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Daily Tarot Draw: Sept. 19, 2020

This past week has kicked my ass, but I am refreshed and ready to go today! I think that’s one of the coolest things about witchcraft; if you need to take a break from practicing, you can and you should, and that’s so refreshing from the constant dribble we’ve been fed since childhood of ‘if you aren’t doing somethng all day every day, then you’re not being productive.

Today’s card is the Seven of Pentacles.

Sevens represent faith, understanding, wisdom. Considering how late Sevens occur in the suit, the Sevens are mostly there to show how far you’ve come on your journey and understanding what you’ve learned so far in your journey. Pentacles represent materialism and wealth.

In the card itself, we can see a man behind an abacus, tallying out some number or some worth. We can only wonder what his real figure may be in his head; however in my mind’s eye, I see the worth of my life. He is tallying on Dia de Muertos, as we can see on the banner behind him. Dia de Muertos is the celebration of the dead and what they did while they were alive.

For today, I’ll take away the fact that no matter what everyone thinks of me, I know my worth. And I know that my life is not always worth what others deam (minimum wage job, anyone?) . I’ll remember that today I’m worth much nore than they pay me to give myself to a faceless corporation that holds no love for me.

Daily Tarot Draw: Sept. 16, 2020

This week has honestly been kicking my ass. I guess there are a lot of lessons I need to learn, like making boundaries for work and being more convicted in my obligations and responsibilities. But let’s get into today’s card!

Today’s card is the Seven of Swords!

Swords are thoughts and mentalities. Sevens represent trouble, struggle, and discipline.

Knowing how I was yesterday, missing a post and spending too much time at my day job, and today, with struggling out of bed and just getting ready for the day, I know this card is literally personifying me. We literally see a figure getting out of a coffin, the final resting place if you will. And the nails in his coffin are all on the ground.

I’m stuck on the fence with whether this card is warning me to be more discipline with getting more done in my day or if this card is letting me know I’m trying to be too disciplined and thus I’m further exhausting myself. When you’re on the fence with a card, it’s best to take a few minutes and figure out your intuition or instinct about the card.

My head is telling me that I’m not putting in enough effort, whereas my gut is telling me I’ve worked too hard this week and I need to take a well-needed rest. I think now is the perfect time to prepare a rest and get myself back in the right head space.

So far, we’ve seen these cards come through:

  • Seven of Swords
  • One of Swords
  • Judgement
  • Two of Cups
  • The Tower
  • Ten of Pentacles
  • Six of Swords
  • Four of Pentacles
  • Strength
  • Three of Wands
  • Two of Swords

Daily Tarot Draw: Sept. 14, 2020

We’re going to dive right in today on this bright and beautiful Monday!

Today’s card is the One of Swords!

Ones are were the cycle begins, the start of a journey in the cards. Swords are thoughts or mentality.

Knowing what we know from yesterday’s card, it seems the cards are guiding us down a new path. With yesterday being focused on the Judgement card and us moving past what we’ve already learned this year, today seems like it’s pushing us down a new learning path! I know classes are in full swing at many colleges and schools across the world and many students are eager to return as late-start classes are just around the corner.

But besides classes, we should also take the time to learn in general! Maybe you finished school and have no desire to return (no faults there), but maybe now is a good time to pick up a new hobby as the weather turns colder! Maybe now is a great time for you to pick up a new language as our world gets more and more connected. Let’s all take a step towards a new learning path and let’s grow further.

So far, we’ve pulled:

  • One of Swords
  • Judgement
  • Two of Cups
  • The Tower
  • Ten of Pentacles
  • Nine of Swords
  • Four of Pentacles
  • Strength
  • Three of Wands
  • Two of Swords

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Daily Tarot Draw: Sept. 13, 2020

I think the worst thing about working so much is that sometimes you have to put the pet projects on hold to go make the actual money to keep a roof over your head. I know I completely forgot to post yesterday and I’m going to make up for that today. Hopefully.

Today’s card is the Judgement card.

The Judgement card is one of the Major Arcana cards, and pops up in occasions of reflection and reckoning.

Given the current world order, with our many miseries and tribulations, I think this card is here today to remind us that we are becoming kore and more aware of how the world works behind the curtain and how we can affect that inner working.

For today, I think we should remember how far we’ve come this far in the year, of all we’ve learned and grown from, of all that we are now aware. While we shouldn’t congratulate ourselves for just learning, we should keep in kind we are growing and changing.

So far, we’ve pulled:

  • Judgement
  • Two of Cups
  • The Tower
  • Ten of Pentacles
  • Six of Swords
  • Four of Pentacles
  • Strength
  • Three of Wands
  • Two of Swords

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Daily Tarot Draw: Sept. 12, 2020

Today’s post is a little rushed, since real life came banging on the door almost literally at 6am and said ‘we need you to come to work early since everyone else can’t do their jobs well enough’. But a little overtime won’t hurt I suppose. I mean, it definitely will, but let’s think positive.

Today’s card, afer a whole week is finally a Cups card! Today we have one of the better known Cups cards, the Two of Cups.

Twos represent duality and choices. Cups represent the heart and emotions.

The Two of Cups represents the duality and balance in a relationship. We can see the taller figure pouring water from his cup-head into his lover’s, while his lover supports his heart, since he had no other soft tissues to support his organ.

For today, I think we should remember that love is give and take; so instead of taking too heavily from those that love us, let’s give as much as possible today. Love is not a limited resource. Love hard today and take that little extra time to show those around us the love they need.

So far, we’ve drawn:

  • Two of Cups
  • The Tower
  • Ten of Pentacles
  • Six of Swords
  • Four of Pentacles
  • Strength
  • Three of Wands
  • Two of Swords

Daily Tarot Draw: Sept. 11, 2020

Buckle up kiddos, because today’s card is a doozy!

Today we have the dreaded Tower card!

So take a deep breathe first. Now, before you get anxiety, let’s remember that many of our scariest cards are there for a reason, to tell us the hard truths we need to know to grow properly. We can’t get far on only sugar and positivity.

The Tower card represents upheival, disaster, a shift in your reality. There is nothing wrong with this card; we should welcome it (cautiously and begrudgingly) into our lives. Because the quicker we learn the lesson it brings, the faster we are done with it’s B.S.

So how can we work through something like disaster with grace? Well, we have to make our peace with why it happened to us; we can’t go through life asking ourselves ‘why did this happen to me?’. We have to make peace with the fact that it happened, whether from accident or from our own hand.

From there, we have to understand what this change is meant to teach us; maybe we are supposed to learn humility from a bad decision, perhaps we are supossed to learn grace as we leave a situtation that is harmful to us and our loved ones, or maybe we are supposed to learn how to do better in our futures.

The Tower, Death, and The Devil cards are cards that are meant to show us that when disaster strikes, we have the tools to survive and come through better, to come through and help others when they come to a situation like you went through. Love yourself and love each other, especially in times of stress and disaster.

Including today’s bleak card, we’ve seen:

  • The Tower
  • Ten of Pentacles
  • Nine of Swords
  • Four of Pentacles
  • Strength
  • Three of Wands
  • Two of Swords

Daily Tarot Draw: Sept. 10, 2020

It’s a good thing I’m off today, I dropped half my deck all over the floor this morning when I was trying to shuffle! So no matter what card I get today, I’m definitely taking a nap today and drinking lots of tea! Self-care is important and that means sometimes you need take a break from pushing yourself so hard.

Looks like today is the Ten of Pentacles! We’ve had a lot of Pentacles pop up this week, so hopefully we can see a little more variety next week. Or I just need to work on my shuffling.

Tens represent the end of a cycle, the conclusion of journey, the transformation that comes from finishing your journey. Pentacles represent materialism and wealth.

What I love about this deck is each of the Tens has an illustration front and center of a butterfly, which really nails down the idea of the metamorphosis someone goes through if they follow the journey through the Tarot (each suit, Minor and Major Arcana, follow different journeys through the human experience).

When this card pops up, its usually to represent the end of your journey with wealth; you’ve put in the hard work and now the culmination of your work is coming to you. This could be that you no longer worry about your bank account being empty, or you now feel confident in you own abilities at work. Tens are always a positive card showing that the journey you’ve taken is over now and you can reap the benefits of growth.

For today, let’s take away the fact that we’ve worked hard this week and we’re near the end of our journey. For many, we’re near the end of the workweek and for some, that means payday! For some, like me, it’s my day off after a long work week and I’m ready to relax and recoup. Maybe you’ve made great strides in becoming financially independent this week. Whatever the case, let’s celebrate our success and the battles we’ve won so far.

So far we’ve pulled these cards:

  • Ten of Pentacles
  • Nine of Swords
  • Four of Pentacles
  • Strength
  • Three of Wands
  • Two of Swords

Daily Tarot Draw: Sept. 9, 2020

You ever feel that end of week slump were you’ve worked super hard all week and you’re ready for your day off? Cause I sure am feeling it today.

But we’re here to read Tarot so let’s get to it!

Looks like today is the Six of Swords! Swords is honestly my favorite Minor Arcana suit; I really like the symbolism behind swords in literature and the entire suit of Swords is so complex and deep.

Sixes represent compassion and problem-solving. Swords represent thoughts, mentality.

In this card, we can see what I can the ferryman, his boat loaded down with men. Perhaps they have come from a battle somewhere, or perhaps they are still on their journey on to their final fight. Either way, they are on a journey of some kind.Whereever the ferryman is taking them, at least they are together with their brothers-in-arms.

From this card, we can draw that we need to think outside the box, come up with new solutions to our problems. Perhaps this means meeting with our teams and our support systems to best handle new issues and situations. Or we should take the time to understand why a certain thought process or course of action has not worked. Wherever you end up today, remember that you always have someone by your side. And if you feel like you have no one, then let me be on your side. Comment or send me a private message on my contact page; I’ll be there for you because we need to help each other get through what is arguably one of the toughest points in many peoples’ lives right now.

Here is the running list of the cards we’ve drawn! Don’t forget to register for the giveaway on our giveaway page!

  • Six of Swords
  • Four of Pentacles
  • Strength
  • Three of Wands
  • Two of Swords

Daily Tarot Draw: Sept. 8 2020

Today is the first snow storm of the season, so it’s a welcome chang from the blazing 90 degree days we’ve been having for the last 3 months. Finally feels like fall is around the corner and that means everyone’s most favorite holiday: Halloween!

But that’s still over a month away so let’s get to it today!

The Four of Penatacles! I love pulling this card in this deck because I love the detail and the composition of the scene. Sorry for the shadows, I don’t have much natural light to work with today so my overhead kitchen light is casting some wack shadows.

Pentacles referes to material wealth and the material world in general. Fours represent stability and foundations. Most of the time this card is very positive, representing stability and financial wealth coming our way. However, whether this deck or the Rider-Waite version, this deck always makes me feel like I should be wary of greediness or hoarding of wealth.

Even in this card, all I can see is a greedy bride terrorizing a town (bridezilla, anyone?). In the Rider-Waite illustrations, you can see a man holding tightly to large gold coins.

But that’s the cool thing about reading Tarot, especially intuitive reading; you may see something else in this card that I don’t and that can give a much different insight. But that means we both have something to bring to the table to discuss and foster and grow on. And that’s how we grow: we discuss and disagree and learn! Always call me out if you see something different than me! I want to grow!

Today, I take away that I should be wary of greed, from myself and from others and I should remember to be thankful for all that I’ve already been given and recieved.

So our current running tally of the cards we’ve pulled so far:

  • Four of Pentacles
  • Strength
  • Three of Wands
  • Two of Swords

Witchcratf 101: Quick coffee spells for witches on the go

I live off coffee. Like, if I needed to do a blood test it would be Dark Roast.

So how do you combine your love of all things witchy with your chemical dependecy on caffeine?

Herbs and Spices!

If you’re thinking I’m crazy, just remembe that a Pumpkin Spice Latte is a thing and people are crazy for it.

The actual point I’m making though is that a good way to start learning how to use herbs in witchcraft is to start small and focus on just a few before you dive right in. And a great way to start small is just the herbs you use regulary or the ones already sitting in your cabinet. Cooking is a great way to learn to!

But we’re going to focus on what you can add to your coffee first, because coffee is many peoples’ first thing they have in the day. So here’s a list of some of the more common herbs you probably have in your spice rack right now (unless you’re a poor college kid, but that’s okay).

  • Basil – use in soells to attract love and luck in journeys
  • Cinnamon – abundance and wealth, as well as can be used for healing and cleansing as incense
  • Cloves – protection, money, luck, strengthen friendships
  • Fennel – focus, as well as protection from outside interfereance
  • Garlic – OMG SO MUCH! warding, protection, strengthens other energies, luck
  • Ginger – Speeds things up
  • Lemon – purifying and cleansing
  • Mint – warding, protection, build personal strength,
  • Nutmeg – can enhace clairvoyance when added to beverages, money drawing spells
  • Oregano – happiness, health, luck, protection
  • Parsley – when eating can increase strength and passion (used in incense to commune with the dead)
  • Rosemary – enhance memory, fidelity
  • SAGE – the big cleaner! you know, sage your space and such
  • Sugar – attraction (used with other herbs for purpose)
  • Thyme – spells for strength and courage

Now everything I listed isn’t exactly something you want to put in your morning coffee. I don’t think there’s anyone out there who wants to drink some garlic in their mocha latte. But there’s still a lot we can work with to add to our coffee to give ourselves a tasy morning kickstart. So here are some of my favorite little coffee add-ins to make every morning more magical.

Simple Cinnamon Coffee

Used to attract money and abundance.

With your coffee, before pouring the coffee, add sugar and cinnamon to taste (however much you would like or your cup can handle). Pour your coffee and meditate for a moment, giving your coffee the intention of attracting wealth and abundance to you. Doctor with creamer or milk and down the hatch.

Better than a PSL coffee

This one you will need cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. (I like the way allspice tastes better than cloves in the whole mix).

Used to quickly draw money and wealth.

In your cup, before the coffee, add two shakes of ground cinnamon, 1 shake each of ground allspice, ginger, and nutmeg. Add a bit of sugar to taste (before or after coffee, which ever you prefer). After you add the coffee and any creamer, if you like, take a moment to stir clockwise (attracts) and meditate on attracting wealth into your life.

Feel free to tweak and experiment! Find what works for you! Maybe you’ll find a crazy combination that does taste good and works well. If you have a special recipe you use, comment below so we all can try it!

Daily Tarot Draw: Sept. 7, 2020

I think once we get through the whole deck, I’ll do a Tarot kit giveaway, like a deck, some candles, some tea, a tapestry or something to read the cards on. Let me know in the comments if that sounds cool or if you have a better idea. Gods know I need some. But I’m mostly always available and would love to hear what you’re thinking. But now onto our card today.

Today we get a Major Arcana card! Today looks like Strength. Unlike some Major Arcana cards, Strength is one of the few that means what is says (looking at you, Devil and Tower). I love the Strength card even in the Rider-Waite decks. Something about it is just, well, magic.

But let’s dive in before I lose myself in self-reflection.

Strength is a great card, it’s powerful, it means what it says; it’s Strength. It tells you to be strong, to be courageous. The advice from the White Book is mostly this: act with conviction, without hestiation, and trust yourself to know what do.

This honestly the first time I’ve pulled Strength for myself in a reading, but just seeing it makes me want to punch a bear and climb a skyscraper. The colors alone in any deck are usually so bright and eyecatching, strong is almost an understatement.

For today, I believe we must remember we have been strong enough to get to this point and we are strong enough to persevere. We are strong enough to change the future to better serve us and those after us. We are strong.

Here’s running tally of the card’s we’ve pulled:

  • Strength
  • Three of Wands
  • Two of Swords

So there’s about 75 cards we have to get through!

Daily Tarot Draw: Sept. 6, 2020

Today I had to get up earlier than usual to go to the daily grind so today’s draw is posted delayed but those Sunday morning sunrises are always a perk. Greet the sun and start your day!

Looks like today is the Three of Wands!

Three of Wands

Today we have this absolutely vibrant card, from my Sante Muete deck. I love how bright the colors are in this deck, they’re so eyecatching and brillinat.

But we’re not here to study color theory. Well, not entirely at least. In this card, we see a bird, skeletal, holding a book. He sits atop three red skulls, from which stems have sprouted.

Wands represent action. Commonly, Wands are assocaited with fire, but I always feel like Wands more closely coincide with wind. That’s the cool part about reading intuitively; you can assign meaning to cards besides the historical meaning to give your readings a deeper connection to yourself and your experience. Threes commonly refer to growth or relationships.

In the White Book included, we are told that the Three of Wands is a push of positive energy towards new goals, new business ventures, new relatuonships, as well as a reminded that we hold our destinies in our own hands and do not need ti rely on others to further our goals. (Honestly, this White Book has so much amazing content besides just giving the cards meaning!)

We can take away from this that today is a good day to push towards our goals or to forge new friendships. And considering today is Sunday, and the beginning of the week, for the Western world at least, today is a good day to start our week right and strive to make our lives better; whether that means working on your start-up, starting a difficult project, or making a new friend in time for the holiday season.

Hopefully, you can take something away from this card today. If not, hopefuly I can pull a card that resonates with you soon! Leave a comment about how you feel like tou can seize the day today so to speak, or if you feel something else about this card.

I’m also going to start keeping track down here about all the cards I’ve drawn so far, and when I finally draw all of them… well, I’ll figure that out when we get. Maybe a giveaway or something? Tell me what you want to see!

  • Two of Swords
  • Three of Wands

Witchcraft101: Witchy Items You Can Hide In Plain Site

For those just getting into witchcraft or are closeted witches, you might be thinking what are some things you can get that won’t advertise that you are a witch. Maybe if you’re a closeted witch and living in a situation you don’t want to reveal your background, you might be looking for a couple things that you can keep out and use periodically without your roommates/parents/landlord finding out.

So here is a list of items that you can keep out in plain sight.

A Journal!

A journal is one of the things that you can totally keep in plain sight. Unless you know a journal will be gone through by say, a nosy parent, you can leave your journal out, albeit maybe closed to ward off wandering eyes.

Herbs!

Herbs are commonplace in every house. Even in a dorm room, you can keep cooking supplies so you don’t have to share them with fellow dorm mates. Herbs are commonplace in witchcraft and are easy to store, procure, and use.

Coffee Grinder!

Still on the subject of herbs, get yourself a coffee grinder! Sometimes you need to grind up your herbs finely to use in anointing or in satchels; while most traditional witches use a mortar and pestle, you may not have the space or need for such a tool. But a coffee grinder is multi-purpose and if a guest sees it sitting on a counter near a coffeepot, then no one will be the wiser!

Essential Oils!

With the popularity of essential oils on the rise, keeping some of these around shouldn’t be too out-of-the-norm. Even just using essential oils for aromatherapy and to create a space for you for mediation, they are common to find and keep, and no one will bat an eye at them. If the local Karens haven’t bought out the whole supply, that is.

A Deck of Cards!

Coming from someone who loves looking and feeling Tarot decks, I also know that sometimes it’s not realistic to keep a real deck around. But you can keep a regular old deck of cards around to still learn the minor arcana of a Tarot deck. It’s a bit tricky, but with practice you can learn anything.

Your own lucky charm!

You can assign luck to an item and not tell anyone about it. Or maybe you gave a more traditional luck charm like a horseshoe or dreamcatcher. But items like these are usually unnoticed or disregarded by others. They may think you superstitious but not exactly a witch. Lucky charms or charms in general can be made in a variety ways, including enchanting sentimental items or by finding traditional luck charms (four leaf clovers, anyone?).

Jewelry!

Jewelry and lucky charms are some of the easiest to hide in plain sight as many people aren’t going to look that closely at your jewelry unless its extremely shiny or eyecatching. Jewelry is a great way to always have a specific crystal on you, or to wear sigils and charms.

Windchimes!

Windchimes are so common and many would never suspect you of witchcraft by keeping them around. Not only do they look pretty and sound lovely, they can help with the vibes in your space. The chimes can help clear out old and bad energy from your space. If my extremely Christian grandmother can have tons of windchimes without fear, you can too!

Last but not least… Salt!

I know what you’re thinking; shouldn’t salt be an herb? Techincally, if we’re talking about culinary classifications, salt is a spice, but salt is special for its own reasons. While many herbs hace many purposes and are used in many different working, salt is the granddaddy of all the herbs witches use; salt is the single best protection and warding ingredient a witch could ask for. And you can carry salt wherever you go and no one will bat an eye. Well, they might be a little concerned for your blood pressure but they definitely won’t be thinking ‘hey, I think Martha is a witch’. Carry a little bit of salt with you everywhere you go to protect against bad spirits and bad energies. Spread salt in you house to ward against unwanted eneregies or to cast a circle for spellwork (please only do this inside to protect the earth from salt). Keep salt in your day bag to protect against bad energies and to liven up any shitty resturant food you come across. Keep salt in your night out bag to protecr against spirits and to throw at attackers (no one wants salt in their eyes and a crazy move like that will take them off-guard so you can get away).

Hopefully, you can take this list and run with it to your nearest pantry and supermarket. If you’re still in the broom closet, don’t worry so much about hiding your identity; focus on honoring your truth and working towards the future you want; whether that means being brave enough to come out of the broom closet or whether that means being in a place where you can be you openly.

I’m going to do a whole post about salt and what to do with is as well as alternatives for using salt, such as when you’re outside or when you have no salt in hand (it happens to the best of us when we go shopping, can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten salt or toilet paper or dish soap.)

Comment below some of the things you used when you were first coming out as a witch, or what you want featured in a new post! I thrive on feedback otherwise I don’t know what to write!

Daily Tarot Draw: Sept. 5, 2020

Today’s card of the day is…

Two of Swords

The Two of Swords! Using my Santa Muete deck, we draw the card of the day.

Swords represent thoughts, and in tradition, wind. However I always see Swords as representing fire. Twos represent choices and balance.

According to the White Book for the deck, the Two of Swords means conflicting ideas, and the need to reconcile these ideas together. We can see how the blades of teh scissors are opposite of each other, instead of towards each other; image how hard it would be to use scissors like this in reality.

What can we divine about that for today?

Well, knowing we should be anazlying our thoughts and finding our conflicting ideas is a good start. I know I feel like I can either only work or only be in college, so maybe I need to work on coninciding these ideas into a coheisive idea about myself. With the coming elections in America, maybe we need to start anazlying our thought patterns and finding peace between all the information we’ve recieved about all the political issues ane candidates to make the best informed deision for ourselves and our communities. Maybe we need to take two conflicting ideas we have about others and reconcile them to see the truth of the matter.

While it seems like this card is asking a lot of us, perhaps insteads of diving in head first and clearing our mind-clutter, we should start small and focus on the most pressing issues that keep us up every night and take the peace from our mind before diving into the harder seated ideas.

If you feel something about this card, leave a comment! Reach out and let’s talk about all there is happening in this card.

Witchcraft 101: Vibrations

What are vibrations?

As you start learning more and more about witchy business, you here more and more about vibrations.

But what are vibrations? Like literally? Or metaphorically? Or metaphysically?

At first it’s going to seem like one of those weird religion things where everyone buys into this one weird illogical aspect of the belief system and just goes with and pretends it real.

But you know what a vibration! You’ve felt vibrations before! Whether from your car driving over a bumpy road or been in a earthquake, you’ve felt vibrations to some capacity.

So when you address vibes in witchcraft, its just the unseen vibrations. You’ve even felt these unseen vibrations before! It’s the feeling that something isn’t quite right in that dark alley, the feeling you get when you pick some produce and it turns out amazing, the feeling you get when you look out the window and have the urge just to be outside.

Some of these urges and feelings are sometimes vibes you get from your intuition.

Now, I’m sure you’re looking at me through your screen and thinking I’m losing it. You’re probably thinking,’ oh yeah, sure, vibes are a thing, and my great-grandma is a panda bear’.

But those are the vibes most witches are talking about; its the unexplained feelings you get from time to time about certain things. It’s the weird certainty you feel from time to time.

But now you’re wondering, what does all this talk of vibes have to do with anything with witchcraft? Why is it constantly mentioned, constantly referenced, constantly used?

As you delve deeper into witchy happenings and goingons, you’ll start to develop your intuition better and it’ll help you pick up on the vibes.

But sometimes, you’ll still come across a spell, a post, a book, or what-have-you, and it will tell you all the vibes you’re supposed to pick up and you will be confused. Like super confused because you can’t figure out what you’re supposed to know or feel. So when you see that, just know it’s hard to remember what being a newbie is like.

So don’t be afraid to bounce from topic to topic, spell to spell, just try your best and keep going. Grow your intuition with daily exercises and keep working.

Everything will come with practice and time.

Tarot 101: Six of Cups…

We’ve made it past the half-way point of the Cups suit by this point. Sixes represent problem-solving and compassion. Cups represent emotion. So how can a card represent both emotions and compassion?

Six of Cups

As we can see in the card, there are two figures, a man handing a cup to a child. Both figures are both childlike; we can also notice that in contrast to previous Cups cards, this is one of the first times we see the cups full. Even in the Five of Cups where we see that the cups have been spilled, they are not visibly full. So if the cups are full this time, then we can infer that the Six of Cups represents sharing your feelings with others and helping others with their feelings and emotions, being generous with your emotions and spreading the good.

But what about when the card is reversed?

Six of Cups Reversed

When we see this card flipped, there isn’t exactly a negative connotation for the card. When these cards pop up with no express negativity, sometimes I just take it at face value to be cautious with sharing your emotions; while sharing your emotions is a good thing, so is taking caution in who you choose to share your emotions with.

So when this card pops up, remember:

  • Sixes represent problem-solving and compassion.
  • Cups represent water, emotion, and in reference to time, months.

Don’t forget that when it comes to reading the cards, as much as you can remember won’t always be helpful. Sometimes you need to take the card at face value and read it in context to other cards available.

Tarot 101: Numbers in Tarot

When it comes to learning Tarot, something every beginner needs to take into account is how numbers play into a reading.

Now, I know, I know; you don’t want to have to learn math or formulas! But you just have to bear with me. The numbers in Tarot don’t relate to math, which is a good thing most of the time. Mostly, the numbers relate to the cycle of the story.

Every suit follows a kind of story, broken down into chapters represented by the numbers of the suits. So the Aces are chapter 1 and Tens are the last chapter. Unless you get further into Numerology, for most beginner Tarot readers should focus just on how the story progresses through each suit. Then, after you get a little more comfortable with reading the cards, you should dive into Numerology and see if it fits with how you read.

So what do the numbers mean then?

Aces

Aces represent the beginning. Simple, right? They’re the first card in the Minor Arcana suits, therefore kicking off our Tarot numbers. Of course, between different suits, Aces can represent more; such as new business ventures in Pentacles or potential actions in Wands.

Twos

Twos represent either choices or balance. Twos are where we can start to see the multiple aspects of the numbers in Tarot. If we look at a Two of Swords and Two of Cups, we can see how the Twos in Tarot can differ; the Two of Swords represents choices and the Two of Cups represents romantic emotion.

Threes

Threes represent growth and relationships. Most Threes represent growth in either your wallet, your thoughts, or your social circle. With the exception of the Three of Swords, which depicts three swords through a heart, these cards are mostly positive and celebrate growth and friendships. But this is also where the story takes a turn.

Fours

Fours are where the story plateaus for just a moment. It’s as though we take a step back from the action to see the characters happy and stable. Which is what Fours represent; stability and structure. But the stability and structure see throughout the Fours is only leading up to the drama Fives bring to the table.

Fives

Fives are where the stories take a turn; Fives are conflict and loss, change. Five of Wands represent conflict and Five of Pentacles represent poverty. So the stability, celebration, and wealth seen earlier in the cards are now gone.

Sixes

But don’t get depressed over this story quite yet! Sixes are were things begin getting good again! Sixes represent problem-solving and compassion. So the issues that Fives have brought up, are now getting solved! Six of Cups shows fertility and celebration and the Six of Wands show victory! But the story isn’t over yet!

Sevens

Sevens are where we can see some of the personal growth that has come from the Fives’ conflicts. Sevens represent wisdom, faith, and understanding. Although not every Seven represents an immediate resolution of the conflicts beforehand, it does show personal growth in the characters and how conflict brings changes for the better.

Eights

Eights represent movement and change. Now, I know what you’re thinking; omg, more change, haven’t we had enough yet! But hold your horses, it’s a different kind of change! The Five of Wands represents conflict and fighting, and the changes that come with that, whereas the Eight of Wands represents the growth from change and how things have changed since conflict.

I think of the difference between Fives and Eights are Fives represent external change: changes brought about by forces you cannot control. Eights represent internal change: the change you can do in response to your life changing, the changes you can make to your own actions or thoughts.

Nines

Nines are where the story starts to come to an end. Nines represent fulfillment and completion. Now I know what you’re thinking; If Nines are the end then what do Tens have to do with anything! Slow down, kiddo! I’m getting there! Nines show the completion of the cycle, how everything ends up immediately after the changes and growth.

Tens

Now, how do Tens play into all of this? While Tens represent completion and transformation, there is a difference between Nines’ completion and Tens’ completion.

I like to think that Tens are the epilogue to the story, whereas Nines are the final chapter that finishes up the action of the story. If you compare the difference in the Nine of Pentacles and Ten of Pentacles, you’ll see that the Nine represents personal wealth and Ten shows community wealth; so in the short term, personally, you will experience wealth, and in the long-term, your community will experience wealth.

Now I can see your wheels turning; what about court cards? What about the Major arcana? What about-

Slow down and take a breath! We’ll get into the court cards soon and the Major arcana and the story of the Major arcana. There’s time to learn and there’s time to discover. Just be patient until I get everything written!

AcesBeginnings, Potential
TwosBalance, Choices
ThreesGrowth, Relationships
FoursFoundations, Stability, Structure
FivesConflict, Loss, Change
SixesCompassion, Problem-Solving, Harmony
SevensFaith, Wisdom, Understanding
EightsMovement, Change
NinesFulfillment, Completion
TensCompletion, Transformation

Tarot 101: Five of Cups…

The Five of Cups is smack-dab in the middle of Suit of Cups (Not counting the court cards here, because they have a lot going on outside of their Suits).

Fives are where the good vibes crash for any suit. Fives usually represent conflict or loss. Cups represent emotion.

Five of Cups

And looking at this card, we can see the conflict and loss already. A man stands, looking down at his spilled cups. Oh, the tragedy!

But what can this mean!

I’m kidding, it’s pretty simple actually. We can attribute this card to loss, and if we want to dive deeper we can even say it’s emotional loss or depression, considering how darkly-clad the man is in contrast to the bright background.

Five of Cups Reversed

The Five of Cups Reversed is a reflection of the upright card. Yeah, I know, a reflection. It’s the same card… But let’s think about what a reflection is; it’s an echo of the original, something that highlights certain aspects of the original.

So for the Five of Cups Reversed, it highlights aspects of the upright card; the upright card represents loss. The Reversed card represents the acceptance of that loss.

In the Reversed, the man is looking down at his cards, but he makes no move to right the cups or clean up the mess. He has merely accepted that it happened.

That’s also the tricky part of Reversed cards; sometimes we can clearly see, sometimes we need to analyze, and sometimes, well, we have to remember that the meanings go hand in hand between the upright cards and the reversed ones.

When the Five of Cups shows up, remember this:

  • Fives represent loss and conflict
  • Cups represent emotions, water, and months

Tarot 101: Reading for Others for the First Time

So you’ve been reading for yourself for a while now, you’re ready to take the next step.

But what is the next step? How could you possibly do more than drawing a card every day and reading your own spreads? How could you grow even more as a Tarot reader?

Naturally, the reason you’re here, the reason I made this post, the reason you already came up with, is reading Tarot for others.

One of the first things that stopped me dead in my tracks before I even asked any of my friends or family for practice, was… How do I arrange the cards? You know how in the movies, the reader lays the cards out so the cards face the client, then interprets them. But when you’re a still new(ish) reader, it would be hard to try to remember what a card means for the upright interpretation, while looking at the upside-down card, while READING FOR SOMEONE ELSE for the first time!

That scenario alone gave me anxiety for a week about if I was ready or not to actually read for someone else.

After I came to terms with the fact that even the pros began somewhere and even if I mess up a couple readings, it doesn’t mean I suck at reading Tarot, I had to come to terms with what I would do when I sat face to face with a person.

So I hit the blogs and forums, searching out if any of those gracious pros had any advice for baby readers like me. And there was advice aplenty.

And it ranged from who to start reading for to how to arrange you cards to what you should offer to read. So I decided to make a quick post about all the advice that I’ve read about.

Who to read for

To begin with, read for someone who is 1. receptive and open-minded to a reading, and 2. someone who you can ask to spend the time it will take to read for them. This can be your sibling, your crazy witchy aunt, your eclectic coworker, you significant other, your best friend. Just someone who will be comfortable sitting with you for a while you get some practice.

Reading for someone you know first before moving onto strangers (which is also a good way to get better at Tarot), will let you get a handle on your first-time nervousness, how you want to conduct a reading, how you want to work with your cards.

Cards and your readings

Without a doubt, the number one rule you will get is ‘Don’t let anyone else touch your cards!’

But with reading for someone else, you need to remember that they need to contribute some of their energy to the reading for it to be accurate. Otherwise, stuff will pop up for you in their reading!

If you have two decks (I know, fancy), you can dedicate one deck for personal use and one for ‘public’ use. If you only have one deck, just remember to cleanse and charge your deck regularly, to help negate using it for multiple people and multiple energies.

Next is how you want to arrange your cards.

I, personally, like to have the client cut the deck, then I shuffle the cards and then spread them across the table so the client can get a feel for which card they vibe with. You may feel better having the client shuffle the deck themselves. Maybe you don’t want the client to touch the deck at all! That’s completely fine! Whatever you feel works best.

But when you go to lay the spread out, take into account how you want to read. For the first time, try to sit next to your client so you can both see what’s going in the card at the same angle. With practice you can do things like sitting across from the client, and even reading the cards from the client’s point of view (like in the movies). But don’t rush yourself just yet.

Spreads

This is the biggest advice I got from countless bloggers and forum posts: DON’T START WITH A COMPLICATED SPREAD!!! Even a traditional Celtic Cross spread can be intimidating when reading for a client for the first time.

Even if you’re comfortable doing big spreads for yourself, you have to remember that for a client, they have limited time, limited patience, and limited comfort in the situation. And you’re going to go into this first reading nervous, and when you’re nervous, you’ll make mistakes.

So do a simple spread, 5 cards or less, that you can whip out at any location and know like the back of your hand. Then, when you get stuck on the reading (because you will the first time), you don’t have to interpret many cards and make the interpretations work together. It’s like a built in safety net, to keep you on track and able to process the reading and able to process the reading for the client.

What to do when you mess it up

You’re going to freeze the first time. You’re going to misinterpret a card and it will haunt you for a few days after the reading. You’re going to get sweaty and nervous and your hands may shake a little. Your first practice client, hopefully a person close to you, may laugh a little, may even denounce what you say. But just remember, all beginners fail and all pros were once nervously failing their first reading, just like you.

And even if you bunk up your first practice reading, it’ll all turn out okay, because you can practice more, you can still talk to your practice client, you can still learn and grow and discover new tricks and interpretations.

How to make your first reading go right

  1. Choose somewhere comfy for both you and your practice client, to sit and read the cards
  2. If possible, get some drinks. If you’re meeting somewhere grab coffee or a smoothie with your practice client before sitting down to read. If you’re at a house, offer to make a pot of tea or some lemonade.
  3. Go over the rules of your deck, let them know whether it’s okay or not to touch the cards, just so everyone is aware of the boundaries before starting
  4. Also go over the ‘common misconception’ cards, like Death and The Devil. Explain that if these cards pop up, there is another meaning and you’ll answer any questions they have about card
  5. During your reading, just keep calm and remember that you are knowledgeable about Tarot and your practice client is there to support you
  6. Answer any questions you can. And if you can’t answer the right away, let them know! You can always send them a follow-up text or email and let them know that you did more research and wanted to give them a follow-up. While not standard practice, you’re still learning how to give a comprehensive reading to someone else.
  7. AND ABOVE ALL ELSE, THANK YOUR PRACTICE CLIENT!!! Thank them for letting you practice with them and thank them for taking the time out of their day to be with you, thank them for their patience while you learn, and thank them for being open-minded enough to have a Tarot reading done.

When is all is said and done, you’ll feel that you’re a better Tarot reader, no matter what. Even if you stumble and fail. But now that you’re taking that next leap into Tarot reading, keep practicing and keep working.

Tarot 101: Four of Cups…

As we continue on our Tarot journey, the next stop in the Minor Arcana is the Four of Cups.

Fours represent foundations and stability. Cups represent emotion. Before looking at the card, we can infer that the Four of Cups should represent stable emotions or the foundations of an emotion.

Four of Cups

However, when we do look at the card, we see a young man sitting under a tree. In front of him a three cups, with a fourth being offered by an unidentified entity. The man looks generally upset by this development, perhaps, unsure of the choices before or just angry some Amazon drone deity keeps giving him the same cup he only ordered once.

Although Fours should represent foundations, stability, and structure, this card seems to represent choices. Perhaps emotional choices, or perhaps, considering our angry friend, ‘picking your battles’ so to speak with picking which issue to truly get upset about.

Four of Cups Reversed

When this card appears reversed, there isn’t a huge difference in message. While it is always best to check what the Little White Book in your deck says for each card, as new artistic representations can change a cards meanings, it is also okay to read intuitively and try to interpret what the cards are telling you specifically.

When I see the Four of Cups reversed, I see a losing battle; a young man surrounded by choices and options and unsure of what to choose. He’s upset by the options before him because, maybe he would’ve preferred silver to gold, but all he’s receiving is gold, so he either has to live with the choices given to him or wait for a better option.

This card is also a good example of how reversed cards can be tricky, by either saying the same thing in different words as the upright card, or needing closer examination to understand the hidden messages.

When the Four of Cups pops up, remember these things:

  • Fours represent balance and stability
  • Cups represent emotion, water and months
  • The reversed card can be tricky and may resonate differently with you; don’t be afraid to look for other resources to define any cards that seem tricky, like blogs, forums, and the Little White Book that came with your deck

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