric. We were formed in 2001 to provide support, information and resources for Tarot enthusiasts of all levels."
- Tarot Guild of Australia - “The TGA represents a community of Tarot enthusiasts, readers and teachers from across Australia and worldwide.”
- Tarot Media Company - “…our goal [is] promoting the work of Tarot authors, artists, and scholars to make their creations available to the Tarot public and to support them in their goal of right livelihood.”
- US Games Systems - Publisher of classic and contemporary tarot decks, Rider-Waite, Crowley Thoth, divination and oracle decks
- Lo Scarabeo - Born in 1987 in Torino, Italy, Lo Scarabeo is now a leading international company in the mind, body and spiritual health publishing, with a main focus in Tarot publishing. Lo Scarabeo is one of the most important Tarot publishers in the world.
- The Game Crafter - “the world’s first web-to-print game publishing company and offers a print on demand game publishing service…The Game Crafter gives designers an easy-to-use system to make a board game, card game, or custom playing cards. TGC offers templates, instructions, videos, and proofing tools to help designers create a quality product”.
Shopping For Decks
- If you’re browsing decks on AeclecticTarot, you can usually click a link on the deck’s page and be taken to a web site to order. Those affiliate links usually help the site, too.
Tarot Card Games
- Wikipedia’s article on tarot card games
- Simplified Rules for The Game of Tarot, via Mary K. Greer’s blog. For a copy of the rules of French tarot, see here.
- Rules for Games Played with Tarot Cards via Pagat.com. There are literally hundreds of rules variations out there, here’s a handful of them.
- Emperors, the fortunetelling betting game played with Tarot cards by copperbadge
- Theoricus Poker by Frater B.T. - a fun way to learn correspondences from astrology, etc., with the different tarot cards.
- Arcanus Major - A Tarot Roleplaying Game
- Take a look at this graphic for some quick facts about tarot
- Thomas L. MacDonald’s detailed, excellent series on the history of tarot cards. MacDonald is an editor over at Games magazine.
- For a shorter overview of the history, you can look at tarot author Mary K. Greer’s blog post What Every Newbie Tarot Reader Should Know About the History and Myths of Tarot and the TarotL History and Information Sheet.
- History of Women’s Tarot - Tarot as a keystone of the Women’s Spirituality movement branches off in a different direction from the mainstream in the mid-1970’s.
- Make sure you do some reading about Pamela Colman Smith. Smith is the artist who designed the artwork for the Rider-Waite-Smith deck (the world’s most popular tarot deck, and the one most people think of when they hear the word “tarot”) in 1909.
- Smith based her RWS deck design on the Tarot de Marseille.
- Smith’s creation of individual scenes on the cards of the minor arcana was a huge leap forward in tarot deck design, and contributed mightily to the enduring popularity of the RWS deck.
- You can see examples of her non-tarot artwork here and here. Don’t forget her book Susan and the Mermaid!
- One thing to keep in mind about Pamela Colman Smith is that she made a deliberate decision to reduce or eliminate the Christian imagery found in the early tarot decks. For example….
- The Hanged Man image comes from the medieval Italian practice of hanging traitors upside down (Fun Fact: at the end of WWII, Mussolini was hanged upside down to mark him as a traitor; and please be warned that link is GRAPHIC and TOTALLY NSFW). That practice was inspired by the death of Judas Iscariot in the Bible, where Iscariot is described as falling “headlong” (Acts 1:18). In the earliest tarocchi decks, the Hanged Man is depicted with bags of money, or with coins falling out of his pocket, a reference to the infamous thirty pieces of silver Iscariot was paid for betraying Jesus Christ.
- The World card can be seen in many churches and ancient Christian manuscripts, usually showing Christ ascending into heaven surrounded by symbols of the Four Evangelists.
- Smith’s High Priestess replaced La Papessa (the Papess, a female ‘Pope’ figure) in the deck. Lots of folks assumed that this image was inspired by the legend of Pope Joan, but evidence suggests that the image is a female allegorical figure for the Roman Catholic Church (which claims the title ‘The Bride of Christ’)
- Origins of Playing Card Divination - Mary K. Greer’s Tarot Blog. An illustrated presentation of theories and research on the origin of playing cards.
- The New World Witchery Guide to Cartomancy by Corey Hutcheson (PDF)
- Secondhand Souls: Cartomancy - Guide to learning cartomancy. Includes a brief history, discusses cards, and gives spreads.
- Playing Card Meanings - Serena’s Guide to Divination
- Sarena’s Tarot: Using Regular Playing Cards - A guide to using regular playing cards for divination.
- A Manual of Cartomancy, Fortune-Telling, and Occult Divination by Grand Orient, published 1909 (PDF) via the Wayback Machine
- A French Method of Fortune-Telling by Cards, by A.E. Waite, published 1912, via Hermetics.org
- Fortune-Telling By Cards by Prof. P.R.S. Foli, first published 1915 . PDF via labirintoermetico.com
- Cartomancy: History and Legend of a Prophetic Artvia associazioneletarot.it (PDF)
- Arcana Arcanorum: The Playing-Card Oracle - A personal system of playing card divination is presented with card meanings and layouts.
- A Glossary of Tarot Symbols from TarotMoon Press
- the Difference between Oracle and Tarot Cards by hellboundwitch
- World Tarot Day
- World LeNormand Day
- Tarotpedia, the Online Encyclopedia of Tarot
- Tarot Reflections Archives - Back Issues of the newsletter of the American Tarot Association
- Tips For Reading at Psychic Fairs by Teresa Michelsen
- Reading at Charity Events by the Tarot Sybarite
Have fun, and good luck!
This is a tarot spread that was inspired by Dr. Cathy Collautt’s five steps to getting your subconscious on board. (Here’s the video where she talked to Marie Forleo about it.) This spread is designed to help you find out what’s really keeping you from reaching your goals, and how you can turn your fears into a non-issue and start manifesting your desires.
- What do I want?
- What fear is blocking me?
- Why do I have this fear?
- What value is this fear protecting? (In other words, what is this fear trying to keep me from losing or compromising on?)
- How can I honor my values?
- How can my values guide me towards my desires?
- How can I manifest my desires without sacrificing my values?
- Who or what exemplifies my path?
- How can I solidify and affirm my path?
Be sure that when you use this spread, you really look into the alternative and deeper meanings of the cards that you draw. When I did my own reading, I pulled Justice as my desire. It took getting help from a friend and fellow tarot reader to understand what that actually meant for me and what I want to manifest. (Thanks, Nicole!)
I’d love to hear what you think of the spread if you use it. Feel free to send me your feedback.
5 Steps as taken from video description:
Step 1 is that after you recognize what the resistance you are having is, you need to stay humble.
Step 2 is to get specific and really narrow in on what your subconscious mind is looking out for. You’ll interview your subconscious mind and really get into to the details.
Step 3 is that you need to make a promise to work things out with your subconscious - not to work against it.
Step 4 is to dowse your subconscious mind with positive examples and case studies of people whose lives have improved as a result of getting what you want. The point here is to let the subconscious mind know that it’s possible to satisfy all sides of your heart and mind.
Step 5 is to solidify and affirm. The more you ingrain your new perspective in your subconscious mind, the most you can capitalize on its power and its resources to facilitate and execute toward your goal on your behalf.
The giveaway is from July 31st - September 1st 2014
Grand Prize Winner Will Receive:
• (1) The Easiest Way To Learn The Tarot Ever! Book
• (1) Pendulum
• (1) Small Amethyst
• (1) The Rider Tarot Deck
• (1) Tarot Of The New Vision
• (1) Madame Endora’s Fortune Cards
• (1) Lenormand Silhouettes
• (1) Dynamic Spreads Deck
• (1) 5x7 Velveteen Tarot Bag
• (2) 35 Minute Tarot Readings With Me.
• (1) $35.00 Amazon Gift Card to buy your own deck.
• There will only be one (1) Grand Prize Winner
and only one (1) Second Place Winner
(Second place winner receives one (1) Custom E-mail Reading from me)
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• Winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator Sept. 3rd 2014
• Winners will be announced and contacted September 4th 2014
• If winners do not respond in 24hrs new winners will be chosen!
Last chance to enter!
My First Giveaway: Penny Dreadful Tarot
So first, an honest review: I’ve never seen the show, but I know it’s right up my alley. I bought the cards because I couldn’t resist the box. I just love those intertwining skulls! But, the cards were difficult for me to connect with because 1.) the imagery is minimalistic and deviates from the traditional symbolism that I have learned nearly by heart. It’s difficult for me to look at the cards and say “Okay, this image represents…” when it is not matching up with any of the traditional associations in my mind. And 2.) the pip cards, Ace through X, do not have any unique imagery of their own, they’re all slight variations on a central image. No scene to interpret. Plus, all of the imagery is a little spooky, making a rounded impression of the message difficult. This would be a fun deck for someone who is a fan of the show, or someone completely new to tarot. It HAS been used twice, so the cards are out of order, but they’re all in perfect condition and it comes with a small booklet about reading the cards. You may or may not get some extra surprises…
Okay, so The Rules:
- You do NOT have to follow me! This is not for followers. I’d rather give stuff away to a good home than let it sit on Amazon or ebay for months.
- But I want more than just reblogs and likes. They help spread the word, but in order to participate you must send me a message or an ask telling me your favorite book(s)! n_n I want my TBR list to grow.
- I will not choose you based on what you tell me; I’ll take your username and add it to a list and then put those names in a random generator. Don’t worry about impressing me. So, please do not send anonymous asks for this.
- This giveaway will run for one week. The last day to get a message in my inbox is Thursday, September 4th.
- I will ship anywhere, but I’m going to use the cheapest shipping because, hello, I hang out on tumblr do you think I have monies?! This means if you live outside the US it could take a little bit to get to you, depending where you live.
If you have any questions or just want to chat, my Ask is always open.
I’ve said it before, but this time it really happened: REBLOGGED SO FAST I BROKE A NAIL
I can’t get this deck due to location so I am VERY EXCITE ABOUT THIS!!!
Prepare your inbox to be flooded with TBR recs :D
White to black, full to new,
I don’t offer explanation.
Light to dark, pass ye through,
Heed the soul’s initiation.
Past the pillars of the true,
Unto that which none can see-
Undefined yet ever known,
beyond the veil is Mystery.
WHO AM I?
the MOON hits your eye
like a big pizza pie
"Patience," I whisper, "all in good time."
Easy for me to say.
Life’s a game of subtle forces,
all which turn my way.
Whether born of wrath or wisdom,
Or of divine law-
I shall bend with hand and feather,
turn with horn and claw.
WHO AM I?
The GD bloody Wheel. Roll away now. Shoo.
(I’m p. sure, mainly because hand, feather, horn & claw - ?)
Death by Cristy C. Road