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Deck of the Month - Fairy Tarot Cards

Fairy Tarot Cards

Fairy Tarot Cards

By Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine

Illustrations by Howard David Johnsonimages

I received a new deck of tarot cards in the mail a while back and I've finally found the time and energy to pick them up and give them a good looking over. My very first impression is that they are beautiful with the blues, greens and violets that I adore. The graphics are beautiful, the background is the village of Glastonbury from Somerset, England. I find the cards just a bit larger than my hands are used to being a whopping 3.5” by 5” in size. I love the silver edge gilt on each of the cards.

Shuffling the cards are a little difficult for my hands due to the larger size. They are stiff and a bit unwieldy. I would well imagine that they will soften and become much more flexible with time though so it would not be a permanent concern.

The deck set comes with a small book describing meaning to each card and there is a short sentence beneath each image on the card giving a brief meaning for the card. This could come in handy while one is learning the cards and yet it doesn't look as if it would detract from the deeper meaning of the book or of your own intuition.

The suits of the cards in this deck are colored and named differently with Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter replacing the more usual Cups, Swords, Wands and Pentacles. The Major Arcana has a deep purple background behind the images and the Minor Arcana has a dark blue for Summer, deep red for Spring, a rich green for Autumn and a different shade of blue for Winter.

As I work to shuffle the cards, I bring to mind the upcoming season of festivals and fairs that I hope to attend with my friends and family. This will be our first year of vending together and it is my wish that we find it profitable and fun for all. Let us see what the cards has to say. I am going to do a simple three card lay-out for past, present, and future. My thoughts are firmly on our new business venture.

Past: Two of Autumn

The words on the card suggest two things; a bringing of fun in all that I do and the talent for juggling many priorities or jobs at the same time. Both of which I will bring to our business venture. The booklet adds to this thought with the ability to accomplish more than you dreamed possible. As this is nestled in the past I read the card as having brought this ability of fun and multitasking with me into our present endeavors. The card itself shows a fairy who is concentrating to juggle many bubbles in the air at the same time. However, she doesn't look as if she is having fun doing it. Perhaps she needs to take her own advice and make it more fun than work.

Present: Four of Summer

The words on this card shows a discontentment with life as it stands now. A failing to see a golden opportunity that is staring me right in the face, being distracted. It says taking someone for granted, but I am feeling that it is more meaning in this case as a feeling of being taken for granted. The booklet again brings in missing the forest for the trees. Daily life is being so hectic that it is very possible to be missing the opportunities right in front of me while worrying about that which is past and gone. It is important for me to take time to quiet my mind and heart. To regroup as were. Interesting since I have been wanting to go camping, perhaps it is time to listen to myself. The image on the card is of a lovely fairy staring off into the distance being distracted by what she has lost and not seeing all of the opportunities that are clamoring for her attention near her.

Future: Three of Autumn

The words on the card flat out tell me to follow my passion when it comes to my career. Be the best at what I do. A good return on investment so to speak. The booklet is even better for this reading and location. It speaks of untapped talent, soaring to new heights with my creative endeavors, earning a living through creativity. I feel this is the best card I could have received for the question. A solid rewarding adventure. A team effort that ends well. The image portrays a master craftsman carefully performing his creative trade with utmost concentration and the guarantee of reward.

Overall I believe that cards were an easy read. Especially as they answered very positively for the question asked. The graphics are lovely and whimsical. I am going to enjoy learning this deck.

Be well,

Vesta

The Five of Cups - Card of the Week

The Five of Cups

 

   LS Five of Cups   Waite Five of Cups   Steampunk Five of Cups

There are a few cards in the deck that just seem so completely depressing. And rarely is that their complete message. The Five of Cups is no exception. A bent, sorrowful figure sits slumped over three spilled cups, oblivious to the two full ones remaining behind him.

Cups is the suit of emotions and how we feel or experience them. This particular card is about loss and mourning. Usually when it comes up in one of my readings, it represents the loss of something rather than someone. The fun part is figuring out what the something is, which can often be inferred from other parts of the reading.

So for me, this card usually represents the loss of perhaps a job, a grade, or even something in your personal life. And it sucks and hurts, and you need go ahead and mourn that loss, but always remember, there is some positive in every negative.

And sometimes that negative clears out something that we needed to let go of in order to move on. It is in those full cups that we find the hope of this card. Once we have done our mourning and are ready to move on, they remain for us to find. A means for us to pick ourselves up and move on.

Note: For this first post on card meanings, I thought share I’d pics from my three working decks, just so you can see how they differ. From left to right, we have Los Scarabo, Waite-Smith, and Steampunk.

Tell me your interpretations of the Five of Cups in the comments. And please, do check back next week for the Ace of Cups.

Till then, may you walk in Light!

Laurel

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Other Uses for the Tarot: Visualization

The Llewellyn Journal  

Other Uses for the Tarot: Visualization

by Janina Renee

 

Tarot imagery can also be used in visualization exercises. Visualization practices can be similar to certain types of meditationin selecting images to hold in your mind. However, rather than trying to gain extra impressions about these images, you are trying to influence your unconscious mind by showing it the changes that you want to make, altering your reality to mirror the images you desire. Visualization is based on the theory (supported by clinical research) that the unconscious mind responds to vividly imagined mental pictures as if they were the real thing. It is best known for its role in alternative healing. For example, some cancer patients practice visualizations portraying their white blood cells as hungry birds or cats, gobbling up the cancer cells, which are imagined as bird seed or cat food.¹ As more doctors and patients invent some particularly good healing visualizations, they pass them around, thus building up a collection of usable images (a “cultural repertoire”). Visualization exercises are also being used to help people concentrate on studies, break bad habits, summon creative inspiration, and improve athletic performance. 

The Gilded TarotBecause the Tarot has such a rich supply of images, it is ideal for use in many types of visualizations. For example, suppose that you are someone who is preparing to take your driver’s test, or perhaps someone who already has a license, but would like to improve your driving performance. You could get out theChariot card, think about its different meanings, and carefully look over the image itself. Think about how the charioteer embodies the archetype of calm, superior performance. Concentrate on the image of the charioteer, and hold it in your mind. Now, imagine yourself as the charioteer. Envision yourself controlling the two horses (or sphinxes) as you race across some ancient desert (or drive along in some other fantasy scenario). Imagine what it feels like to have his knowledge, his experience, his discipline, his presence of mind. Now, change your mental image, merging into the present. Picture yourself getting into your car and driving confidently and skillfully. If you are going to take a test, picture yourself with the instructor, perfectly carrying out all of her directions. Since the Chariot is also associated with the “triumphs,” the ancient victory processions, picture your own sense of triumph as you pass the test. If you need to build your confidence, you can regularly repeat this visualization. Whenever you go for a drive, or if you encounter a difficult situation in traffic or whatever, you can identify with the charioteer and call these images back into your mind. If you like, you can keep a copy of the Chariot in your car as a charm to help you reconnect with this image. 

Now that you understand the idea behind Tarot visualization, you can probably come up with hundreds of useful images, tailored to your own interests and challenges. There’s plenty of room for new people to invent new visualizations, because different individuals prefer different ones, and some like to use a variety of visualizations to tackle a particular problem. In fact, there is a big advantage in trying out a number of visualizations to deal with a particular problem or goal, because this activates different areas of the brain. As Jeanne Achterberg has said in relation to imagery and healing, it’s a good idea “to recruit as many neural patterns of health as possible.”² No doubt, this philosophy can be applied to many of the other things that you’d like to achieve. Because coming up with creative visualizations depends more on imagination that experience, this is an area where young people can contribute to our cultural repertory. 

¹ See Bernie Seigel, Love, Medicine, and Miracles (New York: Harper & Row, 1986), 155-56. 

² See Jeanne Achterberg, Imagery and Healing: Shamanism and Modern Medicine (Boulder, Colo.: Shambhala, 1985), 134. 

From Tarot for a New Generation, by Janina Renée 

COPYRIGHT 2013 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. All rights reserved.

(Reprinted here with permission of The Llewellyn Journal.)

 

 

The Inaugural Tarot Talk post

 

twocupsWelcome to the inaugural Tarot Talk post from the ladies of Intentional Tarot. Here’s where we’ll spend some time talking about all things Tarot and divinatory, as well as a variety of topics dealing with self-discovery and self-growth, which is a fancy, verbose way of telling you that we’ll be talking about anything and everything even remotely connected with Tarot that catches our attention. And trust me when I tell you that, while I can’t speak for Vesta, my brain can take some interesting twists and turns when it comes to what I find interesting.

Right now, we’re going to be aiming to post a couple of times a month, taking turns writing for it. Now that schedule might change if or when we add more readers to our site, but for now it’s a pace that we know we can maintain. The beauty of everyone taking turns it that we all get to share our own points of view and opinions on things. And all of our lovely readers will get to know us a little better thanks to our writing.

We really hope you enjoy the things we share on here as we embark on this little endeavor of ours. (Oh, heck, that’s not true. For us, this is a HUGE endeavor!) Come along on the journey and we’ll grow together. Seriously, we are so excited to not only be doing this but we’re also really looking forward to getting to know some of you better. Thank you all so much.

Blessings,

Laurel

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