What Do You Think of Our Relationship?

I asked each tarot deck I owned what they each thought of me and our relationship, and here’s what they each had to say:

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Smith-Waite — The Moon — You need to consult me more to tap into your intuition and dispel any illusions.

Fairytale Tarot — Four of Wands — We have a lot to celebrate in our relationship!

Stella’s Tarot — Princess of Disks — I am here to work and study with you and help you stay grounded.

Pagan Otherworlds — Four of Cups — I feel a bit disenchanted with you.

Anima Mundi Tarot — Six of Pentacles — I’m here to support you with what you need.

Alchemical Tarot — Ten of Staffs — Our relationships has been recently renewed.

Antique Anatomy Tarot — Nine of Rods — I’m here to persist with you through thick and thin.

Moon Void Tarot — Queen of Cups — I care deeply for you and your well-being.

Carnival at the End of the World — Queen of Pentacles — I am here to provide for you.

Dreamkeepers Tarot — Three of Wands — I foresee a good future for us.

Black Cats Tarot — Two of Swords — I can give you advice to help you make those difficult decisions.

Zombie Tarot — The Star — I am your shining star that can provide hope and guidance.

Santa Muerte Tarot — The High Priestess — I’ll help you tap into your intuition.

Puppet Theatre Tarot — Queen of Pentacles — I can provide you with the support and security that you need.

Ostara Tarot — The Tower — Our relationship is broken and fractured. You have not consulted me in a long time, and you will need to repair this.

Shadowscapes — King of Cups — I am here to provide gentle guidance should you need it.

Tarot in Wonderland — Page of Wands — I feel inspired and can help you explore new ideas.

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Self-Care Spread

I follow the lovely Tarotmum13, who always comes up with some great spreads. Here is her Self-Care Spread:

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For each of these checks, Tarotmum13 also has a list of suggested activities that I suggest you check out on her site!

For this spread, I used the Moon Void Tarot. It’s the deck I use when I want to consult about me personally because, again, it just feels so modern, relatable, and personal.

Here’s my spread:

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1 — Physiological Needs: BODY CHECK — How can I improve my physical well-being?

Page of Pentacles — Continue with the magical practice of tarot. It has allowed me to be more mindful and reflective and has allowed me to clear my mind when it is cloudy, and as a result, I have been less stressed mentally, which makes me less stressed physiologically. I have not been keeping my tarot journal anymore; perhaps the journal in this card is an indication that I should pick it back up!

2 — Safety Needs: HOME CHECK — What can I do to improve the energy in my Home?

The Hermit — Love this. My home should be a place for rest, quiet time, and introspection. It should be peaceful, and I should preserve it as a place of rest and relaxation. It is my sanctuary, and I need to keep it that way.

3 — Social Needs (Love & Belonging): HEART CHECK — How can I improve the quality of my social interactions and relationships?

The High Priestess — Trust my intuition; trust my gut. I already know inside how I should be improving my relationships, and I need to listen to that voice inside.

4 — Esteem Needs: SOUL CHECK — Which quality or ability do I have that I can feel really good about?

Ten of Swords — Wow. I was startled to see this at first, but it actually makes a lot of sense. I am really good about ending things when I know they are bad news. I am not afraid of the pain I may suffer. I actually rather end things sooner rather than later; for me, there is no benefit to prolong negative things when they will eventually reach their demise anyway.

5 — Self-Actualization: SPIRIT CHECK — How can I take a step towards Spiritual Satisfaction?

Knight of Swords — Continue with my spiritual practices around tarot, and perhaps be more open about it with others in my life. Only a few people in my life actually know I practice tarot. I have maintained a small presence online, but I have largely been anonymous. This may be a message to tell me to be more free and open with my practice.

A very enlightening spread!

New Deck: Dreamkeepers Tarot

My new Dreamkeepers Tarot came in yesterday, and it is absolutely dreamy (excuse the pun!).  The imagery is just so gorgeous! I am not at all a fan of collage decks typically, but this one is just done so well.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I did not initially back this on Kickstarter and regretted it almost immediately when the deadline passed. Luckily, I was able to pre-order this on Liz Huston’s website.

I ordered just the deck without the guidebook. The deck comes in a simple shrink-wrapped tuck box nestled in a black satin drawstring pouch. It also comes with a magnet (I got The Chariot) and a signed artist card, although mine is not numbered; I think only Kickstarter decks are numbered.

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There is a small foldout with keywords for each card. To my surprise, I got the borderless edition! I am not completely anti-borders like a lot of people, but I do prefer this deck borderless. Like others, I assumed that the non-Kickstarter decks would have borders.

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The card backs are super gorgeous and have a lovely Victorian feel. The cardstock does not seem extraordinary at first touch — in fact, it seemed pretty standard fare, but boy, does it riffle shuffle well, and the size is perfect.

And the card images are absolutely breathtaking. So dreamy and surreal with the muted colors, stormy blues and grays, and glowing light. I’m in love!

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My first card draw was Seven of Cups:

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And this morning, these were my cards of the day:

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Deck interview to come!!

Tarot Tells the Tale

I’m loving this book that I recently got called Tarot Tells the Tale by James Ricklef. Ricklef used to write a popular tarot column, the Ask KnightHawk column, where literary, mythical, and historical characters posed questions a la Dear Abby to “KnightHawk,” who provided guidance in the form of three-card readings. Ricklef really did do these three-card readings.

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This book compiles some of these readings, numbered Reading 0 to Reading 21, to correspond with the cards from the Major Arcana. Each reading either features the Major Arcana card in question or embodies the spirit of that Major Arcana card.

The book also opens with “Preludes” containing tips for beginning readers and features an appendix with Ricklef’s own interpretations of the 78 card meanings.

Here are the Contents of the book:

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For each of the KnightHawk readings, Ricklef also provides commentary following each reading on how he did each reading, why he read each card’s meaning the way he did, what challenges he faced, and how events actually played out in literature or in history. This commentary was very insightful because it allows new readers such as myself to see how readings are crafted based on what information the querent provides, how the cards interact with one another, and introduces how you might read reversals.

Here is a sample reading, Reading 8, featuring Dorothy from Wizard of Oz:

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The book was published by Llewellyn in 2003 and is now out of print. There is, however, a newer and revised edition self-published by the author in 2011 called Tarot Reading Explained available on Amazon.