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Learning Lenormand

July, 2019

Dreaming Lenormand

I
remember when I started learning reading Tarot cards over thirty
years ago. I had a deck of Rider-Waite cards and I would lay out one
of several spreads on a daily basis – usually a Celtic Cross –
but sometimes a Horoscope Spread or a Tree of Life Spread or some
other spread I had just read about in a book I had just gotten out
from the library. My diary is filled with these readings – some
are ridiculously lame – since I obviously had no idea what the
cards truly “meant” and I was simply quoting what the “little
book” said, trying to fit the “meaning” of the card into the
position it landed in the spread and what I wanted to know. This
often required some agile mental gymnastics on my part and often,
when I am reading these works of psychological analysis today, I
don’t know whether to laugh or to cry! But even though I was more
confused than not, some of the readings are quite astute. Right from
the beginning, I can see that I had a knack for reading the cards. I
gave the cards nicknames and saw personalities in the cards – a
lover of mine was the King of Cups and my best girlfriend was the
Queen of Wands, for instance – the cards became profoundly close to
my life quite quickly.

I started dreaming “in terms of the tarot” after I had been reading the Tarot for about six months or so. It’s hard to say how I knew I was dreaming about the tarot but I always knew that I was dreaming about this card or that – my diary is filled with descriptions of these dreams. Many of these dreams became poems. I can confidently say that this is where my current Tarot poetry project was generated. Anyone who follows my silverapplequeen or no commas blogs on Wordpress knows these poems.

I
got my first Lenormand deck around a year ago and now own four
Lenormand decks. Although the language of the Lenormand doesn’t
come as easily to me as the language of the Tarot, I am beginning to
speak it with more fluency. I’ll be honest – I don’t practice
with the cards as often as I should – certainly not as often as I
did when I first started learning the Tarot. There are reasons for
this – my life isn’t as dramatic as it was thirty years ago – I
am not trying to figure out the motives and movements of husbands and
lovers – I am not constantly changing jobs or homes or trying to
become pregnant. I am now retired and my son is a grown man. I
don’t have any lovers anymore nor do I desire any. Life is boring!
And I like it that way!

But
I love the cards and I love collecting them. Lenormand, Tarot,
playing cards – I am a card person. I love the feel of them in my
hands. I have certain sets I actively look for. I think the Chelsea
Lenormand is beautiful and if I ever see it, I am jumping on it like
a duck on a June bug. I would also love to own the Blue Bird
Lenormand. Right now, I am working with the Fairy Tale Lenormand and
the Gaelic Lenormand. I also like the Lenormand Fortune Telling
Cards, with the little verse instead of the playing card insert. But
I love all of them. My main question with the Lenormand is
this: why is there no cat? There’s a dog and a fox – that’s
two canines. But no feline energy. That’s a big omission IMHO.

I
had my first Lenormand dream a few weeks ago. I didn’t know it was
a Lenormand dream until I was awake and thinking about the dream. I
was dreaming that I was in a giant mansion by the sea – if you have
ever seen the HBO drama “Boardwalk Empire”, it was just like the
Commodore’s mansion – only darker and more gothic. There was a
coffin in the entrance – a green coffin – I remember the color
vividly. I walked around the coffin and then out to the beach.
There was a maple tree on the beach.

When I woke up, I thought I had just been dreaming about “Boardwalk Empire” – my son and I had been watching it for several days – I had even been dressed in 1920’s formal wear in the dream. But after thinking about the dream more closely, I realized that it was a Lenormand dream. There were definite Lenormand images in the dream – the coffin, the house, the tree, and the woman. Although it can be argued that I didn’t see the house – I was inside the house – it was still present in the dream.

At
the time I had this dream, I was suffering from a terrible eye
infection. I looked like a deformed monster. I was in horrible
pain and I was horrendously depressed.

(The
Fairy Tale Lenormand)

The
images of the dream – read in Lenormand cards – Lady, House,
Coffin – say no more than “The Lady of the house is ill” –
which made me laugh. No shit, sherlock! The tree told me that
healing would be coming – after all, in the dream, I am walking to
the tree – three weeks after this dream, my eye is healing,
although very slowly.

(The
Gaelic Lenormand)

A
few nights ago, I had a very restless night with dreams that were
unclear but very emotional. I know I dreamed of a man I loved
passionately but who is now dead and gone. I also dreamed of a close
friend who betrayed me. Maybe they were the same person. It was the
night of the last full moon but it was a stormy night and with the
cloud cover, the moon was hidden. Even so, her power was felt.

I
woke up and thought about the dreams I had that night – even though
I could barely see them – I could feel them. The
Gaelic Lenormand seemed to be the best deck for the dreams I had that
night. I used a “Line of Five” spread with the 29 Woman card to
signify myself in the middle. The 10 Scythe card paired with the 28
Man card was the lover who was dead and gone. The 18 Dog card paired
with the 6 Clouds card was the faithless friend.

(Lenormand
Fortune Telling Cards)

Last
night, I went to bed thinking about my novel. I have not written a
word on this novel in two years but in the last few weeks, I have
been thinking about starting work on it again. I woke up this
morning knowing that I had been dreaming about writing the novel –
that I had found the perfect form for the story – that I was
writing easily and happily – that I had found the key. I
woke up thinking those words exactly – the key. But I also
felt really happy.

So
writing is 26 Book and finding the key is 33 Key and feeling
happy is 24 The Heart and I’m not even sure why I picked out 4
House except that to me – writing a book means a certain amount of
success and that means obtaining the home of my dreams. It all ties
together – with me, 29 Woman, in the middle of it all.

Anyway – these dreams have pushed my Lenormand practice into another level – which is really a good thing, because I needed something – my own life was too boring! Now, every morning, I wake up and think – where was I last night? Where did my dreams take me? What did I do in them? Who did I meet? And how does that correspond to the Lenormand? Then I get the cards out and try to make a story out of the dream using the cards. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. But it’s sure fun trying!

Until
next month, Brightest Blessings!

Decks Featured

Fairy Tale Lenormand on Amazon by Lisa Hunt. US Games Systems, Inc. 2016.

The Gaelic Lenormand on Amazon by Diana Clark. http://amzn.to/212x2ij

The Lenormand Fortune-telling Cards on Amazon Sterling Ethos. 2006.

All photographs by Polly MacDavid.

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About
the Author:

Polly
MacDavid
 lives
in Buffalo, New York at the moment but that could easily change,
since she is a gypsy at heart. Like a gypsy, she is attracted to the
divinatory arts, as well as camp fires and dancing barefoot. She has
three cats who all help her with her magic.

Her
philosophy about religion and magic is that it must be thoroughly
based in science and logic. She is Dianic Wiccan and she is solitary.

She
blogs at silverapplequeen.wordpress.com.
She writes about general life, politics and poetry. She is writing a
novel about sex, drugs and recovery.

Tarot Talk

July, 2019

The Nine of Pentacles

(The Nine of Pentacles card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**

This
month we will go back to the 9’s of the Minor Arcana and talk about
the Nine of Pentacles. This is a Minor Arcana card so we know right
away that the message offered by this card will most likely be more
immediate in nature, or will most likely be connected to more
day-to-day issues. The easiest way to get a decent understanding of a
Minor Arcana card is to examine its number, or in the case of Court
Cards, its rank, and to examine its suit. We can also find useful
information within the image on the card.

The
traditional image of the Nine of Pentacles shows a well-dressed woman
wearing a beautiful yellow robe decorated with sunflowers, a ring on
her finger and earrings in her ears. She is standing in a garden
that is overflowing with vines heavily laden with grapes, and is
surrounded by nine golden Pentacles. Her left hand is gloved, and on
her hand sits a bird of prey wearing a hood, a wild thing that is
calm and completely tamed. In the background are green trees, hills,
and a glimpse of a large mansion or castle. They sky is clear and
golden, as if it is a mid-summer day. The woman’s head is tilted
to the side, as if she is looking at her bird. Most versions of the
Nine of Pentacles are similar: a well-dressed woman surrounded by the
bounty of nature and a rich harvest holding either a bird of prey or
a brightly-colored bird.

Let’s
look at the number 9. I see the number 9 as representing the fullness
or completeness of effect or manifestation. We are talking about
completeNESS here, not compleTION or the winding up of a cycle. The
number 9 represents our perceptions as we reach the limit of our
understanding of or experience of a situation, just before we wind up
the process and take another step up the ladder in order to begin the
whole process again. In our spoken language, we say that we are going
to “go the whole nine yards” when we intend to experience
something to the fullest, and that is what the number 9 can tell us
in the Tarot.

So
just by looking at the number of our card, we already know that the
Nine of Pentacles is going to present an intense experience. This
will not necessarily indicate that we are done with the experience,
but rather that we are at the “peak of the wave” just before the
wave tips over and disseminates its energy onto the shore. Now, we
narrow down our interpretation by looking at the suit of the card:
the suit of Pentacles.

The
suit of Pentacles (or Coins, Stones or Disks) corresponds with the
element of Earth, and of the physical body, physical manifestation,
career, health and wealth. Many Tarot decks use images of pentagrams
or coins or disks on their Minor Arcana Pentacles cards as well as
trees, flowers and green, verdant growth, all of which will make it
easy to connect with the symbolism of this suit. A nice place to
begin is with the element of Earth itself.

In
its natural state, Earth is cool and dry, and it binds or shapes the
other elements. Earth is of the physical or physically formed or
manifested world, and of nurturing, care of the body, finances and
security, and the wisdom associated with living simply and being
well-grounded. Earth is the element of form and substance; it is
connected to material world security, and to our physical bodies and
physical senses, and the pleasures and pains they bring. Earth
represents the fertile, nurturing and serene side of Nature, and it
represents the tangible end result of our labors. Earth is about
stillness and about knowing what to expect; it is about strength,
discipline, and physical manifestation of all kinds, and about
enjoying what we’ve achieved. Earthy energies are fertile,
practical, and slow to change.

You
can see how easy it is to connect the element of Earth to our daily
lives, our physical bodies, our careers and our finances, our
families, and the natural world around us. These things are all the
main correspondences of the element of Earth, the suit of Pentacles,
and of course, are connected to the realm of our Nine of Pentacles,
as shown within its image.

The
astrological correspondence for the Nine of Pentacles is Venus in the
astrological sign of Sagittarius.

Venus
is the second-closest planet to the Sun, and is the brightest natural
object in the night sky besides the Moon. Venus reaches its maximum
brightness shortly before sunrise or shortly after sunset, for which
reason it is often called the Morning Star or the Evening Star. Venus
is similar in size, gravity, and bulk composition to our Earth,
however, the surface of the planet is very different from our planet.
Venus, or the Greek Aphrodite, is the Goddess of love, beauty, and
relationships. Venus is a feminine planet and thus is in-taking,
rather than out-going. Venus is the bringer of pleasure, happiness,
wealth, good fortune, and love. Venus is also associated with the
principles of attraction, persuasion, and getting along. Venus
represents sociability, friendliness, harmony, balance, values, art,
beauty, and romantic love (as opposed to sexual love which is Mars’
domain).

Sagittarius,
the 9th sign of the zodiac, is often seen as the wanderer, but
remember, not all those who wander are lost. Sagittarius is the
truth-seeker, the enthusiastic consumer of information who loves
knowledge achieved by traveling the world and talking to everyone.
The life quest of a Sagittarian is to understand the meaning of life,
using both spiritual and philosophical disciplines to digest what
they learn. This is a mutable Fire sign, and thus while exploration
and adventure are a necessary part of life, procrastination is also a
danger. Sagittarius corresponds with Jupiter, and is expansive in all
things, is an effective healer, and can be a bridge between humans
and animals.

Venus
in Sagittarius can bring adventure, because they combine Venus, the
lover, under the rule of Jupiter, the planet of freedom, luck, and
breathless risks. There’s a defiant edge to Venus Sagittarius, as
you move freely and seek variety in love and among friends. Freedom
is valued and limitations are uncomfortable; experiencing everything
firsthand, preferably with like-minded people, brings joy and
fulfillment.
Both Venus and Sagittarius love to make connections to others, love
to have fun, love to meet people from diverse cultures and explore
new places.

Each
of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck also has a home on the Tree of Life
of the Qabalah; all of the Nines correspond to the sephira (or
sphere) of Yesod. Yesod is the first sphere out of (and the last
sphere into) the sephira that represents the physical world, Malkuth.
Yesod is about things such as emotions and feelings, which are
directly connected to our physical existence, but not actually
physical themselves. Yesod is also the home of our life force, our
personality, and the Self. It is only above Yesod that the Tree
begins to branch out. This reminds us that emotions and feelings and
an awareness of our life force and our personality are natural
processes, and that exploring them and understanding them is an
important part of our own evolutionary process.

The
Llewellyn Welsh Tarot Nine of Pentacles shows the traditional
well-dressed woman holding a falcon and standing in a ripe field.
Behind her is a figure who appears to be tallying or taking notes
regarding the harvest The keywords for this card are prudence,
assessment, planning and diplomacy; choosing friends and confidants
carefully; successful handling of a multi-faceted venture;
compassion, patience and effort to understand others.

The
Nine of Disks of the Thoth Tarot is named “Gain,” and Crowley
sees this card as representing good luck and good management. Here we
have a big payoff on the material plane, free from concerns, worries
and anxieties. This card represents material gains, an inheritance,
riches, and treasures.

The
Shadowscapes Tarot Nine of Pentacles tells of the balance of the
material world with the spiritual world. The image on the card shows
a woman playing a piano that is entwined with trees, a part of the
moss and leaves and bark of the trees. She sits on a snail shell,
its spirals echoing the spirals of the tree branches, hinting at the
golden mean ratio. She smiles as she plays, not looking at her
fingers but rather, gazing up at the sun shining through the leaves.
This card tells of material well-being and refinement, and the
discipline needed in order to obtain them. We are told to rely on
our self and trust our abilities, and understand and appreciate the
wealth that we already possess.

The
Legacy of the Divine Tarot Nine of Coins shows a beautiful woman in a
flowing gown with a bird of paradise perched on her arm. She stands
on a balcony filled with healthy flowering potted plants, and above
her is a brilliant arch of nine golden Coins. In the distance we see
a storm, but the storm has passed and now all is calm and brilliantly
lit. The image is lush and opulent, almost surreal in its loveliness,
telling of accomplishments that look easy on the surface but are
actually attained through long and hard work. This card encourages
us to retreat from the real world into an environment that is
harmonious and comfortable so we can focus on intellectual and
spiritual pursuits.

The
Nine of Pentacles is seen by many as one of the most fortunate cards
in the entire deck. Yes, this card often tells of good luck, but it
also tells us that hard work over time can bring wealth, pleasure and
an easy life. The Nine of Pentacles tells us that we have strength
of character; we are self-sufficient and efficient. Best of all, we
can enjoy the company of others and yet still enjoy alone time. As
long as we don’t expect too much from others or allow others to
demand too much from us, we will succeed.

We
do need to remember that success can mean worldly achievement, but
the best end result is to succeed in creating ourselves, the best we
can be, out of the material given to us by the circumstances and
conditions of our life. The Nine of Pentacles represents quality and
an awareness of the value of the gifts we have been given, and is the
emblem of a truly evolved person.

**
We Feature the art of Ciro
Marchetti 
as part of Tarot Talk. You can view his work and
Decks at http://www.ciromarchetti.com/.

Legacy of the Divine Tarot on Amazon

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About
the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

The Road to Runes

June, 2019

The Road to Runes: Back to Basics

The
Elder Futhark runes are a Germanic alphabet, a writing system and a
divination tool. For the past few months, I’ve focused on a
different rune or reading every month. I thought it might be useful
to list each of the runes and their meaning as a point of reference.
This month, I’m focusing on the first ætt, or set of eight of the
24 runes. This ætt is known as Freyr’s, Frey’s or Freyja’s
ætt. Each ætt is dedicated to a deity or deities, or overseen by
them, to match that ætt to the aspects of those deities.

Frey
and Freyja are Vanir twins. They feature heavily in the mythology
surrounding the war between Aesir and Vanir. They represent various,
complex aspects of humanity and divinity, but at their simplest are
associated with fertility, re-birth, wealth and expansion or
increase. They are also often linked to emotional and physical
happiness and compassion.

Each
of the runes I’ve gone into in a bit more detail in past posts has
a link to the relevant article.

Fehu:

The
sound “F” as in “Fulsome.” The rune meaning is most often
given as “cattle.” Fehu is associated with the colours green and
brown. The ownership of cattle has frequently indicated wealth, so
the rune Fehu is often associated with material possessions and
financial success. It can also be a warning against greed or becoming
a “slave to the wage”. Just as cattle can either be passive and
calm, or a chargin, raging herd, Fehu can represent either abundance
or destruction. With this in mind, Fehu is also associated with
fertility and the creation of life, as well as the natural cycles of
death and rebirth.

Uruz:

The
sound “oo” as in “loose.” The rune means Aurochs, a wild ox.
This rune can be associated with both the colours orange and dark
green. Like Fehu, there is a link to cattle, and therefore it’s
easy to think this rune also means wealth and power. However, the
Aurochs is wild and untameable, so this is power we cannot control; a
primal force. Uruz may mean that success is just around the corner,
waiting to manifest. Uruz is also linked to physical and mental
wellbeing, and a deeper understanding of one’s self.

Thurisaz:

The sound “th” as in “Thorn,” which is this rune’s meaning, although it also means “Giant.” Thurisaz may be associated with the colour white. Thurisaz is a rune of defense and protection. It is about directing a destructive force at one’s enemies- or dealing with conflict in the most direct way possible. This may mean remaining completely passive and avoiding a conflict, or it may mean taking immediate action. Thurisaz warns of a storm on the horizon and allows time to prepare. It is the protective hedge of hawthorn, a boundary between the reader and harm. Thurisaz is also linked to regeneration and the replenishment of things. Expect new beginnings and a fresh start or renewed motivation.

Ansuz:

The sound “aah” as in “heart”. This rune means breath or mouth, and is often associated with the divine breath or sound of creation. It may be associated with the colour purple, often used to represent spirit in Wiccan practices. This is Woden’s or Odin’s rune, and represents the links between thought, word, and creativity. Ansuz can indicate that even in times of chaos, order can prevail to find a way through. It encourages the reader to find patterns within the madness and trust in the natural flow of things. Take a leap of faith.

Raidho:

The sound “R” as in “Riding.” This rune means wheel, and is associated with traveling and journeys. It can be associated with the colours blue and black. Raidho reminds the reader of the dangers of remaining stationary and lapsing into stagnation. In order to be in the right place at the right time, it’s important to keep moving. This may mean physically, metaphorically, or metaphysically. Is there a need to move house, travel, attend a reunion? Or is there another job that calls? Or perhaps a spiritual journey has reached an obstacle and needs to change path- or does the reader need to power on through? Raidho is encouragement to trust the inner compass, and to avoid becoming trapped. This may mean breaking free of the imprisonment of existing beliefs, ideals, or self-image.

Kenaz:

The
sound “k” as in “Ken”. Kenaz means torch, and is associated
with the colour yellow. Like the torch, Kenaz shines a light into the
darkest corners. This rune brings illumination to puzzling
situations, lending knowledge, understanding and learning to one’s
life. Kenaz is a fire rune and represents creation, sacrifice, and
the use of fire as a hearth or forge in order to make the will and
intellect manifest. Kenaz is often seen as the rune of the
craftsperson or artist, particularly when looking for inspiration or
the training and increasing of creative skills. Kenaz may also be
associated with love and lust, and the combining of opposites to
create something positive.

Gebo:

The
sound “g” as in “giving.” Gebo literally means gift and its
meaning is closely linked to the honour and respect shown between
people when they willingly exchange gifts. Gebo may be associated
with the colours gold, silver or red. As well as being the rune of
giving and generosity, Gebo represents the connection between humans
and the gods, and the forces and honour which are exchanged through
this connection. A human is bound to their deity through respect,
sacrifice, offerings and love. The God or Goddess is bound to the
human through the exchange of divine favour or knowledge. Because of
this, Gebo is often linked to positive partnerships, contracts, and
even love. Love between siblings is sometimes indicated, or Gebo may
refer to the partnership and attraction/connection between two (or
more!) lovers.

Wunjo:

The
sound “w” or “v” as in “well-being” or “vitality.”
This rune’s literal meaning is joy or delight, and it can either be
associated with the colours pink or blue. The importance of happiness
is recognised in Norse mythology, as an intrinsic part of courage and
hope- crucial for the potential hero or warrior. Wunjo indicates that
good things are coming. This could be the end of a long-running
argument or conflict. It could be an increase in self-confidence.
Wunjo is a reminder that if people are pleasant and good to be
around, other people will be more likely to be nice to them! A simple
message, but one that is easy to forget when times, or hearts, are
hard. Wunjo is also associated with physical healing, and the healing
of the heart and mind after emotional difficulties.

Which of these runes would you like me to focus on next? Let me know on Twitter via @Mabherick or by emailing us. Until next time!

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About
the Author:

Mabh
Savage
 is
a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors & Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

Tarot Talk

April, 2019

Two of Pentacles

(The
Two of Pentacles card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti
http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**

Let’s
return to the Pips this month and talk about the last of the Twos,
the Two of Pentacles. As I’m sure you know by now, a Tarot deck
consists of 22 Major Arcana cards with archetypal correspondences
that deal with broad and far-reaching life experience issues, and 56
Minor Arcana cards that are customarily grouped into four categories
or suits corresponding with the four elements (sometimes called
“Pips” or “Pip Cards”) that usually deal with day-to-day
issues. The Two of Pentacles is part of the Minor Arcana; as we have
discovered, one effective way to understand a Minor Arcana card is to
examine its number (or in the case of Court Cards, its rank), its
suit, and its traditional image. In this case we are dealing with the
number 2, the suit of Pentacles, as well as the traditional images
associated with the Two of Pentacles.

We
know right away that the message offered by this card will most
likely be more immediate in nature, or will most likely be connected
to more day-to-day issues. However, “day-to-day” does not mean
insignificant or mundane, and we need to remember that the message of
the card can also possibly be a symptom of a deeper or wider issue.

The typical image on the Two
of Pentacles is of a man standing on one foot and holding two coins
connected by a band or rope in the shape of a figure 8. The ground
below his feet is usually flat, but in the background is a body of
water filled with waves, sometimes with a sailing ship, its sails
filled with wind, riding those waves. Some cards show a fence or a
low wall between the figure and the water in the background. Some
cards show the figure balancing on that wall; one card shows the
figure walking a tightrope while juggling his coins.

The
suit of Pentacles (or Coins, Stones or Disks) corresponds with the
element of Earth, and of the physical body, physical manifestation,
career, health and wealth. Many Tarot decks use images of pentagrams
or coins or disks on their Minor Arcana Pentacles cards as well as
trees, flowers and green, verdant growth, all of which will make it
easy to connect with the symbolism of this suit. A nice place to
begin is with the element of Earth itself.

In
its natural state, Earth is cool and dry, and it binds or shapes the
other elements. Earth is of the physical or physically formed or
manifested world, and of nurturing, care of the body, finances and
security, and the wisdom associated with living simply and being
well-grounded. Earth is the element of form and substance; it is
connected to material world security, and to our physical bodies and
physical senses, and the pleasures and pains they bring. Earth
represents the fertile, nurturing and serene side of Nature, and it
represents the tangible end result of our labors. Earth is about
stillness and about knowing what to expect; it is about strength,
discipline, and physical manifestation of all kinds, and about
enjoying what we’ve achieved. Earthy energies are fertile,
practical, and slow to change.

You
can see how easy it is to connect the element of Earth to our daily
lives, our physical bodies, our careers and our finances, our
families, and the natural world around us. These things are all the
main correspondences of the element of Earth, the suit of Pentacles,
and of course, are connected to the realm of our Two of Pentacles.

When
dealing with the Minor Arcana, another important ingredient is the
number of the card. In the Tarot, the number 2 usually represents
balance, polarity, comparison and the energy of “distance between.”
The number 2 offers creative partnerships, duality, cooperation, and
diplomacy; it offers both direction and connection, and can be
considered a gateway. In the Tarot, this number represents the first
time the element is manifested. Within the suit of Pentacles, we have
the beginnings of a connection to our own body and to the physical
world around us and the material forces present in the physical
world, as we use skills, talents and abilities to make use of these
connections and forces (all possibilities offered by the Ace of
Pentacles and manifested within the Two of Pentacles).

On
the Tree of Life, the Tarot Twos correspond with the sephira of
Chokmah, the first actual manifestation after the pureness of Kether
(Kether represents the cause or catalyst of manifestation). Chokmah
is found at the top of the Pillar of Force/Expansion. It is seen as
dynamic thrust, and as the Ultimate Positive, the Great Stimulator
and the Great Fertilizer (one of the symbols of Chokmah is the
penis), and thus this sephira is connected to the Wheel of the Year.
It represents dynamic male energy and is the origin of vital force
and polarity. In Chokmah, pure being becomes pure force (and thus,
pure formlessness), and independence is possible. Thus, the Twos of
the Minor Arcana show the full power of their element and
correspondence, in the purest expression that is not yet influenced
by anything else.

Astrology
is a tool that can offer subtle effects for us to consider as we
analyze the Two of Pentacles. The Two of Pentacles corresponds to the
planet Jupiter when it is in the astrological sign of Capricorn.

In
Roman mythology, Jupiter is the ruler, guardian and protector of the
gods. Similarly, the planet Jupiter is in many ways the ruler of our
solar system. Some astronomers believe that Jupiter with its massive
gravity actually protects the rest of our solar system by attracting
or deflecting comets and asteroids that might otherwise threaten
Earth. Like passions and emotions, Jupiter is brightly colored and
covered with large and intense storms; the planet is symbolized by a
lightning bolt. Jupiter is associated with growth, expansion,
prosperity, freedom, exploration, and good fortune. Jupiter is
connected to long distance and foreign travel, higher education,
religion, all humanitarian pursuits, and the law (and its role as a
protector of society). Jupiter is also associated with gambling and
merrymaking.

Capricorn,
the tenth sign of the zodiac, is a Cardinal Earth sign. Capricorn
people are stable, hard-working, practical, methodical, and
ambitious, never losing sight of goals regardless of how many
obstacles or distractions are in the way. Capricorn people are a bit
stoic and rigid, and they will stick to their beliefs despite
convincing evidence to the contrary. More than anything else they
enjoy power, respect, and authority, and they are willing to toe the
line for as long as it takes to achieve those goals. A Capricorn
person may seem unfriendly, arrogant, or without humor to outsiders,
but remember the image of this astrological sign has a fish’s tail.
The emotions are there, just hidden within that inhibited exterior.
As far as material wealth is concerned, Capricorn approaches finances
with prudence, planning, and discipline, and thus, there are not many
Capricorns who are lacking in physical-world resources.

When
Jupiter is in Capricorn, the energies are confident and traditional.
Hard work will bring success, even in the long term, and devoting
energy to a task that is too risky might be a waste. Organization
and following a plan while visualizing the end result (and believing
that the end result can be obtained) is what happens when these
energies combine. The icing on the cake is that society usually also
benefits when Jupiter and Capricorn work together. The one problem
could be focusing too much on the details to the point of missing the
big picture.

The
Thoth Tarot Two of Pentacles has the title of “Change.” The
image of the card is of a snake in the shape of a figure 8, with its
tail in its mouth. Crowley sees this card as representing the
complete manifestation of the dynamics of the Universe. To Crowley,
Disks represent Earth and Earth is the throne of Spirit, and arriving
at the bottom allows us to come out at the top. Interestingly
enough, the image on this card can be seen as similar to the first
dividing of a cell, a sign of fertility and creation. The card tells
of change, of gain and loss and weakness and strength. It also
predicts good fortune through prudent management as well as
unaccountably foolish choices.

The
Wild Unknown Tarot LWB keywords for the Two of Pentacles are “balance
and change”; the image is a black and white butterfly with a
pentagram on each wing, with a multicolored symbol of eternity
circling each of those pentagrams. The butterfly often symbolizes
complete metamorphosis; after all it goes from egg (which could
symbolize potential) to caterpillar (which could symbolize the
decision to do something with that potential) to chrysalis (which
could symbolize the manifesting of development of that decision into
reality), and then finally to exquisite butterfly (the end result).
This process follows a “ritual” of sorts, and it takes time to
complete. The end result, the butterfly, looks nothing like the
other stages in this process. Perhaps the balance being represented
in this card is achieved by accepting both change and the status-quo.
Or, since the butterfly also represents the element of Air and the
workings of the intellect, perhaps the balance is connected to the
physical world and the etheric realms of feelings and thoughts and
beliefs. They are also difficult to balance!

The
Naked Tarot description of the Two of Pentacles is kind of stressful.
It tells of juggling day to day activities and trying to please
everyone, and maybe not doing so well. However, we are told that our
choice is to give up (never!), or to simplify, delegate, and do our
best. The challenge here is to create harmony, and to play up to our
strengths rather than our weaknesses. Approach things with a sense
of play . . . what if our greatest revelations and meaningful moments
come to us via recreation?

The
Legacy of the Divine Two of Coins shows a man pedaling a bicycle
while holding two large coins, one engraved with the symbol of
Jupiter and the other the symbol of Capricorn. He is focusing
intently on one coin, and a rainbow shines out of the other coin,
lighting his way. This card reminds us that change is constant and
energies always flow, and our job is to ride that flow. This takes
talent and practice, and the ability to multitask. Balance is the
key.

The
Two of Pentacles reminds us that adaptability allows us to
effectively deal with both the ups and the downs of our lives. Now
might be a good time to reorganize priorities and release the things
that no longer serve us so that we can concentrate on the things that
will allow us to accomplish more. Balancing things out in the
physical world might involve “robbing Peter to pay for Paul”; be
careful if that is your plan, for that kind of balance only works for
a short time.

Finally,
the Two of Pentacles could very well represent our efforts to balance
the past and the present in order to manifest a brighter future. Or
it could be telling us that while a pause is okay, in the end change
is healthy for it prevents stagnation.

Most
important, take time out to play. Laugh at yourself if you stumble
and struggle to stay upright. Balance your work time with some time
enjoying yourself; you just might find that you are more effective!

** We Feature the art of Ciro Marchetti as part of Tarot Talk. You can view his work and Decks at http://www.ciromarchetti.com/.

The Gilded Tarot (Book and Tarot Deck Set) on Amazon

***

About the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

Tarot Talk

March, 2019

The
King of Pentacles

(The
King of Pentacles
card is from the
artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**

We
have one more King to talk about, the King of Pentacles. Let’s get
busy!

As
a reminder, the 78 cards of a Tarot deck consist of 22 Major Arcana
cards (dealing with broader and more far-reaching life experience
issues, and archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and
connect with at some point in our lives) and 56 Minor Arcana cards
(customarily grouped into four categories or suits that represent the
four elements and dealing with day-to-day issues).

The
Court Cards are a part of the Minor Arcana, acting as a
representation of the family unit (“families” of all kinds) and
individually representing particular personality traits of people,
places and events in our lives. These cards can also tell us about
our own personality and how it is perceived by others. Thinking of
Tarot cards as people, with each card having an individual
personality, is particularly appropriate for the Court Cards, as they
are the most human of all the cards in a Tarot deck. Even the
illustrations for the Court Cards show humans in the majority of
Tarot decks.

Instead
of numbers, Court Cards have rank. The lowest ranking Court Card is
usually called the Page, the messenger or intern or apprentice who is
still learning of life and living, but who is also good at dealing
with the unexpected. Next comes the Knight, the representation of
strong, focused and even excessive manifestations of his suit.

Both
the Queen and the King represent mature adults. The Queen manifests
her suit in a feminine or yin or inner way, and the King manifests
his suit in a masculine or yang or outer way. This manifestation does
not necessarily correspond to gender; a man can be represented by a
Tarot Queen if he has a strong inner focus, and a woman can be
represented by a Tarot King if she projects a strong sense of
authority. Some decks change the names around, but the meanings in
the hierarchy of the Tarot Court are pretty standard. Since we are
talking about the King of Pentacles today, we already know that our
King will manifest his suit in an outer yet mature manner. Our King
is concerned with results; he exhibits outer, public expertise in his
field, and he is an authority figure. In many ways, the Kings of the
Tarot Court can be seen as four facets of The Emperor of the Major
Arcana.

Our
King’s suit this month is Pentacles. The suit of Pentacles (or
Coins, Stones or Disks) corresponds with the element of Earth, and of
the physical body, physical manifestation, and wealth. Many Tarot
decks use images of pentagrams or coins or disks on their Minor
Arcana Pentacles cards as well as trees, flowers and green, verdant
growth, all of which will make it easy to connect with the symbolism
of this suit. A nice place to begin is with the element of Earth
itself.

In its natural state, Earth is cool and dry, and it binds or shapes the other elements. Earth is of the physical or physically formed or manifested world, and of nurturing, health, finances and security, and the wisdom associated with living simply and being well-grounded. Earth is the element of form and substance; it is connected to material world security (and even wealth), and to our physical bodies and physical senses, and the pleasures and pains they bring. Earth represents the nurturing and serene side of Nature, and it represents the tangible end result of our labors. Earth is about security and stillness, and knowing what to expect; it is about strength, discipline, and physical manifestation of all kinds, and about enjoying the fruits of our labors. Earthy energies are fertile, practical, and slow to change.

You
can see how easy it is to connect the element of Earth to our daily
lives, our physical bodies, our careers and our finances, our
families, and the natural world around us. These things are all the
main correspondences of the element of Earth, the suit of Pentacles,
and of course, are connected to the realm of our King of Pentacles.

In
the Tarot Court, the suit of the card has an elemental correspondence
(in this case, the element of Earth), and the rank of the card has an
elemental correspondence. Pages correspond with Earth, Knights
correspond with either Air or Fire (depending on the deck), Queens
correspond with Water, and Kings correspond with either Air or Fire
(depending on the deck). Since we are talking about a King today, we
are also talking about the element of Air, or the element of Fire,
depending on the deck. For our purposes today, we will see the King
of Pentacles as Air of Earth.

The
element of Air corresponds with truth, clarity, and our capacity to
analyze or apply logic. It is hot and wet, and separates and adapts.
Air also represents the intelligence that clears away the fog of
ignorance so we can clearly see and understand, and it supports
communications and sounds of all kinds. Air allows both expression
(out from within us) and hearing (in from outside of us) to happen.
If you see the rank of King as representing the element of Air, this
information applies to the Kings of your deck, including the King of
Pentacles. Elementally, the King of Pentacles would represent
resolute force, where intellect overrides the senses, and since Air
and Earth are unfriendly (they share no qualities), they weaken each
other.

Like
the other cards of the Tarot, Court Cards have astrological
correspondences. Our King of Wands corresponds with the cusp or
joining point of the signs of Aries and Taurus.

Aries
is a cardinal Fire sign that acts as a catalyst, a person that
inspires others by being totally committed to his or her own vision.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the leader of the pack, first
in line to get things going. Those born under this sign prefer to
initiate, and they won’t shy away from anything new. Aries people
are action oriented, assertive, and competitive. Aries is ruled by
Mars, the god of war and passion, bold and aggressive, and able to
tap into the focus needed to take on any challenge. The symbol of
Aries is the Ram, blunt and to the point, and a sheer force of
nature. The great strength of those born under this sign is found in
their initiative, courage and determination.

Taurus,
the second sign of the zodiac, is all about reward. Physical
pleasures, material goods, and soothing surroundings are all
important to a Taurus. The good life in all its guises is heaven on
Earth to those born under this sign. Taurus is a fixed sign, and it
represents steady persistence sometimes seen as stubbornness. Taurus
is symbolized by the Bull, and Bulls are among the most practical and
reliable members of the zodiac, happy to plod along slowly but surely
toward a goal. Taurus is ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love, Beauty
and Pleasure, which is why harmony and beauty are a huge part of this
sign’s personality. Taurus is a true-blue, loyal sign as well, and
slow to anger; like the element of Earth, Taurus is about strength of
body as well as strength of heart.

The
energies of Aries and Taurus together tend to mesh nicely because
what one sign is lacking, the other sign supplies. Aries keeps our
King from being boring, and Taurus keeps him from being too
independent. Aries is ruled by Mars and passion, and Taurus is ruled
by Venus and sensuality and love. Aries will push for growth,
progress and new developments, and Taurus will keep to the budget,
make sure the resources are in place, and keep everyone safe. While
there is always the danger of conflict within this King, he also has
the ability to lead and inspire all of his subjects, no matter who
they are.

Because
they are Minor Arcana cards, Court Cards also correspond with a
sephira on the Tree of Life. The Kings correspond with the sephira of
Chokmah, along with all of the Twos of the Minor Arcana and the
element of Fire. The Kings sit at the top of the Pillar of Force in
the sephira of Chokmah, representing the Sacred Masculine and the
Catalyst of Life. Chokmah is seen as dynamic thrust, the Ultimate
Positive, the Great Stimulator and the Great Fertilizer (one of the
symbols of Chokmah is the penis), and thus is connected to the Wheel
of the Year. The energies of this sephira represent dynamic male
energy and are the origin of vital force and polarity.

The
Shadowscapes Tarot King of Pentacles is shown as a strong tree laden
with ripe and juicy fruit. His roots grasp the earth with strength
as they reach and absorb the resources of the soil, allowing a
powerful trunk and wide-spreading branches to reach for the stars.
He holds a seed in the palm of one hand, and around the base of the
trunk a beautiful dragon is coiled, guarding all. This King is an
enterprising individual who has the Midas touch; he turns everything
he touches into brilliant success. His branches shield those around
him, his trunk offers sturdy support to lean upon, and his fruits are
shared with everyone. From the seed, new sprouts will grow,
spreading the wealth.

The
Tarot of Bones King of Pentacles is represented by a bison skull.
The bison was the ultimate provider for the natives living on the
American plains; from the bison they received meat for food, hides
for clothes, and bones and horns for art and tools. Non-humans
benefited from the bison as well, from wolves and other predators to
vultures and other scavengers, to insects and bacteria. The grazing
of the bison helped to keep the grasses in check, lessening the
impacts of wildfires, and their hooves churned and aerated the soil
and buried seeds, ensuring the continuation of the grasses in the
next season. This card reminds us to examine our resources and
prosperity, and to remember those upon whom we rely for sustenance
and well-being. It also reminds us that at times we must be the
backbone, and offer our own skills and resources to assist others.

The
Thoth Tarot Knight (King) of Disks stands next to his grazing horse,
gazing at the surrounding hills and fertile fields lit by the
afternoon sun. He seems to be contemplating a harvest rather than a
battle; he tends to keep his nose to the grindstone without indulging
in intellectual musings. He tells of being materially focused,
clever and patient regarding those material matters but can also be a
bit dull.

The
image on the Wild Unknown Tarot Father of Pentacles shows a Stag’s
head, regal and in his prime. The feeling evoked while looking at
the image on the Father of Pentacles is one of respect, honor, the
ability to protect, and prime masculine creativity. The Stag gets to
reach this stage of life because he is able to defeat all that
challenge him; he is in a sense the fittest of his species that has
survived to breed. This card is about having a mighty presence in
the physical world; it is about not only the thrill of competition,
but it is also about turning a win into both honor and status, and
the continuance of a fertile lineage, to the benefit of all.

The
Legacy of the Divine King of Coins stands on a richly appointed
balcony decorated with golden leafy vines, clothed in green and gold
robes and holding a large golden coin. He does not wear a crown,
showing his connection to the common man and indicating his purpose:
regulating the energies of heaven and earth and balancing the forces
of nature. He oversees growth, wealth and resources, and manages
them for the benefit of all.

The
King of Pentacles is the embodiment of his element. He is realistic,
dependable, values possessions and tangible things, and is a good
provider. He prefers steady progress and is loyal and honorable.
This King attracts opportunities and knows how to take advantage of
them. He is good at managing others because he inspires them to
succeed. He is a philanthropist who gives generously of his time and
attention because he knows that the more he gives, the more he
receives in return. Others rely on the King of Pentacles because he
is always there for them and he never fails to support them.

When
the King of Pentacles shows up, you can be confident that you have
the ability to recognize opportunities and the skill to take
advantage of them. He tells you that now is the time to manifest
your vision of success and translate your ideas into reality!

**
We Feature the art of Ciro
Marchetti 
as part of Tarot Talk. You can view his work and
Decks at http://www.ciromarchetti.com/.

The Gilded Tarot (Book and Tarot Deck Set) on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

Book Review – Besom, Stang & Sword: A Guide to Traditional Witchcraft, the Six-Fold Path & the Hidden Landscape by Christopher Orapello and Tara Love Maguire

February, 2019

Book
Review

Besom,
Stang & Sword

A Guide to Traditional Witchcraft, the Six-Fold Path & the Hidden Landscape

by Christopher Orapello and Tara Love Maguire

*A
Special Opportunity:

Christopher
and Tara will be teaching at Delmarva Pagan Pride Day on April 28th.

Location:
The Green in front of Legislative hall in Dover Delaware

Info: FB page- https://www.facebook.com/groups/DelmarvaPaganPrideFestival/

There
is a stirring within the community of those who identify as witches
as what was old has been lovingly and carefully made new again by
those who stand at the gates of modern witchcraft. Besom, Stang and
Sword is a guide of practice that evolved from the reweaving of
Traditional Witchcraft and adding just enough of the evolved form of
that practice to create something unique, new and highly relevant to
our times.

The
authors have done due diligence in both the scholarly rationale and
the grassroots approach to the practice of witchcraft and its newer
derivative form of Wicca. What emerged was the creation of their own
path called the Blacktree Tradition…..
a modern, nonreligious form of traditional witchcraft that is rooted
in each witch’s specific region. Instead of deities, it deals with
the spirits of the land and the ancestors-no gods, many spirits…

Chapter
1
jumps
right into the discussion of what Traditional Witchcraft is at its
roots. As the authors state there are many types of practice that
have presented themselves forged from the essential of a practice
that is steeped in cultural practices such as Shamanism, Seidr and
Hoodoo and magickal traditions, such as Victor and Cora Anderson Feri
and Cultus Sabbati. All of the usual topics related to a pagan path
and in particular, that of witchcraft are given attention and
perspective that pulls together some of the more disjointed pieces of
a puzzle that is complex, rich and deep. The Devil and the negative
connotation that has come to be associated with those practitioners
of the craft is addressed and the reality of this beings energy as
being neither good nor evil, but a necessary component in the natural
order of a practice rooted in the land. Blacktree calls to the Devil
as the Witch Lord, the Lord of the Paths and is considered the
embodiment of nature itself. This is a perspective that takes us
beyond the semantics and associations accumulated around these that
prevent us from seeing beyond and more broadly as to the deeper
meanings.

You
will find within each chapter the basics of teachings that form a
solid foundation for stepping onto the path of the witch. Spell work,
Diviniation, the Sabbats, Lunations, Hedgewitchery and more complete
this instruction. Each chapter rich with theory and magickal
technique. For those who are familiar with a Wiccan or other path
that is similar to the principals of witchcraft, you will see the
variances in application and tools that are of prominence in
traditional witchcraft that have often take a side place of
importance more recently.

The
title of the book, Besom, Stang and Sword give reference to these
three tools being those closely related to the natural world. This is
further evidenced in the premise of Traditional Witchcraft and its
roots being tied to the earth and at a time when many of the
manufactured ritual items that adorn our altars and work were not
available. Use of the Besom and Stang takes us back to those cultural
roots of witchcraft and making use of and empowering all that we were
given from the land itself. We are also introduced to some
lesser-known tools, their purpose and how they may be used or
created.

The
author’s statement in the introduction nicely sums up the treasures
and value of this book..

..Our
perspective anchors itself with one foot firmly planted in the
lessons of the past and the other stepping into the boldest future,
while staying focused on the natural evolution of the craft…

I
would highly recommend this book as a required read for those new to
the craft and more importantly those who consider themselves seasoned
and working witches. My gratitude to Christopher and Tara for being
able to in such an articulate and grounded way call forth the best of
what was and the vision of a practice that evolves and grows in an
organic and natural way that we have long forgotten the simplicity,
complexity and beauty of.

For More Information about Blacktree Coven:https://www.infinite-beyond.com/blacktree-coven/

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***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on Amazon
 or
on this website
 and
her Blogs
 can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

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Tarot Talk

February, 2019

The
King of Wands

(The King of Wands card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**

We
haven’t looked at the Court Cards of the Tarot for a while. This
month we will return to the Tarot “royals” and get to know the
King of Wands. First, we should review some foundational
information.

The
78 cards of a Tarot deck consist of 22 Major Arcana cards (dealing
with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, and
archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at
some point in our lives) and 56 Minor Arcana cards (customarily
grouped into four categories or suits that represent the four
elements and dealing with day-to-day issues).

The
Court Cards are a part of the Minor Arcana, acting as a
representation of the family unit and individually representing
particular personality traits of people, places and events in our
lives. These cards can also tell us about our own personality, and
how it is perceived by others. Thinking
of Tarot cards as people, with each card having an individual
personality, is particularly appropriate for the Court Cards, as they
are the most human of all the cards in a Tarot deck. Even the
illustrations for the Court Cards show humans in the majority of
Tarot decks.

Instead
of numbers, Court Cards have rank. The lowest ranking Court Card is
the Page, the messenger or intern or apprentice who is still learning
of life and living, but who is also good at dealing with the
unexpected. Next comes the Knight, the representation of strong,
focused and even excessive manifestations of his suit.

Both
the Queen and the King represent mature adults. The Queen manifests
her suit in a feminine or yin or inner way, and the King manifests
his suit in a masculine or yang or outer way. This manifestation
does not necessarily correspond to gender; a man can be represented
by a Tarot Queen if he has a strong inner focus, and a woman can be
represented by a Tarot King if she projects a strong sense of
authority. Since we are talking about the King of Wands today, we
already know that our King will manifest his suit in an outer yet
mature manner. Our King is concerned
with results; he exhibits outer, public expertise in his field, and
he is an authority figure. In many ways, the Kings of the Tarot
Court can be seen as four facets of The Emperor of the Major Arcana.

Our
King’s suit this month is Wands, corresponding with the element of
Fire. Besides the element of Fire, the playing card suit of Clubs,
and the cardinal direction of South. All of the cards of the suit of
Wands teach us about Fiery attributes like creativity, ambition,
growth, passion and actions, and how their presence or absence can
affect our lives. The suit of Wands represents our ability to
experience joy and passion (including sexual passion), and the Wands
cards can represent our creativity, our ability to be artistic or to
be drawn to beautiful things. Fire often represents Spirit or the
Divine Will, and Wands cards also can present the possibility of some
interaction with Spirit or the Divine, or actions or passions
manifesting in line with Divine Will.

In
the Tarot Court, the suit of the card has an elemental
correspondence, and the rank of the card has an elemental
correspondence. Pages correspond with Earth, Knights correspond with
either Air or Fire (depending on the deck), Queens correspond with
Water, and Kings correspond with either Air or Fire (depending on the
deck). Since we are talking about a King today, we are also talking
about the element of Air, or the element of Fire, depending on the
deck. For our purposes today, we will see the King of Wands as Fire
of Fire.

In
its natural state, the element of Fire is hot and dry. It tends to
bring spontaneous change or impulsive, energetic effects. Fire
transforms everything in our world. Fire can sanitize or cleanse,
and it can destroy everything in its path; Fire can warm us and keep
us safe, or it can kill us.

The
element of Fire can be seen as kinetic, or even electric. It has the
power to create greatness (when we are inspired to be better than we
think we can be), or destruction (when we believe we are greater than
we actually are). Fire fuels innovation, but an imbalance or lack of
Fire can bring austerity.

Like
the other cards of the Tarot, Court Cards have astrological
correspondences. Our King of Wands corresponds with the cusp or
joining point of the signs of Cancer and Leo.

Cancer
is responsive, emotional and generous, but also is moody, insecure or
sensitive, and is often affected by the environment and people
nearby. Those born under the sign of Cancer, the 4th sign of the
zodiac, tend to experience strong feelings and emotions, and they are
very protective of those feelings and emotions. Cancer people tend
to be very attuned to the past, and like to have mementos of the
times and people of their childhood. Cancer people place a high
importance on family, both family of the blood and family of the
heart, and nurture and protect those they love. Cancer people are
hard workers, and that paycheck is important not only for what it
will buy, but also for the security it provides.

Leo
is the 5th sign of the zodiac, located in the middle of Summer. The
symbol of Leo is the Lion, regal and strong, magnetic and forceful.
Leos are determined, ambitious, and highly motivated; add in their
charm and they are natural leaders who attract many friends. They
make good organizers and motivators, and the best use of a Leo is as
the leader of a large group. Leo is the most expressive sign in the
zodiac, and those born under this sign are showmen who are exuberant
and passionate, but they are also susceptible to flattery.

Cancer
and Leo are ruled by elements, planets, and traits that are not
similar. Cancer is a cardinal water sign ruled by the moon, and Leo
is a fixed fire sign ruled by the sun. Cancer is considered to be
quite sensitive and docile, but can survive and even manipulate. Leo
is considered to be powerful and dominant, but can move from roaring
to purring if treated in the right manner. Thus, this cusp can
manifest an interesting set of personality traits, such as the memory
of an elephant, a comfort with being the center of drama, being
driven by high ambitions and the need to achieve something bigger
than oneself. Love, devotion, family, and loyalty form an integral
aspect of both of these signs, and is a strong part of this cusp.

Because
they are Minor Arcana cards, Court Cards also correspond with a
sephira on the Tree of Life. The Kings correspond with the sephira
of Chokmah, along with all of the Twos of the Minor Arcana and the
element of Fire. The Kings sit at the top of the Pillar of Force in
the sephira of Chokmah, representing the
Sacred Masculine and the Catalyst of Life. Chokmah is seen as
dynamic thrust, the Ultimate Positive, the Great Stimulator and the
Great Fertilizer (one of the symbols of Chokmah is the penis), and
thus is connected to the Wheel of the Year. The energies of this
sephira represent dynamic male energy and are the origin of vital
force and polarity.

The
Llewellyn Welsh King of Wands shows a mature man sitting on a throne,
holding a Wand with green leaves sprouting and ribbons blowing. This
card is about status, honor, and personal achievement that not only
brings material success, but also contributions related to the arts,
the sciences or to quality of life. In this card there is the
passion of the Knight, however there is stability to balance out that
passion, allowing the achievement of a position of influence and of
satisfaction.

In the
Thoth Tarot, the Kings are known as Knights (the Knights are called
Princes in this deck), and Crowley sees the Knight (King) of Wands as
being the strongest of the Court Cards. In “Understanding Aleister
Crowley’s Thoth Tarot,” DuQuette describes the Knight (King) of
Wands as like “. . . riding a rocket, and that can be very risky.
If the rocket isn’t aimed properly, he or she misses the target.
If there is not enough fuel, he or she crashes. If there is too much
fuel, the person explodes. But if everything goes well, it is the
most spectacular of successes.” I could not describe the powerful
yet risky energies of this card in a better way.

The
Naked Tarot describes the King of Wands as someone you either admire
or envy, someone whose charisma and confidence draw others like a
moth to a flame. The King of Wands is compelled to accomplish
something meaningful with his life, and thus he is appalled and
enraged by dishonesty and incompetence. This King thrives on
challenges and handles stress with ease, and can’t be bought or
lured from his chosen path. His beneficial traits are an interest in
self-growth and personal advancement, a fascination with the ideas,
inventions and achievements of others, the courage to try new things,
and the ability to use constructive criticism to bring progress. His
detrimental traits are a tendency to do too much, to offend others
(either accidentally or on purpose), and to be a control freak.

The
Legacy of the Divine King of Wands stands, glowing scepter in his
hands, before a fire that is contained and controlled. His passion
is idealistic, and his intellect strengthens his will. His gift is
leadership, and his self-confidence and charisma are tempered by his
need to nurture and protect his loved ones.

The
Kings of the Tarot Court tend to be proactive, and the King of Wands
is the most proactive of them all. He comes up with valuable ideas,
but he also initiates the manifestation of the ideas of others. He
is open to hearing challenges to his own ideas; indeed he often sees
those challenges as opportunities. The King of Wands expects to be
obeyed; he may ask for courage, boldness, and commitment, and expect
innovation and generosity and the taking of responsibility from
others, but he will ask the same things of himself.

Yes,
the King of Wands can tend toward arrogance and rudeness, egotism and
a tendency to be a despot, but he can also be a wise and loving
father, a visionary who inspires others to enthusiasm, and a mentor
with a powerful ability to motivate others to be the best they can
be. The King of Wands makes his own luck, and he tells us that we
can make our own luck, too!

**
We Feature the art of Ciro
Marchetti 
as part of Tarot Talk. You can view his work and
Decks at http://www.ciromarchetti.com/.

The Gilded Tarot (Book and Tarot Deck Set) on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Raushanna is
a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot
Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred
Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic
Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher
specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a
Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna
bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by
the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to
be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing
about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or
spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body.
She has published a book, “The
Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding
,” and is
currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree
of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card
throws in her blog, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com,
which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son
and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can
often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the
Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

Review – Find Your Happy Daily Mantra Deck by Shannon Kaiser

February, 2019

Review

Find
Your Happy

Daily
Mantra Deck

by Shannon Kaiser

Healing,
Wellness and Self-Empowerment are a few of the buzz words we seek in
our ever-changing and highly challenging world. This neat little
56-card and 144pg. book is all that you need to begin a practice of
bringing healing, change and positive direction into your life. Ms.
Kaiser uses the modality of Mantras as a tool for creatively changing
how you think, respond and react to whatever life throws your way.

What
I particularly liked about this self-help tool is that the author has
the necessary knowledge of psychology, personal experience and an
Eastern Perspective which makes this set one that can be used and
appreciated by a variety of philosophical and spiritual beliefs.

…”Ms.
Kaiser has been named Top 100 Women to Watch in Wellness by
mindbodygreen.com and is the founder of Playwiththeworld.com-named as
one of the “Top 100 Self-Help Blogs”. Her work has been
recognized across the globe by media giants such as HuffPost Live,
Spirituality and Health Magazine, Australian Vogue and Entrepreneur
Magazine.”…

So,
when I say this is a well-respected voice that has established a
presence in a market that is overrun by those who pull from the
ether, this statement comes from one who has explored a plethora of
self-help books, media and more. If you visit Ms. Kaiser’s website
you’ll find this statement…..

..”.I
spent years at war with myself and the world. I felt unworthy and
unlovable. Life was an uphill battle”….

…which
seems to be the pivotal point of creation of the Happy Deck, as well
as her other books. The deck is meant to be used in an affirmative
way and each of the 56-cards is highlighted in the accompanying book
giving suggestions about use, possible interpretation and a question
around the card’s message that leads to further contemplation and
self-exploration.

A
very nice integration of Mantra and divination (work to reveal
answers through the use of a variety of tools laden with specific
symbology) allows for the reader to be very mindful of the
interpretation given and how the cards may be used beyond simply a
daily or weekly activity. There are five ways of engaging the cards-
Single Card draw-Relationship Draw-Three Card Draw-Weekly (Seven
Card) Draw and for the more ambitious and committed a Year In
Overview (Twelve Card) Reading.

Each
card is numbered and has a specific Mantra written in beautiful
script on a background of color and pattern. Mantras are an ancient
Eastern practice of repetitive statement, much like a short prayer or
affirmation, that in the repeating of them gather energy around the
vibration of the words and a meaning that imprint on your psyche. The
more the Mantra is used the deeper the inroads that are energetically
created in how and what you out-picture of yourself. These Mantras
may have any goal in mind, but the magick in their effectiveness lay
in the intention you are forming around each statement, each
repetition and the belief you are generating in hearing and uttering
these words of power.

I
chose a single card pick with the intention of how I could keep
myself more present in the moment. The card chosen was:

Gratitude
is the Life Force of Everything

I
sat with this message for a bit and then turned to the appropriate
page for the number of the Mantra I had selected. The meaning
assigned reminded me that I may be turning my focus and attention
towards things that are not productive (and not keeping me in the
moment authentically. And, that …”by
turning your focus to gratitude, you will open up to new
opportunities.”.
More to think
about! There was another affirmation that could be used that expanded
on the idea of gratitude and a final question:
“In what area of my life can I be more thankful?” That final
question is one I will carry with me every day.

Pretty
simple stuff, yet in the simplicity I think we all could use an
effective and enjoyable way to find our happiest and joy-filled self.
And, I would say that this deck of beautifully crafted cards fills
the bill quite nicely.

Visit the author’s page: https://www.playwiththeworld.com

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***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on Amazon
 or
on this website
 and
her Blogs
 can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

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Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

The Road to Runes

February, 2019

The
Road to Runes: Dagaz and Breakthroughs

Reading
the Elder Futhark Runes as a form of divination is intriguing,
amazing and enlightening.

Remember
last month when I pulled the rune Isa?
I was locked in a stagnant situation, unsure whether to move forwards
forcefully or relax and wait out the freeze. My day job, which I had
wanted to leave for some time, was tentatively offering opportunities
but then snatching them away, leaving me stuck and not knowing
whether to take the plunge.

Well,
after some contemplation, I realised Isa was telling me that I was
allowing myself to be frozen. I was giving in to the temptation to
stare into the frozen lake; to marvel at the river that has stopped
flowing. So, I quit! That’s right, beloved readers, I am outta
there
! I am now a full-time freelance writer and student of the
esoteric and occult.

I
was grateful for the rune’s guidance. Ultimately, I guess I would
have made the same decision regardless of that particular rune
reading. However, it was illuminating to realise just how stuck I had
become, and how much longer I could be potentially stuck there if I
didn’t make a move.

After
my exploration of Isa, I pulled the rune Dagaz. Two triangles or
arrows touch points, or as I see it, one continuous line zig-zags
around a central point. The name means ‘day’ or dawn, and it’s
associated with awakenings and breakthroughs. How astonishing that I
should have pulled this rune just as I was fretting about being stuck
somewhere, and never finding a breakthrough! It certainly seemed like
a clear message.

Dagaz
is associated with things that have been planned and talked about
coming to fruition. The imagination has been hard at work. Now it’s
time for action. Things you never quite understood or realised are
suddenly so clear or obvious.

Dagaz
is also about the inevitability of change. It’s almost directly
opposed to Isa in this way. Isa is frozen, cold, unmoving, only
hinting at the growth to come after the cold winter. Dagaz is a sure
reminder that the world turns, the seasons move on and everything
changes.

Dagaz
is also about mystical and spiritual inspiration; being open to
divine intervention. I feel that this is really appropriate right
now, when I have taken a leap of faith quite literally with regards
to the work situation, but also allowed myself to explore the
possibilities of this realm of divination and interpretation of signs
and messages.

I
realise I have only scratched the surface of this intriguing rune,
but I’m so blown away by how accurate and meaningful this reading
is. Isa told me I was stuck, and reminded me that by staying where I
was and not taking action I could metaphorically freeze to death.
Dagaz highlighted that I’ve made myself receptive to these
insights, showed me that action would be the way to break free, and
assured me that moving away from my work-based debacle was the right
thing to do, no matter how drastic.

Today, I pulled the rune
Tiwaz, Tyr’s rune; the rune of justice and sacrifice. I’ll write
more about this and what it may mean for me in next month’s column.
Don’t forget, you can tweet me @Mabherick if you want me to focus
on a particular rune for this column. Until next time!

***

About the Author:

Mabh Savage is
a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors and Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

Tarot Talk

January, 2019

The Nine of Wands

(The
Four of Wands card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti
http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**

This
month we will go back to the 9’s of the Minor Arcana and talk about
the Nine of Wands. This is a Minor Arcana card so we know right away
that the message offered by this card will most likely be more
immediate in nature, or will most likely be connected to more
day-to-day issues. The easiest way to get a decent understanding of
a Minor Arcana card is to examine its number, or in the case of Court
Cards, its rank, and to examine its suit. We can also find useful
information within the image on the card.

The
traditional image of the Nine of Wands is a figure dressed in a red
tunic standing in front of a wall of 8 Wands, sometimes with green
leaves sprouting from the Wands. The figure looks tired and is
wearing what appears to be a bandage on his head; he leans wearily on
the ninth Wand. Wands symbolize support, stability, and singleness of
purpose, particularly the Wand on which the figure leans. Behind the
wall of Wands are green craggy mountains in the distance, or
sometimes rounded hills, symbolizing past challenges already dealt
with; the sky is blue with white fluffy fair-weather clouds that
symbolize an idea coming from out of the blue. Occasionally, the
figure is on one knee, leaning on his wand with his head bowed; one
card even shows the figure from the back, as if the observer is
standing behind that wall of Wands, looking in the same direction as
the figure.

Let’s
look at the number 9. I see the number 9 as representing the
fullness or completeness of effect or manifestation. We are talking
about completeNESS here, not compleTION or the winding up of a cycle.
The number 9 represents our perceptions as we reach the limit of our
understanding of or experience of a situation, just before we wind up
the process and take another step up the ladder in order to begin the
whole process again. In our spoken language, we say that we are
going to “go the whole nine yards” when we intend to experience
something to the fullest, and that is what the number 9 can tell us
in the Tarot.

So
just by looking at the number of our card, we already know that the
Nine of Wands is going to present an intense experience. This will
not necessarily indicate that we are done with the experience, but
rather that we are at the “peak of the wave” just before the wave
tips over and disseminates its energy onto the shore. Now, we narrow
down our interpretation by looking at the suit of the card: the suit
of Wands.

For
this discussion we will accept that the suit of Wands corresponds to
the element of Fire. This is not always the case, depending on the
deck being used; some see Wands as being connected to Air. Besides
the element of Fire, the suit of Wands corresponds with the playing
card suit of Clubs, and the cardinal direction of South. In its
natural state, the element of Fire is hot and dry. It tends to bring
spontaneous change or impulsive and energetic effects. Fire is
passionate and it transforms everything it touches, everything in our
world. Fire can sanitize or cleanse, and it can destroy everything
in its path; Fire can warm us and keep us safe, or it can kill us.

All
of the cards of the suit of Wands (including the Nine of Wands) teach
us about Fiery attributes like creativity, ambition, growth, passion
and actions, and how their presence or absence can affect our lives.
The suit of Wands represents our ability to experience joy and
passion (including sexual passion), and the Wands cards can represent
our creativity, our ability to be artistic or to be drawn to
beautiful things. Fire often represents Spirit or the Divine Will,
and Wands cards also can present the possibility of some interaction
with Spirit or the Divine, or actions or passions manifesting in line
with Divine Will.

The
element of Fire can be seen as kinetic, or even electric. It has the
power to create greatness (when we are inspired to be better than we
think we can be), or destruction (when we believe we are greater than
we actually are). Fire fuels innovation; action and energy are
enhanced by this element, but so are destruction and oppression.

The
astrological correspondence for the Nine of Wands is the Moon in the
astrological sign of Sagittarius.

The
Moon is our planet’s only satellite, and it is large enough for its
gravity to affect our Earth. The Moon actually stabilizes the
Earth’s orbit around the Sun, and it produces the regular ebb and
flow of the tides. The lunar day syncs up with its orbit around Earth
so that the same side of the Moon always faces the Earth.
Astrologically the Moon is associated with a person’s emotional
make-up, unconscious habits, rhythms, memories, moods, and a person’s
ability to react and adapt to his or her environment. It is also
associated with Yin energy, the receptive feminine life principal,
maternal instincts or the urge to nurture, the home, the need for
security, and the past, especially early experiences and childhood.

Sagittarius,
the 9th sign of the zodiac, is often seen as the wanderer, but
remember, not all those who wander are lost. Sagittarius is the
truth-seeker, the enthusiastic consumer of information who loves
knowledge achieved by traveling the world and talking to everyone.
The life quest of a Sagittarian is to understand the meaning of life,
using both spiritual and philosophical disciplines to digest what
they learn. This is a mutable Fire sign, and thus while exploration
and adventure are a necessary part of life, procrastination is also a
danger. Sagittarius corresponds with Jupiter, and is expansive in
all things, is an effective healer, and can be a bridge between
humans and animals.

When
the Moon is in Sagittarius, we have an ability to tap into instincts
connected to emotions, dreams and rhythms. This combination of
energies is active, independent and optimistic, and not afraid to
create a unique path. Being in one place can feel confining, but the
solution is to expand and learn and to teach others what we learn.
These energies are optimistic, always expecting things to go well.
And if they don’t pan out, the mutable Sag/Moon combination is very
adaptable, and will go with the flow without hesitation in order to
find a new solution.

Each
of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck also has a home on the Tree of Life
of the Qabalah; all of the Nines correspond to the sephira (or
sphere) of Yesod. Yesod is the first sphere out of (and the last
sphere into) the sephira that represents the physical world, Malkuth.
Yesod is about things such as emotions and feelings, which are
directly connected to our physical existence, but not actually
physical themselves. Yesod is also the home of our life force, our
personality, and the Self. It is only above Yesod that the Tree
begins to branch out. This reminds us that emotions and feelings and
an awareness of our life force and our personality are natural
processes, and that exploring them and understanding them is an
important part of our own evolutionary process.

The
Llewellyn Welsh Tarot Nine of Wands shows the traditional figure
leaning on a Wand standing before a wall of Wands; all of the Wands
have leaves growing from their tops. This figure has a bandage on
his head and one of his arms is in a sling, and he is gazing off to
the side. Behind him are two rounded mountains. The keywords for
this card are order, control, planning, experience, guarding one’s
assets, anticipating hostility. Here we have a disciplined warrior
who has experienced growth and achieved wisdom through successfully
traversing a perilous passage.

The
Nine of Wands of the Thoth Tarot is named “Strength,” and its
keywords are strength (sometimes scientifically applied), power,
health, recovery from a sickness. Here we have a steady force that
cannot be shaken, and even if injury is present, recovery is not in
doubt. While Crowley saw both the Moon and Sagittarius as weak, he
still named this card Strength. However, the strength of the Nine of
Wands lies in its ability to change. “Defense, to be effective,
must be mobile.”

The
image on the Wild Unknown Tarot Nine of Wands shows a view from the
bottom of a stairway made from nine Wands. The stairway reaches far
upward, and it appears that if we can find the strength and stamina
to climb to the top, we just might be able to touch the beautiful
golden crescent in the sky. This is an optimistic metaphor for the
Nine of Wands, showing us that if we can keep focused on our own
inner Fire and fine-tune our ability to direct the resulting energy
for a sufficient amount of time and in the correct manner, we will
make it to the top. Mental discipline and focus, and the right
amount of exertion, will do the trick.

The
Shadowscapes Tarot Nine of Wands shows a warrior seated on a mighty
mythical steed, holding his Wand and gazing into the distance with
clear eyes and an alert mind. This guardian is trained and ready but
is untried in real life, and yet he sits tall and proud and at
attention, whether the sun shines or the darkness gathers. This card
is about vigilance, about keeping some strength in reserve, and about
being prepared for any eventuality. We are also told to remember
that sometimes our most powerful abilities do not show themselves
until we are actually put to the test.

The
Legacy of the Divine Tarot Nine of Wands shows a figure kneeling on
one knee on rocky ground with head bowed, grasping a Wand with a
crystal tip. Behind the kneeling figure are eight other Wands with
crystal tips that glow in the rays of a setting sun. A large waxing
moon shines in the golden sky. This card tells of great strength and
endurance that have achieved much but have also taken a great toll.
It tells us that we have one more challenge to overcome, and we will
need to dig deep in order to struggle and overcome. Here we are told
that if something does not kill us, it will make us stronger.

The
Naked Tarot describes the Nine of Wands as a castle surrounded by a
moat, grueling circumstances, the final push with almost-dead
batteries, going the distance, running a marathon, and sticking it
out. This card is personified by Rocky Balboa, Murphy’s Law, the
Great Wall of China, and the final moments of a close football game.

The
Nine of Wands tells of the practical application of wisdom that has
been attained through resilience and focus. This card tells us that
for the moment, we are in a safe place. We may be battered and
exhausted, but now is the time to remain vigilant and focused so we
can hold our position firmly for just a bit longer, and we will win
the day.

The
danger here is that we will surrender to the attitudes, habits or
situations that have tempted or derailed us in the past. Unexpected
challenges or close calls can make us want to give up, but we need to
remember that everything happens for a reason, and we will gain
something of value no matter what, if we just fond the strength to
hold firm.

There
is an overall theme here. The Nine of Wands is not about victory or
defeat, but rather it is about putting up a good fight. It is about
accepting that sometimes the very thing we are fighting for can’t
be seen with the physical eyes because it is an ideal, not an item.
Perhaps in the end, the victory we win will be against the stumbling
blocks of pessimism and procrastination.

**
We Feature the art of 
Ciro
Marchetti 
as
part of Tarot Talk. You can view his work and Decks
at 
http://www.ciromarchetti.com/.

The Gilded Tarot (Book and Tarot Deck Set) on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Raushanna is
a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot
Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred
Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic
Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher
specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a
Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna
bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by
the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to
be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing
about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or
spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body.
She has published a book, “The
Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding
,” and is
currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree
of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card
throws in her blog, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com,
which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son
and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can
often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the
Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

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