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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.


What do I need to know about becoming a professional tarot reader?

In the style of last week, I’m going to be exploring further the question about my career options; specifically, my question for this reading was “What do I need to know about becoming a professional tarot reader?” While this decision is far off yet (I won’t be doing readings for money until Tarot Every Day is done), it’s still one that I would like to explore. So let’s get to it.

Since I’ve already covered how the Celtic Cross spread is done (here and here) I won’t spend time elaborating on the card positions. If you are new to tarot and want to see how the CC is done, check those posts.

The center card is the Four of Wands, the card of freedom and thrill-seeking, crossed by the Two of Cups, the card of making connections and healing relationships. These cards taken together seem to tell me that if I want to keep my spiritual freedom, I need to let go of grievances and do some internal healing work. While this could be talking about things that happened lately, I suspect it rather talks about old wounds that I thought had healed, but actually I just neglected. Reason being, I’ve been doing some meditation with rose quartz to try to align my heart with my higher values, and I’ve already been detecting major shifts in my spiritual state (okay, so I burst into tears. shut up). Not to mention the cards have been telling me lately that I need to work through the emotional fallout of exploring and conditioning my subconscous.

To the left is the Empress, who tells me that my life up to this point has been a process of careful nurturing and preparation for “such a time as this.” It seems my whole life has been leading up to doing some kind of spiritual work, and doing tarot could be one way that this plays out. It could also point toward learning the lessons of “motherly wisdom,” and the process of internalizing them.

To the right is the Hanged man, who suggests most strongly the idea of martyrdom, but to a lesser extent can hint at a major shift toward letting go and experiencing emotional release; the internal condition of a martyr if not the outward tribulation of one. This reinforces the idea of the Two of Cups, and contains both the positive and negative outcomes of that card; namely, that if I can manage to experience healing and release now, I will continue to be able to in the future when new trials accost me, but if I can’t or won’t, I will pay the price; which may very well involve some sort of public chastisement.

Above is the Ten of Swords, which says that I’m probably already experiencing thoughts and feelings of the martyrdom foretold by the Hanged man, as these cards reinforce each other. However, it also reminds me to remember who I am and be true to my Divine self, and not be a slave to ego and thus be crucified by my own mind. Rather, I should submit to the dismantling of Ego by the Id and Super-ego, a la the Two of Cups.

Below is the Four of Swords, warning me that I’ve entered a period of mental or spiritual fatigue and need rest and renewal. This has certainly been true of the past week, but this card says that there is still something I need which I’m not getting, that’s key to making a full and steady recovery. Discovering what that is should take priority. It could also be a sign that, as I tend to myself and start to recover, I will start to awaken even further to that higher state of pure consciousness.

At the top of the staff rests the Knight of Cups, representing the ideals of compassion and purity of heart from which we can draw strength, and making progress on our spiritual journey. This has certainly been what I’ve been working on making strides in, generally my whole life, but especially since I’ve been working with tarot, and I do feel like I’ve experienced significant spiritual growth since I started this project. However, this card also warns against the pitfalls of over-sensitivity and over-sentimentality. As the Jedi philosophy teaches, I need to guard myself against attachments that hinder me and distract me.

Following that is the Seven of Wands, suggesting that the outside forces arrayed against me, while not necessarily active, are resolute and unyielding in their stance, and changing things in this environment will be a struggle I may not have the power to take on by myself. Rather than speaking of certain people, I take this to concern the professional tarot “community” at large, which has been shown (at least to me) to be highly defensive of its own behaviors and, many times, completely unwilling to yield to any criticism. I know I’m not the only one who has experienced deleted comments.

Next is the Seven of Cups, which I think flows naturally from the contention of the Seven of Wands. It calls me to imagine a better world, one which I might help bring about with the aid of a few faithful companions and a lot of elbow grease, or as I like to call it, moon glue (in Japanese, the kanji for “elbow” is made up of the radicals for “moon” and “glue”). It also reminds me that “the weapon we have is love.

Should I follow this advice, the outcome of the situation is that I will have the chance to make my dreams real, as illustrated by the Page of Pentacles. This tells me that I actually have a shot. It also tells me that I have the potential to be really successful, both spiritually and financially. It calls to mind the excitement and wonder of a child opening a present at Christmas to discover that it was exactly what he asked for.

I don’t suppose I could ask for a better conclusion, but let’s not forget the influence of the shadow card, which in this reading is the Queen of Wands. This card represents hidden or unknown aspects that underlie the entire reading. The Queen of Wands is the card of self-confidence and self-control, with a secondary focus on responding well to criticism. This card seems to suggest that I need to re-examine the way that I handle criticism, constructive or otherwise, to make sure that it is in line with the warm and supportive nature of the Queen of Wands, rather than the cold and calculating nature of the King of Swords.

The Queen of Wands also persuades me to be charming but elusive. It encourages me to not take things too personally, and not get hung up on what are really only small annoyances. However, it would be unwise to believe that I’m impervious, or to pretend that I don’t have a stubborn streak. Even so, as long as I am mindful of the risk of burnout and keep from extending myself too far or spreading myself too thin, I should emerge victorious.

And this ties together the whole reading, actually. As an added bonus, this reading compares directly to yesterday’s reading, and can be seen as an expansion of its original message, although using different cards. As a tarot reader, this is always encouraging. It would be a pretty bad sign if your readings didn’t line up with one another.

So there we have it. I suppose at the end of the year it will become more clear whether or not tarot reading as a career is a viable option, but this message is extremely hopeful. Perhaps if the timing is favorable, and the right people are in place in my life, I’ll make a go of it. It’s clear though that I have a long way to go before I reach that point. Until then, I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

[This reading was done on 10/12/13 at 9:47pm]