These are my thoughts on the Thelema Tarot by Renata Lechner. This is a stunning deck that has much in common with the RWS deck. It is a deck that I recommend to novice and adept tarot readers. While the deck has much in common with the RWS I find the artwork of the Thelema deck much more appealing.
In tarot each of the four suits is tied to an element. The typical correspondences are: wands with fire, pentacles with earth, cups with water, and swords with air. In this particular deck the elemental association is played up a great deal in the artwork. In many decks it's subtle and can be overlooked but this deck really makes the elemental association of the four suits pop. The reader can't help but take notice. If you've been struggling to add the elemental associations into your readings this may be a good deck to work with.
Two of the cards in the deck that differ from the usual are the three and four of swords. In the first instead of the swords piercing a heart they are shown with a rose that is shedding it's petals. The four of swords shows a man in a meditative state instead of lying down. This depicts him more at a mental/spiritual state of resting and rejuvenating instead of just physically resting.
While not a theme that runs throughout the entire deck, the zodiac appears on several of the cards. Here you can see the symbols of the zodiac around the sun, which is depicted as a yellow rose. The Wheel as the typical Egyptian theme but with the addition of the zodiac symbols around it.
There are two cards in the deck that I would have liked to have seen done differently. With the five of pentacles I would have really liked to have seen a second person in the card. Many others have expressed the same sentiment. The artwork on the world is beautiful, there's no doubt, but it doesn't say "the world" to me. The image just doesn't jive with how I read the card. That's not reason to scrap the deck though, I'm just going to have to work with the card to develop a connection with this specific interpretation of the world.
The lovers card in this deck is lovely.While the lovers are naked you don't see their bits and bobs which makes this a nice deck for reading for others. Most of us who read tarot are used to the nude or semi-nude lovers card but some clients are really uncomfortable with nudity and that makes this a great deck for more conservative clients or for when you're reading at events. I'm not thrilled with the angel but it is nicely done. I like to interpret the rays of light as coming from a setting sun that is behind the angel. The hues evoke the energies of the fire element which is a nice addition to the card. I also like that they are submerged in water which is the element of emotions. Just the mixing of the two elements in this card gives this card a lot of meaning and would make it great for pathworking.
The death card is pretty standard fare in this deck, a reaper with a horse, scythe, and scorpion. I do like the addition of the raven in the background that could represent messages from the other side.
I like decks that steer clear of biblical symbols and imagery. I particularly like when decks rename the hierophant and the devil cards. While they retain their traditional names in this deck the hierophant and the devil aren't heavy handed in their in their biblical symbology. The hierophant's staff is loosely a cross and the book he holds could be any holy text since there are no markings on it. While the devil card does have the flames of Hell there is little else in the way of biblical symbology and it differs pretty significantly from other devil cards in my opinion. Then we come to the high priestess, a card that really in this day and age really shouldn't have any biblical symbology and they went and threw the B and J on the pillars that were featured in the RWS deck. This could have easily been my favorite card in the deck with the symbology of the pomagranite but each time I look at it those letters dominate the card. I'm sure in time I'll shift my focus but those letters just seem so out of place on this card.
These are the backs of the cards and they fit the theme of the deck well. I like the card stock and they shuffle well for me. If you're going to buy this deck though know that there is a problem with whoever they have printing them. The fourth corner of the cards is not cut well and if you turn the deck to look at them you will see that they are all irregular. I saw one reader who had a crafting tool that allowed her to redo the corner on each of the cards to get something smooth and uniform but not all of us have that tool lying around or the time to trim 78 cards.
While I have pointed out a couple of things that fell short for me in this deck, overall I really love this deck and it's great for all kinds of readings and it's a great choice if you read for others.
If you'd like to see all 78 of the cards you can check out my video here...
Tarot is a form of cartomancy, divination using cards. For a long time, at least here in the United
States, it was called fortune telling but modern readers tend to avoid that
nomenclature as it carries a lot of stigma and in some cases legal
repercussions. Tarot is a tool to help
you gain more insight into your life and spiritual development, showing you the
most likely outcome of the actions you are taking now. There are those that use the tarot for just
yes/no answer questions and to “predict” the future. Today though there are tarot readers that do
so much more with the cards. They do in
depth readings that really dig into the details of the issue and some even do
readings that give you action steps to help you achieve the outcome you are
looking for. Tarot cards are also used
in shadow work, past life readings, pathworking, and mediumship readings to
name a few.
The tarot’s history is shrouded in
mystery and no one really knows its origins. Here are some facts we do
know. Reading cards for divination has been a practice of Romany Gypsies
for centuries. It is commonly theorized
that today’s deck got its earliest beginnings from the 15thcentury Italian card game Tarocchi. In the 18thcentury tarot was propelled forward by
French psychics, who believed that the deck had its origins in Egypt.
There is absolutely no evidence to support their belief. The ceremonial
magicians (Masons, the Grand order of the Rose, the Hermetic Order of the
Golden Dawn) of the 19thcentury
brought the deck even closer to what we know today. Which is a 78 card
deck consisting of 22 cards in the major arcana and 56 cards in the minor
arcana.In 1909 The Rider-Waite, also
known as the Rider-Waite-Smith, deck was published.To this day it is the most widely known tarot
deck and is pretty much regarded as the standard for decks.The deck is named after the Rider and Sons
Company who published it, Arthur Edward Waite the deck’s designer, and Pamela
Colman Smith who illustrated the deck.The deck was originally just called the Rider-Waite deck, but today most
people try to include Smith in the deck’s name to give her credit for
illustrating it.The Rider-Waite-Smith
deck, abbreviated RWS, made tarot more easily accessible to the general
population.Today there are a seemingly
endless number of decks on the market.Some of those decks stick very closely to the RWS, while others try to
make themselves as different as possible, and everything in-between.
Is tarot black magic or associated with the devil?
No, in fact the RWS, while it is full of occult symbols, is
also full of Christian symbology. The
cards are not black magic, in fact many readers wouldn’t regard them as any
kind of magic. The tarot deck is a tool,
it’s the reader that brings the reading to life and makes it meaningful. While there is a trump in the RWS and some
other decks called The Devil that’s as far as the connection goes between a
tarot deck and the being. While the card
is named after him it actually doesn’t really have anything to do with
him. Some interpretations of the card
are; ravage, downfall, low self-esteem or negative self-image, self-destructive
behavior, or drug/alcohol addiction.
Despite the fact that tarot is not black magic or connected to the devil
there are those who will not use it because of certain Bible verses. Other Christians argue that those verses are
antiquated and no longer applicable.
They also point out that the verses are contradictory to other verses in
the Bible that refer to prophecies and encourage finding signs in the stars. While this isn’t a problem for folks of many
religions, those who follow the Christian path will have to make their own
interpretations and decisions as to if tarot is right for them. Tarot is a safe tool that does not conjure or
have any ties to any dark energies or entities.
It’s not a form of black magic and it’s not tied to the figure of the
devil or demons.
Can tarot predict the future?
Tarot cards can show us the probable outcome of what is to
come if we stay on our current course.
Nothing can predict the future with 100% accuracy. Furthermore many local laws prohibit tarot
readers from making any claims that they can predict the future. They are seen more as a tool for guidance
than a system of fortune telling.
Is what a reading predicts written in stone?
The short answer is, no.
There are many theories as to why the future isn’t written in stone but
a vast majority of tarot readers today believe the cards show what is most
likely to happen if the querent (person asking the question of the cards) stays
on their current path. We all make
choices that shape our lives and as we make those choices we can also change
the direction things are headed in our lives.
The nice thing about this is that if someone receives a reading where
they didn’t like the outcome shown they have the power to make new choices to
write a different ending to their story.
For more on this you can read my blog post Is our Fate…Well…Fated? for
more on this topic.
Does the death card really mean someone is going to die?
No, The Death card is not interpreted literally. Very seldom does the card ever portend an
physical death. The card is about one
thing in your life ending and something else beginning. It’s about big changes occurring and major
transitions in life.
How do I form a good question to ask the tarot?
As a querent you want to get the most out of your
reading. In order to do this you need to
ask the best question possible in order to get the most informative answers
possible. To learn more about how to do
this please read my blog post 4 Tips to forming the Best Tarot Question.
Do I need to be psychic to read tarot cards?
The answer is we all have some
level of psychic ability. Some of us will use a high level of psychic
ability when reading the cards and some will rely heavily on the memorized
meanings of the cards. The important thing is practice. Just the
act of reading the cards exercises your psychic abilities and overtime if you
put in the work you will improve.
Where can I buy a tarot deck?
Today we have more access to different kinds of tarot decks
than ever. If you’re lucky enough to
have a local metaphysical shop start by looking there. Online you can buy from Amazon, Etsy, or in
most cases directly from the publisher of the deck you are looking for.
Can I buy my first deck or does it have to be a gift from
There is a myth that circulates saying that your first deck
must be given to you as a gift or the deck will never work for you. This is just that, a myth. In truth it’s best that you choose your first
deck yourself. Sure it’s great if
someone else will buy it for you as a gift, but they should buy from a choice
of decks that you are interested in.
Can I read for myself?
Yes, you absolutely can read for yourself and it is actually
encouraged. Things like daily or weekly
draws for yourself will really help you learn the tarot and provide you with
guidance. When it comes to asking larger
questions of the tarot you can do that for yourself as well. The only time it becomes an issue is if you
are very emotionally attached to the outcome of a reading. If you’re very emotionally caught up in the
situation it may skew your interpretation of the cards. If you are able to take a step back and
disconnect a bit so that you can remain objective then go ahead and read for
yourself on the topic. Sometimes though
even the best and most professional of tarot reads comes across a situation
where they would prefer to have someone else read the cards for them. Also it’s okay to have others read for you
just because you enjoy it, just because you’re a tarot reader doesn’t mean you
have to be self-sufficient all of the time.
How do I choose a tarot deck?
Not sure how to go about choosing a tarot deck for yourself
check out my blog post Choosing a Tarot Deck.
How do I store my tarot cards?
You want to store your cards with care because you want them
to remain in the best shape possible and last you for a long time. You can store the cards in the box they came
in but many decks come in very flimsy boxes that don’t offer much
protection. Tarot bags for storing decks
are very common but again these don’t provide much protection for your
deck. Cards can also be stored in things
like wooden boxes. You can find blank
ones at the craft store and then decorate them to your liking. Here
are some things to consider when deciding what container to store your deck
in. If you have a safe place to store
the deck like a shelf or drawer where they won’t get all jostled around then
the original box or a bag might be okay for you. If you’re going to travel with the cards a
wooden box would be the safest thing for them but a bag may be the more
convenient way since the box can be bulky.
You want to store them in a place that isn’t too hot or cold and you
want that place to be dry.
How do I cleanse my tarot cards?
There are lots of ways to do this but here are just a
couple. Pass your deck through the smoke
of incense or white sage. Use the four
elements to cleanse the deck. To do this
pass the deck through the smoke of incense or white sage, then pass the deck over
a flame such as a candle, sprinkle water around your deck but not on it, and
lastly sprinkle with salt. You can also
use crystals such as smoky quartz to cleanse your deck. No matter where you get your deck from, even
if it comes from a much beloved friend, always cleanse you deck when you get
it. Your deck will need cleansed
periodically because it will build up energies from use, especially if you have
the querent handle the cards.
How do I charge my tarot cards?
There are probably as many ways to do this as there are tarot
readers but here are three. Leave under
the light of the full moon. Alternately
leave them out under the light of the sun, though be careful of this fading the
cards if you do it often and for long periods of time. Lastly, you can hold the deck between your
palms and infuse it with your intentions and energy. Generally speaking the more you handle the
cards the more your energy will meld with them.
Does the querent have to shuffle the cards for the reading
to be accurate?
This is a matter of personal preference and there are pros
and cons to both. If you have the
querent shuffle the cards then they are affected by the querent’s energy. While some schools of thought say that this
provides for better readings it means that the querent’s energy does become
attached to the cards so when you read for the next person, unless you cleanse
the deck between every reading, that last client’s energy is still there
affecting the next client’s reading.
Also the deck may not connect as well to you because having someone
else’s energy on the deck may affect your ability to connect with the cards
during a reading. There are readers,
though, that swear by having the querent shuffle the deck and will only provide
in person readings because of this.
Other readers, like myself, do not let anyone else touch
their decks. My decks are all attuned to
me because I am the one doing the reading and having others shuffle my decks
for a reading would only interfere with my connection.
Is either way right or wrong? No, the only right answer is the answer that
is right for you.
What is the difference between the major and the minor
The tarot deck is divided into
the major and minor arcana and then the minor arcana is divided down into four
suits. The major arcana are also called
trump cards. The trump cards represent
large influences that are in your life.
These are major points or significant happenings in your life. The influences in these cards are longer
lasting and in some regards more important.
The cards of the minor arcana show the smaller day to day influences
that are present in our lives. All of
the cards are important but it’s generally recommended that if a trump card
shows up in your spread that you pay particular attention to it because it
carries more weight.
What are the four suits of the tarot?
The typical four suits of the minor arcana
are the cups, wands, swords, and pentacles.
Some decks might change this up a little such as calling the cups chalices
or they may be as different as having a suit of arrows. Still those are the most common four. Each suit is associated with an element. The typical associations are; fire for wands,
earth for pentacles, water for cups, and air for swords. Learning these elemental associations can add
another layer to your readings. Note
that there are some decks out there that deviated from the traditional and
assign different suits to the elements.
How do you choose a tarot spread?
Experimentation and time.
There are an amazing amount of tarot spreads that you can find to
use. Some are meant for specific
purposes and some are for general reads.
To start off decide if you want to use one of the general reads or if
you want one that is designed for a specific purpose. You need to use the spread a few times to
really get a feel for it. Try a few
different spreads of the same type. You
may find one you click with as is or you may find one that you modify slightly
and then continue to use that. Maybe you’ll
try loads of spreads that you find and don’t really find that any of them suit
your needs. It is perfectly acceptable
to create your own spread. Start out by
trying the different spreads you find and work with them for a while keep what
works for you and throw out the rest.
Once you have a few spreads that are your go to’s you’ll
need to decide each time you do a reading which one of those to use. The question being asked is your guide. Do you have a spread with a specific purpose
that would answer the question? If you
do go with that, otherwise pick one of your general reading spreads. You may come across topics that require you
to create a spread just to answer them.
What are divinatory meanings and reversals?
Each card has an orientation so the card is either right
side up or right side down. When the
card is right side up its read by its divinatory meaning, which is the meaning
that is generally associated with the card.
When a card shows up in a reading upside down it is said to be reversed
and the reversed meanings are used.
Generally speaking the reversed meanings of the cards are pretty much
just the opposite of what the divinatory meanings are.
Do you have to read reversals?
You can be an amazing tarot reader and never use reversals. It’s a matter of personal choice. There are readers who keep their cards all
facing in the upright orientation and never use reversals in their
readings. There are other readers like
myself who keep their deck all facing upright but what the placement in the
spread the card falls on means will determine if the card is read reversed. There is no right or wrong, try it all out
and see what works for your reading style.
Aquarius - Knight of Pentacles - This week it is a good idea to work on keeping yourself grounded. Make sure that you stay firmly planted on the Earth and in reality. There could be some frustration this week as you seem to be waiting for things to happen and you just aren't quite there yet. Again, work on grounding yourself to help you remain patient. Be persistent but don't force things to happen before their time.
Pisces - Ten of Cups - This week may seem almost hedonistic as the energies lead you to engaging in things that you find extremely pleasurable. It's okay to do a little indulging this week, but make sure that nothing goes too far and gets out of hand. While the universe will bring you opportunities to do things you enjoy, don't be afraid to take things into your own hands and make some plans to do things that will bring you joy.
Aries - Four of Cups - This week could be a little emotional, prepare yourself for the energies that are coming your way. Situations or people may let you down this week, and you may be left to pick up the pieces. Don't hold this against everyone. Keep your disappointment contained to just those that deserve it and don't let it negatively effect your relationships with others.
Taurus - Two of Pentacles - Emotions may run high as you find yourself having to do some scrambling this week. The energies this week will present you with new difficulties and adversities. Keep your emotions in check and, if you can, even harness them to fuel yourself. Just because there are road blocks doesn't mean it's the end of the world. Rise above and find a way to resolve these issues or work around them completely.
Gemini - King of Cups - Others will need your support and help this week. You will be needed to be at your most reliable. Don't be stingy with your gifts. Give freely of your friendship, knowledge, and support. You have the ability to help those around you and you will be called to do so this week.
Cancer - Eight of Cups - We are not always meant to finish out a path we start down on. Take a look at where you are headed and see if maybe there is a path or two that you've been following that really aren't serving your higher self. It's okay to stop and change direction. This is the week to walk away from plans that just aren't going to serve your higher purpose.
Leo - Ten of Wands - This weeks energies bring with them a lot of pressure, but they may not be a bad thing. Having pressure on you can help you to achieve better things. Let the pressure push you to complete this week's tasks in a manner that is even better than you thought you were capable of. Use the pressure to your benefit and let it help you to propel yourself forward.
Virgo - Three of Cups - This week's energies bring with them a sense of completion. Things are coming to a close or resolution. Most likely these closures are in regard to influences that have been going on in your life for quite some time. Things may even feel a little weird to you because suddenly these things are resolved and your not used to the new energetic flow yet.
Libra - The Sun - The energies this week seem to shine on you. The themes this week are happiness and joy so take advantage of them. Make plans with those you love to share your good energy this week. If you've been thinking about starting a new undertaking this might be a good week to take those first steps.
Scorpio - Queen of Pentacles - This week is very much ruled by the element of earth. It's a good week to focus on money matters and any concerns you have over your level of abundance. Remember that the best way to bring more abundance into your life is to give genuine thanks for what you already have. If you've been devising plans to increase your abundance now is the time to put the wisest of those into action.
Sagittarius - The Moon - It's dangerous out there, take your intuition with you. This week may present you with a few pot holes in life. Let your intuition guide you and you may be able to avoid some of the dangers ahead of you. In the event that you do get yourself into a spot of trouble trust your instincts and let your intuition help you to figure a way out of it.
Capricorn - Strength - Courage is your word of the week. Don't let anything or anyone make you feel small and week. You have a great amount of inner strength and as long as you remember that there really isn't anything you can't do. It's okay to be scared or intimidated, that's a natural human response, what matters is that we don't let those emotions rule us and that we find our inner strength and come out swinging.
These are my thoughts on The Ghosts & Spirits Tarot by Lisa Hunt. I purchased this deck with the intention of using it for deeper communication with spirit and I believe it has done just that for me. This deck is very loosely based on the Rider Waite Smith deck in that it has the 22 majors and 56 minor cards in the usual four suits. There are many differences though. Each card is based on a different ghost story from around the world.
These are three of the major arcana cards and as you can see they have no resemblance to the RWS imagery.
Here are three of the minor arcana cards and again they do not share the symbology of the RWS deck. These three cards show some of the diversity of the deck. The Four of Pentacles represents aboriginal spirits. The Ten of Cups shows the Mexican Day of the Dead. While The Five of Wands hails from Japan.
Her representation of Death is rather literal with the card featuring the reaper.
I was pleased to see The Hierophant renamed to The High Priest, giving balance in my opinion to The High Priestess. I was also happy to see The Devil changed to Chains, I find the imagery very fitting.
The deck comes with an extra card, and Lisa really doesn't explain how to use it so it is only limited by the creativity of the reader. I personally have not used it yet but perhaps given more time with the deck I will find a purpose for it.
The back of the cards was my only real disappointment in this deck. It's cartoony and doesn't fit with the often somber and serious art on the front of the cards. They look like they belong to a different deck all together. The card stock is a little on the thin side but they still seem sturdy enough and shuffle well.
This deck has a narrower audience when using to read for clients. Some of the images can be scary and clients who are a bit more shy or hesitant about getting a reading may be put off by it.
I don't recommend this deck for those that are new to reading tarot as it is very different than the more traditional decks out there.
You can use these cards for any type of reading, I use them for any subject that I want a deep connection with spirit on. They are particularly good though for shadow work and past life readings.
For a flip through of the whole deck you can check out my video here
We are not Teflon, as we go through life the energy of
others sticks to us. Generally the longer we are with someone or the more
we are around someone the greater the amount of their energy that sticks to
us. There is sometimes the case of someone who is so energetically
imbalanced that they dump loads of energy on us in a short time. The
energy from others piles up on ours and it can cause our energy to not be able
to flow properly. It can weigh us down, make us feel tired and drained,
it can cause odd dreams, anxiety, depression, health problems, and can make us
feel disconnected from source. It is necessary for us to release all of
that energy that sticks to us. What I’m writing here is a ritual to do
just that, as always with my posts you can perform it as written or you can
take it and make it your own by making any changes that fit your practice
Start by smudging with sage or an incense of your
choice. Smudge both yourself and the space you will be working in.
Light a candle in honor of the Divine and ask your concept
of the Divine to join you.
Close your eyes and take three deep cleansing breaths.
Visualize your energy field, see all of the spots
where the energy of others clings to it. See any rips or weak spots that
have been caused by the energy of others. Now say out loud or in your
head, “I release all the energies of others.” Picture all of the unwanted
energies sliding down off of your energy field into the earth where it can be
transmuted. Alternately you can picture the unwanted energy lifting off
of you like a blanket and then floating into the earth to be transmuted.
Then say out loud or in your head, “Divine help me, Divine heal me.” You
can say the name of your specific deity if you choose. Now picture a ball
of blue white light moving through your energy field, as it moves it heals any
tears or weak spots left in your aura.
Take three deep cleansing breaths.
Thank the Divine you have called and release them.
Extinguish the candle.
This ritual will cleanse your aura/energy field of the
energy of others. This is not permanent, as you go through life you will
pick up more energy from others. Any contact from others can leave energy
clinging to you, be it in person, over the internet, by mail, or through
photographs. You will need to perform this ritual periodically to keep
your aura clean. Just like you need to shower on a regular basis you
should release the built up energy of others on a regular basis.
Aquarius - The Fool - Don't give in to folly this week. Make sure that all of your actions have a clear purpose and goal. Avoid doing things on a whim. Acting without first anticipating the consequences this week can lead you down paths you do not wish to be on. Make sure that all of your actions this week have a clear intent.
Pisces - The Moon - If you were Red Riding Hood the wolf would be in the woods watching you as you skipped along. Life isn't always safe so be cautious. Without becoming paranoid keep your eyes open this week and look for potential dangers from other people or situations. Listen to your gut, if it's telling you that something is wrong it probably is.
Aries - Two of Pentacles - Road bumps will arise for you this week. It may be difficult this week to make any good headway toward your goals and desires. Don't let them discourage you though, there are ways over or around these speed bumps. As long as you don't give up all they do is slow down your momentum a little they won't stop you from doing what you want in the long run.
Taurus - The Star - Have faith that everything will work out for the best. Keep your eyes open for a message from Spirit this week that will guide you toward where you need/want to be. Messages can come to us in ways that seem small or insignificant but if you are open to receive the message you'll know when you see it.
Gemini - Ten of Cups - This should be an enjoyable week for you filled with pleasurable things. The week can only be enhanced by spending time around those you love, be that a significant other or close friends. Enjoy the good energy this week and if there is something you find pleasurable that you've been putting of doing it's time to do it this week.
Cancer - The Tower - We can't always anticipate what's going to happen in our lives. It seems that the energies this week will bring about some unexpected change. Remember not to panic, if you start to feel overwhelmed take a step back. Remember that change is an opportunity for something new to enter into our lives. Try not to see this change as a negative, try to see it as a way to enrich your life.
Leo - King of Cups - Someone else needs to depend on you this week. Open your arms to them if you can because they could really use a reliable and generous person in their life. "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." - Edith Wharton. Be the candle for someone this week and the light will be reflected back to you.
Virgo - Page of Pentacles - This weeks energies lend themselves to making this week a good time for reflection. Look back over things in your life, especially this past year. What was good? What was not so good? What did you learn? Contemplate these things and then start to work on making some new plans for yourself.
Libra - The Hierophant - Showing mercy is not always a weakness, and this week someone in your life needs you to show them some mercy. Whether it's a coworker or a loved one who has crossed you take a step back and diffuse your emotions before acting. We're all human and we all make mistakes. It doesn't mean there aren't consequences to their actions just don't throw the book at them.
Scorpio - The Devil - Don't let yourself be your own worst enemy this week. Watch out for behaviors and actions that may be self sabotaging. Watch your self talk and focus on building yourself up instead of tearing yourself down. Now matter how tempting something might be don't give in and engage in behaviors that won't server you in a positive way in the long run. Remember, you are worthy.
Sagittarius - Queen of Cups - You're in need of some nurturing this week. Seek out someone who will enrich your soul and help you find what you need to be the best you that you can be. This could be anyone who encourages you and builds you up. If someone is tearing you down let them go or at the very least avoid them this week. Seek out someone who really sees your soul and inspires you to be your best.
Capricorn - Ace of Pentacles - The energies this week are pretty sweet for you. Things just seem to go your way overall. Even minor inconveniences just seem to work themselves out. Enjoy the good vibes and try to do things or see people that make you feel good but you don't normally have time for. Bask in the positive energy and if there's a goal in your life that you've been wanting to try for now may be the time.
These are my thoughts on The Mystic Dreamer Tarot by Heidi Darras and Barbara Moore. This is one of my favorite decks to work with. It does indeed have a dreamy quality to it.
This deck is set up much like the Rider Waite Smith deck, though the author was going for a more modern version with some new symbolism. Above is a sampling of the major arcana cards and as you can see the symbolism is pretty standard. In the lovers you can see the addition of the sword dipped into the chalice, representing the union/blending of masculine and feminine energies.
The minor arcana has beautifully done artwork. The whole deck is photo manipulated. Again they share commonalities with the RWS deck. Though you can find new symbols if you spend time examining the cards.
One of the symbols that has been added through the entire deck is the addition of ravens. According to Heidi they represent the retrieving of information from our unconscious mind. In some cards such as The Hanged Man the ravens are obvious and prominent. While in other cards such as The 7 of Swords they are a subtle murder flying in the background of the card.
Another symbol repeated throughout the deck is the moon. According to Heidi the moon represents intuition, emotions, creativity, inspiration, and adds a bit of magic and mystery to the deck.
One of the complaints I have heard about this deck is that it is overly feminine and that even the few men that are included in the deck have a very feminine appearance. I have to agree this is a very feminine deck but it is not an issue for me. If you like a deck with more gender equality it might be an issue for you.
One of the cards I always look at in a deck is Death. I find this one very appealing because it shows endings (the spirit leaving the body) and new beginnings (the small child). It, for me, is a very good artistic interpretation of how I read the card.
I've read that part of the artist going for a more modern feel is that she was supposed to be leaving Biblical imagery behind, but that clearly isn't the case. The Devil has not been renamed and features such Christian symbology as the fires of Hell and the horns of the Devil. In The Hierophant we still see him with a staff topped with a cross and a cross adorns the top of his seat.
The backs of the cards are quite lovely and they fit the theme of the deck well. The cardstock is of good quality, not too thick but not overly thin either. They shuffle easily but like any deck heavy use will leave them worn.
It is a good deck for beginners who want something along the RWS lines but are looking for something a little different. That said expereinced tarot readers will enjoy this deck also with its new additions of symbolism.
I personally use these for all kinds of readings but I find that they are very good for readings on romance.
If you'd like to see all 78 of the cards you can watch my video here
Aquarius - The Moon - Most stunningly this is your tarotscope card for two weeks in a row. The fact that this is a trump card already speaks to the fact that this card represents an important influence/energy that's going on in your life. To have this card drawn two weeks in a row means the universe or Spirit is really trying to get your attention. The message seems to be that, at this moment more so than usual, you've really got to go with what your intuition is telling you. If you don't have a good relationship with your intuition the universe is giving you neon signs directing you to do a crash course in starting to develop it.
Pisces - Four of Swords - It's a new year and many of us are anxious to dive into 2017 and leave the past year behind us. It may be tempting to try to hit the ground running this year but don't get ahead of yourself. This card indicates that what you are really needing right now is rest. It's time to recharge yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This week you should set aside time for things that allow you to relax and let go of any energies that aren't serving your highest good.
Aries - Seven of Swords - Don't let yourself fall into the trap of setting shallow resolutions for this new year. The energies are right to make new plans for the direction you want your life to go this year. This week gives you permission to day dream. Let your mind wander and explore all those crazy notions of what you'd like to see your life become. Of those day dreams, which ones could you actually make a plan to work on manifesting in the months to come? Sometimes pursuing the best hair-brained schemes makes our reality something amazing. Just make sure your plan is partially grounded in reality.
Taurus- The Tower - Sometimes we have to cut ties with people who have been in our life. The relationship just isn't something that is healthy for us or serving any positive purpose for us. When it comes to some relationships, whether it's a lover, a friend, or a family member, we just have to sever the connections they have with us. It doesn't matter if you are the one choosing to walk away or if they are the one walking away as part of some power trip, it may sting at the moment but you will heal and come back stronger and happier in the long run.
Gemini - The Fool - It's time to start a new journey. This week is the time to take that step that will start things in motion. What destination have you been thinking about setting for yourself? What can you do this week to start yourself down the path toward that destination? You may have to play the long game to get to where you want to be and the energies this week are perfect to point yourself in the direction of where you want to be.
Cancer - Ten of Swords - The energies of this week are going to prove challenging. They are going to bring pain but without pain we can't appreciate joy. Buckle up and prepare for the ride. Get the most out of the week by being open to receiving the lessons these challenges are trying to teach you. Learn the lessons this time around so that you don't have to keep repeating these experiences.
Leo - Three of Pentacles - This card indicates that this week's energies will bring about a closing to something in your life. While we may not automatically think of closings as something positive, it is this week. It's time for this chapter/energy to come to a close in your life and it's time for you to move on to new things with all that you've learned from your past experiences.
Virgo - Seven of Pentacles - Hard work is your theme for this work. Your toil will not be without reward. You may not get the rewards this week but by putting in your all and breaking your back you are setting yourself up for a wonderful return on your investments. Look for opportunities this week to apply yourself, give things your all, and you will in time see your labors bare fruit. Your hard work will also inspire others.
Libra - Nine of Pentacles - The key word for this week is discretion. Don't broadcast your intentions or actions. Play things close to your vest. No matter what you are trying to achieve this week be discrete about what you want and what you are doing to get it. If you aren't discret others may sabotage your plans, maybe not on purpose, but others interfering in your business this week will only serve to hold you back.
Scorpio - Five of Wands - This week seems to be a struggle as you are very dissatisfied with certain things. Take some time to analyze what you are unhappy with and then do some brain storming. What can you do to change the situation or prevent a similar situation from happening again in the future? Your happiness is ultimately up to you so take a step back and look for ways to effect positive change in your life.
Sagittarius - Two of Wands - Make goals a reality this week. The energies are right for you to accomplish some of the things you've been trying for. Look for ways to bring things you've been working towards to completion. Some things may just fall into place but keep your eyes open for opportunities to achieve your desires.
Capricorn - Eight of Wands - Think things through, thoroughly, this week. Don't let yourself make hasty decisions and don't let others rush you into making hasty decisions. Make sure that you practice good impulse control and don't do or buy things on a whim. Plan things ahead, as spontaneity this week could lead to disaster. Your mantra this week is, "Look before you leap."
Mediumship is defined as the practice of certain people, known as mediums, to mediate communication between a living person and the spirits of those who have passed on. There is a growing interest in combining this gift/skill with the use of tarot cards but finding spreads for this purpose are hard to come by. In my practice I include information from spirits into my tarot readings but in many cases the tarot spread itself is not designed explicitly to communicate with spirits. In this blog I will show you three tarot spreads that are designed specifically to use as a mediumship tool and have the cards relay communications directly from spirits.
There are a few things that need to be covered before we begin. Anytime you're going to be communicating with spirits it is prudent to protect yourself. Different practitioners have different ways of doing that and a couple of options you have are shielding, burning sage during the reading, inviting your spirit guides to watch over and protect you, or asking your totem animal to surround and protect you. There are many more ways and you can use whatever you like. If you don't already have a practice for this do some research and try practicing a few different techniques until you find what works for you.
Some other common practices that are often engaged in before communicating with spirits are grounding and centering, clearing the chakras, or prayer (in the context of the religion or spirituality of your choice).
Some of you are probably asking if you can use these spreads if you aren't a medium. We all have some level of ability to communicate with spirits. Those who are full blown mediums will most likely get more information out of these spreads because they are are like laptops with some out of this world wifi. Those who aren't mediums will still get information out of the reading but it will be like they are on a weak wifi signal and navigating the web might be more difficult and some sites/information may not be able to come through for them. Even if you aren't a medium yourself you still may be able to find the information you're seeking through the use of these spreads.
Three Card General Mediumship Spread
This is a spread of my own design based off of a generic three card spread.
Start by putting out the intention to connect with a departed loved one of or a spirit guide of the person you are reading for, which could be yourself. Shuffle the deck as you normally do and then turn over the first three cards laying them on the table from left to right.
Card 1 - This card represents the situation in your life that the spirit is trying to draw the querent's attention to.
Card 2 - This card represents the spirit's advice in regards to the situation.
Card 3 - This card represents what the spirit sees as the most likely outcome to the situation if the advice is followed.
Three Card Mediumship Spread
This spread I got from the Youtube channel Christine & Celeste. This spread is designed to communicate with a departed loved one of the querent. The querent does not choose which departed loved one comes through for this reading, in this case the intention is sent out for any departed loved one who has a message for the querent to come through to communicate their message for the querent.
For this reading you will need to separate your deck into three stacks: the court cards, the major arcana, and the minor arcana.
Shuffle the court stack and draw the top card.
Card 1 - This card represents the departed loved on who has come forward with a message for the querent.
Shuffle the major arcana and draw the top card.
Card 2 - This card represents characteristics of the departed loved one.
Shuffle the minor arcana and draw the top card.
Card 3 - This card shows the message that the spirit has for the querent. You can draw additional cards if needed to gain clarity on the message.
Spread to Communicate with the Spirit of a Departed Loved One
This is a long spread where you put out the intention to communicate with the spirit of a specific departed loved one who has been specified by the querent. I tweaked this spread slightly from one I found on Aeclectic Tarot.
Shuffle the deck as you normally do. Then lay out the cards as shown in the picture above.
Card 1 - Are you at peace where you are now?
Card 2 - Looking back at the life that you led, what is your opinion of yourself during your life?
Cards 3,4 - What is your honest impression of the querent at this time?
Cards 5,6,7 - What messages would you like the querent to know?
Cards 8,9,10 - What issues in the querent's life do these messages concern?
Cards 11,12,13 - What advice do you have for the querent?
Card 14 - If the querent follows your advice what will the outcome be?
Cards 15,16,17 - What else would you like for the querent to know?
Card 18 - If you could recommend that the querent do one thing during this lifetime, what would it be?
Card 19 - What is the biggest regret that you have about the life you led?