Three Card Tarot Reading – 11/29/17

Do you even tarot without music?

 

I wrote a rundown of this kind of reading in this post, if you have any questions that would be a good place to start.

Who I Was

The Ace of Wands represents the expansion of your ideas. Wands are related to the fire element, which is all about action, action, action. But, much like Jupiter ruled Sagittarius, it’s easy to have lots of ideas without a lot of follow through. Just remember to strike a balance between thoughtfulness and exuberance.

Who I Am

The Four of Swords is our own mental fortitude. Its the strength we use to hold ourselves together when it feels like everything else around us is falling apart. With this card, more than ever, one needs to find peaceful rituals to keep that calm and strength going. In addition to tarot readings, I also do yoga. I know, I’m such a cliché.

Who I Will Be

The Father of Swords is the ability to remove oneself from a situation and be unbiased. Swords are represented by the element of Air, which is inherently detached. It’s the just and analytical sides of ourselves, which, along with compassion and understanding, it seems we need now more than ever. Progress can’t be made with offensiveness and defensiveness.

Anyway, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

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Three Card Tarot Reading – 11/22/17

No tarot reading is complete without:

 

I wrote a rundown of this kind of reading in this post, if you have any questions that would be a good place to start.

Who I Was

The Six of Cups represents memories, childhood, and joy. Cups are ruled by the element of water and, as in astrology, represent deep emotions. We should all try to keep a little part of the simple joy of childhood with us when adulthood seems like too much to bear.

Who I Am

The Four of Pentacles, while it does suggest financial stability, it can also bring with it a rigidity and obsession with material possessions. Think Ebenezer Scrooge, which seemed appropriate for this time of year. It’s easy to get caught up in what you’re getting (I’m pretty I’ve said my kingdom for my cast iron at least weekly for the past three months. And, yes, I say borderline douchey things like that constantly. When I’m not correcting people’s grammar.) The point is, we should all try to remember to be thankful for the people in our lives, not just what they give us.

Who I Will Be

The Ten of Cups is your goals being realized and the joy that comes from it. We all see the new year as a fresh start, but you shouldn’t wait for your New Year’s resolution as an incentive. It sounds like a motivational poster, but it’s true: you shouldn’t wait for something you want to do. If you’re waiting for the perfect time, don’t. It will never come. If you’re waiting to be better, you won’t unless you keep trying and learning. I feel as though I write about this frequently, but I’m pretty sure this is a common experience. If it’s not you getting in the way of yourself, it’s probably because you let other people do it first. Either way, you’ve lost time. Don’t lose anymore.

Anyway, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

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Three Card Tarot Reading – 11/15/17

Hello again! Music first:

 

I wrote a rundown of this kind of reading in this post, if you have any questions that would be a good place to start.

Who I Was

The Four of Wands represents completion and celebration. I’ve talked about this at length, and it’s the most cliché of all clichés for any creative person, but getting past yourself and finishing whatever it is you’re making is an incredible feeling. Take pride in your accomplishment.

Who I Am

The Star represents hope and peace of mind. All writers hope that we can make a living off of our writing. It’s just the nature of the beast, why would we want anything else? I know its easy to get stuck on the hows and whys of making it happen but resist that. Hope and hard work can be enough.

Who I Will Be

The Six of Swords represents hope at last and travel. More hope. I think, as a whole, humans have a difficult relationship with hope. Disappointment is always significantly more crushing when we had hope beforehand. On the flip side, triumphs are significantly more joyous because of it. The best things are not gotten without risk and effort, one of the few universal truths. (Which encourages autonomy more than a rich man wanting a wife. Just saying.)

As always, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

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Three Card Tarot Reading – 11/08/17

Yes, again.

I wrote a rundown of this kind of reading in this post, if you have any questions that would be a good place to start.

Who I Was

The Seven of Cups represents illusion and deception. Basically, it’s Neptune at it’s worst. This is a malignant card, one I think would be easy for anyone to pull. Let’s be honest, we deceive ourselves constantly. About what we want, what makes us happy, or just the fact that we’re not. Happy, that is. Self-awareness is the best and most difficult freedom we can give ourselves. But, once we do, we can move on to what does make us contented and at peace.

Who I Am 

The Four of Pentacles represents possession and control. It’s Smaug living his best life. I touched on this last week, but I’ll reiterate it here. Wealth doesn’t only come in the form of money and things, and we are misguided to think that way.

Who I Will Be

The Five of Pentacles represents sadness, worry, and illness. Mostly worry. Once again, I don’t think this is something anyone is immune to. With the state of the world, how can anyone not worry? We worry both about significant and insignificant things, meaning we deny ourselves peace and mental clarity. Worry, for me, is a compulsion as much as it is busy work. I can’t stop myself from doing it, and I don’t get anything done because of it. It’s a cycle that swings back around to a need for self-awareness. If you can control your reactions and actions, you can move forward.

I hope people see that, much like astrology, tarot weaves together to help you along the path your life will take. It’s meditative and a guide, for me. Much like church or praying for other people.

On a different note, I have been loving Billie Eilish’s ep and The Good Place, which fills the macabre hole Pushing Daisies left behind. Any music or shows you’ve been loving lately?

As always, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

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Three Card Tarot Reading – 11/01/17

I can’t do a reading without this:

 

I wrote a rundown of this kind of reading in my last post, if you have any questions that would be a good place to start.

Who I Was

The Father of Cups represents diplomacy and open-mindedness and is also a patron of the arts with deeply rooted insecurities. I talk about insecurities every week, don’t I? It’s not an active choice on my part, it’s just the headspace i live in most often. I like to think I’m not the only one.

Who I Am

Funnily enough, I pulled The Magician last week. For pulling a card that represents self-empowerment and action, I haven’t been feeling that this week. I know I’m not the only one who has weeks like that. I suppose that’s why I did. At our lowest, it’s difficult to remember that we are strong and capable.

Who I Will Be

The Six of Pentacles represents growth, prosperity, and generosity. I know it’s easy to look at the cards dealing with prosperity and assume its monetary. Don’t fall into that trap. Prosperity comes in many shapes, sizes, and forms. Prosperity is having a family you love who loves you. Prosperity is having friends that treat you with kindness and respect. Any way you look at it, its a good card. One I’m very thankful for.

As always, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

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Three Card Tarot Reading – 10/25/17

First things first:

 

There, now that the mood has been set, let’s talk Tarot. I’ve done a three card reading, which is less in depth than a Celtic Cross, but I find a three card reading better suited for a daily reading and a Celtic Cross better suited for when I have a specific question. (I’ve actually written about the Celtic Cross spread before.) A three card reading can be used to answer questions that are open for interpretation. Who I was, who I am, who I will be.

Who I Was

I pulled The Magician, which is a Major Arcana and represents self-empowerment and action. Considering this is my past, this is pretty easy for me to figure out. I’ve written before about not feeling capable, never mind having any sort of talent, as a writer. Its something I struggled with throughout the entirety of writing Ascendent, and its something I still struggle with. But, I still managed to finish it.

Who I Am

For this, I pulled the Ten of Cups which represents positive energy from completing your goals. There’s not much I can say about this beyond the obvious. Except that I hope if you’re skeptical about Tarot and you happen to come across this, you might become slightly less so. I believe in it, so it is true to me. It’s not any different from religion.

Who I Will Be

For my future, I pulled The Tower, another Major Arcana. Before I get into what this means for me, I want to say that I truly don’t believe any card is malignant. Sometimes life is difficult, and sometimes we need hard truths. The Tower represents upheaval of some kind. Whether it be of your own making or outside of your control, you will come out stronger on the other side and experience a personal breakthrough. I hope this means I will be able to get past what an asshole my mind can be. Even just a little.

I hope I’ve conveyed Tarot well, and maybe inspired someone to try it. If you do, don’t get caught up in a right or wrong way to do it. There’s no wrong way to do Tarot, just follow your intuition. Personally, I use it as meditation, because traditional meditation doesn’t work for me. I can’t keep my mind still long enough for it to be relaxing.

As always, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

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Tarot Basics

Tarot reading plays an important part in the plot of Ascendent. If you are unfamiliar with tarot, here is an extremely basic primer.

The Deck

First, you need a tarot deck. Mine is from The Wild Unknown, and this is the deck I referenced when writing.

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Next, think of the question you want to ask. Make sure it’s an open-ended one, as opposed to a yes or no one.

I find tarot to be meditative, so I tend to do a reading in the middle of the night while listening to The Violet Hour by The Civil Wars on repeat.  But, do whatever works for you.

Now that you’re all set up with your question, hold the deck in your left hand and shuffle with your right while thinking about you question. There’s no rhyme or reason to how long you need to shuffle, I just do it until it feels like it’s time to stop.

Celtic Cross Spread

A Celtic Cross Spread is my preference because it provides a more in-depth answer, and is the spread I used in Ascendent.celtic-cross

This is the time to think about each card you pulled, why you pulled it, and how it pertains to your question. Personally, this is why I prefer tarot over organized religion (raised Catholic and spent a million years in Catholic school). It encourages reflection and self-awareness. To understand the cards, you have to be honest with yourself.

Thank you for reading and tell me what you think in the comments. Bye!

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