31 Days of Tarot – Day 21

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a post for Day 21, because the prompt is: “Share some of your favourite deck storage“. And… I usually keep the cards in their own boxes ^^’.

As I said in the previous post, I was under the myth that tarot cards must have their own storage, with silk and whatnot. But soon practicality won over myth. I just can’t have a bag for every deck I own. I tried doing one, but I failed miserably.

I still have a couple. I have a beautiful leather pouch for my Golden Tarot (Kat Black’s ones); it was a gift, and it’s amazing, so soft! I was thinking of making another for the Anna K, because the box they came in is just… no.

A friend made me another pouch that I am still not using, because I know what deck I want to put in it and I don’t own it yet. This is white, made from an old shirt and sewn by my friend, with a charm on it :)! So cute!

Lastly, I have a third pouch, a violet one, for my Shadowscape Tarot. It was another gift, and its amazing! It came with a tarot mat of the same colour and a smaller pouch for runes. ❤

These are my main tarot storage :). What do you use to store your decks? As usual, you can find all the prompts here.

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31 Days of Tarot – Day 20

Here we are, with Day 21 of Ethony’s 31 Days of Tarot. The prompt for today is: “Share one tarot myth you used to believe“.

I believed in many tarot myths. The most damaging to my practice was the myth about rituals. You know, those: “You must shuffle the cards this was and not that way; you must select the cards with the left hand; you must do so with closed eyes; you must use incense (I hate incense, candles, smells of any kind…); you must put your deck in order every 10 readings; you must clean every card with the entire content of your kitchen…”

O.O! I was terrified when I did readings. Did I shuffle the right number of times? Am I using the right hand? I really hate incense…

I stopped believing it thanks to the internet. I watched a lot of videos of readers who… used any kind of different system. And, if all those systems were acceptable, that meant that no system was truly necessary. Yay, freedom from anxiety for me XD.

What myth did you believe in?

31 Days of tarot – Day 19

Day 19 of the 31 Days of Tarot is here, and the prompt is: “Share which tarot deck out there gives you the “heebie jeebies“.

Actually, there isn’t one specific deck that gives me the heebie jeebies. Or, well, probably there is one, somewhere out there, but I don’t know it. I know a couple of things that I absolutely don’t like, and that would probably make me not buy a deck.

Of course, these are personal preferences and I am in no one passing judgement on someone who likes these things or someone who include them in their deck :)!

So, number one thing I don’t like is pregnant women. They just creep my out, in real life too, so I don’t like them in my decks. I have a couple of decks with some pregnant woman (usually the Empress) and that’s fine, but if I had a whole deck full of pregnant women… I don’t like anything that is related to pregnancy, so: hospital visits for pregnancies, newborn babies, breastfeeding… just… not for me.

Number two things I don’t like is bugs. I have no problem with zombies, gore, violence and decapitations; but I am creeped out by bugs. I do have a deck, The Elemental Tarot, that creeps me out a bit. In the 7 of Wands of this deck, there is an old man with salamander crawling out of his beard. Ok, a salamander is not a bug, and I usually like reptiles (but… not salamanders!), but in this case they behave like bugs. Brrr…

These are the 2 things that mostly creep me out in Tarot decks. What are yours?

As usual, you can find all the prompts here :)!

31 Days of Tarot – Day 18

We skipped Day 17 because I can’t draw, and the prompt for that day was “draw your favourite card”. But… I may still give it a try. Maybe. We’ll see.

Anyway, we are here on Day 18 with another prompt (as usual, you find all of them here): “Share one of the new things you learnt about tarot in the last year“.

This one is very difficult for me, not because I didn’t learn anything, but because it’s really difficult for me to remember when I learned something. I studied Crowley’s Thoth tarot, for example, and that showed me so many different things about tarot… but did I do it in 2017 or in 2016…?

I learned a lot about many cards, going through them one by one with a friend and with Pollack’s 78 Degrees of Wisdom. There are some small insights in the book about a lot of cards: she sees them going from King to Ace, so in the reversed order, and this gives a different spin to some of them.

The 2 of Wands, for example, is different in her perspective. Here, the man is not eager to go somewhere and conquer something, do something, see something; he is bored, and is contemplating all that he has already achieved. What comes next? Life without adventure is nothing for him, but he is now confined by his own successes. It is an interesting view.

31 Days of Tarot – Day 16

Today’s prompt is: “Do you read reversals? Why/why not?

As usual, you can find all the prompts here :).

I do read reversals. I struggle with them many times, and there are periods in which I stop reading them, but, in general, I try to read them and incorporate them in my reading.

But why do I do that, especially if I struggle with them?

I must make a disclaimer: I am not criticizing how other people read. Everyone has their own way of reading the cards, and everyone has their reasons for doing so.

That said, I do think that by not reading reversals, I use a smaller “spectrum of meaning” for the card. I read about this concept in Mary K. Greer‘s Tarot Reversals, I think. Mary K. Greer is one of the most amazing teacher I have ever had the pleasure to read: her books are always very informative but in a way that is not schematic: she makes the cards alive and can really help you make them your own.

Anyway, I digress. In her book, she tells that, for her, every card has a “spectrum of meaning”: from right side up, to upside down, and with all the other degrees in between. If one uses a round deck, this is more visible, because the card can come up inclined at whatever angle possible.  For normal, rectangular cards, if one is upside down, or reversed, then it indicates that this card is somehow twisted or blocked. One must assess intuitively, and by using context, at what degree the reversed card is “twisted”. Does it represent a blocked energy? Or just one that is starting slow? Something that is going the opposite way than the right side up card? And so on.
Reading without reversals, imho, means losing a lot of these degrees.

Not only that. Many readers use the reversed meaning in another way: if the card is, say, the Obstacle position, they read it more negatively than if it is in the Advoce position (for example). I do not like this method, because it assumes that certain meanings can *only* be associated with said positions. Sometimes, though, what seems obvious may not be so.

Take the Death card. If in the Advice position, we could say that it’s saying: “Go with the change. Let it go.”
If it is in the Obstacles position, we would surely say: “You are resisting a necessary change. Don’t. Find a way to accept it.”
But it CAN be that sometimes the actually good thing to do is resist a change, and sometimes the obstacles is an actual change that is detrimental to our situation.

With reversals, such a situation is actually very clear. Without them, it is less so.

So, that’s why I don’t want to give up reversals and become good at them :). What are your opinion on reversals?

31 Days of Tarot – Day 15

Welcome to day 15 of Ethony’s 31 days of Tarot challenge! You can find all the prompts here – it’s never to late to join in :)!

The prompt for today is: “Do you have a deck for personal use only? Why?/Why not?

I do not have a deck that I specifically don’t want to use for other people; but I do have decks that I consider “mine”, that is, that really resonates with me a lot. I also have decks that I considers “my friend’s”, because I strongly associate them with a friend of mine, and I usually use those to read for them. But I can use one of “my” decks to read for a friend and one of “my friend’s” decks to read for me.

One of the decks that I consider “mine” is Kat’s Black Golden Tarot. This is the first deck I bought for myself and I find the images just magical and mysterious. This one is still the main deck that I consider “mine”.

Another one I consider “mine” is the Impressionist Tarot. This deck, imho, invites reflection and intuitive reading, because many of the images are not precise depiction of the RWS counterpart. It’s easy, for me, to feel a personal connection to this deck.

31 Days of Tarot – Day 14

The prompt for today (you find them all here) is: “Share your favourite divination tool aside from Tarot.

My favourite divination tool, aside from Tarot, is Lenormand. I got into Lenormand watching the videos on youtube from Donnaleigh. She is an amazing teacher, I just adore her videos, and she has a LOT of Lenormand, from basics to complex thing.

I think I saw all of them in one day, I was super-hooked, and then I decided to but a Lenormand deck. I chose one, and I ordered it, but… I wanted to start reading! So, I made my deck, like that, in one afternoon, using normal paper and coloured cardboard. I still have that deck :), it’s rough but I love it!

Lenormand works very differently than tarot, it’s almost like language. I found it very precise when asked about specific topic, and I think it’s a good complement to tarot.

What is your other favourite divination tool :)?

31 Days of Tarot – Day 13

The prompt for today is: “What was your best/worst/memorable tarot moment for 2017?

The most memorable tarot moment of the last year happen in readings for my cats. I acquired the Cat’s Eye Tarot, and I liked the deck very much. So, I thought: what better way to use it, than to do a reading for my cats?

I have… many cats, and I decided to do a reading a day, until each of them had one. It was a generic reading, containing positions like “What you cat needs”, “What your cat is happy with” and so on.

Well, every one of the cats I read for (I didn’t do the reading for all of them in the end) got the exact same card for one of the position (“What does your cat need”).

Every. Single. One. Of. Them.

Also, the card illustrated the exact situation it referred to: the meaning was exactly what was pictured on the card.

Useless to say, I got the message.

See you tomorrow for another prompt! You find them all here!

31 Days of Tarot – Day 12

We are back with our 31 Days of Tarot challenge! You can find all the prompts here, as usual.

The prompt for today is: “What started you reading Tarot? Why did you continue to read?

So, what started me reading tarot was finding a deck and a book in my grandmother’s house. They were my mother’s, and to my eyes they were amazing. I was a child, ad they seemed like the closest thing to “magic” that you could find.

The book was Introduction to the Study of the Tarot, by Oswald Wirth, and I learned tarot from there. It was a difficult text for me at the time, but its complicated language and its mystique made me more interested.

Little by little I started understanding more about the concepts behind the cards, and this hooked me for life. I started giving little readings to friends and relatives, and they found them useful; plus, it was just *fun*!

Why did you started reading tarot – or why didn’t you?

5 of Cups vs 3 of Swords: Are they the same?

We are going to skip Day 11 of the Ethony’s challenge because I don’t have any oracle deck I particularly want to use more this year.

Today, instead, we are going to talk a bit about two of the “worse” cards in our decks: the 3 of Swords and the 5 of Cups.

These two cards have similar meanings: loss, hurt, sadness, heartache, suffering. But are they the same thing? Of course not, otherwise we would not need both cards.

One can glimpse the difference just noticing that the cards belong to different suits. The 3 of Swords belongs to the Airy Swords, which represent the realm of the intellect, of thoughts. The 5 of Cups belongs to Water, to emotions and feelings. Here lies the biggest difference between the cards.

The 5 of Cups is about a loss, and the pain it causes us. Think about the death of a loved one, or the break of a meaningful relationship. One meaning associated with this card, in fact, is grieving.

The 3 of Swords is about a wound that may start in the emotions, but that stays with us in the mind. Think of betrayal, one of the classic meanings for this card.
When a boy or a friend betray us, we get the emotional wound from the passing of a relationship that meant a lot for us. But that sharp pain that says we are not worthy, that this was our fault, that we cannot trust any more, this is a 3 of Swords kind of pain.

The 5 of Cups shows the river, the flow of our emotions. It says that grief and pain have a rightful space in our minds, but that they will pass. One miss his grandmother even 20 years after her death, but the pain is not the same of the day she actually dies, because one has taken the two remaining cups and has gone back to their life.

There is no such thing in the 3. The swords are piercing the heart and there is no sign they will ever be removed. Of course, they can be removed – we, not merely time, must do this.