Tarot musing

International Tarot Day 8th July 2018

To celebrate International Tarot day (8th July 2018), let’s take a card and zoom in to find as much as we can about the card.

 

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Your assignment if you choose to take the challenge will be to do the following:

MercuryPossible meaning of the card,
MercuryMythology or folktales attached to your assigned card (when possible),
MercuryNumerology connection (when possible, as the court cards have none),
MercuryElement traditionally associated with your card,
MercuryAstrological association (ruler, planet etc.),
MercuryMeaning of the symbolism found in the card,
MercuryShadow side,
MercuryCrystals associated with the card,
MercuryHerbs, flowers or essential oils connected to your card.

You don’t need to write a big essay, a few sentences will be enough evidence 😉

You may discover that once you start to write, more info will be channelled in the process and a few sentences will be more like a paragraph, it is cool too 🙂

Here an example with the 2 of swords. 

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If you want to investigate a card, please contact me on my Facebook page, so I can choose at random, a card for you to interrogate.

If you have a blog, please write up about your card and let me know so I will add your link to a blog I will write about the International Tarot day 🙂

If you do not have a blog, do not despair, you can send me your research. I will include it in a blog with a credit to your website if you have one.

If you are not too sure about having your research published, but just want to share what you have done, please go to Tarot and kitties page on FB and send me a private message.

Studying cards like you are using a magnifying glass is a great exercise to deepen your perception of the cards, particularly the ones you do not feel comfortable with.

Once a month, select at random, a card and do this exercise. Sure, it can take time and effort to investigate a card, to go beyond keywords, but the reward will be a deep understanding of the Tarot 🙂

Have fun and let’s celebrate the beautiful tool that the Tarot is for self-development and spirituality.

Oephebia and the kitty monsters

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Mother’s Day

Here in the UK Mother’s day is celebrated in March whilst in other countries it is celebrated in May.

Regardless of the date, it is a day to celebrate and remember the woman who carried us for 9 months in her womb and gave birth to us.

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But to me Mother’s day is also to celebrate the biggest mother of all…Gaia or mother Earth, our beautiful planet.

Without Gaia, there would be no life on earth, we must remember that our planet is in need of love, not only on Mother’s day but every day.

We need to nurture, protect and be compassionate to all of Gaia’s children from the plants/flowers’ kingdom, the animals’ kingdom and the environment.

If Gaia thrives, we all thrive.

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It is also to celebrate all mothers….humans and animals.

Animals usually have very strong maternal instincts (most species) and humans so often interfere with the love of an animal mother and her baby.

Some of us are mothers to human children, whilst others are mothers to animals and people who are not genetically linked to them.

They all share a theme in common, the love given to another being 🙂

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Inner Mother Spread

To celebrate Mother’s day, the Inner Mother spread I have created is quite fun to look at …well you guess it…your inner mother, regardless if you have children or not J

Position 1
My idea of motherhood
Position 2
Shadow side of motherhood. What do I need to avoid?
Position 3
How can I release the energy of my inner mother?
Position 4
How can I tap into my creative powers?
Position 5
How can I nurture others around me?
Position 6
Which area of my life is more suited with my compassion?

As usual, have fun 🙂

Happy Mother’s day to all.

Oephebia and the kitty monsters
 

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Affair of the heart

Valentines-kittyRecently I have worked with a wild animal who was seriously ill, and I simply did what I always do when healing. I have sent this animal unconditional love, no strings attached, no ifs and no buts, just love in its purest form.

Animals are very receptive to the energy of love because they have this ability to love unconditionally.

It does not matter what you look like, what you do, how rich or poor you are, your religion or background, your physical state, they will love you as you are.
Anyone with a pet will tell you that 🙂

valentines-day-with-cherubHowever, unconditional love is something humans cannot display most of the time and we need to be reminded of romance once a year 😉
Traditionally, 14th February is the day for romance and love and this day is commonly known as Valentine’s day

What was intended as a beautiful day to celebrate love has been turned into a commercial circus and millions are feeling the pressure to buy some roses and chocolates together with a present and a card whilst millions of women are expecting to be wined, dined and romanced on this day.

The expectation creates tension and anxiety and competition on social media; who will share the biggest bouquet of roses or the most extravagant Valentine’s proposal, when in reality love should be celebrated everyday with little gestures of tenderness and respect to our partners, but also to people, animals and the planet.

For those who are single, seeing Valentine gifts, cards, flowers and ads is a reminder that they are not in a relationship. As Tarot readers we certainly see our fair share of people coming for a reading regarding relationships and love. The quest for love and happiness is as old as humanity.

For the newly single, Valentine ’s Day is a painful reminder of what was there before and what has now gone.

Personally I do not celebrate Valentine ’s Day, the love I have for my beloved is shown and expressed every day and has been for the last 25 years 🙂
Arrow-of-loveStill, regardless if you are going to celebrate Valentine’s in style or will give it a miss, it can be fun to check the pulse of your relationship by doing a reading for you and the love of your life.

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Position 1 & 4 : The past – how you met your partner, your situation at the time.
Position 2 & 5:  The now – what is happening between the two of you. The strength or weakness of your relationship
Position 3 & 6 : The future – what you want to achieve with your partner
Position 7 & 8 : Your common ground when you met, what you brought to the relationship at the beginning (positive and/or negative)
Position 9 : Your relationship right now, the strenght or weakness of your relationship, what is happening at the moment around you guys.
Position 10 : Your common goals for the future, what you are hoping to achieve as a couple, what steps you want to take to consolidate (or not)  your relationship.
Position 11 : What is likely to happen with your relationship – the outcome 🙂

 

Key-to-my-heartAnd if you are single, well a little peek into the future to find out more about a potential partner could be fun to do on Valentine’s Day 🙂

Key to my heart spread

Position 1  : This card reveals if a new relationship will enter your life soon. Also this card shows your frame of mind regarding the possibility of a new romance.
Position 2 :  This may reveal the character of your future partner, showing their qualities or faults, their background and even their possible astrological sign!
Position 3 : Compatibility between you and a new partner. Are you going to complement each other or not?
Position 4 : Love or lust. In other words, will it be a long lasting relationship or more of a physical passion.
Position 5 : How this new relationship will evolve
Position 6 : The outcome of the relationship. Will your true desires be fulfilled (or not).

 

Spread the love 🙂

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Oephebia and the kitty monsters

 

 

Tarot musing

Learning the Tarot. Self-taught versus courses.

Recently when providing Tarot readings at a private party, the host asked me how I came to learn the Tarot as he was interested in finding out more about the skills involved.

This innocent question triggered a kind of timeline review on how I came to travel on a path of such rich and complex archetypes that is spirituality and widely known as the Tarot.

Back in the late 70’s in my native France, the only Tarot available was either the Tarot de Marseille or l’Oracle de Belline. I was fascinated by the images in the Marseille deck, so I bought a book and a Tarot deck and studied for years on my own!
Looking back, it is clear to me that my first steps into the Tarot was a tenuous journey as I had no support whatsoever to guide me, to teach me, to push my dormant abilities, it was a kind of wilderness; a lonely and difficult journey.

Today there are hundreds of Tarot decks (and for us Tarot addicts, it is heaven) and anyone can pick a deck and start doing readings and establish themselves as a reader. A few hours spent memorising keywords attributed to the cards, learning one spread or two and voila, Gypsy Rose Lee is here to tell you what your future will bring.

Self-taugh-versus-coursesSo, is it really important to spend hours, weeks and months even years learning the Tarot?
Is it fundamental to know the mythologies entwined with the cards, to understand astrology and numerology, to learn about the rich symbolism of the arcana? Is it really essential to practice and practice in order to help oneself and others in the process?

In other words, should one learn the Tarot? And if yes, is self-taught better than learning from a course?
If doing a course, how? Tarot workshops? E-learning? Tutor/mentor?
This is pretty much down to each individual.

Regardless, any Tarot course should be seen as learning a new language, learning the subtleties of this new language in order to be fluent and to do so, one needs time, willingness to learn, passion and practice.

A good Tarot course should also serve as a self-development course, you will acquire 78 friends who will never let you down and will guide you on your life path.
With knowledge comes power and responsibilities, both to oneself and to others 😉

Also, the financial aspect of learning the Tarot is something to take into consideration as prices range from the affordable (£39 for an online Tarot course, or £15 per lesson private tuition) to the very expensive (£250 a day for a one to one Tarot tuition or £995 for a 10 weeks (2hours a week) foundation course + £1,995 for a 10 weeks (2hours a week) advanced course by the same tutor, total for this course a whopping £2990).

But let us keep money out of the equation and rather examine the various pros and cons of learning the Tarot, self-taught versus courses.

Please note that the list of pros and cons is not exhaustive 😉

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Self-Taught

PROS

CONS

*Learning at your own pace, no rush, no timetable, no pressure to go physically to a class. You can choose to learn with books, online videos, blogs etc.  You can learn at a time suitable to you, day and night.

*Knowledge at a press of a button.

*If you are not focused on the task ahead, you will learn sporadically or even give up.
*Also, as there are many blogs, videos and books on offer, one can feel overwhelmed and can suffer from information overload.
*You can choose to learn about some aspects of the Tarot more in-depth, such as mythology, or numerology, astrology as a standalone and then integrate them with the Tarot. *You will need to spend time researching about the mythology and other subjects.
You may want to invest in specialised books on the subject as well, which can cost in the long haul.
*If you want to become a professional Tarot reader, you can establish yourself at any time and you can begin doing readings. *Although you may be a professional reader after studying the cards, you may find out the trials and tribulations of being a professional reader the hard way.
*You can join the many groups online and learn as you go on your journey, at your own pace.
*Some groups also concentrate on certain aspects of the cards or, have challenges to help you think outside the box J
*There are often Tarot meet-ups when you can meet like-minded people and exchange readings etc… and make new friends in the process.
*Online groups can be a rich source of knowledge.
*However, be aware of the Queen of Swords in some groups, the holier than thou Tarot gurus who will make you feel that your knowledge or interpretation of the cards is not to their standard!

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Tarot Workshops

PROS

CONS

*Learning with a professional reader.

*This is a great way to dip your toes into the Tarot pool to see if you can make sense of the cards and learn a few things in a suitable environment.

*The standard of workshops varies from reader to reader. Be aware of workshops promising that you will learn how to read the 78 cards in a couple of hours. *Workshops are appetizers, not the main course!
*Workshops are usually fun and are a great way to meet like-minded people.
The personality of the teacher will make the experience a great one as well as a fun one!
*Sometimes in a group, you will have people with different levels of knowledge and you can feel that you are not as “good” as some others, which can create a sense of inadequacy.

*The best is to choose a workshop for your level with the Tarot (beginner, Intermediate or Advanced).

*After a workshop, you can decide if you want to push your knowledge further by embarking on a course to delve deeper into the magic of the Tarot.
If you had good vibes with your teacher, chances are they may have a course you can enrol to.
*You may have enjoyed the workshop because of the Tarot itself, but not so much the teacher. If so, look for a teacher you will feel comfortable with. Energies are a funny mix, one must be totally at ease with their teacher or mentor.
*You may decide to do a few workshops with different teachers in order to see which teacher could be the best for you.
Workshops vary in prices and locations, it is always good to try two to make up your mind.
*Workshops are easy to enrol, but you may want to draw a line on how many you want to do. There is no quick ways of learning the Tarot, practice and dedication is what is required if you want to achieve a good level with the Tarot.

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Online Tarot courses

PROS

CONS

*Like with self-learning, usually you can learn at your own pace with the added bonus of having a teacher supporting you.
*A good course will have a set of exercises for you to do and you will get feedback on how much progress you are making.
*Although you will have a teacher, the learning will be done on your own, following the course lessons and the structure of the course.
*You will need to be organised and regular with your lessons if you want to see some progress.
*Time will be the essence concerning your exercises.
*Usually you can choose your level with the Tarot and enrol on a course which will push you to the next level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, master). *You can enrol to the right level for you, but some teachers will insist that you start from beginner to whatever levels they provide, in order to monitor your progress.
*The written lessons provided by the teacher are yours to keep forever for future reference.
*So when the course is finished, you can revisit some of the lessons at your own pace.
*A good rapport with your teacher will help you to fill more at ease and will help with your progress.Make sure you have detailed information about what you learn, how many lessons and how many exercises.
*Some written lessons are very basic and can be found for free online.
*If a course has no exercises to do which can be monitored by a teacher, it is not worth your financial commitment (better the self-taught route).
*If the modules of a course are not detailed prior to your enrolment, be aware, the chances are that the course will not be up to standard!
*Choose a reputable Tarot school or Tarot organisation or a professional Tarot teacher with experience.
*Do not hesitate to ask questions before departing with your money.
*Try to see if there are testimonials about the course and what other people think about it.
*Make sure that the course will cover what you want to learn from it (the cards, spreads, techniques for reading the cards etc.)
*Remember that promises of learning the Tarot quickly is something to avoid.

*Sometimes, learning with a school is a bit rigid as they have their own sets of rules for learning.
*Choose a bona fide Tarot organisation for learning, although saying that, sometimes it is not a guarantee of excellence!
*The Tarot is very complex and you will see that we are all eternal students of the Tarot.

 

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Tarot tuitions

PROS CONS
*Learning in a structured and relaxed atmosphere with a reputable Tarot reader and teacher can help you to develop your skills.

*Private tuition is excellent for your skills and awareness to blossom under the watchful eye of your tutor.
*On average one lesson a week is good as it gives you plenty of time to integrate the principles of the cards, time to practise, to do your exercises etc.
*Lessons can be done face to face or via a webcam in the comfort of your own home

*In order to benefit from one to one private tuition or mentoring, you will need to be at ease with your tutor.
*They will need to be approachable and knowledgeable about the Tarot; and patient.
*If a mentor is not willing to go the extra mile for you to progress is not worth your while.
*You will need to put aside time regularly for your lessons, so you will need to be organised.
*The dance of the diaries might be a bit complicated if you and your teacher are very busy.
*You will be able to develop your own style of readings with the encouragement of your tutor.
*You will be able to ask questions and to discuss reading techniques from simple spreads to more advanced layouts with your mentor.
*Passion for the Tarot is something that can be fuelled by the right Tarot tutor.
*Prior to enrolling on a course, try to have a conversation with your tutor to discuss your needs. Try to feel your tutor, are they passionate about their subject? Do they instil in you the desire to learn?
*In order to achieve a good level with the Tarot, your mentor will need to teach you the cards by encouraging your thinking process, by instilling a desire to push further your abilities, by challenging you with the cards, so you will need to be prepared for some constructive criticism.
*A tutor without passion and going through the motions will be the most disheartening experience you could have with the Tarot IMHO.
*The course litterature provided by your teacher should be concise and precise with lots of information and of course, concrete examples of readings with techniques.
*A set of exercises should be the norm and a good mentor will encourage you to develop your ways of thinking about the cards.
*Fun is usually part of the process and we all learn better when having fun.
*If you are looking for a quick way to learn the Tarot, mentoring won’t be the right platform for you.
*Usually, mentoring with the Tarot involves a deep knowledge of the cards and this knowledge is passed on from the mentor to the student. It is an organic process that takes time. J
*Be aware of mentors insisting on you learning keywords by heart and not allowing you to be yourself with the Tarot. We all learn differently.
*Choose a reputable Tarot mentor/tutor as this can make your experience of learning the Tarot a good one or a more difficult one.
*A good mentor/tutor usually is someone with many years of experience reading the Tarot in different environments.
*Read testimonials online about your mentor/tutor and what they have to say.
*A good mentor/tutor will let you to be you during the course, and shouldn’t be rigid about your way of learning or reading.
*Be aware if your mentor/tutor wants you to follow a certain set of rules and procedures about the cards and readings.
The first rule of Tarot: there is no rule!
*You can start from point of a total beginner and achieve an advanced level with a Tarot mentor/tutor.
*If you know the Tarot already, you may want to learn further techniques to read the cards or, you may want to practice your skills under supervision.
*A good Tarot tutor/mentor will be able to tailor lessons specific to your needs.
*Some Tarot tutors ask potential students to do their beginner tutoring and go through their modules to achieve a higher level.
*Although, there maybe a financial incentive attached to this for the tutor, it is not really suitable if you have already achieved a certain level with the Tarot.
*If you want to become a professional Tarot reader, your Tarot tutor/mentor will be a great source of knowledge and experience in guiding you through the ups and downs of the profession.
*That is why you should choose someone with experience and reputation.
*Some Tarot mentors/tutors see students who want to become professional as potential competitors and are reluctant to impart their experience and knowledge. If your tutor is not open to the idea of sharing their knowledge, look for someone who is more open and suitable to you.

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Hopefully, after reading this blog, you will have a better understanding about the various avenues and cul de sacs towards learning the Tarot.

Something we must bear in mind, variety is the spice of life and what is suitable for one may not be for someone else.

Use your intuition, reflect on why you want to learn, what you may want to achieve (self-development, learning more about yourself via archetypes, or career change; training to the best of your abilities) and above all, have fun whilst learning, it keeps the mind young.

Oephebia and the kitty monsters

 

 

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New Year’s Tarot spread

This is the time of the year when we can truly look at the previous year and take account of what has happened, the trials and tribulations we endured, the blessings and joyful moments we had, the goals we reached, big and small. In other words, to integrate life’s up and downs and to look with hope in the year ahead 🙂

At the beginning of each year, traditionally,  we make a list of New Year’s resolutions which most of the time will be gone by the end of January if not before.

Personally, I like to look at the year ahead and to have projects and goals I would like to achieve or more generally, a direction I would like to focus on.

With that in mind, I created this fun spread which can be used as a general spread, or for more specific areas of life such as family, love, career, spirituality, creativity etc..

New-Year-spreadCard 1 : Main lesson of last year
That which was more challenging to integrate, what you needed to focus on most of the time.

Card 2 : What I need to get rid of
What you need to let go of on the shore of 2017 and not to carry  any more.

Card 3 : How to let go of what no longer serves me?
What has become a burden and practical steps to let it all go.
This card is significant as it is a little something from the universe to help you unburden yourself.

Card 4 : New Year’s gift to me
The gift/blessings/energies that the Universe (or deity you believe in) wants you to be equipped with for the new year.

Card 5 : Main focus of the year
What will be your main direction/intent for the upcoming year. Which area of life is in need of  TLC.

Card 6 : What I must do this year
Here there is a sense of duty and urgency with this card. What would be the pillar for your goals/expectations to be achieved.

Card 7 : Goals to achieve this year
What would be a great focus of intention laying the foundation for the future that could spread further than 2018.

Card 8 : Advice from the universe for this year
This card is significant as it is linked with card 4, so pay attention to both to see if they complement each other or seem in opposition. If in opposition, it will mean that challenges will be keenly felt, which sometimes is needed in order to achieve.

Card 9 : Main energy of the year.
With this card you will be able to feel intuitively what the year will bring 🙂

Have fun using this spread, I did with very interesting trends in which time will tell!

Bonne Annee – Happy New Year 🙂
Oephebia and the kitty monsters

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Day of the Dead Tarot spread

This is my favourite month of the year, Autumn is truly around, leaves on trees are changing colours, the air is full of magic and nature is preparing for the big sleep.

October is by far an exciting month as it is of course the month of Samhain or Halloween.
Halloween is very special to my heart as it was on an Halloween night that I kissed my beloved for the first time (and he did not turn into a toad) 24 years ago 😀

Another festival which is close to my heart is the Mexican Day of the Dead which is a festival honouring our dear departed and ancestors. It is a joyful celebration of the dead, to remember those who went before us.

It is said that the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest around Samhain.  With that in mind, I have designed a little spread to reach our ancestors.

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1 – Advice from my ancestors (here take it as what you need to know or to do to improve your life)
2 – What I need to banish, to let go, to remove from my life, what is no longer serving me.
3 – What I need to embrace, to welcome in my life, to attract to me.
4 – Ancestral traits I need to tap into.
What qualities from my ancestors (immediate ancestors or from many generations ago, in other words, your tribe),  I may want to use.
5 – What is holding me back? What is not working, not good for me etc….
6 – Blessings from my ancestors. What is the message from beyond the veil from your ancestors to you. What is essential to acknowledge and to be aware of.

I did a reading using this spread with very surprising results, which I am still meditating on.

Have a blessed Samhain and enjoy the Day of the Dead.
I know I will 🙂

Oephebia and the kitty monsters

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Tarot deck interview

You know the feeling when a new tarot deck is on its way to you, a deck you have been drooling over for a while.

The anticipation and the excitement of getting your paws on the new deck, to caress it, to feed your senses, feeling the cards underneath your fingers, sensing the energies and looking at the artwork. What a treat eh?

But sometimes, although we love the artwork, the theme of the deck, the artist etc… the energies during your first reading with your new deck are not as strong or totally off.

Rings a bell, right?

Before working with a deck, it is a good idea to ask a few questions to your new deck and to get a feel of the energies of the deck, how it combines with your own energies.

Here is a spread to do just that (I know many tarot deck interview spreads are on offer), but I created mine because I know what I am looking for with a deck for myself personally or professionally 🙂

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1 – Main energies of the deck
2 – Best way to approach the deck
3 – Areas of life best suited with the deck
4 – Lesson or challenge from the deck
5 – Best advice from the deck
6 – Friend or foe?

I have used this spread with my trusted Rider Waite (energies in synastry), my Everyday Witch Tarot ( very good vibes) and the Star Tarot (jury is out on this one with position 6 : Kings of Cups/Moon).

Happy interview 🙂