Tarot resolutions

  • 3.1.18

While I’m not one for conventional new year’s resolutions, I am one for tarot new year’s resolutions. If you’ve fallen away from your tarot study over the past few months, January is the perfect time to get reacquainted. Don’t know where to start? Here’s some of the things I’ll be doing…

Cleansing my go-to decks: Okay, I cleanse my decks about once in a blue moon because I usually don’t feel the need to do it, but, given that there is actually a blue moon this month, I’ll be busting out the Palo Santo to get rid of any stagnant energies.

Taking part in a challenge: A daily tarot challenge is a fantastic way to get you back into the habit of doing daily draws and actually spending some time with your cards. I’m currently taking part in #thejanuarytarot challenge over on Instagram and new challenges are popping up every single day.

Reading more tarot books: I recently read Bakara Wintner’s ‘WTF is Tarot?’ and loved it. Even though I’ve been reading for ages, I still managed to learn something new. I want to read more tarot-related books cover the coming year because I know they’ll help me stay fresh and try new things.  

Picking one deck: When reading for other people, I let intuition dictate the deck I use, but when it comes to reading for myself, I’m planning on spending quality time with one deck (okay, maybe two…) this year. My deck of choice (aside from my beloved Wild Unknown)? The Prisma Visions Tarot. This was gifted to me over Christmas by my very lovely fiancé and given the complexity of the imagery and the depth of the symbolism, I really want to spend time getting to know it on every level.

Cleaning my space: I have an altar set up in my bedroom which is where everything happens: Reiki practice, meditation practice, tarot draws and more. It’s been looking a little dusty lately so you bet I’ll be giving it a deep clean and swapping out some objects to better reflect who I am and what I want as we move into 2018.

Claiming my tarot-ness: One thing that I’ve struggled with a lot over the years (and one thing I imagine a lot of readers struggle with), is being open about the fact that I read. When I first start exploring tarot, a lot of it was done in secret and not shared with others. As I got older and spoke about it more, I had some not-so-pleasant reactions from people. Thankfully in modern society tarot and esotericism has become trendy and cool, and more people are open to learning about it. I want to step into that part of myself more throughout 2018 and sing it loud and proud instead of feeling like it’s something I need to hide. Intuitive people and tarot card readers exist, and the more open and vocal we are about it, the more it’s normalised. So if you sling cards, sling them with pride.

Blogging more: I had grand intentions for this blog when I first started it last year, but, as they say, life got in the way and I had less time to devote to it. I’m hoping 2018 will see more posts here.

Dealing With Reader's Block

Reader’s block. It’s something that happens to all of us at some point in our lives. In fact, it’s something I’ve been struggling with for the past few weeks. Why does it happen? To be honest, and this answer is a little woo, but I believe a block occurs to help you integrate things. It happens to basically force you to step away, get quiet and allow the assimilation of everything you’ve learned over the past few months to happen.

What I’m saying is that although it may feel like this block will last forever, it won’t and when it’s finally over, you’ll probably find that your readings are more accurate than they ever were before. 
But all that being said, when you’re in a reading block it can be pretty crap. You wonder if you’ve lost touch with your intuition (or if you ever had it in the first place), you do spreads for yourself and they make zero sense, you get agitated with daily draws because they don’t seem to reflect what you’re currently going through.

If this is happening to you I have one sage piece of advice: Stop.

Give yourself permission to stop. Give yourself permission to take a break. Breath. Put the tarot cards away and… go do something else for awhile.

How long is ‘a while’? Well it’s as long as you need. I’ve had blocks that have lasted for a day and one that lasted for almost a year. Trust me, you’ll know when it’s time to come back. In the meantime, focus on doing things that make you feel happy, healthy and rested.

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Stepping into Your Power: A Spread

Personal power is a touchy subject, especially if you’re a spiritual person. We know the value of feeling empowered, but when it comes to actively asserting our power we sometimes worry that it’s not spiritual or that it’s ego talking or something else. But stepping into your personal power doesn’t mean that you squash others or live from the ego. Stepping into your personal power means being in full control of your life and accepting responsibility for where you are and what you’re doing. It grounds you, deeply. 

When you’re in touch with your personal power you feel… 

  • Grounded 
  • Connected to source and your intuition 
  • You trust your intuition without doubt 
  • You allow your heart to guide you 
  • You care less what others think 
  • You trust that you know what’s best for you 
  • You chase your dreams 
  • You feel confident, beautiful and secure 
  • Life opens up for you – abundance flows, opportunities abound  

When you’re not in touch with your personal power you feel…

  • Disconnected 
  • Fearful or anxious 
  • You find it hard to make decisions 
  • You doubt and second-guess yourself 
  • You find it hard to plug in to your intuition 
  • You feel fed-up and negative 

Many of us carry issues surrounding stepping into our personal power and lots of these come from past lives where we were victims or misused our own power. The easiest way to get reconnected is with practice. The more you practice being in your power, the easier it will become. Here's a tarot spread I created to help you figure out what’s blocking your power and, more importantly, how you can reclaim it.

1. Where am I at in relation to my power right now? How you currently feel when it comes to your relationship with your power. This card can also highlight issues with self-worth and how your personal energy is.

2. What’s blocking me from fully stepping into it? The fear or obstacle that’s stopping you from fully inhabiting your power centre.

3. What damage is this block doing/how is it holding me back? When we see and witness the problem, it loses some of its power. What we witness, shifts.

4. How do I begin to dismantle this block? Advice on how to face your fear and begin to remove the block.

5. What is on the other side of this block for me? What is waiting for you on the other side of fear.

6. What do I look like when I stand fully in my power? Your personal power totem card. I like to pull an additional oracle card deck for this position too.

7. Advice from above. Advice from your spiritual team that can assist you with stepping into your power.
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10 ways to bond with your tarot deck

I think that when it comes to giving accurate and useful tarot readings, one of the easiest ways to achieve this is to have a solid bond with your deck. What does that mean? It means that you and your deck understand each other – physically, emotionally, energetically and spiritually. A solid bond means a solid reading. Now, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of books/websites/blogs etc. out there who claim that the quickest way to bond with a tarot deck is to sleep with the cards under your pillow or near your bed. I’m going to call bullshit on this because it is bloody impossible to sleep with a deck of 78 cards shoved under your pillow (as a naïve young reader, trust me, I tried this) and I don’t see how sleeping on a deck actually helps your connection.

Here are my top 10 ways to forge that crucial connection sans horrific night’s sleep and neck cramp (you’re welcome).

1. Welcome the deck – I’ve been reading cards long enough to notice that each deck has its own unique personality. Do I believe tarot decks are living things? No. But I do believe that it’s always nice to get a good welcome, so when you first bring your deck home, say hello. I usually do this by passing the deck through some sage smoke and then fanning out the cards and holding them against my heart. I say hi, welcome, what’s up? And then silently imbue them with my intentions.

2. Do a deck interview – Learn about your deck. Shuffle and draw a card for the following questions: what’s your personality? How will this blend with my own? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What’s the best way for us to work together? How can we connect on a deeper level? What will you teach me?

3. Start daily draws – Ah yes, that age-old tarot technique. There’s a reason why it’s so revered. Daily draws are a fab way to get to know a new deck and see what the day has in store for you. Commit to doing daily draws for three weeks, or however long feels good for you. You’ll be bonding with the deck in no time.

4. Have a conversation – Shuffle the deck. Tell it what’s on your mind, then draw a card from the top. How do you respond to that card? Pull another. What about that one? Pull another etc.

5. Imbue with your energy – If you need to connect quickly because you’ve just bought your deck and already have a sitter, here is a very ungraceful but tried and tested method of getting your bond on. Shuffle the deck and then briefly touch each card. This will get your energy into the deck and hopefully it’ll start responding. It’s worked for me.

6. Don’t look at the little white book – Seriously. Just put it away and allow the deck to speak to you in its own language. Intuitively you’ll vibe with whatever it is that you need to know. Sometimes the easiest way to give great readings is to shut off the logical part of your brain (the part that craves the little white book) and trust your intuition. That’s why most of us read in the first place – to tap into that hidden inner voice, right?

7. Journey into the cards – This process is a little more time consuming than the others, but if you have a vivid imagination it can yield great results. Choose a card, study the image, then close your eyes and imagine you’re in the card, interacting with whatever is going on. Trust every insight you receive and write it down.

8. Breathe into it – Hold the deck, think of the type of relationship you want to have with it (e.g. ‘I want this deck to help me improve my intuitive reading’) and then blow your intention into the deck. Energy flows where intention goes.

9. Think about what you like – Loving something instantly forges a connection. Every time you pick up your deck, focus on all the things you love about it. Give a deck love and it’ll love you back.

10. Care about it – This means making sure you store your deck somewhere safe so it doesn’t get warped from heat, it means treating it with respect and regularly inspecting it for signs of wear and tear. A little respect goes a long way.
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Full moon in Aquarius

It’s the full moon eclipse in Aquarius. The energy has been crazy intense so I spent my day in nature, grounding deep. When it comes to doing personal readings, I mostly throw my cards on new and full moons.

Today I decided to stray away from my usual routine where I intuitively pull four or five cards, and try out the great full moon in Aquarius spread from Ethony (you can find the spread over on her Instagram page by clicking here).

For this reading I was drawn to a deck I love but hardly ever use for myself, the Druidcraft. It must be the grounding, earthy energy of the cards. I love this deck, but find it hard to shuffle due to the size of the cards.

Full moon in Aquarius spread by Ethony

1. What possibilities are being offered to me right now? Queen of Pentacles
This card has been stalking me for the past few weeks, so I’m not surprised to see it here at all. I’m being given the opportunity to really ground into my body and into my sense of home. This full moon is offering a return to my body. I have the tendency to live in my head a lot and over the past few weeks it’s become highlighted to me how important it is for us to embody, as opposed to just ‘be’ in our bodies. Yes, we can be in our bodies, but embodiment is a very different thing. This full moon is calling me to embody, to get in touch with those things that make me feel grounded and to root down deep. I also associate this card with authenticity – ripping off the mask and allowing your true self to appear. Embodying the truth of who you are.

2. What area of my life is craving freedom and experimentation? Six of Swords
My thoughts/psychological self is craving smoother waters. Overthinking complicates things. It’s time to be and feel, as opposed to thinking about things. I need to embody (there’s that word again) and allow myself to feel my way forwards as opposed to over complicating things by thinking them to death. It’s time to experiment with feeling, especially when it comes to making decisions. What would feel best?

3. Where in my life can I bring more unity? Prince of Cups
The Queen of Pentacles sits with both feet on the earth, yet the Six of Swords and the Prince of Cups are near water. There needs to be a balance between emotional expression and grounding into feelings rather than letting them overwhelm. It’s feel your feels, but feel them in a balanced way so they don’t overwhelm or morph into overthinking or rumination.

4. What old habits/beliefs need to be released under this Full Moon? Queen of Cups
The belief that healing isn’t possible, that emotional balance isn’t possible, that there will always be a struggle between the intuitive and the rational and issues surrounding the blending of the intuitive into daily life.

5. Where do I need to go with the flow? Three of Wands
When it comes to all those long-held dreams, I need to release them. There’s only so much of the process that we can control and influence, and at some point you have to loosen the reins and just let the universe take over. It’s also about recognising how far your influence extends. Are you really in control of every single details regarding a project or dream? Or are there other people that need to do their job too, people that you can’t control. Figure out where your influence stops and try not to worry about the outcome. 
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