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How can I commit my ideas to action?


One of the difficult things for me about interpreting tarot cards is translating the various possible meanings into a specific action. It’s easy to say that you need to be more imaginative or take more risks, but what exactly does that mean in the context of real life? So for this spread I’m going to try to interpret each card as a possible action I can take to further my goals, viewing them as either-and rather than either-or.

First is the Page of Pentacles, whose message is “be practical.” Translating this into action, this card says to get up and do something, as opposed to staying locked up in my head or laying around. One of the things I haven’t done as much since I’ve been sick is stretching and exercising, so maybe it’s time I picked up the habit again.

Next is the Ace of Pentacles, which shares many traits with the Page but is more about setting yourself up for success. I need to do some things that will make it easier to act on the Page’s advice, which will probably involve a lot of early “spring cleaning;” there’s a lot of clutter in my house and I need to do something about it.

Last is the Two of Cups. This is a little tricky since it is commonly read as having romantic overtones, but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t apply here. Taken on the individual level, it rather points to emotional synergy and balance. In other words, I need to start doing things that make me feel emotionally balanced. Meditation springs to mind, since that’s also something I haven’t been doing a lot of either lately. It’s possible that I also need to express my emotions more, maybe to someone I know I can confide in.

That got a little stickier than I had wanted, but at least now I have something solid to build on. I came away with three things I can start doing right now, which was my objective, so I’d say this was a fairly successful exercise; and if you want to chime in with more suggestions or tell me what actions you would take if this had been your reading, comments are always welcome


What should my priority for this week be?

Just a simple three-card reading for today. I decided to ask the question “What should my priorities for this week be?” using the Problem – Obstacle – Solution spread.

Problem – Two of Wands. This card is about taking initiative and achieving goals. That would mean that my problem has something to do with losing focus or lacking personal power or drive. As a Two, it could also point to some indecisiveness on my part.

Obstacle – King of Swords. This is a curious card to draw here because I often take it as a symbol for my idealized self as the Knight of Swords. In its position as the obstacle, though, it seems reasonable to interpret the meaning as Reversed. This could mean that my natural intellectual energies are being blocked. Again the lack of decisiveness shows itself.

Solution – King of Wands. This card is about being creative and inspiring. The themes of boldness and charisma seen in the Two of Wands are present here. However, more eminent is the idea of getting things done. The thought seems to be that doing something – anything – will help me to clear my head and get back on track.

Taking a bird’s-eye view for a moment, the cards together seem to be saying that I am presented with a choice — I can either be the King of Swords or the King of Wands. Both the matching suits and the positions of the cards in the spread seem to indicate that the King of Wands is the better choice in this situation. I will try to take this advice to heart as I work through this next week.

What do I need to know about myself?

Well, it never fails. As soon as I start being able to post again, I get sick. I suppose I might as well just pick up where I left off, and since I went several months without doing a reading, I figured it would be appropriate to revisit the Tree of Life. I haven’t looked at this particular spread since doing the Opening of the Key back in September. This is a simplified version of that phase. If you’re interested in unpacking some of the symbolism of the different positions, check out that post or, you know, look it up yourself.

In the spirit of getting back on track, I asked the cards “What do I need to know about myself?”

Keter – Divine Will. The Hierophant in this position suggests that my understanding of the divine is shaped by a system of beliefs. It also says that my spirituality is manifested in discipline and study. I take a very cerebral approach to spiritual matters. I’m also an interpreter an illustrator of spiritual principles.

Chokhmah – Divine Wisdom. The Ten of Swords here points to hitting the lowest point, being immobilized by misfortune, and suffering a lapse of judgment from stress caused by a multitude of minor grievances as wisdom is “pinned down” by heavy thoughts and feelings. The harmony to that melancholy note is that relief is not far off, as troubles will come to an end, just as the darkest darkness retreats before the dawn.

Binah – Divine Understanding. The Ten of Wands in this position is an apt companion to the Ten of Swords, as it represents being burdened, or the feeling of fighting uphill. In essence, my thoughts have been preoccupied with how much harder things have become, and how I’ve had to cut back on a lot of things in order to compensate.

Chesed – Loving-kindness. The Knight of Swords here might be saying that at present I am devoted foremost to myself. It could also be saying that, just as I take an intellectual approach to spiritual matters, I need to take that same approach to how I display love and faithfulness. I need to do those things which display loving-kindness even when my heart isn’t necessarily overflowing with emotion.

Gevurah – Wrath. The Four of Swords in this position seems to indicate that the “holy fire” that pushes me on and allows me to overcome obstacles has been cooled to embers by buffeting winds, and is quietly preparing for a resurgence as I take time to rest and recover.

Tiferet – Harmony. The Emperor, like the Hierophant, has to do with authority and organization. It is to the cards following it what the Hierophant was to the cards before it. The message here would be that taking things into my own hands and imposing some kind of structure will be what brings much-needed balance to the current state of affairs in my life.

Netzach – Perseverance. The Chariot in this position points toward victory through sustained effort. It seems to say that the way I am overcoming hardship is simply to weather it, and not lose my resolve. Like the Emperor it is focused on taking the reins and assuming authority, but in this light it takes a more passive role of letting competing interests wear each other out in order to achieve dominance.

Hod – Elegance. The Hanged Man in this position emphasizes the beauty of letting go, and sacrificing for the greater good. It is the true martyrdom to the Ten of Swords’ perceived martyrdom. My subconscious energies waiting to be manifested center on humility and acceptance.

Yesod – Unity. The Nine of Swords  in this position seems to say that finding balance in my life is predicated on dealing with the pain that comes from within. As opposed to the reactionary anguish of the Ten of Swords, this card is more about feeling unsatisfied with myself. It’s true that I often come to the  point where I feel like I’ve reached my limit. Even so, the best thing I can do is remind myself of what brings me joy.

Malkuth – Creation. In the final position rests the Star. This is an oddly optimistic card considering all the negative cards in this spread, but it does follow the theme of tranquility and harmony seen in the more positive ones. The Star is focused on creating, believing, and giving generously, as well as finding serenity in the midst of one’s circumstances. As the natural culmination of the energies represented by the previous cards, it can be taken to mean that the dark tunnel I have been passing through is reaching its end, and to find solace in the fact that soon a new chapter in my life will begin, despite a few false starts.

Well, that was an altogether fairly hopeful reading. I hope you enjoyed walking through it with me, and as ever, comments are always appreciated. Barring any other setbacks, I expect to resume my daily schedule from here on out.

How should I start this new year?

It seems that it’s finally time to break my hiatus. I hope none of you missed me too much (not really worried about that one). January is usually a rough month for me, and this one was no exception. I spent most of it sick, laying in bed, playing Skyrim. I’ve logged around 250 hours on it at this point, which is just about a year of in-game time. That has nothing to do with this reading, though…but since I wasn’t able to do a “new-year’s” tarot reading, I figured for this one I’d ask “How should I start this new year?”

Since it just happens to be Saturday, that means I’m using the old standby; the Celtic Cross. If you don’t know how this is done…you’re pretty new around these parts, aren’t you? You can check out this post where I go through how I personally read all the card positions in a more in-depth way if you want, but for this reading I’m going to kind of breeze through, ’cause I got stuff to do. Dragons to slay and all that.

Important to note here is the shadow card, which in this case is the Seven of Wands, denoting aggression or assertiveness. It commonly has to do with going after what you want and refusing to yield. This can be a valid strategy, but it has its downsides. We’ll have to see how this idea plays out in the rest of the reading.

The Heart Of The Cards this time turns out to be the Seven of Pentacles, crossed by the Magician. My oh my, it seems that my reward will hinge greatly on my ability to perform. That’s never a good sign. There may also be undertones of a change in direction that I will need to pay attention to, and fully commit to once the time comes.

Up above we have the Tower, and oh has there never been a more appropriate card. The tower speaks on both levels here, of a physical crises (or more aptly, several minor crises in succession), and in the sense of a revelation, or at least a bringing forth of something that I’ve been ignoring. For clarification I drew the Ace of Pentacles, which tells me that the root of these issues is more physical/biological, and also could have a lot to do with money or financial issues.

Below we have Strength, which says to me that patience will win the day, and I should draw on my stores of inner strength to strengthen my resolve. Bringing this forward will be key to weathering the crisis events represented by the Tower, and will help to bring me into balance.

To the left we have the Six o Pentacles, a card representing dualities of having and not having, whether it be resources, knowledge, or power. It can mean excess, lack, or both. Considering the other cards in the spread, namely Seven of Pentacles and the World, this card seems to be about material possessions, specifically the issue of having some things at the expense of others. It carries the idea that my decisions on how to spend my money (that is, what to acquire) has in some way had an important impact on my present situation.

To the right we have the Six of Wands, often symbolizing celebrating triumph with the knowledge that things aren’t finished yet. In a sense, you’ve “arrived” at a new plateau, but you aren’t done climbing. This seems to say that if I continue on my present course, I will be vindicated. However, if I handle things badly (i.e. the Magician/Seven of Pentacles issue doesn’t get resolved), the result could be a major fall from grace, not to mention a hit to my self-confidence.

Atop the staff sits the Empress, which styles me as someone who is driven by, or to, nurturing and abundance. Having more than enough is the ideal that I chase, and is something that is very important to me as someone who always feels constantly behind the curve. It’s my nature to want to both give and receive abundantly, and not being able to do that is stifling.

Next down we have the World, often symbolizing accomplishment and fulfillment, but can just as easily represent incompleteness and lack of closure. In the context of its place in the spread, in essence this card is saying “the time is right.” How the opportunities surrounding me play out will determine on how I take advantage of them.

After that we have the King of Cups, suggesting that the crucial piece of knowledge I’ve been missing has to do with my emotions. This means that the key to unlocking my inner King of Peace has to do with what to do about them. This also has a lot to do with the Tower and how that situation gets resolved.

At the bottom of the staff rests the King of Pentacles, which seems to say that the long-term outcomes of this reading have to do with financial security and physical well-being. It encourages me, or warns me, to be a good steward of what I have, and to not let my emotions dictate my spending habits. The message here is that “cooler heads will prevail.”

So that’s it for this long overdue (and long-awaited, I’m sure) new-year’s tarot reading and end to my hiatus. I have toyed with the idea of doing two readings a day to catch up on the days I missed, and if I can manage to keep up my momentum over the next month, I might start doing that in March. It will take a bit of planning though.

Also, if you have any interesting or unusual tarot spreads, feel free to let me know! I am always looking for new spreads to try out, especially for my Sunday readings. I’d be happy to try something you’ve found or came up with yourself.

That’s all from me for today, so just remember to stay hopeful, and keep your eyes on the sky, traveler.

Christmas Tree Spread

Hello my darlings. I’m finally breaking my long hiatus to bring you this super special awesome super-rare mega super-spread: the Christmas Tree! This is a spread of my own design, which I devised because the ones that I found online displeased me. Tsk tsk.

So here’s the quick and dirty breakdown:

3   4
5   6   7
8   9
10   11   12
13                            15

1 – [The Star] What guides you
2- Your ideals
3- Your will
4- Your passion
5- Your heath
6- Your resources
7- Your character
8- What strengthens you
9- What protects you
10- What nurtures you
11- What stabilizes you
12- What sustains you

[The Gifts]
13- Past
14- Present
15- Future

So now that you know how it works, let’s examine the reading that I did!

What guides you – Strength. Fairly straightforward. Whether it be mental, moral, or spiritual, having the strength to carry on is my guiding principle at the moment.

Your Ideals – Knight of Wands. I aspire to be charming, self-confident, daring, and passionate. Who has time to sweat the small stuff when adventure awaits? [Read: my brother gave me Skyrim for Christmas.]

Your Will – King of Swords. In a word: unbreakable. It’s not in me to give up. Like a sword forged from the heart of a meteor, I may bend but never shatter.

Your Passion – Six of Swords. Hardship has cooled the embers of my heart; it’s hard to be passionate when you spend all your energy recovering. However, the journey has not reached its end.

Your Health – Six of Cups. Blessings abound, and blessings in turn from me are given. I finally can enjoy a moment of vigor, and I have used that energy to spread joy the only way I know how: by baking lots of cookies.

Your Resources – Tower. It’s Christmas time, and for me that means getting a decent amount of Christmas money from parents and grandparents all at once. This is one of those rare moments when I can say without question that the Tower is most certainly a good thing here.

Your Character – Magician. Although I may not have the power of a Magician, I at least have the noble character of a Wise Man. The holiday season has been a time of taking action and being conscientious for me. I’ve also had my character tested, and not been found wanting.

What Strengthens You – Seven of Pentacles. I had just enough money to do what I needed to do to fulfill my holiday obligations, but now that it’s over I have to decide how to move on and spend the money that I was fortunate enough to recieve. Do I buy something nice for myself, or do I use the money to buy late Christmas presents for those I didn’t have time or money to shop for? Perhaps I should look to my Strength to help me decide.

What Protects You – King of Cups. Wise, calm, and diplomatic – these are all traits I have made a special effort to express this year, especially with family members who are particularly trying to my patience. I use them as a shield against negativity and frustration.

What Nurtures You – The World. Realizing my goals and using my gifts is how I find fulfillment. Sometimes this entails being engaged and involved. Other times it simply means enjoying the present moment with some hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies.

What Stabilizes you – The Empress. Being connected to the Earth and not having to worry about material things is an empowering, revitalizing thing. I feel the most grounded when I don’t have to spend the greater part of my daily energy trying to figure out how to make everything work.

What Sustains You – Six of Wands. Triumph and vindication are what make me feel alive and what motivate me to continue doing what I do. Even if it is a small success such as perfecting a recipe I have been working long and hard on, enjoying my accomplishment is an enriching experience.

[The Gifts]

Past Present –  Six of Pentacles. The constant flux of resources and, consequently, opportunity and agency in my life, has shaped me into the person that I am today. I have resource management skills I might never have developed under different conditions, and I know the value of a dollar – and a righteous person.

Present Present – The Sun. Enlightenment and vitality are qualities I am beginning to manifest. Although I have not fully developed them, I am coming into my own. Once my time of recovery has ended, I will be able to flourish and give light to others once again.

Future Present – Ten of Swords. The skill of knowing how to sacrifice is hard-learned, but the bright side of having nothing is that you can’t go anywhere but up; a silver lining if ever there was one. In any case, you know what they say: “Martyrs cannot be silenced.”

So that’s my Christmas Tree spread! I know Christmas is basically over now, but I hoped you at least enjoyed reading this post. Feel free to copy or bookmark this thread and use it next year!

I know I’m not one to write gooey emotional posts (gross), but a lot of things went strangely right today, when I’m so used to the opposite being true, and I feel like writing about it. It’s not like that many people actually read this blog, so I don’t really care (the people who would be interested in it will read it). So this post is going to be very joural-y. Basically what it boils down to is that I did pretty much everything that I wanted to get done today/tonight, minus one thing that I had already pushed to next week and one thing that I will do later if I’m still lucid after eating a late, late dinner.

The first odd thing is that I woke up easily this morning feeling fine despite only getting six hours of sleep in the last two days. This happens sometimes. Not too long ago I even went a straight 48 hours without sleep and felt way better than any good night’s sleep could do for me. However, it was extremely fortunate that it happened today, as I had promised my mom I would meet her at 8am (which is ludicrously early for me) to help her with one of her cleaning jobs. The sinus problems I had been battling all night abruptly vanished around 4am so that I could sleep for a couple of hours before I had to get up and make breakfast.

Then, despite being almost 15 minutes late, I arrived precisely on time to see my mother emerge from Wal-Mart (where we had arranged to meet beforehand) just as she was sending me a text to see if I was there yet. She had apparently gone in while she was waiting for me so that she wouldn’t have to do her shopping afterward. What was that about a wizard never being early or late?

As for the cleaning job, it was uneventful, and we got done a little earlier than we usually do. I prefer to chalk this up to being more prepared than I usually am, running on a full stomach and toting my own alchemic version of Gatorade (It’s apple juice, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, and water). And by “alchemic” I mean “poor.”

I also had the presence of mind not to get into an argument with my mother as she was taking me back to my car. She has a habit of pushing my buttons; I don’t think it’s intentional, more like compulsive. So instead of speaking my mind like I normally do I instead deigned to let her live in ignorance of my divine wisdom – and by that I mean that I told her “I’m not getting into it with you today.” She made a couple of wisecracks before finally letting it go (and people wondered where I got my sarcasm from…).

In the course of things my mom reminded me that it was my brother’s birthday, and no I didn’t have it on my calendar even though I’m notoriously bad at remembering birthdays, so shut up. Armed with my cut from the cleaning job, I went in and browsed the store for something I could get him. On the way to the electronics section I ran across the fragrance aisle near the craft section and found out that they were selling packs of incense for a dollar (!). They also had several interesting incense holders, including a dragon one, and several assortment packs that came with simple holders as well. I had been wanting to stop by the craft store and buy more incense all week. I restrained myself and only bought one pack of frankincense sticks, manly because that was the only kind they had out of the ones I have been really wanting to try.

I then made my way to electronics and walked down a few aisles, wondering what would make a good birthday present for my brother. “Something he wouldn’t pick out for himself,” I thought. Since he really likes watching movies, I headed toward the DVD section and immediately came across the first season of Adventure Time. As soon as I saw the cover I knew that this was it. My own feelings on Adventure Time were mixed until I actually sat down to watch the series (direct your thanks to tumblr gifs). My conclusion: weird but good. So even if it isn’t necessarily his thing, at least it will get him to try something new, rather than the medieval and pirate tripe he usually watches.

So I went by the house and gave it to him. After that I got a headache, which was the only reason I stuck around long enough for my mom to ask me to take my brother to work today (our dad borrowed his car because his was in the shop). I agreed and she left for work herself, although it would be several hours before we would need to leave. I watched a bit of an old TGS Podcast I hadn’t seen until it froze because the file was incomplete or corrupted, then got rid of my headache in record time once I actually put my mind to it. I ate a piece of my brother’s birthday ice-cream cake while watching Game Grumps, and a little while after that it was time to go.

The ride was uneventful other than some good music playing (a trend which would continue into the night). My brother repaid me for gas, which I already had covered, so I decided to go ahead and get groceries on my way home since I was already out. If I could do that, I would be set, and I wouldn’t have to go out again until my chiropractor appointment on Tuesday.

However, the most important thing that happened was that I remembered the penny. If you recall, a few weeks ago I did a money spell which involved enchanting several pennies, which I would later spend on each following Thursday. Well, because I was in a hurry and my week had already been thrown off because of having to drive my dad around on Wednesday (because his car was in the shop), I had forgotten to grab the penny I needed to spend today. I very nearly forgot all about it, and I very nearly missed my chance to spend it.

I just happened to remember it on my way from dropping my brother off. I can’t even tell you the thought process that lead up to me remembering, it just sort of came to mind. So I went back home and got it, then headed back out. I stopped by the gas station again just to replace what I had spent driving today, and I decided that if they had one of those leave-a-penny trays that I would leave it there, but they didn’t, so I went on my way. After that I stopped by the Pizza Hut Express near the grocery store that I normally shop at in the next town over, thinking that I could get rid of it there, but I didn’t have enough pocket change on me and giving the guy twelve dollars and a penny seemed really weird, so I shrugged and drove on to get groceries.

Luckily, a lot of the stuff I was going to get anyway was on sale. I stocked up on some things, although they didn’t have some of the things that I wanted, which kind of made me wish that I had gone to a different store that had more selection, but I decided just to hold some money back in case I got a chance to go later. When I got to the register, I ended up spending even less than I thought I had (I think something was on sale that wasn’t advertised). So I swiped my card, looked up at the price total one more time and almost slapped myself because there it was: $77.01. I had almost missed my chance again! But through some aneurysm of luck, I managed to catch myself before I punched in my PIN. So I asked the cashier “Er..actually, can you do a split transaction? Because I think I have a penny somewhere…” basically stalling so I could fish it out of the tiny key-pocket thing in my jeans I had stashed it in. She said that was fine, canceled the card transaction and graciously took my enchanted coin before letting me swipe my card again.

The rest is self-explanatory. I picked up my pizza (it’s staying warm in the oven as I write this), brought it home, put the groceries away, and sat down to write this stupid post. I know it was extremely boring to read. If you made it this far, it’s your own fault anyway for being so stubborn. This is more for me than you anyway. I just wanted to chronicle my experience of the day when instead of everything going tragically wrong, it somehow went strangely right.

What will bring me luck this week?

In my last reading, we saw how the Wheel of Fortune’s energies were starting to play out, so somewhat appropriately my question this time is going to be “What will bring me luck this week?” Hopefully this will shine a bit more light on the matter and tell me how I ca tilt things more in my favor.

I’ll begin with the shadow card, which in this case is the Moon, meaning this reading will have a lot to do with imagination and the subconscious. It’s the shadowiest shadow card, being the card of shadows in the Major Arcana. Often it becomes a symbolic stand-in for “things you couldn’t possibly know” becoming illuminated at an unexpected time.

The first card in the triad is the Empress, which has to do with nurturing, abundance, and nature. This could be saying that the best thing I could do is to spend some time outside. It also might not be a bad idea to pay more attention to my physical state and start being more active.

The next card is Judgment. This card is fairly straightforward, and usually involves making a judgment call based on inner conviction coupled with a little critical thinking. It calls to mind the utilitarian idea of doing the “most good for the greatest amount of people.”

Last is the Knight of Pentacles, which portrays a character who is cautious, thorough, and unwavering. However, he can also be stubborn and pessimistic. What this card seems to be calling me to do is to channel those Earth energies alluded to in the previous readings, while warning me that being cautious doesn’t mean being unwilling to take a chance.

[This reading was done on 10/29/13 at 7:26pm EST]

What do I need to focus on this week?


I’ve grown quite fond of this triad spread, so I’m using it again to ask, as I normally do, “What do I need to focus on this week?” This lets me hone in on where my priorities should be, and in general gives me options for which direction I should move in throughout the week.

The first thing that you may notice is that there’s a lot of green in this reading; as you can see, the three Pentacles cards surround the Major Arcana card, which is the shadow card here and therefore represents the major forces working in the background and the premise of the reading.

The Wheel of Fortune in the center often symbolizes a turning point or a reversal of fortune. There is a sense of movement, shifting energies that open up new opportunities – some expected, some unexpected. To me this card illustrates the chaotic energies of life being drawn in and harnessed, like a loom that weaves a tapestry out of disparate threads.

Around it we have the Two, Seven, and Eight of Pentacles. This means that issues involving money, health, and material possessions are going to be front and center for a while, commanding most of my attention.

The Two of Pentacles is all about balancing. It’s the balance of needs vs. wants, work vs. fun, and activity vs. rest. All of these are two sides of the same coin. When this card shows up, it could mean that something is out of balance, or that holding the balance that you have attained will become all the more important.

The Seven of Pentacles can point to reward, but also a time of assessment and a need to change direction. Under the influence of the wheel I’m inclined to interpret it as the latter. It could be time to change what I’m doing in regards to my material situation, and trying something new might really pay off for me.

The Eight of Pentacles belies the need for diligence and learning. Although progress may not be quick, it will come steadily if I stay on target. Whatever direction I decide to move in regarding my material circumstances, I should remain steadfast and trust that I made the right decision.

These cards all seem to reinforce each other fairly well, and while I’m sure I’ve missed some of the connections between them, I’m not blind to the overall harmony they produce. Hopefully moving forward it will become more clear what I need to do.

[This reading was done on 10/29/13 at 7:22 EST]

What will it take to become a rockstar?

Every once in a while I pick up a guitar, and it always manages to defeat me. My fingers don’t move easily around the fret board, and my fingernails keep me from being able to press all the way down no matter how short I cut them. I still have no idea how to tune a guitar, or even strum in G. It’s depressing. However, I haven’t given up on my dream. I wanna live the life few others can lead. So now, I’m asking the cards: “What’s it gonna take to become a rockstar?”

This is a spread I found on 365 Guitars, of all places. However, it was as an aesthetic piece rather than an actual spread, so I had to come up with my own positions. Too bad we don’t have more people coming up with real creative spreads — it would make my life a lot easier!

At the very top we have the headstock where the tuners are. The card in this position describes what attunes you; this is how you “tune in” to your spiritual side and your surroundings to harmonize. In my case it’s the Hierophant. This likely means that I fall back on discipline and structure in order become re-attuned. It could also mean that I find comfort in playing an established role.

At the top of the neck we have the first six frets carrying the lowest notes, which can tell us what relaxes you. For me it’s the Six of Wands, a card symbolizing success, achieving victory, or receiving honor or recognition. This could be true in several ways; rather than being pumped up by achievements, I revel in the sense of release and security it brings. I love to finish things, because that means it’s over. Likewise, the stress of straining to achieve something has given way to the satisfaction of having accomplished something.

Moving down fret board, the next six frets can tall us what engages you. For me it’s the Nine of Cups, suggesting that I’m most mentally and emotionally engaged when enjoying the satisfaction of getting the results that I aimed for. It’s at least very true that I feel very disengaged and unmotivated when I don’t meet my goals. I’m also a fairly sensual person (for a Knight of Swords), so that meaning fits in here as well.

The final frets compose the highest notes, and can tell us what excites you. My answer is Temperance, which would seem to say that I get excited to join with others and combine our creative, intellectual, or even physical forces in some collaborative endeavor. I’m very much a loner, so when I get the chance to throw in with a group of people — and it actually works out — it can be very exciting to accomplish something far greater than I could hope to do on my own.

The next twelve cards describe your own personal journey, with the first six focusing on yourself and the next six focusing on others. However, before we move on it’s important to address the shadow card here, which in this reading is the Three of Pentacles. This card, drawn from the bottom of the deck, elucidates the underlying theme encompassing all the cards around it. It’s the sound hole; the place where the vibrations of the strings enter to reverberate throughout the body of the guitar (Yes, I’m aware it should actually be further up. Sue me). The message of the Three of Pentacles here is one of planning, perfecting, and working as a team; highly appropriate, to say the least. This is the life of a musician, summed up in one simple card.

Now that we’ve got that covered, `let’s return to the body of the guitar. This section is set up into two simple past-present-future sections, one focusing on self, the next focusing on others.

Self – Past: Page of Swords & Three of Cups. This pairing alludes to a friendship with a Page of Swords type (or types) that fostered my desire to play music or engage music as a creative outlet. Since none come to mind at the moment, I’ll have to explore this idea further.

Self – Present: Hanged Man & Five of Wands. This pairing describes suspending action because of competing interests. There are several directions my life can move toward, which is one of the reasons I’ve been exploring my options through tarot spreads. Music is only one path among many.

Self – Future: Eight of Cups & Two of Swords. This pairing has a lot to unpack for just two cards. It speaks most loudly to me about growing weary from being in a perpetual stalemate. However, it could also be saying that I need to make sure to keep my cool as my path forces me to let go of some things I’d rather hang onto; it may be the only way to break the stalemate and end an unhealthy cycle.

Others – Past: Four of Wands & King of Pentacles. This is a curious pairing. In the future position I might have said it would point to being signed on to a record label (or something like that), but here it most likely points to enjoying the success of others and supporting them in their work.

Others – Present: Four of Swords & King of Wands. This pairing quite simply points to quietly preparing for a great creative awakening. Basically I’m waiting for the chance to join up with someone who is intensely creative and driven, who can perhaps mentor me as I begin my journey to rockstardom.

Others – Future: Two of Cups & Three of Wands. This pairing speaks of cementing a partnership (perhaps with the aforementioned King of Wands) and embarking on a journey to expand my horizons. There’s a calculating nature to the Three of Wands that appeals to the Knight of Swords in me, meaning that this isn’t a decision made lightly.

Finally we arrive at the Outcome, the place where all the other cards point to, and here that card is Justice. The message this card gives most clearly is: you’ll get out what you put in. If I want to devote myself to this craft and really make a musician out of myself, I have the makings for it. However, I can’t expect huge returns without huge investment. It may be more than I’m prepared to give right now, but if I ever decide to pursue this path, I know that I have what it takes to ultimately become a rockstar.

[This reading was done on 10/26/13 at 9:25pm EST]

What do I need to know about starting a career in music?

Time again for the Celtic Cross to make an appearance. To gain more clarification on the previous reading, I asked the question “What do I need to know about pursuing a career in music?”

The center card happens  to be the Eight of Pentacles, and the card crossing it turns out to be the Five of Swords. To me this says that I have  a lot to learn before I’m ready to embark on this journey, and setting out before I’m ready could result in losing sight of my ideals and getting caught up in self-absorption.

To the left is the Ten of Wands, which suggest struggling or fighting an uphill battle. This is how I always feel when I try to learn more about music, or increase my musical talents; whether this be learning a new instrument or trying out a new music program. God knows the hours I’ve spent poking around in Audacity trying to figure out how to do stuff.

To the right is the Seven of Swords, a card suggesting theft, lies, or dishonor in my future. This could be interpreted either as people stealing my work, or my own temptation to try to make money off of the work of others (doing covers, etc). In a more general sense it points to the feeling of “getting away” with something, which may simply be a factor of being in awe that I can make a living off of creating music while others have to work a 9-5 office job.

Above is the Tower. This could be either a shocking revelation or a dismantling of my comfort zone, but in its position at the top of the cross I think I prefer to interpret it as the effect that I go for when I create music, as in creating something that inspires others, or otherwise the inspiration that  I need in order to really cut loose and create something of high quality.

Below is the Ace of Wands. This is the raw creative power waiting to be unleashed, that I have yet to tap into. It brings a source of confidence and courage that I can rely on, knowing that what I do is appreciated by others.

Topping the Staff is the World, signifying my desire to take on the world and accomplish amazing things. It also shows my willingness to collaborate and get involved in the musical community. Most of all though, it’s my search for fulfillment that drives me.

Next is the Two of Cups, which seems to imply an environment of sharing and reinforce that idea of collaboration. I see people doing cool things together and I want to be a part of it. I’m attracted to the lifestyle that musicians seem to lead, as well as the connections they seem to make as a result of honing their craft.

Next down is Temperance, foreshadowing a great need for balance and avoiding excess. Again this idea of cooperating with others is repeated. However, this card seems to be saying I shouldn’t push myself too hard in pursuit of my goals — basically to not stretch myself too thinly and get involved in more projects than I can handle.

Finally we come to the Ace of Swords as the Outcome, or the result which all present energies are flowing to. The primary meaning here, I think, is clarity. At the end of the road all doubts will be dispelled and I will have a clear understanding of my calling, as well as the tools of my craft. For better or for worse, I will see things as they really are. Where I go from there, one can only surmise.

[This reading was done on 10/26/13 at 9:25pm EST